Concern over erection of huge telecoms mast in Bundoran

first_imgThe erection of a towering telecoms mast on the outskirts of Bundoran has upset locals.The 5G antenna was erected close to the graveyard.Locals claim the mast was erected without any public consultation and they are claiming the mast could have various health implications for locals. The mast is due to go live in June.A petition for the removal of the mast has been signed by more than 150 people already.The petition against the mast has appealed to locals to have their say.A spokesperson said “Because there is not gold standard research on whether 5G definitely does or does not negatively impact human health the local community and our children are the guinea pigs in an experiment we have no way of determining the outcome of. “If you would like to see the antenna removed before it goes live in June 2019 please sign and share this petition. Let’s send a strong mandate to the candidates in the upcoming election on what is important to the people of Bundoran.”The petition against the mast can be viewed at https://www.change.org/p/donegal-county-council-the-removal-of-the-5g-antenna-from-beside-the-graveyard-bundoran?recruiter=113247420&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive&utm_term=petition_show&recruited_by_id=fb6ba713-7735-45ec-81c7-e024d3e22744Concern over erection of huge telecoms mast in Bundoran was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:bundorandonegalfearshealthmastlast_img read more

Donegal business owner sends stark warning to leaders over no-deal Brexit

first_imgA Donegal businessman who owns a coach hire company on the Donegal-Derry border has urged Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar to sit down and compromise over Brexit. Reddins Coach Hire is based on the Derry-­Donegal border and its boss Don Reddin said it feels like the area is caught in an international “game of poker”.He told a national newspaper: “It’s a very unstable time.” Mr Reddin says British Prime ­Minister Boris Johnson’s outright rejection of the backstop and ­Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s refusal to consider changes to the Withdrawal Agreement creates a “mad puzzle”.And the businessman says local anxiety hasn’t been as high since the Troubles, adding: “You don’t want people’s feelings running higher than they already are.”Mr Reddin claims a way to break the stalemate and to tackle the threat of a no-deal Brexit must be for both sides to give ground.He added: “If they leave ­without a deal, where do you start with sorting that out? “I understand where Boris is trying to come from, that Theresa May looked like a weak leader.“It’s all getting hot in the Tory kitchen. By the same token, as far as the EU is ­concerned they have done their negotiation.”The coach hire chief added: “If they leave ­without a deal, how do you sort that out? Where do you start? Transport regulations, all the cross border ­trading?“I close my eyes and shake my head in disbelief that they could be jeopardising so much.”Another business on the straddles between the Donegal and Fermanagh border has called for a solution “as quickly as possible”.He added: “Both sides are saying ‘this is a red line’ but at some stage or another somebody’s going to have to talk.”The backstop, hatched between former UK PM Theresa May and chiefs in Brussels, guarantees a seamless border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.It kicks in only if post-Brexit border trading and security talks fail. Advertisement But Mr Johnson says he can’t accept the UK keeping such close formal ties with the EU in any transition period after leaving at 11pm on Halloween night.The EU position, championed by Mr Varadkar, is that the backstop must be in place ahead of any deal being struck.That tense face-off means a no-deal Brexit, and the trading ­turmoil it could spark, is looking increasingly likely just 83 days from the deadline.Pub owner Pat Britton, whose bar in Pettigo village stands right on the border between counties Fermanagh and Donegal, said the issue was Britain’s to fix. Advertisement He sees no reason for UK and Irish leaders to hammer out ideas around the backstop.Mr Britton said: “It’s nothing to do with Leo Varadkar. The Tories are trying to bully the Irish Government into a position that is their fault.“It’s not our fight. It’s a fight with Europe. They voted to get out of Europe so it’s their problem.”Donegal business owner sends stark warning to leaders over no-deal Brexit was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Zuma to discuss fees impasse

first_img22 October 2015 South African President Jacob Zuma is set to meet university management and student leaders on Friday 23 October to discuss the countrywide stalemate over fee increases.The meeting will be held with university vice-chancellors, chairpersons of councils and student leaders at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, with a view to finding a solution to the impasse.This will be Zuma’s second meeting with university management this month. His consultation with vice-chancellors and council chairs on 6 October resolved to set up a task team to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges.Zuma said the government fully understands the pressure and difficulties confronting students from poor and working class households.“It is important that we work together to find solutions,” he said. “Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion.“Even in the January 8 statement of the governing party this year, we stated that the escalating cost of university education had become another source of exclusion for the poor and vulnerable South African child. All parties should allow space for this matter to be discussed in a manner that will enable us to find a solution.”In a statement released today, the South African government reiterated its commitment to funding for both basic and higher education, and to overcoming funding shortfalls.“Since 1994 government has prioritised education,” the statement reads. “This has translated into substantial funding for both basic and higher education. But given the legacy of the past there is a funding shortfall in higher education.“The current student protests over higher fees which began at Wits University and have since migrated to other campuses are of serious concern to government. The issues raised by the students are legitimate and government is sympathetic to their cause and are in line with our own priorities of ensuring quality and affordable education.“Government is committed to working with student leadership, university management and unions to find a solution to the current impasse and is working towards a long term solution to student funding in South Africa.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Major bureaucratic reshuffle in Rajasthan, 81 officers shifted

