A Donegal priest has publicly announced that he will vote YES in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Fr Brian Ó Fearraigh has revealed the reasons why he’ll be voting YES, despite the conservative views of senior figures within his own church.Bishop of Raphoe Dr Philip Boyce declared that he will be voting NO in the referendum. The reaction to that announcement was met with an angry backlash from YES campaigners.Fr Brian Ó Fearraigh told YesEqualityDonegal, “I’m of the belief that this referendum is purely a civil question and that the State cannot discriminate against its citizens.“This Civil Marriage constitutional referendum in my opinion, is about giving statutory recognition and protection, irrespective of sex, to the relationships of all people who publicly want such recognition by the State, nothing more, nothing less.“I don’t believe that a yes vote will actively impact children’s well being.“What is important, irrespective of the family configuration that children are a part of, and I think we all recognise that there are many different kinds of family formations, is that every child is valued, loved and accepted” Advertisement DONEGAL PRIEST ANNOUNCES HE WILL BE VOTING YES IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE REFERENDUM was last modified: May 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)
SAN JOSE — The ghost of Eric Fehr continues to linger around the hallways of Sharks practice facilities.The Sharks cut ties with the depth center last summer to give themselves extra salary cap room to pursue John Tavares in unrestricted free agency. After Tavares signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, general manager Doug Wilson turned to plan B, acquiring Erik Karlsson in a trade involving Chris Tierney. While the Sharks eventually found their difference-maker, the moves depleted the team’s …
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#conferences#CTIA 2011#web Did you know there are 3X as many smartphones being activated every minute around the world than there are babies being born? That’s according to Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson. “Those of us in this room can remember when mobile coverage was rare and we chose when to go online,” Vestberg said on stage today at the CTIA wireless conference. “This next generation being born will expect coverage everywhere, will take being online for granted and will choose when they go offline.”Day two of CTIA began with a heavy emphasis on statistics from the morning’s keynote speakers and some of the numbers may surprise, delight and inspire you. Or they might make you worry that humanity is about to be overrun by smart devices. You might also feel inclined to contest one or two of them – but here they are.Vestberg said this morning that his company expects there to be 8 billion mobile subscriptions live around the world in just 4 years. “Astute observers will note that there aren’t 8 billion people on earth,” he said. “We’re definitely expecting multiple devices and subscriptions to be used by many people.” Vestberg emphasized that those 8 billion subscriptions would all be from human subscribers, too. Beyond those subscriptions, he predicted that there would be 50 billion network connected non-human devices in 10 years, representing 2/3 of all electronics. “All devices that can benefit from connectivity will be connected,” Vestberg said in one of many references here to what’s called the Internet of Things.During peak times, Netflix streaming movies alone takes up 20% of all US badwidth consumptionCan the world’s natural resources sustain that level of growth? “When you say 50 billion, a lot of people think of tablets and smart phones,” leading wireless industry analyst Chetan Sharma told us today in response to that question. “It’s true that’s going to be a constraint and new thinking may be required. If you look at companies like Kovio, using NFC, creating printed electronics – over the next 5 or 10 years new forms of electronics will come into play. If there is a need and a big enough market, humans are good at figuring things out.”Other numbers that help paint a picture of the future being discussed here at CTIA:During peak times, Netflix streaming movies alone takes up 20% of all US badwidth consumption. That from Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of Light Squared, a wholesale network provider that said today it is going to spend $14 billion to build out wholesale 4G LTE US infrastructure over the next 8 years.Where is China in all of this, you might wonder? Yang Jie, Executive VP of China Telecom, which has 60% marketshare in China, spoke at CTIA this morning as well. He said China Telecom reported $35B in revenue last year, 47% of which coame from wireless. The company expects that percentage to surpass 50% next year. Jie said that China Telecom plans to put a major emphasis on the Internet of Things as well. For context, AT&T reported $124B in revenue last year and Verizon $106B. 60% of Verizon’s revenues were from wireless. China is the largest mobile market in the world in terms of subscribers, fast approaching 1 billion mobile phones in use, but these numbers indicate that monetization of that market remains significantly smaller than in the US, where there are 300 million mobile phones.Any way you slice it, though, the wireless industry folks here at CTIA expect major and game changing growth of connected devices to accelerate in the next few years.
