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UN renews MONUSCO’s mandate in DRC

first_imgMONUSCO has rejected the presence within DR Congo army of two generals suspected of committing human rights violations. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the UN Mission for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO) have began talks over the renewal of their partnership.This comes after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution on Thursday to renew for 12 months the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the DRC, despite a request from the Kinshasa government to cut the force in half.Head of the MONUSCO forces,Martin Kobler is reported as  saying that there may be a lot of challenges in the relationship between MONUSCO forces and the government of DRC, but there’s need for the two to renew their relationship.The relationship between DRC and MONUSCO is tense.  Kinshasa has asked the UN Security Council to withdraw MONUSCO troops engaged in peacekeeping in eastern DR Congo, whereas the UN wants a gradual withdrawal.Already, the DR Congo government has rejected MONUSCO’s aid in tracking down the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels in the east of the country.On the other hand, MONUSCO has rejected the presence within DR Congo army of two generals suspected of committing human rights violations.A month-long Congolese army (FARDC) campaign against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels has achieved little and revived doubts about the will and capacity of Congo to defeat a group at the heart of two decades of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region.In a unanimously adopted resolution on Thursday, the 15-member Security Council extended the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force for one year and said “the swift neutralization of the FDLR is a top priority in bringing stability to and protecting civilians of the DRC.”The Congolese government had wanted the U.N. force of some 22,000 troops and police to be more than halved, but a strategic review by the world body dismissed that as impractical and instead recommended a decrease of nearly 10 percent.The Security Council passed a resolution on Thursday to renew for 12 months the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the DRC, despite a request from the Kinshasa government to cut the force in half.The Security Council resolution endorsed the suggested cut of 2,000 troops but refused to permanently reflect the change in the mandated strength of the peacekeeping force.The council expressed “its intention to make this troop reduction permanent, through a revised troop ceiling … once significant progress has been achieved regarding the priorities of MONUSCO’s mandate, including the fight against the FDLR.”last_img read more

Paris stabbing kills 4

first_imgAccording to French media, he stabbedthree people inside two offices and two women on a stairway before a policeofficer shot him dead inside the building’s courtyard. The attack came a day after policewent on strike across France over the increasing violence towards officers. At around 13:00 local time (11:00 GMT;12:00 BST) on Oct. 3, the attacker began stabbing colleagues with a knife.     There has been no official statementon a possible motive for the attack. However, police union officialssuggested the attacker may have been involved in a workplace dispute.(BBC) PARIS – A knife-wielding man killedfour staff at police headquarters in this French capital. Police and security forces cordoned the area in central Paris where a stabbing incident claimed four lives on Oct. 3. EPAlast_img read more

Allam: Hull finalising Jelavic deal

first_imgHull owner Assem Allam has hailed striker Nikica Jelavic as “our biggest ever signing” after revealing his club expect to complete a deal for the £6.5million-rated striker on Tuesday afternoon. The 28-year-old Jelavic is finalising his move to the KC Stadium after publicly declaring his desire to join the Tigers from Everton, where he has rarely figured in new boss Roberto Martinez’s first-team plans. Allam told Sky Sports News: “He (Jelavic) will sign today – our biggest ever signing. The club is moving forward. We are paying a lot of money for first-class players.” Press Associationcenter_img Allam also confirmed the Tigers are closing in on a deal for West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long, who came within hours of moving to the KC Stadium in September before a last-minute hitch. He added: “We have agreed terms. It is a matter of getting the club to release and the player to agree.” Allam clearly sees the record signing of Jelavic in particular as a serious statement of intent and there will be many at Goodison Park sorry to see him go. Jelavic joined Everton in a £5.5m deal from Rangers in January 2012 and made an immediate impression, scoring the winner on his full debut against Tottenham and going on to hit 11 goals in 16 games before the end of the season. But he struggled to maintain his momentum during the following campaign and has found his first-team chances increasingly restricted – although he did score twice in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Queen’s Park Rangers earlier this month. Meanwhile the move for Long appeared harder to finalise with Long admitting this week he would be quite happy to stay with the Baggies. Long told the Birmingham Mail: “I have always said I’m happy and settled here and I’ve got family who like living in the area. “I suppose if a club doesn’t want you what’s the point in staying? “It’s business at the end of the day and we’ve got a lot of options up front. If they do want me to go we’ll deal with that hurdle when it comes, or if it comes. But at the moment I’m a West Brom player and that’s all I’m concentrating on.” last_img read more

