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GCCI, MAPM against parking meters’ return

first_img…plan to raise objections with City HallAt a joint press conference on Monday, the Georgetown Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GCCI) and the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) both said they were dissatisfied with the proposed return of the controversial parking meter project, adding that their experts would review the amended by-laws with the intent of raising their objections with the administration.From left: GCCI Executive Director Richard Rambarran; Don Sing and Marcel Gaskin of MAPM, GCCI President Deodat Indar, MAPM’s Kumar Ramnauth and GCCI Senior Vice President Nicholas BoyerGCCI President Deodat Indar said the Chamber’s interest in the project was as a result of the concerns of members, recalling the disastrous effect the project had when it was first implemented in 2017.“We have to get our experts to go through the by-laws to make sure we find the areas where we believe that it’s not good for the city, and we will so make that available to the Town Clerk and the Council at City Hall and we will so inform the Minister of Communities of the areas we have found that are troublesome or ticklish in our view,” Indar noted.“A year ago, a number of people from this Chamber took two separate walks around the city during the implementation of the parking meter project and when we were there talking to business people, 99 per cent of them said business went down between 30-70 per cent,” he stated.Additionally, he noted that it was shocking when they saw the numbers, explaining that businesses felt the worst of the impact. He further outlined that the GCCI had 14 days to raise objections to the amended by-laws before the legislation went to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for his approval.Indar said the GCCI’s position remained the same: no impact assessment, environmental study or feasibility study was done to give rise to a parking meter system, which is touted to act as a revenue generation unit for City Hall. He also alluded to the fact that the city streets were deserted when the project was first implemented, because citizens refused to pay the exorbitant sum for parking.Meanwhile, MAPM’s Marcel Gaskin said they were prepared to take to the streets again if the project went ahead in its current form. He explained that MAPM was not against a metered parking system in the city, rather it was against the manner in which the project came about.He, like Indar, bashed City Hall for not conducting a feasibility and financial study in addition to a means assessment, adding that MAPM was hopeful Minister Bulkan would address its objections favourably.“We submit that the tender procedure as outlined in (Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter) 28:01 was breached by City Council. We are maintaining that the national procurement act was breached by City Council in soliciting services from Smart City Solutions and we maintain the position that if these things are addressed in a proper manner, then we will have no objection to a metered parking in the city,” Gaskin added.Gaskin further related that they needed to see proper data before giving the go-ahead to the parking meter project.The amended parking meter by-laws were approved on April 4, 2018 by a majority vote. Now that the amended by-laws are approved, the city administration will have to display them for a minimum of 14 days in public spaces and during that time persons could write to City Hall expressing their concerns.Following that 14 days of public display, the adopted by-laws will be forwarded to Minister Bulkan for his approval; if such is given, they will then be gazetted.Under the new agreement, persons will be paying $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city. Meanwhile, residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00-19:00h Monday to Friday while parking will be free on Saturdays.last_img read more

Cranston receives high honours as CSU volleyball season approaches

first_imgAlong with the individual accolade, this week the team was also ranked as the top team in the AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll, with eight of the nine head coaches around the league selecting the Rams to defend their title.Expectations are apparently high for Cranston and her Rams this year, as the team also earned the league selection as this year’s favourite to win their fourth straight Mountain West title.However, Rams Head Coach Tom Hilbert says that approaching the season with high expectations could be a good mentality to have.”It’s a target on our back. These girls are used to playing with that pressure. They know that everybody gets fired up when they play us. It requires that we go out and play with excellence every night, because we are going to get every Mountain West team’s best every time we play them. As an athlete, you should want that.”Advertisement CSU has now been selected as the league’s preseason favourite the past three seasons, and four times in the last five years. This year the team will be looking to win its fourth straight regular season championship. The team is also on the hunt for the chance to play in its 18 straight NCAA tournament.The 2012 regular season begins August 24, when Cranston and her teammates take on Virginia as part of the Rams Volleyball Rocky Mountain Invitational. Last season, Cranston, who plays outside hitter, led her Rams with 36 services aces, averaged 2.46 kills and 2.54 digs per set, while also hitting .238 last season.Along with the pre-season honour, Cranston, along with three other CSU teammates, was selected to the All-Mountain West Preseason Team.Last year was also the first year that the Fort St. John athlete was awarded the honour of being named to the All-Mountain West Team.- Advertisement -In the article, Cranston spoke humbly about the honour, saying it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the other Rams on the court.”I think it speaks to my teammates. I couldn’t do the little things I do without good players around me. The fact that this award is given to someone on our team means more to me. It speaks to the history and tradition we have here at CSU, and the program that’s been developed.”If Cranston or any other of her fellow Rams win this year’s Mountain West Player of the Year award, handed out in November, it will be the fourth consecutive year a CSU player has achieved the award.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wi-Fi hot spot for cool age

