Sinusitis – Will Antibiotics Help Or Not?

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Dr. Samantha Ritchie, Vantage PhysiciansColds are incredibly common, and they often involve sinus pain.  You know the sensation –you go through a whole box of Kleenex, you feel crummy and have a low grade fever.  Your sinuses feel stuffy and if you lean over, you get sinus pain.  But is it a true bacterial sinus infection, and would antibiotics help?It turns out that almost all sinus infections are viral.  According to Up To Date, only 0.5-2% of patients with sinus symptoms have bacterial sinus infections.  The medical term for this is “bacterial rhinosinusitis.”  That means that only 2 out of 100 patients with an upper respiratory infection and sinus symptoms will benefit from antibiotics. Despite this, over 85% of patients who present with sinus symptoms in the United States are given antibiotics.The problem with overprescribing antibiotics is bacteria can quickly become resistant, and soon the antibiotics don’t work anymore.  Antibiotics can also cause problems like diarrhea or allergic reactions.How can you tell if your head cold is likely to be a true bacterial sinus infection?  It is generally not possible to tell a viral from a bacterial sinus infection in the first 10 days of illness based on history, exam, or even x-rays.  However, here are three clues that point to a bacterial, rather than a viral cause:Persistent symptoms or signs of  sinusitis lasting 10 or more days with no clinical improvementOnset with severe symptoms (fever > 102°F and thick, discolored  nasal discharge or facial pain) lasting at least three consecutive days at the beginning of illnessOnset with worsening symptoms following a viral upper respiratory infection that lasted five to six days and was initially improvingRegardless of whether your sinus symptoms are caused by a virus or by bacteria, here are some things that may make you feel better:Analgesics like ibuprofen or TylenolNasal saline irrigation, with saline nasal sprays or a Neti PotNasal spray decongestants for no more than three daysOral antihistamine/decongestantsLying on a comfy sofa with a good book, preferably with a nice fire in the fireplaceThe next time you get a head cold, this information may help you decide whether you are best served by just waiting it out, or discussing your symptoms with your doctor.If you do not have your own family doctor, why not call Vantage Physicians?  We are a Direct Medical Practice offering our patients same day/next day appointments.  For $95 per month, you get your own personal physician, on call, 24/7.  We offer traditional office visits where you are seen at your appointed time for 30-60 minutes, telephone calls directly with your physician and email visits.  If you are tired of being treated like a number or a disease you will appreciate the doctors at Vantage Physicians, for more information check out our website at or call us at (360) 438-1161.last_img read more

Volunteers Wanted to Help Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners Are you looking to help the environment by being more green? Ever wondered how you could do more to help the planet by being active in your own little corner of the community? If you have passion for reducing, re-using, recycling, or composting, then we want you to join the Thurston County Master Recycler Composter volunteer program!The Master Recycler class educates attendees on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle to benefit their community and the earth.The WSU Thurston County Extension and Thurston County Solid Waste division are recruiting for this year’s Master Recycler Composter (MRC) class. MRC volunteers receive in-depth instruction on how to reduce waste, recycle, and compost in Thurston County while encouraging their family, friends, and fellow residents to do the same.Volunteers are also trained to promote the “Waste Less Food” campaign. This campaign provides valuable tips to not only save time and money, but keep precious resources from going to waste. Participants will receive background and hands-on training from local educators and experts. Class topics include waste prevention, recycling processes and markets, home composting, worm composting, repurposing items, a green consumer “how-to”, and much more.What: Master Recycler Composter Volunteer TrainingWhen: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.September 19September 26October 3October 10October 17October 24Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.September 30October 14Location: Various training rooms in Olympia/Lacey (locations posted upon acceptance)Cost: $25.00, due at first class. This fee covers all training supplies and field trips not subsidized by the Thurston County Solid Waste department or the Thurston County Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County.Thurston County Solid Waste offers educational opportunities for school age kids and community groups. Photo courtesy Thurston County Solid WasteAfter initial training, MRC course graduates agree to give a minimum of 25 hours of yearly service as they put their new skills to use. They will serve with local organizations, community members, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, or at special events encouraging waste prevention, recycling, and composting. MRCs can design their own projects or work on existing ones. On-going continuing education opportunities will be provided.Complete the online application at The last day to apply is September 12, at 5:00 p.m., and is based on availability. This training is only offered every other year and space is limited. So don’t delay, apply today!Not sure if this program will be a right fit for you?Attend one of our informational nights. Learn about the program and what it means to be a MRC volunteer. This includes program expectations as well as all the benefits you will receive being a MRC. Attend the classes listed below, no fee or preregistration, to see if the MRC program of Thurston County is a right fit for you.Informational classes:Wednesday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m., WSU Extension Office-5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia WA 98502Friday, September 8, at 6:30 p.m., WSU Extension Office-5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia WA 98502For more information about the Master Recycler Composter program, contact Cori Carlton at, or call (360) 867-2162.last_img read more

