Pacific countries side with Israel against UN probe

first_imgThe resolution also called for a probe into Israel’s alleged violations of the Geneva Convention which protects people during times of conflict.78 countries voted for the resolution and ten against, including Nauru, Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.Also opposed were Israel, Australia and the United States.The resolution calls for the investigation of the treatment of detainees, including children, women and elected representatives inside Israeli prisons and detention centres within the Occupied Palestinian Territory.Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands were also among six nations which voted against a resolution affirming the right of all people displaced by the June 1967 war to return to their homes.The UN General Assembly adopted a total of nine resolutions on the Israeli-Palestine issue and expressed regret at the underfunding of the UN relief agency helping the Palestinians.It also expressed concern over attempts to discredit the agency despite its proven record.last_img read more

Alli and Davies give Spurs 2-0 win at 10-man Newcastle

first_imgTottenham Hotspur got their Premier League campaign on track with a clinical 2-0 win at 10-man Newcastle United on Sunday after Dele Alli scored one goal and helped create the other at St James’s Park.Having eased back into the top flight from the second-tier Championship, Newcastle held their own against last season’s Premier League runners-up in the opening half but succumbed after Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in the 48th minute.Shelvey got his marching orders for stomping on Alli and Spurs duly took advantage as the England midfielder, who pulled all the strings for the visitors, broke the deadlock on the hour when he steered in an inch-perfect cross by Christian Eriksen.Alli, who helped Eriksen set up the other for Davies in the 70th minute, made light of Shelvey’s petulant reaction.“I’m sure he’ll be disappointed,” Alli told Sky Sports.“It was important we stayed professional. I don’t want to talk about it too much. I’ve been pulled up for my temper before but today we had to keep our cool. There was no need to react.”Newcastle, whose fans incessantly booed their former midfielder Moussa Sissoko now playing for Spurs, missed their best chance straight after Shelvey’s dismissal as keeper Hugo Lloris denied Dwight Gayle with a fine save.Harry Kane, last season’s top scorer in the Premier League with 29 goals, missed a sitter at the other end before Alli slid in at the far post and beat Robert Elliot with a fine finish.The influential Eriksen and livewire Alli carved open Newcastle’s defence with a lightning move 10 minutes later, presenting Davies with a simple finish from seven metres.Kane should have added the third in stoppage time as Spurs charged forward but hit the post with only Elliot to beat.Newcastle winger Christian Atsu said the temperamental Shelvey had apologised to his team mates after the game.“That’s football,” the Ghanaian said.“He’ll learn from his mistakes. He’s upset with himself and thinks he let the team down. He apologised to everyone and we believe he will come back stronger.”last_img read more

Romanex defends Marudi mining agreement

first_imgDear Editor,Romanex Guyana Exploration Limited would like to point out the inaccuracies contained in the news article carried on July 24 in Guyana Times, titled “Marudi Mining Agreement…bash Natural Resources Ministers for lack of action”.1) A Mediation Agreement was initiated by the Minister of Natural Resources and was signed by a number of stakeholders in April of 2016. The Agreement was intended to provide small miners, who were working illegally on a property and in an environmentally unacceptable manner and in violation of the mining laws and regulations with an opportunity to work under the Mining Licence Holder – Romanex. It is in fact a ground-breaking approach to incorporate large and small-scale miners as one that could work well if all parties approach it with good faith as intended.A number of small miners have already taken advantage of this opportunity, whilst others are taking advantage of lapses in enforcement. Certain persons who are also large businessmen in the area seem to have committed to derail the process in order to further their own agendas while other opportunists are trying to derail the process due to the fact regulated mining requires accountability.2) Romanex is ready to begin work and indeed has attempted to do so with the start of our Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). We are only awaiting cessation of illegal mining and when that occurs, it will then serve to launch the opportunities for small miners as envisioned under the Mediation Agreement. Miners who are mining in a lawful manner are not being held back at all by the Ministry, GGMC or Romanex and in the last few months declared production of 910 ozs to the company.Additionally, Romanex has had to since suspend the ESIA field work due to the continuous non-compliant, environmentally damaging mining activity, which is not conducive to baseline studies. There are areas of the Mining Licence where the miners could work at present and they are well aware of this. It is their decision to work in the illegal and dangerous tunnels.3) Complaints in the article about Minister Trotman appear to be mischievous and the miners certainly have nothing to complain about with regard to the Minister’s efforts to accommodate their requests. Contrary to what was reported, the GGMC has offered to facilitate the relocation of illegal shops to a landing cleared and prepared by Romanex at the request of the miners at a public meeting in Lethem in November last. The move is long overdue and has been given multiple extended deadlines by the Ministry, none of which has been adhered to by the miners or shop owners.4) Romanex is well funded and the statement in the “news article” “financially strapped” is erroneous and mischievous.5) No workers from Romanex have “not been paid in months”. This statement is patently false and libellous.6) No Romanex employee or management is a “Facilitator”. Facilitators are Ministry appointed to attempt to achieve compliance with the Mediation Agreement and the only mining that Romanex has asked to be stopped is mining that is environmentally unsafe and damaging.7) Persons identified in the ESIA are not benefiting as they should because of the illegal activities that are preventing the company from moving forward for security and environmental/social impact reasons, including Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and drug sales. Romanex has requested that the miners participate by identifying the “culprits” and requesting they be evicted from the area.The Ministry of Natural Resources said it is committed to doing what is necessary to ensure that miners have a livelihood and are able to work without compromising the integrity of the environment or infringing upon the rights of communities within mining districts. Romanex is similarly strongly committed and would welcome an early meeting with all stakeholders in the Marudi Mediation Agreement to put an end to these wholly untrue and malicious claims and to move the process forward.Sincerely,Marshall MintzRomanex Guyanalast_img read more

