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Keeping Pets Safe During our Hot Weather

first_imgFacebook80Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Joint Animal Services of OlympiaThe Puget Sound region, including Thurston County, is experiencing unusually hot temperatures and our animals are at risk.  Animal Services is experiencing an increased number of calls for distressed dogs in hot cars.  It’s important for all of us to remember that a parked car can be a dangerous place for your pet. Pets can die of heatstroke or suffer brain damage within minutes as temperatures rise well above the 120 – 150 degree mark.While your pets are at home, make sure they have access to shade and cool water.  Learn the signs of heatstroke and talk to your vet if you have any questions or concerns.During hot, summer days, it’s best to keep your pet at home in their own environment either inside or outside with access to water and shade. Don’t take a chance with your pet’s life.  We want all our family members, four-legged ones included, to be comfortable in the hot days ahead.This message is brought to you by Animal Services of Olympia. For more information, contact Animal Services at 360-515-5251 or visit www.JointAnimalServices.org.last_img read more

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First Serve of 2018 Southland Women’s Tennis Tournament Set for Friday

first_imgNorthwestern State is the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 Abilene Christian in the morning session while the Islanders will contest No. 7-seed New Orleans. In the afternoon, No. 4 Sam Houston State will compete against No. 5 Central Arkansas while No. 8 UIW get its shot at the top-seeded Cowgirls. McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shared the regular season championship. The Cowgirls seek their first tournament title while the Islanders look to capture their third consecutive championship. In their regular season battle, McNeese bested Corpus Christi 5-2 in Lake Charles, La., and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (10-1 SLC)Head coach Steve Moore leads his Islanders squad to its 10th straight appearance at the Southland Tournament. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is trying to become the first team to three-peat since Southeastern Louisiana did so in 2005-07. The Islanders only loss of the season came to the No. 1 seed, McNeese. The 2018 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Luna Dormet, went 10-1 at the No. 3 line and was one of two Islanders on the All-Conference First Team. Marina Vicens Miquel was voted the first team singles player at the No. 5 flight. Corpus Christi won the regular season meeting over New Orleans, 5-2. Semifinals are slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. with the championship scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. No. 5 Central Arkansas (7-4 SLC)Clinching a berth in its’ sixth-consecutive season, the returning tournament-runner up enters Beaumont looking to bounce back from a 7-0 sweep against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to close out the regular season. The Sugar Bears earned two First-Team doubles pair in the duo of Amiru Shimoguchi and Chunan Xiang and with the pair of QiLi Ma and Rada Manataweewat. The latter tandem is the winningest doubles team in program history. No. 3 Northwestern State (8-3 SLC)Fueled by the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Polina Mutel, Patric DuBois and the Lady Demons search for their first Southland Tournament championship since 2015. This is the sixth consecutive tournament appearance for Northwestern State. Mutel tallied a 10-1 record at No. 1 singles to receive first team honors and also posted the same record in No. 1 doubles with partner Polina Ivanova. The pair won first team honors. The Lady Demons head into Beaumont trying to snap a two-match losing stretch, falling 4-3 to Central Arkansas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to close the season. Abilene Christian claimed victory 4-3 in the teams’ match March 30, handing NSU its first conference loss this year. No. 7 New Orleans (4-7 SLC)New Orleans returns to the Southland Tournament hoping to make back-to-back semifinal appearances after topping McNeese 4-3 last season. The Privateers match up with the two-time defending tournament champion, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UNO picked up points from Trang Dao and Mar Gendra at line one and six, respectively, in the regular season against the Islanders.center_img BEAUMONT, TEXAS – The 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament begins Friday at 10 a.m. CT. at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center in Beaumont, Texas, hosted by Lamar University. No. 4 Sam Houston State (8-3 SLC)Head coach Rob Hubbard takes Sam Houston State to its second-consecutive Southland Tournament in as many years at the helm. With a 9-2 record at the top flight in singles, Fabienne Gettwart earned an All-Conference Second Team recognition. Sam Houston won six of its final seven outings. The team’s 13 overall victories is the most single season victories in program history. The Bearkats overcame a 1-0 deficit after dropping the doubles point to defeat Central Arkansas 4-3 on March 24. No. 8 UIW (3-8 SLC)UIW makes its first appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament in its first season eligible for postseason play since transitioning to Division I. The Cardinals won the tiebreaker to claim the final spot in the tournament thanks to a win over Lamar in the regular season. UIW ended the regular season with a 4-3 loss to Stephen F. Austin. No. 1 McNeese Cowgirls (10-1 SLC)Heading into the tournament winning the Southland regular season championship, the Cowgirls look now to clinch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Sarah Jurakova and Phonexay Chitdara each claimed First Team All-Conference selections at the No. 2 and No. 5 flight, respectively. They also made noise in doubles play with Charoline Erlandsson and Hannah Brett taking a second team spot. McNeese’s lone loss of the league season came at home against Northwestern State in a 4-3 defeat. Since then the Cowgirls have pieced together eight straight Southland victories. In the regular season, McNeese swept UIW 7-0 and did not give up a set. No. 6 Abilene Christian (7-4 SLC)In its first season eligible for the Southland postseason since transitioning to Division I, Abilene Christian makes its conference tournament debut. The Wildcats’ Lucile Pothier went 9-2 in the conference season to earn a Second Team All-Conference award along with Nini Memishishi who tallied a 6-1 record at the No. 3 line. ACU tied for fifth in the league standings with Central Arkansas but loss the tiebreaker to UCA, falling 4-3 earlier this season.last_img read more

