IRC Empowers Teenage Girls with Skills to Reduce Vulnerability to Sexual Abuse

first_imgSome of the graduates celebrates with their achieved certificate… Amid rise in sexual assault casesAmid an increase in sexual abuse across the country, International Rescue Committee (ICR)-Liberia has empowered over 200 teenage girls in Monrovia with skills to decrease their vulnerability to sexual assault from men.As part of the empowerment programs, IRC-Liberia on Thursday, November 15, 2018, graduated a new batch of 139 adolescent girls, who completed a 10-month adolescent life-skills program dubbed as “Girl Shine” at the Paynesville City Hal.The 10-month training curriculum convenes girls in groups of 15 with community mentors, to help them connect with each other and grow their social network, IRC Liberia said. The 139 adolescent girls were commemorated during the graduation ceremony, which attracted their parents and partners.According to IRC-Liberia, a total of 253 girls have successfully completed the program over the past two years. The adolescent groups are part of IRC-Liberia’s “Giving Girls Choices (GGC)” program funded by Irish Aid and ends December 1, 2018.It has supported five government-run gender-based violence one stop centers located at Star of the Sea in West Point, Duport Road in Paynesville, Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, James N. David Junior and Hope for Women Hospital in Paynesville.The centers offer a range of free clinical, psycho-social, case management and an option for justice services for survivors of gender-based violence. Since December 2016, the IRC said that the program has provided timely, quality gender-based violence services to 3,442 individuals through the five centers in Montserrado County.IRC Country Director, Faith Akovi Cooper, who spoke at the graduation ceremony, said that with funding from Irish Aid, the entity has implemented a critical program for adolescent girls in Montserrado County.Madam Cooper said IRC’s programs and activities have included leadership, life skills training, gender-based violence advocacy, prevention and response due to challenges ranging from human rights violations, poor health, low education attainment and teenage pregnancy young women are faced with.She said that nearly 300 girls between the ages 10-19 have benefited from the GGC’s program over the past two years, and have built their social network with self confident.Madam Cooper said that IRC’s girl focused project takes place in safe spaces where girls can share their thoughts and feelings.“The aim is to help girls realize their own power and potential to play key roles in their own communities, sustain peace, and help lead Liberia into the future,” Madam Cooper said.She was therefore pleased over the level of commitment and support from the graduates’ families and communities, and noted that the girls have learned important skills from one another and are contributing to their own communities by serving as “positive role models” for youth across Montserrado County.“I am happy to see the graduates’ families and communities cheering on their daughters, nieces, cousins and friends,” she said. The head of the Adolescent Girls Division at the Ministry of Gender, Hawa Dunor Varney, who delivered the keynote address, said that a girl child’s human rights is never protected or fulfilled if she lacks access to education, becomes vulnerable to child marriage and gender-based violence.“It beholds us to reinforce our collective efforts and further accelerate strategies around tangibly addressing issues faced by the girl child,” Madam Varney said. She alleged that girls have less access to information, communication technology and resources such as the internet where global gender gap is growing.“Addressing issues faced by the girl child have more national dividend than anyone can imagine. Research shows that if all women had a primary education, there would be 15 percent fewer child death. If all women had primary education, 1.7 million children would be saved from stunting from malnutrition,” Madam Varney said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ruthless Tiger Bay advance

first_imgThree Peat Promotions /Guinness Cage CompetitionWho could stop Tiger Bay’s prolific marksman Deon Alfred was the question on everyone’s lips after he produced another dazzling display, firing in four goals to lead them to a comfortable 6-0 win over Victoria Church Yard on opening night of the Three Peat Promotions’ Guinness Cage Competition, at the Haslington Market tarmac.Part of opening night action in the second Annual Three Peat Promotions’ Guinness Cage Competition being played at the Haslington Market TarmacThe diminutive striker picked up where he left off in the Guinness national play-offs when he led his team to the title over Sparta Boss and was once again the main architect in the team victory, netting in the 2nd, 4th, 9th and 10th minutes to earn them three points.He was supported by a goal apiece from Keoma Gravesande and Leon Fredericks.In one of the more entertaining matches, Broad Street came from behind to beat East Coast’s Paradise 3-2 with Jimmy Gravesande’s 13th minute strike being the decider.Victoria Eagles impressed with a clinical 2-0 win over Melanie A in an all East Coast match-up, while the much-vaunted Sparta Boss’s struggles continued when they succumbed to defending champions Ol Skool Ballers by a solitary strike from Sheldon Profitt after 11 minutes.Kitty Hustlers started the proceedings with a narrow 2-1 win over Blazers, while Leopold Street escaped with a 2-1 penalty shootout triumph over Avacado Ballers.Belfield Warriors beat Melanie B 1-0 on penalties after regulation time failed to break a 1-1 deadlock.last_img read more

