Christmas Market set to open in Portlaoise on Sunday

first_img Twitter Home Lifestyle Christmas Market set to open in Portlaoise on Sunday LifestyleOut and About WhatsApp Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Twitter Pinterest We are almost exactly a month out from Christmas Day and the festive spirit will crank up a few notches tomorrow as Portlaoise officially opens its Christmas Market for 2019.The action gets underway at 11am on Sunday as the markets open while Santa Clause himself will arrive at 2pm.Local singer Stacey Dunne will perform Christmas Carols and songs in the Market Square while the local Children’s Choir will also perform.The markets will close at 6pm but before all of that at 4.30pm – Santa himself will officially turn on the Christmas lights.For €5, you will get a visit to Santa, a go at the pet farm and some face painting.Downtown Portlaoise Retailers and Laois County Council have teamed up to bring this year’s Christmas Market to life.Main Street in Portlaoise will be full of up to 60 stalls selling everything from ornaments to local produce and much more.We will have a photographer present tomorrow so be sure to say hi and pose for a picture if you can! SEE ALSO – Books, jerseys, hats – the LaoisToday store is now open Previous articleLaous U-16s brave comeback falls short as Sligo claim Fr Manning Cup gloryNext articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Portlaoise take on Eire Og in Leinster football club semi-final Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival center_img Facebook TAGSPortlaoise Christmas Market Electric Picnic By Alan Hartnett – 23rd November 2019 Christmas Market set to open in Portlaoise on Sunday Electric Picnic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Rural US operators call for clarity on Huawei

first_img Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Previous ArticleC Spire takes aim at T-Mobile coverage claimNext ArticleMobile Mix: Battle of the Brands Home Rural US operators call for clarity on Huawei AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 MAR 2019 Tags Related Steven Berry, CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), urged US officials to provide clearer and more consistent guidance on Huawei-related national security concerns, as the Chinese vendor prepared to make its case to rural operators at an upcoming conference.Speaking with Mobile World Live, Berry said many of CCA’s smaller members use Huawei kit in their networks, in compliance with existing policy. While those operators want to ensure the security of their networks and follow national defence directives, he noted there’s been a lack of solid direction from the federal government as discussions about potential vendor bans swirl.“All of our carriers want to comply with whatever is in the best national security interest, but we need a little guidance…is it just the 5G networks you’re concerned about or are you also concerned about 4G? Is it all types of equipment or certain types of equipment?”If the government’s focus is on 5G, Berry said letting smaller operators know sooner would allow them to plan accordingly rather than wasting precious funds on equipment which will subsequently need to be replaced. If the concerns extend to 4G networks, he added the government should provide clarity about how operators will be reimbursed or incentivised to swap-out costly elements of their networks.Why HuaweiThe comments come as Huawei prepares to make its case to rural customers at CCA’s Mobile Carriers Show, which opens on 8 April in Denver, Colorado.During the event, Berry said Huawei will host a session dedicated to answering questions, laying out its response to global security concerns and sharing its plan for its US presence going forward. The discussion will be led by Joy Tan, Huawei’s VP of public relations for the US, and Donald Purdy, the company’s chief security officer for the country.Berry said cost has been a key reason why Huawei has been popular with rural operators, noting the vendor carved out a niche serving those with fewer capex dollars available.ActionHe also pointed to the structure of the government’s Universal Service Fund (USF) programme, which allocates money to subsidise operator deployments in high cost areas: “They have reverse auctions that drive solutions to the lowest-cost bidder. So if that’s the type of pressure you have in order to gain any USF support to serve rural America, you’re going to do whatever you can to drive the price down for the infrastructure build.”The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering a proposal which would block USF recipients from using government funds to buy equipment from vendors deemed national security threats.Separately, Congress passed a law preventing federal contractors from using Huawei kit, which the vendor contested as unconstitutional.But Berry argued a broader, top down policy approach is needed to ensure consistency across the industry.One such measure appears to be in the works: the Secure 5G and Beyond Act introduced in the US Senate this week would require the president, with help from the FCC and domestic defence agencies, to develop a national strategy on the security of next-generation infrastructure and software. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backcenter_img Asia FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Diana Goovaerts Author Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities 5GCompetitive Carriers Association (CCA)Huaweiinfrastructurelast_img read more

Former Liverpool star hails Ramos, makes Van Dijk comparison

first_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January statement Van Dijk has won only five major honours throughout his career, while Ramos has claimed a remarkable 23 for club and country While speaking to Jim White, Murphy claimed the ‘perception of players is sometimes based on their personality rather than footballing ability’ – something he believes has affected Ramos’ reputation over the past decade.The former Liverpool midfielder said: “I don’t hear Ramos being talked about enough [considering] what he’s done in the game and how good a player he is.“To play at the top for as long as he has; 20 [sic] major honours, two European Championships with Spain, one World Cup, four Champions Leagues… he’s played in four World Cups by the way, four league titles.“He’s probably one of the most decorated footballers on the planet. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Murphy then brought up Rio Ferdinand who he said ‘could do it all’, but he did question if the former Manchester United man had won what Ramos has on the international stage.He then concluded his thoughts, suggesting there likely wouldn’t be many football fans ‘who wouldn’t have wanted [Ramos] in their teams over the last ten years.’ Danny Murphy has suggested fans do not appreciate how good Sergio Ramos is after the Real Madrid defender equalled Iker Casillas’ record 167 caps for the Spanish national team over the weekend.Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Liverpool midfielder claims Ramos’ 23 major honours, which include four European Cups, one World Cup, two European Championships and several domestic league titles, cannot be overlooked when debating who should be branded the world’s best defender. LIVE on talkSPORT latest on target BIG PRESENTS UP TOP England vs Kosovo (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 stalemate Sergio Ramos could become Spain’s most capped player of all time against Norway next month deals targets Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week When Murphy asked ‘who’s better?’, Virgil van Dijk’s name was swiftly brought up by Jim, who replied ‘Van Dijk would like to be’.Murphy claims that while ‘you would choose Van Dijk now’, he makes it clear the Liverpool defender has enjoyed a much shorter spell at the pinnacle of the game – and has a much emptier trophy cabinet. AFP or licensors Getty 2 “Okay, [with Gerard] Pique, they’ve been fortunate that they’ve had each other to drive each other on and play together because they are two of the best. You know it’s a bit of a rivalry with those two; Messi and Ronaldo, and Pique and Ramos.“But I think when you’ve played nearly 700 games for Real Madrid, that says a hell of a lot about your personality and your discipline, and your talent. 89 goals as well for a defender, I’ve got to add that, 89 goals.“And don’t forget, some of them have been huge goals.” Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more last_img read more