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21st Century Cracks: Mario de Luis, future ray guardian

first_imgFor that reason, tasks like Mario de Luis’s are particularly thrilling. This goalkeeper began by enjoying … ahead. It was at La Chimenea, a membership in her neighborhood. He quickly realized that he didn’t stand out and went to the purpose, the place he discovered his place. Within the Benjamin class, Madrid signed him, who after having six seasons in Valdebebas determined to not renew him. Jorge Rubio and Ángel Dongil, two technicians from the Vallecana quarry, have been answerable for capturing him. It’s a frequent methodology in Rayo: be attentive to the discards of Madrid and Atleti, as a result of at these ages many errors are made. At 12 or 13 years outdated it’s troublesome to foretell the development of a footballer, as a result of they modify lots from one season to a different.In his fourth season as a rayista, Mario has definitively consolidated himself. This season he has mixed three groups: first staff (some coaching classes and calls), Rayo B (5 video games within the Third) and the Juvenil División de Honor (the place he performs when they don’t declare him from the upper classes). He has additionally caught the eye of Pablo Amo, the Spanish U-18 coach. The break has minimize what was being the most effective season of his life, however he needs extra. “I can provide extra of myself and that this 12 months will stay an attractive reminiscence,” he mentioned in a latest interview on futboljuvenil.es. The course that comes hopes to consolidate within the department to have increasingly presence within the first staff … and within the Spanish Choice. Mario de Luis is a goalkeeper of solely 17 years (born in 2002, turns 18 on June 5) wherein Rayo Vallecano has excessive hopes for him to settle within the first staff within the medium time period. Within the Vallecano membership, every arrival of a youth participant into the skilled world is well known as a hit that has a particular taste.Now humble golf equipment are discovering it more and more troublesome to maintain their finest guarantees. The large groups in Spain recruit the most effective skills within the nation and foreigners additionally ‘fish’ within the Spanish quarries. Within the case of Lightning, the problem is twofold: they’ve the ‘enemy’ at house. Expertise leaks from his academy to these of Actual Madrid and Atlético are frequent. The boys don’t even have to alter cities and at these ages the Vallecano staff can do nothing to retain them. To this we should add the competitors of Leganés and Getafe, which additionally attempt to entice promising children.last_img read more

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Tony Becca | It’s better late than never

