Final phase of €16m N56 upgrade to get underway in August

first_imgContracts have been signed on the final phase of the strategic N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme, with works due to get underway next month.The N56 Drumbeigh to Inver Road Scheme which is located approximately 3.5km west of the village of Mountcharles is the second and final phase of the overall €16m N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme.  The first phase, from Mountcharles to Drumbeigh, is now approaching completion. This key strategic infrastructural project will not only improve the level of service and safety for all road users but will enhance the accessibility of south west Donegal and in particular, Killybegs Port.  Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan signed contracts for the final phase last Friday afternoon.Speaking at the signing Cllr. Crossan said “this is an important step forward in securing the long term economic, social and cultural viability of Donegal and indeed South West Donegal. “This investment will see the completion of a major piece of infrastructure that will facilitate more ease of access for businesses, visitors and investors to south west Donegal including Killybegs Port which continues to be a significant contributor to the economic development of the county. “This type of investment is crucial for Donegal and the entire North West region if we are to realise our ambitions as a region for growth and prosperity.” Construction will commence in August 2019 and it is expected to be open to the public in early 2021. Wills Bros. Ltd, have been appointed contractor based on the Most Economically Advantageous Tender process. Wills Bros. Ltd have completed similar works on the Donegal’s national road network in recent years including the N56 Mountcharles To Drumbeigh Scheme, N15 Blackburn Bridge and N56 Boyoughter to Kilkenny. Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD, Cllr. Noel Jordan also welcomed the signing of the second and final contract for this project and referred to the positive impact that phase one has had on the local community saying “the impact that the work to date has had on road users and those living and working in the locality has been very positive.  What was a narrow and dangerous stretch of road is now much safer and provides greater access for all road users and especially for the local community.”Director of Roads and Transportation with Donegal County Council John McLaughlin explains “these works will see the existing N56 single carriageway with narrow hard strips and poor vertical and horizontal alignment being replaced with a new Type 1 Single Carriageway including a 3.65m wide lane in each direction with 2.5m wide hard shoulders. “Works will include site clearance, fencing, safety barriers, drainage and service ducts, diversion of watermains and other utilities, accommodation works, landscaping and environmental mitigation measures”. The construction of the works will be supervised on behalf of Donegal County Council by Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers.This Scheme is funded fully by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and is included in the published Capital Plan ‘Building on Recovery 2016 – 2021’. Final phase of €16m N56 upgrade to get underway in August was last modified: July 22nd, 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:N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Schemelast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Weather window puts boats back on water

first_imgAfter being off the water since late last week due to gale-force winds, boats were back at it on Wednesday. The small weather window, which looks like it may close by Friday, had boats on the halibut grounds and a few made their way down to Cape Mendocino. I didn’t catch any reports from the Cape, but I’d be willing to bet it was phenomenal seeing how those rockfish and lings haven’t been tempted with bait since October. A few halibut were reportedly caught out of Eureka, and at least one …last_img read more

Warriors-Mavericks: Draymond Green to miss weekend contest in Dallas

first_imgWarriors forward Draymond Green is listed as out for Saturday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks with a sprained toe, while Alfonzo McKinnie is questionable with a foot issue, the team announced Friday evening.Green – who’s dealt with a myriad of injuries this season – returned from the same injury in Friday’s 107-86 loss to the Rockets, registering five rebounds and five assists but five turnovers in 24 minutes. Green has missed three of the past five games.McKinnie, who started …last_img read more

‘Free Solo’ climbing star takes big risks, but do they encourage kids to follow suit?

