Liberal MP Bob Nault, left, Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle, and Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan meet after a four hour meeting. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTNBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsIt’s been two years since the federal government committed to a specialized health facility for Grassy Narrows First Nation, but despite a planned meeting with Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan, the community is no closer to an agreement.O’Regan visited the Northwestern Ontario community Wednesday afternoon for what was supposed to be a feast with members and the signing of a memorandum of agreement with Chief Rudy Turtle and council.But that’s not what happened.Instead Turtle and O’Regan engaged in private negotiations for nearly four hours.No agreement was reached between the two, only a promise for more conversations.Turtle called the agreement inadequate.“The minister came in today and he was hoping we would sign a memorandum of agreement but the proposal he put forward wasn’t good enough,” said Turtle.(Members of Grassy Narrows wait outside a meeting between O’Regan and Turtle. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)The community has been living with the long-term effects of mercury poisoning after a paper mill in Dryden, ON dumped contaminates in the nearby English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s.For decades members suffer from impaired vision, loss of hearing and speech and cognitive function, along with mental health issues linked to the mercury poisoning.A feasibility study for the treatment centre was completed last fall and came with an estimated 30 year cost of $88.7 million.Construction has yet to begin on the new centre.Details of the proposed agreement weren’t released but Turtle said it didn’t include a sufficient dollar amount.He also said the government was proposing to build an assisted living facility not a specialized treatment centre.Turtle could not sign off the agreement because it doesn’t address the on-going issues.He said the community needs more than a, “temporary Band-Aid fix.”Following the meeting O’Regan told reporters the government and chief and council have the same objectives in mind.“We are getting very close. We made some steps today. This is what negotiation looks like it takes it own course,” he said.(Chrissy Isaac confronted O’Regan after no agreement for a treatment centre was negotiated. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)Meanwhile during Question Period in Ottawa, NDP MP Charlie Angus called out the Liberals for failing to keep their commitment.“The people of Grassy Narrows have suffered 50 years of lies, cover-ups and broken promises…two years ago this prime minister promised that spring there would be shovels in the ground…enough of broken promises. Where is the money?” asked Angus.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “we remain steadfast in our commitment to build a health facility in Grassy Narrows.”For the people of Grassy Narrows Wednesday’s events proved to be difficult and frustrating.Chrissy Isaacs confronted the minister calling his actions disrespectful.Community member Chrissy Isaacs confronts O’Regan. She says it was disrespectful for the minister to not meet with the rest of the community. A feast was prepared at the school and more than 100 students waited to meet the minister. pic.twitter.com/xpiaFuNQPx— Brittany Hobson (@bhobs22) May 29, 2019The mother of three says her youngest is dealing with the effects of mercury poisoning.She hopes to one day see a generation of people who aren’t sick.O’Regan said discussions will continue over the next coming days.Turtle says he will continue to push for a fair and adequate firstname.lastname@example.org@bhobs22
“While rich countries nurture their economic recovery, many poor countries face the imminent prospect of education reversals,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said, noting the failure of donors to deliver on pledges. “We cannot afford to create a lost generation of children who have been deprived of their chance for an education that might lift them out of poverty.” UNESCO’s Education for All-Global Monitoring Report 2010, entitled Reaching the Marginalized, urges rich countries and the G20 group of developed and developing countries to scale up aid needed to avoid damaging budget adjustments in the poorest countries, stressing that a financing gap of $16 billion a year must be bridged to reach the Education for All goals. Rich countries and international and financial institutions are exaggerating how much aid they provide to help poor countries cope with the financial crisis, using ‘smoke and mirrors’ in their reporting, the report says. “Rich countries have mobilized a financial mountain to stabilize their financial systems and protect vital social and economic infrastructure, but they have provided an aid molehill for the world’s poor,” Global Monitoring Report director Kevin Watkins said. At the report’s launch at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that education is a fundamental human right. “It should never be an accident of circumstance, nor is it a privilege to be distributed on the basis of wealth, gender, race, ethnicity or language,” he said.Ms. Bokova added that the financial crisis could force governments to cut spending for education and parents to pull their children out of school or simply not to send them. “In short, it would create a lost generation at tremendous cost to society,” she said.Mr. Watkins told a later news conference: “The bottom line message of the report is we’re an awful long way off track for achieving the international development goal of universal primary education by 2015.” The report charts “spectacular advances” over the past decade in striking contrast with the ‘lost decade’ of the 1990s, noting that the number of children not attending school has fallen by 33 million since 1999, sub-Saharan Africa has increased enrolment at five times the rate achieved in the 1990s, and the number of children out of school in South and West Asia has been more than halved. Such numbers dispel the myth that poor countries cannot achieve rapid progress in education, but the report warns that many countries are likely to fall far short of the targets adopted by governments in 2000 because of their failure to address inequalities and donor shortfalls, citing sub-Saharan Africa as an area for priority action. Education systems across the region could end up without $4.6 billion per year in public spending for both last and this year due to the crisis. Global indicators highlighted as cause for concern include: On current trends, 56 million primary school-age children will still be out of school in 2015. Another 71 million adolescents are currently not at school. Gender disparities remain deeply engrained, with girls accounting for 54 per cent of children out of school. 10.3 million additional teachers will be needed worldwide to achieve the goal of universal primary education by 2015. There has been little progress towards the goal of halving adult illiteracy that affects 759 million people, two-thirds of them women. Malnutrition remains a major barrier to progress in education, with 178 million children up to the age of five years affected and the numbers rising. Far too many young people leave primary school unable to read or write. In some sub-Saharan countries, adults with five years of primary schooling have a 40 per cent chance of illiteracy.The report cautions that the reality may be worse than the picture provided in national data. Using household survey data analysis, it presents evidence that school records overstate the number of primary school-age children in school by as much as 30 per cent.Identifying policies to counteract persistent inequalities in education, it calls on governments to improve accessibility and affordability by going beyond removing formal school fees for basic education to cutting informal charges and providing targeted incentives for disadvantaged groups. Governments should also ensure that marginalized children have access to highly skilled teachers by offering incentives for deployment in remote rural and disadvantaged urban areas. 19 January 2010The global financial crisis threatens to deprive millions of children in the world’s poorest countries of an education, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, with a knock-on effect on future economic growth, poverty reduction and progress in health and other areas, according to a United Nations report released today.
