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La Salle’s press defense ‘intimidated’ Ateneo, says Thirdy

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ View comments Senators to proceed with review of VFA “La Salle in general is a very strong team and I don’t want to use this as an excuse but we’re young and we’re not used to this game of such magnitude.” La Salle had a strong 16-2 start against Ateneo and the Blue Eagles had to crawl back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAteneo finally took the lead, 65-64, after Matt Nieto banked home a jumper with 34.6 seconds left.That lead, however, lasted for only 19 seconds as Jeron Teng drove for a layup with 15.1 seconds remaining in the game to put La Salle up, 66-65. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus The Green Archers held on to win, 67-65, to take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. La Salle’s Game 1 win all about defense, says Ayo Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo swingman Thirdy Ravena said La Salle’s vaunted pressure defense played a big factor in the Blue Eagles, most of whom are playing in their first finals,  dropping Game 1 of their best-of-three Finals series Saturday.“Na-intimidate siguro sa press ng La Salle (I think La Salle’s press defense intimidated us),” said Ravena, whose team shot 31 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Bits of DNA in ocean water can reveal white sharks swimming nearby

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler Environmental DNA in small samples of seawater can show whether white sharks are in an area.In a pilot study, researchers found genetic material from white sharks along two southern California beaches where drones and tagging data indicated white sharks were present.Refining this technique could minimize dangerous human-shark interactions and improve shark conservation efforts. Sharks shed bits of themselves into the ocean constantly. Scientists can now use DNA in these bits to monitor whether white sharks – commonly called great whites – are swimming nearby. This tool could inform decisions about which shark habitats to conserve and help swimmers and surfers avoid potentially dangerous interactions with sharks.Typically, researchers look for white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in video footage from drones or analyze satellite data from sharks that have been caught, tagged and released. But these methods have limitations: drones only get useful footage on days with good visibility, and tags only send signals when a shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface.Now, a recent pilot study published in Frontiers in Marine Science showed that researchers can detect white sharks swimming in an area from the environmental DNA, or “eDNA,” they leave behind. It’s a proof-of-concept that eDNA sampling works for white sharks — a species that is large, rare, and highly mobile.“The environmental DNA approach is a new tool in the toolkit to keep track of a species that’s notoriously difficult to keep track of,” said marine ecologist Kevin Lafferty at the U.S .Geological Survey and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, first author on the study.When sharks defecate, they also excrete cells that release eDNA, which scientists can collect in a sample of ocean water. Infographic courtesy of Kevin Lafferty.Marine organisms shed cells when they swim, urinate and defecate. These cells rupture, releasing tiny pieces of eDNA that float in the water. Researchers can sample water, extract eDNA, and check for matches with known white shark DNA. This feat is only possible with a highly sensitive technique called digital droplet PCR, which amplifies a few DNA molecules in a single drop of water.To collect the samples, Lafferty paddled a stand-up paddleboard to sites off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and scooped up six 250-milliliter (8-ounce) samples of ocean water. He sampled two beaches where white sharks were present – based on sightings and tagging data – and two other locations about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away, where sharks were unreported.Then Lafferty and his colleagues poured the seawater over extra-fine filters to extract eDNA. They compared these fragments to a known section of DNA specific to white sharks, consisting of just 163 genetic units called base pairs. The scientists identified matches in the samples taken near beaches where sharks where spotted, but they found no traces of white shark eDNA in the other samples.“It’s amazing that we got [a DNA] signal at all,” said marine biologist Chris Lowe of California State University, Long Beach, senior author on the paper. “And it was amazing that a mile away we got nothing measurable. That got us excited that maybe this is a viable tool.”These early results are interesting and convincing, said marine ecologist David Mouillot of the Université de Montpellier in France, who was not involved in this study. “This field isn’t very mature, so it’s always good to do these double-checks to see whether what we see in eDNA is realistic or totally silly,” Mouillot said.A white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), commonly referred to as a “great white shark.” Photo courtesy of Kevin Lafferty.In the future, Lafferty and Lowe envision a fleet of nearshore robots that continuously sample ocean water and send text alerts to lifeguards when they detect white shark eDNA. The researchers also hope eDNA sampling will help marine ecologists map white shark habitats, informing decisions about which areas to prioritize for conservation.But they acknowledge that they first must refine the approach. They need to understand how quickly eDNA degrades and how far it can spread in the ocean while remaining intact— factors that might differ among marine environments. For example, eDNA could collect in shallow waters along beaches but disperse further in open waters.“We still need to hammer out the details,” said Lowe. “Our goal right now is to give lifeguards good information about which sharks are out there, what they’re doing, and how much time they’re spending at beaches.”CitationLafferty K.D., Benesh K.C., Mahon A.R., Jerde C.L. and Lowe C.G. (2018). Detecting southern California’s white sharks with environmental DNA. Frontiers in Marine Science. 5:355. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00355Sofie Bates (@sciencesofie) is a current master’s student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Other Mongabay stories produced by UCSC students can be found here. Conservation, Conservation Technology, DNA, Environment, Fish, Monitoring, Oceans, Sharks, Technology, Technology And Conservation, UCSC, Wildtech center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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United Hindu Diaspora: The challenge

