Up to 800 people turn out to march in support of Dungloe District Hospital

first_img Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – June 15, 2013 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Up to 800 people turn out to march in support of Dungloe District Hospital RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Despite a rainswept and windy afternoon hundreds of  people of the Rosses came out to parade in support of the reopening of 10 beds that have been closed recently at the hospital recently.The parade was led by st cronas band Dungloe, and hundreds of people followed the band, down Dungloe main St, and over to the Dungloe hospital where band recited a number of tunes.The crowd were thanked by Pat Glackin a member of the organising committee, who committed to redouble their efforts and keep the campaign going until all beds are reopened.Local Councillor Marie Therese Gallagher says Saturday’s huge turnout should send a strong message to the decision makers:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/mtgallMARCH.mp3[/podcast] WhatsAppcenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Previous articleLaunch of Ballyshannon 400th anniversary celebrations to take place on SaturdayNext articleDerry & Harps enter League break in contrasting fashion News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

GC Unveils Anti-corruption Assessment Report

first_imgA distinguished array of leaders from various integrity institutions, government representatives including ministries, legal entities, representatives of collaborating agencies, donor organizations converged at a local resort for a conference on the Validation of Findings for the Assessment of the 2006 National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS).Sponsored by the Governance Commission, and backed by support from the African Development Bank, the gathering listened to a presentation on the findings by Dr. John E. Harvey, an internationally-renowned consultant, backed by Dr. Alpha Sampson, both of the DAH Consulting, Inc.An oversight of the occasion was presented by Atty. Bornor M. Varmah, Program Manager, National Integrity Systems Mandate Area, who briefly outlined the aspects of the assessment.He said, “It represents a national plan of action for fighting corruption and consists of time bound specific actions to be undertaken by government and stakeholders…”Introducing the occasion, Commissioner Ruth Jappah of the NISM lauded Dr. Harvey for the report noting that the assessment calls for more interventions to fight corruption such as a whistle blower protection order, corrupt offenses and a corruption court.She said, “Budgets for the fight against corruption are not aligned with the scope of strategy. In other words, the fight is underfunded.”Quoting the report, Mrs. Jappah said, “Legislation constituting agencies and commissions have been written in isolation and without due diligence, resulting in conflicting roles and responsibilities.”The commissioner stressed, “We must move from finger-pointing to clasped hands; we must develop political and cultural mores which elevate the fight against corruption and we must provide a program which shows the way out of this dilemma and then lead the way.”In his presentation, Dr. Harvey stressed that sustainability plans and mechanisms need to be developed to support anti-corruption and the rule of law programs. “Anti-corruption enforcement, justice and security programs, once implemented, have been severely under-funded in their current configurations.”He said integrity institutions should be further assessed and strengthened to increase their capacity to effectively achieve their mandates. Planned reforms should include sustainability plan as current arrangements have resulted in deterioration of facilities and reversal of gains.He noted that anti-corruption planning has made considerable progress and some expected results have been accomplished but added that a number of areas have experienced poor performance as it relates to key outcomes such as “criminalizing and prosecuting corrupt cases.”The assessment, as revealed by Dr. Sampson from a survey conducted in the process, reported various areas of rampant corruption, for example, the Judiciary, 87 percent and Legislature, 92 percent, adding that any anti-corruption strategy must address the issue of bribery, which he said is the most frequent form of corruption.The report noted that 92 percent of those interviewed said they have witnessed corruption while 93 percent confessed they did not report the corrupt acts they experienced.He said by the very nature of our society, “Systems and process have been created to support bribery,” adding that this needs fixing.There was the general belief that corruption afflicts our society, that it is ingrained in every aspect of life in society and the need for vigorous enforcement of laws to reduce the incidence. “Everything we do there is an element of corruption,” one participant said.The program was moderated by Hon. James N. Verdier, Executive Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission who stressed the need for all integrity agencies to collaborate in the war against corruption. This collaboration should persist “so that we will not lose the fight against corruption,” he said. “We need to have more conversations to discuss corruption because it is pervasive.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grange impressed with Champs performances

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated the winners of the annual ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships which ended this evening (Saturday) at the National Stadium.Calabar won the Boys’ championship — their seventh in a row; while Edwin Allen defended the Girls’ title.Minister Grange said she was “very impressed with the performances of the student athletes, especially those who set new records over the five days of competition.”The Minister also congratulated “the coaches, organisers and all those who played a role in the successful execution of the Championships.”“The future of Jamaica’s athletics looks bright and is in very good hands,” said Minister Grange.last_img

