Marigot residents petition DASPA CEO

first_img Tweet LocalNews Marigot residents petition DASPA CEO by: Dominica Vibes News – January 12, 2015 Share 335 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Marigot residents at the Port on Monday morningThe community of Marigot is standing in solidarity with one of its residents after his employment was terminated following a crab backs incident last year.Vescott Jones, who was employed with the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) as a security officer at the Douglas Charles Airport was fired in December 2013 for allowing Opposition Leader Lennox Linton to exit the country without a charge after he attempted to leave with a quantity of crab backs in October 2014. One must obtain a permit to export any wildlife from Dominica which Mr Linton did not have in his possession at the time of travel, as he was not aware that one was required.The residents gathered at the Woodridge Bay Port on Goodwill Road on Monday 12 January to present a petition to chief executive officer of DASPA, Benoit Bardouille. Members of the community decided to present a petition to Mr Bardouille requesting that Mr Jones be reinstated.It is not clear whether the group was successful in presenting Mr Bardouille with the petition. Mr Bardouille was contacted for comment on the matter but was unavailable.Further details on this developing story will be provided as it becomes available.last_img read more

Lack of Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant is a ‘disgrace’ – TD

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has labelled the government a disgrace for not introducing a replacement for the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant. It has been six years since the grant was removed by the then Fine Gael/Labour government. Donegal McConalogue said the government’s failure to reinstate the grant is a sign of abandonment of people with disabilities.Deputy McConalogue said “This situation is nothing short of a disgrace. The government were quick to close the old supports under the premise of a new scheme being introduced shortly thereafter yet here we are, 6 years later and successive Fine Gael governments have failed to address this issue. “Those with disabilities have been completely abandoned by the high handed approach to this matter by successive Ministers.“Their situation is further compounded by the fact the Minister continues to point to the Disabled Drivers & Passengers scheme as a viable alternative and workable support for those with mobility issues. The reality is starkly different, and the Minister is fully aware that the Ombudsman has raised serious concerns about the equity of the scheme.”Deputy McConalogue is calling on the government to address the issue as a matter of urgency.He said: “People with serious disabilities are being told they do not qualify for the scheme due to stricter criteria. Furthermore, the Minister for Finance has confirmed that he has no intention of changing the criteria for this scheme despite this red flag being raised with him by the Ombudsman. “The whole situation points to the reality of a government who are not willing to address this serious matter on the behalf of some of the most vulnerable in our society.“The Minister for Health and the Minister for Finance must come together and urgently address these issues and I will be continuing to pursue this matter with them,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Lack of Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant is a ‘disgrace’ – TD was last modified: February 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueMobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grantlast_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About the Liberty Square Riverboat

