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Can Weah Do better Than Ellen?

first_imgThis has been the question that has polarized the country for the last 10 years. The elephant in the room that is so big, no one has been courageous enough to tackle it. Yet, at least half the country believes the answer is yes — an increasingly disenchanted youth population that has always believed that Weah identifies with their various backgrounds and represents their hopes and aspirations.In 2005, Madam Sirleaf’s selling point and her trump card against Weah was the seemingly perfect combination of education and experience. She also won the votes of women across the country. But even then, it was a close call.Weah had a card too — one that was no doubt powerful, but seemed to fall short at the time. That card was the love of the people. Every time he made an appearance, he blocked traffic. The city shut down. He was an independent outsider, not a recycled politician, and by God, a soccer superstar! People loved him, particularly the youth population.But at a time when Liberia was just emerging from 15 years of civil war, the odds were firmly stacked against him. Many felt we needed an experienced hand at the wheel — one who could speak the languages of Economics, Finance, International Business and Development; one who understood the inner workings of the United Nations, the IMF and the World Bank. It was clear that Weah had neither the credentials nor the experience Madam Sirleaf had that many Liberians hoped would turn Liberia around and give us a face lift in the comity of nations. How would Weah negotiate a World Bank loan? Debt relief? Concession agreements? What would be his economic strategy? Would he prioritize education? Even at campaign rallies, he had trouble, in fact seemed unwilling to control his supporters. In 2005, several reporters were beaten up and their equipment damaged. A major part of the problem was that he hardly ever spoke. Surrogates such as Cole Bangalu and Eugene Nagbe (both of whom have since jumped ship and defected to the Unity Party camp) spewed incendiary rhetoric on Weah’s behalf while the political leader and presidential candidate himself remained mute. Is that how he would rule the country?These were the questions that were staring us in the face.At the same time, Madam Sirleaf herself had skeletons in her closet. Education and experience notwithstanding, she had funded the civil war. Her hands were dirty, to be sure. Yet Liberians were willing to waive the memories, let bygones be bygones and resiliently forge ahead. And so by a very narrow margin, she won the 2005 presidential elections. In 2011, Weah ran again. By this time, he had acquired an education; yet the leadership experience was still lacking. The likes of Arcarous Gray, Mulbah Morlu and George Solo ran Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, which has since been characterized by in-fighting among executives. This has been particularly worrisome for the educated minds in the country as a poor indication of his ability to lead a war ravaged nation into peace and unity. Even in his own party, Weah seems not to be able (or willing) to lead hands-on.Madam Sirleaf, for her part, had scarcely fulfilled any of her campaign promises from 2005 — electricity and running water, and the fight against corruption. Besides debt relief (masterfully handled by then Finance Minister Antoinette Sayeh and completed by her successor Augustine Ngafuan), and five yearsof lasting peace (thanks largely to the presence of UNMIL), Liberians had little to show in the way of development. Their lives were not improving at ground level. Nonetheless, Madam Sirleaf managed to convince Liberians that a) her first term was about laying a foundation for the development that would follow in the second term; and that b) one should not change horses in mid-stream.And so she won a second term. Said second term now has still failed to fulfill the promises of 2005. No electricity; no running water; corruption at an all-time high and with impunity; the nepotism of which she accused both the Tolbert and Doe administrations as a political activist; the country’s education system a mess under a highly educated female president; agriculture lying by the wayside in a richly fertile land; Liberians economically disenfranchised in their own country under a Harvard-trained economist.And now to add insult to injury, the mysterious deaths of political opponents. It is too sad to take. Those who voted for Madam Sirleaf; who put their necks on the chopping block for her; who trusted and believed in her education and experience; who hoped even against hope; are embarrassed and devastated.And so the shameful question loyalists have been forced to ask is “What happened?”Of course, here lies the irony. Is love of people and country better, after all, than education and experience? The Sirleaf administration boasted some of the most qualified, credentialed and experienced men and women in Liberian history. But look what happened to NOCAL under Randolph McClain of DuPont. Look what happened to the Justice system under UN-trained Benedict Sannoh. Look what happened to agriculture under Drs. Chris Toe and Florence Chenoweth. Look what happened to the country as a whole under Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf! So we go back to the question of the day. Can Weah really do better than Ellen as he recently told a Ghanaian news station? That is not to say that because one educated president failed, Liberia does not need an educated president.Looking at the political landscape going into 2017, Weah’s biggest challenge would undoubtedly be former Central Bank governor Mills Jones. Surely, Jones has shown all of the right signs so far, championing the cause of the ordinary Liberian especially in terms of economic empowerment.Nonetheless, Weah will run for president; and his very large following is nothing to overlook. Can he do better than Ellen? Sure. It is not impossible. Just because a man is not a tapper doesn’t mean he does not know what good palm wine tastes like. Just because a woman cannot cook doesn’t mean she does not know what good palm butter is supposed to taste like. Same with Weah. He would need to distance himself from the mouth pieces he has used so far and surround himself with the right people for the job in every sector — education, the economy, agriculture, etc. And show zero tolerance not just for corruption but for non-performance. Articulate his expectations and ensure they are met — and this is where he seems to have problems. The question becomes what has Weah learned over the last 10 years, and is he willing and able to lead?Let us hope that Liberians will assess these questions critically and choose the right leader come 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Iran president gets a cold shoulder

