Increased Crude Oil Tanker Demolition a Positive Sign

first_imgzoom A total of 1.3 million dwt of crude oil tanker capacity was sent to the scrapyards during the first four months of 2017, heading to the expected demolished capacity of 9 million for the full year, according to BIMCO.The year so far has seen eight crude oil tankers form for demolition, including two VLCCs, two Suezmax, three Aframax and one Panamax. As only nine crude oil tankers got demolished in 2016, “eight sold in the first couple of months is positive,” according to BIMCO.Most recently the 1999-built double-hull VLCC, with the framing name Good News, returned USD 15.5 million to the shipowner, as demolition prices have reached levels not seen since first half of 2015.“January struck an upbeat tone for demolition in all sectors, but the overall pace of fleet renewal, via demolition, has slowed down since then. Crude oil tankers being the one exception to that as capacity removals spiked in April, reaching the highest level since February 2015,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.Sand added that there is “still a long way to go” as net fleet growth for the large crude oil tankers is already up by 2.4% year-to-date, and it is forecast to grow by 3.7% for the full year.Regarding the scrapping activity in the dry bulk segment, 5.7 million dwt of dry bulk shipping capacity was sold for demolition during the first four months of 2017. Of the total, 53% of demolished capacity were dry bulk ships, followed by Handymax vessels of which 1 million dwt was demolished.Additionally, as 2017 is set to be a year where supply side growth will outpace demand side growth, “much more needs to be done to limit the looming overcapacity in the product tanker sector,” BIMCO said.While January saw the highest amount of TEU-capacity demolished in the container shipping sector with almost 100,000 TEU sold off, the trend since then has been a clear slowdown. April was at an 11-month low, as 12 ships were demolished.Demolition of larger ships is a new trend, as the first ship with a capacity exceeding 6,000 TEU was demolished in March 2016. The intermediate sized old-post-panamax ship that was demolished was a 1997-built 5,006 TEU container ship.BIMCO said that the evaporated hype is in line with its forecast of a significantly lower level of demolished container shipping capacity in 2017 as compared to 2016, that had 654,410 TEU removed from the active fleet by demolition.last_img read more

Budget Bulletin Opportunities for Learning

first_imgGreat beginnings start with a solid education. This year’s education budget is being increased by six per cent, bringing the total budget for education to $1.138 billion. LEARNING FOR LIFE IIAdditional funding of approximately $20 million will help to meet the diverse needs of Nova Scotia’s students and will help make the province’s public education plan — Learning for Life II — a reality. The funding will help to focus on priorities like accountability, parental involvement, and results measurement. CLASSROOM RESOURCESAlmost $5 million will be provided to extend the plan to reduce class sizes in the early grades. Starting this fall, the maximum class size for Grade 3 students will be 25, just as it is for grades primary, 1, and 2. Another $200,000 will add 60 more schools to the accreditation list — ensuring high and consistent standards for students. MENTORS FOR STUDENTSAlmost $1 million will fund reading and math mentors. As well, an additional $200,000 will fund math and reading assessments for Grade 3 students. An additional $500,000 will be provided to hire more guidance counsellors. OPPORTUNITIES AND OPTIONSAn additional $1.4 million will be provided to 27 schools for the Opportunities and Options program. This program matches students with qualified employers and provides practical learning experiences. Successful students are then guaranteed a seat at the Nova Scotia Community College in order to continue their studies. As well, $100,000 will be invested to develop new career-oriented courses for high school students. UNIVERSITY FUNDING In 2004, a three-year agreement was signed with universities, capping tuition for most at the undergraduate level to 3.9 per cent, resulting in average savings of $2,600 per student. This year’s commitment is $20.3 million, bringing total university funding to $227.9 million. POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION INCENTIVESNova Scotia’s student debt reduction program — which helps about 10,000 students — will receive a $1.2-million investment, doubling the employment and repayment bonuses under this program. Graduates will also benefit from a $1,000 tax credit, which can be applied against a graduate’s Nova Scotia income tax. Students will have three years after graduating from a post-secondary institution to use the credit. The required parental contribution for student loans will be reduced by 25 per cent. A total of $46 million will now be available to an even greater number of students. Youth in the care of the province will benefit from an extension of the bursary program that covers the cost of tuition and books. Currently, only those under 21 can access the program, and an increased investment of $200,000 means that the age limit will increase to 24. SKILLS AND LEARNINGAn additional $787,000 brings the total skills and learning budget to $13.6 million. These funds will expand on the many initiatives designed to develop a skilled and adaptable workforce ready to meet the demands of tomorrow’s employers. -30- Note: For further 2006-07 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at read more

