‘Not a peep’ on Donegal driving tests backlog two years ago

first_img ‘Not a peep’ on Donegal driving tests backlog two years ago A Donegal County Councillor says there wasn’t a word nationally about the massive backlog in driving tests waiting times when it was confined to Donegal. It comes as new figures show that the waiting time to get a driving test is now 25 weeks compared to six weeks this time last year, with 64,000 people across the country waiting to sit their tests.The pandemic is said to be root of the major backlog and it’s thought it may not be cleared until next year.However learning drivers in Buncrana faced a wait of 26 weeks to sit their tests over two years ago, with Cllrs lobbying the RSA then to employ extra instructors to bring the waiting time down.Cllr Nicholas Crossan says it’s regrettable to see how little Donegal seems to matter on the national stage:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/nicholasraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp By News Highland – February 9, 2021 Previous article21% increase in penalty point notices for speeding last yearNext articleCalls for joint meeting over future plans of Letterkenny News Highland WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Messi to miss Morocco friendly after injury on international return

first_imgThe Argentine Football Federation tweeted the injury update following the loss at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.Gonzalo Martinez has also been ruled out of the fixture in Tangier with a thigh problem.Salomon Rondon and Jhon Murillo gave Venezuela a two-goal advantage at the break.Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez halved the deficit before Josef Martinez scored from the spot to claim the spoils in the friendly.Messi’s 129th cap started poorly as Newcastle forward Rondon controlled a long ball before hammering home a half-volley past Argentine goalkeeper Franco Armani.The pick of the goals came as 23-year-old Murillo scored for only a third time in 17 internationals.He received the ball on the corner of the box, was given plenty of space by the Albiceleste defence and the winger fired home powerfully past Armani with a minute left of the first halfArgentina’s Martinez gave his side some hope on the hour mark as Messi found Giovanni Lo Celso who played in the Inter forward to finish.Rafael Dudamel’s side, ranked 32nd in the world, claimed a third after Martinez was tripped in the box.The Atlanta United attacker skipped up to take the penalty, sending Armani the wrong way to score with 15 minutes remaining.The friendly against Morocco on Tuesday comes as they prepare for this year’s Copa America, held in Brazil between June-July.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi lost on his 129th appearance for Argentina © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Mar 23 – Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s friendly against Morocco next week after picking up a groin injury in the shock 3-1 defeat to Venezuela on Friday as he made his first international appearance since the 2018 World Cup.Barcelona star Messi started the fixture following a self-imposed eight-month exile in which he missed six friendlies since the tournament in Russia, which they exited in the last 16 at the hands of eventual champions France.last_img read more


first_imgThe opening of the Medical 5 unit at Letterkenny General Hospital is now expected to take place on Tuesday next.Letterkenny General HospitalThe 18 bed unit was due to open almost a month ago but management have blamed a lack of staff for the delayed opening.However Donegal Daily understands the unit will now open on Tuesday bringing much-needed relief to the struggling hospital. Staff at the hospital have been trying to cope under severe pressure in recent days with a number of patients being treated in corridors and on wards.The hospital was yesterday named the busiest hospital in the country by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.One staff member with two decades experience at the hospital said she had never seen the hospital so busy.  OPENING OF ‘MEDICAL 5’ TO RELIEVE PRESSURE AT LGH NEXT WEEK was last modified: July 31st, 2014 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:donegalLetterkenny General HospitalMedical 5last_img read more

Buncrana Chamber of Commerce to host information evening

first_imgExisting and new members of the Buncrana Chamber of Commerce have been invited to an opening information evening tomorrow, Monday, July 1. The Chamber of Commerce is keen to cooperate with the public and listen to what they would like to see happening over the next several years.The event will take place at the Lake of Shadows Hotel at 7pm. A spokesperson for Buncrana Chamber of Commerce said: “Buncrana Chamber of Commerce wants to take every opportunity to positively represent their membership and to ensure that they are getting the best from their local chamber.“We’d like to invite existing members and potential new members to an open information evening at the Lake of Shadows Hotel on Monday, July 1 at 7pm.”Buncrana Chamber of Commerce to host information evening was last modified: June 30th, 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)last_img read more

Cat is ‘feline’ lucky after miraculous escape from glass jar!

