Anti-Brexit protests held along Donegal-Derry border

first_imgProtests have been staged at border crossings along the Donegal-Derry border tonight (Weds) amid ongoing efforts to reach a Brexit deal.The Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB) Group held the silent action as hundreds of local people from both sides of the border came together along 38 of the 200 different border crossings.Protesters held candles and posters to indicate their opposition to the uncertainty created by Brexit. Anti-Brexit protests held along Irish border on Wednesday night (Pic: Cllr Gerry McGonagle)Cllr Jack Murray told Donegal Daily: “The people of the border community will not tolerate a hard border because of the consequences would be absolutely devastating.“This has nothing to do with party politics, it is about the free movement of people across the border.“It has huge economic and social factors and if there was a hard border it would be catastrophic for the people of Inishowen and Derry.”“Protesters carried signs with slogans such as “No Boris Border” and “No to Borders in Ireland”.A spokesperson for BCAB said border communities would be the collateral damage if there is a no-deal Brexit. Advertisement “What is happening at Westminster today is giving us cause for concern and too much uncertainty around the border issue remains,” he said.“Border communities are going to be the collateral damage if there is a no-deal Brexit so we want people living on the northern or southern side to come out and make a stand against any hard border returning.”It is understood that members from the group are set to meet EU Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the Brexit impasse and the impact it is having on people living in border communities.Anti-Brexit protests held along Donegal-Derry border was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:border communities against brexitBrexitDonegal-Derry Borderlast_img read more

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Land claims ‘could be settled by 2011’

first_img“We have to note that these outstanding claims are difficult to settle as a result of the nature of the challenges that affects the claims, such as opposition from some of the land owners who are disputing the validity of the claims, exorbitant land prices, claims that have been referred to the land claims court, family disputes, as well as boundary disputes involving traditional leaders,” Mphela explained. “This has benefited 289 937 households and about 1.4-million individuals across the country,” Mphela told a media briefing in Polokwane in Limpopo province this week, adding that by the end of June the government had allocated over R16-billion for all settled land claims. Since its establishment in 1994, South Africa’s Commission on Restitution of Land Rights has settled 74 808 out of 79 696 land claims lodged at a cost of R16-billion. Acting chief land claims commissioner Blessing Mphela says all outstanding claims could be settled by 2011. “For land to be productive, it requires the full participation of relevant role players from the public and private sector,” Mphela said. “If the processes are not aligned, including the alignment of white agriculture and emerging black farmers, then we will have a problem.” While earlier indicating that it would take at least another five years to settle the outstanding claims, Mphela this week said that the commission was committed to settling the remaining 4 888 outstanding claims by 2011. He said that in June alone, 2 621 households had received back 81 050 hectares of land worth R186-million as part of the commission’s efforts to fast track the delivery of land in commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the promulgation of the Native Land Act of 1913. The Land Claims Commission was initially given a 2005 deadline to settle all the claims, but the deadline was initially extended to December 2008, and now to 2011. In addition, the commission has asked Cabinet for an additional R18-billion to settle the outstanding claims, while also urging the Department of Agriculture to have a mechanism that links new land owners to all services and infrastructure available to larger commercial farmers.center_img Source: BuaNews “The dual role of investigating and settling claims on the one hand, and providing development support on the other hand coupled with the nature of challenges that we have encountered along the way, has had a negative impact on the commission’s ability to finalise the settlement of restitution claims within the timeframe earmarked initially for that purpose,” he said. 1 August 2008 He said one of the challenges encountered in providing settlement support relates to the issue of governance and institutional support from other government structures. Development support He pointed out that the commission had stepped in to fulfil the function of the beleaguered Land Bank in providing post-settlement support to emerging farmers had resulted in the commission’s resources being thinly spread.last_img read more

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RW10: Six Things ReadWrite Will Cover In 2023