first_imgWi-Fi service is quickly becoming the air-conditioning of the Internet age, enticing customers into restaurants and other public spaces in the same way that cold “advertising air” deliberately blasted out the open doors of air-conditioned theaters in the early 20th century to help sell tickets. Today, hot spots are the new cold spots. Starbucks became the most visible Wi-Fi-equipped national chain when it began offering the service in 2002. Now, at more than 5,100 stores, Starbucks offers Internet access “from the comfort of your favorite cozy chair.” Before you pop open your laptop, however, you need to pull out your credit card. Starbucks and its partner, T-Mobile, charge $6 an hour for the “pay as you go” plan. Day passes or monthly subscriptions are available but can be used only at Starbucks stores and other T-Mobile partners like Borders bookstores. McDonald’s offers Wi-Fi in more than 8,000 of its 13,700 stores in the United States, giving it wider reach than even Starbucks, and it also charges for access. McDonald’s doesn’t charge as much: it asks $2.95 for two hours. You can’t apply your T-Mobile subscription there, however, because McDonald’s works with other partners. Metering and charging for a service, of course, is the prerogative of any business owner in a free market. One will always find entrepreneurs willing to try new ways to profit by erecting tollbooths in front of facilities that had been freely accessible. In the past, this took the form of coin-operated locks on bathroom stalls. (You may have first encountered these at a moment when you were least ready to praise the inventor’s ingenuity.) Today, the outer frontier of pricing innovation can be found at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where some electrical outlets are accompanied by a small sign: “To Activate Pay $2 at Kiosk.” This is an experimental service, “Power Up My Portable,” which provides chairs and outlets for laptops; $2 buys 20 minutes of juice. But what about the many other wall outlets scattered around the terminals and originally installed for vacuum cleaners? Zenola Campbell, the airport vice president who oversees concessions, demurred last week when asked whether travelers could always count on having free access to those outlets. “I can’t tell you where we’re going to be in the future,” she said. When Starbucks and McDonald’s decided to exact a toll from their customers as they set up their in-store Wi-Fi networks, they created a confusion of conflicting signals: how welcome can one feel when staring at a meter that is running? The restaurants’ predecessors, the movie theater owners of almost a century ago, understood that not every amenity, every service, every offering must have a separate price tag attached. The owners and the architects sought to give theatergoers an environment that was pleasing in all aspects. Marcus Loew, the head of a nationwide chain, once said, “We sell tickets to theaters, not movies.” Panera Bread, which has more than 900 Wi-Fi-equipped sandwich and bakery stores, has set itself apart from its contemporaries by upholding the old-fashioned spirit of those bygone theater owners who never stinted in their efforts to make public space inviting. The grand movie palaces did not have to show the revenue-enhancing potential of an ornamental gold cornice or plaster pilaster. So, too, at Panera Bread, where its fireplaces do not have to demonstrate a monetary payback to justify their place in the stores. Neither does Wi-Fi. Neil Yanofsky, Panera’s president, said that no cost accounting had been done on its service, which is free. The rationale relates to ambience: “We want our customers to stay and linger.” A Panera cafe does half of its business at lunchtime – there is little lingering then. But before and after the lunch rush, the restaurant addresses what it refers to internally as “the chill-out business,” which constitutes a not-insignificant 15 percent to 20 percent of its revenue. Panera has no interest in rushing these customers out – the longer they stay, the greater the likelihood that resistance to the aroma of freshly baked muffins will crumble. Free, unmetered Wi-Fi is one way the restaurant sends an unambiguous signal: Stay as long as you like. Each Panera cafe averages 220 connect hours a week; Starbucks and McDonald’s declined to provide similar information about the use of their services. In the 1920s, when air-conditioning began to be installed in movie theaters, owners had to spend a sizable sum – $50,000 (roughly equivalent to $570,000 today) – to transform the property into a “cold spot.” But it was worth it. Before the “refrigeratory process” came along, theaters could not draw customers during the summer because of the unbearable heat in confined space. With air conditioning, patronage increased so sharply that even the largest investments were quickly repaid. Wi-Fi does not address a similar problem of seasonal attendance. And it will not produce a multifold increase in patronage. But, then again, it’s not nearly as costly to introduce as the cooling plants of the 1920s. The access charges assessed at Starbucks and McDonald’s suggest that behind the scenes, their service providers have had to make huge infrastructure investments and carry burdensome operational costs. But if the stores already have business-class broadband connections for their own operations, the addition of a Wi-Fi access point is trivial. Schlotzsky’s Deli, which offers free Wi-Fi in 82 of its restaurants, uses Internet connections that were already in place, just as Panera Bread did. And Val King, Schlotzsky’s director of information technology, said the technical demands of remotely overseeing a wireless network were minimal. “It doesn’t take rocket science to run these things,” he said. Customers need feel no shame, however, if they need help configuring their laptops, and sandwich makers and baristas are not necessarily the ones who can solve their technical problems quickly. A Starbucks spokeswoman, Sonja Gould, explained that her company’s Wi-Fi customers receive, in exchange for their access fees, “excellent customer service help from T-Mobile.” It should be added that businesses offering free Wi-Fi also contract with tech-support companies to help customers. One such company, HotPoint Wireless, says its network now handles five times as many sessions originating from businesses offering free access as those that charge fees. Getting connected is one thing, but keeping one’s e-mail private is another. Wi-Fi signals, by their nature, are notoriously susceptible to electronic eavesdropping. Wi-Fi services you pay for are no better protected than free services. As T-Mobile informs customers on its support Web page, all wireless service is “inherently insecure.” The movie palaces are long gone, and so, too, is the novelty of air conditioning. We now step into public space less to be chilled than to chill. The palace’s spiritual successor is the cafe that sends out a welcoming blast of free, unlimited Wi-Fi. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Delays likely for Castaic campus