“Piggy” freed of 2008 rape, robbery charges

first_imgCarlos Wesley Payne, called ‘Piggy’, who had been on trial at the Demerara High Court for rape committed during the course of a robbery committed on three nurses at the Wismar Hospital in Linden, Region 10, on September 11, 2008, walked out of court a free man on Monday, after a 12-member jury had deliberated for more than an hour and had unanimously found him not guilty of the charges.Carlos Wesley Payne, called “Piggy,” walked free after he was cleared of rape and robbery chargesThe Prosecution, represented by State prosecutors Siand Dhurjon and Tuanna Hardy, had contended that Payne had forced his way into the hospital in the wee hours of the day in question, and had ordered three nurses to hand over jewellery, cellphones and other belongings before taking them to the back of the hospital, where he ordered them to lie down before he allegedly raped one of them.But Payne, who conducted his own defence throughout the trial, denied that he was ever at the hospital on the day in question. He also complained about the amount of time he had spent behind bars.The former accused had been arrested and placed into custody just days after he had allegedly committed the illegal acts.Moments after he was freed, trial judge, Justice Navindra Singh, reminded him of his criminal history.On Wednesday last, Payne had demanded that Police ranks outside his holding cell give him a bottle of Mackeson, telling them that he needed to cool his head.last_img read more

Search goes on for teen suspects

first_imgThree people are already in custody. Carlos Lopez, 19, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder along with Jennifer Tafolla, 19, and a 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of violating probation. Lincoln said Tafolla and the teen were in the car. Tafolla is on probation for possessing a firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance, said sheriff’s Capt. Mike Rothans. She was accused of violating probation by being in the presence of gang members, he added. On Thursday, Tafolla appeared at Norwalk Superior Court on the probation violation. The matter was continued until Sept. 6. Hicks died Monday of a gunshot wound to the head. Her funeral service is 9 a.m. today at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4245 S. Acacia Ave. in Pico Rivera. The 57-year-old Pico Rivera resident was coming home that night when she saw a man defacing the wall at San Gabriel River Parkway and Woodford Street. She flashed her headlights and honked at him. Hicks followed the man when he walked away but a car, originally described as a gray compact and now believed to be a blue late-model Lincoln Continental, pulled up behind her. Someone in the car shot several times at Hicks, who was hit once in the head. The shooting happened about 25 to 30 yards from the wall, Lincoln said. Rothans said an extra patrol car was assigned to the area for a few days and deputies are paying closer attention to that spot because of the shooting and the number of people coming there. “(It’s) to provide extra presence in the area but I’m comfortable with the fact that three main individuals have been arrested,” Rothans said. Nobody has called him saying they’re more afraid now because of what happened to Hicks. “I would hope this tragic incident would not discourage people from calling police. That in fact it would encourage them to call,” Rothans said. In addition to a graffiti hot line, the city uses a program called “Graffiti Tracker” that photographs graffiti, maps it using a global positioning system and files it into a database. Michael Moore, public works director for Pico Rivera, said the city also sets aside funding to have deputies follow up on the graffiti reported. Pico Rivera also plants vines next to walls. He said they had an upsurge in graffiti last weekend. “Starting this past Monday (Aug. 13), we put more people on the graffiti crew. We went up to four people again because of more graffiti,” Moore said. He said the weekend graffiti removal crew will be working the full weekend and that the city is ready to plant vines that will cover the wall on San Gabriel River Parkway and Woodford Street. That wall is often tagged, he added. “I think we echo what the sheriff’s \ said. We really depend on the public to call us about graffiti. We want to continue that but please don’t confront them,” Moore said. He said they get calls about graffiti from the hot line, from e-mails and from other phone calls. County Supervisor Gloria Molina said in prepared remarks Thursday that her office is working with the city to start a memorial scholarship in Hicks’ honor. The money will be given to young people who have turned their lives around. She said her office is also working with the city to share the cost of a probation officer to help fight gang activity. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Detectives continue to look for two more teens in the killing of a grandmother shot after confronting a man spray painting a wall. The local sheriff’s station has increased its presence in that part of the city. Pico Rivera officials also plan to cover the frequently defaced wall at San Gabriel River Parkway and Woodford Street in vines. Investigators are still trying to track down two witnesses or suspects described only as Latinos in their late teens. They were in a Lincoln Continental that followed Maria Hicks’ vehicle Friday, according to sheriff’s Homicide Lt. Larry Lincoln. He said the shooting is gang-related since the suspects are believed to be gang members. But he wouldn’t give details on why the shooting happened. last_img read more

