Cost of major Donegal road projects could mount to €432M

first_imgThree priority road infrastructure projects for Donegal are estimated to cost €432 million and take just under 10 years to complete.The Minister for Transport is facing questions over funding for the N15/N13 – Ballybofey/Stranorlar Bypass, the N56/N13/N14 Letterkenny to Manorcunningham (Bonagee Link Road) and N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford/Strabane/A5 Link.These three roads are part of the TEN-T Priority Improvement Projects in Donegal. The projects are in development stage and it is anticipated that the preferred routes will be presented to the public in early 2019. The Department of Transport has set the year 2027 as the estimated completion date. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has stressed the critical importance of these projects for Donegal. He told Minister Ross that these road improvements are necessary for access, to improve regional development and improve road safety within the county.On the three priority projects, Deputy Gallagher said: “Each of these essential pieces of infrastructure have a critical role to play in the future development of our county. “It is important that we improve our roads network in order to provide proper Motorway access to the Northwest from the east coast, this can be achieved by the construction of the A5/N2 and for us within the county we need to upgrade our roads network to access these road improvements.”“The Minister in reply to my question indicated that the overall costs of the three projects could mount to over €432 million, he further broke down the provisional costings as follows N15/13 Ballybofey /Stranorlar Bypass €150 million, the Bonagee Link Road ,Letterkenny €96 million and the third project N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford /Strabane/A5 potentially costing €186 million. “Whilst all three projects form part of the National Development Plan and the National Planning Framework no funding is specially earmarked for these projects yet until such time as they have cleared all planning and appeals processes,” added Pat the Cope.The Donegal Deputy stressed the necessity of continued investment in the N56 and to put a particular focus on the Ballybofey/Stranorlar Bypass. Deputy Gallagher said: “I also called on the Minister and the TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) to consult widely before a final route selection is taken for Ballybofey/ Stranorlar (N15/13), as presently concerns are being expressed that the preferred route selection could be located quite a distance from the twin towns and alternative routes should be looked at if possible.“The Minister in his reply stated the construction period for these projects would be approximately 36 months but until all the necessary planning are in place and final designs are agreed it would be unlikely any of these projects would be completed until 2027,” concluded Pat the Cope.Cost of major Donegal road projects could mount to €432M was last modified: December 13th, 2018 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

