SITA’s Location Lead looking forward to increasing Letterkenny team

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SITA’s Location Lead looking forward to increasing Letterkenny team Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Facebook WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – April 7, 2021 Pinterest SITA’s Location Lead in Letterkenny believes the region can compete with the best that’s out there and is looking forward to increasing his team. Last month, the company announced the creation of 55 new jobs at its base in the town.SITA provides IT services to the transport industry and opened its offices in Letterkenny in 2003 with an initial workforce of 20.Vincent Kennedy spoke to Ciaran O’Donnell on this week’s Business Matters podcast he says the north west has so much to offer:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Business-Matters-Vincent-Kennedy.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Previous articleBusiness Matters Ep 38 – Vincent Kennedy & Anne Marie ConlonNext articleThe first time I was beat and not disappointed – Conor Orr News Highland Pinterestlast_img read more

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Man Charged With DWI, Allegedly Driving 71 MPH In Jamestown

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Headline says 25 year old article says 44 year old which is it WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing charges after police say he was busted driving 71 m.p.h. in parts of the city while drunk.New York State Police report 44-year-old Hashaun Leeper fled officers who attempted to stop him on North Main Street on Wednesday.Troopers say Leeper fled down several city streets before police were able to get him to stop on West 9th Street.Police say Leeper was taken into custody following a brief struggle. At the State Police Barracks, troopers say Leeper provided a breath sample of .21 percent or more than twice the legal limit.He is charged with aggravated DWI, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police office in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.He is scheduled to appear in Jamestown City Court next month.last_img read more

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Man City are the least efficient team in Premier League – report

first_img Despite the poor results City are still dominating most games and that’s what makes them the least efficient team in the league, according to CIES Observatory. The Swiss data analysts base their algorithm on possession, shots taken and where the shots are taken from and have revealed that City should be earning 2.45 points per game and are only earning 2.09. Liverpool meanwhile are the most efficient side with 0.66 more points per game than they ‘should’ have, meaning if both teams were playing at ‘zero’ efficiency then City would be topping the table. To date the Reds’ only dropped points came at Old Trafford against rivals Manchester United and even then they were 1-0 down until a late Adam Lallana goal, showing their determination. City on the other hand have absolutely dominated in games where they’ve dropped points. Against Crystal Palace earlier this month they had 73% possession and 25 shots but drew 2-2, despite Palace having just five shots. That result was also indicative of why Palace are third in the list, behind just Liverpool and Newcastle United, another side doing well to bat above their average. Newcastle beat Chelsea despite having just 30% of possession. Read Also: Ex-Man City winger Henri Ogunby joins Burnley Manchester United fans might despair to find that their club are also one of the most inefficient teams in the league but they wouldn’t actually be any higher up the table. They have the fifth best points per game ratio in the league currently and despite them having a -0.26 efficiency difference they’d still only have the fifth best points per game ratio if everything was even. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team would have 1.74 points per game at zero efficiency but would still be behind City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester City if they were all at zero too. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester City should have .36 points more per game in the Premier League this season, making them the least efficient team with their possession and chances in England’s top tier this season. Pep Guardiola’s men aren’t having a good defence of the title they won last season and are 16 points behind leaders Liverpool, having lost five times and drawn three. There has been several occasions this season when Jurgen Klopp’s team have looked like they would drop points but the mark of their brilliance this season is that they’ve kept going and picked up wins where they’d have usually drawn.last_img read more

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Route 35 Village Proposal Postponed

