Jordan Tourism Board collaborates with Pammi Aunty to showcase tourism

first_imgSsumier Pasricha and his Internet-breaking hit sensation Punjabi alter-ego Pammi Aunty has entered into collaboration with Jordan Tourism Board, India Office, to promote the country’s tourism.The actor will be travelling in Jordan and visit destinations comprising Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and Amman, from where he will be making and posting videos. “Imagine Pammi Aunty swimming in the Dead Sea and calling Sarla Pehnji! It will be fun,” said Ssumier Pasricha.“Pammi Aunty in Jordan has already become an Internet sensation within a few hours of the first teaser video; and will mark a turning point for Jordan tourism and arrival numbers for Indians to Jordan,” commented Ashit Taneja, Country Manager, Jordan Tourim Board, India Office.The first video will have Pammi Aunty talking about being invited to Jordan. “She obviously doesn’t know anything about the country, so she will start reading about it,” says Ssumier, who is currently working on the creatives.last_img read more

Trade deficit widens 22 to €28bn Cystat says

Cyprus’s trade deficit widened 2.2 per cent, to over €2.8bn, in the first eight months of the year compared to the respective period of last year mainly on increased imports, the statistical service said.Total imports rose 5.5 per cent in January to August, compared to the respective period of 2016, to over €4.8bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website. Total exports rose 10 per cent to over €2bn.Imports from other European Union members dropped by 7 per cent in the first eight months of the year, to below €3.1bn, while exports plunged 31 per cent, to €756.6m, Cystat said. Imports from third countries rose 27 per cent to below €1.8bn, while exports rose 35 per cent, to €440.4m.Excluding the import and export of transport equipment such as ships and aircraft, in the first eight months the value of imports was almost €4bn compared to €3.3bn the previous year while the value of exports rose to €1.4bn, from €1.1bn respectively.You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Best Compact SUV Cars. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today!Yahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. MartyUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Hepatitis C – Research About Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more

House ceremony marks 911 anniversary Rep Potvin Lt Street honor first responders

first_img State Rep. Phil Potvin and guest Lt. David Street, Michigan State Police Cadillac Post commander, today took part in the annual 9/11 memorial service conducted by the Michigan House of Representatives. The ceremony honored four first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty in Michigan the past year, and marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America.“Today we pay our respects to those Michigan first responders who gave their lives in service to our State protecting others,” said Potvin, R-Cadillac.  “The ceremony is also a solemn reminder of the terrorist attacks on our nation, as well as a time to offer prayers for the victims and their families. It was an honor to have Lt. Street with me today as we said thanks to all of our hometown heroes.”In addition, lawmakers paid tribute to Department of Corrections Deputy Corrections Keeper George Haight, who was killed in the line of duty at Jackson Prison in 1893 during an inmate escape attempt. His name was recently inscribed in the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.The proceedings featured the ringing of a fire bell following the reading of the names of each first responder who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2013, special music by a fire department bagpiper and “Taps” played by two members of the Grand Ledge Marching Band. 11Sep House ceremony marks 9/11 anniversary, Rep. Potvin, Lt. Street honor first responders Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Glenn unveils energy package expanding competition and choice

