Speech: Effective Governance in Iraq

first_imgThank you Mr President. First, let me join others in thanking SRSG Kubis both for his report and for all the work he has done over the last three years and nine months as SRSG in Iraq. We are grateful for your leadership of UNAMI and also for the significant contribution you have made to Iraq during this pivotal period in its history. We look forward to welcoming your successor Jeanine Hennis-Plaaschaert in December and to working with her to build on all the progress that you have made.Mr President, like the Netherlands, today I would like to touch on three issues: government formation, accountability, and the question of missing Kuwaiti persons and property.First, the United Kingdom joins other Council members in congratulating Iraq on the conclusion of the 2018 electoral process. Our congratulations go especially to President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Abdul Medhi, and Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi and to the Kurdistan Democratic Party following the Kurdistan region parliamentary elections. We welcome the formation of the cabinet that is well underway and encourage the appointment of the remaining cabinet members in an inclusive manner within constitutional timelines. However, like Poland and the Netherlands and others, we do share the disappointment in a lack of female members in those appointed to the cabinet to date and we would encourage the Iraqi government in its efforts to address this issue and promote the participation and representation of women at all levels of decision-making in Iraq.Once the government has been fully formed the United Kingdom looks forward to working with it to support it as it tackles the challenges that Iraq faces, that the SRSG has outlined for us today. These include: promoting effective governance; security sector reform and economic reform; social protection from vulnerable groups, including internally displaced people; and improvement in the business environment. Recent events that the SRSG has highlighted, particularly in southern Iraq, demonstrate the importance of providing basic services, including water and electricity for all Iraqis.Mr President, women have a vital role to play in all of the areas that I’ve just mentioned, as well as in national reconciliation efforts. We note the encouraging progress in this regard. In particular we welcome the introduction of the Inter-Agency Gender-Based Violence Standard Operating Procedures in Southern Iraq which will provide essential support services for survivors of gender-based violence, and the United Kingdom encourages the incoming government to ensure the full implementation of Iraq’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.Mr President, several speakers this morning have spoken about the importance of accountability in Iraq. The scale of the challenges facing the new Iraqi government are clear. For example, the recent discovery of over 200 mass grave sites demonstrates the importance of achieving justice for the victims of Da’esh crimes in Iraq. These graves must be protected to ensure that the evidence can be properly collected and stored. The United Kingdom welcomes the continued strong support from both the government of Iraq and UNAMI for the important work of the UN investigative team for Da’esh accountability. I would also like to extend my own congratulations to Nadia Murad for her well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize. Efforts must continue to locate those still missing following their brutal kidnapping by Da’esh.Mr President, thirdly and finally, the United Kingdom would like to thank the Secretary-General for his latest report on Security Council Resolution 2107 on the issue of missing Kuwaiti persons and property. The UK welcomes UNAMI’s ongoing support on this important file. We hope that the new government of Iraq will make progress on locating and identifying missing Kuwaiti persons and property. In this regard, the United Kingdom welcomes the visit by the Iraqi president to Kuwait on 12 November 2018 and in particular the transfer that took place of one instalment of retrieved Kuwaiti property. It’s very important that this chapter of Iraq and Kuwait’s history can be closed and relations between these two neighbours further strengthened.Thank you.last_img read more

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Wind Shift Set to Bring Weather Changes to South Florida

first_imgIf you’re tired of the scorching hot temperatures, relief is on the way.Meteorologists say the general flow of air over South Florida is going to be off the ocean for the foreseeable future, finally breaking that intense heat.The water around Florida and through the Bahamas remains warmer than normal, but a breeze in the ocean will help to moderate temperatures.However, the wind flow, which goes across the Atlantic from Africa to Florida, carries moisture with it.Our first rush of wind is expected to be here late Friday into Saturday, followed by another one early next week. Both will increase our cloudiness and the chance of thunderstorms as they pass by.Additionally, forecasters do not anticipate much, if any, tropical development next week.Courtesy: WPTV NewsChannel 5Thursday night will see our low temperatures in the 70s, with partly cloudy skies and some coastal showers possible, along with a light breeze out of the east.As we head into the weekend, Friday will both start out partly sunny, with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms possible moving quickly from east to west. High temperatures will remain around 90 degrees on both days.We can expect to see that same weather pattern and temperatures on Saturday and Sunday.Moving into next week, Monday through Wednesday will offer partly sunny skies, with east/southeasterly winds and highs around 90 degrees.Fast moving isolated to scattered rainfall is also possible each of those days, with higher rain chances along the coast in the morning and then inland during the afternoon.last_img read more