first_imgSUNNYVALE — A decade ago, a crowd gathered on the rough gritstone of central England to watch Alex Honnold propel himself up a sheer wall of rock.  But by the time the Sacramento native had reached the summit, his erstwhile fans had dispersed, rushing off to aid an injured climber who had fallen nearby.At the time, Honnold’s audacious ascents, performed without the use of ropes or protective gear, were known only in climbing circles. Today he cannot escape enthusiastic crowds. “Free Solo,” …last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup firsts

first_imgBrazil play Chile in their 2010 Fifa WorldCup Round of 16 match at Ellis ParkStadium in Johannesburg on 28 June.(Image: Crystian Cruz, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 [email protected] • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager 2010Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES• A brief history of the Fifa World Cup• 80 pieces of World Cup trivia• 2010 Fifa World Cup team statistics• 2010 Fifa World Cup: final squads• Top marks for SA’s World CupThe 2010 Fifa World Cup broke new ground simply by being held on African soil. It was also Spain’s first global victory. Those were the most obvious milestones set in South Africa this year, but the rest of the tournament also had a number of firsts on the field, from team results to player landmarks.Result firstsSlovenia and Greece both picked up their maiden Fifa World Cup wins in South Africa, with Slovenia downing Algeria 1-0 thanks to a Robert Koren goal and Greece seeing off Nigeria 2-1.Japan also enjoyed a breakthrough win of sorts as their 2-1 victory against Cameroon was their first-ever Fifa World Cup finals success away from home, eight years after they defeated Tunisia 2-0 in Osaka.New Zealand’s 1-1 opening draw with Slovakia earned them their first Fifa World Cup point, after they lost all their group stage matches at their previous appearance in 1982. This year, the Kiwis drew all of their opening games, with a further 1-1 result against Italy and a goalless stalemate with Paraguay.Goal firstsDimitrios Salpingidis’s equaliser against Nigeria finally ended Greece’s World Cup goal drought, his strike coming after 404 minutes and over four games without result. There was a first for Daniel Agger too, but the Denmark defender would doubtless prefer not to be on this list as his own goal against the Netherlands proved his country’s first on the global stage. In another unwanted precedent, Denmark were also on the receiving end of Japan’s first ever three-goal haul in a Fifa World Cup final.Didier Drogba of Côte d’Ivoire became the first African player to score against Brazil in six meetings between A Seleção and teams from the African zone. On a domestic note, midfielder Michael Bradley became the first Fifa World Cup scorer to be coached by his father when he equalised for the United States in their 2-2 draw with Slovenia.Penalty firstsVladimir Stojkovic became the first Serbian goalkeeper to have kept out a penalty at a Fifa World Cup when he saved a strike by Germany’s Lukas Podolski. In contrast, David Villa became the first Spanish player to miss a spot-kick in the tournament when he failed to register against Honduras.The new world champions can nonetheless lay claim to a more desirable landmark as Iker Casillas became the first goalkeeper to stop penalties in two different Fifa World Cups. The Real Madrid number-one player first thwarted the Ireland’s Ian Harte at Korea/Japan 2002 before frustrating Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay in this year’s quarter-finals.On the other side, Asamoah Gyan entered the history books as the first player to miss spot-kicks in separate editions of the competition, following up his failed effort against the Czech Republic at Germany 2006 with another fruitless attempt against Uruguay in 2010’s eight.Player firstsCuauhtemoc Blanco can now boast that he is the only Mexican international to have scored in three different Fifa World Cup final tournaments, having added South Africa 2010 to his list by finding the target against France. On the other hand, Rigobert Song did not register for Cameroon, but he nonetheless returned home with a record as the first African player to have appeared in four Fifa World Cups.Somewhat less distinguished, Nigeria’s Sani Keita and Switzerland’s Valon Behrami became the first players from their countries to collect red cards at the finals when they were dismissed against Greece and Chile respectively.Progress firstsParaguay reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history at South Africa 2010, experiencing a joy not shared by Italy, who exited the tournament without a single win to their name.As for South Africa, they became the first Fifa World Cup host nation to be eliminated at the end of the group stage.Team firstsChile’s pair of 1-0 successes against Honduras and Switzerland were their maiden Fifa World Cup triumphs outside South America, La Roja having only previously secured wins at Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950 and Chile 1962.Algeria’s achievement was to record their first clean sheet in the global arena as they clinched a goalless draw with no less a team than England, while Paraguay topped their group for the first time. Better still, the Netherlands managed a feat beyond all previous Oranje sides by winning each of their three group games.Finally, the quarter-final line-up proved unprecedented with South American teams outnumbering their European counterparts by four to three, but the Europeans came out on top in the end as Spain lifted the trophy for the first time.Source: Fifalast_img read more

