News to go further Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reports Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Help by sharing this information ColombiaAmericas October 21, 2020 Find out more February 18, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists declared “military objectives” in “Black Eagles” message Five journalists and the representatives of several NGOs including the Federation of Colombian Journalists (Fecolper) are directly threatened in a particularly disturbing email that began circulating yesterday. Sent from the Gmail account of “Aguilas Fénix,” it is signed by the central division of the “Aguilas Negras” (Black Eagles), a feared paramilitary group responsible for terror campaigns against the media in the past.“The time has come to exterminate and eliminate all the persons and organizations that pose as human rights defenders and especially infiltrate as international NGOs and journalists (…) and who in reality are demobilized members of the FARC and M19,” the email said, referring to two left-wing guerrilla groups. “We issue a threat of death and elimination against civil society groups that continue to attack the people’s policies and state of consciousness. We declare death and persecution.”The message names some 60 peasant, feminist and human rights organizations. It also names five journalists as “military objectives”: Fecolper president Eduardo Márquez González; Hollman Morris, the producer of the TV current affairs programme “Contravía”; Daniel Coronell, the head of “Noticias Uno” (and vice-president of the US TV station Univisión since January); Marcos Perales Mendoza, the editor of the Bucaramanga-based newspaper Periódico Portada; and Radio Nizkor journalist Claudia Julieta Duque.“This is the first time that I have been threatened and it is strange that they use both of my surnames as I only use one,” Reporters Without Borders was told by Márquez, whose organization represents more than 1,000 journalists nationwide. He suggested two reasons why he had been targeted: “Fecolper’s efforts to combat impunity in the murder of Montería journalist Clodomiro Castilla” or “our recent report blaming the government for the situation of the press in Colombia.”Duque said she thought it was strange that the Bogotá-based central division of the Black Eagles was focusing on journalists covering national issues.This declaration of war on civil society must be taken seriously. It is targeted at journalists who are prominent critics of the so-called “democratic security” policies which Alvaro Uribe pursued during his two terms as president (2002-2010) and which are still in force. The same journalists were also leading targets of the dirty tricks practiced by the intelligence agency DAS which, when exposed, shed light on the dangerous links between paramilitaries, intelligence services and politicians.The threats also serve as a reminder of the fact that the paramilitaries were not disarmed by the “demobilization” carried out from 2003 to 2006 and continue to represent a major and permanent danger to democracy and civil liberties. The paramilitaries enjoy an outrageous degree of impunity under the 2005 “Justice and Peace” law.The police have promised to investigate yesterday’s email message but this is not enough. President Juan Manuel Santos’ government must give a firm political commitment to combat the paramilitaries.Three other journalists in the western department of Valle del Cauca were declared “military objectives” in a message at the start of February that was signed by the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC). They are Luis Fernando Gil of “Hora 13,” a TV programme broadcast by CNC; Raúl Parra, the editor of the magazine Hoja de Parra; and Héctor Fabio García.The leading paramilitary coalition, the AUC used to help the armed forces combat Colombia’s guerrilla groups and, prior to “demobilization,” had around 30,000 members. Since 2006, most of them are believed to have turned to criminal activity, including contract killing and drug trafficking, but an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 have gone back to paramilitary activity. Currently there are about 20 paramilitary groups, including the Black Eagles, operating in 12 departments. News News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Colombia ColombiaAmericas
NewsTDs claim more and vote lessBy John Keogh – September 24, 2015 833 Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Advertisement Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK’S seven TDs are costing more than €1million a year in pay and expenses, according to figures released this week.RTÉ’s investigations unit found that ‘the magnificent seven’ raked in a total of €3,993.724 between March 2011 and December 2014 through pay, expenses and special allowances including food, phones, laptops, tablets and other IT expenses.However, their absence for Dáil votes is higher than the national average with the Limerick public representatives being marked ‘as láthair’ for almost a third of all votes.With government ministers clocking up an average of €631,000 each in pay and expenses between March 2011 and December 2014, Limerick’s two members