AFP official booed out of forum View comments Isaiah Thomas #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers yells to a teammate during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena on January 2, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Trail Blazers 127-110. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPThe Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the the Los Angeles Lakers just before the trade deadline, a report said.In a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers are shipping away Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye and their 2018 first-round pick in exchange for Clarkson and Nance.ADVERTISEMENT This after Thomas, who was traded to Cleveland in a deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, just said that he wanted to stay put for good.“I don’t [want to be traded],” Thomas said on the eve of the trade cutoff according to a separate ESPN report. “I’m tired of being traded. That’s not a good thing, but I just want to be where I’m wanted. I like it here. It hasn’t been as planned, but I definitely want to be here. We definitely have a real chance to win an NBA championship, and I want to be a part of that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was only the diminutive guard’s 15th game with Cavaliers after a much-hyped return from a hip injury. He was averaging 14.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists before the trade.The younger and taller Clarkson, meanwhile, is leaving the Lakers after four seasons where he averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1 steal. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Both Thomas and Frye have expiring contracts, as per the ESPN report.Nance, a Ohio native, is following the footsteps of his father Larry Sr., who had an illustrious 14-year career with the Cavaliers. He registered 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in three seasons with the Lakers. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Philly celebrates 1st Super Bowl title with parade NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
But Stepheson’s ouster somehow turned out to be a blessing in disguise with Kelly Nabong, who replaced him in the game, stepping up in OT.Nabong scored seven of Meralco’s last nine points in the final two minutes and 12 seconds to finish with 15 pointsThe veteran bruiser went 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the last 11.6 seconds to help keep the KaTropa at bay.Joshua Smith had a chance to win it for TNT at the free throw line but he only managed to get a split with 5.6 seconds to go in regulation.Chris Newsome forced a contested 3-pointer that missed, paving the way for OT with the score tied at 92.ADVERTISEMENT Familiarity with Desiderio key in stopping UP, says Macaraya “We played much better tonight than we did last game. I thought we really gutted it out in the end especially since my import was in foul trouble majority of the game,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“I have to give a lot of credit to the locals particularly Baser Amer, who I felt played one of the best games of his career. Special mention also goes out to Kelly Nabong, who hit his foul shots when the game was on the line,” Black added. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame 3 is set on Friday with the winner facing top seed Barangay Ginebra in a best-of-five semifinals series.The Bolts overcame a long offensive drought that lasted for close to eight minutes and the absence of their import Alex Stepheson, who fouled out with still 1:54 left in regulation. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds What ‘missteps’? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer had a career night and Meralco held off TNT, 103-100, in overtime Wednesday night to forge a winner-take-all Game 3 for the last spot in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Amer fired 32 points on top of six rebounds and four assists in 43 minutes to lead the Bolts’ fightback after dropping Game 1 on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments RR Garcia gave the KaTropa their first lead,93-92, at the 3:16 mark of overtime after trailing by as much as 19 points late in the opening quarter.But that didn’t last long as Amer and Nabong hit back-to-back baskets for a 96-93 edge and TNT never led again.Smith led the KaTropa with 18 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks while Stepheson finished with just seven points and 13 rebounds in only 26 minutes due to foul trouble.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
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Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcGujarat Fortunegiants First Published: September 21, 2019, 11:40 AM IST In the 101st match of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7, UP Yoddha’s will be facing Tamil Thalaivas on Saturday, September 20. The Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, will host PKL 2019 Season 7 UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas fixture. UP Yoddha will eye to continue with their form when they meet bottom-placed Tamil Thalaivas. Meanwhile, Tamil Thalaivas, who had failed to produce a clinical show this season, will hope to make a difference in their upcoming outing. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas will start at 8:30 pm.The Jaipur leg of Pro Kabaddi League has started on Saturday. Jaipur, which is also known as the pink city, will host two fixtures on its inaugural night. The first game will be played between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Gujarat Supergiants at 7:30 pm. In the second game, Tamil Thalaivas will face the UP challenge. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas start?The 101th match of PKL 2019 season 7 series is scheduled to start at 8:30 pm. The match between UP Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas on TV?The PKL 2019 Season 7 UP Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas match on live streaming?The live streaming of the UP Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar.
