PLAN LAUNCHED TO SET UP IRELAND’S FIRST NATIONAL MARINE PARK IN DONEGAL

first_imgDonegal could be the location of Ireland’s first National Marine Park.One of the most ambitious marine environment projects in the history of the Irish state is being planned for Co Donegal.The project, which could create a much-needed jobs boost, plans to bring together three integrated marine initiatives of international excellence centred at Malin Head.The plans include the development of an Ocean Interpretation Centre, Ireland’s First National Marine Park and a Biosphere Fishing Reserve on the North coast of Inishowen. Project co-ordinator Emmett Johnston said the plan has huge potential.A series of public meetings is now planned to gather the views of the local public on the concept.The concept document focuses on the common marketing of environmentally themed tourism, locally caught sea food produce and sustainable community practices through the three initiatives.The main point of the concept document is that local coastal communities, tourism, fishing, academic and environmental sectors could gain significantly by coming together under one umbrella for the purposes of collective management and marketing of local marine resources. Different ways that a collective plan could be achieved are discussed in detail, with ideas such as the development of a common Malin Head brand for the various marine related sectors of particular note.Speaking about the launch of the concept document the project coordinator Emmett Johnston said the concept is about putting new ideas and solutions out into the community and seeing what the reaction is.“It’s a different way of approaching things, most people are used to being told from the top down what is going to happen and they may have difficulty understanding that this is just a concept, potential ideas for the future. It’s like planting a seed, then it’s up to local people to shape the idea and make it their own.”According to the group there will be a series of three public meetings covering the communities of Inishowen North, West and East. Each meeting will involve a presentation of the concepts and a feedback session where ideas will be taken and developed.Everyone is invited to read the concept document and give feedback before and after the meetings which will be held on the 18th, 19th and 20th of March at a variety of venues throughout the peninsula. All ideas are welcome according to the project coordinator Emmett Johnston.“Without community engagement this concept is just a piece of paper, it up to local people to decide if this is something they want and how they can benefit from it. We need everyone to come on board with the process, attend the public meetings and give their feedback. If the community does not put forward their own solutions to existing problems, then central government will eventually impose their solutions on communities.“We think the time is right for all the local interest groups to come together as one voice and to start doing something about the deteriorating situation here, if we don’t do something now some of the coastal communities on Inishowen could experience the same fate as the island communities did in the early 20th century.”Emmett explained that a short meeting with some of the fishermen from the north of the peninsula has already been held at the start of March. He explained that some fishermen saw there might be something positive in it for them and their sector, while others did not, however all of them were concerned about how environmental ideas in the document could end up negatively affecting their business.“The level of mistrust and doubt about new ideas and the ability of fishermen to do anything about their own situation is indicative of how shamefully the industry has been treated over the years. We think collective marketing of the area as a well-managed natural environment could help the local fishing industry sell their produce, but it’s up to them to make up their own mind about the ideas.“All we see this concept doing is kick starting people into thinking about how they can improve their own situation without waiting for central government to impose things on them. They might not take on what we propose, so what, these are just ideas.”All around the county the big question is how can an area create enough jobs to keep at least some of its young people from emigrating. Identifying what an area has that is unique or different may help them create jobs which cannot be shifted out of the area.The concept document released outlines a path using sustainable management of the natural environment as the catalyst to job creation on the North Inishowen peninsula, whether local people agree with that path or not remains to be seen. However it appears everyone is in agreement that something needs to be done and sooner rather than later.The proposal certainly makes for an interesting time ahead for those with an interest in the marine sector around Inishowen. How the various government bodies will react to this type of community led initiative is unknown, especially because they are the ones normally deciding the direction communities should follow.More details and a copy of the document can be found at www.baskingshark.iePLAN LAUNCHED TO SET UP IRELAND’S FIRST NATIONAL MARINE PARK IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 11th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:CommunityEmmett JohnstonfishMalin HeadNational Marine Parksharkslast_img read more

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Roads to be gritted early ahead of freezing night

first_imgDonegal County Council gritters will be mobilised from 5pm this Friday evening as temperatures are expected to drop to lows of -2C tonight.Forecasters are warning that there is a risk of frost and ice on the roads during the cold night.The night will be mainly dry, but rain and hail showers may drift over Donegal, according to Met Eireann. “Temperatures will drop to between -2 and +2 Celsius with frost and a risk of icy patches,” said the national forecaster.Frost and ice will clear on Saturday morning but fog may linger in a few inland spots. Saturday will be mainly dry, with patchy drizzle and cold with temperatures ranging from 7C to 3C where fog lingers.Donegal County Council will grit all main routes from 5PM on Fri. 15/11.The Donegal gritting route index as follows: 06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny TownCheck Donegal County Council’s interactive map for gritting routesAssume that no road is ice free.Roads to be gritted early ahead of freezing night was last modified: November 15th, 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)last_img read more

