Legendary British, James Bond Actor, Sean Connery, best known for playing fictional spy James Bond in seven films, has died aged 90, his family told the BBC on Saturday.
The Scottish actor, who was knighted in 2000, won numerous awards during his decades-spanning career, including an Oscar, three Golden Globes and two Bafta awards.
Tributes immediately began pouring in for Connery who was considered one of the greatest movie stars of his generation.
“How infinitely sad to hear the news Sir Sean Connery has passed away,” stated a message on the Twitter account maintained for fellow Bond actor Roger Moore who died in 2017.
“He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond. RIP.”
Connery claimed his Oscar in 1988 for best supporting actor for his role as an Irish cop in “The Untouchables”.
He also starred in “The Hunt for Red October”, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “The Rock2.
But it is his smooth, Scottish-accented portrayal of the suave spy 007 that he will be best remembered for.
The first actor to utter the unforgettable “Bond, James Bond”, Connery made six official films as novelist Ian Fleming’s creation, giving what many still consider as the definitive portrayal.
WTO: Why We Oppose Okonjo-Iweala — US
The United States has explained that the reason it moved against the election of former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-general of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, was the fact that the UN agency was in dire need of reform which must be driven by ‘’someone with real, hands-on experience.’’
In a statement issued by the office of the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, on Wednesday, the US government said: “The United States supports the selection of Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee as the next WTO Director-General.
“Minister Yoo is a bona fide trade expert who has distinguished herself during a 25-year career as a successful trade negotiator and trade policy maker. She has all the skills necessary to be an effective leader of the organization.
“This is a very difficult time for the WTO and international trade. There have been no multilateral tariff negotiations in 25 years, the dispute settlement system has gotten out of control, and too few members fulfill basic transparency obligations.
“The WTO is badly in need of major reform. It must be led by someone with real, hands-on experience in the field.”
The argument against Okonjo-Iweala had always been that she has no direct trade experience.
But addressing the WTO in July, the former minister of finance said, while refuting the claim: “I am a development economist and you cannot do that without looking at trade. Trade is a central part of development.
‘’So, I have been doing it. My whole career at the World Bank, I was working on trade policy reform in middle and low-income countries at the bank,” she said.
“As finance minister, the Customs Service in my country reported to me. And that is all about trade facilitation. I helped my country’s negotiation with my trade minister on the ECOWAS common external tariffs. I don’t know how much more trade you can have than that.
“So those who say I don’t have trade, they are mistaken. I think the qualities I have are even better, because I combine development economics with trade knowledge, along with finance, and you need those combination of skills to lead the WTO. I think I have the skills that are needed. I am a trade person.”
Okonjo-Iweala had on Wednesday, won the popular vote to become the next DG and had the nod of the three ambassadors saddled with the responsibility of picking the next leader of the trade body.
But at a WTO delegates meeting to discuss the appointment, the US expressed opposition to her election — the US was the only country opposing her election.
Keith Rockwell, spokesman of the WTO, said just one member country did not support Okonjo-Iweala.
“All of the delegations that expressed their views expressed very strong support for the outcome, except for one,” he said.
The WTO reconvenes on November 9, 2020 after the US election to decide who becomes the next DG.
YAN Appoints Europe Base Nigerian Woman, Helen Mukoro Idisi, As Head Of Mission/DG, Diaspora Directorate
By Yahaya Idris, Abuja.
The leadership of Youth Assembly of Nigeria, the apex youth decision-making body for the enhancement of peace and youth development in Nigeria and as part of obligations to serve Nigerian Youths within and outside the country has appointed Her Excellency, Helen Mukoro Idisi, a Spanish of Nigerian descent as Head of Mission and Director General, Diaspora Directorate.
Helen Mukoro Idisi, a successful political colossus, an author of national and international repute, a business and financial consultant hails from Isiokolo, Ethiope East, Delta State. She was the first black to contest for the seat of President in Spain and Europe.
In this regard, the appointee is expected to bring her experience to bear in coordinating the affairs of the Assembly in the diaspora.
The appointment is with immediate effect please. The statement added.
First Presidential Debate Descends Into Violence As Trump, Biden Exchange Attacks
President Trump and Joe Biden brawled on their first chance to challenge each other face to face.
The first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden featured a violent series of bitter exchanges and name-calling, with the president repeatedly speaking over his Democratic rival and the moderator struggling to maintain control of the 90-minute affair.
“Will you shut up, man?” an exasperated Biden said in a comment that was emblematic of the tumultuous nature of the debate, which was held in Cleveland, Ohio. “It’s hard to get any word in with this clown.”
Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News struggled to maintain control as he peppered the candidates with questions about the Supreme Court, the economy, the coronavirus pandemic and more. He repeatedly admonished the president for speaking over Biden and disregarding the rules both sides had agreed to.
The president leveled barrages of unfounded accusations against his Democratic rival and his family, invoking his son Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine and bringing up the younger Biden’s history of drug abuse. Mr. Trump declined to condemn white supremacist groups and defended his response to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 American lives, trying to portray Biden as a socialist who isn’t equipped to occupy the Oval Office.
“Did you use the word smart?” the president asked Biden at one point. “You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don’t ever use the word smart with me, Joe.”
Biden, for his part, tried to direct his answers to the audience watching at home. He called Mr. Trump “the worst president America has ever had,” blaming him for bungling the response to the pandemic and fueling racial divisions amid recent protests against police brutality.
“This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division,” Biden said.
The two candidates are scheduled to meet next in two weeks, on October 15, for the second debate in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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