For too long, the blame has been laid at the doorstep of the Liberian Copyright Office for not doing much to protect creators’ intellectual property. But LIB Life has recently discovered that the continued increase in copyright infringement is the result of creative artists’ lack of eagerness to copyright their work.Almost all of the creative works on the Liberian market, ranging from film, music, works of drawing and painting to architecture, sculpture, engraving, lithography and tapestry are not copyright protected. This inaction on the part of creators gives pirates the freedom to duplicate and sell artists’ works in the tens of thousands, thereby making a killing, while the actual owners of said intellectual property make very little from their creativity.Most creators LIB Life interviewed admitted that they do not copyright their work because they feel too much bureaucracy actually makes it difficult for the copyright office to function. For example, if the copyright office wants to enforce the copyright law by getting rid of pirated products, the copyright office has to write the Ministry of Justice to request security to carry out the raid. In addition, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, under which the work of the Copyright Office directly falls, has to first give its consent before such an action is taken.This kind of bureaucracy takes time before it turns into action, and most often, it does not become a reality. Another typical example was “Operation Big Fish”, which was carried out a few years ago by then acting Officer in Charge, Ernest Bruce. It was an initiative meant to enforce the copyright law by clearing the market of large quantities of pirated work. But the enforcement did not last for more than one day because support from other line ministries (Justice, Information Cultural Affairs & Tourism AND the Ministry of Commerce & Industry) was not forthcoming. “In a few hours’ time during the enforcement, a few stores that sell pirated products were closed. But the support needed was not present to from the line ministries to continue the enforcement. The worst part is that we did not get security [personnel] from the Ministry of Justice. I think the reason this is happening is because there is a, there is a school of thought that enforcing he copyright law will have a negative impact on our economy, and it is this kind of thinking that is killing the creators,” Ernest Bruce, former office in Charge of Copyright said. Another point creative artists stress is that many of them are not aware of the copyright law describing the Copyright Office as an institution that does not create awareness about its function and about why artists should trust them despite the bureaucracy.While the artists’ point of argument is logical in terms of the prohibitive level of bureaucracy which undermines the independent function of the copyright office and the lack of awareness, this should not be an excuse that prevents artists from copyrighting their works.One thing all Liberian creators need to understand is that their creation is an asset; and as such, copyright protection of their creativity plays a very key role in the life of creators as it gives them the legal rights and opportunity to generate income years after the work has been produced (royalties, license fees, etc.) Weather it is books, films, paintings, sculptures or music, copyright protection gives creators the rights to license it for distribution and/or reproduction as well as generating royalties from the work. For example, if an artist produces a very soul stirring and inspiring song, which then becomes a hit, he or she automatically owns the copyright since it his/her creation. But when it comes to copyright infringement, that artist will find it difficult to win such a case in court, get royalties from his work or license it if the work is not copyrighted.Former veteran musician, Abraham Kallon said, “Copyrighting gives creators the legal rights to pursue anyone who infringes on your work — either by making them pay for any monetary loss incurred or carrying them to court. I think it is advisable that every Liberian creator copyright their work. No matter the problem, they need to remember that their creation is their asset. “Copyrighting it gives you the opportunity to decide to choose between those who want permission to use your work, making sure that you gain from the license given out or stopping anyone who is using it without your knowledge. “Remember that when an artist gives a license out, it is a legal authorization permitting the said party to use that work, whether it is distribution or reproduction. It also protects your work, and it serves as evidence against others who do not have license to use your work but are using it. “When your work is copyrighted, it makes it easy for you to win such a case in court, especially in the case of copyright infringement,” Kallon added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
