DD Motoring: Tucson turns on the style for 2019

first_imgOur motoring man Brian McDaid was down at Diver’s Hyundai Showroom this week in Letterkenny doing a bit of window shopping to see what ’s new for 2019 as he got behind the wheel of the latest in the ever popular Hyundai Tucson range. As the winter evenings close in and the weather gets miserable there was a nice feeling of security from the raised driving position of the new Facelift Hyundai Tucson which was  recently introduced to the range  with  more than just good looked to offer as we headed off for a test drive in the High spec demonstration model which Terence Diver has presently registered and on the road for customers to test drive before the new year.All-new power plant. Advertisement The new Tucson Hyundai 1.6 diesel engine, which replaces the old 1.7 unit, is boasting an increase in performance and economy. On the road, the new Tucson feels lively on the road which is very well matched to it six-speed gearbox.At times it feels a little too lively but the cars onboard system will soon remind you that you are exceeding the local speed limits with a visual message followed by an audible warning.It’s only when you get behind the wheel of Hyundai that you realise how many more Hyundai that are on the roads in Letterkenny.Even the Garda are all running around the town in Hyundai ’s these days and I trust that they were looking with admiration at the latest face-lift model of the Hyundai rather than looking at the way I was driving it. Advertisement Luxury interior. The Hyundai Tucson which we tested this week came with an all leather soft grey interior complete with a hand-stitched leather steering wheel.Everything on the car interior controls is so well placed and had an ease of operations, even the power button handbrake works a treat once you let yourself believe in it.On our photo shoot out at the Gartan Outdoor Pursuit Centre, we had the all-new Tucson pictured in a lovely backdrop of the last of Autumn leaves, which seem to perfectly suit the Hyundai SUV pedigree and with the help of the standard reversing camera and the parking and reversing sensors made sure that we didn’t reverse Terence’s new Tucson into one of Gartan’s massive trees.Our pre-new year drive in the latest offering from Hyundai of the Tucson was very enjoyable. This latest model has evolved in style and development to keep up to speed with the benchmark that Hyundai has reached as one of the best sellers in it sectors over the last few years since it replaced the i35 in 2016. Add to this all the safety features that Hyundai have like lane departure warning and self-steering. Things are looking very good for  2019 with Hyundai and Terence and his team as there prepare to get ready for the January sales.Last of the Listeners. At the Funeral Mass at St. Eunan’s Cathedral for the Late Patsy Hamilton the priest talked briefly about a quality that the Late Patsy Hamilton had – the art of listening.He was referring to listening in a conversation, but I couldn’t help but think that Patsy was listening all his life. Today its plug-in computers rolling roads and central processing units. But the genius that was the late Patsy Hamilton, could roll that all into one by simply listening to a Beetle engine running.The late Patsy Hamilton pictured in his workshop earlier this year beside a 1971 VW Beetle which he was working on. Photo Brian McDaidPatsy once told me there was a sound that Beetle engine made nearly like breathing that the air-cooled flat four Volkswagen beetle engine would make when it was running sweet.It was a sound that Patsy would listen for when he would be adjusting the timing or running the carburettor.This week Letterkenny and the larger circle of Volkswagen Beetle loving public said goodbye to Patsy Hamilton who sadly passed away this week.Patsy recently celebrated his 80th birthday and by sad coincidence, the man who was famously known as the go-to man for all things Beetle and Volkswagen air-cooled camper vans, it was the very same year the cornerstone was laid for the production of the very first Beetle and Patsy’s untimely death this week coincides with the news that Volkswagen are ending the production of the latest version of the beetle for good.On Wednesday morning, Patsy Hamilton made his last trip out over the Old Town Bridge. A classic Volkswagon Beetle belonging to Hugo Thompson from Rathmullen lead the funeral possession on his way to his final place of rest. But the memory of the genius of Patsy, who could make them old VW flat four sing, will never be forgotten.Rest in peace PatsyDD Motoring: Tucson turns on the style for 2019 was last modified: November 7th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:beetleBrian McDaiddd motoringmotorsvolkswagenlast_img read more

Transnet offers bursaries to engineering students

