Help wanted: City of Wellington looking for a Sanitation Collector

first_imgThe City of Wellington is currently taking applications for the position of Sanitation Collector involving refuse collection and requiring manual labor in all weather conditions.  High School graduate or GED.  Salary range is $9.53 to $13.82 DOQ.  Please apply on-line at or to the City Clerk, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152 by 5 p.m., April 30, EOE, Drug-free workplace.last_img

Watch Live: SpaceX Ready to Launch NASA Astronauts, Back on Home Turf

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — A SpaceX rocket is ready to boost two NASA astronauts into orbit Wednesday, the first launch of Americans from the U.S. in nearly a decade.Liftoff is set for 4:33 p.m. EDT from the same spot at Kennedy Space Center where men flew to the moon and the last space shuttle blasted off in 2011.“This is a big moment in time,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on the eve of the launch. “It’s been nine years since we’ve had this opportunity.”The launch puts Elon Musk’s SpaceX on the cusp of becoming the first private company to put astronauts in orbit, something achieved by just three countries — Russia, the U.S. and China.Riding aboard the brand new SpaceX Dragon capsule for the historic flight: veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. The test flight will take them to the International Space Station.“We are ready!” Behnken tweeted Tuesday night.Bridenstine describes the duo as bold American heroes who are “laying the foundation for a new era in human spaceflight.”Wednesday’s weather in Florida has been a concern; it was raining with low clouds in the morning.NASA pushed ahead with the astronaut launch despite the coronavirus pandemic, but asked spectators to stay at home to lower the risk of spreading the virus. Beaches and parks along Florida’s Space Coast are open again, and local officials and businesses put out a socially distanced welcome mat. Signs on local businesses wished “Godspeed SpaceX.”Hours before the launch, cars and RVs lined the causeway in Cape Canaveral, with prime views of the pad.President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to be at Kennedy, where visitors will be limited.NASA will have input throughout the countdown, but in the end, it will be SpaceX giving the final go — with NASA’s concurrence.“SpaceX is controlling the vehicle, there’s no fluff about that,” said Norm Knight, a NASA flight operations manager.Besides good weather at the launch site, SpaceX needs relatively calm waves and wind up the U.S. and Canadian seaboard and across the North Atlantic to Ireland, in case astronauts Hurley and Behnken need to make an emergency splashdown along the route to orbit.If SpaceX does not launch during Wednesday’s split-second window, the next try would be Saturday.The last time astronauts launched from Florida was on NASA’s final space shuttle flight in July 2011. Hurley was the pilot of that mission.Hurley, 53, and Behnken, 49, are both two-time shuttle fliers.NASA hired SpaceX and Boeing in 2014 to transport astronauts to the space station, after commercial cargo shipments had taken off. Development of SpaceX’s Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner capsules took longer than expected, however, and the U.S. has been paying Russia to launch NASA astronauts in the interim. read more

Jokic wins the game to Doncic in the return of Juancho and Ibaka triumphs before the Hornets without Willy

first_imgIn addition, in Denver, Jerami Grant contributed 15 points and Jamal Murray scored 14 while the youngest of the Hernagómez, Juancho, played 12 minutes and did not get any points but had seven rebounds and delivered two assists.The Mavericks played for the fifth consecutive game without Kristaps Porzingis, second in the team in scoring and rebounding, and I can’t participate in this match because of a pain in the right knee.Ibaka continues to lead the championsThe Spanish power forward of Congolese origin Serge Ibaka maintained his status as the new leader of the Raptors by getting another double-double, the seventh consecutive, that helped them take the victory. 110-112 against the Hornets. With 23 points and 11 rebounds, including seven defenders, Ibaka was on the 39-minute track and scored 10 of 19 field shots, including the only triple attempt he made, in addition to scoring 2 of 5 personnel pitches.Ibaka reached the eleventh game in which he achieved a double-double and his work has become decisive after the Raptors lost their two best men in the starting five, the Cameroonian power forward Pascal Siakam and the Spanish center Marc Gasol, Both leave due to injury.While Ibaka triumphed as a key player for the Raptors, with the Hornets, the Spanish pivot Willy Hernangómez had to settle for watching the actions from the bench after, one more encounter, the Hispanic coach of the team of Charlotte James Borrego gave him no minute of action Photo: Reuters The youngest of the Hernangómez played 12 minutes with 7 rebounds and 2 assistsThe Slovenian touched the triple-double, but the Serbian put the decisive basketWilly saw from the bench the seventh consecutive double-double of Ibakacenter_img The NBA day ended with the triumphs of Denver Nuggets, in the return to the minutes of Juancho Hernangómez, on Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, with a seventh consecutive double-double Serge Ibaka, against Charlotte Hornets, where he continued without Play Willy Hernangómez.Nikola Jokic scored 33 points as the leading scorer for the Nuggets, which beat the Mavericks 106-107. Jokic scored 26 of his 33 points in the second half of the game, including the winning basket with eight seconds left of regulation time. All to win the game against a Luka Doncic who touched the triple-double with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists, again the best of Dallas. last_img read more