ANSA McAL sole sourcingHead of State David Granger has stated that disciplinary actions will be taken against anyone found to be at fault as it relates to the recent sole scouring of pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), for which a contract to the tune of $605 million has been awarded to Trinidadian firm ANSA McAL.Since the awarding of the contract, local pharmaceutical companies have come forward, pointing to the fact that they can deliver the required drugs for half the cost Government is set to pay the foreign company.To this end, when asked to address the contentions of local manufacturers, the President posited that this matter can be resolved at the levels of the Finance and Public Health Ministries, as well as the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.In the same breath, however, the Head of State noted that he is not aware of any laws being broken or any acts of criminality committed in the award of the contract to ANSA McAL.“If there is some procedural irregularity that can be rectified and if it is found that somebody is at fault, well there can be disciplinary actions,” he told reporters on the televised programme – The Public Interest, which aired on Friday.Nevertheless, President Granger insisted that while it is not the policy of his Government to procure drugs through sole scouring, there was a crisis in which drugs that were supposed to be supplied since last year were delayed for whatever reason and actions had to be taken to remedy the situation.“My understanding of the present situation (is that) a crisis arose at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation… and the Public Hospital Corporation invited the persons who were shortlisted to make presentations with regards to providing the drugs which were in short supply. So we have not changed, I have not changed my position we’ve done a lot to ensure that the (Public) Procurement Commission was established so we could bring this whole practice of sole scouring to an end,” the Head of State asserted.Asked how the matter could be rectified going forward, the President opined that with proper tendering for the supply of pharmaceuticals, this could be achieved. Moreover, he expressed his satisfaction with the way pharmaceuticals are procured, stored and distributed to the various medical institutions around the country, especially following the change made at the helm of the Public Health Ministry earlier this year.Management of the Georgetown Public Hospital has been accused of deliberating creating an emergency situation in order to sole source drugs from its preferred supplier. It has cancelled and delayed four out of its five public tenders within the last four months, thereby creating a situation wherein there was a massive shortage of pharmaceuticals.In a letter dated February 28, 2017, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Georgetown Hospital, Allan Johnson, thanked Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence for authorising the procurement of medical supplies from ANSA McAL to the tune of $605,962,200, even though local firms could have supplied the same quantity and quality of drugs at better prices. Both Johnson and the Minister have refused to speak to the media on the issue.Nevertheless, questions are now being raised regarding why local firms which could have supplied the pharmaceuticals at cheaper prices had been sidelined. It raises the issue of motive and possible corruption, which is reminiscent of the earlier decision to rent a non-existent pharma warehouse.ANSA McAL has since claimed it had submitted a bid for the $605 million contract; but according to information received, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, six companies, including ANSA McAL, had each submitted a bid in response to the Georgetown Public Hospital’s public tender for pharmaceuticals.Moreover, on the same day, Georgetown Public Hospital also requested quotations, not bids, for emergency supplies based on availability, after it had belatedly cancelled yet another tender for emergency supplies. There was therefore no bidding process for the emergency supplies, as is being alleged.Given the magnitude of this transaction with ANSA McAL, there is a strong possibility that it would impact the public tender/quantities which are still under consideration, and that must be of concern to the five other bidders.To this end, local manufacturer, NEW GPC INC, in a statement on Wednesday pointed out that it could have supplied many of the items instantaneously, since there is usually inventory on hand. In a worst-case scenario, the company said, the delay would have been less than a few days to get the products manufactured right here in Guyana.Additionally, NEW GPC has said that by utilising its established and reliable supply chain, it could have supplied even the items to be imported quicker; for instance, a Clindamycin injection, for which ANSA McAL’s price was 12 times that of the NEW GPC’s. For Diclofenac tablets, the NEW GPC has said, ANSA McAL’s price was 15 times its price; and for Clotrimazole cream, which is made locally, ANSA McAL’s price was as much as 23 times the New GPC’s price. From merely 16 of the 118 items surveyed, the Georgetown Hospital would have saved over G$100 million of taxpayers’ money had it purchased those items from the NEW GPC.
