DDCA defamation row: HC disallows Jethmalanis Qs dragging PM

first_imgNew Delhi, May 15 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today once again disallowed questions by Arvind Kejriwals counsel Ram Jethmalani to drag in any manner the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a civil defamation suit filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley against the Delhi Chief Minister.Jethmalanis questions whether Jaitley has filed the suit after consulting the Prime Minister and would he like to make Modi a witness in his defence, were disallowed by Joint Registrar Deepali Sharma.When Jethmalani asked Jaitley about consultation with the Prime Minister for filing the suit, the ministers counsel questioned its relevance, which was accepted by the court.”The question is disallowed as it is irrelevant to the issues in the matter,” the Joint Registrar said.Jethmalani, who was expelled from BJP for six years in 2013, has also asked Jaitley “Since you are a minister in the Cabinet, the best character witness for you should be the Prime Minister. Do you intend to examine him?””Question is disallowed as the list of witnesses of plaintiff (Jaitley) is on record,” Joint Registrar said after the ministers counsel Rajiv Nayar and Sandeep Sethi protested against the question.Jethmalani was cross-examining Jaitley who is holding two portfolios as the Minister of Finance and Defence in the Modi cabinet.Earlier in March this year too, Jethmalani had made an unsuccessful attempt to drag the Prime Minister in the matter, alleging that Jaitley was allowed to hold his ministry on the promise to Modi that he will come clean in connection with the irregularities in DDCA.advertisement”The suggestion is denied in its entirety” was the reply of Jaitley who had also said the “Prime Minister had not said anything to him at any point of time. It is incorrect.”The days proceedings also saw Jaitley refuting an allegation of Kejriwal that there was a misappropriation of Rs 57 crore during his term as a president of the DDCA, saying the amounts were spent on creation of sports infrastructure and duly audited.Jaitley, who has a filed a Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit against Kejriwal was subjected to intense grilling by the chief ministers counsel Ram Jethmalani.He termed the allegation as “wrong” and said there is “no controversy except a false allegation” by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief.”All monies have been duly spent during my tenure and are accordingly reflected in the audited accounts,” Jaitley said.Jethmalani sought to know from the BJP leader whether it was correct or not that Rs 57 crore was misappropriate and was shown as expenses in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) account.Jaitely said “The monies have been spent on the creation of a sports infrastructure and assets. The assets which have been created by this expenditure factually exist at the site and are duly reflected in the audited accounts. There is no controversy except a false allegation by the defendants.”The proceedings which lasted for around two hours saw Jethmalani claiming that Jaitley being the president in the year 2003 had delibrately declined the proposals of the central government and Dhirubhai Ambani of more than Rs 22 crore to build Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.He said Dhirubhai Ambani had proposed that he will give financial support, provided his name was put, while the Centre had said they will bear all expenses if the stadium was named after the great leader Syama Prasad Mukherjee.”Some oral suggestions without any firm proposal of this kind were suggested but they never fructified and the DDCA then decided to build the stadium on the basis of resources it mobilises on its own,” was the reply of Jaitley.He said the association had created a new model, under which naming rights of various blocks and corporate boxes, could provide adequate funding to start the construction and its historical name Feroz Shah Kotla was retained.The ministers counsel interrupted with one voice when Jethmalani tried to link Jaitley with senior journalist and now a Minister, M J Akbar, over alleged non-publishing of an article in a national daily regarding the irregularities in the DDCA.There was also an exchange of words between Jaitleys and Kejriwals advocates when Jethmalani asked the minister how he would establish his reputation vis-a-vis the allegations made against him.The court drama also saw Jethmalani, who lost his cool and shouted at Jaitley, saying “he has no reputation of any kind whatsoever”.A bunch of lawyers in support of Kejriwal shouted that the question and point raised in the court was linked to the civil defamation suit filed by Jaitley seeking Rs 10 crore damages from Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders — Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai — for accusing him of financial irregularities in the DDCA of which he was the President from 2000 to 2013.advertisementThe senior BJP leaders cross-examination remained inconclusive and will now take place on May 17.The union minister during the cross examination turned down Jethmalanis suggestion that he had taken a decision not to take financial help in construction of the stadium as he did not want any interference in the manner of spending by the cricketing body.”The suggestion is wrong in its entirety. Government of India ordinarily do not fund construction of stadiums.”Further, there was no serious suggestions made to us in writing. In order to ensure probity in spending, the contract for construction of the stadium through bidding process was awarded to a public sector organisation,” Jaitley submitted.In his replies, he also refuted the AAP leaders counsels claim that he did not want any donor from the public life, nor from the government to ensure that no one “pry into the manner in which the DDCA was running”. PTI PPS HMP RKS ARClast_img read more

Chelsea will be fearless in Barcelona – Alonso

first_imgChelsea Chelsea will play without fear in Barcelona – Marcos Alonso Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 20:00 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Marcos Alonso Getty Images Chelsea Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Premier League UEFA Champions League The Catalans punished the Blues’ sole lapse in the first leg and the defender is confident his side can go one better when they meet again Marcos Alonso says that Chelsea will play without fear after drawing 1-1 with Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Willian made his mark after hitting the post twice in the second half but Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi combined to capitalise on an Andreas Christensen mistake in the 74th minute. AdChoices广告Messi’s goal leaves Chelsea needing a win or a high-scoring draw in the return leg in March and Alonso believes that his side have shown that they can get the job done against the Catalan giants.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We have no fear,” Alonso said. “We have important games now in the Premier League, we have to focus on that but then we have to prepare for this game well. We must try to play another good game there and see what happens. “I think we controlled the game well. We defended very well and I am a bit disappointed to not take the victory, but we take away the positive stuff. We showed we can play and we can win against a big team like Barcelona. “With the draw, it is disappointing. We did the perfect game apart from that mistake but it can happen to anyone. It has happened and now we have to think of the next game and not what has happened. “We will have to take all the positive things and put in an extra shift in Barcelona because it will be even more difficult. But we definitely can do it and we will fight until the end.”Christensen began the season as a back-up option for David Luiz but he has forced his way into Chelsea’s starting line up with a series of consistent performances since returning from a two-year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach. Alonso has been impressed with his 21-year-old team-mate and he believes that he will not get too down about his mistake that gave Barcelona their away goal. “He is okay,” Alonso added. “It can happen to everyone in any game. We had to try to play because we can’t just counterattack for 90 minutes and it is just a mistake.”It has not been a very good season so far for Chelsea but it has been a good season for him.”When we win, we win together; when we draw, we draw together.Andreas Christensen“Now we have another tough match but it will be nice to play 90 minutes in Barcelona and Chelsea will give problems until the last minute, for sure.”Alonso had been out for three weeks ahead of the midweek clash, but he says that having made 34 appearances already this season, he was bound to pick up a small injury along the way. “Just a couple of weeks out is not that bad after playing more than 30 games already,” he continued. “I have been working hard to get back today and I am happy to help the team again. It wasn’t a break, it was a little injury, but this can happen and it is good that I can recover very quickly and now I am ready for the next game.”last_img read more

Global Financial Services Company Expands in Nova Scotia

first_imgButterfield Fund Services is providing an opportunity for Nova Scotia expatriates to return home for the kind of positions they once left for. Butterfield Fund Services, headquartered in Bermuda, plans to add 30 to 60 positions in Halifax in 2007. The new positions have been created with the assistance of a payroll rebate from Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement today, Nov. 15, along with Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt; Richard Ferrett, executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Butterfield Bank; Frank Sebestyen, senior vice president and group head of Butterfield Fund Services; and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Nova Scotia is quickly emerging as a location of choice for the financial services industry,” said Premier MacDonald. “This expansion is a cornerstone in the development of this sector for the province.” The incremental rebate has a maximum value of $9.1 million over the next seven years as the company reaches job targets. “Nova Scotia will benefit by attracting an international financial company of this caliber,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “Companies like Butterfield Fund Services will help grow the province’s economy.” The new positions will offer opportunities for a wide range of financial professionals, from recent business graduates to senior accounting professionals, from all over the world. “Bermuda and Halifax have always had strong connections and it is this history and commonality that placed Halifax at the top of our list from the start of our expansion process,” said Mr. Ferrett. “The presence of a supply of accounting graduates from renowned universities, combined with a pool of experiences fund accountants looking to return home, further confirmed our choice.” Butterfield Fund Services has opened an office in Halifax with the hope of creating up to 400 full and part-time jobs over the next seven years. “Butterfield Fund Services is proving that Nova Scotia has the right combination of resources to grow and prosper in this sector,” said Mr. Lund. “Companies like this are recognizing and capitalizing on our great people and increasing Nova Scotia’s credibility as a world-class place to do business.” Butterfield Bank also operates in the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Barbados, Guernsey, the U.K. and Switzerland. With differing product arrays to meet local market needs, the group provides a full range of community banking services (encompassing retail and corporate banking and treasury activities), and specialist offshore financial services, including private banking, wealth management, fiduciary services and fund administration. Fund administration is performed from the wholly owned Butterfield Fund Services subsidiaries servicing more than $65 billion US of hedge fund and mutual fund assets. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.last_img read more

Jabariya Jodi release pushed to August 9

first_imgMumbai: The release date of actors Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra-starrer “Jabariya Jodi” has been postponed for the fourth time. The film will now hit screens on August 9. “Jabariya Jodi” was first scheduled to release on May 17 but was pushed to July 12 when Hrithik Roshan-starrer “Super 30” released. It was then pushed again for August 2 release. Sources close to the makers of the film say that the decision was taken after considering that there are too many releases on August 2 and previously released films like “JudgeMentall Hai Kya” are enjoying a solid run. Adding to that, exhibitors across India came together and requested the makers to move ahead to August 9 to avoid clutter. “Jabariya Jodi” will now enjoy a solo release. Directed by Prashant Singh, “Jabariya Jodi” is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.last_img read more

