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The Homecoming

first_imgOnyx slept in his seat for over four hours. He was not particularly comfortable, but the flight’s monotony coupled with the nasal drone of the stewardesses’ voices was more than enough to aid his slumber. He dreamt of nothing at all; waking up to the cold sterility of economy class. He looked at the lights up and down the aisles of the plane’s cabin and wondered who in the world got paid to design them. Did these faceless designers think depressing lighting would stir feelings of brand loyalty within the airline’s frequent flyers?The clean lines and basic shapes in the cabin seemed like an insult to everything organic. This minimalist approach to decoration would have undoubtedly been considered ‘intelligent design’ by some of the elitist who polluted first class with their fancy fragrances, predictable politics, and obvious self-obsession. As far as the “one-percenters” were concerned, anything you paid a lot of money for was “intelligent”; especially when ordinary people couldn’t get access to it. In Onyx’s opinion, modern design’s purpose was to show off.   As someone who considered himself to be artistically inclined and an opponent of order, design did not appeal to him in the least. Design had function, form and purpose; whereas art was open to interpretation. It helped breed a sense of spontaneity in any who saw, witnessed, or experienced it. Art gave spontaneity a “voice,” and spontaneity was creativity’s very blood.Spontaneity was the reason he was given the funny (and pompous sounding) name of Onyx. For some unexplained reason, his parents thought naming him after a semi-precious stone was a good idea. Spontaneity was the reason he had a foot tall afro in his thirties. He could have stopped when his hair had reached six inches, but decided only to cut it when it hindered his movement. Spontaneity was probably why he disliked mathematics and numbers in general. Figures had a way of making everything…finite. There was even a mathematical symbol for infinity. Why try to make something that is supposed to be endless and represent the mystery of the unknown tangible? He could not understand some people’s need to control everything. His impulsive (some would say unfocused) nature made being inside the fixed space of the airplane like being inside a cage. Onyx hated knowing where everything was. It was his tendency towards spontaneity that made him wake up yesterday— without so much as a call to his family—and board a plane to the almost mystical country that made up fifty percent of who he was. He knew his daughter and ex-wife would be seated at the head of their metaphorical table of judgment to feast on hearty helpings of his “irresponsibility.” He would worry about that later. He had followed his heart, and would only apologize for the sake of their feelings.    Onyx Togbah was born 1979, in the West African nation of Liberia. This was the year before President William R. Tolbert was assassinated in coup d’état that changed the course of that nation’s history. He came into existence as a man perpetually caught between two worlds. He was the son of a proud farmer of the Kpelleh tribe who hailed from Liberia’s Gbong County, and a liberal mother of pure Irish-American stock from Boston who worked for the Peace Corps. He was undeniably Western in his mannerisms and thoughts, but the fullness of his features and density of his hair told Africa’s story. He carried an American passport with hands that were bronzed by his Liberian heritage. He often described himself as being “Afro with some Euro, but one-hundred percent soul.”At the age of 35, Onyx was returning to his father’s homeland for the first time in 21 years. After two failed marriages, a string of unfulfilling jobs, and trying to raise Yamma, his precocious 12-year-old daughter, he needed to plant his feet on Liberia’s soil once again. He took his first trip to Liberia after the coup when he was just 14. His mother, Janie Reardon, wanted him to spend the summer of 1993 with his father Richard. After his freshman year in high school, he left the dull concrete expanse of Columbus, Ohio, and set out on an adventure that would knock the ignorance out of his gullible little head.He arrived to a moving welcome from his paternal family that made him feel like a little light-skinned prince. For his first two days in Liberia he was surrounded by the other Togbahs who praised his “fine and curly” afro and hazel eyes. Getting caught up in the moment, he was dumb enough to feel entitled to their admiration.Onyx was a typical spoiled American kid until one fateful day—exactly two after his arrival —when his Dad drove him to the family farm at Gbartala, looked him in the eyes and said, “People who work are people who eat.”Being a typical emotional American teenager, Onyx cursed, threw a tantrum, and threatened to leave while flailing his arms about and shouting at the top of his lungs. Richard Togbah, being a