DD Motoring: Does Letterkenny have to come to a standstill?

first_imgIf you are a motorist in Letterkenny this week you will be fed up by this stage at the number of disruptions to traffic in Letterkenny this last eight months or so.I think this has been the worst to date and the fact that two major sets of sewage upgrades are happening at the same time has brought the town to a complete standstill.Traffic forced into a single lane and then sent through the middle of Letterkenny causing long delays in the town this week. Photo Brian McDaid.On yer bike Advertisement Joe Harkin didn’t invent the wheel but he made good use of it while he was in business.80 years ago in 1938, he opened a bicycle shop on the Port Road in Letterkenny after learning his trade in Calhoun’s Bicycle Shop at the other end of the town at Lower Main St.Along with repairing bicycles, he was a dab hand at mending clocks and watches.Joe Harkin to the right at the doorway of his Bicycle Shop on the Port Rd. in Letterkenny.Joe became famous in Letterkenny for two things, his “cycling man” that he made himself that sat on the window complete with the No 7 on the back of cyclists shirt capturing the amazement of young and old as they watched the paddles go around and round. Advertisement Then there was the clock which he also repaired which he had in the shop that never missed a minute.I was sitting in a traffic jam on Monday evening that stretched from Joe Harkin’s old shop on the Port Road right through to the foot of the town at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny.Back in Joe’s time, the town was more simple, it had fewer roads and less traffic.The late Eamon Sam O’Donnel with his grandfather, Joe Harkin’s cyclist which paddle away from morning to night in the Bicycle shop on the Port Road. Photo Brian McDaidThe nearest you got to bypassing Letterkenny was if you turned right at the top of the Port Road and headed up the High Road to head for the likes of Falcarragh or Gweedore.One of the many back roads in Letterkenny where a motorist in Letterkenny go to avoid the delays in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaid.Hub The Market Square was the hub of the Cathedral Town with bus stops, cafes, taxi ranks, garages, public toilets and plenty of car parking space.When the Folk Festival arrived the Market Square doubled as an open-air arena as locals landed and built a stage and the ESB and P&T men got a lend of ladders from their work to put up bunting around the town in the evening.The sponsors gifted them with crates of cigarettes in return for their goodwill.Christmas Lights Back then, even the Christmas lights were switched on from Joe Harkin’s house at the top of the town, which was located where the TSB Bank is now.No formal switching on of the lights in those days, just stand up on a chair at the meter box behind the from door and screw in a fuse to switch the lights on and then screw out the fuse before Joe went to bed, that was the timer switch of Letterkenny Christmas back then.TrenchesIn the summer of 74, a gang of men arrived to start work at the back of our home in Wolfe Tone Place and dug a trench which went up to the road at the back of the house and then headed up through the fields into the countryside.Most of the work was done by hand and it took the men the most of the summer holidays to finish it.In the evenings when they went home, we used the trenches for playing cowboys and Indians and Hide-and-Seek.One would count up to a hundred and we would hide in the newly built bunkers and then towards the end of the summer a big digger arrived and filled the trench in.It turned out it was the sewer pipes for the second phase of Dr Mcginley Road housing estate.Spokes on a wheelI know you never would get away with any of that now, but back then the community were the spokes in the business wheel that was Letterkenny.Sitting in traffic jam after traffic jam this week makes me think how disconnected Letterkenny has become from itself.Who, what or where is the hub of this town anymore?The drive to expand and extend the boundaries without getting a chance to put a proper structure in place and finish plans for link roads which are included in roundabouts that now sit idle going nowhere.On of the many Tail Back in Letterkenny, this week at work continues on the upgrading of the sewage system in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaid.Letterkenny is hard to get through at the best of times even without any roadworks.They arteries in Letterkenny are smaller than the flow that is being forced through them morning noon and night.The hub in Letterkenny has too few spokes connecting it with the rim on the outside.Driver at breaking point in Letterkenny this week as traffic is backed up in every direction on Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaid.And even the late Joe Harkin could have told you that a hub had to be connected and balanced with the rim in order to keep the rim true.Wheel builders like Joe Harkin knew the connection with the hub. Its spokes and the rim needed to be balanced in order for a wheel to run straight and true.A hub, spokes and a wheel – all of which are required as part of a wheel.Overnighting a single spoke can kink the wheel and in the case of Letterkenny’s traffic, too few spokes in the shape of unfinished link roads are the problems faced with traffic in Letterkenny.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Does Letterkenny have to come to a standstill? was last modified: May 16th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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

