Stafford International School rejected claims

“Stafford International School in Sri Lanka strongly denounces these baseless and inaccurate allegations claiming our teachers posting islamophobic comments and pictures on social media – this is completely incorrect and baseless, as these said teachers have never been employees of the school in any capacity” states the Academic Director at Stafford International School, SuvinWettimuny.Stafford International School was founded in 1986 and is located in the heart of Colombo 7. This institution is an independent, private, co-educational, multi-ethnic international school that guides its students towards International examinations offered by both Edexcel and Cambridge in the UK. The institution further states that Stafford International School located in Colombo 7 has been established in Sri Lanka for the past 33 years and has never had or have any affiliations to the said mentioned school on the circulating image – Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha Qatar. Stafford International School was founded by Felix R. De Zoysa and is governed by a Board of Directors; KanthiWettimuny, Lumbini Kaluperuma, KumudiniAbeysiriwardena, GithanjiKaluperuma, TharindraKaluperuma, Pravin Wettimuny, SuvinWettimuny. For more details; Stafford International School further states that it does not have any other branches located within Sri Lanka or overseas. Stafford International School, Colombo 7 has categorically rejected claims or responsibility towards an image circulating on WhatsApp and on social media platforms, claiming its teachers are posting islamophobic comments on social media.The school stated that the mentioned teachers on these images are not employees or affiliated to Stafford International School in Sri Lanka. read more

Security Council extends partial arms embargo on Somalia through October

“All Member States are required to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of weapons and military equipment to designated individuals and entities, which includes Al-Shabaab,” the Council wrote in the resolution.The text, which extends the ban through 25 October, cites reports by the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) that arms have been diverted and expresses “serious concern” that the requirements for a suspension of the embargo “have not been fully met.”The text also cites the 15 Members “condemning flows of weapons and ammunition supplies to and through Somalia in violation of the arms embargo on Somalia, as well as the destabilizing accumulation and misuse of such weapons, as a serious threat to peace and stability in the region.”In March 2013, the partially lifted the weapons ban for one year to boost the Government’s capacity to protect areas recovered from the militant group Al-Shabaab and defend against fresh attempts by such groups to destabilize the country.It decided that the arms embargo, originally imposed in 1992, would not apply to arms or equipment sold or supplied solely for the development of the Government’s security forces, but it kept its restrictions in place on heavy weapons, such as surface-to-air missiles.It also required the Government to notify the Council’s sanctions committee at least five days in advance of any such deliveries and provide details of the transactions. Alternately, Member States delivering assistance may make the notification after informing the Government of its intentions in that regard.Under requirements set forth in today’s text, all transactions are required to include details of the manufacturer and supplier of the arms and ammunition, a description of the arms and ammunition including the type, calibre and quantity, proposed date and place of delivery, and all relevant information concerning their storage. read more