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first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Guiao feels Korea has no one to defend Clarkson in quarters “I already beat her before,” Ochoa said. “She was the one who surprised me this time. She got me, and it wasn’t really a close match because I wasn’t able to attack.”Annie Ramirez, another former champion, and five other jiujitsu bets take the mat for the Philippines on Saturday when the country’s athletics bets also see action and BMX ace Daniel Caluag defends the only gold the country won in the last Asiad.“I’m definitely more prepared now than (I was) in Incheon,” Caluag.Carlos Yulo, a day after floundering in his pet floor exercise in gymnastics, finished way out of the medal in the vault at Jakarta International Expo’s Hall D.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boxing got off on the wrong foot over at Jakarta International Expo’s Hall B, with Joel Bacho going down against unimpressive Iranian Kazemzadeh Poshtiri Sajjad, 4-1, in their first round men’s welterweight (69kg) bout.Ochoa, the gold medal winner in the World Tour in London last March, was doing great with two victories before running smack into a Vietnamese foe she had beaten before but one whom she said “neutralized” her when it mattered.Duong Than Minh took the 27-year-old Ochoa out of the gold medal race with a victory by decision in the quarterfinals, making the Filipino go through a dominant victory over Mongolia’s Bayarmaa Munkhgerel in the repechage for a shot at the bronze.Napolis became Ochoa’s foe after going down to eventual champion Jessa Khan of Cambodia, losing by decision in the semifinals.And Ochoa is blaming her inability to dispose of Duong—someone she had beaten before—in the quarterfinals for falling short, and eventually drawing her good friend.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Siramol Deepudsa of Thailand, right, competes with Margarita Ochoa of Philippines, left, during newaza women’s – 49 kilogram jujitsu at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)JAKARTA—Needing to go up against a good friend and teammate, Meggie Ochoa claimed an Asian Games bronze in the 49-kg division of jiujitsu Friday afternoon at the expense of Jenna Kaila Napolis—a medal that may have counted for the country but one she didn’t feel completely good about winning.“I had mixed feelings because I had to go up against a very good friend,” Ochoa said after the 2-0 victory over Napolis that gave the Philippines its sixth bronze medal that went with its only gold won by weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz last Tuesday at Gelaro Bung Karno Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ “It certainly doesn’t feel good, though the country could use the medal (in the tally),” Ochoa added. “Situations don’t turn out the way you want them to be. God has plans for all of us. And I know that there is something better than this (bronze, in the future).”Also to count in the country’s medal haul will be two sure bronze medals in pencak silat, a non-aggressive form of Indonesian martial arts where Jefferson Rhey Loon and Dines Dumaan won their quarterfinal matches against separate foes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Loon scored a 4-0 win over Kyrgyzstan’s Almazbek Zamirov in the 60-65 kg division, while Dines posted a 5-0 win over Pakistan’s Adnan in the 50-55kg weight class. Their next matches will be held on Sunday with Dumaan clashing with Malaysia’s M Nasir Muhammad Faizul.Loon battles Vietnam’s Nguyen Ngoc Tuan for a place in the gold medal match. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Police yet to apprehend farmer who brutally attacked wife

first_img…family living in fearAfter barely escaping the jaws of death, 22-year-old Vashti Mahase, who was brutally chopped on February 24 by her 35-year-old lover, Fazil Oosman, of Lima Dam, Mahaica, is still living in fear as police are yet to apprehend her attacker.The woman, a mother of two, spends each day trying not to replay the incident in her head.The injured woman, Vashti Mahase, shows the wounds she sustained. In this picture, the woman shows her left hand which was fractured, right hand that was partially chopped off, her eyes which the cutlass barely missed and her head that had to be shaved to allow doctors to stitch chop woundsPolice in C Division (East Coast Demerara) are making every effort to apprehend the farmer who lost his temper when the woman told him she wanted to end the relationship.He reportedly carried out the brutal attack on the woman leaving her with broken bones and several chop indentations on her head and other parts of her body.The Divisional Commander, Calvin Brutus, in a brief interview on Tuesday said that the police followed all the leads they were given but were still unable to make an arrest.“What we have done so far is since the discharge of the victim from the hospital we’ve been doing sporadic visits via our patrols to where they are living,” he assured.The injured woman’s mother, Zorina Mahase, told this publication that her daughter was discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Thursday last.Contrary to what the police had stated, Mahase told Guyana Times that since her daughter was discharged, the police never visited her home but noted that the investigators have been calling to check up on her from time to time.She complained that they feel threatened because ever since her child came home, the man has been trying to call her at ungodly hours.Mahase explained that a relative of the man visited the injured young lady just recently.The woman alleged that residents have been sharing information with the fugitive. Young Mahase is currently at her Good Hope, East Coast Demerara home recuperating from the injuries she sustained.Guyana Times was told that she underwent surgery to repair the sliced bones in her hands. Her mother also expressed fear that she might not be able to move her right thumb again.So far, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has reached out to the family to offer assistance.The abused woman’s mother recently said that she was scared for her own life and is contemplating fleeing the home she lived in for several years as the man has been threatening to “finish her off” before turning himself in to the police.Young Mahase was sent to the home of the suspect accompanied by a rural constable to issue a restraining order a few days after he had threatened to chop her head off.Guyana Times was told that in the process of serving the restraining order, an argument ensued between the two and while Mahase’s back was turned, Oosman gruesomely attacked her with his cutlass, firing chops at her face, head, hands, back and other body parts.The rural constable who was with her allegedly ran for cover, leaving the woman at the mercy of her attacker. The family is appealing for persons to make contact with the police if they see the farmer.last_img read more

