African leaders met at a summit to discuss land restoration across the continent on Nov. 13, ahead of the U.N. Biodiversity Conference in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt.Representatives from several African countries shared their countries’ pledges to restore hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of degraded and deforested land in the coming decades.The summit’s leaders said they hoped the deliberations during the day-long summit would help African countries in both their contributions to international targets and to the improvement of their natural ecosystems for the benefit of their citizens. African leaders came together on Nov. 13 to back the restoration of hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of degraded ecosystems ahead of the start of the U.N. Biodiversity Conference.The day-long summit in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, which included some 100 government ministers, ambassadors and partner staff from across Africa, culminated in support for the Pan-African Action Agenda on Ecosystem Restoration for Increased Resilience, which the summit’s leaders say will aid in both achieving international targets and improving the resiliency of African countries for the people who call them home.A farmer walks through the Sahel in Niger. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.Cristiana Pașca Palmer, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said in a statement that the commitments would help Africa contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, aimed at stemming biodiversity loss. Paşca Palmer also highlighted the importance of the effort in the “New Deal for Nature and People,” which makes a case for biodiversity protection and the essential role that healthy ecosystems play for humanity.“No region of the world has a more important role to play in protecting the future of humanity and the future of the planet than Africa,” she said in her remarks at the summit. “The Secretariat of the Convention stands ready to further support this work.”Cameroon plans to restore 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of forest like that pictured here. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.The commitments to bolstering natural ecosystems came from across the continent. In the Sahara and the Sahel, representatives from Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria said their countries would restore thousands of square kilometers of degraded land. Uganda, Cameroon and Madagascar all plan to restore large areas of forest. And Ethiopia detailed its efforts to engage farmers in bringing back 150,000 square kilometers (58,000 square miles) of forest.Delegates to the summit endorsed the Pan-African Agenda, with its formal adoption contingent on the support of leaders at the African Union meeting coming up in January 2019. The United Nations Environment Programme said in the release that the pledges would serve as a foundation for further restoration on the continent.Land cleared for farming in Madagascar. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“I am honoured to have hosted this first African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity which I am convinced will lead the way to promoting natured-based solutions for increased resilience and wellbeing of people in Africa,” Yasmine Fouad, Egypt’s environment minister, said in the statement.Banner image of a male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz), native to Madagascar, by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Article published by John Cannon Agriculture, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Extinction, Conservation, Deforestation, Degraded Lands, Dry Forests, Ecological Restoration, Ecosystem Restoration, Environment, Extinction, Extinction And Climate Change, forest degradation, Forests, Impact Of Climate Change, Landscape Restoration, Rainforest Agriculture, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Biodiversity, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Restoration, Tropical Forests, United Nations, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation 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 overSponsored
Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He had to play, he got a shot. We drove the doctor up in a private car to give shots to Joe so he can play and do it again at halftime. He was huge, those minutes that Joe played, and just the resilience, seeing everybody staying together and battling through.”“This is why we can’t give up,” said Ginebra veteran Mark Caguioa on his Instagram account, where he posted a photo of Devance preparing to take his painkilling shots. “This team will teach you to be humble.”Devance has downplayed his injury, even as he warned his teammates of a strong response from the Beermen in Game 3 on Wednesday when the series shifts to the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“I’m fine, I’m perfect,” said Devance, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in Game 2. “I do whatever it takes, everybody knows that.”For sure, there will be no shortage in motivation for the Gin Kings the rest of the way. They can just turn to Devance for inspiration.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Hidilyn back to the grind PBA IMAGESLUCENA CITY—It’s been a common sight the past couple of weeks—Ginebra forward Joe Devance lying on the massage table inside the locker room, having a needle punctured to his foot before the game and during halftime of every battle just to numb the pain of his injury.The power forward is playing through the pain on his foot caused by plantar fasciitis, but there was no way he’s missing games in the PBA Philippine Cup finals, not when Ginebra, already short on firepower against the star-studded San Miguel Beermen, needs him the most.ADVERTISEMENT Sophomore guard Scottie Thompson got most of the plaudits for his all-around play, finishing with 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists in the 124-118 overtime victory over the Beermen in Game 2 last Sunday, while Kevin Ferrer also got a piece of the limelight by anchoring the Gin Kings’ second-quarter explosion, where he fired 18 of his 21 points.Japeth Aguilar bounced back from a miserable outing in the series opener with 23 points and 12 rebounds, after shooting just five points in Game 1.But there’s no doubt that Devance has typified the resilience of the Gin Kings, counting the last stretch of the semifinal series against Star Hotshots—just for his ability to play through the pain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnd that’s on top of Devance’s task of helping neutralize San Miguel’s three-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo in Game 2, before bailing out the Gin Kings with a buzzer-beating follow-up that forced overtime at 110-all.