first_img“We have mapped out the time frame with the Hart district and have identified that overall time frame to take approximately 9-12 months to complete all necessary improvements to not impede the high school being open in 2010,” Walline said. But county officials said delays in issuing construction permits are common and have delayed similar projects for months. The NorthLake project was originally approved by the county in 1992, but several plan changes made by SunCal required the county to start the review process over again. “It is difficult to predict an outcome,” said Paul Novak, an aide to Supervisor Michael Antonovich, whose district includes Santa Clarita. Novak said Antonovich has suggested the district again consider other locations, including the Castaic-Mesa site, owned by Lennar, which the supervisor recommended to the district in February. “Everyone wants a high school in Castaic … The challenge is you can’t separate the high school project from the SunCal project because the two are so inextricably linked,” Novak said. (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – The $175 million Castaic High School, scheduled to open in 2010, could be stalled for several months because of delays in a related residential development, officials said Tuesday. Hart High School District officials, who met Monday with Los Angeles County planners, said it was unlikely the site would be ready by next March, when groundbreaking was tentatively scheduled. The high school site was donated to the district by SunCal – which is building the 3,700-home NorthLake project – in lieu of developer fees. However, the district must wait for SunCal to get all of its permits approved before school construction can proceed. “The district is not dragging its feet. We are ready to go. But at this point, we do not have the control,” Hart district spokeswoman Pat Willett said. The announcement is a blow to residents of Castaic, who have long demanded a neighborhood high school for their children. In fact, local residents had been preparing for today’s meeting of the county Planning Commission, which had been scheduled to consider the SunCal plan. The Hart district is considering three other sites as alternatives, but officials said changing the location now would delay the school’s construction by at least a year and would cost taxpayers some $2 million. “We are really relying on SunCal at this point,” Willett said. Mike Walline, division president for SunCal, said the company still hopes to get the high school opened on schedule. last_img read more

