UN staff security summit told terrorists now view the organization as the

Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, Council President for December, told the summit in New York yesterday that UN staff security was a priority for the Security Council, especially after the 19 August bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 people, including the top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.Representing Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UN Security Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Management Catherine Bertini said “in more and more crises the UN flag has become a target rather than a shield.”Ms. Bertini said Mr. Annan had called for a strategic reorganization of UN security following Baghdad, adding plans were already being developed to heighten and improve security measures, including placing anti-shatter film on UN buildings in New York.General Assembly President Julian R. Hunte of St. Lucia said that although the attack in Baghdad had been a shocking one for the UN, it was not the first for the organization. He said some 2,000 UN workers had been killed or had disappeared since 1945.While UN operations would have to change as a result of the attack, Mr. Hunte added, host countries still bore the main responsibility for the safety of UN staff in the field. He said the UN should treat each dangerous situation individually, tailoring the security model accordingly.UN Staff Union President Rosemarie Waters, urging Member States to ratify the Convention on the Protection of UN Staff, said all reports on facts on the Baghdad attack should be made public.She said “those who actions and faulty decisions had led to the Baghdad tragedy should be identified, rather than sacrificing lower-level employees to satisfy public opinion.”Ms. Waters also called for greater investment in staff security and for staff to be allowed to become involved in security processes. Video of security summit read more

Nostalgic and saucy postcards take us back to an Ireland of old

first_imgThe fish market in Baltimore.A JE Spiller card from the Adrian Healy collection showing a market-day scene on George Street, Clonakilty (George Street is now Connolly Street). This postcard was never posted.From the Adrian Healy collection, this ‒National Series’€ postcard was (apparently) sent to a Miss Rita Lawton of Bridge Street, Bandon; the message reads ‘€œHope he will visit you soon€’ and is signed ‘A friend’.West Beach on Main Street, Cobh, from the Adrian Healy collection. This postcard has not been stamped or postmarked in any way but on the reverse the following is written ‘€œNear Railway Station, on right side of juncture,€“ shop where I got the portrait (pencil).’A postcard of Heron’€™s Cove, Goleen, published by Sue Hill’™s Heron’€™s Cove B & B and Restaurant (photography by John Eagle).This postcard view of St Fin Barre’€™s Cathedral from the John James collection is one of an ‘€œOilette’ series from the Raphael Tuck & Sons company.A Millar & Lang ‘€œNational Series’€ postcard from the John James collection. This postcard was never posted; however, on the other side, in pencil, the following is written: ‘€œFor Alfi e also / cards.’From the John James collection, this army camp card was published by WE Mack of Hampstead (London). The following is written on the reverse: SENDING POSTCARDS IS somewhat of a lost art these days, but there was a time when no jaunt abroad was complete without sending a cardboard missive to your nearest and dearest.This selection of postcards is taken from Love From Cork: Postcards of the City & County (Collins Press), a nostalgic look at how we used to communicate.The author, Perry O’Donovan, chose postcards from two collections, one belonging to John James from Kinsale and the other maintained by Adrian Healy from Skibbereen.The book even includes the messages from the cards, as well as literary extracts. If you’re looking for a stocking-filler for a person with an interest in nostalgia and Ireland of old, you could certainly do worse than this.From the John James collection, a Comique€ Series postcard from the Inter-Art Company, Florence House, Barnes, London. This postcard was never posted.A Bradford Post Card Company postcard from the John James collection. The card was posted in Youghal in 1908, to a Miss H Gallagher, William Street, Galway: ‘€œHere with 5,000 children!’€ is all the message says. It is signed ‘€œHG’.€This card from the Adrian Healy collection features the great flood in Mallow in November 1916.From the Adrian Healy collection, this is a view of St Patrick€’s Street, looking north towards St Patrick’€™s Bridge, published by Charles L Reis & Co, of Dublin and Belfast. This postcard was never posted.Postcard featuring a bog oak dealer.A John Hinde card from the Adrian Healy collection (photography by D Noble). The card was never posted. ‘€œDear Auntie, just a line to say I arrived safe & sound after a 36 hours journey. The reason they called us back is, we are leaving here for Tidworth on Tues night, or Wed morning, instead of Friday night. Do not write back, I will let you know my new address as soon as possible. I am, Lovingly yours (name illegible). Remember me to all at Home. Goodnight.’€All images taken from Love from Cork: Postcards of the City & County by Perry O’Donovan, published by The Collins Press, 2013.Read:Postcards of Ireland from the last 100 years are a thing of beauty>WATCH: A love letter to Dublin>last_img read more