Iñupiaq filmmaker selected for Sundance academy

first_imgShare this story: Alaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & CultureIñupiaq filmmaker selected for Sundance academyJanuary 26, 2016 by Lori Townsend, APRN-Anchorage Share:Holly Mititquq Nordlum, originally from Kotzebue, sits for a tattoo along her wrist from Greenlandic artist Maya Sialuk Jacobsen during a live demonstration of traditional tattooing techniques. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)Alaskans may know Iñupiaq artist Holly Nordlum as a graphic designer, jewelry maker and creator of art that provokes conversations about the painful history of organized religion’s impacts on Native people. Born in Kotzebue, Nordlum is a powerhouse of ideas and creative energy.Recently her desire to get a traditional Iñupiaq chin tattoo led her on a journey of searching for tattooists who could teach the ancient, cultural art of tattooing with ink and thread, or skin poking.She worked with other artists and her partner, Greenlandic Inuit Maya Jacobson through a Polar lab program at the Anchorage Museum. They made a short film about their quest. Nordlum decided there was more to tell, so the first-time filmmaker set out to produce a documentary. She tells told the story of how she applied to the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous program and was accepted.NORDLUM: I was super excited obviously. Having the Sundance name behind your film, behind your project, is huge for a film.TOWNSEND: Especially for a first film.NORDLUM: First film. First-time producer. First-time director. First-time writer. Right, I mean that said, I’ve been doing the arts for 20 years, professionally for 10. It’s not like I’m a newbie, but yeah, definitely taking a big chance on me. Very exciting. I get to go to all these Sundance films, but also the events and the receptions, and we’re gonna do a lot of press, and that’s all really exciting. You know, just to make sure I’m promoting as much as I can about the film but also about other Alaska Native artists while I’m there. It’s a big opportunity for us as a group of contemporary artists also.TOWNSEND: Have you worked out the full concept of what the film will be? Tell us about what exactly you’re planning and what the film will try to accomplish.NORDLUM: Well we’ve decided on Tupik. The tattoo program through the museum is called “Tupik Mi: Tattoo People.” Tupik will be the name of the film, and Tupik means tattoo in Iñupiaq. The film itself will be about Maya and I and our struggle through this, but also about peoples’ perceptions of face tattooing. It’ll be interesting to get a pro and con and we’re going to do a little bit with the family. But also, the training program is a big part of this. And really the film isn’t about just tattooing. It’s about being a proud Native person: Proud Aleut. Proud Iñupiaq. Proud Tlingit person. It’s being proud and wearing that proudly. So really that’s what the goal of the program and the film will be: Proud of your history and your family and your culture.TOWNSEND: At one time, Native people of the North, and I’m not sure if it was Iñupiaq or Yup’ik or who, also had ivory plugs.NORDLUM: Yes… So beautiful.TOWNSEND: Has anyone talked about also going back to doing some of that?NORDLUM: Absolutely. I mean, with tattooing there’s a lot too, with the inks and the methods. But then we’ve also talked about that. I mean, I have big dreams of going back to all of that. There is an artist who had plugs put in, but he had them done at a shop. So then looking at that traditionally and how that transpired is very interesting. And we run across that and we kind of keep that material for future ‘cause this isn’t a small project for us. I consider this, I’m lucky enough to make this, part of my life: promoting traditional tattooing and being a proud Native person, working with students, working with adults. I feel like I’m lucky to be able to do this.TOWNSEND: So you leave for Sundance soon. What’s the timeline then? After the big wonderful festival, then the actual work gets started. So what are you looking at for a timeline for when you think the film will actually be ready to be out?NORDLUM: We’ve actually done some filming. We went to New Zealand for an all-indigenous conference. Then when Maya was here for the kickoff program with the museum, we also did filming then. So we’ve already started. Really, I want to come up with a more concrete plan, where to go from here, and make the best quality film I can. We figure that’ll take two years. So I’m hoping Novemberish 2018 we’ll have some kind of product. That’s my end date, my hopeful goal.last_img read more

