Speech: Partners in Peace in Mali

first_imgThank you Mr President. May I start by thanking you for convening this important meeting and also thanking the Secretary-General for his comprehensive and informative briefing. And I am also, like many others, looking forward to Prime Minister Maiga for giving his perspective on the challenges his country faces.However, if I may Prime Minister, I begin by addressing you Sir. I do so by offering the sincere condolences on behalf of the United Kingdom Government for the tragic deaths of over 160 people in the most recent violence in Ogossagou. Given the ongoing security challenges, we particularly welcome the recent steps your Government has taken to implement the Mali Peace Agreement, including on the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration process.However, Mr President, while progress in recent months has been more encouraging in recent months than in previous years, the United Kingdom notes that the Secretary-General’s report highlights a number of areas where progress has not matched the benchmarks set out in the MINUSMA mandate. It is clear that more still needs to be done to achieve long term peace and long term stability.Even where positive steps have been taken, more fundamental changes are required to achieve peace, sustainable development, and indeed prosperity. This is particularly the case with constitutional reform and decentralisation, security sector reform, economic development in northern Mali, and the meaningful participation of women in the peace process.I commend the Government of Mali’s commitment to hold a constitutional referendum before the end of June. To give the reform process the best chance of success, we would urge them to ensure that it is properly inclusive, involving a genuine consultation with all signatory parties to the peace agreement and with all sections of Malian society. We also welcome the Prime Minister’s clear commitment to stabilise the situation in central Mali. We hope that he can give assurances that the Government’s plan for the centre will be both truly comprehensive and indeed properly funded, to ensure its effectiveness.Mr President, MINUSMA plays a crucial role in Mali, in extremely challenging circumstances. The United Kingdom unequivocally condemns recent attacks against MINUSMA personnel and we wish to extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. As we approach the renewal of the mandate in June, the United Kingdom wants to work with all of you here today to build on recent progress and to further enhance the effectiveness of the Mission.In particular, we want to see a mandate that allows it to continue to focus on its core tasks in the north and its areas of strength. MINUSMA has had the greatest political impact when it has used its good offices to defuse tensions and allow agreement to form around the tough compromises necessary. Those compromises are absolutely necessary for peace. We believe that it can do more of this, particularly in central Mali.In its military operations, we are concerned that the Mission still spends too much time and money on resupply and force protection, rather than protecting the Malian people. We want to support the Mission to make longer-term cost savings, so that it can free up capacity – because its important to free up that capacity to save lives.Finally, we should all recognise that MINUSMA is not a permanent solution but a means to an end – namely, a means to achieve sustainable peace in Mali. We all need to work together, across the whole UN family, to achieve this.Mr President, allow me to finish by underlining the importance that the United Kingdom attaches to progress in Mali and the broader Sahel region.The issues we are discussing today have major long-term implications – not just for the security and prosperity of the people of Mali, but also for the broader region, and indeed for Europe. This is why the United Kingdom is stepping up our engagement in the Sahel. We are already working with the countries of the region to support peace, development, and prosperity. We are the region’s third biggest humanitarian donor. We are enlarging our Embassy in Mali, which spearheads our work on the very issues we have been discussing so far today. We are also establishing new embassies in Niger and Chad, and building a broader Stability and Development programme.As we step up our engagement over the coming years, the principles of frank and open partnership will be central to our approach, both with the people and governments of the region and with our broader international partners. I look forward to working with many here, with the Government of Mali, and all partners, to achieve our shared ambitions and our shared goals.Thank you, Mr President.last_img read more

