Azarenka beats error-prone Williams to win BNP Paribas Open

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP): Victoria Azarenka defeated error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open yesterday, returning Azarenka to the world’s top 10 for the first time since August 2014. Clearly the crowd favourite, Williams gave fans little to cheer about on a 918 (328C) day in the California desert, while making 33 unforced errors. After getting broken to trail 3-0 in the second set, Williams returned to her seat and smashed her racket. Trailing 5-1, Williams won three straight games and held two break points on Azarenka’s serve in the last game. But Williams ended the match with three straight errors. It was Azarenka’s first victory over the top-ranked Williams since the Cincinnati final in August 2013. She will move up seven spots to No. 8 in the WTA Tour rankings today. Azarenka, who won here in 2012, hit just 10 winners and had 20 unforced errors in the two-hour match. She connected on 60 per cent of her first serves and broke Williams’ serve three times. Williams converted just one of 12 break chances. Williams was back at Indian Wells after ending her 14-year boycott last year, and the crowd, including Queen Latifah, was eager to support her. One fan held up a sign reading, “Go Serena. We straight outta Compton,” in a nod to the gang-infested Los Angeles suburb where the Williams sisters learnt to play tennis. But there was none of Williams’ trademark fist-pumping and screams of “Come on!” She hit just 22 winners. Azarenka and Williams met for the 21st time in their careers, with Williams now owning a 17-4 edge. The only player she has faced more in her career is older sister Venus, who watched grim-faced from a box after losing early in her return to Indian Wells for the first time since 2001. Williams was warmly welcomed back last year only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semi-final. She got emotional while accepting the runner-up trophy, tears welling in her eyes, after tournament officials thanked her and Venus for ending their boycotts. “Thank you so much for the cheers,” Williams said. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me.” Azarenka was gracious in victory, thanking Williams for her hard work that motivated the Belarussian to raise her game. Williams playfully stuck out her tongue as she walked past Azarenka posing with the winner’s crystal trophy on her way off the court.last_img read more

Police Vows ‘Fire for Fire’

first_imgThe Liberia National Police (LNP) have vowed to return “fire for fire” after arresting a Lebanese national identified as Hichen Alkhatib, for alliedly supplying very fearsome face masks used by alleged armed robbers, “We are not going to sit there and allow criminals to shoot at the police anymore and go free; we are going to return fire for fire. We are going to engage them with arms for arms,” Col. Chris Massaquoi vowed on Monday, September 8 when he addressed a press conference at the LNP headquarters in Monrovia.Alkhatib is believed to be the proprietor of the 750 Shopping Center situated on Somalia Drive in Gardnerville, a suburb of Monrovia.The police chief claimed Alkhatib’s face mask was arrested with a suspect named Sam Dixon (alias ERU), who had allegedly robbed several residents within the Somalia Drive community.Director Massaquoi further claimed that another two most notorious armed robbers, only identified as Lasso and Alieu, whom he said, were still on the run, are close associates of Alkhatib.“Our investigation so far established that the green face mask used by armed robber Sam Dixon, alias ERU, was supplied by this Lebanese national,” the Police chief stated.“Consequently the police conducted a search on the home of this Lebanese and retrieved five additional pieces of the identical green face mask that was arrested from ERU,” he further added.At the same time, Director Massaquoi disclosed that eight other robbers have been arrested and were undergoing interrogations at the LNP’s headquarters in Monrovia.The eight are alleged to have carried out their act in the Paynesville and Somalia Drive communities.  “They were arrested with various kinds of dangerous weapons including arms and knives among others,” IG Massaquoi added.“These criminals, we believe, have been terrorizing peaceful residents and taking away their personal belongings.”He named a single barrel pistol, a cutlass, toy gun (pistol), two single barrel ammunitions, six pieces of green masks, two Chinese headlights and long military trousers as some of the materials retrieved during the raid.Other items retrieved, he said; include laptops, cell phones and computer accessories.According to him, they were making effort to apprehend another five suspected armed robbers believed to be on the run.“We are exerting frantic efforts to arrest Lewis Kennedy, alias Prof; Kessely Mulbah, alias Kizo; and Patrick Wah, alias Color Boy.”The police chief also admitted that his office has received numerous reports of a group of individuals roaming around communities, especially Paynesville, allegedly dressed in uniforms resembling those of the LNP.“In order to address the issue, we have met private security entities whose uniforms have similarity to the LNP to immediately desist from using them from now on, and they are cooperating,” he disclosed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We are proud of our achievements over the past 50 years” – President Granger

