Brownlee fires 32 as Ginebra draws first blood in PBA Finals

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Game 2 of the best-of-7 championship duel is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Brownlee was all over the floor for Ginebra, going for 32 points on an ultra-efficient 13-of-20 sniping from the field, to go with his 19 rebounds and six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAguilar added 15 markers, four boards, and three blocks, while Greg Slaughter came off the bench and was once again a huge boost for the Gin Kings, scattering 14 points, eight rebounds, and two rejections.“We played really well tonight. I thought we controlled the game from pretty much start to finish but you take everything after Game 1 with a real grain of salt. This is not representative of anything as the series goes along,” said coach Tim Cone. “Last time we played Meralco last year, they won Game 1. That’s a cautionary tale for us. We just want to make sure not to make too big of a deal of Game 1 and move forward to Game 2.” But Ginebra was quick to recover as Slaughter squeaked in another dunk late in the period to swing the momentum back in Ginebra’s favor as the crowd favorites rekindled their shooting to established a 21-point lead, 96-75, on a booming Brownlee three with 5:05 left to play.Allen Durham struggled for Meralco as he went 10-of-22 from the field to wound up with 27 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals, while Baser Amer got 14 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:GINEBRA 102 – Brownlee 32, Aguilar 15, Slaughter 14, Ferrer 11, Tenorio 10, Devance 9, Mercado 7, Caguioa 2, Thompson 2, Helterbrand 0, Taha 0.MERALCO 87 – Durham 27, Amer 14, Tolomia 10, De Ocampo 8, Hodge 8, Dillinger 6, Lanete 6, Newsome 6, Hugnatan 0, Caram 0.Quarters: 29-18, 49-35, 77-71, 102-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Frustrated Knights focused on own bid amid 3-way tie for no. 4 LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Clicking on both ends of the floor, Ginebra gained a head start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals with a 102-87 beatdown of Meralco on Friday to take Game 1 at Quezon Convention Center here.The Gin Kings exploited their advantage in the frontcourt and pounded the ball in the paint as Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar had their way to help the defending champions establish an early lead they will never surrender.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Brownlee orchestrated Ginebra’s late first quarter pullaway, turning a close 18-16 affair with 4:16 remaining to a commanding 29-18 advantage with a killer 11-2 tear to end the opening period.That scintillating offensive display, coupled with Meralco’s offensive struggles, propelled the Gin Kings as they enjoyed a 17-point lead, 40-23 midway in the second quarter after another Brownlee layup.Cone didn’t put too much praise on the way Ginebra defended in the game, saying the result was also decided with Meralco’s paltry shooting from rainbow country.“We hit our shots and they were 2-of-17 from the three-point line in the first half. They’re the number one three-point shooting team and it was an unusual night for them. Let’s give credit to our defense, but they really missed a lot of three-pointers. They’re unfamiliar with the court and the rings and whatever plays into that, but on the other end, we did hit our shots,” he said.The Bolts, though, eventually found their rhythm in the third quarter, unfurling 38 points in the frame to cut the deficit to its lowest at four, 75-71, on a Mike Tolomia four-point play with 4.9 seconds left in the period.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Sierra Leone VP Cuttington’s Commencement Speaker

first_imgThe Vice President of Sierra Leone, Victor Boacharie Foh, is expected to serve as Cuttington University’s 54th Commencement Speaker.During the commencement convocation slated for Saturday, September 26, Mr. Foh will be conferred the Honorary Doctorate Degree for humanitarian services offered the government and people of his country.Over 530 students, who have successfully completed their academic sojourn, will walk out of the University’s three campuses with various degrees.Most of the 535 prospective graduates will come from the CU’s undergraduate college, located in Suacoco, Bong County. The Junior College in Kakata, Margibi County and the Graduate School in Monrovia will produce the rest.The Sierra Leone VP is arriving in Liberia with a 12-member delegation, including his wife, Mrs. Jonta Memunatu Foh.They are expected to touch down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) aboard Kenya Airways today. Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and other senior Liberian government officials, including Acting Foreign Minister B. Elias Shoniyin will meet the Sierra Leonean delegation at RIA.The Sierra Leoneans will be guests of VP Boakai.On the Sierra Leone delegation are the Minister of Youth, Alimamy Kamara, and Dr. Jengo Stevens, Advisor to the Vice President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNFPA Dedicates, Turns Over ‘One Stop Center’

