Blatche hints at return 10 days before World Cup qualifiers begin

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 After Sunday’s morning practice, the team left for Tagaytay on Sunday for its three-day training camp.Apart from Blatche, four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro are also expected to lead Gilas’ bid to return to the World Cup. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Be back with my brothers real soon to take care of business #puso,” Blatche wrote on his Instagram account.The 31-year-old Blatche hasn’t donned the national team colors since leading Gilas to a sweep in the Seaba Championship last May here in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneHe was supposed to be with Gilas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon but pulled out due to security reasons.Gilas started its buildup on Nov. 3 with a closed-door session and has since been holding twice-a-day trainings. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas has yet to reunite with Andray Blatche, but it’s only a matter of time before the naturalized big man rejoins the team.Blatche has been tapped to lead the Philippines in its Fiba World Cup qualifiers bid, set to start on November 24 in Japan, and the former NBA veteran hinted at his soonest return.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Injured Jalalon rues missing World Cup qualifiers, shifts focus to Star Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Nandlall calls on GWI boss to come clean about fuel licence

first_imgGWI boss’ fuel licenceFormer Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall, has called on Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Water Incorporated Ltd (GWI), Dr Richard Van West-Charles, to come clean with the Guyanese public on propriety of a fuel licence issued to Atlantic Fuels Inc.Dr Richard Van West-CharlesNandlall made the call on Wednesday after information surfaced that Dr Van West-Charles was handed the fuel licence by the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) in November last year and is valid until 2025.The licence has been issued in the name of Atlantic Fuels Inc. Nandlall has since sought to query whether Dr Van West-Charles obtained the licence lawfully or “did he get it through the exercise of political clout and influence?”The former AG who served as legal advisor to Government has since questioned whether the GWI boss disclose to his employers – the Government of Guyana – that he is engaged in the business of importing, wholesaling and storing fuel.Nandlall has also called on the relevant authorities to say whether the requirements for the granting of such a licence were satisfied.Nandlall observed that “these requirements are both numerous and onerous.” He pointed to the fact that among the criteria for the grant of such a licence requires the acquisition of suitable premises and facilities; suitable vehicles to transport fuel, including boats; environmental permits; and an Environmental Impact Assessment.He said too, a certificate from the fire department is also required in addition to the installation “of certain devices and a host of other requirements which are contained in the regulations made under the Guyana Energy Act.”The former Attorney General, in light of the disclosed information, has also called on the GWI CEO to say whether these business operations conflict with his current functions at GWI and whether the particulars of his business been disclosed to the Integrity Commission?According to Nandlall, “The nation is quickly learning that we seem to have a Government of wheelers and dealers in office.”But Dr Van West-Charles has since refused to provide any answers.“Just relax and don’t talk to me,” was the response of the GWI CEO, when contacted on Wednesday by Guyana Times, to solicit clarification to concerns raised since it has been published that he has been granted a licence to import/wholesale and store fuel.In fact, Dr Van West-Charles told an enquiring Guyana Times journalist, “you got gall to call me,” and hung up his telephone.Dr Van West-Charles is a prominent supporter of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Administration, and was former Health Minister and son-in-law to the late Forbes Burnham.Checks with the Deeds Registry Department on Tuesday revealed that Atlantic Fuels Inc was registered as a company in February 2015 and was issued with its fuel import licence in November 2015.Directors of the company are Dr Richard Alexander Van West-Charles, Lear Solomon Goring, Andron Alphonso and Ronaldo Alphonso.The company’s Secretary is listed as Andron Alphonso and its address is listed as Lot 16 Sublot ‘A,’ Mudlot, Kingston, Georgetown.The information has since led to calls for Dr Van West-Charles and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) to clear the air on the issuance of the licence to the prominent supporter of the Administration.The Atlantic Fuels Inc licence has listed in its articles of incorporation and fuel licence, its address in Kingston, Georgetown, but checks at the listed address however, revealed that there is no storage bond for fuel at that location, neither any signage for Atlantic Fuels Inc.In fact, the Kingston address houses, in addition to an office for Atlantic Fuels Inc, another company, Adamantium Mining.According to a copy of the licence seen by Guyana Times, the document is valid for 10 years and was inked on November 5, 2015 by GEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mahender Sharma.The licence #: IL/0055 of 2015 grants to Atlantic Fuels Inc permission for the importing/wholesaling of diesel in Guyana during the period November 5, 2015 to November 4, 2025 – a total of 10 years.Permission was also granted to Atlantic Fuels Inc subject to the conditions of its licence, for the storage of diesel for the purpose of import/wholesale at 16 Sublot ‘A,’ Mudlot, Kingston, Georgetown.last_img read more

