Garda morale in Donegal is at an all time low, according to the Garda Representative Association, with a number of reasons being cited, including a recent incident in which a garda confronted two burglars single handedly, knowing that the only available back up was a 20 minute car journey away.The GRA’s representative for the county is Garda Brendan O’Connor.He says years of cutbacks have led to a situation where garda numbers on the ground are too low, and it will take significant investment just to being the service to acceptable levels.In the meantime, Brendan O’Connor says, gardai in the county are under severe pressure………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/graconcerns.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Donegal garda morale “at an all time low” – GRA Pinterest Homepage BannerNews By admin – September 14, 2015 PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Previous articlePlans announced for Mental Health event in South DonegalNext articleDonegal man dies in Wicklow crash admin Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter
In a new report published on by Billboard on Tuesday, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang issued new statements regarding the status of his highly-publicized Woodstock 50 festival, set to take place on August 16th, 17th, and 18th at Watkins Glen International.Since Lang’s confirmation of the 50th-anniversary festival in January, few details have emerged about the event. The lineup was initially scheduled to be released last month, and rumors have floated around in recent days about financial troubles facing the event. As the Billboard report notes, due to the fact the large-scale event is not being hosted by a major promoter, many of the artists approached to perform considered this a high-risk event and required full payment in advance. As of last Friday, representatives for several rumored artists reportedly told Billboard that they had not yet received payment.However, as Billboard noted in their report, inside sources have confirmed that Woodstock’s team has now wired “several million dollars” to various agencies for their artists’ fees. In addition, the report notes that Bonnaroo producers Superfly have been brought on to handle logistics for the event, and have confirmed that they’ve now been paid in full.“There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock,” Lang said in a statement to Billboard. “We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once in a lifetime event.”As far as the specific artists set to play the festival, the Billboard report claims that “artists such as Dead & Company, Santana, The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Chance The Rapper will be performing at the festival.”However, it’s likely wise to take this list with a grain of salt. Despite citing anonymous sources from unnamed performers’ camps in parts of the report, the portion naming the artists above was not attributed to a specific source. That list mirrors widespread lineup rumors that have made the rounds in the weeks since the festival’s confirmation, and likely bears some level of accuracy.Regarding Dead & Company, John Mayer has an extensive solo tour set to run from the end of July through the beginning of September. However, there is a conspicuous gap in his schedule during the Woodstock weekend, so a Dead & Co appearance at the festival isn’t entirely out of the question.Carlos Santana has already confirmed a performance that same weekend as part of the competing Live Nation-produced Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration at Bethel Woods on August 17th. He also has a performance scheduled on August 18th at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. In addition, he had also previously confirmed a performance on Friday, August 16th at Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY—effectively blacking out any open dates during Woodstock 50—but that performance has since been canceled.This creates a potential opening for Santana to play Lang’s event at Watkins Glen on August 16th, although radius clauses from the other two performances in the area that weekend would likely try to block that potential play. According to a January interview with Rolling Stone, “He had been hoping to work with original Woodstock promoter, Michael Lang, on the official Woodstock 50 but decided instead to take part in Live Nation’s tribute.”Regardless of whether Billboard‘s reports regarding Woodstock 50 performers are true, we can likely expect an official announcement sooner rather than later. Following the eventual announcement of the lineup, the next big question to answer will be whether or not the bill can attract Lang’s projected 100,000 attendees to the event—a tough task for any event in today’s saturated festival market.We’ll just have to wait and see.
U.S. farmers and farm experts knew they’d soon lose a popular chemical used to control major crop pests. But the end has come sooner than they expected.Bayer CropScience announced last week that it would end production of methyl isocyanate, or MIC, at its factory in West Virginia. It will close this factory and one in Georgia. MIC is used to make Temik, which Georgia farmers have used for four decades to control insects and nematodes on major row-crops like peanuts, cotton and soybeans.Last summer, the company agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to phase-out Temik production by 2014 and its use by 2018. The agreement followed a new dietary risk assessment conducted by the agency.But an on-going lawsuit surrounding the Bayer CropScience plant in West Virginia has delayed production at that plant, enough to prevent the company from producing MIC for this year’s growing season, according to a prepared statement by the company.Farmers now will only be able to use the Temik that is stockpiled. And there is likely only 40 percent available of what would be needed in a typical year, said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, located in Tifton, Ga.“Though I understand what has happened, it’s a very difficult situation for our growers, who are now scrambling and pressed to find alternatives (to Temik) as we quickly approach planting time and decisions,” he said.Nematodes, which are tiny worms that feed on and clog plant roots, cost Georgia farmers $100 million annually in damage and control measures, Kemerait said. Planting for cotton, peanuts and soybeans will begin in a month. Farmers knew they’d have to switch from using Temik, Kemerait said. And they, the agriculture industry and land-grant institutions like UGA were working to find economical alternatives. “We certainly would have liked to have the time we thought we would,” Kemerait said. “My fear is many growers will make decisions out of desperation instead of careful research-based studies.”There are alternative treatments that can be applied directly to seeds prior to planting. But the availability of such treatments in time for planting is not certain. A fumigant called Telone II can be effective, too, but it is already in short supply, he said.Kemerait is telling farmers to target what Temik they have on nematode control, especially if they can find an alternative means to fight insects like thrips, which feed on plants. “But it is unfortunate to lose a product like Temik. It is a unique, broad-spectrum product with a high level of nematode control and longer window of protection for thrips control.”
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