Qatar W. Cup weathers Gulf crisis but fresh storms brew

first_img0Shares0000A this file picture taken on December 23, 2017 shows supporters of the Qatar national football team waving their national flags at a Gulf Cup of Nations match against Yemen in Kuwait City © AFP/File / Yasser Al-ZayyatDOHA, Qatar, Jun 4 – Qatar’s World Cup organisers have ridden out the initial shock caused by the country’s ongoing confrontation with its powerful neighbours, but experts warn bigger crises may lie ahead.FIFA is looking at a proposal to expand the 2022 football tournament from 32 to 48 teams, an increase that could pose the greatest risk yet to Qatar’s plan to host the first World Cup in the Arab world. Qatar has already come under scrutiny over allegations of corruption and human rights abuses — but that may be nothing compared with pressures it faces in the run-up to 2022.“I think FIFA’s proposal represents the biggest threat to the tournament simply because it would wrong-foot Qatar into sharing the tournament with other countries,” said Simon Chadwick, a sports and geopolitics expert at Britain’s Salford University.Sharing the cup, he said, would represent “something of a defeat for Doha”.– ‘No risk to World Cup’ –In the year since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies including Egypt abruptly froze relations with Qatar — accusing it of supporting terrorism and being too close to Iran — World Cup organisers have proved resilient.The embargo, in place since June 5, 2017, cut off the supply of construction materials from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but they were swiftly replaced by imports from Malaysia and China.By the end of 2018, three of the eight stadiums earmarked for 2022 will be completed.The design for Lusail, the stadium set to host World Cup 2022 final, is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year.Qatar’s colossal weekly budget of $500 million (428 million euros) on World Cup infrastructure has built new roads, hotels, neighbourhoods even towns — its $36 billion metro system is on track to open in 2019.“Our projects are going ahead as scheduled,” said Hassan al-Thawadi, one of the World Cup organisers, after the crisis began.“This is no risk in relation to the hosting of the World Cup.”And while gas-rich Qatar has proved it can weather the economic consequences of the crisis, the politics of the boycott have proved more difficult.Football, it seems, has found itself fully in the fallout’s firing line.Officials in Saudi Arabia and the UAE have openly called for Qatar to be stripped of the World Cup.A Swiss investigation into the controversial awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar is ongoing.A picture taken on May 18, 2017, shows the Khalifa International Stadium after its redevelopment ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARQatar’s sports broadcaster beIN Media — which has exclusive Middle East rights to televise this year’s World Cup — has found itself the victim of a vast pirating operation allegedly based in Saudi Arabia.“The crisis is not about football, but the World Cup does seem to have become a tool in the ongoing standoff,” said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute.“It would be an enormous coup for the Saudis and Emiratis if they could do anything to throw Qatar’s hosting rights into question.”The political crisis has also seeped into the South West Asian Football Federation — launched in Saudi Arabia in May.Members of the new federation include Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain, but not Qatar.– FIFA Congress –Qatar has bought time on the highly controversial issue of labour, appeasing some critics by agreeing to a vast reform programme.But should FIFA at its June 13 congress in Moscow move to expand the number of teams in the 2022 cup, Qatar would have to tackle a heavily expanded workload on a tight timeline.A 50 percent increase in teams would strain Qatar’s ability to host the tournament.While Doha initially bid for 12 stadiums, it is only building eight.Questions have also been raised over how the country will accommodate the up to 1.5 million fans expected to attend the event — and that’s before 16 teams are added.Optimists suggest one solution could be to share the tournament with others in the region — a face-saving way for Qatar, Saudi and the UAE to rekindle ties with games in all three countries.But only one nation has so far offered to help Qatar in 2022: Saudi Arabia’s arch nemesis, Iran.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgHighland Motors are having their official launch of the new Clio this evening, November 15th from 7pm to 9pm.Chef Martin Anderson, aka Fat Chef Slim, will be cooking up some delicious French Fayre after the new Clio is unveiled. The Highland Motors team look forward to seeing you at the launch where a great evenings entertainment will be held. Everybody is welcome. BRAND NEW RENAULT CLIO UNVEILED AT HIGHLAND MOTORS TONIGHT was last modified: November 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:highland motors letterkennyNew ClioRenault Cliounveiledlast_img read more


