first_imgTENSIONS between Irish Water contractors and homeowners have risen after the company began installing meters in Letterkenny this afternoon.Engineers have been carrying out surveys in Donegal’s biggest town last week.Now workmen are getting ready to install meters on many of the housing estates in the town. Work is expected to get underway proper tomorrow.Residents in Ballymacool however have told Donegal Daily they will protest at any attempts to install meters there.Gardai have already drawn up contingency plans to step up patrols in all areas where contractors are planning to work over the next few weeks.However a spokesman for some residents in Ballymacool told Donegal Daily: “We will hold peaceful protests and have warned neighbours that we do not have the authority to prevent meters being installed when they are away from their homes. “Anyone who wants to object needs to be at their home when work begins.”Similar protests in Castlefinn and Convoy prevented meters being installed.Residents in Drumkeen also persuaded workmen to fill in holes where they had planned to install meters there last week. TENSIONS RISE AS IRISH WATER MOVE INTO LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:contractorsIrish Waterletterkennylast_img read more

SA minister to head UN tourism venture

first_img3 June 2013 South Africa’s Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has been selected to lead a new United Nations World Tourism Organisation commission on tourism and development, the department announced last week. The working group will examine how to leverage official development assistance (ODA) resources available globally towards tourism development. Members include France, Germany, Kenya, Jamaica, Egypt, Mexico, South Korea, Mauritania and Belgium’s Flemish community. “I believe it will be possible to unlock meaningful new financial resources to further our work in the tourism sector by dramatically scaling up our share of official development assistance,” Van Schalkwyk said at the UN World Tourism Organisation meeting in Belgrade, Serbia last Tuesday. He also identified four priority areas of the working group. They are identifying the reasons why ODA allocation to tourism is low; identifying priorities the development community will find attractive for sustainable tourism development; develop proposals to build on the group’s relationship with donor countries, development banks and UN agencies; and design a matchmaking mechanism to link bilateral donor support to ODA-eligible tourism projects. “There is a sweet spot at the intersection of the three policy imperatives of tourism development, social inclusion and green growth that we have been ignoring to our detriment and that could hold the key to substantial new resources,” Van Schalkwyk said. The group will also look at building good governance in tourism, fostering the poverty reduction impact of tourism and encouraging human resources development in the sector. “As a sector, we have a major task ahead of us to convince the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) development assistance committee, the World Bank, regional development banks, developed country donors and other United Nations agencies of our sector’s important contribution to poverty eradication, the green economy and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” he said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Bank opens Africa’s first ‘green’ outlet

first_img4 November 2013Africa has its first-ever bank that runs completely on renewable energy.Nedbank’s Lansdowne Corner branch, situated in Cape Town, makes use of an innovative hybrid power installation, which effectively makes it a 100% off-the-grid outlet.It harnesses solar and wind energy, converting it to standard mains electricity which is fed back on to the national electricity grid. It is able to offset all the branch’s electricity consumption in this way.Nebank says it transformed the Lansdowne Corner branch as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability in South Africa.The hybrid energy installation means that during some months it generates more electrical power than it uses, making it possible for it to contribute power back onto the energy grid.At this rate the set-up costs for the bank will be fully recouped in two years, where the average branch would only achieve this in five years, the bank says.The new branch builds on the successes Nedbank achieved with South Africa’s first partially wind-powered bank branch in Du Noon, also in the Western Cape, which was unveiled in 2010.The hybrid grid-tied system is capable of supplying the branch’s full annual electricity demand of 70 000kWh, which can easily supply electricity for approximately six middle-income households in South Africa, according to James Carpy, technical director of Kestrel Renewable Energy, which undertook the installation on behalf of Nedbank.“This is a remarkable achievement,” he points out, “particularly since it ensures that the branch’s operations will now have little to no climate change impact, thanks to its vastly reduced carbon footprint.”This system will effectively help to lower South Africa’s total CO2-eqt emissions by approximately 71 tons a year, saving the equivalent of 25 000 litres of petrol.The branch will be fully operational even when there is no power in the area.“This model is symbolic of how renewable energy can give rural communities access to resources where there are infrastructure constraints,” said Ciko Thomas, managing executive of consumer banking for Nedbank Retail. “The off-grid hybrid installation offers proof of what can be achieved when organisations have a genuine vision for, and commitment to, contributing to a greener future for our country.”The bank has also launched two community sustainability outreach projects in the area: Belmore Primary and York Primary schools will now benefit from vegetable tunnels, rainwater harvesting tanks, and sustainability workshops.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Kashmir on the boil over Article 35A hearing in SC

