Interpreters To Assist Red Bank Police

first_imgMcConnell said his department contacted the officer who runs the program in that Texas city. Most of the volunteers were at the borough council meeting July 24 when the program was unveiled. Boris Kofman, a native of Belarus whose first language is Russian, said he had heard about the interpreter program through Triggiano. “This was something that we started working on back in January,” said councilwoman and police commissioner Kate Triggiano, who brought the idea to Red Bank. “I believe this might be the first program of its type in the state.” “They would never becalled out to a scene that’snot secured,” said police Lt.Juan Sardo, who oversees theprogram. “We won’t put themin jeopardy in that way. Theywill not be interviewing anysuspects in any crimes.” “So since I have that skill,I felt it’s my responsibility tohelp,” he said. “And he kind of helped us and guided us through how they set it up,” McConnell said. The police department has had a policy to first turn to one of its bilingual officers on duty to aid in translation; police also can use an interpreter service, called language line, via telephone. The volunteers would supplement that in any police-involved situation where authorities cannot communicate in English with members of the public. As with Kofman and Ortega, Red Bank is also Sardo’s second home. Originally from Venezuela, he came to the United States in 1979 when he was 6 years old, unable to speak English. Red Bank, where he grew up, was a different placethen. He remembered therewere a few Puerto Ricanfamilies at the time. That’sall changed, however. RED BANK – The Red Bank Police Department has a group of bilingual borough residents serving as volunteer interpreters to aid authorities when they deal with members of the public who do not speak English. Communicators on patrol, based on a similar program used by police in Houston, is made up of eight volunteers: seven Spanish speakers and one Russian speaker. They had to go through a background check and training and will be available to police on a round-the-clock basis. By Philip Sean Curran Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell said he sees the volunteers also helping with community outreach, like with pedestrian bicycle safety. center_img “And like many of the residents that make up the demographics of Red Bank, I had to adapt to a new culture and language,” he said. Sardo, who joined the police department in 1997, recalled that he used to get calls from fellow officers, on his days off, to interpret for them. Today, the department has five Spanish-speaking officers, Sardo said. The borough said it is looking to grow the program to have volunteers who speak other languages or are fluentin American Sign Language. “I feel the need to helpmy community out,” saidCarla Ortega, a volunteeroriginally from Mexico.“If I’m needed, I feel like Ishould be able to help.” When he was still on the road as a police officer, McConnell took Spanish classes at Brookdale Community College to help him at work. “As the Spanish community grew in Red Bank, it became very difficult for us to communicate, even to get through minor calls like traffic stops and first aid calls and things like that, because we didn’t have many Spanish-speaking officers,” he said. “It was constantly an impediment.” Hispanics or Latinos make up 36.7 percent of the borough’s population of roughly 12,000, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Houston, the city Red Bank modeled its program after, introduced its communicators on patrol program last July, said Jodi Silva, a spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department. In that department, volunteers must provide at least four hours of service per shift, be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and be fluent in English and either Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic or Urdu/Hindi, among other criteria. Mayor Pasquale Menna, born in Italy, shared at the council meeting how he came to America as an immigrant who could not speak English. He said the interpreter program is one that the borough has never had. Police made clear that interpreters would not ride along with officers on patrol duty, interview criminal suspects or be put in harm’s way. “And many municipalities, I’m sure, have never even thought of doing it,” he said.last_img read more

