Govt needs to outline the lessons learned from Donegal gorse fires – Doherty

first_imgThe Taoiseach and Minister with Responsibility for Defence are being urged to provide details of the measures they have in place when a threat from an emergency situation – such as wildfires, floods and natural disasters – are posed. The calls come following last month’s devastating gorse fires which caused widespread destruction across huge swathes of west Donegal.Scores of local community members, volunteers and the emergency services eventually helped extinguish the fires. The government faced heavy criticism at the time over the delay in granting approval for the Air Corp helicopter to be deployed to attend to the scene.In urging the government to outline the work being done to ensure that communities receive adequate supports when faced with a similar crisis in future, Pearse Doherty said: “It’s over two weeks on now since those major wildfires to ravage large parts of west Donegal were successfully put out.“Everyone concerned rallied around and did their bit to help bring the fires under control, including local farmers, business owners and others who brought in water tankers and took other measures to assist the emergency services.“In fact, the Gardaí, Donegal Fire Service personnel, the army, members of the Air Corp, and all the emergency responders who were deployed to tend to the blaze that weekend cannot be commended enough for what they did tackle, what were, some of the worst wildfires to strike the county in many years. “And while nothing should be said or done to downplay nor negate the tremendous and life-saving work done by the emergency services, we are still waiting for a full explanation in relation to just why it took so long for the government to give the green light for the Air Corp helicopter to arrive in order to provide assistance.“This is despite the fact that it was clear to everyone who was present in the area quite early on over the course of that fateful weekend that a number of properties and homes were in danger, and that the fires posed a real and substantive risk to human life. “In their immediate aftermath, I called on the Minister (Paul Kehoe) to carry out an urgent review into what lessons had been learnt from those fires in order to ascertain what the various authorities and emergency services could take away from the experience with the view to improving how the state co-ordinates its overall response to such crisis situations going forward. “Not only should this include examining the procedures which are to be adopted by first responders and other authorities when events like this occur but also looking at how measures to mitigate against fires, such as hedgerow trimming and roadside maintenance, can be improved.“In addition, I requested that the Minister task his officials with also exploring the various ways which the state could potentially facilitate and even compliment the work of the emergency services by perhaps equipping volunteers and communities in some way, and looking at how we could compensate them accordingly for their assistance. “Unbelievably, however, I am still waiting to receive a reply from the Minister and his officials to those very questions – despite my correspondence having been sent to him over a fortnight ago.“Naturally, when it comes to dealing with major emergencies like we witnessed in this county last month, no one can afford to be complacent in terms of how we respond and plan for them, particularly whenever people’s lives are on the line. “There can be no excuse for the lack of urgency being shown by the government here, and so this week I will again be seeking urgent answers from both the Taoiseach and the Minister and I will be calling on them to give details of the steps being taken to ensure that, when faced with similar emergency situations in future, communities can be assured that they receive a fully co-ordinated, well resourced and planned emergency response.”Govt needs to outline the lessons learned from Donegal gorse fires – Doherty was last modified: May 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:West Donegallast_img read more

WEF Africa 2016: The village of the future

first_img13 May 2016To technologically transform our villages, the government first needs to work on land reforms, Gisele Yitamben #af16 pic.twitter.com/oJulP69iNM— FACRA (@FACRA_Angola) May 12, 2016Panellists at the WEF on Africa 2016 session the Village of the Future included renewable energy expert Sameer Hajee, Babatunde Osotimehin director at the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Millicom Africa CEO Cynthia Gordon and Cameroonian economist Gisele Yitamben.Kenyan entrepreneur James Mwangi moderated the session.The theme for the discussion asked the question How can rural economies become self-sufficient? The conversation covered a number of issues including:Moving from a consumer to producer mind-set;Fostering distributed manufacturing; and;Building on the strengths of their communities.The panel discussed at length the power of mobile technology and renewable energy in empowering rural communities to compete in the global market place.Issues and challenges such as climate change, gender equality and land reform were also weighed up against the backdrop of evolving African social and political structures.Watch the full panel discussion below:Source: WEF Africa 2016last_img read more

Are you travel ready?

first_img18 December 2015As the December break begins, the Department of Home Affairs has launched a campaign to urge all South Africans to make sure they are “travel ready” before they go on holiday – particularly if they are travelling with children.Find out more about new requirements for children travelling through South African ports of entry – effective 1 June 2015 – on the Department of Home Affairs website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img

