Palm oil certification? No silver bullet, but essential for sustainability (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Climate Change, Commentary, Conservation, Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Forests, Orangutans, Palm Oil, Palm Oil And Biodiversity, Researcher Perspective Series, Rspo, Wildlife 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 overSponsoredcenter_img We need a global standard on what constitutes sustainable palm oil and a common system to implement it. Arriving at this consensus requires a convening body to connect every link in the palm oil supply chain, across different countries and jurisdictions.A recent report from Changing Markets Foundation, released with additional comments by NGOs such as FERN, the Environmental Investigation Agency, Mighty Earth, and Friends of the Earth Netherlands, criticizes the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and proposes that certification standards are — as stated by the same NGOs — ‘holding back the progressive reform of the sector’ and may even be causing ‘active damage.’This report disregards some of the important realities in the industry and on the ground, and fails to offer practical solutions. Simply bashing certification because of its imperfections puts the advances made at risk, instead of helping develop standards and synergies that facilitate compliance across the global palm oil supply chain.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. As one of the world’s most widely traded food and beverage commodities, palm oil is used in everything from baked goods to biofuels. It is produced in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America and sold to customers around the globe. Because no single jurisdiction governs this trade, it is extremely difficult to drive the broad-scale reform needed to counteract the negative impacts of the palm oil industry on forests, climate, biodiversity, and people living in the areas where this crop is produced.So how do we make sustainable palm oil a reality?Foremost, we need a global standard on what constitutes sustainable palm oil and a common system to implement it. Arriving at this consensus requires a convening body to connect every link in the palm oil supply chain, across different countries and jurisdictions. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has worked consistently for the past 14 years to drive this type of industry-wide agreement and change through its voluntary platform.However, a recent report from Changing Markets Foundation, released with additional comments by NGOs such as FERN, the Environmental Investigation Agency, Mighty Earth, and Friends of the Earth Netherlands, criticizes the RSPO and proposes that certification standards are — as stated by the same NGOs — ‘holding back the progressive reform of the sector’ and may even be causing ‘active damage.’This report disregards some of the important realities in the industry and on the ground, and fails to offer practical solutions. Simply bashing certification because of its imperfections puts the advances made at risk, instead of helping develop standards and synergies that facilitate compliance across the global palm oil supply chain.Certification is not perfect, but RSPO has continuously welcomed feedback from NGOs and stakeholders in an effort to strengthen requirements and advance capacity for implementation and verification.Meanwhile, the solutions promoted by RSPO have already brought many tangible impacts. An RSPO/World Resources Institute collaboration has increased transparency through use of tools like GeoRSPO and Global Forest Watch that pinpoint deforestation and fires linked to palm oil. This collaboration has helped RSPO better monitor what is happening in and around its members’ plantations and concessions (like spotting potential forest fires) and assisted RSPO member companies in engaging with their suppliers to solve underlying problems.The 2017 RSPO Impacts Report showed a total of 189,777 hectares of ‘high conservation value’ landscapes (areas that are critical ecosystems for biodiversity and cultural values or have effects on larger landscapes) have been preserved from palm oil expansion and are currently being managed by RSPO members — a 21 percent increase from the previous year. Independent studies have also shown the impact certification has in protecting orangutan habitats and limiting deforestation, in some cases by a factor of 25 times compared to non-certified areas.No silver bullet can tackle the global sustainability challenges of palm oil production. We need all the tools and support we can get. Despite its imperfections, the RSPO global platform and certification system — working across jurisdictions with 3,787 members from over 90 countries — serves as a starting point to unite the palm oil industry in its efforts to tackle this formidable task.It is the shared responsibility of all those involved to improve certification systems, to drive uptake of sustainable products, and to bring into the fold the many actors who still operate without any commitments to sustainability. Only through broader, constructive collaboration can sustainable palm oil succeed.Bornean orangutan. Photo by Rhett Butler.Anne Rosenbarger is a RSPO Board of Governors Environmental NGO Member and Southeast Asia Commodities Manager for the World Resources Institute.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

