Madrid earns 88.6M euros in Champions League prize money

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img A year ago, runner-up Juventus topped the list with 110.4 million euros (then $130.4 million). Quarterfinalist Leicester picked up almost 81.7 million euros (then $96.5 million) and champion Madrid earned 81 million euros (then $95.7 million).Organizer UEFA awarded a basic 12.7 million euros ($14.5 million) to each of the 32 teams that reached the Champions League group stage in each of the last two seasons, plus bonuses for results and a share of the TV rights money.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissOf the group-stage clubs, Qarabag’s 16.8 million euros ($19.2 million) was the lowest share of the almost 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion) available in the prize fund.A complex formula gives teams a share of broadcast deals covering their home country and allows domestic champions to earn more than second to fourth-place sides. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema walks on the pitch during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Real Madrid CF and FC Viktoria Plzen at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 23, 2018. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)MADRID — Champions League winner Real Madrid earned 88.6 million euros ($101.2 million) in prize money from UEFA last season, while beaten finalist Liverpool pocketed 81.2 million euros ($92.7 million).Semifinalist Roma received the second highest windfall of 83.8 million euros ($95.7 million) because it picked up a bigger share of the TV rights money.ADVERTISEMENT Former No. 1 Wozniacki has rheumatoid arthritis Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Jason Perkins hits winner, Phoenix rallies past Magnolia

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “This is the kind of win that we want to see where we show our character,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas in Filipino.The sweet-shooting forward got free in the right corner after the Hotshots opted to double Matthew Wright in the right wing. Wright, who had given the Fuel Masters their first taste of the lead with under a minute remaining after trailing by 17 in the second period, saw his open teammate and set up the game winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPerkins, the reigning Rookie of the Year, finished with 12 points and seven rebounds while Wright had 14 points, five rebounds and six assists.Calvin Abueva, who just bagged the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week citation, continued his stellar play with game-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Phoenix, which climbed to 8-1 and moved a win away from securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Phoenix forward Jason Perkins celebrates after making the go-ahead triple to beat Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins hit the game-winning triple as league-leading Phoenix rallied to stun Magnolia, 89-87, and close in on a top two spot in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Perkins knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer, 88-87, in front of his team’s bench with 19.1 seconds left to complete the Fuel Masters’ comeback from 17 points down.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Paul Lee nearly won it for the Hotshots after his three-point play gave his team an 87-85 edge with 33.4 ticks to go. Lee and Mark Barroca paced Magnolia with 16 points each.The Hotshots’ woes continued as they took their fourth loss in five games. They are currently in last place after coming off a championship run in the 2018 Governors’ Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Cherry Rondina’s calmer approach works in UST win over La Salle MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 View commentslast_img read more

Lawyer’s outburst inexcusable but understandable – Ramkarran

first_img…slams practise of Police stopping motorists to seek bribes…as lawyer issues apology, tells his side of the storyCalling out the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for some of its members’ habits of stopping motorists and soliciting bribes, a Senior Counsel (SC) and former Speaker of the National Assembly has joined the Ryan Crawford debate.In his weekly column, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran revealed that he too has been stopped on multiple occasions. He complained about the practise commonly known as a shakedown; when Police randomly stop vehicles and then solicits bribes from the hapless drivers to make the ‘matter’ go away.Ralph Ramkarran, SC“A Police stop is often accompanied by the inevitable request for a raise. Despite the criticism of this type of Police activity, nothing has ever been done by the authorities to restrain it,” he wrote. “At one time drivers were stopped after they crossed on the green at traffic lights and accused of crossing on the red.”“They paid up in panic there or after the Police entered the vehicle and told them to drive to the Police station. Driving to the Police station is frightening. It involves hours of sitting on a bench. When eventually you are dealt with, a hefty dose of bail is imposed. If you don’t have the sum, you have to communicate with a family member to secure bail.”Ramkarran observed that these persons may then be invited to attend court, where they are told that no case has been filed. This, he noted, can come after the victim wasted a day at the court.“On several occasions in the past, the Police authorities have announced that Policemen have no right to request a vehicle owner to go to the Police station for a minor offence. This, of course, (is sometimes not) observed by traffic Policemen who continue to hold on to drivers’ licences and demand that the drivers go to the station.”“I have been the victim of most of these forms of harassment and so have family members and friends who have called me for assistance and advice. So have most of the thousands of drivers on the road. A traffic Policeman’s position is seen as a lucrative one.”ApologyMeanwhile, Attorney Ryan Crawford himself issued an apology on his social media page. In the apology, he expresses regret for using expletives during the stop but added that he would continue to oppose Police who overstep their authority.“On September 13, I was singled out from a line of vehicles travelling about 25km by a Police Officer who was standing on the opposite side of the carriageway along the vicinity of the Mahaicony Public Road. After complying with the officer to stop, I was ordered to the side of the road where I waited. At all times, my two front (windows) were down.”Crawford recounted that after a lengthy wait without being given an explanation for the stop, he became frustrated at being detained. He noted that that frustration led to the expletives while making his point to the officer that it was an illegal stop. Crawford also alluded to things being said prior to the filming.Attorney Ryan Crawford“As a practising attorney in both civil and criminal courts, I have seen and heard of the plight of citizens of this country at the hands of some in the Police Force. My frustration has been brewing for a while. I’m still dealing with matters started 18 years ago by my father SC Marcel Crawford, in the court. There are so many more important issues not being addressed.”“I am not trying to justify my behaviour,” he continued. “My language was not proper as an officer of the court or as a member of the Bar of Guyana. I apologise for my language but I am not sorry for questioning arbitrary authority.”The incident first came to light when the officer, who made a video recording of the stop, posted it to social media. In the video, Crawford could be seen arguing strenuously against the stop before driving away.The matter has attracted the attention of many Guyanese and has significantly divided opinion. While some have expressed the need for more becoming behaviour, many have expressed frustration at constant random stops from Police ranks on the roadways.The Bar Association in a release shied away from addressing Crawford’s incident specifically, though it warned the public of their rights when being stopped. The Police have also said that an investigation was carried out, with some reports indicating that the file was sent to their legal advisor.last_img read more

