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first_imgSinn Féin County Councillor Jack Murray has expressed his concern that Donegal’s low rent limit for those in receipt of rent supplement could force people from their communities.The new maximum rent limit (the second reduction in 6 months) became effective from 17th June, with landlords told to agree a revised rent by 26th October.Donegal has one of the lowest maximum rent limits in the state. Cllr Murray told Donegal Daily: “I have been contacted by many people in Inishowen who have been notified by the social welfare office that the maximum rent limit for the Rent Supplement Scheme has been reduced again.“They have been advised to negotiate a rent reduction with their landlords or ‘seek alternative accommodation’. This is a lot easier said than done. Many landlords have reduced their rent as far as possible due to earlier reductions in the maximum rent limit.“Families, especially those with young children, cannot be expected to uproot and move because of a decision made by the Department of Social Welfare in Dublin or Sligo. These decisions have massive consequences for local families and that should be taken into consideration.“Many of these people are willing to sacrifice other expenditures to pay the extra rent themselves but cannot do so because of department guidelines. “They are now being encouraged to leave their community to seek cheaper accommodation. Even if they do that, they have no guarantee that the rent limit will not be reduced again.“This is the result of a wider problem in the county as we have nowhere near enough social housing. We have some 4000 people on the social housing waiting list, yet Donegal received enough money to build 3 houses this year. This creates a climate in which rents cannot be reduced.“I have spoken to my colleague Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD and we will pursue this issue with the Minister to try and have it resolved. I feel that this decision was taken without any understanding of the consequences it has for so many people and it should be reversed immediately.” NEW RENT RULES FOR DONEGAL FORCING PEOPLE FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES – MURRAY was last modified: October 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Cllr Jack MurrayDonegal rent reviewslast_img read more

first_imgThe stunning new Golf SV has arrived at J.J. Reid Motors in Letterkenny.This spacious new model is now available with 0% Finance on a PCP deal for the month of July.There’s never been a better time to visit J.J. Reid Motors in Letterkenny. J.J Reid has established a stellar reputation over the years for providing quality products at a great price.It’s commitment to its customers has made the Garage one of the most popular in the North West.To avail of the amazing offers and bonus options across the range get down to J.J Reid Motors, Canal Road, Letterkenny.PICTURE SPECIAL: CHECK OUT THE STUNNING NEW GOLF SV AT J.J REID MOTORS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesgaragegolfJ.J Reid Motorsnewslast_img read more

first_img The 2000 team won 30 consecutive matches and was ranked as high as No. 2. But, after a first-round bye, it lost in the second round of the NCAA Pacific Regional. “I think the 2000 team was probably a little bit stronger as far as each individual player and their overall skills, but this is a good, talented group as well,” said Lawler, who entered this season with a Cal State record of 190-82. Bill Lawler is in his 10th year as head coach of the Cal State Los Angeles women’s volleyball team, and he’s no stranger to good teams. This year’s version of the Golden Eagles may not be quite what the 2000 version was, but it could be close. Cal State, after a sweep of Sonoma State last Saturday, is 10-0 overall, 2-0 in CCAA play and ranked No. 16 in the country in NCAA Division II. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Two of those talented players are senior setter Tiare Tuitama and junior right-side hitter Andrea Richardson, a 6-foot-2 left-hander. “We have some maturity on this team,” Lawler said. “We have a couple of girls who have been on the team a few years and understand the system.” The leadership provided by those two is complimented by incoming players such as junior outside hitters Tanya White and and Luana Cavalcanti. White transferred from Pierce College and Cavalcanti, from Brazil, came out of Seward Community College. “Tanya White is an outstanding athlete,” Lawler said. “She has made a major impact, as has Cavalcanti.” Lawler, however, is not kidding himself. Sure, eight of the 10 Golden Eagles victories have come via three-game sweeps. But he is the first to admit the schedule has been favorable. center_img “I could say honestly, we truly haven’t been tested by any of the teams we’ve played,” Lawler said. “Our first big test is Saturday against Cal Poly Pomona. If we fare well in that match, I think our confidence level will go up.” Excuse Lawler for being cautious. He has good reason. The newly released top 25 poll contains four CCAA teams: Cal State San Bernardino is No. 2, UC San Diego is No. 12, the Golden Eagles are 16th and Cal State Bakersfield is No. 25. Cal Poly Pomona would be 26th. “We are confident that we are a good team,” Lawler said, “but in our league, on any given night, those five teams can beat each other. We have to continue to play extremely well to remain undefeated.” Cal State Los Angeles will hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills on Thursday and Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. – The Pasadena City College men’s soccer team is off to a 2-0 start. The Lancers