UN rights chief condemns ‘structural racism’ in US

first_imgUS President Donald Trump has meanwhile rejected the traditional presidential role of healer in the crisis.He has vowed to order a military crackdown on the once-in-a-generation widespread violent protests and has rejected criticism over his use of force to break up a peaceful rally.The statement from the UN rights office Wednesday pointed to “credible reports of unnecessary and disproportionate use of force by law enforcement officers” during the protests. The UN rights chief on Wednesday decried “structural racism” in the United States, and voiced alarm at the “unprecedented assault” on journalists covering protests across the country after George Floyd’s death in custody.Michelle Bachelet insisted that the grievances at the heart of the protests that have erupted in hundreds of US cities needed to be heard and addressed if the country was to move forward.”The voices calling for an end to the killings of unarmed African Americans need to be heard,” she said in a statement. “The voices calling for an end to police violence need to be heard. And the voices calling for an end to the endemic and structural racism that blights US society need to be heard.” Her comments came as thousands across the United States defied curfews for another night of rallies against police racism following the death of Floyd, an unarmed African American who stopped breathing as a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck.Bachelet stressed the need for clear and constructive leadership to bring the country through the crisis. “Especially during a crisis, a country needs its leaders to condemn racism unequivocally; for them to reflect on what has driven people to boiling point; to listen and learn; and to take actions that truly tackle inequalities,” she said. ‘Unprecedented assault on journalists’ Tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as pepper balls have been fired at demonstrators and journalists “who did not pose an imminent threat of serious injury”, it said.Bachelet voiced particular alarm at reports that at least 200 journalists had been attacked or arrested while covering the protests, despite having press credentials clearly visible.”What has been happening is an unprecedented assault on journalists,” she said, pointing out that “in some cases they have been attacked or even arrested while on air.””It is all the more shocking given that freedom of expression and of the media are fundamental principles in the US, central to the country’s identity,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said.”Reporters must be able to do their important work free from attacks or repression.”Bachelet also called on the protesters to refrain from violence, lamenting that several people, including a federal law enforcement agent, had died in the unrest, while dozens had been injured and numerous properties destroyed.”Violence, looting and the destruction of property and neighborhoods won’t solve the problem of police brutality and entrenched discrimination,” she said.And she voiced deep concern at statements seeking to label protesters as terrorists.”There can be no doubt as to what or who is ‘behind’ these protests,” Bachelet said, pointing out that “we have seen thousands upon thousands of peaceful protesters, of diverse backgrounds, taking to the streets to demand their rights and to call for change.”She acknowledged that “structural racism and police violence” are found across the world.But she warned that “the anger we have seen in the US, erupting as COVID-19 exposes glaring inequalities in society, shows why far-reaching reforms and inclusive dialogue are needed there to break the cycle of impunity for unlawful killings by police and racial bias in policing.” Topics :last_img read more

