Homepage BannerNews Gorvernment urged to keep rural post offices open RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Pinterest Twitter The government is being urged to develop a Public Service Obligation model to keep rural post offices open.It comes after An Post indicated earlier this week that 265 offices around the country are not viable and may be closed.Fianna Fáil says post offices could be developed to provide other services, like providing tourist information and processing motor tax and medical card applications.The party’s Communications Spokesman, Timmy Dooley, says that in exchange for such services, the government could provide vital funding:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/postoffcie10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Facebook Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Previous articleGovernment accused of blocking appointment of second breast surgeon at LUHNext articleStill Waiting vigil hears calls for more to show their support News Highland Google+ By News Highland – April 15, 2017 Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre WhatsApp Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project
Inmarsat has completed the successful launch of its S-band satellite (Inmarsat S EAN) for the European Aviation Network (EAN). The launch is a key milestone for Inmarsat’s unique EAN service, which is on course to commence commercial service in the second half of 2017.The Inmarsat S-band satellite, built by France’s Thales Alenia Space, was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket by Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana. Following satellite separation, telemetry from the satellite was acquired by the Mingenew Ground Station in Western Australia. The launch team from Inmarsat and Thales Alenia Space will now raise the satellite into its geostationary orbit over Europe and the Middle East, at which point the spacecraft will deploy its solar arrays and reflectors, and undergo rigorous payload testing.Inmarsat’s EAN is the world’s first dedicated aviation connectivity solution to integrate space-based and ground-based networks to deliver a seamless WiFi experience for airline passengers throughout Europe. Inmarsat’s strategic partner, Deutsche Telekom, is well advanced in the construction of the complementary ground network, which will be fully integrated with the S-band satellite to deliver a truly seamless service for Europe’s airlines and their passengers.International Airlines Group (IAG), which includes world renowned airline brands such as British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling, has been confirmed as the launch customer for the new service. It has begun equipping its aircraft and aims to have 90% of its short haul fleet complete by early 2019.The successful launch of the S-band satellite underlines the momentum that Inmarsat is building in the high-speed broadband inflight connectivity (IFC) market, which it entered in October 2016 with the commercial introduction of GX Aviation, a worldwide service powered by its Ka-band, Global Xpress (Ka) satellite constellation. It now has over 1,200 aircraft installations expected under signed contracts for its IFC services. Mandates have been won from leading airlines worldwide including Avianca, Qatar Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa Group, International Airlines Group, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle.Inmarsat first announced the plans for EAN in 2014, seeking to take advantage of a visionary and unique commercial and technological opportunity created by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT (Directorate General) and subsequently supported by Member State Telecoms Regulators. It is a testament to the continued support of European Institutions and national regulatory authorities, the hard work of multiple teams across Inmarsat and the commitment of their vital strategic partners, including Deutsche Telekom, Thales Alenia Space, Thales Aviation, Cobham and Arianespace, that it now stands on the threshold of a new aviation WiFi service that will transform the experience of passengers flying throughout Europe.Although the company is a relatively new entrant into the high-speed aviation passenger broadband market, it has secured commitments for the IFC services from major airlines in Europe and across the world. Their confidence underlines the strength of Inmarsat’s IFC strategy and the long-term, scalable capabilities of its two core IFC networks – GX Aviation and EAN.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Brothers Emmanuel and Josh Smith created their own brand — #SmithBrosOnTheRise — on a whim while playing football together at Oakland High School.Two years later, the new Vanderbilt teammates can’t escape their own creation, hearing the hashtag while walking through the football facility, across campus or even on the field.“Smith brothers on the rise! Smith brothers on the rise!” said Emmanuel, a sophomore defensive back. “We hear it everywhere we go from everyone.”Perhaps that’s because the brothers rarely go anywhere these days without each other.“I love being with my brother in college,” said Josh, a freshman linebacker who turned down offers from Oregon, Oklahoma and almost every SEC school to follow his brother to Vanderbilt. “(Emmanuel) didn’t force me to come to Vanderbilt. It was more like an invitation, and I took it.”It’s hard to imagine the Smith brothers apart. They talk, walk and even laugh alike. To say they finish each other’s sentences would be cliché if not absolutely true.And their mother, Stephanie, said her boys’ next fight will be their first.“(Emmanuel) has always been the protector, and Josh has always been right there with him,” she said. “They’re just sidekicks. They don’t fight like other siblings.”Brothers Josh Smith, left, and Emmanuel Smith talk about growing up in Murfreesboro, playing at Oakland High School and winding up together at Vanderbilt.Growing up, the only argument between them was a routine rock-paper-scissors game to decide which brother had to wash the dishes and which cleaned the living room.“We argued about that like every night,” Emmanuel said. “But we didn’t fight. We just laughed a lot.”Their camaraderie already is a cog in Vanderbilt’s young defense. Emmanuel should play a major role at nickel back in head coach Derek Mason’s defensive scheme, and Josh has quickly earned a spot in the rotation of the Commodores’ athletic linebackers.