Antonio gets one back for Hammers but Mourinho’s side still in control

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first_imgTHE SPECIAL ONE is back and returns with a win for Tottenham.Mourinho kicked off his Spurs career with a 3-2 victory with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura on the scoresheet.Yet, it was a nervy ending as Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna netted for the hosts, while Declan Rice had a goal disallowed for offside.But that makes it eight games without a win for the Hammers.West Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – from London StadiumAngelo Ogbonna strikes from corner for nervous endRice has goal disallowed in 90th minuteMichail Antonio pulls one back for the Hammers after holding off Toby AlderweireldHarry Kane heads home to get on the scoresheetLucas Moura stretches to give Spurs a secondSon Heung-min rifles past Roberto for openerWatch on BT Sport 1Live stream on BT Sport appEE phone customers join on a FREE three-month trial by texting SPORT to 150West Ham XI: Roberto, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Anderson, HallerSubs: Martin, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Sanchez, Fornals, Antonio, AjetiTottenham XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Winks, Alli, Lucas Moura, Son, KaneSubs: Austin, Foyth, Rose, Walker-Peters, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lo CelsoRichard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:55 pmTOTTENHAM’S Dele Alli speaking to BT Sport: “It’s been a very tough week for us emotionally. “We’ve spent a long time with Pochettino and we were very sad but we had a job to do. We had to go out for the fans and try and stay as positive as we can.“I think I have been performing well so far this season but I need to get better than my old form and get to my best.”“We have to carry on momentum and keep winning, we need to start that from now. There is still a lot to work on and we need to improve from now on.”Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:47 pmMORE Mourinho: “I like the first 60 minutes very much. The most important thing was not to win three or four nil or play wonderfully. The three points were fundamental. “The boys are happy and that’s what I really wanted. I wanted them to be back to happiness.”Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:43 pmJOSE MOURINHO: “I was really happy for one hour. We were playing well. “The last 20 minutes, fatigue, people coming from national duty, all the emotions of losing a manager and another one comes in. “Clearly fatigue in last 20 minutes. And also a reaction from a very good team from West Ham.“I’m really happy with Dele. He’s too good for not to be one of the best players in the world.“He has to start now without injuries. He’s a fantastic player and today showed.”Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:26 pmFULL-TIME! It was more convincing than the scoreline suggests as Ogbonna scored with seconds to spare. A winning start for Mourinho but he won’t be happy with the way his side conceded twice in the second half.Big positives were Alli and Son’s performances while Moura also made an impact with Spurs’ second of the contest.Job done for Mourinho and their away hoodoo is over. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:23 pmGOAL! West Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – OgbonnaThis one counts! But surely it’s too little too late. A corner is whipped in and he beats Sanchez to poke it home. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:18 pmGOAL ruled out, Rice was definitely offside and Mourinho can breath a sight of relief.A corner was headed towards goal and the midfielder was at the back post to knock it in. Six minutes added on…Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:17 pmGOAL! West Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – Rice It’s going to VAR it looks like he is offside…Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:10 pmSPURS have managed to slow the game down and prevent West Ham from building momentum after their goal.Lucas Moura is coming off for Sissoko to sure up the midfield and defence. The Hammers are desperately trying to conjure up any sort of attack as they win a corner. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:01 pmGOAL! West Ham 1 Tottenham 3 – AntonioSomething for the home fans to cheer as the half-time sub turns Alderweireld and ripples the back of the net. He’s been their best player but Mourinho will be fuming that his side can’t keep a clean sheet. Could be an interesting next 5-10 minutes. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:58 pmYELLOW! Davies goes into the book. He’s barely put a foot wrong until now as he brings down Antonio when the striker flies past him.Kane then takes a ball straight to the face from a free-kick and looks slightly groggy. