first_imgLetterkenny is to push to have one of the country’s first public bike rental schemes outside of Dublin.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh is to raise the issue with the town council at Monday’s meeting of the council.Cllr Kavanagh said he sees no reason why the Cathedral Town cannot launch the scheme. The public bike rental scheme has been a huge success since it was launched in Dublin over four years ago.Cllr Kavanagh said the Letterkenny scheme could be similar to Dublin but on a smaller scale.“We could half a dozen rental bikes and place them at designated stations such at perhaps the bus station or in the centre of the town.“People laughed at the idea of a scheme in Dublin and claimed the bikes would be stolen or vandalised but they haven’t. “It has been a huge success for both locals and tourists in Dublin,” he said.Cllr Kavanagh said the rental scheme could link in with plans for cycle tracks across the county.He said he hoped the idea will be explored and supported by his fellow councillors. LETTERKENNY TO PUSH FOR BIKE RENTAL SCHEME was last modified: July 6th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:BIKE RENTAL SCHEMECllr Jimmy Kavanaghlast_img read more

LNG Charter Rates to Remain under Pressure in 2018

first_imgzoom Increasing vessel supply will keep LNG charter rates under pressure in 2018, despite strong growth in trade, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Short-term outlook for LNG charter rates remains pessimistic because of the high fleet growth rate compared with demand, according to Drewry. The fleet is expected to expand by 11% because of high deliveries and low demolition activity. Low freight rates in the first three quarters of 2017 have resulted in a huge pile-up of deliveries in 2018, which will further put pressure on supply.In 2017, 43 vessels were scheduled for delivery, while just 27 were delivered during the entire year, and 16 were deferred to 2018. Taking into account the slippages from 2017, 69 vessels, aggregating 11 million cbm capacity, are scheduled for delivery in 2018.However, Drewry believes not all 69 ships will stick to schedule, and therefore, projects that only 45 LNG carriers, with 7.6 million cbm capacity, will be delivered. Demolitions are also expected to remain low.High slippages of vessels from 2017, along with low demolition activity, will further add pressure on the supply side. Average spot rates are projected to remain lower than charter rates were in 2017.The first quarter of 2018 will be weaker than the last quarter of 2017, and slide further in the second quarter on account of high tonnage availability. Charter rates will improve in the second half of 2018 as high Chinese LNG imports will absorb the excess tonnage available in the spot market.Overall, the LNG market in 2018 will be marked by a high number of vessel deliveries, low scrapping activity, reactivation of idle fleet and strong Chinese demand.last_img read more

Theatre Jobs What Does It Take to Be a Broadway Producer

first_imgCatherine Schreiber Joseph Marzullo/WENN Advertisement Advertisement Leo Blum may have fantasized about life as a producer, but what does the title actually mean? In between the lunches at Sardi’s (yes, those do happen) producers are the shepherds of Broadway—uniting the creative team, raising the financial investment, and guiding a show every step of the way.“The producer is sort of the mother or father; the producer takes a project and gives it life,” says Catherine Schreiber, a Tony-winning and Olivier-nominated producer who was recently named 2017 Global Producer of the Year.“Some people define lead producers differently, but there are general partners who start at the very top,” she explains. “They are financially responsible for the show—so often there will be just one or two—[and] they have the total burden.” Then there are the lead producers, who are responsible for raising a certain amount of capital and also contribute to creative decisions—but the general partners have final say. (In some cases, people call general partners lead producers.) Then there are co-producers, who bring in money from individual investors, but their creative involvement is more limited. Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement READ MORE Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

