RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleClimatologist warns that floods are set to become more frequentNext articleMinister acknowledges more money is needed for Donegal flood response News Highland Homepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 The Army’s been called in to assist with the major clean up operation in Inishowen.Around 250 houses were damaged, while up to 6 bridges and a number of roads were washed away following heavy rainfall on Tuesday night – while more rain is forecast for today.Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe is visiting the county today – he says the defence forces will work alongside Donegal County Council………………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/07kehoe.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Government will also hold an an inter-agency meeting this morning to co-ordinate a national response to the flooding crisis.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he’s shocked at the extensive damage caused.Chief Whip Joe Mc Hugh says he and other ministers who have been in Donegal will bring the concerns of the people they’ve been meeting to that gathering.He says it’s important that the local perspective is centre stage in the national discussions……………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/07jomchu.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Inishowen based Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue says its vital that local people are given all the help they need to get back into their homes.However, he says it’s also important that a fund is set up to help businesses and community groups, many of whom have suffered devastating losses………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/07mcconalog.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford National Inter-Agency meeting to discuss flooding as army heads for Inishowen WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – August 25, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter Facebook
Residents of the Ocean City Housing Authority’s Bayview Manor, pictured, and Pecks Beach Village communities will be receiving $25 holiday gift cards. By MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City Housing Authority awarded a $243,000 contract Tuesday to install a new roof on Bayview Manor as part of a series of improvements to the affordable housing complex for seniors.During the authority’s monthly meeting, which was held by teleconference because of social distancing requirements during the coronavirus outbreak, the board approved the contract for Winchester Roofing Corporation, of Gibbsboro, N.J., for the roofing project. Ron Miller, asset manager-operations at the authority, said six bids were received on Thursday and Winchester was the lowest bidder.“They met all of the requirements and are being recommended for the award,” Miller said. “We will issue a notice to proceed. It is a 90-day project to complete.”Authority Chairman Bob Barr, who is also president of City Council, asked how long it would be before the project begins at Bayview Manor, located at Sixth Street and West Avenue.Jacqueline Jones, the authority’s executive director, explained that it would start “relatively quickly, within the next couple of weeks.”Work is also being done to replace the old electrical panels in the individual apartments. In addition to the roof and the electrical panels, the authority is also replacing fire alarm systems at Bayview Manor. Initially, the installation of a new fire alarm system was scheduled to be done during the upcoming roof work, but needed to be fast-tracked due to false alarms going off, according to the minutes from the August meeting.The estimated cost to replace the fire alarm system is $143,500. Of that amount, $63,450 will be reimbursed to the authority by the city.Construction on Speitel Commons is underway and will be completed in 2021. (Rendering courtesy of Haley Donovan architectural firm)Both Jones and Miller noted that the fire alarm project is on schedule and should be completed by the end of the month.“Significant progress has been made on the alarm system,” Miller said during the meeting. “The fire alarm systems remain active and the contractors expect to finish in the next two weeks.”The authority has also been busy with the project to construct 32 units of affordable housing for seniors in the Speitel Commons complex being built next to Bayview Manor. The project began May 1 and is expected to take about 12 months to complete. Speitel Commons is named in honor of the late Edmond C. Speitel Sr., a housing authority commissioner who helped to oversee the new project from the conceptual phase.Miller said the concrete for the top deck of the project’s parking garage has been completed. The building itself will be built on top of the parking garage.
The impact of COVID-19 might linger long after the pandemic ends as stakeholders in tourism, one of the hardest-hit sectors, brace for a major shift in customer behaviour and preferences after the dust settles. As tourists drop travel plans on the back of social distancing requirements, the government, initially set to develop tourism as the country’s economic powerhouse, had to adjust its expectation with a 30.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) drop in foreign visits as of March, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) notes that tourism will see a gradual return, but that there will be a “new normal” before a vaccine is available on a mass scale.In the post-pandemic new normal, after months under lockdown, public officials and businesspeople predict that hygiene, health and physical distance will be travellers’ new main concerns.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama has pledged to focus on anticipating the new trends in tourism. “For future tourism development, we will focus on principal things to anticipate the trends and the new tourism paradigm, known as ‘the new normal’, where there is higher concern about sanitation and hygiene,” he said in an official statement on Monday.The ministry’s undersecretary for tourism products, Rizki Handayani, said the government was also mulling plans to issue certification as well as standard operating procedures to ensure compliance of tourist destinations and accommodation providers with health and hygiene standards.Rizki also predicted that visitor management for busy destinations, such as world heritage site Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, would be required to maintain a physical distance between tourists.“If they [the tourists] were okay to go to packed and crowded places, not anymore. They will be more aware of the physical and social distancing concept,” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Consequently, tourists might also avoid transit flights to minimize contact and the possibility of transmission, hence direct connectivity to destinations would be preferred in the future, Rizki added.A study by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) confirms the predicted change in preferences. The survey of more than 1,200 Chinese tourists highlights that health and safety had become the main concern for future travels.“The tourists surveyed hope that travel agencies and destinations can do a good job of health and safety protection, take necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of tourists during travel,” the finding reads. Chinese tourists were the largest group of foreign visitors to the country before the pandemic.Meanwhile, the WTTC also suggests that new standards and protocols for safety might be required for tourist facilities.Outlining a new possible protocol, the WTTC said that, in a hotel for example, new protocols may be in the form of check-in involving digital technology, hand sanitizer at frequent points and contactless payment instead of cash.New preference for tourist product As people get used to the new normal, tourists might also prefer to go to quieter places and opt for nature-based tourism and outdoor activities, Indonesia Travel Agent Association (Astindo) spokesperson Madeleine Sophie said.Madeleine, who runs the Era Tour and Travel company, drew the insight from her consumer survey.“Places that offer natural tourism, outdoor activity would be the new preference for tourists in the future. In the past, people would only go to Instagram-worthy places, even if it was crowded, but now guests will avoid crowded places,” she said. The finding contrasted the country’s tourism state before the pandemic, where Tourism Ministry data shows that the majority of foreign tourists visit the country for culture-based tourism products.Madeleine also said that tourism products that could offer a local wisdom experience, sustainable tourism and culinary experiences would be preferred by tourists after the pandemic ends. People were also likely to go on vacation in smaller groups or with their family rather than in big groups, she added.PATA’s survey on Chinese tourists also shows that more than half surveyed choose to relax at the seaside, while the rest would opt for homestay and mountain sightseeing in the future.Meanwhile, tourism expert Muhammad Baiquni from Gadjah Mada University said there would be a surge of emerging small-scale, community-based destinations in the future, as people would cease to go to popular destinations like Bali, the country’s main tourism hub.“There will be more destination diversification,” he said, adding that wellness tourism would also be a new favourite in the future. The government has been promoting new destinations as alternatives to Bali, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, as well as Bangka Belitung Islands.Homesharing platform Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, while laying off nearly 1,900 of its workers on Wednesday, announced that the company would have to evolve its business to meet customers’ new preferences.“People will want options that are closer to home, safer and more affordable. But people will also yearn for something that feels like it’s been taken away from them — human connection,” he wrote in an official note on the company’s website.Topics :