Pocari tabs semis slot; BaliPure stays alive

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Despite the loss, the Jet Spikers can still advance with a win over Adamson-Akari on Saturday.Earlier, BaliPure struggled against a spunky Adamson-Akari before fashioning out a 25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The win allowed the Water Defenders to stay within striking distance of the semifinals seat, but they will have to score another win against the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors on Sunday to ensure that slot.“It’s going to be hard, we need to win the last two games including this one so I guess the whole team realized the importance of this game,” said BaliPure team captain Jasmine Nabor in Filipino. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return FILE PHOTO – Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion Pocari Sweat overcame a tough challenge from Air Force, 25-19, 25-20, 29-27, to clinch a semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Warriors registered their fifth win in six games and thus joined league-leader Creamline in the next stage.ADVERTISEMENT Holloway ‘perfect fit’ for GlobalPort, says Pumaren Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Top BaliPure gunners Jerrili Malabanan, Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato chalked their usual numbers with 16, 14 and 11, respectively for the last conference’s runner-up team.But it was the scrawny but agile Nabor who shone for BaliPure as she masterfully shifted from setter to open spiker and back throughout the match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

WADA report: Kenya doping serious, not institutionalized

first_imgLATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown What the report did do, however, was dig deeper into some of the reasons behind the mess in Kenya.It appeared to separate Kenya’s doping problems from that of Russia and that country’s organized, state-sponsored scheme.Doping in Kenya “is different from other doping structures discovered elsewhere in the world and, as such, it requires a different approach,” WADA director of intelligence and investigations Gunter Younger said.In Kenya, athletes are “insufficiently educated on doping and/or wilfully blind as to the consequences of doping,” the report said. The investigation also stressed the need for better control over medical practitioners and “quasi-medical practitioners” who are “highly relevant” to the doping problem and often the source of banned substances.Overall, the report pointed to a weak and at times non-existent anti-doping effort in Kenya exacerbated by the unwillingness of athletes to help.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, junior athletes run past a sign for Athletics Kenya at the Discovery cross country races, an annual race held to identify up-and-coming new young talent, in Eldoret, Kenya. Kenyan athletes are the target of nearly a quarter of all out-of-competition doping tests in track and field, a statistic that underlines how much suspicion has been cast over the most successful distance-running nation in the world. The number was revealed Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 by the head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles anti-doping for world track and field body the IAAF.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)Kenyan athletes are the target of nearly a quarter of out-of-competition doping tests in track and field, a statistic that underlines how much suspicion there is over the world’s most successful distance-running nation.Figures were revealed Thursday by the head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles anti-doping for the world track and field organization, the IAAF.ADVERTISEMENT WADA and AIU investigators said they reached out for information to 31 Kenyan athletes serving doping bans. Only seven attended interviews and none of them said they had used prohibited substances despite being found guilty at doping hearings. None of them provided any information that was helpful to the investigators.There were other findings in the report:— A total of 131 Kenyan athletes failed doping tests between 2004 and this year. Track and field was by far the worst sport in the country for failed tests. In the same period, all other sports in Kenya produced seven failed tests.— The anabolic steroid Nandrolone was the most prevalent banned substance for Kenyan athletes. The corticosteroids group, anti-inflammatories that can improve athletic performance, were the next most used. The blood-booster EPO was third most prevalent.— The AIU’s focus on out-of-competition doping tests on Kenyans was prompted after only 13% of their athletes caught for doping were caught through out-of-competition tests.— Two elite Kenyan athletes, Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong and Rita Jeptoo, provided falsified medical records in an attempt to avoid doping bans. Sumgong made up a story about having to attend hospital for an emergency blood transfusion to explain testing positive for EPO. Jeptoo, the leading marathon runner in the world when she was caught in 2014, claimed she was given EPO by a doctor to treat malaria and typhoid. Both athletes were found to be lying and banned for four years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Brett Clothier said Kenyans made up 22% of the AIU’s out-of-competition testing program, and the country’s athletes took up “at least the equivalent amount of time in our investigations and intelligence team.”“Kenya is a great and justly proud athletics nation, but it now has a serious doping problem,” Clothier said in comments accompanying the release of a report following a near two-year investigation in the East African nation by the AIU and the World Anti-Doping Agency’s intelligence and investigations department.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe joint report concluded there was “widespread doping” in Kenya but “the doping practices of Kenyan athletes are unsophisticated, opportunistic and uncoordinated and there is no evidence of an institutionalized system.”It didn’t need a two-year investigation to discover a problem, with a clear spike in cases involving athletes from the African country since around the time of the 2012 London Olympics. Lawyer dubbed ‘Mr. Loophole’ wins speeding case for Beckham MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

UAAP stars join NBA vet Odom in PH squad

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Philippines’ representative to the tournament has surrounded the veteran Odom with a solid cast of stars, including well-loved Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and UAAP standouts Juan Gomez de Liaño of UP and Santi Santillan of La Salle.The team, which will go up against Middle East clubs, also tapped American Randolph Morris, an import for China pro league squad Beijing Ducks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissOdom announced his plan to play for Mighty Sports through his Instagram account, adding that he is excited to be given an opportunity to represent the Philippines.PBA D-League standout Gab Banal and former PBA ace Joseph Yeo will bolster Mighty. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Broner looking at Pacquiao bout as career-defining Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It looks like Mighty Sports’ participation in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament will be more than just a comeback tour for former Lakers star Lamar Odom.The team is looking to be highly competitive this time.ADVERTISEMENT Odom is scheduled to arrive in January next year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

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

BRAND NEW RENAULT CLIO UNVEILED AT HIGHLAND MOTORS TONIGHT

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

GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS LADIES DEFEATED AWAY TO AODH RUADH

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 fourmasterspro@gmail.com 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 Cleveland.com 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