Twitter Limerick campaigner seeks referendum on animal rights Limerick man celebrating ban on wild animals in circuses TAGSArdpatrick and Kilfinane Hare Coursing ClubcoursingIrish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS)Irish Coursing ClubJohn Carmodylimerick Limerick animal rights group cease operations THE Irish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS) have called for a permanent ban on hare coursing following allegations of animals being “savagely mauled” at a coursing event in County Limerick last weekend.Anti blood sports campaigners captured horrific footage of hares being struck multiple times and mauled into the ground by the muzzled dogs at the Ardpatrick and Kilfinane coursing event.“It exposes the myth of cruelty-free coursing that the government claims has been the result of muzzling greyhounds at Irish hare coursing events,” animal rights activist John Fitzgerald said of the footage.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The cruelty was filmed despite frenzied efforts by the coursing club to prevent filming by positioning vehicles to block the vision and paths of the camera people. The film shows the unfortunate hares being savaged and shows one of them being put down by a dispatcher who is running off the field with the doomed animal,” he explained.ICABS intend to present this latest footage to Arts and Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys as further evidence that “hare coursing is beyond reform and that the so-called regulations introduced to protect hares are worthless”.“Witnessing these appalling scenes at the Ardpatrick and Kilfinane coursing meeting, it was never clearer that the time has come for this shameful bloodsport to be finally banned in Ireland,” an ICABS spokesman told the Limerick Post.“ICABS is again contacting Minister Humphreys, the Taoiseach and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to demand an immediate withdrawal of the 2017-18 coursing licence.”They are also calling on Limerick people to contact their local TDs and urge them to back a ban on hare coursing.Limerick animal rights activist John Carmody described coursing as “a ghastly reminder of how backward and outdated we are as a nation and how indifferent we are to the plight of these gentle creatures”.“How can the Government on one hand ban the use of wild animals in circuses and yet allow this most grotesque activity that has went well beyond its time — from an era when we knew no better?” he asked.There was no response from the Irish Coursing Club at the time of going to print.by Alan [email protected] Previous articleLimerick schools send the Fairtrade messageNext articleFontaine Zing will enhance lovelife in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin NewsLocal NewsFilm footage of County Limerick event sparks call for coursing banBy Alan Jacques – November 23, 2017 3784 Email Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pregnant hares held in Glin coursing compound Print Facebook John marks 21 years at the forefront of animal rights Limerick woman highlights plight of circus elephants
The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. On April 13, the Cambridge Police Department arrested a Harvard College student, a development that sparked concerns on campus and in the larger community. In the days that followed, then-President Drew Faust sent a message to the community expressing her concern, noting that the student was in obvious distress. She called for a better understanding of how that had happened and whether authorities could have interceded earlier and more effectively.To help ensure that the facts surrounding the arrest are clear and that recommendations are made for the future, a review committee was established, chaired by Annette Gordon-Reed, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The committee worked through the summer and plans to issue a final report and recommendations this fall. The Gazette spoke with Gordon-Reed about the committee’s activities so far, and its next steps.Q&AAnnette Gordon-ReedGAZETTE: What was your reaction when you heard the news and saw the footage of the student arrest back in April?GORDON-REED: It was shocking. I know that area well from being a student, and as a professor at the Law School. With the advent of cellphone cameras, videos of police/citizen interactions have become all too familiar. I’ve seen so many videos of that nature, but this was happening in a place I know well. I was in California at the time, and one of my students at the Law School emailed me about what happened pretty soon afterward. I think President Faust was speaking for so many of us when she called the event “profoundly disturbing.”GAZETTE: Shortly after the arrest, a review committee was put together with you as chair. What can you tell us about the work the committee has been doing?GORDON-REED: It has been a really busy summer for us. We’ve had about seven meetings with the whole committee together, as well as additional subcommittee-type meetings to discuss specific issues. When the formation of the review committee was announced, we created an email address to get community input. Our first order of business was to read through the dozens of messages that came in. Then we gathered a lot of survey data and reports on topics that came up in the messages and in conversations in the immediate aftermath of the event. We got copies of