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SecretaryGeneral calls for worlds assistance to bring stability to Somalia

The country has been wracked by deadly clashes in recent weeks, and according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 340,000 people – roughly one-third of the city’s population – have fled the violence in the capital Mogadishu since the start of February, while at least 1,000 have sustained injuries.“The international community should fully cooperate and give some concerted efforts to restore peace and security in that country,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York.Since the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by Ethiopian forces, dislodged the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) from the capital and much of the country last December, there has been an upsurge in violence. Clan-based militias have also been involved in the clashes.“I am also very much troubled by the fact that the Transitional Federal Government is [not] able to sustain the momentum thus created politically,” Mr. Ban noted.He also urged for plans to convene a National Reconciliation Congress, which have been postponed until next month, to continue. Recognizing that such a Congress will have logistical and financial difficulties, he appealed to the international community for assistance.“We have seen in the last 10 days or so some of the worst fighting in Mogadishu that the city has seen in the last 15 or 16 years,” John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said at a press briefing in Geneva today.He stressed that “the rules of international humanitarian law are being flouted by all sides in Mogadishu,” which has witnessed the largest displacement of people in the world this year. He added that civilians have been caught in the crossfire, there is indiscriminate shelling and missiles have been seen hitting hospitals.Mr. Holmes argued that the dire humanitarian situation is not entirely a question of adequate resources, but rather of access and security. Aid workers endeavouring to assist those in need have been thwarted by the unstable security situation as well as by the TFG.“Getting aid to [those who have fled Mogadishu] is proving very difficult” due to both the insecurity and the blockage of roads by the military. He also mentioned a distribution by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) “which was halted because the Government said they had not inspected the food themselves, which seems inappropriate in an emergency situation.”Although the TFG agreed during a meeting with the UN’s Somalia Country Team this week to allow humanitarian workers access to Mogadishu’s airports, he said that OCHA is “waiting to see whether that agreement in principle is translated into practice.”Another major public health concern is the outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea, which OCHA reports has affected 17,000 people and killed 600 in south-central Somalia, which includes Mogadishu and surrounding areas.“A particular concern is that the rainy season is approaching, which will obviously exacerbate these health problems very considerably,” Mr. Holmes said.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners on the ground have distributed urgently needed supplies to over 35,000 people who have fled the capital and are currently residing in the small town of Afgooye, 30 kilometres west of Mogadishu.Despite the influx of aid, the town, sheltering more than 41,000 displaced, is overwhelmed by the constant stream of desperate people who are seeking help and safety.“People living in Afgooye are scared because the fighting might spread along the road from Mogadishu,” a UNHCR staff member said of the increasingly chaotic situation in the town. “They also fear the increasing theft and burglary and the gangs that roam the town, which used to be safe.”Many residents have already taken in family members and friends who have escaped the capital, and the town has run out of shelter space. Many families are living under plastic sheeting supplied by UNHCR to protect them from the weather, and prices have surged in local shops due to the increased demand. Local landowners are even charging rent to people seeking sanctuary under their trees.“People in Afgooye are extremely poor, most of them live on less than a dollar a day, and now they can no longer afford the prices which rise day after day,” the UNHCR staffer said. “Some shopowners and landowners make a lot of money by demanding unaffordable prices.”Explosions and military activity on the road linking the town to Mogadishu have forced it to close, and the closure of a bridge on the town’s end has blocked trucks carrying UNHCR supplies.Despite the obstacles, the agency plans to distribute a second round of relief items – including plastic sheeting, mattresses and kitchen utensils, all of which have been airlifted from Dubai – this week for an additional 13,500 people. 26 April 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his grave concern about the intensified violence in Somalia, and called on the world to step up its assistance to the war-torn East African nation. read more

