The accessibility of Ballyshannon’s streets is set to be reviewed to address issues faced by wheelchair users and people with visual impairments.At present, it is not possible to walk from the top of the town to the bottom without having to use steps.Other issues such as the location of disability parking spaces and dropped kerbs have caused problems for people with disabilities in the town, which is largely situated on a hill. While progress has been made to improve paths in recent years, local councillor Barry Sweeny has called for a co-ordinated review of the entire town.He said the idea was met positively by the Roads Engineer of Donegal Municipal District and plans are being made to address issues.Fine Gael’s Cllr Sweeny told Donegal Daily: “If you look back at old heritage photos of Ballyshannon it was all steps. This was reduced over time but there are still problems of accessibility, not only for wheelchair users, but for people with visual impairments and parents with buggies.“There are areas that can be improved, such as to get from the top of the town to the bottom – you can’t do it without steps. “We are looking at one area where it may be possible to eliminate steps.”Cllr Sweeny said that meetings with local wheelchair users have highlighted problems such as parking spaces being located on the wrong side of the road and drop curbs not being in the correct places.After raising the motion at the July sitting of Donegal MD, Cllr Sweeny said the council is exploring plans to do a walkability audit of Ballyshannon.“It would be great to pilot this in Ballyshannon, but it is important in all towns in South Donegal.“A lot of good work has been done by the council in the last two years to improve footpaths in the town, and it would be council practice to ensure these are wheelchair accessible,” Cllr Sweeny said. Cllr Sweeny added that a combination of improved infrastructure and policing of disabled parking areas would improve the town for people with disabilities and for carers.Accessibility problems in Ballyshannon to be reviewed was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:AccessibilityBallyshannoncllr barry sweenydisabled parking
Communities in Lifford and Strabane are being invited to come along to an information meeting on the new Riverine Project in the Old Courthouse in Lifford.The meeting, which is being jointly hosted by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council, will provide the community with further information on the delivery of the €8.96million Riverine Project providing an update on the progress made to date along with a timeline for the development of this iconic project.The Riverine Project was awarded funding by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) under the Peace IV Programme in June this year and will see the creation of a new shared space project that will reach across Lifford and Strabane creating thirty acres of new cross-border community park space and infrastructure. It will encompass a number of unique elements all designed to encourage greater levels of positive cross-community contact including: a pavilion building; outdoor wetland and park space; a family fun space; cross-border pathways and greenways; and a newly constructed pedestrian footbridge connecting the space across the River Foyle.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan believes that the role of the community will continue to be vital as the project is progressed and delivered over the next number of years.He said: “This project is designed to encourage greater levels of positive cross-community contact and I would encourage the community to stay involved and get even more groups and individuals involved to ensure that the needs and aspirations of all sections of the community are captured right from the outset.”Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr. Michaela Boyle added: “This is a truly exciting project and I think it is really important that we acknowledge the vital role played by the community in helping secure €8.96million for the delivery of what will be a transformative shared space. “We want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved. Both Councils acknowledge that the success of being awarded funding for the Riverine Project is due in no small part to the huge support, and contribution of, the many local communities and voluntary groups from all sectors in the Strabane and Lifford area during the application process.”Representatives of all community and voluntary groups are invited to attend this event to ensure that their much-valued views, needs and aspirations for this transformative development for their community are heard.The role of community and voluntary groups in informing the development of the project and the opportunities for participation will also be outlined at the event.The Riverine Community Information event will be held on 5th November at 7pm in the Old Courthouse in Lifford.Council to host information evening on new Riverine Project was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Riverine Project