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – The township Planning Board has delayed hearing the Route 35 Village project – a combination of almost 340,000 square feet of commercial space and 350 townhouses – until at least early December.At its June 15 meeting, the Planning Board said it would combine hearing the “Shoppes at Middletown” commercial and the “Oaks at Middletown” residential proposals – actually separate applications for different parts of a 118-acre tract along Route 35, so the board and public could better comprehend the various aspects, such as engineering, traffic and other related components. The 118 acres is between Route 35 North, Kings Highway East, Carriage Drive and Kanes Lane – identifiable by the iconic Calico the Clown advertising sign at the Spirits Unlimited liquor store.But when the board met Wednesday, Sept.7, the township Planning and Community Development Department had yet to deem the Oaks application complete. The Planning Board could have continued hearing the Shoppes application, which it had started hearing June 1 and continued June 15, but it decided to postpone the hearing until both could be heard at the same time. The Planning Board also expressed a concern about first being able to review additional information submitted by John Orrico/Village 35, the Purchase, New York, developer proposing the Shoppes.“I see no purpose of moving forward (at this time),” Planning Board Chairman John Deus said at the meeting.The Planning and Community Development Department has to rule on the completeness of the townhouse application within 45 days of its submission, or by about Oct. 10. But the Planning Board said the earliest available date to begin hearing the Route 35 Village proposal would be Dec. 7 due to scheduling and public noticing.Toll Brothers, the Horsham, Pennsylvania, company that proposes the Oaks, had submitted an application May 27. The Planning and Community Development Department requested more information, resulting in Toll Brothers resubmitting on Aug. 25 – which put the October deadline in place.Marc Policastro, lawyer for the Shoppes, requested the Shoppes hearing continue at the Sept. 7 meeting. But the board denied that.“Everything to move forward is as a consolidated application,” Deus said.“There’s no practical way this board can hold two concurrent hearings,” said Planning Board Attorney James Gorman. “Confusing the public, confusing the board didn’t make sense.”While Dec. 7 is the earliest the Planning Board could entertain the Shoppes-Oaks hearing, a decision on a specific date would be made down the road, Gorman said.Outside of the Planning Board meeting, representatives of the Shoppes declined to comment.Orrico has maintained he would do no interviews until after the application is heard.John A. Giunco, the lawyer for the Oaks, said Toll Brothers looks to meet all township demands. “Toll Brothers takes this application very seriously,” Giunco said.Opponents, however, were glad the Planning Board held off on continuing any aspect of the Route 35 Village project.“We’re obviously happy it was pushed out,” said Pauline Hynes, who lives in the township’s Chapel Hill section. “Any delay is good.”“The residents were very pleased with the board’s decision, because the only way to review this application is to be combined,” said Monica Manning, president of the Minding Middletown, LLC citizens action group.Minding Middletown expressed concern about the suburbanization of Kings Highway East, the need for a movie theater and traffic flow. Minding Middletown is putting together a team of experts to fight the project, including Red Bank lawyer Ron Gasiorowski. It also runs the StopVillage35 Facebook page and holds information sessions.The Shoppes at Middletown is envisioned to be 338,455 square feet of retail, restaurant and movie theater space with 1,786 parking spaces on 52 acres along Route 35. On the rear 66 acres of the 118-acre tract, Toll Brothers would build 350 townhouses – 280 units at open-market price and 70 units of affordable housing.The 118 acres is owned by Mountain Hill LLC, which is the local Azzolina-Scaduto family. Mountain Hill’s lawyer Gary Fox declined comment.Before the Planning Board meeting started, residents expressed their opposition to all or parts of the Route 35 Village project.“Who wants it?” said Jean Ferrando, 75, who lives off Kings Highway East. “I don’t want it. There’s going to be a lot of traffic. (Route) 35 is bad enough.”Builders have a right to build, but “you’ve got to be fair to everybody,” said Christa Costello, who has lived off Kings Highway East for 16 years.“We’re really trying to downscale this a little bit,” said Costello, who expressed concern about a buffer between the project and her Kings Landing development.“This is my third move in Middletown,” Costello said. “We moved over here because it was really country-like. Kings Highway (East), what are they going to do with that nice country road? There’s going to be a highway now.”Marc Cofone, 46, of the Belford section was accompanying his aunt, Carolyn Crimmins, who lives in Kings Landing. He said a major concern was residential property values going down because of the development.“I’m totally disgusted they are doing this to the people living there for more than 30 years,” Crimmins said.last_img read more

