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Reward money nearing $10,000 for information on missing Ohio teen Harley Dilly

first_imgiStock(PORT CLINTON, Ohio) — Three weeks after a Port Clinton, Ohio, boy was last seen, several organizations have raised almost $10,000 in reward money for any information leading to his safe return.More than a half dozen organizations and businesses have donated since 14-year-old Harley Dilly was last seen on surveillance video walking to his high school on Dec. 20.Dilly, who is 4-feet-9-inches tall, weighs 100 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes, was wearing glasses, grey sweatpants, a maroon “puffy” jacket and black sneakers, police said.His family and the more than 70 law enforcement officials involved in the extensive search efforts have been “concerned for his safety” when the reward funds began at $4,000 on Christmas day.Dilly’s mother, Heather Dilly, spoke publicly for the first time on Friday since her son went missing.“There’s no words for any of this. I would never want anybody to go through this,” Heather Dilly told Cleveland ABC station WEWS-TV. “I mean, somebody had to have seen something.”She said the investigation is taking so much longer than she anticipated and is praying her son comes home safely.“You see everything on TV, you watch all these crime shows and you think, ‘oh, that’s never going to happen.’ And they solve it in an hour. It doesn’t take an hour to find out everything,” she said. “I love you Harley, please come home. Please, I just … We need you, I don’t believe that you ran, but if you did just please, this isn’t you.”Three local businesses, as of Thursday, and a couple submitted checks to increase the hopes of finding Dilly.Fisherman’s Wharf and BeYoutiful Hair/Nail Salon gave $2,000, Catawba Island Jewelers added $125 and RadAir Complete Car Care issued a $2,200 check. A couple gave an extra $1,000.Port Clinton Police Department has posted daily updates on the social media account and as of Friday morning, there was “no new information to report.”Officials are asking anyone with information about Dilly’s whereabouts to call The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 800-843-5678 or the Port Clinton Police Department 419-734-3121. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ocean City to Vote on Free Beach Tags for All Military Veterans

first_imgOcean City will consider giving free beach tags to all military veterans.City Council on Thursday (April 10) will consider the first reading of an amended ordinance that would eliminate the fees for anybody who has served in the U.S. military.The vote will be part of a public City Council meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Avenue).The proposed amendment reads as follows:“No fees shall be charged to or collected from persons who have served in any of the Armed Forces of the United States and who were discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable and who either have served at least 90 days in active duty or have been discharged or released from active duty by reason of a service-incurred injury or disability. … The Director of Financial Management shall also establish procedures pursuant to the rules and regulations promulgated by the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs pertaining to veteran eligibility for this beach fee exemption.”The local measure is made possible by a bill Gov. Chris Christie signed in January permitting towns to provide the free or discounted beach tags to veterans.Ocean City already offers free beach tags for active-duty members and their spouses and children. City Council passed that measure in October 2011.Ocean City has charged for access to public beaches since the 1970s. Seasonal beach tags cost $20 (if purchased before June 1) and $25 during the season. All persons age 12 and older must purchase a beach tag to use the beach between June 7 and Sept. 1.Beach tags can be purchased online (with a $5 shipping fee): Order Ocean City NJ Beach Tags.last_img read more

Gear Up Gear Giveaway

first_imgRules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on December 15, 2016 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before December 15, 6:00 PM EST 2016 – date and time subject to change. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked. Name: Email*: Phone Number: Address*: City*: State*: ALAKAZARCACOCTDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: I certify that I am over the age of 18.WIN ONE MORE ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST! I would like to receive updates from BRO, and prize partners straight to my inbox!* denotes required fieldlast_img read more

