New Letterkenny bridge remains main priority for Councillor Brogan

first_imgEvery effort must be made to fast-track the construction of a new a bridge across the River Swilly from Ballyraine to Bonagee, according to Letterkenny-based councillor, Ciaran Brogan.At a meeting of Donegal County Council in Lifford on Wednesday, councillors were informed that their role in the Ten-T Project will be to vote on the variation of the development plan later this yearCouncillor Brogan said “The Ten-T project includes the provision of a bridge across the River Swilly which is, without question, the most needed piece of infrastructure that will be developed in our lifetime,” he added. “I believe that every effort needs to be made to prioritise the new bridge from Ballyraine to Bonagee. This is the shortest piece of infrastructure in the overall plan, but one which will have the largest impact on the flow of traffic in Letterkenny.”He added that the long delays being experienced by motorists in and around Letterkenny on a daily basis highlights the urgent need for the provision of a new bridge.“The benefits of a new bridge will alleviate traffic in and around Letterkenny and will open a gateway to the North and West of our county,” Cllr Brogan said.“The addition of a second bridge over the River Swilly will result in quicker access to the employment centre on the Business Park Road which employs around 5,000 people. It will also vastly improve the journey times from so many other parts of the county, including the Fanad and Rosguill peninsulas and from West Donegal,” he added. “This is a project that will benefit Donegal and the entire North West region. Our tourism sector will also benefit greatly from the construction of a new bridge. Given that we don’t have a rail network, I am calling on the government to pledge the necessary funds to develop the new bridge.”New Letterkenny bridge remains main priority for Councillor Brogan was last modified: April 27th, 2019 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:BallyraineBonageebridgeCllr Ciaran BroganRIVER SWILLYlast_img read more

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South Africa’s Performance in the 2019 WEF Global Competitiveness Index improves

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 09 October 2019 – Brand South Africa welcomes the release of the 2019 edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), which indicates South Africa’s over-all ranking improved position from 67 out of 140 nations in 2018, to position 60 out 141 nations in 2019.The WEF GCI is made up of 12 pillars, each covering a unique area of performance that ultimately influences the over-all competitiveness profile of the market. It offers insights into the prospects of 141 economies, providing unique acumen into the drivers of economic growth. Competitiveness has a direct impact on the reputation of countries for several reasons, but primarily plays a role in framing an understanding of the broader environments that impact on societal productivity and efficiency. Most importantly, competitiveness is a major factor that impacts Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) decisions.According to the GCI data, South Africa now ranks number 1 out of 141 nations for budget transparency, a significant ranking that is an illustration of the robust and transparent political governance system of the country, which is anchored on the Constitution of the Republic. This is also supported by the Open Budget Index, where South Africa ranks number 2 out of 103 nations, clearly highlighting South Africa’s high levels of transparency in its political governance system. South Africa’s ranking on judicial independence also improves markedly with fifteen positions in 2018 and currently stands at 33 out of 141 nations.South Africa’s over-all performance in the 2019 GCI is specifically driven by improvements in Institutions, Health, and the Product Market.The Institutions pillar improves from 69 out of 140 to 55 out of 141 – this is due to reputational damage in the area of governance in recent years;Health, also historically a weaker area of SA’s performance, improves from 125 to 118 in 2019;Product market improves from 74 to 69 in 2019.Speaking on the results, Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock says; “Interestingly enough following on 2018, a year wherein local and global media carried extensive and mostly negative coverage on South Africa’s proposed Land reform policy, South Africa’s rankings in Property Rights & Quality Land Administration show improvement. This affirms the country’s strengthened competitiveness profile and a growing economy”.While there are notable improvements, it is also important to note that there are several indicators which show negative movement that calls for urgent interventions, especially in the era of 4IR”.Other areas that have negatively impacted South Africa’s performance include;The skillset of graduates declines from 85 to 102 out of 141;Ease of hiring foreign labour also declines from 102 to 123 out of 141;Attitudes towards entrepreneurial risk; the country also declines from 38 to 46 out of 141“The Financing for SMEs declines from 72 to 96/141 as well as the attitudes towards entrepreneurial. These are particularly concerning in a period of slow GDP growth, and continued emphasis placed on the development of entrepreneurship, and to increase support for SME development,” adds Dr De Kock.For the full report; World Economic Forum 2019. The Global Competitiveness Report – 2019. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_TheGlobalCompetitivenessReport2019.pdfBrand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews. RSVPS/Enquiries      :      Ntombi NtanziEmail: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comMobile number: 064 890 6819last_img read more

