TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! TAGSFine GaelLimerick City and CountyLocal Elections 2019Newspolitics Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Email A SERIES of measures designed to encourage political parties to put more female candidates forward for election have been welcomed by Fine Gael candidate for Limerick City North, Olivia O’Sullivan.“At a time when several female councillors in Limerick City and County Council are stepping down, it was a huge decision, especially as a mother with small children, to accept the opportunity to come forward as a candidate for local election,” Ms O’Sullivan told the Limerick Post this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I obviously welcome any measures to ‘family-proof’ the role as outlined and could not be taking this step without the full support of my family. However, even with its challenges, I firmly believe our Council needs better diversity and needs to be more representative of the people it serves.“I also don’t underestimate the value to our young girls, and boys, of seeing more women in public representation and the long-term positives this will bring. We need more female representation; right now there are eight sitting female councillors in Limerick City and County, out of 40 in the council chamber. This has to change,” the mother-of-two said.The measures brought forward by the Government include a new funding scheme, to be introduced in advance of the 2019 local elections, to incentivize political parties to increase the proportion of female candidates. An information campaign will also be launched before the local elections, highlighting the critical role of women in local government. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Print WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Previous articleChamber wants three-city approach to RSESNext articleWATCH: Munster make hard work of Zebre but keep pace with Glasgow Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsPoliticsFamily-proofing measures for candidatesBy Alan Jacques – March 23, 2019 1126 Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow
Thank you Madam President. And let me begin by thanking the Ambassador of Indonesia for his briefing and for his work since assuming the Chair of the 1540 Committee.Madam President, the 1540 Committee is an important cornerstone of the international non-proliferation architecture and as such, it’s a key part of the rules-based international system. The Committee plays a vital role in helping states prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons to Non-State Actors and thus strengthening our collective efforts to deter and eradicate the use of these weapons.We only need to look at instances of recent years where chemical weapons have been used by groups such as Daesh in Iraq and Syria to realise what is at stake. We cannot stand by and allow the unconscionable use of such weapons to take place. The UK therefore is and will remain a strong supporter of the work of the Committee. We are pleased that this year’s programme of work has been adopted swiftly and see two key priorities for the Committee’s work this year under the leadership of the Indonesian Ambassador.First, implementation of Resolution 1540: All states with the assistance of the Committee should work to ensure that their legislation, national control frameworks and mechanisms for both internal and international cooperation are up to date and fit for purpose. It is particularly important that States whose specific circumstances, such as being nexus points in global supply chains, take extra care to ensure that they are implementing Resolution 1540 effectively.As the Ambassador from Indonesia has mentioned this morning, developing voluntary National Action Plans and assigning national points of contact are practical steps that all States can take and we commend these steps to all UN Member States today.We also join the United States in urging all States who have not yet voluntarily reported their implementation of Resolution 1540 to the Committee to do so as quickly and as practically as possible. In an interconnected world, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. And the responsibility lies with all of us. Looking ahead, we recognise that the next comprehensive review of the implementation of 1540 will take place in 2021 and the UK stands ready to do all we can to make sure that process is thorough, effective and leads to practical outcomes in deterring and preventing the proliferation of WMD.Second, Madam President, a second priority should be assistance to States. Again, I am grateful that the Ambassador from Indonesia highlighted this issue in his remarks this morning. Effective implementation of Resolution 1540 isn’t straightforward, however vital it may be. I welcome the work already being done by the Committee to facilitate the provision of assistance to States who have requested it, including by helping coordinate this with States and international organisations who have the capacity to provide it.The UK stands ready to provide legal and regulatory expertise as well as broader support to States looking to meet their obligations and strengthen their national frameworks. In this regard, the work of Working Group 2, coordinated by France, is particularly important and I take this opportunity to thank France as well as Peru, Cote d’Ivoire and the United States who coordinate the other working groups for their diligent work here.I also take the opportunity to recognise the vital work undertaken by the Group of Experts, coordinated by Mr. Raphaël Prenat. The UK notes with concern the financial situation highlighted by the Ambassador from Indonesia and we’ll be following this issue very closely.Madam President, the work of the 1540 Committee focuses on preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction by Non-State Actors. However, I cannot conclude my remarks without also touching briefly – as my colleague from Equatorial Guinea did – on the use of weapons of mass destruction by State Actors because when we see States using chemical weapons in flagrant breach of international law, there are proliferation consequences. The use of such weapons by an organisation as craven as Daesh is unconscionable, as is government use of chemical weapons against its own people, as in the case of Syria, or against another state, as happened on the streets of Salisbury in the United Kingdom just over one year ago.Madam President, the rules-based international order has been essential to the security and safety of the international community for over 70 years. If we are to continue to enjoy that security and safety it must be and must remain our collective duty to uphold that rules-based international order and prevent the heinous use of such weapons by whomsoever they are used.Thank you.
