Bus Eireann forced to apologise as Donegal wheelchair user left without access in Letterkenny

first_imgA Donegal wheelchair user was left without access to a Bus Eireann bus in Letterkenny despite booking their seat five days in advance. Pat Carter, who uses a wheelchair, and his wife and carer Rose booked two seats on a Bus Éireann bus from Letterkenny to Dublin on Friday 2 August.According to Journal.ie, the Irish coach operator requires wheelchair users to book their seat by phone at least 24 hours in advance of the journey on regional and expressway routes. Up to four seats must be removed from regional and expressway buses to make them wheelchair accessible. This is done in a garage before the journey takes place.Other equipment such as a ramp or a lift, floor tracking and a restraint clamping system are also required for safety. This equipment is checked prior to departure.Their son Kevin Carter described the incident his parents experienced on Bus Éireann last week.They were travelling to Dublin to visit him for the weekend. “They arrived early to the station and when the bus arrived, it was not wheelchair accessible,” said Carter.“The driver said he had no knowledge of this booking and that this was the bus given to him that day for the route.”They rang a Bus Éireann inspector in Dublin who said there had been a mix-up that day with buses. The driver and inspector said there was ‘nothing they could do’.Buses run every two hours from Letterkenny to Dublin, so the Carters waited for the next one in case the two were switched.“So they waited around for two hours, and when the next bus arrived it wasn’t wheelchair accessible either,” said Carter. Again, the Carters rang the inspector in Dublin who said there was nothing they could do at that stage.“They had booked a hotel in Dublin and it was too late to cancel that at this point, they were already hugely out of pocket,” said Carter.In a statement, Bus Éireann said they were investigating the incident on the Letterkenny bus.“We are extremely disappointed to hear of the recent incident and we are currently investigating it,” the statement said. “We would like to sincerely apologise to the customer concerned for the difficulties experienced. We have contacted the customer directly and a full refund has been offered.”Bus Éireann has said it is “committed to the provision of a fully accessible public transport system incorporating fully accessible vehicles and infrastructure”.The fleet of Bus Éireann buses on the commuter and express services are 78% wheelchair accessible. However, not every bus stop is accessible.The company says that even if seats were permanently removed from buses to allow for wheelchair space, the other equipment would still need to be checked before each journey with a wheelchair user.Kevin Carter made a formal complaint to the company after the incident.“It has destroyed any trust she [Rose] may have had in public transport. It’s inexcusable, to be honest,” he said.“It’s one thing to get the money back, but it will take a bit longer to get the trust back.”Read full article here: https://www.thejournal.ie/bus-eireann-wheelchair-user-not-receiving-booked-bus-4758912-Aug2019/?fbclid=IwAR17GBNdwoc4YtawRMLRZihf9xOC6WDu-E-PRkrq1YeOht-BkFhmRDFO6q0Bus Eireann forced to apologise as Donegal wheelchair user left without access in Letterkenny was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Kevin Durant having ‘rough time’ dealing with injury, says mom

first_imgKevin Durant’s mom revealed her son is “having a rough time right now” in the aftermath of the serious Achilles tendon injury that knocked him out of the NBA Finals.“Emotionally, it’s a little tough for him,” Wanda Durant said about her son Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “He’s having a rough time right now.”Durant suffered the devastating injury early in the second quarter of the Warriors’ eventual Game 5 victory on Monday.“It’s still kind of hurtful to see the anguish in his …last_img

Live updates: Warriors vs. Lakers, Wednesday night

first_imgWARRIORS UPDATE: The Warriors take a four-game losing streak into their first regular-season matchup against the Lakers. … Golden State is coming … Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ game Wednesday against the Lakers.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (2-9) vs. Lakers (8-2) at Staples Center in L.A., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). TV: ESPN, NBCS.ODDS: Lakers -12. LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Warriors beat Lakers 108-90 at Los Angeles on April 4, 2019.last_img

