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‘SWITCH OFF OR RISK DEATH,’ WARNS DONEGAL’S ROAD SAFETY OFFICER

first_imgDonegal’s Road Safety Officer has pleaded with people across the county to switch off their phones while driving.Brian O’Donnell’s plea comes as statistics show that motorists who use their phones while driving are now FOUR times more likely to be involved an accident.The council official said motorists must be more aware of the incredible danger of using their phone when driving. And he added that it is time this practice becomes a cultural taboo also.He said “Using mobile phones while driving creates a significant risk and this practice needs to stop.“You don’t have to look too far to see drivers using mobile phones while driving. Research of mobile phone use by Irish drivers, has revealed that a significant number of motorists are violating mobile phone road traffic regulations, with more and more drivers continuing to put their lives, and others, at risk by using their mobile phones while driving”.Research has also shown that a significant number of truck and van drivers, mostly male, are using a mobile phone while driving. Despite recent legislation, this trend is common practice and a very troubling one. A traffic collision caused by a driver using a mobile phone is unnecessary.“The collisions caused by using a mobile phone while driving are similar to those caused by drink drivers in that they are completely avoidable. Nobody has to use a mobile phone while driving and nobody has to drink and drive,” he added.4,429 fixed penalty notices have been issued for using a mobile phone while driving during January and February this year and this is now the second highest penalty point offence in Ireland after speeding.A total of 30,524 offences have been recorded for 2014.Mr. O’Donnell added “We are asking drivers to realise how their phones take their attention away from driving and having your full attention is never more important than when you have the lives of other road users in your hands. “It is just not worth the risk just to take a call or answer a text. As more people use the roads, we want to ensure that everyone does so safely and with consideration for all road users”.Even if you are using a hands-free phone you should avoid making or answering calls when driving.All phone calls distract drivers’ attention from the road. Keep your eyes on the road and not on your phone.‘SWITCH OFF OR RISK DEATH,’ WARNS DONEGAL’S ROAD SAFETY OFFICER was last modified: May 19th, 2015 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:Brian O’DonnellGardaimobile phonespenalty pointsroad safetylast_img read more

Support for small contractors

first_img13 April 2006The Gauteng government is to launch onsite construction contact centres, designed to improve delivery of services to small businesses in the construction industry, in 12 districts throughout the province.Speaking at the launch of Gauteng’s second construction contact centre (CCC) at the Funda Community Centre in Diepkloof, Soweto on Monday, Gauteng Public Transport, Roads and Works MEC Ignatius Jacobs encouraged “all those in the construction industry to use the services that will be offered by our CCC staff, whether technical or financial.”The province’s first onsite construction contact centre was launched in downtown Johannesburg in March.Jacobs said the provincial government would, through the CCC concept, provide access to finance and credit, work opportunities, information and advice, skills development, and opportunities for business facilitation between established construction industry players and upcoming entrepreneurs.“This pertains to better access to local labour, enabling us to collectively address unemployment, so as to ensure ownership of the CCCs and local job creation,” Jacobs said.The centres aim to provide one-stop shops for emerging contractors and professional service providers to access both financial and technical support.Skills development will also be provided for, so as to build the capacity of small enterprises and facilitate their further involvement in development processes.“I hope that not only will you find the services offered to be useful and empowering, but that you in turn will voice your requirements so that the CCC can evolve with you,” Jacobs said.The centres will be linked across Gauteng, each offering a full range of assessment, advisory, certification, registration, training, financial, administration, communication and networking services from level 1 to 4 SMME contractors, to enable them to become registered entities as well as to attain further statutory registrations.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio’s mineral resources valued at more than $1.8 billion

