Southland Football Players of the Week: Central Arkansas’ Hales, McNeese’s Livings, Sutton

first_imgThe junior defensive end’s productivity is even more notable given the game was his first back on the field after missing two contests due to injury. McNeese coaches originally planned to use Livings on third downs, but he was forced into full-time action after another defensive end exited with an injury. Hales and the Central Arkansas (3-2, 1-1 SLC) offense racked up big numbers in their 66-35 home win over Houston Baptist on Saturday. They now take to the road for a 2 p.m. tilt Saturday at Stephen F. Austin. The Cowboys (5-1, 4-0 SLC) remained perfect in league play with a 24-21 win over Abilene Christian in Lake Charles. McNeese is idle this week. The junior’s record-tying sack came on the final play of the game. The five sacks Saturday gives Livings 17.5 career sacks, placing him seventh all-time in McNeese history. His five tackles Saturday, to go with one assist, added up to 43 yards for losses on the night. For the second time in a row, a quarterback making his first collegiate start claims the league’s offensive honors in Hales after Sam Houston’s Ty Brock won the award last Monday. Livings reward comes on the heels of McNeese’s BJ Blunt wrapping up his second defensive award this season. They are joined by special teams winner and Cowboys teammate Cyron Sutton. Offensive Player of the Week: Luke Hales, Central Arkansas – R-Fr. – Quarterback – Greenwood, Ark.Hales first collegiate start began with a bang, throwing a 65-yard touchdown on his first career pass. Special Teams Player of the Week: Cyron Sutton, McNeese – So. – Punt Returner – New OrleansSutton made the most of his opportunity while filling in for injured Park Orgeron. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Luke Hales is the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while McNeese’s Chris Livings earns Defensive Player of the Week honors. Livings’ Cowboys teammate Cyron Sutton is named the Special Teams Player of the Week. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Hales began the season third on the team’s depth chart. Honorable Mention: Phillip Baptiste, UIWDefensive Players of the Week: Chris Livings, McNeese – Jr. – Defensive End – Lake Charles, La.Livings five sacks on Saturday tied the Southland Conference and McNeese single-game records and helped the Cowboys edge Abilene Christian 24-21. The redshirt freshman did not let up, completing 16 of 27 passes for 304 yards (19.0 per reception). His stat line included five touchdown tosses and another rushing. It electrified the Bears as they piled up 558 years of total offense and 66 points – the highest scoring output since UCA tallied 70 points in 2014. Honorable Mention: Darrius Montgomery, UIW; DJ Curtis, SHSU He fielded his first punt late in the game and scampered 73 yards for the score that put the Cowboys up by 10 points late in the fourth quarter and helped seal the three-point win. Sutton’s return is the 10th-longest punt return for a score in school history. Honorable Mention: Winston Jones, NichollsSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

UST averts winless season, beats UE

first_imgRegie Basibas topped UST with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block, while Cameroonian big man Steve Akomo posted 18 markers, 20 boards, three assists and six blocks..Eric Caunan also got a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds with two assists to boot, while Lee had 11 markers, five boards, and three dimes.“It feels like we’re champions,” said Lee as UST halted its 17-game losing skid dating back to last season.Pasaol paced the Red Warriors with 18 points, five rebounds, and five steals, while Jason Varilla had 16 markers and three boards, and Maloles collected 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists in the defeat.UE wrapped up their campaign on a four-game slide to end up with a 3-11 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas avoided a winless season after pulling off an 88-85 victory over University of the East for its only victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Growling Tigers finally came through in the endgame, making pressure-packed free throws and a defensive stop in the waning seconds of the game.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The win gave the school something to celebrate despite having its worst UAAP season ever, ending the year with a 1-13 record.“We’re glad that we weren’t zero [wins] and at the same time, this is part of our rebuilding process,” said UST coach Boy Sablan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe victory, though, didn’t come easy for UST as it lost a five-point lead, 84-79, with less than a minute remaining. Philip Manalang and Mark Maloles kept UE in the game, trimming the deficit to one, 84-83, with 19.7 ticks left.Marvin Lee and Oliver de Guzman sank four free throws before the Growling Tigers secured a huge stop in the final 5.5 seconds, swiping the ball off Alvin Pasaol to preserve the win. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Fowler has share of lead at OHL Classic Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES The scores:UST 88 – Basibas 21, Akomo 18, Caunan 14, Lee 11, Garcia 10, De Guzman 6, Sta. Ana 4, Escalambre 2, Macasaet 2, Romero 0, Huang 0, Faundo 0.UE 85 – Pasaol 18, Varilla 16, Maloles 15, Conner 10, Acuño 8, Cullar 7, Manalang 7, Bartolome 2, Olayon 2, Derige 0.Quarters: 23-15, 43-39, 63-61, 88-85. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

