ESOP Honors Heroes-Heroines in Ebola Fight

first_imgIn recognition of their invaluable services to humanity, the Ebola Orphans and Survival Project (EOSP) has begun to honor ordinary Liberians and institutions with certificates of appreciation.According to the organizer, Madam Oneta Roberts, the initiative is designed to honor and recognize Liberians and institutions that provided support to her organization in its contribution to the national fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).“They are being awarded and shown our appreciation for their outstanding roles.  We have thus decided to declare them as Ebola heroes and heroines,” she said.The primary goal of EOSP “is to restore hope that comes along with integrity and dignity to children that have become orphans as a result of the deadly Ebola virus.”Mrs. Roberts explained that the EOSP workers are volunteers who provide their services to children made orphans by the Ebola virus and other survivors.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently, Madam Roberts said she organized the institution to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, when it became necessary.About the entity’s areas of operation, Madam Roberts intimated that for the meantime, EOSP operates in Monrovia primarily catering to Ebola orphans and survivors in communities that were hardest hit by the Ebola virus.Asked when her group will decentralize its activities, Madam Roberts said plans are being worked out to render some assistance to rural orphans and survivors.“Serving humanity, especially children and others found in very difficult circumstances, is our focus,” Madam Roberts asserted.She also underscored the need for Liberians to consider the cardinal principle of giving back to one’s country in whatever professional ways that could enhance growth, development and progress.Madam Roberts, who is married with two children, further emphasized that Liberians should see the need to work with partners to stamp out the Ebola virus disease in the country.The initial funds and materials received by the EOSP were donated by some prominent Liberians, agencies and institutions in Monrovia.Among the institutions and agencies she named were the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), Novafone GSM, Lonestar Communications Corporation and dozens of philanthropic groups.Essentially, publicity and public relations activities were rendered by three independent media entities, the Catholic-run Radio Veritas, Hott Fm Radio Station, Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) and UNMIL Radio.On specific message to Liberians, Madam Roberts called on her country and on all Liberians to develop the spirit of nationalism, as demonstrated by other West Africans, such as Ghanaians and Nigerians.   Among the institutions honored by ESOP were President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Musician’s Union of Liberia, Rep. Saah Joseph, Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyeswah, the Nurses’ Union, LMHRC, General Services Agency (GSA), Liberia National Police (LNP), African Union, US Embassy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Union, Dr. Jerry Browne of ELWA Hospital, EOSP Task Force, Coca-Cola, Cellcom GSM, and Novafone GSM and the Liberian Observer Corporation, publishers of the Daily Observer newspaper.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guardiola questions protection offered to attacked City bus

first_imgGuardiola was warned about the hostile reception his side would receive in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, and queried why more protection wasn’t offered to his players.“Yesterday you (the media) explain about that, but I am new here for the Champions League. You explained about that is going to happen and it happened,” said the Catalan coach.“Normally when the police know that is going to happen it is to try and avoid it happening.”Guardiola also suggested more protection should be given to team buses in general with this latest attack coming a year after a bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund’s bus ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco.“One year ago something happened in Dortmund. We come here to play football, it is sport, and I don’t understand this kind of situation,” added Guardiola.“The bus is destroyed. But I don’t expect this from Liverpool, such a prestigious club, to do this sort of things.“Of course is not liverpool, it is the people, but hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”Liverpool supporters surrounded the roads around Anfield and let off flares in a frenzied atmosphere for the club’s first Champions League quarter-final in nine years.The bus was reportedly rendered unusable by the damage and City sent for another for the short 55km (35-mile) journey home.Liverpool swiftly issued a statement of their own pledging to identify the culprits.“The club condemns in the strongest possible terms the scenes which preceded our Champions League quarter-final, which resulted in damage being inflicted on the Manchester City team bus during their arrival at Anfield,” the statement read.“We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials caught up in the incident.“The behaviour of a number of individuals was completely unacceptable and the club will cooperate fully with the authorities to identify those responsible.“The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.”‘Unacceptable’: A bottle is thrown at the Man City bus © AFP / Paul ELLISLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also apologised, saying: “I really don’t understand it. We tried everything to prevent a situation like that. For Liverpool FC I have to say sorry.”Merseyside Police said they would launch enquiries to find the culprits of what they described as “appalling” behaviour.“Thankfully no one on the bus was injured, but injuries were caused to two of our officers when projectiles were thrown towards the bus,” said match commander superintendent Paul White in a statement.“This behaviour by a number of people who threw bottles, cans and pyrotechnics towards the bus is completely unacceptable and we will conduct enquiries to identify who was responsible and bring them to justice.“We worked very closely with both clubs to ensure the safety of the public and the teams themselves, and it is disappointing to see that a number of people behaved in this appalling way.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Trouble in the streets: Bottles and cans are thrown at the Manchester City bus outside Anfield © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 4 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola questioned the organisation of his side’s arrival at Anfield after City’s team bus was pelted by bottles and cans ahead of their highly-charged Champions League quarter-final at Liverpool on Wednesday.Liverpool were forced to apologise after windows were broken and two police officers injured by missiles thrown ahead of Liverpool’s 3-0 win.last_img read more

