Local solicitor asked for passport for Donegal to Dublin flight

first_imgA local solicitor who regularly travels between Donegal and Dublin through Carrickfinn Airport was repeatedly asked for his passport despite being on a domestic flight. Brendan Twomey, from Dunfanaghy, frequently uses the service for business purposes and is regularly brought through immigration customs rather than a domestic channel.According to the Foreign Affairs and Trade website, ‘It is not necessary to have a passport for individual travel within a country but some form of official photographic identification is normally required by airlines before they will permit you to board’. When Mr Twomey challenged immigration on the issue at Dublin Airport on Friday last, immigration officials said they were obliged to protect Irish borders – but Mr Twomey had identification stating he lived in Donegal.Speaking about the ordeal, he told Donegal Daily: “I was actually going to Dublin for the day for business. I checked in at Donegal Airport and I got my boarding card before my departure.Solicitor Brendan Twomey“When you arrive at Dublin Airport you are brought into the immigration hall with the international passengers and there is no separate channel for domestic passengers to go through.“I went up to the desk and I produced my boarding card that said I had come from Donegal. The immigration officer then requested that they see my passport. “Now I told them I didn’t need a passport because I was travelling within the state, but they persisted and I told them I didn’t have my passport as I never travel with my one on domestic flights.“She responded by saying, ‘I am protecting the borders of the state,’ but I wasn’t crossing any borders, I was travelling with my own state and I told her, ‘You do know Donegal is part of the Irish state.’”Twomey was eventually granted access when he showed his driving license but it raises concerns as too why hundreds of domestic passengers every year are being stopped at an immigration centre if they are from the state.Ireland’s busiest airport recently announced plans to spend €900 million by 2023 on an expansion that will allow it to handle up to 40 million passengers a year.Chief executive of Dublin Airport Authority, Dalton Phillips, recently admitted in an interview with the Irish Times, that infrastructure was needed ‘rapidly’ at the airport to stop it from being ‘constrained’. Dublin Aiport was contacted for comment but directed Donegal Daily to the Irish Naturalisation Immigration Services – but the contact provided (www.gov.inis.ie) didn’t work.Local solicitor asked for passport for Donegal to Dublin flight was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Brendan TwomeyCarrickfinnDonegal AirportDublin AirportImmigrationpassportlast_img read more

SA retailer opens in Angola

first_img7 November 2008 “We chose Benguela as the location for our DC as this is central to our store expansion programme and essential to our logistical needs,” said Jacobs. In addition to the Lobito store, PEP plans to open more stores in Namibe, Benguela, Sumbe and Lubango within the next year. With the launch of its first store in Angola, PEP now operates in 11 southern African countries. PEP Africa has been operating for 10 years and has 38 stores in Zambia, 22 in Malawi and 30 in Mozambique. As part of its commitment to and investment in this new market, PEP has opened a 2 000 square metre dedicated distribution centre. According to PEP, new Angola GM Gerrie Scheepers is fluent in Portuguese, and brings extensive and relevant experience, having been GM of PEP’s successful Mozambique operation for the past five years. “According to our research, affordable clothing and products are the most important factors for Angolan customers.” SAinfo reporter center_img South Africa’s biggest single brand store network, PEP, is extending its southern African store footprint into Angola and making a major investment in Africa’s fastest-growing country. The balance of PEP’s 1 310 stores are in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. “We believe that our product offering of value for money and functionality is right for the Angolan market,” PEP Africa GM Willie Jacobs said in a statement at the end of October. Following extensive research in Angola over the last two years, PEP Africa was confident of its growth and success in the new market, with its first store opening in Lobito, central Angola, on 31 October. Distribution centre Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BlogJuice: Learn About A Blog’s Readers With One Click

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… MyBlogLog is a powerful application for learning more about any blog’s readership but with the release of an API last month, we knew this Yahoo! owned service was only going to get cooler. Kent Brewster at Yahoo! has hit a home run with BlogJuice, a javascript bookmarklet that uses MyBlogLog and YahooPipes to quickly display any information available on other sites about recent readers of a blog you’re visiting. I regularly check the MyBlogLog widget on a new blog I discover to see if I recognize the faces of other recent readers, as a way to get a feel for the site’s community. BlogJuice takes that practice and amplifies its usefulness by orders of magnitude. MyBlogLog lets users list their accounts on a variety of different services elsewhere and BlogJuice displays readers’ job titles via LinkedIn, recent bookmarks on Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon and Digg, recent photos on Flickr, music on Last.fm and videos on YouTube. Clicking on a person’s own blog in the display will show you the reader community for the blog they write. Wow.I’m sure this is only the beginning of what can be done with MyBlogLog and I’m very excited to see what comes next. As I said when the MyBlogLog API launched, for all the good discussion around Data Portability, MyBlogLog is making things happen quickly. It’s being done through proprietary technology, under the umbrella of one particular vendor, but damn is it hot.It’s not often that a tool comes along that I can imagine myself using every day. If BlogJuice holds up over time and traffic, this handy little service will join that list for me.center_img marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

