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LETTERKENNY GETS BASHING IN TOURIST GUIDE BOOK

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first_imgLETTERKENNY Mayor Gerry McMonagle had described as ‘confused’ a tourist book guide to the town which describes it as both “buzzing” and “soulless.”While many other areas of Co Donegal gets the thumbs up from the latest ‘Lonely Planet’ guide to Ireland, the biggest town is lambasted…and praised.Says the guide: “Ruined by the excesses of the Celtic Tiger era, Letterkenny is a market town run amok. Mindless development has resulted in numerous faceless retail parks lining the roads, traffic problems and a complete lack of soul. “However, as Donegal’s largest town, it’s buzzing with students and young professionals, and there’s a good choice of restaurants and accommodation.”Mayor McMonagle however said the review “doesn’t add up.”He told us: “There’s many a town in Ireland that would love to have traffic problems!.”He went on: “We except there are issues with planning and traffic and we are doing our best to resolve both but this guide can’t say the town is both soulless and buzzing. It doesn’t make sense. “We know tens of thousands of people come to the town every year and thoroughly enjoy everything our historic town has to offer.”Meanwhile many other areas in the county are recommended once again including Malin Head, Slieve League and Dunfanaghy getting the seal of approval.There’s also praise for Glencolmcille, Ardara and many other towns.It seems our Lonely Planeters had a bad day in traffic in Letterkenny – just like last year (and the year before that).The book’s publishers said its writers spent six months compiling the latest edition. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comLETTERKENNY GETS BASHING IN TOURIST GUIDE BOOK was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEletterkennylonely planet guide 2012last_img read more

R1.7bn SA rail contract for French firm

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first_img4 June 2013 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has awarded a R1.7-billion contract for a rail signalling solution for the country’s Western Cape province to French multinational transport firm Thales, through the Thales-Maziya consortium. The contract to modernise rail signalling, communications and train management systems will cover 250 kilometres of the province’s passenger rail system, as well as 46 train stations. “This state-of-the-art signalling system will enable highly reliable operations and improved passenger services and comfort,” Thales said in a statement last week. It forms part of Prasa’s rolling stock fleet renewal programme, which is looking at the acquisition of 7 224 electrical multiple units with an estimated investment of R123-billion over a period of 20 years between 2015 and 2035.Ensuring safety and efficiency The Thales contract includes the construction of a control centre which will enable the monitoring and management of all train operations in the region; and the design, supply, installation and testing and commissioning of new electronic interlocking systems and telecommunication and security systems to ensure the highest levels of safety in train control. It also involves the upgrade and construction of new technical buildings and improvement of the track in critical zones to allow better performance. Consortium partner Maziya will provide infrastructure, civil works and power supply expertise to the project. “Being part of the country’s major ground transportation projects is very exciting and we are committed to delivering solutions that positively impact the country’s development,” said Thales South Africa’s deputy chief executive officer, Justice Tootla. “As local players forming part of a continuously innovative global company, we are able to match the local industry challenges with our global technology advancements. “The provision of an integrated rail signalling system to the country’s Western Cape province will ensure efficiency and reliable investments, contributing to a fast- developing continent,” Tootla said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Own Your Losses Against Your Competitors

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now One of the unhealthier things we do in sales is to believe that our loss was due to the competitor having a better product or solution. The truth of the matter is that the loss is always due to being outsold.The competitor has a better product or solution than we do.There are people every day who buy inferior products and solutions. If only the superior product or solution was capable of resulting in new business, the evidence would be that the company producing them would eventually earn a monopoly. If you are honest, you know that you have won deals against better-financed competitors with better and more complete solutions than yours.The competitor has a lower price for a product very similar to ours.Every day, salespeople help their prospective clients understand the value they create that makes their product or solution worth paying more to obtain. If the lowest price is responsible for a win, then one would expect more people to always choose the lowest price. The truth of the matter is that a very small percentage of your dream clients make the decision to buy from one group over the other based on price alone.There is nothing you can do about your competitor’s product or solution. They are not going to change what they are doing to make it easier for you to sell against them, no matter how nicely you ask. They are competing to win, just like you, and their product or solution is some part of that equation—even if it isn’t often the deciding factor itself.There is nothing you can do about your competitor’s pricing. It’s likely that they are intentionally using a lower price to increase the consideration for their similar product or solution. Your competitor is not going to change their pricing structure to level the playing field for you. The reason their price is lower is often to make up for something lacking, mostly the lack of investment in producing results.Here is the truth as I see it, and a belief system that will better serve you: A great salesperson will beat a competitor with a better product or a lower price through their excellent salesmanship. They will create greater value for the client through the process and their interactions, they will tailor the product or solution to the client specifically, collaborating with the client to build something they can easily support, and they will develop the relationship that creates a preference.last_img read more

Rhanzelle Yong solid in debut for Zark’s-Lyceum

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first_imgThe 6-2 forward had a solid game for the Jawbreakers in their 91-85 loss to CEU, finishing with with nine points and five assists outing in 20 minutes of play before fouling out with three minutes remaining in the game.Yong, who is nephew of Magnolia slotman Ian Sangalang, had to take over with Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu limited due to an ankle sprain sustained in the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m OK. I’m happy with how we competed even though we were missing some of our key players like Mike and (MJ) Ayaay,” said Yong.Putting the nightmares of the ACL injuries which sidelined him over the past two years behind, the Kapampangan stalwart is excited for this new beginning with a familiar face in Topex Robinson guiding him anew. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Blazers hope for another post-All-Star break revival Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates PLAY LIST 02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:06Lyceum Pirates on being NCAA ‘dark horse’: We always want to better ourselves02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s been almost two years since Rhanzelle Yong was last seen playing in a competitive setting.But on Tuesday, the 22-year-old finally made his way back to the hard court, suiting up for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “I’ve known coach Topex for a long time and it’s great here because we’re like a family,” he said as they continue their partnership forged in San Sebastian to now in Lyceum. “The players here are disciplined and I’m just excited to play with them.”Yong is using the opportunity in the developmental league to get into top shape for the upcoming NCAA season.“We’ll continue working hard in our D-League games so that I can recover. I’m also looking at this as my preparation for the NCAA because that’s my priority. Hopefully, I can continue to play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Read Next View commentslast_img read more