Senior UN political official meets with Zimbabwean President

Haile Menkerios, Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, arrived in Harare yesterday for a five-day visit to Zimbabwe, which has been beset by deadly political violence since the first round of the presidential election on 29 March.Mr. Menkerios discussed the current political climate with Mr. Mugabe, according to a UN spokesperson. He also held talks with Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and he is expected to meet with leaders of other political parties and stakeholders during the remainder of his visit.In the run-off race, scheduled for 27 June, Mr. Mugabe will face Morgan Tsvangirai, a candidate from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), after the two men polled the highest number of votes in the first round.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour expressed shock late last month at reports that many MDC activists have been killed or injured in recent weeks and that human rights defenders and staff with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have also been harassed.UN humanitarian officials have also called on Zimbabwean authorities to rescind a decision to suspend all field operations by NGO aid groups. 17 June 2008A senior United Nations political envoy has held talks with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at the start of his visit to the Southern African country, aimed at reducing political tensions ahead of the run-off round of the presidential election later this month. read more

Worlds people must unite to address all extremism Annan tells Islamic summit

In remarks written for delivery to the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Mr. Annan said, “There is in too many places a feeling of rising hostility between Islam and the West. This is ugly, dangerous and wrong.” Mr. Annan was detained in New York “for very important discussions relating to Iraq, in which he is intimately involved,” a UN spokesman said. His remarks were delivered by Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “Violence has no place in any of the word’s great religions,” he said. “Therefore all governments must promote a continuing dialogue among civilizations – a dialogue based on the premise that diversity is a precious gift and not a threat, because diversity expresses the very wisdom of God.” Mr. Annan’s message to the ministerial-level meeting of the 57-member body also pointed to a history of distinguished achievements in politics, scholarship, philosophy, theology, literature, architecture, art, astronomy, medicine, mathematics and other sciences. “This rich history proves that there is nothing natural or inevitable about the sad state in which so much of the Islamic world finds itself today. The Muslim peoples are capable of much greater things – and they know it,” he said. “I am not a Muslim. But, like you all, I am a child of Abraham. I believe in and worship the same almighty God that you do…I care deeply about the fate of the Muslim people. I wish to speak to you with great respect, but directly, and from the heart.” He said that “Muslims are dismayed by the apparent inability of Islamic states to do much about problems” facing the Islamic world. “But we know that only when Muslims enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms, only when the Holy Quran is understood as enjoining education for all, and when the creative talents of so many Muslims, including women, is harnessed to develop the Muslim communities – only then will the Islamic world be able to assert its influence in shaping world events for the better,” Mr. Annan said. “The Islamic world has been traumatized, particularly in recent years, by the suffering of Muslims in many places,” he said. “Nowhere is that suffering more acute than in Palestine, where thousands have been killed. Muslims – and their Christian brothers and sisters too – suffer under a harsh and prolonged occupation, replete with collective punishment, the use of disproportionate military force, destruction of houses and crops, unjust expropriation and closures, illegal settlements and a fence being built on land that does not belong to the builders. “However,” he said, “suicide bombings, in which hundreds of Israeli civilians have been indiscriminately killed, are not acceptable. These acts of terrorism, abhorred and rejected by all of you, defile and damage even the most legitimate cause. They must be condemned and must be stopped.” read more

DR Congo Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer

“By impeding the United Nations human rights work, the Government is failing to uphold its obligations. Doing so can only be harmful for the country’s progress,” said Mr. Ban, according to astatementreleased by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson today. Respect for human rights is “absolutely essential” for long-term peace and stability in the DRC, Mr. Ban added, expressing deep concern for recent threats made against other staff of the Joint Office, in connection with their human rights work. The decision to declare Scott Campbell, the director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), persona non grata, or “unwelcome person”, was initially made public by the Ministry of the Interior on Thursday, a day after the release of a UN report detailing serious human rights violations by Congolese security forces, for which the Ministry is responsible. The decision was officially confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, despite a concerted effort by Martin Kobler, the Head of the UN mission in DRC (MONUSCO), which compiled the report jointly with the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), to persuade the Government to reconsider its decision. The UN chief today recalled how the Congolese people have suffered grave human rights violations. The Joint Office has, over the years, helped to document those crimes as it sought to promote and protect their rights, while strengthening justice and accountability. In keeping with the Human Rights Up Front Initiative – which seeks to prevent genocide and human rights violations– the Secretary-General reiterated that UN staff “must never be threatened or sanctioned for doing their work”. Their work in the country is based on the United Nations Charter and, in this instance, mandated by the Security Council. Expressing his full confidence in Mr. Campbell, the UN chief urged the Government of the DRC to reconsider its position on the expulsion and to take urgent action to address the threats against other staff. On Sunday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, also condemned the decision to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours and called for the threats against other human rights staff to end. “Not only has my highly experienced and respected representative in DRC, Scott Campbell, been told to leave, but two other staff working in his team have been seriously threatened in recent days. This is unacceptable,” declared Mr. Zeid inpress release. “With these acts of intimidation and reprisal, the Congolese authorities risk setting back years of strenuous efforts by UN human rights staff and some sectors of the Congolese authorities to assist victims of human rights violations and strengthen the rule of law,” Mr. Zeid added. According to the UN human rights office (OHCHR), Mr. Campbell left the DRC on Friday for long planned holidays. read more