Local athlete Ontario bound for rugby glory

first_imgHe’ll take part when the team travels to Ontario to take on clubs representing other Canadian provinces.Despite not actually making it down south for tryouts, the young rugby player was able to submit a video showcasing a variety of his skills to U14 team’s manager, Don Brown, who obviously was quite impressed by what he saw of the 13 year old.Gray says he thought the exciting news of making the team would take a few more days to reach him.- Advertisement -“I was surprised and shocked. I didn’t expect to find out that quick. I did the tryouts and three days later my dad called me and basically said I was selected for the team.”He says he’s not only excited for the opportunity, but also a little bit nervousNow an official member of the U14 squad, Gray says it’s business as usual until the day he departs down south.Advertisement Back in New Zealand, Gray was selected to play for the South Canterbury Rugby team, an experience he said was a lot of fun as well as educational.Gray says that despite playing a game on a new continent, there isn’t too much of a difference between rugby Canada compared to New Zealand.”The difference is just that some of the people haven’t been playing rugby for as long. I mean, they are pretty good for people who have just started. I don’t think there are any other differences… it’s just more popular back in New Zealand.”Flights and accommodations, along with the $1,700 fee to enter the tournament, are not cheap, but luckily, local companies in Fort St. John have sponsored the northern representative, an act of kindness Korbyn Gray wishes to say “thank you” for.Thanks are extended to Qwest Helicopter, WL Construction, Eagle North Ent., Take One Transportation, Eagle Vision and Chris Luther Ent.Advertisement The young rugby player will journey to Vancouver come July 22, where he and his new team mates will meet and begin their training camp, held on Jericho Beach from July 23-27.They will fly to Toronto the following week for the beginning of the national tournament.center_img Gray, believes his two strongest positions on the field are the 5 position, as well as full-back, as they are the positions that allow players to catch the ball and make big runs. He also says he enjoys the kicking aspect of the game, a skill he feels he is “quite good at.”Another part of the game Gray thinks he’s talented at is side-stepping big hits, a very important skill to possess in an extremely physical sport.The 13 year old is no stranger to the game of rugby, as his first experience of playing a game came at the age of four, and signed up for club play by age five back in New Zealand.Experience should be beneficial for Northern B.C.’s representative on the team, as this won’t be the first time Gray played on the sport’s big stage.Advertisementlast_img read more

