MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Inspired Etheridge leaves cardiff on winning note; Patiño out Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Larry Muyang atoned for his disappointing debut with a double-double as San Juan overcame hard-fighting Cebu, 71-62, in the second game.Fresh off a stint with Letran in the NCAA, Muyang finally showed what he’s capable of with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Aaron Jeruta scattered 15 points, including nine in an 11-0 blitz to close the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMike Ayonayon also knocked down crucial baskets late for the Knights, who bounced back from their stunning 78-85 loss to Batangas to improve their record to 11-3 for third spot in the North division.The Sharks saw their four-game winning run snapped even after drawing a career-best 25 points from big man Will McCaloney. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Unheralded big man Bogs Raymundo hit clutch baskets as Davao Occidental sustained its fiery run, while San Juan got back on track on Saturday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Raymundo made five of his 11 points in the closing stages as the Tigers turned back the Navotas Clutch, 72-59, for their eight straight win and a 10-3 record, enough to reclaim top spot in the South division ahead of Muntinlupa.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points to lead the Timberwolves, and Karl-Anthony Towns and Robert Covington had 13 each.The Spurs’ run of blowout losses began Nov. 28 at Minnesota with a 128-89 defeat. San Antonio has since adjusted its schemes to help the team defensively and the changes have made an impact.“Honestly, I’m enjoying it more, its making things lot easier (since the changes),” Forbes said. “Especially playing a lot more as a team now. Everybody is in the right positions, and I think we’re going the right way. We struggled for a bit, and I think we’re finally kind of figuring it out.”The defensive energy is also helping the team offensively.San Antonio was 19 for 33 on 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Marco Belinelli had 17 points and Davis Bertans added 15 while combining to shoot 10 for 16 on 3s.″(The Timberwolves) were really, really helping and shifting on defense,” Bertans said. “We had some good looks already after the first pass but then driving and kicking we could find pretty anything wide open.”Minnesota also gave up 14 3s to Sacramento on Monday and 20 to Detroit on Wednesday.“We’ve got to close out with high hands and run them off the 3-point line and stay to the scouting report,” Wiggins said. “We say some people shouldn’t get 3s and run them off the line. We’ve just got to keep running them off the line and not short step it.”Minnesota only led for 22 seconds off a 3-foot hook by Taj Gibson with 6:55 remaining in the first quarter for an 11-10 advantage.Rudy Gay scored 14 points, DeMar DeRozan added 12 and LaMarcus Aldridge 10 as the Spurs were able to rest their starters for much of the fourth quarter.Timberwolves starting point guard Derrick Rose did not play in the second half due to a sore left ankle. Rose had four points, two rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes. Rose, who is unsure if he will be available for Sunday’s game at Oklahoma City, said his ankle hurt prior to the game.“Just sore, really sore,” Rose said. “I’ll take it as a case of me not really listening to my body.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Jeff Teague missed his third straight game due to left foot soreness. Teague was averaging 9.3 points and 10.1 assists in December prior to the injury. … Minnesota did not have a single player score in double figures in the first half. Tyus Jones was the team’s leading scorer at the time with eight points. … The Timberwolves are 0-6 when scoring fewer than 100 points. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Spurs: San Antonio, which plays Houston on Saturday, is 4-7 in back-to-backs. The Spurs are 0-5 on the second night of a back-to-back. … Aldridge made his second 3-pointer of the season at the close of the third quarter. Aldridge is 2 for 12 on 3s this season. … San Antonio’s previous high for 3-pointers made was 15 against the Lakers on Oct. 22. … The Spurs made 10 3s in the first half for the second straight game. Their season high for a half is 11 against New Orleans.LIGHTING IT UPBelinelli doesn’t have any aspirations of competing in the 3-point contest at the All-Star Game on Feb. 17 in Charlotte.“Nah, I don’t know. I just want to win (games),” Belinelli said. “I already won one (3-point contest) in New Orleans. I’m OK with that. I would like to win a championship, I think that’s more important.”HAVE A SEATThe Spurs’ blowouts have afforded DeRozan the luxury of sitting for most of the fourth quarter, which he is enjoying.“It’s great to sit out the fourth quarters, be able to rest, especially for me,” DeRozan said. “At one point I think I was leading the league in minutes. Being able to sit out some fourth quarters and just to be out there and cheer them guys on is always the fun part.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.Spurs: At Houston on Saturday night. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia San Antonio Spurs’ Marco Belinelli (18) runs upcourt after scoring a three-point basket as the team’s bench and fans celebrate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — There truly is no place like home lately for the San Antonio Spurs, especially after some struggles at the start of the month.Bryn Forbes scored 22 points and the Spurs set season highs with 19 3-pointers and 36 assists in a 124-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Rene Catalan makes case for ONE title shot Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum San Antonio won for the seventh time in eight games, and held an opponent under 100 points for the seventh straight time. It’s a needed change for the Spurs, who opened the month by losing three of four by 30-plus points.