Chouhan waives off pending power bills, arrears of poor

first_imgAhead of the Assembly elections in the State, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan governmenthas rolled out its biggest-ever waiver for the poor and labourers.Under the Chief Minister’s Power Bill Surcharge Waiver Scheme, outstanding electricity bill worth ₹5,179 crore would be waived off in July and August and cases of electricity theft registered against defaulters would be withdrawn by the government.“People were not able to get electricity during the tenure of the previous government. We have made arrangements for sufficient electricity supply. The poor suffered from electricity bill arrears more than the monthly bills. The State government has decided that the arrears would be waived off during camps in July and August and they would be given certificates of zero electricity dues,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said while presenting such certificates to some beneficiaries at an event held here on Tuesday.According to an official, so far, 16 lakh beneficiaries have been registered for electricity bill waiver scheme. Energy Minister Paras Jain said, “Outstanding bill of ₹5,200 crore is being waived off in the zero electricity bill scheme.” About 81 lakh families will benefit from the scheme, he added.A day ahead of the launch of the scheme, Mr. Chouhan through videoconferencing told his Cabinet members, administrative officials, MLAs and public representatives that under the Saral Bijli Yojana, registered labourers will be given electricity bill at a flat rate of ₹200 per month. Opposition attackQuestioning the timing of the launch of the scheme, ahead of the Assembly polls, the Opposition Congress has asked the Election Commission to look into the matter. “Over 1.8 crore residents have been registered as poor under the Mukhya Mantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) scheme. The beneficiaries would be given a smart card with the picture of Chouhan (Chief Minister) on it, having a validity of five years even though a new government will be place in a few months. We have requested the EC to order that the cards would not be printed and distributed as it will be another publicity campaign for the Chouhan government and a waste of public money,” Manak Agrawal, media coordinator of the Congress, said.The scheme is seen as a counter to the Congress’s loan-waiver promise to the farmers announced by party president Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Mandsaur in June.last_img read more

FIFA extends Liverpool defender Sakho’s anti-doping ban to worldwide

first_imgLiverpool and France defender Mamadou Sakho’s 30-day suspension for failing an anti-doping test has been extended worldwide by world soccer’s governing body FIFA.The 26-year-old was banned for 30 days by European football governing body UEFA after testing positive for an illegal substance following Liverpool’s Europa League tie against Manchester United on March 17.The new suspension covered all games, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures, FIFA said in a statement, and came on top of UEFA’s original European ban.France’s RMC radio reported in April that the centre back had tested positive for a fat-burning substance.His suspension is provisional on an investigation by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body, which is yet to announce the date of his hearing.Sakho chose not to challenge the results of his original positive test and did not ask for an analysis of his B sample.The player, who has featured in 34 games for Liverpool in all competitions this season, was dropped by the club as soon as it was informed of the investigation by UEFA.last_img read more

Kaala: Thalaivar Rajinikanth’s film with Pa Ranjith goes on floors

first_imgFollowing the blockbuster success of Kabali, superstar Rajinikanth is collaborating with director Pa Ranjith for Kaala, which is tipped to be a gangster drama. On Thursday, the makers released the first look posters of Kaala Karikaalan, which went viral on the internet. Sporting a casual look, Thalaivar Rajinikanth was the talk of the town.As per the latest report, the Enthiran star has finally joined the sets of Kaala, which will be predominantly shot in Mumbai and Chennai. If reports are anything to go by, Rajinikanth plays a gangster who fights for the rights of Tamils in Dharavi area of Mumbai. While it was earlier speculated that the film was based on gangster Haji Mastan, the makers quashed the baseless rumours.#superstar to Mumbai for #kaala shooting RIAZ K AHMED (@RIAZtheboss) May 27, 2017Kaala is produced by Dhanush under his home production Wunderbar Films. Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi has been roped in to play the female lead, while actors Samuthirakani and Anjali Patil will play important roles. After Kabali, Kaala has music by Santhosh Narayanan and is expected to release in the second half of 2018.ALSO READ: Rajini’s next titled Kaala KarikaalanALSO READ: Rajini’s Kaala: 5 things the poster reveals to usWATCH HERE: Thalaivar speaks to India Today about fan greet and meet, politicslast_img read more

