Letterkenny businesses call for roadworks to stop as jobs threatened

first_imgBusinesses in Letterkenny have called on Irish Water to suspend works at the Lower Main Street as a number of job losses are threatened because of the disruption being caused.In a letter released through the Letterkenny Chamber, businesses say an alternative to the current works must be found.Businesses say they met with Irish Water and Donegal County Council officials to allay their fears but nothing was nothing to ease their worries. In recent weeks traffic in the area has been so bad that people have been voting with their feet and staying away from some parts of the town.Some businesses report a downturn of up to 30% in overall trade.A spokesman for the businesses said “Quite simply, the current works programme is unacceptable.”The following is the letter released this morning by the Letterkenny Chamber explaining the position of businesses. On 3rd December 2018, local businesses, supported by the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, engaged in discussions with Irish Water, Donegal County Council and the project contractor Cleantech. At that meeting, we sought clarification on the works and the schedule for same.On 21st February 2019, some 11 weeks prior to commencement of works, we made the following proposals to Irish Water:1. To put a left turn in place at the junction affected by the works. This would negate the need for a diversion and avoid additional congestion on Pearse road and Main Street;2. To ensure that the traffic management plan included full daytime cover on all necessary junctions on Pearse road, Main Street, and in the Old Town area and have provision to deal with unexpected spikes in traffic;3. To employ a works plan that allows for additional teams to carry out works in the evenings and at the weekends to shorten the length of the 21 week project considerably; 4. To carry out the daytime works on the dual carriageway from the Dry Arch roundabout to the Polestar roundabout at a different time to these works.In response, Irish Water stated that:• They would explore our proposals;• That a left turn was not an option;• That the Dry Arch to Polestar works would not have a significant impact on Letterkenny;• That they would take immediate action if any issues arose during the works.We again met with the contract parties on 11th April 2019 and we were disheartened to learn that no formal review of our proposals was carried out.We reiterated our concerns and told Irish Water and Donegal County Council that the current plan will cause severe traffic issues and lead to significant damage to business and loss of jobs. We again met on 2nd May 2019 and again asked them to take our proposals on board and implement them. It became obvious, however, after one week that the works were having a significant impact on Letterkenny.• We immediately contacted Irish Water and Donegal County Council to voice our concerns;• We then issued a letter on 24th May 2019 calling for the works to cease until an appropriate solution is found;• We contacted An Garda Síochana immediately and they offered to assist with traffic management and we are thankful for their ongoing commitment to provide necessary resources.At a meeting with Irish Water and Donegal County Council on Thursday 6th June, some two weeks after our letter request, we were informed that:• They were considering our proposals and would revert within a few days. This is despite the fact that we made the proposals 16 weeks prior to this meeting;• They believe traffic flow has improved – we have told them that this is because traffic numbers have decreased significantly.We note that as of today, 12th June 2019, neither Irish Water nor Donegal County Council have proposed any solutions and they have refused to suspend the works until one if found. At present:• Businesses, across Letterkenny, are suffering losses of up to 30%;• Businesses cannot sustain this level of loss and job losses are likely unless a solution is found;• We have proposed the only real solution to the issue and it has been ignored to date.We are once again calling on Irish Water, Donegal County Council and Cleantech to agree to:• Suspend the works with immediate effect;• Take the time needed to find an appropriate solution.The spokesman added “Finally, we would like to remind everyone that Letterkenny is open for business and your support is crucial. At peak times, allow a little extra time and please continue to support local business and jobs.”Letterkenny businesses call for roadworks to stop as jobs threatened was last modified: June 14th, 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:ChamberDelaysdonegalIrish Waterjobsletterkennyroadworkslast_img read more

Wealdstone bring in Reading defender on loan

first_imgWealdstone have signed defender Jake Sheppard on loan from Reading.The 20-year-old attacking right-back is available to make his debut in Saturday’s FA Trophy semi-final first leg at Brackley Town.Sheppard, who was born in Chertsey, is a Scotland Under-21 international and has previously been on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge.He made 10 appearances for the Daggers in the National League, scoring two goals.See also:Cardiff sign defender Brown from WealdstoneShrewsbury sign Eisa from WealdstoneStones complete signing of striker Bubb Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Vice Presidential Candidates: You Have a Choice