first_img Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photos 17Sep Rep. Glenn unveils energy package expanding competition and choice Bills remove barriers, encourage alternative energy supplyHomeowners, schools, hospitals, job providers and taxpayers would benefit from lower electric bills through state Rep. Gary Glenn’s energy policy legislation that would increase energy choice and competition in Michigan, the representative said at a news conference this morning.Rep. Glenn, vice chair of the House Committee on Energy Policy, unveiled the package with House colleagues and various officials from some of Michigan’s largest companies, small-business owners, job providers, employees and educators. His legislation offers an alternative to current Senate and House bills that seek to eliminate energy choice in the state.“Seven years ago, Lansing mandated that 90 percent of the electricity market be given to two utility companies, and we’ve all been paying the price ever since,” said Rep. Glenn, R-Midland.  “During that time, there are at least 11,000 Michigan customers who have been waiting for years to enjoy the benefits of electric choice, which would save them $235 million each year.“Now, Senate Bill 437 would result in the elimination of the final 10 percent of electric choice, devastating the over 6,400 Michigan consumers, public schools, large and small  businesses, hospitals, and nonprofits who have saved over $400 million through the choice option.”Rep. Glenn’s legislation not only maintains the electric choice program in Michigan, but expands participation to local school districts, colleges and universities along with other state and local government entities, profit and nonprofit hospitals and inpatient health-care facilities, those purchasing renewable energy and Michigan families/residential customers.The centerpiece of the package allows all public schools, colleges, hospitals and other taxpayer-funded services to save tax dollars by joining the energy choice market without it counting against the arbitrary 10 percent energy choice cap imposed in 2008. Making this change will help these entities to save hundreds of millions of dollars on electricity every year, while also freeing up their share of the 10 percent choice market so additional private sector customers presently on the waiting list can participate in the program savings.His legislation also requires electric utilities to utilize a transparent, competitive bid and supply planning process.“Despite what Michigan’s utilities and those who support a monopoly for them would have you believe, arriving at the best energy policy for Michigan is not overly complicated or complex,” Rep. Glenn said. “In my district, Bay City schools save $200,000 a year on electricity expenses, but every school in Midland County is prohibited by law from accessing the same savings; similarly, Saginaw Valley State University saves $200,000 a year, while Delta and Northwood colleges are prohibited.”Individual bills representing Rep. Glenn’s energy package are expected to be introduced over the coming weeks.Rep. Glenn can be contacted toll free at 1-855-GLENN98; by email at; online at; or by mail at Anderson House Office Building, S-1287, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.last_img read more

LaFave invites residents to October office hours

first_img Categories: LaFave News Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain is hosting office hours in October for the residents of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties.“Office hours is one of the best avenues for me to listen to people,” Rep. LaFave said. “Since taking office, hosting these office hours has been one of my top priorities. I encourage everyone to come and share their ideas or concerns about our state government.”The office hours schedule is as follows:Friday, Oct. 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. CST at Kingsford City Hall, 305 S. Carpenter Ave. in Kingsford;Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. CST at Sidetracks, N15903 Pine St. in Powers; andSaturday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 6 p.m. EST at Garden Township Hall, 6316 State St. in Garden.Residents also may contact LaFave at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0156 or 21Sep LaFave invites residents to October office hourslast_img read more

Rep Calley bill addresses status of county auditors within election law

first_img Categories: Calley News,News A bill introduced by state Rep. Julie Calley of Portland cleaning up Michigan election law by eliminating references to a local office no longer being utilized was advanced today in a unanimous vote by the Michigan House.There are currently no elected boards of county auditors in the state of Michigan. The last remaining board, located in Saginaw County, was phased out in 2005. Previous law also required local governments to follow audit procedures laid out by the Department of Treasury, limiting the need for local elected boards.Passages still exist within current Michigan election law mentioning the positions. Calley’s proposal, House Bill 5114, takes out a requirement that a general election be held to elect a county auditor. Companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, removes the requirement for primary elections.“Part of our job as a legislature is crafting new plans that help the people of Michigan, but another important component is going back to look at existing laws or segments of those laws that are no longer relevant to the current landscape,” Calley said. “There were large sections within election law that have long been outdated and this change was needed to offer clarification regarding these positions.”Calley’s bill is part of a bipartisan, five-bill package now headed to the Senate for further consideration. 14Feb Rep. Calley bill addresses status of county auditors within election lawlast_img read more

