The August event line-up at Highland Village in Iona, Victoria Co., offers activities and programs for young and old to enjoy including a daily animation schedule that exhibits traditional cooking, past times, and cèilidhs. On Aug. 4, Highland Village will be hosting Musique Royale Concert featuring Best of Boxwood 2010. The concert will feature performers Chris Norman, James Kelly, David Greenberg, and William Coulter, their repertoire includes music from Ireland, Cape Breton, Acadia, America, and Baroque and Renaissance. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door, or in the Highland Village Gift Shop. The annual Highland Village Day concert will be held on Aug. 7. The outdoor concert features fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, highland dancers, local musicians, such as The Boisdale Trio, Union Fire Pipes and Drums, and Sheumas, Kyle and Stewart MacNeil. The concert will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, children under 12 admitted free. The concert goes rain or shine. The Làithean Sona/Happy Days program is continued on Wednesdays in August from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children age eight to 12 are provided costumes as they live for a day in the life of Gaels carrying out chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Cost is $30 per child. Reservations are required. Na Deugairean/Living History for Youth is a similar program offered to teens age 13 to 17. Youth will participate in various activities that were appropriate for young Gaels to carry out. Na Deugairean is offered Aug. 5 and Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $30 per youth. Prepaid reservations are required. Every Friday in August, children are invited to take part in Spòrs, a morning of interactive games focusing on many aspects of basic Gaelic vocabulary and phrases. Spòrs is for children age five to 10 and runs from 10 a.m to noon. Admission is free. Candlelight Tours continue Aug. 12 and Aug. 16, with special guide Catherine Gillis providing an intimate evening storytelling tour of the living history museum. The tour will take place under a Cape Breton sunset overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students, and $28 for a family. Prepaid reservations are required. The Highland Village Museum and gift shop are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For information or to register for any of the events call 902-725-2272, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.highlandvillage.ca
Rabat – The Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA), chaired by Saudi sports official Turki Al Sheikh, has divided the Moroccan map into three parts, excluding Western Sahara from Morocco.The map, which has since been deleted from Twitter, showed the football clubs that qualified for the eighth round of the Zayed Champions Cup.The union had not divided the Moroccan map into two parts, but into three sections. The first part showed northern and central Morocco and part of the southern provinces. The second part showed Western Sahara, and the third section showed the regions east of Morocco’s defense wall claimed as “liberated zones” by the Polisario Front.Although the map is used by the United Nations and international NGOs, it is the first time UAFA used the map.Moroccan news outlets have been speculating how the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will respond to the map.The MAP displayed by UAFA excluded the Western Sahara from the Moroccan mapturkiUAFA deleted the post from their official Twitter account this morning.Intentional move?After Saudi Arabia’ provocative move to lobby against Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid, analysts have viewed Saudi moves as unfavorable to Morocco’s interests.Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia surprised Morocco when it lobbied for its economic ally, the US, to win the hosting rights, against Morocco.Morocco has an unfriendly history with Al Sheikh, the head of Saudi Arabia’s football federation, who expressed anti-Moroccan sentiments several times throughout the World Cup bid. Al Sheikh complained of Morocco’s neutral position on the Gulf crisis between Qatar and the Saudi-led coalition.Read Also: After 2026 World Cup Row, Al Sheikh Says Morocco Should Host CAN 2019Since the bid, Moroccan-Saudi relations have continued to be characterized by tension. King Mohammed VI’s neutrality in the Jamal Khashoggi case also angered Saudi Arabia.Several Arab countries used the slogan “Saudi Arabia is a red line,” when the international community suspected the involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist, inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.Morocco has remained neutral and has not stated any position on the case. King Mohammed VI, a government source told Morocco World News, also declined to personally receive bin Salman in Morocco when he was on a world tour in late November.Read Also: King Mohammed VI Snubs Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanThe King refused to receive bin Salman due to his “busy agenda” and suggested his brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, receive bin Salman instead. The crown prince then did not visit Morocco. The King’s decision might have flared the tension between the two countries.Bin Salman, who also visited Algeria, was surprised by a last minute decision from Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose office announced a change in his agenda at the last minute. Bouteflika’s office said that the president could not meet bin Salman due to “flu,” resulting in speculations that the Algerian president also refused to personally meet bin Salman.