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HERE WE SNOW AGAIN – DODGY ROADS, SCHOOLS CLOSED AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES

first_imgHERE WE SNOW AGAIN across Donegal this Monday morning with weather warnings, schools closed and dangerous roads.Roads across the county are said to be hazardous once again with some tailbacks around major towns. Secondary roads are impassable in most areas.Although council gritters were once again out in force, but starved of salt by the NRA only 300km of main roads are being properly treated. And thousands of families who live away from the main routes will struggle today yet again in the worst weather crisis to hit Donegal in a generation – with -18C recorded locally last night.The weekend was a disaster for businesses. Trade was down by 50% – and many pubs and clubs were half-empty on a weekend when traditionally they are packed.Many people appeared to have listened to the advice of Gardai and the council with hundreds of Christmas parties and events being cancelled over the weekend.There were fresh snow falls in some northern and western parts of the county overnight. Shafted by the central Government and the NRA, Donegal was once again left without adequate salt supplies – and businesses suffered as shoppers stayed at home on what should have been the busiest shopping weekend of the year.Council senior Engineer Vincent Lynn said his staff have done their best.“The main roads are passable with care and that’s only because staff have been out all night. We are doing the best we can,” he said.At one stage Army personnel took to the streets of many towns in an attempt to clear footpaths.But it was a weekend to forget for businesses and communities. School concerts and carol services – so part of normal life at this time of the year – have been cancelled.A thaw may be on its way this Thursday or Friday, but somehow Christmas just doesn’t feel the same this year.HERE WE SNOW AGAIN – DODGY ROADS, SCHOOLS CLOSED AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES was last modified: December 20th, 2010 by gregShare 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

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Sport Minister Emphasises Importance of Primary Competitions

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the INSPORTS National Primary Football and Netball competitions enhance Jamaica’s feeder programmes for the games at all levels.Addressing the press launch and national play-offs official draw of the competitions on January 15 at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Ms. Grange said the initiative is the largest age-group competition of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.“It is important that we start at the base. We must build a solid foundation and we must start with our children, so that when they get to the age where they are playing professionally, they would have had a good foundation and solid training in their interest of discipline,” she said.Ms. Grange said the competitions bring to the fore the best talent there is in a competitive environment, in line with the INSPORTS mandate of unearthing talent.“We must use these activities to identify the talent and to go on to provide as much assistance as possible for them to turn their potential into the next generation of great Jamaican footballers and netballers,” she added.The Minister also announced that former national football player, Ian “Pepe” Goodison, and Oberon “OB” Pitterson-Nattie, a national netball player, will serve as ambassadors during this and other competitions.“Their role will be to provide insight and knowledge about the game to the youngsters in a manner that will inspire player participation and a genuine focus to represent the country at the highest levels as they develop,” she informed.She noted further that in discussions with INSPORTS, they will develop strategies through seminars and workshops that will improve the overall grassroots programme for football and netball in Jamaica.“Both ‘OB’ and ‘Pepe’, by virtue of the way they have represented Jamaica in their two sports, are eminently qualified for the ambassadorial roles to which we are appointing them,” Ms. Grange said.For his part, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, said there is a need for youth to participate in physical activities.“There is a reality that sport helps in a lot of other areas that are involved in the education process. The principles that sports instil in our youth are critical to national development,” he added.Meanwhile, Sports Officer, INSPORTS, Kevin Morrison, informed that the 2017/18 Under-12 National Primary Football and Netball competitions got under way in November.He noted that 136 teams from eight zones participated in the football competition at the parish level, while 50 teams from five parishes participated in the netball competition.“A total of 3,510 students participated in the competitions – 2,760 in football and 750 in netball,” Mr. Morrison pointed out.He informed that at the national level, 16 teams will participate in play-offs for the football competition, while 11 teams will participate in the netball competition. “It is important that we start at the base. We must build a solid foundation and we must start with our children, so that when they get to the age where they are playing professionally, they would have had a good foundation and solid training in their interest of discipline,” she said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the INSPORTS National Primary Football and Netball competitions enhance Jamaica’s feeder programmes for the games at all levels. “We must use these activities to identify the talent and to go on to provide as much assistance as possible for them to turn their potential into the next generation of great Jamaican footballers and netballers,” she added.last_img read more

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Revised Water Policy to be Tabled in Parliament

first_imgStory Highlights “The aim of this policy is to provide universal access to potable water. We are expecting that the policy will be tabled by early next financial year,” Mrs. Gibson told JIS News. Cabinet has approved the tabling in Parliament of the revised National Water Policy and Implementation Plan. This was disclosed by Director, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Talia Gibson. Cabinet has approved the tabling in Parliament of the revised National Water Policy and Implementation Plan.This was disclosed by Director, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Talia Gibson.“The aim of this policy is to provide universal access to potable water. We are expecting that the policy will be tabled by early next financial year,” Mrs. Gibson told JIS News.She pointed out that the policy is a revision of the 2004 plan and divides the country into utility service areas and non-utility service areas.“Utility service areas are the areas where piped water is the best method of providing water and we have non-utility service areas where piped water is not necessarily the most economical way to provide water. That’s where we come in with other modalities like rainwater harvesting and catchment tanks,” Mrs. Gibson explained.She noted that the sustainable management of the country’s water resources, is critical to Jamaica’s development.“We want persons to think about the impact lack of water has and the importance of water sustainability. We are a country of land, wood and water, but it is important that we sustain our water resources and supply so that we can have it for the future generation,” Mrs. Gibson stated.She also informed that the policy will focus on wastewater management.“For the utility service areas, we are trying to implement better sewage systems and for the non-utility service areas we looking at creating onsite sanitation facilities,” Mrs. Gibson noted.Meanwhile, a public education campaign is to be launched shortly to sensitise persons about the Policy.“We are going to launch a public education campaign to look at the whole aspect of drought management, conservation, among other issues. We are also looking at soliciting the participation of the private sector in the whole aspect of water management. Once the policy is approved by Parliament, we will be going out into communities to spread our messages,” Mrs. Gibson said.last_img read more

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