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:53 pm175 – Harry Kane is now Tottenham’s outright third highest goalscorer of all-time with 175 goals, behind only Jimmy Greaves (266) and Bobby Smith (208). Bronze. #WHUTOT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 23, 2019Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:46 pmSPURS going through the motions now with the game out of sight.West Ham are a side with no confidence at all and Pellegrini will have some tough questions to ask after this. There are more goals with Tottenham on offer if they want them. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:37 pmGOAL! West Ham 0 Tottenham 3 – Harry KaneGAME. OVER.Moments after Moura misses a sitter, Spurs make it three and it’s captain fantastic who heads it in. Winks sprays it to Aurier who whips in a brilliant delivery and the England superstar simply gets his noggin on it to give Mourinho his first three points. Roberto was rooted to his line. Spurs could run riot now.Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:33 pmONE sub for West Ham as Michail Antonio comes on for Felipe Anderson… Antonio is going up front to partner Haller to try and put more pressure on the Spurs back four. Pellegrini needed to do something and Antonio has the potential to bully the centre backs with his pace. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:21 pmHALF-TIME! West Ham 0 Tottenham 2 Boos ring around the London Stadium with the home side really struggling against a rejuvenated Spurs. It’s the perfect start for Jose Mourinho as two quick-fire goals put the Portuguese boss on his way to his first win. Son opened the scoring before Lucas made it two just before half-time. It’s been fully deserved but something need to give for the Hammers.Pellegrini could be fighting to save his job after this…Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:12 pmGOAL! West Ham 0 Tottenham 2 – MouraAlli does superbly to keep the ball in play and it releases Son down the left touchline. His cross is brilliant and right into the path of Moura who can knock it in the back of the net. West Ham are sinking without a trace but Spurs and Mourinho are buzzing. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:10 pmYELLOW! Fredericks goes into the book for a strong challenge on Son. Replays show he clearly won the ball but his boot whacks into his ankle. It looked painful but it seemed a fair challenge to me. West Ham have had two harsh bookings now. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:06 pmGOAL! West Ham 0 Tottenham 1 – SonIt’s the first goal in the Mourinho era and he celebrates on the touchline as that man scores his ninth of the season.But deary me, Roberto that was pretty poor. Alli picks up the ball in that space in front of the defenders. He simply plays it into the path of the South Korean who drills it past Roberto in goal. The keeper appeared to fall backwards as the ball rippled the back of the net. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:03 pmCORNER to Tottenham as Alderweireld’s header is deflected out for another corner. Another delivery is stuck right on the keeper and West Ham unconvincingly get it clear out of danger.Spurs turning the screw here…Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:57 pmBIG chance for West Ham as they break superbly. Anderson has space and he pulls it back to Haller who is unmarked. But the ball is played behind him and the big striker can’t bring it under control leaving Spurs to clear. It was a good opening for the Hammers.Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:51 pmAURIER and Son do brilliantly to relieve the pressure and win Spurs a free-kick.They then move the ball forward and Son’s strike is palmed away by Roberto, not a bad effort. Lucas then has a half chance but his header drifts harmlessly wide. Chances have been few and far between so far.Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:47 pmWEST HAM starting to slowly grow into the contest as they move the ball around with little attacking threat. It’s an all-English battle in midfield today with Noble and Rice verses Dier and Winks. I’m sure Gareth Southgate will be watching intently.Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:42 pmYELLOW! Diop is somehow gone in the book for a foul on Kane.But it was definitely Kane fouling him! Bizarre decision by Michael Oliver. The cross from the free-kick is not dealt with by Roberto – the West Ham stopper is a shambles from crosses. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:40 pmBETTER by West Ham as they work the ball well down the right. A cross is whipped in by Fredericks on the penalty spot but the header is straight into the hands of Gazzaniga. That’s given the fans something to cheer. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:36 pmTOTTENHAM will be looking to test Roberto early on in the West Ham goal. The nervy keeper has conceded 16 goals in eight games including his nightmare against Burnley in their last outing. Spurs playing all the football so far, West Ham have barely had a touch of the ball. Load more entries…last_img read more

