Danny Mayer Discusses His Many Evolving Projects, Including DMT, On The Spot Trio & More

first_imgL4LM had the opportunity to chat with guitarist extraordinaire Danny Mayer as he readies for an upcoming Northeast run with his new act DMT (no, not that DMT….the Danny Mayer Trio). Mayer is a seasoned veteran of the scene that has played with a long list of musicians, ranging from Alan Evans Trio/Playonbrother, Ryan Montbleau Band, his own On The Spot Trio, and an ever-expanding cast of cats from Turkuaz, Lotus, Dopapod, the Nth Power, Kung Fu, Trey Anastasio Band, Particle and more.If you like some guitar-laden psychedelic soul music, look no further than Mayer and make a point of it to catch him in one of his various projects; you will not be disappointed.L4LM: You have some shows this week with DMT (Danny Mayer Trio) in the Northeast with some special guests, looks like it is going to be a lot of fun with some great players. Care to give us the 411 on that?DM: I feel very lucky to have developed deep musical and personal connections with everyone in this band over the past few years. At this point, Mikey Carubba (Turkuaz) has become one of my best friends and musical comrades for life. Drums are the most important thing to me – the foundation. Everything starts there and I really do believe that a band can only be as good as its drummer, so to have a dude like Mikey holding it down the way he does, it’s already gonna be killing before anyone else even plays a single note! We’ve played music together in several different settings over the years and we’ve consistently had some of the deepest, most cathartic, hilarious, and inspiring musical experiences that I’ve been a part of to date. Reed Sutherland (Mammal Dap) has been a godsend for me. He was on the road with me tour managing Alan Evans Playonbrother for a while. The last shows Playonbrother did were 6 shows opening for Tedeschi Trucks Band. Those were truly life changing shows for me and Reed was right there the whole time, soaking it all up with me. He’s knows exactly where I’m coming from and has every quality you’d want in a truly great bass player and human being! The three of us will be joined by Shira Elias (Turkuaz) and Mary Corso (Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan) for a handful of tunes each night. I really didn’t want it to just be another instrumental, jammy type thing. I absolutely love these ladies and their voices! They fit right into the vibe, but they also bring a dynamic that enables a much deeper connection to the audience. They’re both incredibly soulful, they both shine bright on stage and definitely add so much to the overall dynamic of this band. The last run we did featured one of my favorite bass players and human beings on the planet – Nate Edgar (The Nth Power). Nate is such a solid person, through and through. He really digs this band, so when schedules permit, he will most definitely be involved in the future of this band as well!Watch DMT at Toad’s Place (Mayer absolutely shreds at the 22-minute mark during Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times”):L4LM: Are there stylistic differences between what you are doing with DMT as opposed to OTS Trio?DM: Absolutely. The instrumentation alone is enough to make it a drastically different overall sound. There are no keyboards in DMT, whereas OTS (On The Spot) Trio is a very keyboard heavy band. Kris Yunker (who plays keys and left hand bass in OTS) lugs around a smorgasboard of awesome vintage keyboards that are usually ALL seen onstage at a typical OTS Trio show. He and I, along with our old drummer Jeff Wilson, wrote most of the material OTS currently plays while we were living in Santa Cruz, CA. There’s an indescribable West Coast influence in our writing and a lot of our songs have a heavy Afrobeat influence. There’s a tangible willingness to explore and go wherever the music, or the vibe in the room, takes us. Kris and I have been playing and writing music together for a decade now, so there’s a certian familiarity and freedom there that can only come from putting in that amount of time! We now have Andrew Cusanelli on drums. He’s getting better and better all the time and we’ve developed our own unique vibe. The idea for DMT came from me wanting to push myself in a different kind of way, while also having as much fun as possible. This is the first band I’ve ever played in where I can’t sonically hide behind a keyboard player. There’s a lot of responsibility there – to have the guitar just be out front all loud and proud. I’m very exposed in that setting but I always get a lot of inspiration from listening to guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Wayne Krantz, Gary Clark Jr and Stevie Ray Vaughan. DMT feels like an amazing musical canvas that allows me to paint with those types of colorful influences. Everyone in the band brings their own influences and energies which creates the chemistry. Our chemistry just works so well because its all based on a very real love and respect we all have for each other, as people and musicians.Also, a very noticeable