Gardai drafted in to manage Letterkenny’s traffic congestion

first_imgGardai have been drafted in to manage Letterkenny’s traffic congestion.And it appears that the plan is working.This picture, taken at the bottom of Convent Road (Back Road) just after 4pm, shows traffic flowing freely. Yesterday between 4.30pm and 6pm traffic was congested across the town with many five minutes journeys taking up to an hour.Motorists are up in arms because of the times being added to their journeys.Local councillors have expressed their concern over the traffic gridlock which is coming about because of necessary sewerage upgrade works at Pearse Road.The new approach will see Gardai monitor traffic at key points in the Cathedral Town to keep it moving between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. One motorist said “This could be the answer. The Gardai are managing the traffic now and not just stopping and starting it.“No harm to the lads working for the construction company but they were not really helping matters. Gardai have the power to manage the traffic and hopefully we will see fewer tailbacks from now on.”The plan appears to be working with a relatively traffic-free Back Roa din Letterkenny just after 4pm today.Gardai drafted in to manage Letterkenny’s traffic congestion was last modified: June 3rd, 2019 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:Gardailetterkennytrafficlast_img read more

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Minister calls for more women in aviation

first_imgAUSTRALIA needs more women to enter the aviation industry to help avoid potential skills shortages in coming years.A report commissioned by the Australian government found that women represented just 20 per cent of the overall aviation workforce compared to 46 per cent across all industries.This figure was largely driven by significantly more women working as flight attendants and the figure dropped as low as 10 per cent in most other specialist aviation occupations.The report by Australian Industry Standards and released Friday also found the gender distribution in aviation was unlikely to change in the absence of targeted industry initiatives to encourage more female participation.The finding prompted Transport Minister Darren Chester to urge the industry to attract more women into flying, engineering and other senior aviation roles. His call echoes one last year by senior Boeing executive Sherry Carbary.“In looking to the future we need to find ways to attract more young people, including women, and deliver affordable and accessible pathways for them to achieve their training requirements,’’ Chester said. “This report is important to the future of an industry estimated to have added more than $15 billion to the Australian economy in 2015-16.’’Read: Women an untapped resource to fill pilot and technician demand.The Civil Aviation Safety Authority estimates there were almost 55,000 workers in Australia’s aviation industry in 2013 but the AIS report suggested this is too low, pointing to an IBISWorld estimate that the number at more than 82,000.It expected the number to fall slightly this year and rise by 2 per cent by 2021.There was still high demand for pilots, although the report said this could not be considered a shortage due to a large number of candidates with basic qualifications.Also in strong demand were ground operations occupations such as aircraft baggage handlers, airline ground crew and load controllers.But the number of airline maintenance vacancies advertised online had more than halved since 2006.“The offshoring and/or outsourcing of aircraft maintenance functions by Australian airlines in recent years has had a tremendous effect on the maintenance engineering training landscape,’’ it said. “Several generalist engineering training providers have stopped their aviation courses.“There is significant concern within the industry that closing engineering training facilities will impede the ability of training providers and maintenance businesses to rebound or take advantage of international growth opportunities.’’The report argued for a strong industry-wide approach to aviation workforce planning and development, supported by streamlined policy and regulation.Acknowledging the cost barriers in aviation training, it said there was a need for the industry to invest more in its current and future workforce though public and private funding mechanisms.It also pointed to significant issues raised by industry about safety regulatory reform and the cost -benefits of the changes.It identified flying training as a potential growth area, noting this was high quality but costly in Australia.The report found opportunities for greater collaboration between the aviation industry and its training suppliers as well to strengthen Australian aviation training in the Asia-Pacific through joint industry-government efforts.Chester said the report’s findings would be considered by key industry participants and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) in the context of a study on general aviation.“While the Australian Government will provide a formal response to the study in the coming months, I am looking forward to working in partnership with industry to help address skills and training issues,” he said.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa urges citizens to play their part and contribute to helping flood victims of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape

first_imgFloods have ravaged homes in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, resulting in the loss of lives and leaving many displaced. Brand South Africa calls on all citizens, corporates and non-profit organisations to play their part and lend a hand to those in need.The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) together with the Gifts of the Givers are on high alert to assist with rescue equipment and humanitarian aid.“As South Africans, the entire nation’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, who have been affected by the forces of nature against which they had little defence,” said President Ramaphosa who visited the communities in KZN.To this end Brand South Africa urges the public to remain alert as heavy rains are expected to continue. Community members are advised to avoid crossing low lying bridges, streams, rivers while motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and avoid driving on flooded areas.“We as South Africans are different, when faced with challenges, we simply do one thing, we each play our part and contribute to a positive change. It is the South African way, we get involved”, said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Thulisile ManziniCitizens are urged to donate blankets, plastic sheeting, new clothing, shoes, food, baby milk, linen, dishes, stationery, diapers, sanitary pads, school clothing and other relevant items. To offer any assistance please contact;The KZN relief fund on 0837960118 and The youth economic alliance Afrika@yea.africaEastern Cape – Port St Johns Disaster Satellite Centre on 073 596 8082The Gift of the Givers toll free number 0800786911last_img read more

