WATCH: Derrick Rose moved to tears after watching video tribute from Chinese fans

first_imgLa Salle, FEU strong picks Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Despite averaging 18 points per game with the dysfunctional New York Knicks last season, Rose was not heavily sought after by NBA teams this off-season.Still, his troubles did not affect his popularity in China, as his jersey was the top seller in the country two years ago, alongside Kobe Bryant’s, according to Sports Illustrated.Check out the touching tribute below. /raRELATED STORY:Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemptionSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img It seems like a long time ago when Derrick Rose was terrorizing opposing NBA defenses with his acrobatic drives to the rim and devil-may-care play style.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But after undergoing multiple major surgeries over the past few years, Rose—although still a terrific player—has certainly lost some of the explosiveness that earned him the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT The three-time NBA All-Star was visibly moved to tears after being shown a video message from strangers who professed their love for him and wished him luck in Cleveland.“I didn’t mean to cry,” Rose said, as he wiped the tears from his eyes while being interviewed by the Chinese media. LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Although his stock has certainly dropped for NBA teams this season, the 28-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers guard remains one of the more popular figures abroad, as evidenced when he recently made a trip to China for an Adidas promotional event. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Fort St. John to North Central Government Association Convention

first_imgThe convention will see officials from local governments in Northern B.C. come together to address issues, and to move forward initiatives for the benefit of its members.Peace River Regional District, Area-E Director, Jerrilyn Schembri says there are resolutions regarding work camps, consultation with communities and one stop shopping to get all of your permits.Resolutions passed at the convention will be forwarded to the next Union of BC Municipalities Convention scheduled for late September in Whistler.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Liverpool set to make a move for Ligue 1 star?

first_img1 Alexandre Lacazette in action for France Liverpool could still make a swoop for Alexandre Lacazette this summer.The forward has yet to pen a new deal with Lyon, sparking speculation he will submit a transfer request before the new season starts.According to L’Equipe, Lyon have been in regular contact with Lacazette’s representatives this summer but have so far failed to thrash out new terms.The 24-year-old’s current contract with Lyon runs until 2018 but last year’s Ligue 1 runners-up are keen on securing a fresh deal to stave off interest from Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

‘He’ll save us £35m and is better than Theo and The Ox!’ Arsenal fans love talented starlet Alex Iwobi

first_imgArsenal fans are getting a tad excited about hot prospect Alex Iwobi.The Nigeria international, and nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha, has looked good in his appearances for the Gunners so far during his career.An attacking midfielder, Iwobi is intelligent on the ball with an excellent first touch and wowed the Emirates Stadium crowd with his showing against Burnley in a 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win.Some Gunners supporters believe he should be playing more under Arsene Wenger and even believe he’s better than some other experienced stars.You can see what they made of Alex Iwobi’s performance against Burnley below… 1 Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi last_img read more