Sané chooses Bayern

first_imgAlthough he leaned in favor of Bayern, Smoljan revealed that Sané has more offers on the table in addition to that of the Bavarians. “Other elite European clubs have also asked us about Leroy’s situation,” he says.The Essen winger came to play on February 28 with the City sub23 showing that he is close to finishing his recovery and getting ready for the next season or the final stretch of this, still full of unknowns after the forced stoppage because of of the coronavirus. Last season was key at City although he alternated ownership with exits from the bench. Even so, He played 47 games in which he scored 16 goals and gave 18 assists. Leroy Sané begins to clarify his future. After a crusader injury ended his season and thwarted his move to Bayern Munich last summer, the German winger has already made it virtually clear through his agent that he wants to wear the red for the Bavarian team.Your agent, Damir Smoljan, went through Sport Bild to talk about the possible transfer of the Manchester City winger to Germany. “Bayern’s interest is no secret. It is the only club in Germany where Leroy sees that he can take the next step in his career.. He believes he has everything there for his great goal, to win the Champions League “, he assured the intermediary in the German newspaper.last_img read more

Dutch Foreign Trade Minister Expresses Need for Urgent Investments in Ebola Affected Countries

first_imgThe Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Lilianne Ploumen has underscored the need for urgent investment in West African countries affected by the deadly Ebola. “To be able to look beyond Ebola, investments are urgently needed,” said Minister Ploumen at the head of a delegation comprising Dutch companies and officials of Dutch Foreign Trade Ministry, to visit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.According to the Minister, the Ebola outbreak in the region is one of the most disastrous situations the world has witnessed; stressing that while impressive reports are emerging from the affected countries the world must collaborate to eliminate the virus itself.She said while in the process of eliminating, it is also important to restore the impressive economic growth experienced before the outbreak, and doing that requires building communities and their economic structures.To achieve these goals, Minister Ploumen said it requires cooperation between not only governments but also between private sectors and civil society actors.She said as the first economic mission to the region since the emergence of Ebola, there are impressive results being accomplished with Liberia previously declared free of the virus though it has resurfaced.In an optimistic tone, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation assured that the knowledge, services and products that Dutch companies can provide will contribute to the much-needed development of local communities.She further acknowledged that deploying Dutch expertise can be mutually beneficial while partnerships and investment – based on the principles of corporate social responsibility – are key to recovery and sustainable social economic development.She expressed delight that over 30 companies and several NGOs are participating in the mission, furthering that it underlines the Netherlands’ commitment to Ebola affected countries, both morally and economically.She recalled that during heat of the Ebola crisis the Netherlands provided support by deploying the Dutch Navy support ship, HNLMS Karel Doorman, containing food and other essential supplies which, according to her, was the largest logistics operation for an EU relief operation.Meanwhile, World Bank revised reports on GDPs of the three affected countries indicate that Liberia’s 2.2 percent GDP during the crisis rose to 2.5 percent in October of 2014 below the 5.9 growth during pre-Ebola crisis.Sierra Leone rose from 4.0 percent to 8.0 percent in October of 2014 below 11.3 percent in pre-crisis while Guinea from 0.5 percent rose to 2.4 percent in October of 2014 below 4.5 percent pre-crisis.The World Bank is also projecting negative growth for 2015 of -0.2 percent in Guinea down from pre-crisis estimates of 43 percent and 2.0 percent in October, -2.0 percent in Sierra Leone down from 8.9 percent and 7.7 percent in October, and growth estimate of 3.0 percent increase from 1.0 percent in October for Liberia, though still less than half the pre-crisis estimate of 6.8 percent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Carpenter beats wife, commits suicide

