Atlético wins the sprint

first_imgGoals0-1, 45 ‘: Koke, 1-1, 50 ‘: Messi, 2-1, 61 ‘: Griezmann, 2-2, 80 ‘: Morata, 2-3, 85 ‘: belt After an epic semifinal, Atlético de Madrid showed that to resist is to win and qualified for the Super Cup final against Real Madrid after defeating Barcelona 2-3. The Cholo endured a shower of football from the Catalans during much of the game commanded by a huge Messi, but between Oblak, the VAR, the errors behind and the faith of Atlético the mattresses had a decisive final sprint and won their prize against an exhausted Barça.Valverde ended all speculation about the possibility of giving relief in the eleventh Barça holder to play the semifinal of this competition, which already made it clear that he does not like a hair and opted for the ‘Toshack path’, the same always. And between ‘themselves’ and ‘always’ put the epithet they consider. The only concession was to include Umtiti, who had a tachycardia match, in the initial eleven against an Atletico in which he highlighted the inclusion of Savic in the initial eleven. The rest, as planned considering that Koke, did not arrive for 90 minutes.After a few first minutes in which Correa gave Umtiti a very bad life, Barça took control of the game in an absolute way, but he lacked to kill when Atlético was more acclaimed, who trusted everything to the colossal figure of Oblak. The goalkeeper of Atletico avoided Messi’s goal in 22 minutes after combining with Alba, in 40 he made it clear that he knows all the tricks of Griezmann when the French faced him in the one on one and a minute later he cut making the difficult easy a shot at the first touch of Suarez. ChangesKoke (45 ‘, Héctor Herrera), Vitolo (66 ‘, Renan Augusto), Marcos Llorente (71 ‘, Koke), Rakitic (85 ‘, Busquets), Ansu Fati (87 ‘, Frenkie De Jong) Simeone was the first to move piece and his change was providential since Koke, who had entered by Herrera turned the first ball he touched into goal at the end of a play in which Joao raffled off Arturo Vidal with Umtiti absolutely misplaced. It took 20 seconds of the second half and Barça had to row again against the current. Faced with the blow, Valverde pulled from manual, in plan ‘in case of emergency, break the glass’ put Ansu to warm up, but in the interim, Messi took two rebounds against Savic and Koke, very soft, and tied the game with the right five minutes later. Not even Oblak, who was in Zamora mode, came to his shot. The giant mattress did not collapse, which five minutes later frustrated Griezmann’s goal again. The ‘try again’ poster came out again. He was successfully tested by Messi again, but the VAR annulled his second goal based on the rule that any hand in attack is a goal. He did not discourage that from an unchained Barça who scored the second minute after Griezmann invalidated the nth inning Oblak miracle at the end of Suarez. After trying so much, the goal ended up coming.Seeing that he was behind on the scoreboard Simeone withdrew Lodi to place Saul as a side, but his plan was frustrated when Koke was injured at 20 minutes and Marcos Llorente was replaced, which in his first action saw yellow. From that fault, another goal by Piqué was annulled by a VAR that valued Vidal’s shoulder more than Felipe’s hand, which enabled him.Clearer was the penalty that Netto committed on Vitolo after loss of Busquets that Morata converted in the tie ten minutes from the end. Ten minutes of madness in which Piqué’s penalty was requested and in the face of chaos, Correa sentenced the game after Morata’s play leaving the best Barça of the season drowned on the shore. The sprint was from Atlético. The trident in the middle of Barça tried his luck in the raffle and Oblak thwarted his attempts with the sign that ‘try it again, luckier next time’. It was a game that was already clear in that first part that he was going to have to fight from end to end. With an intensity that left the semifinal of the previous day between Valencia and Madrid at the level of a preseason game.Barca dominated the game and possession, but Atlético resisted and sought their options either from afar or at a stopped ball. Thomas tried it from a distance and Herrera stopped the ball in a very close side foul. Net was perfect in both attempts.It remained to be seen if Barça, which is accustomed to sudden blackouts, was going to last the gasoline during the 90 minutes before an Atletico who gave the feeling of being reserved for what could happen. The Cholo left the first half alive above the game, in which Barcelona prevailed, but the tension was palpable. For proof, the three cards showed by the referee on the way to changing rooms in the middle after a brawl between Joao and Alba to which Messi was added. None of the three saw card, but the defenders of the companions (Savic, Saul and Luis Suarez) went to the locker room with a yellow in a prelude of a second part that ventured vertigo. CardsReferee: José Luis González GonzálezVAR Referee: Juan Martínez MunueraPique (30 ‘, Yellow) Thomas (34 ‘, Yellow) Luis Suarez (47 ‘, Yellow) Savic (47 ‘, Yellow) Felipe Monteiro (63 ‘, Yellow) Marcos Llorente (72 ‘, Yellow) Vidal (76 ‘, Yellow) Net (79 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more

Ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey poised to join the WWE at ‘Wrestlemania 34’ —report

first_imgRousey will reportedly team up with her “Four Horsewomen” comrades, composed of former mixed martial artists Shayna Baszler,  Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.The group has reportedly started training for wrestling at a school in California, run by WWE superstar Brian Kendrick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSeveral big-name personalities have been known to dabble in both the UFC and the WWE—perhaps none bigger than former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, who has gone back and forth to both companies on two separate occasions.Phil Brooks (known as CM Punk) also made his octagon debut at UFC 203 last year. MOST READ Ronda Rousey celebrates her victory over Cat Zingano in their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.  Harry How/Getty Images/AFPAfter multiple reports that Ronda Rousey was seen training in the WWE Performance Center circulated earlier this week, it appears that the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion is indeed making a shift to professional wrestling.A longtime wrestling fan, the 30-year-old former Olympian will reportedly be pitted in a 4-on-4 women’s tag team match at WrestleMania 34 next April in New Orleans, according to  the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson #KicksStalker: Bryant announces new signature sneaker ‘Kobe 360’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, UFC President Dana White expressed his belief that Rousey’s career as a professional mixed martial artist is over.As of this writing, the WWE has yet to confirm the match-up.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement soonLOOK: UFC fighters Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne share photos from their weddingADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Decision was made by GuySuCo – Govt

first_imgLBI shutdown… willing to meet with workersThe decision to close operations at the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Sugar Estate was not made by Government but by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).This is according to Natural Resources and Environment Minister Raphael Trotman who said on Wednesday that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government inherited a plan that was alreadylaid out by the previous Administration.“As it relates to LBI, it must be reminded that the new Government inherited a plan that was already in place by the former Administration and it is not Government’s plan that is being executed but the management of GuySuCo,” Trotman said.He was responding to questions by Journalists on Wednesday as he chaired this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency.GuySuCo recently announced that the gates of the LBI Estate would be closed by May month-end.Some 125 of the 846 workers are set to lose their jobs with this move to shut down LBI, the second sugar estate within a year.Trotman, however, said that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder could soon meet with the affected workers. He said every effort would be made to ensure every person was transitioned into the Enmore operations – a plan that has been rejected by some workers.Trotman added that the integration of the LBI and Enmore Sugar Estates was to rationalise the duplication of activities of staff, thus lowering the cost of production.He advised the media that Cabinet was briefed at its last meeting by the Agriculture Minister on the merger of the Sugar Estates into one production entity.Holder, outlining the rationale for the merger to the Cabinet, pointed out that it was necessary to prevent sugar production in East Demerara from going out of existence in the near future.“It was also pointed out that the closure of the LBI Factory in 2011 resulted in the retention of many workers who were rendered redundant. For example, GuySuCo has been paying 58 workers to operate a mill dock facility at LBI for the past five years while the facility is no longer being required,” Minister Trotman explained.The Minister disclosed that at the LBI facility, of the 846 employees, approximately 125 of them are carrying out duplicate functions that are being undertaken by employees at the Enmore Estate. These include mill dock operators and workers at the field workshop, field laboratory, field office and stores.“The integration of the two Estates will therefore rationalise the duplicated activities, thus rendering the cost of production lower,” the Minister stated.Providing an update on the Wales Sugar Estate closure, Minister Trotman said that Cabinet was advised that the management of GuySuCo had a number of meetings with the various stakeholders, including staff and cane farmers to explain the situation and plans for the location.The most recent consultations were held on April 4 and 6, 2016 and included the high-level managers of GuySuCo as well as other managers, senior staff, foremen and other relevant stakeholders.“Discussions were held on the non-viability of the Estate, the necessity of allocating funds to a more viable location and the arrangements to utilise the more expanded facility at the Uitvlugt Estate,” Minister Trotman said.During the meeting, the vision for the future and related projects for the Estate such as aquaculture projects were discussed. Issues such as retention, training, pension, severance pay and transferability of staff were also discussed.The LBI factory was closed under the former Administration in 2011 and the merging of those operations was expected to commence immediately; however, the integration process had been stymied for various reasons over the years. This led to two operational departments at the Estates.Earlier this year, GuySuCo announced the closure of Wales Estate by yearend and that some of the workers would be deployed to the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate while others would be redundant.GuySuCo and the Agriculture Ministry are yet to devise a plan for the future of affected sugar workers.Notably, the closures of both Estates follow assurances by the Government that no estate will be shut down anytime soon.In fact, following the announcement of the closure of Wales Sugar Estate, Government promised that no other estate would be shut down.The closures also come on the heels of a multimillion-dollar Commission of Inquiry report which advised against the closure of any sugar estate or operation at this time.last_img read more

