Meeting sought with Letterkenny bus operator over Long Lane ‘exclusion’

first_imgLetterkenny councillors are seeking a meeting with the operator of the Letterkenny Town Bus over issues with the route and service.A number of concerns about the local bus were highlighted at this month’s council meeting, while Cllr Gerry McMonagle claimed that the entire Long Lane area was being denied access to the service due to a past incident.“The operator is insisting that he won’t go up Long Lane and that’s exclusion,” Cllr McMonagle said. “A number of years ago there was a window broke on one of the buses on Long Lane by a young lad and there hasn’t been a recurrence.“There is no reason why this gentleman should be allowed to deny a large number of people because a window was broke four years ago.”Cllr McMonagle also questioned whether the operator is legally allowed to avoid a road under the licence granted by the local authority.Cllr Ciaran Brogan proposed that the council members meet with the operator to share the concerns of local residents who want to see the service improved. Meeting sought with Letterkenny bus operator over Long Lane ‘exclusion’ was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Kruger elephants off to Mozambique

first_img“I trust that this move will further cement the regional conservation role that the Kruger Park has assumed since the establishment of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park,” Kruger National Park MD Bandile Mkhize said at Skukuza this week. Source: BuaNews The South African National Parks Veterinary Wildlife Services’ game capture team, led by Dr Markus Hofmeyr, captured four young adult elephant bulls in the southern area of the park this week, and will capture two adult elephant bulls next week. 19 September 2008 The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park includes the Kruger Park, the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Transported by road Meanwhile, the 2008 Kruger Park elephant population census is currently under way. Last year’s census revealed a total of 13 050 elephant in the park. The restoration of Gorongosa is being supported by non-profit US conservation organisation the Carr Foundation, which has recently signed a 20-year co-management agreement with the Mozambican government to run the park. To date, the Carr Foundation has invested over US$10-million (about R81-million) in the park. “We will be using our standard elephant capturing technique of darting the elephants from a helicopter and, after a brief diagnosis of their general health, they’ll be loaded onto trucks and transported by road to Gorongosa,” Hofmeyr explained.center_img “According to the Elephant Population Norms and Standards Document, which was released earlier this year, translocation is an acceptable means of population control,” Mkhize said. “I therefore believe that by helping to re-establish viable elephant populations in other areas, we are not only bringing slight relief to our situation but also helping to repopulate depleted populations elsewhere on the sub continent.” “It will improve the already good working relationship we have with Mozambique.” Elephant population control Translocating elephants is one way in which the park is attempting to control elephant numbers, while heated debates continue over the ethics of reintroducing culling. Private game capture company Specialist Game Services will then transport the elephants to Gorongosa National Park near the Mozambican coastal town of Beira, a distance of over 1 300km. The elephant translocation is just one project where the Kruger National Park and Gorongosa National Park are working together for conservation. Fifty buffalo were translocated from the Skukuza Boma Complex to Gorongosa during 2006 and these will be joined by another consignment of buffalo during 2009. South Africa is sending six elephant bulls from the Kruger National Park to Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, as part of plans to restock the 350 000-hectare park that fell into ruin during Mozambique’s 16-year civil war.last_img read more

One Month Later: iOS 4 on 50% of iPhones

first_imgmike melanson Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#news#Statistics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Apple’s latest iPhone operating system, iOS 4, has been available for just over one month now, and already it has managed to edge out the previous operating system, according to online ad network Chitika.The company reports that iOS 4 leads iOS 3 by just 1%, with 50% of all iPhones running the new operating system.The report, which comes from a survey of more than 9 million iPhone impressions across Chitika’s advertising network, shows that 49% of phones still run on iOS 3, and a tiny fraction – that 1% difference – still run on some archaic version of iOS 2. Chitika offers a closer look at the numbers to show that only 5% of iPhones are running the latest update of iOS 4, and a third of those still running iOS 3 are not running the latest version of it. While we expect that some of the iPhones running iOS 3 are doing so because iOS 4 would slow their phone down (as has been reported with the iPhone 3G), we also suspect that a percent of phones have not updated to keep their jailbreak intact. It would be interesting to see what happens to these numbers when a reliable way is found to jailbreak iOS 4 for the iPhone 3GS. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

