COMMUNITY NOTICE: CHARLIE GARRATT LAUNCHES HIS NEW NOVEL ‘A SHADOWED LIVERY’ IN MCINTYRE’S BAR

first_imgKillaghtee/Dunkineely/Bruckless Community News: Book LaunchCharlie Garratt will be doing a local book launch of his novel ‘A Shadowed Livery’ at McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely, on Wednesday the 27th May from 8pm. The Launch is followed by Ceol agus Craic. Former Methodist President To Give Talk in KillaghteeThe two Methodist congregations of Dunkineely and Ardara join the four Church of Ireland congregations of the Inver Union of Parishes at St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Killaghtee with guest preacher, Past President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Dr Heather Morris, on Sunday 31st May at 11am. All are welcome.Car Boot SaleThere will be a car boot sale at Killaghtee on Bank Holiday Monday the 1st of June from 10am. Calling All MAMILs (Middle-Aged Men In Lycra)Killaghtee N.S. will hold a 10k cycle/walk as a school fundraiser on Saturday 20th June starting 10.30am at Killaghtee Hall. PS.  The fitter members of society, women and children are welcome too.Bruckless Cemetery SundayCemetery Sunday will be held on Sunday 26th July at 4:00pm. Parishioners are asked the tidy up their family plots for the occasion. Thank you.CoursesWe are planning a six week course in either Upcycling (i.e. converting old and waste materials into something new and useful e.g. furniture) or a Follow-on Interior Design Course with Sile Kelly (the most popular of these two would run). If you are interested in any of these, please contact the DCL office on 087 3421922 or 074 9737678 as soon as possible.  Courses will run subject to application for ETB part funding on the Community Education Support Programme.Local RepresentativeCllr. Niamh Kennedy will be available for members of the community in DCL office, Dunkineely on Thursday evenings 5:30 – 7:30pm.  Mobile: (087)2062336  Email: niamhkennedy@donegalcoco.ieLibrary Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) –  Has a small library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc.  BorrowCeol agus CraicTraditional music session each Wednesday at McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely at 10pm. All musicians and singers welcome.Recovery from Emotional DistressG.R.O.W. – Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing! Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mor Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.DCL OfficePlease feel free to pop into the office any morning Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30 and chat with Michael, use the Internet (20c per half hour),  print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book.ETB Adult Education ServicesThe following courses for adults may be commencing in Donegal Town in the near future.European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Monday & Tuesday 9.45am to 1.45pmQQI (FETAC) Level 4 Major Award in Information and Communications Skills. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9.45am to 1.45pmQQI (FETAC) Level 5 Major Award in Nursing Studies. Thursday & Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm and alternate Wednesday 9.30am – 1.30pm.  (limited places available).QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education. Monday & Tuesday 9.30am to 1.45pm and alternate Wednesday 9.45am to 1.45pm. (limited places available).The courses are part-time and are free of charge to any adult with less than upper second level education / have a social welfare payment / have a medical card.  Courses are accredited by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) and do not affect existing social welfare entitlements.  For further information and an application form contact: 074 9725520 or email: siobhancoughlan@donegaletb.ieCOMMUNITY NOTICE: CHARLIE GARRATT LAUNCHES HIS NEW NOVEL ‘A SHADOWED LIVERY’ IN MCINTYRE’S BAR was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:book launchCommunity newsDCLFeaturesNoticesnovellast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL AS TEAM RAISES 105-YEAR-OLD ‘TITANIC’ ANCHOR FROM LOUGH SWILLY SEABED

first_imgDavid’s anchor!IT’S a tough job – but somebody has to do it.And so when David McGloin set about raising an anchor which had laid at the bottom of Lough Swilly for 105 years, he wasn’t joking.The six-tonne anchor was by the company Hingley Hetherton in 1908 – the same company which made the anchor for the Titanic just a few years later. And this monster was used for ships from Britain’s Royal Navy which used the pier in Rathmullan during World War One.David, from the Sheephaven Sub-Acqua club, spotted the anchor two years ago whilst working on helping gardai during a search of the area.This week David and his team returned. They also found some items from the period including Royal Navy teacups!Local photographer Paul Deeney was on had to capture the events in these images.     PICTURE SPECIAL AS TEAM RAISES 105-YEAR-OLD ‘TITANIC’ ANCHOR FROM LOUGH SWILLY SEABED was last modified: June 21st, 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)last_img read more

