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Donegal salutes soldiers as Minister promises “swift action” on pay and conditions

first_imgThe Minister for Defence has promised that the Government will act “swiftly” on the issue of pay and conditions with the Irish Defence Forces once a report is received in the coming weeks on the issues.Minister Paul Kehoe was speaking as he carried out a review of the 114th Infantry Battalion who are due to leave on a six-month deployment to South Lebanon shortly.Hundreds of people turned out in Letterkenny, to see the review which took place on the playing fields of St Eunans College. Afterwards, more than 400 soldiers marched to the town to the delight of hundreds of schoolchildren waving flags.Minister Kehoe used the occasion to address the issue of pay and conditions within the force.He said he wanted to be frank and honest about the situation and admitted that it was not an easy situation to resolve.“My Department, in conjunction with Military Management, has been working round-the-clock for months now to address these issues.“This work has also involved the two representative bodies, PDFORRA and Raco, who are the two official and recognised associations tasked with advocating on behalf of members of Defence Forces members. “It was on my request that the Government tasked the Public Service pay Commission with examining challenges being experienced in recruitment and retention.“Written submissions have been made by all the above parties and both the Chief of Staff and the Secretary-General in my Department have made a joint verbal submission.“I can inform you today that I am expecting that report in the next few weeks and the Government will act swiftly once it is received.”“Together, and I know the Chief of Staff and the Secretary-General will agree with me, we are working proactively and diligently to ensure that the role of the Defence Forces personnel is fully appreciated and that the challenges in recruitment and retention are understood.”He said this required a range of actions but that the well-being of the Defence Force members are his priority. He added “Let us be honest, however. There are no easy solutions. If this was easy we would have already solved this issue and the solution requires a range of actions.“However, I will continue to address the issue in support of our defence forces personnel.“Moreover, as Government makes decisions on issues of public investment and expenditure, let me assure you, ensuring the safety, security, welfare and the well-being of our Defence Forces is, and will remain, my top priority. And I will ensure that we secure the necessary resources to this end.”The deployment of the 114th Infantry Battalion will see 450 troops rotate to South Lebanon in what is Ireland’s largest overseas deployment to a single mission area. Once deployed, the 114th Infantry Battalion will assume command of the IRISHBATT Area of Operations, taking over from 113th Infantry Battalion who deployed to the mission area last November.The Irish Battalion will be comprised of 450 Irish army, naval and air corps personnel.The unit will also include ten soldiers from the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM).This will be the second rotation of AFM personnel with Irish troops to Lebanon.There was a carnival feel to today’s events with schoolchildren and families all attending the event.It was a very special occasion for Lt Col Paul Kelly from Letterkenny who will be the Officer Commanding the 114th Infantry Battalion in South Lebanon.He paid special tribute to the families and loved ones left behind while they travelled on their tour of duty.“No mission overseas can thrive without the continued support of our loved ones, families and friends at home. Military service and particularly overseas service is a sacrifice that is borne hardest by those we leave behind.“I know that I speak on behalf of the men and women of this unit when I express my sincere appreciation for your support, thoughts and prayers when we are deployed abroad.“Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to all the soldiers of the 114th Infantry Battalion for their continuing service and loyalty to the state and to the cause of peace and wish every one of them a safe and successful tour of duty,” he said.Among those who also attended the ceremony was Minister for Education Joe McHugh as well as local county councillors.Donegal salutes soldiers as Minister promises “swift action” on pay and conditions was last modified: May 7th, 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)last_img read more

