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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Minister Broomes’ actions threaten impartiality in industry – GGDMA

first_img… supports her transfer out of Natural Resources MinistryAs conflict-of-interest concerns continue to rage over Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry Simona Broomes’ mining concessions and her oversight of the industry, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has now joined the call for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry, since herMinister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomespresence in the current Ministry was a clear conflict of interest and posed a threat to impartiality.Minister Broomes has been at the centre of a raging debate after this publication reported that she was granted a new mining permit on March 4, 2016, just about two months after she was transferred to that Ministry and handed responsibility for the mining sector.However, the Minister, who has said she transferred her mining interest to her two children, has since denied this and stated that the documentation which was ‘leaked’ was for her daughter, who was also named Simona Broomes.This publication, however, was able to confirm that the National Identification (ID) number on the application is that of the Minister and not her daughter.The GGDMA, in its strongly-worded statement, said that the subsequent “spin” by the Minister that the permission was her daughter’s hinted at the Minister’s “inability to deal impartially with mining matters and the facts”.Such actions, it said, threaten the entire industry. The GGDMA recalled that prior to becoming Minister, Broomes had both positive and negative interactions with members of the mining community.As such, the Association is arguing that when these pre-existing relationships and “bridges that may have been burnt in the past” within the sector are considered, it would be difficult for the Minister to operate in her post “impartially and without personal bias”.“No existing miner, in good sense, can refuse a request from the sector Minister for her to be given permission to take gold from their land,” the GGDMA said, adding that it must be recognised that such permissions and all future requests or permissions rest in the hands of the agency under her direct preview.“It is foolhardy for anyone to expect that in Guyana you can deny the Minister permission and then expect to get an impartial hearing on matters. If somehow the Minister is indeed capable of staying impartial in this regard, the question remains of whether or not she should be put in such a position in the first place, where reasons for her actions can always be defended, even when they are affected by secret or closet biases,” it stated.Calls for transferThe GGDMA said it supported the call for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry.“The GGDMA, therefore, is heartened by the comments of His Excellency, President David Granger that he will reassign the Minister if a conflict of interest arises. We declare that there is a clear conflict of interest and call on the President to honour his words. Minister Broomes can serve well in any other Ministry,” the release stated.Miners concernedThe GGDMA said that it is being bombarded with calls from miners who have expressed concerns about the clear case of conflict of interest involving the Minister, but are reluctant to voice their concerns publicly for fear of victimisation.“At our recently-held miners’ meeting, the issue was also raised. Members have since privately contacted the leadership of the Association to express their concerns. Both miners and mining equipment suppliers have expressed a concern as to their ability to refuse a request from the Minister or her children in mining. For example, should they request credit terms for mining supplies, a supplier would be hard pressed to say no or even complain, since the agency for complaints is headed by the very Minister,” the Association stated.Already there have been calls from several persons, including the newly-appointed President of the Transparency Institute (Guyana) Inc (TIGI), Troy Thomas and former Government Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry.They both agree that this could remove the cloud of conflict of interest.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg What to Do to Restore Our Economy