first_imgPOLITICS: Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University proves to be trying for him. By Nahal Toosi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust in a tense appearance Monday at Columbia University, whose president accused the hard-line leader of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.” Ahmadinejad smiled at first but appeared increasingly agitated, decrying the “insults” and “unfriendly treatment.” Columbia President Lee Bollinger and audience members took him to task over Iran’s human-rights record and foreign policy, as well as Ahmadinejad’s statements denying the Holocaust and calling for the disappearance of Israel. “Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,” Bollinger said, to loud applause. He said Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant. “When you come to a place like this, it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said. “The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history.” Ahmadinejad rose, also to applause, and after a religious invocation, said Bollinger’s opening was “an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here.” “There were many insults and claims that were incorrect, regretfully,” Ahmadinejad said, accusing Bollinger of falling under the influence of the hostile U.S. press and politicians. “I should not begin by being affected by this unfriendly treatment.” During a question and answer session, Ahmadinejad appeared tense and unsmiling, in contrast to more relaxed interviews and appearances earlier in the day. In response to one audience, Ahmadinejad denied he was questioning the existence of the Holocaust: “Granted this happened, what does it have to do with the Palestinian people?” But then he said he was defending the rights of European scholars, an apparent reference to a small number who have been prosecuted under national laws for denying or minimizing the Holocaust. “There’s nothing known as absolute,” he said. He reiterated his desire to visit Ground Zero to express sympathy with the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, but then appeared to question whether al-Qaida was responsible. “Why did this happen? What caused it? What conditions led to it?” he said. “Who truly was involved? Who was really involved and put it all together?” Asked about executions of homosexuals in Iran, Ahmadinejad said the judiciary system executed violent criminals and high-level drug dealers, comparing them to microbes eliminated through medical treatment. Pressed specifically about punishment of homosexuals, he said: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” With the audience laughing derisively, he continued: “In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have this.” Bollinger was strongly criticized for inviting Ahmadinejad to Columbia, and had promised tough questions in his introduction to Ahmadinejad’s talk. But the strident and personal nature of his attack on the president of Iran was startling. “You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated,” Bollinger told Ahmadinejad about the leader’s Holocaust denial. During his prepared remarks, the Iranian president did not address Bollinger’s accusations directly. President Bush said Ahmadinejad’s appearance at Columbia “speaks volumes about really the greatness of America.” He told Fox News Channel that if Bollinger considers Ahmadinejad’s visit an educational experience for Columbia students, “I guess it’s OK with me.” Other American officials were less sympathetic. On Capitol Hill, conservatives said Columbia should not have invited Ahmadinejad to speak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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More rain headed our way, CHP says slow down