GLASGOW 2014:Okagbare wins gold

first_imgNigeria’s Blessing Okagbare sensationally became the Commonwealth champion last night when she ran 10.85 seconds to beat the pack that included Jamaican duo of Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart who took the silver and bronze in 11.03 and 11.07 respectively. On the stands cheering was Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State who has been the pillar of many Nigerian athletes including Okagbare. He was emotional about the victory, jumping and sending high fives to Nigerians around him.“It was a deserved victory. She has made Nigeria proud and we are happy about this sweet victory,” Uduaghan said.After the World Championship in Russia last year, Uduaghan approved special training grants for Okagbare. Blessing was so emotional that she shed tears and promised Uduaghan that she would deliver a world title in his honour. She did so yesterday.“This is great for Nigeria. Uduaghan is a powerful motivator. He inspired this victory,” Amaju Pinnick, the Delta State chairman of Sports Commission said.Uduaghan had visited Nigerian athletes yesterday to motivate them. The athletes jumped in celebration to receive him.“It feels great to get this far and win. I’m grateful to God. I thank all those behind this success especially our Governor who is here to support us morally after his financial support,” Blessing said.She had pulled out her spike shoe to celebrate immediately after the race that saw another Nigerian Blessing Asumnu placing last. She hopes to make up with the relay event.last_img read more

Election Special: So who will be our 37 councillors this Friday?