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New High Capacity Nutrient Applicator available from John Deere

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Company introduces more rugged, comfortable, high-volume variable-rate applicatorTo help ag service providers and large-scale producers apply fertilizer and lime to more acres per day during short, busy application seasons, John Deere introduces the F4365 High Capacity Nutrient Applicator.This new machine offers increased capacity with a 330-cubic foot New Leader dry spinner spreader that can apply fertilizer at rates up to 1,100 lbs. per acre and lime at rates up to 6,600 lbs. per acre. Another important feature is the machine’s ability to variable-rate apply up to four different products during a single pass, with spreader widths of 60 to 90 feet.The F4365 High Capacity Nutrient Applicator is powered by a John Deere PowerTech™ PSS 9L engine and features an IVT transmission. These machines integrate the latest in technology, including a new Generation 4 CommandCenter™ Display with SpreadStar™, AutoTrac™, and Section Control at your fingertips.These machines are also equipped with JDLink™ Connect with Service Advisor Remote and Wireless Data Transfer to connect your fleet. AgLogic is available to optimize the machine with the tendering fleet and maximize productivity. All this is designed to ensure accurate product placement and make it seamless and easy to collect and transfer important data.“We’ve designed the F4365 to be the best-in-class high capacity nutrient applicator in terms of performance and productivity in the field,” says Dave Mulder, product manager with John Deere Crop Care. “We’ve improved the overall durability, ride quality, and operation of this machine, and extended service intervals to make service and maintenance easier – all to increase uptime in the field.”In addition, John Deere has enlarged and enhanced the operator environment with a CommandView™ III cab, making it more comfortable and quieter for operators spending long days running over rough field conditions. Plus, the company has improved seat swivel and added cameras to give operators better visibility to the field, dry box and rear spreader pattern. These new machines have a 46 mph road transport speed and up to a 30 mph application speed, reducing the time it takes to get between fields and over fields.“The versatility, dependability and productivity of the F4365 applicator is what sets it apart from other self-propelled applicators,” Mulder adds. “Service providers and large-scale producers can cover more acres faster, and in greater comfort, with the ability to variable-rate apply up to four different fertilizers in a single pass.”For more information on the new F4365 High Capacity Nutrient Applicator, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/ag.last_img read more

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Looking For The Next $1 Billion Open Source Company

