Article published by John Cannon The collapse of a dam in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil on Jan. 25 left at least 58 people dead and hundreds missing.The dam held the waste by-product of iron ore mining from a nearby mine run by a company called Vale.Vale was involved in another dam collapse in 2015 — called Brazil’s worst environmental disaster — that resulted in criminal charges for several of the company’s leaders and nearly $100 million in fines.Critics of mining practices say that the recent failure of the dam shows that authorities should step up the enforcement of regulations in Brazil. The collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil has killed at least 58 people and left hundreds more missing as they were buried by a wave of toxic mud.The dam, which held the waste by-products, or tailings, from the extraction of iron ore at the Córrego do Feijão mine, was set to be decommissioned soon, according to news reports. But when it failed on the afternoon of Jan. 25, the resulting rush of muddy sludge caught workers off guard, many of whom are still reportedly missing. The cascade swallowed structures and roads, as well as a bus full of people, according to Al Jazeera, before skirting the town of Brumadinho and surging into the Paropeba River where there are early reports of severe environmental damage.It’s the second such disaster for Vale, the company that runs the Córrego do Feijão mine, in a little over three years. In November 2015, 19 people were killed when another tailings dam burst near the town of Mariana, also in the state of Minas Gerais. The resulting contamination of the Doce River from the release of potentially harmful heavy metals found in iron ore tailings had been called Brazil’s worst environmental disaster; 19 died.Now, critics of the company and mining industry practices say the recent breakdown near Brumadinho demonstrates that the industry has not corrected course, despite criminal charges brought against Vale’s leaders and $92.5 million in fines.The onrush of muddy water after the dam broke destroyed structures and swallowed roads and vehicles. Image by Jeso Carneiro via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).Avimar de Melo Barcelos, the mayor of Brumadinho, told the BBC that Vale was “careless and incompetent.”“This tragedy destroyed our city,” de Melo Barcelos said.Fabio Schvartsman, who has led Vale since 2017, apologized for the dam’s failure in a television interview, but he stopped short of accepting blame, the Guardian newspaper reported.“I don’t know who is responsible, but you can be sure we’ll do our part,” Schvartsman. Two days after the collapse, the company and rescuers said that 305 people were still missing.A car swallowed after the collapse of a dam near Mariana in 2015. Image by Senado Federal via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).Schvartsman told a Brazilian television station that experts had signed off on the 43-year-old structure’s stability.“I’m not a mining technician,” he said on television, according to the BBC. “I followed the technicians’ advice and you see what happened. It didn’t work.”Greenpeace laid the blame for the incident on companies like Vale, as well as the Brazilian government. Nilo D’Ávila, campaigns director for Greenpeace Brazil, called the crumbling of the dam “a sad consequence of the lessons not learned.”Satellite imagery shows the contaminant plume flowing from the Doce River into the Atlantic Ocean after the collapse of a Vale-run dam in 2015. Image by Gunnar Ries via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).“Unfortunately, economic groups with strong lobby among Brazilian Congress insist on loosening the rules of environmental licensing,” D’Ávila said in a statement. “Cases like this, therefore, are not accidents but environmental crimes that must be investigated [and] punished.”Paulo Sotero, who directs the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, told Al Jazeera that, while Brazil’s regulations can be onerous, he expected the country to respond to the disaster. Sotero said that enforcement remains an issue.“[T]he laws are pretty good,” he said, “but they are not enforced and we see once again a demonstration of this kind of irresponsibility.”Banner image of the mudslide near Brumadinho via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).CitationGleekia, A. M., & Sahu, H. B. IMPACTS OF IRON ORE MINING ON WATER QUALITY–A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF INDIA AND LIBERIA.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Conservation, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporations, Dams, Disasters, Environment, Environmental Law, Infrastructure, Law, Law Enforcement, Mining, NGOs, Nutrient Pollution, Pollution, Regulations, Rivers, Satellite Imagery, Tropical Rivers, Waste, Water, Water Pollution