first_imgThe United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has dedicated and turned over to the Government of Liberia a “One Stop Center” in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The facilities, which were handed to the Ministry of Health (MOH), are part of the mechanisms to provide support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia.The One Stop Center, which is in Buchanan City, was constructed by a local organization, Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK). This brings to 12 the number of One Stop Centers in the country. Five of the centers are in Montserrado County, with one in Buchanan and other parts of the country.The official turning over of the center was held over the weekend at the Government Hospital in Buchanan.The ceremony brought together several high profile individuals including Gender Minister Julia Ducan Cassell, a representative of the Women and Children Protection Division of the Liberia National Police, the Grand Bassa County Health Officer and partners, among others.The Country Representative of UNFPA, Dr. Oluremi Sogunro, said shaming and disgracing the perpetrators of rape and other sexual-related cases were some of the ways to contain the rampant acts of rape in the country.“We have a serious challenge in Liberia; we need to be spending money on development activities and not fighting or constructing places for gender-based violence issues. We want to be spending money on educating the youth and other development activities across Liberia,” Dr. Sogunro said as he dedicated the center.He noted that the answer to addressing rape and other gender-related cases in Liberia are within the communities. He believes that with the participation of chiefs, elders, as well as mothers and other members of the family, the country will be freed of what he termed as “cruelty situations”, which continues to increase, citing reports from those involved with handling rape cases across the country.Deputy Minister for Gender, Sieana Abdul-Baki believes the Center will help to alleviate the alarming rate of rape cases and provide the opportunity to address the situation.Mrs. Abdul-Baki, after she officially launched the center, hailed UNFPA, THINK and MOH for establishing the Center in Grand Bassa County.She urged the residents, including gender-based violence actors, to fully utilize the facility by providing the requisite services.“We are aware that the One Stop Center will provide services like medical, psycho-social counseling, protection of survivors and legal services,” she stated.She reported that last year, the Ministry obtained 1,139 cases, with 657 being children below 18 years.The One Stop Centers in the various counties are now helping MOH, UNFPA, Gender Ministry and other partners to collect data on gender-based violence issues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah’s Competency as Leader Debated

first_imgThe publication of Senator George Manneh Weah’s interview with Africanews by the local media about his perceived ability to do better than President Sirleaf was debated yesterday at intellectual centers and on radio talk shows in Monrovia.The Daily Observer, in its banner headline quoted Senator Weah, the political leader of the Congress for Democratic Change as saying “I can do better than Sirleaf” and it was enough to set Monrovia awash with arguments, for and against him.While Radio Talk Shows allowed their callers to express their opinions of which majority indicated their opposition to Senator Weah’s statement, they however demanded to know what legacy he would leave for the young generation that sees him as a role model.“What has Senator Weah done for many to identity with?” a caller asked on a local radio station. “He has not shown that he is capable of doing anything, let alone becoming President of Liberia.”While others felt that being a senator is one way Ambassador Weah is learning the ropes as a leader, others still were not sympathetic to his claim that he could do better than President Sirleaf.At intellectual centers on Carey Street, the debate was whether Ambassador Weah still thinks he has something to offer the youth.“Let’s be practical here,” one young man said. “What can Ambassador Weah point to, to even win my vote?” While several others made some attempt to defend Ambassador Weah, they nonetheless expressed disappointment that he could be bold enough to compare what he could do to President Sirleaf. “He must be fair to himself in that comparison,” one said.In the Africanews interview, Ambassador Weah said, “I am going to lobby for our country to be one of the best,” and many wanted to know how he was going to lobby and with whom he was going to do the lobbying, since he did not explain what exactly he meant by the statement.“It is possible that Ambassador Weah had in mind the House and Senate and that’s why he could say he would lobby for Liberia to be one of the best.”When Ambassador Weah said, “I have passion for Liberians and my country,” many pointed out that while one can have passion for a career, it is difficult to understand Ambassador Weah when he talks about passion for Liberia.“To have passion is to have desire or to hunger for something which in that context Ambassador Weah could have erred about his real intention or did not know exactly how to say what he wanted to say,” said another young man, who said he voted twice for Ambassador Weah.Others raised an issue when Ambassador Weah said, “Today, Liberia is one of the least countries around the world in the 21st century,” and they wanted to know what exactly he wanted to say.“Liberia is one of the least countries in terms of development or is it one of the least developed countries, which is what I thought Ambassador Weah wanted to say,” another said.Many said they find it difficult to understand why Ambassador Weah has not been able to overcome his glaring speaking deficiencies that always compel his listeners to question his competency on matters of government and leadership.“I think Ambassador Weah needs a great deal of guidance or he must be tele-guided whenever he wants to speak to the press,” another young man suggested.Meanwhile, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is set to hold a mass rally on April 28 where Ambassador Weah is expected to announce his intention to stand as the standard bearer of the party.From last week pick-up trucks with music blaring visited communities, including New Kru Town, Logan Town and several areas in Paynesville informing the party faithful about the event, which is expected to be a 2 million-man march to its headquarters in Monrovia.If the last CDC march from the party’s headquarters in Sinkor to central Monrovia in 2014 is anything to go by, Monrovia commuters can once again expect to be tied up in an all-day traffic jam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Businessmen arrested for shooting at cops

