DD Motoring: Road wars in Letterkenny

first_imgNine minutes to home, it said, No delays it said, happy days I thought as I fired up the ignition, turned up the radio and headed on my way.Nine minutes later I still haven’t even got out of the carpark waiting for someone to let someone out in the line of traffic in front of me.“You’re some craic, Google.” -What planet are you getting your traffic information from, because its not the same town that I’m sitting in. Advertisement By Brian McDaidThere is one question on everyone’s lips in Letterkenny these last few days, why has the traffic got so bad? And that comment is even coming from people that are used with the usual traffic jams in the cathedral town.If it was Dublin it would be just like closing down the M50 completely and expecting the city to put up with it.That’s what the Glencar Road now feels like to Letterkenny. Advertisement The Glencar Rd which will remain completely closed until the work in that section of the new sewerage system is completed. Photo Brian McDaid.Closed down completely over the last few weeks as part of the ongoing upgrading of the town sewage system.It has the people that live in Letterkenny and those who have to commute in and out of the town at breaking point.Every morning and evening it’s easy to spend up to an hour in your car in the traffic as everything is funnelled through an ever-narrowing bottleneck.Motorists’ that normally used the Glencar Road to avoid the traffic jams in the other parts of Letterkenny have nowhere to go now.Schools out This is the only time that this upgrade can be done in the Glencar area because of the school traffic in this location from the three primary and two secondary schools which are now on their summer holidays, but the silent damage that these road closures are doing could be the final straw for small businesses in Letterkenny.Since the closure of the Glencar Rd that side of Letterkenny has completely gone silent.Traffic jams into the hospital roundabout which has bother dealing with the increased flow since the Glencar Rd has closed. Photo Brian McDaid.Even the diversion down the New Line Road has traffic jams backed up to Burma heading up into the hospital roundabout, which now is the only way to exit Letterkenny from that side of town for traffic heading for Kilmacrennan, Cresslough and Dunfanaghy areas.Not on the map Inputting this motoring column together this week, I thought I would call on the services of AA Road Watch to see what they could tell me about road closures or delays in Letterkenny and what effect it was having on the traffic in the town.So AA’s first report from Donegal showed some delays on the N13 on the Newtowncunnnghman side of Manorcunningham.On the road works section for Donegal, it also indicated rolling roadworks on the N13 from the Dry arch and Manorcunningham.Even under the Events section for Donegal, it mentioned the Mary from Dungloe Festival with road closures in place to facilitate the festival and that traffic could avoid the town by taking the N56.A view of the Pearce Rd in Letterkenny which is now jammed to capacity as traffic has moved to this side of the town. Photo Brian McDaid.After two full scrolls through every road work in Ireland, I still could not find a mention of any delays in Letterkenny on Irelands service provider the AA road watch traffic information website, not a word about how long it might take you to get out of Letterkenny this evening.Maybe it’s because we have had that many disruptions that even AA road watch has given up on us up here.So, if you were a visitor coming to Letterkenny for the first time, your AA road watch map would tell you nothing about the possible delays until you landed right in the middle of the jam.Roads warsSomeone jested this week that skittles and even the old game kerby could be played along the roadway as it was played years ago as part of the Folk Festival in the coming weeks such is the quietness of the Glencar Road since they closed it down. Or even the old nearby cockpit, which is now a carpark could be reopened where many the difference was sorted out with fists or before that spurs.But in the real world, most of the battles are now played out behind the wheel of your car trying to get from A to B in the town, no one giving an inch and if you do see a gap in the traffic make sure that you make no eye contact as you dart into the line and hope you’ll make it.Even after this rant about all the traffic problems that Letterkenny is faced with, it still is my hometown and most of the time I’m still proud to be from here.I have included a photo of an old Letterkenny road sign still along the roadside on the way into Letterkenny along the Old Lifford Rd, which bring back great memories of growing up in Letterkenny and arriving back to the town after a journey.An old classic road sign on the old Lifford road into Letterkenny this week (complete with a. Beautiful Border Collie), always a great sight to see on the way home. Photo Brian McDaidI’m worried what the long term effect of all these disruptions will have on Letterkenny and how many people have just had enough and are going somewhere else to do their business.A not so happy motorist.DD Motoring: Road wars in Letterkenny was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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

