#JaVotes2016: St Thomas Eastern identified as hotspot

first_imgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has revealed that eastern St Thomas is one of the areas singled out for special attention. The Gleaner team came up on a contingent of JDF  personnel at the Airy Castle Post Office in the Port Morant division of eastern St Thomas, but they were quick to point out that it was just a roving patrol. “Any area that holds more than one polling station; the larger ones we felt that those needed some attention and also tips from the police on areas that they deem as hot spots or concerns raised by their own intelligence. We factored that in too as to where we put soldiers,” Major Everton Morgan said. “St Thomas eastern is one such area and we have chosen around six polling stations where we have had static soldiers from start to finish.” Morgan said he and his team has been visiting the polling stations in the constituency that are not being manned by soldiers. “We are making sure that everything is OK as it relates to security and citizens can feel free to come out and vote and things are orderly and the rule is maintained and there is no congregation at the entrance of the polling station,” Morgan said.  “We are pretty satisfied with what we have seen so far.”last_img read more


first_imgTWO of Donegal’s rarest birds have suffered as a result of recent gorse fires, a top ornithologist said today.The twite and the cuckoo are already struggling to survive in the county.The twite, a member of the finch family, is already on the verge of extinction, with just 100 breeding pairs reported to be in the whole country last year. The bird’s ideal habitat is heather and gorse, and its main breeding grounds are here in County Donegal and in parts of County Mayo and Co Donegal.Scrubland is vital to the well-being of this bird. Without a plentiful supply of scrub and subsequently the cover and array of seed and other food sources which it provides, the outlook for the species is now even more uncertain.Birdwatch Ireland expert Niall Hatch said: “The scrub is not just an important source of for food for the twite, it is also needed for protection and defence against potential threats. The twite uses the scrub as a shelter. The vulnerable chicks are free to forage for food undisturbed. “The removal of this cover is very serious.“Birds like the stonechat and the whitethroat will also have been very badly affected. The gorse is their ideal territory and that will pose significant problems. They will have lost their first clutch of eggs and they won’t get the opportunity to nest again. The gorse itself can bounce back, but birds, butterflies, moths, plants and vegetation can take years.” Hatch said the cuckoo, another species accustomed to thriving in the terrains of the bogland and moorland, is suffering badly.“The cuckoo relies on the nests of other birds,” he said.“The already-low cuckoo numbers will now be under considerable threat as a result of the gorse fires.”FEARS FOR CUCKOO AND TWITE AFTER GORSE FIRES – EXPERT was last modified: May 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more