first_imgCarpio 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Last year, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the invitation, saying: “Putin has a long and, you may say, friendly relationship with Blatter.”Blatter voted for Russia to host the World Cup when it won a four-candidate contest in December 2010.As FIFA’s CEO-general secretary, Blatter oversaw preparations for each World Cup from 1982 to 1998. He was elected FIFA president on the eve of the 1998 World Cup in France, and headed football’s world governing body for four more tournaments through 2014.A Swiss criminal proceeding was opened against Blatter in September 2015 for alleged financial misconduct, but no charges have been filed. Using allegations from that case, FIFA’s ethics committee opened its own inquiry and banned him for eight years. It was reduced to six by FIFA’s appeals panel.His presence in Moscow can be an awkward distraction for FIFA and its new president, Gianni Infantino, who comes from a neighboring town in the same Swiss canon (state) as his predecessor.Blatter remains an instantly recognizable, if often polarizing, figure to generations of football fans.“I just saw him and said I have to take a picture with him,” Mexico fan Maximiliano Vazquez said after taking a photograph with Blatter. “He was friendly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The 82-year-old Blatter is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule.But the FIFA ban doesn’t prevent him from attending games and he’s expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. He plans to see Brazil play in St. Petersburg on Friday.“Then the next day (Thursday) I will travel to see Costa Rica beat your country,” Blatter joked to a Brazilian reporter.He is traveling with his partner Linda Barras on his first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg.Blatter shared the draw ceremony stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian leader this week.ADVERTISEMENT Guessing game: Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron’s plans Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)MOSCOW — Banned by FIFA, Sepp Blatter was back at the World Cup on Tuesday expecting to see two games and hopefully Russian President Vladimir Putin.The former FIFA president landed in Moscow to fulfil a two-year-old invitation from the host nation’s leader. Both did essential work to help ensure Russia won the tournament hosting rights eight years ago.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I am the guest of the organizing committee, but they will make an arrangement to see the president if it were possible,” Blatter told reporters at a five-star hotel in central Moscow, adding a meeting with Putin “has not yet been fixed.”“But I am a guest. I take the program they are offering to me, and I am happy to be here,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBlatter posed for photographs with fans from Mexico and Portugal on arriving at his downtown base after flying from Zurich.The one-time globe-trotting football leader, with a famed capacity to defy jet lag, has rarely flown in recent years since American and Swiss investigators unsealed sweeping investigations in May 2015 of corruption and bribery linked to international soccer and marketing officials, including some FIFA vice presidents. He announced his intention to resign days later. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Copa Libertadores saga ends as River Plate wins in Madrid ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 “Just having Anthony on the floor means everything,” Gentry said. “He might have been closer to 50 percent than 100 percent, but he was still giving us great defense and grabbing big rebounds.”With Davis missing or ineffective on the offensive end, Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle took over. Holiday scored 37 points on 14-of-22 shooting and Randle added 28 points, six rebounds and five assists. “We just executed our game plan,” Randle said. “Everything was coming extremely easily for Jrue and when he gets rolling, he doesn’t miss.”Griffin scored 35 points for Detroit, Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds, and Langston Galloway added a season-best 24.“Even when Anthony is out, that’s a very solid team with a lot of weapons,” Griffin said. “We knew how we wanted to handle Jrue, but we didn’t execute.”The Pistons have lost four straight.“Jrue Holiday was a really tough challenge for Bruce (Brown) to handle by himself, and even when we sent Reggie (Jackson) over to help, he still had his way with us,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We are getting great looks on the other end, but we’ve got to knock them down.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Davis left with a right hip injury after a first-quarter collision with Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin and missed the rest of the first half.When he came back early in the third quarter, he was moving slowly and only scored three points, matching the three he had before the injury. However, he also had five blocks and nine rebounds against Griffin and Andre Drummond to help the Pelicans win 116-108.