A plea to Botswana: Please rethink a “Not Enough Fences” approach (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Beef, Cattle, Commentary, Diseases, Ecotourism, Editorials, Elephants, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fences, Human-wildlife Conflict, Hunting, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Mammals, Migration, Researcher Perspective Series, Trophy Hunting, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Corridors Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img The Government of Botswana is considering significant changes to the country’s approach to wildlife management.The proposed policy reflects a worrying lack of recognition of the habitat and migration route requirements that the future of southern Africa’s wildlife fundamentally depends upon.Now is not the time to cut-off migratory corridors or build new fences. Instead, it is time to make land-use decisions that will be socially, ecologically and economically sustainable for generations to come.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. Recent headlines around the world indicate that the government of Botswana is considering significant changes to the country’s approach to wildlife management. I give the government great credit for the transparency it has shown, something which encourages constructive dialogue within Botswana — as well as beyond, given Botswana’s global importance to the future of free-ranging wildlife.Having served as the Government of Botswana’s first Wildlife Veterinary Officer in the early 1990s, I have a first-hand understanding of the realities of human-wildlife conflict and its impacts on Botswana’s rural communities. I thus acknowledge the very real tensions at play, but I nonetheless believe that the new draft plans pose a significant threat to the long-term survival of wildlife in southern Africa, and to the ongoing economic growth that Botswana’s wilderness has been supporting.The proposed policy reflects a deeply worrying lack of recognition of the habitat and migration route requirements that the future of southern Africa’s wildlife fundamentally depends upon.A typical veterinary cordon fence in southern Africa. Boteti Fence, Makgadikgadi National Park, Botswana. Photo Credit: M. Atkinson, AHEAD.A potential re-opening of trophy hunting after a five-year moratorium as well as culling of elephants are certainly complex and emotion-laden issues, but getting less attention is a new push via the Hunting Ban Subcommittee of Cabinet that threatens the very future of Botswana’s wildlife: a call for more fencing, as well as the cutting-off of wildlife migration routes “not beneficial to the country’s conservation efforts.”The over-riding problem is that wildlife migration routes in Botswana and the region have suffered literally and figuratively from “death by a thousand cuts” for decades. Any further ill-conceived fences or blocking of such key wildlife pathways, which populations need in order to access grazing and freshwater at different times of year and to breed, will surely be the last straw for one of the most important assemblages of African wildlife left on planet earth. In short, after so many years of encroachment upon wilderness by other sectors, there are essentially no remaining wildlife migrations involving Botswana that are “not beneficial to the country’s conservation efforts.”Savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Chobe National Park, Botswana. The success or failure of the KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area (involving collaboration among Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) has significant implications for the world’s largest remaining population of elephants. Maintaining migratory corridors is absolutely critical for allowing elephants to disperse regionally rather than be bottled-up by fences and forced into conflict with people. Photo Credit: M. Atkinson, AHEAD.Just as an airline pilot would not turn off the fuel to a jet’s only working engine after losing the other three, Botswana cannot afford to lose any more migration corridors.Veterinary cordon fences are used to separate domestic livestock and large wild mammals for animal disease control purposes. Since the building of the first veterinary cordon fences in what was British Bechuanaland in the 1950s, the management of foot and mouth disease (FMD) – of great importance in terms of its impact on international beef trade – has been dominated by fences. The fences serve to control animal movements (i.e. to separate wildlife, like buffalo, that harbor FMD, from cattle) and so meet the requirements of a subsidized beef export