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The headline entertainment will wrap up with a performance at 3:30 p.m. Sunday by Wayman Tisdale, who went from slams to jams, leaving a 12-year professional basketball career in the late 1990s to focus on music. Tisdale’s latest album, “Way Up,” is topping Billboard magazine’s contemporary jazz charts. Among the entertainment to be on hand both days is “The Mask Messenger,” a mix of monologue, physical comedy and theater that explores the artistic, cultural and psychological uses of masks. The performance is described as being at times outlandish, tender and humorous. The festival also will feature some animal encounters, including Frank the dog from the movie “Men In Black” and Mr. Bigglesworth, the feline companion of Dr. Evil in the movie “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” Other animal encounters include an exotic animal zoo, a mini aquarium and a bat cave featuring a live bat. Festivalgoers will be able to assist with a paint-by-numbers community mural titled “The Magical Garden.” “We hope we will have a beautiful piece of artwork we can display at other events,” said Laurie Butts, one of the event’s organizers. Other attractions planned include an aviation display; the Jest in Time Circus of Fools, featuring acrobatics of both people and dogs; an international market featuring food, music and dance of different countries and cultures; a children’s carnival; a collection of oversized and custom-designed motorcycles and vintage cars; a farmers market; and an arts and crafts fair featuring 200 vendors. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free. For information, visit the festival Web site at poppyfestival.com. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Headlining this year’s festival will be a pair of rock acts – Rare Earth and NineDays – on Saturday, and two jazz performers – Marion Meadows and Wayman Tisdale – on Sunday. “This is the bargain of the year,” said Lyle Norton, Lancaster’s director of parks, recreation and arts. “You can see top-name entertainment for the price of admission.” Rare Earth, known for such hits as “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate,” will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Nine Days, a pop-rock band whose name refers to the amount of time band members were given to record their first album, is scheduled to perform at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Nine Days’ album “Maddening Crowd” went gold. Jazz, a festival staple, will be featured on “Smooth Jazz Sunday.” At 1:30 p.m. Sunday will be a performance by Marion Meadows, who has what one critic describes as “sweet and funky soprano sound,” on his saxophone. LANCASTER – Masks, a bat, a paint-by-numbers mural and, of course, smooth jazz will all be part of Lancaster’s upcoming California Poppy Festival. The festival will be held from 10a.m. to 6p.m. on both April 21 and April 22 at Lancaster City Park. The festival, now in its 16th year, draws about 60,000 visitors each year. This year, the flowers aren’t expected to be the stars of the festival because of the dry winter. But the show will go on. “The poppies will be celebrated whether they are here or not,” Mayor Henry Hearns said.
Judge Pamela Chen ruled that Trujillo, the former general secretary of Guatemala’s Football Federation from 2009 to 2015 and a one-time judge on the country’s constitutional court, would begin his sentence November 20 in Florida.Trujillo has already served one month, prior to being allowed to live in the Sunshine State on a $4 million bail. He will likely be deported upon release.Prosecutors say he and other officials accepted $400,000 in kickbacks from a Miami-based sports marketing company in exchange for media and marketing rights to Guatemala’s qualifier matches for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.“These are serious crimes,” Chen told the court. “I think Mr Trujillo feels remorse more about himself. I’m not sure for other people,” the judge added.The defendant, she said, had betrayed the trust of people who depend on officials like him “to do your job with honesty and good faith, and you’ve destroyed it — what people feel for soccer in general.”“In some ways he destroyed his country. Soccer is the national love and a patriotic endeavor. He eroded… the pride of his country. He should have known better and done better when he took that money,” Chen concluded.The largest corruption scandal in the history of soccer, first unveiled in May 2015, has seen US prosecutors indict 42 football and sports marketing executives with allegedly receiving tens of millions of bribes and kickbacks.– ‘I was blind’ –Hector Trujillo leaves after he was sentenced to an eight-month jail term © AFP / DON EMMERTLike many of the indicted, Trujillo cut a deal with prosecutors hoping for leniency and pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of wire fraud conspiracy in June.Wednesday’s sentence was far lighter than the 41-month minimum requested by government prosecutors. The judge said she took into account Trujillo’s age, poor health and nearly two years of house arrest.In a long plea in self-defense, during which he broke down into tears as his children sobbed in the front row, Trujillo begged the judge for mercy.“Looking back I think I was blind. I did not see it,” he sobbed, dressed in a dark suit, stripey tie and pale blue shirt.“Maybe I justified it by thinking it was something normal. I thought it was something different from the corruption I fought so many years,” he claimed.The judge ordered Trujillo to foot a $415,000 bill to pay back the Guatemalan soccer federation — shared with two co-defendants, and said he would also have to pay $175,000 restitution to the US government.The former lawyer was arrested on December 4, 2015 while on a family cruise in Florida and initially pleaded not guilty to eight charges against him.In January 2016, he posted his $4 million bond, surrendering his passport and submitting to electronic monitoring.The US corruption investigation precipitated the downfall of longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his former heir apparent, Michel Platini.Just three Latin American defendants who have continued to plead not guilty are due to go on trial in a US federal court in Brooklyn on November 6.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Guatamalan judge Hector Trujillo arrives ahead of his sentencing hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York A 63-year-old former Guatemalan football official is expected Wednesday to become the first person sentenced by a US judge over the sweeping corruption scandal that rocked world soccer. © AFP / Don EMMERTNEW YORK, United States, Oct 25 – A US judge on Wednesday imposed the first sentence in the sweeping FIFA corruption scandal, sending a Guatemalan former official to jail for eight months and saying that he had destroyed people’s faith in soccer.Hector Trujillo, 64, stood with his head bowed, eyes cast toward the floor and wiped away tears as he heard his fate in a federal court in Brooklyn, four months after pleading guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy.
