Walkers head to the Snowdon summitCredit:alamy Visitors need a permit to trek the Inca Trail up to Machu PicchuCredit:alamy Jonathan Cawley, director of planning and land management at the Snowdonia National Park Authority, said that education is required.“There’s no one silver bullet,” he said. “We spend huge sums on the upkeep of the maintenance of paths on Snowdon, but it’s never enough. We do litter picking which is a huge task. There’s an education programme that needs to happen.”A scheme in Llanberis, a village at the foot of Snowdon, is encouraging visitors to donate to maintain local infrastructure, and has seen 28 businesses sign up to it. A similar scheme in the Lake District raises £250,000 a year. Mr Watkin, of FUW, said that it would not raise enough money and that a mandatory tourism tax is more suitable. However, he agreed with be difficult to enforce.In 2013, photos circulated of walkers waiting two and a half hours to reach the summit as the footpaths clogged up on a busy Bank Holiday weekend. The path to the summit on a busy summer dayCredit:alamy The Inca Trail, used to access the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru, has a annual quota that limits walkers to 500 a day, with permits bookable only through tour operators, and often sold out months in advance. “[Introducing a permit system or a charge] is something we need to do in order to protect what we’ve got,” Gwynedd Watkin, Caernarfon FUW county executive, told the BBC. “How are we going to maintain those paths for future generations? It’s one thing to say we have a right, but we also have a responsibility.” Walkers climbing Snowdon should have to pay for the privilege to cut down on numbers visiting Wales’ highest peak, campaigners have said.The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) called for a charge or even a permit system similar to that enforced for the Inca Trail, claiming it was necessary to protect the North Wales mountain amid growing concern over littler and damage to pathways. Earlier this year tourists were accused of using the mountain “as a toilet” and littering heavily.However, a spokesperson for Ramblers Cymru said charges would not be legal and would compromise “hard-won and fiercely protected rights”.Policy and advocacy manager Rebecca Brough, who admitted numbers were “challenging”, said: “We wouldn’t want to discourage people from getting out walking. It’s free and it should be. Paths are already maintained at public expense.” “Gwynedd council and the national park authority are being squeezed [financially]. How are we going to do it otherwise?”Snowdonia National Park welcomes some 4.3 million visitors a year, according to the latest statistics, making it one of the most-visited in the country, and the most visited in Wales. Climbing Snowdon, Wales’ tallest mountain at an elevation 1,085m, is one of the biggest draws.
As the contestants reach the half way point in their training regime for Gaelforce North, we’ve decided to give you an update on how each is performing……Here goes!Motiv8 LK Fitness Classes are open to members of the public, with new fitness enthusiasts particularly welcome! For timetables and further information on Motiv8 LK see www.motiv8fitness.eu or www.facebook.com/motiv8lk The team at Motiv8 Fitness have also announced the creation of a online donation page for chosen charity Donegal Action for Cancer Care, log on to www.mycharity.ie/charity/dacc if you’ve like to contribute to this worthy charity. Further details of fundraising activities will be announced soon.Meet The CelebritiesGerry McMonagle Letterkenny’s very own town mayor, Gerry ‘The Boss’ McMonagle was the first to sign up for the Motiv8 LK Challenge. Since the event started the big Derry man hasn’t missed a training session and was rewarded with his endeavours so far by being awarded Motiv8 LK Trainer of the week recently. In fact, some people thought that Gerry had moved into the Town Park permanently, he’s spending so much time training there! There’ll be no mistaking Gerry on Gaelforce now in his bright yellow t-shirt!!Joanne Sweeney-BurkeJoanne ‘The Apprentice’ Sweeney-Burke is well used to a challenging competition in the media spot light as she won her way to last year’s Apprentice final on TV3. The Media Box Owner has stated that her driven personality has helped to get her to where she is today. Recent conversations with cyclist Stephen Roche may give the Downings native the edge when navigating the hills around Glenveagh on June 23rd!John WatsonJohn ‘Hire Me’ Watson has never been one to turn down a challenge and the adopted Termon man is already seeing the benefits of his new healthier lifestyle …although to the detriment of Mountain Top’s Pizza! Although rather quiet after