US company to produce 2018 Commonwealth Games ceremonies

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first_imgThe organisers said the Boston-based business Jack Morton was contracted after a worldwide selection process.Committee spokesman Marcus Hill said the company had been operating in Australia for decades and was best-suited for the job.”They actually have range previous experiences have previously done the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,” he said.”We are also confident they will work closely with the local community, contractors, the arts and cultural fraternity to actually deliver something that really showcases the Gold Coast.”Queensland’s Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe declined to comment on the appointment.The Opposition said it was a slap in the face for Queensland and Australian businesses.The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from April 4 to 15.last_img read more

Red Bull 3×3 tournament returns this June

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Team Philippines falls short of podium finish in Street Child World Cup China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Top street ballers in the metro have a chance to compete against the world’s best in the World 3×3 Finals in Washington, DC in the United States, after a series of qualifiers starting June 16.The league, which is headed this year’s tournament director and PBA legend Vince Hizon, is open to players 16 years and above with valid passports. Each team should have four players, including one reserve.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLast year, Filipino-Canadian PBA hopefuls, Clay Crellin and Glenn Gravengard, Kitt Paolo Balmori, and Team Captain, Obinna Ezeike booked the ticket to the US.Qualifiers A and B are scheduled on June 16 and 23 at Buendia Food by the Court and Taft Food by the Court, respectively. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina After a successful staging last year, Red Bull Reign returns for another run in Manila this June.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours There will be the last chance qualifier on June 30 at Taft Food by the Court before the finals on the same day.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Man remanded for hitting ‘child mother’ with hammer

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first_imgA father of five was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman slapped with three offences: discharging a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition and wounding.Marlon DominicForty-seven-year-old Marlon Dominic of Lot 73 West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, denied that he used a hammer to hit his children’s mother, Samantha Ricky, to her face on July 6, 2018 at West Ruimveldt.On the same day at the same location, he reportedly discharged several rounds at Huran Medowzi with intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or to cause actual bodily harm to him.He also denied having a 9mm spent shell in his possession which was allegedly found when ranks swooped down to arrest him.In court on Monday, Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris disclosed that Ricky and Dominic were arguing when he picked up the hammer and struck her to her face, splitting her nose and seriously damaging her forehead.According to the Prosecutor, Dominic then proceeded to the home of Medowzi, who was asleep in a hammock and fired a shot in his direction.He then allegedly pointed the gun and ordered Medowzi not to move. However, according to the Prosecutor, a frightened Medowzi decided to run which prompted the defendant to fire several shots at him.The man hid in a clump of bushes and then proceeded to the Police Station when Dominic left to file a report.The prosecution’s application for bail to be denied was upheld and Dominic was remanded to prison. The case will continue on July 30, 2018.last_img read more

Federation says City over spent

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first_imgSome municipalities have stated the increases are being used to provide services that are no longer funded by the federal and provincial governments.To view the full report, click here.The CFIB is a lobby group representing over 107,000 small business owners in Canada. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the City of Fort St. John over spent in 2008.According to the federation, the City of Fort St. John from 2000 to 2008 (2008 is the most current data available) had an operating spending growth of 1.87 times greater than population and inflation growth.The federation believes the City spent more than $4.7 million than they should have in 2008. If that spending had been eliminated, the average family of four would have saved $1,008.- Advertisement -The City of Dawson Creek had a rate 3.85 times greater than population and inflation growth between 2000 and 2008. The federation believes Dawson Creek could have spent $8.6 million less than it did in 2008. That would have saved the average family of four more than $3,000.”Many municipal politicians perpetuate the myth that they are hard done by when it comes to revenues; the reality is that they are addicted to overspending. It’s grossly unfair to taxpayers who suffer tax and fee increases that outstrip their pay increases,” said Laura Jones, CFIB’s Vice President for Western Canada. Among BC’s largest municipalities (population over 25,000) the worst offender is Prince George, where operating spending growth was 3.87 times greater than population and inflation growth.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arnold, Limbaugh make nice after ‘irrelevant’ comment