More data needed on asylum seekers at the border Ontario immigration minister

first_imgOTTAWA – Temporary shelters set up in Cornwall, Ont., to house asylum seekers will remain on standby until Oct. 1, but the province’s immigration minister said Tuesday that, for now, it doesn’t look like they’ll be needed.But Laura Albanese said if there’s one lesson to be learned from how the federal and provincial governments have dealt with thousands of people crossing over the border this summer, it’s that Canada has to be ready at any moment to handle them.“It may just be an anomaly, but at the same time, given the times we’re living in, given what we see going on in Europe, the Mediterranean, any country, any province has to be attentive and on the alert,” Albanese said Tuesday.Part of being ready is knowing who is coming and who is already here and Albanese said the federal government needs to reveal more of that data.Information sharing is part of the mandate of the federal-provincial task force set up in mid-August to manage the arrival of hundreds of people a day, mostly through an unofficial border crossing in Quebec. The group is scheduled to meet again on Friday in Ottawa. Albanese said she’s expecting an update on current levels, but also hopes to learn a bit more about the population already here.While the vast majority of the nearly 7,000 people who’ve arrived just since July are believed to be Haitian, not much else is known. Although Quebec has said that a third of new arrivals are under 18, the Canadian Press has been asking the federal Immigration Department for a population profile of the crossers since last week and has yet to receive a response.The Quebec government is ramping up plans for schools for the children and exploring the possibility of temporary work permits for adults. Albanese said Ontario is, so far, not rolling out similar programs, given the relatively small number of arrivals from the current group expected to stay in Ontario — less than 10 per cent, she said.Those who will stay are part of the population that’s been housed in Cornwall, Ont. to await the first stages of their applications for asylum. Both a government facility and tents were set up for them, with officials estimating up to 500 people would seek temporary shelter there.Albanese said the latest figures she had were that 199 were at the NAV centre and those numbers would keep going down. Still, the temporary facilities will remain at the ready throughout September, she said.The RCMP said Tuesday they are not ready to release updated figures for August but the trend — at least in the number of people they are apprehending at the border — does seem to be going down.But among the details Albanese is looking for: what’s happened to those who came before this group?When earlier this year groups of asylum seekers began arriving in Manitoba, the assumption was most would go on to Ontario. Whether that happened remains unclear, she said.That no one has been apprehended crossing illegally into Ontario this year is a matter of geography, Albanese said. It also doesn’t mean Ontario isn’t facing an increasing number of claimants arriving by other means.Prior to the spike in arrivals in Quebec beginning in July, Ontario was on track to receive more asylum claimants than any other province. Between January and June, 9,450 claims were filed there, compared with 6,635 in Quebec.Funds allocated in the province’s spring budget should help with providing the services newcomers require, but Ontario will be asking Ottawa for more financial assistance, Albanese said.last_img read more

Wife of Coalition leader apologizes for calling Justin Trudeau incompetent

first_imgMONTREAL – Criticism of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by the wife of Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault raised questions Wednesday about how a possible Coalition government would get along with the federal Liberals.In a newly emerged recording, Isabelle Brais, Legault’s wife, can be heard telling a party meeting last month that while Trudeau’s father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was “brilliant,” his son is not.Brais, a fixture by Legault’s side during the election campaign, described the younger Trudeau as incompetent and suggested a Coalition government could have strained ties with his federal government.Brais issued an apology through the party after audio of the August meeting in Montreal was obtained by Montreal’s La Presse, which published details Wednesday. She said she had gone too far.Campaigning in Tadoussac, Que., Legault declined to say whether he endorses his wife’s comments about the prime minister.“My wife, who I’ve been with for 28 years, is an independent woman who has her opinions, who is spontaneous, who apologized,” Legault told reporters. “I think we should turn the page.”Asked his own opinion of the Trudeaus, he dodged the question. “I’m not able to judge who of the two is most brilliant,” Legault said.Legault said he is not worried the remarks will harm relations with Ottawa if he becomes premier. He would need to be on good terms because his centrepiece policy proposals on immigration rely heavily on federal support.The Coalition is proposing to reduce immigration by 20 per cent and to oblige newcomers to pass French and values tests within three years of arrival or face removal. Responsibility for the expulsions would fall to the federal government.“I’m confident that the demands we make to Ottawa — because they are supported by a large percentage of Quebecers — will be accepted regardless of who is (prime minister),” Legault said.He added that his aide in charge of transition in the event of an Oct. 1 Coalition victory has already had discussions with federal officials. Recent opinion polls have shown the Coalition neck-and-neck with the Liberals in popular support but better positioned to form the next government.In the recording, obtained by The Canadian Press, Brais weighs in on a wide-range of issues during a question-and-answer session with party supporters.She said it would be impossible for the Coalition to work with Trudeau on re-opening the Constitution.“It is not going to be possible with Justin Trudeau,” Brais said. “His father was brilliant, but he is not.”She also praised Quebec as a jewel in North America, with a European-style culture distinct from the rest of Canada.“We are different, we are not coming from Saskatchewan …. Have you been to Saskatchewan? It’s almost the United States,” Brais said.Following the event, she was asked to confirm her observations about the prime minister.“I don’t think he’s competent, that’s it,” Brais replied, adding: “I shouldn’t have said that …. I won’t say it again, I promise.”Federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, a Montreal MP, called Brais’ comments unacceptable.“I understand that Madame Brais apologized, and I’m pleased because these comments have no place in politics,” he told reporters in Ottawa.— with files from Patrice Bergeron in Tadoussac, Que.last_img read more

Trump advisers say tax cut proposal wont favour rich

first_imgBEDMINSTER, N.J. – President Donald Trump’s top advisers say his proposed tax plan would not cut taxes disproportionately for the rich — despite an early non-partisan analysis that says it will.The White House and congressional Republicans released the broad strokes of a plan last week that would dramatically cut corporate tax rates from 35 per cent to 20 per cent, reduce the number of personal income tax brackets and boost the standard deduction.The Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution released an analysis Friday that found the plan would deliver 50 per cent of its total tax benefit to taxpayers in the top 1 per cent, those with incomes above $730,000 a year.But White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that it was too early for analysts to gauge that figure because the plan leaves out for now many crucial details, such as which income levels the new tax brackets would apply to.“In fact, I don’t think anybody can. And anybody who says they can is simply lying to you,” Mulvaney said. “It is impossible to sit down and say, this will be the impact on this wage earner or this family at this particular time.”Still, that didn’t stop Trump from doing just that during a speech in Indiana last week pitching the plan. In his remarks, Trump pointed to a number of locals, including Jonathan Blanton, an industrial janitor from Greentown, who earns a combined $90,000 a year with his wife.“Under our tax plan they would have saved more than $1,000, and it could be substantially more,” Trump told the crowd. “And that’s just on federal taxes.”Trump has also insisted that the plan wouldn’t reduce his personal tax bills, telling supporters: “It’s not good for me. Believe me.”The plan includes a number of provisions that favour the rich, including cutting the top income tax rate, getting rid of the alternative minimum tax, and eliminating the federal estate tax. Under current law, the first $11 million of an estate is exempt for a married couple, meaning only the wealthiest Americans pay it.But Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump’s goal is to boost jobs and lower the tax burden for the middle class.“The president has been very clear. And I’ve been clear from the beginning. Our objective is not to create tax cuts for the wealthy. Our objective is about creating middle-income tax cuts,” he said.In a separate appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Mnuchin was asked whether he could guarantee Trump would not get a tax cut under his plan.“Again, as I’ve said all along, the objective of the president is that rich people don’t get tax cuts. And we’re perfectly comfortable, as we go through this process, we’ll explain to the American public how that works,” Mnuchin said.The Tax Policy Center and Brookings found that, under the plan, the after-tax incomes of the wealthiest Americans would increase 8.5 per cent next year.For other taxpayers, though, the benefits are far more modest or non-existent, the report finds. Taxpayers in the bottom 95 per cent would see tax cuts averaging 1.2 per cent of after-tax income or less next year.And about 12 per cent of taxpayers would face a tax increase next year, of $1,800 on average. That includes more than one-third of taxpayers earning between about $150,000 and $300,000, mostly because of the elimination of many itemized deductions.By 2027, taxes would increase for about a quarter of Americans, including nearly 30 per cent of those earning about $50,000 to $150,000 a year, and 60 per cent of people making $150,000 to $300,000, according to the study.last_img read more

Malaysia court frees woman in N Korean Kim brothers murder

first_imgShah Alam (Malaysia): An Indonesian woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed Monday after Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her, in a shock decision a year and a half after she went on trial. Siti Aisyah smiled as she was ushered through a pack of journalists and into a car outside the court, where she had been on trial alongside a Vietnamese woman for the murder of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”I feel happy. I did not know this will happen. I did not expect it,” said Aisyah, who was wearing a red headscarf. It was a surprise move as the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur, had been due only to hear Huong’s testimony on Monday. Her lawyers said they were seeking an adjournment. The women, in their 20s, had always denied murder, saying they believed they were taking part in a prank and were tricked by North Korean agents into carrying out the Cold War-style hit using VX nerve agent. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangTheir lawyers had presented them as scapegoats, saying that authorities were unable to catch the real killers. Four North Koreans – formally accused of the murder alongside the women – fled Malaysia shortly after the murder. The trial, which began in October 2017, was due to resume Monday with the defence stage of proceedings after a break of several months. But at the start of the hearing, prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad requested that the murder charge against Aisyah be withdrawn and that she be given a discharge. He gave no reason for the request. “Siti Aisyah is freed,” judge Azmin Ariffin told the court, as he approved a request. “She can leave now.” Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana told reporters outside court: “We are pleased with the court decision. We will try to fly Siti back to Indonesia today or as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Over 11 million people displaced in central and east Africa UN reports

