Lack of Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant is a ‘disgrace’ – TD

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has labelled the government a disgrace for not introducing a replacement for the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant. It has been six years since the grant was removed by the then Fine Gael/Labour government. Donegal McConalogue said the government’s failure to reinstate the grant is a sign of abandonment of people with disabilities.Deputy McConalogue said “This situation is nothing short of a disgrace. The government were quick to close the old supports under the premise of a new scheme being introduced shortly thereafter yet here we are, 6 years later and successive Fine Gael governments have failed to address this issue. “Those with disabilities have been completely abandoned by the high handed approach to this matter by successive Ministers.“Their situation is further compounded by the fact the Minister continues to point to the Disabled Drivers & Passengers scheme as a viable alternative and workable support for those with mobility issues. The reality is starkly different, and the Minister is fully aware that the Ombudsman has raised serious concerns about the equity of the scheme.”Deputy McConalogue is calling on the government to address the issue as a matter of urgency.He said: “People with serious disabilities are being told they do not qualify for the scheme due to stricter criteria. Furthermore, the Minister for Finance has confirmed that he has no intention of changing the criteria for this scheme despite this red flag being raised with him by the Ombudsman. “The whole situation points to the reality of a government who are not willing to address this serious matter on the behalf of some of the most vulnerable in our society.“The Minister for Health and the Minister for Finance must come together and urgently address these issues and I will be continuing to pursue this matter with them,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Lack of Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant is a ‘disgrace’ – TD was last modified: February 12th, 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueMobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grantlast_img read more

In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of April 20, 2018

first_imgShare This!I’ve got the Disney blues! With the never ending colder temps and the fact that my summer vacation is just around the corner, it is making me want to be in the parks so badly! What about you? Are you feeling the same itch?This week, we take a look at some changes within Disney, a glimpse at what The Haunted Mansion could have been, and more.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors This is a very interesting look at Bob Iger’s life. If you’re even remotely curious, you’ll want to read this article.Disney will be required to make an offer to purchase all of Sky’s shares if 21st Century Fox’s bid is not approved prior to completion of Disney’s acquisition of Fox assets.Did you know that the Haunted Mansion was originally going to be The Museum of the Weird. Take a look at some of the unique concept art that was created for the potential project. I think some of it, even though the museum itself never came to fruition, will look familiar.There’s been another major change within the Disney Travel company. (There seem to be several of these lately.) Jeff Vahle has officially been named as president of Disney Signature Experiences. This includes Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney and Aulani, a Disney Resort in Hawaii.This quarter’s injury report for the theme parks is now out.This one hits close to home for me. This week, we lost Henri Landwirth from Give Kids the World. I am a big supporter of Give Kids the World, as each and every year I help to raise money for this wonderful charity located in Kissimmee, FL. If you haven’t heard of the facility, I strongly suggest you learn a little bit about it. I have personally visited and it truly is a wonderful place for kids who need a little magic in their lives.I feel like I’m stepping on Derek’s toes, but AV Club shared an article about all the TV shows that have filmed episodes inside a Disney theme park and why they aren’t as prevalent as they maybe once were.Universal’s Fast & Furious – Supercharged is now in technical rehearsal! Learn a bit more about what you will be able to experience when riding this new attraction.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to an Avengers: Infinity War t-shirt and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

Rising costs to hit falling fares.

