View comments UAAP goes back to its roots with first 3×3 tournament GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Experts say it would be impossible to restore the forest entirely as it was.During construction of the skiing course, workers dug out hundreds of trees from the slope and replanted them in nearby hills so that they could be transplanted back to their old spots after the Olympics. But nearly all of these trees are already dead or dying, said Seo Jae-chul, a senior activist from the environmental group Green Korea, who visited the area in December and January.Video from the inspection trips provided by Seo also shows huge trees uprooted and fallen outside the slope’s boundaries, which he said was likely caused by the trees facing stronger winds in their new location. Construction workers also likely made soil disruption worse by bulldozing huge roads around the slope so they could move construction equipment more easily.“This had been such a core area for biodiversity,” Seo said. “But it’s destroyed.”Kim Yong-chul, a Gangwon official, said he couldn’t immediately confirm the state of the trees around the slope.The 1.8 million square meters (19.8 million square foot) of woodland that was shaved for the Olympics had long been part of one of the country’s best-preserved pieces of nature.The 16th-century kings of Korea’s Chosun Kingdom barred common people from entering the area because of its abundance of wild ginseng plants, whose roots have long been prized for supposed healing powers. The forest was also left unscathed during the 1950-53 Korean War and the earlier part of South Korea’s postwar industrialization that left the country with severe deforestation.In 2008, the government designated the forest as a “forest genetic resources reserve,” prohibiting unauthorized entrance into the area.The national government lifted the protection on the area in June 2012 at the request of Gangwon officials and Olympic organizers, who said they could find no other spot near Pyeongchang to fit an Olympic-size downhill course. The International Ski Federation requires alpine courses to be longer than 3 kilometers (1.86 miles), have an altitude difference of more than 800 meters (2,624 foot) from start to finish, and an average incline of higher than 17 degrees.Critics say South Korea could have had a better shot at saving the forest had it embraced the International Olympic Committee’s “Agenda 2020” initiative announced in 2014. It called for creating a more compact games and allowing host cities to use existing venues to lower costs. Then, South Korean officials quickly dismissed calls to move the downhill course away from Mount Gariwang, saying construction had already started and it was difficult to make such a significant change so close to the Olympics.“If Gangwon Province had focused on (environmental) sustainability and considered future reforestation even as it proceeded with the construction, it might have found a more economic and compact way to build the ski course,” Seo said. “But they didn’t.”Reviving the forest of Mount Gariwang would require a patient, creative approach. Instead of transplanting trees, workers would have to start from germinating seeds in the patches of soil around the slope that were less damaged, Seo said.Kim Heung-sook, 57, one of the dozens of residents whose homes were moved to make way for the course, says she can’t wait that long for a forest that might never fully return.Kim said life was much better in her old home, where she had a yard to grow corn, pepper and other crops. She now lives alone in a smaller house on a hill near the ski area’s entrance, subsisting off the money she received for the relocation.It was painful to watch neighbors leave and see the destruction of a forest she knew for decades. But like so many in this poor and aging town, she needs to find a way to live.“I want to see more development here — more hotels, more restaurants, wider roads. Then maybe there will be jobs for people like me,” she said. “If you were going to rebuild the forest, you shouldn’t have made the slope in the first place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, a snowcat smooths the grade on the ski slope for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at the Jeongseon Alpine Center in Jeongseon, South Korea. With the Olympic Games coming to a close, one of the main questions facing South Korea and the consequences of hosting an expensive sports event is the future of the scenic Jeongseon Alpine Center, which was built in a formerly government-protected area where some 60,000 trees were razed. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)JEONGSEON, South Korea— As hundreds of Olympic spectators flocked to a sparkling white ski slope cutting through the rugged mountains of Jeongseon, the marquee venue of this year’s Winter Games, Cho Myung-hwan stepped back and looked up. He let out a sad chuckle.“It’s dreadful to watch,” Cho, 62, a landscape photographer from Seoul, said as he examined the steep downhill course one day during the Olympics. “Under all the cheers and fun, there are the screams of buzzed-off trees.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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He pointed to a spot near the spectator stands where he said the last tree had stood — a 24-meter (78 foot)-high Manchurian walnut tree with red and yellow ribbons wrapped around its trunk. Locals had come to the tree for generations to pray for good luck, health and childbirth.“I came here wondering whether there was a slight chance that the sacred tree would still be there,” he said. “But it isn’t.