Letterkenny Hospital Roundabout to close for nighttime works this week

first_imgThe Hospital Roundabout in Letterkenny will be closed for nighttime roadworks from Monday 16th September to Wednesday 18th September.The four junctions of the roundabout will be closed to traffic from 7pm to 7am to facilitate Irish Water works.Motorists are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys as diversions are put in place. This “junction” Closure will close the;– De Valera Road approaching from Letterkenny Town Centre– Kilmacrennan Road approaching from Mountain Top– High Road approaching from Town Centre– Circular Road approaching from GlencarAlternative Routes:– Traffic approaching from De Valera Road going towards Mountain Top will be diverted via Ramelton Road R940 onto Ballyraine and Business park Road N56.– Traffic approaching from De Valera Road going towards Glencar will be diverted via N56 and onto Windyhall Road L1164.– Traffic approaching from High Road going towards Glencar will be diverted via Newline Road L5002-2.– Traffic approaching from Kilmacrennan Road approaching from Mountain Top be diverted via the Business park Road N56.– Traffic approaching from Circular Road will be diverted via the Glencar Road and New line Road L5002-2. Or Windyhall Road L1164Letterkenny Hospital Roundabout to close for nighttime works this week was last modified: September 13th, 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) Tags:letterkenny hospitalroad closureroadworksRoundaboutlast_img read more

New Zealand works towards open skies with China

first_imgPhoto: Steve Creedy New Zealand officials say they are working on an open skies agreement with China after boosting the capacity available to Chinese carriers by 20 per cent.The move to increase the cap on Chinese services to 59 a week aims to help tourism-oriented New Zealand capitalise on the growing appetite for travel among mainland Chinese but stops short of the move by neighbour Australia to remove capacity restrictions. However, the New Zealanders have the potential to expand the agreement later this year and NZ Tourism Minister Simon Bridges said the government was continuing to work towards an open skies agreement with China.“We’ve seen strong growth with visitors from China and we expect this to continue,’’ Bridges said in a statement. “China is our second largest source of visitors after Australia, so it’s important that we have the appropriate agreements in place to support this.“The amendment will also allow additional airlines to enter the market, ensuring a competitive environment that will benefit New Zealand and Chinese travellers.’’New Zealand has gradually expanded the services available to Chinese airlines from 42 per week in 2014 to 49 in 2016 as  Chinese tourism last year grew 12 per cent to 421,000 visitors.Five Chinese airlines currently operate to New Zealand and a sixth, Sichuan Airlines, will enter the market in June.  “New Zealand is committed to liberalising air services, allowing for competitive markets, increased air traffic, lower air fares and stronger international trade links,” Bridges said.Air New Zealand declined to comment on the potential for increased competition from more low-fare Chinese carriers.AirNZ operates its own daily flights from Auckland to Shanghai and Hong Kong. It also codeshares to Beijing with alliance partner Air China and it is seeking regulatory approval to extend its agreement with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific.The Kiwi carrier reported in February that increased international competition had contributed to a 24 per cent dive in first-half profits and said its full-year pre-tax result would also be lower.It now expects to record pre-tax earnings for the full financial year of between $NZ475m and $NZ525m, compared to $NZ663m in 2015-16.last_img read more

