Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera sets indoor world record in 1,500m

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments At All-Star Game, Anthony Davis finds himself in spotlight Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history He shaved 0.14 off the old mark of 3:31.18 set by Moroccan great Hicham El Guerrouj in February 1997.“I can’t believe that,” Tefera said. “I’m delighted with the outcome and to have the world record is a special feeling.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKejelcha had said before the meet that he was aiming to break the record, after coming within 0.01 seconds of setting a new world mark in the indoor mile last week at the Millrose Games.El Guerrouj still holds the outdoor world record of 3:26.00, set in 1998. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera poses next to the time indicator, as he celebrates getting the mens 1500 metre World Indoor Record during the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England, Saturday Feb. 16, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)BIRMINGHAM, England — Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke a 22-year-old indoor world record in the 1,500 meters on Saturday, clocking 3 minutes, 31.04 seconds at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.The 19-year-old Tefera, who won the indoor world title in the distance in Birmingham last year, went past countryman Yomif Kejelcha as the duo entered the final bend and had the stronger finish to win by 0.54 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Britain’s Laura Muir also pleased the home crowd by beating the national women’s indoor record in the mile, which had stood since 1988.Muir finished in 4 minutes, 18.75 seconds, shaving more than 5 seconds off the old mark set by Kirsty Wade 31 years ago. It was the third fastest indoor mile of all time by a woman.“To run one of the fastest runs ever, a British record and a win in your final race before the (European) championships is perfect,” Muir said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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PSC looks forward to Gecom carrying out its functions

first_imgDear Editor,The Private Sector Commission (PSC) notes with considerable satisfaction that President Granger on Thursday (8th August, 2019) met with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) under the leadership of its newly appointed Chair, Justice Claudette Singh, and offered the assurances of his government to respect and support the independence of the Commission and the role and advice of the Commission on the conducting of General and Regional Elections.The Private Sector Commission was heartened at the appointment of Justice Claudette Singh to the post of Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission. We look forward to the Commission carrying out its functions as required by the Constitution and in accordance with the judgment rendered by the Caribbean Court of Justice on 18th June, 2019, with regard to the holding of General and Regional Elections.The Private Sector Commission continues to believe that it is extremely unfortunate that the Commission hastened to introduce house-to-house registration resulting from a questionable decision made under its previous Chairmanship and expects this matter will receive the urgent attention of the Commission under its new Chair.The PSC wishes to reiterate that it is a fact that the National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD), which was compiled in 2008, has continued to be updated from continuous registration and, since that time, has been used credibly in all subsequent General and Regional Elections and Local Government Elections with the total acceptance of all the contesting political parties.The Private Sector Commission holds firmly to the view that the National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD), compiled since 2008, supported by photographic and finger print biometrics, which has not expired, and which has benefitted from continuous registration since that time, needs only to be subject to the statutory option of claims and objections to be brought up-to-date.The Private Sector Commission wishes to emphasise that the Caribbean Court of Justice clearly advised that “given the passage of the no-confidence motion of 21st December, 2018, a general elections should have been held in Guyana by the 21st March, 2019, unless a two thirds majority in the National Assembly had resolved to extend that period”.The CCJ further observed that:“the National Assembly has yet to extend the period, the filing of the Court proceedings in January challenging the validity of the no-confidence vote effectively placed matters on pause, but this Court rendered its decision on 18th June, 2019. There is no appeal from that judgment”.“Article 106 of the Constitution invests in the President and the National Assembly and implicitly in GECOM responsibilities that impact on the precise timing of the Elections which must be held. It would not therefore be right for the Court, by the issuance of coercive orders or detailed directives, to presume to instruct these bodies on how they must act and thereby pre-empt the performance by them of their constitutional responsibilities”.“It is not, for example, the role of the Court to establish a date on or by which the elections must be held, or to lay down timelines and deadlines that, in principle, are the preserve of political actors guided by constitutional imperatives”.The Private Sector Commission, however, recognizes that the “constitutional imperatives” are that General Elections should now, therefore, be held within three (3) months of the consequential orders rendered on 18th June, 2019, that is, no later than 18th September, 2019, and expects that the President and GECOM, as the CCJ assumed, “will exercise their responsibilities with integrity and in keeping with the unambiguous provisions of the Constitution bearing in mind that the no-confidence motion was validly passed as long ago as 21st December, 2018”.The Private Sector Commission continues also to be concerned that in spite of the assurances offered by President Granger in his address on 25th July, 2019, of the government’s recognition of its “caretaker” status, the President has refused to accept the requirement of Article 106 (6) of the Constitution that “the Cabinet including the President shall resign if the government is defeated by the vote of the majority of all of the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of no- confidence”.The PSC considers it worthy of recall that when Justice Singh, in her capacity as a High Court Justice, was required to rule in 2001 on the status of a caretaker government, the Court ordered that “the President and his Cabinet, as presently constituted, shall perform their respective functions of office” subject to the following limitations:“a) no legislation shall be introduced in Parliament except those required for the proper and timely holding of fresh National and Regional Elections;b) no substantial contracts for the execution of public works shall be awarded without the permission of this Court;c) the State owned media shall only be used for elections purposes through paid advertisements”.The Court at that time also ordered that “Parliament, as presently constituted, shall continue to function for the necessary and limited purposes of enacting such legislation as is required for the proper and timely holding of fresh National and Regional Elections…and shall stand resolved by Nomination Day”.We wish to repeat that it is very much the business of Guyana’s business community to engage the national political process to ensure electoral democracy and democratic governance. Political actors need to understand and accept that the first and foremost requirement for business to operate effectively and to succeed is political stability, added to which there must be respect for the rule of law and political freedom.It is the position of the Private Sector Commission and the 26 business organizations and the 29 of the largest companies in Guyana which we represent, that not only does the business community have a natural democratic right to participate in the political processes of the country, but also a Constitutional right enshrined under Article 13 of the Constitution.Sincerly,Private SectorCommissionlast_img read more

