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Pesticides detected in Newcastle West and Foynes-Shannon Estuary drinking water supplies…

first_imgLimerickNewsPesticides detected in Newcastle West and Foynes-Shannon Estuary drinking water supplies in Co LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 18, 2021 184 Previous articlePrimary school student wins competition to design a new Biodiversity Garden in ShannonNext articleUpton scores again as Ireland and Great Britain play out a draw in final game of series Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie FOURTEEN exceedances for pesticides including MCPA, Mecoprop and 2,4-D have been detected in the public drinking water supplies in Newcastle West and Foynes-Shannon Estuary during 2019 and 2020. These exceedances were detected as part of Irish Water’s public water supply monitoring programme. Both water supplies abstract raw water from the River Deel which is vulnerable to runoff from land. Users of any herbicide or pesticide products in the River Deel catchment are being asked to consider the vulnerability of the water supplies to pesticide contamination and the importance of this supply to the local homes and businesses in the community.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The National Pesticides and Drinking Water Action Group (NPDWAG) is asking the farming community, greens keepers, grounds keepers, and domestic users, to consider in each case whether they need to use pesticides at all. Minimising pesticide use not only helps to protect water quality but also has wider environmental benefits. For example, leaving areas unsprayed can help native flowering plant species to grow and support a range of insects including bees and other vital pollinators. One third of Ireland’s bee species are threatened with extinction and by helping the bee population survive and thrive we are also helping to protect our precious water sources. For more information on practical ways to help bees and other pollinators, check out the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan at www.pollinators.ieWhere pesticide use is considered necessary, the NPDWAG is working with the community to ensure that best practice measures to protect drinking water sources and biodiversity are always followed. Farmers and other landholders dealing with the challenge of tackling rushes should note that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has developed new guidance on the sustainable management of rushes. The new approach is based on the concepts of containment or suppression, and aims to minimise the use of pesticides. More information on this can be obtained from your local farm advisor or on www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/sud/waterprotectionThe efforts to reduce the incidence and level of these detections are being coordinated by the NPDWAG. This group is chaired by the DAFM. All of the key stakeholders are represented in this group and include other Government departments and agencies; local authorities; industry representative bodies; farming organisations; water sector organisations; and amenity sector organisations. Deirdre O’Loughlin, Irish Water’s Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist said: “In Co Limerick, the exceedance of the drinking water regulations for MCPA, Triclopyr and 2,4-D were noted in both the Newcastle West and Foynes-Shannon Estuary public water supplies following routine sampling. While our consultation with the HSE has concluded that the levels seen do not represent a threat to public health, it is however undesirable and therefore imperative that users of pesticides are mindful of best practice when using herbicides or pesticides and seek out alternatives.”Adding to this, Dr Aidan Moody, DAFM and Chair of NPDWAG commented: “The continued engagement of all stakeholders, working in partnership, is needed to tackle this issue. Users of pesticides should always consider alternatives in the first instance and if pesticides are essential make sure that they are aware of the best practice measures that should be followed to protect water quality.”Recent drinking water monitoring results for Ireland show that a number of active substances contained in herbicide products used in agriculture, amenity and gardens, such as 2,4-D, fluroxypyr, clopyralid, MCPA, mecoprop and triclopyr, are being regularly detected.If pesticides have to be used, the basic steps to reduce risks to drinking water sources and the aquatic environment are:Choose the right pesticide product (note that products containing MCPA are NOT approved for use in weed-wipers.)Read and follow the product labelDetermine the right amount to purchase and useDon’t use pesticides if rain is forecast in the next 48 hoursMake sure you are aware of the location of all nearby water coursesComply 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 and drainage ditchesAvoid 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.Never fill a sprayer directly from a water course or carry out mixing, loading or other handling operations beside a water courseFurther guidance:A video on the best practice use and application of products containing MCPA can be viewed on Irish Water’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/xQqtZ7jifUsInformation leaflets on pesticide use are also available to download from the Teagasc website at teagasc.ie/environment/water-quality/assap-farming-for-water-quality/improving-my-water-quality/protecting-drinking-water-from-pesticides/A guide providing 10 easy steps towards responsible pesticide use in public and amenity and garden areas is available at pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/media/pesticides/content/sud/ResponsiblePesticideUsePublicAmenityGardenAreas200217.pdf Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener center_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