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith the Pyeongchang Games just concluded, South Korea walks into a future with questions about the long-term environmental consequences of hosting an expensive sports event in one of its poorest, oldest and most underpopulated areas.One major issue: the future of the scenic Jeongseon Alpine Center, which was built after some 60,000 trees were razed in a forest on the 1,560-meter (5,118 foot)-high Mount Gariwang. The area had been protected by the government in the past because of its old trees and botanical diversity. The course was supposed to be demolished after the Olympics and restored to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.But Gangwon provincial officials now say they want to keep the course, or at least a significant part of it, as a future “comprehensive leisure” zone. They also say it would be difficult for the province to foot the bill for the restoration project, which experts say could cost $90 million over 20 years.A new hotel has already been built on the site; another is on the way. Regional officials talk of building mountain bike courses, sledding parks and concert halls to complement the ski course.“It’s too late to talk about the environmental damage over Mount Gariwang,” Gangwon Province Gov. Choi Munsun said. “There’s no way to restore the forest 100 percent, and parts of the area should be used for sports facilities.”Whether Gangwon gets space to develop will be decided by the Korea Forest Service’s central mountain management committee, which will determine the restoration’s scale and method. The committee rejected a tentative reforestation plan that Gangwon was required to submit, calling for more specifics.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ
Dear Editor,On Sunday last I saw an American network television interview with the Head of the Broward County Elections Commission in Florida responding to questions about the competence of the administration and the integrity of the county’s elections commission.It occurred to me, while watching this programme, that it is high time that the Chairman and Chief Elections Officer of our Elections Commission do the same and present themselves to be interviewed by our media.Why? Because:1. President Granger (Yes, he is still President) messed with the Commission by illegally appointing a Chairman, which resulted in a highly questionable attempt at a new national registration which, though stopped by the Chairman, is yet to be reconciled with the National Register of Registrants (NRR).2. The Commission’s PRO persists in issuing press releases which subsequently have to be contradicted and then corrected by statements from the Chairman, leading to public confusion and an erosion of public confidence in our Elections Commission.3. While the Leader of the PNCR, in his capacity as President, continues to place unqualified faith in the integrity, competence and readiness of GECOM to conduct the elections, the Leader of the PPP/C does not.All of us, therefore, have reason to be more than ordinarily concerned about both the competence and the integrity of GECOM to conduct the forthcoming elections.It seems to me that there is a serious need for national reassurance that our General and Regional Elections will, in fact, be free and fair.What we do not need, going in to these elections, are any grounds for the losing party rejecting the results and protesting in the streets.The Chairman and CEO of GECOM have a responsibility to reach beyond the task of conducting a competent, free and fair election, they have a responsibility to convince the country that they have both the will and the ability to do exactly that.Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimento
But on a club level Italy have had a good season, with Roma reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League and Juventus the quarter-finals, with Lazio going as far as the Europa League last eight.In Serie A, there was a gripping battle until the end for the title with Juventus securing a seventh Scudetto in succession on Sunday.But as the season draws to a close, Italy will be braced for a sad run up to a World Cup from June 14 to July 15 in which they will have no role.Over the next four weeks, while the world of football will be buzzing with news of pre-tournament friendlies, team selections and training camps, Italy will be just a sparring partner, playing pre-tournament warm-ups against France and Saudi Arabia.“I’m going to regret it all my life,” said heartbroken goalkeeping star Gianluigi Buffon.“We’ve deprived children of having a heart which beats for the World Cup.”On football pitches in Rome and throughout the peninsula, Italian children now say they want to support Argentina, “because (Juventus’s Paulo) Dybala is so strong,” or Belgium, “where Roma’s (Radja) Nainggolan plays.”– ‘Tough to watch’ –Goalkeeping legend Dino Zoff, however, believes enthusiasm for the World Cup will be undiminished among his compatriots.“It doesn’t feel like a World Cup but the fans will be there. Where there will be less will be in Russia. But Italians will watch it on television,” said the 1982 World Cup winner.“People in Italy are very attached to football and they will still follow it. But it might be tough to watch a little-known side play while our team, which has carved its name into footballing history with four World Cup titles, stays at home.”For Roberto Gandolfi, vice-president of Italian sportswear group Errea, who will be present in Russia as the kit supplier of Iceland, Italy’s absence will have above all a financial cost.“We have Iceland and it’s very positive but when you think of TV, that sort of thing obviously there will be harm. It probably won’t be fully realised until after the tournament,” Gandolfi told AFP.More than six months after their elimination Italy still do not have a permanent national coach, nor a federation president, and have slipped to an historic low of 20th in the world rankings.“We have to wait for the young players. They are there. I think we have a group of 20-25 players who can succeed with a bit of experience,” said Zoff.But under which coach? Carlo Ancelotti has said “no”, and the choice should finally be Roberto Mancini who left Zenit Saint-Petersburg on Sunday.“Not seeing the Azzurri won’t be nice for us, it won’t be the same World Cup,” said former Manchester City boss Mancini. “We need to believe the national side can return to among the best in the world.”Roberto Mancini might be leaving Russia because Italy aren’t going, and want the Zenit Saint Petersburg manager to take over the Azzurri © AFP/File / OLGA MALTSEVAFor Mancini, Italy “does not have the great champions that they always had, but they have good players because good players are always being born in Italy”.While awaiting this future generation, the country will follow the World Cup as outsiders, where they will be best represented among the referees, with four including three in charge of video assistant replay (VAR) among the 13 selected by Pierluigi Collina, another Italian.