Despite the tensions, the two sides struck a deal under which Iran on June 4 freed a US Navy veteran it had detained since 2018 and the United States allowed an Iranian-American physician to visit Iran.Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said he hoped for further prisoner exchanges and talks on a wide array of issues.Tehran has been reluctant to deal with Washington since the Trump administration abandoned the nuclear agreement, demanding the United States return to it.”We’d love to have an in person meeting to have a consular dialogue so that we can move faster than we have,” Hook said.”The door for diplomacy on our side is wide open, not just on these matters but on … all the issues that have been bedeviling the US-Iran bilateral relations for 41 years,” he said, saying Trump “would like to get to the negotiating table.”He also said Washington, which criticizes Tehran for backing proxies in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, believes a U.N. arms embargo on Iran expiring in October should be extended indefinitely. Topics : The United States would like a face-to-face meeting with Iran to discuss prisoner releases and it wants the UN Security Council to impose an indefinite arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, a senior US diplomat said on Tuesday.The two adversaries disagree on many issues, including US President Donald Trump’s decision two years ago to abandon the 2015 Iran nuclear deal under which Tehran limited its nuclear program in return for economic sanctions relief.Trump has since restored US sanctions that have choked Iran’s oil exports, the country’s main source of revenue, while Iran has accelerated its nuclear program. Washington believes Iran may seek a nuclear weapon, something Tehran denies.
Governor Wolf Commends House Leaders’ Call for Respect and Civility Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement commending Pennsylvania House leaders following their good joint appearance on the floor together to call for respect and civility:“I commend Leaders Dermody and Cutler for their joint call for respect and civility. Yesterday’s shared message was an important reminder of the vital work ahead for state government. Further, it recalled the successes that we’ve had working together like protecting victims of domestic violence, battling the opioid epidemic and passing the first Clean Slate Law in the country.“In the coming weeks, I look forward to working together to strengthen our workforce, reform our criminal justice system, lift people out of poverty, and invest in our schools. I believe there is room for bipartisan agreement on many issues and I join the leaders in aspiring to find common ground. In a time when too many are focused on advancing partisan politics, let’s remind everyone that Pennsylvania is focused on delivering for the people who we serve.” May 09, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Mohit Singh with his host family member Glennis Zimmerman.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Mohit Singh, a 23-year-old farmer from India, spent three weeks with Jay and Glennis Zimmerman of South Haven this past month as part of an exchange program through IFYE – formerly known as International 4-H Youth Exchange.Singh was here to learn about farming – American style and figure out ways to make his family farm back in India more profitable. His first trip to the United States included visits to Kansas farms in Sumner, Scott, Allen and Ness Counties before heading to Virginia for a similar tour there. He will be in Kansas through the State Fair in early September.â€œI decided against the tourist destinations in California, so I can study farms in Kansas in the heart of the country,â€ Singh said. â€œKansas is the heart of America and that is what Iâ€™m most interested in.â€Singh is part of a farming family in Agra, India which is the home of the iconic Taj Mahal. He comes from a family that owns about 200 acres or 80 Hectares.While that is modest for a small American farming family, it is huge in India, where individual farmers can no longer own more than 13 hectares which equate to 32 acres. So huge, that his multi-generational family, is considered one of the most wealthy farming operations in India. So much so that when President Bill Clinton came to visit India during his time in office, governmental officials would showcase the family farm.Before India started a land allotment program that limited the size of farms, the Singh family had already procured its sizable 200-acre farm. They were able to keep these acres by allocating ownership through several family members. The uncle would own some, the aunt, the father, etc. They then farmed together.Mohitâ€™s family also have traveling abroad experience, which is unusual for farmers in India. His grandfather came to the United States in 1966. It was here that his grandfather learned the American way of life in farming and told stories to his family. Mohit wanted to come to the U.S. to see for himself. The Zimmerman farm was the first of his many stops at different U.S. farms.As always, the size of the farms of America impress the foreigners. We have bigger tractors, bigger combines, bigger plots of land. Singh came in time for the tail end of wheat harvest and got to ride on Jayâ€™s combine.While we have agriculture issues in the U.S., it is not nearly as severe as in India where farmers are incurring such high debt and poor crop conditions, that they canâ€™t pay back loans and feed their families. The limited size of the farms contributes to the problem. Suicides amongst farmers in India have reached epidemic proportions with nearly 300,000 farmers ending their lives in the past 20 years.Although the Singh family is not close to the economic devastation of many India farmers, times are tight for the family as well. And that requires them to look at new forms of revenue. This is why observing American farms was so much more important to Singh than say visiting Disneyland. Singh hopes his trip here brings him knowledge that will help the economic opportunity of his family farm back home.The Singh family has recently started a fish growing operation. In India the demand for fish is high. But the rivers are so polluted that the fish out of the river are not edible. So his familyâ€™s fresh fish will be in high demand there.Singh was here through July 10 where he then left for Scott City. He was here through the Kansas Wheat Festival and ended up being a judge at the quilt show held at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington.The American culture is most certainly different, Singh said. For example, he is struck at how multi-generational families donâ€™t live together.â€œThe first thing he asked us is if Jay and I were lonely living in a big house by ourselves,â€ Glennis said. â€œI said â€˜heck, no.