Armed conflict and natural disasters in Central and East Africa continue to drive an increasing number of persons from their homes, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.The combined number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in 16 countries in the area exceeds 11 million, up from 10.9 million in December 2008, according to data compiled by OCHA’s regional office.The report comes amid a year-long, worldwide campaign by the UN’s humanitarian wing to raise global awareness of what it calls a widespread “displacement crisis.” It also comes after OCHA announced last week that only 27 per cent of the funds needed to support relief efforts in Central and East Africa have been donated. Statistics compiled in the Displaced Populations Report published by OCHA RegionalOffice for Central and East Africa show that at the end of March 2009, 10 countries reported a combined total of over 9.1 million IDPs. They are Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.The DRC, Somalia and Sudan continue to be the countries with the largest IDP populations. Sudan has over 4 million IDPs, while DRC and Somalia have over 1.3 million IDPs each, OCHA said.Sixteen countries in the region reported a combined total of nearly 1.9 million refugees at the end of March 2009. The refugee hosting countries are Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Djibouti, DRC, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.Chad, Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania continue to have the largest number of refugees in the region, with each country hosting over 250,000 refugees at the end of March 2009.OCHA said that among the causes of the displacement were repeated attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on civilians in north-eastern DRC and renewed fighting in the eastern North Kivu province related to the joint DRC-Rwanda military operation in January and February against armed rebel groups.Also, ongoing hostilities in Somalia have resulted in an influx of refugees to north-eastern Kenya, where the three camps in the Dadaab complex are congested with a population of some 258,000 refugees – or nearly three times their original capacity – as of March 2009.In addition to conflicts, displacement is also triggered by natural disasters such as floods and droughts, creating large in-country and cross-border population movements, OCHA said. Lack of access to displaced people due to insecurity and targeting of humanitarian workers is an ongoing challenge to those who provide aid in countries such as CAR, Chad, DRC, Somalia, and the Darfur region of Sudan, the Office added. Last week OCHA reported that some 1.4 million had been contributed to its special appeal, launched in November of last year, to raise almost $5.3 million to respond to crises in Africa. The awareness campaign, organized by OCHA with the support of its partners, was launched in December 2008 on the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. 18 May 2009Armed conflict and natural disasters in Central and East Africa continue to drive an increasing number of persons from their homes, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. read more

TNA hands over nominations

The wife of former LTTE Trincomalee District political head Elilan, has been included in the list of candidates by the TNA for the Northern Provincial Council elections from the Jaffna district. Others contesting from Jaffna under the TNA ticket are PLOTE leader Darmalingam Sidharthan and M.K. Sivajilingham.The TNA filed its nomination papers in the other districts in the north as well today. A Muslim candidate has been included in the TNA list for the Mannar District. (Colombo Gazette) TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah, TNA MP Suresh Premachandran and TNA MP M.A Sumanthiran were among those who accompanied Wigneswaran to hand over the nomination papers. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) handed over its nomination papers for the Northern Provincial Council elections today.TNA Chief Ministerial candidate for the northern polls C.V. Wigneswaran and a TNA delegation handed over the nomination papers for the Jaffna district at the Jaffna District Secretariat. read more

NPC members in Geneva to seek pressure on Sri Lanka

Wigneswaran said that he was unable to travel to Geneva owing to other commitments but the two NPC members will ensure the NPC position on the human rights issue is conveyed to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UNHRC is currently meeting in Geneva with Sri Lanka set to be discussed later this week and next week. The NPC members are to push the Council to ensure Sri Lanka sticks to its commitments on the human rights issue including transitional justice.Sivajilingham and Anandi Saseetharan are to speak at the UNHRC during the ongoing 37th session as well as at side events. (Colombo Gazette) Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members are in Geneva to seek pressure on Sri Lanka to deliver on its promises.Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said that NPC members M.K. Sivajilingham and Anandi Saseetharan, wife of former LTTE Trincomalee District political head S. Elilan, are currently in Geneva. read more

UN deputy chief urges donors to support peace consolidation in Central African

“The Central African Republic is at a crossroads and we need to do all we can to support and unite the forces of good in the country,” Mr. Eliasson said in his remarks to the conference, co-organized in the Belgian capital by the European Union, the Central African Government, the UN and the World Bank. The event aims to secure $1.5 billion in funding to ensure a recovery and peacebuilding in CAR for the next three to five years.The Conference agreed a Framework of Mutual Accountability for the country. For his part, Mr. Eliasson stressed that peace and security, recovery, development, stabilization and human rights must go hand in hand, and noted the need for progress on the political front and for dialogue. “But without the rule of law, stabilization efforts will be futile,” he underscored.Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country into civil conflict in 2013. Despite significant progress and successful elections, the CAR has remained in the grip of instability and sporadic unrest. More than 13,000 UN staff are currently based there as part of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country, known as MINUSCA. Security situation in CAR ‘still fragile’“Less than three years ago, the [country] was on the edge of the abyss. We all remember images of the bloodbath, which flooded the media and caused a shock wave around the world,” Mr. Eliasson recalled, noting that the international community reacted by deploying troops from the subregion, the African Union (AU), France, the EU and the United Nations. Noting his recent visit to the CAR, he said the security situation remains fragile. “Armed groups continue to pose a threat to civilians and destabilize the authority of the State. The troublemakers resort to violence to disrupt the political process and promote their interests. Human rights violations remain endemic and have multiplied with the recent intensification of violence,” he said.The UN deputy chief went on to describe a country facing a disastrous humanitarian situation, with some 40 per cent of the population needing some form of humanitarian aid. Moreover, one fifth of the population has been displaced within the country or in neighbouring countries. “Many of these displaced are afraid to return home,” he added. Left to right at the Brussels Conference: President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of Central African Republic; Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Photo: UNRIC Brussels During his trip to CAR, the Deputy Secretary-General noted that the wounds resulting from the conflict are still clearly visible. “The social fabric is torn. Many Central Africans are deeply traumatized and reconciliation, in some cases, will certainly take time,” he said.’A country with enormous potential’The Deputy Secretary-General remains optimistic about the future of the CAR, however, believing that the country can turn the page, consolidate peace, achieve true reconciliation and social cohesion and promote development.“I found a country with enormous potential, a country with a lot of vitality and dynamism,” he told the conference, saying he had been impressed by the substantial human and material resources available in CAR. “Men and women from all walks of life have told me about their desire for peace and their hope for a different future,” he said.Emphasizing that the country’s vast natural resources must be exploited for sustainable development, Mr. Eliasson said: “The investment that promotes regional economic integration will help preserve peace.” It would also be necessary to mobilize the Central African Diaspora for rehabilitation initiatives.Signature of the Mutual Engagement FrameworkStressing the importance of the Framework for Mutual Commitment between the Central African Government and the international community, which was to be signed by the President of the CAR, Faustin-Archange Touadera, Mr. Eliasson said: “This agreement will support the political advancement at the highest level to promote peace and ensure the implementation of the National Plan for Recovery and Peacebuilding.”“Coordinated and well-planned initiatives, such as those articulated in the National Plan for Recovery and Peacebuilding will be paramount,” he continued, noting that “while we are committed to all these fronts, the priority of saving lives must remain essential.” Mr. Eliasson also stressed that progress on the political front is “more essential than ever, especially as a result of recent violence in the capital, Bangui, and elsewhere in the country. He welcomed the recent adoption by the Central African authorities of key reforms and strategies on demobilization, disarmament and reintegration (DDR), the security sector, police reform and reconciliation. Need for dialogue remains essential”Dialogue and continued political commitment will be necessary to carry out the implementation of these national plans,” he said, adding that the political and financial support of the international community will also be essential for their success.“At the same time, we must respond to demands and marginalization through continuous and inclusive dialogue and negotiations and the rejection of violence,” said the Deputy Secretary-General. “Armed groups must be disarmed as part of a comprehensive, inclusive and sustained DDR program,” he said, stressing that national defence and security forces must be transformed to be representative, balanced ethnically, effectively and responsibly. “National reconciliation must be facilitated at all levels,” he underscored. Stressing that “the United Nations will do its part,” Mr. Eliasson announced the immediate availability of $15 million from the UN Peacebuilding Fund to cover relevant peacebuilding needs.“Our peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, will continue to firmly counter the actions of troublemakers to prevent violence, ensure security and protect civilians,” he warned, stating that the UN will also continue political dialogue with the Government on the main priorities of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, security sector reform, reconciliation and social cohesion, restoration of state authority and the fight against Impunity. read more

