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Get along to the big night for Donegal Rose Zoe

first_imgDonegal Rose of Tralee Zoe McGettigan is having a big night tonight!Everyone is welcome to come along to the Orchard Inn Letterkenny to meet Zoe before she heads off to the Rose of Tralee International Festival representing Co Donegal.The night starts at 8pm and includes some great craic with Host Lee Gooch and a fun Mr & Mrs. Donations on the night are in aid of Bumbleance. This fundraiser is in memory of Jack Crossan who sadly lost his brave battle with Mitochondrial disease last month.Bumbleance makes positive life impacts for sick children . It’s the national and world’s first interactive children’s ambulance service designed specifically for children, with the capacity to operate the latest medical equipment and inter-hospital communication systems. It ensures the transportation of a sick child to and from treatment centres is most safe and as comfortable as possible.This year the Rose of Tralee International Festival is celebrating 57 years and all 65 Roses are going to enjoy the fun of the festival, attending various engagements, individual and group interviews then taking part in a qualifying selection which is also presented by Daithi O Se in the Dome.There are two judging panels and from these selections 32 Roses will be chosen to proceed to the television selection nights on 22nd and 23rd August. The 2016 Rose of Tralee will get to wear the brand new crown for the first time designed by the lead sponsor Tipperary Crystal. Our Donegal Rose Zoe McGettigan will be interviewed in the Dome on stage with Daithi O Se on Thursday 18th August.A preschool and Montessori teacher, Zoe, 24 plans to complete a master’s degree. Exercise is her stress relief “I love my job-it makes me so proud seeing my little kids growing and learning ”Get along to the big night for Donegal Rose Zoe was last modified: August 7th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Evidence of invasive grass carp signals threat to Lake Erie

first_imgTOLEDO, Ohio – Researchers have fresh evidence that invasive grass carp are swimming and spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie.Their next step is figuring out how to stop it from gaining a foothold and devouring wetland plants along the shoreline and underwater vegetation in the lake that shelters native fish.Grass carp are one of four Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes, but they’re not as worrisome as the bighead and silver carp, which could devastate fish populations in the lakes.While environmental groups and scientists have put much of their attention on preventing the bighead and silver carp from reaching the lakes, the grass carp already have been found in Lakes Erie, Michigan and Ontario.A look at the efforts to stop the grass carp:___WHAT ARE GRASS CARP?Brought to the U.S. more than 50 years ago to control weed growth, they’re still sold to pond owners. Some states now require that they be sterilized before being released. But recent surveys have found grass carp eggs in Great Lakes waterways. Some made their way into the lakes via rivers, while others were dumped into the waterways. The fish feed on aquatic plants, eating up to 90 pounds a day and damaging areas used by spawning fish and migrating birds. What is not known is how many are in the lakes and where they’ve spread.___HOW BIG OF A THREAT?It’s believed there are still only a small number of grass carp in the lakes. But a report released by U.S. and Canadian researchers warned this year that if effective steps aren’t taken, it’s likely that the invasive fish will be established in lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan and Ontario within 10 years.___WHERE ARE THEY BEING FOUND?The biggest concern is in Lake Erie where grass carp have been found in tributary rivers and along the shoreline. Researchers have been closely watching the Sandusky River, between Cleveland and Toledo, since the discovery of grass carp eggs in 2015. More eggs were found this summer along with eight adults that were netted during a two-day search.___WHAT HAVE RESEACHERS LEARNED?It appears the grass carp spawn after heavy rains or when there’s high water on the Sandusky River, said Rich Carter, who oversees fish management and research for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The fish also seem to like long rivers. All of that is important to know, he said, to help find a potential way to control their populations.___WHAT’S BEING DONE?Plans are being developed to make a more intensive effort to capture and remove the carp from the Sandusky River, where more than 100 have been found since 2012, Carter said. There’s also ongoing work to follow grass carp that have been tagged to determine where they spawn and where they can be found, said Mark Gaikowski, a research director with the U.S. Geological Survey.last_img read more