Entries continue to climb for Platinum Auto Expo

first_imgAs entries continue to flow in, organisers of Platinum Auto Expo are expecting a huge turnout as preparations intensify for the August 5 event at the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC), Thomas Lands.The Expo, which has been absent from the calendar of entertainment events, for some time is anticipated to see intense rivalry among competitors in all 27 categories.Organiser Mahendra Boodhoo, speaking recently, said the event was expected to attract some of the best vehicles in terms of glitz and glamour, while those with the fancy lights, shining rims and cleanest sound systems will all have the opportunity to win prizes.Boodhoo, a former racer and President of the GMR&SC, noted that the occasion was one whereby families could come out and enjoy a day of fun, while the occasion also presented an opportunity for those with a deep appreciation for excellent-looking vehicles and those who just love to compete in such competitions.He added that the Expo was open to all and over $1 million in cash prizes and trophies would be up for grabs for winners in the respective categories.Boodhoo said competitors were currently working feverishly to excite the fans, with thorough preparations.Among the categories to be contested are: Best Antique Bike, Mini Extreme Face Out Cars, Best Rims, Best Graphic Bus and Car, Cleanest SUV, Best Technician, and Biggest Bike.Additionally, Boodhoo disclosed that fans would be entertained throughout the day with displays set to commence at 14:00h, while gates will be open from 12:00h.Patrons wishing to buy tickets in advance please be advised they will be sold at a cost of $1500.Also, a star-studded line-up of local entertainment talent will grace the stage, including “Granny Ivelaw”, “Chiney Man” and “Chow Pow”.Interested persons can contact the organisers on 617-2651 or 627-2369.Some of the sponsors on board are: A Ali & Sons, GT Motorsports, Stag Beer, Caribbean Motor Spares, and Ramchand Auto Spares.last_img read more

Former champions poised for late charge

first_img“I love this course and always have done well here,” said the 44-year-old Elkington, whose history of sinus problems has hindered his career. “You’re always glad to get on a course where you feel you have a shot (to win). All the old guys can get up top here.” Allenby, who won here in 2001, shot a 68 to gain a share of fourth at 10-under 203. “If I’m in position on the back nine (today), perhaps I can draw on memories of 2001,” said Allenby, who overcame a three-stroke deficit in the final round that year and won a six-man playoff. Riviera also has a history of large comebacks in the final round. Adam Scott rallied from a nine-stroke deficit last year before falling a shot short of Sabbatini. Mike Weir overcame a seven-shot deficit to win in 2003. “As long as I’ve been coming here, it’s always been anyone within five or six shots can win this tournament in a day,” Allenby said. “I think it’s just the golf course. It can give you so much, but then again, it can take it all back from you.” Els, the 1999 Nissan champion, had a 67 and is tied for sixth at 9 under. He expects he’ll need another good round today to have any chance of winning. “I’ve got to go low, no matter what Phil (Mickelson, the tournament leader at 13 under) does,” Els said. “There are so many guys around 8, 9, 10, 11 (under), so you really need a breakout round (today) – 63 or something.” Sabbatini shot a 67 and is tied for 11th at 7-under 206. He also called Riviera a shotmaker’s course. “It’s nice to be back here with a chance to win again. If you put up a good title defense, it gives you a good feeling,” Sabbatini said. “I’m in the background, but not the too distant background.” The ultimate jinx?: Jim Furyk, who’s tied for sixth, seven shots back, laughed off a question from a radio reporter. “Looks like this will be your fourth top-10 finish of the year,” the reporter said. Of course, Furyk still has to play today’s final round. “That’s the biggest jinx question I’ve ever been asked in my career,” Furyk said. “I’m not answering that.” Daly special: John Daly shot a 3-under 68 and is 10 shots off the lead. He started on the 10th tee and birdied five of his first nine holes. It was a great day for Daly, who has struggled with injuries over the past year. He finished in a tie for 28th at the Sony Open in Hawaii last month, then missed the next three cuts. Daly lost his PGA Tour card last season because he finished 193rd on the money list but received 25-30 sponsor exemptions this season, and the Nissan Open was the first to offer a spot. Up close: When Rich Beem aced the 14th hole and won a Nissan Altima Coupe, there was a Nissan executive there to act as a witness. After Beem jumped on the car, which was sitting behind the tee box, John Gill, the director of sports marketing for Nissan, gave Beem his card and said to have his agent call him so he could deliver the car. Reversing course: After Phil Mickelson was done at a news conference, he hopped on the back of a golf cart driven by a public-relations employee. Mickelson got a little jolt when the cart, which was intended to move forward, was inadvertently in reverse. No one was hurt. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some players always seem to play well at Riviera. Perhaps that’s why former Nissan champions Robert Allenby, Ernie Els and Rory Sabbatini made moves up the leader board Saturday. center_img “It’s always been a shotmaker’s course,” said Steve Elkington, who won the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera. “The better you hit your irons, the better position you’ll be on the greens. And the guys who make putts are the ones who are underneath the hole.” Elkington shot his third consecutive 69 to move into a tie for 14th at 6-under 207. last_img read more