first_img…recognises contributions of past presidents, previous administrationGuyana today celebrates its 50th Independence anniversary after centuries of being colonised, and as the country moves on, President David Granger said focus will have to place on ensuring that a sustainable path is paved for future generations.In his independence address to nation, the Head of State said noted that the country’s foreparents laid the foundation for creating this unique new nation. He stated that Guyanese are paying homage to their ancestors, whose yawn for freedom and rebellion would have empowered them to confront the greatest of adversities and to overcome the most dangerous adversaries.The President added that the empowerment of the disenfranchised masses through the advocacy of mass-based organisations, the attainment of universal adult suffrage and the achievement of constitutional reforms combined to intensify the demand for self determination and independence. He stated that Guyanese are paying tribute to men and women who were part of this historic and heroic struggle for self determination.“We can enjoy freedom today because of their consciousness, their courage and their commitment to the cause of freedom,” he stressed as he recalled those martyrs who struggled and made sacrifice that eventuated into national independence.“Our people’s ardent aspiration and arduous struggle for political independence molded our national identify,” Granger said while adding “Independence infused the qualities of audacity and tenacity in our people. It fortified our determination to be masses of our own destiny. It created new institutions on which to erect the pillars of a new nation.”Moreover, he pointed out that independence allowed the country to adopt its own symbols of nationhood, which Guyanese are proud of as it boosts national pride among them. According to Granger, independence created the need for new institutions to preserve the country’s achievements, promote the development of the nation and to protect the rights of it’s citizens.The Head of State went onto recognised the contributions of the past presidents and the previous administration all of whom played a significant part in adding to the country’s development.“We are proud of our achievements over the past 50 years. We are proud of efforts to deliver our people from dreary loggies, shanties and tenement yards and to open the doors to family homes,” Granger said. He also acknowledged the works of artist, composers, dancers, dramatist, writers, the talents of sportsmen and women, and brilliance of scholars and labours of working people, stating that their contributions too over the past decades will never be forgotten.Furthermore, President Granger outlined that Guyana has made headways in its development while at the same time facing threats to its territorial integrity over the past 50 years from two of its neighbours. Granger praised the past leaders for their vision to guide and ability to sustain the country over the past 50 years against these adversities.On this note, the Head of State posited that the Guyana’s Golden Jubilee is an opportunity to strategise and plan ahead in order to fulfill obligations to future generations. “We look ahead to our next 50 years and to the challenge of realising the good life for all of our citizens. Independence is our birth right, independence vested in us the duty to protect our nation and to purse the best interest for all generations,” he remarked.According to the Head of State, the good life entails the absence of poverty, presence of equity, creation of an enlightened citizenry through education, effective stewardship of natural resources and creation of employment for its people.“Our mission for next 50 years must be to expand economy to ensure equality, to improve education, to protect the environment and to provide employment for all,” he stated, while adding that Guyana has bountiful resources, both human and natural, to achieve this vision.Granger said that while the country has made headways in uniting its people, efforts in this vain will continue to be pursued especially in the area of geographic inequalities between the coastland and the hinterland, and urban and rural communities.“The Hinterland, despite its endowment, remains underdeveloped plagued by poor infrastructure and environmental hazards. The disparities in development and in households between hinterland and coastland must be removed if we are to become a more equal nation,” he stated as he outlined a massive developmental plan for the hinterland region.Granger reiterated the desire of his Administration to have inclusive governance. He also reiterated his commitment to the green economy initiative, which he said will be the guiding principle for sustainable development, as he mentions plans to capitalise on the country’s resources.“Guyana’s future is green. A green economy will protect us from the most adverse effects of climate change. It will ensure a clean environment and reduce pollution. It will preserve our valuable biodiversity. It will ensure that all of our energy needs eventually will be met from sustainable sources. It will catalyse investments in eco-tourism,” the President stated.last_img read more

