Widespread broadband is to be installed across the majority of Donegal as early as April, Eircom has revealed.The red parts of the map indicate the areas of Donegal which will get eFibre broadband between April and June while the green areas already have it.The country’s biggest telephone provider has revealed on its website that more than thirty telephone exchanges locally can expect to have eFibre broadband available between April/June.This will include a heavy concentration of telephone exchanges in South, West and North Donegal and in the Inishowen area. Parts of Letterkenny, Inishowen and Donegal Town are already eFibre enabled. Some parts of Donegal cannot get regular broadband yet and many other exchanges have low output.Some of the county’s exchanges have an ASDL2 system enabling current speeds of up to 24mb, whereas the exchanges that came on stream in the early broadband days have the older ASDL1 system with maximum download speeds of 8mb.The introduction of eFibre will see these speeds increase to a maximum 100mb download depending on proximity to an exchange or eFibre cabinet.Eircom’s latest interactive map shows a work schedule where the 34 Donegal exchanges can expect eFibre work to be completed between April and June of this year. Although unconfirmed, the map seems to indicate that Tory island will come under the eFibre broadband from Falcarragh.Meanwhile, Arranmore Island does not seem to be included in the upgrade according to the map, but bizarrely a check on Eircom’s website indicates that areas in Aphort and Leabgarrow on the island are eFibre enabled despite the island having no broadband availability.The community of Arranmore has been campaigning for better internet access for some years now. The island’s telephone system is connected to an exchange on the mainland that cannot accommodate broadband.In November last a London based islander said his plans to move his technology company to the island cannot happen because of the unavailability of broadband. DONEGAL TO GET WIDESPREAD eFIBRE BROADBAND AS EARLY AS APRIL was last modified: January 2nd, 2015 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:AprildonegaleFibreEircomInishowenletterkenny
2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Comments 2 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Audi,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Enlarge ImageTurbo lag? Never heard of it. Audi Engineers always want to keep turbo lag to a minimum in forced-induction engines, and Audi has a novel solution that uses electricity to tackle the problem. Like the earlier SQ7 TDI, Audi revealed Thursday that the SQ5 TDI will use an electric compressor to fight lag in the new performance crossover.The SQ5’s 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine has a traditional exhaust-driven turbocharger, but the electric compressor can kick in to provide some boost — up to 20.4 psi of it — at engine speeds below 1,650 rpm. Audi says that means “high torque is available immediately.” Total output from the engine is rated at 347 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.The engine also has a mild-hybrid system, like many of Audi’s newest cars. A 48-volt battery works with a special belt-alternator starter, which can improve stop-start performance. The SQ5 TDI can even coast with the engine off for up to 40 seconds at a time when the 48-volt battery is fully charged.Being an Audi S model, the SQ5 TDI also has other sporty handling upgrades: torque vectoring and an optional sports rear differential for the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, a suspension that rides 1.2 inches lower than a standard SQ5, 20- or 21-inch wheels, adaptive dampers and enlarged brakes with 14.8-inch front discs.Just like the Audi SQ7 TDI, which also uses an electric turbo to help quash lag, the SQ5 TDI is not coming to the US market. The highest-performing model we’ll get here is the gasoline-fired SQ5, which boasts 354 hp from its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. Audi 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Car Industry 68 Photos Crossovers Hybrids Luxury cars Performance Cars Tags 69 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 52 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. 26 Photos 12 Photos Comments 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Audi SQ5 TDI combines mild-hybrid tech with an electric compressor Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 10 Photos Share your voice 49 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 81 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Share your voice 4 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Tags 10 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura
The week is likely to remain range-bound because of a host of uncertainties, domestic and global, even though the benchmark indices rallied smartly on Monday, according to some analysts.Sensex rose 373 points to close above 35,354 and Nifty gained 101 points to close above 10,628.The nation is in the midst of elections to five states. Of them, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana are key states where pitched battles are on. These are prestigious battles for the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party which head the ruling National Democratic Alliance. The election results will not be out until December 11 and the market is watching for cues from voting percentage and the optics in general.The trading week of November 26-30, being the last week of the month is also the expiry week for futures and options. The Street will be watchful for the open positions build-up for making further commitments.The market is in the midst of a promising earnings season and some hope its effect will continue to linger. However, the market would have already priced in the good manufacturing numbers restricting further price movement ahead.A further softening of the international crude prices will buoy the Indian market even further despite the domestic uncertainties. Though the oil took a pause on Monday after last week’s rout, a lower crude price and a lower dollar will be a double bonus in the week ahead because India’s revenue account deficit could ease further. The easing oil will have a significant impact on the market, considering the lower fuel prices and macroeconomic benefits, market experts believe.Opec production cut”It is difficult to say whether $60 is the new normal, as there doesn’t seem to be a ‘normal’ at the moment,” Reuters quoted Cantor Fitzgerald oil and gas analyst Jack Allardyce as saying.”The recent weakness seems dramatic given the lack of actual catalysts – it seems to have been driven by a wider impending sense of doom amidst weak equities, geopolitics, subsequent softening demand and increasing supply,” he told the news agency.The effect of the looming Opec production cut and vanishing Iran oil as the grace period given to eight countries including India ends will continue to roil the market, according to some experts.Significantly, the International Energy Agency has pegged down its global oil demand growth rate estimate to 1.4 million barrels per day from June’s 1.5 million bpd. The demand for 2019 is expected to top off at 100 million barrels.