Rosemary DiCarlo was briefing the UN Security Council on the latest situation in the Middle East and said hopes for two States living side by side in peace, “continue to be replaced by the rising fears of future annexation. The possibility of establishing a viable and contiguous Palestinian State continues to be eroded by facts on the ground.”The UN had “repeatedly warned that the conflict cannot be managed in perpetuity”, she said, adding that without any change in approach, there would only be more deterioration, “radicalization on all sides, more suffering and conflict.”The political and peacebuilding chief told Council members that Israeli settlements continue to expand, despite having “no legal effect” and constituting a “violation of international law”.In a continuing cycle of violence, Ms. DiCarlo noted that out of seven Palestinians overall, four children had been killed in Gaza by Israeli forces in the first quarter of the year, with 1,316 injured during ongoing protests, centred around the border fence. She condemned violence on both sides, and reminded Israel lethal force could only be used “in response to an imminent threat of death or serious injury as a last resort.”Gaza crisis deepens, while needs riseThe DPPA chief said that was making “important progress” in implementing a programme of humanitarian aid and economic support to stabilize the situation in the Gaza Strip, which continues to be blockaded by Israel, and subject to intra-Palestinian strife, between the extremists of Hamas and the West Bank-based Fatah faction.“As we consistently reiterate, at its core the crisis in Gaza is political”, she said. “Significant progress on the lifting of the closures and advancing intra-Palestinian reconciliation remain essential.”She said over the past year, $110 million had been raised for fuel, health, water, sanitation and job programmes in Gaza, while $4.6 million had been put aside since September to help delivery essential medications and support some 9,500 surgeries.Five tunnels under ‘Blue Line’Turning to the border demarcation between southern Lebanon and northern Israel, or “Blue Line”, Ms. DiCarlo said the situation was calm, although the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, has now confirmed the existence of five tunnels which have been dug under the border, “three of which it has confirmed cross the Blue Line, and constitute a violation of resolution 1701”, said Ms. DiCarlo.As we mobilize in each crisis to address the critical needs of the Palestinian population, be it in Gaza or the West Bank,” she concluded, “we shall not lose sight of the core political issue, namely the prospect of two peaceful and secure states living side by side in harmony.“This imperative compels us all to work with the parties, bring them back to the negotiation table and urge them to avoid unilateral actions that undermine the prospect for peace” she added. “Only determined action by the parties themselves can salvage the two-State solution.”
Donegal Town Mayor Patricia Callaghan and Katlyn DuffyThe Diamond in Donegal Town was once again the scene of euphoric jubilation as the Donegal Town Community Band brought home its second in a row All Ireland title.The reformed band took the No 1 accolade in Derry yesterday at Fleadh Cheoil ne hEireann.Pauric Kennedy, one of the founders of the reformed band paid tribute to the hard work of the children, their parents and guardians. He also empasised the word ‘community’ and to rapturous applause, told the large crowd present”This is your band, you should be proud of it.”And proud they were as band leader Brendan McMonagle, acknowledged the many people previously and curently involved.Donegal Town’s Mayor Patrica Callaghan took up the theme of community and wished the band all the best next year in Sligo for the next Fleadh Cheoil.The reformed St Peter’s National School Band had the honour of leading the band into the Diamond. Many thanks to Paul O’Sullivan for the pictures.Catlyn Duffy with the All Ireland Cup and two of the founding members of the band; Pauric Kennedy and Linda O’Donnell Donegal Town Community Band marching up Quay St Donegal Town last night DONEGAL TOWN BRING BAND TITLE HOME – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandDonegal Town Community BandFleadh Ceoil
The Red Sox aren’t taking any chances when it comes to the coronavirus. The team has quarantined right-handed pitching prospect Chih-Jung Liu after he traveled from Taiwan to their spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., according to The Boston Globe.It’s the second time this month the organization has quarantined a player in response to the outbreak of the virus. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, also from Taiwan, was the first. “I had been here for a week and they said I needed to go back to my apartment,” Lin told The Globe. “I was fine. I stayed away for one day and that was it.”MORE: Coronavirus could potentially cause NHL stick shortageAccording to the Globe, Liu, 20, does not have any symptoms of the virus. He wrote on his Facebook page that the Red Sox are providing him with three meals per day. He is reportedly passing time in his hotel room by reading, weight training and going on an “occasional run.”The 6-0, 185-pound pitcher signed with the team in October as an international free agent, per SoxProspects.com. He received a $750,000 signing bonus. Liu said he feels fine and is scheduled to join the team on Saturday.The Red Sox’s decision to quarantine prospects comes amid new warnings from federal health officials about the virus spreading throughout the United States. The CDC announced Tuesday that Americans should brace for a potential pandemic.“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country anymore but a question of when this will happen — and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad.”Currently, there are 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Taiwan has 31.The virus is believed to have originated from a wildlife market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. It has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China.
Concentrating on completing the Leaving Cert is a difficult task for mist students.But for one Donegal student it’s even more difficult.Patrick McBrearty is finishing his exams at Carrick Vocational School today along with the rest of his classmates. But he certainly won’t have time to paint the town red.Not unless he wants a severe talking-to from Donegal GAA boss Jim McGuinness!The 18 year old is set to feature at some stage tomorrow when Donegal take on Derry in the Ulster Championship at MacCumhaill Park.Paddy had been tipped to travel to Australia for a period after his Leaving Cert with several Australian Rules clubs looking to sign him up. But it would appear now that Jim McGuinness has won the battle to keep him playing for Donegal. DONEGAL STAR MCBREARTY ISN’T ‘LEAVING’ – AND THAT’S A ‘CERT’! was last modified: June 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrickLeaving certpatrick mcbrearty