Council defer closure of Rockhill Road Letterkenny

first_imgA planned road closure Rockhill Road has been deferred after opposition was raised by local residents and businesses.Donegal County Council had planned to close a part of the road outside Letterkenny from Monday 19th August until 26th November 2019.  Diversions were to be put in place via the Greyrock Road.However, the decision was made to defer the closure this week until November. Concerns were raised on the works as the Old Town area has already been hit by significant traffic delays in recent weeks. Traffic lights are in operation at the mini roundabout outside the Old Dunnes as Irish Water works continue on the Letterkenny Sewerage Scheme.The revised closure dates for Rockhill Road will be advertised as soon as the council receives confirmation from the contractor. Council defer closure of Rockhill Road Letterkenny was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:letterkennyold townroadworksrockhill roadlast_img read more

What You Need to Know About Personal Commercial Relationships

first_imgCommercial relationships are in some ways different than pure personal relationships. Both require that you are known, liked, and trusted, but commercial relationships also require the creation of economic value. This continual need to create new value has changed commercial relationships.The fact that commercial relationships require that you create economic value in no way diminishes the need to be known, liked, and trusted. It does mean that being likeable, taking people to dinner, and buying them seats at sporting events and concerts is not likely going to be enough to acquire or retain your client’s business.The idea that there is no overlap between commercial and personal relationships is to believe that these relationships are mutually exclusive, that you can have one or the other, that there is some insurmountable wall between the two. Having both is better than having either by itself.Some of the best relationships you have are likely to be commercial relationships. That client you worked closely with on a major change initiative. The one you helped by taking the lead on a project when they were helping their ill spouse. The client who had a messy family issue and needed someone to listen, and maybe provide counsel. You have relationships that are both personal and commercial with the people within your own company as well. Thankfully.Many of your clients want a personal relationship. They hired you, and now you are a member of their team. They want to have meals with you. They want to text you. They want to hear your stories, and they want to tell you theirs. To believe otherwise is to underestimate the power of intimacy when it comes to trust (See Charlie Green’s Trust-Based Selling). It is also to ignore at least 50,000 years of human evolution.Your clients also want a commercial relationship that spans into personal. They want someone with the business acumen and situational knowledge to help them see around corners. They want to work with someone who will prevent them from being harmed, and who will help them capitalize on opportunities. This person is going to care enough about them that they are always thinking about what comes next even when they aren’t.In complex B2B commercial relationships, personal relationships are largely unavoidable. How do you work with people without speaking with them? How do avoid the relationship maintenance that is sharing the conversations that make us human, the personal conversations, the chatter about sports, television, family, children, and all the other things, trivial or important?Were the personal relationship components of commercial relationships to disappear, there would no longer be a need to strive to be a trusted advisor. There would be no reason to be someone worth doing business with, someone your clients prefer above all others.Evolution plays by a certain set of rules. It unfolds over time, including and transcending what came before into something new. The increased need to economic value creation and business acumen and situational knowledge and insight is additive to known, liked, and trusted.This evolution is making selling more difficult for two groups of people. First are the salespeople who lack the ability to create economic value; they are being left behind, disintermediated, and, in some cases, facing extinction. Second are the salespeople who struggle to create the type of personal connection that allows them to develop the relationships that allow them to initiate the kind of changes that create greater economic value.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Two steps forward, two steps back