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ReadWrite celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 20, 2013. For the occasion, we’re running a series of articles  looking back—and looking forward.On Saturday, this website turns 10 years old. The changes its writers and editors have witnessed and chronicled have come fast and furious—the creation of Facebook, YouTube and the iPhone; the seemingly inexorable rise of Google and Apple; and the growth, everywhere, of connectivity.At ReadWrite, we continue to grapple with the deeper implications of technological change. We make annual predictions about the future of technology, many of which have proven prescient and timely. But now, at the verge of ReadWrite’s second decade, it makes sense to look even farther forward and imagine what ReadWrite will cover in 2023. Expect to hear a lot about these trends from us in the years to come.Something To AnticipateThink of anticipatory systems as really smart artificial intelligence. Computers won’t wait for explicit inputs, like search queries; instead, they will draw on internal and external data—your entire history of interactions—to supply context and predict what you’ll need. Google Now, the intelligent assistant function on Android, and Apple’s Siri provide glimmerings of such functionality today.A decade from now, anticipatory systems won’t just predict your next move; they’ll smartly feed data back into the system to improve themselves. There will no longer be a concept of a check-in, for example; some future version of a Foursquare-like app will simply know where you are and for what purpose, and they’ll log that and share that appropriately across your social graph, which they will likewise adaptively update as your social connections shift and change.Kill Your GadgetWe won’t own smartphones, tablets, or smart watches. There will be a surfeit of screens at our disposal that roll up into a watchband form or roll out and stiffen to form a screen. Or ring-sized computers will project an image on any available surface. This will have an impact on architecture: White walls will be everywhere, with colors or patterns seen as either an indulgence or a countercultural statement.Ambient ElectricityMoore’s Law, the dictum that processors improve continuously will every generation, will continue to thrum. But instead of using these improvements to process bits faster, we’ll harness them to lower power consumption and extend battery life. Meanwhile, innovations like radio-wave battery charging will mean we’ll never have to plug things in again.Park The Car Self-driving cars will peak in 2020, when they will start being seen as an inefficient use of resources. Why, for example, do they still have a driver’s seat and a steering wheel when no one even remembers how to activate manual driving mode? Post-car vehicles will link themselves into trains on dedicated lanes—or even tracks.A Nation Of (Unemployed) Programmers All those efforts to teach people how to code will succeed past their creators’ wild dreams, to the point that it will be hard to find work as a professional coder. Meanwhile, new programming languages will have added so many layers of abstraction that the act of coding will resemble a formal mode of speech—or just a drag-and-drop process that’s not much more complicated than downloading an app.Undersea Data We’ll be generating and processing unfathomable amounts of data in 10 years. The so-called “cloud” comes to ground in the form of data centers, where all these bits are stored and shuffled. The challenge is finding spots with lots of land and cheap electricity or other means of cooling servers. The answer: the sea.Google started using ocean water to cool its data centers in 2011. A dozen years later, this will be commonplace—and we’ll start putting data centers not just next to the water, but under it.What Else?There will be changes born out of current trends that seem obvious. There will also be surprises along the way. One thing, though, I believe will be true of ReadWrite in 2023 as it is now—we will find our way through the change with each other’s help, through an interplay and exchange of ideas.Tell me yours. Tags:#predictions#ReadWrite#RW10#ten center_img owen thomas Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Halep in line for No. 1 after Cincinnati semifinal win