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair It’s been just under seven months since Red Hat became the world’s first $1 billion open-source company. Now the question is who will follow suit and become the next open source company to hit this milestone?Before sorting through the list of likely candidates, it’s important to define what we’re talking about when we say “$1  billion company.” Primarily, we’re talking actual annual revenue, not market valuation. That’s a key difference, since under the valuation definition, Red Hat would not have been the first billion-dollar open source company; MySQL AB would have had that distinction, when Sun Microsystems bought it for $1 billion in 2008.And, when we’re talking open source, the idea is a company that bases its business on the sale and distribution of open-source software. Things get a bit tricky here, since many companies could be assigned the “open source” moniker – and some might argue against it. This is particularly true of companies that follow the so-called “open core model,” which typically release a free version of the software as a “community” edition as well as a more feature-rich but closed edition that’s available for a licensing fee or support subscription.Red Hat is not open core, because even though it sells a “closed” enterprise version, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and helps distribute a free version of the product, Fedora, the truth is that the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux is still freely available, so one can, if desired, use RHEL without support.While it would be possible to reject open-core model companies, the fact is that this would sharply limit the field of potential candidates for the next $1 billion open source company, so I’m going to keep them in mind and note them as such.Our three top candidates – all private companies – definitely vary in the kind of software they offer, but each one has an opportunity to be the next open-source company that crosses the billion-dollar line.The Database CandidateWith all the hullaballoo about Big Data (see next candidate), it’s important not to forget there are still a lot of fast and flexible offerings in database-land that still follow the old rules of managing data. Big data doesn’t mean that relational databases are dead; in fact, such databases are more important then ever.EnterpriseDB is in the business of distributing commercial products built on one such open source database, PostgreSQL, a direct competitor to the MySQL mentioned earlier that was snatched up by Sun and subsequently acquired by Oracle.On its own, PostgreSQL (or Postgres as geeks call it), is hot right now. The open source Postgres is getting a lot of new features and the pace of development is perceived as faster than its MySQL counterpart. Plus, there is a definite interest in Postgres driven by a movement away from MySQL. While MySQL is still very powerful software, there is a lot of tension in the marketplace about Oracle’s stewardship of that project, since Oracle dropped the ball on several of the open source projects it acquired from Sun and many feel that eventually MySQL will suffer from the same problem, with Oracle either not pursuing development as much as it could or (as some fear) closing MySQL altogether.While MySQL’s loss is PostgreSQL’s gain, Postgres is getting attention on its own merits. EnterpriseDB, which offers an enterprise version known as Postgres Plus, is making big inroads with customers like Sony Entertainment.Data on a smaller scale will always be more prevalent than Big Data, which means Postgres and the vendors that package it have a nice, wide market into which to play. That gives EnterpriseDB a clear path to becoming the first $1 billion open source database company.The Big Data CandidateNevertheless, you can’t ignore the hype… Big data is a big driver for commerce right now, and any big data vendor has to be considered for billion-dollar revenue status.The technology that’s leading the big data charge is the open source data framework known as Apache Hadoop. Hadoop is not a database, but rather a distributed storage tool that enables programmers devise jobs in Java code to search for desired information – without formal database structure. Hadoop is not the only big data tech, but right now it’s the top technology in the sector. And right now the biggest Hadoop company is Cloudera.Though MapR and Hortonworks are strong Hadoop contenders, Cloudera has managed to establish an early lead in this sector. Cloudera has developed its own tools to make it easier to seek information from Hadoop stores and is building a rich partner ecosystem to enable different applications of Hadoop-stored data.If Hadoop continues its rocket-ship rise, it’s not hard to envision Cloudera becoming the first $1 billion open source Big Data company.The Cloud Computing CandidateIn the world of open source cloud computing, OpenStack is the name that gets the most attention, thanks to the combined marketing prowess of Rackspace, HP, Dell and Red Hat, just to name a few.But OpenStack is not a company or even a product – it’s a project. Eventually, one of the OpenStack vendors may come up with a commercial product and run with it, but if its someone like Red Hat or HP, they’ve already made their mark. Piston Cloud or SUSE may also succeed as billion-dollar candidates, but right now the OpenStack system is a free-for-all and no one seems to have a commanding lead. So I’m betting on an open source cloud player that’s not even in the OpenStack ecosystem: Eucalyptus.Eucalyptus gets the nod because of OpenStack’s lack of product and the fact the other open product in this space, CloudStack, has Citrix as its flagship commercial vendor and it’s not really an open source company. Eucalyptus also gets marks for being very well connected to the Amazon Web Services ecosystem. While you may argue that sticking to AWS frameworks is really not all that open (in fact, I have made that very argument), there’s no denying that AWS is killing in this space and a lot of customers interested in private or hybrid cloud computing are very content to keep swimming in Amazon’s pond.But there is more to Eucalyptus than being in the right place at the right time. It has got a whip-smart team, led by Marten Mickos, who – in one of those “small world” things – was the CEO of MySQL AB, the same company Oracle now has in its portfolio and was valued at $1 billion upon acquisition.With all of these stars aligned, Eucalyptus could soon be the first billion-dollar open source cloud computing company.Sure, other candidates may be in the running for the next billion-dollar open source company. And there is always a chance that someone new, like Big Switch Networks and its virtual networking systems, could come out of nowhere and snatch the title.But these three candidates, based on what I see right now in the open source world, are presently the most likely contenders for becoming the next $1 billion open source company.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Big Data#cloud computing#Structured Data center_img brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts last_img read more