THINK Puts Smiles on Children’s Faces

first_imgAs school children return to their respective classrooms this week following seven months of Ebola-related school closure, Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK) and its partners, Global Fund for Children and the Cornerstone Community Church in USA, have provided over USD2,000 worth of school materials to assist them.  The items included copybooks, crayons, sharpeners, erasers geometry sets and book-bags.  Donating the items on behalf of her partners last Thursday, the executive director of THINK-Liberia, Mrs. Rosana Schaak, said the program started three years ago, when Global Fund for Children visited Liberia to see what THINK was involved in.  According to her, while in Liberia they found out that many children were not in school and parents also complained about tuition fees.  Based on this need, THINK and partners decided to help enable children of low income families to attend school.  “Right now, we are paying tuition in private and government schools for 50 students and an additional 57 are on our scholarships,” she said. Ms. Schaak acknowledged donors that have come to the rescue of the Liberian children.  Moreover, she said, in the near future THINK WILL also  assist children that are affected by Ebola. The THINK executive director then urged the students to study hard and make good grades so that they would remain on the scholarship.  “No going to video club, no walking about; you study hard so that when we receive your report cards and forward them to our partners they will be happy to continue supporting you,” she told them.  Receiving the gesture, student Rachel Johnson extended gratitude to the organization and its partners for the gifts.  THINK is a faith-based, Liberian non-governmental organization established in 2003.  The organization focuses on the rights and well-being of women and children, notably ‘war wives’ of fighting forces, other victims of sexual violence and child mothers.  Since 2003, Think-Liberia has provided the following services to Liberians: safe homes where victims of sexual violence are given psychological support; rehabilitation homes in Paynesville, Monrovia and Buchanan; a learning enrichment program where children are tutored and a participatory action research program focusing on the reintegration of girl mothers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Victim Testifies in Samukai Attempted Murder Case