ReadWrite DeathWatch: Real Estate Multiple Listing Services

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… At one point, Multiple Listing Services was innovative technology designed to help buyers find homes. Today, though, its only getting in the way. With more users finding homes on national search sites, arcane rules and local focus have made MLSes as relevant as the binders they replaced. Tags:#Deathwatch#e-commerce 2. The Industry Has Moved OnNational and regional search portals like Trulia, Zillow, and even Craigslist offer a wider range of inventory than brokers’ MLS-specific search widgets. Typically, they can get away with this because their listings aren’t part of the MLS system. Trulia, for example, actively recruits direct listings from agents, building its own national database of searchable properties that cuts through local boards’ red tape. Syndication services like ListHub and Point2 allow brokers to push their listings to dozens of portals with a single click. More progressive MLSes are partnering with these and other, similar services to help brokers promote their listings and maintain data integrity. Other have blocked syndication deals, but determined brokers are pushing listings on their own.Does listing aggregation introduce the potential for errors and fraud? Absolutely.In January, a prominent San Diego real estate firm (video above) rather famously pulled its listings from sites like Trulia for exactly that reason. Trulia itself found evidence that 21.3% of direct submissions had an error in listing status or price.Clearly, there’s an advantage to MLS oversight, but the cat is out of the bag, and the numbers are striking. In the US, Trulia, Zillow, and Realtor.com account for 8 times as many visitors as all of the major real estate franchisors combined. Consumers seem willing to put up with inconsistency if it helps them find a house on their terms. Brokers seem to agree. For all the rumbling about unfair treatment by listing aggregators, actual defections like the one in San Diego are extremely rare. The public wants broad, easy searches. Despite their best intentions, most MLSes are getting in the way. cormac foster IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The BasicsFor more than 100 years, real estate brokers have worked together to help sell listings. In the pre-digital days, brokers kept “listing books” full of their local board’s available properties, which allowed each broker to promote a wider range of homes than he or she represented individually. The result was faster-moving inventory for the entire board, and everyone won. The service was (and still is) opt-in: brokers choose which listings to cross-promote. But results down’t lie, and the vast majority of properties wound up in the book.Eventually, the listing book gave way to a brokers-only digital database, which improved performance and accuracy. When the Web came along, real estate boards acknowledged the necessity of a consumer interface, providing plug-in solutions that let users search its inventory, or licensing third-party software vendors to provide similar services. Brokers who want to develop something fancier can request direct data feeds (often at substantial cost), subject to the board’s restrictions.Technology disruption in real estate is a very volatile topic, so let’s be clear about what this article is not saying. We’re not saying the Internet will eliminate the need for agents. It’s already changed the way they do their jobs, but houses aren’t cars, so an expert voice will always be important.The ProblemFor a very long time, even after the MLS went digital, brokers were gatekeepers to an area’s listing data. Seeing available inventory meant taking a trip to the local real estate office, which guided the buyer through every phase of the search and purchase. The Internet has changed that. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 88% of home buyers (and 94% of buyers age 25 to 44) used the Internet during their home search, typically long before contacting an agent.That same NAR survey revealed that more than a third of Realtors received no business whatsoever from their personal websites. The reason for the discrepancy? Homebuyers are bypassing MLS-sanctioned broker sites for online marketplaces with more inventory and a broader customer experience.1. Searches Are Bigger Than BoardsThe real estate industry is local. Real estate searches, however, are not. MLS coverage areas often overlap. It’s not unusual for a broker to participate in three or more boards, each with its own MLS, its own custom data fields, its own naming conventions and its own restrictions on how data can be searched and displayed. In many cases, the boards may even restrict “commingling” of their listings with listings from other boards, creating a logistical nightmare for brokers trying to list as much inventory as possible on a website.A broker whose territory bridges the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border explained his frustration with board-specific data restrictions. “I have customers who come to me and say it’s impossible to search through all of the area properties on my website, and I can’t blame them. They don’t care about which [real estate] boards are where. They just want to see everything within 20 miles of work, so they bounce from my site, do a search on Trulia, and if I’m lucky, they come back to me with questions. If I’m not, I lose the lead.” Related Posts The PrognosisThird-party aggregators aren’t going anywhere, and the trend toward listing decentralization will continue. In January, four national franchisors entered a partnership with ListHub to try to deliver a national real estate search to end users in the face of a NAR ban on direct data feeds from MLSes. Expect to see more of this sort of maneuvering as everyone tries to create national portals.At the same time, we’ll likely see more consolidation into mega-MLSes like California’s CARETS, which encompasses more than 50 boards. By migrating boards to a common technology platform and (hopefully) encouraging them to adopt similar rules, larger MLSes should make independent sites more useful, help secure deals with aggregators that actually protect data integrity, and make homes easier to buy and sell.Can This Technology Be Saved?The local real estate board will no doubt continue to exist, but the MLS as we’ve known it is already on its way out, just like the three-ring binders that came before it. The best shot MLSes have at remaining relevant is acknowledging that change is inevitable, and doing what they can to keep that change safe for their clients. If they embrace the world of syndication, consolidate where it makes sense, and position themselves as guardians of data accuracy in a distributed world, they can remain an important part of the industry and even improve it. If not, well, it’s not clear anyone will miss them.Previous ReadWrite Technology DeathwatchesFeature Phones: No changeOne Laptop Per Child (OLPC): No changeIn-House Data Centers: No changePoint-and-Shoot Cameras: No changeVideo Game Consoles: The utility of bundles apps like Netflix and Vudu seems to be slipping. An NPD Study showed that one in five consumers who view streaming video on their TVs do so without a peripheral device.Blu-Ray: The same NPD study reveals that “online video is maturing” as users migrate to watching streaming media on their TVs.QR Codes: It’s been a mixed bag. While Bank of America is testing QR codes for mobile payments (good news for the technology), a security researcher demonstrated how a malicious QR code could be used to wipe a Samsung smartphone.Company DeathwatchesFor an update on ReadWrite’s baker’s dozen of company Deathwatches, check out our updated ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch Update: The Unlucky 13.Building implosion image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