Full Tracklisting For New Phish Album Appears On iTunes Music

first_imgLast night, Phish released the first single – “Breath and Burning” – from their new album, Big Boat. While fans wait patiently for the October 7th release date, we just can’t help but wonder what other songs are featured on the new release.Fortunately, we now have the full 13-song tracklisting! When the one single was uploaded onto iTunes Music, the titles of the other 12 songs from the album also appeared in their database. See for yourself in the screenshot below:Since the titles are greyed out and hard to read, we’ll reprint them and the track times below:1. Friends (3:42)2. Breath and Burning (4:20)3. Home (6:26)4. Blaze On (4:20)5. Tide Turns (4:21)6. Things People Do (1:54)7. Waking Up Dead (4:15)8. Running out of Time (3:32)9. No Men in No Man’s Land (4:59)10. Miss You (7:01)11. I Always Wanted It This Way (4:29)12. More (4:22)13. Petrichor (13:22)Of those songs, eight of them – “Friends,” “Breath and Burning,” “Blaze On,” “Tide Turns,” “Things People Do,” “Waking Up Dead,” “No Men in No Man’s Land,” and “Miss You” – were debuted in either 2015 and 2016. “Petrichor” is actually an interesting selection, as it was written by Trey Anastasio for an orchestral tour and debuted back in 2014, but this is its first appeance in anything Phish related. It makes sense that the song is also the famed 13-minute orchestral piece that Hamilton percussionist Andrés Forero referenced in an interview back in June.It seems the other four songs – “Home,” “Running out of Time,” “I Always Wanted it This Way,” and “More” – are brand new selections that are unheard by Phish fans. Interestingly, songs like “Mercury,” “Shade,” “Can’t Always Listen” and the 2016 favorite, “Ass Handed,” did not make the cut.With just a few weeks to go, we can’t wait to hear what Big Boat has in store.last_img read more

First HarvardX course from Kennedy School lets students advise on Syria, Iran, NSA/Wikileaks

first_img Read Full Story Graham Allison and David Sanger of the Harvard Kennedy School will teach a HarvardX course, “American National Security, Strategy and the Press,” this fall. Participants in the free online course will play the role of adviser to President Obama on some of the hardest national security challenges facing the U.S.Made available via edX, the online learning enterprise founded by Harvard and MIT, the course will be offered in an experimental format. Students may apply to be among 500 participants in the Harvard Online Classroom or may enroll in the course (no application required) as an auditor.Those admitted to the Harvard Online Classroom will watch the videos, read approximately 75 pages a week, complete ALL assignments including three Strategic Options Memos by the deadlines set in the course, participate in sections led by Harvard teaching fellows, and contribute to moderated discussion forums with students online and in the Harvard campus classroom. At the conclusion of the course, those students who have satisfied all the requirements will receive a HarvardX certificate.A link to the application will be available on the edX site from September 11 through 6:00 p.m., EST on September 20. Applicants will be required to submit a written practice assignment.Those who choose to audit the course can watch the videos, read the assigned course materials at their own pace, think about the assignments, and engage with their classmates in the discussion forum. Auditors are not eligible for a certificate at the conclusion of the course.last_img read more

Jamestown Man Charged In Ownbey Murder To Stand Trial In May

first_imgMAYVILLE – The Jamestown man accused of killing Dyllan Ownbey, 22, of Jamestown, will stand trial in Chautauqua County Court in May. A Chautauqua County Court clerk tells WNYNewsNow that jury selection for Tavion Turner is scheduled to start on May 5. Turner is facing two counts of second-degree murder because the allegation is that the killing was intentional and that it occurred during a felony.Authorities, however, haven’t provided specifics regarding the felony.Ownbey, of Jamestown, was stabbed to death on Nov. 28, 2017, after the Jamestown Police Department said he was involved in an altercation with another person on Willard Street at Peterson Street. Turner was indicted in May in Chautauqua County Court. He was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail on $1 million cash bail.Turner’s trial was originally scheduled for November, but was adjourned. Jason Schmidt will be representing Turner. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson will be the prosecutor. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Turkey frying tips

