NEW YORK, September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, during New York Climate Week, the establishment of the United Arab Emirates Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA) was announced. The UICCA is a non-partisan climate action entity that will bring together members from the public and private sectors, including academic institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to drive the UAE’s commitment to net zero. by 2050. to the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28 United Arab Emirates), which must take place in dubai, UICCA will establish an independent body that enables collaboration, cooperation and innovation. UICCA, which will be headed by Sheikha Shamma bent Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyanis on its way to becoming the first entity of its kind globally.
Below Sheikha Shamma leadership and with the support of industry leaders and subject matter experts, UICCA will operate as a think tank and focus primarily on providing advice and recommendations to stakeholders on positive climate action that facilitates the transition to a green economy. According to the guidelines established by the United Nations Environment Program, the green economy is “low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive”, with social equity, well-being and environmental risk minimum at the heart of decision-making. This transition will help boost GDP growth, increase job creation and strengthen the UAE’s position as a global environmental, social and governance (ESG) hub and frontrunner in climate action.
Sheikha ShammaExecutive Director of UICCA, said: “It is an honor to be commissioned by the UAE leadership to build and lead the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators. Our goals as nation are clear and we have made significant progress towards implementing the UAE Net Zero strategic initiative by 2050 – however, this is only our first step; it is the synergies we are creating today that will will enable us to live a more sustainable future, well beyond 2050. The only way for us to achieve this is by enabling and energizing an ecosystem that actively participates in achieving a shared vision, and UICCA is the nucleus that will bring this ecosystem to life.”
In addition to acting as a catalyst for a knowledge-based green economy and attracting global talent to the UAE’s sustainability sector, the accelerators will facilitate international business, innovation and partnership partnerships. technologies that contribute to the common goal of fighting climate change. Key targeted sectors will include electric mobility, sustainable fuels, energy efficiency, green buildings, smart cities, carbon capture and storage, nature-based solutions and a growing AgTech and Climate Tech segment. .
About the United Arab Emirates Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA):
The UICCA is an independent body on climate change bringing together the private sector, government entities, universities and NGOs/IOs. The entity will provide impartial advice and suggest actions to stakeholders to achieve net zero by 2050 in the UAE. This will include advice and recommendations on positive climate actions to reduce climate-related risks for the UAE before, during and after. COP28 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.
UICCA aims to accelerate the transition to a green economy that will be necessary to achieve the net zero and climate agenda to which the UAE is committed. This will enable the UAE economy to benefit from the global momentum around climate action and inform UAE policies to enable the transition to a green economy and strategically impact UAE GDP and economic growth.
UICCA is registered as a non-governmental organization in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).
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Kawthar Bin Sulayem Strategic Advisor HH Sheikha Shamma bint Private office of Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan [email protected]
A statement has been released by the Korean Consulate General in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to warn K-culture fans about scammers impersonating Korean celebrities. [SCREEN CAPTURE]
Korea’s Consulate General in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has warned K-culture fans in the country to watch out for scams, which are on the rise in the country.
According to a statement posted on the consulate’s website on Tuesday, a Brazilian woman, who is an avid fan of K-dramas and K-pop, was recently scammed by an impostor posing as the actor. Korean Park Bo-gum. The impostor first approached the victim via direct message on Instagram and befriended the victim. Then, when the relationship was “secure enough,” the impostor told the victim he wanted to go to Brazil to see her, but said she would first have to wire them some 50,000 reals (about 9,700 $), because it is difficult to use the agency’s money. to pay travel expenses, the consulate explained.
“The victim wired the money without suspicion and even borrowed money from his acquaintances to find the large sum,” the statement said. The Park Bo-gum impostor the Brazilian was talking to cut communications after the bank transfer.
“People who pretend to be celebrities on social media and form private relationships and then ask for money will be scammers almost all the time,” the statement said. “If you know of anyone suspicious claiming to be a Korean celebrity, please report them to the police or contact the Embassy or Consulate General. Please spread this information so that no other fans of Korean culture are victimized. such fraud.
The consulate said Brazilian police are currently investigating the case.
RCMP are investigating a suspected Molotov cocktail attack on the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, national police said Monday, after the Russian Foreign Ministry asked Canada to step up its protection of the building.
Earlier Monday, Russian Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov said Russian state news agency Sputnik that a lit bottle containing a “chemical composition” was dumped on embassy grounds early in the morning of September 12, but did not ignite. There was no damage and no one at the embassy was injured, he said.
On Monday afternoon, the RCMP confirmed to CBC News that they had opened an investigation and that officers had visited the embassy for more information. Earlier today, Ottawa police said they were unaware of the incident.
The embassy told CBC News it considers the incident an “attempted act of terrorism” and has been in contact with Global Affairs Canada. The embassy provided CBC News with two videos of the alleged incident.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said it also summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the attack.
WATCH | A video shows a Molotov cocktail being thrown over a fence, according to the Embassy:
The Russian Embassy in Ottawa released surveillance video on Monday of what it says is an unknown person launching what appears to be an incendiary projectile on embassy grounds.
In a Russian-language statement on Monday afternoon, the department alleged that Ottawa police turned a blind eye to “aggressive protesters” blocking public access to the embassy’s consular section, saying police witnessed an incident but did not intervene.
The ministry also said authorities were not doing enough to prevent or detain those who commit “hostile actions” against its diplomatic staff in what it called a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Stepanov also said the embassy should have a permanent police presence, Sputnik reported.
In a statement, the RCMP said it is “constantly adapting its protective posture to the current threat environment to ensure an adequate level of protection is in place at the Russian Embassy.”
Adrien Blanchard, press secretary to Melanie Joly, Canada’s foreign minister, said “violence and vandalism are not acceptable” and that they will continue to closely monitor any news about the incidents.
Meanwhile, a CBC reporter visited the embassy on Monday and saw no obvious signs of vandalism or damage.
In a show of solidarity and support for Ukraine and its people, the City of Ottawa in March installed signage reading “Free-Libre Ukraine” along Charlotte Street in the Sandy Hill neighborhood, right in front of the embassy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and a delegation of lawmakers traveled to Armenia amid renewed clashes with neighboring Azerbaijan that have killed more than 200 soldiers, according to US officials.
During a speech in Yerevan, Armenia, Pelosi condemned Azerbaijan’s “unlawful and deadly attacks on Armenian territory” which sparked border fighting. “We strongly condemn these attacks,” she said alongside Armenian parliament speaker Alen Simonyan.
The two countries agreed to a ceasefire last week that has lasted three days so far. But the fighting, Pelosi claimed, “was instigated by the Azeris and that must be acknowledged.”
Pelosi is the highest-ranking US official to visit Armenia in decades and the first to do so since the country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Azerbaijan was also a Soviet republic before the bloc dissolved.
The US Embassy, which confirmed Pelosi’s visit on Saturday, said his trip included a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. She was joined by Reps. Frank Pallone (DN.J.), Anna Eshoo (D-California) and Jackie Speier (D-California), according to embassy officials.
Besides her visit to Pashinyan, Pelosi will also participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Memorial and deliver a speech at the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, the embassy said.
A ceasefire came into effect on Wednesday evening after two days of heavy fighting that marked the biggest outbreak of hostilities in nearly two years.
The two ex-Soviet countries are locked in a decades-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is part of Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war. In 1994.
In a six-week war in 2020, Azerbaijan reclaimed large swathes of Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent territories held by Armenian forces. More than 6,700 people died in the fighting, which ended with a Russian-brokered peace deal. Moscow has deployed around 2,000 troops to the region to serve as peacekeepers.
Following Pelosi’s remarks on Sunday, Azeri officials sharply criticized the speaker.
“The unfounded and unjust accusations made by Pelosi against Azerbaijan are unacceptable,” the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement, as reported by Reuters. “This is a blow to the efforts to normalize relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” the ministry added while claiming that Pelosi’s comments are “Armenian propaganda.”
Meanwhile, Russia sees Armenia – which recently sought support from Moscow – as a regional ally. The Kremlin has also sought friendly relations with Azerbaijan in recent years.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters that Russia was able to mediate in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, saying Moscow had enough resources to provide assistance despite the raging conflict in Ukraine.
“Under the influence of Russia, this conflict has been localized. I hope that will continue to be the case,” Putin told reporters, Reuters reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will pay an 11-day visit to the United States from Sunday to attend the United Nations General Assembly, participate in several plurilateral and trilateral meetings and hold talks with senior officials from the Biden administration. Jaishankar will also host a ministerial meeting of the G4 group which, apart from India, includes Brazil, Japan and Germany, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, announcing its visit.
The minister will also take part in the “high-level meeting” of the L.69 group on “the revival of multilateralism and the achievement of a comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council”.
The L.69 group is made up of developing countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and small island developing states, focused on UN Security Council reforms.
“During his visit to New York from September 18 to 24, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will lead the Indian delegation for the high-level week at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), “said the MEA in a press release. .
The theme of the 77th UN General Assembly is “A Decisive Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interrelated Challenges”.
“To commemorate and highlight Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will host a special ‘[email protected]: Showcasing India UN Partnership in Action’ event on September 24, which will highlight India’s development journey and its contributions to South-South cooperation,” the MEA said.
The event is expected to be addressed by the President of the 77th UNGA as well as Foreign Ministers of several Member States and the UNDP Administrator.
The MEA said Jaishankar will also participate in Quad, IBSA and BRICS plurilateral meetings as well as meetings in trilateral formats, such as India-France-Australia, India-France-UAE and India-Indonesia-Australia. .
“He will also have bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of G20 member states and the UN Security Council, among others,” the MEA said.
Jaishankar’s speech at the high-level session of the 77th UN General Assembly is scheduled for the morning of September 24.
At the end of engagements related to the 77th UNGA, Jaishankar will travel to Washington from September 25-28 for bilateral meetings with US interlocutors.
“His program includes, among other things, discussions with his counterpart Secretary of State Antony Blinken; senior US administration officials, US business leaders, a roundtable focused on science and technology and the interaction with the Indian diaspora,” the MEA said.
“The Foreign Minister’s visit would allow for a high-level review of the multi-faceted bilateral agenda and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues to further cement the strategic partnership between India and the United States,” did he declare.
More than 40,000 people are expected in Santa Ana this weekend to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day, which all of Central America shares equally, making it also the Independence Day of the nations of Guatemala, from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
On Thursday, September 15, a launch celebration was held in historic downtown Santa Ana at Plaza Calle Cuatro hosted by the Mexican Consulate, which was attended by hundreds, according to spokesperson Gabriel Juarez Alvarado. of the consulate.
“This celebration commemorates one of the most relevant civic events in our history as an independent nation,” Rivera Gomez said in a telephone interview.
“Santa Ana is 80% Latino and among these 80%, the majority comes from Mexico. Long live Mexico! Yes?” Mayor Sarmiento, originally from Bolivia, told a cheering crowd.
For an hour, Calle Cuatro Plaza turned into a place of nostalgia for many immigrants, who cannot party in Mexico.
“There is nostalgia and a desire to return to Mexico from many people I speak to, but many may leave but not return,” Alvarado said, “Mexicans, I know you are here, that you work and you send money to your family, I want you to feel ‘El Grito’ for Mexico because I know you have Mexico in your heart.
The event was a free community event where many Latin American organizations, both private and non-profit, and local officials came together to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day. Organizations and community members, such as Banda de Guerra Osos de Californa, United Across Borders Foundation and Northgate Market, and others. Many attendees were recognized by local Congressman Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, who also represents Santa Ana, and by the City of Santa Ana for their participation. Santa Ana Mayor, Mayor Sarmiento, OC Board Supervisor Katrina Foley, and Santa Ana Councilwoman Jessie Lopez attended.
The ceremony was filled with traditional songs and dances from Mexico in traditional dress.
Not far from the plaza, another Independence Day commemoration took over the Santa Ana skyline.
The city’s iconic downtown water tower was lit up by city officials in blue to celebrate the Central American countries which also celebrate their independence on September 15.
The tower which, in recent years, bore the colors of the Mexican flag was blue.
“Last night we lit up the water tower in blue and white in honor of the five Central American countries celebrating their Independence Day today, September 15. Our city is proud to share such a diverse Hispanic culture. The tower will be illuminated tonight. ¡Que Vivan El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua and Costa Rican read the official City of Santa Ana Facebook post.
The gesture was put in place to celebrate all of the Latino immigrant families who call Santa Ana home, as council member Jessie Lopez suggested.
“It should be noted that the request to turn it on came from board member Jessie Lopez, who is Salvadoran-American. It is important to note that Santa Ana is home to immigrant families from Central America and other parts of Latin America, not just Mexico,” Santa Ana spokesperson Paul Eakins said via email. .
“You know, I personally think, for me, it’s like a feel-good moment to see all the Salvadorans in the city of Santa Ana having, you know, a moment in time to see their house, the color of their homeland reflected, on the water tower, because there’s a population of us here that I think hasn’t necessarily been recognized or celebrated in the past,” Lopez said.
Lopez says it’s the first time the water tower has been blue during this time, normally it’s the color of the Mexican flag.
Voice of OC contacted the City of Santa Ana to ask if this was the first time the water tower had been lit blue. “I don’t remember doing it in the almost 3 years I was with the City,” Eakins said.
“I reported it to the staff, it was also part of an educational process for everyone to let them know, part of, you know, Hispanic or Latino, then whatever you want to call it the Heritage Month is about, you know, Latin America, in general, from Chile to Mexico to Central America, celebrating their independence from Spain.
This weekend, Santa Ana expects 40,000 people to visit Fiestas Patrias. The annual celebration normally hosts a parade, but for the past 2 years it has been scaled back due to the pandemic, but this year it will not take place due to ongoing construction in the area.
The layout of the Fiestas Patrias for the 17th and 18th in downtown Santa Ana and the set times can be found here.
“Due to ongoing construction in downtown and on Main Street (where the parade normally takes place), additional street closures would have been required to hold the parade this year. We didn’t want to have any additional impact on local businesses and neighborhoods already impacted by construction closures. We hope we can bring the parade back next year,” Eakins said.
Despite street closures and earlier pandemic restrictions, the celebrations continue.
“The central message here is that we wanted to bring a piece of Mexico here so that they don’t forget their roots, it’s to bring a memory of Mexico, of its independence, and not to forget to be proud of their country,” says Alvarado.
Here’s how the Consul General of Mexico kicked off the celebrations this week in Santa Ana.
The current ‘blame culture’ around medication errors made by nurses must be addressed to enable learning opportunities and help improve patient safety, a global nursing leader has urged.
International Council of Nurses chief executive Howard Catton has used this year’s World Patient Safety Day, which has the theme ‘medication safety’, to call for changes in the way providers health care manage medication errors involving nurses.
“What is needed is to move from a criminalizing and disciplinary mindset to communication and dialogue that will lead to learning”
He stressed that while nurses have “vital responsibilities” in this area, the negative impact of overburdened wards and worsening staff shortages should not be ignored.
The annual Awareness Day, held each September 17 by the World Health Organization, brings together patients, families, caregivers, communities, health workers, leaders and decision-makers to show their commitment to the patient safety.
This year is centered on drug safety and carries the slogan: “Medications without danger”.
The campaign aims to raise global awareness of the “heavy burden of drug-related harm due to medication errors and unsafe practices” and to “advocate for urgent action to improve drug safety”, according to the WHO.
The international organization has recognized that medication errors occur due to “systemic issues and/or human factors such as fatigue, poor environmental conditions or staff shortages that affect prescribing, transcribing, dispensing practices , administration and supervision”.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
He added that the evidence suggests that “more than half of all drug-induced harm occurs at the stage when drugs are prescribed and when they are taken by patients due to inadequate monitoring”.
Antibiotics were the “highest risk” category for drug-related harm, according to the WHO, but drugs such as sedatives, anti-inflammatories, and heart and blood pressure medications “also have risks.” significant risks,” she added.
“Medicines are powerful tools to protect health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO.
“But drugs that are badly prescribed, badly taken or of poor quality can cause serious harm. No one should be harmed while seeking care.
While ICN welcomed the focus on medications as this year’s theme, it also called for a culture change in how medication errors by nurses are managed and addressed.
Speaking at a virtual WHO event ahead of the awareness day, Mr Catton described the ‘current blame culture around medical errors made by nurses’ as the ‘enemy of patient safety’ .
“We’re not talking about gross negligence, but about honest mistakes often linked to system failure in organizations,” he said.
“Nor are we trying to absolve nurses of their responsibilities, but when errors do occur, open reporting can lead to learning, not only for the individual concerned, but also for the organization in which they work.”
Mr Catton stressed that it was “important to have a ‘just culture’, rather than one in which there is an immediate movement to impose sanctions, refer the nurse to the national nursing regulator and take disciplinary measures”.
“What is needed is a shift from a criminalizing and disciplinary mindset to communication and dialogue that will lead to learning and improvement and vital improvement in patient safety,” he added.
The ICN CEO highlighted the recent case of nurse RaDonda Vaught in the US who made a fatal medication error and was prosecuted “despite evidence of system failure”.
He then warned of the negative impact of strained health services and nursing shortages on patient safety.
“Nurses have vital responsibilities in administering medication, but we know they work in environments where they are often overstretched, short-staffed and too busy to consistently deliver the high-quality care they want. “said Mr. Caton.
“We know that all of these factors can lead to errors, including potentially serious medication errors.
“We cannot ignore the fact that the world is short of many millions of nurses, perhaps as many as 13 million, nor that this fact alone has a very real impact on their daily practice.
“And of course, drug safety is an example of the type of errors that can have very serious implications for patient well-being.”
It was recently revealed that the NHS in England is facing a record shortage of nearly 47,000 nurses.
Also speaking ahead of World Patient Safety Day, Royal College of Nursing Director for England, Patricia Marquis, echoed concerns about nursing shortages impacting patient care and drug safety.
“Ensuring patient safety is at the heart of everything nurses and nursing support staff do and this year’s theme, Medication Safety, is about exactly that,” said Marquis.
“But with a record one in eight nursing vacancies in England – and a similar picture across the rest of the UK – the workforce crisis means care is left on hold and patients are put at risk.
“Medication errors become much more likely when staff are overwhelmed and unable to give their patients the attention they deserve.”
She added: “The nursing staff are extremely proud of their work and are distraught that they cannot provide the care they wish to provide.
“We know that the best way to improve patient safety is to have the right number of employees in place.”
The Mexican Embassy in the Turkish capital held a reception on Thursday to commemorate the country’s 212th Independence Day.
“Mexico is happy to celebrate its National Day with its friend and strategic partner Türkiye. We will continue to work to strengthen this important relationship in the present and for the future,” Ambassador Jose Luis Martinez said in a speech delivered during of the event in Ankara.
Martinez said Mexico and Turkey have “excellent” relations in all areas.
“We are important countries in the international system, with large economies, dynamic populations, geopolitical importance, strategic location and leaders in our regions,” he added.
The Ambassador hailed Türkiye’s mediating role in the Russian-Ukrainian war, saying, “Thanks to the mediation of Türkiye and the United Nations, a significant part of the world will overcome the food crisis.”
Turkey, the UN, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul on July 22 to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which were halted after the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war in February.
The Embassy also inaugurated an exhibition, Diego & Frida: Chronicles of Life, which is a collection of photographs by artist friends and colleagues of the couple, illustrating moments in the lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
In addition, relations between Turkey and Mexico began with the signing of a friendship agreement in 1927. Turkish Airlines direct flights to Mexico City and Cancun were launched in August 2019, further strengthening the ties as well as the commercial and tourist relations. Bilateral trade volume between the two countries has increased by nearly $2 billion (TL 30.97 billion). Turkish companies have also started to participate in large projects of strategic value in Mexico as well as in prestigious projects of the Mexican government.
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HYDERABAD: Newly arrived US Consul General Jennifer Larson and Minister of Municipal Government and Urban Development KT Rama Rao visited the historic Qutb Shahi Heritage Park complex to mark the completion of a $112,560 conservation project funded by the American Consulate in Hyderabad and conducted by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The project supports the conservation of five stepwells inside the tombs complex, which will retain 15 million liters of rainwater during the monsoon season and meet the water needs of the 106-acre heritage park.
“Hyderabad is not just a vibrant city with a bright future, it’s a historic city with a storied past,” said US Consul General Jennifer Larson. “This is my first visit to the Qutb Shahi Tombs and it’s great to see firsthand how the Aga Khan Trust for Culture leverages US Consulate funding to conserve parts of this magnificent site.”
The Qutb Shahi Tombs complex is the necropolis of the dynasty that ruled the region from 1518 to 1687. Other major structures of the Qutb Shahi dynasty in Hyderabad are the Golconda Fort and the 428-year-old ceremonial gate Charminar. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is working to develop these three sites to apply for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an initiative carried out under a memorandum of understanding with the Telangana government.
“The Qutb Shahi tombs are among Hyderabad’s greatest historical legacies and that is why the Telangana government is so keen to conserve and enhance this unique site,” said Minister Rama Rao. “The excellent efforts of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the kind support of the US Consulate are helping us to achieve this.
The stepwell renovation project is funded by the American Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), which supports projects aimed at preserving a wide range of cultural heritage around the world, including historic buildings and archaeological sites. This is the third AFCP grant the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has received for the implementation of documentation and conservation projects at the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park Complex.
Past projects include a $103,000 effort in 2018 to conserve the 17th century tombs of Taramati and Premamati, as well as a $101,612 initiative in 2014 to document a series of underground structures such as a grand mosque, a water reservoir, a summer palace, pipeline terracottas, a madrasa, aqueducts, walls delimiting a set of tombs and a gate leading to the fort of Golconda. “The conservation of these incredible 16th century stepwells in the Qutb Shahi Necropolis has ensured the preservation of extremely important heritage buildings, but has also made the complex sustainable for its water needs. Our teams have been honored to work with the Government of Telangana and with a valuable grant from the United States Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation,” said Luis Monreal, Managing Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Happy to dedicate today six restored Stepwells (Bowlis) to Qutb Shahi Park
A group of Samford University alumni call their alma mater after administrators at the Alabama institution excluded two local churches from its annual campus ministry fair over their support of same-sex marriage . Leaders of the alumni organization, which supports and advocates for LGBTQ students at Samford, say the university’s recent actions indicate it is becoming more conservative.
“If Samford doesn’t go back to how it was before, it will have signaled a very right turn in the style of a Liberty University type college, which is not what Samford has been for decades,” said Brit Blalock, a 2008 graduate and founder of SAFE Samford. “It was much more of an intermediate arts college, very liberal. It would be a big departure from that.
Samford Vice President of Student Affairs Philip Kimrey wrote in a campus-wide email Wednesday that “we welcome all denominations and have no policy or plan to restrict denominations on our campus. “. But he added that university leaders “have a responsibility to formally partner with departmental organizations that share our beliefs.
“I recognize that the university’s choices regarding the partners we work with in student ministry may disappoint some,” Kimrey said. wrote. “Know that these decisions are made prayerfully and with the theological commitments of the university in mind.”
No university administrator was made available for an interview. A Samford spokesperson said Kimrey’s letter served as a statement to the university.
The university’s decision was first reported by Al.com. The two churches excluded from the Campus Ministry Fair were the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Samford, a Baptist University in Birmingham with nearly 6,000 students, has no official LGBTQ student group on campus; a former president refused to recognize the organization in 2017. Its non-discrimination policy also does not include sexual orientation and gender identity, placing the institution in the minority of Christian colleges and universities in the states states, said Jonathan Coley, assistant professor of sociology at Oklahoma State University.
“This latest decision to expel the Episcopal Church and PCUSA from campus definitely seems like a pretty dramatic step backwards, because even though Samford has never allowed an LGBTQ student body, these denominations, like the Episcopal Church , have had a long presence on Samford. campus,” said Coley, who graduated from Samford in 2010 and now sits on the SAFE Samford Board of Directors.
Coley tracks LGBTQ policies at Christian colleges and universities and has seen an overall shift toward more inclusive policies, but some institutions with policies that discriminate against LGBTQ students are expanding the boundaries of LGBTQ student advocacy. Some institutions even describe these limitations in detail on one to two pages in student textbooks, he said.
“While on the one hand many schools have become more inclusive, discriminatory schools have more than doubled,” Coley said. “Samford still doesn’t have the two-page student handbook, but this move seems to put it more in line with Liberty Universities around the world.”
Coley, Blalock and others expected President Beck Taylor, who took over last year, to be more moderate than the previous administration. A New Yorkerprofile of a gay faculty member at Taylor’s former institution, Whitworth University, suggested it would be more LGBTQ-friendly.
“I had a really wonderful conversation with him in which he made it clear that he was trying to do no harm to LGBTQ students and that he knew a lot of us had felt very wronged in the past. “said Blalock. “I was really taken aback by that, because it didn’t fit at all with the conversation he and I had at the start of his time at Samford.”
Controversy ahead of Taylor’s inauguration as president in November 2021 was an indication that he would have to negotiate the university’s conservative culture during his tenure. Historian Jon Meacham’s invitation to speak was withdrawn after some students raised concerns about his support for Planned Parenthood. Meacham was eventually reported on campus to speak at a separate event in the spring of 2022, titled Love Thy Neighbor, which focused on respectful civil speech.
“I want Samford to be a community that embraces conviction and curiosity,” Taylor said at the event. “We want students at Samford to stand firm in their beliefs. No one is asking you to give up your beliefs. At the same time, I want you to stay curious. I want you to seek out people with different ideas and beliefs so that you can put your beliefs to the test.
Blalock said he learned shortly after the August 31 campus ministry fair that college chaplains from both churches were turned away from the event because of the denominations’ LGBTQ affirmation positions.
She spoke with those involved to piece together what happened. She said Bobby Gatlin, the Samford campus pastor, did not invite the Episcopal Church campus ministry organization after a chaplain agreed to share his table with the ministry representing the Presbyterian Church. . He told the Episcopalian minister that she could not participate due to her denomination’s LGBTQ affirmation stance, Blalock said.
“Maybe this policy existed in the background, but it had never been presented as a reason to exclude groups before, so this is all very new to everyone,” Blalock said.
The guidelines outline the process organizations must follow to obtain approval to serve on campus. The campus pastor oversees this process and approves applications.
“A guest ministry must have and observe a statement of faith and a theological outlook that is consistent with Samford’s mission, vision and core values,” the guidelines state. “As a condition of admission to campus, a visiting ministry must fully and clearly disclose in writing to the campus pastor all of its affiliations, fundamental theological principles, institutional means and sources of support, and sponsoring organizations.”
Rev. Kelley Hudlow, spokesperson for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, told Al.com the church has had a presence in Samford for more than 30 years.
“We have been regular attendees at ministry fairs,” Hudlow told the outlet. “We are not allowed to do on-campus ministry right now. We have learned that Samford is revising and revamping some of its policies related to guest ministries. We have expressed to Samford that we are very interested in continuing this 30+ year relationship that we have with the university.
Gatlin became the campus pastor in 2019 and guest ministry on campus has been suspended during the pandemic, according to Al.com. The positions of the PCUSA and the Episcopal Church on LGBTQ rights predate the pandemic.
Blalock said Samford has always been ecumenically diverse and she wants to see the university regain that status. SAFE Samford has launched a public letter writing campaign advocate for policy change. During the first day of the campaign, the organization received more than a dozen letters of support, and Blalock expects more, as well as advocacy from student and faculty groups.
“There’s a lot going on right now, and I expect to see a lot more,” she said.
What do you think of when you see a pair of twin sisters in their twenties, who are popular YouTubers who make entertainment videos? Beauty, youth, glory?
These are labels frequently associated with Huang Doudou and Huang Guoguo, who hail from the central province of Anhui in China and now reside in Sydney, Australia.
The twin sisters created their Chinese YouTube channel in 2018, which focuses on entertainment programs. In less than four years, the channel has garnered over 100,000 subscribers and over 40,000,000 total views.
Among their cheerful entertainment videos about the latest movies, TV series and pop stars, some fans may notice that there are sometimes videos about human rights issues in China.
A video uploaded in 2021, for example, showcased the H&M incident, in which Beijing pressured the global clothing brand to back down from its stance on Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang region.
