Press release: UK Statement on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo

first_imgFCO Spokesperson: Email [email protected] The Syrian regime and its supporters have alleged that opposition forces carried out a chlorine attack on civilians in Aleppo on 24th November. We have seen nothing to support the claims made by Russia and Syria. It is likely that this was either a staged incident intended to frame the opposition, or an operation which went wrong and from which Russia and the regime sought to take advantage. We continue to work closely with international partners to establish more fully exactly what happened. We encourage those with relevant information to share it, and cooperate fully with the OPCW as it gathers information to further assess the incident. It is important for Syrians and the international community that the truth comes out. We frequently see the Syrian regime and its partners making false claims and using disinformation to cover their tracks. Allegations that the UK or its allies are in any way involved in this, or any other incident involving chemical weapons in Syria, are complete fabrications.center_img The United States has today also issued a statement on this incident – https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/12/287941.htmFurther informationFollow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries For journalists The UK assesses it highly unlikely that chlorine was used in this incident, as the regime and its Russian allies have claimed. It is highly unlikely that the opposition was responsible.last_img read more

Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North Carolina [Photos/Vidoes]

first_imgOn May 25th, MarchFourth is launching a Kickstarter for their fourth studio album, Magic Number, which was recorded at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA, produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and featuring Stanton Moore and Trombone Shorty. Depending on your pledge, you’ll be able to pre-order the album through the program when it goes live later this month. Needless to say, this record is going to be off the charts!Catch MarchFourth later this month when they swing through Summer Camp for a late night Sunday set that promises a multi-faceted, indelible experience, as well as various guerilla parades throughout the weekend! They’ll be sure to keep it fresh all the way through! MarchFourth is a genre-breaking force of nature in the world of entertainment. Carrying nearly twenty musicians, dancers, and artisans around the country for a show that defies categorization and implores free-spirited joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring ambience sets the band apart from any other touring band. Able to catch the attention of any, the cast of characters recently used their position to an advantage of power.Following the new laws in North Carolina against the LGBTQ community, and the recent concert cancellations that some headlining acts chose to respond with, members of MarchFourth decided to respond to the situation in a different way. After a late night drunken conversation about the matter, the band unanimously decided to go forward with both their North Carolina shows, in Durham at Motorco and headlining the LEAF Festival outside of Asheville, in full drag. Over the weekend, they chose to perform in dresses, makeup, wigs, and all, both to poke fun at the state’s governor and to stand in solidarity with those who are being persecuted for who they are. While performing this way in the North Carolina towns was certainly a risky move, they were pleased to be overwhelmingly supported by their fans. Their sets, some of their best ever, included a brassy version of Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and “Hot Stepper” from their upcoming album.Purple RainHot Stepper“It was pretty surreal going on after Juan de Marcos and the Afro Cuban All Stars, them in suits and gowns,” trumpeter Paul Theodore Chandler told us about his experience at LEAF Fest. “And then it’s us getting on but with all the dudes in gowns and makeup. F***ing awesome.”Here are some stunning photos from their LEAF Festival performance, courtesy of Sandlin Gaither Photography:last_img read more