In the Right Dosage

first_imgWhen you are sick, medicine can help. But first it has to be the right medicine. And second, you have to take the medicine in the right dosage. Advice on how to sell better is the same.You hear a lot of advice about the value of social media. Personally, I’ve benefited tremendously from content marketing and social media myself. I’m a great believer that content marketing is an extraordinarily helpful tool to put in the hands of already competent salespeople. But social media and content marketing needs to be used at an effective dosage. Using only social media and content marketing is too heavy of the dosage and, just like medicine, it can be very dangerous at high dosage. It can be even more dangerous when it’s not the right medicine.You also hear a lot of people talking about the newest, latest and greatest sales methodologies. Insight-based selling is the hot hand right now. And for good reason. Too many salespeople struggle with opportunity acquisition, and the ideas that help create value for your clients in the way of new initiatives are worth sharing with them. But again there are two factors here. First, it needs to be the right medicine. Latent dissatisfaction is a problem, but it’s not always the problem. Second, it needs to be done within the effective dosage. Only teaching is pitching. Sometimes the right medicine is to listen, to learn, and to help your client with a problem they’ve already recognized.One old cure-for-what-ails-you is almost nonexistent now: activity. No one wants to prescribe activity anymore. They don’t want to micromanage their employees, their salespeople. And the salespeople don’t want to be micromanaged either. So sales managers opt out by telling salespeople all their worried about is whether or not they can produce the outcomes. They believe the right medicine is effectiveness. And there’s nothing wrong with helping your sales force become more effective. But a lot of times what the sales force needs is a strong dose of the medicine that is activity. Activity is the remedy for the illness that is not enough activity. Doesn’t matter how effective you are, without activity you’ve got nothing. Activity is sometimes the right medicine, and it needs to be applied in the right dosage. In a lot of cases, it needs to be given in a very, very heavy dosage.It’s important that you make the changes necessary to produce better results. This starts with making the right changes. But it also includes making the right changes in the right dosage.QuestionsHow do you determine whether or not a solution is the right solution for the problem you’re facing?How do you determine the correct dosage when you administer that solution?Why do we fall in the trap of believing that the right solution is the only solution and must be applied in super high dosages, even to the exclusion of anything else?How do you get the dosage right?last_img read more