the end of the Premiership Season, John has been a lively and entertaining competitor in Motiv8 LK and he’s taking the training so seriously, it’s alleged that he now sleeps with a set of kettle-bells (well during work hours anyway)!Paul RodgersPaul ‘The Glass Man’ Rodgers states Italian among his favourite foods. However the Bolognese has been ditched for the bike in Paul’s determination to succeed in Motiv8 LK. Even a family wedding in Portugal couldn’t disrupt his training schedule. However, it did make for some confusion as he repeatedly ran up the alter steps during the ceremony, complete with kettle-bells in arms humming eye of the tiger! Toni KellyToni ‘RPM’ Kelly better known for her sporting pursuits on the rally circuit rather than the triathlon circuit, has taken to the Motiv8 LK Challenge like a duck to water. Although taking some initial persuasion to take part in Motiv8 LK, Toni’s dedication and attendance has paid off. Rumour has it for the upcoming Donegal Rally that the RPM presenter could ditch the type R for a pair of trainers as she makes her way around the circuit!Barry MackeyBarry ‘Sign of The Times’ Mackey could yet claim the unsung hero of Motiv8LK title. Injury set-backs and jibes from fellow competitors (namely Watson) have only acted as an increased motivator for the Ard O’Donnell Sign-Maker. After close scrutiny of Barry’s lifestyle we believe we’ve found the key to his drive and relentless energy – The post-training bowl of porridge in Macs Mace as well as the prospect of beating John Watson! Cathal SheridanCathal ‘Silk Cut’ Sheridan initially missed the first two weeks training. However since then ‘sick note’ has made a tremendous effort in all training sessions. The C&M Embroidery owner like most of the others has never before taken part in a triathlon and he’s taking his training regime is so disciplined seriously that the cigarette break has almost been completely eradicated from the Rathmullan man’s daily routine!Gavin McDaidThe battle of the media gurus is completed by Greenlight Media Co-Founder Gavin ‘Angry Tiger’ McDaid. Gavin’s stated that the imminent arrival of his new born has helped give him part of the incentive for taking part in Motiv8 LK. His work colleagues claim his interest in fitness has reached unprecedented levels, with videos of spinning bikes and how to perform the perfect press-up now making up his extended you tube play list…..Mick MurphyBallina native Mick ‘The Coach’ Murphy is the final celebrity Motiv8 LK contestant. Mick is well known in GAA circles as County Coaching Officer as well as his involvement in Glenswilly GAA club. Mick has been making gallant strides since training commenced and if his fitness level continues to rise as the same rate, it’s alleged he could see championship game time alongside his son Michael. Jim McGuinness is monitoring Mick’s progress with a watchful eye….HALF WAY THERE FOR THE MOTIV8 CONTESTANTS was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 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)
New Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Friday put on hold the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order directing Hockey India to provide to BJP MP Kirti Azad the details of sponsorship amounts received, commissions paid and litigation expenditure incurred by the sports body’s league, HIL, since 2013.Justice Suresh Kait also stayed the CIC’s show cause notice to Hockey India (HI) asking why “maximum penalty” be not imposed on it for not providing documents sought by the commission.The show cause notice and the direction to provide the details sought by Azad under the Right to Information (RTI) Act was issued by the commission on October 22.While putting on hold the operation of the October 22 order, the court gave four weeks time to Azad to indicate his stand on HI’s plea against the CIC’s decision and listed the matter for hearing on January 18.During the brief hearing, HI told the court that the information that CIC had directed to be disclosed was “commercially confidential”.On the other hand, the lawyer for Azad contended that HI was a public authority which was receiving funds from the government and public sector entities and therefore, it should disclose how much money it was receiving from sponsors.The lawyer also alleged that according to information in his possession, HI spends Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2 crore every year on litigation and added that redacted material was submitted to CIC by the sports body when the commission had called for certain documents.The court on October 30 had said it would not pass any interim order without hearing Azad. PTI HMP SKV SAadvertisement
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