0Shares0000Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (L) shakes hands with Manchester City’s counterpart Pep Guardiola after their English Football League Cup match, in October 2016NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – Pep Guardiola refused to be drawn into a war of words with Jose Mourinho after Manchester City maintained their impressive progress towards the Premier League title.City stretched their commanding advantage at the top to 15 points over Manchester United as Raheem Sterling sealed a 1-0 win at Newcastle to record an 18th consecutive league victory, one short of Bayern Munich’s current best for Europe’s top five leagues of 19 straight wins. United manager Mourinho attempted to provoke Guardiola on Tuesday after pointing to their rivals’ huge spending power by claiming “City buy full-backs for the price of strikers” and insisting that the £300 million ($402 million) he has spent since taking charge at Old Trafford 18 months ago as “not enough”.Mourinho paid £93 million to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, while also recruiting £30 million defender Eric Bailly, and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for £26.3 million.This year, United spent £75 million on striker Romelu Lukaku, as well as £31 million on defender Victor Lindelof and £40 million for midfielder Nemanja Matic.In comparison, City bought three defenders — Kyle Walker from Tottenham for an initial £45 million, Benjamin Mendy from Monaco for £52 million and Danilo from Real Madrid for £26.5 million as part of a summer outlay that topped £200 million.When asked about the comments made by the Portuguese, Guardiola said: “I’m so delighted to be here to speak about what happened on the pitch.“About what happened with my colleague speaking off the pitch in the press conference, I’m not the right guy. You want to talk about what happened today on the pitch, I will answer.”City remain on course to win the title in record time after equalling Chelsea’s English top flight record of 11 consecutive away wins.But Guardiola will await medical updates on Vincent Kompany, after the injury-prone skipper limped off with a recurrence of a long-term calf problem.– Terrible schedule –City face a minimum of eight games in 34 days in a hectic start to the New Year, and Guardiola added: “Of course we are happy to break records but when we prepare for games we don’t speak about them. Until now, we have found a way to win.“I saw the schedule in my office the other day and I wanted to escape, because it’s terrible. The games we are going to play, it’s tough.“We’ve played all these games in December then in January you have the Carabao Cup and FA Cup and then the return of the Champions League in February.“It will be tough but it will also be tough for our opponents.”Guardiola’s opposite number Rafa Benitez hit back at criticism of his negative approach after his team slid to a fifth consecutive home defeat, Newcastle’s worst run at St James’ Park for 64 years to leave them just a point above the bottom three after one win in their last 11 matches.Substitute Dwight Gayle almost snatched a dramatic late equaliser to in-part justify the manager’s ultra-cautious approach, and the Spaniard said: “We were in the game until the end and very close to getting a point against a very good team.”Newcastle face the key visit of relegation rivals Brighton before the turn of the year, and Benitez added: “We have a couple of games in the space of a few days against teams near the bottom of the table and hopefully we’ll have some of our injured players back before then.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
Men’s soccer Jamil Roberts’ goal in the 35th minute was all No. 6 Santa Clara needed to defeat host Loyola Marymount, 1-0. Winds in excess of 25 mph hampered both teams for the entire game. The Lions (2-5-1, 0-1-0 WCC) could only muster seven shots against the Broncos (6-1-2, 1-0-0). Patrick Lane had two saves for LMU. No. 21 Sonoma State 2, No. 6 Cal State Dominguez Hills 0: Andrew Bailey and Ross Middlemiss scored to lead the host Seawolves to the upset. Mario Guerrero had three of the 13 shots the Toros (9-3, 5-2 CCAA) could muster. Brook Johnson had three saves in goal for Sonoma State (10-2-1, 8-0-0). Women’s soccer Kristina Larsen scored two goals as No. 2 UCLA cruised to a 5-1 victory over host San Diego State. Danesha Adams, Lauren Cheney and Kara Lang also scored for the Bruins (6-1-2). Jackie Ragudos scored for the Aztecs (4-5-2). From news services Ali Daley posted a double-double with 16 kills and 16 digs to lead the fifth-ranked UCLA women’s volleyball team to a 30-26, 25-30, 30-25, 30-22 victory over No. 4 USC at Pauley Pavilion on Friday night. Kaitlin Sather racked up 16 kills and 15 digs for the Bruins (14-2, 4-1 Pac-10), while Nellie Spicer added 49 assists and 10 digs. Freshman Kimmee Roleder posted 13 kills and 11 