Sherwood hoping for fiery derby

first_img This, though, is the kind of fixture which can give Spurs a timely shot in the arm and Sherwood wants the game to be a throwback to the derby matches he used to play in. “It is a fantastic occasion – always was to play in these games,” the former midfielder told Spurs TV. “It is my first time as a manager at the Lane to be standing opposite Arsene Wenger and hopefully I will get one over on them. “I don’t think there is much blood and thunder these days – I want it to be more of that. “I think that gives us the edge. We are possibly more functional than they are, but if they get into their stride we know they can be very dangerous, so we need to knock them off their stride.” Sherwood’s first match in the dugout for a north London derby came in January, when the Gunners ran out 2-0 victors in their FA Cup third-round tie at the Emirates Stadium. That was the first defeat of his tenure and the pressure has since mounted on the man that succeeded Andre Villas-Boas in December, with talk of a summer departure intensifying as poor results begin to stack up. Sherwood is only concerned with the here and now, however, and is confident his players – whose desire he criticised after the defeat to Chelsea – will do him proud on Sunday. Spurs head into the match in need of a morale-boosting victory after heavy back-to-back defeats this past week at Chelsea and then at home to Benfica in the Europa League. The results likely mean another season without a trophy at White Hart Lane and leaves their top-four ambitions hanging by a thread ahead of Sunday’s pivotal encounter with Arsenal. Tim Sherwood wants this weekend’s north London derby to be a “blood and thunder” encounter as he believes that will give Tottenham the edge. “We’ve got the best game we could have, a north London derby,” he said. “We won’t need any more motivation for that, will we? I am sure they will be up for it. It is probably the best game we could have. “I always thought it was a good time to be playing Arsenal, but it’s ups and downs. We have to soldier on, you can’t always win games and we know that. “We’re in a difficult period at the moment, coming off the back of two defeats, we have to go out there and be counted and I am sure we will and the crowd will accept nothing less.” Emmanuel Adebayor, Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele are all struggling to be fit for Sunday’s match, while captain Michael Dawson will be absent due to a hamstring injury. Etienne Capoue, Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches have also been sidelined, although Gylfi Sigurdsson could be involved after training on Friday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Gladiators Win BNB Mixed Netball Tourney

first_imgThe Bringing Netball Back (BNB) Club hosted its 3rd edition of its Annual Charity Mixed Netball Tournament to raise awareness about netball and raise funds for Charity.The participating teams of men and women were the Alphas, Blazing Bullets, Gladiators and So United, comprising of BNB members as well as invited male players. The prospect of a final match between the top two teams after the round robin – the Alphas and the Gladiators was exciting. The crowd cheered on the two teams as they battled with the Gladiators emerging victorious in a closely fought final match.The Tournament was sponsored by Model Steel Industries Limited and supported by the Lagos State Sports Commission; both of which were present at the event in the persons of Mr. Kassem Ajami, Mr. Hassan Hammoud, the Chairman and Managing Director of Model Steel Industries, respectively and Mr. Deji Tinubu, Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission. The versatility and athleticism required of netball players was evident and appreciated as players and spectators alike, unfamiliar with the sport, embraced it and looked forward to similar events in the near future.  The BNB Club, an advocate for women in sports, was founded in 2012 and continues to work tirelessly to promote netball as the team sport of choice for women in Lagos and across Nigeria, starting at grassroots.The Club President, Bimbo Smith, has aspirations to drive netball in Nigeria until the eventual emergence of a National team.  She expressed her gratitude to the sponsors who made the event possible.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