Ease financial toxicity by putting electronic medical records to work

first_img Please enter a valid email address. So what kind of transparency do my patients really want from me and the health system? Topping the list is transparency about the cost of care I have arranged. Leave this field empty if you’re human: What are other obstacles to easing financial toxicity? “It’s not available.” “It’s not technically possible.” And, of course, “It’s not allowed.” These objections are dubious and deceptive. The electronic health record I use contains extensive crosschecking systems to reduce or eliminate adverse drug reactions that might emerge from the prescriptions I write. It can and should offer at least rudimentary warnings to me and my patients about the cost of the tests I order or the medications I prescribe.We could start locally. Even if my system does not yet generate real bills in advance, it could give Jack, as he took care of his co-pay, a guesstimate that his insurance “might not cover the facility fee of $____” for his visit. If electronic health records would embed drug pricing apps to access the patient information that’s already “all in there,” they could generate relatively accurate estimates of medication costs at the time of prescription.Anything would be an improvement over the surprise bills that health systems like mine send after the fact, part of a coast-to-coast epidemic.My large, successful health care system, alone or with colleagues, could take on the behemoths behind my screen, like pharmacy benefits managers, the duopoly of EHR vendors, and federal agencies, to make even a modest advance in the journey toward financial transparency for patients. But judging by the marketing slide deck that I endured, the country’s leading health care systems are more preoccupied with offering a sliver of faux transparency in popularity scores to entice prospective patients.Meanwhile, clicking away in the digital darkness of my exam room, using my health care system’s electronic health record “as directed,” I epitomize the moral injury of modern medicine as I systematically dispense doses of financial toxicity.We can do better, starting now. As my patients point out, it’s all in there, isn’t it? Remedying this is not a matter of possibility, but of priority.Walter J. O’Donnell, M.D., is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. The views expressed here are those of the author. When I ask my patients a clarifying question about their health, they often shoot me puzzled looks and lean across my desk to point at my computer screen. “You have my information,” they often chastise me. “It’s all in there, isn’t it?”But the primary purpose of today’s electronic health records is financial management, not medical. My patients and I see the system’s financial health maintenance capabilities demonstrated daily. Before being ushered into the exam room, Diane had submitted to an insurance scan. In the exam room, as I ordered a test, the computer reprimanded me that, “This patient’s insurance company requires a diagnosis” in order to ensure payment to our health system. But regarding Diane’s out-of-pocket cost? Cybersilence.These electronic systems are good at prioritizing the fiscal health of a medical practice or hospital, while remaining unconcerned about the need of patients and clinicians to avoid — or at least prepare for — big medical bills.When large hospital systems find their financial health threatened, they are quick to reduce their own risk for financial toxicity by deploying “electronic diagnostics” on certain patients. The CEO of the Mayo Clinic, one of the country’s most prominent hospital systems, recently told his employees of the strategic need to “prioritize the commercial insured patients” in preference to those with Medicaid and Medicare. That’s a transparent priority.Closer to home, my patients and I have seen the same reflex. When our system’s financial health was threatened by large losses in its recently acquired insurance division, our system’s chief financial officer transparently bemoaned the attractiveness of our hospitals and caregivers to our patients on Medicaid as “adverse selection.” Soon thereafter, our insurer was put under the electronic scalpel to trim its Medicaid cohort by 90%, followed by a public rebranding to complete its fiscal recuperation. For the right kind of patient — meaning someone who will pay cash for their treatment — my electronic health record can put out the transparency welcome mat. Before Marcia could book an appointment from her home in the United Kingdom, the finance office asked me to itemize her appointments and procedures. Reviewing the subsequent price list, Marcia and I whittled down the tab. Her final bill, paid in full before she arrived, came within 5% of the original estimate — an impressive case of shared decision-making based on patient-centered transparency.For my regular patients, I do the best that I can to avoid financial toxicity. I confess to them that I am blind and clueless about the cost of care, and warn them that they could risk some financial discomfort. En route to Diane’s $500 inhaler, I had halted my clicking and