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Lawmakers’ actions don’t match up with realities of crime

first_imgDear Editor,Serious crime continues to wreck Guyanese families daily and lawmakers seem to be out of options for addressing it. Lawmakers have not publicly acknowledged that crime has spiraled out of control, but recent announcements suggest that it has earned their attention. However, proposed interventions by the Government are likely to worsen serious crimes instead of reducing it. Also, questions about the exact nature of the proposed interventions need to be clarified. Question 1. Do the Police know whether the murders originated from the guns of licensed firearm holders? The Police should know from simple ballistic tests whether the guns used in these killings belong to civilians. I am assuming that the Police have the tools and resources to conduct timely and accurate ballistic tests. In fact, the ballistic tests would identify the exact owner of the firearm if it was used in a crime. These are basic tests of any murder investigation. If the Police have this information, the normal course of justice would then take its course. That is, they would be able to issue arrest warrants and then prosecute the identified firearm holders. But to date, the Police have not made any statement that suggests the majority (or the exact percentage) of serious crimes involved the use of licenced firearms.Question 2. What does “clamping down on the issuance of gun licenses to civilians” mean? While this seems straightforward, it is difficult to imagine how much more difficult the process of acquiring a firearm licenced can become. Currently, it takes anywhere from three to six years for the average Guyanese to get a firearm licence – based on the account of countless individuals who have been through the process. The time taken for businessmen may be shorter since they have the connections and resources to grease the system. But even businessmen who have unquestionable reasons for wanting a licenced firearm complained about the process. So exactly what does clamping down on the issuance of gun licenses to civilians mean, and exactly how this move would help stop the senseless killings and robberies remain unclear.Question 3. Would the Government seize licensed firearms from law abiding citizens? The government signalled the possibility of revoking licensed firearms from law abiding citizens. This course of action assumes that the government knows exactly which guns are used in the killings (question one). If the Police have evidence of licensed firearm holders being involved in criminal activities, which include renting their firearms to criminals, such individuals must be prosecuted, not just have their firearms seized.As we already established, the Police have not indicated it has evidence even suggesting licensed firearm holders are involved in criminal activities. What we know for a fact, however, is that there are incidents where licensed firearm holders managed to save their lives as well as their families’ by defending themselves.While I do not support civilians taking the law into their own hands, pursuing such course of action without the necessary evidence is equivalent to the ‘abuse of power’ and ‘violation of citizens’ rights to life’ and ‘the right to defend themselves and their families’. Moreover, it signals to criminals that they now have a free pass to murder families.Question 4. Why would businessmen and farmers rent their weapons to murderers? The Government’s assertion that licensed firearm owners are renting their weapons to criminals; without evidence, this is a direct accusation, ill-informed and off-base. Anecdotal evidence suggests that most of the estimated 10,000 licensed firearms belong to businessmen and farmers. Businesses have been equally targeted, as well as their families in the recent murder and robbery spree. The survival of their businesses and farmers depend on the safety and security of families and a growing economy. Exactly why businessmen and farmers would rent their licensed firearms to criminals is beyond comprehension.It is critically important for the State to bring crime under control. However, this course of action is unlikely to bring crime under control. It is more likely to increase the number of illegal weapons into communities.When people feel their lives are threatened and they cannot rely on the State to protect them, naturally they will be forced to defend themselves, despite the consequences. If the State allows society to reach this point – some would argue we are already at this point – the consequences on both society and the economy would be severe. The Government should re-think its approach in tackling crime to return public safety and security to families.Sincerely,Dhanraj Singhlast_img read more

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Repeat DUI driver’s licence suspended

first_imgThe driver’s licence of a Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) hire car operator has been suspended for one year after he was caught driving under the influence for the second time within months.Solomon Stoby, a 58-year-old taxi driver of Mongrippa Hill, Bartica, appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, and in addition to being suspended from driving for the next 12 months, he was also fined 00.According to Police reports, this was the defendant’s second offence of this nature. Back on February 18, 2017, Stoby was taken to court after he was found driving while being above the legal limit of alcohol consumption. He had pleaded guilty, and was fined 00, while his licence was endorsed.Then on September 1, 2017, the defendant, who owns and operates motor car HC 2999, was stopped at Fifth Avenue, Bartica, during a routine stop-and-search operation.The slurred speech and the strong smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath caused an officer to administer a breathalyser test, which confirmed his suspicion. The test showed he had .122 micrograms of alcohol in his system when the legal limit is .035 micrograms.last_img read more