Mother seeks answers after son dies

first_img… Police investigating death as suicideThe mother of a 19-year-old mechanic is hoping to find some answers for the death of her son, who allegedly killed himself while being questioned by two Policemen.Tyrell PershadSherlene Pershad, in an interview with Guyana Times, said she had spoken to her son at about midday on Monday and he told her he wanted her to pick up some documents. She stated that her son, Tyrell Pershad, was picked up from his workplace by two Police Officers and taken to their home at Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, to uplift some documents, and a marriage certificate he had signed with an 18-year-old girl.“The girl’s mother didn’t like him and she would tell me to keep my son away from her daughter. So the Police come and order him to go and find the documents that he married to the girl and some other ones. I don’t know which documents but he carried them to our house,” she lamented.The woman said the Police told her that when they reached her home, Pershad went into the house and never came out and when they called for him, they received no answer. “They said they waited 10 minutes and when they called for him, he took a while to answer and after that the Police said he heard a noise that sound like he jump off from a wardrobe and hang himself,” the mother cried.She said the Police claimed they left after the young man did not return with the documents.Pershad recalled that when she reached home that evening, she stumbled into her son’s lifeless body which was hanging near the light switch. “When I see him I holler and unbolt the door and run outside,” she said.“The mat on the ground was in a lump on the floor, things were scattered and a table cloth was pulled down,” she said, adding that she noticed her son’s sandals, which he was wearing on that day, were in the back yard.“I think that something went wrong in the house,” she said, arguing that her son would never commit suicide.However, Commander of ‘D’ Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) Stephen Mansell told this newspaper that the Policemen have given statements in the matter and the Police is investigating Pershad’s death as a “suicide.”A post-mortem report revealed that Pershad died of suffocation. However, his mother believes something is still amiss. “The report said he died at 1:30pm but I talk to him at 1:18 pm and he was at the Police Station then,” she said, adding that “something is not right”.last_img read more

LFA First Division League Enters Match-Day 9

first_imgLPRC players celebrate after breaking LISCR FC’s 26-game unbeaten record. The Liberia Football Association (LFA) national first division league returns today, October 2 with intriguing fixtures taking place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and the Kakata Sports Stadium, Margibi County.In Group A, FA Cup semifinalists Monrovia Club Breweries will be hoping to increase their points when they take on ‘points-donors’ Small Town FC in the day’s first encounter at the ATS.Currently positioned at the fourth spot in the group, a win for Breweries will project them atop the group as they await the results of the other group members.On the other hand, Small Town FC, which continue to languish at the bottom of the group after collecting a single point out of six games played, are also going into the match to secure their first win of the season.The first leg between the two sides ended 2-1 in Breweries favor after goalkeeper Simpson Giddings scored the winning goal from the penalty spot.Watanga vs Barrack Young Controllers (BYC)Group A’s second match will be a match to watch when newly appointed coach Matthew Julutweh faces another top side following his 2-1 loss against LISCR FC.Coach Julutweh had a flying start as Watanga’s new coach after securing two wins out of his first two games against Jubilee FC 1-0, and Monrovia Club Breweries, 2-0. The former FC Fassell coach now has the challenge to maintain his unbeaten run against BYC.The ‘Go Blue Boys’ of BYC have kept their outstanding performance in phase two of the league and show no sign of slowing down. The 90 minutes will decide who takes the day.LISCR vs Keitrace FCDefending champions LISCR quest to retain the league title came to an end after they suffered a back-to-back defeat against LPRC Oilers, and Nimba United at the ATS September 16, and September 23, respectively.They will be ending their 2018 league campaign today when they face struggling Keitrace FC. After today’s match, the Shipping Boys will now have to focus on the FA Cup as they await their opponents for the semifinals.However, Keitrace FC will also be looking to recover from their dismal performance when newly appointed head coach Emmanuel Cooper make his debut. LISCR won the first leg 3-1.LISCR is in the third position with 11 points — two points behind group leaders LPRC Oilers and a point behind Nimba United.LPRC Oilers vs NPA AnchorsThe past performance of Group B leaders LPRC Oilers suggests that the ‘Oil Boys’ are optimistic of emerging as champions of the group with two matches left to be played. After a narrow 1-0 win over Nimba United at the North Star Stadium in their previous league game, the Oil Boys will battle NPA Anchors today at the Kakata Sports Stadium.LPRC Oilers won the first leg 2-0 through Stanley Whitfield and Dominic Jlateh’s strikes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Footballer remanded for robbery, damage to property

