Irish Water announce plans to fix Falcarragh water debacle

first_imgEngineers from Irish Water held a constructive meeting with elected officials from the Gortahork and Falcarragh area this morning to discuss the utility’s plans to replace two sections of water pipes that are prone to frequent bursts.Councillors were told that Irish Water is committed to delivering water improvement works in Falcarragh and financial approval has been given to progress this through the National Leakage Reduction Programme.This programme is being delivered across Donegal and the rest of the country to replace pipes and repair leaks, targeting and prioritising investment where it is most needed. Irish Water acknowledged the significant ongoing level of disruption to water supply in the area due to regular bursts on the network.Local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig welcomed the news of the planned upgrade of the system.The existing pipework is asbestos concrete, a common pipe material used in the 1980s which tends to burst quite frequently as the pipes reach the end of their life cycle.Commenting Kevin Love, Irish Water said: “This is not an acceptable situation and we are aware of the impact on local residents and businesses in the area. We are committed to dealing with the issues highlighted as soon as is achievable. Irish Water agrees with the need to replace these pipes as a matter of urgency and we have reprioritised water mains replacement work in Donegal to bring this project to the top of our list. “Until the upgrade works are completed, Donegal County Council, in partnership with Irish Water, will work to minimise disruptions due to future interruptions to supply by working to prevent bursts, prioritising any outages that might occur and carrying out all repairs as quickly as possible.”The Falcarragh project is currently in the design stage of delivery. This week our regional contractor Farran’s Construction Ltd began site survey works required for design.There are two sections of water mains planned for improvement:Replacement of problematic rising mains to the Cashel reservoir with approximately 1.7km of new rising main.Replacement of problematic water mains on the distribution network with 1.4km of new water mains. This will include new service connections from the new water main to each individual property. Associated to the design of an engineering project such as water pipe replacement there are a number of regulatory requirements which must be met in advance of construction commencement.Irish Water currently plans to commence the construction of this project in Autumn of this year.A spokesman added “We will continue to engage with the local community and elected officials once the detailed design is complete and dates for commencement are available.“Communications will also issue during the delivery of the project to ensure the local community are kept informed of progress. “The completion of this water network improvement project will provide the wider community in Falcarragh with a more reliable secure water supply and also reduce leakage.”Irish Water announce plans to fix Falcarragh water debacle was last modified: September 6th, 2019 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:FalcarraghIrish Watermeetingpipeslast_img read more

Adventure Racing in Donegal: Exciting, challenging and you’ll love every minute

first_imgThe Donegal landscape was perfected many centuries ago. The glacial movements of the Ice Age have left us a space that is not only stunning, rugged and raw but also the absolute perfect landscape for adventure racing.Anyone who loves cycling will know that Donegal is Ireland’s Mecca for road biking.  Now throw in a stunning run through Glenveagh National Park and a hike up Errigal and you have adventure racing perfection.Gaelforce North. Photo by Martin KalvasterThe lads and ladies over at Gaelforce Events know a thing or two about adventure racing. Often regarded as the pioneers of adventure racing in Ireland they know serious adventure when they see it and Donegal is an obvious choice for anyone who wants a to take on something amazing. Gaelforce North will take place on the 21st of September. This will be the 9th year of this epic race.  Starting out in 2011 as one of the pioneering events in Ireland this race is definitely one for the bucket list. Gaelforce North is sponsored by John West who provide competitors with nutritional advice in the lead up to the race and also have some tasty products at the finish line to help with the recovery after.Gaelforce North. Photo by Martin KalvasterThough these adventure races present a challenge one should never feel that it is beyond them. Adventure racing is for everyone and in general if you can run 10k you have what it takes to do Gaelforce North. The race has a choice of two distances – 63km or 45km, of running, cycling and kayaking. The elation competitors feel at completing a challenge like this is something special. This is making memories for ever, in stunning places like Donegal.Gaelforce North. Photo by Martin KalvasterMany of the competitors who take part in Gaelforce North will travel far and wide. Most competitors would come from the east coast of Ireland but there are also many who travel in from as far away as the US and Europe to experience this mighty race.In 2019 Gaelforce has teamed up with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health as their charity partner. As part of the partnership participants can donate when registering for the event or become an Everyday Jigsaw Hero and raise vital funds for the charity. This event is a great way to experience all that is magical about Donegal. You can find out more on www.gaelforceevents.com/en/gaelforce-northAdventure Racing in Donegal: Exciting, challenging and you’ll love every minute was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:adventure racingenduranceEpickillary gaelforce northlast_img read more