first_imgThe lifeless body of 44-year-old Surrendra Hardat, a carpenter of Lot 281 Angoy’s Avenue, Greater New Amsterdam Berbice, was on Monday discovered by residents of the community hanging in his home.Dead: Surrendra HardatReports are that the man had beaten his wife, causing her to seek medical attention, and the Police were in search of him.This publication was told that Hardat and members of his household had been at a family reunion at Number 2 Village, East Canje on Sunday when an argument erupted between Hardat and his wife, forcing the family to leave the event. Upon arriving home, the argument continued and escalated into a physical confrontation, during which Hardat injured his wife.The injured woman was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where an emergency surgery was performed, but the matter was reported to the Police, after which Hardat’s wife and five children went to a relative’s home to spend the night.On Monday, relatives went to Hardat’s house, and with the aid of residents in the community, entered the home and made the discovery. The Police were summoned, and are investigating the matter.last_img read more

Piazza’s new role: No mitt, just hit

first_imgAfter 15 seasons as a catcher, he will be playing in the American League and as a regular DH for the first time, hitting cleanup for the defending AL West champions. His arrival at Oakland’s Papago Park complex drew a Barry Bonds-like media crowd along with a large group of fans. “It was weird not blocking balls for the first time, but it’s been fun so far,” Piazza said. “I know what I’m here for, but I know it’s going to be very difficult for me to put the gear on the shelf and just hit. I’m an old catcher at heart.” Piazza still might pull on his catcher’s mask at some point this spring to help out with pitchers throwing in bullpens, though the A’s want him to focus his energy on hitting. Geren hopes Piazza, Oakland’s No. 3 backstop, won’t catch a game this year. But he’ll sit in on pitcher-catcher meetings to “bring his expertise in the mental side,” Geren said. If starter Jason Kendall or backup Adam Melhuse were to get hurt, the A’s plan to bring up another catcher from Triple-A Sacramento rather than throwing Piazza into the mix. “I’m not going to shelve it completely, but I do have to be careful and realize what I’m here for,” Piazza said. “Slowly, I’ll get in there. Catching’s really the only way I know how to get in shape as far as getting ready to play.” At 38, Piazza is ready to begin a new baseball life. The A’s don’t want him to catch at all to ensure that he stays healthy – and manager Bob Geren asked him to take it easy in drills Thursday. Piazza stood in the back of the group once he was on the field, doing some warming up on his own before the A’s got going because he couldn’t stay still on Day 1. He has long admired Edgar Martinez and Frank Thomas for their abilities to contribute with only their bats. It’s the Big Hurt who Piazza is replacing. Thomas led the A’s with 39 home runs and 114 RBIs in 137 games in 2006, remaking himself with Oakland after two injury-shortened seasons with the Chicago White Sox. “It’s too much pressure,” Piazza joked about needing to produce even more. “I’m just as curious as anybody. … Obviously, Frank set an incredibly high bar here last year at the DH position. I really think it would be foolish of me to try to measure up to that. I feel like I have to be the hitter I am.” After leaving the New York Mets as a free agent, Piazza was thrilled to get a new start with the San Diego Padres last season. Then, in December, he received an $8.5 million, one-year contract from the A’s. Piazza batted .283 with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs for the Padres after nearly eight years with the Mets. “I expect him to be the Hall of Fame hitter he is, a right-handed force in our lineup,” Geren said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img PHOENIX – Mike Piazza appears perfectly comfortable with his new gig, even if he’s really not. He smiled Thursday as he made his way onto the field minus catching gear for the first time in his career, the last member of the Oakland Athletics to get outside for stretching as he embarked on becoming a full-time designated hitter. last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Wayne Rooney out of Europa League tie with knee injury