first_imgJammu and Kashmir’s major regional parties — the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) — hit the streets on Saturday protesting moves to scrap Article 35A, which defines State subject laws. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear three petitions challenging Article 35A on August 6. Separatists have called for a two-day shutdown on Monday over the issue.PDP district president Mohammad Khurshid Alam led the protest in Srinagar. “PDP president Mehboba Mufti’s firm stand as Chief Minister on this Article is well known and in consonance with honour and dignity of the people,” said Mr. Alam.Leading another protest, senior NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “An assault on Article 35A was a direct assault on the State’s special status and won’t be tolerated at any cost. All political, social and religious organisations of the State are united in their resolve to fight against these ploys and J&K National Conference will fight this battle from the front lines.” Protests were also staged by the Jammu Kashmir Democratic Youth Federation, the Tourism Trade Fraternity, Rahul Gandhi’s Fans Association and the All Tribal Coordination Committee.last_img read more

Delhi to shut down on CWG opening day

first_imgA view of the figurines installed at the illuminated Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi on Friday evening.You should stock all your daily supplies on Saturday as markets and shopping malls across the city have been ordered shut on Sunday, when Delhi hosts the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.A Delhi government order on Friday – prompted by security concerns and worries over heavy traffic if the markets stayed open – said all shops and commercial establishments, including neighbourhood grocery stores, liquor shops, hair cutting salons, meat shops and malls, will remain closed.Shops at Connaught Place to be closed for opening ceremony.Police sources said security will be tight for the opening ceremony that required heavy deployment of forces across the city.This could mean few police personnel to guard public places.”The Delhi government has notified that all shops and commercial establishments in Delhi will remain closed on the day of the opening and closing ceremony (October 14) of the Commonwealth Games,” an official statement from chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s office read. The government exercised special powers under the Delhi Shops and Establishment Act of 1954 to order the shutdown. Violators could be issued a fine of Rs 250, the statement read.All big and small markets like those at Sarojini Nagar, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar, Rajouri Garden, and INA will be shut, as will be the DDA and MCD markets. However, chemists and grocery stores are expected to stay “partially open”. A senior official of the labour department said a notification for closure such as the one issued on Friday usually superseded all exemptions extended to chemists during special closures.advertisement”But we will not go after them since they offer an essential service,” the official said.The announcement caught several market associations off guard. Their representatives said they had not got official word on the closure till late on Friday. The announcement is likely to pose double-trouble for the shopkeepers and shoppers alike. The closure of shops and commercial establishments will extend to two consecutive days as October 2, Gandhi Jayanti, is a national holiday.Jagmohan Sethi, president of the Greater Kailash-I, M-Block market, said several markets, like the one he represents, will also be shut on October 2.But it will not be all dismal news on the day that the longawaited sporting extravaganza kicks off. Restaurants, movie halls, hotels, clubs and public amusement parks will stay open.Market associations said the government’s failure to issue specifics about the order was creating confusion. Manish Gupta of Greater Kailash-I, N-Block market association said the local police verbally told them to keep the market shut.”We don’t know whether it’s allowed but we will keep chemist and grocery stores in our market open for a few hours in the morning and evening,” he said.The Delhi Police had last month moved the proposal for shutting down the markets on October 3.Special commissioner of police (administration) Neeraj Kumar had written to chief secretary Rakesh Mehta on September 8.The police had argued that crowded market places that require heavy security cover had to be closed since police personnel will be diverted for the opening and closing ceremonies, said a senior government official who quoted from Kumar’s letter.While the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games will be held be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in south Delhi, the police proposed a blanket closure across the city.Traders said the closures were upsetting because they come at a time when they register the highest sales. Gupta said monthly revenue could dip by at least 10 per cent because of the closure since the opening ceremony is on a Sunday.”The loss will be more since both the ceremonies are in the first fortnight of the month when people typically shop more since they have money to spend,” Gupta said.Bansi Lal Grover, president of the Sarojini Nagar market association, said traders would have to bear ” considerable loss”. “The government should have asked us to open the shops for late hours as there are a lot of guests in the city.” Vijay Budhiraja, president of the Kamla Nagar market association, said, “Some markets, like the ones at Kamala Nagar and Karol Bagh, will be affected because they have the heaviest rush of customers on Sunday.”last_img read more