Juve want £78m for Man United target Pogba, Liverpool join Vardy race – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United could have to pay a British record transfer fee of £78million to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus. (Daily Mirror)The Red Devils’ rivals Manchester City have reportedly ended their interest in the France midfielder. (The Guardian)Chelsea striker Diego Costa wants to return to Atletico Madrid this summer, according to the La Liga club’s president. (Antena 3 Sports)Liverpool could launch a late bid to rival Arsenal in the chase for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, having scouted the 29-year-old for TWO seasons. (Daily Star)Arsenal striker Theo Walcott wants to remain at Arsenal, despite the Gunners’ interest in Vardy. (ESPN)Antonio Conte is interested to taking Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner to Chelsea. (The Sun)Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has talked with Conte about a potential move to Chelsea, on the recommendation of Belgian team-mates Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois. (Daily Telegraph)The Blues are also considering a move for £31m-rated Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, 22, who has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United are still on the look-out for a defender, despite the capture of Eric Bailly from Villarreal. (Manchester Evening News)But the Red Devils are willing to let Matteo Darmian leave, with Juventus favourites to sign the 26-year-old full-back. (Gazzetta dello Sport)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Exclusive – Paul Merson ‘flabbergasted’ by Arsenal’s move for Jamie Vardy, insisting Leicester striker is not right fit for club‘Southampton will have replacement for Everton-bound Ronald Koeman already in mind’, James Beattie tells talkSPORT‘He is the ONLY player who doesn’t give the ball away’ – Paul Merson says Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere must start for England at Euro 2016Liverpool and West Ham keen on Barcelona’s former Arsenal defender Thomas VermaelenChelsea transfer news: Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan denies he is set for shock Stamford Bridge moveSunderland transfer report: Black Cats target Lille full-back Djibril Sidibe but face competition from MonacoTottenham to open talks with Holland striker Vincent Janssen – reportsManchester United transfer report: Juventus considering summer swoop for Red Devils defender Matteo DarmianManchester City transfer news: Borussia Dortmund ‘know nothing’ about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transferlast_img read more

