Why did it take 7 hours for Air Corps to arrive at wildfire scene?

first_imgA full Government report into delays in mobilising the Air Corps to fight West Donegal gorse fires is being demanded.The Department of Defence was contacted about yesterday’s raging fires at approximately 9.30am.However, it took more than 7 hours to scramble the helicopter from Baldonnell to arrive in Donegal around 5pm last evening. The delay has been described as “shocking” by Deputy Pat the Cope Galagher.“It is absolutely shocking the delays which occurred before the Aer Corp helicopter arrived on the scene of the gorse fires in West Donegal, the delay in mobilising the helicopter certainly left the entire situation very dangerous, and potentially threating to numerous properties and indeed life in the areas of the fires.“The efforts of Donegal Fire Service have to be publically acknowledged along with the massive number of local volunteers who fought the fire for hours, and the numerous farmers who provided slurry tanks for quenching the fires.“A private helicopter was also on site from earlier in the afternoon which was arranged by Donegal County Council. When the Aer Corp helicopter did arrive, it played a significant role in controlling the fire. “But, the issue here is why it took a full 7 hours to get the helicopter cover, which was so badly needed earlier in order to control this raging inferno that threatened property and life in West Donegal.”The initial alarm and emergency call for Aer Corp assistance was made by Donegal County Council at 9.30 am, that was followed shortly afterwards by Deputy Gallagher contacting the Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe.He addd “I maintained constant contact with the Minister and Officials, unfortunately the contact was all initiated from me, and very little response was being returned by them to me in the course of the day.“What is devastating for all of us involved in this sequence of events – is that it took 7 hours to get the helicopter on site, critical and crucial time was lost whereby the fire could have been better managed had the numerous firefighters and local volunteers got the Aer Corp back up which was requested earlier on.”The Dungloe-based politician said he is demanding of An Taoiseach & Minister for Defence Leo Varadkar along with Minister of State Paul Kehoe to order a full written report as to the background and circumstances which led to the delay. He fumed “It is simply just not good enough that such a delay could occur, critical time was lost in fighting this fire with the necessary Air Support that was so desperately needed and which was self- obvious from early morning was going to be required to manage a fire of this magnitude.“Serious breaches of protocols have occurred here in this case, we are fortunate that no lives were lost – only for the fact of the massive local voluntary effort along with the entire Donegal Fire Service being on site working endlessly to fight this fire – massive property loss would have occurred albeit one house was lost to the fire.”He said the Defence Minister and the Minister of State need now to conduct this examination into what exactly occurred here, compile a detailed Report into the circumstances and make it known publically.He added that otherwise, it is only a matter of time until a similar situation arises again, and we cannot countenance a similar massive time delay in mobilising the Aer Corp in the interests of public safety. He added “We must learn from the massive mistakes of today’s fire and ensure that robust protocols are in place that better manages wildfires – by ensuring that Aer Corp cover is provided when requested by a Fire Service within an acceptable time period along with Army support, these will be the basic requirements of any agreed protocol.”Why did it take 7 hours for Air Corps to arrive at wildfire scene? was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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


A family tradition: Going out to Crabs ball games

first_imgDifferent families have all sorts of traditions when it comes to fathers and their children spending time together but one in particular has become the tradition of several local families, attending Humboldt Crabs baseball games.The Zerlangs, Tellezes, Frasers and Lurtzes are just a few of the families that carry on this tradition. All have been going to games for different periods of time and have different reasons why — but they all share a love of baseball.In 2001 Noah Lurtz was about to …last_img read more


Erik Karlsson’s injury creates more concern, uncertainty for Sharks

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Pete DeBoer chose the right word to describe the Sharks clunker in Columbus: “fugly.”The blowout to the Columbus Blue Jackets proved to be one of those games that rear themselves a handful of times during an 82-game season where you simply burn the tape and move on.The Blue Jackets played with extra jump, skating with Matt Duchene on home ice for the first time. The Sharks lacked fire and energy. The combination produced a game that looked, well, we’ll just stick with the …last_img read more


Brand South Africa congratulates team South Africa for their achievements in their respective sporting fields