Raji Attends First CAF Special Sitting

first_imgLFA president Raji (right) at his first CAF Extraordinary Assembly with FIFA president Infantino.Liberia Football Association President Mustapha Raji is attending his first Confederation of African Football (CAF) Extraordinary General Assembly after his election as president of the Liberian football house.Mr. Raji was elected on white ballot on September 9, 2018, following the withdrawal of LFA former Vice President for Administration Musa Shannon.Raji was accompanied to the special sitting by his Secretary General, Emmanuel Deah.The Extraordinary Assembly was held yesterday, September 30, in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh. It was the 12th Extraordinary Congress of the African football governing body.The assembly was attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura, delegates from the 54 National Associations affiliated to CAF and other stakeholders.According to CAF Online, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad during the Congress announced that the African football governing body will support the second term bid of FIFA president Infantino, a decision that was welcomed by the FIFA president.“I profoundly announce that CAF will support Gianni Infantino for another term,” the CAF President told the delegates and called on the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa, who doubles as CAF 3rd Vice President, to formalize the support.“On behalf of my colleagues, I gladly announce that the delegates present here are in support of the second mandate for FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Infantino have shown great commitment to the activities and development of African football, and we would like to give you more time to further your reforms,” Lekjaa declared.Responding to CAF’s decision, Infantino said, “The support of CAF for another term as FIFA president means a lot to me.”As one of the key items on the agenda, delegates at the assembly voted Walter Nyamilandu, president of Malawi Football Association as the African representative to the FIFA Council for the Anglophone Linguistic Group to replace Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana) who resigned from his position last June.Nyamilandu won the highest votes (35 votes) over Danny Jordan, president of the South Africa Football Association (18 votes) in the second round of the election after Leodegar Tenga, president of the Tanzania Football Association, dropped in the first round.Before the elections, two candidates, Elvis Chetty (Seychelles) and Nick Mwendwa (Kenya) withdrew from the election.The FIFA Council (formerly the FIFA Executive Committee) is an institution of FIFA, the governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer. It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of FIFA Congress. Its members are elected by the FIFA Congress. The council is a non-executive, supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police called in to probe fraud, blatant attempts to steal at MoPH

first_imgSenior employees at the Public Health Ministry were this morning warned about the presence of Police Detectives and the internal auditors from the Finance Ministry, who will soon begin investigations into the “misappropriation of funds and the blatant attempts to steal” public funds within the Health Ministry.This warning was sounded by Health Minister Volda Lawrence during a frank discourse with senior officials at the Ministry on Tuesday morning.During the internal meeting, Minister Lawrence raised questions about “blatant attempts to steal” and other brazen dishonest acts perpetrated by employees, a statement from the Ministry detailed.To this end, she noted that the Guyana Police Force and officials from the Finance Ministry will carry out open investigations into ongoing corrupt practices by staff members.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence“Fraud has been going on a long time at the Public Health Ministry,” Lawrence pointed out. She went on to caution programme managers who appeared stunned by her revelations, adding “I am advising you to check what you sign and ensure it meets the regulatory requirements and it is in keeping with your programmes.”Moreover, the Public Health Minister said, “I will not compromise on the issue of accountability within the public health sector.”Furthermore, she did not hide her distaste for employees who have been “sabotaging the Ministry left, right and centre.”Some workers have even been sending missives on internal MoPH matters to persons outside the public service structure, Lawrence revealed. She indicated that letter writers will shortly have the opportunity to “bring the evidence” to support their claims.Less threatening but equally toxic, the Minister noted, is the issue of insubordination, which is rife among some categories of employees.“Some parts of the MoPH train have been derailed (and) the madness has to stop,” Minister Lawrence posited.This comes one day after the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday flagged officials from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) over the lack of accountability for drugs warranted to the region.Sums totalling $135 million were transferred by two interdepartmental warrants to the Public Health Ministry for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies on behalf of the region. In the case of $60 million, a financial return received indicated the full amount was expended. But the cost was not stated. In the case of a second warrant at a cost of $75 million, the administration received a ‘Nil’ financial return.This is not the first time such an issue has obtained within the Ministry.There continues to be irregularities, not only at the various regional administration levels, but within the public health sector as a whole. Several healthcare facilities, both primary and at the community-level, are plagued with drug shortages and discrepancies over its procurement process.last_img read more