Hotshots get young import

first_imgANTIPOLO—Not wanting to take a chance and seeking a great start, Star dispatched its import after just one game and will parade someone fresh out of college when the Hotshots shoot for a second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Amateur Arevalo rules PGT Riviera Ladies tournament by one stroke MOST READ Michael Craig, the import who got into a trash-talking match with Chris Ross in one of the Finals games that almost led to a halftime brawl, finally makes his first appearance on the court for the Texters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hill started out at the point guard spot in his last season with Illinois and averaged 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. But with his huge frame—he weighs over 230 pounds—Hill could find himself manning the post for Victolero.“I’ll be asking him to do that,” Victolero said over the phone after Hill’s fourth practice with the team on Thursday. “He has a lot of potential, he’s very young and he has an excellent attitude.”Victolero’s only concern is that Hill will be asked to spearhead a team for the first time in his life, unlike at Illinois where he wasn’t the team’s focal point.“I told him that he would have to adjust to his new role here,” said the Star coach, who bombed out in the Final Four in the first two tournaments.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa, the losing finalist to San Miguel Beer in the Commissioner’s Cup, makes its debut in the 4:15 p.m. contest when the Texters slug it out with winless KIA Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Malcolm Hill, a 21-year-old out of Illinois, will play his first pro game when the Hotshots clash with Alaska in the 7 p.m. contest—where Star tries to keep in step with the early leaders while adding to the woes of the traditional power Aces.Alaska has been reeling since the last conference, losing a 10th straight game overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDespite Star winning its first game in this conference last week over Blackwater, 103-86, coach Chito Victolero pulled the plug on Cinmeon Bowers and quickly brought in Hill, who went undrafted in the last NBA proceedings despite a respectable collegiate career as a Fighting Illini.The 6-foot-6 Hill played 135 games for Illinois and scored over 1,800 points while grabbing 640 rebounds but still couldn’t catch the eye of NBA scouts. He was auditioning in the Summer League before deciding to play here. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Claires pulls childrens makeup after kits test positive for asbestos

first_img(WSVN) – A popular retailer is pulling 17 children’s makeup products from its shelves after lab tests found asbestos in multiple items.WJAR reports that Kristi Warner was concerned about the ingredients in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kit, which was purchased at a Claire’s store.Warner, who works at a Rhode Island law firm, mailed the makeup to an independent lab in North Carolina for testing.Test results revealed that the makeup contained asbestos, a toxic, cancer-causing material. The products were tested and the results were alarming. Asbestos was found in every single product.“The fact that the majority of the products came from the store shelves within the last two weeks means that there are other children being exposed,” Warner said.When asked about the findings, Claire’s said in a statement that they “have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale.”Claire’s says it plans to immediately investigate the allegations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “I [was] just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home,” Warner told the news outlet. “You just assume that a children’s product would be safe.”Exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, which is a terminal disease.Warner, along with her boss, purchased 17 more makeup products from Claire’s stores in nine different states. last_img read more

US asks Myanmar to create conditions for sustainable Rohingya return

first_imgUS State Department. File PhotoThe United States has called on Myanmar to create the conditions that would allow for voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable returns of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State, reports UNB.The US also commended the government of Bangladesh’s generosity in responding to this humanitarian crisis and appreciated its continued efforts to ensure assistance reaches the affected population, said the US Department of State in a media note on Friday.Earlier, the United States announced $60 million in humanitarian assistance at the launch of the 2019 UN Joint Response Plan for Bangladesh in Geneva.This funding will help address the emergency needs of more than 900,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh, most of whom are Rohingya women and children from Myanmar, and the related needs of Bangladeshi host communities.The beneficiaries include Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh since August 2017, when Myanmar security forces began committing atrocities, including ethnic cleansing, against Rohingya villagers across northern Rakhine State.The United States remains the leading contributor to the humanitarian response to this crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, having provided nearly $449 million since the outbreak of violence in August 2017, of which nearly $406 million is for programmes inside Bangladesh.”We continue to call on others to join us in contributing to this humanitarian response,” the media note reads.US assistance provides protection, emergency shelter, food, water, sanitation, health care, psychosocial support, and education for people affected by the crisis, including Bangladeshi host communities and people displaced inside Myanmar and in the region.US assistance also supports the efforts of humanitarian organisations and the government of Bangladesh to improve camp infrastructure and shelter ahead of the monsoon and cyclone seasons.last_img read more

