first_imgRathmullan business owners have been left shocked after the beachside village lost its Green Flag status.An Taisce announced this afternoon that the seaside village has lost its status because of the quality of its bathing water.Overall Donegal still maintains the highest number of Blue and Green flags, 13 blue and five green accreditations.Blue Flags will continue to fly in Downings, Bundoran, Fintra, Rossnowlagh, Carrickfin, Culdaff, Fintra, Killahoey, Marble Hill, Lisfannon, Murvagh, Narin, Magherawarden and Shroove. Green Flags are awarded to areas which don’t have the amenities for Blue Flags, but have excellent bathing quality.Donegal’s five green flag beaches are now located at Dooey Beach, Magheraroarty, Port Arthur, Ballyhernan and Drumnatinney.RATHMULLAN LEFT STUNNED AFTER IT LOSES GREEN FLAG STATUS was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:An TaisceBlue FlagdonegalRathmullanRed Flaglast_img read more

Is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Really Good For Workers?

first_imgBring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in the workplace are increasingly regarded as an inevitability as employees demand to to be able to use the hardware they want instead instead of settling for some lame, inefficient corporate standard.In this scenario, BYOD is seen as a boon for workers that companies are gradually, grudgingly coming to accept. The conventional wisdom holds that employees love BYOD while their employeers worry about security issues and support costs, among other objections – they go along to make their employees happy and hopefully garner some productivity enhancements. It turns out that the real story is a lot more complicated, and that BYOD often brings new costs and responsibilites to workers – who may or may not have been eager for it in the first place. What exactly are workers getting into with BYOD, how much is it going to cost them and how do they feel about the tradeoffs?(See also Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Saves Companies Money – But Could Cost Users Big.)Reach For Your WalletFirst, there’s the out-of-pocket expenses surrounding BYOD. For now, many companies subsidize devices and data plans, or even directly buy the hardware employees want with Corporate Owned, PersonallyEnabled (COPE) policies – taking advantage of the buying power of a larger organization.(See also Forget Bring Your Own Device – Try Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled.)But that may not last. Increasingly, organizations not opting for COPE-oriented policies are letting their employees foot more of the bill for devices and attendant online costs. It is not clear what employees are actually paying right now, but a recent survey from Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group Consulting unit tells us what employees are willing to pay: Global workers said they would spend an average of $965 for their own devices – and another $734 annually for the data plans to go with them.That’s quite a chunk of change, and no doubt a sum that corporations would love to shift from corporate coffers worker’s wallets.And that’s just smartphones… as trends move towards employees being allowed and in some cases required to purchase their own laptop or desktop machines, even more of a financial burden could be put on workers. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Is BYOD Worth It For Workers?It is not entirely clear how big the demand for BYOD is in the workplace. Some surveys suggest that the slowed economy is driving BYOD, with workers willing to make any sacrifice to keep their jobs. Earlier this year, a poll of ReadWrite readers indicated that many potential BYOD users decline to participate. Meanwhile, Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of employers may require workers to bring in their own devices.(See also Worried Workers: BYOD Or You’re SOL [Infographic].)Despite the potential friction points and uncertainty, some people are still willing to put up with the hassle for the sake of working with their own devices. “In the end, the flexibility is worth the increased encroachment of work on personal time,” Freeman said.Max Rava, communications director at FwdHealth, liked his previous employers’ use of BYOD policies, so he and his co-founders at FwdHealth made it a point to create a BYOD policy of their own.“In my past two places of employment I have worked under a BYOD policy. I have found that this is a sound policy because it makes remote commuting much easier in the event of illness, personal emergencies and corporate crisis,” Rava said. “While recovering from a very serious health issue, I was able to work from home effectively for the past three months due to the BYOD policy.”Such anecdotes are commonplace in BYOD discussion, and will continue to fuel the movement to own and operate your own device for work. But before diving in, workers should be very aware of what they’re getting into in terms of time, money and control of data.In-story images courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#BYOD 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair What About Software And Other Expenses?The costs don’t stop at hardware. At least some software expenses might also be dropped on staffers, but because software is such a malware vector, many organizations will want to keep tight controls on applications used to handle company data. But personal apps will likely be the employees’ responsibility, and they’re much more likely to want to enhance devices they own instead of company units they’re merely using.If employees are expected to foot the costs for devices, though, it’s a good bet they’ll need to pick up the tab for insurance premiums for those devices.“There’s no need to insure a computer if we don’t own it. With devices that we provide, especially portable devices, insurance can be an issue,” related Chris Dawkins, founder of Trace Media Marketing. “The one time that I provided a mobile phone to an employee, it was left on a train during the first month of use and needed to be replaced. Another replacement was needed when the employee dropped and broke the new phone.”What’s Mine Is Mine, What’s Yours Is Mine, TooBeyond BYOD’s potential financial costs for employees, less-understood and legally gray obligations could also crop up around working with corporate data on an employee’s hardware.Legal rights of employees who use their corporate-owned smartphones and computers for personal use are already subject to a lot of restrictions, including prohibitions on using work machines for any personal stuff. That obviously won’t apply in BYOD situations, but corporate policies could still extend to devices employee own.For instance, in many jurisdictions, email messages are not subject to personal privacy laws. So employers may be free to monitor and read employees’ email messages. That policy was created for employer-owned computers, but when corporate data and software are involved, who’s to say employers won’t demand the right to examine employee email on any device used for work?Would such oversight also extend to other data on the employee’s computer or smartphone? Files and Internet usage could very well fall under such controls, using the same legal justifications organizations claim for monitoring devices they actually own: viruses and other malware can be picked up surfing almost anywhere, and organizations need to make sure heir employees aren’t violating confidentiality rules.Protecting company data is a high priority for any IT department worth their salt. It is not uncommon, for example, to implement software that not only allows for remote monitoring but also for remote data wiping.“On employee termination or company separation, a remote wipe is executed on personal iPhone and Android devices. This wipes address books, photos, music and the memory card,” explained George Buelna, director of IT for TransPerfect. Logistically, this make sense, but having your own device wiped is yet one more price to pay for BYOD.So, too, is convenience. To lock down data, TransPerfect and other employers often require pass codes on personal hardware, Buelna added.This isn’t a big deal (and it’s a good idea for everyone), acknowledged one user, but it still had to be done. “I did not have a pass code on the device before setting up email. The email system has a policy that forces you to have a passcode for it to work,” said Michael Freeman, senior manager of search at ShoreTel. “It was an adjustment, but I am okay with it now.” Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… brian proffittlast_img read more

