Concern raised in Donegal over Garda restructuring plan

first_imgThe Chair of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee (JPC) has raised concern over proposals to restructure the Garda organisation.A network of 19 “mini police forces” is to be set up across the country.The move would see Donegal and Sligo/Leitrim become one force. There are suggestions the plan will mean up to nine chief superintendents and as many as 30 superintendents — almost a fifth of all superintendents — may be “surplus to requirements”.The “divisional” model will replace the current “district” model. There are 107 of these, headed by a superintendent.Under the new model, there won’t be a superintendent in charge of everything in the district, but a divisional superintendent in charge of crime, two to three in charge of community engagement, one for performance, and an assistant principal officer in charge of HR, administration and finance. Councillor Gerry McMonagle said he attended several national joint policing meetings across the country but at no time were major reforms outlined.He told Donegal Daily: “These proposed changes were not raised with us at the JPC at a local level or for that matter nationally.“I would have attended a number of joint policing meetings with other chairs of committees with the policing authority, but plans of this nature were never ever mentioned to us,” McMonagle added.“There was always talk about improving Garda statistics but there was no talk of merging counties, divisions or districts.”The Letterkenny councillor said suggestions of a new plan for the county only created further ‘uncertainty’.He continued: “I haven’t heard anyone from any walk of life, and especially from the Gardaí, who are favour of it. “Most of the rank and file Gardaí are opposed to it, they can’t understand it.“The fact that the Garda Representative Association (GRA) or the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors were not informed, says a lot about this plan.“For example, under the new proposals, County Kerry has been allowed to stay on its own, which is in a similar situation to Donegal without the added pressure and problem of Brexit.“Donegal is on a border with a city that has over 120,000 people, in what is technically another jurisdiction. “Questions have to be asked about why certain counties were allowed to stay on their own but Donegal wasn’t,” he added.“It only brings further uncertainty to the county.“Garda management in the county have been lobbying for a number of years to get increase resources into Donegal.“They work and live in the county and understand what is needed in terms of additional gardaí on the ground, more vehicles and other resources.“Now, if garda management moves to Sligo, which has been suggested, who is going to take care of the needs of Donegal?“And what sort of pressure will they be under if they don’t deliver for Sligo or for Leitrim.“I just think they have put the cart before the horse and now Commissioner (Drew) Harris has suggested he is going to consult with JPCs, the GRA and it is all cart before the horse.“This should have been done prior to this plan being unveiled,” McMonagle concluded.Concern raised in Donegal over Garda restructuring plan was last modified: August 24th, 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)last_img read more

Mlambo-Ngcuka to head UN Women

first_img12 July 2013 South Africa’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has been appointed the new head of UN Women, the United Nations body tasked with promoting women’s rights and their full participation in global affairs. Mlambo-Ngcuka replaces Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile, who served as the first executive director of UN Women, or the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. Bachelet stepped down a few months ago. Announcing the appointment on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Mlambo-Ngcuka brought to the position a wealth of experience in advocating for women’s issues, combined “with a combination of strategic leadership, consensus building and hands-on management experience”. Mlambo-Ngcuka, 57, served as South Africa’s first woman deputy president from 2005 to 2008, having served as deputy trade and industry minister from 1996 to 1999 and minerals and energy minister from 1999 to 2005. She was elected to Parliament in South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Among her many activities, Mlambo-Ngcuka established the Umlambo Foundation in 2008 to provide support to schools in impoverished areas in South Africa through mentorship and coaching for teachers and in Malawi through school improvements with local partners. South African President Jacob Zuma congratulated Mlambo-Ngcuka on Thursday, saying her appointment was recognition “not only of her contribution to the advancement of women in South Africa, but also an acknowledgement of the considerably influential and progressive role that South Africa and its people continue to play in the global affairs”. UN Women was established in July 2010 by a unanimous vote of the General Assembly to oversee all of the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights. It is tasked with helping member states to implement standards, providing technical and financial support to countries which request it, and forging partnerships with civil society. Within the UN, it holds the world body accountable for its own commitments on gender equality. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Mamata’s pen drips sarcasm on Centre’s economic policies