first_imgMichael SamukaSeveral months after Michael Samukai, son of Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, allegedly shot Zardee Andrews in the neck at Tropicana Beach, the victim appeared in Criminal Court ‘A’ yesterday, where he testified as prosecution’s first witness.Samukai, 37, was indicted last November on serious charges, including attempted murder, aggravated assault and illegal possession of a small arm, which qualify him for bail.The shooting took place on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Tropicana Beach in Thinkers Village, along the ELWA – Robertsfield highway.At yesterday’s hearing, it was argued that Samukai’s lawyers submitted a request for a change of venue ahead of the case, meaning that they wanted the matter to be transferred to another county, “because of the huge negative reporting” during and after the alleged incident.They also argued that the negative stories have led to the belief that an impartial trial cannot be held in Monrovia because the jury may have a perceived mindset against their client and that would be prejudicial to his rights in the proceedings.That argument was yesterday rejected by Judge Roosevelt Willie who later allowed Andrew to take the witness stand.In his testimony, Andrew said on September 13, the day of the shooting, was the birthday of the defendant’s wife, Mrs. Samukai, and that she and one of her friends, identified as Sando Piarce, decided to go to the Tropicana Beach for entertainment.While she was at the beach, the prosecution witness alleged that he called Samukai’s wife and wished her a happy birthday and she informed him that her friend Piarce had taken her to the beach for a birthday treat.A few minutes later, Andrew further alleged that he drove to the beach to meet with Mrs. Samukai and her friend.“Upon my arrival, I greeted Mrs. Samukai and Piarce and decided to sit with them,” the victim said.Later, he said, defendant Samukai arrived on the scene and asked him “Do you know that this is my wife?” “I replied yes, she is just my friend,” he added in response to Samukai’s query.The defendant again asked, “If she is only your friend, then what are you doing here with her at this time of the night?” “I again replied and said, ‘I am married. My wife’s picture is in my phone.’”The prosecution witness claimed that during the exchange, defendant Samukai immediately seized his two phones and walked away, “after which I asked him why are you taking my phones away?” “He told me to follow him, which I did,” he said.While attempting to retrieve his phones, Andrew said a fight ensued, and in the process one of the phones was damaged.“It was during the tussle that Samukai pulled out a black and silver FN-45 American pistol from under his coat and shot me.“The bullet penetrated my neck and I began to bleed and was assisted by some of my friends and employees of Tropicana Beach who hurriedly took me to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center, where I was treated,” the state witness further said.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Venezuelan, 2 Guyanese charged for possession of 70lbs of ganja

first_imgTwo Guyanese along with a Venezuelan were on Friday brought before the Leonora Magistrate’s Court after they were charged for trafficking some 70 poundsRicardo Garciaof marijuana.Siddique Karahmad, 27; Emroy Carvaio, 20; and Ricardo Garcia, 32, appeared before Magistrate Zamina Ali-Seepaul where they denied that on January 31, 2019, at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, they had in their possession 32.05 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Reports are the men were under Police surveillance for a lengthy period prior to the bust.Karahmad was allegedly identified as being the transporter of the drugs whichEmroy Carvaiowere reportedly supplied to him by Carvaoi and was to be sold to Garcia, who allegedly scheduled to smuggle same to Venezuela.CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford revealed to the court that there is sufficient evidence available for the men to be convicted. She submitted that bail be denied, and her request was granted. The men were remanded and the case will continue on February 18, 2019.Siddique Karahmadlast_img read more