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African products sold online to fight malaria

first_imgBuying a pair of shweshwe pyjama pants – they come in five Afro-inspired colours – will help to keep families in Mozambique safe from malaria. The idea is that making a difference is as easy as sleeping, says Goodbye Malaria. Cash raised is used for spraying homes to kill Anopheles mosquitoes. A total of 41 000 houses were already sprayed thanks to the Goodbye Malaria’s fundraising which entails selling of beadwork and shweshwe pants online. (Image: YouTube) Melissa JavanShweshwe lounge pants, mashozi bears and bracelets are sold online by Goodbye Malaria to protect homes in malaria areas in Africa.Goodbye Malaria was started by African entrepreneurs – among them the founder of global restaurant franchise Nando’s – who believe that African creativity can solve one of the continent’s biggest problems. “The initiative helps to raises funds that go directly to support on-the-ground malaria elimination programmes in Mozambique, spraying houses to protect families from contracting malaria,” the initiative explains.“It also seeks to inspire people to join our fight against malaria by educating them that elimination is ultimately possible.”According to the initiative, malaria caused 584 000 deaths worldwide in 2013; it also says 90% of deaths from the disease are in Africa. Women may be at a greater risk of contracting it, especially when they are pregnant.Malaria is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes that have been infected through a previous blood meal taken from an infected person. When a mosquito bites an infected person, it takes in a small amount of blood that contains microscopic malaria parasites. The mosquito becomes infected, and passes on the disease to other people it bites. Anopheles mosquitoes are known as “night-biting” mosquitoes because they most commonly bite between dusk and dawn.Malaria symptoms typically include fever, fatigue, vomiting and headaches. In severe cases it can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma and death. The Anopheles mosquito usually feeds during the night, which is why the initiative encourages people to make a difference in their sleep. (Image: Screen grab via Goodbye Malaria)Spraying to save livesSherwin Charles, the Goodbye Malaria chief executive, says the campaign was launched in October 2013 in Mozambique.Speaking about indoor residual spray (IRS), the method used to control the mosquitoes, Francois Maartens, a malaria control field co-ordinator who works with Goodbye Malaria, says the first trial was done in September and December 2013. A total of 41 000 houses were sprayed. “We spray every six months. Our recent IRS of that area was between October 2014 and March 2015. With 41 000 houses sprayed, 117 000 people were saved.”Maartens has 16 years of experience in applied malaria research and malaria vector control, including IRS training, entomological field data collection, parasite prevalence surveys and the implementation and co-ordination of integrated malaria control operations in several African countries.Spray operators are recruited from the community because they need to enter people’s houses, says a representative of Goodbye Malaria on YouTube. “We find that if we recruit people from the area, at least they are known to the house owners.”They spray six days a week, between 6am and 2pm, due to the heat in the afternoon. “The application method and technique is very important, so the spray operators are trained over a 10-day period.” Francois Maartens says they spray every six months. “Our recent IRS of that area was between October 2014 and March 2015.” (Image: Supplied)Maartens explains that a coating is sprayed on the inner walls of the house. “Generally, the Anopheles mosquito would sit on a wall first, before it goes to a human being. If the Anopheles sits on the wall, the coating kills it.”Night feedersThe Anopheles usually comes into a house to feed during the night. “Because it is associated with the evening, we think the pants are a good product,” says Maartens. “We want to tell people that making a difference is as easy as sleeping.”Robert Brozin, the founder of Goodbye Malaria and of Nandos, says the shwe shwe pants come in five Afro-centric colours and sell for R350 each. “They’re the perfect gift and can be purchased online,” he says.The Mozambican government is a partner in the project. Mozambique is on the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), an American government programme. The primary goal in Mozambique of the PMI is to help the government, in collaboration with other partners, to reduce malaria mortality by 50%. This is done by rapidly scaling-up coverage of vulnerable groups with four highly effective interventions: artemisinin-based combination therapy, intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women, insecticide-treated bed nets, and IRS. Sherwin Charles [right] encourages businesses to invest in social causes like Goodbye Malaria. Here he is with Mo-T from MiCasa. (Image: Supplied)For Charles, Goodbye Malaria is evidence that the private sector and the government can work together. He says it is a fun, creative way to showcase African products. “It is a world-class product. We thought it would be great if we could have a cool item like this where you would feel good wearing it.”He encourages African businesses to support the programme. “If you want to make a difference, invest in a social cause like this.” He also warns people who will visit malaria areas to be prepared. “There is medication on the market [to fight malaria]. Also, you don’t have to live with malaria once you are affected. It’s totally curable.”South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an ambassador of Goodbye Malaria; others are the band, MiCasa, and the humanitarian adventurer, Kingsley Holgate.Watch Kingsley Holgate talk about being an Goodbye Malaria Brand Ambassador:Watch how the ten day training is done (and MiCasa being part of it):Watch how the mosquito infects the human:last_img read more

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Twitter Confirms New Investment Round, But Has It Already Peaked?