MacLochlainn: HSE must explain why Maura Porter lay for 50 minutes after crash before…

first_img By News Highland – January 5, 2014 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Twitter WhatsApp News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp MacLochlainn: HSE must explain why Maura Porter lay for 50 minutes after crash before Ambulance arrivedcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Previous articleDecision on Foyle Ferry Service put on hold after meeting on FridayNext articleNorthwest may escape the worst of the stormy weather due Sunday/Monday News Highland Padraig MacLochlainn TDIt is being claimed that it took 50 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the scene of collision last week in Churchtown which resulted in the death of local woman Maura Porter. Ms Porter was struck by a car at 5.40pm on Monday the 30th of December suffering serious head injuries. She was transferred to Alnaagelvin Hospital where she died later that night.Donegal Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn claims that it took 50 minutes for an ambulance to arrive to the collision and says the HSE must answer why:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/paud6.mp3[/podcast] Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

Slain Utah police officer Joseph Shinners mourned by police departments across US

first_imgProvo Police(PROVO, Utah) — Police departments across the country are offering an outpouring of support after a young Provo, Utah, police officer was gunned down in the line of duty.Officer Joseph Shinners, 29, was shot in the nearby town of Orem trying to apprehend a fugitive Saturday night, authorities said.Shinners, who was on the job for three years, is survived by his wife and 1-year-old son, Provo Police Chief Richard Ferguson said.“As chief of police, I’m furious,” Ferguson told reporters Sunday. “I’m heartbroken. I’m shocked.”Shinners, who was from the Boston area, came from a family of service.His brother is a police officer and his father was a fire captain in Everett, Massachusetts.Among those offering condolences was Shinners’ father’s former department.“We have suffered a terrible tragedy within our fire family,” the Everett Firefighter Department said on Facebook. “We are extremely saddened by this difficult news and our thoughts and prayers are with the Shinners family, as well as the Provo Police Dept.”Law enforcement from Florida to New York to Ohio to Tennessee were also among those offering their support.Shinners managed to shoot the suspected killer, who was injured and is under guard at a hospital, authorities said.The suspect, whose name has not been released, allegedly made recent threats of violence toward police, authorities said.The suspect was in stable condition and is set to face multiple charges, authorities said Sunday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Musical Adaptation of British Comedy Pride Eyes West End Bow

first_img Based on a true story, Pride follows a group of gay rights activists who, despite initial outcry, raised money to help families involved in the 1984 U.K. miners’ strike. The cast includes stage and screen stars Billy Nighy, Olivier winner Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, as well as Paddy Considine, George MacKay and Andrew Scott. The film, which opened in the U.K. on September 12, is slated for a September 26 release in the states. View Comments At a London screening of the new British comedy Pride, screenwriter Stephen Beresford revealed that a stage musical adaptation of the film is in the works, with its eyes on the West End. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beresford announced during the September 14 event that Tony and Olivier-winning director Matthew Warchus has been tapped to helm the new project. No official announcement has been made.center_img Beresford revealed the Matilda director boarded the project after the pair had shared a train ride: “[Warchus] came up with nine reasons why we shouldn’t do it…but by the end of the journey we had turned them into reasons why we should.”last_img read more

Jelavic writes to Everton fans

first_imgNew Hull striker Nikica Jelavic has written an open letter to Everton fans in which he admits his concerns over his World Cup place forced him to move. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Everton fans from the bottom of my heart for their support,” he wrote in his letter, published in the Liverpool Echo. “They gave me their backing from day one and never stopped believing in me, which is something I will always remember. “I believe the scoring run which I went on during those first six months (scoring 11 times in 16 appearances after his move from Rangers) is the real Nikica Jelavic and I’m pleased the Evertonians were able to see and appreciate what I’m really about. “Everton supporters have a special way of making you feel like one of them, and even when I was not in the team in more recent times I always felt they were behind me. “Playing for Croatia is something I also take huge pride in and with a World Cup on the horizon I was in the situation of needing to play more games to make sure I remain in Niko Kovac’s thoughts ahead of the tournament in Brazil. “Unfortunately that wasn’t happening at Everton, and Roberto Martinez was very honest and up front with me about his thinking. “When I went to meet Steve Bruce I realised it was the right move to a club with the potential to become a top Premier League outfit. Steve’s ambition was clear, as was his desire to see me playing and scoring goals. “While I’m sad to wave farewell to Everton and all my friends; it is time for my next challenge. “I’m only pleased that I was able to say goodbye with two goals in the FA Cup win against QPR, and share some special celebrations with them one last time. “I hope to be celebrating many more goals in future, and I’m excited to get going at my new club. But you can guarantee the Toffees will remain in my heart. I hope they can go on to fulfil their ambitions this season and I will always look out for them. “Hvala vam i sretno (Thank you and good luck).” The Croatia international completed his transfer on Wednesday and hopes a new start at the KC Stadium will help him ahead of this summer’s tournament in Brazil. However, despite a disappointing second half to his two-year stay on Merseyside, the 28-year-old expressed his gratitude. Press Associationlast_img read more