Panthers owner under investigation for workplace misconduct

first_imgThe Panthers made the NFL aware on Friday that it has initiated an investigation into Richardson’s alleged workplace misconduct.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league has no comment at this time.The investigation against the team’s only owner in franchise history is being led by international law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, and will be overseen by Bowles, who is a minority owner.Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a release Friday night that he has had a strong relationship with Richardson since he joined the franchise as coach in 2012.“I have enormous respect for the man, but will wait for the results of the investigation before making any judgment,” Rivera said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 file photo, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte, N.C. The Carolina Panthers are investigating workplace misconduct allegations against founder and owner Jerry Richardson. The team said Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers founder and owner Jerry Richardson is under investigation for allegations of workplace misconduct.The team said Friday former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a release that the Panthers and the 81-year-old Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct.“The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally,” Drummond said in the release. “We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRichardson was unavailable for comment.Drummond told The Associated Press because the matter is under legal review, the Panthers cannot comment publicly on the specifics of the allegations. He is only one of two owners to have owned a franchise since its inception. The other is Houston’s Robert McNair.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Richardson brought NFL football to the Carolinas in 1993 when he became the first former NFL player since George Halas to own a team.The Panthers began play two years later in 1995.The Panthers have made a series of peculiar moves in the last year.Team president Danny Morrison, who was well liked in the Carolinas among had worked on the business side, abruptly resigned in February.Then, as the Panthers were preparing for training camp, Richardson unexpectedly fired general manager Dave Gettleman, who has led the team to the Super Bowl just two years ago and replaced him with former general manager Marty Hurney. The move was odd considering Carolina has made the playoffs three times in four seasons under Gettleman.Hurney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.Former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme said he is one of “numerous” former Carolina players who maintains a close relationship with Richardson.“The only thing I can say is that Mr. Richardson is a gentleman that I have the highest degree of respect for,” Delhomme told The Associated Press.Richardson, who rarely conducts interviews, never addressed the moves.Richardson was hospitalized 2008, one month after receiving a pacemaker. Richardson underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2002 and was placed on a donor waiting list for a new heart. He received the new heart on Feb. 1, 2009, and has not had any known setbacks since. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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World Economy Needs Smart Fiscal Policies

first_imgFiscal policies can help support job creation, though designing the right policies will depend on conditions in individual countries.Job creation sits atop the policy agenda globally. High and persistent levels of unemployment call for a broad policy response, generally encompassing structural reform and other economic policies. While fiscal policy cannot substitute for comprehensive reforms, it can support job creation in a number of ways, according to the IMF’s latest fiscal monitor.According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), global unemployment exceeds 200 million people, and an additional 13 million people are expected to be unemployed by 2018. In order to address the high and persistent levels of unemployment, the IMF is calling for a multipronged policy response, where fiscal policy works in tandem with broader structural reform efforts to support job creation.“Under certain conditions, the fiscal decisions taken by countries can help promote labor market reforms,” said Vitor Gaspar, Director of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department. “Labor market reforms can have sizeable costs. A higher deficit or slower pace of deficit reduction can absorb these costs and offset the adverse short-term impact of reforms on output and employment. It can also facilitate political consensus on reform, for instance, by compensating groups that may be adversely affected by the change. Smart fiscal policy also values public investment.”Policymakers can use targeted measures—cuts in employers’ social contributions or reform of pension systems—as part of an arsenal of policies designed to help fix some of the current weaknesses in labor markets, such as high youth unemployment and low participation in the labor force by women and older workers. Measures targeted to specific labor market trouble spots are more cost effective than blanket ones.The IMF Fiscal Monitor is published twice a year to track public finance developments around the world.Advanced Economies’ Efforts on TrackIn advanced economies, a slowing pace of deficit reduction should provide support to economic activity. Fiscal efforts over the past five years in many of these countries have helped to stabilize debt-to-GDP ratios, though the average debt-to-GDP ratio across all advanced economies is expected to exceed 100 percent of GDP at the end of the decade. Hesitant recovery and risks of low inflation and reform fatigue call for fiscal policies that carefully balance support for growth and job creation with fiscal sustainability.With continued uncertainties regarding the strength of the recovery, fiscal policies now often include measures aimed at increasing competitiveness, employment, and long-term growth. The challenge, according the Fiscal Monitor, is how to absorb the costs associated with these measures in such a way so as to keep overall budget deficit in check. This could be achieved by cutting spending in other areas or shifting to other forms of taxation.Emerging markets on guardAlthough budget deficits and debt ratios remain moderate on average, fiscal positions and risks vary widely across emerging market and middle-income economies. While immediate pressures on public finances have eased, the IMF sees lower potential growth, prospects of tighter financing conditions, and rising contingent liabilities as looming risks.In emerging market and middle-income economies, debt ratios and deficits remain generally moderate, although on average above pre-crisis levels. The prospect of increasing risks calls for rebuilding the policy room for maneuver that was used during the last few years.Geopolitical conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East could also raise fiscal risks, but the report acknowledges these are difficult to measure at this point in time.Developing countries on uneven groundAs for low-income developing countries, with a few exceptions, immediate fiscal risks are generally moderate. A key policy challenge in low-income developing countries is to scale up the provision of social public services and growth-enhancing infrastructure, health, and education.Looking forward, efforts should focus on improving fiscal outcomes through revenue mobilization, budget prioritization, and greater efficiency of public spending. Another important policy challenge is strengthening fiscal governance, especially for the growing number of low-income developing countries that are gaining access to global financial markets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