first_imgAt the World Hindu Conference held this weekend in Chicago to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivenananda’s address to the World Congress on Religion, I discussed the challenge of internal differences among the Hindu Diaspora.The term “Diaspora” itself signals a challenge to united action – one that is more contextual and historically contingent and arises ultimately from the fact we are very fragmented. The Hindu Diaspora, which now number at least 20 million, was formed by migrations during four distinct eras: 1) pre-colonial trade Diaspora; 2) 19th century indentured Diaspora; 3) post-1965 Diaspora from India to the West (modern indentureship) and 4) twice migrants – post 1970s expulsions from the 19th century Diaspora to the West. We need to unpack the term “Diaspora” to appreciate the challenge it presents to united action.“Diaspora” has only been recently linked with migrants originating from Bharat; starting only in the late 1980s, and was closely identified with Jews. But the experience suggested a typology from the basic characteristics that defining the term, literally meaning “to disperse”. These were primarily the memory of the land from where the dispersal emanated and the longing for return to this “motherland”. There conditions were satisfied in the early Hindu migrants and there was also the rejection by the new host society for being different which paradoxically cause a valorisation of the differences even as changes in practiced were engendered in the negotiation to survive. These contingencies created differences in the perspectives, practices and material products in the Hindu Diaspora.The challenge is to have the Hindus in the Diaspora see each other as one without being seen as “disloyal” to their present nation-states or in their adaptations to local conditions. In each of these countries, the “persistence” of Indian/Hindu culture created plural societies which challenged the unitary premises of political Liberalism – but for each wave of the Diaspora and in each new society there would be carrying action and reaction. The Europeans – especially the British and French – insisted on assimilation of the various groups in each country to the universalised European culture. This creates several hurdles that must be cleared.The last three waves that left at different times, also did so from different parts of Bharat and from different sociological circumstances; all of which complicate a common perspective. Analytically and objectively, they may all be members of the Indian Diaspora (a “group in itself”) but do not identify as a unitary body (a “group for itself”). The experience of the fourth wave, which brought members of the other waves in contact in metropolitan Western countries highlight the challenge.In NY, for instance, the post-1965 “Indian” Hindus and the post-1970s Caribbean Hindus, have kept a wary distance from each other, even though they are dubbed “Indians” by most of the other New Yorkers”. Most notably, they hold distinct stereotypes of each other and for instance do not attend each other’s Mandirs or celebrations of festivals.The Caribbean Hindus are struck by the insistence of the Indian Hindus to define themselves by regional labels, such a Gujaratis or Tamils, or more subtly, by caste. Calling themselves Caribbean or Guyanese Indians, they have jettisoned regional and caste divisions. The latter complain that the former presume they are not the “real deal” and do not mix extensively, individually or institutionally and may even evaluate them negatively.The above challenge can be addressed – and then extended to the new host societies – by demonstrating through our practices that there is a Hindu alternative to dead end that Liberal “multiculturalism” has found itself in both Europe and the US and in other plural societies that thought it was a “solution”. Unlike the West that tries to fit democracy into the Procrustean  motto of E Pluribus unum – out of many, one, Sanaathan Dharma envisages  creation as the Divinity declaring, “Eko’ham bahusyaam” – I am one; let there be many.We therefore accept differences as a fundamental feature of creation, and we therefore accept that it is our civilisational task to deal with them positively rather than seek to obliterate them as “divisions”. We can start practicing this value within the Hindu Diaspora and then spread it outwards to other groups in our specific societies. In the accommodation of diversities, I am proud that on Friday, Bharat legalised LGBT sexual relations.last_img read more