first_imgThe Mi A1 launched by Xiaomi last year was revolutionary in many ways. Not only did it give Google’s Android One program a fresh start, it also inspired a number of brands to opt for stock Android as the de facto software inside their phones. And honestly, who doesn’t love stock Android?The Mi A1 was a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from Google, with little help from Xiaomi that is. Although the Mi A1 was an Android One phone to boot, it was unlike any other Android One phone in the past. The Mi A1 was notably the most premium phone, both in terms of looks and build as well as in terms of hardware specs, to launch under Google’s Android One program. This was a stark departure from what Google’s Android One stood for, once upon a time. “Shut up and take my money,” is what I had said about it in my full review.Its successor, the Mi A2, has probably been one of the most awaited phones of the year. Much like a high-end Samsung Galaxy or an Apple iPhone. That’s saying a lot about Xiaomi and especially the Mi A1 that have built quite a reputation for themselves in a very short period of time. Fans, enthusiasts and critics were all waiting for Xiaomi to see what it would do next. With Android One. The Mi A2 is here now and now that I have spent sometime with it, I can say one thing with confidence. It was well worth the wait. But terms and conditions apply.advertisementDesign and build qualityThe Mi A2 looks a lot like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A1 had a baby. The front is big and bezel-less and there’s a vertically aligned dual camera module on the back, reminiscent to how things are on-board the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The antenna placement is meanwhile more in line with how things were on the Mi A1 which means that the Mi A2 is also a metal unibody phone with its antennas located at the extreme ends of the device so you’re more likely to not notice them. In the case of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, these are placed right where you can see them, and also these result in the top and bottom ends being plastic.The Mi A2 essentially combines all the things I liked about the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A1, and presents it in a package that’s prettier to look and more premium to hold. It looks and feels like an expensive phone that isn’t expensive at all, much like any other Xiaomi phone in the market right now. So no surprises there. There are a couple of downsides though. The back of the phone, although it neatly wraps around the front, is as slippery as a fish. That could be a health hazard, especially since Xiaomi doesn’t explicitly mention the kind of metal that it is using in its construction. Also, the dual camera module on the back sticks out like a soar thumb, a little too much in fact which means the Mi A2 has a tendency to wobble when placed on a flat surface. Luckily for buyers, the Mi A2 will ship with a protective case in the box that helps negate both these drawbacks, at the expense of hiding its good looks though.If you’re someone who is nit-picky about build materials, the Mi A2 is the most affordable phone to ship with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front, which means technically it should hold its ground if you happen to drop it screen facing down. My review unit has been able to survive a couple of odd eerie drops so I’ll say I can bet my money on it.I really like how the Mi A2 looks and feels even though getting used to its slippery body could be challenging at least in the beginning. Once you do that you’ll start to appreciate its build quality, which in a nutshell is spot on. The power button and the volume rocker offer excellent tactile feedback and the always-on fingerprint scanner on the back is fast and accurate. The Mi A2, just to wrap things up, is a modern phone that will definitely attract lots of attention. Xiaomi will be offering the Mi A2 in as many as four different colours, black, blue, gold and rose gold, which means there will be a little something for everybody.advertisementDisplayThe Mi A2 comes with a 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 2160x1080p resolution and 403ppi pixel density which is the same deal as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Because Xiaomi has shaved off much of the bezels on the top and bottom and also on the sides, the Mi A2 feels much smaller than regular 6-inch phones. Also, it supports an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9, as against the more traditional 16:9. But sadly, the quality of the panel isn’t as good. Colours on-board appear muted or lacking in contrast and brightness levels are just about average. Xiaomi’s aggressive power saving software algorithms tend to further tone down the brightness levels — when set in auto — way below permissible limits at times. This means hampering screen legibility, even more so when you’re out in direct sunlight. You’ll be better off setting it to manual during such times. The viewing angles are quite good though.SoftwareWell until September 5, 2017, it was widely speculated that Android One was dead. Only Android One was never dead. You can say that it was on a sabbatical or something like it, but, dead it wasn’t. September 5, 2017 was the day when Android One was re-launched albeit under a slightly different set of rules and guidelines. At the helm of Android One’s second innings was the Xiaomi Mi A1.The Mi A2 carries the legacy forward which means that much like the Mi A1, the Mi A2 also runs pure unadulterated Google software and the promise of timely OS updates directly from Google