Barrier to Fanad Arch deemed ‘illegal’ by An Bord Pleanála

first_imgFanad residents campaigning to restore access to the Great Pollaid Arch have had a major victory this week after their appeal to An Bord Pleanála was upheld.Controversy has surrounded the land leading to the arch for two years after the entrance was blocked and signs erected to stop visitors passing through.Local residents seeking the reinstatement of the original ‘right of public use’ of the land lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála on October 17th, 2017. The Tirconaill Tribune reports that the planning board’s decision has been heralded by the local preservation group as a major victory and they’ve called on Donegal County Council to request the owners to remove all ‘obstacles’ or ‘works undertaken to immobilise public use’ to be removed immediately.Kerri Coll has headed up the two-year battle by the Great Arch Action Committee against Donegal County Council’s decision that works carried out in June 2017 did not require planning permission.She told the Tribune that their appeal has been fully vindicated by An Bord Pleanála ’s decision. She said: “Our committee has always felt that the attitude of the Council was ridiculous and entirely heedless of the effect of this closure on the local community. The people of Fanad have suffered the loss of a much-cherished amenity, and local tourism had been hit by the exclusion of visitors from the enjoyment of the walk out to the stunning rock arch, a natural marvel much frequented since before Victorian times. “When the heavy obstruction appeared in June 2017, the Council refused to do anything, even saying in its Section 5 Declaration that it is not development that requires planning permission. “Everyone knew this was ridiculous and now the Bord has proved us to be right. We call on Donegal County Council to meet its legal obligation and immediately commence the procedures enforcing the removal of the huge concrete blocks and barbed wire that close off the old entrance to the pathway.” The Great Arch Action Committee also intends to make this a front-line issue for newly elected local representatives to take up with the Council as soon as they take up office. Ms. Coll makes it clear: “We expect their full co-operation in ensuring that this long-established path is reopened in time for the coming tourist season as well as for ourselves and our families to enjoy once more.“The Pollett Great Arch is as old as the ocean itself and along with the Seven Arches further south on Lough Swilly is one of the precious tourism gems on the Donegal landscape.”   Barrier to Fanad Arch deemed ‘illegal’ by An Bord Pleanála was last modified: May 25th, 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:fanad archlast_img read more

Warriors’ Kevin Durant on reports of his interest in Knicks: “I have no clue where that stuff comes from”

first_imgPresuming that he opts out of his $31-million player option, where will Durant sign as a free agent next summer? That inquiry had a new twist, … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND — Kevin Durant knew the questions were coming, even before he sat in the interview chair. After all, the questions have remained the topic of conversation throughout his 2018-19 season with the Warriors.last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup squads: Group G

