Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High is a very special talent. Yesterday the middle distance star completed one of the most difficult feats at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with gold medals in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events. After taking the 1500 metres in 4:40.77 on Friday, the St Elizabeth star returned to take the 400m in early afternoon yesterday in 51.74. Two hours later she dismantled the 800 metres field clocking 2.09.70 to bring the National Stadium crowd to its feet. A modest Bromfield said her accomplishment was not as difficult as it appeared. “It wasn’t that difficult because I paced myself throughout the rounds and I kept my composure in all my races and that is how I was able was deliver in all of them,” she said. “I feel very proud, because I am being strongly motivated by my mother and father and my coach is always there pushing me and that is how I was able to accomplish what I did,” she added. The middle distant sensation was also touched by the reception the stadium crowd gave her in the final 100 metres of the 800m. “It was heart warming because I know that STETHS do not have many supporters, it’s mainly KC and Calabar and all those schools, so for all of them (spectators) to be supporting me I really appreciate it,” she said.
MINISTER Dinny McGinley is under fire from Irish language groups after taking an axe to funding.Groups have called on Donegal South West TD to abandon proposals to merge the functions of the Language Commissioner with the Office of the Ombudsman.And sources have revealed that a massive €1.6M funding to the newspaper Gaelsceal – which sells just 1,000 copies a week – may also be axed after a value-for-money review found the costs “outrageous.” The paper sells just a handful of copies in Donegal each week. Deputy McGinley scrapped the Coimisinéir Teanga in November – merging the job with the Ombudsman.Language groups say merging the two institutions could actually cost more money than it would save, and pointed out that the current commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin has been appointed until 2016.His tenure means the government could have to buy him out of his contract.“Indeed, An Bord Snip Nua when it looked at the office identified no efficiencies to be made and made no recommendation to alter the status of the office of the language commissioner as an independent office,” the group said. They also pointed to the fact that all political parties had backed the 20-year strategy for the Irish language, laid down by the previous government in 2010, and that closing the commissioner’s office would “undermine the strategy and goodwill behind it”.The letter is signed by representatives from Údarás na Gaeltachta, Seachtain na Gaeilge, Conradh na Gaeilge, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Comhaltas, students’ union representatives and legal figures.But sources close to Deputy McGinley told donegaldaily that “the days of blank cheques for the Irish language are over”.The source went on: “We will check how every cent is spent. Just look at what Foras na Gaeilge has done with the newspaper Gaelsceal – they are giving it €10,000 a week to sell just 1,000 newspapers. It’s madness. The taxpayer is paying €10 for every copy.“The Irish language gravy train has hit the buffers. The spending of every cent will be monitored from now on.” MINISTER DINNY McGINLEY UNDER FIRE OVER AXE ON IRISH LANGUAGE was last modified: January 7th, 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:Gaelsceal axed?irish language cutsvalue for mone