first_imgTwo businessmen are expected to face the full brunt of the law after they were accused of assaulting Police Officers, damaging a vehicle belonging to the Guyana Police Force, discharging a loaded firearm and obstructing the Officers from executing their duties.The incident occurred about 20:00h on Sunday evening at Battery Road, Kingston, Georgetown.Guyana Times was told that two Police ranks were responding to a report of simple larceny in Kingston and while on their way, they stopped an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) after they realised that it did not have registration plates.However, while engaging that driver, the two businessmen appeared at the scene and obstructed the ranks from performing their duties. The men were reportedly hostile to the ranks and as such, they were forced to call for backup.During the commotion, the ATV driver drove away. By this time, one of the suspects allegedly assaulted one of the ranks and kicked a rear light on the GPF’s vehicle causing it to break. The other suspect then pointed a gun at the ranks and subsequently discharged several rounds into the air.The two businessmen then left the scene in a motor car. Subsequently, the vehicle was intercepted and searched. The driver was found with a .32 Pistol along with five rounds of ammunition.He was asked to produce a licence showing that he had permission to carry the firearm, but instead he drove off, leaving the gun with the Police. The other suspect was detained.The gun-wielding suspect, however, turned up on Monday at the Brickdam Police Station with the licence for the firearm. Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Jagdeo suggests contracting UN to conduct LGE

first_img– says Gov’t interested in “sharing of proposals,” not power-sharingDue to historical concerns about free and fair elections in Guyana, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has suggested that an external agency that has credibility and weight, like the United Nations (UN), could possibly be contracted to conduct elections here.“We could hold a credible elections with just oversight from Guyanese; cheaper than if we contract an international body that all the parties could agree to,” Jagdeo told members of the local media at his weekly press conference hosted at his Church Street, Georgetown office on Thursday.The Opposition Leader premised his assertions on historical and current concerns about free and fair elections in 2020. He also feels if this is contracted out to anOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeointernational body, it would be cheaper to undertake.“Maybe that could be a model. I’m not saying that we want that, I’m just saying that we need to discuss these things; because, if the conduct of free and fair elections have always been a worry of the people of this country, then we have to give them assurances that the two interested parties — Government and Opposition — in their fight, don’t overshadow the need of the people and their right to free, fair, credible, and well-organised elections” the former President explained.He posited that there could be a “heavy presence” of the UN in the electoral machinery and the formulation of a credible voters’ list.Jagdeo said the model developed by the Carter Center, which was brokered in 1992 for the composition of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), was ruined by President David Granger when he unilaterally appointed retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman.“He has disrespected that; he has changed all of it, and he has acted illegally. From 25 years of practice, he has acted unconstitutionally,” Jagdeo posited.President David Granger has recently said the National Assembly should be involved in appointing the GECOM Commissioners, because the current model has resulted in gridlock.But Jagdeo has also hinted that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will not agree to Guyana’s Constitution being amended to allow for the appointment of GECOM Commissioners being done by Parliament.The Government holds a one-seat majority in the National Assembly of Guyana.The President noted that, ultimately, there would be a role for the two major political parties in the appointment of GECOM Commissioners by consensus, convention, or the constitution. In that regard, he preferred GECOM Commissioners be appointed by the National Assembly in a manner similar to how the Police Service Commission or Public Service Commission is appointed.However, elections observer missions have repeatedly called for the scrapping of the GECOM seven-member Carter Centre formula, which advocates for three commissioners representing the opposition, three representing the governing party, and an independent Chairman — because it entrenches the role of political parties in the process.Some recommendations had called for commissioners to be drawn from civil society and prominent and well-respected Guyanese.Power-sharingOn the idea of power-sharing, the President has said the time has passed for members of the Opposition to be included in the Cabinet. “As far as power-sharing is concerned, structurally, it is too late to embark on a reconfiguration of the Cabinet,” he said.Reflecting on the months immediately after his coalition won the May 2015 general elections, he said, “A proposal was made for an inclusionary democracy”. The President appears to prefer sharing ideas, instead of power.Jagdeo on Thursday slammed reports in the media that the PPP had proposed “power-sharing” with the APNU/AFC Government back in 2015.However, on Thursday, during his weekly press conference, Jagdeo said, “Let me make this clear: we have never requested power-sharing, because some people thought we did. So the President said it’s too late… Now, I think the President is quite clear: he never offered power-sharing and we are not meeting to discuss that; so I was surprised to see — maybe I shouldn’t be surprised when Newsroom, which is from the E-networks Group, (is) suddenly included; and this is becoming a pattern now of fake news, including that there was a proposal at the beginning to the People’s Progressive Party for power-sharing.”The Opposition Leader emphasised in his explanation that the President “wants this to be about an idea-sharing proposal, not a power-sharing proposal; so we must meet to share ideas.”“I just want to make it clear to people out there who may be talking about power-sharing and somehow that the PPP is holding this up…and that we seem to be the stumbling block to this idea,” he said.Back in May 2015, the PPP sought to make it clear to the Carter Center Observer Team that it will not be forced into any power-sharing arrangement as a result of post-elections violence or unrest.This issue was raised on May 10 2015 during a meeting between PPP/C Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, and former US President Jimmy Carter shortly before he departed Guyana for Atlanta, citing health concerns.last_img read more