first_imgThe final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams  2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP GBRAZIL Coach: Dunga # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJúlio César3 September 1979 (aged 30)47Internazionale2DefenderMaicon26 July 1981 (aged 28)56Internazionale3DefenderLúcio (captain)8 May 1978 (aged 32)89Internazionale4DefenderJuan1 February 1979 (aged 31)73Roma5MidfielderFelipe Melo26 August 1983 (aged 26)16Juventus6DefenderMichel Bastos2 August 1983 (aged 26)3Lyon7MidfielderElano14 June 1981 (aged 28)41Galatasaray8MidfielderGilberto Silva7 October 1976 (aged 33)86Panathinaikos9ForwardLuís Fabiano8 November 1980 (aged 29)36Sevilla10MidfielderKaká22 April 1982 (aged 28)76Real Madrid11ForwardRobinho25 January 1984 (aged 26)73Santos12GoalkeeperGomes15 February 1981 (aged 29)9Tottenham Hotspur13DefenderDaniel Alves6 May 1983 (aged 27)33Barcelona14DefenderLuisão13 February 1981 (aged 29)40Benfica15DefenderThiago Silva22 September 1984 (aged 25)4Milan16DefenderGilberto25 April 1976 (aged 34)32Cruzeiro17MidfielderJosué19 July 1979 (aged 30)26Wolfsburg18MidfielderRamires24 March 1987 (aged 23)11Benfica19MidfielderJúlio Baptista1 October 1981 (aged 28)45Roma20MidfielderKléberson19 June 1979 (aged 30)31Flamengo21ForwardNilmar14 July 1984 (aged 25)15Villarreal22GoalkeeperDoni22 October 1979 (aged 30)10Roma23ForwardGrafite2 April 1979 (aged 31)2WolfsburgNORTH KOREA Coach: Kim Jong-Hun # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperRi Myong-Guk9 September 1986 (aged 23)28Pyongyang City2DefenderCha Jong-Hyok25 September 1985 (aged 24)31Amrokgang3DefenderRi Jun-Il24 August 1987 (aged 22)26Sobaeksu4MidfielderPak Nam-Chol2 July 1985 (aged 24)35April 255DefenderRi Kwang-Chon4 September 1985 (aged 24)41April 256ForwardKim Kum-Il10 October 1987 (aged 22)11April 257ForwardKim Myong-Won15 July 1983 (aged 26)9Amrokgang *8DefenderJi Yun-Nam20 November 1976 (aged 33)23April 259MidfielderRi Chol-Myong18 February 1988 (aged 22)10Pyongyang City10ForwardHong Yong-Jo (captain)22 May 1982 (aged 28)40Rostov11MidfielderMun In-Guk29 September 1978 (aged 31)42April 2512MidfielderKim Kyong-Il11 December 1988 (aged 21)7Rimyongsu13DefenderPak Chol-Jin5 September 1985 (aged 24)34Amrokgang14MidfielderPak Sung-Hyok30 May 1990 (aged 20)3Sobaeksu15MidfielderKim Yong-Jun19 July 1983 (aged 26)52Pyongyang City16DefenderNam Song-Chol7 May 1982 (aged 28)41April 2517ForwardChoe Kum-Chol9 February 1987 (aged 23)16April 2518GoalkeeperKim Myong-Gil16 October 1984 (aged 25)10Amrokgang19ForwardAn Chol-Hyok27 June 1985 (aged 24)16Rimyongsu20DefenderRi Kwang-Hyok17 August 1987 (aged 22)15Kyonggongop21DefenderPak Nam-Chol3 October 1988 (aged 21)12Amrokgang22MidfielderAhn Young-Hak25 October 1978 (aged 31)24Omiya Ardija23ForwardJong Tae-Se2 March 1984 (aged 26)20Kawasaki FrontaleCÔTE D’IVOIRE Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperBoubacar Barry30 December 1979 (aged 30)45Lokeren2GoalkeeperAristide Zogbo30 December 1981 (aged 28)6Maccabi Netanya3GoalkeeperDaniel Yeboah13 November 1984 (aged 25)4ASEC Mimosas4DefenderKolo Touré19 March 1981 (aged 29)76Manchester City5DefenderSiaka Tiéné22 March 1982 (aged 28)55Valenciennes6DefenderArthur Boka2 April 1983 (aged 27)54Stuttgart7DefenderEmmanuel Eboué4 June 1983 (aged 27)52Arsenal8DefenderGuy Demel13 June 1981 (aged 28)26Hamburg9DefenderSol Bamba13 January 1985 (aged 25)16Hibernian10DefenderSteve Gohouri8 February 1981 (aged 29)11Wigan Athletic11DefenderBenjamin Angoua28 November 1986 (aged 23)7Valenciennes12MidfielderDidier Zokora14 December 1980 (aged 29)80Sevilla12MidfielderAbdul Kader Keïta6 August 1981 (aged 28)55Galatasaray14MidfielderYaya Touré13 May 1983 (aged 27)47Barcelona15MidfielderKoffi NdriRomaric4 June 1983 (aged 27)38Sevilla16MidfielderEmmanuel Koné31 December 1986 (aged 23)12International17MidfielderCheick Tioté21 June 1986 (aged 23)8Twente18MidfielderJean-Jacques Gosso15 March 1983 (aged 27)6Monaco19ForwardDidier Drogba (captain)11 March 1978 (aged 32)63Chelsea20ForwardAruna Dindane26 November 1980 (aged 29)54Lens21ForwardSalomon Kalou5 August 1985 (aged 24)28Chelsea22ForwardGervinho27 May 1987 (aged 23)15Lille2323ForwardSeydou Doumbia31 December 1987 (aged 22)5Young BoysPORTUGAL Coach: Carlos Queiroz # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperEduardo19 September 1982 (aged 27)12Braga2DefenderBruno Alves27 November 1981 (aged 28)28Porto3DefenderPaulo Ferreira18 January 1979 (aged 31)59Chelsea4DefenderRolando31 August 1985 (aged 24)7Porto5DefenderDuda27 June 1980 (aged 29)14Málaga6DefenderRicardo Carvalho18 May 1978 (aged 32)60Chelsea7ForwardCristiano Ronaldo (captain)5 February 1985 (aged 25)69Real Madrid8MidfielderPedro Mendes26 February 1979 (aged 31)5Sporting CP9ForwardLiédson17 December 1977 (aged 32)7Sporting CP10MidfielderDanny7 August 1983 (aged 26)8Zenit Saint Petersburg11MidfielderSimão31 October 1979 (aged 30)79Atlético Madrid12GoalkeeperBeto1 May 1982 (aged 28)1Porto13DefenderMiguel4 January 1980 (aged 30)53Valencia14MidfielderMiguel Veloso11 May 1986 (aged 24)10Sporting CP15DefenderPepe26 February 1983 (aged 27)24Real Madrid16MidfielderRaul Meireles17 March 1983 (aged 27)31Porto17ForwardNani17 November 1986 (aged 23)34Manchester United18ForwardHugo Almeida23 May 1984 (aged 26)23Werder Bremen19MidfielderTiago2 May 1981 (aged 29)49Atlético Madrid20MidfielderDeco27 August 1977 (aged 32)71Chelsea21DefenderRicardo Costa16 May 1981 (aged 29)6Lille22GoalkeeperDaniel Fernandes25 September 1983 (aged 26)2Iraklis23DefenderFábio Coentrão11 March 1988 (aged 22)<3BenficaPREVIOUS: GROUP F << •>> NEXT: GROUP Hlast_img read more