On Mozilla and The Evolution of the Browser

first_imgRelated Posts Interesting posts recently from two people who have an important role in defining the future of the browser. Firstly, I missed it while I was in transit in the US, but Mozilla developer Alex Faaborg posted the slides of his presentation at the recent Web 2.0 Expo. They are fascinating and show clearly where Mozilla is headed with Firefox 3. The slide below is Alex’s representation of the evolution so far: from the browser as book (finding information) in the 90’s, to browser as radio in 2005 (subscribe to info), to a vision of the browser as switchboard in 2008 (move information around). Tags:#Analysis#Browsers#web richard macmanus There were other design options presented (e.g. in the toolbar, or little icons in the main content area), but the above design fits in well with the current Firefox 2 design. So just as Firefox 2 currently automatically recognizes a webpage with an RSS feed on it, in the URL bar, so to will Firefox 3 recognize microformats support in a webpage. It will display a drop-down list of options, based on the microformats in the page – e.g. add an event to your chosen calendar application. This is what is meant by Firefox 3 being an “information broker”, which you’ll recall we wrote about at the beginning of this year.There is still the small matter of how publishers enter microformats into their content, but the general consensus is that blog platforms (like WordPress and MovableType) will integrate that into their tools.Overall, an excellent presentation by Alex and I for one applaud what Mozilla is doing to evolve the web browser into an information broker. I know that others are heading in this direction too, for example Maxthon, so this is indeed looking like the next stage in the evolution of browsers.Chris Messina’s call for Mozilla to better support the Open WebBut wait, there’s more! Ex-Flock hybrid designer Chris Messina has just published a lengthy vlog post outlining his thoughts on Mozilla’s future. He’s really talking about way beyond Firefox 3 though, as he wants Mozilla to become a true open source platform company – and essentially compete with the proprietary “run anywhere” frameworks of Microsoft, Adobe and Sun (with their Silverlight, Apollo and JavaFX technologies respectively). Chris wants Mozilla to build tools around open source technologies like XUL (XML User Interface Language). Essentially he sees Mozilla as the savior of the Open Web. Somewhat surprisingly, he cites Google as a good role model for Mozilla – but perhaps he was just referring to Google’s ability to move things forward. Near the end of his accompanying blog post, Chris notes that “firefox is NOT an information broker!” – but I didn’t hear anything to back that statement up in the video (did I miss that part?).Also Anne Zelenka has some great thoughts on the future of Mozilla.I agree with much of what Chris said, but on the other hand it is quite high level and focused on developers and the open source community. Personally I like where Mozilla is headed with Firefox 3, because the “information broker” concept is actually useful to everyday people – Joe Six Pack, as Chris called them. Firefox 3 is aiming to take the hassle out of web tasks that are a pain to deal with in 2007, like adding an event I come across on a webpage to my calendar of choice. I’m sure Chris agrees with me on this, it’s just that he’s looking at it from the point of view of an Open Web proponent. He wants Mozilla to become a much better open source platform for developers, which is certainly a great ideal to aspire to.For now though, I’m looking forward to Firefox 3 and for that matter where other browser startups like Flock and Maxthon are headed. The browser is not dead – it’s just a question of how it continues to evolve. Chris is right that Mozilla needs to prepare itself for the future, as Microsoft and Adobe are doing, but being an information broker is a step in the right direction. And you watch, IE8 will surely follow with the same concept in 2008 – after Firefox 3 comes out with it first.What do others think? Is the browser dead? What’s its future? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… So to the question of what a microformat-aware Web browser looks like? Here’s a demo that Alex showed at Web 2.0 Expo, showing microformats support in the URL bar: Alex noted in his presentation that at each stage the Web browser has been trying to keep up with the evolution of the Web – e.g. the somewhat messy transition to subscribing to RSS feeds (remember the page full of XML code you used to be confronted with every time you clicked an RSS button, or worse, clicked on a button labeled “XML”). Alex says the same thing is happening now for other types of structured data – and he gave the common example of calendaring information, which varies across Outlook, Apple iCal, Google and other formats. According to Alex, microformats are the answer to this issue – but which ones will Firefox natively support? Alex outlined 3 fundamental types: identity (hCard), geo (geo, adr), and calendar (hCalendar). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Intel, Micron Unveil New 25nm NAND Flash Chip

first_imgThe new 25nm, 2bit/cell chip can hold 8GB of digital capacity, more  than 10 times the capacity of a standard compact dic [700MB]. The chip  measures a mere 167mm2 — small enough to fit through the hole in the  middle of a compact disc.Intel and Micron Technology reset the NAND flash capacity bar a  little higher and the chip size threshold a little lower Feb. 1 with the  introduction of the world’s first 25-nanometer solid-state processor.The new 25nm, 2bit/cell chip can hold 8GB of digital capacity, more  than 10 times the capacity of a standard compact disc [700MB]. The chip  measures a mere 167mm2 — small enough to fit through the hole in the  middle of a compact disc.”This is not only the smallest NAND lithography in the world, it is  the smallest silicon manufacturing technology in the world,” Intel  Marketing Director Troy Winslow told eWEEK on a conference call. Resource Library:”This is now the largest capacity multi-level cell device on the  market, at 8GB. We were the first on 34nm, now we’re the first on 25nm.”The smaller size allows multiple 8GB chips to be packaged more  economically to increase storage capacity. The new 25nm 8GB device  reduces chip count by 50 percent compared to previous process  generations, allowing for smaller, yet higher-density, designs and  greater cost efficiencies, Winslow said.For example, a 256GB solid-state drive now can be enabled with only  32 of these devices, versus 64 previously, Winslow said. A 32GB  smartphone needs only four, and a 16GB flash card requires only two, he  said.NAND flash memory, used in consumer devices such as smartphones,  digital cameras, and personal music and media players, stores data and  retains the information even when the power is turned off. NAND flash  also is gaining market share for use as components in high-performance  solid-state drives for servers and storage arrays.IM Flash Technologies, Intel and Micron’s NAND flash joint venture,  continues to cram more capacity onto tinier pieces of silicon about  every six to eight months. IMFT debuted its 34nm, 3Bit/cell NAND flash  chip last August.The 25nm/8GB device is sampling now and is expected to enter mass  production in Q2 2010, Winslow said.last_img read more

Save a panda, save the forest?