with some help from Xiaomi.Although the Xiaomi Mi A2 runs a near 100 per cent version of stock Android like a Pixel phone, the phone also ships with the company’s Mi Feedback and Mi Remote apps. While the purpose of the Mi Feedback app is to let users report issues with the phone, the Mi Remote app allows users to use the Mi A2’s IR-blaster. While the Mi Remote app can be uninstalled, the Mi Feedback app can’t. There are three more apps: the Mi Drop, the File Manager and the Mi Store pre-installed on the Mi A2.The Mi A2 has probably been one of the most awaited phones of the year. Much like a high-end Samsung Galaxy or an Apple iPhoneAlso, the camera app in the case of the Mi A2 is again hallmark Xiaomi. The camera bit is understandable. Xiaomi wanted to add extra functionality considering that the Mi A2 is also a camera-focused device. The stock camera app from Google won’t be able to perform many of the things that Xiaomi would want the Mi A2 cameras to perform, and that’s alright. The same was true about the Mi A1 as well.But, in case if you’ve followed the Mi A1, you will realise that the number of extra apps has gone up in the Mi A2. Yes, you can uninstall many of these apps, but, there’s still a rise in the number of extra apps from last year and while Xiaomi may say that the apps that it is adding are popular among users, you can’t help but notice how Android One is changing yet again. For better or for worse, only time will tell.advertisement As for the software that is inside the Mi A2, the phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box which is again not the latest and greatest even if you’re a non Pixel phone. Google, this year, has partnered with a number of OEMs like OnePlus and Nokia to offer Android P developer preview on some of their phones so even third-party brands can jump onto the Android P bandwagon sooner than say last year. The Mi A1, even though it was an Android One device, did not make that cut. The Mi A2 is launching in India just a day after Google officially rolled out Android 9 Pie for Pixel devices. Will the Mi A2 get Android P soon? We do know that it will get Android P, but whether or not it will get it soon, is again something only time will tell.Performance and battery lifeThe Mi A2 is a big step-up from both the Mi A1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro when it comes to core hardware. It is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. The Snapdragon 660 is notably Qualcomm’s most powerful mid-range processor in India right now since phones like the Mi 8 SE with the newly announced Snapdragon 710 are yet to make their way to the country. That doesn’t take away the fact that the Mi A2 with a Snapdragon 660 is still a very powerful mid-range device. But there’s a catch.Xiaomi is not bringing all the memory configurations of the Mi A2 to India. It is only bringing the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the Mi A2 to India at this point of time. Xiaomi has been quite vocal about how it likes to give India the option of a dedicated micro-SD card slot for storage expansion, because that’s what buyers in India want. Many of its popular phones come with dedicated slots for two SIM cards and a micro-SD. The Mi A2, on the contrary, does not support expandable storage. You can say that the Mi A2 will give you unlimited high-quality storage through Google Photos. There’s also Google Drive and Google Docs. All these features will come bundled with the Mi A2 because it’s an Android One phone. But all of this comes at the expense of expandable storage. The Mi A1, although it came with the same RAM and ROM configurations, gave you that option.It’s safe to say that the Mi A1 offers the best dual camera implementation on a mid-level budget phone right nowPerformance-wise the Mi A2 is still at par with the best in business which isn’t surprising considering the hardware (and stock Android software) that is inside the phone. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is, in fact, one of the most powerful phones that you can buy at its price point. But do note that things are changing rapidly in India’s smartphone scene. Only recently, Honor launched the Honor Play in India at a starting price of Rs 19,999 with very powerful — Huawei’s top-of-the-line Kirin 970 — innards. So competition is mounting and there are now multiple options to pick and choose from, even at affordable prices.Good thing is that the Mi A2 does not disappoint in terms of all-round usage, much like any other Xiaomi phone, and of course stock Android adds another dimension to it. It can handle all kinds of tasks that you throw at it, both basic and hard-grinding, without breaking a sweat. And also, without loosing its cool. All kinds of games, including the graphically demanding ones like PUBG and Asphalt 9 Legends, are handled well by the Mi A2, even during times of extended gameplay.The only concern is battery life. While the 3,000mAh battery inside the Mi A2 holds well for the most part, it’s not in the same league as other Xiaomi phones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro or even the Mi A1. The Mi A2 is a step-down in this regard which is a