Councillors demand speed van ban outside graveyards and churches

first_imgA councillor has demanded that Go Safe speed vans stop parking beside graveyards and churches.The issue was raised at the monthly meeting of the Joint Policing Committee after a complaint by one of its member.Committee member James Trearty recalled how a speed van was parked outside Termon Church during the recent wake and funeral of Termon GAA Club’s chairman, Danny O’Donnell. County councillor Michael McBride said that such speed vans should never be allowed to park outside graveyards or churches.“I think it should be a policy that they should never be parked outside graveyards or churches,” he said.Garda Chief Superintendent Terri McGinn said that Go Safe vans should act respectively within the community but said they were parked in places where there had been recorded incidents of crashes or fatal accidents.She added that if people were aware of a funeral happening in an area then they could contact Gardai so that such incidents did not happen. She said she will take back the message from the meeting to the National Traffic Office.Councillors demand speed van ban outside graveyards and churches was last modified: December 11th, 2019 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:churchdonegalgraveyardsspeed vanTermonlast_img read more

World’s largest nature area, in Africa

first_imgThe elephant population in the newconservation area is expected to numberaround 250 000 individuals.(Image: Luke Harwood) Water vapour rising into the air above themighty Victoria Falls has earned it thethe name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the smokethat thunders”.(Image: Ferdinand Reus, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS • Arrie van WykProject manager, Peace Parks Foundation+27 21 880 5122RELATED ARTICLES• New deal to protect Mapungubwe site• A hefty boost for conservation• Ugandan eco project up for award• New Sanparks educational centre• Boundless Southern AfricaEmily van RijswijckA vast transfrontier park of almost 450 000 square kilometres, stretching over five Southern African countries and connecting 36 national parks and other managed areas, has been signed into being.The biggest conservation effort ever, it includes some of the most breathtaking protected areas on the planet, and will stretch over parts of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Once fully operational it will be roughly the size of Sweden.The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area was legally established on the last day of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) conference held in Luanda, Angola, in August 2011. The signing followed a feasibility study initiated by the five participants in 2006.The implementation of the conservancy is overseen by the Peace Parks Foundation, with the help of integrated development plans (IDPs) to ensure that the process unfolds smoothly. Zimbabwe and Zambia have completed their IDPs, while Angola’s is nearing completion.IDPs for Namibia and Botswana will get underway before the end of 2011.“It’s the largest protected tourism zone in the world,” an official from the 15-nation SADC announced at the time of signing the deal.This conservation zone is located in the Okavango and Zambezi river basins and boasts an impressive array of natural attractions:the Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s seven natural wonders;the largest inland delta on earth, Botswana’s Okavango Delta;the narrow and densely populated Itenge, commonly known as the Caprivi Strip, in Namibia;and the Chobe Nature Reserve in Zimbabwe, home to about 120 000 elephants.Once all development plans are integrated the conservancy will boast the largest contiguous population of African elephant on the continent, estimated to be about 250 000.Where the smoke thundersRated as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe on the mighty Zambezi River. It’s considered to be the largest falls in the world in terms of the size of the sheet of falling water, although it isn’t the highest or the widest.Victoria Falls was so named by Scottish explorer David Livingstone in honour of the reigning queen, but the local Kololo tribe refers to it as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning “the smoke that thunders”.The surrounding area encompasses smaller nature reserves such as the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the Victoria Falls National Park and the Zambezi National Park.The latter two parks already allow free movement of animals between them.Oasis in a dry landBotswana’s Okavango Delta – also known as the Okavango Swamp – is the largest Ramsar site in the world.It is seasonally formed by the Okavango River as it spreads out across a 15 000 square kilometre area, creating an oasis in an otherwise bone-dry region.The Ramsar Convention was signed in the town of Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. It is an intergovernmental treaty that commits member countries to maintain the ecological character of their wetlands.The preservation of these sensitive areas is viewed as a matter of international importance. Members are encouraged to plan wisely or in a sustainable manner for any activities that may affect the wetlands in their territories.The Okavango and Zambezi River basins contain some of the world’s richest areas of plant and animal biodiversity. If managed successfully and with vision, say authorities in the country, this natural wealth could give rise to a thriving ecotourism industry.The region is home to endangered species such as cheetah, African wild dog, black sable and black rhino.About the Southern African Development CommunitySADC came about as a result of member countries’ historical and cultural similaries, which gave rise to a desire to create greater economic prosperity, freedom and social justice for their citizens.Member countries include South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The catalyst for SADC’s formation was the Southern African Development Coordination Conference held in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1980. Here the Lusaka Declaration (Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation) was formally adopted by the nine founding member countries.At a later summit held in August 1992, countries signed the SADC treaty and declaration that effectively transformed the Southern African Development Coordination Conference into the Southern African Development Community.SADC aims to promote sustainable and equal economic growth and socio-economic development for its members. Member nations in turn commit to the values of good political, economic and corporate governance, as they strive for democracy, transparency and the respect for the law, and full participation by civil society.Among its successes to date, the organisation created a document that details norms and standards for elections, and a model law on HIV. It has also laid down benchmarks for democratic parliaments in Southern Africa./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2566:kavango-190911&catid=47:africanews&Itemid=116last_img read more

