Arranmore Island Dolphins – Copyright John Rafferty Photography 0868320007THIS was the incredible scene this week off the Donegal coast as dolphins danced in the Atlantic.The pictures were taken by well-known local photographer John Rafferty.The dolphins were having fun in Arranmore bay. Said John: “Arranmore Island has become a real hotspot for seeing Bottlenose Dolphins over the last couple of years.“At times they even travel alongside the ferry!”John says it’s difficult to photograph dolphins out of the water.We reckon he’s done an incredible job. And with shots like these, it could have tourists flocking to the island on the ferries in coming weeks.John Rafferty Photography 0868320007Arranmore Island Dolphins – Copyright John Rafferty Photography 0868320007Arranmore Island Dolphins – Copyright John Rafferty Photography 0868320007 WOW! DOLPHINS PUT ON DAZZLING DISPLAY OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: July 27th, 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:WOW! DOLPHINS PUT ON DAZZLING DISPLAY OFF DONEGAL COAST
An estimated €108,000 in State funding has been spent since January on security services at an empty hotel in Co Donegal earmarked to open as a direct-provision centre.The Department of Justice funded 24-hour security services at the Caiseal Mara Hotel in the village of Moville on the Inishowen peninsula which was set to open as a direct-provision centre earlier this year.The hotel, where about 100 asylum seekers are still due to be housed, was severely damaged in November 2018 following an arson attack. Invoices released to The Irish Times under Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts show the contractor selected to run the direct-provision centre requested payments of €36,614 over a 10-week period in early 2019.The fortnightly bills were between €7,169 and €7,749 each between late January and early April 2019. to cover the cost of employing 24-hour security staff.Invoices from Orbit Security in Letterkenny to the contractor Bridgestock Care Limited show the company charged about €3,616 per week.Emails released under FOI show the department agreed to reimburse Bridgestock up to €5,000 per week for the cost of securing the hotel. Correspondence dated December 2018 reveals Bridgestock chief executive Michael Gillen warned the amount of work needed on the hotel following the fire had caused “huge frustration and delays in trying to get things done”.Mr Gillen wrote that the owner of the hotel had requested that no works take place until the insurance claim assessment for the fire damage was completed.He noted that 12 staff had already been recruited and trained to work in the centre and warned of “everyday costs” that had arisen since December 4th.For full story see https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/state-spends-more-than-100-000-guarding-empty-donegal-hotel-1.3990185More than €100,000 spent safeguarding empty Donegal hotel was last modified: August 22nd, 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:000arsonattackCaiseal Maradonegalmoville€100
Councillors of the Letterkenny-Milford area have passed a motion calling for signs to alert the public to the dangers of contracting Lyme Disease from ticks.The council will work with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to explore options for placing signage at Glenveagh National Park and local woodlands.The signs are expected to be proposed countywide after Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District Mayor John O’Donnell raised the matter with the local authority on Tuesday. Cllr O’Donnell said that many local Lyme Disease sufferers brought the issue to his attention.Lyme disease is a debilitating bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks. Not every tick carries Lyme, but it is estimated that 6-10% of the insects are carriers.Cllr O’Donnell said that awareness of the illness is growing as more people get diagnosed. However, those who can afford to Germany for specific diagnoses are facing significant challenges as their results are often not recognised by Irish doctors.Cllr O’Donnell welcomed the response from the council as they plan to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service under the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Small area of Donegal seeing high incidence of Lyme Disease, says expertLyme Disease warning signs to be erected in Letterkenny-Milford area was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr John O’Donnellletterkenny-milford municipal districtLyme Diseaseticks
The performance was far from perfect, but the result was everything Del Norte could have hoped for, as the Warriors defeated the Tigers 7-2 in Big 5 softball action at Arcata High Tuesday afternoon.The win lifts the Del Norte girls into a tie with McKinleyville atop the Big 5 standings, with each team off to a perfect 3-0 start early in the campaign.The visitors broke open a tight game with four runs in the top of the third and took advantage of too many Arcata errors and some solid pitching …
TORONTO — After initially anticipating that DeMarcus Cousins would miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs because of a torn left quadricep muscle, he will be active for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. Does Warriors coach Steve Kerr know how much Cousins will play, though?“Yeah I do,” Kerr said following morning shootaround on Thursday. “But I’m not going to tell you.”Cousins completed three scrimmages in the past week after receiving clearance to begin …
The war of words between the BJP and Opposition over management of the floods continues with the Congress and its senior leadership being accused of politicising the rescue and relief operation. This follows former chief minster Prithviraj Chavan’s allegation last week that the government was biased against the flood-hit western Maharashtra and may have responded differently if it had affected Vidarbha, a BJP stronghold and home to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. State unit BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari pointed out that the CM had cancelled his Vidarbha tour and returned to Mumbai to hold an emergency cabinet meeting. “He then went to New Delhi to participate in the last rites of Sushma Swaraj only to come back and visit Kolhapur the same day. This CM is 24×7 focussed. He even cancelled a tour to Russia,” said Mr Bhandari. Comparing the relief work to that during the 2005 floods, Mr. Bhandari said while over a thousand people had died then, not everyone was adequately compensated by the then government. Not everyone benefited from the State’s schemes and the Congress should ponder over the fact that it left Mumbai to fend for itself under the watch of its then leader from western Maharashtra, he said. “Mr. Chavan should be concerned about the work done by his party’s government during the 2005 floods,” Mr. Bhandari said.
India’s Ayonika Paul competes during the Women’s 10m Air Rifle shooting competition at the 17th Asian Games at Ongnyeon International Shooting Range in Incheon in South Korea on Monday, September 22. AP Photo.India on Monday finished sixth in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event that saw the Chinese team being stripped of the world record and the gold medal after the disqualification of one of its shooters here in the 17th Asian Games.The Indian team comprising Ayonika Paul (417.7), Apurvi Chandela (413.8), and Raj Chaudhary (407.6) finished sixth with a tally of 1239.1. Ayonika, a silver medallist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, also qualified for the final after she finished third in the qualifying round.The Chinese trio of Yi Siling, Zhang Binbin and Wu Liuxi combined for 1253.8 points to win the team gold at Ongnyeon International Shooting Range, breaking the previous world record set by their own teammates last year by 0.1 point, according to the games’ site.Zhang later got disqualified for using unauthorised equipment for the event, costing her country the gold and the world record, which would have been the first from shooting at this Asiad in South Korea’s Incheon city.Iran moved up from silver to gold with 1245.9 points, and South Korea grabbed silver with 1241.6. Singapore won bronze after getting 1241.1.In the team component, the combined scores of three shooters for each country in the individual qualification round determine the medalists.