typical African man, smiled at his “Fanta-colored” son and went about the business of clearing grass until Onyx was exhausted from his outburst. Onyx cried like a child half his age after that. He was overcome with shame from his playing the role of the “ugly American.” He made a transformation from the Ohio boy who only left his pampered suburban existence to buy things he did not need at the mall, to the young man who learned how to farm cassava. What other choice did he have that summer?Onyx remembered his father as a man of unspeakable integrity and uncommon discipline. He was six-foot-three with shoulders as wide and majestic an eagle’s wingspan and a body hardened by years of honest work. He had skin the color of roasted coffee beans, and blindingly white teeth that caught the light whenever he laughed. And oh, how often he laughed! His silly American son gave him more than enough reason to. Onyx’s first attempts at using a cutlass and trying to carry a bucket of water on his head were every comedian’s dream. His father laughed at him, but never left his side until he learned. Onyx could not get over how a man who looked so much like himself could be so different. His memories of Richard Togbah always conjured up a man who never raised his voice or hands to anyone. Those three months of farming with his dad over two decades ago destroyed most of the Western pretentiousness and stupid ego inside of Onyx. He went to Liberia a boy and returned to America ready to embrace the responsibilities of manhood.When he returned to the U.S., his mother was pleasantly surprised. Janie Reardon’s former “couch-potato” son no longer had to be told to do his chores. He started wearing the ‘country-cloth’ shirts his father had made for him on a daily basis. He raised his head high with a new sense of awareness whenever he was around his friends. All he had to do was close his eyes and remember his father’s words, “I am honored to be your father; we are privileged to share blood.” The smooth cadence of Richard Togbah’s Liberian patois combined with his gregariousness and honesty won his son over. Richard made Onyx feel a little less cynical about humanity and a lot less self-conscious about being the only face of color back in his Ohio classrooms. The sense of peace he developed from farming side by side with his father confirmed to him that he was undoubtedly a child of Africa. He could still hear his father’s voice calling to him, pronouncing his name the way only a Liberian man could, “Oh-nees! Oh-nees! I say! Oh-nees! You boy make haste ya! We have plenty work to do oh! Oh-nees…”“….Oh-nees! Oh-nees… Mr. Tok-bar! Mr. Tok-bar!” He was startled out of his daydream by the obnoxious high-pitched twang the stewardess used to butcher his surname; his father’s name. She said it with the willful carelessness of people from America’s most annoying state. In a matter of seconds, his mind was transported from the time he was a teenage boy running to Richard Togbah’s side, back to the reality of being the tall grizzled man with too much hair for his age. He looked around and realized that the plane had landed and he was the only passenger still on it.Behind her empty smile and almost impenetrable layer of makeup, the obviously Texan stewardess gave him a look that asked “Why are you still here?” Ignoring her, Onyx stood all 6-foot-3 inches of himself— a pale clone of his father— up from his seat and moved his single carry-on bag from the overhead compartment. He exited the plane with speed, allowing the clean humid air surrounding the Roberts International Airport to enter his lungs with almost violent force. He felt like he had received a shot of adrenaline directly into his bloodstream. He knew he was being enveloped in the magic of Liberia.He entered customs and was pleasantly surprised by how easy things were. He had been told by friends and family who had traveled to Liberia recently to expect a rigorous inspection performed by merciless bureaucrats. Instead, he got warm smiles and even a pat on the back when they saw the name Togbah on his passport. The customs officers teased him about being a “frustrated white-man” and laughed because they said he spoke “se-rees”; but there was no malice in their words. This was Liberia, if you couldn’t stand a “hard joke” then it was better for you to turn around and get right back on the plane you came with. Laughter had sustained Liberians in their darkest years, who was any foreigner to tell them they needed to be politically correct?          Besides, he was fully aware he needed thick skin, good humor and a clear head for the task at hand. He had a mission. He was going to find out why he had not heard from Richard Togbah over the past 15 years. He was ready to do whatever it took in a country that had been through so much since he was a child.  Onyx Togbah was going to find his father.…To be continued    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Berbice Bridge proposal for Cabinet discussion Tuesday