SA astronomers discover stars on edge of Milky Way

first_img16 May 2014 A team of South African and Japanese astronomers, using the Southern African Large Telescope as well as an infra-red survey facility at Sutherland in the Northern Cape, has discovered the first known stars in the flared disk of the Milky Way galaxy, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) announced on Wednesday. The stars, known as Cepheid variables, are situated on the far side of the galaxy, approximately 80 000 light years from the Earth. “The discovery is important because stars like these will allow astronomers to test theoretical ideas about how galaxies, like the Milky Way in which we live, formed,” the SAAO said in a statement. “In particular these stars, which are close to the effective edge of the Milky Way, will help astronomers trace the distribution of the very mysterious dark matter.” Dark matter is known to be an important component of all galaxies, but its nature and distribution remain elusive. “The five stars involved in this discovery are very special ones whose brightness changes regularly on a cycle time of a few days,” the SAAO said, adding: “These Cepheid variables have characteristics that allow their distances to be measured accurately.” The team used observations made at the SAAO’s site in Sutherland to determine the distances of these stars and their locations within the galaxy. “The majority of stars in our galaxy, including our own sun, are distributed in a flat disk,” the SAAO explained. “Early in the 21st century, radio astronomers discovered that hydrogen gas, of which the galaxy contains a great deal, flared away from the disk at large distances from the galactic centre, but until now no one knew that stars did the same thing.” The team comprised University of Cape Town professor Michael Feast, John Menzies and Patricia Whitelock, both from the SAAO, and Noriyuki Matsunaga from the University of Tokyo. Their findings were published online in international scientific journal Nature on Wednesday. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SA looks at pension for low-income earners

first_img19 January 2015The Department of Labour was looking into the introduction of a national retirement mechanism for low-income earners in South Africa, Compensation Fund Commissioner Shadrack Mkhonto told a departmental workshop in Irene, in Tshwane on 16 January.A discussion paper would soon be tabled at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), once it had been approved by the Cabinet.The department’s two-day mid-term review workshop was held to evaluate its achievements against targets set, as well as its Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan in the financial year under review. It also looked at crafting a future strategic direction.The workshop was attended by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant; Deputy Minister Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa; and Director-General Thobile Lamati, as well as heads of branches and various public entities such as the Unemployment Insurance Fund; the Compensation Fund; Productivity SA; the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration, the Sheltered Employment Factories and Nedlac.During its investigation of the retirement mechanism, the department will turn to the International Labour Organization for information on international best practice, according to spokesperson Mokgadi Pela.The initiative is part of the government’s efforts to reform South Africa’s broader social security system. Another process under consideration is the inclusion of government employees in the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act benefits.The reform of social security policies is to be aligned with labour market initiatives, Pela says.Statistics South Africa’s most recent General Household Survey, released on 18 June 2014, reported that the number of people receiving a social grant from the state grew from 12.7% in 2003 to 30.2% in 2013, while the number of households receiving at least one social grant increased from 29.9% to 45.5% over the same period.Meanwhile, the September 2014 Quarterly Employment Statistics report, released by Statistics South Africa on 11 December 2014, reported that total formal non- agricultural employment decreased by 129 000 jobs from 8.67 million in June 2014 to 8.54 million in September.A total of 132 000 jobs were lost in the government sector, mainly at the Independent Electoral Commission, which shed a large number of jobs following the general elections in May 2014. During the September quarter, 9 000 jobs were lost in the manufacturing industry, while 3 000 jobs were lost in both the construction and transport industries.However, quarter-on-quarter increases were reported by the mining (8 000), finance (6 000) and trade (4 000) industries.Year-on-year, an additional 83 000 formal jobs were created between September 2013 and September 2014, an annual increase of 1%. The largest increase was recorded by the community services industry (73 000), followed by the trade and finance industries, with 21 000 and 20 000 jobs, respectively.Gross earnings paid to employees increased by R18.9-billion (+4,6%) from R409-billion in June 2014 to R428-billion in September 2014. The mining industry recorded the largest quarterly percentage increase of 20.9% in earnings, signalling the return of mine workers after the lengthy strike in the platinum belt.SAinfo reporter and SANewslast_img read more