of cabinet managed to secure payments well above the norm.Finance Minister Michael Noonan (FG) was one of nine cabinet members to exceed €700,000, as he has so far received €727,473.His fellow Limerick City TD, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan (LAB) has to date received €682,513.Minister O’Sullivan claimed €10,156.86 for her home or constituency phone bills, €2,220.52 for internal travel subsistence costs and €12,589.60 for phones, tablets, laptops or IT expenses.Minister Noonan claimed just €179.44 for internal travel subsistence, and €150.00 for phones, tablets, laptops or IT.The amount claimed by Minister Noonan for home or constituency telephone costs was not listed.He also claimed €2,614.27 for mobile phone or broadband bills, while Minister O’Sullivan claimed €1,809.01.Minister Noonan earned a total of €165,493 in 2011, €200,518 in 2012, €183,038 in 2013 and €175,480 in 2014.Minister O’Sullivan earned €134,235 in 2011, €178,062 in 2012, €169,767 in 2013 and €173,673 in 2014.Of the five other TDs in Limerick City and County, Fine Gael Deputy Dan Neville received the largest amount in pay and allowances between 2011 and the end of 2014 at €529,585.47.His party colleague Patrick O’Donovan was next, taking in € 518,891.05, followed by Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins at €517,966.96, and Deputy Willie O’Dea (FF) with €516,510.15.Limerick City Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell received the lowest amount in pay and expenses over the four years at €500,794.40.Overall, 60 per cent of the Dáil’s 166 members earned more than €500,000, with the combined total for all its Ministers reaching €27.76 million.Elsewhere, figures compiled by the Irish edition of The Times found that non-attendance among TDs for Dáil votes varied significantly, with TDs in Limerick County absent for an average of 19.4 per cent of votes, and Limerick City TDs for 43.5 per cent between 2011 and 2015.The figures show that on average, just under a third (29 per cent) are either absent or abstain from each vote, and the rate of non-attendance among TDs is rising.Minister Michael Noonan had the highest rate of non-attendance among Limerick TDs, as he was absent for an average of 64.1 per cent of Dáil votes over the four-year period. In 2011, he was absent for just 51.3 per cent of votes, however this has risen to 78.4 so far in 2015.Deputy Willie O’Dea (FF) had the second highest average rate of non-attendance at 54.9 per cent, followed by his party colleague Niall Collins at 41.4 per cent.Minister Jan O’Sullivan missed an average of 30.7 per cent of votes, while Deputy Kieran O’Donnell (FG) missed 24.5 per cent of votes.The two Limerick TDs with the lowest absence rate at Dáil votes were Limerick County Fine Gael Deputies Patrick O’Donovan (8.7 per cent) and Dan Neville (8.1 per cent). Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Print Previous articleOlga Murphy: A Magyar in MoyrossNext articleGAA – Club Football championships take centre stage John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended First Irish death from Coronavirus Email TAGSDan Neville TDDeputy Niall CollinsDeputy Willie O’DeaEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanfeaturedFinance Minister Michael NoonanKieran O’Donnell TDlimerickPatrick O’Donovan TDTDs expenses Facebook WhatsApp Twitter
Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Winter has finally awoken from its prolonged slumber—an inevitable reality that has us shaking in our boots.The deep freeze that enveloped Long Island Monday rudely woke up commuters Tuesday morning with near-below-zero wind chill values. Alas, once the glorious sun arose to tease us with its inviting rays, it was no match for the bone-chilling air testing our resolve.Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high near 26 degrees, but strong winds—with gusts as strong as 41 miles per hour—will make it feel like five degrees through the evening. Frigid conditions are expected Wednesday as well. A brief reprieve will come Thursday, when temperatures are expected to be above freezing.The relief may be short-lived. Meteorologists are tracking a potential Nor’easter that could dump significant snow on the Island beginning Friday night.“There is growing potential for a major winter storm Friday night into Sunday,” the National Weather Service’s Upton office warned. “This storm could produce heavy snow…strong winds…and significant coastal flooding.”The weather service said that the probability for a major storm is increasing but it could not yet predict how much snow would fall. The region saw its first “measurable” snowfall of the season on Sunday, when some areas recorded up to an inch. Long Island’s longest snow drought on record was in 1995. That year, forecasters didn’t measure at least a tenth of an inch of snow—the agency’s barometer for “measurable” snowfall—until Feb. 4, the weather service said.It had been such an uneventful winter that people were beginning to wonder if the Island would see any snow at all. Now that the likelihood of a major winter storm is increasing, those unseasonably warm 60-plus-degree December days are starting to feel like a distant past.
