African Union UN name joint envoy to spearhead peacekeeping force in Darfur

Rodolphe Adada, 61, has been appointed Joint AU-UN Special Representative for Darfur, according to a statement issued by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré. Mr. Adada will have overall authority over the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur, oversee the implementation of its mandate and be responsible for its management and functioning. The new mission, which is expected to deploy about 17,000 troops and 3,000 police officers, will be the final phase in a three-step process in which the UN is supporting and enhancing the existing but under-resourced AU peacekeeping mission to Darfur, known as AMIS. Most of the troops in the hybrid force will be African. As part of the first phase, known as the “light support package,” the UN handed over medical support items ranging from a fully equipped ambulance to pharmaceutical products such as drugs and vaccines to AMIS. Today’s announcement about Mr. Adada referred to the conclusions reached by the UN, the AU and the Sudanese Government at a high-level meeting in Addis Ababa in mid-November last year and endorsed subsequently by the AU and Khartoum. The UN and AU have stepped up their peacemaking efforts over the past year amid mounting international concern at the situation inside Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others forced to flee their homes since 2003. Mr. Ban has described Darfur as the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and the conflict between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias – notorious for their attacks on civilians – and rebel groups has threatened to spill into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). The individual Special Envoys of the UN and the AU for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, respectively, are scheduled to arrive in Khartoum today for a two-day visit, their third to the country as part of their joint efforts to revitalize the political process. Before the visit to Khartoum, the two envoys travelled to Cairo for talks with the Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa. 8 May 2007The United Nations and the African Union (AU) announced today that the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo will be their new joint envoy for Darfur and will also head up the proposed hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission to the war-torn Sudanese region. read more

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Not enough has been done Flaherty slams European leaders lack of action

Der Spiegel names Europe’s 10 most dangerous politicians OTTAWA — The leaders of the world’s most important economies left the G20 summit in Mexico this June professing a newfound confidence that Europe would finally take bold action to get its economic house in order.Two months later, the 17-member eurozone’s economy remains anemic, with no end in sight to the continent’s debt crisis.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is among those lamenting Europe’s lack of action to contain its financial woes.“Not enough has been done,” Flaherty said Wednesday. “They need to do much more.”Some necessary steps have been taken, particularly by the European Central Bank, he said. But the finance minister stressed the need for more action.[np-related]“We have been clear for several years that not only should the European countries take overwhelming, concerted action to take control of the situation,” Flaherty said, “but also that the European countries themselves have more than adequate resources to do so.”Charting a course for the economy will be on the finance minister’s to-do list when he meets business leaders, academics and other experts over the next two days during his annual summer retreat in Wakefield, Que.Flaherty’s comments about Europe’s lack of action come as Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Ottawa.Up for discussion between the two leaders will be the free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union that Harper’s Conservative government hopes to ink before the end of the year.At some point, talk will undoubtedly turn to Europe’s debt crisis.The Conservatives have been adamant that Canada will not contribute to a global bailout package through the International Monetary Fund.It really is up to them to deal with this issue. This is a European issue. It is the euro, is the currencyFlaherty reiterated that position Wednesday, but he also showed frustration with the Europeans for not taking what he said are clear steps to remedy their economic woes.“My European colleagues and I speak, and I know them all well,” he said.“It really is up to them to deal with this issue. This is a European issue. It is the euro, is the currency. The European Central Bank is the European Central Bank. And just as I would not expect them to try to indicate to me how we should deal with the Bank of Canada, or how we should deal with our own issues here in Canada, similarly it’s up to them to deal with those issues.”The solution and the road forward is very clear, he added.“They need to re-capitalize banks and they need to deal with the sovereign debt situation. We’ve known this for several years now, which makes it rather frustrating at the end of the day, quite frankly.”The Canadian Press read more

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UN feeds droughtstricken Somalis threatened by famine