McKinleyville volleyball rallies to down Fortuna in five sets

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Down two sets to one and staring straight down the barrel of a home-opening loss to league-rival Fortuna High School, the McKinleyville Panthers volleyball team scrapped and clawed and rallied to win the final two sets in an exciting 3-2 victory on Tuesday.For Mack coaches and players, the answer came down to having energy in a hot and humid McKinleyville gymnasium.“We were working on the energy and keeping the energy up the whole time,” Panthers head coach Janis Grondalski …last_img

Soil testing — It doesn’t cost, it pays!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Leif, Field Agronomy Manager for AgroLiquidIn today’s agricultural economy it is tempting to take a few shortcuts and not purchase inputs or services that were utilized in the past. Growers need to make the best use of their financial resources, but care must be taken not to cut inputs that can make money. As growers consider their crop nutrition needs it is tempting to forgo something as basic, but important, as soil testing.Soil testing allows the grower to determine the current condition of the soil, including imbalances, deficiencies, and excesses. It also helps identify how much nutrition is already available in the soil so that fertilizer applications can be optimized. A multi-year testing program allows the grower to monitor changes in the soil over time.Planning a soil sampling program requires the grower to know the field. A good starting point for planning a sampling plan is a soil survey map that identifies different soil types in that field. The grower also needs to identify areas of the field that are unique, such as a sandy knoll or wet depression that the soil survey map doesn’t identify. A soil sample should be representative of a similar section of the field, and any unique areas should be sampled separately. The number of acres represented by a soil sample will vary by field but should generally not exceed 20 acres per sample.  The soil test report is only as good as the sample that is sent to the lab.The soil test report can be used to develop a complete nutrient management program for a field, including soil amendments to adjust nutrient imbalances as well as determine the fertilizer application needs for the crop. Using products that can be mixed to address the needs of a field will provide the best opportunity for economic return.Yes, soil testing does cost money — around $25 per sample for a complete test that includes soil characteristics, nutrient levels and base saturation. If, for example, one soil sample represents 20 acres in a field and the field is sampled every three years, the cost of soil sampling averages out to be about $0.41 per acre per year. The information gained from that $0.41 can guide a grower in making crop nutrition decisions that will address the needs of the crop and avoid excesses or deficiencies.If you are not familiar with proper soil sampling procedures, the Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation offers a Soil Sampler Field Certification — kind of a soil sampling 101. Certification will provide soil samplers with the knowledge to provide consistent samples to their labs, maximizing the value of results. Check it out at http://www.rnmf.org/soil-sample-certification/.Finally, don’t overlook your resources. Companies have whole divisions with people specifically trained, educated, and experienced to help you make the best decision based on your farm’s soil data. The time has come to boldly ask us to earn our pay and put our skills to use on your farm. Sound agronomic advice combined with our trusted crop nutrients can provide a balanced fertilizer program that gives your crop a chance to keep you profitable.last_img read more