first_imgThe California Highway Patrol today is reminding people to slow down when driving in wet weather. Officer Francisco Villalobos of the California Highway Patrol said the number of traffic collisions can increase up to 10 times after just a small amount of rain. He said drivers should increase their distance from cars in front of them and slow down when traveling on off or on ramps. “Most of our accidents in rainy weather occur on ramps,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champApproximately 46 collisions have been reported from midnight to 5 a.m. today in Los Angeles County, he said. Fortunately, there have been no reports of any major injuries or fatalities. In contrast, only seven accidents were reported last Tuesday from midnight to 5 a.m. “That just gives you an idea of how dangerous things can become once it gets wet out there,” he said. Officer B. Marzorini of the California Highway Patrol’s South Division said the Long Beach area for the most part was quiet overnight, with four minor accidents on the Long Beach (710) Freeway and no reports of any major injuries. The rain, which started early this morning, is expected to sprinkle on and off throughout the day today, said Accuweather Meteorologist Tom Kines. The Southland so far has received .05 of an inch, he said. But the area could see a larger bulk of rain later tonight, as another disturbance travels down from the Bay Area. The rain is expected to clear before the morning commute Wednesday, he said, with sunshine expected to poke out by mid-afternoon Wednesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DD GARDENING: FABULOUS CAMELLIAS’ A DONEGAL TREASURE!

first_imgCamellias look great as a hedgeCamellias although native to Japan do extremely well here in Donegal.They adore our wet climate and peaty soil, indeed many of the great gardens further down the country would love to add these amazing evergreens to their collections.But alas the limestone shelf means that for many gardens to be able to grow these fabulous shrubs is but an expensive pipe dream. Many of the great historical gardens of Donegal were famed for their collections of Camellias, Rhododendrons , Azaleas and Magnolias – all from far flung lands, but ideally suited to our soils.Gareth AustinBy DD Gardening Columnist Gareth AustinGardens such as Brooke Hall, Ard Na Mona, Glenveagh and Mulroy House possessed enthusiastic owners who had a combination of suitable land, a keen interest in Horticulture and the wealth to afford these exotic delights, which at the time were the height of modernity.Camellias were planted as shrubs to grow and enjoy, to be allowed to reach their full height and to off colour and interest from distance….but somewhere we’ve forgotten this and tried to grow these in containers or to trim them into rounded shrubs as if they were something delicate and tender. Camellias need to be planted in open ground, and look best when allowed to get 6,8,10’ or more in height. There glossy evergreen foliage looks great every day of the year and when the big blousy flowers come on them…boy do they stand out! The large rose-like flowers stand out against their glossy foliage and for around 10 weeks look just amazing, but like all good things they have to come to an end, but for the period they are in flower they are just amazing.Camellias look wonderful when grown against a wall like thisYes, you can buy a Camelia in a Garden Centre and plant it into a pot and they will do well for a few years, but then you’ll start to get yellowish leaves and problems associated with them not flowering….so prevent all this and just plant them in the garden.The lack of flowering comes from their love of moisture; you see if the plant goes dry in the summer, the flowers buds which are forming then will just dry up and fall off and the following Spring you get no flowers.Camellias are trees of peaty, woodland soil, so the best ‘feed’ you can give them is loads and loads of Autumn leaves, just pile the leaves up below (or around them when they’re small) and that’s all you’ll need, these leave rot down and provide as much nutrition as the Camellias need – too much feeding and the Camellias will put on growth at the expense of flowers. A handful of chicken manure pellets every couple of years is enough fertiliser to add….yeah, not much, but adequate.For trimming and pruning, don’t just ‘give them a wee trim’…if you’re going to cut back a plant do it with conviction. I’ll tell you why; if a plant is 6’ tall and you cut it back to 5’ every single branch you cut will come back at least twice as thick, so you’ll cut it back down to 5’ again and it’ll come back thicker again….Whereas if you cut it back to 2’ it’ll grow back up to the height it was, be less bushy and dominating in the garden and you’ll get lots more fresh stems which bring with them more flowers. General rule in Horticulture “Always be brave with pruning”. DD GARDENING: FABULOUS CAMELLIAS’ A DONEGAL TREASURE! was last modified: April 7th, 2016 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:donegalGardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN ADMITS KILLING PARENTS BUT WAS MENTALLY ILL AT TIME, COURT HEARS

