December 18

South Africa aims for fair deal at COP 17

first_img11 November 2011 South Africa will aim for a fair deal at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, says incoming conference president, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. About 20 000 delegates from around the world are expected to gather in Durban from 28 November to 9 December for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. South Africa is the third African country to host the conference after Morocco, which hosted COP 7 in Marrakech in 2001 and Kenya, which hosted COP 12 in Nairobi in 2006. Nkoana-Mashabane told parliamentarians in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Wednesday that South Africa was ready for the event, both as party to the negotiations and as host of the conference. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is expected to lead the South African negotiating team at the meeting.Two competing visions Nkoana-Mashabane said there were two “competing visions” which should come out at the conference. One of them was to “limit Durban’s focus” to the implementation of what came out of COP 16 (the Cancun Agreements) in Mexico last year. Among the objectives of the Cancun Agreements was to mobilise and provide scaled-up funds in the short and long term to enable developing countries to take greater and effective action against climate change. The other vision is to focus on both the Cancun Agreements and on finalising matters still outstanding from the Bali Roadmap of 2007, which included a number of forward-looking decisions meant to achieve a climate-secure future. Nkoana-Mashabane outlined the continent’s stance ahead of the all-important conference.Africa singles out adaptation “Africa has singled out adaptation as a key highlight of what should come [out] of Durban. Therefore, in Durban, we will have to work hard to close the gap among the parties on these key issues.” She said that the outcome in Durban should also be balanced, fair and credible, preserving and strengthening the “multilateral rules-based response to climate change”. As the incoming COP president, the minister said South Africa undertook a number of informal consultations to further prepare parties for the conference, including hosting the Informal Ministerial Meeting in Pretoria between 5 and 9 September. Other events included the Leader’s Dialogue, which took place in New York on 20 September, the Inter-Sessional Meeting in Panama between 1 and 7 October, and the Pre-COP Ministerial consultations in Stellenbosch on 20 and 21 October. Nkoana-Mashabane said that the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre would be the official venue for the conference. Hotel accommodation arrangements for the visitors as well as transport and security plans were at an advanced stage, she said, noting that all accredited delegates would enjoy free entry visas, and adding that the official website for COP17 –, was now live. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

December 1

‘Badals obstructing Guru Purab celebrations’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday accused Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal of hampering coordination between the State government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for the celebration of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.“Three [State] Cabinet Ministers had met the SGPC representatives this morning [Tuesday] and had an amicable discussion on the issue. As advised by the Jathedar, two representatives had been nominated by the Punjab Congress to discuss the matter with the Akal Takht and the Akali Dal and the meetings had gone off smoothly. However, Sukhbir and Harsimrat are trying to scuttle an amicable settlement of the issue at every step for their political gains,” said Capt. Amarinder at Dakha in Ludhiana.‘Unprincipled party’Speaking to journalists, Capt. Amarinder alleged that the Akalis had always “exploited religion” for their vested interests. Terming the Akali Dal an “unprincipled party”, he pointed to its “double standards” in its ties with the BJP, against which it is fighting tooth and nail in Haryana while seeking votes for its candidates in Punjab. “This kind of petty politics had alienated them [SAD] from the people and reduced the Akalis to a non-entity,” he said, adding that given the current scenario he did not see the Akali Dal and the BJP on the same plank in the 2022 Assembly elections in Punjab.In response to a question on the final programme of Kartarpur Corridor inauguration, the Chief Minister said the Indian government was working it out with Pakistan. He also hit out at Pakistan over the imposition of a $20 (₹1,430) fee on Indian pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Gurdwara via the corridor.Terror threatCapt. Amarinder added that Pakistan was making all-out efforts to revive terrorism in Punjab by pushing in weapons and militants, especially after the developments in Kashmir, but asserted that his government was fully prepared to tackle the threat.On Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s statements blaming Punjab and Haryana for the high levels of pollution in Delhi, Capt. Amarinder said though the stubble being burnt in Pakistan and the northern States were carrying pollutants to the national Capital due to the westerly winds, it was only a small part of the problem. “The bigger issue is that Delhi has more pollution of its own than Haryana and Punjab put together,” he said, accusing Mr. Kejriwal of trying to “divert the blame to other States in order to hide his own failures”.last_img read more

November 18

Indy 500 This Sunday – PREDICTIONS!

