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first_imgFIFA ethics judges open case against Valcke ZURICH (AP): FIFA ethics judges have formally opened a case against Jerome Valcke, who faces a nine-year ban from football. The ethics committee’s judging chamber says it “decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings” against FIFA’s former secretary general after studying a prosecution file sent by ethics investigators. The judges acted one day after extending Valcke’s 90-day interim ban by 45 days. Valcke is charged with several violations of the FIFA code of ethics while serving as President Sepp Blatter’s top aide since 2007. The charges include accepting gifts and conflicts of interest. The judges gave no details of the case, citing Valcke’s “privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty”. Man United recall winger DORTMUND, Germany (AP): Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj was returning to Manchester United yesterday after his one-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund was cut short after half a season. The Bundesliga side confirmed that the clubs agreed on “an immediate return”, and that the “last contractual details between the parties are being sorted out”. The 20-year-old Januzaj joined Dortmund at the end of the last transfer period but failed to make his mark with the side. He played just 166 minutes as a substitute in six Bundesliga games, managing four shots at goal, and scoring none. He played two full games in five Europa League appearances for Dortmund, but again didn’t score. Football’s rule-makers discuss approving video replay trials LONDON (AP): Soccer’s rule-makers are discussing whether to approve trials of video replays to assist referees who find it harder to keep up with the faster, modern game. The International Football Association Board first approved technology in 2012 that was limited to systems determining whether the ball crossed the goal-line. But the FIFA-dominated panel met yesterday in London to decide whether to allow the first official in-game tests with video replay systems that could, for example, help to inform referees on whether a penalty should be awarded, a player should be sent off, or consider violent conduct they might have missed. It is “physically harder for referees to keep up,” and high-tech assistance is proving essential, English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said. Kiwis beat Lankans by three runs in T20 MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP): Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson each made half centuries in a 101-run opening partnership to help New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by three runs in the first Twenty20 international between the teams yesterday. Guptill scored 58 from 34 balls to give New Zealand the high-tempo start they needed after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first. Williamson supported him with 53 from 42 balls to lead New Zealand to 182-4. In reply, Danushka Gunathilaka made 46 and Milinda Siriwardana 42 to help Sri Lanka keep things close into the final over.last_img read more

ONE: Eduard Folayang shows off Igorot roots through locally-made formal wear

first_imgWith ONE title defense coming up, Joshua Pacio not taking a holiday breather Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 35-year-old Baguio City native is making a conscious effort to don locally-made garments to show that he is proud to be Filipino.“I represent the Philippines and my ethnicity by wearing a Barong. I am proud to wear it each and every time. I also use a Barong for awardings and speaking engagements,” said the Team Lakay bet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think it sends a message that you do not have to imitate other nation’s style to look good. We have to be proud of your own identity.”Folayang, who ended his year in a bang by recapturing the lightweight crown with a unanimous decision over Amir Khan last November, gets his Barong Tagalog from Easter Weaving, a store in Baguio City which sells products that highlight Philippine heritage and contemporary culture. Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE lightweight world Champion Eduard Folayang has been representing the Philippines in any way that he can.Aside from his exploits in mixed martial arts that have brought pride to the country, Folayang has also showcased Filipino culture by wearing a traditional Barong Tagalog with  Igorot weaving patterns for festivities outside the cage.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our Barong is unique, which is why I like wearing it so much. I want to show how unique Filipinos are. I am very proud of where I came from,” he said.Folayang’s proud representation of his heritage has managed to catch the attention of spectators, including ONE CEO International Victor Cui, who also has Filipino roots.“Victor Cui likes my formal attire so much,” Folayang recalled with a smile. “In fact he likes it so much, I had to buy one for him. He was very happy when he got it.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Varbah Gayflor, Others Booked