digs for the Trojans (14-2, 3-2). Jessica Gysin chipped in 11 kills and 15 digs, while Taylor Carico (Mira Costa High) had 47 assists and nine digs. Long Beach State 3, Pacific 2: Katelyn Quaresma snapped a 2-2 tie with a goal in the 78th minute to give the visiting 49ers the win. Cat Gray and Kristen Kiefer also scored for the 49ers (8-4-0, 1-0-0 Big West). The Tigers fell to 5-4-2, 0-1-0. No. 25 Cal State Dominguez Hills 2, Sonoma State 0: Jackie Chavez (Peninsula High) scored her first goal of the season in the 34th minute to put the visiting Toros ahead to stay. Kristen Boskovich (Peninsula) added an insurance goal in the 74th minute for CSDH (9-1-3, 4-1-2 CCAA). Men’s water polo Justin Johnson scored three goals as No. 4 UCLA overpowered No. 6 UC Irvine, 12-5, at the Anteater Pool. Chay Lapin tied a career high with 13 saves for the Bruins (11-2, 1-1 MPSF).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER Jordan Farmar stepped behind the 3-point line and launched jump shot after jump shot Saturday at the University of Hawaii. He shot from the corner, from the wing and from straight away, making far more than his missed. Then it was Farmar’s turn to rebound and Sasha Vujacic began to shoot. When Vujacic was finished, he rebounded while rookie Javaris Crittenton took his shots. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe three young Lakers guards tried to win bragging rights in a shooting drill while also attempting to win the third guard spot behind Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. It’s a significant role since the 33-year-old Fisher doesn’t figure to play as many minutes as he did during his first stint with the Lakers. Fisher and Bryant hardly ever seemed to leave the floor while leading the team to three straight NBA titles to start the decade. The difference between then and now is not lost on Farmar, a second-year player from UCLA. “I want to push him every day, and it’s the same with Javaris,” Farmar said when asked about battling for Fisher’s leftover minutes. “(Crittenton) is learning every day, trying to push us both. I think it’s only going to make us a better team.” Backup point guard was one of two job openings going into training camp, but then Coach Phil Jackson added a third Friday when he said he was considering starting Ronny Turiaf ahead of Luke Walton at power forward. Guard play has been pivotal for the Lakers, who struggled to fill the void created when Fisher signed with the Golden State Warriors after the tumultuous 2003-04 season. Neither Chucky Atkins nor Smush Parker proved to be a suitable replacement. Naturally, Farmar believes he is the man for the job after averaging 4.4 points and 1.9 assists in 15.1 minutes as a rookie last season. “There’s no substitute for experience,” Farmar said. “I’m a completely different player than I was last year. I’m no longer playing to impress the coaches. I’m meant to be here.” Reading is fundamental Jackson left reporters waiting awhile as he read through the daily press clippings. He said he was curious to learn what Turiaf and Walton had to say about his plan to move Turiaf to the starting five and Walton to the bench. “I had to see the response of some of my players to what you guys wrote,” Jackson said, breaking into a grin. “I usually don’t do that, so I come in here like a blind pig and I don’t have a chance. Compliance is what I’m looking for from the players.” Injuries, injuries, injuries Bryant didn’t participate in the first of two practices because of a sore right knee. Brown and Mihm sat out as they continued their slow recoveries from their offseason surgeries. Walton also did not practice because of a strained right hamstring. “Some of it is just preventative,” Jackson said, “but some of it is the two-a-days and the attrition from it.” Around the league Warriors: Golden State guard Monta Ellis was released from the hospital after injuring his neck in practice and sat out Saturday’s workout in La’ie, Hawaii. He left Castle Hospital in Kailua on Friday night on his own accord with what the team said was a neck sprain. Ellis underwent a battery of tests, including an MRI exam and CT scan, and all were normal. He hit his head on teammate Brandan Wright’s hip as he was driving toward the basket. He lay face down for 20 minutes, showing only slight movement before he was carried off the court on a stretcher. Celtics: Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 16 rebounds in his Celtics debut, and Boston ruined Andrea Bargnani’s homecoming in Rome with an 89-85 preseason victory over the Toronto Raptors. Paul Pierce added 21 points for Boston, while Ray Allen had an off night with only 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Jimmy Tyrrell, Honorary Life Govenor with John McCarter Lough Swilly, RNLI, Lifeboat Operations Manager naming the first Shannon Class lifeboat, 13-08 Derek Bullivant at Lough Swilly Lifeboat