Watch: You’ll never believe what’s on John Watson’s Valentine’s gift list!

first_imgJohn Watson of Watson Hire Letterkenny is feeling the love this Valentine’s Weekend.Many lovebirds struggle to find the perfect romantic gift, but there’s no shortage of inspiration at this local hardware store.John stocks a massive range of homeware, DIY tools and accessories… and with the right attitude, he believes anything can be an ideal gift for a special someone. Watch the gift guide here: John’s latest video suggests unique gifts for him and her including steamy irons, fashionable wellies, cosy teapots and other items for the more adventurous!Included at the end of the video is a special competition where viewers can win a romantic meal for two at Backstage Bar & Grill Letterkenny, just click here to enter:   Watch: You’ll never believe what’s on John Watson’s Valentine’s gift list! was last modified: February 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:competitionJOhn WatsonValentines DayWatson Hirelast_img read more

Neotel launches home phone service

first_imgPrice differentiator 23 October 2008 “We believe that we have hit the nail on the head with this product, particularly in light of the current economic conditions,” Neotel Consumer Business Unit head Mukul Sharma said in a statement this week. According to Neotel, a key differentiator of the company’s home phone offering is the call rates. “During the course of 24 months, a usage discount of up to R25 will be given back to the consumer every month,” Sharma said. “This effectively means that consumers could be reimbursed for the full purchase price of the phone.” “This eliminates the risk of losing your service due to copper [cable] theft.” Two packages There is no differentiation between Neotel-to-Neotel peak and off peak rates, which are charged at 17 cents per minute for local calls at all times. Both packages operate on true per-second billing for all calls, from the first second onwards. SAinfo reporter Neotel’s home phone is available in two packages, the first of which allows the consumer to purchase the phone upfront for R599, followed by a monthly service fee of R99. “While the product focuses on providing consumers with high-quality voice, they also have the option of utilising data, sms and e-mail, which is provided as part of the service,” Sharma said, adding that a further benefit of Neotel’s home phone was that the service was delivered via a fixed-wireless product. The second package does not require an upfront payment for the phone, and is charged at R199 per month. “Consumers are feeling the pinch of global and local economic pressures and are continuously looking to save costs, but still stay in touch. “At 34 cents per minute for local peak landline calls, and 17 cents per minute for local off-peak landline calls, communicating will become more affordable for the consumer,” Sharma said. Neotel has launched a home phone service in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas, making use of the company’s fixed-wireless network – with local peak rates to all landlines set at almost half the price consumers are currently paying. “Neotel’s home phone is a home phone that offers impeccable voice quality, delivery within 48 hours of successful order completion and no installation required,” he said. “On this package, users receive 1 000 free Neotel-to-Neotel minutes and 200 free sms within Neotel’s coverage area, [with] the free minutes [being] applicable for local, regional and national calls,” Sharma said. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The two new bills in Congress that should be on every employer’s radar

first_imgYou say overtime; I say comp time.Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, when a non-exempt employee works more than 40 hours in a workweek, that employee gets paid overtime at time-and-a-half the regular rate of pay. Under the FLSA, a private-sector employer cannot provide that employee with comp time in lieu of overtime — even if the employee agrees.To the few of you who are now furiously clutching your pearls, I’m sorry. I didn’t make the rules. Indeed, a few years ago, House Republicans proposed and passed a bill that would have changed the rules and allowed private-sector employees to swap overtime for comp time. However, that never made it to President Obama for his signature.Well, guess what’s back, yo! It’s the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017. It just sounds so warm and fuzzy. I mean, the only thing that could top it would be to rename it the Working Families Warm and Fuzzy Flexibility Act of 2017.Actually, that just sounds creepy.But, the less creepy version that is now pending in both the House and Senate would permit a worker in the private sector to elect to receive compensatory time off at a rate not less than one and one-half hours for each hour of employment for which overtime compensation would otherwise be owed.SHRM supports it. Since it’s the employee who gets to say yay or nay to comp time in lieu of overtime, I like it too. I like it a lot.A federal Ban the Box law.Many states and cities, Philadelphia for example, have made it unlawful for employers to ask about criminal backgrounds during the job application process.Last week, a small bipartisan group in Washington introduced the Fair Chance Act, which would prohibit Federal agencies and Federal contractors from requesting that an applicant for employment disclose criminal history record information before the applicant has received a conditional offer, and for other purposes. There’s more in this press release from the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.While the purpose of ban the box legislation is to reduce the barriers to employment for minorities, there is research that shows that these laws may have the reverse effect. For more on 2017 Employment Screening Trends, check out this SHRM article.Whatever screen policies you may have, make sure:They comply with FCRA;They comply with state and local law;You have good business reason for screening; andThey are applied consistently and evenly across the board.Originally published on Employer Handbook blog.last_img read more

Developers: The Future of Micro-Blogging is in Your Hands

first_imgWe knew it was coming; we just didn’t know when. Google yesterday announced that it is releasing its Jaiku code under the open source Apache license 2.0 after finalizing the move of the micro-blogging service to Google App Engine last week.As we mentioned two months ago, Google will no longer be developing the Jaiku codebase, but Google volunteers will be available to offer support.When Google acquired the Twitter-like service in 2007, many of us had high hopes for Jaiku’s future until Google almost immediately closed it to the public offering little explanation. Last August, we wondered whether we were watching Jaiku’s rebirth when it returned with unlimited invites, and now finally, we can stop the speculation as JaikuEngine is handed over to the open source community.According to a post on the Jaikido blog last week, “JaikuEngine differs from Jaiku in a few key ways. Although core features like the website, SMS (in the US only) and IM bot still work, feed fetching and international SMS are no longer available.”Google points out that the problem with feed fetching is not specific to Jaiku and all real-time communication services face challenges maintaining freshness when using poll-based systems. As for the international SMS scaling issues, Google explains that the issues were more financial than technical and suggests using IM on “capable mobile devices.” The new JaikuEngine will also include support for OAuth, the open standard authentication protocol that Twitter recently began experimenting with in an effort to give users more control and confidence in their interactions with third-party applications. It will be interesting to see what the next few months bring. Jyri Engeström, co-founder of Jaiku and now a product manager at Google, said that he agrees with Dave Winer that it’s time to break out of Twitter. “There should be lots of platforms, and they should talk to each other. Jaiku doesn’t do that yet, but now there’s a decent chance that it soon will,” he wrote on his blog today. Here at ReadWriteWeb, we are great fans of Twitter. And certainly, it holds the market share when it comes to micro-blogging services. But, we’d love to know what you think. Will JaikuEngine inspire developers enough to give Twitter a run for its money or will the service again slowly wither away? Let us know in the comments.You can find ReadWriteWeb on Twitter, as well as the entire RWW Team: Marshall Kirkpatrick, Bernard Lunn, Alex Iskold, Sarah Perez, Frederic Lardinois, Rick Turoczy, Sean Ammirati, Lidija Davis and Phil Glockner. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market lidija davis A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more