first_imgTHERE are 37 Council seats up for grabs this coming Friday, May 24th. There will be surprises. Seats will be lost and won. And political pundits will be proved wrong (and right!)….Will there be more than 3 women elected this time around? All that aside, here’s what we think could happen.MILFORD ELECTORAL AREALiam Blaney (Fianna Fail)Maria Doherty (Sinn Féin)Eimer Friel (Fine Gael)Dermot Hardy (Aontú)Noel McBride (Fine Gael)Ian McGarvey (Independent)Charlie McGinley (Independent)Declan Meehan (Independent)John O’Donnell (Independent) The re-creation of the Milford Electoral Area has thrown up an intriguing battle for just three seats, with three sitting councillors running in the area. Cllr Michael McBride decided to run in Letterkenny when the new boundary was announced, feeling he has a better chance of keeping his seat in that area.There is little doubt that Cllr Liam Blaney will top the poll here, maintaining an almost century-long political family link to the constituency.And despite all the headlines over the past couple of years – and a dressing down by the Standards In Public Office Commission for his role in an RTE investigation into planning – Cllr John O’Donnell is tipped to do well and retain his seat (his supporters say they’re getting huge support from mainstream Fianna Fáil folk).That leaves a battle for the third seat and it’s clear that battle is now between sitting Cllr Ian McGarvey (now 89) and 35-year-old mother of twin boys Eimer Friel (Fine Gael). McGarvey is Ireland’s oldest sitting councillor and rumours abound (denied by the McGarvey camp) about him handing over the seat to someone else in a year’s time with even Independent candidate Charlie McGinley also mentioned amongst those who could be gifted the seat after the election.That aside it’s clear the Fine Gael grassroots are backing Friel who, according to party sources, is ahead of running mate Noel McBride who lost the seat (first won by Minister Joe McHugh in 1999) back in 2014.Friel’s advantage is not just her farming background (she also lives in a council house), but her constituency work for McHugh since 2014, helping to deliver millions of euro into local projects and schemes.McBride has been trying to put a brave face on things, but hasn’t got a hope. But Friel will need his transfers once he is eliminated in later rounds in this proportional representation election.A former Fine Gael member, Declan Meehan, has now joined the Thomas Pringle camp and that is being mentioned on the doorsteps in a traditionally conservative electoral area. Maria Doherty (Sinn Féin) is the daughter of one-time party stalwart Pat Doherty but is suffering through a lack of recognition on the ground (she’s been in Dublin for two decades). Dermot Hardy (Aontú) will eat into a traditional republican vote, but Doherty’s run is really against Liam Blaney and it’s a non-contest.So it will come down to Friel v McGarvey… with perhaps the native Irish speaker from Fanad just edging it on transfers, but it’s too close to call.Prediction:Elected – Liam Blaney (Fianna Fáil)Elected – John O’Donnell (Independent)Third Seat – Eimer Friel (Fine Gael) or Ian McGarvey (Independent)LETTERKENNY ELECTORAL AREA: 7 seatsThoiba Ahmed (Independent)Kevin Bradley (Independent)Ciaran Brogan (Fianna Fáil)Donal Coyle (Fianna Fáil)Adrian Glackin (Sinn Féin)Jimmy Kavanagh (Fine Gael)Manus Mandy Kelly (Fianna Fáil)Michael McBride (Independent)Charlie McClafferty (Independent)Cathal McGlynn (Independent)Gerry McMonagle (Sinn Féin)Bernie Moran (Fine Gael)Finnian O’Donnell (Independent)Mary T Sweeney (Aontú) The four female election candidates unveiled by Fine Gael.So where do you start with Letterkenny with 14 candidates chasing seven seats?Sitting councillors are always at an advantage but in this race one or two may be vulnerable.Fine Gael’s Jimmy Kavanagh, Fianna Fail’s Ciaran Brogan and Sinn Fein’s Gerry McMonagle will be returned to Lifford. Who tops the poll remains to be seen.Independents Finnian O’Donnell, Cathal McGlynn and Thoiba Ahmed will struggle to make any real impact.So who will be the second Fianna Fail councillor? Kelly or Coyle? Manus Kelly is probably best placed with his base in Glenswilly and his record on community work, with many seeing him as a natural replacement for the retiring (from politics only!) James Pat McDaid.Donal Coyle gambled on making the Bonagee Link his big campaign issue, demanding that work begin immediately (he even set up an online petition). With Transport Infrastructure Ireland set to begin the Compulsory Purchase Orders for land and initial design for the link next month anyway, it’s a campaign which hasn’t exactly caught the imagination.Questions