Petra Head anticipates exciting action at U-14 finals

first_imgOver the past month, both male and female Under-14 footballers from across the coast have showcased their skills and impressed onlookers with a number of thrilling match-ups, as such Petra Co-Director Troy Mendonca, who has noted that he expected no different when the two finals are staged on Saturday.Petra Co-Director Troy Mendonca“It is by no surprise to us the level of play and competition we’ve seen in this tournament and we anticipate two great finals on Saturday,” an ecstatic Mendonca stated.The Petra Head went on to note that it was a fulfilling feeling to have hosted this particular tournament, since the organisation has been advocating for it for a number of years. “First of all, I want to reiterate the fact that we’re happy that we’re able to do this Under-14 age group. Like we said over the past seven years we’ve been doing Under-11 and Under-18. And those Under-11 players when they excel at that level, they weren’t able to have a continuous programme,” he said.He explained that as a result of this, many players who participated in the Under 11-tournament were back in Under-14 action. “And we saw a lot of those (Under-11) players on display at this tournament.”Additionally, Mendonca spoke on the quality that the tournament has already taken on, even in its inaugural year. “We want to highlight the fact that there’s a lot of the national players who are in the Under-14, both boys and girls, that are going to be on display on Saturday.”The players he was referring to were encamped in the Guyana Football Federation’s preparatory camp for two international engagements in August and September. Those students will be shortlisted and encamped again come next week.The semi-final round of the ExxonMobil/Petra Under-14 tournament featured schools such as Chase Academy, North Ruimveldt Multilateral, Charlestown, South Ruimveldt Secondary and St John’s College. This, Mendonca said, was win-win for them, since they were focused on the all-round development of youth. “Seeing North Ruimveldt, St John’s and those teams excel in the finals is a breath of fresh air. Because we think that sports in itself can aid in the development of these youngsters,” he said.The finals of the tournament will be hosted on Saturday, July 21 at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue. The female finals will feature Charlestown Secondary and South Ruimveldt Secondary while the male final will feature Chase’s Academic Foundation and North Ruimveldt Multilateral.last_img read more