Women voters increase by 8%

first_imgThe number of registered women voters in Maharashtra has grown by over 8% since 2014, the State Election Commission (SEC) revealed on Saturday. More than 8.94 crore voters will elect 288 members to the Legislative Assembly on October 21. Of these, 4.27 crore are women. The rise in the number of women voters — from 3.94 crore in 2014 — has improved the gender ratio of voters to 914 in 2019 from 889 in 2014. The number of registered voters has increased by 59.17 lakh — around 7% — from 8.35 crore in 2014 to 8.94 crore. State Chief Electoral Officer Baldev Singh said the SEC had deleted 2.16 lakh names that had been repeated on the rolls. “It is a lengthy process and all protocols have been followed. We do not want to deprive eligible voters of their voting rights.” He also said that 96.81% registered voters had been issued photo identity cards. The State has 1.17 lakh service voters (members of the armed forces or armed police forces, Government of India employees posted elsewhere). As many as 3.6 lakh persons with disabilities registered on the rolls will be able to find their polling stations and arrange for wheelchairs on the SEC’s PwD app. Nearly 6.5 lakh people will be engaged by the State machinery in the run-up to the polls.last_img read more

Bhartiya Kisan Union hits out at U.P. govt. for booking farmers over power dues

first_imgThe Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) slammed the State government for registering cases against farmers over pending power bills. Addressing a farmers’ meeting in Alipur Aterna village here on Monday, BKU State President Naresh Tikait said that the organisation will not tolerate “atrocities” inflicted on farmers with the State’s power department officials registering cases for not paying electricity bills while sugar mills have not yet cleared dues of the farmers. The Allahabad High Court had last month directed the State government to clear dues of sugarcane farmers.Mr. Tikait criticised the Government for not being “sensitive towards farmers’ problems”.He urged the State to take steps for clearing the existing dues as the new cane crushing season has already started.last_img read more

Video: Former USC WR Robert Woods Give Touching Speech About His Sister During Graduation

first_imgA general view of the USC Trojans football field.LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: Genreal view of the stadium during the game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods, now in his third year with the team, has been returning to his alma mater, USC, in the offseasons to finish up the credits needed to earn his degree. This past spring, he finished his final semester – meaning he’s now graduated. The speech he gave during the ceremony was released by the school Friday, and it’s worth watching.Woods revealed what his sister, who passed away from cancer back in 2007, told him the day she died. Her wish was that Woods become a role model. He believes that by graduating from USC, which he calls the best school for both academics and athletics, he’s accomplished that. Check it out:USC WR @robertwoods made a promise to his late sister to be a role model.#USCgrad speech: https://t.co/GQ7UHBUeOG pic.twitter.com/PsgkNEmj8c— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 13, 2016Woods has caught 152 passes for 1,838 yards and 11 touchdowns in his three years. It’s clear he’s very proud of where he went to school.last_img read more

Scorpio Tankers Linked to Tanker Pair Order

first_imgzoom Monaco-based tanker shipping company Scorpio Tankers has been tied to the sale of two medium-range 2 (MR2) chemical product tankers, VesselsValue’s data shows. The ships in question are STI Emerald and STI Sapphire and they have been sold for USD 28 million each to an undisclosed buyer.Both 52,000 dwt tankers were built at South Korean Hyundai Mipo shipyard in 2013.The Marshall Island-flagged vessels have a length of 183.3 meters and a width of 32.2 meters.When contacted, Scorpio Group’s spokesperson told World Maritime News that the company has “no comment on this market rumor.”Last month, the company entered into agreements to sell and leaseback three MR product tankers, STI Beryl, STI Le Rocher and STI Larvotto, to China’s Bank of Communications.The 52,000 dwt ships were also constructed at Hyundai Mipo in 2013.Recently, Scorpio Tankers released financial results for the first quarter of 2017 which show that the company suffered a net loss of USD 11.5 million, compared to a net income of USD 28 million posted in the same period of 2016. The decrease was driven mainly by low time charter equivalent (TCE) rates.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright Sandals Resorts Launches New Ad Campaign

