Minister McHugh claims Fianna Fail will scrap key road projects

first_imgFine Gael Minister Joe McHugh has said Fianna Fáil’s climate and environmental policy threatens major road projects like the A5.The Minister for Education and Skills hit out after comments by Deputy Timmy Dooley on the radio this morning in relation to prioritising Government spending away from the national roads programme.This follows on from Fianna Fáil’s support in recent days of a Green Party/Social Democrats motion to delay or cancel key parts of our regional investment under the National Development Plan (NDP). Minister McHugh said: “We now know from the comments and actions of senior Fianna Fáil members that they are looking at taking a swipe at funding for key roads projects given half a chance.“Mirroring the strategy of the Green Party, Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley said today that the national roads programme should be reprioritised. That’s an interesting word.“Fianna Fáil need to tell us which road projects they would like to abandon? I hope for the sake of Donegal, it’s not our much-needed A5 which will begin later this year.“This is a crucial route for those travelling from the north-west towards Dublin, for people living and working in Donegal, for those doing business, for tourism, for hauliers, farmers, fishermen and for regional growth. “And I hope the opposition isn’t thinking of the Bonagee bypass or the EU backed works planned for the N15/N13 Ballyybofey/Stranorlar region; the N56/N13 Letterkenny – Manorcunningham; or the N14 Manorcunningham – Lifford/Strabane link.“Fianna Fáil called for a 2:1 spend on public transport over roads. With Fine Gael in Government we are already spending big on public transport and cycleways, greenways all feature heavily in the NDP and the Climate Action Plan.“But we still need roads and we are committed to continuing the maintenance and improvements of our road network.“We believe there will be 1 million electric vehicles by 2030 and we will need continued investment in roads.“You’d really have to question how serious Fianna Fáil is about major national roads and transport projects. “It is not just about building new roads, it is often about maintaining and improving our current network, like the top-class improvements we made all along the N56 in Donegal and also at the Blue Banks near Letterkenny.“Are Fianna Fáil against improving road safety? Are they against meeting the needs of isolated rural communities? Fianna Fáil need to be clear with the public in relation to their stance on this.“If Fianna Fáil return to Government, which of our crucial road projects are they considering reprioritising,” Minister McHugh asked.Minister McHugh claims Fianna Fail will scrap key road projects was last modified: June 18th, 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:donegalfianna failMinister Joe McHughROADSlast_img read more


Press Release: South Africa hard at work at WEF Davos

first_imgSouth African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will today Wednesday 18 January 2017 lead a senior government, labour and business delegation to the second day of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, is leading Team SA at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. (Image: GCIS, Flickr)Held under the banner, “Responsible and Responsive Leadership,” Team South Africa will share with international delegates how South Africa aims to respond to this theme. The National Development Plan is a key driver of how South Africa will enable the creation of an increasingly equitable and inclusive society.Team South Africa convenes in Davos with a view to positioning South Africa as open for business and a globally competitive destination which is committed to:• Achieving inclusive growth and employment: South Africa at work• Restoring investor confidence• Achieving a more supportive business environment• Actions to support growth and employment• Refining government spending efficiencyParticipants at WEF Davos will grapple with very challenging political and socio-economic issues including changing geopolitics, lowered global economic growth and most importantly, the creation of equitable and inclusive nations. Delegates will strongly deliberate on how to respond to the message being communicated by citizens worldwide in that they are increasingly looking to access opportunities for growth and development.Today, the Deputy President will address a session entitled Coalition for African Research and Innovation, lead Team South Africa to the Business Interaction Working Group where South Africa will be positioned as an investment destination of choice, and participate in a discussion, Africa’s Road to Prosperity.Day three will see Deputy President Ramaphosa participate in an Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders looking at Responsive and Responsible Leadership in a multipolar world.On Tuesday, the Deputy President attended the opening plenary session of the World Economic Forum being chaired by Professor Klaus Schwab and addressed sessions on Powering Africa; Operationalisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Unlocking the Power of Public Private Co-operation.Team South Africa will engage in a range of bilateral discussions in Davos while also participating in sessions organised by the World Economic Forum.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