first_imgTransnet is fully owned by the South African government but operates as a corporate entity. It has five operating divisions: Transnet freight rail, Transnet rail engineering, Transnet national ports authority, Transnet port terminals, and Transnet pipelines. (Image: MediaClub.com)• Viwe Tlaleane Media LiaisonTransnet+27 11 308 2384Viwe.Tlaleane@transnet.net• A boost for engineering skills • Investing in African youth • Maths and science the fun way • Can drive raises R8.5m for education • More women engineers for South AfricaMelissa Jane CookOver the centuries, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World have inspired people with their engineering feats. They have motivated generations to create their own enormous structures that are both beautiful and functional.But it is not all about inspiration; there is also a lot of hard work involved. The first step to constructing such ventures is a sound education in engineering. Transnet, which needs infrastructure for the smooth running of transport across the country, needs engineers. With this in mind, it offers bursaries in the engineering disciplines of civil, electrical (heavy current), electronics, mechanical, mechatronics, industrial, and metallurgy (physical).The number of bursaries awarded by the enterprise each year is determined by the employment needs of Transnet and its capital investment programme, the Market Demand Strategy. Engineering students who receive Transnet bursaries are potential employees, depending on what vacancies are available in the parastatal once they have successfully completed their studies. In the financial year to March 2013, it continued to sponsor more than 300 students in their second, third and fourth years of study. It also awarded 122 full-time engineering bursaries to first-year students in various disciplines, compared to 60 in the previous financial year.Skills development is an important pillar of Transnet’s R307-billion ($27-billion) Market Demand Strategy, which covers its investment in infrastructure. It places a specific emphasis on developing and training engineers, technicians and artisans. There are as many as 2 000 apprentices undergoing training at any given time.“The company will spend R8.275-billion on training by 2018/19, including R4.7-billion on bursaries and grants,” says the group chief executive, Brian Molefe.Freight logisticsThe parastatal is the largest and most crucial part of the freight logistics chain in the country, and is behind South Africa’s national transport businesses, including ports and rail. Transnet is fully owned by the South African government but operates as a corporate entity. It has five operating divisions: Transnet freight rail, Transnet rail engineering, Transnet national ports authority, Transnet port terminals, and Transnet pipelines.In the financial year to March 2013, Transnet had 64 352 employees. The company has operations in all nine provinces. “The five operating divisions, supported by company-wide specialist functions, give meaning to our philosophy of ‘One Company, One Vision,’” Molefe says. “State-owned companies and major business have a responsibility to step forward, invest and create jobs.”Matriculants who qualify for tertiary level studies in engineering are encouraged to apply for a bursary to study at a South African institution. Requirements include:• Grade 12/matric;• Pure mathematics with a minimum pass of 60%;• Physical science with a minimum pass of 60%; and,• Pre-entry medicals.The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation and meals, book allowance, a computer from second year if required, and on-the-job training. Applicants are screened based on their academic results at school or at tertiary level, as well as their medical fitness. This means that students who are in their second year onwards can also – and are encouraged to – apply.Work experienceBased on academic performance, candidates are then invited to an interview. Students awarded university bursaries are required to work for Transnet for the equal number of years they are sponsored. The bursary may be renewed annually, depending on the student’s academic performance.Transnet also offers holiday work during the mid-year and end-of-year holidays. Those wanting to apply for a post during the holidays must indicate their preferred periods and cities. The parastatal also provides work integrated learning, or internships, to help students at universities of technology to complete the qualification requirements set by their respective training institutions.These students who get internships may be considered for permanent employment if there are vacancies at the company when they qualify. The bursary scheme is an opportunity for students to study and be exposed to the work environment. The parastatal takes on more students that it requires, so that it contributes to the national pool of skilled people.Applications for bursaries close on 31 July annually for the following year.last_img read more

Should We Be Asking for Pay History Data on Job Applications?