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Region 1 NGSA top performers honoured

first_imgThe Ministry of Education (MoE) has honoured Region One’s (Barima-Waini’s) top ten National Grade Six Assessment performers at a ceremony held for this purpose at the Mabaruma Primary School.The children so recognised are: Romario De Souza, Ashira Marciano, Antwon Cush, Triselle Brady, Morano Kenneth, Methodius Chacon, Nicola Atkinson, Shenella Henry, Jazer Torres, Jodeci Fernandes and Orande Fernandes.Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton told the gathering that he came from a background that is similar to that of the children of Mabaruma, although there was much less development during his time.Declaring that the challenges he had faced did not deter him from achieving, heRegion 7 Chairman Brentnol Ashley; Director of Sport, Christopher Jones; Minister George Norton; and Education Ministry’s CEO, Marcel Hutson, pose with the students and teachersencouraged the children to stay the course, and continue to work to better themselves.Minister Dr Norton said he is aware of the challenges parents having school-age children encounter, but it is incumbent upon parents and guardians to play meaningful roles in assisting to educate their children.According to Dr Norton, Region One has a good track record in regard to performing well and churning out Guyanese of note, and he charged the children to upkeep that tradition.Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson, in his address to the gathering, explained that it is important for good performance to be recognised.He had these words for those who have not done so well: “Your life is not determined by how you begin… It is how you intend to script the ending”. Hutson said the MoE is serious about improving performances across the country.Hutson is of the view that every one of Guyana’s administrative regions has the capacity to do well, and with commitment and support from all stakeholders, change can be made in a positive and impactful manner. Towards this end, Hutson said it is important that all stakeholders work together to transform the education system.Looking ahead, Hutson quipped that, in 2019, he is optimistic that all of Guyana’s children can get scores of 50 percent and more for all subject areas tested at the NGSA.However, he said that in order to achieve this, teachers must keep training and parents must be in alignment with the work of the MoE if they are to see continuously improved performances.last_img read more

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Former GO-Invest CEO ready to accept responsibility