Indian hockey team fails to make even semifinal grade of Fifth World Cup championship

first_imgIndia’s try for a goal against Australia: Another missed chanceIndia’s failure to make even the semifinal grade of the Fifth World Cup championship in Bombay casts a long shadow on the immediate future of the game in the country. Making it to the top four in the 12-nation contest would,India’s try for a goal against Australia: Another missed chanceIndia’s failure to make even the semifinal grade of the Fifth World Cup championship in Bombay casts a long shadow on the immediate future of the game in the country. Making it to the top four in the 12-nation contest would have given the much needed elbow-space and confidence the young and less experienced side is looking for.But that was not to be, and a touching irony is that Australia, the only team other than the hosts and Pakistan to play the traditional five-three-two-one pattern, sealed India’s fate on natural grass before a highly spirited and partisan crowd, that for once demonstrated nationalistic fervour by waving tricolours in a sports arena at the Wankhede Stadium.The home team lost both the crucial matches against Australia (1-2) and Holland (3-4) by the narrowest possible margins, but that was only a poor consolation for the team’s lack of cohesion and thrust in the attack which could have at least pushed India into the semi-finals.Easily, the major flaw was the lack of fluency in the half-line, notably on the left flank where veteran Onkar Singh failed to trap the ball well. He was indeed, a poor substitute for Bhaskaran. Incidentally. Bhaskaran’s name also served as a grim reminder of the much-vaunted Moscow Olympic victory of India which was possible only because of the impoverished nature of the contest with several of the top teams boycotting the games.Earnest Efforts: The country’s quest for retaining the World Cup the symbol of world hockey supremacy, began rather earnestly early last year soon after Inder Mohan Mahajan slipped into the saddle as the president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). His first act was to disband a camp for selecting the side to take part in the 1981 Pakistan International Airlines Champion’s Cup tournament since he felt a poor showing there may be a damper to a young aspiring squad.advertisementTo him, winning the World Cup. which India had won once at Kuala Lampur mattered more. The inter-zonal tournaments were revived for this purpose. A select 125 players from five zones were short-listed to 44. the number further pruned to 18 and sent on an experience gaining tour of Europe before playing against Pakistan last year-end. This has enabled the players to be together for more than six months before the World Cup contest.While this may have built up a spirit of camaraderie among the team-mates, it has not been equally matched by a consistent effort to combine and play as a well-knit side. Undoubtedly, this has contributed to the team’s undoing in the recent World Cup championship. In the inaugural match on December 29 against Malaysia, India trailed 1-2 rather shamefacedly at half-time and then slowly got back into the game in the second half and won the match 6-2.Right back Rajinder Singh converted three penalty corners in this match and ultimately scored eight of the 21 goals India got from its five pool ‘B’ fixtures. He finished as the second highest scorer at the end of the league matches behind Pakistan’s centre forward Hassan Sardar whose tally was nine.Limitations: India’s forward line, except for Mohammed Shahid and Merwyn Fernandes, was not sharp enough and did not show the emotive strike power largely because of an unstable defence, particularly the half line. Shahid may not have scored a goal but his slick movements and remarkable finesse showed that the graces of the game that India gave the world are still well preserved.In the half line Rajindra Pal Singh did well keeping to the pivotal position of centre-half, but his pushes to both flanks were not accurate enough. Both Rajinder Singh and skipper Surjeet Singh did not wilt under pressure particularly in the matches India lost. For their part the forwards tried to capitalise on their team’s limitations and tried in vain to force penalty corners in the match against Australia.The 7-2 win over USSR was convincing but the 4-2 victory over England was a laboured effort against a tough defence. Said a dejected skipper Surjeet Singh in the dressing room after the last pool match against Australia: “‘With a bit of luck we could have won this match and the earlier one on New Year’s day against Holland.” Added team Manager Jhamanlal Sharma: “There is no excuse. There is no reason for despair. Ours is a young side. We will try and try. Our training and coaching schedules have been systematic but with some more experience. India can steadily get back to the top.” Former Olympian Gurubux Singh also felt that the half line was particularly weak. Says Singh: “It is a paradox that in a championship of goals galore, our boys could not score because of a poor finish.”advertisementViewed in the context of the current performances, India’s prospects are not very bright. There is the additional problem of preparing the team to play on astro-turf at the Asian Games. Further, there will be a change in rule, effective October next, by which the ball cannot be stopped with the hand for taking a penalty corner push or drive.A member of the IHF selection committee told India Today: “The kind of training will change and so will the composition of the team to include those who can play the kind of game demanded by the astroturf.” This means India’s chances of regaining the Asian Games title are as wide open as the winning prospects at the start of the World Cup championship.last_img read more