first_imgIn many states, it’s still legal to ask about candidate pay history. While some states have outlawed this practice, I still get questions like the one below fairly regularly:I have a question for you that I thought you would be uniquely able to provide advice for. I am currently seeking new employment. When submit an application, the prospective employer asks for me to input a salary into the online application. The field does not allow a range and does not allow letters so I cannot say “negotiable”. How should I answer this since I am experienced professional and I don’t want to automatically disqualify myself by being on the high side of whatever range the perspective employer is looking at. How would you recommend I answer these questions? –A reader in AlabamaSo, what should we do?Rethinking the QuestionOne reason some states have outlawed the practice of asking for pay information is because it adversely affects certain populations. For example, women are likely to negotiate salary just 7% of the time while men are likely to negotiate nearly 60% of the time. This doesn’t even touch on minorities, where the numbers are often worse.The problem I’ve always had with this question is this: what your last employer paid you should have zero bearing on the value I have placed on the position. If your former employer didn’t pay well, that doesn’t give me an excuse not to pay well.The Frank RealityFor the most part, employers don’t set out to ask this question in hopes of messing up someone’s life. They aren’t asking about former pay rates to trap someone in a job making less than they are worth. While that sometimes happens, it’s not the goal for many employers.The reason employers ask for pay history is so they don’t spend an inordinate amount of time walking down the path towards hiring a candidate they really like only to find out in the salary negotiations that the person wants $20k more than the role is budgeted for.So, if employers want to avoid this roadblock without running afoul of the law, what’s the option?At the front of the process, whether in the application or in the early screening conversation, simply tell the candidate this: “Our budget for this position is $X to $Y. Does that fit your expectations?”Yes, you’re showing your cards. Yes, you’re being transparent. But it satisfies two things. First, it helps to make sure you’re legally compliant in any markets where this applies. Second, and perhaps most importantly, it helps to demonstrate that you are dealing in a fair and transparent manner with potential employees.This long-standing method of waiting until the first person blinks (that’s what career coaches tell candidates to do in salary negotiations) is a terrible way to run the process for everyone. Nobody wants to speak because we’ve all been told the first person that speaks in a negotiation loses. However, this isn’t about creating a combative experience for new hires–it’s about building a new relationship. Don’t you want to start it the right way?Originally posted on Upstart HR blog.last_img read more

Pivots of the Web: What’s Next After Social Networking?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In this post we take a closer look at the paradigm shifts of the web, especially forthe near future. What approaches have dominated the web over the years and which ones failed; and why?Also, since Facebook is already widely accepted as the next big thing, the new questionis: what is the next “next big thing”? Is it already out there? To start withcheck out the graph below, summarizing the Web’s stages up till now and our vision for the future: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As you can see, the current trend is for social interactions to take oversearch as the pivot of the internet. But if you’re not convinced, here are a few examplesof why:Google and Microsoft’s billion dollar ad partnerships with MySpace and Facebookrespectively;Yahoo and Viacom’s bets on Facebook;Yahoo’s rivals.com acquisition and rumors of Fox offering to sell MySpace to Yahoo! in exchange for a 25% stake.The Eras of the WebAge #0 – eCommerceE-commerce is the most primitive way of making money online. It’s identical to the realworld, where you have some products (real or virtual) and you sell them to consumers andpocket the money. The only difference from the world we live in is that the “e” prefixeliminates some frictions and allows this process to get completed faster and easier eachyear. That’s why the first age of the Web was full of online sellers; companies gotfunded to sell and specialize in a variety of things. Some of them have become successfulbecause what they sold was aaleable (e.g. Amazon with books), but others failed becausetheir motivation was “everything can be sold over the internet” – which turned out to bewrong in some cases. Overall, e-commerce is still a very important component of theinternet’s revenue stream – albeit not as mighty as we once thought it could be.Age #1 – Single Sign-onWhile everyone was building and