first_imgFollow these safety tipsIf you plan to fry a turkey, Andress recommends these safetysteps:* Use the turkey fryer outdoors a safe distance from buildingsand anything else that can burn.* Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or inside garages.* Place the fryer on a flat surface to reduce accidentaltipping.* Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units don’t havethermostat controls. If you don’t watch the fryer carefully, theoil will continue to heat until it catches fire.* Never allow children or pets near the fryer while it’s in use.Even after use, never let children or pets near the turkey fryer.The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot forhours.* To avoid spillovers, don’t overfill the fryer.* Use well-insulated pot holders or oven mitts when touching thepot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protectyour eyes from oil splatter. * Make sure the turkey is completely thawed, and be careful withmarinades. Oil and water don’t mix, and water causes oil to spillover, which could cause a fire or explosion hazard.* Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. And never usewater to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire can’t be managedwith an all-purpose fire extinguisher, don’t hesitate to call 911for help.Aside from these safety issues, Andress urges holiday chefs toremember food safety, too. “Make sure all the harmful bacteriahave been killed,” she said.The only way to do this is to measure the temperature of thecooked turkey with a food thermometer in several places.First, heat the oil to 365 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Dependingon the amount of oil, this usually takes between 45 minutes and 1hour. Whole turkeys require approximately 3 minutes per pound to cook.To be sure your bird is safely cooked, the temperature of thewhole turkey must reach 180 degrees in the innermost part of thethigh, Andress said. Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaAttempts to fry the Thanksgiving turkey may have left someholiday cooks with singed eyebrows and bruised pride. But neverfear: With a few tips you can successfully fry a Christmasturkey.”People who fry turkeys say it produces a moister turkey, andit’s quicker,” said Elizabeth Andress, a University of GeorgiaExtension Service food safety specialist.But quicker isn’t necessarily safer. Reports of frying mishapsincrease each holiday season.Frying a turkey can be a risky venture”Among the major risks of frying a turkey are safety issues,”Andress said. Concerns include the stability of the fryers,uninsulated pot handles and lids and the potential for oilspillovers and overheating.A common cause of turkey-fryer accidents is filling the pot toofull of oil, which causes the oil to spill over when the turkeyis placed in the pot. Aside from creating quite a mess, oilspillovers at cooking temperatures can result in severe burns.To find the right amount of oil for your turkey, follow thesetips from the National Turkey Federation.Put the turkey in the fryer basket and then place the basket inthe pot. Add water until it reaches 1 to 2 inches above theturkey. Remove the turkey and note the water level, using a rulerto measure the distance from the top of the pot to the surface ofthe water.Pour out the water and dry the pot thoroughly. Be sure to measurefor oil before you marinate the turkey.last_img read more

Annual winner

first_imgDiamond Frost Euphorbia is a gem of a plant and one of the brightest new stars in the horticulture industry, earning it a spot as the 2010 Georgia Gold Medal annual.Home gardeners will love the non-stop color, versatility and ease of maintenance this plant offers.From spring until fall frost, Diamond Frost Euphorbia produces clouds of dainty white bracts (colored leaves) that elegantly complement other plants in containers or landscape beds. Plants grow 6 to 12 inches tall and 20-plus inches wide. Its sprawling growth cascades over the sides of containers or fills in spaces within landscape beds. It also gives a dramatic solo performance in hanging baskets, engulfing them with spherical mounds of color that look like snowballs in the summer landscape.The true leaves of Diamond Frost Euphorbia are tiny, gray-green and masked by the colorful bracts. They tend to fade into the background and are strictly a supporting actor in the color show.Diamond Frost Euphorbia prefers morning sun, afternoon shade and moist, well-drained soil. It is self-grooming in that the old flowering bracts will wither and drop off and, therefore, don’t have to be removed by hand to maintain a neat appearance. The plant is a member of the poinsettia family and produces a sticky latex-like sap when cut. People with skin allergies may want to wear long sleeves and gloves when working with it. However, the milky sap also makes the plant deer tolerant, an important merit in many residential neighborhoods.Although Diamond Frost Euphorbia is a summer annual, containerized plants can be over-wintered indoors in a bright, sunny location and then taken outside again after the last spring frost.Diamond Frost Euphorbia is a patented plant and can only be propagated for commercial sale by licensed growers. However, home gardeners can propagate the plants from cuttings for use on their own properties. Seed is not available.last_img read more