House approves Rep Johnson bill to repeal case mandate

first_img Categories: Johnson News Allows hunters to carry bows from location to location without risk of jail timeToday, the Michigan House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 5417, which would remove a mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased while being transported in a vehicle.“I view this change as a simple criminal justice issue,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “By not knowing and following this subtle aspect of Michigan law, hunters simply traveling from one location to another with a bow or crossbow could be found guilty of a misdemeanor, putting them at risk of jail time.”Rep. Johnson’s bill removes the current mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased when transported in a motor vehicle, including an off-road vehicle. The legislation includes a provision that bows, crossbows and slingshots would need to be unloaded and uncocked to transport without a case. This change would bring Michigan in line with several other Great Lakes states that have similar transport provisions.House Bill 5417 now moves to the Senate for consideration. 06Mar House approves Rep. Johnson bill to repeal case mandatelast_img read more

A Scholar Engages Her Students in Sustaining the Peace Process in Colombia

first_imgShare14Tweet2ShareEmail16 SharesJuly 17, 2017; The ConversationThe Colombian armed conflict began in 1964 with the creation of the country’s largest Marxist rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known as the FARC, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). It was the longest-running guerilla war in the Americas. More than 220,000 lives were lost and more than 5 million civilians were internally displaced. Crime syndicates, paramilitary groups, and other guerrilla movements such as the National Liberation Army were involved in the fighting. The communist groups claimed to be fighting for social justice. The paramilitary groups claimed to be fighting for the country’s stability. Both sides were accused of drug trafficking, terrorism, and human rights violations.Peace negotiations, held in Cuba, began in 2012. A final agreement was reached in 2016. The initial referendum was surprisingly unsuccessful after 50.2 percent of voters voted against the agreement. The Colombian government and the FARC signed a revised peace deal several months later that Colombia’s Congress ratified without conducting a second referendum. Many changes were negotiated, as shown is this side-by-side comparison of the old and new accords.Writing for The Conversation, Nadia Rubaii, co-director of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and Associate Professor of Public Administration at Binghamton University, recommends that Colombia’s university students be fully engaged in helping the country understand the peace accord, responding to past atrocities, and helping the process known as “transitional justice” succeed. Inasmuch as the country’s universities survived the conflict unscathed, Rubaii demonstrates in her research that education stands ready to play a vital role in Colombia’s future.Colombian universities, in particular, have an opportunity to prepare the next generation of political and business leaders to be agents of peace and social change. To do this, both public and private universities may need to rethink both what and how they teach. Having students work in diverse groups to research and write about real events in communities close to them can be a powerful tool for learning and developing peace-building skills. It could also serve as a model for other post-conflict zones, such as Rwanda or Bosnia and Herzegovina.Rubaii promotes the use of student-written case studies and other teaching methods to engage students and their educators in promoting peace. These problem-solving skills and their outcomes are based on collaboration and real-word dialogue.We used slightly different applications of student-written cases in our courses at three universities in Bogotá and Medellin—Universidad de los Andes, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and Universidad EAFIT. Many top political and business leaders are educated in these schools.Over the course of a semester, one group of students developed a case about an existing program to promote leadership skills among children and youth in a rural area. In the past, these young people had turned to violence. The program taught them to work together.Can students truly make a difference in Colombia’s fragile peace process following more than 52 years of vicious conflict? Peace was attempted years before and that process ended in what some called “political genocide.” Sobering realities surrounding the 2016 peace accord’s implementation are appearing as both sides are accusing the other of noncompliance. Colombian schoolchildren are still given comic books that show how to avoid stepping on landmines. While a significant achievement, FARC has decommissioned only 40 percent of its weapons. Colombia’s Constitutional Court weakened the peace accord last May.One persistent issue observed by Human Rights Watch is the potential lack of justice if amnesty is offered to kidnappers, narcotraffickers, and war criminals. Making peace all the more fragile is Colombia’s steadily rising cultivation of coca, as Colombian farmers do not have legal alternatives as lucrative. This U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement report shows that Colombia is in its fourth consecutive year of increases in coca production. The Trump administration informed Colombia of possible cuts to U.S. aid and that the U.S. still considered FARC to be a major drug-trafficking and international terrorist group.Though Colombia’s challenges are impossible to fully comprehend, students do have a very positive role to play in aiding peace building for all the reasons Rubaii puts forth. In December 2015, the UN Security Council adopted the first resolution on Youth, Peace and Security. We usually consider the “youth market” as being critical for its buying power and its influence on the spending patterns of families. We think of teens and young adults as setting trends that are adopted by other demographic groups. Rubaii would have us look to students as possessing the capacity to develop skills to deal with conflict in nonviolent ways and to help create communities that live by a credo of non-violence and multicultural appreciation. If Colombia’s youth are willing to help their country achieve a lasting peace, they are to be commended. As Rubaii asserts, one important asset that youth have in their fight to achieve peace is time.—James SchafferShare14Tweet2ShareEmail16 Shareslast_img read more

