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By President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Micheál Martin

first_imgBy President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Micheál Martin The White HouseOn March 17, President Joe Biden hosted Taoiseach Micheál Martin for a virtual bilateral meeting. The leaders reaffirmed the deep, historic partnership and extraordinary people-to-people ties between the United States and Ireland, and they committed to working together to address areas of shared interest.Combating COVID-19The top priority of the President and the Taoiseach is ending the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring global health security, and pursuing a sustainable economic recovery in the United States and Ireland.The President and the Taoiseach agreed to cooperate in global efforts to defeat the pandemic, build resilience, and prevent future outbreaks.They committed to working with each other, the United Nations, the World Health Organization and COVAX to address the urgent need for delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and to strengthen international institutions responsible for global health. They committed to working together to reopen our economies and restore global travel safely.The President and the Taoiseach recognized the need for a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery plan that addresses the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women and underrepresented and minority groups.Addressing Global ChallengesThe President and the Taoiseach affirmed their shared commitment to addressing global challenges bilaterally and through multilateral institutions, including the European Union, of which Ireland is a member.The leaders emphasized their commitment to multilateral institutions, which play a central role in promoting peace, prosperity, and stability.In the United Nations Security Council, the United States and Ireland will cooperate on shared priorities of peacekeeping, conflict resolution, women’s rights, climate and security, and promoting democratic values, rule of law, and respect for human rights. The President and the Taoiseach underscored the need to promote our shared democratic values and the international rules-based order. The two leaders pledged to strengthen efforts to address non-traditional security threats, including violent extremism, natural disasters, food insecurity, and humanitarian access, as well as to cooperate and build capacity in cyber space.Both leaders regard climate action as a critical issue. They committed to working together to implement strong domestic policies and international action designed to increase climate resilience. They expressed their commitment to strengthening the implementation of the Paris Agreement. They also agreed to work together to ensure environmental protection in the Arctic region.The President and the Taoiseach agreed on the importance of a strong relationship between the United States and Europe based on a shared history and values, as we work together to support economic recovery and help to build a more peaceful and prosperous world.Increasing Our Shared ProsperityThe President and the Taoiseach recognized the importance of a predictable, open, and transparent economic policy framework that encourages two-way foreign investment and promotes fair trade and competition.Recognized the importance of job creation in both the United States and Ireland, and highlighted the hundreds of thousands of jobs in both countries supported by strong two-way flows of investment.The President and the Taoiseach agreed to support deepening trade and investment between the European Union and the United States.The leaders committed to continue developing global cooperation in many areas, including global tax reform; data protection; science, technology, and innovation; and transatlantic trade, including through the work of the OECD.They emphasized the strategic importance of democracies working together to hold international trading partners accountable to standards of open and free market trade policies.Supporting the Good Friday AgreementThe United States and Ireland are unequivocally committed to the Good Friday Agreement (also known as the Belfast Agreement), which has been the bedrock of peace, stability, and prosperity in Northern Ireland.The President and the Taoiseach underscored the importance of preserving the hard-won gains of the peace process for all the people of Ireland and Northern Ireland.They agreed on the importance of the democratic institutions established under the Agreement, including the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly, continuing to work on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland and delivering on the commitments of the Good Friday Agreement, and subsequent agreements.They emphasized the vital role of the British and Irish governments as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, the contribution of local leaders from across Northern Ireland’s political spectrum, and the important and supportive role of the United States. They called for the good faith implementation of international agreements designed to address the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland.The President and the Taoiseach paid tribute to the late John Hume, whose life work was invaluable to the advancement of the peace process in Northern Ireland.Strengthening People-to-People TiesThe United States and Ireland are committed to broadening and deepening the breadth of people to people ties between the two nations, including through collaborative research projects, cultural programs, educational exchanges, and tourism.The President and the Taoiseach agreed to encourage the return and expansion of student exchanges between the United States and Ireland after the pandemic. The leaders expressed their support for an earned path to citizenship for immigrants in the United States, as proposed in the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.The leaders welcomed the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Departments of Health of Ireland and Northern Ireland and the United States’ National Cancer Institute, which established the Ireland/Northern Ireland/NCI Cancer Consortium in October 1999. This partnership aims, through cross-border and transatlantic collaborations, to enhance cancer research and cancer care for the benefit of patients on the island of Ireland and in the United States.The leaders also welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Poetry Ireland and the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. The program, titled “Hope Rhymes” affirms the inspirational power of poetry. It aims to deepen appreciation of each other’s poetic cultures and to facilitate a sharing of experience between poetry teachers and students across the United States and Ireland. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Arctic, British, Europe, european, European Union, foreign investment, Government, health, hope, Ireland, National Cancer Institute, OECD, Paris, Security Council, United Nations, United States, White House, World Health Organizationlast_img read more