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000As Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon ends his international career with dull friendlies instead of at a World Cup, many fans say they will support Argentina, who Buffon faced in March. © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFROME, Italy, May 14 – For the first time since 1958, football-mad Italy will follow a World Cup finals from the sidelines without their national team.Four-time winners Italy have been in chaos since their shock elimination in the play-offs last November to Sweden.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Past experience has shown us that attendance starts thinning out before the 5 o’clock ending we had before,” said Baker. “With that in mind, we decided that a stand down concentrated into a few less hours, but providing all of the major services as before, would be more productive in the long run.” Legal aid, food, medical and dental care, counseling, clothing, blankets and other emergency services will be provided. “With each event, we just get more efficient and better able to accomplish what we set out to do – offer a hand up, not a handout,” said George Palermo, committee secretary and leader of the Vietnam veterans organization Point Man Antelope Valley. Morning “chow call” will be at 8 a.m. and general services will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon. The noon meal will be followed from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. by entertainment. Sack dinners will be handed out at 3:15 p.m., after retreat is sounded by the Highland High School Junior ROTC. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition site in Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. The Antelope Valley Senior Center, at 777 W. Jackman St. in Lancaster, will be closed Monday through Friday for the annual refinishing of the hardwood floor in the multipurpose room. Meals will still be available at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, and home-delivered meals will continue as usual. Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Tuesday: Beef stew, corn bread, spinach, soup, garden salad, apple. Wednesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, Normandy vegetables,minestrone soup, cottage cheese, cookies. Thursday: Hot turkey sandwich, juice, mashed potatoes, parsleyed carrots, tossed salad, gelatin with fruit. Friday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, corn, coleslaw, pineapple juice, pears. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret can be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages can be left at the Daily News’ Antelope Valley Bureau office, (661) 267-5742. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER -A USO-type show will be featured Saturday during a Veterans Stand Down that will help local veterans troubled by homelessness, unemployment, health issues and other problems. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grace Chapel, 44648 15th St. W. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for registration, followed by the flag-raising and opening ceremonies, according to Steve Baker, committee chairman. In times of war, a stand down is the term used for pulling front- line soldiers back to a safe and secure area where they can rest and recover from combat. Though aimed at veterans coping with problems, the local events are open to all veterans, and their families are welcome to attend. Similar events have been conducted regularly since 2003.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Wilkins told his team that Tuesday was going to be “old school night,” and planned to dig out some throwback Miller jerseys from storage, but he forgot. The Rebels (16-4, 6-0) made do by instead wearing striped socks. Initially, Miller looked like it was too laid back, and Colton played hard enough to stay within 17-13. But the Rebels’ 17-0 run from that point put the game away by halftime. The Rebels’ Briana Hall, who led all scorers with 20 points, was asked how hard she and her teammates played on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest. “Tonight? Probably about a six, 6 1/2,” she said. “We weren’t really supposed to turn the ball over, but we did anyway.” Wilkins said he didn’t expect his team to be sharp. After all, he said, it’s tough to get ready for a game against a struggling opponent. The Rebels managed their way through to a 72-33 Citrus Belt League win and took their coach’s advice in the process. “If you can’t get on the court and smile and enjoy the game, you shouldn’t be playing,” Wilkins said. “They don’t need to play very intense. There’s no reason to be nervous about just playing a game.” “It’s a challenge mentally, but they stayed focused,” he said. “The challenge was to have some fun.” The game certainly wasn’t as much fun for Colton (1-16, 0-6), even though the Yellowjackets played hard throughout. Colton has six sophomores on the roster and starts one senior. Coach Scott Sunderland said his squad’s biggest obstacle is to not give up or get frustrated during a learning season. Sunderland videotapes every game, then cuts the film down to only show his team the positive plays. “We cut out the portions we (don’t) like,” he said. “It started as two or three minutes, but our last game was five or 10 minutes. We just want them to repeat the good stuff.” If that happens, Colton might just be able to join in on the fun. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FONTANA – Mel Wilkins isn’t naive, so he knew that expecting his A.B. Miller girls basketball team to play its best game Tuesday night was unrealistic. Yelling and screaming at his girls to put forth a maximum effort against one-win Colton wasn’t going to do much good, so Wilkins tried a different approach. He told them just to have fun.