29 April 2014 South Africa’s Kgothatso “KG” Montjane and Lucas Sithole head into this week’s Airports Company South Africa (Asca) SA Open chasing a home victory after both suffered defeats in their respective finals of the Gauteng Open on Sunday. The country’s leading wheelchair tennis stars celebrated Freedom Day by making it through to their respective quads and women’s singles finals in the Gauteng Open at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni.Finals Montjane put up a stiff fight before falling 4-6 6-2 6-2 to German world number one Sabine Ellerbrock, while Sithole stumbled badly against American world number one David Wagner, going down 6-2 6-1. Despite her defeat, the greater significance of their achievements on a historic Sunday for South Africa was not lost on Montjane.‘How things have changed’ “I always think of what Madiba did for our country and how things have changed. It means a lot that we can live together and I appreciate those who fought for it, delivered it and made peace. Today we can all live together as South Africans because of that,” she said. Sithole, meanwhile, headed straight from the tournament to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to receive the Order of Ikhamanga Bronze from President Jacob Zuma in recognition of his outstanding achievements in wheelchair tennis, which included becoming the first African to win the US Open in 2013.‘Very honoured’ “I’m very honoured to receive this award on Freedom Day. It’s a very special moment for me,” he said. It was another windy day on court in the finals, and the experience of the world number ones proved the key to victory. Montjane looked poised for an upset when she took the first set off Ellerbrock. However, the German, who was nursing an arm injury, brought a more aggressive game to the final two sets.‘I made a lot of mistakes’ “I knew it was going to be a tough match. It was great to take the first set, but Sabine came back hard in the second and I made a lot of mistakes,” Montjane said afterwards. “There are a lot of things to take from this tournament and I’m leaving here with a lot of confidence for next week’s Airports Company South Africa SA Open.” It was an emotional victory for Ellerbrock, who won her first ITF title in South Africa and was also on the winning women’s doubles team in the Gauteng Open. “I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and I’m looking forward to the SA Open. We’ll have two more top 10 players in the draw there, so you’ll need a bit of luck as well,” she said.‘It’s a learning curve’ Sithole was also optimistic about turning the lessons of his defeat into a successful campaign in the Acsa SA Open. “It’s a learning curve for me and I’ve seen what I need to work on for next week’s SA Open,” he reckoned. Wagner, who beat Sithole in the final of the Australian Open in January, but lost to the South African star in the US Open final, will also remain in the country for the SA Open as he goes in search of back-to-back titles.‘It’s worked out so far’ “I’ve had a game plan for these two weeks and it’s worked out so far,” he said. “I obviously want to win the SA Open as well, but most importantly I want to play the best tennis I can every time I get onto the court.” French Open champion and men’s world number two Stephane Houdet will also be chasing back-to-back titles. Houdet won the Gauteng Open men’s singles title with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Japan’s Takashi Sanada and also claimed victory in the doubles. He will be defending the SA Open title at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. SAinfo reporter
The Pimpri-Chinchwad police have booked more than 250 members of the city unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for brandishing weapons in a rally, allegedly staged without permission.A first information report (FIR) under the relevant Sections of the Arms Act was lodged late on Sunday against the VHP members, including a number of girls.According to the police, the rally, ‘Shobha Yatra’, was staged between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday in the Yamunanagar area of Pimpri-Chinchwad and witnessed the participation of a large number of VHP activists.“Four girls were spotted firing air rifles, while five girls were seen holding swords in their hands. Many of the participants were seen brandishing spears, air rifles and staffs. An FIR has been lodged against them as well as top leaders of the State unit of the VHP,” said a Nigdi police station official.No arrests have been made so far and further investigation was on, said the police.The incident comes on the heels of the Bajrang Dal being accused last week of imparting firearm training at a camp in a school in Thane district.