“We had a lot of ups and downs at the beginning of the season, which was expected,” San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan said. “We just stayed patient, continued to chip away at it. We had a great opportunity to come back home in December and having a home stand to try to get our rhythm going and that’s where we are at.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Spurs have led by at least 20 points in each of its last eight games, and joined the 1972 Milwaukee Bucks as the only teams in league history to have five straight wins by 25-plus points.Minnesota, which has lost 11 straight in San Antonio, has dropped six of seven games overall. 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The general Town Chief of Kissi Camp, Upper Johnsonville near Kpekpeh Town, over the weekend informed the Daily Observer that several dogs in the community have torn the plastic wrapped around corpses of Ebola victims and are now feeding on parts of the corpses exposed to them.As such, Town Chief Tamba Tengbeh expressed fear of the subsequent outbreak of other diseases in the area since some of dogs are domesticated and could cause harm to the already frightened community dwellers.Chief Tengbeh, in an exclusive interview with this newspaper on Sunday, also complained that the more than 2,000 residents of the area have been suffering an offensive odor of rotting corpses since the bodies were dumped in the nearby Kpanwein River by authorities from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) without proper burial.To that effect, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, told this newspaper via mobile phone a week ago that there is no corpse exposed to create a health hazard or environmental concerns for the Johnsonville residents.He maintained that the MIA bought the parcel of land on which the dead bodies were dumped, and with that, “nobody can tell anybody that the bodies will be removed since they have been under the ground for several weeks.”MIA has up to date not disclosed to this paper the name of the person who sold the parcel of land on which the bodies were dumped; nor have they disclosed the amount on money that was involved in the deal since the land was indeed found to be private property, owned by one Joseph F. Dolo and others. Mr. Dolo’s ownership to the parcel of the land in question has been confirmed by his initials marked on his cornerstones. His father, Emmanuel T. Cole, has also denied any knowledge of the MIA ‘land transaction’.Cognizant of the health hazard upon the community dwellers as dogs were now feeding on some of corpses, Chief Tengbeh has with great fear for the spread of the disease, instructed some of the ‘vulnerable’ youths to cover the exposed bodies with red dirt.He has appealed for government intervention to resolve the impasse in the community.Compounding the problems for the residents and the entire community, Chief Tengbeh said they lack safe drinking water and have also not been provided any Ebola preventive and protective materials.According to him, some of the dogs that fed on those bodies have died, although this paper is yet to confirm that part of the report.Guarded by heavily armed platoons of officers from the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Police Support Unit (PSU) several weeks ago, two mini trucks conveyed the corpses of Ebola victims to be buried in Johnsonville.This dumping of about 45 bodies on the bank of the Kpan-wein River under the heavy guard of police and soldiers immediately created a stampede, with people running in all directions, for fear of being contaminated or afflicted with the Ebola disease.The plan had been to bury the bodies in mass graves dug by a hired yellow machine. But the machine unfortunately got stuck in the mud, where the property meets the mangrove. The yellow machine is yet to be removed since its owner has since gone into hiding for fear of being attacked by the Ebola virus.The Kpanwein River connects the Kpeh-Kpeh Town Community to Whein Town in the east and Chicken Soup Factory on Somalia Drive in the west, as well as Upper and Lower Johnsonville, and many other communities in and around Monrovia.Since the first truckload of corpses arrived Saturday, August 2, residents of the nearby communities vehemently rejected the use of their land to dispose of the bodies.An aggrieved Kpeh-Kpeh Town resident, Carey Daniel, told the Daily Observer that the exact plot of land where the graves are dug is a wetland on the bank of a river that is a source of water for many communities around there. They fear that their wells —from which they get water for drinking and domestic use – will definitely be contaminated, exposing them to the same deadly Ebola and other diseases. Meanwhile, for fear that those dogs might spread the disease among the residents, many inhabitants have reportedly fled to other parts of Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Maher, a fiction about the Liberian civil war, honestly depicts and brings to life the killings of hundreds of innocent civilians on January 18, 2002 in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, when rebels accused them of being supporters of another rebel party.Ordered to alight the trucks after they were trucked over the Maher River, these innocent civilians were killed in horrific fashion like