An Investment in Innovation and Tradition

first_imgA $45 million upgrade to the Oland Brewery in north-end Halifax will result in a state-of-the-art operation that will maintain jobs and increase exports. The investment, announced today, Oct. 4, by Labatt Breweries of Canada, will allow the company to better compete in markets outside of the Maritimes and will increase production capacity. The government of Nova Scotia, through its Industrial Expansion Fund, will contribute $4.5 million toward the upgrade. “This investment in a key, historic Nova Scotia manufacturing company will see the use of technological innovation to become more competitive,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Our success as a province is closely linked to our ability to increase exports and bring more dollars into our economy.” The Oland Brewery plant exports 65 per cent of its product outside of the Maritimes. Keith’s India Pale Ale is currently Canada’s number one premium domestic specialty brand. The estimated annual direct tax benefit to the province in maintaining the brewery jobs in Halifax is about $7.5 million over five years. The estimated direct provincial tax revenues from the construction project would be about $1.7 million. “Our investment gives Labatt’s room to continue to grow,” said Jean Lépine, vice president corporate affairs, Quebec/Atlantic. “It also ensures that the Oland legacy of quality and tradition will continue for years to come.” Part of the province’s return on investment is linked to the export of the Alexander Keith’s family of brands. Last year, the equivalent of more than 140 million bottles of Alexander Keith’s were exported across the country. Every bottle, bottle case, can and keg displays the Nova Scotia flag. Moving forward, the Oland Brewery will renew its marketing and promotional partnership with the province. Oland Brewery employs 255 people full-time, with a payroll of more than $20 million in the province. The company also spends $22 million annually on goods and services from Nova Scotia businesses. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one of the methods by which the government of Nova Scotia supports economic development in the province. The fund has flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide. The fund is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Beautification and Streetscaping Projects Announced

first_imgGovernment is partnering with municipalities to invest in beautification projects across the province. Through the $500,000 Beautification and Streetscaping Program, the province will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of municipal projects with a minimum contribution of $10,000 and a maximum of $25,000. The program is application based and work can include landscaping, installing interpretive and entrance signs, enhancing lighting and building public restrooms. Among the recipients is the Sydney Waterfront District Beautification Project which was announced today, July 20, by Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs. Under this project, the province will contribute $25,000 toward landscaping work on Charlotte Street and the installation of signage. “The Beautification and Streetscaping Program is designed to support the development of inviting areas where residents and visitors want to spend time,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Key investments can rejuvenate areas, foster local pride, encourage economic development and enhance the character of municipalities.” “We are passionate about the experience that locals and visitors have in the Sydney waterfront district,” said Michelle Wilson, executive director of Sydney Waterfront District Association. “Studies show that beautification attracts people to spend more time in an area, which in turn has economic benefits. We’re extremely grateful to the province for this opportunity to create a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere that people want to come back to.” Also today, in Yarmouth, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill announced $13,000 for the town under the Downtown Beautification Project. Work will include the restoration of fountains and landscaping around town signs. “We want visitors to our area, whether they come by land or by sea, to see and enjoy the beauty of our town and all it has to offer,” said Mr. Churchill. “The aesthetics of our town are not only important to our visitors but also to our residents and community.” “The Town of Yarmouth understands the importance beautification plays in economic development and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “We are thrilled to receive this funding which will be used to take us to the next level.” A complete list of approved projects under that program is available at .last_img read more

