‘Enormous fears’ over Anglo-Irish relations with Boris Johnson appointment – Fianna Fáil


first_imgThe appointment of Boris Johnson to Downing Street “quite rightly raises enormous fears”, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told an audience in Glenties, Donegal on Tuesday evening. Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, Mr Martin suggested Mr Johnson had failed to impress Irish officials and politicians in his most recent cabinet posting.Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival’s 46,656. The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May later today (Weds).Speaking to reporters in west Donegal before the event, Mr Martin said that when he met Mr Johnson last year “there was a sense that he was glossing over the realities of the potential negative of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement… he seemed to push them to one side as if they weren’t an issue.”He continued: “It is clear that he is single-minded in his ambition, but I don’t think anyone can credibly say that he has thought through how to promote prosperity and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.“He has consistently, in my view, understated the impact of Brexit on North/South relations and on the island of Ireland. “So I think he needs to bring himself up to date very quickly in terms of what is required actually to sustain the sets of relationships on this island.“It took a lot of work to get there and I think he perhaps to date, maybe for reasons that suit his purpose in terms of Brexit, but I think he’s understated the impact of Brexit potentially on that agreement, but more importantly on the sets of relationships that underpin that agreement.”However, Martin said he held hope that Johnson had the skills to adapt to the top British job.“People would say he was an effective mayor of London. But to get elected as mayor of London, which actually for a conservative was a difficult proposition, but that he skillfully managed to do that, and then he moved to a liberal, environmentally conscious, a conservative middle ground that enabled him to win that election.“I’m giving that as a potential hopeful sign, when he sees the realities of what’s before him, in terms of the engagement with the European Union, the realities of Brexit – there is no percentage in it for the UK in terms of a no-deal Brexit, or indeed for anybody, and that his own self-interest and the interests of his party and government will be bound up in arriving at a common sense appraisal of the challenge that Brexit presents to him.” ‘Enormous fears’ over Anglo-Irish relations with Boris Johnson appointment – Fianna Fáil was last modified: July 24th, 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)last_img read more

South African-built drone to fly in 2012


first_img16 August 2011The Seeker 400 prototype, a South African designed and built unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, is due to make its maiden flight in the first quarter of 2012, says local defence company Denel Dynamics.UAVs can be used for national security, crime fighting, disaster management, election monitoring, and search-and-rescue operations.According to Denel UAV executive manager Tshepo Monaheng, the company’s decision to invest in the UAV, which is funded from its balance sheet, was based on global requirements for such capability.Israel and the US dominate in the global market which is estimated at US$14-billion per annum, however there is scope for South Africa to use local skills to create UAVs.Denel Dynamics is a division within the Denel Group with its core business covering tactical missiles, precision-guided weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles.Deployable in most conditionsDenel said the Seeker 400, which is deployable in most conditions, is larger and has more capabilities than the previous Seeker II. It is capable of staying in the air for 16 hours and can simultaneously operate two payloads. It has a range of 250km, but with the use of tactical ground stations, this can be extended to 750km.“There is already a launch customer for the Seeker 400, who operated the Seeker I tactical UAV in the early 1990s,” Denel said. “Two other countries, which currently operate the Seeker II, are also interested in the Seeker 400 because the new aircraft can be controlled by simply using their existing Seeker II control stations.”The Seeker 400 flight test programme will run for most of 2012, with production expected to start by the end of 2012. It is planned that weapons be added to the aircraft, with several countries having already expressed interest in an armed version of the UAV.“Globally, UAVs are becoming ever more important and more widely used,” Denel said. “Although costs are coming down, UAVs are not necessarily cheaper or easier to operate than crewed aircraft – some top-of-the-range UAVs are very expensive.”But the fact that they have no human on board means they can be sent into high-risk environments and can be kept aloft much longer than conventional aircraft, Denel added.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Maasai hope to bowl Cape Town over