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NY Golden Jubilee Unity questioned

first_imgDear Editor,I write in response to D Singh’s “Unity has vanished” (Guyana Times April 4) signing as a Richmond Hill resident. There was no unity. So nothing vanished. Singh does not understand the concept of ethnic unity – shared leadership and relatively equal representation to reflect on the composition of the population.I live in greater Richmond Hill, have been an activist and advocate for “Richmond Hill”, and a community news reporter for close to 40 years. I attended and or have been immersed in almost every major community activity; I also helped to organise several events. I can affirm without any fear of contradiction that there was hardly any “unity” in last year’s golden jubilee celebrations in New York. It was not the kind of celebration we should encourage. It disrespected the Indian community.We should strive for ethnic unity. But to say there was unity between Indian and African Guyanese is a misnomer. We must not fool ourselves into thinking that a handful of individuals from one group joining hundreds of others from another group represent “unity”. Let us stop that charade and call out things what they really are. Indians, as indeed other ethnic groups, were marginalised at last year’s golden jubilee celebration in NYC. And several pieces of evidence as revealed to me by others confirm this fact.The large organising committee comprised of only 12 per cent Indians in a greater NY Guyanese population of about 400,000 comprising of about 60 per cent Indians. Can anyone explain how 12 per cent Indians (to represent 60 per cent of the population) in a committee gives it “unity”?There was hardly any unity at the several functions. At the various events, the attendance and or participation were between three and 10 per cent Indians. The parade had one “Indian” float – that of Lisa (Latchmee) Singh promoting her TV show. Does one out of more than a dozen floats bring “unity”? All the floats were ethnic in nature with hardly any multiethnic representation.The Indian attendance at the parade was estimated at three per cent Queens virtually blanked the parade – no unity there.At the York College seminar, there was one Indian presenter. Expenses for over a dozen presenters were paid for by the Government of Guyana, but only one Indian (eight per cent) was among them – The attendance in the audience comprised of a handful – not even five per cent. The banquet in Manhattan was about 10 per cent Indians with an Indian co-emcee.The cultural show in Queens had several Indian participants but the audience was estimated at 10 per cent.It is noted that only three Indians were honoured out of dozens. Some 50 citations were given with only five Indians (10 per cent) who all happened to endorse the celebration. Only two of these honourees had standing in the community with two others being seen as “maha” opportunists and one an unknown. Those critical of the planned programme and under representation of Indians were not honoured. Worse, they were attacked for exposing the charade.Singh believes that his and Attorney Rhonda Binda participation in the committee brings unity. There can be no unity without the recognised leadership of both communities being part of the celebration.What occurred last year was not unity. In sociology, it is known as ethnic marginalisation. Singh and a few others contributed to and excused that marginalisation and how about the underrepresentation and or a lack of presence of Amerindians, Chinese and Whites (Portuguese) in the planning, presentation, and attendance? Does that make for unity? Even the Alliance For Change representatives criticised the celebration as being “unrepresentative” of Guyana’s diversity.Unity is when you have a fair representation of all the ethnic groups in the planning and participating in the varied activities and programmes.Also, those who attempt to speak for the community must have standing in the community as an advocate and champion of their causes. Ms Rhonda Binda is not known in the community and is not an advocate or champion of the community. Since the celebration, Ms Binda has not been seen. Thus, the description of “darling of the Indian community” would not fit.Clearly, contrary to what Singh penned, the 50th Anniversary Committee NY is not a model for national unity. Its composition leaves much to be desired. Doesn’t Singh feel 50 per cent Indians (as opposed to 12 per cent) in the committee with co-leadership would be a better symbol of unity? An effort must be made to bring all major black and Indian leaders together under joint leadership in order to attempt to bring unity which is highly desired.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Dynamic Airways cancels flight after aircraft leakage

