Local Donegal County Councillors and the general public are concerned commuters could face further delays driving to Letterkenny ahead of a new road scheme on the N56.The video below was taken on yesterday morning (Mon) for Donegal Daily and shows the traffic chaos coming into the town.These scenes are uncommon, but they could become more frequent with plans for a new Four Lane Road Safety Improvement Scheme to improve to the main road – a process that could take more than two-years. In an email from the National Roads Office to councillors, the Letterkenny Chambers of Commerce and An Garda Siochana, it outlines how the scheme will start in the first half of 2020.In the email, the Senior Executive Engineer for the National Roads Office said he was “keenly aware” of the concerns and disruptions by retailers and business during the period, but stressed the “importance of this project to the continued proper, safe and efficient function of what is the primary access to Letterkenny”.It is understood that the project will also address deteriorating road pavements, provide new and improved road drainage, cycleway and pedestrian facilities.“We will continue to consider all concerns all the concerns raised,” the email said. “In the completion of the tender documentation over the coming weeks, we will assess how best to address these matters wherever feasible, practical and appropriate to do so”.WATCH: A taste of what’s to come in Letterkenny ahead of new road scheme? was last modified: November 12th, 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)
Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah has received his first England Under-21 call-up.The defender, 17, has been included in Stuart Pearce’s squad to face Northern Ireland in Tuesday’s game at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.Chalobah is currently on loan at Championship club Watford, where he has made nine first-team appearances.Josh McEachran, on loan at Middlesbrough from the Blues, has also been included by Pearce.Click here for Thursday’s Chelsea quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “It is therefore not surprising that MTN, with over 100m customers across Africa is again the leading African brand that embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of great South African brands.” “It is a truly South African brand but also a truly African brand and in that respect it is no surprise that MTN is such a loved and valued brand,” Schmitz said. MTN has topped the list as the Most Valuable South African Brand with a global value of R43.3-billion and is also the only South African brand in the Brand Finance Global 500, the definitive guide to the world’s Top 500 brands. As the European financial crisis continues, South Africa has proven itself an example of a stable financial environment proving once more that businesses should turn towards the African markets for examples of how best to thrive in difficult economic conditions. MTN continues to expand both their presence and their brand across the African continent and now with a firm footing in the Middle East the Telecommunications giant is a brand that South Africa can be proud of. Brand Finance South Africa has measured the financial value of the 50 most valuable brands from South African companies that operate both within and outside South Africa. 25 May 2012 South African banks have also had a successful year in 2012 with Standard Bank ranked as the Most Valuable Banking Brand. Banks make up the majority of The Top 10 with ABSA, Nedbank and First National Bank also securing high places in the South African ranking. “The results affirm South Africa’s, and indeed Africa’s, as being at the cutting edge of and setting global standards in building telecoms and financial services and brands,” said Brand Africa founder and executive chairman Thebe Iklafeng. Setting global standards Global brewer SABMiller were awarded the Brand Finance South Africa Special Award as its corporate brand as well as four product brands appeared in the Top 50 list. Brand Finance, together with Brand South Africa and Brand Africa, have launched Brand Finance South Africa 50, a study of the most valuable brands from South Africa. Vodacom and Standard Bank were found to be the second and third most valuable brands in South Africa (at R18.7-billion and R18-billion respectively), while MTN and First National Bank were found to be the “Strongest Brands”, with both having a Brand Rating of AAA-. “The uniformity of the MTN brand and its ability to transcend all eleven of South Africa’s languages, as well as the multitude of international languages across the African continent, is one reason that it has succeeded so well,” said Brand Finance South Africa MD Ollie Schmitz, at the launch of the study in Johannesburg this week.
