Source: Shutterstock/VanderWolf ImagesHAVE YOU FLOWN back to Dublin Airport recently?A constituent of Dublin Central TD Maureen O’Sullivan did, and he had to wait almost an hour to get from his gate past immigration checks and into the baggage claim area.His flight from Madrid arrived at approximately 7.15pm, but he didn’t make it through passport control until after 8.10pm.O’Sullivan raised the issue of this experience in the Dáil last Wednesday, asking Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald if she was satisfied with waiting times at passport control at the airport, and if she had contacted relevant authorities about changes that could be made to avoid a repeat of such hour long waits.The Irish Travel Agents’ Association agree that long waits through passport control is a matter of serious concern and says that the issue of understaffing at passport control is one that they’ve frequently tried to raise with the Department of Justice.Its President Cormac Meehan told TheJournal.ie: “The queues through Dublin Airport are a symptom of the airport’s organic growth… however, the issue of delays lies with the Department of Justice and Equality. The ITAA has called for a meeting with Frances Fitzgerald to get the issue of understaffing at Dublin Airport and other regional and national airports on the national agenda, given the importance of the sector to the national economy.Fitzgerald responded to O’Sullivan’s question by saying that 90% of travellers pass through these checks within a matter of minutes. However, she did acknowledge that delays do occur.She said that, on the “rare occasions” that this happens, it can happen for a variety of reasons, including congestion at peak daily periods and current building works reducing the space available.“The Irish immigration authorities have an excellent relationship with the DAA and work closely together to address queue management issues where they arise,” the Tánaiste added.The constituent who contacted O’Sullivan had indicated that they were a regular flyer and that the queues at T1 of Dublin Airport are often considerably longer than that of T2, despite T2 carrying a high number of passengers on UK, EU and transatlantic routes.Fitzgerald did point out in her response that the protection of our borders was a matter of the “utmost priority” and that checks made must be thorough and appropriate.She also added that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will, this year, take on the front line checks in Terminal 2 at Dublin airport which will release further Gardaí for core policing duties. This is something that has already come into effect at T1.Hour-long delaysInformation released to RTÉ under the Freedom of Information Act two years ago showed that passengers were waiting up to an hour to get through.It is clear however, that these delays still happen. Monday 27 Feb 2017, 6:10 AM A summer of passport queue chaos? Calls to address ‘understaffing’ at Dublin Airport The issue cropped up in the Dáil recently, when a TD asked the government why people wait so long to get through. Poll Results: 34 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3251333 Share14 Tweet Email1 Source: eamonbrennanmarino/Twitter Source: Jack Murray/Twitter No interest/No opinion (103) No (1224) Passport queue chaos at Dublin Airport pic.twitter.com/yjgqrvayc9— eamonbrennanmarino (@eamonbrennan101) September 9, 2016 Yes (1994) By Sean Murray 18,100 Views Left waiting in the longest queue in history in Dublin Airport passport control – Terminal 1 at midnight .— Jack Murray (@mediamurray) April 15, 2016 Feb 27th 2017, 6:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL YesNoNo interest/No opinionVoteRead: Dublin Airport is getting four new multi-storey office buildingsRead: FactCheck: Are Michael O’Leary and Ryanair right about Dublin Airport charges increasing? The change to immigration control came alongside changes to how people are able to pass through the airport.Plans were recently unveiled for the roll-out of an additional 15 e-gates, which it was hoped would speed up the process. These are automatic terminals where people with an EU passport can have it scanned by a machine which then allows you to pass through.Passengers are now also able to view the estimated time that it will take them to clear security, as they walk down the wide corridors from where they disembark at T1 to passport control.So, has this issue affected you? Have you ever had to wait longer than 15-20 minutes to get through passport control at Dublin Airport in recent times?
