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first_imgTo celebrate the year of The Gathering, the Donegal Gathering and Earagail Arts Festival have teamed up to commission a new signature tune by some of Ireland’s well loved artists that reaches beyond its birthplace in Donegal.Written and produced collaboratively by Donegal native Mickey Joe Harte, Strabane’s global folk star Paul Brady and North American musician and producer John Condron.With its inspiration and soul drawn from the composers’ and performers’ sense of their home place and nurtured with the support of many people in the community, Come Gather All was recorded in the hills of Donegal and thus has a unique Donegal flavour to it. Commenting on the recording, the driving force of the project Mickey Joe Harte said “There was a little bit of magic in the air, and a fair wind filled the sails during the recording of “COME GATHER ALL” considering most of the artists had never worked together as a unit, it seemed that in studio there was a common understanding and determination to do what was best for the song.“That energy and cohesiveness from everyone involved can be enjoyed for all now. You can here these contributions all over the recording.. And to help you pick them out here’s some names you might recognise and some you might not… YET!! The Henry girls ( Karen, Lorna and Joleen Mc Laughlin), Pat Gallagher ( Goats Don’t shave), Declan & Kieran Mc Clafferty (In Their Thousands) Martin Tourish, Paul Tully, Gary Porter and Rory Gallagher.”About the ethos of the song he added “Being Irish was always something that brought mixed emotions to me as a kid growing up in the turbulent, sometimes confused and troubled climate that was Lifford, a town that borders Northern Ireland.“However, it was by no means all bad, and mostly good, and there were many invisible support networks in the small community that made life in the most part interesting, enjoyable and definitely colourful. Thankfully these networks are characteristic of the Irish landscape at large, no matter what side of the divide you happen to fall on.” “That divide is thankfully closing and this is in no small part down to the effort of local communities on both sides of the border. These communities have inadvertently helped to shape this new song and as one of the writers and producers, I hope the sentiment will ring true across all divides. This is our way of saying that we are collectively proud of all the good things that being Irish means. This song and the “gathering” of performers was an opportunity to come together and offer something that is true to us and where we come from – and something we are proud to be part of.”Paddy Harte, Chairman of The Donegal Gathering steering group, said the song has at its heart an inclusiveness which reaches out to everyone who feels a connection with Donegal and to those who embrace their Irish identity across the globe.“This has been very much a team effort culminating in the final recording in Termon. It has enjoyed generous support from the Riverine Project, the Earagail Arts Festival, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Donegal Gathering as well as a range of local businesses from across the county including The Bank Bistro in Dungloe, the Mount Errigal Hotel and Arena 7 in Letterkenny, who all provided sponsorship. This is Donegal at its very best, working together to better our home-place and to encourage all of us to stay connected at home and beyond as part of the larger Irish Diaspora.”Paul Brown, Festival Director with the Earagail Arts Festival added “There could be no more fitting homage to the 25th anniversary of the Earagail Arts Festival, than through the medium of a new music commission by some of Ireland’s most established musicians and one that features so much emerging Donegal musical talent. It’s a fantastic piece of music with significant international appeal and a song that connects with all Irish people at home and abroad, whether in the home of Donegal native or the workplace of our Irish diaspora – wherever they are in the world. Recorded in the heart of Donegal at the incredible Attica Audio in Termon “Come Gather All” will be a celebration of the culture and heritage of Ireland to the world.”“Come Gather All” will and available to listen to via www.donegalgathering.com and www.eaf.ie and from Friday 5th April 2013. For more information visit on the Earagail Arts Festival 25th anniversary programme , the Donegal Gathering and the national year of The Gathering visitwww.eaf.ie / www.donegalgathering.com / www.thegatheringirleand.comTHE DONEGAL GATHERING RELEASES ITS MUSICAL ANTHEM was last modified: April 4th, 2013 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:Mickey Joe HartePaul BradyThe Donegal Gatheringlast_img read more


first_imgThere may be some light at the end of the tunnel for Lifford Community Hospital.A North South Committee is to look at the possibility of extending the scope of the hospital to cover the Strabane catchment area.Health Minister James Reilly and his Northern counterpart Minister Edwin Poots have discussed the matter recently. And a decision has been taken to explore the future of the hospital.A memo issued by the the HSE’s Head of Acute Services, John Hayes, said a report on the cost of care is now being examined.That report is due to be published in September.Chairman of the OIreachtas Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee, Deputy Joe McHugh, has welcomed the move. “Today’s HSE memorandum on Lifford Community Hospital notes that the consultation process regarding future service delivery at the hospital is to be deferred, to allow for a number of reasons including exploration of cross-border options for service delivery. This deferral of the commencement date for the consultation process regarding future service delivery at Lifford Community Hospital is welcome.“The potential benefits of cross-border cooperation in healthcare are obvious, and increasing collaboration in healthcare provision is a key policy objective of the Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.