IRISH WATER HALTS METER INSTALLATION IN CHURCHILL OVER COUNCIL ISSUE

first_imgIrish Water will not install water meters on the Churchill Group Scheme until such time as it is taken over by Donegal County Council, according to villagers.A water meter.Meter installers had already arrived the Pines Estate at Churchill last week to begin their work and despite no objections being raised they departed soon afterwards.The Tirconail Tribune reports it took place after what is being described as ‘updated information’. Preparations had just got under way to begin the installation of meters when the workmen suddenly packed up and left.This has led to speculation that Irish Water had overstepped their remit with claims they had no legal rights to carry out any works on this scheme.This point has been made vehemently on a number of occasions by Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has contended that the new utility company did not have any legal right to acquire group schemes not in the full possession of Donegal County Council.This latest move also raises very fundamental questions about who has responsibility for upgrading group schemes. Cllr. McGarvey again has claimed that it is the sole responsibility of the Council to find the finances to bring these systems up to EPA standards. In that context he’s also argued that consumers on some group schemes may not see any improvements in the next ten years.It is now claimed that Irish Water’s decision to abandon their plans in Churchill came after intervention by the Council.‘There seemed to be a flurry of activity before the contractors packed up and left without a single meter installed – much to our delight, ’ said one local resident from the scene.Local householders who’d been monitoring the situation at first hand said they were mystified at the swiftness of the departure of the contractors, as they were by their arrival. However we’ve been told that consumers on the scheme had already been informed of the meter installation some time previously.Irish Water had said they were installing water meters in Donegal in line with the information initially provided by Donegal County Council which included Group Water Schemes taken in charge by the Council and ones in the process of being taken in charge. “Churchill is one such scheme in the latter category. As work was commencing in Churchill on Tuesday 10th of March 2015, Donegal County Council advised Irish Water that it should not be metered at this point in time. Irish water have updated our systems accordingly,” said a spokesperson for the water utility company.Cllr. James McDaid said that as recent as two months ago he was informed in wiring by Irish Water that regardless of the status of the supply the metering process would go ahead. He says he was also informed that it was perfectly legal for these schemes to be connected to the system and as such there was no plan to exclude Churchill or any such group scheme not yet taken over by Donegal County Council.It is not now clear what might happen next on the Churchill scheme or on many others of similar nature in Donegal.IRISH WATER HALTS METER INSTALLATION IN CHURCHILL OVER COUNCIL ISSUE was last modified: March 19th, 2015 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:ChurchillDonegal County CouncilIrish Waterlast_img read more

Getting nowhere fast — Raiders issues with speed on defense

first_imgThe Raiders … For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Paul Guenther wasn’t going to run away from the question.The Raiders defensive coordinator understands his last line of defense isn’t going to be running a four by 100-meter relay any time soon. Hence the response Thursday when Guenther was asked if his deep secondary was fast enough to get the job done.“We got what we got,” Guenther said, “so we have to do the best with what we got right now.”last_img