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Leafs turn up defence to edge Spokane Braves 3-1

first_imgNelson is 3-1 against the Braves this season.Carsen Willans, Travis Wellman and Austin Seaman scored for the Leafs while Brad Rebagliati turned aside 20-plus shots to register the win in goal.Nelson, 22-2-1-3 on the season, increases its Murdoch Division lead to 10 points over idle Beaver Valley Nitehawks.However, Nelson has played two more games than the Fruitvale based squad.Nelson travels to Fernie Friday to meet the Ghostriders before playing the Nitehawks December 13 in Fruitvale.Next home game for the Leafs is Saturday, December 14 against Golden Rockets. Much of the success for the Nelson Leafs this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season has come through the offence.Wednesday, at the NDCC Arena, the Leafs clamped down defensively on the Spokane Braves, scoring a 3-1 Murdoch Division decision.The win was the second straight for the Leafs and avenged a 4-3-overtime loss to the Braves the last time the American franchise was in the Heritage City.last_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENTS MAKING TOUCHING RETURN TO NORTH AFTER OMAGH BOMB MASSACRE

first_imgA ban on Donegal-based Spanish students crossing the border after the horrific Omagh bombing has been lifted for the first time in 15 years.Gonzalo Cavedo poses for a picture just seconds before the car containing the Omagh bomb explodes behind him.Two Spanish students were among the 29 people killed in the massacre on August 15th 1998.Students have continued to come from Spain to spend summers in Donegal but have never been allowed to cross the border into Northern Ireland. But this week small group of students have been allowed to visit the Peace Bridge in Derry.Fernando Blasco Baselga (12) and group leader Rocio Abad Ramos (23) were among the victims, along with Buncrana youngsters Shaun McLaughlin (12), James Barker (12) and eight-year-old Oran Doherty.Another Spanish visitor to Omagh on the day of the blast features in one of the most poignant images from the day.Gonzalo Cavedo was captured posing with a young child on his shoulders, completely unaware that in the red car just yards away was a 500lb bomb which seconds later would claim the lives of many in the picture and injure hundreds more. Mr Cavedo and the child survived, but the photographer was killed. Organiser Paula Helguero of the Donegal Centre scheme told the Belfast Telegraph that time has been a healer.“Families were worried that something could happen again. But time has been something of a healer and we thought we should return to the north, especially with the Year of Culture and with Derry looking so great.“We haven’t brought all the students together, but rather in groups of around 15 or 20.”In the years after the bombing, the Spanish students who stay with host families in Donegal were brought to Buncrana via Sligo rather than having to travel through Northern Ireland.Paula also revealed that her own niece was caught up in the bombing and was badly injured. However she made a full recovery and has since gone on tow work with Ryanair in Oslo.Paula and her students are planning to remember the bombing today by holding a special mass in Buncrana.DONEGAL STUDENTS MAKING TOUCHING RETURN TO NORTH AFTER OMAGH BOMB MASSACRE was last modified: August 16th, 2013 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:buncranaOMagh bombingSpanishstudentslast_img read more

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Thursday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-74]YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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NFL Week 2 picks: 49ers, Raiders on the rebound

first_imgIt’s Week 2 in the NFL’s annual Lombardi Trophy Hunt. Everyone likes a comeback story, so let’s get over a lousy Week 1 debut and pick us some winners:49ers 23, Lions 10: It’s been 20 years since the 49ers went unbeaten at home all season. Could this be the start of that again? Jimmy Garoppolo, still undefeated (at Levi’s Stadium). Line: 49ers -6Raiders 31, Broncos 27: Jon Gruden was 0-4 at Denver in his last Raiders stint. So he came back to make amends. Imagine Al Davis’ pep talks after all …last_img read more

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Is Africa misbranded?

