JUDGE SLAMS DONEGAL BUS OPERATOR AFTER 29 FAULTS FOUND WITH VEHICLE

first_imgA Judge has fined a Letterkenny bus operator €750 for having an unfit public vehicle.Letterkenny court.Gardai inspected the bus belonging to Cathal McGettigan and found it had a bald tyre and that its emergency door was jammed. As a result they took it to the local vehicle inspection centre where a total of 29 faults were discovered.Mr McGettigan, of Fair Green, Letterkenny, appeared yesterday at Letterkenny District Court charged with one count of having an unfit vehicle.The incident happened on May 28th, 2013 at Glencar but there were not children on board at the time.The bus was being driven by a man named in court as Liam Molloy.McGettigan had 11 prior convictions including offences for not having insurance and not possession a public vehicle license.Solicitor Niall Sheridan said his client had the vehicle tested the previous month and it had passed the test.In relation to the jammed emergency door, Mr Sheridan added that there was an issue with some children opening the emergency door previously.Judge Paul Kelly asked if the door had been jammed on purpose but he was told there was no proof of this.Judge Kelly said “There is a daily onus on someone bringing children to school to make sure it is safe.“This could have had catastrophic consequnces if something had happened and the emergency door was jammed,” he said.He asked if McGettigan’s company was still transporting children to school and this was confirmed in court by Mr Sheridan.Judge Kelly said he was surprised the penalties for such incident were so modest.JUDGE SLAMS DONEGAL BUS OPERATOR AFTER 29 FAULTS FOUND WITH VEHICLE was last modified: February 17th, 2014 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:bus operatorCathal McGettiganJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img read more

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Sudan vote boosts airline industry

first_imgRay Maota Kenya Airways is experiencing a growth inthe number of its passengers from Nairobito Juba in Southern Sudan because of thereferendum taking place there. Kenya’s Minister of Trade, Amos Kimunya,believes the introduction of the flights toSouthern Sudan will bolster tradebetween the two countries.(Images: Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Prineeta NagiArea Manager of Kenya Airways+254 020 327 4100RELATED ARTICLES• 1time to start flying from Lanseria• Mango gets world Superbrand status • Hopes of a peaceful Sudan poll • Sudan brews its own beer industryAlthough it’s been less than a year since Kenya Airways introduced daily flights to Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan, business is booming for the East African nation’s carrier as passengers flock to vote or observe the referendum currently on the go there.At the time of the launch of the two daily flights to Juba in June 2010, Kenya Airways MD and CEO Dr Titus Naikuni, said: “Juba has become one of the important economic hubs of Southern Sudan and Africa.“Kenya Airways is synonymous with contributing to sustainable development across Africa and we envisage providing a seamless connection of service to all passengers travelling in and out of Juba for business and development opportunities,” he added.Vice-president of Southern Sudan, Dr Riek Machar, said: “The launching of flights to Southern Sudan by the airline marked an important milestone for us as it will help connect our region with the rest of Africa as well as the international network that Kenya Airways serves.”In the weeks leading up to the referendum and since it kicked off on 9 January 2011, the airline has experienced a vast increase in the number of passengers flying from Nairobi to Juba.The route usually records an average of 5 800 passengers a month, but this has now grown to more than 8 000 – a figure that is expected to last until the results of the referendum are announced in February.The Kenyan national carrier said while its occupancy rate had been at 60% since it entered the market with the new route, “business to Juba is now brisk with near full flights”.Other airlines that have experienced a similar increase in their passenger numbers for the Juba route are Jetlink, Astral Aviation and Fly 540.Bolstering trade“Aviation transport is a key element in the enhancement of trade and I believe that the introduction of these regular flights will enhance the trading activity between us,” Kenya’s Minister of Trade, Amos Kimunya, said at the time of the launch.With Kenya and Southern Sudan sharing a border, there has also been talk of establishing a railway link between the two countries.The link will mean that most of the goods from Kenya’s port in Mombasa will be able to go directly to Southern Sudan without bypassing Uganda, which is the current trade route. The proposed new development is called the Rift Valley Railways concession.“Kenya has always had a special relationship with Southern Sudan. Besides being a guarantor of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, it has been a neighbour which has hosted a large population of Sudanese refugees and given them a platform to access the rest of the world,” said International Centre for Policy and Conflict executive director Ndung’u Wainaina.“As East Africa’s economic powerhouse, Kenya stands to benefit from the emergence of a large new market in South Sudan and major infrastructure that the country will need to engage commercially with the world, including oil exportation,” the International Crisis Group added.Asian powers keen to invest in Southern Sudan include Japan and China.Predictions point to landmark splitWith the Sudanese referendum ending on 15 January 2011, attendance at polling stations has already surpassed the 60% mark.The predicted outcome of the vote will see the north and south regions splitting and an autonomous Southern Sudan emerging as a new state on the continent.The referendum follows the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, which ended a two-decades-long war between the mostly Muslim north and Christian south.Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to recognise Southern Sudan as an independent state if the outcome of the vote suggests such.On a recent visit to the south, al-Bashir said: “”Imposing unity by force doesn’t work … We want unity between the north and the south, but this doesn’t mean opposing the desire of the southern citizen.”The Carter Centre, established by former US president Jimmy Carter, and the African Union have sent officials to Southern Sudan to promote a peaceful and credible vote.Other recent high-profile visitors to the region have been former South African president Thabo Mbeki and Hollywood actor George Clooney, who has launched a hi-tech project to monitor the situation there.last_img read more