In a presidential statement read out in a formal meeting by Brian Cowan, the Foreign Minister of Ireland, which holds the presidency of the 15-member body for the month of October, the Council renewed its call on States to include women in the negotiations and implementation of peace accords, constitutions, and strategies for resettlement and rebuilding, and to take measures to support local women’s groups and indigenous processes for conflict resolution. In that context, the Council recognized the efforts of the Mano River Women’s Peace Network in facilitating peace and dialogue in the Mano River Union region, which comprises Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. It was also encouraged by the inclusion of women in the political decision-making bodies in Burundi, Somalia and East Timor. The Council underscored the importance of including a gender perspective in all policies and programmes addressing armed conflicts and called for the inclusion of gender components in peacekeeping operations. It also renewed its support for gender-sensitive training guidelines and material on the protection, rights and particular needs of women, and on the importance of involving women in all peacekeeping and peace-building measures. It called on troop-contributing countries to include these elements in their national training programmes for peacekeepers. On the issue of gender balance among UN envoys, the Council said it was concerned that there were still no women appointed as special representatives or special envoys of the Secretary-General to peace missions, and urged Member States to redouble their efforts to nominate women candidates to the Secretary-General. The Council also urged Mr. Annan to appoint women as special representatives and envoys to pursue good offices on his behalf. Recognizing the need to implement international humanitarian and human rights law that protects the rights of civilians including women and girls during and after conflicts, the Council called on all parties to armed conflicts to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based and other forms of violence.
The 21-member Special Independent Commission was announced last Friday after Mr. Brahimi had whittled the list down from 300 names. According to the Bonn Agreement, which spells out the political process for the future of Afghanistan, the Commission has the final authority to determine the procedures for, and the number of people who will participate in, the Emergency Loya Jirga.Two working sessions were held in Kabul today, according to a UN spokesman. The formal inauguration of the Commission is expected to take place when Hamid Karzai, Chairman of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan, returns to Kabul.Mr. Karzai is currently in the United States and is expected to arrive at UN Headquarters in New York at around 9 a.m. Wednesday to address an open meeting of the Security Council.
“Mr. Troyanovsky was a brilliant diplomat who represented his country with singular expertise and adroitness at an acutely challenging time in the world and the history of the Organization,” Mr. Annan said through his spokesman.”He combined a profound understanding of the indispensability of the UN with exceptional charm, humour, eloquence and flair.”Spokesman Fred Eckhard recalled an incident in 1980 when Maoist demonstrators posing as reporters doused Ambassador Troyanovsky in red paint. “While other diplomats flinched, Troyanovsky looked up calmly and said – without missing a beat – ‘better red than dead,’” Mr. Eckhard said.The Secretary-General extended his condolences to the family and friends of the veteran Russian diplomat and to the Government of the Russian Federation.
“These numbers, which continue to rise, make the Colombian situation not only the largest UNHCR operation in the Americas but also one of the world’s biggest and most forgotten humanitarian tragedies,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva today. UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Judy Cheng-Hopkins has just concluded a four-day mission to neighbouring Ecuador and today is expected to cross the border into Colombia on her way to the city of Pasto in the department of Nariño, which has seen a marked increase in violence and forced displacement since the start of the year. In Colombia, she is scheduled to visit UNHCR’s projects for displaced people in the cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena. About half of Colombia’s internally displaced live in urban centres, many of them in poor suburbs that are little more than shantytowns. Ms. Cheng-Hopkins is scheduled to meet government officials in Bogota, the capital. Beyond the IDPs within Colombia, there are a quarter of a million Colombians in need of protection in Ecuador, and tens of thousands more of concern to UNHCR in other countries in the region, such as Venezuela, Panama and Costa Rica. While in Ecuador, Ms. Cheng-Hopkins met with leading officials. She said she shared the Government’s concerns that the number of Colombian refugees continues to grow on a monthly basis. More solidarity should be shown with countries like Ecuador which are bearing the brunt of the crisis, she added. UNHCR has repeatedly expressed its alarm at the impact on civilians of the more than 40 years of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries in the Andean country. In recent months it has voiced particular concern for the countries indigenous communities, some of whom are threatened with extinction as the fighting uproots them from their ancestral lands to which their culture and traditions are closely linked.