have defeated Fullerton College, 2-1, and Cypress College, 2-0. Both games were at home. PCC hosts Imperial Valley at 3 p.m. today at Robinson Stadium. The Lancers will then play three more nonconference games before opening the South Coast Conference schedule at home Sept. 30 against East Los Angeles College. –Robert Morales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213, or by e-mail at robert.morales@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgAGUA DULCE – Six residents are running for four seats on the Agua Dulce Town Council, an advisory panel that has been a public stage for residents sparring over local issues – including a small airport looking to expand. Incumbent Mary Johnson and candidates Lorene Cangiano, Ze Gonzales, Patrick Green, Don MacAdam and Peg Spry are on Tuesday’s ballot. Each seeks one of four spots on the policy panel that advises 5th District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on local issues. Johnson, who was elected just two months ago in a special election, is running to retain her seat for a full two-year term. Also open are seats being vacated by Andy Fried, Diane Terito and Eric Harnett; Harnett was elected in August. “I’ve done two terms, and I think that at this point, it’s time for other people to learn how to deal with these issues, to start participating in the process,” said Fried, currently the council’s president, who is retiring after a four-year stint. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Issues such as water rights and mining have over the years confronted this unincorporated community of just 3,000 residents nestled in the canyons between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. Of these, the proposed expansion of the Agua Dulce Air Park, a small rural airstrip, remains the most divisive. Green is president of the Concerned Citizens of Agua Dulce, an anti-airport expansion group. Longtime resident Spry has been active in Town Council business. MacAdam is co-owner of Agua Dulce Vineyards. Johnson works for the county Parks and Recreation Department, and formerly was manager at the airport. Cangiano ran for the Town Council in November 2004 and in August. Gonzales served on the panel from February to July 2005 before resigning with three others. The exodus forced a special election in August to re-establish a quorum. Council members said they felt persecuted by a group that had sued the panel in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging violation of the state’s open meetings law. “We needed to have more information with the (Ralph M.) Brown Act,” said Gonzales, who served from February to July. “You’re a volunteer, and then to get sued to pay money out of your pocket is kind of crazy, especially when you don’t know what’s involved.” The plaintiffs included Johnson, Cangiano, Harnett and current council member Richard Dyer. “The intent was to have the Town Council be open to the community by allowing videotaping and posting of the minutes,” Cangiano said. “The Town Council was not forthcoming with that, and there seemed no clear path to resolving that.” Judge Dzintra Janavs ruled in July that the Town Council must abide by the Brown Act, despite claims of exemption because it was only an advisory panel without legislative powers. The lawsuit cost council members a total of $14,000 to settle, and led to the resignations. “Do I think that the Brown Act in any way damaged the Town Council? I do not,” said Cangiano, who is allied with Johnson in the election. “I believe the Brown Act is something the Town Council can live with.” Gonzales said he is now seeking a fresh start with the council. “It was an issue of figuring out what’s the best thing to do,” he said. “If I was a quitter, I wouldn’t be running again.” Cangiano, after two consecutive losses, said she’s willing to give it one more shot. “I’m running one last time because I feel it’s important to give a balance to the Town Council,” she said. “I feel Mary and I provide balance. Otherwise, the whole council will be made up for a special interest.” Cangiano believes the council should focus on issues other than the air park; the expansion plans are under review by the county Department of Regional Planning. “I feel that it’s resolved,” she said. “The (county) Board of Supervisors took over the issue. It’s not our issue anymore.” She said development and water supply remain important issues in the community and require attention. Gonzales said he is running to help preserve Agua Dulce’s rural quality. “It’s a great community and we want to keep it the way it is as (much as) possible,” he said. “You can’t keep growth from happening – we just want to control growth. “The bottom line is keeping it rural and comfortable, neighbors getting along with neighbors, trying to keep the trails open.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgA Judge has expressed his “considerable disappointment” that the trial of a man in one of Ireland’s most high profile dangerous driving cases has not gone ahead.The crash killed eight peopleThe case of Shaun Kelly, a Co Donegal man charged with causing the deaths of eight people, has been adjourned a number of times. All eight people, including seven of Kelly’s friends, were killed following a crash outside Clonmany in Co Donegal in July, 2010.Judge John O’Hagan had ordered the trial of Shaun Kelly to go ahead after a number of previous adjournments on February 4th.However at the latest sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court last week before Judge Keenan Johnson, the court was told the trial was still not ready to go ahead.Defence barrister Peter Nolan told the court last week that Kelly, 24, was not fit to plead.He told the court that a psychological report had been made which he had just sent to the state barrister.Judge Johnson adjourned the case until April 1st with peremptory against the accused.Judge John O’Hagan said today that he is determined that the case go ahead at the next siting of the circuit court.He said he was considerably disappointed that his colleague, Judge Johnson, was constrained from allowing the case to go ahead.