The Eden Gardens is a fortress for Kolkata Knight Riders and they protect it with a lot of pride. Consequently, when they went down to Gujarat Lions despite posting a strong total (and then pegging them back with a few key wickets), Gautam Gambhir was an angry man.A few days later, came the batting debacle against Royal Challengers Bangalore. KKR were dominating at 65/1 in the sixth over before poor shot selection saw them being bowled out for 131.KKR’s pacers saved the day for the hosts, picking up 10 wickets among them. Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled a fiery spell upfront to remove Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Kedar Jadhav. RCB could never recover from that early pace onslaught and were bowled out for 49, the lowest IPL score.Experts were impressed with KKR’s display of intent. Gambhir himself stood at catching point under a helmet to let RCB know his team meant business.Two days after the game, Gambhir revealed his ‘threat’ at the innings break actually worked. The team was taken aback but the captain was fiercely determined to win at any cost.Normally I eat something during the break with my favourite being the “paturi” fish (baked fish with mustard wrapped in a banana leaf). Instead, I went and stood underneath the shower for about 3 to 4 minutes thinking it will cool me down. It didn’t. I was trying to arrest my emotions but was failing miserably.Gambhir, writing for the Hindustan Times, said he did not eat during the break and instead tried to cool down in the shower. When that did not work, he called his team for a pep talk.advertisement”As the innings break was nearing the end I got the entire team together. There may be 60-odd thousand roaring outside our dressing room but inside it was so silent that you could hear people think!”I started speaking and let go of all I had. I wanted intensity from my teammates. I wanted them to fight. I wanted them to win. I told them whoever dropped on intent should understand that this could be his last game for KKR, at least in my captaincy,” he wrote.Gambhir revealed the players were shocked to see him like that because he is usually relaxed and “easy-going” in the dressing-room. But he conceded that the batting collapse had hurt him and he felt the team was not “taking enough pride.”In what was an emotionally charged evening, Gambhir rode on his speedsters and the Eden crowd to oversee one of the most dramatic victories in the history of the IPL.
Share via Email “To have this whole series covered in that way is great to be part of as a player,” Haynes said after her starring role in Australia’s 75-run victory at Coffs Harbour on Thursday. “I think we’ve seen players really step up as well.“I don’t think you’ve seen the best from both sides just yet but I think there’s lots of momentum now, particularly for our group and hopefully we can carry that on.”The multi-format series comprises three ODIs, a four-day Test match and three T20s and is decided by a weighted points system. Another Australian victory on Sunday would give the hosts a 6-0 points lead, with just a further two required from the remainder of the series to retain the Ashes. Topics Was this helpful? 9 November, North Sydney – match drawn, points shared Share on Twitter Show Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Twenty20 matches (two points for a win) Share on Pinterest Channel Nine has shifted Sunday’s third one-day international in the Women’s Ashes series from its offshoot, 9Gem, to the main channel, a decision the Australia captain, Rachael Haynes, labelled “awesome”.The promotion comes after a strong start to the series for Australia, both in terms of results and television audiences. Haynes’ side have won the first two ODIs to take a 4-0 points lead over England. The first match – a thriller that went down to the final over in Brisbane – was broadcast on 9Gem and attracted a national average audience of 235,775, with a peak of 424,872. A Channel Nine spokesperson confirmed those figures were considerably higher than usual programming on 9Gem in those time slots, and good enough to switch the third ODI, and the final Twenty20 match, to be played at Canberra’s Maunka Oval next month, to the main channel. Read more Messy Ashes TV deal could be missed chance for women’s game Four-day Test match (four points for the win) 17 November, North Sydney19 November, Canberra21 November, Canberra Share on Facebook 22 October, Brisbane – Australia won by two wickets 26 October, Coffs Harbour – Australia won by 75 runs (DLS method)29 October, Coffs Harbour – England won by 20 runs Share on Messenger Quick guide Women’s Ashes points system Women’s cricket Women’s Ashes Australia women’s cricket team England women’s cricket team Support The Guardian Kate O’Halloran Cricket news Australia sport Share on LinkedIn Hide One-day internationals (two points for a win) Thank you for your feedback. “We’re very grateful to the Nine Network for their support in moving Sunday’s match to Channel Nine,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said. “The support of the Australian women’s cricket team for the Ashes has been phenomenal and we very much want to provide as many opportunities as we can to ensure we keep pushing the fantastic story of this squad and their performances.”However, the potential series decider – the historic day-night Test starting on 9 November at North Sydney Oval – remains unavailable to television viewers. The four-day showpiece event will be broadcast only via a Cricket Australia live stream. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content