little disappointing considering how Xiaomi phones are known for outstanding battery life. Our battery loop test gave us just 10 hours on the Mi A2, which isn’t encouraging but not too shabby either. Most users with generalized usage will be able to pull one day on the Mi A2, but that’s all that you’re going to get out of it. Xiaomi packs in an extra surprise for India in that the Mi A2 India variant will support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology as opposed to the European variant that supports Quick Charge 3.0. But there’s also a catch. Xiaomi will not be bundling a Quick Charge 4.0 compliant charger in the box in India. The Mi A2 India variant will instead ship with a 10W charger and Xiaomi has confirmed that it has no plans to launch a certified Quick Charge 4.0 charger in India through its online store. Now Xiaomi has stressed time and again not to use third-party chargers to charge its phones, so it is highly likely that not many people in India will be able to take the full advantage of Quick Charge 4.0 in the Mi A2. The bundled charger charges the phone from 0-100 per cent in almost 2 hours.The bottom-firing mono speaker on-board the Mi A2 can get really loud, with little or no distortion at peak volume. Phone calls made with the phone are of excellent quality and we did not encounter any odd call drop issues with our review unit. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity.CameraWhile the Mi A2’s main USP is arguably its Android One software, that isn’t its most killer feature. This is because the Mi A1, although it was an Android One phone, has had trouble keeping up with stable software updates. The one thing that it do just right was the cameras. The Mi A1 came with class-leading cameras. The Mi A2 is even better although I do have a small problem with it.Let’s start with the specs, because, say what you may, hardware matters. The Mi A2 has good camera hardware. It comes with two cameras on the back. One uses a 12-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 486 sensor) and another a 20-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 376 sensor). Both the sensors have an f/1.75 aperture.The main sensor has large pixels while the secondary sensor supports pixel binning that technically results in all-round good low-light photos.The dual camera setup is further assisted by a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. But the real star attraction here is how the two cameras can literally sense the ambient surroundings and intelligently switch with the 12-megapixel sensor better suited for ideal lighting, and the 20-megapixel sensor better suited for low light scenarios. Although the two can switch alternatively depending on the available light, it is also possible to manually pick and choose the sensor you deem fit for an occasion. The option is available in manual mode, and it’s quite a convenient option to have. But it’s better not to go down that road because the Mi A2 is in itself quite an outstanding camera phone in auto. It does point-and-shoot just right. Better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Better than the Mi A1. Better than any other phone in and around its price point.Not only does the Mi A2 offer a complete package with respect to paper specs, it’s the closest that you can get as far as realizing them in actual usage is concerned. In fact, it’s safe to say that the Mi A2 offers the best dual camera implementation on a mid-level budget phone right now although I do miss the added functionality the 2X zoom lens brought to the table in the case of the Mi A1.The phone captures good-looking photos in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on (if a little oversaturated) colours. Dynamic range is mostly spot on too. What really sets the Mi A2 apart from other phones in its price category are its blazing fast focus locking and shutter speed. It is quite fast in HDR mode, which is a welcome change for a Xiaomi phone. The same is true about photos taken in tricky light situations. If that wasn’t enough, the Mi A2 cameras also manage to pack quite a punch in low light. Although there’s noise associated with these photos, the amount of detail captured in some of them easily surpasses expectations. Photos taken in such situations also manage to hold on to colours quite well.The Mi A2 also literally excels at portrait shots when the lighting is ideal, offering crisp and detailed shots and a creamy background, with little or no blurry edges. The same is true about indoor shots under good artificial lighting as well. The Mi A2’s dual cameras will, in fact, surprise you at how good they can be at their low price.IMAGE SAMPLESOn the front, the Mi A2 sports a 20-megapixel camera with LED flash which is the same deal inside the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It’s quite good and manages to capture enough detail in selfies with colours that are mostly true to source. The front camera, on-board the Mi A2, is also capable of shooting portraits, although portrait mode courtesy the front cam, is software-based. It’s a hit or miss, but again, it’s nice to have the option available. Moreover, the Mi A2 is