Donegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue has expressed concerns about Minister Rabbitte’s SAORVIEW plans following the weekend announcement that analogue services will be switched off on 24th October 2012.Anyone currently relying on an aerial to watch TV will be affected. However, there still remains around 2% of the population who cannot currently get an analogue television service and it is unclear what will happen them.The Minister has said that those who don’t switch over before next year’s deadline will be faced with a blank television screen – and some of them are in remote areas of Donegal! Deputy McConalogue said: “There are 250,000 households who currently rely on aerials for their television reception. However, RTE have confirmed that there is still 2% of the population which is not covered by either analogue or digital terrestrial services.“I expect this figure to be proportionally higher in Donegal and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was upwards of 10% for the county if the past experience of broadband and mobile phone services are anything to go by.“It is unclear what will happen to these households when analogue services are switched off on 24th October 2012. Having listened to both the Minister and Mr Gay Byrne who is leading the publicity campaign for digital switchover over the weekend, it remains unclear what will happen this 2% of the population. When quizzed on it by members of the media, both fudged around the subject saying that solutions will work themselves out before next year’s deadline. This simply isn’t good enough.“I am aware of SAORSAT, which is the proposed solution proposed by RTE to provide services to the 2% of the population who will not be able to receive SAORVIEW, the digital terrestrial signal. However, having made enquiries into this, I am unable to get an assurance that this service will be in place or any detail on how much it will cost the customer to have it installed. The one thing RTE has guaranteed me is that they will not be subsidising those who cannot get SAORVIEW. “I want Minister Rabbitte to assure those affected that they will indeed have a service whether it is through SAORSAT or some other means and that it will not cost them any more than the SAORVIEW service which is available to 98% of the population. I find it unacceptable that the Minister would make an announcement on the date that Analogue services will be switched off without first making sure that everyone would have an alternative service available to them.”TD’S FURY OVER SAORVIEW PLANS – 10% OF DONEGAL COULD FACE TV BLACKOUT! was last modified: October 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueTD’S FURY OVER SAORVIEW PLANS – 10% OF DONEGAL COULD FACE TV BLACKOUT!
1 December 2015As South Africa marks World Aids Day today, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country had made great advances in its HIV treatment programme.“We have acted in various ways – big and small – to spread information, to fight stigma and to promote healthy lifestyles,” he said. “We have made protection our priority, from classrooms to sports fields, from the factory floor to our homes, from our bedrooms to our boardrooms, and all corners of our society.”South Africa had one of the biggest HIV treatment programmes in the world, he said, with more than 3 million people on anti-retroviral drugs.It had resulted in people living longer. Life expectancy had increased from 53 years in 2006 to just over 62 years in 2013 and mother-to-child transmission had also been reduced.“We are inspired by the many actions taken by South Africans from all walks of life over many years to achieve an Aids-free generation.”ThemesThe global theme for World Aids Day is “Getting to Zero”. South Africa’s approach is “Towards an HIV-Free Generation: Rise. Act. Protect. Zero.” It serves as a call to action for all communities.“As a nation we must rise to this challenge determined, committed and confident that we can succeed as a people and as individuals we must act to inform and support and encourage.“No action is too small, no contribution is wasted; we must protect ourselves and those who are nearest to us. We must protect the vulnerable, we must combat stigma and create an environment in which all can feel safe and comfortable to test and be treated. The end of HIV as a public health threat is in sight.”This Tuesday is #WorldAidsDay! Get Tested. Know Your Status. and Join @NAT_AIDS_Trust to Think Positive #RethinkHIV pic.twitter.com/UCirXihQf3— Buqisi-Ruux (@Buqisi_Ruux) November 27, 2015ChallengesThe country, though, still faced a few challenges. Young women and girls still accounted for a high number of new HIV infections.“We need to spread the word about prevention, encouraging all sexually active South Africans to use condoms,” the deputy president urged. “We need to encourage people to test for HIV and TB. We need to ensure that all those who need treatment receive treatment and that they remain on treatment.”He concluded that with harder work and greater determination, an Aids-free South Africa and an Aids-free world, was achievable.Source: South African Government News Agency
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Read Next Blue Eagles fend off Maroons, close in on UAAP elims sweep Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We relied too much on our offense,” Racela told reporters after FEU’s 87-84 loss. “In the fourth quarter, we didn’t really have to score, we just had to make stops.”READ: NU keeps Final 4 bid alive, pulls rug from under FEUFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Tamaraws eclipsed the previous record set by the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons earlier in the season when they hit 16 triples in a stunning win over the De La Salle Green Archers two months ago.But what stood out for Racela was FEU attempting 42 threes. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We fell in love with the 3-point shot, 42 attempts is way too much, way too many,” he said. “I told them at the half, the defense will win it for us but it didn’t happen that way in the second half.”FEU wasted a golden opportunity to close in on a Final Four berth and instead will have to take the longer trip to the big dance.READ: FEU ‘lost discipline’ in 4th in loss to Ateneo, says Racela “We were up and we let it slip away and now we made it harder for ourselves we have to win our game against Adamson on Saturday,” Racela said.