Shock as parish clean-up reveals nine dead animals

first_imgMembers of the community involved in the Fanad Clean Up Day have expressed their horror and disgust at finding a number of dead animals along a number of roads.In all nine animals were discovered including five calves, three ewes and a dog.Adding to the shock was that a number of children were involved at a particularly obnoxious site where recently dumped sheep carcasses and some of the rotting calves were discovered. On Tuesday the Council veterinary and road services along with an independent operator removed three sheep and two calves from very difficult terrain close to Mulroy Bay at Tullynadall.Martin Roarty, the Letterkenny area Litter Warden who supervised the operation said it was the most sickening experience of his time as a litter warden. He also confirmed that two mature calves had mysteriously disappeared from the site over the weekend.Mr. Roarty told the Tirconail Tribune that the dead calves had been dumped 25 feet off the roadside on steep and treacherous incline.However the undergrowth and trees could not conceal the stench coming from the location. It is located on a stretch of road with no occupied houses between Kindrum crossroads and the townland of Tullynadall, a distance of around one mile. A dead dog wrapped in polythene was discovered near Rossnakill on the road to Aughadreena while on the road between Massmount and Kindrum another dead calf was discovered.The Council’s litter services were not involved in disposing of these carcasses.There are unconfirmed reports of livestock losses across parts of Donegal with dumping of dead animals reported being seen along the cliff faces on the Knockalla Road and on the sea coast.A number of Fanad’s roads are not included in the clean-up day on the basis of safety: fast moving traffic and too many dangerous bends. One lady said she’d looked at some stretches of these routes and was shocked at the level of household dumping.There were eighty volunteers engaged in the Clean Up Day in Fanad with a number of schools also participating. Close to three tonnes of refuse was collected. However, there is much more evidence in locations that are too difficult to access. The extent of the refuse dumping is reflected on a half a kilometre of road outside Tamney where one family group collected seven large sacks of refuse including cans half filled with paint, a vast array of wine bottles, coffee cups and the debris from takeaway meals.On a quiet road near Aughadreena volunteers were shocked with the number of Tennent’s lager cans in one location…over a hundred in all on top of a huge volume of black refuse sacks bursting at the seams with waste materials.A spokeswoman for the Clean Up Campaign has spoken of their horror and revulsion of finding decaying calves and the dreadful smells. She said it was a traumatic day but nevertheless the community is committed to ensuring that the huge litter problem in the peninsula is cleared annually.The group has spoken of their horror at finding dead and decaying livestock and have appealed to those responsible to have more respect for the environment and their animals and to use the authorised services available. The remains of a dead calf which was also found.Litter Warden, Martin Roarty who had the task of climbing down the dangerous slope at Tullynadall to inspect the number of dead calves said he was horrified at what he saw and heard from the volunteers who found the carcasses in Fanad.“What was most worrying,” said Mr.Roarty is that there is ample evidence of bits of skeletons and bones to suggest that this has been a site for dead animals being disposed for a number of years. He said that the problem of litter remains a major one for everyone and detection on country roads where there are many unoccupied houses is causing a huge problem for the litter services.”An appeal has now gone out from the volunteers engaged in the clean-up for anyone with knowledge of ownership of the dead animals to contact the Gardai urgently.Martin Roarty says that these problems must be tackled and in most instances there is local knowledge and those dumping cattle are well acquainted with the localities involved.He said: “Like so many other community volunteers, the Fanad group does massive work in the clean-up of the parish and they had almost 80 people involved. They filled four massive skips and there are remote byroads that are not done because of the time factor involved. Certain people are using quiet back roads to dispose of household rubbish.Shock as parish clean-up reveals nine dead animals was last modified: April 29th, 2018 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:animalscalvesdeaddonegalFanadhorsesvetlast_img read more

Costa Rica passes bill to curb hot money investments

first_imgThe Legislative Assembly approved in a second-round vote Monday afternoon a long-delayed capital-control bill that requires foreign investors to deposit 25 percent of their investment with the Central Bank (BCCR).The bill’s passage is a reminder of how quickly the winds of foreign capital can change direction. Last year, when the bill was first introduced, President Laura Chinchilla’s administration was concerned that short-term foreign investors looking to turn a quick profit on high interest rates would overheat the Costa Rican economy. But after the colón’s recent devaluation, Costa Rica might gladly welcome back some of those short-term investments, also known as hot money.“This gives the executive branch the tools to confront foreign capital whose only purpose is to take advantage of high rates of return and destabilize the country’s economy,” said National Liberation Party lawmaker and Financial Affairs Commission President Siany Villalobos.The bill requires investors outside Costa Rica to deposit 25 percent of their investment with the BCCR in the same denomination as their investment.The new powers will permit the BCCR’s board of directors to raise taxes by up to 30 percent on capital gains or other investment yields for up to six months at a time if they believe the investments could destabilize the economy.The BCCR released a statement Tuesday that these restrictions would not apply to other kinds of foreign investment, such as property, factories or other investment projects.The bank added that the hot money flows that sparked the need for legislation were no longer an issue, and that there was no plan to implement these new tax powers.“In the current conditions, it would not be necessary or possible to use the measures the bill approves,” the bank wrote in a statement on its website, adding that the Central Bank did not anticipate any change in the exchange rate, capital investment or other economic variables because of the bill’s passage.Costa Rica has seen its currency, the colón, devalue roughly 10 percent against the U.S. dollar since January, prompting the BCCR to intervene. Central Bank President Rodrigo Bolaños previously argued that the sudden rise in the colón coincided with the second announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve that it would pull back economic stimulus from the U.S. economy.The new bill will become law once signed by President Chinchilla and published in the official government newspaper La Gaceta. Facebook Comments Related posts:Recent exchange rate stability offers relief to businesses Costa Rica’s Solís urges calm after Moody’s knocks investment rating down to junk status Business leaders, industrialists worried about Costa Rica’s ‘political problem’ Dollar exchange rate down following Central Bank’s intervention announcementlast_img read more