first_imgJulian Cuddihy. Pic by Northwest News Pix.A MAN accused of murdering his own parents at their Inishowen home has admitted the killings but was mentally ill at the time, his trial has heard.Julian Cuddihy (43), of Churchtown, Carndonagh, is charged with the murder of his parents Jimmy (77) and Kathleen (73) at their home in Carn on October 22, 2014. Mr Cuddihy has pleaded not guilty be reason of insanity.Counsel for the prosecution told the jury that forensic psychiatrists for both the prosecution and the defence are in agreement and will give evidence that Mr Cuddihy was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time.The psychiatrists will also say that Mr Cuddihy believed he was carrying out his parents’ wishes at the time and was helping them to secure a place in heaven.Mr Cuddihy believed he was hearing his mother’s voice telling him to complete the acts.The court also heard he had incorporated his mother into his persecutory delusions and had an angry resentment towards her because of these delusions.One psychiatrist will tell the court that Mr Cuddidy did not know that what he was doing was morally wrong and because of his illness he believed he was entirely justified and thought he was facilitating his parents entering heaven.The jury will hear post-mortem evidence that the cause of death for James and Kathleen Cuddihy was severe head injuries, including chop wounds.James Cuddihy also had a stab wound to the neck.In his opening address to the jury, Denis Vaughan Buckley SC said the bodies of Kathleen and James Cuddihy were found by their other son and daughter at their home on 23 October 2014.Their daughter had climbed through a window to access the house and another son then had to break into the house.Both had severe injuries and an axe and a scissors were found at the scene.Julian Cuddihy was arrested a short time later after it became known he had taken his father’s car to a lake area near Clonmanny.He asked gardaí after his arrest if they were telling him his parents were dead.He has been receiving treatment at the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum since his arrest.Evidence in the case will be heard tomorrow.DONEGAL MAN ADMITS KILLING PARENTS BUT WAS MENTALLY ILL AT TIME, COURT HEARS was last modified: June 8th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Julian Cuddihymurder triallast_img read more

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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS FINALS

first_imgIt’s all systems go for this week’s Primary Schools Sports Hall Athletics Finals with children from all across Co Donegal coming along to participate in what will be an action packed and high octane indoor event.This programme in its 4th year is coordinated by Donegal Sports Partnership in partnership with Athletics Ireland and the Donegal Athletics Board.Next Thursday the 12th February is the finals of Donegal Sports Hall Athletics Primary Schools in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny at 10.30am. Approximately 400 children will be giving it their best in a range of indoor athletics challenges from team sprinting to endurance running and filed events such as standing long jump, standing triple jump, foam javelin throw and speed bounce.All events are team based with an accumulation of points scored at the end to determine the winners in all four categories 3rd /4th class girls, 3rd / 4th class boy’s 5th / 6th class girls and 5th /6th boys.The list of primary schools who came through regional qualifying are;St Mary, Castlefin, Frosses N.S,Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin, Leitir Ceanainn,Creevy NS, Ballyshannon,Dromore NS, Killygordon,St Bathins, St Johnston, Scoil Chróine, Dungloe,Scoil Iosagáin, Buncrana,St Mary’s NS Stranorlar,Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Letterkenny, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin,Scoil Naomh Fionainn, Whitecastle,St Patricks Primary, Murlog,St Patricks N.S., Lurgybrack.ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS FINALS was last modified: February 10th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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Men’s Basketball Travels To UNI