“Joe was amazing,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone late Sunday night before the Gin Kings headed back to Manila after tying the PBA Philippine Cup finals at one game apiece at Quezon Convention Center here. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES
Guyana has always been a country known for its high literacy rate. It was once deemed the envy of the Region, given the many eminently qualified sons and daughters it produced and who were offered Regional and international positions in various countries and illustrious organisations.However, all put together, they are outnumbered by other Guyanese who have not achieved such status but who are extremely literate and who can think, analyse and make insightful conclusions on their own. That said, some can argue based on our politics over the decades, the independence of thought may be a fallacy.Be that as it may, in today’s world, aided by technology and related devices, people in general have more access to information which in turn has helped them to become more aware of issues, especially those that directly impact them. Many have also been able to increase their literacy levels through this and other means, allowing for more involvement as many are becoming more vocal over social issues, not the least, politics. In other words, today, people in general are also not easily fooled.It appears that in spite of this growing global trend, some politicians are not attuning themselves to this reality. Given what plays out in the public domain, here being a case in point, information provided and which is expected to directly address specific issues, is skilfully crafted to either avoid the issue altogether or is of little help. In doing so, officials probably desire it go unnoticed while allowing the claim that a response has been provided.One could argue that in the general realms of politics, expecting anything else is being flagrantly naive. On the other hand, when some politicians promised to break what they deem a cycle of unaccountability, the possibility exists for naivety be traded for expectation in delivery. In other words, hope for the cycle of accountability to begin.Take what happened recently in the case of the husband of the Housing Minister being granted contracts from an entity that his wife oversees; and a company affiliated to the Communications Minister, being awarded a contract by a Government agency.In the first instance and after the matter was made public, the Housing Minister reportedly blamed the specific department for awarding the contract, claiming she is not directly responsible for such actions. While that may be so, it’s a difficult proposition for the Minister to think that people will believe she was unaware of the contract awarded and of its implications. A question from the ordinary man would be; how would a wife not know of such major undertaking by her husband?It may seem a fair question in the context that spouses generally involve each other on significant matters pertaining to the advancement of the family. Even if she was unaware, with it being deemed a conflict of interest, there is expectation by the general public of particular action being taken.On the second instance, the Communications Minister also claims she was unaware of the award of the contract and that upon her assuming the role of Minister, she relinquished any involvement in the day-to-day operations of the company. Again, that may be true, but the question of conflict of interest lingers. Also, there is the same expectation for particular action; action which is yet to be seen. Keep in mind, in other countries, officials caught up in such scenarios, resign – either voluntary or having being told.This is not advocacy for such action, but a reminder of the proverbial promise of the cycle of accountability by the current Government. The ordinary folk, must not be underestimated. In these changing times, they would not need any convincing that the actions in question for which the officials claim to be unaware, may be rendered unacceptable in the context of a conflict of interest it seemingly derives.Therefore, the attempts to address directly that particular circumstance while offering what can be construed as intangible defences, can be interpreted as an insult of the intelligence of the masses. Recently, accusations were levelled against a Government Ministry for allegedly using multiple names for one person in public advertisements pertaining to the naturalisation of a foreign individual.When it was found that indeed there were different names to the same photograph and pressure brought to bear, the State newspaper claimed it was a mistake and admitted to being responsible. While, again that could be true, such admission becomes difficult to accept especially when the said admission was only after an exposure. Just this week, a leading critic of the current Opposition stated that the Communications Minister may be in breach of the Integrity Act.While the ordinary bloke may not be fully au fait with the jargon of such an Act, they sense something not being right; something out of the norm. To them, it seems something is out of sync with the cycle of accountability; something contradictory to what was promised. Given what seems a frequent occurrence, it may be a fallacy to think that being in sync is normal. In the current context, that thinking itself could also be an insult to intelligence.
