- President Donald Trump on Wednesday referred to a Kurdish journalist as “Mr. Kurd” during a marathon press conference following the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
- When a foreign reporter told the president he was Kurdish, Trump said, “Good. Good. Great people! Great fighters. I like ’em a lot.”
- The Kurds have been key US allies in the fight against ISIS.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday referred to a Kurdish journalist as “Mr. Kurd” during a marathon press conference following the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During the press conference, Trump professed his love for the Kurdish people, who’ve been key US allies in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
“They fought and died with us,” Trump said of the Kurds.
The Kurds are indigenous to a mountainous region in the northern part of the Middle East and span across Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. They’re the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East and the largest stateless nation in the world.
When a foreign reporter told the president he was Kurdish, Trump said, “Good. Good. Great people! Great fighters. I like ’em a lot.”
Trump then asked other reporters in the room if they were Kurdish. Subsequently, the president referred to another reporter as “Mr. Kurd” as he answered his question.
The president’s comments on the Kurdish reporters in the room quickly went viral on social media.
Trump addressed an array of topics during Wednesday’s lengthy press conference, taking questions on everything from the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to his stance on the ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine.
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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