38 Comments Apr 7th 2017, 11:20 AM Friday 7 Apr 2017, 11:20 AM Short URL 40,140 Views Trevor Deely appeal: Gardaí have released enhanced CCTV from night of disappearance A fresh appeal is being made in the case today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: GardaPressOffice/YouTubeGARDAÍ HAVE RELEASED enhanced CCTV footage of the night Trevor Deely went missing, at a press briefing this morning.A fresh appeal is being made in the case today. Trevor went missing after attending a Christmas party on 8 December 2000, and was last spotted on CCTV footage which showed him crossing Baggot Street Bridge and walking towards Haddington Road in Dublin city centre.Details of the enhanced CCTV were reported earlier this week, though the footage has only been made publicly available for the first time today. Forensically enhanced VHS footage taken from outside Trevor’s office at Bank of Ireland Asset Management on Leeson Street shows him talking to a man, who had been standing at the building for around a half an hour beforehand.Trevor arrives just before 3.30am, speaks briefly to the man and goes into his office for a cup of coffee with a colleague. The man, who has never come forward, is seen waiting for a short time before crossing the road.The 22-year-old man leaves the office around 4am. He was last captured on CCTV passing the Bank of Ireland ATM on Haddington Road at 4.14am walking under an umbrella. Gardaí believe that the male acting suspiciously outside of Trevor’s place of work is the same male that is seen passing the Bank of Ireland ATM on Haddington Road 34 seconds after Trevor that morning.It was announced at today’s Crimestoppers appeal that a private and anonymous donor is prepared to offer a sum of up to €100,000 for information that might prove critical in resolving the case.“Our first appeal is for this male if he recognises himself to come forward and secondly for anyone else to come forward who may recognise him to notify us through Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25,” commented Garda Detective Superintendent Peter O’ Boyle today.Trevor is described as 6’1” in height and of slim build. He has short red/brown hair and fair complexion. Trevor was last seen wearing a mustard and brown checked shirt, beige/grey corduroy flared trousers, dark deck shoes with white stripes, a green padded jacket. He was carrying a large dark blue umbrella with white ACC Bank lettering. Share105 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3328673 By Daragh Brophy
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is certain that Luka Modric is going nowhere this summer, amid reports of interest from Inter MilanLos Blancos have already lost their star man in Cristiano Ronaldo this summer to Juventus and are reluctant to part with any more of their big players ahead of Julen Lopetegui’s first campaign in charge at the Spanish capital.Modric has been touted as one of the possible players that will be able to help fill the void left by Ronaldo this summer with the Spanish news outlet AS reporting that the Croatian playmaker has replaced the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as the club’s highest shirt seller.But Modric’s market value is at an all-time high following his impressive campaign at the World Cup for Croatia that saw him being crowned the Golden Ball winner, despite the national side losing in the final to France.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Due to this, Inter are reportedly interested in bringing Modric over to the Serie A this summer in a bid to compete with Ronaldo and Juventus next season.But if their interest is genuine, then they will have to pay a massive fee.“The only possibility that Modric leaves is by paying 750 million euros,” says Perez of a potential exit, via Marca.Modric has a contract at Real until June 2020 after having renewed it in November 2016.
What: Clark County Green Business Program, a free business assistance and recognition program provided by Clark County’s Department of Environmental Services.Why: The program provides a framework for business leaders to evaluate their company’s environmental performance and assess and identify resource conservation and money-saving opportunities through workshops and networking events with other green businesses.Sign-up information: Clark County Green Business Program.A handful of Clark County businesses will celebrate corporate efforts to think green Thursday, a date more commonly associated with pink and red hearts.However, corporations that love the environment are adored and applauded any time of the year, said Bob Patterson, a sustainability specialist with Clark County’s Environmental Services Department, which will host the county’s first-ever Clark County Green Business Showcase. “It (practicing sustainable business) used to be a good idea,” he said. “Now, it’s more of a requirement.”About 200 people are expected at the 7:30 a.m. event at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Most are employed by the 17 local companies that have earned recognition as a Clark County Green Business for completing a program launched in 2011.The program started with 12 local businesses and grew to include 29 companies in 2012. And the county has already added a dozen more businesses this year that will find ways to reduce company waste and environmental impacts. The process — from the initial search for areas that need improvement, to working out a strategy and implementing a plan — is different for every company that signs up for the free program, Patterson said. “They identify that for themselves,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for them to take a look at the things they can do that they haven’t done before.”
