AROB MPs hail peace-building training in Fiji

first_imgThe training organized by the United Nations Development Programme from June 20-24, include the Regional Member for Bougainville and Minister for Bougainville Affairs Joe Lera, and the Clerk of the Bougainville House of Representatives Robert Tapi,A Bougainville Parliamentary spokesman representing the team hailed the training program as a major success. According the spokesman, besides the training on peace, stability and mediation, the team was able to witness the differences in structure of the Fijian Parliament and that of the Bougainville House of Representatives. This included transparency of the law-making process in the Fijian Parliament, the linkage between the customary and formal government, the effective management of land tenure systems, the growth and development of the tourism sector as a major revenue earner and many other innovative parliamentary insights.“The training was a major success and an eye opener for Members of the Bougainville. Most of us in Bougainville are not aware of the high level of perception that the international community especially in UN circles has of the Bougainville Peace Process. It was a major learning experience about how successful our peace process on Bougainville has been despite some setbacks. We came out of the training proud that Bougainville can be a model for peace-building on the world stage and it has encouraged us to work harder with our people to build peace” said David Braun, ABG Member for Tinputz.Training focused on the role of Parliament in the process of national peacebuilding. It covered a range of issues, including the oversight functions of the Parliament, social accountability, inclusion of civil society and citizens as tools for effective peacebuilding approaches to gender mainstreaming and more.During their stay, the Parliamentary team paid a courtesy call  on the Speaker of Fijian Parliament Dr. Jiko Fatafehi Luveni, and also met with parliamentary committees including the Law, Justice, and Human Rights and Natural Resources committees.UNDP supported participation of the parliamentarians as part of its wider efforts on peacebuilding in Bougainville. Funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), which provided more than $US8 million (K25.4 million) since 2014, it aims to support the peace process in Bougainville and help to create an enabling environment for a credible and inclusive referendum, together with other UN agencies on the ground.Picture:  Members of Bougainville House of Representatives and the Fijian counterparts at the traininglast_img read more

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When it rains, it pours at Smith’s Memorial Primary

first_img…teachers complain of leaking roofTeachers at the Smith’s Memorial Primary School, Hadfield Street, Georgetown, are fuming while at the same time hoping for urgent attention to be paid to the leaking roof at the institution, which is currently taking a beating on the pupils as the daily downpours continue.A section of the auditorium drenched by rainfall due to the leaking roofGuyana Times was told that the leaking roof went unnoticed at the school for months during the dry weather but now that the rainy season has begun, students and teachers are being forced to move around their classrooms to avoid getting wet.This publication visited the school on Wednesday morning for an event during which a heavy downpour began, forcing children to shift around in the building.In fact, the Head Teacher of the school, Iyodele Hamilton, was being interviewed in her office when she too was distracted by a leakage coming from above her.She explained that the Education Ministry was informed of the situation since last term and promises were made to have the issue rectified as soon as possible.According to the Head Teacher, the school was visited on Tuesday by an official who seemed as though he was assessing the situation. She, however, complained that several other parts of the building also leak whenever it rains, especially the auditorium which is generally used to facilitate formal events.Moreover, the auditorium also houses the Grade Five and Six classes which are often made uncomfortable by the rainfall.“We are looking for help in that area, with immediate effect that would be good,” Hamilton shared.A teacher who did not state her name, informed this publication that the roof was fixed before but the issue seems to be reoccurring. That teacher said she hopes that the pupils and staffers can benefit from a new school in the near future as many school are undergoing repairs.Efforts by Guyana Times to contact senior officials at the Education Ministry proved futile.last_img read more

