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Fears grow for British man detained in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

first_img– Advertisement – Mainstream political leaders, and many ordinary people in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, are supportive of the Pakistani state, which has been accused by India of backing separatist militants. However, voices in Pakistani-administered Kashmir calling for complete independence, as opposed to joining with Pakistan, have been deliberately stifled. The region’s constitution forbids any activities deemed “prejudicial or detrimental to, the ideology of the State’s accession to Pakistan”. Ms Rajput told the BBC the detention of her husband shows the “hypocrisy” of Pakistan’s position. last_img read more

FAI gives backing to Delaney

first_imgThe Football Association of Ireland has handed chief executive John Delaney a vote of confidence in the wake of controversy surrounding him singing an Irish republican ballad. President Tony Fitzgerald said the FAI is “happy to bring the matter to a close” after Delaney apologised. Delaney found himself in hot water after a video surfaced online of him singing ‘Joe McDonnell’, a song about a provisional IRA member who died in prison in 1981. “I am not somebody who supports violence at all. ”When you sing a song like that, you don’t believe in every word that is in the song. I sing a large number of songs, maybe five or six different ones. It’s normally done in a private way when there is a sing-song. It’s a typically Irish thing we do. We sing songs amongst our group and you expect it to be kept to the group. ”In fact over a large number of years I have been working closely on cross-border initiatives in football to break down barriers. I am just not a violent person. My grandfather fought in the Civil War and he also fought in the War of Independence. I have always said I have a nationalist background. ”Unfortunately, on occasions people use camera phones in a sly way and try to tape it – people who are not in your company – and they try to make it something bigger than it is. ”What I will say is that if the song offends anybody, of course I’m sorry. It is not in my nature to want to offend people. It was something I have sung or had sang in my presence in the past.” Delaney went on to say that the Ireland team have often joined in singing of similar songs going back to Jack Charlton’s time in charge, such as ‘Sean South from Garryowen’ which is about another IRA member. He added: ”I’ll give you an example. ‘Sean South from Garryowen’ has been sung on the Irish team bus for years, from the Jack Charlton era, right up to the current era. ”If people want to tape these things in what I would call a sly way, and then try to make them public, it is wrong. But I do accept that if I have upset anybody here, I’m sorry. ”Many of us have a nationalist background but are non-violent and sing songs but don’t believe in all of the lyrics.” Press Association But Fitzgerald backed Delaney to see out his recently-extended contract that now runs until 2020, effectively scotching any talk of the CEO departing his post. “Following recent coverage of the cyber bullying of his partner Emma and the fact that John has publicly apologised if he offended anyone for singing the nationalist song in question, we are happy to bring the matter to a close,” said Fitzgerald in an FAI statement. “The Board is more than pleased with the way John Delaney is running the Association. He has done an enormous amount for Irish football. In the past year alone the winning of EURO 2020 bid for Dublin adds to a number of very important developments he has helped oversee during his tenure. “We recently awarded him a contract extension to 2020 and he is fully deserving of that.” The timing of the video of Delaney’s singing proved highly embarrassing to the FAI, with the Republic of Ireland taking on England in Dublin in June. England boss Roy Hodgson was also forced to apologise after fans sang ‘No Surrender’ during their match against Scotland at Celtic Park. Delaney apologised on Tuesday, but also defended himself against the heaviest criticism he had received. Delaney told RTE 2fm: ”First of all, ‘Joe McDonnell’ is a song that has been sung in my presence and I have chipped in on a number of occasions in the past. last_img read more

