Despite Low/No Budget for ICT, Impress Your Boss

first_imgThe goal of today’s article is to introduce a FREE and OPEN SOURCE Web development platform that can be used to build a dynamic and robust Web presence, for government, businesses, schools, organizations, etc. In today’s IT environment, if an unemployed student or IT professional wanted to learn Web development using a proprietary platform like Microsoft.Net, he/she would have to spend hundreds of US dollars; an expense that an unemployed Liberian, or should I say most Liberians cannot afford. In this article, I will discuss LAMP (acronym explained in 2nd paragraph), a free and open source Web development platform. Additionally, I will focus on the programming/scripting language PHP, because it is my preference of language within the LAMP stack. My apologies to all Perl and Python enthusiasts.The open source community, since its advent, has developed and made accessible thousands of software that have changed and significantly impacted the computing industry and the world as a whole. From software that run SCADA systems (industrial control systems), embedded systems (in cars, air traffic systems, etc), cell phones, to medical equipment, the open source community has done it all. However, one area in which open source software has had a significant impact is in the area of Web development. In previous years, when one engaged a discourse regarding open source’s impact on the World Wide Web, it typically gravitated toward the Apache Web server and/or other Web-related protocols. Today, open source Web development discourses are focused on a combination of free and open source software (FOSS) that now constitutes one of the best and most robust Web development platforms know as LAMP.No, LAMP does not stand for Liberian Association of Married People! LAMP, in fact, is the acronym for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl/Python, with PHP being the most widely used programming language in the combination. Each component of the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) is open source and available for free. The clause “open source and available for free”, means that anyone can use and modify each of the components in the stack as long as open source standards and principles are followed. It is important to note that not all open source software is free and not all free software is open source!! The acronym LAMP was coined by Michael Kunze in a German magazine in 1998 when he tried to show that a bundle of free software could provide a viable alternative to commercial packages.In the LAMP stack, Linux is the operating system and it was developed by Linus Torvolds while he was a student at the University of Helsinki. The most popular proprietary alternatives to Linux are Windows or Macintosh. Apache, developed by the Apache Foundation, is arguably the most commonly-used Web server. Its most popular proprietary competitor is Internet Information Server or IIS from Microsoft. MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS) with add-on tools for Web-based administration. It was developed originally by Michael Widener and named after his daughter, My. MySQL’s most popular proprietary competitors are Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Informix, etc. PHP is a popular object-oriented scripting language. Programmers like it because of its ability to manipulate text streams with ease and efficiency, even when they originate from disparate (different) sources. It is not a difficult programming language to learn as is C/C++ or Python or other programming languages. PHP is a very forgiving, flexible and easy to learn language.There are also other Web development stacks such as Apple Computer’s WebObjects, Microsoft’s .NET and Java/Java EE architecture. Yet, these are all proprietary Web development platforms that may not be affordable to an individual or small business that needs a dynamic Web presence.LAMP provides a lot of benefits including: flexibility, ease of development, customization, ease of deployment, security, and an enthusiastic community of supporters (CoS). Be that as it may, LAMP has not gained the market strength to dominate Microsoft .NET or Java platforms. Despite this, it is, and will continue to be deployed along with proprietary software to build dynamic and interactive Web sites. Currently several combinations of proprietary and open source Web development tools are being used in the enterprise. Linux, Apache and MySQL are combined with Java to form a LAMJ platform. Windows on the other hand, combined with Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl/Python to create the WAMP platform. What this essentially implies is that for now, we will not see any single Web platform dominate the market as we have seen with Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. J2EE, LAMP, .NET, and others will be around and used based on the requirements of end-users. But whatever the operating system used, a combination of a Web server (Apache), dynamic components (using Perl, Python or PHP), and a database (MySQL), can allow a developer to create a truly database-driven and dynamic Web site that is easy to update and provides rich functionality to support users.Personally, I use LAMP to run three applications: Moodle (Course Management System), Oscommerce (E-commerce) and Drupal (Content Management System). My experience building Linux servers that run these platforms forces me to boldly inform my reader that while LAMP is not actually difficult to learn, install, configure and administer, it does require a lot of work, time, and focus. Basically, if you are a “point and click” person who hates command line interfaces (CLI), coding or scripting, you may want to consider an alternative and more user-friendly platform.Another thing worth mentioning is since there are over 300 distributions of Linux (Ubuntu, SuSe, CentOS, Fedora, Debain, Redhat, etc), installation can be challenging. Carrying out some operations running different Linux versions may require the execution of different actions. This is because different Linux distributions store files in different locations, use different commands to complete one and the same task, and so on. For example Ubuntu may have its “www” sub-folder in the “VAR” directory, while other distributions might store the “www” folder in another directory. And then there are several different types of downloads and installation methods; some involve the use of APT (UBUNTU) others aim for RPM (Redhat), Deb (Debian), YUM (Fedora), TAR, and so on. Initially, this makes it difficult for the novice IT professional. The bottom line is when doing a LAMP installation, you must pay close attention! But overall, LAMP provides a better alternative for people in developing nations like Liberia who are struggling to gain a place in the digital community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LIPO, Copyright Observe World Intellectual Property Day