“I met with Minister for Health James Reilly last Wednesday, shortly after he had participated with NI Minister for Health Edwin Poots in a North-South Ministerial Council meeting that discussed mechanisms for increased cooperation between Enniskillen, Sligo, Letterkenny and Altnagelvin Hospitals.“Last Wednesday Minister Reilly also updated me on discussions that had taken place at that day’s North-South Ministerial Council meeting about potentially utilizing Lifford Community Hospital as a service provider for the Strabane district.“Today’s HSE announcement follows on from those discussions. Minister Reilly and Minister Poots are serious about examining this link between Lifford and Strabane as a way of keeping the Community Hospital open in Lifford,” he said LIFFORD COMMUNITY HOSPITAL THROWN A POSSIBLE LIFELINE was last modified: July 25th, 2012 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:Joe McHughLIfford Community Hospitallast_img read more


first_imgNoel Boyle from The Paper Post in Letterkenny is hoping to sell the winning ticketLOTTO fever has hit Donegal today – as the EuroMillions jackpot hits €125M.Lottery retailers across the county are reporting a brisk trade as punters bid to get their hands on one of the biggest ever jackpots.Noel Boyle, from The Paper Post in Letterkenny, said: “It hasn’t stopped all morning. “When there is such a big jackpot there are always more players and we’ve been inundated today.“Fingers crossed I might sell the winning ticket.” LOTTO FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL AS JACKPOT HITS €125MILLION was last modified: January 7th, 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:euromillionsLOTTO FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL AS JACKPOT HITS €125MILLIONlast_img read more


first_imgLiverpool will offer Raheem Sterling a contract worth around £30,000-a-week, the Daily Mirror say.There has been speculation about Sterling’s future, with other clubs reported to be showing an interest in him.It was previously claimed the 17-year-old from Harlesden wanted £50,000-a-week, which he dismissed on Twitter as ‘stirring’.It is now suggested that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to offer him an improved deal with his salary rising according to how he progresses.It comes after Rodgers responded to the speculation about Sterling by insisting the player would be staying at Anfield.Meanwhile, Mark Hughes is fighting to heal a dressing-room rift as well as save his job as QPR manager, according to The Sun.Several senior players believe the blame for Rangers’ problems lies with their more recent signings, the paper reports.A source is quoted as saying: “The players who have been here a while resent the new boys coming in and not shaking a leg for the cause.“They actually do not resent the new boys coming in and accept the club have to sign new players to become established in the Premier League.“But they believe that some — by no means all — have taken the p*** with their performances and attitude this season.“A lot of boys have sweated blood to get this club into the Premier League and keep us here.“And they are angry that some of the new boys are only here for the money and don’t care about the club or the manager.”The Mirror report that QPR owner Tony Fernandes is expected to fly into London this week to tell Hughes his fate.The Daily Mail say Fernandes was upset at the manner of Saturday’s loss to Southampton but is leaning towards giving Hughes more time, unless other directors can persuade him otherwise.The Daily Telegraph also suggest Hughes is likely to be granted a stay of execution until at least the game against Manchester United on Saturday.Meanwhile, Roberto Di Matteo is fighting to save his job as Chelsea manager, according to the Mail.It is claimed the Blues’ recent run of three wins in their last seven games is causing owner Roman Abramovich to lose his patience.And goalkeeper Petr Cech is said to have been at the centre of a heated dressing-room row following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Brom.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest During floor debate of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act in early November, the House of Representatives voted to defeat the “Safe Trucking Act” amendment proposed by Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI). The legislation would have allowed states to permit six-axle, 91,000-pound semis on their interstate system. The final vote was 187 ayes, 236 nays, and 10 who did not vote.More than 70 of the nation’s leading food and agriculture associations — including the American Farm Bureau, American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition, American Soybean Association, International Dairy Foods Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Grain and Feed Association, and the National Farmers Union — sent a letter urging Congress to include the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act (H.R. 3488) as an amendment to the highway reauthorization legislation.In the letter, the organizations wrote: “In the agriculture and food industries, our farms and businesses are growing and making products more resourcefully, but outdated federal transportation rules force trucks to leave the farm and our plants when they are partly empty. By giving states the option to raise the federal gross vehicle weight limit from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds for trucks equipped with six axles rather than the typical five, the SAFE Trucking Act would safely modernize truck shipments on Interstate highways by reducing the number of trucks needed to move our commodities and products through better utilization of existing capacity.”In its most recent “Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study,” the U.S. Department of Transportation found that six-axle trucks can safely weigh up to 91,000 pounds — the configuration allowable under the SAFE Trucking Act — while yielding significant truckload reductions, pavement wear savings and environmental efficiency benefits without diverting significant freight from rail. The U.S. DOT has also stated that the configuration is compliant with the federal bridge formula, and that wide use of the SAFE Trucking Act configuration would not cause any increase in one-time rehabilitation costs for Interstate bridges. Critically, the SAFE Trucking Act enables the U.S. DOT to require additional safety equipment for these vehicles before states can put these trucks to work.last_img read more