industry. While successfully helping Botswana beef to access European target markets in the past, fences have contributed to the collapse of populations of wild ungulates by interfering with their seasonal movements and blocking access to water in dry years.Highly valued by tourists and trophy hunters alike, wild buffalo (Syncerus caffer) also act as maintenance hosts for foot and mouth disease (FMD) viruses. Disease control measures (i.e., veterinary cordon fences) and land-use practices (human settlement and livestock grazing) are among the most important determinants of buffalo distribution and numbers in the region. Photo Credit: M. Atkinson, AHEAD.Between 1978 and 2003, populations of wildebeest and red hartebeest in Botswana’s Kalahari region declined by an order of magnitude. Wildebeest declined from 315,000 to 16,000, and hartebeest from 293,000 to 45,000, as a result of fragmentation of their range by fences. And as the antelopes decline, so do lions and other carnivores.The idea that the Government now wishes to close “all wildlife migratory routes that are not beneficial to the country’s conservation efforts” ignores the reality that migration routes across Botswana and the wider region are simply the lifeblood of free-ranging wildlife, including elephants, and the basis of a visionary transboundary ‘peace parks’ movement first led by Nelson Mandela and his peers, with a focus on regional poverty alleviation.Virtually all plains game in Botswana has been on the decline since the 1950s (when fencing began in earnest). The last thing Botswana’s vibrant tourism sector (growing at a remarkable 5-6 percent per year) needs is to cut off more migrations and kill the proverbial wild geese laying the nation’s golden eggs.An elephant challenging an electrified fence, Matetsi, Zimbabwe. Photo Credit: M. Atkinson, AHEAD.For decades, I have been genuinely honored to work with my friends and colleagues in Botswana’s governmental and nongovernmental sectors. Together, we have recently come up with innovative ways to help poor communities optimize the benefits they receive from the region’s fragile rangelands — from both wildlife and livestock, by helping to find new approaches to managing animal diseases like FMD that do not require reliance on fences that block key wildlife migrations. In fact, His Excellency President Masisi referred to this important collaboration in his most recent State of the Nation address.Botswana is clearly at a crossroads. A collective investment in earnest stewardship of natural resources must be made by all stakeholders dependent on southern Africa’s precious land-base — farmers, ecotourism operators, as well as those interested in the trophy hunting industry. There is now, for the first time in several generations, an opportunity to find ways to optimize land-use choices in the interest of system resilience and diversified livelihood opportunities.Now is not the time to cut-off migratory corridors or build new fences. Instead, it is time to make land-use decisions that will be socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable for generations to come.The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is a protected species throughout most of its range — there may be fewer than 100,000 giraffe left in all of Africa. Photo Credit: M. Atkinson, AHEAD.CITATIONS• Ferguson, K. & Hanks, J., eds. (2010). Fencing Impacts: A review of the environmental, social and economic impacts of game and veterinary fencing in Africa with particular reference to the Great Limpopo and Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Areas. University of Pretoria, Mammal Research Institute.• Mbaiwa, J. E., & Mbaiwa, O. I. (2006). The effects of veterinary fences on wildlife populations in Okavango Delta, Botswana. International Journal of Wilderness, 12(3), 17-41.• Thomson, G. R., Penrith, M. L., Atkinson, M. W., Atkinson, S. J., Cassidy, D., & Osofsky, S. A. (2013). Balancing livestock production and wildlife conservation in and around southern Africa’s transfrontier conservation areas. Transboundary and emerging diseases, 60(6), 492-506. doi:10.1111/tbed.12175Steve Osofsky is a wildlife veterinarian and the Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and was the first Wildlife Veterinary Officer for the Botswana Dept. of Wildlife & National Parks, in the early 1990s. He works on developing and helping to apply science-based approaches to conservation at large scales, particularly in terms of policy guidance to address challenges at the interface of wildlife and livestock in the context of sustainable development.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

