Call for new council to live-stream meetings

first_imgA Donegal county councillor has said that the new council term is a great opportunity to start live streaming meetings to the public.Glenties Cllr Micheal Chlom Mac Giolla Easbuig has long advocated for webcasting of council meetings.This June, as local and county council meetings resume, Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig is aiming to start a process of getting meetings streamed live in the interests of transparency and community involvement in council business. “It would encourage people to go online and view what is being said (and what is not being said),” Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said.“Our neighbouring council in Derry / Strabane already use this technology and people in that area can see the debates live on their computer.“This move would, I believe, benefit the democratic process as constituents can check on what their representatives say and how they vote.”Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig is urging members of the public who would like to see council live-streams to get in touch with their representatives and ask them to raise the idea at meetings. “And ask them also to confirm to you by email that they have raised the question at the council meeting,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig added.“It is time for the council to embrace the technology that is available to them and make the council more accountable and transparent.”Call for new council to live-stream meetings was last modified: June 17th, 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)last_img read more

Groves to fight in Germany on Saturday

first_imgGeorge Groves is to fight in Germany on Saturday.He hinted after his recent knockout of Dario Balmaceda that he could feature on the undercard of the world title clash between Robert Stieglitz and WBO champion Arthur Abraham.And Hammersmith’s unbeaten super-middleweight has duly been added to the show at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, with his opponent named as Baker Barakat, 32, from Syria.Commonwealth title holder Groves, 24, is the WBO’s number one contender and has been tipped to face the winner of the Abraham-Stieglitz bout.Last year an injury forced him to withdraw from a proposed world title challenge against Stieglitz, who was then champion.Groves is also due to appear as the chief support to the rematch between world champions Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in May.See also:Froch not keen on Groves fight – 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Young A’s eager to learn from veteran Marco Estrada

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s had great success taking a chance on pitchers coming off bad years last season, and it appears they’re looking to recreate that formula for 2019.While several A’s players gathered at Jack London Square on Friday for a media availability to discuss the upcoming season, the primary subject of conversaton was a player not in attendance — Marco Estrada, who earlier in the day was signed by the A’s to a one-year deal worth $4 million.“We’ve known for a while we’ve needed to add …last_img

Kevon Looney re-aggravates chest injury in Game 5

first_imgThe Warriors are losing a war of attrition Monday night.Not only did Golden State lose Kevin Durant early in the second quarter, but center Kevon Looney re-injured his chest in the third quarter of Game 5. The Warriors announced he would not return to Monday’s game.Looney initially suffered a cartilage fracture in Game 2 of the NBA Finals and was ruled out for the rest of the postseason. But he returned in Game 4, wearing a compression shirt.Kevon Looney reaggravated his right 1st costal …last_img

South Africa’s reputation improves

first_img27 September 2013 South Africa’s reputation in the eyes of consumers from the G8 countries has improved since January after taking a knock following last year’s Marikana tragedy, according to the latest survey by the Reputation Institute. The institute’s RepTrak study surveys more than 27 000 people from world’s eight most industrialised nations – Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Russia, the UK and the US – to provide a measure of the reputation of 50 countries, including three from Africa: South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria. According to the latest RepTrak report, released on Thursday, South Africa’s reputation dropped in January, from 47.56 to 46.78 points out of 100, but increased to 51.24 in September, the South African Press Association (Sapa) reports. According to Sapa, Reputation Institute country manager Trevor Ndlazi, speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg, said the drop could have been influenced by the strike-related violence at Marikana in August 2012 and the arrest of Oscar Pistorius for the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February. Nladzi noted that South Africans, in the same survey, rated their own country 17.55 points lower than their G8 counterparts, at 33.69. “We are perceived very negatively by ourselves,” he said, adding that South Africans “would do well to gain a wider and more positive perspective on the overall state of the country as seen by the outside world”. According to Business Day, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola told the briefing that it was a country’s actions that ultimately informed how it was perceived in the global marketplace. Accordingly, Matola said, South Africa’s reputation would be defined by the actions it took to improve socio-economically. He cited the National Development Plan (NDP), the response to the Marikana tragedy, and the country’s infrastructure drive, as examples of actions that signalled “a country that’s on the move, a democracy at work”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Magnus Carlsen admits nerves after high-wire draw with Fabiano Caruana