Judge Ceaineh Clinton Johnson has admitted releasing on bail two Lebanese rape convicts and two others suspected of the same crime, despite media reports putting the number higher.Rape is a non-bailable offense under the new law, but Judge Johnson, who is one of the few female judges in the country, yesterday defended her decision, blaming it on the Liberian government.According to her, the prosecution informed her that government was not interested in continuing with the cases.A Lebanese national Jaafar Bashir, 44, who was charged for raping young Liberian children within the age range of 7 and 15, was released on a US$25,000 bail by Judge Johnson.Another Lebanese, Ali Saksouk, 21, was accused of raping a 13-year old child, but he was also released on bail by Judge Johnson.Two Lebanese rape convicts, Anthony Kassabli and his father, Dib Edmond Kassabli were convicted of gang rape, but also released by Judge Johnson on bail. Anthony was released for health reasons, while his father was given executive clemency by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.However, in her charge to lawyers, judges, prospective jury and party litigants yesterday at the August 2015 opening of Criminal Courts A, B, C, D and E, Judge Johnson in a strongly worded statement said, “the press published that Lebanese nationals were the only ones who were granted bail in Court ‘E,’ but from the records of the court, out of the forty-two bails granted, only three were Lebanese nationals.”Criminal Court ‘E’ is solely responsible to hear and decide rape cases.Judge Johnson clarified that the three Lebanese were freed based upon a state application to ‘nolle prosequi’ (to waive the case), “but the news was that the court was just freeing criminals.”‘Nolle prosequi’ is an admission made by prosecution that they cannot prove the charges against the defendants, because available evidence demonstrates that an accused is innocent.The declaration can be made either before or after the start of a trial, meaning the case against the defendant will then be dropped.Further, in her charge Judge Johnson said the Criminal Court E’s decision was also based on what she considered as “change of venue.”“When a change of venue was requested and granted, newspapers reported that they will be watching the judge, who transferred the case. If they were to verify the news they would have presented the truth to the general public on the case,” she averred.She also used the occasion to advise media institutions, saying, “We know that we now have the Freedom of Information Act, but the dignity of the court will, and must at all times be respected. Any reporting that has the tendency to compromise any side of a case is prejudicial to the safety of our land.”Judge Johnson continued, “We expect you to carefully check your information, balance and or verify them from the court before reporting to the general public.”Throughout her deliberation, the female Judge did not mention the name of a particular media institution.Cautioning lawyers earlier, Judge Johnson said they, too, have a responsibility to ensure that respect is given to the courts; therefore, they should avoid unjust causes of unmeritorious reporting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…expressed frustration over teacher shortageParents of children attending the Whim Nursery School are calling on the Education Ministry to put mechanisms in place for the school to have its full complement of teachers.The school has suffered from a shortage of teachers for more than one year and parents are saying enough is enough.The school has been without its full complement of teachers since September 2016. The headteacher has reportedly been filling in the gap for one year. The parents say they were expecting things to change as from this school year.Jeney Sookraj, who is the mother of a first-year child attending the school, told Guyana Times that there is a need for another teacher for the first-year students. “Because the head teacher can’t teach year-one and then run the school when she also has to attend meetings, and she also has her work to do so the children can’t learn nothing.”She added that the development of the children depends on how much work the teacher puts in with them. “We try at home but they need the teacher. If they can get the new teacher as from Monday it would be good.”Sookraj said before school was reopened, they were told that the Ministry would have sent a teacher to the school for the new school term. They were later told by the headteacher that the teacher was due to arrive after the first week.The school had 77 children; with 36 being in the first year, which has two classes but only one class has a permanent teacher.Another parent, Malissa Seepersaud, is also of the opinion that the school cannot function efficiently with the current shortage. According to her, the class with a permanent teacher will eventually have students that are behind in the curriculum. “The headteacher told us that the Ministry will send a teacher, but up to now, none. It is three weeks in this school year. We are urging them to have a teacher sent to the school.”Officials at the school said they could not comment on the issue for fear of victimisation. Guyana Times was informed that the Teaching Service Commission is aware of the situation.
