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

Kerrykeel girl undergoes successful life-saving transplant

first_imgAs 14 years old Niamh Toland from Kerrykeel underwent her life-saving bone marrow transplant in Crumlin Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, her classmates in third year at Loreto College in Milford staged a fundraiser ‘Neon for Niamh’.24 hours after the transplant Niamh’s mother, Brigid reported that the recovery period is going well and the coming days will be important in the first stage of the rehabilitation programme as the medical team monitors the situation, minute by minute.The Tirconaill Tribune reports the procedure on Tuesday morning began at 9.00am when Niamh’s 12 years old brother, Niall was brought to theatre to allow the surgeons to extract one litre of bone marrow along with the stem cells. As Niall remained under anaesthetic, Niamh was already in theatre awaiting the transplant. All went well and with her family and friends urging her to get well, Niamh and indeed Niall have been in everyone’s prayers and thoughts in Kerrykeel throughout the weekend as the deadline approached.Niamh had been admitted to the hospital last Sunday week to undergo five days of chemotherapy and experienced trauma over the weekend. But the planned procedure was completed successfully with Niamh under intense observations in case of any adverse reaction.This has been a very tough time for the Toland and McGinley families and they’ve been highly appreciative of the support of the local community.Niall is big into football and on Tuesday night his biggest concern was that he will have recovered enough to play for the Mulroy Academy at the weekend. So far he has played 25 games for them and has scored 29 goals… but he is real hero having donated his life-saving bone marrow to save his sister’s life on Tuesday.Fundraising events As Niamh recovers from her transplant she faces a lengthy period of recovery and return visits to Crumlin Hospital for another year.  She will remain in hospital for up to eight weeks. After being discharged, she will have to return to  Crumlin twice weekly for the following ten weeks and this will continue for  a year on a reduced basis.A fundraiser acccount towards Niamh’s rehabilitation is to be opened in the Swilly Mulroy Office at the Bridge in Kerrykeel and a committee will be set up trustees on Monday night.A number of fundraisers have been organised locally. Her third year class of students at Loreto Convent, Milford had a sponsored ‘Neon for Niamh’ on Tuesday and on Friday week (October 11th) in Ripple’s Restaurant in Kerrykeel there is a supper night at eight o’clock and your support will be very much appreciated. Please come early and while there is no door charge, donations are welcomed. Your donation will see you included in a spot prize draw. The music is by Shane McLaughlin and the House Band and it will be a great way of supporting the fundraising.John Og Friel is organising a 25 card drive in the Mulroy Woods Hotel on Friday night, October 25th at 8.00pm and you are asked to contact John Friel for details on 086 3838795.On Saturday October 26th there is a vintage tractor run in aid of Niamh’s fund. This event is in the Church Grounds in Kerrykeel with registration at 11.00am.The man to contact for details is John Ward on 087 7771655. Please support all these events and keep contributing to the gofundme. Niamh Toland  Rehabilitation Fund page to help reach the target figure of €20,000.Kerrykeel girl undergoes successful life-saving transplant was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 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:donegalKERRYKEELNimah Tolandtransplantlast_img read more

Tuesday’s QPR quiz

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Motlanthe pep-talk as schools reopen

first_img9 January 2013 As thousands of schools in South Africa’s inland provinces opened their gates on Wednesday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe shared a few valuable lessons with learners. “You are the most privileged generation; we don’t want to burden you with any [undue] responsibilities. The only responsibility for you is to learn,” Motlanthe told learners at Pholosho Secondary School in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Motlanthe was accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to check the school’s readiness for the start of the new academic year. He also handed over school uniforms to 200 learners who are beneficiaries of the Department of Social Development.‘You must be at your desk learning’ Motlanthe, who was once a learner at the same school, encouraged learners to get to school on time. He reminded them that life was a long journey and that only they could decide what they wanted to be in the future. “As government, we are determined to create an environment where learning and teaching will be conducive and nothing should disrupt the learning process … You must be at your desk learning, that should be your priority. If anything interferes with your learning, raise it with your principal, SGB – even the President,” Motlanthe said. Motshekga said the department had done its part and the main focus was now on learners to pass with flying colours. She urged members of the school governing body (SGB) to include on their agenda the item of learning and teaching in their monthly meetings, and parents to check their children’s school work to see if there was enough work and progress in class. “We are not laughing this year, you’ll only succeed through learning and teaching in the classroom … that’s the focus for 2013. “I hope we will have a different ANA [Annual National Assessment] result this year. For our kids to learn maths, they must do maths over and over again until they master it, and literature through reading,” said Motshekga. Regarding the state of readiness for the new academic year, an optimistic Motshekga said the department was ready to deliver quality education.One-million new learners “We are ready for Day 1. We are ready to welcome about one-million learners into the education system,” she said. A cheque of R10 000, donated by the office of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba – who was also a learner at Pholosho – was handed over to the school for bursaries to assist three learners. School principal Margaret Tsakge said it was an honour for the school to be visited by the Deputy President and Basic Education Minister. “It doesn’t happen every [year] that you get to share the first day of schools reopening with them. It’s really an honour,” said Tsakge. Grade 7 learner Nhlanhla Mnguni was just happy to see Motlanthe standing few metres away from where she was. “I only see them on TV. This has given me courage to study hard so that I don’t disappoint them, as they took their time to come and speak to us,” said Nhlanhla. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

