Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to join UK Prime Minister at Lyra McKee funeral in Belfast

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgThe funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee is to take place in Belfast on Wednesday. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins will both attend the funeral, while Downing Street also confirmed that UK Prime Minister Theresa May will also attend.Ms McKee was shot dead during violent scenes in the Creggan estate in Derry last Thursday. In a statement issued last night, Ms McKee’s mother Joan, brothers Gary and David and sisters Joan Hunter, Nichola Corner and Mary Crossan called on people to continue the 29-year-old’s message of hope.It read: “A daughter, a sister, an aunt, a great-aunt, a partner, a niece, a cousin, and above all, a best friend and confidante to so many of us.“A friend to all, a gentle innocent soul who wouldn’t wish ill on anyone. Such a warm and innocent heart.“She was a smart, strong-minded woman who believed passionately in inclusivity, justice and truth. “Lyra spoke to and made friends with anybody and everybody, no matter what their background, those of all political views and those with none. This openness, and her desire to bring people together, made her totally apolitical.“We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love we have witnessed this past few days. It has been of immense solace that Lyra meant so much to so many.“We ask everyone who knew Lyra to continue her message of positivity and hope, by respecting her memory with dignity and respect.“We as a family know that the whole community has been touched by the events of Thursday night and that many are rightly angry.“However, we would ask that Lyra’s life and her personal philosophy are used as an example to us all as we face this tragedy together.“Lyra’s answer would have been simple, the only way to overcome hatred and intolerance is with love, understanding and kindness.” Advertisement On Tuesday, a 57-year-old woman had been arrested in connection with Ms McKee’s murder but has since been released. On Sunday, two teens aged 18 and 19 arrested in connection with the murder were released without charge.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to join UK Prime Minister at Lyra McKee funeral in Belfast was last modified: April 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CregganDerryDonegal/DerryLyra McKeelast_img read more

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Earth Is a Safe Haven

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgRecent news articles show how mechanisms protect earth’s inhabitants from a hail of bullets overhead.[Note: CEH is taking a break this week. These news items are presented for those who wish to follow up on them.]Could recent supernovae be responsible for mass extinctions? ( The effects of a supernova might be surprisingly mild, thanks to earth’s ozone layer.Van Allen Radiation Belts: Facts & Findings ( Things you should know about the lobes that shield us from cosmic bullets.Radial Transport of Higher‐Energy Oxygen Ions Into the Deep Inner Magnetosphere Observed by Van Allen Probes (Geophysical Research Letters). Details about how the Van Allen Belts protect earth from killer electrons.Explaining the apparent impenetrable barrier to ultra-relativistic electrons in the outer Van Allen belt (Nature Communications). More detail and clarification about our protective shields.Moon dust is super toxic to human cells ( But earth dirt is good (see 19 May 2018 entry).Earth’s magnetic field is probably not reversing (PNAS). Admits that magnetic field energy is decaying at 5% per century. Read ch. 7 of Spacecraft Earth by Richter about why that matters.Why Earth’s Magnetic Field Might Not Flip After All (Live Science).Try your hand at being a CEH reporter! Read and analyze the claims above. If you appreciate the usual reporting you get at CEH, how about sending us feedback to encourage others? See bottom of front page. You can also retweet our Twitter notices (@crevinfo) or post your favorite articles on social media using the icons at left. (Visited 396 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Leaders condemn Zim violence

