first_imgSome of the conditions which Jason had to endure on Mt EverestFOR the first time in a public forum Mt Everest conqueror Jason Black will speak of his epic journey in becoming the first Donegal person in history to scale the greatest mountain in the world. The evening will be fundraiser hosted by the Letterkenny Lions on 30th April at An Grianan Theatre will all proceeds going to SVP.‘From rock bottom to the top of the world’ will see Jason open up to an audience at An Grianán Theatre of the life-changing journey which culminated on him reaching the summit of Everest on May 19th last.So what inspired this proud ordinary Donegal man – Jason will tell us all.In Jason’s honesty he will openly share his life growing up as a young Donegal boy and how life dealt him some really difficult demons to deal with losing his mum to cancer & losing his best friend & brother in an accident. He will deal with bullying and the effect it had when rock bottom yet as he stood on top of the world Jason confronted his demons and survived… he tells it all.“We are living in an environment with a lot of gloom and doom. Everyone has their own Everest to climb, some more than others whether it is suicide, depression, sickness, fear, drink, drugs, lack of work or lack of money. I only had to climb Mt Everest for two months people in my community are climbing it daily.“I will speak of my own challenges in life and I’m sure people will draw the parallels. I’m nervous about speaking to an audience because I will be opening up about things I’ve never spoke of before. I will be showing pictures of the climb for the first time and speaking of how in the face of adversity we have to look deep within ourselves to meet our dreams.“To the people of my county the message is clear, there is nothing that can’t be achieved, with the right plan , preparation & focus you can achieve anything in this world. That is what I want to bring back to the young & old of the county,” he added.The Letterkenny Lions are delighted to be associated with Jason on such a unique event.“Jason is an inspiration to so many people,” spokesman Eamon Stevenson.“Reaching Everest was an epic journey but what we will hear here for the first time of what was the motivation and the reasons why Jason took on the challenge. “In life we all have our challenges, but I think people will draw from Jason’s honest and candid account of his life journey,” he added.The event will take place in An Grianán Theatre on Wednesday, April 30 and the organizers are hoping to fill the house.For enquiries contact An Grianán Theatre box office.Since his conquer of Mt Everest Jason has been keeping busy. Nominated for Donegal person of the year & picking up numerous awards, the highlight been the Donegal Sports Person Special Achievement of the 2013 award . Jasons achievements to Letterkenny were engraved by way a civic reception by Letterkenny Town Council & Donegal County Council commissioning a symbolic sculpture by Redmond Herity at the town’s Market Square and at the foot of mount Errigal.Jason is now busy preparing to scale Mt McKinley in Alaska leaving on May 18th while last September he and four very proud Donegal men Clive and Keith Davison (twins), Brian McFadden, and Francie Gallagher stood high on Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Northern Europe.Since Jason’s return he has carried his powerful message to our youth in schools & presenting at several youth events & Mental Health Roadshow, which he promotes Mental health awareness to kids in Donegal on behalf of Donegal Youth Council.His wife, Sharon, and their children Laura, Kate, Billy and Ella, are so proud of what he has achieved, and what he is doing for their community.Jason’s life story has the power to change the way you thing about life ….. Trust us it’s thrilling from start to finish.To follow jasons journey www.facebook.com/voodooireland“There’s no mountain too high, there’s no problem too big to be conquered – Jason Black”EVEREST CONQUEROR JASON BLACK BRINGS HIS STORY TO THE STAGE – FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! was last modified: April 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An Grianan TheatredonegalJason BlackletterkennymountainMt Everestlast_img read more

Canada faces political risk at United Nations over treaty to ban nuclear

first_imgOTTAWA – The unfolding North Korean nuclear crisis is exposing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to international criticism that it is too soft on nuclear disarmament — and too close to the sabre-rattling Trump administration.International anti-nuclear activists call it a development that could have ominous implications for the government’s bid to win a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2019.Trudeau called on the Security Council to take “decisive action” against North Korea following Sunday’s report of a nuclear detonation by Pyongyang — the latest in a summer of provocations on the Korean Peninsula.However, Canada has not supported a broader effort by the full UN General Assembly to create a treaty that would outlaw nuclear weapons, a document that opens for signing when world leaders meet in New York later this month.More than 120 countries support the treaty, and with Canada seeking a temporary seat on the UN Security Council in 2019, two international anti-nuclear groups say Canada’s stance could hurt its ability to win a seat.Countries vying for a seat on the UN’s most powerful body need the support of at least 128 countries in the General Assembly.The treaty has no support among the countries that actually have nuclear weapons, including the United States, and their military allies, including NATO and Canada.“While we’ve seen a lot of nice words come out of the Trudeau government, policies haven’t really followed — not on nuclear weapons, and not on other weapons issues that Canada has traditionally led on,” Beatrice Fihn, the head of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said Tuesday from Geneva.“Even if you’re in a military alliance, your military alliance can’t be based on having to support Donald Trump’s threats to use weapons of mass destruction.”Having a strong position on disarmament that is distinct from the five permanent members of the Security Council — all of which have nuclear weapons — can play an important role in campaigning for a temporary two-year seat on the body, she said.“Having a solid reputation as a not-a-puppet-of-the-U.S. is obviously going to be something to your advantage in a Security Council campaign.”The Trudeau government is in the same tight spot as all of its fellow non-nuclear NATO countries: nuclear weapons are at the core of the alliance’s defence policy, said Alyn Ware, the founder of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.If Canada supported the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it would undermine NATO’s strategic doctrine and place Canada at odds with the alliance, said Ware, whose group is based in Hamburg, Germany.NATO solidarity could have consequences in a future Security Council vote, Ware said in an interview Tuesday.“When it comes to the Security Council, you need the vote in the General Assembly, and in the General Assembly, the majority of countries are anti-nuclear.”Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said Canada supports “concrete” and “meaningful” steps towards disarmament. He cited Canada’s push to revive the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, which would be designed to rid the world of the key bomb-making ingredients.The government also supports an initiative by Norway to “create a group of governmental experts on nuclear disarmament verification, one of the most challenging obstacles to nuclear disarmament,” he said in an email.Fihn, Ware and others say Canada needs to do more, including working within the NATO alliance to soften its nuclear policy.“I don’t think Canada belongs on the Security Council unless it wants to do the right thing by signing the treaty,” said Metta Spencer, a Canadian disarmament advocate and editor of the quarterly Peace magazine.“Canada could sign the treaty, but with a statement that we’re staying inside NATO and we’re working to get NATO to change its policy.”Douglas Roche, a former Canadian senator and disarmament ambassador, said Canada’s highest foreign policy goal should be to sign the treaty and push for NATO to rid itself of nuclear weapons.“A moment in history has arrived in which Canada will have to decide if it supports nuclear deterrence or nuclear abolition.”last_img read more