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‘CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY’ CAMPAIGNERS ADD WATER CHARGES TO HITLIST – AVERAGE CHARGE OF €625

first_imgDONEGAL anti-auserity campaigners have now added proposed water charges to their campaign hitlist – vowing to stop them as independent experts predicted the annual charge for a family will be around €625 per year.This figure does not include the proposed €40 per year standing charge.The Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign says that plans to introduce water charges are in disarray before a single water meter has been fitted and has called for the planned charges to be scrapped. Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig of the campaign steering committee said today: “The news that households will be expected to pay for the cost of water meter installation suggests that the government has learned nothing from the Household Charge fiasco. There will be even more resistance to paying this.”He claimed the Government has been “rocked” by the level of non-payment of the Household tax.The campaigner went on: “Labour Party councillors around the country are in open revolt to the proposal, while in Donegal, Labour Councillors have hastily joined Sinn Fein and even Fianna Fail councillors on what is becoming a very crowded bandwagon, in opposing steps to pursue Household Tax non-payers.“Our campaign is totally opposed to water charges and meter charges. We are calling for water charges to be scrapped. If the government persists, we will organise a campaign of non-payment as we did with the Household Tax. “It is being argued that water metering is necessary as a conservation measure. This is not the case. It has been shown that in the long term, water usage declines by only 10% after metering. Compare this with the national average of 40% of water lost through the supply network in aging, leaky pipes.“It has been estimated that the cost of metering could be as high as € 1.5 billion. If this money was instead invested in improving the supply network, it would yield much greater savings in water use.“Water metering is a step towards privatisation, where our water supply will be turned into a commodity. This is also why it is proposed to take responsbility for the water supply network away from county councils and hand it to a new body, Irish Water.”The Government has rejected this claim.The Gaoth Dobhair man said however: “We are already paying for water supply and treatment from our general taxation. It is not a case of asking for ‘something for nothing’. We are demanding fairness and resisting the plunder of another of our natural resources.” Donegal County Council will lose all control over the delivery of water by 2017 at the latest.Meanwhile newspaper reports today suggest the household tax will rise to an annual fee of around €1,000 next year.‘CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY’ CAMPAIGNERS ADD WATER CHARGES TO HITLIST – AVERAGE CHARGE OF €625 was last modified: April 18th, 2012 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:CAN’T PAYWON’T PAY’ CAMPAIGNERS ADD WATER CHARGES TO HITLIST – AVERAGE CHARGE OF €625last_img read more