Mushwana looks to positively impact society

first_imgPlay Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana says he has always had the desire to make a long-term impact on society which will leave a lasting legacy. The founder of the Dental Marathon makes sure that all schoolchildren in the Free State learn about oral health.Thobile Mushwana is the founder of the Dental Marathon. (Image: Melissa Javan)Bloemfontein based, Play Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dental Marathon, an organisation that aims to raise awareness and funds for oral health care and education in Africa.Dental Marathon was established in 2010 and has had an immensely positive impact since then. More than 180,000 schoolchildren benefit from the Dental Marathon initiative in Thobile’s hometown of Bloemfontein alone. This success necessitated the establishment of a global campaign to garner widespread reach of the impact.Thobile says he has always had the desire to play his part and make a long-term impact on society that will leave a lasting legacy. It is with this passion and aspiration to be an active citizen and contribute positively to society that Thobile led Dental Marathon, its sponsors and volunteers on a mission to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania on 3 June 2017.The Dental Marathon team hopes to raise R10 million to build a Dental Marathon House in Bloemfontein, which will offer free oral healthcare and education for children as well as set up two mobile clinics that will travel throughout South Africa.Following these initial plans, the organisation hopes to establish a house in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. Once these are complete, the Dental Marathon team has their eye on building houses across the continent.You can follow @ThobileMushwana on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more


Prince Harry’s royal tour of South Africa and Lesotho

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry is on a tour of South Africa, following a visit to Lesotho. He has presented Archbishop Desmond Tutu with an honour in Cape Town, visited a youth centre, and played in a polo match. He will also go to the Kruger National Park, and spend a day each in Durban and Joburg. Prince Harry visits the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation on 30 November 2015. (Image: The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Twitter) • Royal boost for conservation in Africa • Disabled South Africans: know your rights – Infographic • Global role for Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim  • From page to canvas: Broken Monsters charity art show • Former child soldier turns his story into a graphic novel Priya PitamberPlaying soccer with youngsters, visiting a children’s centre, playing in a polo match and honouring the conscience of a nation, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu – it’s all in a day’s work for Britain’s Prince Harry during his visit to Lesotho and South Africa.The British royal presented Tutu with the insignia of an honorary member of the Order of the Companions of Honour on 30 November on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, his grandmother. “The queen has made this appointment in recognition of his services to UK communities, and international peace and reconciliation,” said Kensington Palace.The prince presented the honour when he met the Arch at the offices of The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town.Tutu was moved and humbled by the gesture. “I have been very deeply touched,” he told Channel 24. “When you stand out in a crowd it’s only because you are carried on the shoulders of others. Without them I would be nothing. This is their award as much as it is mine.”Prince Harry presented the #CompanionofHonour when he met @TheDesmondTutu today at the offices of @TutuLegacy — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 30, 2015While at the foundation, the prince also learnt more about Tutu’s efforts in peace building, conflict resolution, development and human rights, as well as about the work of the foundation. In particular, he heard about its efforts to support disadvantaged young people to access the work place.According to Kensington Palace, the Order of the Companions of Honour was instituted in 1917 by King George V. “It is conferred on people for recognised services of national importance, for a pre-eminent and sustained contribution in the arts, science, medicine or government.”Previous recipients include painter Lucian Freud, Professor Stephen Hawking, naturalist Sir David Attenborough, painter David Hockney, historian Dr Eric Hobsbawm, and politicians Sir John Major and Lord Patten of Barnes.Later that day, Harry visited the Ottery Youth Centre, where troubled youngsters are rehabilitated. “The centre provides rehabilitative care and education to young boys between the ages of 12 and 18 years who more often than not come from broken homes,” Kensington Palace said.Children at the centre gave him a wood carving of his mother, the late Princess Diana.Prince Harry was given a wood carving created for him by the children at Ottery in their wood craft workshops — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 30, 2015His last stop for the day was the Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha. It uses soccer to engage with young people on social issues such as gender equality and HIV/Aids awareness.“The prince joined the coaches in practical football and life skills sessions on the pitch, including, on the eve of World Aids Day, a SKILLZ for HIV awareness activity,” the palace said. “It was a meaningful and memorable experience for Prince Harry, giving him the chance to meet young people in the heart of the township where they live.”Video: Prince Harry larks around with some of the Football For Hope youngsters #RoyalVisitSA — Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) November 30, 2015Prince Harry’s other engagements in South Africa have included playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup at Val de Vie in Paarl. In Lesotho he attended the official opening of the new Mamohato Children’s Centre at Thaba Bosiu; he also visited Prime Minster Dr Pakalitha Bethuel Mosili and King Letsie III.He was in Durban on 1 December and will go to the Kruger National Park on 2 December and Johannesburg on 3 December.last_img read more