The Tourism Fort St. John Board is asking for a renewal of its $46,000 grant. The majority of its budget ($30,000) will go towards the second phase of the Alaska Highway Interpretive Planning project. This phase will involve sorting through the data collected in the first phase, to create a priority list of artifacts and stories for interpretive displays around Fort St. John. Lastly, the North Peace Cultural Society is asking for an increase to its grant, from $250,000 to $300,000. It is considering the extra $50,000 as an investment, including $20,000 towards creating a Community Box Office. Its priorities for 2012 also include replacing the North Peace Cultural Centre’s theatre carpeting as well as its ladder with a Genie lift, installing a marquee outside, and fixing and replacing lighting throughout the building. In addition to the $250,000 grant it has been receiving since 2007, City Manager Dianne Hunter points out the City also pays its $365,000 mortgage, provides it with a tax exemption of over $124,000, and pays for its over $14,000 insurance. The Society receives $107,700 in rent from the Library, well as a $42,000 grant from the Regional District Electoral Districts B and C, and $14,000 from Taylor, which is reimbursed by Fort St. John. 18 local organizations are requesting funding from the City for 2012, totalling $929,552, an increase of $152,706 from last year. They will find out if their application has been approved in January. The Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club is asking for a renewal of its $1,500 grant for grooming of its ski trails. Grooming at the Links Golf Course costs $750 to insure the sled, $250 for fuel and up to $500 a year for sled maintenance. Without the City’s funding, the Club says it would have to find sponsors or be forced to shut down. The Ski Club faces difficulty bringing in revenue as many people use the trails without paying memberships fees (a weekly average of 25 non-members), which are $60 for an individual, $100 for a couple and $20/25 for children/students. Its approximately 85 members are expected to bring in $4,000 of revenue next year, covering a minor part of its expenses, which were about $20,000 last year. The majority of its funding comes from the Peace River Regional District, which has promised $13,000 for 2011/2012. This year’s expenses will be exponentially higher as they are planning an $80,000 trail expansion project.- Advertisement – Mayor Lantz suggested offering its services to rural property owners who may want trails on their land, adding “depending on the price, I would consider it for my property.” The newly formed Fort St. John Skateboard Park Committee is asking the City for $40,000 towards the first two phases of building the new skate park. Co-chair Adam Kirschner says it is important for the Committee to get this grant so they can secure the services of design-build company Newline Skateparks. The Committee can’t take any in-kind donations until they are involved.Advertisement The first two phases of the project include community consultation and fundraising as well as completing the design. That part will cost $54,050 of the $600,000 estimated total cost. The Peace River Zone Theatre Festival is asking for a $1,000 sponsorship of next year’s festival. The funding will go towards workshops at the festival as well as the cost of an adjudicator. The annual event brings an judge to choose a winning play from a selection of theatre groups. The cost of bringing the adjudicator is estimated at $4,450. If the Festival were to receive this funding from the City, it would not seek additional funding from the Fort St. John Arts Council, which the City itself funds. The North Peace Spinners & Weavers Guild is asking City Council for $3,000 to offset the cost of its workshops. It argues the cost of bringing a teacher to the Guild is much more cost effective than travelling outside of the city. Many of its members are also elderly and unable to travel. With the grant, the cost of bringing a Master Teacher to participants would be brought down to $152 each.Advertisement
Moreover, a Brazilian court last month froze $47 million (£34.5 million, 42 million euros) in assets belonging to the player over tax evasion allegations.“We have three years left on the contract. We, or my family, are suffering an insecure tax situation that affects the planning of his career,” Neymar Sr told Barcelona sports daily Sport.“We need these issues to stop. How can we extend something if we don’t have tax stability?”Neymar isn’t the only Barca player to be plagued by tax problems as four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi is to face trial over tax fraud over his image rights between 2007 and 2009.Fellow-Argentine Javier Mascherano is also to go before a judge later this month in a case related to the tax payments on his image rights.“We are seeing various players suffering tax penalties. Why would I anticipate a renewal if I don’t have judicial security that will back us to be able to work? I intend to wait and be calm to manage Neymar in the best way possible.”On the field Neymar produced one of best performances in a Barcelona shirt on Saturday as he scored four and assisted Luis Suarez for the Catalans’ other goal in a 5-2 win over Rayo Vallecano.And his father insisted Barcelona is the best place for him to keep developing despite admitting that Manchester United had tried to sign the 23-year-old during the summer.“They phoned Barcelona. They got a response that Neymar had a contract and that they would not sell him. People should be calm, Neymar still has three years on his contract.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s Neymar celebrates his goal on a penalty kick against the United States during the second half of a friendly soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. PHOTO/AP/Yahoo!MADRID, October 20- The father and representative of Barcelona star Neymar has said he will seek judicial and tax assurances before agreeing to a new contract for his son with the European champions.The club, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell have all been charged with tax fraud in Spain for the transfer deal that brought Neymar to the club from Santos in 2013.
