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Ivory Coast Votes for Parliament, President Seeks Majority

first_imgIvory Coast residents voted yesterday in a parliamentary election that the President hopes will maintain his strong majority despite challenges from the opposition.Voting for the more than 1,300 candidates for 255 seats was slow Sunday, while security was high.President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling coalition promises growth, hoping to seal its majority. The opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), however, is participating in the vote in hopes of a more diversified parliament despite boycotting politics since 2011 after fighting saw its founder, ex-President LaurentGbagbo, and others jailed. The party is putting up more than 180 candidates.Violence after the 2010 elections killed more than 3,000 people when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat to Ouattara.Gbagbo’s fringe opposition is boycotting elections. Gbagbo remains on trial at The Hague.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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Top US travel guru to showcase Donegal to 2million TV viewers

first_imgA popular US Travel Show is filming Donegal’s Northern Headlands to showcase to an audience of almost 2 million viewers.Samantha Brown’s brand new PBS travel show ‘Love of Travel’ is in Co. Donegal this week filming scenes for a Wild Atlantic Way episode which is set to air later this year. The visit, which will see Samantha Brown experience and film from Donegal’s Northern Headlands and Sligo’s Surf Coast, was organsied by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland.Pictured with Samantha Brown and her film crew at Sliabh League in Donegal is Paddy Clarke, Local Guide. Photo Clive WassonSamantha Brown’s ‘Love of Travel’ show seeks out little known spots and haunts where innovators and disruptors are creating a brand new travel experience. From food and drink, art and design, culture or adventure each episode focuses on not just how to visit a destination but how to belong to it. During her visit to Donegal, Samantha and her filming crew will explore Sliabh League; learn to weave at Eddie Doherty’s Handwoven Tweed Shop; enjoy horseback riding on Tullagh Bay Beach, pick up ‘cúpla focal’ in Gaeltacht area Gweedore, and meet with Mora Brennan of Clannad to discuss the importance of Irish music and enjoy a special performance from the local folk singer.Pictured with Samantha Brown at Sliabh League in Donegal are Liam Campbell, Failte Ireland and Paddy Clarke, Local Guide. Photo Clive WassonSpeaking about the importance of visits such as this, Ciara Sugrue, Head of International Publicity with Fáilte Ireland said –“Fáilte Ireland is delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the Wild Atlantic Way to such a large US Audience. The ethos of ‘Love of Travel’ is to show visitors that the only way to experience a destination is to get out there, meet the people, hear the stories and feel their passion so Samantha Browne’s interest in the Wild Atlantic Way is a testament to the experiences and businesses on the ground.“As the North American market continues to grow, it is our hope that shows like this will encourage even more US travellers to choose Ireland as their next must-visit destination.” Top US travel guru to showcase Donegal to 2million TV viewers was last modified: August 9th, 2017 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:Failte IrelandSlieve LeaguetourismWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more