Yemen Ongoing humanitarian crisis adding to migrants woes says UN migration agency

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), up to 12,000 migrants, every month, are arriving onto the shores of the Gulf of Aden country with hopes of making their way to Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had reported that, as of mid-November 2016, some 105,971 people – migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees – had arrived in Yemen from the Horn of Africa. Most of those coming were from Ethiopia (88,667) and Somalia (17,293). Women and children were at particular risk of sexual violence and human trafficking.Among its efforts to support both the internally displaced as well as migrants in Yemen, IOM has been running direct assistance programmes for displaced children, providing them with psychosocial support to ease the stress and effects of the conflict.It has also been running health clinics as well as operating mobile health teams in various locations in the country to deliver primary health care and provide referrals. These clinics also provide psychosocial support to those suffering from displacement and war traumas.In the midst of the situation in the conflict-affected country, a high-ranking IOM delegation recent visited Yemen to take stock of the conditions on the country.Speaking on the significance of the visit, IOM Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa, Carmela Godeau, said: “It is of utmost importance for IOM to understand the prevailing situation in the country, to help IOM at the global level to advocate for more assistance to the people suffering in Yemen.”The delegation also visited a settlement of displaced Yemenis in the capital Sana’a and met with organizations working to support them as well as held meetings with authorities.The agency said that the meetings led to a broader understanding of the situation, which in turn will facilitate preparations of its action plan for 2017. The visit also came ahead of the official launch of the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for the country, on 8 February 2017 in Geneva.The delegation’s visit to Sana’a was followed by a visit to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, where the head of IOM’s operations in Yemen, Laurent de Boeck, briefed officials and the donor community on IOM activities in Yemen. read more

UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in DPRK Iran Myanmar and Burundi