difference in DMT is that a good chunk of the material we’re doing was written by Mary Corso and myself! That adds a whole different flavor to the band. Mary and I have an amazing connection and we’ve been able to channel that into music. We both love the blues and any kind of soulful music. We quickly recognized those soulful elements in each others sound while playing in Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan over the last year. So when we started writing together a lot of these songs seemed to just come together with very little effort. It’s really one of my favorite things in the world – to get to play original songs, with great musicians, who I trust with my life. Everyone in this band is also constantly busy doing other things so we don’t get to do this very much, which just makes it that much more special when we actually do!      L4LM: You have kept a pretty busy schedule playing with a lot of different lineups, most recently with Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan and Heavy Rambler. How was that run of shows?DM: It’s been an awesome and busy year so far. Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan is so much fun! Beau has been a musical brother of mine for a good handful of years now, starting with the formation of The Alan Evans Trio in 2012. Anything he does has a certain fire and excitement to it that’s unmistakable and I love that about him! Mary Corso sings her ass off and adds the roll of the dynamic front woman to the band! Justin Henricks is the other guitar player. He is a truly amazing guitarist. We come from very different backgrounds and have had so much fun finding a common ground! We’ve influenced each others guitar playing pretty heavily in the last year and have developed our own double guitar sound for this band that’s definitely working very well and feeling really good these days. Bill Carbone on drums allows the whole thing to breath in a very wonderful way. Carbone’s an amazing dude and brings so many different and refreshing influences to the band! After many “super jam” “super group” “all-star” and ‘tribute band” gigs over the last year, Heavy Rambler was very inspiring, to say the least. Chris DeAngelis and Adrian Tramontano from Kung Fu are two of the heaviest dudes in this scene and create one of the most telepathic, entertaining, and exciting rhythm sections I’ve ever heard! I’m incredibly lucky to get to play with them frequently and I’m usually smiling from ear to ear when I do! Kofi Burbridge has consistently been one of my favorite musicians for the last 15 years. We had been talking about playing music together, in some capacity for over a year, so I was thrilled when that finally came together! His work with Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band has permanently burned it’s way into my brain, so being onstage with him was pretty surreal! Music just permeates out of that dude 24/7! and Ryan Cavanaugh is, without a doubt, one of the best musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing with. He just so happens to play the banjo, which is rare in itself, but even more rare to hear a banjo player as funky and virtuosic as he is! It was amazing to be able to do those gigs with him and get a glimpse into what a truly unique soul he is!     L4LM: How have you evolved as a musician the last couple of years?DM: This is a great question! The goal of any musician / artist is to keep growing, evolving and refining your craft with the ultimate knowledge that there is no true end result. You’re never “done” with music. It’s always changing and the possibilities are endless. With that being said, one of my major goals in the past had been to really figure out who I am as a musician, and to find my own voice. I really believe that music moves people the most when it’s genuine and honest. To be genuine and honest, you have to be genuine and honest with your self about who you are as a person and as a musician. This is something that happened for me in past couple years! I went from trying to sound like Grant Green and John Scofield to realizing that who I am is much more blues based and simple than that! I grew up listening to my dad’s rock and roll records and that music is more a part of me than anything. I had to realize that instead of trying to fake being a jazz guy, I could get real with myself and connect with audiences on a much deeper level by just being myself – a psychedelic blues / rock guy. That feels way better and comes way more natural to me. That mentality is also much closer to who I am as a person! What really did it for me though was getting to play and be on the road with Alan Evans for a few years. He was the closest thing I’ve ever had to a mentor. He kind of took me under his wing and put me in a situation that forced me to figure myself out really quickly. His band was most definitely a vehicle for rapid education and self discovery for me. I came out of that experience knowing what I’m good at and what I’m not good at. It gave me a sense of confidence in what I do and what I want to do as a musician. I can now bring