IHGF declared countrys leading trade show

first_imgRakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH informed that Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair has been declared a leading trade show by Indian Exhibition Industry Association during the 9th edition of IEIA open seminar being held from June 13 -15, 2019 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. The IHGF is one amongst other eight shows such as IITF, Auto Expo, Iconic Indian exhibitions, ELECRAMA, India ITME IMTEX, and Plast India declared as leading shows of India; and play a key role as a multiplier of economic growth of the Country. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveIEIA open seminar is a platform to build business network, explore partnership, share knowledge, discuss concerns and address industry challenges for building a stronger industry. This year’s edition is being attended by more than 800 exhibition industry professionals from around 28 countries. Dr Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary was the Chief Guest during the inauguration of the IEIA Open seminar on June 13, 2019. Commerce Secretary assured support to the exhibition sector and in particular to India Expo Centre and Mart. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painKumar while receiving the award along with team of EPCH said, right since its inception in 1986, EPCH has been playing a stellar role in projecting India’s image abroad as a reliable source of inimitable handcrafted items being produced and manufactured by more than 7 million artisans and craftspersons scattered in different craft clusters of the Country. He further said that receiving the award for IHGF as leading trade show in India took him down the memory lanes when EPCH organized Indian Handicrafts & Gifts [ IHGF] for the first time. With the passage of time, the show progressed in leaps and bounds. The IHGF has been revamped, renamed as IHGF-Delhi Fair with a new theme, bigger space, grander in product display and longer in duration. Looking at the largest participation by Indian Handicrafts exhibitors, Limca Book of World Records have recognised IHGF-Delhi Fair as world largest congregation of handicrafts exhibitors under one roof. Kumar informed that IHGF-Delhi fair is playing a vital role in increasing handicrafts exports from the Country apart from providing employment to artisans belonging to weaker sections of the society. Since the inception of EPCH, numerous export promotion efforts have brought about a sea change in India’s handicrafts exports. Kumar said that credit goes to handicrafts exporting community in achieving IHGF as the leading trade show in the Country and for posing faith in the Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair for the last more than 24 years and also to the International buying community from all across the globe who year after year is increasing to visit and source the requirement of home, lifestyle, textiles, and fashion products from IHGF-Delhi Fair.last_img read more

Over 30 drown during Ganesh idol immersion

first_imgBhopal/Mumbai/New Delhi: Thirty-three people, most of them in their 20s, drowned during the immersion of Ganesh idols in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, officials said on Friday.Some of the dead were minor, they said. In Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, 11 people died when two boats carrying an idol for immersion in a lake in Khatlapura capsized. Seventeen people were on the boats when the incident took place around 4.30 am, the Bhopal district collector said, adding that six of them were rescued. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSix of the dead in Madhya Pradesh were in their 20s, while two were minor. One of those rescued said that safety equipment was not provided to the devotees venturing into the lake to immerse idols. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the death of 11 people in the boat capsize. Chief Minister Kamal Nath ordered a magisterial inquiry and a compensation of Rs 11 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. The police have registered a case against the two boatmen. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIn Maharashtra, at least 18 people drowned in separate incidents during the immersion of Ganesh idols. Immersion of Ganesh idols, which began on Anant Chaturdashi on Thursday, continued till Friday morning. Drowning incidents were reported in 11 districts – Amravati, Nashik, Thane, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Dhule, Bhandara, Nanded, Ahmednagar, Akola and Satara, an official said. Four people drowned in Amravati, three in Ratnagiri, two each in Nashik, Sindhudurg and Satara, one each in Thane, Dhule, Buldhana, Akola and Bhandara. Majority of the deceased was young, they said. Two men and two women drowned in the Yamuna river in Delhi during Ganesh idol immersion, officials said. The Fire Department received information regarding the drowning around 9 pm on Thursday, officials said. A fire tender was rushed to the spot and rescue operation initiated. The bodies were subsequently recovered, they said. The deceased, in their 20s, were residents of Nihal Vihar, Nangloi, they added.last_img read more

