Some analysts suggest that lifting the software restrictions could boost sales of online music, which currently account for around 10 percent of global music sales. Jobs said he planned to offer around half of all music in the iTunes store under the premium package by the end of the year, but declined to say whether the company was in discussions with other leading record companies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Breaking from the rest of the recording industry, EMI Group said Monday it will begin selling songs online that are free of copy-protection technology through Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store. The deal, however, doesn’t include music from the label’s biggest act, The Beatles. ITunes customers will soon be able to buy songs by the Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Coldplay and other top-selling artists for $1.29, or 30 cents more than the copy-protected version. The premium tunes also will be offered in a higher quality than the 99-cent tracks. EMI Chief Executive Eric Nicoli said The Beatles music catalog is excluded from the deal but the company was “working on it.” He declined to set a time frame for negotiations over the catalog. The announcement followed calls by Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs earlier this year for the world’s four major record companies, including EMI Group PLC, to start selling songs online without copy-protection software. The technology, known as digital rights management, or DRM, is designed to combat piracy by preventing unauthorized copying or sharing, but it also can be a consumer headache. Some music players, for instance, support one type of DRM software but not others. The DRM used by Apple does not work with competing services or devices, meaning that consumers can download songs from iTunes to work only on their computers or iPod music players. The lock between the download services and players has drawn criticism from European industry regulators, who argue that it limits buyer choice. “Doing the right thing for the customer going forward is to tear down the walls that impede interoperability,” Jobs told a London news conference. He has previously argued there was little benefit to record companies selling more than 90 percent of their music without DRM on compact discs, then selling the remaining percentage online with DRM.
Nine minutes to home, it said, No delays it said, happy days I thought as I fired up the ignition, turned up the radio and headed on my way.Nine minutes later I still haven’t even got out of the carpark waiting for someone to let someone out in the line of traffic in front of me.“You’re some craic, Google.” -What planet are you getting your traffic information from, because its not the same town that I’m sitting in. Advertisement By Brian McDaidThere is one question on everyone’s lips in Letterkenny these last few days, why has the traffic got so bad? And that comment is even coming from people that are used with the usual traffic jams in the cathedral town.If it was Dublin it would be just like closing down the M50 completely and expecting the city to put up with it.That’s what the Glencar Road now feels like to Letterkenny. Advertisement The Glencar Rd which will remain completely closed until the work in that section of the new sewerage system is completed. Photo Brian McDaid.Closed down completely over the last few weeks as part of the ongoing upgrading of the town sewage system.It has the people that live in Letterkenny and those who have to commute in and out of the town at breaking point.Every morning and evening it’s easy to spend up to an hour in your car in the traffic as everything is funnelled through an ever-narrowing bottleneck.Motorists’ that normally used the Glencar Road to avoid the traffic jams in the other parts of Letterkenny have nowhere to go now.Schools out This is the only time that this upgrade can be done in the Glencar area because of the school traffic in this location from the three primary and two secondary schools which are now on their summer holidays, but the silent damage that these road closures are doing could be the final straw for small businesses in Letterkenny.Since the closure of the Glencar Rd that side of Letterkenny has completely gone silent.Traffic jams into the hospital roundabout which has bother dealing with the increased flow since the Glencar Rd has closed. Photo Brian McDaid.Even the diversion down the New Line Road has traffic jams backed up to Burma heading up into the hospital roundabout, which now is the only way to exit Letterkenny from that side of town for traffic heading for Kilmacrennan, Cresslough and Dunfanaghy areas.Not on the map Inputting this motoring column together this week, I thought I would call on the services of AA Road Watch to see what they could tell me about road closures or delays in Letterkenny and what effect it was having on the traffic in the town.So AA’s first report from Donegal showed some delays on the N13 on the Newtowncunnnghman side of Manorcunningham.On the road works section for Donegal, it also indicated rolling roadworks on the N13 from the Dry arch and Manorcunningham.Even under the Events section for Donegal, it mentioned the Mary from Dungloe Festival with road closures in place to facilitate the festival and that traffic could avoid the town by taking the N56.A view of the Pearce Rd in Letterkenny which is now jammed to capacity as traffic has moved to this side of the town. Photo Brian McDaid.After two full scrolls through every road work in Ireland, I still could not find a mention of any delays in Letterkenny on Irelands service provider the AA road watch traffic information website, not a word about how long it might take you to get out of Letterkenny this evening.Maybe it’s because we have had that many disruptions that even AA road watch has given up on us up