DINNY McGINLEY OFF TO AMERICA AS PART OF ST PATRICK’S DAY EXODUS

first_imgDinny McGinley TD, right, is heading to the StatesThe government has announced details of the largest St Patrick’s Day travel programme since it came to office with Donegal TD and junior Minister Dinnt McGinley one of 28 of the 30 government ministers going abroad.Taoiseach Enda Kenny will lead the programme, travelling to New York, Boston and Washington DC while Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin heads for China.Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley is going to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia The programme marks the first time that ministers will have travelled to Vietnam or Mexico, and the first time in four years that one will go to Russia.Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes are the only members of Government not travelling abroad this St. Patrick’s day.Who is going where:Taoiseach Enda Kenny – New York, Boston and Washington DC Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore – FranceMinister for Finance Michael Noonan – CanadaMinister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin – ChinaMinister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton – ItalyMinister for Social Protection Joan Burton – New York Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan – San FranciscoMinister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte – London and BirminghamMinister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan – United Arab EmiratesMinister for Justice and Equality and Minister for Defence Alan Shatter – Mexico Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney – New Zealand and Eastern AustraliaMinister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald – Japan and KoreaMinister for Health James Reilly – Boston and ClevelandMinister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar – Atlanta and SavannahAttorney General Máire Whelan SC – Washington DCMinister of State at the Department of The Taoiseach & Defence Paul Kehoe – LebanonMinister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Jan O’Sullivan – ScotlandMinister of State for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley – Pittsburgh and PhiladelphiaMinister of State for Small Business John Perry – SpainMinister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring – NetherlandsMinister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence Kathleen Lynch – VietnamMinister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Environment, Community & Local Government Fergus O’Dowd – GermanyMinister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills Sean Sherlock – Chicago and Kansas CityMinister of State for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon – RomaniaMinister of State Alan Kelly – Western AustraliaMinister of State for Public and Commuter Transport Alex White – RussiaMinister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine Tom Hayes – NorwayMinister of State for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe – Belgium and LuxembourgDINNY McGINLEY OFF TO AMERICA AS PART OF ST PATRICK’S DAY EXODUS was last modified: February 17th, 2014 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:Dinny McGinley TDSt Patrick’s DaystatesUSAlast_img read more

Giants hire Farhan Zaidi as president of baseball operations

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The Giants entered the offseason looking to make a splash and five weeks later, they’re hiring an executive who has a track record of creating waves.A source confirmed the Giants will hire Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi as their president of baseball operations. The Giants announced Zaidi will officially be introduced Wednesday at 1 p.m. during a press conference at AT&T Park.“I am delighted to return to the Bay Area and to join one of the most storied …last_img

Giants veteran Jeff Samardzija uses milestone to speak up for younger teammates

first_imgCHICAGO — The Giants’ celebration honoring pitcher Jeff Samardzija was small, subdued and rather familiar for a team loaded with tenured veteran players.Samardzija is concerned that won’t be the case much longer.The veteran pitcher reached 10 years of major league service time over the weekend, an accomplishment he “couldn’t even imagine,” during his first spring training.It’s an achievement three of Samardzija’s teammates –Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval and Johnny Cueto– have already …last_img

FNB launches banking app for tablets

first_img17 April 2013With tablet devices growing in popularity in South Africa, First National Bank (FNB) has become the first of the country’s retail banks to release a banking app customised for tablet devices.“The new banking app, designed specifically for tablet devices, was developed with ease-of-use as a key priority and utilises the full capability of the latest tablet devices. It is completely custom-made and not a re-skin of our existing smartphone app,” FNB’s Farren Roper said in a statement on Monday.“We decided to build a customised App in order to offer consumers a fully immersive app that includes touch screen tablet banking, with features like drag and drop, swiping and double tapping, all of which make for a great user experience.”According to the research firm IDC, year-on-year sales for tablet devices in South Africa has grown by 78.4%, while laptop and desktop computer sales have declined by 4.1%.The tablet market grew more than 80% to surpass 128-million units shipped in 2012, and IDC expects tablet shipments to surpass desktop PC shipments for the first time in 2013, and to outpace “portable” PC shipments in 2014. Currently, it is estimated that South Africa has more than 1-million tablets in circulation.According to FNB, new adopters of tablets are not the only consumers who will benefit from the new banking app. A quarter of the bank’s current 450 000 smartphone app customers are accessing the app from a tablet device, the bank says, meaning that these customers can now migrate to the tablet app.“Customisation is crucial for tablets because of their popularity globally and in South Africa,” said Roper. “Tablet devices are important enough to have their own roadmap.”Aside from content, new account openings and applying for products, some of the other functionality contained in the new app includes: viewing accounts, viewing detailed balances, changing limits, viewing transaction histories, viewing eBucks, once-off payments, multiple payments, forex and calculators, send money, prepaid airtime and electricity.“We know that tablets are very popular devices and that their popularity is on the rise, which has given us an opportunity to super-serve our tablet app clients,” said Roper. “This App was built in South Africa, by South Africans.”The app is available for download in app stores across Apple, Android and Windows 8 devices.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SCHOOL CLOSURES Several school districts impacted by SDGE power shut off