first_imgRay Maota Ole Sonyanga Weblen Ngais and Francis Meshame, two of the Maasai Cricket Warriors, have taken to cricket like ducks to water. Ngais said that sooner or later, one or even several Maasai will play on the Kenyan national team because they have the best bowlers and   good batsmen. (Images: Maasai Cricket Warriors) MEDIA CONTACTS • Maasai Cricket Warriors  +254 723 462 373 RELATED ARTICLES • SA to host women’s cricket challenge • More international cricket for SA • Communities to enjoy cricket action • CSIR helps cricketers up their gameThe Maasai Cricket Warriors are young men from Laikipia North in Kenya and they are not your usual semi-nomad cattle herders living in the wild. They also play a mean game of cricket.The warriors in their head beads and red robes have swapped their spears and shields for protective pads and a cricket bat. They have, however, shunned the rest of the cricket gear, preferring to stay in their traditional garb while playing.The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where, as a team, they visit schools to talk about relevant social issues such as Aids prevention, the fight against female genital mutilation, polygamy and early marriage, gender equality, and alcoholism and drug addiction.They also encourage environmental protection.A visit to South AfricaThe ambitious athletes plan to participate in the second edition of the T20 Last Man Stands World Championships, which takes place in Cape Town from 31 March 2012 to 7 April, but lack of funds is hindering their preparation.The Last Man Stands tournament sees amateur teams from around the world playing several T20 group matches, followed by a knockout stage and a final.With a grand prize of US$10 000 (R77 000), the event is sure to offer great exposure to the Maasai Cricket Warriors and their cause.Maasai warrior Francis Meshame said: “It is an easy game because when you bowl it is just like throwing the spear. The pads we use are just like the shields we use when we are fighting, and the bat itself is just like the ‘rungu’, or the clubs that we use.”Andrew Ryan, a fundraiser for the Maasai Cricket Warriors, said: “The international Last Man Stands World Championships tournament will give the Maasai Warriors the opportunity to represent their country in a sport they have grown to love, while experiencing a different culture and making friends from other parts of the world.”Ryan added that the players are all very excited and they are training hard for the tournament.“This is a fantastic opportunity for them and they need all the help they can get to make their dreams come true.”Donations can be made through Ryan’s page on the Just Giving website.The gentleman’s gameCricket was introduced into Kenya during British colonial rule and although the East African country does have a national cricket team, the game was only played in the largest cities until five years ago when South African cricket enthusiast and sports managing consultant Aliya Bauer began coaching local schoolchildren in the village of Il Polei in the game.Bauer said that the older Maasai boys developed an interest in the sport while watching the younger ones play.“Teaching people a new sport they have never seen is quite challenging,” said Bauer.The lack of facilities and equipment initially hampered their progress but thanks to donations, the team is now equipped with bats, balls, gloves and pads.Bauer said: “The moranes (young Maasai warriors) learned to throw the spear when they were very young. It makes them very good bowlers.”There is also no shortage of enthusiasm for the game. One player walks 16km to the practice field and 16km back home.Team member Ole Sonyanga Weblen Ngais said: “Sooner or later, one or even several Maasai will play on the Kenyan national team because we have the best bowlers and we have good batsmen.”In 2011 trainers from Cricket Without Borders came to Laikipia and awarded several of the team’s players their official coaching diploma.Help get the team to Cape TownThe Maasai Cricket Warriors need help to participate in the week-long T20 Last Man Stands World Championships.The 25-strong team needs a total of $14 500 (R112 000), which will cover airfare, accommodation, transport and meals for the players.To make it easier to donate, the costs have been broken down as follows; to ensure that one warrior is fed for one day during the tournament, $10 (R77) is needed; $15 (R116) will accommodate and provide breakfast for one warrior for one day of the tournament; and $25 (R193) will provide a night’s hostel accommodation with three meals for one warrior.To secure a warrior’s meals for the entire tournament, $100 (R772) is needed; $250 (R1 930) will accommodate and provide lunch and dinners for one warrior for the entire tournament; while $900 (R6 948) will cover the return airfares and airport taxes for one warrior to participate in the tournament.While inCape Town they hope to visit schools and interact with South African children, spreading their message of healthy living.last_img read more