CTIA: The Secret Sauce for Application Storefronts

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends sarah perez At this week’s CTIA 2011 Wireless conference in Orlando, Florida, several industry execs sat down to discuss the ever-growing application ecosystem, and the challenges developers face, in a panel session entitled “The Secret Sauce for Application Storefronts.” The session, moderated by ABI Research’s Mark Beccue, and including Appcelerator’s Scott Schwarzhoff, GetJar’s Patrick Mork and Verizon Wireless’s Todd Murphy, wasn’t meant to detail what the so-called “secret sauce” was exactly, but was a forum for discussing the issues of fragmentation, discoverability and the more recent shift from paid applications to those using other types of monetization methods.To give you a little background on the three panelists, Schwarzhoff is VP of Marketing at Appcelerator, makers of a cross-platform mobile development platform used by 130,000 developers. Mork is CMO of third-party mobile app store GetJar, which has seen 1.7 billion downloads of its hosted applications to date. And Murphy leads the Verizon development community and the carrier’s VCAST App Store.Is There a Shift from Paid Apps Underway? The first topic up for discussion was the shift away from paid applications as the only way to monetize a developer’s work. Now, new business models are enabling different types of revenue generation capabilities for apps, like freemium apps, ad-supported apps and those offering in-app purchases, subscriptions or virtual goods.Schwarzhoff says that there are currently five or six different business models out there currently, and determining which one is right for developers is a matter of looking at how an app engages its audience, then mapping that to the appropriate business model. Before, he said, apps were paid because you were purchasing content. Now services, like cloud services, social networking or location-based services, are offering a different engagement model. That means a different business model makes more sense.In Verizon’s app store, Murphy said he was seeing more of a shift to freemium applications. Paid is sort of a barrier to trying a service, he said. You want to first get people into the service, and get them using it, then ask them to pay. However, he noted, paid apps are not going away entirely and there’s still value in offering a premium application experience to customers.Murphy also said that Verizon would like to see more apps with microtransactions enabled, because of the option to offer carrier billing. Verizon is working on such a system now, Murphy said, but needs to do it in the right way. It needs to be easy for the developers to implement, of course, but it also needs to be trustworthy from a customer standpoint. Verizon doesn’t want to get into the same situation that Apple recently faced, where kids were using parents’ phones and racking up big bills via in-app purchases.GetJar’s Mork agreed with the idea that apps need to be free to some extent, so consumers can sample them before buying. But a consumer’s willingness to pay varies by region, he reminded the audience. Plus, different consumers want different business models. For example, some consumers just want the free app and are willing to use one with ads in order to not have to pay, while others would be willing to pay for the app to remove the ads.But using a non-paid monetization model doesn’t necessarily mean you’re giving up on potential income, Mork said. He cited one well-established game development shop (who he could not name due to confidentiality reasons) as having seen its revenue increase by 4-5 times after implementing virtual goods.Fragmentation Issues Before discussing the fragmentation issues, Beccue cited ABI’s research which found that the smartphone install base currently includes 815.3 million devices. By 2014, that will be 1.7 billion phones, he said. And there will also be 2.5 billion phones with a Web browser by 2014, up from 1.5 billion now.Schwarzhoff began by saying that mobile isn’t like the PC world, where there was just the one dominant player and dominant browser for years. It’s much more diverse. But the fragmentation is now extending beyond the device and OS level to the services side. Various cloud-hosting platforms and providers of backend services are available today for developers to choose from.But fragmentation is just something that’s inherent to the industry. “Welcome to mobile,” he joked. You have to accept it’s going to be there and developers, especially brands and agencies, need to be educated about what it means and how to overcome it.Brands need to understand first what they’re trying to achieve, said Mork, continuing the thread. Do they want reach? A deep, engaging experience? These sorts of questions will help them determine what platform to develop for. In most cases, developers build apps for the leading two platforms (iPhone and Android) and then make determinations about if and how they will reach the rest of the mobile audience, whether that’s through apps or the mobile Web.Schwarzhoff also noted that having different apps for different platforms, which is seen as this fragmentation problem, actually makes sense because different devices and form factors invite different experiences. Instead of thinking about all these different apps that have to be built, think about it as a single use case being used throughout the day on different devices.HTML5 “Vs.?” Apps As the discussion veered into the more controversial HTML5 vs native apps territory, a perennial favorite topic among application developers, Murphy made a remark that the Internet is where the tablet market will eventually end up. Mork, however, disagreed, saying that what we’re seeing now is a paradigm shift in how consumers engage with digital content. Instead of searching the Web and and clicking through on results, we’re moving into an era of tapping apps. Apps provide immediate accessibility to content, and there’s a sort of instant gratification that comes with that. Why would we not want to transfer that experience to other devices?Schwarzhoff then detailed what he suggests to developers looking to create a mobile app strategy. First, think about the platform, the form factors that the app will run on, then think about the people you need to build that app, the tech involved (languages, SDKs), the code involved, the scalability and the repeatability of that operation.So many customers have a myopic, 3-month view of mobile, Schwarzhoff said. They need to think beyond launching the iPhone app, take a step back and think about where they see their company over the next 2-3 years. With that long view in mind, they can develop the mobile strategy and determine whether or not that strategy should involve a mobile Web app.All three agreed that the question of HTML5 vs. native apps is not an “either or”  issue, but a question what’s the best way to provide the experience you want to give your customers.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more