Transfers Arsenal & Barca target Meyer to ‘decide his future soon’, say Schalke Goal 04:18 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers Arsenal Barcelona Schalke 04 Premier League Copa del Rey Bundesliga The young midfielder is available on a free, attracting the interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs while Schalke try to convince him to stay Schalke CEO Christian Heidel has promised a resolution to the Max Meyer saga amid rumours the youngster could move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Meyer, 22, is out of contract at the end of the current season, and has been linked with a free transfer to Arsenal and Barcelona in June. Heidel refused to deny the reports around the star, but believes Meyer will soon announce his intentions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Max will be deciding shortly if he wants to stay at Schalke past the summer,” the executive explained to Amazon Music. “Max is very happy here, Schalke is his home, we will try to make it him as comfortable financially as possible. “He is playing the best season of his life, and the coach has found a position for him that Max didn’t believe he could play. Personally, I didn’t think he could either.”Schalke are keen to see Meyer commit his future to the Bundesliga club, having resigned themselves to losing another gem at the end of the season. Leon Goretzka, also 22, will join Bayern Munich at the end of the season on a free after declining an extension on a deal that expires in 2018.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer accuses Liverpool striker Mane of divingby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeordie legend Alan Shearer has accused Liverpool striker Sadio Mane of diving to win an injury-time penalty in their 2-1 win over Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday.Mane went to ground inside the area under pressure from Marc Albrighton, with referee Chris Kavanagh pointing to the spot. VAR upheld Kavanagh’s original decision and James Milner converted from the spot to extend Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to eight points.After the game an angry brawl unfolded between both sets of players, as Leicester vented their frustration at their late defeat and Shearer felt they were right to feel aggrieved.”I don’t think it’s a penalty, I think it’s a dive,” said Shearer on Match of the Day. “It’s a contact sport. Mane takes a touch against Albrighton and then decides to go down.”
The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy February 14 is just around the corner. To some, it’s simply another day, but this year you may be wishing that it was a day with a fun companion by your side. It’s time to update your online dating profile and see if you can make a love connection in a month of love.I’ve been a professional online dating profile writer for more than seven years. I’ve witnessed some major mishaps and thus offer the following pointers based on my experience.It starts with putting up five or six really great photos:Don’t make them wonder: You might think it boosts your appeal to be surrounded by family and friends in your photo, but it doesn’t. If you are posing with your sister or best female friend, a match may think they have competition. Nix that worry by only posting photos of yourself.Choose a variety: Pick a really great head shot for the main photo, and then give viewers the opportunity to see a full body shot and shots of you engaged in some of your favorite activities like swinging a golf club or sliding down a zip line.Be front and center: If you have a decent photo, but it shows more of the background, crop it. You should be the focus in every picture you post. A prospective date doesn’t care how great the sunset was on your latest beach outing, they want to see what you look like.Forget selfies: You wouldn’t believe how many guys take their shirts off and then snap a shot of themselves in the bathroom mirror to use as a profile picture. Do not do this. It is not flattering. Get a professional head shot or get a friend to snap a photo of you. You want to make a great impression and your main photo is critical.Make sure photos are current: Sure, your college photo is hot. But if that was a few years back, a potential date wants to see what you look like today. Don’t be a surprise when you meet in person.If they get past your photos, they may actually read your profile:Focus on what you want: Tired of the games? The drama? The lies? Don’t say that. Instead say that you value honesty in a relationship and want to connect with a partner who always speaks the truth. If you are uncomfortable with someone who is out of shape or overweight, say “I’m looking for someone who is fit, active, and ready to push me to pedal a bit faster when we head out on a day of cycling.”Don’t limit the field: Only want to date blondes? You may find that the redhead who just bypassed your profile because you stated “I’m drawn to blue eyed blondes” might have been a perfect fit for you. Don’t narrow the field too much by putting down a specific description of the person you hope to meet.Talk up your strengths: This is hard for many people. They don’t feel comfortable talking about themselves especially in a public venue. But this is your chance to sell yourself to a partner. What makes you unique? What are things your friends like about you? What do you like about yourself? Make sure to highlight these things in your profile.Keep it short: Chances are a lengthy profile will just be skimmed over. Keep your profile to no more than three paragraphs—just enough to pique interest and hopefully encourage someone to contact you to find out more. Which leads to:How to make a connection:Reach out when you’re interested: Don’t sit back waiting for others to contact you. Actively search for a prospective date and then reach out by email. Compliment her or him on something you’ve seen in their profile. If they say they love sushi, then invite them to meet you a a great sushi restaurant you’ve heard about.Don’t give up: If you don’t hear back, don’t take it personally. Just keep moving forward and keep emailing until you make the right connection. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