first_imgMASON, OH – AUGUST 19: Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot to Sloane Stephens during Day 8 of the Western and Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2017 in Mason, Ohio. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPMASON, Ohio — Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking.The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, and can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with a victory over Garbine Muguruza on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The fourth-ranked Muguruza reached her first W&S final with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over defending champion Pliskova.The men’s final will feature two first-timers. Grigor Dimitrov outlasted John Isner 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10) in the first men’s semifinal. Nick Kyrgios beat David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHalep, seeking her first No. 1 ranking, has yet to drop a set in the tournament and appears to be peaking at just the right time.“I think I played my best match on hardcourt so far,” said Halep, who can become the first Romanian woman to be ranked No. 1. “It felt great. I moved very well today. From the first point, I felt like I was going to play good tennis.” Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacent Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The final Sunday will be the first on American soil for Muguruza, who lost to Pliskova in last year’s W&S semifinals after losing to Serena Williams in the 2015 finals. The Spaniard had lost six straight matches against Pliskova since winning their first in 2013.“I was very precise with my shots,” said Muguruza, who is 2-1 in her career against Halep, though the two haven’t played since 2015. “I wanted to be more aggressive and take my shots. I felt pretty good out there – under control. Everything went my way.”Muguruza won when Pliskova sailed a forehand long on the fifth match point. Pliskova, who played part of one match and all of another Friday after rain forced postponements Thursday, had 28 unforced errors to Muguruza’s 13.Muguruza was coming off playing the tournament’s longest match, a 2-hour, 45-minute three-set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday. That followed a 2-hour, 18-minute win over Madison Keys on Thursday, when she fought off three match points.“I don’t think I played my best tennis today,” Pliskova said. “I think the energy was pretty low from my side. Obviously, a tough schedule for me the last two days – three matches in about not even 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “I think she played very solid, not missing much and obviously serving well. Everything started, I think, in the first game of the first set.”Muguruza took charge early, breaking Pliskova in the first and last games of the first set.She gained a second-set edge with a backhand winner on break point for a 4-2 lead before closing it out in 1 hour, 19 minutes.Stephens, playing her fourth tournament since returning from January foot surgery, also was playing a third match in a span of 24 hours.“That’s never easy,” she said. “I’m going to go with that. I didn’t play that badly. She was a little fresher. It was just not a great day.”The 11th-ranked Dimitrov, who lost in the last year’s semifinal to eventual champion Marin Cilic, had just one double fault and finished with nine unforced errors to No. 19 Isner’s 28 in the 2-hour, 3-minute match. The Bulgarian will play the winner of the semifinal between Nick Kyrgios, who knocked out second-ranked Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a Friday quarterfinal, and David Ferrer.“Today was, I think, one of those matches that I really had to just be patient,” Dimitrov said. “I think that that was the key. I knew I’m not going to have that many rallies against John. I knew that he’s going to serve big, bold serves. I just had to be very composed and use every opportunity that I had. I think in the end of the match, it was just a few points that made the biggest difference for me. I’m just happy obviously with the win, but I’m just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match. Just remained calm in those tough moments. I mean, I know it’s nerve-wracking from outside, but it’s even tougher when you’re in there and have to receive a serve that comes 141 mph.”Dimitrov’s composure was the key, according to Isner.“The difference was he was a lot more decisive at the big moments,” Isner said. “He was a little calmer as well — a little more free-flowing in big moments. I thought he played a high-level match. He certainly is in good form. I played well enough to beat a lot of players today — just not him.”Kyrgios and Ferrer displayed remarkably efficient serving in their nightcap. They combined for six break points, converting none. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

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DDA to hand over CWG flats after repairs

first_imgThe Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Monday said it was likely to hand over the Commonwealth Games Village flats to the owners once they were repaired by the private developer Emaar MGF. “A policy decision is yet to be taken but one of the ideas under consideration is that as soon as the flats are repaired, they would be handed over to the developer who would then hand them over to the buyers,” a DDA source said.The DDA had earlier claimed that it was not responsible for the delay in the handing over the CWG flats to the buyers as the developer was yet to ensure that the flats meet all the quality standards.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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NFL suspends Patriots’ Josh Gordon for substance abuse violation

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The news came several hours after Gordon said he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.Gordon said on Twitter his decision was spurred by his own feelings that he could have a better grasp on things mentally. He thanked the Patriots for their support and vowed to work his way back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We support Josh Gordon in his continued efforts to focus on his health. His attempt to do so is a private and personal matter, which we intend to respect,” Patriots team officials said.Gordon has been suspended several times by the NFL for violations of its drug policies since being drafted by the Browns in 2012, and missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Rafael Nadal donates 1 million euros to Mallorca flood victims Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion After being reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in 2017, Gordon revealed in an interview with GQ magazine that he drank or used marijuana before games. “Probably every game of my career,” he said.Gordon also said in a 2017 mini-documentary on Uninterreupted.com that he took Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and other narcotics.Gordon’s outlook had improved with New England, where he landed in September in a trade after the Browns felt it was time to cut ties. He had 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns with the Patriots, five years removed from an All-Pro season in 2013 with 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.Special teams captain and receiver Matt Slater said despite his suspension, Gordon still has support inside the Patriots locker room.“My No. 1 concern is with him as a man,” Slater said. “I’m thankful for the approach he took here, how he was as a teammate. I enjoyed getting to know him in that process and I’ll continue to support him in any way I can.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots reacts after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely Thursday by the NFL for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple drug suspensions, casting doubt on whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever play in the league again.League officials said Thursday that Gordon was returned to the reserve/commissioner suspended list indefinitely for breaking the terms of his reinstatement under the NFL substance abuse policy.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Safety Devin McCourty said the 27-year-old’s well-being is his biggest concern, not football.“Life comes before all of that,” McCourty said. “I think we wish him the best and care about that more than wins or losses.”New England officials had insulated Gordon and focused him on getting acclimated to the team’s highly-disciplined culture, while also limiting his time with reporters.Coach Bill Belichick said last week that Gordon was thriving on the field, developing chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady and learning the offensive system.“He’s a smart kid, so he learns well,” Belichick said. “For better or worse, he’s been in a lot of different systems. I know it was only one team, but it was a lot of different systems up there. Most everything we’ve asked him to do he’s done somewhere along the line for somebody.“As we go through each week, I would say we’ve gained a little more ground on the overall knowledge of the system,” he said.Gordon said earlier this month he thought he was settling in well with New England.“It felt like home a long time ago,” Gordon said. “The atmosphere is very welcoming. It took me a little bit to get acclimated to the area. Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth so far, and that’s due in part to the facility, the organization, just everybody helping me along the way.” MOST READlast_img read more