The Liberia National Fire Service is to construct a modern fire service facility in Ganta, Nimba County as part of its decentralization process.Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Nimba recently, Deputy Director for Operations Alex K. Dickson said the construction of the fire station is expected to begin by February 2016.He added that the government wants to strengthen security in the wake of the UNMIL complete drawdown.A team of fire service officials on an assessment tour of Ganta, said the people of Nimba must provide an acre of land in an ideal area for the construction of the facility.The team visited the offices of the City Mayor of Ganta for consultations, and requested the city to identify an area for the construction of the fire service station.Ganta is one of the busiest commercial cities in Liberia. It has a population of over 70, 000 inhabitants, and many public facilities, including hospitals, schools as well as clinics. The city also has several commercial banks, including Ecobank, Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), United Bank of Africa, Guarantee Trust Bank and First International Bank (FiBank) as well as stores, entertainment centers and market places. Fire has caused extensive damage to properties in Ganta in the past when residents did not have any means to extinguish fires due to lack of firefighters.However, Ganta city authorities are yet to make an official statement about their request for land for the construction of the facility.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MOST READ ‘Gago’ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol barged into his team’s locker room inside the Ynares Center in Antipolo Sunday night and immediately raised both hands in front of his players.After a 71-68 cliffhanger over De La Salle that clinched a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four of UAAP Season 82, it was as if a huge weight was taken off his shoulders and the rest of the Fighting Maroons, who whooped it up by pouring water on their coach as if they had won the championship already.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Young Azkals in impressive debut “Losing the game against La Salle could have put us in a really difficult spot and increased the pressure on the players. I couldn’t thank the Lord enough for giving us this win.”The Maroons did not win by more than six points in their nine victories so far. Two of their victories came by the slimmest of margins.Heading into the duel with La Salle, the Maroons had a combined 10-point winning margin against National U, University of the East and Adamson.Yet, here they are—armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the next round—and now the only team in the league that can stop Ateneo from completing a 14-game sweep.“Honestly, we haven’t really thought about Ateneo because we’re also looking forward to the playoffs. That’s where we will get our ticket to the finals,” said Perasol.ADVERTISEMENT The Maroons still have one more assignment in the elimination round on Wednesday against the unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles at Mall of Asia Arena, but Perasol said his players needed to let their emotions out after a roller-coaster elimination round.“It was a blessing to achieve this goal,” said Perasol. “I had to allow my players to be proud of what they’ve achieved. They’ve been through so much in the elimination round.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4From Perasol’s initial three-game ban that was reduced to two following his apology to the UAAP, to the closely fought matches they had to play, the Maroons’ campaign has been littered with stress and anxiety.“I think the players and even the coaching staff were really tight because of the pressure that came with the expectations,” Perasol told the Inquirer. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown The stepladder format will be applied if the Eagles complete the sweep and advance to the finals, leaving University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern U to contest the right to meet UP, which will have a twice-to-beat edge in the battle for the second championship spot.“We will be using that Ateneo game to prepare ourselves for the playoffs,” said Perasol, whose outburst in the 63-89 first round loss to Ateneo led to his suspension.“What’s important right now is that we’ve gotten the twice-to-beat advantage which was our goal right from the start.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES View comments
Bolton had been given two weeks to settle their debts at an initial hearing on March 20, but on Wednesday the case was adjourned again until May 8 to allow the proposed sale of the club to proceed.This is the sixth time in the last 18 months that Bolton have faced a winding-up order, which could result in administration or liquidation. The latest one was issued in February by HMRC over debts of £1.2million.The club’s barrister Hilary Stonefrost told the court on Wednesday that Bassini, who attended the hearing, “had proof of funds”.Bassini’s controversial tenure at Vicarage Road lasted only 13 months. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Bolton were given the all-clear to play the rest of their home matches at the University of Bolton Stadium Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury talkSPORT host Jim White spoke exclusively with Laurence Bassini on Friday LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice huge blow 2 ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “Due to a critical failure of the stadium’s IT system, Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Ipswich Town at the University of Bolton Stadium is in doubt,” read a statement on the club’s official website.