Spurs ace Son ends military service in Korea by winning marksman prize

first_imgTOTTENHAM star Son Heung-min added to his list of personal accolades after nailing shooting practice during military training.The South Korean has now completed his three-week training camp on the southern island of Jeju on Friday with flying colours.5 Spurs star Son graduated as a top performer5 Son hit ten out of ten targets in shooting practiceCredit: Handout – GettySon, 27, graduated from the course as the top performer from 157 fellow trainees completing the mandatory service.An intense schedule saw the forward take part in a host of different activities including shooting and bayonet skills, chemical, biological and radiological training, individual battle and first aid training.But it was the shooting where Son most excelled, hitting ten out of ten targets.According to the Korea Herald, a marines corp office said: “He received the ‘Pilsung’ prize which is one of five types of awards for best performers.”All the courses were judged in a fair and strict manner, and his military training officers have said he went through the training faithfully.”Son had been pictured were full camouflage gear while holding a gun as he took part in shooting targets.Men in South Korea are required to complete 21 months of national service before the age of 28.5 Son has completed his three-week military serviceCredit: AFP5 The Spurs star will now head back to London fighting fitCredit: Handout – Getty5 Son Heung-min graduated from the course with flying coloursmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Spurs are back in training in his absence, but he should be fighting fit upon his return – having been put through combat drills during his service.Son earned exemption after he guided his country to gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, but the former Bayer Leverkusen man is still required to serve three weeks after he returned to South Korea in March.Prior to his departure for Korea, Son had been out of action with a fractured arm.Tottenham star Son Heung-min arrives at marine boot camp to start military national service including live-fire drillslast_img read more

Pomeroon carambola farmers lack market for produce

first_imgBy: Indrawattie NatramThe lack of markets for the carambola fruit, more commonly known as the “five finger”, has resulted in scores of farmers living in the Upper Pomeroon in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) counting their losses. Over three weeks ago, carambola farmers related that they were not able to sell their produce to the buyer who usually purchases from them. Instead the fruit is left to drop and rot on the ground, hence, farmers are losing out on the investment they made for the crop.A farmers at his carambola farm in the Upper PomeroonDuring a field visit to farms in the Upper Pomeroon, it was observed that acres of carambola farms had a large quantity of the fruit rotting on the ground. On Thursday, farmers of the Upper Pomeroon met with Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt, expressing their concerns over the lack of markets. The Chairman was at the time conducting a two-day outreach in riverain areas.Farmers have also explained that blocked drainage in the area is a great concern for farmers. They related that there has been no meaningful drainage works carried out after the previous Administration left office. They recommended that a blocked drainage project be implemented in the area so as to alleviate their stress and assist them in sustaining their livelihood.After listening to this concern, the Chairman told farmers that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) will seek support from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority into the block system.Another challenge that was raised by farmers was the breaches on the river dam that was caused by the recent high tides. Residents took the opportunity to request support in the building of kokers and strengthening of the River dam.The Charity-Urasara Neighbourhood Democratic Council was tasked with conducting an assessment and providing a report, since the intervention of the Public Infrastructure Ministry is urgently needed.The need for extension services was also requested by farmers since they alleged that they are not receiving support from the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute. They have indicated that field visits by extension officers are not conducted and as such they are not properly guided.According the Regional Chairman, the RDC will communicate all concerns raised with the relevant Ministries and agencies responsible since the region’s economy is presently affected and timely interventions are needed.last_img read more

