FIFA deputy secretary general for “breaches” in contract

first_imgThe German-Swiss official, a former basketball player, has been acting secretary general since Jérôme Valcke was handed a 12-year ban from all footballing activity. “Markus Kattner has been dismissed from his position effective immediately,” a short statement confirmed this evening.”FIFA’s internal investigation uncovered breaches of his fiduciary responsibilities in connection with his employment contract.”FIFA will not comment further on any of the details, but will continue its cooperation with the relevant authorities.Kattner joined FIFA in 2003 as director of finance and has served in the deputy secretary general position since 2007.Few details have emerged so far as to exactly what he did, but it is thought there was a clause in his contract awarding himself large bonus payments.It is thought the issue has only come to light in the last few days. The incident is thus not directly connected to the wider corruption allegations centred around payments supposedly made by Valcke and former President Sepp Blatter.But it is a further indication of the rotten culture at the heart of the body.It comes after Senegal’s Fatma Samoura was named as new secretary general at FIFA’s Congress in Mexico City earlier this month.last_img read more

Split Sessions at Capitol

first_imgAn unprecedented three separate and distinct sessions were yesterday held simultaneously in the 68 year old Capitol Building (at the Legislature) with two at the Lower House and one in the Upper House with the presence of over 400 elite officers of the Liberia National Police. Compelling Recusal of Speaker Tyler?Thirty eight (38) members of the House of Representatives (34 present and four distance), who are referred to as “Renegade or Conscious Lawmakers” have unanimously adopted a resolution to remove Rep. Alex J. Tyler, Sr., as Speaker or Presiding Officer of the Legislature.The defector lawmakers, in an outlawed separate session in the William R. Tolbert Joint Chambers, which was presided over by Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, made the decision yesterday due to a resolution signed by 40 members of the House of Representatives. However, three of them, including Saah Joseph, Samuel Woleh and Morais Waylee, claimed that they withdrew their signatures. The “conscious Lawmakers”, in search of a place to hold their session, proceeded to the Joint Chamber, which they found locked. The sergeant-at-arms, believed to be a Tyler sympathizer, was unavailable to provide access to the Joint Chamber. It was then that former Speaker, Edwin M. Snowe, Jr. ordered the door busted, according to eyewitnesses, which was performed by a staffer of Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue. The anti-Tyler lawmakers suspended the House’s Rules and Procedures on the Motion for Reconsideration as well as the Normal Legislative Procedural process of the Committee’s work to effect the decision to recuse Speaker Tyler.The lawmakers also appointed an ad hoc Chief Clerk and Deputy Chief, Rudolph Hill and Darlington Blayon, staffers of the Deputy Speaker.In the resolution, the lawmakers said the Speaker has denigrated his colleagues who have expressed disagreement with his dictatorial leadership and refers to elected Representatives of the Liberian people as surrogates, forgetting that he is just ‘primus inter pares’ (first among equals) by the free election of his peers.“Whereas, that the Speaker has been criminally indicted of a crime. We the members of the House should not have to bear the burden of these allegations. Let the Speaker exonerate himself of these criminal charges using our court system and not hide under the authority of the Speaker’s gavel,” the Interim Chief Clerk read.“Whereas and in so declaring, we, the majority members of the Honorable House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature having taken a solemn oath of office to protect and uphold the constitution and all other laws of the Republic call upon Hon. J. Alex Tyler to immediately recuse himself as presiding officer.”The Interim Chief Clerk added: “Whereas we also call on those doing business and other activities with him to immediately halt and refrain from future transaction with him in the name of the Honorable House of Representatives including the Liberian Senate, the Executive and Judiciary Branches of Government and the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Mission.”Those who signed the resolution