Bono, Bible form unusual service

first_imgHer format has spread by word-of-mouth and on clergy e-mail lists. She’s received calls from more than a dozen interested churches and helped put on the service in Providence. (Episcopal parishes seem to be the only ones that have latched on to U2 in such an organized way). Christian Scharen, 39, a Lutheran pastor and professor at Yale Divinity School, said he’s often argued to older colleagues that U2 is heavily influenced by Christianity. He wrote a book on the subject, “One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God,” and says it doesn’t surprise him that some congregations have caught on. “People who have these liturgical resonances in their bones, they go to a U2 concert and they just get it,” Scharen said. Bono, meanwhile, has told interviewers that he worships God through music. He once belonged to an ascetic Christian community, and in February, he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. The band’s early tapes were sold in religious bookstores. Still, the band members are traditional rock ‘n’ rollers – they swear, drink and sing about sex. It’s also not known whether U2 endorses the services using their songs: Blair said she received permission from U2’s publishing company to use the group’s music, but never talked to the band. Representatives for U2 did not return phone calls seeking comment. In Providence, Blair delivered a homily to pitch the One Campaign, which the Episcopal Church supports. She ticked off statistics about poverty and infant mortality in Africa, underscoring her points with equal parts Bono and Bible. “If you’re a Bono fan, you know the next line: Where you live should not determine whether you live or die,” she said, then reminding worshippers of a Gospel passage warning that taking care of the needy is what will separate the good from the bad at the final judgment. The service attracted several curious people, including 51-year-old Andera Soracco, a U2 fan who’s Eastern Orthodox. “This is a way of bringing the outside world into the church itself,” he said. The opening hymn was “Pride (In the Name of Love),” an early hit. As the music played, pictures of famous believers including Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. flashed on a 10-foot-by-14-foot screen set up behind the church’s altar. Several songs included in the service sound more like angry lamentations than hymns of praise. “Peace on Earth,” inspired by a deadly bombing in Northern Ireland, questions why God won’t halt human suffering. “Jesus, can you take the time to throw a drowning man a line,” Bono sings. Some Christians might not be able to relate to the shades of doubt and anger, but Blair said that struggle is evident in the Bible. For example, Bono echoes the 40th Psalm in the opening lines of the band’s song “40.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBrooks said the evening was designed to invigorate his once-aging congregation – attracting young people and those interested in social activism. “We absolutely need to grow in order to survive,” he said. Weeks before the service, church members conducted what Brooks called “guerrilla marketing,” posting fliers at coffee and sandwich shops, bars and colleges. About 130 people showed up for the Friday night service, roughly the same turnout as on a Sunday morning. The event included an offering for local charities and enlisted volunteers for the One Campaign, an effort to alleviate global poverty that’s backed by U2’s lead singer, Bono. A similar U2 Eucharist in November proved popular at All Saints’ Church in Atlanta. Organizer Laurie Haynes Burlington said she and her husband planned on 300 worshippers. About 500 showed up. “We totally ran out of bulletins,” she said. No one tracks how many parishes have hosted similar events, but the service in Providence was based on a playlist created by the Rev. Paige Blair, a parish priest in York Harbor, Maine. PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As the electric guitar in the U2 anthem “Pride (In the Name of Love)” faded from four speakers, the Rev. Robert Brooks welcomed worshippers to Grace Episcopal Church with an unusual suggestion: He warned them to protect their hearing. “If the sound’s an issue, we do have earplugs available,” he said. Ushers handed out earplugs and fluorescent glow sticks for the “U2 Eucharist,” a communion service punctuated by the Irish rock band’s music. Episcopal parishes from California to Maine have hosted similar events, weaving U2’s tunes – laced with biblical references – into the liturgy. Streamers flew over worshippers’ heads at the recent gathering in Providence. Children danced by the altar. Plasma-screen TVs illuminated the Gothic sanctuary. Some people sang and clapped, while a few looked puzzled. last_img read more