Another, uploaded in 2019 to the 2019 American film “The Laundromat,” shed light on the Chinese Communist regime’s forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a meditation practice in the Buddhist tradition with moral teachings centered on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. Fearing its popularity as an independent ideology in China – with up to 100 million practitioners in the 1990s – the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has launched a brutal campaign to “eradicate” the practice and its adherents since July 1999. .
Few people know that behind the video is a heartbreaking story about the sisters’ family.
A turning point in happy times
Like their peers, Doudou and Guoguo had a happy childhood with the care and love of their families and friends.
“We grew up loving going out with our parents to do the (Falun Gong) exercises. The music is pleasant to hear. The adults put us in front of the queue. We were often complimented by passers-by as pretty girls,” said eldest sister Doudou.
“My father gave up many of his previous bad habits, such as tobacco and alcohol addiction, soon after practicing Falun Gong.”
According to Doudou, in his workplace, his father treated his colleagues according to the principles of “truth, compassion, tolerance; and made a profit for the factory, which was originally losing money. He was awarded as an advanced worker in the main factory at the end of 1997.
“But all those good times are gone with the unreasonable deletion. The CCP, led by Jiang Zemin, has used all state machinery and media to spread rumors and launch government-sanctioned persecution against Falun Gong followers,” she said.
“Since then, there has been no peace in our family. We were illegally attacked three times. Our father was illegally detained six times, illegally sentenced to four years in prison, illegally imprisoned in brainwashing classes three times, and fired from his workplace. Our mother was kidnapped once, illegally locked up in a brainwashing class once, had her duties revoked, and was forcibly suspended from her job for three months without pay or bonus.
“We grew up under such fear and pressure,” she said.
The twins’ father ended a four-year prison sentence in 2007 and started driving a taxi for a living.
“He treats people kindly and always thinks of others,” Doudou said. “Over the past few years, he found countless cell phones, wallets and other items left by passengers in the car. Whenever he was afraid that the owner was anxious, so he took the initiative to find ways to contact and return them as soon as possible, and he always refused money or gifts offered by the owners as a sign of gratitude.
Illegal arrests consistent with family life
Unfortunately, the twin sisters recently learned that their father had been arrested again by the Chinese regime.
On the evening of June 19, the sisters’ father, Huang Zhisong, mother, Chen Lingxia, and six other Falun Gong practitioners were reading Falun Dafa books at their home when, around 9 p.m., more than 20 local police officers broke into home and seized eight practitioners, including their parents.
According to the sisters, the police did not show any legal documents when they arrested the sisters’ family. The police also seized dozens of Falun Gong books, two laptops, an iPad, four iPhones and a printer without their families present. Their mother witnessed the loss when she returned home from the detention center.
“Among the 14 recognized and identified cults in China, there is no mention of Falun Gong,” Doudou said.
“My father’s burden was imposed on him. One can be arrested simply for reading books at home. There are no human rights in China at all!
Speak up and seek help from the Australian government
On the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival), a traditional Chinese festival for a family reunion, the sisters showed up at the gate of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, holding the display boards of “Release Huang Zhisong immediately” and “Freedom of Faith”.
“Mid-Autumn [festival] is a day for a family reunion, but we who are away from home are worried about our family and our father’s condition right now,” Guoguo, the younger sister, told The Epoch Times.
Feeling isolated and helpless, the sisters decided to seek help from the Australian government.
“We want to use our little power to speak as much as possible through our family’s experience,” she said.
In a letter seen by The Epoch Times, the twins called on Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Jo Haylen, the MP for Summer Hill in New South Wales, to help them and detailed their father’s experience.
“As we remember, because of his belief in Falun Dafa, our father became a person of integrity and kindness, a person with a sense of responsibility… When we encountered problems in our studies or at work, dad was always the one. who the first to give us advice and guidance,” they wrote. “We are far from each other and haven’t seen each other for many years…We are very worried about him and cannot let Dad suffer another wrongful imprisonment.”
Epoch Times has contacted the Chinese Consulate in Sydney regarding Huang Zhisong’s arrest but has not received a response at the time of publication.
Invoking the “spirit of Samarkand” ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit to be held on September 14-15, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said the Afghan people need “good neighbours” and called it a “moral obligation” to extend a helping hand and offer them effective ways to overcome the years-long crisis.
In an article published by The Indian Express, Mirziyoyev wrote: “Afghanistan, which for centuries has acted as a buffer in historic clashes between global and regional powers, should try a new peaceful mission to link Central Asia and South Asia.
In this context, he said that the construction of the “trans-Afghan corridor” could become the symbol of such mutually beneficial interregional cooperation. “It is also important to understand that by implementing joint infrastructure projects such as the Termez – Mazar-i-Sharif – Kabul – Peshawar railway, we are not only solving socio-economic, transport and communication, but we also make a significant contribution to ensuring regional security,” Mirziyoyev said in his article.
“I believe it is important and necessary for the SCO to share its success with Afghanistan. This country is an integral part of the wider SCO space. The Afghan people need good neighbors and their support now more than ever. It is our moral obligation to reach out to them, to offer them effective means to overcome the crisis which has lasted for years by promoting the socio-economic growth of the country, its integration into regional and global development processes”, he declared.
“By bringing our positions closer to each other, we can together develop a new SCO program for a more peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. Only then can we create a truly stable and sustainable SCO space with indivisible security,” he wrote.
He said: “The basis of the SCO’s international attractiveness is its non-bloc status, openness, non-targeting against third countries or international organizations, equality and respect for the sovereignty of all participants, the refusal to interfere in internal affairs, as well as the prevention of political confrontation and unhealthy rivalries.
“The concept of success of the SCO is the promotion of multifaceted cooperation in ensuring regional security. In fact, the SCO is called to become a pole of attraction without dividing lines, in the name of peace, cooperation and progress,” he wrote.
He said: “Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the SCO fell on a dynamic period, full of various events and trends – the period of the ‘historic break’, when an era comes to an end and another begins – hitherto unpredictable and unknown.
“The modern system of international cooperation, based on universal principles and norms, is beginning to falter. One of the main reasons for this is a deep crisis of confidence on a global level, which, in turn, provokes a geopolitical confrontation and the risk of reviving the stereotypes of block thinking. This process of mutual alienation complicates the return of the global economy to its former course of development and the restoration of global supply chains.
Referring to the war in Ukraine, he said: “Ongoing armed conflicts around the world are destabilizing trade and investment flows, exacerbating food and energy security problems.”
The SCO summit will bring together Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, among other leaders.
The The United States Commercial Service hosted a seminar on Thursday attended by Consul General Will Stevens, which connected cybersecurity professionals from Nigeria’s banking, telecom and fintech sectors with services and opportunities. offered by the American software company SAS.
In his opening remarks, Consul General Stevens emphasized the importance of increasing U.S.-Nigeria collaboration on cybersecurity to help secure the digital economy now and in the future.
“Financial institutions are leading the technical revolution taking place in Nigeria. While they are to reap the benefits of this essential transition, they also have a responsibility to ensure that the financial system of tomorrow remains stable, reliable and safe for consumers and institutions,” said Consul General Stevens.
He also explained that partnerships with American companies like SAS are beneficial to the economies of both countries and will lead to diversifying and expanding the cybersecurity related options available in Nigeria.
“The U.S. Mission in Nigeria looks forward to working with the U.S. and Nigerian business community in the years to come to continue advancing much-needed digital transformation,” Consul General Stevens added.
In his presentation, Stephen Wessels, Head of Customer Advisory at SAS South Africa, discussed the role of analytics in protecting and securing the financial services industry.
“SAS’ advanced analytics help manage increasing regulatory demands, stop fraud in its tracks, and maximize return on capital,” Wessels said.
US Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the US Department of Commerce based in Lagos.
The US Trade Service facilitates connections between Nigerian and US products, services and partners.Additionally, the US Commercial Service supports US companies coming to trade shows in Nigeria, as well as helping to send Nigerian delegations to US trade shows.
A collective sigh of relief was almost palpable following a recent press briefing by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Not because its director general brought good news from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on the frontline of the Russian-Ukrainian war, but because trusted experts from the UN watchdog had verified what was happening and gave advice on how to avoid disaster.
Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean the protagonists will listen. This is the paradox and the central problem of the UN. In an interconnected world where our greatest challenges know no borders, the United Nations is our agreed forum for settling disputes and enhancing the collective good. But this depends on cooperation between sovereign states, guided above all by national interests.
A few days earlier, a ship carrying 23,000 tonnes of wheat for the World Food Program (WFP) docked in Djibouti. Although this is only a drop in the ocean of what is needed, this is a significant time for 22 million people suffering from food stress in the Horn of the Africa, not least because it raised hopes for new shipments, thanks to a UN-brokered deal that unblocked grain exports from Ukraine.
These examples illustrate the usefulness of the United Nations system. But the IAEA mission was only possible because two member states – Russia and Ukraine – agreed after pressure from other members. The resumption of grain exports only took place when African countries put pressure on Moscow and Turkey took the lead in the negotiations.
The UN facilitated these achievements, much like a priest blessing a marriage that requires the consent of two people. This shows that the United Nations is as effective as the sum of its parts.
When they come together, the United Nations impacts our daily lives in multiple ways. We fly over national airspaces in complete safety thanks to its International Civil Aviation Organization. When our letters or money orders arrive in a remote part of the globe, thank the Universal Postal Union of the United Nations. When we use the phone or the Internet to connect anywhere, recognize the UN’s International Telecommunication Union. Have you invented a new gadget that needs to be protected in multiple countries? Register with the World Intellectual Property Organization. Looking for dignified livelihoods through decent work? Collaborate with the International Labor Organization, the only global body that gives equal voice to governments, employers and workers.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar attend a signing ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey. Reuters
When they come together, the UN impacts our daily lives in multiple ways
It would be cumbersome and costly – especially for smaller and poorer nations – to develop their own norms and standards. While they are still in the process of adapting global guidelines to their needs and instituting their own policies, they can compare them to United Nations norms, standards and best practices.
Beyond norms and standards, the UN is also at the forefront of raising the aspirations of humanity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, is now available in 360 languages. It is the most translated document in the world. It is a yardstick for measuring good and evil and provides lasting hope and inspiration, even if we do not heed its powerful exhortations.
More recently, the Sustainable Development Goals, unanimously adopted by the UN in 2015, are a strong call to eradicate poverty and protect the planet. It is easy to scoff at such idealism, but it provides the framework for national development and guides donor strategies. This is obviously a good thing, even if the world is lagging desperately behind in meeting the 2030 goals.
Such work is generally respected because it helps all countries without threatening any of them. These efforts are trustworthy because they are relatively apolitical and inclusive, drawing on global knowledge and expertise.
However, when the common good collides with the national interest, the UN finds itself in the hot seat trying to facilitate an agreement while ensuring that compromises do not stray too far from the standards it must uphold. .
Inevitably, no one emerges unscathed from an attempt to reconcile such contradictions. The effectiveness of COP26, for example, is being questioned by recent disaster victims in Pakistan, who are waiting for long-promised climate change mitigation funds. The UN is blamed for the non-delivery although it cannot create the money and still relies on the wealthier countries to provide it.
The response to Covid-19 provides an additional illustration. Some blame the World Health Organization for the huge social and economic costs of lockdowns, though its advice is far more nuanced than some countries have practiced. The UN’s Global Vaccine Alliance is also responsible for gross inequities in the sharing of life-saving vaccines, although it is the producing countries that hoard the supplies.
The fact that the United Nations is destined to remain permanently between a rock and a hard place is illustrated by its Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Did the last high commissioner refuse to extend her term because she was worn out with abuse and blame as human rights declined and human wrongs multiplied? He can hardly be blamed for the fact that his tenure coincided with a rise in authoritarianism around the world.
The UN is attracting even more criticism for failing to achieve its primary mission on peace and security, the raison d’être for its founding in 1945 after World War II. Nearly eight decades later, the world is deadlier than it has been since, with two billion – a quarter of humanity – living alongside conflict. And yet, it has nearly 100,000 blue helmets and dozens of emissaries for peace in the world. But how can the UN be effective if its supreme organ, the Security Council, is crippled by a seemingly insurmountable difference between its most powerful permanent members.
To some extent, UN agencies must bear the blame for being lulled into their own lofty rhetoric and overselling themselves to mobilize resources in a competitive world. The UN’s humanitarian system – including household names such as Unicef and the WFP – offers a salutary tale of constant efforts that fail. This is because they have no influence on the causes of accelerating humanitarian needs, even as they peddle inadequate solutions, no matter how well intentioned.
Meanwhile, instances of corruption, fraud, misconduct and mismanagement are now frequently identified among its agencies and programs. This is a consequence of outdated UN guarantees of governance and accountability and the sense of impunity that stems from historically granted privileges and immunities.
It undermines trust at a time when the world is in critical need of multilateralism. However, the prospects for reforming the political arrangements of the United Nations, in particular the Security Council, are non-existent, and improving its monitoring and control mechanisms will take a long time.
The UN has done a lot but is it now too big to succeed? If he remains indispensable in several areas, should he do everything he does? Instead, perhaps he should honorably retire from certain businesses.
This does not mean that the UN should retreat. On the contrary, it must progress to higher ground by developing the ideas and aspirations necessary for our time of crisis and uncertainty. The same way he inspired us to fix the broken world of the 1940s. To do that, the friends of the UN must help him unclutter his confused mind and empty his overflowing closet.
Fingers crossed for VCS teams heading into 2022 League of Legends World Championship, after reports suggested visas were denied for several teams in the region.
VCS Summer 2022 champion and Vietnam’s number one seed GAM Esports has reportedly had his US visa application denied, according to news site Bongdaplus. However, they still have the option of reapplying for a visa in two weeks. It cuts a little close to the tournament, and with Saigon Buffalo apparently didn’t get a visa for Mexico, the region risks no longer participating in the Worlds.
Riot Games’ global head of esports Naz Aletaha also responded to reports on social media, saying the team “is working with government officials to do whatever [they] can bring GAM to Worlds. However, there is still a strong chance that the visa will be refused and both teams will not be able to participate in the biggest tournament of the year.
The VCS have not been able to attend a World Championship since 2019 and have missed several international events since the onset of COVID-19. The only international event the VCS was able to participate in was the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational, where Saigon Buffalo was able to reach the Rumble stage of the tournament.
If the VCS is unable to attend Worlds this year, it is unclear which teams will take their place, or if the tournament will adopt a readjusted schedule due to the missing teams. We might see other major regions get an extra slot, or other teams from minor regions get an extra slot before the tournament starts.
The 2022 Worlds will begin on Thursday September 29 with the play-in phase.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum reiterate the historic ties between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom
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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Airline and Group, and Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Culture and Arts Authority of Dubai, today visited the British Consulate in Dubai; they offered their condolences on the occasion of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
They were received by Simon Penney, UK Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and Consul General to Dubai and the Northern Emirates. A number of ministers, heads of government entities, members of the Dubai Executive Council, chief executives and members of the Federal National Council also offered their condolences.
Writing in the Consulate Book of Condolences for Queen Elizabeth II, Their Highnesses expressed their deep condolences and sympathy to His Majesty King Charles III of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Royal Family and to the people of the United Kingdom. They underscored the historic ties between the UAE and the UK, as well as the leaders’ desire to further strengthen the close relationship between the two countries.
More than 1.5 million Turkish liras (over $82,400) were pledged to flood victims in Pakistan on Thursday during a virtual fundraiser hosted by the country’s diplomatic mission in Ankara.
The embassy organized the event to collect donations for Pakistan where more than 33 million people are affected by unprecedented floods.
Muhammad Syrus Sajad Qazi, Pakistan’s top diplomat in Turkey, said the fundraiser came at a “critical time” when millions of Pakistanis were “facing grave danger due to some of the worst flooding”. .
He said flooding caused by above-normal rains killed 1,355 people and 1 million head of livestock, damaged 1.7 million homes and affected 2 million acres of arable land.
He thanked Türkiye for his support during difficult times and was moved as he showed gifts and donations sent to the embassy by Turks, including children who donated their own money.
Türkiye was one of the first responders to the situation in Pakistan and sent 11 planes and three trains of rescue and relief materials to help the victims.
Turkish lawmaker Ali Sahin offered his condolences to flood victims for “my precious Pakistan” and said Turks felt the “pain of the brothers and sisters of Pakistan”.
“Pakistani people are very powerful to overcome these painful days,” he said, adding that Turkey is closely monitoring the situation.
Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sahin said two ministers visited Pakistan to “take measures and initiatives” to help alleviate the suffering of the victims.
He added that the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) and the Turkish Red Crescent (Turk Kizilay), as well as other Turkish NGOs, were working to help the victims.
The Turkish ministerial delegation visited Pakistan last Friday to express its solidarity and support for the South Asian country.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Environment Minister Murat Kurum and officials from Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) and Turkey’s Housing Development Administration (TOKI) visited the affected regions by floods, particularly the district of Badin in Sindh.
“Turkey has fully mobilized (its resources) since the floods (in Pakistan) started,” Sahin said. “(The) pain of Pakistan is the pain of Turkey! Pakistan is not alone.
Turks, including professionals, business people and members of the Pakistani community in Türkiye have pledged to donate to the campaign launched by the Embassy of Pakistan, raising cash and in-kind aid for the victims.
Qazi delivered special prayers for the victims last Friday at more than 90,000 mosques across Turkey.
In less than an hour, the official tally of donations from the Embassy stood at more than one million Turkish liras, in addition to the $30,000 from the attendees.
Global Assistance to Pakistan to Help Mitigate Floods
Pakistan has received more than 50 humanitarian aid flights from Turkey, UAE, China, Qatar, Uzbekistan, France, Turkmenistan, Jordan, UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Food Programme.
The UN and the Pakistani government launched a flash appeal on August 30 for $160 million to address the devastation caused by unprecedented rains and floods.
The death toll has reached 1,355 after 12 people have been killed in the past 24 hours, while 12,722 people have been injured in rain and flood-related incidents across the country since mid-June.
More than 33 million of the country’s 220 million people were affected by the floods, causing a staggering loss of $10 billion in damage to already weakened infrastructure.
Nearly 45% of cropland has already been inundated by floods, posing a serious threat to food security and adding to already soaring inflation.
Hundreds of thousands of displaced residents are also facing outbreaks of waterborne, skin and eye diseases, with health experts warning of higher death tolls from diarrhoea, typhoid, malaria, dengue fever, gastrointestinal infections and other than rains and floods.
The UN chief will arrive on Friday for a two-day visit to Pakistan as a sign of solidarity.
Antonio Guterres will meet with Pakistani leaders and senior officials to exchange views on the national and global response to the catastrophe caused by climate change.
He will also visit flood-affected areas, interact with displaced families and oversee UN humanitarian response work in support of government rescue and relief efforts for the millions of affected Pakistanis.
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Residents were reacting to Queen Elizabeth II’s death when the news broke on Thursday.
The British Consulate in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said Thursday afternoon that details of where you can leave tributes to Her Majesty are forthcoming.
She left her mark on many.
Hannah Brown from Holliston lived in England.
“I’m back in the UK for my mother’s 80th birthdaye and she said ‘did you hear the news?’ I’m like, ‘no.'”
She landed in London just hours before the Queen died. She said the mood there was dark.
“It’s really sad, like obviously I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t our queen. That’s all everyone really talks about.”
Brown never met the Queen, but former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis did. He was there when he visited Boston in 1976 – the first British monarch to visit the Commonwealth.
“It was a wonderful day and led to the rebirth of Boston,” he said.
Her favorite memory was when she arrived sliding down the gangway of the yacht she arrived on.
“We were told several times that you weren’t touching her,” he said. “Can you imagine the Queen of England on heels coming down a steep walkway heading straight for you and you’re not supposed to touch her.”
Amusing stories aside, the Queen left a lasting impact on Boston and beyond.
“The reason it matters is that she had such a long reign and such a long life,” explained Shannon Felton Spence, a former employee of the British Consulate in New England.
She said the services would be 10 times larger than Princess Diana’s.
“If you remember the British public and the world’s outpouring of grief and mourning with the boys and the huge funeral in central London – I think that’s probably the best example, but now consider it will be the Queen. “
Social Development Minister Donna Cox has warned that people traffickers are using social media to try to trap young people and adults into a life of exploitation.
She was speaking at the Brix Hotel, St Ann’s, at the launch of the Heal, Empower, Rise Counter Trafficking in Persons (HER CTIP) project on Wednesday.
This $950,000 project is funded by USAID through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and aims to improve treatment, care and support for survivors of human trafficking in TT , as IOM Project Manager Zeke Beharry explained.
He said that over the year of its duration, the project would improve protection and assistance to victims; provide technical assistance, resources and training to partners; and help upgrade state-owned and state-supported facilities that house trafficking survivors.
Cox said: “More and more people – women, girls, boys, people with disabilities, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and even men – are attracted to unscrupulous individuals.
She said that in the age of computer technology, the risk of becoming a victim of human trafficking is greater through social media.
“Adults and children become easy targets for human trafficking criminals, who roam these virtual spaces and enter chat rooms with one motive: to capture their next victims.
“Our location in the Caribbean creates multiple vulnerabilities against which we must build defenses.”
His ministry created a draft manual for social service providers on dealing with victims of trafficking, including addressing their care and protection needs; food, clothing and accommodation; legal representation; repatriation and reintegration; and referral to international agencies.
The handbook will also highlight the need for a victim-centered approach and the need for collaboration between law enforcement, government agencies and NGOs. Once Cabinet approves the manual, it will be distributed to stakeholders, she said.
Cox said his department has a trafficking task force, which reports to the permanent secretary and the national human trafficking task force.
“This facility was developed knowing that 72% of human trafficking victims detected worldwide are girls under the age of 18,” she said.
Cox urged people to speak out on the traffic, urging, “If you see something, say something.”
She said a significant decrease in human trafficking would be seen when perpetrators are caught, brought to justice and convicted. It was therefore important to work together to educate people to identify the signs of human trafficking and how to prevent it.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Ayanna Webster-Roy said a shelter was being set up for trafficked migrant women.
US Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore said the US government is committed to eliminating the scourge of human trafficking, which he called modern-day slavery. “Human trafficking, as you well know, inflicts untold suffering and misery on innocent victims, perpetuates crime and criminality, and costs society in disrupted human lives and lost human productivity.
“To this end, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed more than US$14 million to support anti-trafficking efforts in the Caribbean. .
He said the project focused on strengthening support systems for victims of trafficking.
Moore said: “Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, ‘Everyone should be free. And yet, through force, fraud and coercion, human traffickers violate this most fundamental right. The exploitative practices of traffickers affect every country in the world, including the United States. , diminishing and destroying our communities, our sense of security and the global economy.
Affirming that no country has been spared human trafficking, he said: “Criminals in Caribbean countries are targeting the most marginalized source (and), displacing and selling the most vulnerable members of our society , including young women and children”.
He explained that amid efforts to dismantle human trafficking networks and prosecute the perpetrators, victims and survivors must receive protection, care and support.
“These efforts will help put them on the path to healing and rebuilding their lives.”
Moore said the HER C-TIP project has a “survivor-led, trauma-informed and victim-centered” approach to human trafficking.
“To ensure this goal is achieved, USAID, through its implementing partner, the International Organization for Migration, will work closely with the Department of Social Development and Family Services and the Department Childhood and Gender Affairs.
“We look forward to hearing about the future success of this project and are grateful for your strong participation and collaboration.”
Chiu Tai-san, vice chairman of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, speaks during a news conference to give Taiwan’s official reaction to China’s anti-secession bill in Taipei March 8, 2005. . REUTERS/Richard Chung
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TAIPEI, Sept 7 (Reuters) – A delegation of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on an unprecedented trip on Wednesday, the latest group of top officials from the country to visit the island and challenge Beijing, which has reacted angrily to such exchanges.
The de facto U.S. Embassy in Taiwan said the eight lawmakers, led by Stephanie Murphy, a Florida Democrat who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, would stay until Friday as part of a broader visit to the Indo-Pacific region.
“The delegation will meet with senior Taiwanese leaders to discuss US-Taiwanese relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains and other important issues of mutual concern,” he said. added.
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Taiwan’s foreign ministry said it would meet President Tsai Ing-wen there.
China views democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, overruling the Taipei government’s strong objections.
China held war games last month near Taiwan following a trip to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and has continued military activities around the island ever since. .
Other US lawmakers have come since Pelosi’s trip, as well as the governor of the US state of Arizona.
Taiwan’s top representative in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, said Beijing’s aggression over Pelosi’s visit had spurred interest in parliaments around the world to send visitors to the island. Read more
Separately on Wednesday, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chiu Tai-san told a forum in Washington that Beijing cannot use cross-strait peace and regional stability as a bargaining chip.
“We count on all countries to unite more firmly in urging China to exercise rational restraint and adjust its practices,” Chiu said in a video address to the Center for a New American Security think tank. “We must also prevent inappropriate and unlawful coercion from being normalized as a result of our negligence or compromise.”
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More than two years after the Trump administration instituted a restrictive visa policy against Chinese graduate students and researchers, Yale graduate students continue to face problems obtaining or renewing their student visas to come to the campus.
Proclamation 10043, the presidential proclamation declared on May 29, 2020, prohibits the entry or issuance of visas to Chinese students enrolled in graduate programs in the United States with ties to Chinese “military-civilian” universities. Several graduate students enrolled at Yale have encountered problems renewing their student visas, ranging from lengthy processing times at U.S. embassies to rejection of their applications. Some Chinese students said they chose to stay in the United States for the duration of their program for fear of being barred from re-entering the country if they returned home. These visa issues can lead to personal turmoil and harm transnational scientific collaboration.
“I miss my family very much and […] I will also miss my best friend’s wedding in China,” said Jianjian Guo ’25, a fourth-year doctoral student in the cell biology department. “But you have to put up with it, there’s no getting around it – I just can’t take the risk.”
Yu Zhang ’25, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science, is entering his fourth year of his PhD program while living in China. He said he had to conduct his research remotely since the summer of 2021.
Zhang is one of the students whose visa application was rejected because he attended a university involved in China’s “military-civilian fusion strategy”, although Zhang said his undergraduate degree in IT had no connection or involvement with the Chinese military.
“When I decided to go back to China, I was sure it would be lifted, but over time, I’m not so sure anymore,” Zhang said.
Zhang said he still considered himself “lucky” because he had already met his requirements for classes and teaching assistant duties in his freshman year. He also said Yale’s pandemic policies last year made it easier for him to work remotely, including meeting with his advisor and collaborating with other students.
This also means that in the past academic year, Zhang was able to continue receiving a stipend. Starting this semester, however, he is no longer allowed to enroll as a full-time student due to his visa status, so he cannot receive a stipend.
“I think I’m neither pessimistic nor optimistic about it, I feel good because my advisor is very supportive and he tries to make exceptions for me,” Zhang said. “If I keep working on my thesis, I can still receive the doctorate upon completion, so that’s something I’m grateful for.”
Zhang said her adviser allowed her to take a part-time job to help cover her expenses.
Still, Zhang expressed how much he missed the campus and lab environments, where he could talk with other students.
“Working alone at home makes it hard to find a social life,” he said. Still, he found some community in group discussions with other Chinese students.
While the Biden administration announced the resumption of regular visa services in May 2021, the Trump-era proclamation is still in place.
A third-year doctoral student in the electrical engineering department, who asked to remain anonymous due to Chinese government privacy concerns, told the News he was facing much longer processing times than before. usual when renewing his visa.
“Due to the pandemic, most U.S. consulates were closed, so many students in China didn’t have the opportunity to make an appointment until 2021,” the student said. “Most Chinese students arrived in the United States a year later [than they had intended.]”
The student was living in Canada, where he earned his undergraduate degree, throughout the pandemic. He told the News that was why he could apply for his visa renewal in 2020, since consulates in Canada reopened that year. He waited over three months for the paperwork and background checks to be completed, and still heard nothing. He suspects it was because his major was considered “sensitive” and in a military-related field and was therefore affected by the proclamation.
After checking on the internet and informing that his file may have been forgotten or on hold, the student canceled his file and made a second appointment at another consulate in December 2020, three months after the first appointment . Again, he waited five months and still heard nothing.