FIFA fines Atletico Madrid over third-party ownership

first_imgLausanne, Aug 17 (AFP) Spanish club Atletico Madrid have been fined, FIFA said today, for signing a player to a contract that allowed third-party ownership, which is banned by world football’s governing body. Atletico, who beat Real Madrid to win the European Supercup on Wednesday, must pay 52,000 Swiss Francs (45,900 euros, $52,170) for “entering into a contract that enabled a third party to influence the club’s independence in employment and transfer-related matters and entering incorrect information in the International Transfer Matching System,” a FIFA statement said. The player in question was not named. FIFA’s disciplinary committee also fined clubs in Qatar, Dubai and Iran for failing to obey its previous decisions as well as rulings by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to pay “significant overdue amounts of money to players.” FIFA also threatened the clubs with points deductions and transfer bans. The Qatar Sports Club was fined 30,000 Swiss francs and ordered to pay outstanding wages within 90 days or miss four transfer windows. El Shamal of Qatar was fined 15,000 Swiss francs and ordered to pay in 30 days or miss one transfer window Shabab Al Ahli of Dubai was fined 30,000 Swiss Francs, given 90 days to pay and threatened with a ban for two transfer windows. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Salitas confirm Owusu signing

first_imgPremier League Salitas FC sign Owusu in a one-year deal Evans Gyamera-Antwi Last updated 1 year ago 20:21 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kofi Owusu - Berekum Chelsea Goal Ghana Premier League The striker has become the latest addition to the Ouagadougou-based club until 2019 Former Ghana Premier League topscorer Kofi Owusu has signed a one-year deal with Burkina Faso topflight Salitas FC with an option for an additional year.The 26-year-old mutually terminated his contract with Ashanti Gold last month despite having one year left.Owusu made only five appearances and scored one goal as the Miners survived relegation on final day of last season. 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 “I can’t say much but I’m happy with this move. I want to have my career back on track after some few setbacks,” Owusu said.”I believe strongly Burkina Faso will be a blessing to my life despite the criticisms. Burkina is a football nation so with hard work, I can get a good deal to improve my living and the club’s finances.”Thanks to everyone who played a role in my coming here and thanks to Ashanti Gold for the time I spent with them. I am really grateful for the opportunity but I had to leave,” he added.Goal understands that Owusu, who won the 2015 Premier League goal king award with 17 goals, is back to Kumasi and will leave Ghana next week to start training with the Ouagadougou-based club.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgTFA are currently seeking referees to attend the National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour from the 13-16th September 2006.The event showcases the best junior Touch players in Australia and will also be attended by some of the best referee coaches in the country.Referees with a badge level of three and up will be invited to attend the event.State Referees Directors have the necessary information and will be inviting referees from their state to attend.Nominations are only available through the State Director of Referees, not through this website, and nominations must be in by August 10th.  Successful referees will be informed no later than the 17th of August 2006.last_img read more