Grief is a Common Emotion for Military Caregivers

first_imgWritten By: Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin – ExtensionCaregivers experience grief from the losses experienced when their service member or veteran has a chronic illness or severe injury.  Examples of these losses are, a spouse is no longer able to manage finances because of post-traumatic stress disorder, or the loss of intimacy due to injuries or the loss of a military career. I often hear caregivers say, “I wish my life could go back to the way it was before the illness or injury.”  “I never thought my life would end up the way it has.”  Grieving over losses can lead to depression or other health problems if the caregiver doesn’t find a way to accept the new reality of their current life. Many military families refer to the acceptance of their losses as their “new normal.”Adjusting to their “new normal” takes time and can be easier if the caregiver understands the grieving  process. They may physically react to grief by crying more, not sleeping well, eating a lot or nothing, having more headaches or other physical reactions. Grief is also exhibited emotionally when the caregiver is more aggressive or passive, they feel as if their life is out of control or they are sad or depressed. Some caregivers question their faith and are angry with God while others return to their faith for support and become more spiritual.  Many experience feelings of being alone, they isolate themselves, or become envious of others and their life.  Since every person shows grief in different ways it’s helpful to talk about how caregivers are feeling and how these feelings are different since their service member became ill or injured.Stages of GriefThe differences can also happen as the caregiver moves through the grief stages. The grief stages are not linear and the caregiver may skip around them. They may find themselves going back and forth between the stages of the grief process multiple times.  Grief comes and goes and often takes the caregiver by surprise when its least expected.Grief starts when the caregiver first learns about the medical condition of their service member or veteran and do not want to accept what they are hearing.  Denial includes shock, which is the body’s way of helping the caregiver with what is happening to them. The caregiver is in disbelief, thinking they are living a nightmare and hoping to wake up and find out what they heard isn’t true. It is during this time that the caregiver is uncertain about what to do but manages to get through each day.  Denial will eventually go away and for many the next stage is anger.Anger can be felt as helplessness, powerlessness, rage, hurt, fear, irritation, or frustration. The caregiver may ask questions such as why me? Why us?  Feelings of anger should be expected as it’s a normal part of the grief process and helps caregivers with their pain.  Caregivers begin to ask more questions to learn about the injury or illness, they often make changes and even become an advocate for themselves, their service member and others in similar situations. What isn’t healthy, when experiencing anger, is keeping it inside and expressing it in unhealthy ways by turning to drugs, alcohol or hurting themselves or others.  Since anger takes a lot of energy and emotion, caregivers often move next into the bargaining stage of grief.Bargaining is when the caregiver tries to change their situation by making “deals” with God or friends with hopes of making the situation go away. They ask questions of what could have been or what should have been done differently. Sometimes caregivers get stuck in this phase. When caregivers share the deals, they want to make with “God” with friends or a counselor, reality begins to set in and they realize they can’t change what has happened.  This moves the caregiver into the stage of depression. The reality of their situation overwhelms them as they experience sadness, fear, anxiety and lost. This stage of grief is necessary in order for the reality of their situation to “sink in” and be understood. By experiencing feelings of hopelessness and sorrow, they move into the last phase of grief, which is acceptance.  Acceptance does not mean they like their situation but they realize it’s their “new normal” and begin to think and find ways of adjusting and moving forward. The caregiver may even begin to think about ways to do the best he/she can in their situation and may reach out to help others. Caregivers who go through the five stages of grief come out a different person. They are stronger, have a better understanding of themselves and their situation, and are wiser on how to deal with other life losses (Family Caregiver Alliance).Tips for ProfessionalsAs professionals there are numerous ways we can assist caregivers through their grieving process including:Listening to their stories without judgement. Asking probing questions to encourage caregivers to clarify what they are feeling.Encouraging them to journal their thoughts and feelings. Asking them to think about their feeling. Are they different than before their “new normal”?  Why? How?Supporting the caregiver where they are at in the grief process. Don’t force them to share feelings if they don’t want to. Be patient with them as it may be difficult for them to name what they are feeling.Recognizing that the grief process isn’t linear and helping the caregiver realize that acceptance doesn’t happen overnight.Allowing the caregiver to experience their pain and helping them recognize it. If they have trouble naming it try to have them describe it. See if the caregiver can’t give it a name as naming it could give the caregiver a sense of control.Helping them realize how other life events are affecting their current reactions to their situation. It could include values from their family, culture influences, or religious training.Allowing the caregiver to express their anger, frustration, or bitterness as they try to make sense of what has happened to them and their family.Suggesting positive coping strategies for caregivers that they might want to explore such as a support group, an educational class on grief, or reading resources on the topic.Sharing with the caregiver the grief stages and discuss where they are in the grief process.Sharing resources, the caregiver can utilize as needed. Some potential sources include:Center for Loss and Life TransitionCaregiver Resource DirectoryHidden Heroes Library: Books for Military Caregivers By helping caregivers understand their grief, professionals can guide them to creating their own “new normal” and accepting the reality of how it will shape their life.Resources:Center for Loss and Life Transition. Grief Feelings. Retrieved on August 1, 2018Family Caregiver Alliance. Grief and Loss. Retrieved on August 1, 2018last_img read more