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Wonowon fire demolishes six structures at work camp

first_imgThe Fort St. John Fire department did not attend the fire, as it was located outside the fire suppression area. After three hours of burning, the fire managed to extinguish itself. If you have any information regarding this fire, please contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. A fire in Wonowon claimed five cabins and a detached residence on Tuesday morning.The Fort St. John RCMP detachment was called to the Nomadic Work Camp located at Mile 102 of the Alaska Highway. When the police arrived at the scene, four cabins were destroyed by the fire, and a fifth cabin along with a detached residence was engulfed in flames. – Advertisement -Constable Jessica Veysey says the fire is still under investigation. [asset|aid=1425|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fb899964245c83b4b355d1cf1345cae4-Veysey 1_1_Pub.mp3]No one was staying at the camp at the time of the fire. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arteta staying at Arsenal! Agent says Spaniard will not be joining Fiorentina

first_img1 Mikel Arteta has no interest in leaving Arsenal this summer, his agent has said.The Spaniard is being linked with a move to Fiorentina, amid reports the Gunners want to bring in a new defensive midfielder.However, according to the 32-year-old’s representative, Inaki Ibanez, Arteta is going nowhere.“The player has no intention to leave London,” Ibanez told Italian radio station Radio Blu.“We have not spoken to any club and I would like to remind everyone that we are talking about the Arsenal captain, with all respect for Fiorentina.”Arteta’s future had been called into question as the Gunners are reportedly attempting to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. Mikel Arteta last_img

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Ibrahimovic unveils larger than life statue in hometown

first_imgIbrahimovic, who had a stint with Paris Saint-Germain, already has an effigy at the Grevin wax museum in the French capital.He had been waiting for his statue in Sweden for five years. The work, created by Swedish sculptor Peter Linde, is impressive. Ibrahimovic stands 1.95m (6ft 5in) tall. The sculpture is 2.7 metres high and weighs 500kg.Ibrahimovic, whose parents emigrated from the former Yugoslavia, grew up in difficult conditions in Rosengard, a neighbourhood in Malmo known for violent clashes between rival gangs.He played for Malmo, then Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG and Manchester United before moving to the LA Galaxy. He developed a reputation as a player who won league titles, collecting 13 in 16 seasons in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, although one, with Juventus, has since been rescinded.His Galaxy team have made the MLS playoffs and face Minnesota in the first round on October 20.Ibrahimovic dominated the Swedish national team from 2001 to 2016, winning 116 caps and scoring 62 goals.He remains an icon in his hometown.“He is one of us. He comes from Rosengard and has become the king of football,” said Jaafar, who grew up in the area and came up to approach his idol.Ibrahimovic, who is famous for his bombastic, possibly tongue in cheek, declarations, said before leaving PSG that he would stay if the club owners could persuade the city to “change the Eiffel Tower for my statue”.“A World Cup without me is nothing to watch, so it is not worth waiting for the World Cup,” he said when Sweden failed to qualify for the 2014 finals.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘The statue is the symbol that anything is possible,’ said Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he unveiled a statue of himself in Malmo © TT News Agency/AFP / Johan NILSSONMALMO, Sweden, Oct 8 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic unveiled a bronze statue of himself on Tuesday near the stadium where he launched his professional career in his hometown of Malmo.“No matter where you come from, where you are, no matter what you look like, the statue is the symbol that anything is possible,” said Sweden’s best-known footballer, visibly moved to see himself permanently represented “where it all began”.last_img read more

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Liverpool flop finally admits future lies away from Anfield

first_img1 Fabio Borini Liverpool forward Fabio Borini wants to leave the club this summer, according to his agent.Borini made just 12 Premier League appearances for Liverpool in the 2014-15 campaign and the Italian wants a move away from Anfield in search of more playing time.“Fabio wants a new experience,” Borini’s agent Marco De Marchi said to Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport. “We expected more consideration from Liverpool.“There are teams from all over Europe interested in him.“Top clubs in Europe are keen on him, from the Premier League to the Bundesliga and there also clubs in Italy, but many clubs in Italy have had coaching changes and that has slowed things down.“He has no preference, he just wants a team that gives him a clear chance to prove himself.“Right now he feels like a lion in a cage.”Borini joined Liverpool in the summer of 2012 from Roma, becoming the first signing of the Brendan Rodgers era, and is under contract with the Reds for another season.The 24-year-old scored seven goals in 25 league starts while on loan at Sunderland in the 2013-14 campaign.Liverpool reportedly agreed a £14million fee with Sunderland to sell Borini last summer but the player turned down a permanent move to Wearside.“His current value is that given by Sunderland last year,” De Marchi said. “However, that figure could be affected by the season he’s had at Liverpool and the fact that in a year his contract runs out.“For the time being, everything is on standby as the player is currently on his honeymoon but will return shortly.”last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: URRIS CLUB LAUNCHES A BUY A BLOCK FUNDRAISER FOR NEW CLUB HOUSE