Switzerland put six past Iceland in Nations League

first_img0Shares0000Shaqiri was one of six different scorers for Switzerland in their rout of Iceland © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Sep 8 – Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri was among the scorers as Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0 in their opening game of the UEFA Nations League in St Gallen on Saturday.Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria gave Switzerland a two-goal lead before Shaqiri fired in a free-kick from a tight angle out on the right on 53 minutes. Goals from Haris Seferovic, Albian Ajeti and Admir Mehmedi completed the resounding win as Switzerland made a dream start to a group that also includes World Cup semi-finalists Belgium.Iceland host Italy in Reykjavik on Tuesday, while Switzerland play England in a friendly in Leicester.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sala’s funeral takes place in Argentina

first_imgSala’s father, mother, sister and friends were seen arriving at the ceremony and dozens of local people filed in after them.The 28-year-old died on January 21 just two days after completing a £15 million ($19.3 million, 17.1 million euros) move to the Premier League club from French club Nantes.The single-engine private plane carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel near Alderney. Sala had been flying back to Wales after returning to France to say goodbye to his former teammates.The player’s body was recovered from the submerged wreckage on February 7 but Ibbotson remains missing, with funds being raised to continue the search for the 59-year-old.Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock and the club’s chief executive Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo both travelled to Argentina to attend the ceremony.Nantes, for whom Sala scored 42 goals in 120 league appearances, were represented by the defender Nicolas Pallois and general secretary Loic Morin.Sala, a lanky striker, began his career at San Martin de Progreso, and the local club was at the centre of Saturday’s ceremony.“People will be able to pass by the coffin, leave a letter, a drawing or flowers,” the club’s president, Daniel Ribero, told AFP.“He represented a lot for us. We’re a small village and Emi was a celebrity, the only player to turn professional.”One mourner, Miguel Angel Pereira, 68, made the 70-kilometre (43-mile) journey from Santa Fe to pay his respects.“I wanted to be here. I was a San Martin player myself in the 1960s,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Emiliano Sala’s body is brought to his home village of Progreso © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAPROGRESSO, Argentina, Feb 16 – The funeral of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala took place in his home village in Argentina on Saturday three weeks after he was killed in a plane crash.A public vigil was held in a gymnasium in Progreso, the modest village in the province of Santa Fe which Sala left as a teenager to forge a career in Europe.last_img read more

‘Mary Tree’ born of Buckweed Fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Inscriptions are written on the tree and up its white branches. Some people ask for help with their immigration papers, in court, and with their jobs. They ask that their families be cared for and protected. Others just tell the Blessed Mother that they love her. Many of the pleas are in Spanish and some are addressed to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s most beloved icon. Inside a drawn heart, a wife writes that she prays for her marriage. “Our love to be forever,” she wrote and dated it Oct. 20. AGUA DULCE – It’s known locally as “The Mary Tree.” People are seeing the outline of the Virgin Mary in the charred trunk of a California sycamore tree on the side of Sierra Highway north of Davenport Road. Plastic and dried flowers drape the bottom of the tree, creating a makeshift altar. A black Pilot pen clipped to a green ribbon tied around the tree lets visitors write down what is in their hearts. A woman asks that she and her husband be blessed with a baby. Another petitioner asks for good health for a friend and for a father to find a good job. That was just one day before the Buckweed Fire began in Agua Dulce and made its way to Canyon Country, swiping at this tree in its path. The tree burned in the Buckweed Fire, but it will be saved by county road crews. “It’s not damaged enough to be taken down,” said Kathy Salama, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. “They will trim the branches, but we will keep it.” Two trees in the area were removed because they were destroyed by the fire, Salama said. But this tree survived and is scheduled to have its upper branches trimmed in a couple of weeks. People have been placing flowers at the tree for two years, said Juan Alonso, owner of Le Chene, a French restaurant at 12625 Sierra Highway, north of the tree. He said he has seen more flowers since the Buckweed Fire roared through the area. “If you have faith and you want to see it, you can see it,” Alonso said. “It gives people hope.” Before the fire, he said, the outline of a leaning Virgin Mary was easier to make out. “I hope it becomes like Lourdes or Fatima,” said Alonso, referring to European sites famous for their Virgin Mary sightings and pilgrimages. Julio Rodriguez, who lives near the restaurant, passes the tree on his way to work at a Canyon Country carwash. He said he has never stopped at the tree, but he does see people – mostly Latinos – stopping to leave flowers. Like Alonso, he said he has seen more people leaving flowers since the fire. Said Rodriguez in Spanish: “It’s a matter of faith.”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