here.So, if you were a visitor coming to Letterkenny for the first time, your AA road watch map would tell you nothing about the possible delays until you landed right in the middle of the jam.Roads warsSomeone jested this week that skittles and even the old game kerby could be played along the roadway as it was played years ago as part of the Folk Festival in the coming weeks such is the quietness of the Glencar Road since they closed it down. Or even the old nearby cockpit, which is now a carpark could be reopened where many the difference was sorted out with fists or before that spurs.But in the real world, most of the battles are now played out behind the wheel of your car trying to get from A to B in the town, no one giving an inch and if you do see a gap in the traffic make sure that you make no eye contact as you dart into the line and hope you’ll make it.Even after this rant about all the traffic problems that Letterkenny is faced with, it still is my hometown and most of the time I’m still proud to be from here.I have included a photo of an old Letterkenny road sign still along the roadside on the way into Letterkenny along the Old Lifford Rd, which bring back great memories of growing up in Letterkenny and arriving back to the town after a journey.An old classic road sign on the old Lifford road into Letterkenny this week (complete with a. Beautiful Border Collie), always a great sight to see on the way home. Photo Brian McDaidI’m worried what the long term effect of all these disruptions will have on Letterkenny and how many people have just had enough and are going somewhere else to do their business.A not so happy motorist.DD Motoring: Road wars in Letterkenny was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)
8 June 2009Volkswagen South Africa has opened three new state-of-the-art production training centres as part of the Production Academy at its Uitenhage plant, as the automaker intensifies its efforts to establish itself as a learning organisation.In 2006, the company made a commitment to spend more than R400-million on training and skills development between now and 2010, a move that is seen as key to improving customer service, market leadership, global cost competitiveness and quality and schedule adherence amongst others.Volkswagen South Africa MD David Powels explained that the company’s intentions on becoming the benchmark auto manufacturer in the country and a competitive global player depended on the skills development of its employees.“The reality is that the critical skills required to carry out this plan are scarce in South Africa,” he said in a statement last month. “We have intensified our efforts to develop these skills within our own people and embed a culture of continuous learning within the organisation.”He pointed out that through improving itself, the company would secure its future as a vehicle manufacturer with over 5 000 employees in the country.Five academiesFive training academies have been implemented, namely production, leadership, technical, commercial and sales and marketing.“This is the route taken by an employee to build his or her knowledge progressively through a range of blended learning activities, which include workshops, simulated exercises, e-learning and on-the-job training,” Powels explained.The majority of the training modules are aligned to South African Qualifications Authority requirements, ensuring that skills gained provide employees with some form of a nationally recognised qualification, or credits towards the qualification.E-learningEach and every Volkswagen employee, from shop floor to executive level, will soon be able to access training online when e-learning – currently in a pilot phase – is rolled out to the rest of the organisation.“In addition to providing a secure medium of measurement, e-learning allows employees to complete online modules, view their personalised learner path and book workshops from any computer with internet access 24/7,” Powels added.The sales and marketing and commercial academies are geared toward achieving key business goals by equipping support staff with the knowledge and skills they need to deliver to this strategy.The leadership academy supports people in executive roles to develop their leadership skills and competencies in line with the Volkswagen SA leadership brand, and also assesses employees for leadership potential, as well as for functional roles within the company“These five academies will create a learning environment which is vibrant, active and dynamic; in which all employees can learn and grow, and contribute towards Volkswagen South Africa achieving its aim of becoming a true learning organisation,” Powels said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
PBA IMAGESTNT racked up its third straight win after clobbering Blackwater, 127-89, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Roger Pogoy was on target all game long as he delivered a game-high 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the field for the KaTropa, who tied the San Miguel Beermen in third place at 5-3.ADVERTISEMENT Pogoy also had six rebounds and four assists in only less than 25 minutes of action.Jericho Cruz added 20 points and nine assists off the bench while Troy Rosario and Ryan Reyes also gave TNT a lift with 17 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe KaTropa pulled away in the third quarter and kept pouring it on in the fourth period where they outsocred the Elite, 37-17.TNT had everything clicking on the offensive end as it hit 57 percent from the field and had 39 assists. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Mike DiGregorio scored 20 points for Blackwater (2-7), which had more turnovers (21) than assists (19).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed UST notches 2nd straight win, downs NU 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments