Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at 95

first_imgLaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before the Kefauver Committee, a US Senate committee investigating organized crime in 1960.“I purposely lost a fight to Billy Fox because they promised me that I would get a shot to fight for the title if I did,” LaMotta said in 1970 interview printed in Peter Heller’s 1973 book “In This Corner: 40 World Champions Tell Their Stories.”LaMotta was “stopped” by Fox in the fourth round on Nov. 14, 1947, in Madison Square Garden. He didn’t get a title shot until 10 fights later.On June 16, 1949, in Detroit, he became middleweight champion when the Frenchman Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.Of the claim that Cerdan had to quit because of a shoulder injury, LaMotta said in 1970: “Something’s bound to happen to you in a tough fight, cut eye, broken nose or broken hand or something like that. So you could make excuses out of anything, you know, but you got to keep on going if you’re a champ or you’re a contender.”ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third place Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Rest in Peace, Champ,” De Niro said in a statement.The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts, in a career that began in 1941 and ended in 1954.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLaMotta fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson the first defeat of his career and losing the middleweight title to him in a storied match.In the fight before he lost the title, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly on all three scorecards, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left in the fight.center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Renowned for his strong chin, and the punishment he could take, and dish out, LaMotta was knocked down only once – in a 1952 loss to light-heavyweight Danny Nardico – in his 106 fights.LaMotta’s first defense was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949.So in his first defense, LaMotta outpointed Tiberio Mitri on July 12, 1950, in New York, then on Sept. 13, he rallied to knock out Dauthuille at Detroit.LaMotta’s title reign ended on Feb. 14, 1951, when Robinson stopped him in the 13th round in Chicago. In a fight that became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, LaMotta gave as good as he got in the early rounds, then took tremendous punishment. He would not go down.In their second match, on Feb. 5, 1943, in New York, LaMotta won a 10-round decision, giving Robinson his first defeat in the 41st fight of his illustrious career.LaMotta was born July 10, 1922, on New York City’s Lower East Side but was raised in the Bronx.After retiring from boxing in 1954, he owned a nightclub for a time in Miami, then dabbled in show business and commercials. He also made personal appearances and for a while in the 1970s he was a host at a topless nightclub in New York.The 1980 film “Raging Bull,” based on LaMotta’s memoir written 10 years earlier, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Though director Martin Scorsese was passed over, De Niro, who gained 50 pounds to portray the older, heavier LaMotta, won the best actor award.In 1998, LaMotta, who had four daughters, lost both of his sons. Jake LaMotta Jr., 51, died from cancer in February. Joe LaMotta, 49, was killed in plane crash off Nova Scotia in September.A funeral in Miami and a memorial service in New York City are being planned, Baker said. MOST READ In this photo, taken Jan. 27, 2005, Robert DeNiro (left) and boxer Jake LaMotta stand for photographers before watching a 25th anniversary screening of the movie “Raging Bull” in New York. LaMotta, whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia. He was 95. (Photo by JULIE JACOBSON / AP)MIAMI — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Enlisting the Youth in Rebuilding Liberia