first_imgGiant pandas bask in the glow of international stardom, their every live birth or tumble down a hill tweeted by millions. But critics say pandas and other “charismatic megafauna” soak up conservation money and attention, leaving other threatened species in the lurch. Panda proponents have countered that saving the bears can help other animals who share the same habitats—but the evidence has been squishy. Until now. According to a new study, 96% of the panda’s range overlaps with areas identified as the most important “hot spots” for mammals, birds, and amphibians known only to exist in China’s forests, the researchers report online before print in Conservation Biology. In their analysis, the scientists compiled maps on where 132 mammals, 117 birds, and 249 amphibians live in the country, fine-tuning them using elevation data and remote sensing mapping that revealed where forests haven’t been logged. Next, the researchers isolated areas where the number of species in each group was highest—the hot spots—and compared how well those areas overlapped with where pandas occur. In an additional step, they also overlaid maps of China’s system of giant panda national natural reserves to see how well the areas cover these other species, which include the golden snub-nosed monkey, the Tibetan macaque, and the takin (an animal sometimes referred to as a goat-antelope), among others. Surprisingly, they found that the reserves include all of the studied species except for one type of bird. From 2007 to 2014, the number of nature reserves for giant pandas in China doubled from 34 to 67, covering some 33,600 square kilometers. These findings, the scientists say, show that such land conservation matters more than just to the black-and-white bears themselves and the zoo visitors who love them. Still, there are areas where some of these forest animals aren’t protected, the scientists say. To help inform Chinese officials, the researchers identified four areas where future conservation efforts should lie, including in Sichuan province in southwestern China.last_img read more

Both Houses of Parliament adjourned over Lalit Modi, Vyapam

first_imgProceedings in both the Houses of Parliament were paralysed on Wednesday as Opposition forced adjournments by creating uproar over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh.In Lok Sabha, members of Congress and Left repeatedly stormed the Well, carrying placards and raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government for not acting against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje even as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan warned of action over the “unruly” behaviour. Displaying black ribbons, Congress members repeatedly raised placards with slogans such as:’Bade Modi meherban, toh chhote Modi pehelwan’ (a Hindi idiom meaning that a small person is strong if supported by a powerful person) and ‘PM chuppi todo’ (PM, break your silence) and ‘Modi ji 56 inch dikhao, Sushma, Raje ko turant hatao’ (Show your 56 inch chest by removing Swaraj and Raje).MUST READ | Monsoon Session: Modi hopes to work, Oppn braces for war Mahajan disapproved of the action of the protesting members and warned that “in the event of disorderly conduct, I would be constrained to initiate appropriate disciplinary action against erring members”.She said she has always provided “adequate” opportunity to all sections of the House to raise matters of topical interest and hoped that all the members would adhere to the set norms of etiquette and standards of behaviour.Even Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Parliament witnessed ruckus as the Opposition pressed for the resignation of Swaraj, Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.advertisementALSO READ: Naidu sets Monsoon Session mood: No one will resign The Congress, the main Opposition in the Upper House, said it had submitted a notice under Rule 169, with its leader Ghulam Nabi Azad saying it wanted “action” and not just a discussion.The Opposition appeared united in the attack. Congress members also trooped near the chairman’s podium shouting slogans demanding the sacking of Swaraj. Party leader V. Hanumantha Rao even held a placard.Congress leader Anand Sharma, who submitted the notice, said: “I have not asked for discussion…My motion is for suspension of business to discuss the prime minister’s response to the demand for fixing accountability for a Union minister having clandestinely facilitated British travel documents (for Lalit Modi).”Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley even accused the Opposition of doing politics of slogan-shouting as he pressed for starting the debate on the issue.The Upper House saw repeated adjournments in the pre-lunch session, with two each in the Zero Hour and the Question Hour, as Opposition led by Congress continued the uproar demanding resignations of ministers and chief ministers.last_img read more