=8. Scott Hogan (Brentford, pictured, and Aston Villa) – 15 goals – Three assists, 201 minutes per goal. =8. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) – 15 goals – Seven assists, 167 minutes per goal. 10 =2. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City, on loan from Chelsea) – 23 goals – Three assists, 149 minutes per goal. =2. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) – 23 goals – Two assists, 150 minutes per goal. 10 1. Chris Wood (Leeds United) – 27 goals – Four assists, 134 minutes per goal. The Championship season is over and the golden boot has been decided.Leeds United’s Chris Wood, Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle and Brighton’s Glenn Murray all netted on the final day to cap off impressive campaigns in front of goal.READ MORE: Championship final day results: Blackburn Rovers relegated, Newcastle United champions after Brighton concede late goalTammy Abraham joined Bristol City on loan from Chelsea and took the division by storm. After a rapid start, he scored just three goals from October to mid-December, before hitting the back of the net regularly once again.But who finished top of the pile?Click the right arrow, above, to see the top 10 Championship scorers this season, with their assists and minutes per goals included.Who is the best overall forward? Comment with your thoughts below… 7. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) – 16 goals – Seven assists, 180 minutes per goal. 6. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) – 18 goals – Three assists, 179 minutes per goal. 10 10 10 10 10 10 5. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) – 19 goals – Two assists, 179 minutes per goal. 10 10 =2. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) – 23 goals – Five assists, 150 minutes per goal. =8. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) – 15 goals – Eight assists, 252 minutes per goal.
A man who lit an aerosol can and sprayed it in the face of a young woman has been jailed for a year.Kevin Quinn did not know his terrified victim Shauna McHugh when he attacked her at a Letterkenny hotel in June last year. Quinn, 23, was among a group of people who knocked on the door of room 209 at Gallagher’s Hotel.When Ms McHugh, 24, answered the door, Quinn sprayed a lit aerosol can into her face causing her serious burns.The group first laughed before somebody said “Oh f**k” and they all fled.Quinn fled the hotel without paying and changed his shirt before being arrested a short time later by Gardai.He appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday facing two charges, one of assault and one of adapting an article into a weapon contrary to the Firearms Act.Victim Shauna McHugh. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The court was told that Quinn and some friends were in Co Donegal to follow the Donegal International Motor Rally which was taking place that weekend.They had been messing about earlier with aerosol cans in their own room and decided to carry out the prank.Ms McHugh had been attending the rally but had not been drinking and had called to get a phone charger form a friend’s room who was staying at the hotel.She was rushed to nearby Letterkenny University hospital following the attack where she underwent emergency treatment.A medical report carried out by Dr Lisa Staunton revealed how Shauna was treated for burns to her forehead and both of her eyes were inflamed.She still had to use eye drops, could not wear contact lenses and had to wear glasses and now has a fear of crowds and busy places.Ms McHugh was studying pharmaceutical science at the time of the attack and had to drop out of college because of a fear of being in laboratory with bunsen burners and how she thought the flames were going to burn her.She is now working as an optimal assistant in a well-known opticians firm but is still suffering as a result of the attack.She still has burn marks on her face which she showed Judge John O’Hagan but which she stressed were covered up by make-up.She added that even when she showers, her face goes bright red.In his statement to Letterkenny Circuit Court, the accused man said he was just “crying on” and that he did not go out that night to cause anybody any injury.He added that he was drinking vodka and doesn’t remember much that happened on the nightHe also apologised to Ms McHugh describing his actions as “a moment of madness.”Judge John O’Hagan said he put the seriousness of the incident in the middle range but described the incited as being a “shocking experience” for Ms McHugh.He jailed Quinn of of Killycanavan Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, to two years in prison but suspended the last year.Man who lit aerosol can and sprayed in girl’s face is jailed was last modified: December 10th, 2016 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:aerosol candonegalfireKevin QuinnletterkennyShauna McHugh