first_img For almost every match, after the first round when it did not matter who played, the so-called ‘Reggae Boyz’ were joined by one, two, or three more new faces from abroad. It must have been quite frustrating, and embarrassing, to get into the team for the so-called first round of ‘easy matches’ and to be outside looking in – looking at the overseas professionals fumbling their way on the bigger occasions later on. Although money is important, these footballers also threatened a strike, and they did so hours before a big ‘home’ match. I have asked this question many times: what good does it serve Jamaica and Jamaicans if Jamaica get to the World Cup Finals riding on the backs of foreigners, even if they were good enough to qualify? Although Jamaicans like to win, the answer is nothing at all. And this has nothing to with the fact that the ‘Jamaican’ team would be beaten out of sight. Foreigners, if they follow what is going on, would not want to come to Jamaica to see Jamaicans play football. They would be better off going to America and to Europe to find out where ‘Jamaican’ footballers live and what they eat and drink. The ‘Jamaican’ footballers would be no Usain Bolt, no Asafa Powell, no Yohan Blake, no Omar McLeod, no Veronica Campbell-Brown, no Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and no Elaine Thompson. The 2018 World Cup campaign was a disappointment to many, but if those who occupy the corridors of power learn from their mistakes this time around, as they appear to have done, it may have been a blessing in disguise. Jamaica can now save money from the expensive trips to a foreign country to find substandard players to represent the country, they can now save money to pay these players to represent Jamaica, and they can save money from hiring a coach to deal with absent players, or to deal with strange players for a day or two. The local players, many of them may not be as good as the ‘foreigners’ are today, but in time they will become better. This money, and the rest which I am sure will flow into the JFF’s coffers, will go a far way in paying local players a little more, in providing a few good playing fields and proper infrastructure for local football, and in developing a good image for football in Jamaica. Quite frustrating The one who has not yet listened to either the call or the warning, or has not acted on them, is Captain Horace Burrell, the stubborn president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the one who started the ball rolling in 1994 and led the country to its only participation in the World Cup showpiece. To be fair to Schaefer, from the moment he came to Jamaica, in a bid to attempt the World Cup mission, he spoke about the missing local players in the scheme of things but his assessment fell on deaf ears, just like that of us from home. Unlike the situation in 1994, Jamaica spent its money going in search of the ‘talented’ footballers who were born outside of Jamaica, lived outside Jamaica all their lives, learn their football in a foreign country, and tried to convince them to play for Jamaica. Some were convinced, mostly those who, quite rightly so, figured they could not get into their national side to represent where they ate, where they lived, where they learnt their football, where they played their football, and they grasped the opportunity to jump on an airplane every now and again and fly to Jamaica for two or three days, play some football, play a ‘home’ match away from home, and win or lose, jump on a plane the next day on the way back home. Many, many things were bad about this situation. The team never looked like Jamaican footballers, the team never spoke like Jamaican footballers, the team never ate what Jamaican footballers ate, and the team never behaved like Jamaican footballers. Most important of all, the team was never ‘home’ to hear from the disappointing crowd. The team also hardly knew the coach, or the assistant coach, some of them felt they were superior to the one or two token local footballers who were in the squad only to satisfy the local football fraternity, and on top of everything else, they were not always available. Stubborn president The development It has been some 14 years or thereabout since the call, and then the warning that Jamaica is standing still, was first made, and finally, it seems, after so many pleas by so many people, they have now been heard and will be probably addressed. Unfortunately, it came after Jamaica failed to qualify for four World Cup Finals, and especially after the latest disaster when Jamaica did not reach the final qualifying stage, when Jamaica finished last, well behind Costa Rica’s winning 16 points, in their semi-final group matches on four points, after winning one match, and when they scored a meagre two goals in six matches. Mark you, those who have answered the call and those who have listened to the warning include head coach Winfried Schaefer and assistant coach Miguel Coley, and to an extent, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who has called for a review of the football programme. Nothing is built in a day, nothing good, that is, but I am sure that that once effort, time, and money is put into the development of Jamaica’s football and Jamaica’s footballers, football will shine like cricket did up to a few years ago and just as track and field is doing these days. It will also shine for a long time, probably a long, long time at that. Footballers, like other sportsmen and sportswomen, love to see what their own is doing, and right now they see nothing, not while, at best, only a few are sitting on the bench in favour of others. On top of that, they feel dejected. They feel like outsiders, like Jamaicans born abroad. There is a place for those Jamaicans, but only for a few of them, maybe two, three or four. And they must be good, they must earn their places, and they must make the team better. Apart from Jamaicans who learn their football at home and then go overseas to ply their trade and further develop their game, they, like everyone else, must also want to play, really want to play for Jamaica, and they must express a desire, a burning desire, to play for Jamaica.last_img read more