“Engineers will be working through the night to resolve this issue and the club will provide an update at the earliest available opportunity.”SAG, comprised of representatives of the local council, police and emergency services, lifted their notice after Bolton managed to “reassure” them over safety issues. LIVE ON talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED REPLY talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Bolton were given the go-ahead to stage matches at their stadium until the end of the season, but Saturday’s game could now fall victim to technical problems.The club’s home match against Millwall last month was placed in doubt due to safety concerns after staff, including stewards and turnstile operators, were not paid their February wages on time, but the game did go ahead.Bolton are desperately seeking to complete a club takeover in time to fend off a winding-up petition over an unpaid tax bill.They were granted a further stay of execution by the High Court on Wednesday when controversial former Watford chairman Laurence Bassini was confirmed as the club’s prospective buyer. Bolton’s match at home to Ipswich on Saturday is in doubt because of a ‘critical’ IT failure, the Championship club have announced.This is the latest setback for Wanderers who had been placed under prohibition notice by the region’s safety advisory group (SAG) due to concerns over safety of the fans, however, that was lifted on Thursday before the new problem. Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm)Coventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT Exclusive: Laurence Bassini tells talkSPORT he will lead the club back to the Premier LeagueSimon Jordan says Laurence Bassini takeover is bad news for BoltonThe 48-year-old has twice been declared bankrupt and was banned from holding a position of authority at an English Football League club for three years in 2013 for alleged financial misconduct while at Watford.Bolton’s players meanwhile, have called upon the Professional Footballers’ Association and the English Football League to intervene over their unpaid wages for last month.The squad has returned to training after refusing to do so while non-playing staff were waiting to be paid.
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Martial has reverted to type after a brilliant spell of form following Solskjaer’s arrival at Old Trafford talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Martial is safe at the club, however, The Mirror claim.Man United’s co-chairman Joel Glazer is said to view Martial as the Old Trafford outfit’s ‘Pele’, with the Frenchman his favourite player in Solskjaer’s current squad.Glazer’s backing of Martial was one of the reasons Jose Mourinho failed to sell him last summer, and the co-chairman will stand in the way of Solskjaer’s plans this summer as well. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ shining huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice 1 gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Anthony Martial’s future at Manchester United is safe despite manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly wanting to axe him from his squad this summer.Martial, the France international, has found his position at Old Trafford in doubt following a number of poor displays over the final months of the season. getty deals Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense LIVE ON talkSPORT REPLY REVEALED He was one of United’s best players in the weeks immediately after Solskjaer was appointed the club’s caretaker manager, and the 23-year-old was rewarded with a new five-year contract in January.However, less than five months after penning fresh terms, Solskjaer has become fed up by Martial, with reports earlier this month claiming the forward’s poor attitude in training is a key reason for the manager’s frustration.Solskjaer has already admitted some of his squad may have played their final matches for Manchester United, with a major Old Trafford overhaul expected this summer. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST Leeds vs Derby (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTPortsmouth vs Sunderland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Doncaster (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT The American businessman is joined by Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, in believing Martial is a key part of United’s future.The summer departures of Antonio Valencia, the defender, and midfielder Ander Herrera from Manchester United have already been confirmed, with the pair leaving when their contracts expire at the end of June.
A 1-0 second-leg victory was not enough to save Cowdenbeath from relegation to Scottish League Two following a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Queen’s Park.Despite Greig Spence’s second-half winner, Cowdenbeath paid the price for losing Wednesday’s first leg 2-0.Spence set up a nervy final 36 minutes when he converted from close range, his 18th goal of the season.But Queen’s Park held on and will now face Clyde in the play-off final for a place in Scottish League One.