Earth Talk: Minimizing energy during the holidays

first_imgTags :earth talkshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentTaxidermy artist enlivens Annenberg residencyBorder Grill team returning with new Mexican conceptYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author14 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoFeaturedNewsFeud deepens between Villanueva and Los Angeles officials over handling of Venice homelessClara Harter1 day agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days ago HomeOpinionColumnsEarth Talk: Minimizing energy during the holidays Dec. 10, 2018 at 4:59 amColumnsEarth TalkEnvironmentFeaturedOpinionEarth Talk: Minimizing energy during the holidaysGuest Author3 years agoearth talk Dear EarthTalk,How can I minimize energy and packaging waste this holiday season?–Marianne, via e-mailIf you’re dreaming of a green holiday season this year, you’ll have to take care to shop and decorate with the planet in mind. Celebrating the holidays plays a substantial role in the creation of waste during this period as a result of packaging from gifts and surplus food being thrown away and making its way to the landfill. But whether you’re looking forward to a lavish holiday with your friends and family this year or a more minimalist celebration, you can still be green and enjoy the festivities.One way to reduce your environmental footprint is to shop locally. While online shopping may seem greener, it involves excess packaging (think shipping boxes and padding) and pollution (from miles flown/driven by UPS and FedEX to get purchases to your door).  By patronizing nearby businesses instead, you’ll be supporting the local economy and reducing pollution. If you do shop online, try to consolidate your purchases into one big order to minimize the number of special trips shippers must make to your house.Another way to green your holiday celebrations is to switch over from those flashing lights and inflatable snowmen to more subtle displays of holiday spirit. The Center for Global Development reports that Americans consume 6.63 billion kilowatts of electricity annually on holiday lighting and decorations. Instead of being part of the problem, unplug and light some candles. All-natural soy varieties—Real Soy’s ginger or cinnamon-scented candles are popular around the holidays—are friendlier to the environment than traditional petroleum-based paraffin candles.Holiday cards are another clog on the waste stream during the holiday season, with Americans sending out some 2.65 billion of them each year. Ultimately many end up in landfills—especially if they’re covered in glitter or foil—and as such can’t be recycled. E-cards are a great alternative as they express the same sentiment without any waste.Single-use wrapping paper is yet another environmental scourge of the holidays. An estimated 30 million trees are sacrificed each year to support Americans’ disposable wrapping paper habit, much of which ends up in landfills. An incremental improvement would be to only buy and use wrapping paper that doesn’t contain glitter—or even better just use brown paper—for ease of recycling or composting. Alternatively, shop for fabric gift wrap which can be used over and over again.Last but not least, is it better for the planet to get a real or fake Christmas tree? A fake tree may save you money in the long run as you can buy it once and use it for many years instead of throwing away $50 a year on a real tree. But most of the fakes come from China (which involves lots of carbon emissions in transit) and contain PVC and other chemicals that make them impossible to recycle. Meanwhile, a real tree can be chipped and returned to the earth as mulch (either by you or your municipality) once January rolls around. Or even better, buy a live tree and plant it in your yard. That way you can feel the spirit of the holidays year-round and feel good about your commitment to protecting the planet. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. To donate, visit Send questions to: [email protected]last_img read more