INGENAES, Local Institutions Integrate Gender and Nutrition in Agricultural Extension

first_imgGender and nutrition trainees display certificates at the end of the workshop.Agriculture accounts for 67 percent of the workforce of Liberia and it is the main source of income for rural inhabitants, the majority of whom lack well-functioning extension delivery services to improve their lives.To ensure that rural farming communities in Liberia access the holistic approach of extension delivery service, a U.S. government global ‘Feed the Future’ food security programs, has partnered with several institutions in Liberia to integrate gender and nutrition within the country’s agricultural extension system.The program INGENAES, in order to reduce poverty and improve food security, conducted a 3-day workshop which was convened in Gbarnga, Bong County, from June 19-21.INGENAES is designed to help partners in ‘Feed the Future’ countries build more robust gender responsive and nutrition sensitive institutions, projects and programs capable of assessing and responding to the needs of both men and women farmers through extension and advisory services.More than 30 individuals chosen from Bong, Nimba, Montserrado, Maryland, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Margibi counties from diverse institutional backgrounds participated in the training.The workshop was sponsored by the University of Illinois/USAID in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County.The deputy minister for Regional Development Research and Extension at the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Thomas Gbokie, told this paper during the workshop that the training was a joint effort of the MOA and Cuttington University in partnership with INGENAES to integrate gender and nutrition into Liberia’s agricultural extension delivery service.“This is meant to increase the agriculture productivity and income of both men and women in rural communities that depend solely on agriculture for their livelihood. It is expected that the trainees will move into their various communities to create awareness on the knowledge acquired,” he said.Minister Gbokie said that the MOA and Cuttington were pleased with the partnership and they are hopeful that the initiative will improve the lives of rural people.Caroline Nyaplue Daywhea, acting coordinator of INGENAES in Liberia, stated that the key aspect of the training is for the participants to form a network and demonstrate the knowledge learned in their communities.“Within the next three months, we shall follow up on the activities of the trainees to ensure that the knowledge acquired is shared with the communities,” she said, adding that they anticipate holding further training in the future.The participants thanked INGENAES for facilitating the workshop and committed to demonstrating the knowledge acquired in their various communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dawson Creek Rage fold after only two seasons

first_imgIn an interview with the Daily News, Kirk Flynn, Vice-President of Hockey Operations said the teams investors met on Monday with Dawson Creek City Council asking the City to further fund the team.Council denied that request and the owners had to call it quits.In January, the City of Dawson Creek announced they would provide $110,000 to help fund the team for the rest of the 2011/2012 season.  In total the City had provided over $800,000 in funding to the team.- Advertisement -For more on this story, click here and read the Dawson Creek Daily News article.last_img read more

