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

Best of the NBA’s West: LeBron’s Lakers, Kawhi’s Clippers … and what about Steph’s Warriors?

first_imgThe NBA’s Western Conference contains an otherworldly concoction of star players, fundamentally-sound teams sprinkled with a crop of potential generational talents.How the teams match up and how high the individual players ascend will be must-watch TV.With so many legit contenders, ranking teams individually seems futile. So instead we offer up a handy dandy Western Conference tier system:Elite teams, potential injury woeLos Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers ‘What’s in the brief, Willie Cauley-Stein?’ New Warrior out to prove he’s all business Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season Kerr promises Smailagic ‘will 100%’ leave Santa Cruz for Warriors this year Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers Steph Curry attends Kanye West’s Sunday Service As we’ve witnessed through LA Groundhog Day, this might not be a great year for the continued rekindling of a Bay/LA rivalry.The Clippers, just last year a playoff darling after barely getting in, are favored to claim the Larry O’ Brien Trophy in 2020. FiveThirtyEight.com projects the Clippers to go 52-30 with a 90 percent chance of making the playoffs, a 24 percent chance of making the Finals with a 16 percent chance of winning it all.Kawhi Leonard and Paul George — two of the best players in the game — join an already strong playoff team that features Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverly.The Swipe ➡️ The Slam@patbev21 ➡️ @MONSTATREZZ pic.twitter.com/TtgPPYkyJS— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 13, 2019 But health is already a major question.George had surgeries on both of his shoulders and is projected to miss at least the first 10 games of the season. Fear of re-aggravating a quadriceps injury incurred during his final year with the Spurs could put Leonard into frequent load management zone for the second year in a row.Related Articles The Clippers at least have the right kind of depth behind the two new, big-name hires to keep this team well within the hunt throughout a treacherous regular season.Depth behind its stars differentiates the Clippers from its arena-mate Lakers. The Warriors got to know LA’s killer LeBron James/Anthony Davis pick n’ roll all too well in the three preseason matchups they partook in.The Lakers are slightly lacking in impactful perimeter players, but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue if James and Davis stay healthy. That tandem can put away games in three quarters, which might be key.Keep your eye on Draymond Green here. Draymond claps his hands in frustration even before AD passes the ball to McGee. The play is over then. Without help defense, AD is scoring. With the help, Bradley and McGee are both wide open. The LeBron-Davis pick-and-roll will be lethal. pic.twitter.com/gJZ5vmILfT— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 17, 2019If the injury bug bites the stars, the Lakers could be in a bit of trouble. FiveThirthyEight.com projects the Lakers to win 47 games with a 7 percent chance of making the finals and 4 percent chance of winning it all.Complete teams light on star powerDenver Nuggets, Utah JazzThe Jazz and Nuggets might be under-the-radar picks for deep playoff runs. Both are complete teams.Utah’s dynamic Donovan Mitchell may find it easier to fulfill his potential next to newly acquired veteran Mike Conley. Along with Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert’s elite rim protection and Joe Ingles, the Jazz could be a low-key powerhouse. ESPN’s Zach Lowe projects the Jazz to be legitimate title contenders.But, without the proven difference-maker, can it all add up to a deep playoff run? The Jazz are projected to win 51 games with a 5 percent chance of making the Finals, 3 percent chance of winning it.The Nuggets may be more equipped for a Finals run. Nikola Jokic is a throwback type of star that pioneers an offense trend pre-Warriors revolution. and Jamal Murray is one step closer to being the type of difference-maker Denver will need against the big boys.FiveThirtyEight.com projects the Nuggets to win 53 games, one more than the Clippers, with a 9 percent chance of making the Finals and 6 percent chance of winning it all. Lowe is predicting the Nuggets earn the No 1 seed.Can these upstarts get their games to a Finals-worthy level?Much to like, but noticeable gapsHouston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio SpursThe Rockets are projected to be a regular-season force. The team possesses an analytical edge — in other words, the most prolific scorer in the game, James Harden.Add Russell Westbrook’s uncanny athleticism and this team could be scary; FiveThirthyEight.com has them with the No. 1 overall seed, winning 57 games with a 36 percent chance of making the finals and 26 percent chance of winning it all. Lowe puts them among the top title contenders, saying that swapping Westbrook for Chris Paul makes them essentially the same type of team as their 2018-19 playoff-caliber one.Can the Rockets’ system translate into the playoffs this year? Can Harden’s slow pace match up well with Westbrook’s zip in transition?The Warriors are in strange territory, retooling suddenly after a dynastic run. Not two seasons ago, Golden State was fielding perhaps the greatest team of all time — that 2017 team was straight-up unstoppable.It’ll be hard to move on from that high, but here we are. Luckily, key elements are still present. Steph Curry is the most impactful player in the NBA. Draymond Green can still be the most impactful defender and playmaker, too.D’Angelo Russell is proving to be a strong ball-handler, good passer and nifty scorer — he can take loads of pressure off Curry. His strengths depend on dribble-heavy possessions, so it’ll be interesting to see how he functions within the Warriors’ quick, off-ball offense.rang3⃣ pic.twitter.com/dFeGZE2vw5— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 17, 2019But the Warriors lack depth beyond their star power. With Klay Thompson out until at least the All-Star break with a torn ACL, this gap runs deep. We have yet to see how the team works together with a full arsenal of legitimate centers, too.Despite the depleted firepower, the Warriors could still use the Steph factor and a winning culture to their advantage while waiting to see if a healthy Thompson returns in the nick of time. But many experts like Lowe aren’t sold: He believes it’s a pick-em whether the Warriors or Spurs miss the playoffs. “Multiple team executives have told me these Warriors are one of the most volatile teams they can recall. They could miss the playoffs or win the championship.”FiveThirtyEight.com is a bit more optimistic and has them winning 48 games with an 11 percent chance of making the Finals, a 7 percent chance of winning it all.The Spurs remain the league’s cultural bellwether. A Hall of Fame coach, strong player development and steadfast dedication to the merits of a good ol’ mid-range shot. They have DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge along with young talents like Dejounte Murray and Derrick White that could keep them relevant and give the heavyweights a challenge.Dejounte Murray clamps James Harden and then blows past him on the next play 🔥 pic.twitter.com/b3TNnGxOhR— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 17, 2019But is culture enough without major star power? Can they keep up without shooting the 3 as much?FiveThirtyEight.com has the Spurs winning 37 games.Like the three teams above, the Blazers have a strong culture led by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum — a backcourt that can potentially lead the Blazers back to the playoffs with a new cast in Kent Bazemore, Rodney Hood and Hassan Whiteside adding length beside them.But will lack of defense — especially on the perimeter — catch up to them again?FiveThirtyEight.com has the Blazers winning 41 games, which wasn’t enough a year ago (the Clippers totaled 42 wins as the 10th seed).Young talents on the rise Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans PelicansAll three teams have young players worth watching. And put any of these teams in the East and they’re all firmly in the playoff mix.But they’re in the West, so they’re just trying to figure out how to develop their future stars and build a winning culture.Zion Williamson 🔥26 PTS (9-12 FG, 1-1 3PT)Over the last 2 games: 55 PTS in 50 MINS21-25 FG (84%) pic.twitter.com/4lFiVUWviB— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 12, 2019De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harry Giles make the Kings a fun group to watch.Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis make the Mavs entertaining.The Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball tandem should be must-watch television if Williamson can stay healthy (he sat out the Pelicans’ last preseason game with an injured knee).The rebuilders, retoolersMemphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves.You’ll watch these teams for the sneaky potential that lurks. The Grizzlies have spry and swift Ja Morant, their second overall pick in 2019’s NBA draft.Ja Morant getting fancy with the handles 😮 pic.twitter.com/kYKHl14mtW— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 15, 2019Suns guard Devin Booker still remains an elite shooter in a ‘meh’ organization.And the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — acquired in the Clippers’ trade to the Thunder for George — is a young talent to watch.The Timberwolves have arguably the most talented big in the NBA in Karl-Anthony Towns.last_img read more