Dwadifo Adanfo ‘Sell-Pay’ Vehicles Arrive

first_imgAn international transportation company headquartered in Accra, Ghana, announced over the weekend that its first consignment of 20 vehicles has arrived in the country.Dwadifo Adanfo, meaning “friends of the common people” in Twi (a Ghanaian language), is a microfinance company that was founded in Accra, Ghana, in 2009. It aims to provide basic products and services that include consumer finance, investment accounts, small and medium enterprise loans, and vehicle financing for quality assurance and consumer security in the formal and informal sectors of Africa.In an exclusive interview with this paper, Country Manager Dehkontee Wymon said over the years she has observed that many of the cars in post-conflict Liberia have not been properly maintained and are in no state to be declared road worthy.Based on that observation and other factors, her company decided to bring in 20 brand new 2013 model sedans and loan them to poverty-stricken, but vehicle-hungry Liberians on the basis of a  ‘sell-pay’ contract.The cars, according to Madam Wymon, are fully air conditioned and very fuel efficient; making them ideal for the African setting.She maintained that in the absence of the initial US$2,500 down payment, applicants are required to bring along a guarantor (backer, bondsman) who is financially stable.Concerning the payment of the US$2,500, Madam Wymon explained that the money would be used to maintain the cars, but within the coverage area of 2,000 miles. Any mileage beyond the stipulated 2,000 would incur additional fees.Once applicants have received their vehicles, they will not be allowed to go beyond the limits of Montserrado, Bomi and Margibi Counties.Madam Wymon said those in possession of the cars are expected to report US$25.00 per day for a period of three years in line with their agreements.“We know some people will be afraid because of the price, and because this type of business is new in the country. In spite of their fears, we are encouraging customers to take the opportunity and own a new car of their very own,” she said.Ms. Wymon said the initiative is aimed at addressing some of the challenges confronting the country’s transport industry.She disclosed that Dwadifo Adanfo would be implementing two of its programs in the country to help support the economic empowerment of its citizens.“Currently, we are working on phase one of the program,”Ms. Wymon explained, “which is the vehicle work and pay exercise, while the second phase would include, but not be limited to, bringing in huge consignments of building materials and furniture for workers.” By that, Wymon said, customers would be given the privileged to take home some of the building materials and furniture to make a monthly payment within the period of one and a half years.Trokon E.R. Hill, executive director of Dwadifo Adanfo, urged Liberians to do business with his company to derive the full benefit from its products for economic self-reliance.Mr. Hill is also encouraging potential business partners to purchase the cars to ease the burden of waiting for commercial transportation.Anyone wishing to do business with Dwadifo Adanfo can visit their offices on the 1st floor of the Urban Financial Central building located on 5th street, Tubman Boulevard or call them on cell numbers 0888329905 or 0886949666.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Firestone Announces New Internship Intake at Duside Hospital

first_imgThe Firestone Liberia Medical Service has accepted five new postgraduate medical doctors for a six-month intensive internship program at the company’s Firestone Medical Center at Duside, a release said on Monday, February 25, 2019.According to the release, the intensive medical training program will aid medical professionals in mastering their surgical skills, with emphasis on obstetric surgical emergencies.Firestone Health Service, which includes a full-service referral hospital with 300 beds at Duside and two regional clinics operated as part of its fully funded community infrastructure, holds a “Level 2 Training Hospital” grading from the Liberian government’s Ministry of Health (MoH).This certification allows Firestone to train health practitioners such as: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, anesthetists, and other health professionals.The new intern doctors at the hospital in Duside, Margibi County, are Robin Vaye in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Jerome C. Johnson and Amos B. S. Darlay in Surgery as well as Charles G. Quealee and Lacrown A. Suburu in Internal Medicine.In addition to accepting postgraduate medical doctors, who have successfully completed their internship and passed the Liberia Medical and Dental Council’s (LMDC) Board qualification exam, the hospital also regularly accepts interns from medical institutions in Liberia, the release said.“At Firestone Liberia, we are committed to the well-being of our communities,” said Don Darden, vice president for Administration at Firestone Liberia.“In addition to providing knowledge through our company’s education system and housing for our workers,” the release added, “we’re proud to offer our workers and their dependents high-quality medical care and top doctors such as the promising new interns that will be part of this training program.”“This program benefits not just Firestone communities, but is also in keeping with the company’s commitment to building expertise and sharing medical knowledge within Liberia,” said Dr. Benedict Wollor, Medical Director at Firestone Liberia. “In the years since I’ve overseen this program, we’ve had more than 50 interns pass through our doors. I am proud to say that many of the interns have gone on to serve in our regional hospitals, bringing much needed medical expertise to communities throughout Liberia.”Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC traces its origins back to 1926 when The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company first established a natural rubber production facility in Liberia. The company operates a 118,000-acre rubber growing and processing facility, employing approximately 7,000 workers who harvest and process natural rubber, said the release.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GPL will become world-class utility company – CEO

