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Kerry says resolution gives clear message to Lanka

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US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US sponsored resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council today reaffirmed that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability in order to move forward.He says the vote in the UN Human Rights Council encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to continue on the path toward lasting peace and prosperity following decades of civil war and instability. “This resolution, which builds on a similar 2012 resolution, reaffirmed that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability in order to move forward. The United States, together with international partners, calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments to its own people on these longstanding issues,” he said. She noted that over the past year the United States and many others have expressed strong concern over the lack of process on vital issues in Sri Lanka as well as backsliding on respect for human rights and the rule of law.“The United States, along with 40 co-sponsors, put forward this resolution in a spirit of friendship toward the people of Sri Lanka, but also out of genuine concern about the lack of follow-through on the promises by the government of Sri Lanka to carry out a credible form of domestic accountability.  We are concerned about some worrying signs of back sliding with respect to the rule of law and protection of human rights in the current situation as well,” she added.She said that the the resolution, which includes specific follow up actions including an interim update by the High Commissioner in September and a comprehensive report in March 2014 by the Office of the High Commissioner, is a strong signal that the international community intends to remain seized with the situation in Sri Lanka.  (Colombo Gazette) Kerry noted that while some important progress has been made in Sri Lanka, there is much work still to be done. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today adopted the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka with 25 in favor, 13 against it and 8 abstentions.The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, said the resolution should be seen as both an expression of support by the international community to the people of Sri Lanka, and as an expression of encouragement and concern to the government of Sri Lanka.  The international community has sent a message that lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka will require meaningful steps toward truth and accountability.Speaking to the media after the resolution was passed  she said that  the international community came together to call upon the government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its stated obligation to its own people to take concrete steps to move forward to address outstanding issues related to truth and reconciliation, and by meeting its obligation on accountability. “The resolution relied upon the detailed report of the High Commissioner Navi Pillay, which made clear that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability, including the establishment of a truth-seeking mechanism as an integral part of transitional justice.  The resolution passed today also addresses the growing concerns over the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka, including reports of forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, as well as intimidations and reprisals against human rights defenders.” she said. “We look to the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to reverse recent negative developments on rule of law and human rights,” he added.Kerry says the United States stands ready to assist Sri Lanka and looks looks forward to continuing its engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka and strengthening its friendship with the Sri Lankan people. read more

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Sustainable development summit a reminder of the boundless potential of humanity

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Ms. Mohammed told the delegates at the SDG Summit that she had been encouraged by the “spoken word, the voice of youth, the commitment of civil society, the power of an active citizenry and the leadership of our governments”, on display during the two-day conference.The deputy UN chief said that she had drawn three concrete messages from the summit: a renewed commitment from world leaders to implement the Agenda, which she described as critical to respond to the world’s greatest challenges; an acknowledgement that the Goals are off track, and a determination to step up efforts to achieve them; and clarity on the task ahead, with a decisive decade left to “nurture more ambitious global action; local action and people action”.Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the incoming President of the General Assembly, said that the 10 years leading up to the 2030 deadline for the Agenda will be a “Decade of Implementation”, and expressed his hope that “we will ensure more integration of the 2030 Agenda into our National Development Plans, mobilize resources and invest in programmes and sectors that are more likely to engender greater acceleration”Mr. Muhammad-Bande highlighted the involvement of the private sector at the SDG Business Forum, which also took place on Wednesday, where companies showcased actions, innovative technologies and sustainable financing strategies, aimed at creating a better world for all.“I am confident that the business leaders that joined us this week will continue to encourage and inspire actions” he said. “While governments are responsible for national implementation, they are unable, on their own, to achieve the goals”.During the Forum, Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, shared the results of a survey, contained within the recently published UN Global Compact Progress Report 2019, which shows that 81% of Global Compact participants reported that they are taking action on the Global Goals.Ms. Kingo emphasized the importance of going beyond sustainability strategies, policies and codes of conduct, and translating corporate ambition into practice: “Being an impactful sustainable business means fully integrating sustainability into core business strategy, operations, supply chain management and stakeholder engagement”.Commenting on the outcome of the Summit, Liu Zhenmin, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, welcomed the full commitment of the UN to supporting Member States to deliver the promises they have made to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, for people and the planet today, and for the generations to come:“It is encouraging to see that the momentum to step up action is growing, with over 100 new Acceleration Actions (initiatives to speed up progress on sustainable development and boost action on climate change, aimed at securing healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all) registered for the goals ahead of the SDG Summit”. The General Assembly President took the opportunity to look ahead to the 2020 Summit of the United Nations, when Member States and relevant partners will report, again, on the contributions they are making towards achieving the SDGs. read more

