first_imgFEATURES: Pink was the colour of the day and of the Month at the Sheil Hospital, Ballyshannon.Today the Sheil Hospital hosted a coffee morning and held a lunch timewalk as a fundraiser to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The coffee morning took place at the Sheil from 9:30am to 1:30pm.Proceeding this there was a walk leaving the Hospital, crossing the bridge up through the town of Ballyshannon, finishing at the Sheil.There was a huge turn out by HSE staff and members of the community who came along to have a coffee and enjoy some delicious home baking.Many of the residents at the Sheil also dressed in pink for the day in support of the event. A large group of participants took part on on the walk.All of the walkers adhered to the pink dress code creating a fabulous upliftingdisplay of pink colour through the town of Ballyshannon.The prize for the best dressed person was a lunch for two at the Sandhouse Hotel and this went to Laura Robinson.The second prize of lunch for two at Dorrians Hotel went to Joan O’Kane and third prize ofa bottle of wine went to Marie Hunter.Speaking at the fundraiser, Donna Reid Director of Nursing at the Sheil stated “We are thrilled to see the numbers of people who made the effort to dress in pink today and come along today to support this very worthwhile cause.“This is the second year we have held this fundraiser and we intend to build upon its success year after year.” The Sheil Hospital would like to thank all those who helped organise the fundraiser.And all who baked goods for the coffee morning a special word of thanks goes to the Sandhouse Hotel and Dorrians Hotel for their generous donation of prizes.All proceeds from today’s fundraiser will go towards the Irish Cancer Society.DONEGAL HOSPITAL HOSTS PINK DAY IN AID OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS was last modified: October 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more

Revealed: When to book the best international fares

first_imgThe window is quickly closing on the best air fares through the looming end-of-year holidays and one  Europe-based online travel booker has calculated it’s probably already too late to get the biggest international discounts.But Momondo, which has a global network of websites and this month released an annual flight study analysing 13.2 billion price quotes on its 100 most popular routes, has some good advice on how to get the best deals in the new year.With such a solid sample, it provides data that backs up many of the assumptions travellers have about the best way to buy air travel – and shows some assumptions are wrong.Its focus is exclusively on international travel and one of the first things it does is show the difference in shopping methodology required to get the best fares compared with buying domestic travel.For local trips, airlines around the world have so-called yield management systems that generally mean that there is little advantage in buying domestic travel more than a month out at most times of the year.However, Momondo’s data shows that, on average, you won’t get the best international fare unless you book at least 56 days ahead.All that has happened in the past 20 years of the internet age is that computer control of transactions has removed the former inflexibility of advance purchase or “Apex” fares, which used to specify minimum periods of notice before travel, such as seven, 14, 28, 30 or even 60 days to purchase various levels of discounts.Nowadays, yield management systems dump capacity (seats) into various price “buckets” according to supply and demand, which the best systems are able to forecast accurately according to historic consumer behaviour. Prices rise as the travel date approaches but prices can also fluctuate up and down and up again through the buying cycle according to unforecast peaks and troughs in demand.The Momondo data confirms what has always been known inside the air travel industry: the cheapest day of the week for air travel is Tuesday. That’s because it’s the first of the middle three days of week (Tuesday to Thursday), which are generally the quietest after the weekend peak for holiday travellers and those visiting friends and relatives and the Monday start to the business week.Surprisingly, the Momondo data finds the day of highest demand for international travel isn’t Friday or Sunday – the rush times at the beginning and end of the weekend – but Saturday, which is often a relatively quiet day domestically.Momondo spokesman Lasse Skole Hansen says the average difference in the price of an air ticket between Tuesday and Saturday is 11 per cent.But the biggest gains can be made by booking far ahead. The Momondo data shows the optimum time to buy international travel is 56 days before the journey, when discounts can be up to 28 per cent cheaper than the rates you’ll be quoted closer to the time of travel.The flip side of that is allowing even more advance purchase time makes no difference to the prices most airlines put into the system. In other words, computer yield management of fare levels doesn’t begin until two months before your nominated departure date – the fare you buy a year before travel will be the same as the one on sale three months out.However, those calculations are based on price averages over the year, suggesting that, at times of high demand like Easter and Christmas-New Year, it may be prudent to book further ahead than the suggested two months.If you have left it too late to book travel at peak holiday times, it’s worth remembering that the year has two low seasons – February-March and October-November – when fares are generally at their cheapest for the year.After Christmas-New Year, fares start falling steeply around the middle of January as people return from their holidays and the work year resumes.The Momondo survey also finds that, for international travel – similar to domestic travel – departing in the morning is generally more expensive than the afternoon or evening and the cheapest tickets can be bought for departures between 6pm and midnight.last_img read more

4chan Founder’s New Fan Base: Teen Girls

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… As founder of the infamous message board 4chan, Christopher Poole has seen his fair share of memetic Internet phenomena. But after releasing his latest app, DrawQuest, he encountered something even he hadn’t seen before. Users began to flood the app’s creative prompts—prompts like “What’s in the attic?” or “What’s under the bed?”—with drawings of a heartthrob boy band Poole had never heard of: One Direction. “I didn’t actually know what One Direction was until DrawQuest because as it turns out, teenage girls can draw a direct line between One Direction and any one thing,” he said. “It didn’t matter what the prompt was. They’d draw the band.”An artist’s depiction of two One Direction bandmates. Poole’s first two projects, dark and unruly 4chan and then sanitized imageboard, had audiences he describes as “very masculine” even though attracting a male-skewing demographic was never his intention. So that makes DrawQuest his third project to reach a particular narrow audience when Poole was aiming much more broadly.Only this time, DrawQuest drew a targeted audience that just happened to be the diametric opposite of those at Poole’s earlier sites. “The surprise was that the app was very, very popular with teen girls, which is a direct contrast to our previous experience,” he said. Catering To The BaseAlthough anyone with an iPad can download DrawQuest, Poole expected it to be most popular with adults. Instead, 70% of users are female and primarily teenagers. Instead of attracting major tech coverage, DrawQuest is more likely to be written up in the likes of teen blogazine Hello Giggles.It may not be the audience Poole’s team was trying to court, but it’s one they’re thrilled to have. Since the app’s launch in early 2013, the DrawQuest team has worked hard to make the app more accommodating to its female audience. For example, he related a story about the app’s primary artist, who draws a daily illustration to prompt users to respond with their own creative expressions. “She drew a knight saving a princess and a number of people switched the gender so the princess was saving the knight, like the girl doesn’t need saving,” he said. “We’ve definitely drawn a lot more [prompts] with the girl as the protagonist.”Today, DrawQuest will releases its most substantial update since launch. Mixed in with fixes to make the hundred-thousand-person community run more smoothly, it also offers users more features and palettes for purchase. The update isn’t just geared toward girls since, Poole says, girls have made the community a pleasant place for everyone. “It’s a friendly, happy, inviting community. It’s the polar opposite of 4chan,” he said. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#4chan#App#DrawQuest#iPad lauren orsinicenter_img Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more