first_imgShare This!You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on Walt Disney World’s Liberty Square Riverboat!What is the Liberty Square Riverboat?The Liberty Belle Riverboat is a large, steam-powered paddle-wheel riverboat which travels down the Rivers of America and around Tom Sawyer Island and docks at Liberty Square.Where is the Liberty Square Riverboat?Guests can access the Liberty Belle Riverboat at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.What is the History of the Liberty Square Riverboat?On October 2, 1971, the Admiral Joe Fowler, named after Disneyland’s construction supervisor, debuted at the Magic Kingdom the day after the park’s official opening offering cruises down the Rivers of America. In 1973, the Richard F. Irvine, named after the Disney executive who oversaw the planning and design of Walt Disney World, also made its debut. Both ships operated together until 1980. The best way to tell the two apart back then was their number of smokestacks. The Admiral Joe Fowler had two while the Richard F. Irvine only had one.In 1996, the Richard F. Irvine was overhauled and renamed The Liberty Belle. It still offers cruises around the Rivers of America today. However, two of the three ferry boats transporting guests from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom are now named the Admiral Joe Fowler and Richard F. Irvine.Through the years, the scenery along the Rivers of America has changed quite a bit. One of the biggest changes was the addition of Tom Sawyer Island in 1973 and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in 1980.What Do You Need to Know About the Queue for the Liberty Square Riverboat?The only waiting required to enjoy the Liberty Square Riverboat these days is waiting for the boat to leave. The elegant, colonial entry has guests board the boat at mid-level while disembarking guests exit from the lower deck.What Do You Need to Know About the Ride Experience on the Liberty Square Riverboat?The Liberty Belle Riverboat has four levels each offering limited seating but with plenty of space to stand and move about. A horn and bell system are used throughout the journey, so be prepared for occasional loud noises. The attraction also offers a soundtrack mainly narrated by an actor portraying Mark Twain. He shares his knowledge of the river and points out landmarks along the way.During the journey, guests get to see sights on Tom Sawyer Island, woodland animals, a Native American village, and even Wilson’s Cave Inn from Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. The riverboat also offers unique perspectives of Splash Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, and particularly Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I highly recommend it for photographers or super fans of the park.The Liberty Belle is massive and feels very stable even though it’s churning through the water. It also moves rather slowly. Guests are free to move about during the 17-minute trip.I would definitely recommend the Liberty Belle for families with young kids as the boat offers seating along with space to move about. It’s also a great escape from the crowds.Disney Historians will especially appreciate the Liberty Belle experience, not just because it’s a classic attraction but also for its references to the park’s former Mike Fink Keel Boat attraction. In fact, guests aboard will see a keel boat outside of Wilson’s Cave Inn and enjoy a close-up view of the attraction’s former dock in front the entrance to the Haunted Mansion.What Do You Need to Know About Accessibility for the Liberty Square Riverboat?Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV to experience the Liberty Belle Riverboat.What Do You Need to Know About Health and Safety Advisories for the Liberty Square Riverboat?There are no health or safety advisories for the Liberty Belle Riverboat.What are the Height Restrictions for the Liberty Square Riverboat?There is no height restriction for the Liberty Belle Riverboat! Everyone in the family can enjoy this classic attraction.Is FastPass+ Available for the Liberty Square Riverboat?FastPass+ is not offered for this attraction.Will Weather Affect the Liberty Square Riverboat?Inclement weather can affect the operation of the Liberty Belle Riverboat.What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience the Liberty Square Riverboat?The Liberty Belle Riverboat rarely has a wait these days, meaning if it’s at the Liberty Square dock and accepting guests, it’s almost always a walk-on. However, those looking to enjoy this attraction should note that it does close earlier than the park and other park attractions.Did I answer all of your questions about the Liberty Belle Riverboat? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Cord-Cutting For Some: HBO Now Launches With A Limited Apple TV Exclusive

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… If you want HBO Now, the only cable-free option for watching shows like Game of Thrones, you’re going to need Apple TV. During Apple’s live event Monday, HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced that the service will launch with Apple as its exclusive partner.Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced a price cut for Apple TV, to $69 from $99. While a $30 price drop is considerable, it still means Apple TV costs more than competitors like Google’s Chromecast and the Roku stick. See also: Stream Engines: How To Choose Between The Apple TV, Roku 2 And ChromecastThis lofty price is why Apple TV adoption has tended to lag behind that of its rivals. In 2013, both Chromecast and Roku outsold Apple TV nearly 2 to 1. To catch up, Apple TV was going to need to either seriously improve its product—or snag an exclusive deal its competitors couldn’t get. With no new Apple TV on the horizon, it has clearly chosen the latter. It’s not yet clear how long Apple’s exclusivity will extend. [Update: “The exclusive agreement with Apple is for three months among new digital distributors,” according to an HBO spokesperson.]For HBO, restricting its cable-free option to Apple only isn’t any more limiting than the previous business model, which only allowed customers to watch streaming shows if they also had a cable plan (or friends or family with one).HBO Now will be priced at $14.99 a month and offer access to HBO’s complete library of original shows. Plepler added that customers who sign up in April will get a free month.Image courtesy of Apple lauren orsini Tags:#Apple TV#chromecast#cord-cutting#HBO#HBO Now#Roku#streaming TV 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Bald and beautiful: Women take the bold cut