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Labourer killed in WBD accident

first_imgA labourer has become the latest road fatality after he was stuck down while walking along the Schoonard Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD) on Saturday evening.The dead man has been identified as Ricky Manikchand, 50, of Lot 456 Belle West, WBD. Based on reports received, Manikchand was walking along theThe deceased, Ricky Manikchandroadway when he was struck down by a car, bearing registration plates PTT 7010, which was reportedly going at a fast pace. At the time of the accident, the man was walking alone. It is believed that he might have been under the influence of alcohol. This could not be confirmed.The labourer sustained severe injuries to his head and other parts of his body. The driver of the car fled the scene.The injured man was subsequently rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver of the car was subsequently arrested and a breathalyser test was conducted; however, there was no trace of alcohol in his system. He later told Police ranks that he drove away from the scene because he was scared. He remains in custody and charges are expected to be instituted shortly.Manikchand’s body is at the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.The Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

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Mayor and council clarify positions on seeking re-election

first_imgCouncillors Theresa Gladue and Marilyn Belak are both undecided at this point.Gladue said the demands of her work schedule as Aboriginal education coordinator for Northern Lights College is a big factor in deciding whether she will run again. She said she expects to decide by end of September.She said there have been many highlights in her first term as councillor that would weigh on her decision.“There’s so many positives in being a councillor, because you get to learn so many new things,” she said. “It’s a very good learning experience.”Belak said she would like to retire after nine years on council, but wants to see who else puts their name forward to run to ensure the direction of this current council is maintained.“I’m leaving it open to see what the candidate list is,” she said. “It has been a long, hard drive to put the policies and procedures in place that make this a sustainable community, and I’m willing to continue working on that if I feel in any way that’s in danger.”She said if she does step down, she will be most proud of the way sustainability has been incorporated within the city’s operations at every level.Many of the current councillors expressed their desire to see others put forward their names to run for a seat on council. Nomination packages are now available at City Hall. Candidates won’t officially declare until Oct. 4, and the election is slated for Nov. 19. “I really believe in what the city has been doing, what this present council has been doing, and I want to see it through,” said Kenny. “I guess it’s finishing the job of what we started.”She added the city’s sustainability initiatives, the new arts centre, and ensuring the continued success of the Multiplex are examples of the work she would like to carry on with.Dawson Creek’s longest-serving city councillor, Bud Powell, said he will not be seeking re-election after 12 years as a public servant.“I feel that I have done my time and it is time for somebody else to step into that void,” said Powell.He said he is proud that projects that he has championed, namely the Multiplex and the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts, are completed or underway. He added he has also been pleased to serve as an advocate for the local tourism industry, and he would like to serve at least one more year on the board of Northern BC Tourism.  Advertisement “I’m absolutely running for re-election here in Dawson Creek,” said Shuman. “I’ve had some challenging times, but it has been well worth it and I’ve been very happy to serve the community and I’m looking forward to for another three years.”She said she is not looking to make any specific campaign promises, other than that she will work hard to ensure a healthy, sustainable and liveable community for residents. She added she is prepared to defend the decisions she has made as a councillor, including controversial ones such as the new utility rate structure that was implemented this year.“We don’t make decisions so that we are popular, we make decisions that are right for the community,” said Shuman.McFadyen said he would like to “maintain the course” and to continue work on important policies like the debt management policy and the airport sustainability plan. He added while he doesn’t think the city’s debt is out of control, he would like the next council to focus on debt reduction and investment in core infrastructure like roads and sewers, and avoid any mega-projects.Advertisement “We got everything we need, let’s make sure what we have is working, and get back to debt reduction and infrastructure,” he said.He added he is also prepared to defend the controversial changes to the water rates, saying it was a necessary change to ensure the long-term sustainability of the system.“Sometimes you have to make decisions that are unpopular in the present, but I do know going forward 10 to 15 years down the road that we will have made the right decision.”The retired RCMP officer said he and his wife love Dawson Creek, and he feels he is a point in his life where he has the time and desire to give something back.Kenny said she is running to continue the work she feels is unfinished.Advertisement Mayor Mike Bernier said he will be seeking one more term in that office.“My first term as mayor is something I’ve really enjoyed, and there’s definitely a learning curve going forward, but I’m very happy about the first term and what we’ve accomplished as a council,” he said. “We’ve built an amazing community here, one that I’m very proud to go out and brag about.”He said if elected for another term, one of his goals is to continue promoting the city abroad to the business community, as well as to other communities and other levels of government.- Advertisement -“I want to keep Dawson Creek at the centre of attention, and to make sure we continue enticing businesses to come here,” said Bernier. “We don’t want to be a boom-bust community, so we have to look into the future as best we can and manage what the expected growth is going to be.”He added community engagement and transparency was a big part of his platform when he initially ran for mayor and he believes they have accomplished that aim in many respects, though he said more will be done if re-elected.Councillors Cheryl Shuman, Terry McFayden and Sue Kenny have all indicated they will run for another term this fall.Advertisementlast_img read more

