‘Outstanding’ crowd gives Azkals major boost vs Tajiks

first_imgPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETIt’s not everyday that history unfolds before our eyes.But for the 4,600 fans, who trooped inside the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, they bore witness to Philippine football reaching new heights after the Azkals beat Tajikistan, 2-1, to advance to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Younghusband delivered the penalty kick and bagged his 50th international goal that triggered the bedlam.“All the players are so appreciative of everyone who watched and supported, even the ones at home, especially who came to the Grandstand. They gave us the push and gave us the added confidence to come back,” he said.It was a monumental win and the players know that it’s just the beginning.“Hopefully, I want us to be the Iceland in the Asian Cup,” said team manager Dan Palami as he hopes that the Philippines draw inspiration from Iceland’s recent accomplishments punctuated by a berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.“We’ll not just be there to participate. We’re going there to compete, fully prepared, and we want to make sure that we make an impact in the Asian stage,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palami mulls over ‘another role’ in PH football after Azkals’ historic win 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments “When we were down 0-1, they pushed us forward and it was a big factor,” admitted Ingreso, who committed a costly foul inside the box that led to the Tajik penalty goal.He did atone for that blunder, catching a perfectly timed cross from Iain Ramsay and scoring the header in the 73rd minute to tie the score up at one goal apiece.“I want to thank every single one who was in the stands today. We have to be thankful. The crowd was outstanding today and they really pushed us forward,” said Ingreso.“Just looking up when were 1-nil down and they’re cheering us for every tackle, every header, every shot, that was the difference for us coming back,” Phil Younghusband said.But an audience as rabid as Filipinos deserved more than just a draw, and a chance was given after Nazarov was called for a handball in the 90th minute, giving the Azkals a chance to win the match.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think we made history today for Philippine football,” said midfielder Kevin Ingreso. “Everyone here, in the pitch, around the pitch, together all Filipinos. I can’t describe my feelings right now. I think it takes a few weeks to let it sink, to believe what we achieved. But we totally deserve the win today for the way we fought.”But the historic night wouldn’t have been possible if not for the raucous crowd.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 crownAfter Nazarov Akhtam put the visitors up, 1-0, in the 62nd minute, the air was seemingly sucked out of the venue as the Azkals were put in a precarious situation.The crowd, however, gave the Azkals a much needed lift they needed, cheering for every tackle, every shot, and every chance the home squad got throughout the match.last_img read more

8 PH teams compete in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A slew of Filipino talent will represent the Philippines in the upcoming FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open at SM Sands By the Bay.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “It’s been very rewarding for us players… and I hope this becomes a step to creating national training pool,” added Tan.Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte of the men’s division champions Team Ato Ni Bai earned are the top male talents for the Philippines in the World Tour with Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto of Team UV, Randan Abdilla and Edwin Tolentino of Air Force, and KR Guzman and Henry Pecaña of Team Tigers.Reigning champion Team Tagum-PNP, composed of Lourdilyn Catubag and Karen Quilario, Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño of Team Ilo-Ilo, Soriano and Tan of Seafront Residences, and the team of Dzi Gervacio and Cherry Rondina complete the women’s contingent of the Philippines.Twelve teams were drawn in the men’s division and 16 for the women’s division and the Philippines, being the host of the tournament, was given four slots each.The champion team, for both the male and female categories, will receive $1,000 with the second and third placers receiving $700 and $500, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Guarding elite players helps Parks take his game to the next level Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The champions teams from the Beach Volleyball Republic will have the Philippine flag on their gear when they compete in the men’s and women’s divisions of the one-star FIVB tournament scheduled from May 3-6.There will be eight Filipino teams, four for each division, which have a chance to show how far the country has come when it comes to the sport in the first FIVB beach volleyball event in the country.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 crownSoriano, who founded BVR with Tan, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Gervacio, and Alexa Micek, said seeing local talents in the World Tour is a testament of to the hard work of the Filipinos who dreamt of putting beach volleyball into the public’s consciousness.“We’re very excited because we fulfilled our passion and that is evident right now,” said Soriano during the press conference Thursday at Coconut Club in Bonifacio Global City.last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: THE SANDWICH COMPANY, LETTERKENNY IS LOOKING FOR A MANAGER