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A newly released report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) shows development of Ohio’s mineral resources in 2015 produced more than $1.8 billion worth of geologic commodities, including increases in the mined amount of limestone, salt, sandstone, sand and gravel.More than 11,000 people are directly employed in the extractive industries in Ohio, which includes oil and gas, coal and industrial minerals. The 2015 Report on Ohio Mineral Industries: An Annual Summary of the State’s Economic Geology, compiled by the ODNR Division of Geological Survey, also shares which counties in Ohio led the state in production, value and employment totals for Ohio’s various mineral industries. An example of leading the state in production of limestone and dolomite is Wyandot County in northwest Ohio with 7,519,990 tons, which is more than 11% of the state’s total production.More highlights in the report include:• Mineral industries produced $163 worth of resources per Ohioan.• Approximately $750 million worth of coal was produced in 2015.• Nonfuel industrial-mineral production increased for every commodity, and total value exceeded $1 billion for the second straight year.• Limestone production exceeded 65 million tons in 2015 — an increase of more than 10% from 2014 production values.ODNR, through a dedicated staff of inspectors, geologists and support staff, regulate the responsible extraction of Ohio’s natural resources, including oil and natural gas, limestone, coal, salt and more. Part of ODNR’s regulatory responsibility is to annually catalog Ohio’s extractive industries.Published each year, the Report on Ohio Mineral Industries offers basic information about individual mines and groups of mines, as well as detailed geologic information about coal and industrial minerals, along with extensive references. The report is a useful tool for researching mineral extraction activities throughout the state.The electronic version of the report is available at OhioGeology.com.The Report on Ohio Mineral Industries is also available on CD and can be ordered from the ODNR Division of Geological Survey’s Geologic Records Center by calling 614-265-6576 or emailing [email protected]last_img read more

WWE superstar John Cena sued by Ford for selling 500,000 USD supercar

first_imgAmerican wrestler John Cena has been reportedly taken to court by Ford.According to TMZ Sports, Cena was sued by Ford for allegedly violating the company’s contract by selling his 500,000 USD 2017 Ford GT.As per the contract, Cena, who was picked from thousand of applicants for the opportunity to purchase the car, had agreed to keep it for at least two years, before being allowed to sell it.”Mr. Cena has unfairly made a large profit from the unauthorized resale flip of the vehicle, and Ford has suffered additional damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale,” TMZ quoted Ford as saying.In his defence, Cena told that he sold the car and other property to pay bills.However, Ford has now asked Cena to lend all the profit, which he has earned from the car flip, to the company.last_img read more

Moto G6 Plus is coming to India soon, confirms company

first_imgAfter the Moto G6 and G6 Play, Motorola is gearing up to launch the third phone in ts latest Moto G lineup, the Moto G6 Plus, in India. On Thursday, Motorola confirmed that the Moto G6 Plus is coming to India soon, although an exact date is still unknown. The Moto G6 Plus is the high-end model in this trio and is bigger than the Moto G6 is almost every way including a bigger display, more RAM and a faster processor, among other things.Like the Moto G6, the G6 Plus sports a tall 18:9 display with narrow bezels. Notably, the Plus model gets a 5.9-inch FHD+ display which is slightly larger than the 5.7-inch 1080p display on the Moto G6. The handset is powered by a more capable Snapdragon 630 chipset as compared to the SD450 inside the Moto G6. The Moto G6 Plus was announced back in April with 4GB and 6GB of RAM options, but it’s still unclear whether both the variants will come to India. Both the memory options ship with 64GB of internal storage with support for storage expandability.Its time to ask for more from your smartphone. Get ready to say hello to the #MotoG6Plus, which is #BuiltForMore with a smart camera and serious performance! Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/2xtxPsq5PBMotorola India (@motorolaindia) July 26, 2018As for the cameras, the Moto G6 Plus comes with a similar dual camera setup as the Moto G6. You get a 12-megapixel primary sensor, while the secondary camera comes with a 5-megapixel image sensor. Up front, the Moto G6 Plus comes with an 8-megapixel selfie camera. When the device comes to India, we expect it to support dual SIM cards and a dedicated slot for storage expansion.advertisementThe Moto G6 Plus gets a marginally bigger 3,200mAh battery compared to the Moto G6. The Moto G6 Play, on the other hand, comes with the largest battery among the three at 4,000nAh. Like the Moto G6, the fingerprint sensor will be embedded in the home button on the front. The device will also run Android Oreo out-of-the-box.As of now, there’s no word on what the price of the Moto G6 Plus will be in India. The Moto G6 was launched in the country starting at Rs 13,999 and going up to Rs 15,999. The G6 Play is the cheapest among the three at Rs 11,999. The Moto G6 Plus is expected to be priced a few notches higher than the Moto G6, but Motorola will be wise to stay within the sub-Rs. 20,000 segment if it wants to compete against the Nokia 6.1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro.ALSO READ: Moto G6 review: Best looking phone under Rs 15,000last_img read more