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 Chriss Drummond had 10 offensive rebounds for the 22nd time in his career — Tyson Chandler is second among active players with 15 — but Gentry thought his defense did just enough against Detroit’s center.“You can block him out on every shot, and he’s just going to go over you and get rebounds,” Gentry said. “I thought we got the big rebounds we needed down the stretch.”Holiday had 18 points in the first half, and New Orleans led by 11 before the Pistons cut it to 56-50.Davis returned at the first stoppage in the third quarter and helped the Pelicans take a 78-62 lead midway through the period. He was clearly limited on the offensive end but was able to get stops on defense.Griffin and Galloway combined for 26 points in the period and had the Pistons within four points until Tim Frazier’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer made it 91-84 going to the fourth.“We were getting a lot of stops late in the quarter, and that lets me get into transition and get my shots,” Galloway said. “We just needed to keep that going.”Detroit quickly narrowed the gap to 93-91, but the Pelicans responded with a 7-1 run to take an eight-point lead.“I think we lead the NBA in wide-open shots, but we have to start knocking them down,” Griffin said.Drummond missed two free throws with 4:03 left, then fouled Randle at the other end. He hit both shots to make it 107-98, and the Pelicans held on to win.TIP INS Pelicans: New Orleans has won 16 of its last 20 against Detroit, including 12 of the last 13. … Gentry, who coached the Pistons from 1997-2000, is 16-5 against them as a head coach.Pistons: Galloway has hit at least four 3-pointers six times in the last 15 games. .. Reggie Jackson missed his first five shots and didn’t score until 4:26 remained in the game.DAVIS IN BOSTON?Davis went for more medical tests after the game, and Gentry wasn’t sure if he would play Monday in Boston.“A lot of times, it is the next day that these really hurt,” he said. “We’re not even 30 games into the season, and we’re going to be very cautious with this. If he’s ready, he’ll play, but only if he’s ready.”UP NEXTPelicans: At Boston on Monday night.Pistons: At Philadelphia on Monday night. New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) drives against Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Alvin Gentry knew he needed Anthony Davis.The New Orleans Pelicans coach didn’t get his star at 100 percent. It was still enough.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCity suffered their fourth defeat in nine league matches as they were beaten 2-1 at Newcastle on Tuesday in a lethargic display.They were without the leadership skills of club captain Vincent Kompany, who has made only six league starts this season because of injuries.Guardiola, though, has rejected the idea that he does not have the players willing to take responsibility in the absence of the Belgian.“Of course, there are guys with a huge personality to talk, to communicate, but that is only worth so much,” he said.“I am not going to call out a guy who is shy, who expresses himself with a lot of character on the pitch, but off the pitch is more quiet and doesn’t talk too much with his mates.”The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added: “I met incredible players who didn’t speak one word. And I saw a lot of players who speak a lot in the locker room, ‘I want to do that’, and afterwards, when they go out on the pitch and they are under pressure, say ‘I don’t want the ball and I don’t want to defend’. There are so many of these kinds.“It is one thing to say that players don’t have the personality to do that. I think we can do more, of course, me above anyone, but I think we have it.”– Serial winner –Guardiola has won the domestic league title in seven of his nine seasons as a senior coach, but on six of those occasions his team led the table from autumn onwards.The one exception was in 2009-10, when his Barcelona side swapped places with Real Madrid for several weeks before finally pulling away in early April with a 2-0 victory at the Bernabeu Stadium in El Clasico.Even that season, Barcelona were always either leading or within one victory of the top. Guardiola has never before, at this stage of a campaign, succeeded in clawing back the size of deficit he now faces and admits it is a new challenge.“Pressure comes day by day,” he said. “That is why I like the Premier League. I like the competition. You have to play as well as possible to win games in the way you want to play. That is the pleasure I have and we feel as a team and as a manager. The titles are a consequence of that.”“But if the other team are top at the end, then when we are done, we will shake the hands of the champions and we will try again next season,” he added.During last season’s filming of “All or Nothing”, the Amazon documentary about the club, Guardiola told his players they were the best team in the Premier League, and possibly Europe.He said he still feels that way. “Yeah, definitely,” he said. “Because I believe. I love them, I like them, I trust them. I said many times. So of course I believe it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are five points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Pep Guardiola is convinced that Manchester City have enough leaders to chase down a significant points deficit in the league, something he has never previously achieved as a manager.Guardiola’s side go into Sunday’s Premier League home match against Arsenal in third place, five points behind leaders Liverpool with 14 games to play.