In the end, the student used immigration attorneys to file a Mandamus lawsuit – a petition in the United States Federal District Court to force the government to take action on the Mandamus petition. visa pending. About a month after filing the complaint, he got his visa. This method, says the student, is not easily accessible, both for financial reasons and because it is not widely publicized.
The student’s visa has since expired and he has not been able to return to China for the past two years for fear of being barred from re-entering the United States.
“I think if this situation continues, most of us will not go back. [… for] five to six years,” the student said. “I have a grandmother in China who is over 80 – I’m afraid if this continues I won’t be able to see her again.”
Guo said she hasn’t been able to return home since 2019, during the winter of her freshman year. His original visa was only valid for one year.
Guo said it was difficult to consider returning to China because once she did she would have to reapply for a visa and heard processing times were three months or more. Being potentially stuck in China would force her to halt her wet lab experiments at Yale and jeopardize the stipend she receives.
“I really miss my family and they miss me, because when the pandemic spread in the United States, they only heard stories, news and data on the number of deaths in the United States,” said Guo said. “I couldn’t tell my family [when I had COVID-19] because I know they’d be super worried and feel like there’s nothing they can do.
Following a policy change in 2018, the visa validity period for Chinese graduate students studying aviation, robotics or advanced manufacturing was shortened from five years to one year.
Guo originally came to Yale on a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council, a program that had collaborated with the Yale World Scholars Program since 2006. The partnership supported approximately 20 biological and biomedical science students each year, but after students realized that their visas would be denied if they received a CSC scholarship, the program was put on hold.
Guo expressed concern about how the record of her scholarship, even though it has since been cancelled, could affect future visa applications.
Guo, who previously served as president of the Yale Chinese Students and Scholars Association, helped organize a listening session for Chinese graduate students to share their concerns. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has provided an emergency fund for students returning to China who may be forced to stay there for several months.
On the visa side, however, Guo said Yale’s hands are tied. In the first half of this year, the total number of US student visas issued to Chinese students fell by more than 50% compared to the first half of 2019.
“I would still choose to study in the United States because the research in my field here is the best in the world,” the anonymous student said. “But I see that students in Europe can go back [to China] maybe every year – with the cost of all these things, I always make research my first priority, but that’s just for me.
Guo told the News that more than half of the students surveyed ahead of the listening session expressed dissatisfaction with Yale’s handling of the Trump-era China Initiative and said it made them less likely to recommend Yale to other students.
According to a report by the Institute of International Education, Chinese students are the largest source of international students studying in the United States.
Miranda Jeyaretnam is the reporter covering the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and developments at the National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS for the YDN University office. She was previously an Opinion Editor for the Yale Daily News under the 2022 YDN board and wrote as a columnist for its opinion column “Crossing the Aisle” in Spring 2020. From Singapore, she is a student second year at Pierson College, majoring in English. .
Six months ago, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of neighboring Ukraine. The six-month mark came on the same day – August 24 – as a national holiday celebrating Ukraine’s independence from the former Soviet Union, an event in 1991 noted for its lack of bloodshed. But this year, the August 24 holiday had a different meaning for many Ukrainians, as the country continues to fight what it calls a “new war of independence”. Over the past six months, the war has captured the attention of the world, especially the Western world, disrupted the global distribution of food and fuel, and left Ukraine reeling.
The war between Europe’s two largest nations, which has stunned the world and caused panic in Ukraine’s nearly 44 million people, has sown death and destruction on a massive scale and forced millions people to leave their homes. The battle moved dramatically across the country, but wherever it went it left catastrophic devastation in its wake. The scale of war can be measured not only in terms of armaments and territory, but also in terms of the ever-increasing human cost. The UN human rights office has documented nearly 5,600 civilians killed in Ukraine during the conflict. Thousands of civilians fell victim to the fighting, while those who escaped fled across Europe to rebuild their lives.
Once a relatively prosperous and young European nation, parts of Ukraine now lie in ruins. The war has caused the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. According to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, more than 13 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Nearly 6.7 million refugees have dispersed across Europe, with Poland occupying the largest share, and a further 6.6 million people are internally displaced in Ukraine. Most of the Ukrainians who have fled the country are women and children. The European Union’s migration department said that nearly half a million Ukrainian children have been integrated into schools in EU countries.
As the war spreads and changes course, many Ukrainians are returning home. According to a survey by the International Organization for Migration, 5.5 million previously displaced people have returned home. While both sides have reported losing military personnel since the invasion began in February, exact figures are hard to come by as each country is reluctant to admit its losses and often inflates the number of enemy fighters it has killed. . The Ukrainian military recently said it lost 9,000 servicemen and claimed to have killed or injured more than 45,000 Russian soldiers. But Russia has released little information on military casualties.
In 2014, Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. Since then, the conflict between Russian-backed militants and Ukraine has been at an impasse. In February, according to the Ukrainian mission to the UN, Russia controlled about 17,000 square miles of Ukrainian land; six months into the full-scale invasion, Russia has almost tripled its control over Ukrainian territory: about 20% of the country or about 47,000 square miles. The line of contact between Russian and Ukrainian forces stretches 570 miles.
Since the start of the war, dozens of countries have pledged billions of dollars in military aid, including weapons systems and training. Most of the aid is coming from the United States – about $10.6 billion – and more will come from an aid package passed in May. The EU has donated billions of euros since February and recently pledged another €8 billion in financial aid over the next six months. In terms of economic warfare, EU member states and 18 other countries have imposed individual sanctions on Russia. But the sanctions, experts say, could have a limited effect on Russia’s export potential.
The impact of the invasion on the Ukrainian economy is devastating. In April, the World Bank estimated that Ukraine’s economy could contract by 45% this year. In 2021, Ukraine’s GDP was $201 billion; it is expected to contract by 35-40% by the end of the year, according to the country’s economy minister. Ukraine’s agriculture ministry reportedly said grain exports were down 46% from a year earlier due to the country’s five-month blockade of Black Sea ports. The country’s agricultural sector, despite a UN-brokered deal in July to allow food shipments to leave Ukraine, is still expected to be hit hard. Ukraine’s steel industry has also been hit hard. The conflict is estimated to have cost Ukraine more than $113.5 billion in damages and the Kyiv School of Economics said the country would need more than $200 billion to recover.
After six months of war, neither side is ready to stop fighting, despite the losses suffered by Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine wants its occupied territories back and Russia seems determined to keep the conflict going to keep inflicting more pain on Ukraine and, by proxy, the West too, as Moscow would like to prolong Europe’s pain on energy costs. Russia probably thinks winter will work to its advantage. But both sides are said to be struggling for momentum and seem exhausted from the fight. Russia may not have achieved what it hoped for when the invasion began, but it now holds large swathes of Ukrainian territory to the east and south.
While Russia sees winter as an opportunity, Ukraine is said to be worried about humanitarian issues as there is no gas heating available for apartment buildings in Donetsk province and other areas of First line. Humanitarian officials predict a new wave of migration in winter with likely up to 2 million people crossing the Polish border. Defense analysts believe the spring could be the time for a fresh attack in what will likely be another fighting season.
The writer is a top freelance journalist based in Mumbai. He tweets at @ali_chougule
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Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
Minister Mirzoyan expressed his condolences for the deadly explosion near the Russian Embassy in Afghanistan and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
Ararat Mirzoyan and Sergey Lavrov discussed in detail a number of issues related to the further development of the Armenian-Russian strategic partnership and allied relations, including cooperation in the trade, economic, scientific and cultural spheres.
Noting that this year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Russia and the 25th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, the parties welcomed the active dialogue established at the highest level, the cooperation within CSTO, EAEU, CIS and other international organizations.
The interlocutors discussed a wide range of regional security and stability issues. Thoughts were exchanged on issues of border demarcation and security between Armenia and Azerbaijan, work on unblocking economic and transport infrastructure in the region.
Issues related to the settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were discussed.
Ararat Mirzoyan highlighted the efforts of the Russian side, including within the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group, aimed at a lasting and comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The importance of implementing the agreements concluded by the tripartite declarations of November 9, 2020, January 11, 2021 and November 26 was reaffirmed.
The role of the Russian peacekeeping force in Nagorno-Karabakh in strengthening the ceasefire regime in the conflict zone and preventing provocations, ensuring the safety and living conditions of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh was highlighted.
Referring to the humanitarian problems caused by the 44-day war, Ararat Mirzoyan stressed the need to repatriate Armenian prisoners of war and other detained persons as soon as possible, as well as the need to preserve the Armenian historical and cultural heritage in the territories under control. from Azerbaijan.
Ministers Mirzoyan and Lavrov discussed the process of organizing the planned state visit of the President of the Russian Federation to Armenia and the CSTO Collective Security Council session to be held in Yerevan.
Muscat: A consortium led by Oman Investment Corporation (OIC) in partnership with the Oman Ministry of Defense Pension Fund (MODPF) and an Omani family office (collectively, the Tanweer Consortium) announced that it has, through the intermediary of Tanweer Infrastructure Pte. ltd. (Tanweer Infrastructure), entered into a share purchase agreement with Sembcorp Utilities Pte. ltd. (SCU) to acquire 100% of the shares of Sembcorp Energy India Limited (SEIL).
SEIL is one of the largest independent power producers in India, operating two supercritical coal power plants totaling 2.6 GW. SCU is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp).
The signing took place in the presence of Anwar Ahmed Muqaibal, Consulate General of the Sultanate of Oman for the Republic of Singapore.
The acquisition of SEIL for an amount of INR 117 billion, or approximately $1.5 billion, will make Tanweer Infrastructure, a company incorporated by the Tanweer consortium, the sole shareholder of SEIL after completion. Tanweer Infrastructure will settle the final consideration via a deferred payment note provided by SCU. Acquisition to accelerate OIC’s transformation into an international player This agreement advances OIC’s vision to build an international asset management business headquartered in the Sultanate of Oman.
OIC is a leading Omani private equity investment firm established in 2005 with a strong track record in building, investing and growing businesses. The ICO focuses on investing in energy and infrastructure projects, real estate, logistics, healthcare as well as asset and project management services.
The ICO’s partnership with the MODPF for this acquisition is in line with its plan to work in partnership with Omani pension funds, government institutions and private sector investors to invest in profitable and well-managed business opportunities, in the intention to support the diversification of Oman’s economy and achieve the Sultanate’s National Goals.
Acquisition of a world-class power generation platform from a leading international developer and long-term trusted partner Sembcorp is a leading provider of energy and urban solutions. Sembcorp and OIC have enjoyed a proven relationship of trust for over a decade, having jointly developed and operated the $1 billion independent Salalah Hydro and Power Plant in Oman since 2009.
To ensure the continuity of the highest standards of reliability, operational efficiency and best practices in the management of SEIL’s supercritical power plants, Sembcorp will continue to provide technical consultancy services to SEIL through a technical services. SEIL’s existing operations team will continue to be employed under the new owner of Tanweer Infrastructure. Tanweer Infrastructure will continue the initiatives underway at SEIL to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions.
The transaction protects the interests of the stakeholders SEIL provides critical energy needs to more than 2.5 million households. It has two of India’s largest and most efficient national grid-connected power plants and is a trusted and reliable supplier through ongoing contractual relationships with power distribution companies.
The transaction protects the interests of important stakeholders such as SEIL’s existing power distribution customers and end users, employees, lenders as well as the broader Indian power system.
Wong Kim Yin, Group Chairman and CEO of Sembcorp Industries, said, “The sale of SEIL accelerates the transformation of Sembcorp’s portfolio from brown to green while protecting the interests of all stakeholders. OIC is a trusted and reliable long-term partner, and we are confident that SEIL will continue to provide reliable services to its electricity distribution customers, as well as maintain stable relationships with suppliers, communities and employees. The provision of the innovative GHG emissions intensity reduction incentive rate also underlines our commitment to the sustainable energy transition.
Kalat Al Bulooshi, CEO of OIC, on behalf of Tanweer Infrastructure, said, “We are pleased to acquire this world-class asset, which provides essential energy to the community. We are committed to providing electricity to our customers continuously and efficiently and to working with our team of dedicated plant employees, our stakeholders such as electricity distribution customers and the local community, to achieve their goals. The availability of electricity for households and industries is of vital importance in today’s world of energy uncertainties.
Furthermore, he added, “This transaction is in line with OIC’s vision to become a global investment firm seeking successful investment opportunities in promising markets.” The proposed acquisition is subject to the approval of Sembcorp shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Sembcorp, to be convened around November 2022. The proposed acquisition is expected to be completed six months after the EGM and is subject upon satisfaction of certain conditions. previous.
Qatar will soon implement 35 environmental initiatives, identified by the National Action Plan for Climate Change, with the aim of accelerating the process to meet the country’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, said the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, HE Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed Al Thani said.
Qatar’s National Environment and Climate Change Strategy, launched in October 2021, aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2030, improve quality standards of ambient air and to update the limit values by 2024, among other objectives. The Minister was addressing the media on the sidelines of an event on “Qatar’s Climate Leadership and the Road to COP27” held yesterday in Doha.
The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, will be held from 7 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in coordination with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
Minister of Municipality, HE Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie; Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Climate Change and Sustainability, HE Bader Omar Ismail Al Dafa; and a number of officials and guests attended the event. “The GGGI office was officially inaugurated in Doha. Five projects on environmental protection and climate change will be implemented in Qatar over the next three years. The projects will focus on the fight against climate change, nature reserves, air quality and the ecosystem,” the minister said.
Regarding Qatar’s commitment to hosting a carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup, the minister said that all stadiums for the tournament will be powered by solar energy.
“The stadiums were built with 40% recycled materials, which is a great example of sustainability,” he said, adding that an 800MW capacity power plant will soon begin production and the project will be extended to add another 800. MW in the coming period.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change HE Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed Al Thani (second from right); Minister of Municipalities HE Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie (third from right); and other dignitaries and officials present at yesterday’s event.
“Environmentally friendly modes of transport such as the metro, electric vehicles and electric buses will also be made available to fans during the World Cup,” the minister said.
Addressing the event, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change said the opening of the GGGI office shows Qatar’s interest in green growth, sustainability and climate change issues.
“The issue of climate change is a national priority for Qatar. Over the past year, ambitious steps have been taken to achieve Qatar’s National Vision 2030 for environmental protection, green growth and limiting the effects of climate change. We are also striving to achieve the highest levels of investment in low carbon technologies such as the use of solar energy and carbon sequestration,” the minister said.
He said the ministry also wants to prepare a cooperation program with GGGI to support climate resilience and green growth planning and policies.
“The program will be implemented in Qatar over a period of 3 years from 2022 to 2024.”
Speaking at the same event, GGGI Chief Executive Dr Frank Reinoud Rijsberman said that ahead of the World Cup, Qatar had succeeded not only in transforming Doha’s magnificent skyline, but also in strengthen its vital infrastructure and institutional capacity for future growth and prosperity.
He said it was encouraging to see sustainability increasingly at the heart of major events and projects the nation is pursuing, including the World Cup, Doha Metro, Education City and Msheireb Downtown Doha.
A panel discussion on “Qatar Climate Leadership” also took place during the event. The special envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for climate change and sustainable development; Director of Meteorological Department Abdullah Al Mannai; and Dr. Frank Reinoud Rijsberman participated in the discussion.
Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch released a video on Saturday showing a UN worker who was abducted more than six months ago, according to a report by the US-based SITE Intelligence Group.
The video allegedly recorded on August 9 was released by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and featured Akam Sofyol Anam, who was identified by SITE as a Bangladeshi national and the “director of the Security Bureau and Security United Nations Security in Yemen.”
Anam was abducted with four colleagues on February 11 while on a field mission in the southern province of Abyan. He is said to be facing “serious health issues”, SITE reported, including heart problems requiring “immediate medical support and hospitalization”.
Al-Malahim Propaganda Media of Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQP) publishes a 3:34min video. Title-Appeal From the Director of the United Nations Security and Safety Office in Yemen – Akam Sofyal Anam – urged the international community, the humanitarian organization and the UN to come forward and free us. pic.twitter.com/WZbH0P8jjZ
In the video, the UN official called on “the UN, the international community, the humanitarian organizations, to come forward…and respond to the demands of my captors”, although he refrained from stating them.
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At the time of Anam and his colleague’s abduction, UN spokesman Eri Kaneko said AFP that “the UN is in close contact with the authorities to obtain their release”.
The footage released by AQAP comes just over a week after UAE-backed southern separatists, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) announced a new military operation in Abyan province “for the clean up terrorist organizations”.
The move is likely aimed at expanding their presence there following gains made in neighboring oil-rich Shabwa province against Islah party forces fighting on behalf of the internationally recognized Saudi Arabia-based Yemeni government. The province had also been a stronghold of AQAP for years and in recent months there has been an increase in attacks carried out by them against forces affiliated with the STC. According to the South24 website, the increase in AQAP attacks could be interpreted as a reaction to the decline of the Islah party’s presence in the province.
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced yesterday the appointment of Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal as his Special Representative for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
He succeeds Ján Kubiš of Slovakia, who previously served as special envoy and head of UNSMIL.
the UN said Bathily brings to the position more than 40 years of experience with his national government, academic institutions, regional organizations and the United Nations system. In his last assignment at the United Nations, he served, in 2021, as an independent expert for the strategic review of UNSMIL.
Previously, he was Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) (2013-2014) and Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) in Gabon (2014-2016). In 2018, he was appointed Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Madagascar and in 2019 Independent Expert for the Strategic Review of the United Nations Office for West Africa.
Bathily has held various ministerial positions in the Senegalese government, including that of Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of African Affairs (2012-2013), Minister of Energy and Hydraulics (2000-2001) and Minister of the Environment and Environmental Protection. Nature (1993-1998). Elected to the National Assembly in 1998, he was Vice-President from 2001 to 2006. He was also elected Member of Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (2002-2006).
After having taught history for more than 30 years at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal, he has also taught at several universities around the world. Bathily holds a doctorate in history from the University of Birmingham in the UK, as well as a doctorate from Cheikh Anta Diop University. Bathily is fluent in English, French, Soninké and Wolof.
The appointment was well received The appointment was welcomed by Libya’s interim prime minister, Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba, and his prime minister’s opponent, chosen by the Libyan parliament, Fathi Bashagha.
At the time of publication, the appointment has also been welcomed by several embassies in Tripoli, including that of the United States, Italy and Malta.
Hyderabad The Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chapter of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), the apex bilateral chamber synergizing economic engagement between India and the United States, had organized a “Members Meet and Greet” event in the city. Several officers, IACC members, bureaucrats and diplomats were present.
Jayesh Ranjan, Chief Secretary of Government of Telangana, as the main guest of the event, did his best in his job of promoting Telangana and attracting investment. While addressing a gathering of Indo-American bilateral trade professionals, who are also members of the IACC-Indian American Chamber of Commerce, Jayesh said, “Telangana State offers the best of ‘India “.
On this occasion, the IACC honored two of its senior members in recognition of their outstanding service. One of them is Subba Rao Pavuluri, a Hyderabad-based space entrepreneur and CMD of Anant Technologies. Subba Rao, the space entrepreneur is a former employee of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization). The other distinguished personality was Ramkrishna Mukkavalli, founder of Maithri Aquatech, which makes water from air.
Jayesh Ranjan addressing the gathering said, “This is an opportune time for us in India. We are faced with a strange situation. which plays a very important role in moving the supply chain around the world, is under constant threat from China. No one knows when the war between Ukraine and Russia will end. The UK is reeling from an energy crisis like never before. Given this state of global affairs, the time has come for India to emerge as a viable alternative. »
He added that: “The history of India is different; we have 28 Indias in India. The country was perceived as a difficult country to do business in. But then things changed. foreign investment. We have become an industry more “. And Telangana, India’s youngest state, offers the best of India. We have a progressive industrial policy in place, and the experience of investors who have invested in the state over the past few years has been very good.
More than 20 American companies that started with small investments in Telangana have found that everything is going well and they are re-investing. »
Jayesh told his audience that “We have an agile state and government. We are not just looking at big companies. We need investments from medium-sized companies, which are extremely valuable to us.” “We are giving more importance to medium sized companies. This is an opportune time. If you decide to invest in India, make Telangana your destination, we offer the best of India,” he said. said at the gathering of Indo-American business professionals and other entrepreneurs.
Yvon Guillaume, Acting Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad, said, “We enjoy a strong diplomatic relationship with India, bilateral engagement and partnership with Telangana and IACC.
Trade between the two countries has increased eightfold in two decades and now stands at $159 billion, Indians have invested $12.7 billion in the United States of America. Nearly two lakh Indians are currently studying in the United States. The number was 8000 several years ago, has reached two lakhs now. These Indian students contributed $7.7 billion to the US economy last year. We continue to work together. Speaking of Telangana, Yvon said that “Telangana remains an investment choice for many companies.
Dasari Balaiah, Regional Passport Manager, said, “The world has opened up. The demand for passports and visas has increased. There is a one-month waiting period for passport maintenance. from September 3, 2022, we will also work on Saturdays to facilitate criminal record certificates.We will live up to society’s expectations.
Kapil Kaul, National Chairman of the IACC, said, “The India-US bilateral relationship dates back hundreds of years. The first American consulate was opened in Kolkata in 1792. It is one of the oldest American consulates in the world, and the oldest in India. He also announced that he will lead a 60-member IACC delegation to the United States next month.
Purnachandra Rao Surapaneni, former National President of IACC, said the Chamber has 1,500 members spread across 15 locations in India.
Deputy Foreign Minister YB Dato’Kamarudin Jaffar will hold bilateral talks in the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria from September 3 to 5, 2022, and in the Kingdom of Bahrain from September 6 to 8, 2022. He will be accompanied by ministry officials Foreign Affairs.
In Algeria, Dato’ Kamarudin is due to pay a courtesy visit to His Excellency Ramtane Lamamra, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, and to His Excellency Ibrahim Boughali, President of the National People’s Assembly of ‘Algeria. He will also have a commitment to the Algerian Institute of Diplomatic and International Relations (The Diplomatic Institute and International Relations).
In Bahrain, he is to have separate meetings with Her Excellency Fawzia bint Abdulla Zainal, President of the Bahrain Council of Representatives, Her Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Moham med Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Majesty the King for Diplomatic Affairs. Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency Dr. Abdullatifbin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The meetings held during these visits will strengthen Malaysia’s bilateral relations with Algeria and Bahrain, particularly in the areas of trade, investment, education and religious affairs. The meetings held during the visit will also provide an opportunity for Malaysia to discuss regional and global issues of common concern.
In 2021, Algeria was Malaysia’s tenth largest trading partner in the African region with total trade valued at RM1.36 billion, while Bahrain was Malaysia’s ninth largest trading partner in the West Asia region. with total trade valued at RM1.46 billion.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia.
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NEW YORK — Việt Nam wishes to collaborate with the United Nations (UN) on digital transformation in both policy formulation and implementation, said Ambassador Đặng Hoàng Giang, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the international organization.
In a September 1 meeting with Amandeep Singh Gill, UN Under-Secretary-General and Secretary-General’s Envoy for Technology, the diplomat affirmed that Việt Nam is willing to contribute to UN policies and strategies. on the ground, including an initiative on a digital deal in the Secretary-General’s report on “Our Common Agenda”.
Việt Nam can share its experiences with other countries and with the UN in providing online education during the COVID-19 pandemic to prepare for future crises, he said.
Giang also stressed his willingness to connect the UN Assistant Secretary-General’s office with Vietnamese IT ministries, sectors and companies to contribute to the UN’s digital transformation efforts.
For his part, Singh Gill spoke highly of Việt Nam’s achievements in IT development and digital transformation in recent years, especially the government’s implementation of a national digital transformation strategy until 2025, with a vision until 2030.
The UN and Việt Nam have great potential for cooperation, he said, wishing to strengthen ties with companies operating in Việt Nam’s IT sector. —VNS
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SYDNEY, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Months after the Solomon Islands struck a security pact with China, its leader appeared to repeatedly snub the United States, raising Washington’s concern but not was not deterred from trying to keep the Pacific nation out of Beijing’s orbit.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s unpredictable diplomacy will make it difficult for the United States to make up lost ground with the pivotal island nation as China seeks to expand its security presence, former diplomats and other analysts say.
As part of an effort to boost engagement and counter China’s growing influence, President Joe Biden’s administration plans to open an embassy for the first time in three decades in the Solomon Islands, an archipelago that transferred diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to Beijing in 2019 and in April sealed the security agreement with China.
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Washington has since faced a series of rebuffs from Sogavare, which continues to keep the dialogue open on US aid.
Last month he skipped a scheduled appearance with a senior US official at a World War II commemoration. His government did not respond to a request for a US Coast Guard vessel to refuel, a decision Washington called “regrettable”. Sogavare then announced that it was banning all foreign navy ships from port – while it was hosting a US Navy hospital ship on a humanitarian mission. Read more
China’s state-run Global Times newspaper said in an op-ed that the prime minister was “thwarting” Washington.
The US State Department declined to comment. A spokesman for Senator Marsha Blackburn, who visited Sogavare last week, said it was “extremely concerning that the Solomon Islands were blocking military vessels in their waters”.
Sogavare has a history of erratic behavior which contributed to him losing his post as prime minister, said Australian National University of the Pacific expert Graeme Smith.
Michael Green, a former senior US national security official, said the halt in Navy visits is a “net loss” for the US, which had access to them before the China deal, but it does not mean “the game is over”.
“We also don’t know if Prime Minister Sogavare is paralyzed by indecision given the difficult geopolitics – or in Beijing’s pocket – or both,” said Green, who directs the Center for American Studies at the University of Sydney. “Either way, the United States and Australia need to stay engaged and prove that we are trusted partners.”
Sogavare’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“PRESSURED FROM ALL SIDES”
Sogavare is pushing back against pro-democracy messages from Washington to avoid being a pawn in a superpower contest, said Mihai Sora, a former Australian diplomat in the Solomon Islands. “Particularly in Sogavare, it’s antagonistic.”
Its abrupt absence from the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal played into China’s goals of keeping American influence at bay, said Sora, a researcher at Australian think tank Lowy Institute.
“Of all the leaders of the Pacific Islands, Sogavare is the one who fits China’s strategic intent the most,” he said.
Washington had little engagement with the Solomon Islands before Honiara sealed the pact with China and has a lot of diplomatic ground to make up for, Sora said.
Catherine Egbert-Gray, who met Sogavare frequently when she was US ambassador to the Solomon Islands, said China’s assertive diplomacy only reinforced the US decision to increase development aid and reopen its embassy in Solomon Islands. Honiara.
Around the time Sogavare recognized Taiwan, “he seemed confident that he could maintain good and strong relations with all diplomatic partners,” she said. “I hope he remains committed to that goal and does not allow unsavory influences to sever long-standing friendships to the long-term detriment of the nation.”
James Batley, who from 2004 to 2006 led the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, an international security response to violent clashes there, said Honiara’s foreign navy moratorium likely also applies to Chinese ships.
“It’s a way to give them respite,” he said. “I think they feel pressured from all sides.”
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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands had to cancel his planned visit to San Francisco after contracting pneumonia and was advised against travelling. But a visit by the Castro will take place, as Queen Máxima will make the trip with cabinet ministers, Dutch officials said.
According to the Royal House of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima and other officials will still be visiting the United States and “carrying out the program elements already planned”.
“The King is recovering from pneumonia and air travel at this time could hamper a full recovery,” a press release said. “The King’s engagements in the Netherlands will not be affected by this decision and will continue as planned, albeit on a more limited scale.”
Castro’s tour scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 6 is continuing, Vincent Storimans, vice consul general of the Dutch consulate in San Francisco, said in an email. Storimans, a gay man who spoke about the upcoming visit in the Bay Area Reporter this week, said the delegation will also attend planned events at Stanford, Berkeley, UCSF and Google, as well as a cocktail party at the hotel. of town of San Francisco with 700 expected guests.
Royal Central said the Queen is expected to travel accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation; the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports; the Minister of Education, Culture and Science; the Minister of Economic Affairs, Communication and Sustainable Development of Aruba; Aruba’s Minister of Public Health and Tourism; and the Secretary of State for Infrastructure and Water Management.
Further details on the schedule of activities during the trip will be announced once arrangements have been made taking into account the king’s absence, the online news site reported.