first_imgForensic auditIn the wake of a forensic audit into Guyana Office of Investment (GO-Invest), former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Keith Burrowes has expressed his readiness to accept full responsibility for any actions that he took.Former Go-Invest CEO, Keith BurrowesBurrowes, who strongly denied accusations appearing in the public domain that he had emigrated from Guyana, revealed that he is overseas in order to receive medical treatment and that he would be returning once he has recovered.While reluctant to speak publicly due to the sensitive nature of investment in Guyana, the former CEO has spoken out for the first time in order to clear his name.Regarding the audit report, Burrowes stressed that he had no problem with the overall premise of the audit. He stated that while he was prepared to accept responsibility for his actions, there was no subterfuge involved.“I’m prepared to take full responsibility for the decisions that were taken and the basis for those decisions will be explained at the appropriate time. Because I know that whatever actions I took was up front. No investor can come and accuse me of (bribery). But I made decisions and I stand by them.”However, Burrowes questioned the credibility of the final audit report, as the report omitted all positive decisions he made as CEO. He also expressed surprise at the amount of media reports published, which laid blame solely on his shoulder.Go-Invest’s main branchThe former presidential advisor said that an observer could arrive at the impression that the audits and subsequent publications targeted specific people.“I’ve seen elements of the report and I was surprised that a number of actions have been taken during my stay (of) two years, all that has happened and existing, has been placed on my shoulder.”Touching on the report, which had spoken of an ad hoc procurement system and lack of a charter, Burrowes stated that when he took office an internal policy for this system was not yet written and implemented. He stated that this was a work in progress.According to the former CEO, under his watch Go-Invest had begun documenting financial and procurement systems, which were already coming on board. He stated that he had refused to recommend any further agreement extension to investors unless they honoured their obligations.“But generally, some of the things that the auditor said were not being done, if you are not getting the resources how do you expect these things to be put in place? If (the auditor) had done an analysis of the budget, he would have noticed that we did not have the capacity to do things. Talk about putting procurement systems in place, monitoring reports. We had about 5,000 investors. We were not getting the resources.”Go-Invest is a statutory body which functions as the facilitator of local and foreign investments in Guyana. Burrowes was appointed CEO in April of 2014, after serving as the Executive Chairman of the board. He resigned in 2015.The audit report, which was released on February 3 last, had mentioned a number of findings. According to the report, Go-Invest does not have an Internal Audit Department or Audit Charter.The report had also spoken of the entity having a procurement system that had not been transparent. It had stated that the Procurement Act of 2003 had not been followed, something which the former CEO was adamant is not true as he stated that the government procurement system was used.According to the report, there were instances where no quotes for purchases above $250,000 were requested, as is required by the law.The Go-Invest audit is one of several audits undertaken in 2015 by the coalition Government.last_img read more

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UCLA signs Dorrell through 2011

first_imgUnder terms of the contract, there is a negotiating window from Dec. 15 through Jan. 15 to extend the deal for a year. Both sides must agree to the rollover. “We are looking forward to an exciting and successful season in 2007,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said. “With Karl solidifying his coaching staff, an experienced team returning and a terrific home schedule, we are poised to take the next step with our program.” LOS ANGELES – UCLA and Karl Dorrell mutually agreed to a one-year rollover of the football coach’s contract, which now runs through the 2011 season. Terms of the rollover year are the same as in the five-year contract Dorrell agreed to a year ago. He is guaranteed $850,000 annually, and can make another $505,000 in incentives. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Meanwhile, Dorrell continues to search for an offensive line coach, and sources said University of Arizona tight ends coach Dana Dimel is a possibility. Dimel was the offensive line coach at Kansas State from 1989-94, and served as head coach at Wyoming and Houston. last_img read more

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Knock it off!

first_imgKylie Minogue wants her fans to leave her ex-boyfriend alone. The Australian singer, 38, and 41-year-old French actor Olivier Martinez announced their separation this month after four years together. “As for the treatment Olivier has received of late, I can only reiterate that he simply does not deserve the kind of harassment or vitriol to which he has been subjected,” she wrote in a message posted on her Web site. Tabloids had speculated that Martinez was seeing someone else. The two have said the accusations upset them both. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “For someone whom I have enormous love and respect for, and communicate with, it is so grossly unfair: to demonize an honest man.,” Minogue wrote. People magazine reported on her note Saturday. – Associated Press last_img read more

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Religious divide at heart of bitter Celtic-Rangers rivalry

