MOE Rejects ETUs At Schools

first_imgThe increasing number of deaths due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) has claimed the attention of authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE).As such, the MOE has out rightly rejected the selection of school campuses for use as facilities for Ebola holding centers or Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) for those afflicted or suspected of carrying symptoms of the killer disease.Education Minister, Etmonia David Tarpeh, warned that no individuals, organizations, agencies, institutions or taskforce team should use school buildings or facilities as Ebola quarantine centers anywhere around the country.Minister Tarpeh rejected calls by some county authorities requesting the use of school facilities as Ebola quarantine centers or treatment centers to refrain from such idea.According to her, that idea has the intention or the ability to create fear among students when classes shall officially resume in the not too long distance future.“Please stop your demand because it is not in the interest to improve Liberia’s educational system, which is struggling to provide quality and affordable education to every Liberian and foreign national in the country,” Minister pleaded.She disclosed among other things that the MOE is working ‘tirelessly’ to protect and maintain all school facilities in the country.Works by the minister, the Minister believes to further give the government the necessary impetus to resume classes shortly when the Ebola crisis reduces.She argued that the usage of school facilities as Ebola withholding or quarantine centers has the knack to delay re-opening of learning institutions in the country.“The use of schools as Ebola withholding or treatment centers will further traumatize students, thereby prolonging the healing process,” she observed.Minister Tarpeh also disclosed that the ministries of Foreign Affairs, and National Defense, recently signed a resolution that schools in Liberia will be protected as “Zones of Peace” in times of crises.Document of commitment calling for the protection of academic facilities in the case of crisis, the Minister said, was in the possession of the MOE at her Sinkor 3rd   street offices in Monrovia.Minister’s Tarpeh reaction became necessary when several other organizations and individuals over the past weeks embarked on ‘systematic’ campaign suggestions the use of schools campuses or its facilities as Ebola withhold centers or the treatment centers for those being victimized by the EVD.In a related development, the secretary-general of the Civil Society Movement of Liberia (CSML), Christopher Toe, recently called on the government to reopen all schools in the country.Toe believes that when schools are reopened, campuses could be used as one of the cardinal points to carry out Ebola sensitization, and to also promote hygienic measures, thereby moving Liberia towards zeroing the infection.Mr. Toe made the recommendation during programs marking the official launch of the National Teachers’ Association (NTAL) Ebola Awareness Program in Monrovia a week ago.He then emphasized that with the reopening of schools, teachers and students could be hired by the National Taskforce on the fight against Ebola to play a vital role in spreading anti-Ebola messages both at school, and in their various communities.He on the other hand, challenged teachers to approach the Ebola issue with commitment and dedication to help contain the spread of the virus since they (teachers) are the role models.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Voices unite for decriminalisation of attempted suicide

first_imgWorld Suicide Prevention DayOn the heels of a failed motion to decriminalise attempted suicide, anti-suicide advocates on National Suicide Prevention Day intensified calls for amendments to the archaic legislation which institutes penalties for attempting to take one’s life.People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Dr Vindhya Persaud, to resounding applause appealed to everyone to support the call for attempted suicide to be decriminalised.“It is still in our legislation where people can go to jail for attempting suicide. I am going to table (the motion) again and again until we get it out of our legislation because I think if people feel that they are at a point where they have to take their life, we shouldn’t punish them further. We should help them. We should help them find a reason to live,” she expressed during the Public Health Ministry’s launch of National Suicide Prevention Day at the Giftland Mall on Saturday.Senior Psychiatrist, Dr Bhiro Harry; MP, Dr Vindhya Persaud; Acting Director of Mental Health Unit, Dr Meena Rajkumar; PAHO Country Representative, Dr William Adu-Krow and Psychologist Caitlin VieiraPersaud had tabled the motion in the National Assembly calling for the decriminalisation of attempted suicide; however it was not supported by the Government on the grounds that her presentation was too politicised.Chapter 801: Section 96 of the Criminal Law Offences Act states that anyone who attempts to commit suicide would be guilty of a misdemeanour and liable to imprisonment for two years.Nonetheless, the parliamentarian and rights-advocate said she will not be deterred but will exhaust all efforts until attempted suicide is no longer recognised as a crime.Furthermore, she said it is time to move from being a judgmental society to one eager to create support networks to show people who are hurting, that we care: “We need to move towards being a society of care,” she emphasised.Persaud also noted that everyone has a role to play in ensuring people understand that life is a precious gift worth living: “Life has its fair share of challenges. Everyone has bad days, everyone has good days…we need to let people know that just as you get good days, you get bad days. Don’t succumb to those bad days. Don’t let those bad moments overwhelm you; and more importantly, understand that when you have to walk a dark path, a difficult road, you don’t have to do it alone,” she advised.Draft legislationSenior Psychiatrist Dr Bhiro Harry disclosed that the mental health ordinance was revised and is currently being reviewed by draftsmen and that the draft legislation does not include penalties for attempting suicide.“We are awaiting the draftsmen to do their bit so they can take it to Parliament for a ‘yes’ and then the President can ascent to it,” he stated, noting that the new legislation is more people-friendly, bestowing more rights on patience.Additionally, Dr Harry expressed gratitude to the media for toning down its sensationalism in reporting on suicides.He explained that the media have a critical role to play in helping to curb the high rate of suicides in the country by making it appear less desirous to end one’s life, noting that the constant descriptive reporting of suicide gives rise to the copycat effect.Connect, Communicate, CareNational Suicide Prevention Day 2016 is being observed under the theme: “Connect, Communicate, Care.” Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Country Representative Dr William Adu-Krow explained that the theme is very relevant as he urged everyone to adhere to it in order to save a life.He said it is important to build networks and relationships with people, to openly communicate with them and to genuinely show that you care. In fact Dr Adu-Krow pointed out that a study shows that if you can keep someone on the verge of committing suicide engaged for approximately ten minutes, you are likely to prevent them from taking their life.He noted that it is mindboggling that a country which contributes about 0.01 per cent to the world’s population also contributes 0.03 per cent to suicides globally.In this regard, Dr Adu-Krow urged everyone to do their part in helping to save a life. Amazingly, notably absent at the event were Public Health Ministers Dr George Norton and Dr Karen Cummings. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