Giants active in Rule 5 draft, add two players to major league roster

first_imgLAS VEGAS–Farhan Zaidi didn’t stick around for the final day of the Winter Meetings.But that didn’t stop the Giants from remaining active.The Giants selected a pair of players in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 draft, adding left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen out of the Toronto Blue Jays organization and Andrew Ferguson from the Houston Astros on Thursday.Though Zaidi flew out of Las Vegas early Thursday morning, assistant general manager Jeremy Shelley represented the club on the final day of …last_img read more

Can Humans Scientifically Analyze One Another?

first_imgImagine an alien landing on Earth and trying to figure out two groups of people.  One group wields spears and arrows and decides that those who interfere with their traditions are enemies to be killed.  Another lives in penthouses and universities and explains the behavior of the other group as evolved tendencies from their animal past.  Would the alien necessarily agree that the latter group was more honorable?  The following two stories may enlighten the question.    Anthropologist Meredith Small wrote in Live Science about hunter-gatherer tribes in New Guinea and South America.  She seemed to echo the evolutionary view of researchers who denied that the warrior culture granted reproductive success: “Waorani warriors did worse in terms of reproductive success and their killing was for naught, in evolutionary terms,” they found.  Small noted that revenge seems to work and fail: “In one group, the Yanomamo, the killings resulted in times of peace and love and more babies, and in the other, the Waorani, endless revenge was leading to the end.  That gave her a morality lesson to end on.  Since evolution has produced tribal cultures that are successful within their own realms, who are white people to judge?  “Maybe people should be left on their own to live or die, to kill or be killed, left to live under their own rules and moral structures, regardless of how we judge them.”    Sometimes evolutionizing one’s fellow sentient earthlings can backfire.  Michael Balter reported in Science that popular evolutionary science author Jared Diamond is finding that out.1  Diamond recorded conversations with New Guinea tribespeople and wrote a piece for New Yorker magazine that explained their vengeance culture in evolutionary terms, “to draw an overall lesson about the human need for vengeance.”  Apparently, his subjects took offense at that characterization.  Some of them are not so primitive as he portrayed them; some have good-paying jobs and internet access.  Diamond found himself slapped with a lawsuit by a couple of these New Guinea tribesmen (see Balter’s Blog for a summary).  They are asking $10 million in damages.  In addition, Diamond has been investigated by Rhonda Roland Shearer, an artist and the widow of evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, whose website StinkyJournalism.org criticizes Diamond for bad anthropology and bad journalism.1.  Michael Balter, “Science and the Media: ‘Vengeance’ Bites Back at Jared Diamond,” Science, 15 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5929, pp. 872-874, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_872.It’s not “Coming of Age in Samoa” anymore.  Anthropologists can no longer evolutionize their fellow human beings with impunity.  The internet has changed things.  Evolutionists are now accountable to the people they label as primitive, less-evolved members of the human race.    In an evolutionary context, like Small writes, who is to say one culture is better than another?  Why not live and let die?  If she really believes that, she has no grounds to fight terrorism.  Notice that it’s Christian missionaries who bring medicine, healing, and peace to these people.  They believe that we are all of one blood, corrupted by sin, and in need of a Savior.  Choose which analysis you think produces good fruit.    It would be a shame if Jared Diamond loses his freedom to write candidly.  He has provided three of the best examples of evolutionary propaganda in our Baloney Detector.  Search on his name there and enjoy.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Noem My Skollie inspired by the life of writer John W Fredericks