first_imgJust as with the current health and medical crisis, caused by Ebola, is the very worst in the nation’s history, Liberia is also facing the most serious financial crisis of the past 10 years.Finance Minister Amara Konneh told the media last Friday that the national economy had shrunk to 0.4%, down from an exciting and commendable growth rate of 6% just six months ago.  With the increasing Ebola threat to the economy, he noted, GOL revised its draft fiscal budget downward to US$470 million from US$540 million.These negative figures are not only serious but alarming.  They point to almost economic collapse.  Worse yet, the prices of the country’s primary export commodities, rubber and iron ore, have also drastically declined, by 30% and 81%, respectively.  The average inflation rate has been projected at 11.4% for 2014, up from 7.6% for 2013; while the end of year inflation rate for 2014 is projected at 14.7%, up from 8.5% in 2013.There are even more distressing figures—for example the public external debt, which for 2014/15 is projected at 14.4%, compared to 11.6% for 2013/14.With the Ebola crisis thankfully showing signs of receding, what can we do to revive our economy?   Finance Minister Konneh last Friday outlined a number of measures aimed at economic recovery.  This is indeed very important, helpful and hopeful because it demonstrates that he and the government are looking beyond the rocks and hills and valleys of economic despair.  They are developing a plan for economic recovery, for which we highly commend them.The government, with the possible cooperation of the International Finance Corporation ((IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank, is aiming at a stimulus package of roughly US$174 million.  This will take the form of spending on education, among others, to help get the school system ready for resumption in the post-Ebola era.  This is good news for everyone—parents, students, teachers, school authorities and business and transport people. The Stimulus Package is also aimed at beefing up the health sector, by hopefully improving facilities at the nation’s health centers and hospitals.  We hope this will also take care of all the arrears owed health and medical workers.A good chunk of the stimulus package is also aimed at investing in the energy sector, to push electrification throughout the country, including getting the West African Power Pool (WAPP) back on track.    We are exceedingly thankful that the money for the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro Electric Plant is intact.  Emmanuel Lawrence, Deputy Project Manager of the Hydro Team, told the Daily Observer yesterday that they are aiming, in the post-Ebola period, to recommence work on the project within 30 to 90 days—to assemble and put in place the necessary  equipment and to have everyone on board and the works in full swing.  He said the crane for heavy lifting is already at the Free Port of Monrovia, ready to be transported to Mount Coffee. The resumption of the hydro works will give a big boost to labor and recreate the people’s hope that one day soon, the hydro will be up and running, generating long overdue electricity to the capital city and beyond, dare we say 24/7/365.Residents and businesses can rekindle the vision of financial relief and freedom from the health and safety risks of generators which have become the dreadful but indispensable heartbeat of businesses and homes large and small.GOL’s stimulus will also include resumption of roads projects.  Hopefully all of the foreign engineers, contractors and technicians will soon be back to take advantage of the Dry Season and run full speed with the road from Paynesville Red Light to Ganta, on to Fish Town and Harper, as well as the Gbarnga-Lofa highway and all the feeder roads in between.  The money for these projects, too, is available.The Stimulus Package will also include agricultural works.  Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly excitedly announced recently that with most of the borders closed, Liberians have been feeding themselves with vegetables.  We hope that money from the Stimulus Package will reach the FARMERS THEMSELVES, not some bureaucrats that will intercept the funds and frustrate the farmers, as has been persistently done in the recent past.  This newspaper has long advocated for empowering Liberians to grow their own pepper, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits.  But WHO can make this happen when those appointed to do so over the past decade or so have failed?We wish to make three last points: First, all of these plans to get our economy back on track depend on one thing: eradicating Ebola.  ALL of us must do EVERYTHING NECESSARY to make this happen, for none of these plans will materialize if we don’t.Second, every Liberian must seriously, honestly and patriotically tackle the work we are given the responsibility to do in order to ensure that we succeed in restoring our economy to full capacity.Lastly, we hope that the international community will help us in the process, not with loans, but with grants, for Heaven knows we cannot afford any more debt.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Hijacked car of GECOM chair nominee recovered

first_img…found with serial hijackerThe Guyana Police Force reportedly has in custody two suspects who allegedly had hijacked the car of Guyana Times columnist Ryhaan Shah; and significantly, the Force has since recovered the hijacked vehicle.Columnist Ryhaan ShahIn a statement, the Police have said they have been making significant progress in recovering stolen vehicles and apprehending and prosecuting several alleged carjackers.Shah was, on November 04, 2017, robbed of her Toyota Allion motorcar by three gunmen as she was about to enter her Irving Street, Queenstown, Georgetown home.The Police on Friday said Shah’s vehicle was found in possession of a male who claimed ownership, and even produced a valid registration for the vehicle. However, investigators had their own suspicions, and impounded the vehicle pending further investigation. Their investigation led them to the alleged mastermind and another suspect who has been implicated in a series of armed robberies during which some of the victims were relieved of their vehicles.The Police note that the two suspects were charged and remanded for those offences, and are now facing additional charges.Shah was able to positively identify her vehicle although its colour was changed, and has since matched the engine and chassis numbers with her registration certificate.RecapShah had told this publication that at about 13:20h on Saturday, November 4, three gun-wielding men pounced upon her just as she had pulled up at her Irving Street, Georgetown residence. While she was opening the gates to her home, the gunmen attacked her and grabbed the keys to her silver grey Toyota Allion motor car, PLL 1127, and immediately drove off in the said vehicle.A neighbour who witnessed the incident quickly reported it via the 911 emergency call system. However, that was to no avail, as ranks had failed to show up at the scene of the crime.It was only after Shah had been taken to the Alberttown Police Station that she had discovered that officers had not been dispatched, as the Police had no vehicles at the time. As such, the much-needed prompt response was delayed, allowing the carjackers to make good their escape.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Public health emergency declared in drug-related overdoses