Steelers win by knockout

first_imgCINCINNATI – Carson Palmer stood his ground and held the ball an extra second, waiting for rookie Chris Henry to run past a defender and get open. That one second changed everything. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Steelers (12-5) will play in Indianapolis next Sunday, a chance to show how far they’ve come in the past month. Pittsburgh lost at the RCA Dome 26-7 on Nov. 28. “We’re the underdogs going into their place,” said Ben Roethlisberger, who threw three touchdown passes. “Now we get to see what we can do.” The Bengals (11-6) will spend an offseason reliving the play that effectively scuttled their first playoff appearance in 15 years – and could have a longer-lasting impact. Palmer tore the anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that requires surgery and months of tough rehabilitation. The Bengals are hoping the USC product is recovered by training camp in July. “I knew right away that it was bad,” said Palmer, who was on crutches after the game. “I felt my whole knee pop. I didn’t feel a lot of pain. It was just a sickening feeling because I knew what it was and that my season was over.” The Bengals were initially angered and inspired by the injury, but the emotion lasted only so long. They faded during the third quarter, when they started bungling and the Steelers acted like they’d been to the playoffs before. “We had that letdown, we didn’t get that (second-half) field goal and it kind of deflated us,” said Kitna, who took over for Palmer and spent most of his time scrambling. “We never recovered from that.” In his second playoff go-round, Roethlisberger was coolly efficient – 14 of 19 for 208 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, a vast improvement over his shaky rookie postseason. “Last year, everything was new to Ben,” said receiver Hines Ward, who had a 5-yard touchdown catch. “Tonight, he was pretty crisp. The intangibles that he brings, I like a lot.” The crowd of 65,870 erupted, then went sickeningly silent on the Bengals’ first pass play – one that went down as the longest in Cincinnati playoff history, and the costliest. Palmer held onto the ball long enough to let Henry beat a defender down the right sideline for a 66-yard catch. As the ball left Palmer’s hand, a falling von Oelhoffen’s shoulder drove into the quarterback’s left knee. Several Bengals yelled at von Oelhoffen, who spent his first six seasons in Cincinnati and still counts some of the Bengals as friends. “Guys were infuriated,” right tackle Willie Anderson said. “But I know him. He’s not a dirty player. His momentum just kept him going into Carson. It wasn’t a dirty play.” The nose tackle explained himself on the field. “They had every right to be upset. They lost their best player,” von Oelhoffen said. “I hope Carson gets better. My apologies to him and his family. “I was worried about Carson. That kid deserved to play this game.” Kitna finished 24 of 40 for 197 yards with two interceptions and four sacks. He kept the Bengals in it until their inexperience and lack of a Pro Bowl quarterback started to show in the third quarter. First, the Bengals botched a field-goal attempt because of a high snap. Then, Kitna knocked the ball out of his own hand while scrambling, scuttling a drive. Finally, a shanked 30-yard punt – something out of the old Bungles days – put the Steelers in position to take control. Three plays later, they used a little sleight-of-snap to do just that. Antwaan Randle El took a direct snap in front of Roethlisberger, ran to his right, turned and threw the ball back to the quarterback. Cedrick Wilson was 10 yards beyond the confused coverage for his 43-yard touchdown catch that put the Steelers up 28-17. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Steelers nose tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen dived at Palmer on his first pass Sunday, hitting Palmer at the knee and knocking the Pro Bowl quarterback out of the game with a torn ligament. Pittsburgh took advantage of his absence, harassing backup Jon Kitna and rolling to a 31-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that set up a rematch with the AFC’s top team. last_img read more