The trip will take place from September 6 to 9 and will take the Dutch delegation to California and Texas to discuss, among other things, the impact of climate change on populations, potential solutions to the energy crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions and transatlantic cooperation.
As BAR reported, the royal tour of the city’s LGBQ neighborhood is set to begin at the GLBT Historical Society Museum and continue to the Castro Theater and Twin Peaks Tavern. At the Tavern, the Queen will meet briefly with leaders of San Francisco’s LGBTQ community, District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman; Tyler TerMeer, Ph.D., CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation; Rebecca Rolf, executive director of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center; and Imani Rupert-Gordon, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
“It’s exciting that they’ve chosen the Bay Area to visit and are reaching out to local LGBTQ community leaders to not only show them around some of our most historic places here in Castro, but also to sit down and discuss what’s going on here in our community,” TerMeer said before the king’s cancellation was reported.
TerMeer, a 39-year-old gay man of Dutch ancestry, was eager to speak with the royal family about HIV/AIDS issues here in the United States and learn more about the Netherlands’ response to the epidemic and to other public health threats to the LGBTQ community, he said.
Andrew Shaffer, a gay man who is the historical society’s interim co-executive director, said he was excited about the tour despite the change in plans.
“We can’t wait to show off her majesty in the museum,” he wrote in an email.
Mandelman took the news with ease.
“The Castro loves queens,” he joked Thursday. “I can’t wait to meet her and take a walk and wish the king a speedy recovery.”
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The Strong Family Campaign is a collaboration between the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Affairs, UNICEF and other NGO partners including Friends International, Save the Children, Plan International, Child Fund, World Vision, APLE , Cambodian Children’s Trust, M’Lup Russey and Child Helpline Cambodia. The Post caught up with Phi No, director of the child protection department at the Ministry of Social Affairs, to find out more about the campaign.
What is the Strong Family campaign? What is its general objective?
Violence is a major concern and has a long-term negative effect on the well-being and development of children in various aspects related to their mental and physical behavior in adolescence and adulthood.
The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans Affairs and Youth Rehabilitation has developed and implemented action plans to improve childcare and reintegrate 30% of children from the daycare into their families safely.
Some studies have shown that placing children in day care centers that do not adhere to government policies, standards and laws can put these children at risk of abuse, exploitation and neglect, which can have serious negative effects on child development.
Thus, the Strong Family Campaign was created to address the social and cultural issues that perpetuate child abuse and to ensure that child care centers are places that offer many benefits to children.
The campaign also aims to raise awareness about the prevention and elimination of violence against children and to prevent unnecessary separations of children from their families, as well as to make people understand that an environment safe family is the best place for children to grow and develop.
The Strong Family Campaign shows the Royal Government’s strong commitment to ending violence against children and joining our global partners to end violence against children as part of the ongoing global movement to end violence against children. violence against children (GPEVAC).
When did the campaign start and which parties participated in it?
The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans Affairs and Youth Rehabilitation launched the Strong Family Campaign to end violence against children and end the separation of children from their families in Cambodia on February 19, 2020 as first national awareness campaign on this subject.
This campaign benefits from the participation of relevant ministries, institutions and partner organizations with the common goal of eliminating all violence against children. This campaign is another positive step in Cambodia’s efforts to end all forms of violence against children and the unnecessary separation of children from their families.
Where is the campaign taking place? How many target groups or citizens are involved?
The awareness aspect of the campaign has spread across the country through mass media including television, radio, social media and direct outreach to communities.
There are six main target areas: the provinces and cities of Phnom Penh, Kandal, Sihanoukville, Battambang, Siem Reap and Ratanakkiri, and it will continue to expand to other provinces.
All educational messages aim to show that Cambodia will absolutely not tolerate violence against children and that we must prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their families anywhere in Cambodia.
The main target groups are children, parents, guardians, child care providers and the community at large, so that they can prevent and respond to any violence against children that they witness.
What results have been achieved by this campaign so far?
We produced a number of educational programs which aired on CTN and MyTV from February to April 2020 and May to April 2021. We also produced a number of programs which aired on three radio stations at the national scale and in the target provinces of Siem Reap. , Battambang, Sihanoukville and Kandal.
We produced five radio dramas with a total of 25 episodes which were broadcast live on Tonle 102.5 FM and are re-broadcast on six targeted capital provincial radio stations.
In addition, we disseminated text messages (SMS) by mobile phone from March to April 2020 in the targeted capital provinces via Smart mobile and Cellcard and we produced short educational video clips on child abuse prevention that have been uploaded and we have also produced short videos featuring influential people such as monks, for example Venerable Kou Sopheap.
Through social media like Facebook and broadcast channels like radio and TV, we estimate that from its inception to date, the Strong Family campaign has reached approximately 10 million people.
However, due to the spread of Covid-19, the dissemination of the Strong Family Campaign within the communities has been slowed down, but we have done trainings at the sub-national level in Siem Reap, Ratanakkiri, Battambang and other provinces .
At least 500 parents, guardians, caregivers and children, as well as community members, participated in the direct educational programs.
How do we define a strong family and how can we make our families stronger in the Kingdom?
The meaning of a strong family in this case is a family that helps children feel secure. A strong family offers warmth and care, has good communication and strong relationships with others outside the family. Self-care is an important part of raising a strong family.
Generally, strong families have one thing in common: warmth and affection. These are caring environments and the children receive lots of positive attention, with good relationships and a happy family atmosphere, while interacting positively with other people outside the family.
Strong families provide children with a happy and safe place where they can be themselves and discover who they are. Because children from strong families feel safe and loved, they are confident to explore their world, try new things, and learn. They are better able to cope with challenges and setbacks because they know they have the support of their family.
Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Qatar, HE Dr. Mustafa Goksu addressing the assembly at the Embassy.
The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey celebrated the 100th anniversary of VE Day yesterday in the presence of a number of Their Excellencies the Ambassadors, Military Attaches, Turkish citizens and other dignitaries.
A message from Turkey’s President HE Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was also read on the occasion of what he said.
“Today we live with the rightful pride of reaching the 100th anniversary of the Great Victory. I congratulate our brothers and sisters in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and all our citizens living around the world on August 30 , Victory Day.
President Erdoğan said in his message: “I thank on behalf of myself, my country and my nation all our friends who share our joy of the festival. Our nation, whose history is full of glorious victories, ended the liberation struggle, which it waged despite all kinds of poverty and deprivation, with a clear and indisputable victory on August 30, 1922.
“August 30 is the clearest proof of what the Turkish nation can achieve and what it can sacrifice when forced to choose between slavery and freedom. Instead of remaining under the enemy’s yoke for even a single day, our nation marched towards martyrdom with a bravery that scared death itself, and defended its freedom and its future.
“Finally, the incidents that took place on the night of July 15 have once again shown that the unshakable will that inspired the Great Offensive is still alive in hearts. With the strength it draws from its history, Turkey is moving forward with determination on the path to building a bright and prosperous future for itself.
“Turkey is taking the place it deserves in the new global system with its growing production capacity, its exports which are breaking new records every month and the projects it is implementing in the defense industry as well as the responsibilities it assumes in the solution of regional problems.
“With these thoughts in my mind, I remember with gratitude Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who is the founder of our Republic and the Commander-in-Chief of the Great Offensive, and his comrades in arms. I wish Allah’s mercy on our august martyrs, who breathed their last for the good of our homeland as if they had trodden a rosary, and remember with gratitude our ghazis.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Qatar, HE Dr. Mustafa Goksu, also addressed the assembly. He congratulated Turkish citizens in Qatar, Turkey and all parts of the world on August 30, Victory Day.
“Our fight for independence, begun under the leadership of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Samsun in 1919, ended in a decisive and lasting victory with the Battle of the Commander-in-Chief. It was proclaimed to the whole world with the victory August 30 that these lands are our eternal homeland.
He added: “This victory is the proclamation of the re-emergence on the stage of history and the rebirth from its ashes of a nation that is sought to be buried in history.
With these thoughts in mind, I respectfully commemorate Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic and the Commander-in-Chief of the Great Offensive, and his brother in arms.
He added: “We are very happy for the State of Qatar, this brother country and our strategic partner, to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and we are very excited about it, like our Qatari brothers and sisters. We will give all our support to finalize the event successfully.
The engraving of a heart-shaped plaque affixed to a yellow wooden cross stands out against the landscape of rocky hills and shrubs. There are half a dozen across the California border regions.
James Cordero, who leads a group of volunteers to stock water, food and other supplies along the migrant corridors, plants the crosses to mark where someone died in the vast desert expanse .
“People will be unknown or forgotten, but we can honor them.”
Every year, the remains of migrants who succumbed to the environment while attempting to enter the United States are recovered at the California border. Border Patrol agents or aid workers come across the bodies, sometimes days or weeks after the death.
These deaths have long been a part of life in the region, but recent data shows that the Imperial County wilderness has become increasingly deadly in recent years.
Since 2018, at least 50 migrants have died in Imperial County while trying to cross the border, according to Border Patrol data. More migrants died from 2018 to 2020 – the agency’s latest available data – than in the previous six years combined.
But those numbers don’t tell the whole story, say immigration advocates and researchers. Incomplete Border Patrol reports and a high number of people missing but never found mean the death toll could be much higher.
Federal immigration enforcement has long led migrants into risky terrain along the southwest border through a policy known as “prevention through deterrence.” The idea is to discourage illegal entry into the United States by strengthening law enforcement in more urban areas, leaving remote and dangerous border regions as the only remaining corridors of passage.
But opponents say the policy didn’t stop people from crossing – it only made it deadlier.
“There’s nothing we can do with the US-Mexico border to slow the flow of these incredibly desperate people,” said Jason De León, a UCLA anthropologist who studies Latin American migration. “They will keep coming. They will continue to die as long as this policy is in place.
Increasing border enforcement, climate change and changing migration patterns could lead to even more deaths along the southern California border. Customs and Border Protection have taken steps to reduce deaths, but researchers including De León are skeptical.
“This problem isn’t going away anytime soon,” said De León, author of “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail,” an anthropological analysis of exposure deaths among migrants in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.
“And we see it happening, getting worse the more we watch it.”
Migrant deaths on the rise
The 71 miles along Imperial County’s southern border was once the deadliest region for migrants attempting to cross into the United States between ports of entry, according to data collected by Border Patrol.
In 2001, nearly 100 migrants died in the El Centro sector – the border patrol area covering Imperial County – the most of any sector along the southwest border.
Over the next 20 years, that number dropped dramatically, along with Title 8 apprehensions — cases where Border Patrol finds someone suspected of being in the United States without clearance.
Two decades of data on migrant deaths and apprehensions analyzed by new source indicates that when more people attempt to cross into the El Centro sector, more of them die.
California, once a main passage corridor according to De León, now experiences far fewer apprehensions than other areas along the border such as Yuma and the Rio Grande Valley. But that could change.
“People are constantly finding new holes,” De León said. “Now you see a movement back to California.”
And if the pattern of 20 years of data holds true, that could mean more deaths.
Between 2018 and 2020, migrant deaths along the border in the El Centro sector jumped from previous years.
The Mexican consulate in Calexico, which keeps records of the deaths of its citizens in the United States, also followed an upward trend in exposure deaths along the Imperial County border strip around the same time.
In 2021, the consulate reported 14 exposure deaths among its citizens and five so far this year.
Customs and Border Protection, which houses Border Patrol, did not provide a sectoral breakdown of migrant deaths for fiscal year 2021, which begins in October, or 2022 to date. But the agency reported 151 migrant deaths across the border for 2021.
The San Diego area has also seen an uptick in deaths recently. The Border Patrol reported 13 deaths in the region in 2020, while the previous eight years saw deaths in the lower double digits.
Yet records kept by government agencies could obscure the true death toll.
The death toll does not include hundreds of people missing along the US-Mexico border this year alone, according to data from the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project.
The project has reported 283 dead or missing migrants along the border so far in 2022.
Border Patrol Response
Immigration advocates have also long suspected that official tallies by government agencies downplay the deadly reality of crossing borders. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office confirmed these suspicions last April.
In data reported from 2015 to 2019, Customs and Border Protection omitted some deaths discovered by outside entities, such as local law enforcement, according to the GAO report.
Customs and Border Protection is required to report the number of migrant deaths along the border both by a congressional directive that accompanied the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill of 2020 and by a federal law called the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act.
This law also requires the agency to deploy rescue beacons to reduce fatalities in the southwestern border region. The El Centro sector has 14 rescue beacons and warning signs across particularly dangerous crossing points, according to agency spokespersons.
So far this year, Border Patrol has conducted 353 search and rescue missions in the area.
In response to the report’s findings, Border Patrol agreed to include all deaths along the border in future reports. But data from previous years remains incomplete, making it difficult for the public, researchers and lawmakers to understand how border enforcement and policy are proceeding.
“Documenting the number of bodies, the number of people who died during this process is important so that we can have some accountability,” De León said.
Immigration advocates and researchers have long criticized the Border Patrol’s “prevention through deterrence” strategy, saying it was responsible for the deaths of thousands of migrants who died or disappeared in the desert after attempted to enter the United States.
The strategy is designed to increase the likelihood of apprehension on traditional smuggling routes and force migrants into “more hostile terrain, less suitable for passage and more suitable for repression”, according to internal documents from 1994.
The increased use of surveillance technologies such as drones and remote cameras is pushing migrants into more difficult terrain to avoid detection.
The environment itself, De León said, is used as an enforcement tool against migrants. And rising temperatures due to climate change could make them even more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.
By 2050, Imperial County is expected to experience about 26 extreme heat days per year – when the temperature exceeds 1% of the region’s hottest temperatures historically, according to the National Integrated Heat Health Information System, a database of federal data measuring the impacts of global warming.
At that time, most days of the year should be above 90 degrees.
Aid groups struggle to meet needs
The signs of human travel are unmistakable in the desert: footprints in the sandy gravel, a dust-covered water bottle, food wrappers, a cell phone, a single shoe.
Cordero and Jacqueline Arellano, who run water drops in the desert with a nonprofit called Border Kindness, have a system for tracking where migrants cross the desert. In recent years, they have noticed that the movements of migrants adapt to border control strategies.
High traffic areas have scattered across the desert. The group expanded its drop sites further north and east, and the need for vital supplies surged.
Death data between 2015 and 2021 provided by the Imperial County Sheriff, who also serves as coroner, showed people died in the county’s ‘open desert’ as far north as Desert Shores on the Salton Sea and as far east as Winterhaven on the California-Arizona border.
Data from Imperial County may not provide a complete picture of how often migrants died in the desert there. Officials say they don’t track migrant deaths, specifically, and the county’s numbers are lower than what the Border Patrol tracked.
“We literally can’t keep enough water there,” Arellano said. “Consumption is higher than we’ve ever seen.”
Over the past two years, the couple have worked harder than ever, leading volunteer groups that start before dawn from March to November and then return home to care for their one-year-old child.
They say they walk through triple-degree heat with backpacks filled to the brim with jugs of water and canned food, sometimes to the point of exhaustion, because Arellano knows the consequences if they don’t surrender. not in the desert.
DUBAI, 30th August, 2022 (WAM) — The Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (MFNCA) has announced a partnership with the Federal Youth Authority (FYA), in line with UAE Government guidelines and strategies aimed at promoting partnerships among federal government entities in the best interests of the country and its citizens.
The partnership will develop and implement a series of initiatives and projects aimed at consolidating the political awareness of young people, as well as encouraging them to contribute to parliamentary work, promote their proposals and jointly establish plans for the future and of development.
An integrated action plan set out several short and long-term goals to ensure the highest levels of youth participation, in line with the UAE Youth Empowerment and Engagement Model, as part of the National Youth Strategy and United Arab Emirates Centenary 2071.
The partnership was announced in the presence of Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth, Tariq Hilal Lootah, Undersecretary of MFNCA, Saeed Al Nazari, Director General of FYA, and Sami Mohammed bin Adi, Assistant Undersecretary secretary for support services at MFNCA, in addition to several directors and officials on both sides.
Al Mazrouei pointed out that according to the UAE Youth Empowerment and Engagement Model, the National Youth Agenda has defined a range of development sectors, in line with the UAE Centenary 2071.
“In this context, I affirm our willingness to work under the directives of the President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to invest in the energies of young people and direct them towards development, in particular their political participation through parliamentary work. , which has acquired a pioneering and rich experience since the creation of the Union and has also involved the active participation of young people in decision-making and responsibility,” she said.
FYA’s cooperation with the work of the MFNCA will enhance the participation of young people in parliamentary work, which will contribute to achieving the objectives set by the State and will position the UAE distinctively at the national and international levels by implementing qualitative initiatives. that will allow young people to participate in the parliamentary work of the next fifty years, she added.
Lootah stressed the importance of partnership in promoting the culture of political participation. He highlighted the UAE’s parliamentary outreach and youth parliamentary outreach, in line with the UAE leadership’s directives to empower this group through innovative processes, in addition to providing them with the tools they need to strengthen their role in the society, strengthen their capacity to contribute to decision-making and nation-building, and enable them to participate in advancing the stature of the UAE towards greater excellence and leadership, in the run-up to the UAE’s centenary .
He then affirmed the ministry’s commitment to building strategic partnerships with government entities across the country to achieve its goals, promote a culture of political participation among young people and invest in their potential, which, in turn, will support the department’s own activities.
Youth is a pillar of all political advancement plans and efforts to boost parliamentary development across the UAE. They are a key element in ensuring the success and preservation of the UAE’s record of achievements, he added.
Al Nazari said that young people have played a key role in the Federal National Council (FNC) since its inception, and that the vision of the UAE leaders has enabled them to have an influential voice in the council.
He then underlined the importance of partnership in developing the capacities of young people and qualifying them to be influential partners in the overall development process. The Emirati parliamentary experience is inspiring and offers young people the opportunity to participate and use their tools, as well as assume their roles and hone their skills.
“We want young people to be able to participate effectively in policy-making and define their role in shaping solutions. We will ensure that we cultivate talents and build capacities to better understand the country’s parliamentary experience,” he said. he declared.
The partnership includes the organization of specialized studies on the interests of young people and their professional and cultural needs in terms of political participation, as well as on their role in spreading political awareness within society, the publication of raising awareness on political participation and its impact, and helping those interested in participating to organize the FNC elections.
The two parties also agreed to form an executive working group to oversee their work plan, according to set deadlines and performance indicators, to measure results and effectiveness.
AGM RIL 2022: Isha Ambani, who was announced as the head of Reliance’s retail business, was also briefed on the plans of Reliance Foundation, the non-profit organization of RIL Group headed by her mother Nita Ambani. The NGO, which was founded by Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani in 2010, announced the launch of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Junior School on Monday during the RIL 2022 Annual General Meeting. was made by Isha, daughter of Mukesh Ambani.
“I would like to share the impact and plans of Reliance Foundation. Under the leadership of my mother, Nita Ambani, the Reliance Foundation has carried out a range of activities in addition to our extensive Covid-19 relief initiatives,” she said in an address to shareholders at the AGM of the REL today.
She also shared that the Mumbai-based Jio Foundation started its first academic session in 2022. The Jio Institute is a multi-disciplinary higher learning institute established as a philanthropic initiative by Reliance Industries Ltd. and Reliance Foundation.
“We welcomed the first batch of 120 students for postgraduate programs in artificial intelligence, data science and digital marketing last month,” Isha said.
“Additionally, we will launch the Nita Mukesh Ambani Junior School as an extension of the Dhirubhai Ambani International School. This year, we will also step up our efforts to support early childhood care and education for the benefit of millions of children, especially in disadvantaged communities,” she added.
The Reliance Foundation is partnering with international organizations to address learning losses in basic literacy and numeracy among children due to the pandemic, Isha informed.
The Reliance Foundation has helped over 63 million people, in 60,000 villages and urban areas in India. “In rural transformation, we have helped over 14.5 million people to earn better livelihoods and lead better lives,” she said.
Isha Ambani further said that the NGO is collaborating with global and Indian organizations to empower 10 lakh women entrepreneurs in rural communities in three years, and also creating new digital inclusion solutions for more than three lakh women.
“In disaster management, our teams have tackled 47 natural disasters, providing support to more than one million people in 19 states and 3 union territories,” she said.
“In healthcare, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital has earned a reputation as one of the best in the world. And we have accelerated the rollout of our remote health consultations,” added Isha.
Through the Reliance Foundation’s Education and Sports for All programme, 21.5 million children and young people in India have benefited so far. The Reliance Foundation has also partnered with the Indian Olympic Association to support our athletes at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and National Games.
“It is very exciting that through this partnership, we are welcoming India’s first-ever House to the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games. It will be a great opportunity to showcase India’s immense talent, potential and aspiration. ‘India to the Olympic world,’ noted Isha.
“We are working on a 10-year master plan that will make our Foundation bigger and more impactful. I will share the plans with you over the coming year, she said at the RIL AGM.
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August 29: Resetting diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel could lead to further paradigm shifts at the regional level in addition to helping the two focus more on bilateral economic gains.
Recently, there have been indications from both Israel and Turkey that the leaders of those countries are considering resetting their bilateral relations.
In the case of Israel, it was a further step towards regional rapprochement, while for Turkey, it was essentially a question of solving and promoting its economic problems and its regional interests.
The announcement by the two countries on August 17 of the exchange of ambassadors and the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations follows the readjustment of Turkish diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It seems that Turkish leaders have realized that their priority should be to focus more on internal and closer issues such as the country’s economic difficulties, the Kurdish problem and its relations with Cyprus and Greece. Better regional relations will give him more time and energy to focus on solving the country’s economic problems and the expectations of the electorate.
Relations between the two countries deteriorated in 2018 when Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador from Ankara, following the murder of 60 Palestinians in Gaza during protests against former US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the American Embassy in Tel Aviv in Jerusalem.
In fact, Turkish support for Palestinian groups, particularly Hamas, and its objection to Israeli annexation of territories in and around the Gaza Strip has been the bone of contention between the two.
The thaw in ties comes after more than 10 years of tension. A visit to Turkey by Israeli President Isaac Herzog in March, followed by visits by foreign ministers from two countries, helped to warm relations.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to have realized the futility of Turkey’s hostile policies and stand against Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This position has made Turkey isolated in the region in addition to being economically unviable for it.
One of the fundamental reasons for Turkiye’s animosity against other so-called Islamic countries is the contest to claim the title of leader of the Islamic world. This has led Turkey to accuse the successive governments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of being the main source of adopting positions against its claim to leadership of the Islamic world and making it a Pariah state in the region.
Historically, it was Turkey that maintained the two holiest shrines in the Muslim world in Saudi Arabia, before oil was discovered in the kingdom, which changed its fortunes forever. This new wealth led the Saudi monarchs to claim leadership of the Islamic world.
Turkey obviously tried to resist this change but the fall of the Ottoman Empire led it to modify its position on several issues related to the Muslim Ummah. Furthermore, Turkey blamed these governments and their policies as responsible for strengthening regional stability for their own selfish interests. In return, these states blamed Turkey for adopting such postures and policies, which led to friction in the region and among the so-called Islamic states.
In retaliation, these countries improved their relations with Cyprus and Greece, Turkey’s sworn enemies in the Mediterranean. While at the same time Turkey has improved its relations with Qatar, a country that was banned from the Gulf region in 2017 when the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain imposed a ban on it. economic blockade.
Moreover, before facing the electorate next year, Erdogan shook hands with Israel in the hope that he could change Turkey’s economic situation with an increase in economic exchanges with Israel, resulting in an improvement in the economic climate for Turkish citizens.
Israel’s Game Plan
Recently, Israel has sought to restore its ties with countries in the region, Arab and non-Arab. He sees Turkey as an important factor both regionally and in Gaza as well, given that Hamas has opened an office in Istanbul and has been operating from Turkey for 10 years. Moreover, Israeli authorities believe that closer ties with Turkey will allow it to effectively conduct intelligence surveillance of Iran.
Moreover, Israel believes that if it wants to sell its natural gas to Europe, which was found near its shores in 2010, then the most economically viable route will be through Turkey. It could be a win-win situation for the two if they are able to work out any future plans to cut off Russian gas supplies from Europe, both diplomatically and financially in the long term.
During the hostile period with Turkey, Israel had moved closer to both Cyprus and Greece. This led to an increase in economy, security, and people-to-people contact between them. Both countries have benefited from an influx of Israeli tourists, who have abandoned the Turkish coasts. Israel also initiated military cooperation with them and also trained Greek and Cypriot military forces.
Israel will now have to balance the potential geostrategic and economic benefits of cooperation with Turkey with Jerusalem’s well-developed ties with Athens and Nicosia. Israeli President Herzog, who has played a key role in the Israeli-Turkish rapprochement, has assured Cyprus and Greece that Israel’s new found friendship with Turkey will not affect its existing relations with Cyprus and Turkey. Greece.
All in all, it can be assumed that the current situation points to a scenario where diplomatic, political and security relations could remain chilly, as the real goal for both countries is to boost their economic relations. Israel is also aware that Turkey can continue to play the Palestinian card to appease its internal audience.
Overall, this odd marriage of convenience might be able to counter other regional alliances and axes of power, and both would try to maximize their returns, independently or bilaterally, depending on the given situation.
NEW YORK, August 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Can Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Really Help Women With Gynecological Problems?
Indeed, it is possible, several doctors said at the recent “2022 US-China Integrated Western and Chinese Medicine Symposium,” which resumed Zoom on August 25, thanks to the China Friendship Association Medical Collaboration Committee. (SAFA), and the American-Chinese Center for TCM.
Distinguished physicians from China, including Dr. Minru Liu, the first female living legend of a TCM master; Dr. Songping Luo, Yale Senior Visiting Scholar and Principal Heir of Master of Gynecology Yuankai Luo; Dr. Yigong Fang, vice-dean of the Acupuncture and Moxibustion Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, as well as American experts in the field, including Dr. Ting Bao, director of the breast oncology program Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Tony Tsai, Director of the New York Fertility Center, shared his knowledge with more than 3,800 participants from the United States and around the world.
All the doctors shared new ideas on a coordinated integration of Western and Chinese medicine. Chinese doctors shared that the integration of TCM and acupuncture, combined with Western medicine, can be helpful for women with fertility issues, while Western doctors agreed that a combination therapy could be beneficial .
Guolin Zhou, adviser to the Chinese Consulate General in New York, noted that “TCM’s philosophy has a great impact and enjoys a very bright future.”
Li Li, co-chairman of the Medical Collaboration Committee of the China-American Friendship Association, added, “We hope this event will help improve communication between medical professionals and strengthen exchanges and collaborations between medical professionals. United States and China, so more people can enjoy it.”
New York State Governor Kathleen Hochul noted in her congratulatory letter that “the partnership between health officials, physicians, and professors to discuss the unique perspectives between Western and Chinese medicine is important for exploring various treatment options”.
New York Mayor Eric Adams and US Congresswoman Grace Meng also sent congratulatory letters.
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This year’s ACW, to be held from August 29 to September 2, is a crucial stop on the road to COP27, which Egypt will host in November in Sharm el-Sheikh, according to the United Nations Framework Convention website. United Nations on Climate Change (UNFCCC). .
ACW will engage and empower stakeholders to drive climate action in countries, communities and economies. The UNFCCC says the ACW is a platform for collaboration to explore resilience to climate risks, the transition to a low-emissions economy, and partnerships to solve pressing challenges.
The event, which will be hosted by the Gabonese government, is organized by the UNFCCC in collaboration with global partners from the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Program and the World Bank Group. Partners in the region include the African Union, African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and UN Gabon.
ACW is the last regional climate week organized by the UNFCCC after the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week in March in Dubai and Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week in July in Santo Domingo.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said Shoukry would also meet with a number of senior Gabonese officials to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and coordination between Egypt and Gabon in various fields, as well as only to exchange visions and points of view on various issues of common interest. rising on the continental and international stages.
The German Foreign Office has confirmed the arrest of a German national in Iran for allegedly taking photos in “no-go areas”.
The ministry declined to provide further details, but sources told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda that the 66-year-old had been in jail in Iran for more than a month.
The sources added that the man was arrested more than 40 days ago and spent half his time in solitary confinement. He is now imprisoned in Aran’s headquarters and Bidgol prison near the central Iranian city of Kashan, they said.