Redondo lagoon’s future up in air

first_img“My concern is that, if we go in this other direction, the discussion could easily turn to no aquatics center at all,” Cagle said, ” because people could vote not to spend the money.” The city has struggled for two years on what to do with the lagoon and its difficulties with meeting state water quality standards. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has issued the city a permit through 2010 to discharge water from the pool into King Harbor. Samples that reveal elevated levels of suspended solids, bacteria, chlorine and other elements put the city at risk for fines. Because the lagoon repeatedly failed tests in 2006, it operated last summer under a special order approved by the regional agency. In short, the agency agreed to be lenient with fines if the city took steps to identify and cure problems with higher-than-permitted levels of suspended solids. At Councilman Pat Aust’s urging, the city plans to ask the agency for a similar deal this summer and perhaps the next, as the permit expires in February 2010. Because recent tests indicated that the harbor water sucked into the lagoon contains more solids than the water discharged from the pool, the city wants to be considered for special credits. In the meantime, the council decided staff members would continue studying plans to renovate the lagoon or build a similar-looking facility nearby. But not everyone agreed with that direction. Early in the meeting, Councilman Steve Diels spoke passionately about why the lagoon should move to Mackenzie’s leasehold. Redondo Beach Marina sits at the intersection of Beryl Street and Harbor Drive and is defined mostly by aging restaurants and large asphalt parking lots. Planners see it as ground zero for harbor revitalization plans. “This is our chance to take a parking lot and put up paradise,” Diels said. “The lagoon has been a tremendous amenity. It was really forward-thinking in its day, but its day is done in the current configuration.” Diels pitched a hybrid plan that involves moving the lagoon near the boat hoist, only he would want it to look as much like the 40-year-old man-made beach as possible. It wouldn’t use any harbor water, eliminating oversight from the regional water agency. Diels voted with the majority after struggling to find support on the dais. The council’s decision still keeps his vision alive, but he criticized it as “weak” and “vague.” “I tried to be strong,” he said afterward. “But people took a weakened approach. People are not willing to take a stand for the long haul.” kristin.agostoni@dailybreeze.com160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThere, the idea was to build two brand-new amenities: a modern swim complex and a much-needed public boat ramp. The city and Redondo Beach Marina leaseholder Allan Mackenzie have long talked about trading land to make the vision happen. If the city took over the southern 6 acres of Mackenzie’s leasehold, he would have space to build a boutique hotel at the lagoon site. Yet the councilmen were paralyzed Tuesday by a list of unknowns: funding shortfalls, crowded boat ramp designs, potential geotechnical issues and, perhaps most importantly, Mackenzie’s decision to put his property up for sale. “Right now we’re just speculating,” Councilman Steve Aspel said. “We’re dreaming about something we don’t have a right to dream about. We don’t own the property.” Councilman Chris Cagle, too, said he wasn’t ready to approve a pool on land the city doesn’t own. And he questioned how Redondo would fund that project – estimated at $9 million – which is $4.5 million more than what consultants believe it would cost to redesign the lagoon in its same spot. A conflicted Redondo Beach City Council has put off plans to replace Seaside Lagoon with hope that the old swimming hole can wade through another couple of summers. Despite lingering water quality concerns and months of talk about a new aquatics complex, the council on Tuesday would not vote definitively for a revitalized lagoon or a replacement swim center in another spot at King Harbor. They agreed instead to keep studying those options. And all they could do was acknowledge that whatever replaces the 40-year-old pool won’t suck in saltwater and might not have a sandy bottom – factors that have created perpetual headaches for a city trying to keep up with state water quality mandates. After delaying a vote last month, the council considered a trio of options: upgrading the pool’s existing infrastructure, which pumps in warm saltwater from the nearby power plant and releases it back to the harbor; building a new lagoon in the same spot that doesn’t suck in saltwater; and moving the pool adjacent to the boat hoist at Redondo Beach Marina. last_img read more

Highland Motors present sensational Renault 181 offers this Open Week

first_imgHighland Renault has announced its unmissable offers for 181 which give real value to customers, designed at reducing the cost of ownership over three years. Available now at Highland Motors, the 181 Renault PC offer includes 3% APR, 3 years servicing and 3 years road tax.The simple, straight-forward offer applies to all cars across the range – All-New KOLEOS, the All-New Mégane range which includes the New Mégane Sport Tourer and New Mégane Grand Coupé, All-New Scénic, All-New Grand Scénic, New Clio and the ever-popular Kadjar and New Captur crossovers. You can check out all these models at the Highland Motors Renault Open Week from 20th – 25th November 2017. Visit the Mountain Top showroom to view the range during these best days to visit, because for every test drive completed at Highland Motors, they will donate €10 to Renault’s charity partner Pieta House.With the recent Government Budget announcement on electric vehicles (EVs) and 0% Benefit-in-Kind (B.I.K.), Highland Motors is matching the zeros by offering 0% HP finance on the zero emissions 100% electric ZOE which has the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle (400km NEDC) and an estimated 300km in real-life driving conditions. Renault ZoeHighland Motors is offering 3% APR Representative on Renault’s popular and award-winning van range which includes Master, Trafic and Kangoo.Renault KangooThe shockingly affordable Dacia, which celebrates five years in Ireland this year and boasts strong resale values, continues to maintain its popularity with Irish motorists and is offering finance at 4.9% APR and zero deposit at Highland Motors across the range for 181 including new facelifted Duster, Sandero, Stepway and new Logan MCV Stepway.These offers are available through Renault’s very own bank, Renault Bank, offering customers lower interest rates and further savings versus high street commercial banks. A Renault Bank branch is available at Highland Motors, offering 2-hour decision times and approval rates of 80%.Renault MeganePatrick Magee, Country Operations Manager, Renault Group Ireland: “Renault Group is looking forward to 2018 at Highland Motors. With the youngest model range, we continue to stay away from the gimmick offers on the market and instead show ‘real’ offers designed to reduce the customer’s cost of ownership over 3 years.“Our own bank, Renault Bank, has now lent €190 million year-to-date and our network is the 3rd biggest in Ireland. We are really looking forward to a successful 2018.”If you would like any further details on any of the offers detailed above or the Renault/Dacia Range please contact Highland Motors on 074 91 28777.Check out more on www.renault.ie Sponsored PostHighland Motors present sensational Renault 181 offers this Open Week was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Highland MotorsOpen weekrenaultlast_img read more