first_img KUSI Newsroom November 13, 2018 Posted: November 13, 2018 SCHOOL CLOSURES: Several school districts impacted by SDG&E power shut off KUSI Newsroom, (KUSI) – Several school districts are closed Tuesday because of SDG&E has shut off power to several communities under a red flag warning. Julian Union School DistrictJulian Union High School DistrictMountain Empire Unified School DistrictSpencer Valley School DistrictSchools in the Warner Unified School District will also be closed for a previously scheduled teacher work day.The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the county mountains, valleys and coastal areas that was originally set to last until 5 p.m. Tuesday but has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The NWS also issued a high wind warning in the mountains and valleys that remains in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday.As of 8 p.m. Monday, San Diego Gas & Electric had shut off power to around 10,600 customers in the Boulevard, Descanso, Campo, Julian, Ramona, Buckman Springs, Lake Wohlford, Pine Valley and Santa Ysabel areas as a safety precaution because of the high winds and low humidity, according to SDG&E. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Star Wars 9 Stranger Things Game of Thrones When will we get

first_img Game of Thrones Disney Star Wars Netflix Share your voice 77 Photos TV and Movies Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Netflix tricked me on Thursday. The streaming service dropped a new video with the familiar, haunting-looking Stranger Things logo on it, and for a minute I thought: Is it? Could it be? A season 3 trailer?I pushed play and seconds later I felt like Netflix tossed me into the Upside Down. That was no trailer, but instead a two-minute video showing the kid actors from Netflix’s hit wrapping presents. Ho-ho-horribly not funny, Netflix.The Avengers: Endgame trailer is finally here, after impatient fans tweeted about it pretty much every day since Avengers: Infinity War came out in April. But isn’t it time for a Stranger Things trailer? And Star Wars: Episode 9? Maybe Game of Thrones? Here’s a look at the three trailers that have moved to the top of fans’ want lists now that Endgame ended that waiting game.Star Wars: Episode 9Movie release date: December 2019 in theatersWhat we want to know: The title (personally still rooting for this), how Princess Leia’s story will be handled since the death of beloved Carrie Fisher, what role Luke (Mark Hamill) will play after the events of The Last Jedi, are Rey’s parents really “filthy junk traders”… heck, we’re waiting for pretty much everything.How to get caught up: You can watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Netflix streaming if you’re a member, and you can rent or buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens on various online services, from Amazon Prime Video to iTunes. If you’re old-school, you can buy them on DVD or Blu-ray.The fates of Leia (Carrie Fisher) and her brother, Luke, are both up in the air in Episode IX. Lucasfilm No one’s eager to see new footage from a Star Wars movie, right? Naw, can’t imagine anyone caring about that. PSYCHE. Even Mark Hamill snarked on fans’ desire for Episode IX footage by promising an “exclusive Star Wars trailer photo” and then punking them. When? So when will the first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer make the Kessel Run into our browsers? The Last Jedi came out in December 2017, just like Episode IX is scheduled to come out in December 2019. The first Jedi trailer came out in April 2017 at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. It’s a good bet Episode IX will follow suit. Star Wars Celebration is just over 100 days away — it’ll be held April 11-15 in Chicago. Hey, at least US tax day means something good this time.Game of ThronesSeries release date: April 2019 on HBOWhat we want to know: How will Jon and Daenerys learn that they’re not just lovers, but are related? Will any of our long-lost favorites (Syrio Forel! Khal “Aquaman” Drogo!) make a return for the show’s final six episodes? Will any Starks get a happy ending? How will that 55-day battle we’ve heard about come across onscreen? Cersei’s going to have to pay for her crimes, right, whether by the hand of brother Jaime or brother Tyrion? Oh, and almost as an afterthought: Who will win the Iron Throne?How to get caught up: The easiest way to watch previous seasons is to have HBO NOW or HBO Go. (HBO Go is the one that comes with an HBO cable subscription, but HBO NOW is the standalone service for cord-cutters and the like.) Individual episodes and seasons are also available to buy via services such as iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. Or buy past seasons on DVD or Blu-ray.sansastarkcrop.jpgSansa Stark (Sophie Turner) has come a long way from that idealistic girl who once dreamed only of her prince. HBO How can Game of Thrones possibly wrap up eight seasons of drama and dragons and death in just six episodes, even if they’re super-sized? A trailer would give us a clue. And no, not a plain old tease, like the 39-second goodie dropped earlier this month that was about as generous with details as Cersei is with her wine. When? It’s hard to tell exactly when HBO will provide that real look — but here’s a new clue. Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd, who watched some of the final season being filmed, published an interview with Game of Thrones producer Carolyn Strauss this week. They mostly discussed the Deadwood movie, which she is also producing, and Hibberd flat-out asked where the trailer is. “I gotta believe something is going to come out before too long,” she said. We’ll just cling to that for now, thanks.Stranger ThingsSeries release date: Sometime in 2019What we want to know: How will the kid romances — Eleven-Mike and Max-Lucas — continue in this season, which takes place in the summer of 1985? It’d be too boring if the course of true love ran smooth. What exactly will go down at Starcourt Mall, the new mall hyped in this video from July? Can Will ever shake off what happened to him? Will “Dad Steve” stay cool? Can we ever truly understand what happened to Eleven and the the other numbered kids? And will Joyce and Hopper start sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G?How to get caught up: You can watch all the seasons on Netflix, duh, or pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray. Some of the home video packaging is made to look like old VHS tapes you might’ve picked up in the actual 1980s time period of the show. Make it a Blockbuster night!joycenoah1Dammit, kid, where is the trailer? Netflix Stranger Things is the master of releasing videos that look enticing, but leave you empty. Kinda like Eggos. On Dec. 9, a video delivered what are apparently the episode titles for season three, but left fans to do the detective work behind what they mean. Two of the titles, Mall Rats and The Battle of Starcourt, seem to hint there will be a big fight of some kind in the new Starcourt Mall. Class of 1985 grad here to say this rings true, we loved the mall back in the day. I’d even brave the Upside Down for an Orange Julius and a Benetton sweater.When? But when it comes to Stranger Things, Netflix is in love with its own fake-outs. Here are the episode titles! Here’s a trailer promoting the mall! Here are the kid stars wrapping gifts! Here’s a made-up holiday, Stranger Things Day, upon which we will deliver nothing! So stay strong, fans, there could be more feints before we get anything real. If season two is any guide — and it may or may not be — fans might want to get ready for some football. The first trailer for Stranger Things season 2 came out during the 2017 Super Bowl, preceding an October release of the show. The Super Bowl certainly provides a big enough canvas for the Stranger Things trailer. This year’s big game is on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. GEORGIA. Where STRANGER THINGS IS FILMED. Coincidence? Yeah, totally, but still, you might want to mark your calendar for the big game, and try and take bathroom breaks during the gridiron action, not during the ads.center_img Tags 0 2019 movies to geek out over Post a commentlast_img read more

France freezes assets of Jaish chief Masood Azhar

first_imgJeM Chief Masood AzharFrance has decided to freeze the assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, the French government said on Friday, March 15. A joint statement issued by the French interior ministry, finance ministry and foreign ministry added that France would discuss putting Masood Azhar on a European Union list of people involved in terrorism.”A deadly attack took place in Pulwama on 14th February 2019, claiming over 40 victims from the Indian police forces. The Jaish-e-Mohammed, which the United Nations has deemed to be a terrorist organization since 2001, has claimed responsibility for this attack, the French statement said.It added France has decided to sanction Masood Azhar at the national level by freezing his assets in the application of the Monetary and Financial Code.”The statement said France has always been and always will be by India’s side in the fight against terrorism. Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar was reportedly undergoing treatment in Pakistan.Twitter/ANIThe France government said they will raise this issue with other European partners with a view to including Masood Azhar on the European Union list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts, based on this decree.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more