Deadly sectarian violence cripples Algeria desert city

first_imgGHARDAIA, Algeria – Daily life has ground to a halt in Ghardaia, a picturesque Algerian city on the edge of the Sahara turned into a ghost town by a wave of sectarian violence.The UNESCO world heritage site, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Algiers, has been rocked since December by clashes between the Chaamba community of Arab origin and the majority Mozabites, indigenous Berbers belonging to the Ibadi Muslim sect.The oasis settlement, with its 90,000 inhabitants, was a scene of desolation on Monday, with the normally bustling market square empty and charred shopfronts bearing witness to last week’s unrest. Security forces patrolled the streets following the deployment of extra personnel, and after Algeria’s newly-appointed premier Youcef Yousfi visited on Sunday in a bid to defuse the situation.The latest violence erupted after hundreds of Mozabites who had fled during the initial unrest returned to their houses, to find many of them destroyed or badly damaged, according to various local sources.Three young Chaambas were killed on Saturday night, in circumstances that remain unclear, and another 190 people wounded, including 29 members of the security forces, according to medical sources.Five people were killed in the previous wave of violence between the rival communities, between December and February.Hamou Mesbah, a senior member of the opposition Socialist Forces Front (FFS), on Saturday described the centre of Ghardaia as a “ghost town,” saying that Mozabites living in mixed neighbourhoods whose property had been torched were still waiting to recover whatever belongings they could.Some of the burnt-out shops belonging to members of the Chaamba community were still smouldering on Sunday night, despite the efforts of the local fire service.Hadj Mabrouk Zahouani ran the well-known store “Rahala” (“Journey” in Arabic), which opened its doors in 1950 but was left in ruins by last week’s violence.Before the unrest customers would come from all across the Algerian desert to purchase his wares, which ranged from kitchen dishes to traditional clothes and footwear.“I didn’t close my shop until the riots began (in December), and when things calmed down I reopened. This time I have lost the shop and its contents,” Zahouani told AFP.The total damage from the latest violence is difficult to evaluate, but Bahmed Babaoumoussa, a member of the committee for Thenia neighbourhood, put the cost of the losses there alone at more than four million euros.The shops along the town’s main street, most of them Arab, were all shut on Monday.“The Mozabites don’t live in the town centre but they do have shops here,” said Moussa, a postman in his 30s.On Monday those shops were easy enough to identify, whether by the police guards deployed outside them or the hostile messages scrawled on their walls, such as: “This is a Mozabite shop,” and “Get out.”Once-flourishing trade hub The two communities have coexisted for centuries, but as elsewhere in the region, limited economic opportunities, despite the proximity of Algeria’s vast oil and gas wealth, have aggravated social tensions.Trade has always been Ghardaia’s economic mainstay, and one police officer posted on the deserted main street said he couldn’t imagine the town without its shops and bustling business.For 30 years tourism has flourished here, he said, driven in particular by demand for the jewelry and carpets typical of the area, which is also famous for its ksour, or traditional villages.Saleh Echeikh, a professor at Ghardaia university, blamed the communal violence on a “third party”, accusing criminal gangs linked to theft and drug dealing of instigating the clashes.“They have forced the shops to shut and brought commercial activity to a standstill by all their acts of aggression,” he said.But others, particular members of the Chaamba community, dismiss this argument.“Drugs circulate even more in the main cities and towns along the coast. So why aren’t they going up in flames?” one man asked.last_img read more

RAM Launches CasablancaAl Hoceima Direct Flights to Boost Rif Tourism

Rabat – Amid ongoing unrest in the Rif region, the Ministry of Tourism is taking a number of “urgent measures” to revive tourism in the city of Al Hoceima.The Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid, has just announced the imminent launch of two additional domestic flights as of next week at a competitive prices, as well as special packages in travel agencies and promotional campaigns in Morocco and abroad.“Urgent measures will be taken to save the current summer season and promote the tourism sector in the city of Al Hoceima and its region,” Sajid stated on Monday in Al Hoceima after an official meeting held in the headquarters of the province council. Promote tourists to reconnect with the destination of Al Hoceima and listen to the professionals of the sector. These were the two main objectives of the meeting.The first steps of the implementation of these measures were the launching of a Casablanca-Al Hoceima direct flight at MAD 400, and Tangier-Al Hoceima at MAD 300. The new flights will be operated by the national airline, Royal Air Maroc, as of Monday.This initiative aims to contribute to the opening up of the destination and will be complemented by other measures, in particular the reduction of airport taxes, says a statement of the Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy published today by Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP).Sajid added that other actions are being finalized with local actors to launch a promotional campaign to boost the destination of Al Hoceima.After the shocking images spread online showing police officers chasing protesters down the beaches of the city, Moroccan social media users expressed their concern about the tourist image of the city.As Al Hoceima embarks on its ninth month of protests, the region has taken a rough blow to its economy. Tourism, which is already stagnant in the region, is one of the sectors directly affected.“The region has a great tourism potential which must be valued to make it an important regional platform,” said the minister, recalling the efforts provided by local authorities and professionals through projects carried out or others underway.The minister also stressed the need to encourage Moroccan tourists to visit the region, noting that the organization of cultural and sporting events is likely to enhance the attractiveness of the region. read more