remain on whether or not Aidy Glackin can retain a second seat for Sinn Féin. Gerry McMonagle’s transfers may play a role in this from a positive point of view – on the downside Charlie McClafferty (Independent) and Michael McBride (Independent) are also chasing that same country vote, with the latter well got in the areOne newcomer to the race is Bernie Moran who is standing for Fine Gael. She has been drawing in support from across the town – and interestingly – from the hinterland too. A nurse and creche owner, she could land a seat in later rounds with a strong first poll and transfers from other candidates.The big unknown is Mary T Sweeney (Aontú) who is essentially a single issue (national issue) candidate who opposed the repeal of the 8th amendment – will she get the old Dessie Shiels vote?Opinions on Kevin Bradley, the bakery owner, vary as much as his range of Highland Bakery goodies, with some tipping him to be the surprise winner of a seat. He has a good campaign team behind him but will he end up with the heel of the loaf? (Sorry!)So in no particular order here’s what we think will happenElected – Ciaran Brogan (Fianna Fail)Elected – Manus Kelly (Fianna Fail)Elected – Jimmy Kavanagh (Fine Gael)Elected – Gerry McMonagle (Sinn Fein)Last three seats – The last three seats will see a battle between Bernie Moran (Fine Gael), Kevin Bradley (Independent), Michael McBride (Independent) and Aidy Glackin (Sinn Féin),  and Mary T Sweeney (Aontú).STRANORLAR ELECTORAL AREA: 6 seatsGarvan Connolly (Fine Gael)Gerry Crawford (Fianna Fáil)Michael De Ward (Indepdendent)Gary Doherty (Sinn Féin)Liam Doherty (Sinn Féin)Martin Harley (Fine Gael)John Hartnett (Aontú)Frank McBrearty (Fine Gael)Patrick McGowan (Fianna Fáil)Alan McMenamin (Indepdendent)Maghnus Monaghan (Renua Ireland)This is another fascinating battle where just one thing dominated the headlines for weeks – would Frank McBrearty run for Fine Gael?Well, as we all now know, the answer is Yes. And it seems most of the party faithful in east Donegal are happy he’s on the ticket. McBrearty is running alongside sitting councillor Martin Harley and newcomer Garvan Connolly.They are three of 11 candidates seeking six seats – with all six sitting councillors expected to perform strongly.McBrearty’s grassroots politics and work with local groups, particularly in Raphoe, should see him returned to Lifford. And Ballybofey publican Martin Harley should also re-claim his seat for a similar record in and around the Twin Towns.Fianna Fail’s due of Patrick McGowan and Gerry Crawford should also be safe bets, with the latter a long-standing supporter of the Lifford Hospital support group.Sinn Féin’s Gary Doherty will be returned to the council. Talk on the ground is that Liam Doherty should also be returned.So is there room for a surprise? Who will be still around when the last seats are being decided may well decide the issue.Independent Alan McMenamin is a long-standing supporter of Thomas Pringle and seems to be the candidate most likely to cause an upset, but it is an outside chance.Former bookie Michael de Ward has been running a decent campaign on social media but doesn’t stand a realistic chance.And Maghnus Monaghan (Renua Ireland) and John Hartnett (Aontú) are both running on the national abortion issue. Whilst this issue is coming up on some doorsteps – we are told 1 in every 25 or so are raising it with the main parties – they are unlikely to take a seat.Whilst it’s highly likely all six councillors will be returned, a number of factors need to be looked at.What damage will Aontú do to Sinn Féin? Will Hartnett take enough votes off Liam Doherty to put one of those seats in doubt and open the way for either McMenamin or indeed Fine Gael’s third candidate Killygordon’s Garvan Connolly who is building momentum? The voters will decide on May 24.Again in no particular order here’s our prediction:Gerry Crawford (Fianna Fáil)Patrick McGowan (Fianna Fáil)Martin Harley (Fine Gael)Frank McBrearty (Fine Gael)Gary Doherty (Sinn Féin)Final seat battle between Garvan Connolly (Fine Gael) and Liam Doherty (Sinn Féin).GLENTIES ELECTORAL AREA –  6 seatsEnda Bonner (Fianna Fáil)Brian Carr (Sinn Féin)John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh (Sinn Féin)Marie Therese Gallagher (Sinn Féin)Micheál Choilm Mac Giolla (Independent)Michael McClafferty (Fine Gael)Noreen McGarvey (Fianna Fáil)Anthony Molloy (Fianna Fáil)Liam Mulligan (Aontú)Seamus O’Domhnaill (Fianna Fáil)Seamus Rodgers (Labour Party)Evelyn Sweeney (Fine Gael)Liam Whyte (Independent)The headlines in Glenties Electoral Area have been dominated by the internal party war inside Fianna Fáil with sitting councillor Enda Bonner