AMD Stiff-ARMs Intel By Offering ARM Server Chips


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#AMD#ARM#cloud computing#Intel#servers brian proffitt Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… AMD is pushing its chips in on its commitment to ARM-based server technology, announcing the new “Seattle” ARM processor for launch in the second half of 2014.The release of an ARM-based processor built specifically for servers, instead of the smartphones and other smaller electronic devices they currently power, marks a significant step in moving away from the power-hungry and heat-generating Intel-based chips that have dominated the server market for decades, as well as a big opportunity for AMD to get out of the shadow of Intel.AMD is not the first manufacturer to commit to the creation of ARM-based processors for servers: Applied Micro Circuits announced that it would be launching its own 64-bit ARM Systems on a Chip back in April.The “system on a chip” (SoC) name describes pretty much what these devices are: an entire server’s worth of hardware packed onto a single small chip. Only memory, which uses hard drives or solid-state storage, is not present.AMD’s announcement this week will do a lot to fuel the increasing interest in ARM-based processors, a technology that could bring significant cost savings to hardware operations by bringing low-power ARM servers to market.The ARM And Intel DanceIn “traditional” computing devices like laptops, desktop computers, and servers, there’s Intel, AMD, and well, that’s pretty much it. Intel has not only developed the x86 architecture that has been powering PCs and other devices for 30-odd years, it also builds the chips itself, licensing the specs to only one other company: competitor AMD.Intel and AMD processors, since they share many of the same features and architecture, have a lot of things in common. For one thing, they are very powerful and, since they have been around for such a long time, plenty of operating systems can run on machines with these chips, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.ARM processors, though, are not made by just one company like Intel. Instead, ARM Holdings only develops the core architecture and licenses it to any hardware maker that wants to use the design to make its own processors. Because of the way it is designed, ARM processors use very little power, which makes them perfect for personal electronic devices where battery resources must be frugally maintained.Cloud Computing Is HotWith the rise of cloud computing, many people are noticing that maintaining racks and racks of servers can get expensive. Processors, like the kind produced by Intel for servers, get hot. If they get too hot, things start melting, so you need to use even more energy to keep all those servers cool. You can’t make these servers too compact, either, or you can’t use air or water to pull the heat away.The average Intel server processor pulls in something like 80 watts of power just to run. But a multi-core ARM SoC draws only about 4 watts of power. Remember, that’s a whole system on a chip, too, not just the processor.Less power means less resistance and less heat. Less heat means less money wasted on cooling and more capability to compress ARM-based systems together.If the implementation is successful – meaning that if the chips actually perform well, don’t break down and don’t cost more than their Intel-based equivalents – then large-scale data centers should see a significant reduction in power and cooling costs, and an increase in computing power per square foot, since theoretically you can jam a lot more SoCs into the space of a single server box.ARM Not The Magic SolutionThere is one additional catch: as nifty as ARM servers would be, applications and operating systems will still have to be ported so they can run on ARM processors. Some Linux distributions and Windows RT already do have various levels of ARM support, but the problems with the ARM-based Microsoft Surface RT reflect the fact that there are still a lot of applications that need to be ported from Windows to Windows RT.Perhaps for these reasons, AMD isn’t going all in on the Seattle chips. The company also announced it will be shipping Intel-based “Berlin,” available in both a plain CPU version as well as an advanced processing unit that will integrate a graphics co-processor. “Warsaw” was also introduced, a high performance computing processor that should compete with Intel’s Xeon product line.Intel itself has yet to directly respond to this sudden interest in ARM chips for servers, but they’re aware of it. In the mobile device sector, where ARM dominates for now, Intel’s Clover Trail+ Atom chips are getting very good processing speed for lower power costs than equivalent ARM-based processors.Meanwhile, in the server sector where ARM is starting to creep in, Intel’s Haswell-based processors have enough power savings of their own to fend off ARM technology… but they are still pretty expensive compared to their ARM counterparts. But if Intel can make the case that the power savings in Haswell and no need to port applications from x86 to ARM-based platforms is enough to offset the cost difference, then Intel should be able to stay in the game.A processor fight that decreases power use, in the long run, is something that all customers will be able to cash in.Image courtesy of ARM Holdings. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