“We have managed to reach nearly 77,000 people affected by the most severe drought in the region for more than 20 years,” said WFP Somalia country director Robert Hauser. “We targeted those least able to cope – malnourished children, the destitute, the disabled and the aged.”In this first round of emergency food distributions WFP has delivered 732 tons of mixed food commodities, enough to last a month, to 39 villages in Somaliland – 15 of them through the Puntland port of Bossaso. The Sool and Sanaag districts were the worst affected.Humanitarian access to the region has been guaranteed following extensive discussions of security issues between WFP and the administrations of Somaliland and Puntland. These negotiations have also opened up access for other humanitarian agencies.Ironically, WFP’s operation was hampered by unusual rains that fell on Somalia at the beginning of December, when food delivery trucks were periodically stuck in mud.”Thirty-two of the 39 villages we assisted were hit by the rain, but it was too late to relieve the food situation,” Mr. Hauser said. “The downpour brought temporary relief to the water shortages, but 80 per cent of the livestock the people here depend on have already died.”WFP requires 14,912 tons of food, worth about $ 11.5 million, for the drought emergency and other projects in Somalia until the end of 2004. read more

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UN strongly condemns Afghan civilian deaths caused by improvised explosive devices

Six women, two girls, two boys, and two male drivers were killed in the incident in Giro district, according to a press statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).The Mission noted that IEDs used by anti-government elements is the leading cause of civilian deaths and injuries this year. It has documented 312 civilian deaths and 695 civilians injured by these weapons between 1 January and 22 May. Of these, 104 civilians were killed and 118 injured by pressure-plate IEDs, a 39 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2013. “Rising civilian casualties in 2014 from IEDs, particularly indiscriminate pressure-plate IEDs, is extremely disturbing,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan. “I reiterate UNAMA’s call to all anti-government elements to cease using these terrible weapons which have devastating consequences for civilians.” The Mission stressed that the use of indiscriminate victim-activated IEDs – which function like massive anti-personnel landmines – may amount to a war crime and is a serious violation of international humanitarian law which binds all parties – including anti-government elements – to the armed conflict in Afghanistan. read more

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Ohio State baseball falls to Iowa via walkoff blast in Big Ten

Strong pitching may have highlighted the first-round Big Ten tournament matchup between Ohio State and Iowa, but it was a pair of big blasts that decided the contest.Iowa senior infielder Nick Day hit a two-out, two-run homer off Ohio State senior closer Trace Dempsey to deliver a 3-2 victory for the second-seeded Hawkeyes at Target Field in Minneapolis.Dempsey retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth in short order but walked pinch hitter Eric Schenck-Joblinske to put the winning run at the plate in Day.Day’s heroics came shortly after OSU senior outfielder Pat Porter hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to put OSU up 2-1.OSU sophomore right-hander Travis Lakins and Iowa junior right-hander Tyler Peyton battled deep into the game, with Iowa scoring early and OSU answering late.The Hawkeyes got on the board in the second inning, when a walk and single to start the inning set up a sacrifice bunt and RBI groundout.Lakins would settle in from there, not allowing a run the rest of the way, but OSU was unable to break through against Peyton — until the top of the seventh.OSU chased Peyton after tying the game with a double and single to lead off the inning putting runners on the corners. Freshman outfielder Tre’ Gantt then tied the game with a sacrifice fly.OSU continued to threaten in the inning with two runners on against Iowa reliever Nick Hibbing, but the senior retired sophomore infielder L Grant Davis and sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery to get out of the jam and keep the game tied.After Lakins got out of the bottom of the frame after allowing a leadoff hit, Porter blasted a one-out pitch from Hibbing over the right-field wall at Target Field in the following inning.Porter had three hits in four at-bats on the afternoon. Junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff also had multiple hits for the Buckeyes.Lakins, after giving up 19 runs in his previous three starts, was much better Wednesday, throwing eight innings of one-run ball. He allowed six hits and struck out six.OSU has now lost nine of 10 conference games. It was the first meeting between OSU and Iowa this season.Prior to the game, Michigan defeated Indiana 4-1 to advance to the winner’s bracket. As a result, the Buckeyes will face the Hoosiers, who swept them last weekend, in the loser’s bracket, with the loser being knocked out of the tournament.OSU’s contest against Indiana is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Target Field. Senior left-hander Ryan Riga is set to get the start for the Buckeyes. read more

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Beatrice and Eugenie discuss life in public eye Its tough being a

It is hard to be a working princess – especially in the age of Instagram. That is the message from Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, in a rare interview providing a glimpse into their “real” lives. The Queen’s granddaughters said the time felt right to “share our world” in a candid chat about life as young royals. “It’s hard to navigate situations like these because there is no precedent, there is no protocol,” said Princess Beatrice. They spoke to Vogue magazine and posed for an accompanying fashion shoot at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, residence of their father, the Duke of York.  “We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses,… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Man who beat wife with rolling pin jailed for 18 months