The man is said to have visited several cities as he toured Iran on a motorbike, including Tehran and Tabriz.
German authorities only learned of his arrest after losing contact with his family, prompting them to seek help from the German embassy in Iran.
The German Foreign Ministry said its mission in Tehran had had access to the man, but no further details could be released.
Iranian judicial and security authorities have not yet announced the arrest of the German citizen.
Two dual Iranian-German citizens, Jamshid Sharmahd and Nahid Taghvi, were previously detained in Iran, which has arrested dozens of foreigners and dual nationals in recent years, often on widely criticized espionage and security charges.
Western countries have repeatedly accused Iran of trying to take advantage of foreign countries by taking foreign nationals and dual nationals hostage.
The German national’s arrest also comes as Iran and world powers are reportedly close to reaching an agreement on reviving the 2015 deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.
Written by Ardeshir Tayebi based on an original story in Persian by Radio Farda of RFE/RL
NEW YORK–More than three months late–and without Max Scherzer blocking his way – Japanese Consul General Mikio Mori finally threw the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field here on August 25.
The ceremony preceding the New York Mets’ home game against the Colorado Rockies was part of a Japan-US Baseball History Night event that celebrated the 150th anniversary of baseball’s arrival in Japan from the United States.
Mori was originally supposed to throw the first pitch on May 13 when the Mets hosted Japanese Heritage Night at the stadium.
But Mets starting pitcher Scherzer was already warming up on the mound when Mori was introduced.
Due to miscommunication, Scherzer did not yield the mound to Mori, who waited awkwardly on the side before being called off the field.
Team officials later visited the Japanese Consulate General in New York and apologized for the incident.
The two sides then agreed to hold an event to mark the 150th anniversary and give Mori another chance to test his throwing arm.
Before the game, a video showcasing the history of baseball in both countries was shown on a giant screen at the stadium.
Mori then stepped in and threw a pitch to Masato Yoshii, a former Japanese pro baseball star, who pitched for the Mets in 1998 and 1999.
Before the game, Mori met with Scherzer and got the ace pitcher’s autograph on a Mets baseball cap. The Consul General wore the cap when throwing the ceremonial first pitch.
Mori said Scherzer apologized to him for the May incident.
“A disaster turns into a blessing in disguise,” Mori said, quoting the saying.
“I hope to promote a friendly relationship with the Mets and strengthen Japanese-American exchanges through baseball through this experience,” he said.
MAN is a social animal; the only one who has various tools to communicate his feelings, his passions, his desires and his needs to others. With the introduction of mobile devices and other communication tools, many of us spend many hours and precious moments “getting in touch”, monitoring others and passing on information. We scroll, link and skim but, sometimes, we come across the questionable, fake and what could have gone viral. These can be harmful and false as they are false and dangerous to the society or the individual concerned.
It is therefore risky to believe everything you read on social networks. In Nigeria, social media has become the preferred platform for spreading false information due to its easy penetration to its destination and the gullibility of a captive audience. Fake news is dangerous because it deliberately begins to misinform and sow confusion. It goes viral easily through posting and reposting.
It is worse in a society with many fault lines, such as religious and ethnic divides. The intention is to reinforce a point of view or a state of mind. For the University of Oxford and the Reuters Institute, “social media personalities with large followings are often the culprits. They are considered “super spreaders”, who can very easily share inaccurate information with their impressionable followers… If you have an extremely active network, you may also frequently encounter false information being shared among your own friends and family. “Some platforms in Nigeria are deliberately spreading false and hate speech and we are morally bound to challenge them. Take, for example, an article that was hypocritically credited to me. It’s called “Know your story”. It’s been a trend for weeks, if not months, until some people brought it to my attention.
I am the only teacher Ihechukwu Madubuike that I know. And I haven’t written anything with the above title anywhere. My younger brother is an engineering professor, but he doesn’t write about social issues. He is a reverend sir. I’m not a history teacher either.
“Know Your History” is therefore a fraud concocted by internet rats with false names like Lateef, Emeka Ugwuonye and Ibrahim without address. The only purpose is to discredit me, Nnamdi Azikiwe and to demarket the Igbo people in general. The trigger may not be unrelated to the 2023 elections.
“Know your story” began with what the fraudsters called the forgotten history of the Igbo tribe and the Northern Alliance and continued, “Do you know that when Tafawa Balewa was Prime Minister of Nigeria, the leader of Army Chief of Staff was from SE; Navy Chief of Staff was from SE; Police IG was from SE; Defense Chief of Staff was from SE; Minister of Home Affairs SE; Minister of Foreign Affairs SE; Minister of Education SE; Many other key ministries for SE; Speaker of Parliament SE; Unilag VC SE; University of Ibadan VC SE; North resisted the same at ABU.
The excerpt above is not my language. I do not call the different ethnic groups in Nigeria “tribes”. I am too sophisticated to use such a pejorative term for highly cultured and civilized people in Africa. It is an act of culturecide to do so and it smacks of the colonial mentality. Second, I would have named the people occupying these various offices listed in the document, for the sake of authenticity. Anyone who sees an Igbo name will recognize it. Third, nothing was like “SE” during Tafawa Balewa’s tenure, that is, between 1957 and 1966 when he died as a result of the unfortunate coup. And, finally, I’m not used to self-immolation. I am proud of my ethnic group and will not denigrate it, as the author or authors did.
But to set the record straight and not mislead the general public, here are the three cabinets of Prime Minister Balewa from 1957 to 1966, as a point of reference.
Balewa’s first cabinet (1957-59) included Balewa himself (Prime Minister); Raymond Amanze Njoku (Minister of Transport); Jaja Wachuku (Education); KO Mbadiwe (Trade); Ladoke Akintola (Communication); JM Johnson (Internal Affairs); Kolawale Balogun (News); Ayo Rosiji (Health); Festus Okotie-Eboh (Finance); Muhammadu Ribadu (Lands, Mines and Energy) and Zaina Bukar Dipcharima (Works).
This was a pre-independence power-sharing arrangement in which the majority ethnic groups were represented. The charismatic and sartorial Okotie-Eboh, the extraordinary Ishekiri-born fashionista and businessman, was an exception. How this cabinet above translates to Igbo dominance is difficult to decipher. Yet Balewa, then deputy leader of the Northern Peoples Congress, a man of Gere background and ethnic background from what is now Bauchi state, remained an outstanding champion of Hausa-Fulani interests.
Balewa’s second cabinet (1959-1964) included Balewa (Prime Minister); Jaja Anucha Nwachukwu (Foreign Affairs); Elias (Attorney General); Ribadu (Land Affairs and Lagos); Okotie-Eboh (Finance); Njoku (Transport & Aviation); Zanna Bukar Dipcharima (Commerce and industries); Inuwa Wada (Works & Surveys); Johnson (Work and Wellness); Wachuku (Education); Maitama Sule (Mining and Electricity); Shehu Shagari (Economic Development); Olu Akinfosile (Communication); Usman Sarki (Internal Affairs); TOS Benson (News); Waziri Ibrahim (Health) and Yar’adua (Nigerianization).
This brings us to Balewa’s Third Cabinet (1964-1966), which included Balewa as Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs; Ribadu (Defence); Elias (Attorney General); Okotie-Eboh (Finance); Dipcharima (Transport); Wachuku (Air Force); Mbadiwe (Trade); Augustus Akinloye (industry); Inuwa Wada (Works); Adeniran Ogunsanya (Housing and Surveys); Adeleke Adedoyin (Labour); Richard Akinjide (Education); Sule (Mines & Energy); Waziri Ibrahim (Economic Development); Alade Lamoje (Natural Resources/Research); Njoku (Communication); Shagari (Internal Affairs); Rosiji (Information); Moses Majekodumi (Health); Jacob Obande (Establishment) and Dominic Mapao (Minister of State, Mines/Energy).
These ministerial appointments by Balewa indicated where political power lay in Nigeria at the time. The North, with the support of Britain, not the Igbo, held this power. The position of Prime Minister was theirs without interruption from 1957 to January 1966, that is, until the unfortunate coup inaugurated military rule.
In Balewa’s cabinet from 1959 to 1964, Wachuku served as foreign minister. In his 3rd Cabinet from 1964 to 1966, Balewa retained the External Affairs portfolio, while Shagari held the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Nnamdi Azikiwe’s post as president was ceremonial.
Brigadier Ogundipe served as the first Chief of Staff and de facto second in command, Supreme Headquarters, under General Aguyi Ironsi. When Ironsi was killed in Ibadan, he was supposed to take over as acting head of state. But he fled to Las Palmas and later became high commissioner in London. The Chief of the Naval Staff was Commodore Joseph Edet Olawale Wey; the Inspector General of Police was Sir Louis Orok Edet. His deputy was Kam Salem. None of these gentlemen were Igbo. The Chief Justice of the Federation remained Judge Adetokunbo Ademola. Colonel George .T. Korubo was the chief of the air force. All of these officers were senior to Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon, who was later promoted to head of state. There was no such thing as “Parliament President”, a nomenclature unknown to our Constitution, but which, according to the ignorant author “Of Know Your History”, was occupied by an Igbo.
Needless to inform internet rats that Ahmadu Bello University was a regional university, like the University of Nigeria and the University of Ife. Their regional owners appointed their vice-chancellors. Furthermore, the Constitution did not prohibit Igbo people from holding high-level positions in federal institutions. Eni Njoku was kicked out of the University of Lagos as vice-chancellor in 1965, well before 1966.
Sufficient facts have also emerged to prove that the 1966 coup included people from different ethnic groups. A Yoruba major, Adewale Ademoyega, who participated in the coup, wrote a book about it called Why We Struck. Lieutenant Fola Oyewole, the author of The Reluctant Rebel, was also implicated. Atom Kpera claimed that he could not distinguish between Operation Damissa and a real coup in which he was involved. Soldiers from other parts of the country also took part in the coup. It is therefore a misnomer to call the January 1966 military revolution an Igbo coup.
We must separate the propaganda from the story, for the sake of posterity. We must defuse fake news at all costs. I am not the author of “Know Your History”.
Professor Madubuike is a former Minister of Education (1979-81) and a former Minister of Health (1995-1997)
Access to credible information on migration empowers young people to make informed travel choices, said UNESCO Representative in Ghana, Abdourahamane Diallo.
According to him, access to information has helped advance the promotion and protection of human rights during migration.
He was speaking at a two-day migration media and voices forum in Accra yesterday.
The stock-taking and experience-sharing event is attended by 60 media personalities as part of the “Empowering Youth in Africa through Media and Communication” project undertaken by UNESCO.
It is part of a three-year project on which UNESCO, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ghana Commission for UNESCO, funded by the Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation, are engaged. in six West African countries.
The beneficiary countries are Ghana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Nigeria, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal.
The implementing partners are Ghana Community Radio Network, Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, Ghana Graffiti, Media Foundation for West Africa and the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana.
Mr. Diallo said that the project, which was launched in France in January 2019, was born from a financial instrument adopted in 2016 by the Italian government to support interventions aimed at reviving dialogue and cooperation between Italy and Italy. African countries, the former being considered a priority destination for migrants.
“This three-year project aimed to address the root causes of migration, including high youth unemployment in Africa, by improving access to information, freedom of expression and capacity building of young people and the media.
“As this project comes to an end, this forum will provide a platform for stakeholders to share their experiences and good practices and, in the long term, will also provide recommendations to be submitted to a regional scientific committee to identify and analyze best practices. , constraints and challenges in accessing and processing migration information,” he said.
Italy’s Ambassador to Ghana, Daniela d’Orlandi, said migration was a global phenomenon which according to IOM data in 2022 involved 280.6 million international migrants.
“Furthermore, according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the number of emigrants from Ghana has more than doubled in the past 20 years,” she said.
The Secretary General of the Ghana Commission for UNESCO, Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh, also expressed concern about migration issues, particularly in West and Central Africa.
IOM UN Migration Project Development and Donor Liaison Officer Giulia Piccioni said the media has become a powerful tool for communicating migration-related information.
GJA President Albert Kwabena Dwumfour pledged the association’s support for the project.
The Vice Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Prof. Eric Opoku Mensah, said the institute is interested in migration issues because the media can shape the actions of actors.
The head of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Dr. Abena Animwaa Yeboah-Banin, named the drivers of irregular migration including harsh economic conditions, lack of opportunities and misinformation.
The 75th anniversary of India’s Independence Day, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm in Sydney, Australia. The Consulate General of India in Sydney (CGI) organized the flag hoisting ceremony at the Consulate premises. Consul General Manish Gupta unfurled the tricolor and read the President’s address. The official celebration was followed by some cultural performances. As part of the cultural performances, patriotic songs were performed by various artists and Indian classical dance Bharatnatyam performed by the Rasika Dance Academy. Light refreshments were also served after the event. The event brought together more than 200 guests. To mark the occasion, a huge party was thrown at the prestigious ‘The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. The grand celebration at the Powerhouse Museum had the gracious presence of Governor, Margaret Beazley AC QC &. Dennis Wilson, Governor of New South Wales, incumbent Ministers, Federal and NSW MPs, Mayors, Councillors, Consular Corps and distinguished guests from all walks of life.
Charkha and Kargha – an exhibition dedicated to Indian textiles
It also features the India-supported Charkha and Kargha exhibition in Australia (Consulate General of India, Sydney) showcasing the rich heritage of Indian textiles. The evening celebrations began with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries followed by the singing of the national anthems of India and Australia. The evening was graced by the vibrant performance of Bharatanatyam by the representatives of Kalashree Dance Academy, Sydney and conceptualized Dhanashree Karandikar. The grace and elegant movements in classical synchronization gave a faithful reflection of the marvelous classical dance that Bharatnatyam has evolved from the beautiful state of Tamilnadu with the evolved heritage of over 2000 years.
To complement the rich heritage of Indian textiles known for their exquisite outlook that is both vibrant and elegant, its dedicated textile exhibition was curated by the prestigious Powerhouse Museum reflecting the saga of diverse Indian culture inspiring the evolution of Indian textiles. The exhibition, aptly named “Charkha & Kargha” meaning spinning wheel and loom, features over 100 rare items dating back to the 16th century from the core collection of the Powerhouse Museum. The exhibition also uniquely showcases the evolved status of Indian textiles through the exquisite collection of fabrics such as silk, cotton, khadi, linen and jute donated by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India on the occasion. by Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The exhibition also features a live demonstration of looms by national award-winning master weavers from a city older than history Banaras & Pochampalli. These master weavers are Naseem Ahmed, Tauseef Ahmed, Ramesh Thadaka (National Loom Award), Yadagiri Paladi. These weavers are known for producing world-class fabrics with their unparalleled craftsmanship and are also known for the dedication of generations.
Inspired by the exhibition, a dedicated segment highlighting the rich heritage of Indian sons named “Viraasati Dhaage” showcased various states of India, actively contributed by the Sydney-based Indian community.
All of these events and the occasion culminated when the Indian tricolor in all its majestic splendor rolled out at the iconic Sydney Opera House and proudly celebrated Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. A unique gesture from the NSW Government and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet, Culture Minister and Consul General Manish Gupta accepted the gesture and conveyed his gratitude to the NSW Government.
This year was very special because of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and was warmly celebrated by the state and federal government of Australia. In the Sydney area, all leading town councils such as Parramatta, Blacktown, Wollongong, Strathfield, Ryde, Ku-ring-gai held flag-raising ceremonies in August attended by Indian community residents. It is a reflection of the growing Indian aspirations and the glory of the Indian diaspora which has contributed constructively to the multicultural ethos of Australian society and formed a strong bridge between India and Australia.
International students attend a pottery class in Hohhot, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, March 28, 2019. Photo: IC
China continues to ease its visa restrictions for foreigners, with dozens of Chinese embassies resuming two more types of visa services for foreigners, after largely suspending visa issuance to foreign students and others more two years at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
From Wednesday, holders of valid APEC business travel cards or study permits are allowed to enter China, according to dozens of Chinese embassies, including those of the United Kingdom, United States, from France, India, Pakistan and Japan.
In addition, long-term foreign students who come to China for educational purposes can submit their X1 visa applications at the China Visa Application Service Center. Families of students studying in China can apply to live with or visit relatives in China.
Short-term foreign student visa applications for the non-academic teaching visa (X2) are not being accepted at this time, according to an announcement from the Chinese Embassy in the United States on August 19. Many other embassies also issued a similar statement.
The Chinese Embassy in Serbia confirmed to the Global Times on Wednesday the news of the visa and travel policy adjustment. The Chinese Embassy in Serbia also said those who meet the conditions of the visa waiver agreement between China and Serbia can travel to China if necessary.
International passengers must take two PCR tests for COVID-19 within 48 hours of departure, the second of which must take place within 24 hours of departure.
International students impacted by the Global Times are thrilled to hear this update. Some are preparing their visa applications in the hope of being able to return to their universities in China as soon as possible.
On Wednesday, an international student from Pakistan shared her joy on Twitter and expressed her hope to return to China as soon as possible after successfully applying for a visa. The student, who is studying at a university in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, told the Global Times on Wednesday that the application process went smoothly and quickly.
Additionally, COVID-19 rules on overseas flights have also been relaxed. Starting Aug. 7, any flight with five detected COVID-19 cases will be suspended for one week if confirmed cases represent 4% of all passengers on board, and for two weeks if confirmed cases represent 8%, the Administration Civil Aviation of China said.
From Aug. 1 to Wednesday, a total of 685 inbound passenger flights arrived in China, an average of 200 flights per week, a 16 percent increase from the daily average in July. More than 30% of flights originated from South Korea and Japan, according to data from information provider VariFlight sent to the Global Times on Wednesday.
Etihad Airways, the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which resumed passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Beijing in June, offers one direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Beijing and Shanghai per week. The company told the Global Times on Wednesday that it may increase services between the two countries.
As more foreigners are allowed to enter China, Chinese cities and regions, especially those providing inbound passengers with quarantine services, are facing pressure to prevent the incoming epidemic.
It’s a general trend that China is easing its border restrictions and quarantine requirements while sticking to the aggressive zero COVID policy, Zhuang Shilihe, a Guangzhou-based medical expert who follows the Global Times, told the Global Times on Wednesday. close to public health issues. He noted that this cannot be achieved overnight due to the potential increase in COVID-19 cases.
The most practical response to potential incoming infections would be to detect and isolate them as soon as possible, and track the source of infection in a timely manner, to prevent sporadic infections from developing into an outbreak in large scale, Zhuang pointed out.
Zhu Haoning and Huang Ziting contributed to this story
Two female Egyptian farmers take their produce of tomatoes away when harvesting crops on their land on the outskirts of Cairo (Picture: AP)
The statement was released following reports alleging that Libyan quarantine authorities had rejected two Egyptian shipments of red pepper and guava.
The reports cite a Facebook page, the Libyan Center for Food and Drug Control, which says Egypt’s western neighbor rejected both shipments, exported by the same Egyptian company, because the samples were rotten.
Egyptian agricultural exports to Libya from January to mid-August reached 63,181 tons, the Egyptian ministry said in the statement.
“As for pepper exports to Libya this year, nine shipments have been exported, and no official notification of denial of shipment has been received so far,” the Central Quarantine Administration said. agriculture from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Spatial Planning.
The administration said it had not examined or exported any agricultural products – be it pepper or other products – through the port of Salloum to Libya by the exporting company mentioned in the released reports.
“This confirms that this submission was referring to [in the reports] has not been exported by legal methods, as it has not been examined by the Egyptian agricultural quarantine authorities,” said the statement quoting Ahmed El-Attar, head of the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine.
Furthermore, no guava shipments have been exported to Libya since the beginning of 2022, El-Attar claimed, saying the reports being spread are baseless.
The performance of Egyptian agricultural exports to the neighboring country “is distinguished and does not encounter any obstacles”, El-Attar pointed out, adding that overall agricultural exports to Libya in 2021 amounted to 89,795 tons, compared to 61,900 tons in 2020.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he will meet with government leaders and civil society representatives to discuss the broad partnership on issues such as regional security, respect human rights, environmental conservation, climate change, and bilateral trade and investment.
The United States’ relationship with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is deep and longstanding. The United States immediately established diplomatic relations with the DRC in 1960, after its independence from Belgium.
In April 2019, following President Tshisekedi’s visit to Washington, the United States and the DRC launched the “Preferred Partnership for Peace and Prosperity,” a joint commitment reflecting the rapprochement between the United States and the DRC. DRC and a public promise to work together in areas of mutual interest, including strengthening democratic institutions, improving respect for human rights, ending impunity, promoting peace in the eastern DRC and the attraction of American trade and investment. In February 2021, given the U.S. and DRC’s shared focus on climate change, a fifth “P” – Environmental Preservation – was added.
Under the leadership of President Tshisekedi, the United States has a steadfast partner in advancing our mutual global priorities, including addressing the climate crisis, combating illicit trafficking, responding to multiple security and humanitarian crises, promoting respect for democracy and human rights, securing critical mineral supply chains. necessary for the global transition to cleaner forms of energy and the mitigation of transnational organized crime.
We welcome renewed promises from the Congolese government to implement long-promised reforms and root out widespread corruption, which is an underlying driver of instability.
The United States and the DRC held the first-ever bilateral human rights dialogue in June 2021 to discuss challenges related to free speech, human trafficking, and alleged law enforcement abuses. security. In recognition of the positive steps taken by the country to improve democratic practices and good governance, the DRC joined the Summit for Democracy in December 2021. We support the efforts of the Congolese government to consolidate these gains in order to promote respect for human rights. of man and the rule of law.
We appreciate the Congolese government’s co-sponsorship of a resolution on minerals and metals management at the United Nations Environment Assembly in February 2022 and look forward to working with the DRC on its implementation.
The United States supports the DRC government’s decision to review mining contracts and greater accountability in the sector. We encourage the DRC to continue its collaboration and work on tax transparency, labor rights and compliance with environmental, social and governance standards for the mining sector. The United States is providing more than $30 million in assistance to help the DRC promote responsible and sustainable mining practices.
We welcome President Tshisekedi’s commitment to protecting the Congo Basin forest and ensuring that the DRC is a “solution country” to the climate crisis. We salute the leadership of the DRC in organizing the Pre-COP27 in Kinshasa. We appreciate our cooperation to protect our common home.
We appreciate President Tshisekedi’s regional leadership. As Chairperson of the African Union last year, and through his leadership in other regional organizations, he has shown visionary leadership for the continent.
The United States and the DRC have a strong, longstanding, and trusted relationship in global health, including in the fight against Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreaks, which has established a solid foundation for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from the US government through USAID and CDC, the DRC has contained six EVD outbreaks over the past four years, declaring the most recent outbreak last July. These U.S. contributions to the Ebola virus disease response were a natural extension of our longstanding support for Congolese health systems.
The United States has provided more than $1.7 billion in health assistance to the DRC over the past 20 years. The DRC is also a U.S. Global Health Security Intensive Support Partner Country, which serves as a platform for cooperation on zoonotic diseases, workforce development, laboratory systems, and more.
The United States supports the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), which plays a vital role in protecting civilians, delivering humanitarian assistance and supporting the DRC government in its stabilization and peacebuilding efforts.
The United States is providing $23.75 million to support elections in the DRC, including strengthening transparency and election administration, improving civic and voter education, empowering people (including women and youth) ways to participate meaningfully in elections and help marginalized communities understand and access political processes. In July, USAID and the state announced $2 million and $1 million, respectively, to fund international and domestic election observation. This commitment demonstrates our desire to see free and fair elections in 2023 with transparent and inclusive electoral processes. In August, USAID provided an additional $10 million to promote peaceful political participation and transparency in the 2023 elections. This new funding will expand current programming into harder-to-reach areas where the risk of alienation or disenfranchisement of the population and causing or exacerbating violent conflict is highest during the 2023 election cycle.
The DRC is one of eight new focus countries where Feed the Future will help develop the DRC’s own food and agricultural systems.
Together with Congress, the United States plans to invest $37 million in development assistance in the DRC to expand access to fertilizers and promote more efficient use in light of rising costs, expand access to social safety nets and strengthen nutrition programs, especially for children under five.
The Department of State has committed an additional $6 million to help the DRC improve its criminal justice system, fight corruption, and combat the trafficking of mineral resources and wildlife.
On July 13 and 14 in Kinshasa, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, a partner of the Department of State, organized a symposium in the presence of the Minister of the Interior highlighting the success of a program funded by the United States in close partnership with Congolese actors to support vital early warning systems for vulnerable communities in five eastern provinces, an initiative made more vital as MONUSCO continues to withdraw.
By US Embassy Kinshasa | August 23, 2022 | Topics: News
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has met with the leaders of Iraq, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, his office said, as world powers and Iran seek to end a 16-month of negotiations on the relaunch of the historic nuclear agreement in Tehran.
El-Sisi and Emirati President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received King Abdullah II of Jordan, Iraqi interim Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Monday at the airport in the Mediterranean city of ‘el-Alamein.
The UAE leader arrived in the coastal city a day earlier and held separate talks with his Egyptian counterpart that focused on ties between regional allies, el-Sisi’s office said.
The five-party talks focused on consolidating ties and cooperation between their countries, according to an Egyptian statement, which did not give details.
Earlier in the day, an Iraqi statement said the talks would focus on regional security as well as energy, investment and climate change.
The meeting took place in el-Alamein, the scene of one of the fiercest battles of World War II which helped decide the outcome of the conflict.
Neither statement mentioned Iran and ongoing efforts to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Many Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia in particular – are very concerned about Iran’s activity in the region. They fear the revival of the 2015 deal will include economic relief for the hardline regime in Tehran, allowing it to expand its interference in their internal affairs.
Iraq has hosted several rounds of talks between Iran and regional rival Saudi Arabia, whose ties soured significantly in 2016.
That’s when Saudi Arabia fired its diplomats after protesters attacked its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad in retaliation for the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric.
Talks have also taken place recently between Iran and Egypt as the two governments explore ways to ease decades-long tensions. Diplomatic relations between Egypt and Iran were frozen after Egypt signed its 1979 peace treaty with Israel and Iran underwent its Islamic revolution.
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Punjab Ministry of Youth Affairs to construct sports medicine center
Punjab Youth Ministry to build a sports medicine center: The ground was laid for the opening of Pakistan’s first-ever sports medicine center on Friday. Punjab Youth Affairs Minister Malik Taimoor Masood officiated the ceremony.
The Coach, Punjab Chief Secretary Muhammad Tariq Qureshi, Punjab Sports Director General Muhammad Tariq Qureshi, Director of Youth Affairs, Deputy Directors Tariq Wattoo and Rauf Bajwa and Deputy Director Zahoor Ahmed were present at this occasion.
Professor Kamran Butt and Assistant Professor of Orthopedics, Dr Amir Sohail, along with other medical experts attended the ceremony. Punjab Director General of Sports, Muhammad Tariq Qureshi spoke about the various features, functions and services of the Sports Medicine Center in his in-depth briefing to Punjab Sports and Youth Minister, Malik Taimoor Masood.
Multiple therapies and services related to sports ultrasound, isokinetic strength testing, sports physiotherapy, sports surgery, exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, sports radiology and sports nutrition will be provided to athletes at the Center for Sports Medicine. Speaking to the media on the occasion, Punjab Minister of Sports and Youth, Malik Taimoor Masood said the groundbreaking ceremony of Pakistan’s first-ever sports medicine center was great news especially for the athletes.
The Sports Medicine Center of Pakistan, which will be launched today, will provide the best athletes in different sports with the best medical care and preventive health care with the aim of making the country stronger. Punjab Sports and Youth Minister Malik Taimoor Masood said the fundamental objective of the sports medicine center is to provide the best health facilities to top Pakistani athletes.
A new health initiative by the Pakistani government will ensure athletes are in the best possible shape to compete at international level.
The sports medicine center will provide the best healthcare to players across Pakistan. It will be the first-ever facility of its kind in the country and will focus particularly on male and female athletes, especially those who suffered injuries during the Games. From experts to sports medical facilities, Sports Medicine Clinic will also turn athletes into Pakistani sports enthusiasts.
On Friday, Punjab Sports and Youth Secretary Ali Jan Khan visited different sports venues of NPSC, as part of an inspection tour. Punjab Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary Ali Jan Khan was accompanied by Punjab Sports Director General Muhammad Tariq Qureshi, Administrative Director Syed Omair Hasan, Deputy Director Tariq Wattoo and Deputy Director Zahoor Ahmed during the visit inspection.