zoomImage Courtesy: AET Petroleum and chemical tanker owner and operator AET has named its first two LNG dual-fuel Aframax tankers. The 113,000 dwt vessels, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu, were inaugurated today at a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.Both vessels have been taken on long-term charter by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell), primarily for operations in the Atlantic Basin, and will begin operating for the company from Q4 2018.Being in compliance with NOx Tier III emission when operating in gas mode, the vessels are equipped with conventional single screw propulsion with two-stroke main engine, three auxiliary engines and two auxiliary boilers, all equipped for LNG dual fuel capability.LNG fuel is supplied through two type-C tanks of 850 cubic meters each arranged on the main deck aft port and starboard. Each LNG tank is equipped with two LNG feed pumps which provide full redundancy for operation.The vessels are designed to receive LNG fuel from LNG bunkering vessels — via ship-to-ship transfer. The vessels will be able to trade with LNG fuel for approximately 6,000 nautical miles.“AET has worked for many years in close cooperation with industry partners to develop these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes, which are amongst the very first in the industry (…) Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu are proof that as an industry, we needn’t see increasing environmental requirements as a threat to how we operate, but rather as an incentive to develop new, more innovative and sustainable shipping solutions,” Yee Yang Chien, AET Chairman, and President/Group CEO of parent company MISC Berhad, commented.Image Courtesy: AETBoth vessels have been awarded the “Green Passport” and “GFS” notations and have been fitted with an IMO-compliant ballast water management system.“Shell has been an advocate of LNG as a marine fuel for many years, and as an organisation, we have invested considerably in supporting the development of a comprehensive and reliable LNG bunkering infrastructure. We share AET’s commitment to exceeding the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur emissions requirements wherever possible, and we are very pleased to take these vessels on charter to serve our global energy shipping requirements,” Lars Wogen, Global Crude Freight Trading Manager, Shell commented. “We welcome these vessels as the first in what will be an expanding fleet of LNG dual fuelled vessels in the years to come, as part of our group’s Green Sustainability Agenda. This seeks to deliver environmental efficiency alongside operational excellence. This is a point of critical importance, as ensuring that these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes are designed to operate with optimum efficiency, the highest standards of safety and compliance has been and remains top priority for us,” Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, President & CEO of AET, said.Featuring a length of 244 meters and a width of 43 meters, each of the two tanker newbuilds has a market value of USD 44.14 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.
Dennis WardFace to FaceGrowing up in Winnipeg, David Alexander Robertson never learned about his Indigenous culture and heritage in school.But he’s trying to make sure that is not the case for the next generation.The award winning graphic novelist has close to 20 titles under his belt.All can be used as teaching tools in the classroom. We speak with Robertson about tackling heavy subjects such as residential schools, MMIW and suicide in a medium that appeals to [email protected]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Netflix shares surged to an all-time high following the news that Barack Obama and Netflix reportedly are negotiating a deal for the former president and his wife, Michelle, to produce shows exclusively for the streaming service.The proposed deal was reported Friday by The New York Times, which cited people familiar with the discussions who were not identified.The report sent shares to an all-time high of $326.74 earlier. The Los Gatos, California, company’s stock reached $326.07 in afternoon trading, marking a gain of nearly 3 per cent.Netflix did not respond for a request for comment. Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill declined comment on the report.Obama senior adviser Eric Schultz, in a statement provided to The Associated Press, said the Obamas believe in the power of storytelling to inspire.Schultz said the couple continues to explore new ways to help others share their stories.The New York Times reported that Obama doesn’t intend to use his Netflix shows to respond directly to President Donald Trump or conservative critics.