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKitty man accused of beating wife with pipe granted bailJune 11, 2018In “Court”Dataram gets 4 years for ammo possession, wife freedJanuary 19, 2017In “Court”24 months jail for intruder who fell asleep during robberyJuly 9, 2018In “Court” A man who claimed that he beat his wife with a rolling pin after he found out about an alleged affair was jailed for 18 months when he appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts earlier today (Monday).Forty-three-year-old, Collin Millington admitted to committing the offence on May 5 2018.It is alleged that he unlawfully wounded his wife at their Austin Street, Campbellville Georgetown home.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the defendant is in the habit of beating his wife when angered. On the day of the beating, the man got wind of an affair that his wife was allegedly having and as such he picked up a rolling pin from the kitchen and dealt the woman several lashes to her body.The matter was reported to the Police and Millington was arrested and charged. He reportedly told Police that he should have beat the woman more severely.As such he was jailed by Latchman. read more

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Muslim spokesperson apologises for saying its acceptable for girls to undergo FGM

first_imgMuslim spokesperson apologises for saying it’s acceptable for girls to undergo FGM “I condemn FGM in the strongest terms.” By Hayley Halpin 109 Comments Feb 15th 2018, 5:30 PM Share449 Tweet Email Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3854030 DR ALI SELIM, a leading figure in the Irish Muslim community, has apologised for his comments last week in which he claimed female genital mutilation is acceptable in some cases.Last week, Selim told Prime Time that if a parent wants their daughter to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), then they should seek the advice of their doctors as it can be necessary for medical reasons.“We see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision. It might be needed for one person and not another, and it has to be done by a doctor and practised in a safe environment,” Selim said last Thursday.Since then, Selim’s comments have come under sharp criticism from various quarters, with healthcare professionals, family organisations, and activists campaigning against the FGM culture refuting his claims.Last night, Selim spoke on TV3′s Pat Kenny Show to clarify his comments.“I condemn FGM in the strongest terms. I admit that I caused confusion based on my misunderstanding of the term [circumcision] and I do apologise for this,” Selim said.“I’m not a medical doctor. I’m not a native speaker of English either. My English is really good but definitely sometimes it lets me down,” he said.He told Kenny that he was out of his comfort zone and “misunderstood the terms as medical experts would use them”. Dr Ali Selim FGM has no religious foundation. It is a cultural practice practiced by Muslims and non-Muslims in the past and until today’s time. I definitely support the ban of that.The Irish College of General Practitioners and other medical organisations have clarified that there is no medical reason for FGM and it should never be done. The World Health Organisation has also condemned the “medicalisation” of FGM.BacklashSelim is an Arabic lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. Since his remarks last week, there has been a significant amount of backlash from the student population and the university said it would provide students with an alternative lecturer than Selim if they wished.Reacting to this, Selim said: “I think Trinity College is run by very wise people and I think they will take the right decisions in the best interests of our students and anything in the best interests of our students I support.”Selim also confirmed that he would not be resigning as spokesperson for the Islamic Cultural Centre.Earlier this week, the Islamic Centre of Ireland (ICI) issued a fatwa to unequivocally condemn female genital mutilation.The fatwa – which is a ruling on a given topic based on interpretation of the sources of Islamic law – was signed by the head imam of the ICI Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri.He said that FGM in all its forms is “religiously impermissible and sinful”.Selim address the issuing of the fatwa on the talk show last night.Speaking to Kenny, he said: “My understanding of fatwa is an Islamic rule issued by an Islamic scholar and Muslim scholars if they issue a fatwa we have to ask questions about that. Are they qualified to issue a fatwa and their qualification means they have to be qualified, ie. have a degree in Islam.”When asked if he would issue a fatwa against FGM as Dr Al-Qadri has done, Selim said:“I see it as an un-Islamic practice and I condemn it.”On the public reaction to his comments, Selim said: “I do not release the Irish media to contributing to a large extent of this misunderstanding… Thousands of articles [sic] have been written so far but I was only contacted by three journalists, three people only spoke to me and asked for clarification.”Read: Muslim spokesman criticised for saying it’s acceptable for girls to undergo FGMMore: ‘Harmful and sinful’: Islamic Centre of Ireland issues fatwa against female genital mutilation Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,690 Views Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 5:30 PM Dr Ali Selim Image: TV3 player Image: TV3 playerlast_img read more

