Tuesday, 21 September, 2021


Johnson urged to convene all-party talks following riots in Northern Ireland

Protesters turn away after confronting police blocking a road near the Peace Wall in Belfast.—AP Protesters turn away after confronting police blocking a road near the Peace Wall in Belfast.—AP
Conrad Doyle | 09 April, 2021, 12:54

On Belfast's Springfield Road, an area made up mainly of Irish nationalists, skirmishes broke out as objects were tossed over the wall, according to The Guardian.

The violence came amid increasing tensions within the loyalist community over post-Brexit trading arrangements, which have been claimed to have created barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. "(We) think it's critically important to be maintained, and the political economic stability of Northern Ireland is very much in the interest of all our peoples, and people-to-people ties", Biden told Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin through video link March 17.

The "sectarian violence" had been "at a scale that we have not seen in recent years in Belfast, or further afield", assistant chief constable Jonathan Roberts said on Thursday.

For about a week now, young people in the city have torched vehicles and hurled bricks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails at police officers. One of those who attended the funeral, along with around 2,000 other mourners, was the vice-president of republican party Sinn Féin and current Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill.

"I condemn the violence and attacks on the police that we have witnessed over the last number of days in The North", Mr Martin said.

Rioters have set a hijacked bus on fire and hurled petrol bombs at police in Belfast in the fourth night of violence in a week in Northern Ireland, where Brexit has unsettled an uneasy political balance.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the violence and said the scenes "deeply concerned" him.

The Biden administration has called for peace in Northern Ireland after a week of riots including fresh violence on Thursday night in which a water cannon was sacked to disperse crowds in west Belfast.

Authorities have accused outlawed paramilitary groups of inciting young people to cause mayhem.

There have been long-standing difficulties between the parties that share power in Northern Ireland's government, and analysts say recent political disputes have exacerbated the situation.

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader and First Minister Arlene Foster described the violence as "an embarrassment to Northern Ireland".

He said children as young as 13 were suspected of involvement following encouragement from adults, and the large volume of petrol bombs used suggested "a level of pre-planning".

The accord let unionists and nationalists coexist by blurring the status of the region, dissolving border checks with fellow European Union member Ireland.

However, its implementation has to date proved contentious and problematic, with the new regulatory and customs processes now required to bring goods into Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom, triggering lengthy delays at the province's ports, while also sparking growing unrest among unionists and loyalists at the presence of an Irish Sea trading border.

"And that's why we're focused on looking at how do we rebuild confidence in policing, and how do we deal with the issues around the Bobby Storey funeral - and secondly how do we deal with the issues related to the so-called border in the Irish Sea".

She said she hoped the motion would get the Stormont parties to "unite around a call for calm". "There's many factors, including, obviously, criminal gangs at work who benefit from chaos like this".

Recommended

loading...
...

Russian Federation says it will keep forces near Ukraine, touts possible 'measures' Russian Federation  says it will keep forces near Ukraine, touts possible 'measures' Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, has denied sending troops and heavy weapons to Donbass. Zelensky, a television comedian and political outsider, came to power in 2019 on pledges to end the war.

New Zealand, Australia to open Covid travel bubble New Zealand, Australia to open Covid travel bubble If multiple cases of an unknown origin emerged, "we would likely suspend flights for a set period of time", she said. Ms Ardern, however, warned about the possibility of travel being disrupted going forward if cases are detected.

Fact Check: Georgia Vs. Colorado On Mail-In Voting, IDs, Lines Fact Check: Georgia Vs. Colorado On Mail-In Voting, IDs, Lines Colorado does require some form of ID when voters register for the first time, and whenever they vote in person. Major League Baseball opted to move the game out of Atlanta due to voting laws passed in Georgia last month.

Top public health doctors call for stay-at-home orders in letter to Williams Top public health doctors call for stay-at-home orders in letter to Williams All of the new variant cases were found in the Vancouver region, except for one case that was found in the Fraser Health region. The current five-day test positivity rate is 5.1 per cent provincially and 4.3 per cent in Winnipeg.

US Still in Life and Death Race Against Coronavirus: Biden US Still in Life and Death Race Against Coronavirus: Biden Seventy-five percent of people older than 65 have now received at least one shot, and more than 55% of them are fully vaccinated. We still have a lot of work to do. "We're still in a life-and-death race against this virus".

Trudeau offers provinces resources to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution Trudeau offers provinces resources to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution York, Durham and Halton regions said Tuesday that they do not plan to follow suit in shutting down schools for the time being. Teachers have also argued that they should be prioritized for vaccinations if they are required to teach in the classroom.

International Monetary Fund maintains S. Korea’s 2021 economic growth outlook at 3 International Monetary Fund  maintains S. Korea’s 2021 economic growth outlook at 3 The path of the pandemic and the ability of the authorities to provide policy support will be important for that outcome. The IMF has upgraded both its United Kingdom and global forecasts compared with what it projected in January.

CANADA: Rising COVID cases sparks renewed concerns over hospital strain CANADA: Rising COVID cases sparks renewed concerns over hospital strain The Ministry of Health says there are now 1,161 patients hospitalized across the province due to the virus, up from 942 a day ago. Morrison says two cases reported on March 26 have been confirmed as the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

European Union could achieve Covid-19 immunity by mid-July, says vaccine chief European Union  could achieve Covid-19 immunity by mid-July, says vaccine chief The halt comes after a number of people under 60 died from a rare brain blood clot after being injected with the vaccine. The UK has secured a total of 457 million Covid vaccine doses, of which 100 million are from AstraZeneca.

Aoun Voices Support for Jordan after Security Sweep Aoun Voices Support for Jordan after Security Sweep Jordanian authorities said on Sunday they had foiled a "malicious plot" by Hamzah to destabilize the kingdom with foreign support. Abdullah and Hamzah are both sons of the late King Hussein, who remains a beloved figure two decades after his death.

No fresh registrations of healthcare workers for Covid vaccines No fresh registrations of healthcare workers for Covid vaccines We know that these increases are due in part to more highly transmissible variants which we are very closely monitoring. Get vaccinated when it's your turn.

Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel New Zealand's tourism sector would be crossing fingers for a start before the country's next long weekend - Anzac Day, April 25. If New Zealand detects multiple cases of unknown origin, the government will likely suspend flights for a set period of time.

Online booking tool for COVID-19 vaccinations to open on Tuesday Online booking tool for COVID-19 vaccinations to open on Tuesday He also acknowledged that a higher proportion of younger people are becoming ill from the disease. As case numbers remain alarmingly high, the province has been ramping up its vaccination efforts.

Pfizer, BioNTech say vaccine effective against South Africa variant Pfizer, BioNTech say vaccine effective against South Africa variant The updated trial data would not prompt the company to change that development strategy, a BioNTech spokeswoman said. Pfizer and BioNTech say they plan to share the results with worldwide regulatory agencies soon.

India records 1-lakh cases, biggest single-day spike since pandemic began India records 1-lakh cases, biggest single-day spike since pandemic began Furthermore, 60,048 people were discharged after recovery on Saturday, taking the nationwide recovery tally to 1,16,29,289. Last week, it opened up vaccinations to all those over 45 years old to speed up its flagging national inoculation drive.