Revealed! Premier League clubs ranked by their greatest ever homegrown player

first_img 8. Sol Campbell – Tottenham Hotspur – This will upset a few Spurs fans who believe it should be Ledley King, but Campbell’s career was far better. The former England defender played 73 times in a decent era for the national team, as well as winning four FA Cups, a League Cup and two Premier League titles – including being an integral part of the 2004 Arsenal ‘invincibles’. 17. Saido Berahino – West Bromwich Albion – Berahino may have thrown his toys out of the pram recently but he could have a big future ahead of him after a great start to his professional career. 20. Clayton Donaldson – Hull City (click the arrow, right, to see who is considered your club’s best homegrown player in the Premier League era, and which player is ranked number one) – N.B. Only players who made their senior football debut during the Premier League era (1992/93 season onwards), having represented the same club at youth level, are included. The club cannot have paid any fee or compensation to sign them (for example, the compensation paid by Arsenal to Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas rules him out of consideration for this homegrown ranking). And total career achievements are taken into account when deciding the ranking of each homegrown player, not just their achievements at the club where they emerged. At 20, Hull haven’t got a whole lot to shout about in regards to their academy graduates, so Donaldson is as good as it gets. The striker made his debut for Hull in 2002 after progressing through their youth team following his release from Bradford. He went on to help Brentford achieve League One promotion and scored 11 Championship goals for Birmingham City last season. Not bad, but only good enough for 20th place in our ranking of Premier League clubs’ top homegrown talent. 20 20 20 20 20 20 9. Jordan Henderson – Sunderland – Henderson joined his hometown club at the age of eight and made his professional debut ten years later. His performances earned him the club’s Young Player of the Year two years running, earning the attention of Manchester United and Liverpool, joining and now captaining the latter, as well as being an England squad regular. 20 20 15. Danny Ings – Bournemouth – Ings joined Bournemouth after he was released as a schoolboy by Southampton before making his debut aged only 17 for the Cherries. He scored seven times in 27 games before Burnley took notice and signed him for around £1m. The compensation Liverpool paid Burnley for him was an English record but he spent much of last season out injured. 20 20 1. Gareth Bale – Southampton – He may not have done too much for Southampton since becoming the Saints’ second youngest ever player when he made he debut aged 16, but he is one of the best players the Premier League has ever seen. His goals for Tottenham took them to the Champions League before he became the world’s most expensive player. At Real Madrid he has won two Champions Leagues in his three seasons as well as dragging Wales to Euro 2016 almost single-handedly, then on to a semi-final place. The British game hasn’t seen a player consistently make such an individual impact around the football world for a long time, and Bale is arguably the greatest ever footballer to leave the UK and play abroad. 18. Clinton Morrison – Crystal Palace – Morrison scored 61 goals in 157 appearances for the Eagles in his first spell before returning to the club for a further 41 goals in 124 games. He went on to play for a host of other clubs throughout the Football League and now turns out for Redditch United in the Southern League Premier Division. 20 20 20 2. Paul Scholes – Manchester United – Like Adams with Arsenal, Ryan Giggs doesn’t qualify for our ranking as he made his debut outside of the Premier League era, so the honour goes to Scholes. He came through the youth system with the likes of David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Giggs and Gary and Phil Neville as the ‘Class of ’92’ and won 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and three FA Cups. And if that is not enough, Scholes has been lauded as the best midfielder of his generation by the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Andreas Iniesta and Xavi. 13. Lee Cattermole – Middlesbrough – Cattermole was at Middlesbrough for seven years before making his senior debut at the age of 17 and bring named the club’s youngest ever captain in the same season. He has played a key role in a number of current club Sunderland’s successful Premier League survivals since leaving Boro. 10. Ashley Young – Watford – Young was initially turned away from Watford’s academy after an unsuccessful spell but improved and forced his way back to the club before making his debut as an 18-year-old. He scored 19 goals in 98 games and helped the club to the Premier League before moving on to Aston Villa and then Manchester United, where he has won the Premier League and the FA Cup. 14. Stephen Ireland – Manchester City – Micah Richards misses out because City paid a fee for him as a youth player so Ireland, who joined the club at the age of 15, gets the nod. He played 138 times for City and was named the club’s Player of the Year for 2008/09. He is now at Stoke after a spell at Aston Villa but only made 16 appearances for the Potters last term. 20 11. Andy King – Leicester City – Devon-born Welshman King has spent his whole career with the Foxes after being released as a Chelsea schoolboy at the age of 15. King is their highest scoring midfielder with 53 goals and won League One, the Championship and the Premier League with the club. 20 5. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool – After 18 years of service to Liverpool, Gerrard has gone down in history as one of the club’s greatest ever players. He joined the Reds academy as a nine-year-old and went on to become one of the players of his generation and club captain, but failed to lead Liverpool to that elusive Premier League title. He did, however, inspire the club to an incredible Champions League triumph, and scored in and won FA Cup, UEFA Cup and League Cup finals. Not bad, considering Liverpool were consistently inferior to the cream of the Premier League and Europe during his career. He emotionally left the Reds to join Cole at LA Galaxy but is expected to retire at the end of the season. 16. Jay Rodriguez – Burnley – Injury has hampered his Southampton career but the former Burnley man has scored 52 goals in his professional career, since making his debut for the Clarets in 2007 after working his way through their youth system. 19. Karl Henry – Stoke City – Henry made 120 appearances for the Potters after joining them as a youth player in 1998. He is currently at QPR but also played in the Premier League with Wolves after helping them achieve promotion. Homegrown players who progress through the academy are a rare thing in the Premier League nowadays; with the embarrassing riches for clubs meaning foreign players are often a more enticing option.Jose Mourinho, in particular, has come under criticism of this, which led him to vehemently defend his record with youth players.But how have the current Premier League clubs done with bringing through academy graduates?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT ranks the best academy graduates from each other the 20 top-flight clubs.N.B. Only players who made their senior football debut during the Premier League era (1992/93 season onwards), having represented the same club at youth level, are included. The club cannot have paid any fee or compensation to sign them (for example, the compensation paid by Arsenal to Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas rules him out of consideration for this homegrown ranking). 4. John Terry – Chelsea – As a boy, Terry was part of West Ham’s youth system but he left for Chelsea at 14 at a time when youth players were not tied to contracts, hence why the Blues paid no compensation. Terry has spent 18 years at Stamford Bridge so far, playing 483 times, scoring 40 goals and winning the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League as captain. 3. Wayne Rooney – Everton – Rooney joined Everton aged nine and was prolific through the youth ranks, scoring 114 goals in 29 games for the under-10s and 11s. He famously scored his first goal against Arsenal to propel him onto the world scene before joining Manchester United and becoming one of the club’s greatest ever players; he is currently only four goals shot of becoming their highest ever goalscorer. He has also won virtually every major club trophy since leaving Everton but still says he loves the club, despite outraging a large proportion of Toffees fans when he left for Old Trafford in 2004. 20 7. Ashley Cole – Arsenal – Cole started his youth career at the Gunners, made his debut aged 18 and was one of the ‘invincibles’. However he is hated by Arsenal fans who believe he betrayed the club by moving to Chelsea, where he won every trophy possible. Tony Adams doesn’t qualify for the Gunners as he made his debut outside of the Premier League era. Cole still plays in MLS for LA Galaxy. 20 20 20 20 12. Joe Allen – Swansea City – Welsh-speaker Allen joined Swansea at the age of nine, spending 13 years at the club before joining Liverpool. During that period he played for the Swans in League One, the Championship and the Premier League. He could find himself back in South Wales this summer with the Swans keen to bring him back from Liverpool after a fine Euro 2016. 6. Frank Lampard – West Ham United – Lampard is the best of a line of fantastic youth products to come out of West Ham, such as Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Mark Noble. However, Lampard’s career after he left the Hammers edges him just past Ferdinand as he became one of the best midfielders in the world and won every trophy possible with Chelsea, before moving to Manchester City and then MLS with New York City. last_img read more