WORLD CUP: Tiny Iceland continues to live the dream

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wilder, Joshua ‘agree’ to title unification bout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES DEFENDERSThe defense is held together by the center-back pairing of Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kari Arnason. They are close on the field and off it, having spent the summer of 2015 travelling around Thailand together. At 35, Arnason is one of the veterans of the Iceland team, spending some of his career in English soccer’s lower league and now finding himself in Scotland with Aberdeen.MIDFIELDERSBearded captain Aron Gunnarsson is the heartbeat of the team in central midfield. A tough tackler and fearsome-looking figure, he keeps his passing simple and lets the more creative players in the team — Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, for example — do their thing. Gunnarsson also leads Iceland’s fans in the thunderclap. Gudmundsson, a wide midfielder, is growing in stature after an impressive season with Burnley in the English Premier League.FORWARDSGylfi Sigurdsson is the star of Iceland’s team and has long been used as a midfield playmaker by his country. During qualifying, he was occasionally deployed as a deep-lying forward in a 4-2-3-1 formation, allowing Iceland to bulk up the midfield, and could be used there at the World Cup. That’s provided he is fit to play — Sigurdsson was included in the squad despite having been out with a knee injury since early March and his condition remains a major concern. He has also struggled to make an impact at Everton this season after a $58 million move from Swansea last summer. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson was the starting striker at Euro 2016 but has been ruled out by a knee injury, leaving Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Alfred Finnbogason to compete for the starting striker role at the World Cup.GROUP GAMESIceland, which will be based in Krasnodar, opens against Argentina on June 16. The team will then face Nigeria on June 22 and finish the group stage against Croatia on June 26.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Hannes Thor Halldorsson (Randers FC), Runar Alex Runarsson (FC Nordsjælland), Frederik Schram (FC Roskilde) Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 filer players of Iceland’s national squad pose for photographs prior to the World Cup Group I qualifying soccer match between Turkey and Iceland in Eskisehir, Turkey. (AP Photo, File)The thunderclap is headed to Russia.Any neutrals looking for a team to get behind at the World Cup shouldn’t look any further than Iceland, a feel-good story of international soccer that just keeps on giving.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Here’s a closer look at the Iceland team:COACHHallgrimsson was the assistant to head coach Lars Lagerback at Euro 2016, and was promoted ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign when Lagerback stood down. A modest and well-respected coach in Iceland, Hallgrimsson has managed to keep motivational levels high within the squad after the Euros. He has also stuck to his own unique approach — before every Iceland home game, Hallgrimsson meets up with a supporters’ group in a Reykjavik bar and discloses the team’s starting lineup and tactics.GOALKEEPERSHannes Halldorsson is the undisputed No. 1 — and has an interesting back story. He was once a movie director who was behind the music video for his nation’s 2012 Eurovision Song Contest entry. The career behind the camera is on hold until his life as a soccer player is over.ADVERTISEMENT Defenders: Kari Arnason (Aberdeen), Ari Freyr Skulason (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen), Birkir Mar Saevarsson (Hammarby), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (FC Rostov), Hordur Magnusson (Bristol City), Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Maccabi Haifa), Ragnar Sigurdsson (FC Rostov)Midfielders: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Malmo FF), Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Olafur Ingi Skulason (Kardemir Karabukspor), Rurik Gislason (FC Nurnberg), Samuel Fridjonsson (Valerenga), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City)Forwards: Alfred Finnbogason (FC Augsburg), Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (FC Rostov), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Reading), Albert Gudmundsson (PSV Eindhoven) Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations With about 330,000 inhabitants, the Nordic country is comfortably the smallest to ever qualify for the tournament. Two years ago, Iceland reached the European Championship for the first time, too, and got to the quarterfinals — famously eliminating England along the way.The Icelandic fairytale is made more charming by its vociferous and passionate fans, who made the “thunderclap” war chant the soundtrack of that summer in France in 2016. Don’t be surprised if it has the same impact in Russia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAdding to the legend is the team’s coach, Heimar Hallgrimsson, who combines managing the national team with running a dental surgery clinic in a small town in Iceland. And a hard-working, selfless group of mostly unheralded players who are simply living out their dream in front of the watching world.Giving the Icelanders more global attention is the identity of their first opponent in Group D: Lionel Messi’s Argentina.last_img read more

MAN ASSAULTED TWO GARDAI AFTER REFUSING TAXI HOME

first_imgA man viciously attacked two Gardai after they tried to get him a taxi home.Letterkenny Court.Andrejz Siwecki of Hazelbrook Crescent in Letterkenny was so drunk on November 30th last that he could barely stand. Letterkenny District Court heard how Gardai were trying to help Siwecki at Lower Main Street when he turned around and attacked them.He head butted the first Garda and then kicked the second Garda in the legs.He was eventually arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.The Gardai received several injuries including soft tissue injury ton the face.The accused was charged with two counts of assault, intoxication and using threatening and abusive language.The court heard the 26 year old had three previous convictions including intoxication, using threatening and abusive language and failing to comply with Gardai.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had little or no recollection of the incident but accepted form Gardai that it happened.He said he had worked up until a year ago and that he was out celebrating Saint’s Day which was a custom in his country.Judge Paul Kelly put the case back until May 18th for a community service report.MAN ASSAULTED TWO GARDAI AFTER REFUSING TAXI HOME was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more