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Tax Cuts, Revenue Sources Are Top of the List in Holmdel

first_imgThe Bell Works project is one that Hinds is most proud of during his time on the committee. He is also proud of the township’s top Aaa bond rating by Moody’s, the recently generated newsletter and land parcels that have been preserved under his leadership. Liu is also an elected school board member and has been for nine years. On the board, she has chaired several committees, was vice president in 2018 and was vice president of the Monmouth County School Boards Association from 2018 to 2019. She is a trustee of Holmdel Foundation for Educational Excellence and is the treasurer of Shore Music Educators Association. Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana, running as independents, say they have valuable experience. “I think we can find more efficiencies and at the same time we’re going to have unprecedented revenue from commercial ratables, specifically Bell Works,” said Hinds. CILU co-president Regina Criscione said the group is a nonpartisan organization but that “does not preclude any CILU member from exercising their First Amendment rights to support a candidate.” She also said Hinds emailed organizers Sept. 8 and said he was unsure if he could make the forum due to his work schedule. Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU), a citizen group formed in 1998, hosted a candidate forum Oct. 14 for township committee and school board candidates in Holmdel. Santhana and Weber attended, but Hinds and Liu did not. If elected, her top three priorities are to decrease taxes, bring more transparency to the township committee and represent all residents. He has been on the township committee for nine years, four of which were spent as deputy mayor and three as mayor. He is running for re-election because he wants “to leave Holmdel in the best shape possible.” His main goal is to lower taxes for residents in the next three years. “Put people over politics,”she said. Challenger Cathy Weber is also an advocate for land preservation. Feeling frustrated with the current committee’s former plans to install lights and turf at Cross Farm Park, she co-founded Preserve Holmdel, a group dedicated to maintaining natural space. She has been a Holmdel resident for about 25 years and lives in the township with her husband and three children. She has been involved in community groups, including the Holmdel swim team, Girl Scouts and served as a school board member for over three years. “I have dedicated myself during my time here in Holmdel to community service and volunteerism as a leader and as a doer,” she said. Weber is a senior associate director at Princeton University. Republican and current Mayor Eric Hinds is seeking another three-year term on the township committee. His running mate is Chiung-Yin Cheung Liu, member of the school board.center_img Hinds was born and raised in Middletown. He moved to Holmdel 20 yearsago and lives there with hiswife and three children. Hehas coached various sportteams in Holmdel and heworks as a financial advisorfor Merrill Lynch. He is a member of Preserve Holmdel and Fire Action Safety Today (FAST). He said he noticed that “for a small town like ours, we had way too many resident groups fighting the town. That was odd.” According to Hinds, there is video evidence of CILU members stealing his and Liu’s election signs, which he said he reported to police. “I didn’t feel it was going to be a fair environment. I went to the primary (forum)…and I’m always willing to do a debate, but it’s got to be fair,” said Hinds. Republican Mayor Eric Hinds is seeking re-election with running mate Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu. Their challengers are Independent candidates Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana. No Democrats filed for candidacy. Running mate Prakash Santhana has lived in Holmdel for five years with his wife and daughter. He is a managing director at a global consulting firm where he focuses on preventing fraud, waste and abuse for government entities, he said. He also advises them on exploring new revenue options and to not be too dependent on taxes and tolls. HOLMDEL – Four candidates are running for two open seats on the all-Republican Holmdel Township Committee in November. Like Weber, Prakash said if elected his three main goals are to reduce taxes, cut unnecessary spending and to look for new revenue sources for the township. He also wants to bring more transparency to the committee. Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu has lived in Holmdel for 23 years. She currently resides there with her husband and two children. She has been an educator and administrator since 1980 and in those roles has valued team work and ethics, she said. She said she wants to run for election to the township committee because after nine years of public service on the school board and in various organizations, she understands the importance of giving back to the community. “I am endorsed by the Holmdel Republican Party and Monmouth County Republican Organization running for the position of Holmdel Township Committee,” she said. “It will be a great honor to continue serving my beloved Holmdel in a different position.” Liu cited fire safety and emergency services as a major concern facing the township right now, saying that Holmdel is home to beautiful landscape but few parcels of preserved lands. The town “can’t afford” for anything unfortunate to happen, she said. “A centralized firehouse, updated equipment and related issues have been discussed.” If elected, Liu said she would work with elected officials to form an ad hoc committee in advising and planning. “Life and property matter,” she said.last_img read more

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Bombers Yowek blanks Rockers 3-0 to power LVR into zone fieldhockey final

first_img“The ball would not travel at all and the players were very wet. The sticks splashed water like crazy.”LVR now advances to meet the Rossland Royals in the West Kootenay Zone Final Thursday at Pass Creek.The winner advances to the B.C. High School Girl’s Fieldhockey Championship next month in Burnaby.The loser has one more shot to reach the provincial tournament through a wild-card game Tuesday, October 30 against Fraser Valley No. 2 in Kelowna. The L.V. Rogers Bombers once again rode the shutout goalkeeping of Tara Yowek to stop the Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-0 in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Fieldhockey playoff action Tuesday at Pass Creek Park in Robson.Sarah Wade, Allie Zondervan and Paige Mansveld, on a penalty stroke when a Stanley Humphries players sat on the ball at the goal line, scored goals for the Bombers.”There was no snow on the field but (field) was covered in water and puddles and made for a very ugly game,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson.last_img read more