INSIDE THIS NEWS STORYNo ‘quick fixes’ in Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaVictims and people of Myanmar ‘deserve to know the truth’‘Near-complete impunity’ enjoyed by those responsible for rights violations in BurundiIran judiciary ‘neither independent nor free from influence’During the dialogues, member countries of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council – the highest intergovernmental forum on human rights within the UN system – discuss rights situation with delegations from a particular country on the Council’s agenda, as well as other Council members, officials of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts.The dialogue includes a presentation or a briefing on a report by the rights experts followed by discussions. No ‘quick fixes’ in Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaOn the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana highlighted that there were no “quick fixes or instant solutions” to tackle human rights abuses of the scope and nature that have been reported in the country for a long time. “The focus on developments in the political and military arenas should not shield ongoing violations from the scrutiny of this Council,” he said. “Nor should it prevent it from taking a leading role on inspiring and coordinating international action on this situation of great concern.” The rights expert also expressed particular concern over continuing escalation in hostilities on the Korean peninsula, including nuclear tests and missile launches, and underlined that such tensions only further isolated the country. RELATED: Latest ballistic launches by DPRK raise risk of regional arms race, Security Council warnsDrawing attention to last month’s killing of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un’s brother, Kim Jong Nam, in Kuala Lumpur, he urged all parties to cooperate in carrying out a transparent, independent and impartial investigation, as well as to observe guidelines regarding witness protection. “Should the investigation confirm the involvement of State actors, Mr. Kim Jong Nam would be a victim of an extrajudicial killing and measures would need to be taken to assign responsibilities and protect other persons from targeted killings,” he said. The rights expert also spoke of the humanitarian situation in the country including in response to the typhoon last year, the situation of migrant workers and labour issues, and on DPRK’s engagement with UN human rights mechanisms. The Special Rapporteur’s briefing was followed by an update from the Group of Independent Experts on Accountability designated pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 31/18 on the country. Victims and people of Myanmar ‘deserve to know the truth’Also today, Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar called for prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations into killings and other serious human rights violations in the country.In particular, she raised alarm over multiple cases in which civil society actors and human rights activists were killed for their work, including many who were killed in recent months, and that cases remained unresolved for years. A number of such cases related to vested commercial interests or the military, she said, underlining: “No stones must be left unturned. The alleged victims, as well as all the people of Myanmar, deserve to know the truth.” Further, recalling harrowing testimonies she heard from individuals who fled violence in Rakhine state, the UN rights expert called for a Commission of Inquiry into events that occurred there and continue to surface “increasingly and persistently”. In a report last month, OHCHR documented the violence in Rakhine and said that the widespread human rights violations against the Rohingya population by the security forces in the indicated the very likely commission of crimes against humanity. RELATED: UN report details ‘devastating cruelty’ against Rohingya population in Myanmar’s Rakhine stateIn her briefing, Ms. Lee also spoke of escalating conflict in Kachin (in Myanmar’s north-east) and Shan (in the east of the country) states and the resulting impact on civilians, and expressed concern that the UN and other international organizations have been “systematically denied” authorization to deliver vital since May 2016. Concluding her statement, the expert also welcomed some positive developments in the country, including increasing representation of women in discussions making up the peace process and called for the minimum level of 30 per cent across all groups to be reached at the next conference. Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, at a press briefing. UN Photo/Kim Haughton (file) Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran . UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras (file) ‘Near-complete impunity’ enjoyed by those responsible for rights violations in BurundiIn a separate dialogue, Fatsah Ouguergouz (Chair), Reine Alapini Gansou and Françoise Hampson, members of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Burundi presented their first oral briefing to the Council today, during which the experts expressed concern at “the scale and gravity of the human rights violations and abuses that have been brought to our attention.” On the basis of a first series of interviews held with a range of sources, they said the trends observed in 2015 and 2016 appear to be continuing, including persistent allegations of violations of the right to life and physical integrity, notably an increase in enforced disappearances. Arrests, particularly of people suspected of participating in opposition groups, continue to be reported, as do allegations of torture.The exercise of some civil liberties continues to be obstructed, especially following the adoption of restrictive new laws on non-governmental organizations. Most journalists, members of civil society and opposition parties who had fled in 2015 are still in exile, they added, also drawing attention to the practices of extortion and ransom, which appear to have increased following a weakening of the rule of law in the country. “We are particularly concerned by the near-complete impunity enjoyed by those responsible for these violations. Even when victims or witnesses are able to identify suspected perpetrators, cases of prosecution of State agents, or those who appear to have their support, are rare,” they stated and reiterated their call to the Burundi Government to cooperate with the Commission. Protestors raise their hands in front of police in the Musaga neighbourhood of Bujumbura, Burundi. Photo: IRIN/Phil Moore (file) Iranian judiciary ‘neither independent nor free from influence’In her briefing on the rights situation in Iran, Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir underlined the importance of the independence of lawyers and legal professionals to protect human rights and ensure a fair administration of justice. “[However] the judiciary in Iran is neither independent nor free from influence from the executive,” she said, noting concern that recent developments in this field, including a Bill, introduced last July, which, if adopted, could further undermine the independence of the lawyers. “Broad and vague definition of certain offences, disrespect for the right of any accused to be promptly informed about charges against them, preventing the accused from freely choosing their legal representation are all contributing factors to violations of the right to fair trial and due process of law,” she added. The Special Rapporteur also voiced concern over the use of torture and ill treatment, which remains legally condoned as well as a number of recent arrests of journalists, writers, social media activists and human rights defenders, in particular women’s rights activists, and called on the authorities take corrective measures. “I am disturbed by the level of fear of those who try to communicate with me. Several interlocutors living outside and inside the country expressed fear of reprisals against them or their family members living inside the country,” said Ms. Jahangir. RELATED: Halt imminent execution of juvenile offender, urge UN human rights experts In her briefing, the rights expert further spoke of a high number of executions in the country, including of juveniles executed once they turned 18; violence and harassment on religious grounds; and restrictions to women’s labour rights, sexual and reproductive health care services and their freedom of movement. UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