Neotel extends broadband to SADC

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The network is being built by Neotel Business Support Services, the Neotel Group subsidiary responsible for rolling out the R2-billion long-distance South African national network being built by Neotel and mobile operator MTN. South African fixed-line operator Neotel is partnering with state broadband provider Infraco to offer international connectivity to clients in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. “Interconnect is part of building any telecommunications network,” Neotel Business Support Services’ Imran Abbas said in a statement this week. “We have therefore embarked on a proactive strategy to provide interconnect into these countries, to offer an alternative to the incumbent.” 19 August 2009 Once these countries are connected to Neotel’s network, they will have the alternative option of connecting internationally via undersea data cables. International connectivitycenter_img “We are not going to be selling services to these countries,” Abbas explained. “Our priority remains South Africa, and we have already made tremendous strides in connecting the five metros, and will next focus on growing the network across the rest of South Africa.” According to Neotel, it is already servicing customers in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania that the company inherited from its acquisition of Transtel, but it has yet to decide on further expansion into the continent. “What is likely to happen is that South African companies we are servicing inside the country will pull us with them as they expand their businesses into the African continent,” Abbas said. Transtel legacy Fibre rollout into South Africa’s neighbouring countries started in 2008, with Lesotho being the first network completed. The Namibian network is also complete, while networks in Botswana and Mozambique will be complete “within a couple of weeks,” Abbas said.last_img read more

South Africa’s election free and fair: AU

first_img9 May 2014 The African Union’s (AU’s) election observer mission has declared South Africa’s 2014 national and provincial elections as free, fair, transparent and credible. “The elections were also peaceful and reflect the wishes and aspirations of South Africans,” the mission said in its preliminary report on Friday. The mission will release its final and comprehensive report two months after the elections. Officials from the 54-member strong observer mission were deployed in all the nine provinces. Led by former Ghanaian president John Kufuor, the mission was made up of representatives from the Pan African Parliament, human rights groups and civil society from over 25 African countries. Releasing the report to the media in Pretoria, the deputy head of the mission, Ibrahim Fall, who is also a former assistant secretary-general to the United Nations, said they were pleased with the general political and electoral environment. Fall said the mission noted that the parties conducted themselves in accordance with the electoral law. “The general political and electoral environment was generally peaceful across the country, with voters being able to exercise their right to vote. “There was also a high level of tolerance between the contesting political parties and their supporters. The mission also noted the professionalism of the security forces,” he told journalists at the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) national results centre in Pretoria. Regarding the preparedness of the IEC, the mission observed that the commission’s personnel were adequately trained in all aspects of the electoral process and demonstrated high levels of professionalism, competence and understanding of their roles and responsibilities. On polling stations and election materials, the team noted that most of the polling stations were located in public places, and that the commission had conveniently placed signposts to direct voters to these polling stations. Election materials were adequate in most of the polling stations visited and were deployed well in advance. However, a few incidents of inadequate voting material at some polling stations were observed. The mission also noted the special measures taken by the IEC to facilitate and assist special groups, including the elderly and people with disabilities, and was particularly impressed with the participation of women and youth in the elections, as well as with the use of technology. As the electoral process is yet to be concluded, the mission called on all stakeholders to continue to uphold peace and harmony across the country and await the final announcement of results. The IEC is due to declare the final results at 6pm on Saturday. Kufuor congratulated South Africa, saying the mission had taken lessons. “We commend the IEC and the people … They have shown commitment in their own processes … South Africa has set the bar high for other countries who have upcoming elections.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Advice for New Cinematographers