Eco Domus – Certification program for eco-friendly accommodation in the County of Istria / Petra Baldaš Beato, Village experience Baldaši
Photo: Village experience Canopies The Eco Domus labeling program is implemented with the aim of increasing social and environmental responsibility in tourism. It is in line with global guidelines for sustainable development and guarantees comprehensive protection of the environment and health. You mentioned trends. What can we expect in the future? Tell us something about the Eco Domus program: when was it launched, who is it for and what are its goals? For this purpose, this year, with the aim of promoting sustainable tourism development, informing about existing eco-friendly content in Istria, monitoring trends in the world, and raising awareness of the importance of ecology and networking stakeholders of ecological offer in Istria, we decided to produce the first brochure on eco-friendly content in Istria under the title Istria ecoxperience – All eco from Istria. The brochure also includes Eco Domus facilities, which are thus promoted, both among the domicile population and among domestic and foreign guests. The brochure is distributed through the system of tourist boards in Istria and beyond. The environment is shaped positively. The local community increased the number of green islands and successively replaced public lighting with an acceptable ecological one. Residents are adapting to the requirements of the new standards. In the certification process itself, the most important thing for us was the availability of a professional advisor. It would be difficult to cope without quality information about manufacturers, types and characteristics of products, or the expected effects. ENERGY: With the aim of saving, energy consumption is monitored and energy-saving lamps are used in at least 80% of lighting fixtures and at least one device of A or more energy class. Our parents had the rare privilege of diverse and fulfilling tourism careers. We have fond memories of the ‘important logistical tasks’ that we, as children, responsibly presented to our guests. I guess it already started there. Tourism is in our home every day and always. This was followed by schooling, language learning, various specializations, first work experiences, focusing on new challenges, IPARD programs, ‘bolder’ borrowing and, today we are shaping – OPG Village Experience Baldaši. Guests react positively. They are currently collaborating. They are happy to take care of the environment even in small communities. They seem to be more environmentally conscious. Eco Domus is intended for small tourist accommodation facilities with a capacity of up to 30 beds, and its goal is to encourage private renters to operate in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and sustainable tourism. Sustainable tourism development is very important because it meets the needs of tourists and the domicile population. It seeks to achieve resource management in such a way that economic, social and environmental needs are met by maintaining cultural integrity, basic ecological processes, biodiversity, and the systems on which life rests. Joining the Eco Domus program is recommended, because it complements our thinking, motivates the way of life and improves business results. Our goal is to continuously work on promoting and attracting new private renters to get involved in the program. In the next few years, we would like to gather between 50-100 such facilities in Istria that operate in an environmentally friendly manner. As part of the program, we will, as before, organize trainings for the involved landlords about new trends, the importance of sustainable and responsible behavior towards the environment and everything else that can help them in their business. And we will also help them with promotion and connecting with the market. Facilities bearing the Eco Domus sign they met at least 50 basic criteria in 12 categories, which are as follows: Petra Baldaš Beato is the owner of the Baldaš family farm, which realized this beautiful project in the village of Baldaši near Vižinada, about 15 km from Poreč in the interior of Istria. WE TALKED ABOUT THE ECO DOMUS PROGRAM WITH NADA PRODAN MRAKOVIĆ, HEAD OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNTRIES ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT After the first 11 facilities to which they were provided free consulting services about adapting their eco-label facility and who met the criteria and were handed them appropriate tables and promotional materials for marking their accommodation facility, during the last year, 15 new buildings underwent the same procedure, and acquired the right to display the Eco Domus label. We started gradually. In the end, it wasn’t that hard. After a year of doing business with a certificate, how do you look at it now, how does it affect your business? LOCAL VALUES: Local cultural and natural heritage, local lifestyle and traditional fairs and customs