“There’s no need to close the country’s borders” – PM Skerrit

first_img Share 36 Views   no discussions LocalNews “There’s no need to close the country’s borders” – PM Skerrit by: – September 1, 2020 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! There is no need to close the borders this is according to the Hon Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.Despite Dominica recording three cases since the reopening, the prime minister says that this is not a time to be anxious but a need for citizens to be self-aware and continue following the protocols as mandated by the Ministry of Health.He noted that it was always assumed that once borders were reopened cases would increase and although he understands the concerns, he does not believe that presently there’s a need to close the borders.He added, “as we’ve always said, once you open borders, you expect there to be cases. This is this has been the situation in all countries across the world. Once you open up, there’s an opportunity for cases.”He told Dominicans to hope for the best. He reiterated that this is not a time to be anxious. He said that this is also a time ‘for us to remind ourselves of the need for us to prevail because we have a responsibility as individuals to protect ourselves’. He also remind the country of the need to ensure individual safety as well as the safety of others.last_img read more

Ikutan Menjerit Karena Harga Tiket Pesawat Mahal? Cek Dulu Penyebabnya!

first_imgTidak sedikit penumpang yang mengeluhkan harga tiket penerbangan domestik rute tertentu itu lebih tinggi ketimbang rute penerbangan internasional dengan waktu terbang yang hampir sama. Namun ini bukanlah melulu tentang jarak dan waktu tempuh, penetapan harga tiket pesawat jauh lebih rumit ketimbang pertimbangan dua faktor di atas.Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA) dalam siaran pers pernah menyebutkan bahwa avtur menyumbang 40 hingga 50 persen dari besaran tarif yang dikenakan kepada penumpang, 20 persen untuk biaya sewa pesawat, lalu dua hingga 10 persen untuk fasilitas terminal dan bandara (ground handling), sedangkan 30 persen sisanya untuk pajak dan biaya tenaga kerja.Itu hanyalah sebagian besar faktor yang menentukan besaran tarif tiket pesawat, masih banyak variabel lain yang juga turut memberikan andil – seperti persaingan harga dengan sesama maskapai dan juga nilai tukar rupiah, karena selama ini avtur dibayar dengan satuan mata uang dollar Amerika Serikat.Sekedar informasi tambahan, pengaturan harga tiket pesawat ini diatur oleh peraturan keselamatan, dengan tarif maksimum dan minimum yang ditetapkan oleh pemerintah guna memastikan kelangsungan komersial. Kalau ketahuan membelot, maka tidak menutup kemungkinan pihak maskapai akan keluar dari jalur persaingan.Baca Juga: Selasa Sore! Waktu Paling Tepat untuk Berburu Tiket Pesawat MurahFaktor hari libur nasional juga memegang peranan penting di balik melonjaknya harga tiket pesawat, karena di tanggal-tanggal libur tersebut, tidak sedikit orang yang ingin melancong dengan menggunakan pesawat – dan ini juga sedikit banyaknya mempengaruhi harga jual tiket untuk rute tertentu. Sebut saja perayaan Imlek kemarin, dimana harga yang ditawarkan pihak maskapai untuk rute, misalnya Jakarta – Pangkal Pinang akan meroket drastis. Ini dipengaruhi oleh permintaan penerbangan yang tinggi di rute tersebut. Sedangkan untuk rute lain pun mengalami peningkatan, namun tidaklah terlalu drastis.Jadi, sekarang sudah paham kan apa-apa saja yang mempengaruhi tingginya harga jual tiket pesawat?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedGaruda Indonesia Turunkan Harga Tiket Jakarta-Padang28/02/2019In “Featured”Inilah Sebab Harga Tiket Kereta di Eropa Bisa “Bersaing” dengan Tiket Pesawat06/10/2019In “Darat”Inilah Penjelasan Lion Air Seputar ‘Tingginya’ Harga Tiket Multiple Flight02/06/2019In “Analisa Angkutan” Sumber: istimewa Anomali kenaikan harga tiket pesawat yang momennya hampir berbarengan dengan pemberlakuan aturan penghapusan bagasi gratis ternyata masih menjadi perdebatan di sebagian kalangan hingga saat ini. Banyak pengguna jasa angkutan udara yang ‘menjerit’ akibat kenaikan harga tiket yang tidak lagi menyuguhkan harga miring.Baca juga: Klarifikasi INACA, “Harga Avtur Tidak Berpengaruh Langsung Pada Tingginya Harga Tiket Pesawat” Bagi mereka yang menjerit karena harga tiket pesawat yang sudah melambung, mungkin mereka masih belum paham betul mengenai rumitnya proses penetapan tarif dan faktor pendukung yang menyebabkan harga tiket menjadi mahal.last_img read more