Mumbai: The rise in banks’ profitability, thanks to a steady decline in dud assets, can give a 0.60- percent boost to GDP in fiscal 2020, says a report. This will be possible due to the rise in profits on the back of a decline in credit costs, which is the money that banks set aside to deal with bad loans, will help banks lend more money to productive purposes, it said. “The fall in credit costs implies a positive supply impact of 1.40 percent to credit growth, which can boost real investment growth by 2 percent and real GDP growth by 0.60 percent financial year,” a report by American brokerage Goldman Sachs said Monday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Reserve Bank earlier this month pegged FY20 GDP print at 7.2 percent, down 20 bps from its February forecast. The brokerage estimates credit costs as a proportion of the total outstanding loans will nearly halve to 1.20 percent in FY20 from the peak of 2.30 percent in FY18. In absolute terms, the fall will be to the tune of Rs 1.9 lakh crore from Rs 3.3 lakh crore. Credit growth has already been coming in at a multi- year high for the last few fortnights, and printed at 13.24 per cent for the fortnight to March 29. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe brokerage report said for the past nine years, the banking system has grappled with non-performing assets, where ballooning credit costs impaired their capital, constrained credit supply, and was associated with a decline in credit and investment growth. Improvements in credit supply will now more likely stem from an improvement in banks’ profitability on a normalisation of bank credit costs, it said. This will be achieved on the back of more benign trends in stress loans and the healthier NPA provisioning ratios that “proactive policies have engendered over the past two years”, it said. The report said boost to credit growth can be higher if credit costs are lower, banks continue to substitute away from bonds into credit to the real economy, or raise more capital than the baseline. However, on the flipside, growth can be impacted by up to 0.15 percent if some of the assumptions do not come true, it warned.
An impressive UCL campaign has seen Barcelona end their quarter-final curse (2016-2018) and reach the 8th semi-final in the last 12 years. As the only European giant standing in the elite competition, Barcelona is pipped as favourites to lift the trophy for the 6th time. Subduing Inter and Spurs in the group stage and Lyon in last 16, Barça were matched against Manchester United in a rematch of the two UCL finals (2009, 2011). And, similar to those finals, Barcelona triumphed owing to the brilliance of their talisman Lionel Messi who is in dazzling form leading the scoring charts with ten goals. Barcelona’s balanced performance in attack, midfield, defence as well as a calm and cautious goalkeeper means it would be an apt test of Liverpool’s overly attacking gameplay. They have conceded less and Camp Nou’s effectively a fortress with Barça unbeaten in Europe since 2013. Drawn against second favourites Liverpool means this semi-final will be a goal fest given the firepower both sides possess. Barça possesses the flair, experience, and vision to make it to Madrid but will have to be careful given the scintillating form the Reds are in. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Gameplay: Possession, high-press and pace on the break remain Barça’s dominant traits. Their mesmerising momentum shift, sharp passing, crisp one-twos, delicate through-balls and devastating long balls are capable of unlocking any defence. Key Players: Lionel Messi and Luis SuárezMemories of the final defeat last season to Real Madrid must have brought a horde of realisations and ensuing improvisations – strengthening defence for starters. Liverpool possesses the deadliest attacking trio right now with the possibility of goals coming from any direction. Klopp’s two years at the helm have created a team that does not sit back waiting for a chance on the break but instead looks forward to orchestrating the game, with reinvigorated counter-attacks and a better conversion rate of attempts to the goal. Liverpool came out of group stage courtesy of more goals after being tied on points and head-to-head with Napoli. Removing Bayern Munich in a sensational away match performance in last 16, Liverpool’s quarter-final clash against Porto was a cake walk (Agg. 6-1). Making it to a consecutive semi-final, the Reds’ bolstered defence and ultra-high pressing will certainly cause problems for the Spanish giants. Pursuing a neck-to-neck league title race against City, Liverpool will have to tactically rotate the squad in order to produce the sublime performance they have, so far or they could jeopardise chances of silverware in both competitions. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Gameplay: Strong defence, explosive pressing and the in-form attacking trio provide balance to the team. A serious counter-attacking threat, Liverpool can unleash Mane and Salah through long balls creating certain goal opportunities. Key Players: Virgil van Dijk and Mo SalahHaving brushed aside league rivals Manchester City in a high-octane match, Spurs has already made history. Their first semi-final berth in 57 years of Europe’s elite competition was achieved in a dramatic fashion trumping the citizens who were favourites to win and advancing on away goals. A seven-goal thriller with a meandering scoreboard kept everyone at the edge of their seats till the final whistle as City failed to overturn the aggregate deficit despite winning 4-3 on the night. Spurs are accredited with an admirable fighting spirit which has brought them from being almost out of the group stage to a maiden UCL semi-final appearance. The 1-0 home victory against Inter and late Lucas Moura goal at Camp Nou on the last matchday facilitated their progress from the group stage based on a better head-to-head record against Inter. In the round of 16, they edged past an in-form Dortmund with a comfortable 4-0 aggregate score. Spurs’ all-out attack