first_imgNikica Jelavic grabbed an extra-time winner to break Celtic hearts as Rangers triumphed against their Old Firm rivals in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.Rangers took the lead through Steven Davis’ 20-yard strike but Joe Ledley headed Celtic level on 31 minutes.The second half was tense with Celtic’s Fraser Forster saving from Steven Whittaker and Rangers keeper Neil Alexander denying Ledley. But Jelavic fired in off the post in the 98th minute to win it for Rangers.Rangers’ win ends Celtic’s hopes of a domestic treble but, with both sides chasing the Scottish Premier League and Celtic still in the Scottish Cup, each Old Firm club remain in contention for a trophy double.And the victory also means a 20th trophy win for Walter Smith in his last cup final as Rangers manager. Captain Scott Brown and defenders Thomas Rogne and Mark Wilson returned to the Celtic line-up, replacing Ki Sung-Yeung, Glenn Loovens and Efrain Juarez, all of whom featured on the substitutes’ bench.Goalkeeper Alexander retained his place in the Rangers team, Allan McGregor left out as is custom in this competition, while there were also starts in attack for Steven Naismith and Jelavic as the cup-tied Richard Foster and injured Kyle Bartley dropped out. After the previous Old Firm match’s highly-publicised flashpoints, referee Craig Thomson’s first big decision came on the quarter-hour mark.Wilson burst into the Rangers box and went to ground as Davis and Sasa Papac closed the Celtic full-back down but no penalty was forthcoming.Celtic almost went in front when Kris Commons’ teasing cross found Brown diving in but the skipper’s header flew past the post.And it was Rangers who got their noses in front when Davis pounced upon Charlie Mulgrew’s defensive header, drove at the Celtic defence and guided a low left-foot shot into the net via the post in the 24th minute.But Neil Lennon’s side levelled when Emilio Izaguirre’s deflected cross was nodded on by Georgios Samaras and Ledley arrived to glance the ball past Alexander. Rangers thought they had been awarded a penalty when Jelavic went to ground following Rogne’s tackle and referee Thomson initially appeared to point to the spot. However, after advice from one of his assistants, the whistler changed his mind and booked the Rangers striker for simulation.The Ibrox side started the second period positively and Whittaker forced Forster into a save with a stinging drive.Celtic went back on the attack and Papac was inches away from scoring an own goal after his attempted clearance from Commons’ centre spun across the face of goal. Maurice Edu tried to force his way past Wilson and the Rangers players claimed in vain that the Celtic defender had used his arm to block the ball’s path but referee Thomson again waved play on.Another Wylde delivery, this time from a free-kick, nearly caught out Forster, the Celtic keeper retreating to palm the ball over. Brown and Rogne had made way for Ki and Loovens respectively and Rangers made an enforced change of their own when Madjid Bougherra came off to be replaced by Kyle Hutton.Loovens’ presence at a Celtic corner caused problems for the Rangers defence and Ledley got a shot away only to be foiled by Alexander’s positioning.Vladimir Weiss came on for the final seconds of regulation time and, after the match moved into extra-time, the winger played a big part in the final reckoning.The Slovakian was fouled on the edge of the box and Jelavic’s effort from the free-kick was deflected off the wall but Forster reacted superbly to claw the ball over.But Jelavic was not to be denied with his next attempt, the striker brushing off the challenge of Mulgrew to latch on to Weiss’s quickly taken free-kick and sliding a shot past Forster, the ball rebounding off the right-hand post but spinning back over the line.Jelavic tried to get the better of Mulgrew again as the pair went one-on-one at a Rangers attack and, though the Celtic man committed a foul on the edge of the box, referee Thomson produced a yellow card, not judging the offence the denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity.El-Hadji Diouf replaced Jelavic for the closing stages and set up Weiss for a shot that required a last-ditch save by Forster.Diouf was then booked for simulation near the halfway line.Celtic pressed for late leveller and Gary Hooper was denied by an excellent sliding block by Whittaker.Celtic were reduced to 10 men when Izaguirre was shown a straight red card for barging Weiss over as the Rangers player tried to take advantage of Forster’s absence from his goal, minutes before the final whistle.RANGERS EDGE OUT CELTIC IN SCOTTISH CUP was last modified: March 20th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgHe’s one of the hardest-working and most generous stars in showbusiness.DanielAnd now all those long tours and hard work are paying off because Daniel O’Donnell is officially in the money!An entertainment firm co-owned by the Donegal singer increased its accumulated profits to €2.075 million in 2012 after two years of losses. New figures lodged by O’Donnell’s Brockwell Ltd show the firm recorded a profit of €64,041 for the year. The main activity of the firm is operating concert tours. The business reported a loss before tax of €35,040 in 2011 and €269,035 in 2010.Accounts for O’Donnell’s Brockwell show that it was charged a total of €705,720 by O’Donnell’s DOD Promotions Ltd in 2012.At the end of 2012, Brockwell owed DOD Promotions €1 million.O’Donnell will soon be adding more to his coffers when he commences a UK tour next weekend before touring the US for a number of dates in June. The UK dates follow a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. Brockwell is co-owned by O’Donnell and music industry figure Mick Clerkin. Each party owns a 50 per cent share in the firm.The figures show that, in 2012, Brockwell was charged €211,286 by Seán Reilly Management Ltd, a company controlled by O’Donnell’s manager, Mr Reilly, during 2012.Mr Reilly was appointed a director to Brockwell in Augusts 2013.O’Donnell has sold more than 10 million records.DANIEL IS IN THE MONEY AFTER HIS MUSIC FIRM MAKES €2 MILLION PROFIT was last modified: March 29th, 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:companydaniel o’donnelldonegalprofitsingerlast_img read more