first_imgAirlines filled a record percentage of seats in May as passenger demand remained strong and airfares in the second quarter fell about 6 per cent compared to last year.Global demand for the month grew by 7.7 per cent as the load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to post a new May record of  80.1 per cent. That was down on the 10.9 per cent growth recorded in April but still ahead of the long-term average.The International Air Transport Association said the six per cent drop in fares compared to the second quarter last year contributed to about two-fifths of the growth.But there is some bad news: the degree of fare stimulus is about half what it was in 2016 and IATA is expecting it to fade due to rising airline cost pressures and softening business confidence.Nonetheless, the airline umbrella group is still expecting good demand in the upcoming peak travel months of July and August.“Passenger demand is solid,’’ IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement. “And we don’t foresee any weakening over the busy summer months in the Northern Hemisphere.“But the rising price of fuel and other input costs is likely to see airlines’ ability to stimulate markets with lower fares taper over the coming months.’’“In parallel, rising trade protectionism and barriers to travel are worrying trends that, if unchecked, could impact demand.’’Global International traffic rose 7.7 per cent in May while worldwide domestic demand rose 7.9 per cent.Above average international growth was seen in the Asia-pacific (10.5 per cent), Latin America (9.3 per cent) Africa (11.7 per cent) and Europe (7.5 per cent).North America came in at 4.8 per cent while Middle East carriers hit an eight-year low of 3.7 per cent growth compared to May last year.“Although year-to-year comparisons are distorted by the strong performance for the same period a year ago, the slow-down also reflects the ban on the carriage of large portable electronics devices in the cabin from 10 airports in the region to the US, as well as a wider impact on inbound travel to the US from the Trump Administration’s proposed travel bans,’’ IATA said of the Middle Eastern figures.“Passenger traffic growth in the Middle East to North America market was already slowing in early-2017. But RPKs fell again in April (-1.2%) for just the second time since at least 2010.“In view of the recent Supreme Court ruling, these impacts could continue. By comparison, the route to and from Europe has continued to trend upwards this year.”On the domestic front,  China, India and Russia remained the growth leaders while Japan saw a 10.3 per cent year-over-year surge against “a robust economic backdrop’’.Growth in Australian domestic traffic remained subdued at 1.0 per cent with capacity down 3.1 per cent.last_img read more