Third quarter revenues from Portugal Telecoms res

first_imgThird quarter revenues from Portugal Telecom’s residential customer segment increased 5% year on-year thanks to pay TV and broadband growth.The telco ended September with 974,000 Meo pay TV subs after adding 55,000 customers in the third quarter. The total subscriber base is 26.7% bigger than at the same period a year earlier and PT expects to pass the one million mark by year-end. Broadband customer numbers were up 11.2% year-on-year to 1.072 million.Third quarter operating revenues from PT’s residential business increased by 5.4% to €171 million.last_img

The global online video market will grow at an ave

first_imgThe global online video market will grow at an average rate of 35% a year between 2010-15, reaching €21.7 billion in 2015, according to France-based research group IDATE.According to IDATE’s Online Video: Uses, Markets, delivery technologies/CDN report, this will represent about 6% of the total video market. The company predicts that the CDN market will reach €4.7 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 28%, but the video CDN market will be worth €2.4 billion, with a higher CAGR of 33%.IDATE estimates that 52% of the current global online video market is attributable to pay services thanks to the success of Apple and Netflix in the US, with advertising predominant in other markets.last_img

Samsung and the International DMB Advancement Grou

first_imgSamsung and the International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG) have teamed up to launch digital radio, mobile TV and internet services in Europe with the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0.The device will be available from April, 2012 in Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, Norway and South Africa.“Samsung believes that such functionalities will take Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 to a new level. Built-in DMB/DAB Plus provides excellent radio and TV experiences on the go,” said Byung Joon Jang, director of MID sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics.DMB is currently available in more than 40 countries globally.  Samsung believes that European governments are increasingly favourable to the replacement of FM radio with DMB/DAB Plus as the de facto standard for digital radio.The Android-based Galaxy WiFi 5.0 will be exhibited with the demonstration of mobile TV and digital radio services at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress.last_img read more

UK pay TV operator Sky is set to launch a new YouT

first_imgUK pay TV operator Sky is set to launch a new YouTube channel that will let viewers sample full episodes of Sky shows online for the first time. The Sky First Episodes YouTube channel is due to launch on February 1, and is part of a marketing campaign to mark what Sky described as its “biggest ever year of entertainment”The channel will air the first episodes of shows such like Sky 1’s Moone Boy. Other Sky shows that will be available on the channel at launch are Sky Atlantic series The Tunnel, Sky 1’s Moonfleet and Sky Arts programme A Young Doctor’s Notebook.“We’re passionate about delivering truly great TV – and the best way of demonstrating this is to give people the opportunity to enjoy the shows for themselves. The combination of Sky First Episodes and a TV campaign featuring entire clips from our biggest and best series means that now everyone has the chance to sample Sky shows,” said Naomi Gibney, Sky’s director of entertainment, marketing and digital.last_img read more

The World Cup gave a boost to sales of TVs in Germ

first_imgThe World Cup gave a boost to sales of TVs in Germany in the first half of 2014, but the rise in units shipped was more than offset by a decline in prices, leading to a year-on-year fall in the value of the market of 1%, according to figures compiled by local consumer electronics association the GFU.According to the GFU’s figures, the number of TVs shipped grew by 8.6%, but an 8.9% fall in prices led to a decline in revenues to €2.2 billion.The latest installment of the regular CEMIX consumer electronics market index, compiled by the GFU, technical retail trade association BAT and GfK, recorded a sharp rise – 54.4% – in sales of video game consoles, while sales of smartphones grew by 7.4% and tablet and projector systems also saw strong growth in both units shipped and the value of sales. However the set-top box market showed a sharp decline, down 17.5% in revenue terms year-on-year.last_img read more