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At a time when cryptocurrency or digital consents have captured the world’s attention, many countries have gone ahead and issued their own central bank digital currency (CBDC). According to a latest report from the Atlantic Council, an independent organization based in Washington, DC, as of March 2022, 87 countries have considered issuing a CDBC. Of these nine countries, including the Bahamas, Nigeria, as well as seven Eastern Caribbean Union countries, have already deployed theirs. However, what is missing is a settlement that can provide a smooth means of transaction, which also cross-border. Swarup Gupta, Head of Financial Services and Head, ESG, Economist Intelligence (The EIU), in conversation with FE Digital Currency, discusses how the introduction of comprehensive global crypto regulation can address the resilience of financial firms like banks in developing countries. (Edited excerpts)
Is there a false fear of digital currencies intervening in the current banking system?
Most digital currencies, with the notable exception of the Chinese eYuan, are designed to be minimally invasive upon inception. This would ensure that they would have minimal impact on the commercial banking system. Some of them, like the digital ruble, can only be used for special purposes and even in developing countries, the main motivation for the introduction of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) is financial inclusion. , so there is no intention to disrupt the existing network of commercial banks.
Is Comprehensive Global Crypto Regulation Needed?
We need comprehensive global crypto regulation to eliminate the possibility of regulatory arbitrage. However, this is unlikely to happen in the short term, although calls for such globally valid laws are coming from the United States. What is likely to be visible is the coordination of existing international legislation, particularly that targeting financial crime, and the strict enforcement of those existing laws. A large variance, however, is likely to be visible on the cryptocurrency tax regulation front, with these countries positioning themselves as crypto havens likely to slow down on this front. On the other hand, governments that have a low opinion of the sector, such as India, are likely to levy onerous taxes on the industry.
What will be the impact on the degree of cash available in the market?
Cash in circulation has declined globally following the Covid-19 pandemic, and in some emerging countries more than 50% of payments are now digitized. The infrastructure was in place in many cases, especially in countries with strong digital public goods like India, and the Covid-19 pandemic provided the necessary impetus.
How will central bank digital currency (CBDC) play a prominent role in capital controls?
The introduction of a CBDC alone cannot ensure strict capital control. Better regulation of the blockchain industry, including crypto, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), gambling, and other variants, can on its own deter and prevent money laundering and other modes of financial crime via the crypto route.
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Flying the Indian flag during Independence Day celebrations.
Mohammad Yusuf, Feature Writer
Human resources professional Neha Soni, who works for a Tier 1 strategy consulting firm, has lived with a commitment to performing and contributing to cultural events since childhood.
An expert in Indian folk dances and Kathak, she is also a writer; this didn’t stop at writing thoughts, but also led her to write song lyrics.
A speaker, her corporate career has given her the opportunity to speak at professional forums – one of the most recent was when she held the microphone during Independence Day celebrations at the Consulate General of India to Dubai.
She became a trainer in written communication and a podcaster and participated in many women’s conferences.
She turns the questions posed by Gulf Today into answers
What made you take an interest in culture?
Having a Rajasthani background, my family and roots have been very active with the culture: the compulsion to give back to society has been with us for generations.
Thanks to my parents, my brother and I were raised in an environment where studies, cultural activities and philanthropy were equally important.
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The message was loud and clear: stay close to your roots, your culture and your society, because they do a lot to shape you. Therefore, you must return it in all forms and ways.
What draws you to Indian folk and kathak — the latter being a particularly strenuous dance form?
Rajasthani folk dances such as Ghoomar and Kalbeliya were incorporated into my upbringing from childhood.
A booming dance program during India’s Independence Day celebrations at the Indian Consulate General in Dubai.
I’ve been honing the stage for over 15 years, performing various forms of Indian folk, and enjoyed every bit of it! The craze for Kathak came from attending concerts or cultural evenings with parents and yes, Bollywood also played a major role (wink). While I missed golden opportunities to learn this art form in my youth, I became even more nervous about picking it up later. But all credit goes to my guru in Dubai who helped me dive into it. I’m still an amateur striving to keep polishing myself.
As a writer, what are your subjects?
There are two forms that I admire – shayari or poetry and professional topics such as articles on corporate events and articles on diversity and inclusion.
Wave the Indian flag through dance.
You are also a songwriter. Give us some lyrics you wrote. I prefer to remain anonymous here. But here are some lines I wrote in Hindi for India’s 76th Independence Day celebrations:
Vividhta mein ekta darshata hai ye vatan
Unnati ka khaata hai ye vatan
Vibhinn sanskriti ko apnata hai ye vatan
Ullas Poorvak 75 saal ki uplabhdiyan gata hai ye vatan!
(This land displays unity in diversity
It’s the treasure of progress
It embraces many cultures
He sings the joyful achievements of 75 years!)
As a speaker, besides the subject of HR, what topics do you speak about?
Diversity and Inclusion; empowerment of women; image and communication consulting.
Neha Soni at Indian Independence Day celebrations.
How do you fulfill your role as a communication trainer?
Although I’m playing this role alongside my main job, it’s one of the most satisfying gigs I’ve played.
In the corporate world, especially in the UAE, we have colleagues of different nationalities who have different styles of understanding messages and speaking in different tones.
It becomes even more important to be clean, precise and professional, to be able to convey your message appropriately.
You have spoken at women’s conferences. What is your message for women on Emirates Women’s Day, which falls on August 28?
Today’s world has understood that to be able to achieve the prosperity and development agenda, women and girls must be at the heart of its action.
The dancers punctuate the rhythms of Independence.
There are many initiatives funded by our honorable leaders to advance women’s empowerment and unleash their hidden potential. Women excel in everything – you name it, and they’ve proven that nothing is impossible.
With such power comes great responsibility. It’s time for every successful woman to stay connected to the real world challenges facing the community of women at large and find ways to support their upliftment and growth by creating greater awareness, strengthening their capabilities and preparing them for the future.
You have also participated in podcasts. What’s the difference between talking about a scene and podcasting?
The podcast is a wonderful experience; however, it requires good preparation as it is real-time and spontaneous and listeners have to relate to the speakers to stay hooked to a single audio track and would like to get something meaningful out of it. The voice modulation, tone and beat lines are really essential to make it more interesting. A similar type of preparation is also needed on stage, but in-person presence with gestures and facial expressions can add more magnetism to content and tone.
You held the audience spellbound with your masterful stewardship of the program during India’s Independence Day celebrations at the Consulate General of India in Dubai. What goes into making a good host?
Thank you very much for your kind words. Although I should be passionate about my topics, to prepare the content it is also good to aim to be humble and accessible to the public.
I try to meet the performers and program coordinators well in advance to understand the flow of the event and be able to build a good story.
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New Delhi: The International Monetary Fund has announced that its team will travel to Colombo the last week of August to continue discussions with the Sri Lankan authorities on economic and financial reforms.
In a statement released on Friday, the international organization said: “IMF staff plan to travel to Colombo from August 24 to 31 to continue discussions with the Sri Lankan authorities on economic and financial reforms and policies.”
“The objective is to make progress towards reaching a staff-level agreement on a future IMF Extended Financing Facility (EFF) arrangement in the near term,” the statement added.
Sri Lanka is seeking a $3 billion bailout from the global financial body to overcome an economic crisis triggered by the drying up of its foreign exchange reserves. The nation owes $51 billion in foreign debt, of which $28 billion must be paid by 2027.
The Washington-based lender said a bailout would require “adequate assurances” from creditors that debt sustainability will be restored. “IMF staff will also continue engagement with other stakeholders during the visit,” the statement added.
According to the statement, Peter Breuer, the IMF’s senior mission chief for Sri Lanka, and Masahiro Nozaki, the IMF’s mission chief for the island nation, will serve as team leaders during the visit.
The island nation held several rounds of talks with the IMF starting June 20. Those talks, however, were stalled following civil unrest in Colombo early last month, in which furious anti-government protesters stormed the official residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, occupied key government buildings and set fire to the private residence of current President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
On July 29, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Finance issued a statement indicating that President Wickremesinghe and the IMF had resumed “technical discussions”.
What will an IMF package entail?
The island nation of 22 million people is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis that has led to severe shortages of fuel and other essentials.
Inflation in Sri Lanka soared to 60.8% in July from 54.6% in June, the statistics department of the crisis-hit country, the Colombo Consumer Price Index, said.
An IMF package will not only include funds, but also economic reforms that should fight corruption, allow a return to an open economy and could include far-reaching tax reforms, given the low level of revenue.
Debt restructuring and sustainability reports will be provided to the IMF by Sri Lanka. Once the reports are submitted, Sri Lanka must enter into a staff level agreement with the IMF, ie an agreement with the IMF technical team stationed in the country. The staff-level agreement must then be presented to the IMF’s Executive Board for approval.
After approval, a comprehensive loan assistance program will be prepared for a period of four years.
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WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to name the following people to serve as key leaders in his administration:
Arthur W. Brown, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Ecuador
Karen Sasahara, candidate for the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Kuwait
Arthur W. Brown, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Ecuador
Arthur W. Brown, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counsellor, has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe since 2021. He served as Director of Mission for the USAID at the Embassy in Harare from 2020. until 2021. Prior to that, Brown served as USAID Director in the Dominican Republic for four years, including 20 months on secondment to the State Department as Chief of Deputy Mission at the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Prior to that, Brown served as USAID Director at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua. Additionally, Brown has served in Kabul, Afghanistan and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo as USAID Deputy Director. Other missions include Botswana, Guinea, Nigeria and regional activities in Sierra Leone, Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados and Namibia. Brown is the recipient of numerous USAID Performance Awards and the USAID Administrator’s Management Improvement Award. He is a distinguished recipient of the Franklin H. Williams Award for Outstanding Community Leaders. A resident of Pennsylvania, Brown holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, a BA from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Prior to joining USAID, Brown worked for the JHPIEGO Corporation of Johns Hopkins University, an international health nonprofit, on international maternal and child health programs, and her career in international development has started when Brown served as a rural community development extension officer in the Republic of Benin. , West Africa, where he was a Peace Corps Volunteer. He speaks French and Spanish.
Karen Sasahara, candidate for the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Kuwait
Karen Sasahara, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counsellor, most recently served as Deputy Under Secretary of State for North Africa. Previously, she served as the Acting Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Previously, she served as Consul General in Jerusalem, Senior Advisor to the Office of Intelligence and Research, served on the Foreign Service Review Board, Deputy Chief of Mission in Sana’a, Yemen, and Foreign Policy Advisor to the of the general commander of the special forces. Operations Command Center. His past postings include Baghdad, Beirut, Mexico City, London, Jeddah, and Washington, D.C. Sasahara has received numerous State Department performance awards, including five Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards. A native of Massachusetts, she holds a master’s degree in Near Eastern studies from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She speaks Arabic, Spanish, French and Russian.
Activists plan to rally outside the Haitian consulate in Manhattan on Tuesday to protest the deportation from the United States of at least 30 men who were immediately jailed upon arrival in Haiti. Human rights law clinics will also require a hearing before the Organization of American States.
Haitian police jailed the men, including at least two from New Jersey, after their deportation flights landed and demanded thousands of dollars in payment from their families in the United States, The Record and USA TODAY have revealed. Network in a survey last month. On Tuesday, their relatives will join activists in demanding their freedom.
“Their situation is really bad. It’s not safe. It’s unhealthy… He’s my brother, no matter what, he’s still my brother. He’s my blood and I will do whatever as I can for him,” said Berline Casimir, who will travel. from Florida with their father at the rally to support his brother Jean Casimir.
Haitian authorities have routinely imprisoned deported felons — immigrants who have served time in the United States for a wide range of crimes — over the past six months, The Record reported. The practice is illegal under Haitian and international human rights law, lawyers said.
The Caribbean nation has faced turmoil with the near collapse of its government and rampant gang violence – conditions that worsened after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise last year and a more recent earthquake . Conditions are particularly dire in the overcrowded prison system, where the UN says conditions amount to torture and where dozens of people have died this year of malnutrition.
Family members and activists will meet at 10 a.m. at the Haitian consulate at 815 Second Ave., and demand action from Haitian and U.S. officials, who they say have failed to respond despite calls for helping families.
The US State Department and consulate did not respond to requests for comment. The senses. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez – who both represent New Jersey and serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – criticized the mass deportations to Haiti but declined to comment. Members of the House Haiti Caucus also did not respond to requests for comment.
Haydi Torres, a community organizer with Movimiento Cosecha, an immigrant advocacy group, said the rally was meant to “highlight what is happening in Haiti with the unjust detention of over 30 men.”
Activists will also call for an end to deportations by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Haiti, where people face indefinite detention without charge or an opportunity to see a judge. “Our request is clear,” she said. “The United States must stop deporting people to Haiti.”
Detainee cases increase
Deportees to Haiti’s National Penitentiary include Patrick Julney, who came to the United States as a toddler and was a legal resident but not a citizen. Julney, who lived in Elizabeth, served nine years in prison for robbery and drug trafficking and was held by ICE for three years before being deported on June 7.
The prison did not provide Julney with necessary blood pressure medication. Julney and the other inmates only receive food or drinking water when provided by visitors. His wife, Laura McMaster of Glendora in Camden County, said she was seized with anxiety over his ordeal.
“I live in fear every day. I wake up and go to sleep not knowing if he’s okay,” said McMaster, who will rally for his release on Tuesday.
Since The Record’s story of Julney’s ordeal, several families have reached out to say their loved ones have also been deported and held in prison in Port-au-Prince. Police have asked the American family members to pay, saying they are for a fee or for their release.
Jean Casimir from Florida was imprisoned on July 17, the same day he arrived in Haiti. He has no family there and doesn’t speak much Creole, said his sisters Berline and Mabelle, who will travel from Boston to attend the rally.
“He’s had his day,” Mabelle said, referring to his past drug and gun convictions. “I think he deserves a second chance, not because he’s my brother, but because people deserve a second chance in life.”
The family pays around $100 a day to bring him food and clean water – money used for food and to pay gangs and police to make sure meals get to him. Sedan, a nurse, said she worked overtime to send him money.
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“Why does he remain in prison in Haiti? she asked. ” Why ? What did he do there? He knows nothing about this country.
“The United States must free these people,” Sedan added. “They must be free because they have already paid their due.”
A family friend, Ricardo David, delivers meals to him, but if he wants to see him in person, he has to pay an extra $50. In a call from Haiti, David described how men are crammed into packed cells, sleeping on the floor but barely able to stretch their legs due to lack of space. They use buckets for toilets and rarely come out of their cells, he said.
“If there’s a hell on earth, that’s what they’re talking about,” David said. “It’s beyond hell out there. You have tin foil for a roof and when the sun is shining at noon, everyone’s hot in there.”
Saguens Bernabe of Ohio was deported on April 19 after serving two years for drug possession, his fiancée Brianna Moore said. She rented a two-bedroom duplex on a quiet Indianapolis street and got him a construction job, eager to build their life together after his release.
The day before his scheduled release in June 20201, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested him. He left Haiti when he was 9 years old, Moore said. Police officials have requested sums of between $6,000 and $10,000 for his release, she said.
“They sent him back and now the government is holding him captive, kidnapped him, having done nothing wrong in this country,” Moore said. “It’s just a very sad and stressful situation for everyone involved. I worry daily about his health and safety.
The imprisonment of deportees with criminal records in Haiti was once widespread, but the practice was banned about a decade ago. At the time, advocates appealed to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States, to end the practice.
Nichole Phillips, legal director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for fair immigration policies, said a coalition of legal groups are preparing to appear before the OAS again.
“It violates international human rights law,” Phillips said. “The U.S. government is putting these Haitian nationals at risk for their safety both because Haiti is politically unstable and extremely dangerous, but also because of this tendency of the Haitian government to detain and detain [deportees] with a criminal record and asking for bribes to be released.”
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The Haitian Bridge Alliance and several human rights legal clinics wrote to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Monday requesting a hearing. The letter highlights “recent reports that Haiti has resumed its previous practice of automatically detaining people who have been removed with criminal records” and cites Julney’s case covered by The Record.
Marleine Bastien, executive director of the Florida-based Family Action Network Movement, said she interviewed deportees when she worked in Haiti years ago with the Human Rights Clinic at the School of Law. University of Miami. She was shocked to learn that it was happening again.
The United States has influence in Haiti and should speak out to ensure people are not imprisoned in “deplorable” conditions, she said.
“We need to call the Biden administration to make sure they question and prevent this from happening,” she said. “They have to tell them to stop these practices because these practices are horrible. It’s a big abuse of these families who are already going through so much.
President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and its agencies to address the urgent threats posed by explosive remnants in the North East region.
Mr. Femi Adesina, spokesman for the president, said Buhari issued the directive on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2022, in Maiduguri, Borno on Thursday.
He affirmed the government’s commitment to reducing the effects of disasters, climate change, insurgency and the challenges of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
He also requested the ministry and its agencies to pay particular attention to emerging issues in the context of the return and rehabilitation of Nigerians displaced during the 13 years of conflict and insurgency in the region.
He said: “Emerging issues include the growing number of orphans and widows.
“From our experience in the unfortunate civil war, I know the threat that unexploded ordnance can pose to returnees even after the conflict ends, as we saw in the latest IED incident in Bama last week. last.
“I urge the ministry and its agencies as well as state governments and the special committee I have established under the chairmanship of the vice president to come up with specific programs and projects.
“These projects would address these emerging challenges of explosive ordnance as well as that of children orphaned by the insurgency.”
Regarding the fight against the insurgency, Buhari reiterated his directive to the security agencies to take the fight to the hiding places of the criminal elements and ensure “that they are completely eliminated”.
He said, “The men and officers of Operation Lafiya Dole, security agencies and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), are highly valued for their commitment to the fight against the insurgency.
“I salute their professionalism and their tactical penetration into the hideout of criminal elements, leading to a significant improvement in the security situation in this North-East Region, without which the resettlement of IDPs would not be possible.
“I therefore implore you not to slacken your efforts, to continue to lead the fight to their hiding places and to ensure their complete elimination.
“I also implore you to provide adequate security to farmers in their agricultural activities. Agricultural activities are most necessary for the settlement and development of rural areas and this can only be achieved if farmers are sure of their security.
On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, commemorated on August 19 every year, Buhari congratulated all aid workers who provide the much-needed aid to those affected by the conflict.
He commended aid workers around the world for having distinguished themselves through their courage, commitment and willingness to help others in need – often at the risk of their lives.
“It typifies the nature of humanitarian work and sacrifice, and is a great testament to this year’s World Humanitarian Day theme which is ‘It Takes a Village,'” he said.
The President led other guests to the event in Maiduguri to observe a minute of silence in memory of all those who lost their lives in disasters and aid workers who died in the line of duty.
”On this World Humanitarian Day 2022 and all other days, we stand and will continue to stand in solidarity with aid workers and recognize their immense service and sacrifice.
“We celebrate their tireless efforts to save lives, preserve human dignity and alleviate suffering. Their commitment and selfless actions are an example for all of us.
“We will also ensure that they have our support by ensuring that the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Social Development facilitates their work,” he promised. he declares.
Buhari also took the opportunity to thank retired General Theophilus Danjuma for his support to the Borno government in rehabilitating many IDPs in the North East.
He described Danjuma’s humanitarian aid as important and patriotic, urging other Nigerians and organizations with the means to support the humanitarian work.
The president also thanked the UNDP, the European Union, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as other foreign establishments for their support in addition to the administration’s efforts to stabilize the Northeast region.
He urged all relevant public, private and international agencies to support the government’s drive to rehabilitate the displaced, care for the victims of the insurgency as well as engage in “ongoing processes regarding members of Boko Haram/ISWAP ready to surrender”.
In his welcoming remarks, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno said that “the state enjoys relative peace and stability, thanks to the sacrifices of valiant soldiers, security agencies, local militiamen and the MNJTF “.
He commended the President for his leadership and the successes recorded so far in the war against terrorism in the region.
The Governor also hailed the establishment of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) and the ongoing installation of a 50 MW power plant to supply electricity in the state.
He also thanked the President for the recent approval of N15 billion for the repatriation of North Eastern citizens living in Chad, Niger and Cameroon following the displacement caused by the insurgency.
Citing figures from the Aid Worker Safety Database, Humanitarian Affairs Minister Sadiya Farouq revealed that since 2016, 35 aid workers have been killed, 22 injured and 28 abducted.
She added that since the beginning of this year, six aid workers have been kidnapped in the country.
Regarding the choice of Borno for this year’s event, the Minister explained that it aims to highlight the humanitarian situation and the plight of displaced people in the region and to inspire much-needed change.
While in Borno, Buhari inaugurated the Bulunkutu teachers’ quarters on the airport road and the Molai 500 low-cost housing estate for displaced persons built by the state government with support from the federal government. .
drills were conducted in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear disaster at a Russian-controlled power plant.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is the largest in Europe and the ninth largest in the world – and has been under Russian control since its takeover in March during the first weeks of the invasion of Ukraine.
Moscow and Kyiv have blamed each other for the recent shelling of the plant, which is owned by Russian troops and operated by Ukrainian workers.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian rescuers from the Emergencies Ministry dressed in hazmat suits could be seen attending a drill in Zaporizhzhia – preparing for the possibility of a nuclear incident at the site.
Ukraine remains scarred by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 – considered the worst in history – which saw a Soviet-era reactor explode in the north of the country, emitting radiation into the atmosphere.
International alarm grew as the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant came under bombing – with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accusing Russia of “threatening the whole world”.
On Sunday, a group of 42 countries, including the UK and the US, issued a joint statement calling on the Kremlin to withdraw its troops from the power station so that a safety inspection can be carried out.
The coalition has previously said that Russia’s presence at Ukrainian nuclear facilities “significantly increases the risk of nuclear incidents and accidents.”
In their statement this week, they said Russia’s deployment of troops and weapons at the Zaporizhzhia power plant “is unacceptable” and does not comply with International Atomic Energy Agency security principles. (IAEA) – an international organization promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
They wrote: “The presence of Russian military forces at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant prevents the operator and the Ukrainian authorities from fulfilling their nuclear and radiation safety obligations in accordance with international conventions and IAEA safety standards, and prevents the IAEA from fulfilling its safeguards mandate. .
“We urge the Russian Federation to immediately withdraw its military forces and any other unauthorized personnel from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, its immediate surroundings and all of Ukraine so that the operator and the Ukrainian authorities can resume their sovereign responsibilities within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and legitimate operating personnel can perform their duties without outside interference, threat or unacceptable working conditions.
“It will also allow the IAEA to perform its verification in accordance with Ukraine’s safeguards obligations under safe and secure conditions and in a timely manner.”
NUR-SULTAN — Human rights activists in Kazakhstan slammed a government list of men and women killed during and after anti-government protests in January, calling it “insufficient”.
The unregistered human rights group Qaharman (Heroes) said in a statement on August 17 that the list, published by the government a day earlier, included only the surnames and initials of the victims.
The group demanded that detailed information about each victim be made public, including first and last names, ages, exact times of death, exact causes and locations of death, and the circumstances in which the deaths occurred.
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The group also called on Kazakh citizens who lost people in the unrest but did not see those victims on the list to contact it immediately.
Bakhytzhan Toreghozhina, a prominent member of the Almaty-based human rights group Ar, Rukh, Khaq (Dignity, Spirit, Truth), said the list provided by the attorney general’s office was incomplete.
“For example, during the unrest in Almaty, a 22-year-old Israeli citizen, Levon Kogeashvili, who had resided in Kazakhstan for several years, was killed. But his name is not on the list. Why? We have our own list with all necessary details, such as names, ages and cities where they were killed. We will make our list public in the coming days,” Toreghozhina said.
On August 16, Kazakh authorities raised the toll from the unrest to 238, adding six more people who died in police custody to the initial tally.
Thousands of people have been arrested during and after the protests, which erupted when a peaceful protest in a western district against a fuel price hike led to nationwide anti-government protests that were violently dispersed by the security forces and the army.
President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev blamed the unrest on “20,000 terrorists” from abroad, a claim for which authorities have provided no evidence. Russia briefly sent troops to help protect key government installations.
In June, prosecutors said the total death toll stood at 232. Deputy Prosecutor General Aset Shyndaliev also said at the time that six people had been tortured to death after being arrested for participating in the protests. January.
He also said an unknown number of security officers had been arrested in connection with the torture allegations.
Eldos Qilymzhanov, a senior official in the Attorney General’s Office, said on August 16 that six people arrested during the riots had died as a result of “illegal methods of interrogation by law enforcement,” adding that 15 law enforcement was under investigation.
The attorney general’s office said earlier that 25 people were officially considered victims of torture and had been subjected to hot irons used by investigators during interrogations.
Human rights groups said the number of protesters killed was far higher than any figures provided by officials. The groups provided evidence that peaceful protesters and people who had nothing to do with the protests were among those killed by law enforcement and the military.
The unrest led to the withdrawal of former President Nursultan Nazarbaev and his associates from Kazakh politics. Some relatives have been removed from their jobs, lost influential positions in companies or even been arrested for corruption.
Kazakh authorities have rejected calls by Kazakh and global human rights groups for an international investigation.
Rohingya refugees have once again made headlines in India. This time the news is about their housing and shelter. On Monday, reports emerged that refugees would be given apartments with basic amenities and 24-hour security in Delhi’s Bakkarwala area.
Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri took to Twitter to welcome the decision.
“India has always welcomed those who have sought refuge in the country. In a landmark decision, all #Rohingya #refugees will be relocated to EWS apartments in Delhi’s Bakkarwala area. They will be provided with basic amenities, maps UNHCR ID and around-the-clock @DelhiPolice protection,” Puri tweeted.
The decision was reportedly taken at a high-level meeting on Rohingya accommodation chaired by Delhi’s chief secretary. The meeting brought together officials from the Delhi government, Delhi police and Home Ministry.
“Those who have made a career out of spouting canards about India’s refugee policy by deliberately linking it to #CAA will be disappointed. India respects and follows the @UN Refugee Convention 1951 and offers refuge to all, regardless of their race, religion or beliefs,” Puri said. tweet read further.
The refugees were to be moved to 250 apartments belonging to the category of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the village of Bakkarwala.
However, the Home Office quickly tweeted that the central government had made no such announcement.
“Regarding the reports in some sections of the media regarding Rohingya illegal aliens, it is clarified that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given no instructions to provide EWS apartments to Rohingya illegal migrants at Bakkarwala in New Delhi,” the read tweet said.
Regarding the reports in some sections of the media regarding Rohingya illegal aliens, it is clarified that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given no instructions to provide EWS apartments to Rohingya illegal migrants at Bakkarwala in New Delhi. .
The MHA further said that the Delhi government had offered to relocate the Rohingya to a new location. But the ministry ordered the GNCTD to ensure that Rohingya illegal aliens “will continue at the current location”.
The statement said the Home Office has already raised the issue of their deportation with the country concerned through the MEA.
In 2017, the Rohingya fled their home country of Myanmar to Bangladesh and then to India to save themselves from the violence that had erupted in Rakhine, their home state. In the first month of violence alone, between August 25, 2017 and September 24, 2017, more than 6,700 people died in the attacks, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
The violence erupted when armed forces and police mounted an attack in Rakhine to suppress the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). ARSA had previously taken responsibility for attacks on police stations in Myanmar.
Since then, more than 700,000 Rohingya have fled the country seeking asylum in neighboring Bangladesh and India.
In India, they will remain in detention centers.
“Illegal aliens should be kept in a detention center until deported according to law. The Delhi government has not declared the current location as a detention center. They have been advised to do the same immediately” , reads the tweet from the MHA.
A non-governmental organization, Lugard Youth Development and Empowerment Initiative (LYDEI), has called on the country’s political parties to organize programs that will create an enabling environment for the holding of violence-free elections in 2023.
LYDEI Executive Director, Mr. Okwutepa Aminu Oseni made the call on Tuesday during a one-day event to celebrate International Youth Day 2022 in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.
He said calling on political parties to be proactive ahead of the 2023 general elections has become imperative to curb the relentless electoral violence that has often hampered the conduct of elections in the country.