included: Rep. Numene T.H. Bartekwa, Rep. Emmanuel Nuquay, Rep. Munah E. Pelham-Youngblood, Rep. Samuel G. Kogar, Rep. Thomas P. Fallah, Rep. Acarous M. Gray, Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, Rep. Julius Berrian, Rep. Morais T. Waylee and Rep. Samuel G. Wolleh.Others are Rep. Richmond S. Anderson, Rep. Corpu G. Barclay, Rep. Adolph A. Lawrence, Rep. Christian Chea, Rep. Johnson Chea, Rep. Saah Joseph, Rep. Roland O. Cooper, Rep. Worlea S. Dunah, Rep. Henry B. Fahnbulleh, Rep. Edward S. Forh, Rep. Josephine George Francis,Rep. Stephen S. Kafi, Jr., Rep. Jefferson Kanmoh, Rep. Edward W. Karfia, Rep. Mary Karwor, Rep. Jeremiah Koung, Rep. Eugene F. Kparkar and Rep. Gertrude T. Lamin.The remaining lawmakers are Rep. Jeremiah W. McCauley, Rep. Prince Moye, Rep. George S. Mulbah, Rep. Tokpah Mulbah, Rep. Robertson N. Siaway, Rep. Gabriel Smith, Rep. Richard M. Tingban, Rep. Ricks Toweh, Rep. Bill Twehway, Rep. Ballah G. Zayzay, Rep. J. Byron Brown and Rep. J. Gabriel Nyenkan.Meanwhile and simultaneously, the 51st day sitting under House’s Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr., in the House’s official chambers, ended successfully with the appearance of Public Work Minister Gyude Moore, summoned to update the lower house on the progress of the Somalia Drive Road. Speaker Tyler conducted yesterday’s session with a quorum of 37 persons; 34 in person and three in distance.Prior to the Public Work Minister’s appearance, the House’s Plenary summoned the management of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) to appear on Tuesday, 16 August. The decision was predicated upon a complaint from Hon. Larry P. Younquoi of Electoral District 8, Nimba County.In his letter, the Nimba Lawmaker questioned the refusal of the Liberia Broadcasting System to honor a request from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau to provide live broadcast coverage to the on-going public hearing on the Draft National Budget at the Capitol Building. Following discussions on the matter, plenary agreed to invite the management of LBS to appear next Tuesday to give reasons for the entity’s action predicated on a motion proffered by Hon. Isaac Roland of Electoral District 3, Maryland County.Pro-Tyler’s ReactionThe chairman of the House committee on Foreign Affairs, Maryland County District # 1 Representative, Rep. James Biney, has accused President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of sponsoring the recusal campaign to unseat Speaker Tyler, over an unbearable working relationship with him.“If the precedence of getting the leader of one branch removed on the basis of indictment (not court verdict) through subterfuge, the tendency of the Executive controlling the Legislature will be further enhanced at the time when it should be broken,” Rep. Biney said “This is not good for any emerging democracy. When a leader of a country says, I will never work with the head of the legislative branch of government and the leader succeeds in removing the head of that branch of government, such a leader cannot be a true representation of genuine democracy. As we proceed to protect our democracy, it is quintessential that we accept to work with each other as leaders not because we want to, but because we have to,” Rep. Biney added.He added: “On the issue of the fight against corruption, I call on President Sirleaf to also go after those who wrecked NOCAL, squandered the Japanese Aid to Liberia, mismanaged Chevron Social Development Support to Liberia, etc. The contrary would suggest to the public and the world that the fight against corruption is not only selective, but a sham. Finally, we leaders, especially President Sirleaf, have the responsibility to enhance the peace and protect our democracy.”However, two senior staff members to the Speaker, who begged for anonymity, said the Speaker and his colleagues have termed the renegade lawmakers’ decision as “trash.”They further said the pro-Tyler lawmakers are considering going to the Supreme Court, but they did not say why or when.Speaker Tyler’s compelling recusal is due to his alleged accusation of receiving US$75,000, according to the May 11 Global Witness report, for his alleged role in changing the Public Procurement Commission Committee (PPCC) law in favor of the London based Sable Mining Company to win a concession agreement to exploit iron ore in the Wologisi Mountain in Lofa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sen. Yallah Submits Bill to Create ‘Bong Range’ County