Alex Foulds, Southern passenger services’ director, said the two-day strike would “achieve nothing”.”Passengers will be rightly dismayed that the RMT has chosen to disrupt services yet again,” he said. “After many months of trying to reach agreement with the RMT, we are now moving forward with our plans for the benefit of customers and we urge the RMT to join us in putting passengers first.”We have guaranteed all our on-board staff a job until the end of the franchise, with no reduction in salary. Our plans are safe, and will mean fewer cancelled trains. We are sorry that our passengers will once again suffer because of RMT intransigence, and we urge the union to work with us to find a sensible way forward.” The industrial action centres on the role of guards on Southern trainsCredit:Carl Court /Getty Campaigners from Disabled People Against Cuts said they believe Southern risks “taking a significant retrograde step” if it starts a driver-only operation.A spokesman said: “We believe that if a train runs driver-only operation to an unstaffed station with a passenger who is unable to exit the train unassisted, then an offence will be committed under the Equality Act 2010.”After 30 years of commitment, effort and public expenditure to ensure that disabled people can travel by train, as by other modes, with confidence, we risk taking a significant retrograde step that will effectively deny people those hard-won rights. That is simply unacceptable.” A Southern Rail employee hands out flyers as she takes part in a strike against company working practicesCredit:Carl Court/Getty A Southern Rail employee erects a banner opposite Victoria station in central London as she takes part in a strikeCredit:Carl Court/Getty Please please please don’t leave me stuck in London today train strikes!!!! 🙏🏽😫 @SouthernRailUK— Louisa Bettine (@LouisaBettine) September 7, 2016 Come on then Southern… Let’s see how long it’ll take me to get to work today then! So pleased I’m off tomorrow #Southernstrike— Graham Lamb (@GrahamLamb82) September 7, 2016 Clapham Junction station in London during rush hour in August amid previous strike actionCredit:Nick Edwards He added: “RMT remains available for serious talks but GTR clearly have no interest in resolving the dispute and it is also clear that the Government are propping them up financially and politically.”Just a fraction of the £100 million the GTR parent company is hoarding in profits would be enough to keep a guard on the Southern trains, keep the trains safe and accessible and resolve the dispute.”It is absolutely right to call for the Government to intervene and to hold those responsible for this continuing shambles to account.”Mr Cash added: “Reports from all locations this morning confirm that the strike action is rock-solid and determined again across the Southern Rail network as we fight to put rail safety and access before the profits of the failed Govia Thameslink operation.” Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said the union supported points raised by the campaigners as they put disabled people “at a substantial disadvantage”. “GTR, hoarding £100 million in profits and soaking up public funds, have ignored these points right from the off,” he said. “That attitude is disgraceful.” Southern said it had put 119 trains back into its temporary weekday timetable, restoring the entire inner London metro service so that almost all London Bridge peak trains are now running, and tripling the number of trains operating on the West London Line.The temporary timetable was introduced with 341 fewer trains on July 11 following “unprecedented” sickness levels among train crew. @SouthernRailUK there goes my train that arrived at the ecr so overcrowded that people were getting pushed out pic.twitter.com/61ZbvUpYa0— Mark Payne (@markstephenpay1) September 7, 2016 Hundreds of commuters are facing travel chaos including delays and cancellations as workers at Southern Railway launched a fresh strike in a long-running row over changes to the role of conductors. Disability campaigners joined a picket line outside London Victoria station as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walked out for 48 hours.More than two out of five trains will be cancelled, while there will be no service on some routes. Many trains will start late and finish early, although Southern plans to run up to 60 per cent of its services during the industrial action.Commuters took to social media on Wednesday morning to complain about the service. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
“That is why I have asked for the Children’s Funeral Fund to be set up in England. For Carolyn, in memory of her son Martin, and in support of all those parents overwhelmed by such harrowing loss.”Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the establishment of a fund was “very welcome and wonderful news”.He said: “This is a simple piece of dignity for bereaved families across the country, secured through tenacious campaigning by Labour’s Carolyn Harris who tirelessly kept up the pressure when the Government was dragging its feet.”No parent who has gone through the heart-breaking experience of losing a child should be left struggling to cover the cost of a funeral.” Ms Harris has long campaigned on the issue, with her eight-year-old son Martin having been killed in 1989, having previously said the establishment of a fund was “the dignified, compassionate and sympathetic thing to do”. The light in a dark week. So very very proud of @carolynharris24 and in fact a bit tearful for those I’ve stood next to while they buried their babies. https://t.co/fjck2E4hOn— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) March 31, 2018 Theresa May hailed the “dignity and strength” of Ms Harris, adding: “No parent should ever have to endure the unbearable loss of a child – a loss that no amount of time will ever truly heal.”But in the raw pain of immediate loss, it cannot be right that grieving parents should have to worry about how to meet the funeral costs for a child they hoped to see grow into adulthood.”In the darkest moment of any parent’s life there is little light – but there can be support. We’ve done it! Theresa May has just announced that the government will establish a #ChildrensFuneralFund!From the bottom of my heart, to everyone who has helped me get this far, thank you. RT the good news ↓#Carolyn4Deputy pic.twitter.com/fVQ4RN3WcI— Carolyn 4 Deputy (@carolyn4deputy) March 31, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Child burial fees are to be waived after a campaign spearheaded by an MP who needed a loan to bury her eight-year-old son after he was killed in a car accident.Carolyn Harris, who represents Swansea East at Westminster, had called on the Government to cover the costs of burials and cremations to help parents struggling to pay for their child’s funeral.The Prime Minister has announced the establishment of a Children’s Funeral Fund which will pay for the costs of the burials and bring England in line with Wales.Ms Harris said: “I celebrated last year when the Welsh Government gave me the Children’s Funeral Fund, I’ve celebrated when every local authority right across this country has done this.”But at last after so much pressure and so much time, families right across the United Kingdom can know that if they’re ever in that terrible, terrible position when they lose a child, that there will now be a pot of money available to make sure that child has a dignified and respectful funeral.