zoom Greek dry bulk owner and operator Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Rotterdam-based Glencore Agriculture B.V. for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the M/V Calipso.The gross charter rate is USD 12,200 per day for a period of about fifteen to eighteen months.The charter is expected to commence on March 12, 2018.The Panamax bulker, built in 2005, was previously chartered to Transgrain Shipping B.V., also from Rotterdam, at a gross charter rate of USD 9,000 per day.“This employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 5.31 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter,” Diana Shipping said.Diana Shipping’s fleet consists of 50 dry bulk vessels with a combined carrying capacity of approximately 5.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 8.54 years.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license ACS Group, through its affiliate Dragados, has been awarded a large-scale project for the design and construction of Vancouver Fraser Authority Port’s container terminal extension in Canada.As informed, the project is intended to extend the terminal’s surface and to rearrange it towards increasing its capacity from the current 900,000 to 1.5 million TEUs annually.Likewise, freight movement and access to harbor area will be improved by building a fly-over and by improving and refurbishing the access routes, according to ASC.Scheduled to be completed in December 2021, the project is valued at EUR 260 million (CAD 400 million).The aim of the project is to tackle road congestion and improve efficiency by eliminating port traffic from adjacent roads.The facility is one of the Port of Vancouver’s four container terminals, representing one-fifth of its total freight movement. It is operated by Dubai-based port operator DP World.
Spring weight restrictions for heavy trucks will come into effecton March 7 in five Nova Scotia counties, and on March 14 in therest of the province. The restrictions will be in place in Yarmouth, Shelburne, Digby,Annapolis and Queens counties at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 7,and at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 14 in other areas. The restrictions on heavy trucks are based on road conditionsacross the province. As the frost leaves the ground, roadwaysbecome vulnerable to damage from heavy trucks. A list of roads exempt from the restrictions is available on theTransportation and Public Works website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran ,and will be published in newspapers on Saturday, March 5, andSaturday, March 12. The spring weight restrictions will be in effect until May 2. -30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Spring Weight Restrictions BeginMarch 7
ST. PAUL, Alta. – It was a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious find.A first-edition hardcover book of “Mary Poppins,” published in 1934, is back in an Alberta public library after 40 years.Dwayne Olson with the library in St. Paul, a town northeast of Edmonton, says the book was taken off the shelves in 1978 and replaced with newer versions.The copy was recently donated back to the library after being discovered at a local thrift store.“I was surprised,” says Olson. “It’s in pretty good shape.”The book was the first of eight in a series by P.L. Travers about a magical, umbrella-toting nanny that spawned a Disney movie and stage musicals.Olson says the library’s copy is a bit faded. And it’s spine needs to be fixed.He’s not sure how much it’s worth, but it’s not for sale.“To have this book in our library, I mean, it’s priceless,” says Olson, “especially for people to look at and see it and kind of go, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’”The book is being displayed in a locked glass cabinet with other old texts.People can ask to see the book, but they won’t be allowed to check it out.“It doesn’t leave the library,” says Olson.
BRUSSELS- Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council of the European Union concluded Friday its two-day meeting in Brussels on combating hate crime. The Council invited member states to consider the experience of other EU countries in extending the scope of punishable hate crime offences within their criminal legislation, and the inclusion of other bias motives behind these offences, and ensure prompt and effective investigation and prosecution of hate crimes ensuring that bias motives are taken into consideration and throughout criminal proceedings.The council also invited EU members to take appropriate measures to facilitate the reporting of hate crimes by victims and as far as possible also associations supporting them, including measures to build trust in police and other state institutions; collect and publish comprehensive and comparable data on hate crimes, the number of convictions, the bias motives behind these crimes, and the punishments handed down to offenders. EU countries are also invited to ensure that victims of hate crime are assisted, supported and protected; and steps are taken to educate the public on the values of cultural diversity and inclusion, and aiming for all sectors of society to have a role in combating such intolerance.The council also invited the European Commission to assess current legislation of the union and submit the report to the council, whereas the Fundamental Rights Agency is invited to continue assessing the extent of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate crime through EU-wide surveys.