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TROUBLE AT THE COURTHOUSE – JARLA’S VIEW!

first_imgTROUBLE AT THE COURTHOUSE – JARLA’S VIEW! was last modified: October 31st, 2013 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:cartoonJarla’s ViewLetterkenny courthouselast_img read more

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Bailey says time is now

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardAnd after a 31-year career, “I also want to walk away in one piece.” Bailey is scheduled to ride three or four horses on the Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach, Fla. A large group of family or friends will be in attendance for Bailey’s farewell ride, which is expected to be aboard Silver Tree, trained by Bill Mott, who put Bailey aboard Cigar for the final 15 wins in a glorious record-tying, 16-race winning streak in 1995-96. Bailey has been one of racing’s top riders for nearly 15 years, usually ending up on many of the best horses in training. Among his greatest accomplishment was the campaign aboard Cigar, a two-time Horse of the Year who gave him perhaps his greatest win – the 1996 Dubai World Cup. Winning the Kentucky Derby “is probably the pinnacle of any jockey’s aspirations, but if I had to pinpoint a race for me it would be the Dubai World Cup with Cigar,” he said. “Not only was it a victory for me, but I was representing the United States. It was as close to being an Olympian as I could probably ever be.” Bailey often said he didn’t really love horses until he climbed aboard Cigar, and his voice seemed to quiver when he spoke of it. With that, Bailey said Wednesday he’ll retire after riding at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 in the Sunshine Millions. The 48-year-old Bailey will then begin his next career as a racing analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports, where he will be part of about 20 telecasts, including the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup. Bailey cited other reasons for his decision, “but the one that matters the most is I just really feel it’s time – time to spend more time with my wife, Suzee, and my son, Justin.” “He was the most genuine, charismatic horse I think I’ve ever been on in my life,” he said. Bailey will become the latest Hall of Fame jockey to hang up his tack. Pat Day retired in August and Gary Stevens retired a second time in November. Known as a fierce competitor and for being well prepared for every race, Bailey will depart as a seven-time Eclipse Award winner and the nation’s second-leading money earner behind Day. Bailey, with 5,890 wins through Tuesday, has earned close to $296 million; Day retired with nearly $298 million. “What’s great about Bailey is he rode like he was still 25,” trainer Bobby Frankel said. “He wasn’t scared. I was impressed the way he’d go through holes with no fear. And he came into the paddock before the race well prepared. He knew exactly what was going on – he’d handicap the horses and the jockeys.” Some of Frankel’s biggest wins came with Bailey in the saddle – the 2003 Belmont Stakes with Empire Maker, the 2002 Travers with Medaglia d’Oro, and the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Squirtle Squirt. Bailey, who rode primarily in New York, won the Derby with Sea Hero in 1993 and Grindstone in 1996. He also won the Preakness twice and the Belmont Stakes twice – his win aboard Empire Maker spoiled Funny Cide’s bid for the Triple Crown. He won his record 15th Breeders’ Cup race on Oct. 29 at Belmont Park, taking the Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Saint Liam, who is expected to be named Horse of the Year at Monday’s Eclipse Awards dinner. Bailey has won the Classic a record five times. “He’s been the most dominant rider the last 15 years, and one of the most accomplished riders ever,” retired great Angel Cordero Jr. said. “He’s in there with guys like Pincay, Shoemaker, Arcaro, Day. He’s one of us, no doubt.” Bailey began his pro career in 1974, at the age of 17, when he won at Sunland Park in New Mexico aboard Fetch. Bailey battled alcoholism before getting sober in 1989 and wrote about his experiences in “Against The Odds: Riding for My Life,” published last year. Even with a top Derby prospect in First Samurai, Bailey knows the time is now to say goodbye. “One horse or one race wasn’t going to change my decision,” he said. “It’s time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img NEW YORK – Jerry Bailey was thinking retirement for several years and finally, a few weeks into this season, he knew it was time for his illustrious Hall of Fame career to come to an end. “I still enjoy competing in the biggest races on the best horses on the biggest days,” the two-time Kentucky Derby winning rider said. “But to get to those days, there are a lot of routine days and I just didn’t feel the passion I should have felt.” last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL AFTER ANOTHER GLORIOUS DAY OF SUNSHINE IN BEAUTIFUL DONEGAL