Poland head to World Cup, perfection for Germany

first_img0Shares0000Poland’s forward Robert Lewandowski reacts after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Poland and Montenegro in Warsaw on October 8, 2017 © AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKIPARIS, France, Oct 8 – Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to reach next year’s World Cup, while reigning champions Germany secured a 10th successive win.Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck again in what has been a remarkable qualifying campaign as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006. “I was angry. We were leading 2-0 at home and then let them equalise for 2-all. We had to score that third goal to calm things down,” said Lewandowski, who moved back ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 15-goal tally.Krzysztof Maczynski and Kamil Grosicki struck early as Poland made a dream start, but Montenegro hit back through goals from Stefan Mugosa and Zarko Tomasevic to pull level with just seven minutes left.Lewandowski restored Poland’s advantage on 85 minutes before a late own goal from Filip Stojkovic sealed victory, although Denmark’s 1-1 draw at home to Romania ultimately rendered the outcome irrelevant.“Congratulations to all the players who were able to hold on until the end,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka. “The players have proved themselves in difficult moments, hence our qualification and it’s in very good style.”The Danes needed to win in Copenhagen while hoping that Montenegro could upset Poland to finish top of Group E, but Ciprian Deac’s late equaliser cancelled out a 60th-minute penalty from Christian Eriksen.However, Denmark are at least assured of a place in next month’s play-offs as one of the eight best runners-up from the nine qualifying groups.Germany made it 10 wins from 10 in Group C after routing Azerbaijan 5-1 in Kaiserslautern to join Spain as the only nations in history to finish a European World Cup qualifying campaign with a perfect record.(L-R) Germany’s midfielders Julian Brandt, Emre Can and Leroy Sane celebrate after the fifth goal for Germany during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match against Azerbaijan in Mainz, western Germany, on October 8, 2017 © AFP / Christof STACHELeon Goretzka’s opening goal was negated by Ramil Sheydaev on 34 minutes, but Sandro Wagner and Antonio Ruediger scored after half-time before Goretzka notched his second and Emre Can completed the victory.Germany scored a European qualifying record 43 goals on the road to Russia, emulating Spain who achieved perfection in qualifying ahead of their triumph at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.“It would be a mistake to use this qualifying campaign as a benchmark. Sure it was good, but the World Cup will be a different matter,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew.“It will be hard to win the World Cup for a second time.”– Agony for Scotland –Northern Ireland slid to a 1-0 defeat to Norway in Oslo after an own goal by Chris Brunt, but Michael O’Neill’s men were already guaranteed a berth in the play-offs after earlier results.Slovakia face an anxious wait to discover whether they will advance to the two-legged play-offs after finishing second behind England in Group F following a comfortable 3-0 win over Malta.Adam Nemec grabbed a brace with Ondrej Duda adding a third in Trnava as Slovakia extended Scotland’s 20-year exile from the finals of major tournaments.Gordon Strachan’s team arrived in Slovenia two points clear of Slovakia going into the final round of matches, but dropped to third after being held to a 2-2 draw in Ljubljana.Leigh Griffiths stroked the visitors into a first-half lead, but Slovenia equalised and then went ahead as Roman Bezjak netted twice after coming on at the break.Robert Snodgrass handed Scotland a lifeline with an 87th-minute equaliser, but it wasn’t enough as Scotland finished level on 18 points with Slovakia but behind them on goal difference.“I have never been in a dressing room as silent as that,” said Strachan, who refused to be drawn on his future as Scotland manager.“At this moment, I am the last person thinking about that.”England won 1-0 away to Lithuania to conclude an unbeaten campaign as Harry Kane scored a 27th-minute spot-kick won by Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Dele Alli.The in-form Kane, whose stoppage-time winner against Slovenia on Thursday secured England’s place in Russia, has now scored nine goals in his last five matches for both club and country.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