UN human rights chief fears world has grown numb to Syrian carnage

16 July, Maar Shurin, Idlib  21 July, Urum al-Jawz and Kafrouma, Idlib 24 July, Ariha, Muhambal and Tabish, Idlib,The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has documented the killing of at least 450 civilians, including the 91 by airstrikes over the past ten days, since the latest campaign by the Government and its allies in north-west Syria began more than three months ago. Ms. Bachelet said her staff is also continuing to gather information on three recent attacks, resulting in at least 11 civilian casualties, carried out by non-State armed groups on Government-controlled areas, in the town of Masyaf, in Hama on 21 July, and in the al-Hamadaniya and al-Jamiliya neighbourhoods of Aleppo city on 22 and 24 July.,Despite being the subject of the 2017 de-escalation agreement, and the 2018 de-militarized zone agreement, “Idlib and surrounding areas are witnessing a grave military escalation with dire human rights and humanitarian consequences for the millions of civilians trying to survive there,” according to Ms. Bachelet. She urged “influential parties”, including those that agreed to reduce hostilities as part of the de-escalation agreement, to “urgently use their influence” to halt the current military campaign and “bring the warring parties back to the negotiating table”. “It is essential that there is a cessation of hostilities in order to give the on-going political negotiations room to breathe”, the High Commissioner concluded. “The alternative is just more mindless death and destruction in a war without end.” 22 July, Saraqib, Idlib  “Despite repeated calls by the United Nations to respect the principle of precaution and distinction in their conduct of hostilities, this latest relentless campaign of airstrikes by the Government and its allies has continued to hit medical facilities, schools and other civilian infrastructure such as markets and bakeries,” said Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 🇸🇾 #Syria: Increasing airstrike casualties are being ignored.“This is a failure of leadership by the world’s most powerful nations, resulting in tragedy on such a vast scale that we no longer seem to be able to relate to it at all” – @mbachelet.🔗— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) July 26, 2019 Drawing attention to the death toll caused by a succession of airstrikes in Idlib and other parts of north-western Syria, she pointed out that “these are civilian objects,” and given the persistent pattern of such attacks “it seems highly unlikely” that they were all hit by accident.“Intentional attacks against civilians are war crimes, and those who have ordered them or carried them out are criminally responsible for their actions,” underscored the High Commissioner.As a result of airstrikes over the past 10 days alone, eight locations in Idlib and two in rural Aleppo have witnessed civilian casualties, resulting in at least 103 civilian deaths, including some 26 children. Ms. Bachelet expressed concern that the continued carnage in Syria “is no longer on the international radar.”“Several hundreds of thousands of children, women and men have been killed in Syria since 2011,” she flagged. “So many that it is no longer even possible to give a credible estimate.” During the early years of this “murderous conflict”, when the casualties were in the tens, then hundreds, then thousands, the human rights chief said that “the world showed considerable concern about what was happening.”  “Now, airstrikes kill and maim significant numbers of civilians several times a week, and the response seems to be a collective shrug, with the Security Council paralyzed by the persistent failure of its five Permanent Members to agree to use their power and influence to stop the fighting and killing once and for all,” Ms. Bachelet bemoaned, saying this “failure of leadership by the world’s most powerful nations” has resulted “in tragedy on such a vast scale that we no longer seem to be able to relate to it at all.”,Recent attacks 22 July, Ma’arat al-Nu’man, Idlib  read more

Mens basketball Ohio State pulls out ugly win over NC Central Tate

OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks for an open teammate during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team opened up its 2016-17 home schedule on Monday night against the North Carolina Central Eagles out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In front of a crowd that seemed to be less than the 9,787 reported people in attendance, the Buckeyes underwhelmed in what many thought would be an easy blowout victory.OSU won Monday night’s affair versus the Eagles 69-63 in what was a flashback to the 2015-16 team that strung together several games of uninspired play. OSU was still able to come away with a victory in a game that looked similar to last season’s early losses to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech. However, there were hardly any positives other than it was a win. The performance was so discouraging that junior forward Jae’Sean Tate offered an apology to the Buckeye faithful after the game.“We didn’t come ready to play today,” Tate said. “This one is on us, as the players. We didn’t come out like we had practiced. I apologize to Buckeye Nation and we’re going to try our best to go out there on Thursday and play as hard as we can.”After Friday’s season-opening victory in Annapolis, Maryland, against Navy, OSU coach Thad Matta said that there were times in which he could tell his players weren’t “thinking the game.” Monday at the Schottenstein Center was a bit more concerning to Matta, who said he couldn’t pinpoint the reason behind the absence of a competitive mindset.“We, for whatever reason, we weren’t thinking. Some things happened that I’ve never seen happen before in terms of 38 practices,” he said. “We weren’t mentally and physically very tough. We obviously got to get that corrected.”In the Navy game, the Buckeyes struggled at times to figure out the Midshipmen’s zone defense. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams, sophomore point guard C.J. Jackson and redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson all came off the bench and provided a spark that ignited a sluggish offense.On Monday against NC Central, the difficulties against a zone were still present, but the bench was not there to boost the OSU attack. Williams scored 23 points in the first game of the season, including 5-for-6 from 3-point land. It took him until 6:24 remaining in the second half for him to cash in his first 3-point bucket of the game. He scored just nine points in 31 minutes.Thompson grabbed seven rebounds and scored six points in 17 minutes and was a factor in the second half. However, the amount of dispassionate play on defense left much to be desired after 40 minutes.Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop followed up his 14-point, 14-rebound game against Navy with just nine points and two rebounds on Monday night. After the game, Matta said that Bates-Diop had been out of practice for the past two days with an illness, which contributed to his lack of production.Without Bates-Diop and senior forward Marc Loving, who sat with foul trouble for much of the game, OSU couldn’t produce a lot of offense against several zone and man-to-man looks NC Central threw at the Buckeyes.“We did some things that were so uncharacteristic … we never had that flow,” Matta said. “We got work to do.”With OSU up 12, Jackson made a steal off of an inbounds pass and patiently waited for Williams to dart down the lane. Williams bobbled the pass and his shot was blocked, which turned into a transition three on the other end. NC Central guard Patrick Cole then hit another three on the next possession, trimming the lead to six for OSU. Cole torched the Scarlet and Gray with 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting.Another major factor was free-throw shooting. OSU shot just 11-for-23 from the line, including 1-for-4 down the stretch.Jackson played more minutes than sophomore starting point guard JaQuan Lyle for a second straight game. Lyle had a minus-six plus-minus rating while Jackson had a plus-three. Jackson had eight assists compared to just two from Lyle.Matta said that before Thursday’s game against Providence, there could be a few changes in the lineup. For Tate, he knows that OSU can’t win many games based on its play on Monday.“We just got to make sure it’s not a repeat of last year. We can’t be lackadaisical. We got to be the first team to punch the other in the mouth.” read more