first_imgThe Liberia Industry Property (LIPO) in collaboration with the Liberia Copyright Office celebrated the World Intellectual Property day in Monrovia.  The event was held under the theme, ‘Stand up for IP protection in Liberia’ last Monday at Friends of Friends Haitai Association (FOFHA). It brought together nearly 100 participants from both public and private sectors. The event, according to LIPO Acting Officer-In-Charge, Prince Decker, was the first of its kind in Liberia and that Intellectual property (IP) is the creation of minds, inventions, literary and artistic works as well as symbols, names and images used in commerce.He added that the progress and wellbeing of humanity rest on its capacity to create and invent new works in technology and culture.“And the legal protection of new creation encourages additional commitment of resources for further invention, promotion of intellectual property, economic growth which enhances quality of life,” he said.He disclosed that because of lack of information to the public about IP there counterfeiting and piracy have increased in the country.He said, “We’ve decided to take IP to the people to discourage them about buying pirated works that are usually 10 disks in one, and have taking over our market.“We know that it is the responsibility of LIPO to stop counterfeiting and piracy, but direct success can’t be achieved if the people don’t give their full support.”According to him, LIPO is encouraging inventors to use its office to get their patent, trademark, industrial design to help protect their invention, and avoid being deprived from their just benefits. “LIPO remains committed to enforce industrial property regulations, and protect the rights of holders.”Mr. Moses D. Nyepan LIPO Director for Research and Development said, “Stealing intellectual property is a serious threat to all Liberian businesses. Exporters face unfair competition abroad, non exporters face counterfeit imports at home and all businesses face legal, health and safety risks from the threat of counterfeit goods and pirated works in Liberia.”He stated further that the lack of expertise and information to the public leads to IP theft risks to all sectors, especially ideas and invention in Liberia. “It is still a problem to determine the exact scope of the increase in IP theft,” Mr. Nyepan said. “Our observation indicates that copyright piracy, trademark, counterfeiting, and patent infringement in the country need citizens’ support to root them out,” he said.He noted that without protection for inventors’ ideas, there could be less research and creative talents will suffer.Four collective society groups were invited, including the Movie Union of Liberia, Liberia Gospel Musicians, Liberia Business Association and the Musicians Union of Liberia. However, only the Musician Union of Liberia sent representative. Most of the participants at the program were LIPO employees. Surprisingly there were no representatives from the Liberia Copyright Office.Also there was no representation from the Ministry of Finance, Development and Planning, Ministry of Justice, Liberia Revenue Authority and Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the lines ministries and agencies that collaborate with LIPO in it work.“It is shameful that there was no government official here to grace this celebration, but this not a surprise since it is not a political rally,” Said Tony Karbedeh, representing the Musicians’ Union of Liberia.He added, “We will continue to lobby our officials to do what is their due diligent to help eradicate piracy, counterfeiting and many of these things that are slowly killing inventors.”Karbedeh said the only means to push relevant government officials to do the right thing is for collective society to unite with a common focus.“It’s very sad to know that collective society is poorly represented as we celebrate this day and this is a sign of disservice to the fight against piracy and counterfeit,” Atty. Allen Gweh, president of FOFHA said.He also said people should not assume that lawyers don’t have knowledge on copyright issue, “it is the responsibility of inventors to get legal counsel prior to the release of their work.”He stated that most inventors in Liberia don’t have lawyers to fight for them, “if their works are pirated or counterfeited which has given the criminals the opportunity to get rich.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$424.1M allocated for oil and gas preparations