first_imgThe information will be collected by the provincial health officer and analyzed at a provincial level by the BC Centre for Disease Control to better inform management of this public health crisis.According to the B.C. government, the provincial health officer consulted the information and privacy commissioner prior to giving notice of this action under the Public Health Act, and will continue to consult on plans to collect information. The information collected will be protected as confidential medical records.Records from March out the B.C. Coroners Service show that three fentanyl-related deaths have been confirmed in Northern B.C. so far this year – in Prince George, Williams Lake and Pink Mountain.The same numbers say one fentanyl-related death was confirmed in Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, Chetwynd, Charlie Lake, and Wonowon in 2015, respectively. VICTORIA, B.C. — The Province’s health officer is calling an increase in drug-related overdoses and deaths a ‘public health emergency.’Dr. Perry Kendall, along with the Minister of Health Terry Lake, told press in Victoria today that there were 474 apparent drug overdose deaths in 2015 — a 30 per cent increase from 2014. There were 76 deaths in January 2016, which is the highest its been in almost 10 years.At the current rate, if no action is taken, they say there could be 600 to 800 overdose deaths in B.C. this year.- Advertisement -“The recent surge in overdoses is a huge concern for us,” said Lake. “Medical health officers need immediate access to what’s happening and where so they can deploy the necessary strategies to prevent these tragedies.”Lake said the majority of the incidents have happened in the lower mainland, but no region of the province is unaffected.This news means there is one more tool in the robust provincial strategy to address what the province is calling a ‘public health crisis.’Advertisement “Health authorities have consistently asked for more data that will help inform responses and prevent future overdoses,” said Dr. Kendall. “Over the next few weeks, I’ll work with medical health officers, health authorities, emergency room staff, paramedics and other first responders and the BC Coroners Service to determine how best to collect and share the data.”Information regarding the circumstances of any overdose in the province where emergency personnel or health care workers respond or provide care will be reported as quickly as possible to the regional health authorities’ medical health officers. This is expected to include location, the drugs used and how they were taken.The information will now be reported for both fatal overdoses and overdoses where the person recovers. Before, there is only information on overdoses is only reported if someone dies, and there is some delay in the information.This information will help prevent future overdoses and deaths by better targeting outreach, bad drug warnings, awareness campaigns and distribution of naloxone training and kits. It will also help health care workers connect with vulnerable communities and provide take-home naloxone to the people who need it.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Barcelona block Neymar’s multi-million bonus

first_img0Shares0000Speculation is mounting that Neymar could quit Barcelona for PSG for a world-record 222 million euros © AFP/File / Brendan SmialowskiBARCELONA, Spain, Aug 1 – Barcelona have blocked payment of a Sh3.2bn ($31-million) bonus for star attacker Neymar as speculation mounts that he will move to Paris Saint-Germain, a source at the club said Tuesday.The Brazilian football star, who is due to come back for training on Wednesday morning, is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history. Speculation is mounting that the 25-year-old could quit Barcelona for PSG for a world-record 222 million euros.“These 26 million euros have been placed with a notary pending to see if the player continues,” the source, who refused to be named, told AFP.The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was due to be paid to the player after he completed a year.But the club has decided to put it on hold pending to see how the situation evolves.The contract Neymar signed also increased an early termination clause from 200 to 222 million euros, which PSG is reportedly willing to pay.Neymar’s future is the talk of Spanish football, and particularly Barcelona supporters.After a successful pre-season tour in the United States that saw Barcelona win against Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, the footballer flew to China for a promotion trip.But he studiously avoided commenting on the situation.On Wednesday, Barcelona players resume training after their summer break, with a double session in the morning and in the afternoon.Neymar has been called to the training, the club source said, although Spanish sports media doubt he will show up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg 2019 Home Hardware Annual Toy Drive