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Twitter just announced that the rumors were indeed true and that it has just closed a “significant round of funding” from a group of five investment firms. While Twitter didn’t disclose the actual amount it received today, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Twitter was going to close a $100 million round which would put Twitter’s valuation at around $1 billion. At that time, however, the assumption was that up to seven firms were going to be part of this deal. Chances are that today’s round is slightly smaller than the rumored $100 million. Has Twitter Peaked?At the same time, though, the latest data from Hitwise shows that visits to Twitter’s main domain have slowed down markedly over the last few weeks. This number doesn’t take users into account who access the site from third-party applications, but it does show that a smaller number of users are going to the main site, which indicates a slowdown in new user adoption. Hitwise’s Bill Tancer also found that fewer users are searching for Twitter on search engines. Hitwise’s Clickstream report also shows a drop-off in new users that are coming to Twitter since April. In April, of course, Oprah famously joined Twitter and the hype cycle around the service was in full swing. It looks like normality might be setting in now and growth is indeed slowing. The question, of course, is if this is just a temporary slowdown or part of a larger trend. Maybe everybody who was going to join Twitter has already joined and the rest of the potential users are simply happy to use Facebook instead?For now, we want to congratulate Twitter on closing this round, which will give it a chance to improve its technology and grow its team. At the same time, though, we also hope that Twitter will finally release some details about how it plans to make money in the long run and validate this valuation.center_img Related Posts Tags:#news#twitter#web frederic lardinoislast_img read more

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Commonwealth Games stadiums present a pathetic picture

first_imgThe sprawling stadia in the Capital were the centre of focus when they came up for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the biggest multi-discipline event that the country has ever hosted. But little under two years after the event, some of the venues cut a sorry picture with most of the stadia in shambles and out of reach for the locals.With billions of rupees spent on refurbishing the venues, the only legacy that Delhiites seem to have received is the huge financial burden. Most of the venues are lying useless and despite the high demand of sports enthusiasts, the authorities have preferred to keep sports lovers out of these stadia.The state-of-the-art velodrome at the Indira Gandhi stadium, for example, built at a mind boggling cost of Rs 150 crore is one of the world’s best indoor cycling facilities. But the velodrome was opened for the national cyclists only last month, before which the venue wasn’t accessible to anyone. The national cycling team had been training in Patiala on cemented tracks till then. With the velodrome being out of their reach, it’s no wonder that none of the Indian cyclists made it to the London Olympics.In 2011, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid had said that it was a matter of ‘shame’ that not even one event was being held at the cutting-edge velodrome.A similar facility that was unveiled at theLondon Olympics, is being equipped with cycling workshops and will be transferred to a local body which will use the venue for sporting events of different kinds.advertisementThe same Indira Gandhi Stadium also hosted the wrestling events during the CWG and ever since Sushil Kumar’s feat at the Beijing Olympics, the sport has attracted many youngsters. Despite the sprawling facility at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, the plight of Indian wrestlers is such that six of them have to share one room under the Chattrasal Stadium, with just one practice hall and limited training equipment. Likewise, the Thyagraj Stadium, which was built at a cost of Rs 300 crore, does not have any equipment for the 100 odd athletes who visit the stadium every day.After CWG’s closing ceremony, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, renovated at a cost of Rs 961 crore, has hosted only two major sporting events – the SAFF championship and another football match between Bayern Munich and India.The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium already shows signs of wear and tear.The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is scheduled to host the Nehru Cup from Wednesday and the state of the venue is far from what is required to stage an international event. With glaring bald patches in the practice pitch, even Indian football coach Wim Koevermans refused to hold the national camp at the venue.No effort has been made to maintain the complex, which has resulted in the overgrowth of grass in the area that held the lawn bowls event during the Games.Delhi had the success stories of Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 to emulate from, where big budgets were allocated to training and the venues prepared for the events were sold to private clubs.Right after the 2002 CWG held at Manchester, the stadium was handed over to the Manchester City Football Club from which the authorities got millions annually as revenues, which were in turn put back into promoting sport.For the next CWG to be held in Glasgow in 2014, the organisers have held the construction of social legacy to be their top priority.The future of the infrastructure in the national capital and the future of the country’s next generation of athletes is still uncertain.Other countries that have hosted such events have realised the relevance of ‘the legacy’ that locals look up to inheriting as hosts. Whether Delhiites can claim theirs is a question that still remains unanswered.– With inputs from sports desk.Chhatrasal Stadium: Wrestlers packed off below a staircaseAt Chhatrasal Stadium, wrestlers have to camp in a room tucked away under the main staircase.While the Commonwealth Games created world class infrastructure for sports that have barely any following or success to speak of, sports like wrestling that have been generating medals have been ironically ignored by the authorities. Renovated for CWG at a cost of Rs 70 crore, Chhatrasal stadium is the hub of Indian wrestling and has produced Olympians like Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, but it does not even meet the basic requirements of its athletes.Till very recently, Chhatrasal stadium was home to around 50 other wrestlers, many of whom are national and international level sportspersons. Instead of quarters to live in, the stadium provides them with a room which has been created below the stairs of the main ground. At least five to six athletes camp in each room, and without beds, they sit, sleep and eat on the floor itself.advertisementBut to the wrestlers, most of whom have come from the Capital’s outskirts or from rural Haryana, it is not sleeping on the floors that pains them but having to suffer due to a paucity of equipment and practice halls is what affects them the most. For the athletes, there is only one practice hall and limited weight training equipment that they can train with.”There was a shortage of weight training equipment anyway and now with Sushil and Yogeshwar’s victories, more people are bound to come in. Unless we’re given another hall, apart from the equipment, practicing here will become quite difficult,” said an athlete on conditions of anonymity.Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium: Velodrome languishes without cyclistsThe state-of-art velodrome at the IGI Stadium is not built to stand Delhi’s weather conditions.Last year, the International Cycling Union (UCI) president, Pat McQuaid, said that it was a matter of ‘shame’ that the state-of-the-art indoor facility of velodrome was not being used. The Velodrome, built at a cost of Rs 150 crore, has arguably the best indoor cycling track in the country, the only facility of its kind to offer a timbre track instead of a cemented one.However it has barely been opened to the public after the Commonwealth Games.With no enthusiasts coming forward to use the venue, the wooden track has been permanently covered with a plastic sheet and doors to the facility locked. In Delhi’s extreme hot and humid weather the costly wooden track is expected to deteriorate rapidly in absence of any air conditioning or maintenance. According to an official the daily expense of maintaining the venue comes close to Rs lakh. With no money coming to the maintenance staff they claim their hands are tied as well.The world class venue, with a seating capacity of 3800, modern sports lighting and acoustics system, was expected to inspire the next generation of cyclists in the country. But dropping out of the view of public and the authorities the world-class venue is now screaming for attention.last_img read more