first_img0Shares0000Celtic and Rangers are the dominant forces in the Scottish Premiership © AFP/File / GRAHAM STUARTGLASGOW, United Kingdom, May 21 – Celtic and Rangers have exerted a vice-like grip on Scottish football for a century but their bitter rivalry is underpinned by sectarian tensions that predate the existence of either Glasgow club.The ferocious passion generated when the teams clash in the Old Firm derby makes global headlines but behind it is a hatred whose roots can be found in Scotland’s history of religion and immigration. The Scottish reformation movement of the 16th century saw the previously pious Catholic nation of Scotland adopting Protestantism as its national religion.Religious hostilities existed for the next 300 years. Tensions were further stoked by an influx of both Catholic and Protestant immigrants from the north of Ireland during the 19th and early 20th century.Duncan Morrow, a lecturer in politics at the University of Ulster, was asked by the Scottish government in 2011 to chair the independent Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland.Celtic have won seven Scottish Premiership titles in a row © AFP/File / ANDY BUCHANAN“Irish immigration to the industries of central Scotland brought with it sectarian rivalries and stirred a cultural anti-Catholicism, and even anti-Protestantism, that infected the workplace, local politics and the shape of social life for generations,” he told AFP.“Rivalries develop between football clubs everywhere but the big difference in Glasgow was the clubs associated with this sectarian rivalry.”Celtic were founded in 1887 by a Marist (Catholic) Brother from Ireland and the club’s origins were firmly embedded in Irish Catholicism.Rangers, founded in 1872, became the team of the Scottish Protestant working class almost by accident.At first, relations between the two clubs were cordial, with Rangers supplying the opposition for their neighbours’ first game.– No Catholics –However, the opening of a huge shipyard in Govan, just a short walk from Rangers’ Ibrox home, by industrial firm Harland and Wolff, saw an influx of workers from Belfast in the 1910s. The company’s infamous “Catholics need not apply” policy soon spread to the club their workforce adopted.The clubs’ identities were shaped in direct opposition to each other, with Celtic associated with socialism and Irish Republicanism, Rangers with conservatism and Northern Irish unionism.Rangers supporters wave Union Jack flags at Ibrox © AFP/File / Ian MacNicol, Ian MacNicolThis was reflected in the songs the clubs’ supporters adopted, which have tended to use the political events being played out in Northern Ireland as their inspiration.The signing of former Celtic player Mo Johnston in 1989 brought Rangers’ boycott of Catholic players to an end.For a time it seemed as if the religious-inspired rancour was being pushed to the margins in their rivalry in a more secular society.But the rise of social media, opposing views over the Scottish independence referendum and Rangers’ 2012 liquidation have led to heightened tensions in recent years.“In a time where religion is less important in society it is almost as if it has become part of the identity of football in Scotland,” said Morrow. “In a sense, sectarianism now is a way of behaving rather than a way of believing.”Morrow added there is evidence that violence spikes when sectarian rituals are played out in the street or at stadiums.Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon was subjected to sectarian abuse © AFP/File / LLUIS GENE“If you speak to young people, if you look at social media and visit some places in central Scotland then you can see that sectarianism is still there in communities,” he said.It is an issue that former Celtic manager and player Neil Lennon can relate to after enduring sectarian abuse during his career in Scotland.In 2002, a year after signing for the Hoops, Lennon, a Catholic, stopped playing international football for Northern Ireland, where the majority of the population are Protestants, following a death threat.In 2011, while manager of the Parkhead club, he was sent parcel bombs and bullets in the post and when he quit in 2014 he said he had become worn down by the abuse.But speaking after the Old Firm fixture at Ibrox in March, where sectarian singing was heard and fans clashed in Glasgow city centre, Lennon said he believes the situation is improving.“In my opinion it has got better but maybe that’s because I’m out of the Glasgow goldfish bowl,” the current Hibernian manager said.“There is no place for sectarianism any more. Some people use football as a vehicle to vent their frustrations or beliefs. But not many people want to listen to it any more.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Guardiola signs new Man City deal until 2021