first_imgThis Donegal supporter enjoying the good weather in Ranafast.  Beautiful picture of Dunfanaghy beach.  Building sandcastles in Falcarragh.Enjoying the sunshine in Marble Hill.PICTURE SPECIAL: Above are a selection of images sent into us that really capture the beauty of Donegal when its basking in glorious sunshine.The pictures were sent into us by people from all over Donegal who were taking advantage of the brilliant weather.As we all know the Irish weather is unpredictable so it’s important to enjoy it when it’s good because you don’t know when it will be so nice again.The pictures were taken from Ranafast, Falcarragh, Dunfanaghy, Glenveagh and Marble Hill.With the kids still off school on Easter holidays it was the prefect opportunity to get down to the beach.The good weather is expected to last until Saturday so if you’re out and about tomorrow send your snaps into us at info@donegaldaily.com PICTURE SPECIAL AFTER ANOTHER GLORIOUS DAY OF SUNSHINE IN BEAUTIFUL DONEGAL was last modified: April 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnewspicture specialsunshineweatherlast_img read more

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ARDARA MAN HAD CANNABIS IN A&E OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL

first_imgAN Ardara man has pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis – at the Emergency Department of Letterkenny General Hospital.Donal Grace, who is 52 and from Edergole in the town, was arrested by Gardai at the hospital on November 20 last year.Staff had called officers to the hospital. Letterkenny District Court heard that Grace, who is originally from Dublin, suffered from a number illnesses including chronic back pain.He took cannabis to relieve this pain, his solicitor said.When Gardai arrested him he admitted possessing cannabis with a street value of €20 but insisted it was for his own use.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Grace to make a donation of €100 to the Ardara Senior Citizen’s Christmas Ball.ARDARA MAN HAD CANNABIS IN A&E OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Ardaracannabischargeletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

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FIFA AND FAI BRING GIRLS SOCCER PROGRAMME TO DONEGAL

first_imgTHE FAI and FIFA have brought their campaign to introduce more girls to soccer to Co Donegal.‘Live Your Goals’ was successfully launched and promoted in 2011 as part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Germany.Speaking after the inaugural event was held in Letterkenny, Ger Dunne, national women’s coordinator and Irish senior women’s national team assistant coach said: “This is the first time we’ve run this programme in conjunction with FIFA. “It has massive potential to leave a lasting legacy in Ireland. Many of the girls today had never played soccer before, but by the end of the afternoon, they were looking for information about their local clubs, which will only boost the numbers participating in clubs in the Donegal area.”Among the Live Your Goals (LYG) campaign objectives are to spark, foster and establish excitement for women’s football, inspire young girls to play the game and provide a positive experience.Further goals are to break down prejudice against women’s football, turn women’s football into a sport for the masses and, in the long-term, help grow the game at professional level.The LYG campaign outlines clear messages, that women’s football is an authentic and attractive expression of a modern lifestyle. It shows optimism, fun, belonging and physical beauty. Women’s football is not just socially accepted but highly respected and has become an integral part of football development in the country. A FIFA Live Your Goals event was conducted in Town Park, Letterkenny on Sunday 15 July. It was an afternoon of games and activities – testing players’ skills, small-sided games and inflatable foosball. Most importantly young fans got to meet local female international players.Two Donegal natives in attendance to share their experiences were Ciara Grant and Niamh McLaughlin – both players were a part of Republic of Ireland‘s highly successful U-17 squad who conquered the European championships and reached the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.Grant’s earliest memory of playing football was “playing every Monday and Wednesday at Anthony Gorman’s football club in the local pin tavern, which was conveniently located at the bottom of my estate.”Speaking about her international debut, Grant admits it was a nervous experience. “My international debut was for the Irish U-15 schools team against Scotland over in Wales.“I remember it well because prior to the match I had been training as a centre-back… the coach had put me there so I wasn’t going to complain, I would have played in nets if he’d asked. “But I remember the last training before the match he had come up to me and asked where I normally play and I told him centre midfield. Then when he named the team at the end of the session I was named in centre midfield.“I remember this match so well because I was absolutely terrified as I’d been practicing playing centre-back for the previous three months! We won that match 1-0 and went on to win the Bob Doherty cup… two years in a row.”McLaughlin, meanwhile, experienced success early on, winning the school cup and league with a boys’ team. McLaughlin also has fond memories of playing international football.She said: “Every time I play for Ireland is memorable, but beating Germany and reaching the UEFA European U-17 final in 2010 was most memorable, as well as travelling to the World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago later that year.” Both girls admitted: “It’s great to be able to attend events like this and get to share our experiences, while having fun engaging with young players. It’s important for us players to get involved; these young girls are the future of our international teams”Sue Ronan, senior women’s manager said: “The Live Your Goals Festival was a great occasion. We hope by having fun and enjoyment at the festival, that the young girls of Donegal will now develop an interest in the game and stay involved in the future.”Pic courtesy of FIFAFIFA AND FAI BRING GIRLS SOCCER PROGRAMME TO DONEGAL was last modified: July 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FIFA AND FAI BRING GIRLS SOCCER PROGRAMME TO DONEGALlast_img read more