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Ayodhya case: appellants accuse UP govt of ‘non-neutrality’

first_imgThe Muslim appellants in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute on Thursday criticised the Uttar Pradesh government for taking a “non-neutral stance” in the Supreme Court.They said the State government had shed its promise of staying neutral in the Ayodhya land dispute.The appellants were referring to arguments before a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in the previous hearing.On July 6, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the State, strongly objected to the appellants’ persistent plea for the case to be referred to a Constitution Bench.The appellants wanted a Constitution Bench to first decide the question of whether a mosque is essential to Islam. They questioned a line in the 1994 apex court judgment in the Ismail Farooqui case, which says Muslims can pray “anywhere, even in the open”. They argued that Islam would collapse without its mosques to congregate and pray.Mr. Mehta had wondered why the appellants had raised this question eight years after the Ayodhya case came to the Supreme Court in 2010. He submitted that there was something “inherently wrong” with the request.Lashing out on Thursday, senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, representing the appellants, said Mr. Mehta’s remarks were “uncalled for”.“The non-neutrality of the officer of the State is evident… They have accused one party of lack of bona fide… this is impermissible and a breach of faith,” Mr. Dhavan submitted.He pointed out that the ASG was a law officer of the Centre, which is in fact the ‘Statutory Receiver’ of the area in dispute under the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act of 1993 and thus should have maintained a neutral stance.Mr. Dhawan brushed aside the position taken by Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi to settle for a new mosque in a “Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram”.Mr. Rizvi, through his counsel, traced the lineage of the Babri Masjid, which was razed down by karsevaks on December 6, 1992, to Mir Baqi, a Shia noble in Mughal Emperor Babur’s court. He claimed Babri Masjid was a Shia waqf (endowment).“I do not even want to respond to these submissions,” Mr. Dhavan reacted.At one point, Mr. Dhawan sarcastically said the idea of giving up the legal fight now, as suggested by Mr. Rizvi, would amount to an “indulgent act of charity”.last_img read more

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Subroto Cup: No action yet on Afghan player who assaulted the refree

first_imgA day after mauling the referee in the middle of the park, Shejauddin of Esteqlal High School is yet to be punished for his act. The erring player was the main architect of the fracas during his team’s match against Dynamo Kyiv on Friday.The organisers of the tournament, The Air Force Sports Control Board are in talks with the Afghanistan High Commission, according to a press release issued by the organisers.A meeting between them took place but no decision was taken till late night. Since the player is from a foreign team and Subroto is an invitational tournament, there is hardly any scope for stringent action to be taken. The referee, Armughan Rowan, is a FIFA panel referee and has conducted many high profile domestic matches.”There is not much we can do about it unless the referee files a FIR. As the player is from a foreign team and is young, the matter would be dealt internally. The diplomatic relations also come into the picture and the player would be at the most rebuked strongly for his action,” a tournament official said.Dynamo Kyiv coach Serhii Bezhenar also said the incident was very embarrassing for his team and the players should learn to keep their calm, more so when they are growing up. “It was a very sad incident that took place yesterday. The players have to show composure on the field,” Bezhenar said.Meanwhile, Dynamo sailed into the final with a 6-0 demolition of Sports Hostel, Tamil Nadu. They will now face Kerala school MSP.advertisementlast_img read more

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