New Letterkenny bridge remains main priority for Councillor Brogan

first_imgEvery effort must be made to fast-track the construction of a new a bridge across the River Swilly from Ballyraine to Bonagee, according to Letterkenny-based councillor, Ciaran Brogan.At a meeting of Donegal County Council in Lifford on Wednesday, councillors were informed that their role in the Ten-T Project will be to vote on the variation of the development plan later this yearCouncillor Brogan said “The Ten-T project includes the provision of a bridge across the River Swilly which is, without question, the most needed piece of infrastructure that will be developed in our lifetime,” he added. “I believe that every effort needs to be made to prioritise the new bridge from Ballyraine to Bonagee. This is the shortest piece of infrastructure in the overall plan, but one which will have the largest impact on the flow of traffic in Letterkenny.”He added that the long delays being experienced by motorists in and around Letterkenny on a daily basis highlights the urgent need for the provision of a new bridge.“The benefits of a new bridge will alleviate traffic in and around Letterkenny and will open a gateway to the North and West of our county,” Cllr Brogan said.“The addition of a second bridge over the River Swilly will result in quicker access to the employment centre on the Business Park Road which employs around 5,000 people. It will also vastly improve the journey times from so many other parts of the county, including the Fanad and Rosguill peninsulas and from West Donegal,” he added. “This is a project that will benefit Donegal and the entire North West region. Our tourism sector will also benefit greatly from the construction of a new bridge. Given that we don’t have a rail network, I am calling on the government to pledge the necessary funds to develop the new bridge.”New Letterkenny bridge remains main priority for Councillor Brogan was last modified: April 27th, 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:BallyraineBonageebridgeCllr Ciaran BroganRIVER SWILLYlast_img read more

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Know what’s below when digging

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Pipelines transport much of the natural gas, liquid fuels, and other hazardous materials that Americans use every day. In fact, there are over 500,000 miles of large-diameter, high-pressure pipelines crisscrossing the United States. These pipelines are in every state, and most are underground.Digging in to a pipeline can result in catastrophe. Excavation damage — or digging in to pipelines — is one of the leading causes of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline accidents that cause property damage, injury or death. Even scraping or nicking a pipeline can cause a future disaster. But the good news is that damaging pipelines while digging is entirely preventable.A call to “811” is the simplest way to prevent excavation damage to underground pipelines. Call 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to digging, and your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Tell the operator where you are planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing. Your affected local utilities companies will be notified about your intent to dig. They will send a locator to mark the approximate location of underground utilities (including pipelines) so you will know what’s below and be able to dig safely. The service is free.Any digging before calling 811 is dangerous. Pipelines can be just a few inches below the surface. Deep excavation is particularly dangerous. Examples of deep excavation that can easily damage pipelines include deep tilling, installing or repairing drain tile, digging a new well or pond, installing a septic system or installing fence posts. If you do this kind of work without calling 811, you are risking your life and your property.In most cases, a call to 811 is required by law before digging. In some states, a call is not required for some farming activity, such as routine tilling. However, it is still advisable to call 811 before any digging activity. To learn more about the requirements of your state’s excavation damage prevention law, visit http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/DamagePreventionSummary.htm or contact your local One Call Center by calling 811.The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the federal agency responsible for regulating the safe transportation of natural gas and hazardous liquids by pipeline. PHMSA is committed to preventing excavation damage to underground pipelines. In fact, in states that do not adequately enforce their own one-call laws, PHMSA can assess civil penalties against excavators – including farmers – who unlawfully damage underground pipelines. For more information, visit https://phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline/safety-awareness-and-outreach/excavator-enforcement.April is National Safe Digging Month. You owe it to your family, your farm, and your neighbors to understand your responsibility to dig safely. Do not assume that you know what is underground in the area you are digging, and do not assume you are exempt from one-call requirements. Do not make a judgment call. Make a free phone call — to 811 — before every digging project. To learn more, visit www.call811.com.last_img read more