Rabat – Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, met Thursday in Rabat, in the presence of Minister-delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida with Mayra Arosemena, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama.The two officials discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations to the level of a multidimensional strategic partnership, welcoming the decision of Panama to open its embassy in Morocco.The Moroccan diplomat also welcomed Panama’s decision to withdraw its recognition of so-called SADR and its willingness to work together with the UN efforts to reach a solution to the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara. He stressed that Morocco has made every effort at the UN Security Council in order to reach a final and lasting political solution to this conflict by proposing the Sahara autonomy initiative that was hailed by the international community, and by launching development programs in the southern provinces of the Kingdom.For her part, the Panamanian official welcomed Morocco’s role in the stability and development of Africa, thanks to its strategic geographical position.She highlighted the economic potential of the Kingdom, including its expertise in economic and financial matters, as well as the role of the Moroccan private sector in Africa.
Paris – A Kabyle leader hailed Morocco’s plea in favor of the self-determination of the Kabylie region in Algeria, during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the UN creation in New York.“I am glad to hear this plea since the main goal of the Kabylie’s provisional government (GPK) is to put the issue of Kabylie’s sovereignty on the UN’s table,” said GPK’s second in command Lyazid Abid in a response on Tuesday on Website “tamurt.info“.Abid noted that the cause of Kabylie is very legitimate and the recognition of the GPK is logical.Either the right of self-determination is available for all peoples, or no one gets it, he added. Last Friday, the deputy permanent representative of Morocco’s permanent mission to the UN Abderrazzak Laassel said that “it is deplorable that the legitimate aspirations of Kabylie’s native people are muzzled, their human rights are breached on a daily basis and their legitimate representatives and leaders are persecuted and exiled.”With Map
28 June 2010Calling for more people in tea-producing countries to drink tea, the United Nations agriculture agency has spotlighted the potential for the industry to enhance food security by increasing farmers’ incomes. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), tea exports cover the entire food import bill of Kenya, the world’s largest tea producer after China. Meanwhile, earnings from tea exports constituted half of agricultural export revenue and 60 per cent of food imports in Sri Lanka, another top producer. “Tea can be an important contributing factor to a nation’s food security,” said Kaison Chang, Secretary of FAO’s Inter-Governmental Group on Tea, the world’s only tea authority. In a new report, the agency urged tea-producing nations to market the drink more heavily at home and to publicize its health benefits abroad, cautioning against increasing the size of tea plantations, which would dampen crop prices in the long run. “Scope for expansion in consumption in traditional import markets like the United Kingdom and Russia is quite limited but in the countries where tea is produced, the per capita consumption is much lower and so there is a lot more market potential,” Mr. Chang pointed out. Consumers in tea-producing countries drink just one-tenth of the amount of tea compared to people in mature import markets, FAO said. The agency’s composite price for tea – the indicative international price for black tea – climbed by 13 per cent last year, pushing prices to record levels due to droughts n some of the major tea-producing regions of Asia and Africa.
Countries in Asia and the Pacific are more prone to natural disasters than those in other parts of the world, with people in the region four times more likely to be affected by natural catastrophe than those in Africa and 25 times more vulnerable than Europeans or North Americans, a United Nations report released today shows.Future disaster risk reduction strategies in the region should be considered within broader development frameworks and multisectoral budgetary processes that address economic inequities and social and environmental imbalances, according to the study, which was unveiled at the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Incheon, Republic of Korea.The first of its kind, the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2010 – prepared by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) – notes that natural disasters had disproportionate impacts on human development in the region.The region lacked comprehensive natural disasters assessment capacity, the reports notes, adding that while it generated one quarter of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), it accounted for 85 per cent of deaths and 42 per cent of global economic losses due to natural disasters.In a video message to the Conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to include disaster risk in national development policies and strategies on climate change.“There are proven ways to reduce risks and cope with the aftermath of a disaster – compulsory and routine risk assessments … environmental protection … sound urban planning and building codes … early warning systems … public education and insurance,” Mr. Ban told delegates.The report considers the socio-economic impact of disasters, and suggests ways of reducing vulnerability to disasters to protect development gains. It emphasizes that disaster losses are linked to and exacerbated by poverty, and that the vulnerability of the poor stems from multifaceted socio-economic and environmental imbalances.“Unless these imbalances are addressed, people who are constantly exposed to disaster risk are more likely to remain poor and more vulnerable to disasters, perpetuating a vicious cycle from which it is extremely difficult to break free,” said Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, in a joint statement with Margareta Wahlström, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.During the conference, ESCAP will also organize a technical session on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.The conference follows the one-day pre-conference event on 24 October which looked into introducing innovative tools for reducing the impact of typhoon-related disasters in the region. 26 October 2010Countries in Asia and the Pacific are more prone to natural disasters than those in other parts of the world, with people in the region four times more likely to be affected by natural catastrophe than those in Africa and 25 times more vulnerable than Europeans or North Americans, a United Nations report released today shows.