first_imgGiven the recent announcement made by the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) of a proposed increase in tolls, the Government, through its Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, has strongly opposed an increase, but due consideration may be given to this matter at Cabinet on Tuesday.The Berbice Bridge Company Inc is facing bankruptcyNevertheless, Patterson made it clear that Government was already subsidising the Bridge and giving more financial support to it might be a major task.He added that the coalition Government had an obligation to the people of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) to ensure that there were no increases.“We have a commitment to the people of Berbice. The Berbice Act that was passed stopped any other means of transporting cars across the Berbice River. So, therefore, obviously it is the Bridge, and obviously, we can’t leave persons stranded. And we have to do whatever we have to, to ensure that it is sustainable.”That, therefore, leaves the Government with no option but to subsidise the Company. Despite rejecting the proposed 300 per cent increase in tolls, the Government said that it would continue to work with the BBCI in ensuring that the Bridge was sufficiently maintained and safe for vehicular and marine use.“It‘s something that will come up for discussion at Cabinet. So, it’s not about an election promise, but our concern for the Guyanese people, because no-one can pay that level of toll that has been proposed,” he said, stating that there must be provisions for other matters other than paying investors.Based on the announcement made by the BBCI with regard to the proposed increase in tolls, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has announced his disagreement with the proposal, but has since encouraged the coalition Government to buy more equity in the Company.Jagdeo reasoned that Berbicians could not afford the steep increases that the Company has proposed at this time. He said this was mainly so because the BBCI was contractually obligated to maintain the Bridge. Instead, he thinks that Government could buy out other shareholders, so the Bridge becomes publicly-owned.“Secondly, subsidise the increase that should take place in the toll, so they give an injection into the Company so the rate remains flat.” This formula, according to Jagdeo, would entail taking over the debt of the Bridge and securing greater equity in return.But Patterson said while this was not something Government was totally against, it has caused some delays in the past. He recalled that when the Government approached a shareholder (Demerara Distillers Limited) to buy its shares, it took some time before a decision was made as to whether they should sell.“It took a year before the shareholder voted and gave us permission to buy the shares. I think one of the problems at that time is that DDL bought shares at $40 million and they sold it for $45 million. The 24 per cent persons didn’t want to have a precedent yet, whereby they make a minor profit on it,” he added.The Minister explained that Government was made an offer by another shareholder who was interested in selling his shares, but under the condition that he got all the profits he would have been entitled to for the entire period of over 20 years. Patterson said the proposal was not feasible and, therefore, Government could not give it due consideration, as it would have cost an exceptional amount.The Company’s Chairman, Dr Surendra Persaud revealed that it was now facing bankruptcy following Government’s decision to reduce the toll and subsequent refusal to allow for an increase as per the initial agreement when the Company was formed.Persaud is also Chairman of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), which holds a significant amount of shares in the Company. According to him, they have had several engagements with Patterson. Following a previous engagement, Patterson had informed them that a maintenance proposal would be taken to Cabinet.According to the Chairman, they were subsequently informed that it was not approved. In fact, the Company applied for a toll adjustment on three occasions: twice in 2015 and once in 2016, to no avail. It has since made another such application, dated July 9, 2018. In that application, the Company had requested that the toll increases take effect by August 1.The new tolls proposed by the BBCI will see cars and minibuses paying $8040 to cross the Bridge; pickups, small trucks and four-wheeled drive vehicles $14,600; medium trucks $27,720; large trucks $49,600; articulated trucks $116,800; and boats $401,040.last_img read more