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first_imgBut he sounded pleased when Schwarzenegger eased out of the interview, saying he wanted to smoke more cigars with him. Schwarzenegger embraced a more centrist agenda after voters rebuked his attempt in 2005 to limit the power of public employee unions. In a Tuesday interview on NBC’s “Today,” Schwarzenegger said Limbaugh’s views were irrelevant to his work in California. “All irrelevant. Rush Limbaugh is irrelevant. I am not his servant.” SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made nice with Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, calling in to his radio program a day after he dismissed the conservative host as “irrelevant.” Limbaugh, who a day earlier had accused the governor of abandoning the conservative cause, treated Schwarzenegger cordially. But he pressed him on recent political moves, such as his $12 billion universal health care proposal, that have angered conservatives. The two had a back-and-forth discussion about extending health care to undocumented immigrants and whether the money to pay for the governor’s health plan amounted to new taxes or fees. Limbaugh said the compromises Schwarzenegger said were necessary “to get things done” were a capitulation to liberals. “We are still compromising our ideology,” Limbaugh said. “They are not. And this is what people are upset about.” last_img read more

Taylor’s own gold rush this weekend

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first_imgSunday is the big day for the Certified Professional gold panners, as well as chances for metal detecting. Gold panners from all over the world have descended on Taylor, including some from as far as Holland, Australia, Quebec, and the Yukon in the past. It all starts with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., and ends with an “All Out Pan Out” at 3 p.m. and awards at 4 p.m. Last year, Grande Prairie’s Tyson Gejdos upset Quesnel’s Scott Ream, who held the Class “A” title for three years in a row and will likely be looking to come back from his runner up spot in 2012. Director of Community Services Sonja Profittlich says that although gold isn’t a major part of Taylor’s history, it has become one with the growth of the competition. “There was never such a thing as the gold rush here,” she explains. “They found a little gold, but people were pretty picky in claim staking. Then a group of volunteers started this event 40 years ago and it has been growing ever since, and now it’s a big annual festival.” The Gold Panning Championships have been held on the banks of the Peace River since 1972, founded by Dorse Prosser and Jesse Starnes. – Advertisement -The festivities begin Friday evening with the parade at 6:30 p.m. followed by a family campfire and entertainment in the park.Saturday is the major day for competition, as the Adult and Juvenile class and the Non-Professional Class get started, along with Media, Celebrities, and Sponsors. Also on Saturday will be demonstrations for beginners, a Juvenile Open competition, and a bannock baking competition. The day will be rounded out with an arts and craft fair, a candy rush at 2 p.m., and a barbecue and campfire before a movie in the park. Advertisementlast_img read more