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 Wayne Rooney has suffered a knee injury, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed. The Dutchman refused to confirm the time-frame on his captain’s absence, although it is understood that he will be out for up to six weeks.His absence will deal United a heavy blow in their pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League.Reports emerged on Wednesday afternoon suggesting the forward was facing up to two months on the sidelines after being omitted from the squad to face Midtjylland in the Europa League.Van Gaal said in his pre-match press conference: “We have 13 players injured and Wayne is one of them.“It’s difficult to say but he’s injured in the game versus Sunderland and has a knee problem. We have to wait and see how long that takes. I cannot say.“He scores a lot of goals so he is very important for us. We know that but we have to cope with that.“Certainly in 2016, he has scored and that’s why we had a good run in matches until Sunderland. But we have to cope with that. Everybody can be injured and also the captain can be injured.”If Rooney is facing a sustained period on the sidelines, it will be a significant setback both to his club and country.United are currently fifth in the Premier League, six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with 12 rounds of top-flight fixtures to go.And Van Gaal, whose position has been under increasing scrutiny, admitted after Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Sunderland that winning the Europa League was looking the most viable route into the Champions League for his side.Meanwhile, England have a double-header of international friendlies next month against Germany and Holland as they continue their preparations for this summer’s Euro 2016 finals.Three Lions head coach Roy Hodgson said on Saturday that skipper Rooney – England’s all-time record goalscorer – will be ”a player we need to depend upon” at the tournament in France.Rooney has netted three times in four appearances for England this season, and is United’s top scorer this term with 14 goals in all competitions.Matteo Darmian (dislocated shoulder), Marouane Fellaini (muscle fatigue) and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (illness) are also unavailable for United on Thursday.center_img More on Rooney from the boss: “You can never say [how long he could be out for]. He has a knee problem so we must wait and see.” #MUTV #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 17, 2016last_img read more


first_imgLadies Masters Team with their Donegal Masters Bronze medalsRosses AC held their Adult presentation night on Friday night last with a large turnout. Ita Gallagher adressed the crowd and updated that we have grown our adult end of the club by 60% with membership now standing at 87 senior athletes.She acknowledged the many successes during the year noting the mens bronze medal in the Donegal novice and the womens silver medals in Donegal and Ulster Novice and rounded of with fine performances at the All Irelands in Waterford recently. The Fit For Life section of the club has really taken off and Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver were noted for their efforts.Sean McGinley continues to lead the club and his efforts were especially noted and a special surprise birthday cake for Sean added to the occasion.Special mention was made to Aidan Gillespie and his achievements throughout the year where he won medals at the All Ireland Indoors, Donegal Track and Field, All Ireland Track and Field for Senior and Masters and travelled to the European Masters, Our club athletes continue to grow and our footprint is being felt across athletics and races across Donegal.A great night was had by all and a special thanks to all club members for their efforts during the year. The following were the awards made on the night: Edward Harkin – Male Athlete of the Year, Noreen McGee – Female Athlete of the Year, Aidan Gillespie – Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Cathy Breslin – Most Determined Female Athlete of the Year, Noel Boyd – Most Determined Male Athlete of the Year, Elise Gillespie – Fit for Life CoOrdinator, Sinead Diver – Most Improved Female Athlete of the Year, Michael McElroy – Most Improved Male Athlete of the Year, Fit For Life Awards – Margaret Ann Ferry, Sean P. O Fearaigh and Marie Boyle, Notable Performances ward – Noel Diver and Pacer Athlete Charlie Doherty.Cathy Breslin – Most Determined Female Athlete of the Year Aidan Gillespie – Track and Field Athlete of the Year Michael McElroy – Most Improved Male Athlete of the Year Elise Gillespie – Fit for Life CoOrdinator Edward Harkin – Male Athlete of the Year Noreen McGee – Female Athlete of the Year Noel Boyd – Most Determined Male Athlete of the Year Sinead Diver – Most Improved Female Athlete of the Year ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB PRESENTATION NIGHT – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: December 21st, 2013 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:Presentation nightROSSES AClast_img read more