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars fans shout their support to the team during the African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has asked fans to turn out in large numbers when the team takes on Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in the return leg of the African nations Championship (CHAN) first round return leg at Kasarani on Sunday evening.Referring to European champions Liverpool, Migne has asked the fans to fill up Kasarani and create a charging atmosphere especially after the Football Kenya Federation lowered gate charges for the tie to a flat rate of Sh100. “I would like the fans to come out and support us. Liverpool is a good example; They are the European champions but their fans are one of the best in the world. Every time they are with the team even when it’s difficult, I would like the same for us. I would like to see lots of fans and a full stadium if it’s possible,” the French tactician stated.Having picked up a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Dar es Salaam last weekend, Stars will need a win to go through to the second qualifying round against Sudan.A 0-0 draw will take the game to penalties while a scoring draw will see the Tanzanians go through.Migne is hopeful that his team, can find a good balance between offense and defense, to avoid conceding and ensure they score as well.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne looks at his clock during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on May 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I hope we will be able to win before penalties. We have worked on it, to try and develop a better offensive link up. It is not so bad and we have improved since 10 days ago. Now we have to confirm,” the tactician noted.He added; “It will be necessary to remain compact defensively but also to find a good balance offensively.”Meanwhile, midfielder Whyvonne Isuza has also urged fans to come out in large numbers and support the team, promising they will do their best.“When we played in Tanzania, whenever they attacked, their fans were always in their voices urging them on. We hope that we can also have the same at home. The 12th man will be very vital for us. We will go there and do our best and win,” Isuza added.Kenya has never qualified for the CHAN tournament but Migne is confident his side can pick up a result and push for a first ever qualification.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgGLENSWILLY GAA NOTESPOSITION AT THE CLUBIf anyone is interested in taking on a position at the clubhouse on a TUS scheme (male and female), they are asked to contact chairman Peter McConnell. PITCHAll managers and mentors are reminded that the main pitch is closed for the foreseeable future. Alternative arrangements for training and games have been put in place.LADIESThe ladies team had a good win against a much improved MacCumhaills side on Sunday.Their next game is away to Termon next Sunday 29th May. Time to be confirmed but expected to be around 10.30am Under 14 girls are now training on Mondays at the training pitch at 6.15pm. All players are urged to attend.Under 12 girls play this Wednesday 25th May at 6.30pm in Milford. Next week they play Termon, date to be confirmed.QUIZThe club table quiz takes place this Friday 27th May in Callaghans of Churchill.Teams of four, please support.SUMMER CAMP Volunteers needed for Summercamp 2016. Camp takes place Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th August.If you are willing to help for a day or more please contact Bernie Lapsley on 086 3638204.It is essential that all volunteers aged over 16 have completed Garda Vetting.Please go to and follow the link for vetting. For further vetting information contact AnneMarie McDaid.BINGOBumper bingo continues in the hall each and every Wednesday night starting at 9pm. Over €2,000 in cash prizes are paid out each night with €500 being paid out on the 9th game. Glenswilly Bingo is the only place to play bingo on a Wednesday night! Get there early and get your eyes down to win some cash!LOTTO The winner of last week’s club lotto was Martin Mongan of Letterkenny who matched 3 numbers. The winning numbers were 8,11,22 and 24. The club lottos are available at all local outlets and from any member of the lotto committee.MONTHLY MEETINGThe monthly meeting of the club’s minor board and general meeting will take place next Monday. Minor board meeting saris at 7.55pm while the general meeting starts at 9pm.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY SEEK PERSON TO WORK IN CLUBHOUSE was last modified: May 24th, 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