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first_imgThe minute’s silenceCredit:SKY NEWS Khuram Butt, the London Bridge terrorist pictured working at West Kensington tube station in May 2016 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, from east LondonCredit: 12:02PMPolice arrest another suspect in connection with the attack 11:03AMAnd it is over A woman reacts during a minute's silence held for the victims of the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market Workers observe a minute’s silence for the victims of the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market at London Bridge Station, LondonCredit:REUTERS/Marko Djurica Butt, a 27-year-old British citizen born in Pakistan, and Rachid Redouane, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, carried out the deadly assault in which seven people died and dozens more were injured on Saturday night.He once worked at Westminster tube station and had access to tunnels under Parliament.Transport for London confirmed Butt worked for London Underground for just under six months as a trainee customer services assistant, leaving in October last year. As detail continues to emerge about Khuram Butt, so far very little has been found out about Rachid Redouane, the other terrorist named by police. 10:59AMMinute’s silence It also emerged Butt was a key contact of London bomber Mohammed Siddique Khan, as well as the hate preacher Anjem Choudary.Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said Butt was known to the security services, but there was no evidence of “attack planning” by him. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Piers Morgan and Susanna ReidCredit: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock 8:30AMBoris Johnson: It is right to question how killer slipped through our net The Telegraph’s Eleanor Steafel has more on one of the French nationals who is missing:Vincent Le Berre – a barman at Boro Bistrot, one of the restaurants where the terrorists attacked diners – has told how he saw his friend being stabbed in front of him and fears he may have since died from his injuries.Mr Le Berre was just two metres from the terrorists when they entered the bar and continued their stabbing spree. The 27-year-old’s mother gave her son’s account of the attack to French new site Le Telegramme. He told her: “The bar was full. A terrorist arrived on the roof of the bar and jumped onto the parasol on the terrace, injuring one of my colleagues. He immediately began to attack. One client was killed. “I found myself face to face with the terrorist, just two metres away from me. In saw the hate in his eyes! “I managed to escape him but my friend, Alexandre, didn’t have the chance to. He was stabbed in the neck with a knife.”Mr Le Barre’s mother, Marie-Jo, told how just two days before the attack, her son and his colleagues had received training in how to cope with a terrorist attack.She said: “This explains why he returned to the site of the drama to get 40 people in the bar to safety.”Vincent told his mother that he fears he has lost his friend, a young man of 27 who worked with him in Boro Bistro.  12:36PMKirsty Boden was a nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ A British Transport Police (BTP) officer has told how he chased the three terrorists behind the London Bridge attack after his colleague was stabbed in the eye.Pc Leon McLeod, 29, ran after Youssef Zaghba, Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane as they carried out their deadly knife attack, unaware of the condition of his fellow officer.He told the Press Association: “I thought he was okay at first. I still wish I could have done a bit more. It is still quite surreal.”Unfortunately, all I had my was baton. That was actually the first time I have had to use it.”Asked if he realised what was happening, Pc McLeod replied: “I didn’t really have time to think about it, even after my colleague was taken away. That was a good thing, I suppose.”Even when the bullets started going I didn’t think about what was actually going on.”Pc McLeod, who joined the force two years ago, said he and the injured officer – who has not been named – were on the same intake, adding he was happy to have him by his side on the night.He said the eight minutes it took for the incident to be over felt “like forever” and when he checked his watch he thought “is that it?”Fellow BTP officers Alfred Iswa, 51, and Lee Crook, who turned 36 on the night of the attack, described how they tended to their injured colleague.Pc Iswa said: “As soon as I got there, I could see blood was coming out of his face, near the eye.”I was trying to help him and he pointed to his baton towards the attacker and said ‘get him’. Even when injured, he was trying to fight.”He added that he checked his colleague’s body for other injuries and found he had a slash to his left thigh.Together with Pc Crook and a member of the public, they loaded him on to an emergency stretcher, ready to carry him to Guy’s Hospital.But a passing police van flashed them and the injured officer was taken to Kings Hospital.Describing how he got to the scene, Pc Crook said: “I got on the train from Lewisham. I wasn’t expecting it to stop at London Bridge. I was ready to pull the emergency alarm and jump out.”All three men returned to work on Monday, saying they wanted to get “back to normal as soon as possible”.They spoke as the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met members of the emergency services who were the first to respond to the terror attack.Pc McLeod said it felt “odd” meeting the royal couple at the Metropolitan Police’s Central Communications Command as so many people had been involved in the response to the attack. 3:54PMFearless football fan out of intensive care A Londoner, a Canadian woman and a French national were among those who were killed in Saturday night’s attack in the capital.These are the victims who have been confirmed as dead: James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, was last seen outside the Barrowboy And Banker pub and his sister said police have told her his bank card was found on a body at the scene of the attack.Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, was the first to be named. She died in her fiance’s arms after being struck by the speeding van on London Bridge. A French citizen was also killed, foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. The victim has not yet been named but French newspapers reported that he was from St Malo, Brittany, and worked in a bar in the London Bridge area. 9:56AMKhuram Butt’s gym: It is important we all stand united A plain clothes policeman (left) and neighbours outside the gate of Khuram Butt’s former family home in the village of Mujahidabad, PakistanCredit: TELEGRAPH EXCLUSIVE The gate of the Khuram Butt's former family home in the village of Mujahidabad, Pakistan First victim named in London Bridge terror attack, Chrissy Archibald 12:04PM’We’re not kids in the playground’: Sadiq Khan hits back at Donald Trump A commuter shelters from the rain beneath an umbrella as she passes floral tribute placed at the base of The Monument in London Five people were reported missing and have not been seen since the attack:Sebastien Belanger has not been seen since the attack, his girlfriend Gerda Bennet said on Facebook. His friends have set up a page on the social networking site in an attempt to find him.Xavier Thomas and his girlfriend, Christine Delcros, are said to have both been victims. Nathalie Cros Brohan said on Facebook her sister Ms Delcros was injured and taken to hospital, while Mr Thomas is yet to be found.Australian Sara Zelenak’s friends have appealed for help to find her on social media. Pri Goncalves said on Facebook she was the last person to see her on Saturday night.Family members have appealed on social media to trace Spaniard Ignacio Echeverria, 39. Joaquin Echeverria wrote on Facebook he had been seen “defending someone with his skateboard”.Dozens of others were injured, including four police officers:A British Transport Police (BTP) officer was stabbed in the head, face and leg after taking on the knifemen armed only with his baton.An off-duty Metropolitan Police officer was in hospital with serious injuries after he confronted the attackers with no weapon.Two other Met officers, who were both on duty, received less serious injuries during the rampage.New Zealander Oliver Dowling, 32, from Christchurch, is reported to have been left in a coma after being stabbed in the face, neck and stomach. It was reported his girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured.Sunday Express business editor Geoff Ho was left in intensive care after being stabbed in the throat when he tried to help a wounded bouncer.Two Australians were stabbed in the neck while prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government had “very real concerns” about another two citizens who may have been caught up in the attacks.Candice Hedge is recovering in St Thomas’ Hospital, while Andrew Morrison received stitches for a wound and was on his way home to Australia.Seven other French nationals were taken to hospital, four of whom were in a critical condition, Mr Le Drian said.Daniel O’Neill, 23, was left with a 7in wound from his stomach to his back and was saved by a friend who applied a tourniquet and took him downstairs in a pub. 3:17PMDuchess of Cornwall: Response to terror attack showed Britain at its best Third attacker named as Youssef Zaghba, 22Third victim named as Australian Kirsty BodenKhuram Butt’s family home in Pakistan raidedKiller once worked at Westminster tube stationLinked to 7/7 bomber and Anjem ChoudaryTheresa May: MI5 must review its handlingEverything we know about the attackWho were the London attack victims?The third terrorist behind the London Bridge attack has been named as it emerged he was arrested last year trying to get into Syria, yet was still able to get into the UK.Reports in the Italian media said Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba was stopped in Bologna, his mother is Italian and still lives there.Earlier it emerged the family home of Khuram Butt has been raided in Pakistan and the killer had worked at Westminster tube station and had access to tunnels under Parliament. Khuram Butt, left, and Rachid RedouaneCredit:Met Police Meanwhile, the third victim of Saturday’s outrage has been named as 28-year-old Guy’s and St Thomas’ nurse Kirsty Boden.  Geoff Ho, the business editor of the Sunday Express who risked his life on Saturday night to save others, has also made this statement in a blog post:Thank you for all the support I have received but first and foremost I would like the request that the privacy of my family and friends is respected.Also thank you to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel for taking such good care of me.I would like to extend my wishes to everyone who has been affected, especially to the family and friends over those still missing.I would like to clarify some of the events of Saturday night. I was involved in two separate incidents on Saturday night.I had just left the Wheatsheaf pub and saw two people attacking the bouncer. He was on his own and I held off the unarmed attackers until the police arrived. At that point I thought “job done, now for beer and food”.I went the five doors down the street to Black & Blue. Within 2 minutes of my leaving the Southwark Tavern and posting “not on my watch” on Facebook, the terrorist attackers arrived at the restaurant.Most of my friends and the staff hid under tables but my one of my friends was frozen behind me. I knew I had to face the attackers down, they were armed and I had the best chance of delaying them until the police arrived or they’d get everyone.I had to shield my friends and the people there. Then I noticed they had suicide vests on. I tried to slow them, they attacked. It happened so quickly. The b—–d in the Arsenal shirt came at me first. I think I got a hit in on one of him, but either he or his accomplice got me with a shot to the throat.They got my friend who was behind me with a minor stab wound in the face and hands and ran off. I picked up my friend and bundled him into the store room. I called the police and within moments they arrived. I gave the police descriptions of the three and we were evacuated.Also, I want to make it clear that many of my friends are Muslim. The people who attacked me were not representative of Islam. I stand in solidarity with my Muslim brothers and sisters.Thank you again for all the support I have received. My friends are currently fundraising in my name for the British Red Cross and London Air Ambulance and you can donate here:https://www.gofundme.com/geoff-ho-hero-fundraiserMy doctors have assured me that I will make a full recovery and after that I will talk to media. But I have to emphasise — my family and friends have been through enough. Please respect their privacy.Let’s let the healing begin. LONDON STRONG!!! Two people become emotional while looking at the flowers left on London BridgeCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Mayor of London Sadiq Khan stands with ambulance paramedics as they pause for a minutes’ silenceCredit:ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images 7:54AMButt worked at Westminster tube station and had access to tunnel 11:34AMGeoff Ho: The b—–d in the Arsenal shirt came at me first London Mayor Sadiq Khan appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today and was asked whether other individuals featured on The Jihadis Next Door might now become subject to closer investigation.Mr Khan told ITV1’s Good Morning Britain: “We’ve got to be careful what we talk about in a public debate, but I can reassure you the police and security services have seen the legitimate questions raised by the media and they will be responding.” 3:22PMMuslim leaders refuse to perform funeral prayers for attackers 3:05PMPolice officer tells how he tried to save Christine Archibald’s life Khuram Butt 2:08PMVincent Le Berre feared dead Khuram Butt’s former family home in the village of Mujahidabad, PakistanCredit: TELEGRAPH EXCLUSIVE Theresa May, appearing at a campaign rally in Stoke, has sidestepped calls to apologise to the families of those affected by the attack for the failings of the British state in keeping them safe.The PM said: “What matters for the future is making sure we have in place a government that is willing to support our police when they do what they need to do.”I support shoot-to-kill – eight minutes and our police officers had taken those terrorists out – Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t.” Roy Larner is out of intensive care.Friends of the 47-year-old today revealed he has been moved to the ward at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.The father-of-one had surgery on Sunday after he tried to fight off terrorists when they attacked revellers on Saturday night.Friend Kevin Downey, who uploaded a picture of Roy in hospital, said doctors had inserted tubes into lungs because they were filling with blood. Khuram Butt who appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about Islamic extremists 2:11PMRaid on home of Rachid Redouane’s wife 9:39AMSadiq Khan; The security services will be responding to questions Speaking afterwards, Dr Lambert said: “In a way we see those kind of injuries every day, but obviously not in such great numbers and in such a sort of intense, emotional scene with so much else going on.”Charles told staff at the adult critical care unit who thanked him for visiting: “It was the least I could do.”After the prince asked how they all managed to make it in to work at such short notice, anaesthetic nurse Natalie Poole told him she had walked the remaining two miles to the hospital after getting a taxi from her home in Battersea.He told the 34-year-old and her co-workers: “I have so much admiration for all you are doing, it’s a fantastic team.”Ms Poole, from Durham, and her colleagues said six patients were taken into surgery in the immediate aftermath of the attack.Among the patients visited by Charles and Camilla was Sunday Express business editor Geoff Ho, who was stabbed in the neck. The actions of medical staff and volunteers in response to the London Bridge terror attack showed “Britain at its best”, the Duchess of Cornwall said as she met hospital patients and workers.Camilla and the Prince of Wales visited the Royal London Hospital, where 12 injured victims were taken on Saturday night. 