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UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that women held a central role in UN peacekeeping operations because they had greater access to local communities, improved the protection of civilians and promoted human rights in the line of duty.But the outbreak threatens to upend their most vital work.As a civil military coordination (CIMIC) officer embedded with UNIFIL, First Lt. Rima Eka Tiara Sari is used to interacting with the local community, but now she is mostly coordinating remotely with local authorities and nongovernmental organizations because of the pandemic.“We still do [border patrols] while following protocols like wearing masks, using hand sanitizer and gloves,” Rima told reporters in a virtual briefing on Wednesday, hosted by the UN Information Center in Jakarta. In many of the world’s conflict regions where health may be one of the first casualties, the coronavirus poses a discernible threat to the local population.This is largely the case in south Lebanon, where sporadic skirmishes still occur at the border with Israel, and the only medical facilities are located at the compound of the United Nations peacekeeping mission.The COVID-19 outbreak has had the unintended consequence of putting an end to all direct contact with the Lebanese people, a vital aspect to the work female peacekeepers do, according to Indonesian peacekeepers with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). “But other activities like the various [civilian] training programs are postponed until the COVID-19 outbreak ends,” added the 37-year-old psychology graduate from Semarang, Central Java.UNIFIL was formed in 1978 to oversee the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon and to assist the Lebanese government in restoring its authority. Among its operational activities is patrolling along the “Blue Line” border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel, established by the UN in 2000.Another Indonesian UNIFIL operative, Second Sgt. Yazella Agustin, also lamented that the outbreak had greatly reduced her interaction with civilians.“We can only contact them by phone to ask them about the latest situation, whether it is a problem caused by the coronavirus, an economic situation or other things,” Yazella said at Wednesday’s press briefing.Many medical workers on the forefront of the COVID-19 response are putting their own health at risk to protect the Lebanese people and the UN peacekeepers stationed there. But even such crucial services had been forced to stop, said First Sgt. Imakulata Ngamel, an Indonesian Air Force nurse stationed with the UNIFIL’s Indonesian battalion. “We can no longer accept local patients,” she told the briefing.Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Thursday reiterated the nation’s concerns about the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on countries in conflict, that Indonesia was committed to upholding any and all efforts to resolve conflict and build peace.Earlier this month, the minister noted that the already vulnerable situation in conflict countries had “now worsened […] due to limited health infrastructure, fragile security, challenging economic situations and humanitarian conditions”.According to data on May 29 compiled by statistics site Worldometer, 1,168 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lebanon, with 26 total deaths. While 699 people have recovered, the country’s economy has been hit hard, with businesses closing down and people losing their jobs.Separately, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for multilateral cooperation, Febrian Ruddyard, said that the safety and security of Indonesian peacekeepers were of utmost priority.“During Indonesia’s presidency of the UN Security Council last year, we specifically raised the issue of the safety and security of peacekeepers through training and capacity building,” he said.Febrian, who leads Indonesia’s Peace Maintenance Mission Coordination Team (TKMPP), said that the government was closely monitoring the latest developments in the field while ensuring that all missions followed the UN’s COVID-19 health protocols.He said that Indonesia was also deliberating a draft UN Security Council resolution on managing the pandemic amid the challenging conditions in conflict areas.“We are paying very close attention to our peacekeepers because they are our assets that we lend to the world, in this case to the UN,” said Febrian.Friday is the 20th anniversary of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. The day is paying special tribute to female peacekeepers with this year’s theme, “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace”.UN Undersecretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said in a statement that “ensuring women’s meaningful, equal and full participation in peace operations, as well as in peace and political processes, is key to protecting civilians and building durable peace”.However, women represent just 6 percent of all uniformed military, police, justice and corrections personnel in field missions, according to the UN.As a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council, Indonesia has advocated for women’s participation in peace processes with an aim to increase the deployment of female peacekeepers to more than 3 percent at present.Out of the 2,852 military and police officers Indonesia has deployed to nine UN peacekeeping operations around the world, only 159 are women.Topics :
Kepa has had a largely positive first season at Chelsea since arriving from Athletic Bilbao in the summer for £71m.He has played in 54 games across all competitions, conceding 50 goals and keeping 23 clean sheets, seven of which came in their unbeaten run to the Europa League title.Only Liverpool and Manchester City conceded fewer goals than Chelsea in the Premier League this campaign, during which Kepa played 36 of 38 matches.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGiven he is only 24-years-old, the criticism from Neville could be construed as a bit harsh, although he did admit that the keeper could turn things around after his criticism early in the match by adding: ‘P.s probably man of the match now !’Goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and a brace from Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the comfortable 4-1 victory over the Gunners in Baku, despite a brilliant late consolation from Alex Iwobi.MORE: Cesc Fabregas criticises Maurizio Sarri for not bringing on Chelsea captain Gary Cahill in Europa League finalMORE: Cesc Fabregas hits out at Chelsea board as Maurizio Sarri secures Europa League win over Arsenal Advertisement Phil HaighThursday 30 May 2019 7:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link133Shares Kepa Arrizabalaga came in for some criticism from Gary Neville (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Chelsea might have hammered Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final on Wednesday night, but Gary Neville still says he ‘can’t accept’ their goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.The Spaniard was certainly not to blame for Arsenal’s only goal of the game but he did look a bit nervy early on in the match in Baku, with a poor punch from a cross which nearly gifted the Gunners the lead.There was also a close call when Alexandre Lacazette appealed for a penalty against him, but nothing was given, rightfully so.However, despite these errors being fairly minor and Kepa being on the winning side, former Manchester United and England defender Neville was extremely critical of the keeper.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNeville tweeted: ‘Nothing personal but I just can’t accept a keeper like Kepa. He would make every defence a nervous wreck.’Nothing personal but I just can’t accept a keeper like Kepa. He would make every defence a nervous wreck. P.s probably man of the match now ! 🤷🏻♂️— Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 29, 2019 Comment Gary Neville ‘can’t accept a keeper like Kepa’ despite his Chelsea side thrashing Arsenal in Europa League final Advertisement
The 7th Grade Batesville Basketball Team ended their season Tuesday night by falling to South Dearborn in overtime by a score of 40-37.Leading is scoring for Batesville was Core Werner with 11 points. Following him was Travis Lecher with 9, Cooper Wilhelm with 6, and Ean Loichinger with 4. Rounding out the scoring were Eli Pierson with 4 and Zach Wade with 2.The 8th grade won another barn burner last night against Milan 34-29.Leading the way for the dogs was Team defense!! We caused several turnovers and had some big blocks that led directly to transition points. Mason Barker, Trey Peters, and Calvin Sherwood led the way in scoring all with 7. RJ Powell added 4 and had a great presence on the floor on both ends. Jaden Peetz added 3 big free throws. Austin Cornn, Alex Seifert, and Ethan Brewer all added 2.We are in action again Thursday night at Jac-Cen-Del for the final of the SEI tournament against Sunman-Dearborn. Go Bulldogs!!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.