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 16 July 2018 – As we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary this month, the country is reminded of some of Mandela’s passions that unify citizens and contribute towards building a better world for all, one of which is sport.In the words of the great statesman, “Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.” Brand South Africa congratulates our sports women and men for their sporting achievements over the weekend. Sport is a great way of building the image and reputation of the nation brand and its attractiveness on a global stage. It is with this notion that the importance of good performance in sport is acknowledged as a positive construct to position the nation brand for competitive advantage.“Thank you team South Africa, the country’s prowess in sport is and continues to reach great stature because of your dedication”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret.Some of the weekend sporting achievements include;Record-breaking tennis playoffs by Kevin Anderson, Raven Klaasen and Kgothatso Montjane at WimbledonIn golf, Justin Harding carded a one-under-par 71 to secure his maiden Asian Tour victory at the Indonesia Open and Brandon Stone for winning the Scottish Open by four strokesA first-ever win in motorsport,for Brad Binder at the Moto2 race in Germany at the Sachsenring circuitCaster Semenya set a new South African record in Athletics at Rabat Diamond League in Morocco“It is truly fitting that our sports men and women did us proud during Mandela service month, when we are all urged to be the legacy. I believe there are many young people who have been encouraged to persevere and chase their dreams. Brand South Africa hails all South Africans who represented us across the globe, this past weekend” adds Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.BrandSouthAfrica and @Brand_SATo set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: 011 712 5071Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more


Avoiding Burnout

first_imgAuthor: Christian Maino Vieytes, B.S. Nutritional Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, M.S. Candidate, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Wellness EquationWellbeing and self-care are multifaceted1. The dimensions of health and wellness include physical, social, emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual2. Nevertheless, the pillar that tends to dominate our attention is that of the physical domain3. We constantly hear about how we need to be exercising more and eating better. But the equation and path to wellness remain subject to the effects imparted by the other variables. Our health is not complete unless all dimensions of wellness achieve equilibrium.In the context of our modern lifestyles, we fall prey to the increasingly difficult task of achieving this balance. Work, school, personal life matters, among other concerns, dominate our consciousness and demand constant consideration. Left unchecked, continuous accretion of these stressors results in a perpetual state of exhaustion, which is termed burnout. Burnout leads to decreased job performance, loss of confidence, and can even spiral into a depression4. If left unchecked, it can potentially culminate in physical manifestations, such as illness5.A key principle stands out when attempting to address burnout. First is that of self-awareness. The first step in addressing a problem is to acknowledge the existence of one. Are you restless and easily irritated? Have the things you enjoy in your life lost their sense of fun? These are questions that help us comprehend the level of exhaustion our minds and bodies have reached.Strategies for Minimizing BurnoutFeeling overwhelmed? Implementing the three “R’s” (Relax, Reflect, and Regroup) can be helpful. Relaxing involves what we think about when we wind-down. This can look very different across individuals. Spending time with family/friends, sitting on a park bench, or even exercising are all viable examples of how relaxation can be achieved. The next “R” corresponds to reflection. The goal here is to delineate the events or sources of tension that have contributed to the present state of exhaustion or anguish that has resulted. In many instances, reflection is not possible if we cannot attain a relaxed state. Otherwise, the mind runs rampant, and introspection is not achievable. Self-awareness is the gateway to minimizing burnout. Two specific approaches for self-awareness will be described below. The last “R” refers to regrouping. This component emphasizes the strategizing of new approaches to prevent burnout from occurring again in the future.It is generally understood that changing your habits is a difficult undertaking6. Large scale changes are difficult to sustain, which is why it is usually recommended that you start with small, feasible changes in your routine. Moreover, habits occur without our explicit awareness, which highlights the importance of what was mentioned earlier with respect to maintaining a high degree of self-awareness and monitoring7. The steps of habit change can be succinctly summarized as follows. First, a decision to make a change must be made8. Second, a corresponding behavior must be adopted. Third, the behavior needs to be repeated. The last criterion in that stepwise progression is perhaps the most important. Habits are reinforced with repetition. Often, self-awareness can be promoted and rectified by using a simple acronym: HALT, which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired9. When one acknowledges that burnout has taken hold, using the acronym is useful to evaluate whether anyone of these contributing elements is out of balance. This is a simple approach that highlights the importance of satisfying our most basic needs as human beings, first.Yoga and meditation are increasingly garnering attention as practical options for combatting stress and emotional overload. For many, these practices also tap into the spiritual domain of wellness that was discussed above. A 2013 study conducted on highly-stressed medical students found that levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that circulates in the blood and tends to be higher in those with higher levels of burnout and stress, were significantly reduced after practicing a mindfulness meditation10. Another, often overlooked, technique is to seek social interaction. We look to others for guidance; social support has long been recognized as an effective means of addressing stress11. Loneliness is another factor to be considered as a cause of burnout that can affect our social wellness negatively1.SummaryThe self-care equation is not geared toward any one particular domain of wellness. Instead, we strive for balance in our lives in order to reduce the occurrence of burnout. Many of the themes discussed herein, follow the traditions of Buddhism, a philosophy that emphasizes balance of the mind and life12. Our lives may seem chaotic at times, but the focus should be on cultivating a sense of self-awareness so that we can distribute energy and resources towards addressing our most elementary needs as human beings. We then, through practice and repetition, foster new habits that allow us to introduce peace and calmness into our lives.ReferencesAdams T, Bezner J, Steinhardt M. The Conceptualization and Measurement of Perceived Wellness: Integrating Balance across and within Dimensions. American Journal of Health Promotion. 1997;11(3):208-218. doi:10.4278/0890-1171-11.3.208Adams TB, Bezner JR, Drabbs ME, Zambarano RJ, Steinhardt MA. Conceptualization and Measurement of the Spiritual and Psychological Dimensions of Wellness in a College Population. Journal of American College Health. 2000;48(4):165-173. doi:10.1080/07448480009595692Stoewen DL. Dimensions of wellness: Change your habits, change your life. Can Vet J. 2017;58(8):861-862.Maslach C, Leiter MP. New insights into burnout and health care: Strategies for improving civility and alleviating burnout. Medical Teacher. 2017;39(2):160-163. doi:10.1080/0142159X.2016.1248918Salleh MR. Life event, stress and illness. Malays J Med Sci. 2008;15(4):9-18.Heatherton TF, Nichols PA. Personal Accounts of Successful Versus Failed Attempts at Life Change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 1994;20(6):664-675. doi:10.1177/0146167294206005Wood W, Quinn JM, Kashy DA. Habits in everyday life: thought, emotion, and action. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2002;83(6):1281-1297.Lally P, Gardner B. Promoting habit formation. Health Psychology Review. 2013;7(sup1):S137-S158. doi:10.1080/17437199.2011.603640Melemis SM. Relapse Prevention and the Five Rules of Recovery. Yale J Biol Med. 2015;88(3):325-332.Turakitwanakan W, Mekseepralard C, Busarakumtragul P. Effects of mindfulness meditation on serum cortisol of medical students. J Med Assoc Thai. 2013;96 Suppl 1:S90-95.Thoits PA. Social support as coping assistance. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 1986;54(4):416-423. doi:10.1037/0022-006X.54.4.416Wallace BA, Shapiro SL. Mental balance and well-being: Building bridges between Buddhism and Western psychology. American Psychologist. 2006;61(7):690-701. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.61.7.690last_img read more


