SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Korea had a 24-19 lead when Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Maraño combined for four straight points to cut the lead to 24-23.READ: Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC openerKim then ended the first set with a booming kill for Korea and she did the same in the second set with another power hit to end the penultimate period.“If I were a player and KYK came in, I’d be stunned,” said Philippine head coach Francis Vicente in Filipino. “KYK is one of the world’s best and for me it was an honor that she played that early in the game.”“Still, even though we lost, I’m still proud of them because we put up a fight against one of the best teams in the world and you can see that we can win it’s just that we would falter at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of Kia Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took another loss in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship as Korea handed the host a three-set beating, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12 in the classification stage Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Korea, FIVB’s 10th-ranked team in the world, are 2-0 in the classification stage and has a shot to take a top-four seeding for the quarterfinals while the Philippines dropped to 0-2.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong Yang Hyojin had a game-high 13 points to lead Korea while Kim put up 12 points, going 9-of-12 on her spike attempts.Kim Heejin also had double-digit scoring numbers when she put up 11 points for Korea.Jaja Santiago paced the Philippines with 10 points while Alysa Valdez and Gonzaga combined for 14. View comments LATEST STORIES Hwang Minkyoung assured the Koreans of the victory with an off-the-block kill the Philippine defense had no chance of receiving.READ: AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd though it was Hwang who dealt the final blow, it was Korean superstar Kim Yeon-koung who threw the early haymakers.Kim, who sat out Korea’s first two games and played sparingly in the third, surprised those in attendance when she stepped to the floor when her team squandered a five-point lead late in the first set.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have been on the receiving end of Conor McGregor’s punches in the early rounds, but “Money” scored when it mattered the most.After McGregor outpunched Mayweather, 51-40, in the first five rounds, boxing’s former pound-for-pound king turned the tables on the Irishman, landing 130 punches as compared to the Notorious’ 60 from the sixth to the 10th round, as per Compubox.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Mayweather stops McGregor in 10th roundMayweather, who upped his record to 50-0, was also the more accurate puncher landing 170 of his 320 throws for a 53 percent clip and even his power punches, 152-of-261, were so accurate at 58 percent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMcGregor managed to land 111 of his total 430 punches but connected just 84 of his 332 power strikes.Interestingly, McGregor, who was stopped midway through the 10th, landed more punches in this fight than Manny Pacquiao did against Mayweather in their 2015 showdown which went the distance. MOST READ Read Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pacquiao, as per Compubox, landed just 81 punches in 12 rounds.RELATED VIDEO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View comments Pacquiao commends McGregor, Mayweather
Manisha MalhotraThe recent controversy over teaming up tennis icons Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi for the London Olympics is symptomatic of what ails Indian sport. While the former partners went to town about not setting foot on court together, what surprised a lot of people was the All India Tennis,Manisha MalhotraThe recent controversy over teaming up tennis icons Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi for the London Olympics is symptomatic of what ails Indian sport. While the former partners went to town about not setting foot on court together, what surprised a lot of people was the All India Tennis Association (AITA) openly taking sides. This is nothing new. Inept handling of ace players is prevalent in all sports in the country.While the federation was confident that it would convince both Mahesh and Leander to bury the hatchet once again (it has intervened several times in the past), its intention was suspect. Was it doing things in the best interest of the players, country or itself? Neither player wanted to play with the other. So putting in a duo that has been to the last three Olympics without any success and who have openly said they cannot win with each other is not exactly in the best interests of the country. Of course, AITA couldn’t have been questioned excessively because this is the best team on paper, and had they paired up and failed (again), no one in India would have cared about accountability anyway.This should change. The country should come first, then the system, and players should really not be able to dictate their terms and conditions to either. However, there is a huge disconnect between all three in our nation, which could really be why we fare so poorly in the medals tally.The Government of India is the biggest funder of sport; it has the highest number of facilities and yet, at the end of the day, it has no say. The federations, who take the “we are autonomous bodies” stand while availing of government funds, still call all the shots, and then come the players. Does this bode well for sport? Absolutely not.Federations in India have the benefit of being in a position where they can do as they please without any accountability. It could be decades without medals and still it’s status quo. Even players mistrust