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CHAP Dispatches Tools to South-eastern Farmers

first_imgThe Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP), a local urban agriculture organization based in Paynesville, outside Monrovia has dispatched a consignment of agricultural tools including wheel barrows, shovels, hoes and other logistics like motor bikes and generators to local farmers in the South-east of Liberia.At least 180 farmers in Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties are expected to benefit from the tools.The consignment of tools is meant to strengthen local farmers in the two counties engaged in the practice of the system of rice intensification (SRI). The SRI is a new way to grow rice using less seed and a small amount of fertilizer with soil rich in organic matter. It is far different from the conventional method of rice production.CHAP is piloting the implementation of the SRI in the country with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, through funding from the World Bank.Although it is practiced in 13 West African countries for food sufficiency in the region, farmers in Liberia last year adopted the SRI in Kakata, Margibi County.The aim is to increase the production of rice in Liberia.Speaking to the Daily Observer Newspaper recently at his Paynesville office, the Administrative Assistant for CHAP, Blamo Chea said that farmers in the South-east have gone as far as preparing their fields to commence the planting of rice according to the practice of the SRI.“We have decided to build the capacities of the farmers in the South-east in order for them to smoothly carry out the new way to plant their rice crops,” he disclosed.He said that the motor bikes and generators are to be used at the offices in River Gee and Grand Gedeh to enhance the works of the farmers.According to him, there is great reception toward the practice of the SRI on the part of South-eastern farmers.“There is great potential in that part of Liberia (South-east) for low land rice cultivation. What is really needed to be done is to provide more encouragement to the farmers,” he noted.Chea, stated that he is hopeful that the practice of the SRI will be extended in other parts of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Church leaders should engage Govt on good governance, national development – Harmon

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, has urged church leaders to engage the Government on issues concerning Guyana’s development.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon shares a light moment with Pastor Wade Ridley of Restoration and Life Ministries Church also in photo is Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry,Simona Broomes at the serviceHe made these remarks on the occasion of the Love and Faith World Outreach Ministry’s 30th Anniversary Service, held in the sanctuary of the church at Dennis Street, Turkeyen on Monday.“I ask you to pray for our nation; that we grow from strength to strength and administer truth and justice for all our people… Feel free to engage us, the Government, on issues of good governance, national development, and any other matter that you may deem important,” the State Minister said.Minister Harmon noted the important contributions that religious organisations make to Guyana. “The past three years have not been easy, as efforts to clean up the Augean Stables continue… In these efforts, we have been truly blessed in many ways; one of the most important of which was the support of the righteous in our society… You, of the Love and Faith World Outreach Ministries, have, along with other religious institutions, continued to reach out, touch and heal, fully understanding that positive change in society has to start with the individual, then the family, then the community, and finally the nation,” he added.Harmon also spoke of the transformative influence that active churches have on Guyanese society. “Our Government has a vested interest in your success, because your success will result in an increase in goodness and righteousness in our society, in moral re-armament and national development, and in lessening of social ills that affect us,” he said.The church’s anniversary service, themed ‘Sons of God Arise’, featured multiple artistic performances of song, dance, and drama.last_img read more

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Crazy weather brings hail, wicked winds to Southland

first_imgVolatile weather swept through Southern California on Tuesday, bringing downpours, hail, snow and fierce winds that capsized boats and downed power lines and trees, cutting power to more than 157,000 utility customers. The roof was torn off the Orange County Fire Authority’s aviation building in Fullerton and harbor patrol officers made numerous rescues involving capsized craft in Newport Bay and offshore. A large section of roof laminate and asphalt tile landed on four cars and caused minor damages, but no injuries, said fire Capt. Stephen J. Miller. He said fire crews were also responding to “tons” of reports of downed trees and power lines. “It was pretty crazy out there. I was driving on the freeway and saw many dust storms,” Miller said. Winds gusting up to 40 mph caused a small powerboat and three outriggers to capsize, said Orange County sheriff’s Sgt. David Ginther. He said members of the Newport Beach Harbor Patrol rescued a man whose 11-foot boat capsized about a mile off Laguna Beach after the sailor used a cell phone to call 911. In Newport Bay, 24 members of a University of California, Irvine, rowing crew were thrown into the water when their boats flipped. Some students swam ashore while others were rescued from the frigid water, Ginther said. Snow and flurries were reported in desert and mountain areas. Four electrical transmission towers blew down and a fifth was damaged in the eastern Los Angeles County city of Commerce, and a dozen power poles came down, too, said Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander. The day dawned clear and breezy across Southern California, but fast-moving clouds blotted out the sun at times as downpours pelted parts of greater Los Angeles, then just as rapidly gave way to blue skies. Strong winds accompanied by sporadic showers and hail were driven by a fast-moving cold front that moved from the Central Coast down to Southern California, said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt. “The front moved through Los Angeles before sunrise, and as the day progressed, heating generated unstable air and helped cause the gusty winds,” Boldt said. About 137,400 Southern California Edison customers had outages during the day, the utility said. An additional 20,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers throughout the city also lost power, said spokeswoman Kim Hughes. 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

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Selling stars, one League Cup in 9 years: are Liverpool still a big club?