STGC’s Campbell geared for title challenge

first_imgMany pundits have written off St George’s College as a serious challenger for the prestigious ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup title this year, but the team’s leading goalscorer, Nathaniel Campbell, is hoping to prove them wrong. Campbell, a 16-year-old fifth former, hit a brace in his team’s 3-0 win against Vauxhall last Friday at Winchester Park. He added to a goal apiece he scored against Tarrant and Kingston Technical High for a tally of four in as many games. The diminutive attacking player is leading the charge upfront as his team chalked four wins to lead Group D in the preliminary stage on maximum 12 points. Campbell will be looking for more goals when St George’s College face struggling Denham Town today at Winchester Park, starting at 3:30 p.m. “The team had a good performance against Vauxhall, and we are looking forward to continue winning and playing good football,” Campbell told The Gleaner. “We are following the coach’s instructions by moving the ball around. My performance was good. I am looking to continue scoring and helping the team game by game,” he added. With regards to not being seen as a serious challenger, Campbell said, “It is going good for us. We just have to go out there each game and execute.” St George’s have won the title 22 times, and their last came in 2012. Campbell started playing football while attending Dunrobin Primary. His favourite international player is Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool FC in England.last_img read more

Finance Minister Condemns Critics

first_imgThe Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, has condemned critics of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration, who insinuate that her government is not working in the interest of the Liberian people.Minister Konneh was speaking yesterday at a program marking the dedication of 52 housing units constructed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Marshall City, Lower Margibi County.He took serious exception to the continuous criticisms from the public about the government.He regretted that some people have criticized the government for doing little or nothing to improve the living conditions of Liberians despite the hard work by the government to develop the country.“While we are working hard to develop the country, there are people who enjoy undermining the government’s efforts through statements that do not represent any truth,” he said. Minister Konneh said ‘for nothing’ criticisms heaped on the government would not change anything, “because there are many ongoing projects that are implemented by government to the delight of citizens.”He said opposition politicians have failed to understand that this government is committed to transforming the living conditions of Liberians.Minister Konneh however regretted that some Liberians would rather listen to such critics who are determined to seek the country’s downfall, forgetting that only Liberians can rebuild their own country.“This government,” he said, “doesn’t give money to individuals, but builds citizen capacity as evidenced by the dedication of the Marshall project, and other projects like the Caldwell Bridge, the Duport Road round-about, etc.” Meanwhile Minister Konneh noted that US$2 million has been placed in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget for the construction of additional low cost housing units.Also speaking President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the dedication of the 52 housing units as a “dream come true” for the government and people of Liberia.She reminded Liberians that it is not what the government can do for the citizens, but what the citizens can do to encourage the government to build the country.She later presented keys to five of the 22 owners of the new homes and pledged her government’s commitment to provide safe drinking water and electricity to the housing estates.She called on the management of NHA to construct more housing units in the country for low income earners. Each of the housing units, NHA Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Prince A. Wreh, said contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and back and front porches at the cost of US$20,000.He said a mortgage system has been designed to provide homeowners a ten year payment plan.He added that the essence of constructing the housing units is to provide an enabling environment where citizens who are not privileged to own homes can have affordable houses on their own through the National Housing Authority.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Most Painful Tragedy

first_imgOur hearts and those of all Liberians everywhere cry out to God for comfort, strength and hope for the bereaved families of the two lads who died in the Nigerian man’s car last week.May the good Lord grant these tragically stricken families comfort, renewed faith in Him and hope to overcome this irreparable loss and, though it is hard, move on positively with life, knowing that He is able to lift His people out of all their troubles and bring them to higher ground. There they can stand and continue to say like Job, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!”This affirmation of faith, however, cannot, we are sure, stop the parents, relatives and neighbors from asking, ‘Why?’ What really happened to these two innocent boys who, like all children, were simply trying to find a place to play, which is absolutely their right. Remember there is a whole international organization established just for that purpose. It is called “Right to Play” and has a branch in Liberia, too.According to the story, written by our Health Correspondent, Alaskai Moore Johnson, the children, Rueben Joe, 7, and Alvin Moses, 4, were found in a Nigerian neighbor’s car at the Voice of America (VOA) Field Community along the Robertsfield/ELWA Highway in Paynesville. The distressed and angry neighbors, immediately suspected foul play on the part of the Nigerian, identified as “OJ,” and they set his house and car ablaze. Several questions arise. When, how and why did the children enter the car? Were they actually killed by someone, or did they simply suffocate to death? But suffocation is questionable since the car was not completely locked. One of the youth involved in the search for Ruben and Alvin opened the front door of the car and found both of them in the back seat, dead. So since the front door was unlocked, suffocation is questionable because the lads did have an avenue of escape.So how did they die? Did anyone kill them? Who and why? Was there a ritualistic motive? If perchance the Nigerian was involved, what interest had he in this kind of thing in Liberia? Had he been hired by some Liberian politician to do it? Or was it done by some remote demand in Nigeria?Only an autopsy will tell the cause of Reuben and Alvin’s death.We urge the Liberia National Police (LNP) to investigate this tragedy thoroughly and deliver to the Liberian government and people, especially the parents and the community, a swift and comprehensive report, so that anyone suspected of involvement will be apprehended, investigated and prosecuted before it is too late. It is indeed coincidental that “OJ,” the man in whose car the two boys died, hails from the same ethnic group in Nigeria as the drug dealer apprehended last week and accused of bringing into the country illicit drug manufacturing equipment. That man’s name was Damain Obi, who bears the same last name of Justin Obi, the Nigerian chemistry professor from Cuttington who shot and killed Episcopal Bishop Dillard Brown in 1969 in Monrovia.In this latest tragedy, in whose car were the two boys found? That of a Nigerian named Ojuku Nmardi, commonly called “OJ.” His name is Ojuku, the same name of the Ibo coup leader who in 1966 overthrew the elected Nigerian officials six years after independence. It was a coup that led the country to a bloody and extended civil war. We can, therefore, reckon that “OJ,” like Damain Obi, is also Ibo, just like Justin who killed the Episcopal bishop.We have no intention of implying anything here—only making connections with names of people who happen to be connected with violence and crime. It must further be emphasized that it has not yet been established that OJ had anything to do with the two boys’ deaths, except that he was their next door neighbor whose home they had visited, and that they died in his car.We pray that Police Commissioner Chris Massaquoi and his team of forensic experts have gotten busy and will shortly come forward with some information that will explain the cause of death of these two very young, precious lives.The public is also anxious to know the outcome of the investigation into the second Obi’s alleged importation into Liberia of equipment to manufacture dangerous, illicit drugs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ONE: Demetrious Johnson barges into Grand Prix final, faces Danny Kingad next