first_imgThe 47-year-old claimed his strong relationship with City’s vibrant young side had convinced him to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium.“I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to be able to work here,” Guardiola said.“I enjoy working with our players every day and we will try to do our best together in the coming years.“As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players –- and I feel good.”Guardiola had one season left on his City deal before signing the new two-year extension.If he completes the whole length of his new contract, Guardiola will have spent five years at City, longer than his time in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.The Spaniard left Barcelona after four seasons as manager to take a sabbatical and spent three years at Bayern before joining City in 2016.Throughout the second half of the season, Guardiola had said he did not intend to discuss his future until the summer.But City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners have given the green light to the improved terms within four days of City’s last game of the season — a 1-0 win at Southampton that took them to the 100-point milestone.City scored 106 goals and claimed 32 wins, both Premier League records, with the only frustration their Champions League quarter-final exit against Liverpool.City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak saluted Guardiola’s ability to unify his squad of rising young talents and established stars.“In his two seasons with us, he has fostered an incredible spirit within the squad and significantly contributed to our progress both on and off the field,” he said.“In doing so he has embodied the passion and commitment we all have for the club.“I am very much looking forward to the continued impact of his work and to fulfilling our shared ambitions in the coming seasons.”– Sustained success –Guardiola arrived in Manchester boasting a glittering CV, including two Champions League crowns and three La Liga titles with Barca and three Bundesliga triumphs with Bayern.This season’s Premier League and League Cup triumphs have taken the number of trophies he has won as a manager to 23, burnishing his reputation even further.Guardiola has won 77 of his 113 games in charge at City, a win ratio of more than 68 per cent.City’s 32 league wins this season are the most he has achieved in a single campaign, beating the 31 with Barcelona in 2009-10.With his future settled, Guardiola has set his sights on leading City to sustained success over the next three years.“I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do –- to improve on the pitch and improve our players,” Guardiola added.“We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this season.”Chief executive officer Ferran Soriano added: “Pep’s new contract extension is fantastic news for Manchester City.“We have all been privileged to witness how we have played beautiful football, won titles, broken records and reached the incredible mark of 100 Premier League points.“Pep has shown this style can succeed in the Premier League in a way it has never been done before.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New deal: Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola will stay at the club until 2021 © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 17 – Pep Guardiola signed a new deal to remain as Man City coach until 2021 on Thursday after a record-breaking season which saw the club run away with the Premier League title.Guardiola masterminded an historic campaign as City became the first side in English football history to achieve 100 points in a top-flight campaign, adding the title to their League Cup triumph.last_img read more

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DDTV VIDEO: iRADIO DJ DAVE IN CAMPAIGN TO BRING BACK THE SLOW SET!

first_imgMAYBE it’s the music – or maybe it’s just the generation gap.But the ‘slow set’ which was once an essential part of a night on the dance floor has ‘slowly’ disppeared! Now one of Donegal’s favourite DJs had decided to bring it back.And last Saturday at Jackson’s in Ballybofey, iRadio disc-spinner Dave O’Connor did just that.Said Dave: “On Saturday I was djing in Jacksons in Ballybofey County Donegal. I don’t know why but I really wanted to bring the slow set back so I did!”You can see how the locals got on in our video (click to play). The two girls in the middle seem to be doing all right. And we’d love to hear what you think in our comments section below!DDTV VIDEO: iRADIO DJ DAVE IN CAMPAIGN TO BRING BACK THE SLOW SET! was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:dave o’connorDDTViRADIOjackson’s hotel ballybofeylast_img read more

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ROSSES COMMUNITY SCHOOL TO HOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVENT

first_imgFEATURES: Rosses Community School Dungloe are hosting their wonderful Christmas Event again this year on Saturday December 5th.The main attraction will be the Cinderella Pantomime but along the way guests will be treated to the smells, sounds, tastes, Arts & Crafts and the magic of Christmas throughout the Market area, the storytelling of Polly Scallywags, The wonderful Donegal Junior Choir, Festive Face Painting and much more. The transition year students have been very busy preparing for the Cinderella pantomime assisted by the school’s very own Suzanne Gallagher and Bridgeen Doherty.The entire event will be a very magical Christmas experience for all the Family. Moya Curran, Business Teacher in the RCS, and one of the main organisers of the event has let us know that they are also expecting a live Video call from Santa in the North Pole!The Pantomime promises to be full of fun and excitement as we see Cinderella and the ugly sisters share the stage with other story book characters that will be known to all the children.We especially would like to see all the children getting involved to give the ugly sisters their final comeuppance. This will be the highlight of the whole event and definitely should not be missed. Tickets for the event are now on sale and the event kicks off on Saturday at 3pm, with a second show at 6pm.Limited tickets may be available at the door on the day but numbers are strictly limited so the organising committee would recommend getting a ticket in advance to guarantee entry.The Christmas Markets will be open from 2.30pm (1st Show) and 5.45pm (2nd Show) and people can pick up last minute presents for Christmas at reasonable prices.For more information search for Rosses Community School on Facebook and see event for details.Alternatively you can call the school office on 0749521122 or Ronan on 0863857049. ROSSES COMMUNITY SCHOOL TO HOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVENT was last modified: December 2nd, 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)last_img read more

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