France v Croatia: 3 key World Cup final battles

first_img0Shares0000Creative forces: Croatia’s Luka Modric (right) and Antoine Griezmann of France could hold the key to the World Cup final © AFP / Pierre-Philippe MARCOU, Gabriel BOUYSMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 14 – France are favourites to win the World Cup for a second time in Moscow on Sunday when they take on a Croatia side forced to go through three periods of extra-time to make their first ever final.By contrast, Didier Deschamps’s side have seen off Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium, all in 90 minutes, and enjoyed a day’s extra rest to prepare after their semi-final on Tuesday as they look to make amends for defeat in the Euro 2016 final to Portugal. As the smallest country to reach a World Cup final for 68 years, Croatia cannot call on the same resources as the French but have shown incredible mental strength to battle back from falling behind in each of their three knockout games.AFP Sport looks at three key battles that could decide who are crowned champions of the world:Luka Modric v Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has done his share of defending to help France to the World Cup final © AFP / Adrian DENNISModric has been widely hailed as the world’s best midfielder for his performances in Russia and has emerged as a Ballon d’Or contender after also winning his fourth Champions League in five years at Real Madrid.That is a status Pogba aspires to, but the one-time world’s most expensive player has sacrificed some of his creative talents for the good of the team in Russia.Manchester United’s Pogba has formed a formidable partnership with N’Golo Kante at the heart of the French midfield that has helped snuff out the threat of Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.Should Pogba and Kante also prevent Modric from taking control of the midfield as he did despite tired legs in the second half of Croatia’s semi-final against England, it will take France a long way towards a first World Cup in 20 years.Mario Mandzukic v Raphael VaraneMario Mandzukic scored Croatia’s semi-final winner against England © AFP / Yuri CORTEZMandzukic often saves his best for the big occasion, most recently shrugging off a knee injury to strike the winner against England in the semi-final.The Juventus forward also has a great record when facing Varane. Mandzukic scored a stunning overhead kick in the 2017 Champions League final, netted twice as the Italians beat Real Madrid 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in April and grabbed the winner for Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Spanish Super Cup.Mandzukic will be used as a focal point to try and bring Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic into the game, but Varane has arguably been the best centre-back at the World Cup and has the speed, height and power to nullify Croatia’s biggest goal threat.Marcelo Brozovic v Antoine GriezmannDifference maker: Antoine Griezmann has scored three goals and set up two more in Russia © AFP / FRANCK FIFERecalled by Zlatko Dalic for the semi-final, Inter Milan midfielder Brozovic freed up Modric and Rakitic from defensive duties at the base of the midfield and always provided an out ball for his centre-backs as Croatia dominated possession.Griezmann has not shone as brightly as at Euro 2016, when he won the Golden Boot. His three goals have come from two penalties and a goalkeeping mistake by Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera.However, the Atletico Madrid star has improved as the tournament has progressed and has been France’s main playmaker, providing the assists for Varane’s and Samuel Umtiti’s goals in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.Griezmann’s energy and intelligence will see him find space to feed Giroud and Kylian Mbappe if Croatia’s energy levels run low. It’ll be Brozovic’s job to make sure he does not.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kane welcomes great expectations on Eng