first_imgMRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station MANILA, Philippines–Demetrious Johnson advanced to the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix after a unanimous decision win over Tatsumitsu Wada in the semifinals in ONE: Dawn of Heroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Danny Kingad escapes with split decision for ticket to Grand Prix finals“It sounds like a fun fight with Danny Kingad who’s a major prospect,” said Johnson.Despite the unanimous decision win, Johnson admitted he had his difficulties against Wada’s early aggression.“Tonight I couldn’t get my game going because Wada locked me down,” said Johnson. “I used more ground and pound tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchaliancenter_img Johnson (29-3-1) won his 15th bout in 16 outings and his second straight after submitting Yuya Wakamatsu on May 31.READ: Demetrious Johnson looks forward to putting on a show in Manila debutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAfter trading offense with Wada (21-11) in the first two rounds, Johnson turned his aggression up a notch in the third and put the Japanese to the ground where he proceeded to pummel his opponent with knees and fists.Demetrious Johnson books his place in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finals with a unanimous decision win over ultra-tough Tatsumitsu Wada! @MightyMouse #WeAreONE #DawnOfHeroes #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/1uaCiNgQHn— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 2, 2019Johnson’s win set up a finals match with Danny Kingad on Oct. 13 in ONE: Century in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Benefits of township living Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canelo Alvarez loses IBF belt after title defense deal collapses LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Latest Man United rumours including £30m Bundesliga ace and a potential shock signing

first_imgManchester United have been quiet in the transfer window so far but are hunting the market to ensure they kick on from their one win in nine games against Swansea last week.A forward is top of the list for Louis van Gaal, whose own future is still in doubt, as he looks to halt United’s stuttering season.The Red Devils have been boosted by the return of Adnan Januzaj from Borussia Dortmund after the Belgian failed to make a Bundesliga start in his four months in Germany.So who will United turn to in order to make sure they are one of the teams who fill the Champions League places come the end of the season?Click the arrow above, right, to look at a selection of the latest transfer rumours circulating Old Trafford. 6 6 Eden Hazard – Click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – Manchester United will turn their attentions to signing Eden Hazard after learning they have no chance of landing either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale. The Red Devils will battle it out with PSG and Bayern Munich after the £65m-rated Belgian decided he would leave Chelsea in the summer. United are reportedly preparing a £250,000-a-week contract. 6 Ilkay Gundogan – Click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – Machester United’s attempts to sign long-term target Ilkay Gundogan have been boosted with news Juventus have pulled out of the race for the German. The midfielder’s contract runs out in 18 months and it now appears to be a straight race between United and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool for his signature. Ricardo Rodriguez – German publication Bild say United are preparing a £30m transfer for Rodriguez. The 23-year-old Swiss full back played against Man United and has built a good reputation in Germany. Romelu Lukaku – Click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – The club will not make a move for Romelu Lukaku during the January transfer window but are preparing a £40m bid for the Everton forward in the summer. Lukaku is seen as the first part of chief executive Ed Woodward’s summer spending spree after manager Louis van Gaal opted against pursuing the Belgian last summer. 6 6 Felipe Anderson – Click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – Lazio have urged Manchester United to formalise their interest in winger Felipe Anderson in January by submitting a £36m offer for the Brazilian. The 22-year-old’s transfer has become complicated due to bonus payments Lazio owe the player but it is believed he is keen on a move to Old Trafford. Ander Herrera – After Manchester United made it clear Marouane Fellaini would not be leaving in January, Juventus have turned their attentions to Ander Herrera. The attacking midfielder has struggled to impress Louis van Gaal enough to consistently start and is reported to be available for as little as £22.3m, according to reports in Italy. 6last_img read more