Trudeau violated MPs rights broke law with unilateral expulsion Philpott

first_imgThe Canadian PressFormer cabinet minister Jane Philpott is asking the Speaker of the House of Commons to rule on whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the rights of MPs when he expelled her and Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal caucus, a move she calls a breach of federal law.Trudeau’s decision last week to eject Philpott and Wilson-Raybould was “a breach of the Parliament of Canada Act,” the newly independent MP said Tuesday on the Commons floor, because the Liberals failed to hold a legally required caucus vote following the 2015 election that would have established how such expulsions are supposed to work.A set of amendments to the Parliament of Canada Act, spearheaded by Conservative MP Michael Chong, was passed in 2015 in an effort to make it more difficult for MPs to be removed from caucus _ part of an effort to decentralize political power on Parliament Hill and put it back in the hands of rank-and-file legislators.Those rules require that after a federal election, the MPs of each party hold a vote to determine the rules for caucus expulsions. But in November 2015, after the Liberals formed government, they deferred the matter, and as a result the rules _ which would have required 90 Liberal MPs to express support for expelling Philpott and Wilson-Raybould _ were not formally adopted.“We were expelled prior to the commencement of the Liberal caucus meeting,” Philpott told the House as she registered her complaint with Regan, a procedure known as a point of privilege.“The prime minister’s words that night to the Liberal caucus are important to underscore, because expulsion should not be his decision to take unilaterally. However, the decision had been already made.”Members of Parliament are not accountable to the leader but rather the leader is accountable to members of Parliament, Philpott said.“This is a constitutional convention” _ one so important that it has been codified in the Parliament of Canada Act, she added.When later asked about Philpott’s complaint, Trudeau acknowledged that the decision to expel the pair was his alone, but one he made after consulting caucus members: “The will of caucus was very clear, but I made the decision.”Regan told Philpott he would consider her argument and report back to the House later.He has already ruled on a related question involving another former Liberal, Toronto-area MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who quit the Liberal caucus last month. In that ruling, the Speaker found that “asking the House to deal with the possible expulsion of a member from caucus is not a proper subject for a question of privilege” and it’s not his place to interpret the law, only the rules of the House of Commons.Philpott said that since she and Wilson-Raybould were kicked out of caucus, and didn’t leave voluntarily, their situation is different.Wilson-Raybould believes she was moved out of the prestigious justice portfolio to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January cabinet shuffle as punishment for refusing to intervene to stop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on bribery charges related to contracts in Libya.She has testified that she faced relentless pressure last fall from Trudeau, his office, the top public servant and others to override the director of public prosecutions, who had decided not to invite the Montreal engineering giant to negotiate a remediation agreement, a kind of plea bargain.Wilson-Raybould quit the cabinet in mid-February and Philpott followed a few weeks later, saying she had lost confidence in the government over its handling of the SNC-Lavalin file. But both MPs remained members of the Liberal caucus until last week.The revelation that Wilson-Raybould had surreptitiously recorded a phone conversation with Michael Wernick, the clerk of the Privy Council, to bolster her contention of undue pressure was the last straw for Liberal MPs, who openly called on Trudeau to expel the former ministers. On April 2, Trudeau called the secret recording “unconscionable,” proof that the ex-minister could no longer be trusted.Despite the best efforts of Liberals, the months-old SNC-Lavalin controversy keeps finding its way back to the headlines.On Sunday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer revealed that Trudeau’s lawyer had sent him a libel notice, demanding he retract his claims that the prime minister had lied to Canadians and interfered with the SNC prosecution. Scheer made clear he has no such plans.Trudeau, asked about the legal threat, said Tuesday that with an election coming up, it’s important that politicians be discouraged from twisting the truth and distorting reality.“You can’t be lying to Canadians,” said Trudeau. “It’s not something we’re going to put up with.”last_img read more

Africas Hotel Boom Draws Interest of Top International Chains

Casablanca – A boom in Africa-wide hotel construction led by some of the world’s top chains will mark a new dawn for the continent’s already surging tourist sector – offering massive opportunities to international interior suppliers.The Hilton, Fairmont, and Jumeirah groups are just three of the big names ploughing millions of dollars into vast new visitor properties expected to forever change the region’s tourist landscape.Starwood, Marriot and the Four Seasons will also invest heavily across North, South and Central Africa in the five-years between now and 2021 that experts predict will be one of the largest periods of hotel growth in the continent’s history. The world renowned chains are desperate to expand their portfolios to keep pace with astonishing recent rises in foreign direct investment (FDI) into the continent. While FDI last year grew at an average rate of just 1% worldwide, Africa experienced a 7% surge – leaving hoteliers gripped by the market’s booming potential.Paul Frimpong, Investor Analyst at international business facilitation experts Naseba, said: “The enormous potential of the African continent cannot be emphasized enough. Africa is the fastest growing region for FDIs in the world. Aggregate household consumption will reach $1.4 trillion with collective GDP hitting $2.6 trillion in 2020 alone. These facts show that with the understanding of the growth momentum, combined with the right strategies, lies handsome rewards for current and prospective investors in the region.”The inaugural INDEX North Africa – taking place in Casablanca, Morocco, from December 5-7 – will provide the essential bridge for global furnishing firms to meet and do business with the local and international design professionals procuring for some of the continent’s biggest projects.Architects, interior designers, real estate developers, buyers and engineers working on not only hospitality, but retail, commercial and residential developments will be in attendance, looking to source everything required to fit out a wide range of interiors.Samantha Kane-Macdonald, Event Director at the INDEX Design Series, said: “The fact that the African hotel sector is set to experience one of its largest periods of growth to date is fantastic news for all suppliers of interior solutions like furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom products. These are exactly the high quality finishes international hotel developers will be demanding.“At INDEX we have been connecting the furnishings community with decision makers responsible for procuring interior products and technologies for 26 years. Taking our event to Morocco at a time of such continent-wide development is hugely exciting.”The inaugural INDEX North Africa will take place at the Parc Des Expositions De L’Office Des Changes (CICEC), in Casablanca, between December 5th and 7th. read more

