In solidarity with Palestinian people

first_imgThe International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year, in accordance with General Assembly mandates contained in resolutions 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, 34/65 D of 12 December 1979, and subsequent resolutions adopted under agenda item “Question of Palestine.”According to the UN, the date of 29 November was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people. On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which came to be known as the Partition Resolution. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”, with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.The Palestinian people, who now number more than eight million, live primarily in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, including East Jerusalem; in Israel; in neighbouring Arab States; and in refugee camps in the region.Guyana and Palestine formally established diplomatic relations in 2013, with the signing of a Communiqué by Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador George Talbot and the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine Ambassador Riyad Mansour.The two countries committed to enhance their existing friendly and cooperative relations. Guyana is the first member of Caribbean Community (Caricom) to establish diplomatic ties with Palestine. In January 2011, Guyana was also the first Caricom country to recognise Palestine as a free, independent and sovereign State based on its 1967 borders.During the establishment of formal ties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had reminded that Guyana is a member of the United Nations Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people. The government has been a longstanding supporter of the people of Palestine in their struggle to realise their rights to self-determination, an independent state and permanent homeland.Back in November of 2012, Guyana also supported Palestine’s bid for Non-Member State Observer Status in the United Nations. Guyana was among UN Member States that voted in favour of what was dubbed the de facto recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state and it used the occasion to reiterate its solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for recognition.The International Day of Solidarity has traditionally provided an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remained unresolved and that the Palestinian people are yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.In response to the call of the United Nations, various activities are undertaken annually by governments and civil society in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.These activities include, among other things, the issuance of special messages of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the organisation of meetings, the dissemination of publications and other information material, and the screening of films.In his message, the UN Secretary–General reminded that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one of many conflicts in the region. It is in many ways a long-standing, gaping wound that has fed tension and conflict throughout the Middle East.“Israeli and Palestinian leaders still voice their support for the two-State solution. However, without urgent steps to revive a political perspective, they risk entrenching a one-state reality. Recent years have witnessed two unsuccessful attempts at negotiating a peaceful settlement, three armed conflicts, thousands of dead – the vast majority of them Palestinian civilians – rampant incitement, terror attacks, thousands of rockets and bombs fired at Israel from Gaza, and an expanding, illegal Israeli settlement enterprise that risks undermining Israel’s democratic values and the character of its society.This year, the number of demolitions of Palestinian houses and other structures by Israeli forces has doubled, compared to 2015.Gaza remains a humanitarian emergency, with two million Palestinians struggling with crumbling infrastructure and a paralysed economy, and tens of thousands still displaced, awaiting reconstruction of homes destroyed by conflict.”last_img read more

Perfect Gilas goes for SEA Games gold, sweep in 3×3 men’s basketball

first_imgThe Philippines’ Jason Perkins reacts after scoring against Thailand in the semifinals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas Men eased past Thailand, 21-11, to enter the gold medal round in 3×3 basketball of the 30th Southeast Asian Games Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Big men Jason Perkins and Mo Tautuaa again had a field day in the shaded area, muscling their way to a combined 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations ‘People evacuated on their own’ Despite coming up short of gold, Inso still honored to contribute medal for PH Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday View comments The Philippines raced to an early 10-2 lead after a basket by Tautuaa and never letup.Perkins stretched the gap to 11, 18-7 before Tautuaa scored Gilas’ last three points, including a deuce with 35 seconds left to end the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Gilas, which improved to 7-0, plays for the gold medal and an eight-game sweep against the winner between Indonesia and Vietnam later in the day.Perkins topscored with seven points, Tautuaa finished with six while CJ Perez chipped in five points.last_img read more