Monte Carlo or bust

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Take a look at the stylish Brisbane homes set to be auctioned this weekend

first_imgRecently renovated interiors.“It is ideal for young families because of its proximity to transport and good schools and parks,” agent Ross Armstrong said. Happy bidding! The ideal family home.The well maintained home at 9 Edith Street will be auctioned at 10am on Saturday, March 17.Dating back to the 1930s, the home has high ceilings and polished timber floors as well as a covered deck and office area. Modern living in the heart of the city.“It’s got all the modern conveniences of a new home,” he said.It will be auctioned on-site on Saturday, March 17 at 11am. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoCity views.Over on the south side of the river a four-bedroom home at 23 Marian Street in Coorparoo will be hitting the market. Inner city living at 19 Bartley Street Spring HillIT WILL be a busy weekend for auctioneers with lots of properties set to go under the hammer across Brisbane.For people who like the inner city this two storey house at 19 Bartley Street in Spring Hill could be worth looking at. Take a look inside.The historical home has been given a dramatic makeover in the last few years according to agentst Richard Mirosch. “It is the existing house but the guy has totally renovated it,” Mr Mirosch said.The home was elevated to add an extra storey, an extra bedroom and a large deck out the back. 23 Marian Street CoorparooIt will be auctioned on-site on Saturday, March 17 at 9am.There has already been a lot of interest in a renovated Queenslander in the family friendly neighbourhood of Alderley. Right in the heart of CoorparooAgent Shane Hicks said the two-storey home could be ideal for first homeowners to crack into the market. “The beauty of it is that it is an entry level home in a very good street in Coorparoo,” Mr Hicks said. “Marian Street is surrounded by prestige homes.”With a triple-car garage and a bedroom and living area on the lower floor, he said it could be an ideal home for dual living. last_img read more

PenSam adopts MSCI Climate Index for €4.8bn equities portfolio

first_imgDanish labour market pension fund PenSam said it has switched weightings in its passively-managed listed global equities portfolio to take account of climate factors, by adopting the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) Climate index for the whole €4.8bn allocation.Torsten Fels, PenSam’s chief executive officer, said: “The MSCI Climate Change Indexes consider both the opportunities and risks associated with the transition to a low carbon economy, enabling PenSam to integrate climate risk considerations in the global equity portfolio.”Announcing the move, index provider MSCI said its climate change Indices re-weighted securities based on MSCI’s low carbon transition score, which kept track of a company’s exposure to low carbon transition risk, carbon emissions and fossil fuel reserves as well as its exposure to opportunities including alternative energy and clean technology.A spokeswoman for the €20bn Danish pension fund confirmed to IPE that it had adopted the index for both listed Danish and foreign equities, adding that the fund had only a minor exposure to Danish equities. PenSam previously used the MSCI ACWI, she said.Alvise Munari, global head of client coverage at MSCI, said: “It is critical that the investment industry leads the transition to a low carbon economy, before climate change becomes a major threat to financial stability.”MSCI was trying to aid this transition, he said, by developing tools that analysed “next-generation data” to support clients’ integration of sustainability into their investment processes.The ACWI Climate Change Index is based on the MSCI ACWI, including large and mid-cap securities across 23 developed and 26 emerging market countries, said MSCI.Last June, French utility company EDF announced that it was adopting the index for its €28.1bn nuclear plant decommissioning fund, and was planning to switch some of its passive investments into indexed funds using the new MSCI indices.last_img read more

Landrum Performance Springs adds Late Models to IMCA awards program

first_imgMENTONE, Ind. – Landrum Performance Springs adds a sixth division to its IMCA awards program this season.All IMCA Late Model track champions will receive a pair of springs from the Mentone, Ind., manufacturer.In its 14th year as a sponsor for the sanctioning body, Landrum has also renewed awards for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods.A product certificate to purchase one spring and get a second free goes to top three eligi­ble drivers in each of the five Modified regions, both Stock Car regions and both Hobby Stock regions, and to top three eligi­ble drivers in na­tional Northern SportMod and national Southern SportMod point standings.In addition to competing with four Landrum-manufac­tured springs, Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and SportMod drivers must dis­play two Landrum decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.All Landrum awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home of­fice beginning the following week.Information about Landrum-manufactured springs is available at the www.landrumspring.com web­site, on Facebook and by calling 877 703-3154.“Our Late Model members in 2018 are a loyal group and Landrum wanted to reward that loyalty with a new program designed just for them,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The spring pairs for track champions is one way to recognize their outstanding accomplishments on the track and provide them with something they may not expect.”last_img read more