New representatives selected to sit on the regional coordinating mechanism

first_imgThe Guyana Global Fund-Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) on Monday held its first meeting for the year 2018 which saw two new representatives being elected.Education Minister Nicolette Henry and other CCM membersThe meeting which was held in the boardroom of the Education Ministry saw Alex Foster and Dr Nadia Liu being officially elected.The CCM organisation is responsible for overseeing Global Fund-funded projects in the Caribbean. The meeting was chaired by Education Minister Nicolette Henry who is the elected chair of Guyana’s CCM.However, the main focus of the meeting was to give representatives from the Public Health Ministry the opportunity to inform the organisation’s members on the programmatic performance of the Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria and HIV programmes.In addition, the CCM Oversight Committee Visits Report for 2017 was presented.The CCM has already held three stakeholder consultations referred to as ‘Country Dialogues’, where the principal recipient, the Public Health Ministry explains the key findings of the assessment to inform programme continuation.The CCM members and alternates were also given a preview of the over-side report for the period January-June 2017. This report was presented by Dr Martin Odiit, UNAIDS Country Representative for Guyana and Suriname.Dr Odiit recognised that Guyana is showing great progress against HIV, with gradually increasing coverage of people receiving antiretroviral treatment.“Over the years, Guyana has reported a decline in TB cases. However, HIV/TB co-infection still remains a challenge in the country. Malaria is endemic in Guyana, particularly in remote regions,” he said.The main purpose of the oversight was to ascertain the status and functioning of the Global Fund grants from January to June 2017 in the three programme areas, that is, “adequate and accessible medical services and facilities.”Dr Odiit explained that the Oversight requires the CCM to understand how the grants are working, follow progress and challenges, and make recommendations to the PR on improving performance. Additionally, oversight is one type of monitoring, focused on governance.The investment to date from the Global Fund stands at US$47,115,561; and the running Global Fund grants during 2017 were HIV (2015 – 2017), TB and Malaria (2016 – 2018).last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – get the latest Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea news

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Juventus are plotting a summer move for Chelsea and Manchester United target Mauro Icardi, who currently plays for Inter Milan. (Daily Express)Liverpool will have to pay a club record £37million to sign Roma star Miralem Pjanic – the man they want to replace Steven Gerrard. (Daily Mirror)West Ham United have opened talks over a prospective move for Brazilian winger Anderson Luiz de Carvalho, better known as Nene. (Daily Mail)Chelsea and Manchester United have been put on red alert after Raphael Varane put himself on collision course with Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)While the Red Devils are set to offer a trial to Southport teenager Drew Lewis. The 19-year-old has scored 38 goals for the Conference club’s reserve side this season. (Daily Mail)PSG are STILL interested in signing Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – despite the Blues flyer agreeing a new five-and-a-half-year deal last week. (Daily Star)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Blake tells Ings: Reject Real Sociedad for Liverpool or Tottenham moveExclusive – Parkinson is good enough for the Premier League, claims Bradford strikerMan City transfer boost! Napoli priced out of move for Blues targetMan United boss Van Gaal eyes creative midfielder in the summerReports – West Ham move step closer to landing former PSG wingerMarseille star admits future is up in the air – Liverpool and Newcastle to fight for his signature?Former Liverpool flyer training with Championship sidelast_img read more

Former Benin football chief arrested for theft

first_img0Shares0000Benin’s former Football Federation president Anjorin Moucharafou (C), pictured 2007, was “arrested by members of the police” for a case under investigation and relating to a theft of sports equipment © AFP/File / FIACRE VIDJINGNINOUPORTO-NOVO, Benin, Sep 4 – Former Benin football federation president Anjorin Moucharafou has been arrested on suspicion of theft, judicial sources said on Tuesday.Musharraf was “arrested by members of the police” for a case under investigation and relating to a theft of sports equipment, a judicial source told AFP. It has been a week of turmoil for the sport in the west African country after 10 under-17 players were accused of lying about their age.The 10 youngsters were all intercepted by police on Monday as they disembarked a plane from Niamey, Niger, after being kicked out of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tournament. They were accused of forgery and use of forgery.New Benin football federation president Mathurin de Chacus has reacted to the youth-team scandal by suspending all of the federation’s staff pending the findings of an investigation.“This is a very serious situation,” said De Chacus, who has only been in the role for less than a fortnight.“The sanctions will be very heavy… Ten players have been found guilty of fraud regarding their age,” said public prosecutor Mario Metonou.Two Ivorian footballers have also been suspended from the qualifying tournament for lying about their age, as well as one player from Niger and two Nigerians.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hundreds of families return to start picking up the pieces