Fighting the feeling

first_imgThe following is from an actual posting on an Internet message board: “I love seeing people drive around in Toyotas with a bumper sticker that says `9/11 we will never forget,’ and I think to myself, `You stupid (jerks), you forgot about Pearl Harbor, you’ll forget about 9/11.’ Those are the people you will see driving the latest model Iraqi sports car someday.” Photo Gallery: NASCAR Racefest Or, as Tony Stewart might ask, who really cares? “I’m still driving a Chevy, so that’s really the only car I’m worried about,” he said last month. “I don’t care if Kia comes in.” Team owner Jack Roush, who fields Fords, has certainly made his opinion known. On several occasions, Roush has railed against Toyota, accusing the manufacturer of stealing the best crewmen and personnel from other teams and driving up the operating cost of the sport by opening its bottomless wallet. Waltrip, the sport’s greatest salesman, couldn’t disagree more. “NASCAR will be more popular because (Toyota) is here,” he said. “NASCAR is going to be more popular because Juan Pablo (Montoya) is here. What I don’t understand is, Jack Roush doesn’t have a problem with Juan Pablo coming, so why is he so mad about Toyota showing up? “You can’t handpick who comes in your door. This is a global society. Toyota is certainly welcomed here. I haven’t talked to one driver that doesn’t say it won’t be good for the sport.” Toyota has made a concerted effort to publicize how American it actually is. It’s been reported that the manufacturer’s Camry is the only one of NASCAR’s models that is actually made in the United States. The Camry is made by Americans at a Kentucky plant that employs 7,000 people. The Chevy Monte Carlo and Dodge Charger are made in Canada, and the Ford Fusion is made in Mexico. Regardless of how anyone feels about Toyota, its on-track performance this year likely won’t do much to make an impact on the sport. Toyota’s three teams – Michael Waltrip Racing, Team Red Bull and Bill Davis Racing – aren’t up to speed yet, judging by their preseason testing results. Andy Graves, the senior manager for Toyota’s Cup program, said the manufacturer is trying to be patient in the first season. “All of us would love to be winning races – that’s what we’re here for,” he said. “But the realistic expectations are that it’s going to be a struggle. It’s going to take some time. “In the first half of the season, we expect a lot of bumps in the road. By the second half, we’re hoping to have some competitive runs.” A few top-10 finishes, Graves said, would be ideal. As competitive as the Cup Series is nowadays, an adjustment period is to be expected. But driver Jeff Gordon predicted it won’t last long. “It’s going to take them a little while to catch up, and then I’m afraid there might be a time when everyone else is going to have to catch up to them,” he said. Graves said that’s the ideal situation, but even he can’t see a time where Toyota would be dominating the series. “Hopefully in the next couple years, you’ll see us consistently running up front and competing for wins, and by the third year we’ll be running for the championship,” he said. “But to think we’re just going to head-and-shoulders outclass everyone, with organizations like Hendrick and Roush playing catch-up to us, I don’t see that happening.” One misconception about Toyota is that the manufacturer is hiring all the drivers and crews, when actually it’s the teams that are doing the hiring. Toyota is building engines for Waltrip and Team Red Bull, Graves said, and partners with all three of its teams. Waltrip noted that more people will be looking at the other manufacturers just to see if Toyota can be beat. “People are going to tune into the TV to see how Toyota does against the good ol’ boys, basically,” he said. “It’s silly for anyone to have a problem with them being here. They’re just showing up to race.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some fans are accepting of Toyota and its drivers, which include such names as Michael Waltrip, Dale Jarrett and Brian Vickers. Others are like the anonymous message board poster and loathe the idea of a foreign manufacturer in NASCAR. Jarrett has read postings similar to this one. All he can do is roll his eyes. “The ones that come up to you face-to-face are going to be your supporters,” he said. “The ones that don’t are the ones who find it easy to get on the Internet and write something whenever they don’t have to look at you eye-to-eye. That’s the only way you’re going to hear the negative side.” Is it good for the sport? Is it bad for American auto manufacturers? Will the Japanese ruin the competitive balance of the Cup Series? center_img Many people might cringe, grimace or shake their heads after reading that. But that mentality does exist, and it’s exactly what Toyota fights against as it enters the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series to compete with American auto manufacturers Ford, Dodge and Chevy. last_img

Meet at Hart, alumni tell school board

first_imgNEWHALL — Hart High School alumni, already battling the district about declining conditions at the 60-year-old campus, now are trying to get an upcoming board meeting moved to the school. Advocates say many parents in the neighborhood rely on public transportation and have trouble getting the five miles across town to the William S. Hart Union High School headquarters building in Centre Pointe. But board President Patricia Hanrion said moving the meeting would leave less time for the board to decide what to do about parents’ concerns. The next meeting is Wednesday. “I have gotten three e-mails requesting a change of venue for the meeting,” Hanrion said. “I feel like we have heard what the concerns of the community are and the urgency needed to resolve the issues. … Now we want to move forward.” But Michelle Levicrain, a Hart Regiment Alumni member and an advocate for improving the school, said she knows a lot of parents who want to talk to board members but won’t be able to get to district offices for the meeting. “Why was the meeting moved for other communities and not for this one?” she asked. In February, Hart board meetings were moved to accommodate residents in the Castaic and Stevenson Ranch areas. Hart board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine agreed with Levicrain. “There is a lot of interest in the Hart community to attend this meeting, and as we have done in the past we should accommodate this community,” Mercado-Fortine said. “If we don’t move this meeting, we are cutting out a very important segment of our Hart district population. They want to participate, but for many it is a hardship, and a great distance, to get across town to a board meeting,” she said. The Hart board meets at 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday at 21515 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita. — Connie Llanos (661) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The Marson miracle

