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  • FIFA chief warns against re-starting football too early

    first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has warned against re-starting football competitions too early amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Infantino told FIFA’s 211 member associations on Friday that such behaviour would be irresponsible. It would be recalled that soccer matches around the world has come to a standstill with domestic leagues on hold and major tournaments such as Euro 2020 and the Copa America postponed for one year as a result of Coronavirus pandemic. “Our first priority, our principle, the one we will use for our competitions and encourage everyone to follow is that health comes first. I cannot stress this enough. No match, no competition, no league is worth risking a single human life. Everyone in the world should have this very clear in their mind,” Infantino said in a statement. Meanwhile, discussions are being held around the world over when and how to re-start the season while some countries have disagreements over whether players should face pay cuts. “It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100 per cent safe. If we have to wait a little longer we must do so. It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take any risks,” FIFA president said. Infantino reiterated that FIFA was assessing the financial impact of the stoppage so it could prepare the right response. He said: “You have to know that we will be there and we will find solutions together. “You will never be alone… (and) the world will know where the money goes and, equally important, why the money goes there. “If football manages to have a discussion where everyone contributes positively, and keeps in mind the global interest over the individual one, I am convinced our future can be better than our past, and we will be better prepared for the times ahead.”Tags: Copa AmericaCoronavirusCOVID-19FIFAgianni infantinolast_img read more

  • WHS Daily Bulletin: Crusaders of the Stage is set for 7 p.m. Friday

    first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, April 4, 2016:Monday •Baseball at Wellington vs. Collegiate – 4 p.m.1995 Baseball Reunion Celebration around 5 to 5:30 p.m.•Softball at El Dorado, 4:30 p.m.•Golf at Crestview Country Club.Tuesday•Tennis at Chaparral.•JV Tennis at Wellington.•C-Team baseball at Wellington.WednesdayNo school events scheduled.Thursday•Golf at Wellington, 1 p.m.•Tennis at Andover Central.•Baseball at Rose Hill.•Softball at Rose Hill.Friday•Almost Main, 7 p.m.Saturday•JV tennis at Chaparral.•ACT Test.*Regional solo at Andover Central.•Almost Main, 7 p.m.Today’s lunch — Chicken Patty with Bun, Oven Fries, Baked Beans, Oatmeal Cookie, Mandarin Oranges and MilkTuesday’s lunch — Hamburger with Bun, Romaine & Tomato, Tri Tater, Green Beans, Fresh Kiwi, Apple Crisp and Milk.Today’s News: *Congratulations to the March Students of the Month!9th- Nic Reyes10th- Adrianna Young11th- Jaycee Schettler12th- Taylor Zimmerman*Golf is released at 10:26. Softball is released at 1:55. They will be marked Activity.*Crusaders of the Stage presents Almost Maine on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. You can purchase advanced tickets from a cast member or from Mrs. Kelly.  Students- $4 or $6 at the door. Adults- $5 or $7 at the door.*Sophomores: If you ordered a class ring or class tag from Jostens, they will be delivered on Monday, April 18th during the three lunches in the commons.*Any sophomore interested in serving the Prom dinner on Saturday, April 23rd, please sign up in the office.*Seniors: If you were unable to pick up your Senior Orders, please stop by the counselors office. The order will need to be paid in full before you can pick up your items. At this time no personal checks will be allowed- cash or money orders only. If you are going to pay by credit or debit card you will need to contact Jostens. If you have not ordered your cap , gown, stole and tassel and you want to participate in graduation ceremonies, please go to jostens.com to place your order. You will need to do this as soon as possible.*Seniors: The Kansas All-Star scholarship application is now available on their website which is www.ksallstarsholarships.com. Those who qualify will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary education. Applications will be accepted now through April 15th.Guidance news:Wednesday, April 20 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National Chicken Cordon Bleu DayNational Hug a Newsperson DayNational School Librarian DayNational Walk Around Things DayFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more

  • ADAMS TELLS GLENTIES SUMMER SCHOOL: REPUBLIC NOT THAT ENVISAGED BY PROCLAMATION

    first_imgSinn Féin, president Gerry Adams TD, speaking at the MacGill Summer School in the Glenties, said this state is “not the republic envisaged by those who wrote the Proclamation. They had a vision for a real republic – a republic of justice, equality and fairness – a republic for all the people of this island.”Teachta Adams described the Dáil as “a dysfunctional forum” whose “formal protocols were inherited with little real change from the London model. It operates in a time warp and in a bubble, immune at times to the harsh and unfair regime visited by the government on the citizens who elected it”.The Sinn Féin leader criticised Fine Gael and Labour who promised a democratic revolution but “instead they opted for cuts to public services and greater centralisation of power. “Instead of creating a more effective, transparent and accountable democracy, the government moved to abolish the Seanad, cut the number of elected representatives in the Dáil and in local government, got rid of Údaras elections and centralised even more power and authority into its own hands.