Russian cable operator Akado has ordered an initia

first_imgRussian cable operator Akado has ordered an initial supply of 20,000 HD boxes from Portuguese technology provider Novabase, to be supplied via local reseller AMT Group.The low power consumption boxes will enable viewers to record programmes via extrernal hard drives, will include pre-loaded games and will deliver easy-to-use animated menus, according to Akado.The first batch of boxes will be available by the middle of this month and will be available for sale through the company’s website.last_img

Triax will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 102 stand

first_imgTriax will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.2, stand G11. Triax is set to unveil a range of solutions at ANGA COM, including HMDI products that are designed to distribute 4K, 3D and 1080p “real HD” signals. Triax said these second-generation HMDI products can distribute real HD signals to single point-to-point or multi-room installations over 70 metres (1080p) or 40 metres (4K)These solutions are “ideal for commercial environments like bars and retail outlets, educational facilities or smart home applications,” according to Triax.The firm will also showcase the Triax triple receiver STC 221, which has a triple tuner for DVB-S2, DVB-T/T2 and DVB-C. It also has a combi-receiver for the simultaneous reception of two types of signal – for example, satellite and additional reception via cable.The receiver has HbbTV support, a Triax portal with apps and a media player and a CI + interface.In addition, Triax will launch its ‘hospitality solution,’ which is aimed at hotel owners, allowing for TV, radio, video, information channels and web content to be distributed throughout hotels.“Content is distributed directly to in-room and is aimed at meeting guests’ entertainment and service needs. Comprising the latest TDX or TDH headends with a conditional access system (CAS) for secure pay TV channel options and middleware, TRIAX hospitality solution can use existing coax cables or IP network infrastructure to deliver high quality HD content to all guests,” said Triax.Other products that Triax will show off at ANGA are its new optical multi-switch, which comprises optical receiver, RF re-converter and multi-switch in one device, and its new Platinum taps and splitters – professional components for CATV distribution systems.last_img read more

Netflix is now the most watched ondemand video se

first_imgNetflix is now the most watched on-demand video service in the US, beating YouTube into second place, according to new research.Ampere Analysis, which measured the proportion of people interacting with a given service over the past month, says Netflix now has a 47% share of streaming eyeballs in the US, ahead of YouTube with 42%.Amazon Instant Video is third with 22%, ahead of Hulu with 19%, and Facebook with 15%.The picture in the US contrasts with that of elsewhere, with YouTube on top in the other countries measured in the Ampere research.In the UK, YouTube had a 43% share among the most-watched on-demand services, with the BBC’s iPlayer second with 36%, and Netflix third with 20%.The research also shows how people consume on-demand video. They often catch up on TV on a smart phone while commuting, before switching to bigger TV or computer screens later.In terms of what is being watched there is a distinction between the US and UK, with comedy top in the States and sci-fi and fantasy winning out among the Brits.Specifically, the top five on-demand genres in the US are: comedy, action/adventure, drama, sci-fi and fantasy, and horror. In the UK the top five are: sci-fi and fantasy, comedy, crime and thriller, action and adventure, and drama.Richard Broughton, Research Director at Ampere Analysis, said: “Although broadcaster-led free online video services are prominent in the UK, exclusive series on subscription services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are driving willingness to pay for content, and over time this will penetrate the older viewer population who have traditionally been reluctant to spend online.”He added: “Furthermore, despite the fact that people can watch content on a number of devices, it is the larger TV screens that attract the most eyeballs in both markets for video on demand, and that’s even the case for the heaviest viewers – illustrating that despite the growth in app-based viewing on mobile devices, ensuring good quality of experience on connected TV devices and Smart TVs remains crucial.”last_img read more