first_imgIt has been called the richest ornament of women. In some Indian cultures, it still is a decisive factor while pinning down on a bride. So when a woman decides to get rid of her tresses and go bald, it’s not just heads that turn, what also takes a 180 degree turn are society’s deep-rooted perceptions about beauty.While most would think of it as the end of their dating life or as the beginning of a body image issue, there are a few who would happily chop off their long locks to make a statement or just to get rid of the weight off their head.Take for instance 29-year-old Sumati Jain. Five years ago while she was pursuing her masters, the Bangalore-based homemaker plotted her hair assassination after her parents started dropping hints of marriage.”My hairline was also receding and I also wanted to do something for kicks. It was this crazy, daring, wild phase of my life,” she says with a chuckle.She exposed her shiny scalp to the world after three stages of relentless, heartless mane chopping.The first visit to the parlour left her with a bob cut, then followed a shorter crew cut and she finally visited a men’s saloon on a quiet Sunday for the finale.”My mom didn’t speak to me for a week. But my dad and grandfather, who’s also bald, were really cool,” Sumati told IANS.”I got extreme reactions…Some thought it was really cool, some laughed behind my back, some even thought I’d turned into a monk,” she adds.advertisementBut the ironical part was that Sumati got engaged while her hair was just a few inches long. “My husband was fine with it. He thought I looked cute,” she adds with more chuckles.But not all men hold similar notions of beauty. “I would like to wait for a year,” says 25-year-old Saurabh Dabbas, when asked if he would date a bald woman.The barren look is not for all women, cautions hairstylist Sylvie.”It suits those with oval heads and good skin. It’s a complete no-no for those with lots of wrinkles; it makes you look more aged,” said Sylvie who runs a saloon in Delhi.Ananya Bose, a Delhi-based journalist, went bald just after delivering a baby.”I had such long, lustrous hair. I remember when the parlour woman chopped them, the one standing next to her freaked out and asked her what the hell she was doing.”But it was such a weight off my head. I felt so, so free and light. You feel as if you get rid of all the troubles,” she says.However, in Indian society women with shaven heads have much deeper connotations.”In many Indian cultures, widows’ heads were shaved. It’s also associated with sadhvis or monks. It’s a sign of celibacy,” says social scientist C.P. Bhambri.However, these connotations don’t deter those tempted to take the plunge.”I think it would feel real good and free to have no hair to take care of. Though I like my tresses, they are very frizzy and at times unmanageable,” says Shikha Arora, a professional.”Going bald will be hassle-free. I would definitely love to do it in the hot Delhi summers,” she added.But being bald comes with strings attached, says Sylvie.”It requires a lot of maintenance. You have to moisturise your scalp regularly. People usually call a barber home every month to clean the growth,” she adds.Also, there comes a stage while you are growing back your hair when it’s neither here nor there — just plain clumsy.”Though growing it back is a good idea as you get a new crop of hair, the stage when your hair is 10-18 months old is very difficult,” says Sylvie.Adds Ananya: “A strand would come out from one side, another from the other. It can get really messy.”It took Sumati three years to grow back her hair to what she describes as a “respectable length”.Internationally, pop star Britney Spears and actress Natalie Portman have famously sported the bald look. Back home, actresses Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Antara Mali, Lisa Ray and model Diandra Soares have tread the same path.However, all said and done, there are many sceptics of the unadorned look.”It completely baffles me why any woman would voluntarily want to go bald. A woman would like to look like a normal woman. There’s the whole cosmetic industry which runs into trillions to make you look good,” says Bhambri.advertisementlast_img read more