Ban Kimoon encouraged by determined will of Arab leaders in seeking solutions

“I was able to see the Arab leaders engaging on many important regional issues,” he told reporters.Mr. Ban, who attended the Arab League summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and also visited Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory, and Lebanon, noted that with the formation of a Palestinian National Unity Government, “the active diplomatic initiatives are on the way: Arab peace initiatives, Arab leaders who are determined to visit this issue again as a foundation for establishing a good relationship and peace between Israel and Arab countries, and particularly between Israel and the Palestinian authorities.”He was asked whether with the formation of the Unity Government by Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, the time was right now to lift a donors’ embargo imposed after Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, formed the Government alone last year.“There was an understanding among the Quartet [UN, European Union, Russia and United States, who are seeking a two-State solution] that we will wait and see how the National Unity Government, particularly Hamas, will perform in terms of all these international expectations,” he replied.“We hope that the National Unity Government will meet the expectations of the international community. When I had a brief meeting with the Foreign Minister Ziad Abu [Amr] of the National Unity Government he assured me that his government will continue to work to meet the expectations of the international community.”The Quartet has called on the Government to commit to non-violence, recognize Israel and accept previously signed agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. “Realistically speaking, again, I thought from my meeting with the Foreign Minister of Palestine, and the National Unity Government, that it may take time for them to make their own positions coordinated among themselves,” Mr. Ban said. On Somalia, where fighting between the Ethiopian-backed Transitional Federal Government and Islamists has led to dozens of deaths and injuries in recent days, he said he hoped the Government would be able to convene the national reconciliation congress scheduled for 16 April. “The international community should continue to encourage the Transitional Federal Government’s efforts,” he added.Mr. Ban also reiterated his call for an early resolution of the capture of 15 British marines and sailors whom Iran said it seized in Iranian waters. The British say they were patrolling in Iraqi waters.Of his talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motaki in Saudi Arabia, he said: “I requested and appealed to him that this issue should be resolved as soon as possible through political, diplomatic consultations. At the same time, I would hope that this rhetoric should be toned down.“It is not desirable in helping resolve this issue. As Secretary-General, I would again hope that we would be able to see some early release of these UK sailors. I know that there are many issues involved, but it would be desirable for the international community to see an early [resolution] on this issue, in a diplomatic and peaceful way,” he added. 2 April 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon returned to United Nations Headquarters in New York today from a tour of the Middle East and said he was “encouraged by the very active support and determined will of Arab leaders” in tackling a variety of problems from the Palestinian issue to the conflicts in Sudan and Somalia. read more

UNICEF to use horses to reach children in antimeasles campaign in Chad

he United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Chad’s Public Health Ministry will use horses to reach some of the country’s most remote areas during a campaign to inoculate nearly 90,000 children – half of them Sudanese refugees – against measles.Launching the campaign yesterday in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital, UNICEF said 300 trained staff will travel over 12 days to more than 1,000 villages and other locations in the east of the country where refugees have set up makeshift homes.They said 30 horses, 16 all-terrain vehicles and several motorcycles will be used by staff to help them reach their target of 86,400 children aged between six months and 15 years. UNICEF’s office in Chad warned of the high risk of epidemics, noting that measles is the deadliest vaccine-preventable disease in the world. Conditions are rough, nutrition is poor and the population generally live in close quarters.As well as the inoculations, staff will distribute Vitamin A to children to reinforce their immune systems and protect them from blindness.Meanwhile the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has returned to Geneva to brief donor governments after a three-day mission to personally inspect efforts to help the estimated 110,000 Sudanese refugees living in eastern Chad.Ruud Lubbers will tell the donor governments that $20.8 million is needed this year to pay for the UNHCR’s operations in Chad, which include humanitarian relief and the relocation of refugees to safer camps away from the dangerous border between Sudan and Chad.”Many of the refugees I met in eastern Chad were traumatized by their flight from the Darfur region of Sudan and were not at all ready to consider going home,” Mr. Lubbers said.For the past year thousands of Sudanese have poured across the border into Chad to escape fighting in Darfur between the Sudanese Government, the rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and local militia.Frequent militia raids on their makeshift homes along the border have prompted UNHCR to begin transferring refugees to inland camps at Farchana, Touloum and Kounoungo. So far 8,000 refugees have made the move. read more