Live viewing on the TV remains an important part

first_imgLive viewing on the TV remains “an important part of children’s lives”, with the TV still used by more children than any other device for watching content, according to Ofcom.The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report’ claims that For younger children, watching TV on the TV set makes up the largest proportion of their media time.“Although there has been a decline over the last decade in the number of hours children spend watching, 2017 has seen an increase in the number of hours parents of younger children say their child spends watching TV on the TV set,” according to the report.However, for the older children, Ofcom said the picture is “more mixed”.While 12-15 year-olds who watch TV on a TV set spend nearly 14 and a half hours a week doing so – a similar figure to younger children – for them it is part of their “larger overall media consumption”.Children aged 12-15 were found to spend more hours online and using their mobiles in a typical week than watching on a TV set. They were also most likely to not watch on a TV set at all.“Around one in ten 12-15s say that they don’t watch any television on a TV set, higher than last year, while the number who say this is the device they mostly use to watch TV has decreased since last year to around six in ten,” said Ofcom.YouTube was cited as an “important factor” in the changing landscape of content consumption, with half of 3-4 year-olds and more than 80% of 5-15s now using the video service.“It is the most recognised content brand among 12-15s, and the one they are most likely to think includes their age group in its target audience,” said Ofcom.“It is the one they would turn to first for all types of content they say is important to them, and the one they say they would miss the most if it was taken away. More 8-11s and 12-15s also say they prefer watching content on YouTube than TV programmes on the TV set.”The full ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report’ can be accessed herelast_img read more

DERRY City and Strabane District Council has issue

first_img DERRY City and Strabane District Council has issued traffic and travel advice ahead of St Patrick’s Day celetration in Derry city this weekend.Anyone hoping to attend the events in Derry over March 16-17 is asked to check traffic and travel information in advance as some minor disruption is expected, including a number of road closures to facilitate the main festival parade on Sunday.On Sunday March 17, Bishop Street/Without, Shipquay Street, The Diamond and Strand Road will be restricted to traffic for varying lengths of time during the afternoon between 12.30 pm and 4 pm. Alternative diversion routes will be available during these times. There will also be a lane restriction in place on The Foyle Embankment on the city bound approach from Translink Bus Depot to Harbour Square Roundabout between 12.30 pm and 4 pm. Drivers should prepare for some delays and should allow a little extra time when planning their journeys, to ensure everyone’s safety and in order to help minimize disruption and inconvenience to the local community.The events kick off on Saturday March 16th with the colourful Ubuntu festival, bringing local ethnic communities together for a rich celebration of diversity and culture. blue badge holderscitysideDerry and Strabane CouncilTHE GUILDHALLTraffic & Travel advice for St Patrick’s Day parade in DerryWaterside ShareTweet This free event takes place from 12pm – 5pm and will include a wide range of both indoor and outdoor activities in the Guildhall and also Guildhall Square. Supported by Council’s Good Relations Programme, which is funded by The Executive Office, entertainment will include arts and crafts, music and dance workshops, as well as a whole host of performers on the Global Beats Stage.Anyone with limited mobility should note that an accessible viewing area will be located on Whittaker Street opposite the Guildhall, Visitors who wish to avail of this area should plan to arrive a little earlier in order to ensure unimpeded access before streets become congested.Where possible, the public are strongly advised to use the public transport system or to consider walking to the event. Details of all buses can be found by visiting parking is available at regular sites across the city, including on the Cityside: Foyleside Shopping Centre Car Park East, Foyleside West and Quayside Shopping Centre, Foyle Road, Magee Campus (Lawrence Hill),Victoria Market, Queen’s Quay, Society Street, Carlisle Road and William Street. And in the Waterside at: Alfred Street, Bond’s Hill, Distillery Brae, Simpsons Brae, Spencer Road and Old Bridge House. Motorists are advised that there are likely to be delays when exiting some car parks during the parade.Blue Badge holders are encouraged to use available public, disabled car parking spaces and a limited number of accessible parking spaces for the viewing area platform will be available in the Foyle Street Car Park.Drivers are reminded that normal on street parking restrictions will be in place and that they should avoid parking anywhere where they may be blocking entrances to residences or businesses or where they may be obstructing emergency access.Some parking restrictions will be in force with car parks at Strand Road, Foyle Street and Bishop Street closed on Sunday March 17.Vehicles stopping to drop off passengers should park in a safe location and avoid the immediate vicinity of the City Centre, in order to minimise traffic congestion.Please note that all times are approximate and that road restrictions and diversions will be kept to the minimum length necessary to ensure safety. Please tune in to BBC Radio Foyle and Q120.9FM for updates on traffic and car parking information.Full details of the Spring Carnival programme are available at & Travel advice for St Patrick’s Day parade in Derry was last modified: March 12th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