investing in e-commerce sites, two Stanford studentsfigured out a new way of making money online. Yahoo started out with a simple webdirectory, but their idea was to port traditional media business models to the onlinespace. They weren’t focused on selling goods, but they brought great services togetherand glued them with a single sign-on mechanism. Consequently, they created some sort ofvendor lock-in; because signing up has been the biggest friction that awaits web surfers.Remember the old tedious sign up processes – they even asked you how much money you makeper year! And note that there was no such thing as OpenID at that time.The motivation of Yahoo at that time was to keep the visitors as long as they could ontheir properties (actually not much has changed). After all, the longer users stay, themore ads they can view. This seemed like a perfect business model at first, because itallowed people to get great services for free. Everyone liked it and Yahoo became theposter child company of the late 90’s.Age #1.5 – GeocitiesWhile Yahoo was rising, a new service emerged and started to take the lead slowly –Geocities was one of many sites that provided free web hosting and web site creationservices. However GeoCities was different in some ways. It was more like the socialnetworking sites of today; the self expression level was high and the weird naming schemebased on city names gave it a human touch. That’s why we can call GeoCities the firstutterly successful social interaction platform. However, after it was acquired by Yahooit became yet another web hosting service provider – and it lost its soul and failed. Noone can blame Yahoo for that though, because that was the first of its kind and at thattime everyone was unaware of the social impact of such a big web acquisition.BoomThe Boom period (aka Dot Com) is not an age like the others, but is worth looking into.The reason of the boom was the lack of calibration between the pace of internetapplications and the internet infrastructure. VC firms invested heavily in web sites,with the dream of being the next Hotmail, eGroups, Viaweb – but the internetinfrastructure didn’t scale well to the increasing production. People were not spendingenough time on the internet and download speeds were slow – therefore the demand couldn’tsatisfy the production. Moreover, there wasn’t any adequate monetization method of thecontent spread over the web. As a result, revenues fell short and the market crashed verybadly.Age #2 – SearchWhile Yahoo was trying to get people to spend as much time as possible on theirproperties in order to maximize their advertising revenues, 2 other Stanford students –this time Larry Page and Sergey Brin – came up with the idea of excelling at search.Because they realized that search was the start point of the web. Even though people werelikely to spend time on Yahoo properties, they still needed long tail sites to getinformed and reach other stuff that Yahoo couldn’t offer. What Google did was to offer abetter search service with absolutely no clutter. Their sparse but highly efficientservice opened the doors to big deals and hugely profitable online advertising.Eventually they became the center of the web. Now, Google’s new purpose is to bringdesktop applications to the internet too.Age #2.5 – On-demand VideoIt’s a fact that humans are born lazy. Yes, we love spending time on the internet andinteract with many things; but still many of us prefer spending our free time on TV andwatching meaningless shows. What the new high speed internet infrastructure did was, insome sense, bring TV to the internet. And what YouTube and others did, was to bring it tous. Yes, Google was the center and we were still using it, but YouTube grew sharply tooduring this time. We started to spend more time watching videos than mining the internetfor more information. That didn’t only steal time from Google and the long tail sites,but also stole from the traditional TV networks – because we prefered on-demand TV overthe old linear one.What happened then is Google saw the potential at YouTube and bought it. This cost$1.65 B (an amount that Yahoo couldn’t or wouldn’t risk). But actually the number wassurprisingly low for a paradigm shifting company. Couldn’t YouTube become the new Googleby itself, couldn’t they make an IPO and become a billion dollar company? The answer isunexpectedly “no”. The reason was YouTube’s legal hassles. They knew that they wouldconfront legal problems sooner or later and that’s why they chose the quick exit and getunder the wings of a well established company. Google could protect them and spend therequired money to fight in courts. In fact, YouTube got sued almost immediately after theacquisition – Viacom wanted Google to pay $1 B for the illegal videos YouTube published.This was a big threat, that could’ve allowed other content producers to demand the sameas well.Age #3 – SocialActually social interactions have always played an important role in the internet.GeoCities, Friendster, ICQ, IRC were all