first_img0Shares0000Harry Kane has welcomed the new-found expectations on England © AFP / Paul ELLISBURTON-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Mar 20 – England should embrace their new-found status as one of the favourites for a major tournament, believes captain Harry Kane.The Three Lions open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at home to the Czech Republic on Friday fresh from a run to the last four of the World Cup last summer and with another semi-final to come in the Nations League in June. “I think we feel that expectation where people now expect us to do well and I think before the World Cup there was no expectation. It is great that we have turned that around,” said Kane on Tuesday.“I think we’ve handled it really well since the World Cup. I think we’re the only team who got into the semi-finals at the World Cup to have got through their Nations League groups, and we had probably one of the hardest groups.“I think that was big for us, to prove to everyone that it wasn’t just a one-off. That this team we are really building for something special in the future.”England’s chances of winning a major tournament for the first time since 1966 next year will also be boosted by having the majority of their games at Wembley.Both semi-finals and final will be held at the home of English football, as well as at least two of England’s group games should they qualify.“We know the chance to play a Euros where most of the games are at home is an amazing opportunity and you don’t often get that in your career so we will try and make the most of it,” added Kane.Despite Tottenham’s faltering form of late, Kane has scored four times in five games since returning from a five-week injury layoff due to ankle ligament damage.And the World Cup Golden Boot winner thinks he is “in the zone” in front of goal ahead of a massive three months for club and country with Spurs set to face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals and in a battle for a top-four Premier League finish.“I never want to be injured, but I had that break while I was injured and I’ve used that to make sure I’m fresh now,” he added.“I feel in that zone, where if I get a chance, I’m going to put it away. You go through spells like that during the season.“Since I came back from injury, I feel like I’m sharp with a lot of energy, and that’s when I feel I’m at my best.”Kane’s latest goal in a 2-1 defeat at Southampton was the 200th of his career, but at just 25, he hopes he can follow the example of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by maturing into an even more prolific goalscorer late into his twenties.“Nowadays with everything, sports science, I feel the prime can be a bit later.“Maybe 28 to 30, that’s maybe when you’re going to be in your prime. If you keep yourself in shape –- Ronaldo and Messi have proven that. I’ve still got a little bit to go.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Roberto Martinez hails professionalism of Everton side in gritty QPR win

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez hailed the professionalism his side showcased during a gritty 2-1 win over QPR at Loftus Road, coming just three days after a damaging Europa League exit in Ukraine.Goals from Seamus Coleman and Aaron Lennon, his first for the Toffees, sandwiched Eduardo Vargas’ opportunist strike to secure a narrow victory to all but banish any lingering relegation fears.The Everton squad arrived back in the UK at 2am on Friday after a thumping 5-2 defeat to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday evening, and Martinez pointed to the squad effort which helped obtain the three points.“The professionalism of the players was second to none, you saw today it was a real squad effort,” said the 41-year-old.“We stayed at the team hotel and prepared straight away in the next 24 hours. It was difficult but we have experience and our players know how to react to that kind of situation.”The Spaniard said he had been impressed with recent QPR displays against Arsenal and Tottenham, so was aware what kind of game to expect and praised the gritty nature of his players’ performance.“We adapted to what they do extremely effectively. We were magnificent in that respect, it was not the most stylish performance but it was not a day to be technical,” said Martinez.The win ended a bad week for the Toffees in what has been, comparatively, a disappointing season for Evertonians, but Martinez believes the victory at Loftus Road indicates the team is capable of juggling multiple demands.Martinez said: “We are not in a position that we wanted to be in the league, but I think we are stronger as a team after the experiences we had in Europe.“We have a team that has the mentality to play in Europe and cope with the demands domestically.”last_img read more

