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first_imgA crowd of supporters, local and national representatives turned out for the third ‘Solidarity with Sudan’ protest of the month in Letterkenny.The peaceful gathering at Market Square last Saturday was organised by 2019 local election candidate Thoiba Ahmed in response to the violent political crisis in her home country.Ms Ahmed’s protest highlighted the recent series of massacres that took place across Sudan by the Janjaweed militia in their campaign to suppress the uprising against toppled dictator Omar Al Bashir. “Thoiba Ahmed was a candidate in the County Council elections in Letterkenny, and I got to know and respect her during that campaign,” says Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh who showed empathy when listening to Ms Ahmed talk of the atrocities occurring in Sudan.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh and Thoiba Ahmed at the Solidarity With Sudan protest“I am here today to support Thoiba in her call for peace in Sudan, an end to violence, and a return to dialogue with a view to establishing democracy and lasting peace in a region that has suffered the loss of almost half a million lives in a few short war torn years. I hope that today’s event will help to raise awareness among our own community to the plight of ordinary people in Sudan,” said Cllr Kavanagh said.Councillor Gerry McMonagle attended the protest because “for me, it’s in my DNA; I was raised educated of the history of Ireland, the military rule and colonialism.” “As Irish people we can relate with what is happening in Sudan; any State in the world where physical force and military intervention has been exercised has never been successful. I fully support the people of Sudan and their right to democracy and self-determination” he added. Thoiba Ahmed, Thomas Pringle TD and supporters at the Solidarity With Sudan protestThomas Pringle TD said: “It’s vitally important that we as Irish people support the struggles of the people of Sudan in trying to have a government that looks after the needs of their people.”“A government that works on behalf of the citizens is the least that people demand and can expect. We in Ireland should expect the same,” Pringle TD added.Thoiba Ahmed at the Solidarity With Sudan protestMs Ahmed confirmed that another protest will take place at Letterkenny Market Square on 29th June from 2pm-4pm. No event is planned this week due to the Donegal Rally, but demonstrations will continue ‘until the demands of the people of Sudan are realised’, according to Ms Ahmed.She commented: “By recognising our shared humanity, we build connections that overcome the divisions of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. There’s a shared sense of responsibility when it comes to responding to the cries of help and confronting injustice.”Local support grows at Sudan solidarity protest was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyprotestSolidarity With Sudanthoiba ahmedlast_img read more

first_imgThe latest transfer speculation involving QPR as the January window approaches….QPR are looking to sign Tom Huddlestone from Hull City, it is claimed.The Daily Mirror and the Daily Star both run a story claiming that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants to buy former Tottenham midfielder Huddlestone, 28, for £4.25m.Hasselbaink, who took over as Rangers manager earlier this month, is said to have made bringing in a creative midfielder his top priority.Huddlestone would apparently be interested in a return to London, having spent eight years at Spurs. Aston Villa are also reported to be keen to sign him.His Hull contract is due to expire at the end of the season and the Tigers are said to be looking to sell him when the transfer window reopens in January.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, to be held from 10-12 February 2017, showcases the cream of the crop in international and local dance music. Here are five must-see South Africa acts this year.Cape Town hosts the best in international and South African dance music at the sixth annual Cape Town Electronic Music Festival held from 10-12 February 2017. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)CD AndersonThe Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) is now in its sixth year and has gone from strength to strength as the South African dance music and electronica scenes have evolved over the last two decades.Held at the Cape Town City Hall from 10-12 February 2017, the festival will feature 64 acts on five stages.There is also a smaller companion CTEMF Connect JHB Festival to be held at Truth nightclub in Johannesburg over the same dates, with headliners appearing at both events.Headline performers this year include Ninja Tune Records electronica pioneers Coldcut, legendary turntablist Peanut Butter Wolf and Canadian hip hop producer Ryan Hemsworth. South African acts include house music DJs Jullian Gomes and Jazzuelle, as well as Cape Town hip hop prodigy Youngsta, among many others.The festival covers an assortment of sub-genres of electronic dance music, including popular favourites house and techno music in all its varieties, as well as experimental, hip hop and chill out.There will also be a number of music workshops before and during the festival, starting on 7 February, during the Cape Town festival that will bring together some of the performers with burgeoning local talent and fans.For more information on the festival, visit the CTEMF website.Some of the local artists performing at the festivalKid Fonque (DJ)Kid Fonque has been a South African electronic music stable for more than 20 years, DJing, producing and mentoring new talent across all styles of dance music, from bass and bossa nova to hip hop and house. As well as an in-demand club DJ, the Kid also has a radio show on 5FM and runs his own label, Stay True Sounds. He has performed around the world, presenting South African sounds to clubbers in Asia and