first_imgIn my first article in the Daily Observer recently, I talked about how we Liberians were doing reasonably well for what we started in the redevelopment process. However, we need to roll up our sleeves to make our experience light up this country. Subsequently, there has to be continuity and   this is what I want us to talk about in this edition.It is time for us to have an unembellished conversation about how we need to inspire our youth to be creative both in the learning establishment and in the communities. The young people need to know that they cannot be indifferent about the direction of this country.We should not neglect to enlist our youths.  Instead, let us articulate to them about the significant role they need to play – because the future belongs to those who are willing to make a difference in their communities and being a positive force for change. Let us tell the youth that they need to “hold up their candle and let it shine.”This will send a message that they are willing to work, and this is good for us to do for our young people.Liberia is just like any other nation that went through a lot and is now trying to get back on its feet. There are many challenges we have faced and some we will continue to confront; there is no way around this. But what I want us not to do is to keep ourselves back just because we had some rough spot along the way. We must be willing to make some changes in our collective thinking to make this nation great.       Our responsibility is to make Liberians’ dreams come true – for there to be the kinds of living standards we want to experience in this country.  We can do this by having a conversation about what needs to happen in this country. These conversations must include everyday people, especially the young people who are the backbone of the country. Let us give them a platform that will help them feel as important as any other elite Liberian.Students should be considered significant factors in our schools. These students are the transporters of our nation for tomorrow. They need to be given the confidence that their hard work is appreciated, as this will encourage them to do better. Without these people, how are we supposed to march forward into the future with the confidence that all will be well? Young people are a special kind of people; they hold a special place in my heart. When you listen to their stories you feel the passion in their voice. A sizable number of these youth want to do great things in their communities, but they need necessary incentives. What do I mean by incentivizing these young people?Well, here is my proposal to the nation and our schools:   I recommend that we have debate sessions in all schools in this nation about how we can move forward into the future. Let there be a special segments during the day to engage some of our hard pressed issues in our nation. These debates should take place in all schools on Fridays, because this could be a powerful tool to aid the youth in articulating their views precisely. If we do this, there is a strong possibility the young people can have the confidence needed to participate in these processes that we want to make efficacious. The young people need to create student organizations. These students’ bodies should gather to filter through debates. And within the body there should be students who will act as liaison between the student body and the government. Having strong ties with the youths will help the government to carry on some good life affirming activities. This will also help reduce some of the fractions  between the government and the young people.   I ask that the government pay attention to the recommendations that will be coming from the young people. I believe that the government has a lot to gain by having a working relationship with the young people. Let us work to make our young people demonstrate what we want this country to become. You can discern the elevation of voracity (greed, self indulgence)  among the young people in Liberia. Why? because there is no program in place to aid young people become to productive members of society. The reason we have government is for the government to help in areas that individuals cannot. Every investment we make in a child is worth making and we should not reduce ourselves – our hopes and dreams for our young people. All of this hopeless optimism deserves a jolt toward hopeful horizon. This is not new for students in our schools, because before the senseless civil war we used to have such a thing. This will be a provision for a strong oral communication exercise for our youth, and this will make them active in the holistic development activities. Giving them a platform to express their ideas will make them to become more adept to the important issues in the country.The Bible tells us that the “young people should dream dreams;” consequently we should encourage our youths to develop an army of young thinkers in this country. We are at crossroads and we should direction we want to go to strategize for our collective future.  “The struggles continue.”  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Banks DIH New Amsterdam outlet records $2.7 billion in sales