first_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes revealed What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 3 Neymar scored two goals for Brazil at the World Cup Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most Read in Football The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest “I want to have success with that club and I hope next season could be wonderful.”After signing from Real Madrid in August 2017, Neymar won the domestic treble in his first season with PSG.He scored 25 goals and made 13 assists in all competitions for the French giants.Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid fuelled speculation that Neymar could complete a move to the Bernabeu. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP ALTERED NEW ERA Neymar ended all transfer speculation as he committed his future to Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazilian striker has been continuously linked to Real Madrid after a remarkable season in Ligue 1. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BEST OF Neymar joined PSG for £198m in 2017 gameday cracker Speaking at a charity auction, the £198m star confirmed that he will not be leaving Parc des Princes.Neymar said: “I’m staying. I’m staying in Paris.“I have a contract. Most of the speculation is by the media.“Everyone knows my objective, why I went to Paris. predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings silverware But Madrid issued a statement to put an end to the rumours, which read: “In the face of the constant reports linking PSG’s Neymar Jr. to our club, Real Madrid C. F. wish to clarify that the club has no intention of making any offer for the player.“The two clubs enjoy an excellent relationship and, as such, if Real Madrid were at any stage to consider securing the services of a PSG player, they would approach the club in the first instance.” Cristiano Ronaldo completed a £99m switch to the Italian giantslast_img read more

first_imgThe recently formed 17th Donegal (Clonmany) Scout group held their first Investiture evening when all new members become officially members of Scouting Ireland.They only formed in recent months but have progressed so well, that they now boast over 25 adult volunteers and over almost 65 youth members in their ranks.The Investiture was held in St. Mary’s Hall to cater for the large numbers, including Errigal Scout County Commissioner, Dessie Taylor and representatives from other Scouting Groups from Errigal Scout County. is delighted to carry some pictures of the group and wish them well in the future. SCOUTS ABOUT THAT? CLONMANY HAS FIRST HISTORIC MEETING was last modified: March 25th, 2012 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:Clonmany Scoutslast_img read more

first_imgPaddy Power have ranked Harps as 20-1 outsiders to upset the odds against St Pat’s on Sunday.Paddy Power has priced Finn Harps at an incredible 20-1 to upset the odds and defeat St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup semi-final on Sunday.Harps have been notoriously difficult to beat all season and have enjoyed a solid campaign under the guidance of Ollie Horgan.This season is the first time since 1999 that Harps have reached an FAI cup semi-final, but Paddy Power has completely dismissed their chances of causing an upset on Sunday by pricing them at 20-1. Donegal were 10-1 outsiders in some bookmakers against Dublin, and Harps are double the odds to repeat the same feat and upset the Dubs in their own backyard.Many felt those odds were disrespectful to Donegal and the same is being said about Harps.In a two horse, to price a team at 20-1 is disrespectful, and it’s bound to give Ollie Horgan added motivation to cause an upset, although they’ll hardly need anymore motivation with the carrot of an FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium on offer.Odds of a draw are 7-1 to won, and that’s a great bet when you consider the amount of matches Harps have drawn this season coupled with how well they’re organised under Horgan. It’s been reported that Harps have sold in the region of 400 tickets for Sunday’s cup clash which is also being televised live on TV on RTE Two at 1.45pm.  FAI CUP SEMI-FINAL: HARPS A WHOPPING 20-1 TO UPSET ST.PAT’S IN FAI CUP was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:fai cupfinn harpsnewsPaddy POwerSportlast_img read more

first_imgThe countdown to St.Patrick’s Day is on and all over Letterkenny people are working on their entries.As one of the biggest parades in the County we are keen to see as many entries as possible.St. Patrick’s Day is an important event in the calendar and the Letterkenny Parade is a great family event each year. Everyone loves to see sporting clubs, dance groups, youth groups, clubs and societies getting involved, making it a fin and lively parade for the thousands of spectators.This year Letterkenny Athletics Club will be holding the inaugural St.Patrick’s Day 5k family fun run/jog/walk along the parade route.Starting at 1.15pm it will attract people of all ages and they are especially encouraging families to take part.There will be the serious runners but this is a fun race to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day. Toni Forrester from Letterkenny Chamber told Donegal Daily, “We were approached by Letterkenny AC and some other interested parties and we thought this would be a great fit with the parade.