infamously dumped at local convention and then re-instated to the party ticket by party HQ.So now the party has four candidates all on solo runs across this vast electoral area. Geography will play a huge role in an electoral area this size but there’s loads of other factors too.Can Fianna Fáil take three seats? Bonner and current council chair Seamus O’Domhnaill are the sitting councillors. Noreen McGarvey – an assistant to Pat the Cope Gallagher – and former GAA player Anthony Molloy make up the four.If the latter two are doing as well as some party sources say they are, where does that leave Bonner and O’Domhnaill? The four candidate strategy in a 6-seater looks precarious where votes are likely to transfer locally than between the candidates.And Sinn Féin is in a similar predicament with three candidates. Sitting councillor Marie Therese Gallagher is expected to poll well, but what of the other two. Cllr John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh in Gaoth Dobhair is running again and this time former independent candidate Brian Carr is running in Glenties with some suggestions that he may poll less well with Sinn Féin than he would have done as an independent. Time will tell.The fascinating addition to the campaign is Fine Gael’s two candidate strategy with a rare thing happening – candidates from the same party actually working together.Cllr Terence Slowey (Ardara) has left the council and was Fine Gael’s sole representative in a Glenties area that once held 3 seats for the party.This time around Gaoth Dobhair’s Evelyn Sweeney, who works with Minister Joe McHugh’s constituency team, and former independent candidate Michael McClafferty (Falcarragh) are the party’s candidates.Liam Whyte is the Pringle candidate here but may find his chances being dented by Molloy’s presence on the ticket with both being from Ardara.The other independent Michael Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig is certain to get a seat with some predicting he may even top the poll after the first count. Liam Mulligan (Aontú) makes up the list of candidates.Canvassing teams for Sweeney and Molloy, it seems, have been the busiest throughout the electoral area, travelling the highways and laneways hoping to mop up those extra wee votes outside their home patches which might get them over the line. (Sweeney has made several trips to Ardara and Glenties). If Sweeney, Gallagher and McGarvey were to take seats it would make history – with women taking half the seats in the electoral area.This is our prediction for GlentiesElected – Michael Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig (Independent)Elected – Seamus O Domhnaill (Fianna Fail)Elected – Anthony Molloy (Fianna Fail)Elected – Marie Therese Gallagher (Sinn Féin)Elected – Evelyn Sweeney (Fine Gael)Final seat – a battle between Michael McClafferty (Fine Gael), Noreen McGarvey (Fianna Fail) and John Sheamus (Sinn Fein). The party which works best together might just decide this one.Cllr Niamh KennedyDONEGAL ELECTORAL AREA: 6 seatsSeán Ó Beirne (Independent)John J Boyle (Fine Gael)Cyril Brennan (Solidarity-People Before Profit)Tom Conaghan (Independent)Justin Coughlin (Independent)Diarmaid Doherty (Independent)Billy Grimes (Independent)Noel Jordan (Sinn Féin)Niamh Kennedy (Independent)Pauric Kennedy (Independent)Seamus Maguire (Independent)Philip McGlynn (Fianna Fáil)Eimear McGuinness (Fianna Fáil)Michael McMahon (Sinn Féin)John McNulty (Fine Gael)Valerie McNulty (Independent)Roger Meehan (Fianna Fáil)Michéal Naughton (Fianna Fáil)Barry Sweeny (Fine Gael)Warning – this count is going to take forever with an incredible 19 folks all believing then can take one of the six seats on offer in another vast electoral area running from In Thru to Bundoran. If you’re going along to the count, bring a flask, a rake of sandwiches, three novels and a sleeping bag!“There’s a candidate for every townland,” joked one canvasser this week.So where do you start? We think we have to look at sitting councillors (or seats) to see where at least some of them will be decided.Sitting councillors running again include Cllr Micheal Naughton (Fianna Fáil/Laghey) as well as Independent Alliance’s Niamh Kennedy (Killybegs), Noel Jordan (Sinn Féin/Mountcharles) Tom Conaghan (Independent/Donegal Town).Cllr Seamus Maguire (Independent), recently co-opted by former councillor John Campbell (the Pringle alliance) is a candidate.And Barry Sweeny (Fine Gael) is standing in an area (Ballyshannon) represented by the retiring Barry O’Neill and feedback would suggest the new Barry is just as popular as the old one!Fine Gael also have former councillor John Boyle (Dunkineely) running again and the party’s