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SWIMMING BROTHER AND SISTER STRIKE GOLD IN FINALS

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first_imgBronagh and Oisin Sheridan from Letterkenny with their gold medals from the community games swimming finals in Ballyshannon.Bronagh will represent Donegal in the U-13 4×25 freestyle relay and Oisin the u10 backstroke.Both swim with the Swilly Seals Letterkenny.  SWIMMING BROTHER AND SISTER STRIKE GOLD IN FINALS was last modified: March 30th, 2013 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:SWIMMING BROTHER AND SISTER STRIKE GOLD IN FINALSlast_img read more

Iran’s leader says Israel should be wiped off map

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first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Wednesday that Israel is a “disgraceful blot” that should be “wiped off the map” – fiery words that Washington said underscores its concern over Iran’s nuclear program. Ahmadinejad’s speech to thousands of students at a “World without Zionism” conference set a hard-line foreign policy course sharply at odds with that of his moderate predecessor, echoing the sentiments of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran’s Islamic revolution. The United States said Ahmadinejad’s remarks show that Washington’s fears about Iran’s nuclear program are accurate. “I think it reconfirms what we have been saying about the regime in Iran,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters in Washington. “It underscores the concerns we have about Iran’s nuclear intentions.” “Ahmadinejad has clearly declared the doctrine of his government,” said Mohammad Sadeq Hosseini, an expert on Middle Eastern affairs. “He is returning Iran to the revolutionary goals it was pursuing in the 1980s.” Reacting to the Iranian president’s speech, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said Ahmadinejad and Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar “speak openly about destroying the Jewish state … and it appears the problem with these extremists is that they followed through on their violent declarations with violent actions.” Ebrahim Yazdi, a former Iranian foreign minister, said Ahmadinejad’s remarks harmed Iran. “Such comments provoke the international community against us. It’s not to Iran’s interests at all. It’s harmful to Iran to make such a statement,” he said. Several world governments issued statements criticizing the Iranian’s remarks, including Britain, Canada and Germany. In Madrid, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos summoned Iran’s ambassador to protest Ahmadinejad’s comments. Moratinos said he rejected the remarks in the strongest possible terms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Ahmadinejad also condemned Iran’s neighbors which seek to break new ground in their relations with Israel. “Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury,” state-run television quoted him as saying. Relations between Israel and several Persian Gulf states have been thawing amid Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in September. Bahrain announced in September it was ending a decades-old law banning trade ties with Israel. In October, Qatar said it was donating $6 million to help build a soccer stadium for a mixed Arab-Jewish team, the first such financial assistance by an Arab state for any town inside Israel. Israel has been at the forefront of nations calling for an end to Iran’s nuclear program, which the United States and many others in the West say is aimed at acquiring weapons of mass destruction. Iran insists the program is for generating electricity. Referring to Palestinian suicide bomb attacks in Israel, Ahmadinejad said: “there is no doubt that the new wave in Palestine will soon wipe off this disgraceful blot from the face of the Islamic world.” Ahmadinejad’s speech came hours before a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in the Israeli town of Hadera, killing five people. Iran aids several militant Palestinian groups, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, with support and training through proxies among Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. last_img read more

J-K declared open defecation free

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first_imgSrinagar, Sep 15 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday declared the state open defecation free (ODF) and launched the “Swachhta Hi Seva ” – a fortnight-long cleanliness campaign for public awareness and involvement of community.At the launch of “Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) here, the state was self-declared as ODF by the Governor, an official spokesman said.He said the Governor congratulated the state administration for efforts in making the state “100 per cent ODF”. Malik observed that due to sustained efforts of all the stakeholders, Jammu and Kashmir has achieved 100 per cent toilet coverage and has become ODF “one year in advance”. “All the 22 districts, 4,171 gram panchayats and 7,565 villages in the state are self-declared ODF as per Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) SBM (G) guidelines,” the spokesman said.He said apart from constructing 1.1 million individual household toilets (IHHLs) and 1,350 community sanitary complexes in the state, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has played a vital role in bringing about behavioural change in the people.The Governor emphasised the high importance of cleanliness in ensuring overall well-being of families and communities and expressed concern for the “women folk who suffer from health ailments due to lack of toilet facilities at our homes”. According to the spokesperson, Malik invoked Mahatma Gandhi to spread the message of cleanliness and hygiene.The Governor said ensuring cleanliness of all the water bodies and lakes, cities, towns and villages of the state and formulating a sustainable solid and liquid waste disposal programme would be one of the priorities of his administration.advertisement He said his administration will ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity during festivals and examinations, the spokesperson said.The Governor expressed concern over non-availability of avenues to youths for pursuing their hobbies and showcasing their talents and said he is working with IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla on the idea of having an IPL team for Jammu and Kashmir and noted that IPL matches will be played in the state soon. He also reiterated his commitment for strengthening sports infrastructure in the state with construction of stadiums in all districts having state-of-the-art facilities. PTI SSB CKCKlast_img read more