Pressure on Government to call emergency meeting on Mica progress

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – August 17, 2018 Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pressure on Government to call emergency meeting on Mica progress Harps come back to win in Waterford AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+center_img WhatsApp The Government has been urged to call an emergency meeting after the expert panel report on Mica affected homes in Donegal was brought under the spotlight this week. The National Standards Authority of Ireland identified the publication of the report as a significant event in its 2017 calendar.Cllr. Martin McDermott believes this national attention should push the Government into action.He says affected homeowners in the county are simply fed up with getting the same answers and little to no progress:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/martighghghnmcd.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSharkey urges President to release medical records to the publicNext articleIllies Celtic wrap up a second North West Women’s Super League title News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Bag found by searchers looking for Florida firefighters who vanished on fishing trip

first_imgDraganSaponjic/iStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — As the desperate search for two firefighters who disappeared during a fishing trip off the coast of Florida continues into its fourth day, the family confirmed that a bag located by civilian searchers did belong to one of the missing men.Brian McCluney, a Jacksonville, Florida, firefighter, and Justin Walker, a member of the Fairfax, Virginia, fire department, were last seen on Friday launching a 22-foot fishing boat at Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Sunday.On Monday, officials had 37 boats out searching for them as well as 6 aircraft. Approximately 5,000 square miles of water was searched on Monday, according to Jacksonville Fire Rescue.Around 11 a.m. Monday, an off-shore angular fishing bag was found by a civilian searcher about 50 nautical miles east of St. Augustine, officials said. Family has confirmed that the bag belonged to McCluney.Search efforts will be increased Tuesday in the area where the bag was found. Officials are asking anyone with a boat that can go out 30 to 50 miles off shore to assist in the search.Meanwhile, the wife of one of the missing men is speaking out about the circumstances surrounding the men’s situation.Stephanie McCluney, wife of Brian McCluney, expressed her concerns – and her resolve — to ABC’s local affiliate station in Jacksonville, Florida, WJXX.“It was supposed to be a fairly short day on the water,” she said. “I gave them until 6 p.m. maybe because the fishing was great. But 6 o’clock, I didn’t hear and I still could see that he didn’t read my messages – they hadn’t even been delivered yet … at 8 p.m. we called the Coast Guard.”One of the main reasons McCluney and Walker were taking the fishing boat out for the day was to honor Brian McCluney’s recently-departed father.“[Brian] wanted to get those lines wet one more time. You know, one big final hurrah for his dad and it was just supposed to be one great day in his honor … he was excited to get out there on the water,” said Stephanie McCluney.Instead, the day ended with a massive search party being launched for the two missing men.About 50 firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department joined the Coast Guard in searching for the lost firefighters, combing the waters between Daytona Beach and Vilano in 11 boats over the weekend.Also looking for the men were crews from the U.S. Navy, the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. The Coast Guard also deployed a C-130 plane to search from the air.Search-and-rescue crews had covered an estimated 24,000 miles of ocean between Port Canaveral and north of the city of Jacksonville, Coast Guard officials said on Twitter Monday morning.“He was prior military, navy veteran. He has SERE [Search, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape] training, survival training through the navy. Of course, firefighter, paramedic. So he is built to help people. He was a combat medical corpsman during the push through Fallujah so if there is anyone built of an iron man, that’s him,” said Stephanie McCluney of her husband. Her confidence in her husband’s ability to survive is not just based in the skills he learned throughout his career, but also bolstered by her faith.“I have an army of support. I know that the ocean is large and my God I serve is larger. He can change the wind and the waters at his command. I have faith. I have so many prayer warriors behind me … the fire department hasn’t left my side. I feel so well held between my spiritual family, my fire family, and my family family,” McCluney described.“If there is ever two people,” McCluney stated confidently, “I mean those two men are survivors and they are going to find their way home.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Texas officer dies in ‘very cold blooded manner’ after traffic stop shooting: Police

first_imgHe was rushed to the hospital and “critically wounded” following the shooting in Houston, dying a few hours later.“There are no words to convey our sadness,” Gonzalez said.The officer was conducting a traffic stop at 14807 Willancy Ct. when the shots rang out, officials said.Police said at least two people were in the vehicle, but it’s unclear whether the shooter was the driver.Two people have been detained, police said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. I’m sad to share with you that we’ve lost one of our own. Our @HCSOTexas was unable to recover from his injuries. There are no words to convey our sadness. Please keep his family and our agency in your prayers. #HouNews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 27, 2019 kali9/iStock(HOUSTON) —  A Texas sheriff’s officer died Friday after he was shot from behind during a traffic stop, officials said.The officer, identified as Sandeep Dhaliwal, who worked with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, appeared to have been walking back to his patrol car when the suspect “caught him by surprise in a very cold blooded manner,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a press conference.last_img read more

University announces plans for in-person teaching in Michaelmas, UCU not consulted

first_imgHowever, the question remains as to whether it will be possible to resume in-person teaching by Michaelmas term, which begins on 1st October, especially if social distancing measures are still in place. In an email to students, the vice-chancellor, Prof Louise Richardson, affirmed the university’s intention to conduct both in-person and remote teaching in Michaelmas 2020. Lectures and other large group teaching will remain online, but it is planned for smaller groups to once again be taught face-to-face with tutors. The University of Oxford was contacted for comment. “Oxford UCU have not heard anything from the University about the resumption of face-to-face teaching before the announcement last week. Needless to say, it came as quite a shock to us and many of our members. We have significant health and safety concerns which have not been addressed by the University, and we insist that they do so urgently.” Image credit to Martin Addison/ Wikimedia Commons. The University and College Union (UCU) – responsible for the strike action earlier in the year –raised objections to the plan on Twitter, due to their own concerns about the proposal. In a comment to Cherwell, the UCU committee stated:center_img Trinity term has been carried out remotely following changes in government guidance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But the vice-chancellor hailed ‘face-to-face personalised education’ as the hallmark of Oxford in her communications with students. Other universities have announced their own plans for teaching next academic year. Cambridge University made national headlines when it announced its own intention to have lectures online only for the whole of the next academic year. The University of Reading also committed to online lectures for the upcoming term.  Oxford University has announced its commitment to resume some face-to-face teaching in Michaelmas term. A significant portion of senior academic staff are over 60, the age group most at risk of severe illness or death should they contract Covid-19, according to Imperial College London and University of Oxford research. So there may be some reluctance among staff to resume interacting with students in person.last_img read more