UN Fourth Committee Qatar Reiterates Support for Moroccos Autonomy Plan

Rabat – Qatar reiterated on Monday its support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan in Western Sahara.Speaking during a meeting of the United Nations Fourth Committee, Qatar’s Deputy Permanent Representative, Abderahmane Yacoub Al Hamadi, said that his country has always supported resolving disputes “through dialogue” and cooperation with the UN, and that the same applies for the issue of Western Sahara.The Qatari diplomat advocated for a “definitive political and consensual solution” to the question of Western Sahara. The political process initiated in 2007, Al Hamadi suggested in reference to Morocco’s Autonomy Proposal submitted to the U.N. that year, is the framework through which this solution could be achieved.He insisted that a solution to the dispute must respect Morocco’s sovereignty over the region.He reminded his audience that the support for Moroccan territorial integrity was expressed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state members during the organization’s joint summit with Morocco in April 2016.In the summit’s final communiqué, the convening heads of states expressed their commitment to defend “the security of their countries and their stability and respect for countries’ sovereignty, territorial integrity and national constants, and rejection of any attempt aimed at undermining security and stability, and the dissemination of separatism and segregation to redraw the map of nations or splitting them, which threatens regional and international security and peace.”In the same vein, finding a solution to the question of Western Sahara, Al Ahmadi noted, will have a positive impact on the region and will boost cooperation between its countries, which will help strengthen peace and stability in the Maghreb.Qatar echoed UAE which also reaffirmed its support for Morocco’s autonomy plan as a basis for a consensual solution to the Western Sahara.On Friday, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud, Second Secretary of the UAE Mission to the UN, said that his country will “remain committed to their immutable position supporting the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco and reaffirming its support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative to reach a consensual solution to this conflict.” read more

Morocco Opens Investigation Into Irregular Migration Network

Rabat – Police in Oujda, eastern Morocco, opened a judicial investigation on Thursday, September 19, into a criminal network allegedly involved in irregular migration.The investigation comes after security services arrested irregular migrants, two Moroccan women and 90 sub-Saharan nationals, on Thursday.Read Also: Police Arrest 6 Suspects for Alleged Irregular Migration, Human TraffickingThe list of migrants included 7 women and 15 minors. The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement that the suspects they arrested are involved in organizing irregular migration to Europe.Police also seized travel documents, some of which belong to the arrested individuals and migrants.Police put the suspects in custody to question them about their involvement in irregular migration. Investigators are also seeking to determine possible links with other criminal networks, the statement added.Morocco has been under pressure to reduce irregular migration and has dismantled several irregular migration networks.Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said on August 29 that Moroccan security services had stopped 57,000 irregular migration attempts in 2019.He added that authorities also dismantled 100 irregular migration networks.The Moroccan government also emphasized the importance of shared responsibility in tackling migration and border issues.On August 23, the acting Spanish government approved a €32 million grant to back Morocco’s efforts to curb irregular migration. The grant is in addition to financial aid from the European Union estimated at more than €140 million. read more

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resigns from cabinet

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Rob Gillies, The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2014 2:29 pm MDT Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resigns from cabinet TORONTO – Longtime Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has resigned from his cabinet position.Flaherty, who has had the job since 2006, said Tuesday he is returning to the private sector.He has battled a rare skin disease over the last year but he says his decision to leave politics is not related.Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government plans on entering an election next year with a budget surplus.Canada’s commodity-rich economy avoided the worst of the 2008 financial crisis and has fared better than other nations. There was no mortgage meltdown or subprime crisis in Canada, and Canada’s banks are rated among the soundest in the world. read more