“I advise political parties, youth leaders to organize programs and activities for young people in their political parties in order to stop hate speech and fake news on social networks and to promote a campaign based on problems promoting their candidate ahead of the 2023 general election,” he said.
Speaking on the theme of the celebration, “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages, Setting an Agenda for Youth and Women’s Political Participation”, the Executive Director said that the synergy of youth creativity, technological innovation in the 21st century and the experience of the older generation would enhance the peace and stability of the nation’s democratic journey if harnessed well.
He charged the older generation of politicians in the country with the need to show measurable commitment to ensure that the voice of young people is heard in the governance of the country.
“The importance of this gathering cannot be overemphasized because of the role that young people play in our electoral process in Nigeria. This program is designed for us to learn from the older generation, reflect, share ideas on how we can improve our political participation before the 2023 general elections,” he said.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The first shipment of grain to leave Ukraine under a wartime deal appears to have ended up in Syria — even as Damascus remains a close ally of Moscow, satellite images analyzed on Tuesday by the Associated Press.
The arrival of the Razoni cargo ship in Syria comes after the Kyiv government hailed the ship’s initial departure from the port of Odessa as a sign that Ukraine could safely ship its barley, corn, sunflower oil and its wheat to a starving world where global food prices have risen in part because of war.
Jhe The Philippine Consulate General in Macau delivered 824 care packages and issued supermarket vouchers to 8,319 Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW) as part of the partial lockdown the city suffered last month, according to a report that he filed with the country’s Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).
Supermarket vouchers amount to MOP 400 for each worker, which migrant workers applied for online and then waited for confirmation from the consulate once they were eligible.
The Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has previously said it is preparing to assist the DMW in case the department sends additional relief to Filipino nationals in Macao.
It comes after a social media post went viral last month showing several Filipinos struggling with relief items distributed by a Chinese vegetarian restaurant.
The Malacañang Palace is reportedly monitoring the situation and the DMW informs the President of the Philippines.
Previously, local Filipino associations reported that several migrant workers were surviving only on food donations, as many of them had to take unpaid leave due to the lockdown.
As seen on social media, several groups and individuals have raised funds to help their compatriots.
Additionally, a total of 70 Filipino workers who tested positive for Covid-19 received US$200 as financial assistance from their government’s Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
DMW Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople announced last week that the department is closely monitoring the situation of thousands of OFWs in Taiwan, Israel and Macau due to recent conflicts and a spike in infections. Covid-19.
In a statement, Ople deemed Macau safe for Filipino workers, as there were no new cases among these workers.
Last month, Ople said the city’s partial lockdown had affected 5,295 OFWs in the hospitality and gaming sectors.
This comes after Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng issued Chief Dispatch No. 115/2022 ordering a one-week suspension of all commercial and industrial activities as well as non-essential businesses, including casinos, due to of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Another repatriation flight to Manila, meanwhile, is scheduled for September 2.
ISLAMABAD: Animal welfare organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has discouraged Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority from reversing its ‘lethal’ decision to deploy bird shooters on the runway from Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore and to use humane bird control devices instead.
A letter from the organization has been sent to the authority’s chief executive Khaqan Murtaza regarding the recently reported plan to use lethal means in an attempt to deter birds from colliding with planes.
“Money spent on shooting or poisoning birds at airports is wasted in an endless cycle of killing because when wild animals are killed others will simply move in to take advantage of available resources. Effective management programs wildlife are based on a simple rule: if you remove food sources and make an environment unappealing to wildlife, the animals will leave. PETA recommends prohibiting the public from feeding wildlife, erecting fences, plant dense vegetation around nearby water sources and implement non-lethal scaring tactics, such as sonic devices, lasers, motion detectors, scarecrows or mylar streamers to prevent animals frequenting an area,” said Shalin G Gala, vice president of International Laboratory Methods.
In response to the letter, the authority stressed that bird shooters were deployed as a last resort, when the bird population around airfields becomes difficult to control and the risk of collision with planes increases.
“Clearing airfields of birds is a year-round activity. Cutting the grass, clearing the vegetation, using firecrackers, acoustic systems and flashing bright lights are some of the measures already used. There is already a project to acquire modern sound devices to scare birds and prevent collisions with planes. But the concentration of birds becomes a problem after Eidul Azha and especially during monsoon. Bird shooters are only deployed when the danger of bird strikes is critical,” said CAA spokesperson Saifullah.
It has developed door-to-door campaigns and radio and television campaigns to raise awareness of neighborhood cleanliness and the risks of litter around airfields.
“Fortunately, nine out of 10 bird strikes in the past have been reported by pilots after landing safely,” he said.
From 2018 to May 31, 2022, approximately 662 bird strike incidents were reported to the authority. Since 2018, there have been 198 bird strikes at Lahore airport alone, followed by Karachi with 192 bird strikes in the last four years, 100 bird strikes were reported at Islamabad, 40 at Peshawar, 26 in Multan, 53 in Sialkot, 22 in Faisalabad, five in Gilgit, 17 in Quetta, four in Sukkur and one in Skardu.
So far, from January to May 31 of this year, there have been 48 bird strikes. The authority compiles reports on bird strikes over the past few months since Eid and during the monsoon, when the concentration of birds around airfields is highest than at any other time of the year.
“No airspace is immune to this phenomenon. Of course, passenger safety is paramount. Damage to aircraft can result in losses of millions of dollars, resulting in flight delays. Nevertheless, the authority is introducing technology to prevent such incidents,” Saifullah said.
TEHRAN — Kuwait has upgraded its diplomatic ties with Iran to ambassadorial level after more than six years.
Kuwait reduced diplomatic relations with Iran in 2016 to the level of chargé d’affaires. Two years later, Kuwait also recalled its Chargé d’Affaires from Tehran.
The decision to sever diplomatic ties follows an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran by a group of angry protesters in early January 2016 following the execution of 47 pro-democracy activists, including Sheikh Nimr al- Nimr.
After the embassy bombing, which was even censured by senior Tehran officials, the Saudi kingdom severed diplomatic relations with Iran. Other Arab countries in the Persian Gulf have also followed Saudi Arabia and reduced their diplomatic relations with Iran.
However, political ties between Iran and its southern regional neighbors are improving, especially after Iran and the Saudi kingdom have so far held five rounds of talks in Baghdad.
Kuwait’s new ambassador to Tehran, Badr Abdullah al-Munikh, met Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Saturday and presented him with a copy of his credentials.
On July 22, Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian announced that Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates would soon send ambassadors to Tehran.
Amir Abdollahian also plans to visit Kuwait soon, according to Iran’s Ambassador to Kuwait.
Mohammad Irani told Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai that Kuwait and Iran are improving their relations, including diplomatically. However, Iran says that although the visit is definitely on the agenda, no date has been determined.
Children sing patriotic songs, messages from President Alvi and Prime Minister Sharif are read aloud
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Hundreds of people, including women and children, turned out to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence Day at the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai on Sunday.
After the flag-hoisting ceremony by Hassan Afzal Khan, Consul General at the Consulate of Pakistan in Dubai, messages from Pakistani President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif were read to the participants.
While praising the role and contributions of the 1.7 million Pakistanis living and working in the UAE for the development of the UAE and Pakistan, Hassan Khan urged community members to continue sending money through legal channels to further strengthen the national economy.
“We are grateful to our ancestors for living in a free and independent country. I also thank the Pakistani community in the UAE, who have done well for the development and economy of the UAE. I also underline the importance of this community in the “Pakistan’s developing economy by disbursing over $6 billion last year. I urge the community to continue contributing to the country by disbursing through legal channels,” the Consul General said.
Currently, the UAE is home to the second largest number of Pakistanis working abroad after Saudi Arabia.
He said the number of Pakistanis coming to the UAE on visit visas has steadily increased and almost reached pre-pandemic levels.
Khan assured the community of the consulate’s full support and said more community-friendly initiatives have been taken to improve awareness among all Pakistanis in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
“The Consulate provides services to approximately 1,200 to 1,400 people every day. We are working to further improve our consular services by expanding and making some workstations a one-stop shop. In terms of infrastructure, we “We are ready for that. But we need support from other ministries. Once we get the green light from other ministries, we will roll out these services,” he added.
Following the Consul General’s speech, a cake was cut to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day. At the end, the children sang national patriotic songs to mark the celebrations.
Young Nigerians cannot become president any time soon because of planning and myopia, a global human rights organization, Plan International, said on Friday.
The organization argued that the country’s youth were too obsessed with the president’s office and generally wanted immediate gratification without proper planning.
PI Country Director, Usie Emmamuzou said these in Abuja at an event organized by the Africado Foundation to commemorate International Youth Day on the theme: “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
According to him, the old rulers would continue to lead the nation after the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired) unless the youth change their attitude towards governance.
Emmamuzou said a functioning country does not depend on the dictates and wishes of a single president, adding that Nigeria is bigger than a human being.
He said, “One of the challenges of the Not Too Young To Run movement is the number of young Nigerians who aspire to be councilors and chairpersons in local government, but young people want to be chairpersons, it doesn’t work like that, you have to planning. and timing and everything is a gradual process.
“Young people are usually myopic with plans and want immediate gratification and it doesn’t always work out that way. However, it may work for some people in the short term, but if you study a successful organization or individual, you will find that none of them shortened the process.
“If you look at rich and prosperous countries you will know that they have gone through a process and a phase, a lot of young people in my opinion don’t want to pay that price.”
He underscored the need for young people to be intentional in politics and governance by joining political parties, adding that they must also learn to undergo guardianship and mentorship.
“There is a time when you have to learn and undergo tutelage and coaching, in the political space the young people are too obsessed with the presidency when there is a lot going on in the state, the kind of Nigeria that we want won’t be instigated just from the presidency, many of us live in states that don’t even do the right thing.
“We need young people in state houses of assembly, we need young people as councilors and presidents of local governments, this is how you take over a state and have decent politics and that you are now beginning to aspire to the presidency.
“Some of the politicians we see today aspiring to the presidency next year have consistently had that ambition for the past 25 years, but young people would like to have ambition today and make it happen next year.”
Africado founder, Richardson Ojeka, advised Nigerians on the qualities to look for before adopting or voting for a politician who would become Nigeria’s next president.
According to him, young people should not vote along party lines, but for candidates with influence and ability to bring the dividends of democracy.
He said: “I think young people have a vital role to play in 2023. Young people are very important in any country, in any nation. We need to have a voice above and vote for someone with vision, but vision is not enough.
“You have to have someone who is also influential. We need to vote for people who can go into communities for the benefit of young people. I think that’s how young people should vote. Not for the party, but the candidates, regardless of the party, but the decisive factor for young people should be the competence of this person.
Ojeka said the organization’s mission is to end unemployment in Nigeria using technology.
Most of the major challenges facing the country, ranging from insecurity to banditry to cybercrime, he said, are due to unemployment.
“So we have to solve these problems and the best way is to use technology by giving technology to underserved and disadvantaged people, and they will have it and can be a tool for national transformation,” Ojeka said.
As China’s economic ties with Africa grow stronger, a small semi-autonomous African region is resisting Chinese advances in a move that mirrors Taiwan’s efforts to maintain autonomy from China, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Somaliland, one of the two remaining African political regions maintaining official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, broke away from Somalia more than 30 years ago but has yet to be recognized as an independent state in the Nations. United, according to the WSJ. Beijing offered to build infrastructure projects in Somaliland if it moved away from Taiwan, but Somaliland refused, instead sending a delegation to Taiwan in February.
Somaliland is “open to all bilateral relations that we can have with any country, but they must be unconditional, without conditions,” Essa Kayd, Somaliland’s foreign minister, told the WSJ. “We’re not going to allow anyone to dictate who we can have a relationship with.”
After a fire in April destroyed a market in Somaliland, Chinese Ambassador to Somalia Fei Shengchao reached out to help the breakaway state recover economically, the WSJ reported. He has planned a visit to Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa, including on his itinerary meetings with lawmakers, opposition leaders and students from local universities. (RELATED: China backtracks on promise not to use force in Taiwan ‘reunification’)
“It was purely political,” Kayd told the WSJ.
Somaliland officials speculated that the Chinese government was hoping Fei could recruit operatives to sabotage Somaliland’s relations with Taiwan, according to the WSJ. They refused Fei’s offer of humanitarian aid.
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The parallels between Somaliland and Taiwan, a self-governing country, considered internationally as part of Greater China, highlight China’s economic and cultural inroads into much of sub-Saharan Africa.
Somalia and China have deepened their ties. The Somali State News Agency published the document from the Chinese Ambassador to Somalia, “One China won’t change, nor will Taiwan’s return to the motherlandon August 4, after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan sparked a spike in tensions between that country and China, deepening Somaliland’s connection to the conflict.
Somalia was also one of the first to sign a memorandum of understanding to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s flagship project to create a global trade route, according to data from the Council on Foreign Relations. . US and Western allies met in June to develop an alternative to the Western-led BRI, much of which will involve aid and development projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
Somalia “declares its full solidarity with the People’s Republic of China in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity… regarding Taiwan as an inalienable part of Chinese territory,” the Somali foreign ministry said in a statement today. weekend, reported the WSJ.
The Somaliland government, the Chinese Embassy in Somalia and the Somali Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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A long-standing request for a US consulate in Bangalore may again be revived with the US administration during External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s visit to the US next month, as he has promised to “keep ‘spirit’ asks during his visit.
“My wishes, my support and my enthusiasm are definitely there for Bengaluru. I can encourage and enable them (to set up a consulate) and I will surely do that. Next month I am going to the United States and I will keep that in mind. ‘spirit,’ the foreign minister said during an interaction here on Friday.
“If you ask me, that’s good economics talking. Of course, it makes sense to have a consulate in Bangalore. This does not only make sense from the Bengali perspective, but also from the American perspective.
With booming information technology companies and start-ups located in Bengaluru, employing around one million people, the need for a US Consulate has long been felt. Currently, those applying for US visas must apply to the consulate in Chennai or Hyderabad. In 2019, the BJP raised the issue with Mr. Jaishankar, who promised to take up the matter.
Although the issue was raised during his interaction with representatives of the Electronics City Industries Association, Mr. Jaishankar said the last time the United States opened a consulate in India was in 2006, when then President George Bush was visiting India. “I took care of it in another capacity. The two finalists were Hyderabad and Bangalore. For some reason, the Americans made this decision. It is not for my department to decide, but for the US Department of State. Which foreign country establishes a consulate and where is its decision in the end.
The minister said: “In my own experience, it takes time to set up an embassy that involves budgeting for an increase in the number of people. You have to go through a process.
Mr Jaishankar said the Bengaluru brand started with IT and is now much bigger than IT. It involves digital, innovation, start-ups, youth talent and mobility – all of this put together. “Bengaluru is energetic and a truly global brand. It will be a great beneficiary of the goodwill and respect of the world willing to associate itself with India.
Singapore, one of Asia’s most strategic ports, has just celebrated 57 years of independence. Every August 9, the date of Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965, the Singapore government sponsors a parade, military demonstrations and fireworks display. First held in 1965, the event is used by the Prime Minister and President to address the nation on future directions.
This year’s event featured a ‘total defense display’ of the capabilities of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (Home Team). On the maritime side of the exhibition, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) medium combat ships and special forces demonstrated their capabilities while pursuing ‘intruders’ on jet skis.
Given the escalating tensions in the region between China and Taiwan, the showcase of Singapore’s strengths helps to project a message of deterrence. Defense and security remain critical components in the so-called “grey zone” between peace and open conflict. Also called “hybrid warfare,” the term involves cyberattacks, nonviolent economic pressure, and information campaigns.
So why is Singapore so important in this discussion? The tiny city-state remains a vital Western ally in a part of the world where sea lanes and territorial waters are increasingly contested. In a few generations, Singapore has grown from an underdeveloped colonial port to a thriving modern metropolis with a GDP of $397 billion – ranked 37th in the world (as of 2021).
As a global maritime transhipment hub at the convergence of major shipping routes, the Singapore Strait accounts for over 70% of the global maritime economy. It also ranks as the busiest bunkering port in the world and the second largest port in terms of total shipping tonnage, with 130,000 ship calls per year. (That’s an average of one ship call every two to three minutes). Singapore’s long historical importance to regional trade and security remains timeless.
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The Chief Executive of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, has stepped down from the foundation and handed over to Dr Joseph Onoja, NCF Technical Program Manager, who has been appointed new CEO.
NCF National Executive Council Chairman Mr. Ede Dafinone revealed that Aminu-Kano will leave the foundation in mid-August 2022.
Dafinone said Aminu-Kano had served the foundation for four years, leaving several footprints by addressing many challenges in the environment sector.
He said, “Some of the achievements include the restructuring of secretariat operations and fundraising strategy, as well as the formulation of an ambitious strategic action plan for the NCF.
“In addition, the implementation of several national projects for the benefit of nature and people.
“Others are revamping NCF’s working relationships with local, regional and international partners, and he has developed a strong bond with the federal government and multiple stakeholders.”
According to him, Aminu-Kano has contributed immensely in managing various projects and improving international negotiations and policies.
He added, “Most importantly, Aminu-Kano has created good working relationships with President Muhammadu Buhari, environment ministers, the International Birdlife Organization and other environmental stakeholders.”
Turkish Ambassador to Libya Kenan Yilmaz has confirmed that the closed consulate in Benghazi will resume operations if conditions in the eastern region allow, adding in statements to Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of the 13th Turkish Ambassadors’ Conference held in Ankara, that there are significant opportunities to develop relations between Turkey and Libya in all areas, and that both sides continue their efforts to strengthen bilateral relations.
Yilmaz said Turkey’s main intention is to overcome the current period of instability that Libya is going through as soon as possible, calling for ending political differences, consolidating reconciliation and holding elections.
He pointed to the possibility of developing Ankara’s relations with Tripoli in all areas, including trade, economy, investment, culture, health and security, in cooperation with a strong government that can have full power in Libya.
Yilmaz spoke about the trade between the two sides, saying that Turkey’s exports to Libya last year amounted to around 3 billion dollars and the bilateral trade volume was 4.5 billion.
The Turkish Ambassador reaffirmed the importance of the visit of the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), Aqila Saleh, to Ankara in early August, and her meeting with her Turkish counterpart Mustafa Şentop and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan .
He reiterated that important steps have been taken to improve relations between the two parliaments, adding that members of the parliamentary friendship group led by MP Ahmet Yildiz are currently planning a visit to Benghazi.
New Delhi [India]Aug. 10 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday congratulated Ethiopian Women and Social Affairs Minister Ergogie Tesfaye on receiving the ICCR Distinguished Alumni Award. In a tweet, Jaishankar wrote, “Glad to welcome Minister for Women and Social Affairs Ergogie Tesfaye from Ethiopia back to India. Congratulate her on receiving Distinguished Alumni Award from Indian Council for Cultural Relations ( ICCR). She also met Virendra Kumar, Indian Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and discussed mutual cooperation. “I had a wonderful discussion with Hon. Dr. Virendra Kumar, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment of India, in New Delhi. We discussed how to work together. My sincere thanks to the honorable Dr Virendra Kumar for her warm welcome,” she tweeted. Ergogie Tesfaye received the Distinguished Alumni Award which is given to ICCR alumni who have studied and completed a course in India under the massive ICCR scholarship program.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of External Affairs responsible for propagating the culture of India abroad. The ICCR, under its Distinguished Awards program, administers five awards, namely, Distinguished Alumni Award, Distinguished Indologist Award, World Sanskrit Award, Award for Promotion of Buddhist Studies, and Annapurna Award. For the year 2021, Ergogie Tesfaye, Minister of Women and Social Affairs of Ethiopia is one of the five distinguished laureates. The Minister completed her PhD in Anthropology from Andhra University from 2013 to 2016 under the ICCR Fellowship Scheme. Ergogie Tesfaye has served as Minister of Women and Social Affairs of Ethiopia since October 2021. Prior to her current portfolio, she held the portfolio of Minister of Labor and Social Affairs from October 2018 to October 2021. Prior to being appointed Minister, she served as Vice President (Research and Community Service) at Wachemo University, Director (Gender and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control) and Secretary of the Senate at St. Mary’s, Addis Ababa. She was also a lecturer at St. Mary’s University. She has carried out research and produced documents in particular, concerning women, HIV, etc. She has been actively involved in addressing issues related to HIV, gender strategy, sexual and reproductive health strategies, anti-sexual harassment policies, etc. The Minister was also instrumental in organizing the “Artificial Limb Adaptation Camp” in Addis Ababa (November/December 2019). The camp was set up by Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), of Jaipur Foot, as part of the “India for Humanity” project. The camp has provided services to over 500 people with disabilities. (ANI)
Despite various arduous conditions it imposes on IDPs wishing to return to the town of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad in rural Damascus, the Syrian authorities have attributed the low number of returnees so far solely to the wartime destruction of local infrastructure, including water, sewage and electricity networks. Schools and residential areas also suffered large-scale damage. Local authorities are currently seeking funding from international organizations for projects under the Early Recovery (ER) category in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad to rehabilitate schools and infrastructure and remove rubble.
Al-Hajar Al-Aswad is the administrative center of a district in the rural governorate of Damascus and is located next to the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus. About half a million people lived in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad before 2011, with the town known to have the largest concentration of Syrians displaced from the occupied Golan Heights since the 1967 war. For this reason, there is a administrative overlap between Quneitra Governorate and Rural Damascus Governorate in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. Yet much of the city contains informal and unzoned residential neighborhoods without adequate public services. These neighborhoods have served as a destination for low-income Syrians from other governorates wishing to settle in the capital.
Regime forces caused widespread destruction in the city during the period of opposition control over the region from 2012 to 2015 and during the control of the Islamic State from 2015 to 2018. The regime regained control of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad in 2018 after carrying out a large-scale operation. aerial bombardment and artillery campaign that destroyed entire neighborhoods and forcibly displaced all remaining residents.
Last May, the former governor of rural Damascus said in a radio interview that the governorate should rehabilitate the infrastructure of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad before allowing displaced residents to return. He added that the governorate has so far coordinated with non-governmental organizations and rehabilitated 80% of the infrastructure in Tishreen and Al-Thawra neighborhoods. He added that the needs necessary for the returnees to stay would be met despite the governorate’s inability to fully rehabilitate the two neighborhoods at this time. Tishreen and Al-Thawra are the only two quarters to which displaced residents were allowed to return to Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, while other neighborhoods remain destroyed. These two neighborhoods were the least destroyed by the city’s military operations, which simplified their rehabilitation.
The head of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad city council said in another radio interview in July that the council was doing what it could to repair the city but did not have the proper machinery to remove the remaining rubble or reservoirs to secure water. He added that the rural Damascus governorate only sent machinery for 15 days last May after the governor’s visit and workers were only able to remove part of the rubble during that time. According to the head of the city council, 2,100 families have applied to return home, of which 730 have been approved. The council also granted 190 house restoration permits, although in reality only 90 families returned to live permanently in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad.
Damascus-Rural Governorate Requires Displaced Residents to Unite certain conditions before being allowed to return to the Tishreen and Al-Thawra neighborhoods of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad. They must complete a form and then attach documents proving that they own the property in which they wish to return, as well as a family booklet and copies of their identity cards and those of their family members. The security services then examine their file and grant or refuse the return authorization. If they are approved, a technical committee of the municipality then inspects the building and assesses any damage. If it is found to be safely habitable, the owner must apply for a restoration permit from the municipality. After all of this, final approval is given for their return.
The head of the city council told the semi-official newspaper Al Watan in July that the municipality had signed an agreement with Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) to finance the rehabilitation of a primary school in the district of Al-Thawra. And at the end of July, the governorate of rural Damascus began to rehabilitate the school, with the work to be completed within two months, according to the contract with PUI. The head of the council said UNICEF was also preparing to equip another school, but did not specify which one. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), a humanitarian organization, has pledged to equip and rehabilitate the rest of the governorate schools in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad.
However, the head of the municipal council did not mention the condition of the schools run by Quneitra Governorate in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad.
So far, returnees in the city have relied on solar power, generators and batteries for electricity, as the Rural Damascus Electricity Company has yet to install transformers due to logistical issues, according to official statements. The former governor of rural Damascus gave the company a deadline of five days at the end of April to install the transformers, a deadline it did not respect.
ADRA also plans to install solar power systems to operate two water wells that the rural Damascus water facility previously dug. Once the pumps are working again, they will likely be used to fill reservoirs to supply residents with water. Water and sewage systems remain damaged in all areas of the city, including those that are newly inhabited.
The head of the city council added that the council had coordinated with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to maintain and replace the sewer line that crosses Al-Hajar Al-Aswad from the adjacent neighborhood of Al- Qadam at the Yarmouk camp wastewater treatment plant. plant. This line was damaged during the fighting in the area and the siege of southern Damascus by the regime during opposition control. The ICRC has also recently helped to repair and rehabilitate sections of the same sewer pipe in Yarmouk camp.
Finally, ADRA has also committed to removing the remaining rubble, according to the head of the city council. The Syria Report could not confirm the location of the rubble to be removed, the method of removal, or what law would serve as the legal basis for the removal.
The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in coordination with the United States Department of the Treasury, is providing an additional $4.5 billion in direct budget support to the Ukrainian government to help mitigate the acute budget deficit caused by Putin’s brutality. war of aggression. The Ukrainian government will receive the funding in tranches, starting with a disbursement of $3 billion in August. This contribution was made possible by the generous bipartisan support of Congress.
These funds provided by the United States, through the World Bank, allow the Ukrainian government to maintain essential functions for its people, including social and financial assistance to Ukrainians pushed further into poverty since the start of the war, disabled children and displaced persons.
Once these additional funds are fully disbursed, the US government will have provided $8.5 billion in direct budget support to the Ukrainian government. The resources provided today build on previous budget support, enabling the Ukrainian government to carry out essential functions – for example, maintaining the flow of gas and electricity to hospitals, schools and other critical infrastructure, support the provision of humanitarian supplies to citizens and continue to pay the salaries of civil servants, health workers and teachers. Strong safeguards put in place by the World Bank, combined with expert third-party oversight funded by USAID and embedded within the Ukrainian government, ensure accountability and transparency in the use of these funds.
Since Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, USAID has coordinated with humanitarian partners in the country and region to provide Ukrainians with life-saving humanitarian assistance while increasing relief assistance. essential to respond to cyberattacks and threats to the energy sector. , countering misinformation, supporting small businesses and the agricultural sector, documenting human rights violations, meeting essential health needs and ensuring the continued functioning of local, regional and national levels of government.
The United States remains committed to supporting Ukraine and its people in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war.
By US Mission Poland | August 9, 2022 | Topics: Events, News
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discusses bilateral relations with his Kazakh counterpart at the ministry’s headquarters in Cairo (photo courtesy of the official Foreign Ministry Facebook page)
Celebrating thirty years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Shouky expressed his honor for the continued relationship between the two countries.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the importance of advancing the cooperative relations between Egypt and Kazakhstan in various fields, following the phone call that took place between the presidents of the two countries in February 2022.
In February, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed by telephone with his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev several regional issues of common interest and ways to strengthen bilateral relations, particularly in the fields of health, agriculture, tourism and culture.
In addition, Shoukry hailed Kazakhstan’s role in the inauguration of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), which aims to form a new formula for building trust and ensuring security and stability. in Asia.
For his part, Tursunov stressed the importance his country attaches to relations with Egypt and Egypt’s central role in the region. He also reviewed preparations for the upcoming CICA summit chaired by Kazakhstan.
Tursunov invited the Arab League (AL) to act as an observer at the sixth CICA summit, to be held in Kazakhstan in October.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired), said on Sunday that it was instructive that Nigeria was attracting positive international attention as a country that promotes free media and freedom of expression.
He said this was based on the government’s understanding of the important roles that information literacy and media literacy play in sustainable development.
According to a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari said this while pledging his “full support” for three major international events scheduled for Nigeria in October and November 2022. These include the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2022 in Abuja in October, the first Global Conference on cultural tourism and the creative industry in Lagos, as well as the Second Conference of the World Association of Literary Festivals, Abeokuta, in November.