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday once gain took recourse to sarcastic poems to target the economic policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at the Centre. She alleged there was a “dangerous situation” for common people and also asked where the country was heading to with depleting foreign exchange reserve.“Rupee suffering from low fever, petrol and diesel prices highest ever,” she said in a post on social media. Earlier this month, she had written a similar poem titled ‘Identity’ expressing her opposition to the ongoing exercise of National Register of Citizens in Assam. In the post, she alleged that foreign exchange reserves had fallen by $21.84 billion between March end and August 3 and current account deficit was moving up towards 2.8% of the GDP. “The unprepared bravado of launching GST has resulted in a massive loss to State revenues to the tune of ₹48,178 crore during July 2017 and March 2018,” she said. She also alleged that the makeshift filing of GST has now “charges of racketeering, black marketing and hawala.” “Everyone of this country is concerned now. Where are we heading to,” she asked.last_img read more

Frigid Super Bowl raises questions about northern venues

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC While warmer climates tend to be more popular host cities, a flashy new stadium and amenities often play a bigger role than the weather in determining who will host the big game.“The owners will do as they like. So that’s one of those decisions that’s just not up to the fan base,” said Mark Cobb, who has been to several Super Bowls in his work for the NFL Players Association. “Wherever has the newest, prettiest stadium, that’s who gets the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCobb, of Washington, said everyone in Minnesota was nice, and he’d return to Minneapolis for a Super Bowl. But he said the weather felt “like I was being punished. Minnesota is where they send you when you’re bad. But if you embrace it like the people who live here, instead of fighting it, it’s not so bad.”The NFL has used the Super Bowl as a reward for municipalities that pump public money into new venues. Minnesota was awarded the game in 2014, two years after state lawmakers approved a financing package that had taxpayers paying nearly half the cost of the $1.1 billion stadium. Nadal expects to be fit to play in Acapulco this month Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In this picture made with a specialty lens the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)MINNEAPOLIS — After years of planning and many millions in spending, there was one thing organizers of Super Bowl 52 couldn’t control — a Minnesota winter.The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots played inside. But as fans were heading to U.S. Bank Stadium at noon Sunday, the temperature in Minneapolis was minus-2 degrees, with a wind chill of negative 23 — by far the coldest Super Bowl on record — raising questions about whether the NFL’s marquee event would ever return to Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Andrea Mokros, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, said the event was a “huge success.” Visitor numbers were still being calculated, but Mokros said outdoor concerts and other events were well attended, even on the coldest nights during 10 days of festivities.“The cold didn’t slow anyone down and in fact made it a more memorable experience,” she said. Mokros said the winter climate allowed the host committee to offer a different sort of fun for guests, such as snowmobiling or skijoring (cross-country skiing while being pulled by a dog). And she said she felt some pride when she saw celebrities donning winter hats and embracing the cold weather.Paul Vaaler, a professor of management and law at the University of Minnesota law school and the Carlson School of Management, said while warmer tourist destinations are more likely to get Super Bowls, there is some strategy to spreading the game to different franchises: The promise of a Super Bowl can lead cities to build new stadiums and keep teams from leaving certain markets.Because of that, he said, other northern cities are likely to host the Super Bowl before Minnesota gets another chance.“That incentive to build a stadium and attract the Super Bowl is gone (for Minnesota), but it’s not gone in a place like Cincinnati, or a place like Denver” or other northern NFL cities that have stadiums that are more than 20 years old. “For other northern climates, there will be pressure.”Some fans said the weather was tolerable and there were plenty of experiences in Minneapolis to keep them entertained. Others said that even though Minnesotans were hospitable, they’d prefer a warmer location.“The cold was just brutal,” said Philadelphia Eagles fan Terry Laufer of Carrollton, Virginia. His wife, Rhonda, said: “I would never be able to bring children here. It would be too risky.” The pair said they’d return with their grandkids in September, when it’s warmer.“You could have had the Arctic Circle and it would have been a great experience,” said Jody Haggerty of Milford, Pennsylvania. “Minneapolis made it work. … It’s not about the location. It’s about the experience, the atmosphere and the game.” Other northern cities have reaped similar benefits. New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium got a Super Bowl in its fourth season, the only outdoor Super Bowl at a northern site to date (2014). Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis hosted in 2012 and Ford Field in Detroit hosted in 2006, both at the end of their fourth seasons. The only other Super Bowls held in the north were in suburban Detroit at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 and in Minneapolis at the Metrodome in 1992.While warmer climates have held more Super Bowls, there is no rotation of pre-selected cities that get picked, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He said it’s up to club owners to take the initial step of expressing an interest in hosting. The sites of the next four Super Bowls are already chosen: Atlanta in 2019, followed by South Florida, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.Atlanta has a stadium that opened in 2017. Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa have been renovated in the past three years, and Los Angeles will have a new stadium by the time it hosts the game.McCarthy said the weather in Minneapolis wasn’t a negative. Instead, he said it provided new experiences for fans, some of whom took advantage of the Minneapolis skyway system, a collection of enclosed — and heated — pedestrian bridges.“We knew weather was going to be a factor and we embraced it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 days agoHarry Redknapp regrets missing out on Liverpool job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Harry Redknapp regrets missing out on Liverpool jobby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp admits he regrets missing out on the Liverpool job.Former Tottenham manager Redknapp has revealed how he would have loved a chance to stand in the Anfield dugout as the Reds’ manager.”If I had one club I’d loved to have managed it would have been Liverpool. I loved them,” he told the Daily Mail. “I can see them winning the league this year. Give them the title and give it to them now. “I’ve had a big bet and I think the bookmakers should pay me out!” last_img

