Ireland announces easing of pandemic restrictions in December
The Irish government Friday announced the easing of coronavirus restrictions for the festive season, with retail and some hospitality set to reopen next week.Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the Irish people would be able to enjoy "some respite" after making sacrifices during lockdown.The country has been under a strict six-week lockdown since October 21 with all non-essential retail and leisure facilities closed, people prevented from travelling beyond 5 kilometres from home and all non-essential workers asked to work from home.Next week, services such as hairdressing will reopen Tues...
How do we cope without the soaring melodies and communal experience of Handel's 'Messiah'?
CHICAGO — Imagine a Christmas season without Santa.Or Christmas trees.Or mistletoe.The vicious coronavirus pandemic can’t stop any of these. But, unfortunately, it’s robbing us of something similarly essential to the holiday season: live performances of George Frideric Handel’s [“Messiah\.”](Normally at this time of year, “Messiahs” would be blossoming in churches and concert halls across the United States. Virtuoso singers would be delivering its sublime arias. Magnificent choirs would be thundering the “Hallelujah” Chorus.Early music groups would be attempting to re-create the way the piece ...
Vodafone Ireland to roll out Open RAN sites at 30 locations
20 Nov 2020Vodafone Ireland claims it will become the first operator in the country to switch on Open RAN sites, having entered into a partnership agreement with US-based provider of Open RAN solutions Parallel Wireless. In a press release outlining the development, Vodafone noted that the technology – which is being initially trialled in North Kildare and then rolled out across the North West region – will deliver 4G service coverage to 30 locations ‘in a faster and more cost efficient way’. Meanwhile, the cellco has said it will also seek to pioneer the use of system integrators to further i...
Why US airlines are eager to fly Boeing's upgraded 737 Max
SEATTLE — Though Boeing’s 737 Max will return to service at a bleak moment in the airline industry when the pandemic has dried up demand, some carriers want the plane flying again as soon as possible.The first to fly will be American Airlines, which has scheduled a Max round-trip flight from Miami to New York’s La Guardia airport for Dec. 29.According to an internal memo sent Sunday to Alaska Airlines pilots, the Seattle-based carrier plans to take its first 737-9 Max delivery early next year and start flying it in service by the end of March.United Airlines expects to schedule flights on the ...
The Seattle Times
Karla Peterson: New season of 'The Crown' is packed with TV riches
As soon as the rain hit the pavement last weekend, my heart lit up. I was born and raised in Southern California, but nothing makes me happier than a day when my native land looks totally unlike its usual sunny self.For me, rain means it’s time for hot tea and a warm(ish) sweater. It means Mother Nature is washing my car and the heat-seeking cat is coming back to my lap. Most importantly, rain means winter and winter means it’s time for “The Crown.”Since the show’s debut in November 2016, the change in seasons has meant the arrival of “The Crown,” the Netflix series about the life and turbulen...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ireland midfielder Browne tests positive for Covid-19 after playing 90 minutes against England
Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for coronavirus after playing the full 90 minutes against England on Thursday.Browne was part of the Ireland team beaten 3-0 at Wembley after goals from Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.Testing since that match has revealed the Preston North End man has contracted Covid-19, however.Browne, who contested a game-high 13 duels, has had "no close contacts", FA Ireland reported on Friday.Goal 50 Revealed: The best 50 players in the world"The rest of the staff and squad tested negative ahead of Sunday's UEFA Nations ...
Editorial: A wary world watches US election turmoil
In Ballina, Ireland, champagne corks popped after an ancestral son, Joe Biden, became U.S. president-elect.In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement that, “During the election campaign, Joe Biden made it clear that he believes in Team Play when it comes to the United States on (the) international stage instead of acting on its own. We want the West to play as a team again.”Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, a similar sentiment seemed to take hold across the continent, as allies offered quick congratulations to a man they’ve known from his years on the Se...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Burnley keeper Pope set for England start against Ireland
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope will start for England against the Republic of Ireland.Gareth Southgate has given his backing to Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to remain as his number one goalkeeper.ButSky Sports says Pope will get the nod for Thursday's friendly against Ireland.Copyright 2020 tribalfootball.com Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
Ireland condemns Israel’s ‘brutal and violent’ demolition
Ireland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, has denounced Israel’s demolition of 80 Palestinian homes as a “brutal and violent act”.The Fine Gael politician responded to the mass demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank village of Khirbet Humsa, by Israeli forces earlier this month.“Destruction of private property such as this is clearly prohibited under international humanitarian law,” said Coveney in a statement a few days ago. “The eviction of families and demolition of their homes is a brutal and violent act. These most vulnerable of people should be protected by...
The Middle East Monitor
Ryanair posts 226-million-euro loss in Q2 as pandemic wears on
Budget airline Ryanair has posted a 226-million-euro (263-million-dollar) net loss for the second quarter of the financial year as the coronavirus pandemic continued to weigh on passenger numbers.The announcement on Monday marks a sharp contrast to the same July-to-September period the previous year, when Ryanair record a profit of 910 million euros.Ryanair's chief exectuve Michael O'Leary said that overall losses for the first half of the financial year - 411 million euros - were less red ink than the airline expects for the second half of the financial year.O'Leary added that though the comp...