might just leave them vulnerable to Ajax’s sustained gameplay and it would be better if they balance their efforts while not letting Ajax get an away goal. Gameplay: Spurs maintain an average possession while stressing on counter attacks to surprise opponents owing to their great speed on the break. Pochettino’s ‘attack is the best defence’ strategy fits their narrative. Key players: Son Heung-Min and C EriksonWith an exhilarating performance at Turin to reach the semi-finals after 20 years, Ajax has demonstrated that efficient team dynamics can outclass big fishes owing to one simple fact: Football is a team game. Smooth passing, neat one-twos, flexible yet maintained team positioning and balanced attack and defence have all accounted for Ajax’s dream run in the UCL this season. Having not lost a single game back in the group stage, Ajax has since taken on European heavyweights one after another and produced beautiful football. Drawing both matches against Bayern, defeating Real Madrid in Bernabéu (1-4) and usurping favourites Juventus to book a place in the semi-finals, a team of youngsters has left the world in awe of its resilience and skill. Led by 19-year-old Matthijs de Ligt, this Ajax side has suddenly stimulated the global audience with its vibrant and young squad outplaying the veterans of UCL. For Ajax, style is not an alternative to substance but a route to it and through its unwavering faith and high-performance tempo, they have axed their way through to the top four. In a match of comparative underdogs, Ajax might just trump Spurs owing to their majestic form this season. Gameplay: Displaying total football in all its glory, Ajax’s philosophy of high-pressing, more possession and controlled tempo fits their explosive energy. Key Players: Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt
After the horrific helicopter crash outside of King Power Stadium, Leicester City has confirmed that chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in the accident.This Saturday will go down in history as one of the saddest days in football history, especially for the family of Leicester City’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who was pronounced dead this Sunday.Right after the Premier League match between the Foxes and West Ham United at King Power Stadium, the owner of the club that made the miracle season back in 2016, jumped on his helicopter with two pilots and another two unidentified people without knowing that they would suffer a horrible tragedy just seconds after taking off.There was a malfunction that didn’t give the pilots enough time to maneuver, and the helicopter crashed after losing control right behind a car park next to the stadium.The hours after the accident were very difficult for everybody, the authorities who arrived quickly to the scene refused to share any detailed information to the press.It was just minutes ago when Leicester City revealed the outcome that everybody feared, as the club’s chairman was officially confirmed dead.Puts life into prospective, HORRIBLE way to die, NEVER knew the man personally, BUT REAL recognise REAL, genuine good soul & did alot for @LCFC & their communityR.I.P Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ❤https://t.co/bDf1lWqKoH— JAYSIAH (@Jaysiah_London) October 28, 2018Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha took control of Leicester City back in 2010, he transformed the whole club’s infrastructure and even accomplished the single greatest feat in football history.In the 2015-2016 Premier League season, Leicester City won the tournament and completed the ultimate underdog story that any sport has ever witnessed with odds of 5000 to 1 against them.This incredible achievement was one of the biggest reasons why the English society from the city of Leicester, accepted Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as another one of their its favorite sons.Now that the official news broke, everybody in town is mourning the passing of a truly legendary person who always poured his soul to the community and sadly left this plane sooner than expected.The whole Ronaldo.com team sends its thoughts and prayers to the families of all the people affected by this tragedy, the club posted a long statement in which they don’t give any further details of the other deceased from the accident.BREAKING:The owner of Leicester City FC Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is dead. He died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has been confirmed.Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people died when the aircraft crashed on Saturday evening.#ccfmsports pic.twitter.com/muGiY6e1a2— COAL CITY FM (@coalcity929fm) October 28, 2018Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.This is the full statement was released on Leicester City Football Club official website, which was later posted on all their social media accounts.“It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium.”“None of the five people on board survived. “The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss.” “In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led. Leicester City was a family under his leadership.” “It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy.”Awful news as Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is confirmed dead after a helicopter crash last night 😢💔 Thoughts are with his family and @LCFC 🙏 pic.twitter.com/1ZdcM33LDA— GRM Daily (@GRMDAILY) October 28, 2018“A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October, for supporters wishing to pay their respects.” “Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course.” “Both Tuesday’s First Team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the Development Squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed.” “Everyone at the club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time.”pic.twitter.com/hQSR0IDWWg— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 28, 2018Please send your message of support to the whole Leicester City family in the comment section down below.