12:10PMEXCLUSIVE: Khuram Butt’s former family home after it was raided Khuram Butt's former family home in the village of Mujahidabad, Pakistan Theresa May has said she expects police and security services to launch a review after three terrorists slipped through the net to launch the devastating attack at London Bridge.The Prime Minister sidestepped questions over whether Boris Johnson was right to say the public would be asking questions about how the attackers were missed. Khuram Butt, the London Bridge terrorist pictured working at West Kensington tube station in May 2016Credit:NOBLE/DRAPER Theresa May speaks to the Done family during a Conservative party election campaign visit to their farm Credit:Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images 11:58AMEmotional scenes during minute’s silence He described how he came across her fiance among the walking wounded.”He was quite distressed,” said Pc Dolphin.”Afterwards, I found him at the other end of the bridge. I told him she had been pronounced dead. I was just hugging him for a while.”Earlier, Ms Archibald’s family said she would have had “no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death”.They have now told of the work she did at a homeless shelter after graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, where she studied social work.Her family said Ms Archibald’s role at the city’s Alpha House involved working on the “downtown outreach addiction” team.”She and a colleague would travel the city streets at night in their van with the intent of letting people in need of shelter know of Alpha House’s facilities and providing transportation as needed,” they said in a statement.She later worked mainly in the shelter itself. Her family added: “Chrissy saw her clients as people with varied, complex experiences that had led them to a time in their lives when they needed support.”She felt it was important to respect their stories, provide support and preserve their dignity.”Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he is “heartbroken” to learn of Ms Archibald’s death.Pc Dolphin spoke as the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended the Metropolitan Police’s Central Communications Command, where they spoke to first responders to the incident. The minute's silence 11:04AMBREAKING NEWS: Third attacker named in Italian media 4:33PMPolice officer tells how he chased the three terrorists Khuram Butt, left, and Rachid Redouane During the eight-minute long slaughter, the three knifemen ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge using a van and went on to stab people in Borough Market with 12-inch knives.The attackers, wearing fake suicide vests, were shot dead by eight officers after police unleashed a hail of 50 bullets upon them. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits the Royal London Hospital Credit:PETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images 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. Thirty-six people remain in London hospitals, with 18 in a critical care.As the nation collectively grieves following the third terror attack to hit the country in three months, a minute’s silence will observed on Tuesday at 11am in memory of the victims. The gate of the Khuram Butt’s former family home in the village of Mujahidabad, PakistanCredit: TELEGRAPH EXCLUSIVE The third victim Kirsty Boden Police raided the flat occupied by Rachid Redouane’s wife in Barking on Sunday.Here is footage from the operation: The five missing after the London attack Police officers at the gates of Downing Street, central London, observing a minute’s silenceCredit:Nick Ansell/PA Wire 12:01PMFirst image of Youseff Zaghba And here is the first image of the third attacker Youseff Zaghba, who is described as being aged 22 and, like the other attackers already named, from east London: 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, from east London She added: “Everybody gets on and does their job.”Among those who met the royals were Dr Chris Lambert and paramedic Tracy Porter, who were called to the north end of the bridge as reports of the attack emerged.They said they saw victims with stab wounds and those who had been run over by the van.Camilla told them patients were in “the best possible hands”. Security services have come under pressure after it emerged one of the attackers, Khuram Butt, 27, had been reported to the anti-terror hotline in 2015.Asked about the Foreign Secretary’s comments, Mrs May told Sky News: “I absolutely recognise people’s concerns.”During a visit to Bangor, North Wales, the PM said a review had been launched after the Manchester bombing and she expected the same process to be launched following Saturday’s rampage, when seven innocent victims were killed.She told political editor Faisal Islam: “MI5 and the police have already said they would be reviewing how they dealt with Manchester and I would expect them to do exactly the same in relation to London Bridge.”What Government needs to do is, and what the Government that comes in after Thursday’s election needs to be willing to do, is to give more powers to the police and security service when they need them, needs to deal with this issue of terrorism and extremism online and also needs to be able to call out extremism here in the United Kingdom.” Police officers at the gates of Downing Street, central London, observing a minute's silence London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid A woman reacts during a minute’s silence held for the victims of the attack on London Bridge and Borough MarketCredit:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Imam Irfan Chishti (left) and Superintendent David Pester of Greater Manchester Police (right) speak to worshippers attending Friday prayers at Manchester Central Mosque following the terror attack last monthCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire Khuram Butt who appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about Islamic extremistsCredit:Channel 4 Imam Irfan Chishti (left) and Superintendent David Pester of Greater Manchester Police (right) speak to worshippers attending Friday prayers at Manchester Central Mosque following the terror attack last month After his appearance on BBC Breakfast this morning, Boris Johnson has also been speaking on Sky News.He acknowledged that people would be asking “How on earth could we have let this guy or possibly more through the net?”.He said:What we are also doing though is tackling this particular scourge, this threat from Islamisist nutters and scumbags, and the way to do that is to invest in counter-terrorism and we’re putting 30% more, £500 million more into SIS (Secret Intelligence Service), into GCHQ, into MI5, because they are at the front line of that work.People are going to look at the front pages today and they are going to say how on earth could we have let this guy or possibly more through the net, what happened?How can he possibly be on a Channel 4 programme and then committing atrocities like this, and that is a question that will need to be answered by MI5, by the police as the investigation goes on.I can’t answer that question now. What I can say is that we are not only going to invest in our counter-terrorism but we are also looking at, as the Prime Minister said, as Theresa said on Sunday, we’re looking at a range of intensified measures to tackle this hydra- headed problem. 2:32PMTheresa May sidesteps calls to apologise to victims’ families Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meet members of staff at the Royal London Hospital 2:03PMLatest NHS figures: 15 patients remain in a critical condition Khuram ButtCredit: 1:24PMTheresa May: Review needed into how terrorists slipped through the net A commuter shelters from the rain beneath an umbrella as she passes floral tribute placed at the base of The Monument in LondonCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images 11:43AMZaghba was known to Italian authorities Mr Downey said: “He’s doing okay, he’s up on the ward now just needs some rest. They’ve told him about 10 days.”They took the tubes out of his lungs because they were filling up with blood.”The brave Millwall FC supporter was been given a ‘how to run’ guide by his mates in light of his decision to take on the terror trio rather than flee.Friends visiting the hero in hospital left him the ‘Runner’s World’ book at his bedside last night/Monday.Pictured in bed the father-of-one shows off his battle wounds where he was stabbed five times by the terrorists on Saturday night.Archie Webber-Brown set up a petition for Roy to be awarded to George Cross for his bravery when he tried to take on the knife-wielding extremists.The 20-year-old, whose dad Jason has been best friends with Roy for decades, said: “I’ve known Roy for years because he’s one of my dad’s best mates.”My dad visited him in hospital and said he’s doing okay, he was awake and talking.”I think he deserves the recognition of the George Cross for showing bravery. He was willing to put himself in danger to help others escape.”He’s lucky to be alive after that.”The petition on change.org calls for the father-of-one teenage daughter to receive the highest award a civilian can receive for showing extreme courage in the face of adversity – the equivalent of the Victoria Cross in the military.It has received almost 2,500 signatures in less than two days. People near the scene of the recent attack observe a minute's silence Scotland Yard say counter-terror officers are searching a property in Ilford, east London, after entering the address at around 1.30am.No arrests had been made as part of the search, the force said. 11:22AMBREAKING NEWS: Third victim named as Kirsty Boden Rachid Redouane Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meet members of staff at the Royal London HospitalCredit:Peter Nicholls – WPA Pool/Getty Images Commuters walk in the rain past a security barrier installed between the pavement and the road on London Bridge Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba is London’s third assassin, it is reported.Reports in the Italian media said he was stopped in Bologna, his mother is Italian and still lives there.More to follow. The statement was published on the website of the Muslim Council of Britain, the UK’s largest Muslim body, which described the decision as an “unprecedented move,” noting that the signatories have “not only refused to perform the traditional Islamic prayer for the terrorist – a ritual that is normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions – but also have called on others to do the same.”Opening with a strongly worded condemnation of the recent terror attacks, the statement asserts that the terrorists’ acts “alienate them from any association with our community for whom the inviolability of every human life is the founding principle.” People are right to ask questions about how one of the London Bridge attackers “slipped through our net”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said.Security services have come under pressure after it was revealed that Khuram Butt, 27, had appeared on Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door and had also been reported to the anti-terror hotline in 2015.Mr Johnson acknowledged the concerns as he took aim at criticism from Labour over cuts to policing, saying blaming police resources for the attacks “detracts from the responsibility of these scumbags”He told BBC Breakfast: “People are understandably right to look at photographs in today’s papers of the TV show that this guy was in and to ask what happened, how did this person slip through our net in the way that he seems to have done?”I can’t really comment much about that because there is a live ongoing investigation, but one point I would make for all our viewers is it is very important that we look at this issue, when we look at policing, that we don’t take the focus on responsibility away from the people who did it, from the terrorists.” 10:34AMSecond killer Rachid Redouane ‘was not known to Irish police’ The minute’s silence is about to start. Mr Khan said that “over half” of the 400 Britons who are believed to have returned to the UK after fighting in Syria are thought to be in London.He told GMB:I can’t follow 400 people. What we can do is make sure that we have the resources for the police.The Metropolitan Police budget – 15%-20% of it comes from me, the Mayor, the rest comes from the Government.If the Metropolitan Police budget is being shrunk and reduced, they have got to prioritise and use their resources in a sensible way.The three men responsible for the attack on Saturday night hadn’t come from overseas, they were to all intents and purposes integrated into our national life. One of them was an Arsenal fan.The job of the police is not simply following those who come from Syria and Iraq and other places around the world, but also making sure they are keeping an eye on those people who are here. But that means we have to get them the resources they need. More than 200 Muslim leaders from across the UK have signed a statement condemning the terror attack that took place in London on Saturday – and saying they will refuse to perform the traditional Islamic prayers for the perpetrators at their funerals. The five missing after the London attackCredit: 10:56AMAmber Rudd hits back at Boris Johnson’s comments Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was not for her or Mr Johnson to assess how Butt slipped through the net.”It’s not really for me or for the Foreign Secretary to say how that happened or what happened,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.”It’s like any incident, you will look and find out whether there is something to learn. I can say with absolute confidence that they will want to do that, but I can say that without, I hope, putting any sort of suggestion of blame because it’s very easy to rush in and say ‘what went wrong?’.”There were some fantastic elements of this where the counter-terrorism policing and security services worked incredibly closely and effectively.”But as we have seen in the past three months, there has been a step up in attacks against us from the enemy, and we need to make sure that we improve, make changes, do more to counter extremism as we go forward.” 