“I cannot emphasise strongly enough how anxious I am that it must proceed. This is a case that should go on,” he said.The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.JUDGE EXPRESSES HIS DISAPPOINTMENT THAT INISHOWEN CRASH CASE HAS NOT GONE AHEAD was last modified: February 3rd, 2014 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:crashInishowenJUdge John O’HaganShaun Kellylast_img read more

first_imgIndependent candidate Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpuig has called Jack Murray a bluffer.Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray to cut out the bluffing regarding water charges. Mac Giolla Easbuig made the claim after County Manager Seamus Neely confirmed that Donegal County Council will now hand over housing tenants details to Irish Water.Mac Giolla Easbuig said, “I was accused of ‘scare-mongering’ and ‘jumping the gun’ by Councillor Murray last November when I said the Council would be compelled to hand over tenants’ details. “Councillor Murray instead preferred to bluff tenants that this would not happen,” he said. “The handing over of tenants’ details is an invasion of privacy and I am completely opposed to it, but it is now going to happen just as I predicted.“I believe in telling people the truth even when it is unpalatable. Councillor Murray prefers bluff.“He was bluffing the people when he said he could prevent this happening and he is bluffing the people when he refuses to back our boycott of water charges.“Those who are genuinely opposing water charges are working hard to build a campaign of non-payment of Irish Water’s bills when they start to go out in April. “Councillor Murray, in common with every single Sinn Fein councillor and TD in the state, is refusing to support our boycott.“I think he and his colleagues would better serve the people by stopping the bluffing and backing the boycott.”POLITICS: MAC GIOLLA EASBUIG CALLS SINN FEÍN CLLR ‘A BLUFFER’ was last modified: March 18th, 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:Jack MurrayMichael Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuignewsPoliticsSinn Feinlast_img read more

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most well-known school book and stationery stores will enter its final chapter with a large closing down sale, beginning this week’s.Sprint Educational Supplies is a shop which many children and adults fondly remember as the place where they would stock up on school books, pens, paper, arts and crafts.Located in Donegal Town and Letterkenny, the stores have had a loyal customer base since the company was first formed by the late Tom Gallagher three decades ago. The closure of Sprint Educational Supplies was first announced to school principals last week. In a statement, company director Angela Gilligan said the decision to close was made ‘with deep regret’, adding:“As you would have been aware that my husband Tom Gallagher founded the company over thirty years ago and he was the main driving force behind it. lndeed, he was our front man and would have personally known all his customers. Unfortunately following his untimely death in 2017 it has not been feasible for us his family to continue to give the heavy commitment required to continue trading. To this end we have taken the difficult decision to close the business.”Yesterday marked the end of an era as the two Sprint outlets begin closing down sales. Everything must go, with 50% off stationery, arts and crafts, learning resources, toys and games.There is 15% off school books and revision books. Plus, there is 25% off ink cartridges.This sale, on a cash and carry only basis, will continue at Spring Market Centre Letterkenny and Sprint Glebe Shopping Centre Donegal Town until all stock is gone.Sprint Educational Supplies announce closing down sale was last modified: March 5th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgAccording to the BBC News, some scientists have pushed back the evolution of photosynthesis a billion years earlier than previously believed, to 3.9 billion years ago.  This is based on uranium-thorium ratios of rocks in Greenland that led Danish researchers to conclude that they were deposited under oxidizing conditions.  Others are not sure the data warrant the conclusion.  Dr. Roger Buick, an astrobiologist at University of Washington, is cautious about the claim, but admits, “The biochemistry needed for oxygenic photosynthesis requires lots of bacterial evolution.  If their findings are correct, life was very sophisticated, very early on in Earth history.”  Not only that, but it had to withstand pounding by meteorites that presumably decreased 3.8 billion years ago.  “You would think those sorts of conditions would be pretty hostile to oxygenic photosynthesisers,”  he said.  “But life may be older and more robust than we thought.”  (Emphasis added.)You would think that those sorts of conditions would be pretty hostile to astrobiological theory.  But metaphysical naturalism may be older and more robust than we thought.  Do you guys have any vague conception of how complicated photosynthesis is?  And you want to push it back a billion years, making it magically emerge in brainless bacteria in the midst of a meteor terror war?    