Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday signed into law a controversial bill handing the conservative government control of state media, despite European Union (EU) concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs, the AFP had reported. “It is important to the president that state media be impartial, objective and credible,” presidential spokeswoman Malgorzata Sadurska told reporters. The measure is the latest controversial legislation introduced by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, which won a general election in October after eight years in opposition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Many a wide-eyed athlete has arrived at the big leagues with a refreshing outlook, only to adopt a jaded veteran mentality as the newness of fame and fortune wears away. But that is the exact opposite of what Edwards wants. He once said his greatest worry was somewhere down the line, people would say he’s changed from the genuine nice guy he once was. Judging by a recent visit with Los Angeles-area media, he has little to worry about. Edwards will begin his third full-time season in Nextel Cup racing with his fun-loving attitude intact. To Edwards, racing is still cool – really cool, in fact. Not only does he get to do what he loves, he gets to experience amazing opportunities that come along with being a star in America’s biggest racing series. Take his recent trip to California, as an example. When speaking about his travels, Edwards sported such a wide grin that he nearly laughed with every word. When Carl Edwards first arrived on the NASCAR scene, fans and media members alike marveled at the driver’s attitude. To Edwards, everything was a “cool,” “neat” or “awesome” experience. And the 27-year-old driver seemed as surprised with his sudden rise to prominence as everyone else. “The fact that I qualified my Cup car (in Daytona), and then I get a police escort from the garage to the private airplane hangar where they had a jet waiting with the door open and food – that, I guess at some point in my life, I told somebody what my favorite foods were – and they’re all on the plane with some reading material with two pilots calling me Mr. Edwards. (They) flew all the way here, (I) put on some suit that some stylist picked out for me, then went to some Grammy parties and hung out with Kid Rock a little bit? “I mean, that whole thing is crazy. It’s weird. It’s like I’ve lived two separate lives. I’m telling you, they weren’t even letting me in (California Speedway) five years ago. There’s no way. It’s just funny.” When Edwards smiles, everyone smiles with him. His enthusiasm is contagious and a bit magnetic, given that his success story somehow makes others feel good about themselves, too. Or perhaps it’s because however many strangers are in the room when Edwards enters, there are few when he leaves. Even walking into a private reception at Hollywood hotspot Bar Marmont last week, Edwards shook hands and greeted seemingly everyone in the room. Despite knowing hardly anyone, he made eye contact and spoke to each person. When he talks about himself, he somehow works everyone from his motorcoach driver to his public relations representative into the stories, showing no regard for his star status in the racing world. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that he learned that those he held in high esteem were just regular people like him. “There’s a big paradigm shift when you get (to Cup),” he said. “Mark Martin is just a normal guy, a hard-working, down-to-earth regular guy. It’s like you’re hanging out, talking to Matt Kenseth about something and it’ll be, `Hey, a while back, Matt Kenseth was just this guy that you watched on TV.’ “I kind of had these ideas about how people were, but everybody’s been really cool. It’s amazing.” Edwards uses that same word to describe his experience with starting his own music label (the first CD is now on iTunes) and getting the chance to act in the hit TV show “24” and a low-budget movie called “The Disciple.” He had a couple lines in the latter, playing a hospital worker helping a patient. For example: “Are you family?” “You know, standard stuff that I do when I’m tending to patients,” Edwards deadpanned. He hit the red carpet – which he said was actually blue – after the Grammy Awards to some post-ceremony parties, posing for the paparazzi with California Speedway president Gillian Zucker. But Edwards is careful to point out that for each of his show business-related activities, he does five times as much racing. “I spend so much time in the race car, more time than I ever thought I would,” he said. “On average, I get a day off a week where I can just do whatever. I probably don’t even need a day off – I really enjoy it.” That’s why, despite entering his third season racing both the Cup and Busch Series full-time, Edwards doesn’t see an end in sight to his mega-loaded schedule. Even the temptations of L.A. couldn’t change that. During his stay, he woke up and walked out to his hotel balcony overlooking the marina. As he peered down at all the sailboats, Edwards thought about what it might be like to trade in his racing life for a laid-back lifestyle on the beach. Maybe he could do as well at acting as he could at racing. Or any number of professions, for that matter. He might even make the best Wal-Mart greeter the world has ever known. On the other hand … “If I got on one of those boats and went on vacation for more than two weeks, I mean, there’s no way – I’d want to race,” he said. “That’s one of the only ways you can make it (as a driver). I meet people all the time who say they want to be race car drivers, but you’ve really got to love it.” And he does. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