Simon suspended rest of the season

first_imgThe ban is the longest in terms of games missed in NHL history. Marty McSorley was suspended 23 games in February 2000 for knocking out Donald Brashear with a stick-swinging hit. Commissioner Gary Bettman stretched that punishment to one year, and McSorley never played in the league again. Simon’s one-year deal with the Islanders will run out before he is eligible to play again. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Based on Simon’s $1 million contract, he will lose at least $80,200 because of the suspension. Simon has been suspended four other times for violent on-ice acts and received a three-game ban in 1997 after directing a racial slur toward player Mike Grier, who is black. Simon will miss the Islanders’ final 15 regular-season contests and the entire postseason, if the club gets that far. If the team plays fewer than 10 playoff games this year, the suspension will carry over to next season. “I think what he got was pretty much expected around the league and by everybody else,” Hollweg said Sunday after the Rangers’ 2-1 win over Carolina. “What’s done is done. The league has made its decision and it’s time to move forward now. I think it’s fair.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img NEW YORK – If Chris Simon plays again for the New York Islanders, or for anyone else in the NHL, it won’t be until next season. The NHL hit back hard Sunday, suspending the Islanders forward for a league-record 25 games. Simon will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs as punishment for his two-handed stick attack to the face of Ryan Hollweg of the New York Rangers in a 2-1 loss Thursday. last_img read more

Cohen – and Kwan – make Games

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I’ve got a lot of silvers in different shoeboxes in storage units all over the place. But I think the gold one will have a special place,” said Cohen, who couldn’t take her eyes off the medal during the awards ceremony said. She finished with 199.18 points, more than 28 points ahead of Meissner. Granada Hills’ Beatrisa Liang, 17, fell to fifth from third after falling several times during her program. Thousand Oaks’ Danielle Kahle finished 12th. Newcomers in men’s figure skating: For the first time since 1976, the United States will send three newcomers to figure skating’s biggest event: Johnny Weir, Evan Lysacek and Matt Savoie. After winning his third straight U.S. Figure Skating Championship men’s title in St. Louis, the 21-year-old Weir took notice. “It is odd to think back to the last Olympics and think it was Tim (Goebel) and Michael (Weiss) and Todd (Eldredge), and now none of them are here,” Weir said Saturday. “It’s a little weird and two of them are still skating.” Kwan was picked after petitioning U.S. Figure Skating. And by a vote of 20-3, a selection committee gave the nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion a medical bye. Cohen didn’t need any help from the selection committee. She earned it all on her own with her very first national title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in a rout Saturday night at St. Louis. She finished with 199.18 points, more than 28 points ahead of Meissner. Lysacek, the reigning world bronze medalist, won the free skate with 150.44 points and finished second overall at 224.47 to Weir’s 225.34. They were followed by Savoie, whose clutch performance reversed a long downward career spiral. Rahlves wins at Lauberhorn course: Daron Rahlves of the United States won his third World Cup downhill of the season, becoming the first American to win on the famed Lauberhorn course since Kyle Rasmussen in 1995. Rahlves, the winner at Beaver Creek and Bormio earlier this season, covered the Wengen, Switzerland, course in 2 minutes, 30.54 seconds. Kostelic wins first in downhill: Triple Olympic champion Janica Kostelic made her second major breakthrough of the season in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, when she won the first World Cup downhill race of her career. Kostelic clocked 1 minute, 37.96 seconds to finish .17 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Nike Ben. Also: Tobias Angerer of Germany and Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic won mass start World Cup races Saturday in Val di Fiemme, Italy, reasserting their status as medal contenders for the upcoming Turin Games. … Jason Smith of the United States beat Switzerland’s Marco Hauser and American teammate Jayson Hale to win a World Cup snowboard cross race in Plan de Corones, Italy. … Hannu Manninen of Finland edged Anssi Koivuranta in Predazzo, Italy, to clinch his sixth victory of the season in a Nordic combined World Cup event. … Roar Ljoekelsoey of Norway successfully defended his title at the Ski Flying World Championships in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria, scoring 788 points to edge Austrians Andreas Widhoelzl and Thomas Morgenstern. … Aerialist Dmitri Dashinski of Belarus overcame gusting winds to win a one-round World Cup contest at Deer Valley resort in Park City, Utah. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Without ever putting her blades on the ice, Michelle Kwan made the U.S. figure skating team heading to the Turin Olympics – with national champion Sasha Cohen right by her side. Kwan missed the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with a groin injury. But the selection committee gave the nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion a medical bye Saturday night, placing her on the team with Kimmie Meissner and ahead of third-place finisher Emily Hughes. last_img read more