first_img2019 Budget plans– millions set aside for capacity building, vehicles and scholarships A burning question has been what preparations Government would make for oil and gas in its penultimate budget? It turns out a total of $333.2 million in capital funds has been allocated by the Government for petroleum and energy management.The 2019 Budget estimates also detail that current expenditure, which among other things will go towards employment and other recurrent costs, was $90.9 million. Specifically, wages and salaries are expected to cost the Treasury $20.5 million.According to the budget estimates, however, only three positions are currently filled in the Department of Energy. In addition, the estimates show that all these employees are employed on a contractual basis.$43.3 million is earmarked for ‘other goods and services purchased’. Under this heading, $30.3 million will be spent on security services, while $5 million will be spent on training that includes scholarships. Under a heading named ‘other’, a sum of $12 million is earmarked.Meanwhile, $100 million is earmarked for building expenses; $200 million for institutional support for the oil and gas sector; $28 million for purchasing vehicles and the remainder for the purchase of furniture and equipment.Preparation for oilWith little over a year to go before first oil, Government has been criticised for the slow pace of preparation. For instance, critical measures like a national oil spill strategy; a constitutional agency to regulate the sector; a national oil company, a local content policy and a Sovereign Wealth Fund are either still in the planning stages or have only been discussed.This does not include several worrying fiscal indicators, which have caused audit firm Ram and McRae to project reduced earnings from first oil for Guyana if these trends are allowed to continue.One such trend is the Government’s fiscal deficit, a case where monies are sourced more from loans than from revenue. According to the firm in its Budget focus, Guyana risks less money going towards the Natural Resources Fund and more going towards making up for the deficit.“The danger of deficit financing is that all things being equal, oil revenues for the early years after first oil will simply go to bridging the deficit and little left for investments and savings,” the firm noted.At a recent event hosted by the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had warned that earnings from oil and gas in the first few years may fall short of the “rosy picture” being painted by the Government.He had even posited that Government may not even get the chance to use the earnings from oil revenues as they see fit, on account of the debt racked up from domestic borrowing.Soon after this, however, Minister of State Joseph Harmon was quoted disputing this prognosis.last_img read more