first_imgA cat had a miraculous escape after getting its head stuck in a glass jar – for FIVE days.The cat was spotted in Ardara with the glass jar on its head.It is thought the cat stuck its head into the jar to get the remains of some food but ended up getting stuck. A local woman tried to get the jar off the cat but it jumped onto a fence before falling and smashing the jar.However, the remains of the glass jar stayed stuck on the cat’s neck.The cat was caught and brought to local charity Animals in Need who managed to get the remainder of the jar from the moggy.The brave woman who found the cat even got a scratch for her troubles but was delighted to save the cat. A spokesperson said the cat had to be sedated and the operation to remove the remains of the glass jar was very delicate.“She was so lucky. One wrong move could have been fatal. She had the tiniest wee nick from the edge of the jar and that was it.“The big worry was getting the jar off without causing her any damage. If it splintered and cut her or it was too hard it could have caused her even more damage.“She’s back to herself now and is really enjoying her food,” said the spokesperson.The Animals in Need volunteer also appealed to people not to throw away jars, bottles or cans. “For a starving cat, the temptation of a lick of leftovers clearly proved too much.“Please make sure that jars and cans are disposed of safely and that cans crushed and jars washed and placed in closed recycling bins,” she added.Cat is ‘feline’ lucky after miraculous escape from glass jar! was last modified: December 15th, 2019 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:animals in needArdaracatjarlast_img read more

Apple Wants Devs To Love Swift, Its Shiny New Language—But There’s A Catch

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Apple has high hopes for Swift, a brand-new coding language it unveiled for its developers on Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference. To Apple, Swift is a simpler, safer, faster-to-run alternative to the somewhat clunky and error prone language Objective-C now used to write apps for iPhones, iPads and Macs.Essentially, Apple is wagering that Swift will save enough time and effort that it might encourage more developers try their hand at building iOS apps. So Apple would clearly like to see developers learn and adopt Swift—well, swiftly.If only it were that easy.With Swift, Apple is performing a complicated straddle between its current technology—the language and tools that developers are familiar with—and its shiny new language of the future. Swift certainly offers a number of attractive new features, including automatic memory management  intended to kill off a class of insidious bugs that plague Objective-C, a “playground” feature that visualizes a program’s actions for easy debugging, and a simplified syntax designed to be both easier to learn and less prone to error.But to maintain continuity with existing apps, tool suites and code libraries, Swift also snuggles up close to Objective-C. It works directly with Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, the Objective-C frameworks that drive OS X and iOS applications. Since the Cocoa libraries are implemented in Objective-C, developers can run Swift code and Objective C code side by side.The trick here is that this kind of interoperability basically has to work perfectly for Swift to succeed. If it doesn’t, then developers will still need to tinker with Objective-C to make their apps work—and that means keeping up to speed in two languages, not one. Which is not the kind of chore developers tend to take on gladly.They certainly didn’t the last time something like Swift came along.The RubyMotion ExperimentAccording to Gregg Pollack, the founder and CEO of Code School, today’s programmers aren’t usually prepared for the complexity that is Objective-C. “Lots of developers started out learning Java, Ruby, and Python,” he said. “Moving from that to Objective-C is foreign, difficult, and full of ways for you to shoot yourself in the foot.”Unfortunately, Objective-C was long the only language for building iOS and OS X apps. That’s largely because the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch APIs (see our API explainer) for Mac OS X and iOS are written in Objective-C, which means that developers usually write apps for Apple devices in the same language to maximize their performance.But that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. You can use another programming language, so long as it can interface with the Objective-C code libraries in Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. So after seven years working for Apple, programmer and Ruby enthusiast Laurent Sansonetti started a new venture in 2012. Its mission? RubyMotion, an interface to make it possible to program iOS apps in Ruby.As programming languages go, Ruby is well loved. It reads almost like English, with little unnecessary syntax. But RubyMotion never caught on. “When things didn’t work, you’d still have to go a layer lower and tweak the Objective-C underneath,” Pollack said. “Now you had to know both Ruby and Objective-C—and the Cocoa framework—in order to build an iOS app effectively. So people said, ‘Why not just use Objective-C?’”In some ways Swift is like an official Apple version of the RubyMotion experiment. It’s an easier language that interfaces directly with the Objective-C libraries and Cocoa and Cocoa Touch  frameworks. But that means many—possibly all—Swift users are still going to need to know Objective-C. If that’s the case, why not just stick to what you know? That’s why Pollack doesn’t expect a sudden shift.“There’s always a learning curve with new languages,” said Pollack. “It could take years for bigger companies to pick it up. They’ve got bigger apps they’ve worked on for years in Objective-C. They already have Objective-C developers. Why take the time to train them all in Swift, a language that hasn’t been proven yet?”The Promise Of SwiftOf course, Swift has a few advantages RubyMotion could only dream of. RubyMotion was invented by a former developer; Swift is the favored child of Apple. Swift, says Apple, provides “seamless compatibility” with Cocoa and Cocoa Touch.It’s easy to sabotage yourself in Objective-C, which doesn’t always alert you to errors before testing a running app. If you create a variable and forget to assign it a value—easy enough to do—and then try to use that variable in a calculation, the resulting error can crash your app. Meanwhile, Swift will alert you ahead of time if you’re trying to use any variables that haven’t been assigned, saving you the time and headaches of trying to figure out why your program is crashing.Swift also provides an advantage over Objective-C in its speed. Some Objective-C operations, like sorting and loops, have an inherent delay because of the number of functions that are called repeatedly under the hood. The compiler doesn’t know which of a dozen ways a function or object was used, so it tries many. Thanks to compiler optimization built exclusively for Swift, however, Apple says running Swift code is significantly faster than Objective-C.That means that apps built with Swift could be faster and smoother for the end user, too. Jon Friskics, Code School’s iOS expert, predicted that users will notice increased speed in games and animations coded in Swift.“The optimization won’t just make compiling faster and less prone to errors, but also the apps themselves,” he said. “Computationally intensive tasks like animations will likely run a little bit smoother.”Of course, Swift is still a baby coding language. It almost certainly has its share of bugs (yes, computer languages have bugs, too). It’s likely going to go through a number of iterations and improvements while Apple and its beta testers fix them.And Swift has one giant card up its sleeve that RubyMotion never had: It’s an Apple product, and that means Apple can change its APIs to suit the new language. If Swift does live up to its potential, it’s almost inevitable that Apple will eventually rewrite its Cocoa APIs in Swift, eliminating its primary dependence on Objective-C. If and when that happens, Swift will rapidly become the only Apple development language most programmers will ever need to learn.Swift has the potential to make iOS development easier and, here’s hoping, enjoyable. At least that’s Pollack’s prediction:Years from now, people will be able to just learn Swift and won’t have to learn Objective C. It’s going to take a lot of pain out of becoming an app developer. It could make it a lot more pleasurable to become an iOS developer—easier to learn, and more fun for people to program. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img lauren orsini Tags:#Apple#development#iOS#Objective-C#programming#Swift Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Cole blasts Ozils situation at Arsenal as a comedy sketch