PotashCorp reports Q3 earnings of 317 million 16 billion of sales

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2014 4:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PotashCorp reports Q3 earnings of $317 million, $1.6 billion of sales SASKATOON – Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) is reporting $317 million of net income, or 38 cents per share, in the third quarter — missing analyst estimates as tax expenses rose and prices fell compared with a year ago.The Saskatoon-based fertilizer company had $1.6 billion of sales during the three months ended Sept. 30, which was above estimates and up from $1.52 billion a year earlier.But PotashCorp’s profit was five cents per share below estimates and down from $356 million or 41 cents per share in the third quarter of 2013.Analysts had expected earnings to be 43 cents per share and revenue to be $1.53 billion.The company says the average price it received for a tonne of potash was down compared with last year and a greater proportion of sales were to lower-priced offshore markets during the most recent quarter.However, PotashCorp says its potash sales volume was 29 per cent higher than a year earlier.The Saskatoon-based company has narrowed its full-year earnings guidance for 2014 to between $1.75-$1.85 per share, compared to the previous range of $1.70-$1.90 per share.It said potash and nitrogen performance during the third quarter improved over last year’s third quarter, but higher tax expenses and weaker contributions from offshore equity investments weighed on results.The average realized potash price for the quarter was $281 per tonne, down from $307 per tonne in last year’s third quarter.“We continue to see encouraging signs in each of our major potash markets with a renewal of demand translating into higher sales volumes,” said PotashCorp president and CEO Jochen Tilk.“Furthermore, we experienced another quarter of improved potash pricing trends, which strengthened our earnings. Combined with internal efforts to optimize our operations, these positive developments mark important steps toward a stronger performance for our company.” read more

Iraq UN seeks urgent safe passage for emergency aid to warconvulsed Anbar

“The situation in Fallujah is particularly concerning as existing stocks of food, water and life-saving medicines begin to run out,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement in Baghdad.“According to our preliminary assessment, over 5,000 families have fled the fighting and sought refuge in the neighbouring provinces of Karbala, Salahadine, Baghdad and elsewhere. The UN is working with the Ministry of Displacement and Migration to identify their needs and meet them immediately.”Non-government organizations (NGOs) were quoted by media today as saying more than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah, where Sunni militants linked to Al-Qaeda are reported to have seized much of the city. “There is a critical humanitarian situation in Anbar province which is likely to worsen as operations continue,” Mr. Mladenov said. “The UN agencies are working to identify the needs of the population and prepare medical supplies, food and non-food items for distribution if safe passage can be ensured. This remains a primary challenge.” read more

Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones

Speaking to the 15-member body, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated that denying people access to essential health care is a serious violation of international humanitarian law.“All too often, attacks on health facilities and medical workers are not just isolated or incidental battlefield fallout, but rather the intended objective of the combatants. This is shameful and inexcusable,” Mr. Ban told Council members. In Syria and elsewhere, he noted that Governments impose “cumbersome procedures” that restrict access to healthcare: “This is strangulation by red tape. It is violence by bureaucratic means rather than force of arms, but it is just as devastating,” he said.The UN chief urged all Member States, parties to conflict and other relevant actors to heed the Council’s demands by: Facilitating humanitarian access Developing domestic legal frameworks that protect health facilities and medical workers Training armed forces so they understand their obligations Prosecuting those responsible for such attacks and other violations Also in attendance at today’s meeting were the leaders of two of the largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) consistently working in conflict zones and disaster-hit regions providing health care to people in dire need. Mr. Ban told Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Dr. Joanne Liu, the International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), that their NGOs play “unique and vital roles.”“Through their leaders here today, I want to thank and commend all of their personnel for their professionalism and dedication in serving people in danger and distress across the world,” he said, recalling that last week, MSF’s head of mission in war-ravaged Aleppo had underscored the urgency and importance of efforts such as today’s resolution.Aleppo was recently hit by an air strike, which Mr. Ban said was “by all accounts by the Government of Syria.” It destroyed a hospital and killed at least 20 people, including three children and the area’s one and only paediatrician, Dr. Mohammad Wassim Maaz.“Yet this appalling act was only the latest wartime assault on health care in Syria,” the UN chief warned. “Since the beginning of the conflict, Physicians for Human Rights has documented more than 360 attacks on some 250 medical facilities. More than 730 medical personnel have been killed.”He added that a similar pattern of systematic destruction of health facilities is evident in Yemen, with more than 600 medical facilities having closed because of damage sustained in the conflict and shortages of supplies and medical workers. “Last year, the United Nations verified 59 attacks against 34 hospitals. In January this year, Coalition air strikes hit the Shiara Hospital, which serves around 120,000 people in Sa’ada Governorate,” he said. “And last October in Kunduz, Afghanistan, a bombing by United States military destroyed another MSF hospital and killed dozens, as patients were burned alive in their beds.”Mr. Ban went on to say that such patterns of destruction are repeated in other conflicts, including in Iraq and South Sudan, where violence against health care is multiplying the difficulties of already fragile health systems. “When so-called surgical strikes end up hitting surgical wards, something is deeply wrong,” he said: stressing: “Explanations ring hollow to parents burying their children and communities pushed closer to collapse.”Highlighting that wars and armed conflicts have evolved from open battlefields to urban areas, and from pistols to mass shelling and bombardments by air forces, ICRC’s Peter Maurer said “the wounded and sick are not just those in uniforms.”“Attacking a hospital, threatening a doctor, coercing a nurse to give preferential treatment to armed fighters, hijacking ambulances, using patients as human shields – these are not collateral damage. These are not sad realities we have to get used to. They are abominations to fight and trends to roll back,” he said. Security Council unanimously adopts resolution on protecting health care in armed conflict. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Mr. Maurer commended the Security Council for passing the resolution, noting that it underlines “the importance of international humanitarian law, calling on States and all parties to armed conflict to comply with their obligations and develop effective measures to protect people’s lives by preventing and addressing violence against medical personnel, facilities and transports, and humanitarian personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties.”“This resolution marks a momentous step in the international community’s efforts to draw attention to a problem that we otherwise risk getting used to through the sheer frequency of its occurrence,” he added.Meanwhile, MSF’s Joanne Liu told Council members that while the nature of warfare may have changed, the rules of war have not.“You are charged with protecting peace and security. Yet four of the five permanent members of this Council have to varying degrees, been associated with coalitions responsible for attacks on health structures over the last year. These include the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, the Russia-backed, Syrian-led coalition. You therefore must live up to your extraordinary responsibilities, and set an example for all States,” she stated. “This resolution must lead to all states and non-state actors stopping the carnage. You must also pressure your allies to end attacks on healthcare and populations in conflict areas. We will not leave patients behind. And we will not be silent. Seeking or providing healthcare must not be a death sentence. You will be judged not on your words today, but on your actions. Your work has only begun. Make this resolution save lives,” she concluded.In his address, the Secretary-General also reiterated that the World Humanitarian Summit, a two-day conference in Istanbul beginning on 23 May, is the moment to renew commitments to preventing and ending crisis, and that the engagement of all partners – Governments and NGOs – is necessary. “The success of the World Humanitarian Summit is in your hands,” he stressed. read more