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 11/7/2013 No’s Drawn 3,15,16,18 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,940.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Kathleen & Brigid c/o Bingo, Natasha Mulhern Cloontagh, John Canny Dunaff, Sally McDonald Clonmany, Michael Bradley. IORRAS GAA CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW – Tickets are now on sale at €5 a ticket or 3 tickets for €10 great prizes to be won.BUY A BLOCK – Urris GAA Club are running a BUY A BLOCK Fundraiser Drive for the Development of the New Club House. Individuals can contribute €10 towards buying a block, and they will be then have their name framed on the club wall along with all contributors we would be grateful if you would consider supporting this fund raising drive. Contact Rose Kelly for further information 0877770639. DONEGAL V MONAGHAN – Ticket orders for the Ulster Football final between Donegal and Monaghan on Sunday July 21st. Please contact John Friel on 0860523550 to book your ticket. The club will also be running a bus to this game.FACEBOOK – Find us on Facebook CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all the latest Fixtures Results and Training plus lots of other links and news.WEEK END RESULTS: Seniors Junior A Championship Burt 0-14 v Urris 1-11.Division 4 Reserves League: Burt 1-6 v Urris 1-4.FIXTURES: Minors: Away to Downings Wednesday 17th July at 7.30pm.Ladies Championship: Urris v Red Hughes on Wednesday 17th July at 7.30pm.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707.Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening. GAA NEWS: URRIS CLUB LAUNCHES A BUY A BLOCK FUNDRAISER FOR NEW CLUB HOUSE was last modified: July 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: URRIS CLUB LAUNCHES A BUY A BLOCK FUNDRAISER FOR NEW CLUB HOUSElast_img read more

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Chequered flag goes up for the late, great ‘Big D’- It’s Walshy on Wednesday