New laws target gang activity

first_imgFive bills aimed at halting the “tyranny of fear” enshrouding gang-infested neighborhoods in California were signed Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Meanwhile on Thursday, a state Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy was created to oversee youth- and gang-violence programs and secure federal funding for the efforts. Other bills signed by Schwarzenegger allow authorities to evict gang members who have a weapon cache in a rental building, improve and expand protection for witnesses of gang slayings, enable judges to order guardians of gang members into anti-violence classes, and encourage family participation in rehabilitating juvenile offenders. The packet of bills will also single out high-risk gang members and make it easier for the state to track them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.There are 420,000 gang members statewide, authorities said at a news conference Thursday morning at San Bernardino High School to announce the legislation. District Attorney Michael A. Ramos estimated there are 12,000 gang members in San Bernardino County. About 1,200 of them have been locked up over the past two years, he said. In the county, the bills will be most evident in the reshaped Witness Relocation and Assistance Program, which was sponsored by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, Ramos said. Prosecutors used to pay witness-relocation expenses for three months after the trial concluded. Witnesses to gang killings will now receive six months of assistance, and an advocate will help them find a home and job and transition into a new community. The impending crackdown on gang-related activity was felt in Pomona the day before the governor’s action. On Wednesday, Schwarzenegger issued a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people responsible for the death of Ethan Esparza, who was killed the day before his fourth birthday. Ethan, whose case remains unsolved, died from gunfire Nov. 19, 2006, outside of his grandparents’ house in a gang-related drive-by. Pomona Police Chief Joseph Romero, who requested the reward, described his feelings Thursday as “elated” after he learned the news on Wednesday. “It’s important not only for the Esparza family but this community,” he said. In the Esparza case, Romero said the effects of the $50,000 reward to solve the gang-related case are hard to tell. He said in the shooting death of Andre Laurent in January 2006 at a south Pomona gas station there is a reward of more than $100,000, and “that hasn’t motivated anybody to come forward. “At this point, you know, I’m hopeful but I’m not certain money alone will entice somebody to provide information,” Romero said. There could be a variety of reasons for people to not get involved in solving the case, Romero said. “It could be people are not willing to get involved. It might be somebody knows that their loved one is the suspect and there’s allegiance to that relationship,” he said. “And, in any case, there’s always apprehension to step forward.” He would not say if detectives were close to solving Ethan’s case. “That’s something I couldn’t release. And with any case, at the start of the day you might not have anything and by the end of the day there is some lead you’re able to move on and an arrest is made. Recently, we’ve had a couple of cases that have gone like that But our commitment is this shall never be closed until we bring somebody to justice,” Romero said. There is a possibility Ethan’s killer is dead, he said. “Certainly anything’s possible. That shouldn’t stop anybody that has knowledge about this to share information,” Romero said. “The important thing is even if someone’s already deceased, while you can’t bring them into the criminal justice system, you can bring closure for the family and the community.” Romero said besides the news media, police are getting the word out about the reward through “the grapevine of the street.” Officers are talking to citizens and community groups to get the word out about the reward, Romero said. The Pomona police anonymous tip line is (909) 620-2085. Anonymous calls to We Tip can be placed to (800) 78-CRIME. wes.woods@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9378 stacia.glenn@sbsun.com (909) 386-3887160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ronaldo’s Man United years, according to Keane, Fergie and Neville