“We have said before this new Administration needs to pay salaries to its employees, they have not been paid for the past six months and salaries are also needed for the next six months,” said Ahmad Fawzi, spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi. “To pay salaries you need cash,” Mr. Fawzi told reporters in Kabul.Referring to the Start-Up Fund created for that purpose, Mr Fawzi said that despite some pledges, “very little cash” had come through. “It is time for the international community to stop talking and to start delivering help; in particular the Afghan Authority is counting on the international community to help pay salaries, and that help is not coming as fast as it should,” he said.Established following talks in Bonn last month among various Afghan factions, the Start-Up Fund sought $20 million, of which some $17 million were pledged and $3 million received.Mr. Fawzi also reported on meetings held over the weekend between Mr. Brahimi and members of Afghan civil society, the Interim Administration and the diplomatic community in Kabul. These included talks with the United States Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Sultan Ayub Khan, and the Chairman of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.Also this weekend, Mr. Brahimi attended the inauguration of the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, where Mr. Ayub Khan announced a contribution of $100 million towards the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Mr. Brahimi expressed his satisfaction to see Pakistan “resuming business in Afghanistan,” which would help the Kabul authorities to turn a new page in their history – one of progress, reconstruction and peace.
“We would like to draw your attention to the danger of providing the fighting parties with weapons, which only leads to more violence, blood and loss of life,” the Vice President said in his speech to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York. “This situation endangers the social fabric of the Syrian people, whom we cherish and (for whom we) fear for their unity and sovereignty.”Vice President Alkhuzae also cautioned against “negative regional and international interference,” saying it could “adversely impact the Syrian issue, and may cause unlimited chaos… that may spare not even those who interfered.”In Iraq’s view, he continued, only “negotiations and peaceful solutions” stand any chance of ending the crisis, which otherwise risked drawing in the region.“Solving the crisis by force could double the costs incurred by the Syrians and the region,” the Vice President said. “I hope that all of the parties realize that the bet on the military solution is a dangerous move.”He called on world leaders to support the “international and Arab initiative” promoted by the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, and warned that continued violence could “lead the region (into) a spiral of fighting known only to God.”Vice President Alkhuzae delivered the warnings on Syria after recalling his own country’s path towards democracy. But he said that, in Iraq’s case, “confronting terrorism caused a lot of blood, tears and money,” yet “rewarded our people with everlasting immunity against violence and gave us protective vaccines against the use of force and arms to deal with our differences.”On the question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iraqi Vice President said his country’s position mirrored that of the wider Arab world in its support for the establishment of a State of Palestine within the “occupied Palestinian territories, with Jerusalem as its capital.”“We also declare our unequivocal rejection of the policies of repression, Judaization and usurpation of land practiced by Israel,” he said.Looking beyond conflict in the Middle East, in his statement, Vice President Alkhuzae touched on the question of “discriminatory policies” targeting religious and ethnic minorities, saying that Iraq condemned the “inhumane violations of the rights of Muslims in Myanmar.” He said they faced a “genocide that (the) world’s conscience” should not ignore. Recent tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, as well as at least 64,000 people displaced.Referring to an anti-Islam video produced in the United States, and which led to a violent reaction in several cities around the world, the Iraqi Vice President echoed other Muslim leaders speaking from the Assembly rostrum in commenting on the “repulsive abuses” directed against the Prophet of Islam, and the ensuring protests.He said the protests had “almost rocked” East-West relations, and called for a “sincere look” at the prospect of internationally banning such offending material with a measure that “criminalizes anyone who insults heavenly religions, disrespects religious symbols, or insults the Great Prophets and Messengers.”“The recurrence of these obscene actions will supply terrorists with excellent material to attract angry youth and use them in violent actions that threaten peace and security,” he said, adding that the Islamic world was itself unable to bring about such a measure, but that Iraq believed the UN was “able to play a central and constructive role in this issue.”Vice President Alkhuzae is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.