India’s PM to visit Guyana later this year

first_img…Guyana is ideally placed to become a ‘solar state’ – GrangerPresident David Granger has said Guyana’s ‘green’ development thrust is not merely about environmental and economic security, but is also about energy security.Speaking at the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit held on Sunday in New Delhi, India, the Guyana Head of State told world leaders that Guyana is strategically located in relation to the Equator, and that puts this country in an ideal position to become a ‘solar state’.“Its [Guyana’s] strategic location in the Tropic of Cancer and a mere 6.8 degreesHeads of States and delegations who attended the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit held on Sunday. In front are Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macronnorth of the Equator makes it suited for solar energy generation. It enjoys an average of 12 hours of daylight all year round, with consistently high levels of solar insolation,” he detailed.President Granger told the high-level forum that Guyana’s low population density of 3.5 persons per square kilometre (km2) and the fact that many of its hinterland communities are small and isolated make solar energy a necessary response to the challenges of its demography and geography.He explained that the development of solar energy-generation options by reducing the negative effects of the use of fossil fuels would ensure improved air and water quality while mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.“Guyana has begun to transition to increased solar power generation and use. Solar farms are being planned and established, solar-powered street lights are being installed, and Government buildings are increasingly being equipped to use solar energy. Incentives are being offered to encourage this transition to solar technologies,” he explained.“Guyana has the physical conditions for increasing (solar power) generation, but needs technologies to develop capacity in the solar energy sector. Much more needs to be done in other fields, such as education, communication, transportation and housing,” the Head of State detailed.President Granger called on the ISA to ensure that sun-rich states such as Guyana have access to the necessary solar technologies; and urged this international body to ensure that small states benefit from investment, innovative technologies, photovoltaic infrastructure, information-sharing, and the dissemination of scientific and technological data.He said the ISA represents a leap forward towards ensuring that solar power becomes more accessible and more affordable to more people.“Small states are limited not only in size, but usually also in human resources, technology and capital. Small states need support in the form of investment, innovative technology, infrastructural photovoltaic systems, and capacity-building in order to close the technological gap with larger and richer states. The International Solar Alliance, from the start, should support the energy ambitions of the small sunbelt states by promoting investment-financing mechanisms for solar technologies,” President Granger said.He pointed out, too, that the ISA must promote information-sharing and technology transfer relative to solar energy, and capacity-building in the solar energy sector.Guyana signed and ratified the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance on January 30, 2018. The President has described the ‘Alliance’ as an essential element in ensuring energy, economic and environmental security.The ISA Framework Agreement was launched on November 30, 2015. ISA is an action-oriented international and inter-governmental organisation that aims to maximise the harnessing of solar-energy potential, modernise energy systems, universalise access to energy, accelerate economic development, and alleviate poverty.This Solar Summit was hosted jointly by the Governments of India and France.Meanwhile, President Granger and Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi have pledged to strengthen the historical ties between Guyana and India through increased cooperation. During a bilateral meeting held in New Delhi, India, Prime Minister Modi told President Granger that India is willing to do whatever it can to support Guyana’s development and pointed out that there are many areas for cooperation, particularly in the sugar and oil sectors. Guyana’s Head of State visited India to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit.During the meeting, the two leaders reviewed the scale of Guyana-India relations and agreed to continue discussions when Prime Minister Modi visits Guyana later this year. President Granger also used the opportunity to update his Indian counterpart on the developments regarding the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy and expressed his appreciation for India’s support for Guyana on this matter, for which a final resolution will be sought at the International Court of Justice.This meeting follows closely on a visit to India, in January of this year, by a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge during which Guyana and India signed three cooperation agreements-one on renewable energy, one on cultural exchange and the framework agreement on ISA.last_img read more

15 year-old missing from Dawson Creek; could be in Alberta

first_imgThe Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for your help in locating Madelyn Whyte.The 15 year-old has been missing since January 15, 2016. Whyte is a indigenous female that is 5’3 tall, 130 pounds with a small to medium build. Whyte has brown eyes and long black hair. The RCMP believe she may have dyed her hair blonde.She was last seen wearing greyish/black hoody, black tights with rips across the thighs, and carrying a backpack.- Advertisement -It is believed that she could be somewhere in Alberta but police cannot confirm her exact whereabouts and are concerned for her safety.If you have seen Madelyn or know her whereabouts, please contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or call 911 immediately if located.last_img read more