Spreading the social security net

first_img12 September 2005The state injects over R3-billion a month into the budgets of poor households through social security grants, providing support to over 10 million South Africans – a number that is growing as the drive to register eligible recipients gains momentum.South Africa’s social grants target elderly and disabled people, poor families with children, war veterans, and households taking care of children and people in need.“The provision of social grants is the government’s most effective programme to address the income poverty of our people”, says Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya.Annual expenditure on grants increased 3.5 times in the 10 years between 1994 and 2004, from R10-billion to R34.8-billion. During the same period, the number of South Africans receiving social grants increased from 2.6-million to over seven million.This number has now grown to over 10 million people, with the budget for social assistance at over R55-billion for the 2005/06 financial year.This increase came despite the removal of a significant number of people from the social grant net during anti-fraud campaigns conducted in 2005.Over six million child beneficiariesThe child support, care dependency and foster care grants contributed significantly to this increase. Currently, over six million South African children benefit from social grants.The government is progressively extending the child support grant to cover children up to the age of 14. Children aged between 10 and 11 qualified in the 2004/05 financial year, while children between the ages of 12 and 14 came on board in 2005/06.“An analysis of the growth patterns and successes in improving the integrity of the social grants system seems to indicate that our targeting mechanisms are becoming more effective,” Skweyiya says.“We have reached almost all the elderly people for old age grants, and the same can be said for disability grants.”“The real growth for disability has only been around 1% since April 2004. The child support grant for children under seven years has stabilised, even declining since the anti-fraud initiatives. We are well on target to reaching eligible children in the 11 to 14 year age group.”Old age, disability and care-dependency grants increased to R780 a month in April 2005 (from R740 in April 2004), while child support grants went up to R180 a month (from R170 in 2004) and foster care grants increased to R560 a month (from R530 in 2004).Skweyiya says the economic activity generated in and around payout points underscores the magnitude of the government’s contribution to the alleviation of poverty. “The recipients of these grants end up supporting far more people than the grants were intended for.”Fight poverty: grow the economyHe says the government recognises that the grants on their own are inadequate to address the huge challenges facing poor families and communities, and is therefore taking a multi-pronged approach to poverty alleviation, including the implementation of a comprehensive social security system.“We are very serious about the issue and will continue to look at different options in addressing poverty”, Skweyiya says. Calling for public-private partnerships to fight poverty, he adds that the government is always open to well-researched, constructive suggestions.In his 2004 State of the Nation address, President Thabo Mbeki said the government would continue to build a social security net to alleviate poverty in the country, as well as to implement other social security initiatives, such as the school nutrition programme and the provision of free basic water and electricity services.Mbeki said, however, that a society in which large sections of the population depended on social welfare could not sustain its development.“Our comprehensive programme to grow the economy, including interventions in both the first and second economies, improving sustainable livelihoods and creating work, is meant to ensure that, over time, a smaller proportion of society, in particular the most vulnerable, subsists solely on social grants”, Mbeki said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa ‘aiming to double vehicle output by 2020’

first_img11 July 2014 The government remains committed to developing and growing South Africa’s automotive sector, President Jacob Zuma said at the unveiling of Chinese company First Automotive Works’ new truck manufacturing plant outside Port Elizabeth on Thursday. The R600-million factory, based in the Coega industrial development zone, will produce 5 000 trucks a year once it is running at full capacity, and 3 500 cars a year following a second phase of development. Zuma said the government’s Vision 2020 strategy for the automotive industry aimed at doubling local vehicle production and extending and deepening component manufacture by 2020. Part of this involved positioning South Africa as a destination of choice for the assembly of truck and buses, he said, and to further this objective the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had completed preparatory work on a new investment support scheme for manufacturers. The DTI recently published, for public comment, guidelines on the Automotive Investment Scheme for Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles – an extension of similar schemes already in place for passenger vehicle and minibus taxi manufacturers. Zuma said that First Automotive Works had chosen the right continent on which to invest at this point in history. “The African continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and there remains greater potential for further growth, particularly in the transport of goods, as trade volumes increase,” he said. “The entire African continent is also embarking on an intensive infrastructure development aimed at also encouraging inter-Africa trade through improved connectivity.” The East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Central Africa (COMESA) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) are in the process of negotiating a free trade area that will bring together 26 countries with a combined population of 600-million and an overall GDP of approximately US$2-trillion. “To further support intra-regional trade within the continent, a Trans African Highway programme has been established to link Africa’s capitals on eight major routes.” Zuma said the government would continue to provide support to the private sector and global companies based in the country “so that they can take advantage of opportunities and help us to promote job creation and a better life for our people. “The economy is an apex priority in our country during this term of government,” he said. “We have decided to place the economy on the centre stage because we believe that sustainable economic growth is possible if we seek meaningful partnerships locally and worldwide. “Growth is also possible if we, as government, actively support our partners in the private sector to create a positive environment for business to thrive. We are therefore looking forward to fruitful partnerships in the next five years.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Goods worth $400K stolen from Venus Williams’ Florida home