Capital FM angles for StarTimes Media title

first_img“It was unfortunate that last time out we couldn’t win the tournament but this time, it will be different. We didn’t start the year very well with the Road to Anfield tournament and we want to make amends. Everyone is psyched for it and we can’t wait for the challenge,” team captain Lassie Atrash beamed.Capital FM’ skipper Lassie Atrash(left) dribbles past Felix Wachira of Letshogo Rangers in the Road To Anfield Tournament.The boys, the only African team to win the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield tournament in Liverpool, United Kingdom, started the year on a low, losing out their domestic title at the quarter finals stage in March.However, Atrash says it is the motivation of doing better that will spur the team on ahead of the media challenge.The tournament has attracted 15 teams which will be drawn into four groups with the organizers seeding the teams according to the performance in March’s Road to Anfield Tournament.Royal Media will be top seeds having reached the semi finals with the other seeded sides being Capital FM, Standard Media and Nation Media Group.Capital FM team posing with former Nigeria and Arsenal great forward Kanu Nwanku after finishing third at the innuagural StarTimes Media Challenge on Saturday at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluQwetu Radio, Ghetto, Radio Africa, Homeboyz, Lolwe TV, Ebru, GBS, ATG, KBC, Kass FM and Media Combined will be the other teams participating.“We are calling it the World Cup before the World Cup. We want to get the sports journalists to come and showcase their skills. We know they are good at writing football and criticizing players but we want to see from their end whether they are actually good at playing,” StarTimes head of Marketing and PR Japheth Akhulia said.Winners of the tournament will walk home with a replica of the World Cup trophy as well as cash rewards and goodies from the sponsors. There will also be individual awards for the best defender, best goalkeeper, top scorer and overall Most Valuable Player.The Pay-TV company has partnered with the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya in organizing the event.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000StarTimes head of Marketing and PR Japheth Akhulia said (LEFT) with Sports Journalists Association of Kenya President Chris Mbaisi. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, May 24- Having finished third during the last edition in 2016, the Capital FM football team has promised to make amends when the second edition of the StarTimes Seven-a-side Media Challenge goes down on June 2 at the Upper Hill School in Nairobi.During the last tournament held at the Kasarani Stadium with Nigerian and Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu in attendance, The Best Mix of Music team edged Four-Four-Two media 4-3 on post-match penalties to win bronze having lost 5-4 in similar fashion to Goal.com in the semi-finals.last_img read more

Everett goes home for rehabilitation

first_imgFrom news services Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett returned to his native Texas on Friday to be closer to his family for the next phase of his recovery from a life-threatening spinal cord injury. Accompanied by his mother, Everett was transferred from Buffalo to Houston’s Memorial Hermann-The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, which provides medical rehabilitation for patients of catastrophic trauma such as brain or spinal cord injuries. Doctors initially feared Everett would never walk again but have since significantly upgraded their prognosis. Now they’re confident he could be walking within weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy expects receivers Greg Jennings and James Jones, two of 17 players listed on the Packers’ injury report this week, to play Sunday against San Diego. Jennings and Jones have sore hamstrings and were limited in practice. The team listed both players as probable on the injury report. “When that ball is kicked off Sunday, I’m not going to be thinking about hamstring injuries,” McCarthy said after practice. Vikings mum on QB Minnesota coach Brad Childress knows who is going to play quarterback on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. All three quarterbacks on the roster know who is going to play against the Chiefs. But Childress is withholding that information from the rest of the team, and the public, for now. The coach said that he doesn’t want to take away the competitive advantage he feels he has by keeping the decision a secret. “I don’t see the upside of putting it out there,” Childress said after practice. Starter Tarvaris Jackson has an injured groin and did not practice all week. He’s listed as doubtful for Sunday. Incumbent backup Brooks Bollinger came on in relief against Detroit last week, but fumbled a snap at midfield, allowing the Lions to drive the game-winning field goal. That means that 11th-year veteran Kelly Holcomb could be the front runner. He was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in the final week of the preseason, but said he feels comfortable with his knowledge of the offense. Around the league Colts: Linebacker Rob Morris may miss his second straight game because of a strained abdominal muscle. Colts coach Tony Dungy said Morris was not expected to play Sunday at Houston, but a final decision on his availability will be made that morning. Dolphins: Middle linebacker Zach Thomas will miss Sunday’s game against the Jets after tests revealed he has a mild concussion. Thomas might be available to play next week, Coach Cam Cameron said. Eagles: Tight end L.J. Smith had surgery for an injured groin and won’t play when the Lions visit Sunday. All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins missed practice again with a neck stinger and will be a game-time decision, while Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard likely will miss his second straight game with a knee injury. The good news for Philadelphia is running back Brian Westbrook (knee) practiced for the first time this week and is expected to start, though he’s officially listed as questionable. Giants: Receiver Plaxico Burress, whose four touchdown catches are tied for tops in the NFL, was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Washington after practicing on a limited basis. He had missed the previous two practices with an ankle injury. Jaguars: Defensive tackle John Henderson (concussion) missed his third consecutive practice and was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game at Denver. If Henderson does not play, backup Rob Meier likely will start alongside Marcus Stroud. Jets: Quarterback Chad Pennington, still recovering from a sprained right ankle that sidelined him last weekend, was listed as questionable for Sunday. Pennington was injured in the season opener against New England and didn’t play last week at Baltimore as Kellen Clemens got his first NFL start. Pennington, still expected to start Sunday, appeared to be moving well in practice this week, barely showing any signs of the limp that was so noticeable last week. Ravens: Quarterback Steve McNair will start Sunday’s game against the Cardinals and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (turf toe) will be out for the second consecutive week. McNair missed last week’s win over the New York Jets with a groin pull.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Friday, Everett left Buffalo, where he’d been in a hospital since he got hurt making a tackle in the season-opener against Denver on Sept. 9. He left in a private plane, then was taken by ambulance to TIRR’s 116-bed facility. Everett, who grew up in nearby Port Arthur, makes his offseason home in Houston. His mother, Patricia Dugas, sported a Bills football jersey with Everett’s number and name on it while riding in a town car behind the ambulance. Dugas appeared to be in good spirits as she sat in the hospital’s cafeteria later Friday but declined to talk with reporters. Packers wideouts mending Unbeaten Green Bay is hoping its receiving corps will be at full strength against San Diego. last_img read more