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2 killed 1 injured in Portland stabbing person in custody

first_imgPORTLAND — Two people died Friday and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab, police said.Officers arrested a man Friday afternoon who ran from the train, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Police were still working Friday night to identify the man and the people who were attacked.Before the stabbing the assailant on the train was ranting on many topics, using “hate speech or biased language,” and then turned his focus on the women, police Sgt. Pete Simpson said. “In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” Simpson told The Oregonian. “They were attacked viciously.”One person was dead at the scene and another died at a hospital, Simpson said. The third person was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.last_img read more

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KARYANNA NOT IN JAIL RELEASED WITH GPS MONITORING

KARYANNA NOT IN JAIL RELEASED WITH GPS MONITORING

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Nov 2014 – Karyanna Cox is not in police custody; the young woman, who allegedly attacked someone with a dangerous weapon according to the St Lucie County Sheriff’s office was since November 13th; last week Thursday released on her own reconnaissance or ROR(ed) with the conditions being that she would have to be monitored by GPS and must have no contact with the so called victim in the matter. Many were not happy about reporting of the story on the arrest of Karyanna Cox, a graphic design student at Indian River State College and some are expressing as much as the shocking case came to light late yesterday. Nonetheless, Magnetic Media has been in touch with the Port St Lucie County Courthouse where it is confirmed that 19 year old Karyanna was held for one night after being arrested on November 12th for a felony. We also learned that because the court has not yet filed the information including what precisely Karyanna will be charged with, there is no new court date as yet. While some are furious, others are calling for increased prayers for the country’s youth and its people as a barrage of unfortunate stories about TCI women living abroad have surfaced in the past four months. Two involved women likely coping with Postpartum Depression; one taking her own life after allegedly hurting her three-month old son, while the other is charged with the murder of her six-year old daughter; now Karyanna, a promising graduate of Clement Howell High who is an American citizen and who yesterday marked her 19th birthday is soon to be arraigned. Cox is the daughter of GSS Deputy Secretary Russell Cox; her mother, Kay Cox, is a teacher at Ianthe Pratt Primary. Related Items:clement howell high school, ianthe pratt, indian river state college, karyann cox, kay cox, russel cox, st. lucie county Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships National Heritage Month ends Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Wounded Warrior Homes provides free shelter for vets

Wounded Warrior Homes provides free shelter for vets

first_img June 5, 2019 Posted: June 5, 2019 John Soderman, Wounded Warrior Homes provides free shelter for vets John Soderman 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) – Army soldier Jordan Ross’ one-year combat tour in Afghanistan was the perfect recipe for war-related injuries.Ross and his army buddies were at one time assigned to the most attacked U.S. military base in Afghanistan.When Ross returned home his life would darken. His war-related injuries causing him to eventually become homeless.But thanks to a program called Wounded Warrior Homes, Ross has a roof over his head.A free place of residence he shares with other vets who became homeless. It’s a place where they can begin to make the transition from wounded warriors to productive and happy members of society.A place where they can leave their combat boots and nightmares of war at the front door. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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BG school board hopes for a new member with presence

first_imgBattle Ground school board President Steve Pagel and three colleagues will select a replacement for board member Karen Lehman on April 30 to serve through the end of Lehman’s term in December.That appointee may run for election this fall to a full four-year term, as may other qualified candidates.All standards and directions set by the board and Superintendent Shonny Bria are posted on the district website: http://battlegroundps.org.Applicants must be registered voters and residents of District 2, within the Battle Ground school district boundary. That’s generally the area north of, and extending east of, central Battle Ground, from the East Fork of the Lewis River to as far south as Northeast 189th Street. (For maps, click on “School Board,” at left on district website.)An orientation for applicants will be April 14. Applications must be received by April 20.All candidates must sign a waiver releasing their résumés and related materials for public disclosure.For questions, call 360-885-5300.Battle Ground district leaders hope to soon fill the District 2 school board position abruptly vacated by 11-year veteran Karen Lehman, who resigned at the March 26 meeting.Applicants are being solicited, with April 30 the target date for an appointment. The person selected would need to run for election this year if he or she wishes to retain the seat for a new, four-year term.last_img read more