Ravena saves the day as NLEX downs Meralco

first_imgPBA IMAGESKiefer Ravena took charge when it mattered the most, drilling the turnaround jumper over the outstretched arms of Chris Newsome with 0.9 seconds to spare and lifting NLEX to a thrilling 87-85 victory over Meralco Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.The super-rookie topped the Road Warriors with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists as he commandeered his team’s belated run after staring at a 10-point deficit midway in the fourth period.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson With NLEX trailing 72-82, Ravena seized the spotlight and led the 13-0 blast to grab the lead, including a gutsy go-ahead trey with 43.4 seconds remaining to push the Road Warriors up, 83-82.Baser Amer committed a turnover on the other end which led to JR Quiñahan extending the NLEX lead to three, 85-82, but Newsome kept the Bolts alive as he completed the and-one play off of a Ravena foul to knot the score at 85 in the last 15.3 ticks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat was all the time the two-time UAAP MVP needed to atone for his miscue, taking control of the rock and propelling the Road Warriors to an even 4-4 slate.Larry Fonacier went perfect from downtown with his 4-of-4 sniping and wound up with 17 markers and six boards. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Alex Mallari had 12 markers and 10 boards for NLEX.Meralco could not sustain its hot start where it erected an 18-point lead in the first half, spoiling the big night from seldom-used Nico Salva who fired a career-best 20 points on an efficient 9-of-12 shooting.Newsome had 15 markers, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, while Amer got 14 points and five boards in the Bolts’ third straight defeat to drop to 2-6.The Scores:NLEX 87 — Ravena 21, Fonacier 17, Alas 15, Mallari 12, Al-Hussaini 6, Quiñahan 6, Baguio 4, Gotladera 2, Miranda 2, Monfort 2, Uyloan 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tough love from mom lights fire under Mike DiGregorio Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MERALCO 85 — Salva 20, Newsome 15, Amer 14, Hugnatan 10, Lanete 10, Caram 7, Canaleta 4, Hodge 3, Bono 2, Dillinger 0, Tolomia 0.Quarters: 10-26, 38-37, 62-65, 87-85.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

Africare-Liberia Seeks More Partnerships, Africare-Liberia Seeks More Partnerships

