first_imgThe Referendum Commission has launched a nationwide voter registration campaign in Letterkenny today (Tuesday).The campaign aims to encourage people to make sure they are registered to vote on the forthcoming referendum on the regulation of divorce which is taking place on Friday 24th May, the same day as the European Parliament and Local Government Elections.The Chairperson of the Commission Ms Justice Tara Burns visited Letterkenny today in the first event of the campaign.  She spoke to a meeting of Letterkenny IT students and distributed voter registration forms to those in need of them. The Referendum Commission will over the coming weeks be running TV, radio, online and social media advertising to urge people to check at checktheregister.ie to see if they are registered.  While the Commission’s remit covers the referendum only, being on the electoral register will allow you to vote in the referendum and the European and local elections.Chairperson of the Referendum Commission Ms Justice Tara Burns, Chayane Souza, Eunan Friel and Eimear McAleese. Photo Clive WassonMs Justice Burns said: “In order to vote, your name has to be on the register of electors for the address at which you normally live and checking if you are registered is really very simple, you can find out by checking at www.checktheregister.ie or you can also check the register in local authority offices, post offices, Garda stations and public libraries.“In this referendum we will be asked to vote on a proposal to change the Constitution of Ireland in relation to divorce.  The Constitution is the basic law in Ireland.  It can only be changed by a vote of the people.  A Constitutional Referendum, like the one on May 24th, is one of those occasions where an important decision is not taken by the Government or the Oireachtas or the courts.  Only the people get to decide.  It is your day, so make sure your voice can be heard by registering today.” Chairperson of the Referendum Commission Ms Justice Tara Burns addressedstudents at Letterkenny IT on the importance of registering to vote, and voting, inthe forthcoming referendum on the regulation of divorce on May 24 th , the same dayas the local and European elections. Photo Clive WassonShe continued: “Just 33.68% of the registered voters in Co Donegal voted in last year’s referendum on blasphemy.  This was the second lowest turnout in the country, after Dublin Central.  It is important for every county and age group to have their say, and we would urge people firstly to ensure they are registered but also to actually exercise their vote on May 24th.  If you don’t take part in the decision, then others will take the decision for you.”During her visit to Letterkenny, Ms Justice Burns also visited the home of Una Black, a Letterkenny woman who features in one of the television advertisements the Referendum Commission will be running in the coming weeks.  The Commission will be showing a series of advertisements featuring voters from around the country talking about the importance of voting.The ad featuring Ms Black can be seen here:If you find you are not registered, you can make sure you are added to the supplement to the register by completing a form which you can download from www.checktheregister.ie, or obtain from your local authority, Garda station, post office or public library.  Then you bring the completed form to your local Garda station to have your identity certified, and ensure it gets to your local authority before May 7th.People ordinarily resident at a hospital, nursing home or similar institution who are unable to vote at a polling station can vote at their hospital or nursing home, but only if they register on the Special Voters list.  The closing date for this is April 28th next and application forms are available from your local authority, library, post office, Garda station or at www.checktheregister.ieSunday April 28th is also the deadline to apply for a postal vote. These are available to certain people including Irish diplomats and their families posted abroad, members of the Garda and Defence Forces, prisoners and others who are unable to vote at their local polling station because of their occupation, service or employment. Students studying full time at an educational institution in Ireland, which is away from the home address where they are registered, can also apply. Referendum Commission Chairperson launches campaign in Donegal was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Referendum Commissionlast_img read more

first_imgAn €8.96m funding package has been announced for the Riverine Project in Lifford and Strabane. The project is set to create thirty acres of new cross-border community park space and infrastructure, designed to help bring people together.The funding sanctioned will allow the cross-border project to encompass a number of unique elements all designed to encourage greater levels of positive cross-community contact. A newly constructed pedestrian footbridge across the River Foyle will be built as part of the project, with cross-border pathways and greenways also being installed to accommodate leisure and recreation activities.The allocation will also see a pavilion building built for various cultural and heritage events, an outdoor wetland and park space for recreation and environmental education activities, and a family fun space comprising of a toddler and junior adventure play area.Representing the Lead Partner Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council said: “This is an iconic project with the potential to create a unique and transformational cross-border shared space that will see communities in Lifford, Strabane and the wider hinterlands coming together to deliver a project that will not only capture their imagination and inspire action but will act as a symbol of peace and reconciliation for generations to come.“The Riverine project is a multifaceted development and will deliver a unique blend of shared indoor and outdoor space linked by a cross-border pedestrian and cycle bridge enhancing the physical connection between these border communities. “Leading the delivery of this iconic project, that has the potential to transform and profoundly impact the lives of the people living in these border communities, demonstrates the Councils commitment to driving forward the shared vision for prosperous, healthy and inclusive communities.”Cllr Gary Doherty said on Wednesday the project could be “potentially the best news the towns have had in a generation.”He said: “This project is a massive endorsement of the hard work and commitment of community groups in the wider Lifford and Strabane areas.