Brickell and Baggio nominated for NSW Sports Awards

first_imgTwo Touch Football representatives have been named as finalists in the New South Wales Sports Federation 2013 Sports Awards. David Baggio is a finalist for the Official of the Year, while Gary Brickell will receive a Distinguished Long Service award for his services to the sport of Touch Football over the past 30 years. 2013 has been a great year for both Baggio and Brickell, with Baggio officiating at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand in February and named as the inaugural Rick Borg medallist, the Leading Referee at the 2013 National Touch League. He was also named as the Ian Matthew Medal winner for Referee of the Year at the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Referees Awards night in May. Brickell was recognised at the NSWTA Referees Awards night, being awarded for 30 years of service. Brickell was also recognised at the 2013 NSWTA Blues Dinner last weekend, being named the Southern Suns Administrator of the Year for his work with the Wollongong Touch Association.The New South Wales Sports Federation 2013 Sports Awards program provides an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions to sport in New South Wales in 2013. The Awards program consists of 13 categories, including athletes, teams, coaches, officials, organisations, events, media and Distinguished Long Service.The 2013 Sports Awards Dinner will be held at Allphones Arena on Thursday, 28 November 2013. For more information of the 2013 NSW Sports Awards Dinner, please visit www.sportnsw.com.au. Related LinksNSW Sports Awardslast_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddison

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddisonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been urged to avoid signing Leicester City ace James Maddison.That’s on the advice of former United midfielder Kleberson.”I don’t think it would be great for Maddison to join United,” the World Cup winner told US-Bookies.com.”They [Leicester] have had a good start to the season but when you do a big jump from a smaller club to United, it is mentally tough for these players.”They have to be able to learn to adapt to play at a big club. It will be interesting to see if they can, but I don’t know if he will be a good enough signing for United.” last_img read more

No, College Basketball Reporter, It Did Not Seem Like Kentucky Had 7 Players On The Floor vs. Auburn

first_imgA screenshot of a press conference transcript.Kentucky’s men’s basketball team made easy work of Auburn in this afternoon’s SEC Tournament semifinal game, blowing out the Tigers, 91-67. John Calipari’s squad held Bruce Pearl’s team to 33 percent shooting from the field, while making 56 percent of their own shots. It was a dominating performance in basically every facet of the game. Following the contest, a reporter asked Auburn’s K.T. Harrell if it felt like Kentucky had seven players on the floor. It did not. #math pic.twitter.com/JWg0KVMHHD— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 14, 2015Math can be hard sometimes. Kentucky will play in the SEC Tournament championship game Sunday.last_img

Video: Leonard Fournette Can Squat 400 Pounds Pretty Easily

first_imgLeonard Fournette squats during workouts.Leonard Fournette SquatWe’ve already covered here how much of a beast LSU running back Leonard Fournette is. He’s an incredible talent on the field and by the looks of things, a hard worker off of it.Today, Fournette posted a video on Twitter showing him squatting 400 pounds with ease. I had to take a lost so I could cherish this ish @1future 400 easy @LSUfball pic.twitter.com/C1MaFU2SEL— 7⃣ (@_fournette) February 16, 2016That weight is nothing for him. SEC defenders beware.last_img

Video: Philip Rivers Gave A Passionate Speech To NC State’s Players

first_imgPhilip Rivers talks to Geno Smith before a game.CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Philip Rivers #17 and Geno Smith #3 of the Los Angeles Chargers warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Before Philip Rivers was a star NFL quarterback, he tore it up for the NC State Wolfpack, throwing for over 13,000 yards and 95 touchdowns. This past weekend, he was on-campus at his alma mater to help the program’s current squad prepare for the 2016 season.Rivers, in the video below, gives a passionate speech to the team, telling the players to do everything in their life “hard.” He also expressed a desire to get on the field with them right then and there. Enjoy, NC State fans:last_img