HARPS TRAIL SLIGO 1-0 AT HALF-TIME AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

first_imgFinn HarpsFinn Harps are behind 1-0 to Sligo Rovers at half-time at The Showgrounds.A Chris Lyons’ header in the 11th minute beat former Rovers ‘keeper Richard Brush to put Sligo ahead.Rovers have had the better of the chances but it’s still all to play for.  HARPS TRAIL SLIGO 1-0 AT HALF-TIME AT THE SHOWGROUNDS was last modified: March 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsSligo Roverslast_img read more

HARTE WELCOMES GRANTS MOVE AS SUSI PAYS OUT TO 39,000 STUDENTS

first_imgThe student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), has so far paid grants to 39,000 students for this academic year 2013/2014.The LYIT campusThe move has been welcomed by Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte who said the system is now working well.Of these, 20,000 are first time applicants and 19,000 are students who have renewed their grants with SUSI. Because of improvements to its system, SUSI has been running more efficiently and on schedule.43,000 students – 23,000 first-time applicants and 20,000 renewal students – have already been notified that they have been awarded grants, compared to just 6,000 this time last year. The 4,000 students who have already been awarded grants and are still to be paid will receive their grants as soon as their colleges confirm that they are registered and attending and when students provide their bank details.Senator HarteAll eligible students who met SUSI’s priority processing deadlines and have submitted all the documents required to support their applications have now been awarded, in line with SUSI’s three-month timeline which began on 5th August.Those applicants that supplied documents within deadline and have been asked subsequently for additional information are expected to receive notification of their grant status within four weeks of providing the information. Processing continuesSUSI expects to award a total of 60,000 grants for this academic year – 40,000 of them to new applicants – and processing continues on those applications which came in after SUSI’s priority processing deadlines. Students can follow the progress of late applications on the online tracker system on https://www.grantsonline.ie/eseries/PaymentsAdditional payment dates have been put in place to ensure that students get paid as early as possible. HARTE WELCOMES GRANTS MOVE AS SUSI PAYS OUT TO 39,000 STUDENTS was last modified: November 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:education grantsSenator Jimmy HartestudentsSUSIlast_img read more

Drivers find Newhall stations a gas

first_img Midgrade and premium gas also are discounted – they were selling Monday for $2.65 and $2.75 per gallon, respectively, when the regional average was $2.78 and $2.83, the AAA said. “We really try to keep the prices down,” Takesyan said. “We’re happy with this policy.” Hilu said keeping up with his neighbor means losing a few cents per gallon of regular, but he doesn’t mind if customers keep coming. Over the weekend, both stations ran out of gas in between deliveries. “For me, if it’s to stay until the end of the year, it’s OK,” Hilu said. But it’s not always his call. “That’s the oil companies. They say go up, we go up. They say go down, we go down. We have no choice.” Meantime, drivers are welcoming this respite from high prices. “It’s great,” said Judy Cory of Canyon Country, filling up her Jaguar sedan with premium at the Mobil station before heading out to Los Angeles. “It’ll be nice if it comes back down to $2, but it probably never will.” Jerry Jacobson, 57, of Agua Dulce spent about $60 filling up his Chevrolet Avalanche pickup and relished the spirit of competition. “Let them fight it out,” Jacobson said. “We all benefit. … It’s a big improvement from when it was $2.75 or $2.80 a gallon. “If it got back to $2 a gallon – but we all know who’s in charge. We got the oil companies, a Republican Congress and a petroleum president.” Bill Osborne, 64, of Sylmar seized the chance to fill up his Ford F250 pickup – it’s been parked in his driveway most of the summer, when he switched to his Honda Civic hybrid. “This hasn’t been moved for so long, the clock was still on daylight-saving time,” he said. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Two local gas stations are giving falling fuel prices an extra push by charging an eye-popping, traffic-stopping $2.37 Monday for a gallon of regular unleaded, a discount that means long lines but a couple of extra bucks in the wallet each fill-up. The Mobil station in the 23500 block of San Fernando Road made the first move Nov. 7, selling the cheap stuff for $2.39 a gallon. It was reopening after a fire gutted the pumps nearly two years ago, though manager Gevork Takesyan said the low prices are here to stay. “Everybody’s happy, not only from the Santa Clarita Valley – even in L.A.,” he said. “Everybody says, We love you; you’re doing the right thing. … When we come into the market, they have to follow.” Soon, a nearby Chevron station on the corner of San Fernando Road and Sierra Highway began matching the Mobil station penny for penny. Both have watched as their regular unleaded prices fell to $2.37 a gallon Monday as fuel prices continue heading south after peaking at close to $3.00 over the summer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s something the competition needs to do,” said Gus Hilu, who has owned the Chevron station for 20 years and has three other stations in the San Fernando Valley. “It doesn’t bother me. It’s been very good, very busy.” Gasoline prices have been steadily declining as demand slows in the fall and winter months. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach region Monday, a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.61, compared with $2.37 a year ago, the Automobile Association of America said. The highest recorded average for a gallon of regular was $2.99 on Sept. 6. The Mobil station’s pumps have been shut since the February 2004 fire – a pickup ran over a pump and ignited it, engulfing the station in a canopy in flames. “In 15 minutes, all of the station was gone,” Takesyan recalled. The owners spent about $1.2 million to rebuild, but they’re only making a penny per gallon on regular. Takesyan said it’s been their policy since he began operating the station 11 years ago, and that’s not going to change. last_img read more