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has come along way since arriving at Manchester United as a skinny teenager in 2003.The Premier League side paid Portuguese side Sporting £12m for him and eventually sold him to Real Madrid for £80m. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Neville said Ronaldo’s incredible work ethic saw him become the world’s best player 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Now he’s back at Old Trafford, this time with Juventus for their Champions League group game, so talkSPORT.com looks at what those who played with and coached him have previously said about his time at the club. ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Cristiano was like an ornament on top of a Christmas tree shining My reaction was: ‘This lad is going to be one of the world’s greatest players’ no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “The club, and Sir Alex [Ferguson], and the players all set the tone for each other. If you look at his performances in the first two or three years, his maturity, his decision making, his physicality, his petulance, they were all smoothed out over a period of three or four years at the club.”From those early days, Ronaldo grew into a player capable of winning games almost single-handedly.Neville added: “For two years, 2007-08 and 2008-09, I cannot believe Manchester United fans could ever have seen anything like that. He was just out of this world, like he was from another planet.”Rene Meulensteen, Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant during Ronaldo’s time at United“He was like Superman in footballer’s clothes. What struck me about him was his commitment. His application was second to none.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED huge blow MONEY Most popular football news Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s greatest ever managerDuring his time at the Old Trafford helm, Fergie claimed only four of his players were deserving of world class status – Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona.“If you read the papers or listen to the television commentators, we seem to be awash with ‘world-class’ footballers, he wrote in his book, Leading.“I don’t mean to demean or criticise any of the great or very good footballers who played for me during my 26-year career at United, but there were only four who were world class: Cantona, Giggs, Ronaldo and Scholes.“And of the four Cristiano was like an ornament on the top of a Christmas tree.”Former Man United captain, Roy KeaneWriting in his autobiography, The Second Half, Keane said: “I liked the lad straightaway. He had a nice presence about him, and a good attitude.”“What impressed me most was that he’d been given the option of staying in Lisbon for another year, on loan, but he said no; he’d come over to Manchester straightaway. I thought it was a good, brave decision – because he was only seventeen. 3 “After the first few days, watching him train, my reaction was, ‘This lad is going to be one of the world’s greatest players.’ I didn’t say it publicly, because I’d always be wary of building a player up too early – or knocking him down.“He looked like a player. You have to look the part, and he did. [Zinedine] Zidane looked like a player – and Ronaldo looked like a player. The shape, the body language – they were there. A bit of arrogance, too. But he’d a nice way about him; he was very likeable. We forget that he was very heavily criticised when he first came on the scene. He was going down too quickly when tackled, his final product wasn’t good enough. But – again – he was only seventeen, a kid. I was playing youth football for Rockmount, in Cork, at that age.“He was amazing. He was immediately one of the hardest working players at United. Most of the players I knew worked hard, but Ronaldo had the talent on top of the work rate.“He was good-looking and he knew it. He was vain in that sense – at the mirror. He was a big lad, a big unit. I’d think, ‘Good on yeh.’ Looking at some of the other lads in front of the mirror, I’d think, ‘Yeh fuckin’ nugget.’ But Ronaldo had an innocence to him, and a niceness. I don’t think he ever slackened off, or that he was ever more worried about the mirror than his game. I always felt that football was his love.” REPLY Former Man United defender, Gary Neville“He didn’t arrive at Manchester United as someone who was setting the tone for everybody else. It wasn’t a case of he came in and all of a sudden everyone else upped their game, that’s not how it was,” Neville once told talkSPORT.“He became that out of what was in that dressing room. Cristiano was butchered and battered for two or three years at Manchester United and he has said it made him a man.“He was setting the standards when he left, and he became someone who would come in and do half an hour before training and an hour after training, but there had been 20 players per season for 15 years doing that every day. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Ronaldo won three Premier League titles with Man United as well as the Champions League Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 Keane and Ronaldo played together at Manchester United last_img read more

Mourinho blasts ‘unprofessional’ national teams over handling of injured stars

first_img“And some of them, the national teams they were very professional with us and they send the players back and we could start the process early.“But some of them, they weren’t.“They kept the players and we didn’t even know the dimension and the nature of the injuries, so when the players arrived here two days before Chelsea, we have no idea what is going on.”TUNE IN! Man United v Everton is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT on Sunday – FULL STREAM DETAILS HERE Marouane Fellaini is also out of action after picking up an injury on Belgium duty Alexis Sanchez is sidelined with a groin injury and will not play against Everton One of the highest-profile absentees is Alexis Sanchez, who has been ruled out of the Everton clash with a groin injury after he missed this week’s Champions League defeat to Juventus.Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Marouane Fellaini were also ruled out of the 1-0 loss against the Italian champions and could be absent once more against the Toffees, while Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay may be fit enough to return.And, speaking in Friday’s pre-match press conference, Mourinho could not contain his annoyance at the treatment of some of his players over the international break, saying United were kept in the dark by some teams over the severity of their problems. 3 3 3 Jose Mourinho has vented his anger at ‘unprofessional’ international teams over their handling of injured Manchester United players during the recent break.United are heading into Sunday’s Premier League clash against Everton with a minor injury crisis after a number of stars returned to Manchester from the international break with problems. “All of our injuries were with the national teams,” the manager said.“We play against Newcastle and we go to the national team period in a good situation and then after two weeks we lost Dalot in Portugal, we lost Fellaini in Belgium.“We lost Alexis with Chile, we lost – who else? – McTominay with Scotland.last_img read more

OLYMPIC BOXERS SNUB BARBADOS AND BALI FOR ………BUNDORAN!