that confidence and self knowledge with me into just about any musical setting. Also, in the last year I’ve worked with an amazing custom amp builder named Jamie Simpson at Booya Amplifiers to help me dial in my tone. I finally feel like I have a guitar tone that truly speaks to me, inspires me, and is directly inline with the sound I’m going for. and last but not least, there’s an amazing music community in the Northeast that has whole-heartedly welcomed me in as a part of the scene. There’s amazing things happening from Northampton MA down to Bridgeport, CT. My friend Mitch Moriber created Tone Wheel Music Group and is directly responsible for bringing a ton of great music to the area and building a whole scene in Hartford CT and beyond that is just killing it! It’s developed into one of those brands now that if you see the Tone Wheel Music Group logo on something, you automatically know it’s gonna crush! Being part of a music scene like the one in the Northeast has most definitely been crucial to my musical development in the past few years, without a doubt!Watch On The Spot Trio at BRYAC, 3/22/2015:L4LM: What is on your current music playlist right now?DM: Let’s see here. Sly and The Family Stone, D’Angelo, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gary Clark Jr., Aretha Franklin, BB King, Etta James, Gretchen Parlato, Jimi Hendrix, The Arcs, Bob Marley, Joe Cocker and all kinds of old blues artists in constant rotation! There’s so much more though. Those were just the 1st that came to mind. L4LM: Any new original music on the horizon that we can expect on your end?DM: Absolutely. OTS Trio is about to release a 45 of two original songs that were recorded at Alan Evans’ Playonbrother Studio and feature Mikey Carubba on drums. Mary Corso and I are also dialing in a couple more tunes for the first DMT EP, which should be available at some point in the next six months or so. Super excited about that! There’s actually a really huge chunk of a Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan album floating around out there in the universe somewhere as well! L4LM: Outside of the upcoming DMT shows, what else do you have coming up?DM: I’m doing my first “artist-at-large” at this years Rock and Roll Resort from March 25th and 26th. OTS is playing Some Kind Of Jam in PA in April. I’m planning on continuing to be involved with as many projects and new situations as I can! *** Catch Mayer at beginning this Thursday, March 16th, for the next four nights with DMT at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton, MA, followed by performances at Nectar’s in Burlington, VT (March 17th), opening for Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT (March 18th), and at Arch Street in Hartford on March 19th. Mayber will be joined by Michaelangelo Carruba, Reed Sutherland, Shira Elias, and Mary Corso.  He will also be joining Bill Carbone, Matt Zeiner, and Jeff Martinson in Rolling Thunder, a tribute to Bob Dylan on March 24th and 31st at Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven, CT. ***last_img read more

Campus Ministry answers call for ‘Year of Faith’

first_imgPope Benedict XVI declared this liturgical year a “Year of Faith,” a time of faith renewal for Catholics worldwide. Building off this theme, the Office of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame has sponsored a number of projects and events to encourage students to reexamine and deepen their relationships with God. Kate Barrett, assistant director of undergraduate ministry, said recent activities include the “Think you know Moreau?” scavenger hunt and “Retreat on the Run,” a program that will continue through February that helps students incorporate prayer into their busy lives. Barrett said the scavenger hunt was a success with almost 200 participants. “We challenged participants to travel the campus as quickly as possible, finding clues and along the way learning more about Blessed Basil Moreau, … the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, as well as other remarkable Holy Cross priests such as Fr. Edward Sorin … and St. Andre Bessette,” she said. Annus Fidei, a liturgical music series incorporating all the Basilica of the Sacred Heart choirs, began Feb.10. “Annus Fidei” means “Year of Faith” in Latin. “[Annus Fidei] combined readings and songs to highlight some of the themes Pope Benedict outlined at the beginning of the Year,” Barrett said. In the second half of the semester, Barrett said Campus Ministry will focus on programming to assist students in keeping their prayer lives active during the summer months away from campus. “That will be called ‘Portable Prayer’ and will have very practical tips and suggestions for students,” she said. Barrett said she believes the Year of Faith calls for both personal and communal renewal, and Campus Ministry is offering activities that will assist in both. “A personal call will end up enlivening all of our communities of faith,” Barrett said. “When any of us feel renewed, recommitted, reenergized in our faith, and then we come together for Mass or to engage in service to the