first_imgSenior Ladies Match: Four Masters Senior Ladies travelled to Fr Tierney Park in Ballyshannon on Sunday morning for the second game of the Senior Ladies Shield competition. The opposition was made up of players from Aodh Ruadh and Realt na Mara clubs who have almagamated this year and will be a tough test for the best of teams. However, the Masters Ladies played with great spirit and character, refusing to wilt under the strong opposition, putting in an impressive hour’s football. The half-time score of 1-7 to 0-3 to the home side didn’t reflect their efforts and a couple of unlucky wides and a narrowly missed goal chance could have seen the Masters or in the lead at the interval. The second half saw the home team hit another goal and some good points from enterprising forward play. This didn’t deter the Four Masters girls who kept going until the last whistle with points from Grace Nolan and Eimear McGroary and a well worked team move finished to the net by Molly Muldoon. Final Score was 2-12 to 1-7 in favour of the home side. Four Masters were well served by Casey Harvey, Claire Brady, Eilish McGovern, Kate Smith, Damaris Scott and Eva Diver, however, there is a real TEAM ethic about this squad and everyone who travelled today and lastweek to Robert Emmett’s can be happy with their efforts. The Ladies train on Wednesdays at 7:30pm in Tír Chonaill Park where attendances have been very encouraging over the last month. Senior Ladies Team manager is Micky Martin.  County U17’s and Minors: Well done to Thomas McGowan (U17) and Aaron McCrea (Minors) who helped Donegal U17 and Minors reach the Ulster League Final yesterday. Mobile Phone Found: A mobile phone was found in Tír Chonaill last Wednesday after Four Masters v St.Nauls game. For enquires contact Eugene on 0876470190.  Congratulations: Congratulations to Gareth Britton who was the winner of the Seniors and Reserves fundraiser run over recent weeks. Gareth predicted that J. Speith, H. Matsuyama and D. Willett would have the highest combined score in the U.S. Masters golf tournament ,which they did with a total of -7. Gareth’s prize is €200 euros, and the organisers would like to sincerely thank everyone who sold and bought sheets in the last month. Club Lotto: Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available. Club Lotto: There was no winner of the lotto jackpot €600 in week 40 of the 2015/16 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday the18th of April. The €25 winners in the lucky dip were Paddy Gildea Upper Main Street, Joe O’Gradyh, Edrim Glebe, John Begley , the Diamond, and Edith Kelly, Maldon House. The numbers drawn were 11, 12, 16 and 23, Congratulation to all winners. The next draw takes place on the 25th of April. Club Notes: Any club managers, mentors or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email before Monday at lunchtime to ensure it is included.Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.comGAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS LADIES DEFEATED AWAY TO AODH RUADH was last modified: April 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:four mastersGAASportlast_img read more

Cllr: Landlords that don’t accept HAP payment should be ashamed

first_imgA local councillor has hit out at landlords that refuse to accept the Housing Assistance Payment scheme.Cllr Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig says that more and more families are being pushed into poverty due to a combination of certain landlords’ refusal to accept the scheme and a lack of available social housing.“Shame on people who do not accept this payment scheme,” he said. “The HAP scheme is there to give financial assistance to people to pay their rent who are on the housing list and still haven’t been allocated a house by the council.“I get regular calls from people looking for support and advice because the landlord will not accept this HAP scheme on the house they are renting. This can be for many reasons including avoid paying any form of tax on the rent they receive.“This is an absolute disgrace and shame on them, we are in the middle of one of the worst housing crises in decades.“The failure of the state to provide adequate funding to build social housing has forced more more people and families into poverty. This governments capitalist agenda is to look to the private sector to provide the housing needs of our people, is all about making profit for developers who generally pay huge contribution to government parties every year to look after their needs. “Capitalism only works for a very very small minority and never the majority,” he concluded.Maximum monthly rent limits under HAP. Table sourced via Citizens’ Information. Info accurate as per Housing Assistance Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017Cllr: Landlords that don’t accept HAP payment should be ashamed was last modified: February 17th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhap schemehousingMICHAEL MAC GIOLLA EASBUIGrentwaiting listlast_img read more