first_imgThe Banks DIH Outlet at New Amsterdam has been adjudged top performer among the DIH outlets with a whopping $2.7 billion in sales recorded for 2017.This was announced when the company held its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on Sunday.The record sales last year saw the New Amsterdam Branch reclaiming the coveted Chairman’s Trophy which is given to the most outstanding branch.New Amsterdam Branch Manager Reginald Mathews had vowed to have it returned to Berbice when he lost it last year.Magistrate Krisondat Persaud collecting from Marketing Director George McDonald a cheque for the Domestic Violence and Counselling CentreAddressing shareholders, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Clifford Reis, acknowledged the efforts of the New Amsterdam Branch and noted that it had sold 1,600,011 items in 2017.Reis said the New Amsterdam Branch made $13.7 million in after-tax profit, which is an increase of $8.5 million over 2016.Demico Quik Serve New Amsterdam was able to contribute $109 million in sales last year.Meanwhile, Citizens Bank New Amsterdam, which is in operation for now a third year, had deposits totalling $392 billion.Reis also noted that the bank had approved loans totalling $64 million.“The shares that you own (are) worth money, and if you go into the bank with your shares, you can borrow money on those shares; and they have a high value,” Reis told the gathering.Last week Monday, the company’s $10.00 shares were being sold on the stock market at $45.10, and by the end of the week, they were selling at $40.00.Half a decade ago, some advocates had been saying that those shares were worth $6.00 while the company was advising shareholders not to sell, Reis said.A section of the gathering at the shareholders meeting in Berbice“If you put $10.00 in the bank five years ago, and you go back tomorrow, you will get back $10.00; you will not get back $11.00. But if you are a shareholder in Banks DIH and you sell those shares tomorrow, you will get $45.00; that is over a 300 percent increase,” he declared. Explaining further, the company’s chairman said, “If you purchase a share and the company paid $1.04 dividend, it means that you are getting about 2.3 percent on your investment tax-free. And if you put the same money in the bank you will get $1.34 interest, and by the time they charge you banking charges, you will get less than one percent back.”Reis noted that Banks DIH was able to weather the effects of an artificial increase in foreign exchange rates, which affected the acquisition cost for raw and packaging materials, machinery spares, and the availability of foreign exchange for the payment of goods and services.The overall effect of reduced export earnings in the agriculture sector affected overall retail sales, Reis said, while noting that the focus for the new financial year is on further investment in solar energy, an initiative which was tested and introduced in 2017 at the company’s Main Street Qik Serv restaurant.Overall, last year the company registered a $4.243 billion after-tax profit.“Shareholders, this was made possible as a result of sales of our malt products, aerated, liquor beverages, and food products. Additionally, further benefits accrued from improved production efficiencies resulting from our capital investment in plants and machinery. The company also benefited from a reduction in prices for several key raw and packaging materials, which include sugar and pre-forms.”Reis said the overall performance by Banks DIL Ltd last year was also because of prudent management of the company’s assets and financial resources.Meanwhile, as is customary, the company presented a cheque to two schools to assist with a project which would benefit current and future children. This year the schools chosen were Black Bush Polder Secondary and Number 48 Primary.The beverage giant also assisted a non-governmental organisation with a monetary contribution. This year the presentation was made to the Domestic Violence and Counselling Centre located at Corriverton.last_img read more

Caribbean Voice to take domestic violence campaign countrywide

first_imgThe Caribbean Voice (TCV) is seeking to mitigate the growing rate of domestic violence with campaigns throughout each administrative region in Guyana while providing community counsellors for long-term assistance.This was shared on Wednesday by Managing Director Bibi Ahamad as she highlighted the many activities that are lined up to spread awareness on domestic violence and suicide prevention. On September 10 the organisation will host its annual candlelight vigil.Managing Director of TVC, Bibi Ahamad with their new volunteer, Davindra Bridgemohan“Over the years, the Caribbean Voice along with a number of NGOs and faith-based organisations have been doing awareness on suicide prevention on World Suicide Prevention Day. We’re hoping this year that we would be able to do it on a larger scale throughout the country. The intent is for the community itself to be able to deal with its social ills to a lesser extent,” she explained.The goal of these vigils is to involve all groups of persons within communities and reach out to those that need support. Persons from the community are trained to detect violence in its early stages before it becomes fatal. Ahamad recalled that over 400 persons were assisted in the past with mental illness, abuse and suicide.Meanwhile, for the domestic abuse campaign, activities will be extended to other Caribbean territories.“We have helped an excess of 400 persons. Most of them are still a work in progress because, for counselling someone, it does not happen one or two times. It’s an ongoing process. Every one of us volunteer. Here in Guyana, we have three trained psychologists and a batch of online counsellors so we network to help people.”This year’s CSEC student, Davindra Bridgemohan, who would have performed exceptionally despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, is their newest member. He has been appealing to youths about the importance of their lives in society and introducing ways to combat suicidal thoughts.“God gave us this precious life as a gift and we should appreciate it. The moment you are ready to quit is usually right before the moment a miracle can happen. The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately one million people die each year from suicide. Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it getting any better,” Bridgemohan said.The fast-food franchise, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), has partnered with the organisation in their quest to eliminate suicide and all forms of domestic violence. Training Manager of the establishment, Charissa Rampersaud expressed, “Even if one life is saved through our small token in this massive undertaking, then we could have accomplished something”.last_img read more

