Six Holocaust victims buried in Britain

admin   •   January 21, 2019   •   2024

Funeral attendees gathered around coffin of Holocaust victims in Bushey, England, United Kingdom on January 20, 2019 | REUTERS

 A funeral was held in Britain on Sunday (January 20) for six unknown Jewish victims of the Auschwitz death camp, after the remains of five adults and at least one child were donated to the Imperial War Museum in 1997.

The BBC said the remains were discovered among a large number of objects relating to the Holocaust given to the museum by one donor.

Coffins were lowered into the ground in a Jewish cemetery north of London at a ceremony attended by the Israeli ambassador and the deputy German ambassador, the BBC said.

Six million Jews were murdered in Nazi death camps during World War Two. — Reuters

Day of Valor: AFP urges Filipinos to draw strength from WWII heroes’ gallantry

Robie de Guzman   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) called on Filipinos to draw strength from the gallantry of World War II veterans amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the country marks the Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan).

“In this difficult time when our hope is being challenged by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, we as a nation shall draw strength from our veterans who fought valiantly to defend our country,” AFP chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said in a statement.

Sobejana said the heroism of soldiers who fought in World War II “showed the exceptional determination of Filipinos to stand against overwhelming odds.”

The sacrifices and bravery of these soldiers bestowed “our generation the freedom, peace, and the democracy we now enjoy,” he added.

“These deeds of heroism and ideals continue to live in the hearts and minds of all our brave Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines who perform their sworn duty to uphold our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Sobejana said.

The AFP chief also paid tribute to all frontliners who continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we remember the bravery and sacrifices of the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, we also recognize our modern-day heroes who are working tirelessly to protect our nation from and mitigate the effects of the global pandemic,” he said.

“We salute all the frontline personnel who continue to fight the fatal virus in the hopes of bringing back normalcy in the country,” he added.

“We will continue to work hand in hand, determined to overcome any kind of crisis, triumphantly, in the name of our undying love for our country,” he further stated.

China warns of consequences if UK offers residency to HK citizens

UNTV News   •   July 2, 2020

China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday (July 2) that Britain would bear all consequences for any move it took to offer Hong Kong citizens a path to settlement in the UK.

China reserved the right to act against Britain over the issue, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing, without specifying what countermeasures Beijing might take.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (July 1) that China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong was a “clear and serious” violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration and that Britain would offer around 3 million residents of the former colony a path to British citizenship. (Reuters)

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Alarm raised in UK beach resort as huge crowds ignore COVID advice

UNTV News   •   June 26, 2020

Authorities in Bournemouth, a popular coastal town in southern England, declared a “major incident” on Thursday (June 25) over what they called the irresponsible behavior of crowds who had ignored public health guidance on coronavirus and badly overstretched local services.

The declaration came after visitors arrived in huge numbers in a spell of hot weather, resulting in gridlock on the roads, illegal overnight camping, excessive waste, anti-social behaviour and alcohol-fuelled fights.

Social distancing measures have been in place in Britain since March to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, although the rules are due to be significantly relaxed from July 4.

With pubs still closed, many people have been heading to parks and beaches to meet friends and drink alcohol, in some cases ignoring advice to keep two metres apart.

In Bournemouth, roads were obstructed by illegal parking, crews were abused as they attempted to empty overflowing bins and 33 tonnes of waste had to be removed from the stretch of coastline in and around the town on Thursday morning.

The emergency response will involve extra police patrols, security to protect rubbish collectors, additional parking enforcement, evictions of unauthorized campers and signage on approach roads warning people not to come. (Reuters)

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