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#sidibouzid: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgMedia missing in action for Tunisian protests, social media takes over. As protests over brutality, repression and economic neglect intensified in Tunisia over the past week, social media users kicked into gear. Traditional media neglected most of the news, including the killing of about 50 civilians by government forces. Social media users, both inside Tunisia and outside, reported news of protests, riots, arrests, government actions and deaths via Twitter and YouTube. The hastag #sidibouzid was omnipresent on the social web. This hashtag was the town where the protests started, in the wake of a suicide by a despondent young man named Mohamed Bouazizi. There was something iconic about it, nearly religious, a rallying cry not just for justice to be done in Tunisia, but as a way of its users assuring themselves that none of them were altogether alone. At about 3:00 p.m. (PST), news arrived – via Twitter, of course – that one of the detainees, and a writer for ReadWriteWeb France, Slim Amamou, had been released, along with another detainee, Azyz Ammami.A number of concessions are said to have come from these electronically-amplified protests. Few to none can be considered to be confirmed. The firing of the Tunisian interior minister, Minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem, for allowing the police to use “excessive force.” (Cute phrase for the deaths of dozens of civilians.)The end of web censorship.The promise by prime minster Mohamed Ghannouchi not to run for election again.The promise the police would not allowed to use live ammunition except in self-defense. (At the time of this writing, reports of live firing on civilians were still coming in.)Li Hong has become second online writer to die in detention. Li Hong’s death in Ningbo, China, was the second, after Omid Reza Mir Sayafi‘s death in Iran on March 18, 2009, involving a blogger in prison. Like Omid, Hong’s death was a direct result of untreated medical conditions. Hong had spent three years in prison where treatment for a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was withheld. Like Omid, Hong was tortured to death over a period of years. Shame, China, SHAME!U.S. government to create “verified ID” for the internet. A largely undefined program to create an “identity ecosystem” for verified online identities has been turned over to the Commerce Department. While some find it vaguely unsettling, others believe it to be a safe and useful idea. Court subpoenas Twitter for user info in Wikileaks case. The document demanded data for half a dozen people associated with Wikileaks and its release of war and diplomatic documents. Twitter pushed back at the subpoena, requesting, and receiving, permission to inform the targets of the inquiry what had been asked of them. Russia moves toward national internet. Former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently signed an executive order requiring all Russian governmental organizations and departments to go open source by 2015. Proprietary software – from Microsoft, Google and so on – puts Russia in a state of dependence on a sector that is overwhelmingly American. Russia joins Iran, China and Turkey as nations that have been exploring the possibility of walling off their national internet from the world. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#TWiOT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Bihar-Assam trip for cargo barges kindle post-independence river transport hope

first_imgTwo barges carrying 1,233 tonnes of bagged fly ash from Bihar reached its destination — Guwahati’s Pandu port — on Monday morning to rekindle hope for a transport system that had virtually ended India’s partition in 1947.Around independence, Assam’s per capita income was the highest in the country primarily because of access for its tea, timber, coal and oil industries to seaports via the Brahmaputra and Barak river systems. The scenario changed after the river routes were cut off and rail and road through the Chicken’s Neck, a narrow strip in West Bengal, became costlier alternatives.“This has been one of the biggest voyages in recent history covering 2,085 km from Kahalgaon in Bihar to Pandu in Guwahati. This is basically to demonstrate that the inland waterways, both National Waterway 1, or Ganga and National Waterway 2, that is the Brahmaputra are technically feasible for transportation of loaded barges of 1,500-2,000 tonnes through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route,” Shashi Bhushan Shukna, member (traffic) of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) said.“We request and seek the participation of the industry to use the waterways, which is one of the cheapest modes of transportation and environment-friendly. This is just the beginning, and we hope this pilot movement will give confidence to the industry and the waterways will be used in a much better way,” he said.Long haulThe IWAI officials said the voyage of the barges marked one of the longest hauls in the inland water sector movement in the country. It materialised after IWAI convinced a cement firm in Assam to use waterways for procuring fly ash, used as raw material in cement and brick industry.The cement plant is near Sonapur, about 30 km east of Guwahati.The fly ash bags from National Thermal Power Corporation’s plant were loaded at Kahalgaon on two 1,000-tonne barges on August 30. The vessels crossed over Bangladesh waters on September 11 and entered Assam on September 26. The movement was slowed in Bangladesh due to a heavy current in the river from near Chandpur to upstream Baluchar.Run-ins with fishing boats on Bangladesh waters too were an issue, though Babloo Biswas, the master (captain) of the 10-member crew declined to speak about the ordeal en route.“Fishing boats often blocked the route of the barges, particularly when they inadvertently cut through fishing nets. There were instances when our men were assaulted,” an IWAI official said.Industry interestedBut the officials preferred to look at the brighter side of things. The movement of the barges with fly ashes has evinced confidence and interest in inland waterways and vessel operators as more than 10 such pilot movements have been successfully completed on various national waterways, they said.The IWAI had in July launched a dedicated portal called FOCAL to connect shippers and vessel owners with real-time data on the availability of vessels. Substantial infrastructure development such as multi-modal and inter-modal terminals, roll on-roll off facilities, ferry services, and navigation aids are under way, officials said.last_img read more