“It’s getting slimmer but we still have a chance. We just have to win on Saturday with a little help from Ateneo. But there’s nothing we could do but to focus on Saturday. I know this is a devastating loss, but we cannot be too low.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOvershadowed in Far Eastern University’s loss to National University on Wednesday was that the Tamaraws set the UAAP record for most 3-pointers made in a game with 18.Ironically, FEU head coach Olsen Racela thought his team’s record-setting performance also caused its downfall.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday began investigations into the television sting operation which alleged that the umpires were willing to fix T20 matches. The channel showed video clips purportedly taken by their undercover reporters, in which the umpires were shown to be allegedly willing to give certain decisions in exchange for money. A SLC official said that they are studying the tapes of the sting operation. SLC chief executive Ajith Jayasekara said there has been no official communication from the International Cricket Council on allegations that Sri Lankans were among six international umpires willing to fix matches. He said the local anticorruption unit will work with the ICC in the investigations. The six umpires, who are purportedly shown in the TV sting willing to fix matches , were Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka. PCB also said it has launched investigations into the matter. “We are in contact with ICC and carrying out a detailed investigation into the matter. We have sought the details involved in the matter. For us it is just a TV report and it is too early to say anything,” a PCB spokesman was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “The PCB maintains that we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of corruption in cricket at any level.” The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on its part, said since no Indian umpire was involved, it would wait for the ICC to complete its investigations. “The ICC has to take a call on it. They (ICC) will be taking appropriate action. As far as we are concerned we will take action as we deem fit,” senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla said. “Our job is to keep the game clean. The BCCI takes strong and immediate action whenever such cases come up.” Ghauri said in Lahore that he was innocent. “I was approached by some TV channel from India who asked me to do an interview through Skype. They did ask me about the fixing stuff but I had nothing to say on the topic,” Ghauri told reporters. “They asked me to come to India and be part of their TV shows but I said I would come only if they sponsored my visit, but we didn’t reach any agreement.” Dissanayake, meanwhile, outrightly rejected the accusation.”I reject all allegations. This is an attack on the entire Sri Lankan umpiring fraternity by an external force,” he told reporters in Colombo. He said that he had already written to local cricket authorities and is open to thorough investigation in order to prove his innocence. Soon after the sting operation was beamed on Monday night, the ICC said it would investigate the matter and asked the channel to give any information which can assist in the probe. “The ICC and its relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India TV this evening and calls on the station to turn over any information which can assist the ICC’s urgent investigations into this matter,” the world body had said.advertisement
Story Highlights The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has endorsed the 12th annual Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, signing on as a major sponsor of the event to be held on August 5.A Senior Advisor for the activity, Roderick Bailey, told JIS News that having the JTB on board can best be described as “the icing on the cake, and a guarantee that this year’s event will be the biggest we have had so far”.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ at Fisherman’s Beach, Ocho Rios, Mr. Bailey also revealed that the event will be headlined by the trio of reggae and dancehall icons, Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco and Tifa.“The Ocho Rios Seafood Festival is arguably one of the biggest culinary shows in Jamaica. Having the JTB on board is not only a major boost, but can be viewed in the context that we are ready to take this event to another level,” he said.He argued that not only has the event gone “from strength to strength”, but also that the festival has shown enough to make it comparable to any of the other summer events.“In 2007, the first year of the festival, over 15,000 persons were in attendance, while in 2008, in spite of heavy rains, we managed to draw a crowd of over 10,000. We have been increasing the attendance tally steadily over the years, and there is every reason to believe that this might be our biggest year yet,” Mr. Bailey said.He noted that tourism stakeholders, as well as the business community in Ocho Rios, have thrown their weight behind the event.“There was a time when Ocho Rios was devoid of quality entertainment. Fortunately, those days are long gone as the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival with its family-oriented theme has changed all of that. The town and by extension the entire St. Ann is ready for what we feel will be the blockbuster event of the summer,” Mr. Bailey said.The event will be held at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and admission is $1,500 for adults and $500 for children. Presold tickets, $1,000 for adults and $300 for children, will be available in Ocho Rios at Great House Pharmacy, Total Gas Station and New Ocho Rios Pharmacy.Children under 12 can ride free all day on the attractions that will be provided. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has endorsed the 12th annual Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, signing on as a major sponsor of the event, to be held on August 5. “The Ocho Rios Seafood Festival is arguably one of the biggest culinary shows in Jamaica. Having the JTB on board is not only a major boost, but can be viewed in the context that we are ready to take this event to another level,” he said. The event will be held at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and admission is $1,500 for adults and $500 for children. Presold tickets, $1,000 for adults and $300 for children, will be available in Ocho Rios at Great House Pharmacy, Total Gas Station and New Ocho Rios Pharmacy.