Despite these welcome developments it remains the case that many towns, villages and communities, particularly in rural Ireland, will see very little of this investment.Ireland’s widely dispersed population and topography means that there are some areas where it is simply not viable for the commercial sector to provide services. Tonight’s news has been welcomed by several spokespeople from opposition parties, with Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy describing broadband as an “almost essential utility for every household”“There are many areas in Ireland, most of them rural, which still do not receive an adequate broadband connection. The lack of broadband or poor service levels is becoming a constraint in accessing services,” he said.Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan also welcomed the legislation but has suggested an amendment to the legislation to ensure that customers are delivered what they have been promised:It is my intention to bring forward an amendment to this legislation so that the services advertised by the broadband providers with regard to speed and quality are reflected by the actual speed and quality of the broadband the consumer receives.Read: Every secondary school will have access to high-speed broadband by September say ministers >Read: More than half of all households in Ireland have broadband > THE ESB IS expected to enter the broadband market as the Government looks to allow them to use their electricity distribution network to provide telecoms services.Communications Minister Pat Rabbittee this evening announced the publication of a bill that would allow for this, saying that it would benefit rural areas in particular.Rabbittee said that the opportunity has been put forward by the ESB who are currently seeking a “joint venture partner with a view to providing such services on a wholesale only basis”.The minister stressed that the ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013 merely enables the use of the electricity network for communications purposes but that he expects the ESB to publish the details of what they are proposing.Rabbittee noted that commercial telecommunications providers are investing in Ireland but added some of this investment is not being spread evenly throughout the country:
GARDAÍ IN MAYO have today appealed to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 76-year-old John Kerrigan.Kerrigan is missing from his apartment at Main Street, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo since 20 May.He is described as being approximately 6ft tall, of medium build with grey hair.Anyone with information is asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
Scouting Ireland asks Tusla for evidence about why it questioned overnight camping trips Scouting Ireland says these concerns were never raised with the organisation. Share190 Tweet Email By Rónán Duffy Feb 28th 2019, 4:00 PM A scout neckerchief. (File photo) Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39 Comments Image: Shutterstock Overnight trips and the experience of camping outside at night is an experience every scout should have the opportunity to enjoy and we have a strong policy framework in place to support this activity in Scouting Ireland. Again this matter was never raised by Tusla in any meetings with our organisation. Scouting Ireland has also questioned several other statements made by Tusla in its letter. The organisation said that Tusla made a “serious allegation” in alleging that “the actions of key personnel holding a role in safeguarding may have been compromised”.“This is a most serious allegation, which we would have responded to immediately, had we known or understood Tusla’s concerns. It has not been raised in any of our meetings with Tusla,” Scouting Ireland says.Furthermore, Scouting Ireland says that it has “completed the most comprehensive review of safeguarding” and questions why Tusla has suggested another review is needed.Scouting Ireland asked “what evidence does Tusla have” that this is necessary.The organisation has also said that it has opened a helpline has been set up for children and parents to contact in the wake of yesterday’s letter. The helpline is 086 6040337 and opens from 10am to 4pm. A scout neckerchief. (File photo) SCOUTING IRELAND HAS questioned what evidence Tusla has for suggesting that the viability of overnight trips should be considered due to child protection concerns.Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone yesterday published a letter from Tusla to Scouting Ireland which called for an “urgent review” into the manner in which the organisation manages child protection concerns and disclosures.The letter also called for Scouting Ireland to “consider the viability” of continuing with overnight trips. In response, Scouting Ireland has said that it is “fully committed to continuing to follow best practice in safeguarding” and has “constantly engaged with Tusla since that agency was established”.During that engagement, Scouting Ireland says that the question of overnight trips has never been raised. “It would be helpful to understand what evidence Tusla has for suggesting that ‘Scouting Ireland should consider the viability of continuing with overnight trips’,” Scouting Ireland said in a statement this afternoon. https://jrnl.ie/4517799 Short URL Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 4:00 PM 16,975 Views
Zoya DeNure prepared to start the 2016 Iditarod. (Photo by Patrick Yack/Alaska Public Media)Willow musher Nicolas Petit was the first musher in to the Nikolai –checking in at 8:41 Tuesday morning.Reigning Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey trailed Petit into the checkpoint less than 25 minutes later.Dallas’s father – and 2-time Iditarod winner – Mitch Seavey is in third place, checking into Nikolai at 9:23 a.m.Three musher have scratched, so far.Delta Junction’s Zoya DeNure scratched in Rainy Pass this morning at 9:50 a.m.According to an Iditarod press release, DeNure made the decision due to concerns for her team. She had 11 dogs left at the time.In six attempts, DeNure has finished the race once, in her 2008 rookie year. This is the fifth Iditarod in which she scratched.Martin Koenig, of Montana, and Jan Steves of Willow both called it quits in Skwentna on Monday.