first_imgThe Joint Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature has booked former Gender and Development Minister Varbah Gayflor for “financial malpractices” and wants her restitute monies allegedly mismanaged.Addressing a news conference yesterday at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, PAC announced that Madams Gayflor, Parleh D. Harrison, Director of Women Division and Stephen Forkpah, Comptroller, all from the Gender Ministry, should jointly restitute US$75,000 and deposit said amount into an escrow account for government purpose.PAC also wants Forkpah and Mrs. Jestina Kollie jointly restitutes US$25,279.55 that remains unaccounted for as a result of bank and cash reconciliation.According to the PAC, recommendations to restitute these monies are based on the fact that the issue of non-approval of budgets presents a challenge for governance of affected entities.“The Committee believes that the expenditure of funds without an approved budget will continue in the future if no action is taken. The committee considers such actions systemic across sectors line ministries and agencies, and hereby recommends that henceforth the Legislature must approve the budgets for these entities along with the annual budget of the government of Liberia,” the PAC declared.In further recommendations, the Committee intoned that Madam Gayflor and Forkpah must be made to payback US$23,901.71 and L$31,180 allegedly mismanaged for fees collected from the Ministry’s Conference Hall rental, which were not accounted for during the period of the audit.Relative to monies intended for women’s organizations and unaccounted for allowances, Madam Gayflor and Forkpah again were booked for the alleged misappropriation of US$143,459 and US$35,576 respectively.Payments made to third parties instead of service providers, PAC believes that Edwin Borbor and Mrs. Moses S. Kelleh should jointly restitute US$355,367.60 and deposits the amount into escrow account.The PAC also wants Matthew Bundo, Personnel Director to restitute L$235,629 from monies accounted for as a result of payroll irregularities.The Auditor General during the audit of the Ministry of Gender and Development analyzed the bank statements of the Ministry and observed that there existed a variance of US$25,279.55 for which the AG did not receive any substantive explanation or documentation, according to the PAC.During the public hearing, the chief witness in person of Varbah K. Gayflor and the financial controller at the time argued that the money was a donor fund, as such, the reconciled reports were sent to the donors, so the ministry was unable to give the AG a report on such donor fund.During the cross examination, the committee was emphatic that all monies that flows into any government agency from central government or partners belongs to the people of Liberia and are subject to the AG’s commissioned audit under the laws of Liberia. Thus, the Committee recommends that Forkpah and Mrs. Jestina Kollie should restitute US$25,279.55.Meanwhile, other line ministries and agencies captured under this report are to be published in our subsequent publications.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Revamping GPF

first_imgDear Editor,Much praises are going out the Guyana Police Force for their ongoing operation against the touts at various bus parks. Whilst there’s a scarcity of jobs, it should be noted that touts are consider good to some and bad to others. They are humans and help lots of people in some sort of way whilst they are touting but over the years, lapse within the system cause them to stray away from their illegal duties and are now consider menace. Apart from that, rouge elements infiltrate their groups and stir up misery for them and some naturally cause them to stray away from duties thus they are being deem menace and everyone gets the blame. I hope that they would not be penalized harshly because they were working for an honest dollar but because some of their attitudes and pressure from others, the complaints keeps increasing on them. If there is another legal way for them to earn a living, I hope that they are assisted but the way things are in Guyana, they will definitely be back to that job. The Guyana Police Force have to explore method to eradicate that seemingly lawlessness and one of the main reason touts exists is that there’s many buses that does not want to join the line, instead they choose to load in front of others immediately upon arrival at the various parks. They should definitely find a method to stop that but there might be hurdles to cross before they could arrest that situation properly. Mainly, there’s members of the Guyana Police Force that owns minibuses, have relatives or friends who owns minibuses and when appropriate actions are being taken against them, just one phone call and to the dismay of other minibus operators, they are free to continue with their lawlessness. Added to that, there’s many Policemen that drives minibus when they are not on duty and when stop, they are allowed to continue once they are recognize, if not, a flash of their ID Card and they are free to go along lawlessly. There are stipulated parks for minibuses, but some rogue operators park at various places ahead of the bus parks and load with the assistance of the touts, and other touts are then employed by the buses in the line to hassle with the other touts and buses. They should address these issues, not go behind the touts alone.Editor, like previous Heads of the Guyana Police Force, I am not surprised to hear our new Commissioner of Police issuing threats towards those who choose to bribe the members of the Guyana Police Force. Echoing words used by his processors does not impress me. I am tired of hearing the same thing over and over. We all knows that there’s charges for those who offer and those who collect bribes. Instead of tooting his horns, he should just address these issues. It’s not nice to go against John Public and you having your members committing the most crime and you not dealing with that. Look after your house first, but then again, he might be wary of that after seeing what happen to the previous Acting Commissioner. There are instances where the person is being hold without any reasonable cause and they are forced by members of the Guyana Police Force to ‘give something’ before they could be allowed to go. Cases exists where they could be charged and release on bail or just allow to go but if you don’t have money to give they, they create excuses and put you into the lockup and in cases, make you call your relatives to bring money to bribe them before you could go. In other words, members of the Guyana Police Force create an environment where you have to pay bribe to members of the Guyana Police Force.Finally, Editor, after reading about one media consultant being robbed and his claims of calling the 911 repeatedly for over one hour and not getting an answer, based on my personal experience using that number, I posted a defense citing my experience and a few others on the social media agrees with me. Over a number of times there’s cases where I had to call the 911 and on the first calling between two to five rings, my calls are always being answered and upon explaining my reason for calling, I am always transfer towards the closest station within the vicinity I am calling from. I must admit and others agrees me, the 911 service is very active and whilst that is worthy of praises, some of the operators are very cooperative, some would exercise some serious attitudes and more than once I had to question them and most cases, when asking their names, the phone would be disconnected. I am presuming that they take their domestic problem to work with them. Added to that, when your calls are transferred, after listing your problem, sometimes you would be fortunate to hear the operator trying to get the patrol unit using the vehicle and in most cases the radio calls would go unanswered and the operator would inform you that they would try to get the mobile patrol and let them visit your area or invite you to the station. If you choose to go to the station, the police would inquire your reason, provide you with few options to choose from and request that you hire a taxi or provide transportation to traverse to and fro.Whilst all of that occurring, there’s the threat of going after vehicle with lights deem as menace to other motorists and the public. I am in agreement with that but I would remind all that to date, majority of members from the Guyana Police Force have the most heavily tinted vehicles and some with the illegal lights but despite calls over the years, no proper action is being taken against them. I should remind the Commissioner that if he wanted to see changes from society, the members of the Guyana Police Force should set an example first. It is unjustifiable to penalized one set for something that is illegal and another set is allowed to abuse it because they are the enforcer.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