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We are glad to be alive,” added her husband, Richard. “Our family is safe.” The Libbys were among hundreds of families throughout Southern California that began trying to pick up the pieces Monday after fires raged through canyons, foothills and valleys and destroyed hundreds of homes from Santa Barbara to San Diego. One of those homes belonged to Tracy Michaelis. On Monday, she stood in front of her charred Canyon Country home, clutching a yellow box of tissues as neighbors offered their condolences in hushed tones. “We are not alone,” she said while getting a hug from Carmen Libby. “We are all going through this.” CANYON COUNTRY – Two weeks ago, Carmen Libby dreamed that her house burned down and her family got out safely. On Sunday, that dream – or nightmare – came true. And as she surveyed her family’s destroyed home Monday on Camp Plenty Road – with the charred metal skeletons of the washer and dryer where the garage once stood, and the frames of two cars in the driveway – she tried to put it into perspective. “This is replaceable,” she said, staring at the remains. Michaelis tuned in for the news Sunday night and saw her home on Camp Plenty Road in flames. “I just stared at my house,” she said. “I was grateful because it kind of prepared me.” Before leaving for a niece’s baptism Sunday afternoon, she said her husband, Bill, told her to pack up some valuables. “I just felt like I was supposed to trust his instinct,” she said. She took their wedding photo off the wall, the Our Father prayer that belonged to her grandparents and the pearl necklace her husband gave her on their wedding day and put them in the car. “We are Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders,” Michaelis said. “Our gas tank was full. The car was backed in.” Some area residents were luckier, with the blaze merely nipping them. Craig Smith looked out the window of his Agua Dulce home Monday and marveled at his family’s good fortune. Flames from the Buckweed Fire that erupted the day before roared up to his home on a hilltop road, but barely scorched the porch and singed some trees. His neighbor’s house next door and another down the road in Sleepy Valley were devoured by the fast-moving fire. “It went all around the house. We feel very lucky,” Smith said. “We were assuming the house burned down. A neighbor called and said it hadn’t, but I had to see it for myself.” Smith’s house is one of four rental homes in Sierra Bonita Ranch. The house that burned down next door belonged to the landlord, Dr. Steve Chang, an eye surgeon. Chang’s Spanish-style brick house, with a swimming pool and tennis court nearby, dates to the 1920s, Smith said. Smith was visiting his mother in Anaheim with his 13-year-old son when the fire broke out Sunday afternoon. His wife and 15-year-old daughter packed up the car with the family’s two cats and one dog, important documents and his wife’s computer. “She could feel the heat intensely through the window of the car,” Smith said. The home of another Sierra Bonita tenant, Barbara Adolph, also was spared. She planned Monday to stay the night – despite being told it would be a week before power and phone lines came back up, and two weeks for water. “The meters on the water pumps burned,” Adolph said. On Sunday, she drove with Smith’s wife to Sierra Highway and Mint Canyon Road and saw the fire approaching fast. The fierce blaze was creating its own windstorm, she said. “It was out of control, and the Fire Department was not there yet,” Adolph said. She packed up two dogs, a neighbor’s dog, her computer and purse and fled to Canyon Country, where she spent the night at a friend’s house. “It was so frightening. I thought I was so prepared. I had a plan, photographs by the door. When the time came, I couldn’t remember anything I was supposed to do. I forgot the pictures, my passport, insurance papers. “I just got out of here.” On Sunday, Steven Nevarez was driving furniture around Castaic, Newhall and Stevenson Ranch when he thought he should check on his house. “The whole mountain was burning,” he said. “It was jumping from spot to spot.” His fiancee and two sons weren’t at their home on the same street where the Libbys live. Nevarez took one last look around. He said he knew the fire was coming. “I just left,” he said. “There was nothing I could do.” When he returned Sunday night, his house was reduced to ash. Monday morning, he watered some hot spots, including a smoldering ember where he used to sleep in his master bedroom. “It’s crazy, man,” Nevarez said, holding a garden hose. “I can’t believe it. So crazy.” The remains of a newly restored 1981 El Camino sat in his driveway. “I was going to paint it sky-blue,” he said wistfully. Like Michaelis, Carmen Libby also saw her burned home on the TV news, immediately recognizing the house numbers. “What can you do? Pray and thank God we are OK.” As they rushed to leave Sunday night, the Libbys didn’t have time to gather many possessions other than passports, IDs and other documents. No time for her to get her mother’s wedding photo. “One minute there was a lot of smoke,” Richard Libby said. “The next minute we had fire on either side of us.” Carmen Libby rounded up relatives, jumped in the car and drove down the street. Ten minutes later, flames swallowed their house. Like her dream, Libby also had a prophetic thought during Sunday school class – just hours before the flames hit Camp Plenty Road. She shared it with her students. “If my house burns to the ground but He preserves our lives and we have Him, that is the most important thing,” she told them. “Everything else is replaceable.” jerry.berrios@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Donegal Daly’ family set to return to our screens in Ros na Rún