Ponant Takes Delivery of Newest Cruise Ship

first_imgFrench cruise company Ponant has received its new cruise ship, Le Bougainville, bringing its fleet to eight vessels.The ship, which is the third in the Ponant Explorers series, joined the company on April 5, 2019.The unit left Søvik in Norway in the morning hours of April 8 and is currently sailing to Malaga, Spain, from where it would start its maiden cruise voyage on April 15. It will be officially inaugurated on June 4.Le Bougainville was constructed by VARD, the Norwegian subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantieri. The company’s fourth vessel from the batch, Le Dumont-d’Urville, is scheduled to be handed over from the shipyard in June 2019.The remaining three units under construction, namely Le Bellot, Le Jacques Cartier and Le Commandant Charcot, are expected to join the fleet in April and July 2020, and May 2021, respectively.“I wanted the ships in the Ponant Explorers series to embody the very best in expedition cruise. Le Bougainville is the incarnation of that,” Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and co-founder of PONANT, said. #Live from Søvik, in Norway, where our ships the Le Bougainville and the Le Dumont d’Urville are both currently being built! One is due to take to the sea in a few days, the other is set to leave the shipyard in June!See you very soon onboard pic.twitter.com/V1ICaniu86— PONANT Cruises (@ponant_cruises) April 4, 2019last_img read more

Ottawa ushers in vaping era with new rules regulations for ecigarettes

first_imgOTTAWA – Adults in Canada will soon have easier access to e-cigarettes and vaping supplies — and be exposed to more ads promoting them — now that the federal Liberal government has passed legislation formally legalizing and regulating the practice.Once the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act receives royal assent in the coming days, it will prohibit the sale of vape products to minors, ban flavours aimed at young people and prohibit marketing that features testimonials, health claims or “lifestyle” themes.It also allows the legal manufacture, import and sale of vaping products both with and without nicotine, Health Canada said Wednesday. Other provisions will come into force 180 days after the bill becomes law to give manufacturers and importers time to comply.Manufacturers that want to market their products with therapeutic claims, such as for smoking cessation, will still require the agency’s blessing before their products can be imported, advertised or sold in Canada.Some experts cheered the vaping regulations, saying they give legitimacy to something that could prove a boon for smokers who are trying to quit. Others fear the restrictions could keep those very same people from exploring its potential as a less-harmful alternative to cigarettes.Where they agree, however, is that Canada continues to lack sufficient research into vaping and its potential effects.The law essentially treats vaping like smoking, with similar regulations, said David Sweanor, an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.It prevents companies that make so-called “non-combustion” products from informing smokers about significantly less hazardous options, Sweanor said, and fails to adequately distinguish between the relative risks of cigarettes, and e-cigarettes and other alternatives.Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Laurent Marcoux welcomed the legislation for its restrictions on promoting and advertising vape products., but warned its still too soon to embrace it as a potential stop-smoking aid.“We’re very pleased. We’ve been working on this issue for so many years and it’s a public health issue and we are very glad to see it will not attract young people,” said Marcoux.“We know some people use it to quit smoking, but it’s not proved yet how it works. We need more research before we recommend it as a good thing. I think we should wait and be more cautious.”Lesley James, manager of health policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, said Canada needed a regulatory framework for e-cigarettes because “it’s been the wild west in Canada.”“We haven’t had any safety standards, and e-cigarettes with nicotine have been illegal, but they have been accessible,” she said, adding that the new legislation allows Canadians to try e-cigarettes as a “quit aid.”On the other hand, the marketing restrictions are “hugely important” and worth keeping an eye on, since other countries have stricter rules than Canada — and for good reason, James said.“These products are highly appealing to youth and we want to make sure that Canadian youth aren’t experimenting and taking up e-cigarettes any more than they are right now.”Big Tobacco, meanwhile, came out staunchly opposed to the legislation’s additional crackdown on cigarette packaging, since it prohibits outright any sort of promotional information and branding, including logos.Cigarette makers have the right to brand their products, said Eric Gagnon, the director of government relations at Imperial Tobacco Canada.And while the company supports the vaping regulations, manufacturers and retailers should be able to market directly to their customers, he added.“One of the challenges we’re facing is that most of the provinces are regulating vaping right now as tobacco … products are hidden from view,” Gagnon said.“With that mindset it becomes difficult to inform consumers of the benefits of using vaping products.”last_img read more