CCJ has no enforcement powers against Guyana – AG

first_img… as Govt negotiates another multibillion-dollar settlementThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has handed down yet another judgment against the Guyana Government, this time to the tune of $2.8 billion, but the Administration has begun negotiations to see if a lower settlement could be reached.This was confirmed by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, who on Saturday told Guyana Times, the decision to negotiate was as a result of a decision taken at the level of Cabinet.The court proceedings against the Guyana Government were filed by a Trinidadian company – NH International – which secured judgment last year.AG Basil WilliamsThe Attorney General during a brief interview with this publication said he was mandated by Cabinet to negotiate a lower settlement.Asked about a possible refusal on the part of NH International to accept a lower settlement and the possibility of Guyana being found in contempt, the Attorney General made it clear that “the CCJ don’t have enforcement powers against us.”He nonetheless committed to abiding with the judgment, calling it another of the ‘inherited burdens’ from the previous Administration.The matter was first filed in 2007 by Trinidadian based NH International, which claimed that the Guyana Government had breached its contractual obligations with the company.The then Attorney General – the late Doodnauth Singh – had originally defended Guyana’s interest in the matter, which was appealed over the years, all the way to the CCJ.Minister Williams told Guyana Times there was not much information to divulge since negotiations are ongoing.Williams in recent days had been lamenting the state of affairs where several large judgments have been awarded against the Guyana Government, repeatedly blaming the previous Administration. He recently told a Government information service, “what we have found with these cases that we have inherited is that when you actually look at the cases, little or no effort was put in to defend and represent the State in these cases.”The NH International judgment is but one in a string of judgments against the Guyana Government recently.Other prominent cases include Suriname-based RUDISA Beverages which was awarded US$7.72 million by the CCJ after it challenged the environmental taxes charged on each bottle of beverage it imported into Guyana.The coalition Government had on that occasion also negotiated a lower settlement with the Surinamese company agreeing to accept US$6.22 million.According to Williams, Cabinet has authorised the method of negotiating reduction in the judgments it has inherited. Local beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and contracting firm BK International were also recently awarded large judgments against the Guyana Government.Williams’ predecessor, Anil Nandlall, this past week retaliated, when by way of a public missive, he lambasted Government’s approach to settling legal matters.“There is no other Government in the Commonwealth that has settled more cases and paid out more public funds, as a consequence thereof, over a 16-month period than the coalition Government,” Nandlall said.According to the former Attorney General, the current Administration has demonstrated such an incomparable proclivity and haste to dole out public funds and write off debts owed to the State, that it puts a strain on the rational mind not to conclude, “that either incompetence overwhelms or, that there is a corrupt motive, or both.”Nandlall in questioning the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government’s approach, pointed to an observation made in the RUDISA matter.The former Attorney General pointed out that, during the hearing of this matter, a senior functionary of the distributor of RUDISA’s products in Guyana, admitted under cross examination, that the products imported were under-valued by RUDISA before shipped to Guyana, in order to compete with Guyanese products.“By this admission, RUDISA was guilty of under-invoicing and, therefore, never pay the correct amount in taxes on these products.”Nandlall surmised that if an assessment is to be done, using the market value of those products, RUDISA would be indebted to Guyana in the billions.These monies, he said, can be set off against the judgment and in the end, Guyana would not have had to pay a cent and “RUDISA may still have been indebted to us.”Nandlall said while this approach was not public knowledge, this was the strategy of his Administration – a plan that was made known to the APNU/AFC successors which opted instead to pay the judgment.He pointed too to the ‘suspect’ handling of the DDL and BK International matters.last_img read more

