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Government has declined to fund the Ghana’s hosting of the world hockey league series with just a day to the tournament.This comes after months of struggle by the Ghana Hockey Association to secure about $1000000 to prepare the Theodosia Oko Hockey pitch, the various national teams, male and female and other organizational requirements for the three day event.The hockey association is racing against time to raise the needed funds to put the pitch in a good state for passing by the hockey world governing body, the FIH before the September 7-9 tournament.Despite the agreed arrangements between Ghana Hockey and the Sports Ministry, delays at the National Sports Authority have made it impossible for government to release the needed funds to the Association.President of Ghana Hockey Oko Nii Quaye Dzanie is disappointed and told JOY Sports in an interview “we (The Hockey Association) were hopeful that all was well, a few queries were raised as to the form of the budget and so on and we addressed them all. We are really not happy at all with the way we have been treated in this circumstance where we’ve been told very late in the day that the competition cannot be funded”.Oko Nii Quaye Dzanie blames the National Sports Authority for the Government’s refusal to fund the hosting of the tournament and hopes for a quick turnaround. “We wished we knew the position of government through the Sports Authority or the ministry much earlier in the year. We would have done something about it. It came to us as a surprise, now to say that funding is not going to come certainly hits us below the belt. This has a long term implication on whether we will be given the opportunity to host another tournament or not.”Meanwhile, the spokesperson at the Youth and Sports Ministry, Kwesi Sarpong has been explaining to JOY Sports that Government declined providing funds due to the absence of resources and because the program was not captured on the National Sports Authority’s 2012 calendar.The Hockey Association will now take the responsibility of funding the three day World Hockey League series from t September 7 to Sunday September 9. The various Ghana hockey teams both male and female also had their camping plans interrupted because of the lack of finance to run a smooth preparation programme at the accommodation facility at the Theodosia Okoe hockey stadium at Accra Central.Egypt one of the three participating teams are expected to arrive in Accra on Thursday, followed by Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
Budding entrepreneurs from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh competed strongly in the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2019 National Final in Galway this week.Eight teams from Gaeltacht schools in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork competed in the final for the opportunity to be the only team representing Ireland at the 2019 Junior Achievement Europe Company of the Year competition in Lille, France this summer.‘Number Ninjas’Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure‘Number Ninjas’, a mini company from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, scooped the Finance & Marketing award in the national final due to the hard work of their team Liam Mac Pháidín, Cian Mac Aoidh, Dean Ó Domhnaill, Pádraig Ó Fearraigh, Eoghan Ó Néill, Cathal Ó Catha, Stephen Mac Pháidín and Ciarán Ó Rabhartaigh under the stewardship of teacher Emmet MacAoidh. They published a handbook written by students to help students who have difficulties with mathematics. Eibhlin Ni Bhaoil, Amy Nic Suibhne, Mhichaela Nic Mhinagail and Ciara Nic Eiteagain ‘Toin The Theola’, from Gairmscoil Chu Uladh making briquettes from recycled materials from their schoolPhoto: Andrew Downes, Xposure‘Tóin The Theolaí’ from Gairmscoil Chú Uladh also made their mark on the final with their innovative briquettes made of recycled materials they collected from around their school. Under the mentorship of teacher Séamus Ferry the team comprised of Ciara Nic Eiteagáin, Eibhlín Ní Bhaoill, Amy Nic Suibhne and Michaela Ní Mhonagail.Emerging from a very competitive Donegal regional final, ‘Number Ninjas’ and ‘Tóin The Theolaí’ represented their schools and region with great distinction at the national final.Toin The Theola. Photo: Andrew Downes, XposureEdging out competition from around the country however Save the Seas from Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán, Co. Galway was the winning company who will now represent Ireland at the European JA Company of the Year Competition in Lille, France in July.More than 750 Transition Year students from Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Meath & Waterford, enjoyed unique hands-on learning experiences and started their own businesses this year. After regional finals in Kerry, Mayo, Galway and Donegal eight teams were ultimately selected to proceed to the national final. Mark de Faoite, Director of Enterprise and Employment, Údarás na Gaeltachta, commented: “It was inspiring to witness such enterprising young people at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2019 National Final. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their business ideas indicates that enterprise in the Gaeltacht areas is in safe hands. Údarás na Gaeltachta are proud to help promote student entrepreneurship in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland and I’m sure we will be seeing more of these young entrepreneurs in the future.”Helen Raftery, CEO, Junior Achievement Ireland added: “The support of Údarás na Gaeltachta has enabled more than 750 senior cycle students to take part in meaningful real-to-life entrepreneurial experiences across the Gaeltacht areas through Clár na gComhlachtaí this year. We wish to extend a special thank you to teachers and business mentors for their dedication in supporting and developing the entrepreneurial talent of these students who have also gained confidence in many transversal skills such as team-working, negotiation and public speaking – skills which will be invaluable as they progress into the world of work. Congratulations to all the teams that won the right to compete at the regional and national finals.”Budding entrepreneurs compete strongly in Clár na gComhlachtaí final was last modified: April 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Clár na gComhlachtaíGairmscoil Chú Uladhpobalscoil ghaoth dobhairudaras na gaeltacha