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Serra’s big plays stun Torrance

first_imgLanders opened the scoring with an 83-yard pass play to Malcolm Murray, who caught a short pass, broke one tackle and was off to the races just 23 seconds into the game. Serra scored on its next possession when Landers’ 18-yard pass play to Murray (seven catches, 156 yards) set up Winston’s 32-yard scamper into the end zone. Serra led, 14-0, with 7:20 left in the first quarter. Winston added a 55-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. “We watched them play Peninsula and North Torrance and it’s all big plays with them,” Torrance coach Rock Hollis said. “They don’t grind it out. They like big plays and that’s how they beat us tonight.” Serra helped Torrance (2-2) stay in the game with 10 penalties for 78 yards. The Tartars took advantage by continuing to pound the ball. With 3:18 left in the second quarter, Torrance went 64 yards on 10 plays, highlighted by fullback Ryan Davis’ 21-yard gain on a trap, and culminated by Keami Owens’ 1-yard touchdown plunge, his first score of the season. Owens had 23 carries for 125 yards for Torrance, which pulled to within 28-14 with the touchdown. Even when winning the game was out of reach, Torrance kept plugging away on the ground. In the fourth quarter, Owens’ 19-yard run set up Davis’ 9-yard touchdown scamper to pull Torrance to within 35-21 with 5:42 left. Torrance stopped Serra on its next possession, then drove to the Cavaliers’ 5-yard line before a fourth-down pass by Jack McCormick sailed long. “We didn’t play tough against West last week,” Hollis said. “We worked on being tougher in practice. “Our object was to run the ball better and by God we ran the heck out of the ball.” Davis had nine carries for 78 yards and a touchdown and Michael Andrews had 25 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown for Torrance. Serra had to show some grit of its own in the second half. With three starting linemen out of action, the Cavaliers had to rely on backups to stop Torrance’s running game. In the second half, Torrance’s possessions ended on a fumble, a punt, a touchdown and once it turned the ball over on downs. Junior Anthony Carpenter had a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter to help Serra’s cause. dave.thorpe@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PREP FOOTBALL: Winston gains 215 yards on 17 carries to lead the Cavaliers by the Tartars. By Dave Thorpe Staff writer Torrance showed grit. Serra countered with athleticism. Torrance ground it out. Serra moved swiftly across the field. Torrance did what it set out to do on offense, rushing for 268 yards and three touchdowns. But Serra’s big-play ability on both sides of the ball was too much for Torrance. Serra had more than 200 yards on the ground and through the air and did just enough on defense to emerge with a 35-21 nonleague victory Thursday night at Torrance. Junior running back Carl Winston did a lot of the damage for Serra (3-0), rushing for 215 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Winston’s 23-yard touchdown run with 9:01 left in the fourth quarter gave Serra a 35-14 lead, finally putting away a pesky Tartars squad that refused to go away. “Big ups to Torrance,” Winston said. “They came out hard. But we got the win.” Even with an inexperienced offensive line, Serra showed a balanced offense. Quarterback Ted Landers was 10-for-17 passing for 206 yards and a touchdown. last_img read more

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Justice Department says FBI vulnerable to turncoats