first_imgNoem my Skollie is a film based on the life of South African writer, John W Fredericks. The lead role is played by Dann-Jacques Mouton.Dann-Jacques Mouton, lead character in Noem my Skollie, says to online entertainment magazine that to prepare for the role, he listened to the many stories Boeta John (Fredericks) shared with him. Other things he did included listening to various kinds of music from the 60s. “I also used the costumes to assist me to build the character.” (Image: National Film and Video Foundation)Brand South Africa reporterJohn W Fredericks, writer of the critically acclaimed Noem my Skollie film, has travelled a long road to bring what many consider the most authentic Cape Flats story to the world.[REVIEW] “Noem My Skollie’ is gripping, slick and well made” @TheCitizen_News https://t.co/WguDpfmgJD— CALL ME THIEF (@noemmyskollie) September 5, 2016As the film begins its quest to win a nomination for Best Foreign Film at next year’s Oscars, Fredericks says the story behind the film is inspired by his own journey to redemption.Via @Netwerk24 : Die ‘Skollie’ met die stories – John W Frederickshttps://t.co/o7wlDQegi8 pic.twitter.com/gybZJHUIm0— CALL ME THIEF (@noemmyskollie) September 5, 2016Based on the true story of Fredericks’ experiences growing up in the impoverished ganglands of the Cape Flats during the 1960s, Noem my Skollie is, according to a host of local and international critics, a riveting film, seeped in authenticity and raw emotion that ultimately celebrates the human spirit.This is Noem My Skollie’s competition at the Oscarshttps://t.co/aSGHcUImdX pic.twitter.com/x2GNmb09Uh— Channel24 (@Channel24) October 12, 2016Comparable to films such as Shawshank Redemption, Tsotsi and City of God, Noem my Skollie follows AB Lonzi, played by Dann-Jacques Mouton, and a group of friends navigating through a world of crime and poverty. After ending up in prison, AB discovers his storytelling talent that uplifts his fellow inmates above the cruel and violent complexities of prison life.On @Heart1049FM this morning at 08:00 – @noemmyskollie dir @DaryneJ & #JohnWFredericks in studio – tune in! pic.twitter.com/oBfcZPLY18— CALL ME THIEF (@noemmyskollie) September 1, 2016For the most part, the story of Skollie is also the life of Fredericks, who spent part of his youth in the same Pollsmoor Prison of the film, meeting characters both good and bad, and discovering the power of words to prepare him for adult life.“It’s difficult to describe how I survived psychologically,” Fredericks told the Daily Maverick in October 2016, “but I became tougher, and more determined to change my life around, and that was not easy.”The powerful local drama @NoemMySkollie retained its place at the top of our box office this weekend. Which of these have you seen? pic.twitter.com/IRxyVYTOpF— Cinema Nouveau (@nouveaubuzz) October 17, 2016Inspired by reading discarded books he found in rubbish dumps as a child, Fredericks also developed a deep love for the creative storytelling traditions of the coloured community and some of the more nefarious parts of that culture. Fredericks says he used to love listening to the often graphic, but entertaining tales of old convicts, drug dealers and street characters.“Many [of the youth in the community] aspired to become like them,” he told the Writing Studio website in August 2016, “I found a way out of all this as a writer and storyteller.”Before taking up writing full-time twenty years ago, Fredericks worked as a security guard at a Cape Flats high school. Here, he shared his experiences with young people, warning them off a life of crime and gangsterism with the same stories he had heard as a child.He also gave motivational talks to prisoners, where he met young prisoners eager to change their lives. These talks, coupled with the memories of his own prison experience, gave him the idea to finally put his story on paper, in the hope that its powerful narrative would make an impact on people’s lives.Writing Skollie took time and a toll on Fredericks. “It was a very painful story to tell,” he told the Daily Maverick. “As I was writing, a lot of ugly things surfaced in my mind that I had buried deep in my consciousness, and many a time I found myself in tears as I rolled back the curtain of memories.”Yet Fredericks says the story’s power is not ultimately determined by its violent gangsterism narrative: “It’s about childhood friendship and about loss in adversity… how everyone has a natural gift but how some gifts are harder to find than others. It’s the story of my life.”In between writing the screenplay, Fredericks studied screenwriting and filmmaking at the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), and collaborated on a series of acclaimed documentaries, including Mr Devious: My life, about the popular Cape Flats hip hop icon and champion of the community, the late Mario van Rooy.Fredericks gained global recognition with Shooting Bokkie, a biting satirical mockumentary about drug and gang culture on the Cape Flats, and Hard Living Kids: Tomorrow’s Heroes, a more serious look at the effects of gangsterism on township youth.These experiences all built up to the point where he was ready to tell his own story on screen, alongside first-time feature director Daryne Joshua.Noem my Skollie was produced by Maxi-D Productions, with financing and support from kykNET, NFVF and the Department of Trade and Industry.The film has officially been entered for selection by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) for Best Foreign Film.Over 40 000 people in South Africa have seen Skollie, which is currently on circuit. It will be available on DVD and local streaming services in December 2016.Sources: Daily Maverick, 10and5, Mail & Guardian and The Writing Studio.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: Old Spice Videos, TED Talks for Startups, the New Digg, And More…