New Blackburn manager Paul Lambert feels ‘refreshed’ after nine-month break from football

first_img Paul Lambert 1 New Blackburn boss Paul Lambert admits his nine-month hiatus from football might have been a blessing in disguise.The 46-year-old Scot had been out of the game since being sacked by Barclays Premier League club Aston Villa in February but returned on Sunday when he was announced as the new manager of second-tier outfit Rovers.Lambert spent his time without a job travelling the continent observing the likes of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, and he now feels revitalised as he looks to achieve his second promotion out of the division following similar success with Norwich.“I’ve had nine months off and really enjoyed my time,” he said.“I did some great things in my time off and saw different teams training, meeting different people. The opportunity came up right out of the blue – would I consider it? I can’t wait to get started, I feel refreshed and am really looking forward to Saturday’s game.“When you’re a manager you always have tunnel vision at certain times. Stepping back from it was probably the best thing that happened to myself. I’ve been to some great clubs, great people, watched them training, getting a different view on football, and really enjoyed it.”Lambert succeeds Gary Bowyer at 16th-placed Blackburn and will initially inherit the same problems that his predecessor experienced at Ewood Park.Rovers remain under the transfer embargo that was placed on them in January after they failed to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, meaning Lambert will not be allowed to transform the current squad at first.However, although Bowyer often cited the embargo as a reason for Blackburn’s struggles, Lambert wants to adopt a more positive mindset.“The more people talk about the lack of money, there’s a negative thing on it because people can use that as an excuse,” Lambert added.“The main thing for ourselves is to start winning games. Lack of money won’t necessarily make you lose games. But if you use it as an excuse it’s always going to happen.”Rovers’ managing director Derek Shaw, who was present alongside Lambert at his unveiling, revealed that the Scot may not even need to sell one of his current squad in order to exit the embargo.“It’s something we’ve been working on for months now; we are making good progress,” Shaw said.“I have stated before that we were possibly one sale away from being released from FFP, but we’re not looking to sell a player. We have other irons in the fire which hopefully will clear us from that.”last_img read more

Thousands of endangered birds killed in wildfire, Birdwatch Ireland confirms

first_imgThousands of endangered wild birds were wiped out following last weekend’s massive wildfire in Donegal, Birdwatch Ireland has confirmed.A number of species including the Meadow Pippet, Stone Chat and Linnet had breeding grounds among the hundreds of acres of wild gorse which caught fire.Up to seventeen sections of Donegal Fire Service, the Civil Defence, the Air Corps, the Army and hundreds of locals battled to stop the spread of the fire between the villages of Loughanure and Annagry. It took more than 12 hours to quell the fires which claimed at least one holiday-home and a number of vehicles.However, Birdwatch Ireland spokesman Niall Hatch told Donegal Daily that the environmental impact on the area has been devastating.“Unfortunately we are in the middle of the breeding season and thousands of birds would have been wiped out in that large area.“And the problem is that these birds are quite territorial which means that they simply cannot move into another area and breed again,” he said. He said it will be several years before wildlife in the area will return to normal.“It has been devastating not just for the bird life but for all natural life in the area. The intensity of the heat means that it will be several years before the area will return to normal.“What is left is just barren land which is completely destroyed and wildlife will stay away from it because it will be quite a while before vegetation providing any real cover will grow again,” he said.Mr Hatch said that as well as Meadow Pipits, Stone Chats and Linnets, other endangered birds such as Hen Harriers and Curlews which forage on such gorse land will suffer.The iconic Cuckoo will also have been impacted as Meadow Pipits are the most common ‘host’ bird for Cuckoos to put their eggs in. Mr Hatch added “It’s a disaster all ’round and fires like this cause such devastation that it takes several years for the natural landscape to get back to normal.”Meanwhile, hundreds of locals who bravely fought the fire are planning a clean-up of the scorched area in the coming days.Dozens of broken spades, as well as hundreds of water bottles and face masks, were left behind in the fire-fighting frenzy and they are all to be cleaned up.Thousands of endangered birds killed in wildfire, Birdwatch Ireland confirms was last modified: April 25th, 2019 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