Chinese company to conduct assessment on nationwide broadband network

first_imgThe Public Telecommunications Ministry signed an agreement with a Chinese firm, Huawei Telecommunications Equipment Company, to perform a comprehensive needs assessment to develop scope for the establishment of a nationwide broadband network.Government spokesperson Raphael Trotman during his post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday explained that the assessment is a part of the country’s efforts to develop its Information Communication and Technology (ICT) hub.He said the assessment will examine the level of effort and financing required and consideration of information systems application for all levels of Government.According to the Minister, this agreement does not preclude Government fromTelecommunications Minister Cathy Hughesentering into similar arrangements with other interested parties.When asked about previous studies conducted on Guyana’s E-governance programme, Trotman noted that the assessments found that the existing plans cannot be used.He said it is unfortunate that Government will have to start all over from scratch.Meanwhile, Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes will be travelling toDirector of the E-Government Unit, Floyd LeviSantiago, Chile, next month to participate in the Fourth Meeting of Ministers of E-government of Latin America and the Caribbean.The meeting will bring together Latin American and Caribbean leaders in the information technology sector to develop frameworks to promote successful ICT policies for implementation of digital programmes in Government work.Additionally, the forum will provide an opportunity for Guyana to build a network with Latin American and Caribbean countries and be provided with insights into how ICT is incorporated in their nations.The forum is being hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank in collaboration with the Organisation of American States and the Government of Chile.Director of the E-Government Unit under the Telecommunications Ministry, Floyd Levi, will be accompanying the Minister to this event.last_img read more

Sean Dyche: No problem with Danny Ings playing for England Under-21s this summer

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has added his perspective to the club-versus-country debate by saying he has no issue with Danny Ings playing for the England Under-21s this summer.Ings regularly features for Gareth Southgate’s young lions and is expected to be named in the squad for the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic at the end of the season.The 22-year-old has impressed for the Clarets in the Premier League this season, scoring nine goals for Dyche’s relegation threatened team, and the Burnley manager believes the tournament would be a great experience.“I think it is just the experience of it, playing different styles of football and I think it is about being around other young players, other talented players, different voices, different styles, different analysis techniques,” said Dyche.“We hope they learn from us, of course, but this is also for them to learn as a player, to become more rounded individuals as players.”The likes of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Ross Barkley are all eligible for Southgate but are regulars for the senior side, stirring doubts about whether they should compete for a younger age group.The discussion was fuelled further by Hull winger Tom Ince, who declared that he did not wish to be considered for selection for the tournament, citing his club development as his priority.Sports scientists and developers have warned coaches about protecting young players from burnout, but Dyche doesn’t see the problem with international summer commitments.The 43-year-old said: “Breaks at 22? In my holidays I used to go out in a field and play football when I was 17, 18, 19, 20, a bit of five-a-side with my mates.“I don’t over-think the idea of having these long breaks. I think they’ll be all right at 22. I am sure these people are educated and savvy enough with sports science etc to make sure these players have some downtime before they go into any tournament or event, and look at it wisely.“I trust in the professionalism of the national team as well as our own.” 1 Danny Ings last_img read more

The story of Lionel Messi’s childhood – video

first_imgLionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the greatest footballers of all time, and one of the most revered and recognisable sports stars on the planet.But what happened before the superstar burst onto the scene at Barcelona?From his humble unbringing in Argentina, to signing a contract on a paper napkin, watch the video above for the story of how Leo became the footballer he is today.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, you can subscribe FOR FREE to talkSPORT here!last_img