VW opens three new training centres

first_img8 June 2009Volkswagen South Africa has opened three new state-of-the-art production training centres as part of the Production Academy at its Uitenhage plant, as the automaker intensifies its efforts to establish itself as a learning organisation.In 2006, the company made a commitment to spend more than R400-million on training and skills development between now and 2010, a move that is seen as key to improving customer service, market leadership, global cost competitiveness and quality and schedule adherence amongst others.Volkswagen South Africa MD David Powels explained that the company’s intentions on becoming the benchmark auto manufacturer in the country and a competitive global player depended on the skills development of its employees.“The reality is that the critical skills required to carry out this plan are scarce in South Africa,” he said in a statement last month. “We have intensified our efforts to develop these skills within our own people and embed a culture of continuous learning within the organisation.”He pointed out that through improving itself, the company would secure its future as a vehicle manufacturer with over 5 000 employees in the country.Five academiesFive training academies have been implemented, namely production, leadership, technical, commercial and sales and marketing.“This is the route taken by an employee to build his or her knowledge progressively through a range of blended learning activities, which include workshops, simulated exercises, e-learning and on-the-job training,” Powels explained.The majority of the training modules are aligned to South African Qualifications Authority requirements, ensuring that skills gained provide employees with some form of a nationally recognised qualification, or credits towards the qualification.E-learningEach and every Volkswagen employee, from shop floor to executive level, will soon be able to access training online when e-learning – currently in a pilot phase – is rolled out to the rest of the organisation.“In addition to providing a secure medium of measurement, e-learning allows employees to complete online modules, view their personalised learner path and book workshops from any computer with internet access 24/7,” Powels added.The sales and marketing and commercial academies are geared toward achieving key business goals by equipping support staff with the knowledge and skills they need to deliver to this strategy.The leadership academy supports people in executive roles to develop their leadership skills and competencies in line with the Volkswagen SA leadership brand, and also assesses employees for leadership potential, as well as for functional roles within the company“These five academies will create a learning environment which is vibrant, active and dynamic; in which all employees can learn and grow, and contribute towards Volkswagen South Africa achieving its aim of becoming a true learning organisation,” Powels said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA hockey men clinch place at Olympics