Ohio State womens ice hockey splits weekend set against St Cloud State

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Senior defenseman Sara Schmitt controls the puck during an exhibition game against Western Ontario Sept. 28 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU tied Western Ontario 2-2 in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerAfter falling in the first matchup of a two-game set, the Ohio State women’s hockey team dispatched St. Cloud State University in shutout fashion Saturday afternoon.Ohio State improved their record to 5-3-0 (3-3-0) after having a week off between games. St. Cloud State is now 3-3-1 (2-1-1) this season.On Saturday, both teams took the ice for the first period with strong defensive plays. OSU freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve saved all four shot attempts by the Huskies and SCSU junior goalie Katie Fitzgerald was credited with 10 saves in the opening period.Freshman forward Lauren Spring scored her first collegiate goal to put the Buckeyes in the lead to open the scoring in the second period.Spring was posted in front of the net and scored her goal on a rebound off of senior defenseman Kari Schmitt’s slap shot.Although SCSU outshot Ohio State in the second period, the Buckeyes ended the period with a 1-0 lead.Senior defenseman Sara Schmitt did her part to seal the win in the third period, adding two goals to the board for OSU. The Buckeye captain netted her first goal off a pass from twin sister Kari Schmitt. Her second goal was scored on an empty net. The Buckeyes outshot the Huskies, 28-18, overall.The first game of the series didn’t end as favorably for the Buckeyes.OSU fell to SCSU, 4-2, Friday before picking up the shutout to end the series. Coach Nate Handrahan said he wasn’t happy with the outcome.“We mentality didn’t execute, we made some mistakes and they capitalized on us,” he said.The Buckeyes started off strong by scoring two goals back-to-back from junior forwards Julia McKinnon and Melani Moylan.The Huskies scored three times in the second to take a 3-2 lead into the final period. The SCSU finished the game with an empty net goal, bringing the final score to 4-2.Offensively the Buckeyes had the advantage as they outshot the Huskies, 45-19.“Although it feels like, ‘hey, we carried some play and carried some momentum,’ we still didn’t execute on the offensive side either,” Handrahan said.OSU is scheduled to hit the road for a two-game series with Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn. Games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:07 p.m. and 2:07 p.m., respectively. read more

Teenager appears in court accused of planning terror attack on London landmarks

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first_imgIt is believed that Oxford Street and military bases were among the targets the defendant had allegedly considered as a location for the attack. Buckingham Palace was another possible target.  An internet search for “most crowded place in London” had produced the result Buckingham Palace.Ali-Syed was charged under the 2006 Terrorism Act with the intention of committing acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention between 12 April and 9 September this year.During an 11-minute hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon, Ali-Syed, dressed in a grey long-sleeved sweat shirt and grey tracksuit trousers, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe told the defendant he was to be remanded in custody until a hearing on September 19 at the Old Bailey.Judge Roscoe said: “I am sending this case to be dealt with at the Central Criminal Court, which is the Old Bailey. All future hearings will be at that court.” Two other men arrested at the same time have been released on police bail pending further investigation.Prosecutor Thomas Halpin told the court: “The allegation is that he was planning a terrorist attack in the UK.”In an unrelated case, it emerged a 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence west London.Scotland Yard said the suspect was arrested by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command in west London on Monday afternoon.The man was arrested at around 4.10pm on suspicion of “possessing an article for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism”.The man remains in custody, arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and a search is under way at an address in Kensington. Shoppers on Oxford StreetCredit:Oli Scarff/ Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Shoppers on Oxford Street A teenager appeared in court on Tuesday accused of planning to carry out a mass-casualty terror attack on London landmarks including Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street.Haroon Ali-Syed, 19, from Hounslow in west London, attempted to buy a bomb over the internet as well as guns, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told.He had attempted to obtain bank loans to pay for the weaponry and tried to contact a bombmaker to build a nail bomb. The court heard Ali-Syed was “trying to carry out a terrorist attack on the scale of 7/7”.Ali-Syed was arrested on September 8 on suspicion of a terror offence after a five-month police operation.It is alleged that between April 2016 and September 2016, Ali-Syed attempted to obtain weapons online, including an explosive device, with a view to launching an assault on a busy area of the capital.last_img read more