6 days agoJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngsters

first_imgJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson is impressed by the club’s youngsters.Johnson singled out one of the Blues’ young players for acclaim, and thinks it would not be a surprise to see them playing Champions League football next season.”Tammy Abraham has impressed me the most because the Premier League is a totally different beast to the Championship,” he told Betdaq. “To score the amount of goals he has so far shows he’s handled the change very well.”I hope Chelsea can fight for a top four place.”If they can get anywhere near then it’s an absolutely fantastic season for them. With Manchester City and Tottenham not firing on all cylinders I think they have got a real chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Caribbean Parliamentarians Urged to Scale Up Action Against HIV and AIDS

first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is calling on the region’s parliamentarians to scale up action in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean.He said that priority must be given to tackling stigma and discrimination against people living with AIDS, and removing legal and social barriers that drive the epidemic underground and limit access to prevention and treatment.He said parliamentarians must also support and advance actions for social protection of people living with HIV, and become advocates and ambassadors for HIV and AIDS in their communities, constituencies and in the Parliament.He further urged support for human rights and social justice programmes; adoption of effective legal provisions addressing violence against women and girls; and development of social services, including shelters.Minister Chuck was addressing the opening of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Regional Parliamentarians Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 30.He welcomed the staging of the event, noting that it is a clarion call for leaders to get involved and stay involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He said the disease has demonstrated the capacity to destabilise countries.Minister Chuck said the biggest mistake would be to treat HIV/AIDS as solely a health issue.“The social determinants of HIV demand a response that transcends the boundaries of health sectors. We cannot address HIV and AIDS without addressing institutionalised discrimination of women, gender-based violence, poverty, social exclusion and inequality,” he noted.Meanwhile, Director of PANCAP, Dereck Springer, said the involvement of parliamentarians is a critical component in reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the region.He said that in order to achieve better outcomes for key populations, PANCAP will continue to engage parliamentarians “for involvement in every stage of the process for revising policies, allocating resources and holding governments accountable as a means of maximising outcomes”.Some 63 parliamentarians from several Caribbean countries attended the two-day forum, where they participated in discussions aimed at designing a strategy for the elimination of HIV/AIDS in the region by 2030.Among the issues examined was the constitutional challenges posed by the criminalisation of sex between consenting adults, and discrimination based on gender, identity and sexual orientation.There was increased engagement on issues such as health, social protection and justice, particularly in Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, which have higher HIV prevalence rates.The PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum aims to establish significant strategies that will inform critical steps regional parliamentarians can implement to contribute effectively to ending HIV transmission and AIDS-related deaths.PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organisations, regional institutions, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners.It provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic and coordinates a response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS, to maximise efficient use of resources, increase impact, mobilise resources and build capacity of partners.Representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the CARICOM Secretariat also participated in the forum. He said that priority must be given to tackling stigma and discrimination against people living with AIDS, and removing legal and social barriers that drive the epidemic underground and limit access to prevention and treatment. Story Highlights Minister Chuck said the biggest mistake would be to treat HIV/AIDS as solely a health issue. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is calling on the region’s parliamentarians to scale up action in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean.last_img read more