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COUNCIL TO HOLD LONG-AWAITED WIND ENERGY WORKSHOP

first_imgA workshop on the variation of certain wind policies in the current County Development Plan is to be discusse at a workshop at Donegal County Council next Monday.Wind turbines have been a contentious issue in the county for a number of years with many people feeling that Council is ignoring their impact on communities.In 2012 the Council zoned more than 2300 townlands as “preferred for wind farming”, in contravention to a letter from the Department warning them that their wind farm zoning policy was “not evidence based”. This zoning policy that has led to An Bord Pleanála overturning 38 of 42 turbines approved by Donegal county council during 2013, an overturn rate of over 90%.Glenties Wind Farm Information Group chairman Mr Ernan O’Donnell says the Straboy wind farm of 25 turbines on the hills overlooking Glenties town were amongst those rejected by ABP.In a lengthy report extending to over 185 pages the Inspector was very critical of the proposal and amongst the primary grounds for rejection were the high risk to many nearby houses because of possible peat slippage from two massive post construction peat dumps and the danger of massive siltation of the Owenea river system and it’s fresh water pearl mussel population.To that end GWiG presented to Council a variation on its wind policies to restrict wind farming in fresh water pearl mussel river catchment areas, and to introduce a setback distance of ten times by turbine tip height in the interests of public safety. At the reconvened meeting of the council on 9th December there was lengthy debate on the two issues but other issues of wind policy were also raised by councillors.To that end it was decided to hold this workshop and discuss all aspects of wind policy.Mr O’Donnell expressed some frustration at the procrastination of Donegal County Council on the matter particularly when one considers two significant turbine failures in the county in the past nine months neither of which yet has had a report on the incident published. He also stated;“Donegal County Council must recognise the issues raised in the Straboy An Bord Pleanala report, which clearly found Council in breach of EU Habitats Directives in advocating a wind farm in the Fresh Water Pearl Mussel catchment of the Owenea. The Regulations, of 2009, were introduced in response to a decision of the European Court of Justice against Ireland and are specifically intended to support the achievement of favourable conservation status for the Freshwater Pearl Mussel.“The six Sub Basin District Management Plans for County Donegal, which were brought into being for the protection of this species as part of the Water Framework Directive, are all identified in Co. Donegal as ‘at risk’ from wind farm development”. He welcomed the fact that the workshop will still go ahead on Monday and that the outcomes of it will finally be presented to the full Council meeting on 27 January where councillors will vote on sending the proposed changes out for the required public consultation.“Anything arising from the workshop will be bolted on to our already agreed motions for variation; that is, setback distance of 10 times maximum tip height of turbine, and the exclusion of the six Fresh Water Pearl Mussel catchment areas from wind farming. All will then be sent out to Public Consultation. That is what was agreed, as read out by the County Secretary at the December meeting” said Mr O’Donnell.COUNCIL TO HOLD LONG-AWAITED WIND ENERGY WORKSHOP was last modified: January 17th, 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:Donegal County CouncilWind energyWorkshoplast_img read more

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