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Liverpool fans have seen their club sell a star player who wanted to leave Anfield, so can the Reds still be classed as a ‘big club’?The Premier League side kicked off their pre-season with a game in Bangkok, but the sight of thousands of empty seats (see picture above) was described as a “big concern” by Liverpool Echo journalist Ian Doyle. 2 2 Empty seats at Liverpool v Thai All-Stars Once the undisputed kings of English football, the Reds’ reign at the top was coming to an end as the Premier League era began in the early 1990s.Despite boasting 18 top flight titles – once a record, now eclipsed by Man United’s 20 – it has been 25 years since they last finished top of the pile. While they remain the only English club to win a landmark five European Cups, they have lifted silverware just once in the past nine years – the League Cup after a penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff.At one time it would have been unthinkable for Liverpool to sell their best players to domestic rivals, but the departure of Sterling, following the failure to keep hold of Suarez, suggests the Reds are now on a par with Tottenham, rather than the Premier League title contenders.Is it time for Reds fans to face a brutal truth, or are Liverpool still a big club?Have your say in the poll and leave a comment below…last_img read more

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Carolina thriving on others’ leftovers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardWallace’s wife talked him into giving Carolina a chance, and the Panthers are grateful. He’s the key backup on Carolina’s vaunted defensive line, just one of the many misfits and throwaways the Panthers have relied on to make it to the NFC championship game. There’s safety Marlon McCree, a free agent addition who reported to training camp fifth on the depth chart. But when first round pick Thomas Davis struggled in the season-opener, McCree replaced him and hasn’t looked back. Or punter Jason Baker, acquired in a trade with Denver when Carolina was desperately bidding to rid itself of troubled punter Todd Sauerbrun. Baker made the Panthers never miss the talented Sauerbrun by earning first alternate to the Pro Bowl. And don’t forget running back Nick Goings, an undrafted free agent who will once again be called on to rescue the Panthers. With Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster out with injuries – Foster broke his leg in the NFC divisional playoff win over Chicago – Goings will be the featured back when the Panthers play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. It’s a job Goings has held before: When injuries ravaged Carolina’s running backs last season, he vaulted from sixth-string to starter and finished the year with five 100-yard rushing games. A week before he was due to report, the defensive end was sent to Carolina. “Football was a game that had kicked me around pretty good for a few years,” said Wallace, who contemplated telling his agent he was ready to give it up. “I almost called him and said, `Hey look, this isn’t for me. I’m going to move on with my life.”‘ CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Al Wallace almost quit football the day he was told he’d been traded to the Carolina Panthers. It was July 2002 and Wallace had spent the last year out of the NFL, working as an assistant principal at Palm Beach Lakes High School in Florida. He signed with Miami that spring, open to attending training camp and trying one last time to make it with the Dolphins. center_img “He has the confidence of his coaches and his team, I think that’s the key,” coach John Fox said. “We had a couple of guys in front of him. Those couple of guys got hurt a year ago and those couple of guys have gotten hurt this year. We’ve been down this road before.” Fox has tremendous confidence in all of his replacement players, largely because they almost always deliver. Wallace is Carolina’s “other” defensive end, the guy called on to spell Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker. Only he’s used his limited time on the field – he estimates he plays just 40 percent of the defensive snaps – to earn his own name recognition. Wallace tied his career high with five sacks this season, while adding 34 tackles, five quarterback pressures, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Inquest hears tragic brothers’ boat may have been hit by wave from ship

