Letterkenny Supermac’s planners back for a second bite

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgA Supermac’s restaurant is still in the pipeline for Letterkenny after a revised planning application was recently submitted to Donegal County Council.The Irish fast food franchise is hoping to bring its first outlet to Letterkenny following the successful launch of a complex in Donegal Town.The proposed Letterkenny restaurant would be located at the Old Tinney’s coal yard on the Port Road, just off the Station Roundabout. The takeaway chain’s parent company Atlantic Enterprises Ltd. applied to the council last year for the erection of a two-storey restaurant with a drive-thru.The applicants were then asked by the council to make some changes to the plans and provide further information.A number of objections were made to the application raising concerns including the traffic flow on the Port Road and the high number of food outlets already in the vicinity.Supermac’s owners responded to the council’s FI requests on 23rd October with a revised site layout and building design which takes local town planning strategies into account. Under the revised application, the restaurant is to be moved to align with the Port Road to ‘enhance the streetscape’ of the arterial route into Letterkenny.The scale, form and design of the proposed building are changed to conform to the surrounding area and to commit to using natural and locally-sourced materials.Revised Supermac’s Building Design by Corbwell DesignThe council requested that the number of car parking spaces be reduced and designated HGV and Coach spaces removed. This was complied with and a Road Safety Audit was carried out which the company said helped form the basis of the new site layout.Extra green space has been added to the site plans and clear pedestrian links are introduced to adjoin with nearby areas including the bus station.A decision on the revised application is due from the council next Monday, 19th November. The restaurant could bring significant job creation to the town, with over 80 estimated jobs being created during the construction phase and 25 more permanent roles once opened.The Donegal Town Supermac’s branch was the 116th outlet to open in Ireland. Sixty jobs were created at the restaurant, which was officially opened at Drumlonagher last week.Letterkenny Supermac’s planners back for a second bite was last modified: November 13th, 2018 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:Atlantic Enterprises Ltd.letterkennyplanning applicationSUpermacslast_img read more

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Datasexual”

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market joe brockmeier 1 You can’t work in the tech industry without suffering buzzwords and marketing speak. But for anyone with an interest in big data, the term “datasexual” goes well past buzzword territory to wandering in the weeds of silliness.The attempt to coin the term comes from Dominic Basulto, who wrote a piece on personal data called “Meet the Urban Datasexual.” The title has two glaring problems. First, Basulto doesn’t distinguish between urban, suburban or rural. There’s no reason someone with an interest in the quantified self – the concept of self-knowledge through self-tracking – couldn’t be a suburbanite or a farmer.Not an Honest DescriptionThat’s a minor quibble, though. The big gripe is the attempt to coin the term “datasexual.” A portmanteau can be useful, but not when it’s dishonest. “Quantified self” might not roll off the tongue, but it’s plenty descriptive of people who are interested in tracking their lives. You could call it “egodata” to make it a bit snappier, as that’s more descriptive and a play on “geo data.” But quantified self, or QS, does the job nicely.There’s nothing necessarily sexual about QS. Yes, Basulto is attempting to piggyback on the term “metrosexual,” but the quantified self is almost entirely unrelated.Unfortunate terms aside, Basulto does have a point buried in the post, which is this: “Just as elements of the metrosexual movement eventually found their way into the fashion mainstream, the whole datasexual craze is starting to tip into the mainstream. All of us – not just the datasexuals of today – will soon be equipped with a breathtaking array of digital devices and sensors from ‘cool’ companies like Apple and Nike.”Personal Data Is Going MainstreamThe quantified-self movement is likely to continue its ongoing move into the mainstream. Basulto is wrong that there’s an “obsession” for recording “everything about their personal lives.” The Placeme app he refers to is a bit more extreme than most folks are likely to want. But apps like Runkeeper are already finding adoption outside hardcore data nerds and quantified-self enthusiasts. And our phones are already equipped with a “breathtaking array” of sensors, and if that’s not enough there’s plenty more to be had. The Fitbit, for instance, comes to mind.It’s also worth noting that many of the folks adopting apps like Runkeeper probably aren’t thinking in terms of data (and certainly not sexual). Data geeks are helping to enable apps that push data consumption into the mainstream, but the mainstream isn’t getting into data per se – no more than mainstream acceptance of the Internet meant immersing themselves in HTTP.But use and consumption of personal data is going mainstream, and it’s a major opportunity for companies that know how to collect, analyze, interpret and present useful data in a meaningful way. It’s also going to be a challenge for mainstream users who, so far, haven’t spent much time thinking about data and privacy. But that’s a different topic for a different day.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#Big Data#cloud#privacy last_img read more

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Pakistan President gets notice from Twitter over post on Kashmir

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgIslamabad: Twitter has sent a notice to Pakistan President Arif Alvi over his tweet on the situation in Kashmir, according to a media report. Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari posted the screen shot of a mail received by President Alvi from Twitter authorities and said the notice was “in bad taste and simply ridiculous.” On Monday, President Alvi tweeted a video showing a protest rally over the Kashmir issue. On Sunday, Minister for Communication Murad Saeed said he has also received a notice from the micro-blogging site that one of his tweets has violated Indian laws. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDirector General (DG) Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor last week said the authorities had taken up with Twitter and Facebook the alleged suspension of Pakistani social media accounts posting in support of Kashmir. “Pakistan authorities have taken up the case with Twitter and Facebook against suspending Pakistani accounts for posting in support of Kashmir. Indian staff at their regional headquarters is the reason,” he said in a tweet. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.last_img read more

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