organiser in the county John McNulty (Kilcar) on the ticket too. Only one of them stands a chance of being elected.While some believe 3 candidates for Fine Gael was a bad idea, then look at Fianna Fail who have come up with four – Philip McGlynn (former Bundoran town councillor), Eimear McGuinness (Killybegs and getting huge support from Pat the Cope), Roger Meehan, the chair of the Naomh Ultan GAA club, who is from Dunkineely, joining former Donegal Ladies senior manager Micheal Naughton on the ticket.Throw in other independents Seán Ó Beirne (Carrick) Cyril Brennan (Solidarity-People Before Profit/Ballyshannon), Justin Coughlin (Donegal Town), Diarmaid Doherty (former Sinn Fein/Bundoran), Billy Grimes (Ballyshannon) and Pauric Kennedy (Donegal Town) and you’re in for some battle of the parishes!Michael McMahon (Bundoran) is the second Sinn Fein candidateIt’s like a Wild Atlantic Way election… a candidate viewing point every few miles.PredictionElected – Niamh Kennedy (Independent)Elected – Philip McGlynn (Fianna Fail)Elected – John Boyle or John McNulty (Fine Gael)Elected – Noel Jordan (Sinn Fein)Fifth and sixth seat could go anywhere….BUNCRANA ELECTORAL AREA – 5 seatsPaul Canning (Fianna Fáil)Nicholas Crossan (Independent Alliance)Terry Crossan (Sinn Féin)Mickey Doherty (Fine Gael)Rena Donaghey (Fianna Fáil)Frankie Lavelle (Independent)Michelle McKenna (Fine Gael)Mark McKinney (Independent)Joe Murphy (Aontú)Jack Murray (Sinn Féin)Sinéad Stewart (Independent)Inishowen has been split into 2 electoral areas for this local election and is throwing up some interesting battles. South Inishowen/Buncrana has 5 sitting councillors running again: Mickey Doherty (Fine Gael), Paul Canning (Fianna Fail), Rena Donaghey (Fianna Fail) Jack Murray (Sinn Fein) and Nicholas Crossan (Independent Alliance).The question is can there be an upset? Can there be a change?Fianna Fail wisely stuck to two incumbent candidates. Donaghey and Canning are safe bets to return.Fine Gael also have two candidates and the question is can they get both home… and if it’s just one, which candidate will take the seat, Mickey Doherty or Michelle McKenna.Doherty lost his seat amid the Irish Water backlash of 2014 but was co-opted back onto the council last July in place of John Ryan who stood down.He only decided to run again recently, by which time the energetic Michelle McKenna had been canvassing for six weeks. Most party insiders say it’s too close to call between them as to who will get the seat. (McKenna has been part of a high-profile women’s campaign featuring Eimer Friel (Milford), Evelyn Sweeney (Glenties) and Bernie Moran in Letterkenny).Jack Murray (Sinn Féin) is certain to take a seat, but running mate Terry Crossan appears to be a step too far for the party.There are a number of independents on the ticket, including sitting councillor Nicholas Crossan and he is a banker to re-take his seat. We don’t believe the other independents have much of a chance here, but do watch Joe Murphy (Aontú) and Sinead Stewart (Pringle candidate) – but both are outsiders.So here’s what we thinkElected: Paul Canning (Fianna Fail)Elected: Rena Donaghey (Fianna Fail)Elected: Jack Murray (Sinn Fein)Elected: Nicholas Crossan (Independent Alliance)Elected: Michelle McKenna or Mickey Doherty (Fine Gael)Election candidate Martin McDermottCARNDONAGH ELECTORAL AREA: 4 seatsTracy Cullen (Independent)Albert Doherty (Sinn Féin)Mary Rose Doherty (Aontú)Marie Duffy (Fianna Fáil)Martin Farren (Labour)Martin McDermott (Fianna Fáil)Arthur Desmond McGuinness (Independent)Bernard McGuinness (Fine Gael)The North Inishowen – or Carndonagh – Electoral Area is perhaps the most predictable area to look at with just 8 candidates chasing the 4 available seats.We can’t see any of the 4 newcomers taking any of the 4 seats held by sitting councillors.Bernard McGuinness (Fine Gael) first raised the Mica issue and has been a noisy voice on it ever since; Martin Farren (Labour) should sail home with support from his base in Moville/Greencastle, Martin McDermott (Fianna Fail) stormed home the last time and will do so again and Albert Doherty (Sinn Fein) took his teacher’s pension early to work as a full-time councillor and is also a safe bet.PredictionElected: Martin Farren (Labour)Bernard McGuinness (Fine Gael)Martin McDermott (Fianna Fail)Albert Doherty (Sinn Féin)Donegal Daily will be at every count next weekend, with breaking results as they happen on our site and across our social media platforms.Election Special: So who will be our 37 councillors this Friday? was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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 Councilelection 2019last_img read more