“Instead of initiating real reform Fine Gael is power-grabbing and Labour is acquiescing.“At the heart of the debate on the Seanad is the issue of equality of citizenship. Only one per cent of citizens have a vote in Seanad elections while others have multiple votes. That is why Sinn Féin will not support a proposal to retain the present Seanad. We will campaign for its abolition.“A genuinely progressive government would have given the future of the Seanad to the Constitutional Convention for discussion. “It would have considered the option of making the Seanad democratic and accountable and able to act as a meaningful check on the dominance of the Dáil. It chose not to.”Teachta Adams described the institutions of the state as “very partitionist”. “Moreover the institutions of this state, whether media or academia as well as the political elites are very partitionist. They have their backs to the border. While they are generally benign, policy makers knew little about the North and care even less. Their concern is to protect the interests of the establishment as they understand it.”Referring to the Good Friday Agreement Gerry Adams said “we are all living in a post Good Friday Agreement Ireland. This is most obvious in the North, but nowhere are the equality safeguards or parity of esteem measures of the Good Friday Agreement reflected in this state, in its governance or the protections for citizens…“The Good Friday Agreement also removed the Government of Ireland Act, under which the British government claimed sovereignty over the North, and provided for a poll on Irish unity.“Such a poll will provide a unique opportunity for a real, inclusive and constructive debate on the future of Ireland. Yet the government in Dublin shies away from such a debate. It has no strategy to win unionists to embrace a united Ireland and until recent events forced the issue the government had no consistent or strategic engagement with the British government over matters arising from the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements. “If unionists saw a real commitment to equality by the Dublin government this would have a real and positive effect on those unionists who want to live in harmony with their neighbours. ..There is no design plan for reconciliation but we all share responsibility to give leadership in spite of opposition and adversity. Perhaps the Civic Forum could be a vehicle for this?”The Sinn Féin President called on the government “to be fully engaged, as it is entitled and obliged to, in the North. Not in a threatening or interfering way but under the terms of the Good Friday and other agreements.And as sections of unionism, like others, adjust in a more pragmatic and positive way to the merits and advantages of cross- border cooperation, particularly on economic issues, we will see more progress.”The Sinn Féin leader called for the construction of a new republic “rooted in core democratic principles, shaped by the political, social and economic realities of today” and with a “commitment to the unity of Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter and the rejection of sectarianism… A republic that shares its wealth more equitably, looks after its aged and young, provides full rights for people with disabilities, liberates women and delivers the highest standards of public service. “The key to building a new republic – a 32 county republic – is to begin now”.Full text of speech follows:Title: Building a new Republic – Let’s begin nowA chairde,I want to thank the MacGill Summer School for the invitation to speak to you this evening.Three years away from the centenary of the 1916 Rising it is indeed appropriate to examine ‘How stands the Republic’.Indeed the proposition begs the question – what Republic?This state is not the Republic envisaged by those who wrote the Proclamation.They had a vision for a real republic – a republic of justice, equality and fairness – a republic for all the people of this island.This is clear when you read the Proclamation. It addresses Irish men and Irish women. At a time when women didn’t have the vote this simple address was in itself a progressive statement. Irishmen and Irishwomen is what it says. It doesn’t say unless you are gay or unless you are a traveler or unless you are poor or unionist or unless you are disabled. No. The Proclamation speaks of pursuing the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all its parts; guarantees civil and religious liberty, and equal rights and equal opportunities; and commits the republic to cherishing all the children of the nation equally. These concepts are mirrored in the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil. In words that resonate just months away from another budget that will strip billions out of public services, the Democratic Programme set as the ‘first duty of the Government of the Republic to make provision for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the children, to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing, or shelter, but that all shall be provided with the means and facilities requisite for their proper education and training…’ These are words that speak to us in a society where children and adults go hungry; where half a million citizens are out of work, and where emigration is thriving. The forced emigration of generations of Irish citizens is a telling and shameful indictment of this state. It is a salutary illustration – decade by decade – of failure. The impact of partitionAlmost 100 years ago partition created two conservative states ruled in their narrow self-interests by two conservative elites.The northern state was a one party state which reinforced the institutionalised use of discrimination, sectarianism and segregation.Despite the significant progress arising from