State could be in Mega mess

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But Nick Roxborough, the Woodland Hills attorney who represents Californians Against Gambling Expansion, said the lottery is “out of control” and “believes it is answerable to no one.” “It’s time Californians and their representatives reassert their control and put an end to the bureaucratic haughtiness which has been an insult to our democratic process,” he said. Mega Millions – which, like other lottery games in California, gives one-third of its revenues to public education – was launched with the permission of the Lottery Commission, whose members are appointed by the governor. CAGE filed suit, claiming the commission violated the Lottery Act, approved by voters as Proposition 37 in 1984, by not going to the Legislature or voters themselves for permission to join a multistate lottery. Amid the controversy, Sen. Dean Florez, D-Bakersfield, whose committee oversees the lottery, appealed unsuccessfully for a delay in Mega Millions participation. His bill to authorize the game but bar joining an international lottery was blocked by Schwarzenegger. Meanwhile, two key engineers of importing the game have disappeared from the lottery. Former Acting Lottery Director Chon Gutierrez, who said proceeding with the game under a legal cloud was a calculated “gamble,” retired abruptly. Schwarzenegger’s former special adviser to the lottery, Kim Smith, who admitted to impersonating a news reporter to gain lawsuit information, has been shifted to a tiny, obscure job-training panel. Policy-setting lottery commissioners who approved Mega Millions were grilled by legislators when seeking confirmation of their appointments by Schwarzenegger. The commissioners were confirmed after saying they were following what they believed to be sound advice. The state Attorney General’s Office informally advised the lottery to proceed, but a subsequent formal opinion by the Legislative Counsel’s Office concluded that joining the game was illegal. Legal experts are divided over all the ramifications to states and players if Mega Millions was shut down in California, since there is no precedent for such a move. Steve Geissinger, (916) 447-9302 sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Mega Millions, the multistate lotto game California joined in June, could shut down in this state Dec. 2 if the Schwarzenegger administration loses its legal gamble. The state-run lottery is fighting a bid by an anti-gambling group and Democratic legislators to halt Mega Millions, arguing that the lottery measure approved by California voters permits a game only within the state boundaries. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican who backed joining Mega Millions to ease the state deficit, says he isn’t worried about the court challenge. And acting Lottery Director Melissa Meith said the agency “is not relinquishing any operational control.” last_img read more

Inadequate broadband services must be tackled – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says the €15m earmarked to provide high speed broadband to rural areas as part of Budget 2017 must be invested as a matter of priority.The Inishowen TD says the current service levels in homes and businesses across the county are completely unacceptable.“The poor level of broadband service in Donegal has become more apparent over the last five years. Despite a series of promises and policy pledges, Fine Gael and Labour presided over an increasing digital divide.“The National Broadband Plan, first published in 2012, promised that high speed broadband would be rolled out to 90% of homes and businesses by the end of 2015, that was then pushed out to 85% by 2019, before a pledge of 100% by 2022 was made”, explained Deputy McConalogue. “The latest move is the setting up of a taskforce to examine mobile phone and broadband coverage across the country. Instead of new taskforces, we need the Minister and the Government to get serious about delivering these essential services to residents and business people in Donegal.”He added people fed up with the Government’s spin.“Four years after the publication of the NBP, more than half of all homes and businesses in Donegal are still without an acceptable service. Minister Naughten promised that broadband was a key priority for him – he needs to prove it by ensuring that high speed broadband is rolled out without delay.“Broadband is not a luxury commodity – it’s an essential service. With many homes and businesses unable to get broadband or speeds of greater than 1mb, I am calling on the Minister to concentrate his efforts and ensure that the necessary infrastructure can be put in place as soon as possible so that this long promised broadband can be rolled out without delay”. Inadequate broadband services must be tackled – McConalogue was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more