As for the concert next month, doors open at 7 p.m. that night, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $70 for general admission, $75 for reserved seating, and $80 at the door. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An Aaron Pritchett concert at the Lido Theatre on May 28 is not just a show, but a fundraiser to make Peace Island Park Pavilion a reality.The Pavilion is a project that a Project Management Class from UNBC has spearheaded. One of the students, Clayton Neumeyer, says a need for a bandshell-like structure nearby was something the community has voiced.“If you look around, other communities that cherish their parks and areas, most of the prized parks will have a permanent structure to host events,” he said.- Advertisement -Though no final decisions have been made, of course, there is a idea of how the structure would look and the features it would have. According to the website for the project, it would likely be the size of an ice rink and host about 400 to 500 people, and be built out of steel or lumber to prevent vandalism.There are plans to possibly implement a firepit, and utilities as well as full-service washrooms.Some organizations have already donated to the project, but a GoFundMe campaign has been started to accumulate more funds. According to that campaign, at least $10,000 is needed for the project.Advertisement
Tusker have also signed experienced winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo from Gor.However, Matano says that names alone will not be enough for them to challenge for the KPL title.“Names do not play football. They can have the biggest names, but what matters is what you do on the pitch. That is my challenge to them. They have to prove that they deserve to play and they have to play to protect their names. Only those who deserve will earn a chance in my team whether you are a big name or small name,” Matano told Capital Sports.Tusker FC midfielder Humphrey Mieno makes a pass under pressure from Hashim Sempala during a training session at the Ruaraka Complex on September 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMieno hasn’t started the season yet as he has just recovered from injury while the rest have had a feel of Tusker’s season already with three matches down.Tusker have four points after their draw against Mathare United and victory over Zoo Kericho helped them rub away the opening day blues of a 5-2 spanking at the hands of defending champions Gor Mahia.“We had a bad start to the season but it was because of circumstances that were beyond us. We had so many injuries for that game and we had to patch up the squad. But we have managed to recover and the players now know that the league is not easy and have picked up very well,” the tactician noted.This season, Matano says he wants to help Tusker regain its respect in the league, only falling short of declaring his thirst for a third Premier League title as coach, a second with Tusker and the brewers’ 12th overall.This is how it is done! Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano demonstrates a point during shooting practice during a training session at the Ruaraka Complex on September 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTusker is the only side to break the Gor Mahia dominance since 2013 having lifted the crown in 2016 after edging out Gor who were docked points due to crowd trouble. This season, Matano hopes he can bring the glory days back to Ruaraka.“The Lion has his own respect as a coach in this country, Tusker has its own respect as one of the big clubs in this country. We have to get that respect back and the only way to do so is by winning our games and being in the top,” the tactician, nicknamed ‘The Lion’ because of his tough coaching regimen said.“We need to be consistent in our results and play good football,” he added.-Sofapaka test-The brewers aim to keep their winning barrels rolling and their next sojourn takes them to Machakos where they face Sofapaka, a side that started the season slow but has picked up as well.Being his former side, Matano expects a tough duel but says the come-from-behind victory over Zoo will inspire them to face Batoto ba Mungu.Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano passes instructions to his players during a training session at the Ruaraka Complex on September 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“This will be a battle of former champions with a lot of mutual respect with each other. I know it will not be an easy game because Sofapaka have a strong team after recruiting well,” Matano underscored.“However, we have so much confidence after last weekend’s win. There is so much that three points can do in lifting the morale of the players and the technical bench. There is renewed energy and belief whenever a team wins and we will ride on this,” stated Matano.The two sides have already met this season, facing off each other in a pre-season friendly match at Ruaraka, a game that ended 2-0 in favor of the brewers.0Shares0000(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano shouts out instructions during a training session at the Ruaraka Complex on September 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – On paper, Tusker FC has one of the most balanced and potent squads in the Kenyan Premier League with several stars returning to the side to blend in with a crop of young players signed up by head coach Robert Matano.Midfielder Hashim Sempala returns to the side after four months at Gor Mahia, Humphrey Mieno returns after spells with Gor and Ethiopia’s St. George while defender Eugene Asike also makes a permanent return after missing most of last season.