Tlingit and Muckleshoot actress Sovereign Bill poses at a voice-over workshop at KTOO Public Media before the Juneau premiere of the PBS KIDS show “Molly of Denali” Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Photo by Sheli DeLaney/KTOO) The new animated children’s TV show, “Molly of Denali,” is the first national children’s show to feature an Alaska Native lead. Nanibaa’ Frommherz (left) and Izzy Kizer participated in a voice acting workshop led by creators of “Molly of Denali,” organized by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, on Aug. 9, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO) “They would solve problems, like, act like people in real life,” she explained, “and they would talk and stuff, and it would be cool.” Johnson kicked things off with some energizing warm-ups, reaching for the stars on tippy toes, shaking everything out. After the workshop, Johnson offered some short and sweet advice for any kids who want to get involved in the arts: Explore, have fun and be curious. “There were 13 youth today. If one of them gets the tiniest bit of hope that, ‘Maybe I can do this,’ or, ‘I want to do this’ — this is why I do the work that I do,” Edenshaw said. “I thought I would stutter, or lisp, or mumble or something like that,” Kiser said. “And I actually surprised myself that I didn’t do any of that in the entire recording. I thought I did kind of good.” Edenshaw, who is Yup’ik and Iñupiaq, said she’s been watching “Molly of Denali” at home with her kids. It’s a powerful experience, she said, watching as a family. Kizer, who is Tlingit, has some ideas of her own for a kids show set in Southeast Alaska. The main character would be a grizzly bear, Kizer’s favorite, and it would feature other regional animals, like seals and wolves. “Being a 35-year-old woman, and I’m having the same experience as my nine-month-old daughter and my 13-year-old,” she said. “My kids are never going to grow up in a world where they’re not going to be able to see themselves represented.” Twelve-year-old Kizer is happy to see “Molly of Denali” on the air. The show takes place in a fictional village in Interior Alaska. Molly and many of the characters are Athabaskan. Kizer hopes the show will broaden perspectives. It’s the kind of thing “Molly of Denali” might say. Ideas like that are exactly what the workshop’s organizers hoped to hear. Emily Edenshaw is director of business and economic development at Tlingit & Haida, and she helped put together the event. “Not many people really acknowledge our culture,” she said. “They think we live in, like, igloos with polar bears and penguins, but really we don’t.” Some of the show’s creators came to Juneau this month. As part of their visit, they put on a vocal acting workshop to help local kids find their own voices. Joel Price said he didn’t really know what his father had signed him up for. That was Izzy Kizer’s favorite part of the afternoon. Price was one of 13 kids in the workshop on self-expression and voice acting. It was held the day before a community screening of the show in Juneau. Both events were organized by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. KTOO provided the space for the workshop. Those fancy people included the creative producer of “Molly of Denali,” Princess Daazhraii Johnson, and the voice of Molly herself: Sovereign Bill. “Um, just meeting some fancy people,” Price said. When everyone was good and stretched, Johnson and Bill talked about their work and then walked through the basics of vocal acting. The kids got to put it into practice right away, recording some public service announcements, which will air on KTOO. For the record, Price said they weren’t actually very fancy at all, just really nice.
Share Photo via PixabayAfter this month’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School, Texas is at the center of debates about how to prevent gun violence.Some in the medical field say doctors should approach gun violence as a health issue, and even talk to patients about it that way.There’s a growing focus in healthcare on addressing “social determinants of health,” things like poverty and housing problems that can prime people – children in particular – for poor health outcomes.Ken Janda, CEO of the non-profit health insurer Community Health Choice, said talking to patients about gun violence could be like talking to teens about risks from drugs and sex.“How do we make it okay for physicians to be able to talk to parents,” he said, “and sort of say, ‘do you have a gun in your house? Is it locked up? Is it safe? Are your kids able to get at it?’”Some researchers experimenting with patient surveys to predict and prevent risky health factors are using those kinds of questions. Janda acknowledged this could be controversial, but he said it’s aimed at promoting more open discussion about gun violence as a public health problem.