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Seanergy Maritime Expands Fleet with Capesize Bulker

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has taken delivery of M/V Partnership, a Capesize vessel bought from South Korea’s Dong-A-Tanker (DAT) in April.As disclosed, the company funded the gross purchase price of USD 32.65 million by a secured loan facility from a European bank and from financing arrangements with Seanergy’s sponsor.Previously named Dong A Artemis, the 179,213 dwt bulker was built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in 2012.“We are pleased to take delivery of another modern Capesize vessel. We remain committed to expanding our quality fleet in the Capesize segment, which we strongly believe represents the best fundamentals in the dry bulk industry. We will continue to actively pursue accretive acquisition opportunities of quality Capesize vessels,” Stamatis Tsantanis, Seanergy’s CEO, commented.Including the latest addition, Seanergy’s fleet is currently comprised of eleven dry bulk carriers, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,682,582 dwt and an average fleet age of about 8 years.Earlier this week, Seanergy was notified by the Nasdaq Stock Market that it is not in compliance with a Nasdaq Listing Rule as the closing bid of its common stock was below the required minimum of USD 1 per share.The company has been now given a grace period of 180 days, or until November 14, 2017, to regain the compliance.last_img read more

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Russia sees boost ahead of talks

first_imgRussia sees boost ahead of talks93 viewsRussia sees boost ahead of talks93 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Russia sees boost ahead of talks93 viewsBusinessThe aftermath of the latest fighting in rebel-controlled Donetsk. Scenes like this are deepening fears that the violence in eastern Ukraine is reaching a new tipping point. And adding impetus toVentuno Web Player 4.50The aftermath of the latest fighting in rebel-controlled Donetsk. Scenes like this are deepening fears that the violence in eastern Ukraine is reaching a new tipping point. And adding impetus tolast_img read more

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Suicide bomber kills 32 in Kabul

first_imgA suicide bomber killed 32 people including women and children and wounded 41 others when he blew himself up in a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday, officials said.”Unfortunately this evening a suicide bomber detonated himself among the worshippers inside a mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of Kabul city,” Kabul police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid told AFP.The interior ministry confirmed the toll of 32 dead and 41 wounded.last_img

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