GDF rank reputed husband arrested after discovery of unlicensed pistol

A 34-year-old woman attached to the Guyana Defence Force and her 32-year-old reputed husband –said to be a taxi driver-  are presently in police custody following the discovery of an unlicensed pistol in their Better Hope, East Coast Demerara home on Tuesday evening.Police information revealed that an intelligence led operation conducted by ranks attached to the Guyana Police Force’s Narcotics Branch at Latchmie Street, Better Hope, ECD has resulted in the discovery of an unlicensed 9mm pistol with seven (7) matching rounds in the house the duo shared.In addition, a matching 9mm spent shell was also found in the yard.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops arrest 4 over discovery of unlicensed gun, ammo …in separate incidentsMay 14, 2018In “Crime”1 in custody over discovery of firearm, ammo at ItaballiMarch 21, 2016In “Crime”Suspect in murder of miner, shooting of baby & mother arrestedJuly 7, 2015In “Crime” read more

Global gold output to hit record highs in 20192020

first_imgAlthough gold production grew for nine consecutive years to reach an all-time high in 2017, and is expected to rise further to new highs in 2019-2020, the mid-term outlook for some key countries is set to slump to generational lows, according to the newly published S&P Global Market Intelligence Gold Pipeline annual report.Chris Galbraith, analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence, says: “With many new operations ramping up and a steady stream of assets progressing toward production, we project further production increases through 2020 to as much as 111.7 Moz before falling output at existing operations outpaces new growth in 2021.“However, we do not see growth across the board. In the case of Australia, despite production being on track to hit a 26-year high of 10.2 Moz in 2019, we estimate that Australian gold production will start to decline thereafter. We are forecasting a 9% fall year over year in 2020, and we expect country’s production to reach a generational low of 6.8 Moz by 2022, a 33% drop within only three years.”Key findings from the Gold Pipeline report:Following the growth of global gold production for a ninth consecutive year in 2017, reaching an all-time high of 106.5 Moz: S&P Global Market Intelligence expect production to rise further this year to 108 MozProject further production increases through 2020 to as much as 111.7 Moz before falling output at existing operations outpaces new growth in 2021Current operations to fall short of 2017 production by as much as 3% and by almost 15% by 2022 – due to depletion or production decreasing due to falling gradesGrowing Canadian production outpaces all other jurisdictions: strongest growth expected to come from Canada – with potential increase of 62% above 2017 productionAustralia and Peruvian production to drop the most by 2022.Indicators point to a decline in Australia after 2019 highs attributable to the short mine lives of the recent start-ups and some significant mines approaching the end of their life. S&P Global Market Intelligence also expects Peru’s output to contract as no new gold mines have begun production since early 2017.West Africa continues to rise in production league tables as the world’s second largest gold producer after China with a healthy pipeline.Pipeline looking less golden in longer term: Global discovery rates have fallen – with some projects in the pipeline facing significant delays. As a result, the pool of potential assets for development looks very limited.last_img read more