first_imgIn a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Rajasthan government has transferred 81 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers after the appointment of D.B. Gupta as the new Chief Secretary. The Collectors of 15 districts and three Divisional Commissioners were among those shifted in the orders issued late on Monday night.Mr. Gupta, a 1983-batch IAS officer, was appointed the Chief Secretary after the retirement of N.C. Goel, who had the shortest tenure of four months. Speculations were rife about Mr. Goel’s extension, but the Centre reportedly did not accept a proposal sent by the State government in this regard.Mr. Goel played a key role in the execution of the Vasundhara Raje government’s ambitious projects, including the inauguration of oil refinery in Barmer, during his tenure. Mr. Gupta, 58, was earlier Additional Chief Secretary (Finance, Excise and Taxation). The charge of these departments has been given to Mukesh Kumar Sharma.‘Political overtones’The reshuffle, which may have been the last before the State goes to Assembly polls in December this year, seemingly had political overtones with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party keen on sending across a message of good governance to the electorate.Seven officers of the rank of Additional Chief Secretary were given new responsibilities in the reshuffle, while T. Ravikanth was posted as Divisional Commissioner in Jaipur, Lalit Kumar Gupta in Jodhpur and Kailash Chand Verma in Kota.Neeraj K. Pawan, who was reinstated in November last year after his arrest and suspension in connection with a graft case, was posted as Special Secretary, Administrative Reforms Department. The 2003-batch IAS officer spent eight months in jail on charges of corruption in the award of contracts in the National Rural Health Mission.The Collectors of Bikaner, Pratapgarh, Kota, Ajmer, Dholpur, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur, Bundi, Hanumangarh, Churu, Alwar, Jaisalmer and Bharatpur were transferred in the reshuffle.last_img read more

ACTRA says its expediting sexual harassment complaints processes

first_imgActor and filmmaker Nicole Stamp moderated the discussion “Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Industry” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Friday, December 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov At a panel discussion on sexual harassment hosted Friday by the organization behind the Toronto International Film Festival, ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova outlined a number of immediate steps the union is taking as it also works with other industry stakeholders on longer-term strategies. TORONTO — The union for Canada’s TV and film performers says it’s expediting its discipline processes for sexual harassment and assault complaints. Advertisement “In film time, if you get assaulted on Monday, you’re back on set on Tuesday and it might be a really intense day where you can’t call in sick,” said Stamp. Stamp said she felt “it was a really productive discussion” in which the panellists were speaking candidly and “were comfortable being a little bit vulnerable in explaining some of the process.” “We will announce it to the world. I’ve said to a few producers, ‘Are you afraid that you will lose business?’ and they go, ‘Absolutely not. We need to do this.’ I think we’ll gain business because people know when they come to Canada, you’re protected.”Victoria Ahearn – The Canadian Press Advertisement Having a hotline that results in immediate action is crucial given that victims of sexual harassment and assault have often had to work with their abusers while a complaint was investigated, noted actor/filmmaker Nicole Stamp, who moderated the panel chat. Many on the panel said the industry is at a “watershed moment” in which organizations are working together to change the entire culture. That includes having zero tolerance, ending complicity, achieving parity, diversifying the power structure, and creating a future in which abuse is less likely to happen. “What I find really heartening about this discussion is the extent to which we’re all on the same page and we’re all adopting the same near-term, tangible tools and practices that can lead to real change on the issue,” said Marguerite Pigott, vice-president of outreach and strategic initiatives at the CMPA. Twitter “It goes directly to a counsellor, a company that does this for us, and/or it goes straight to our executive director or our staff, and people are there with you, immediately,” Tova said in an interview. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Friday’s talk also included representatives from the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association, who met with ACTRA and other industry stakeholders last week about how to work together to end sexual harassment. Audience members included filmmakers Sarah Polley and Jennifer Baichwal. Also on the panel were filmmakers Patricia Rozema and Melanie Chung, Alix Herber of the Labour and Employment Law Group, and producer Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures. Tova said ACTRA has also hired a lawyer — a human rights specialist who has worked in the industry — to be their in-house adviser and guide complainants on what their choices are, how they can proceed and what they can do. “Many, many, many are calling us now about situations they’ve never reported before, ever,” she said, adding they have “some cases that are now going forward.” “Canada will be the leader in anti-harassment,” added Tova. Among the immediate steps is a plan to “investigate and get things happening” on serious allegations of sexual misconduct within 48 hours, she said. “That’s a big part of it — protecting our members going forward,” said Tova. “You just have to call us. We’re committed 100 per cent. We are there for you.” Advertisement “It’s more difficult than in many workplaces where you might be able to get a little bit of time away from the person that abused you. On a film set, you might be right back in with them the next day.” Login/Register With: Facebook ACTRA has also rebranded its after-hours, anonymous emergency reporting system as the Sexual Harassment and Emergency Hotline and is “plastering it everywhere,” encouraging members to call if they have had an experience they’d like to share.last_img read more