poor or to welcome the lonely, then the Church as a whole – and in each and every parish, or hall chapel – is renewed and re-energized.” Barrett said the response to Campus Ministry’s Year of Faith activities has been positive. “We’ve had good responses from residence halls who are following our themes when they plan events in the halls,” she said. “For example, back in November when our theme was ‘Sacred Places,’ several halls started Grotto walks in which groups of students walk over to the Grotto together to pray.” Despite the successful programming across campus, Barrett said the Year of Faith is meant to focus on long-term faith development. “However, our hope was always for the Year of Faith to be quietly durable rather than splashy,” Barrett said. “We hope that people take away from the Year good habits of faith that remain with them for a long time.” Information about past and upcoming activities for the Year of Faith can be found at campusministry.nd.edu.last_img read more

Former Paramilitaries Extradited to US Insist on Their Families Leaving Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo June 19, 2009 Bogotá, June 18 (EFE).- The most important former paramilitary chiefs of Colombia extradited to the United States asserted to congresswoman Piedad Córdoba the need for their families to leave the Andean country, spokesperson of the parliamentary opposition said today in Bogotá. The senator’s press office reported that the former right-wing extremists warned her that they due to concerns for the safety of their families they might not be any longer able to disclose the activities and relations of the already dissolved Colombian United Self Defenses (AUC) . The legislator, who traveled to the United States to meet with the extradited former paramilitaries, received the petition during the second round of dialogue with some of them in prisons where they are confined since a year ago. During her stay of more than a week in that country, Córdoba met Salvatore Mancuso, AUC’s previous top chief, and Diego Fernando Murillo, Rodrigo Tovar, Carlos Mario Jiménez and Juan Carlos Sierra, among others. These five individuals are part of a group of fourteen former AUC commanders that were extradited to the United States three months ago, where they were prosecuted for drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism financing. In the first instances of dialogue, the former right-wing extremists asked the legislator to intercede before the American embassy in Colombia for their families to obtain visas, allowing them to move to the United States. The petition was immediately rejected by Ambassador William Brownfield. A parliamentary source from Córdoba’s team told EFE that the former paramilitary shared with her their concerns over their families’ safety and security, which are receiving more and more threats due to the paramilitaries’ testimonies and statements to the Judicial authorities. Therefore, they requested the legislator’s assistance for their families could immigrate to anther country, the spokesperson added, and this relocation abroad is one of the conditions for the former AUC commanders to offer new testimony. Córdoba has received “new information regarding the relations and activities of the paramilitary in different regions of the country. This information would only be fully disclosed on confirmation that their families are safe outside the country,” stated the source. This weekend, the congresswoman will be back in Bogotá and will report on her meetings with the former paramilitaries at the Congressional sessions starting next July 20.last_img read more

Men’s tennis returns to the court with two home wins

first_imgThe Trojans continue at home tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. with a double header against UC Davis and the University of San Francisco. In the opening match, USC will look to overwhelm a young UC Davis team that has only one upperclassman. It will, however, be a tricky matchup, as the young Aggies have a 6-0 record heading into tomorrow’s matches. USF comes in with an undefeated record as well, although they have only played one match. USC will look to best its result against the Dons last year, when USC won 5-2. The USC men’s tennis team continued its recent success in the ITA Weekend Kickoff Tournament last weekend. After returning from a trip to Australia, the No. 5 Trojans defeated Cal Poly Saturday and defeated UC Santa Barbara in the final on Sunday. USC went up against Cal Poly in the first round and swept them 4-0. All three Trojan pairings started off slow in doubles, with sophomore Daniel Cuckierman and freshman Bradley Frye losing their match 4-6. Juniors Brandon Holt and Riley Smith were able to overcome their slow start, however, and came up with a 6-4 victory. The deciding doubles match came down to the wire, but seniors Laurens Verboven and Jack Jaede were able to clinch the set with a 7-5 win. Holt and Cuckierman both played out their matches and in the end, Holt won his match 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Cuckierman was the last to finish with a hard fought 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win. At the end of the day, USC won both of its matches over the weekend and qualified for its 11th consecutive ITA National Indoor Championship, which will be held in Chicago on Feb 15. Smith secured a quick victory once again in singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Similarly, freshman Mor Bulis won 6-3, 6-2 in his match. Santa Barbara was able to get 1 point back, as Verboven lost 6-2, 6-3. After Holt and Cuckierman split sets in their matches, all of the attention turned to freshman Jake Sands to clinch USC’s win. Sands stood strong under the pressure and pulled out a gritty 6-4, 6-4 win to give USC the tournament.   