Tour de France: Tributes paid to Nice victims

first_imgOrganisers had debated whether the stage should be cancelled and officials observed a minute’s silence before the first rider went down the ramp. There was another minute of silence at the podium ceremony after the stage.Dutchman Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) clocked 50 minutes 15 seconds, beating Froome by 1:03.The Briton, however, extended his overall race lead to 1:47 over Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), who moved up to second but lost 51 seconds to the Team Sky rider.Froome’s compatriot Adam Yates (Orica-Bike Exchange) dropped from second to third, 2:45 off the pace after battling strong head and crosswinds.Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost 2:04 on the day to Froome, to slip from third to fourth overall, 2:59 off the pace ahead of a gruelling final week in the Alps.Australian Richie Porte finished 21st on Friday and now sits eighth overall, 4:27 off the pace.The BMC Racing rider was involved in a pile-up with Froome on Thursday’s 12th stage after hitting a TV motorbike that was forced to stop by spectators crowding in on the course.Porte said Friday’s stage was a hard time trial and windy.”Yesterday with the motorbike doesn’t really help much either … I’m a little bit sore from yesterday. It’s quite disappointing to be honest. But I’m sure the race is not over yet.” The 13th stage began with the tour’s publicity caravan – usually playing loud music to energise the thousands lining the route – silenced for the day following the attack in Nice.A gunman at the wheel of a heavy truck ploughed into a crowd celebrating France’s national day in the southern city late on Thursday, killing at least 84 people and injuring scores in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act.”I woke up this morning and learnt something terrible had happened. It’s an extremely sad day. So it was a stage with two sides,” said Dumoulin following his second stage win of the Tour after he prevailed in a mountain-top finish at Arcalis, Andorra last Sunday.”There was a question this morning whether we could start. And I think it was right to go on racing. It’s horrific what happened but we cannot let terrorists decide on how we should be living.”Two hours before my start it was decided to race and I decided to do everything I could to race well because that’s the only thing I can do. I did a very good TT (time trial). I did a good time. I cannot say anything about the others. It was a very good TT for me personally.”Froome lacked the juice to beat time trial specialist Dumoulin but showed no ill effects of Thursday’s 12th stage crash when he retained the yellow jersey thanks to a jury decision that cancelled the time he and Porte had lost in the incident.AAPlast_img read more

Matter engaging our legal team – Digicel

first_imgShut down of trans border linkDays after reports that Surinamese authorities shut down a trans-border microwave data link being used by Digicel Guyana, a senior official at the company has confirmed that the matter is engaging the attention of the company’s legal team.This is according to Digicel’s Public Relations Manager, Vidya Sanichara. When contacted by Guyana Times, Sanichara declined to comment when asked what steps the company is taking to resolve the matter. However, she promised to update the media at a later time.GTT is currently the only company in Guyana with an underwater fibre-optic cable, though another local company is reportedly interested in landing a cable of itsThe reported shutdown of Digicel’s link with Suriname is now engaging the attention of their legal teamown.This gives GTT, whose parent company is United States based Atlantic Telenetwork, the capacity to supply connectivity and Internet throughout Guyana. For some time, however, the company has complained about Digicel using a link from Suriname for its data.The link in question, which has reportedly since been shut down by Surinamese authorities, is said to be behind recent disruptions in Digicel’s service. While Digicel has been silent in an official capacity on the reported shutdown, customers who were inconvenienced reportedly received free data as compensation.And their main competitor has been addressing the issue. At a press conference on Monday, GTT CEO Justin Nedd had shied away from suggestions his company had a hand in their competitor’s dilemma.“I do know that they have been working with the operators in Suriname to ensure operations are done in an above-board manner. The Surinamese regulators are doing their job. It’s not unusual for operators and regulators to communicate, but with respect to how they execute their mandate, that’s within their purview.”Nedd would only admit that GTT has complained about the trans-border link to the Guyana Government. According to Nedd, GTT did not commence or threaten legal proceedings against Digicel.On the matter of capacity, Nedd had maintained that his company was able to provide the same service to Digicel. He referenced times when GTT itself has provided the network for data services in neighbouring countries.“I am very confident that we have the capacity and in fact I would like to reiterate that in 2018, we carried all the Internet traffic for Suriname, French Guiana and Guyana. And the network was resilient enough to do it.”“Because there were outages in Suriname and French Guiana at the same time… given the architecture of the Guyana network, it provided enough utility to carry that traffic. So I don’t believe it’s a matter of capacity and I want to dispel that notion. Our network can handle the traffic,” he had said.After GTT had raised the issue, the Public Telecommunications Ministry had previously questioned whether GTT had the capacity to provide Digicel with the data service link. Digicel customers have over the past few days been severely affected by the break down, with services like electronic top up no longer available.last_img read more