first_imgIt was agony for the few South African supporters at the ground as the seconds crawled by, but finally it was over and SA had booked the last ticket to London. The South Africa men’s hockey team qualified for the Olympic Games on Sunday, claiming the last hockey ticket for London by beating host nation Japan 2-1 in the final of a qualifying tournament in Kakamigahara. The victory means that the men will join the women’s team at the Olympics after the women clinched their place by winning the Olympic Qualifier in New Delhi in February. Soon after the changeover South Africa had two excellent opportunities to turn possession into goal shots, but the final passes went astray and a breakout from deep saw Japan striker Kenta Tanaka come agonisingly close to opening the scoring. Clark had previously been part of the South Africa’s team that qualified for the 2000 Olympics, but was subsequently barred from competing by Nocsa, the country’s Olympic body at the time, without being given a further qualifying opportunity like his team this year. A dazzling piece of stickworkSeconds later striker McDade, at 31 the “old man” of the side, found space on the right and opened the scoring after a dazzling piece of stickwork in close confines that wrong-footed the keeper before he was able to tap the ball into the net. Gloved awayThe sheer pace of Lloyd “Chuck” Norris-Jones earned South Africa their first penalty corner with exactly five minutes to go to the break and a variation to the third castle saw Andrew Cronje win another. SA went back to the more regular double castle and Justin Reid-Ross’s drag-flick was gloved away by the keeper. “I am elated and chuffed for the players. Winning this final is a very satisfying achievement,” said coach Gregg Clark after the final. With 16 minutes to the final whistle Japan was still in it as their lightning-quick forwards are capable of scoring two or three goals in no time, but the SA tackling continued in impeccable vein, and Ian Haley’s chance to make it three was then thwarted by the in-form Nagaoka. After patient build-up, striker Marvin Harper got in the first shot of the final in the third minute, but Japan’s goalkeeper Shunsuke Nagoya saved well. At the other end, Rassie Pieterse timed his advance perfectly to block Hiroki Sakamoto’s shot. Towards half-time Japan pressed hard, but the threat was negated and Tim Drummond forced a top quality low save to goalkeeper Nagaoka’s right once the momentum shifted. 7 May 2012 Midway through the opening stanza, Lloyd Madsen’s long ball down the right found Julian Hykes, whose strong cross let Wade Paton in for a snap shot that went just wide. “In our life cycle as a team, we are still learning how to handle games where a team comes hard at us and puts us under a lot pressure as, due to financial constraints, we play so few matches and spend so little time together compared to other teams,” he continued. Gentles awarded Japan a penalty corner, but South African captain Austin Smith opted to use his team’s one video referral and the choice was wise. With just 98 seconds remaining Japan subbed their goalkeeper with a field player and Pieterse made a brilliant save shortly thereafter. South Africa lost another defender when Jonty Robinson, the first wave runner, was adjudged to have broken too early, but the danger turned into opportunity on the counter-attack after the penalty corner was brilliantly defended and a few plays later Norris-Jones made it 2-0 with a clinical finish. With 20 minutes left, South Africa had a chance to go two goals clear but somehow Japan emerged intact from the goalmouth scramble and at the other end the hosts won their second penalty corner when Gentles ruled South Africa had infringed in the 23m area. SAinfo reporter ‘We will get better’Assessing his charges’ performance in the final, Clark said: “We did get a few things wrong, but the guys will learn from it. We will get better. A four-man move some time later led to some tense moments, but the outstanding Pieterse was on hand to block the Japanese offensive. Japanese replyHowever, Japan got their third penalty corner a few plays later, then a fourth, and a fifth. South Africa survived and Pieterse then made a great save from field play, but after sustained pressure Japan’s Kenji Kitazato pulled one back with six minutes left on the clock with a shot across the goalie. SavedUmpires David Gentles (Australia) and Jed Curran (Scotland) are experienced in these high-pressure matches and the teams were in good hands, but in the 11th minute Japan were awarded a penalty corner that South Africa disputed. The decision stood as SA opted not to use their one video referral allowed, and Pieterse saved to his right from Katsuyoshi Nagasawa. After a goalless first half a a stunning field goal from Thornton McDade, plus a coolly taken effort by Lloyd Norris-Jones proved the difference in an emotion-charged title match, while a late goal from Kenji Kitazato for Japan made for a tension-filled finish as the hosts piled on the pressure. “We came through strong. The character in this team is strong. We wanted it really badly and there were loads and loads of things we did really well that made the difference in the end.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material With three minutes left McDade broke free and fed Norris-Jones, whose shot was saved by the advancing Nagaoka.last_img read more

Ohio hurricane relief efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This is not a comprehensive list, but here are some options for those wanting to help those dealing with hurricane damage.CPS semi load from Mt. Gilead (Sept. 11)In response to the devastating floods in Texas, Crop Production Services in Edison and Mt. Sterling, along with Jim Bartlett of Morrow County, are partnering up to send much needed supplies to Houston.Crop Production Services – Mt. Sterling Distribution will be taking a semi load of supplies directly to Houston by Sept. 11 and is currently looking for donations to help fill up the truck.“I couldn’t imagine going through what the folks of Texas are going through right now so I am asking you to please donate and show the Texas folks that Central Ohio cares, said Brandon Nace, Crop Production Services facility manager. “Thank you for your attention to this and any donations that you can provide.”A CPS semi-trailer will be parked in the Drug Mart parking lot next to Kroger’s in Mt. Gilead through Monday Sept.  11. The load will be taken directly to the Northside Christian church in Spring, Texas.Supplies needed include: baby formula, diapers, nonperishable food, bottled water, soap/ shampoo, tooth paste/ tooth brushes, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, new underwear and socks, new bedding, toilet paper, paper towels, and school supplies.Texas Farm Bureau ag assistanceThe Texas Farm Bureau has established a relief fund to address the agricultural losses inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. The category four storm struck Texas with a vengeance, flooding Texas farm communities, small towns and major cities. Those farm and ranch families are now left facing overwhelming odds following high winds and unprecedented rainfall. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation: http://texasfarmbureau.org/texas-farm-bureau-hurricane-harvey-relief-effort/last_img read more