Why major American corporations have struggled in China: Uber

first_imgHow IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Clayton Jacobs This article is the second part of our eight-part series about the importance of cross-cultural design, the first installment of which was published on February 16, 2017.Uber’s failure in China, which ultimately led to its sale to its competitor, Didi Chuxing, was one of the most covered American business venture failures in China. Uber has had a large impact in America to the point that it continues to grab an increasing share of the ride sharing/taxicab market and has even influenced the overall culture. In contrast, while Uber’s share of the Chinese market peaked near the end of 2015 at a claimed 30-35%, it thereafter shrank to a reported 8% when it sold to Didi Chuxing in August of 2016.See also: Uber China merging with Didi in $35 billion dealEven with 8% market share, Uber could have created a very profitable and sustainable business.  Its decision to sell was likely the result of its feeling that its market share would continue to decline. To illustrate the market opportunity that Uber will be missing out on in China, one must look to recent statistics. America has the 3rd most cars per 1000 people in the world at 797 cars per 1000 people in 2014. China is starkly different at 128 cars per 1000 people, which is 99th in the world. With so many fewer people in China than America having personal vehicles, there would seem to be a large market for both taxi and ridesharing companies.Many news outlets analyzed Uber’s failure and “merger” with Didi Chuxing, but none of these analyses has gotten to the heart of the matter. For example, when an American company loses out to a Chinese company on Chinese turf, the first reaction always seems to be that the Chinese government put its thumb on the scale resulting in the certain victory of the homegrown company. However, this may be at best a partial answer. While it is true that the (often invisible) hand of the Chinese government plays a role in helping homegrown businesses, a powerful force at play is very likely private sector challenges such as a failure to develop guanxi.The term guanxi (关系) represents the essential theme when looking into any matters of Chinese business.  It is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the system of social networks and influential relationships which facilitate business and other dealings.” This is a critical concept in Chinese business. Didi Chuxing had innate guanxi with the incredibly popular social media/life app known as WeChat. The parent company of WeChat, Tencent, has a significant investment in Didi Chuxing. As a result of this guanxi, Didi Chuxing became very easily integrated into the life of the average Chinese person through promotion of its services within WeChat. Uber had no such relationship.Another thing that Didi Chuxing did to naturally become a partner in the average Chinese person’s life was not to force the adoption of a new habit, but instead to become the technological extension of an already existing one. Within Didi Chuxing’s mobile integration into WeChat, one could give a gift card to a user which would result in that user receiving a digital Hong Bao. A Hong Bao is a red envelope filled with cash that is traditionally given to all sorts of important people in a Chinese person’s life during Chinese New Year. While being slightly corny, something as simple as this makes the product seem more like an actual part of the culture as opposed to an invasion into the culture.See Also: Uber to build autonomous research center in MichiganAnother example of Didi Chuxing’s understanding of Chinese culture is that a user was able to purchase a specific ride for another user. No major technological feat. No flashy design to exploit a person’s subconscious. Simply the ability to pay for another person’s ride. It is much more common in China for someone other than the rider to pay for a ride, so of course an application must be accommodating of this fact. This is what is meant by having a feature be the technological extension of an already existing habit instead of trying to impose a new one. Uber never developed this functionality for China. Its closest attempt to this date is the very American (and, without a Hong Bao, culturally tone deaf) Uber gift card.For Uber to take a real shot at the Chinese market, it needed a relationship similar to that of Didi Chuxing and WeChat in order to promote itself. Since WeChat, as a result of its relationship with Didi Chuxing, was effectively competitive with Uber, it probably would not have accepted Uber onto its platform. However, Uber could have partnered with a WeChat competitor such as WhatsApp instead of trying to handle promotion all on its own.  As a result of its failure to do this or something similar, Uber did not develop guanxi which, combined with its failure to understand certain aspects of Chinese culture, led to its departure from China.The author is Clayton “CJ” Jacobs, who is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with, and the Head of Cross-Cultural Design at, ReadWrite. An area of focus for him is helping American companies understand and enter the Chinese market through taking a modern user-centric product design approach. You can contact him directly at clayton.michael.jacobs(at)gmail.com or find him on Twitter & LinkedIn. Related Posts center_img Tags:#Didi Chuxing#Internet of Things#IoT#Uber 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

