Irish Ship to Gaza’s review and report

first_imgPrint NewsLocal NewsIrish Ship to Gaza’s review and report    By admin – December 14, 2011 833 Previous articleFloor space cap to push out small businessesNext articleBusiness news bites admin Facebook Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Twitter Email “THE hijacking of the MV Saoirse and the siege of Gaza” is the title of a meeting taking place on Tuesday 20, 8pm in Absolute Hotel at Sir Harry’s Mall. The meeting will hear from Zoe Lawlor when she refers back to the events that began on Friday November 4 when the Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla was surrounded by up to 20 vessels from the Israeli navy. The flotilla was then attacked. These Freedom Waves ships, the Tahrir from Canada and Ireland’s Saoirse, were in international waters when the intervention occurred and roughly 40 nautical miles from the port of Gaza.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The two ships were hijacked with violence and the 27 crew and passengers – including 14 Irish citizens – were then taken against their will to Israel where they were held in prison for a week before being ‘deported’,” reports Zoe Lawlor. A language teacher in UL, Ms Lawlor was one of the human rights activists on board the Saoirse.At this meeting, some of the Irish citizens who participated in the Freedom Waves flotilla will talk about their experience.They will explain why they attempted to breach the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the MV Saoirse. Speakers on Tuesday 20 include former Munster, Leinster and Ireland rugby player Trevor Hogan, People Before Profit Cllr for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Hugh Lewis, local Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign member Zoe Lawlor.Admission is free and the website for background information is read more

Credit Suisse to stop funding new coal-fired power plant development

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Credit Suisse will stop financing the development of new coal-fired power plants, Switzerland’s second-biggest bank said, a week after environmental groups urged it to act.“The bank has decided to no longer provide any form of financing specifically related to the development of new coal-fired power plants. This is in addition to the bank’s existing policy of not providing any form of financing that is specifically related to the development of new greenfield thermal coal mines,” it said on Wednesday ahead of an investor day in London.“This commitment also applies to cases where the majority of the use of proceeds is intended for the development of a new coal-fired power plant or a new greenfield thermal coal mine, respectively.”Credit Suisse was among 10 big European banks challenged by environmental groups to sever lending to utilities which they say are developing new coal-fired power plants.A United Nations report last year said almost all coal-fired power plants would need to close by the middle of this century to help curb a rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the level scientists say is needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change.German environmental pressure group Urgewald and BankTrack, an NGO focused on banks and the activities they finance, said an analysis of the 10 most active European lenders to companies which are still planning or developing new coal plants indicated total debt funding had risen to $56 billion between 2017 and the end of September 2019.[Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi]More: Credit Suisse to stop financing new coal-fired power plants Credit Suisse to stop funding new coal-fired power plant developmentlast_img read more

Led by captain Hayes, SU volleyball overcoming loss of departed seniors

first_img Comments Published on August 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img With the season still in its infant stages, Hayley Todd and the rest of the Syracuse volleyball team don’t want to look too far ahead, even if there is something haunting them from seasons past — something that has stung them for each of the past three starts to their season. Last season, for the third straight year, Todd and Co. were bounced in the first round of the Big East tournament, courtesy of Louisville. And this time, the team lost its best player in middle blocker Sarah Morton. ‘You can never replace a player like Morton,’ senior Sarah Hayes said. ‘But with all the players we have right now, we’re balancing out that loss.’ Added Todd: ‘We’ve always met Louisville in the first round. Hopefully we can make it past the first round (this year).’ It is still too early to make any judgments, but the team is confident it has enough balance this year to overcome the ‘curse’ of Louisville.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Hayes steps into the captain’s role this season, but the team still has quite a few holes to fill, especially that of Morton, last year’s star player. But Hayes, Todd and assistant coach Carol LaMarche all came to the same conclusion — that the team is more balanced this year than in recent memory. The Orange has gotten off to a good start — it won the Colgate Classic Title this past weekend — and its win against Rhode Island highlighted a dominating performance. Despite losing Morton, the team is focused on finishing games with that balanced roster on both sides of the ball. ‘We have more depth in terms of spreading out our offense and with our back court attacking,’ Todd said. ‘Last year, the majority of the offense came through the middle with Morton. With the right and left side attacking (this year), everyone is solid. … We don’t have any weak spots. … Our numbers will be balanced.’ Hayes and Todd aren’t looking too far ahead. But so far, Hayes said she knows this team has what it takes to make it further than the previous three years. Further than the curse of Louisville. But there is no need to dwell on the past, Hayes said, because all that matters now is the current slate ahead of SU. ‘We could have always made it past that,’ Hayes said of the team’s three consecutive first-round exits. ‘It’s going to be how we play together this year. Of course we have what it takes.’ As Syracuse’s captain, Hayes will look to fill the leadership role that Morton provided last year. With five digs in the win over Colgate, Hayes is off to a good start in her production. And LaMarche has noticed a good start in taking over as a leader, too. ‘We lost our captains,’ LaMarche said. ‘The team looks to captains to show them how to react, and we’re confident that Sarah can do that role.’ To help Hayes, Lindsay McCabe and Samantha Hinz are filling the huge void left by Morton. McCabe and Hinz combined for 31 total blocks in SU’s three wins in the Colgate Classic. SU is only one weekend into its season, but with a strong performance and new players stepping up, the team is already clicking in midseason form. Now, it remains to be seen if that clicking can lead the Orange not just past the curse of Louisville this season, but beyond. Not that the team is thinking that far ahead, though. Said LaMarche: ‘First thing’s first. We have got to keep them healthy and start performing.’ [email protected]last_img read more