LocalNews Helping Hands Inc Charity donates computer equipment to DAPD by: – April 30, 2012 59 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share DAPD’s President Michael Murphy receiving laptop computer from President of Helping Hands Inc Charity Mrs. Cecilia MartinA local charity foundation has lived up to its name in ‘helping out’ another local organization in its quest to assist those who are less fortunate and disabled.Helping Hands Inc. Charity, a non government foundation which aims to serve as a conduit for receiving funds or resources from persons or organizations wishing to donate to charitable organizations in Dominica, on Monday donated a laptop computer, printer and toner supplies to the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities.President of the Charity, Cecilia Martin who made the donation at the DAPD’s national consultation at the Public Service Union on Monday, explained that the organization members were “very moved” when it was reported that the DAPD’s office had been burglarized of its essential computers equipments.“Although of limited resources, Helping Hands Inc is pleased to make this small donation to the DAPD. As we know this organization is making a meaningful contribution to the lives of persons with disabilities in our society”.The equipment she explained were donated by a United Kingdom company, “Thames Water Authority” and shipped to Dominica free of charge by the Guest Line Limited.Helping Hands is managed by a group of volunteers who are all current of former senior civil servants or managers and has been approved by the Dominica government. Since its launching in 2009, Helping Hands has worked with several agencies and individuals both locally and internationally to provide resources and assistance where they are needed.According to Martin, “a number of local organizations have benefitted from Helping Hands Inc. through links which have been established primarily with Dominicans and friends of Dominica who live overseas. Organizations such as Operation Youth Quake, Chances, 4H youth clubs, senior citizens homes and other agencies linked to the Welfare Department and Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, including the receipt and distribution of toys for children in Dominica at Christmas”. She noted that the organization’s goal is to “intensify our efforts to ensure that donations go to where they are needed” and they also plan to extend their outreach program.Individuals and organizations who wish to provide assistance or make donations to the Helping Hands organization can contact them via email on [email protected] Vibes News
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…“it’s non-negotiable”- Min Holder declares The ban imposed against fishermen, preventing them from operating at the Hope Canal, is said to be “non-negotiable”.This announcement was made by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder during Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly, after he was probed by Member of Parliament (MP) Nigel Dharamlall in respect to the measures that the Ministry has set to ensure that fishermen ply their trade unhindered.Holder indicated that the fishermen had not sought permission before using the canal to dock their vessels. He recalled that for a number of years, the men were utilising the Hope Drainage Canal Outlet Channel. It was after the establishment of the Hope Canal that they chose to shift for the purpose of mooring their boats.“After the construction of the eight-door relief sluice at Hope — this was commissioned in 2015 — some fishermen from the Hope drainage outfall started to moor their vessels at the Hope Relief Outfall Channel,” the Minister stated.The Minister also highlighted that the migration, which began in early 2017, has been rapidly increasing over the past months. As a result, many challenges have been faced with when the men utilise the canal at various hours during the day, since they work in correspondence with the changing tides.“The passage of fishermen and, who knows, perhaps other persons of questionable character at varying hours during the night has caused a security nightmare at the site, and has resulted in numerous confrontations and threats between the site security and the fishermen,” he stated at the National Assembly.Furthermore, it was revealed that a site in close proximity to the canal, which normally houses valuables such as generators, motors and wenches, holds an accumulated cost of $43.7 million.“The Ministry of Agriculture is reluctant to expose the site and its valuables to any fish trader,” Holder said.In response to a question posed by Dharamlall, asking whether the gates leading to the canal would be open for the vehicles of the fish traders, Holder said that from the time the Hope Relief Sluice was constructed, there was always a gate at the beginning of the road, near the East Coast Public Road.However, that gate has been relocated, he said, and a fence has also been added to prevent vehicles from “continuing to traverse the high level dam”, as he claims that this could result in a breach, which could also prove to cause severe flooding in the Ann’s Grove village, among other nearby areas.Earlier this month, a notice was subsequently served by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), preventing the men from docking their fishing vessels at the canal. Due to this, several concerns were raised to address the situation, which led to their dockage at the opening of the canal.This included the damages that their boats receive by forceful waves when they are left in the open, which results in losses to their earnings and livelihoods.Fishermen have stated that they simply cannot relocate to the koker, since they reasoned that it was smaller and incapable of lending support to all of the vessels during high tides and inclement weather conditions. Some had even agreed to tie their fishing boats away from the canal, where it would not pose a threat to the water flow or structures.Those who operate at the canal had pleaded with Government for the decision to be reviewed, noting that their only intention is to harbour their boats and save the vessels from incurring losses.
1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp has described the start to his Liverpool reign as ‘intense but fun’ as prepares to take charge of his 50th Reds game.The German brings up his half-century against Chelsea on Wednesday in just 217 days – the fewest by any of his predecessors with Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan the closest to him on 254.All those matches, which include a run to the Capital One Cup final and next week’s Europa League final against Sevilla, have been packed in since he took over in mid-October, during which time he was also admitted to hospital to have his appendix removed.It has been something of a whirlwind introduction to English football for the former Borussia Dortmund boss – but he would not have had it any other way.“It was intense but fun too. Everything was new so it was interesting,” he said of his near-seven months in charge.“Time goes by so fast, I can’t believe this season is nearly over.“Usually you need one and a half seasons for this. That is funny.“The jobs to do and everything you need to think about keeps you awake but it is good.“We can get sixth position this season, which is not the biggest success in the history of Liverpool, but everyone can see the good signs.“We will build on it. We have to improve. I am sure we will.”