Palestinian Government Calls on UN to end Israeli Hostilities in Gaza

Rabat – The Palestinian government has called on the United Nations for immediate intervention to put an end to the Israeli hostilities against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and to guarantee the Gazans international protection. The chairman to the ministerial council meeting on May 6, 2019, Mohammad Shtayyeh, stated, “The international community should not keep silent about the crimes the Israeli occupation is committing against Palestinian civilians.” He added, referring to the international community, that “no one should take a neutral stance when faced with images of corpses of three little kids,” stressing that the government can in no way accept putting criminals on par with victims. Shtayyeh further noted that it is of paramount importance to strengthen the national unity of the Palestinian people “against the Israelis’ atrocities against the Palestinian people and its just cause.”Read also: Report: Israel Detained Over 50,000 Palestinian Children Since 1967While calling attention to the Palestinian government being at the service of the Palestinians, he said the government will launch humanitarian and paramedical aid to the Gaza strip. The statement came at a time when the clashes between Palestinians and Israelis were in full swing, where Israelis carried out air strikes, resulting in a death toll of 20 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and two babies.In late April, Abd al Nasser Ferwana, the director of the Commission of Detainees Affairs’ Studies and Research Unit, stated in a press release that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have detained 50,000 Palestinian kids since 1967, including 16,655 since 2000 only. From 2002 to 2012, the average rate of arrests stands at 700 children per year, Ferwana noted, and the arrests have since 2011 witnessed a considerable increase, reaching 1,250 arrests yearly. read more

US factories grew last month at fastest pace since 2014

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2017 8:19 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US factories grew last month at fastest pace since 2014 WASHINGTON – American factories expanded last month at the fastest pace in more than two years.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index came in at 57.7 last month, up from 56 in January and highest since October 2014. Any reading above 50 signals growth.Factories have now expanded for six straight months. New orders, production and export orders grew faster. Hiring grew, but at a slower pace than it did in January.Seventeen of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in February.American factories have bounced back after being hurt in early 2016 and late 2015 by cutbacks in the energy industry, a reaction to low oil prices and a strong dollar, which makes U.S. products costlier in foreign markets.Bradley Holcomb, chair of the institute’s manufacturing survey committee, said manufacturing’s winning streak is being driven by ordinary Americans.“Ultimately, it’s the consumer — consumer demand, consumer confidence,” he said. “They are buying things in stores that we manufacture.”The Conference Board said Tuesday that consumer confidence rose last month to the highest level since 2001.“As far as I can see, there’s nothing standing in the way of continued growth (in manufacturing) at these kinds of levels,” Holcomb said. read more

One of the most powerful typhoons on record hits Philippines

first_imgONE OF THE most intense typhoons ever recorded whipped the Philippines today, terrifying millions of people as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and giant waves washed away flimsy homes.Super Typhoon Haiyan smashed into coastal communities on the central island of Samar, about 600 kilometres southeast of Manila, before dawn with maximum sustained winds of about 315 kilometres an hour.“We’ve had reports of uprooted trees, very strong winds… and houses made of light materials being damaged,” Philippine Red Cross chief Gwendolyn Pang told AFP as Haiyan swept across the archipelago’s central and southern islands.The government confirmed one person had been killed but the death toll was expected to rise, with authorities unable to immediately contact the worst affected areasHaiyan is only expected to leave the Philippines in the evening.“We have put rescue teams and equipment at different places, but at the moment we can’t really do much because of the heavy rain and strong winds. There is no power,” Pang said.Previous disastersAn average of 20 major storms or typhoons, many of them deadly, batter the Philippines each year.The developing country is particularly vulnerable because it is often the first major landmass for the storms after they build over the Pacific Ocean.The Philippines suffered the world’s strongest storm of 2012, when Typhoon Bopha left about 2,000 people dead or missing on the southern island of Mindanao.But Haiyan’s wind strength made it one of the four most powerful typhoons ever recorded in the world, and the most intense to have made landfall, according to Jeff Masters, the director of meteorology at US-based Weather Underground.This satellite image provided shows Typhoon Haiyan over the Philippines at 10.30pm (Irish time). (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)Haiyan generated wind gusts of 379 kilometres an hour on Friday morning, according to the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.Masters said the previous record for the strongest typhoon to make landfall was Hurricane Camille, which hit Mississippi in the United States with sustained winds of 190 miles an hour in 1969.While the winds moderated slightly after making landfall, Masters told AFP they would remain strong enough for Haiyan to continue being a “super typhoon” until it exited into the South China Sea.This image provided by the US Naval Research Lab shows Typhoon Haiyan taken by the NEXSAT satellite at 7:30am (Irish time).  (AP Photo/US Naval Research Lab)Masters said he expected the damage in Guiuan, a fishing town of about 40,000 people that was the first to be hit on Friday, to be “catastrophic”.Communication lines with Guiuan remained cut off in the afternoon, and the civil defence office said it was unable to give an assessment of the damage there.In Tacloban, a nearby city of more than 200,000 people, corrugated iron sheets were ripped off roofs and floated with the wind before crashing into buildings, according to video footage taken by a resident.Flash floods also turned Tacloban’s streets into rivers, while a photo from an ABS-CBN television reporter showed six bamboo houses washed away along a beach more than 200 kilometres to the south.Preparing for disasterFilipino workers bring down a giant billboard along a busy highway as they prepare for the possible effects of powerful Typhoon Haiyan in suburban Makati, south of Manila. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)President Benigno Aquino on Thursday had warned his compatriots to make all possible preparations for Haiyan.“To our local officials, your constituents are facing a serious peril. Let us do all we can while (Haiyan) has not yet hit land,” he said in a nationally televised address.More than 125,000 people in the most vulnerable areas had been moved to evacuation centres before Haiyan hit, according to the national disaster management council, and millions of others huddled in their homes.Authorities said schools in the storm’s path were closed, ferry services suspended and flights cancelled.In the capital Manila, which was on the northern edge of the typhoon’s path, many schools were closed amid forecasts of heavy rain.One particularly vulnerable area in Haiyan’s path was the central island of Bohol, the epicentre of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake last month that killed 222 people.At least 5,000 survivors were still living in tents on Bohol, and they were moved to schools that had been turned into evacuation centres.The government and some scientists have said climate change may be increasing the ferocity and frequency of the storms.Masters said warm waters of the Pacific Ocean were an important reason for the strength of Haiyan, but it was premature to blame climate change.“The historical record of typhoons and hurricanes is too short and of too low quality to say if climate change may have played a role,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Fukushima prepares to remove ultra-dangerous fuel rodsAmnesty: Shell made ‘false claims’ on oil spillslast_img read more