A mountain of experience behind new path at Sliabh Liag

first_imgA monumental project has been completed to offer a new experience to visitors at Sliabh Liag. Here, we find out about the extensive engineering behind the new path:When visitors walk the new upland path to Sliabh Liag, the towering sea cliffs in south Donegal, they walk across stones that came from another part of the hills, a few kilometres away.But that natural look does not come easy – it took a lot of work in extreme weather to get the job done. More than 160,000 people visit Sliabh Liag each year, and the new path is designed to ensure that they can enjoy the cliffs, while protecting the environment into the future.The new 2.5 kilometre stretch of upland path is a key element of the new €4.95 million Sliabh Liag Strategic Development Project, which includes a visitors centre and transportation hub, car parks, a ranger station, and enhanced roads access.The new path at Sliabh Liab which has been designed to ensure the protection of the unique landscape amid growing visitor numbers.The council also hope the path can serve as an example for similar works across Ireland and further afield.Drawing on expertise from McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd, a firm based in Scotland with extensive upland experience, the council is the first local authority in the Republic of Ireland to undertake this type of mountain path works. “The quality is of a very high standard and will set the benchmark for other works that may be happening in the country,” Shaun Paul Murphy, Executive Engineer with the council, said.Ross McGowan, managing director of McGowan’s, was in Shanbally, outside Teelin, this week for the official opening. While the Donegal project offered challenges, McGowan’s experience meant they brought lessons learned in the Scottish hills to the work.Ross McGowan from McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd who worked with Donegal County Council and the local community on the new path at Sliabh Liag designed to ensure the protection of the unique landscape amid growing visitor numbers.“We have three teams of five people in Scotland, so we have 15 people working all year-round doing mountain path work,” he said. “So it’s something that we do all the time.”McGowan tries to use local stone for paths, for their natural look. Here, the council and McGowan’s, in consultation with National Parks and Wildlife, agreed to use to stone from the scree slopes on the hillside at Sliabh Liag.But that meant weeks of careful selection by hand of hundreds of tons of suitable stones from the scree slopes. The new path at Sliabh Liab which has been designed to ensure the protection of the unique landscape amid growing visitor numbers.“Every single stone we picked was hand selected,” Ross said. The methodology for the work is quite sensitive and skilled, “and you really have to cover your tracks, so basically no one would know we’ve been there,” he said. They replaced stones in the scree with bits of moss and other stone to ensure no gaps were left.“Once we had that stone, and the right kind of stone, the job was made much more easy,” Ross said.Still, they had to contend with the weather. The lifting of stones to the path site was done by helicopter, and severe winds led to five airlifts being cancelled. There was hail and wind chill factors that brought temperatures well below zero. Still, McGowan crews lost just one day on site due to weather, working from October of 2017 to May of 2018.Ross credited the training and equipment they provide their crews. “It’s all about mindset and mentality, because you’re in an extreme environment,” he said. In a way, generations of Donegal people helped to determine the path route. James Kelly, Senior Executive Engineer with Donegal County Council, said the council provided McGowan with a corridor that followed the most heavily travelled path to the cliffs, one carved step by step over the years. That coincided with the area where the most erosion was taking place, and McGowan determined the final route within that corridor.The path creates a single, defined route through some difficult and steep sections. Ross explained that choosing a path line requires looking at ascent and descent. On the way down, people often have their heads down as well; most erosion takes place on the descent. Blocking stones have also been placed at strategic sites.“Paths are built to keep people on them,” Ross said. The work also includes stone drainage works to protect the path and reflect natural drainage.James said the council wanted to acknowledge the support of Fáilte Ireland, and particularly the contributions of Derek Walshe and Joan Crawford.He also wanted to thank local landowners for their cooperation, saying the project would not have been possible without them.“We’re grateful for the ongoing cooperation from those landowners during the whole construction process,” James said, noting in particular landowners in the townlands of Cappagh, Croaghlin, Shanbally, Ballymore, and Lergadaghtan.McGowan brought in the local community, council staff, and others, holding two days of training in the hills to demonstrate stone pitching for steeper stretches, aggregate path work on the flatter sections, and drainage and landscaping.“We’re always keen on community engagement,” Ross said. “We can use our expertise to build this, but we’re quite keen to pass that on to locals so that they can maintain it.” It’s a way of giving back to the community, he said.Acknowledging that there were lessons learned over the entire project, James said that the council has delivered a fine project to be enjoyed for generations to come.A mountain of experience behind new path at Sliabh Liag was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltdsliabh liaglast_img read more