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first_imgFunding for Donegal’s biggest and best-known arts festival is down by 50% but the organisers of the Earagail Arts Festival have promised one of the best line-ups for many years.The festival was officially launched at the weekend with director Paul Brown promising ‘something for everyone’ in the Donegal audience.Up to 40,000 people will attends events across the county for this the 23rd festival which runs from the 9th to the 24th of July. Paul said organisers of this year’s event have had to be realistic about their budget but nonetheless a feast of entertainment which includes musicians, comedians, actors, artists and clowns awaits.“I would say that funding is down by 50% but that’s the economic reality we have to work within today.“Having said that, I think the line-up for this year’s festival is first class. We really do have something for everyone.“Planning for such a large festival has to be done literally years in advance. We are already making calls about the festival in two years time. But that’s what you have to do. “There’s such a lot of great stuff at this year’s event and we are trying to bring value for money to people who want to get along to a number of shows,” he said.One of Paul’s personal favourites takes place on the very opening night of the festival and is entiled Feast of the Senses.Admission might be a little steep at 35 but for that people get an unusual three course supper and entertainment by here super acts including Little John Nee, Ponydance and Pokey LaFarge.The event takes place in a huge marquee in Letterkenny Town Park and is one not to be missed.“I can’t say too much about the food but it is being done by Rathmullan House which means it is going to be simply amazing if not a little unusual. “It’s going to be a terrific night and will really kick-start the festival,” said Paul Brown.A high quality FREE brochure outlining everything you need to know about this years two week event has been produced and is available in shops and other outlets.The festival officially kicks off at 9.30pm on Saturday, July 9th with the Eargail Arts Festival Parade on Main Street.After that it’s endless days and nights featuring such legends as John Prine, Solo Cissokho, Puja, Trad Trathnona, Scubadice, The Selecter, Lisa Hanningan, T with the Maggies, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and The Tragedian. And that’s before we even talk about drive-in movies, carnivals or children’s events!But that’s just a sample of what’s on offer with the full list being available on www.eaf.ie or in the festival brochure.To try and encourage as many people to get to as many events as possible while also thinking of the purse-strings, the festival has a special ‘five for 50’ deal which entitles people to get into any five of certain listed shows for just €50.Throughout the two weeks of the festival, donegaldaily will be bringing you updates, pictures and gossip from an event we should all be very proud of.EndsUPDATED ‘SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE’ AS TOP CLASS EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL IS LAUNCHED was last modified: June 15th, 2011 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:donegalEaragail Arts Festivallaunchedlast_img read more

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Costa Rican lawmakers pass antihunting law

first_imgCosta Rica’s Legislative Assembly on Monday unanimously passed in a second and final round of debate the first law sent to Congress by a public initiative. The law prohibits hunting for sport, and Costa Rica became the first country on the continent to ban sport hunting.The new law fines violators up to $3,000.Assembly President Víctor Emilio Granados said the law “will permit us to live in peace with other living creatures on the planet.”“I think this is a message we are sending future generations that hunting for sport is not a sport, but a brutality,” Granados said.In early October, lawmakers approved the bill in a first-round debate, after it was sent to Congress by public initiative, which requires the signature of 175,000 Costa Ricans.The text of the new law was sent to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, which found no constitutional violations.To take effect, President Laura Chinchilla must sign the law, which she has promised to do.The law allows hunting only for personal consumption in limited circumstances, scientific research or wildlife population control. It does not affect sport fishing, a popular tourist activity in the country. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Tech sector frets as USChina trade tensions simmer

But Apple recently agreed to base its cloud storage for Chinese users in the country, saying it had to comply despite concerns over Beijing’s surveillance of citizens. And Airbnb said it would share customer data with the Chinese government as well.Data as fuelSusan Aaronson, a George Washington University professor of international affairs who specializes in digital trade, said that as American firms battle for supremacy in artificial intelligence, they are hungry for sources of data, including from China. Explore further As US-China trade tensions ratchet up, the technology sector is fretting over the potential for collateral damage to one of America’s most important export industries. Aaronson agreed that China has disadvantaged foreign firms but argued for a multilateral approach involving allies and global institutions “to move China toward more openness and the rule of law.”Secretly applauding?Tech industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said that some in Silicon Valley “are secretly applauding” the move to shake up trade relations with China after years of frustrations.”Americans can’t own businesses in China, they have to set up a joint venture, which sometimes means you have to share intellectual property,” Moorhead said.”If you sell software, the Chinese government has to bless the source code. For hardware, you have to give very detailed schematic drawings. Some things have changed but some haven’t.”Moorhead noted that some Chinese firms such as computer giant Lenovo are expanding in the US, but that American firms are having a harder time in China.Still, Moorhead said he sees trade frictions increasing with some negative effects in the short run.”I see (tariff actions) moving to electronics and I see it tit-for-tat until it starts to get painful,” he said.”I could see a tariffs on (US imports of) iPhones, and China could put tariffs on components going into the iPhone. I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.” German carmakers worst hit by China tariffs: study Some analysts fear that consumer technology may be dragged into a growing trade dispute between the United States and China Citation: Tech sector frets as US-China trade tensions simmer (2018, April 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-tech-sector-frets-us-china-tensions.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. With US-China trade tensions running high, critics of Beijing’s policies say American tech firms face more restrictions in the Chinese market than their Chinese counterparts in the US “In almost everything the US produces the key source of value is data,” Aaronson said.She wrote in a recent research paper that China “uses the lure of its large population, relatively low and poorly enforced privacy regulations, and subsidies to encourage foreign companies to carry out AI research in China.”Her paper argued that American trading partners “need to encourage the data flows that power AI while simultaneously protecting citizens from misuse or unethical use of algorithms.”Some analysts say the Trump administration has correctly identified some of Beijing’s unfair trade policies but that tariffs may be counterproductive.”China uses mercantile practices and the Trump administration is right to contest those actions, but there are many reasons the tariff approach is not the right one,” said Stephen Ezell, vice president for global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a technology-focused think tank.With tariffs, he said, “US consumers and businesses will pay more in the long term. We need to take on China but we shouldn’t be penalizing ourselves in the process.” © 2018 AFP Apple recently agreed to abide by Chinese cloud data regulations despite concerns over surveillance of the population The tech industry is not directly affected by the new tariffs unveiled by the Trump administration which aim to target Beijing for unfair trade practices failure to protect intellectual property.But some industry leaders fear tech will be dragged into the dispute, with the potential to impact the estimated $3 trillion industry in which the US and China are key players.”As trade wars escalate, they are not controllable, they are not predictable,” said Ed Black, president and chief executive of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents major tech firms such as Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix.”There is always collateral damage.”Black said the US administration “correctly identified some of the problems” with trade involving China but “missed all the problems of internet companies doing business in China.” Black said the tech industry understands the need to confront China over trade barriers and other practices, but that Washington’s efforts to go alone could “weaken the international trading system.”The relationship of US tech firms with China has long been complicated by concerns about censorship, labor and human rights and the potential for stealing trade secrets.Google shut down its search engine for China in 2010 after it found accounts of Chinese human rights activists hacked and some US-based online platforms are banned by Beijing. read more

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