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: One of Ireland’s most popular soaps, Ros na Rún returns to our screens for its 21st season, and a large representation of actors and actresses are set to return to our screens. Donegal’s Daly Family, consists of Ranafast, Gaoth Dobhair and Gort an Choirce actors Niall Mac Eamharcaigh (John Joe), Brídín Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh (Katy), Dee (Máirín De Buitléir) and Noreen (Máire Uí Rabhartaigh).The Daly family (pictured above) are reunited back on the set of Ros na Rún for their first day of filming of the new 21st season of Ros na Rún. As Ros na Rún fans eagerly await the return of the 21st Season this September, TG4 and Ireland’s only Irish language soap opera hosted an unforgettable celebration to mark the milestone 21st birthday BBQ Street Party and new season launch of the show.Attendees were given an exclusive look behind the scenes of Ireland’s longest running soap at this special bash, where they met with the cast and crew on set in Ros na Rún’s landmark pub Tigh Thaidhg and its iconic publican behind the bar, the machiavellian Tadhg Ó Direáin, played by Macdara Ó Fatharta.The main street of Ros na Rún was buzzing as cast, crew and attendees toasted to the soap’s coming of age, and blew out the candles on the large scale birthday cake alongside the eight original members who have been with Ros Rún since the very first season.Over the past 21 seasons TG4’s Ros na Rún has become synonymous with pushing the boundaries of Irish television. Ros na Rún is Ireland’s most concentrated arts programme outside of Dublin and for over two decades has enthralled viewers with dramatic storylines of murder, rape, kidnapping, affairs and a minefield of lust, love and lies which have included screening the first ever gay kiss on Irish television, and cameos from legendary actors Mick Lally and Stephen Fry. As Ireland’s favourite Irish language soap opera turns 21 and comes of age, the key to the door will unlock many secrets, shocking revelations and scandalous scenes, guaranteed to keep viewers enthralled every week!Series 21 of Ros na Rún is jam packed with surprises which are sure to shock viewers, who will once again be glued to their screens from the explosive first episode on Tuesday the 6th September. Life and death feature as central themes that surround Ros na Rún’s coming of age, and a poignant death will come as a huge blow to fans, as the cast prepare to bid a heartfelt farewell to one of its long-time residents.A shock pregnancy is in store for one character, which may result in turmoil, as finding out the identity of the father could come as a real shock!With tales of love, deceit, deception, break-ups & make-ups, affairs & love triangles, soap viewers are in for many surprises as the new season of Ros na Rún unfolds… Tune into Ros na Rún on TG4 every Tuesday and Thursday night at 8.30pm with an omnibus edition on Sunday nights at 10.30pm. The first episode of season 21 of Ros na Rún will air on Tuesday the 6th of September at 8.30pm!Follow Ros na Rún on Facebook, Twitter @RosnaRún and join in on the conversation online by using the #RnaR. ‘Donegal Daly’ family set to return to our screens in Ros na Rún was last modified: August 25th, 2016 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:DalyDaly familydonegalEntertainmentFeaturesnewsRos naRúnSoapTG4last_img read more