first_imgSen Yallah: “Reconciliation will be smooth among the Kpelleh people.” Says the ‘Kpelle are decent people’Bong County Senator Henry W. Yallah has clarified that the creation and/or the establishment of the proposed Bong Range County will not cause conflict among members of the dominant Kpelle tribe.“The Kpelle are decent people, our conflict doesn’t last because we understand each other very well; our issue is not dividing us, and there is no seed of conflict except for us [politicians] who want to use that land and population in one bulk for power. In fact, reconciliation will be moving smoothly,” Yallah said prior to the submission of the bill.Sen. Yallah, who chairs the Bong Legislative Caucus, spoke when he addressed legislative reporters in his new Senate Wing Annex on Tuesday, September 12.He said that the creation of the new county is not intended to import different tribes from other counties to occupy Lower Bong, and maintained that there are only slight differences in the Kpelle dialects.Yallah said that the journey that is nearing realization started as far back as the regime of now jailed former President Charles Taylor, and paid special tribute to late former Representative of Bong, Martin Kerkulah, and some Paramount chiefs in the county.According to the bill, the geographic area commonly known as Lower Bong and soon to be known as Bong Range County, is comprising Yellequelleh, Sanoyea, Salala, and Fuamah Districts; five Chiefdom, 20 Clans, and has approximately 200,000 inhabitants, and a land space of 3,920 square miles.The boundary description contained in the bill shows that the imminent Bong Range County will be separated and bounded on the South by Nyanfur River, running down stream and bordering Margibi County, running on the Southeast with the existing boundary with Gbarpolu County, and on the East and Northeast with Grand Bassa County, and on the North with the original Bong County.Meanwhile, the bill, following its reading, was sent to the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions, and Internal Affairs, Reconciliation and Good Governance, to report to plenary in January 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Defining rules for office love keeps it clean

first_img“It can create a hostile environment. … People feel harassed because they’re watching the affective behavior and it makes them uncomfortable,” Vernon said. The words “hostile environment” are key – in sexual-harassment lawsuits, employees often charge an employer with maintaining a hostile environment in the workplace. And yes, another co-worker could file a complaint because an employer didn’t stop inappropriate behavior by a couple. Harassment charges obviously can have other causes, such as one worker pursuing another even though the advances are clearly rejected and not welcome. Bob Kustka, president of a workplace-productivity consultancy, recommends that business owners be proactive to head off such problems, and remind romantically linked workers about the rules. “I would talk to the employees about what is a professional atmosphere – having a relationship is fine, but you need to keep it out of the workplace,” said Kustka, whose company, Fusion Factor, is based in Boston. A policy absolutely must address the issue of dating between a supervisor and a subordinate, which can lead to problems throughout an office or company. First, there is the possibility of a sexual-harassment claim if one party thinks he or she was pressured into the relationship, or to stay in it. And it’s well-known that such relationships breed resentment among other co-workers. Gravett noted that other employees will be watching like hawks for any signs of favoritism, such as promotions or bigger bonuses. “Even if that doesn’t happen, others may see that person as getting a special perk,” she said. Such a situation could also lead to a harassment complaint. Gravett said employees who are supervisors/supervisees need to understand that there will be consequences such as transfers or dismissals if they do become involved. “If one of them doesn’t decide to leave (the company) or stop the relationship, then we have to make the judgment call that one of them has to leave,” Gravett said. When a couple breaks up, it can be painful and awkward for many people at work. But HR consultants say the owner doesn’t need to get involved as long as there aren’t any problems growing out of the hard feelings – as long as everyone acts maturely and any animosity or bitterness is kept outside the workplace. A more difficult situation is where one party keeps pursuing the other outside of the workplace. Kustka said that if one of the workers comes to the owner or a manager for help, then the company does have to intervene. “If that type of thing is going on, it’s probably impacting on the workplace,” he said, warning that this could also be grounds for a harassment complaint that “management knew about the person and should have and didn’t help me with it.” Some employers do decide to keep the former lovers apart. At Upper Playground, a San Francisco-based apparel and art company, many of the employees are quite young, and they tend to date one another. Owner Matt Revelli said that “when things have gone south, we’ve actually moved people to different areas so they don’t have to be around each other.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Most small-business owners have to deal at some time or another with employees who date, perhaps fall in love and probably break up. It’s pretty hard to prohibit workers from becoming romantically involved, but owners can take steps to ensure that a relationship doesn’t get in the way of getting the job done. Problems can arise no matter how the relationship turns out or even if the relationship never gets off the ground. So human resources consultants say all companies should have a policy on dating and relationships among co-workers, and to be sure that employees are aware of it. There are two very critical reasons for formulating such a policy. Relationships can affect productivity, and not just that of the dating co-workers. Even more serious is the fact that workplace affairs of the heart have the potential of turning into sexual-harassment suits against an employer. But many HR experts say that realistically, such policies can’t outright ban dating. “People will become romantically involved even if there’s a policy,” said Linda Gravett, an HR consultant based in Cincinnati. Arlene Vernon, president of HRx Inc., an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based HR consultancy, noted: “Where do people meet other people? If they’re not hanging out in bars, they’re meeting at work.” What a business owner can do is, via its policy on dating, let employees know that there are standards of behavior they must adhere to, and that there can be career repercussions when they start a relationship. For example, if two employees in the same department are dating, one might need to be transferred to another department. Or one of the employees might need to leave the company. Vernon said of a dating policy, “it really is setting the rules of conduct, letting people know what’s acceptable in the workplace and isn’t.” Vernon noted that when co-workers are involved, “everyone is sensitive to the relationship.” If a couple is going through a rough patch, other employees can sense the tension – which becomes contagious and makes it painful for everyone else. But even when all is going well, the rest of the workplace can feel uneasy if the couple indulges in goo-goo eyes and other public displays of affection. last_img read more