are valorized and promoted with the aim of preserving Istrian heritage and authenticity. NOISE AND LIGHT POLLUTION: Silence is important for the health of humans and other living beings. The alternation of day and night, light and darkness, is extremely important for normal biological processes. Therefore, efforts are made to remove sources of noise and light pollution and use luminaires with light temperatures up to 3.000 K. HYGIENE: Only eco-certified toiletries and personal hygiene products are used in order to protect the health of guests and avoid releasing harmful substances into the environment. Was it difficult for you to harmonize your business with the 50 criteria required to obtain the Eco Domus certificate? FOOD AND DRINK: Local food and beverage producers and local cuisine are promoted. Would you recommend others to join the Eco Domus program? Photo: Village experience Canopies What was your motivation for joining the Eco Domus program? It is a continuation of the activities started by the Istra Bike & Bed project with the aim of diversifying and raising the quality of private accommodation in the County of Istria in accordance with the principles of sustainable tourism development. MOBILITY: When exploring local attractions, it is suggested to use public transport, bicycles that the host can offer or walking instead of using motor vehicles. WASHING, CLEANING AND DISINFECTION: Only eco-certified washing and cleaning products are used. The introduction of eco-certified products protects the health of staff, guests, the environment and the wider community. As part of the Eco Domus Certification Program for Eco Friendly Accommodation, initiated by the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County, we present one of the first landlords to join the program in early 2017. In addition, we presented specialized facilities, the so-called “Green” channels of promotion and sales, which will connect them with environmentally conscious guests who are looking for just such accommodation. For this purpose, criteria for the implementation of certification, visual identity and project logo were developed, and over the past two years, public calls for expressions of interest for involvement in the project were conducted in cooperation with external expert Milena Radošević from Aktivist doo from Pula. Photo: Village experience Canopies With the aim of including new facilities in the Eco Domus program, a public call is underway inviting all interested landlords from Istria to join this program, which encourages sustainable and responsible business. Photo: Village experience Canopies How did your guests react to the fact that you have an Eco Domus certificate? For more information about the landlord visit:https://www.istra.hr/hr/smjestaj/privatni-smjestaj/18404 What was the hardest for you, and what was the easiest? What is your opinion about the certification process itself and what helped you the most? The public invitation was published on the website of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County http://www.istra-istria.hr/index.php?id=5036, where you can find all the necessary information, forms and conditions for obtaining the Eco Domus certificate. WATER: With the aim of saving, water consumption is monitored and jet reducers are used on taps and showers, which reduce consumption by up to 70%. Initially, we found the 50 criteria of the Eco Domus program very demanding. We singled out the group we cater to, focusing on the group we need to cater to. We consulted the profession, the external advisor of the Istrian County, Mr. Milena Radošević. Little time, little investment – the sequel was not difficult. WASTE: Waste generation is avoided, natural materials are used, waste is collected and recycled separately. How many renters met the criteria and what are those criteria? GOVERNANCE AND COMMUNICATION: The staff who manage the accommodation facility have been educated about the Eco Domus rules and a policy for the sustainability of the facility has been developed. INTERIORS AND EXTERIORS: They try to use natural materials and eco-certified products when choosing textiles, paints and varnishes, furniture and other useful items. Eco Domus facilities have undertaken a responsible purchase in the future. Has Eco Domus encouraged change in other areas of your business or family life? The modus operandi of our family has basically not changed much. It is interesting that on the one hand, no guest complained about, for example, poorer water flow, and we, on the other hand, were surprised by significant economic savings. In particular, our water and electricity bills are, on an annual basis, about a third lower than in previous years! How can those interested apply for the Eco Domus program? SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT: Social engagement in the local community is one of the key elements of sustainable tourism development. Eco Domus facilities create examples of good practice and the owners are