first_imgAfricare-Liberia Country Director has disclosed plans by the entity to seek for more partnerships in order to improve the health care delivery system of ‘vulnerable Liberians.’ Africare-Liberia Country Director said they are going to do it by forging partnership with authorities at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) and other donor partners including the Government of Japan.Mr. Ernest K. Gaie’s statement was contained in remarks he made over the weekend during ceremony marking the official handover of two maternal waiting homes to the representatives of the Government of Japan from their Embassy in Accra, Ghana.The handover ceremony was held Friday, June 13, in Congo Town, Monrovia.The Japanese then turned the keys over to a Representative of the district at the National Legislature, Lester Paye—who also turned the keys over to the district health officer, Francis D. Kollie, and the president of the Trained Traditional Midwives (TTMs), Rebecca Zallen.According to Mr. Gaie, Africare has been a faithful partner to the Government of Liberia (GOL), particularly through the Ministries of Agriculture and Health and Social Welfare since 1992 serving communities in Bong, Nimba and Grand Cape Mount Counties.“If we don’t communicate our achievements and challenges to beneficiaries, stakeholders, and donors, no one will know what we are doing. However, we appreciate them for their confidence in our ability to deliver, because we pledged our continued commitment to working with the government and people of Liberia in achieving our developmental goals,” declared Mr. Gaie.Prior to turning the keys over to the First Secretary at the Japanese Embassy in Ghana, Yushihiko Higuchi, Mr. Gaie expressed gratitude for the construction of the homes in areas where access to health facilities have been difficult. Mr. Higuchi was accompanied to Liberia by a colleague, Yuki Takanashi.For his part, Mr. Higuchi assured Africare and the Government of Liberia (GOL) of his country’s desire to ensure that more development aids come to Liberia with the aims to reduce poverty.“We are delighted for these projects, because the community members are also delighted. Our intervention shows our commitments to the development of Africare-Liberia to implement most of the intended projects, because we need more services—not the building facilities as the process was just the beginning,” Mr. Higuchi asserted to a round of applause.Those facilities were supported by the people of Japan under the Grant Assistant for Grassroots Human Security Project. It became necessary when the Japanese Government committed funding of US$112, 959 for the construction and full furnishing of the two maternal waiting homes in Haindi and Fenutole, Bong County.The grant had supported Africare-Liberia’s efforts in assisting the GOL and the MOH/SW achieves its national policy road map for accelerating the reduction of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in the country.Africare, on the motto, “Improving Lives, Building Futures,” is supported by ministries of Agriculture, Health and Social Welfare, USAID, The Links Incorporated, UN Women, Government of Japan and IFAD enabling poor rural people to among other things, overcome poverty.The Links Incorporated Waiting Home at Phebe was dedicated in February last year.The entity works with a mission to improve the quality of the people of Africa. It is a leading non-governmental organization committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities.The maternal waiting homes address many challenges pregnant women and mothers face in accessing basic health care.It is an opened secret that many expectant mothers in Liberia complain about distances to health facilities and the lack of safe accommodation. With the Japanese Government’s support and Africare Liberia’s implementation, pregnant women in Haindii, Fenutole and its environs will be able to access facilities-based care before and during delivery.The idea behind the Africare sponsored maternal waiting homes is to provide pregnant women an opportunity to convalesce before the birth of their children.At present, there are eight completed maternal waiting homes including the ones in Yila Mission (first commissioned in March, 2011), and Phebe Compound, Suakoko District respectively.After delivery, the women spend a maximum of three days in the waiting home, but in the case of special deliveries, the women are allowed to stay even longer where they are attended to by a trained traditional midwife. Each patient (mother) normally leaves the waiting home with a “mama baby kit” filled with soap, a baby blanket, shirts and rubber underwear for the newborns.Earlier in his welcome and introductory remarks, Africare Senior Primary Health Coordinator in Bong County, George Toe said, the project intends to bring lots of benefits to Liberia, mainly to locals of the two communities.According to him, maternal mortality is a major issue in the country; this is why the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals-Five (MDG-5) which seeks to reduce maternal mortality by two-third before 2015 became necessary.Therefore, in Liberia, Mr. Toe said, the strategy of meeting that goal is to increase access to facility-based delivery. However, taking into consideration access of the rural poor, most of them live beyond five kilometer distances; this means one does not have access to the nearby health facility; therefore, the initiative being embarked upon by Africare and partners is to address the issue of access to facility-based health care delivery, among other developments.In remark also, Representative Paye acknowledged the intervention of the Japanese through its international corporation (JICA) in the development of Liberia.However, the Bong County lawmaker decried the many challenges including the deplorable road networks across the country.“With all the construction of the beautiful health facilities, if no access to the road how will the patients and or the pregnant women be transported easily to these facility-based deliveries,” Rep. Paye lamented.He then appealed to the Japanese through the two First Secretaries to not consider the commissioning of the maternal waiting homes as the end of their intervention to help Liberia, but the beginning.The District Health Officer, Francis D. Kollie and the president of the TTMs, Rebecca Zallen both them expressed gratitude to Africare-Liberia and their Japanese counterpart for the project promised to maintain them at all times.The Friday’s ceremony was attended by several other individuals including some members of Africare’s staffers, local chiefs and representatives from the office of Bong County Superintendent among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spitting image of successful taster