Vijay Devarakonda at the launch of his next movie HeroTwitterThe makers of Vijay Devarakonda’s next movie Hero are said to be spending Rs 8 crore on his bike race scene and this hefty sum has left his fans wondering over the amount he is being paid as remuneration.Vijay Devarakonda recently wrapped up the shooting of his 11th movie Dear Comrade, which is set for worldwide release on July 6. The actor is now gearing up to start filming his next movie titled Hero, which is written and directed by Anand Annamalai and produced Mythri Movie Makers. The movie was launched on Sunday and director Koratala Siva kick-started its filming by clapping the board.Hero is a musical-thriller with sports drama as the backdrop. We hear that the movie has an exciting bike race scene, which will be one of the major highlights of the film. The makers are said to be spending a hefty sum of Rs 8 crore on this single stunt sequence. He will start its shoot in Delhi from May 22.This news has left the filmgoers surprised over the total production cost and the remuneration of Vijay Devarakonda. Mythri Movie Makers, which is known for bankrolling big ticket films like Srimanthudu, Janatha Garage and Rangasthalam, has not revealed the budget of the film. But one thing is for sure that the producers must be offering more money as his payment than what he got for his last outing.Reports suggest that Vijay Devarakonda charged Rs 5 lakh as his remuneration for his first movie Pelli Choopulu, which was a big hit at the box office. He hiked it to Rs 5 crore after the success of Arjun Reddy. The huge success of his next release Geeta Govindam catapulted him to stardom and he reportedly revised his salary to Rs 10 crore. Despite this hike, he was flooded with several offers.Post the success of Geeta Govindam, Vijay Devarakonda had three release in 2018. Two of them were Ee Nagaraniki Emaindhi (cameo role) and Taxiwaala, which had signed before hiking his remuneration. He accepted bilingual movie NOTA after the back-to-back films and he is said to have been paid a bomb.Vijay Devarakonda is said to be drawing Rs 10 crore for his next outing Dear Comrade. With this, he has surpassed his colleagues like Nani and Sharwanand and joined the big league of top stars who draw more than Rs 10 crore in Tollywood. He is getting nothing less than this amount for his upcoming movie Hero too.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Six outstanding high school products have each signed a national letter-of-intent to continue their basketball playing careers at the University of Louisville, ranking this Cardinal group among the nation’s top recruiting classes.The list of impressive signees includes Aidan Igiehon, a 6-10, 230-pound forward from Dublin, Ireland and Lawrence Woodmere (N.Y.) Academy; David Johnson, a 6-5, 180-pound guard from Trinity High School in Louisville; Josh Nickelberry, a 6-4, 175-pound guard from Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, N.C.; Quinn Slazinski, a 6-8, 200-pound forward from Houston and Huntington (W. Va.) Prep; Samuell Williamson, a 6-7, 190-pound guard from Rockwall (Texas) High School; and Jae’Lyn Withers, a 6-8, 215-pound forward from Charlotte, N.C. who will play his final season at Cleveland (Ohio) Heights High School. Louisville’s class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100.”I’m extremely excited to announce our 2019 fall signings,” said UofL head coach Chris Mack. “I want to give great credit to my coaching staff for all of their hard work and exhausting efforts to land such a highly talented class. Luke (Murray), Mike (Pegues) and Dino (Gaudio) never slept. Our support staff worked their tails off on recruiting visits to make our recruits and their families feel at home. And home now for six wonderful young men will be the University of Louisville, one of the premier programs in all of college basketball. I’d also like to thank all of the parents of our incoming recruits. You all have raised special young men. Your willingness to entrust us with your son’s collegiate years is a responsibility we take very seriously. We could not be more excited to welcome our newest Cardinals to the University of Louisville.”Aidan IgiehonIgiehon (pronounced i-GAY-hawn) averaged 18.2 points and 15 rebounds as a junior last season in helping Lawrence Woodmere to a 20-5 record and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Class B Championship, earning first team all-state honors.”Aidan was one of the highest regarded big men in America during the summer,” said Mack. “It wasn’t always that way. He came over from Ireland on his own prior to his freshman year and set up shop at Lawrence Woodmere as a nobody. He wasn’t recruited to the States, he wasn’t a known commodity. He’s been raised with discipline and saw his mother’s work ethic up close his entire life. It blazed his path as a player. He’s a gym rat who wants to be special. He’s as athletic as they come, tough and extremely versatile. Like all incoming freshman, he has a learning curve, but his desire to improve will get him there. We will need Aidan to affect the game at the rim on both ends of the floor. Aidan has the ability to move away from the basket on both ends of the floor. He’s not just a metal eater. He’s willing and able to do anything his coach asks.”Nicknamed the “Irish Hulk,” Igiehon is ranked No. 13 nationally in the ESPN 100, No. 44 by 247Sports.com and is No. 50 by Rivals.com.”This is my fifth season coaching Aidan on our varsity team and each year he has made huge strides,” said Jeff Weiss, Igehon’s high school coach at Lawrence Woodmere. “Aidan is a relentless worker, arriving at school at 6 a.m. most days to work on his game. His strength, athleticism, and work ethic make his future bright. He’s a mature, intelligent young man, and carries a 3.6 GPA. I wish him much success at Louisville and beyond.”Igiehon was a New York State Sportswriters Association second team all-state selection as a sophomore when he averaged 21.1 points per game, helping Woodmere to a 26-3 record and the NYSAIS Class C Championship. He was a third team selection his freshman year when he averaged 20 points per game. He averaged 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds last summer with his AAU team Team Rio National. Igiehon was 13-years-old when he arrived in