Exhibition of Donegal creative work marks end of successful programme

first_imgCreative businesses in Donegal have been urged to continue engaging with the Creative Coast initiative run by Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.The call was made by Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, at a presentation ceremony in Letterkenny’s Motley Crow Anti-Café, where ten local creative businesses received certificates and put work on display for an exhibition that will run until Saturday May 19th.Those certificates, presented on the night by the Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, marked the end of a training programme organised by the Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with the Design and Craft Council of Ireland (DCCI). The ten creatives who successfully completed the programme and whose work is on display until next weekend are – Ann McGonigle (Clonmany), Fiona Doherty (Carndonagh), Lorraine O’Carroll (Carndonagh), Eilis Galbraith (Buncrana), Olive McGovern (Dunkineely), Fiona Herbst (Kilmacrennan), Alarnagh Barrett McGinley (Letterkenny), Margaret Gillespie (Ballybofey), Grainne Campbell (Ballybofey) and Ciaran Boyce (Milford).Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney pictured as he addressed those in attendance at the recent certificate presentations for the businesses who successfully completed the Design and Craft Council training programme in association with Local Enterprise Office, Donegal through the Creative Coast initiative.“This is the second such programme we have run in conjunction with the DCCI and on both occasions the feedback on the training the businesses have received has been excellent,” Michael Tunney said.Mr Tunney added that the training was part of the wider Creative Coast initiative aimed at creating the right conditions for creative entrepreneurship in the county.“We launched the Creative Coast three years ago and we have plans to hold an event at the end of this month to review what has happened since that launch. There has been progress made – programmes like this for instance have been very successful – but there is still much work to do and I believe this needs much more time and more engagement from our creative community, to really see the results.” The Head of Enterprise added that there is merit in investing the time and resources towards making more sustainable creative businesses.“We know there is a real value in creative businesses for the local economy and they link into the whole visitor and tourist experience as well. I’m not just talking craft either, but across the wider creative platforms and we need our creative businesses in the county to continue to engage, to get involved with our programmes and keep the momentum going.”Emer Ferran and Milo Fitzgerald at the presentation evening for the Design and Craft Council training programme in association with Local Enterprise Office, Donegal through the Creative Coast initiative. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinEmer Ferran from the Design and Craft Council of Ireland said Donegal has an outstanding array of craft makers across the county, but she echoed Michael Tunney’s comments by urging creative businesses to continue to engage with the Creative Coast.“Working as a creative you can often feel very isolated and it is good to be part of programmes like this to learn and help grow your business, but also to network and talk to other creatives to see potential new opportunities,” she said.As part of their programme the group went to London to visit the Top Drawer exhibition, while their own exhibition currently on show in The Motley Crow, was curated for the Design and Craft Council of Ireland by well-known interior designer Milo Fitzgerald. Creative businesses in Donegal who successfully completed the recent Building Craft and Design Programme in conjunction with Local Enterprise Donegal and the Design and Craft Council of Ireland, pictured at their certificate presentation with Liam Porter, facilitator Creative Coast, Donegal; Milo Fitzgerald, exhibition curator; Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal; Emer Ferran, Design and Craft Council of Ireland; and Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Gerry McMonagleMeanwhile all creative businesses in Donegal have been urged to look out for details of an event to mark a review of the Creative Coast at the end of the month. The event will take place at 2pm in the Regional Cultural Centre on Thursday 31 May and further details will be released soon.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.Exhibition of Donegal creative work marks end of successful programme was last modified: May 15th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CReative CoastDesign and Craft Council of IrelandEnterpriseLEO< Donegallast_img read more