first_img“We believe the FBI must be vigilant in attempting to deter and detect the internal penetrations that have occurred in the past and that may occur in the future,” the report said. Responding, FBI assistant director John Miller said he appreciated the IG report, noting that it had found that the bureau had made significant progress in several areas.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Such measures, proposed by the IG in 2003, were initially resisted by the FBI. However, the internal investigation found that the FBI had yet to put in place internal monitoring procedures and other recommendations by the IG – such as creating a central repository to collect and analyze bizarre or otherwise derogatory information – concerning FBI employees. The report also found that the FBI’s program to review suspicious employees periodically over their years of service also remained spotty because it hadn’t created full case files on them. This was due at least in part to faulty technology, it said. As a result, such gaps expose the nation to internal spy threats and could have been to blame for security breaches by FBI intelligence analyst Leandro Aragoncillo, who was arrested in October 2005. He was later sentenced to 10 years in prison for passing secret U.S. documents in an effort to topple the Philippine government. “The circumstances surrounding Aragoncillo’s activities and the FBI’s response to them are stark reminders of the vulnerabilities that persist within the FBI’s security program and the need to address these vulnerabilities,” states the report by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, which called the security failures unacceptable. WASHINGTON – Six years after arresting turncoat Robert Hanssen, the FBI remains vulnerable to espionage from within, the parent Justice Department said in a report Monday. The reason for this, said the Justice’s Office of Inspector General, is that the bureau has failed to fully adopt security measures to track suspicious behavior involving its own employees. The investigation by the IG’s Office sought to examine the extent of internal security at the nation’s lead law enforcement and domestic spy agency following the 2001 capture of Hanssen, who admitted spying for Moscow for cash and diamonds over two decades. The 41-page unclassified report credits the FBI for taking at least two critical steps to crack down on internal spies – creating a new unit designed specifically to detect security penetrations within the agency and installing senior operational posts in its counterespionage section. These posts were filled with representatives from the CIA or elsewhere in the intelligence community to ensure “impartiality and an objective evaluation of source information.” last_img read more

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Culver City catches Redondo flagging

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRedondo was flagged 11 times for 140 yards in Friday night’s 38-28 nonleague loss at Culver City. At one point, the Sea Hawks faced third-and-50 after three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on back-to-back fourth-quarter plays, effectively killing the team’s last shot at reeling in Culver City. It was those penalties that nullified a three-touchdown, 257-yard rushing performance by Gray, who carried the ball 18 times. “The calls didn’t go our way and that was the biggest factor in the game,” Gray said. “They not only took away from what we were trying to do on offense, but they really brought the spirit of the team down.” Penalties not only stalled all but one of Redondo’s four second-half possessions, but also gave Culver City quarterback Darius Banks a fresh set of downs on four occasions. Banks made the most of those opportunities as Culver City outscored Redondo, 28-7, in the second half. NONLEAGUE: Centaurs quarterback Banks capitalizes when Sea Hawks falter. By David Saunders STAFF WRITER As precious fourth-quarter seconds ticked off the clock, Redondo running back Hayward Gray could do nothing more than shake his head at the result of a game that wasn’t lost on the line of scrimmage, but rather on the belt loop of the officiating crew. “He is a great player and we gave him too many chances,” Redondo coach Gene Simon said. Banks, who led the state in passing last season, beat Redondo (2-3) more with his legs than his arm. He passed for two touchdowns to Antwon Moutra, but also ran for three scores and a handful of critical first-down conversions down the stretch. One such play came early in the fourth quarter when he ran from sideline to sideline, scrambling for 16 yards on fourth-and-8. The play lasted 18 seconds. Culver City (5-0) scored two plays later to take its first lead of the game, 24-21. “It’s quite bittersweet when you play against him. It’s sweet for the first five seconds when you think you’ve stopped him, but that feeling turns into rage for the last eight seconds when he gets away and runs down the field,” Simon said. “Every time, we called the perfect defense to stop him, but then he improvises.” Banks also was the beneficiary of a number of pass interference calls. Redondo was called for pass interference five times for 66 yards. Redondo’s Nick Jones was called for pass interference on three different plays, but helped make up for some of it with a 17-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Erik Wilson with 2:40 left in the game. But the score was too little, too late. Redondo’s best scoring chance before Jones’ catch came with the team clinging to a four-point lead in the third quarter. On fourth-and-3 at his team’s 45-yard line, Nick Garcia ran an inside handoff on a fake punt for 7 yards and a first down. But the drive ended four plays later when Gray was stopped a foot shy of a first down on fourth-and-1. “If we got that first down there and went on to score, we would have stayed in the ballgame a little longer,” Simon said. david.saunders@dailybreeze.com160Want 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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Tiaras join in a sparkly affair