Declan Bonner: It’ll be ‘all or nothing’ for Donegal’s ‘half mad’ new manager

first_imgDeclan Bonner was asked once why he chose to be a manager and came to the conclusion that he was ‘half mad’.His clenched fist salute to the Hogan Stand in the closing moments of the All-Ireland final in 1992 remains one of Donegal’s iconic football images and now Bonner is set to be the man to lead the county into a new era.Bonner swung the insurance score in the ’92 final and the then flame-haired attacker’s reaction caught the moment perfectly. This evening, Bonner will be appointed to a seat he previously filled between 1997 and 2000 with the clubs of the county set to give the Na Rossa man their blessing as the successor to Rory Gallagher.Bonner returned to inter-county football, ‘by accident’ as he says himself, one night in 2011 he went to help Paddy Hegarty oversee a south Donegal development squad.Bonner won the Buncrana Cup (Ulster Under-16) and the Jim McGuigan Cup (Ulster Under-17) before taking Donegal’s minors to Ulster glory and onto the county’s first-ever All-Ireland minor final in 2014.He recalled his first trial game being ‘disjointed’ in the winter of 2011, but Bonner always believed that Donegal could succeed. It is perhaps one of the main reasons he has put his head above the parapet and seek the senior role for a second time. His involvement, from an early stage, always appeared destined to be a long-term one, even if the final step still needed lengthy discussion with family and employer.During his recent involvement Bonner steadfastly refused to accept that Donegal couldn’t compete.“If you keep putting excuses in the way then you won’t have success,” he said in 2014.“All I was listening to was excuses. People were coming up saying ‘the colleges in Donegal aren’t good enough’, ‘Derry and Tyrone are so far ahead of us’, ‘we just don’t have the resources’.“In the past, Donegal minor teams were beaten before they went out. When we came in and started to win at under-16 level the players saw and realised that they weren’t far away.” It was a trait he took from Brian McEniff and a golden era during which he starred in the Donegal full-forward line.Bonner made his League debut for Donegal in 1983, when he was just 18, but he would have to wait until 1987 for his Senior Championship debut in a game against Armagh.In ’92, he scored 0-19 in the Championship, including four points in the final as Donegal finally got their hands on Sam.After that famous point, Bonner was sprawled out on the floor when referee Tommy Sugrue called for the ball and was quickly swarmed by the delirious masses. Declan Bonner in the moments after the All-Ireland final in 1992“We were given no hope, but the word ‘defeat’ was never mentioned in our group,” he says.“The consensus was that all Dublin had to do was turn up. We never entertained the possibility that we might lose. Brian (McEniff) never let any negative vibes creep under our door. When we won, it was what we expected.”September 20th 1992 was his father’s birthday and, even now, Dan Bonner’s legacy lives long in the Rosses.Declan was one five brothers – alongside Sean, Michael, Donal and Aidan – to play for Na Rossa.Declan won an under-12, two under-14 and two under-16 titles with Rosses Rovers. At 16, he helped Na Rossa to a Junior Championship crown in 1982.He cut his teeth as a manager in 1989 when he was player-manager on the Na Rossa team that won the Intermediate Championship.It was a year that saw him feel the sharp disciplinary edge of Tom Conaghan.“I went to Boston in 1988 and over-stayed my welcome,” he recalled.“I had been playing with the Donegal senior team. I came back a month late from Boston. Myself, Matt Gallagher and Manus Boyle were out of the Ulster final in ’89.  I was at a loose end when I came back and the club asked me if I’d manage the senior team so I did.“We won the Intermediate Championship and I went back to Donegal when Brian McEniff went back in 1990 and we won Ulster.“I was disappointed with how it finished with Tom because I had played all the Championship games under him up to then. I think I played every competitive match for him for the couple of years previous. I missed out in late ’88 and ’89. Tom was a real no-nonsense manager.”On the day of his 32nd birthday, on August 11, 1997, a flu-ridden Declan Bonner sat nervously in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey.A special sitting of the Donegal county committee had been called to appoint a new manager.Anthony Molloy, Tom Connaghan and Pauric McShea all withdrew from the race and Pat Conaghan, the then County Chairman, informed Bonner at 9.29pm that he was the new Donegal manager.“I learned a huge amount in that time with the seniors,” he said later.Declan Bonner, during his previous time as Donegal manager with then-player Jim McGuinnessThere are times when he still curses Joe Brolly for that goal in the Ulster final of 1998, depriving Bonner of a perfect opening campaign.He says:  “We were unlucky in 1998. We played some great football that year. We lost the League semi-final against Offaly, a very good Offaly team actually. We were beaten by a last-minute goal against Derry in the Ulster final. This is all part and parcel of it and we rolled on.”Bonner took a lot of learning from the managers he played under.None more so than McEniff, who remains a close mentor of the Lettermacaward man.The personal touch was always important to McEniff.It was the summer of 1990 when Declan and his wife, Catherine, were on honeymoon in Austria.Bonner had played against Cavan in a 0-13 to 0-9 win and McEniff was getting ready for a joust with Eamon Coleman and Derry.Bonner remembered: “Brian was on the phone constantly, even ringing the hotel to make sure I was doing a spot of training. I came back fitter than I ever was – I was out running every day. A good friend of mine got married on the same day, Joe McFadden from Gweedore. he was in the same hotel for the two weeks. When he came back he reckoned he was never as fit.“In the days long before mobiles, Brian was always on the phone. He was always ringing the house to make sure this was done or that was done. He always had the personal touch.”Some 7,348 days since he was last given Donegal’s seal of approval, Bonner – in the hotel, the Villa Rose, next door – is poised to be handed the keys to the kingdom again this evening.Dclan Bonner celebrates after beating Cavan in the 1998 Ulster ChampionshipThe winds of change have blown across Donegal in recent years with the likes of Karl Lacey, Colm McFadden, Christy Toye, Neil Gallagher, Rory Kavanagh, Paul Durcan and Eamon McGee among the retirees.Bonner has guided many of Donegal’s young guns through the underage ranks, but will be well aware that success then doesn’t automatically mean silverware will await at senior level.His experience has taught him that he’ll need his dressing room to be behind him.In 2014, he said: ”You can talk about management structures and methods until you’re blue in the face, but what you need above everything else is a squad of players willing to buy into what you’re doing.“Anytime I go to take on a job, if I don’t get that then I don’t hang around. You have to demand that. There’s no point in me giving it 120 per cent and some man landing to only put in 90 per cent. It doesn’t work. When I go in, it’s all or nothing.”‘Half mad’ was just one reason he had on why he delved into management.Another, he mentioned was: “It’s just there and it’s in the damn blood.”Declan Bonner: It’ll be ‘all or nothing’ for Donegal’s ‘half mad’ new manager was last modified: September 22nd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:1992 All-Ireland FinalAnthony MolloyBrian McEniffCroke ParkDan BonnerDeclan BonnerdublinLettermacawardNa RossaRory GallagherTom Connaghanlast_img read more

