Cook Islands urges PGA’s to maintain Mini Games

first_imgCISNOC Secretary General Robert Graham told members of the Pacific Games Council (PGC) that his country would not be able to host Pacific Games because it has no capacity to host the games.“We won’t be able to host a Pacific Games – never. We cannot it’s too big for us,” he said.“About 12 of us members that will only probably host Pacific Mini Games,” he said.Graham said if the PGC changes the Mini to Youth Games it won’t get the support from the government.“If we were to make it a Youth Games I don’t think I will get 100 percent support from my government. If we say Pacific Games, they look at Pacific – doesn’t matter if it’s a mini Games. If we say Pacific our government will say yes we gonna help you.“2009 was proof, today we have legacy, and we have a gymnasium that in some of Australia, NZ cities suburbs can’t beat. You observe our islands facilities its ‘wow’, that’s a legacy why because we host the mini games and get support from our Cook Islands people and  from our government because its Pacific Mini Games not Youth Games.“We travel overseas for Oceania championships to participate in Youth Games, under, 18, under 20,” he stressed.Graham emphasized the need for Pacific Mini Games to be retained.  “For me I just hope that my brothers and sisters support that we maintain that Pacific Mini games because it gives us smaller countries a chance to host you guys- brothers and sisters to us. Probably maybe not so long distant future we gonna put another bid again.“Please let’s take a really long look at these because it’s disadvantaging us the smaller PGAs,” he said.PGC President Vidhya Lakhan assured members the concerns raised by the Cook Islands will be taken into consideration by the chairman of the Sports Committee.last_img read more

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Bengoma-Liberia Launches Nationwide Peace and Reconciliation Campaign

first_imgExecutives of Bengoma-Liberia at a roundtable discussion focusing on peace and reconciliation.…Rallies Bong County MandingosBengoma-Liberia, a predominately Mandingo-owned not-for-profit organization, has launched a nationwide campaign to promote peace and reconciliation among Muslims and members of of Mandingo ethnic group in the country, a release has said.Bengoma-Liberia Incorporated is a Muslim and Mandingo dominated group with an objective to encourage peace, reconciliation and co-existence among Liberians from various tribal and religious backgrounds.The Chairperson of the Group, Madam Hawa Keita, said the initiative to preach peace messages is the organization’s own way of re-echoing the need for reconciliation and unity among Liberians, especially in rural communities.Madam Keita said the ongoing campaign is also in fulfillment of government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.Despite calls for an economic and war crimes court, Madam Keita maintains that there is still a need for Liberians themselves to seek ways that will reconcile and unite the entire citizenry for growth and prosperity.“We may have all the courts of war in the country, but we (Liberians) will still have to unite and reconcile ourselves, if we are to move forward,” she added.According to the release, Madam Keita spoke on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, during a meeting with the Muslim and Mandingo community in Gbarnga, Bong county, where she challenged the member to focus more on building the nation through peace and reconciliation.A stalwart of Bengoma-Liberia, Kerkula Muka-Kamara, also said that division among citizens has no future, and as such, it must be resisted at all levels for peace to reign in the country.Kamara added that peace and reconciliation is only possible if Liberians forget the bitter past, and embrace a “glorious future.”“Rwanda fought one of the deadliest tribal wars, but see how the country is developing today; we can be better than Rwanda if we can unite and reconcile our differences,” he said.According to Mr. Kamara, members of the organization will extend the newly launched peace and reconciliation campaign to every community to ensure that Liberia is fully united.He believes that unity and reconciliation is a must, adding, “we have to come together and unite so that all other developmental issues will be added unto us.”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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