Energy company powers into Swindon’s Lydiard Fields park

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Green, White, And Bays

first_imgIt was green, white, gold . . . and bays all over on Saturday.Spectators turned out in full force along Ponquogue Avenue and Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays for the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Longtime Hibernian and County Laois Irishman Grand Marshal Fergus Scully kicked off the festivities. The parade featured mainstays such as the Eastern Long Island Police Pipe and Drum Band of Southampton, as well as local dancing schools, community groups, and even a politician or two. Sharelast_img read more

African Union Commision chief Dlamini-Zuma to step down

first_imgAfrican Union Commisioner chief Dlamini-Zuma to step downAfrican Union commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will step down from her post in July, her spokesman said Friday.“AU Commission Chair Dlamini-Zuma didn’t submit an application for a second term when the deadline closed on Thursday, 31 March,” her spokesman Jacob Enoh Eben said.This comes amid speculation that she intends to return to South Africa to run for the leadership of the governing African National Congress (ANC) and becoming the next president of the country.Her successor to the four-year post will be appointed during the next AU summit, due in July in the Rwandan capital Kigali. The official list of candidates is expected to be revealed later this month. AFP has reported.Dlamini-Zuma was the first woman to hold the AU’s top job when she was elected in 2012.She beat the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, in a closely fought election over several rounds of voting.An experienced diplomat, a veteran of the fight against apartheid and a doctor by training, she has served as health, interior and foreign minister in South Africa.Her former husband is South African President Jacob Zuma.Algerian Foreign Minister, and former AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ramtane Lamamra, has long been seen a possible candidate, serving as her successor.But SADC countries, the regional organisation in Southern Africa, appear determined to keep the role, pushing the name of Botswana’s Foreign Minister, 64-year old Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.-AFPlast_img read more

Journey to World Cup starts here

first_imgSoccer By DENNYS IORERE It may be a long shot but never impossible. And for PNG Football Association Supporters Club chairman Dr Miok Komolong (picutured), he optimistic of having the PNG men’s team to Qatar in 2022 if not definitely to the United States in 2026. He said there were enough slots for Oceania region – one direct qualification or entry and the other a playoff for second place with South America. Dr Komolong was speaking during the launch of the PNGFA U-15 Festival Southern leg on Tuesday, he said there were enough slots for Oceania region – one direct qualification or entry. The Southern leg youth festival has attracted eight boys and six girls’ teams from the National Capital District and Central province who are currently competing until the finals on Sunday. “The supporters club, actually our number one goal is to building the national team and the women’s team as well but the flagship is the men’s national team (the Kapuls) – our goal is to enter our team in the World Cup if not in Qatar in 2022 definitely the USA in 2026,” he said. “This game does not end here, 2026 one or two or even four of you will make the national team and I look forward to that so all the best. We will support you. That is the mission of the supporters club. “When you graduate to the national team we will be there for you. We will make sure everything is done right for you so that you can carry the flag and represent your country with pride.” Dr Komolong has been involved with football because his children who had shown interest from Under 6 to U-12 to U-15 tournaments. He was one time a chairman of the local organizing committee in Lae in 2006. He was also the chairman of the Pikinini Soccer at the University of Technology in Lae, Morobe. “Out of that program that we ushered in there are now four of my boys from Lae in the national team if not six but some are on the fringes,” Dr Komolong said. He declined to name those players but his sons Alwin and Felix have come through the same process like you so it is important that this type of tournaments are organised well. “You get support from the parents and the teachers at this level and this is the grassroots of football that builds those players for national representative duties. So in the national team as the supporters club, we are gearing up to start the next journey. If you saw the Nation’s Cup last year, it was the supporters club that came and assisted PNGFA to bring our team and we almost beat New Zealand,” he said. “We unfortunately did not make it – that was the Nations Cup or the Confederations Cup; In the World Cup qualifiers we beat Tahiti. The supporters club was with PNGFA all along. I am saying this is because I think in this group one, two if not three, four of you will make it to the national team (Kapuls).”last_img read more