There was a rush to the forecourts this week to register new models, with the industry predicting the best New Year sales figures in quite a while.As we enter another new year and resolutions are being made, how about this for a resolution – in with the old and out with the new!Inishowen Motors and Nissan are pleased to announce their latest cost saving promotion. Trade in your old car now and you’ll get a guaranteed minimum of €4,000 towards a brand new Nissan Pulsar, Note, Juke or Micra.Hurry though, this is only until January 31st.It has never been a better time to buy a new car, with wage increases expected this year and fuel prices expected to fall even further.But buyers are still very budget conscious and economy and emission levels, which are directly related to road tax charges, are still big topics on the forecourt. Nissan have been at work on these issues, with new engines and car designs across the entire range, the new aerodynamic bodystyle on the Pulsar will cut through the wind the same way it’ll cut through your fuel costs.Tax for the year is just €180 on the diesel model which is the lowest you can get.The 110 BHP engine has plenty of power.Inishowen Motors is the place to go with your old car where you will get a guaranteed €4000 for it, all it needs is a valid NCT cert.These popular and stylish models have never been more affordable and according to the SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry), 2015 is the year to buy new. Alan Nolan Director General SIMI commenting on these figures; “As 2014 has drawn to a close we are pleased to end the year with new car sales 30% ahead of the previous year. ‘The feedback received from our members for January has been very positive, indicating continued growth in sales in January and the rest of 2015’Don’t make this year one of failed resolutions and make sure you avail of this great offer with Inishowen Motors and Nissan. This scrappage offer is only available until January 31st 2015 so act quickly and make sure this resolution drives you into 2016!DRIVE IN OLD, DRIVE OUT NEW WITH THE NISSAN SCRAPPAGE DEAL AT INISHOWEN MOTORS was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnews
By Danny Penzadpenza@times-standard.com @penzatopaper on TwitterARCATA >> Just as the temperature at the Arcata Ball Park started to drop, the Crabs’ bats caught fire again.Much like they have done throughout their current win streak, the Crabs’ offense poured it on against the opposition. They might not have dropped a 10-spot in one inning like in Sunday’s 16-0 win, but it was close, as Humboldt scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth after falling behind 5-0 en route to an 11-7 victory …
ARCATA >> A truncated training camp has hit its midway point.Ten days of camp down, 10 more to go.The evaluation period doesn’t stop after Saturday afternoon’s scrimmage at the Redwood Bowl for head coach Rob Smith. What the scrimmage did offer was the chance to take another step forward to that all-important 2016 season opener, which is starting to get closer and closer on the calendar.“We’ve got to put kids in game-like situations, and scrimmages do that as best as we can hope for,” Smith …
23 October 2015Austerity measures that were introduced to reduce wastage in the public sector had led to the government reducing its spend notably, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said when tabled his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in the National Assembly on 21 October.In 2013, under the leadership of Pravin Gordhan, the Treasury announced wide- ranging measures to reduce public spending, issuing an instruction for government credit cards to be closed, and for the cost containment of consultants, travel, entertainment and eventing expenses by all government departments.Finance Min Nhlanhla #Nene delivers his Mid Term Budget Policy Statement #MTBPS [Gallery] https://t.co/GUqG2xItgN pic.twitter.com/FzXRvz5ktt— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) October 22, 2014Those measures were now starting to bear fruit, Nene said, adding that “across all national and provincial departments. a 3% decrease was achieved in spending on consultants. and a 47% decrease in catering, entertainment and events expenditure”.When they were introduced, the Treasury also announced that spend on official travel would be reduced, with only ministers and director-generals allowed business class travel allowances. Other measures to cut spending included motor vehicle bulk buys and limited hotel allowances.Nene said there was further light at the end of the tunnel as far as government spending was concerned.“Preliminary budget data indicate that there will be further reductions in these categories of spending over the medium-term expenditure framework period, contributing both to value for money and improved public service delivery.” While there was not yet full compliance with these ongoing measures, “the Treasury is currently revising the cost containment instruction to review thresholds and clarify its implementation, especially on expenditure related to conference”.Expenditure ceiling projected to rise by 2.5%The minister went on to highlight expenditure that was necessary for effective national growth, proposing that the Treasury increase spending over the long term to sustain debt levels when the economy experienced turbulent times.South Africa is experiencing a projected slow growth of 1.5% in 2015. With the economy buckling under energy constraints and other external factors, the minister warned that “the expenditure ceiling remains the primary tool to stabilise debt. No resources will be added to the spending ceiling over the next two years.“Beginning with the 2016 Budget, government will align spending limits in the outer year of the MTEF (Medium Term Expenditure Framework) with the long-term path of GDP (gross domestic product) growth, building on government’s countercyclical and sustainable approach to fiscal management.”This would link the expenditure ceiling to the long-term fiscal guideline, which would link spending to projected economic growth. That growth was expected to rise to 2.8% – on condition, Nene warned, “that government eases electricity, transport and telecommunications infrastructure constraints by 2018”.