The under 16’s division 2 county semi-final against Urris will take place next Monday, 31st October in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 12 noon. The girls had a brilliant win against Fanad Gaels in the quarter-final after a mid-week trek up north and deserve a big support to get behind them. Club MeetingThere will be a club executive meeting this Thursday, 27th October. All committee members are asked to attend. Committee members are asked to note that nominations and motions for County Convention are to be submitted by Friday 4th November. If any member has nominations or motions they would like to submit they should present these at Thursday’s meeting. Abbey Centre BingoJulie Kane left the Abbey Centre with a big smile after scooping the €700 summer snowball on 49 numbers. The €400 jackpot was won by John Gallagher of Ballyshannon. On a night of giveaways, even Brendan got a new home after Caroline Finnerty checked out on 42. This Friday is the October big bingo, with a massive €2,700 in the kitty including the €1,000 jackpot game. Books cost just €15 or get the book and a half special for €20. First game at 9pm at the Abbey Centre. You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first week of competition in the under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league took place last Friday. We had 42 players taking part on a great evening for football. Michael Keown’s Team A beat Eoin Doogan’s Team B in a tight game coming from two points down to win by three points in the end. Matthew Fox and Eoin Cassidy were excellent for the winning side, while Stephen Doran, Eoin Doogan and Dara McGloin showed well for Team B. In the other game Finn Coady’s Team C put in a powerful second half to get the better of Morgan McNamee’s Team D by six points. Killian Bradshaw and Barry Campbell put in great shifts for Team C. Games continue again this Friday with the second round of fixtures seeing Team A captained by Michael Keown taking on Team C captained by Finn Coady at 6pm. Team B captained by Eoin Doogan will play Team D captained by Morgan McNamee at 6.30pm. Both these games will be played under lights in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh so all players are to bring €1 to cover cost of lights. Games will be played under Go Game rules, two touch and goals and points counting as one point. The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS. The under 12 indoor league will be staged in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays 4th and 11th November. Teams will be published in next week’s notes. Well done to Sara Jane Keon, Orla Keon and Áine Hill who were part of the successful Donegal team which competed at the under 13 Ulster blitz last Saturday. The second week of play in the Bakery Cup took place last Friday with exchanges again of a high quality. The first match saw Eugene Doherty’s side racking up their second win of the league stages, getting the better of Shane Brady’s outfit on a scoreline of 14-10 to 9-8. In the second game Senan Rooney’s side were unable to build on last week’s win with Mark McGlynn’s men having the better of exchanges and running out 8-6 to 6-6 victors. The Cup is back again for the third week of its four week run with a slight change of schedule. Games are on Thursday this week with all players are to up at the park for 3.30pm sharp and games throwing in at 4pm. Aodh Ruadh under 13 girls booked their place in the county semi-final with a power-packed display against Termon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday afternoon. The girls dictated from the off with a Katie O’Brien point and a brace of Caitlin McGarrigle frees helping them settle into the game. The first goal came from some great direct running by Danielle McGarrigle who struck home confidently. She added a point shortly after before Emer O’Brien drilled home a second goal with a well-placed shot. Another Katie O’Brien point concluded an exceptional half of football from the hosts where the incredible work-rate of the midfield and defence restricted Termon to a single point. Things started better for the visitors in the second half with an early goal, but Aodh Ruadh got the perfect response when Aoibheann McGarrigle rattled home at the other end. After that the scoring rate dropped off significantly and Termon managed to work their way back into contention with a couple of goals. They were also helped by a superb penalty save from a well-struck shot by their excellent keeper. However Aodh Ruadh finished strong and a point from Sara Jane Keon followed by score of the game, an rasper of a goal from Aoibheann McGarrigle, saw the Shamettes take the victory. It was a near perfect display of football from Aodh Ruadh against a strong Termon outfit, everywhere you looked there were heroes in white and green, the starting team was Áine Hill; Orla Keon, Ciara Caldwell, Grainne Maguire; Lucy McGlynn, Ella Clancy, Ailish Gallagher; Caitlin McGarrigle, Tia McFarland; Katie McMullin, Danielle Gallagher, Sarah Jane Keon; Aoibheann McGarrigle, Katie O’Brien, Emer O’Brien. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Next up is the county semi-final against Killybegs in Fintra. That will be this Saturday at 12 noon. We’d love to see a big crowd down to get behind this brilliant bunch of girls. Training is at the earlier time of 5.30pm this Wednesday. Players are asked to ensure they have appropriate gear for the weather. LadiesWell done to the Realt Ruadh Ladies team who were presented with the Division 2 League trophy by Hugh Devanney Chairman of The County Ladies Board in The Bank Bar, Bundoran. The cup was presented to Hannah Doherty and Tara Khan the joint captains of the Realt Ruadh Ladies team. Substantial ground works are under way in the area near Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and are screened off with a safety fence. These works will continue until approximately January. Park / Development CommitteeOver the coming weeks Stephen McGurrin, who has joined us as a schools coach will accompany the County Board coach in local primary schools and then work out a further winter programme which he will assist the teachers with. Contact Tom Daly for further information. On October 26th all of our playing areas will be used for a major primary schools blitz involving schools from south of county, north Sligo and north Leitrim. This is an AIB initiative. Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €6,800. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 2, 7, 9, 17 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Mary E Patton, Lower Creevy; John J McGarrigle, Cashelard; Caroline Finnerty, Parkhill; Mary Donagher, Erne Dale Heights; and Maura Conlon, c/o Peter Conlon. Next draw is in Dorrian’s Hotel with a jackpot of €6,900 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available in the following outlets: Seán Óg’s, The Market House, Dicey Reilly’s, The Limit, Pat’s Bar, The Bridgend, Owen Roe’s, Fin McCool’s, The Lantern, McGinley’s, Pearse O’Neill’s, McCosker’s Centra and Kernan’s Spar and at the weekly and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can’t win! FootballThe under 21’s county semi-final against Naomh Conaill will take place this Friday, 28th October at 8pm in Ardara. Best of luck to the squad and management in this big game for the club. It goes without saying that we want as big a crowd as possible in Ardara. The seniors are down to play Naomh Colmcille on Sunday in Newtowncunningham at 3pm with the reserves due to play the curtain raiser at 1.30pm. There is a nightly charge for the floodlit training field. The team manager who books is responsible for collection of fee and transfer to the Park Treasurer. There are no exceptions.
The Joule Donegal International Rally ended on a high with Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett retaining their title for the second year running. In a superb contest, the defending champions battled it out all weekend with fellow Donegal man, Donagh Kelly, who was unfortunate to slide off the road in the penultimate stage. Once again, Ireland’s only three-day rally was a massive success, bringing drivers, navigators and spectators on a thrilling weekend of motorsport, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way.Climbing from his Subaru S12b, Manus Kelly paid tribute to his family, friends, co-driver, organisers, officials and marshals: “I wouldn’t be here today without the support of my family, friends and sponsors, who all made this happen. My good friend Donall Barrett was faultless on the notes all weekend and the car was a dream to drive. Huge thanks to Eamon McGee and his team who put on the best rally in Ireland and thanks to everyone involved. We’re looking forward to the celebrations!”Taking time out from his debriefing, Clerk of the Course Eamon McGee thanked everyone who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this year’s rally: “The crowds out on the stages were the biggest we have seen in Donegal for many years and everyone was in great form and listened to instructions and obeyed the marshals at all times. We didn’t lose one stage and the rally pretty much ran on time all weekend. The live coverage via our Facebook was absolutely fantastic and we’d great feedback from Irish people all around the world, with tens of thousands of people tuning in to view the weekend action. It was great to be able to share the rally with the diaspora in this way and the Donegal landscape and The Wild Atlantic Way provided the perfect setting for another dramatic finish.”Meanwhile, the Clonakilty Blackpudding Championship contenders had an intense fight all weekend. Alastair Fisher took top points with Monaghan brothers Sam and Josh Moffett claiming second and third place points.The modified tussle was an intense event with another Glenswilly man taking the win. Damien Gallagher, partnered by Mac Walsh, claimed the win ahead of Declan Gallagher and John McCarthy. Top point scorer in the championship was Vivian Hamill.In the Historic category, county Antrim’s Ernie Graham took the overall win as well as maximum Clonakilty Blackpudding points. Stephen Peoples, ably assisted by Kieran Burke, claimed the junior title. Jenna McCann finished third in the junior race, which was enough to extend her push for the Clonakilty Blackpudding Championship junior title. Delighted with the success of this year’s event, organisers are already looking toward next year as plans for the 2018 Joule Donegal International Rally get underway.