Hezbollah plans to rebuild Beirut with government donations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It does not appear money from the United States and the European Union was ending up in the hands of Hezbollah, an ally of Iran and Syria which is considered a terrorist organization by Washington. Al-Jack said the American and EU donations – about $140 million and $110 million promised, respectively – were not earmarked for family compensation but for infrastructure and technical help. Asked if U.S. money could be going to Hezbollah’s rebuilding project, a U.S. Embassy official in Beirut said, “I would doubt it.” The official, who insisted on anonymity under embassy rules, said U.S. funds were given for specific projects and would be carefully monitored. The European Union has not yet sent any reconstruction aid, waiting for a damage assessment by officials from the U.N., World Bank and Lebanese government, said Christiane Hohmann, a European Commission spokeswoman. The high-profile campaign to rebuild south Beirut gives Hezbollah a political boost in its yearlong power struggle with Saniora’s government. Since the 34-day war between Hezbollah and Israel ended in summer 2006 – leaving swaths of south Beirut and many towns and villages in southern Lebanon in ruins from Israeli bombardment – the two sides have competed to show who can do the most for the Lebanese people. “If this project succeeds, it will give credit to Hezbollah on a political as well as a popular level,” Adnan Sayyed Hussein, a professor of international relations at Beirut’s Lebanese University, said of the south Beirut reconstruction. BEIRUT, Lebanon – The Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah has launched a massive project to rebuild south Beirut, devastated in last year’s war with Israel – and it’s paying for much of the construction with international donor funds that were meant to strengthen its top rival, the Lebanese government. Western-backed Prime Minister Fuad Saniora’s government has been distributing the funds as compensation to families whose homes were destroyed by Israeli bombardment so they can build anew. But in south Beirut, long a Hezbollah stronghold, most of the families have promised to give their compensation – about $53,000 each – to the militant group to redevelop the devastated area in an ambitious plan likely to bolster Hezbollah’s standing. The money going into the government’s family compensation program comes mainly from Islamic and Arab nations, chief among them Saudi Arabia – a strong supporter of Saniora and opponent of Hezbollah – which has given $570 million, said Sanaa al-Jack, government spokeswoman for relief and reconstruction projects. Al-Jack said the Lebanese government was aware that south Beirut families were giving their compensation to Hezbollah but refused to comment further. A Saudi Foreign Ministry official said his country has “nothing to do with how the government distributes the money.” Work in the Beirut district known as Dahiyeh began over the summer. Hezbollah banners at dozens of construction sites across the area proclaim, “We will build it nicer than it was,” as thousands of workers lay foundations for new apartment buildings. The $370 million campaign – Lebanon’s biggest construction project since downtown Beirut was rebuilt in the 1990s following the country’s 15-year civil war – is being planned and directed by “Waad,” a branch of Hezbollah. Waad has been contracted by families to rebuild 213 of the district’s 300 destroyed buildings, including 3,700 units in apartment buildings as well as shops, offices, warehouses and schools, said Hassan Jishi, Waad’s general manager. It also will improve roads and build parking lots and gardens. The remaining 87 destroyed buildings are being rebuilt by individual owners who decided not to participate with Waad.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

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. FRIDAY Cheer tryout clinic, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Men’s Club will present “Heroic Jewish Journeys: Who are your Hometown Heroes?” 8 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 254-2411. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Irish story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Cheer tryout clinic, 2-4 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Pet adoption event will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petsmart, 24965 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY SCV Historical Society board of directors meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will discuss “Understanding Blood Pressure,” 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (661) 222-2405. Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free health lecture, titled “Diabetes Diagnosis & Treatment,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 7 p.m. at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 877-2775 or visit Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. TODAY Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon, 11:45 a.m. at El Chaparral restaurant, Canyon Country. Cost: $30-$50. Call (661) 702-6977 to reserve a spot. Skin care discussion followed by a skin assessment, noon-1 p.m. at the SCV Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at the UPS Store, 23890 Copper Hill Drive, Valencia. Relay Rally to kick off the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 296-0081. last_img read more

Conviction upheld in killing tied to Rampart payouts

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – An appeals court refused to throw out the murder conviction of an ex-convict who shot a man to death while on a crack cocaine binge financed with a $149,000 settlement from the LAPD’s Rampart scandal. The 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Roy Montes’ contention that the trial judge should have told the jury to consider whether he acted in “honest” self-defense by shooting the man, because he was hallucinating that the man pointed a gun at him. “Because there was no evidence that defendant’s perception of the need to defend himself was hallucinatory – indeed, the subject of hallucination was not even mentioned in defense counsel’s argument, and only briefly mentioned by the prosecutor – it is not reasonably probable that defendant would have obtained a more favorable outcome in the absence of the assumed error … ,” the ruling said. Montes was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison last November after being convicted of second-degree murder in the May 2004 slaying of 58-year-old Travis McMillon of Palmdale. Prosecutors said McMillon was unarmed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleMontes had moved to a Lancaster motel about two weeks before, living off the money the city of Los Angeles paid him after he claimed drugs were planted on him by Los Angeles Police Department ex-officers Rafael Perez and Nino Durden. Montes’ payout was part of the $70 million paid to settle lawsuits that alleged misconduct or brutality by LAPD officers working in the Rampart division. McMillon was shot to death in the garage of a Palmdale apartment belonging to a woman whom Montes had met the previous day through a drug dealer known as “Country,” the ruling said. Montes testified during his trial he was addicted to crack cocaine and had a $100-a-day habit. With money leftover from the Rampart settlement, he paid Country $10,000 to keep him supplied with drugs, the ruling said. Montes still had $10,000 in cash left and had the money and a .38-caliber revolver with him at the time of the shooting. High on alcohol and crack cocaine, Montes said he entered the dark garage, where McMillon was sitting in a chair. He said McMillon said something like, “Do you have the money?” or “What about the money?” the ruling said. Montes claimed McMillon pulled out a pistol and pointed it at him, so he shot him three times. Montes’ appeal said the trial judge should have permitted the jury to consider “whether (defendant’s) hallucinatory state caused him to harbor an honest belief, albeit unreasonable, in the need to use deadly force in self-defense in order to negate the malice component of murder and reduce the offense to voluntary manslaughter.”last_img read more