first_imgDozens of Dynamic Airways’ passengers scheduled to depart Guyana on Sunday were left stranded after the 767 aircraft suffered a leakage.This was announced in a statement by local representative for Dynamic International Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia, of Roraima Group, on Sunday. According to Gouveia, flight 2D 402 out of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, bound for the John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York on Sunday afternoon had to be cancelled owing to a hydraulic leak of the 767 aircraft.“Dynamic maintenance engineers worked diligently in an effort to correct the problem, but were unable to complete their task before nightfall, forcing the cancellation of the flight,” the local representative explained.Nevertheless, Gouveia noted that the 150 passengers were being offered transportation vouchers to get home and return to the airport today afternoon. Meanwhile, passengers from remote areas are being offered hotel accommodation and meals.The local Dynamic representative added that the airline would be sending another aircraft to Guyana this morning to facilitate the departure of affected passengers this afternoon.The company regrets any inconvenience which this 24-hour delay has caused its passengers.Moreover, Gouveia noted that this was the first cancellation for 2017 of a Dynamic International Airways flight serving the Guyana route. The airline has come under heavy criticism since its operations here began with a long list of disruptions in flights which left passengers stranded for hours both at the CJIA and JFK Airport.In fact, back in December, Dynamic Airways was ordered to submit a report to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for the regulation entity to consider the most effective way forward giving its history of disruptions.last_img read more

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Child Care Agency pilots community groups along Linden/Soesdyke Highway

first_imgThe Child Care and Protection Agency (CPA) has been working to establish partnerships at the grassroots level, to prevent child abuse and promote child well-being.Director of the CPA, Ann Greene, said community groups have since been established in the Timehri, Yarakabra and Kuru Kuru, communities along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway.Greene pointed out that the agency is working in several communities, but the groups are being piloted in the three areas previously mentioned, before moving on to other communities.She added that getting the communities in the outlying districts onboard is easier than getting onboard communities in far-flung hinterland communities. However, the CPA is still working “to have all communities buy into the programme,” and eventually all will benefit.It is necessary for the CPA to work with community groups across Guyana to reduce the risk factors for abuse and to increase the protective factors, the CPA director explained.She highlighted that risk factors “are the things that will create vulnerability for children. A single parent home is a risk factor, because money and time (are) always in short supply in a single parent home, especially since the parent has to go out and work and then return to look after the children.”Other risk factors include parents with mental health issues, substance abuse, poverty, early teenage parenthood, and domestic violence.The protective factors would help to eradicate the risk factors. Greene pointed out that the protective, affordable, high-quality day care centres; training programmes and rehabilitation for parents; teen empowerment programmes and mental health services would come out from the community support networks.She said, “That is why we introduced the community watch groups, because that is a community support network that will aid in addressing child abuse.The agency is also collaborating with the Ministry of Public Health, faith-based organisations, and Early Childhood Development Centres to assist families, especially those with mental health issues.last_img read more

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Car Seat Clinics being held in Fort St. John this weekend

first_imgIf you do register, they ask that you bring the car seat(s) already installed as well as infant seat bases if needed. They also ask that you bring your vehicle and car seat manuals. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – If you would like to learn more about how to properly install a car seat in your car, then events taking place this weekend will be of interest to you.This Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, The Fort St. John RCMP alongside The Fort St. John Car Seat Clinic, The Fort St. John Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service, will be holding a free information session to help ensure children’s safety when it comes to car seats at the Fort St. John Fire Department.The car seat information clinic is a drive-in event where you are welcome to ask questions about: proper installation, questions regarding weight restrictions, Rear facing, Front Facing, Booster and seat belt readiness, common violations under the motor vehicle act. If you have expired or damaged car seats, you can stop by to drop them off.- Advertisement -All those attending will receive free emergency information stickers to place on car seats to assist first responders in the event of a collision.The Fort St. John Car Seat Clinic is also hosting their regular car seat clinic that day. This car seat clinic runs from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and is by appointment only. The clinic is also held at the Fire Hall.This clinic will help you learn how to install your car seat during a 45 minute session. There are currently only 3 time slots left for this clinic. To register for your appointment and to get more information, visit: https://fsjcarseatclinic.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.phpAdvertisementlast_img read more