first_imgA manager is required for the Sandwich Company on Main Street in Letterkenny.The Sandwich Company on Main Street in Letterkenny.The position will see the successful applicant manage this busy coffee shop and bakery.Experience in the catering industry is essential. If you think that you have the experience to fill such a post then send your CV to paul@gmcc.ie JOB VACANCY: THE SANDWICH COMPANY, LETTERKENNY IS LOOKING FOR A MANAGER was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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:donegalletterkennyThe Sandwich CompanyVacancylast_img read more

The Press Pass – Sunday, June 18

first_imgDarren Lewis is joined by Charlie Wyett and Adrian Clarke to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.The trio look into Cristiano Ronaldo’s current situation at Real Madrid and ask whether he can be convinced to stay in LaLiga despite ongoing investigations into his tax case by Spanish authorities.Plus, the panel discuss Antonio Conte’s power struggle at Chelsea and Jordan Pickford becoming the most expensive British goalkeeper of all-time.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR SET DOWN MARKER WITH GOOD WIN OVER NAOMH MUIRE

first_imgKILCAR GAA CLUB NOTESOur seniors and reserves were in Senior Championship action last Saturday evening in Towney against Naomh Mhuire in the opening matches of Group 4.Very wet conditions made for difficult conditions on the day our senior won by 2-13 to 0-08 scorers were Stephen McBrearty 0-05, Patrick McBrearty 1-01 Ciaran McGinley 0-03, Eoin McHugh 0-02, Darragh O’Donnell 1-00 Mark Sweeney 0-01 and Aodhan McGinley 0-01 while our reserves won by 2-09 to 1-05 with goals from Eoin O’Donnell and Gerard McBrearty. Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta 2015Guímid gach rath ar ár dhá fhoireann atá ag glacadh páirt i gComórtas Peile na Gaeltachta í Árd a’ Ratha ag an deireadh seachtaine. Beidh an foireann sinsir ag imirt in éadan Bhulf Tón, Na Mí ag 18.00 Dé Satharn, agus beidh foireann na mBán ag imirt in éadan Maigh Cuilinn, Co na Gaillimhe ina na Gleanntaí ag 15.45 ar Dé Satharn chomh mhaith..UnderageOur Under 12s beat Naomh Mhuire 3-07 to 1-03 in Towney on Wednesday next up is Naomh Columba away on Wednesday at 6:30pm, our Under 14s play Bundoran on Monday in Towney. LadiesOur ladies defeated Cloughneely in Towney 6-10 to 3-05 on Wednesday and were unlucky against Naomh Columba on Sunday evening losing out by a point.Coláiste na Carraige Awards NightGAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail will be the guest of honour at this year’s Coláiste na Carraige awards night which is on in Coláiste na Carraige on Thursday 28th May at 7pm everyone is welcome to attend.Armagh v Donegal TicketsTickets for the Armagh game can be ordered on Wednesday from 9-10 and Thursday 7-8 in the office in Towney. Anyone away from home can order by emailing secretary.kilcar.donegal@gaa.ie NO orders will be taken after this.Top of FormClub App We have 176 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €3,100 this week’s numbers were: 3, 4, 8 and 18 winners were: €50 Eugene and Mary McCloskey (Curris) €30 Colm Boyle (Kilcausey) and €20 Liam Doherty Jnr (Leitir). Lotto Plus numbers 2, 20, 28 and 30 there was no winner.Bingo Club Bingo winners were €150 Bernard Shovlin, €140 Francis Cunnningham, €100 Pamela Bonner, Brid Byrne, Emer Doherty, €80 John Cunningham, Mary Carr (Shalway), €70 Denise Boyle, Mary Gallagher and Maire Doogan. The Jackpot on Sunday is €4,600 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: KILCAR SET DOWN MARKER WITH GOOD WIN OVER NAOMH MUIRE was last modified: May 26th, 2015 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:Kilcar GAA club noteslast_img read more