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85 medical grads urged to become entrepreneurs

first_imgAs Guyana prepares for first oil next year, 85 young persons — who, after undertaking as many as two years of study in various medical fields, graduated from their courses with honours — were on Monday urged to exploit the country’s resources and become entrepreneurs in their respective fields.Former students of the graduating classes of 2015-2017 and 2017-2019 put on their best smiles as they pose for a last group photo with their Programme CoordinatorsChairperson of the Board of Directors of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Kesaundra Alves, representing Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, gave them this charge during their graduation ceremony, which was held at the National Cultural Centre.Decked out in their royal blue graduation gowns, these smiling young persons listened keenly as they excitedly waited to receive their certificates and prizes.Thirteen persons from five administrative regions graduated from the Pharmacy Assistant training course.Another 15, coming from seven regions, were certified as X-ray Technicians. Eighteen persons from six regions graduated as Environmental Health Assistants, while 39 graduated from the Medical Laboratory Technician programme.Alves encouraged them as follows: “Our education system has a way of preparing us to look for a job. I think that’s a problem throughout the Caribbean, so we all go to school and get a good education to get a good job. But I want to tell you that we need to step outside the box, and we need to look at entrepreneurship”.She explained: “You have so many people coming into the country, so many come to exploit what is ours, and we have to know (or) prepare ourselves to exploit it too… If you’re a pharmacy assistant, become a pharmacist. Open pharmacies in the various Regions. Look for opportunities to become entrepreneurs; and create jobs, don’t just look for jobs”.A similar challenge was given to the graduates who were certified in other areas.Director of the Division of Health Sciences Education (DHSE), Seraiah Validum, reminded the graduating class of their importance, as she shared statistics which show that most patients are often seen by Lab Technicians among others, before they are seen by doctors who then diagnose a patient based on a report from those professionals.She, also, urged them to exercise patience in the work field, despite situations and challenges they face.Training coordinators each gave a brief report on the different programmes; thus it was explained that Environmental Health Assistants began their course on April 28, and they underwent studies in communicable diseases and vector control, food safety, sanitation, and public health legislation among several other things. Valedictorian for this class was Candace Wallace.The X-ray Technician course began in September 2017 and wound down on February 2019. Young people between the ages of 17 and 24 participated herein, and were trained and then attached to GPHC and the Medical Centre to obtain hands-on experience. Wicliffe Garnett was the top scorer for her class.The Pharmacy programme required 15 students to excel in five areas, including Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics and dosage forms, Pharmacy Law and a few others. About 88 per cent of persons in this course were able to graduate. Tamra Carter was the Valedictorian for her class, while Bibi Wazeeda Khan was valedictorian for the Medical Lab Tech course of 2015-2017, and Darshanie Rohit was valedictorian for the same course of study for the 2017-2019 class.Each of the graduates will be stationed at health posts in their respective Regions, since they have obtained contracts with the Public Health Ministry.last_img read more