Station on Saturday the 25th of June. Photo – Clive WassonThe first Shannon class RNLI lifeboat to go on service in Ireland was officially named today in a special ceremony attended by crowds of people in Buncrana. The €2.4m life-saving vessel has already been on nineteen callouts since its arrival on the North-West Coast last year.And today it was officially named the ‘Derek Bullivant’ by the man responsible for getting the RNLI’s latest class of lifeboat named after an Irish river. Arklow man Jimmy Tyrrell was with the RNLI for 46 years, making him the charity’s longest serving lifeboat operations volunteer on his retirement.He campaigned to have the RNLI name a class of lifeboat after an Irish river, in recognition of the service and dedication of Irish lifeboat volunteers. His wish was finally realised with the design and manufacture of the Shannon class lifeboat.George O’Haygen, Amy McCarter, Mark Barnett, Coxswain, Barry Stevenson, Eamon Manon and Gregrory McDaid, crew at the naming ceremony and service of dedication of the First Shannon Class lifeboat 13-08 Derek Bullivant at Lough Swilly Lifeboat Station on Saturday the 25th of June. Photo – Clive WassonJimmy was asked by Lough Swilly RNLI to officially name the lifeboat and he did so through the time honoured tradition of pouring champagne over the bow of the lifeboat to cheers from the crowd.It was an emotional day for Jimmy, whose family are well-known and respected boat builders, as it is the culmination of a 27-year campaign to name an Irish lifeboat class. Speaking at the ceremony he said, ‘During my lifeboat career I have seen many changes in lifeboats, from wood, to steel, to fibre-glass and to today’s composite construction. Lifeboat speeds varied from eight-knots going downhill with the wind up your transom to this wonderful new waterjet propulsion achieving 25-knots. However, one thing that has not changed in the RNLI and that is its people.“The basic commitment of crews is the same. Generations of them have put their lives on the line and sometimes lost their lives trying to help those in peril on the seas.’A small service of blessing followed led by Fr Francis Bradley, Parish Priest of Buncrana and Reverend Judi McGaffin, Church of Ireland Rector.The first Irish Shannon Class lifeboat the 13-08 Derek Bullivant in action at Lough Swilly Lifeboat Station on Saturday the 25th of June after the naming ceremony. Photo – Clive WassonThe Donegal lifeboat station was the first in Ireland to receive the new lifeboat, which is the most modern and technically advanced lifeboat in the RNLI fleet. The Shannon is first class of lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making it the most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat in the fleet.The lifeboat has a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles. The lifeboat was developed to operate in the worst of sea conditions and is self-righting, automatically turning the right side up in the event of a capsize. The Derek Bullivant lifeboat (ON 1315) was funded by legacies from Mr Derek Bullivant and Mrs Valerie Walker. Mr. Bullivant was born in Birmingham in 1922 and went on to establish one of the biggest aluminium recycling companies in the UK. He wanted his success to benefit lifesaving and humanitarian charities which led him to provide a generous legacy which helped to fund the Lough Swilly lifeboat. The second legacy was bequeathed from Mrs. Valerie Walker from Portsmouth. Mrs. Walker was a supporter of the RNLI and her legacy has been used to part fund the lifeboat. A plaque honouring her will be placed in the lifeboat station.Accepting the lifeboat, Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter said, ‘While we are in celebratory mood today God knows we have seen and been closely involved in our share of tragedy around our community, and we remember all those who have suffered great loss at the mercy of the sea. However at Lough Swilly RNLI it also strengthens our resolve to work harder and keep our equipment state of the art to enable us to provide search and rescue service around our coast. The Derek Bullivant lifeboat is testament to that.’‘There are thirty volunteers at Lough Swilly RNLI. A number of our crew have been here from the beginning as young boys and girls and matured with the station where they now have families and potential new volunteers coming on themselves. Today is a very proud day for all of us here at Lough Swilly RNLI and I am absolutely delighted on behalf of all at Lough Swilly to accept this new Shannon Class boat the RNLB Derek Bullivant into our care.’In the 29 years since Lough Swilly RNLI was established they have launched 741 times, brought 568 people to safety and saved forty-nine lives. GREAT CROWDS AS LATEST RNLI LIFEBOAT NAMED IN BUNCRANA was last modified: June 25th, 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:buncranadonegalLough SwillyRNLI