Homes with a pontoon are a launch pad to life on the water

first_img Three homes near a national parkAs of last weekend all boaties are free to enjoy the waterways once again provided they follow social distancing rules, ie stay within 50 kilometres of their home, practice social distancing and are only joined by people they live with, or one other person. State border restrictions, however, are still in place, even on the water. If you own a boat or jet-ski, or are thinking of buying one, but want the convenience and accessibility of a private mooring place, these properties with a pontoon offer direct access to a life on the water. 53 Rosecliffe Street, Highgate HillEnjoy lazy days pootling up and down the Brisbane river from the house at 53 Rosecliffe Street, Highgate Hill. The four-bedroom 1920s home presents an opportunity for families and investors seeking an entry-level riverfront property. With traditional Queenslander interiors, the house oozes character, which extends outside to where there is a large timber deck. Landscaped gardens lead down to the edge of the river and a private pontoon. If you haven’t bought your own boat yet, the buyers of this house can catch the CityCat from the West End Ferry Terminal, which is only a short drive away. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago53 Rosecliffe Street, Highgate Hill has traditional Queenslander interiors.The house is open to offers through Sarah Hackett of Place Estate Agency.Farther up the coast at 6 Rainbow Lane, Pelican Waters, is an award-winning architecturally designed house with 67m water frontage and a 14m pontoon beside which you can moor a small yacht. The pontoon allows the homeowners water access to Pumicestone Passage and Caloundra heads. This house is situated on a large 1180sqm block and its double-storey layout features six bedrooms, most of which have water views. Water is a theme throughout property, which you enter over a boardwalk and which has a private man-made beach, several swimming pools and ponds and, inside, a 1000 litre marine aquarium. Interested parties can contact the selling agent, Jackie Dalton and Lucas Jefferies at Henzells Caloundra. 47 Longman Terrace, Chelmer.Finally, at 47 Longman Terrace, Chelmer, the recreational options are many and include large entertaining areas, a heated pool and spa, gymnasium, sauna and massage room, plus a games room and cellars. At the end of the landscaped gardens, however, lies a 12m pontoon, perfect for a boat or other leisure craft. The five-bedroom home on a 1,518sqm block is just 600m to Chelmer train station, a walk to Indooroopilly Shoppingtown and a 20-minute drive to Brisbane’s CBD. Offers are being received through Patrick or Jack Dixon of Dixon Estate Agency. 6 Rainbow Lane, Pelican WatersQueensland’s waterways are abuzz with recreational boaters and jet-skiers this week after the state government agreed to relax the COVID-19 rules on state waterways.In April the government announced recreational boating would be heavily restricted in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. Confusion reigned after Maritime Safety Queensland advised recreational boating was off-limits unless it was for essential travel before the Department of Transport and Main Roads clarified that boaties could also still head out to fish for food.MORE Buy and apartment, get a boatlast_img read more

KSS Line Returns to Hyundai for 5th LPG Carrier

first_imgSouth Korean shipping company KSS Line placed an order for the construction of a new class 84,000 cbm Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) at compatriot Hyundai Heavy Industries.This is the fifth VLGC order at the yard. All five VLGCs are scheduled for delivery in 2021.Once delivered, the LPG carrier is scheduled to enter into a KRW 155.5 billion long-term transportation contract with BGN Group, a European-based energy company, for seven years.The construction order is estimated to be worth USD 77.9 million.The gas carrier pertains to the same series of 84,000 cbm carriers ordered last year.The ships will be fitted with scrubbers to meet the IMO sulphur 2020 regulation.Based on the data from VesselsValue, the company has 21 live vessels in its fleet, including 16 LPG carriers with the latest order.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Husky defers two offshore projects after taking an ax to capital spending

first_imgCanadian oil and gas company Husky Energy has decided to cut its 2020 capital spending by $900 million in upstream spending and an additional $100 million in additional measures. Under the new plan, Husky has decided to delay the development of an oilfield located offshore China as well as development of a natural gas field offshore Indonesia.Husky said on Thursday it is taking a series of actions to fortify its business in response to challenging global market conditions.With these initiatives Husky is looking maintain the strength of its balance sheet while protecting value in an extended low commodity price environment.“Husky has three important advantages: a strong balance sheet, an Integrated Corridor which includes a sizeable downstream and midstream segment, and Offshore operations that include long-term gas contracts in the Asia Pacific region not linked to the price of oil,” said CEO Rob Peabody.Given current market conditions, Husky will start the reduction, or shut-in, of production where it is cash negative on a variable cost basis at current prices.The company’s total liquidity is $4.9 billion, comprised of $1.4 billion in cash and $3.5 billion in unused credit facilities. In line with its committed credit facilities, Husky is required to maintain debt to capital of no more than 65%, and is well below this threshold with a ratio of 27% with no long-term debt maturities until 2022.The company has revised its capital investment guidance in Upstream from $2.6 billion – $2.8 billion to $1.75 billion – $1.9 billion.The company’s total investment guidance was reduced from $3.2 billion – $3.4 billion to $2.3 billion – $2.5 billion.Total Upstream Production (mboe/day) has been revised from 295 – 310 to to 275 – 300.According to Husky, investment in resource plays and conventional heavy oil projects in Western Canada has been halted, with a focus on optimizing existing production and lowering costs. Furthermore, drilling of sustaining pads at all thermal operations has been suspended and Lloydminster thermal projects scheduled to be delivered beyond 2020 have been deferred and will be reconsidered as market conditions improve.In the Asia Pacific region, the development of the Block 15/33 oil field offshore China has been deferred by a year. In Indonesia, development of the MDA-MBH natural gas field has been deferred.The Liuhua 29-1 field at the Liwan Gas Project is being advanced as planned, with first production expected by the end of 2020.The company said it continues to review further capital adjustments in response to the current market environment.Additional cost reduction initiatives totalling approximately $100 million in 2020 will include a reduction in well servicing activities on uneconomic production, and a halt in exploration activity.last_img read more