first_imgTHE CHEQUERED FLAG GOES UP FOR THE ‘BIG D’: In the company of some of the sporting greats, Derek McMahon once featured on the popular ITV programme ‘This is Your Life’.Not as the star guest – though for he all did for motor sport he could just well have been – but as part of the tribute entourage to one of Formula 1’s high fliers, Eddie Jordan.In his book ‘An Independent Man’, Jordan recalls the show and lists the personalities who came along to acknowledge his own contribution to sport on wheels. In third place on that list, he mentions ‘the Big D’, ahead of the likes of Eddie Irvine, champion jockey Richard Dunwoody, former footballer and manager, David O’Leary, golfers Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood and some of the great and the good of the musical world, Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Chris Rea, and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason.Earlier in the book, Jordan reflects on his own involvement in the British F3 Championship when he raced for “the Donegal oil baron” – his description – Derek McMahon.One of the great characters in this or any other sport has sadly undertaken his final lap but what a journey. There are many who owe their success in the sport to the man from Milford – not least one of this country’s track stars, Derek Daly. “Hard to grasp that my friend and mentor has gone. Rest in peace, big man,” he tweeted.The ‘Big D’ quite literally put motor sport on the road in his own native county as a founding member of the Donegal Motor Club – and President up to his until passing at the weekend – and an inspiration behind the Donegal International Car Rally (the fact that it was, and is, an international event undoubtedly owes much to Derek’s connections far and beyond this island). And not the only sport he loaned his dedication to during his lifetime. He attended the first meeting of Letterkenny Rugby Club in McCarry’s Hotel on April 11th, 1973 as a founding member.Indeed as a player – and while I can’t in all honesty say I saw him in action it’s likely I did observe him on the old pitch on the Port Road – he excelled and could, they say, have gone on to greater things in an Irish jersey.But motor oil was in his blood and it was to his job – he was chairman of Donegal Oil Company – and the racing circuit that he devoted his time, energy and great sense of camaraderie (loud laughter within a group of fellow enthusiasts would immediately point you in his direction).The local motor world has lost a giant of a personality but most of all his family will miss his massive presence.The chequered flag has been waved – farewell Big D. FROM THE RING TO THE CAGE IN ONE BLOODY SWOOP: Last Saturday’s ‘Irish Independent’ featured a letter from regular contributor, Brian McDevitt from Glenties.He quoted an article from the previous week when Miriam Donohoe castigated one of his pet hates, the sport of boxing. “Fair play to her, she did not pull any punches on how she felt.“I quote and agree: “I just don’t see the point in a boxer – man or woman taking a beating for the amusement of onlookers. Boxing glamorises violence and makes it look cool,” the columnist had declared. “Yes indeed, Miriam”, Brian threw his hat into the ring.And occasionally, I agree with you, Brian. I say occasionally because there have been times when I’ve been on my feet shouting at the television screen and urging on Steve Collins, Michael Carruth, Barry McGuigan, Danny Ryan, Katie Taylor, and Michael Conlan, among others over the years, and dancing around the sitting-room at a world title triumph or Olympic medal (not much dancing during the last Olympics).So I confess, I’m a bit of a charlatan in that regard.But not, absolutely not, when it comes to the UFC Mixed Martial Arts discipline (did I say discipline?).There was no cheering or dancing at the weekend in this corner at any rate when Conor McGregor was acclaimed the new UFC lightweight champion.Irish he may be but nothing could, or would, persuade me to watch through one of his fights with any degree of sporting fanaticism. And more likely not watch through any of it at all.It’s street violence without the street – the only difference being you can safely avoid a court appearance but still pile in the readies if you’ve reached the Dubliner’s level in world rankings.Or blood money as some might term it.NOT QUITE A VIENNA WALTZ BUT….Seamus Coleman – as the proprietor of the Daily said to me this week there’s a sportsman who manages to keep a humble lid on it unlike the above-mentioned – was quick to praise the Irish fans in Vienna at the end of Saturday evening’s qualifier and rightly so.They remain a credit to this country, travelling the length and breadth of the globe and maintaining the support volume throughout. If only I had their dedication and, probably, their bank balances or loan credits.Not quite a waltz for Martin O’Neill’s men but nevertheless a deserved victory, achieved as the result of a flowing move (finished off neatly by James McClean) that proves they can do it, and one that propels them to the top of their group.Someday Eamon Dunphy might agree with this but Coleman was an inspiration as skipper and indeed earned the fulsome praise of manager O’Neill in the post match interviews.We now must wait until March to see if we can retain top spot when the visitors to the Aviva Stadium are a Welsh side who have lost a bit of the momentum that saw them through to the semi-finals of the Euros.Hopefully it will be our Coleman celebrating come the end of that particular fixture.TRUMP WINS – AND DRAWSSo there you have it. The only American President ever to have pulled the balls out in the fifth round draw for the Rumbelows Cup.Yes, the one and only – and there are quite a few who believe that’s still too many of him – Donald Trump did the business on the ‘Saint & Greavsie’ show on I.T.V. television back in 1991.“It’s a great game, I love soccer,” he indicated at the time.This not being the ‘Irish Times’, who somehow managed to devote their respective back page columns in both Saturday and Monday’s sports supplements to the Trump triumph –Keith Duggan quoting the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, Stan van Gundy, at great length on the latter’s despair at the result of last week’s election and Malachy Clerkin backing that up two days later in his “Tipping Point’ column with further references to the shock result in world politics – this humble patch can only reflect that despite Trump drawing Leeds United out to face then fierce rivals, Manchester United, in that Cup draw, Alex Ferguson’s Reds still went on to beat the Elland Roaders and ultimately win the Rumbelows Cup with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.Hardly the popular vote at the time, that one….SPORT AND GOLF IN DONEGAL: Came across a fairly old publication – circa the 1930’s – on the province of Ulster at the weekend written by Stephen Gwynn, who spent the early part of his life in Ramelton, the family having moved there just after his birth.Here’s a few lines in reference to our own fair county:“Golf, which for the present is even a greater attraction than sport, does not extend into the wilder parts of the country though, indeed, twenty years ago Port Salon and Rosapenna, where the most famous links are, were outlandish enough.It is golf that has brought them into the vale of civilization – over civilization some of us grumble when we see smart frocks among the sandhills by Downings Bay.”Whatever about the frocks among the sandhills by Downings Bay (and that was just the men), what intrigued me most was the opening line where the author maintained that golf was now an even greater attraction than sport.Often wondered what Rory McIlroy and Co. were doing hanging around the sporting pages….Chequered flag goes up for the late, great ‘Big D’- It’s Walshy on Wednesday was last modified: November 16th, 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)last_img read more