Thank you, Roger, for your winning entry in Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgJust how “miraculous” was South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy? How close did the country really come to civil war?Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as SA’s first democratically elected President – and see how heavily the odds were stacked against “the rainbow nation”.21 MARCH 1994IFP plans poll protestThe Inkatha Freedom Party has rejected an initiative by President De Klerk to bring it into the election and is instead planning a campaign of opposition to the Interim Constitution and next month’s election.Tensions in KwaZulu/Natal continued to soar at the weekend with sporadic outbreaks of violence and both the IFP and ANC announcing steps designed to gain strategic advantage in the province.The Star, Monday 21 March 1994He’s tuning in to ParliamentParliament’s austere corridors might soon be reverberating to the rhythmic reggae beat if James Mange can muster enough fans.The dreadlocked Mange, with his colourful history in struggle politics and music, has resurfaced as leader of the Sports Organisation for Collective Contribution and Equal Rights (SOCCER) Party.The Rastafarian commando spent 13 years on Robben Island after being sentenced to death in 1979 along with 11 others for high treason.Once free he set about establishing a musical career.But politics is in his bones, he says, and he has found a way to marry his two loves and hopefully take them into the realm of government in the new South Africa.The Star, Monday 21 March 199422 MARCH 1994TEC bid to take control in KwaZuluThe Transitional Executive Council (TEC) is considering a series of steps, including giving the SAP jurisdiction over KwaZulu and considering government’s financial obligations to the territory, to ensure free political activity in the region in the five weeks leading up to the elections.At the same time, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairman Judge Johann Kriegler is trying to secure “an inclusive commitment” to free and fair elections from President FW de Klerk, ANC president Nelson Mandela, Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.Business Day, Tuesday 22 March 199421 die as prisons eruptA cell fire killed 21 prisoners at the Queenstown Prison yesterday as the countrywide protest by prisoners for the right to vote escalated.And the mood at the majority of prisons around the country was described as “tense and volatile” by prison authorities today.At Maritzburg Prison about 2 000 prisoners broke out of their cells and toyi-toyied in the courtyards.By last night, 3 000 prisoners were also on hunger strike countrywide. These included 614 at East London, 29 at Krugerdorp, 148 at Port Shepstone, 16 at Pollsmoor (Cape Town) and 210 at Brandviel.The Star, Tuesday 22 March 1994Bomb wrecks NP officesA powerful bomb wrecked through the offices of the National Party in Right-wing Ventersdorp last night.A police spokesman confirmed that the explosion caused large-scale damage to the building which houses the offices.The Citizen, Tuesday 22 March 199423 MARCH 1994TEC takes over Ciskei as Gqozo quitsCiskei military leader Brigadier Oupa Gqozo resigned last night as the SADF was deployed along the homeland’s border in readiness to help quell a revolt by public servants and police.The Transitional Executive Council (TEC) said it would appoint two administrators to govern Ciskei until the election, after Gqozo contacted Foreign Minister Pik Botha and offered to step down. He asked SA to intervene and restore control.Defence Minister Kobie Coetzee said troops had been placed on full alert along Ciskei’s border and could be deployed at short notice to “calm the situation”.Business Day, Wednesday 23 March 199424 MARCH 1994Chaos in homelandsBisho – As wildcat strikes by public servants spread throughout Ciskei today, the big question is which way the Ciskei Defence Force will go. The CDF boycotted talks in King William’s Town yesterday called by the South African government and the Transitional Executive Council to smooth the way for the peaceful reincorporation of the homeland into South Africa following the resignation of Oupa Gqozo as president.The Star, Thursday 24 March 199425 MARCH 1994More troops for Natal?Durban – State President De Klerk said yesterday that SA Defence Force troops could be deployed more widely in war-torn Natal and KwaZulu, where political fighting has reached almost unprecedented levels five weeks before the April election.The Citizen, Friday 25 March 199426 MARCH 1994Marching to PretoriaThousands of right-wingers started gathering at Radio Pretoria last night for a massive show of right-wing strength today.As the city prepared for an invasion by up to 25 000 marchers, businesses and security forces said they were ready for any eventuality.Afrikaner Volkstaat and Conservative Party leader Ferdi Hartzenberg is scheduled to address the marchers at Church Square on Hoofstad Dag (Capital Day) and proclaim Pretoria the capital of a right-wing volkstaat.Weekend Star, Saturday 26 March 1994KwaZulu on the agendaKwaZulu Chief Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi meets President de Klerk this weekend for talks that will weigh heavily on contingency planning for strife-torn KwaZulu/Natal.The discussions come amid increasing government speculation that an election in the region could be postponed.Weekend Star, Saturday 26 March 199427 MARCH 1994Nuclear scientists threaten to tell allDisgruntled South African nuclear and rocket scientists are threatening to expose closely guarded secrets about the country’s arms programme unless they are paid R4.5-million in retrenchment benefits.A spokesman claiming to represent 16 scientists admitted this week that the threat amounted to blackmail.