LATEST: THREE PEOPLE have appeared in court this morning charged in connection with the murder of Michaela Harte McAreavey.The three men arrested are from Mauritius and are employees of the hotel where Mrs McAreavey was found dead two days ago.Two are room attendants and the third is a supervisor. They are Abinash Treebhoowoon 29, Raj Theekoy, 33, and floor supervisor Sandip Moneea, 41. Two of the men are charged with murder and one with conspiracy to murder. Mrs McAreavey, 28, the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte, was found strangled at the Legends Hotel on Monday.It is believed the men will be provisionally charged before a magistrate before later going in front of a judge.Mickey Harte spoke last night of the family’s devastation at the death of his daughter Michaela.Michaela’s body was found in her hotel bedroom on the island of Mauritius yesterday where she was honeymooning with her new husband John McAveaney. It now appears that Michaela was murdered after she disturbed burglars in he room.Speaking outside the family home in Ballycawley in Co Tyrone, the GAA legend said they were heartbroken by Michaela’s murder.“We are devastated but heartened by the support we have got throughout the community, throughout the GAA community, throughout the wider community in the north, throughout Ireland and across the water.”“We are grateful for that. Thank God for great people. Michaela was a lovely girl, a wonderful daughter, a brilliant sister for these boys and we will always treasure her.”Supported by his sons Michael and Matthew, Mr Harte described his daughter as a beautiful girl, saying “she couldn’t be better, couldn’t be nicer. God love her, we are so, so sorry.” “We just loved our Michaela. She was such a good girl. Every father says that about their daughter, but I can say that without a shadow of doubt.“She was a gem and we will always remember her,” he said of his only daughter. Mr Harte also spoke movingly about his new son-in-law John McAreavey. “We are equally sorry for poor John her husband whom she adored. He adored her. They did not get so long to share their lives with each other. It is such a shame. Our hearts are broken,” he said.Six people, all believed to be staff from the Legends Grand HOtel, were still being quizzed by police tonight.They are being quizzed after it was revealed that the door to Michaela’s hotel room on the sun-kissed resort of Maritius was opened using an electronic key. Police now believe Michaela disturbed a robber when she came back to the room at the Legends Hotel Grande.A police spokesman has revealed that the crime scene shows signs of a struggle.The Irish language teacher and former Rose of Tralee contestant, was found murdered in her hotel yesterday where she was on honeymoon with new husband, Co Down footballer John McAreavey.Mr.McAreavey has been ruled out as being a suspect in the case.Police say Mr McAreavey, who was eating in a restaurant nearby when his wife died, was questioned as a witness and is not a suspect.They believe the motive for the murder was theft and plan to question up to ten local suspects later today.The policeman leading the investigation into Michaela death Superintendent Yoosoof Soopun, said a postmortem has shown evidence of strangulation and neck compression.He said six potential suspects had been identified and that he was confident of an arrest later today. Some reports said a list of ten suspects had been drawn up.Supt Soopun said Michaela’s husband John was in the restaurant of the hotel when she was murdered.The police officer said Mr McAreavey was not a suspect and that investigators were examining whether her death was related to a burglary attempt.“She had gone back to the room to get some biscuits to put in her tea and, when she failed to return, her husband went to look for her,” he said.“When he found her in the room, she had been killed. He tried to help her but she was already dead.“A postmortem has showed she was strangled, she died from neck compression.” Mr Soopun said the killer had used an electronic key card to enter the room.“There was no forced entry into the room,” he said.“Whoever killed her definitely used an electronic card.” He added: “This is being viewed with much concern by the police and government of Mauritius. We are doing everything we can to find whoever was responsible.”Grieving father Mr Harte, the three-time Tyrone All-Ireland winning manager, last night described Michaela as his “little jewel”.Bishop John McAreavey, an uncle of the groom, married the couple on December 30 at St Malachy’s Church at Ballymacilroy.Standing outside a parochial house in Banbridge, Co Down last night, he said many questions remained unanswered.He said: “We fear something happened. We have fears that that is what happened. There are still so many unanswered questions. We are upset that she is dead. That is what we are struggling to come to terms with.”Bishop McAreavey added: “We are like everyone else. We hope that the questions that surround her death will be answered. We hope in time the situation will become clearer.”Staff