Klopp happy to develop Liverpool habit of winning ugly

first_img Promoted ContentWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True “Today Aston Villa was fighting with all they had and it makes life uncomfortable. It was not a brilliant performance but it was a good performance that gets us three points.” Klopp has insisted he will not dish out appearances “like Christmas presents” in the final month of the campaign as his side eye a record points tally in English top-flight history. Liverpool moved onto 89 points with a further 15 still up for grabs to beat City’s record of 100 from two seasons ago. Loading… The Kop at Anfield was quiet in Liverpool’s first home match since becoming Premier League championscenter_img In front of an empty Anfield, the hosts struggled to summon their best with the big prize already won and just re-writing the record books to play for.Villa, by contrast, are still desperate for points in their battle to beat the drop and Dean Smith’s men were left to rue not taking their chances on the counter-attack early in the second half as their winless streak stretched to 10 games.“I don’t want to be a valiant loser because we are running out of games,” said Smith.“To out-shoot Liverpool at home at Anfield, in terms of efforts on goal is excellent, but need to take our opportunities. We never found the quality in the final third they did.”Pepe Reina was recalled in the Villa goal on his return to Anfield where he spent nine years as a Liverpool player, but the Spaniard barely had a save of note to make before half-time as Liverpool struggled to break Villa down.Indeed, it was Alisson Becker who was the busier goalkeeper as the Brazilian was forced to parry shots from Douglas Luiz, Jack Grealish and Anwar El Ghazi.Klopp was forced into introducing Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino to try and summon a response from his side in the final half hour.The triple substitution quickly made a difference when Naby Keita picked out Mane to sweep home his 20th goal of the season.Read Also: Video: Che Adams nets 40-yard screamer to open EPL account“I didn’t thank him for bringing the three subs on,” added Smith. “That strengthened them.”Reina was finally forced into a fine save as he dived to his left to deny Firmino his first goal at Anfield this season.Another substitute made the game safe a minute from time as 19-year-old Jones saw his effort deflect past the helpless Reina before Alisson produced another stunning save at the other end to deny Grealish a consolation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool’s ability to grind out wins when not at their best has been a hallmark of the champions this season after Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones struck in the final 20 minutes to beat struggling Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday. After a 4-0 humbling at the hands of Manchester City in their first match as Premier League champions on Thursday, Klopp’s men again failed to hit the heights that made them runaway leaders before a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Mane’s sweet strike off the underside of the bar and Jones’s deflected effort kept up a run of 24 consecutive league wins at Anfield for the Reds and left Villa still languishing in the bottom three. “We are where we are because we win difficult games,” said Klopp.Advertisementlast_img read more

Food for the Poor donates cricket gear to Malteenoes Sports Club Youth Cricket Academy.

first_imgFOOD for the Poor (Guyana) Incorporated (FFP) recently donated a quantity of cricketing gear including bats, balls and stumps to the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) youth cricket academy which started on Monday, August 22, at its Thomas Lands facility.Joel Alleyne, a member of the MSC senior cricket team, thanked FFP for the donation which he said would go a long way in assisting the youngsters in the programme in their cricket development.In his remarks, Public Relations Manager of FFP Wayne Hamilton, said that FFP was committed to assisting in the development of all sports in Guyana as far as possible.He further stated that he hoped the youths would take advantage of the opportunities afforded them in the programme and listen carefully to the coaches and facilitators, and strive to enhance the further development of the sport in our country.last_img read more