Council hikes eviction help

first_img“I think this is fair. This is just,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “If we want to stand up for 70 percent of Angelenos, those are the renters. That’s the majority. They are the ones who should give us the mandate on this policy.” Condo conversions have become popular in L.A. in response to the hot real-estate market, where landlords could get out of the rental business and sell their units for a huge profit. Priced out of single-family homes, middle-income and first-time homebuyers have snatched up the new condos. But while council members unanimously agreed it was time to increase relocation fees, they were split on how high the fees should be. City housing and planning directors recommended a simple fee structure, but the council narrowly supported a two-tier system that Councilman Herb Wesson proposed. That plan provides more money for low-income tenants and those who have lived in a building for more than three years. “I don’t think it’s fair that people who make $80,000 a year get the same relocation assistance as people sitting here,” Wesson said, pointing to rows of low-income renters who testified in support of higher relocation payments. “If this does not work, then I will quickly bring this back and ask that it be eliminated.” Council members Hahn, Wendy Greuel, Tom LaBonge, Bill Rosendahl and Eric Garcetti voted against the plan. They wanted all tenants to get the higher fees. Split on protection Landlords and developers had pushed for the two-tier system as a way to cut some of the expense while still protecting the most vulnerable tenants. But tenant advocates and Housing Department General Manager Mercedes Marquez warned it also could discourage landlords from renting to low-income tenants. “The biggest concern is that discrimination could happen at the time of the rental. It starts to put an extra burden on people who are already burdened,” Marquez said. To ease fears, the two-tier payment will expire in a year unless the council re-approves it. Under the new program, low-income tenants and those who had lived in a unit at least three years would receive the highest fees: $9,040 for most tenants and $17,080 for qualified tenants, including the disabled, elderly or parents of young children. Tenants who have lived in the unit for less than three years would receive $6,810, with qualified tenants receiving $14,850. The current relocation fees are $8,550 for qualified tenants and $3,450 for all others. The new fees would take effect for new projects about a month after the mayor signs off and the ordinance is finalized. Condo conversions The decision Wednesday caps nearly a year of debate about how to protect tenants in a real-estate market where property owners want to evict renters and sell the units as condos. Tenants have been evicted from more than 12,000 units during the past five years to make way for condos, and they’ve been forced to find comparable housing in one of the most expensive areas in the nation. But the relocation package was a bittersweet victory for renters who pushed for the increase more than a year ago and are now facing eviction. Valley Village resident Brian Zolin is one of dozens of renters whose 1950s-style apartments are being demolished to make way for condos. He said the new rules won’t help him now. “If I move and get evicted again in two years from now, it’ll help,” he said. “Pray that I’ll still be able to afford to live in California.” Throughout the debate Wednesday, most sides agreed the condo conversion issue is simply a symptom of a lack of affordable rentals and for-sale housing in Los Angeles. The median-priced home recently topped $600,000, rents continue to climb and just 3percent of apartments are vacant. “We know in Los Angeles, the way to have more affordable housing is to create more housing, both in apartments and in home ownership, and we can’t forget that,” Greuel said. But landlords and developers have argued that efforts to limit conversions or make it more expensive to develop condos slow the market and exacerbate the lack of affordable housing. “You need to encourage the appropriate replacement of obsolete housing stock, and today’s high-end apartments will be tomorrow’s affordable housing,” said Carl Lambert with the California Apartment Association. However, tenant advocates, who have pushed for a moratorium on conversions, said the city will continue to lose the most affordable rentals while the market only creates luxury condos and apartments. “Yes we need more housing to be produced, but unless we preserve existing affordable housing, we’re spinning our wheels,” said Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival. Rent control debated In a separate action, the council asked for an ordinance to deal with what happens when rent-controlled units are taken off the market and demolished. State law allows a landlord to go out of the rental business, but there is debate about what happens if the tenants are evicted, the building demolished, a new one constructed and the landlord rents the new units. Under the proposed ordinance, if the owner builds new apartments and rents them within five years, the new units would be covered by rent control. Councilman Eric Garcetti proposed a second option for landlords. If they want to rent the new units within five years, they can designate 20 percent as permanently affordable and rent the rest at market rate. The low-income units would be affordable for people making 80 percent of the median income, which is roughly $59,000 for a family of four. The council will vote on that ordinance in 30 days. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under increasing pressure to slow the loss of affordable rentals, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday tentatively approved sharply higher relocation assistance for renters evicted to make way for condos. After six hours of debate on the city’s housing and rental problems, the council voted 9-5 to raise the fees as part of a new program that also helps evicted tenants find new homes. All tenants would get several thousand dollars more than they receive now, and low-income and long-term tenants would get an additional $2,200 above that. The new regulations would add thousands of dollars to the cost of converting an apartment unit to a condominium, potentially discouraging some developers who would find it more expensive to evict tenants. last_img read more

Drive BC issues travel advisory for Highway 97 from Taylor to Wonowon

first_imgA time was not given for a future update however energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com will update the conditions should one be presented.From Wonowon to Fort Nelson, the Highway is managed by the Federal Government.  At this time, they say there are reports of freezing rain from Wonowon to Fort Nelson, but they have not issued a travel advisory for that area.If you have any information to share about highways in the Peace, email news@moosefm.ca or pull over and text 250-800-2360.- Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Balotelli is world class, lay off him!’: Liverpool fans rally behind striker

first_img1 Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli’s career at Liverpool has not got off to the best of starts with just one goal in ten appearances after a £16million move in the summer.Another ineffectual display in the 3-0 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid resulted in the Italian being substituted at half-time, while being spotted swapping shirts with Los Blancos defender Pepe as they entered the tunnel did not help the striker’s cause.But it is worth remembering it is still early days in Balotelli’s Anfield career and the return of Daniel Sturridge could help inspire the 24-year-old to produce better performances.And despite the ex-Manchester City star’s struggles, he still retains the support of some Liverpool fans.Check out the best reaction below.last_img read more