the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement the legacy of that structured discrimination and inequality still needs to be tackled in a focussed and systematic way.Partition also affects this part of the island.This state is the product of the counter-revolution that followed the Rising and of a dreadful civil war which tore out the heart at that time of what remained of the generosity of our national spirit.As the idealism of the aborted revolution waned a native conservative elite replaced the old English elite with little real change in the organisation of Irish society and no real movement towards a rights based dispensation.Instead conservatism ruled.Religion was hijacked by mean men who used the gospel not to empower but to control, and narrow moral codes were enforced to subvert the instinctive generosity of our people.Women were discriminated against; gay and lesbian citizens were denied equality under the law and all the while scandals like the abuse in the industrial schools, the Magdalene laundries, Bethany Home and the barbaric practice of symphysiotomy were tolerated and encouraged.Those who suffered were mostly poor.The arts were censored. Our language undermined. Our culture corroded. Millions fled to England, the USA and Australia.A lesser people would not have survived.The system of economic and political apartheid in the north and the scandals of backhanders and brown envelopes, and of the banking and financial institutions and developers in this part of the island, exemplify how the elites held sway.Moreover the institutions of this state, whether media, academia as well as the political elites are very partitionist.They have their backs to the border.While they are generally benign, policy makers knew little about the north and cared even less.Their concern is to protect the interests of the establishment as they understand it.I am minded here of the words of a US President Rutherford Hayes in 1876.He was writing about the USA at that time and echoing concerns expressed earlier by Abraham Lincoln about the power of corporations President Hayes wrote: “This is a government of the people by the people and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations by corporations and for corporations.”He could have been writing about Ireland today.Liam Mellows warned of this in the Treaty debates when he noted that when men get into power they will want to hold on to that power.Of course there are exceptions both at a collective and an individual level but the prevailing sense among the policy makers is to perpetuate the status quo.This will only be changed when a genuine national spirit is recreated to replace the nonsense popular in some circles that this state is the nation and that Ireland stops at Dundalk or Lifford.That is the easy lazy option which conceived the politics of Section 31 and the gradual erasure, which accompanied it, of patriotic music and songs from our so called national airwaves. Post Good Friday AgreementWe are living in a post Good Friday Agreement Ireland.This is most obvious in the north.But nowhere are the equality safeguards or parity of esteem measures of the Good Friday Agreement reflected in this state, in its governance or the protections for citizens.On the contrary the Irish government, as part of a cost cutting exercise, merged the Irish Human Rights Commission with the Equality Authority.The government has failed to introduce equality proofing legislation.The Good Friday Agreement also envisaged that there would be a Bill of Rights for the north and a Charter of Rights for the island of Ireland.There is no Bill of Rights or Charter of Rights and no Civic Forum.The Good Friday Agreement also removed the Government of Ireland Act, under which the British government claimed sovereignty over the North, and provided for a poll on Irish unity.Such a poll will provide a unique opportunity for a real, inclusive and constructive debate on the future of Ireland.Yet the government in Dublin shies away from such a debate.It has no strategy to win unionists to embrace a united Ireland and until recent events forced the issue the government had no consistent or strategic engagement with the British government over matters arising from the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements.This not to say that I believe this government is averse to dealing with these issues.Not at all. It is simply doing what governments here do, including the last Fianna Fail government. And that is as little as possible.Unionism knows this as well as the rest of us.If unionists saw a real commitment to equality by the Dublin government this would have a real and positive effect on those unionist who want to live in harmony with their neighbours.Orange is one of our national colours.Most of us don’t appreciate that. Unionists know this as well.There is no design plan for reconciliation but we all share responsibility to give leadership in spite of opposition and adversity.Perhaps the Civic Forum could be a vehicle for this?So the imperative at this time is for the government to be fully engaged, as it is entitled and obliged to, in the north.Not in a threatening or interfering way but under the terms of the Good Friday and other agreements.And as sections of unionism, like others, adjust in a more pragmatic and positive way to the merits and advantages of cross border cooperation, particularly on economic issues, we will see more progress.No one can argue with the reality that an economy of 6.4 million citizens, consumers and taxpayers would be stronger!The failure of Government reformTwo years ago Fine Gael and Labour promised a democratic revolution.Instead they opted for cuts to public services and greater centralisation of power.Instead of creating a more effective, transparent and accountable democracy, the government moved to abolish the