HTC Founder Takes on CEO Role Amid Company Turnaround

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 20, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now HTC Corp on Friday named Cher Wang as chief executive, giving its founder and chairwoman a bigger role in leading a potential turnaround of the Taiwanese smartphone maker.The return of Wang, a scion of one of Taiwan’s most prominent families, comes as HTC’s phones have often struggled to translate positive early reviews into strong sales, and the former contract manufacturer has found it tough to build a strong consumer brand in a competitive market.HTC said Wang has been increasingly involved in running various aspects of the business.She replaces Peter Chou, who will lead product development as head of the HTC Future Development Lab, an executive role focusing on identifying future growth opportunities.Chou is known to be more focused on research and development, so the change is positive in that respect, said Jimmy Chen, a technology analyst with Masterlink Securities Investment Advisory in Taipei.But Chou also built a reputation as an abrasive manager whose demanding style hit morale at the company, according to executives previously interviewed by Reuters.It remains unclear if HTC can overcome its challenges, Masterlink’s Chen said. “If you don’t bring in fresh blood then there’s probably less of a chance to improve the operations.”HTC recently named a new marketing chief, filling a post that had been vacant for four months.Revenue at HTC, which once had a 10 percent share of the global smartphone market, has largely flatlined after gradually sliding over the past two years.Net income has fared worse, with the company reporting either losses or a slim profit at best since hitting a peak in the third quarter of 2011.Like other, larger mobile phone makers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics, HTC is trying to diversify into other ‘connected’ devices to find new growth outside an increasingly commoditized space.”We are seeing rapid changes in the industry, with the smartphone as our personal hub connecting us to a growing world of smart devices,” Wang said in a company statement announcing the management changes.But despite forging a partnership with Google Inc to develop a smartwatch based on its Android operating system over a year ago, HTC has yet to deliver one to the market.Wang’s father, the late Wang Yung-Ching, was chairman of Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group. Cher Wang was considered a pioneer in Taiwan’s male-dominated technology industry, founding HTC in 1997 and establishing it as a leader in a then fast-growing mobile segment.(Additional reporting by Michael Gold; Editing by Ian Geoghegan)last_img read more

Why Just Having Your Phone Near You Messes With Your Brain

first_imgMarch 21, 2018 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »center_img Arianna Huffington and her team at wellness company Thrive Global might’ve been onto something when they put a mini “Phone Bed” up for sale designed to separate people from their devices while they sleep.A recent study by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, San Diego and Disney Research sought to determine how just having your smartphone near you, even if you aren’t looking at it or using it, can affect you cognitively.The team conducted two lab experiments with 800 participants. In one, participants completed math problems while memorizing random letters, to test their capacity to keep track of information while engaging in a complex task. In the other, the researchers presented participants with incomplete image patterns and asked them to select from a set of images to complete each pattern, which tested reasoning and problem-solving.Related: 20 Odd Facts About the Smartphones in Our PocketsThe researchers asked some participants to turn off their phone’s sound and vibration notifications, and some to power off their phones. They then divided the participants, asking some to place their phones in front of them, face-down, others to stow their phones in their pockets or bags and others yet to keep them in another room during the experiments. The participants who performed best on the tasks were of the latter group, followed by the ones who stowed their devices. The worst performers were the ones whose phones were on their desks during the tasks.“Merely having their smartphones out on the desk led to a small but statistically significant impairment of individuals’ cognitive capacity,” the researchers wrote in a summary of their findings in Harvard Business Review, “on par with effects of lacking sleep.” Participants’ whose phones were nearby displayed a diminished ability to learn, reason and develop creative ideas.As for why this happens, the researchers explain that “humans learn to automatically pay attention to things that are habitually relevant to them, even when they are focused on a different task.” This is why your ears perk up when you hear someone say your name across the room, for example, even while you’re in the middle of a conversation with someone else. When you try to ignore the pull of your smartphone, you’re expending effort to suppress this urge, which is a distraction that makes you think less effectively.The researchers also found that participants who identified with statements such as, “I would have trouble getting through a normal day without my cell phone” performed even more poorly than their less-addicted counterparts on tasks when their phones were in close proximity.There’s plenty of anecdotal and scientific evidence to prove that smartphones are detrimental to our health and well being. They’re anxiety inducing, cause car accidents and distract us from work and social bonding. But that doesn’t mean they’re inherently bad. Smartphones, of course, add efficiency, convenience and connectivity to our lives.So keep using your smartphone, the researchers advise. Just carve out times to separate yourself from it when you need to focus.Related video: Be Smart About Writing Off Your Smartphone During Tax Time Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more