Keep Africas guns from firing in the first place UN political chief

Worked to ensure the peaceful conduct of elections throughout the continent. Contributed to the peaceful process during Madagascar’s 2018 presidential election. Sparked renewed hope by playing a major role in the signing of the revitalized peace accord in South Sudan. Supported Somalia’s State-building agenda to fight against violent extremism and restore peace and stability. Worked to counter-terrorism and prevent violent extremism through a Memorandum of Understanding that increases cooperation and capacity-building for the AU, Member States and several sub-regional organizations.,But he also stressed the “vital importance” of involving African citizens themselves, who are those bearing the brunt of conflict.It is the “collective responsibility” of all African countries to prioritize its citizens’ participation in political and economic processes to promote equity and prevent violence “at all levels” he spelled out.As Africa must address both “the symptoms and the root causes of conflicts” he asserted that it was vital that continent’s capacity to accelerate development and reduce poverty to eliminate the space for conflict and violent extremism be strengthened.“Our lives depend on it”, he stated.At the onset of the meeting, the Council passed a new resolution expressing concern that while the continent faces a challenging security environment, to create an Africa without conflict, it is essentially the responsibility of the AU, its member states and their people and institutions. It also takes note of AU efforts to counter transnational terrorism and, with sub-regional organizations, to conduct peace support operations. Central to forging the peace agreement in the Central African Republic signed earlier this month. Noting that two years of joint UN-African Union (AU) efforts have strengthened the continent’s ability to detect and defuse crises before they escalate, Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said that while “silencing the guns for good requires the participation of all”, it also means “keeping them from firing in the first place”.Silencing the guns for good requires the participation of all — UN Political and Peacebuilding chiefAdding that resilient societies were key to the objective, she argued the need for building strong institutions, good governance and encouraging inclusive politics.While acknowledging that the continent has, in recent years, made “great strides” in deepening democracy and democratic institutions, she pointed out that numerous challenges remained, such as the “marginalization of certain groups from political processes, the prevalence of a ‘winner-take-all’ approach, corruption, and the mismanagement of natural resources”.Ms. DiCarlo noted that “progress has slowed” in efforts to increase women’s leadership and meaningful participation in political processes, stressing: “We must redouble our efforts in this critical pursuit”.She maintained that in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s own Agenda 2063, the UN continues to work with the AU and the Regional Economic Communities to help build strong national institutions and address the root causes of armed conflict.“Across the continent, entrepreneurship is up, access to education has increased and child mortality has declined”, she observed, recalling the Secretary-General’s declaration that “a wind of hope is blowing in Africa”.African countries themselves “have a central role to play” in silencing the guns at home, but “it is vital that the international community lend its support”, she said. African countries ‘trapped in a vicious cycle’Ramtane Lamamra, AU High Representative for Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020, told the Chamber that the tremendous efforts “to make peace a viable and lasting reality across the continent” has resulted in “notable progress” in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts in Africa.,He said joint initiatives in recent months steering countries away from crisis, were responsible for “generating optimism about a Continent emerging from the shadows and moving steadily to restore peace and stability.”However, many countries remain “trapped in a vicious cycle of violent conflict and its deadly consequences” owing to transnational crime, terrorism, and the proliferation of Small Arms and Lights Weapons”, he stated, adding that ungoverned spaces; corruption and illicit financial flows; and illegally exploiting natural resources, further exacerbated the situation.Mr. Lamamra emphasized that to prevent and resolve conflicts in Africa, the gap between political and military efforts must be bridged and there needs to be an investment in economic and social development.Simeon Oyono Esono Angue, Foreign Minister of Equatorial Guinea – which is chairing the Council this month – chaired the debate and said that to effectively, verifiably and transparently silence Africa’s weapons, international support, especially within the Security Council, was imperative.,UN-AU partnership has brought dividends: read more

Where Theres A Wheel Richie Parker Top NASCAR Engineer

The fact that Richie Parker can ride a bike and repair cars doesn’t seem like much of a big deal–until you see that he doesn’t have arms.Parker was born without arms, but that never stopped him from doing anything. Blessed with that I-can-do-anything spirit, Parker has landed a job as an engineer for Hendrick Motorsports, Nascar’s most winning organization.Rex Stump, engineering manager at Hendrick said, “Based on his resume, I knew he could do the things that I needed him to do, it was more a question of how,”Parker found a way, and there he was on the floor using his feet to build custom high-performance automotive parts.Parker’s inspiring story aired in a segment on ESPN on Sunday and even NBA Hall of Fame legend, Magic Johnson was moved by Parker’s story. “Richie Parker’s story proves that you can do anything you set your mind to. We should all stop complaining and giving excuses.” Johnson tweeted.Watch the video above. read more