Brooklyn, New York on June 28, 2014 to live with his aunt and uncle. He had first picked up a basketball when he was 12. Mack visited Igiehon’s mother in Clondalkin, West Dublin, Ireland during the recruiting process. His brother Brandon is a junior at SUNY Potsdam, where he plays soccer for the Bears.The only Irish-born player to reach the NBA is Pat Burke, who played with the Orlando Magic (2002-03) and Phoenix Suns (2005-07). Burke moved from Ireland to the U.S. when he was three-years-old, so Igiehon hopes to be the first Irish born-and-raised person to play in the NBA.Igiehon chose to attend Louisville after also including Oregon, Kentucky and St. John’s among his final choices.David JohnsonJohnson averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 42.9 percent from three-point distance (54-of-126) as a junior last season in helping Trinity to a 30-4 record, the Seventh Region championship and a spot in the Kentucky Sweet 16, earning first team all-state honors.”A lot has been made about David being a hometown kid,” said Mack, “but DJ could be from Alaska and I’d want him on our team. David plays the game to win and plays the game for his teammates. On defense, David has length, quickness and anticipation. Offensively, he’s at his best when he gets the ball in his hands as he’s a high level passer and loves making his teammates better. He’s well-coached coming from Trinity, so the seeds of being a great teammate and hard worker have been sown. DJ will add size and athleticism in our backcourt from day one.”Johnson is ranked No. 47 nationally by 247Sports.com, No. 72 in the ESPN 100, and No. 98 by Rivals.com.”David is a special basketball player that impacts the game all over the floor, said Chris Szabo, Johnson’s coach at Trinity. “He can score from anywhere on the court, while also having tremendous vision to make everyone around him better. He leads by example with his team attitude and effort. I am so proud of DJ and so happy for his family. He has worked very hard to make this moment possible. Coach Mack and Louisville are getting a player and a person in David who will help them compete for championships. He will also represent the team and the University of Louisville in a first-class manner.”Johnson nearly produced a triple-double in the Shamrocks’ state tournament game against eventual runner-up Scott County when he totaled 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. He connected on 42.9 percent from three-point distance (54-of-126) and 67.6 percent of his free throws (48-of-71) as a junior last season.Johnson was a third-team all-state selection as a sophomore when he averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and shot 47.8 percent from the field helping Trinity achieve a 29-4 record.Recent UofL forward Ray Spalding (2015-18), who is in his rookie season with the Dallas Mavericks, was also a product of Trinity High School.Johnson had narrowed his collegiate choices to also include Georgia and Xavier before choosing his hometown Cardinals.Josh NickelberryNickelberry averaged 24.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a junior last season in helping Northwood Temple Academy to the quarterfinals of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A championship, earning first team all-state honors.”Josh was the first high school senior who committed to our coaching staff at the University of Louisville,” said Mack. “His belief in our vision for both him and the program spoke volumes. It energized the fan base, our coaching staff and his future 2019 teammates. As a player, Josh is an extremely athletic combo guard with dead-eye shooting ability. I believe he can be a prolific shooter at the college level. His athleticism and toughness will allow him to defend at a high level for us on the perimeter. Josh is a high energy player who competes with intensity every time he steps on the floor. I can’t wait to coach him.”The first player to verbally commit to the Cardinals in this recruiting class, Nickelberry is ranked No. 81 nationally in the ESPN 100, No. 97 by 247Sports.com and is No. 115 by Rivals.com. He scored 44 points in an early season game this year, burying five three-pointers.”First of all, Josh is a great young man,” said James Strong, Nickelberry’s high school coach at Northwood Temple. “He’s a phenomenal talent who can score at three levels and is a hard cover for any defender. Josh is great with his teammates, plays hard every play, and does all that I ask of him and more. He’s a great teammate, leader, hard worker and is very unselfish on and off the court. It’s a pleasure coaching him. He’s put in a lot of work after practice to improve his ball handling and putting up shots. He’s very self-motivated, with a true love and passion for the game without being pushed.”Nickelberry began playing organized basketball as an eight-year-old and achieved his first dunk in the eighth grade. He played his eighth-grade and freshman seasons at Northwood Temple, played his sophomore year at Trinity Christian, and returned to Northwood Temple last year. He earned NCISAA 1A all-state honors as a sophomore at Trinity Christian when he averaged 18.0 points per game and reached double figures in all but three games in leading his team to the NCISAA 1-A championship game.He participated with Game Elite Gold AAU team in Atlanta, driving five hours one way many weekends to practice and play with the squad.Nickelberry’s father, Gerald, was a linebacker at Northern Illinois (1991-94), ranking sixth in career tackles and his seven career fumble recoveries is an NIU record. His mother, Jessie, was a track and volleyball athlete and is an Army veteran.Nickelberry had also considered North Carolina, NC State, Michigan, Xavier and UConn before signing with the Cardinals.Quinn SlazinskiSlazinski averaged 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds last season in helping Huntington Prep to 21-7 record for the 2017-18 season.”Quinn is undervalued,” said Mack. “He’s young for his class and his best days as a basketball player are ahead of him. People are going to wonder in a couple years where Louisville snagged this kid from. At nearly 6-9, Quinn has a guard’s feel for the game, but an old school power forward’s toughness. He’s scared of no one on the court. He plays to win every possession. He’s a classic