Spectra Jedney II site still shut down after natural gas release

first_img“We still are waiting for a detailed analysis and investigation to complete before they make any comments on the cause,” says Director of Communications for Canada West Peter Murchland. The incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. last Friday, and the B.C. OGC says the release was quickly stopped. There were approximately 10 employees and contractors on the site at the time, conducting routine work, but no injuries were reported.  Spectra maintains it is working to minimize the impact of the closure on its customers.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Guardiola won’t revel in Mourinho’s woes

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t glorying in Jose Mourinho’s problems at Old Trafford © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 31 – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has refused to gloat over his old rival Jose Mourinho’s troubled start to the season at Manchester United.Guardiola was asked about the pressure which is mounting on his United counterpart following consecutive Premier League losses to Brighton and Tottenham. The pair have had a strained relationship since their days as rival managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.But, despite United’s problems and the growing storm around Mourinho, Guardiola insisted City’s arch rivals remain a force to be reckoned with.“We’re in August. There are a lot of points to play for and the real season starts after the international break,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.“We dropped two, or won one, point at Wolves. The secret last season was when we did that we won the next game.”Champions City finished 19 points ahead of second placed United last season and have made an unbeaten start to the new campaign, while Mourinho’s team have stumbled from one crisis to another.Asked about the personal pressure on Mourinho, who has faced speculation about his relationship with United midfielder Paul Pogba and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, he added: “Unfortunately it’s our job. Our job depends on results.“When we win we are good, when we don’t we are not good. When you get to this level, they are top, top managers.”– Gomes potential –Meanwhile, Guardiola wants another option in his City midfield, but refused to confirm if that would mean making a signing in the January transfer window.City missed out on landing Jorginho from Napoli during the summer when the Italian opted to join Chelsea instead.Guardiola can call on former Paris Saint-Germain teenager Claudio Gomes, who is on the fringes of the first-team squad after arriving in the summer from the French club.When asked about the 18-year-old ahead of the weekend’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, the Catalan admitted he has been impressed by the youngster, but also did not rule out adding a new face.“Claudio Gomes is a young player. He was in pre-season with us and we were delighted with him, his personality,” Guardiola said.“The January market is a long time away. We’re looking at options for the future. We decided to pick Claudio up because of his potential.”City will face a defensively-minded Newcastle team at the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola insists dealing with teams who set out to thwart them with a negative approach is not a concern.“That is not a problem. They believe in their styles. It’s in our hands to solve that. That is the trick,” he said.“We spend more time on ourselves and what we need to do. We can only imagine what our opponents maybe will do but we don’t know 100 per cent.“Huddersfield we expected five at the back and they were four.“We analyse our games, we spend our times analysing training and games on ourselves to improve. The players have to adapt, of course.“You have to know what they do and inform the players what they are going to do. But it’s more productive to concentrate ourselves, what we can do.“We talk about ourselves, normally about 80 per cent of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgStaff of the hospital and An Craoibhin with their donation.Money raised from the recent Craoibhin 5k has been put to very good use.Our pictures show items which were bought from €330 raised being presented to staff and patients in Letterkenny General hospital children’s ward last evening by Mary McGrenra, centre manager and Dermot Kelly fitness instructor.The items bought include slippers, undergarments, pyjamas , toothbrushes toothpaste . A massive thanks to everyone who donated money on the day. Thanks from everyone at Craoibhin.CHILDREN’S WARD BENEFITS FROM CRAOIBHIN 5K was last modified: January 1st, 2014 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:An Craoibhinchildren’s wardLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more