at the luxury hotel where tragic Michaela Harte was on honeymoon tried desperately for half an hour to save her life.There has been profound sadness across Donegal after the news that Michaela was dead. But their will be horror today that she was strangled.The bubbly Irish language schoolteacher, 27, could regularly be seen at many inter-county games and was a regular visitor to Donegal, particulalry the Gaeltacht.It is understood she went upstairs to rest at their hotel yesterday and make a cup of tea but when she failed to re-appear, her husband became concerned and discovered her body in their room.A hotel porter was nearby at the time. A second member of staff was then summoned. He went straight to the room and immediately tried to resuscitate the young teacher for half an hour by giving her mouth-to-mouth and heart massage.A post-mortem examination will be carried out, but it is not immediately clear how she died.The staff member consoled her husband, who made a statement to investigating police.Afterwards he said: “John is far from home, far from his family and in a country where he does not know anybody. I am just here to provide as much help as I can. This is a terrible situation. He needs support.”Mrs McAreavey’s father said in a statement that she had been “killed”.Staff at the hotel claimed she died as a result of “an accident”.The uncle of John McArevey, the Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey, and Mickey Harte asked for prayers for Michaela, John and their families and loved ones.“Both families are deeply shocked and devastated by this tragic news and they ask for privacy and space at this time of profound grief,” they said in the statement.Father Brian Hackett, the family priest, said: “Her big thing was her daddy being the manager of Tyrone. She went everywhere with him. She was a religious girl. She was a dedicated Tyrone supporter.Legends Hotel, where the couple were staying, said Michaela was discovered by her husband.“The management of Legends Hotel is shocked and very sad further to the death of a guest, Michaela Harte.”“The dead body of the guest was discovered by her partner and once alerted, the hotel called the authorities,” the hotel said.“Legends wishes to reassure its guests and the public in general that it is co-operating in the best way it can with the police.”The Tyrone GAA County Board paid tribute to Michaela.“Michaela and indeed the wider Harte family of Marian, Mark, Michael and Matthew have been very closely associated with the present senior football team since Mickey took over as Tyrone minor manager in 1991.“This tragedy will be sorely felt throughout the Tyrone GAA family.”Donegal GAA fans paid tribute on the fans website hoganstand.ie, with one Donegal contributor writing: “I had the good fortune to meet Mickey Harte and his wife a few years ago, a very humble man who clearly had a very special bond with his only daughter. Michaela continued her family’s strong faith and love of the G.A.A. & the Irish language. Deepest sympathies to her husband and family for their loss, R.I.P. Michaela, a true gael.”Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has expressed shock at the sudden death.“Michaela was always close to her father’s side during many great days for Tyrone football. Her enthusiasm for her native county, for which she was an excellent ambassador, knew no bounds”, he said.“My thoughts and prayers are with her husband John, father Mickey, mother Marian and the entire Harte and McAreavey families at this difficult time.”************************************MICHAELA: THREE HOTEL STAFF APPEAR IN COURT ON MURDER CHARGES was last modified: January 12th, 2011 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)
BEAUTIFUL HOLLYWOOD star Minnie Driver has spoken of her love of Ireland – and of Donegal in particular.The 41-year-old actor is promoting her new movie Conviction in which she stars alongside Hilary Swank.And she says that despite an upbringing in Barbados, America and England, she has a special affinity with Ireland. The movie which brought her to fame ‘Circle of Friends’ was shot here.The mum-of-one said: “My grandmother was Irish on my mother’s side and my father’s mother was Irish.“I spent a lot of time there, not through family, but I had so many friends who were from there when I was growing up. I was always in Wicklow.“And then through surfing I went to Donegal a lot. It’s absolutely beautiful. Beyond beautiful, but not for the faint-hearted.” Bord Failte will be delighted!HOLLYWOOD STAR MINNIE TALKS OF HER LOVE FOR DONEGAL was last modified: January 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