10:46AMBoris Johnson caught out on air NHS England has today released the following patient figures:Of the 48 individuals who were conveyed, a total of 32 patients are currently being cared for in London hospitals.  Of these 15 patients remain in a critical condition.  9:35AMMinute’s silence at 11am The third victim Kirsty BodenCredit: Metropolitan Police He was a member of the Young Muslims Advisory Group (Ymag), after applying for the role in 2009 and going through a number of background security checks – set up so the government could “engage” with young Muslims after the July 7 bombings.Along with the other members, Saad Butt met the two ministers every three months to be a “critical friend” to the government.He contributed to a report published through the Office of Public Management called “It’s a two-way thing — Improving communication between young people and government” in 2010.When the Coalition government cut funding to Ymag that year, a company was set up to complete research the group was carrying out for the Association of Chief Police Officers — now the National Police Chiefs Council — on young Muslims’ disaffection with the police.It was registered to Mr Butt’s family home near Forest Gate. Along with another former Ymag member, Mr Butt was paid to finish the research. Mr Butt and his colleague were paid “under £10,000” by Acpo to finish the police research. 7:35AMThe latest on the victims The royal couple were shown around the hospital, in the east of the city, by Barts Health NHS Trust chief executive Alwen Williams and A&E clinical director Dr Malik Ramadhan.Staff told how passers-by had stopped to help as the incident unfolded, at times simply by talking to the victims to keep them conscious.Camilla said: “It’s Britain at its best isn’t it? Everybody pulls together, there doesn’t seem to be any panic.” 8:18AMButt’s accomplices: Who were they? Kirsty Boden was a nurse at the nearby Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.The hospital has just released this statement:It is with great sadness that we can confirm that a member of Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff tragically died during the London Bridge terror attack on Saturday 3 June.Kirsty Boden, 28, who was originally from Australia, worked as a staff nurse in Theatres Recovery at Guy’s Hospital.Her next of kin, as well as staff colleagues, have been informed. We are offering support to staff at this extremely difficult and distressing time.Dame Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, added:As the Chief Nurse of Guy’s and St Thomas’ I cannot put into words how sad I am that we have lost one of our own.Kirsty was an outstanding nurse and a hugely valued member of the staff team in Theatres Recovery, described by her colleagues as ‘one in a million’ who always went the extra mile for the patients in her care.Our thoughts at this time are with her family, her loved ones and our staff who have lost a dear friend and colleague.Following the Westminster Bridge terror attack on 22 March, this is the second time in less than three months when our hospitals, patients, visitors and staff have been in the middle of hugely traumatic events.Our priority at this difficult time is not only to provide care of the highest quality to our patients but also to look after our staff. We would ask the media to respect the right of staff to focus on putting patients first at this time.Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said:As with the Westminster Bridge incident, our staff responded with courage and tremendous professionalism following the horrific events of Saturday night.We are extremely proud of them. And here is the latest update on patient numbers from the terror attack at Guy’s and St Thomas’:9 patients were treated in A&E at St Thomas’ Hospital5 have been discharged4 patients have been admitted to hospital and continue to be treated. Theresa May speaks to the Done family during a Conservative party election campaign visit to their farm  Kirsty Boden Charisse O’Leary, 38, the mother of Redouane’s 18-month-old daughter, was reportedly arrested at the temporary accommodation centre near Barking train station, half a mile from Butt’s apartment.She has now been released without charge. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was caught out on air when he criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for opposing anti-terror laws that he also voted against.Mr Johnson used a series of morning interviews to counter criticism from Labour over security failings, saying it was “weird” for Mr Corbyn to intervene as he had consistently opposed anti-terror laws.BBC presenter Mishal Husain pointed out that Mr Johnson and Theresa May had opposed key terror laws, and Mr Johnson voted against controversial measures to detain terror suspects for up to 90 days in 2005.It came after Mr Johnson ramped up pressure on the security services by saying the public were right to ask how one of the London Bridge attackers “slipped through our net”, after it was revealed that Khuram Butt, 27, was reported to authorities in 2015. 7:19AMProperty searched in Ilford The father-of-two, who reportedly appeared on Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, was investigated in 2015 but was part of a probe “prioritised in the lower echelons of our investigative work”, Mr Rowley said.The disclosure means that perpetrators in all three of the terrorist outrages to hit Britain this year had at some point appeared on the radar of authorities.Butt, who reportedly went by the name Abu Zaitun, was known to neighbours by the nickname “Abs/z” and was allegedly an associate of radical hate preacher Anjem Choudary. Further details have emerged overnight about the two terrorists who have been named, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.It is reported this morning that Butt worked at Westminster Tube station and had access to tunnel under the Houses of Parliament – despite being known to police and MI5 and featuring in a TV documentary about British jihadis. The scene at London Bridge: A minute’s silence will be held to remember the victims of the London Bridge attack this morning at 11am.The event will be marked across the country and at all government buildings where flags will fly at half-mast until this evening.Announcing the minute’s silence, the government said: “The silence will be marked at all government buildings and other organisations may follow suit.”Flags will remain at half-mast on Whitehall government buildings until Tuesday evening.” Workers observe a minute's silence for the victims of the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market at London Bridge Station, London Commuters walk in the rain past a security barrier installed between the pavement and the road on London BridgeCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images Rachid RedouaneCredit:PA A plain clothes policeman (left) and neighbours outside the gate of Khuram Butt's former family home in the village of Mujahidabad, Pakistan Her family said “she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge”.A hospital spokeswoman said she was “an outstanding nurse and a hugely valued member of the staff team”. He was also known to use the name Rachid Elkhdar, and was understood to be in possession of an Irish identity card when he was shot dead by police. Redouane, who was married to a British woman and had a daughter with her, is thought to have lived in Dublin previously. It was not clear when or how he arrived in the UK.Redouane, a chef, was seen visiting his wife, Charisse, only three hours before he and his two accomplices carried out the attack, neighours said.He and his wife are reported to have split up over their differing views on religion, after they clashed over the best way to raise their child.Police said while they believed they knew who the third terrorist was they were still working with international partners to formally identify him.The disclosure that he is not British will raise questions about how recently he moved to the UK and under what circumstances he had entered the country. More background on Youseff Zaghba, the third London Bridge terrorist, who was arrested last year at Bologna airport trying to get to SyriaAccording to reports in the Italian press, Zaghba, grew up with his parents in Morocco until they split when he was a child.He then regularly stayed with his father but regularly visited his Italian mother at her home just outside the northern city of Bologna.He was there last year and after telling his mother he was going to Rome, bought a one way ticket to Istanbul.Carrying only a rucksack, he was stopped by Italian security services at the airport and was arrested on suspicion of trying to make his way to Syria.Italian police seized his mobile phone and found a large amount of religious content, but nothing that necessarily suggested an interest in jihad.But it has also emerged that he had been placed on an Italian watchlist for potential terrorists after his behaviour raised concern with the intelligence services. More on the man who appears to have been the ringleader of the London Bridge killers.Khuram Butt had trained at the Ummah Fitness Centre in St Luke’s Avenue, Ilford.A statement posted on the gym’s door said: “We at UFC gym are shocked and saddened by the events that occurred at London Bridge and Borough on Saturday night. There is never any justification for indiscriminately killing civilians.”We have hundreds of people training at UFC gym each week. We are a welcoming and open part of the community.”While Mr Butt did occasionally train here at UFC gym we do not know him well nor did we see anything of concern, we will of course help the police in any way we can.”In these challenging times it is important we all stand united. We must avoid scapegoating any part of the community.” The Telegraph’s Colin Freeman has this:This morning, dozens of plain clothes officers in Pakistan searched a restaurant of one of Khuram Butt’s relatives in the city of Jhelum, 60 miles south east of Islamabad. The officers – believed to be from the all-powerful Inter Service Intelligence agency, which is Pakistan’s answer to M15 – were seen by a Telegraph reporter outside premises thought to belong to Nasir Butt, a well-known businessman in the area.One official at the scene told The Telegraph that British officials had said that they suspected Khuram Butt had been radicalised in the UK rather than in Pakistan, but that they were carrying out searches of relatives’ houses as precaution.”Our British counterparts told us they don’t think he was radicalised here, and we think it is probably more likely that he was trained in Syria. But we are searching the homes of any relatives connected to him and we are tracing all telephone calls made by family members,” the official said.Butt, 27, from Barking, is believed to have been born in the Jhelum area. His father, Saif, is believed to have owned a furniture shop in Jhelum before emigrating to the UK in 1988 with his family.  Jhelum lies in a part of Pakistan where many members of the British-Pakistani community originally hail from. The nearby city of Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, is known as “Little England” due to its large British Pakistani community.Read more here.  We did know the Moroccan-Libyan pastry chef, 30, had an Irish identity card and until recently been living in Dublin. Questions were then raised about how he entered the UK.Sky News are now reporting Redouane was not known to the PSNI and there is no evidence he crossed Ireland’s land border to enter the UK.Redouane had used the pseudonym Rachid Elkhdar, and reportedly spent time living in a tower block in Dagenham in east London, not far from the home in Barking of his fellow attacker.Charisse O’Leary, 38, the mother of Redouane’s 18-month-old daughter, was reportedly arrested at a temporary accommodation centre near Barking train station, half a mile from Butt’s apartment.She has now been released without charge. The former family home in Pakistan of Khuram Butt, the ringleader behind Saturday’s attack, was raided by police today. Here it is: A 27-year-old man has been arrested in Barking in connection with the London Bridge attack, Scotland Yard said.The latest arrest takes the total number held as part of the investigation to 13. Twelve have been released without charge. Following a series of important updates in the last hour to the London Bridge terror attack investigation, here are a few images of the minute’s silence held at 11am in memory of the victims: The Met Police have issued this statement today on behalf of the family of Kirsty Boden:Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend. She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life. We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life. Kirsty – we love you and we will miss you dearly.We will not be making any further comments on this tragedy and ask everyone, especially the media, to give us the privacy we need to grieve away from the public eye. Kirsty BodenCredit: First victim named in London Bridge terror attack, Chrissy ArchibaldCredit: Butt had worked at the Ummah Fitness Centre, which was run by Sajeel Shahid, who is suspected of running weapons training in Pakistan for the 7/7 bombers.He is said to be a key contact of London bomber Mohammed Siddique Khan, as well as the hate preacher Anjem Choudary.The paper also reports that Butt’s brother Saad was involved in fight against terror. He had received funding from police as part of his involvement with the Prevent programme to combat extremism. Two people become emotional while looking at the flowers left on London Bridge People near the scene of the recent attack observe a minute’s silenceCredit:REUTERS/Toby Melville Unlike Butt, his accomplices were not known to the security services and are both thought to be foreign nationals.The second terrorist was named as Rachid Redouane, 30, who police said had claimed to be both Moroccan and Libyan. Butt also worked at Canada Water station in the Docklands before he was reportedly sacked for poor attendance.Transport for London said Butt had worked there from May to October last year. Last night a spokesman for TfL declined to comment. The Times said the group did a “dry run” minutes before the attack- checking traffic, number of potential victims and whether police were in the area. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan stands with ambulance paramedics as they pause for a minutes' silence Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits the Royal London Hospital  Earlier today Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was asked on TV for a response to Donald Trump’s tweets about in over the last couple of days.He said he’s too busy to get involved. 7:59AMBREAKING NEWS: Khuram Butt’s home in Pakistan raided A police officer has told how he tried to save the life of Christine Archibald, who died in the London Bridge terror attack.Ms Archibald, 30, died in fiance Tyler Ferguson’s arms after being struck by a speeding white van driven by one of the three terrorists before they went on a knife rampage.City of London Police Officer Liam Dolphin, one of the first to respond to the incident, said: “I was giving CPR to her.” 10:26AMBoris Johnson says terrorism is a ‘hydra- headed problem’ Roylast_img read more