first_imgGive your career a boost with some expert advice from legendary cinematographers.If you want to be a better Director of Photography then you would do well to listen to the advice of such legendary cinematographers as Roger Deakins, Vittorio Storaro, Sean Bobbit, Paul Cameron, Vilmost Zsigmond and more. Thanks to Cinefii.com you can learn a huge amount from some of the world’s most respected cinematic craftsman.“You have to have your own way of seeing, if that’s not too pretentious a way to put it, you have to have something to offer.” – Roger DeakinsAdvice for Aspiring CinematographersTriple Academy Award winning Vittorio Storaro is probably most famous for shooting Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, but he has 65 other credits to his name. In this clip his advice to aspiring cinematographers is to lean towards rather than technology. “Nobody is explaining to us (at filmschool) the meaning; the philosophy of light, the philsophy of colour.”Don Burgess ASC shares the piece of advice that’s most stuck with him throughout his career and concludes that “You can’t control everything.” Don was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for his work on Forest Gump. In the clip below he shares his advice for up-coming cinematographers who want to progress in the business. “What I try to keep in mind always is that one of the most important things to be a cinematographer making movies is to keep the energy and passion for what we’re doing.”Eduard Grau has shot some visually very interesting features including Tom Ford’s A Single Man, and Rodrigo Cortes tense thriller Buried. In the clip below he shares the best piece of advice that he’s ever been given. Dante Spinoti has shot some my my favorite films – LA Confidential, Heat, The Insider, and in this short clip he shares some encouraging wisdom for young cinematographers.center_img “Cinematographers aren’t born, they develop over time.”Sean Bobbitt is probably most know for his work on 12 Years A Slave for which he was nominated for numerous awards and has worked in all sorts of field’s as a cameraman, including war zones. His advice to would-be cinematographers is to shoot as much as you can as often as you can. Sound advice for any craftsman.“It’s the most difficult thing to break in to be a cinematographer, the only ones who will survive are those who really cannot live without out it.” – Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos has worked on some exceptional movies including Heaven’s Gate, The Deer Hunter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and many many more.Dean Cundey has shot many more films that you might love, than you would know from not really recognising his name, but he was DoP on Jurassic Park, Apollo 13, Back To The Future to name just a few. Dean has some astute wisdom to share in these two clips.“I think one of the things that is surprising is that you have to fit into a team… and learning how to collaborate only comes with experience.”last_img read more

Clutch Castro carries TNT to tie Finals series at 2-2

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? “It was a hard-fought ballgame. Both teams gave their best today and it’s nice that we ended up with the win,” said coach Nash Racela. “All we did, really, was just to tie the series.”Seemingly inspired by his laboring wife Kristy in the United States, hulking TNT import Joshua Smith frustrated the Beermen frontline and racked 20 markers, 15 boards, and two dimes as he imposed his presence in the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoger Pogoy also recaptured his shooting touch and fired 14 points on a 6-of-9 sniping from the field, on top of three rebounds to bounce back from his two scoreless outings.Ranidel de Ocampo chipped in 13 markers, five rebounds, and three dimes while Troy Rosario had his best outing in the championship series with 13 points, three boards, and three assists. Game 5 is on Friday, still at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Racela said that the TNT players were motivated seeing Chris Ross and Charles Rhodes bag the individual plums earlier in the night.“After they got their awards, I huddled the team and just told them, ‘Let them get all the individual awards and let’s get the team awards.’ For us that’s the more important thing,” he said.Winning the Best Import award earlier, Rhodes did not go home happy as he hit the showers early after getting ejected with 1:08 left in the fourth period. He led San Miguel with 22 points and eight rebounds.Alex Cabagnot scored 18 markers, six boards, and five assists, while Marcio Lassiter shot 1-of-8 from beyond the arc and chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT It was a night to forget for Ross, who earlier was feted with the Best Player of the Conference award, but was limited to just eight markers, five boards, four assists, and two steals.Foul-riddled all game long, June Mar Fajardo also struggled in the tiff as he finished with 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.The Scores:TNT 102 – Smith 20, Castro 17, Pogoy 14, Rosario 13, De Ocampo 13, Garcia 10, Tautuaa 6, Rosales 3, Reyes 3, Williams 2, Semerad 1, Carey 0.SAN MIGUEL 97 – Rhodes 22, Cabagnot 18, Lassiter 14, Fajardo 13, Santos 12, Ross 8, De Ocampo 4, Tubid 3, Heruela 3, Espinas 0, Semerad 0, McCarthy 0, Van Opstal 0, Agovida 0.Quarters: 27-24, 49-47, 73-76, 102-97. 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 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jayson Castro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro took matters into his own hands and carried TNT to a 102-97 victory to equalize the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series to two games apiece Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The speedy Kapampangan playmaker scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and got four rebounds, as he spurred the huge fourth quarter rally from a 78-73, capped off by an amazing reverse layup with 1:39 to spare to steer the KaTropa to the huge Game 4 win.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas stint ‘dream come true’ for Fil-German Standhardinger LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Calisaan shocked by ejection, rues missed chance to play on home floor