Nakita Burke selected on Northern Ireland and Ulster team

first_imgLETTERKENNY AC’S Nakita Burke has been confirmed as part of the Northern Ireland and Ulster team for the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k.The event takes place on October 27 and Burke is one of eight athletes from across Ulster to have been selected. Burke is the sole Donegal representative on the team.  This is the first year for Northern Ireland & Ulster are part of the Inter Area Road Race Series that includes North of England, South of England, Midlands, Armed forces, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland & Ulster have already competed at the Titanic Quarter 10k, the Cardiff Victory 5k and the Stirling 10k this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished second at the Victory 5k, the men finished third in Stirling where the women were first. The teams will aim to keep up their success in this next race of the series.Nakita Burke selected on Northern Ireland and Ulster team was last modified: October 9th, 2019 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:letterkennyLetterkenny ACNakita Burkelast_img read more

Alien Pizza Planet to Debut at Disneyland During Pixar Fest

first_imgShare This!Much like Red Rose Taverne took over for Village Haus at Disneyland, another counter service restaurant will be seeing an overlay this summer. Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland at Disneyland will be changing over to Alien Pizza Planet during the Pixar Fest event. (Inspired by the restaurant found in Toy Story.)Menu items will include a special pepperoni pizza topped with green peppers and mushrooms. There will also be a cheeseburger pizza with ketchup, yellow mustard and pizza sauce on a sesame seed crust and topped with cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, slider patties, a house-made burger sauce, and pickles. (That seems like a lot going on on a pizza.)There’s no official word on just when Alien Pizza Planet will officially debut, however Pixar Fest will take place at the Disneyland Resort from April 13 through September 3. Stay tuned to the blog for more information!last_img read more

Disneyland Churro Appreciation Day!

first_imgHow do you love your Disneyland churros? Let us know it the comments. Share This!Okay, it’s not an *actual* holiday, but shouldn’t it be? More than anything else, the churro is the iconic Disneyland snack. In my family, we joke that they should hand you a churro once you walk into Disneyland because they are everywhere. Don’t believe me? Here’s what we found as a start for Disneyland Park churro locations from the Disneyland Lines app.What makes churros such an amazing snack?Who doesn’t love fried dough?They have sugar on them, but they’re not over-the-top sweet.They’re sharable, but they’re also not too much to eat if you really want it all to yourself.They’re portable–grab one and go.They feel like a good value for the price because they’re so large.Even better, California often gets special flavors of churros between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Case in point, Caliente Churros at Señor Buzz in DCA.Sometimes you can also get dipping sauces to “plus” your churro.No matter how you have them, Disneyland churros are a must-try snack on your next California trip.last_img read more

SIA boosts net profit but warns times are still tough.

first_imgA Singapore Airlines A380. Photo: Steve Creedy A strong lift in operating results saw the SIA Group Tuesday post a 32 per cent increase in 2017-18 first-half net profit even as it warned of continuing headwinds.The Singaporean airline company predicted it would continue to face stiff competition  and yields would remain under pressure.It also warned fuel prices were expected to be volatile in coming months, although it has hedged some of its fuel requirements.“Headwinds remain as competitors mount significant capacity in key markets,’’ SIA said in its outlook.” Yields continue to be under pressure, despite some stabilisation in recent months.”SIA’s interim net profit rose $S103m to $S425m ($US312m)  as its first-half operating profit soared 69.9 per cent year-on-year to $S513mThe SIA Group includes Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot as well as cargo and engineering operations.Second quarter results were particularly strong with the group net profit almost tripling to $S190m.Singapore Airlines proved a major contributor to this result, with the operating profit for the quarter doubling to $S170m. This saw its half yearly figure rise from $276m in 2016-17 to $411m in the current year.SIA said was due to one-off items and an increase in passenger carriage that boosted revenue and saw passenger load factor rise 2.8 percentage points year-on-year to 80.9 per centThe situation was not quite as rosy at SilkAir, which reported a $S23m deterioration in operating profit to $S21m as the costs of adding capacity outstripped revenue gains.Scoot recorded a $S12m operating profit decline, to $S5m, for similar reasons.However, SIA Cargo saw a big turnaround from a $S45m first half loss in 2016-17 to a $S32m profit in the latest half as tonnage and yields both grew. The operating profit at SIA engineering was also up, rising $S15m to $S38m in the latest half.Despite the warning on competition and yields, SIA noted it was taking delivery of modern, fuel efficient aircraft and expanding its network in both the low-cost and full-service markets.Read: Singapore Airlines’  striking $US850m A380 upgrade.“The significant investment in new technology aircraft, as well as the recent launch of new cabin products, underscore our commitment and confidence in the future of premium full-service air travel,’’ it said.“The successful completion of the merger of Scoot and Tigerair under the Scoot brand during the first half has also strengthened the Group’s fast-growing low-cost operations.“The Group will continue to exercise nimbleness and flexibility in deploying the various vehicles in its portfolio to cater to opportunities in the appropriate markets. “Read: Singapore Airlines wins major awards.The company said its three-year transformation program was on track, with the first wave of initiatives underway.“The Group is identifying new opportunities for revenue generation, re-structuring of its cost base and enhancement of organisational effectiveness under the programme,’’ it said.last_img read more