German FA boss rejects Ozil racism charge, but admits mistake

first_img0Shares0000Reinhard Grindel, the president of the German Football Association (DFB), has strongly rejected allegations of racism aimed at him by Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who retired from international football last Sunday. © AFP/File / Daniel ROLANDBERLIN, Germany, Jul 26 – The chief of the German Football Association (DFB) on Thursday rejected accusations of racism by Mesut Ozil, but admitted he should have done more to protect the midfielder against discriminatory abuse.In a four-page statement announcing his decision to quit playing football for Germany on Sunday, Ozil singled out football federation (DFB) boss Reinhard Grindel with harsh words. “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil, who has Turkish roots, wrote Sunday in his lengthy farewell statement that unleashed a racism storm in Germany.But Grindel rejected the charge four days on and has not yielded to calls for him to quit.“I say this openly that the personal criticism has affected me,” he said.“I am even more sorry for my colleagues, the many people working on a voluntary basis and the employees in the DFB, to be branded in connection with racism.“For the federation as well as for me personally, I firmly reject this.”But Grindel acknowledged that he should have stepped in firmly to end the abuse against Ozil over a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which led some to question the footballer’s loyalty to Germany.– ‘Unbearable, unacceptable’ –“On hindsight, I should have clearly said what is obvious to me personally and to all of us as a federation: any form of racist hostility is unbearable, unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.”“That’s valid in the case of Jerome Boateng, that’s valid for Mesut Ozil, and also valid for all players who have a migration background,” he said.In 2016, far-right leader Alexander Gauland took aim at defender Boateng, who was born in Berlin to a German mother and a Ghanaian father.“People find him good as a footballer, but they don’t want to have a Boateng as a neighbour,” Gauland said.Words from Grindel’s past have come back to haunt him.As a backbencher in 2004 in the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, he said that “multiculturalism is in truth a mess”.Mesut Ozil (L) arrives for training in Singapore with Arsenal on their tour of Asia while a political storm continues back in Germany over his resignation from the national team. © AFP / Roslan RAHMANIn Ozil’s scathing critique of Grindel, the Arsenal star said he tried to explain his “heritage, ancestry and the reasoning” behind the Erdogan photo to the DFB boss.But Grindel was “more interested in speaking about his own political views and belittling my opinion”, said Ozil.The playmaker has walked away from international football after a career that included a World Cup win in 92 appearances, 23 goals and 40 assists for Germany.– Three-stage plan –Meanwhile, Grindel has outlined how the DFB can move forward in the wake of the Ozil saga and the World Cup debacle after Germany crashed out following the group stages in Russia.“Firstly, we need to take the ongoing debate on integration as an opportunity to develop our work in this area and to ask where and how we can give new impetus,” Grindel wrote.“Second, as a consequence of the disappointing World Cup, there must be a sound analysis, from which the right conclusions are drawn in order to play enthusiastic, successful football again.“Thirdly, we all have the common goal of winning the bid for the hosting of the European Championship 2024.“For all these projects, we must work together in the coming weeks and months with great commitment.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Power ranking! The 10 best players available for transfer in January