first_img“He said, `Oh yes I am, my dear, I’m just spitting backward.”‘160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A seasoned judge is the spitting image of success. “Some people have an incredible streamlined spit that can go five feet,” says Wilfred Wong, cellar master for Beverages & More. Still, “the bottom line is so long as you don’t drool on yourself, you’re fine.” In competitions, as at tasting rooms, organizers thoughtfully provide a bucket. (Viewers of the movie “Sideways” will recall Miles’ chug-a-lug example of what not to do with the bucket.) Sbrocco, who teaches expert expectoration in her wine classes, recalls going around a cellar with a German winemaker a few years back, tasting dozens of wines early in the morning. “I looked at my spit bucket and it was completely full, and I looked at his spit bucket and it was completely empty,” she recalls. “Aren’t you spitting?” she asked. SANTA ROSA – It takes a swirl, a smell and a sip to size up a wine. Oh, and one other thing. A good, hearty spit. “It is extremely important to spit if you’re doing any amount of wine tasting. You learn that lesson very quickly,” says Leslie Sbrocco, author of “Wine for Women,” and a frequent judge at tastings. Every taster has to spit if only to keep the palate as clear as possible for evaluating multiple wines. But for women, it’s particularly important since they are more quickly affected by alcohol due to metabolic differences, as well as usually weighing less than male judges. last_img

Where to celebrate the New Year in Northeast B.C.

first_imgIf we’ve missed an event, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.  A big thank you goes out to Doin’s in the Peace Country for providing this list.  Visit their page on Facebook for more local events by clicking here.Fort St JohnRemedies Lounge- Advertisement -Remedies Lounge hopes all of our friends out there had a great Christmas holiday!!We look forward to our New Years Eve Party Wednesday night!! The party will include music from ELIPSIS, CHAD DESROCHES, SHAKE APPEAL and the return of ALEX FON ROLSTON!! $10 at the door//Music starts at 9:30!!The Fort St. John LegionAdvertisement Doors Open at 6:00PM Supper at 7:00PM Dancing at 8:00PM-1:00AMThe Fort St. John Derrick Dance Club will host a supper and dance on December 31st at the Senior Citizens Hall (10908-100th Street). Doors will open at 6:00PM , The supper will start at 7:00PM and dancing will start at 8:00PM To 1:00AM. There will be music done by Night Sounds. It will be 45$ a person. Everyone 19 and over are welcome to come, for ticket purchasing call be December 24th. You can reach Chris at 250-785-1021 or George at 250-827-3396Good Ole’ Dayz New Years is fast approaching!!! Do you have your plans for the big night all figured out??? Good Ole Dayz is hosting a very relaxed evening for New Years!! Come in and Ring in the New Year with Good Ole Dayz. Cheers PubAdvertisement Fort NelsonNew Years Eve DanceFort Nelson Yeti are hosting the New Years Eve dance at the community hall of the Recreation Centre. Doors open at 8pm. Door prizes, DJ, midnight snacks & more!Tickets are $25.00 each and available at Stylerite and IGA. The Legion is having a party and dance.  8PM-1AM, $20 a ticket. Details – call 785-3917.On the Rocks2015 NYE (BIGGEST PARTY IN FSJ)Wednesday, December 31 at 8:00pm – 4:00amAdvertisement ChetwyndNew Years eve at the Chetwynd LegionTickets at Shoppers Drugmart, there is also a safe ride home available within town limits.8:00 PM  to 2:00 am Tickets $25Midnight Lunch, Party Favors music by 5 Star DJ Montney HallThe Montney Hall IS THE SITE FOR AN AWESOME New Year’s Party. Wed DEC 31STDance until the dance floor is empty FOR THIS 19 PLUS EVENT.Tickets $25 Available at 8 Seconds and the Montney Post office or call (250) 262 6355.Evangel Chapel Prayer SummitThe event starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. at Evangel Chapel in Fort St. John at the corner of 101 avenue and 100 street.  The second event of it’s kind at Evangel, where we come together as a house to pray. For years we’ve been praying in pockets all over our church community – it’s amazing, but there’s nothing like pulling everyone together under one roof to knock on heaven’s door and seek the Kingdom – it IS effective and has mind-blowing results.center_img Tumbler RidgeCoal Bin PubDue to popular demand and requests The Coal Bin Pub will be opening on New Years Eve. Great music, dancing, fun fun fun. No cover charge. Hope to see you all thereTumbler Ridge LegionNew Years Eve 2014 at the Royal Canadian Legion!!Doors open 6pm! To clarify, there will be no Karaoke this night, it is a Dance.There will be Party favors, and New Years hats. Snacks at midnight. And Great door prizes! $10.00 cover at the door. Dawson CreekNew Years at StrongStart B.C. Centre10805 – 14th StreetNew Years Eve Party at the Hub StrongStart BC CentresWednesday, December 31, 2014 – 4:00pm FREE to AttendRockwells PubMorgan McGowan & Cover Me will be playing at Rockwells Pub on New Years Eve with the FEELS and Jodi Abel!You can purchase tickets at the pub for $15.00/person.Come and celebrate the new year with great food, friends, and live music! On The Rocks Pub & NightclubTickets are available at On the Rocks Liquor Store locations and at the Pub.New Years Eve at the Seniors HallAt the Senior Citizens Hall 10908-100th StreetWednesday, December 31, 2014 to Thursday, January 1, 2015Advertisement Wednesday Dec 31st 11:30am-3amJoin us at Cheers for sexy New Years Eve Party, cash door prizes, complementary champagne, midnight snacks, free shuttles and hottest entertainmentChances Fort St. JohnWe’ve extended our hours to ring in the New Year with you.  No Cover.  Draws, Draws, and more Draws throughout the night.  Plus 2 x 50”  T.V’s Draws.  Complimentary Appetizers at 11 pm.  Food and Beverage Specials throughout the nightlast_img read more