Rooney hails Van Gaal’s impact as Man United boss

first_img1 Wayne Rooney has hailed the impact of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and insists the team are chomping at the bit for the new Premier League season to start.The Red Devils are hoping to hope to hit the ground running with the Dutchman at the helm this term having suffered their worst top flight campaign in Premier League history under David Moyes last time out.Van Gaal has lifted the gloom surrounding the squad in his short time in charge, with their 100 per cent record in pre-season putting the 20-time champions in a confident mood ahead of their top flight opener against Swansea on August 16.And Rooney, who netted five goals during United’s tour of the United States, says the team are relishing the change of direction under the ‘tough but fair’ coach, who has wasted no time in forcing players outside their comfort zone to implement a whole set of new tactics at the club.“He has been great,” said the 28-year-old, who is in hot contention for the captain’s armband at United.“He is a tough but fair manager. Since he has come in he has given us all a different way of looking at football, so it’s been great for us and hopefully that will continue.“The manager came in and looked at the players we have and he felt it was best for our team. And obviously the results have proven it.”United’s fifth and final win of pre-season came in the early hours of Tuesday morning when they beat Liverpool 3-1 in Miami to lift the International Champions Cup.Winning the eight-team competition is not the highlight of Van Gaal’s career, nor Rooney’s, but the striker thinks United’s unbeaten pre-season bodes well for the season ahead.“We wanted to win games and play well and we feel we have done that here,” the frontman added.“We’ve won a trophy and we did it by beating Liverpool, which is always nice.“It’s been a good few weeks. We are happy with the work we have done here so we feel we can go home and play well when the season starts.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with striker Wayne Rooney last_img read more

‘Struggling Man United need FA Cup win MORE than West Ham’, claims Rio Ferdinand

first_imgRio Ferdinand has told talkSPORT Manchester United have more riding on Wednesday’s FA Cup replay than West Ham, and NEED to win to save their season.The Hammers will host their final FA Cup clash at Upton Park on Wednesday night, where, after the previous 1-1 draw, the teams will do battle again for a place in the Wembley semi-finals – you can listen to the game LIVE on talkSPORT.Under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal has admitted the FA Cup is United’s last chance for redemption after what has been a disappointing campaign.Having played for both teams, Ferdinand’s allegiance is split, but with West Ham unbeaten in their last ten games the former defender insists the pressure will all be on the Red Devils.“There is a lot riding on the game, but I think Man United need this [the win] more than West Ham,” the ex-England centre-back told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams.“I’ve come here with Man United in the past, and it’s always been about Man United, but this time West Ham are in as good, if not better, a position.“[United] need to win for Louis van Gaal, and also for the club. The club doesn’t seem to be in a great place at the moment.“It’s a hard question for me, who do I want to win this game, and I don’t want Man United to win, I just think they need it more than West Ham.“It will definitely be a special night, and this season [the last at the Boleyn Ground] it’s meant a lot more to West Ham than it ever has before.”West Ham have enjoyed one of their best campaigns in recent years, with manager Slaven Bilic steering the club into a new era with a fresh, new-look squad and a new stadium move on the way.And Ferdinand hopes the Hammers will learn from the past and keep their roster of stars together to push the club forward.He added: “When I was here [at West Ham] we had the potential to do really well, but the squad was never kept together. You’d like to think, and I hope, this team will be kept together and would grow together.“Speaking to Slaven, he’s really thinking along those lines. Everything is positive at the moment, the shape of the club, in terms of their position in the league and the new stadium coming, plus they’re still in the FA Cup.“It’s all pointing in the right direction.”Tune into talkSPORT from 19:00 on Wednesday for LIVE commentary of West Ham v Man United in the FA Cuplast_img read more