“Registration, the route and the prize giving will all take place in the town centre on the afternoon of the parade and we would love to see as many people as possible getting involved.“At just €8 per adult and children going free it is a reasonable day out for the family and you don’t have to be athletic to take part as the emphasis is on fun.“An Grianán Theatre is opening specially from 11.30am for registration and the prize giving for the 5k will be at the viewing platform at Market Square just before the parade.The Parade starts as usual at 3pm on Tuesday 17th March making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town. On the day the independent judges view the parade with various categories in mind including community, sports, youth, band and dance.Each category winner receives a plaque and the overall winning entry receives the Danny Doherty Perpetual Plaque plus a cheque for €500.To enter a float or for more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email anne@letterkennychamber.comTHE COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR THE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

first_imgThe humpback dolphin is named for the conspicuous raised part of its back. (Image: Whale and Dolphin Conservation            Society) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Stephanie Plön  Marine mammal scientist, Bayworld  +27 41 5840650 RELATED ARTICLES • Centre for the protection of penguins • A hefty boost for conservation • Raggies to help shark conservation • Blue Flag beaches for holiday seasonEmily van RijswijckThe Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) in the Eastern Cape is working on improving safety for all beach users and, in doing so, creating a safer environment for the elusive, shore-loving humpback dolphin.The Beachfront Aquatic Safety Zones proposed by the city’s Department of Public Health are geared to creating dedicated, formalised play zones for personal watercraft such as jet skis and rubber ducks.Because the craft pose safety threats to swimmers and other sea users their use has, up to now, been limited to certain areas, but the arrangement has been informal and, largely, seasonal. The new regulations will enforce the limitations at all times.It is not only humans who are under threat from noisy sea vehicles. Studies have found that the high pitch of the engines of motorised craft disturbs marine wildlife, particularly whales and dolphins.While the municipality confirmed that it will re-examine the feasibility of creating a dedicated marine sanctuary in Algoa Bay, a suggestion that has been made in the past, it is unlikely to take such a decision any time soon.Instead, it will limit the use of motorised watercraft in certain areas and, in so doing, enhance the environment for marine wildlife. The municipality hopes that in time strict management will create a safe sanctuary not only for the many swimmers, surfers and paddle skiers who make use of the bay, but also for vulnerable species.The proposal will be put to the council at the end of March, after which it will go through the obligatory public participation process, before being formalised.The proposed motorised watercraft areas are at King’s Beach, north of the power craft launch point and south of the surfing area known as The Fence; the area between Hobie Beach and Barneys; and the area at Millers Beach, provided there are no surfers there.Protecting marine wildlifePods of dolphins – both the more common bottlenose (found in bigger groups) and the rarer Indian humpback (in very small groups), who use the shallow water around the reef areas of Algoa Bay for social interaction and feeding – are a common sight in the bay and can be observed easily as they often feed and play close to land, says Dr Stephanie Plön, marine mammal scientist based at Bayworld Museum in Port Elizabeth.Another attraction is the rare and equally vulnerable African penguin – St Croix Island near Port Elizabeth is home to the biggest colony of these birds.Research on the humpback, undertaken by one of Plön’s students, has revealed recent behavioural changes in the dolphins and a decrease in the size of their groups.“Humpbacks are very rare and very prone to human disturbance. Where before groups of seven members were common, this has now halved, and these dolphins also appear to be feeding less and traveling more,” says Plön.Similar behavioural changes, observed by scientists studying the African penguin, are the result of a lack of food.Humpback dolphin trailA little more than a year ago the NMBM completed the construction of a dedicated humpback dolphin trail running from Pollock Beach in the northwest to Flat Rock to the south.The beautiful raised walkway, constructed from hardy recycled plastic, runs along the edge of the beach, with the natural dune habitat kept intact.Offering an easy 2.3 km walk in one direction, the development also includes a cycle or skateboard track and is well lit at night.Public information boards with colourful depictions of common species to look out for can be seen along the way.last_img read more