Congress yet to decide on poll pact in Punjab

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said a decision on any electoral alliance in Punjab for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be taken by the Congress high command at the appropriate time.He was replying to a media query about the possibility of a poll alliance on the lines of the one forged by Samajwadi Party with Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress in Uttar Pradesh.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation convention in Patiala, Capt. Amarinder Singh said any decision in this regard would be taken by the party’s central leadership.In response to another question, he hinted at a new Sports Minister being appointed in the State’s Cabinet expansion, which is expected to take place soon. “The new Sports Policy would be finalised thereafter,” he said.On the issue of alleged illegal mining in Patiala, he promised a thorough probe and action. “I won’t allow illegal mining to continue,” he said, pointing out that he had already issued stringent directives to the police and the concerned administrative departments to crack down against such activities taking place in any part of the State.On the report submitted by the Special Task Force (STF) in the drugs case, Capt. Singh said the matter was sub judice and he could, therefore, not comment on the same.last_img read more

Rebels alter poll maths for parties in south Haryana

first_imgRebels of the BJP and the Congress filed nominations as Independents from at least five Assembly constituencies in south Haryana, comprising Gurugram, Nuh, Rewari and Mahendragarh districts, on the last day of filing papers on Friday, altering the electoral arithmetic for the candidates of their respective parties.In Gurgaon Assembly seat, the BJP’s Sudhir Singla faces a strong rebellion in the form of his own partyman and sitting MLA Umesh Aggarwal, who made his wife Anita Aggarwal contest as an Independent from the prestigious constituency after the party snubbed him. Mr. Aggarwal, who had won the seat with a record margin of over 80,000 votes in 2014, has not been on good terms with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar ever since he led a rebellion against him in 2016 along with a dozen party MLAs.Khattar blamedFiling her nomination papers, Ms. Aggarwal minced no words in blaming Mr. Khattar for the denial of ticket to her husband. She added that her husband had only raised his voice for the people of Gurugram, but it did not go down well with the Chief Minister.Similarly, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram Senior Deputy Mayor Pramila Kablana’s husband Gaje Singh Kablana and councillor Seema Pahuja filed their nominations as Independents from Gurgaon after the Congress chose former Minister Sukhbir Kataria over them.In Pataudi, former MLA Rambir Singh and Mukesh Kumari decided to take on Congress’s Sudhir Chaudhary as Independents after the party denied them the ticket. Similarly, BJP’s Satya Prakash Jaravata, who was chosen over the sitting MLA Bimla Chaudhary, faces opposition from party rebel Narender Kumar, an Independent candidate.In neighbouring Rewari district, BJP’s Sunil Musepur, a close confidant of Union Minister and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh, has been challenged by the party’s sitting MLA Randhir Singh Kapriwas, who filed his nomination as an Independent. Mr. Kapriwas had alleged that the party high command denied ticket to him at the instance of Mr. Singh.In Punhana, the Congress replaced Mohammad Ajaz Khan with Mohammad Ilyas as its candidate minutes before the 3 p.m. deadline for filing of nomination in view of stiff opposition. Still, three rebel Congress leaders are in the fray from the seat. The BJP’s Kumari Nouksham Choudhary faces party rebel and sitting MLA Rahish Khan, who also threw in his hat as an Independent. In Ferozepur Jhirka, Congress’s Mamman Khan too faces party’s two rebels.BJP candidates in Badshahpur and Bawal may also face opposition from their own partymen.last_img read more