Melting Snow Causing Some Localized Flooding

first_imgIn fact, several intersections around Fort St. John experiencing pooling water — one of the worst is on 102nd Avenue and 98th Street.The melting snow is also causing some headaches on Highway 97 near the railway bridge, south of the city.Yellowhead Road & Bridge crews are out trying to clear away water that managed to make its way across the highway.- Advertisement -Regional Ministry of Transportation Manager Scott Maxwell says a build-up of ice inside a drain under the roadway is causing water to come up over the highway.Expect delays in the area as crew try to remedy the problem.last_img read more

Lakers take it to Heat

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita LOS ANGELES – Shaq and Kobe had what amounted to a virtual love-fest … at least for them.Kobe Bryant then went out and scored 12 of his 37 points in the last 8“ minutes, and the Lakers beat Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat 100-92 on Monday night. The longtime protagonists shook hands, embraced briefly and exchanged a few words at center court before the game when the team captains and game officials met. They exchanged another hug before the opening tipoff as the fans at Staples Center voiced their approval. “I think it’s great,” Bryant told TNT at halftime. “We can put our past behind us and just move on.” Lamar Odom had 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers (21-17), who won for the sixth time in seven games. Devean George added 17 points and Chris Mihm had 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out. Dwyane Wade had 34 points and seven assists for Miami (23-16), which had its four-game winning streak snapped. O’Neal had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Udonis Haslem had 13 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out, and James Posey scored 11 points for the Heat. The game was the fourth between the teams since the Lakers traded O’Neal to Miami in July 2004. The Heat won the previous three, including a 97-92 triumph on Christmas Day in Miami. O’Neal and Bryant didn’t acknowledge each other before or during that game. The two spent eight tumultuous seasons with the Lakers, teaming with coach Phil Jackson to win three championships. Jackson left the team a month before O’Neal did and took last season off before being rehired in June. The game also marked the return of Pat Riley to Los Angeles for the first time since he returned as coach of the Heat last month. Riley coached the Lakers to four championships in the 1980s. Bryant made two free throws with 4:10 remaining to extend the Lakers’ lead to 90-81. But O’Neal scored the game’s next five points to draw the Heat within four points with 2:36 to play. Miami cut it to three points on a basket by Wade with 1:56 left, but that was as close as the Heat would get. Bryant and Wade exchanged baskets before George made two free throws with 49.6 seconds remaining. Odom’s baseline jumper with 19.2 seconds to play as the shot clock was running down and two free throws by George completed the scoring. O’Neal picked up his fourth foul with 7“ minutes left in the third period, going to the bench with the Lakers leading 69-53. Then, led by Wade and Haslem, the Heat went on a 22-10 run to finish the third quarter and start the fourth, cutting the Lakers’ lead to four at 79-75. Bryant returned to the game at that stage, and made two jumpers and two free throws after being fouled by O’Neal to put the Lakers ahead 85-77 with 6:48 to play. The Lakers led 57-42 at halftime and by as many as 19 points early in the third quarter. last_img read more

ORANGE ORDER COMPANIES IN DONEGAL SET UP TO KEEP LAND AND PROPERTY ‘PROTESTANT’