‘Friend in Need, Friend in Deed’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has showered praises on the Government of the People’s Republic of China for what she described as taking the biggest move in the fight against Ebola.Speaking while officially receiving the donation from the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, President Sirleaf said the Chinese assistance goes one big extra mile, because it comes at a time when Liberians are facing truly what could be described as a “national tragedy.”The Liberian leader said the donation is a very big boost in the fight against the virus in the country. “Today we have a big boost in what we are going to do, because what has come from China will enable us address some of the things that are being lacking in the fight. Some of such things include Personal Protection Equipment and instrument for judging the level of fever. These are now in good supplies. With that we are made stronger in our response. We are able to combat this in a bit more preparedness and readiness.”She lauded the steadfastness and true friendship of the Chinese government who have, even in the middle of its own crises, thought it prudent to identify with Liberians and others at this critical time.“China has always been a good partner to Liberia. We have bilateral programs that support many of our development endeavors including education, agriculture, health, justice and peace keeping. But this assistance that has come today goes one big extra mile, because it comes at a time when we are facing truly what could be described as a national tragedy,” she said.She also noted: “Mr. Ambassador, I want you to convey to your President the appreciation of the government and people of Liberia and to re-assert our strong partnership, our solidarity even in your time of trouble when you are facing flood, you have stopped to recognize our need and have come to our assistance.”She further stressed, “We have friends all over and many of our friends are helping, but we want to extend thanks and appreciation to all of our partners who are responding, but as I say, China has gone one step further, not only that it sent items that are so desperately needed, but it recognized the urgency of it and sent it directly on a plane so that we have access to it in this great time of need.”While the Chinese gesture is quite joyous, President Sirleaf, however, said she is saddened by the fast pace at which the virus is spreading to other communities that were not previously affected. “And what this means is that our people are still not listening to the pieces of advice and instructions that are being given.”China has not only talked the talk, which has been the case so far since what is known as the biggest outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Mano River Union (MRU) region, but has walked the walk with donation worth over US$1 million in anti-Ebola drugs equipment.A Chinese cargo plane, on Monday, August 11, arrived in the country with a consignment of drugs, personal protective equipment, thermometers and sanitizers among others, to help support the Government of Liberia’s efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus.Chinese Ambassador, ZHANG Yue, quoting his country’s President Xi Jinping, said China and Africa are good brothers and partners and at this difficult moment, the Chinese people and government feel the pain and suffering of the Liberian people that’s why they urgently made the donation.He noted that  as the Ebola virus spreads quickly and constituting great challenges to the country, china decided to once again respond quickly to the appeal of the World Health Organization (WHO) by providing this batch of emergency aid materials to meet the urgent need of the Liberian people.The Chinese government is also poised to send three health experts to help provide the basic expertise and the training of local health workers on the uses of the donated assorted materials.This comes at a time when the entire country is at a standstill and Liberians have no hope of how to combat the virus that has claimed the lives of about 500 people, while the world continues to watch and talk with no immediate concrete actions forthcoming.The Chinese government has also boosted the fight against the Ebola virus in the MRU region with similar donations to Guinea and Sierra Leone worth US$3.3 million to help contain the epidemic.The Ambassador further noted that Ebola should not be seen as a national or regional issue, but a global challenge. He called on the international community to work along with the affected countries deal with the epidemicYou cannot move from one community to another when there is a sign that you are affected. When you do that you put people, including your family members and friends, at risk. This disease can be attacked and in certain cases defeated if you follow the instructions. Please listen to save the life and lives of your families, friends and associates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chinese Charity Identifies with Ebola Survivors in Bong Mines

first_imgTwo organizations of the Chinese Town of WENZHOU, WENZHOU Evening News and Charity Association have collectively provided 200 bags of 25Kg rice and 40 gallons of vegetable oil for Ebola survivors in Bong Mines.Each beneficiary received 25kg rice and two gallons of vegetable oil.Tang Ling Ling, a spokesperson of the WENZHOU Evening News and Charity Association, extended condolences to people who lost their loved ones during the Ebola crisis and said the assorted food items are meant to identify with Liberians.Ebola is a dangerous disease and everyone in the world knows its consequences on any country in which it breaks out, she said.She told survivors and others that while they sympathized with families of the deceased they decided to also show practical concern to the survivors.As a result, she said they collected money for the items from the people of WENZHOU to identify with Liberians especially in China Union’s operating area in Bong Mines.China Union General Manager, Yuan Jun Luo, in a statement, recalled that Ebola broke out in March last year and began spreading in July up to August with the peak in September.He commended hospital workers, including those in Bong Mines, for assisting in getting Ebola under control in the country.“Fighting Ebola is not the only thing that we the Chinese have to do, but will also help Liberians to address the economic issues,” Mr. Yuan assured.He cautioned Liberians not to downplay preventive measures, but constantly practice them so as to avoid the recurrence of the disease.A representative of the recipients, Pewu Mulbah, commended the Chinese group for the gesture and urged them not to forget the inhabitants of Bong Mines as they are reportedly faced with severe hunger.According to Mulbah, they were unable to make their farms in Bong Mines area due to the Ebola crisis.  He acknowledged China Union for not abandoning its operations during the crisis.He also recalled that China did more to assist them during the Ebola crisis, and as a result survivors decided to remain in Bong Mines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more