“We want a settlement, but negotiation has failed and we don’t want to have to take this to the industrial court. Our disclosures will prove embarrassing for Armscor, Denal (an off-shoot of Armscor) and the Nationalist government”, he warned.Sunday Times, Sunday 27 March 1994The story continued …1 – 6 March 19947 – 13 March 199414 – 20 March 199421 – 27 March 199428 March – 3 April 19944 – 10 April 199411 – 17 April 199418 – 24 April 199425 April – 1 May 19942 – 8 May 19949 – 11 May 1994Research, photos: Ndaba DlaminiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgTags:#mobile#privacy#Real World#security#Trends#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Mobile carriers in the U.S. will soon have expanded Family Locator solutions in place that offer far more controls than simply tracking family members’ whereabouts. Instead, these services will offer tools that allow parents to stop teens from texting while driving, stop “sexting” from occurring and stop kids from communicating with unwanted parties. Parents will also be able to read the content of text messages, preview mobile photos before being posted publicly on the Internet or sent to friends and will be able to specify what types of applications can be downloaded to kids’ phones and when those apps can be used.Personal Security is Big Money Maker in Location-Based Services MarketFor those who grew up before the era of mobile phones, these type of “mom  and dad are your Big Brother” services may strike you as a bit disconcerting with the level of access they provide. But for mobile operators and the service providers, that access has proved both valuable in retaining customers, as well as quite lucrative (to the tune of a $50 billion personal securities market, no less.)According to the CEO of one such service provider, Tasso Roumeliotis, founder and CEO of Location Labs, there’s a high willingness to pay for “Family Locator” services like AT&T’s FamilyMap, T-Mobile’s FamilyWhere and Sprint’s Family Locator, for example.Carriers like selling such services, too. When a mobile operator is able to convert an account to a family plan, it reduces its churn rate by 75%, Roumeliotis says. Currently, 65% of subscribers in the U.S. are on this type of plan. Within this market, there are now millions of users who are happy to pay for Family Locator solutions at a cost of $5 to $15 dollars per month, generally speaking.While there’s much debate over the future of location-based “checkin” services like Silicon Valley darling Foursquare or Facebook’s Places, there’s no question that families are finding the real value of location-based services in tracking their family members’ movements. To put these numbers in perspective, Roumeliotis says there were more “paid-for locates” last year than there were Foursquare checkins. And according to Foursquare’s own data, there were 381,576,305 checkins in 2010, to give you an idea.Parental Controls and Access Baked Into Handsets Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement But while location-based tracking and alerts (child arrives at school, spouse left the office) have been available for some time, other types of services are now on their way to users’ handsets, too.Location Labs is now providing solutions that address the texting-while-driving problem, via partnerships with both Sprint and T-Mobile at present, and more are on the way. Unlike smartphone applications, these services reside deep in the phone’s firmware and cannot simply be switched off by closing an app or turning off GPS. Instead, the service, provided by Location Labs’ security platform called “Sparkle,” works by using APIs (application programming interfaces) that provide developers access to location, velocity plus controls for data, voice and text. And it works on both smartphones (iPhone, Android and BlackBerry) and select feature phones (Brew Mobile for now).In addition to being able to track where a family member is located, or turn off the ability for someone to text while the car is in motion, this service also provides access to other data and activity taking place on the device. For parents, this means that they’ll soon be able to observe and control more aspects of how their children are using their phones.Parents will be able to preview photos before they leave the device, read the content of text messages, stop kids from downloading apps or games, restrict Web searches, restrict when apps or other features of the phone can and cannot be used, whitelist or blacklist specific applications, restrict who can contact kids (and vice versa) and much more.And unlike some of the Internet “net nanny” solutions from days past, those being tracked on their mobiles are never unaware. The service sends out messages at intermittent (but for security reasons, random) intervals, alerting users that they are being located or monitored.While these advanced features are not available on phones today, their arrival is just around the corner. Location Labs says it will make an announcement related to this technology in Q3 2011 involving at least one major carrier here in the U.S. And in two years time, says Roumeliotis, ubiquitous parental controls like this will be the norm on all carriers.Come to the ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit, where danah boyd of Microsoft Research will explore the practice of teen sexting, highlighting why entrepreneurs should care, what the social and legal implications of this practice are, and how technology companies should respond. Learn more.last_img read more