beheadings before being thrown into the water below. Despite some shortcomings, the film does not avoid portraying the incessant massacre of innocents in their homes and on the streets, or even the mowing down of a roomful of terrified girls in the film’s most harrowing sequence.Maher, ‘Black Rain’ in Bomi, is a movie based on testimonies of some survivors who managed to escape by either jumping into the river or finding ways to fake their deaths. Barbara Smith, an American journalist who worked undercover with the rebels, filmed their massacres with her secret pen and camera.As the action intensifies, the safety of Barbara Smith, a role played by Stephanie Mary, was the concern of the US government, who requested that she leaves, but refused in order to continue her work.Though she refused, her safety was still a major concern of the US government, as they secretly sent two top commandos to bring her home or get her out. However, it did not take too long before the rebels uncovered Stephanie’s secret act of filming them, which turned the rescue mission into heavy battles between the two US commandos and the rebel fighters.One lesson that Maher teaches us is that people should never sit idly and do nothing when atrocities are being committed.Maher was produced by Derick Synder, who self-funded the whole movie because of his commitment to bring to life stories that many have forgotten.You can witness the movie trailer on YouTube. For sponsorship, you can contact Derick on his number +231 777 587 443.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Caribbean Voice’s newest spokesperson, Garfield Mclean called “G-Mac Citylock”The Caribbean Voice (TCV) has welcomed its newest member, Jamaican reggae and dancehall star, Garfield Mclean, popularly known as “G-Mac Citylock”, to its suicide prevention campaign spokespersons team.The Jamaican star joins a number of other media and entertainment stars on TCV’s spokespersons team including chutney singers: Satish Udairam (Guyana/Florida), Natty Ramotar (T&T/Florida), MC Drew P (Guyana/Canada), reggae singer and university lecturer, Jah (George) Dover (Guyana/California), versatile singer Roger Hinds (Guyana), media personalities Lakshmee Singh, Imran Ahmad and Shanaz Hussain (US).Comprising of mainly volunteers, TCV is engaged in suicide and abuse prevention in the US, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, with plans to officially launch in Canada and Jamaica within the next two years, followed by the rest of the Caribbean region.This organisation’s work is premised on five pillars mainly: advocacy and lobbying,research, information dissemination and awareness building, training through workshops (seminars and outreaches), counselling interventions and building stakeholders’ collaboration for social activism.Others issues which TCV focuses on include: gender-based violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, elderly abuse and, to a lesser extent, drugs and alcohol addictions.G-Mac has been embraced by some of the most influential music practitioners and has been involved in a number of notable collaborations, such as with the reggae legend Ken Boothe, in a remix of his hit song “Everything I Own” and three collaborations with Sizzla Kalonji, including the remix of his hit song “Holding Firm” which garnered rave reviews and accolades.“I am about music that can inspire and elevate, but I am also about fun music that will help people release the stresses of life,” the artiste noted. In fact, G-Mac has released his own suicide prevention song called “Love Your Life” which has added another dimension to his music as he seeks to play a critical role in saving lives.For this inspirational song, “G-Mac Citylock” worked with Beenie Man and Fido Guido from Italy. The song is currently receiving international airplay in Australia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean as efforts are being ramped up to promote suicide prevention.
New West Brom signing Darren Fletcher has told talkSPORT Manchester United did not want him to leave the club.The Red Devils allowed the Baggies to sign Scotland star Fletcher, 31, on a free transfer after 19 years at Old Trafford.But he has insisted manager Louis van Gaal, who called Fletcher his third captain at the weekend, was reluctant to let him exit Manchester United.He told the Sports Bar: “Manchester United are a fantastic club and I’ve got so many great memories there but I feel it’s time for a new challenge for me.“I haven’t had as many games as I would like this season and, after everything I’ve been through, I’m a professional football player. I want to play football and hopefully I can do that at West Brom. They’ve given me the opportunity to do that.“I’m leaving Manchester United but I’ve got so many happy memories and got to know so many great people there I’m leaving with a smile on my face.“I spoke to the manager [Louis van Gaal] about not playing as much as I wanted and the club didn’t really want me to go but they respected my wishes.“The manager and Ed Woodward have been fantastic. I cannot speak highly enough of them. I have great respect for them and how they have dealt with this. They helped me as much as possible and made the move possible. I have to thank them for being professional and catering for my wishes.”And Fletcher has hailed new boss Tony Pulis for making him feel wanted at the Hawthorns.He added: “Tony Pulis, my new gaffer, has been fantastic. He’s a big reason why I am at West Brom. He really, really wanted me.“I had many conversations with him and when you have a manager who believes in you and wants you, as a professional footballer, you want to repay him and it gives you great confidence.”