first_imgHere are the drivers for this year’s Indianapolis 500 auto race, to be held on Sunday, May 25th:  predictions? I’ll make three, just for the fun of it:1) Will Power – he’s on a hot streak and tops among all Indy drivers for the year. This year’s field is wide open, so the driver with the momentum should be favored.2) Helio Castroneves – Two reasons he has a great chance to win it:  1- Experience (he’s got three Indy titles already) and 2 – A state-of-the-art car3) Marco Andretti – The Andretti curse (45 years) is one of the longest in sports. Since Mario won Indy in 1969, the Andrettis have not been able to shake the Indy jinx. Grandson’ Marco’s got a strong chance to break the streak. 1 Ed  Carpenter Chevrolet 20 231.067 mph2 James Hinchcliffe Honda 27 230.839 mph3 Will Power Chevrolet 12 230.697 mph4 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 3 230.649 mph5 Simon Pagenaud Honda 77 230.614 mph6 Marco Andretti Honda 25 230.544 mph7 Carlos Munoz Honda 34 230.146 mph8 Josef Newgarden Honda 67 229.893 mph9 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet 21 228.726 mph10 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 2 231.007 mph11 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 9 230.928 mph12 Kurt Busch Honda 26 230.782 mph13 Jack Hawksworth Honda 98 230.506 mph14 Justin Wilson Honda 19 230.256 mph15 Mikhail Aleshin Honda 7 230.049 mph16 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 10 229.922 mph17 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 11 229.847 mph18 Oriol Servia Honda 16 229.752 mph19 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 28 229.719 mph20 Graham Rahal Honda 15 229.628 mph21 Carlos Huertas Honda 18 229.251 mph22 Pippa Mann Honda 63 229.223 mph23 Takuma Sato Honda 14 229.201 mph24 Alex Tagliani Honda 68 229.148 mph25 Townsend Bell Honda 6 229.009 mph26 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 83 228.953 mph27 Jacques Villeneuve Honda 5 228.949 mph28 James Davison Chevrolet 33 228.865 mph29 Martin Plowman Honda 41 228.814 mph30 Ryan Briscoe Chevrolet 8 228.713 mph31 Sage Karam Chevrolet 22 228.436 mph32 Sebastian Saavedra Chevrolet 17 228.088 mph33 Buddy Lazier Chevrolet 91 227.920 mphTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

October 24

Minister Grange Condemns Killing of Pregnant Woman and Children

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has condemned the deadly attack on a pregnant woman and two children in Hanover yesterday ( April 25).It’s reported that 38-year-old Abanique Cunningham and her two children — four-year-old Sanique Coote and seven-year-old Jayanna Coote — were chopped to death.Minister Grange said it was a “tragedy” and a “most horrific case of gender based violence which I condemn in the strongest sense of the word.”According to the Minister, tthis latest incident brings into focus the importance of efforts to eliminate gender-based violence and to transform the ways in which we bring about a change in how women are perceived.“Governmental action is vital to prevent and end gender violence, but success requires people speaking up. I note that the police have made an arrest in this case, and I encourage anyone with any information that can assist in this case to make a report to the police,” the Minister said.last_img read more

October 23

Diana Shipping Secures Work for Five Bulkers

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk vessel owner Diana Shipping has secured charter deals for five of its dry bulk carriers with a number of companies.The company said that the vessels in question are the 2010-built Myrsini, the 2013-built Electra, the 2010-built Alcmene, and Oceanis and Triton, both built in 2001.Namely, the shipping firm has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Germany’s RWE Supply & Trading for the 82,117 dwt Myrsini. The Kamsarmax dry bulker was hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,650 per day for a period until minimum August 31, 2018 and maximum December 31, 2018. The new charter period commenced on June 8.The Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels Electra was hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,000 per day by Düsseldorf-based Uniper Global Commodities. Featuring 87,150 dwt, Electra started its charter contract, which runs for a period of thirteen to seventeen months, on June 11.Alcmene, the 93,193 dwt Post-Panamax bulker, has entered into a time charter contract with Geneva’s Cargill International for a period of thirteen to about sixteen months. Hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,000 per day, Alcmene started working under the contract on June 8.Furthermore, Hong Kong-based Ausca Shipping Limited hired Diana Shipping’s Panamax vessels Oceanis and Triton. The ships will work at a gross charter rate of USD 7,000 and USD 6,500 per day, respectively. The contract for the 75,211 dwt Oceanis, which runs for a period of fourteen to about seventeen months, started on May 30. With 75,336 dwt, Triton was hired for a period of thirteen to about sixteen months. The charter commenced on June 6.Diana Shipping said that the employment deals are set to generate some USD 15.61 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.last_img read more

September 17

Liverpool are confident of title success Alisson

first_imgAlisson Becker has dismissed any speculation of nerves creeping into the Liverpool squad as they bid to win the title for the first time in 29 years.The Brazilian shot-stopper still believes they can win the Premier League despite City returning to the top of the table on goal difference.However, the Reds can reclaim top spot if they beat Bournemouth on Saturday, after managing back-to-back draws with Leicester and West Ham.🔙🔛🔝#PL— Premier League (@premierleague) February 6, 2019When asked if nerves are playing a part, the Brazilian goalkeeper told Sky Sports: “I wouldn’t say anything on the matter.“We believe we can win the league.“We’ve shown in the past that we’re good enough and we’ll continue to show this in the games we’ve got to come.”Alisson Becker, LiverpoolReport: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…“Our pressure is the same,” he added. “We take things game by game without worrying about what our opponents are doing.“Everyone wants to win this league but at Liverpool, our concern is winning games and not dropping points.“We don’t think about Man City, we think about ourselves. We only think about what we can do and how things are moving forward.”😍 THAT pass from @Alissonbecker…— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 1, 2019That starts on Saturday, according to the Brazilian, who says Liverpool’s game against Bournemouth at Anfield is a must-win for Klopp’s side.“I really want to win the Premier League with Liverpool,” said the goalkeeper. “We need to win games and we need to focus on our next opponent.“To get back to the top of the league we need to win games that comes from hard work, starting on Saturday.”last_img read more