GECOM not in receipt of $2.9B for LGE polls – top official

first_img…says Govt propaganda misleading, out of orderBy Michael YoungeA top official of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Friday denied that Central Government had given the electoral body a whopping $2.9 billion to host Local Government Elections this year.The official’s denial comes on the heels of a statement released by the Government’s Department of Public Information on Thursday, in which it was claimed that “The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been allocated some $2.9B (billion) for the holding of Local Government Elections (LGE) between the beginning of November and early December this year.”That statement elaborated: “The multi-billion-dollar allocation from Central Government demonstrates its unequivocal commitment and determination towards democratic governance, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan said.”The GECOM official has said that if indeed the minister did relate that the sum was allocated by Government to GECOM specifically for the holding of LGE, then there was a deliberate and inexcusable attempt to mislead and misinform the public.“Recall first that GECOM is no longer a budget agency, and does not fall under the purview of the Finance Minister. It was this Government which changed the status of the entity and conferred upon it a new status. We are now a Schedule Three Agency,” the official informed.A Schedule Three agency is a constitutional and independent entity that makes a direct charge on the Consolidated Fund. Their monies are approved by the National Assembly, and can only be adjusted by the Parliament, not any one Minister. The Finance Minister also cannot adjust the monies of the agencies by himself before moving to Parliament. He has moved a motion, and it has to be voted upon.“Secondly, GECOM’s entire budget is $2.9 billion. Does the DPI and Communities Minister expect us to believe that GECOM would spend all of its current and capital allotments solely on the hosting of elections at the local level in November and December?” the official quizzed, before asking where the GECOM would get monies from to handle every other aspect of its operations.“We would be running to Parliament every quarter for supplemental funds to operate outside of the elections,” the senior official said.The official, who has years of experience at the entity, said, “I am not even aware that a budget has been finalized for these elections, and presented to the Commissioners for review and approval.”In fact, according to this official, the Commissioners did not meet for months before the recent controversial appointment of Justice James Patterson.“I am, however, aware that budgetary estimates were prepared and then reduced by the Government side of the Parliament when they were presented for consideration ahead of the 2018 budget,” the official ended.Meanwhile, another source at the Elections Commission has expressed worry that the $3.7 billion allocation sought by GECOM was reduced to $2.9 billion, resulting in $815 million being axed despite Government’s position that if GECOM needed more resources for holding elections, it could come again to the Parliament.“What will be the quality of the voter education project? GECOM has a lot of things to do in order to be fully prepared to deliver free and fair elections, and elections free from fear. GECOM’s right to determine its own financial needs should have been respected, and not second-guessed,” the source remarked.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan on Thursday reported that the monies allocated by Government pointed to the David Granger Administration’s commitment to local democracy and development. Bulkan said Government was obligated to provide the monies for preparatory work to continue on the polls.Bulkan referred to the need for the Commission to use parts of the money to boost its voter education campaign, while expressing the view that even the local organs need more sensitization on their mandates.According to him, the $2.9 billion allocated to GECOM will include funding for the much-needed voter education.“I will be the first to admit that there is still a great degree of lack of understanding of even what are the responsibilities of local government organs in our engagement and interaction with the public; that there is still this mindset that it is Central Government that is responsible for the conditions in the individual communities.”Local Government Elections were resumed in 2016 after two long years of dormancy.last_img read more