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (January 8, 2016) – Sandals Resorts has launched a new advertising campaign for 2016 with a no-worry theme. The campaign, which was created by Miami-based Hunter Hamersmith Advertising, encourages audiences to “Join the No Worry Movement” and is set against ‘Three Little Birds,’ the classic Bob Marley song. It is the first time Jamaican-owned Sandals Resorts has sought marketing inspiration from and aligned its advertising with a Caribbean entity. According to Sandals Resorts International chairman and founder, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, the current effort is an evolution of the previous “Closer You Look” campaign which was introduced in 2014 and that focused on the quality inclusions that differentiate the Sandals experience, to bring it to its natural conclusion: because everything is taken care of, vacationers don’t have to worry.“Since the very beginning, our brand has been focused on making it easy for couples to enjoy a romantic, luxury Caribbean beach vacation. Our new campaign brings this very simple idea to life. In words, images and great music by Jamaica’s own Bob Marley, we’re saying don’t worry about a thing – come, relish the time you have together. We’ve made sure that all that you could desire is provided; amazing accommodations, great food, wine, drinks, watersports and so much more. At Sandals Resorts, guests don’t have to worry about a thing,” said Stewart.The association of Sandals Resorts with another internationally-recognized Jamaican brand was important to Stewart and his creative team. “Our advertising agency had been working on the ‘No Worry’ concept for months and felt its success would be predicated on the rarely-granted use of Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds.’ We were thrilled when word came from the Marley Estate granting permission,” said Stewart. In fact, not only did the Marley Estate allow use of the song, but Skip Marley, grandson of the late reggae icon/son of Cedella Marley and a rising entertainer in his own right, cut a refreshed modern version of the song which is at the forefront of the new campaign.The campaign launched to a diverse North American consumer audience on January 1, 2016 across various mediums including print, online and television and will feature programming and messaging that encourages consumers to “join the No Worry Movement” by sharing their #noworrymoment over social channels. Images of white sand beaches, crystal blue water and happy couples will feel familiar, but presented in a hip, modern way that enhances Marley’s relaxed music and message. More details of the No Worry Movement and consumer opportunities tied to the campaign, will be revealed as the campaign unfolds in the first and second quarters. According to Gary Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales for Unique Vacations, an affiliate of Unique Travel Corp., worldwide representatives for Sandals Resorts, a complementary business-to-business campaign for the influential trade also debuts this month.“We are creating a movement, a No Worry Movement. So don’t worry about a thing, it’s all good and it’s all at Sandals,” says Stewart. Related Items:new campaign ad, noworrymovement, sandals resortslast_img read more

Jamaica saw two new Senators sworn in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 21, 2017 – Kingston – Newly appointed Opposition Senators, Donna Scott-Mottley and Damion Crawford, were sworn in today (October 20), during the Senate’s sitting at Gordon House.   Both, who took the Oath of Allegiance during a brief swearing-in ceremony, fill the vacancies that were created following the resignation of former Opposition Senators, Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke and Mark Golding.Dr. Brown Burke and Mr. Golding are candidates in the upcoming by-elections for South West St. Andrew and South St. Andrew respectively, which will be held on October 30.Acting Leader of Government Business in the Senate, and Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., welcomed Mrs. Scott-Mottley and Mr. Crawford to the Upper House.   He expressed confidence that both will contribute to the rigorous debates that are a feature of the Senate’s sittings.“(I hope) they will certainly fall in line with the high standards that we try to keep as a review chamber. We look forward to the kind of cooperation and coordination that we all seek, and we certainly wish you both all the best throughout your term,” he said.For his part, Senate President, Hon. Tom Tavares-Finson, expressed confidence that the new appointees will contribute to the high standards of the sittings.“We trust that your stay here will be (as) long as you desire, and we trust that you will enjoy your stay with us and participate. The persons who have left us, Senator Brown Burke and Senator Golding, have left their mark here, and we know that you will also,” he said.Similar sentiments were expressed by Opposition Senator, K.D. Knight, in his welcome.In her response, Mrs. Scott Mottley, who has also been appointed as Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, said she and Senator Crawford are committed to the people of Jamaica, and pledged to uphold the dignity of the Senate.“Mr. President, I did not swear that Oath lightly, it means a lot to me.   I pledge cordiality, even where we might have disagreements, and I am honoured to have been so warmly welcomed by the Senators on both sides.   It is indeed something that my colleague (and I) take very seriously,” she said.Mrs. Scott Mottley, who is an attorney-at -law, served as Government Senator in the early 1990s and again in 2005, while Mr. Crawford, who is a lecturer and businessman, served as Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew from 2011 to 2016.Release: JISlast_img read more