first_imgPhoto Gallery: Ms. Wheelchair California meets Rose Queen PASADENA – It was a meeting of the tiaras Saturday, as members of the Rose Court mingled with other pageant royalty at the Tournament House. Current and former Ms. Wheelchair California and Ms. Wheelchair America had a meet-and-greet with Rose Queen Dusty Gibbs and her court. Ruthee Goldkorn, executive director of the Ms. Wheelchair California pageant – and the 2001 titleholder – has been bringing Ms. Wheelchair winners to meet the Rose Court since 2001. Goldkorn said she was looking for outreach opportunities in “nontraditional ways” to raise awareness of issues specific to people with disabilities. The hope is to inspire young women with disabilities to pursue opportunities for success, Goldkorn said. For Susan Rotchy, the reigning Ms. Wheelchair California, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident, participating in pageants was something she enjoyed even before she was injured and she hopes to encourage all women, especially those with disabilities, to pursue their goals. Rotchy, who handles speaking engagements in Northern California, has met with state leaders to discuss disability issues. “This is advocacy for young women so they can recognize there are bright things in their future,” she said. To the delight of Ms. Wheelchair winners, a Tournament official said there were two girls in wheelchairs who competed to be on the Rose Court this year. After a photo session, members of the Rose Court and the five current and former Ms. Wheelchair Californias and Ms. Wheelchair Americas chatted about competing in pageants, the Rose Court and, of course, crowns. After Kristen McCosh, the 2008 Ms. Wheelchair America, gave Gibbs a bouquet or roses, she asked the Rose Queen about her crown, Gibbs admitted that there was little opportunity for her to handle it. “I don’t get to hold it that much,” she said. McCosh’s crown – for now – is with her at all times. Gibbs said she enjoyed her visit with the Ms. Wheelchairs and said while she was unaware of Ms. Wheelchair competitions, she hoped that all of the girls on the court will seek opportunities to make a positive changes. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494 www.insidesocal.com/hallwaymonitor160Want 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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Sweet! Honeypot Coffee House crowned Friendliest Business 2018

first_imgHoneypot Coffee House in Letterkenny has won the overall prize in the JCI Donegal Friendly Business Awards 2018.The cafe team triumphed at the JCI Donegal Friendly Business Awards in Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny on September 22nd.Since opening on the High Road in 2016, Honeypot Coffee House has become well-known for its quality food, service, convenience and value for money. Ann-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Dee Stanislavov Honeypot Coffee House Winner Donegal’s Friendliest Business and Gary Alcorn, AIBEmma Boylan, JCI Donegal President and MC said the JCI awards are about “highlighting businesses that make the extra effort to be as friendly as possible to their customers.”Over 60 excellent businesses were nominated this year, with the category winners below:Century Complex won the Disability Access category sponsored by ShopLKInishowen Injury Clinic took the Customer Care award, with Norries Coffee Shop, Moville and Tina’s Tea Cakes Coffee House as runners-up sponsored by Kelly’s DinerAtlantic Travel in Letterkenny won friendliest Shop Layout which was sponsored by CBM SignsOURganic Gardens came out tops for Eco-Friendliness, sponsored by Peadar Jim’s Property MaintenanceRodney Deery School of Music won the Community Impact award, with LK Food Fest as runner-up, and was sponsored by Honeypot Coffee HouseMagees Pharmacy won the Digital Experience Award sponsored by Format Computers.JCI Donegal Members, Winners and SponsorsChantelle Grant, Century Complex Disability Access Winner and Ann-Louise McClintock, JCI DonegalAnn-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Rodney Deery Winner Community Impact and Dee Stanislavov Honeypot Coffee HouseAnn-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Norries Coffee Shop Runner up Customer Care and Mairtin Kelly, Kelly’s DinerAnn-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Derek Walker LK Food Fest, Runner up Community Impact and Dee Stanislavov Honeypot Coffee HouseAnn-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Cahir McLaughlin, Inishowen Injury Clinic Winner Customer Care and Mairtin Kelly, Kelly’s DinerPeter Blake, Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance and Ann-Louise McClintock, JCI Donegal – Eco-Friendliness Award winner with OURganic GardensThe seven winners will now go forward to represent JCI Donegal in the All-Ireland final in Galway in October.“The JCI Friendly Business Awards recognise the important role that local businesses play in the continuous development and improvement of our country,” a spokesperson said. “The project aims to award friendly businesses, ones that go that extra mile and provide outstanding customer service for their customers and their community. It is particularly important in this economic environment to highlight businesses that don’t allow their standards to slip and continue to provide quality services.”“JCI Donegal are a voluntary organisation and we appreciate the support from local businesses and banks in sponsoring our awards – Kelly’s Diner, Honeypot Coffee House, ShopLK, AIB, Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance, Format Computers, CBM Signs and Bank of Ireland.”Sweet! Honeypot Coffee House crowned Friendliest Business 2018 was last modified: October 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:friendly business awardshoneypot coffee housejci donegallast_img read more