‘Great Arch of Fear’ created by Gardai in Fanad – claim

first_imgThe community who held a peaceful protest last Saturday to restore access to the Great Arch at Fanad has been left in a state of shock and anger. The Gardai at Milford stand accused of creating ‘An Arch of Fear’ with their heavy duty presence at the small community walk over a blocked off turnstile, according to John McAteer in this week’s Tir Chonaill Tribune.The Garda operation is now the subject of questions to the Minister for Justice and as their Press Office palms off all complaints and queries with a ‘no comment’ line, the issue will be raised in the Oireachtas in an attempt to extract details about who created an alert where none existed.And as three Garda vehicles converged on this small community last Saturday on one of Ireland’s last outposts in the EU, their actions rekindled the notorious Mobile Phone Riots in the nearby village of Kerrykeel close to twenty years ago. In that debacle in December 1998 the late Deputy Harry Blaney was unceremoniously thrown to the ground by a Garda Sergeant while Ian McGarvey and a number of others were dragged by the scruff of their necks along the pavement and into a Paddy Wagon.In the end the presence of around seventy members of the Force were told to go home since no mobile mast was to be erected on the mast at Kerrykeel Garda Station.Rather worryingly there has never been any investigation into the Garda actions or behaviour during the course of two protests over the phone mast row in Kerrykeel.That dispute came after Esat was awarded the country’s mobile phone license using every Garda mast in the land without any recourse to the concerns of community living in close proximity – many of them suffering from cancer. In such small communities, memories linger on and people believe and often with good reason that officialdom works to silence their voices and they point to a varied number of experiences in recent years.The small Pollaid community believes the presence of such a Garda operation was an attempt to criminalise them and ‘put them back in their boxes’ and they have turned to political sources in an effort to get answers as to why they were treated in this manner.Senator Padraig MacLochlainn and Cllr. Ian McGarvey were in attendance on Saturday with apologies from Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher, Leas Cheann Comhairle and Cllr. Aidy Glackin.Meanwhile a legal notice warning that entry to the Great Arch turnstile is prohibited remains in place. A number of no parking and private property have not been removed.And to underline the lack of access a group of German visitors who’d been wandering around local roads on Wednesday morning were eventually directed towards the Great Arch. We found them reading the red letter legal sign warning “Unauthorised Entry Is Prohibited”. And despite assurances they turned away fearing any threat of prosecution.This situation presents a highly negative impression for visitors who’ve been left with very little access to Fanad’s renowned marine sites as walking routes and rights of access have virtually been put out of bounds to the public in recent years.The presence of three Garda vehicles and at least six officers has led to accusations that this was an attempt by Garda authorities to criminalize a law abiding townland in a remote area of Fanad whose complaints have been either ignored or rejected out of hand.Adding to the policing farce was the arrival of a second patrol car and two Gardai from Dungloe. The round trip was in the region of 150 kilometres and a time of two and a half hours. And adding to the comedy was the fact that not one officer needed to put a foot outside of their vehicles during the afternoon. Apart from the Garda activity the main concern in the area relates to the best promotion possible for the Lighthouse where one million Euros has been spent to make it a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way.The Great Arch in Pollaid is a vital link in that chain of tourism promotion in Fanad and any attempt to close it down will have a very detrimental impact on visitors numbers at the three accommodation units at the Lighthouse where the next main attraction was the walk over the sea cliffs to Pollaid.The Garda operation was compounded by the arrival of a patrol car all the way from Dungloe with two officers on board. They joined another car from Milford as a third vehicle searched local roads seeking access to the Arch.As a consequence of the Garda actions, Senator Padraig MacLochlainn and Cllr. Ian McGarvey who were present for the walk have lodged a series of complaints with Garda authorities; the Minister for Justice, Donegal County Council and others.Meanwhile, Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher, Leas Cheann Comhairle who was unavailable on Saturday has offered his good offices to pursue a solution and hopes to engage in dialogue with interested parties as soon as possible.Speaking from Leinster House on Wednesday afternoon he told the Tribune: “I am available as Leas Cheann Comhairle to assist in any way possible in which I can help to secure an outcome to the satisfaction of all concerned.”Members of the Pollaid community have also registered complaints: not only about the strength of the Garda presence but also seeking an investigation into why their traditional right of access was closed down without notice.Meanwhile the boulders have been removed; replaced and removed again. However a legal notice of trespass and a number of other signs warning about private property, no parking and barbed wire remained in place earlier in the week.Both Cllr. McGarvey and Senator MacLochlainn have also expressed their shock with the large Garda presence which they described as not needed, unwarranted and an insult to the community who deserve a clear apology and a full explanation about whom or what triggered this fake alert.And as the name of the Gardai across the country has reached an all time low, it is clearly evident from last Saturday’s operation in Fanad that the Force is completely out of touch with local communities, said Senator MacLochlainnn.He said that a number of key access routes closed down must be revisited by the Council and the relevant bodies and stakeholders.