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NWA Wrestling and Jann Arden Coming to the EnCana Events Centre

first_imgGet ready for some of the biggest acts around to be at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek.  NWA wrestling takes over the EnCana Events centre Friday night.  Get your tickets now and then on December 13th Jann Arden comes to Dawson Creek.  This would be a great staff Christmas gift.For more info on all the upcoming events visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.  For tickets call 1-877-339-TIXX or www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com.   – Advertisement –last_img

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Public encouraged to attend upcoming Chamber of Commerce luncheon

first_img“His name is Scott Bone [and] he is the local rep for TransCanada,” executive director of the chamber, Lilia Hansen describes one of three confirmed speakers. “They had postponed coming earlier because they were waiting for some big announcements, so I don’t know if we’re going to be favoured by the big announcement or not.”Regardless of the announcement being favourable or not, Hansen does know it’s in the best interest of local business owners to attend.“If we can get our businesses to this luncheon, they can have time, either before the meeting or after the meeting, to have a face-to-face without having to try and track these same people down at their office and get an appointment with them.”- Advertisement -The luncheon will take place on Tuesday January 27, 2015, running 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The cost to attend is $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members.You can reserve your seat by directly contacting the chamber at 250 785 6037, emailing info@fsjchamber.com, or faxing 250 785 6050.Advertisement Payment options include Visa, MasterCard, cash or cheque.last_img read more

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Teams compete to help local YMCA meet fundraising goal

first_img “It’s been so amazing to talk to them and realize that, despite my son’s special needs, many of the things he does are typical of other boys his age,” he said. His son is 9 now, and thriving. “To look at him, you would have no idea that he’s had any difficulties,” he said. “From when he started with the YMCA to where he is right now, I see a world of difference. I truly think our experience with the Y has enabled him to live a much happier childhood.” For information on the fundraising campaign, call Jane Kim, operations executive director for the Y, at (661) 253-3593.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Stephen Tako got some help from the Santa Clarita Valley YMCA when he needed it, and now he’s ready to give back. Tako is greasing the wheel of the local YMCA’s annual Community Support Campaign with a $500 donation and hoping to inspire others to contribute. The organization’s goal this year is $75,000 and Tako and a small group of friends from his son’s Y-Guides tribe, the Miwoks, have a friendly competition going to help raise the money. They will face about 35 other teams participating in the drive. Tako will tell his story Thursday at the kickoff banquet for the drive – the event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Four years ago, Tako sought help from the Y. He wanted to join a program that would benefit his young son, who had some special needs, but couldn’t afford the fees. “When I found out what the costs were, I thought there would be no way we could join,” he said. “My son was born with some special needs, and taking care of him had pretty much strapped us financially.” He learned, however, that the YMCA has funds set aside to help families like his and that the Takos qualified for assistance. Now the family’s in better financial shape and he wants to give back. “It was so exciting. My son and I had never gone camping before,” Tako said. “We home- school him, so his social outlets are a bit limited. The YMCA provided a great opportunity to introduce our son to a lot of nice kids. And it’s therapy for me, as well.” Tako has also received support from other fathers. last_img read more

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‘We don’t need Harry Kane…we have Benzema’ – Former Real Madrid star’s bold claim

first_img 3 Morientes played for Real Madrid between Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Harry Kane is one of the most deadly strikers in world football targets Real Madrid do not need to buy Harry Kane because they already have Karim Benzema.That’s according to former Madridista Fernando Morientes, who wants the club to find a more direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. With Real allowing the Portuguese susperstar to join Juventus, there is a spot on the left-hand side of attack for a clinical and sklilful forward.However, according to Morientes, Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane does not fit that mould.“Normally, in Real Madrid, all the Galacticos can arrive to the Bernabeu,” he told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams.“But now it’s very difficult because Cristiano Ronaldo go out [Karim] Benzema stays up front as a number nine.“And if Harry Kane comes to Madrid, maybe he’s not the same as Cristiano Ronaldo – we need something special.” 3 “And if Harry Kane came, two number nines in one big team is very difficult.”In recent years, Real have tended to opt for glamour signings instead of for the benefit of the squad. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 RANKED Latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com Kane, who is still leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot, has transformed himself from Millwall loanee to England captain in the space of six years.However, while former Real striker Morientes admitted the 25-year-old was a prodigious talent, he stressed the importance of adding balance to their side.“All the people say that the more important player now for Real Madrid is maybe Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe if Benzema does what people thinks and stay for one more year.“We need another type of player, not a striker, because we have Benzema. LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Kylian Mbappe is preparing for a World Cup Final at just 19-years-old moving on REVEALED getty Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January In 2003, Zinedine Zidane famously protested against the deal which saw Claude Makelele depart the club and David Beckham arrive in Madrid.He said: “Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?”last_img read more