Daily High gains full acceptance

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – Allan F. Daily High has gained full accreditation for the first time in the continuation school’s 42-year history, a status that administrators said will make graduates more attractive to employers. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges informed the school this week it was being accredited through 2011, six years from the site visit the school got last fall. “The teachers are thrilled because we got the maximum number of years that they give, a six-year full accreditation,” Principal Sherry Stockhamer said. “The kids are really happy.” The school was granted preliminary accreditation in 2002. 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 Half of all continuation high schools are unaccredited, and many regular high schools struggle to get the six-year accreditation, Glendale Unified School District Superintendent Michael Escalante said. “This is a great reflection on the quality of the program and the hard work of the staff, and the leadership of the principal,” he said. Students come to Daily High for a variety of reasons, from drug problems to a family tragedy. Many of the students work, and some of them are breadwinners for their families, administrators said. The school plans to celebrate their new WASC accreditation with a party next week. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal man who was in the audience for the controversial Frontline programme when a bogus Tweet ended Seán Gallagher’s presidential bid has claimed the debate was “strange” and hit out at how questions were asked.Seán Gallagher has called for an independent inquiry into the RTÉ Frontline debate during the presidential campaign and is to take legal advice over claims regarding the debate.But what a Donegal man has to say today may add weight to those calls – and they come from a supporter of Dana. Brian Flanagan, from Buncrana, of the famous Flanagans furniture business, said there was something not right about the programme.“I and my colleagues were there to support Dana and sat with Fine Gael supporters to the panel’s left. Having participated in two similar RTÉ shows I found it a strange experience,” he said.“Having driven down that evening from Buncrana we had been almost the first to arrive. Nobody seemed to be able to direct us. We were ushered into three different reception rooms in quick succession. No question cards were issued until I requested them. None were collected until we handed them in. I got the impression even then that we had driven 200 miles to sit as mere decoration.“All staff seemed strangely preoccupied and off-balance. “The programme was conducted in an infuriating way. The only questions that were taken were from the centre one of the three seating groups. The centre was populated by people in their late teens and early 20s. We heard from other participants that this was mostly if not all composed of Foróige youth delegation. Flailing our hands with outraged facial expressions was to no avail. No notice was taken of us.”Mr Flanagan, a long campaigner for Dana, said both her supporters and Fine Gael supporters were furious.“Both I and the Fine Gael supporters behind me ended up breaking the restraints of good manners by shouting queries verging on insults at both Pat Kenny and his floor manager during the ad breaks. But these top-of-the-voice insults were like water off a duck’s back to these guys,” he admitted.“Meanwhile, I was mesmerised at the technical detail of some of the book-keeping and accountancy questions that had been directed at Seán Gallagher by what looked like a 22-year-old.“Even when the programme was over, none of us realised the moment of what had happened in front of our eyes. I was reminded of the old adage: some people make things happen, some watch them happen and the rest wonder what happened,” said Brian in a letter to the Irish Times. RTÉ has set up a full editorial review to examine the production of live audience-based programmes in the wake of the controversy surrounding the Frontline presidential debate programme.In a statement last night, RTÉ said it had also begun a “personnel investigation” in connection with the broadcast of a bogus tweet during the debate.The broadcaster said it has invited former Head of News and Content at UTV Rob Morrison to assist in reviewing the issues in relation to the programme.Mr Gallagher, whose dad is from Co Donegal, had received massive support in this county. A former Fianna Fail supporter and fundraiser he is a personal friend of Charlie McConalogue, TD, and had helped launch his election campaign last Spring.Some supporters want to Presidential election re-run – although he doesn’t.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on STORM: DONEGAL MAN IN AUDIENCE DESCRIBES ‘STRANGE’ ATMOSPHERE was last modified: March 13th, 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:RTE/GALLAGHER STORM: DONEGAL MAN IN AUDIENCE DESCRIBES ‘STRANGE’ ATMOSPHERElast_img read more


first_imgBY PAUL McGEE: Last night the large Bundoran audience was presented with an abundance of talent from the Magh Ene college students.Second year student Megan McGee and former  Stars in the West  drama student entertained the crowd as the lead modern day Annie with her excellent acting ability and lovely voice and comic wit.Rebecca Duffy , another former  Star of the West drama student was the orphanage owner  Mrs Robinson. Rebecca’s own personality really shined as her good humour, comic ability and laid back attitude had the crowd laughing through out the nightMr Geldoff , the rich rock star who wanted to adopt Annie was played by Jason Kelly.Already a performer on stages as lead singer of his own local Bundoran band, Jason’s calm stage presence and musical talent & experience helped to enhance the whole cast performance.Beth Travers, Luke Towey, Conor Dawson and Katie Gallagher also had strong performances on the night equalling the acting talent of the already mentioned lead cast. The array of music on the night had something for everyone. Credit has to go to Mr John Reilly who produced and directed the show and Ms McAree who was music director. Credit also to all the Magh Ene teachers and staff on helping the night be such a success.The show is on again this Thurs night @ 8pm. For anyone looking for a good night s fun and talent, this show cannot be missed. MAGH ENE COLLEGE STUDENTS MAKE SURE ANNIE ROCKS BUNDORAN was last modified: December 20th, 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:MAGH ENE COLLEGE STUDENTS MAKE SURE ANNIE ROCKS BUNDORANlast_img read more