Top 10 Digital Lifestyle Products of 2008

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#2008 in Review#Digital Lifestyle#web#Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editor’s Note: This list was contributed by Steve O’Hear, editor of last100, a former RWW network blog.There was lots of activity in the digital lifestyle space in 2008, with new devices, services, and platforms being launched and some of our favorites from last year getting significant updates. One notable trend throughout the year was the way these products and services began to converge; not in the sense that they were becoming all-in-one devices, although some of that was happening, but rather by hardware, services, and content playing together nicely, often through open standards and platforms, with the Internet acting as a conduit. On that note, here are our picks of the 10 best digital lifestyle products of 2008.This is the eighth in our series of top products of 2008:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2008Top 10 International Products of 2008Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2008Top 10 RSS and Syndication Products of 2008Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2008Top 10 Enterprise Web Products of 2008Top 10 Real World Web Apps of 20081. The App Store The real upgrade to the iPhone this year wasn’t the iPhone 3G but the accompanying App Store. Launched just five months ago, the store now offers over 10,000 third-party apps, and Apple has seen over 300 million downloads. Part of that success can be attributed to the way in which the iPhone as a platform has galvanized developers; a second major factor is the simplicity of the App Store itself. As a result, lots of our other favorite digital lifestyle-related products and services wound up on the iPhone and iPod Touch, such as Pandora and (digital music), Joost (Internet TV), Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter (social web), as well as location-based services, games, remotes (VLC Player and Sonos), and much, much more.See also: The real surprise of the App Store isn’t number of downloads or revenue2. Netflix When Netflix starting talking up plans to deliver its online streaming service, Watch Instantly, to “Internet-connected high-definition DVD players, Internet-connected game consoles, and dedicated Internet set-top boxes,” we were a little skeptical, especially of the time frame. However, the company really delivered in 2008: Netflix streaming is now available on TiVo, the XBox 360, Internet-connected DVD players from LG and Samsung, along with the Roku Netflix Player set-top box.3. AndroidOur initial review of the first Google phone, T-Mobile’s G1, was mixed, but the Android OS had us pretty excited. “Without a doubt, the Android operating system is spectacular,” last100’s Daniel Langendorf wrote at the time. “It’s fast, with little or no lag time. It’s responsive, fun to use, and full of promise.” A few months on and we’re still impressed. In particular, Android’s mobile web browser is the best post-iPhone one yet. And likewise, the Android Market does a great job of copying the iPhone’s App Store. Of course, the best thing about Android is that it’s open source; as a result, we’ll see it powering numerous new smartphones next year, along with other hardware, such as set-top boxes, MIDs, and GPS devices.4. Nokia E71 In our extensive review, we described Nokia’s E71 as our favorite smartphone yet. So, admittedly, this one is a very personal choice. The E71 is roughly the same size as the iPhone but has a completely different form-factor, omitting touch for a more traditional user interface and with enough room to pack in a compact but very usable QWERTY keyboard. Other pluses are the device’s overall responsiveness, bundled applications, and a number of welcome improvements to the S60 line’s user interface, along with decent web browsing and media playback, superb call quality, and extremely good battery life.5. Hulu Although online video site Hulu was available in private beta in 2007, it didn’t launch publicly until March of this year. Our initial verdict was mixed, but since then the Fox and NBC joint venture has become the third biggest video destination in the U.S., according to Nielsen. Perhaps a testament to that success, a number of device makers have released set-top boxes marketed on their ability to put Hulu content on the TV, such as ZeeVee’s recently announced PC-to-TV solution, the ZvBox, and the Neuros LINK. Now, if only Hulu would release an iPhone app or, like Netflix, form official partnerships with consumer electronics companies.6. BBC iPlayer Hulu could certainly learn a thing or two from the iPlayer, the BBC’s TV catch-up service (UK only). Since its controversial Windows launch, when the public broadcaster was accused of getting too close to Microsoft, the iPlayer has added streaming for the Mac and Linux, a version for the iPhone and iPod Touch, numerous other portable media players, and support for the latest phones running Windows Mobile. There’s also an iPlayer application for select Nokia phones and a browser-based version optimized for the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.7. PlayStation 3 Sony’s PlayStation 3 wasn’t launched in 2008, but it certainly came of age this year. The company has always pitched the PS3 as a device that goes far beyond gaming. Instead, like Microsoft’s XBox 360, it’s designed to be a trojan horse in the living room, delivering a range of non-gaming content and services through the television. On that front, Sony made significant progress in 2008 by winning the next-generation format war with Blu-ray, adding DVR functionality in the UK with PlayTV, launching a video download store in the U.S., adding support for DivX video, and, finally, rolling out its own virtual world called Home.8. Songbird After being in development for two years, the open-source desktop music player Songbird reached its 1.0 release this month. What sets Songbird apart from the likes of iTunes is the array of available plug-ins that extend the app’s functionality. For example, mashTape, one of six default add-ons, let’s you delve into artist info, discography, links, and news and scroll through Flickr photos and YouTube videos. Other add-on services that ship with the player out of the box are, Concerts, and SHOUTcast radio. With these installed, you can sync your tracks to’s online service, check out upcoming concerts in the area, and stream music over the Internet using the player. As of publication, there are over 70 plug-ins available for Songbird.See also: ReadWriteWeb’s full Songbird review.9. Wii Fit Nintendo has long contended that “everyone’s a gamer,” and now the console giant wants everyone to get fit. Announced last year but released in 2008, the Wii Fit aims to improve the health of family members through the kind of active play first seen in Wii Sports. The “game” comes with a balance board that assists with aerobic, toning, and balancing activities. A neat feature is that household members can review each other’s progress on a new Wii channel.10. The Netbook This isn’t an individual product but a whole new product category that has really taken off in 2008. Initially targeted to the education market and those wanting a third machine, netbooks are resonating with a much broader market — and not just because of their lower price point compared to more traditional, higher spec’ed sub-notebooks. Despite years of industry propaganda, consumers are wising up to the fact that they don’t have to step on the processor upgrade treadmill. Instead, in an age when more and more of our applications and data reside in the cloud (on remote servers, rather than local computers), a machine with Internet connectivity and powerful enough to run a modern web browser (a netbook, in other words) is often all we need. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting steve ohear last100 editor 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more