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PSV vs Tottenham: Live talkSPORT commentary, kick-off time and confirmed teams

first_img BEST OF ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Spurs struggled against Barca without four key men – with Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele all injured REVEALED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Mauricio Pochettino’s side were given a lesson by Lionel Messi last time out, as the Spanish champions hit four at Wembley.PSV are also without a point and went down 2-1 to Inter in their last Champions League outing.What time is kick-off?This Champions League group stage clash is set for Wednesday, October 24.Kick-off is at 5.55pm.These sides met in the 2008 Europa League, where Spurs eventually lost on penalties to PSV in the quarter final.How can I listen on talkSPORT?Tune into talkSPORT2 from 5.30pm for live coverage of this Group B clash.You can find our sister station on DAB Radio, through our mobile apps or by using the web player. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Tottenham look to get their Champions League campaign started with a clash against PSV.It’s must-win time now for Spurs after they’ve gone down to two defeats in their opening games against Inter Milan and Barcelona. MONEY 1 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move FOOTBALL LATEST Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Confirmed TeamsPSV: Zoet, Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino, Rosario, Hendrix, Pereiro, Malen, De Jong, LozanoTottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Lucas, Son, Kanelast_img read more

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USC, UT should top BCS

first_img That leaves USC, Texas, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Texas Tech and UCLA undefeated. The Trojans’ wild 34-31 victory at Notre Dame put USC’s guts and moxie on display. Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart went for the win and got it by sneaking into the end zone with seconds to spare. Texas’ easy 42-17 victory over Colorado probably had some poll voters rethinking their first-place votes this week, but BCS analyst Jerry Palm expects USC to be in first and Texas to be a solid second in the BCS standings. Virginia Tech, idle on Saturday, is looking at third place at best in the BCS standings, Palm projected. Georgia should benefit from the losses by Florida State and Penn State and Alabama’s 13-10 squeaker at Mississippi. UCLA and Texas Tech are on the rise and have the opportunity to make the big leap into the thick of the national title race. The Red Raiders (6-0) get their shot Saturday against Texas in Austin. The Bruins (6-0) play USC on Dec. 3. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Let the complaining begin. The season’s first Bowl Championship Series standings come out today, and it looks like Southern California and Texas will be on top. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week With seven weeks left in the regular season, there’s more than enough time for these things to sort themselves out. Or become impossibly muddled. If a wild Saturday of college football taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. For those who need a reminder, the BCS’s formula is the same as last season, but with a new component. Teams are graded on how they fare in the USA Today coaches’ poll, the new Harris Interactive poll which replaces the AP Top 25 and a compilation of six computer rankings. Each component counts for one-third of a team’s grade. To project what the BCS numbers crunchers will churn out today, first we have to sort through a memorable weekend of great games that started with nine perfect teams and ended with seven. Penn State and Florida State both fell for the first time, with the Nittany Lions losing 27-25 on the last play of the game at Michigan on Chad Henne’s touchdown pass. The Seminoles were upset 26-21 at Virginia, 10 years after the Cavaliers handed Florida State its first Atlantic Coast Conference loss. center_img And here’s the really bad news for fans of Virginia Tech, Georgia and Alabama: Unless the Trojans or Longhorns stumble on their way to the Rose Bowl, everybody else is probably fighting for third. Maybe Frank Beamer, Mark Richt and Mike Shula should give Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville a call to find out how to handle being the BCS’s odd team out. last_img read more

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EAFB launches podcasting service

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Edwards became the first U.S. military base to offer news updates through podcasting when it launched on the public Web site last week. Podcasting, a method of publishing audio broadcasts via the Internet, allows users to subscribe to a feed of MP3 files. These feeds deliver audio broadcasts to a computer desktop, and people can listen to them on their computer or load them on to a portable MP3 player. Second Lt. Brad Kimberly, 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs chief of community relations, said he came up with the idea to offer podcasts while he was downloading a commentary podcast of a TV show he enjoys. He said he thought it would be a good idea to utilize the same technology to bring Edwards newscasts to a wider audience. “First, we are going to offer our newscasts on a weekly basis via the podcast,” Kimberly said. “In the future, we plan to offer video podcasts and also podcasts for special events like the Edwards open house and air show.” Capt. Catie Hague, 95th ABW Public Affairs chief, said she was excited to bring Edwards’ story to a new, technologically-minded audience. “We are using new media to reach an unprecedented audience, with an emphasis on our younger listeners and viewers,” Hague said. “Podcasting is just one more way for Edwards to share its unique, flight test mission with the American people.” To take advantage of podcasts, people must first obtain an application that can manage podcast subscriptions. Some of the more widely available podcast application software can be found by going to the Web site www.edwards.af.mil/news/ and clicking on the “podcasts” button. A list of software is located on the bottom right-hand-side of this page. To subscribe to the Edwards newscasts, users must type the Web site URL www.edwards.af.mil/archive/podcasts/podcast.xml into the podcasting software. The software will automatically check the podcast for updates and download any new content.last_img read more