Seanad, cut the number of elected representatives in the Dáil and in local government, got rid of the Údaras, and centralised even more power and authority into its own hands.Instead of initiating real reform Fine Gael is power grabbing and Labour is acquiescing.At the heart of the debate on the Seanad is the issue of equality of citizenship.Only 1% of citizens have a vote in Seanad elections while others have multiple votes.That is why Sinn Féin will not support a proposal to retain the present Seanad. We will campaign for its abolition.A genuinely progressive government would have given the future of the Seanad to the Constitutional Convention for discussion.It would have considered the option of making the Seanad democratic and accountable and able to act as a meaningful check on the dominance of the Dáil.It chose not to.Even the government’s chief whip has acknowledged that its record on reform and accountability has been deplorable.The Dáil is a dysfunctional forum, its formal protocols inherited with little real change from the London model.It operates in a time warp and in a bubble, immune at times to the harsh and unfair regime visited by the government on the citizens who elected it.The failure of AusterityIn a real republic citizens would have a wrap-around health service from the cradle to the grave.Billions of taxpayers money, that could and should have been invested in job creation, has been used to bail out banks.Last Wednesday I visited St. Mary’s care centre in Drumcar in my constituency.The staff there look after 600 of our most vulnerable and disabled citizens.Citizens who cannot move; who need to be washed and dressed and fed; citizens who have dementia and mental health issues, and severe epilepsy.They have lost €7 million in cuts since 2008 and this year their deficit will amount to €1.2 million.They have had to cut out meals to people attending their day services.That St. Mary’s cannot feed vulnerable citizens is a huge indictment of this government and of this state!During the years of the Celtic Tiger Sinn Féin advocated equality and fairness and urged that the surplus wealth be used to build public services, especially in education and health, infrastructure and sustainable jobs.The political establishment including those who crashed the economy accused us of being economic illiterates.They refused to socialise the wealth but this same establishment has no problem with socialising the debt.Building a new republic – Lets begin now.I believe that the Ireland of the 21st century should be rooted in core democratic principles, shaped by the political, social and economic realities of today, a commitment to the unity of Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter and the rejection of sectarianism.Politics must empower citizens. They must be inclusive, democratic, accountable, citizen centred and rooted in equality, human rights and communal solidarity.That is, for a real republic that is tolerant of the views, opinions or beliefs of others and inclusive of all its’ people.A republic that shares its wealth more equitably, looks after its’ aged and young, provides full rights for people with disabilities, liberates women and delivers the highest standards of public service.A republic that has a sense of itself, would defend and promote its language and culture and ensure that equality is the basis on which it plans, promotes and sustains the language.And why can’t the constitution reach out to the children of the diaspora scattered around the globe; including allowing Irish passport holders wherever they live to have a vote in the Presidential election?A new Republic for the 21st century must mean equal rights for those in same sex relationships, ethnic minorities like the Travellers Community and those of all creeds and none.The key to building a new republic – a 32 county republic – is to begin now.That means setting out clearly what we are for and then developing strategies to achieve it.I believe citizens will respond positively to a national conversation on these issues and to the big question about how the wealth is used for the benefit of citizens.The real test is the equality one.20 years ago when Sinn Féin first talked about a peace process we were vilified and ridiculed.Reams of hard words were written about the Hume/Adams proposals.Today that same peace process has shown what’s possible if you have a vision and the determination to pursue it.So to with building a new Ireland.The island of Ireland today is in transition.A lot of the old certainties are gone.Many of the old conservative influences have been weakened.Progress has been made.The most important political reform since partition has been the Good Friday Agreement.That has created a new context on this island, a new potential and a new dispensation for the whole island.But if there was a real commitment to the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement the logic and common sense of harmonising policies and services across this island and the principles and safeguards and ethos of the Good Friday Agreement, would be increasingly inculcated into all of the institutions on this island.And that would be good for all our people, including the unionists.A chairde, the people of this island deserve better than the society we have inherited.We have the means to change this.We have the opportunity to ensure that justice, equality and fairness are core principles of a new society.We have the opportunity to win real freedom.ADAMS TELLS GLENTIES SUMMER SCHOOL: REPUBLIC NOT THAT ENVISAGED BY PROCLAMATION was last modified: July 31st, 2013 by John2Share 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:ADAMS TELLS GLENTIES SUMMER SCHOOL: REPUBLIC NOT THAT ENVISAGED BY PROCLAMATIONgerry adamsGlentieslast_img read more

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