first_imgRock n Roam“Téigh amach faoin Aer”Step outside and feel alive Dé Sathairn & Dé Domhnaigh 28 & 29 Nollaig 2014Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th Decembermng are delighted to present an extra special Rock n Roam package where you can join native speaking experts in a guided adventure through the Donegal Gaeltacht. Tá lúchair ar mng pacaistí speisialta “Rock n Roam” a thairiscint dóibh súid ar mian leo blas de Gaeltachta Dhún na nGall a fháil, faoi threoir cainteoirí dúchais GaeilgeSaturday the 28th @ 11am. Bloody Foreland Coastal Walk.This very special trip will allow you to join local experts on a stunning coastal walk in search of Minke whales, bottle nose dolphins, harbour seals and porpoise. Not forgetting resident birds including Gannets, Chough, Peregrins Falcons and Brent geese. Our guide will take you to all the best spots and tell you all about the marine life and bird along the Donegal coastline. Walk will take approx 4 hours, suitable for all levels and children. Local pick up and drop off and refreshments will be provided. Cost: €30.Sunday the 29th @ 11am. Sea-Cliff Rock ClimbingJoin one of Irelands most renowned professional rock-climbers in an exhilarating session of climbing and abseiling on beautiful Cruit Island. This is a once in a lifetime experience that is guaranteed to make you see things from a different perspective! All equipment provided, all you need is a pair of trainers and you will be guided through the rest. The climb will be tailored to suit abilities, absolutely anyone can do this.mng create unique, bi-lingual activity experiences which allow you to feel the wind on your face and the earth beneath your feet. We provide local refreshments, plenty of craic and the chance to practise your cúpla focal. Transport can be arranged; all you might want to bring is a pair of binoculars! Cuireann mng , pacaistí faoi léith ar fail a thugann deis an chré agus an ghaoth a mhothú, trí imeachtaí spreagúil ,dá- theangach. Tugtar blas de shólaistí agus tairgí áitiúla , go leor craic agus deis do “chúpla focal” a chleachtadh!Rock n Roam 2 Day Package Deal – €65Further Information / Booking T: +353 83 123 0529**Booking essential** TIME TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! ROCK ‘N’ ROAM IN GAOTH DOBHAIR THIS WEEKEND was last modified: December 27th, 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:donegalrock n roamlast_img read more

West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph signs new four-year deal

first_img Darren Randolph: The 29-year-old is second choice shot-stopper at the Olympic Stadium 1 Darren Randolph has committed his future to West Ham United by signing a new four-year deal. The 29-year-old goalkeeper, who impressed when standing in for Adrian last season, joined the club in 2015 after leaving Birmingham City.He made 15 appearances in all competitions, before playing in all of Republic of Ireland’s games at Euro 2016, and is delighted to extend his stay in east London.Randolph told the club’s official website: “I’ve had a good first year at West Ham and this is another positive thing to happen to me at the end of a good first season and a good summer with Ireland.“It has gone better than I could have ever expected at West Ham since I joined last summer, playing as many games as I did and then starting for Ireland in the Play-off and at Euro 2016.“Signing a new contract means I want to stay here for a long time and be part of what is going on with the Club, moving into a new Stadium and a new Training Ground – it’s all very positive and exciting.”last_img read more