Thunder Bay leads the country in reported hate crimes Statistics Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsThunder Bay is the leading city for hate crimes reported to police in 2015 based on population according to a new report by Statistics Canada Tuesday.“The rate of police-reported hate crime in Thunder Bay was mostly the result of 10 incidents against Aboriginal populations, which accounted for 29 per cent of the total anti-Aboriginal hate crimes reported in Canada in 2015,” Statistics Canada said.Across the country in 2015, Stats Canada said there were 35 hate crime incidents against Indigenous people reported to police.Compared to statistics between 2010 and 2015, the report said violent offences in Canada against Indigenous people accounted for 55 per cent of hate crimes, with assault accounting for nearly 30 per cent of the incidents.About 60 per cent of the hate crimes were towards Indigenous males and were typically younger victims based on hate crimes against other ethnicities.Forty per cent reported an injury and 60 per cent said it was inflicted by a stranger.Indigenous leaders in northwestern Ontario have long said Thunder Bay is in crisis over the treatment of Indigenous people there, including a number youth dying mysteriously in the waterways. Indigenous adults have faced similar outcomes and police have been criticized over their handling of the death investigations.Thunder Bay police said last week they weren’t facing a crisis, rather challenging times, and said it was “business as usual.”[email protected]last_img read more

Burglar caught red handed

first_img Related Items:beat and patrol division, burglary, the bight Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Joyride by teenager ends in crash in The Bight Bold burglaries & break-in attempts; three arrested boy, 16 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – Another burglar suspect arrested, this time the suspect was caught red handed by police coming out of the home he reportedly burglarized in The Bight Area.Police is crediting the arrest of the 34-year-old man to quick response by officers from the Beat and Patrol Division. Officers say, “shortly after 4am on Wednesday, police received a report that a man had burglarized a home. Upon arrival to the area officers from the Mobile division arrested the suspect after he was found with an item in his possession believed to be stolen from the home that he was allegedly seen leaving.”Officials say the suspect was taken into custody and will be formally charged for Burglary later this week.Sources tell magnetic media that this is not the first time this home was burglarized. Arrests, Fake gun, bank account hacked and armed robberylast_img read more

Female Marines begin training at Camp Pendleton for first time

first_img Posted: March 7, 2018 CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) — For the first time, female Marines awoke Wednesday to begin their first full day of training at Camp Pendleton’s Marine Combat Training course.The female Marines, who recently graduated boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, in South Carolina, arrived at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday. They are the first enlisted female students to learn war-fighting skills at Camp Pendleton’s Marine Combat Training course, known as MCT-West. The training course is part of Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry and teaches students basic battlefield skills.At least 40 women are expected to arrive over the next several days at MCT-West, where they’ll be fully integrated with the men who are also starting the 29-day course. Previously, all female Marines were sent to combat training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.About 1,700 female Marines are expected to go through combat training each year at Camp Pendleton. Female boot camp graduates recruited from states west of the Mississippi River will be sent here, while the others will continue to be sent to Camp Lejeune.Despite the integrated combat training regimen, men and women will continue to go through separate boot camps. As things stand, all female Marines are sent to the Parris Island boot camp.The policy of separating Marines during boot camp based on gender is a controversial one. Critics say it reinforces a message that women aren’t as tough as men and can’t handle the same training as their male counterparts.Tuesday’s female and male arrivals to Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry were assigned to Golf Company, Marine Combat Training Battalion, according to the Union-Tribune. The MCT-West program is for non-infantry Marines, with training that includes learning the basics of combat marksmanship, how to react to roadside bombs, lifesaving medical care and other skills.This initiative is part of a Marine Corps effort to enhance the entry-level training program for all Marines and to better reflect how the Marine Corps is structured in the operating forces,” Pena said.While the women who arrived Tuesday are the first to go through combat training at MCT-West, they’re not the fist female Marines to train at the base in northern San Diego County.When the Pentagon opened infantry ranks to women in 2016, several of them went through the School of Infantry’s Infantry Training Battalion, the Union-Tribune reported. That is a 59-day program that’s separate and more grueling than basic combat training. It’s designed for Marines chosen to serve in rifle squads and other infantry groups. KUSI Newsroom, Female Marines begin training at Camp Pendleton for first time March 7, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Economic study shows San Diego Airport contributes 12 billion to region annually