signs of the fact that social interactions cancontrol the destiny of the web. But all of these products had problems and couldn’t makeit to the end. For example acquisitions finished GeoCities and ICQ. Friendster had badmanagement problems. MySpace kept growing, but it couldn’t take the necessary steps tobecome a real big thing. IRC became obsolete with ICQ. Only one company figured out theway of putting social interactions to the center of the web and it was Facebook.Facebook, for the first time, opened the gate and merged all social services into itself.Now you can integrate your IM (meebo), Twitter, and other services into Facebook easily.Thus Facebook became a true platform company and is increasingly many peoples startpage.Bigcos had already realized that social networking sites would eventually become ourstart pages and that all of our internet actions will get reshaped there. On the likes ofFacebook, our actions will be shaped by our friends and trusted communities. That’s whyGoogle signed a billion dollar deal with News Corp to become the default search providerof MySpace. Their thought was that hopefully this would give them some time before theyneeded to reorganize themselves and make an attack in the social world as well. Yahootried to buy Facebook, as it didn’t have this Platform feature yet, but failed. Theyended up by buying a niche site Rivals.com, to create their own Facebook and possibly try toexplore opportunities with News Corp’s MySpace.Age #4 – Joost ???It’s hard to guess the 4th phase of the web because we don’t even have the3rd one yet, fully. But what the past eras (see ages 1.5, 4 and 2.5) show isthat we will end up with the rebirth of online TV. Since we are all born lazy, video ondemand is the way to go. And what Joost is offering is higher quality content (thanks totheir collaboration with big content providers), higher quality watching experience(thanks to P2P technology) and a legal hassle-free alternative to YouTube, which hasalready shown tremendous success.ConclusionThis is an open ended article. You may not share the same ideas as me, especiallyabout my Age #4 estimation, because it’s completely subjective. For example some of youmay think that Second Life, meebo or NetVibes is the next next big thing. Please shareyour thoughts in the comments. I’m stopping here for the sake of keeping the articleshort(ish), but I am ready to discuss in the comments other possibilities. emre sokullu 1last_img read more

IDF 2012 San Francisco Business Client Sessions

first_imgAre you attending the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this year?  If so, I invite you to attend a session that I will be co-presenting along with two of my teammates from the Business Client Platform Division here at Intel.We will be highlighting several different ways you can develop solutions for the Intel vPro and Small Business Advantage platforms.  This session is targeted at both IT practitioners and software developers.  The class will naturally have slides, but will also include a number of live demos.  So, if you are interested in learning how you can create solutions for Intel’s business client platforms, I encourage you to attend and bring any questions you have.Here are the details on the class from the IDF website:Session ID: BCSS001Date/Time: 09/13/12 @ 10:15 amTitle: 2013 Business Client Solutions: Intel® vPro™ Technology and Intel® Small Business AdvantageAbstract:Whether you are an IT practitioner with Intel® vPro™ Technology clients in your enterprise, a medium business wanting to enhance your existing business process automation or a small business looking to improve efficiency and productivity of your PC assets, this is the session for you. Come see a glimpse of the innovative 2013 Business Client platforms, including the Ultrabook™, All-In-One and ultra-small form factors. Experience technical deep dives and demonstrations on how to easily incorporate Intel vPro Technology into your existing environment through a variety of Independent Software Vendors integration points, scripting tools, and developer Software Development Kits. This session will also focus on a rich set of capabilities provided through the Intel® Small Business Advantage platform that delivers out of the box experience for small businesses. Key topics covered include: • Intel Small Business Advantage Overview • Intel vPro Technology Use Cases / Independent Software Vendor integration • Developer and IT Tools providing automation for Intel vPro Technology features including: High Level API (HLAPI), Software Developer Kits (SDKs), Microsoft* Windows* PowerShellIn addition to this class, the we have two additional classes at IDF San Francisco this year:BCSS002 – Security for Intel® Architecture Based Business Clients – 9/13 @ 12pmBCSS003 – Enabling Consumerization Through Client Based Desktop Virtualization – 9/13 @ 1:15pmYou can find further details on these sessions, as well as all the others here:http://intel.activeevents.com/sf12/scheduler/public.jsplast_img read more