Famine looms for millions UN Member States urged to dig deep into

He pointed out that while all four countries have unique contexts, they share the common component of protracted conflicts. Likewise, all four countries are marked by severe access constraints due to insecurity and some have costly bureaucratic impediments that impede the reach of life saving aid, and exacerbate the suffering of civilians. He said that humanitarian operations in these four countries require more than $5.6 billion this year. Underscoring the urgency, he added, “we need this funding now – especially for the priority sectors to respond and prevent famine in the four critical sectors of food security, nutrition, water and sanitation, and health.” While humanitarians continue to deliver and scale-up where they are able, Mr. O’Brien listed four requirements to effectively reverse these crises: more political will to end the conflicts that have caused these crises; unhindered and sustained humanitarian access to assist those in need; further funding to back a robust humanitarian response; and a more comprehensive approach.The President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson, who convened the meeting, briefed on his recent visit to Senegal, Ethiopia and Egypt, underscoring how the respective leaders expressed grave concern over the humanitarian situation affecting some African countries, particularly in North-East Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia, as well as neighbouring Yemen. RELATED: Tackling hunger crises in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen requires $4.4 billion – UN“They implored me on my return to United Nations Headquarters to help raise international awareness of the gravity of the situation, and to seek your assistance in helping the affected people and nations during their hour of greatest need,” he said. “It is disturbing to note that children, women and the elderly are being disproportionately affected by the crisis,” continued Mr. Thomson, adding that some 1.4 million children are estimated to be at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition.In February, the Secretary-General launched a call to action. To date, this has resulted in donors providing around 21 per cent of the $4.4 billion required, he said. “Today I wish to follow up that appeal to the international community. I urge Member States to dig deep into reserves of our empathy and common humanity,” he said, seizing the opportunity to call on Member States to scale-up their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as part of the international community’s longer-term efforts to prevent the conflict, extreme weather and inequality which is at the root of so much of the despair we are witnessing.“To effectively respond to the crisis, all partners – across the peace, humanitarian and development pillars – will need to coordinate closely on the ground to save lives and build the resilience required to avoid such shocks in the future,” Mr. Thomson said. “The crises in these four countries are protracted and complex – and the impacts will be felt for years,” said Stephen O’Brien, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, warning that the numbers are staggering as millions in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria are slipping deeper into crisis.The briefing was also addressed by Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“Some 1.4 million children are severely malnourished. Over 21 million people lack sufficient access to health care, at a time when three out of the four countries are experiencing cholera outbreaks. And more than 20 million people lack clean water and sanitation,” said Mr. O’Brien in a statement delivered by Reena Ghelani, Deputy Director, of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Coordination and Response Division.“Around eighty per cent of affected populations live in rural areas and a combination of hunger and conflict is forcing people to be displaced, both internally and as refugees. Those who were forced from their homes in past years by conflict are being hit particularly hard as a consequence of this current crisis,” added the humanitarian coordinator. He pointed out that the impacts of the protracted and complex crises in these four countries would be felt for years, citing broken communities, families torn apart and preventable deaths from disease.“Famine,” Mr. O’Brien explained “is about much more than food insecurity. It is about compounding vulnerabilities that leave millions of people without basic human dignity, without hope for the future. It leaves children stunted and out of school. Development gains are stalled or reversed. People abandon their homes, and are robbed of their livelihoods, exacerbating instability across entire regions.” A young child suffering from malnutrition clings to her mother as she and other mothers queue to receive therapeutic milk to help treat their children’s malnutrition in Al Sabbah Children’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin read more

FROM THE FIELD Balancing Moroccos indigenous culture and conservation

The Amazighe, who live in the mountainous south of the country, have traditionally been able to conserve the unique biodiversity of the region and preserve their cultural heritage. However, climate change as well as the over-exploitation of medicinal plants – plus an exodus of young people – means their symbiotic relationship with the land may no longer be sustainable.The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with other partners, has supported the Amazighe to manage and protect the natural resources on which they rely.On World Environment Day celebrated on 5 June each year, read more here, about how indigenous and local communities continue to coexist with the natural world. UNDP Morocco | Located in southern Morocco, the Imegdale territory is located in the Western High Atlas range. The oldest section of the range, the High Atlas has a wide variety of natural and cultural assets, which cohere as a unique landscape and ecosystem. read more

Aluminium lightweight materials EV technology Qatar investor seeks opportunities with UK companies

The newly established Qatar Automotive Investment Agency is a Qatar based investment company with backing of Qatar Government seeking investment opportunity with UK companies with lightweight materials / aluminium  structure / component technology  to jointly develop and exploit globally. Particularly interested in EV technology – vehicles and battery energy storage system production / technology. Qatar has an underutilised aluminium smelter capacity and is interested in investing in lithium ion battery production technology. Also energy costs in Qatar are heavily subsidised.Contact: Ahmed M Sorour CEO Qatar AG (Qatar Automotive Gateway). Email: Tel: +974 44231119Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Gardaí appeal for help tracing missing man

first_imgGARDAÍ IN BLACKROCK, County Dublin wish to seek the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 20-year-old Mohummad Ali Chaudry.Mohummad was last seen getting into a dark coloured taxi on D’Olier Street between 12.55am and 01.30am in the early hours of Friday morning.He is described as being 5’10’’ tall and of slight build.When last seen, he was wearing a pink shirt, light blue jeans with cuffs on the bottom and white shoes/runners.He was also wearing a heavy gold wrist chain and neck chain.Gardaí are particularly interested in speaking to any taxi driver that may have picked up Mohummad in the early hours of Friday at D’Olier Street.His destination was believed to be the Blackrock area.Anyone with information or who can assist in locating Mohummad is asked to contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01- 6665200, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more