turned to explain to her, “We do have a lot of your information our system, but it can’t tell me accurately what inhaler is covered by your insurance or what the cost will be. If I call the pharmacy, they won’t or can’t tell me your costs or options. So I am going to start with Symbicort. You can check sites like GoodRx. If the pharmacist tells you that your cost is more than $50, please call my office immediately.” But later that day at the pharmacy, Diane, a line of people waiting behind her, panicked and paid. A medical error? Not exactly. A medical tragedy? Indeed.Twenty years ago, the Institute of Medicine’s report on quality and safety in health care refocused the responsibility for reducing errors from the individual practitioner to the health care system. My requests for systematic responses to financial toxicity — calling the billing office to protest surprise bills like Jack’s, pleading with administrators for a rudimentary glimpse of medication costs — get nods of commiseration but no solutions. Everyone is busy.But it’s not just busyness — it’s business. As Jack said, “If I had known what it was going to cost, I wouldn’t have come in.” Opacity pays the bills. And in the era of high-deductible plans, those bills are very personal. When I walked into the exam room, Jack started waving a bill at me. “You cost me $1,500!” he almost shouted. “Why didn’t you warn me about the price of that visit?”When Jack called a few weeks earlier, I hadn’t been able to tell over the phone if he had pneumonia, the flu, or bronchitis, so I asked Jack, a retired medical colleague of mine, to come in to the office. As our health system’s finance office later explained to me, Jack’s new coverage was a high-deductible plan, and he had never before received a bill. My apologies and explanations were feckless. Jack observed ruefully, “I recovered from the bronchitis, but not from that bill.”I was reminded of this costly experience as I sat through a presentation of the “transparency plan” that my employer, Massachusetts General Hospital, was rolling out at the behest of its parent organization, Partners HealthCare. This marketing campaign involved posting and publicizing patient satisfaction ratings for each physician, following the lead of many of our peer institutions. The transparency slide deck detailed several years of work, attention, and expense midwived by consultants and vendors — clearly a high priority for the system. But for patients? More than a decade of research has demonstrated that they depend surprisingly little on ratings when making decisions about their health care.advertisement Financial toxicity: 1 in 3 cancer patients have to turn to friends or family to pay for care Related: Privacy Policy Adobe Walter J. O’Donnell Related: [email protected] As hospitals go digital, human stories get left behind Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson By Walter J. O’Donnell Sept. 16, 2019 Reprints I am not sure which outcome was worse — Diane poorer but less short of breath, or Ron breathing poorly but less short of cash. The brave ones like Jack come right out and ask, “How could you do this to me?”But is it really my fault? Sure, I was the one who had used our system’s electronic health record (EHR) to arrange Jack’s check-up and click off the prescriptions for Diane and Ron. But I have no way of knowing how much the medical care I provide will cost my patients, and whether I might be inadvertently dispensing financial toxicity. This is due in part to every insurer having a different deal with the hospital and with pharmacy benefit managers, so making the connection between patient and cost is a nontrivial matter.Mired in opacity, I cannot offer them any real transparency.Are my patients expecting too much from me and my system’s electronic health record? There’s no question that EHRs, with their clunky interfaces, have changed the patient-doctor interaction, and not always for the better. But for the past decade, with a few clicks I have been able to show Diane her CT scans and answer her questions about the note her surgeon wrote after her operation. And since my health system recently joined its US News Honor Roll colleagues in using the Epic electronic health record system, Ron has watched me zap his prescriptions with smart-bomb precision to the correct CVS pharmacy several states away, based only on his hazy recollection of the intersection. Diane, a hairdresser, dutifully filled the prescription I wrote for Symbicort, an inhaler used to treat her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. At the next appointment, she mentioned the $500 cost and shrugged, “I figured that was the inhaler you wanted me to have.” In contrast, when Ron, a retired salesman, was told by a pharmacist that I had prescribed a $600 inhaler for his COPD, he exercised his consumer prerogative and walked out, shrugging off his shortness of breath until the next appointment.advertisement First OpinionEase financial toxicity by putting electronic medical records to work About the Author Reprints Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Trending Now: Tags financeHealth ITpatientsphysicianslast_img read more