Man United go head-to-head with Arsenal over World Cup star as De Gea departure nears

first_imgManchester United are eyeing up Arsenal target Fernando Muslera as a possible replacement for David De Gea.According to reports in Turkey, United will make a bid for the Galatasaray shot-stopper if De Gea decides to join Real Madrid this summer.However, they are set to face competition from Arsenal, who have been keeping a close watch on the 28-year-old in recent months.The Uruguayan international enjoyed an impressive campaign for Galatasaray, helping them to a league and cup double. Fernando Muslera 1last_img

DONEGAL MARY CHOSEN FOR MARY FROM DUNGLOE FESTIVAL

first_imgThe girl to represent Co Donegal at this year’s Mary from Dungloe festival was selected at a function in Letterkenny last night.Eleven girls from all over Donegal participated in the selection final and Leah Waldron, 24, from Buncranna was the winning girl.The girl to represent Dungloe at this year’s festival will be selected at a function in Dungloe on June 8th. Fourteen girls from around the world are expected to participate in this years festival in a bid to be crowned the 45th Mary from Dungloe.This year’s festival runs from Saturday July 28th to Monday, August 6th. DONEGAL MARY CHOSEN FOR MARY FROM DUNGLOE FESTIVAL was last modified: May 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Leah WaldronMary From Dungloelast_img read more

Arsene Wenger makes Arsenal’s view on Alexis Sanchez’s future clear

first_img Alexis Sanchez has reportedly made it clear he wants to leave Arsenal 1 Arsenal will not sell Alexis Sanchez this summer, according to manager Arsene Wenger.Sanchez last week stated his desire to play in the Champions League and hinted his mind was made up to leave the Gunners.The 28-year-old only has one year left on his contract, giving Arsenal a dilemma whether to cash in on the forward or potentially see him leave for free next summer.Wenger, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Bayern Munich in China, told reporters: “The decision has been made and we will stick to that.”Asked what the decision was, Wenger added: “The decision is not to sell.”Sanchez is attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City and Bayern and when questioned last week, appeared to suggest his future lay elsewhere.”I’ve already taken my decision, but now I depend on Arsenal and to see what they want,” Sanchez told Canal 13 in Chile.”My idea is to play in and win the Champions League. It’s a dream that I’ve had since I was small. For now I’m at Arsenal and my contract finishes in another year.”Wenger insisted he did not attach much significance to his star player’s comments.“I do not give too much importance to things that are translated,” Wenger said.“The whole interview, which I got, did not really mean that [he only wants Champions League football]. The main focus for us is on the Premier League, that for me is more important than the Champions League.“We sometimes rested players in the group stage of the Champions League for the Premier League, so that has become the biggest importance for us.“We have played 20 years in the Champions League, 17 years before Alexis arrived and three years with him – he can get us back in there.”Arsenal have already made a statement of intent this summer by signing France forward Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record fee.Wenger said the eye-watering sums being spent in the transfer market come from selling clubs demanding large figures from Premier League teams.“For the amount of money that the Premier League spends, it’s linked with the fact that when people know that you have money, they want a lot from you,” Wenger said.“That’s just a fact and the consequence of the Premier League being rich. That explains the (transfer fees).”last_img read more

Dundee United 2-2 Falkirk: Honours even in play-off clash

first_imgThe teams meet again on Friday to decide who will face Hamilton or Inverness CT in the final. Dundee United’s hopes of claiming an instant Premiership return hang in the balance after being held to a 2-2 draw by play-off rivals Falkirk.Ray McKinnon’s Tangerines were twice ahead in their semi-final first-leg clash at Tannadice as Simon Murray and Blair Spittal both struck.But equalisers from James Craigen and Joe McKee will give Falkirk belief ahead of Friday’s Westfield return that they can finally escape the second tier after their two previous play-off attempts ended in failure.Former Dundee frontman John Baird thought he had given Falkirk a precious lead with 11 minutes left but saw his header chalked out for offside, while Thomson denied United at the death as he clawed away Mikkelsen’s late effort.last_img read more

U.S. 31/S.R. 56 intersection improvement project to begin Monday in Scottsburg

first_imgThis project will replace current signals and improve roadway conditions in the area. MAC Construction will begin preliminary work on a $1.9 million intersection improvement project at U.S. 31 and S.R. 56 in Scottsburg on or after Monday, April 29, weather permitting.Work will take place primarily from Park Drive to Keith Street and will include installation of a new traffic signal, intersection widening and lane improvements. Additional concrete patching and paving on S.R. 56 will take place toward the end of the project, west of the U.S. 31/S.R. 56 intersection.Minimal traffic impacts are expected until planned lane shifts occur on or after Monday, May 13. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.last_img