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Heat raise Chris Bosh’s No. 1 jersey to the rafters

first_imgFormer Miami Heat player Chris Bosh’s jersey is raised at the team’s retirement of his jersey at halftime of an NBA game between the Heat and the Orlando Magic, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Miami. Bosh played 13 seasons, the first seven in Toronto and the last six in Miami. He averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, was an All-Star 11 times and won two championships.(AP Photo/Joe Skipper)MIAMI — Chris Bosh stood at center court, looked out at the Miami Heat fans and just let the words flow. He spoke about his health scare in 2015. He spoke of his grandfather, the one he called Daddy Jack, the one who told his first grandson that he was going to be special one day.And was Daddy Jack ever right.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss IOC lifts threat to remove weightlifting from Paris Olympics Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES In Heat history, his grandson is now officially immortal.Wearing a Heat championship ring on both hands, Bosh watched a giant banner bearing his name and No. 1 raised to the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night — then delivered an emotional address to the crowd, part of it even in Spanish as a show of respect to the Latin culture of Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“My name, my family name up here, that’s something I used to get laughed at for dreaming of,” Bosh said. “So never let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish your dream. Those four letters on the back of that jersey are my wife’s name, my kids’ name, my father’s name, my grandfather’s name. We’re not just carrying on for another generation. But now, Daddy Jack, we’re up there forever.”The ceremony came a little more than three years after Bosh played his final game of a 13-year career, 11 of those good enough for All-Star nods, four of them culminating in trips to the NBA Finals, two of them capped by championships. He is the fourth player to have his number retired by the Heat, joining Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wade introduced Bosh, telling stories of how he learned Spanish off Rosetta Stone CDs and how he became an outstanding self-taught guitar player who wound up jamming with the legendary Buddy Guy. He also talked about how much he admires the way Bosh embraces being a father and husband.“The person who made the ‘Big 3’ era legendary,” Wade said.Spoelstra tells stories of his time with Bosh all the time. One of his favorites — the night Bosh, after a playoff loss in Indiana put the Heat down 2-1 in a series, knocked on the door of his hotel suite at 2 a.m. with beers in hand. They sipped and talked for 45 minutes, not a word said about basketball. The Heat won Game 4, and the series.“If you want to understand our culture and what we’re about, there’s nothing better than a night like tonight,” Spoelstra said.The Heat also presented Bosh with a $50,000 gift for his foundation and a one-of-a-kind guitar designed by his friend Rey Jeffet Jr. And in his remarks, Bosh detailed how much his first health scare in 2015 — caused by a blood clot, just like how his career ultimately ended in 2016 — was ultimately aided by Heat fans.The team sent thousands of get-well cards from fans to Bosh’s home. He read them all.“Those letters pushed me to get back on this court,” Bosh said. “Those letters inspired me to get back up and walk across the room when I didn’t think I had the energy to do it.”For a time, he and the Heat were estranged. Bosh wanted to keep playing. The Heat didn’t feel his health issues would allow that. Eventually, the sides reached an understanding and then they finally began talking again.Now he’s back in the Heat family, forever.“I feel like I can officially, officially, officially move on,” Bosh said. “It all happened really fast, but we’re here. I’m so happy. And we get to move on into the next life together.” “Forever, and for always, a lifer of the Miami Heat,” Heat President Pat Riley said, moments before Bosh’s banner was unfurled and hoisted.Riley called Bosh’s rebound and assist late in regulation of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals — the ones that set up Ray Allen’s game-tying, series-saving 3-pointer — the biggest in Heat history. Bosh went a step further.“The biggest rebound in NBA history,” Bosh said.There will be, at minimum, three more Heat jersey retirements in the not-so-distant future — Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Udonis Haslem are all locks to see their name and number swaying over the court not long after their careers end.Former Miami Heat player Chris Bosh reacts at the team’s retirement of his jersey at halftime of an NBA game between the Heat and the Orlando Magic, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Miami. At right is Heat owner Micky Arison. Bosh played 13 seasons, the first seven in Toronto and the last six in Miami. He averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, was an All-Star 11 times and won two championships.(AP Photo/Joe Skipper)Wade and Haslem were on the court for the celebration. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided long ago that, even with Tuesday’s Miami-Orlando matchup being such a big game in terms of playoff hopes, his players were going to be out on the floor to see the Bosh ceremony.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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