0Shares0000Nigeria train ahead of their match with Iceland © AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIGELENDZHIK, Russian Federation, Jun 21 – Nigeria take on Iceland on Friday, seeking to salvage their faltering World Cup campaign but wary of the Nordic team’s capacity to go toe to toe with their supposed superiors.Coach Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles — who brought the youngest squad to Russia, with an average age of around 25 years of age — have now won just one of their past 13 games at World Cups. Nigeria reached the knockout phase at the 2014 World Cup, but slipped to a 2-0 defeat in their Group D opener against Croatia in Kaliningrad, courtesy of an Oghenekaro Etebo own-goal and a Luka Modric penalty.Their side, including 19-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, were almost unrecognisable from the team beaten by France in the last 16 four years ago.“Sometimes we were a little bit naive on set pieces but we will work on it,” said Rohr.Iceland are buoyant after what their coach Heimir Hallgrimsson described as a “schoolbook example” of how to defend against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.Messi complained that “Iceland didn’t want to play” but the Nordic minnows, playing in their first-ever World Cup, were unimpressed by the criticism.“Maybe he would have been happier if we had played attacking football and lost 5-0. People can have their opinion about it but we really don’t care,” said goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.The Nigeria game in Volgograd will be “a bit more open,” said the 34-year-old ‘keeper, whose string of saves, most notably from a Messi penalty, kept the 2014 finalists at bay.“Nigeria will be difficult to beat. They are fast and more direct than Argentina. It will be a different game in many ways,” he added.Rohr believes his team could still make it out of a highly competitive group.“We are only one point behind (Iceland) and all is in our hands, so let’s be positive. Let them learn from this defeat (against Croatia) and try to do better,” said the former Bordeaux coach.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The Portugal forward, a five-time Champions League winner, strongly denied the claims and the investigation was originally closed 10 years ago.It reopened in August 2018, shortly before Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September and offered details she initially withheld.Prosecutors announced in July this year that they would not be prosecuting the case because the allegations could not “be proven beyond a reasonable doubt”.The former Manchester United great revealed the allegations had taken a mental toll on him as he sought to protect his children from the reports.“They play with your dignity,” Ronaldo told ‘Good Morning Britain’ in an interview with Piers Morgan that will air on Tuesday.“It’s hard. You have a girlfriend, you have a family, you have kids. When they play with your honesty, it’s bad, it’s hard.“I remember one day I was at home in the living room with my girlfriend watching the television to see the news and they speak about ‘Cristiano Ronaldo this and that.’“I listened to my kids coming down the stairs and I changed the channel because I was embarrassed.“I just changed the channel for Cristiano Jr not to see that they speak bad about his father about a very bad case.”0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he was embarrassed by rape allegations © AFP / Vincenzo PINTOLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he felt “embarrassed” as he tried to shield his family from allegations he raped a woman in the United States.Ronaldo was accused of sexually assaulting Kathryn Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009.