City honors soldiers by posting banners

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Mayor Pete Ramirez stood at attention and saluted Wednesday as a city work crew installed the first of eight banners honoring local military men and women. The banner with the name of Army Sgt. Victor Medrano is the first of several that eventually will line Whittier Boulevard as part of Rivera’s Operation Hometown Heroes campaign honoring local soldiers now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This is a token of our appreciation to the armed forces,” Ramirez said. Residents have submitted the names of more than a dozen active soldiers to the city so far for recognition, said spokesman Bob Spencer. As many as 25 banners eventually will go up on Whittier Boulevard, between Rosemead Boulevard and Durfee Avenue. Officials also are considering extending the program to include any local residents serving in the military, regardless of where they are stationed. City Council members approved $5,000 to fund the banner project. The banners will stay up for three months, Spencer added. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 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

Letterkenny AC: Strong club presence as Donegal women go ‘tantalisingly close’ to medals

first_imgSeveral Letterkenny AC runners made the 330 KM round trip to Dundalk IT for the National Novice cross country championships.Karol Duggan had an excellent run to finish 15th in a time of 19.52 in a highly competitive men’s race comprising 172 runners. Karol was a highly promising teenage runner who has now returned to athletics.He is currently fulfilling the youthful promise he showed and led the Donegal team to bronze medals in the Inter County section.The team were just 3 points behind runners up, Antrim.  He was given good backing by 5 Finn Valley AC runners, Mark McPaul, Dermot McElchar, James McFadden, John McElhill and Dalton McGuigan. There were also excellent runs from another couple of LAC runners, Adam Friel who finished in 21.22 and Raymond Birch who clocked 21.42.In an equally competitive women’s race with 136 competitors, LAC’s 5 runners all put in tremendous performances. In-form Nakita Burke had an excellent top 20 placing in a time of 15.29.With the help of Irene McFadden (16.09), Jane Toner (16.23) and Deirdre Diver (16.57), the LAC team finished in a highly creditable 6th place in the Inter Club category. Siobhan Gallagher also had a good run and crossed the line in 17.09.The Donegal team came tantalisingly close to gaining medals in the Inter County section.They finished in 4th position, with 75% of the team being LAC runners- Nakita, Irene and Jane. The 4th Donegal counter was Lifford & Strabane AC’s Leoni Mullen.Coach Teresa McDaid had a rather longer return journey of 5,500 KM to the European Cross Country Championship in  Chia, Italy  in her role as team manager of the Irish Senior Women’s team and Under 23 Women’s team.Fionnuala McCormack competed for a record 14th time. She turned in an excellent performance to finish in 5th place.She clocked 25.28 for the 8,000 metres course and was just 1 second behind the 4th placed runner. The team finished 6th, after battling with Romania for bronze medals for much of the race. In Teresa’s Under 23 team, the top performer was Bethanie Murray.Several LAC runners ran in the Letterkenny Parkrun 5K on Saturday morning. Seamus Morrison was 3rd in a time of 21.08. Paul Lee’s time of 21.48 gave him 5th place. Richard Raymond’s good form continued and the big Kerryman ran 22.15, to finish 6th overall and 1st in the M60-64 category. Cathal Roarty’s time of 23.34 was the fastest of his 6 parkruns to date. He was  8th and the 2nd M50-54 runner.Mr ‘Letterkenny Parkrun’, Peter McLean ran the event, which only started 10 months ago, for the 33rd time. His time of 26.22 gave him 1st place in the M55-59 category.The race winner was Gary Crossan, now of Dundrum South Dublin, but who represented LAC for so long and with such distinction.Letterkenny AC: Strong club presence as Donegal women go ‘tantalisingly close’ to medals was last modified: December 12th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Letterkenny AClast_img read more

