Kelly’s Centra giving customers a boost as N56 roadworks near end

first_imgThe team at Kelly’s Centra Mountain are seeing the positive side to new measures which show that the N56 Coolboy Kilmacrennan Road Scheme is nearing completion.The final surface course on the major roadworks scheme is being laid out over the next 9 days.This latest progress has been much-welcomed by the team at Kelly’s Centra, who have customer concerns to the fore. Mairtin Kelly, owner of the complex, said: “We are happy to see that disruption will be minimal and the main road will not be closed at all. Small local closures will be placed for up to 2 hours at a time with signed diversions. These brighter evenings will make it easier for road users to follow the new routes.”Mr Kelly has taken great interest in the roadworks over the past year. From talking to customers and hearing their concerns, he took it upon himself to speak with leading figures in the project this week.He was happy to report that the next phase of works will not see the N56 closed at any times. While local roads will have temporary diversions, this will be at limited times and only during working hours.“It was reassuring to hear that traffic is flowing as normal today, due to temperatures being too low for road resurfacing,” Mr Kelly said. “Our team and our customers are excited about the route being completed, when we will all make positive savings on our journey times between Mountain Top and Kilmacrennan.”The team at Kelly’s have stepped up on their award-winning services to ensure that customer experiences are quick and smooth at a time when road users faced travel disruption outside.“Here at Kelly’s Centra, we wanted to make sure customers can get home as quickly and safely as possible, so over the last while we’ve increased staff levels up to 20% on to accommodate getting people served and on the road again,” Mr Kelly said.“We’re conscious that the roadworks are on from 9am to 5pm, so we made Kelly’s a great place to stop by if someone wants to get a coffee or food on their journey.“We’re always thinking about ways for customers to save precious time and our self-serve hot food counter has proven very popular. The new hot food counter is fully-stocked right up to 11pm at night, and we replenished the food regularly, so it’s a great time saver for people who can get fresh dinners on their way home.” Kelly’s Centra Mountain TopHowever, from customer conversations, Mr Kelly said he has become aware of issues stemming from drivers taking back roads to avoid the works.“Some people using back roads have indicated that the potholes have damaged their tyres and alloys. Our forecourt attendants are here to help with that, while it’s good to see most people are now using the main road because of this information,” he said.Mr Kelly commended the work of contractors on the €19m roadwork project, which is expected to be completed by Easter 2019.He said: “There is great work being done by road construction crews to minimise delays.” To celebrate the fact that the end is in sight for the roadworks, Kelly’s Centra are launching a special Easter Egg offer this Thursday and Friday April 4-5th. With three medium-sized Easter Eggs for just €3, it’s just the treat!Kelly’s Centra giving customers a boost as N56 roadworks near end was last modified: April 2nd, 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)Tags:Kelly’s Centra Mountain Toproadworkslast_img read more

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WHO endorses South Africa’s sugar tax