Behind enemy lines, 49ers vs. Browns: 5 questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is what Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot of had to say of Monday night’s matchup between the host 49ers and Browns:1. Did that win over the Ravens validate all the offseason hype, or at least enough to save the Browns season?I actually do think it saved the Browns’ season. If they were 1-3 right now with this grueling stretch of the season coming up (49ers, Seahawk, Patriots on the road), things could’ve come apart this week. Instead, they pulled together and …last_img

SA moves on low-cost broadband

first_img20 February 2007South Africa will launch a new state-owned company in March that will provide long-distance connectivity to the country’s telecommunications market “on a cost basis,” Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin announced last week.Briefing journalists in Cape Town, Erwin said the new company, Infraco, would not be a full-fledged telecommunications company itself, but would act as a provider of broadband capacity through fibre-optic cables to other operators in the country.It already has an initial agreement with South Africa’s second fixed line telecommunications operator, Neotel.The government has created Infraco by bringing together fibre-optic cable networks originally built by state companies Eskom and Transnet, both shareholders in Neotel. Erwin added that Neotel would “become more active in coming months”.Bringing down telecoms costsThe move forms part of South Africa’s attempts to bring down the costs of telecommunications and internet connectivity in the country.“Broadband is viewed as a key driver of economic growth and wealth generation, and therefore it is essential for South Africa to gain access to universally available, reliable and affordable broadband,” Erwin said.Infraco, he said, would price its broadband supply not for profit maximisation, but rather to ensure affordability. This could be regulated as the costing and pricing of Infraco’s fibre-optic network was under direct government control.“That’s obviously going to create a very important floor, or reference, price in the broadband system” which would have an important role in providing cheaper broadband to all South Africans, the minister said.“We are very confident this will have a major impact on telephony prices.”Complementing SentechErwin also cleared the confusion around the role of state-owned signals provider Sentech stating it will be providing internet connectivity through wireless systems rather than fibre-optic cables.Sentech would also focus on delivering connectivity to the government and wider public sector, including heath and education facilities and municipalities.“These are complementary activities – far from being in competition, they will complement each other and the private sector will continue to play a gigantic role in this area.”In moving to provide mass broadband capacity and services, South Africa was heading in the direction of developed economies that recognised the importance of providing “ubiquitous” – not just universal – access to information and communication technology, Erwin said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Destination Cape Town

first_imgKnown as the “Mother City”, Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa.Cape Town is the home of the iconic Table Mountain. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South AfricaPerched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town. Cape Town, the “Mother City”, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.The unique topography of the region makes it easy to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you, you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa.It is in Cape Town that the Rainbow Nation really covers the spectrum. Between beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, traditional dancers with painted faces performing in the streets, the smell of spicy Malay cooking and the taste of a well-made wine, this city will fill your senses.The bells of St George’s Cathedral alternate with the plaintive tones of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. Visitors give a startled jump, and Capetonians calmly glance at their watches, when the noon gun booms above the city – a relic from the days of sail when sea captains had to check their chronometers.It has the top five national attractions in South Africa, all of which should appear on every visitor’s itinerary all year round. These include a visit up Table Mountain, either by cable car or manually climbing up routes of varying degrees of difficulty; and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world.The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, one of the city’s main tourist attractions, offers the visitor a unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbour. Currently undergoing expansion, the complex features shops, restaurants, launch areas for short cruises and a variety of entertainment for those who flock through it by day and night.Looking further offshore, visitors can take a boat ride to Robben Island, the former home of Nelson Mandela and several other political prisoners who fought against the apartheid government. Visitors to the island are taken on a tour of the old prison complex, as well as to a museum on the island.You will never be bored in Cape Town. Table Mountain offers some of the best climbing in the world, and it’s right here in the city. The surfing is fantastic; the diving is cold but good. You could go mountain biking, or go sea kayaking – you may see whales or penguins.A great thing to do on a full moon summer’s night is to walk up Lion’s Head before dark, watch the sun set on one hand and the full moon rise on the other and then walk down in the silvery light.If the wind is right, you could fly off Lion’s Head with a qualified tandem paraglider pilot, and land on the beach in time for sundowners. You’ll never be bored.If all this sounds too gung ho for you, don’t worry. You can shop till you drop at Cavendish, Canal Walk or the Waterfront. There is lots of live music, art exhibitions, museums, plays and even opera, ballet or symphony concerts on all year round.The city has also recently developed tourism routes such as the Cape care route, which showcases sustainable development by taking tourists to destinations including a community-based bicycle workshop and a community weaving centre, and the Southern Line tourist train route between Cape Town and Simon’s Town.Cape Town is also probably the most popular backpackers destination anywhere, with more hostels than any other city worldwide. It’s also the home of the backpackers special, the Baz Bus.Sources: City of Cape Town, South African Tourism, Tourism Cape Town and Baz Bus.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Google Image Swirl Brings the Wonder Wheel to Photo Search