Don’t romance with litigation, says CJI Misra


first_imgChief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra, who is retiring next month, on Sunday suggested to litigants to make an effort to see if the litigation can be solved otherwise. “You are welcome to litigate. But do not romance with litigation,” the Chief Justice said. “I do not suggest for a moment that you should not fight for a cause. But when the cause is small and can be solved otherwise, then solve it. Because that also serves the purpose of access to justice,” CJI Misra said while speaking after laying the foundation stone for a permanent building of theOdisha State Legal Services Authority and e-inauguration of legal assistance establishment, “Nyaya Sanjog”, in all the 30 districts of the State.last_img read more

Safety inspection of Violet Line section on Friday


first_imgThe Delhi Metro on Tuesday announced that the Commissioner For Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will inspect the Escorts Mujesar-Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabgarh) section of the Violet Line on Friday.“The Commissioner For Metro Rail Safety, S. K. Pathak, will inspect the Escorts Mujesar-Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabgarh) section of the Delhi Metro’s Violet Line on Friday,” said a Delhi Metro spokesperson.This section is an extension of the Kashmere Gate-Escorts Mujesar Violet Line, and is likely to be inaugurated later this month.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement that the 3.2-km elevated section comprises two elevated stations — Sant Surdas (Sihi) and Raja Nahar Singh. After the section is inaugurated, the corridor will become 46.6-km-long and the total length of Delhi Metro network will become 317 km.last_img read more

Lakers snap Utah’s 7-game winning streak


first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It was a big loss for the Jazz, who fell two games behind Portland for the fourth seed in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Rudy Gobert led Utah with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Donovan Mitchell scored 19.Utah led 85-81 early in the fourth when the Lakers scored eight straight points to take the lead. The run included 3-pointers by Mike Muscala and Caldwell-Pope.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLos Angeles extended its advantage to 106-97 with 1:57 remaining on a layup by Caldwell-Pope. The Jazz made a late run to get to 110-107 before McGee’s alley-oop put the Lakers up by more than one possession.Utah led 59-54 at halftime after going on a late run to close the first half. The Lakers came back to tie it at 63 before Gobert scored eight points during a 15-5 spurt to give the Jazz their largest lead at 78-68 with 4:51 remaining in the third. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Jazz: Host Denver on Tuesday in their final home game of the regular season.Lakers: Finish the season Tuesday at home against Portland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 32 points and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers snapped Utah’s seven-game winning streak with a 113-109 victory Sunday night over the playoff-bound Jazz.The Lakers, beset by injuries all season, dressed only 10 players and played eight. Caldwell-Pope, one of five Lakers in double figures, scored 18 points during the fourth quarter as Los Angeles rallied for its second consecutive win. JaVale McGee added 22 points and Alex Caruso had 18 points and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Heat playoff hopes take a hit with OT loss in Toronto Los Angeles answered by scoring 10 straight points to tie it, including six by Johnathan Williams, before the Jazz took the lead again.TIP-INSJazz: Georges Niang had 16 points and Thabo Sefolosha scored 13. … Jae Crowder, who had 11 points, hit a shot from halfcourt to end the third quarter but it was overturned when replays showed he didn’t get it off in time. … G Ricky Rubio missed the game after he sustained a bruised left quad during Friday’s win over Sacramento.Lakers: Muscala scored 16 points and Williams had 14. … G Lance Stephenson (sore left foot) and F Reggie Bullock (neck stiffness) did not play due to injuries.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more