PPP wants Govt to name its nominee of choice

first_imgOutgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moonAs member countries of the United Nations (UN) prepare to elect a successor to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon later this year, Guyana’s political Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is calling on the President David Granger-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to make public its choice for the post.Currently, nine candidates are vying for the top UN job and the PPP in a statement Wednesday said it has been following with interest the mechanisms put in place by the UN to have the position of Secretary General filled and as such, it wanted to know if the Guyana Government has considered any of the candidates.“The PPP, as a major stakeholder, and without prejudice to any of the contestants, is interested in knowing as to whether or not the Guyana Government has given consideration to any of the named candidates and if so, which from among them it will support when the matter of the vote comes up at the United Nations,” the Party said in a statement.Those vying for the SG position are former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, Macedonian diplomat and former Foreign Minister Srgjan Kerim, former Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Natalia Gherman, former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, Slovenian President Danilo Turk and Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister Miroslav Lajcak.A new Secretary General is expected to be elected soon, with Ban’s second term coming to an end on December 31.Article 97 of the UN Charter provides that: “The Secretary General shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.” In other words, Article 97 creates a two-stage process: a recommendation by the Security Council followed by a decision by the General Assembly.In Monday’s secret ballot, the fifth in the process, former Portuguese Prime Minister Guterres remained in the lead. The 15-member Security Council will continue holding secret ballots in a bid to reach consensus on a candidate that it then recommends to the 193-member UN General Assembly for election. The next secret ballot is scheduled for October 5.last_img read more

CSU leaders reach out to minorities

first_imgOfficials credit last year’s effort with helping push black applications up by 12percent. “We want all our children to get this chance,” Reed said, drawing choruses of “Amen” from the audience. About 6percent of CSU’s 400,000-plus students are black, compared with a state population that is about 7percent black. Reed said he’s proud of CSU’s diversity, “but I know that we all have more to do.” As is true at colleges across the country, there is a gender gap with black women outnumbering men. Black men represent about 3.5percent of recent high school students but only 2.5percent of new CSU freshmen. OAKLAND – Leaders of the nation’s largest four-year public university took to the pulpit Sunday to preach the importance of going to college. The recruitment effort, dubbed “Super Sunday,” sent administrators of the California State University to 18 predominantly black churches in Northern California in an effort to boost enrollment. “We all share a dream that more of our young people will get a chance to go to college,” said CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, who spoke at the Acts Full Gospel of God and Christ Church in Oakland. Super Sunday, in its second year, drew a number of campus presidents as participants as well as Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, a member of CSU’s Board of Trustees, who spoke at a church in nearby Hayward. A sweep of Southern California churches also is planned. Super Sunday is one of a number of initiatives aimed at increasing minority enrollment. In another program, CSU offers classes targeted at Latino parents to explain the mechanics of preparing their children for college and dispel any cultural resistance there may be to applying for financial aid. The idea of visiting black churches grew out of meetings with community leaders. “We are inspired, and we’re impressed with his direct approach to reach African-Americans,” Doris Limbrick, a senior associate pastor at Acts Full Gospel, said as she introduced Reed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Four VAR officials, giant screen replays at every World Cup match – FIFA

first_img0Shares00002018 World CupCOVERCIANO, Italy, Apr 18 – Four video assistant referees will be present at every game at the World Cup in Russia with replays to be shown on giant screens inside the stadiums, FIFA said on Wednesday.“Everything will be centralised in a single location in Moscow and all referees will be based in Moscow,” explained FIFA’s referees’ chief Pierluigi Collina during a training seminar organised at Coverciano, near Florence. Over the next two weeks two groups of 36 referees and 63 assistants will be trained for the World Cup in Coverciano, with workshops organised on the VAR system which will be used at the tournament for the first time.Another former Italian referee Roberto Rosetti explained how VAR would work during the tournament.“There will be four VAR officials. The VAR principal will communicate with the main referee and can suggest that he comes to verify images on the sidelines,” explained Rosetti.“The VAR assistant number one will be in charge of following the match live while the review is taking place. VAR assistant number two will be specially in charge of off-side.”Two specially-adapted cameras will be used to watch out for off-side players during the World Cup.A third VAR assistant will be in charge of supporting the VAR principal, focusing on the respect of protocol and to assure good communication between the whole team.In addition to the VAR officials there will also be four technicians in charge of screens and camera angles with a FIFA representative present to relay decisions with explanations on giant screens.“We have to remember that the the very clear objective and the success of VAR will also depend on how it is understood,” said Collina.“It’s about avoiding clear and obvious major errors. It’s not a question of refereeing the match with technology. The goal has never been to check every minor incident.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

€180,000 LIBEL DAMAGES OVER CANCELLED DONEGAL MUSIC GIG

first_imgTHE cancelled Keltic Hooley gig in Letterkenny has led to massive libel payouts – to singer Johnny McEvoy and his manager.They were furious after their names were linked to the gig on promotional advertisements, even though they had never been involved. The report, in today’s Irish Independent, can be read here:http://www.independent.ie/national-news/courts/mcevoy-gets-euro80000-libel-award-from-impresario-2937468.html€180,000 LIBEL DAMAGES OVER CANCELLED DONEGAL MUSIC GIG was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Hockey League: Weatherhead Gazelles edge Swans to move up to second