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EGC Chairman Says 66 of 111 Growth Initiatives Have Been Achieved so Far

first_img Economic Growth Council (EGC) Chairman, Michael Lee-Chin, says 66 of the 111 growth initiatives contained in that body’s Call to Action mandate have been achieved since its establishment in April 2016. Story Highlights Economic Growth Council (EGC) Chairman, Michael Lee-Chin, says 66 of the 111 growth initiatives contained in that body’s Call to Action mandate have been achieved since its establishment in April 2016.This, Mr. Lee-Chin, points out, equates to a completion rate of 59 per cent of the Council’s targets focused on repositioning Jamaica to achieve five per cent economic growth in four years.He was speaking at the EGC’s fifth quarterly briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (April 25).Mr. Lee-Chin said notable among the successes are the National Security Ministry’s roll-out of the ‘JamaicaEye’ national CCTV surveillance initiative in March; redeployment of Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) resources to high crime areas; and the employment of more mobile policing strategies in St. Catherine, Clarendon, Westmoreland and St. James; the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) roll-out of micro-financing for housing solutions targeting low-income earners; and Parliament’s passage of the Procurement Act and Regulations 1 and 2.The EGC Chairman said significant work has been completed in examining the feasibility of a Global Immigration Card, adding that additional work is being done to fine-tune the reciprocal benefits to be derived by beneficiaries.He further indicated that a review of the technical and financial consultancy proposal to undertake a marketing study to promote the Diaspora Bond has been completed.Other major developments highlighted by Mr. Lee-Chin include the installation of video-link equipment in 50 courtrooms, which, he said “is nearing completion”; the completion of five Development Orders for Portland, Trelawny, Manchester, Negril and Green Island, with plans for stakeholder consultations to explore similar provisions for all parishes by June 2018; and the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation’s spearheading of the hiring of an international firm to complete Jamaica’s National Spatial Plan.He indicated that over the next quarter, the EGC will continue work to complete a Cabinet Submission for a revised investment framework for pension funds and insurance companies.This will focus on investment regulations, risk management guidelines, and supervisory and data-reporting agreements.Meanwhile, Mr. Lee-Chin advised that several other recommendations in the EGC’s Call to Action document are being given significant priority focus.These are work by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development to improve the predictability of the development approval process through the roll-out of a framework for standard fees to be charged, by December 2018.Additionally, Mr. Lee-Chin said the EGC will be supporting work by the National Land Agency to facilitate the issue of more than 4,000 new land titles for unregistered parcels under a new pilot project, by March 2019.He further advised that the Council will be collaborating with the National Works Agency, National Water Commission, National Irrigation Commission and the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation to develop a service-level agreement targeting improved collaboration on engagements being performed by these entities to ensure more timely and efficient execution of projects.“To say I am heartened by what I have seen over the last two years is an understatement. Today, I feel proud to be a Jamaican,” Mr. Lee-Chin said. This, Mr. Lee-Chin, points out, equates to a completion rate of 59 per cent of the Council’s targets focused on repositioning Jamaica to achieve five per cent economic growth in four years. Mr. Lee-Chin said notable among the successes are the National Security Ministry’s roll-out of the ‘JamaicaEye’ national CCTV surveillance initiative in March; redeployment of Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) resources to high crime areas; and the employment of more mobile policing strategies in St. Catherine, Clarendon, Westmoreland and St. James; the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) roll-out of micro-financing for housing solutions targeting low-income earners; and Parliament’s passage of the Procurement Act and Regulations 1 and 2.last_img read more

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