OLYMPIAN BRENDAN TO RETURN TO HUGE WELCOME TONIGHT

first_imgHomecoming may be a controversial word for some Irish athletes but there promises to be a great one for Donegal walker Brendan Boyce tonight.The Milford man returns to Ireland tonight where the 50kwalker will be met at the Tesco Car Park in Letterkenny at 7.20pm.From there he will travel to Rathmullan, Kerrykeel and on to Milford. There will be a reception for Brendan in the Parochial Hall in Milford from around 9pm. All are welcome.Well doe Brendan on smashing your personal best time by more than 2 minutes.Brazil is just around the corner!  OLYMPIAN BRENDAN TO RETURN TO HUGE WELCOME TONIGHT was last modified: August 13th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Brendan BoyceHOMECOMINGMilfordlast_img read more

Escutia endorses Calderon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Ron Calderon shares my vision of providing an excellent education to every child in our state, and I am confident he will continue to work hard toward meeting that goal,” said Escutia. “Ron has lived in Montebello his entire life and he knows the needs of our local communities,” she added. “Ron Calderon has the necessary experience and investment in this Senate District and I am confident he will effectively fulfill the responsibilities of senator, which have been entrusted to me by the people for the past eight years.” Bermudez discounted Escutia’s endorsement. “I have teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers and the AFL-CIO endorsements,” he said. “I have everything.” Bermudez said he also has the endorsement of Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, who also represents much of the district. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. State Sen. Martha Escutia has endorsed Assemblyman Ron Calderon to succeed her. Calderon, D-Montebello, is running against Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, for the 30th Senate District. Escutia cannot run again because of term limits. Escutia, D-Norwalk, earlier had endorsed Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh of Whittier. But Firebaugh died in March. Two others who had endorsed Firebaugh, Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, and state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, have now endorsed Bermudez. Still, Escutia’s endorsement of Calderon figures to help him, said Ralph Pacheco, a Whittier-area political consultant and member of the Whittier Union High School District Board of Education. “Her endorsement will carry some weight with those who have followed her career and support her legislative agenda,” Pacheco said. ANNUAL MEETING: La Habra Councilwoman Rose Espinoza, who is a candidate for Orange County supervisor, will speak at the third annual Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. today at the Sizzler Restaurant, 15252 E. Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada. Tickets are $25 per person. VOTER REGISTRATION: The deadline to register to vote in the June 6 primary election is Monday. Persons may register at the Registrar/County Clerk’s Office, 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, during normal office hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration forms and a deposit box for completed forms will be available in the office’s front lobby until midnight Monday. BIOLA DAY: Paul and Judith Rood, who both are professors at Biola University in La Mirada, will speak at the 11 a.m. June 2 meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. Paul Rood teaches political philosophy, comparative politics and international relations, while his wife, Judith, is associate professor of history and Middle Eastern studies. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562)696-3345. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SOCCER: TOLAND DOUBLE HELPS SWILLY ROVERS TO EXCELLENT USL WIN OVER FANAD UNITED