Feral hogs photographed in Central Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though ODNR has yet to confirm feral swine reside in Central Ohio, a Delaware County resident has photographic evidence that hogs reside on his livestock farm.According to ODNR, “feral swine are a combination of Eurasian wild boar and escaped or neglected domestic swine. Introduced to the United States in 1539, they are now present in at least 35 states. Feral swine cause significant damage directly to agricultural crops and property, as well as natural resources each year. “Though this particular invasive species may taste good, it is clear the damage feral swine cause far outweighs their deliciousness. Because of the destructive nature of feral hogs, most Ohio residents do not wish to see this form of wildlife on their property.This map reveals ODNR confirmed populations of feral swine. Map courtesy of ODNR.According to ODNR, “currently, known breeding populations of feral swine have been confirmed in Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties.”Despite the fact that ODNR has yet to verify their presence in Central Ohio, the Delaware County resident that photographed feral hogs on his property has noticed signs of feral hogs for the last several years.“The first indication that we had was some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2013 when we found some scat on the edge of the field,” he said. “We did an Internet search and the closest match that we could find was pig scat.  Now that my wife has a pet pig, I can definitely say that it was pig scat.”In addition to scat, this Delaware County farmer has seen further evidence of hogs on his property the last few years.“We have seen a bit of rooting evidence near the barn and some in the field,” he said. “It doesn’t appear that there are more than a couple of pigs on the property at this point.”According to ODNR,  “ridding Ohio of feral swine will take cooperation between wildlife managers, agricultural producers and hunters. Hunters can aid in removal of swine and are encouraged to do so as opportunities arise. There is no closed season on feral swine.”The feral hog in the photo with this blog was captured on a trail camera in February of 2015 in Delaware County, Ohio.Has anyone else seen evidence of feral hogs outside of the regions confirmed to be home to feral swine in Ohio? I hope the answer is no, but if you have be sure to report sightings by e-mail to the ODNR Division of Wildlife ( leave your comments below or send photos to about your experiences with the feral hog population that unfortunately seems to be spreading in Ohio.last_img read more

Former Bulandshahr legislator found dead

first_imgA former MLA was on Wednesday found dead under mysterious circumstances in his house in Bulandshahr, the police said.Haji Aleem Khan, a Bahujan Samaj Party leader, was found dead in his room, with a pistol lying next to his body, said Bulandshahr Superintendent of Police (City) Pravin Ranjan Singh.According to preliminary information, the former legislator had returned home late on Tuesday night and did not open his door till 10 a.m. the next day.”People knocked on the door and even dialled his cell phone to wake him up. When he didn’t answer the calls, a child was sent inside the room through a ladder after a grill was opened,” Mr. Singh said. It is not clear if he was shot, the police said.Khan’s body has been sent for post-mortem examination.last_img read more

Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove

first_img“And there will be more to come,” Coates said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next This time the Japanese capital wants to remind the rest of the world that China and South Korea haven’t left behind the first economic powerhouse in East Asia. They will use the games to showcase a clean, safe, and innovative city; an urban maze of nightlife, shopping, and dizzying subway lines that give texture to “Cool Japan” and the country’s place as a cultural touchstone.“It’s going to be a good opportunity to showcase Japanese culture, our technology, our products, our good level of service to give impetus to the Japanese economy,” Maki Kobayashi-Terada of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s exactly soft power … to create economic impact,” Kobayashi-Terada added, a fancy term that means translating an engaging culture into political and economic power.Tokyo has billed itself as a “safe pair of hands” for the Olympics, which is everything that Rio de Janeiro wasn’t. The 2016 Games left behind scandals, millions in unpaid bills, and useless “white elephant” venues. But exactly what’s in it for Japan?Kobayashi-Terada said the Olympics will improve accessibility for the elderly and for people with disabilities, modernize infrastructure and drive tourism. She said Japan had 29 million foreign visitors last year, and hopes to have 40 million in 2020. Tourism is booming, particularly from Asia.The Olympics will also try to convince the world about the safety of Fukushima, where a nuclear reactor was damaged after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The prefecture north of Tokyo is a venue for baseball and softball.“There are only some limited villages which are restricted for entry,” Kobayashi-Terada said. “But there are so many other places which are already under recovery. We’d like to show that and thank the world.”But there also hints of scandal.A French-led investigation has been looking into $2 million paid by the Tokyo Olympic bid team — or representatives — to sports officials who have been linked to vote-buying in IOC bid elections. A Japanese investigation concluded the payments were not illegal.“Our committee is different from the bidding committee,” Kobayashi-Terada said. “We believe that we got Tokyo 2020 because our bid was the best one.”And there are domestic doubters.Japan is already a high-tax country that does not need the Olympics to spur building new bridges, trains and highways. Taxpayers have been critical of too much spending on questionable projects.“Tokyo lacks a clear purpose for hosting the games other than city development, and that’s why many people are still puzzled today,” said Yuji Ishizaka, an expert on the Olympics at Japan’s Nara Women’s University. After 2 lopsided losses to Thunder, Durant leads Warriors rout Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Ishizaka said people are bothered by delays and scandals involving the redevelopment plans for Tokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji fish market and the city’s bay area, where several events will be held.And Ishizaka fears the Olympics “may be used to declare the end to disaster reconstruction” in the Fukushima area, suggesting things are back to normal.“The 2020 Games should be a big festival, but we can’t expect much growth and many people, even residents of Tokyo, will hardly notice the changes that Tokyo has gone through,” Ishizaka said.The IOC and local organizers say they’re cutting costs. John Coates, the IOC member overseeing Tokyo’s plans, said recently that Tokyo had cut $1.4 billion from the price tag. Some venues have been moved to other areas, and existing venues will be used instead of building new ones.Coates lauded Tokyo’s transparency and mentioned Rio.“In Rio we didn’t know who was paying what — if at all,” he said.Tokyo organizers say the games will cost about 1.35 trillion yen ($12.5 billion). However, last month Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the city would spend an added 810 billion yen ($7.5 billion) on “projects directly and indirectly related to the games.”The IOC and organizers argue those expenditures fall “outside the overall games budget.” This is a debate that rages at every games: Exactly what are, and what aren’t, Olympic expenses?Koike said the new costs included building barrier-free facilities for Paralympic athletes, training programs for volunteers, and advertising and tourism plans.That puts the total cost at about $20 billion, 70 percent of which is public money. This figure includes the privately run local organizing committee’s budget of 600 billion yen ($5.5 billion). About $2.91 billion of that is coming from national marketing program that has landed 47 sponsors. AFP official booed out of forum Tokyo also marks a watershed for the battered International Olympic Committee.After corruption dogged the games in Rio, and a doping scandal grew out of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Tokyo should be the first of three return-to-normal Summer Games in first-world metropolises. The IOC has already picked Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.And Japan also has hosted two successful Winter Olympics in Nagano and Sapporo.“I don’t think the International Olympic Committee is going to go to a developing city any longer,” Olympic historian David Wallechinsky told The Associated Press. “They don’t want that anymore. They want cities that are ready.”The Pyeongchang Olympics were Wallechinsky’s 18th, and he has researched every Olympics extensively including Tokyo. Those Olympics kicked off when Yoshinori Sakai — born in Hiroshima the day the city was hit by the 1945 atomic bomb — lit the Olympic cauldron.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. This time the Japanese capital will use the games to showcase a clean, safe, and innovative city with great shopping and nightlife. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. Japan was back after just 19 years with high-speed trains, geeky gadgets, and dazzling efficiency.Tokyo’s back again with the 2020 Summer Olympics, this time with something different to prove.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more