In the statement titled “President Buhari Pledges Support as Nigeria Hosts Important Cultural, Tourism and Literary Events,” he said world events were opportunities to showcase the country’s rich heritage. in the areas of culture, arts, tourism and entertainment, as well as advances in media freedom.
Earlier, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said hosting UNESCO’s Global Information Literacy Week in 2022 would help tackle the growing tide of fake news. , disinformation and hate speech.
Expressing his joy at welcoming international visitors to Nigeria, Buhari urged citizens to use the events to exhibit the values “that make us a unique, friendly and peace-loving people.”
The statement reads in part as follows: “Welcoming the decision of the UNESCO World Tourism Organization and the World Association of Literary Festivals to grant Nigeria the right to host these distinct historic events, the Chair assures all concerned stakeholders and participants of the warmth and hospitality of the people of Nigeria.
“On MIL Week, Buhari notes that it is instructive that Nigeria is attracting positive international attention as a country that promotes freedom of the media and freedom of expression, recognizing the important roles that information literacy plays and media literacy in sustainable development.
“At the first World Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry, the President said that the rapid growth of Nigeria’s film, fashion, music and information and communications technology sector, and increased international appeal and acceptance would continue to motivate the government to devote more resources to the sector.
Among other initiatives, Buhari noted that the Creative Industry Funding Initiative, established by his administration and managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria in conjunction with the Bankers Committee, had provided single-digit funding to many young people. Nigerians in the fields of fashion, film, music and information technology.
He noted that the $100 million redevelopment of the National Theater in Lagos into a world-class creative park is also underway, following the handover of the facility to the CBN and the Committee of Bankers.
The President therefore expressed his confidence that the literary world would find many good things to celebrate about Nigeria when they gather in the historic town of Abeokuta, home and birthplace of one of Nigeria’s greatest literary icons. Nigeria and Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka.
The Karabakh region is located within the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated on Saturday amid renewed clashes between neighbors Baku and Yerevan.
Speaking to reporters about the recent escalation, Erdoğan said: “Azerbaijan naturally does not want any illegal armed elements on its territory.
“We talked about it in detail with my brother Ilham (Aliyev) two days ago. First of all, we condemn the attack that caused the death of one of our Azerbaijani brothers,” he said. .
Regarding the attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy in London, Erdoğan said it was “unacceptable”, adding, “We hope the incident will be investigated and the perpetrators punished.”
The embassy building in London was stormed by the Mahdi Servants Union, a Shia Muslim organization based in London, according to British media. Eight people were arrested after police arrived at the scene.
“Nearly two years have passed since the Trilateral Declaration. It is important that Armenia fulfills its commitments here as soon as possible,” Erdoğan added.
Relations between the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been strained since 1991, when the Armenian army illegally occupied Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.
Clashes erupted on September 27, 2020, with the Armenian military attacking Azerbaijani civilians and forces and violating several humanitarian ceasefire agreements.
During the 44 days of conflict, Azerbaijan liberated several cities and about 300 settlements and villages occupied by Armenia for almost 30 years.
The fighting ended with a Russian-brokered deal on November 10, 2020, which was seen as a victory for Azerbaijan and a defeat for Armenia.
However, the ceasefire has been broken several times since then.
In January 2021, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a pact to develop economic ties and infrastructure for the benefit of the entire region. It also included the creation of a trilateral task force in Karabakh.
After the end of the conflict, Azerbaijan launched a massive reconstruction initiative in the liberated region of Karabakh.
In July, Azerbaijan began the process of returning its people to lands recaptured from Armenian forces in what Baku calls “the great return”. The oil-rich country has pledged to repopulate the reclaimed lands.
President Ilham Aliyev had promised for years to recover land lost in the 1990s and the first restitutions marked a symbolic moment for Azerbaijan.
Following fresh skirmishes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Karabakh earlier this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also called on the leaders of the two countries to seek “direct dialogue” to resolve the conflict.
On Friday, Blinken had separate phone calls with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, according to State Department spokesman Ned Price.
Several deaths and injuries were reported as fighting resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday.
The Azerbaijani army said it had captured mountainous areas in the region and Armenian fighters had been killed.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister visits Turkey
At the same time, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov will visit Turkey on August 8-9, 2022, at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, to attend the 13th Ambassadors’ Conference.
During his visit, Bayramov will address the conference of ambassadors.
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A 30-year-old Sikh woman here in the United States has committed suicide after suffering years of alleged domestic abuse at the hands of her husband.
Mandeep Kaur, 30, allegedly took her own life on August 3 after posting a video online in which she spoke of years of domestic abuse by her husband Ranjodhbeer Singh Sandhu.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mandeep Kaur in Queens, New York, in the most tragic of circumstances. We are in contact with U.S. federal and local officials as well as the community. We stand ready to provide all assistance,” the Indian Consulate tweeted on Saturday.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mandeep Kaur in Queens, New York, in the most tragic of circumstances. We are in contact with the American authorities at the federal and local level as well as with the community. We are ready to provide any assistance.@IndianEmbassyUS@MEAIndia
In a recorded video posted on the Ministry of Education’s Facebook page, Shawki said the pass rate had reached 78% in the science branch, up from 76% last year; 81% in the mathematics branch – compared to 76% last year; and 68% the humanities branch – up from 70% last year.
Before the start of the school year, each Thanaweya student chooses one of the three branches of science, mathematics and humanities.
Over the past two years, the Ministry of Education has introduced a series of amendments to the Thanaweya Amma exams, which determine academic prospects based on grades obtained.
The changes involve student-centered teaching and skill-based learning, aiming to replace the decades-old test memorization system with one based on understanding academic material.
The new system dramatically reduced the pass rate and ended the phenomenon of students getting full marks in their senior year of high school.
In the 2019/2020 academic year, the pass rate was 81.5%.
Shawki announced the names of the top-ranked students in the final exams of each branch of Thanaweya Amma, with the top student in the science branch scoring 402 out of 410, the top student in the math branch scoring 407 out of 410, and the top student in humanities scoring 387 out of 410.
The highest score among students with special needs was 399 out of 410, the minister added.
Like the year before, no student got the perfect score of 100% this year in all subjects, Shawki said, even though top students had GPAs close to 100%.
In the year 2019/2020, before the introduction of the new system, 39 students obtained a score of 100%.
Students from all three branches of Thanaweya Amma can view their detailed grades online at 6 p.m. today by visiting the results websiteShawki said.
Shawki assured all students that the lower grades would not affect their chances of joining the universities of their choice, given the increase in slots available due to the increase in the number of public, private, international universities. and nonprofits across the country.
Shawki also said that any students who were caught cheating on exams or disclosing the questions were referred to the ministry’s legal affairs department and/or the public prosecutor’s office.
The minister revealed that some schools’ results had been withheld due to alleged cases of massive cheating during exams, assuring students who are not suspected of cheating that their results will be released once the ministry’s legal affairs department and the Crown have concluded their investigation.
Some 650,000 high school students took the Thanaweya Amma exams this year from June 20 to July 21.
The country’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research is expected to announce the minimum grades required for admission to colleges soon.
Last year, the minimum grades required for admission to Egyptian universities – including the most prestigious faculties, such as medicine and engineering – dropped significantly for the first time in decades.
With the UK GDPR giving individuals more control over their data, your business faces greater responsibility for making that data accessible and stiffer penalties for failing to comply with DSAR requests. For many businesses, the arrival of post-Brexit GDPR in the UK has created a false sense of security. With updated consent policies, improved cybersecurity, and an adequately trained workforce, it was easy to succumb to the idea that this meant a job done, boxes checked, and business as usual. .
The truth, however, is that achieving baseline compliance by January 1, 2021 has been difficult for many. For any organization, the long-term commitment to meeting regulatory requirements means responding quickly and efficiently to too many data-related events. Respond not only to data breaches, but also to right to be forgotten requests and data subject access requests, or DSAR if you prefer.
We have worked with several leading companies across the UK, providing them with the tools, strategies and outsourced services they need to handle such requests without affecting their business as usual. Here we answer your top questions about DSARs and what you need to do to stay GDPR compliant in the UK.
Obligations of the monitor
Under the UK GDPR, you must respond to requests immediately, without delay and within one calendar month. Recital 59 of the GDPR also states: “The controller should provide a means for requests to be submitted electronically, in particular where personal data is processed by electronic means”. In other words, if you had previously fulfilled the conditions of access only by official mail, you will now have to set up an electronic system, whether it is a form on your website , a specific e-mail address or any other suitable means. It should be noted, however, that individuals do not necessarily have to use this system to apply.
What is a DSAR?
Under the GDPR, a person can make a subject access request using any available method, including: a: verbally in person b: by telephone c: in a written letter d: through your website e : by e-mail f: via social networks. There’s no formal way to make a request, so the person doesn’t necessarily have to use the terms “subject access request”, “DSAR”, “section 15” or anything like that. other, as long as it is clear that they are requesting their data. Additionally, requests can be directed to anyone within your organization. This means that if someone verbally asks one of your front line employees in person, that request is just as valid as a formal letter, email or completed form. Therefore, now may be a good time to review any recent EU GDPR training you have provided to your staff. Make sure that anyone who regularly deals with customers, employees, suppliers, etc. receives training to identify a DSAR and that the request is handled by the internal response process you have in place.
What information can an individual request?
Article 15 of the GDPR covers the “data subject’s right of access”. It specifies: The data subject has the right to obtain from the controller confirmation whether or not personal data concerning him or her is being processed and, where applicable, access to personal data and to the following information: 1 : The purposes of processing 2: The categories of personal data concerned 3: The recipients or categories of recipients to whom the data have been (or will be) disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organizations. 4: If possible, the envisaged duration for which the data controller will keep the data or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine this duration.
Rectification or erasuree
The right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data, or restriction of processing of personal data concerning the data subject or to object to such processing Where the personal data is not collected from the data subject, any available information as to their source
The existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, is referred to in Article 22(1) and (4). The logic involved, as well as the significance and envisaged consequences of such processing for the individual concerned.
Suppose personal data is transferred to a third party or an international organization. In this case, the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards to protect this data.
All of this means that if you have data about someone making a DSAR request, you are obligated to provide them with a copy of the data and any additional information about how it is used.
What do I need to know to provide a response to a DSAR request?
According to the ICO, the information you provide to an individual must be in a “transparent, intelligible and easily accessible form, using clear and plain language”. For example, if your company uses particular codes for different categories of data, you should provide a clear and legible explanation of what those codes mean. If the request is received electronically, Article 15 states that “unless otherwise requested by the data subject, the information shall be provided in a commonly used electronic form”. Meanwhile, Recital 63 recommends a best practice solution of creating remote access to a secure system where individuals can directly access the data you hold about them. However, remember that you should not do so if it could compromise the freedom of others, including trade secrets and intellectual property.
Remember that you have no more than one month to respond, counting from the day after receipt of the request, whether or not it is a working day. In other words, if you receive a request on July 1, the countdown begins on July 2 and you have until August 2 to comply with this request. Can I extend the time to provide the requested information? In most cases, however, as with everything in life, there are exceptional circumstances. It is possible to extend the response time if the request itself is too complex or if the person has made several requests. Therefore, the ICO states that an extension is unlikely to be considered reasonable in the following circumstances: the request is “manifestly unfounded or excessive”. An exemption applies You asked the person to prove their identity before responding to their request.
Can I ever refuse a request?
The only time you would be able to refuse a DSAR request is if the request is found to be “manifestly unfounded or excessive”, for example if a request is very repetitive. However, it should be noted that despite Article 57 of the GDPR which requires you to demonstrate the “manifestly unfounded or excessive” nature of the request, there are no clearly defined parameters for this threshold, which makes its demonstration particularly hard.
As more and more individuals become aware of their rights regarding the data you hold about them, your business can fully expect to see an increase in the number of requests made in the coming months. Not that it should have a significant impact on your day-to-day functioning. Experts in helping businesses of all sizes ensure compliance with all aspects of GDPR, we provide specialist access request services designed to simplify and streamline your response services, leaving you with more time, energy and resources to focus on growing your business.
Global Advisories provide U.S. citizens with general information about terrorist activity, political violence, and criminal activity occurring abroad, as well as specific recommendations on how to prepare for possible eventualities, receive information on security events and ensure that travelers can be contacted in an emergency. This version replaces the global advisory of January 15, 2019.
The Department of State remains concerned about the continuing threat of terrorist attacks, protests, and other violent actions against American citizens and interests abroad. The Department of State believes that there is a higher potential for anti-American violence given the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri on July 31, 2022. Current information suggests that terrorist organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against the American interests in several regions of the world. These attacks can employ a wide variety of tactics, including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.
Because terrorist attacks, political violence (including protests), criminal activity, and other security incidents often occur without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad. U.S. government facilities around the world actively monitor potential security threats and may temporarily shut down or periodically suspend utility services to assess their security posture. In these cases, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor local news and stay in contact with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
When planning a trip and before leaving the United States, US citizens should consult the travel advisories and country-specific information pages on travel.state.gov. Travelers are also encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive safety messages and help locate them in the event of an emergency. The Department uses these security messages to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned protests, natural disasters, and more. In case of emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries.
Private United States citizens should not travel to any country to participate in an armed conflict. U.S. citizens are reminded that fighting on behalf of designated terrorist organizations or providing other forms of support to them may constitute providing material support for terrorism, which is a serious crime that may result in penalties including jail and heavy fines.
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By US Mission in Mali | August 5, 2022 | Topics: Alert, Messages for US Citizens | Tags: activities, attacks, caution, citizens, demonstrations, overseas, terrorists, threat, worldwide
Nigerian students, who have been admitted to US universities for admissions from August to September, have expressed fears that they will not be able to fulfill their ambition to study abroad due to their inability to successfully book appointments. you for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in the country. .
The applicants, in a conversation with our correspondent, said that they had applied for admission for graduate and postgraduate studies at various institutions in the United States earlier this year, after which they had been admitted for the windows of spring and fall admission. They then received I-20 forms, which allowed them to schedule an interview.
However, securing interview dates after paying the necessary fees required by the US Consulate was a serious hurdle.
While the respective institutions they applied to are expected to resume classes between August and September, the applicants have yet to set dates for their visa interviews. The lucky ones were assigned interview dates that exceeded their recovery dates.
The clueless candidates who spoke to the punch expressed their displeasure with the development, as they claimed they spent a lot of money before they got to the maintenance stage.
A candidate who gave his name simply as Francis, said: ‘I started the process earlier this year with the expectation that it should be concluded within the next three to four months but, to my surprise, the Embassy did not provide a date for the interview. . They usually make emergency arrangements for students who need to resume before our resumption dates, but now the embassy is not doing anything to resolve the issues, which means there are no emergency dates for go to appointments to be interviewed. This I-20 that I hold expires after school resumes and it costs so much to get another I-20 which is another letter of admission after deferring this one. I think the US Embassy needs to do something about this considering the money I spent on this process.
Another applicant, a Tunde, noted that his visa interview date was scheduled for December but he is expected to return to his US school in August. He described the situation as an automatic cancellation of his admission.
He said: “My resume date is August 15 and they have decided to schedule my interview for November. It’s like an automatic cancellation when they already told my agent not to book 60 days before resuming. We’re not saying you should give everyone a visa, but try to free up appointment dates. It is a conspiracy against us because they think the Universities Academic Staff Union (in Nigeria) is on strike and every student wants to leave the country. I spent almost 1 million naira. My parents are disappointed but hope that everything will work out because it was for my best that they decided that I should go abroad.
Our correspondent has learned that the Embassy launched a policy on May 22, asking potential visa applicants to make an appointment 60 days before the date of resumption of admitted school. The period allows students to book an emergency appointment.
Stephen, who is also a candidate, said: ‘Last year’s appointment laws said you can make an emergency appointment 120 days before the effective resumption date. But this year, the US Embassy has a policy in place that you can only book the emergency appointment two months in advance, or 60 days before your pick-up. And to our surprise, most of us are scheduled to resume in August, which means two months start in June. We made an appointment and the date given to us is between October and November. That means I have to defer admission and look for another I-20. So all we are asking for is an earlier date before our school resumes. Giving me a date after my resume is no longer an emergency appointment, and the same embassy will not accept an expired I-20. An emergency appointment used to take no more than two weeks, but now it takes more than four months.
An education consultant, Ayeni Oluyemi, who helps applicants process applications to US universities, has complained that the development has left applicants stranded.
He said: ‘Students have spent a lot and most of these documents have expiry dates. Visa fees expire in one year. The sevis fee expires in two years, while the i-20 expires on the day school resumes. So what is the fate of those who have already been admitted? Most of these students are postgraduates and they are looking to have a different experience than their first degree.
Another consultant, Mr. Tobi Ajibade, said, “This has never happened before; a situation in which a student has requested an emergency appointment (visa appointment) and he or she is denied. They should tell us what’s going on. Is it a matter of diplomacy or what? I’ve been with this company for 15 years and have never requested an appointment for a student and they’ve been declined.
Ajibade, however, revealed that the consulate often releases names under emergency conditions.
He said: “There are instances where they release names for emergency appointments on Saturdays and Sundays. They do it when there are problems like this. But it’s still very chaotic. They can interview about 500 students in one day.
Also speaking to our correspondent, Mr Félix, an educational adviser who claims to have handled the request of almost 60 people, said his clients were starting to lose confidence in him.
“I’ve been doing this job for over 15 years and I’ve also received referrals. But what is happening now has begun to discredit my efforts. The people I signed up started grumbling. Some have already concluded that I had scammed them. Without my track record, it would have been worse. I also wonder why the embassy still collects money from students. As I speak to you, students are still going to the bank to pay the application and sevis fees. They should advise them to stop paying; no meeting again this year. An average candidate has spent up to N600,000 before reaching this stage. Paying sevis fee is N200,000 while visa fee is N68,000 but there is no hope.
Reacting, a Lagos-based lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, said the problem of students seeking to study abroad in the first place is a problem fundamentally rooted in the country’s chaotic education system. added that the government has lost its credibility to provide solutions in the education sector.
He said, “The leprosy of our problem is our chaotic education system. Students and parents who are looking for a way out of our chaotic education system may not see it the way I see it now because they just want how they can improve their own lot academically because our education system is in a state of perpetual crisis. So they are looking for a way out. They want to study abroad. So if they have problems at the embassy, they have to look for a way out by all means.
The legal scholar said that although the Nigerian government has lost its credibility to intervene for its citizens, it remains the only recourse of the petitioners to find a solution to the problem.
He said, “Nigerian parents cannot hire this government on their own. Is it a country that cannot quickly issue a passport to its people? Or a country that has no credibility to hire a foreign government that would say please expedite the way you grant visas to Nigerians so they can study abroad? Wouldn’t that be self-mockery? The truth is that the entire visa application process is based on their policy. It’s based on how many people they can take. If the anger is that they don’t tell us the truth about the possibility of granting visas to applicants then parents should engage the minister of foreign affairs so they can wade through and then from government to government there may be have a diplomatic discussion around this problem and then a solution can be found.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), in collaboration with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), rescued nine Liberians and six Nigerians from human traffickers in Kano.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the NAPTIP Northwest Zone Commander in charge of Kano, Abdullahi Babale, revealed that the victims were apprehended by NIS agents in Kano State and handed over to NAPTIP for further investigation.
According to him, the victims were Liberian citizens comprising five women and four men.
He added that “our investigation revealed that their trip was influenced by someone who previously traveled to Agadez, Niger Republic and received an empowerment program from the International Organization for Migration” .
He noted that the agency had launched a thorough investigation into the case, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice and reuniting the victims with their families.
He further disclosed that NAPTIP rescued six victims of human trafficking and arrested one person suspected of facilitating an illegal trip to Kano.
He said “the person caused the victims to also receive the same empowerment program in Agadez and return to Liberia via Kano.”
Reports indicate that agents from the agency rescued the victims at Kwanar Madugu in the Ungogo local government area of Kano, while traveling to Libya via Kano.
He however said that “the victims, two women and four men, while the alleged facilitator of the journey is also a man, and an investigation reveals that they are natives of Edo State en route to Libya for be exploited there”.
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Manipur Tribal and Hills Affairs Minister Letpao Haokip on Tuesday introduced the Sixth and Seventh Amendments of the Manipur District Councils (Hill Areas) (Sixth Amendment) Bills, 2022 during the full budget session in Tuesday. during the Assembly of Manipur.
Interestingly, the introduction of bills was not on the House agenda on Tuesday. Moreover, it remains to be determined whether the bills introduced by the Minister of Tribal and Hill Affairs of Manipur are a replica of the ADC Bill recommended by the Hill Areas Committee, 2021.
The development comes following the arrest of several members of the Tribal Student Union of Manipur (ATSUM), the apex tribal student body, which called for a shutdown in the hill districts from Wednesday night at 6 p.m. on his request to introduce the ADC Bill 2021 recommended by the Hill Areas Committee in the Assembly.
A senior Manipur police officer said no less than five executive members of ATSUM have been arrested so far. Following the announcement of the closure, the Manipur Police launched a campaign of repression against the executive members of the ATSUM. Sources said former ATSUM leaders including John Pulamte, Ngachonmi Chamroy and Seth Shatsang were also arrested by police in the evening.
The ADC Bill, 2021 seeks greater autonomy for the Hill Areas Committee as well as Autonomous District Councils in the Amendment of Manipur District Councils (Hill Areas) Act, 1971.
ATSUM on Monday had announced a 24-hour total shutdown from 6 p.m. on August 3 to 6 p.m. on August 4 in the mountainous districts of Manipur. Following the arrests, ATSUM announced on Tuesday that it was bringing forward the closing to 6 p.m. and demanded the release of the arrested members. A total shutdown has started in Kangpokpi and Churachandpur districts. No untoward incidents have been reported up to the time of filing this report.
The Summit Tribal Student Corps in a statement said, “Expressing strong resentment against the state government’s nonchalant attitude towards the tribal peoples’ wish and desire to depose the Hill Areas Committee (HAC), recommended ‘The Manipur (Hill Areas) ADC Bill 2021’ during the current session of the Assembly and the deceptive act of outgoing HAC members in deviating from its previous position, ATSUM is compelled to call a total shutdown of 24 hours. The Tribal Student Corps at the Manipur Summit has said the total shutdown will be followed by “intense forms” of unrest from August 5.
Type of Contract: a first collaboration contract of 3 (three) months subject to the verification of the achievement of specific objectives (these objectives will be agreed with the Country Representative upon arrival on mission); a second collaboration contract of 9 (nine) months renewable, following the positive evaluation of the first three months of the contract.
Registration deadline: August 21, 2022
Start date: as quickly as possible
Gross salary: to be defined according to the profile of the candidate.
R&R: The duration of R&R consists of 5 (five) consecutive calendar days not charged to annual leave every 12 (twelve) weeks
WeWorld-GVC, recently formed from the merger of two NGOs, is a secular and independent Italian organization working since 1971 in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Present in 29 countries with 128 projects, WeWorld-GVC operates in the following areas of assistance: human rights (gender equality, prevention and fight against violence against children and women, migration), humanitarian aid (prevention, relief of emergency and rehabilitation), food security, access to water, health and hygiene, education, global citizenship education, quality teaching and international volunteering. WeWorld-GVC works primarily with girls, boys, women and youth, agents of change in every community for a fairer and more inclusive world. Supports people who overcome emergencies and ensure dignified lives, opportunities and a better future through human and economic development programs, within the framework of Agenda 2030. Join the WeWorld-GVC team, c is to be part of the development of a dynamic organization where the contribution of each staff member is valued and valued, working together towards the collective achievement of shared goals and vision.
The presence of WeWorld-GVC in Syria dates back to 2011, when an EiE project in favor of Iraqi refugees in Aleppo and financed by the Italian Cooperation (AICS) was set up. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, WeWorld-GVC has provided humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population and displaced persons through several interventions funded by multiple donors (ECHO, UN-OCHA, UNICEF, Italian Cooperation – AICS and Province of Bolzano ). WeWorld-GVC has focused its action in the hard-to-reach areas of Aleppo, rural Damascus and Deir-Ez-Zor (HTR) implementing education and sanitation projects, in Deir-Ez-Zor , WWGVC was one of the first actors to intervene after the liberation of the city from the headquarters of the Islamic State. Education interventions, in line with INEE standards and the Back to Learning (BTL) strategy, aim to promote school access and quality education. WASH projects aim to increase access to safe drinking water for vulnerable communities through light rehabilitation of WASH infrastructure (pumping stations, storage systems, water networks) and promotion of appropriate hygiene practices . WeWorld-GVC is present in Syria with a coordination office in Damascus and two operational offices in Aleppo and Deir-Ez-Zor.
Purpose of the role
The Program Manager manages organizational programs at the country level ensuring quality from development to execution. Identifies programming opportunities and areas where the organization can demonstrate its value and relevance. Builds relationships with donors and national counterparts by creating a collaborative network and highlighting the value the organization brings. Manages international and national staff and budget.
The Program Manager reports directly to the Country Representative.
MAIN FUNCTIONS AND ATTRIBUTIONS
Program development (30%)
In collaboration with the country representative and the headquarters coordinators, develops and implements an appropriate and effective strategy related to the emergency sector, setting clear objectives and indicators
Develops new proposals in collaboration with the Country Representative and HQ Coordinators, involving a multi-sectoral approach, expanding WeWorld-GVC’s intervention into new sectors
Provides strategic and technical advice on key elements of WeWorld-GVC’s emergency work to foster good practice and ensure minimum humanitarian standards are met across all sectors
Program and project management (40%)
Monitors and oversees project activity planning, ensuring effective delivery in line with donor requirements and WeWorld-GVC’s mission
Prepares internal and external reports to ensure efficient and timely information flow and reporting.
Ensure that timely information on progress and results is available
Compiles, organizes, analyzes, monitors and prepares data for situation reports, fact sheets, donor reports, briefing notes and other report products
Undertakes field visits to gather information on results related to emergency response activities.
Ensures that field data collection and analysis is carried out in a results-oriented and timely manner for donors, audits and internal purposes
Direct monitoring / implementation of projects without a dedicated PM whenever necessary and based on the orientations of the RC
Representation and coordination (20%)
Participates in cluster/group coordination meetings and other working groups or emergency meetings as required
Represents WeWorld-GVC and briefs the Country Representative and HQ Coordinators on relevant issues
Develops and maintains regular, transparent and accountable communication structures with assigned project staff, HQ coordinators, as well as other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), with the aim of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships
Provides effective representation of WeWorld-GVC to donors, national and local authorities, partners and other relevant stakeholders in the country
Supports donor relations by contributing to the production of various communications products for donors and accompanying donors on field visits in coordination with program and field officers
Capacity building and general (10%)
Identifies learning and training opportunities for project staff and acts as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff
Ensure transparent, fair and inclusive human resource management and training in accordance with policy and procedures, and all regulatory requirements (WeWorld-GVC, host country legislation and donor policy)
Foster an inclusive and diverse work environment and ensure the highest standards of conduct are met
The duties and responsibilities set out above are not exhaustive and the incumbent may be required to perform additional duties.
THE NECESSARY REQUIRED
Qualifications and knowledge
Advanced university degree or equivalent in the field of social or political sciences, development studies, international relations, project management
Knowledge of the policies and procedures of the main donors (ECHO, United Nations Agencies, EU, Italian Cooperation)
Fluent written and spoken English
Good computer skills, especially MS Office package
At least 6 years of relevant professional experience in humanitarian or development contexts
At least 4 years of experience in project cycle management
Proven experience in project proposal writing
Skills and Abilities
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to leverage business networks and partnerships for continued growth
Good communication and leadership skills
Ability to perform under stressful conditions
Ability to work independently and in prevention/problem solving
Ability to think strategically and conceptually and translate them into concrete results
Ability to identify, initiate and maintain good relationships with partner organizations, donors and national authorities, including building professional relationships with high level decision makers and influencers/leaders
Proven organizational skills and the ability to effectively manage multiple tasks while fostering quality, team spirit and positive working relationships with colleagues
Integrity in accordance with humanitarian principles and ethical standards
Strong commitment to the WeWorld-GVC mission
Sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion and age
Previous experience in Syria or in the context of the Syrian crisis
Previous experience in education or WASH
Knowledge of Arabic and Italian
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