first_imgThe large crowd which attended the conference.Mental health awareness has been voted as the top priority for Donegal Youth Council to work on over the next 2 years.More than 150 young people aged 12-18 from every corner of the county attended the annual Youth Council Agenda Day in the Clannree Hotel in Letterkenny.The conference gave them the opportunity to put forward issues for discussion, participate in facilitated discussions around each topic and vote to identify the top 5 key recommendations for the newly elected Youth Council to work on during their term. There were 15 recommendations put forward for voting on the day, with the top 5 identified for further development by the Youth Council being:MENTAL HEALTH – reduce stigma, knowing 5 a day & Positives, Teaching people to identify negative (help)SPORT – more opportunities to try new and different sportsBULLYING – SPOT & STOP Road Show, to educate young people and adults, to be aware of and take action on bullying. BODY IMAGE – Organise Express yourself DISCO in all schools (Boys and Girls wear what they want, Girls = no makeup or getting hair done)SPORT – Raise awareness of lack of funding and opportunities in schools in DonegalThe event for the Youth Council also marked the end of term for the 2012-2014 Donegal Youth Council where they presented to the audience the progress they made in relation to identified topics from the previous AGM, while the day also saw the newly elected Donegal Youth Council presented before their peers for the first time. The audience was also addressed by Cathairleach of Donegal County Council John Campbell.Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and aims to provide young people with opportunities to identify, prioritise and work on topics and projects which have been identified by the wider youth population of the county and also to provide young people with opportunities to have their voice heard by being involved in the development of local services and policies which affect themOTHER RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD FOR VOTING PROCESS Road Safety – Fun Interactive workshop in schools for 5th Years on Road Safety and the consequencesSexual Health – Get teachers who are interested in teaching sexual health having the opportunity to do so, or bring in professionals from other servicesBody Image – Campaign to promote healthy Body Image among Teens in DonegalPhysical Health – DYC plan, organise and facilitate a school challenge of a couch to 5K programme and aim to raise awareness of diet, consequences of no physical activity and bad diet. Physical Health – Helping everyone become involved in some physical activity through providing events to showcase sports, especially alternative sports like tag rugby etc.Drugs & Alcohol – Organise an event for Parents that highlights the dangers of underage alcohol and drug abuse. eg hold meeting in local school.Drugs & Alcohol – make Donegal’s young people more aware of the affects of Drugs/Alcohol/smokingBullying – hold a big event promoting bullying awareness & make a DVD to be shown at it & also available to take back to school youth clubs etc.Racism/LGBT (Inequality) – We feel it is really important to educate young people about discrimination issues such as Racism and LGBT. To result in better Mental Health, confidence and atmosphere in schools. We want to do this through awareness training, starting with teachers, students and the community.Employment – Raise awareness amongst local companies about Youth unemployment. Encourage business to employ young people/offer work experience and CV SkillsYOUNG DONEGAL PEOPLE VOTE MENTAL HEALTH THEIR KEY PRIORITY was last modified: November 7th, 2014 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)last_img read more

Tidy Town Committees sweep up Clean & Green Awards

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first_imgFive Tidy Town Committees were honoured at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday afternoon when they were awarded the Clean & Green Awards from Donegal County Council.These awards are aimed at recognising groups that have achieved high scores in the following three categories of the National Tidy Towns competition: Tidiness & Litter Control; Approach Roads, Streets and Lanes and; Sustainability – doing more with less.The following groups received an award of €500 as they came out tops in these categories in the national competition for their own municipal district – Doochary, Donegal Town, Carraig Airt, Castlefinn and Malin and Donegal Town also received the overall county award worth €1,000. Owen Howells and David Davin from Donegal Town Tidy Towns Committee receiving the overall winning Clean and Green Award worth €1000 from Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday 1 April 2019. Picture also includes Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford and Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council.Speaking at the presentation of these awards Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill congratulated the groups on the great work that they do in their own towns and villages.“The work that you do is a credit to each and every one of you and to the other volunteers in your community. You are making a massive contribution to your communities and you are keeping Donegal cleaner, greener and much more environmentally aware. I think we are winning the battle and I would urge you all to keep up the good work – the future is green.”Brian Watson and Hugh McColgan from Malin Tidy Towns Committee receiving a Clean and Green Award worth €500 from Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday 1 April 2019. Picture also includes Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford and Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council.Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Deputy Chair of the Environmental and Emergency Services Strategic Policy Committee also congratulated the groups and said that €67,000 had been invested in Tidy Towns initiatives by the Council in 2018. 28 groups benefitted from the fund which helped them improve their overall marks in the national competition.Carrigart Tidy Town Committee members Columba Boyce and Joy Buchanan receiving a Clean and Green Award worth €500 from Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday 1 April 2019. Picture also includes Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford and Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council.Sam Gallagher from Castlefin Tidy Town Committee receiving a Clean and Green Award worth €500 from Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill at a special event in the County House in Lifford on Monday 1 April 2019. Picture also includes Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford and Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council.Michael McGarvey, Director of Water and Environment with the Council also commended the groups on receiving these awards and noted that there are more than 5,000 volunteers working through Tidy Town Committees and community clean-ups across Donegal and this is something that is particularly unique to Donegal. The Council has just recently launched the Big Donegal Clean-Up campaign and groups have already been very active. This year we also have 5 local Big Donegal Clean-up Ambassadors who will help promote the campaign and encourage others to get involved. He added that the Council is fully committed to continuing to work with groups and explore all possible options for addressing ongoing challenges particularly litter along the roadside.Mr McGarvey said “the Tidy Towns initiative has such a positive impact on the local community and we are keen to support groups that instil such positivity in their local community and their local environment”. Tidy Town Committees sweep up Clean & Green Awards was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Clean & Green Awardstidy townslast_img read more