McHugh welcomes Budget 2018 for Donegal jobs, tourism and the Gaeltacht

first_imgDonegal TD and Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh has welcomed many measures announced in Budget 2018 today which are due to benefit Donegal.Minister McHugh says he is delighted with a decision of Cabinet today to retain the 9 per cent VAT rate on the hospitality industry. Some Opposition TDs wanted to raise the rate back to 13.5 per cent.But the Fine Gael cabinet Minister says Government has recognised how the reduced rate has driven jobs growth and the tourism industry. He also welcomed tax cuts for lower and middle income earners, the reduction in the pupil-teacher ratio creating hundreds of new positions and the fact this Government is balancing the books of the country for the first time in a decade.“I have lobbied hard within the Cabinet and within Government for the VAT rate to be retained at 9 per cent,” said Minister McHugh.“Nationally this decision in 2011 has created 40,500 jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry with many many hundreds of those in County Donegal.“The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure understood how important tourism is for counties like Donegal and that the retention of the lower rate is key for hotels, cinemas and restaurants. “With the continuing decline in the value of Sterling over the euro, this decision is key to Border counties like Donegal. While prices in Dublin continue to rise, it was agreed that any change in the rate could impact on the tourism sector outside the capital.“I know from speaking to all those in the tourism sector – including those in re-opened hotels and restaurants right across the county – that this decision is key to their future growth.”Minister McHugh said changes in income tax today are designed to help low paid workers with the second rate of USC reduced from 2.5 per cent to 2 per cent and the third rate reduced from 5 per cent to 4.75 per cent.“The ceiling on the second rate is being increased to €19,372. A full-time worker on the minimum wage will see their annual income increase by €608 as a result in the increase in the minimum wage from €9.25 per hour to €9.55 per hour.“As a result of the tax changes married one-earner couples with two children with a total of income of €55,000 will benefit up to €8 per week if an employee and €11 per week if self-employed.” An additional 800 gardaí and 500 civilians will be added to An Garda Siochana in 2018. There will also be 1,300 additional teachers in 2018 and 1,000 new special needs assistants posts as the pupil-teacher ratio is reduced to 26 to 1.There will also be an extra €685M for the health service, taking annual funding to €15.3 Billion. Social welfare payments are to increase by €5 per week. Charities will also be able to claim VAT back.Deputy McHugh, who is also Minister for Gaeilige, the Gaeltacht and the Islands also announced his own department is to receive a 4 per cent increase in funding to €62.5M in 2018.The extra €2.5M – which is on top of a €2.5M this year – will help promote Irish across the country with: An additional €1.4m to support the Language Planning Process under the 20 year Strategy for the Irish Language;€400,000 in additional funding for Údarás na Gaeltachta to invest in its capital programmes and to increase supports for Gaeltacht co-operatives and community development organisations, bringing capital funding for An tÚdarás up to €7mAn additional allocation of €687,000 for the Department’s Language Support Schemes outside the GaeltachtMinister McHugh said: “I am particularly pleased with the additional €1.4m which has been provided to support the language planning process.“Last month, I announced that the first three Gaeltacht language plans had been approved in Donegal and Galway allowing those plans to move on to the  most important phase of the language planning process, that being the implementation of the language plans.“This additional funding will be vital as more language plans are approved and move into the implementation phase over the coming year.”McHugh welcomes Budget 2018 for Donegal jobs, tourism and the Gaeltacht was last modified: October 11th, 2017 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)last_img read more

Brand South Africa mourns the passing of Minister Edna Molewa

first_imgLast week, the world woke up to the sad news on the passing of the first female Premier of the North West, Minister Edna Molewa.Born Bomo Edith Edna Molewa (23 March 1957), she was a South African politician and member of the African National Congress. Molewa became the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of South Africa on 31 October 2010. On 25 May 2014, after the department had split, she was appointed as Minister of Environmental Affairs. She passed on while still serving in dignity as the Minister of her appointed department.Described as dedicated, humble yet combat-ready by those who worked with her, Minister Edna Molewa has certainly left a gap that will be hard to fill in the cabinet of South Africa. Brand SA extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of this esteemed heroine.Video: GCISlast_img read more