Ohio State mens hockey sweeps No 6 Michigan in highscoring series

The Ohio State men’s hockey team continued its recent high-flying offensive performances and collected maximum points against a team equally as potent on offense, No. 6 Michigan. The Buckeyes won 7-4 on Friday at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and followed that up with a 6-5 overtime victory at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus on Sunday afternoon.The first period of Friday’s match was a wild one, with five goals scored in total over the opening 20 minutes. The Wolverines got on the board first, courtesy of a power-play goal from junior forward J.T. Compher. Less than five minutes later, Michigan (20-6-5, 10-4-3) doubled its lead from a shot by junior forward Alex Kile off a counter attack.However, the Buckeyes (11-17-3, 6-8-3) were not fazed by the early two-goal deficit. In a span of 10 minutes, the Scarlet and Gray notched three goals to grab the lead.Freshman forward Dakota Joshua would strike first just after the halfway point of the opening period. Junior defenseman Josh Healey’s shot from beyond the blue line then found its way past senior goaltender Steve Racine to bring the score to even. Then with less than a minute remaining in the period, a shot from freshman forward Mason Jobst took a rebound and fell to the feet of freshman forward John Wiitala, who promptly slotted the puck behind Racine.The momentum was clearly on the Buckeyes’ side, and it became just as apparent that they took full advantage of it.Sophomore forward Kevin Miller collected a pass from freshman defenseman Sasha Larocque and fired past Racine to double the Buckeyes’ lead. Just 22 seconds later, freshman forward Brendon Kearney converted to put OSU up 5-2. This prompted Michigan coach Red Berenson to make a change between the pipes, sending junior netminder Zach Nagelvoort into the fray for the Wolverines.Yet it didn’t make much of a difference, as junior defenseman Drew Brevig took advantage of a shorthanded Michigan side and fired from long range past Nagelvoort for the Buckeyes’ sixth unanswered goal.The Wolverines showed some fight in the third period with the hefty deficit. Sophomore forward Tony Calderone scored twice, giving a glimmer of hope for a potential comeback. However, freshman forward Freddy Gerard would put the final nail in the coffin with an empty-net goal with less than two minutes remaining in the contest. Despite having Saturday off, the Buckeyes appeared to pick up right where they left off when they entered Nationwide Arena on Sunday. OSU coach Steve Rohlik said it didn’t surprise him that both of the contests were high scoring. “It’s almost the way our two teams match up against one another, to be honest with you,” Rohlik said. “I don’t even know what the total goals are, but it’s off the charts in the four games, that’s for sure.“Every time you play (Michigan), at the end of the day you’ve probably got to score five goals to win.” Joshua would put one past Racine to kick off the Buckeyes’ scoring once again. Kearney then doubled the Scarlet and Gray’s lead with a little over three minutes remaining in the period. Just 25 seconds later, junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey would grab his 18th goal of the season and put OSU up 3-0.“It’s nice to know that the bounces are coming my way and coming the way of my line. We’ve been playing well,” Schilkey said. “There’s a few lines that have been putting the puck in the net. It’s kind of nice to get those bounces at this time and we just got to keep that going for sure.”Sophomore defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Zach Werenski’s power-play goal put the Wolverines on the board in the second period. Jobst would then restore the Buckeyes three-goal advantage after his shot managed to trickle underneath both a Michigan defenseman and the goaltender Racine. Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple went on to make it 5-1 with a long-range shot that went over Racine’s glove. Michigan would get back into the contest with two goals in the final minute of the second period. In just 24 seconds, sophomore forwards Cutler Martin and Calderone found the net for the Wolverines, setting up a competitive final period. “Stuff happens. Next thing you know, we give up the goal, didn’t get a penalty, they score on a power play, its 5-3. This team could score just like that,” Rohlik said. “They made it 5-3, and that two-goal lead going into the third, it’s never comfortable.”Werenski’s second goal of the day cut the Buckeyes’ lead to just one with over nine minutes left in the game. Michigan then tied it up with less than five minutes remaining, courtesy of freshman forward Cooper Marody.After three minutes of four-on-four overtime hockey, Schilkey collected a loose puck off a shot from Brevig on the rush and slotted it home, ending the contest 6-5. “Puck just got thrown out of our end. It kind of bounced off their stick weird. I was going the other way and couldn’t really get it to settle down. There I knew they were coming back on me. First chance I could I just ripped it,” Schilkey said on his winning goal. “Next thing I know I’m coming around the net and I see the goalie coming out after (the puck). It was a foot race, and I think I got him.”The Buckeyes’ regular season is set to finish next weekend at Michigan State. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan. OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) and a Michigan player shove each other during a game on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more