“The long-term guideline gives expression to the fiscal principles of countercyclicality and debt sustainability. It will ensure that spending grows at a stable rate over the business cycle.”A countercyclicality approach was adopted at the height of the 2008 global meltdown; it means the government increased its spending when times were hard, and slowed it to fall within GDP growth when the economy stabilised.This helped the country ride the tide, with government rolling out large capital projects, including the construction of stadiums that were used during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.An expenditure ceiling should be sufficiently flexible to accommodate large shocks and structural changes to the economy, Nene stressed. “However, where structural improvements in revenue are apparent, through tax policy changes, improved administration or economic shifts, a corresponding increase in the spending ceiling will be considered.”R200-million set aside for nuclearMedupi power station is coming to life – Download the latest issue of our insights magazine http://t.co/t4DHvDUURR pic.twitter.com/IS5WUMt76H— KPMG South Africa (@KPMG_SA) October 7, 2015In a media briefing before his speech on Wednesday, Nene emphasised the need to invest in solving energy challenges for the country. With R200-million reserved for this direction, he said South Africa had made good progress in powering the nation, over and above the nuclear option.“We’re not just looking at nuclear; we’re looking at the entire energy mix and nuclear is part of that energy mix and (the money) has been set aside to support the preparatory work that has been done.“Ultimately what the National Treasury and Department of Energy would want to see is a situation where we are able to address our energy challenge in totality.”He named the opening of the first unit of Medupi and the ongoing success of the Independent Power Producer programme, adding, though, that more still needed to be done to ensure that South Africa had an adequate and reliable supply of energy to power a modern economy.Another development was the government’s alleviating of the pressure of Eskom’s financial position with a R23-billion equity investment financed from the sale of Vodacom shares. Additionally, it was revising its integrated resource plan, which maps out the country’s future energy mix, including options for renewables, coal, gas and nuclear power.“The state has built partnerships with the private sector to address the electricity-supply gap, making additional capacity available through the renewable energy programme. This initiative is being extended to include investment in base- load coal generation plants,” Nene noted in his address to Parliament.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Washington, D.C. CTO Bryan Sivak is creating the infrastructure for a city that makes everyone a map maker in the cloud. His plan? Give citizens easy tools to create their own mapping applications that can be augmented with additional data.Sivak spoke at the Gov 2.0 conference this past week where he outlined projects now underway in the city. According to Information Week, these include his plans to create a private cloud that acts as a shopping experience for the IT manager. After adding a server to an online shopping cart, the order is completed and a server automatically spools up into the private cloud. That’s not the map part but it shows the level of sophistication and the modern focus the city is adopting in order to develop an infrastructure that leverages the cloud for city operations and the community.As for his geospatial goals, Sivak’s plan is to crowdsource the process of creating geodata that is layered on to map locations. The city is now developing a series of templates and best practices to spark the development of mapping applications. For example, this might include support to create apps that provide pointers to city services or polling place locations.Information Week:“The city is already a heavy supplier of mapping applications, having 26 apps that mash maps up with data on crimes, evacuation routes, school data, emergency facilities, addresses of notaries public, leaf collection, and much more.”Sivak also wants to provide ways for citizens to update city maps or augment maps with additional information such as the location of park benches and traffic lights. The idea is to take crowdsourcing to a higher level of detail by offering the capability to use this geospatial data to mark not just locations but documents and data relevant to the place.This is ambitious but the challenge, as always, is to provide the tools that will make it easy for people to add information. That means simple ways to create their own online maps or those provided by the city. The reality of an augmented geospatial municipality will emerge if there truly is interaction with the community.Our poor economy creates constraints that force local, state and federal governments to look at new ways cloud-based services may be provided. To save money, municipalities are adopting online email services such as GMail. But the forward looking leaders are looking beyond email. They are providing tools so people may create information networks that span the geographies and the cultures of their rich communities. Tags:#enterprise#news Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair alex williams
Sea plane routes connecting the various islands of Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar as well as Hyderabad’s Prakasam Barrage with Nagarjunasagar in Telangana are among the routes being offered to airlines under the fourth round of UDAN scheme.The Ministry of Civil Aviation invited bids for 134 routes under the low-cost flying scheme, also known as Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), on Friday. Interested players can submit their proposals by February 22.Islands of Agatti, Kavaratti, and Mincoy in Lakshadweep have been offered for bidding. Popular islands of Andaman and Nicobar such as Hutbay, Neil, Long Island,Havelock have also been sought to be connected with sea planes under this round of UDAN.On the request of the State government, the Ministry has also invited interest for connecting Prakasam Barrage over Krishna river with Hyderabad as well as Nagarjunasagar dam in Telangana.Last month, the Ministry awarded 235 routes after the successful completion of the third round of bidding for UDAN routes. Players have six months to commence services. These included unserved airports of Andaman and Nicobar at Campbell Bay, Shibpur, Car Nicobar, and six watedromes at Guwahati River Front and Umrangso Reservoir in Assam, Nagarjuna Sagar dam in Telangana, and Shatrunjay Dam and Statue of Unity in Gujarat.Several airports in the northeast region such as Tezpur, Shillong, Passighat and Aizawl have also been offered again for bidding after 56 routes were withdrawn from Air Deccan and Air Odisha because of their failure to provide regular services.Of the 428 routes awarded to airlines under the first two rounds of bidding, 138 have taken off so far.