Impala lifts 2018 KRU Women’s 10-a-side festival title

first_imgFading light ruled out the possibility of proceeding with play in sudden death and penalty kicks, meaning the winner had to be decided by the toss of a coin as stipulated in the tournament manual. Lady luck smiled on the Sarries who emerged victorious.They had earlier blanked outgoing champions Northern Suburbs 21-0 in the semis while Nakuru edged out Mwamba 12-0.Suburbs would finish the Nakuru round in third place after a 12-0 win over Mwamba while early pacesetters Homeboyz took fifth place with a 5-0 win over Shamas.Comras finished seventh in Nakuru after beating Blad Babes 7-0 in the ranking final.Collated ResultsTop Fry Nakuru 46 Blad Babes 0Northern Suburbs 5 Menengai Cream Homeboyz 0StanChart Impala Saracens 19 Mwamba 0Shamas 14 Comras 0Top Fry Nakuru 17 Menengai Cream Homeboyz 0Northern Suburbs 17 Blad Babes 0Stanchart Impala Saracens 26 Comras 5Shamas 5 Mwamba 14Menengai Cream Homeboyz 25 Blad Babes 0Top Fry Nakuru 12 Northern Suburbs 0Comras 7 Mwamba 5Stanchart Impala Saracens 29 Shamas 12-By KRU Website- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Sarries and hosts Top Fry Nakuru met in the cup final, playing to a 5-5 draw at the close of regulation time. Photo/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30 – Impala Saracens were crowned overall winners of the 2018 Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Women’s 10-a-side festival after their victory in the final round at the Nakuru Athletic Club on Good Friday.The Sarries and hosts Top Fry Nakuru met in the cup final, playing to a 5-5 draw at the close of regulation time.last_img read more

Accounts differ on U.S. attack that killed 25 Iraqis

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The residents were defending themselves and the town,” said Uday al-Khadran, the mayor of Khalis, the district in which the fighting occurred. “They were not militias for killing people, and they were recognized by the security forces in the district, and this issue is familiar in all the towns of Khalis because of al-Qaida threats, especially to the Shiite,” he said. However, a statement the U.S. military released described a serious onslaught from the Iraqis in the town. As U.S. forces approached the village, the statement said, they came under heavy fire and called in airstrikes. “Responding in self-defense, the ground force returned fire,” the statement said. “Enemy fire intensified, and supporting aircraft were called in an attempt to suppress the threat. The armed group continued to engage and began to aggressively maneuver toward coalition forces, firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades,” the statement continued. BAGHDAD – U.S. troops backed by aircraft attacked a Shiite town north of Baghdad at dawn on Friday, killing at least 25 Iraqis the military described as criminals who were involved in the transport of weapons. But Iraqis at the scene said the dead were civilians, though some were armed. The military said it had been searching for an insurgent leader believed to be associated with the elite Iranian Quds Force, which U.S. intelligence sources believe is working in Iraq to foment violent activity by some Shiite militias. A military spokesman said the raid was unsuccessful in capturing the insurgent leader. Iraqis at the scene gave an account that diverged sharply from that of the military. They said the Iraqis who were killed were trying to defend their town from al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, the homegrown Sunni militant group that U.S. intelligence believes has foreign leadership. Al-Qaida in Mesopotamia has been active in Diyala province, where the town is located, but so have militias associated with the anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. last_img read more