MONEY Rodgers waves to the Leicester faithful during their victory over Brighton Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF 4 4 James Sharpe (Daily Mail)“Brendan Rodgers is an appointment that matches the ambitions of Leicester City. To have moved so fast to get him to leave Celtic mid-season, on the verge of a historic treble-treble, is a huge statement. It shows they mean business.“I was one of the ever-increasing minority that thought Claude Puel did a decent job of overhauling an ageing Leicester squad. The group of players Rodgers now inherits is packed with bright young talent: James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire, Ricardo Pereira, Harvey Barnes.“I am eager to see Rodgers develop them. His style of play should help get the best out of them. He should also have the standing and personality to command a strong dressing room with a few big, influential characters. He has already given a much-needed lift to the atmosphere in the stands — without even having taken charge of a game. All he did was wave!“Leicester have European ambitions. Once Rodgers irons out the young inconsistencies there is no reason why they cannot challenge for it. The squad still needs depth up front and Rodgers will know he cannot rely on Jamie Vardy forever. He will need backing in the summer transfer window. Leicester will do that.“Exciting times ahead.” So Brendan Rodgers is back in the Premier League after being appointed Leicester’s new manager on Tuesday.A matter of hours later the former Swansea, Liverpool and Celtic boss saw his new club register a 2-1 win over Brighton at the King Power Stadium, prompting many to label their first win since New Year’s Day as the ‘Brendan Rodgers effect’ even though Mike Stowell was in charge of the Foxes for that game. Can Rodgers bring some success back to the King Power Stadium? Joshua Jones (The Sun)“Rodgers is a good appointment. Not terrible, not sensational, but good. And this is an appointment Leicester simply cannot afford to get wrong.“He was the best of the bunch with Neil Lennon, Sean Dyche, Sam Allardyce, David Wagner and that man Nigel Pearson all linked. The only one that I maybe would have preferred was Rafa Benitez but that was a tall ask.“This is an exciting job but it needs a big character to lead the dressing room and I’m confident Brendan Rodgers is the man to do that.”Read Jones’ full comment piece on Rodgers’ appointment here Jordan Halford (Sky Sports)“Rodgers would have been my first choice. He’s the polar opposite to Puel in terms of his character, the way he deals with the press and how he addresses the players.“He’s got a bit of blue sky thinking, he’s ambitious and a bit of a dreamer which I quite like. He’s a perfect fit when you think about the ambition of the board and the players we’ve got. I would go as far as saying he’s the best coach from the UK out there.“There’s kind of a running joke about Rodgers and his demeanour but I think it overlooks the fact that he really is a top coach and it’ll be interesting to see what type of football he gets Leicester to play.” RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow Rodgers has a number of young English players at his disposal including Ben Chilwell and James Maddison REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Jake Watson (talkSPORT, Love Sport)“Puel’s appointment was a bit of a random one, a bit of a rebound girlfriend! We needed to move an old guard, dominant dressing room out and Puel was the perfect guy to do that.“When a manager comes in I don’t want to know what the end story is going to be. We knew when Claude Puel came in that he wasn’t going to be there in two years time but with Brendan Rodgers we don’t know how this ends.“Rodgers was dealt a pretty poor hand at Liverpool with the summer transfer window when they sold Luis Suarez but he did well at Celtic. People knock it but he achieved and won anything he could possibly do there so I think he comes back with a point to prove.“For the first time probably since we hired Sven Goran Eriksson in 2010 I am genuinely excited about an appointment at Leicester City.” ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 4 Rodgers has had an up and down career as a manager, enjoying success at Swansea and Celtic but he fell just short of winning the Premier League with Liverpool in the 2013/14 season and has spells at Reading and Watford beforehand which didn’t go entirely to plan so these are interesting times ahead for Leicester and everyone connected with the club.And talkSPORT.com has spoken to five journalists who support Leicester to ask what they think of the new gaffer.Jason Bourne (talkSPORT)“Leicester are an ambitious football club. The owners have said that they want to be playing European football on a regular basis – they had a taste of playing in the Champions League a couple of seasons ago.“Of all the candidates Leicester could have got, Brendan Rodgers looks a good fit for the club. He’s had success at Swansea, it didn’t work out with winning the Premier League at Liverpool but he did a good job up there, and with Celtic he won many trophies so he couldn’t have done a lot more up there.“He’s also got a track-record of young players and Claude Puel blooded the likes of Harvey Barnes, Ben Chilwell, Demarai Gray and others into the side so he would seem the right fit.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Leicester fans will be hoping Rodgers gets financial backing in the transfer window no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 4