first_imgWhile there continues to be widespread criticisms over the quality of services provided by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc., its newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Gordon, has promised to change that view by making the power company more efficient and world-class.Gordon told the media on Wednesday that several bold initiatives will be rolled out soon to ensure that the image of GPL is changed. The CEO said the aim is to make customers satisfied with the quality and service the GPL provides, and ultimately bring some level of improvement to the entire operation of the powerGuyana Power and Light Inc. CEO, Albert Gordoncompany.He explained that several consultants have been evaluating the company’s performance, and at present, the company has not been able to move beyond the 20 percent mark. While admitting that there is a lot of work to be done, he said the plan is to take GPL to about 40 percent and hopefully beyond 50 percent, which would put it neatly in that world class space with other companies across the world.In laying out his vision for GPL, the CEO said GPL would support the sustainable development of Guyana, addressing social, economic and environmental issues in a sustainable manner. Not only does GPL plan to deliver reliable and affordable energy services, but the company will seek to comply with applicable standards and environmental obligations, and develop and operate in a manner that is sustainable.“GPL will be a world class utility service provider, as seen by our success in exceeding the expectations of customers. And (from) what I’ve been seeing in the media, I know the expectations are not so high…there is increased expectations going forward, and we intend to exceed those expectations,” Gordon reaffirmed.Another key area that the new CEO plans to look at is improving the company’s strategic planning. At present, he said, GPL does not have a discreet unit that drives the strategic planning for the utility. However, he said that is essential in order for the company to achieve both long- and short-term goals.He said, “We’ll excel in the management of projects, the management of risks, and in the management of the quality of our operations and our processes. We will continually see improvements in our processes, which will drive performance and will continue to develop skills and capabilities.”Financial sustainabilityAnother major goal of the new CEO is to make GPL more stable, and to drive financial sustainability over the coming years. In order to do this, Gordon said, the power company will assist with the drive to support the use of renewable energy as part of the entire supply of energy to consumers.Government has made known its policy to have 100 per cent demand of local energy to be met by renewables, and the CEO has said he fully supports this initiative. “It is brilliant and necessary. It is a good idea, because we could produce power from renewables and export it,” he explained.According to him, GPL has over 7000 megawatts of hydroelectric potential to export that power. GPL can therefore generate more than the demand. While explaining that Guyana is blessed with resources, he said GPL will support all forms of renewables, whether it be wind, biomass or any other form.“We are fully supportive of development of renewables,” he stated, while explaining that plans are being made to meet with the Public Utilities Commission to discuss his plans to tap into renewables.A similar project that was adopted in Jamaica is being touted, and could be used to push that process.On Wednesday also, Gordon revealed that GPL has already approached Government, seeking assistance in the tune of US$110 million to help to resolve some of the immediate issues facing the company. He said that money will be used to upgrade and reconfigure the supply system to produce better electricity.While explaining that there are a multiplicity of issues facing GPL, which are ultimately responsible for the constant power outages, the new CEO said fixing these issues depends on the investment to make the necessary changes that are required to bring some normalcy to the system.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal driving instructor has come up with a unique method of promoting this year’s Road Safety Christmas Message.Diane Harvey has went the extra mile to help get the message of safety across to drivers.A series of brief video clips has been recorded by members of the local community, emphasising different aspects of road safety.The idea is the brainchild of D’ School of Motoring in Killybegs. There are messages from local bikers, a Garda Sergeant, a road accident survivor, a newly-qualified young driver, a psychologist who deals with young drivers referred by the Courts Service, and a local County Councillor.Since establishing D’s School of Motoring nearly three years ago, Diane Harvey has made road safety her priority. Her objective is simply to save lives and, with her, this is not a short-term campaign; it is a lifetime project, day-in, day-out, at her work, online or socialising.“I was delighted with the response I received when I asked members of the community to get involved”, said proprietor, Diane Harvey. “I firmly believe that communities working together saves lives.She added: “Everyone involved has given their time and effort voluntarily. I am very grateful to each and every one of them, especially Evan Bourke and Kevin McCloskey of Minute Hand Media, who produced the videos. “I would make a special appeal to businesses and others with websites and facebook pages to link to these videos and help spread the road safety message. These are real people, real stories, real lives. And I believe they can make a real difference”, said Diane.Individual clips will be released every couple of days between now and the New Year. And, as well as being available on D’s School of Motoring Road Safety Christmas Campaign facebook page, the messages can be viewed on YouTube. DONEGAL DRIVING INSTRUCTOR’S UNIQUE BID TO SAVE LIVES THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 23rd, 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)last_img read more