first_imgEconomic study shows San Diego Airport contributes $12 billion to region annually Posted: September 18, 2018 The growth in economic impact is largely due to the airport’s increase in passenger traffic. In 2012, the airport accommodated nearly 17.3 million passengers, which grew to nearly 22 million in 2017 passengers. Business and leisure visitors spend money while visiting the region, thereby helping support additional economic impacts.  According to the San Diego Tourism Authority, visitors arriving by air spend an average of $835 per person per trip.  In 2017, it is estimated that more than 5.9 million visitors to the region spent nearly $5 billion in the regional economy. The full Economic Impact Study is available online here. SAN DIEGO – September 18, 2018 – A new Economic Impact Study completed for San Diego International Airport (SAN) indicates a dramatic increase in regional employment, payroll and economic impact as a result of the airport. The study quantifies the airport’s total economic contributions to the region at nearly $12 billion annually. “This study highlights the airport’s role as far more than a vital transportation resource for the San Diego region,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority President/CEO.  “SAN is a regional asset that is also a major economic driver and job creator, constantly looking at ways to improve the passenger experience and help the region become increasingly global.” SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego International Airport contributes nearly $12 billion annually to the region’s economy, according to a study released Tuesday.The study compared 2017 economic data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the San Diego Tourism Authority, the Airport Authority and on- site airport tenants to measure the direct and indirect economic impacts generated by SAN, formerly known as Lindbergh Field.Airport-supported employment has increased by 31 percent since the study was last done in 2013, and SAN now supports 5.7 percent of people employed in the San Diego region. The nearly 118,000 residents in the area employed directly or indirectly due to activities at the airport, as of 2017, accounted for $3.9 billion in annual payroll and $11.7 billion in annual economic output, the study found.“This study highlights the airport’s role as far more than a vital transportation resource for the San Diego region,” said Airport Authority President and CEO Kimberly Becker.  “SAN is a regional asset that is also a major economic driver and job creator, constantly looking at ways to improve the passenger experience and help the region become increasingly global.”Since the last study, the airport has expanded its second terminal and added a rental car center, Terminal 2 parking plaza, international arrivals facility and an on-airport roadway.In addition to its supported employment, the airport’s passenger traffic has increased 27.2 percent since 2013, from 17.3 million passengers to 22 million last year. With the increased traffic and 21 passenger airlines serving San Diego International, it is “the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the United States,” according to the study.The official press release from the San Diego International Airport is below: Total employment supported by the airport has increased by 31 percent over the past five years.  In 2017 nearly 118,000 residents in the region were employed directly or indirectly due to the activities at SAN, generating nearly $3.9 billion in total annual payroll. Of total employment in San Diego County, SAN supports 5.7 percent of people employed in the region. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:49 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter The study measures the direct and indirect economic impacts generated by SAN. To do so, the study compared 2017 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, San Diego Tourism Authority, Airport Authority and on-airport tenants. KUSI Newsroom, September 18, 2018 The study was last conducted in 2013 using data from 2012.  Since then, the airport has undertaken a number of construction projects to make travel easier and more efficient. Projects include: The Green Build Terminal 2 Expansion, Rental Car Center, Terminal 2 Parking Plaza, International Arrivals facility, and the on-airport roadway.last_img read more