iPhone manufacturer denies strike at Chinese factory

first_imgFOXCONN HAS SAID that production at its central Chinese factory that makes Apple’s iPhones is continuing without interruption, denying a labour watch group’s report that thousands of workers at the plant had gone on strike.New York-based China Labour Watch had reported that 3,000 to 4,000 workers at the factory in Zhengzhou city went on strike on Friday over increased quality control demands and having to work during an extended national holiday.Foxconn, a Taiwan-based electronic manufacturer, confirmed there were two isolated, small-scale disputes between production line workers and quality assurance personnel on Monday and Tuesday at the factory, but denied there was any strike or work stoppage.Foxconn did not specify what issues had caused the dispute, but said immediate measures were taken to resolve the problems, including adding production line workers.China Labour Watch had said several iPhone 5 production lines at the factory were paralyzed after the workers found the new quality control demands difficult to meet and went on strike.The group said the workers also were angry about being forced to work through China’s National Day Golden Week holiday, which ends tomorrow.The iPhone 5, the latest in the line of the smartphones, arrived in Ireland last week.Foxconn said its employees in China who worked during the holiday did so voluntarily and were being paid three times their normal pay, in accordance with Chinese labor law.China Labor Watch said workers also beat quality control inspectors, who carried out their own work stoppage after management ignored their complaints.Apple could not be reached immediately for comment.According to China Labour Watch, Apple and Foxconn had imposed stricter quality standards regarding indentations and scratches on the frames and back covers of the iPhones but did not provide workers with proper training to meet the new demands.In late September, a brawl involving 2,000 workers broke out at Foxconn’s factory in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, highlighting chronic labor tensions in a country that prohibits independent unions.Labour activists have said the rollout of the iPhone 5 has led to longer working hours and more pressure on workers.Foxconn factory reopens after 5,000 police needed to end brawl>last_img read more

Munster go top after stunning solo effort by JJ Hanrahan

first_imgJJ HANRAHAN PUT in a stunning solo display as he accounted for all of Munster’s points in a 13 — 6 win over Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun. The outhalf kicked two penalties and scored an excellent second-half try to put Munster top of the league.A Hanrahan penalty kick from the halfway line was the sole success for Munster after a bruising first-half against a previously unbeaten Warriors side.The Kerry native made a great connection from just over 55 metres out to level the scores after 22 minutes. Duncan Weir, however, was successful with two penalties and the league leaders were 6 — 3 up at the break.The main story, before kick-off, was the late changes Rob Penney was forced to make as Keith Earls and Paul O’Connell succumbed to injury. Casey Laulala and Billy Holland came into the XV and Glasgow, sensing weakness, opted to attack the visitors in the setpiece.Weir’s first penalty was from 45 metres out but Hanrahan’s response, 10 minutes later, was from a greater distance: YouTube credit: RaboDirect PRO12The Munster pack was not at its cohesive best and Warriors were more than happy to duke it out for the remainder of the half.Three minutes later, the outhalf then backed himself when faced with a flat Glasgow defensive line. He somehow broke through a narrow gap out on the right wing and dived over to give his side the lead.YouTube credit: RaboDirect PRO12Hanrahan’s conversion made it 10 — 6 before adding a penalty three minutes later. The visitors battened the hatches down for a tense finish. Yellow cards to James Cronin [55 minutes] and Dave Kilcoyne [76] did not make their task any easier but Munster held out for the win and now top the Pro12 standings.There was a late biting allegation made by Donncha O’Callaghan against a Glasgow player but the matter will now fall into the citing commissioner’s hands.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Keith Wood’s a Mé Féiner, he let himself down with Lions criticism — Gatlandlast_img read more