A loss for agriculture on Election Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When an election season includes a vote for President, the issues that are further down the ballot rarely get any attention. That is the case for a ballot initiative, “Question 3”, proposed in Massachusetts that will make it illegal to sell veal, pork or eggs from animals that have been confined to crates or cages of a certain size. The recent passage of that initiative is a blow to not only agriculture in that state, but around the country.“The legislation not only banned those practices in Massachusetts, but it also bans any products from being sold in the state that came from operations that used those housing methods,” said Hannah Thomson-Weeman, communications director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance. “Massachusetts is not a big ag state and it only has one farm that has cages for their laying hens, which is why activists groups chose to put this type of legislation on the ballot there.”The Humane Society of the United States was the main driver of this initiative investing over $2 million, over 90% of the funds raised for backing this plan, outspending the opposition by a rate of 10 to one.With that money, time and effort, anti-agriculture groups were able to overpower the alternative message, which was about food costs.“Not only are these cage-free practices not really necessarily better for the animals, there are issues of aggression, increased mortality and increased management by the farmer,” Thompson-Weeman said. “Of course, the intention is to make farmers comply and change to these new rules which costs money and that will increase food prices and make for some difficult decisions at the grocery store.”Anti-poverty advocate Diane Sullivan was one of the representatives opposing these new regulations and she talked, in detail, about how increased food costs on a very common protein source will have a negative impact on families that are trying to get by on a lower wage.“Cage-free eggs are a choice at the grocery store right now and the vast majority of people don’t make that choice,” Thompson-Weeman said. “They buy conventionally-produced eggs because that’s what fits in their budget and that’s what they can afford.”This new legislation will impact those who can’t afford to pay whatever it costs for cage-free eggs more than any other group of consumers.“There’s a reason our farming systems are designed they way they are today,” Thompson-Weeman said. “It’s all about maximizing animal health and efficiency so at the end of the day we can produce a safe, healthy and affordable product for consumers.”The Animal Agriculture Alliance anticipates continued issues like Massachusetts’ “Question 3” to come up, especially in states that do not have a strong farming community where legislators and voters aren’t as informed about agriculture. The organization is recommending a proactive approach when connecting with consumers, law makers and influencers so when they hear myths and misinformation about ag, they can sort through what is true and what is not.last_img read more

Ohio Pork Council names Melissa Bell Interim Executive Vice-President

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to name Melissa Bell as Interim Executive-Vice President, beginning December 16, 2019.In this role, Bell will work alongside the board of directors to manage and execute OPC’s strategic goals, coordinate state checkoff programs, and continue the organization’s involvement in H2Ohio, in addition to the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative. Bell has served as OPC’s Director of Membership Outreach since May 2018, in which she organized events and maintained relationships with key investors, members and partners of the organization.“Melissa is a tremendous asset to the Ohio Pork Council, which is why we are pleased to offer her the opportunity to serve as Interim Executive Vice-President,” said Dave Shoup, President, Ohio Pork Council. “Given Melissa’s leadership experience in agriculture, coupled with her passion for the industry, we are confident she will excel in this role.”Before joining OPC in 2018, Bell served as the Sponsorship Development Consultant at the Ohio FFA Foundation, and prior to that as the Executive Director for the Foundation. In addition, Bell served as the Regional Supervisor and Organizational Director with Ohio Farm Bureau. Bell also worked as the Coordinator of Admissions for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Bell replaces Bryan Humphreys, who has accepted a new position with the National Pork Board in Iowa.last_img read more

Former Purefoods point guard Ulysses ‘Buboy’ Tanigue passes away

first_imgUlysses “Buboy” Tanigue. PHOTO FROM TANIGUE’S FACEBOOKCOTABATO CITY — Former Purefoods point guard star Ulysses “Buboy” Tanigue passed away at 43 years old on Sunday around 9 a.m. due to a lingering illness.Efren Piñol, Tanigue’s former coach with the North Cotabato Braves, which played in the Manila Basketball League in 2004, said Tanigue had died after eight years of battling leukemia.ADVERTISEMENT Tanigue started his career with the San Sebastian Stags and was eventually drafted by Purefoods.Tanigue was a three-time Most Valuable Player of the Stags.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe also played with the Chowking team at the Philippine Basketball League.He later quit basketball and worked as sports coordinator of Mlang, North Cotabato. While working in Mlang in 2010, he was diagnosed with chronic leukemia. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In 2016, he worked at the office of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol but had to go on medical leave after his operation for tumor.Tanigue is survived by his wife, Emelyn, and children Anne Margaret, 14; and Pete Maverick 13. His wake was at the Tanigue Residence in Barangay Poblacion in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. /je Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Jokic has triple-double as Nuggets beat Mavericks Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more