often involved in additional activities important for sustainable development. One of the general goals of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the County of Istria is the sustainable development of tourism in Istria, and the development of Istria as a quality tourist destination. Following these goals, which are based on the Master Plan for the Development of Istria Tourism from 2015-2025, the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County in 2016 launched a new certification program for eco-friendly accommodation called Eco Domus. In the family farm, he encouraged and brought closer reflections on new thematic services, and individually – it seems that we all read product declarations in turn. These are those prints written in ‘small print’. Let’s choose the least damage !! Life in the countryside gives a stronger ‘touch’ with nature. Nature is the most valuable resource in tourism. This criterion ran from the initial design of the space to the construction and selection of materials, from the planning and selection of content to the final services. We were motivated to join the Eco Domus program. Currently, 3% of international holiday trips are motivated by ecotourism, with a strong tendency to increase in the coming years. Namely, the growing ecological awareness conditions the annual growth of ecotourism between 10-20%. Such facilities are already in high demand in the world today and according to a survey by Tripadvisor, 57% of passengers on their trips choose accommodation, transport or food that meet and apply eco-friendly standards and practices. In addition, 50% of travelers would pay more for accommodation in an eco-friendly accommodation facility. Tell us something about yourself, how did you start doing tourism and why? Criteria for obtaining a certificate can be viewed at this link: http://www.istra-istria.hr/fileadmin/urednici/Turizam/Eco_Domus_-_Kriteriji_2019.pdf How did your environment react? What are the further activities within the Eco Domus program? Therefore, whether it is done to attract new guests, or for themselves, it is definitely worth investing in raising the environmental standards of accommodation. In addition to the savings that are achieved in the business itself, the environment is preserved, and each invested kuna is returned many times over.
Rafael Nadal said on Sunday that he was “very pessimistic” over a full resumption of the professional tennis circuit which has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic.“From my point of view, I’m very pessimistic that the circuit can resume a normal activity,” said the world number two in a virtual chat origanized by the Spanish Federation of Tennis (RFET) involving the team that won last year’s Davis Cup.Rafael Nadal last played when he won the Mexican Open on February 29 and is not optimistic about playing again soon “In tennis, you need to travel every week, stay in hotels, go to different countries,” Nadal said. “Even if it we play without an audience, to organise any event you need a lot of people involved, which cannot be ignored. At an international level I see a serious problem.” Nadal said he hoped that restrictions can be relaxed gradually, but added that he was aware that the global health situation is serious. “We have had a very tough month and a half, with many irreparable losses as well as others that are less important that will still bring great suffering to society, I hope only for a few months, at the economic level,” he said. “Many people are going to lose their jobs.” “These are sad moments when you see so many people dying,” he said. Loading… Nadal had already told Spanish radio that he thought it would be “difficult” to stage one of the majors “in the short or medium term.” Read Also: No dates set for return of Spanish football Nadal has been working with his friend Pau Gasol, the Spanish basketball player, to raise funds in the fight the coronavirus. Along with other leading tennis players such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Nadal is one of the promoters of a plan to create a fund to help low-ranked players who are suffering financially. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better
The Nelson Daily SportsSelkirk College forward Travis Herlein continues to be a force on the Saints, and for his scoring attributes, has now been recognized by the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League as Player of the Week.The former Golden Rocket sniper led the Saints offensive four goals during a recent road trip through the Thompson/Okanagan. Herlein, 21, scored twice during Selkirk’s 8-5 loss to Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.The next night Herlein netted another pair, including goal number three that brought the Saints to within a goal in a 4-3 loss to the Okanagan Coyotes.Herlein now leads the Saints in scoring with six goals for eight points in 10 games.Herlein finished the 2009-10 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with 23 goals and 20 assists.The Saints are idle until November 27th when the team travels to the Lower Mainland to face Trinity Western and the University of the Fraser Valley. [email protected]