Halal logo withdrawn following tensions

The Venaerable Bellanwila Wimala Rathana thero, addressing the joint media briefing today, said that as monks they were glad the issue was brought to light.He said that he was also glad that in the end the issue was resolved amicably in a manner which did not affect the co-existence of the communities.He said that the Mahanayaka theros in Kandy will be informed of the decision taken on the Halal certification. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said it did not expect the withdrawing of the logo for products sold locally to have an impact on businesses.Susantha Ratnayake, Chairman of the Chamber said that the Halal logo will be imprinted on products sent to some countries like in the Middle East and the Maldives where it is compulsory for the logo to be on food products.The issue over the Halal certification arose after the Bodu Bala Sena campaigned against it and demanded its complete withdrawal. ACJU President Rizvi Mufthi said that the Halal certification was issued as a service to the Muslims and was not compulsory. He said that the money obtained to issue the certificate was used to cover the overhead costs.“But this led to a situation which affected the co-existence of the communities so we decided to do away with the logo,” he said. The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) says it has decided to withdraw the Halal logo from local food products as a result of the tensions which arose in the country recently.Addressing a joint media briefing today between the ACJU, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and a group of senior Buddhist monks, the ACJU said that the Halal logo will not be issued in future for products sold locally. Report by Easwaran Rutnam The monks questioned the need for the ACJU to be paid for the Halal certification. However the logo will be made available as an option for products to be exported  to some countries, the ACJU said. read more

Syria UN chief stresses urgency of achieving political solution to end ongoing

“We all need to inject urgency towards reaching a political solution while there is still time to prevent Syria’s complete destruction,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The end goal is clear to all – there must be an end to violence, a clean break with the past and a transition to a new Syria in which the rights of all communities are protected and the legitimate aspirations of all Syrians for freedom, dignity and justice, are met,” it added.“The sooner a military solution is abandoned the better. There is no need for more people to die, flee or grieve in Syria.”Well over 70,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. The country is facing a humanitarian crisis, with over three million people displaced from their homes, including one million seeking safety in neighbouring countries. “Two years ago, Syrians stood up in peaceful popular protests to appeal for their universal rights and freedoms,” noted the statement. “This appeal was answered with brutal force by the Syrian authorities. Today, the world is watching the consequences with horror.” Mr. Ban called on the region and the international community, in particular the Security Council, to find unity and lend its full support to the efforts of the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, to help the Syrian people reach a political solution to the conflict. read more

UN General Assembly spotlights need to boost regional digital connectivity

Vuk Jeremic said that information and communication technologies (ICT) can contribute to the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a sustainable development agenda to follow after 2015.As such, he urged Governments to continue working in public-private partnership to expand broadband infrastructure in the developing world, and stimulate efforts to provide local content and develop regionally-appropriate software applications.“One-fifth of all households in developing countries are now hooked up to the internet – up from 13 per cent just three years ago,” Mr. Jeremic told a panel entitled ‘Improving connectivity in Eurasia,’ organized by Azerbaijan.“This is a significant achievement, but much more needs to be done in order to overcome the digital divide with the developed world, where 78 per cent of homes are linked to the internet – many through affordable and reliable broadband networks,” the GA President noted.Ahead of the panel discussion, the Assembly held a plenary meeting where it adopted a resolution by which the world body invites UN Member States to explore ways to support the proposal by Azerbaijan to establish the Eurasian Connectivity Alliance with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).The aim will be to promote the development of telecommunication transit routes in the region and improving the coordination between the Governments, private sector, civil society and international development institutions.In his remarks to the panel discussion, Mr. Jeremic, said ICTs “can help establish a more level playing field, expediting the integration of developing countries into the global economy – especially the LDCs [least developed countries], nations with few natural resources, and post-conflict countries.” He added that ICTs can also increase opportunities for education and professional training, contribute to delivery of healthcare and other essential services and assist with business and technical fields. “Technology has never been an end in itself, but a means—an opportunity—to improve the human condition, when put to good use,” the Assembly President said. The UN is currently amidst 1,000 days of accelerated action to reach the targets set by the MDGs, including making more widely available the benefits of new technologies, especially ICTs.Later this month, the General Assembly will host a high-level special event to follow up on those efforts. In today’s meeting, the 193-member GA is expected to act on resolution on support for establishing a Eurasian Connectivity Alliance with the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for improving the development of “regional telecommunications transit routes.” read more