first_imgA 19-year-old footballer of James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, was hauled before the court on two charges of armed robbery and unlawful damage to property.The teenager stood before Georgetown Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied both charges.Job Caesar, who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A-Fat, faced both charges. The first charge stated that on November 25, 2018, at Lot 178 Albert and Charlotte Streets, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Jennifer Validin of a cellphone valued $30,000.The other charge stated that the young footballer, on the same date and the same location, unlawfully damaged a motor car valued $3.5 million, property of the same Virtual Complainant.The teen’s Attorney contended that the VC was being dishonest since the colour of the vehicle which she claimed Caesar damaged kept changing through posts made on social media.Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman objected to bail on the grounds that a gun was used in the crime, while noting that Caesar has another pending matter before another court. The defendant was remanded to prison. The case will continue on January 30, 2019.last_img read more

Business community anxiously awaits CCJ ruling on no-confidence case

first_imgBusinesses along Regent StreetGCCI President Nicholas BoyerThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is holding its stance on the state of business in Guyana as many entrepreneurs are still awaiting the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on the No-Confidence case.This is according to President of the Chamber, Nicholas Boyer during a recent interview with this publication.Back in February, the GCCI conducted a study following the passage of the December 21, 2018, No-Confidence Motion and found that the looming political uncertainty has caused some 64 per cent of businesses to register some sort of decline.“From the results, 64 per cent of respondents [or about two in every three businesses] experienced some form of decline due to uncertainty over the state of political affairs in Guyana. For those businesses which registered a decline in activity, approximately 85 per cent experienced a 25 to 50 per cent drop in the level of commercial activity. The remaining 15 per cent experienced 75 to 100 per cent decline in business,” the GCCI said.Against this backdrop, Boyer noted that there has been no improvement as business owners remain in suspense.“Right now we don’t see a major improvement yet because everybody is aware that May 9 and May 10 will be a hearing at the CCJ so in other words we know that there is a third round to this game and until you get a final decision [we are] still getting that effect from the No-Confidence Motion,” he explained.Furthermore, the Chamber’s President pointed out that this is likely to be the case because most persons are simply waiting on the ruling from the CCJ before making further decisions.“I think that right now businesses are still on a wait and see mode because clearly everybody is aware that on May 9 and 10 the Caribbean Court of Justice will hear arguments for and against whether the No-Confidence Motion was properly passed and then subsequent to that, make a decision,” Boyer said.He made reference to the fact that if the CCJ rules in favour of the Government to say the motion of No-Confidence was not passed then it means business as usual, however, if the court rules that the motion was validly passed to overthrow the Government then the entire country will be in uncertainty, given that the stipulated timeline for Regional and General Elections would have elapsed.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, 106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.On March 22, a divided Appeal Court ruled that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the No-Confidence Motion brought against the A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government last year.Government had subsequently asked the House to reverse the passage of the motion, but its Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, had declined the request and had advised that the court be approached. As such, Government had gone to the High Court to challenge the validity of the motion, saying that a 34 majority is needed for it to be successfully passed.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George had, in January, upheld the December 21, 2018, passage of the No-Confidence Motion, ruling that in Guyana’s 65-member National Assembly, a majority is 33. This, however, was appealed by Attorney General Basil Williams.While Justice Rishi Persaud dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate judges allowed the State’s appeal.Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.last_img read more