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‘He’s got everything you want in a striker’ – West Ham signing?

first_imgCharlie Austin would be a welcome addition to the West Ham squad, says former Hammers defender Alvin Martin.The QPR striker was one of the few players to cover himself in glory at Loftus Road last season, scoring 17 Premier League goals as Rangers were relegated.And Martin could not praise him highly enough when asked if Austin, 25, would be a good signing for West Ham.“If you speak to anyone in the game, they’ll tell you he has got everything you want,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast, highlighting his high work-rate as another attribute of Austin’s.“He scores goals and he scored goals in a struggling team. He has got a good attitude and someone all the top teams will be looking at.“I’m pleased to sat the bookies have cut the odds on West Ham [signing him]. I know we’re interested in him.”last_img read more

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Power to 25,000 fully restored this morning

first_imgSmall areas of Cal State Northridge remained without power overnight, Lemelle said, adding that service was fully restored by 4:30 a.m. Nonetheless, CSUN spokeswoman Carmen Ramos Chandler confirmed the campus would remain closed today, reopening tomorrow. The outage was “caused by rain-related reasons and some equipment was affected. But crews have been working all night to repair and fully restore power,” Lemelle said. NORTHRIDGE – Rain-related problems triggered power outages that affected some 25,500 customers in Northridge and spanned almost 10 hours, with power fully restored early today, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported. Because of the outages, Cal State Northridge announced it would remain closed today, which affects only employees since classes are not in session because of the holidays. An outage occurred around 7 last night, affecting portions of Northridge along the Plummer Street area, including the CSUN campus, said DWP spokeswoman Marie Lemelle. “Power was fully restored to all residential customers within eight minutes,” she said adding that most of the larger industrial customers had their power restored by 10 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Government must postpone restructuring of MABS service – McConalogue

first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue says the Minister for Social Protection must use his powers under the Citizens Information Act to postpone the proposed restructuring of MABS and Citizens Information Services offices across the country.The planned reforms would see the 51 MABS offices and 42 CIS offices reduced to just 8 regional offices each. Fianna Fáil is using its Private Members time in the Dáil this week to highlight the issue.Deputy McConalogue said the decision to undertake this restructuring, which will remove essential advice services from communities across the country, including here in Donegal, has been taken without any cost benefit analysis. He added that it also fails to take into consideration the concerns expressed by workers, service users and volunteers, who are fearful of the impact that the rationalisation of these services will have on local communities.He said “There are currently 3 MABS offices in Letterkenny, Gweedore and Donegal town, with another three CIS centres in Letterkenny, Dungloe and Donegal town. While none of the offices will close, there are serious concerns about changes to governance, accountability and value for money.“The services and advice provided to people by MABS and CIS are deeply embedded in local communities. They provide essential services and advice on managing debt, mortgage arrears and difficulties with moneylenders. People recognise and trust this advice and in many instances, MABS has been key in helping people out of debt and equipping them with the skills and tools to effectively manage their budgets.“Fianna Fáil recognises the need for greater efficiency within the system, and we are not opposed to change and reform. However, we are troubled by the concerns that that have been voiced regarding the potential implications of the restructuring of MABS and CIS from local companies into a regional model. Many of those who work and volunteer in MABS and CIS are worried that the planned restructuring will disenfranchise volunteers and that these changes have been undertaken without any meaningful dialogue. “The Social Protection Minister must immediately utilise the power he has under the Citizens Information Act of 2007 to issue a directive to halt this proposed regionalisation. It is essential that space is given to heed the concerns of those who have voiced their strong reservations to the restructuring process. It is imperative that all stakeholders involved are consulted and allowed to engage in meaningful, constructive dialogue to secure the best possible outcome for everyone involved”.Government must postpone restructuring of MABS service – McConalogue was last modified: March 28th, 2017 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:Charlie McConaloguedonegalMABSlast_img read more

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