Lawndale’s New Chapter

first_imgThe siblings were helping to create Lawndale’s first public art project. “It’s fun,” said Jasmine, 9. “We get to use paint. We get to get messy.” The mural, called Portraits of Lawndale, will consist of 20 plywood panels each painted with the image of an open book. Residents painted pictures on the book’s covers at five recent workshops. Once finished, the 4-by-8-foot panels will hang from a construction fence around the future library next to City Hall. Gayle Gale is overseeing the project, which she conceptualized. Gale is a Los Angeles-based artist who has dedicated her career to helping create community art projects. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER Dylan Del Moral dipped a paintbrush in a tub of bright red acrylic Saturday and put the final touches – red tears – on a sad clown. The 11-year-old Lawndale boy had also just finished a stark painting of the planet Mars: a round red ball surrounded by black. His sister Jasmine, 9, painted a cartoon cat. “My mission in life is to bring harmony through art,” Gale said, as she overlooked finished panels displayed outside the library. “In Portraits of Lawndale, people painted whatever they think Lawndale is.” For Julie Dao, 11, it’s a pink ice cream cone, while for Brianna Rubio, 11, it’s a slice of pepperoni pizza. Some of the paintings feature faces but others portray dogs, cats, cars, butterflies, hearts and cartoon characters. This year, the City Council approved $80,000 for a public art program. This mural, which will be unveiled in October, is the city’s first project. City officials plan to have more but haven’t nailed down what will come next. “It’s wide open,” Community Development Director Otis Ginoza said. “Many other communities have had public art for 20, 30, 40 years. It’s new here.” The colorful, resident-inspired mural is far from the tech-savvy, theory-based public art projects some nearby cities have embraced. San Pedro recently installed MoJo, a motion-sensor robot on top of a cylindrical pole outside new condominiums there. The robot is supposed to sense people walking by, and shine a light on them. It hasn’t always worked as planned. According to the artist, the piece imitates the modern, industrial harbor area. It also forces passers-by to interact with it because it follows them. But in Portraits of Lawndale, what you see is what you get: residents coming together to paint pictures of themselves and their favorite things. Ginoza said the city is not interested in theory-based art pieces like MoJo. “Sometimes that art is so controversial that it’s boring,” Ginoza said. “We would shy away from that. ? The City Council likes the idea of involving residents and children to work with artists to create something for the community.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Martinez 1 serious injury from retiring

first_imgFrom news services Now that Pedro Martinez knows what it takes to come back from major shoulder surgery, don’t count on him doing it again. He would love to play another three or four years – as long as he avoids serious injury. “If anything goes wrong: Hasta la vista, baby,” the Mets right-hander said before New York played the Washington Nationals on Monday night. Martinez was sidelined for most of the season after having surgery last October, but is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 16 innings since he came off the disabled list Sept. 3. He feels as wiped out as anyone who’s played since the spring. “I’m as tired as I would be if I was here all year,” he said. “I’m probably as tired as the guys who’ve been here all season. My rehab was double the work. My rehab was very long, very intense.” Bonds sits out Barry Bonds was out of the San Francisco Giants lineup for their game against Arizona and could get a few more days off to rest his sprained right big toe. “He’s still pretty sore,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He needs more time.” Bochy said the club was not considering resting Bonds for the remainder of the season. Around the leagues Blue Jays: Third baseman Troy Glaus had surgery on his left foot and first baseman Lyle Overbay will have a procedure next week to remove four screws from his hand. Cardinals: Pitcher Mark Mulder might have additional tests on his surgically repaired left shoulder after struggling in all three starts this month. Nationals: The club claimed right-hander Enrique Gonzalez off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 25-year-old Gonzalez was 8-10 with a 5.14 ERA in 27 starts at triple-A Tucson this season. Red Sox: Clay Buchholz will start Wednesday night against the Blue Jays, the right-hander’s first start since throwing a no-hitter against Baltimore on Sept. 1. Yankees: Mariano Rivera was available to pitch again, one night after the pinkie on his pitching hand was bruised by a stray throw as he loosened up in the bullpen at Boston’s Fenway Park. 160Want 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