$54 million for family in Dodge truck death

first_imgMraz suffered fatal head injuries when he was run over by a 1992 Dodge Dakota at a container terminal on April 13, 2004. Both sides said he had left the truck running without setting the parking brake, but they differed on who was to blame for the accident. Attorneys for Mraz’s wife and family argued that a defect in the truck’s automatic transmission caused it to appear to be in the park position when it actually was between gears, and slipped into reverse after Mraz got out. They argued that the automaker had received more than 1,000 “park-to-reverse” complaints involving 1988 through 2003 Dakotas. The company issued a recall in 2000 but it was for repairs that failed to fix the problem, contended Charles Naylor, an attorney for the family. “The recall is phony. It didn’t work. There are people out there, lots of them … their cars will still malfunction,” Naylor said Friday. The jurors found that DaimlerChrysler was negligent in the truck’s design and for failing to warn consumers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A jury found that DaimlerChrysler must pay about $54 million to the family of a longshoreman who was killed by a Dodge truck that backed over him at the Port of Los Angeles, attorneys said Friday. A Superior Court jury awarded damages to the family of Richard Mraz, 38, of San Pedro in a negligence and product liability suit. The panel awarded $50 million in punitive damages on Wednesday. It awarded $5.2 million in compensatory damages on March 2, of which DaimlerChrysler was to pay about $4 million, although the specific figure must still be decided. The company said it is considering an appeal. last_img read more

CanolaFest to benefit from new liquor laws and event guidelines

first_imgCanolaFest at Peace Island Park will be one of the first summer festivals allowed to operate under new liquor licensing regulations and safety measures in the Province of B.C.Events like CanolaFest, have taken new measures to ensure public safety using the recently released B.C. Major Planned Events Guidelines.  On top of this, the festival will be one of the first to take advantage of whole-site liquor licensing so people can move throughout the festival grounds with their alcoholic beverage, rather than being restricted behind beer-garden fencing. This allows families to stay together and can help to prevent binge drinking.The Major Planned Events Guidelines provide advice and guidance on things like alternate evacuation routes, and proper supports for emergency management, public health, policing, fire and emergency health care.   According to event organizers with CanolaFest, this event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the Sunrise Rotary Club, the District of Taylor, the Taylor Fire Department, the RCMP and our sponsors.- Advertisement -The first addition of CanolaFest, presented by Good Ole’ Dayz, will happen Saturday July 18 at Peace Island Park in Taylor.  The all day festival will feature a line-up of 10 great local bands and the headliners the Road Hammers.  Tickets quickly sold-out in just over a month.  For more information about CanolaFest, visit www.canolafest.comCanolaFest is an event organized and Moose FM and Sound in Town.last_img read more