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Calisaan seethed over losing the rare opportunity, saying that games like those is a big for San Sebastian, which could put them at a good standing at the end of the first round while giving a show to its schoolmates.“We need to be complete when we’re playing because if we’re not, my teammates may have a hard time adjusting,” he said.But Calisaan accepts his fate and vows to be the Golden Stags’ loudest booster on their home floor, entrusting much of the leadership to their trio of guards in RK Ilagan, Ryan Costelo, and Renzo Navarro.“I hope they all step up. I just told them to enjoy their game so that we’ll all be happy,” he said. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lack of tournaments not a problem for Lehnert Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Calisaan was slapped with two unsportsmanlike fouls while playing defense on Sidney Onwubere, sending him out of the game with 1:14 left in the period.The 22-year-old forward argued that he didn’t do anything wrong with his defense.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 opening“I know for myself it’s not an unsportsmanlike foul. I wasn’t going for the face or the head. Even if you review the tapes, I only hit him in the elbow. I was going for the ball, but he double-pumped and that’s the reason why (Onwubere) got hit in the arm.”Consistently racking double-doubles this season with his averages of 16.1 points and 10.0 rebounds, Calisaan’s ejection takes him out of the running for the end of season awards.center_img Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMichael Calisaan was in disbelief after he got ejected late in the third quarter of San Sebastian’s 75-73 win over EAC on Friday.“I don’t know,” said Calissan, struggling to explain what led him to hit the showers early.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That, however, means little for the fourth-year forward, sharing that his biggest goal is to help the Golden Stags return to the Final Four for the first time since 2013.“The important thing for me is to win and to achieve what we’re aspiring for which is to be a champion. We’ll all try our best to do that,” he said. “I’ve won awards before, but if you get those and your team is in the bottom, that means nothing. What I want more is to be on top, make it to the Final Four for the first time in college. I made it in high school but that has eluded me in college.”San Sebastian currently stands at an even 4-4 with a game left in the first round.The ejection, though, will keep Calisaan out of the Golden Stags’ home game against JRU on Thursday, where he is set to serve his one-game suspension.“It could have been my first time playing in our home court,” he rued.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Serena Williams Only Loses In Big Upsets Because Shes Always A Big

For the second straight year, Serena Williams’s bid to make history at the U.S. Open was derailed in a semifinal upset. Last year, Williams was seeking to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988 and to tie Graf’s Open-era record of 22 career major titles when she was defeated by No. 43 Roberta Vinci. On Thursday night, Williams was two match wins from passing Graf in career major titles, but, hampered by an injury to her left knee, she lost to No. 11 Karolina Pliskova.Williams was ranked No. 1 heading into both matches. And according to win probabilities based on our tennis Elo ratings, both results were big surprises: She had a 97 percent chance of beating Vinci and an 87 percent chance against Pliskova.1In this article, our estimates of win probability heading into matches at this year’s U.S. Open use a blend of players’ overall Elo ratings and Elo ratings based only on hard-court matches, according to the methods described in our article about our tournament forecast. For earlier matches, we’re using probabilities based on overall Elo ratings for both players. That’s not unusual for Williams, who has left majors in two ways over the past five years, each one happening about as often as the other: Either as the champion (9 of 20) or as the loser of a big upset (11 of 20). She has had at least an 85 percent chance of winning all 11 of the matches she has lost at majors since 2012 (her first year playing the majors in her 30s). Those 11 losses are among the 14 most surprising of her career at majors: In other words, her 14 Slam losses for which she entered the matches with the highest Elo-based win probabilities.The series of surprise losses is the result of two factors:1) Williams is losing more matches she should win, perhaps a reflection of increased susceptibility in her 30s to injury or wear during a tournament. She has won 89 percent of Slam matches since 2012 in which she had an 85 percent chance or better, compared with a 96 percent win percentage in the same type of matches before 2012.2In both time periods, the average of her win probability in these matches was 95 percent.2) Against a field with fewer all time-greats than she faced earlier in her career, Williams is playing a lot more matches as a big favorite, giving her more opportunities to be upset: She has had at least an 85 percent chance of winning in 88 percent of her major matches since the start of 2012, compared with 64 percent earlier. read more