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History to be made as two Cloughaneely bands make their way to Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis

first_imgHistory will be made this weekend for the parish of Cloughaneely, as two marching bands from the area are off to the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Ennis to take part in the marching band competition. Both bands will compete in the Junior and Senior Miscellaneous sections and this Sunday marks the culmination of many months of preparation and practice.Buíon Cheoil Sinsear Chloich Cheann Fhaola (Senior Band) was formed in August 2016 after a call for a spontaneous band reunion to welcome home the junior band on their All–Ireland win at Fleadh Ceoil Na hÉirean, 2016. There was a large turnout of past members at relatively short notice and a great night was had by all as they realised how much they missed performing their music and marching together in the band. Not only was there be a response from members living locally, there were past members who live/work in other parts of Ireland and even from the UK and Dubai that expressed an interest in reuniting to form a senior band and compete in the senior miscellaneous section at the Fleadh the following year.All members of the newly formed senior band were previously members of the junior marching band (u18) Banna Cheoil Chloich Cheann Fhaola, with years of membership spanning three decades stretching from 1983 until as recently as 2014. During that time, collectively they have been All-Ireland Champions at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann ten times.Aside from their accolades at Fleadh, the band were highly respected and coveted countrywide for the standard of the musical drills performed in competitions and parades. They have performed in Munich, Germany, Philadelphia, US and in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day Parades. The band recorded and released cassette tapes in 1980s and have won many prestigious awards and competitions over the three decades.There has been a strong tradition of marching bands in Donegal, particularly in the west of the county. Unfortunately the prevalence of Miscellaneous and Accordion bands has seen a sharp decline since the late 1990s. The area of Cloich Cheann Fhaola has had a marching band since 1983. It is one of the longest running bands in the county that has never disbanded. The financial costs in running a band has made it particularly difficult and credit goes to all members, past committees and the wider community for keeping the band going all these years. Competing in the marching band competition requires hours and hours of practice of music and drill. This year the senior bands have rehearsed tirelessly and the commitment each member has shown has been incredible to witness. A lot of babysitters were on hand and I’m sure a lot of tired dads will be glad to see the end of the marching band season! Between family and work commitments, members have met twice weekly all year and have even organised the odd music practice in each other’s houses in the winter months to prepare for their marching routine to be performed this Sunday.A great amount of nostalgia is linked to a lot of the music as their programme contains a mixture of new and older tunes that have spanned the three decades of the band.On their homecoming after winning the Ulster Fleadh in July, the local community could not believe the standard of music and marching from the band. New uniforms and instruments were on display and the band carried a pride in performing their fleadh programme.We wish them both the very best of luck this Sunday 20th August in Ennis. A lot of supporters from the area are travelling to support both bands and it is hoped it will an enjoyable weekend for all involved.History to be made as two Cloughaneely bands make their way to Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis was last modified: August 16th, 2017 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:Cloughaneely BandENNISFleadhlast_img read more

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Donegal Town on high alert for further flooding

first_imgEmergency services are bracing for more flooding in Donegal Town this morning when the River Eske reaches high tide. Homes and businesses have been damaged by floodwater following heavy rain fall at the end of Storm Lorenzo.Up to 50mm of rainfall was dumped on South Donegal during the early hours of the morning. However, the River Eske has not yet reached high tide. With high volumes of water in the river this morning, there is a risk that high tide will bring further flooding at 10.30am.The local fire service was dispatched to the scene early this morning along with Donegal Civil Defence. Emergency operations are underway, with seven fire units and two high-volume water pumping units in use.New Row, the Quay Car Park, the Old Laghey Road, Brookfield Manor and Clarendon Drive are all badly affected by the floods.Donegal County Council has deployed staff to the area to give out sandbags and deal with affected roads. The council has thanked the local community for their assistance and support during this flooding event. There has also been substantial flooding in Bundoran, Frosses and Laghey.Donegal County Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288.  For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service call 999 or 112.  Donegal Town on high alert for further flooding was last modified: October 7th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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