Police lay charges against man accused of jumping naked into shark tank

first_imgTORONTO – A British Columbia man is facing charges in two separate but related incidents in Toronto, including one where he’s accused of jumping naked into a shark tank at an aquarium.Toronto Police allege the first incident took place early Friday evening outside Medieval Times, where they say he assaulted a man.Two hours later, police allege the man went to Ripley’s Aquarium where they say he stripped off his clothes, vaulted a barrier and jumped into the tank.Videos posted online show a naked man swimming in the tank as sharks pass underneath, with a security guard yelling at him to get out of the water.David Weaver was arrested near Thunder Bay, Ont., earlier this week and was brought to Toronto to face three charges.Police say the 37-year-old is facing one count of assault causing bodily harm and two mischief-related charges.last_img read more

MEET JADEN OEHR

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook .WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE?The most challenging thing has been all the waiting! There is a lot of waiting in this industry.The most rewarding experience I’ve had is having the opportunity to have a character in a movie and be able to bring him to life.WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF CHARACTER TO PLAY?I like to play a nice, happy, energetic boy because that’s what I am! It makes getting into character easier. But I also like having characters that challenge me or teach me something new.WHAT MARKET DO YOU CURRENTLY WORK IN? ARE THERE OTHER AREAS YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK?I’ve been lucky to be cast in a bunch of short films and commercials. I would love to be part of a TV series because I haven’t had that opportunity before!WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THE ACTING INDUSTRY?Always be positive and never doubt yourself. Just keep smiling and show them what you can do!WHAT FUELS YOUR PASSION?Having the opportunity to explore new characters and try out another person’s life.WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GUESS?That I love origami!IF YOU WERE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, WOULD YOU DO THINGS EXACTLY THE SAME? DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS? SUCCESSES THAT MAKE YOU PROUD?Sometimes I wish I could do some auditions from the past differently. But I’m proud of all my roles in films and commercials!WHO ARE YOU REPRESENTED BY?City Talent Management in Vancouver. My agent is amazing!WHERE HAVE YOU DONE TRAINING?I’ve been lucky to train with some amazing studios and coaches in Vancouver.SOCIAL MEDIA:INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/jadenoehr/IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8967308/TWITTER: https://twitter.com/jadenoehrAt such a young age, Jaden is very talented and well grounded. We look forward to seeing what Jaden will do in the future.CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL INTERVIEWS IN OUR ASPIRING TALENT SERIESIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) As part of our aspiring talent series, we had the opportunity to catch up with Jaden Oehr who is an 8-year-old actor in Vancouver, Canada. Jaden has done some National commercials as well as some film.WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER, DID YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR, OR DID IT FALL INTO PLACE THROUGH OTHER ACTIVITIES?When I was in preschool, I participated in a class play of “Snow White” where I played the Huntsman, but they made the character a Knight because I was really into knights at the time. I took the role really seriously and memorized the entire 10-page script. That actually helped when we performed the play because some of my friends forgot their lines and I was able to help them out. It was a really fun experience and from that point on, I asked my parents if I could do more acting.WHO INSPIRED YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM TO PURSUE ACTING?My cousin* who is a film and theatre actor. Ever since I saw him on TV, I wanted to be on TV too. I’ve been to all of his theatre performances and cheered him on. He recently played the title role in a school theatre production of Peter Pan and he did awesome. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Inuit Broadcasting Corporation opens new Iqaluit headquarters

first_imgAPTN National NewsSince 1981, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation has been making television in Inuktitut for Inuit.In fact, if it is in Inuktitut and broadcasted on APTN, the IBC is usually behind it.Now it has a new facility that matches its legacy.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has this story.last_img