first_imgTHE abandoned mattresses are gone. So are the piles of trash, the graffiti and the drunks. In their place now stands Marson Street Park in Panorama City – a green, jungle-gym and barbecue-festooned testament to a community committed to making life better for its residents. The park, which opened on Sunday, is rather different from other city parks. It’s a “pocket park” sitting on a small plot of land in a lower-income neighborhood. Overseen by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, neighbors designed the park themselves, and will also manage its basic operations, like cleanup and locking and unlocking the gate. The need for the park couldn’t be greater. L.A. has less green space than any other major metropolitan area, and that is especially so for poor and heavily minority-populated areas. The $600,000 to build the Marson Street Park came via a $4 million gift to the city by the late philanthropist Anna H. Bing. And the San Fernando Valley office of the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council helped organize neighbors. Proof that when philanthropists, the community and government work together, good things can happen. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgGlenties Wind Farm Information Group, GWiG, has welcomed the recent statement by Independent General Election candidate, Niamh Kennedy to make the issues around wind farms and their further development in the county a primary focus of her campaign.The group has issued the following statement following Cllr Kennedy’s decision.“Ms. Kennedy makes reference in her statement to the feedback she received from members of the public in several posts on the issue on her Facebook page. “She has further undertaken to represent whatever issues are important to the people of the county. GWiG are delighted with the position taken by Ms. Kennedy in bringing forward to the debate on election issues in the county, the very contentious issue of wind farms. This is an important issue, for the whole County, and it is a debate that we must have.“The lack of informed understanding around the level and the range of impacts associated with unrestrained development of wind farms in the county is something that needs to be addressed urgently. Community groups in Glenties, Ardara, Killygordon & the Finn Valley, Laghey, Inishowen and many other places are tired out fighting repeat applications.“We are at one with Cllr Kennedy when she says “It’s time to say enough” and goes on to ponder the impacts of wind turbines. Tellingly she also points to the huge number of wind farms in this County and muse “One can only ask why?”“The concerns around zoning for wind farms in the county and how these were introduced is a question that needs answers. The RTE investigates programme recently heightened these concerns. That a councillor in the county was allegedly offering to fix zoning to facilitate a wind farm company highlights how those with money and influence can arrange to have policy amended to suit their own selfish needs. “Most particularly it is in direct contrast to how Councillors last year, after much debate, eventually voted to introduce modest changes to the County Development Plan with respect to wind turbines. It would have put turbines ten times their tip height away from homes and marked the six fresh water pearl mussel rivers in the County as unfavourable for wind farming. Lastly Cllrs rejected a motion brought forward by one of their members to allow turbines much closer to Glenveagh National Park. Subsequently Minister Alan Kelly’s overturned the decision of DCC but that will, on 22 January, be subjected to a High Court judicial review being taken by Cllr John Campbell.“There has been no account taken of how such large scale industrial developments impact on the host communities. The first time most people realise the significance of zoning and planning policy is when a wind farm application is made in their area. By then it is usually already too late, suddenly people realise that impacts of noise, shadow flicker and loss of amenities are not weighted in the criteria set out for assessment of such applications.“The most common refrain: people don’t matter – it looks like they do to Cllr Kennedy. In taking this courageous position, Ms. Kennedy has ensured that the blight of turbines will now feature in the general election campaign and we applaud her for doing so.”GLENTIES WIND FARM INFO GROUP BACK CLLR KENNEDY’S STANCE was last modified: January 3rd, 2016 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:donegalGlentiesNiamh Kennedywind farmlast_img read more