Adnan Januzaj 1 Adnan Januzaj is reportedly set for a loan move to Borussia Dortmund as Manchester United get set to offlaod another attacking player.With Robin van Persie, Radamal Falcao, Angel di Maria and Nani all having left this summer, and Javier Hernanndez on the verge of joining Bayer Leverkusen, it leaves the Red Devils desperately short in attack,.And the fans are not happy…
A three-year-old child escaped being hit by nails fired from a nail gun by just inches when a gang attacked a Co Donegal home.The child was sleeping at his home in Letterkenny when his house was attacked by a gang of men. The men had been ordered by another man to visit the home of Donal Coyle at Glencar Park on November 6th, 2006.The men smashed up the home of Mr Coyle and his partner, breaking six windows before shooting nails around the house using a Hilti nail gun.The man who ordered the attack, Marcus Spratt, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with the possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage and making threats to kill.Spratt, who was aged 24 at the time, was later arrested and appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in July 2012 where he pleaded guilty to the charges.However, when he was due for sentencing on July 19th, 2012, he failed to appear.Following a long-term investigation, Gardai last week travelled to London and arrested Spratt at Heathrow Airport and brought him back to Ireland on a European Arrest Warrant.Barrister for Spratt, Mr Ivan Toner told the court that his client believed that Mr Donal Coyle has attacked his van.He foolishly responded by calling people in Derry who visited Mr Coyle in his home and attacked the house.Spratt, of Gortnacorrib, Letterkenny, denied that he had been present at the house when it was attacked but was in another village, Convoy.He added that he was horrified when he later learned that there was a young child in the house when it was attacked by the gang under his orders.A victim impact statement on behalf of Mr Coyle was handed into the court by state prosecutor Ms Patricia McLaughlin.Barrister Mr Ivan Toner said that Mr Coyle and his client had since made up and that Spratt had since been living a successful life in London.His ex-partner, Ms Lyndsey McClelland had facilitated him in bringing the couple’s two sons to London and on holiday in Disneyworld, Legoland and Lanzarote.The court was told that Spratt said there were “certain issues” as to why he could not hang around and be sentenced.The court was also told that Spratt had produced €2,000 as an offer of compensation to Mr Coyle and his family.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the matter until Friday for sentencing.Child cheats serious injury after home attacked by gang with nailgun was last modified: January 24th, 2018 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:attackdonegalletterkennyMarcus Sprattnailgun
THE communities of Killybegs and Mountcharles will come together today to say a final farewell to a teenager who died suddenly earlier this week.Aimee-Lee Meehan from Dromore, Mountcharles, took ill at her home earlier this week, but died later at Letterkenny General Hospital.The 13-year-old was a very popular pupil at the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town. Aimee-Lee was the daughter of Padraic Meehan and Louise Martin and grand-daughter of Joseph and Bridie Meehan, Killybegs and Pat and Mary Martin, Mountcharles.Removal is from her home today at 1.30pm going to St Mary’s Church, Killymard for 2.30pm Requiem Mass.TRAGIC TEENAGER TO BE LAID TO REST TODAY was last modified: May 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:aimee-lee MeehanKillybegsMOUNTCHARLESTRAGIC TEENAGER TO BE LAID TO REST TODAY
THE head of the Traffic Corps in Donegal has appealed for motorists to stay at home unless absolutely necessary as road conditions worsen tonight – and officers help motorists whose vehicles ended up in the ditch.Gardaí are at the scene of an incident at Gortlee in Letterkenny where two vehicles have left the road.Conditions across the county remain hazardous. Inspector Michael Harrison has asked all motorists to slow down and only to make journeys when necessary.He warned further bad weather later in the week will also need to be heeded. GARDA TRAFFIC BOSS IN ROADS APPEAL AS OFFICERS ATTEND SCENE OF TWO-CAR CRASH was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by John2Share 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:crashgortahorkGortleegortlessletterkenny
All the resources and contact information journalists need to cover the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.MEDIAFifa and Team Media ContactsDate of publication: 20 November 2009Type: Contact listPages: 5Contents page: NoSize: 617 KBDownload documentFifa and Government ContactsDate of publication: 20 November 2009Type: Contact listPages: 4Contents page: NoSize: 218 KBDownload documentFifa Online Syndication OfferDate of publication: 20 November 2009Type: Fact sheetPages: 1Contents page: NoSize: 228 KBDownload documentORGANISATIONEvents Logistics GuideDate of publication: 20 November 2009Type: Fact sheetPages: 50Contents page: Yes • PreviewSize: 1.7 MBDownload document2010 Means Business for South AfricaDate of publication: November 2009Type: Research reportPages: 31Contents page: NoSize: 2.6 MBDownload documentVolunteer ProgrammeDate of publication: 20 November 2009Type: Fact sheetPages: 7Contents page: NoSize: 259 KBDownload documentSafety and Security BackgroundDate of publication: 20 November 2009Type: Fact sheetPages: 3Contents page: NoSize: 228 KBDownload documentTicketing Media InformationDate of publication: 20 November 2009Type: Brochure / statisticsPages: 15Contents page: NoSize: 3.8 MBDownload documentTransport BackgroundDate of publication: 4 December 2008Type: Fact sheetPages: 5Contents page: NoSize: 90 KBDownload documentRIGHTS PROTECTIONGuide to the Fifa Official MarksDate of publication: 26 August 2008Type: Comprehensive