first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces With read/write support in place, phones running the Android software and that include the necessary hardware would be NFC-, and therefore mobile payments-enabled.Google Goes Local with NFC Stickers, Hotpot ProgramIn addition to the technological support for NFC transactions in Android phones, Google has also launched a local advertising program called Hotpot. The program is focused on allowing businesses – primarily restaurants, bars and cafes it appears – to advertise themselves to customers by way of NFC-enabled window decals. Hotpot, still in its pilot phase in Portland, Oregon, lets a passerby wave an NFC phone at the sticker, which in turn takes them to a mobile Google Places Page for that business via their device’s Web browser.These Places Pages serve much of the same function as services like Yelp do – they provide a location’s name, address, phone number and other details alongside user-generated ratings and reviews. And you can see which establishments your friends liked, too.Google Acquires Mobile Payment Company, Tried to Get GrouponAnother recent Google acquisition, which flew under the radar until some eagle-eyed analysts at the 451 Group spotted it, was of mobile payments firm Zetawire. The small Canadian company had one thing going for it: a patent app for mobile banking, advertising, identity management, credit card and mobile coupon transaction processing. In other words, a complete mobile wallet solution.Google’s other recent, but failed, acquisition attempt – that of local couponing service Groupon – could have also tied into this mobile wallet initiative the company reportedly has in the works.Bloomberg’s article didn’t deliver much new information about any of these services, only confirming that indeed, the dots are being connected and something big from Google is well on its way.It also noted that NFC phone shipments are expected to rise to 220.1 million units by 2014, a figure that indicates that the mobile phone-toting world is ready for such a service to exist.Challenges to Google’s Mobile Payments: Carriers, Other Manufacturers, Credit Card Companies, More But Google won’t be without its challengers. PayPal is expected to dabble in NFC payments, too, this year. Apple hired an NFC expert and both Apple and RIM have filed NFC-related patents. Complete services from the likes of Visa and the mobile phone carriers themsevles have also either launched or will be launching this year. Even startups like Bling Nation are getting in on the action, NFC-enabling old phones by way of stickers.Google will have to walk a fine line if it wants to avoid the “creep” factor. People are already sensitive about the amount of data the Internet search company has on file. In fact, that issue is now being used as a marketing technique for the upstart search engine DuckDuckGo, which touts its privacy features by way of a website at donttrack.us(“When you search Google…your search term is sent to that site, along with your browser and computer info, which can identify you.”)How will people feel about a Google service that tracks their jaunts about town, their favorite local businesses, their couponing habits, their financial information, their bank accounts, their spending habits and their purchase history? Technology aside, that could be the biggest hurdle Google has to overcome to make their mobile payments business a successful one.ReadWriteWeb’s Related Coverage on NFC Developments:What’s Google’s Interest in Zetawire? An Android Mobile WalletNexus S and Gingerbread Phones to Get Full NFC Support SoonAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile Join Forces in New Mobile Payments Venture Called “Isis”Google Aims to Replace Credit Cards with Addition of NFC to AndroidApple Hires NFC Expert, Mobile Payments Coming to iPhone? Tags:#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The news that Google may be considering its own mobile payments service shouldn’t actually be news to anyone who’s been following the Internet search giant’s latest moves – it’s just a matter of connecting the dots. But the insider reports over on Bloomberg Businessweek today confirm that the thought has at least crossed Google’s mind.According to “two people familiar with the plans,” Google may launch the new mobile payments service, which allows consumers to tap or wave their mobile phones at a cash register to pay for their purchases, sometime this year.Well, surprise, surprise.Connecting the Dots: Android Has NFC Google getting into payments? This isn’t as crazy an idea as it sounds. The company’s newest version of its Android mobile operating system, the revision code-named Gingerbread, has added support for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Although new to the U.S., many parts of Asia and Europe have long been using NFC to enable transactions, including everything from paying for subway tickets to purchasing Cokes from vending machines.NFC works by way of a small chip embedded into mobile phones or other devices (or even stickers!) that allows the device to transmit data over short distances.At the moment, the NFC support in Google’s Android software allows for one-way, read-only transmissions, but that limitation is only temporary. NXP’s Jeff Miles, the company’s director of mobile transactions, recently confirmed that Android would be updated to include both read/write support in a future version of the mobile software. The update is expected to show up in Gingerbread itself, instead of in an entirely new software version, like the forthcoming Honeycomb version, due out later this year. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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