Benitez hoping to emulate famous Liverpool victory

first_imgSee also:Benitez says he has Abramovich’s supportMata optimistic ahead of crucial clash Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Rafael Benitez will be hoping to emulate Liverpool’s famous victory over Olympiakos when Chelsea fight to stay in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Liverpool went on to lift the trophy under Benitez in 2005 after Steven Gerrard’s late goal at Anfield took them into the knockout stage in dramatic fashion.Chelsea must also win their final group game to have a chance of progressing, although their fate is not in their own hands – they must see off Nordsjaelland and hope Shakhtar Donetsk beat Juventus.AdChoices广告The Blues interim manager said: “It’s similar in terms of we have to win. It’s not similar in that it’s not just dependent on you.“It’s easy – you can do a lot of maths and analysis but at the end of the day you have to win and that’s it. We then hope Shakhtar win.“For us it’s an easy approach. We cannot be worried about another game, we just have to win.”Click here for Tuesday’s Chelsea quizcenter_img 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last_img read more

Galway Athletics Report

first_imgCeltic Games Many of County Galway best up and coming young athletes represented Ireland at the Celtic Games  in Santry last weekend, on either the Ireland or Irish Development squads, which competed against Wales and Scotland in a four way international match. GCH had three representatives, Lydia Doyle competed in the U18 100m hurdles and placed 4th. Aoife Sheehy and Laura Nally with Irish team mates Laura Crossan and Ella Duane were also 4th in the 4 X 400m relay at the Celtic Games, while Aoife Sheehy won the bronze medal in the U18 400m hurdles individually.Craughwell had three athletes competing also – the phenomenally talented Jerry Keary soared over 1.95m to claim victory in the U18 Boys High Jump, Chloe Casey threw the discus out to 33.39m to claim a new PB and club record and silver medal in the U16 Girls Discus, and Laura Cunningham leaped 10.59m to take 4th place in the U18 Girls Triple Jump. Daniel Callanan-Forde of Loughrea AC leaped 12.73m to take the bronze medal in the U18 Boys Triple Jump.center_img European Masters Athletics ChampionshipsThe final week of competition at the European Masters in Denmark, saw Sean McDermott of Castlegar Ac place seventh in his heat of the M40 800m with a fast 2.13 time while Ian Egan of Tuam AC competed in the M50 Half marathon, running 1hr 33mins.GCH athletes Aoife Sheehy, Laura Nally, Lydia DoyleRyan McNelis Athenry AC with Laura Cunningham CraughwellLaura Cunningham, Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan Forde.Craughwell athletes Chloe Casey, Jerry Keary, Laura Cunningham,print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Galway Under 14 Ladies Win Connacht Championship

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Darren Kelly Reports The Galway Under 14 Ladies have won the Connacht Under 14 Ladies Football Championship in Ballindine this afternoon after beating Mayo by 5-12 to 2-5. The goals coming from Mollie Mulryan with two, Sarah Duffy, Gillian McGrath and Aoibhe Ni Dhonnacha.center_img After the game, Darren spoke to Galway Manager Padraig Kilcommins who got drenched by his team in the process!Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Galway play in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in a couple of weeks.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Motorsport Ireland Weekend Roundup