first_imgPAUL McVEIGH and David Shovlin were the heroes for Letterkenny Rovers as they won their FAI Intermediate Cup replay 2-0 against Ringmahon Rangers in Letterkenny this afternoon.McVeigh struck in the 75th minute to give the locals lads hope of landing a dream FAI cup final date at the Aviva.The goal sparked huge celebrations at Leckview after a very tense game with sides evenly matched. But substitute David Shovlin scored the second goal in injury time to seal the tie and that dream trip to Dublin.There were huge celebrations at Leckview as the final whistle went with a crowd of more than 500 watching the game.Ringmahon had the early chances but were stopped in their tracks by goalkeeper Ruairi Kelly in fine form for Rovers.The sides went in level at the break but the Eamon McConigley’s team gradually began to find the openings. The central defensive pairing of Shane Bradley and Paul Boyle stood resolute in the second half especially after the two goals and Ringmahon just couldn’t find a way through.Mark Forker continued to pull the string in the middle of the park as the evergreen Terence Shiels seems to be getting fitter as he gets older with a super display.Darren McElwaine continued to sniff out any openings that came his way while McVeigh was always a threat down the left flank.The Donegal outfit were fully value for their victory and a date in the Aviva Stadium on May 14th next is nothing less than they deserve.Rovers players and supporters celebrate after today’s famous victory.McVEIGH AND SHOVLIN THE HEROES AS ROVERS WIN THROUGH TO AVIVA FAI CUP FINAL was last modified: April 18th, 2016 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:2-0Letterkenny Roverslast_img read more

Simpson’s Win In the Rio Rematch Women’s 1,500 Meters Highlights Friday At The Blue Oval

first_img Friday Results (PDF) Friday Night Photos Friday Results (TXT) Friday Interviews Friday Notes Friday Afternoon Photos Friday Results (HTML) Friday Morning Photos Story Links Saturday Start Lists The Friday session at the 108th edition of the Drake Relays started and ended with a bang at Drake Stadium presented by Hy-Vee. Fans were treated to a pair of meet records in the morning before witnessing several Rio Rematches during the evening session.In the race of the night, Webster City, Iowa, native Jenny Simpson prevailed in the women’s 1,500 meters as usual. Simpson, the bronze medalist at last summer’s Olympics, pulled out of the pack to take the lead in the final lap, then survived a sprint to the finish to win the Rio Rematch race in 4:16.10.It’s the fifth straight victory for the former Colorado standout in the race, matching a streak achieved by former Wisconsin star Cindy Bremser, who did it from 1981-85.Simpson won against an impressive field that had deep Iowa connections as Shelby Houlihan, an eight-time Drake Relays champion at Sioux City East, was fourth. Former West Des Moines Dowling Catholic standout Karissa Schweizer, who has won two NCAA championships, came in seventh.Veteran LaShawn Merritt outran longtime rival Kirani James and five others in a star-studded field to win the Rio Rematch 400. Merritt, who’ll turn 31 on June 27, was solid throughout and had the strength he needed at the end to hold off Vernon Norwood and Tony McQuay. A three-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time World champion, Merritt finished in 45.41 seconds for his second Drake Relays victory.Dani Bunch came into the Drake Relays as the world leader in the women’s shot put and leaves with a championship. Bunch threw 60 feet, 10½ inches to win the Elite Invitational event.A pair of elite athletes defended their Drake Relays crowns as Sandi Morris won the Rio Rematch Women’s Pole Vault with a clearance of 15-5 ¾, while Lavern Spencer won the invitational women’s high jump with a mark of 6-3 ¼.Former Kansas star and 2015 NCAA champion Michael Stigler won the Rio Rematch Men’s 400 Hurdles in 49.07, which ranks fourth in the world this year. Bershawn “Batman” Jackson, a two-time Drake Relays Champion and Drake Stadium record-holder, finished second in 49.70 in his final appearance on the Blue Oval as Jackson will retire at the end of the season. Christian Taylor made his return to Des Moines where he won the Rio Rematch Men’s Triple Jump with a jump of 55-6 ½. Taylor set the Drake Stadium record of 57-1 at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships.At the college level, Iowa took home the men’s university 4×800-meter relay crown thanks to strong performances from former Iowa preps Matt Manternach (Monticello), Tysen VanDraska (Cedar Rapids Prairie), Will Teubel (Mt. Vernon) and Carter Lilly (Sioux City East).Purdue picked up a pair of wins on Friday as Symone Black won the 400 hurdles while the Boilermakers also won the 4×200 relay. NDSU also won a pair of throwing events as Alex Renner won the men’s shot put while Alyssa Olin took home the women’s javelin crown.Oklahoma State won its second women’s relay title of the weekend thanks to its win in the women’s university 4×800 relay in 8:37.20 as the Cowgirls also won the 4×1600 relay crown on Thursday.A pair of Drake Relays records fell at the high school level as Kerris Roberts of Waterloo East set the girls 100 record in 11.82, while Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Joah Banks won the 110 hurdles in a Relays record time of 14.01.Less than 24 hours after winning the boys’ shot put title at the Drake Relays, Mt. Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs completed the double with a victory in the boys’ discus Friday morning. Wirfs launched a bomb of 190-1, which ranks 26th in the country this year.  West Burlington/Notre Dame’s Isaiah Trousil joined elite company on Friday on the Blue Oval, becoming the fourth prep to win three-straight Drake Relays titles in the boys’ 100 meters.Davenport Assumption’s Joy Ripslinger repeated in her title in the girls 800, running away from the field to win in 2:10.47. It’s the sixth Drake Relays championship for the Arkansas recruit, who also has won five state titles.Action resumes on the Blue Oval Saturday at 8 a.m. with action continuing until 4:30 p.m. Events from Drake Stadium will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from 2-4 p.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Hard border avoided in Brexit deal