Advocaat takes charge of Holland for the third time with Gullit as No.2

first_img1 Dick Advocaat Dick Advocaat has been named Holland coach for the third time, with Ruud Gullit as his assistant.The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) confirmed the appointments at a press conference in Zeist on Tuesday morning.The announcement sees former Rangers and Sunderland boss Advocaat, who turns 70 in September, become his country’s oldest national coach, usurping Guus Hiddink who was 68 when he left the hotseat in June 2015.Hiddink’s successor Danny Blind, who was unable to lead the team to Euro 2016, was sacked in March this year in the wake of their World Cup qualifying loss to Bulgaria.The Oranje have suffered two defeats in their opening five Group A games and sit fourth in the pool, already six points behind leaders France and three behind second-placed Sweden.KNVB technical director Hans van Breukelen believes Advocaat, who is currently employed at Turkish club Fenerbahce, is the right man to get the Dutch back on track for next year’s showpiece tournament in Russia.The former Holland goalkeeper, quoted by www.vi.nl, said: “I welcome the appointments of Advocaat and Gullit.“There were two scenarios. We opt for the longer term or we do everything that is possible to get to the 2018 World Cup.“We chose the second scenario. It had to be a very experienced professional, preferably an authority.”last_img read more

TAOISEACH PAYS TRIBUTE TO TIP O’NEILL DONEGAL DIASPORA ORGANISERS

first_imgPhoto was taken at the Fullerton Farm at Beam Dumfries from where Eunice O Neill emmigrated to the US in 1869. Her Grandson Thomas P O Neill II went on to become Speaker of the House of Representatives and served from 1977 to 1987 Names Left to Right Nicholas Crossan (Chair person of Tip O Neill Committee) Carl Fullerton (Tip O Neill Committee) Tom O Neill (Son of Tip) Christopher (Kip) O Neill (Son of Tip)TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny has paid tribute to the organisers of a Donegal Diaspora weekend in Buncrana, named in honour of the late great Tip O’Neill.Niall O’Dowd, the US publisher, was awarded the inaugural Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora Award at a glittering ceremony at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel last night.The weekend saw more than 80 members of the Irish American politician’s family in Buncrana, many visiting the family homestead at Dumfries which the O’Neill’s bought from an ancestor more than 30 years ago. It was the culmination of years of hard work by former mayor Nicholas Crossan, supported by many members of the Fullerton family – direct descendants of O’Neill’s grandmother who left for America in the 1860s.Tip went on to become one of the most powerful men in America as Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington. He was a frequent visitor to Ireland and to Buncrana – and kept a picture of the homestead on his desk in DC.O’Dowd paid tribute to O’Neill after receiving the award last night from Pat Hume, wife of veteran SDLP politician John Hume, and a close friend of Tip.O’Neill had worked tirelessly for the peace process, encouraging Hume to continue his work for peace during some of the darkest days of the Troubles. The Irish-American politician passed away in 1994. December marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. Yesterday family members including his daughter Susan visited the family homestead.In a warm message read out at the Inishowen Gateway last night, Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke of his delight at meeting the O’Neills in Dublin earlier this week.He congratulated Buncrana Town Council and Donegal County Council on the initiative.Mr Kenny said Tip O’Neill was a great politician who had worked so hard for America, but he had also worked hard for Ireland.“He is also remembered in Donegal and throughout Ireland as a steadfast and firm friend. Tip O’Neill made a huge contribution to assisting the land of his ancestors, not least in terms of helping to bring peace and stability to this country as well as contributing to its social and economic wellbeing,” he said. He also praised Niall O’Dowd, saying he was a fitting recipient of the inaugural award for his contribution to America and Irish-America and serving them with “distinction.”The Taoiseach said it was appropriate that Pat Hume presented the award because of her work and the work of John Hume alongside Tip O’Neill in the peace process.Donegal County Council Director of Services Michael Heaney said the weekend of events was part of The Gathering 2013 when Donegal would reach out to its diaspora across the globe, encouraging people to visit here and supporting those who wanted to bring investment and business ideas home.A statue of Tip O’Neill will be unveiled in Buncrana later today (Saturday) sculpted by Burt-based artist Maurice Harron. TAOISEACH PAYS TRIBUTE TO TIP O’NEILL DONEGAL DIASPORA ORGANISERS was last modified: September 8th, 2012 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)last_img read more