BIG CHILL 2: SIX INCHES OF SNOW ON WAY THIS EVENING

first_img1PM: LATEST: DONEGAL is being battered by blizzards again this afternoon as Big Chill 2 continues unabated.The worst hit areas were around Inishowen, the Finn Valley, Gaoth Dobhair and around Letterkenny. The windchill factor in some areas hit -10C.Forecasters are now predicting there will not be a thaw until at least Christmas Eve. There has already been reports of many crashes including a truck that has jack-knifed in Stranorlar while there has also been a crash at Market Square, Letterkenny.Gardai are today warning motorists only to make essential journeys and some schools have decided to close – with many school events such as concerts having to be postponed or cancelled. A full list is in our news section.Roads in and around Letterkenny are treacherous this afternoon – with 15 CMs of snow on the way this evening.Roads around Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Ardara and Killybegs are poor this morning and motorists are told to avoid travelling south into Sligo. Many roads across the Border in Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh have been hit with heavy snowfalls.The Barnesmore Gap is ‘poor’ – and there are large tailbacks through Stranorlar.There are also now reports that Meearoy has been closed as more heavy snow starts to fall.There is a severe weather warning for later today with forecasters predicting a prolonged and heavy snowfall this afternoon.And there’s worse to come – with more snow and ice forecast for tomorrow, Sunday and Monday – with Met Eireann forecasting a thaw on Christmas Eve, with rain on Christmas Day. From midday today, Donegal County Council will suspend gritting services to hundreds of kilometres of local roads thanks to a lack of salt from the National Roads Authority which has been accused once again of diverting supplies to Dublin and the south of the country.The weather will also hit local traders just when they need the business most – and anyone hoping to get presents online may find they won’t arrive in time for Christmas Day.The fall-out from the chaos on the roads is set to continue with local politicians accusing the Government of once again hanging the North West out to dry.“The bottom line is that Donegal has been left hung out to dry again. Once again we have been left to fend for ourselves,” said Councillor Jimmy Harte. “In fairness to council officials and staff on the ground, they can only work with what they have. I have no doubt that council officials will be working flat out in the coming days.“But the bottom line is that we simply do not have enough salt to treat all the roads and the responsibility for that rests with Minister Noel Dempsey.“You can bet the Minister’s own constituency is not short of salt,” fumed Colr Harte.A further weather update will follow soon…….BIG CHILL 2: SIX INCHES OF SNOW ON WAY THIS EVENING was last modified: December 17th, 2010 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

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Lough Swilly is an “environmental disaster”, High Court told

first_imgLough Swilly is an “environmental disaster” due to the alleged failure of the marine authorities to properly control farming of oysters there, the High Court has been told.“What is happening in Lough Swilly currently is an environmental disaster”, said Paul Bradley, chairman of the Lough Swilly Wild Oyster Society Ltd (LSWOS), whose members fish for native oysters. Peter Finlay SC, for the society, secured leave on Tuesday from Ms Justice Miriam O’Regan to seek orders quashing the issuing by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine last December of certain licences concerning farming of non-native oyster species in Lough Swilly.The Irish Times reports it also wants orders requiring its appeals over those licences to be considered by the Aquaculture Appeals Board.In proceedings against the Minister and the board, the LSWOS claims a number of licences issued last December to Lough Swilly Shellfish Growers Co-Operative Society Ltd (LSSGCS) were issued in excess of the Minister’s powers under the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997.In court documents, Mr Bradley, of Umircam, Buncrana, said the LSSGCS was granted foreshore and fish culture licences in 1994 by the Minister for a 10 year period.DetrimentWhile LSSGCS had applied in 2004 for their renewal, the Minister only made a decision on renewal last December, 13 years later and during which time the licensee was permitted continue its activities to the “detriment” both of the LSWOS and of native oysters in Lough Swilly, he said.The Minister purported to grant licences retrospectively licensing the LSSGCS activities over the past 13 years and for the coming ten years but the Minister had no power to do so, he claims.Mr Bradley said his society does not object in principle to the granting of a licence, “properly regulated”, in Lough Swilly, and nor did it object to the proposed licensee, LSSGCS.The LSWOS’ concern is the marine authorities’ refusal to hear its “valid” complaints about the survival of oyster fishing in Lough Swilly and its wider concern about “widespread and uncontrolled” interference with fishing of native oysters there.Mr Bradley said the LSWOS has about 35 members with 16 active fishing vessels and 24 active fishing licences issued by Inland Fisheries Ireland.Its members have been fishing for native oysters in Lough Swilly for about 25 years but the natural fishing grounds have been eroded over time by introduction of non-native species farmed under licences granted by the Minister, he said.Expert surveys commissioned by the LSWOS showed the impact of the introduction of the Pacific oyster for farming in the lough under licences which have either been abandoned or neglected, he said. That had left behind a “mass of untended Pacific oysters that have spread and taken over the beds in which native oysters are produced”.The licences subject of this case were purportedly granted on December 7th and 12th last and a notice had stated an appeal could be made within one month of publication.After he submitted an appeal on January 9th, the board informed him on January 23rd the licence decision was published on December 7th and his appeal was out of time.This was despite an email of December 21st from the board stating the last day for appeals was January 15th because of three bank holidays in the month, he said.When he wrote on January 24th referring to the email, he was again told the time for lodging appeals expired on January 8th. After another query from him on February 6th, the board told him on February 7th it was awaiting clarification from the department and could not formally respond.The failure to consider the appeal is irrational, unfair and unreasonable, he claims.Lough Swilly is an “environmental disaster”, High Court told was last modified: March 8th, 2018 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:donegalHIGH COURTLough Swillyoysterslast_img read more

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IPL 2017: KXIP captain Glenn Maxwell irritated at ‘shit’ question, storms out of press conference

first_imgIt was a night to forget for the Kings XI Punjab, who were handed a 51-run drubbing by Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Saturday. (More IPL News)Sam Billings (55) hit his second IPL half century and New Zealand left-hander Corey Anderson’s brisk 39 off 22 balls gave Daredevils a strong total of 188/6.Kings XI Punjab were tied down early by the left-arm spin of Shahbaz Nadeem (2/13) and later seamers Chris Morris (3/23) and Pat Cummins (2/23) picked up five wickets between them to restrict the opposition to 137/9.No.7 batsman Axar Patel top-scored with 44 before Morris clean bowled the left-hander off the last ball. Both teams now have four points with two victories, but Daredevils have played one game less than Kings XI. (We failed in all three facets of the game, rues Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell)Facing the media afterwards, KXIP captain Glenn Maxwell was asked about his weakness against spin bowling and the Australian all-rounder reacted angrily before walking out of the conference.Maxwell was out for a duck to Delhi leg-spinner Amit Mishra.”That’s a shocking question,” Maxwell said.”Do you understand in the last three games I’ve hit leg-spinners for six repeatedly?”S*** question,” he said before leaving the room.Maxwell, who was made the KXIP captain before the start of this edition, has scores of 44 not out, 43 not out, 25 and 0.Maxwell’s episode is the latest addition to foreign players losing their cool in a fast-paced tournament like the IPL. (Manjrekar says, ‘I can be critical but never insulting’ on Kieron Pollard)advertisementEarlier, West Indian and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard had gone on a tirade against Sanjay Manjrekar because he somehow believed the former Indian batsman had called him “brainless” on air while commentating on his batting limitations.However, all Manjrekar had really said was that Pollard did not have the the range to play up the order at No.3. The temperamental West Indian was convinced Manjrekar had crossed the line and ended up tweeting some very harsh words to express his disappointment.last_img read more

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