love him if he’s on my team, hate him if he’s not type of competitor. Cardinal fans are going to love Quinn. Our plan is to redshirt Quinn so that he can catch up in age to his classmates and transition him to our system and the college game next year while preserving his four years of eligibility.” Slazinski, who scored a single game high of 22 points last season against Tennessee Prep Academy, is ranked No. 209 by 247Sports.com and is No. 48 among power forwards by Rivals.com. He produced 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists against Hargrave Military Academy early this season.”Quinn is the ultimate competitor,” said Arkell Bruce, his prep school coach at Huntington Prep. “When he steps on the floor, he does everything he can to win. I look forward to watching him grow as a player at the next level. Quinn has been a pleasure to coach these past two seasons.”His family moved from Michigan to Houston when he was in the sixth grade. He was a first team all-district selection as a sophomore at Westbury Christian School in Houston in helping his team win the Texas 5A championship for the 21 time in 26 years, scoring 23 points in the title game.Slazinski averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds last season for his AAU Virginia-based Boo Williams team. Slazinski was an accomplished distance runner in high school, posting the 12th best two-mile time in school history at Westbury Christian. He was also a standout baseball player before focusing on basketball. His father played football at Grand Valley State. Slazinski had also received offers from Cal, DePaul, Georgia Tech and Houston among others before selecting UofL for his collegiate career.Samuell WilliamsonWilliamson averaged 23.3 points, 9.7 rebounds as a junior last season in helping Rockwall to a 20-12 record, earning first team Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state honors. He scored 21 points as his team reached the area round.”Sam is primed to be one of the better freshman in college basketball next season,” said Mack. “He has to get stronger and he has to adapt to the college game like all freshmen, but when he does, he has a chance to be special. As a big wing, Sam has a versatility to his game that makes him difficult to handle. He can post, he uses his size, he can knock it down from three and he has an ability to rebound at his position. Defensively he is smart, tough and a competitor. Sam possesses a hunger to be great. He won’t be outworked. When you’re smart to begin with and you work hard, you begin to separate yourself. Sam is doing that right now.”Williamson is ranked No. 34 nationally by Rivals.com, No. 52 nationally in the ESPN 100 and is No. 45 by 247Sports.com. He totaled 35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in an early season game this year against top-ranked Denton Guyer High School.”Sam is a very smart player who has a high ceiling and a work ethic to be able to reach that potential,” said Quincy Williams, Williamson’s high school coach at Rockwall. “I’m extremely proud and blessed to have coached him these past few years.”The Dallas Morning News all-metro selection and district player of the year had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a game that decided the district championship last season. Rockwall is ranked sixth among 6A schools in the state of Texas entering this season.Williamson averaged 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 20 games while shooting 45.8 percent from the field while playing with his Drive Nation AAU team.Williamson had narrowed his choices to also include Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oklahoma before signing with Louisville.Jae’Lyn WithersWithers averaged 20 points, 10.1 rebounds and shot 43 percent from three-point range as a junior last season in helping North Mecklenberg High School in Huntersville, N.C. to a 27-2 record and a conference regular season and tournament championship, earning first team AP all-state honors. He will play his senior year at Cleveland (Ohio) Heights High School.”Jae’Lyn is oozing with potential,” said Mack. “At nearly 6-9, he possesses a variety of skill and athleticism. He will get stronger in time and as he does, he will be an impact player on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end, he can sit in a stance and guard ball handlers and shooters. Around the basket, he has timing and length that can’t be taught. He can provide a lot of versatility for our team on the defensive end. On offense, Jae’Lyn can do a lot of things very well, including shooting the ball from distance. Jae’Lyn hasn’t even begun to scratch his potential as a basketball player.”The 2018 Charlotte Observer 4A Metro Player of the Year and I-MECK conference player of the year, Withers is ranked No. 80 nationally by Rivals.com, No. 86 by 247Sports.com and is No. 89 in the ESPN 100. North Mecklenberg went 24-4 in 2017-18 and reached the NCHSAA 4A sectional final.”Jae is a very versatile and high IQ basketball player who has the ability to score from all parts of the floor,” said Mike Cruz, Withers’ high school coach at Cleveland Heights. “He’s a knockdown shooter from the NBA line and with continued work, has an All-ACC type future in front of him.”Withers averaged 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds last summer with his AAU squad Team Loaded North Carolina. His father, Curtis, was a three-time All-Conference USA forward at Charlotte (2002-06), where he is seventh in career scoring (1,750), third in career rebounding (1,042) and second in career double-doubles (46). One of only three players in school history with over 1,000 rebounds, he has played professional basketball in foreign countries over the last 12 years.Withers chose to attend Louisville after also considering Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and Virginia among others. 