Governor’s strategy for Latino plight

first_imgLast week, Schwarzenegger began courting Latinos with a show of support at a Mexican restaurant in Lynwood. But even there, he stepped on his own message by repeating his support for the Minutemen, a volunteer militia that has patrolled the Arizona border with Mexico, infuriating many Latino leaders. The governor’s slide in support among Latinos has been tied in part to his support for the group a year ago on a Los Angeles talk radio station. It was widely repeated in the Spanish-language media, and Schwarzenegger advisers say they have had trouble getting beyond it to draw attention to what else he has done to improve the lives of Latinos. Angelides uses the Minutemen comment at every opportunity to undermine the governor’s support among Latinos. And the remark is expected to figure prominently in Angelides’ efforts to target Latinos in the fall campaign. In this working class neighborhood, where many residents own modest homes, rely on the public school system and are beginning to send a first generation of children to college, voters often did not remember the Minutemen episode. They were focused almost singly on education and blamed the governor for cutting money to schools, repeating the arguments of the California Teachers Association. The union lashed out at him last year after he reneged on a promise to pay public schools money they temporarily gave up to help with the state budget deficit. Although the governor has since restored the money, almost no one interviewed gave him credit for doing it. Instead, they said Schwarzenegger could not be counted on to support education, which is typically the top issue for Latino voters, followed closely by health care. Gonzales, the nurse, said the governor’s decision to repay schools this year was “just a trick he has up his sleeve, so he can get the voters to vote for him, especially the Spanish population.” Latinos make up just 15 percent of the California electorate, but they are important because in recent years they have tipped elections toward Democrats. While white voters have more or less split their support between the two parties, Latinos have voted overwhelmingly Democratic. This year, however, things could be different. The San Jose State poll showed Schwarzenegger, a moderate Republican, with a big lead among white voters, who comprise about 70 percent of the electorate. He had 52percent to Angelides’ 32 percent. If that holds up, it will be a departure from what has happened in the last two governor’s races, when conservative Republicans only won half or slightly less of the white vote and lost as the overwhelming number Latinos sided with the Democrat. “If the race is close, then Arnold has a problem,” said Bruce Cain, director of the Institute for Governmental Affairs at UC Berkeley. “If the race is not close, then Arnold can forget about the Latino vote.” The governor’s advisers say that for a Republican to win in Democratic-leaning California, he still needs a third of Latinos along with a majority of white votes. To that end, Schwarzenegger has embarked on a series of campaign and state-sponsored events designed to win coverage in the Spanish-language media. He also has hired Hispanics in his state office as well as his campaign. Dowd said Latino opinions about the governor are improving along with those of other voters, despite what recent polls have shown. “We’re actually closer to our goal than the Angelides campaign is to theirs,” he said, without releasing his own internal polling numbers. Even in Norwalk, where the governor’s stock is so low, some Latino voters have come back to his side. Fernando Vasquez, 52, a groundskeeper for the city of South Gate, voted for Schwarzenegger during the recall but got turned off by last year’s special election because he opposed propositions the governor sponsored that Vasquez believed would have hurt schools. But as the governor has done a political about-face this year, paying back education and acting in ways calibrated to win over moderates, Vasquez has forgiven him. “You know how people change their minds – I like him again,” Vasquez said with a smile. “Probably I’m going to vote for him – if he doesn’t do anything crazy again.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Mention Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in this heavily Latino section of Los Angeles County and the response is almost invariably negative. “I still think he’s an actor, and not a good one at that,” said Flora Lopez, 56, a supervision aide at a local school. “To me, Arnold hasn’t done anything,” said America Aguilar, 26, a student at Cal State Fullerton. “He cut the budget for the schools,” said Arely Gonzales, a 27-year-old nurse, who pronounced the governor, “Awful.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Their harsh views illustrate how far Schwarzenegger’s star has fallen among Latinos since the heady days of the 2003 recall election, when he won 32 percent of that community’s vote. That accomplishment was magnified by the fact that his main Democratic opponent was Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who is Latino. Today, polls indicate that Schwarzenegger’s support among Latino voters is much lower as he seeks re-election. A recent survey by San Jose State University found he had the support of just 12 percent. Fifty-eight percent supported his Democratic rival, state Treasurer Phil Angelides. Schwarzenegger strategist Matthew Dowd said Latinos are a key part of the coalition the governor needs to win re-election. Dowd said the governor will recover the support he had among Latinos in the recall on the basis of the same issues that appeal to other voters: education and the strong economy. last_img read more