first_imgBuncrana Pier hero Davitt Walsh has been hit with a huge bill which he fears could force him to shut the doors on his popular Letterkenny cafe.The Irish Music Rights Organisation has slapped a fee of €1,500 on the business when Davitt claims it should be just €75.63.The huge bill arrived at Cafe Davitt in Letterkenny on the third anniversary of the tragedy in which the Kerrykeel man rescued a toddler from a sinking jeep off Buncrana Pier. Speaking to Joe Duffy Live, Davitt said he thinks they’ve been mixed up with other local nightclubs.He said: “I just play the local radio and a couple of things of USB – it’s not a venue, it’s a cafe/coffee shop.“IMRO obviously got me mixed up with a couple of bars and nightclubs around me.Davitt outside his new restaurant. Pic by Northwest Newspix.“It can only sit about 40 to 45 people. I just signed a form without reading what I was signing. “I would have serious cash problems going forward, I don’t have that money as I have people to pay and bills to pay.” The tragedy on March 20, 2016, saw a family of five drown but brave Davitt rescued four-month-old baby Riognach Anne from the sinking jeep.Sean McGrotty, 46, his sons Evan, eight, and 12-year-old Mark, Ruth Daniels, 57, and 14-year-old Jodie Lee Daniels all drowned when their jeep slid off Buncrana Pier and into Lough Swilly.Davitt opened the cafe in Letterkenny six months after the tragedy and said it has helped him to recover.He said: “I didn’t think I’d ever be normal again. Opening a business and putting everything into this has been a huge help. I still have bad days but I have improved something dramatically.“The first year-and-a-half was tough with nightmares and different things going on. My family and friends have been massive for me. “I’m getting there, this time of year, this month is always a bad month for me because of the anniversary and it’s still so fresh.“When you come around to March 20 – it’s just a bad time for me but you just have to keep going.”Buncrana tragedy hero Davitt Walsh hit with huge bill at popular cafe was last modified: March 25th, 2019 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:BillbuncranaCafe DavittIMROletterkennyMUSIClast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018.While applications for CSP are accepted year-round, applications must be received by March 2, 2018, to be considered for this funding period. Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat — all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rates, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.Some of the benefits of CSP include:• Improved livestock gains per acre;• Increased crop yields;• Decreased inputs;• Improved wildlife and pollinator habitat• Forest stand improvement for the removal of invasive species; and• Better resilience to weather extremes.NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.Producers interested in CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.last_img read more

first_imgPolice have arrested two persons on the charge of beating a one-and-a-half-year-old child to death in a fight that followed an objection by the infant’s father to a child from the accused family urinating in the open at Bagaspur village in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh on October 1. The accused have been identified as Ram Singh and his son Umesh.“As a six-year-old boy was urinating on the road, the child’s father objected to it. And in turn, the boy’s father and grandfather attacked attacked him with lathis. The 18-month-old boy he was holding suffered blows and died on the spot,” Amit Sanghi, Sagar Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu.“There is a running feud between the two tribal families,” he said.A case was registered under Section 302 [punishment for murder] of the Indian Penal Code. The injured father is being treated at a local hospital.The case had no similarities to the Shivpuri case where two children were beaten to death for allegedly defecating in public, Mr. Sanghi stated, adding, “There is confusion. There is no case of open defecation here.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian High Commission in India on Thursday denied media reports that athletes from its country had behaved like hooligans at the Commonwealth Games Village.In a statement, the high commission accepted that some spirited celebrations had taken place but denied hooliganism by the Australian team.  “We can confirm that in the course of celebrations a washing machine was damaged, though it remains unclear who did the damage, what their nationality was and whether it was deliberate or accidental,” the high commission said in a statement. “The suggestion that this was a reaction to Australia’s loss in the second Test is completely baseless. Australia sent its biggest team ever to the Delhi Games. The athletes embraced India and left with wonderful experience,” the statement said. The Herald Sun newspaper claimed that Australia’s Commonwealth Games chief Perry Crosswhite had confirmed that a washing machine was thrown off the eighth floor of an Australian residential tower at the Village.  But Crosswhite said he would be surprised if the culprit was an Australian and blamed athletes from other countries who were in the Australian building at the time of the incident. The Delhi Police confirmed the rampage but said it had not received any complaint from the CWG Organising Committee.  Media reports had said that some members of the Australian contingent went on the rampage after being unable to accept India’s thumping win over the Australian cricket team in the Test match.  The reports said a washing machine, electrical fittings and furniture at the Village bore the brunt of the athletes’ anger. Apparently, slogans were also raised against Sachin Tendulkar.advertisementlast_img read more