Ganguly equates COVID-19 to Test match being played on dangerous pitch

first_imgTHE Coronavirus pandemic has left the human lives stunned. Almost 2.5 lakh people have already died due to the virus while more than 3 million are affected with it as well. The situation is similar in India with the country under lockdown since March 24 and almost 40,000 positive COVID-19 patients.Looking at the current situation, the former India cricketer and the current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is extremely disappointed. He has equated this situation with the Test match being played on an extremely dangerous pitch where the batsmen have very less margin of error.“This situation is a Test match on a very dangerous wicket. The ball is seaming and spinning as well – the batsman has very little margin of error. So, the batsman has to score runs and keep his wicket safe with this little margin of error, and win this Test match,” he said while speaking at ‘100 Hours 100 Stars’, an initiative started by Fever Network.Sourav Ganguly also expressed his concern over the way the pandemic is making people struggle all over the world even as there is no immediate vaccine for it. He is also scared with the number of people have lost their lives due to the disease and wants all this to end as soon as possible.“I am really upset seeing the current situation, because so many people are suffering outside. We are still struggling to understand how to stop this pandemic. This atmosphere all over the world has really bothered me. We don’t know how, when and where it came from – we all were unprepared for this. People are being affected by this so much. There have been so many deaths. This situation upsets me, and I also feel scared.“People come to my house to deliver groceries, food, so I feel a little scared as well. So it’s a mixed feeling. I just want this to end as quickly as possible,” Ganguly further said. The 47-year-old also revealed that cricket has taught him to be aware in tough situations which is helping him in staying positive at the moment.“Cricket has taught me a lot. I faced real life, high-pressure situations. You have to make runs and there is just one ball left. If you make one wrong move, one wrong footwork, you will not get another chance. These kind of situations make you alert and aware about real life situations,” Sourav Ganguly added.(CricTracker)last_img read more

Ireland need to be at their best to overcome mercurial French

first_imgCaptain Paul O’Connell says: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/oconnell-says-ireland-need-to-be-at-their-bestKick-off for that game is at five o’clock. Meanwhile, the opening game of the day is in London as England have named an unchanged side for their clash with Italy at Twickenham, where the action gets underway at half-past two.Also in rugby, Munster are in action this evening in the Guinness Pro12.The likes of Ian Keatley and Keith Earls have returned from the Ireland camp to line-out for the visit of the Cardiff Blues.Gates at Irish Independent Park open at quarter to five so fans can catch Ireland versus France on the Big Screen before Munster take to the field at 7.35pm. France have travelled to Dublin for the second weekend of the 2015 Six Nations.After both sides emerged victorious from round one, there’s a huge amount at stake for both teams today at the Aviva Stadium.Ireland’s prospects have been boosted by the return of Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip to the starting side, while Cian Healy is on the bench.last_img read more

Premier League Fixtures

first_imgRelegation battlers have to beat Watford if they’re to have any chance of survival.Kick-off at Carrow Road is at 7.45, which is also the start time at the Stadium of Light where could also condemn Norwich to the drop if they beat Everton.Meanwhile, there’s an 8 o’clock start at Anfield, where Liverpool are playing host to Chelsea.last_img

Betsson.es seeks to showcase new image revamping website

first_img Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year June 11, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share Betsson to appeal ‘hefty’ Spelinspektionen penalty June 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Andrea Rossi – Betsson SpainStockholm-listed Betsson AB continues to revamp its Spanish licensed online gambling property Betsson.es, confirming the effective redesign of its website for desktop and mobile utilities.Focusing on delivering an ‘adaptive user experience’ across its core verticals, the new Betsson.es website aims to simplify user journeys, allowing for better player engagements with Betsson.es games content and inventory.Re-launching its Spanish website, Betsson marketing detailed that it wanted to represent ‘a new image for the Swedish operator in Spain’.‘The new site face will offer the Betsson players a much more adapted experience for each device, specifically on mobile, where it shows a much stronger usability’ – details Betsson.es on its website relaunch.Andrea Rossi, Managing Director for Betsson Spain, commented: “The experience of the player when using our product is the key priority for us, and that is why we are delighted to be able to enhance and improve that experience for them. The new design of Betsson.es is fluid, clean and far more user-friendly now, offering limitless emotion and entertainment.”The website revamp, sees Betsson continue to strengthen its Spanish product offering, a key initiative for 2018 and beyond.This September, Betsson.es announced the launch of its new simplified Rewards program – Betsson Puntos, developed specifically for Spanish online gambling players.last_img read more