School problem: How many?School-need forecasting tough

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The future of the housing market also influences numbers. When families with children cannot afford single-family houses, they might move into condos or rent apartments. School officials, meanwhile, are gearing up for new students whose families could start moving into the area by 2010. Projecting the student population will be tough as school plans move forward, Newhall School District Superintendent Marc Winger said Wednesday. There have been estimates that Winger’s district will need four new elementary schools and that the Castaic Union School District will need one for the smaller section of Newhall Ranch that will be north of state Highway 126. But Winger said his district will have to take things one school at a time and see how the housing shapes up at Newhall Ranch, expected to be completed in the next 25 years, to determine the number of schools needed. NEWHALL – A mega Newhall Ranch housing development might need five new elementary schools. But, then again, it might not. It all depends on how many kids move into Newhall Ranch – four planned villages that will include about 21,000 single-family homes, apartments, condominiums and senior-living facilities. The bulk of these dwellings are planned for west of Interstate 5 and south of state Route 126. Officials are trying to estimate how many new students will move in. Typically they expect less than one child per single-family home. But they lack formulas to predict on condominiums and other types of housing. “The big question we’re looking at is: Is it four, five or three?” Winger said. “Their (development) is different than what we’ve dealt with in the past. We don’t know what our student generation will be like.” Even predictions for students coming from single-family houses can be iffy. When the Newhall district planned Oak Hills Elementary School, 500 students were expected from the Westridge community. In the end, there were about 350. That’s because when Westridge homes hit the market, housing costs had climbed too high for many young families with children. The median price of a resale home in Santa Clarita soared to $600,000 in December, according to the Santa Clarita Division of the Southland Association of Realtors. Many Westridge buyers were baby boomers with grown children, not any of elementary-school age. Those planning new schools must realize that the housing market can change along with lifestyles, said Newhall school board member Steve Tannehill. “It’s not fixed over time,” Tannehill said. “As California gets more and more expensive, you may find people with kids choosing to live in places other than single-family homes, which has typically been the house of choice.” While district officials look to a future with new schools, they’re also aware of declining enrollment in older schools such as Peachland Avenue, Meadows and Valencia Valley. Winger said students from Newhall Ranch could find seats inside these and other schools if they’re close enough to their homes. Right now, the school district’s largest climb in enrollment is from the Stevenson Ranch area. But that too could change and leave more classroom space for Newhall Ranch students. The first elementary school for Newhall Ranch students in the Newhall School District will be needed in the Mission Village community, an area behind Magic Mountain Parkway. The new community will have a town center with retail, restaurants and entertainment, said Marlee Lauffer, The Newhall Land and Farm Company’s senior vice president of marketing and communications. It will have a mixture of single-family houses, town homes, condominiums and apartments. Groundbreaking for Mission Village is expected by 2008. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Coroner’s workers demand space

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Crypts at the Los Angeles County coroner’s office are so crowded that bodies are stacked in hallways and corpses in murder cases may get contaminated, employees said Tuesday in calling for construction of a new annex. Nearly a dozen employees held a news conference to complain of conditions that, they said, force them to place wrapped bodies in hallways or stack them two or three at a time on gurneys for up to a day at a time to make room. “Mass bodies, that’s what it is,” said Fidel Fernandez, 31, of Whittier, a forensic attendant who transports bodies. “You have bodies on the floor, you have bodies on pallets, you got bodies outside \ refrigerated vans, you got bodies that get drug on the floor, you got bodies stacked on top of other people.” Bodies of homicide victims sometimes are placed with others, which might allow “cross-contamination” of hair, skin or other evidence that might be crucial in court, Fernandez said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe bodies are wrapped in sheets and plastic but “parts are exposed,” he said. Coroner’s Capt. Ed Winter said he had not heard of any cross-contamination and urged employees to report it. “They’re the guys who are handling the bodies,” he said. He agreed, however, that the crypts have been overcrowded. A coroner’s statement on Friday said the highest tally of 447 bodies was reached a few months ago. Officials attributed the volume to population growth, illegal immigration, familial estrangement that prevents fast identification of bodies, and poverty. “More stored bodies create a myriad of problems” and “compels workers to `stack bodies,”‘ the statement said. It said the office was entering into an agreement to have an outside contractor begin cremating unclaimed bodies. Coroner’s crypts were supposed to hold about 325 bodies but as of Sunday there were 419, Deputy Coroner Gregory Myers said Tuesday. At the news conference, workers held union signs saying “Respect the dead. Protect the living.” Their contract with the county expires at the end of September but Myers said the event was unrelated to contract talks. The employees displayed Myers’ snapshots of wrapped bodies stacked three to a gurney but Winter removed them before the news conference, saying they were coroner’s property and showing them violated state code. In recent weeks, employees have released a videotape showing maggot-infested corpses. However, Myers said Tuesday that maggots are an occupational hazard when it comes to handling decomposing bodies. Myers acknowledged that county officials and the state’s worker safety agency looked into the problems and found “no violations, no citation, no problem.” However, Myers called conditions “atrocious” and said employees are hoping public pressure will motivate authorities to finally build a refrigerated annex to hold more corpses.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Madigan urged to act as native Donegal hare under threat