the protocols that Harvard College, the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD), and Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) follow in emergency situations, and of documentation of what happened on the night of the incident. The Committee met with representatives from the College, HUHS, and HUPD, and spoke with students, including representatives of Black Students Organizing for Change. We also met with John Wilson, who is advising President Larry Bacow on, among other things, the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. Unfortunately, given that they are currently undergoing an independent review of this incident, the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) was unable to meet with us.So overall it was a lot of information to take in, but necessary to what we are trying to accomplish. We see the scope of our review as looking at three distinct phases of activity: 1) the events leading up to the incident; 2) the circumstances of the incident itself; and 3) the community reaction to it. From all our discussions, one thing is clear: Everyone shares the goal of making sure our students are safe and have resources available to them when they need them.GAZETTE: Although you did not meet with them, are you also reviewing the actions of the CPD?GORDON-REED: At the end of the day, the protocols and practices of CPD are beyond the scope of our charge, and beyond the scope of our authority, actually. The review committee was asked to “identify opportunities for improvement across a range of institutional activities” at Harvard. Our overriding goal is to determine what actions we can take here at Harvard to address the concerns this incident has raised for our community.GAZETTE: What kind of concerns have you been hearing?GORDON-REED: Well, there have been some consistent themes in what people have been reporting to us. First, we heard many different understandings of what to expect from an emergency response. There was confusion on the part of some about why a call to HUHS would result in police coming to the scene, while others always assume the police will be involved as first responders to medical emergencies. And a lot of people talked about the three phone numbers on the back of the Harvard ID. It’s important for us all to understand how members of the community are choosing which number to call, and what assumptions are driving those choices.We’ve also heard that many would have liked HUPD to have been on the scene that night, even though the incident occurred off campus. What can we expect from HUPD in incidents that occur off campus? So it’s a combination of evaluating our current practices while at the same time trying to understand what the community’s expectations are. This is a challenge that takes on particular urgency as we expand our campus and think about students passing through multiple jurisdictions as they move from the Yard to new facilities in Allston.We also heard questions about whether our campus resources are serving all members of our community well. The community reaction to the April incident highlighted the need to better understand the concerns that members of our community who feel vulnerable have about their safety, and what they experience when they try to get access to health and other resources.And finally, there were real concerns expressed about the levels of dangerous drinking that occurred at the College’s Yardfest event. This year there were 18 medical transports, which is an eye-popping increase compared with past years. That clearly was a strain on first-responder resources.GAZETTE: What has surprised you most about this process so far?GORDON-REED: How many moving parts there are. So many different entities touch the lives of our students on a daily basis. I knew this, of course. But when something like this incident happens, something so out of the ordinary, you have to pause and go over every single relevant part of the system to see what worked and what could have worked better. It really hits you what a complicated mechanism this is. But we can’t let complexity keep us from progress. The most important thing is that we all learn from this event, and do everything we can to improve our collective practices, and hopefully our report will help us reach that goal.GAZETTE: So what’s next for the committee?GORDON-REED: Well, an important part of our charge was to carry out “broad levels of student engagement.” We see this as essential to our ability to get this right and make useful recommendations. Our targeted outreach over the summer was informative, but we need much more input than we could get when students were away from campus. So, we’re running focus groups at the start of the semester to get the input we need. The groups will largely consist of students, but we will also have a focus group for tutors and proctors, who live in the Houses and Yard dorms and have an important perspective on the undergraduate experience. Invitations to students to participate will be circulated by the deans of students at the Schools in the next few days.We also encourage people to write to us at [email protected] Once all this information has been collected, and we’ve been able to digest it, we’ll make recommendations to President Bacow. We had hoped to deliver recommendations before the start of the semester, but as we began to unpack all the questions inherent in this situation, it became very clear that more time was needed. It is more important to us that our recommendations reflect the insights of students and other members of the community. We look forward to learning from the focus-group conversations this fall.