first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A major rescue operation is underway at Fanad Lighthouse after a person fell into the sea from nearby rocks.Fanad Lighthouse is at the centre of a major rescue operation.It is believe they were one of two people taking photographs when they lost their footing and fell into the water.It is understood the incident happened just after 3pm. Two lifeboats from the Lough Swilly RNLI based at Buncrana have rushed to the scene.The Rescue 118 helicopter has also ben dispatched from its base in Sligo.At the moment the rescue services have a visual on the casualty but they can access him because of heavy waves against the shore.A spokesman for the RNLI has said everything is being done to get access to the casualty. We will bring you more on this story as it develops. MAJOR RESCUE OPERATION SPARKED AS MAN FALLS INTO SEA AT FANAD LIGHTHOUSE was last modified: August 17th, 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:donegalfanad lighthousemanRNLIlast_img read more

India handed first loss of Sultan Azlan Shah by Australia

first_imgIndia’s hockey team was overpowered by reigning world champions Australia 1-3 despite starting strongly and suffered the first loss in three matches of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Tuesday.In the match pitting last edition’s finalists, India kept the Australian attackers at bay before taking the lead through Harmanpreet Singh, who drove from the right – a rare field goal for a defender cum set-piece specialist in the 26th minute.Australia’s equaliser came four minutes later when Eddie Ockenden dived near the right post to put the ball in as both the teams went into the half-time 1-1.After the break, Australia continued their attacking game, earning as many as three penalty corners in the first four minutes. The third one saw Matthew Swann mistrapping but Tom Craig capitalised on it and banged one into the near post, stunning goalkeeper Akash Chikte.The goal further boosted the Australians’ confidence, and they controlled the midfield which forced India on to the backfoot. Jake Whetton came close to double Australia’s advantage as he fired from the top of the ‘D’, but the ball missed the mark by a whisker in the 48th minute.Then came a moment of solo brilliant effort from Tom Wickham, who dodged past three Indian defenders from the right to arrive at the centre of the circle before employing an emphatic backhander to beat Chikte.Despite the two-goal advantage, Australia didn’t relent and kept attacking. India put out their goalkeeper to put one more outfield player. They did get a couple of opportunities to counter-attack but none of these came close to reducing the goal difference, as Australia, the tournament’s record champions, delivered a clinical second-half performance.advertisementThis was India’s first loss of the tournament, having earlier defeated England and New Zealand. They face Japan on Wednesday before meeting hosts Malaysia in their final round-robin match on Thursday.last_img read more

Justice sector benefits from Canadian support

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 28, 2016 – The country’s justice sector has benefited from significant Canadian funding support totaling over J$4.25 billion (Can$44.2 million) over the past 16 years.  Provided under the Global Affairs Canada initiative, the money has mainly financed the sector’s reform programme, spearheaded by the Justice Ministry.The wide-ranging projects have been facilitated under the Justice Undertaking for Social Transformation (JUST) programme.  The Global Affairs initiative manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, promotes the country’s international trade and leads that country’s international development and humanitarian assistance endeavors.  The JUST programme seeks to reform Jamaica’s justice system by making it more available, accessible, accountable, flexible, fair and affordable in a timely, courteous, respectful and competent manner for all citizens.Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Sylvain Fabí, says key areas of funding support include a J$1.9-billion (Can$19.8-million) provision for business process reform and technical assistance, J$1.85 billion (Can$19.2 million) to acquire modern equipment, and J$502.7 million (Can$5.2 million) for capacity building.  Notable among the most recent provisions has been the recruitment of a statistician to collate the number of documented criminal cases within the court system, which will be captured under a statistics and data management system.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has indicated that this undertaking is expected to provide an accurate count, as the Ministry moves to address the high backlog of cases, estimated to be as many as 100,000.Another recent input was the provision of state-of-the-art equipment to the Attorney General’s (AG) Department and Supreme Court.  A total of 25 new desktop and laptop computers, along with backup storage devices and a projector, were presented to the AG’s Department.  These will facilitate connectivity between the Department and the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as the courts.  Additionally, funds have been earmarked for staff training in the use of these equipment.Fifteen desktop computers, along with a high-density server, data backup and storage, and firewall protection devices, were presented to the Supreme Court.  These are expected to significantly enhance administration of the new jury management system.  The 15 computers are part of an overall 85 being provided, with the remaining 70 to be dispatched to parish courts across the island.Speaking at the presentation ceremonies earlier this year, Mr. Fabí lauded the Government for embarking on the justice-reform programme to modernize the sector.While noting that the endeavor could be “very exhaustive and daunting”, he deemed it important, pointing out that “Jamaica is definitely on the right path”.  Mr. Fabí said work is under way to develop proposals for reforming the organizational structure of the Supreme Court and Parish Courts.Additionally, he noted that work would shortly commence to develop new criminal procedural rules.  “These rules are aimed at streamlining the trial process to make (the) management of criminal cases more efficient and predictable,” the High Commissioner said.Other notable provisions have included grant support of J$1.93 billion (Can$20 million) to assist with crime reduction under the National Security Ministry’s Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), and a similar allocation to the University of the West Indies (UWI) to facilitate the training of legislative drafters in Jamaica and the wider CaribbeanThe High Commissioner said Canada welcomes the opportunity to assist, and that the Government “remains committed to supporting Jamaica in its reform goals and in ensuring that the country has a more efficient and responsive justice system”.  Regionally, Canada also provided a $1.93-billion grant to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to facilitate improved administration.Mr. Fabí said Canada also provided J$483.4 million (Can$5 million), through the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, to avail the Government of technical expertise in order to assist the Administration in fulfilling targets under the just-concluded International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF).Welcoming the equipment, Mr. Chuck said their acquisition is consistent with the Ministry’s “aggressive push” to modernize Jamaica’s court system in order to improve its overall efficiency.  “Modernization of the court system cannot take place without 21st-century cutting-edge technology, and these computers will go a very far way in helping our drive to provide a First-World standard of justice for all Jamaican citizens,” he added.Equally, Mr. Chuck said the state-of-the-art equipment will enhance the operational efficiency and service delivery of the AG’s Department, which, he emphasized, is pivotal in the administration of governance and justice.For her part, Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, also welcomed the provisions, noting that Jamaica’s long-standing relations with Canada have resulted in positive strides being recorded locally, particularly in the justice sector.  Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, emphasized that the timely delivery of justice is pivotal to the judicial system.  “The donation of these modern pieces of equipment will go a far way in assisting the staff of the courts to operate more efficiently and effectively in undertaking our daily functions,” she added. photo credit: Jamaica Gleaner Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more