first_imgGame 10 was a draw after 54 moves. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Thank you for your feedback. Magnus Carlsen Read more Magnus Carlsen confessed to nerves after holding on for a high-wire draw with Fabiano Caruana on Thursday in the marathon 10th game of their world championship showdown, which left the best-of-12-games match in a 5-all deadlock with two contests remaining. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Share via Email The formatThe match will consist of 12 classical games with each player awarded one point for a win and a half-point for a draw. Whoever reaches six and a half points first will be declared the champion.The time control for each game is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. Players cannot agree to a draw before Black’s 30th move. If the match is tied after 12 games, tie-breaks will be played on the final day in the following order:  • Best of four rapid games with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.  • If still tied, they will play up to five mini-matches of two blitz games (five minutes for each player with a three-second increment). • If all five mini-matches are drawn, one sudden-death ‘Armegeddon’ match will be played where White receives five minutes and Black receives four minutes. Both players will receive a three-second increment after the 60th move. In the case of a draw, Black will be declared the winner. Share on Twitter Chess “It was a new move,” Carlsen said. “I thought I’d checked everything there after from previous games but apparently not. But I was not so unhappy to see it since I felt I that would just get a complicated game. And then at some point I was very happy with my position and I probably overestimated it and then I decided to just go crazy.”The 26-year-old Caruana, moving quickly and still apparently in his home prep, established a space advantage on the queenside and the potential for counterplay with 15. … Ra8 16. Be3 f5 17. a5 f4 as Carlsen labored in response to each move. But the champion began to plot a kingside initiative (19. … Qg6 20. Bc7 e4 21. Kh1) before striking with the audacious 21. … b5, a pawn sacrifice that nullified the rook which had been confounding black’s attacking ideas.Carlsen had the clear upper hand after equal trades of pawns and bishops (27. Bf1 Bxf1 28. Qxf1 Qxd5 29. Rxb4 Qe6) and the players, facing clock pressure, scrambled toward the time control as the game entered the fifth hour.The position appeared bound for a draw after (41. … Rc6 42. Ra6 Ke5 43. Kg3 h6 44. h5) but Carlsen was keen on pressing his winning chances. That’s when he overextended himself with 44. … Kd4, exposing his d-pawn and allowing Caruana to hit back with 45. Rb5. Suddenly the American was pressing and Carlsen would need to sacrifice a pawn and be incredibly accurate in defense to hold a draw.“I was playing for a win and then immediately after (44. … Kd4), I saw (45. Rb5) and I realized I was going to have to grovel for a draw,” Carlsen said. “Fortunately, I managed to do that, but I think he could have put a stronger test to me.”Carlsen cowered back to the center in a flurry of moves (46. Ra4+ Ke5 47. Rab4 Ke6) before accepting a pawn exchange (48. c4 dxc4 49. Rxc4). Shortly after a trade of rooks the players shook hands.When asked if nerves came into play, Carlsen was forthright: “I’ve been nervous for many days.”The 10 straight draws represent the longest streak of games to open a match without a decisive result in the recognized 132-year history of world championship matches.Carlsen will be a warm favorite to retain the title if the next two games end in draws, forcing a tie-breaker on Wednesday consisting of a series of games under tighter time controls. The Norwegian, who in addition to his No 1 ranking is the world’s top rated rapid player and top rated blitz player (compared to Caruana’s respective ratings of No 8 and No 16), is unbeaten in tie-breakers over the last 13 years.Said Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk on Wednesday of the prospect: “Of course Magnus is the favorite. You can beat Magnus, but you can never be a favorite against him.”For now both players will look forward to Friday’s rest day before the €1m ($1.14m) match resumes on Saturday at the College in Holborn with Carlsen playing as white in Game 11.“It was just a case of too complicated and too much at stake,” said Carlsen, who extended a career-high streak of 15 straight draws stretching back to last month’s European Club Cup in Porto Carras, Greece. “That was the main thing. I could have played better many times. Both of us made many mistakes.” Hide Quick guide World Chess Championship 2018 center_img World Chess Championship 2018 Topics The playersNorway’s Magnus Carlsen is defending the world chess championship against Fabiano Caruana of the United States. The best-of-12-games match is taking place at the College in Holborn between 9 and 28 November, with the winner earning a 60% share of the €1m ($1.14m) prize fund if the match ends in regulation (or 55% if it’s decided by tie-break games).Carlsen, 27, has been ranked No 1 for eight straight years and was considered the world’s best player even before he defeated Viswanathan Anand for the title in 2013. Caruana, 26, is ranked No 2, having earned his place at the table by winning the candidates tournament in March. No American-born player has won or even competed for the world title since Bobby Fischer in 1972. It marks the first title match between the world’s top two players since 1990, when Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov faced off for a fifth and final time.  The 27-year-old champion from Norway, playing with the black pieces, weathered Caruana’s novel deviation from the Sveshnikov Sicilian (12. b4) and responded with a bold attacking surprise (21. … b5!) to go for broke on the kingside and briefly take advantages in position and time over the American challenger. Since you’re here… Fabiano Caruana US sports Share on Messenger The scheduleThu 8 Nov – Opening ceremony Fri 9 Nov – Game 1 Sat 10 Nov – Game 2 Sun 11 Nov – Rest day Mon 12 Nov – Game 3 Tue 13 Nov – Game 4 Wed 14 Nov – Rest day Thu 15 Nov – Game 5 Fri 16 Nov – Game 6 Sat 17 Nov – Rest day Sun 18 Nov – Game 7 Mon 19 Nov – Game 8 Tue 20 Nov – Rest day Wed 21 Nov – Game 9 Thu 22 Nov – Game 10 Fri 23 Nov – Rest day Sat 24 Nov – Game 11 Sun 25 Nov – Rest day Mon 26 Nov – Game 12 Tue 27 Nov – Rest day Wed 28 Nov – Tie-break games/Awards and closingThe games commence each day at 3pm in London. Share on WhatsApp Show Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana play to thrilling Game 10 draw – as it happened But one false step (44. … Kd4) while trying to squeeze victory from a seemingly drawish position left the champion on the back foot, where he admitted he was “fortunate” to salvage a half-point after five hours and 19 minutes.“I felt that it was very close to mate,” Carlsen, the world No 1, said of his kingside attack. “The problem is if I don’t mate I’m losing. So I was trying to find some middle ground and my time was running out. I don’t know. I was just so nervous, I couldn’t make it happen. It ended up just being nothing.”Caruana and Carlsen played into another Sicilian, same as Game 8, and the parallel lines extended for their first 11 moves (6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. a4 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7). It was the American who broke first with a novelty (12. b4) that sent Carlsen into the first long think of the day. 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