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Mike Holmes expected the Pittsburgh routine. First-and-10 on the Panthers’ first offensive play of the game would be simple enough. They’d go with the bread and butter. Run the ball up the gut with Dion Lewis or Ray Graham. Syracuse stacked nine in the box, expecting the same thing. Sixteen seconds later, Pittsburgh wide receiver Devin Street was standing in the end zone after a simple bubble screen opened up a 79-yard scamper for the touchdown. ‘Statistically, (running) on first downs, yeah, we were surprised,’ Holmes said. ‘When we look at the breakdowns of the film, they usually run on first down. That’s always in the back of your mind.’ Pittsburgh’s pass-heavy attack started on its first offensive play of the game, and it continued until the Panthers blew open a game that turned into a 45-14 blowout Saturday. Thrown for a loop, the SU defense couldn’t adjust. Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri completed 17 of 24 pass attempts, finishing the day with 266 yards and four touchdowns. The aerial assault produced key third-down conversions that led to big plays. Soon, the Orange found itself looking at a three-touchdown deficit heading into halftime. And it all started from the beginning.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Right from the beginning,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said when asked, simply, what went wrong Saturday. ‘First play. Bubble. There you go. Seventy-eight yards. ‘I thought we did a nice job responding and coming back, and then all of a sudden, it’s a wheel route. And then all of a sudden, we’re short on a route. They make a good play on third down, or we don’t separate enough.’ Perhaps it should have been expected. In five of its six games this season, Pittsburgh has started out the game with a pass play. But the volume of passes thereafter and the consistency of the game plan haven’t been seen this year. Marrone and his staff prepared for a Pittsburgh team that has accumulated 53 percent of its rushing yards on first down. The Panthers use their two-headed monster at running back — Lewis and Graham — to open up the passing game. Against Syracuse, they did the opposite. ‘The very first play of the game, they ran a bubble screen,’ SU defensive end Chandler Jones said. ‘And then they started throwing for the rest of the game. It was pretty shocking, them throwing the ball. Because they usually don’t throw the ball.’ Added SU safety Phillip Thomas: ‘We’re a stop-the-run team first.’ Sunseri attempted 16 passes in the first half and completed 12 of them, three of which went for touchdowns. The Orange couldn’t make the adjustments. SU’s game plan was to stack the box with eight or nine defenders. Safeties Thomas and Max Suter positioned themselves to stop the expected rushing attack. But Pittsburgh max-protected, passed repeatedly and took shots downfield. The run-leaning defense got exposed, frequently leaving SU cornerbacks Holmes and Da’Mon Merkerson one-on-one with the two 6-foot-5 behemoth threats at wide receiver, sophomore Mike Shanahan and junior Jon Baldwin. ‘As aggressive as they were trying to stop the run,’ Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt said, ‘we felt like we had to throw the ball to try and get them off our backs. ‘The plan was good. We executed well enough to win.’ There were big plays, like the 79-yard strike from Sunseri to Street and the 30-yard connection between Sunseri and Shanahan. And there were crucial third-down conversions. When the Panthers opened a three-touchdown lead in the second quarter, they went 4-of-6 in third-down situations. Two on a drive that would lead to the 30-yard touchdown pass. And two on a drive that would lead to a one-yard touchdown run by Lewis. ‘Pitt did a good job of three-step dropping and getting rid of the ball fast,’ Jones said. ‘That’s something we definitely need to work on.’ When Lewis powered his way into the end zone on the one-yard rush, it was not the norm. Lewis and Graham combined to rush 13 times in the first half, while Sunseri attempted 16 passes. By that time, the Pittsburgh routine was out the window. So was the game. And no one saw it coming. ‘They just executed better than we did on defense,’ Holmes said. ‘There were certain drives where you could see the defense executed, and we played with them. But on certain ones, we just didn’t execute.’ [email protected] Published on October 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Tipp senior footballers must make a mark at home in their next 2 games, according to one player.The Premier’s form hasn’t been great at home in recent seasons, and another loss at home to Roscommon in the early stages of the League only cemented that status.Tipp welcome Meath to Semple Stadium on Saturday evening – both teams sit on 3 points with 1 win, 1 loss and 1 draw each. John Meagher says they need to make it tough for teams to come to Thurles…Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Saturdays Allianz Football League round four, Tipperary versus Meath comes in association with Premier Meats Gladstone Street Clonmel, AND! Get Your Locks Off Market Street Clonmel;