Creeslough water supply removed from EPA risk list

first_imgThe Creeslough Water Supply has been given the thumbs up by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who have removed the supply from their Remedial Action List (RAL).Over 3,000 consumers use the Creeslough Water Supply, which had been identified as ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water.Extensive investment and upgrade works were carried out by Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal Council to improve the supply. The latest report from the EPA shows that Irish Water has reduced the number of schemes on the RAL in Donegal from 11 to 4, since 2015.Works are continuing on the remaining four Donegal water supplies with a view to having them removed from the RAL as soon as possible. The water supplies currently on the RAL are Greencastle, Glenties, Milford and Letterkenny. All four water supplies are expected to be removed from the RAL in 2020. Creeslough water supply removed from EPA risk list was last modified: December 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

I would like to share this story with you

first_imgOn 18 March 2008 I went home after work. Getting a lift with my sister who is working in Paarden Eiland I have to wait until 17h30 for her to pick me up.As we were driving home, we passed an accident where two vehicles were involved. I told my sister to stop as it is my duty as a first aider to see if there is any help needed. She told me it is not neccessary as the fire brigade and an ambulance are there to assist. She drove on.Coming into our little town, crossing a four way stop and about 200m from the crossing I saw a bakkie hit a little child. We immediately stopped, I jumped out of the car and ran over the street to the child. He was lying so still and crawled up. I felt his heartbeat which at that stage was still very strong. I called to one of the people to call for an ambulance and if anybody knew the child. But nobody recognized him.I felt his heartbeat againThen the little boy shivered twice, I felt his heartbeat again which at this point was very shallow, I took my uniform jacket off and closed him up to keep him warm. I then asked one of the bystanders to just keep the people to the back (by now it was a crowd already). I recognized a lady that was working for me previously and asked her to get me a warm blanket somewhere.When she returned I closed the little boy up, waited another ten minutes for the ambulance to arrive. About 25 minutes after the accident happened, the ambulance did not arrive.I needed to make a decisionI looked at the boy and I needed to make a decision. I either wait for the ambulance and let this boy bleed himself to death (he had a deep arm and head open wounds) or I take the responsibility on me and take him to hospital myself.I picked him up with the blanket, my sister and the gentleman who called for the ambulance, cleared the road, stopped the cars for me to carry the child across to our vehicle. I got in the back of the car, and we then went to the hospital where I called upon the doctors and nurses.His name is WendellLater that evening he was transferred to Red Cross Children’s hospital with multiple wounds externally as well as internal wounds. He was released out of hospital only two weeks afterwards. He is well now, without any broken bones. His internal injuries were his liver and spleen that got hurt during the accident.His name is Wendell and he is only 3 years old.I just want to thank my boss who gave me the opportunity of doing my first aid training – basics. This allowed me to save another person’s life.Thank you for giving me this opportunity to tell my story.Story submitted to SAinfo on 8 April 2008last_img read more

Superb flying video

first_imgIf you have ever wondered what it is like in the cockpit of a commercial jet then check out this video shot by Captain Rodrigo David who flies with Avianca Brazil, based in Rio De Janeiro.The videos are shot using a Go Pro Hero and the aircraft are either Airbus A318 or A320s.You will see landing and take-offs from the cockpit and a number of South American cities including Rio.last_img

Pune man punished with 50 squats for ‘objectionable’ remark against Raj Thackeray

first_imgA video clip, showing Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers allegedly punishing a man with 50 squats in Pune for allegedly criticising party chief Raj Thackeray on social media, has gone viral.In the clip, the man identifies himself as Rohit Burade, and is surrounded by MNS workers led by the student wing leaders Ashish Sable-Patil and Rahul Gawali. He is made to acknowledge his “error” in posting an “objectionable” comment against Mr. Thackeray on the MNS leader’s Facebook page.The MNS workers are heard saying that Mr. Burade was let off easily as he was a Maharashtrian hailing from a poor family. “His father passed away… Hence, we are not beating him up,” one of them is heard remarking.The party workers are then heard reprimanding Mr. Burade, making him say, ““Raaj saheb, I have made a mistake and this will not happen again,” even as the victim is seen gasping for breath. They then issue a warning that anyone insulting Mr. Thackeray would suffer a similar fate. No case has been lodged against the MNS workers.last_img read more