Man City blow! Top defensive target signs new Atletico Madrid contract – reports

first_imgManchester City look set to miss out on Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, claim reports in Spain.The Uruguayan international has reportedly agreed to extend his contract at the Vicente Calderon despite rumours linking him with a move to the Etihad.According to AS, City have been tracking Godin all summer as they look to find a high-profile partner for Vincent Kompany before the transfer window closes.But now the 29-year-old, whose current contract with Atletico runs until 2018, has committed his long-term future to Diego Simeone’s side by penning an extension to his deal.Godin has made over 200 appearances for Atleti since joining them from Villarreal in 2010 and played a vital part in the team’s La Liga success in 2014. 1 Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin last_img

GLENTIES WIND FARM GROUP WELCOMES ORAL HEARING EXTENSION

first_imgThe Glenties Wind Farm Information Group has welcomed confirmation that an oral hearing into the application for a 25 turbine wind farm at Straboy in Glenties will be extended.An Bord Pleanala indicated an extended time period is necessary to ensure that all interested parties are afforded a reasonable time frame to address their concerns at the hearing.It is believed that this is the first full oral hearing on a wind farm development in the country by An Bord Pleanala. There was considerable anxiety last week over with issues arising in the notification of the proceedings and afterwards correspondence from An Bord Pleanála which appeared to confirm that the hearing would only last for three days.It was indicated by An Bord Pleanala that normal practice was to hear the applicant first and then the local authority that made the contested decision.Afterwards the inspector and Bord officials would then do their best to facilitate others, meaning the affected community, of which there were 15 appellants and 64 observers.GWiG said they were incensed that a situation could arise where the appellants and local observers may have had less than one day to articulate their concerns. The decision of the Bord to facilitate a full hearing of all concerned has been welcomed by the group.However they still take issue with the failure of An Bord Pleanala to provide for a prior day of registration which would have given all parties a clear indication of the length of time others would take at the hearing and would provide a time frame for the schedule of appearance of witnesses.This is regarded as normal practice and a very important requirement where the group can plan for the appearances of local witnesses who must arrange time off work and also, very importantly, they can arrange to have their outside experts travel to Glenties on the day and at the time that they were due to appear.The group says it will continue to pursue this issue with the Bord.“Opposition to this development is based primarily on the impact of such a massive industrial development so close to the town of Glenties in a valued landscape. “The concern of the community is that this will have a detrimental impact on the local environment and detract from the areas intrinsic value as a place rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage.“The area depends for its future prospects on the preservation of its natural assets as an attractive destination for tourism.“We also value what the area has to offer in terms of wildlife and its attraction for recreational tourism.“The group continues to seek support to protect this area from being lost for future generations. Oral hearings are costly but this rural community has no choice but to make a stand and bring to the attention of the planning board the real impacts that are associated with a development of this scale and nature in this sensitive area,” said a spokesman. For further information visit www.gwig.net, follow us on Twitter at @Glenties_Wig, email: glenties.wig@hotmail.comGLENTIES WIND FARM GROUP WELCOMES ORAL HEARING EXTENSION was last modified: October 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GLENTIES WIND FARM INFORMATION GROUPlast_img read more