88% driving licences underscanner in Assam district

first_imgMore than 88% of the driving licences issued in Hailakandi district of Assam have come under the scanner.The southern Assam district has 45,300 driving licence holders. A scrutiny during an attempt to convert the laminated paper licences to smart cards revealed that some 40,000 of them could be “doubtful” or procured fraudulently.Last week, Hailakandi’s District Transport Officer Syed Rafiqul Mannan issued an order saying a majority of the licences were purportedly issued by his counterpart in Manipur’s Bishnupur district while the rest were issued by a “certain district” of Nagaland. These licences were flagged as doubtful.Agents to blame? There have been cases of people acquiring driving licences from neighbouring States after their applications were rejected in Assam.The DTO said that most of the people who applied for smart card revealed on being questioned that they did not go to Manipur or Nagaland to obtain their licences. This brought to the fore the issue of bogus driving licences being made with the help of agents.“Data was not available online as most of the licences were of the laminated type. The process of converting them into smart cards was accordingly put on hold. More than 40,000 such licences are lying in my office,” Mr. Mannan said.Smart cards The smart cards would be issued once his counterparts in Manipur and Nagaland confirm the authenticity of the driving licences purportedly issued from their offices, he said.Officials said the licences will be cancelled, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, if they are not found to be genuine. People can reapply online for fresh smart card licences.last_img read more


HTC could launch the Desire 616 and One (E8) in India tomorrow

first_imgHTC is widely expected to launch the Desire 616 and One (E8) smartphones in India tomorrow. The company has sent out invites to the media for a press conference in New Delhi.While nothing is confirmed per se, logic dictates that both these phones are headed to India as these are HTC’s two latest smartphones, which have not hit the country.The Desire 616 was announced earlier in the week in Singapore. It sports a 5-inch 720p LCD display, a 1.4GHz octa-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, 4GB of internalmemory, a microSD card slot and a 2,000mAh battery. In terms of connectivity, there is Wi-Fi, 3G, and GPS.The One (E8) was instead launched last month and it was designed as cheaper version of the One (M8), which has a swanky metal body. The One (E8) foregoes metal for polycarbonate, but still retains the dimensions of the M8.In terms of specs, it’s identical to the One (M8), but forgoes the UltraPixel rear camera for a traditional 13-megapixel shooter and drops the IR blaster. This actually could be a blessing in disguise, as the One (M8) is known for the lack of detail and over exposure issues.The rest remains the same. So it has a 5-inch 1,920×1,080 pixels screen, a 2,600mAh battery, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a 5-megapixel front facing camera.Both the phones run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat on top of which HTC uses its Sense UI. advertisementlast_img read more