A Spring field update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As planting enters the latter stages across Ohio, farmers now turn their attention to pest and disease issues. As Beck’s Hybrids Alex Johnson tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins, cutworms may be coming to Ohio corn fields, along with bean-leaf beetles in young soybean fields and head scab in wheat.last_img

Ultras target CRPF camp, kill 5 jawans

first_imgFive CRPF jawans and two local Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were killed in a pre-dawn fidayeen (suicide) attack on the central force’s training-cum-induction centre in Pulwama’s Lethpora area on Sunday.One soldier was killed in a ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panchal Valley.Indiscriminate fireThe militant squad of at least three was carrying under-barrel grenade launchers and a cache of ammunition, as they arrived at the gates of the 185 battalion headquarters in Lethpora around 2 a.m.“The militants opened indiscriminate fire and launched grenades in their attempt to enter the premises,” said CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav. Three CRPF jawans were injured in the first round of fire and grenade explosions of the militants. “All the three injured jawans later died at the Army hospital,” said a police official.Five more CRPF jawans were injured in the day-long gunfight. “Two more CRPF jawans succumbed to their injuries, sustained while flushing the militants out,” said the official. The militants managed to enter the Group Training Centre, housing multi-storey buildings for the residential quarters, commando training and induction units.Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, S.P. Vaid said there had been intelligence alerts about the attack. According to the police, two local JeM militants, identified as Mazoor Ahmad Baba from Drubgam and Fardeen Ahmad Khanday from Tral, were killed in the operations.“Security forces will remain on standby at the encounter site. We have called off the operation for the night but one more militant is suspected to be hiding,” said the police official.Referring to JeM militants recently killed in the Valley, including commander Noor Muhammad Tantray, the outfit’s spokesman said they will not be deterred but continue the attacks.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah condemned the attack.Sepoy Jagsir Singh was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Rajouri in the Pir Panchal Valley on Sunday.A police official said Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling on the forward posts in Nowshehra sector, Rajouri district, according to reports reaching Srinagar.last_img read more