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City of Vancouver becomes a living wage employer

City of Vancouver becomes a living wage employer

first_imgThe City of Vancouver, Park Board, and Vancouver Police Department in Canada have been certified as living wage employers, paying all employees and external contractors a minimum of $20.62 (£12.23) an hour.The living wage rate, which includes direct wages and the value of non-mandatory benefits, will apply to staff and vendors, including employees of externally contracted service providers.The living wage employer accreditation, awarded by the Living Wage for Families Campaign (LWFC), forms part of the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy. As part of this initiative, the council approved a commitment to become a certified living wage employer in July 2015. The Healthy City Strategy features 19 high-priority actions that the City aims to achieve between 2015-2018; becoming a living wage employer was one of the set goals.The City of Vancouver’s procurement policy was updated on 1 May 2017 to reflect the new living wage standards for services purchased in support of City and Park Board operations.Service vendors have to meet set criteria to be eligible for the living wage rate. This criteria includes if the estimated annual value of the vendor’s contract is greater than $250,000, its services are performed on properties owned by or leased to the City, its services are provided on a regular and ongoing basis, and if the contractor is expected to work for more than 120 hours per year of the contract.The living wage standards will not be applied to emergency or maintenance services where there is no contract, services performed by organisations that lease property from the City, or contracts with social enterprises.The living wage is the hourly rate that two adults would need to meet the basic needs of a family of four, covering costs such as rent, food, transportation, and childcare. The living wage rate is calculated annually by the LWFC and is based on the regional cost of living.Gregor Robertson, mayor of Vancouver, said: “Vancouver’s economy is booming, yet too many hard-working families are left behind because of Vancouver’s affordability challenges. As mayor, I’m proud that Vancouver is leading by example as Canada’s largest living wage employer.“Paying a living wage is an investment in our community and economy, and I encourage other local employers to take this step so families of all incomes and backgrounds can afford to live and work in Vancouver.”last_img read more

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Arab protests puts foreign policy at the fore