COUNCILLOR MICKEY COOPERDeep clean of streets in B

first_img COUNCILLOR MICKEY COOPERDeep clean of streets in Barrs Land – CooperDerryDerry and Strabane CouncilSinn Fein SINN Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has said that a street deep clean will take part in the Barrs Lane area of Hazelbank this coming ThursdaySpeaking today, Councillor Cooper said: “I had a number of requests for a deep clean of the streets to be carried out in the Barrs Lane area by local residents. “I have arranged for the Council cleansing staff to carry out the work from 8am onwards on Thursday 25th June. ShareTweetcenter_img “I would urge residents who have a car and are not planning to be leaving the area that morning that it would be useful if you could park away from the streets whilst the work is ongoing./“This will allow the staff maximum access to the footpaths to ensure no rubbish is missed.“I hope this is of assistance to residents and if they need any further help they should not hesitate to contact me.”Deep clean of streets in Barrs Land – Cooper was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

The Owen Mor home on Derrys Culmore RoadA DERRY n

first_img The Owen Mor home on Derry’s Culmore RoadA DERRY nursing has been closed to new admissions after inspectors raised concerns about its standard of care.An unannounced inspection by the regulatory body the RQIA identified a number of issues at Owen Mor nursing home on the Culmore Road. The notices mentioned concerns about staff knowledge including nurses not following policies and procedures as well as inadequate records about areas of patient safety such as falls, feeding and nutrition.In a statement, RQIA said the safety and wellbeing of everyone living at Owen Mor is “of paramount importance” and they are continuing to monitor the home.Nicola Brown, whose son Matthew goes to Owen Mor for respite, said her family have had to cancel plans because of the situationNicola Brown’s 25-year-old son Matthew receives respite care at Owen Mor once a month.She said that up to now they’d been very happy with his treatment at the home.“Myself and most parents are angry, because we thought that, ‘well our children are going in there and they are vulnerable children’.“Basically we don’t hear anything back from the child because Matthew doesn’t talk so we have to listen to what the people in Owen Mor are saying. We thought the staffing needs were perfect.”‘A spokesperson for Owen Mor confirmed they accepted the failure to comply notices from RQIA and Owen Mor is “assiduously working in tandem with the Western Trust to “achieve full compliance within six weeks as agreed by the RQIA”.The Western Trust does not own or operate the home but refers patients to Owen Mor for care. A spokesperson said the trust is working with both Owen Mor and RQIA to “ensure the safety and welfare of the clients who currently reside at the care home”.“An improvement plan has been developed and is being monitored on a daily basis,” they added.Derry nursing home closed to new admissions after inspection was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The home has been given until 26 June to address the concerns.A spokesperson for Owen Mor said they are confident the problems will be “rectified much sooner”.The RQIA raised concerns about care recording, medicine management, staffing and governance arrangement at the home which has a capacity of 81 people.Following a meeting with the management of the home, the RQIA issued four failure to comply notices and the Western Trust ceased new admissions pending a review in six weeks. ShareTweet culmore roadDerryDerry nursing home closed to new admissions after inspectionOwen Mor nursing homeRQIAWESTERN TRUSTlast_img read more