Everton coach Roberto Martinez hopeful latest Bryan Oviedo injury is not serious

first_img Martinez told evertontv: “It is a sad incident because of Bryan’s previous problems. “He has been fighting to get fit after the horrific break that he had. It seems that when you come back from a long-term injury like that, the whole mechanics of your body suffer a little bit. “Bryan has been picking up little injuries and niggles but he is such an incredibly driven individual that this will not stop him getting back onto the pitch. “We are going to find out a bit more about the extent of the injury but we don’t feel it is anything too serious.” Oviedo limped off holding his hamstring after only 25 minutes of the 6-2 win against Sunderland on Sunday and was due to have a scan on Tuesday. The wide player’s time at Goodison Park has been blighted by injuries, most significantly the double leg break he suffered in January 2014. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is confident Bryan Oviedo’s latest injury will not keep the Costa Rican out for too long.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jamaica’s opposition calls pending departure of Police Commissioner George Quallo bad…

first_imgJamaica’s Opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) says the pending departure of  Police Commissioner George Quallo, has come at a bad time.According to Fitz Jackson, the PNP’s spokesman on National Security, while he is not surprised, the news has come while a State of Emergency is in effect in the western parish of St. James.Uneasiness between commissioner and minister“As the country is aware, there has been much uneasiness between the commissioner and the Minister (of National Security) for sometime and this stalemate that has been going on for so long, just doesn’t help. I am now aware the commissioner will depart at the end of the month. We hope there will be some stability, so that the country’s security can be attended to in a serious and focused way,” Jackson said.Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake is tipped to act as Commissioner until a replacement is foundNews broke on Friday that Quallo is to demit office as Police Commissioner this week. He was scheduled to step down in August following his appointment in April last year.This will be the fourth leadership change for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in eight years.last_img read more

Damir Dzumhur is among the 50 Best Tennis Players in the World!

first_imgThe best BH tennis player Damir Dzumhur progressed for seven positions on the latest ATP list and also returned to top 50 world tennis players.Last year Dzumhur stopped at the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Rotterdam when he lost from Monfils after having previously beat Tsitsipas and Kukuskin. A good performance brought him 49th place on the list, which was released today, news portal reports.Also, Mirza Basic has advanced for two positions so he is now in the 16th place, while Tomislav Brkic is the 299th world tennis player.Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is still convincing in the first place in front of Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Alexander Zverev.Damir Džumhur, born 20 May 1992, is a Bosnian professional tennis player and currently Bosnia and Herzegovina’s No. 1 player. He is a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Davis Cup team, and he competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics, being selected as the first male tennis player from his country to do so.As a junior, he was ranked world no. 3 and he was a bronze medalist at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Džumhur is also the first male player to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina in the main draw of any Grand Slam tournament. His career-best ranking of 23 makes him the highest-ranked player ever competing for Bosnia and Herzegovina.By winning 2017 St. Petersburg Open singles tournament, Džumhur became the first player competing under the Bosnian flag to claim an ATP World Tour title. He added triumph in 2017 Kremlin Cup onto that, as the first player in tennis history to win both events played on Russian soil in the same season.last_img read more

Matches of BH Telecom Premier League will be played without the Presence of Spectators

first_imgIn order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, following the recommendations of the competent health institutions as well as government institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Football Federation BH Competition Committee decided at a telephone session held today that the matches of the 23rd and 24th rounds of BH Telecom Premier League will be played without the presence of spectators.The matches of the 16th and 17th round of the BH Premier Youth League (U-19), of the 22nd round of the BH Premier Youth League (U-15 and U-17), of the 1st round of the Elite and Development League of Bosnia-Herzegovina, of the 12th and 13thround of the Women’s Premier League (seniors and cadets), of the BH Cup Preliminary Round for the 2019/20 season, of the 16th and 17th round of the BH Premier Futsal League and the matches of the Futsal Cup Semi-finals will be played also without the presence of spectators.last_img read more

