first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Rescue Team has come through an assessment giving them a license to respond to emergency calls across the region for the next three years until 2017. The team face various rescue scenarios.The team and their governing body insist on operating the highest standard during response calls to people caught in dangerous situations across the county.Two assessors put your local mountain rescue team through the paces from 8.30pm until after midnight on Friday night( Admin capability approval) and then again from 10.00am this morning til 1.30pm today ( Mountain Rescue capabilities approval). The assessment scenario was based on a “call-out” from a solo hill walker that sustained a suspected lower leg fracture while walking in the eastern region of the Bluestack mountains.The Incident Control Unit was deployed to, and based at, the car park between Lough Mourne and Biddy’s of Barnes pub.A hasty team was deployed to locate the casualty, followed by two self contained ( ie, fully equipped) Search & Rescue Units.Donegal Mountain RescueThe casualty was located on steep ground and treated by a Team medic while the rest of us set up belay systems to ensure a safe and fast extraction to the road side. At the following debrief, the two independent Assessors told the team what they seen and thought of them, as your local mountain rescue team.And the great news is that the team passed with flying colours. Your local mountain rescue team are validated for another 3 years with the next assessment scheduled for 2017.The second Assessor said “be proud to be a member of Donegal MRT” and he would be proud to a part of us.The best news of all is that Donegal MRT are now invited to join one assessor’s Team for winter training in Scotland and we are in the planning stages of partaking in a multi team exercise based on the mountainous and extreme regions of Connaught.Please remember, all members of Donegal MRT are volunteers. While we give up our free time voluntarily, we can not survive without your contributions on street collection days. DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO OPERATE FOR NEXT THREE YEARS was last modified: May 18th, 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)Tags:assessmentdonegalDonegal Mountain Rescuelast_img read more

A superfast internet cable is going to be built under the Pacific

first_imgThe FASTER cable will connect the US west coast with two locations in Japan. Source: NECSIX MAJOR COMPANIES, including Google, are joining forces to build a superfast internet cable under the Pacific Ocean.The Trans-Pacific cable, which will be called FASTER, will connect the US to two landing locations in Japan and is expected to cost $300 million (€224 million).The cable will deliver speeds of up to 60Tb/s, and will connect Chikura and Shima in Japan to the west coast of the US. It’s expected that the cable will be extended to major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle as well as beyond Japan and other Asian locations.The construction of the cable will begin immediately and is expected to be completed and ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016.The six companies involved include Google, which is working with a number of Asian telecom companies like China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KKDI and SingTel.Google already offer its own fibre broadband service in the US called Google Fibre, which delivers speeds of up to 1,000 Mb/s.Read: Worried your online accounts are under threat? Here’s how you can keep them safe >Read: The chances of you following a bot account on Twitter is higher than you think >last_img read more