5 injured in 4vehicle accident at Mahaicony

Five persons, including a five-year-old, were rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital, East Coast Demerara (ECD) following an accident involving four vehicles on the Novar Public Road, Mahaicony.Nicola Campbell, 37, of Evershore Village, Corentyne; Nandanie Singh, 20, of West Coast Berbice; Uncar Singh, five, of West Coast Berbice; Frida (only name given), 51, of Lot 61 Corentyne; and Shenise Phillips, 18, of La Parfaith Harmonie, West Bank Demerara were those injured.The incident occurred at around 14:35h and involved a minibus, two motor cars and a minivan.According to reports, minibus BLL 5553 was at the time being driven by Datt Narine Bisnauth, 50, of Lot 13 Airy Hall, Berbice. The minibus was said to be proceeding West along the southern side of the Novar Public Road when it stopped to put off passengers.INews understands that the bus was in the process of moving off, when the driver disclosed to Police that he felt an impact on the ride side of his vehicle.As a result of the impact by motorcar HB 9806, Bisnauth lost control of his vehicle, spun and collided with vehicles GPP 6485 and PRR 5620.However, Roxanne Rose of Kilturn Village, Corentyne, who was the driver of the motorcar which allegedly struck the minibus, is giving a different account of what transpired.According to Rose, Bisnauth made a U-turn across the road and collided with the right side front door of her vehicle which caused him to lose control of his vehicle.Following the accident, the five injured were taken to hospital where Campbell and Phillips were treated and sent away.The other three injured were however rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they are now admitted as patients.One of those seriously injured is said to have broken her hand and hip. The Police are currently investigating the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 dead, 4 injured in 3-vehicle collisionNovember 30, 2016In “latest news”Mahaicony: 1 dead, 4 injured as car slams into parked lorryMay 5, 2017In “Crime”17-y-o cyclist dies following accident on Good Faith public roadJuly 31, 2018In “Crime” read more

Unbreakable ties

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With more than 35 dancing groups participating, and a program of more than eight hours, the annual Greek-Serbian Orthodox and Cultural Friendship Day was celebrated last Sunday in Rooty Hill, Sydney. Serbian and Greek dancing schools were joined by other Orthodox communities to give unique colour and a wide array of traditional sounds in what was the biggest and most visited friendship day in its 20 year long history. The day started with the Holy Liturgy in the packed St Stefan Serbian Orthodox Church which was concelebrated by the Metropolitan Theodosios of Sebaste, of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, alongside the Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church of Australia, His Grace Irinej. Present at the Holy Liturgy were the newly arrived Consul General of Greece in Sydney Dr Stavros Kirimis, the Consul General of Serbia Mr Branko Radosevic, the Consul of Romania Ms Roxanna Mocanu, alongside dignitaries from both the Greek and Serbian communities of Sydney. On the initiative of the Serbian Orthodox Church of St Stefan, the event has been taking place every September since 1994, in order for the local Serbian community to express its appreciation towards the invaluable assistance of the Greek people during the war and the American-NATO led bombings of the country. The next rendezvous for the 21st anniversary was booked for mid to late September 2014 in the same hall.last_img read more

Greeks voted best NATO pilots of the world – again

first_imgGreek pilots were voted as the best in the world at the NATO Tactical Leadership Programme meeting (TLP 2019-1).They were recognised for their interceptions, long-range bombardment and strikes against war ships under extreme weather conditions.Pilot Vassilis Kontopoulos was voted as the operator that all pilots would want to have next to them in battle.The TLP is an organisation formed under a Memorandum of Understanding. It is not part of the NATO structure, but linked to NATO via a Letter of Agreement. The mission of the programme is to increase the effectiveness of the Allied Air Forces through the development of leadership skills, mission planning, briefing, tactical air operations and debriefing skills and conceptual and doctrinal initiatives.Despite the strict measures taken to conduct flight exercises in secrecy, video footage emerged from the exercises showing the spectacular skill of the pilots.Watch below: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Police Atlarge armed robbery suspect already jailed

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department called their counterparts in Washougal earlier this month with surprise information on a man they believed robbed Smeads Pub in Washougal Sept. 23: he was in custody.Vancouver police had arrested Michael Erie, 56, on Sept. 20 for violating a community custody order. He was in jail, and, it turned out, the subject of multiple robbery investigations in Washington and Oregon that featured similarities to the unsolved armed robbery at Smeads, located at 3395 Evergreen Way.Washougal Police Department Detective Thad Eakins obtained photos seized by police when Erie was arrested that showed the same semi-automatic handgun used at the Smeads robbery. In a subsequent interview, police said, Erie confessed.First-degree robbery charges are being filed against Erie by the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, according to a news release issued by Eakins.The Smeads robbery took place at 12:22 a.m. Sept. 23. It was perpetrated by a man wearing a gray sweatshirt over a light blue flannel shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a wig.last_img read more