Woman (88) appeals for information on Donegal father she never knew

first_imgMary (88) was born in Spennymoor in North East England in 1928 to an English mother, Blanche Thompson (pictured above holding Mary as a baby). Mary’s father was from Donegal however it is thought that he may not have known Blanche had carried their child.BlancheMary’s granddaughter Karen has now launched an appeal on her behalf as she has always wanted to see a photograph of her father, and learn a little bit about her Donegal roots.Although Blanche had a photograph of him, Mary never got to see it. The family have been searching since 2007, but to no avail. They conducted DNA tests which confirmed family stories that she has relations in Donegal and Derry.MaryThey believe that Mary’s father was called Dicky Henderson. From stories passed down to her, Karen believes that Dicky would have been quite tall, with dark curly or wavy hair, and had been a keen pianist.The particular area of Donegal Dicky is from is unknown, however a DNA test done by ’23 and me’  and concluded that they may have relations in the Buncrana/ wider Lough Swilly area, and Derry.Karen has also combed through the 1901 and 1911 census, but there appears to be no possible link. Karen explains; “I think Richard could maybe have been a middle name and he went by his middle name Richard (he was known as Dicky we think), and I know there was a Robert Richard born in Derry in 1888. However I think that this Richard moved to New York. It’s possible that for some reason he just wasn’t included in the census returns.”The DNA test also picked up that Mary suffers from pseudocholinesterase deficiency; a genetic variation in a gene which can cause slightly delayed recovery from certain anaesthetics – something that Karen and her mother also have, however it is unknown if this came from the Donegal side of the family, or the English side.MaryKaren added; “[Dicky] was working for [Mary’s] maternal grandfather at the time who was a builder and owned a building company. It was during this time (while working for him in England) that she was conceived.“We don’t know how long he was in England or how long he stayed there. We don’t know if he knew she existed, however she most likely has relatives still [in Donegal] who might have known this man or he may have living grandchildren.“We are looking for a photo of him to show her. She has never seen a photo of her dad. I have been searching since 2007. I don’t know what else to try, but I don’t want her to pass away without seeing a photo of him if I can stop that happening.”, she concluded. If you have any information that can help us reunite this family and provide Mary with some information on her Donegal roots please don’t hesitate to email or get in touch with us through our Facebook Elaine Mc CalligWoman (88) appeals for information on Donegal father she never knew was last modified: February 27th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dicky hendersondonegalEnglandfamilygenaeologyReunitedlast_img read more


first_imgOur U14 girls won easily at the Bridge on Friday evening when they met Cloughaneely.The score was St. Michaels 3-14 Cloughaneely 2-7.The scorers for the home side was Marie O Reilly 3-0, Grace Trearty 0-9, Eleanor Trearty 0-1, Mollie Roarty 0-1,Fiona Stewart 0-2,Sinead Stewart 0-1. They did us proud so far and they must meet Naomh Conaill,Naomh Mhuire,and Glenswilly away, and Dungloe, at home, so good luck girls in the rest of the competition.It is important that we play a game each week before the U16’s start shortly with games against Naomh Conaill on Thursday 23rd at home and Naomh Mhuire away on 14th July,and Cloughaneely away on thur 21st July,and Gweedore at home on the 28th July.EndsGAA NOTES: ST MICHAEL’S LADIES was last modified: June 20th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: The Brendan Boyce homecoming is underway tonight.The Donegal Olympian broke his personal best in the 50k walk at the London games – finishing 29th…that’s about 30 places higher than he is ranked in the world.Brendan is of course from Milford.But here Paul Deeney captured the noisy reception as he drove through Rathmullan earlier this evening.  DDTV: VIDEO OF BRENDAN BOYCE CAVALCADE IN RATHMULLAN was last modified: August 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF BRENDAN BOYCE CAVALCADE IN RATHMULLANlast_img read more

GAA community stunned by sudden passing of Connie O’Gara

first_imgThere is widespread shock and disbelief in the Donegal GAA community and further afield at the sudden death of Connie O’Gara.Connie, who was in his mid 50s, passed away today suddenly leaving his home parish of Glencolmcille stunned by his departure.A true Gael, Connie played at many levels for Naomh Columba and indeed, was a members of their senior team which won senior medals in 1985 and 1988. He further served the GAA when he refereed after he stopped playing the game and also served on the executive of Naomh Columba.He will be waked at his home in Garaross, Glencolmcille.Removal from his family residence on Thursday morning to St. Columba’s Church, Cashel, Glencolmcille for 11am mass. Burial after in the adjoining cemetery.GAA community stunned by sudden passing of Connie O’Gara was last modified: November 29th, 2016 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:Connie O’GaradeathdonegalGlencolmcillelast_img read more


first_imgA Newmills man has been told by a judge to go away and find documentation to prove a piece of machinery in Garda possession is his.Noel Devine of Kirkneedy applied to Letterkenny District Court to have teleporter returned to him.Mr Devine, 43, claimed the machinery was his but had been with the Gardai since February 2012. He was asked by Judge Paul Kelly if he had any documentation to prove the item was his.He said the machinery had been sold to him by another man as part of a swap deal and that he had the man in court.However, Judge Kelly asked how he knew the other man owned the machinery in the first place.He said there must have been a log book with the machinery but Mr Devine said the teleporter was 25 years old and was never on the road.Judge Kelly said there must be some form of documentation and asked Mr Devine to go and get it and come back to court at a future date in a bid to resolve the matter.JUDGE TELLS NEWMILLS MAN TO PROVE MACHINERY IS HIS was last modified: June 25th, 2013 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:courtNEWMILLSNOEL DEVINEteleporterlast_img read more