Udta Punjab: Not just humans, animals being given drugs as well

first_imgIn the land of ‘Udta Punjab,’ not just humans, but animals are also being given drugs, it seems! Pigeons and doves used in kabutarbazi – a popular sport in the State’s rural parts – are being fed opium in water and injected medicines to keep them flying for hours, say animal rights activists.While the game involving birds was traditionally developed in the Mughal era as a benign pastime, now illegal gambling is done over it with big money at stake.Causing pain or death to birds is punishable under the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (PCA) Act and IPC Section 429, besides betting comes under the Public Gambling Act, 1867. It specifically prohibits usage of “birds or animals” in Section 13. “But who is able to monitor it?” asks Abhinav Srihan of NGO, Fauna Police. “Several thousand rupees are put on bet, and obviously, the kabutarbaz (pigeon herder) will do anything to win. The harm caused to the pigeon through afeem (opium), or by the stress of staying air-borne for hours, is of least concern,” he adds.PIGEON-SPORTING CLUBS IN PLACES LIKE LUDHIANAA quick scan of social media sites such as Facebook shows various pigeon-sporting clubs existing in places like Moga, Ludhiana, etc. Seasonal and annual championships are held with huge prize money and gifts like motorbikes and refrigerator. Duly, posters are put up for such competitions.An activist, who works in Punjab against these games, explained, “There are three types of kabutarbazi held. One is where two or more parties make their trained pigeons fly. The bird that stays longest in the sky and does not touch the ground, win the game.” This is where use of drugs comes to play, he added.advertisement”The second is where pigeons have to reach a destination; the one which reaches first is declared the victor. And the third is where the herd of pigeons belonging to one owner has to gherao the herd of another and bring it to his master,” he informed.Abhinav said, “We are clearly not against all kinds of pigeon sports. It has also helped communities, over decades, preserve native pigeon species such as Kalsera, Lalsera, Lal Chhapka, Kala Chhapka, Jeera, Hara, Neelam and Kathwa. In fact, sometimes the owners take better care of the pigeons than the government-owned shelter homes. It is gambling and the use of drugs that we strictly abhor and object to. These must be controlled by the enforcement agencies. Nikunj Sharma, Spokesperson, PETA, told Mail Today, “Earlier, the owners used to slap a rubber whip on the walls, which made a cracker-like noise, and scared the pigeons away from coming and resting on the terrace during the competition.”The pigeons are trained not to sit anywhere lest they become the property of other herders, he pointed out. “It’s likely that kabutarbaz are now using drugs. Pouches of afeem (opium) and other drugs anyway come so cheap in parts of Punjab these days,” he said.Also Read:Udta Bihar: Huge spike in substance abuse, alcohol bootlegging year after banBJP breaks silence over drug menace in Punjab, organises ‘run against drugs’Also Watch:Udta Bihar: India Today sting operation shows staggering rise in banned drug seizureslast_img read more

9 days agoTroy ​Deeney optimistic about Watford form

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Troy ​Deeney optimistic about Watford formby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTroy Deeney says that he will be back sooner than expected as he recovers from injury.The Watford skipper is going through recovery from a knee operation, which he underwent in mid-August.He is already running on a treadmill and could be ready for field activities very soon.The striker spoke with the club website about his return date and said: “I know when I’m aiming to be back, it’s not too far away now.”I’m just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. They are holding me back for my benefit, but when they let me go there will be no stopping me, so they are just trying to rein me in until it’s safe medically and then I’ll be going and pushing myself.”I’m just ready for it. I know what to expect and that I will have to fight for my place. I don’t think there’ll be any playing 45 minutes for the Under-23s first. I’ll be expected to go straight in and I’m ready for everything that is coming.” last_img read more

Offshore drilling foes denied microphone hold rallies

first_imgHAMILTON, N.J. – With giant inflatable whales, signs that read “Drilling Is Killing” and chants of “Where’s our meeting?” opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have staged boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topic.That’s because the public cannot speak to the assembled attendees at the meetings. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is meeting one on one with interested parties and allows people to comment online, including typing comments on laptops it provides. People also can hand bureau officials written comments to be included in the record.What they can’t do is get up at a microphone and address the room.That has led drilling opponents on both coasts to hold their own meetings before the official ones begin. The latest took place Wednesday in Hamilton, where one attendee wore a furry red lobster hat with claws protruding from both sides.“They’re dodging democracy,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of New Jersey’s Clean Ocean Action environmental group, which held a citizens’ hearing before the bureau meeting. “The government works for the people. I understand it’s uncomfortable to have a bad idea and be held accountable for it, but that’s what they’re proposing.”The Republican president’s decision last month to open most of the nation’s coast to oil and gas drilling horrified environmentalists, and many elected officials from both major political parties oppose it. But energy groups and some business organizations support it as a way to become less dependent on foreign energy.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s chief environmental officer, William Brown, said Congress has mandated five-year energy plans since the Arab oil crisis of the 1970s sent prices rising.“The charge is to develop a program that provides for the energy needs of the United States, balancing environmental risk with energy need,” Brown told The Associated Press. “We all know renewable energy is something we should develop more of, but renewables are not going to take the place of fossil fuels immediately. The people who are going to read your story are mostly using cars.”Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the environmental rally by video link before the bureau meeting Wednesday, sending a message to Trump: “You will not drill off our precious shores! No way!”Bureau spokeswoman Tracey Blythe Moriarty said the open house format lets people speak directly with agency staff to learn about the drilling proposal.“We find this approach to be more effective than formal oral testimony,” she said.But many attendees at past meetings disagree.Environmentalists rallied on the steps of the California state capitol in Sacramento before a bureau hearing there, citing damage from a 1969 oil rig spill in Santa Barbara and a broken oil pipe in Refugio Beach three years ago. People upset at not being able to speak publicly chanted “Where’s our hearing?”The bureau set up informational displays at its Feb. 8 meeting, including one titled “Why Oil Is Important.”Before a Feb. 8 meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, drilling foes invoked the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which fouled the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and said they want to ensure that Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s promise to exempt Florida from the drilling plan — the only exception publicly announced — remains in place.In Oregon, some meeting attendees said bureau staff were unable to answer their questions about the drilling plan and were frustrated at being directed to a row of laptops to type out comments.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