In Photos: The weekend that was

first_img-Kamworor bags World Half three-peatGeoffrey Kamworor after his third straight world half marathon title in Valencia, Spain on March 24, 2018. PHOTO/IAAFWe start off in Valencia, Spain where Geoffrey Kamworor showed that he is on the way to becoming a road running legend when he bagged his third consecutive World Half Marathon title.Kamworor dipped slightly over an hour to bag the title, but Kenya lost the team title with the next best placed man after Kamworor coming in at 12th.Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei races during the 2018 World Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain. PHOTO/IAAFJoyciline Jepkosgei led Pauline Kaveke to a 2-3 finish in the women’s race won by Ethiopia’s Netsanet Kebede in a new women’s only record of 1:06:11.-Italian Gagli clinches 2018 Kenya Open titleBarclays Bank of Kenya Chairman Charles Muchene dresses Italian Lorenzo Gagli in his winner’s coat after he clinched the 2018 Kenya Open title at the Muthaiga Golf Club on March 25, 2018. Watching is President Uhuru Kenyatta PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaItaly’s Lorenzo Gagli beat Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring in the third hole of a sudden death play-off, to claim the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Golf title at Muthaiga Golf Club yesterday.The two players had tied on 11 under par 273 after the end of regulation play with Gagli firing three under par 68 in the closing round, while Fahrbring posted 67 to also bring his total to 11 under par.Lorenzo Gagli, winner of the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Golf Championship follows his tee on the final day of the tournament on March 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe two went to the par three-13th hole for the play off, where they parred the hole twice, before Gagli claimed the third hole with a par, to clinch his first victory and the 10-million shilling prize money.-I would rather enjoy my K’Ogalo, says BabaPresident Uhuru Kenyatta together with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga walk on the Muthaiga Golf Club course with other dignitaries during the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open final day on March 25, 2018. PHOTO/PSCUThe new BFFs in town, President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga walked side by side to the 2018 Kenya Open final day in Muthaiga.But while President Kenyatta is an ardent golf fun, Baba seemed not to fancy the ‘gentleman’s game’ a lot.“It was nice watching the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open but I think I’ll stick to watching the Mighty Gor Mahia,” Raila tweeted after the evening’s session in Muthaiga.-Unbeaten KCB retain Kenya Cup titleKenya Commercial Bank captain Curtis Lilako and his assistant Darwin Mukidza lead teammates in celebrating their Kenya Cup win against Kabras Sugar at the Lion’s Den on March 24, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIt was the closest Kabras Sugar have come to toppling Kenya Cup giants KCB and Saturday’s final at the Lion’s Den in Ruaraka provided a spectacle for neutrals.Well, the Bankers, unbeaten this entire season showed their superiority holding on for 29-24 win, but Kabras left the pitch feeling that sooner rather than later, they will topple the Lions.Calm down, we got this! Kenya Commercial Bank coach Curtis Olago showing confidence on the touchline during their Kenya Cup final against Kabras Sugar at the Lion’s Den on March 24, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaBut one thing that was worth fancying from the tie was Curtis Olago’s confidence.The KCB tactician never seemed to bat an eyelid even when the game was under immense pressure and he cut out a composed figure on the touchline.While his opposite number Charles Cardovillis was animated on the bench, Olago kept his calm, but burst out as soon as the final whistle went.-Kapenguria Heroes, Plateau Queens to Chapa Dimba with Wanyama in LondonKapenguria Heroes players in happy moments after stunning Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 in post-match penalties to win the inaugural Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom title at Bukhungu Stadium on 25th March 2018. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKapenguria Heroes from West Pokot and Plateau Queens from Nyanza Region were crowned national champions of the inaugural Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament yesterday.Kapenguria upset pre-match favourites Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 on penalties with keeper Brian Lumumba saving all of Gor’s attempts while Plateau won the girls’ title with a 4-3 wins over Tar Tar, also on penalties.Plateau Queens from Nyanza region celebrating after upsetting Tar Tar 4-3 in post-match penalties to be crowned the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONThe two teams walked home with one-million shillings in prize money and a priceless one-week trip to London where they will benefit from clinics and mentorship from Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama.-Harambee Stars draw Comoros in MarrakechHarambee Stars players hurdle for a prayer after a training session in Marrakech. PHOTO/FKFNot the best of performances from Harambee Stars who on Saturday evening came from behind to draw 2-2 with Comoros, ranked 132nd in the world.Clifton Miheso wiped the blushes off Stars who might find themselves dropping in the next release of rankings after the draw.-Ushuru, City Stars aim to get back to PL businessUshuru players celebrate the second of Billy Oporia’s goals against Nairobi Stima in a National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPlaying in the second tier is no joke! It is a tough league where everybody treats a game like a final ultimately hoping to dive into the big boys’ pool, the Kenyan Premier League.Ushuru FC and City Stars have tasted the sweetness of the waters that trickle from the KPL and despite starting their season slow, both sides are aiming to get back to the top.They won their weekend National Super League ties and hope to keep a consistent run throughout.-Oh, poor Hami, It’s Vett’s title!Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (right) celebrates winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix on the podium beside second-placed Lewis HamiltonSebastian Vettel won a thrilling duel with world champion Lewis Hamilton to steal the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.The four-time world champion got the jump on the Mercedes ace off a miscalculation on the pit stop under Virtual Safety Car conditions and held off Hamilton for his second straight win in Melbourne and third overall.Sebastian Vettel (R) celebrates winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix with second-placed Lewis Hamilton (L) and third-placed teammate Kimi RaikkonenFerrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen resisted a challenge from Australian Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo to take third and join Vettel on the podium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italian Lorenzo Gagli relishes his moment after winning the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Gold title on March 25, 2018 at the Muthaiga Golf Club.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26- Once again, it was yet another action packed weekend in sports both locally and internationally, some providing spectacular photographic moments.From Geoffrey Kamworor earning a three-peat of the World Half Marathon Championship to KCB retaining their Kenya Cup title and Lorenzo Gagli bagging the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open title, we re-live the weekend that was, in photos.last_img read more