Man arrested after elderly woman’s handbag snatched

first_imgAn elderly woman suffered a frightening ordeal after her handbag was snatched in Letterkenny on Friday evening.The woman was close to the Station Roundabout when a man snatched the handbag and ran away around 9.30pm.Gardai carried out an investigation in the area and a man was later arrested and is currently being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station. He is expected to appear at a future sitting of the local courts.Man arrested after elderly woman’s handbag snatched was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Gardaihandbagletterkennylast_img read more

USDA authorizes emergency grazing for areas affected by wildfires

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Response to President Trump’s DirectiveThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas — the three states most heavily impacted by ongoing wildfires which began on March 6, 2017.“President Trump, the USDA, and Governors Brownback, Fallin, and Abbott deserve a great deal of credit for moving swiftly to open these lands to grazing so that many of the cattle producers who were dramatically impacted by last month’s wildfires can feed their herds,” said Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Those devastating wildfires burned more than 1.5 million acres in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and killed an estimated 9,000 to 18,000 cattle. Those cattle can’t be replaced, but today’s action will help ranchers salvage what remains of their herds.”USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing of cattle by ranchers, who are facing the ruination of their herds due to lack of sufficient grazing land. The authorization is pursuant to appropriate restrictions and conservation measures, which can be found in the Acting Deputy Secretary’s memorandum.“Ranchers are facing devastating conditions and economic calamity because of these wildfires and they need some relief, or else they face the total loss of their herds in many cases,” Young said. “These measures will allow them to salvage what remains of their cattle and return to the important business of feeding Americans and the rest of the world. I commend and thank President Trump for acting decisively in response to this dire situation.”The USDA action is required to direct the Farm Service Agency to permit the grazing on lands covered by the CRP, which exists to conserve and improve wildlife resources. In this case, the grazing will overlap with the primary nesting season of the lesser prairie chicken. CRP has procedures in place, already developed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to permit emergency grazing on protected lands during nesting season. Lesser prairie chicken nesting season runs in Texas from March 1 to June 1, in Kansas from April 15 to July 15, and in Oklahoma from May 1 to July 1.Ranchers and farmers are only now able to begin to estimate losses, since the fires are still burning in some places and access to the lands to survey the damage has been limited. Damages in the states are expected to grow, but are now estimated as follows:KansasCounties affected include Clark, Comanche, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ford, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Lincoln, Meade, Ness, Russell, and Seward.An estimated 630,000 acres burned, primarily pasturelands.Estimated livestock loss: between 3,000 and 9,000 head of cattle.Large volumes of hay and feed destroyed.Estimated cost of fencing destroyed exceeds $36 million.OklahomaCounties affected include Beaver, Ellis, Harper, Roger Mills, Woodward, and Woods.An estimated 389,533 acres burned.Estimated livestock loss: 3,000 head of cattle.An estimated cost of structure loss of $2 million.Estimated cost of fencing destroyed exceeds $22 million.TexasCounties affected include Armstrong, Carson, Collingsworth, Donley, Gray, Hansford, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, and Wheeler.An estimated 550,000 acres burned, affecting 346 farms and ranches.Estimated livestock loss: at least 3,000 cattle and 1,900 swine.Thousands of miles of fences expected to be a total loss, but so far unable to be surveyed.The Acting Deputy Secretary’s memorandum can be found on the USDA website (PDF, 387 KB).last_img read more