The return of the Kara Kara tollbooth at Mackenzie, Linden is set to once again take shape, following theCarwyn Hollandintervention of recently elected Mayor of the Town Council Carwyn Holland to have it gazetted.The tollbooth, which falls under the management of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC), has been the centre of controversy in the past, more so when it was ordered closed by former Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker after claims that it was operating “illegally”. At the time, former Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairman Orrin Gordon had stated that the municipality was in a financial crisis and had moved to have the toll- booth put back in place after years of being out of operation.However, the move was short lived. After taking up office recently, Mayor Holland had expressed interest in having the toll- booth up and running once again, in an effort to secure much needed revenue for the “cash strapped” Municipality. On Monday he reported that systems have been put in place to facilitate its re-instatement.“I must report to you that after years we have the return of the toll booth. This week it was passed at an emergency meeting of the Council. It’s going to be gazetted in a few days and we’re going to be moving forward”, Holland stated, during an address at the launch of the bauxite Centennial activities in Linden on Monday.
Her love of the beautiful game led her to Football United, a programme helping refugees integrate in Australia, and her life changed.“Football United made me very confident with my English and I just started opening my heart to everyone,” Habeb, 16, told AFP on the sidelines of a “gala day” in Sydney that brought together teams for a friendly contest.“I met a lot of friends in Football United … now most of them are my best friends. I love communicating with people, especially young people like me.”Refugees feature prominently in Australia’s football history.The former chairman of governing body Football Federation Australia, billionaire businessman Frank Lowy, was a Jewish refugee from Eastern Europe who arrived with one suitcase and no English in the early 1950s.In recent years, programmes like Football United have helped displaced youth, newly arrived in Australia after fleeing conflicts in Syria and Iraq © AFP / WILLIAM WESTThe late veteran broadcaster Les Murray, whose voice became synonymous with football in Australia, was born Laszlo Urge in Hungary in 1945 and arrived Down Under a decade later.In recent years, programmes like Football United have helped displaced youth, including Iraqi Sarah Glaoo, 17, and 19-year-old Syrian Suliman Alkhateeb.Both arrived in Sydney last year as Australia opened up 12,000 additional refugee places for people fleeing conflicts in Syria and Iraq.– French inspiration –It was Australian football’s strong bonds with refugees that caught the attention of the programme’s American founder Anne Bunde-Birouste.Bunde-Birouste was living in Paris in 1998 when she was swept up by the euphoria surrounding the black-Arab-white make-up of the World Cup-winning French national team.“The French won against all odds and because the team was multicultural. So it brought the whole country together,” Bunde-Birouste told AFP.“Knowing that it was the world game, I just wanted to try and see what we could do in Australia to help refugee kids.”Years later, the university lecturer set up the first Football United clinics in Australia, and thousands of youths have since passed through them.“Sports in general and specifically football is the best tool for young adults, for children, for boys and for girls because the game itself is about inclusion. It’s about bringing people together,” says Honey Thaljieh of FIFA © AFP / WILLIAM WESTA key attraction is the low cost, said Natasha Hill, the programme’s communication coordinator.Organised sport is expensive in Australia and with some of the refugees coming from large families, enrolling each child in a local club is costly.As such, Football United provides an easy entry point for young arrivals keen to make new friends.They then get to develop their football abilities while also learning about Australian culture and life skills such as goal-setting and time management.“Most of them have come from… broken families back in their home countries,” Hill told AFP.“Given that Australia is a multicultural country, when they come here, it is something new to them. Back home, it was all one race. Providing our programme to them helps them integrate with other cultures.”At the recent “gala day”, the youths were treated to an inspiring talk by Honey Thaljieh, a corporate communications manager for world governing body FIFA, who grew up in Palestine.Thaljieh is strongly convinced of the power of football in boosting the lives of children who have endured conflict and hardship, having gone through a similar experience herself.“It will change their lives eventually if they believe in it and they are determined, if they work hard,” Thaljieh, the co-founder and first-ever captain of the Palestinian women’s national football team, told AFP.“Sports in general and specifically football is the best tool for young adults, for children, for boys and for girls because the game itself is about inclusion. It’s about bringing people together.”For recent arrival Glaoo, Football United has given her the opportunity to showcase her silky skills on the pitch.After a busy afternoon scoring goals for her school team, the teenager was dreaming of her next steps, including winning tournaments at higher levels.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Football United provides an easy entry point for young arrivals keen to make new friends in Australia © AFP / WILLIAM WESTSYDNEY, Australia, Dec 1 – With a whistle hanging from her neck as she shouts instructions in perfect English, teenager Athmar Habeb looks very much at home refereeing a football match in Sydney.Yet it was only four years ago that Habeb had to flee her war-torn Iraqi homeland, arriving in Australia aged 12 with her family and knowing only three English words — salt, apple and eggs.
A fundraiser will take place at the Ballyliffin Hotel on Friday the 11th of November between 12pm and 2:30pm to raise money for the Christmas ‘Star on the Hill’.One of the organisers, Caroline Grant says; “Last year Tidy Towns managed to relight the Star on the Hill facing the village, we were able to achieve this, because of the GREAT generosity and SUPPORT shown by our friends, neighbours and sponsors.”“This year we plan to light the Second Star on the Hill, the one facing Rashenny and the Isle of Doagh.” “As the Afternoon Tea was held in high regard as a social event so we are proposing to host another, to fund the repairs needed. The beacon of light from both stars will be seen in Malin, Culdaff, Urris and the Isle of Doagh.”“Please come along to meet some friends and neighbours over a cuppa, with a few treats.”Alternatively, you can donate baked goods or raffle prizes to any of the committee members on the day.Fundraiser at Ballyliffin Hotel next Friday for ‘star on the hill’ was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ballyliffin hotelCHristmascoffee morningfundraisingstar on the hill