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Voluntary group of 4×4 drivers offer a helping hand during adverse weather

first_imgA group of 4×4 owners across Ireland has come together to establish a voluntary group that lends a helping hand to people who may need assistance getting from A to B during extreme weather events.4×4 Response Ireland was formed in August 2017 when a group of Irish off-roading enthusiasts noted the need for a voluntary 4×4 response team.One of the founding members of the group explained to Donegal Daily how the group came about. “From 4×4 Response Ireland’s sister Facebook page, 4X4 off road Ireland, we noticed the need for a voluntary, community based 4×4 response team.“We noticed there are 4×4 Response units in other areas, such as in Northern Ireland, England, and Germany.“With this in mind, we thought it would be interesting to see if the voluntary group would gather a bit of momentum and it grew exponentially. We decided to take it one step further and invested a lot of our own money and time into putting together a website for the group.“We have drivers of all levels that volunteer with us, in Donegal, Dublin, Wicklow, Cork – all across Ireland,” the spokesperson says. The key aim of the team is to provide all-terrain logistics support to the emergency services and locals in need, particularly during adverse weather conditions.The volunteers are there to assist in non-emergency, non-life threatening situations; such as when nurses must do house-calls in rural areas but are unable to access their patient’s house due to snow, transporting rescue personnel and their equipment across rough terrain, evacuating vulnerable people from areas at risk from flooding, or even to check in on elderly members of the community when road conditions are challenging.“A 4×4 can get through tough terrain that other vehicles might struggle with,” they explained.“We’re in no way, shape, or form an emergency service, we’re just there to lend a helping hand whenever someone needs help.“That could be if someone needs a lift during adverse weather conditions, to deliver urgent medication, or if farmers need help bringing animals in; situations where 4x4s are the only job for it. “I’ve taken two nurses to work in nursing homes, and down in Wicklow drivers from the group help out with a Meals on Wheels run, it’s these types of things we help out with, the things that the emergency services can’t do or don’t have time to do. That’s where we come in, if we can be of help to anyone we’re more than happy.”During the floods in late August 2017 that devastated Inishowen, Garda Representative Association representative for Donegal Brendan O’Connor told Independent.ie that Donegal Gardaí do not have any access to 4×4 vehicles, instead relying on base-spec family cars.“The police in Delhi [India] face the same problems as the gardaí in Bunbeg,” O’Connor told journalist Niall O’Connor.The scars left from last night’s storm in Donegal. It’s a lesson to us all to pay more attention to the meterorigical weather warnings! pic.twitter.com/2wYTP3myPo— 4x4Response-IRL (@4x4ResponseIrl) August 23, 2017After the floods, it was clearer than ever that there was a serious need for a voluntary fleet of 4×4 drivers at hand to assist people, and the emergency services, during extreme weather events. “That comment from O’Connor really stood to us, it really became a necessity for someone to be there to help.”The group has over 750 members, with over 100 drivers offering their time, and vehicle, to people when in need.When a driver signs up to volunteer, their application is vetted before they undergo training with local offroading instructers.“For example, I’m an intermediate driver, so a professional driver could take jeeps to places I couldn’t. It’s important that the drivers are comfortable and able to help, otherwise they are a hindrance,” the spokesperson added.The group are expecting to respond to calls over the coming days due to Storm Emma’s arrival.To learn more about the group, you can visit their website by following this link:http://www.4x4response-irl.comYou can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.Voluntary group of 4×4 drivers offer a helping hand during adverse weather was last modified: March 3rd, 2018 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:4x44x4 response irelanddonegalstorm emmalast_img read more

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