Military Consumer Protection Month: Tech Support Scams

first_imgFrom the Federal Trade Commission Tech support scammers want you to believe you have a serious problem with your computer, like a virus. They want you to pay for services you don’t need to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. They often ask you to pay by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, prepaid card, or cash reload card, or using a money transfer app, because they know those types of payments can be hard to reverse.Courtesy of FTC/Military Consumer Protection MonthIf you’re looking for tech support, go to a company you know and trust, or get help from a knowledgeable friend or family member. If you search online for help, search on the company name plus “scam,” “review,” or “complaint.”If you get a phone call you didn’t expect from someone who says there’s a problem with your computer, hang up.Never call a number in a pop-up that warns you of computer problems. Real security warnings will never ask you to call a phone number.If you spot a tech support scam, tell the Federal Trade Commission: Check out this article or this video about how to avoid tech support scams.For more information on protecting your online identity, attend our webinar today, July 30 at 11 a.m. ET. Federal Trade Commission Attorney Carol Kando-Pineda will discuss ways to protect your smart devices and your identity while conducing business on the internet. CEUs are available for Accredited Financial Counselors and Certified Personal Finance Counselors. RSVP here.last_img read more


Shimla landslip buries 8 vehicles

first_imgEight vehicles were buried while three houses and a temple were damaged in a massive landslip triggered by heavy rains near Dhalli area in the suburbs of Shimla, officials said.No loss of life was reported, they said adding that 15 families had been shifted to safer places as several houses on a hill top were endangered.The Dhalli-Shoghi road was blocked and hundreds of trucks loaded with apples and headed to the Bhattakufar Subzi Mandi, three km from the spot, were stranded.Videos of the incident, which showed a heap of rubble falling on the road, brushing away some vehicles while trapping others, went viral.Heavy machinery had been deployed to clear the road, Shimla Deputy Commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur said.Heavy rains triggered landslips in some interior areas also but there was no major disruption.Paonta Sahib and Nahan received 137 mm rain, followed by Naina Devi 118 mm, Jhandutta 85 mm, Kheri 58 mm, Mehre 51mm, Berthin 49 mm, Kahu 39 mm, Pachhad 38 mm, Solan 37 mm, Dalhousie and Shimla 33 mm, Jubbar Hatti and Una 24 mm, Kufri and Ghumarwin 20 mm.The local MeT office predicted a wet spell in the region for the next six days.last_img read more


‘Orange’ alert for Andaman due to cyclone ‘Pabuk’

first_imgThe Centre has sounded an “Orange” alert for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which is facing a cyclonic storm, officials said on Sunday.Cyclonic storm “Pabuk” is approaching the archipelago and currently hovering over the Andaman sea and the neighbourhood, they added.An “Orange” warning had been issued for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a home ministry official said, quoting from a weather bulletin. An “orange” weather warning means people should “be prepared” and there is an increased likelihood of bad or extreme weather, which may disrupt road and air travel and threaten life and property.“Pabuk” is now over the Andaman sea and its neighbourhood and it has moved north-northwestwards at a speed of 20 kmph in the last six hours. It lays centred near latitude 11.0degrees North and longitude 95.5degrees East, about 310 km east-southeast of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The cyclonic storm is very likely to continue to move north-northwestwards and cross the Andaman islands by Sunday night with a wind speed of 65-75 kmph, gusting to 85 kmph, the official said. Thereafter, it is very likely to move north-northwestwards and then recurve north-eastwards, towards the Myanmar coast, and weaken gradually thereafter, he added, quoting from the bulletin.last_img read more