Clint Dempsey calls time on footballing career

first_imgFormer Fulham and Tottenham ace Clint Dempsey has announced his retirement from football aged 35.American Dempsey played for four different clubs and made an impressive 141 appearances for his country over a 14-year period. possible standings Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures RANKED highlights 1 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Football News Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 👍 Happy retirement, @clint_dempsey! pic.twitter.com/eZxNLidjZ4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 29, 2018He spent five years at Fulham (2007-12) before returning on loan in 2014.In 2010, he helped the Cottagers to the Europa League final where they lost to Atletico Madrid in extra time.He then moved to Spurs in August 2012 – scoring 12 goals in 43 appearances before ending his career at MLS side Seattle Sounders.Dempsey took to Instagram to announce his retirement alongside a montage of images from the start of his career to the end.center_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more gameday The message read: “Thank you, it’s been real.”Dempsey scored 57 goals for the USA and played in three World Cups, creating his own piece of history after becoming the fastest scoring American in the tournament’s history with a goal against Ghana after 29 seconds in 2014.He also became the first American player to score in three consecutive World Cups. MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact smart causal Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware Dempsey wrote himself into the record books at the 2014 World Cuplast_img read more

POLICE PROBE EVIL TROLLS BEHIND MADELEINE McCANN HATE CAMPAIGN

first_imgMadeleine (second from left) on her last trip to Donegal before she disappeared in 2007.POLICE in England are investigating those behind sickening internet messages aimed at the parents and siblings of Madeleine McCann.Gerry and Kate McCann, who were cleared by police from any part in their daughter’s disappearance in May 2007 from a resort in Portugal, have been told by trolls to ‘burn in hell’.Gerry’s family are from Donegal. They had visited here with Madeleine just weeks before her disappearance. Some messages are even directed at Madeleine’s younger twin siblings, now aged nine. According to Sky News, ‘manipulated images’ involving the McCanns – many of them graphic – are also in wide circulation online. The majority of those who post the vile messages use anonymous social media accounts, so their true identities are disguised. This troll was confronted by Martin Brunt, the Sky News Crime CorrespondentOne troll – who uses the Twitter identity “Sweepyface” and has posted dozens of anti-McCann messages using the #mccann hashtag – was confronted by Sky News.When asked about her use of social media to attack the couple, she replied: “I’m entitled to.” A dossier – compiled by members of the public alarmed at the online treatment of the McCanns and shown to Sky News – calls on police and MPs to act to crack down on such abuse.The Met wrote to the campaigners: “In consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service and the McCann family the material will now be assessed and decisions made as to what further action if any should be undertaken.”Among the messages identified in the dossier is an exchange on a message board which reads: “These 2 should burn in hell”; “I will supply the petrol”; “I’ll supply the lighter – happily”.Sky Reporter Brunt: His investigation is running on Sky News todayOther posts include: “We need some numbers for some assassins on taps”, “I hope that the McCanns are living in total misery” and “I want to see them smashed up the back of a bus or trampled by horses”. POLICE PROBE EVIL TROLLS BEHIND MADELEINE McCANN HATE CAMPAIGN was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 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:Gerry McCannKate McCannmadeleine mccannsky newstrollslast_img read more