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, held a christening ceremony for a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier, currently under construction for JX Ocean, on March 12.Named Future Ace, the new ship will be the twelfth of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s latest third-generation, 83,000 m3-class LPG carriers.In addition to increased energy-efficiency, the ship will have the capability to adapt flexibly to major LPG terminals worldwide, as well as specifications compatible with the new expanded Panama Canal, the shipbuilder explained.Featuring a length of 230 meters and a width of 36.6 meters, Future Ace is scheduled for completion and delivery for the end of March, 2019.The 48,167 ton vessel was launched on December 27, 2018. It is equipped with the Mitsubishi SOx scrubber system, which complies with the tighter regulations on marine SOx emissions that will come into effect in 2020.Image Courtesy: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed that striker Jamie Vardy will return to action on Saturday against Chelsea.Puel took caution and rested Vardy for the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday after he had played full-time in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.“I hope [Vardy] can be fit for this match and can find his qualities,” Puel told Sky Sports.“With his quality and his aggressiveness, he is a very good player for us. We need Jamie – with his ability, capacity, and character – to give his best.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Of course, it has been difficult for him with injuries and suspensions this season, but he is a valuable player for us and we need Jamie to be at his best for us.”Vardy is Leicester’s top goalscorer this season, with five goals to his name, and will be looking to get on target at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Share Bob Daemmrich: Ted Cruz/Roy Moore campaign/Shelby Knowles: John CornynAlabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, center, flanked by U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (left) and John Cornyn.Texas’ two U.S. senators found themselves under intense pressure Thursday after explosive allegations surfaced that a candidate both men have endorsed pursued underage teenage girls decades ago. The Washington Post is reporting that Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee in an upcoming Senate special election to succeed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, tried to become romantically involved with four girls between the ages of 14 and 18 while he was in his 30s. U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have both endorsed Moore in his bid. Less than an hour after the story broke, senators were called to their chamber for a routine vote and were met with a crush of reporters. Cornyn, the second-ranking GOP senator, called the allegations “deeply disturbing and troubling.” “I think it’s up to the governor and the folks in Alabama to make that decision as far as what the next step is,” he said. Cruz declined to answer questions as he passed reporters. A cascade of other GOP senators — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — told reporters that if the allegations are true, Moore must drop out of the race. Cornyn then returned to reporters. “Obviously, it’s very troubling, but I think people are trying to sort it out and figure out what the appropriate response is, including Sen. [Luther] Strange,” he said, referring to the temporarily-appointed senator whom Moore defeated in the GOP primary.“If it is true… I don’t think this candidacy is sustainable, but we believe in a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and so I think it’s important for the facts to come out.” Cruz is in a particularly complicated political position. Prior to the Washington Post report, Brietbart News had its own pre-emptive story that was highly defensive of Moore. Former White House adviser Steve Bannon runs the website. He recently threatened to challenge every GOP senator in their primaries with the exception of Cruz.
Sal Ardito holds his Bible while looking over the sidewalk memorial in front of the Emanuel AME Church on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, is accused of killing nine people during a Wednesday night Bible study at the church.As the nation remembered the nine lives lost in the Charleston, S.C. church shooting, so did clergy and residents in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.Two prayer vigils were held on June 19, at the Metropolitan AME Church and the African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum. During the vigils mourners remembered the victims, preached togetherness and forgiveness, and discussed topics prevalent in the struggle for African American justice and equality including White supremacy, “Black Lives Matter,” and church bombings.“I am grateful that God’s greatness is not diminished by tragedy,” Rev. Tony Lee, senior pastor of Community of Hope AME Church in Temple Hill, Maryland, said during the prayer vigil. “We pray for the healing of community….We are here from all different views, from all different backgrounds, from all different stations in life believing that the Lord can make a way.”During the vigil, Lee spoke of an experience with a White Uber driver in Charleston. He said the driver told him that something happened in his heart after he heard Christians were killed in church. Lee told the congregation that the driver showed him that “sometimes it takes great pain to bring great healing…[but] God was still in the midst of it all.”Churchgoers prayed for the families of the victims: Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne MiddletonDoctor, 49; Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59.The vigil outside the museum rang a different tune, calling for restitution and justice for the lives lost. “What was on that paper [Bill of Rights],was to stop your struggle, said Eugene Puryear, D.C. Council At-Large candidate. “The war for Black America has not stopped…. We have to change our mindset.”He added, “This is a struggle for Blacks, but also a struggle for human beings.”A poster of the fallen was displayed with each victim pointed to so the crowd would know who they were as their names were called. “How many days will it take when we say we can’t take no more!” Abdul Khadie Muhammad, a member of the Nation of Islam, said.According to Bishop Adrian A. Taylor, Sr. of the Shabbath Commandment Church in Oxen Hill, Maryland, the only way to gain justice was to hurt the pockets of White supremacists. “We need to organize and boycott,” Taylor said.Linda Poulson contributed to this article.