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JASON’S EVEREST BID BACK ON AFTER BEING HELD UP AT CHINESE BORDER

first_imgDONEGAL dad Jason Black had his bid for Everest ascent glory held up but it’s now back on after being held up at the Chinese Border.The Letterkenny man, owner of the Voodoo nightclub, has to wait overnight before being allowed to cross into Tibet.But he’s there now – and apart from a slight ear infection, he’s getting ready for some training at base camp. Here’s his latest blog:What a crazy last few days! Internet connection is virtually none-existent. No connection either by phone or wifi.Anyway got to the chinese border from Nepal yesturday (Saturday) with my visa to pass and they refused me entry until this morning.It’s so so difficult to get in from the Nepal side. Well finally this morning 8am I got through after some serious checks, looks, searches of bags and equipment. They even went through all my photos on my camera. “But I’m in and well up the Tibet valley called Nie La Mu a d now heading towards basecamp at the foot of Mt Everest.I’m currently at 3600mts and man you know it .. Airs pretty thin. Tonight it’s snowing here and cold as hell so base camp’s going to be bad ass cold!I’ve had a really bad two night’s sleep and now I know why. Woke up this morning (Sunday) and EAR INFECTION – couldn’t believe it and thats the last damned obstacle I need when I’m climbing at altitude. I have antibiotics with me here so I’m starting a course tonight to try and get this shifted before I get higher.So enough of the whining –  it will sort itself out.Really getting into the super high mountains now as I can see them up ahead in the distance, I haven’t seen the Mighty Mt Everest yet but I’m due into base camp in about four more days so I’ll have a bird’s eye view then. Next few days the altitude turns up a gear as we move up 1800 mts tomorrow and back down for Altitude training, so lungs will get a good test. Outside of the ear infection I’m still in great form and feeling strong – eating well & really focused on what lies ahead.Hoping all is well back in Ireland & across the world.Thank you for for all the supporting messages guys.Laters guys from a snowy Tibet. JASON’S EVEREST BID BACK ON AFTER BEING HELD UP AT CHINESE BORDER was last modified: April 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:Jason BlackJASON’S EVEREST BID BACK ON AFTER BEING HELD UP AT CHINESE BORDERvoodooascentlast_img read more

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POLITICAL PARTY OPPOSING BALLYSHANNON JOBS BOOST

first_imgTHE LEFT WING Socialist Workers Party today issued a statement opposing plans to locate a new HSE ambulance control centre in Ballyshannon.Another centre is being located in Dublin as 12 regional centres are closed down. More than 50 jobs are being created in the south Donegal town as a result.The SWP said today: “The first to close is in Tralee, Co.Kerry on January 12…in that region the densely populated cities of Cork and Limerick will be without a service. “This will be followed by the closure of a centre in Castlebar, Co.Mayo just six weeks later.The closing of these centres is part of an overall plan to ‘centralise’ countrywide services.A plan set out by HSE is for there to be two ‘super-centres’ in Dublin, and Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.“Emergency calls to Castlebar (dealing with Galway, Mayo and Roscommon), receives over 100,000 calls per year.“As this is three times more than that of Ballyshannon in Donegal, the move to Tanaiste Mary Coughlan’s constituency is seen as cynical and politically driven.“The introduction of these plans could lead to redundancies, and will also mean the redeployment of over 120 workers. It’s another brutal cut by the HSE. “Increasing buying-in of private ambulance services is wasting public money, and points to the running down of the HSE’s ambulance fleet.“Failings in the HSE ambulance service were laid bare in a report submitted to the state spending watchdog. These failings are in truth the result of private profit being put before the safety of public health services. Privatisation may literally kill us.”endsPOLITICAL PARTY OPPOSING BALLYSHANNON JOBS BOOST was last modified: January 18th, 2011 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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