The singles matches were much more straightforward, as the Trojans got three straight set wins from Holt (6-4, 6-0), Smith (6-3, 6-2) and Cuckierman (6-1, 7-5). This completed the sweep and secured USC’s place in the championship match on Sunday against the Gauchos.center_img The doubles on Sunday against Santa Barbara proved to be much easier for the Trojans. Holt and Smith dominated with a 6-1 victory, which Cuckierman and Frye followed up with a straightforward 6-2 win. With the doubles point easily secured, the match turned to singles. “As a team, we were all just ready to go, and we are excited for this year,” Smith said. “I think we are going to compete our butts off. I think we really have a chance to just do something special this year. Tournament is nothing different to us, and we are just going to go out there and compete.” The good news continues to come in for the Trojans. It was announced Tuesday that Holt won Pac-12 Player of the Week honors following his undefeated record this past weekend. Women’s tennis junior Angela Kulikov also won the same honor this week, marking the first time since 2015 that USC tennis has had a men’s and women’s player take Player of the Week honors in the same week. Junior Brandon Holt won Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after snagging two doubles and two singles victories in the ITA Kickoff Weekend. It is the second time in his career Holt has earned the honor. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Hannah Golding, 15, on competing and enjoying golf at the top

first_img Hannah Golding, 15, has tasted golf at the top. As a winner in the 2017 Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy she played with Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts in the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports – and met Sergio Garcia and Charley Hull. Hannah, from Brocton Hall Golf Club, tells the story of her competitive journeyHow did you start golf?When I was seven, I had been to the range with my Dad and when the chance to go for lessons came, I just grabbed it. There was just something straight away that clicked – it was such a good feeling hitting ballsI had a junior handicap for two years, but got my full CONGU handicap of 36 when I was 10 and now I’m off four.What do you remember about your first competition?I had won a few junior medals, but my first real competition was the Junior Captain’s day at Brocton Hall. I had just been awarded my official CONGU handicap that week, and well I just went for it, shooting 7 under par and winning the Junior Captain’s Day Shield for best net score. Certainly made the boys sit up!What do you enjoy about competition?That you are competing against the course, the conditions, and the rest of the girls or women in the field. Always pushing yourself to be better. Winning and performing well is a great motivator. I just try to keep getting better all the time, through improving my swing, technique and overall approach, as well as better course management. Training and getting stronger, playing more consistently. I just love competing.How do you prepare for competitions?I have a routine that I follow, that involves walking the course or playing the practice round, having a session on the practice ground, then do some pitching / chipping and then some putting prior to stepping up onto the tee.You’ve got an amazing record in the Medal Finals and the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy. What’s your secret to qualifying for the finals year after year?Yes it has been great. Finishing second in the national final when I was 12 was unbelievable. I have played really well in three of the last four regional medals to progress to the final. I finished only 9th in the final last year, but the opportunity was still there to progress to the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo and fortunately we played well as a team to win and went forward to the British Masters.It was great, the Chase Your Dream motto couldn’t be more appropriate. When I was on the putting green, who comes out but the Masters Champion Sergio Garcia. Speechless! A quick chat and a photo and I was over the moon. Next it was introductions and hello to Nicholas Colsaerts. We were playing in the pro-am of the British Masters, it was surreal, but the atmosphere was great. There were stands, plenty of photographers and