first_imgSwilly Rovers F.C. Club NotesSwilly Lotto Results Sunday September 27thNumbers drawn: 3, 9, 17 & 23.No Jackpot Winner.Six 3 Number winners: Ollie Sweeney, Oran Dunworth, Mary Boyle, Isobel Gibson, Curly Coyle & Sarah Mc Hugh, each win €20.Jackpot Next Week: €1525Draw will be held in Conways Bar, Sunday Oct 4th.Thanks for your continued support. The senior side kicked off their league campaign with a convincing victory away to Fanad United winning 4-0. Swilly goal scorers were Laurence Toland (2) and Adam Salhi (2).The under 12 side drew away to Gweedore United 2-2. Swilly goal scorer was Lee Callan (2).The under 14 A’s won comprehensively 12-0 away to Letterkenny Crusaders. The Swilly goal scorers Jack McCauley (3), Conor Doohan (3), Aaron Curran, Michael Murray, Clive Murray and Tony Gallagher.The under 14 B’s won at home 4-2 to Letterkenny United. The Swilly goal scorers were Tiernan McElwee (2), Catherine Grier and Warren Patterson. The under 16 A’s side played away in the SFAI Under 16 National Cup were they faced Monaghan United. The boys lost 5-0.The under 16 B’s lost 5-1 at home to Keadue United. The Swilly goal scorer was Owen Murray.The under 18 side got their first win of the season against Keadue Rovers, winning 3-0 at home in Swilly Park. Swilly goal scorers were Mark Wilson, Shaun Crosson and Oran Higgins.The clubs club wear fitting nights will now take place in the Ramelton Community Center from 7-9 on Friday the 16th and 23rd on October. The club MUST receive payment in full for club gear ordered on the night, failure to comply will result in order not being placed. Orders must be placed on the night in the Community Center and WILL NOT be taken anywhere other than the fitting nights.SOCCER: TOLAND DOUBLE HELPS SWILLY ROVERS TO EXCELLENT USL WIN OVER FANAD UNITED was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:soccerSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL GIRL CAROLINE BRINGS THE HOUSE DOWN AT ROSE OF TRALEE

first_imgUPDATED: FANAD girl Caroline Callaghan has done her county and her adopted Dubai proud on the Rose of Tralee.There was hardly a dry eye in the Dome this evening as the 24-year-old Dubai Rose read out a heartfelt poem about leaving Ireland behind to move abroad.Neither Caroline – nor Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron from Raphoe – won the crown as that went to the Texas Rose Haley O’Sullivan. But both won the hearts of the nation.Caroline was introduced to the audience via a video recorded in Dubai – getting onto the back of a camel in the dessert heat!“We half of Donegal with us,” said Daithi as Caroline arrived on stage to a huge cheer from family and friends.“We’ve a few down all right,” laughed Caroline. Six of her friends wore special ‘Caroline’ masks for the occasion as she was cheered on by her dad Henry, mum Kathleen, sister Sharon and her boyfriend Barry.Caroline told Daithi that her dad – who runs Callaghan Haulage – had been persuaded to take a week off work because he never takes a holiday.“He’s even turned off the mobile phone,” she laughed.She told Daithi O Sé about how she is now working as an English Teacher in Dubai and loving the experience after teaching for two years in Donegal.Said Daithi: “Do you not realise the whole world wants to live in Donegal and you are trying to move out?” The Fanad teacher said hundreds of members of the Dubai Irish Society were watching the show from the Donegal-owned McGettigan’s Bar.She said the Dubai Celts often played gaelic matches against other teams in the Middle East – and travelled to matches by plane!She also said a special hello to her two grannies – who they met at the Fleadh in Derry last week – granny Sadie Callaghan in Fanad and granny Mary McGinley in Falcarragh.She was a band member with The Fanad Accordion Band for 11 years and leader of the band for eight years. She has also marched in the Rose of Tralee Parade!“I never thought I would be here,” she laughed, saying the Fanad band were back in Kerry today for another parade.She also revealed how boyfriend Barry had blagged his way into the official Michael Jackson memorial service, got a seat in the VIP section and pretended to be a journalist with an Irish radio station.Caroline wrote a poem for Ireland’s emigrants and she got a huge ovation at the end of it.“If we had jobs in Erin, that’s where we would be,” she said during the poem before speaking in Irish.“They’ll be celebrating in Donegal,” said Daithi as the crowd cheered.DONEGAL GIRL CAROLINE BRINGS THE HOUSE DOWN AT ROSE OF TRALEE was last modified: August 20th, 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:caroline callaghanDubai RoseFanadRose of Traleelast_img read more