Council spends €6,000 reminding people they owe parking fines

first_imgDonegal County Council has spent more than €6,000 posting reminder letters to motorists who have not paid parking fines.Figures obtained by Donegal Daily show the local authority sent more than 6,270 reminder letters in the 18 months between January 2018 and October 2019  – an average of 66 every week.Thousands of letters are posted by council staff annually under the provisions of the Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975 to the registered owner of any vehicle which has been issued with a €40 fine. The letters, which are typically sent a week after the fine has been issued, contain details of the alleged offence including the date, time and location as well as the registration number of the offending vehicle.The letters advise recipients that the original fine has not been paid and that it will increase to €60 if not paid within 28 days of the alleged offence.The news comes following further figures obtained by Donegal Daily under the Freedom of Information Act which showed the local authority is yet to receive €160,000 for more than 2000 unpaid parking tickets in the county.In its response to the query, a council spokesperson said that “every effort is made to pursue all outstanding fixed charge notices up to and including court proceedings.” In cases where parking fines remain unpaid, the local authority ordinarily initiates court proceedings against the registered owner.It is understood that thousands of cases come before the district court every year relating to the non-payment of fines.Council spends €6,000 reminding people they owe parking fines was last modified: October 27th, 2019 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:Donegal County Councilparking fineslast_img read more

Half-time: Man City 1 Chelsea 0 – Hosts dominate one-sided first half at the Etihad

first_imgSergio Aguero’s goal put Manchester City ahead in a match they have so far dominated.Aguero netted just after the half-hour mark at the Etihad Stadium, coolly controlling David Silva’s ball into box and then steering his shot beyond Asmir Begovic.The goal came after keeper Begovic, playing in place of the suspended Thibaut Courtois, had produced three saves to temporarily prevent Aguero putting City ahead.In the opening minute the summer signing from Stoke made a superb block to deny Aguero, who returned to the City starting line-up having been a substitute for their game at West Brom.Begovic was soon called into action again, this time keeping out Aguero’s shot after the striker had been found by Aleksandar Kolarov.The Bosnian also did brilliantly to save Aguero’s first-time strike from Jesus Navas’ low cross.Aguero then missed a great chance when he poked wide after John Terry had failed to clear Raheem Sterling’s left-wing cross.But he made no mistake after being set up by Silva – the Argentine’s 10th goal in his last nine Premier League matches.Aguero then turned provider to tee up Sterling, who blazed over.And Eliaquim Mangala missed a great chance to double City’s lead just before the break when he beat Begovic to Kolorov’s cross only to head wide of the target.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Falcao, Remy.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pardew denies Bolasie’s move to Everton is imminent

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has denied reports that Yannick Bolasie is on the verge of joining Everton.The 27-year-old former West London Academy pupil, who grew up in the area and played for Hillingdon Borough as a teenager, has been tipped to move to Merseyside in a big-money deal.Reports suggested the transfer was imminent, but Pardew does not expect it to be finalised before the weekend.He said: “We’ve got nothing concrete to announce today, other than a lot of rumours. There’s nothing that’s going to happen before the weekend.“Yannick is contracted here. He’s a great player and a great person – I love him.“We’ll treat him with the utmost respect in any situation. My conversations with him will stay private.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Trickle-Down Web Innovation Breathes New Life Into Enterprise IT

first_imgRelated Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#distributed systems#enterprise IT#Facebook#Google#Hadoop#IBM#Microsoft#NoSQL#Open Source#R&D#Storm#twitter#web innovation Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Matt Asaycenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IBM spends over $1.5B every quarter in research and development (R&D) expenses. SAP? Closer to $700M. Oracle? Assuming we don’t count the tens of billions it spends buying other companies, its actual quarterly R&D budget comes in just over $1B – around $900M. Microsoft, which has printed billions of dollars in profit each quarter for eons, spends more than them all, topping $10B each year.And yet not one of these companies is responsible for the biggest advances in enterprise technology in the past decade.  Cloud computing, Big Data, mobile… they’re all being invented elsewhere, not by the enterprise behemoths.Maybe they’re doing it wrong?Lots Of R, Little DTake the cloud, for example. Microsoft claims to invest 90% of its R&D budget on cloud computing, but it is Amazon, Microsoft’s penny-pinching, book-retailing neighbor, that sets the terms for innovation in cloud computing. Amazon launched EC2 back in 2006, when it was spending a measly $132M or so each quarter on R&D. Even if we dismiss Amazon, where else are we seeing other cool advances in cloud computing? Netflix, for one, which just released Janitor Monkey to help Amazon Web Services (AWS) users dispose of their unused AWS resources, and the video company previously released Chaos Monkey, which helps enterprises plan for and architect around cloud failure.Notice the word I used? “Released.” It means these tools were open sourced, not put out for sale. That’s how innovation seems to happen in the 21st Century.In large part innovation comes with an open-source license because it’s a by-product of businesses that heavily rely on technology, but don’t actually sell technology.  It’s ‘trickle-down innovation’ from the web business community.VMware’s Brad Hedlund spotlighted this trend back in 2011, when the enterprise awoke to discover it had problems that the web giants had already solved:As properties such as Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Amazon became great successes, their architects and software engineers realized that they had moved mountains…The tremendous problems of efficiently running large scale applications on low cost infrastructure had been solved… At the very same time, enterprise IT begins to encounter some of the very same problems solved by the large web provider, such as scalable data warehousing and analytics (so called “Big Data”). Additionally, the software driven distributed systems that solve problems of infrastructure efficiency and management at very large scale could also be applied to infrastructure at a smaller enterprise IT scale (why not?). And finally, the cost savings of an application infrastructure designed to operate on low cost commodity hardware can be realized at any scale, large web or enterprise IT.Filling The R&D GapCompanies like Cloudera, DataStax and others stepped into this gap, taking the open source (or, in the case of some of Google’s research, open knowledge) projects from the web and applying them to the enterprise in the form of Hadoop, Storm, NoSQL databases, etc.  All of it developed at a comparative pittance to enterprise incumbents’ R&D budgets.  All of it available free of charge on commodity hardware. As an industry, we’re richer for such open source innovation.  Ironically, so are the enterprise IT vendors, who are investing tens to hundreds of millions of dollars in Hadoop and other open source data and cloud innovations, even as they continue to sink tens of billions of dollars into their homegrown R&D. Maybe it’s time for them to reevaluate how they do R&D.  Maybe, like Facebook or Twitter, they should release their R&D on GitHub as open-source code.  At the least they could, like Google, centralize their research on the web, making it easily available to all.Maybe, just maybe, they’d realize that it doesn’t actually matter how much money a company spends on R&D.  What matters is whether it can execute and turn ideas into winning products, as Brad Reed argues, and whether it can help foster community around promising open source efforts.  This is what new enterprise IT – Facebook, Twitter, Google and Yahoo – demonstrates.  It remains to be seen if IBM, Microsoft and other traditional IT vendors are paying attention.  Unless they do, they’ll lose relevance as a new breed of innovative startups emerge to claim the strategic largesse of CIOs’ budgets.last_img read more