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Perlas 1, Ato ni Bai rule BVR Puerto Galera leg

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forum Read Next LeBron gets 30k points, 8k rebounds, 8k assists after Cavs win LATEST STORIES Charo Soriano and Bea Tan went home as the Women’s Division champions for the Puerto Galera leg of the third BVR On TourPerlas 1 and Ato Ni Bai ruled their recent leg of their respective divisions in the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) on Tour Season 3 over the weekend in Puerto Galera.Perlas 1, composed of BVR founders Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, emerged victorious in the women’s division after topping Babylove Barbon and Genesa Eslapor of UST 1, 21-14, 26-24, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Meanwhile, Ato Ni Bai, made up of Jade Bacalado and Calvin Sarte, bested Pemie Bagalay and KR Guzman of Kremie, 21-13, 21-17.After another successful staging of BVR on Tour, Tan said the group is now looking to take beach volleyball to new places.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“BVR has always been frequent in Northern parts of Luzon hitting Cagayan Province, Ilocos, Pangasinan and La Union. This year it is in our plans to expand to other coastal communities of the Philippines specifically Southern Luzon areas, Visayas, and Mindanao,” she said.The winning teams earned P30,000 each while the losing finalists took home P10,000. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

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London Olympics: India wins more medals than Beijing 2008

first_imgRINGSIDE VIEWSome setbacks, some triumphs at London Walk the TalkBefore the Olympics, K.T. Irfan, India’s 20-km walker, had to ask Malayalam star Mohanlal to buy him a pair of shoes for the event.Now that he’s finished 10th in a field of 50, he’s become a star. Kerala Sports Minister K.B.,RINGSIDE VIEWSome setbacks, some triumphs at LondonWalk the TalkBefore the Olympics, K.T. Irfan, India’s 20-km walker, had to ask Malayalam star Mohanlal to buy him a pair of shoes for the event.Now that he’s finished 10th in a field of 50, he’s become a star. Kerala Sports Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar met Irfan in London and appears to have agreed to fund his training expenses from now on. But will he walk the talk?No Excess Baggage A group of officials from the Athletics Federation of India reached London but could not enter the Olympic Stadium. They had to watch the games on LED screens in an open area.”Please tell us what happened to (discus thrower) Krishna Poonia,” said one official. Perhaps they ought to have stayed on in India.Bouts of Joy An Olympic medal has changed everything for boxer M.C. Mary Kom.The bronze medallist’s popularity is at an all-time high in London, with journalists at the main press centre,Excel Arena and even in TV commentary booths raving about her performance.End of the Road Tennis has been a huge letdown for India at the Olympics, considering Leander Paes got the nation its first ever singles medal in 1996 at Atlanta. Some retirements are likely. Mahesh Bhupathi will probably be the first to go. But where is the next generation? By S. KannanIn Bhiwani Junction, a lively account of India’s boxing revolution, Vijender Singh talked about his first reactions being at the Olympic Games in Athens, aged 17. “Yeh hota hai world ka sports… main dang reh gaya (So, this is what global sport is about. I was stunned).”In this athletic panorama, unmatched in scale and significance, both dazzling and daunting, where does India stand? How did we do in London 2012?advertisementComparing India’s medals tally to those stacked above us is neither conclusion or consolation. Comparing India’s performance to Games gone by offers a clue but only if studied with dispassionate assessment.The biggest bonus from London 2012 is that for the first time, India’s challenge extended across several disciplines whose athletes travel with optimism as opposed to the cumbersome baggage of hockey and tennis.London was the first time that Indians had qualified well in time and in large numbers-11 shooters, eight boxers, five weightlifters to name just a random lot of competitors-with reasonable financial