Labour leader claims Donegal broadband bill would cost double that of Derry

first_imgLeader of the Labour Party in Ireland, Brendan Howlin has asked Communications Minister Richard Bruton why the cost of next-generation broadband will cost double in Donegal compared to Derry. According to Mr. Howlin, Dublin’s National Broadband Plan would cost €5,000 per home, while for Belfast’s Project Stratum, the figure was substantially lower at €1,900.He said: “We have also learned that the same preferred bidder, Granahan McCourt, is also bidding for NI’s Project Stratum at an expected cost of €1,900 per home. “The Government is planning to sign off on a deal that will cost €5,000 per home in this jurisdiction while the same product, by the same bidder and on the same island, will cost €1,900 in Northern Ireland.“How did the Government manage to preside over a contract negotiation that has allowed the same company to provide the same product at less than half the price in Derry than in Donegal?” he asked.Mr. Bruton replied: “We have entered into a 25-year contract to design, build and operate this service, which will cost €2.1 billion, plus a contingency of €480 million and a VAT payment which will be recouped by the State.”Labour leader claims Donegal broadband bill would cost double that of Derry was last modified: November 13th, 2019 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:broadbandlast_img read more

Editorial: Warriors should stop being sore losers, pay their debt

first_imgAs the Golden State Warriors open the season today at their new $1.4 billion arena in San Francisco, they’re turning out to be sore losers across the bay trying to stick taxpayers with the team’s $56 million debt.That’s how much is still owed to retire bonds the city of Oakland and county of Alameda issued back in 1996 to finance renovations the team wanted as a condition of staying at the Coliseum Arena.The bonds were to be repaid over 30 years. The team has tried to claim that, when it left …last_img read more

Cell Technology Celebrated

first_imgHumans are just beginning to imitate the manufacturing techniques cells use all the time, right under our noses.  A book just came out about the subject, entitled Bionanotechnology: Lessons from Nature by David S. Goodsell.  It’s hard to tell if Christof M. Niemeyer was more impressed with the book or with the living machines themselves, in his review in the July 1 issue of Nature.1  He writes,Nanotechnology is perfectly realized in biological systems.  Cells are essentially biological assemblers that build thousands of custom-designed molecules and construct new assemblers.  In Bionanotechnology, structural biologist David Goodsell describes what biology can teach us about engineering and manufacturing at the nanometre scale.“Small wonder,” reads a caption whimsically; “antibodies … are just one example of the way nature uses nanotechnology.”  Niemeyer mentions a few more examples of “the composition and structural principles of biomolecules harnessed in the cell”—the machinery of DNA transcription and translationbiomolecular motorsthe information-driven synthesis of biological moleculesthe energetics and regulation of biological processesthe traffic across membranes and signal transduction along themthe interplay of myosin and actin filaments within the muscle sarcomereAlthough the book focuses on how humans can tinker with this biological nanotechnology, reviewer Niemeyer enjoyed every page of this “fascinating journey.”1Christof M. Niemeyer, “Living Machinery,” Nature 430, 20 (01 July 2004); doi:10.1038/430020a.Here is a book that had no need for the E word, but plenty of occasion for the word design.  The only evolutionary reference was to directed evolution, a misnomer referring to intelligently-guided sorting and artificial selection of mutants (see 06/16/2004 headline.)    Any Darwinite who would be called on to explain how nanotechnology was “perfectly realized” in a cell that can assemble “thousands of custom-designed molecules” including “new assemblers” would probably rather call in sick (see 06/14/2004 commentary.)    The review accidentally mistyped the author“s name as “Godsell.”  God doesn’t sell His technology; he gives it to you for free.  That’s the lesson from nature.  Good sell.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Let this harmony define us: Zuma

first_img22 April 2010 “What is happening in the country at the moment is a marvel to watch,” President Jacob Zuma said as South Africa celebrated the 50-day countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “This harmony should define us, and resonate in a wide range of spheres, even outside sport.” Zuma was speaking in the Northern Cape provincial capital of Kimberley, where a carnival atmosphere ruled on Wednesday as South Africa marked the 50-day countdown to the first Fifa World Cup on African soil. With floats, dancers, a marching band and hundreds of city residents in tow, a procession snaked its way through the streets of Kimberley as more and more joined in, before eventually reaching the Galeshewe stadium, where Zuma arrived to be part of the celebrations.Zuma does the Diski Dance Zuma got into the spirit of the 50 day celebrations by learning the Diski Dance, which many South Africans are adopting ahead of the World Cup. It was a moment that Diski dancer Duran van Wyk (20) will never forget, as Zuma came up to him while performing the dance in front of thousands of spectators at the day’s main event. Taking him through all the steps that make up the World Cup dance, Van Wyk could hardly believe what was happening. “It was like a dream, I never thought that something like this would ever happen,” Van Wyk said, adding: “He is a quick learner though.” Once he had finished with the dance floor, Zuma addressed the gathered crowd at the stadium. “We have spoken about the year 2010 for so many years in this country that it became synonymous with football and celebrations. But somehow it just seemed to be taking too long to come – until now,” Zuma said. “It feels almost like a dream to say that today marks exactly 50 days to go before the kick-off of the spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament in this country.”‘The nation is seized with exhilaration’ For Zuma, the ever-increasing support from South Africans for the World Cup effort is transforming the country. “What is happening in the country at the moment is a marvel to watch. The nation is seized with exhilaration and great anticipation. The flags and the colours of the country are in display all over, in the cars and in our houses. “Football Fridays have been so popularised that most wish they were a daily indulgence. “Taxi ranks, cafes, streets and literally every corner of the country becomes bright yellow on Fridays, a nation crazy about football and determined to make this tournament succeed beyond expectations,” Zuma said. “It is heartening to see how the entire nation is united in support of our national team. This harmony should define us, and resonate in a wide range of spheres, even outside sport.”Kimberley shows its spirit Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan praised the spirited reaction from the residents of Kimberley, a city that will not be hosting any World Cup matches but will be hosting Uruguay at their selected base camp at the GWK stadium. “You have proved that the World Cup is much more than the stadiums, more than the 64 matches, and more than just the host cities. It is a celebration around South Africa. This is a national event and a true nation-building moment.” James Wechoemang, after listening to President Zuma’s address, said: “People in Kimberley are getting so excited – 2010 is here. Even though we are not hosting any games, the 2010 spirit is here.” Fifteen-year-old Jacob Oliphant is another who is feeling the 2010 excitement. “It is such a big party here today, the excitement is great, but it a pity that we are not hosting any matches,” Oliphant said. “But the people will follow the World Cup closely; everyone here loves soccer.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Farmers oppose bullet train project

first_imgA group of farmers in Boisar in Palghar district of Maharashtra staged a protest against the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, expressing apprehension that they would lose their land on account of it.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the project in Ahmedabad on Thursday.Also Read Japanese Industrial Townships will come up in 4 states, says Modi  The farmers waved black flags and raised slogans against the project outside Boisar railway station. They alleged that the BJP-led government was going ahead with the project without taking farmers into account. Kaluram Dodhade of Bhoomi Sena, who took part in the protest, said, “Palghar has mostly small farmers, and if their land is acquired for the project, they will be ruined.”The demonstration was organised by Shetkari Sangarsha Samiti and Advasi Ekta Parishad.Palghar DSP Majunath Shinge said, “It was a symbolic protest and there was no law-and-order situation.”District Collector Prashant Narnavre said the agitation was carried out peacefully.last_img read more