Europe.Listen to his mix of South African electronic music, created exclusively for CTEMF 2017:Zaki Ibrahim (Singer)<ahref=”http://zakiibrahim.bandcamp.com/album/every-opposite”>Every Opposite by Zaki Ibrahim</a>Born in Canada, the daughter of former South African radio broadcaster Zane Ibrahim, Zaki is now based permanently in Cape Town, following an impressive 15-year singing career in Ontario and Toronto that earned her a reputation as a formidable live performer. Her music blends a modern electronica sound with nu-soul, hip hop and world music elements. After self-releasing a number of EPs, Zaki released her first full-length album, Every Opposite, in 2012. She has collaborated with a number of international and local artists, including King Britt, DJ Spinna and Spoek Mathambo.Watch her perform live in Cape Town:Moonchild Sanelly (Singer)Best known for her catchy electro pop radio hit Rabubi in 2014, Sanelly has since been creating a buzz in music circles for her style and talent. Her recent successful European tour and a well-received showcase at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, both in 2016, have set her up for certain global success. She has collaborated with a host of South African artists, including Thandiswa Mazwai and Toya Delazy.Watch the music video for Rabubi:STAB Virus (DJs/producers)Makonwabe Bekwa and Siphe Tebeka are the techno house duo behind the hugely popular club hit The Unknown Song. Dance music legend Laurent Garnier called the song one of his favourite tracks of the year. The duo’s live sets, which move fluidly from traditional techno into more all-embracing, African-influenced fare at some of the country’s biggest music festivals and clubs, are considered legendary.Listen to The Unknown Song:Yeti (DJ)Self-described as a creator of “dark melodic bass-driven songs filled with dynamic drops and clean breaks”, Yeti is a Cape Town techno DJ. He is considered one of South Africa’s most dynamic live DJs, combining cutting-edge skill with a knack for finding the right song for the right moment. His set at the 2016 Rocking The Daisies festival has been lauded as one of the best DJ sets in South Africa over the last 10 years.Listen to a live set recording by Yeti:Source: CTEMF websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgIt was history in the making when Gift Ngoepe became the first player from South Africa – and Africa – to play in the Major League Baseball in the US.Gift Ngoepe is the first player from South Africa, and Africa, to play in the American Major League Baseball, on 26 April 2017. His team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, beat the Chicago Cubs. (Image: Pittsburg Pirates, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberSouth African Gift Ngoepe was overcome with emotion when he became the first player from Africa to make an appearance in a Major League Baseball game in the US, on 26 April 2017.“I told myself not to cry, because I’m in the big leagues and I’m a big guy,” Ngoepe told ESPN. “[Francisco] Cervelli hugged me, and I could feel my heartbeat through my chest. It was emotional, and I had to fight back the tears.”Italo-Venezuelan Cervelli is a catcher for the Pittsburgh [email protected] 2B Gift Ngoepe makes history in the Steel City. https://t.co/mJQuO0Onbz pic.twitter.com/RVXv82mYHO— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 27, 2017What a moment. pic.twitter.com/59UyHlrdz3— Pirates (@Pirates) April 27, 2017Ngoepe said he thought about where he came from and his journey from South Africa to pursue his dream of playing in the American major league.“I thought about the struggles of being in the minor leagues for eight-and-a-half years and then to finally get up here and get a hit in my first at-bat. The whole thing was just awesome. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it. It was awesome.”The South African player helped his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, beat the Chicago Cubs.Watch:Opening doorsNgoepe said baseball was still developing in Africa, but he hoped his involvement would inspire more interest in people.“It’s a dream come true for me because it’s been my dream since I was a 10-year-old boy, but it also means so much to the people of South Africa and baseball in Africa,” Ngoepe said before the game, according to Eyewitness News.Hugs. The gift that keeps on giving. #amirite pic.twitter.com/BEHoJ1oxBQ— Pirates (@Pirates) April 27, 2017Source: ESPN, EWNWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ben Klick, Stark CountyAs long as everything goes as planned, today will be our last day of harvest. I have 55 acres of beans to cut and we are done. We are beyond ready for it to be done. It has been a roller coaster of a year and a downhill roller coaster of a fall. We are not that upset with how the yields turned out after the weather we had but there have been little issues with things going wrong along the way and we are definitely ready to be done.Planting date was very crucial this year. The later crops were not nearly as dry and that was a lot more money in drying costs. There was quite a bit of re-adjusting the machine from the early corn to the late-planted corn and it slowed down the harvest.The double-crop beans needed August and September rains that they didn’t get. The yields were all over the place. They got planted later than they should have been and it got dry for them at the wrong time. This year they weren’t really worth cutting.The corn yields really varied by farm and soil type. We planted some fields that we should have waited a day or two longer last spring but we had to plant when we could. As a young farmer I see things I get stressed about but then my dad tells me that he has been seeing these kinds of things for years.The ground is not as favorable as I thought it would be but we are getting the weather so we can start the fall jobs that we should have been doing a month ago. We have chicken litter to spread, lime to spread and barns to clean out.We usually shoot to be done two weeks before Thanksgiving, and here we are still working at harvest the week after Thanksgiving, but we were still blessed with a pretty good harvest and nothing disastrous went wrong. It is what it is.