Tuesday 19 June 2018

Shortcuts: Toyota app; name ferry; blood day; tyre row

Using mobile while driving
Using mobile while driving
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Toyota tell me their FaceDown app has had approx 37,000 downloads. Great news.

It encourages drivers to put their phone face-down when driving. Doing so with the app lets you redeem points for a free hot drink at Topaz Re Store outlets. Great idea.

* We all have great memories of taking the ferry on holidays. Now there's a chance you can put your mark on a brand new one. Irish Ferries want you to pick a name for their new €144m, 55,000 tonne ship - the biggest on the Irish Sea - that is currently being built in Germany and due here next year.

It can accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, has 440 cabins and almost 3km lanes of car-deck space. Feel inspired to name it? Maybe something literary to stay in line with others in the fleet? Have a go on www.bigshipbigname.com. It's a chance to win, among other prizes, free travel for life on their services.

* Blood Bikes East, the non-profit emergency service that transports vital medical equipment between hospitals in the Greater Dublin area, has just completed its 10,000th call and is hosting an event to celebrate that on Saturday week.

The family day will run from 12-6pm at Annesley Williams Skoda on the Old Airport Road.

* The two main tyre industry bodies here warn that a government scheme starting next month will do nothing to stem the stockpiles of illegally dumped tyres. The (ITIA) and (ITWRA) say lack of enforcement is the major failing.

Irish Independent

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