SEC’s whistleblower payouts top US$900 million

first_imgIn its order, the SEC said the tip led it to investigate a company’s conduct, which in turn prompted the company to self-report “similar improprieties in a different geographical region” because of the U.S. agencies’ investigations.With this latest award, the SEC has paid approximately US$901 million to 163 tipsters since it first paid an award in 2012.“The SEC has awarded more than US$900 million over the life of the program, including almost US$85 million to nine individuals in this month alone, which reflects the vitality and continued success of the SEC’s whistleblower program,” said Emily Pasquinelli, acting chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower.The regulator also noted that the tipster may be eligible for an award from the other agency, given their eligibility for an award in the underlying SEC action. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Businessman Blowing Whistle Isolated on White Background EHStock/iStock Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Whistleblowers,  EnforcementCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Related news James Langton A tip that led to multiple investigations and revealed misconduct in other countries has produced yet another whistleblower award from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), pushing the program past the US$900-million mark in payouts to tipsters.The SEC has awarded a whistleblower more than US$28 million for tipping off the regulator to conduct that touched off an investigation by the SEC and another unnamed federal agency, which ultimately resulted in successful enforcement actions. BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

3 Stations to Weigh Vehicles to be Installed

first_img3 Stations to Weigh Vehicles to be Installed TransportApril 9, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Work will be undertaken this year to construct and install three weigh stations at locations in Kingston, Trelawny and St. Mary under the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Weight Limit Enforcement Programme.A total of $100 million has been allocated to the programme in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure, which is being considered by the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives.The installation of the weigh stations will be supported by Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) technology, some of which will be linked directly to the National Works Agency’s (NWA) Traffic Management Centre.Implemented by the Ministry of Transport and Works in 2007, the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Weight Limit Enforcement Programme is geared towards addressing the problem of damage to roads caused by the overloading of vehicles especially trucks, and improving safety along the island’s roadways.Achievements to date include the completion of tender evaluation and design for one weigh station, while designs for the others have started. Two portable weigh scales will also be procured this fiscal year. Related3 Stations to Weigh Vehicles to be Installed Related3 Stations to Weigh Vehicles to be Installedcenter_img Related3 Stations to Weigh Vehicles to be Installed Advertisementslast_img read more

COVID-19 has changed transportation around world

first_imgCOVID-19 has changed transportation around world University of HawaiʻiThe worldwide impacts of COVID-19 on transportation planning and transport operations are covered in an academic journal’s special issue edited by a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty member. The publication’s 35 articles range in topics from the impact of COVID-19 on airline travel, cruise ship operations and freight transport, to an analysis of short-term changes in behavior and operations, and longer term impacts and changes in the transportation industry.Karl Kim, a professor of urban and regional planning in the College of Social Sciences (CSS), is editor-in-chief of the March 2021 issue of Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Research authors come from the U.S., Asia, Africa, South America and emerging economies.“The pandemic has resulted in decreased travel by ground, air and water transportation modes. These changes have resulted both from fear of getting sick and from restrictions imposed by government,” said Kim. “This special issue is successful in terms of the many articles submitted by researchers and downloaded by readers throughout the world, and in providing a venue for transportation researchers to quickly share and disseminate new research. We need to continue studying the impacts of the pandemic and responses by government and the transportation industry.”Kim is executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center and director of the CSS graduate program in disaster management and humanitarian assistance. He studies transportation, cities and resilience, and has developed and led research and training programs in Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia.This research is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Excellence in Research: Advancing the Research and Creative Work Enterprise (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, america, Asia, cruise ship, director, Government, Humanitarian, Indonesia, Philippines, Professor, research, resilience, South America, Transport, university, University of Hawaii, Vietnamlast_img read more