iThemba Tower combines art, recycling and community

first_imgOfficially opened in July 2016, the iThemba Tower is a community art project made with over 7 000 recycled plastic drinks bottles decorating a decommissioned 20m high cellular tower.iThemba Tower: A Recycled Tower of Art in Troyeville https://t.co/GTSME8vRf4 pic.twitter.com/4s6Eut5Tt4— Heather Mason (@2summers) July 26, 2016The tower is situated in the garden of the Spaza Art Gallery in Troyeville, Johannesburg. The repurposed tower has become a point of pride for people living and working in the area.The project is the brainchild of renowned local street artist r1, conceived as a way to collaborate with the community in creating distinctive urban art. The artist specialises in taking lifeless urban landscapes and adding colourful, eye-catching African flourishes using various mediums including recycled wood and plastic.Hidden Trophy from r1r1r1 on Vimeo.Speaking to Graffiti South Africa, r1 says Johannesburg is his canvas, and its people his collaborators. “Every city has its beauty but Johannesburg has a special kind. There is a sense of freedom in the inner city that I don’t experience anywhere else. It is quite unique. People are open for engagement and I get fascinating opinions from very diverse backgrounds. It’s so rich culturally but still somehow a hidden treasure.”Take a look at r1’s latest public art intervention, ‘Hidden Trophy’ – https://t.co/xKkmn7WlLy pic.twitter.com/m0PFesNp6j— Between 10 and 5 (@10and5) November 10, 2015The iThemba Tower’s plastic bottles – bought from the city’s informal waste collectors – each contain a light and a written message by members of the community, including learners from local schools. At night the tower lights up with a multitude of colours.Taking the isiZulu word for hope, ‘ithemba’, the messages inside each bottle represent the dreams of each contributor. Speaking to blogger Heather Mason of 2Summers.net, r1 describes the artwork as a “symbolic communication tower around which a diversity of people can share their collective hopes”.More important, the installation is also an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of recycling and the informal collectors who recycle the city’s waste as a means to survive.While the tower itself is the main attraction, it forms part of an online multimedia project incorporating video, crowdsourcing and blog posts, which all highlight the installation’s journey from idea to reality. It also tells the stories of the community contributors to the project, including the waste collectors.Ride with Moses from iThemba Tower on Vimeo.“Even though my work is to be seen out in the street, it is also important to cater for those that spend most of their time in front of a screen,” r1 says, adding that “good documentation helps re-adapting the work to the viewer’s means and expectations. The final work is not only the end product, but also the entire narrative towards its completion.”iThemba Tower in Troyeville by artist r1; 7 000 recycled bottles with messages from the community and lights inside https://t.co/uwJjzVC8Vy pic.twitter.com/jjn8BMD1SC— Charl Blignaut (@sa_poptart) October 19, 2016Through online crowdsourcing and visitor contributions, the project has raised over R40 000 for improving the livelihood of informal waste collectors and strengthening the community of Troyeville.Read more about iThemba Tower, the Spaza Art Gallery and how city residents can contribute to this ongoing project.Source: iThemba Tower Tumblr blog and SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Taking a look back at the world of wearables in 2016