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Ramjattan urges authorities to come forward with information

first_imgCorrupt practices of Police in BerbiceRegional authorities in Berbice who are in receipt of information that the Police had colluded with the three bandits who were killed in Black Bush Polder are being asked to come forward with the evidence.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThis challenge was put forward by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who told Guyana Times on Monday that, as is customary whenever a member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is implicated in wrongdoing, an investigation has to be conducted. He explained that upon receipt of reports that Police ranks have been feeding information to the now dead bandits, a probe was immediately launched.“However, the investigation is still ongoing, but I want the Regional Chairman, the Head of the Chamber of Commerce in Berbice, and all those other important persons responsible for running that region to contact me directly with the information they have, so that this matter can be dealt with accordingly. We want to ensure that the investigation is accurately conducted, and (we want) to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible,” Minister Ramjattan said.Ramjattan said he is scheduled to meet with Police Commissioner Leslie James today (Tuesday), and he expects to be notified about the preliminary findings of the allegations made against junior and senior ranks.“Once I get the preliminary report, then I shall be in a better position to pronounce on this matter. Of course, when I am briefed about the investigation, I will be able to provide more information about this. It is a very serious matter,” he declared.Ranks in Berbice have quite recently made some damning allegations against their colleagues, one of which is that a detective rank had been closely connected with the criminal network that had terrorised and traumatised residents in East Berbice between April and May of this year.According to a Police source, the detective rank in question is a lance corporal who had been stationed at the Rose Hall Town Police Outpost but was transferred to the New Amsterdam Police Station when the damning allegations surfaced. He allegedly is still on active duty even as investigations continue.This particular rank had allegedly been associated with the lately deceased criminal Kelvin ‘Kelly’ Shivgobin, who was recently shot and killed in the backlands of Black Bush Polder during a shootout with the Police.It is further alleged that the relationship between this Policeman and the now dead bandit dates back to when Shivgobin had been arrested and charged for the murder of a businessman. Sources allege that this detective had been one of the ranks investigating that murder case, but the matter was dismissed in April 2018 and Shivgobin was set free after the magistrate had declared that there was not enough evidence to keep him in custody.Some months after Shivgobin had been released, new evidence had surfaced to have him rearrested, but this had never happened.This publication was also told by senior regional authorities that the alleged corrupt rank is “being shielded” by a high-ranking officer who is presently stationed outside of ‘B’ Division.Additionally, there are reports that when the three bandits were shot and killed in Black Bush Polder recently, the cellphones that were found in their possession contained numbers of Police ranks in the call logs and the contact lists of the phones.last_img read more

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Arrest warrant issued for Police Detective

first_imgAn arrest warrant was issued on Wednesday for Detective Constable Richard Persaud after he failed to show up in court on a charge of corrupt transactions with agents.Wanted: Detective Constable Richard PersaudPersaud was in July 2019 accused of planting cannabis on the premises of an East Canje businessman.It is alleged that on July 18, Persaud, while conducting official Police business, Persaud allegedly found a quantity of the illegal plant at a SuperBet Shop in East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).When the matter was called on Wednesday at the Reliance Magistrate’s Court, Persaud was absent and as such, Magistrate Peter Huge issued a warrant for his arrest.The matter has been adjourned until January 8, 2020.Persaud was charged under section 337 (2) (a) of the Criminal Law Offences Act Chapter 8:01. The owners of a SuperBet location in East Canje had reported to the Police that he had video evidence of the Detective rank planting the illegal drug on his premises.Following that report, other persons came forward claiming that the rank had also placed marijuana at their premises during a Police search and then accused them of being in possession of the illicit substance.last_img read more

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Spurs expected to beat Chelsea and will Vardy break record against Man United? Coral Daily Download

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman talks Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury and says he fully expects the Ukrainian to retain his heavyweight world titles against the Brit.He also looks ahead to shock Premier League leaders Leicester’s clash with second-placed Manchester United on Saturday and says Jamie Vardy is 2/1 to score for a record-breaking 11th successive game.Plus, he reveals Tottenham are the 6-4 favourites to win Sunday’s London derby with champions Chelsea at White Hart Lane following their impressive run of form.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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YOUR LETTERS: DONEGAL SHOULD JOIN NORTHERN IRELAND