4 However, Yoshida did not touch the ball, which deflected off Kiko Femenia before nestling in the back of the net BEST OF Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update scrap Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions SORRY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Austin’s goal was ruled out with Maya Yoshida in an offside position whoops Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos revealed gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Chalobah was clearly brought down inside the penalty area Austin though he had put Southampton in a commanding position RANKED 4 tense But, as he celebrated with team-mates on the touchline, the strike was ruled out by referee Simon Hooper because Maya Yoshida – who did not touch the ball – was standing in an offside position.Hornets defender Jose Holebas subsequently levelled the game late on following Manolo Gabbiadini’s first-half opener.“It’s ridiculous, they (Watford) shouldn’t be in the game,” Austin said in a post-match broadcast interview.“We score a perfectly good goal, make it 2-0, game’s done and dusted.“The officials cost us two points today. It’s a joke. 4 Southampton forward Charlie Austin branded the controversial decision to disallow his goal in Saturday’s draw with Watford ‘a joke’.Austin looked to have doubled Saints’ one-goal advantage with 24 minutes remaining at St Mary’s when he fired home Nathan Redmond’s cut-back. 4 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Most Read In Football Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest “Our game is just as significant to us as the Manchester derby (on Sunday). Would PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body responsible for match officials) have given him that game? Absolutely not.“To us, this game is even more important. For us to have a referee who, unfortunately on the day, wasn’t quite up to the standard required, it’s hard to take.“I’m not questioning their integrity or their thinking behind what they are actually seeing.“Clearly, he thought he saw Maya Yoshida head the ball in, which begs the question, if that’s what he’s thinking, maybe he shouldn’t be at this level.”Hooper, who consulted assistant Harry Lennard over the disallowed goal, had a busy afternoon on the south coast.After Gabbiadini’s 20th-minute opener, the official denied Watford what looked to be clear penalty when Ryan Bertrand, who had already been booked, scythed down Nathaniel Chalobah.Austin’s strike was then chalked off to the dismay of supporters who have witnessed one win from the last 17 home league games, before Holebas levelled via a deflection off Cedric Soares.Asked about Watford’s penalty incident, Hughes added: “They should have got the penalty.“They (the officials) have got that one wrong as well, that’s a match-defining moment.” Watford boss Javi Gracia, whose side climbed above Manchester United into seventh on goal difference, played down the controversies.Speaking about the penalty incident, the Spaniard said: “I didn’t see it from my position, it’s impossible to know what happened.“But after asking Chalobah he told me it was clear and maybe changed the game from that moment. But I prefer to support the referee’s decision, it’s difficult their job.”Asked about Austin’s disallowed goal, he replied with a wry smile: “If I didn’t see the penalty…” “We go on about VAR (video assistant referee) this, VAR that – help the officials out, clearly they need help.“We play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, the most-watched league in the world, give them all the help they need because clearly they cost us two points today. It’s a joke.“We deserved three points today, but we’ve been let down by the officials and that’s why we didn’t get three points.”At the end of a week where Southampton sacked vice-chairman Les Reed and technical director Martin Hunter, under-pressure manager Mark Hughes looked set to taste Premier League victory for the first time in eight games.Hughes shared Austin’s frustrations and claimed referee Hooper, who was taking charge of only his second top-flight fixture this term, was too inexperienced and below the required standard.“It’s a match-defining moment, it’s a game-changing decision that they’ve got wrong and that’s all we ask for as managers, that the key moments in games when the result is at risk they’ve got to get the correct decision,” said Hughes.“Unfortunately, they didn’t. We’ve been given an inexperienced referee today.“I don’t know how many games he’s had – one, two, four?
The huge Basking Shark is usually found in Donegal waters in summer months.One of Donegal’s most unusual summer visitors has disappeared and left scientists baffled as to why.In recent years our waters have become a hotbed for giant Basking Sharks.Hundreds of the magnificent creatures are usually spotted swimming off our coast from Malin Head to Bundoran, with their huge mouths trawling for plankton. The docile creatures have become a favourite for maritime tourists.However there have been unusually few sightings of the creatures which grow up to an average of eight metres long (26ft).Even more worrying has been almost no sightings of the creatures in the normal hotspot around Malin Head up until last week.Scientists investigating the disappearance suspect the sharks may have by-passed Ireland and traveled to the waters off Scotland instead. They believe the sharks may have gorged themselves earlier in the year and traveled to Scotland instead.Emmett Johnston of the Basking Sharks Study Project, who is based in Inishowen, says unusual winds may have pushed the sharks further out to sea.He said “Preliminary investigations suggest that the sharks travelled from Irish waters to Scottish waters after gorging themselves off Slea Head and the Blaskets early in the year.“In previous seasons the sharks have passed close by Malin Head in mid May to early June but this year we believe that the sharks as a whole may have travelled further offshore than previous years because the Malin front was pushed further west than normal by unusually prevalent Northerly winds in the early summer.”A year on year tracking study currently being undertaken by Scottish Natural Heritage and the University of Exeter also suggest this may be the reason for the shark’s disappearance from Irish waters. Scientists are hoping the sharks will return to Irish waters before the end of the summer so they can continue their research about the mysterious creatures.“Our research teams are ready and waiting with lots of new initiatives aimed at discovering more about these iconic animals to further our campaign to gain protection for the species in Irish waters,” added shark expert Emmett.MYSTERY AS DONEGAL’S ICONIC BASKING SHARKS DISAPPEAR FROM OUR COAST was last modified: July 31st, 2014 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:Basking SharksdisapperancedonegalEmmett Johnston