“Both of those guys want to be impact players, and they will be,” Mason said. “They are the type of guys we look for –— extremely smart, extremely talented and from a great home.“Those two are so close. They care about football, but they really care about each other.”Vanderbilt defense focuses on getting off fieldPlaying together is old hat for the Smiths.As five-year-olds, they were standouts on the Murfreesboro Blue Raiders youth football team. Emmanuel was a lightning-quick running back and linebacker. Josh was a “fast chubby kid” who could play quarterback or defensive tackle, depending on “if I had done my conditioning and been up a couple of pounds or down a couple of pounds.”They won a Rutherford County championship at Rockvale Middle School together. Emmanuel then led Oakland to an undefeated regular season in 2013, and Josh guided the Patriots to a spot in the Class 6A state semifinals the next year.The Smiths developed into two of the top prospects in Tennessee in their respective recruiting classes, and they should play together some in Vanderbilt’s Sept. 3 opener against Western Kentucky.Their father, Demetrius, played football at MTSU and now serves as a campus police officer at his alma mater. He said he didn’t care where his sons played, as long as they put school before football.“We always told them, ‘God blessed you to be an athlete, but he also gave you a mind,’” their father said. “Football is going to end one day, so they know to always make their decisions based on academics first.”Emmanuel and Josh lived in adjacent rooms during preseason camp, but they will move into different dorms as classes begin this week. It may seem like a short distance, but not for the Smiths.“They had their own bedrooms growing up, and they still hung out together in the same room,” Stephanie said. “Playing video games or watching scary movies, they always did it together.”Vanderbilt’s 10 things to do in 10 days before kickoffThe Smiths are still “locker buddies,” sharing the same space after each practice and game. “His area is pretty dirty, and so after all these years I’m still cleaning up after him,” Josh said. “But I can’t complain because my feet stink worse than his.”Once again teammates, the Smiths are closest on the field. During camp, they practiced together for the first time in nearly two years, but it seemed just like every game they played as five-year-olds at the Murfreesboro park.“I always realize when he’s on the field with me,” Josh said. “I can just sense if he’s out there. I always know.”Said Emmanuel: “Like he said, we just know. No one is going to have your back more than your brother, even on the field.” Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks. Vanderbilt players and brothers Emmanuel Smith, left, and Josh Smith lived in adjacent rooms during preseason camp, but soon they will be in different dorms. Brothers Josh Smith, left, and Emmanuel Smith pose for camera at the Vanderbilt University practice field and McGugin Center on campus Nashville, Tenn. August 21, 2015. Brothers and Vanderbilt football players Josh Smith, left, and Emmanuel Smith are excited to be on the same team.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Vanderbilt football players and brothers Emmanuel and Josh Smith are greeted by Steve Rector during Vanderbilt’s annual Dore Jam fan event on Sunday Aug. 16, 2015. Rector’s son Andrew plays football for Vanderbilt.
Liverpool’s youngest-ever starting line-up vindicated manager Juergen Klopp’s decision to rest his entire first-team squad by beating third-tier Shrewsbury Town 1-0 in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at Anfield on Tuesday to set up a fifth-round tie at Chelsea.Klopp, whose side are 22 points clear and heading for a first English title for 30 years, was not even in attendance as a Liverpool side featuring only players from the U23 team edged past the League One side through Manchester United graduate Ro-Shaun Williams’ own goal.Seven-times winners Liverpool have now reached the fifth round for the first time since Klopp took over in 2015.Klopp said after his side squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Shrewsbury that he would not use any first-team players for the replay as it would eat into his side’s two-week breather courtesy of the inaugural Premier League break.As against Aston Villa in a League Cup quarter-final in December, he gave under-23 manager Neil Critchley the reins.On that occasion, Liverpool’s ‘kids’ suffered a 5-0 loss, but they proved too technical for Shrewsbury.At an average age of 19 years and 102 days, it was the youngest line-up in Liverpool’s history, eclipsing the team – average age 19 years and 182 days – overwhelmed 5-0 at Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-final in December when the senior side were at the Club World Cup in Qatar.Aged 19 years and five days, Toxteth-born Jones became the youngest first-team captain in Liverpool’s history. Wayne Rooney will face his old club Manchester United in the fifth round after he netted a penalty for Derby County in their 4-2 win over fourth-tier Northampton Town.It will be the first time that Rooney – United and England’s all-time top scorer – has faced his former side since playing for Everton in a 2-0 defeat at Goodison on 1 January, 2018.The Rams will host Manchester United in the week commencing 2 March.Newcastle United edged past third-tier Oxford United 3-2 thanks to a superb extra-time winner by Allan Saint-Maximin.Steve Bruce’s side, held at home, had been cruising with a 2-0 lead but Oxford hit back to level with Nathan Holland’s sublime volley in the fourth minute of stoppage time.Newcastle have reached the fifth round for the first time since 2006 and will face Championship side West Bromwich Albion.The night’s other replays were decided by penalties with Reading beating Cardiff after a 3-3 draw while Birmingham City edged out Coventry City after it finished 2-2 after extra time.FA CUP 5TH ROUND DRAWSheffield Wednesday v Manchester CityReading v Sheffield UnitedChelsea v LiverpoolWest Bromwich Albion v Newcastle UnitedLeicester City v Birmingham CityDerby County v Manchester UnitedSouthampton/Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich CityPortsmouth v ArsenalRelated