Hostage-taker killed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH EL MONTE – A man suspected of robbing 13 banks in the San Gabriel Valley as the “Deposit Slip Bandit” was shot and killed Wednesday while he held his girlfriend and her infant daughter hostage. The 34-year-old man’s name wasn’t released pending notification of his relatives. Area residents were evacuated and several schools went into lockdown during the standoff. Sheriff’s Deputy Rich Pena said the man was identified as a suspect in a Monday robbery in Rosemead, during which he dropped his wallet when the dye pack with the stolen money exploded. FBI agents and sheriff’s deputies were led to a house in the 1300 block of Holtwood Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. “He refused to come out. We believe he was armed. He had the girlfriend and her infant daughter and refused to let them go,” said Pena. The sheriff’s special enforcement bureau was called in and several streets in the area were evacuated. Pena said Dean L. Shively School, New Temple School and South El Monte High School were locked down. City officials said Monte Vista School and Epiphany School were affected as well. A sheriff’s marksman shot the suspect in the head while he was at a window in the back of the house. Pena said a .45-caliber pistol was found on the counter next to where the man had been standing. “He said that he would not be taken alive and \ could not leave the house,” said Undersheriff Larry Waldie. “We believed the suspect was a credible threat to the girlfriend and child.” Waldie called the shooting a tough decision, but appropriate. When the man was shot, the girlfriend was able to escape with her child. Unsure if the man was hurt, dead or uninjured, deputies sent in a robot to look in the window about 3p.m. Officers followed 15 minutes later and cleared the house. The man was the suspected “Deposit Slip Bandit” who robbed banks in Covina, Pasadena, Pico Rivera and other Valley communities between Jan. 27 and Feb. 27, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. He was a parole violator, she added. The latest robbery happened Monday at the Bank of the West in Rosemead. The robber left the money when the dye pack exploded. FBI agents said the “Deposit Slip Bandit” calmly walked into banks holding a checkbook with money visible in it. In the check register, in a check or sometimes in a deposit slip, he put a note telling the teller he has a gun and demanding cash in $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations. Robert Lopez, assistant principal at Monte Vista Elementary, said the school was locked down for about 90 minutes. The school has 750 children, and they all stayed in their classrooms during the incident. He said the children weren’t afraid because the school holds monthly drills. South El Monte Mayor Blanca Figueroa said she called Mary Labrucherie, superintendent of Valle Lindo School District, and asked if they could put the evacuated residents at Dean Shively School. Figueroa said she got there to make sure the schools were locked down and to have a place for the evacuated neighbors. Figueroa saw the SWAT team bring the girlfriend and the baby out. William Gil, who lives near Holtwood Avenue, said a deputy knocked on his door at about 2 p.m. and ordered his family to evacuate. He was told somebody was holed up in a house who was armed and dangerous with a hostage. “And they were afraid the guy would escape and engage in a running gun battle,” Gil said. He said they were told to go to Shively School. He saw a lot of parents were coming to pick up their children. He and his mother stayed in the parking lot. They were able to return home an hour and a half later. “This is a quiet neighborhood. First time in almost 40 years I’ve lived here that something happened. The noisiest thing here is the freeway,” Gil said. Staff Writer Christina Esparza contributed to this report (626)962-8811,Ext. 2718last_img read more

Let’s go for it! Klopp targeting EFL Cup glory after Liverpool ease past Derby

first_img1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has his eyes set on another Wembley appearance after his side eased into the last 16 of the EFL Cup with a 3-0 win at Derby.Ragnar Klavan’s first goal for the club was followed after the break by strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi as the Championship team proved no match for Klopp’s free-scoring Reds, who have racked up 19 in seven games this season – and that includes a 2-0 defeat at Burnley.Liverpool were losing finalists against Manchester City in this competition last season and Klopp is keen for a return.“This is a very important tournament for us, for the players, and we have to show it from the first second. Let’s go for it,” he said.“You need to be 100 per cent professional in games like this, which could be difficult, but we were ready for every opportunity.“We were better (against Derby) and we deserved to win. We created plenty of chances. Could we have done better? Yes. But is that important? No.“We could’ve been better in the first half with the last pass and in the second with our counter-attack but we will take 3-0 all day.“The pleasing thing is we’re not surprised by it.”Derby boss Nigel Pearson admitted his side could not cope with the quality of opposition.The Rams are struggling for goals this season and are 20th in the Championship, so handling a side whose confidence is rising by the game was always going to be tough.“We had another night not scoring goals and if you don’t do that, you don’t win games,” Pearson said.“I’d like to have been sitting here saying we could have pushed them harder, but we are where we are.“There has to be an element of honesty at how you look at it.“We haven’t had the results we want in the league and that’s because we haven’t been scoring goals.“I would be first to accept there is a gulf in class (on Tuesday night), and where were are and where we aspire to be is a considerable difference.“For us to progress as a club, we need to build a squad which can compete anywhere.” Liverpool celebrate a goal against Derby last_img read more