Anderson miscue raises questions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Begging the following questions: What was Anderson doing playing so shallow? What was Anderson doing so close to the foul line? And what was Anderson doing in left field at all? Anderson didn’t stick around to address any of those topics. By the time the Angels clubhouse was opened to reporters, Anderson had left the building. Loping. And still loping, as alarm spread round Anaheim Stadium. And then reaching … in vain … as the ball went over his head, and Yankees stampeded around the bases. Much to the surprise of seemingly everyone in the ballpark not wearing an Angels uniforms, Cano’s ball landed on the left-field grass, short of the warning track, going for what turned out to be a decisive, three-run double in a 4-2 Yankees victory Tuesday night. ANAHEIM – When the ball left the bat of Robinson Cano, it looked like Bartolo Colon and the Angels were out of a first-inning, bases-loaded jam. The ball was traveling to left field, seemingly more on a lazy loop than a screaming line, and outfielder Garret Anderson was on the case. Loping, in that sort of infuriatingly effortless way he always has. center_img But his teammates refused to fault him for not catching the ball. And his manager refused to second-guess himself for playing the oft-injured veteran in left field – for only the second time since Sept. 20. “That ball was hit pretty well,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He just drove it over Garret’s head. Have to tip your cap to him.” Scioscia conceded he and his staff “talked about” having Juan Rivera play left and leaving Anderson in the designated-hitter slot, where he spent most of his time the final two weeks of the season. When he played at all, that is. “If Garret gets to left field, it gives us more options later in the game,” Scioscia said. Hmmm. And how much better would those options be than a healthy Rivera in left and Anderson at DH? It was one of those crisp, low-tolerance type of games, with few scoring chances for either side. A game where even minor miscalculations or misjudgments would loom large. The Yankees got only two men to second base after the second inning. The Angels got just one to third in the first six-plus. “We never could string together any hits,” Adam Kennedy conceded. So when it was over, and the one “big” hit looked rather like something an average left fielder in decent physical shape ought to catch … it tended to loom large in the imagination, on a stage of this magnitude. Anderson has not been the picture of health the past two seasons. He missed 50 games in 2004 and 20 more this season with a sore knee and/or back, and he is not the defender he once was. Not by a mile. Even Scioscia seemed to concede that by DH-ing him, down the stretch. Then the Angels get to the playoffs, desperate to get Game 1 in a blink-and-it’s-over best-of-five series, and a gimpy Anderson, 33 going on 53, is back out there with the leather, watching what looked like an out turn into the game-winning hit. Scioscia wasn’t having any of it. “Anybody out there tonight is not going to catch that ball,” Scioscia said. “(Anderson) ran a good route.” And his health? “That didn’t come into play,” Scioscia insisted. Angels coach Ron Roenicke said Anderson was not at fault. By omission or commission. “A left-hand hitter, not too many drive the ball that well to left in this ballpark,” Roenicke said. “Maybe (Jason) Giambi. “For me, I’d rather have (Anderson) play (in) for the line drive. If the guy ends up smoking one, give him credit.” And his first thought, when the ball left Cano’s bat? “I thought it was trouble,” Roenicke said. Colon agreed. “The ball started low and started rising,” he said. “I knew it would be a tough play for Garret.” Not everyone was so sure. Cano, for one, said he wasn’t at all sure the ball would be more than Anderson could handle. “As soon as I hit it, I was (saying) ‘Go over, go over!’ I just see it wasn’t over his head.” Well, it was. But And now the Angels are in a fix, down 1-0 in a low-tolerance series. Maybe we couldn’t expect Mike Scioscia to say, “My bad! Garret should have been sitting next to me in the dugout!” But if Anderson is announced as the DH in the win-or-else Game 2 tonight, as he ought to be, that may be confession enough of a crucial error in judgment from the Angels’ field boss. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Readers may write him at paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com. 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

Locals become Donegal experts with Fáilte Ireland – Picture Special

first_imgIf you’re looking for advice on things to do, places to eat and sights to see, then all you have to do is ask the newest crop of Local Experts for County Donegal. Nearly 80 individuals and representatives of Donegal’s tourism and hospitality sector attended Fáilte Ireland’s KNOW DONEGAL Local Experts Programme workshops yesterday at the Abbey Hotel, Donegal.The Local Experts Programme is part of an initiative by Fáilte Ireland to develop a network of local people who share knowledge and interact positively with visitors in Donegal. The programme aims to develop a tourism business network, social media initiatives and to make every visitor engagement a truly positive one in order to ultimately grow tourism businesses and the local economy. Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland with Caite Fealty, Fanad Lighhouse at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPhoto Clive WassonInga Bock, Rural Recreation Officer Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland and Mark Keane, OPW at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonSpeaking at the workshops, Amanda Boyle, Senior Travel Advisor with Fáilte Ireland said that those attending came from a diverse range of tourism businesses who all wanted to provide visitors with the best experience of Donegal, its attractions and people:“Today’s attendance at the workshops, with over 100 individuals and representatives of tourism and hospitality businesses attending is evidence of how important tourism is to the wider Donegal economy.“As we know, Donegal is a very popular destination for international and domestic visitors and its attractions are brought to life every day by locals interacting with tourists. Visitors not only seek out local people and their advice, they trust it. More and more holidaymakers tell us that they rely on and trust the advice and information received from the local people they meet during their stay.“This programme is building on that sentiment by inspiring all front-line employees and volunteers to turn every visitor interaction into a truly informative and positive experience and to help offer visitors relevant recommendations on places of interest to visit in Donegal.” Christina jose Irwin, Amanda Boyle Failte Ireland and Anne McCaughey, OPW, Donegal Castle at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonCaoimhe Magee, Donegal Adventure Centre and Linda Campbell, Failte Ireland at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPat Meehan and Gavin Curran, Curran Coaches with Amanda Boyle Failte Ireland at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonAt the core of this programme is a network of local people who came together to share local knowledge to help visitors make the most of their visit to Donegal. The programme will also feature social media initiatives, a Visitor Attractions pass and the future development of a tourism business network.Those seeking more information on the Programme can email: localexperts@failteireland.ie.See more photos from the event below:Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland and Michael Gallagher, Gallagher Cabs at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonInga Bock, Rural Recreation Officer Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland and Mark Keane, OPW at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPhoto Clive WassonThe packed room at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel . Photo Clive WassonEster O’Donnell and Amanda Boyle . Photo Clive WassonCaroline Gallagher, Failte Ireland, Amanda Boyle, Failte Ireland and Marion McGinley, Slieve League Distillers. Photo Clive WassonElaine McInaw, Abbey Hotel, Aine McIntyre, Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland, Sandra Keenan and Sheila Sheeran, Alingham Arms Bundoran at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive Wasson Locals become Donegal experts with Fáilte Ireland – Picture Special was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Failte Irelandknow donegallocal expertslast_img read more