first_imgFormer striker Andy Cole is bewildered by Unai Emery’s “strange” decision to not play Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.The German playmaker has only started half of Arsenal’s 26 Premier League matches this season amid struggles to force his way into Emery’s plans.In fact, Ozil has only featured twice for the Gunners in 2019 due to both fitness struggles and Emery’s decision to omit from matchday squads.Despite recovering from an illness this week and returning to training, Ozil was again left out by the Spanish coach for Arsenal’s 1-0 Europa League defeat to BATE Borisov in Belarus on Thursday night.And Cole, who started out his playing career at Arsenal before going on to star for rivals Manchester United, admits he can’t understand why Emery refuses to play someone of Ozil’s calibre.“It’s becoming a bit of a comedy sketch at the moment,” Cole told Sky Sports. “We know how talented he is.“The manager has decided maybe he doesn’t want him in the team, he doesn’t work hard enough or whatever, but sometimes when you have that luxury, I think some of the boys in the team would be prepared to work a little bit harder to get him on the ball to produce that magic.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Arsenal over the previous years, when Wenger was there, did that. You’ve got to play your best players when you need them, and Ozil is one of Arsenal’s best.“If you asked [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang: ‘Do you want Mesut to play?’ they’d say yes all day long, all day long! It’s really, really strange.”On the other hand, former Celtic manager Neil Lennon expects there will be plenty of interest in the “divisive” Ozil should he leave Arsenal this summer.“You have a talent like that, and it might come down to man management,” said Lennon.“He has certainly been a divisive character over the last few years. He’s like Marmite, some love him, some don’t! For me, I love watching him play.“He does get criticised a lot for his work rate, or lack of work rate, but his stats are up there for distance covered with many other players. He will certainly find a place somewhere, because he’s got the game.”LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium on January 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)last_img read more