Play Your Part back on the small screen

first_imgA new generation of pioneers 5 March 2012 “There are a number of opportunities, big and small, where each and every one of us can make a positive difference in the communities in which we live and operate,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said of show. The 13-episode television series promoting Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part campaign, which features inspirational stories of ordinary citizens working to improve their communities, is back by popular demand on SABC 1 at 6pm on Tuesdays, starting on 6 March. The TV series is aimed at lifting the spirits, and to “inspire all South Africans with examples of how their fellow citizens are creating a South Africa we can all be proud of”. These include Nelisiwe Xaba, who explores contemporary issues and provokes dialogue through choreography and dance; David Tlale, who from one sewing machine has built a clothing brand that has graced the fashion capitals of the world; and 20-year-old racing driver Vicki Kemp, who has been on the tracks since she was 10.center_img Brand South Africa travelled the length and breadth of the country asking ordinary South Africans how they are playing their part in their communities, in the process uncovering a range of inspirational stories to share with the nation. The first episode profiles “a new generation of pioneers who, despite adversity, are charting new paths and flying the South African flag high,” says Brand South Africa. Play Your Part is a social movement created by the Brand South Africa to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Scoring for Mandela

first_imgApart from the sold-out stadium, thousands of South Africans followed the event on SABC, SuperSport and over social media networks. Joburg sports fan Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) tweeted this photo, with the words, “This pic at FNB is magnificent for so many reasons.” I am sure most South Africans would agree.Proceeds from the event will go towards the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the second paediatric hospital in southern Africa.Read more on shine in win over Burkina Faso: Bafana Bafana produced an impressive attacking performance to defeat Burkina Faso 2-0 in a Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day clash at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.Five-star Springboks crush Pumas: The Springboks did full justice to the occasion of the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day by delivering a stunningly ruthless performance to crush Argentina 73-13 in the opening match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.last_img read more

OCF Young Cattlemen’s Conference provides industry learning experience

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) hosted 19 cattlemen and women for a three-day leadership development program in central Ohio, Aug. 8-10. The conference was made possible through the support of program sponsors, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Soybean Council and the Rick Malir & Bonnie Coley-Malir Beef Leadership Fund.YCC kicked off Thursday evening at the Ronald McDonald House of Columbus where participants were able to tour the house and learn about its mission. Attendees also had the opportunity to network over a beef dinner with members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s Board of Directors, program sponsor representatives and other industry professionals. Vice President of Wendy’s Protein Procurement and Innovation, Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc. (QSSC), Dr. Henry Zerby, served as the guest speaker for the evening and shared his thoughts on the future of the beef industry and some of the challenges it faces moving forward.On day two of YCC, conference attendees participated in a mini-Beef 509 session with Dr. Lyda Garcia, assistant professor of meat science for The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences. This hands-on experience included learning how meat is graded, the fabrication of wholesale and retail cuts, and other issues that can impact beef quality and pricing. Participants also viewed the champion beef carcasses from the 2019 Ohio State Fair and visited The Ohio State University’s football practice facilities.Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) staff then discussed the value of membership and the role OCA has in legislative and regulatory issues; participants also heard from Executive Director of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Allison Rivera, about the latest federal issues impacting the cattle industry. The afternoon was spent at the Ohio Statehouse where participants met with Representative Darrell Kick (District 70). Representative Kick, who sits on the House Agricultural and Rural Development Committee, spoke about current Ohio legislation affecting the beef cattle industry and answered questions from the group.That evening, participants were hosted at the home of program sponsor, Rick Malir and Bonnie Coley-Malir. While there, attendees were able to network with one another and learn more about the couple’s agricultural roots and their passion for the beef industry and professional development.The final day of the conference was kicked off by Ohio Beef Council (OBC) staff, with a discussion regarding OBC’s role in checkoff collection and beef promotional efforts in Ohio. Attendees also participated in a spokesperson training program coordinated by Director of Grassroots Advocacy and Spokesperson Development for NCBA, Ryan Goodman. Goodman led participants through a media training session that strengthened their communication skills, encouraged attendees to tell their beef production story and helped them become more effective cattle industry leaders.The purpose of YCC is to offer emerging Ohio beef industry leaders and young producers the opportunity to build their own leadership skills as they network with beef industry leaders, government officials, businesses and media. Young beef producers interested in attending the 2020 conference should contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected]last_img read more

