Lebanon Ban appoints Italian Major General Portolano to head UN peacekeeping force

“Major General Portolano has had a long and distinguished military career,” stated the announcement issued by Mr. Ban’s office. The Major General joined the Italian army in September 1981 and since September 2012 has served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Joint Operations in the Italian Armed Forces. He also has extensive experience with multinational operations and out-of-area operational deployments, including in Afghanistan where he commanded the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Regional Command West. He also served as Commander in Iraq, Kosovo, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Major General Portolano will succeed Major General Paolo Serra, also of Italy, who will relinquish his post as Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNIFIL on 24 July. “The Secretary-General is grateful to Major General Serra for his excellent service and leadership of UNIFIL over the past two years and a half,” the announcement said.Established in 1978, UNIFIL is tasked with ensuring that the area between the Blue Line – which separates Israel and Lebanon – and the Litani River is free of unauthorized weapons, personnel and assets. It also cooperates with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) so they can fulfil their security responsibilities. read more

Taste testing Mary Berrys controversial bolognese recipe

first_img Show more The Telegraph’s feature writer Eleanor Steafel wanted to find out, so she decided to cook up the sauce herself and pit it against the old family classic which involves frying up a bit of mince and throwing in a jar of pre-made supermarket sauce.Watch the video to find out which bolognese came out on top. Mary Berry has been cooking up a Twitter storm with her highly controversial bolognese sauce recipe.Her instructions for a “delicious” bolognese sauce left viewers “shocked and appalled” because of the addition of two unusual ingredients: white wine and double cream. @alexpreston101 @TelegraphNews Mary Berry is channeling Elizabeth David. 1958 recipe, adds cream, white wine, chicken livers, and bacon.— Sara Browne (@sarabrowne55) March 7, 2017 Mary Berry’s making a bolognese with “her own special twist”. It’s gin, isn’t it?— Dave Turner (@mrdaveturner) March 6, 2017 So does the sauce taste as outrageously bad as people online have been making out?  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more