support and expertise working for them. India had to win more medals than Beijing 2008. This time instead of wailing over bad luck, vegetarianism and unfortunate genes, India had maths on its side. In Rio 2016, the more the contenders, the more the medals. It’s that simple.If every Games must be treated like a staging post to understand where our sport stands, London is proof that a slow tectonic shift has taken place in India’s Olympic sport.In Sydney 2000, medal prospects had largely been centred around hockey, tennis and women’s weightlifting, with Pullela Gopichand-yes, him, Saina Nehwal’s sagely guru-offering an outside chance at the badminton event. The surprise: Boxer Gurcharan Singh coming within 14 seconds of a semi-final spot, beaten on countback, left weeping on the ring.In Athens 2004, India’s hopes floated around hockey, tennis (again), athletics through long jumper Anju Bobby George and shooting. Three Indian shooters made the finals, Rajyavardhan Rathore won the country’s first silver. The first-mover advantage enjoyed by women’s weightlifting had by then been politicked and doped itself out of contention. The surprise: Archer Satyadev Prasad going toe to toe in the quarter-final against the world No.1, defeated by a single arrow.Saina NehwalIn Beijing 2008, the hockey team didn’t qualify and tennis moved offcentre. The contenders now came from shooting, boxing and badminton. Abhinav Bindra’s gold broke a glass ceiling, Vijender Singh’s bronze opened boxing’s floodgates. The surprise in Beijing came from Sushil Kumar’s repechage wrestling bronze. Nehwal hurt so badly after her quarter-final defeat that she swore to return to the Olympics, a better, stronger, tougher competitor. When she won her quarterfinal against Tine Baun in London, no wonder she tossed aside her racket and just pounded the court with her bare hands.Going into the 2012 Games, along with Nehwal, the shooters, boxers and wrestlers had given themselves the best chance. Once again, three shooters made the final-in a dream Games it would have been five-but two won medals. Of eight boxers, the first to make the medal rounds was its lone woman contestant, M.C. Mary Kom, the gumshield-mom. The performance of six of the seven men must sting or boxing will slide.advertisementThe surprises from London come from race walker K.T. Irfan who broke the national record in the 20km walk, shooter Joydeep Karmakar who finished fourth, badminton braveheart Parupalli Kashyap and discus thrower Vikas Gowda, the first Indian man in an Olympic athletics final after Sriram Singh in 1976 and the first in a men’s field event after Henry Rebello in the 1948 triple jump.Mary KomThe sports where the noise ended up louder than the news were hockey, tennis and archery. The archers say they need a mental trainer, hockey will hold on if its young players can find something to fight for in the World Series Hockey and tennis must first rid itself of the Paes-Bhupathi saga that now looms like those Tom and Jerry cartoon shadows.It is the governors of these sports who must now play a role or their sport will slide out of Olympic significance in India. Of the three, archery must have the most agile response to underachievement, because it stands to lose the most. Hockey will lean on history and tennis will always have its niche following.Until now, India’s genuine athletic performers, particularly those without resources, had zero safety nets. Gursharan abandoned the Army for a professional career in the US, Prasad was quickly forgotten. London has shown Indian Olympic sport that the only way to succeed is to change its old-style game.Pistol shooter Vijay Kumar had been shooting only for nine years before he won silver in his sport’s biggest event. It was a medal won through order and method. Neglect that by displacing genuine athletic achievement from the top of the food chain and a sport only reduces its Olympic relevance in India. In real terms, say, if the bosses in Indian archery do not make winning a medal in Rio their only priority, everyone might as well just toss aside their bows and arrows. As Vijender Singh said, yeh hota hai world ka sports.-The author is senior editor at ESPN cricinfo.last_img read more

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