Cruise ships dumping their waste in the sea off Limassol significantly contribute to sea pollution, city mayor, Nicos Nicolaides, said on Friday, adding that tackling the issue remains one of his municipality’s highest priorities.In a meeting with stakeholders, the pollution targets made for the summer of 2018 were discussed, as well as those for 2019.Nicolaides said that dealing with sea pollution involves the successful coordination of various departments and closing ‘gaps’ in the current laws.The mayor of Yermasoyia, the community board of Ayios Trichonas, representatives of the ministry of transport, the commissioner for the environment, the department of marine research and the marine police all took part in the meeting.The mayor said that conditions had improved in 2018 because the relevant departments cooperated successfully and experts in marine pollution monitoring were used.When asked by the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) as to why there would be increased attention to cruise ships and yachts, Nicolaides said “we have strong suspicions that they are significant contributors to the sea pollution” and that they need more “effective supervision”.Last May specific measures were introduced to increase the microbiological control of the sea – a job that was given to the state chemical laboratory in collaboration with the environmental service.The department of merchant shipping began spot checks on ships to determine if they were able to treat sewage before dumping it into the sea.Further, it was decided that a team of observers that included lifeguards and winter swimmers would inform the relevant services immediately if detected any signs of marine pollution.In 2016, the municipality came under fire from the public, who complained about pollution in the Limassol sea.The complaints followed a 2014 report by the auditor-general which shed some light on the reasons why pollution levels were so high.“The responsibility for supervising proper waste disposal by boats is spread across too many services, with no clear indication as to who is in charge. Regular inspections are not carried out and no one was ever punished for violating the law,” the report said.You May LikeMedicareGrannyFloyd Mayweather Won’t Apologize For His Flashy CarMedicareGrannyUndoFood Eat Safe11 Foods That Can Help You Look YoungerFood Eat SafeUndoDailyArmyGuy Goes Nuts When He Can’t Get an Adult Coloring Book For FreeDailyArmyUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoNew equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
16Feb Rep. Reilly: Action Plan is a commitment to our state’s long-term financial health Tags: #SB Categories: Featured news,News,Reilly News State Representative John Reilly of Oakland Township joined fellow lawmakers today at the Capitol to unveil the 2017-2018 House Republican Action Plan, which is the guiding document for the upcoming legislative session.Reilly served on the Policy Development Committee and had a significant role in determining what issues would be outlined in the Action Plan. “I’d like to thank House Speaker Tom Leonard and Chairman Tim Kelly for the courage to address our long-term financial health. Our total unfunded liability is currently $71,051,803,257 and growing. That’s over $7,100 for every man, woman, and child in Michigan,” said Rep. Reilly. “It is immoral to pass such a liability on to our children.”“As vice chair of both the House Committee on Financial Liability Reform and the House Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), I am excited that the Action Plan demonstrates the Legislature’s commitment to improving our state’s long-term financial health,” continued Rep. Reilly. “It also expands upon improving legislative oversight and increasing government transparency of administrative rules.“I’m also very pleased to see that the House Republicans’ top priorities are to make lives better in Michigan for future generations to come and to make it easier for residents to start businesses and grow by removing burdensome regulations.”The Action Plan for reform and responsible leadership during the new legislative session can be accessed at http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/.######
12Jun Rep. Lucido plan offers additional protections for Michigan landlords Categories: Lucido News Tags: Judiciary Committee Legislation also clarifies eviction proceduresState Rep. Peter Lucido has introduced legislation to better protect landlords from tenants who skip out on their water and sewer bills.Lucido, of Shelby Township, said the concept is simple – if tenants use the water, they should pay for it.“Right now, when someone moves out and walks away from their water and sewer bill, it ends up being a lien against the property,” Lucido said. “The landlord must pay the outstanding water bill to turn the water back on for the next tenant. The only way for them to get the money back is to take them to court.”Rather than set up a separate escrow account for water, Lucido said his plan simply allows landlords to increase the security deposit that already exists. House Bill 6126 boosts the maximum amount landlords are allowed to charge for a security deposit from 1½ months’ rent to two months’ rent, plus $100.“Instead of clogging up our court system, landlords will simply be able to take money for any unpaid water and sewer bills out of the security deposit,” Lucido said. “This is a sensible solution that alleviates the burden on the court system and protects landlords. If the tenant pays their water bill, they have nothing to worry about.”Lucido said he has also introduced House Bills 6070 and 6096 to clarify the eviction process and better protect tenants who are evicted.“When the writ of eviction comes out, it shouldn’t fall on a moving company to execute. They’re not trained or deputized by the court in any way, and nothing is in place to hold them accountable,” Lucido said. “My plan would make sure the eviction is executed by trained court officers, bailiffs or sheriff deputies and proper procedures are followed.”The legislation was referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.###
12Feb Rep. Lilly attends annual State of the State address Categories: Lilly News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lilly attended the Governor’s annual State of the State address today during a joint Session of the Michigan Legislature. Joining Rep. Lilly for the address was Hunter Ihrman, a Park Township resident studying political science at George Washington University.“Michigan must capitalize on its momentum to ensure continued success across the state,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the Legislature to ensure Michigan remains the best place to live, work and raise families.”###