26 Photos Comments 71 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 52 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 49 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Car Industry Car Industry Auto Tech More From Roadshow 0 Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Waymo General Motors Tesla Self-driving cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Enlarge ImageCompanies like Waymo and Uber will just have to wait and hope to get less stringent rules for testing on the books, according to Congress. Roadshow Back in October, we reported on the Department of Transportation’s plan to ease regulations for self-driving cars. Since the DOT released its policy initiative, things have been relatively quiet, but according to a report published Thursday by Reuters, we can be confident that nothing will happen with Congress on that front until 2019.Oh, and Congress won’t be addressing a proposal from GM and Tesla that seeks to extend the $7,500 federal EV tax credit either. The self-driving car legislation and the tax credit proposals needed to be attached to another bill funding government operations, but they weren’t, so no dice.Now that Tesla has surpassed the 200,000 vehicle mark, the federal EV tax credit for Tesla will be cut in half on Jan. 1 to $3,750. It will be phased out entirely by the end of the year unless Congress decides to do something about it in 2019, though whether that’s likely is not clear.Automakers and autonomous car developers are now left with the choice between waiting it out and hoping Congress acts in their favor. Or they can appeal to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in hopes that it will relax its rules, which it has said in the past that it is considering doing. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch More From Roadshow Share your voice 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 69 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Self-driving cars 68 Photos Tags Post a comment 12 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 10 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 18 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 81 Photos Jaguar’s I-Pace gets the Waymo treatment 38 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 4
Amputees Jal Keat, 12 (L) and Nyagn Thyuong, gunshot wound survivors, sit inside at the physical rehabilitation centre run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Juba on 12 March 2019. Photo: AFPBy the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain.After being given medication he lies fast asleep, naked and feverish, attached to a drip, his anxious mother sitting on the bed next to him.Nyachoat could be saved, but others are not so lucky.In South Sudan mind-bending horrors abound of war, ethnic violence, rape, hunger and displacement.But for civilians living in the shadow of conflict, the greatest danger is often being cut off from health services, whether due to violence or lack of development in the vast, remote areas that make up much of the country.According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which supports the tiny clinic where Nyachoat is recovering in Udier village, 70 per cent of all illness deaths are due to easily treatable malaria, acute watery diarrhoea and respiratory infections.In case of more serious illness there is “no place” to go, said Nyachoat’s 22-year-old mother Buk Gader.A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) last year showed almost 400,000 people had died as a result of South Sudan’s nearly six-year war.Half of these were due to violent deaths, and half because of the increased risk of disease and reduced access to healthcare as a result of the conflict.ICRC health field officer Irene Oyenya said the Upper Nile region was particularly affected.”There were (aid) organisations which were supplying primary healthcare, but then during the war, most of the organisations got evacuated” and pulled out of the country, she said.Blocked by swampsUdier is a village with a dirt airstrip whose sun-baked sand, which when not used by twice weekly ICRC flights bringing medicine and supplies, serves as a football pitch for youths. It is also a pedestrian highway for those who come from far flung huts and cattle camps to market.In the tiny market, there is little fresh food available. Villagers can buy red onions or sit for a strong Sudanese coffee, infused with ginger, while in the dry season nomadic Falata herdswomen in flowing dresses sell milk from their cattle.A brick building next to the airstrip, its roof long blown off in a storm, is the village school, but for several days in a row no teacher shows up.In the surrounding villages, women are hard at work mudding their huts and re-thatching the roof in anticipation of the rains to come within weeks.When they do come, swelling the swampy marshlands and rivers for miles around, roads will become impassable.It becomes “difficult for young children to swim or women or men to carry patients to reach here,” said Oyenya.Marginalised for decades prior to independence from Sudan in 2011, and engulfed in war since 2013, South Sudan has seen little development. The healthcare sector is one of many propped up by international aid organisations.However, the country is also the most dangerous for humanitarian workers with around 100 killed over the past five years, according to United Nations figures. Dozens of organisations have been forced to pull out of areas they served due to the conflict.The Upper Nile region, where Udier is situated near the borders of Sudan and Ethiopia, was wracked by conflict in 2017 as government forces waged a major offensive to seize the opposition-held town of Pagak.The ICRC was forced to evacuate patients and staff from its hospital and health centre in the village of Maiwut which was looted, leaving “not even a needle on the ground”, according ICRC’s Oyenya.Many relocated to Udier, which was spared from fighting.A year later in 2018, angry protesters looted around 10 humanitarian agency compounds in the town of Maban, 72 kilometres (44 miles) north of Udier.ICRC’s head of delegation in South Sudan, James Reynolds, said a peace deal signed in September 2018 “has improved security, mobility, and access for humanitarian workers”.But fresh fighting in the southern Equatorias region “has made access to certain areas very difficult.”Women bear the burdenIn opposition-held Udier, the clinic supported by the ICRC provides crucial healthcare support to the region, where like throughout South Sudan, maternal and child mortality is sky-high.Every day a small group of patients sits outside under a fragrant Neem tree, waiting to be helped, some from nearby while others have walked for a day or two.Oyenya says a major challenge is that women, who do all the heavy work and take care of up to 10 children, may delay bringing them to the centre in time. That can be deadly.Sometimes the children come alone: a nine-year-old girl in a purple polka dot dress confidently tells Oyenya she is suffering from bloody diarrhoea and, she thinks, malaria. Her parents are nowhere in sight.For anything more serious, such as pregnancy complications, blood transfusions and operations, the nearest hospital is in government-held Maban, a five-hour drive away or a three-day walk.The other option is a three-day walk to Gambella in Ethiopia.”They may reach there alive, or they may not reach there alive,” said Oyenya.