4 Jun

No oral hearing on Aughinish rock-blasting

first_imgShannon Airport braced for a devastating blow CAPPAGH Farmers Support Group (CFSG) have criticised An Bord Pleanála for rejecting their application for an oral hearing regarding Rusal Aughinish’s plans to rock-blast close to the red mud ponds on their site at Aughinish Island.CFSG chairman Pat Geoghegan believes it has denied his group the opportunity to air their views publicly to the dangers of the rock blasting. He also says that Rusal’s burrow pit proposal will have a life-long detrimental impact on fauna, wildlife, marine life and the natural environment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We believe such an application was reckless in the first place to be even lodged by this company. It would entail the setting off of explosives metres from an embankment storing approximately 40 million tonnes of toxic waste.“Should the embankment, which is only made up of crush rock was to be breached, it would allow thousands of tonnes to immediately flow into the Shannon destroying all before it,” Mr Geoghegan warned.This would leave the River Shannon destroyed for decades to come and clean up costs running into millions.“All this to save the company the cost of sourcing rock, which can easily be got from quarries in the area.”“An Bord Pleanála’s decision has also denied our group a forum for Irish and international experts to highlight the very real dangers of this rock blasting operation. We had also secured the services of an environment expert who has studied the dangers such blasting would have to the environment such as in Hungary in 2010 when people died and the local environment was destroyed,” he told the Limerick Post.Most of all, this decision has denied the local community an opportunity to voice their anger and their concerns to this blasting going ahead for approximately ten years and the effect it will also have on their property.“It’s a sad day that shows us and the public the protection that this company is afforded by An Bord Pleanála that they are not answerable to the public as we now await a final decision to be made.”In their response to the group’s claims, An Bord Pleanála stated that it has decided to determine the appeal without an oral hearing.“The Board has concluded that the appeal can be dealt with adequately through written procedures,” a spokesman explained. Facebook TAGSAughinishAughinish AluminaEnvironmentNewspoliticsRusal Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Email Vicky calls for right to die with dignitycenter_img Previous article€1.8 million spent on private ambulancesNext articleMind the windows Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year NewsEnvironmentPoliticsNo oral hearing on Aughinish rock-blastingBy Alan Jacques – July 13, 2018 1536 Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat last_img read more

13 Aug

Vipers SC sack Mexican coach Espinoza

first_imgJavier Martinez Espinoza. PHOTO VIPERS SC MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda side Vipers SC has this evening terminated the services of its head coach Javier Martinez Espinoza.A statement on the football club’s website confirmed the sacking, and stated that, “The club management thanks the Mexican tactician for the services rendered to the club. Vipers SC will in the next 24 hours make major announcements on the new technical team after the restructuring aimed at helping Vipers achieve its desired objectives at both local and international level.”Failure to make it to the group stages of the African Club Championships after defeat away and at home by Algerian outfit CS Constantine last week, sealed the Mexican coach’s fate. The club has struggled to impress locally and on the continent.In their latest league game, Vipers could only manage a goalless draw against Uganda Premier League minnows Tooro United today.Meanwhile, Vipers sports club has been drawn against Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien in the CAF Confederations Cup play-off round for a slot in the group stages.The Venoms will host the first leg at St Mary’s stadium Kitende between 11th – 13th January 2019 with the second leg at Stade Tareb Mhiri a week later as per the Caf guidelines.The Uganda Premier League champions made it to this stage after elimination from the champions league by Algeria’s CS Constantine having gone past El Merriekh in the preliminary round.The first leg arrives after a congested league schedule where we meet URA on January 2nd before an away trip to Mwererwe to play Bright Stars on 5th January and a home fixture against Onduparaka on 9th January. And the second leg will be preceded by a Uganda cup engagement with a yet to be unknown opponent plus a delayed Mbarara City league match.Vipers will be aiming to qualify for the confederations cup group stages after failing short on the same assignment in the Caf champions league.Full CAFCC Playoff DrawsGor Mahia FC (Kenya) vs New Star de Douala (Cameroon)Al Ahli Benghazi (Libya) vs NA Hussein Dey (Algeria)Al Hilal (Sudan) vs Mukura Victory (Rwanda)Nkana FC (Zambia) vs FC San Pedro (Cote D’Ivoire)Zesco United FC (Zambia) vs Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa)Raja Casablanca (Morocco) vs African Stars (Namibia)RS Berkane (Morocco) vs ASC Jaraaf (Senegal)Zamalek (Egypt) vs IR Tanger (Morocco)CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) vs Vipers SC (Uganda)KCCA FC (Uganda) vs AS Otoho d’Oyo (Congo)Bantu FC (Lesotho) vs Rangers Int. FC (Nigeria)Coton Sport FC (Cameroon) vs Asante Kotoko FC (Ghana)Jimma Aba Jifar FC (Ethiopia) vs Hassania US Agadir (Morocco)Al Nasr (Libya) vs Salitas FC (Burkina Faso)Stade Malien (Mali) vs Atletico Petroleos (Angola)The 15 winners from the above encounters will join Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in the group stages.***SOURCE: VIPERS SC MEDIAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more