first_imgTHE Government has been accused of hypocrisy over its failure to protect one of Ireland’s indigenous species – the Irish Hare.The Irish mountain hare is a legally protected species under the Irish Wildlife act, the European Habitats directive and the international Berne Convention…..but only for five months a year!The protection doesn’t exist during the hunting season when the animal can be used for coursing or can be killed by hunters. And campaigners fear the Irish hare will go the way of the curlew. The renewed calls for a ban on hare coursing and hare hunting follows a warning from wildlife experts that the Irish Hare is “in trouble”, with dwindling numbers.A feature on RTE Radio 1’s Mooney Goes Wild claimed hares in some parts of Ireland are “becoming extinct”.Programme presenter Derek Mooney told listeners that while hares are thriving at Dublin Airport, “their numbers elsewhere around the country are dwindling”.Speaking on the show, ecologist Dr Karina Dingerkus said that “over the last 50 years, numbers have declined significantly.” The National Parks and Wildlife Service – where Madigan is Minister – has commissioned Queen’s University Belfast to carry out a hare survey this year and next to get a population estimate.“We know that hare populations do fluctuate naturally but we don’t know by how much,” Dr Dingerkus stated. “We certainly know that numbers have declined.”Later in the programme, she added: “We don’t see very many…Certainly over the past 50 years, we know numbers have dropped dramatically…they’re in trouble…we do know that they have been dropping over a long period of time.”Hare coursing is licensed by Minister Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is allowed from August to February, despite the ‘protection’ of European laws.The Ban Bloodsports Group said: “Thousands of hares are snatched from the wild in nets, held in captivity for months, manhandled, fed an unnatural diet and eventually forced to run for their lives from pairs of greyhounds. Every coursing season, hares are injured and killed on coursing fields and those who survive the ordeal are at risk of later dying as a result of stress-related capture myopathy. “Hares are not only under threat from cruel coursers but also from shooters and hunters with packs of hounds.“According to the National Parks and Wildlife Service website, the permitted “hunting period” for the Irish Hare runs from “the 26th day of September in each year and ending on the 28th day of February in the year immediately following that year.” The “manner of hunting” is “shooting with firearms; coursing at regulated coursing matches; hunting with packs of beagles and harriers.”“This latest acknowledgement that the Irish Hare is in trouble with numbers having “dropped dramatically” should set alarm bells ringing in Minister Madigan’s office and at the NPWS. They should learn from what happened to the curlew, a bird now on the brink of extinction in Ireland.“It wasn’t until 2012, when its numbers had plummeted by up to 96%, that a ban on curlew shooting was finally put in place. Announcing the long overdue ban, the then Minister Jimmy Deenihan referred to the massive fall in curlews as “a rather dramatic reduction”. The group is calling on people here in Co Donegal to contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to demand an immediate ban on all hare coursing, hare shooting and hare hunting – 12 months of the year.Minister Josepha MadiganMinister for Culture, Heritage & the GaeltachtPhone: +353 (0)1 631 3800John FitzgeraldDirector, National Parks and Wildlife ServicePhone: +353 (0)1 888 3242Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie, ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie, wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie, nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ieLeave a comment on Facebook: https://facebook.com/JosephaMadiganFGTweet to: @josephamadiganMadigan urged to act as native Donegal hare under threat was last modified: April 5th, 2018 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:donegalextinctionIrish Harelast_img read more