first_imgA major Brexit deal has been confirmed this morning to ensure that no hard border will be placed between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Talks took place through the night in Brussels between UK politicians and EU officials to ensure there would be no barriers to trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.A key outcome of this Brexit deal is that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Protection of the Common Travel Area and the Good Friday Agreement will also be maintained. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee welcomed the progress made today.Taoiseach Varadkar said Ireland has achieved all they set out to achieve in Phase 1 of negotiations. “This is not the end but it is the end of the beginning,” he said.“There will continue to be a distinct strand on Ireland in phase 2 of these negotiations. We want to build bridges, not borders,” an Taoiseach said.The Democratic Unionist Party have outlined key commitments made in the Brexit paper last night: Northern Ireland will leave the European Union along with the rest of the United Kingdom.Northern Ireland will leave the single market and the customs union along with the rest of the United Kingdom.There will be no customs or trade border down the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.Northern Ireland will not be separated constitutionally, politically, economically or regulatory from the rest of the United Kingdom and the joint UK-EU report at the conclusion of phase one makes clear that in all circumstances the United Kingdom will continue to ensure the same unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the whole of the UK internal market.There will be no so-called ‘special status’ for Northern Ireland as demanded by Sinn Fein.The report makes it clear that the UK remains committed to preserving the integrity of its internal market and Northern Ireland’s place within it, as it leaves the EU’s internal market and customs union.First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster MLA said there is still more to be done to improve the paper.“Specifically, more work is needed around the areas of cooperation where it would be necessary to have alignment of rules and standards, how any alignment could be effected without staying in the single market and customs union and what necessary alignment may be required to happen.”Mrs Foster said: “We will play a full part with the Government in the second stage of the negotiations on a comprehensive trade deal.  Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed and how we vote on the final deal will depend on its contents.“Along with like-mind colleagues across the House of Commons, we will ensure that there is no backsliding on the promises made about the integrity of the Union.  We will also work to ensure that the United Kingdom as a whole exits the European Union in a way that is of the greatest benefit to our prosperity and freedom.”Hard border avoided in Brexit deal was last modified: December 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Brexithard borderlast_img read more