first_imgTags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups How the Old Spice Videos Are Being Made10 Inspiring TED Talks for StartupsPicking the Right Programming Language for Your StartupBankrupt Gay Teen Site May Be Forced to Hand Over Personal Information of UsersThe New Digg: What It Means For Power Users & PublishersMore coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebThe Future of the Cloud: Our Newest Research Report – Free We’re delighted to announce ReadWriteWeb’s fourth premium report, The Future of the Cloud: Cloud Platform APIs are the Business of Cloud Computing. Thanks to the generosity of our partners VMWare and Intel, we’re providing this report at no cost to you. The Future of the Cloud highlights cloud computing’s impact on IT organizations, and explores both its disruptive nature and the new markets and opportunities it’s creating. It also covers the impact of the transition on IT organizations in areas such as security, data, the new fundamentals of service provision, network architecture and the need to make the cloud part of a long-term systems and technology strategic plan. For more information or to download the report, visit here.Real-Time WebEnvolve: A Facebook-Like Chat Room for Your SiteEcho Unleashes the Masses with Real-Time Comment WidgetMore Real-Time Web coverage.Augmented RealityAugmented Reality Becoming More Like the Read/Write WebBen & Jerry’s: How a Big Brand Explores Augmented RealityMore Augmented Reality coverageInternet of Things Steve Ballmer Announces That There Will be Tablet AnnouncementsBlackBerry 6 Preview Features Social Feeds and New BrowserNoSQL Database CouchDB Turns 1.0ReadWriteBiz Our channel ReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… How Steve Ballmer Ruined the Cloud and the World CupA Business Intelligence Tool for Those Who Want More Than a SpreadsheetTwitter: Comparing its Velocity, not DowntimeReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts ReadWrite Sponsors Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How to Scale Code Deployment Like Twitter DoesWhy Press Releases Aren’t Always the Best Way to Get PressTutorials Made Easy with IORADReadWriteCloud Our channel ReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. RFID Helps Indian Company Trap Ghost WorkersMIT Creates Cloth That ListensMore Internet of Things coverageMobile WebMasterCard Launches Woot-Like iPhone App for Daily DealsSurvey: Over Half of Location-Based Services Users Fear Loss of PrivacyFacebook’s OpenGraph is Coming to the Mobile WebMore Mobile Web coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App We recently launched the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes. Why Your Company Should Have a Facebook Page (Not a Profile)New HootSuite Features Offer More Insight About Your CustomersEnjoy your weekend everyone.Subscribe to Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: Old Spice’s social media campaign exploded late this week and, unsurprisingly, what readers really wanted to know about was how the videos were being made. We also continued our exploration of the significant Internet trends of 2010: the Internet of Things swaddles you in cloth that listens; I scream, you scream, we all scream for augmented reality-flavored ice cream; and there’s now a real-time, Facebook-like chat room for your site. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.last_img read more