Justin Kluivert wants to emulate Roma legend Totti

first_imgAS Roma’s new signing Justin Kluivert is hoping to follow in the footsteps of club legend Francesco Totti as he aims to prove his worth at the clubThe 19-year-old has joined the Serie A giants from Dutch side Ajax, after ending last season with 10 goals in 30 Eredivisie appearances.Kluivert, son of Dutch great Patrick, had been linked with moves to Manchester United and Barcelona over the past year but instead made the surprise switch to Roma in June for an initial fee of €17.25m.Speaking to the media in his official presentation, Kluivert outlined his aim to prove himself in Italy.On what his goal is at Roma, he told the club website: “It is to show myself, not only what I did in Holland but I want to do more. I want to show the world.“I am still young but I think I can learn a lot here. I can’t wait to get started in all the competitions and, yes, with the players we have I think we can do some great things this season,”“Going from Ajax to a big Italian club like Roma is a huge step forward for me. The club wants to improve, and I hope to improve as well with it. If we accomplish as a team and stay as a team we can bring Roma to an even higher level.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.PRESS CONFERENCE | ?️ | Justin Kluivert is currently being presented to the media at Trigoria by sporting director Monchi. Key quotes to follow… #ASRoma #Trigoria2018 pic.twitter.com/Qneiw3c0Cv— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 19, 2018Kluivert will be using Totti as an inspiration to help him help become a success at Roma.“Totti is a legend here, a great player,” he said.“I look him to him. I want to be like him one day, to have the respect of the people – and you can only do that by showing it on the pitch with your feet.”Kluivert has signed a five-year deal at Roma.last_img read more

Ramos Only physicality and intensity prevail in football

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos refuses to take Al Ain lightly ahead of this evening’s Club World Cup finalFollowing Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Japanese side Kashima Antlers, Real will now take on local team Al Ain.The European champions are gunning for a third World Cup in a row and are considered the strong favourites.But Ramos knows all too well that in football anything can happen and, therefore, intends to stay on guard as Real attempt to make more history today.“We’ve got another chance to retain the Club World Cup,” said Ramos on the club website.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“No club has won it three years in a row and we’re really looking forward to the final and are hoping to take the trophy home before going on holiday”“We’re really looking forward to the game and we have the utmost respect for the opponent, River were favourites, but we saw that the badge alone doesn’t win you anything.“Physicality and intensity prevail in football. We know that they have the swede up top, the Brazilian on the left or the Egyptian in the midfield.“Football is much more even these days and we’ll go out knowing that it will be a very difficult match”.The World Cup final between Real and Al Ain will take place at the Zayed Sports City Stadium with kick-off set for 17:30 (CET).last_img read more

HEA Members Will See A Rate Increase For The New Year

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) members will see an increase in their monthly bills beginning January 1, 2018. According to a press release, HEA proposes an increase to the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) rate from $0.06805 to $0.07077 per kilowatt hour, which is an increase of 4.0%. The COPA is adjusted on a quarterly basis and primarily reflects the cost of natural gas used to generate power for HEA members. The average residential member who uses 550 kWh/month will see a $1.49 increase in their bill.last_img read more