first_imgSPOTLIGHT reporter Declan LawnA SERIES of companies run by a Donegal Orange Order member have been set  up to help keep property and land in Protestant hands in Donegal, Tyrone, Derry and Fermanagh.The revelations were contained in a BBC Spotlight investigation last night.The programme focused on David Mahon, originally from Donegal but now living in Kesh in Co Fermanagh. East Derry nationalist MLA John Dallat said it was no secret that sales of property – particularly farmland – between religions was frowned upon in rural areas.That was not new.What was new however in the BBC Spotlight expose was the incredible number of companies – fed by Protestant investors – which had been established by Mahon.We have now learned one of them – called after the Derry and Raphoe Protestant diocese – works across the Border between both counties to offer finance and interest free loans to Protestant farmers and businesses to prevent the assets going onto the open market and then, possibly, into Catholic ownership. Mahon admitted some investors were members of the Orange Order. The workings of the companies and what they invest in are closely-guarded secrets.For years, the Orange Order has been accused of controlling secretive “land funds” which have been used by individual Orange Lodges to protect Protestant land in their communities.Orange Order Grand Secretary Drew Nelson admitted to the existence of such funds, and defended their use in an interview with Spotlight reporter Declan Lawn.“There are some funds in existence which do that type of work and that is something that strategically we regard as one of the roles of the institution, to help Protestant communities that are in distress, particularly around border areas, or areas where Protestants are in the minority.”When the reporter put it to Mr Nelson that the existence of such funds was in danger of artificially skewing the property market, he offered a rationale which some may find surprising: that proceeds of illegal diesel smuggling were flooding into the coffers of republicans in rural areas, and that this was itself resulting in an unfair playing field when it came to the purchase of land. ORANGE ORDER COMPANIES IN DONEGAL SET UP TO KEEP LAND AND PROPERTY ‘PROTESTANT’ was last modified: February 18th, 2015 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:BBC SpotlightdocumentaryOrange Orderlast_img read more

MAN WITH DOG PHOBIA TRIED TO RUN OVER WOMAN OUT WALKING DOG TWICE

first_imgA man with a phobia of dogs twice tried to run over a woman out walking her dog.Mark Kenny, of Ballyness, Falcarragh, appeared at Falcarragh District Court charged with dangerous driving.On August 14th last, local woman Marie Sharkey was out walking her dog when sh was approached by a car being driven by Kenny, 45.On one occasion she had to jump back into a hedge to avoid being struck by Kenny’s car and on a second she had to jump back into the doorway of a house.She was so shaken by the incident that she reported th matter to local Gardai.Solicitor for Kenny, Mr Cormac Hartnett, said his client had no recollection of the incident.He said his client had mental health issues but though medication, his condition had improved considerably.He said the only explanation his client could offer for the incidents was that he has a phobia of dogs and this may have led to his actions.Judge Paul Kelly said he was satisfied to hear that Kenny’s medication had now helped to stabilise him.He ordered that a probation report be carried out on the accused and adjourned the case.MAN WITH DOG PHOBIA TRIED TO RUN OVER WOMAN OUT WALKING DOG TWICE was last modified: July 16th, 2015 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) Tags:DOGdonegalFalcarraghMark Knnyphobialast_img read more