“In Dunfanaghy the legendary McSwine’s Gun Loop at Hornhead and stretching for six miles remains closed: The Aghadachor closure has not been resolved: the Seven Arches near Portsalon must be revisited in an effort to find access there and the lack of parking spaces at Drumnacraig Beach has also got to be addressed,” he added.In his correspondence to the Minister for Justice: Senator MacLochlainn said: “I wish to ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is aware of public consternation in Co. Donegal at the decision of An Garda Síochána to deploy three Garda vehicles (two cars and a van) and numerous Garda personnel to the scene of a small and peaceful protest at the approach road to the Pollet Arch, Fanad, Co. Donegal last Saturday afternoon, 24th June 2017, attended by the local community and public representatives; further to ask the Minister if he will make a statement on the matter?”Meanwhile Cllr. McGarvey says that closed rights of access such as those in Fanad and elsewhere is a contradiction in what the Wild Atlantic Way is all about.“Community rights continue to be eroded with every passing year and it is the responsibility and us, as Cllrs. to take these issues on board. Otherwise our fragile tourism potential is doomed,” he stated.It is reported that the landowners with lands leading to the Fanad Arch are resident in the USA.During their recent visit the turnstile was immobilised with boulders, rock and debris as visitors to the Wild Atlantic Way signature point at Fanad Lighthouse were turned away.Local talk of their forefathers using this ‘right of way’ as far back as a hundred years ago to gather carrageen moss and dulse at the Great Arch.The Lighthouse has been promoting this walk over the past year without any problems arising apart from a missing Council sign at the entrance to the no through road.This situation has led to chaos for visitors who are left to drive around virtually lost seeking directions.One week ago a notice was posted on Facebook noting: “March to the Arch”The community event was to establish their unhindered right of passage. On Saturday around fifty local neighbours and their friends walked down the pathway to the seashore without any other intent or purpose.A Facebook petition added to the publicity and that is ongoing and a meeting is taking place on Friday night in conjunction with “Keep Ireland Open”.Declan Dorrian of the organising group said: “The recent events have sparked outrage amongst locals and visitors alike. The Great Arch is a huge tourist attraction for many years with access never being a problem for the generations before us.”Then as high noon approached in Pollaid the mysterious arrival of one local patrol car went without comment until two further Garda vehicles arrived…with nothing to do or no explanation for their presence.Detailed queries on behalf of the community put to the Gardai by politicians and the Tribune have met with the standard: “An Garda Siochana does not comment on operational matters.”Meanwhile Cllr. McGarvey has raised the issue by letter with the Council’s Chief Executive saying:I am writing to you with regard to the closure of the turnstile at the Great Arch.Relating to his personal experience there last Saturday.Cllr. McGarvey said: “An organised visit to The Pollet Great Arch, met with obstruction of access to the site, by way of the turnstile blocked by stone and rubble. Trespass notices and no entry signs were evident everywhere and barbed wire on the padlocked gate prevented normal use of the usual access path.“At the same time two groups of visitors were greeted with the presence of two Garda patrol cars, a Paddy Wagon and these people departed in a hurry. At a time when officialdom is promoting the Wild Atlantic Way, surely the denial of access to our most scenic marine locations is a contradiction of attempts and investment towards a sustainable future for remote places like Fanad.“This turnstile was put there by Donegal County Council over forty years ago as was a signpost at the end of the road… that is now removed and I wish to know why it was not replaced.“This has been a recognised access route since Famine Times and as such it is heavily promoted by the Management at Fanad Head Lighthouse as an attraction for the guests staying in their three apartments.“It must be again pointed out that Fanad’s other great tourism attraction; ‘The Seven Arches’ has also been closed to the public in recent years. Again this was a recognised right of way until recent times.“I have been asked to request a report on the position of access to the Pollet Great Arch from the Council. The local community can only see this kind of action as yet another denial of their basic rights and from a tourism point of view it is a disaster.“These sites are of immense interest to visitors coming at a time when there has been very important investment €1 million investment at Fanad Lighthouse and these aforemented attractions are links in the Lighthouse project for the future.“Council cones were used last week to block off parking access at the Pollaid site and the community wishes to know who authorized this kind decision“I intend to raise this at Council level and I am aware there is enough legislation to allow it Council dealt with this by agreement or otherwise, as this Great Arch must be the only such attraction anywhere. I know all of us are aware of the development at Fanad Lighthouse who depend so much on these attractions,” Cllr. McGarvey concluded.‘Great Arch of Fear’ created by Gardai in Fanad – claim was last modified: June 30th, 2017 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:archFanadpollaidprotestlast_img read more