first_imgDrake, along with UNI, both lead the MVC with 28 three-pointers through the first three MVC games. The Bulldogs have made 23 of those shots in the last two games. That long range shooting has helped Drake average 80.8 points per game this season, the highest mark in the Valley and 49th nationally. FSGO Drake Game Notes Live Stats The Drake University men’s basketball team plays the first of back-to-back road games Sunday when it faces in-state rival UNI. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at the McLeod Center with the game being broadcast on Fox Sports regional networks, NBC Sports Chicago and ESPN+ in out-of-market locations.The two squads have matching 1-2 conference records after Drake defeated SIU, 82-70, Tuesday evening. In its last two MVC games, Drake has enjoyed leads of 26 and 16 points in its last two MVC games. In those two contests, Drake started the games shooting a combined 16-of-20 from the field. ESPN+ UNI averages just 65.4 points per game with freshman A.J. Green’s 15.1 points per game leading the way. Print Friendly Version Senior Nick McGlynn is averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in MVC action to lead the league in both categories. Last season against UNI, he averaged 15.0 points in a pair of games. Sophomore guard Noah Thomas had a career-high 24 points with four three-pointers in the win over SIU in his second career start as he takes over the starting role from the injured Nick Norton. Story Links Live Audio last_img read more

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DRIVER RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER CAR ACCIDENT NEAR ST JOHNSTON

first_imgThe scene of the accident this afternoon. Pic by North West Newspix.One person has ben taken to hospital after a single vehicle accident neat St Johnston this afternoon.The accident happened on the Raphoe to St Johnston road near the former Taughboyne Creamery just after 2.30pm.The emergency services are at the scene and the occupant of the car has been transferred to Letterkenny General hospital with non life threatening injuries. Gardai are asking people to exercise caution in the area.DRIVER RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER CAR ACCIDENT NEAR ST JOHNSTON was last modified: December 19th, 2014 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:accidentRaphoeSt Johnstonlast_img read more

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How PacMan and Rod Stewart might just breathe new life into Arranmore Island