FORMER BEATLES ROAD CREW BOSS SET FOR MOVILLE’S BEATLESFEST

first_imgTHE man responsible for the Beatles when they were on tour is set for his latest stop…in County Donegal.And he won’t be here just for the craic.Tony Bramwell has confirmed that he will appear at the sixth annual BeatlesFest, which takes place at Moville from August 16-19. He was a childhood friend of George Harrison and went on to become friends with the young Paul McCartney and John Lennon.They later made him their road crew manager – and he toured the world with them at the height of their fame.Tony says this will be his third visit to Moville – and has already told Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr about it.He said: “I tell the two lads about Beatle events I attend around the world. “I love Moville. It has a unique atmosphere and hospitality,” he added.FORMER BEATLES ROAD CREW BOSS SET FOR MOVILLE’S BEATLESFEST was last modified: July 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FORMER BEATLES ROAD CREW BOSS SET FOR MOVILLE’S BEATLESFESTlast_img read more

Casualty update

first_imgAs of Saturday, at least 2,466 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,943 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is one higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EDT. The British military has reported 111 deaths; Italy, 31; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, Denmark three; El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Romania, one death each. – Associated Press AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

UPDATED: McHUGH LEADS TRIBUTES TO LENIHAN, FITZGERALD – PRAISES QUEEN’S VISIT

first_imgAt the 42nd plenary of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly that is taking place in Cork today and tomorrow, the Assembly formally expressed its sympathy at the recent deaths of former Taoiseach, Garret FitzGerald, and the former Minister for Finance and Deputy Leader of Fianna Fail, Brian Lenihan.Addressing the Assembly, the new Irish Co-Chair, Joe McHugh said, “The British Irish Parliamentary Assembly would like to extend its sympathy to the families of Brian Lenihan and Garret FitzGerald who passed away in recent weeks.“Both of these men were in their own way major figures in Irish public life and who served our country on the international stage. “Brian Lenihan was always an advocate of close co-operation between Ireland and Britain and developed an extremely close relationship with successive Chancellors of the Exchequer during his period as Minister for Finance.“He recognised the importance of our respective economies to each other and our unique trading relationship.“He was a man of considerable intellect and was able to apply this to the considerable economic challenges that he had to confront in the last three years.”The British Co-Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, Lord Cope of Berkeley, added, “Garret FitzGerald held the highest offices as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Taoiseach. But above all that he was one of those stars who illuminate political life far more than the offices he held. “We remember him particularly for his part in the Anglo Irish Agreement of 1985 and the cooperation between the British and Irish Governments which that embodied and on which ultimately the peace process itself was built.“We extend our sympathy to his family and friends. We will miss him and his column in The Irish Times.”This afternoon the group passed a motion condemning the murder of PSNI Officer Ronan Kerr earlier this year.In his inaugural address as the new Irish Co-Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly Joe McHugh TD said that the onus was now on all members of the Assembly to turn the success and momentum of the recent visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland into real and tangible solutions for the economic difficulties that confront both Ireland and Britain.Mr McHugh said that members of the Assembly should set aside their party political differences during their work in the Assembly’s committees and plenary sessions and collaborate constructively together on practical initiatives. Mr McHugh commented: “This Assembly meets in plenary session one month after Queen Elizabeth II’s 4-day visit to the Republic of Ireland. That was the first visit by a British monarch to an independent Ireland. Her courtesy and the great symbolism of her visit have huge political significance for Irish people here in this country and all over the world. The Royal visit gives context to this plenary meeting, and it will give direction to the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in its work in the coming political cycle.