first_imgA recent protest by locals at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana.The end appears to be in sight for one of Donegal’s most dangerous road crossings after €3M was announced for a new bridge in Buncrana.The funding for the new Cockhill Bridge was announced by Minister Joe McHugh this morning.It is now anticipated that work will start almost immediately on the bridge.It ends a long-running saga which has seen protests at the bridge which locals claim was a serious danger.Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, “I am delighted to announce today that €3million funding has been secured for a new bridge at Cockhill, Buncrana.“Following a meeting I organised for a deputation from Inishowen Municipal District to meet with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, a report was submitted to the Dept. and once a review was carried out, the Minister has agreed to support this project in full and provide funding.”Within the report submitted to the Dept., the plan outlined in detail provision for a new road bridge to be located south of the existing Cockhill Bridge as part of the outer relief road. This new bridge would become the main vehicular route for the R238.As the bridge would be built to current design standards there will no longer be turning issues.The road will also have footways which would constitute a pedestrian route towards Buncrana.It is expected that once the new bridge is complete, the existing bridge would most likely become redundant for motor vehicles and could be used as a pedestrian/ cycle route to access local amenities in Cockhill.“Cockhill Bridge has been a health and safety issue for local residents and those who have to use the bridge for more years than it ever should have been. The community and public representatives have been raising their concerns for years and I have been working with my colleague Minister Donohoe, and his predecessor, Minister Leo Varadkar, to highlight not only the public safety concerns but also the importance of this juncture for vehicles and the increased development of the surrounding areas. While these developments have been to the benefit of the local shop, school etc. there is no footpath at present and even an Garda Siochana have voiced concerns around the safety of the bridge,” said Minister McHugh.The announcement has also been welcomed by the Cockhill Bridge Action Group.The Minister added “The significance of this project cannot be underestimated. This new bridge opens up North and North West Inishowen – where there have been major developments from a tourism perspective. With the development and success of the Wild Atlantic Way, this will lead to the connecting of Malin Head to Fanad Lighthouse, both of which have been selected as Signature Points along the route, and today’s announcement now becomes a significant investment for these areas as well.“A lot of hard work has gone in to ensuring that this funding announced today is confirmed and I would like to acknowledge the local communities, the local authority, especially the engineers who have worked hard to ensure that this project had its homework done and was shovel-ready once monies committed, my colleagues Councillors Bernard McGuinness and John Ryan for their tireless work, and a special mention must be given to previous Cllr Peter The Egg McLaughlin who was a long-time advocate of the bridge and all his work on ensuring this bridge was a priority must be acknowledged. I would like to thank Minister Paschal Donohoe and his officials for understanding the importance of the new bridge for Buncrana and the surrounding areas. I would also like to highlight and commend in particular the Cockhill Action Group for not only campaigning on safety grounds, but for advocating so strongly that I believe they helped ensure the urgency of the issue was wholly understood by all.“I will continue to work closely with the Dept. and the Donegal County Council to help get this project moving now as quickly and efficiently as possible. Cockhill Bridge spans 24m over the Crana River and carries the Regional Route R238, the main access road serving the Inishowen Peninsula. The R238 begins at the junction with the National Primary N13 in Bridgend and passes through Burnfoot, Fahan, Buncrana, Clonmany, Ballyliffin, Carndonagh, Culdaff, Gleneely, Moville, Redcastle and Quigleys Point, before terminating in Muff at the border with Northern Ireland where it becomes the A2. The R238 therefore forms a vital commercial link between towns and villages within Inishowen, as well as being the primary access / exit route to the city of Derry and other parts of Donegal.”DELIGHT AS €3 MILLION ANNOUNCED FOR NEW BUNCRANA BRIDGE was last modified: June 11th, 2015 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:buncranaCockhill BridgefundingMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more