U.P. madrasas asked to videograph Independence Day celebrations

first_imgUttar Pradesh’s madrasas have been asked to photograph and videograph Independence Day celebrations this year.While madrasas have criticised the order, calling it an attempt to test the patriotism of Muslims, government officials claimed that the move was only to document the best programmes held in madrasas on August 15. The controversy was triggered by a circular issued by the Madrasa Shiksha Parishad (MSP), the board that deals with examinations in madrasas, on August 3. The document laid out elaborate directions on how Independence Day celebrations should be conducted in madrasas.The circular was issued to the deputy directors (minority welfare) and district minority welfare officers, who would then ensure the implementation of the order. In directing madrasas to conduct “photography and videography” of the programmes, the MSP has argued that it was to identify the “best programmes” so that they could be “replicated”.Madrasas have accused the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government of attempting to test the patriotism of Muslims. Mahtab Amrohi, manager of the Mehraj-ul-Uloom madrasa in Amroha, said the government’s monitoring was aimed at “creating suspicion” about Muslims. Not only did madrasas have a tradition of singing the national anthem on August 15, even on other days of the year, daily proceedings at his institution began only after the singing of the anthem, he said. Heads of madrasas also questioned why the government had not issued similar orders to other institutions run by the State, and to other religious communities.Suhebur Rehman, the Allahabad-based convener of the All-India United Ulema Forum, said the BJP government was “targeting Muslims” by asking them to produce “proof” of their patriotism.”Have they sent a similar notice to Sanskrit schools, municipalities, schools, colleges and other institutions? Why are they examining the patriotism only of Muslims,” asked Mr. Rehman.Government officials defended the circular. “The order was issued with a good intention. It clearly says that the videography is for the purpose of promoting good programmes,” said Rahul Gupta, registrar, Madrasa Shiksha Parishad, who issued the order.He dismissed the idea that the circular was to test patriotism in madrasas. “Not at all. We have defined each and every step. In fact, we don’t mind if there are anomalies or discrepancies in following the directions,” Mr. Gupta said.last_img read more

Sania, Somdev breeze into quarter-finals; Rohan faces defeat

first_imgSania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman had an easy outing in the second round of the singles on Wednesday as they beat lesser-known opponents to proceed to the quarter finals. But there was bad news for the Indian fans as Rohan Bopanna lost to Australian Peter Luczak.Sania Mirza, who got a bye in the first round, defeated Cook Islands’ Brittany Teei 6-0, 6-2. Sania went for the kill from the start itself. Her dominance could be gauged from the first set, which she won in just 20 minutes after breaking Brittany’s first two serves. Sania was exceptionally impressive with her forehands. In the second set, too, Sania took a 4-0 lead. The set looked poised for the same scoreline as the first but Brittany tried to make a comeback. She took away two games back to back with brilliant back hands and close net play. But Sania lapped up the next two games to ensure that things don’t go otherwise.”I am very happy to win this match as this was my first singles match after quite a time in India,” Sania said. “But I need to be focused as anything can happen in tennis. Like in the second set I lost my concentration for a moment and gifted a couple of games to my opponent.” Sania said a wrist injury that had been her constant worry was “no problem and that it was “holding up” well. Later in the day, she paired up with Rushmi Chakravarthi to proceed to the women’s doubles semi-final by defeating Scotland’s Mhairi Brown and Jocelyn Rae 6-1, 7-6. Rushmi, in turn, won her singles match, too, against third seed Katie O’Brien of England 1-6, 7-6, 7-5.advertisementIn the men’s singles, Somdev Devvarman made a short work of his Sri Lankan opponent Amresh Jayawickreme by wrapping up the match in less than an hour with a score of 6-0, 6-1. In his first-round match, Somdev stumbled a bit initially, but on Wednesday it seemed he was out to prove his mettle. Devvarman’s fast moves smothered Jayawickreme’s challenge. The Sri Lankan could do nothing as Somdev raced to win the first set in 19 minutes. It never really looked like Wickreme could make a comeback but he clinched the first game of the second set. But again, Somdev proved too good for the Lankan as he grabbed the next six games to take the set 6-1.”I think I played better tennis than yesterday but still there are more matches and I need to keep up the form,” Somdev said after the match. In the third match of the day, Rohan Bopanna, whose Davis cup win had raised expectations, went down to Peter Luczak 2-6, 6-7(5). In the last match of the day, though, Bopanna and Somdev beat Scotland’s Jamie Murray and Colin Fleming 6-3, 6-1 to enter the men’s doubles quarter finals. In the other women’s singles match, Poojashree Venkatesh was beaten by Heather Watson of Guernsey 7-6, 6-3.last_img read more