It’s not for nothing the world is in awe of China for whatever new it does virtually every day. As this huge port city braces for the challenge of hosting the high profile Asian Games, the signs of progress and prosperity can be seen all around.Participants perform during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou on Friday.From the bustling Baiyun International Airport to the brand new Asian Games complex is almost an hour-long drive. It criss-crosses through heavy traffic which moves at a fast pace and reflects how the host city has prepared to handle the big event starting on November 12.The flowing highways leading to the Asian Games complex is one journey which actually captures how China has meticulously prepared for an event of this stature.It would seem as a smaller one in comparison to the Olympics held in Beijing in 2008 but in reality, the Asian Games has grown up to be a big event.If one were to compare Guangzhou with how New Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games, every facet is different.The word corruption cannot be heard here nor do you hear of bickering between agencies involved in the various works, with close to 40 new venues made for a plethora of sporting events.It’s a task which has been completed so well that no where one finds post-construction debris piled up or last-minute coats of paint being applied.For a country where there is virtually no scope for organisational glitches, more than big personalities involved in the work, the faces of volunteers are so different.advertisementBack in 2008, much as volunteers in Beijing tried hard to speak in English, it was a struggle for the non-Chinese to deal with them. From something as simple as asking for a subway route or giving instructions to a cab driver, unless you had addresses written in Chinese, it was a struggle.Now, in a matter of two years, the change is huge and stark. Cheerful volunteers in Guangzhou are not the only ones who are conscious they have to speak English to be understood and be helpful.Even those who have been hardcore ‘Chinese’ realise that the importance of English, and are making an effort to converse in one of the most widely spoken languages around the globe.The signage around the Asian Games sub-city is mostly in English and for people who have been coming to this country repeatedly, this is a big change. Old timers recall how in 1990, when Beijing hosted the Asian Games, it reflected the old China.People then were actually hesitant to interact with people from outside the country. Today, there is no such hesitancy in Guangzhou as from the young college kid — who has taken it as a challenge to be a volunteer – to a waiter in a hotel, the desire to speak English is pronounced.For those who have watched sport for decades and seen China grow, they swear this country is dead serious about not just producing champions but also how it wants to be seen as a nation which can host any big event.Undoubtedly, after the success of the Olympics in 2008, holding an Asian Games is being seen as something simple.But the bigger picture is how China could again emerge as one of the strong contenders for hosting yet another edition of an Olympics in the future.At a time when India doesn’t know whether or not to bid for the 2019 Asian Games, China’s message to the world is loud and clear.If it comes to the 2024 Olympics or the ones in 2028, they may well again throw their hats in the ring.And this is why the world sees China with admiration and awe. It’s a big achievement for a nation to hold Olympics and Asian Games within a gap of two years. China sure is a superpower today.
The world’s premier sports magazine, Sports Illustrated, and news channel Headlines Today, gave away sports awards in Bangalore on Thursday. Among the fourteen awards that were given away, Ramakant Achrekar, the coach of Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli, got the Lifetime Achievement Award. Somdev Devvarman bagged the Athlete of the Year Award. Besides his stellar performances in the Commonwealth Games and the Asiad, his consistent climb up the ATP charts definitely makes 2010 his year of reckoning. The Sportskid of the Year Award went to Wasim Jaffer’s nephew Arman Jaffer, who scored 498 in 490 balls in the Giles Shield in December last year. The Asiad Gold winning 4×400 meter relay quartet bagged the award for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year. Karnataka’s Ashwini Akunji received the award on behalf of her teammates. While Indian cricket coach Gary Kirsten got the Coach of the Year Award, Indian Test Team bagged the Team of the Year award, a fitting tribute to the team, which had climbed to the top of ICC Test ratings and stayed there despite all odds. The Sportsperson of the Year Award went to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa- Authorities say Sioux City firefighters have rescued a woman and three children who were trapped by flames in their second-floor home.Sioux City Fire Rescue was called to 3826 Garretson Avenue a little after 7:10 PM and found heavy smoke visible near the entrance of the two-story home upon arrival.Firefighters say flames in a stairwell kept the occupants from escaping the danger.Fire personnel assisted with removing the occupants from the balcony and quickly extinguished the fire.No injuries have been reported.Fire investigators have ruled the blaze accidental with the cause being an overloaded electrical circuit near the entrance.The structure sustained moderate fire damage and has been red tagged.