White, Wealthy and Whiny: An Environmental Movement in Need of a Makeover

first_imgCaucasian conundrum continues in conservation caucusCan somebody please deal with the white thing? In January 1990, civil rights activists sent a letter to eight major U.S. conservation groups, calling them out on their “isolation” from poor and minority communities. The leaders of those groups responded by acknowledging the problem and vowing to do better.A quarter century later, Big Green can show modest improvement in its ranks, but almost none at or near the top. (Exception: Rhea Suh, the new Korean-American leader of the Natural Resources Defense Council.). I’ve been either an observer or a participant in things environmental for the last 35 of those 45 years. Here’s some unsolicited advice for a “movement” in middle age to burnish its image and broaden its public standing. The inevitable asteriskEvery bit of this is easier said than done, and to a lot of veteran advocates and activists, much of this is stating the obvious. But much of it remains undone. If years from now, far too many Americans still perceive of the environmental movement as white, wealthy, and whiny, we will have wasted a lot of Earth Days. Don’t kid yourselfProgress happens, but it takes years. I’ve been hearing that renewable energy is “just around the corner” since the late 1970s. It’s been at least two decades since I first heard that climate denial was dying out.Today, of course, wind and solar are finally catching on, but climate denial rules one TV news network, nearly all of talk radio, and key House and Senate committees — and it will be spending a lot of time in Iowa and New Hampshire for the next ten months.Near where I live, the City of Atlanta still sends occasional raw sewage discharges down two rivers, the South and the Chattahoochee, despite the 43-year-old law intended in part to stop such things. But this doesn’t happen nearly as often as it used to.A lot of the people I’ve seen get jaded or burned out became that way because the slow progress was hard to recognize. The only problem with counseling extreme patience, of course, is that melting ice caps and vanishing forests and species may not accommodate much patience. This post originally appeared at Environmental Health News. RELATED ARTICLES Earth Day 2014 and Climate ChangeEarth Day and My Career Path to Sustainable EnergyEarth Day + 40Half of All Americans Worry About Climate ChangeGood News Bad News With Climate ChangeSeeking Common Ground on Climate Change Policy Don’t be afraid to bragI’m astonished that, aside from organizations’ fundraising apparatus, there’s little sense of accomplishment for the environmental movement. Environmentalists’ efforts haven’t been flawless, but they’ve been effective and accurate in ways that don’t get enough credit.Cleaner air, cleaner water, scads of preserved open space, a recovering ozone hole, and countless species either recovering or at least hanging on are gifts to America from enviros, as well as from some widely despised laws, regulations, and government agencies. Take the credit as often as you can. Use history as a (nonviolent) weaponName a genuine American environmental hero. Okay, now name one who hasn’t been dead for fifty years or more.The modern environmental movement is old enough to have a history. Not only is it one to brag about but the history of environmental opponents is pretty shameful. One example: It’s useful to be well-versed in the list of public figures who used to embrace action on climate change, until it no longer fit into their business model: John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich were all avid about climate action until the presidency became a goal for each of them.Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and his boss, Rupert Murdoch, spoke out strongly on climate change until about ten years ago. And best of all, Alaska governor Sarah Palin signed a forward-thinking executive order on climate change in 2007 but, less than a year later, she was on the vice presidential campaign trail, insisting it was all a hoax. Now that I’ve gotten your attention with an over-the-top headline, understand that I don’t really buy it. Not completely, anyway.But millions of Americans do, and because of that, pushback against environmental initiatives is both strong and often devoid of reason.With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days (this Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day 2015), it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?Default response number one, of course, is that on issues such as climate, health, energy and habitat, it’s little enviros versus big money. But that’s too easy.There’s a statutory limit to the number of things you can blame on the Koch Brothers. And that underdog argument fades away quickly when the Sierra Club has a $60 million fundraising day, courtesy of Michael Bloomberg and others. The “wealthy” meme gets reinforced, and hard feelings toward enviros in the coalfields and hollers of Appalachia get a little harder. The media: Oy veyTalk about white, wealthy, and whiny. Talk back to your TV. Raise hell with your editor. The science on climate change is so thoroughly validated that while honest debate is always welcome, climate denial is no longer honest debate.Any news organization that still thinks it’s appropriate to “balance” climate science with a crackpot political operative should hear from you. If the topic were medicine rather than climate change, they wouldn’t pair Sanjay Gupta, M.D. to “debate” a witch doctor or faith healer, would they?And speaking of debates, the nation’s political reporters and pundits are still largely in a climate coma. We endured an entire presidential campaign in 2012 with not a single debate question about climate or energy. Learn from others, even if you may not like themIn the 1980s, the National Rifle Association confronted an image issue similar to one that vexes environmentalists. Many Americans viewed NRA members as single-issue maniacs. Their solution was a successful imaging campaign featuring Main Street Americans like little Bryan Hardin. A barrage of NRA ads featured not only adorable towheads with BB guns, but construction workers, schoolteachers, nurses, African-Americans, Latinos, and more.Today, the NRA is a political juggernaut. If a group that advocates assault rifles and hollow-point ammo (not to mention NRA’s recent foray into anti-environment measures) can paint itself as benign, can it be that hard for enviros?Advocating for clean and air water shouldn’t make you an unpatriotic job-killing pariah. Let’s work on this.last_img read more