first_imgThey could have chosen Barbados, the Bahamas or Bali for a well-earned break.Olympic boxing medalists Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes will take things easy in the coming days with a holiday.But instead of an exotic location the pair have chosen somewhere a little closer to home – Bundoran in fact! The friends say they now plan to travel to Donegal shortly after taking part in a reception for the Irish Olympic team in Dublin later today.Bruising bronze medalist Barnes revealed “I’m looking forward to a few days in Bundoran.“It’ll be good fun – it has plenty of amusements and I’m looking forward to a spin on the bumper cars.”His team-mate Conlan was equally looking forward to the simpler things in life. “There’s a class pier in Bundoran which I love jumping off. I can’t wait,” said the bronze medal winner.  OLYMPIC BOXERS SNUB BARBADOS AND BALI FOR ………BUNDORAN! was last modified: August 15th, 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:bundoranholidaysMichael ConlonPaddy Barneslast_img read more

Softball Falls to Illinois State, 10-2

first_img Watch Live Illinois State (22-17, 12-3 MVC), the Missouri Valley Conference leader, took the first inning lead after two runners reached base on a pair of errors by the Bulldogs. A sacrifice fly allowed both of the Redbirds to advance before back-to-back singles gave Illinois State the 3-0 lead after one inning. DES MOINES, Iowa – A two-run home run by Jordan de los Reyes sealed Illinois State’s series sweep of the Drake University softball team with a 10-2 win in five innings on Saturday afternoon at Buel Field. Full Schedule Roster Next Game: UNI 4/18/2017 – 6 PM Knoche moved to 2-4 on the season with the loss. She pitched 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks. Freshman Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) pitched 1.2 innings of relief and gave up three runs on four hits.center_img Drake (20-23, 3-12 MVC) answered in the second inning with a pair of runs. Freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) drew a walk after freshman Aryka Knoche (Little Canada, Minn.) reached on an error by the Redbirds to start the frame. Sophomore Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) then reached base on a fielders choice before sophomore Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) singled to score both Maddox and Pena and trim the Bulldogs’ deficit to 3-2. The Bulldogs will look to rebound against in-state rival UNI with a midweek doubleheader on Tuesday, April 18 at Buel Field with games scheduled at 4 and 6 p.m.Print Friendly Version Illinois State responded with an RBI single in the third inning and a later six-run, fourth-inning to take the win. The Valley on ESPN3 Preview Buy Tickets Live Statslast_img read more

Dylan Bronn own goal sends Senegal into the AFCON final

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019SenegaltopTunisia Senegal have never won the Africa Cup of Nations title. (PHOTO/Courtesy)AFCON 2019Senegal 1-0 TunisiaCairo International Stadium, CairoSunday, 14-07-2019Dylan Bronn own goal in extra time handed Senegal a 1-0 win over Tunisia in a dramatic Africa Cup of finals semifinal on Sunday evening.Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Hassen made a horrible mistake in the 100th minute that saw the ball bounce off the head of defender Bronn and into his own net.Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi and Senegal’s Henri Saivet had second half penalties saved.In the first period, Aliou Cisse’s side created the better chances with star man Sadio Mane and Youssouf Sabaly all guilty for missing golden scoring opportunitiesSabaly was unlucky not to hit the target in the 26th as his delightful effort from about 20 yards out kissed the woodwork.In the 38th minute, Mane also a had a decent chance when he rounded Tunisia custodian Hassen at a tight angle but screwed his shot wide. At halftime it was goalless.With 15 minutes to normal time, the 2004 champions were awarded a penalty when Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly dived into Sassi’s powerful shoot but the ball hit his arm.Sassi stepped up but his weak kick was comfortably saved by Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis.Five minutes later, Senegal were also awarded a penalty when Bronn fouled Ismaila Sarr inside the box. Newcastle midfielder Saviet’s kick was saved by Hassen.Senegal broke the deadlock in the first period of extra time as Bronn scored an own goal.Deep in extra time, the referee awarded Tunisia a penalty when Salif Sane headed a cross off Idrissa Gueye’s arm. Two minutes after giving the penalty, the referee overturned it after a VAR check.Senegal will be without Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the final through suspension.The Lions of Teranga who were runners up 17 years ago, will be seeking for their first ever Cup of Nations title and will face either Algeria or Nigeria in the final on Friday 19th July at Cairo International StadiumThe other semi final-Algeria vs Nigeria @10pmComments last_img read more