Kerry councillor apologises to colleague for telling her to dye your hair

first_img 30,599 Views By Cianan Brennan Share157 Tweet Email5 Feb 20th 2018, 4:11 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 63 Comments Kerry councillor apologises to colleague for telling her to ‘dye your hair blonde’ in order to be noticed The exchange came during yesterday’s meeting of Kerry’s 33-member county council. John Sheahan (l), chair of Kerry County Council Source: Twitter/Kerry County CouncilTHE CHAIRMAN OF Kerry County Council has apologised to a fellow councillor for what he has now described as an “inappropriate spur-of-the-moment” comment.John Sheahan told his fellow councillor, Fine Gael’s Aoife Thornton, that “the only thing now is (to) dye the hair blonde” after Thornton had struggled to gain speaking time at a meeting of Kerry County Council yesterday.Thornton claimed she had been repeatedly ignored when trying to have her voice heard at the meeting of the 33-member council regarding the state of the roads in her locality, and had even taken the trouble to wear a yellow jacket in order to be noticed.Speaking to Kerry Today with Jerry O’Sullivan on Radio Kerry this morning, Sheahan apologised for what he had said, but asserted that he feels he “did nothing wrong”.“But I certainly have no problem apologising to Aoife because I’d hate to think I would do anything to hurt or upset people, that’s not me,” Sheahan said.Women have a tough deal in politics and we have some great female politicians on Kerry County Council, who are very articulate and well able to do their job. I didn’t take the joke as an insult, although I would have to say it was not appropriate.“I feel I did nothing wrong,” Sheahan said in response. “But I certainly have no problem apologising to Aoife.”Read: You’re going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from AprilRead: White House visit: Simon Coveney to brief Trump administration on Northern Ireland Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 4:11 PM Short URL ChallengeThey do their job very well and hopefully we’ll see more of them in the future.Sheahan added that the meeting had been “very busy” and said that it had been a challenge to get through the agenda while being fair to all the councillors.When asked would he have made his comments to a man he said “that’s a very good question”.“I don’t usually go around commenting on men’s hair. If I could take it back I would.”He said it had been a “humorous comment” made in an attempt to move the meeting along and that nothing further had been meant by it.Speaking to the same programme, Thornton later said “I wasn’t happy, I don’t think it was appropriate” regarding Sheahan’s comment.“Having said that I’ve sat beside John for many years on the council and we have a good working relationship,” she said, adding that she accepted Sheahan’s apology.We did have a very busy meeting yesterday… but in saying that I wasn’t happy at not being able to speak, but this is politics.last_img read more

The daughter from familys viral BBC interview keeps stealing the show

first_img Mar 16th 2017, 10:27 AM Share Tweet Email4 Short URL Source: Elena Cresci/Twitter The daughter from family’s viral BBC interview keeps stealing the show Long may it continue. 33 Comments “We love our children very much, and we’re happy that our family blooper, our error there on television brought so much laughter to so many people.” Long may it continue. Here’s an introduction to the family from immediately after the interview going viral. Source: BBC News/YouTubeRead: The family at the centre of THAT viral interview are back for another oneRead: The BBC Dad’s daughter once again stole the show at her family’s press conference yesterday “WE THOUGHT IT was a disaster”, said Professor Robert Kelly, talking about the interview that was gatecrashed by his young daughter and son almost a week ago.“I communicated immediately to the BBC afterwards I apologised to them. I said that if they never called us back or never asked me to be on television again I would completely understand. And I had assumed that this would end any television appearances, that people would see this as widely unprofessional and no one would ever call me again and I’d never speak on television again.The opposite has happened actually. But people are falling more for Kelly’s daughter than anyone else.Yesterday, Kelly and his family held a press conference in Pusan National University and once again, Marion, his daughter, stole the show. Source: R. Eric Thomas/Twitter If she isn’t President of Earth by the time I’m 80, I’ll be bitterly disappointed.— David Llewellyn (@TheDaiLlew) March 15, 2017 BBC interview kid has just been cast as Commissioner Gordon in the new Batman movie.— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) March 15, 2017 By Gráinne Ní Aodha 34,947 Views Source: David Llewellyn/Twitter BBC kid should be the next Doctor Who imo— Elena Cresci (@elenacresci) March 15, 2017 Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 10:27 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Alisson undergoing Liverpool medical

first_imgAlisson’s proposed move to Liverpool appears to be edging ever closer with the Brazilian now undergoing a medical after arriving in EnglandThe Reds have managed to agree on a £66m deal with AS Roma for Alisson, which will make him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.The 25-year-old had previously been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but it appears Liverpool have got their man with Los Blancos now setting their sights on Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Gianluca Di Marzio have now reported that Alisson has been doing his medical since this morning and once those tests are complete he will then travel to Melwood to sign his contract.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Ahead of his anticipated move, Alisson had sent a message to Roma fans before he boarded the plane to the UK on Wednesday from the Ciampino Airport.“I want to say thanks to Roma fans. Now it’s time for a new adventure.”An official announcement from either Liverpool or Roma may come either today or tomorrow.Alisson will then likely link up with his new teammates at Liverpool’s four-day training camp in France ahead of their friendly against Napoli in Dublin on August 4.last_img read more

Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day

first_img May 27, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During his three decade long career, he oversaw hundreds of missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines for Navy SEAL Team Seven.Retired Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Larry Wilske joined KUSI to talk about Memorial Day.Related Stories:Hundreds attended the 119th Memorial Day ceremony at Fort RosecransSan Diegans attend Memorial Day observance at Mt. SoledadSpecial Memorial Day service held in Coronado today Posted: May 27, 2019 Updated: 7:33 PM KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Many of us don’t understand the danger special warfare operators are put in because their missions are usually classified.Retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief Thom Frew joined KUSI to talk about what Memorial Day means to him. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