Harkin says Democrats must ‘play hard ball’ on judge nominations

first_imgBonnie Campbell, Tom Harkin, Brian Fallon.Harkin spoke Friday at an event near the state capitol that was organized by Demand Justice. It’s a relatively new group that last week began running online ads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina urging the Democratic presidential candidates campaigning in the early states to release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees — like Trump did in 2016. The group is also pushing the candidates to consider ideas like term limits for judges.Brian Fallon, co-founder of Demand Justice, said without changes, the courts “will be in Republican hands for 30 years.” DES MOINES — Former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin — a Democrat — Friday said you “can’t fault” the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate for using his political power to get dozens of conservative judges confirmed since President Trump took office, but Harkin said Democrats need to “play hardball” when they’re in power to place progressives on the federal courts.“Now we’ve got to come back and impress upon our candidates who are running for president that this shouldn’t be a throw-away issue,” Harkin said. “It ought to be front and center.”Harkin has been an advocate of more diversity in the courts, beyond filling judgeships with Ivy League graduates and corporate lawyers. Harkin is urging Iowans to push the presidential candidates on this issue.“You’ve got to get them to start talking about this,” Harkin said, “and in a way that says: ‘Look, if I’m president, I’m going to have a judiciary that really reflects the working people, people that don’t hire big corporate lawyers, that don’t have deep pockets — but lawyers that understand justice has to apply to the poor as well as to the rich.”last_img read more

O Bee Credit Union Opens “Brewpub” Branch in Tenino

first_imgFacebook69Tweet0Pin0Submitted by O Bee Credit UnionThe Olympia Brewery may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of banking, but O Bee Credit Union wants to change that. A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, O Bee announced today the opening of their newest branch – a unique blend of brewpub and financial service center – in Tenino.2. O Bee announces a unique “brewpub” décor for their new Tenino branch. Photo courtesy: O Bee Credit UnionO Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is reflected in the interior of the new building. It features a brewpub aesthetic including repurposed wood, a transaction bar accented with brass rails and local beer taps, chalkboard signage and a beautiful arched ceiling highlighted with color-changing LED lights.  Historic photos of Tenino and the Olympia Brewery are displayed throughout. “Our brewery history has always been part of our culture, but this building absolutely embraces our roots. The pub atmosphere is reminiscent of the brewery tasting room where the community met and workers gathered after the end of a shift,” said James Collins, CEO. The new building offers additional services to the people of Tenino such as a drive-thru window, new ATM, and safety deposit boxes as well as Berenstain Bears™ Cub Accounts, an innovative rewards points program and excellent loan rates.1. Branch Manager, Darla Kolbas, shows off beer taps that will be part of the décor of the new “brewpub”style O Bee Tenino building. Photo courtesy: O Bee Credit UnionO Bee Credit Union will host a community-wide grand opening celebration on Saturday, November 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The new building is located a 149 Sussex Avenue in Tenino.About O Bee Credit Union O Bee Credit Union (The Olympia Brewing Co. Employees and Families Credit Union) was started February 15, 1955, by Ted McGill, who worked in the bottle house of the brewery. This full service not-for-profit credit union, owned by its members, has five branches located in Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, Yelm and West Olympia. Membership is open to all Washington residents. Visit for more information about O Bee Credit Union.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Telus Ambassadors

first_imgThe Telus Ambassadors were busy during the recent Telus Day of Giving on (May 31), filling backpacks with school supplies for area schools in Kootenay Lake School, Kootenay/Columbia and Boundary Districts for the upcoming term in September.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Ambassadors with Team of the Week honours. The Ambassadors Doug Hartley, Bill Brown, Dave McMichael, Bette Craig and  Heather Hartley, Pat Springman, Nancy Brown, Sheron McLean, Laura McMichael, Holly Hasenkox, Ellen Robinson, ElaineWilliams, Margaret Thast, Marge Witton, Donna Johnson, Jean Peloso, Harvey Craig and Isabel Wiese.Right on Ambassadors!last_img read more