Roads to be gritted early ahead of freezing night

first_imgDonegal County Council gritters will be mobilised from 5pm this Friday evening as temperatures are expected to drop to lows of -2C tonight.Forecasters are warning that there is a risk of frost and ice on the roads during the cold night.The night will be mainly dry, but rain and hail showers may drift over Donegal, according to Met Eireann. “Temperatures will drop to between -2 and +2 Celsius with frost and a risk of icy patches,” said the national forecaster.Frost and ice will clear on Saturday morning but fog may linger in a few inland spots. Saturday will be mainly dry, with patchy drizzle and cold with temperatures ranging from 7C to 3C where fog lingers.Donegal County Council will grit all main routes from 5PM on Fri. 15/11.The Donegal gritting route index as follows: 06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny TownCheck Donegal County Council’s interactive map for gritting routesAssume that no road is ice free.Roads to be gritted early ahead of freezing night was last modified: November 15th, 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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VWSA’s engine export milestone

first_img24 October 2008Volkswagen South Africa has manufactured its 200 000th five-cylinder TDI engine for export from its plant in Uitenhage outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.Volkswagen SA (VWSA) announced a R12-billion export contract to supply engines to the Volkswagen Group in 2004. The contract, initially set to run until 2010, has been extended through 2013.VWSA communications GM Bill Stephens said the contract’s required volumes had steadily increased, from the first shipment of 27 500 units in 2004 to an anticipated 60 500 units to be shipped in 2008.“The engines were first used in the range of Volkswagen LT vans, a medium commercial vehicle, which has since been replaced by the Volkswagen Crafter model range, and is part of the Volkswagen SA commercial vehicles range,” Stephens said in a statement this week.“The five-cylinder TDI engine has evolved with changes in the model range. The latest engines are manufactured in four derivatives ranging from 65kW to 120kW.”Euro 5 emissions standardsAccording to Stephens, the engines presently comply with Euro 4 emission standards and will be upgraded to comply with Euro 5 standards from 2009.The engines are unique, as the cylinder bores are polished with an extremely high-pressure water jet. According to the auto maker, this is to the advantage of the customer as it leads to lower running costs and extends the lifespan of the engine.Volkswagen SA has invested R240-million in its facilities to successfully manage the contract, which has enabled the automotive manufacturer to secure an additional 250 jobs over the period in its engine manufacturing facility in Uitenhage.Indirectly, an additional 130 jobs have been created at the suppliers involved, which include Halberg Guss South Africa, Halberg Aluminium, LuK Africa, Sentech Industries, First Pro Engineering, Smiths Plastics and Zealous Automotive.“Volkswagen SA is currently developing a new engine export strategy which will result in additional export opportunities to major overseas markets,” Stephens said. “The engine manufacturing plant in Uitenhage is a key factor in the company’s future export strategy.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Masilo makes it easier for girls to stay in school

first_imgAs founder and managing director of Krystal Clear Vision, Vanessa Masilo (far right) hopes to be a constant motivator for young girls and instil self confidence and attitude that would allow them “to face life’s challenges head on”. (Images: Play your Part Reporter)Vanessa Masilo is grateful for and proud of her success. Prompted by this, the businesswoman and Play Your Part ambassador wanted to give back to the community of Vredefort, where she grew up – and she elected to help girls stay in school by supplying them with sanitary towels.Many underprivileged girls and young women in South Africa struggle to balance their education with the pressures of growing into womanhood and it is not uncommon for them to miss weeks of school because they cannot afford sanitary towels.“For many of us, buying sanitary pads is as easy as buying bread and milk. But this is not the case for many young girls and women in South Africa,” said Masilo, the founder and general manager of Krystal Clear Vision.To achieve her goal, Masilo enlisted the help of a number of different NGO and government organisations, such as Brand South Africa, the Free State government and the Ngwathe ANC Youth League and Women’s League.Vanessa Masilo and Ngwathe District Mayor Joey Mochela with South African musician DJ Sbu who was on hand to share some of his own lessons with the young girls.Called the Pad Drive, funds were raised from donors in the various towns of the Ngwathe district. Sanitary towels were bought with the donations, and the partners gathered in Vredefort’s town hall on 2 November for their handover.The Pad Drive had raised enough funds to supply five months’ worth of sanitary towels to each of the girls at the handover in the jam-packed hall, said Masilo. Through it, Masilo and partners hoped to restore some dignity to these girls and ensure that no child missed a day of school because of her sanitary needs.“I don’t regret being a woman or being a mother, because I see the value of being a girl today,” said Ngwathe District Mayor Joey Mochela. “I want all of them to make the most out of Vanessa’s efforts and do their best in school. As elders it is our responsibility to make sure that this generation is better than us.”“My dream is to see young people back in their communities saying ‘I’m going to make a difference,’” said Masilo offering more on what motivates her to make a difference.MAKING A HABIT OF GIVING BACKAs a Play Your Part ambassador it is no surprise that the Pad Drive was not the first time Masilo and Krystal Clear Vision gave back to the community and make a telling difference in people’s lives.She also helps to build fond memories of school for girls in Free State by lending good, second-hand dresses to girls in need so that they can attend their matric farewells. “I have dresses which I lend to less privileged girls annually and these dresses are worn at their matric farewells,” Masilo explained.“After the matric farewell the dresses are returned to me and the next year other girls get to borrow the dresses so they rotate.“I believe that at that stage of a learner’s life, all they should be worrying about and stressing about is their books and how they intend on performing and passing their matric exceptionally.”In her capacity as managing director of Krystal Clear Vision, Masilo hopes to be a constant motivator for young girls and instil self confidence and attitude that would allow them “to face life’s challenges head on”.“As a businesswoman and a product of the Free State, I asked myself how I could give back to my community. My dream is to see young people back in their communities saying ‘I’m going to make a difference.’”last_img read more

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Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly ‘at fault’ in fatal car crash

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games The accident occurred on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, a small city north of Miami.The driver’s husband suffered a head injury and died two weeks later at the hospital, according to entertainment news site TMZ.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe winner of seven Grand Slam championships was not using her phone and had not taken drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, police said. Miami, United States — Tennis star Venus Williams was allegedly “at fault” in a Florida traffic accident that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man, according to a police report obtained Thursday by AFP.Williams, 37, slowed in the middle of an intersection when she was hit by a car driven by the man’s 68-year-old wife, the report said.ADVERTISEMENT Batang Gilas splits opening day matches, eyes top-two berth Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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