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#wearables Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Related Posts center_img Ryan Matthew Pierson 2016 has been a great year in wearable tech. We’ve seen the continued prominence of the smart watch, the rise of a new generation of virtual reality headsets, and a variety of new and unique products coming out of the crowdfunding world.2016 kicked off with a record-breaking quarter, with over 19.7 million wearable units shipped in the 1Q2016, up 67.2% from the same quarter in 2015.This growth goes well beyond the smartwatch market, which saw a steep 51.6% decline in 3Q2016 as brands including Apple and FitBit geared up to launch a new generation of their wearable devices.If there’s one thing that this year made clear, it’s that the wearables market is a lot more than smartwatches. It’s a whole new generation of devices that connect and interconnect with each other and the world to give the wearer something they couldn’t get from their smartphone alone.Fitness and healthFitness trackers are the gateway drug to wearable technology. Even people that don’t like smartwatches are likely to want a fitness tracker to keep tabs on their daily activity and encourage them to lead healthier lives.There are some studies out there that indicate that fitness trackers may not be as useful for everyone. That aside, they are a very appealing first step for many users as they dip their toes in the wearable technology world.The success of fitness trackers aside, the abandonment rate for these devices isn’t zero. The price gap between a basic fitness tracker and a smartwatch that also includes fitness tracking features like step counting and heart monitoring is holding a lot of people back from taking that next step (no pun intended).Fitness Trackers like the Garmin Edge and Frontrunner are taking fitness tracking to a new level. Users are being offered an important safety feature that alerts family and friends to their location while they’re out running. This makes them not only a great way to keep tabs on physical performance but to help keep the user safe while they’re out doing their thing.FitBit refreshed its lineup of trackers this year introducing the Flex 2 which is not only thinner and lighter than its predecessor, but also water resistant to 50 meters and able to track a swimmer’s activity. The Charge 2 was also unveiled this fall which has all of the features of the original and an additional breathing prompts to help you relax.This wasn’t FitBit’s only big move in 2016. It bought out Pebble, which is a dominant presence in the crowdfunding scene and known for making cross-platform smartwatches featuring e-paper displays with long battery life and plenty of hackability.Police and public policyOn a social standpoint, a spotlight has been placed on police-community interactions in recent years. In 2016, wearable body cameras became a focal point for new legislation aimed at creating a safer environment for citizens and providing an accurate, fair account of police-involved shootings.Many cities in the United States adopted policies requiring their law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. These policies vary greatly from city-to-city in terms of where, when, and how these recordings are taken and shared with the public. Studies have shown a dramatic reduction in complaints against officers that are wearing them.As more cities adopt the use of these body cameras, we can expect the costs involved and the infrastructure required to maintain the huge amounts of data they generate to become a hot topic for years to come.Virtual reality2016 brought us the realization of several years of anticipation of VR. Sony’s PlayStation VR, for example, has reportedly met all sales expectations in its first few months of release. In fact, the VR headsets are outselling consoles in Japan.Just about every company with skin in the gaming or small screen game is taking a stab at virtual reality. Google, which long had a whimsical VR experience through Google Cardboard, introduced Daydream in November which is a soft, comfortable VR experience requiring nothing more than the Daydream headset and a Pixel or Moto Z smartphone.HTC released its own major candidate in the VR space with the Vive. This VR experience requires a lot of room and the mounting of a two cameras (referred to as base stations) to get a full 3D experience you can walk around in. The HTC Vive has become the official VR experience for Steam’s VR endeavors.The Oculus Rift also made its public debut this year after receiving $2.4 million in initial funding back in 2014 through Kickstarter.Real-world gamingWearables have played an interesting role in this year’s most popular mobile game, Pokémon Go. This game, which forces users to step out of their homes and roam their local hot spots in search of cartoon monsters, is part augmented reality, part scavenger hunt, and part paper toss game.What makes this a wearable’s story? Apple dedicated nearly 10 minutes of its recent Apple Watch Series 2 announcement to app support for Pokémon Go. While wearing an Apple Watch, you can rack up steps which count towards hatching in-game eggs. You can even receive alerts when Pokémon are nearby. You can also get alerts when you are approaching a location that gives you access to free in-game goodies called a Pokéstop.Pokémon Go‘s creators Niantic have even created their own wearable. Pokémon Go Plus lets you catch Pokemon without even looking at your smartphone.The Pokémon Go Plus launched earlier this year and sold out in minutes. Today, stores around the world are anxiously awaiting the eventual second shipment of these little wrist-worn devices as early buyers attempt to turn huge profits on sites like Ebay, Amazon, and even Walmart where a $39 device is currently priced at $214.SmartwatchesWe can’t really talk about wearables without coming back to the flagship sub-category, smartwatches.Sales of smartwatches have been on the decline since Apple’s initial launch of the highly anticipated Apple Watch. The Apple Watch was the initial introduction to the smartwatch world for many Apple fans that had long been left out of the loop in the many Android-based options.Apple would, of course, rebound in the 4Q2016 boasting impressive (yet not yet publicly released) sales numbers of the Apple Watch Series 2. The Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant, making it possible to take it in the pool with you without panicking over the possible loss of your $300 device.Another big trend in the smartwatch world this year are hybrid smart watches. These watches feature the face of a traditional analog watch with the backend of a smartwatch. One brand pushing these very heavily is Fossil, which hopes that the sleeker look and longer battery life of hybrid watches will convince more users to switch.On the Android side of things, the Android Wear program is in full swing with over a dozen companies offering smartwatch options with feature sets that go well beyond what we thought was possible even five years ago.The Samsung Galaxy Gear S3, for example, is a beautifully traditional looking smartwatch with a brilliant display and an extensive feature set.Smart glassesYou probably thought smart glasses might be dead. A pair of crazy looking sunglasses fitted with cameras might change your mind.We really can’t do a proper wearables round-up without talking about the Snapchat Spectacles. This product came out of nowhere and immediately captivated the social media crowd. It has a $130 price point and supplies are intentionally scarce.If you’re lucky, you might end up with a Spectacles vending machine popping up for a limited time near you. Supplies are super limited and getting your hands on a pair of these is extremely tricky. You never know where a Spectacles vending machine is going to appear. It could be New York City or a truck stop in Nebraska.The wearable market is constantly evolving. What was a big hit one year could be the inspiration for a whole new category the next! Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