Fairbanks Representative looks to improve rural internet

first_imgFairbanks State Representative David Guttenberg has a plan for improving internet service in rural areas of the state. Guttenberg said a bill he’s sponsoring would create a state corporation to contract with service providers to build infrastructure that’s too costly for individual companies to invest in.Listen Now ”Put out a job that we need this many towers in these locations to fill the gap. We need this much fiber optics,” Guttenburg said. “The state owns that, and it just sells that at-cost so it’s not expensive. Right now one of the companies wants to bring up broadband. It’s very expensive to run the line or download broadband from some place. This would lower those costs.”Guttenberg said the plan targets so called “middle mile infrastructure” that connects internet service providers with local networks. His plan calls for tapping existing federal universal service fee revenue to pay for the work.”Take money that’s already there,” Guttenburg said. “I’m not raising taxes. I’m not collecting new taxes. But use some of this universal service fund that’s already on everybody’s bill, and target it to the problems instead of continuing paying the subsidy to the industry.”Guttenberg said he’s travelling to Washington DC this week to meet with Federal Communications Commission officials to discuss the legislation, and determine if it can dovetail into an FCC plan to address broadband issues in Alaska. The plan released August 31st said it builds on an Alaska Telephone Association proposal to provide carriers with the option of receiving fixed amounts of support over the next ten years to deploy and maintain networks.last_img read more

More trouble for Samsung as South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of company

first_imgSamsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee appears to be in trouble as the South Korean special prosecutors’ office on Monday said that it is seeking a warrant for his arrest. Prosecutors have accused Lee of giving millions of dollars in bribes to President Park Geiun-hye’s close friend.Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee arrives for bribery suspicion questioningThe Samsung chief was questioned by investigators last week for nearly 22 hours straight for his involvement in an alleged corruption scandal which led to Geun-hye’s impeachment in parliament last month.Lee has been accused by special prosecutors’ office of paying bribes worth $36.42 million to Choi Soon-sil, a friend of the president who is at the centre of the corruption scandal. Lee has also been accused of embezzlement and perjury.A hearing would be reportedly held at 0:30 a.m. (0130 GMT) on Wednesday to decide whether to approve the arrest warrant or not, Seoul’s central district court said.”The special prosecutors’ office, in making this decision to seek an arrest warrant, determined that while the country’s economic conditions are important, upholding justice takes precedence,” Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesperson for the office, told a media briefing, according to Reuters reports.Samsung also released a statement saying that it can not accept the accusations made against Lee. “It is difficult to understand the special prosecutors’ decision,” an email statement said. The prosecutors are investigating the possible connection between Samsung’s support for a business and foundations backed by Choi and of National Pension Service’s (NPS) 2015 decision to back a controversial $8 billion merger of two Samsung Group affiliates– Samsung C and T Corp and Cheil Industries Inc. The NPS chairman Moon Hyung-pyo was reportedly indicted on Monday on charges of giving false testimony and abuse of power. Park Geiun-hye was impeached last month in the parliament where members of her own party voted against her in the National Assembly motion. There have been massive protests against Park recently with thousands taking to the streets demanding her ouster. Her relationship with close friend, Choi Soon-sil reportedly led to Choi’s increase in influence and financial benefits.last_img read more

RAB detains 3 JMB men in Cnawabganj

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in a drive detained three suspected members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Kamardaho in Sadar upazila of Chapainawabganj early Sunday, reports UNB.The detained persons are Azibul Haque, 53, Saiful Islam, 35, residents of Dhobra village and Tazamul Haque, 46, a resident of Lakshmipur village.Based on secrete information that around nine JMB men were holding a secret meeting at Kamardaho to carry out subversive activities, a Rab team conducted an operation there, said a press release issued by RAB-5 of Chapainawabganj.During the drive, the elite force members held Azibul and Saiful from the spot while other members of the gang fled the scene sensing the presence of the law enforcers.Later, RAB personnel arrested Tazamul from his home based on the information of two detained persons.RAB members also recovered four Jihadi books from the spot.last_img read more

Privatesector salary increase goes into effect Monday

first_imgAs of Monday, all private-sector workers  will receive a 3.65 percent increase in wages.The hike was set last October by the National Salary Council even though labor union representatives voted against the proposed figure.They asked for a salary hike of 4.06 percent, plus an extra 2 percent for workers receiving minimum wage, but the Council made the final decision.The increase is the highest in the last two years and was fully supported by employer chamber leaders.The raise will take effect from January 1. However, the law allows employers who cannot cover it immediately to pay on the last day of the month.Private-sector workers total more than 1.2 million, almost 85 percent of Costa Rica’s workforce, according to government figures. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img