â€™ I love my kids but I sure in the heck donâ€™t want them living with me.â€Singh is a Hindu and Hindus donâ€™t eat beef.â€œWeâ€™ve learned to eat a lot of chicken and fish over the last couple of weeks,â€ Glennis said.Singh is part of the IFYE program that links young adults with host families in other countries. About 4,000 Americans have lived in 116 countries and a like number of young people from those countries have come here.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Veteran NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski has been suspended from ESPN without pay, according to the New York Post. ESPN has not publicly confirmed the suspension and declined to comment to the Post. Wojnarowski’s suspension stems from replying “F— you” in an email in response to Missouri senator Josh Hawley. Hawley had sent an email criticizing the NBA for the messages allowed on the back of players’ jerseys during the NBA restart. Hawley argued there should be additional messages such as “Stand with Hong Kong” or messages supporting law enforcemant. The letter was addressed to NBA commissioner Adam Silver.Wojnarowski apologized for his actions saying they were “disrespectful” and he made a “regrettable mistake.” In its own statement, ESPN called Wojnarowski’s email “completely unacceptable behavior.”https://t.co/cHyqaxBLQC pic.twitter.com/b2gPBcNzS3— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) July 10, 2020MORE: LeBron won’t wear social justice message on jersey When news came down of Wojnarowski’s reported suspension, several people came to his defense. The hashtag #FreeWoj began trending on Twitter as several NBA enthusiasts shared their praise and offered support for the veteran reporter. Many of those people sharing the #FreeWoj hashtag were NBA players. Players like LeBron James, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Jamal Murray and more shared their opinion.#FreeWOJ!! 🤜🏻🤛🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 12, 2020Aye #Freewoj man 😂😂— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) July 12, 2020Till it’s backwards 🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/AwP0IqUHW6— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) July 12, 2020#freeWoj— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) July 12, 2020💯 https://t.co/4Erg4PubDj— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 12, 2020#FreeWoj— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) July 12, 2020#FreeWoj ✊🏾 but in the #Verzuz battle I’m taking @ShamsCharania— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) July 12, 2020#NBATwitter finding out @espn suspended Woj #FreeWojpic.twitter.com/xCgeEZj5fW— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) July 12, 2020Until It’s Backwards!! https://t.co/BzKDZtjQAd— 13am Adebayo💥 (@Bam1of1) July 12, 2020😭😭😭 #freewoj tho https://t.co/TpARz2cLIa— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) July 12, 2020🗣 #FreeWoj ‼️— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) July 13, 2020NBA players weren’t the only ones sharing messages of support. On Change.org, a created petition named “Get Adrian Wojnarowski (Woj) His Job back. FREE WOJ” has over 6,000 signatures as of this writing.
“Liberia must swerve away from hypocrisy in the fight for women’s rights, as the opposite is currently applied in the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law, as amended in 1974,” a group of Liberians in the Diaspora has said.At the end of the recent Dual Citizenship Convention in the United States, a statement signed by its chairman, Emmanuel S. Wettee, said Liberia produced the late Madam Angie Elizabeth Brooks, the first African female President of the United Nations General Assembly and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female elected President and a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, hence, women’s issues must be of paramount importance to Liberians.The statement said on July 17, 1984, Liberia became a party to the Convention on The Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women of 1979 (CEDAW).“By accepting the Convention, Liberia committed itself to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms,” the statement said.“Liberia,” it said, “decided to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in the legal system. Abolishing all discriminatory laws and adopting appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women.”The statement further said Liberia accepted to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.However, the statement accuses Liberia’s current 1973 Alien and Nationality Law as amended in 1974 of legally discriminating against women.Quoting the American Bar Association in an analysis made in 2009, under the title, Analysis of the aliens and nationality law of the Republic of Liberia, (p. 16) said noted the following: “The subchapter on Naturalization or Restoration to Citizenship of Special Categories of Aliens of Chapter 21 presents several concerns regarding gender-based and racial discrimination.“Section 21.30 permits the naturalization of female spouses of Liberian citizens who are of Negro descent and otherwise conform to the requirements of Section 21.1.“However, the subchapter does not permit naturalization of male spouses or persons not of Negro descent. The law should be amended to avoid discrimination on the basis of gender, in light of Liberia’s obligations under ICCPR Article 23(4) requiring the state to take appropriate steps to ensure equality of rights and responsibilities of spouses as to marriage.“It should be particularly noted that, as a woman does not presently have the right to pass on her citizenship to her children, this effectively denies Liberian citizenship to the children of a union between a Liberian woman and a non-Liberian man, in violation of Liberia’s obligations under CEDAW Article 9(2). This provision may also affect a child’s right to acquire a nationality pursuant to ICCPR Article 24(3).“Section 21.31, which states that a child born outside Liberia to alien parents or to a citizen mother and a non-citizen father may become a citizen of Liberia through the naturalization of the father, also raises concerns.“This is incompatible with CEDAW Article 9(2), and also incompatible with contemporary norms of jus sanguinis, which allows the citizenship to be passed on via either the mother or the father.”A group of professional and successful Liberians in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, often described as in the ‘Diaspora’ have been urging the current leadership to amend the current laws that deny them citizenship, after having acquired same from the countries they are residing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)