4 Choices Youll Make Running Your Startup in the Age of Robots

first_img There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the threat to our way of economic life from robots and artificial intelligence. Many see major problems, and the fears they express tend to draw attention.Related: Robotics Is Here and Already It’s Changing EverythingTesla founder Elon Musk, for instance, made headlines predicting the end of the world in what resembled — more than a little — the story line from the Terminator franchise. Others have described robots replacing workers in businesses and prompting unemployment rates of 50 percent or more. And still other naysayers have said they suspect robots will take over production, thereby forcing all humans to become marketers.But there also have been those who argue that the threat is exaggerated and robots and AI could be a real benefit, as they could free us from hard and dangerous work. These forecasters have said this will be a win primarily for low-skilled workers, an advantage good for business.Regardless of the eventual outcome, the  advances in technology and software will almost certainly change the economy in both the short- and long term. Regulators will respond to the challenges, raising still more dire predictions — this time from within the tech industry — where observers say they fear government will soon have to pay our salaries and therefore should foot the bill by taxing robots as “employeees.”Whatever the technology revolution eventually looks like, it will change the nature of business and the nature of how startups are managed and decisions made. In short, the robot revolution will affect how we hire and fire, and how human resources operates, in general. In that context, here are four potentail trade-offs every startup will need to make:1. Flexibility vs. productivityThe robots that are already out there can be enormously productive, working with unbeatable precision and stamina, and never needing a cigarette break. They don’t gossip or bully. They aren’t jealous of the next guy getting a raise. But their down side is that they can perform only one or a few very specific or standardized tasks, whereas an employee can chip in wherever needed.The truth is, nothing beats a real human being in terms of the scope of things we can do — and do well. That’s why 20th century economist Ludwig von Mises made a point of stating that human labor is unspecific but that other factors of production are not. “More specific” means more productive but less flexible.In startups, this flexibility is an enormously important quality that beats the productivity of machines any day. Robots and software can carry out specific tasks with superb productivity, but they cannot switch to sweet-talking a neglected customer when that’s what needs to be done.2. Problem-solving vs. productionRobots can’t solve problems that have not first been clearly defined. And even then, they can be used effectively only if a solution is available and engineered.This applies to machine learning and AI too, even though those technologies are super-powerful at finding proverbial needles in data haystacks. They can find patterns that are hidden to the naked (human) eye. But — again, the down side: Where patterns don’t persist and things change over time, these technologies simply don’t work well.Related: Robots Aren’t Taking Over The Job Market Just YetThe typical startup is also far from the structured environment that these technologies require. This is not a question of data availability, but of soft skills and innovative problem-solving.Most startups struggle with tweaking the business model, improving consumer relations and putting out (plenty of) fires. Those changes require advance interpretation and understanding; they need the ability to change quickly and go in a new and not necessarily well-defined direction.And these are qualities that people have but machines do not.Simply put, if the problems in your startup are straightforward or at least can be solved using codified information, then choose technology over people. Otherwise do not.3. The creation of value vs. structure It bears repeating that startups are not smaller versions of the larger company. They’re separate and unique; they do different things and do them differently.Startups also attempt to find and refine their market niche and value proposition, and they struggle to make ends meet, whereas established firms focus on structuring their organization and standardizing production processes.In other words, startups are in pursuit of creating new value and trying to discover the extent of their perceived entrepreneurial opportunity.Large companies, in contrast, are exploiting their opportunity. Their main focus is on profit maximization through cost-cutting, standardizing and streamlining production.So, large companies are solving an entirely different problem, approaching that solution through structure, control and management — which is  fundamentally conducive to automation and, therefore, to machines instead of people.4. Outsourcing vs. in-house productionWhile production in mature businesses is more streamlined and structured, these businesses have often established a cost advantage for what they do in-house.Startups are different and generally cannot afford to think in terms of optimized production volumes or cost minimization. Indeed, cash-flow problems kill 25 percent of startups.It’s more important for startups to avoid large up-front investments than to find the cheapest way to produce. Purchasing the machines necessary for in-house production makes little sense when the firm’s survival depends on cash flow.It could be a recipe for success to not produce in-house, to avoid huge outlays — even if that means higher COGS. If a company is in that positon, it should take advantage of other businesses’ cost minimization efforts by outsourcing.Undoubtedly, machines undoubtedly have a place in business, but humans do, too. The advances in robotics and AI shift the boundaries for what machines can do, but machines alone cannot replace humans in everything. We are unbeatable in dynamic milieus and open-ended tasks due to our “soft” skills: creativity, imagination and problem-solving.Related: Robotics: A Threat to Manpower?And these skills are core to entrepreneurship. So, perhaps there’s no reason to fear technology for the immediate future, if ever. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read February 1, 2019 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more