Ignorant Hockey India decides to skip junior Asia Cup

first_imgWhile the ageing stars of Indian hockey are finding it difficult to match the skills of their international counterparts, Hockey India seems to be neglecting the next line as well.The delay on the part of the federation in selecting the under-18 team has robbed India of a chance to participate in the third junior men’s Asia Cup, a tournament which India won in its inaugural edition.The event is scheduled to be held in Singapore from June 17 and all the other Asian powerhouses – including Pakistan, South Korea and Malaysia – will be in action in the city-state.The tournament is approved by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) but Hockey India is not aware of this development.While the governing body of hockey in the country is busy dealing with the politics in the administration of the sport, little thought has been given to the plight of the budding stars left in the lurch.”Hockey India is not sending a team for the junior men’s Asia Cup because we haven’t selected a team and our Nationals will be held in July,” Hockey India executive director Anupam Gulati told Mail Today. He was also not aware of the fact that the tournament is recognised by the FIH. “The tournament is not even recognised by the FIH and its scheduling is also very strange because it started way back in 2001 and then it took eight years to stage its second edition,” he added.Ironically, Gulati said that Hockey India has decided to send its under-18 women’s team for the junior Asia Cup, which is to be held in Bangkok next month.advertisementEver since Hockey India came into existence, it has not conducted junior nationals and some of the former coaches too are worried about the future of Indian hockey.”We have very limited resources as far as the senior team is concerned, and because Hockey India is not grooming juniors, it is likely to have an adverse effect on the future of the senior team,” said a former coach.Even the development committee, set by the Hockey India, is not aware as there was no proposal put forward to the panel.”No proposal came to us from Hockey India to select the team for the junior men’s Asia Cup, so we had hardly anything to do,” said Pargat Singh, who is the chairman of the development committee.Hockey India has been too busy fighting for its status as the sole governing body of the sport in country and in doing so, it has overlooked the training and exposure tours for the juniors.Since the 2009 World Cup, jointly held by Malaysia and Singapore, the juniors have had hardly any work of substance in terms of camps, training and competition.The present state of affairs is all the more damning as India will host the next editions of both the men’s and women’s junior World Cups.last_img read more

Violent mural of President Trump painted over at Chula Vista school

first_img Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — It started as an art contest and evolved into a political debate over free speech. Problem is, the artist painted a mural of President Trump’s bloody head on a spear on the wall of a public school.“Oh, I don’t think that’s right. I know we don’t like the President, but that’s too much. Kids will have nightmares over this,” said Monica Mora of Barrio Logan.Related Link: A political mural on the wall of Chula Vista charter school sparks controversyThe original mural didn’t stay up long. Although the artist remains defiant, she agreed to paint over the mural. Now, Trump’s head on a spear has been replaced by three local icons in the Mexican community with the words “Powerful Leaders.”“We all know he’s not well liked in the Mexican community, but that’s too much,” Mora said.Now, the artist is looking for a new location, away from a public school, but perhaps not away from public scrutiny.On social media, some have suggested Chicano Park. This is a living art museum and history lesson for Mexican Culture.“Honestly, I think I know where they are coming from, but no, this is too much. It doesn’t belong anywhere kids can see it, especially in a public park,” said Adriana Sanchez.The artist herself is trying to back away from the controversy, while stepping in it at the same time.“We will talk to anyone except you, not you, you will talk to my lawyer,” said artist Sasha Andratta. She claims she didn’t design the hateful mural, but she did paint it.The school still hasn’t revealed how this managed to be painted on public school land. But any art project in a public park requires the approval of city leaders. Chicano Park is a public park.While this is happening in San Diego, the word is out. Talk show host Sean Hannity has made this part of a national conversation.You remember Newton’s Third Law of Motion: “For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction” and the reaction here has been like a tsunami. Posted: May 8, 2018 May 8, 2018 Dan Plante, center_img Updated: 12:37 PM Violent mural of President Trump painted over at Chula Vista school Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Donald Trump, Trump Mural FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Salvation Army holds bellringing fundraiser

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With Christmas season starting, the Salvation Army Kroc Center held an all-star bell-ringing fundraiser at Fashion Valley Mall.Many volunteers rang their bells by the kettles including some familiar faces from KUSI.The fundraiser is apart of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign to help serve food and toys to families in San Diego. Salvation Army holds bell-ringing fundraiser KUSI Newsroom, November 27, 2018 Posted: November 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more