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting NBTC: Ballungay, Artest carry FilAm Sports to another blowout win Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director Tani and his family have lived in a New York City shelter since fleeing Nigeria in 2017. The family feared attacks by the militant group Boko Haram on Christians like themselves.Tani’s chess coach Russell Makofsky (muh-KAHF’-skee) set up a GoFundMe account for the family after Tani won the championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMakofsky joined Tani on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday and said that thanks to donations, the family is moving into an apartment.Tani says he “felt surprised” by his win. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Chess wizard. Photo from Tani Adewumi’s Go Fund me page.NEW YORK — An 8-year-old boy’s victory as New York state chess champion will be his family’s ticket out of a homeless shelter.The New York Times reported that Tani Adewumi (TAH’-nee ah-deh-WOO’-mee) won the state chess title for his age group this month even though he learned to play only about a year ago.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgEmery: Arsenal will buy in January if these players don’t produceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits they’ll be active in the January market after defeat at Southampton.They slumped to a shock 3-2 loss against Southampton on Sunday.When asked if he’ll splash the cash in the coming weeks, Emery said: “I don’t know now.“We don’t have a lot of possibilities in January but maybe we can think of someone to sign to help us, but only if we think the other players can’t help us with their performance.“The club will look in January.“It’s not easy. I don’t believe a lot in this transfer window because it’s not a big possibility with the players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAn overhead shot of Tennessee player dunking against Kentucky.KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It is no secret that Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive tackle and Ole Miss commit Drew Richmond is major target for Tennessee. The Vols are hosting Richmond on his final official visit before signing day on Wednesday, and the student body at today’s Auburn-Tennessee basketball game was well aware of Richmond’s presence. Here’s a Vine of the UT students chanting for the big-time recruit:Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is going all out for Richmond’s visit, personally hosting the prospect himself over the weekend. Jones not-so subtly attempted to get the student section to up its intensity as he and Richmond walked by.Five-star treatment for a five-star prospect. If Richmond doesn’t end up flipping to the Vols this week, it won’t be for lack of trying on Tennessee’s part. [ RockyTopInsider ]last_img read more

first_imgNdamukong Suh visits Jim Harbaugh at Michigan.Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been getting some high-profile special guests on campus in Ann Arbor lately. The latest visitor? Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who checked out Schembechler Hall today. Great having @NdamukongSuh visit Schembechler Hall this morning! pic.twitter.com/999QaMNogR— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 19, 2015Suh played college football at Nebraska, but his presence is another win for Harbaugh. Since taking over the reins of his alma mater, Harbaugh has made good use of his NFL credentials, and having all these household names on campus can only help sell the program in recruiting.last_img

first_imgFOX News erroneously refers to Steve Spurrier as "head game coach."Fox News probably should have double-checked before listing Steve Spurrier as “Head Game Coach” during their live interview.With college football less than a week away, former Gator quarterback and head coach Steve Spurrier is promoting his new book. The autobiography, Head Ball Coach, follows Spurrier’s childhood in Tennessee to his Heisman Trophy win, and then to playing and coaching in the pros to leading the Florida Gators to six SEC Championships and beyond. However, Fox News made quite a gaff, listing “Head Game Coach” as the introductory graphic during the broadcast.Steve Spurrier. Universally known as “Head Ball Coach” someone should tell the nerd running graphics at Fox News. pic.twitter.com/VUvbkZskOx— Patrick Shuck (@pshuck) August 31, 2016Note: Head Ball Coach is the title of Spurrier’s new autobiography…which he talked about during this interview.Florida fans and basically any person with a firm understanding of college football were quick to mock the obvious [email protected] @BobbyBigWheel idiots, everyone knows Bobby Petrino is the Head Game coach.— Sonar Jose (@SonarJose) August 31, [email protected] @BobbyBigWheel wait does he coach the game with the basket ball ring or the one with the giant tuning forks at each end of the grass— Frank Mueller (@Muellercleez) August 31, [email protected] no, it’s “head game coach.” i remember because he would always tell his players to put the ball right in the basketball ring— Aaron Montgomery (@ProbablyMonty) August 31, 2016Looks like someone at Fox News needs a comprehensive history lesson.Spurrier, now an ambassador for Florida’s athletics department, was the Gators’ starting quarterback for three seasons. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1966.After an NFL stint, Spurrier coached the Gators towards six SEC championships and one national title in 12 seasons. After resigning unexpectedly in 2001, he coached the NFL Washington Redskins until 2005, when he left to coach the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2005-2015.last_img read more