WTO creates two dispute settlement panels to review US softwood lumber duties

first_imgMONTREAL – The World Trade Organization says its dispute settlement body has agreed to establish two panels to examine Canada’s complaint about duties imposed by the United States on softwood lumber imports.The Canadian government requested March 27 that a panel be set up to examine the dispute after consultations with the U.S. in January failed to resolve the matter. It also requested a second panel to review the U.S. use of differential pricing methodology in its anti-dumping determinations.The U.S. objected to the Canadian requests, which argue that the anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on softwood lumber imports were inconsistent with U.S. obligations under the agreement on subsidies and countervailing measures and the general agreement on tariffs and trade.Ottawa says the duties represent a “considerable hardship” on softwood lumber producers and communities across Canada.The United States has argued that the duties were fully consistent with its obligations under the WTO agreements.It has also raised concerns that Canada’s request for a panel included an item that wasn’t identified in its request that wasn’t part of the consultations.The U.S. said the request included claims against the measures that don’t exist and therefore couldn’t be challenged. It also said Canada stated the matter was urgent even though the final determination in the anti-dumping investigation of softwood lumber from Canada made in November 2017.The United States said it was disappointed that Canada had proceeded to request a special DSB meeting to consider its second panel request rather than addressing these concerns.Canada has also launched a separate wide-ranging complaint to the WTO about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs that has infuriated the Americans.The Canadian government has suggested it might drop that major international trade case if it gets a softwood lumber deal.last_img read more

French fuel fight Prime minister offers to meet protesters

first_imgPARIS — France’s prime minister is offering to meet with members of a motorists movement who have blocked roads over rising fuel taxes and held protests that caused damage to central Paris.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on BFM television Wednesday that the protesters are expressing “a lot of legitimate things that should be heard.”The drivers may ignore the outreach. Some are calling for a new action Saturday on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where a protest last Saturday degenerated into violence.The drivers denounce perceived elitism by President Emmanuel Macron, who failed to defuse the anger with a speech Tuesday explaining the environmental need for the tax hikes.Protesters shouted at the minister for overseas territories, Annick Girardin, as she sought to calm tensions Wednesday on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, where demonstrations have been particularly violent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Report Feds got seat complaints on van model teen died in

first_imgCINCINNATI — Federal regulators received nearly 180 seating complaints about Honda Odyssey minivans over the years, according to a newspaper’s investigation after a teenage boy died trapped in one such van.A coroner said 16-year-old Kyle Plush, of Cincinnati, died April 10 of asphyxiation because his chest was being compressed. It’s suspected the 2004 minivan’s rear, third-row seat flipped over and pinned him as he reached into the back.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported its investigation shows that a quarter of Odyssey seating complaints were over stability and that one of five stability cases involved problems with third-row seats.More than a dozen warnings about the Odyssey’s third-row seating for models made between 1999 and 2012 were found by the newspaper. Some complaints said seats were loose, rusting or wouldn’t latch; others noted instances when heavy seats suddenly slammed down or flipped out of place.The Enquirer also reports it obtained documents showing local investigators inspecting the minivan indicated that they had difficulty getting the rear seat to latch in place and that it would “rotate freely” after appearing to be locked.Honda said in an emailed statement Wednesday that it hasn’t received any direct claims of fatal injuries from “interaction with third-row seats” in 1999-2004 Odysseys.Honda spokesman Chris Martin said that the automaker has requested permission to inspect the Plush vehicle but hasn’t received it and doesn’t have any specific information “from which to definitively determine what occurred in this incident.”Martin also said there were no seat-related recalls of the 2004 Honda Odyssey in the United States.Honda last year recalled some 900,000 later-model Odysseys because of concerns about second-row seats tipping forward if not latched properly.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told The Enquirer that it worked closely with local authorities and Honda to “understand what happened” in the Cincinnati death.“Based on the available information, including internal data analysis, the agency has not found evidence of a vehicle safety defect trend,” the agency said.The NHTSA said part of its review included past Odyssey complaints and it would “continue to monitor complaints” and “take further steps as appropriate.”The agency didn’t immediately respond Wednesday to an Associated Press message seeking further comment.The teen’s father found his son dead nearly six hours after the first of Kyle’s two 911 calls seeking help. Two officers sent in response to the student’s first 911 call drove through parking areas around the school but didn’t get out. Police have said they didn’t have information needed to narrow their search.A prosecutor determined that no one would face criminal charges in the death. The family has expressed frustration over what they say are incomplete explanations and the slow pace of reforms in emergency response. The city already has been upgrading smartphone communications, computer-assisted dispatch, police in-car mapping, and training.The Enquirer reported that the Plush family didn’t respond to messages seeking comment on the newspaper’s investigation.___Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more