first_imgStill, in an election dominated by the economy, other issues have grabbed headlines, only to quickly recede.And Obama’s response so far has been somber and focused on protecting foreign personnel. The Pentagon on Wednesday ordered two warships to the Libyan coast.Obama forcefully condemned the attack in Libya and has decried the assaults on the embassies. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton forcefully denounced the film, which depicts Muhammad variously as a cartoonish lecher, fool and thug.But it was just that type of condemnation from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that prompted Romney to accuse the administration of issuing an “apology.”“If I was looking for what reminds people of the importance of poised presidential leadership, I have to come right out and say that Obama is getting the better part of the argument this week,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution. “I like a lot of things about Romney, but he hasn’t handled this very well.”The mob actions in Egypt, Libya and Yemen nevertheless present a challenge for Obama because they draw more attention than other foreign policy conundrums. What’s more, in these instances the perpetrators are not state-sponsored, presenting Obama with a diffuse target. “We watch for Iranian interference in different countries,” the senior administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe administration thinking. “And when you have any type of instability, that’s the type of thing that we look for.”____Follow Jim Kuhnhenn on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jkuhnhenn Sponsored Stories Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – His sights fixed firmly on securing a second term, President Barack Obama had hoped that the rest of the world would wait until after the election if it had to grow restless and demand his attention.The eruptions in the streets of the Arab world, inflamed by an anti-Muslim video made in the U.S., mean Obama can put it off no longer. The protests are testing the president’s foreign policy skills and giving voters a pre-election view of how he handles a crisis. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Four benefits of having a wireless security system Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “The risk here for President Obama is that he appears weak because there is not an easy military solution,” said John Ullyot, a Republican strategist and former Senate Armed Services Committee aide. “You’re talking about unruly mobs and shadowy figures.”The protests in Egypt came on the same day that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complained that no ally had the right to demand that it not strike at Iran over its nuclear buildup. The White House was forced to tamp down reports from Jerusalem that Obama had rejected a Netanyahu request to meet on the sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly meeting later this month.U.S. officials said the president’s schedule would not allow for any such meetings, a contrast to last year when he packed his visit to the U.N. with individual sessions with foreign leaders.Then Obama and Netanyahu spent an hour on the telephone, and the White House said they “reaffirmed that they are united in their determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and agreed to continue their close consultations going forward.”While the problems in Syria and tensions with Iran remain separate, U.S. officials are watching closely to ensure that the protests aren’t manipulated by Iran to provoke even deeper problems. “I know that it’s difficult sometimes seeing these disturbing images on television because our world is filled with serious challenges,” Obama told supporters Thursday in Golden, Colo. “It is a tumultuous time that we’re in. But we can and we will meet those challenges if we stay true to who we are, and if we would remind ourselves that we’re different from other nations.”U.S. officials sought to distinguish the anti-American protests from the Arab Spring revolutions that ousted long-time strongmen in Egypt, Libya and Yemen and that Obama backed.“We see this now as principally tied to this video and those in the regions who are seeking to exploit it,” a senior administration official said.The protests and the attack in Libya present a juggling act for the president. He must show resolve both at home and abroad, pressing foreign governments to do their part in protecting U.S. personnel and property, condemning the protesters and at the same time denouncing a provocative, though amateurish video that finds refuge in the cherished U.S. right of free speech. At the same time, he has been forced to push back on Romney.Obama accused his GOP rival of having “a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” And while even some Republicans flinched at the timing of Romney’s criticism, that could be forgotten if protests continue to threaten U.S. overseas posts. Top Stories Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The turmoil also offers an opportunity _ a risky one _ for Obama to appear presidential in the midst of the election campaign, to contrast himself with a challenger less experienced in foreign policy and to illustrate that being president is not just about being a steward of the economy.Even with a rebellion in Syria and tensions over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, no international image can be more searing and demand more public attention than that of a U.S. embassy under attack and American civilians in peril. This week’s angry demonstrators, flag burnings and imperiled civilians already were drawing comparisons to 1979, when Iranian revolutionaries stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 60 hostages and held them for 444 days, helping erode President Jimmy Carter’s public support.For Obama, the timing of the violent demonstrations less than two months before the election creates further complications.His Republican rival, Mitt Romney, jumped on the administration for what he claimed was a feckless response to the breach of the U.S. embassy in Cairo. A favored and popular U.S. diplomat, the ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, was killed along with three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. And protesters in the capital of Yemen stormed the U.S. embassy compound there and burned the U.S. flag. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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airlinesprepaid baggageVirgin Australia

airlinesprepaid baggageVirgin Australia

first_imgairlinesprepaid baggageVirgin Australia Effective 1 August 2019, Virgin Australia has announced an increase to prepaid baggage fees across all domestic and international short-haul markets. Guests have the option to pre-purchase up to two pieces of baggage before their Virgin Australia operated flight, in addition to what is included in their fare and Velocity tier allowance. It is recommended that guests pre-purchase any additional baggage prior to arriving at the airport, as pre-purchasing additional baggage online is up to 45% cheaper than purchasing additional baggage at the airport*Airport Baggage Fees will apply for guests purchasing additional baggage at the airport for same-day travel.last_img

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Brussels university honours director Loach despite

Brussels university honours director Loach despite

first_imgBrussels university honours director Loach despite critics by Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2018 3:07 am PDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email British director Ken Loach participates in a media conference prior to receiving an honorary degree from the Brussels ULB university in Brussels on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The university has come under criticism alleging it was too tolerant by awarding Loach an honorary doctorate, since the director has been accused in the past of anti-Semitism. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) center_img BRUSSELS – The Brussels ULB university honoured British director Ken Loach with a special doctorate on Thursday despite veiled criticism from Prime Minister Charles Michel and outspoken rebukes from Jewish organizations about anti-Semitism allegations.Loach, who is known for his strong defence of the Palestine cause, is often critical of the Israeli government. Still, he denied again Thursday that he is anti-Semitic.“Depicting me as anti-Semitic simply because I am adding my voice to those who denounce the plight of the Palestinians is grotesque,” Loach said in a statement.Michel, a former ULB student, said in the Brussels Grand Synagogue on Wednesday night that “anti-Semitism cannot be tolerated, whatever its form. That also goes for my alma mater.”He did not explicitly name Loach as the target of his criticism but his university honour had been prominent in the Belgian media for days.The president of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, was more empathic, saying that the honorary doctorate for Loach “can only be seen as an endorsement of someone who has played fast and loose with the historical record to the point of trivializing the Holocaust.”Loach, 81, has strongly denied he ever questioned or trivialized the Holocaust. A committed leftist, Loach said Thursday that “I know very well the history of Holocaust denial. It is the province of the far right, and I have nothing to do with that. I have nothing but contempt for that.”Brussels’ francophone university said it had checked the allegations against Loach and found no objections strong enough to deny him the doctorate.The ULB said it wanted to laud the director for his “militant” movies about social conflicts and the fight of workers and immigrants to improve their lot.Loach has twice won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.Loach urged Michel to retract his comments.“Mr. Michel: look at the evidence and then withdraw your words,” Loach said.Loach has also been involved in the British Labour Party’s scandals involving anti-Semitism and has been accused of trying to downplay its prevalence in the party.___AP video journalist Sylvain Plazy contributed.last_img read more