HORROR AS 300,000 RARE EELS DIE IN BALLYSHANNON DAM

first_imgMore than 300,000 eels have died in a trap at the Ballyshannon hydro-electric dam – in a filter system that was supposed to help them migrate into Lough Erne in County Fermanagh.After a 4,000 mile journey across the Atlantic, the eels – a protected species – are confronted by the power station at Cathaleen’s Fall.The elvers are collected and transported to Lough Erne, but died instead. Noel Greally, fisheries manager at the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), said the traps were checked every morning, and last month they discovered the large run of elvers.“One night over Easter, there was a large surge of elvers into one trap overnight,” he said.“We estimate there was approximately 150kgs of elvers – which represents 90% of the entire elver run last year – entered in one night and into one trap.“These were not detected until the following morning when the trap was checked and unfortunately and regrettably 112 kg of elvers were lost at that stage.” He said that since Easter 480 kg of live, healthy elvers have been collected and transported north and released into the Erne system.But one eel expert said because elvers run at night, the traps should be checked at night.Dr William O’Connor, from the European Eel Consultancy, accused ESB of taking a “far too casual approach to a critically endangered species”.“They should have been on alert anyway,” he told the BBC’s Julian Fowler on BBC Newsline this evening.“Everybody who’s involved with eels across Europe knew this was a record year for eels, it was no surprise that Ballyshannon experienced a record run of elvers like that.” HORROR AS 300,000 RARE EELS DIE IN BALLYSHANNON DAM was last modified: May 14th, 2014 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:Ballyshannon dameel deathslast_img read more