ASA Hails Barge Fuel Increase to Fund WaterwaysCalls for LongerTerm Solution with

first_imgAs part of H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 404-17, a provision to increase the barge fuel fee to fund needed waterways infrastructure projects. American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser expressed ASA’s appreciation for the fee, which is supported by those in the waterways industry.“The nine-cent increase in the per-gallon barge fuel fee is something that is supported not only by the nation’s soybean farmers, but also by the commercial barge and towing operators who pay it. We all support this as a way to dedicate funds to new waterways infrastructure construction and major rehabilitation of the inland waterways system through the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. We are pleased that the House passed this provision, and we call on the Senate to quickly do the same.”In response to the House passage of a short-term extension of several key tax credits, the ASA expressed both its appreciation for a fix in the near term, and disappointment in the absence of a longer-term solution. Gaesser used the opportunity to call on Congress to redouble its efforts to pass a longer-term tax extenders package.“ASA first and foremost supports a long-term extension of several of the items included in today’s short-term fix. These initiatives include the dollar-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, expensing for farm equipment and infrastructure under the Section 179 expensing provision, and bonus depreciation on farm assets. Such an approach provides greater certainty and a more stable climate for the farmers and producers who make use of these programs, and we were very disappointed that agreement was not reached on a broader measure. That said, we support the House’s passage of their short-term extension in the absence of a more permanent solution. While it remains only a stopgap measure, we hope that the Senate will take up and pass it quickly. At that point, we urge both chambers to join together and tackle the work of extending these critical tax incentives for the long term.”last_img read more

IEC very very close to securing new home for PokerStars LIVE Macau

first_img World Poker Tour announces 2019 “Asia Swing” in Vietnam, Japan and Korea Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Those plans incorporate Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia among others, while Choi also confirmed that Macau formed part of IEC’s PokerStars deal.“We are very, very close,” he said. “Because it’s not finalized yet, I can only say that I’m positive to have a substitute for City of Dreams soon.”Choi added that the room would likely be considerably smaller than its former home at City of Dreams, with no more than 10 tables for most of the year. More tables would be added for major tournaments. PokerStars LIVE Macau has traditionally been home to four of the region’s biggest events including the Macau Poker Cup, APPT Macau, the Macau Millions and the Asia Championships of Poker (ACOP).Choi also told PokerNews of his desire to launch a PokerStars LIVE poker room in Tokyo, despite live cash games remaining illegal in Japan.“I’ve been there many times and they are just obsessed with the game without having to play for a reward,” he said.In the more immediate future, Korea and Vietnam are in Choi’s sights.“Besides Macau, we are also exploring Korea,” he said. “That will be our next target. There’s a big casino there with 3,000 rooms that opened up last month. There’s another one opening in Vietnam, opening in 2019, that I’m looking at.“So there are a lot of options in Asia and we’re looking at several opportunities in several Asian countries.”The Stars Group confirmed to Inside Asian Gaming (IAG) last week that it had reached an agreement with IEC “to license the PokerStars brand for land-based live events and poker rooms across Asia. IEC, a publicly listed company, will hold the sole and exclusive rights to run PokerStars branded events in certain Asian countries as mutually agreed by The Stars Group and IEC, which will be operated through a subsidiary.”Representatives from Melco Resorts and Entertainment recently told IAG that the company planned to turn the former PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at City of Dreams into junket rooms. RelatedPosts International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) boss Stanley Choi says that he is “very, very close” to securing a new home for live PokerStars branded events in Macau after the former PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at City of Dreams closed down last month.In a lengthy interview with PokerNews, Choi – the Hong Kong businessman and high stakes poker player who took control of IEC last year – revealed his grand plans for poker in Asia following the announcement last week that IEC had signed a collaboration agreement with The Stars Group to operate land-based live events and poker rooms under the branding of PokerStars in certain Asian countries. World Poker Tour to hold inaugural WPT Cambodia at NagaWorld in November Load Morelast_img read more

City commuters face long tailbacks

first_imgAwami League’s leaders and activists are heading towards the 7 March rally spot, occupying a city street in Bangla Motor area, Dhaka. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe commuters of Dhaka city have been facing massive traffic gridlocks since Wednesday morning as the ruling Awami League is observing 7 March.The scarcity of buses on the streets has been acute, leaving city people to immense suffering.The Awami League and its affiliated organisations are celebrating the day after UNESCO recognised Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic 7 March speech as an important documentary heritage.Tuhin Shuvra, an official of a private firm, said he was traveling from the city’s Farmgate to the High Court area, but the bus hardly moved in the last half an hour. “It seems that I have to walk to my destination,” said a frustrated Shuvra.The commuters face huge traffic congestion on the Dhakastreets. Photo: Prothom AloDuring a visit to the Mohammadpur bus-stop, one of the busiest bus-stops in the city, the Prothom Alo reporter found few buses there.Some workers of Taranga Plus Paribahan on Mohammadpur-Rampura route said five buses of their company were given for the Awami League rally.Workers of Meshkat Paribahan also said the same.“We have released fewer buses today. The Paltan road has already been closed. The Manik Mia Avenue will also be shut down soon. Thus, we will not release any bus after 2:00pm.”The reporter saw many commuters were waiting for the buses at the bus-stop while the buses were moving very slowly on the city streets.last_img read more