OTTAWA — Canada’s Department of Justice, through its International Assistance Group, helps Canadian and foreign police and prosecutors by extraditing people to face prosecution or sentencing in the country in which they are charged or convicted.The Extradition Act provides Ottawa with the legal basis to extradite people located in Canada who are sought by an extradition partner. Those partners include:— Countries, such as the United States, with which Canada has an extradition agreement (a bilateral treaty or a multilateral convention);— Countries with which Canada has entered into a case-specific agreement; or— Countries or international courts whose names appear in the schedule to the Extradition Act.In all cases, the conduct for which extradition is sought must be considered criminal in both the requesting country and in Canada.There are three key stages to the Canadian extradition process:— The justice minister must first determine whether to authorize the start of extradition proceedings in the Canadian courts by issuing what’s known as an “Authority to Proceed.”— Once an Authority to Proceed has been issued, the Canadian courts must determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify the person’s committal for extradition. When someone is committed for extradition, the justice minister must personally decide whether to order the person’s surrender to the foreign state.— Someone sought for extradition may appeal their committal and seek judicial review of the minister’s surrender order — a process that can play out for months or even years in the courts.(Source: Canadian Department of Justice)The Canadian Press
TORONTO – The number of homes sold in the Toronto region in January was down 22 per cent compared with a year ago, when the area was experiencing a short-term spike in prices that prompted the Ontario government to cool the market last spring.The Toronto Real Estate Board says Greater Toronto Area realtors reported 4,019 home sales for January through the Multiple Listings Service, compared with a record 5,155 sold a year ago.Last month’s average selling price was also down, falling by 4.1 per cent to $736,783 from $768,351 a year ago.“It is not surprising that home prices in some market segments were flat to down in January compared to last year. At this time last year, we were in the midst of a housing price spike driven by exceptionally low inventory in the marketplace,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s director of market analysis.On a month-to-month basis, the number of GTA home sales was down 18 per cent from 4,904 in December but the average price improved somewhat from $735,088 in December — which was the second-lowest month in 2017.The number of new listings last month increased to 8,585, up 17.4 per cent from January 2017 but still the second-lowest in a decade for the month of January.The real estate board said Tuesday that it expects several measures taken at the provincial and federal level will have a smaller impact on the market as the year progresses.The Ontario government introduced a set of measures in April of last year aimed at cooling the market. Separately, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions introduced a new financial stress test for buyers that federally regulated lenders must apply as of Jan. 1.The real estate board’s 2018 outlook, released Jan. 30, anticipates the pace of sales will pick up in coming months — a message that was repeated Tuesday with the January report.“It is likely that market conditions will support a return to positive price growth for many home types in the second half of 2018,” Mercer said.“The condominium apartment segment will be the driver of this price growth.”In January, the number of condos sold in the region were down 21.9 per cent from last year but the average price for this housing category was up 14.6 per cent to $507,492.Meanwhile, sales volume and prices for townhouses, semi-detached and fully detached houses were all down.The biggest decline was in the average price of fully detached houses in the surrounding 905 area code, where the average price dropped by 12.0 per cent to $879,048. In the 416 area code, the average fell 3.9 per cent to $1,283,981.
Revenue came in at $919 million, compared with $721 million in the year-earlier quarter, beating analyst expectations of $651 million.MEG’s loss included a net foreign exchange gain of $78 million and a loss on hedging contracts of $230 million.Its net earnings in the first quarter of 2018 included a $318-million gain on the sale of its half interest in the Access Pipeline, a net foreign exchange loss of $108 million, and a loss on hedging of $76 million.MEG bitumen production was 87,100 barrels per day in the first quarter, down from 93,200 bpd a year earlier (and its capacity of 100,000 bpd) due to the Alberta government’s production curtailment program that began Jan. 1, the company said.However, it said sales averaged 89,800 bpd as it shipped stored barrels to take advantage of higher prices. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands producer MEG Energy Corp. is reporting a larger-than-expected first-quarter net loss despite a rise in revenue as its average price for blended bitumen rose by 56 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2018.The Calgary-based company says it lost $48 million or 16 cents per share in the three months ended March 31, compared with a profit of $141 million or 47 cents in the same period a year ago.Analysts had expected a loss of 13 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.