also set to get face unlock in the days to come.Should you buy it?I am sure you’re probably wondering why the headline of this review says that the Mi A2 is two steps forward and two steps back, even though, in the review you’ll find mostly good things about it. And the Mi A2 is a good phone with the best in-class cameras (both front and back) that you can get at its price point. But somehow it did not wow me the way the Mi A1 did last year. For me, the Mi A2, did not turn out to be as value for money as the Mi A1 did back in the day, and no, the lack of a headphone jack or expandable storage has got nothing to do with it. Although, I will also like to point out that, these could be deal breakers for some buyers. The Mi A2 is two steps forward, in cameras and all-round performance, in comparison to the Mi A1. But it takes two steps back in display and battery departments. While in isolation, the Mi A2, is a great package deal, when placed next to its predecessor, it does not shine as bright and that makes all the difference. You can say that the Mi A1 had it all, and it cost even less. The Mi A2, not so much. Also, it comes at a time when a Xiaomi phone like the Redmi Note 5 Pro exists and that phone is quite good too and also more affordable.But as mentioned earlier, the Mi A2, is still quite the deal as a stand-alone device and if you’re someone who takes performance seriously and likes to click many good-quality photos then the Mi A2 is definitely the phone to buy.Xiaomi Mi A2 review8/10Good stuffSolid build qualityFast performanceStock AndroidGreat camerasBad stuffDim displayNo headphone jackNo expandable storageBattery life could be betterlast_img read more

Chiefs concerned over length of planned meeting with PM want in on

first_img(Vancouver skyline. APTN/file)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsSome First Nations leaders expressed concern Wednesday a planned Vancouver meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week is scheduled to run only two hours.Trudeau is scheduled to meet with First Nation, Inuit and Metis leaders in Vancouver on March 2 to discuss climate change. The prime minister is meeting with premiers the next day.Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day said two hours is not enough to discuss climate change with the prime minister and he would like to see First Nation leaders also sit at the table with the premiers the next day.“Clearly two hours is not enough, we are definitely pushing for full inclusion,” said Day.Day said the office of AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde’s office is currently trying to convince the PMO to expand the current parameters of First Nation involvement in next week’s climate change talks with Trudeau.The Ontario regional chief said First Nations need to be directly involved in any discussions involving Ottawa and the provinces on climate change plans.“We need to be fully engaged and in some of those cases we need to be leading some of those processes and discussions,” said Day. “We can’t take this position lightly.”Currently, the March 2 meeting is tentatively scheduled to run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The AFN, the Metis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatam (ITK) are expected to attend with 1o delegates each.The AFN is planning on holding preparatory meetings next Monday and Tuesday in Vancouver to allow the AFN delegation to hone its message and issues it wants to present during the meeting with Trudeau.AFN Alberta regional Chief Craig Makinaw said he’s received no firm details on what’s planned for the meeting, but expressed concern a two hour meeting is just not enough time with the prime minister.“I have been at previous meetings and two hours is never enough time to bring all the issues out,” said Makinaw. “You will get rushed and you don’t get enough time to bring your concerns out. That is the frustration I have when there are always two hour meetings.”Metis National Council President Clement Chartier said he had no concern with the Trudeau meeting running only two hours.“They are usually not overly long,” said Chartier. “Certainly being there is sufficient as a start.”Chartier said the Metis National Council needs Ottawa to help improve its capacity to deal with issues like climate change.“The Metis National Council doesn’t have the capacity to deal on all these issues that are cropping up,” he said.The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) has also tried to create a minor controversy over its exclusion from the meeting. CAP and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) have written to the premiers asking to be allowed to participate in the meetings.Chartier said CAP should not be part of nation-to-nation talks with Ottawa.“They are not invited because they do not represent nations or any governments,” said Chartier.Day said he didn’t want to comment directly on CAP or NWAC. He said the Ontario delegation traveling to Vancouver includes three women.ITK representatives were not available to comment.Prime Minister’s Office did not respond to repeated request for [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more