Belgium became the world champions for the first time when they edged past Netherlands in an high-octane final of the Hockey World Cup 2018 on Sunday.Belgium won a tense penalty shootout 3-2 against three-time champions Netherlands in the title showdown at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.It was a great day for Belgium hockey as the country registered its second biggest international title after the Olympics silver in Rio in 2016.In the last edition of the World Cup at The Hague in Netherlands, Belgium had finished fifth.And the Lions Roar! #BELvNED #IndiaKaGame #HWCFinal2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/SDnKLrejv0Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 16, 2018The Netherlands, on the other hand, failed to match Pakistan’s record of a fourth world title for the second consecutive edition. The Dutch had finished runners-up to Australia four years ago in front of their home crowd. They last won a World Cup title way back in 1998 in Utrecht.Incidentally, it was the Netherlands’ second consecutive match that went to shootout in the tournament after their victory over Australia in the semi-finals on Saturday.The art of victory is learned in defeat. @OranjeHockey displayed character, persistence & passion in their quest to be World Champions for the 4th time, and there is no fault in failing as they did.#BELvNED #IndiaKaGame #HWCFinal2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/0W2YmvOptJHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 16, 2018In Sunday’s shootout, Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch outmatched his Dutch counterpart Pirmin Blaak by making four saves to hand his side their maiden World Cup title.advertisementThere was hardly anything to separate the two sides in the shoot-out as they were levelled 2-2 after five tries. While Jeroen Hertzberger and Jonas de Geus scored for Netherlands, Florent van Aubel and Victor Wegnez were on target for Belgium.However, the shootout was not without drama as Belgium needed Arthur de Sloover to score from their fifth and last attempt to win the game and he did so, sending the Red Lions bench into wild celebrations.But the Dutch goalkeeper asked for a referral for a foot and the goal was later withdrawn after TV replays showed the ball indeed touch De Sloover’s feet while he was pushing it into the net past Blaak.The reversal meant that the match went into sudden death and Van Aubel was given the responsibility by Belgium to take the first opportunity and he duly converted it.It was then Netherlands’ turn to score and continue the sudden death but Hertzberger faltered this time as Belgium goalkeeper Vanasch came up with another brilliant save to hand his side the biggest win of their careers.Earlier in the day, Australia thrashed England 8-1 to claim the bronze medal.The title clash, which was witnessed by none other than cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, turned out to be a fierce contest between the two European sides.Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, @FIH_Hockey, posed with @sachin_rt at the Kalinga Stadium. The warm reception which the Master Blaster got was equally matched by his contagious enthusiasm.#NEDvBEL #IndiaKaGame #HWCFinal2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/Mgr8z8ak8KHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 16, 2018While the Netherlands took the early initiative and attacked continuously in the first two quarters, Belgium made a strong comeback after the change of ends.Belgium, though, had the first chance but Tom Boon’s deflection in the second minute went just wide. Minutes later, Hertzberger’s reverse struck the side-netting.It was a midfield slugfest between the two teams as both created chances but lacked the final touch inside the opposition circle.The Netherlands had two penalty corners in the match but the Red Lions defended stoutly to deny them any [email protected] end their campaign with the Bronze Medal at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018.#IndiaKaGame #DilHockey #ENGvAUS #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/GQbAP6VhsAHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 16, 2018Belgium, on the other hand, failed to secure a single penalty corner in the game.Two minutes after half time, Belgium skipper Thomas Briels’ shot was saved by Dutch goalie Blaak.Belgium pressed hard in the final 10 minutes of the game, putting relentless pressure on the Dutch defence but a breakthrough eluded them.(With inputs from PTI)