SA judge appointed UN rights chief

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first_imgShe cited the establishment of the Human Rights Council, where she said member states now subscribed to the notion of accountability, monitoring and peer reviews, as an example of the dramatic change that has taken place globally in the human rights field. At the same time, Pillay acknowledged that she would have to operate in a different manner in her new post compared to her previous work on criminal tribunals, even though she said there were close links between the two activities. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement on Monday that he was “gratified” that his nomination of Pillay had been endorsed by the UN General Assembly. Professor Frans Viljoen, director of the South African Centre for Human Rights, said in a statement earlier this month that Pillay’s nomination was “especially significant to Africa, a continent which is most often under international scrutiny for the human rights compliance of its leaders.” An activist attorney under apartheid, Pillay has served as a judge on the International Criminal Court based in The Hague in the Netherlands since 2003. Prior to that, she served as both judge and president on the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which she joined in 1995. Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, said earlier this month that Ban was committed to ensuring that human rights remained high on the UN’s agenda, and was “determined to fully support Ms Pillay in carrying out her work, including with increased resources, as approved by the General Assembly.” In an interview with UN Radio on Tuesday, Pillay said she came to her work with a personal understanding of human rights violations, based on her experience of living in South Africa during apartheid. “I subscribe to this new system of international criminal justice – which we have only very recently, for the past 15 years – as a strong signal that … anyone, whether a head of state or a militia leader, will be held accountable and punished.” Personal understanding of discrimination Judge Pillay, Viljoen said, “not only has the experience, but also embodies humility and human rights. She brings with her a tenacity and resolute spirit.” According to the Foundation, the tribuanal’s decision defining rape as an institutionalised weapon of war and a crime of genocide “was a breakthrough for the international women’s movement”. In 2003, Pillay was awarded the Human Rights Prize of the US-based Peter Gruber Foundation for her “courageous leadership in advancing women’s human rights” while working on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Humility and tenacity “This ruling enabled all Robben Island prisoners, including former President Nelson Mandela, to have access to lawyers, which previously had been denied them,” Viljoen said. “The application also exposed the appalling conditions actually prevailing on Robben Island at the time”. 30 July 2008 “I think I come with a real understanding of what it’s like to have your human rights violated and to have it violated for a very long time without any justice in sight, and the apartheid struggle taught that.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNews In 1967, Pillay became the first woman in what was then Natal province to open a law practice. As senior partner in the firm, she represented many opponents of apartheid, and handled precedent-setting cases establishing the effects of solitary confinement, the right of political prisoners to due process, and the family violence syndrome as a defense. South African judge Navanethem Pillay has been appointed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 1973, Pillay made a successful application against commanding officer of the prison on Robben Island, establishing that political prisoners held on the island had rights and privileges. Pillay’s nomination, Ban said in a statement last month, was made at the end of a “clear and rigorous” selection process which included consultations with UN member states, international non-governmental organisations and human rights organisations. “The criminal trials have the power to punish; the High Commissioner has to find various approaches of persuasion, of strong talk, or to develop civil society organizations to meet the source of the violations,” she said. Instituted in 1993, the High Commissioner for Human Rights is the highest UN office dealing with human rights. Pillay succeeds Canadian Louise Arbour, who completed her five-year term on 30 June.last_img read more