All the publicans in this Cork town plan on keeping the shutters

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3868834 Friday 23 Feb 2018, 5:03 PM By Gordon Deegan Feb 23rd 2018, 5:00 PM Image: Eamon Ward Take me to Fora Scanlon’s bar are happy to be closed on Good Friday. Image: Eamon Ward Short URL ALL OF THE publicans in one rural town are going keep their doors shut and remain closed for business this coming Good Friday.This follows the six publicans based in the north Cork town of Newmarket coming together and deciding collectively that they will not open their doors in spite of the state lifting the 91-year-old ban on pubs serving alcohol on Good Friday.John Scanlon of Scanlon’s Bar on Church Street, the publican who first proposed the move in an initial chat with a colleague said: “We have only two days off each year, Christmas Day and Good Friday and we want to hold onto that. It is a day publicans want to spend with their families.”According to the most recent census, Newmarket has a population of 976 and the move has received an overwhelmingly positive response from pub customers in the town.Publican Joan Hourigan has been serving pints from the behind the counter at Hourigan’s Bar on Newmarket’s New Street for the past 50 years.A mother of nine, five of her children are involved in the business and Hourigan said that she has always enjoyed a day out or decorating their shut pub on Good Friday “and I don’t want to give that up”.Hourigan said that the day off on Good Friday “is something that I cherish and a tradition I want to maintain”.She said that religion is playing only “a small part” in her decision to remain closed.“A lot of our customers would be older farmers and I wouldn’t think we would be particularly busy on Good Friday anyway. They have grown up with the tradition and I think they will see it out.”ClosedMick Hourigan, another publican in the village, announced the move to his customers on his pub’s Facebook page and the response from customers has been universally positive.Hourgian operates a bar and a nightclub in the village employing more than 20 people.“There are 363 days a year when the pub is open and I think that is plenty. Soon they will want us to open on Christmas Day,” said Hourigan. “I wouldn’t ask my staff to work on Good Friday. What is around on a Friday is not a lot.”Scanlon admitted that the decision to close can only work when all publicans in the area decide to close.“It would be different for city publicans who would be giving up a lot of revenues by staying shut on a Friday night, but I don’t think there would be a lot around here on Good Friday.”Scanlon said that there has been no negative feedback from customers and the response has been positive.“It is going against the grain – but who knows? Other pubs around the country may follow.”On the Facebook page of Mick Hourigan’s pub, one customer wrote: “It is great to see that old traditions matter to our country … well done to you and hopefully more will follow.”Another wrote “well done Newmarket, keep up our traditions” while one woman posted: “Well done to ye guys. Fair play. Our country needs to stand up for its traditions. Very proud that it is Newmarket leading the way – ‘we lead where others follow’”.PolicyEarlier this year, President Michael D Higgins signed into law the amendment to the Intoxicating Liquor Act that lifted the Good Friday pub ban that had been in place since 1927.Independent Senator Gerald Craughwell was a co-sponsor of the bill that has resulted in the lifting of the ban.“The bill was all about choice, especially for publicans and I fully respect the decision by the publicans of Newmarket to stay closed on Good Friday. It is very interesting that they have come together to do this,” said Craughwell.Craughwell said that he wasn’t approached by any vintners while the bill went through the Oireachtas.A spokesman for the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) said today: “Like all other days of the year – except Christmas Day – publicans can choose to open or remain closed on Good Friday. The decision is entirely their own to make.“The removal of the ban on serving alcohol in licensed premises on Good Friday has received broad support from the pub sector particularly as many tourists visit Ireland during the Easter period.”Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Gordon Deegan and posted on Fora.iecenter_img Share1481 Tweet Email3 82,750 Views 147 Comments Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Scanlon’s bar are happy to be closed on Good Friday. All the publicans in this Cork town plan on keeping the shutters down this Good Friday Six establishments in Newmarket have committed to stay closed. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gerry Adams I disagree with Congressman Peter King profoundly on many many

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Archive/PA Images 21,169 Views Share Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3221193 Feb 4th 2017, 9:00 PM Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams after meeting a delegation of American politicians, including Congressman Peter King (background) from New York during their one day visit to Northern Ireland in 1997. By Christina Finn Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM Adams has met and shook hands with Donald Trump in the past, when the pair greeted each other at this 1995 fundraising dinner in New York. It was a big event for Adams, who had been barred from entering the US until January 1994 when then-president Bill Clinton approved a 48-hour visa.Adams said Irish-American links need to be nurtured at this time so as to support the 50,000 undocumented Irish living in the US.“Our input into the USA is across the bridge of Irish-America. It is about the cause, the peace process, it’s about the Good Friday Agreement. It is about ending the partition and bringing about Irish unity.[It’s] up to us ensure that the strength of Irish America is asserted as it was in the past – to mind the undocumented Irish, to push for the peace process to be supported… but it is the diaspora who will do that, and the good friends we have on Capitol Hill, the congressmen and senators who have stuck by Ireland through thick and thin.CriticismThe criticism had been levelled at Adams by Fianna Fáil in the last week over his possible connections to both King and Trump.Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins had asked Sinn Féin to clarify whether the party has received donations from either Congressman King or President Trump in the past.The BBC reports that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani identified Congressman King in a TV interview as one of the members of a commission which designed the immigration ban. Newsday reports that a representative for the congressman said King supported President Donald Trump’s executive order curbing the entry of refugees and legal immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, but said he played no role in helping craft the policy.Read the full interview with the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams this Sunday morning on TheJournal.ie. Read: Mary Lou on Trump: ‘I deplore and detest that politics. It makes my skin crawl’>Read: Gerry Adams says Stormont collapse is not a threat to the peace process> Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams after meeting a delegation of American politicians, including Congressman Peter King (background) from New York during their one day visit to Northern Ireland in 1997. Image: PA Archive/PA Images SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has said he disagrees “profoundly” with some of the opinions of US Congressman Peter King, a long-time Sinn Féin supporter who has been identified as an architect of the travel ban in the United States.Sinn Féin was criticised this week for its ties to the Republican congressman, who is believed to have been part of the team which came up with the plans for Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and people from certain countries from entering the US.Peter King has been a vocal supporter of Sinn Féin in the past and in an interview in the 1990s with The Washington Post he said: ”Listen, I think I’m one of the people who brought about peace in Ireland.”Asked about the connections between Sinn Féin and Donald Trump’s administration, Gerry Adams told TheJournal.ie that there are none.“The only example our detractors can come up with is Peter King. Peter King supported the hunger strikers when the politicians here didn’t. Peter King supports Irish unity,” said Adams.“I disagree with Peter King profoundly on many, many other issues. I remember an event I was at in New York and a woman said to him in my presence, ‘Peter, how come you are wrong on every issue, but Ireland’”.Following on from Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s remarks on Trump this week, the Sinn Féin leader said he does not agree with President Trump’s recent actions on immigration and refugees.I profoundly object to what the president has been saying and what he has been doing, but I also profoundly objected to what President Bush did and to what President Obama did. Short URL 51 Comments Gerry Adams: ‘I disagree with Congressman Peter King profoundly on many, many issues’ Criticism has been levelled at Sinn Féin over their connections to a congressman linked to the US travel ban. last_img read more

34 refugees drown off Farmakonisi

first_imgThirty-four refugees, almost half of them babies and children, drowned when their boat sank off a Greek island on Sunday, almost certainly the largest death toll in those waters since the migrant crisis began, the coastguard said.Four babies, six boys and five girls died when the wooden vessel carrying them overturned on Sunday morning, about three miles (5 km) east of the small island of Farmakonisi, close to Turkey’s coast, the service added.Tens of thousands of mainly Syrian refugees have braved rough seas this year to make the short but precarious journey from Turkey to Greece’s eastern islands, mainly in flimsy and overcrowded inflatable dinghies.Thousands have died, many of them taking the much longer crossing from Libya, in Europe’s worst migrant crisis in decades.Details of the nationalities and ages of the victims of Sunday’s sinking off Farmakonisi were not immediately available.The coastguard said 68 people were rescued from the water and another 30 survivors from the same boat were found on Farmakonisi.On Lesbos, an island which has borne the brunt of Greece’s migrant intake, a Reuters photographer saw 10 dinghies arriving within 90 minutes on Sunday.One inflatable carrying about 70 refugees, including many children, burst about 100 meters (90 yards) from the shore.Locals pulled infants and toddlers – including a two-month old baby cradled by his father – ashore on rubber rings.Greece has regularly called for more help from authorities in dealing with the influx, and caretaker Prime Minister Vasiliki Thanou urged the bloc on Sunday to agree a more comprehensive policy.Other countries were wrong to criticize Greece’s response to the flow of migrants, Thanou said during a trip to Lesbos.“We would urge them to consider the responsibility of guarding a 16,000 km long coastline of European borders … and whether a future Europe of principles can be constructed by building walls,” she said.The vast majority of refugees reaching Greece quickly head north to other countries, with Germany the most favored destination.EU states have so far failed to reach agreement over proposals by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to accept a mandatory quota system for accepting refugees.Source: Reuters, Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more