“It was also a privilege to have the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, address us today. While he was upfront about the challenges that confront us, he also spelled out his determination to lead Ireland to recovery and growth over the coming years.“For our part, during my term as Co-Chair of this Assembly I would like our members to commit themselves fully to driving the agenda of collaboration between Britain and Ireland not just when we are in plenary session but when we are speaking in our own Parliaments and working in our own constituencies.“For example, we must give political support to those who work in the area of renewable energy and who wish to pool these islands’ Atlantic resources in wind, wave and energy production so that Britain and Ireland can sell energy to every country on this continent. We must also collaborate on marine production to capitalize on our shared marine resources. Let’s work together to build sister marine industries. “Queen Elizabeth II’s historic visit has created the space for us to move beyond the issues that dominated the debate between Britain and Ireland in the past. Now we must move towards a better and even closer future. Let us get on with our work.”The British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (formerly the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body) was established in 1990 as a link between members of the Houses of Parliament and the Houses of the Oireachtas. In recent years, membership has been expanded to include representatives of the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Welsh Assembly, the High Court of Tynwald (Isle of Man) and the States of Guernsey and Jersey. Two plenary sessions, attended by 68 members and associates, are held every year alternately in Britain and Ireland with ongoing work by four Committees.The Assembly is co-chaired by Joe McHugh TD and Lord Cope of Berkeley.UPDATED: McHUGH LEADS TRIBUTES TO LENIHAN, FITZGERALD – PRAISES QUEEN’S VISIT was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:joe mchugh tdlast_img read more

GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK BEING DESTROYED, SAYS WILDLIFE TRUST

first_imgGlenveagh CastleThe Irish Wildlife Trust has written to management of Glenveagh National Park expressing its concern that large areas of sensitive habitat are being destroyed illegally and for commercial purposes.The Park, which is one of only six in Ireland and is home to rare species such as the Golden Eagle, Red Grouse and Red Deer is of immense biodiversity, landscape and economic value.The IWT surveyed four areas in October of this year where machines were being used to extract large volumes of turf on a commercial scale. There is also extensive illegal dumping of tyres and household debris within the boundary of the Park. New drains have been created, designed to dry out the blanket bog habitat to facilitate turf extraction.Blanket bog is a priority habitat under the EU Habitats Directive and the affected areas lie not only in the National Park but within zones designated as Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area. The IWT believes that this is occurring without any regulation or controls but has asked the NPWS to clarify this. To-date we have received no response. In addition, blanket bog habitats lie outside the scope of the much discussed Management and Restoration Plan being discussed by the Peatlands Council (dedicated to midland raised bogs only).Pádraic Fogarty, Campaigns Officer for the IWT, told DONEGAL DAILY:  “If Glenveagh National Park is allowed to be destroyed in this way then none of our protected sites for nature is safe.“It has to be asked why NPWS management, based just a short distance away, is allowing this to go on. It is appalling that so little value is placed on a national treasure that is of such value to CountyDonegal from an economic, heritage and recreational point of view.” The lands that now make up Glenveagh National Park were handed down to the Irish State by the Irish American philanthropist Mr Henry McIhenny of Philadelphia. That the State would allow wanton vandalism of this area of outstanding natural beauty is a betrayal of his generosity and the legacy of his family. GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK BEING DESTROYED, SAYS WILDLIFE TRUST was last modified: November 6th, 2013 by John2Share 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:destructionglenveagh national parkIrish Wildlife Trustlast_img read more