first_imgThe World Health Organization has backed South Africa’s stance on taxing sugary drinks. It is a step towards curbing non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and obesity, says the organisation. South Africa’s sugar tax is first announced on 12 February 2016 during the national budget. It will be implemented in 2017, once legislation is finalised. (Image: Pixabay)Brand South Africa reporterThe World Organization (WHO) has voiced its support for South Africa’s upcoming tax on sugared drinks. It is part of the country’s campaign to promote better health and curb the incidence of non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes.Originally announced in the 2016 national budget by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, he said in his 2017 budget it would be implemented later this year after legislation had been passed and details finalised.“The WHO fully supports the government of South Africa’s commitment to implement a tax on sugary drinks as part of its ongoing drive to improve the health of its people and address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” says Dr Rufaro Chatora, the WHO’s representative to South Africa.Kudos to @WHOAFRO & Rufaro Chatora for briefing RSA Parliament on sugar tax & other measures to #BeatNCDs #obesity https://t.co/pjlSQKwbA1 pic.twitter.com/zRr1Gm6PZN— kent buse (@kentbuse) February 6, 2017Chatora adds: “By implementing a tax on sugary drinks to increase the prices of these beverages, South Africa will be taking a proactive step to reduce intake of sugars, which contribute to unhealthy weight gain and other diet-related NCDs, including diabetes.”Watch Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi talk about the sugar tax:According to a report titled “Mortality and Causes of Death” released on 28 February 2017 by Stats SA, “the three leading causes of natural deaths in 2014 were tuberculosis (TB), diabetes mellitus and cerebrovascular diseases”.While TB remains the leading cause of death in the country, NCDs continue their rise in the rankings of top 10 leading causes with diabetes mellitus moving from third position in 2014 to second position in 2015.The findings, says Stats SA, will help in better planning and meeting the National Development Plan goal to ensure a long and healthy life for the population by 2030.WHO member states around the world, including South Africa, have committed to halting the rise of obesity and diabetes, and reducing the number of deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025, and by 33% by 2030. The latter target is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.Setting a good exampleSouth Africa’s stance on sugary drinks and other products that can negatively affect health such as tobacco and alcohol, Chatora says, sets an example that other countries can follow.“By taking such actions, South Africa is demonstrating that with political commitment and investment in health promotion that it is possible to beat back the scourge of NCDs, including diabetes and obesity.”Additionally, the co-operation between the departments of Finance, Health and others, Chatora says, demonstrates the importance of acting to curb NCDs.“Experience from other countries that have implemented taxation of sugary drinks has demonstrated its potential to reduce consumption of sugars and raise revenues that can be used to prevent and control diabetes, obesity and other NCDs,” the WHO says.South Africa will be the first country in Africa to implement a sugar tax. Other countries that have already done so include Mexico, Hungary and France. The UK plans to do so in 2018.Eat a healthy diet with 3-5 servings of fruit & vegetables a day, reduce sugar, salt & saturated fats intake to prevent type 2 #diabetes— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 9, 2015Focus on health issuesBesides the sugar tax, the budget addresses other issues related to the health of South Africans:The commitment to achieve universal health coverage in line with the country’s National Development Plan;Increasing excise duties on alcohol and tobacco; and,/li>Plans to establish a National Health Insurance fund, initially to improve access to maternal, ante-natal and family planning services; expand school health programmes; and improve services for people with disabilities, ageing populations and people requiring mental health services.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Use paper ballots for Assembly polls: NCP

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jayant Patil on Monday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State government to conduct the Assembly polls on ballot instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). “In Lok Sabha you (BJP) won a massive mandate. It is being said that you will win more than 220 Assembly seats. Everyone is wondering how you won. Therefore, I dare you to hold the next Assembly elections on ballot paper instead of machines,” Mr. Patil said while initiating the discussion on an Opposition’s resolution. “If the election is held on ballot paper, the government’s real popularity will be clear,” he said, prompting uproar from the ruling benches. BJP’s Baburao Pacharne raised the point of order claiming it was NCP leader Ajit Pawar who had discarded the EVM malfunction theory. Mr. Pawar replied saying in a democracy everyone is entitled to their views and Mr. Patil’s opinion cannot be judged from his own statement outside the House. Mr. Patil appealed to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to bring a resolution in the Assembly asking the Election Commission of India to hold elections on ballot paper. “Just like the act for Maratha reservation we will pass this resolution unanimously. It will show whom Maharashtra supports,” Mr Patil said.Earlier, Mr. Patil accused Mr. Fadnavis of aiding irregularities in the construction of Seven Eleven Hotel within the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation by cutting mangroves. “The hotel has been built by destroying mangroves and the permission letter has the CMs sign. The hotel has a partnership of BJP MLA Narendra Mehta’s brother,” Mr. Patil said.He also alleged that Darshan Developers, a company which extended donations to the BJP formed four shell companies and raised loan worth ₹2,000 crore without having any project.last_img read more

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