first_imgYou can send your letters to info@donegaldaily.com or leave comments at the bottom of this contribution:Dear EditorRe :  Stability  Referendum It did not come as a surprise that the people of Donegal once again rejected a further capitulation of our national sovereignty to the autocrats in Europe despite Deputy McHugh’s  unknowing proclamation that we in Donegal would vote in favour of this abominable treaty. McHugh during the course of the last general election spoke of the hundred days in office where the governments would tackle unemployment. Well various ministers in government have announced creation of jobs in Cork, Dublin, Louth, Galway and Mayo we have yet to hear of any in our County. Similar to his predecessors in the former government, including a former Tanaiste, Deputy McHugh lacks the moral fibre to demand a slice of the investments/employment cake which Kenny et al continuously brag about on their RTE mouth piece.Sadly McHugh, McGinley and their cohorts in the poodle Labour Party continue to be mute in Dublin. Minister Reilly, who happens to be a physician, ostensibly diagnosed the ills within the health service while in opposition, yet has failed to remedy these failures. In fact he has made them worse especially for this county where people have to travel to Dublin, Sligo and Galway for treatment or go private and pay through the nose for treatment. When he qualified as a doctor he must’ve taken the Hypocrite oath and not the Hippocratic oath as advocated by Hippocrates in the fourth century BC. We did not hear any protestation from these poodles whether they are TDs, junior ministers or senators when stripper Quinn decided that rural schools should close or his scissor sister Burton cut benefits to both old and young nationally and will no doubt use her scissors to inflict more misery on the less well off.It would seem that Messer McHugh and his fellow travellers are more interested in taking the scenic route to Dublin to collect their pay and expenses than being a voice for the people of this county. It is my considered opinion that we should have a further referendum here in Donegal to consider throwing our lot in with Martin Mc Guinness and Peter Robinson. We would have a fine health service, better roads and transportation systems  and other benefits.  At least we would be no worse off.Yours sincerely Joe HarveyThorndale,LetterkennyCo DonegalWith 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily. Send your stories and pictures to info@donegaldaily.comFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyYOUR LETTERS: DONEGAL SHOULD JOIN NORTHERN IRELAND was last modified: June 4th, 2012 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:YOUR LETTERS: DONEGAL SHOULD JOIN NORTHERN IRELANDYOUR LETTERS: THE STABILITY REFERENDUMlast_img read more

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Chelsea transfers: Star staying, Conte in constant contact with target and more

first_imgChelsea are stepping up their pursuit of new players after Antonio Conte lost his first game as Blues boss in their first pre-season outing.Conte watched on as his side, which contained the likes of Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Willian and Diego Costa, lost 2-0 to Rapid Vienna.N’Golo Kante has already been brought in for £30m but there are a whole host of names who could follow him to Stamford Bridge as Conte looks to rejuvenate a squad that finished a disappointing 10th.HOW CHELSEA COULD LINE UP THIS SEASON WITH N’GOLO KANTE AND A 4-2-4 FORMATIONThere will also inevitably be some exiting the club with no European football meaning Conte has no need for such a big squad.Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Chelsea transfer rumours. Diego Costa – Contrary to reports in Spain, Costa has not handed in a transfer request to force through a move back to former club Atletico Madrid, say the Evening Standard. Atletico are desperate to re-sign the Spaniard but he is expecting to stay at Stamford Bridge after Conte told Costa he was central to his plans. Alvaro Morata – Chelsea may have stolen a march on Arsenal in the chase for Morata’s signature according to Marca, who claim Conte is in daily contact with the Real Madrid forward. The Blues boss has been assuring Morata of a key role in his side should he join the Stamford Bridge club. 5 5 Andre Gomes – Chelsea are one of a host of clubs to have made an offer for the in-demand Portugal midfielder. Gomes is rated at £54m by Valencia but Chelsea face stiff competition as Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United have all made offers. 5 5 5 Riyad Mahrez – read all about the latest news, below, then click the arrow above to see more Chelsea transfer reports – Leicester City are confident Mahrez will remain at the King Power Stadium this season but are demanding at least £45m should they sell him, report the Telegraph. The Algerian does not have a release clause like Kante and the Foxes are valuing him close to the £49m Manchester City paid for Raheem Sterling last summer. Kostas Manolas – The Blues have received a boost in their pursuit of Manolas after the defender had a training ground ‘bust up’ with teammate Kevin Strootman, according to Gazzeta World. They said the pair needed to be separated after the Dutchman claimed Manolas wasn’t working hard enough in training.last_img read more