first_imgIn a dramatic finish to the season which began last September, the duel for the Hewison Trophy Autotest Championship ended yesterday in a tie, with the two protagonists equal on points after 12 counting rounds, and as they had identical scores event by event, the tie-deciding regulation was unable to separate them. Defending title holder Ian White from Kilkenny and his challenger, Meath’s Guy Foster, were level on points as they went into the final doubleheader weekend organised by Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club in Waterford city, and they scored a win and a second place each, with White opening the battle by taking a 3.8 second victory on Saturday. However, yesterday started badly for the Kilkenny man, with a mistake on the opening test costing him six seconds to Foster, and he was never able to recover from this, although he did manage to reduce the gap to 2.2 by the finish. Local Waterford driver Paddy Power finished third on Saturday, almost 40 seconds behind the lead battle, while Darren Quille from Kildare took that position yesterday. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Memorable SFA Season Ends In Third-Round Loss to UCLA

first_imgIn the second half, the Lumberjacks were able to cut the lead to nine points on two occasions, at 46-37 (17:31) and 50-41 (15:36), but the Bruins answered both times to eliminate SFA from the big dance. Junior Jacob Parker was limited to five points, but pulled in nine boards, seven on the defensive end, in the loss. Senior Desmond Haymon finished with 17 points, on 3-of-11 shooting, with all coming beyond the arc, and 8 of 10 from the charity stripe; senior Nikola Gajic finished with 10 points. The loss caps off an historic season for the Lumberjacks that saw them record their first win in the NCAA tournament and most wins in a single-season in program history at 32. Sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded his fourth double-double of the season, with a game-high 22points and 11 rebounds, to pace the SFA against the Bruins (28-8). The native of Pasadena, Texas, finished 10 of 17 from the field with two free throws. SFA battled back, with a 5-0 run of its own, to cut the deficit to three points at 20-17 (9:30), before the UCLA pushed the lead to 27-19 on a free throw from Zach LaVine. After a Gajic’s jump shot cut it to 27-21 on the next possession, the Bruins built their lead to as high as 11 points (32-21), eventually taking a 42-32 lead in to the locker room. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Stephen F. Austin had its memorable season come to an end in a 77-60 loss to No. 4 seed UCLA in the third round of the NCAA tournament at the Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. The Bruins size played a part in their win, outscoring the Lumberjacks 42-22. UCLA limited the Lumberjacks to 20-of-57 shooting for a 35.1 shooting percentage, a season-low. The Lumberjacks (32-3) suffered their first defeat since Nov. 23, to end their 29-game overall win streak, which led the nation after top-seed Wichita State’s loss to Kentucky earlier in the day. The two teams traded baskets in the early going, pulling even on three occasions and two lead changes, with SFA’s last advantage of the game coming at the 16:40 mark when Walkup hit a layup to make it 9-7 in favor of the Lumberjacks. UCLA answered with a 5-3 run to tie it 12-12, before a jumper by Jordan Adams sparked a 6-0 run for the Bruins to stake themselves out front 20-12 with 11:50 to go.last_img read more

Stabler, Ross Earn Men’s Track and Field Weekly Honors

first_imgMen’s Field Athlete of the Week – Colton Ross, Stephen F. AustinRoss, a Grand Saline, Texas (Grand Saline H.S.), native,  earned his first outdoor track and field award after placing second in the men’s pole vault at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. He cleared 18 feet, .50 inches on his first attempt, which is one centimeter shy of his personal-best. The mark is first in the conference and has him tied for third in the country. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Sam Stabler, LamarStabler, a junior from Queniborough, England (Ratcliffe College H.S.), picks up his first outdoor track and field award this season after winning the 1,500-meters at the Victor Lopez Classic in Houston, Texas. His time of 3 minutes, 43.44 seconds is the fastest time in the conference this season and second-best time in the country. Stabler has earned three track and field weekly honors this season, including two awards from the indoor season.Honorable Mention: 4×400-meter relay, Stephen F. Austin; Brandon Daniels, Southeastern Louisiana; Justin Walker, Northwestern State. Honorable Mention: Karl Saluri, New Orleans; Baptiste Kerjean, Abilene Christian; Chance Curlee, McNeese State; Brek Christensen, Sam Houston State. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar junior Sam Stabler and Stephen F. Austin senior Colton Ross were named the Southland Conference Men’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more