London Olympics: Krishna Poonia qualifies, shot putter Om Prakash crashes out

first_imgIndia’s top discus thrower Krishna Poonia qualified for the final round while triple jumper Mayookha Johny and men’s shot putter Om Prakash Singh were knocked out on the first day of the track and field events of the 2012 London Games in London on Friday.Commonwealth Games gold medallist Poonia achieved the target of 63.54 metres in her second attempt at the Olympic Stadium. The qualification mark was set at 63 metres.Johny crashed out of the Games, failing to qualify for the finals with a disappointing 13th place finish in Group B.The Indian finished a dismal 22nd overall with a best effort of 13.77 metres, which she got in her first attempt. Things only got worse for her as she jumped 13.68 m in the second and 13.22 m in the third.Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan had the highest jump in the qualification round with a 14.79 m.Mayookha earned a last-minute qualification for the Games after an impressive showing in a German competition.In men’s shot put, Om Prakash Singh faltered in the qualification round and finished 10th in group B here Friday.Om Prakash failed to make the finals and was ousted after he fouled in his third attempt to finish with a best of 19.86 m, which is below his national record of 20.69m he managed in the run-up to the Games in May.The 25-year-old, who is participating in the Olympics for the first time, finished 19th overall.In his first attempt, Om Prakash touched 19.40 m well behind American Reese Hoffa who led the qualifiers with an impressive 21.3 6m throw, while German David Storl took the second spot with 21.15 m.advertisementlast_img read more

Indias Manushi Chhillar is Miss World 2017

first_img(Eds: Adding details, Chhillars tweet)By K J M VarmaBeijing, Nov 18 (PTI) Indias Manushi Chhillar today won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, bringing to an end the countrys dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest.The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico at the event, which saw participation from 118 countries.Chhillar was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last years Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at an event held at a resort in the coastal city of Sanya.”Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support, and prayers. This ones for India,” Chhillar wrote on her official Twitter handle.The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza at the event, which was televised live globally.In the top five round, Chhillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary.”I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary its not always about cash but I feel its the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause.Chhillar is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966.advertisementAishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000, the last for India.Chhillars win brings India at level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant.Taking to the Twitter, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar praised Chhillar and said, “I congratulate Haryanas daughter Manushi Chhillar on winning the Miss World crown.”According to Chhillars profile on the Miss World website, her father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation, while her mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.Chillar studied at St. Thomas School in New Delhi, and is pursuing a medicine degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat.She aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting.Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living”. PTI RB KIS SC RBlast_img read more