guidePages: 26Contents page: Yes • PreviewSize: 1.4 MBDownload documentFifa Rights Protection ProgrammeDate of publication: 8 March 2010Type: BrochurePages: 10Contents page: NoSize: 3.6 MBDownload documentSpecial Conditions for Non-Rights HoldersDate of publication: 30 May 2010Type: Fact sheetPages: 4Contents page: NoSize: 221 KBDownload documentFifa Marketing ProgrammeDate of publication: 18 May 2010Type: Comprehensive guidePages: 3Contents page: NoSize: 688 KBDownload documentSponsorship ProgrammeDate of publication: 20 May 2009Type: BrochurePages: 18Contents page: NoSize: 5.5 MBDownload documentTRANSPORT GUIDESSouth Africa Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 21Contents page: NoSize: 2.5 MBDownload documentJohannesburg Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 15Contents page: NoSize: 2.2 MBDownload documentCape Town Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 11Contents page: NoSize: 1.8 MBDownload documentPretoria Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 11Contents page: NoSize: 1.5 MBDownload documentDurban Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 11Contents page: NoSize: 2.4 MBDownload documentNelspruit Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 4Contents page: NoSize: 1 MBDownload documentPort Elizabeth Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 8Contents page: NoSize: 1.5 MBDownload documentBloemfontein Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 11Contents page: NoSize: 2 MBDownload documentRustenburg Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 5Contents page: NoSize: 1.5 MBDownload documentPolokwane Transport GuideDate of publication: 10 June 2010Type: Transport guidePages: 4Contents page: NoSize: 1 MBDownload documentINFRASTRUCTUREEnergy and IT&TDate of publication: 24 November 2009Type: PresentationPages: 40Contents page: NoSize: 6.2 MBDownload documentEskom Power SupplyDate of publication: 22 October 2009Type: Fact sheetPages: 7Contents page: NoSize: 30 KBDownload documentIT&T SolutionDate of publication: 20 November 2009Type: Fact sheetPages: 7Contents page: NoSize: 252 KBDownload documentStadium BackgroundDate of publication: 20 November 2009Type: Fact sheetPages: 9Contents page: NoSize: 247 KBDownload document
15 November 2010A new player in South Africa’s rapidly evolving telecoms scene, FibreCo Telecommunications, has announced plans to develop a national open-access fibre-optic broadband network to improve connectivity and further reduce internet costs in the country.FibreCo is a partnership between cellular operator Cell C, ICT firm Internet Solutions and investment management and advisory firm Convergence Partners.Construction of the network will follow a three-phase approach and ultimately cover a total distance in excess of 12 000km. The initial phase will focus on rolling out a 4 500km redundant core ring linking Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban to international cable landing stations within two years.“FibreCo’s objective is to completely transform the dynamics of SA’s broadband sector by building and managing a long-haul national fibre-optic transmission network on an open-access model,” Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt said in a statement last week.“By enabling a step change in the affordability of true high-speed connectivity for customers across South Africa, FibreCo is aiming to have a strong positive socio-economic impact for the country by improving the overall broadband.”Open-access pricing modelWith the landing of the Seacom cable, and the imminent arrival of several undersea cables bringing international connectivity to South Africa, focus has now shifted to developing local infrastructure to support high bandwidth usage.Local telecoms operators MTN, Neotel and Vodacom are busy building their own national fibre-optic network, while state-owned Broadband Infraco has also recently unveiled plans to build a national broadband network.“While the cost of international transmission has dropped significantly since 2009 with the arrival of new undersea fibre networks, national transmission in South Africa still accounts for a very significant proportion of telecommunications costs to end users and constitutes a critical bottleneck to ordinary citizens and businesses,” said Convergence Partners chairman Andile Ngcaba.“Through its open-access pricing model, FibreCo will effectively transfer the significant economies of scale inherent in fibre-optic networking technologies to its customers, paving the way for lower broadband access costs for end users, improvements in communications service quality and innovation and enhanced regional connectivity.”Maximising opportunitiesCell C’s extensive national wireless network will provide the platform for the co-location of optical transmission equipment at their base stations as well as wireless access solutions for FibreCo’s customers.Through Internet Solutions, FibreCo has access value-added networking solutions into the enterprise market, including facilities for the hosting of its customers’ optical termination equipment in urban centres.Through Convergence Partners, the company will have top expertise in the development and financial structuring of large-scale telecommunications infrastructure projects.Convergence Partners has a stake in the Seacom international cable, and also has a joint venture with satellite-maker Intelsat, with the aim of launching a satellite dedicated to African telecommunications by the fourth quarter of 2010.“FibreCo’s approach will maximise the opportunities afforded by the massive increase in international bandwidth capacity coming to SA’s shores via undersea cables over the next couple of years and allow South African businesses and end-users to fully experience the opportunities created by the rapid advances in voice, video and broadband computer applications worldwide,” said Internet Solutions MD Derek Wilcocks.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material