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Private debt must be tackled deputies hear

Private debt must be tackled deputies hear

first_imgBy George PsyllidesTHE lack of liquidity and non performing loans (NPLs) were among the issues discussed by MPs and a delegation from Cyprus’ international lenders, the troika, on the island to carry their fourth review of the adjustment programme.According to the chairman of the House Finance Committee, Nicolas Papadopoulos, the troika said “significant progress has been achieved and measures to help tackle the structural problems of the Cypriot economy have been put in place, hence the improved reviews of the economy.”The lenders said Cyprus’ borrowing ratings have improved and there was interest from foreign investors to invest, according to Papadopoulos, who was speaking after a closed-door meeting.Lenders however warned that “2014 will be a difficult year; significant problems remain on a social level and unemployment rates were very high.”They think that the common goal should be the return to growth as soon as possible, Papadopoulos said.DISY MP Prodromos Prodromou told reporters that in reality there was no news “and in the path to return to normalcy that was good news. Our lenders’ view is that implementation of the programme continues successfully.”He said the public debt was on track and under control but Cyprus now had to tackle private debt in the next few years.Cypriot households are among the most indebted in the EU with private debt reaching three times the GDP.Non performing loans were also discussed during a meeting between the delegation and Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides earlier Thursday.“We raised issues concerning the banks, particularly the NPLs and high lending rates, which hinder economic growth,” Michaelides told reporters.“We must strike the right balance in order for the banks to cope with this situation and start lending small and medium sized enterprises, but without creating insurmountable problems to the people, especially the ones in need.”During the meeting, Michaelides stressed the need to increase the department’s personnel and make it fully independent.“It cannot depend on the finance ministry for the approval of its budget.”Lenders also met labour ministry technocrats to discuss measures to tackle unemployment.Permanent secretary Giorgos Ashiotis said that there was an extensive discussion on issues concerning the labour market with emphasis on measures already in place or soon to be rolled out, to address employment issues in the most effective manner.“The most important thing for the troika and us is to implement measures for youth employment” Ashiotis said.He added that the ministry has a series of measures and schemes planned but it remained to determine how they would be funded.A new meeting is scheduled for today that will focus on the implementation of the guaranteed minimum income, to be introduced on July 1, as part of the welfare reform.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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it missed the chance to back the Iranian people when masses protested the stolen election of June 2009; it has done little to press for freedom in Venezuela or anywhere else in this hemisphere; and pressure for change in China has been weak In fact US human rights policy has been limp during the Obama years and there is no reason to expect it to change now in Cuba or anywhere else For over half a century Cubans have resisted the Castro regime and kept hope of freedom alive In this they had the full support of the United States In addition to the Cubans who were forced to flee thousands have spent years in prison for the crime of seeking liberty This week the United States abandoned them seeking to engage not the Cuban people or the Cuban freedom fighters but the Castro regime Obama argues that we were smart to change policy because the regime had not collapsed after more than 50 years of an American trade embargo That argument ignores the growing pressure on Castro that an end to Venezuelan aid would have created And it ignores history In the 1980s many analysts thought Ronald Reagan wrong even dangerous when he talked about the collapse of the Soviet Union In 1991 it was gone But the Cuban regime has just been given a new lease on life by President Obama It was a sad day for freedom in Cuba Elliott Abrams a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations was Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America in the Reagan Administration Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsrunner. 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