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump urges 3 UCLA players to thank China leader for release Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Palm Beach County property records show Williams and her sister Serena bought the home new in 2000. It is now valued at $2.3 million.Venus Williams’ agent, Carlos Fleming, did not respond to an email seeking comment. The burglary was first reported by WPEC-TV.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis is the second time in five months Palm Beach Gardens police did not publicly release information about an incident involving Williams until it was reported by a news outlet.In June, Williams was involved in a traffic accident near her home that killed a passenger in the other car. Police have said the accident investigation remains open, and she is being sued by the dead man’s estate. Palm Beach Gardens police did not issue a news release or the accident report until the website TMZ published a story three weeks after the crash. View comments Maj. Eduardo Guillen said it is not the department’s practice to issue news releases about major crimes and fatal traffic accidents involving its residents, something other departments in Florida and nationally do routinely.“The department is not in the business of randomly releasing information on cases. Ms. Williams is a private citizen within our community and she will be extended the same privacy all our citizens expect,” Guillen said in an email to The Associated Press.The suburb of about 54,000 residents is mostly middle class, but has wealthy enclaves.Williams, 37, has had one of her best recent years on the court, finishing second at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open and reaching the semi-finals at the U.S. Open.Williams has seven career Grand Slam titles and career on-court earnings of nearly $40 million. She has her own clothing line and endorsement deals with Ralph Lauren, Kraft foods, Tide detergent and Wilson sporting goods. She also owns a small percentage of the Miami Dolphins.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2017, file photo, Venus Williams, of the United States, reacts after conceding a point to Caroline Garcia, of France, during their semifinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Singapore. Burglars hit the tennis star’s Florida home, stealing $400,000 worth of goods while she was at the U.S. Open. Palm Beach Gardens police released a report Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, about the burglary, which happened between Sept. 1 and 5. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim, File)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Burglars hit tennis star Venus Williams’ Florida home, stealing $400,000 worth of goods while she was at the U.S. Open, police said Thursday.The burglary happened between Sept. 1 and 5 at Williams’ 10,000-square-foot (1,000-square-meter) home, which is in a well-to-do gated community, Palm Beach Gardens police said in a statement. Police blacked out from their report what was stolen. No arrests have been made.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

ESPN’s Updated Post-Spring College Football Top 25

first_imgESPN College Football National Championship in Tampa Bay logo.ESPN Top 25ESPN has updated its preseason top 25 for the 2016 college football season now that spring football is behind us. There is no new team at No. 1. Alabama has held onto the top spot. There are some changes to the top 25, though, which was last released post-National Signing Day. Among them: Clemson has moved up from No. 5 to No. 2; Florida has dropped out; Miami has moved in. Post-spring-updated Way Too Early Top 25: https://t.co/MCevh6uQcM— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 10, 2016Here’s the full top 25:  Nick Saban DabAlabama at No. 1.AlabamaClemsonMichiganFlorida StateOklahomaLSUBaylorStanfordNotre DameOhio StateTennesseeUSCGeorgiaOle MissOklahoma StateMichigan StateWashingtonHoustonUNCOregonTexas A&MUCLAIowaMiamiLouisvilleAlabama has also been ranked No. 1 in the top 25 from the Sporting News and FOX Sports.  Oklahoma is No. 1 in Sports Illustrated’s, though, and Florida State is No. 1 in ESPN’s FPI. [ESPN]last_img read more

Govt. Provides 100 Acres For Young Farmers At Amity Hall Agro Park

first_imgStory Highlights The Government is also seeking start-up financing for the young farmers. The Government has set aside some 100 acres of land for young farmers at the Amity Hall Agro Park, in St. Catherine. The agro parks concept is aimed at putting some 8,000 acres of idle lands into production. As part of a national drive to encourage young people to get involved in  agriculture, the Government has set aside some 100 acres of  land  for young farmers at the Amity Hall Agro Park, in St. Catherine, while also seeking start-up financing for them.Chief Executive Officer at the Agro-Investment Corporation (AIC), Everton Spencer, told JIS News on October 3,  while touring the Amity Hall Agro Park with other Government officials, that agriculture must be an attractive venture for the young in the society, and they are part of the mega effort in the Agro Parks programme.“As part of our strategy and initiative to integrate young farmers into farming, we have set aside 100 acres for the young farmers. We have already identified them, and what we are doing is to seek financing for them,” Mr. Spencer said.He disclosed that the University of the West Indies will be providing sponsorship for three of the 20 farmers that are to operate at the Park.“It is exciting, because we feel that the young people are the future, and this Agro Park provides the best test for these young farmers to fully realize their potential, and most importantly, to make some money for themselves, so that they can expand, develop and move up the financial ladder of success,” Mr. Spencer said.He pointed out that  some 700 acres of onions will be cultivated at the nine Agro Parks, along with other crops. “All of them have markets, because we don’t grow anything on the Agro Parks without markets,” he emphasized.“The plan is to grow 700 acres of onions, so that we will never have a need to import onions again. The objective of these Parks is to increase production and productivity by utilizing best practices. What  you are seeing on these Parks are practices that will improve production and productivity, and we have seen results,” Mr.  Spencer said.Agro parks, targeted specifically at import substitution, are developed through a tri-partite partnership involving the Government, farmer/investors, and the private sector.The Government is making the lands available with the requisite infrastructure for leasing to farmers/investors, who will be responsible for working capital and agricultural production.The agro parks concept is aimed at putting some 8,000 acres of idle lands into production , and are sited at:  Plantain Gardens and Yallahs, St. Thomas; Amity Hall and Hill Run, St. Catherine; Ebony Park and Spring Plain in Clarendon; New Forest/Duff House, St. Elizabeth/Manchester; Ettingdon, Trelawny; and Meylersfield in Westmoreland.CONTACT: GARFIELD L. ANGUSlast_img read more