first_img Tags: Kampala Hockey Club SwansUganda Baati Hockey LeagueWeatherhead Gazelles Gazelles’ Aisha Kagere tries to block the ball on Sunday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Weatherhead Gazelles came from behind to beat Kampala Hockey Club Swans 2-1 on Sunday in the Uganda Baati Hockey League.The Gazelles had not beaten KHC this season having lost 1-0 in the second round and having lost points in form of a walkover for fielding an ineligible player against the same opponent in the first round.Deservedly so, the Swans took an early lead through Jane Nambi, but Weatherhead were in no mood to donate points. While the second quarter ended with nothing to highlight, the Gazelles came back guns blazing in the third round.Creative midfielder Siddy Alum found an equalizer in 34th minute before player-coach Pauline Kirukundo scored the winner in the 45th minute.Weatherhead started the game in placed third on the table standings but victory elevates them to the second place dislodging KHC.In other results in the women’s division, Wananchi maintained their fine form, beating Deliverance Church Uganda 5-0.The record league winners who are also the defending champions lead the table with 31 points. That’s 13 more than second-placed Weatherhead.Comments last_img read more

Over 6000 Australians stranded in Bali

first_imgVirgin Australia and Jetstar flights to and from Bali remain cancelled as the ash cloud from the erupting Mount Mt Rinjani on the island of Lombok, continues to drift over Bali. Jetstar attempted to launched three rescue flights to bring stranded passengers home but had to cancel them when the wind change spreading the ash cloud over Bali.More than 6000 Australians are believed to be stranded in Bali. Both Virgin Australia and Jetstar said today that they will review Sunday flights late today (Saturday).The position of the two Australia airlines has been backed up by the Australian regulator the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.Both airlines are offering passengers the opportunity to change flights for no additional fee and are urging passengers to follow the updates on their websites.AirAsia has resumed services and is adding extra flights to clear the backlog of passengers.It says that it will “notify passengers of their updated flight status and the options made available to them.”Passengers are also advised by AirAsia to check their flight itinerary through the “Manage My Booking” feature on the website.Jetstar and Virgin Australia said they will add additional services to clear the backlog of passengers once the ash cloud clears completely.last_img read more

Video: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

first_imgIt took 32 months to build, creating 26 000 jobs in the process. Its iconic arch has become a tourist attraction in itself. It’s been rated one of the world’s most beautiful sport stadiums, and it’s permanently changed the look and feel of the city of Durban. Check our latest Moses Mabhida Stadium video, and find out what everyone’s raving about.Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 29 March 2010.last_img

Press Release: Brand South Africa interrogates how African and South African Nation Brand stories can be communicated through compelling storytelling

first_imgBrand South Africa has partnered with Rapid Lion 2017 to celebrate African filmmaking, and is hosting two panel discussions under the theme Inspiring New Ways. (Image: Rapid Lion, Facebook)Johannesburg, Thursday 02 March 2017 – From the 5 March to the 12 March – Rapid Lion 2017 also known as the South African International Film Festival will bring 140 films from 40 countries to The Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.Now in its second year, the South African International Film Festival, is where all filmmakers from Africa, the African diaspora and BRICS countries showcase their best work.Brand South Africa as a partner to this initiative which aims to celebrate the magnitude of filmmaking with a special emphasis on South African cinema – will this year host two sessions. The sessions themed under the banner of Inspiring New Ways aim to deepen mutual understanding, strengthen collaborative relations and explore opportunities for growth and investment in the filmmaking industry. The sessions furthermore aim to solicit ideas and perspectives from filmmakers and industry practitioners, on how the African- and South African Nation Brand stories can be communicated in visual form and through compelling storytelling.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Monday 06 March 2017Time: 13h45 – 15h45Venue: The Market Theatre, Newtown, JohannesburgInspiring New Ways Session: Brand South Africa Panel Discussion on “How Should Cinema Reflect Africa Today?”Date: Saturday 11 March 2017Time: 12h45 – 14h45Venue: The Market Theatre, Newtown, JohannesburgInspiring New Ways Session: Brand South Africa presents “How the South African Creative Product Enhances Reputation on the Mother Continent”RSVP: Tsabeng Nthite or Ntombi Ntanzi076 371 6810 or 081 704 1488Interviews can be arranged with identified spokespeople.last_img read more

Odisha villagers in panic after wolves kill sheep

first_imgThe killing of dozens of sheep possibly by a pack of wolves in Niali and adjacent areas of Odisha’s Cuttack district has triggered panic among villagers, who have been spending sleepless nights for over two weeks now.Despite the Forest department personnel attributing these deaths to attack by wild animals, villagers suspect that a ‘mysterious creature’ is behind the killings. The Cuttack Rural Police have asked villagers to form defence committees comprising volunteers and police personnel to check such attacks.The Animal Disease Research Institute, Odisha, has collected samples of sheep carcasses for study. In most of the carcasses, intestines had bulged out while the liver was not in place, indicating attacks by wild animals. Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Minister Damodar Rout said there were reports of 150 sheep being killed by wild animals. “Wolves are present near the Vanaragarh forest patch close to Niali. Sheep has no defence mechanism. Wolves are devouring its liver because it is soft,” said Prasanta Kumar Mishra, Divisional Forest Officer of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar city division.Two traps set“To dispel doubts, we have set up two traps. From the pug marks, we have identified the animals to be wolves,” said Mr. Mishra. The forest department is now considering installing cameras.“We have advised villagers to keep the sheep in well protected sheds. As the sheep are left in the open, it becomes easy for the wolves to attack them,” the City Division DFO said.last_img read more

Investors Panic as Heera Group Chairperson is Arrested in India

first_imgHundreds of investors in the UAE are believed to have been affected by the Heera Group ponzi scam which has left a trail of devastated lives across India and the Middle East.  Read it at Gulf News Related Itemslast_img

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