No 5 Louisville Rolls Past Robert Morris 6934

first_img Postgame Quotes Story Links Photo Gallery Box Score (PDF) Norman Postgame Video LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Asia Durr and Sam Fuehring each had 19 points, and top-seeded Louisville scored 27 straight points in the first half to overwhelm 16th-seeded Robert Morris 69-34 on Friday.The absences of suspended head coach Jeff Walz and injured point guard Arica Carter didn’t affect the Cardinals (30-3). They led 32-4 early in the second quarter by holding the Colonials scoreless for nearly 15 minutes. Robert Morris (22-11) missed 17 consecutive shots during that drought before making three of five entering halftime, but the game was out of reach by then.Though it wasn’t Louisville’s first time this season without Walz calling plays, this was the NCAA Tournament and the Cardinals are a No. 1 seed for the second consecutive spring. They ended up showing their depth, chemistry and execution.”There was no pressure at all,” said Durr, who was 6 of 12 from the field with three 3-pointers. ”We have to coach ourselves. We did a great job of playing as a team. Our defense was really good. They (the Colonials) really didn’t like the pressure. I think we took that next step. I’m very proud of our team.”Louisville also shot 48 percent in bouncing back from its Atlantic Coast Conference championship loss to Notre Dame. Fuehring made all nine shots from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds.Dana Evans came off the bench to score 13 points and Bionca Dunham had 10 points and seven rebounds for Louisville, which outrebounded Robert Morris 47-28.The Cardinals will face the winner between No. 8 seed Michigan and No. 9 Kansas State in the second round.Natalie Villaflor had 13 points and Nneka Ezeigbo nine for the Colonials, who had won their last four games. Ezeigbo also had nine rebounds.NO QUITThough the outcome was essentially decided in the first quarter, Robert Morris kept pushing the ball and firing away until something fell. Irekpitan Ozzy-Momodu’s layup with 3:37 remaining before halftime finally broke the scoreless stretch and was cheered by Louisville fans.”We didn’t get off to the best start finishing shots we normally make,” Robert Morris coach Charlie Buscaglia said. ”I’m proud of the way we finished the game, we never lacked effort going against Louisville.”LINEUP CHANGESMykasa Robinson made her second start this season for Louisville and had three points, three assists and two points in 27 minutes. Forward Kylee Shook had five rebounds and four points in her first start. The Cardinals used 10 players despite missing Carter, who cheered teammates with her injured knee taped.BIG PICTURERobert Morris: The Colonials started OK with consecutive baskets by center Ezeigbo, the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and tournament MVP. In fact, they frequently created good looks and maintained a fast pace despite trailing big. The cold start was just too much to overcome as they finished 23 percent from the field and scored a season low in points.Louisville: While the Cardinals weren’t perfect by any stretch, they gave Walz something to like from the outside looking in. Acting coach Stephanie Norman was able to clear the bench before halftime, Fuehring appeared healed following an ankle injury and the Cardinals quickly seized opportunities to build a safe cushion throughout.”Our team really, really played good defense,” Norman said. ”We got valuable minutes from a lot of people. It was a great (that) our young players could get experience early.”Print Friendly Version Players Postgame Video last_img read more

Two arrested from Siliguri over gold smuggling

first_imgSiliguri: Two persons arrested in connection with gold smuggling were produced at Additional Chief Judidical Magistrate (ACJM) Court in Siliguri on Friday. They had been arrested by the sleuths of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and gold worth around Rs 2 crores was seized from them.DRI sleuths arrested the duo from Pradhannagar area of Siliguri on Thursday. Around 2 kg 308 gm of gold with markings of a foreign country was recovered from the possession of Nagendoseyanam (29) and Kapliyasanga (20). They are the residents of Mizoram. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Preliminary investigations have revealed that the gold was routed in from China through the Indo-Myanmar border in Mizoram. The smugglers had planned to get a bus to Kolkata from the Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus in Siliguri. They had already fixed up a customer in Kolkata,” stated Tridib Saha, lawyer representing the DRI.The plans of the alleged smugglers were foiled. Working on a tip off, the DRI officers raided the lodge, where the two had put up in Siliguri. Investigations are on.Siliguri is fast emerging as a gold smuggling corridor with its close proximity to international borders and is also the gateway to North East.Gold from China is being smuggled into Siliguri through Bhutan and Indo-Myanmar border in North East India. From Siliguri, the smuggled gold makes its way to different parts of the country.last_img read more