5 Unexpected Ways Apple’s ARKit Is Changing the Customer Experience Across Industries

first_imgApple’s ARKit has great implications for e-commerce. It’s the next best thing to literally trying before you buy, and you can do it anywhere you have your iPhone with you. Thanks to AR, consumers get a better feel for products before purchasing, increasing cart checkout totals and reducing returns. But the capabilities of AR promise big things for other industries, too. Here are five surprising ARKit applications that are changing the customer experience for the better.1. Car ShowroomsThanks to e-commerce and review sites, the car industry has been slowly shifting to be more customer friendly. Augmented created a virtual showroom experience of a Mercedes sedan using ARKit. Users can walk around the car, open and close doors, and try out different paint colors, allowing them to get a feel for the car without having a pushy salesman breathing down their shoulder.Once they choose a model and color, users can take it for a test drive with Vincenzo, and imagine what the car would look like parked next to their apartment building.2. Ordering FoodAlper Guler of Kabaq Food Technologies created a food ordering app that helps users envision ordering food at a restaurant.It’s easy to apply the same technology to food delivery and meal kit services like Blue Apron. If consumers can imagine what the finished meal will look like on their table at home, they might be more quick to order or subscribe.3. Event MarketingAt Disney’s D23 expo this summer, Steve Lukas dropped a “live” Mickey Mouse in front of the conference entrance. Companies can do something similar to enhance their brand presence at events, creating a virtual game or scavenger hunt experience to direct attendees their way. 4. Online TutorialsWhether they’re hardcore DIYers or just want to take on a new craft project, one thing that gives customers pause is whether they’ll be able to actually assemble the final advertised product. Online tutorial videos exploded in recent years to help address this problem. AR transfers the tutorial from YouTube to your very own craft table or garage, helping you put the product together yourself. Artists can gain inspiration from AR experiences like this one, which shows a friendly blob creature drawing a flower according to your command:5. Product PromotionFrom logo decals to product samples, companies are always thinking up new ways to give you freebies along with what you purchased. AR unlocks yet another freebie option, allowing customers to bring the brand to life in their own home. For example, upcoming DVD releases of Star Wards might come with an AR version of BB-8 to watch the film alongside the purchaser:Alternately, brands can delight customers and cement their loyalty by doing crazy things with their product, like raining endless cans of La Croix down on the floor:ConclusionARKit will come to all iPhones this fall. Until then, stay up to date with the latest ARKit developments by following MadeWithARKit, a Twitter account and blog showcasing the best submissions so far.Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. Related Posts Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Michael Quoccenter_img How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging … Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an…last_img read more

Key Club of Wolmer’s Boys’ School Assists Early-Childhood Institution

first_img The Mulvina White Early Childhood Centre on Slipe Road in Kingston has received much-needed assistance from the Key Club at the Wolmer’s Boys’ School, to improve the institution’s infrastructure.The Club, which is part of the Jamaica Key Club District, has been working with the early-childhood institution since 2016. Over the past two years, the Club has donated stationery, such as exercise books and pencils, and contributed community service hours to the institution, where they read to the children.Recently, through a project, several of the young men who are a part of the Club installed ceiling fans and repaired electrical outlets at the institution.Community Relations Manager at the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Tanisha Miller, said the contributions from the Key Club at Wolmer’s Boys’ School have significantly helped the institution to improve their learning environment.Ms. Miller pointed out that the mandate at the ECC is to provide quality learning environments, and this kind of assistance from the Club members will enhance the Commission’s effort.Meanwhile, President of the Key Club and upper-sixth-form student, David Deslandes, said the upgrading work being undertaken by the Club is helping the institution to meet the 12 Operating Standards of the ECC, in order for the school to become fully certified.“The aim of the current project is to create a better learning environment for approximately 65 children who are enrolled,” he said.Since the partnership began, the Club has hosted a Christmas treat for the children each December as well as fundraising activities.Last year, a fundraiser was held and part of the proceeds was used to procure fans.District Administrator for the Jamaica Key Club District, Christopher Humber, said that after consultation with the parents, the decision was taken that the remaining sum from the fundraiser will be used to open accounts for the children, to encourage saving. The Club, which is part of the Jamaica Key Club District, has been working with the early-childhood institution since 2016. Over the past two years, the Club has donated stationery, such as exercise books and pencils, and contributed community service hours to the institution, where they read to the children. Story Highlights The Mulvina White Early Childhood Centre on Slipe Road in Kingston has received much-needed assistance from the Key Club at the Wolmer’s Boys’ School, to improve the institution’s infrastructure. Recently, through a project, several of the young men who are a part of the Club installed ceiling fans and repaired electrical outlets at the institution.last_img read more