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Google just announced a new product in Google Labs: Google Image Swirl. Image Swirl introduces a Wonder Wheel-like user interface for Google Images. The new search interface combines the Wonder Wheel experience with Google’s ability to find similar images and discover faces in these images. Instead of just showing one image, the Image Swirl interface displays a stack of photos. Clicking on this stack opens up a Wonder Wheel with related images clustered around the original photo. Tags:#Google#news#web For now, Image Swirl only works for about 200,000 queries, though Google plans to include more in the near future. Better Photo Search Through Smarter AlgorithmsThis new feature takes image search to a new level, as it doesn’t just display the most relevant images. Instead, Google notes, these “are the most relevant groups of images.” To create these clusters of related images, Google analyzes the characteristics of the images themselves, but the algorithm also looks at meta tags and other clues in the description of these images. Google uses the same algorithms to find and organize images of landmarks in its index.In an interview with eWeek, Google Image Swirl Product Manager Aparna Chennapragada said that this new service is part of Google’s drive to “go beyond just relying on text.” Bing introduced its visual search feature a few weeks ago and is still ahead of Google in bringing these features to its core search product. Image Swirl makes looking for images on Google a far more interactive and fun experience. For now, Image Swirl is only a labs product – and some of the results can be a bit off at times – but chances are that this feature will find its way into the search options panel on Google Images in the future. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

EMC Pulls YouTube Video Making Fun of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and his “Cloud in a Box”

first_imgEMC Greenplum has pulled a YouTube video it produced that depicted Larry Ellison with a gift box tied to the fly of his pants. It was supposed to be a joke about Oracle’s “cloud in a box,” strategy. Now it has turned out to be an embarrassment and EMC has removed it. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … David Linthicum posted the video late last week. At the time, the video was making the rounds on various video communities. Now we can’t find a copy of of the video on any site, anywhere. The video is part of a series EMC is doing that features a Larry Ellison impersonator as the Exalogic machine and the supposedly cool guy from EMC as EMC Greenplum. The spots are obvious copies of Apple’s “I’m a Mac,” ad campaign. The only problem? These videos are hokey.In this video, EMC makes a joke of Oracle’s pipeline and how big it is. Yes, they also make a joke about artificial enhancement. Classy, huh? When he posted the article on InfoWorld, Linthicum had this to say about the video:Don’t get me wrong: I’m all for having technology company take innovative approaches to marketing, such as stealing premises from Apple and hiring actors that look like billionaire software executives and attaching props to their crotch. However, EMC cloud is missing the core message and, thus, any potential customers it is trying to reach. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Linthicum states it best when he says both Oracle and EMC really want you to buy more software and hardware. That really is about the extent of it. He’s right. Both Oracle and EMC are trying to sell customers on the need to buy millions of dollars in new data center equipment. Is that cloud computing? We hardy think so.But they are not alone. It’s a trend we see emerging from Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, too. The companies recently announced a new line of data warehouse appliances, designed for companies building private clouds. The $2 million appliances are intended to counter recent offerings from Oracle and IBM. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud alex williamslast_img read more