Street smart

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesHis banter with the crossers is melodic: “Hello, ready to go to class?” “I’ll see you in the afternoon.” A young mother who approached school cradling a roly-poly baby tufted with dark hair smiled when he chimed, “Oh, there is fuzzy wuzzy.” Saugus High School sits due northeast on the other side of the hill, and the moms say high-schoolers and commuters favor Pamplico as a rush-hour shortcut to avoid Seco Canyon Road. “They call it the Saugus Speedway over here,” DeBoer said in accented English, referring to the defunct racetrack across town. He gets a “feeling” when a car is not going to stop so he lets it barrel past, refusing to take chances. “This is a crazy street,” said Rae Lyn, after DeBoer accompanied her and Lomeli across the street to retrieve their youngest. “He controls this street.” DeBoer is a take-charge guy. The 74-year-old immigrated to the United States with his wife, Johanna, in 1962 after serving in the Dutch navy for 13 years. Unlike in these upscale tree-lined neighborhoods that encircle the school, where kids ride bikes and big yards feature built-in barbecues and pools, times were tough for DeBoer when he was in grade school. German troops invaded the Netherlands in 1940, and it was under Nazi occupation for five years. “The occupation was a bad time. We had some casualties in the family,” DeBoer said, his voice trailing off. His parents, sister and three brothers survived. “A lot of things were destroyed, and housing was hard to come by,” he said. “You could be on a waiting list for years.” The family is not Jewish. The couple has four children and seven grandchildren, ranging in age from 6 months to 9 years, and during summer vacation the couple heads to Alaska, Michigan and Texas for visits. Principal Gina Nolte said DeBoer knows which children belong to which parents and he keeps a watchful eye at pickup time. She worked in the Glendale school system for 17 years and at Foster for two, and said DeBoer is the most dedicated crossing guard she has ever met. After he retired from a stint as custodian at two juvenile probation facilities – Saugus’ Camp Scudder, where he worked from 1983 to 1990, and Challenger Memorial Youth Center in Lancaster, where he worked from 1990 to 1997 – DeBoer figured he had it “made in the shade,” but felt restless. A job fair led him to crossing-guard duties at Plum Canyon and Mountainview elementary schools before he landed at Foster in 2001. He declined to elaborate on the contrast between the detained delinquent minors and the bouncy school kids, saying “you cannot compare.” DeBoer works 261/4 hours a week, and plans to stay till he retires “again.” The city provides on-the-job training for its 32 crossing guards, who get tips from city traffic engineers and sheriff’s deputies from the traffic division. Wednesday morning DeBoer was a bit of a traffic cop himself when a small fire burned in Pamplico Park by the school and drivers rubbernecked to catch a glimpse. “It wasn’t pretty,” he said, smiling. “I had to do some persuading there, a little hollering.” He eschews watching the soaps for this job, which pays little. He says it keeps him vital and connected with the community. And when the tiny faces light up from his greetings, the reflected glow brightens him. “The first thing they see in the morning is the crossing guard and you can make or break their day,” he said. “If it is a grouchy old guy, you start their day off on the wrong foot.” It works for third-grader David Shier, 8, who said, “He’s really nice. It’s like a good voice.” Sixth-grader Dylan Cook agreed, adding, “He makes sure we’re safe.” Andrew Bates, 8, who walks to school with his mom in the morning was more blunt: “He makes sure people don’t get hit.” Johanna, 71, said her husband is a gentle man. “He’s good with kids and animals,” she said. Their menagerie includes Succotash the turtle, a dog named Taylor and Scrappy the cat. DeBoer’s steady smile and good cheer mask a private pain; Johanna is receiving treatment for cancer, which has spread. Like mail carriers, he shows up rain or shine, with one exception. “The only time he takes time off is when she’s in the hospital,” said Evelyn Hebert, DeBoer’s supervisor. “He’s never late and he doesn’t ask for time off unless it’s an emergency. Every day he does something remarkable.” (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – On weekdays he is a bulletproof shield, the bullets being cars shooting up and down hilly Pamplico Drive past the elementary school where he guides children across the street. Dirk DeBoer is sturdily built and wields a handheld stop sign and whistle surely. The cars are no match for him – he survived Nazi-occupied Holland during the Holocaust and tended the halls of two county youth probation camps before taking over as guardian of the crosswalk. “He’s the nicest man,” said Anna Lomeli, who has known him since the eldest of her three sons, a sixth-grader, was a kindergartner at James Foster Elementary School. “He will put his life out there for you – I’ve seen him!” About half of Foster’s 670 pupils walk to school, and many are joined by parents and siblings on foot or in strollers. DeBoer guides three waves of children across the street fronting the school, bookended by kindergartners arriving at 7 a.m. and older students departing at 3 p.m. last_img read more

Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger keen to sign Barcelona midfielder – reports

first_img1 Arsenal have joined the race for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara.The 24-year-old is considering his options during the current transfer window and he could leave if the right offer comes in.Arsenal, according to Sport, are now also in the running to sign Rafinha after adding him to their shortlist.Celta Vigo and Inter Milan are interested in the Brazil international and are ready to make formal offers.The Gunners are expected to sell Francis Coquelin during the current transfer window, meaning they would be in the market for a midfielder.Manager Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Rafinha and he could be about to finally get his man.It was only in October last year Rafinha’s father said his son had absolutely no interest in leaving the Catalan club. Rafinha has failed to make the break into the Barcelona side this season last_img read more

Report: War fuels terrorism

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleCiting unnamed government officials, The New York Times and other media outlets characterized the report’s conclusions on Sunday without quoting directly from the classified document. Bush directed intelligence officials to release excerpts from the report to counter suggestions that the analysis means that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has fueled rather than curbed the terrorist threat and that the United States would be better off withdrawing from Iraq. The report does conclude that the Iraq war has helped spread terrorism, but it also supports Bush’s view that a U.S. loss there would make things even worse. “Perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere,” the report says. “Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.” In response, Rep. Jane Harman of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said: WASHINGTON – The Iraq war is fueling a growing threat of global terrorism and “shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders,” according to a report from U.S. intelligence agencies that President Bush ordered declassified Tuesday. The grim analysis offers little reason for optimism over the next five years, the time frame covered by the assessment. It concludes that Islamic extremists are growing “in both number and geographic dispersion,” that new radical threats are emerging and that terrorist attacks are likely to increase. It also says that Iraq has become a training ground for terrorists and a recruitment tool for extremists around the world. “The Iraq conflict has become the `cause celebre’ for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement,” the report says. For reasons that aren’t clear, the declassified excerpts from the report make no mention of Afghanistan, where the war against al-Qaida began five years ago, but where the Taliban have rebounded in parts of the country and reconstruction efforts have flagged. The assessment came in the form of a National Intelligence Estimate, an analysis that reflects the consensus of all 16 government intelligence services, including the CIA. “Contrary to the president’s assertions, our failed strategy in Iraq has exacerbated the threat against us. The president says that fighting them `there’ makes it less likely we will have to fight them `here.’ The opposite is true. Because we are fighting them there, it may become more likely that we’ll have to fight them here.” The report also calls into question Bush’s claim that America is safer five years after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Although intelligence officials agreed that U.S. efforts “have seriously damaged” al-Qaida’s leadership, they said Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network remains “the greatest threat to the homeland and U.S. interests abroad.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Dr. Jennifer McCormick First to File for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

first_imgDr. Jennifer McCormick, Superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, became the first candidate to officially file for the Republican nomination for Superintendent of Public Instruction. She personally filed her declaration of candidacy and paid the filing fee at the downtown offices of the Indiana Republican Party. Photos from the filing can be found hereand here.“Serving Indiana as Superintendent of Public Instruction would be a privilege, but with that privilege also comes an obligation to lead,” McCormick said.  “The last several years have been difficult for education in Indiana, but I know it can be better.  I know Hoosier students and families deserve more.” Over the course of nearly two decades, Dr. McCormick has worked at every level of the traditional public education system in Indiana, serving as a special education teacher, a middle school language arts teacher, an elementary school principal, an assistant superintendent, and for the last six years as Superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools.“As the next Superintendent of Public Instruction, I intend to lead a statewide team effort to build a system that we can be proud of not only here in Indiana, but a system that is once again looked to as one of the best in the nation,” McCormick added.Since announcing her intention to run for the office, McCormick, a career educator and first-time candidate, has traveled the state meeting with teachers, administrators, students and families to talk about her vision for the Indiana Department of Education.  To date, she has traveled over 10,000 miles to attend events in 40 counties.In order to earn the Republican nomination for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. McCormick must be elected by a majority of the delegates to the Indiana Republican State Convention, scheduled for June 11, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  If successful, she is expected to face incumbent Glenda Ritz on the November ballot.Dr. McCormick is the only Republican candidate to officially qualify for the state convention ballot.last_img read more