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Rebels book ticket to Murdoch Final with Game six win over Spokane

first_imgThe Spokane Braves gave the Rebels everything they had but, in the end, it’s the Sunflower City franchise going on to the Murdoch Division Final.Jeremy McNeil scored two third-period goals to spark the Rebels to a 4-2 victory over the Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Friday night in the Lilac City.Castlegar wins the best-of-seven series 4-2 and now face the defending KIJHL champs from Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Final.The series begins Monday in Fruitvale.Castlegar opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by Tyler Barrett. Danton Oliver and Paxton Malone scored in the second period to give the home side a 2-1 lead.However, before the period ended Aaron Petten scored to even the score after 40 minutes.The game appeared to be head for overtime when McNeil scored the winner with 3:30 remaining in regulation time.McNeill added an insurance goal with time running out.Castlegar finished 10 points behind the Hawks in Murdoch standings.Beaver Valley won two of the last three games the teams played during the regular season.In the Eddie Mountain Division, Fernie Ghostriders host Kimberley Dynamiters in the first game of the best-of-seven series beginning Sunday in Fernie.In the Okanagan Shuswap Conference, the 100 Mile House Wranglers travel to Kamloops for Game one of the divisional semi final Monday while the Osoyoos Coyotes wait for the winner of the Kamloops Chiefs/Summerland Steam series.The series is tied 3-3 with Game seven Saturday night in Summerland.last_img read more

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2015 Ohio State Fair Market Barrow Grand Champion

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Troy Elwer of Delphos was named the Grand Champion Jr. Market Barrow with his Champion Dark Crossbred Hog. Dale Minyo spoke to him right after the show.last_img

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How to Care, Create Trust, and Create Greater Value

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Caring is at the heart of consultative selling. Transactional selling models are built on not caring. This is why they often unwittingly destroy trust. Here is how you can care more, create more trust, and by doing so, create greater value.Be Client-Focused: The more focused you are on yourself, the less focused you are on your client. The more you let go of what you believe you need and focus on helping your dream client get what they need, the easier it is to sell. Being client-focused means you care more about their outcome than serving yourself. This caring creates trust. And it moves you up levels as a value creator.Be Collaborative: If you want your dream client to really open up in discovery, ask them to share their ideas. You aren’t building a solution for people who don’t already have ideas and opinions of their own. In a lot of cases, they may have more experience than you do—especially the experience of working within the four walls of their company. The more you make anything you propose “ours,” the more you prove you care about your client’s ideas and outcomes.Make and Keep Commitments: When you care, you keep the commitments you make, large and small. You ask your prospective clients to make and keep commitments as you move together through the sales process. You also make lots of commitments, some so small you believe that they are meaningless. But your dream client is keeping score. When you care about the details, you create greater trust.Have a Presence: Nothing proves you care more than having a presence at your prospect’s or client’s location. It proves you care enough to show up and keep showing up. When your client has a major issue and you show up to help, you are building your relationship on a foundation of trust.Ask for Commitments You’ve Earned: You want to prove you don’t care, destroy trust, and slip down levels of value? One of the fastest ways to do so is to ask for commitments that you haven’t earned. If you haven’t created enough value or built enough trust to ask for a commitment, go back and do the work first. Equally, if you have done the work, you owe it to your client to help them move forward, and this means you have to ask for the next commitment. In fact, doing less is to prove you don’t care and can’t be trusted.These five behaviors are within your control. All five prove you care, build trust, and move you up the levels of value creation. The opposite behaviors move you down levels as a value creator.QuestionsWhat behaviors do you sometimes engage in that make you something less than client-focused?How do you ensure you are collaborative?What are the commitments you make but sometimes overlook?Presence? You got one, bro?Do you ever ask for commitments you haven’t earned? Do you always ask for the ones you have?last_img read more

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Crocs, Rocks and Tropical Storms

first_imgMany of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles.  The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land).  The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team.  The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training?  It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover.  For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April).  The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared.  Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training.  Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg!  These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back.  We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in.  We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water.  Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles.  But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience.  They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!!  And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before.  By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community.  The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend!  And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.last_img read more

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23 days agoBarcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuable

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.” last_img read more

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Village of Rycroft remains on Boil Water Advisory and State of Local

first_imgRYCROFT, AB – The water main has been repaired and the water distribution system has re-opened yet the Boil Water Advisory and State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Posted to the Village of Rycroft’s FB Page;PRESS RELEASE #12March 6, 2019 – 9:10 a.m. Yesterday evening the break in the water main was repaired and the water distribution system was re-opened. Residents should now have water service.DO NOT DRINK THE WATER.The BOIL WATER ADVISORY will remain in effect until such time as the laboratory results verify it is safe to consume.The State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Please note:Now that the water distribution system is re-activated, most water lines will contain some air and water discoloration when opened. This is normal. Open taps SLOWLY and the regular steady flow will soon occur.last_img read more

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