Conflict prevention paper to stress Commission’s role

first_imgFrance and Germany are insisting the EU executive should not be given the right to determine whether a group of member states can press ahead with ‘enhanced cooperation’ in the foreign policy arena, although it will be able to do so in other areas of policy-making in its role as guardian of the Union treaty.French diplomats have suggested that enhanced cooperation could be used, for example, to allow some states to form a special high-level task force to deal with the conflict in the Great Lakes region in Africa even if others did not wish to take part. But Paris argues that the Commission should not be given in a say in whether this happens.France has traditionally been the strongest advocate of giving the EU a more united position on external relations issues, but through greater coordination of individual member states’ stances rather than by boosting the Commission’s role.However, Patten argues that trying to improve the effectiveness of the Union’s foreign policy while marginalising the Commission is self-defeating because the executive can provide considerable aid and controls essential policy tools for dealing with crisis situations.He emphasised the importance of his institution’s role in a speech in June, saying: “While the Commission has nothing to say – nor do we seek a role – in defence, it is impossible to separate purely military matters from related issues in which we are competent, and have a real contribution to make. Military and the non-military actions cannot be placed neatly into separate boxes. Nor should they be, because they need to be closely coordinated in the service of a single strategy.”The debate comes as EU leaders prepare to boost Solana’s role by giving him control of the Union’s new permanent political and security committee (PSC), which will run crisis management operations from next year. The paper on ‘effective conflict prevention’ will emphasise the executive’s importance in dealing with humanita-rian emergencies such as the situations in Bosnia and Kosovo, although it will not be involved in the military side of crisis management operations.It will also argue against any attempt to marginalise the Commission, while acknowledging that the Union’s usual decision-making procedures will have to be telescoped if it is to take rapid action to deal with crisis situations.The move comes as most EU governments are fighting French-led attempts to limit the Commission’s role in deciding whether some Union countries can go ahead with new foreign policy initiatives without all 15 member states being involved.last_img read more

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Several fights reported Federal Correctional Complex

first_imgSeveral inmates were injured following simultaneous fights at the U.S. Penitentiary early Tuesday morning. About 7:45 a.m. June 15, a fight ensued began at the recreation yard at the federal Correctional Complex. At around the same time, several additional fights began throughout the institution. Several inmates were treated for minor injuries in the Health Services Department at the complex.Additional staff from the complex responded to the institution and the incidents were immediately contained, according to a press release from the Office of the Warden.“The institution is secure and at no time was there a threat to public safety,” according to the press release. “We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident.”last_img read more

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CARSON SAYS TRANSPORT SUMMIT MUST DELIVER INVESTMENT IN D&G ROAD AND RAIL NETWORKS

first_img“It simply isn’t on.  While I accept that many roads fall under the remit of local authorities, the reality is that Councils are cash strapped, thanks to under investment from this SNP Government, and are unable to provide the required level of investment needed to bring our roads back up to a satisfactory standard. “We need a report on the economic and strategic impact of dualling the whole of the A75.  The impact of doing nothing will have a detrimental effect on communities the length and breadth of the A75, including Stranraer – the forgotten Gateway to Scotland. “I would be delighted to see further upgrades to the A75, A77 and A76 and a report into a new link from Dumfries to the M74, however I appeal to Mr Yousaf not to forget the people of Galloway and West Dumfries. “There is no shortage of ideas or ambition for transport and infrastructure improvements in Dumfries and Galloway. “The people of Dumfries and Galloway expect the SNP to stick to their pre-election pledge of more investment in the A75. “On Monday 22nd August, Humza Yousaf has the opportunity to come to Dumfries and deliver something substantial.  I am happy to work with anyone who appreciates the needs of our region and wants to realise its potential.  Investment in our region’s road and rail networks has been long-awaited and I hope the people of Galloway and West Dumfries are not let down. “Only last week, a report by Audit Scotland put the region’s roads at the bottom of maintenance league tables with less than half the roads in an acceptable condition.center_img Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Carson said: “For too long, the people of this region have felt left out when it comes to investment in our transport and infrastructure. “While I welcome that a date has been set for this important summit, I hope that it will be more than just a talking shop and would appeal to the Minister for Transport and Islands, Humza Yousaf, not to come to Dumfries and Galloway empty handed. “The villages of Springholm and Crocketford have been relentlessly campaigning for a by-pass for many years, something I have wholeheartedly supported. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInGalloway and West Dumfries MSP, Finlay Carson, has welcomed the announcement that a transport summit will be in held on Monday 22nd August to discuss key concerns about transport and infrastructure in Dumfries and Galloway.last_img read more

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Transfer gossip: L’Équipe say Leeds want Barbet

first_imgMarcos Alonso has again been linked with a return to his native Spain.The Chelsea left-back, who has suffered a dip in form this season, has previously been linked with Barcelona.And Spanish newspaper AS claim Atletico Madrid are showing an interest in Alonso ahead of a possible move. Some of the latest transfer speculation involving the area’s clubs…L’Équipe say Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa wants to sign Yoann Barbet following the defender’s departure from Brentford.AdChoices告白Aston Villa have also been linked with the Frenchman, who is among the out-of-contract players leaving Griffin Park this summer. Villa’s former Bees boss Dean Smith has been tipped to snap Barbet up, but L’Équipe say Bielsa is also keen.QPR linked with Sunderland defenderEmbed from Getty Images Chelsea are chasing a deal for Ajax forward David Neres after missing out on Luka Jovic, according to reports.The Daily Star say Chelsea are hopeful of having a Fifa-imposed transfer ban frozen by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are pressing ahead with summer transfer plans.They are said to be targeting Neres after Real Madrid agreed the signing of Jovic, who recently featured for Eintracht Frankfurt against Chelsea in the Europa League.AS link Alonso with AtleticoEmbed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook QPR want Sunderland right-back Adam Matthews, it’s claimed.Football Insider claim Rangers, who face financial restrictions, have Darnell Furlong and Osman Kakay, and have offered Angel Rangel a new deal, are looking to sign the 27-year-old Wales international.Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley are also said to be keen on Matthews, whose Sunderland contract expires this summer.Chelsea chasing Neres, Star claimEmbed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Gorayeb eyes Lady Stags’ improvement more than sweep

first_imgSan Sebastian is three games away from sweeping its way to the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball finals, but coach Roger Gorayeb is far more concerned on getting his team improve in time for the playoff phase.“Yes we want to sweep, who wouldn’t want that,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “But I want my team to improve on many aspects like defense and not relying too much on one player but play more as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town The Lady Stags have emerged the only unbeaten team after winning their first six outings and could advance straight to the best-of-three championship round if they could hurdle their last three assignments.San Sebastian’s last three games though will be against Final Four conteders Perpetual Help (3-2) on Jan. 13, Lyceum (4-1) on Jan. 23 and defending champion St. Benilde (5-1) on Jan. 25.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Hard to think of a sweep early because we know our last three games are all strong teams,” said Gorayeb.There was some concern, however, about reigning back-to-back MVP Grethcel Soltones’ conditioning. MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mavs take control in third quarter, beat Lakers 101-89 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Senators to proceed with review of VFA Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Soltones has been far from peak form and is currently just second in the league’s best scoring as she averaged just 16.17 points a game, a shade behind last year’s Finals MVP and St. Benilde star Jeanette Panaga’s 17 hits.“I did my part, it will really be up to her (Soltones),” said Gorayeb.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View commentslast_img read more

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