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News in brief: Nigeria leave out Moses, Fulham Under-21s beaten

first_imgMoses has been in good formVictor MosesThe Chelsea winger, on loan at Stoke, has been left out of Nigeria’s squad for their forthcoming internationals with Congo and South Africa. The 23-year-old has been in good form for the Potters, scoring against West Ham on Saturday, but Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said he did not want to push him too hard following a recent thigh injury.FulhamThe Whites’ Under-21 side were beaten 4-0 at Sunderland on Monday afternoon. A win would have put them top of the Under-21 Premier League.Jack GrimmerThe Fulham defender has had his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town extended until January. Grimmer, 20, has started the last five Shrews games, including their League Cup defeat against Chelsea.Wealdstone v HendonThe friendly due to be played at The Vale on Monday night has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.FA Trophy drawHendon will meet either Worthing or Chatham Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy, after the draw was made on Monday. Uxbridge also have a home tie, with Bideford or Didcot the visitors, while Northwood will travel to Wimborne Town. Matches are scheduled for 15 November.FA Vase drawIn the second round of the Vase, to be played on 22 November, Hanworth Villa will entertain Knaphill while Wembley meet Brantham Athletic.Claude MakeleleThe former Chelsea midfielder has been sacked from his first managerial job. The 41-year-old, who made 217 appearances for the Blues, took over as head coach of Ligue 1 side Bastia in the summer but has left after only 12 games, with the club in the relegation zone.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Three Must Have Reports from Your Sales Force Automation

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.There are three reports a sales manager must be able to obtain from their sales force automation or customer relationship software. Without these reports, the sales manager is flying blind. Let’s look at each of them.New Opportunity AcquisitionFirst, a sales manager must have a view of the new opportunities their team is generating. I call this report a New Opportunity Acquisition report.Any sales manager who is honest about where they place their focus and attention will admit that is often given to sales opportunities at the end of the sales process. There is so much pressure to make the number, they want to know which opportunities their team can close and by what date.But no opportunity is closed that is not first opened. One of the primary challenges sales organizations and sales people now face is opportunity acquisition. By putting opportunity acquisition first, you are telling your salespeople what you value most. More opportunities equals more opportunities to win. It also means that the sales manager has fewer “must win” opportunities.Pipeline with Days in StageSecond, the sales manager needs a view of their pipeline that includes the days each opportunity has lived in that particular stage.I once worked with a client who believed they had a very large pipeline, one that was more than enough to cover the number they needed to make. I asked them to run two reports for me. The first report showed the days each opportunity had lived in that particular stage. The second report removed any opportunity that had lived in a stage twice as long as the average time of this company’s won opportunities. This cut their pipeline by 80%. It was a massive reality check.By monitoring the time it takes an opportunity to flow through the process, you uncover stuck deals. As an opportunity starts to age past the time an opportunity normally lives in that stage, you can test the opportunity to see if it is stalled. If it is, you can help the salesperson troubleshoot the opportunity and get it back on track.But that isn’t the only troubleshooting you can do. Days in Stage can also help you uncover problems with the sales process. Every good sales process should have an expiration date, a date when you review it to make sure it’s still valid. If opportunities sit on stage too long, maybe something has changed. Maybe your prospective clients need something different from you. If you see a pattern, it’s worth investing to decide if you need to make changes.Finally, Days in Stage can also uncover the sales force’s development needs. If the sales force struggles getting past a certain point in the sales process, they may have an underlying developmental need. As an example, if an opportunity sits in the acquisition stage too long, it may indicate that salesperson didn’t acquire the of the stakeholders early enough in the process.Days in stage is a crucial report for diagnosing sales process problems and moving stuck deals.Client CommitmentsThe final report is client commitments. Opportunities don’t walk themselves from target to close. That path is really a number of commitments that the prospective client agrees to take with the salesperson. It’s a linking together of these commitments.Whether the report you review is the salesperson’s calendared commitments the client has agreed to take or activities, it’s critical to capture and review these commitments.All activity isn’t created equal. The highest value activity for a salesperson is most often the time they spend face-to-face with their clients. Reviewing their calendared commitments provides the sales manager with the opportunity to review the salesperson’s plan and their deal strategy. It allows the sales manager to ensure that the salesperson has everything they need to create value for the client during these interactions. Effective activity beats activity alone every time. This is how you ensure effective activity.There are hundreds of reports you might pull from your customer relationship or sales force automation software. These three are critical management tools that can help you and your team sell better—and faster. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Flooding in St. Mary – ODPEM

first_img Contact- Gizelle Mowatt, Acting Information Officer, ODPEM;  [email protected]; Tel: 906-9674-5 ext. 6102 The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) wishes to advise the public that the stationary front currently affecting the island has produced heavy rains resulting in flooding within the parish of St. Mary. The areas affected include: -Port Maria -Oracabessa -Sections of Junction in the vicinity of Georgia Emergency response agencies have been alerted and are currently reporting to the areas. Persons in flood prone areas are reminded to: 1. Be ready to evacuate if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas. Decide on likely evacuation routes now. 2. Avoid flooded waterways, i.e. fordings, gullies, streams or rivers, either on foot or in vehicles. The ODPEM will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as events warrant.last_img read more

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