“They actively engaged with both Councils to ensure that the evidence was there to show that this new facility would be used by the community to foster enhanced links and relationships across the border.”Almost €9m funding granted for cross-border Riverine Project was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgGardaí in Inishowen are investigating an incident of dangerous driving in Moville following a high-speed chase. It is understood that the car chase, which occurred on Thursday at around 2:30pm, was of a northern registration and proceeded towards Derry City.Gardaí haven’t made any arrests as the investigation continues. Gardaí have asked witnesses with information to contact Buncrana Garda Station on (074) 9320540, the Garda Confidential Line or any Garda Station.Gardaí investigating dangerous driving incident in Moville was last modified: July 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Curry Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Chinese search giant Baidu announced on Wednesday that it has open sourced its self-driving technology, through a new project named Apollo.Automakers will be able to look at reference designs for self-driving sensors and use Baidu’s software, which includes a cloud data service to transmit 3D maps and traffic updates to the car.See Also: Hackers tried to steal Chinese search giant’s autonomous trade secretsThe announcement a few months after Baidu ended a self-driving partnership with BMW, who then went on to partner with Intel and Mobileye.Baidu has not said how it plans to finance the open source platform, but the addition of a cloud service sounds like one way. Automakers might also be forced to use Baidu as the default search engine, similar to how all Android manufacturers are forced to pre-install Google services.Automakers will be able to download the platform come July, but it will only be for “restricted environment” driving. At the end of the year, the platform will open to self-driving programs on public roads.Baidu is aiming for self-driving cars on public roads by 2020. It has been working on the technology for two years now.“An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the US and other developed automotive markets,” said Baidu CEO, Qi Lu.The move takes aim at Google, which has always made its services free to the public and operators. It may force the U.S. search giant to respond, especially if Google wants any chance of succeeding with the tech in China.Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, has not said how it plans to commercialize its technology. Tags:#autonomous vehicles#Baidu#BMW#driverless cars#featured#Self-Driving#top last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Put aside the playoff talk. Jacoby Ellsbury and the New York Yankees are having a tough enough time with Houston.Scott Feldman shut down the slumping Yankees again, and Robbie Grossman snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single that sent the Astros to a 5-2 victory Aug. 20.Dexter Fowler had an RBI double, Jose Altuve added a run-scoring single, and the Astros (54-73) did more damage to New York’s postseason chances with their fourth victory in five meetings this year.Houston, which has finished with the worst record in the majors each of the past three seasons, won a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time in four tries.The fourth-place Astros improved to 4-7 in the Bronx and will go for a three-game sweep Aug. 21. “We haven’t been giving up toward the end of the game. We just keep grinding out at-bats, and things are working out for us,” Grossman said.Stephen Drew hit his first homer for New York, and Ellsbury drove in a run with a bunt single. But the Yankees (63-61) lost for the seventh time in nine games and dropped five games out of a playoff spot.They are 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position during the series and have totaled 20 runs in their last nine games, never scoring more than four in that stretch.“We’ve got to score more than two runs. It’s hard to win when you only score two runs,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “Our pitching has been pretty good, but that’s a pretty tall task.”Ellsbury flied out against Jose Veras with two on to end it. New York stranded 10 in all. “I knew it was in the park. It was a great sinker,” Veras said.Feldman (7-9) matched a career high by throwing 121 pitches and worked out of trouble to last 6 2-3 innings. He gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out a season-best seven.The right-hander tossed 6 2-3 shutout innings to beat the Yankees on opening day. Houston had lost his previous six road starts, but he entered with a 2.30 ERA during four straight quality starts against New York.“He’s a veteran guy and he’s been around the game for a long time. He knows how to pitch,” Fowler said.Making his second start since a long injury layoff, Michael Pineda took a 2-1 lead into the seventh. He threw 89 pitches and was pulled after a leadoff walk to Jason Castro.Looking to rest his best relievers following a heavy workload the past few days, Girardi turned to David Huff (2-1) and Esmil Rogers. They failed miserably, ruining the manager’s bobblehead night.Houston smacked five straight one-out singles, four off Rogers, in a span of 10 pitches.“We have relied on the home run quite a bit, and today was a prime example of keeping the line moving,” Astros Manager Bo Porter said. “I felt like guys had great at-bats.”No. 9 batter Jake Marisnick tied it with a single to left, Grossman put the Astros up 4-2, and Altuve added an RBI single as the boos increased for Rogers.“When the other guys are used a lot, guys have to step up,” Girardi said. “It just didn’t happen tonight.”Kevin Chapman struck out Ellsbury with runners at second and third to end the bottom half. Veras worked the ninth for his first save since Sept. 2, 2013, with Detroit.“It was nice to see Chapman come in, probably the biggest part of the game, and pick me up. I owe him a dinner or something like that,” Feldman said.Seemingly resigned to trying small ball, the Yankees went 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts in the first five innings. But one pitch after Chase Headley was caught at second in the fourth, Drew hit his fifth home run of the season. The other four came with Boston before a July 31 trade.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more