first_img 10 10 4. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) – Moura, despite his hefty £44m price tag, has struggled to settle in at the Parc des Princes, three years on from his arrival. His inconsistent form has seen Laurent Blanc turn his attention elsewhere in midfield, but it hasn’t deterred interest from Manchester United – who have long been linked with a move. The Red Devils may have signed Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer, but it seems that Louis van Gaal is far from satisfied by his options. The January transfer window is underway.Much activity from across Europe is expected, with even Arsene Wenger hinting at deals to be completed within the next 10 days.But who are the best players available?The winter market is a tricky period of business, as most managers block the exit of their star players, so, with this in mind, talkSPORT has ranked 10 of the best players that can be signed this month.Find out who they are by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.10 PLAYERS THAT COULD BE ON ARSENAL’S JANUARY WISH LIST20 PLAYERS THAT COULD MAKE PREMIER LEAGUE MOVES IN JANUARY 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – A new contract doesn’t look to be on the horizon for the Sweden captain, which could signal the end of his PSG career. The likelihood is that the striker will see out the remainder of his deal, but a lucrative offer this month could tempt both the player and his club into a transfer. Recently his agent stated that the centre forward ‘would be a perfect fit for the Premier League’ – is this a sign that Zlatan is on his way to England’s top flight? 10. Victor Valdes (Manchester United) – see nine more of the best players available this month by clicking the arrow above! – The past six months can’t have been pleasant for the Spaniard at Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex. A dispute with manager Van Gaal has resulted in the goalkeeper being banished from the first-team, and an exit this month seems inevitable. Reports have been quiet on where the former Barcelona stopper could next go, but a stay in the Premier League could be on the cards. 10 2. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) – A new Brazilian looks to be on his way to Stamford Bridge. Reports have heavily been linking the attacker to Chelsea, with rumours beginning to intensify that the Blues have agreed a £30m transfer in January. Guus Hiddink will be hoping that the forward, who has scored 25 goals in all competitions so far this season, brings his scoring boots to the Premier League. 6. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) – There surely is no going back for Berahino at the Hawthorns. The striker has, unsurprisingly, fallen tremendously out of favour with the Baggies this season. Despite his problems off the field, his quality would make him a welcome addition to a Premier League side fighting for a top four spot. Playing time should be a priority for the Englishman and it may now suit all parties if he is sold this month. 10 10 10 5. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) – Will he, won’t he? Many believe that the striker should be plying his trade in the Premier League after his excellent performances last season, but the Hoops’ hefty asking price seemingly left a number of clubs frustrated in the summer window. With six-months remaining on his contract, however, Austin is available to discuss his future outside of Loftus Road now and this month could be QPR’s final chance to cash in. 3. Leroy Sane (Schalke 04) – Sane caught the eye last season after scoring a stunning goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League, and interest has continued into the new campaign. According to reports, Manchester City are preparing a bid for the 19-year-old this month, and he could become the most expensive German player if a £40m offer is accepted. The pressure will certainly be on Raheem Sterling to consistently deliver should Sane arrive at the Etihad Stadium this month. 8. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) – The Frenchman looks certain to leave north London in the winter window, with his chances of pushing Hector Bellerin out of Arsene Wenger’s starting line up slim. And with Euro 2016 coming up, a move could prove crucial. His exit may therefore be more a case of needing to leave, rather than wanting. Reports suggest that the defender is set to remain in the Premier League, with strugglers Aston Villa among those interested. 10 10 7. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) – Since falling out with Spurs fitness coach Nathan Gardiner towards the end of the last calendar year, Townsend has become a forgotten figure in north London. It seems almost certain that the winger will leave White Hart Lane this month, either on loan or in a permanent deal, with plenty of interest from other clubs in England’s top flight. He’ll be hoping to make a late impression on Roy Hodgson ahead of Euro 2016. 10 10 1. Isco (Real Madrid) – The Spaniard has long been linked with a transfer to the Premier League, as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have repeatedly been credited with interest. This month could finally see the midfielder leave the Santiago Bernabeu as his playing time continues to prove minimal. He could cost as much as £30m, but City in particular do not appear fazed by his price tag. The decision, though, is now in the hands of new Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane.last_img read more


first_imgCastlefinn NotesJewellery Making:Jewellery making class’s continue on Tuesday the 8th of July at 7pm to 9pm. For further information please contact Mary in the CPI centre on 074 – 9143976Parent and Toddler Group:The parent and toddler group has completed for the summer, and everyone at the CPI wishes them a safe and happy summer break.Parties: Parties can be booked at the CPI in CastlefinnIn need of a venue just contact the CPI centre on 074 9143976Bookings for midweek are subject to schedule at the centreWeekend (Saturday and Sunday) bookings range from 1pm to 3pm, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, 6.00pm to 8.00 pm cost 80 euro.Congratulations to the Castelfinn youth club for their performance at the Youth Work Ireland All Ireland in Kerry last weekend. DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN YOUTH CLUB TRAVEL TO KERRY was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 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:DD LocalFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more