New Donegal to Glasgow air service announced for Donegal Airport

first_imgLoganair, Scotland’s Airline, has announced it is to re-introduce services between Donegal and Glasgow, stepping in to secure the future of the route following the current operator’s decision to withdraw services.The new flights will take off on Sunday March 25, with three return flights per week all year round on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.Additional summer flights will operate on Wednesdays between June 27 and September 19 and Saturdays from 26 May to 3 November plus a Saturday service at Easter from March 31 until April 14. Loganair has a long history on this route, having flown between Donegal and Glasgow as far back as the early 1990s.Current operator Stobart Air, which flies as Aer Lingus Regional, ceases its services on March 23.Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Commercial Director, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Donegal – a region where the airline has a history of service stretching across 30 years.”“We’re also pleased to able to reassure the local community that there will be complete continuity when the current route provider ceases in March – without any break in service.” “This is an extremely important link which will help families stay connected, travel between the two destinations on holiday or act as a convenient transport option for football fans heading to Glasgow.”“It should also be huge boost for the area’s tourism industries and we’re looking forward to building this traffic in partnership with Donegal Airport in the months to come.”Lead-in prices will start at £54.99 including a free 20kg checked baggage allowance for every customer – distinctly affordable for customers travelling on holiday, business, or visiting relatives.Anne Bonner, Donegal Airport’s Managing Director, said they are delighted that Loganair are taking over the operation of the Donegal-Glasgow route, following the current carrier’s decision to cease the service from the end of the winter schedule.“The Glasgow service is a key part of Donegal airport’s business and the route has been strongly supported over the years, in fact it has become a life-line for many of the Donegal diaspora in Glasgow and other Scottish regions. “We in Donegal Airport will be working closely with the Tourism and Business Development Agencies to grow the traffic further and are looking forward to working with the Loganair team to deliver this important service into the future,” she said.Local T.D. and Leas Cheann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher, who has a long association with Donegal Airport, has welcomed the confirmation by Loganair that they are to provide a service between Donegal and Glasgow commencing on March 25.He said: “Loganair has in the past provided an excellent service on the Donegal/ Dublin and Donegal/Glasgow Routes.”“The Glasgow Donegal connection is essential for Donegal due to Tourism and Intra family connections with Scotland. We have seen strong steady performance over the years on the Glasgow/Donegal service and I am confident that this can only improve.” “Today’s announcement by Loganair is welcome news not just for the Airport but all of Donegal and I wish Loganair every success.”The new route will also provide onward connections at Glasgow to points within Loganair’s extensive route network in the Highlands and Islands including Stornoway, Islay, Campbeltown, Tiree and Benbecula. This will enable customers to make a single booking from any of these airports to Donegal – saving money and adding convenience to travel arrangements.The news has been welcomed by Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher.He said “I have been working extremely proactively and close with these airline companies and the airport management in order to insure that a service provider would be secure to provide these vital connections with Glasgow. Prior to Christmas, when it was confirmed that Stobart had secured the Donegal to Dublin PSO connections – it became evident to those of us who work closely with the airport on a routine basis that the Glasgow flights were in jeopardy.“In the interim period a great deal of work has taken place in order to secure this important announcement by Loganair. The Glasgow flights provide a very important air connection for Donegal Airport and in the past two years in excess of 23,000 passengers used the service between Donegal and Glasgow. Historically west Donegal and Glasgow have had very close connections and these flights provide a tangible link to those connections and links over time.“I wish to compliment the management, staff and airport authorities at Donegal airport who have worked tirelessly on this announcement which avoids the loss of these services and connections with Glasgow.”New Donegal to Glasgow air service announced for Donegal Airport was last modified: January 17th, 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:donegalGlasgowLoganairRoutelast_img read more