first_imgA former amusement arcade has become Ireland’s first island digital hub.Islanders on Arranmore Island five kilometres off the coast of Donegal hope MODAM will breathe new life into an ageing population and encourage those who have left the island to return.Today saw the unveiling of the building which boasts 13 digital desks and an average speed of 100 megabites. Arranmore’s Community Council now hope the state-of-the-art building along with the high-speed broadband will encourage islanders who have long left its shore to return.Seamus Bonner, an islander born and bred, is a member of the island’s community council.He’s old enough to recall when the latest chart hits blasted from a jukebox in the corner and a line of arcade games swallowed 10p coins as if they were going out of fashion.Two pool tables separated the boys from the girls with common ground being found at the sweet vending machines. Seamus has seen many changes on the island but the common thread has been a gradual decline in population which sees a community of just 469 people left from more than 700 some years back.He hopes the arrival of the digital hub which will revitalise the fortunes of the island and its people.by Stephen Maguire on Arranmore Island“So many people have come together to make this happen but it needed to happen. It’s no secret that the numbers of people in the island has been in serious decline.“Somebody compared this to the electrification of the island and I think that’s a fair comparison. The arrival of this digital hub along with such high broadband speeds will make this as a place people can come and stay connected. cof“People from Arranmore are dotted all around the world and with this development, they will be able to come back and work from here for a week, a month or for good,” he said.One of those people is Nicola Greene who works for insurance company Optum in Letterkenny.She may not be halfway across the globe but the opening of MODAM (named in a competition by local secondary school pupil Aiden Doherty) means she can catch the fast ferry at Burtonport and be out here in fifteen minutes to visit her mum and stay a few days.“To be honest it has reignited my relationship with Arranmore. I come back a good bit but the opening of the hub means I can work and stay here for as long as I like and my company is okay with that. “I would have to download a lot of large files with my work but with the broadband here that is now possible,” she said.Her sentiments are echoed by her schoolfriends Eimer Gallagher and Lisa Rodgers who now plan to return from their homes in London where they have lived for a number of years.Lisa is in business consultancy and Eimer is in fashion.Both have children and while their ability to return to the place of their childhood will be dictated by school holidays, the improved connectivity means they can extend their visits and work from the island.In what used to be the ferry’s ticket office in a room off the main digital hub, exiled islander Neil Gallagher, CEO and Founder of educational tech company Caped Koala is on a video call from London.The quality of both the sound and the picture is perfect.The view form inside MODAM. Pic Donegal Daily.“I was on the island last week and the connection there is twice as fast as I have in London. I was there in 2007 and tried to work from the island but I wasn’t able to because the connectivity was not there.“It is there and I can see myself returning in future and perhaps even setting up a remote base for my company.“Like many other islanders, I’ve always wanted to add value to my community and this connectivity by Three will allow me to create opportunities and bring employment, by training people on the island to test software and take active roles in EU research projects. Beyond this, I hope to set up time-specific project teams on the island taking advantage of both the facilities, island life and the cost benefits.”On a commercial level, islanders hope the opening of MODAM will bring plenty of financial spin-offs for the locality and for various local businesses.John McCafferty, manager of one of the island’s co-ops, Ionad an Chros Bhealaigh, is convinced the new connectivity will attract so many new visitors.And that’s good news as the co-op, which employs seven people on the island, offers a range of services including sailing, bike rental, kayaking and children’s clubs.“People know their children will be safe and have plenty to do on the island when they come to use the hub,” he said.Increased broadband speeds have also been installed in a number of local business and community facilities, including in Scoil Athphoirt where students can now use interactive whiteboards, research online and participate in online learning.The broadband solution has also been installed in the medical centre which will facilitate telemedicinal applications including video consultations with consultants on the mainland, saving patients a four-hour round trip to Letterkenny or overnight trip to Dublin.Pictured today were Seamus Bonner (Arranmore Business Council), Elaine Carey (Chief Commercial officer, Three), Adrian Begley (Arranmore Business Council), and Eoin MacManus (Business Director, Three).And for a population whom half are aged over 65 years, that it is a vital link.When the people of Arranmore flagged up a need for better connectivity to breath new life into the island, both Donegal County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development back the plan.But so too did Three Ireland who have supported the project at a grassroots level and help to make the island community’s dream a reality.Eóin MacManus, Business and Enterprise Director at Three Ireland said “Last year we became aware of the great work being done by the Arranmore Business Council to improve connectivity on the island and, looking at the portfolio of services that we provide to thousands of businesses in Ireland, we identified a number of ways that we could help. We approached the island as we would any enterprise customer and worked in partnership with them to identify the best solution.“As Ireland’s leading data network, we know how connectivity can transform lives and businesses, and we are delighted to bring this connectivity to Arranmore. Today’s launch marks the start of a long-term partnership as we work with the people of Arranmore to help deliver their ambitious plans for the island which will enable them to sustain and develop their community.”cofDonegal TD Joe McHugh says funding of Arranmore digital hub is important.“We allocated €100,000 from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme because we knew it could be a game-changer for the island,” said the Education Minister.“There is a massive potential now for remote working and bringing jobs to the island. I saw the hub two weeks ago and I welcome the partnership between the local community and businesses to take the project forward.”How PacMan and Rod Stewart might just breathe new life into Arranmore Island was last modified: April 17th, 2019 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:Arranmore Islandbroadbanddigital hubdonegalThree Irelandlast_img read more

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Cardinals celebrate homecoming with win over West Valley

first_imgCorning >> The West Valley Eagles ended Corning’s post season in the first round with a 49-10 blowout in 2015 and Friday night the Cardinals were looking for payback at their homecoming game. They got it with 45-30 win that’s wasn’t as close as the score would suggest.“It wasn’t the best week of practice,” coach John Studer told his team after the win. “We always find a way to step it up and do what we need to do for homecoming.”Step it up the Cardinals did, and the first half was all …last_img read more

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