CONNECTING you to Cooperative Extension

first_imgWith continued efforts to better leverage the Cooperative Extension System as a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness  and Capacity Building, we have identified the location of every Cooperative Extension office in the seven pilot states.Click on the states below to view their list of Cooperative Extension locations.FloridaIndianaMarylandMinnesotaMississippiNew MexicoOklahomaThe Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) State Coordinators will also receive the list of locations in their state.What else are we doing with these lists of locations? Soon there will be a password protected interactive map for the DoD’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth to access.last_img

McShane holds Anand to a draw

first_imgWorld Champion Viswanathan Anand signed truce after failing to break Englishman Luke McShane’s solid defences while Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defeated local hope David Howell to join the leaders after the fifth round of the London Chess Classic on Monday.Anand and McShane remained the only two undefeated players in the tournament following a draw between them while Carlsen benefitted from an oversight by Howell in the second time control.Going by normal rules, Anand and McShane are the only two leaders but the soccer-like scoring system, which gives three points for a win and one for a draw, has put Magnus back on track for the title with three wins.Anand and McShane have won two and drawn three which means that under normal scoring system they would tally three and a half points each, half point more than Carlsen who has lost two games.With all leaders on nine points, Vladimir Kramnik, who drew with English Michael Adams, is sharing the fourth spot along with American Hikaru Nakamura on eight points each.Nakamura got the better of an out- of- sort Nigel Short who suffered his fourth defeat in the ?145000 tournament being played on round robin basis between eight players.Adams holds the sixth spot on six points while David Howell remained on two, a full point ahead of back- ranker Nigel Short.Anand pressed for advantage in the Berlin defense game but it seemed the Indian was much better in the middle game that ensued.McShane however remained on his guard right through and restored parity with some timely exchanges leading to a drawn queen and bishops endgame.advertisement”These are trends, a month from now we may see them all switch over to something else,” said Anand when asked about the Berlin defence that’s in vogue.”I was better after the opening but it was just slightly better, if it was serious, I did not see it,” the world champion said.Carlsen defeated Howell from the black side of a Najdorf Sicilian.The Norwegian was in his elements post the second time control after Howell erred on the 43rd move and wrapped the issue quickly.Kramnik faced the Kind pawn opening and it was another Berlin defense by the Russian. The alternative main line employed by Adams did not yield much as Kramnik equalised quickly and started looking for initiative.Adams had to find some resources to let the game drift towards a draw.Nakamura was pleasantly surprised to see Short employing a side variation in the Marshall Gambit. The American was on top in the middle game with an extra pawn and relished the endgame that arose after subsequent exchanges.Short, who is going through a forgettable event, could not pose much of a challenge.In the open event being organised simultaneously, 15- year old International Master Sahaj Grover came back into the reckoning with a fine win over Nicolai Getz of Norway.While Sahaj moved up to four points out of five games, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta remained on 3.5 after losing to Gawain Jones of England.With four rounds still to go, Grandmaster Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury is also on 3.5 points and the lead is shared by Simon Williams of England and Gavin Wall of Ireland – both have five points each.- With PTI inputslast_img read more