WEF Africa: Breaking down the digital divide

first_imgIn the developing world, there are still 4-billion people who are not connected to the internet. The World Economic Forum aims to work with governments and civil society to close that digital divide, starting with programmes in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. World Economic Forum executive Alex Wong speaks about closing the digital divide at WEF Africa in Rwanda on 12 May 2016. (Image: Benedikt von Loebell, WEF, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via Flickr)• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls• How can digital technology boost growth in Africa? • Connecting women to technology• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Meet the global leaders heading WEF Africa 2016 Media Club South Africa reporterAccess to the internet gives people the ability to educate and empower themselves. But according to a recent report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), Internet for All: A Framework for Accelerating Internet Access and Adoption there are still 4-billion people, mainly in the developing world, who go without the internet.“The internet has become a pervasive, fundamental part of daily life,” said WEF executive Alex Wong. “But low internet penetration significantly impacts a country’s ability to participate in the digital economy, which is becoming an increasingly important priority for development as Africa, like the rest of the world, enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”He said it was time for governments, business, and civil society to break down the digital divide for the 55% of the world’s population who remain unconnected.Watch the press conference at WEF Africa in Rwanda last week:The report cited four main reasons for people remaining offline:Infrastructure: People aren’t logging on because a good, fast connection is not available – 31% of the global population don’t have 3G coverage, while 15% have no electricity. In sub-Saharan Africa some 600-million people, almost two-thirds of the region’s population, don’t have regular electricity.Affordability: The cost of devices and connectivity is another factor preventing many from accessing the internet, especially the 13% of the world population living below the poverty line. Broadband is only affordable for 100% of the population in only 29 countries.Skills, awareness and cultural acceptance: A key barrier for some is education – 15% of adults globally are considered illiterate. There are also cultural issues, with women up to 50% less likely to be using the internet than men.Local adoption and use: The vast majority – 80% – of online content is only available in 10 languages, which only about 3-billion people speak as their first language. Only 20.7% of Africa’s population is using the internet. (Image: WEF)Only 20% of Africans use the internet – we must fix this digital poverty now https://t.co/QV6RqJ8zwv #internet4all pic.twitter.com/mJKhVw1BcY— World Economic Forum (@wef) May 12, 2016Solutions proposedWEF urged governments to introduce policies that aim to improve infrastructure coverage and quality, provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford to get online, and set up public Wi-Fi.The report recommended adding ICT to the curriculum in schools and providing training to communities. A public-private collaboration is needed to close the global digital divide, it suggested.There is a framework included in the report for both governments and businesses to work towards. “The programme is being implemented in an initial project in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia, where 75-million people – 67% of the total population in these countries – currently have no access to the internet.”Click here to read the report.last_img read more

10 months agoSalihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich move

first_imgSalihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has held talks with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about a move to Germany next month.Bayern have upped their bid from €15m to €20m in the last 24 hours after being encouraged in talks with the player’s camp.BILD says Salihamidzic has spoken with Hudson-Odoi’s family about a career plan they have mapped out for the teenager.The 18 year-old is tied to Chelsea until 2020 and leaning towards leaving in January.For his part, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri says: “He’s still a very young player, we’ll have to wait a bit. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player, I’m sure of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more