First IHF Global Coaching Clinic in Bahrain and Qatar

IHF coaching clinic Starting in Bahrain and Qatar, the International Handball Federation will organize special courses for top coaches from all over the world – so called Global Coaching Clinics (GCC) – in all continents. All national federations can nominate their applicants for those Clinics. The first one is addressed to all coaches from Asia and all Arabic speaking countries.This GCC is divided into two parts, starting 19 – 26 March in Bahrain, followed by the second and final part on the fringes of the IHF Super Globe in Qatar (the exact date will be announced soon).An IHF working group has worked on the concept of those GCCs which promote coaches to a top level and finish with the coaching licence level A (the top IHF licence). Besides there are two more levels (B and C) to be reached. The GCCs had been created especially for countries that don’t have their own licensing system for coaches – and IHF is trying to recruit international top coaches as lecturers of the GCCs. Only national federations can nominate the participants (a maximum of three people per federation) – and the candidates must be active coaches on advanced level and English speaking. Further objectives of the GCC are to teach the coaches to be multipliers, to develop handball in their regions and to be a potential continental lecturer.The GCC will be led by CCM members in small teaching groups, and every participant will have a personal mentor during and after the course. Topics of the GCCs are all kinds of individual and group tactical training methods (part I) and strategic and long-term coaching including sports medicine.For further information about the Global Coaching Clinics, please contact the IHF Head Office in Basle.Source: ihf.info ← Previous Story Team Bosnia & Herzegovina: The return of Tahirovic, “enough” with Doborac, Toromanovic and Terzic Next Story → Tatran Presov won Slovak Cup read more

SENSATION IN SLOVENIA Krka beat Celje PL to win Super Cup

It sounds completely amazing, but RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko lost first trophy in the season! Absolut outsiders MRK Krka Novo Mesto made the biggest sucess in the club history by beating the Slovenian handball powerhouse 23:22 (11:12) at the final of Super Cup.MRK Krka Novo mesto – RK Celje Pivovarna Laško 23:22 (11:12)MRK Krka Novo mesto: Tomić 14 saves, Pavlin; Leon Rašo 1, Bevec, Didovič 4, Okleščen 2, Pršina 3, Irman, Jakše 5, Klemenčič, Dino Rašo, Batagelj, Papež 8, Kukman, Windischer, Matko.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Ferlin 4 saves, Panjtar; Vujović 1, Jurečič 4, Malus 1, Razgor 3, Marguč 1, Šarac 4, Grošelj 1, Nenadić, Kodrin 3, Horžen, Makuc 1, Anić 2, Dujšebaev, Bećiri 1. ← Previous Story LNH 18/19: Rampant PSG beat local rival Ivry Next Story → Rampant RNL smash MT Melsungen MRK KrkaRK Celje Pivovarna Lasko read more

Arrest Made In Car BreakIn Police Have Man In Custody

first_img Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Sept 2015 – One man is behind bars in connection to a string of car break-ins that have plagued the island of Providenciales for the past two weeks.No word on if or when police will lay formal charges against the man as they investigate more than a dozen cases of car break -ins from the Bight, Grace Bay, Five Cays and Kew Town.The alleged nabber or nabbers have managed to vandalize vehicles, making off with small amounts of cash and electronics.Police remind residents to keep their vehicles locked and remove valuables from plain sight. Related Items:car break-in, policelast_img read more

Princess Diana musical to have Broadway premiere in April 2020

first_imgLOS ANGELES: A musical, titled “Diana”, based on the life of the Princess of Wales is set to make its Broadway debut in April next year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the musical is directed by Christopher Ashley. It will begin performances at New York’s Longacre Theatre on March 2, 2020, with an official opening set for March 31. The Joe DiPietro-David Bryan production focuses on Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles and the pair’s separation. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Actor Jeanna de Waal will play the titular role, while Roe Hartrampf will essay the part of Charles. Erin Davie portrays Camilla Parker Bowles and Tony winner Judy Kaye plays Queen Elizabeth. Kelly Devine is the choreographs while Ian Eisendrath serves as the music supervisor. Diana died in 1997 after a car crash in Paris.last_img read more