Certified Sommelier Mike Ward Launches Website to Pair Wine with People

first_imgPinterest Twitter TAGSMike Wardpeople Previous articleDeep Root Irrigation Earns First Place Award for Latest and Greatest Technology at the BlueTech Valley Water SummitNext articleWinners of Annual “UNCORKED” Wine Competition Announced Press Release Share AdvertisementSt. Louis, MO (April 15, 2015) – St. Louis-based Wine Educator, Mike Ward, excitedly announced this morning the launch of his website, Wardonwine.com. Designed to help people find a wine they appreciate, pair that wine with food, and help them enjoy that wine to the fullest, Wardonwine.com was developed with the mission of ‘Pairing wine with people.’ Utilizing the website on a mobile device enables the user to search for a specific wine by grape variety, food pairing, or region, and helps them to locate the wines they love quickly and easily in a restaurant or retail store environment. Whether searching for a favorite wine, or perhaps a new one, the website’s database also provides useful information to enhance the experience, such as a customized tasting note, tips on how to enjoy the wine at its best, as well as the wine’s general price point and rating.The website is equally useful for both wine novices and full-blown oenophiles. According to Ward, “A little education can go a long way in ensuring your ultimate gratification of and appreciation for wine,” hence, the website also refers the user to local wine classes, tastings, and events.Mike began his career in the restaurant industry managing such establishments as Mike Duffy’s Pub and Grill, Remy’s Kitchen and Wine Bar and Cafe Eau and Eau Bistro in the St. Louis Chase Park Plaza. He also served as Director of Purchasing at The St. Louis Adam’s Mark Hotel, and Food and Beverage Director at The River Port Doubletree Hotel. From early on, Mike had a fascination with, and a passion for, all things wine. This fascination and passion led him to his position as Missouri State Wine Educator for Major Brands, Inc., a distributorship in St. Louis.  Ward on Wine was founded in 2014 when Mike made the decision to branch out on his own.Ward is a Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Spirits, Certified Wine Educator, and member of the Society of Wine Educators. He has also successfully completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 2 Intermediate exam, as well as certification at the Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy.On his philosophy of pairing wine with people, Ward said, “There is a wine out there for every person, every occasion, every journey, every place in time – Ward on Wine is designed to help you discover those wines, learn about those wines, and share those wines.”For more information please visit: www.Wardonwine.com, and follow along on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.Advertisement ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Home Industry News Releases Certified Sommelier Mike Ward Launches Website to Pair Wine with PeopleIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessCertified Sommelier Mike Ward Launches Website to Pair Wine with PeopleBy Press Release – April 16, 2015 137 0 Emaillast_img read more

LTE drives record breaking 2015 for new device certifications

first_img A record 540 new mobile devices were certified through the Global Certification Forum (GCF) in 2015, largely driven by a rising demand for LTE-capability.The GCF, which maintains a certification scheme as a benchmark of interoperability for mobile phones and other devices, revealed in its 2015 Mobile Device Trends report that 370 devices (nearly 70 per cent) certified during 2015 incorporated LTE, increasing by 31 per cent from 282 in 2014.369 new LTE devices supported LTE FDD, while 113 supported TD-LTE, and 82 devices were LTE-Advanced.Just one device supported TD-LTE but not LTE-FDD.The report also highlighted how “mobile devices continue to increase in complexity”, with manufacturers developing products to support multiple wireless technologies across multiple bands.“In 2015, several certified devices supported as many as 25 different bands across five bearer technologies,” read the report. “Across all certified devices, the average device supported 10 different bands.”3G technology3G UMTS capability was a big feature in devices supporting LTE FDD, with 82 per cent of the 369 devices certified also incorporating the technology, while more than half of all devices certified (55 per cent) incorporated second-generation GSM, 3G and LTE.136 devices in total supported 3G but not LTE, while there was just a single 3G only device among the 2015 certifications. In total, 456 devices (84.5 per cent) incorporated 3G UMTS.This year’s record breaking figure beat the previous record of 536, set in 2014, with 47 manufacturers around the world submitting devices for GCF certification.“Certification identifies devices that will meet the expectation of end users and helps manufacturers target the global market by ensuring their devices can connect over diverse networks worldwide,” said Lars Nielsen, GCF general manager in a statement. Tags Devices LG sues TCL over LTE patents Related Kavit Majithia LTE overtakes 3G tech in new devices HomeDevicesNews LTE drives record breaking 2015 for new device certificationscenter_img Author Previous ArticleQualcomm apunta hacia el gigabit de velocidad con el nuevo SnapdragonNext ArticleOperators face uphill task to go digital – survey GCF looks to cellular IoT certification AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 FEB 2016 Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more GCFLTElast_img read more