TCI among nations challenged to improve accessibility in Tourism

first_img Related Items:tci needs to improve accessible tourism for all, wheelchair beach access needed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 28, 2016 – Turks and Caicos should be able to welcome in any kind of traveler and destination marketing should promote that fact, but before we get to promoting, we have to get to actually ensuring that we are an accessible destination.  Tourism Minister, Hon Porsha Smith in a statement delivered on September 27, which was World Tourism Day said these islands should be able to provide a full experience for anyone visiting, including those who are wheelchair bound.It was a very serious theme for World Tourism Day this year – “Tourism for All. Promoting Universal Accessibility” – calling on destinations to make sure there is accessibility so that any traveler is able to enjoy their travel experience.TCI now has to step back and ask, ‘can a person in a wheelchair or an older person with a walking stick, for example, access our water sports, our beaches, our shops and shopping centers, can they easily maneuver in our restaurants and does our infrastructure support those who are physically hampered in any way?’  UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said ‘no,’ in his remarks of yesterday; that many nations have still not sufficiently addressed the issue of true accessibility.“…while almost 1.2 billion people are travelling aboard each year, close to one billion persons with disability, along with young children, older persons and persons with other access requirements, still face obstacles in accessing the most basic travel needs such as clear and reliable information, efficient transportation and public services, and a physical environment that is easy to navigate.”The Tourism Minister expressed that she believes the TCI can get there though, her comments in that national address expressed this:   “The Turks and Caicos Islands is a part of the global tourism move, as such, tourism should be attainable to all irrespective of a person’s physical limitation, disability or age, travel is for all to experience and embrace on an equal basis.  It is therefore incumbent upon the Turks and Caicos Islands as one of the top travel destinations in the region to build upon, and improve on accessible tourism products and services; which will only place our country in an even better position as it relates to marketing.  I am confident in the hospitality of our people, and as a country proud to welcome and engage visitors from all walks of life.”Secretary General of Tourism for the United Nations, Taleb Rifai explained that the nations which take the time to enhance accessibility will become the dominant destinations, “… travelling has become a major part in many lives and with the world’s population ageing, everyone sooner or later will benefit from universal accessibility in tourism.”last_img read more

Air Force Contemplating Moving up to 800 Personnel to Eglin AFB

first_imgAbout 525 personnel, primarily pilots and maintainers, attached to three units previously assigned to Tyndall AFB will be reporting to work at Eglin AFB, located about 70 miles west on the Florida Panhandle, over the next four months. The personnel are assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron, which trains F-22 pilots; the 372nd Training Squadron’s Detachment 4, which provides F-22 maintenance training; and the 2nd Fighter Squadron, which flies the T-38 Talon and provides air-to-air combat training. But officials are contemplating moving a total of 800 personnel through next summer to Eglin as part of the transition triggered after Hurricane Michael devastated Tyndall last month. The three units are expected to remain at Eglin for the foreseeable future.It’s not yet clear what the ultimate impact will be for Eglin’s host community, reports the Panama City News Herald. Some of the personnel moving to Eglin may opt to remain in the Panama City area, Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland said. Installation officials are talking to local school districts and real estate agents about the potential impacts resulting from hundreds of additional families moving to the area.Last week, six F-22 Raptors from Tyndall AFB’s 325th Fighter Wing arrived at Eglin, the first of 31 of Tyndall’s stealth fighters expected to move there.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more