first_imgMoose FM will be broadcasting live on location for the event and is a good time to meet Serena and Bernard. Every child in the community should have the gift of Christmas and the Toy Drive is a contributor to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper Program. Any extra toys that are collected during this holiday season supply the Salvation Army’s year-long Birthday Program. Any parent accessing the Food Bank can request a Birthday Hamper for their child. Eggie shares, the gift of giving can happen all year round. – Advertisement -Cameron Eggie, Executive Director of the Fort St. John Salvation Army shares, they are excited to partner with Home Hardware seeing how much they care and contribute to Fort St. John throughout the year. Eggie said, ” The Toy Drive at Home Hardware will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas Programs at the Salvation Army by providing over 100 children with presents.” Advertisementcenter_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Home Hardware and Moose FM are getting together to help fill Santa’s Sleigh with the Annual Toy Drive with the proceeds going to the Salvation Army Christmas Hampers. This Friday, December 13th, 2019, and Saturday, December 14th, 2019, come down to Home Hardware with a new unwrapped toy or cash donation to put in Santa’s Sleigh. The Salvation Army is looking for all kinds of toys, especially toys between ages 7 and 16, including gift cards, craft supplies, skates and more. To view the FB Event page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg ‘He’s a big loss for English football’ – Wenger surprised by Van Persie departure

first_imgArsene Wenger says he did not expect Robin van Persie to leave Manchester United this summer.The former Arsenal forward completed a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce this week after falling out of favour with United boss Louis van Gaal.Wenger, who brought Van Persie to the Premier League in 2004, believes the 31-year-old still had the ability to lead United’s frontline next season.“I’m quite surprised that Robin van Persie has gone to Turkey this summer,” said Wenger.“He’s a loss for English football because he’s an exceptional player, one of the best I’ve managed.“He has an exceptional technique. I don’t know what happened or why he leaves but he’s a loss to the Premier League.” 1 Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Labor chief steps down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it is a measure of a man not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” As Ludlow spoke, union members, family and friends chanted and applauded him. Ludlow said he had hoped to be able to resolve the issue with the city Ethics Commission, but the matter was escalated to a full investigation by federal and county authorities. Officials in the offices of the U.S. attorney and district attorney said Tuesday that they would have no comment on the case or the impact of Ludlow’s decision. Ludlow reportedly has been offered a plea bargain in which he would pay a fine of $181,000 and restitution of $81,000. The deal also reportedly would ban him from holding a union executive post or elective position for 10 years. Facing possible criminal charges, Martin Ludlow stepped down Tuesday as head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, acknowledging he made mistakes in his 2003 race for City Council but defiantly vowing to continue to speak out on issues. Ludlow’s decision marks the second time in a year the powerful county union has been left without a leader. His announcement came after weeks of speculation that federal prosecutors seek to charge Ludlow with violating city campaign laws in connection with a union telephone-bank operation during his closely contested council race. The phone bank, carried out in mobile vans across his central Los Angeles district, was said to be operated by Service Employees International Union, Local 99, a union representing nonteaching personnel at the Los Angeles Unified School District. “It is difficult to stand before you at this moment of great personal pain,” Ludlow told a packed auditorium at a news conference at the federation’s headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. The 41-year-old Ludlow has been on a political fast track since his days as political director at the county labor federation. He was named the union’s secretary-treasurer last year after the sudden death of longtime leader Miguel Contreras. He was paid $140,000 a year in the post. An emotional Ludlow, pumping his fist in the air, said Tuesday he was accepting full responsibility for what happened during his City Council campaign and that he felt he had to quit the labor post to deal with the legal matters. The announcement followed what those close to him described as a tortured weekend during which he talked with his family – his wife, Kim, and her father, Bishop Charles Blake – as well as longtime political allies. Prior to his official announcement Tuesday, Ludlow met privately with about 40 labor, community and religious leaders in a small conference room. “It was a sad moment for all of us,” said the Rev. Louis Logan, who also serves on the city’s Board of Neighborhood Commissions. “What Martin needs now is our support. This is a setback for him and for the labor movement, but he is the type of person who can turn a negative into a positive.” Logan said he also is suspicious of how the case is being prosecuted. “I think that whoever is behind this, whatever entity it is, has swirled the beehive,” Logan said. “There are many of us who believe this is being done by those who want to undermine the labor movement.” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, a close Ludlow ally, issued a statement of support, but also questioned the case. “Throughout his public career, (Ludlow) conducted himself with integrity and honesty,” Nuñez said. “While I fear he may have been subject to overzealous prosecutors, I respect the decision he has made to accept responsibility.” Ludlow’s closest ally, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, was on a prearranged lobbying trip Tuesday in Sacramento and told reporters he had expected Ludlow to take responsibility if there was any wrongdoing. “I said on Friday that if Mr. Ludlow made a mistake … he would take full responsibility,” Villaraigosa said. “He had demonstrated that he understands there are consequences that come in certain situations. I am proud of what he has done.” Ludlow was effusive in his praise of Villaraigosa, for whom he worked before being elected to the council. “The city of Los Angeles is strong,” Ludlow said. “And it has a great future under a man who has the potential to become the greatest president in American history. This is a man who took his hits – but rose to become mayor of the nation’s second-largest city. I love this man dearly. He is my hermano grande.” Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., said Ludlow’s decision to step down raises a number of questions. “I think it leaves labor in an awkward situation – as well as the mayor,” Kyser said. “This is the second labor leader in less than a year and his leaving under a cloud will only help those who oppose the labor movement. “And I think his departure will have a ripple effect, particularly for the mayor. The mayor has been able to take on the school board and other issues because he had Martin Ludlow at the county fed backing him up. A lot will depend on who the unions pick to be their next leader.” Rick Icaza, president of the county federation as well as of United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 770, said a decision on an interim secretary-treasurer is expected to be made Thursday. A final decision will come after all of the federation’s member unions are able to vote on a candidate. Several potential candidates already have been discussed, with most attention focusing on Kent Wong, executive director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Labor Institute. Ludlow had been a unifying force at the union umbrella organization representing some 600,000 workers, keeping the coalition together to fight proposals from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would have limited unions’ ability to raise money for political campaigns. His leadership came against a backdrop of national political battles over the AFL-CIO’s power, with members of SEIU and Unite HERE, representing hotel and restaurant workers, voting to pull out of the national group. Villaraigosa said selecting a successor will be difficult for union leaders. “Clearly, they have lost a dynamic leader in Ludlow,” Villaraigosa said. “He will be difficult to replace. But, as in the case with Miguel Contreras, I am confident the union leaders will find someone to take over who can do the job.” Ludlow offered his own assessment, saying the labor movement is bigger than one person. “The labor movement will continue to be strong in Los Angeles,” Ludlow said. “This is a movement that created the living-wage ordinance. This is a movement that kept the middle class out of poverty. This is a movement that built an unprecedented number of schools and fought for justice. Those fights were the right fights and they will continue.” Ludlow, who declined to answer any questions after making his remarks, gave no indication on his plans other than to say he expects to remain active in the city, particularly working to fight youth gangs. As a councilman, Ludlow had proposed creating a separate city department to deal with gangs and coordinate related programs. The proposal is under review. Staff Writer Harrison Sheppard contributed to this story. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Leeds land loan star Sacko from Sporting Lisbon on permanent deal