Atlanta United to host Portland in MLS Cup

first_imgAfter building a 3-0 lead in the opening leg of their Eastern Conference final clash, it would have taken a monumental collapse for Atlanta United to miss out on a chance to host MLS Cup. That collapse never came as the second-year club cruised past the New York Red Bulls to win the series.Atlanta will take on the Portland Timbers in MLS Cup on December 8, after Portland defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-2 in the Western Conference final second leg on Thursday.Atlanta was able to effectively kill the series all through Thursday’s second leg, holding the Red Bulls attack virtually silent in a 1-0 loss at Red Bull Arena. Even with the loss, Atlanta goes on to host MLS Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium while the Red Bulls miss out on a chance to host in a season where the club won its third Supporters’ Shield in six seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! From the onset, it was apparent that it was a matter of going through the motions for Atlanta United, who went ahead 3-0 in last week’s opening leg on goals from Josef Martinez, Franco Escobar and Hector Villalba.Martinez had a chance to all but seal the series in the game’s opening seconds, but the Venezuelan international scuffed his shot 18 seconds in after a deflection put him through on goal.WHAT A SAVE!Josef Martinez with the golden chance just 10 seconds in but Luis Robles keeps the Red Bulls alive. pic.twitter.com/JQpBep2S0Z— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 30, 2018It never got much better for the Red Bulls, who were outshot in the first half before throwing more numbers forward in the second. Brad Guzan was relatively untested in the Atlanta goal, stopping four shots on the day with none requiring anything spectacular.The apparent bright spot came late in the second half with the Red Bulls pushing for a goal as Aaron Long collided with Guzan, knocking the ball into the back of the net. The incident was initially ruled as a goal but, following Video Assistant Review, the finish was waved off, restoring the scoreline at no goals apiece.Late #RBNY goal ruled out by VAR!So much for the Disney movie comeback… pic.twitter.com/YBzHimbaIr— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 30, 2018With just seconds remaining in the match, the Red Bulls broke the deadlock on a goal from Tim Parker, but it was too little too late as the Red Bulls were eliminated via a 3-1 aggregate scoreline.Atlanta will now take on the Portland Timbers, who went to Kansas City and erased an early deficit to emerge with a 3-2 win and a spot in MLS Cup.The decisive moments were provided by Sebastian Blanco, who scored a thunderous long-range stunner to tie the game at one apiece, giving the Timbers the advantage on away goals following a 0-0 first leg draw.SPEECHLESS. #SKCvPOR // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/7FHPXRawdk— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 30, 2018Blanco then popped up to help create the Timbers’ second, which was punched in by Diego Valeri on a close-range header, all but ending Sporting KC’s hopes of advancing to the MLS Cup final.Sporting KC originally opened the scoring in the 20th minute with Daniel Salloi firing the hosts into the lead on a sloppy defensive sequence from the Timbers.However, the club’s Argentinian stars picked up the slack in the second half, although the final 10 minutes proved nervy after Sporting KC pulled one back through Gerso Fernandes to put the hosts within a goal of advancing.Valeri then iced the match, scoring in the 10th minute of stoppage time to seal the win as the Timbers advanced to the team’s second MLS Cup in four years.last_img read more

2016 National Touch League Draw

first_imgPlease find attached the draw for the 2017 National Touch League, to be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium from Wednesday, 8 March and Saturday, 11 March 2017.To view the draw and the latest NTL update, please click on the attachment below or visit the NTL website.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2017 National Touch League:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus #NTL2017 #NTLXXIInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Files170224_2017_ntl_draft_draw__external__v2-0-pdfRelated LinksNTl Drawlast_img read more

Videos: Wayne Selden Found Carlton Bragg From Beyond Half-Court For A Huge Alley-Oop

first_imgCarlton Bragg's alley-oop dunk against Montana.Twitter/@NickPriceKU Kansas made quick work of Montana at the Phog today, scoring an 88-46 win this afternoon. Midway through the second half, with a 33 point lead, Wayne Selden and Carlton Bragg connected for an extremely impressive alley-oop. Selden threw it up from beyond half-court, Bragg slammed it home, and accidentally wound up riding on Montana forward Martin Breunig’s shoulders, to add insult to injury.Carlton Bragg making Montana look foolish with this crazy alley-pop. All smiles inside Allen Fieldhouse. #kubball pic.twitter.com/2QsrGVX3mM— Andrew Baker (@abakesports) December 19, 2015Carlton Bragg out here disrespecting #12. #kubball pic.twitter.com/MfMLYPB6kD— Nick Price (@NickPriceKU) December 19, 2015That dunk brought the crowd to its feet, and rightfully so. Not every day does your team casually throw alley-oops from 50 feet away.last_img read more

Event looks to educate Canadians on Indigenous challenges to build relationship

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewDozens of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students want a better future.One where the relationship between them is strengthened.Students gathered to educate young Canadians on Indigenous challenges and issues to accomplished just that.last_img