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COMPETITION WINNER! CATHY SCOOPS FREE FAMILY PORTRAIT FROM DONEGAL DAILY AND CRISTEPH STUDIO

first_imgCathy McCarron put herself in the frame for a FREE family portrait!Donegal Daily has teamed up with the Cristeph Studio in Letterkenny to offer readers a chance to win a FREE family or child’s portrait.Every Friday in August we will be giving away a free framed portrait by well-known press and studio photographer Brian McDaid.There is no cost to enter – no difficult questions and no premium textline numbers. All you have to do is to like the Cristeph Studio’s Facebook page. It couldn’t be simpler!The winner of the latest competition is Cathy McCarron from Raphoe, who takes away a voucher for a family portrait from Donegal Daily in conjunction with the Criestph Gallery in Letterkenny.Cathy, who is originally from Lifford, was over the moon with the news that she won the competition.There are lots more chances to win a free framed family of child’s portrait and al you have to do is to like Christeph Studio on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cristeph-Studio/305666329486672 All likes between now and the end of the month will be in with a chance of a free framed portrait each week – so get liking! COMPETITION WINNER! CATHY SCOOPS FREE FAMILY PORTRAIT FROM DONEGAL DAILY AND CRISTEPH STUDIO was last modified: August 16th, 2014 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:Brian McDaidCathy McGowanCristeph StudioDonegal Dailyfree portraitlast_img read more

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LYIT CLUBS AND SOCIETIES AWARDS PRESENTATION – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgClubs & Societies Award winners pictured at the presentation are (back) Vicky O’Rourke, AnnMarie Kelly, both Clubs Committee members, Paul Lynch, Pauric Glackin, Denis Bourne, Kevin Russell and Chris Chan, all Clubs & Societies Scholarship winners, Fiona Kelly Clubs Committee member, Aoife Doherty, SU Administrator.in front are Paul Hannigan, President, LyiT, Klaudia Siolowska, Sandra Lieubbtiktce, both Clubs & Societies Scholarship winners, Billy Bennett, Registrar, and Paddy Gallagher, Student Services Officer.A total of 7 student scholarships were presented to students of Letterkenny IT in recognition of their dedication to Clubs & Societies in the institute. In addition, four major Clubs and Societies Awards were presented to the most successful clubs operating in the institute at this time.The Clubs programme has been very successful in recent years and has gained national recognition in recent years at the BICS awards, where several individual clubs from Letterkenny IT won national awards, namely the Diabetic Club and the LGBT Society. The winners of the Most Outstanding Club Award, this year, went to the Law Society, the award was presented to Chris Chan, a long- time member of the club and a dedicated worker, the award was presented by Dylan McGowan, Student Union President.Denis Bourne a 4th year student in LyIT pictured at the presentation of Clubs & Societies Scholarships, Denis is amember of the Android App Society in the institute and is pictured with Paul Hannigan, President.The Award for Civic, Charity and Community Engagement Award went to the Gaisce Society, a group that has seen many of its members attain the Gold Award in the past years, and hopefully, will continue to do so.The Leadership Award was presented, by the Student Union President, to the Android App Society, a society dedicated to developing computer software applications to assist in learning and in social networking. This group have volunteered their time to assisting with classes in computer programming in local primary schools and secondary schools in the area.The final major award of the evening went to the Public Speaking Society for Best Society 2016. It was a fitting award to a team that worked successfully together in providing regular and topical items throughout the year in the institute, two of the society’s members Klaudia Ciolkowska and Sandra Liubkeviciute, also were presented with Clubs & Societies Scholarships on the evening. Paul Hannigan, President LyIT, presented 7 Clubs & Societies scholarships to the following:Pauric Glackin, Canoe ClubChris Chan, Law SocietyDenis Bourke, Android App SocietyKlaudia Ciolkowska, Public Speaking Paul Lynch, LGBT SocietyKevin Russell, Ultimate Frisbee SocietySandra Liubkeviciute, Public Speaking Society.In sport, the Team of the Year Award went to the successful Hurling Team of LYIT, who recently won the Corn Padraig Mac Diarmada Cup in Cork. Winners of the Clubs & Societies Awards at Letterkenny IT are pictured from left, (front) Stephen McGettigan, Sandra Lieubtiktce and Klaudia Siolowska, Public Speaking Society, winners of the Best Club Award. (Back row) Aoife Doherty, Fiona Kelly Denis Bourne, Android App Society, winner of the Leadership Award, AnnMarie Kelly, Chris Chan, Law Society, winner of the Most Outstanding Club Member Award and Paddy Gallagher.LYIT CLUBS AND SOCIETIES AWARDS PRESENTATION – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 20th, 2016 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:clubs and societiesdonegalLYITPaul Hanniganlast_img read more

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