first_img Hadi Sacko impressed on loan at Leeds United this season 1 Hadi Sacko has become Leeds’ first transfer of the summer after agreeing a permanent switch from Sporting Lisbon.The French forward enjoyed a successful loan spell at Elland Road this term, scoring twice in 38 Championship appearances for the club.And now Leeds have announced that the talented 23-year-old has joined them permanently after agreeing a three-year deal in Yorkshire.As per the terms of his loan, Leeds had the option to make the move permanent and following his impressive performances, they did not hesitate to make their move.Sacko becomes the first permanent capture since the arrival of new owner and chairman Andrea Radrizzani.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg ATHLETICS: SCOIL ÍOSAGÁIN BUNCRANA CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS

first_imgCongratulations to Scoil Íosagáin Buncrana who competed in the National Sportshall Athletics in Athlone on Wednesday last – and came home with hatful of medals and an All-Ireland title.The bus left Buncrana at 05.30am . After 2 hours of tough competition the 3rd and 4th class boys were crowned All Ireland Champions.The 1st All Ireland title for the Buncrana school. The 5th  6th class boys scooped the silver medal.They were very impressive on the day and narrowly missed out on the second gold.The 3rd and 4th class girls rounded of the success finishing 4th overall.It was an incredible day for the school . The children trained hard for this competition under the guidance of Pauric Mc Kinney the much celebrated runner who is based in Inishowen. Pauric was assisted by Pat Gallagher  Inishowen Athletic club. Both these teachers were assisted by Inishowen Athletic Club members.The students were treated to a massive home coming and this will be talked about in Buncrana for the coming years.With this amount of Athletic talent in one school alone Inishowen AC can look forward to a very bright future in juvenile athletics. ATHLETICS: SCOIL ÍOSAGÁIN BUNCRANA CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS was last modified: March 23rd, 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) Tags:ATHLETICS: SCOIL ÍOSAGÁIN BUNCRANA CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

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