The Kootenay Ice is back in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action Saturday and Sunday in Rossland.However, the competition doesn’t get any easier for the Major Midget club as first place Okanagan Rockets, featuring many Western Hockey League draft picks, come to the Golden City to face the Ice.The Rockets are tied for top spot with the Vancouver Northwest Giants, each with 16-3-1 records. Kootenay squandered a chance to move up in league standings this past weekend by playing to a pair of ties against Kamloops Blazers — 3-3 and 2-2.Spencer McLean of Montrose, Ryan Neil of Frutivale and Kadrian Klimchuk of Castlegar scored for the Ice, which failed to hold an early 2-0 advantage.Sunday, Kootenay rallied from a 2-1 deficit to pull even with the Blazers.Coy Provost of Kimberley and Tyler Steinberg of Cranbrook scored for the Ice.The weekend series begins Saturday at 2:15 p.m. in Rossland.Sunday the teams play at the Rossland Arena beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday arrived in Srinagar and termed the ground situation “far from normal” as shopkeepers and transporters observed a shutdown in response to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent remarks in Parliament that everything was normal. Mr. Sinha, who was denied entry into the Valley and detained at the Srinagar airport on September 17, reached the capital of J&K without any objection by the local authorities unlike last time. “I thank the government for allowing me to visit Kashmir. We are here to access the ground situation. The situation seems far from normal. Union Minister Shah’s statement on normalcy in Parliament has only evoked a backlash from people, who are observing a shutdown,” Mr. Sinha said.He described the episode of August 5, when the Centre revoked J&K’s special status, as “grave injustice to the people of Kashmir and violation of the Indian Constitution.”“People have shown maturity and responded with peace and dignity. India’s founding father Mahatma Gandhi too was an advocate of fighting violence with peace and not violence with violence. The credit for maintaining calm and peace goes to the people of Kashmir and not to those who claim they did not fire a single bullet,” said Mr. Sinha, in an indirect reference to Mr. Shah’s speech in Parliament.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’ve toughened up since Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino feels his players have become mentally stronger over the first-half of the season.Pochettino believes the temperament of his squad has improved following a dressing down at Old Trafford.He was agitated by players talking about winning the Premier League title after beating Manchester United 3-0 in August.”After our victory at Old Trafford, I was so disappointed with some of the comments, the way we assimilated the victory,” said Pochettino ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth.”After that we improved a lot and learned. In football you always have to be respectful and talk on the pitch. We’re in a very good position — last 16 of the Champions League, semi-final of the Carabao Cup and third in the Premier League table.”I remember when we arrived it always was about how? How do we reduce the gap to the top? How can we be competitive in big games? How can we be consistent? How? How? How? After four-and-a-half years I think we’re in a very good position. But now the last step is the most difficult step. It looks so close but sometimes it’s not so close. That is why it’s tough to keep going.”In our first press conference after the World Cup I told you this is going to be one of the most difficult seasons for us. When many things were negative, when all the circumstances were not the best to start with… But we fought a lot and we took a massive challenge, fighting all together, and we’re doing a fantastic job.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Cathcart: Players to blame for Gracia axeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Craig Cathcart says the players are to blame for Javi Gracia’s sacking.Cathcart was visiting his parents when he found out the news about Gracia’s sacking – and subsequent replacement by Quique Sanchez Flores – and said he and his team-mates could have done more to keep him at Vicarage Road.”I think as players if a manager gets sacked you do feel a sense of responsibility of not doing your job properly,” said Cathcart.”I think a few of us have to look at ourselves for that, the results weren’t going the way anybody wanted them to, as a whole group of players and staff and obviously the club have made a decision to let the manager go and bring in Quique.”We have to take responsibility, but we have to look forward now and do what the new manager wants to do and look forward to the rest of the season.”