first_img21 August 2007Nation brands are difficult to get right. When it comes to Africa, the branding of the continent is particularly one-sided. It is easy to mistake one of the world’s most disparate and compelling continents as an impoverished, war-riddled charity case that is best to avoid.Despite the fact that some African countries are excelling in growth and stability – Botswana, for example, was one of the world’s fastest growing economies over the last decade – the continent’s reputation continues to overpower the identities of its nations.Perhaps this is because the noisiest branding of Africa still comes from outside the continent.The failure of ‘charity branding’Africa’s dominant image has been created by the charity brands: the 1985 Live Aid to provide food for Ethiopia, 2005’s Live 8, “Make Poverty History,” G8 politics, Sir Bono and Sir Bob, celebrity adoptions, and Vanity Fair covers. This article was first published by brandchannel.com. Republished here with kind permission from the author.Such campaigns can play a positive role – a strong public voice can put ground swells of pressure on politicians and instigate change. But, en masse, these campaigns have a tendency to create a perception of Africa as a continent that is beyond hope: too much poverty, too much death, and an overwhelming sense of too many problems with too few coherent solutions.For all the good intentions of the campaigners, the tragic reality is that even the charity branding is not working.Despite the awareness and the pleas – and the impression that much is being done for “Africa” – overall international aid to Africa has consistently fallen during the last decade; most of the G8 promises to help Africa have not been met; unfair international trade rules remain a key issue; and external funding for manageable diseases like HIV/Aids and malaria is simply not enough. The newspaper columns, the concerts, and the international declarations remain in the realms of rhetoric.All in the same ‘basket case’While it is impossible to deny that within Africa lies critical, complex, and extraordinarily challenging issues, it must also be acknowledged that she is a continent of 54 countries and one of vast contrasts.Zimbabwe still attracts tourists to the stable enclave of Victoria Falls while the rest of the country collapses; its neighbour, South Africa, is experiencing high levels of economic growth, tourism, and foreign investment, while shouldering a reputation for violent crime; Mozambique has become a hot-spot for backpackers and other tourists after decades of civil war; Morocco in the north has successfully become a “European” travel destination, almost distinct from the rest of Africa.Yet any “good” stories of growth, strong leadership, and achievements are too often overshadowed by persistent news of the bad.“Africa is suffering from the ‘continent branding effect’ where every country shoulders the reputation of the others,” says government advisor Simon Anholt.“One of the greatest obstacles to Africa’s economic development is the well-meaning attempt from people in the West branding Africa as a ‘basket case.’ But a charity brand is fundamentally different from a growth brand. So Africa is simultaneously trying to present two incompatible ideas: a desirable destination and a charity case.”A re-brand for African countries?The tables, however, are beginning to turn. Attempts are being made by individual African countries to create identities that stand out from the dominant Africa continent brand.Much of these branding exercises are aimed at the business and tourism sectors. Ethiopia “re-branded” to lose its previous famine-ridden image in favour of foreign investment and tourism. Namibia clearly recognized that celebrity endorsement can boost a country brand by allowing “Brad and Angelina” (plus baby) to their shores. Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo are actively courting international business to attract investment in their post-conflict states.Countries like Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, and Botswana have successfully positioned their wares to appeal to the high-end traveller. Even Nigeria has attempted a repositioning by launching its “Heart of Africa” campaign to a London audience “to promote Nigeria’s national brand assets.” Its message seeks to convince the UK’s business minds that there is more to Nigeria than oil and conflict.But there is the danger of branding for branding’s sake or mistaking a tourism campaign, website, or advertising as a country “re-brand”.“The first principle of brand development is to do it for a good measurable reason,” says Douglass de Villiers, CEO at Interbrand Sampson Africa. “It’s amazing the amount of money and effort that is wasted on country branding ‘because everyone’s doing it’.“The second principle of brand development is that branding is not advertising. Our TVs and press are inundated with ‘country adverts’ – the ads are becoming generic and seem unsupported by other brand development activities.