Travel Alert: Oil spill outside Lifford

first_imgMotorists are being advised take care following an oil spill outside Lifford.The spill occurred on the Rossgeir – St Johnston road after midday.Donegal county council has been notified. AA roadwatch is warning motorists to drive with extra caution in the area.Travel Alert: Oil spill outside Lifford was last modified: December 14th, 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)last_img read more

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Zola ‘in the frame’ for QPR job

first_imgNeil Warnock’s sacking as QPR manager is inevitably covered in all of today’s newspapers.Former Fulham and Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is expected to take over at Loftus Road this week, but The Sun say Gianfranco Zola is also a contender. Elsewhere, Arsenal are looking to sign Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou for £3m, the Daily Mail reports.The paper suggest Arsenal have made an approach after the Blues’ contract talks with Kalou stalled.And the Mail also say Fulham have failed with an attempt to sign Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africa to expand, improve technical colleges

first_img25 July 2014 Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has announced a range of measures – including the extension of technical and vocational colleges, and the establishment of a new category of “community colleges” – to help transform South Africa’s post-school system.Community colleges Speaking to journalists ahead of his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Nzimande said community colleges would cater for unskilled people and those who did not finish their schooling. The colleges will be established by grouping together clusters of adult learning centres, with the government strengthening their infrastructure, staffing and programmes. South Africa’s public adult learning centres currently cater for approximately 300 000 individuals, which according to Nzimande is inadequate. “A draft national policy on community colleges will soon be gazetted, and I urge all stakeholders to interact with it and give feedback to us,” he said.Technical and vocational colleges Nzimande said the government would be building more technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges – previously known as Further Education and Training (FET) colleges – across the country. “More money will be directed to elevate their stature and programme offerings. Our top priority is to expand them while improving their quality.” At the same time, R19.2-billion had been allocated over the next three years to ensure that TVET college enrolments continued to grow. Enrolments had risen more than 130% since 2009, the minister said. The government would also focus on expanding these institutions to rural areas, which are currently inadeqautely served. “To correct this distribution, R2.5-billion has been committed by the department towards the refurbishment of two existing TVET college campuses and the building of 12 new campuses.” Work is set to begin on three campuses: Nkandla, Bambanani and Thabazimbi. The department had transferred all TVET college principals and deputy principals to the national department from the provincial education departments in April 2013, and appointed councils for all colleges.Improving universities In the university sector, Nzimande said his department was prioritising the development of infrastructure for historically disadvantaged institutions, support for teaching and learning, and the production of the next generation of academics. Three new universities have been established: the University of Mpumalanga, Sol Plaatje University in Northern Cape, and the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Gauteng. The University of Mpumalanga and the Sol Plaatje University commenced with their first intake this year, while the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University – which will merge with the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa) campus in Garankuwa, Pretoria – will begin with its first intake next year. The department has also established a new National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences to respond to declining trends in the production of social science graduates. Increasing teacher numbers The department has focused on producing more school teachers over the last five years. In 2013, approximately 14 700 new teachers graduated, compared to 6 885 in 2009, an increase of 113% in new teachers per annum. Over the next five years, Nzimande said, the focus would extend beyond basic education teachers to include the training of teachers for the whole system, including early childhood development, TVET colleges, community colleges and public universities. “Our projections are that public universities will produce in excess of 23 000 new teachers annually by 2020.” The department has also set a target of increasing the proportion of university academics with PhDs from 39% in 2012 to 47% in 2019.Improving infrastructure Between 2012/13 and 2014/15, the government allocated R6-billion towards infrastructure projects across the country’s 23 existing universities, with an amount of R2.3-billion committed for the current financial year. Of that R6-billion, 1.6-billion was allocated to student housing development. Nzimande said the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had been expanded to include students in TVET colleges, and the amount disbursed annually had grown by approximately 270% since 2008. The department’s allocation to NSFAS for 2014/15 amounts to R6.139-billion. This includes R3.9-billion for loans and bursaries to universities, R2.1-billion for bursaries for TVET colleges, and R116.2-million for administration. This is supplemented by a further R2.42-billion that is made available through NSFAS recoveries, National Skills Fund scarce skills bursaries, Sector Education and Training Authorities bursaries, and bursaries such as those from the Department of Basic Education’s Funza Lushaka programme, bringing the total funding available for loans and bursaries for the 2014 academic year to R8.85-billion. “NSFAS has made a great contribution and has produced university graduates in many families and has changed their lives for the better. It is something we should be proud of. But this does not mean we do not have challenges,” Nzimande said, adding that his department was working with the NSFAS to improve the management of the system. According to Business Day, the scheme helped more than 1.4-million students between 1991 and 2013, and would finance a further 430 000 students this academic year. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Antetokounmpo still rushes out of Bucks dugout after bad games

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Work Underway to Improve Sewerage System in Liguanea Area

first_imgA $73 million project to improve the sewerage system in the Liguanea area of St. Andrew is currently underway, which should significantly protect the aquifers.Three works are included in the project – the $33.7 million Hope Road (side roads) project; the $15 million Swallowfield Road sewerage expansion project; and the $24 million upgrading of the sewerage system serving Seymour and Retreat Avenues. They are being carried out under the Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) Sewerage Improvement and Expansion Project and funded through the National Water Commission’s K-Factor programme. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who toured the Hope Road works on April 16, told JIS News that the project, expected to last six months, is critical not only to the 400 users expected to benefit in this phase of the project, but is significant in helping to secure the potable water sources.“The fact is that only about 30 per cent of the country is sewered and here in the Corporate Area where the head count is greater, it is easier to do the sewering. It will be gravity fed into the main. The whole idea is to get this down into the Soapberry plant (in St. Catherine), where the capacity exists,” he said.Mr. Pickersgill said the project would help to reduce the amount of seepage from pits that render the aquifers in the Liguanea area unusable.“Unfortunately, the Liguanea Plains, with a lot of water below (in aquifers) is not usable, because of what has taken place, so the more we can sewer, the better off we’ll be in producing more potable water,” he noted.Member of Parliament for the area, Julian Robinson, told JIS News that convincing the residents to co-operate and accommodate the works and work crew was not a difficult task, as a series of community meetings and consultations were held where it was explained what the works would entail and the benefits to be derived.“We have over 200 gated communities in the constituency, and we have a lot of conversions from single dwellings to multiple-dwellings, so there is the increased pressure on the infrastructure, both for water and for sewerage. So, it is imperative that when these conversions do take place, that persons are connected to the sewer main,” he said.Roads included in the project are: Sandy Park, Donhead Avenue, Richings Avenue, Walford Close, Hopeglade Mews, Hollywood Avenue and Mews, Sandhurst Avenue, Winston Avenue, Hope Mews, Hillcrest Avenue and Glenhope Avenue.By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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