SDLP Omagh councillor Seamus Shields passes away

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SDLP Omagh councillor Seamus Shields passes away Facebookcenter_img Google+ Facebook Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project News By News Highland – August 5, 2012 SDLP Omagh councillor Seamus Shields has died after a long illness, the party’s leader has confirmed.The 65-year-old, who represented the Mid-Tyrone ward, was a retired primary school principal who later qualified in 2007 and practiced as a solicitor.Mr Shields was a councillor for 23 years and also served on the board of the Ambulance Trust NI, NI Library Board, Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) and the Western Education and Library Board for 12 years.West Tyrone MLA Joe Byrne paid tribute to his close personal friend….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/joeb.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Previous articleThree men charged with drug offences in DerryNext articleFamily issue appeal for information about missing 15-year-old boy News Highland LUH still not ready to restore IT systemslast_img read more

Progress on campaign for new roundabout at Lisnennan. Letterkenny

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Progress on campaign for new roundabout at Lisnennan. Letterkenny Pinterest 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews The National Roads Authority has confirmed it will fund the design of a major new roundabout at Lisnennan in Letterkenny, close to the site of the former Unifi plant.The area has been identified as a major bottleneck, and Donegal County Council Chair Ciaran Brogan says this will be a major boost for anyone travelling through Letterkenny.The NRA will fund a detailed design plan and the preparation of the tender documents, all of which is being done in conjunction with Donegal County Council, at a total cost of two million euro.Cllr Brogan says he will continue to press for the proposed Bonagee link route, which this new roundabout will feed into.He says he’s received commitments that the road will be funded……Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cbrogroundabout.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img By admin – September 9, 2015 Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleNine Donegal settlements outlined on new tax defaulters listNext articleHundreds attend vigils in Letterkenny and Donegal Town admin last_img read more

Two landlords convicted for failing to register tenancies

first_imgNews WhatsApp Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two landlords convicted for failing to register tenancies Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleBuncrana councillor claims water meters will emit radiationNext articleDonegal Senator Jimmy Harte hospitalised after being found collapsed in Dublin News Highland Google+center_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp It has been confirmed that two Donegal landlords have been convicted and levied with €10,000 in fines and costs for not registering with the Private Residential Tenancies Board.The PRTB has confirmed that further cases will be brought before the courts throughout 2013 and 2014 for failing to register tenancies.In the first case proceedings were taken by the PRTB against Laurence McGettigan of The Avenue, Kilmacrennan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal for failing to register a tenancy relating to a property at 19a Glenpark, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Rosaleen Keane of the PRTB stated that this tenancy was notified to the PRTB by the Department of Social Protection as a tenancy in respect of which rent supplement had been paid by the State. On review, it appeared that the tenancy had not been registered.As a result, the PRTB sent two notices pursuant to Section 144 of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to Mr. McGettigan calling on him to comply with the legislation but had received no response. The PRTB’s solicitors had then sent two further warning letters prior to the institution of proceedings affording Mr. McGettigan further opportunities to register the tenancy of which he did not avail. Mr. McGettigan was convicted in his absence of an offence contrary to Section 144(3) of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and fined €3,000.  He was also ordered to pay €3,075 in legal costs. The tenancy remained unregistered at the time of the court hearing.In the second case Michael Gorman of Keenaghan, Kilmacrennan, Donegal was convicted of a similar offence in respect of a tenancy relating to a property at 35 Hawthorn Heights, Letterkenny, Donegal. Again Ms. Keane told the Court that this tenancy was referred to the PRTB by the Department of Social Protection as a tenancy in respect of which rent supplement had been paid by the State, and that on a review of the PRTB’s records it appeared not to be registered. Mr. Gorman was also sent two statutory notices and two solicitor’s letters advising him of his obligations and of the consequences of failing to register the tenancy.He had subsequently registered the tenancy but only after the institution of the criminal proceedings before the Court. Mr. Gorman did not attend court and was convicted in his absence. He was fined €2,000 and ordered to pay €3,075 in legal costs.Judge John O’Neill noted that the cost of registering a tenancy was ‘comparatively nominal’ relative to the potential penalties for non-compliance and that both defendants had been afforded every opportunity to comply with the registration requirements of the legislation by the PRTB and its solicitors. Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – November 16, 2013 Pinterest Twitter Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more