Evolutionary Morality Backfires on Big Science

first_imgPiracy sparks indignation among advocates of the idea that morality is an evolved trait.Know the major science journals and you will know Big Science. That’s where the attitudes of the vested interests of this major cultural force are reflected. Nature, Science, PNAS and other journals decide what’s trendy, what’s important. Their papers filter down to the popular media, whose reporters translate the jargon into sound bites for the masses. And as the official mouthpieces of powerful scientific organizations, the journals importune governments to further the interests of their constituents.Journal editors, on the other hand, love to promote evolutionary psychology. Mind, religion, altruism – these are mere Darwinian adaptations, outcomes of natural selection. Only simple-minded religious throwbacks pay attention to commandments of punishing gods who say, “Thou shalt not steal” (9/06/15).  Nature, for instance, just printed a letter from correspondents in Poland who are very concerned about an “anti-science wave” there, including a rise in creationism:Creationism, too, seems to be experiencing a resurgence. For example, the book Ewolucja, Dewolucja, Nauka (Evolution, Devolution, Science) Fronda, 2016) by the dendrologist Maciej Giertych, which we read as arguing against evolution, is being promoted in schools. In our view, this poses a threat to the country’s scientific-education programme.Now the journals have an ethical conundrum. People are stealing their stuff.Science Magazine, the voice of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), published three pieces worrying about Sci-Hub, a Russian website making thousands of pirated journal papers available to everyone. Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of Science journals, tries to spin her frustration in “My love-hate of Sci-Hub.” While she understands the temptation for people to use this resource, and recognizes the trend toward open access, she complains that publishing her organization’s papers incur very real costs. She waxes eloquent about all the good things the AAAS is doing to keep science squeaky-clean. Nothing in her piece about subjective morality; when she feels a threat, she discovers her calling as a preacher of righteousness:Scientific nonprofit societies do indeed understand the need to continue addressing research accessibility by those in challenged regions, but through legitimate means. For those who have such avenues but choose to pirate a paper instead, ask yourself whether it is worth risking the viability of a system that supports the quality and integrity of science.John Bohannon, a perceptive writer for Science, tells the story of Alexandra Elbakyan, a frustrated grad student in Kazakhstan who went for the dark side by applying her hacking skills to develop Sci-Hub. “When she got back to Kazakhstan, frustration with the barriers that scientists face would soon lead her to create Sci-Hub—an awe-inspiring act of altruism or a massive criminal enterprise, depending on whom you ask.” Elbakyan looks at her piracy as a practical side of her research. Why not? Isn’t it survival of the fittest?In another piece, Bohannon asks “Who’s downloading pirated papers?” The answer: “Everyone.” So does that make it right? Supporters of Sci-Hub are armed with plenty of rationalizations; everybody does it, the journals are selfish, scientists have a right to the information. This should be a classic test of evolutionary morality, but Bohannon never mentions morality—just illegality, court decisions and futile attempts to stop it. He discusses statistics and demographics, but leaves it to readers to provide feedback: “Tell us what you think about Sci-Hub.”What are McNutt and Bohannon going to say? “Thou shalt not steal?”We would love to see a journal paper on the evolution of Sci-Hub. When your ox is the one getting gored, it’s hard to argue that morality is a subjective, evolved trait.Exercise: Write a polite letter to the editor of Science, pointing out to Ms. McNutt that since her own journal has advocated evolutionary morality, Elbakyan is just doing what Science told her is OK. Provide documentation (you might search CEH articles on “altruism”). (Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Keeping watch on the great French rooster battle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaAllen Ginsberg, the American poet, philosopher and writer, offered the following observation about France: “You can’t escape the past in France, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden.” That statement pretty much describes how the French, at least many of them, value their rural heritage.Saint-Pierre-D’Oleron, France, is a village of 6,000 on the island of Oleron, off the West Coast of the country. Research indicates that it is quaint, picturesque and agrarian. Fifteen years ago, Jean-Louis Biron and Joelle Andrieux, a couple from Limoges (city of 137,000 in Southwestern Central France known for its decorated porcelain) built a vacation home in Saint-Pierre-D’Oleron because of the tranquility the island offered.Apparently Jean-Louis and Joelle did not get the memo about France valuing its agrarian roots. Their neighbor, Corinne Fesseau, a 35-year resident of Saint-Pierre-D’Oleron and a retired waitress and singer, lives on the very edge of the village with her husband and their rooster, Maurice. And Maurice has the audacity to crow in the morning at 6:30 a.m., as roosters will do and have been doing for centuries. No one else in the village seems to notice or to care, but Jean-Louis and Joelle asked Corrine to give the rooster a new home because of the disruption to their solitude. When she refused, they sued her and accused the rooster of noise pollution. The matter went before the court in Rochefort on July 4, 2019. Many supporters of Maurice were present outside the government building, including some roosters. A decision in the matter is anticipated on Sept. 5 of this year.What makes this an exceptional case is the fact that the rooster is a national symbol of France. A French citizen complaining about a rooster crowing is akin to an American complaining about a bald eagle flying. While this case has no impact whatsoever on U.S. law, we can learn from the French on this one, at least so far.When Corinne declined to find Maurice a new home and was sued, she started an online movement that has over 120,000 signatures of French citizens supporting the right of Maurice to crow. Mayors in small towns all over France have joined the movement to “defend Maurice.” The mayor of Saint-Pierre-D’Oleron was quoted as proclaiming “We have French values that are classic, and we have to defend them. One of those traditions is to have farm animals. If you come to Oleron, you have to accept what’s here.” Further, the mayor supported a municipal ordinance that proclaimed the need to “preserve the rural character of Saint-Pierre-D’Oleron.” Although the measure is largely symbolic, it sends a clear message about his support of Maurice.The mayor also offered his opinion that “we no longer tolerate each other.” Since this is the case, the traditional sounds of the countryside should be protected. The mayor described an earlier complaint by another owner of a vacation home who requested the church bells be silenced.Maurice has become a national cause in the country. This is the classic situation, not unique to France, where outsiders come to the countryside to enjoy the countryside then try to impose their urban or suburban standards on it.The mayor of Gajac, a rural town in the South of France called on the French government to list distinctive elements of the French rural sound scape as part of the national protected cultural heritage.The French don’t just talk about rural issues, either. For example, in 2014, in protest of low food prices, French farmers dumped manure, rats and potatoes in Paris. In 2018, the two major farmers unions, FNSEA and Jeunes Agriculteurs (Young Farmers) blockaded a number of oil refineries and fuel depots across the country because oil giant Total was importing palm oil for use in biofuels. The farmers denounced this as unfair competition which jeopardizes their livelihood, particularly that of farmers who produce rapeseed oil which is used for biofuel. Throughout history, there are numerous other instances of civil disobedience by farmers in France that have kept their farming sector viable.Back to the matter of Maurice, Corinne seems optimistic about the upcoming verdict. The good news is that the life of Maurice is not on the line. The plaintiffs requested removal of the rooster, not termination. Here’s hoping that Maurice has something to crow about in September!last_img read more