Ohio’s erratic, day-to-day weather conditions are nothing like the sunny, cactus-filled deserts of Arizona. The two states are separated by almost 2,000 miles and the Rocky Mountains, so it’s no shock the climates are quite different. However, when five Arizona natives willingly leave the year-round warm weather to play baseball in the often-unpredictable climate of Columbus, it’s surprising. Ohio State sophomore Jaron Long and juniors Greg Solomon, Tyler Giannonatti, Brian King and Kirby Pellant all left “The Grand Canyon State” to play baseball two time zones away for the Buckeyes and coach Greg Beals. “I just came because I wanted to get out of Arizona,” Solomon said. “I wanted to come to a D-I university that had a good program.” Solomon, a catcher, was the first of the five to make the decision to come to Columbus when he left Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix after the 2010 season. As a junior college transfer, he said he wanted to go somewhere where he knew he could play and at least have the opportunity to start. He said he felt OSU was a good fit because then-starting OSU catcher Dan Burkhart was leaving for the pros and Beals was taking over for retiring OSU coach Bob Todd. Solomon started 46 games last season for the Buckeyes and has started 24 of OSU’s 35 games this season. The other four “Arizona Buckeyes” transferred just a year later from junior colleges as well. Pitchers Long, Giannonatti and infielder Pellant, all transferred from Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz., while King came from Paradise Valley like Solomon. “I feel like I should get some sort of finders fee for these guys,” Solomon said with a grin. “I mentioned (King) to the coaches last year and I don’t know if they had already thought about going out there, but I feel like I was the instigator of these guys.” King, a pitcher for the Buckeyes starting eight games this season with a 5.08 ERA and 3-3 record, acknowledged it was easier making the decision to come to OSU knowing his junior college battery-mate was already there. The same can be said of Giannonatti and Pellant, who not only went to the same junior college, but also won the 2009 Arizona Class 5A state championship together at Corona del Sol High School in Chandler. “(OSU) came out and they offered me and they offered (Giannonatti), and it was like, ‘If he’s going, I’m going,”” Pellant said. Beals said it definitely helps the recruiting process when players are recruited in pairs. “They’re coming a long way from home, it’s nice to have a little bit of a comfort zone there,” Beals said. “It helps that they know they’ve got a buddy here or they’ve got another buddy coming with them.” Long, a three-game winner with a 2.31 ERA, was the last of the five to sign with the Buckeyes. He said knowing that Pellant and Giannonatti were already committed to OSU made his decision easier, and he is glad they were here when he arrived. “When you come to a school this big and you don’t really know anyone, it’s intimidating,” the Buckeye pitcher said. “But you have these guys that you’ve been friends with, so until you find new people to hang out with, you’ve got somewhere you can go with people you already know.” When the two prominent baseball programs in Arizona don’t come calling, the state’s high school baseball players are not left with many options. “In Arizona, there’s two schools: Arizona and Arizona State,” Beals said. With eight national championships between them, The University of Arizona and Arizona State University have rich baseball histories and many of the state’s high school players dream of playing for the storied programs. But when they’re not offered the opportunity, they can feel slighted, like Pellant. “If you don’t go there or get offered there, you kind of have a hatred toward them,” OSU’s team leader in steals (19) said. “That’s what makes you want to leave Arizona to get somewhere else.” For many, the platform “to get somewhere else” is Arizona’s junior college baseball. “If you don’t go to one of those two schools, a lot of kids go to junior college,” Beals said. “It is such more of a prominent avenue for high school kids there than it is here in the Midwest.” “The JUCO baseball out there is good competition,” Pellant said. “Guys are getting drafted every year and it draws a lot of universities out there. OSU heard about it and went out there.” The five players said they are happy that OSU gave them the opportunity and said coming to Columbus was the right choice, aside from maybe the weather, they all said jokingly. They said at times, they can’t believe they’re playing for a school like OSU. “Ohio State comes out and recruits you and it’s kind of like, ‘Dang! OSU wants me,’” Giannonatti, who’s yet to appear in a game this season, said. “You see (OSU) on every channel every day, it’s a big school. It’s almost an honor to come here.” Solomon said being a Buckeye has made him notice things he didn’t before. “Whenever I go back to Arizona, I notice the ‘Block-O’ more than I did, before I saw it everyday,” Solomon said. “Knowing that there’s people all over rooting for you, I think is pretty cool, and I’m glad that I got to come here.” Pellant agreed and said it’s awesome knowing there are Buckeye Nation fans everywhere that love them. “They don’t know you, you don’t know them, but they support you every minute of the day,” Pellant said. “That’s special.” The “Arizona Buckeyes” have been a vital part of OSU’s team this season. Pellant and Solomon, the only everyday players of the five, have started a combined 59 games for the Buckeyes while Long and King are part of OSU’s improved starting rotation, each winning three games.