first_imgAn inquest into the deaths of two elderly fishermen who perished off Inishowen has heard claims that the men’s boat may have been toppled by waves from a large ship.The inquest in Buncrana into the drowning of the brothers 11 years ago returned a majority verdict of accidental death. Experienced Glengad fishermen Danny McDaid, 70, and Francis McDaid, 69, died when their boat, the ‘Strath Marie’, floundered at the mouth of Lough Foyle on Friday, 14 March 2008.RTE reports that the McDaid brothers’ lobster boat had been passed by a large Norwegian oil tanker shortly before it sunk off Kinnego Bay.The larger ship was later searched and “bore no signs of damage”, however a marine expert said the wash from the passing ship “could have had an impact”.Dr Norman Fullam said it was clear that a “very sudden” or “catastrophic event” had caused the sinking, because no mayday call was issued and both men had gone into the water with their Wellington boots on.“If I knew I was going into the water I would get rid of my Wellingtons for sure,” he explained.Dr Fullam, a former Assistant Director of Operations with the Coast Guard, who had worked for 20 years in Malin Head, said it was possible that the small boat could have “gotten a bang” from the “wash” coming off the larger vessel – but that the crew of the tanker “wouldn’t have been aware of that”.“If the [McDaid] brothers were engaged in pot hauling at the time, if a wash came at that point it could have been very serious.”“But there’s no evidence to that,” he added. “A lot of things could have happened.”“These things happen at sea and unfortunately, unless there’s a survivor – we just don’t know.”The brothers had arranged to go fishing the night before.Ellen McDaid remembered that her husband Daniel had “done a few chores around the house” and was in “good spirits” before he left at around 7.45am on 14 March.The weather was fine and both men were in “good form” when they set off in their boat from Bunagee Pier Culdaff an hour later.However the Coast Guard was alerted at 5.20pm that evening when they hadn’t returned as expected.Daniel McDaid was taken out of the water at 6.19pm by the Portrush Lifeboat and was then airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.Francis McDaid was discovered almost two hours later by the Greencastle Coast Guard and was brought ashore at Greencastle before being removed by ambulance to Altnagelvin, after a helicopter was unable to land.Both men were pronounced dead shortly after 9.30pm.Pathologist Dr Gerry O’Dowd testified that the brothers died by drowning and were alive when they went into the water.A meeting of the Greencastle Coast Guard on the night of the 14th heard that the ‘Strath Marie’ could have been involved in a collision at sea, “possibly with an oil tanker”.Subsequently Derry PSNI Inspector Robin Young, who became the primary investigating officer in the case because the men drowned in UK-claimed waters, contacted Interpol and ordered that the Norwegian vessel be boarded and inspected.After leaving Norway, the tanker was later inspected in Scotland by Strathclyde Police, who found no damage, with the crew reporting “no knowledge of any incident”.Inspector Young also made a request for a voice recording from the ship but this was never obtained.This week’s inquest heard that there had been an “undue delay” in the case because of the “peculiar nature” of the waters of Lough Foyle, which is claimed by both the Irish and British authorities.The deaths were first investigated by the PSNI and later involved the Norwegian police and Strathclyde police in Scotland.Initially Coroner Sheridan in Northern Ireland accepted jurisdiction but a full inquest was never held, and some years later Coroner Lecky passed it back to the Republic of Ireland side after making representations to then Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar and the Attorney General that it should instead be held in the Republic.The coroner’s court in Buncrana heard that the Republic’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board had published a report into the sinking in 2010 but refused to engage with the inquest and did not send any representatives to explain its findings or to be questioned on aspects of the case.Solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn, acting for Daniel McDaid’s widow Ellen, said it was “an outrageous insult” to the coroner’s court and to the families of the men that the MCIB hadn’t attended.“It’s an extraordinary situation that a State body that investigated the deaths of two citizens in mysterious circumstances should refuse to attend,” he said.Solicitor MacLochlainn said authorities on both sides of the border had been “deficient” in investigating the incident.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley also expressed his anger at the MCIB snub, saying he had made “numerous applications but they refused to attend”.He conceded that the inquest, which he inherited via three other coroners, hadn’t had all the facts.“We know what we know, but there’s an awful lot we don’t know,” Coroner McCauley added.Relatives of the McDaid brothers were in tears after the jury delivered its verdict, which was reached on a 9-3 majority after close to an hour of deliberation.The jury added a rider that any State body that has investigated an incident should in future produce a witness to explain its findings.Inquest hears tragic brothers’ boat may have been hit by wave from ship was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:boatborthersDROWNINGSGlengadInishoweninquestlast_img read more

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