The great bond of union

first_imgThe third edition of Samvad – Hindu-Buddhist initiative for conflict avoidance and environmental consciousness – is being held in Ulaan Bataar, capital of Mongolia – a region and civilisation that gives rise to images of valour, of spirituality and a deep connect with India of the yore. An initiative of PM Modi and realised through the efforts of the New Delhi based Vivekananda International Foundation, over the years Samvad has emerged as one of the principal global Indic civilisational outreach platforms. It will see a convergence of scholars, thinkers, spiritual and religious masters, public intellectuals from across the world. They will gather to deliberate on the need for strengthening the Indic-Dharmic narrative and to discuss how to shape and influence, through the power of civilisational thought, philosophical wisdom and cultural outreach, the emerging neo-world order in which the Indic civilisational framework aspires to play an increasingly decisive role. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn Mongolia, the third edition of Samvad has struck a deep chord. Leaders, both political and religious, see it as a great confluence from which will emerge a refreshed civilisational partnership. Despite the many vicissitudes and challenges, Mongolians see Samvad as taking forward to the next step what PM Modi had initiated here in 2015. The Speaker of the Mongolian Parliament, the Prime Minister of Mongolia, most of the leading Buddhist monks led by the venerable Khamba Lama, head of the Gandan Monastery – the centre of Mongolian Buddhism – a most venerated figure in Mongolia, who is the co-host, are all going to be active participants in this congregation. Also Read – Insider threat managementWhy Mongolia, some have asked. The region which was once central to our Bharat has over the years receded in memory and is only now gravitating back towards centrality once more, especially after 2015 when PM Modi undertook a historic visit to the country and imparted a modern shape to our ancient connect. Iconic Kushak Bakula Rinpoche’s centenary year in 2018 and its fitting observance brought this region, its cultural and strategic importance to centre-stage once more. As I sit here next door to the branch of the Pethub Monastery in Ulaan Bataar, the thoughts of Rinpoche Bakula and his decade long tenure as India’s Ambassador in Mongolia, his great efforts in reinfusing a new vigour and energy to Buddhism in Mongolia come to mind. An unparalleled patriot – Rinpoche Bakula was unequivocal that Ladakh’s future and fate lie with India – he did more than anyone else to firmly re-establish Bharat’s presence in the region. In recent times, PM Modi rekindled that flame through his visit and outreach. But again, why Mongolia, as some have averred, that question is perhaps best answered in the words of another intellectual giant, a polymath and civilisational scholar, the likes of which India has not seen in recent times. Dr Raghuvira continues to be a venerated name in this part of the world. In that difficult era of minimal physical connectivity, his series of outreach to Mongolia, his efforts to preserve Mongolian texts and to reconnect both our countries culturally remains unparalleled in the history of modern scholarship of both the countries. Being an active politician – eighth president of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh – Dr Raghuvira never gave up on his quest for connecting and retracing India’s civilisational footprints. Why Mongolia thus is best answered in his words, “It is surprising to an extraordinary degree when one goes into the interior of Mongolia and finds a herdsman who is interested in the literary theories of Dandin’s Kavyadarsa or wants clarification of some point in Panini’s phonetics…One of the mountains in Mongolia is named Sumeru and another Vaidurya. A lake is named after Durga. Yamantaka, Mahakala, Yama and Kali are worshipped among all the Mongols. Goddess Tara is cherished by men, women and children…Stories of King Bhoja and Vikramaditya are prevalent under the name of Arji Burji, that is the form which has endeared itself to the tongues of the Mongols. Pronounced in our way, it will be Raja Bhoja. The small lyric of Kalidasa, Meghaduta has also found a place of honour in Mongolian literature; similarly, the stories of Panchatantra…” The fundamental vision of Samvad is again perhaps best described in the words of Dr Raghuvira who had penned a piece titled, “We the Pilgrim Beings”, a good seven years before independence in 1947. Referring to countries and civilisations of southeast Asia, far east and Mongolia, he observed, how, “In spite of the difference in the political control of these countries inhabited by diverse people, Indian culture still remains as the great bond of union. Political boundaries have been changing for the last 2000 years, ever since, Indian culture spread to these countries. Different dynasties have ruled over them, sometimes they have been free and sometimes dependent. But Indian culture has come down as one continuous flow…The glory of India lies in the distribution of spiritual gifts…” The rediscovery of that “great bond of union” and to re-state and re-invent it for the present geostrategic, geo-cultural context is then the deeper aim and vision of Samvad. Samvad evolved out of the vision of PM Modi. Over the years, ever since he became PM and has undertaken an extensive and unceasing world outreach at all levels, Modi has spoken of the twenty-first century as being the Asian century. He has defined and articulated a vision of the Asian century in which the civilisational southeast Asian collective, the contours of the Indo-Pacific and the shores and periphery of the Indian Ocean will play a major role. PM Modi has emphasised that in shaping and defining the Asian century, the wisdom and message of Buddha, the eternal and pragmatic truths of the Vedas and the roots of Dharmic thought will play a crucial role. India, being the land of Buddha’s birth, being the land in which the Master propounded his philosophy, being the centre from which radiated his wisdom the world over for centuries, has a special role and responsibility to generate a synergy and make an united effort towards realising the hope and dream of an Asian century. India’s civilisational wisdom of environmental consciousness, its thought on governance and statecraft, its well-evolved and recorded positions on moralities and values in the polity and in human dealings are pointers which can help evolve a credible and enduring narrative of the Asian century. India has the capacity to blend the soft and the hard power, she has the ability to evolve a smart power matrix as well. PM Modi has clearly seen and felt the need of re-stating these on the world stage, of giving these a modern context and idiom and of the need for India to retrace her civilisational footstep in the region. India’s footsteps and outreach continue to be looked upon as a benign touch, a touch that aspires to partner, to celebrate local diversities and uniqueness, that strives to strengthen bonds of partnership and camaraderie. A sense of hegemony, an imposed uniformity, a rough and violent approach is entirely absent in India’s outreach. PM Modi had commissioned a grand Buddha murti as well as the construction of the Battsagaan Grand Assembly Hall in the Gandan Monastery, both of which will be consecrated in the morning of September 6. In his vision, these new infusions will stand as symbols of a new beginning. The golden Buddha murti, designed by the legendary sculptor Ram Sutaar, has been installed in the Grand Assembly Hall overlooking the mesmerising Bogd Khan mountain range that encircles Ulaan Bataar. It has a magical look, Buddha’s look of Karuna – compassion is piercing as well as engulfing. “This is a statue, a look, which the people of Mongolia have not seen in ages, it has generated a wave among the people here…”, an elderly monk whispered, when I stood to gaze at it. Samvad aims to kindle such emotions in its quest to realise the Asian Century. (The author is Director, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more