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first_imgMDC leader Morgan Tsvangarai addresses his party members. The defiant President Robert Mugabe speaking at an election rally. The struggle for political stability in Zimbabwe continues.By Khanyi MagubaneIn the wake of violence ahead of the run-off elections in Zimbabwe, African leaders have called for efforts to be made to find a solution to that country’s deepening political crisis.The widespread condemnation of the state of affairs in Zimbabwe’s political unrest was further prompted by the unceremonious withdrawal of Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), from the presidential run-off against President Robert Mugabe.The run-off elections, scheduled for 27 June, had to be held following a narrow–margin win by Tsvangirai in March, which failed to gain him a convincing win as Zimbabwe’s next president.Tsvangirai quits electionsOn Sunday 22 June, Tsvangirai hosted a press conference where he announced his party’s withdrawal.He said running for presidential candidacy had proved to be pointless, as he no longer had confidence in the free and fairness of the electoral process. He accused police of carrying out ‘state sponsored’ violence against party members, “We in the MDC cannot ask [our members] to cast their vote on 27 June, when that vote could cost them their lives,” “We have resolved that we will no longer participate in this violent, illegitimate sham of an election process.”The MDC officially handed in a letter of withdrawal from the elections to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on 24 June. The commission announced that the run-off elections would still go ahead as planned, citing electoral laws which made it impossible for the elections to be postponed in the wake of the MDC’s last-minute withdrawal.African leaders speak outOn 25 June, members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) defence and security troika attended an emergency meeting to discuss Zimbabwe. These include Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, and Prime Minister Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos. The troika was chaired by Swaziland’s King Mswati III.Swazi government spokesperson Percy Simelane said the troika was called amid allegations of intimidation and killings ahead of the election.“[The leaders] elected to come together and see what they can do as far this situation is concerned,” he said.According to a Malawi online publication Nation Online, civil right groups have also condemned the pre-election violence, which according to reports, has seen hundreds of MDC members killed by militant supporters of Mugabe and over 200, 000 others displaced.Malawi Human Rights Commission chairperson Dorothy Nyasulu said it’s sad that the intense violence had caused Tsvangirai to withdraw from the run-off.“Zimbabweans had prepared to vote. They had wanted to choose a leader of their choice. However, what is happening in Zimbabwe frustrates whatever aspirations Zimbabweans had.”In response to the MDC’s pull out, the government of Botswana voiced its hope that even though the MDC had opted out the two leaders – Mugabe and Tsvangirai would come together, even at this late stage, to form a united government.Botswana’s foreign ministry released a statement urging the leaders to put the people of Zimbabwe first, “Failure to arrest and reverse the current situation of tension can only lead to Zimbabwe sliding further into deep economic and political crisis.”In South Africa, ANC president Jacob Zuma also condemned the continued reports of pre-election violence in the neighbouring country.“We cannot agree with Zanu-PF. We cannot agree with them on values,” he said, addressing the International Investment Conference in Johannesburg.Zuma added that the liberation movement values that the ANC once shared with Zanu-PF were no longer there, “We fought for the right of people to vote, we fought for democracy.”Following his decision to withdraw the MDC from of the elections, Tsvangirai, fearing that life is in danger, took refuge at the Dutch embassy in Harare.According to his spokesperson George Sibotshiwe, the leader received a tip that state police had intended on pouncing on him at his home, which caused him to flee. Other party officials have allegedly also gone into hiding in fear of police arrest.World leaders speak outSpeaking to Australian media, Tsvangirai said he sought diplomatic protection as he no longer felt safe as a citizen of his own country, “This is no joke, over the last three or so weeks I’ve been arrested, I’ve been harassed, I’ve been totally treated like a criminal, when I’m the leading contender in this election,” he said.Australia’s Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said his country would be part of international efforts increase pressure on Mugabe to allow free and fair elections. He also said that Australia was considering tightening its sanctions on the government.Other countries around the world have also given their support to Tsvangirai’s decision to withdraw from the elections.“A government which violates the constitution in Zimbabwe cannot be held as the legitimate representative of the Zimbabwe people.” said British foreign secretary David Milibrand, adding Britain’s voice to the chorus of condemnation of the violence in the Southern African country.In America, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has also been in touch with Tsvangirai. The democrat said he had spoken to Tsvangirai, “to share my deep concern for the way his supporters are being targeted by the regime, and to express my admiration for his efforts to ensure that the will of the Zimbabwean people is finally respected.”“The United States and the international community must be united, clear and unequivocal: the government of Zimbabwe is illegitimate and lacks any credibility” Obama said.Tsvangirai has also called for a military presence in the country to help bring the country back to calm. He urged the United Nations to isolate Mugabe and called for a peacekeeping force in Zimbabwe.He said while the country did not want armed conflict, it was important for agencies like the UN who had condemned the violence to back up their stance with action, such as sending peacekeeping troops.On the sports front, Cricket South Africa (CSA)has suspended its domestic agreement with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union. This was announced by CSA president Norman Arendse on Monday.He said, “In the light of the worsening situation in Zimbabwe, CSA has reviewed its position in relation to Zimbabwe cricket. We have decided to suspend our bilateral agreements with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union until further notice.”The Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s largest opposition party, welcomed the move to suspend South Africa’s agreement with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union. DA spokesperson for sport, Donald Lee, said the CSA was courageous in their decision, ” [We can] no longer hide behind the failed quiet diplomacy while Mugabe is killing our brothers and sisters,” “We must be very tough when dealing with a ruthless criminal like him.”Useful linksMovement for Democratic Change Association of Zimbabweans based abroadZimbabwe Ministry of Foreign Affairs Do you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

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Garmin buys out SA distributor

By on December 18, 2019

first_img28 April 2011Global satellite navigation provider Garmin is to acquire Garmin Distribution Africa, the distributor of Garmin’s automotive, outdoor recreation, fitness and marine products in southern Africa, for an undisclosed sum.“We are happy to welcome our South African team into the Garmin family,” Garmin chairman and CEO Min Kao said in a statement this week. “GDA has been our South African distributor for nearly two decades, and this acquisition will only strengthen our ties to our retailers and customers in this region.”After the acquisition is completed, the company will be renamed Garmin Southern Africa, and will continue operations at its current headquarters and warehouse facility located near Johannesburg, which employs approximately 70 associates.Confidence in South Africa“We have worked hard to grow the Garmin brand in South Africa,” said GDA chief executive Richard Fearon. “Once we are fully integrated into the Garmin fold, we expect to grow the business even more in our rapidly growing region.“This transaction demonstrates the confidence that Garmin has in South Africa, and the importance that it places in our office as being key to further developing Garmin’s African business.”The completion of the acquisition is subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive acquisition agreement, the completion of legal and financial due diligence and regulatory approvals.The acquisition is expected to be completed in June 2011.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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