first_imgThe U21’s had another thrilling victory in their championship semi-final against a gallant St. Michael’s, coming out on top by a single point on a score of 1-07 to 0-09. Jordan McBride was the Black & Amber hero when he saved a late penalty and rebound to keep the lead intact. Conor Gibbons chipped in with 1-05 of the tally from centre-forward. They will take on N. Conaill in this Sunday’s (Dec. 23rd) decider in Convoy with a 1pm throw-in.The 1972 – 74, 3-in-a-row winning Minor football squads are holding a 40 year Reunion in the Clubhouse on Saturday, December 29th at 8:30pm, for more details contact Christy Callaghan on 085-7038194.The Minor Board Presentation will take place in the Mt. Errigal Hotel on Sunday, January 20th. Tickets will be on sale early in the new year. We are hoping to take down the remaining flags and bunting on Thursday, Dec. 27th (after the U21 Final is played). The town should be reasonably quiet and we could do with some help – especially from people with vans and ladders!Best wishes to Alma and Seamus as they get married this Friday, Dec. 21st.There is an informal club night out next Saturday (Dec. 22nd) in The Brewery from 9pm. Adult players, coaches, managers, parents, supporters etc. are all welcome.There are a number of 2012 Donegal Football Yearbook’s available and they would make a great Christmas present given the year that’s in it. They cost just €10 and are available from Charlie McAteer on 087-2668633. There are various Foundation, Level 1 & 2 Coaching Courses coming up early in the new year with places allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you want to do a course or get more details, contact Jim Clarke asap on 086-3131550.There were 5 winners in this week’s Lotto draw that each matched 3 numbers and win €20 each. Sean O’Hara, Whitethorn Close; Michelle Shiels, Ard Colmcille (both Adrian); John Haran, Hawthorn Heights; Mary Sweeney, Carrygawley and Sean McVeigh, Windmill View (all card). Next week’s jackpot is €2,700.  GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: December 19th, 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Pesticide users urged to take care as exceedances rise in Donegal

first_imgDonegal farmers and other pesticide users are being urged to use best practices to protect drinking water.Irish Water has revealed that exceedances in pesticides are on the increase across the county, with two exceedances detected during 2018 in the River Eske Public Water Supply.While the water authority has assured that there is no threat to public health, they are calling on users of pesticides to be mindful when spraying their lands. These latest exceedances in Co Donegal follows on from previous exceedances noted in 2017 in the River Eske Public Water Supply and also the Killybegs Public Water Supply as well as low level detections in many other supplies.Eight different supplies in Co Donegal (Bundoran, Fanad East, Fanad West, Frosses /Inver, Letterkenny, Milford, Fullerton Dam and Rosses) have seen the herbicide MCPA and other pesticides such as Cypermethrin, Glyphosate and Fluroxypyr detected over the past two years. This has been mostly at very low levels.MCPA, which is commonly used to kill rushes on wet land, is the main offender in cases of exceedance. Careless storage, handling or improper application means it can easily end up in drinking water leading to breaches of the drinking water regulations.The regulations are so stringent that a single drop of pesticide is enough to breach the drinking water limit in a small stream for up to 30 kilometres. Pat O’Sullivan, Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist said: “Irish Water is continuing its extensive investment programme to improve water and wastewater services in Ireland. Providing safe, clean drinking water for all is our first priority. In Ireland, the majority (82 per cent) of drinking water supplies come from surface water sources (water from rivers, lakes and streams). Such supplies are vulnerable to contamination from land and animal run-off.”Irish Water, working in partnership with the National Pesticides and Drinking Water Action Group, would like to remind farmers and professional users of pesticides of the need to follow best practice in the application of pesticides such as MCPA on land, particularly near lakes and rivers used as drinking water sources.The basic steps in reducing pesticide risks are – Choose the right pesticide product (Note that products containing MCPA are NOT approved for use in weed-wipers.) Read and follow the product label Determine the right amount to purchase and use Don’t spray if rain or strong wind is forecast in the next 48 hours Make sure you are aware of the location of all nearby water courses Comply with any buffer zone specified on the product label to protect the aquatic environment. Mark out the specified buffer zone from the edge of the river or lake or other water course Never fill a sprayer directly from a water course or carry out mixing, loading or other handling operations beside a water course Avoid spills, stay well back from open drains and rinse empty containers 3 times into the sprayer. Store and dispose of pesticides and their containers properly.An information video has also been produced for the campaign:Pesticide users urged to take care as exceedances rise in Donegal was last modified: April 4th, 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:farmingIrish Waterpesticideslast_img read more