ICC World Cup 2015: Key Players from South Africa

first_imgThe Proteas, currently ranked third in the ODIs, will be led by none other than the top One-Day Internationals batsman AB de Villiers. The team boasts eight players with previous World Cup experience in De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir.Here’s a look at the key players from South Africa in the World Cup:AB de VilliersPlaying role: Wicket-keeper batsmanThe 30-year-old Pretoria player is arguably the most complete batsmen in the era of modern day cricket. Known for his prolific skills and the temperament  required to back up his creative intent, de Villiers is more than capable of putting some of the most fearsome bowlers in cricket to shame.De Villiers dominated the top of the ICC Test batting rankings in 2014, along with Kumar Sangakkara. As of January 2015, he is ranked 2nd in the ICC Test  and 1st in the ODI batting rankings. The right-hander, who has amassed over 7600 runs in Tests, still holds the record for most innings without registering a  duck(78) in the longer version of the game.In 2015, De Villiers smashed the fastest century in ODI history, breaking New Zealand’s Corey Anderson’s record, reaching 100 off just 31 balls and going  on to score 149 runs off just 44 balls against the West Indies. The South African skipper will undoubtedly be one of kep players to watch out for in the  upcoming World Cup.Dale SteynPlaying role: Fast bowlerOne of most fearsome and lethal pace bowlers in cricket today, the 31-year-old speedgun is one of the bowling mainstays of South Africa. The right-hand  seamer is known for his ferocious speed which is bolstered by pin-point accuracy. His ability to move the ball away from right-handers has seen him get the  better of some of the most respected batsmen in cricket.advertisementIn 2008, Steyn became the fastest South African, and the 15th fastest overall, to reach 100 Test wickets. In the same year, Steyn was named ICC Test  Player of the Year after taking 86 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.10. Dale currently has the best bowling strike rate of all time in Test match  cricket(amongst bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 10,000 deliveries).He dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings for several years between 2008 and 2014. He is currently the number one ranked Test bowler in  the world and also holds the third spot in the list of ICC ODI bowlers. Alongside Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, Steyn forms one of the most deadliest  bowling attacks in the world of cricket.David MillerPlaying role: Middle-order batsmanThe 25-year-old player has already established himself as one of the finest strikers of the ball in cricket. Grace and elegance have little place in his technique,  which is to hit the ball with such power that it stays hit.Miller’s ability to hit the ball cleanly and finding the gaps with ease make him one of the ideal players, especially in the Powerplay overs. He enjoys the  freedom to play a range of strokes, both off the front and back foot. In 2013, Miller hit the 3rd fastest IPL century(38-ball 101) against Royal Challengers  Bangalore. His maiden ODI hundred came in 2015 when he slammed an unbeaten 130 against West Indies.With eight fifties and a hundred in 62 ODIs, Miller will be a vital cog in the middle-order for South Africa who are chasing their maiden World Cup title.Hashim AmlaPlaying role: Opening batsmanThe 31-year-old Durban player, whose grandparents migrated from Gujarat, is the first South African of Indian descent to reach the national squad. An  elegant strokeplayer with the temperament to make the most of his talent, Amla is currently ranked third in both the ICC Tests and ODIs ranking.In 2011, Amla became the fastest batsman to reach 2,000 runs in ODIs in his 40th inning. Amla became the first South African to score a Test match triple  century when he scored an unbeaten 311 against England in 2012. In the 57th innings of his ODI career, Amla became the fastest batsman to score 3,000  ODI runs, requiring 12 innings fewer than Sir Vivian Richards. Also in 2013, he became the fastest batsman to score 4,000 ODI runs, requiring 8 innings  fewer than Sir Vivian Richards.The year 2015 saw Amla becoming the fastest batsman to notch up 5000 ODI runs in 101 innings, well ahead of the previous record of 114 jointly held by  West Indies great Viv Richards and Indian batsman Virat Kohli. With 27 fifties and 18 hundreds in 106 ODIs, Amla will set the tone for South Africa’s  onslaught in the upcoming World Cup.advertisementMorne MorkelPlaying role: Fast bowlerThe 30-year-old player is an out-and-out fast bowler who has the pace and height to trouble the best batsmen in the world of cricket. His ability to extract  bounce and bowl genuinely fast makes him a nightmare for the opposition batsmen.Morkel was selected in the South African squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa, and went on to become one of the stars of  the tournament. Morkel bowled with consistent pace and accuracy, finishing with 9 wickets at 13.33 and an economy rate of 6.00, considered excellent in this  form of the game.With 152 wickets at 24.69 and an economy rate of 4.95 in 91 ODIs, Morkel is considered one of the best pace bowlers South Africa has ever produced.Squad: AB de Villiers(c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock(wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steynlast_img read more