How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Chelsea teenager, will not be sent on loan and will instead be given his chance in the first team this season.The 17-year-old stood out in fans’ eyes despite the Blues’ pre-season friendly defeat to Arsenal where he caused Hector Bellerin all sorts of problems.The Blues are not in the habit of giving academy players first-team opportunities in the Premier League, but many onlookers believe the young winger could be the man to break that trend.“Hudson-Odoi is a very young player. We have to wait,” Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said. “He will be a very, very strong player. He will stay with us for all the season.” REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Chelsea news possible standings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won tense gameday cracker smart causal possible xi How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REAL DEAL Brilliant from this man on and off the pitch tonight!👏 @Calteck10 #CFCinDublin pic.twitter.com/DPutsGUkTv— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 1, 2018Chelsea play Manchester City in the Community Shield on 5 August and Hudson-Odoi could even start in the Wembley showdown.“The starting XI today is very near to the starting XI in the Community Shield,” he told the club’s official website. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star
DONEGAL Gardai have warned motorists to drive with caution overnight on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning after a thick blanket of fog descended over parts of the county.Sea fog is affecting many of our coasts and has extended inland – in some areas up to 12kms inland.This is causing dreadful driving conditions in some areas with visibility reduced to just a few metres on some roads. Gardai say the Milford, Ramelton, Rathmullan and Fanad areas in the north of the county have been worst affected. GARDAI ISSUE FOG WARNING TO DONEGAL MOTORISTS was last modified: July 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDAI ISSUE FOG WARNING TO DONEGAL MOTORISTS
The ‘West Ulster Impact Project’ has been officially launched today in Kee’s Hotel, Stranorlar, Co Donegal.The Tyrone-Derry and Donegal Action, ‘West Ulster Impact Project’ will build and develop capacity to enable and strengthen cross-community and cross border engagement and to address sectarianism and racism across Donegal and the North West.While building upon the experiences gained by the Tyrone-Derry and Donegal Action Board and cross border workers over many years, the project will further challenge Protestants, Catholics and others to engage in dialogue, discussion, and debate. Speaking at the Launch, Albert Allen Programmes Director with TDDA said: “This is an exciting project working with Protestant groups and organisations to increase their confidence and capacity.“The programme is a follow on from the North West Development Cross Border Programme and the Churches Facilitation and Co-operation programme funded under the Special European Union Programmes Body Phase I – Peace III and as a result of the success of those programmes wedeveloped this project that recognised and acknowledged more specifically the needs of the Protestant community.”“The programme has been designed to target those Protestant groups and organisations in Donegal identified by Donegal CDB Peace and Reconciliation Partnership in their Operational Plan who did not benefit fully from the previous Peace programmes.”“The West Ulster Impact Project is in three parts. Part one has a number of actions which are aimed at identifying and delivering training for Protestant groups and organisations to increase their confidence and capacity and to provide groups with the skills to effectively network with others.” “The second part of the programme will deliver a ‘paired’ programme of activity designed by the groups in conjunction with project staff to Protestant and Catholic groups, which will encourage and facilitate mutual understanding, challenge attitudes to sectarianism, encourage active civic participation and which will promote greater community integration both within Donegal and across the Border.”“The third part of the programme will facilitate churches in six areas to hold open days for senior classes in the local Primary schools-(all schools visit one Church on same day) Catholic and Protestant Senior classes visit each of the Church buildings, e.g. Presbyterian, Church of Ireland. and Roman Catholic and hear a brief history of the building and faith tradition – Children visit the inside of another denominations Church”“The programme will also enable Protestant and Catholics in Donegal to engage with their fellow citizens in promoting equality and embracing diversity and to engage in activities designed to lessen conflict, racism and enable mediation. To work towards a genuine and lasting Shared Future.”“We have two project workers covering Donegal and the Border Counties, working and directly engaging with groups and organisations.” WEST ULSTER IMPACT PROJECT LAUNCHED was last modified: March 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:WEST ULSTER IMPACT PROJECT LAUNCHED