On Abusing Fear

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Three times in as many days, I received a call from an unknown, local number. Because the number is local, and because they made so many attempts, I answered the phone. I was greeted by a recording that said “Your business cannot be found on the Internet, including sites like Google and Bing” and “Your customers cannot find you.”The recording went on to tell me to press 1 to be connected to a specialist who could help me. Curious about the fear-based nature of the pitch, I pressed 1. I received a new recording telling me that I had to be a business owner to continue. It asked me to press 2 if I was the business owner.I was connected to Robert. I said, “What’s with the fear-based pitch, Robert?” He said, “We don’t have a fear-based pitch.” I suggested that he was incorrect. I told him that the recording told me that my business wasn’t able to be found on the Internet and that I was losing customers.” He firmly stated that I was wrong.I asked Robert if he had heard the recording. He said he hadn’t. Then he asked me if I was the business owner. I said, “Yes. I am. What business was your call referring to? I have a few businesses.” He asked me what business I was calling from. So, I asked him which business he called, and asked him how he knew I wasn’t listed if he didn’t even know what business his autodialer called.Frustrated, Robert decided I wasn’t much fun, and he said “never mind,” and hung up on me. Robert isn’t to blame for his company’s decision to take this approach with their prospective customers.Fear is perhaps the most powerful motivating force available to marketers and salespeople. So many people suffer from a dormant form of dissatisfaction that fear is sometimes what is necessary to wake them up to the real dangers they face. You need to shake them out of their comfort zone.But fear isn’t something that should be used carelessly or thoughtlessly. It should never be used in a way that destroys trust. The fear you use cannot ever be based on a lie. That’s self-oriented behavior, and it’s a poor long-term strategy.I am sure that the people who built this campaign sold it by pointing to the great numbers of people they can get to push 1 and connect with a salesperson. I am sure they think that having the person qualify themselves by pushing 2 is a smart idea. I’ll bet they laugh every time someone does so. They may even make some sales. But a transactional approach that violates trust isn’t a good long-term plan for acquiring customers or growing your business. Why should you avoid marketing tactics that may work but destroy trust in the process?When is the right time to use fear to move a client to act?How do you develop the issues, challenges, and trends that compel clients to act?last_img read more

What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Working

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are days when your resistance to work is going to be stronger than other days. Sometimes procrastination is easy, especially when the work has no pressing deadline. Even though you don’t feel like working, you have work you need to do. Here is what to do when you don’t feel like working.Don’t Do ThisDon’t clean your desk. Even though it can feel like you have accomplished something, unless you get paid for cleaning desks, this isn’t the right place for you to put your time and attention.Don’t open your browser. Whatever you do, don’t dive into the rabbit hole that is the Internet and social channels. There is nothing there that is going to move you any closer to your goals, and it is too easy to lose yourself in cyberspace.Don’t pick up your smart phone. The tiny device of infinite distractions is more powerful than most people’s will. If the statistics are correct, the average person picks up their smart phone 110 times a day (if you sleep for 8 hours, that means you are picking up your phone every ten minutes, making this an addiction to give smoking a run for its money).Do ThisChoose the most important outcome you need to achieve, the one that is going to move the needle on your goals, your mission, your purpose, or the role in which you find yourself. Ignore the tasks that seem more interesting, more pleasant, or easier. Don’t allow yourself to drift away from what is most important to something that isn’t going to matter nearly as much in the long run.Start working on what is most important. Just begin whatever task it is that needs to be done, without hesitation, and without the negative self-talk and internal complaining. Notice how the resistance to the work is diminished in the very moment you begin to take action. If what is most important can be done in 90 minutes, work until you finish the task or produce the necessary outcome. The second task is easier now after you moved through the resistance.Resistance to work fades the minute you start doing the work. Taking action is the only way to beat procrastination.last_img read more