How One Teacher Uses Twitter in the Classroom

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#E-Learning#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Teachers are always trying to combat student apathy and University of Texas at Dallas History Professor, Monica Rankin, has found an interesting way to do it using Twitter in the classroom.Rankin uses a weekly hashtag to organize comments, questions and feedback posted by students to Twitter during class. Some of the students have downloaded Tweetdeck to their computers, others post by SMS or by writing questions on a piece of paper. Rankin then projects a giant image of live Tweets in the front of the class for discussion and suggests that students refer back to the messages later when studying. The Professor’s results so far have been mixed but it is clear that more students are participating in classroom discussions than they used to. A video about Rankin’s classroom experiment follows.It’s funny to hear this history professor admit that “there are some topics we discuss that need more information” than Twitter’s 140 character limit allows. Some! Said like a true Twitter convert. It’s also nice to hear a teacher talk about technology and say, “it’s going to be messy but that doesn’t mean bad.” Welcome to the social web, where that’s a great attitude.Rankin wrote a few pages of thoughts about “The Twitter Experiment” on her school web page as well. “Most educators would agree that large classes set in the auditorium-style classrooms limit teaching options to lecture, lecture, and more lecture,” she wrote. “And most educators would also agree that this is not the most effective way to teach. I wanted to find a way to incorporate more student-centered learning techniques and involve the students more fully into the material.”Rankin’s experiment is similar to another effort at Pennsylvania State University at University Park, written up this Spring in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Another related example is available from Marquette University. Education consultant Jane Heart maintains a directory of more than 1000 learning professionals on Twitter.Twitter truly is a paradigm shaking technology platform, but Rankin’s use of it at the University of Texas also illustrates some of its shortcomings. Most importantly, Twitter search and archiving are notoriously short-lived. The service was really intended for fleeting tweets about casual activities, and it seems to have been architected that way. Short lines of poetry, ruminating about the history of the world, penned by young scholars standing in the doorway to the rest of their intellectual lives? Not so much. These students will be lucky if they can retrieve their earliest Tweets at the end of the term.Asking students to discuss their classes in a very public forum has got to raise concerns for some people as well. Rankin says participation isn’t required, but it’s because of these kinds of concerns that private, education focused services like EdModo have a market. That closed communication comes at the expense of public knowledge sharing, but classroom innovators may not be able to have it both ways in the long term.The tide certainly seems to be turning though, in favor of education augmented by these kinds of technologies. A March draft proposal for UK primary school education guidelines, for example, includes nationwide instruction in the use of tools like Wikipedia and Twitter.For many other ideas about how to use Twitter in the classroom, check out this presentation deck on the topic.You can find ReadWriteWeb on Twitter, as well as the entire RWW Team: Marshall Kirkpatrick, Bernard Lunn, Alex Iskold, Sarah Perez, Frederic Lardinois, Sean Ammirati, Doug ColemanDana Oshiro, Steven Walling and Lidija Davis. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Ways and Means Approves Bill Exempting Certain Individuals from PPACA’s Individual Mandate

first_imgThe House Ways and Means Committee on September 8 held its first markup since returning from an extended summer break. The committee approved by voice vote the CO-OP Consumer Protection Bill of 2016 (HR 954), legislation that would exempt certain individuals from the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148), individual shared responsibility requirement (also known as the individual mandate).The bill now heads to the House floor. If enacted, certain individuals who had coverage under a terminated qualified health plan funded through the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO–OP) program may be eligible for an exemption from the individual mandate. An amendment, introduced by Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., also approved by voice vote, revised the bill to expand the exemption to individuals who also experienced termination while enrolled in minimum essential coverage. The amendment revised the effective date for months after December 31, 2013.Brady noted that, since passage of the PPACA, some 23 CO-OPs were organized. However, they number around seven today.Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., expressed concern that the bill would provide an incentive for healthier individuals not to purchase health insurance coverage as required because there would no longer be a penalty for not doing so. “We don’t want to incentivize people to not get health insurance,” Becerra said. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., called the bill a “solution to a hypothetical problem,” questioning how a “critically underfunded IRS could administer the exemption retroactively.”JCTAccording to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), individuals are required under the PPACA to maintain minimum essential coverage or make a shared responsibility payment, unless exempt. For 2016, the payment for an individual is $695 or 2.5 percent of annual income, JCT Chief Thomas Barthold, noted. The JCT estimated that the measure would cost about $4 million over the span of 10 years (JCX-69-16).SenateIn the Senate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced the Protection from Obamacare Monopolies Bill on September 7. The measure would exempt from the individual mandate penalty all individuals living in a county with one or no health insurers offering plans on the PPACA Health Insurance Marketplace.“When there’s only one option, that’s not a marketplace, it’s a monopoly,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who cosponsored the measure. “This bill provides desperately needed relief for those who are hit the hardest.”By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffWays and Means Press Release: Chairman Brady Opening Statement at a Markup of Proposals to Improve the Health Care System for More Americanslast_img read more

People take more risks when wearing helmets, potentially negating safety benefits

first_imgHelmets can reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by almost 20%. But what if we take so many risks when wearing them that we lose the protective edge they provide? This could be the case, according to a study published this week. Researchers observed 80 cyclists under the guise of an “eye-tracking experiment,” pretending to track their eye-motion via a head-mounted camera as the participants inflated a virtual balloon. For some of the participants, the “eye-tracking devices” were mounted on helmets, while others just wore baseball caps, as can be seen in the picture of the equipment above. The further they inflated the balloon without it popping, the higher their reward and their risk-taking score. Participants wearing helmets inflated their balloons on average 30% more than those who wore caps, the team reports in Psychological Science. The finding could affect how we approach safety design and training, the authors say, as increased risk-taking behavior when using safety equipment might counteract the perceived benefit of the equipment. But what causes this effect in the first place? The underlying mechanism might be related to the concept of “social priming,” where people’s actions towards others are altered subconsciously due to exposure to particular words, cues, objects, or symbols. Importantly, this is the first time social priming has been shown to change people’s behavior even when they are not interacting with others, providing potential new insights into human behavior. So, next time you’re out riding with a helmet, think twice before attempting that wheelie.last_img read more