‘CORNCRAKES MORE PROTECTED THAN DONEGAL PEOPLE’ – CLAIM

first_imgSenior officials from the National Parks and Wildlife Service are to return to Magheraroarty next week to meet with local landowners who are battling the imposition of a EU Directive that protects wildlife and particularly the corncrake.The iconic corncrakeThe Tirconail Tribune reports that landowners in the West Donegal SPA have lodged a number of appeals against the ruling over the past five years and this meeting is seen as a last ditch attempt to resolve the crisis.This coastal community points to the reality that their small holdings will suffer a very serious financial loss if the Designation goes ahead. They believe that no more houses will be granted planning permission within the SPA and land prices will be badly hit due to the imposing of a raft of rules that will see traditional practices eliminated.And as fears emerge that the Corncrake is about to become more important than the livelihoods of local farmers, the community is keeping its fingers crossed that a way forward out of this impossible impasse may be on the cards…especially with a general election only a few months away.The SPA is primarily to protect the corncrake habitat. It is feared that if the designation is applied large tracts of property on this coastline will be rendered useless and farmlands will be seriously devalued.The EU Directive is causing serious alarm and the areas within the designation stretch from Falcarragh to Magheraroarty and includes thousands of acres of farm land and sought after development sites. The special status of protection for the corncrake proposed by the Govt has been the subject of a number of appeals in West Donegal over the past five years. A final decision is now imminent. And the community is claiming that the corncrake is now being given more protection than the people who reside within these areas.Local farmers who recently met with Heather Humphreys Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in their appeal for retention of the farming and planning rights on their properties said the brief session was a bit of a waste of time and effort.Stalemate has ensued in the appeals process after a large number of landowners objected to the SPA and despite having waited for five years for a definitive decision on the controversy, the community remains in limbo, according to their spokesmen last night.The protected status will see a range of farm practices being changed or discontinued and it will also have a huge impact on the grant of planning permission on family holdings.Sheanie Boyle, a local farmer and Chair of the Donegal INHFA told the Tribune that they might as well pack it in if their appeals against the designation goes against them. Special Protection Areas are those designated under EU law for the wellbeing of wildlife and here in West Donegal, the corncrake is the threatened species. Known as The West Donegal Coast SPA, the area stretches from Falcarragh to Meenlaragh and Magheraroarty and hundred of landowners complain that farming is under threat if the designation is finally approved.Donegal has 21 such areas of wildlife protection and that is over 13.6% of the entire country. The appeals process was taken to the Minister Heather Humphries three weeks ago and according to the delegation the 30 minutes meeting was of no real consequence.Minister Humphries continued to emphasise the EU regulations which the Falcarragh group know off by heart for a number of years.The Govt line is that the landowners are being paid fair compensation for their projected loses under the new Glas scheme. Sheanie Boyle does not agree. He says the offer for SPA’s vary from €205 to €375/ha, and the farmers will have to follow a management plan. The birds include the breeding wader, chough, corncrake, geese and swan, hen harrier and twite. The West Donegal SPA has also been aired in the Dail by Deputy Pearse Doherty.He asked the Minister, Heather Humphreys about her plans to review the current designation of the Meenlaragh to Falcarragh special protection area in; to initiate a renewed public consultation process as part of any potential plans to review the designation; to amend the current restrictions on farming practices which are placed on landowners within the area; and if she will make a statement on the matter.In her response the Minister said: “A census of corncrakes was carried out in 2014 in all of the key areas for this species, including in the Falcarragh to Meenlaragh special protection area . Two calling male corncrakes were recorded, indicating that there were two or more nesting pairs in the area.The Court of Justice of the European Union made a judgement against Ireland in 2007 in case C-418/04, for failing to implement in full the EU Birds Directive. In a significant element of the judgement, the court found that Ireland had not designated sufficient special protection areas for the corncrake.The Falcarragh to Meenlaragh area has long had a substantial population of this species and therefore was included in the special protection area network. However, the population has declined in recent years.The intention to designate the Falcarragh to Meenlaragh special protection area was advertised in July 2011. Landowners were advised that they could appeal against the proposed designation of the site as a special protection area.The appeals process has two stages: a Departmental review of an objection to the proposed designation, after which landowners who receive an adverse review may opt to take their cases to the Designated Areas Appeals Advisory Board. This is an independently chaired Board which makes recommendations to me, as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, on such cases.“I have no plans to review the current designation of the Falcarragh to Meenlaragh special protection area . However, the final boundary of the site may be amended as a result of the appeals process currently in train. In this regard, I understand that some 29 appeals remain to be dealt with. There are 25 appeals before the Designated Areas Appeals Advisory Board in relation to objections by landowners to the proposed boundary of the site. The Board has also recently submitted recommendations on 4 further appeals, which I intend to consider in the near future.”The West Donegal community is now hoping that the Minister will reconsider their plight in the light of meetings between local reps and officials from the National Parks & Wildlife Service.Last year the largest concentration of the corncrake was in Donegal where 156 calling males were counted with 108 of those on islands off the coast. The Donegal island with the largest number of corncrakes is Inisbofin with 42. This was followed by 15 on Tory Island and 14 on both Gola and Inishmeane.‘CORNCRAKES MORE PROTECTED THAN DONEGAL PEOPLE’ – CLAIM was last modified: July 30th, 2015 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