“In essence,” argues De Villiers, “when embarking on the development of a country brand, the reasoning and activities should be based on a solid country business plan – growing GDP and sustaining GDP is usually a perfect place to start.”South Africa’s experienceSouth Africa has long invested in its own brand, both inside the country and internationally. Much can be learned from South Africa’s experiences of shifting perceptions (and realities) in the transition from an apartheid state, which was eventually boycotted by the international community, to a democratic country in 1994. In hindsight, significant progress has been made over the last decade.“The success of creating and consolidating the South African brand has been its comprehensive and people-centric approach to country branding,” says John Battersby, UK country manager for South Africa’s International Marketing Council. “It rolls together both the tangibles and intangibles and highlights the touch-and-feel components of branding.“The diversity, warmth, and generosity of the people – the ‘ubuntu’ – is what visitors really take away from South Africa,” says Battersby. “And that is why the music, the sounds, and the rhythm of the nation are as important as the wildlife, mountains, and beautiful beaches. So the brand that emerges is as tangible as Coca-Cola or Nike and it is the sum of all its parts – tourism, economic potential, and human diversity and togetherness.”South Africa may be on the right track – and is well aware that there are more issues to iron out before the country hosts soccer’s World Cup in 2010 – but many other nations still lag behind.“The good news is that African governments are thinking about this a lot,” says Anholt. “But they are reaching the wrong conclusions. Expensive advertising and PR campaigns, logos, and slogans are a wicked waste of taxpayers’ and donors’ money. A reputation cannot be constructed; it has to be earned.”The African RenaissanceWhile Africa’s nations search for their voice with “brand Africa,” the regional context must not be overlooked. It is important that an African national brand is clear on its position as part of the African continent, while offering something distinct from her neighbours – the nation is the sub-brand within the larger continent brand.South Africa’s approach has included this factor. “There needs to be a balance between South Africa as part of Africa and South Africa itself; the South Africa brand does not exist in a vacuum,” says Battersby. “Our approach capitalizes on the specific strengths of South Africa: it is both a gateway and a catalyst to speed the revival of Africa.”Indeed, South Africa has often positioned herself, and been perceived, as a lead player in Africa.President Thabo Mbeki famously proposed an “African Renaissance” in a speech in 1998 – it was a rallying cry for African countries to unite and throw off any remaining colonial hangovers: “[O]ut of Africa reborn must come modern products of human economic activity, significant contribution to the world of knowledge, in the arts, science and technology, new images of an Africa of peace and prosperity.” It could also be interpreted as a call for a regional repositioning of Africa on the international stage.Perhaps the most important aspect of “brand Africa,” and one that seems to be absent from the international charity-focused brand, is the involvement of African people.As de Villiers says: “The countries’ branding activities will need to focus on a multitude of audiences, all with different interests and drivers. But importantly – very importantly – the country also needs to focus on its people as their backbone to the brand’s development. If the country’s own people don’t buy the brand, then the intended audience won’t – at least not for long!”The future Africa?An effort to “brand” Africa, and her countries, does not mean glossing over the troubling issues to promote only the good. But it is a tactic of balancing perceptions. As an African trade representative commented: “creating a brand for a country is about striking a balance – you need to intensify the positive image that people know about you, and balance this with addressing the challenges that you experience as a country.”Africa could benefit from a shift in her current identity: by a brand that is managed from within, with a vision that is not overshadowed by charity and donor messages, or by a one-sided media image.Emerging country brands must also be realistic and authentic. A website or tourism campaign may be a component of a brand campaign, but it will have little impact without a broader brand development structure and vision.“We currently rely on the stereotype of the celebrity driven, paternalistic helping hand that belies the true power of the African people and their cultural landscape,” says Iain Ellwood, head of strategy at Interbrand UK. “We are still waiting for the authentic branding of African nations.”Perhaps only then will the dominant image of a “no hope” Africa be a brand of the past.Melissa Davis runs Truebranding, an agency in London that specialises in brand and responsibility. She is also the author of “More than a Name: An introduction to branding” (AVA Books, 2005). This article was first published by brandchannel.com. Republished here with kind permission from the author.last_img read more

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