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Costa Rica’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal asked prosecutors to investigate 90 leaders of President Laura Chinchilla’s party for fraud against the state during the last election campaign, media reported last Friday.The daily La Nación said National Liberation Party officials included lawmakers, presidential advisers and senior party leaders.According to a court investigation revealed by the daily, the group charged the state some $800,000 for rental car contracts that never existed during Chinchilla’s 2010 presidential campaign.In some cases, funds were used to finance other campaign activities, while in other cases, it was unclear what was purchased with the money, the report said.Lawmaker Óscar Alfaro, who led Chinchilla’s campaign in the capital, allegedly took about $26,000 intended for contracts and transferred the funds to a personal bank account.Among those named in the report were Jorge Bolaños, Costa Rica’s representative at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, the campaign’s national treasurer, Alex Sibaja, and Chinchilla adviser Mario Álvarez.Chinchilla, who marks the end of her second year in office next week, has faced a series of recent corruption scandals, but so far she has not been personally involved.Over the past month, two of her closest collaborators – former Finance Minister Fernando Herrero and his wife and former presidential adviser Flor Isabel Rodríguez – resigned their posts after being accused of underreporting taxes and violating procurement laws. Facebook Comments No related posts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma_IILRiUes Scenic has announced three hosted river cruises in 2017: Getaway host Catriona Rowntree will cruise the Seine on 19 June; author and historian Peter FitzSimons will also cruise the Seine on 29 June; and Ray Martin will cruise the Mekong on 22 August.Catriona will host an 11-day Seine river cruise which sails a round trip from Paris, taking in some of the most celebrated sites in France including Honfleur, the moving Normandy beaches, Giverny and Monet’s Garden, and Auvers-sur-Oise to explore Vincent van Gogh’s room. Priced from $8190 per person including return flights to France.Peter will also host a Seine river cruise sharing his extensive knowledge of the war history this region of France is known for through regular lectures onboard. The journey through Northern France also includes visits to some of the country’s most renowned war history sites – the Somme Battlefields, Villers-Bretonneux and Normandy beaches. Priced from $7645 per person including return flights to France.Ray will host an eight-day Mekong river cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City which includes visits to the Cambodian capital – Phnom Penh, the historic town of Tan Chau and the Cao Dai temple, the floating market at Cai Be and the ancient capital of Oudong. Priced from $3595 per person plus a saving of $250 for bookings made by 30 April 2017.Michelle Back, General Manager Sales & Marketing, said: “We are delighted to announce a series of hosted river cruises for 2017. We have a great mix of hosts that will appeal to different people. Catriona is one of Australia’s most well-travelled women and we know our guests love sharing in her travel knowledge from 20 years spent travelling the world with Getaway. Peter’s extensive war history knowledge makes this cruise a must for history enthusiasts as it is a fantastic opportunity to visit this fascinating part of France with an expert host to enhance the experience. And Ray is a great storyteller with a wealth of interesting material from his years in journalism that he will be sharing with guests onboard.”
RelatedFlybe goes from strength to strengthFlybe is continuing to strengthen its position as one of Scotland’s most successful carriers.Flybe announces 16 new routes for 2010Regional airline Flybe will introduce routes to four new destinations in FranceFlybe introduces new summer scheduleRegional airline Flybe has launched its 2010 summer schedule Flybe has announced a new route from Guernsey to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.The flights start in July and will run four times a week from the Channel Island to the French capital. This latest Guernsey service follows a new service to Dublin which is due to start in June.Mike Rutter, chief commercial officer at Flybe, said: “With this brand new route to Paris we’re giving Guernsey travellers an unbeatable low cost offer for direct travel to the French capital. With the recent addition of the Guernsey to Dublin route we remain resolutely committed to giving our customers an exciting and convenient range of travel options.”Elsewhere, the airline’s three new routes from Inverness started service today. Daily flights to Exeter, Manchester and Southampton were launched from the Scottish city as part of Flybe’s summer schedule.Commenting on these new flights, Mr Rutter said: “People are advised to book now to ensure the best possible fares on what – according to ticket sales – are already proving to be highly popular routes.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad has singed a new codeshare agreement with India’s Jet Airways.The partnership will see passengers offered more flights to India and several other international destinations.From the start of July, Etihad will use its designator code on Jet’s existing flights to Delhi and Mumbai from Abu Dhabi. Jet will do the same on Etihad flights from India to Abu Dhabi.The partnership is expected to open up connections for Etihad customers looking for flights to India from the international hubs of Damascus, Beirut and Jeddah, Geneva, Munich, Manchester, New York and Toronto, among others.James Hogan, chief executive of Etihad, said: “As well as providing air travellers with a greater choice of flights between the UAE capital and these two popular Indian cities, this new codeshare agreement will also provide customers of both our airlines with greater access to each other’s expanding global networks.”Jet Airways airline recently signed a codeshare agreement with United Airlines. The move will allow passengers access to 13 different cities in India from United’s five hubs at Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedEtihad adds flights to MinskGulf carrier Etihad has announced plans to introduce flights to Belarus from Abu Dhabi.Etihad Airways signs codeshare agreement with Aer ArannEtihad Airways has announced that it will offer its customers the opportunity to fly to more destinations in IrelandEtihad to launch new flight from Abu Dhabi to ChicagoEtihad Airways will launch a new flight to Chicago from Abu Dhabi
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