first_imgWhen it comes to feelings about creation vs evolution between the American vice-presidential candidates, voters will have a clear choice.    Reporters are digging for information on the surprise Republican nominee, Alaska governor Sarah Palin.  Answers in Genesis collected statements from the press about her position on the teaching of evolution in public schools.  She indicated support for teaching both sides if the debate comes up in class, but not mandating the teaching of intelligent design.  As for her personal position, she stated clearly, “I believe we have a creator.”  AIG did not consider any of these strong indicators of a Biblical creationist position, but at least one that tolerates openness in the public debate.  Massimo Pigliucci though, commenting on this at Live Science, considered Palin’s stance on science education “worrisome.”  He asserted that “creationism is simply not even in the ballpark of the best ideas ever produced by humanity.”  (Presumably, he considers evolution as a top contender.)    The situation is very different on the Democratic side.  According to Bill Sammon at Fox News, Joe Biden gave reporters an earful when asked about creationism.  “Biden … used unusually strong language to ridicule those who believe in creationism or intelligent design,” Sammon said.  Biden exclaimed, “I refuse to believe the majority of people believe this malarkey!”If Biden wants to attract votes, it doesn’t seem politic to alienate the majority of people.  Diplomacy does not seem to be his strong point.    A hot-headed vituperant responded to Sammon’s article with this gem of reasoning: “I also use strong language to ridicule the creationist idiots who still believe in intelligent design MAGIC in the 21st century.  Nobody is more uneducated, gullible, and just plain stupid than the creationists.”    Here’s a suggestion on how to respond to this kind of pronouncement when you encounter a self-made philosopher.  Use the J. P. Moreland approach.  Listen patiently while the vituperant blows his credibility, then look him or her in the eye, and calmly but firmly ask, “Excuse me sir/madam, do you have an argument?” After a short pause for the quizzical look, continue, “because I’m waiting for one.  If you have a point to make, make it.”    Get the vituperant on the defensive to make a rational argument based on evidence.  (This assumes you have been setting a good example.)  If the combatant takes the challenge and states a proposition, good.  That can be debated, using evidence and logic.  Don’t put up, though, with ridicule.  Stand up to it.  Demand respectful, rational dialogue, and maybe you will win mutual respect.  If he or she storms off muttering, then – well, you’ve won something else: the whole shootin’ match.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Survey Says Facebook Users Most Irked by Dating Ads

first_imgTags:#advertising#Facebook#NYT#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification chris cameron A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit A survey conducted by the blog Inside Facebook has uncovered some interesting statistics about advertisements on the popular social networking site and how users react to them. Surprisingly, according to the results of the survey, the majority of Facebook users either like or are neutral about the presence of ads on the site, as only 40.3% said they dislike the ads. What did these users say are the most disliked products advertised on the site? Online dating services.When Inside Facebook asked users which product they least like seeing ads for on Facebook, respondents chose online dating sites nearly twice as often as any other type of ad. At 46%, online dating sites were the far-and-away leader above educational and job ads, at 24.6%, games at 13.5%, and movies and TV shows at 8.7%. The most acceptable category of ads among those that dislike the ads were food and beverage ads; just over 7% disliked them the most. Related Posts While it’s surprising that dating services are the most detested among Facebook ads, it does make sense. Dating ads can tend to be some of the most transparent of advertisements online, especially on a site like Facebook, which has info about your sexual preference, age and location, depending on privacy settings. Though the ads are trying to create a personalized experience, when users see ads for meeting singles in their town within their age range, the ads seem intrusive and creepy.There also may be a correlation between how users approach Facebook and their distaste for dating site advertisements. From my personal experience with online dating and matchmaking sites, I can attest that your activity on the site is not something you tend to share with many of your friends. With Facebook’s recent concerns over privacy, users may be afraid to associate their online dating activities with their personal social graph on Facebook.The survey by Inside Facebook also found that advertisements that linked to sites outside of Facebook were less liked by respondents. Nearly two-thirds said they dislike ads for outside links the most as opposed to links to Facebook fan pages or events. An advertisement for Coca-Cola, for example, is preferred when it is an add for Coca-Cola’s fan page, not for an outside site run by the company. Perhaps dating sites need to advertise their fan pages, but something tells me that wouldn’t go over well either.last_img read more

Dow’s sponsorship for London Olympics sparks outrage

first_imgThe London Olympics organisers’ move to name controversial Dow Chemical Company “with the blood of Bhopal on its hands” as a sponsor of the 2012 Games has sparked outrage amongst campaigners fighting for justice. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has announced that Dow Chemical would fund a “spectacular” seven million pounds artwork “wrap” around the stadium throughout next year’s Games, the Express.co.uk reported. The decision has outraged campaigners fighting for up to 5,000 people who died in devastating chemical leak in Bhopal in 1984, the report said. Dow Chemical bought Union Carbide Corporation, whose former Indian subsidiary ran the doomed plant, in 2001. The company, embroiled in a compensation wrangle over Bhopal, said the $470 million compensation settlement reached by Union Carbide in 1989 was final. On average the families of those who died received roughly 1,400 pounds. It has insisted it is not liable and has refused to pay more or to clear toxic waste from the site.Slamming the company, victims’ campaigners say children are still being born maimed because of poisons that continue to pollute the city’s groundwater. They are backing a number of criminal and civil court cases against Union Carbide. “Our terrible legacy is by no means over. Our children are still suffering,” the report quoted them as saying. They are also urging widespread protests, including a “Bhopal Olympics” involving disabled children. The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make a formal complaint to his British counterpart David Cameron. “By dealing with a corporation like Dow, which has the blood of Bhopal on its hands, the reputation of the London Games and its legacy will be tarnished,” spokeswoman Rachna Dhingra said.  Aslam against Dow’s association with 2012 London Olympics Former Hockey Olympian Aslam Sher Khan on Monday urged the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Sports Ministry to convince the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to cancel the Dow Chemicals deal of sponsoring seven million pound artwork “wrap” around the main stadium for the 2012 London Olympics, PTI adds from Bhopal. Aslam said the disaster, which was a direct result of the leak of gas from it in 1984, had led to the loss of around 15,000 lives and left about six lakh injured. Stating that the feelings of the people of Bhopal would be hurt if Dow Chemicals was allowed to be associated with the Olympics in any manner, the former Olympian said, “If the LOCOG carries out the deal with Dow Chemicals, we will ask the government to boycott the 2012 Olympics.”  – With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more