a crowd was slowly building, could I hold my nerve. A decent shot off the 10th and we were off.My confidence grew as the round progressed and I started playing some really good shots. The crowds were growing and starting to respond to the shots, near misses were greeted with ooohs, good shots and putts were greeted with cheers and clapping, and when I holed a 40ft putt on the 5th the crowd erupted – what a feeling.We didn’t win, but hey there is always next year. After I finished, there was lunch, with a certain Matt Fitzpatrick. I walked around the course watching other people playing, there were lots of famous professionals and some very well-known celebrities. The gala dinner at the Hilton was fabulous, celebrities everywhere.The next morning I was asked to attend a SkySports session with Charley Hull on the skills zone, which was great.I’m in the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream final again this year and really looking forward to itWho has helped you progress?For the first few years obviously, both the guys at Brocton Hall – Jon & Nevil – were very instrumental. County coaching with Rob, and then Sam & Phil at England’s West Midlands Squad. The England set-up is tremendously supportive and provides opportunities for development that in normal circumstances, would be difficult to come by. But my coach, Chris Hall of Rushcliffe GC has been tremendous, helping me with all aspects of my game and development over these last three years, as well as being fantastically supportive and always being there to help and guide me.What are your golfing goals?Lots! To play for England, to become a professional golfer, to play for Europe in the Solheim Cup, to travel the world – and to just enjoy my golfWhat would you say to other girls to persuade them to play?Just to go and try it, but give it a real chance and not give up.• Inspired by Hannah’s story? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find out about free and low cost beginner activities across the country. 4 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Hannah Golding, 15, on competing and enjoying golf at the top Tags: Girls, Golf Week, Womenlast_img read more

Local Middle School Teacher Guy Simpson Launches Second Novel

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Guy Simpson Local Amazon Best-Selling novelist and middle school teacher Guy Simpson of Rainier will debut his second mythological fantasy novel The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Tower of Dreams with an author appearance and book signing as he hosts the upcoming Sundance Sunday screening of “What We Do in the Shadows” at Yelm Cinemas, Sunday, April 17, 2016.The author will be hosting the two screenings of the 86 minute comedic New Zealand Mockumentary about vampires coping with the modern world.  The movie times are at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The author will begin his host duties at 1:00 p.m. and will continue after each show.  This is the first time Yelm Cinemas has had an author host their new Sundance Sunday film event.  Tickets are available on their website for both shows. Simpson, a science and leadership teacher, award winning artist and illustrator, and member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, has been working on the Brotherhood of Olympus Saga for over thirty years while collecting extensive research for the myths, legends, and art that lies as the foundation of the tale.  He is currently working on the third book in the saga.The second book in The Brotherhood of Olympus series, this new novel will continue the story told in Simpson’s best-selling first book.Based on true events and set in the early 1980s in Hoquiam and Vancouver, Washington, The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Tower of Dreams is the second book in the series and tells the story of Drake Fraser, a painfully shy, intellectually gifted fifteen year-old boy growing up with his four brothers.  Three months have passed since the Fraser brothers defeated the demons who caused the death of their uncle, united by the struggle they founded the Brotherhood of Olympus.  Now a war of mythological proportions looms on the horizon, and the original Brotherhood is beginning to unravel before they even begin to face the new dangers that await them.  As the leader, Drake must recruit a ragtag ensemble of social misfits to form the core of his new Brotherhood.  The dark gods are poised to strike, and a legendary tower that travels across different realities holds the key to their victory over humanity.  Only one thing stands in the way of their plan to unleash Hell on Earth.  The Brotherhood of Olympus—if they can survive high school, learn to trust each other, and become the heroes they were meant to be.Clyde Lewis, host of the nationally syndicated “Ground Zero” radio show said, “Guy T. Simpson, Jr. is a brilliant author who is bound for great places, he is an expert at bringing the world of the paranormal to the written page, his stories are a rare treat.”last_img read more

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