Sixcess Buckeyes continue dominance over rival Michigan

Ohio State piled up 251 yards on the ground, forced five Wolverine turnovers, and left the blue-clad members of a crowd of 110,922 disappointed for the sixth consecutive season, as the Buckeyes beat Michigan 21-10 at The Big House.As a result, OSU clinched an outright Big Ten championship, while Michigan will spend bowl season at home for the second consecutive season.Michigan needed a victory to gain bowl eligibility, but took the wrong route to an upset, committing five turnovers.Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier, who promised earlier in the week that he would lead his Wolverines to a bowl game, threw four interceptions, including three in the fourth quarter.“He’s a young guy and he threw a couple balls he shouldn’t have,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said. “Turnovers and the rushing game are always going to be the key.”Forcier also handed OSU the game’s opening score when he fumbled the ball in the end zone on Michigan’s initial possession. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward landed on the football in the end zone to give the Buckeyes the early 7-0 lead.“[Heyward] did a great job of getting on the ball,” linebacker Brian Rolle said. “Forcier dropped back to scramble and dropped it, but Cam did a great job covering it up and making sure it was a touchdown.”Ohio State pounded away at the Big Ten’s last-ranked defense with a three-headed rushing attack. Dan “Boom” Herron racked up 96 yards on 19 carries, Brandon Saine amassed 84 yards on 12 rushes and quarterback Terrelle Pryor totaled 74 yards on 19 carries.The Buckeyes eclipsed 225 rushing yards for the fifth straight game.“It’s really fun out there running the ball,” Saine said. “The offensive line is doing great, getting a lot of movement. With [Pryor] back there being able to do what [he] does, it really helps me and ‘Boom.’”Leading 7-3, Pryor faked a rollout to the right and handed to Saine, who cut back to the left toward a wide-open pathway to the end zone for a 29-yard score. The misdirection play appeared to throw off the Wolverine defense, and even surprised Tressel.“On Saine’s touchdown, our student intern put the wrong play up on the board,” Tressel said. “That was not the play we called. He called that.”Tressel said he couldn’t remember what the original playcall was supposed to be, but that it wouldn’t have worked as well as the misdirection mishap fared.Pryor committed the Buckeyes’ first and only turnover in the third quarter, when his pass sailed off the hands of Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren and into the grasp of senior linebacker Jonas Mouton.The Wolverines cashed in on the pick, driving 49 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. Forcier connected with running back Vincent Smith for 18 yards to cut the lead to 14-10.OSU bounced right back, though, with an 89-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown.After nine rushing plays and a sack, Pryor tossed a lob pass over the heads of Michigan linemen and into the hands of Herron, who sprinted into the end zone for a 12-yard score. Tressel had rushed out onto the field before the snap, trying to call timeout, but to no avail. The Bucks caught a break in taking a 21-10 lead.“[Pryor] did a great job on that drive, he just kind of took over,” Tressel said. “Rather than us trying to guess calling the plays, we just called read plays for him, and he decided who carried it. That was a great drive.”After falling behind by 11, Michigan failed to muster any offensive rhythm. The Wolverines’ final five drives ended with a punt, three interceptions and a turnover on downs.Senior safety Kurt Coleman nabbed two interceptions, both deep in OSU territory, ending a pair of Michigan scoring threats.“He’s a guy you always have to look for to make plays,” Rolle said. “One interception, I was like, ‘Did he catch that?’ He’s a guy who is always going to be around the ball once it’s in the air, and he did a great job of going up and catching it at the highest point and coming down with it.”Coleman and the rest of the Buckeye seniors will leave OSU having never lost to their rivals from up north.“The rest of their lives, they can be arrogant or whatever they want to be,” Tressel said.Since taking over as coach in 2001, Tressel has led OSU to victory in eight of the nine meetings with Michigan.The Buckeyes concluded their regular season schedule with a trio of critical November victories, having knocked off Penn State, Iowa and Michigan, and now await to learn the identity of their Rose Bowl opponent.“We knew when we looked at the November schedule that it was not going to be an easy thing, but our guys don’t back down from anything,” Tressel said. “When you’re undefeated in November, good things will happen over the holidays.” read more