first_imgColm McFadden: on scoresheet.Donegal 0-06 Monaghan 0-04Donegal are on course to win their third Ulster Senior Football Championship in four years as they lead Monaghan by two points at half time in this year’s final in Clones.Jim McGuinness’s side have taken the chances that have come their way in what has been, at times, an ill-tempered first half as Donegal seek revenge for the defeat by Monaghan in last year’s final. Karl Lacey put Donegal ahead with an excellent point in the fifth minute and Brian McHugh should have doubled the advantage two minutes later but put his effort wide from a good position.The lead was increased in the 11th minute when good play between McGee and McNaillias ended with the latter putting over an excellent point.Colm McFadden put Donegal further ahead with a free awarded for a foul on Neil McGee before Monaghan got their first score of the game in the 14th minute from a free.Another Monaghan free reduced the deficit to a single point in the 22nd minute but Donegal doubled their lead straight away when following a superb catch Neil Gallagher set up Anthony Thompson to put over the bar. A Colm McFadden free put three between the sides in the 27th minute.Keeper Paul Durcan came to Donegal’s rescue to block an almost certain goal in the 31st minute which resulted in Monaghan successfully converted the resultant 45.McNaillais doubled the advantage in Donegal’s favour on a scoreline with a point in the first minute of injury time at the end of the half.But a Monaghan free in the dying seconds leaves two between the sides at the break.   ULSTER SFC FINAL: DONEGAL LEAD MONAGHAN AT HALF TIME IN CLONES was last modified: July 20th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:chamionshipdonegalFootballmonagahanSeniorUlsterlast_img read more


first_imgATHLETICS NEWS: The annual Coláíste Aílígh 5K road race is back and will be held tomorrow, Tuesday (7pm start).The hugely popular event attracted a big crowd last year and organisers are expecting another large participation to this year’s event.Registration for the 5K starts at 5.30pm and the race begins at 7pm sharp. There will be shower and changing room facilities available for participants, while refreshments will also be served.It’s €8 for an individual adult and €5 for a child, while families can enter the race for €12.Last year’s event was a huge success and organisers are hoping this year can go one better.All monies raised go towards the school.  GET OUT AND SUPPORT THE COLÁISTE AILIGH 5K was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by John2Share 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:5kColaiste AilighfaceFun Runlast_img read more

Watch: 50th Mary from Dungloe Festival launched, with first ever winner meeting current Marys

first_imgThe launch of the 50th Mary from Dungloe International Festival took place yesterday evening at The Waterfront Hotel Dungloe.We are excited to announce that Donegal Daily, along with Jacksons Media TV, will be live-streaming the Crowning Cabaret on August 6th! Reigning Mary from Dungloe Eva Ni Dhoibhlinn says “I’ve had an absolutely amazing year, I started the festival as the Gaeltacht Mary and was so excited to be a representative for the language and the Gaeltacht itself.”Eva says that she has had so many opportunities arise during her time as Mary from Dungloe, including turning on Dungloe’s Christmas lights, going to America and taking part in two parades in Philadelphia as well as traveling to New York. She also took part in ‘Turas Bothair’ on TG4!“It’s been an amazing experience and it’s opened so many doors,” she said.Reigning Mary from Dungloe Eva Ni Dhoibhlinn catching up with 1967 Mary from Dungloe Celine PowellThe first ever Mary from Dungloe, crowned in 1967, was Celine Powell. She explained that she heard of the festival through her boss at the time, Terry Sweeney, and he told her about the hit song ‘Mary from Dungloe’ by Emmet Spiceland. “He told me the story and it impressed me and I was still very nervous going but I entered and there were two heats and a final in Dublin.“And then the rest is history, I came to Dungloe and I’m coming here for fifty years now and I love it!”When asked if she would recommend for young girls to enter the Mary from Dungloe competition she replied “oh my God yes, you’ll have such a time for that week, they’re like princesses, everybody looks after them and they will have lovely memories.”  Don’t forget to like Donegal Daily’s Facebook page to catch our live-stream of the Crowning Cabaret!Watch: 50th Mary from Dungloe Festival launched, with first ever winner meeting current Marys was last modified: July 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:celine powellDonegal Dailyeva ni dhoibhlinnlaunchMary From Dungloelast_img read more