the federations, which is why they are sometimes not willing to listen to them and at other times listen only under duress of disciplinary action. The players know that in every federation the people calling the shots are not experts and therein lies the problem. The selection committees consist of ‘yes men’ or cronies of the people in power. The federations are also not working towards the best interests of players. Most federations don’t even have a logical and transparent system which leaves the window for last-minute politicking wide open. Is this because they don’t know how to come up with a successful system or because they don’t want to? The federations really need to realise that they exist to serve the players.advertisementThe Government is also to blame. It has been trying to rein in federations and reprimand them while its own Sports Authority of India (sai) is in a shambles, being run by people who have no idea about sport. SAI has ‘advisers’ with very little credibility. It does have foreign experts for almost all the priority sports, yet the experts’ opinions are never taken. Instead, it is the ‘government observer’ who has the say. So we can go to the Olympics and not win a single medal and still everything would be fine.Then there are the players. The Indian athlete has metamorphosed from the ‘poor soul’ to someone who has a voice. The handful of successful athletes are first to say they are all products “in spite of the system” and not because of it. They now use their success as a bargaining chip to coerce both the Government and the federations. Any decent result (even a South Asian Games medal) and the athletes are eager to cash in. After the 2010 Commonwealth Games, athletes only started practising in March 2011 because they were busy going from felicitation to felicitation, sometimes for as little as Rs 5,000.It is not hard to come up with a system; there are specialists available the world over to help with this. Until we can come up with a system that is best for the country, we will keep dealing with ineptitudes and get nowhere. The system has to be bigger than any one factor and be answerable only to the results that it achieves. Everyone in sport must be accountable and until we are bound by nothing but results, we will never achieve the dreams we all have for sport in our country. advertisement-A former tennis champion, Manisha Malhotra is CEO of Mittal Champions Trust
Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers CSB 69—Gutang 15, Belgica 13, Dixon 9, Nayve 8, Haruna 6, Leutcheu 6, Carlos 5, Naboa 2, Young 2, Flores 2, Sangco 1, Lim 0.Quarters: 13-15, 33-29, 57-47, 75-69 Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Blazers, who now lost seven of their last eight games, seemed headed to stopping the meltdown with a big run that trimmed the difference down to three points on the heroics of Justin Gutang.Gutang, however, turned from hero to heel after committing an error in the dying seconds that allowed Kent Salado to seal the fourth win of the Chiefs in 14 games with a pair of freethrows.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40It was the fifth straight setback by the Blazers (6-7), who are now a full game behind the surging Mapua Cardinals (7-6) in their race to notch a Final Four spot.ARELLANO 75—Salado 18, Sablan 14, Arana 13, Bayla 9, Concepcion 8, Talampas 6, Oliva 5, Santos 2, Sunga 0, Alcoriza 0, Espiritu 0. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MANILA, Philippines—Arellano stretched College of St. Benilde’s misfortunes with a stunning 75-69 reversal on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.Kent Salado was all over the floor and had 18 points while Gelo Sablan poured all of his 14 points in the first three quarters as the Chiefs created the separation that made them comfortable at the start of the payoff period.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Deep pool MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments
Crystal Palace ended the worst-ever start to a Premier League season and condemned champions Chelsea to their second successive defeat with a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park on Saturday.Palace had made unwanted history by losing their opening league games without scoring a goal but produced a much-improved performance as manager Roy Hodgson claimed his first win since replacing Frank de Boer last month.Chelsea have now lost three of their first eight league games and fallen nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City.A scrappy Cesar Azpilicueta own-goal handed Palace the lead in the 11th minute, but Chelsea levelled seven minutes later when Tiemoue Bakayoko headed in a Cesc Fabregas corner.Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, on his return from injury, restored the home side’s lead with a close-range shot on the stroke of halftime, and a lacklustre Chelsea were unable to equalise.”That was really enjoyable,” Hodgson said. “I have just said to the players that they really deserve to drink in that victory, because we played the champions of England but came off the field today having deserved our victory.”Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted his side had been hampered by the absence of striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder N’Golo Kante and the loss of Victor Moses to injury midway through the first half.”We started very badly and it was a very difficult day,” Conte said. “But we need also to understand the situation and to continue to work, to find solutions despite our injuries.”
On his first day of NavSarjan Yatra Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the Modi government. On the other hand the Congress vice president also made an attempt to connect with the people. As Rahul Gandhi kick-started the third leg of the Gujarat Navsarjan Yatra, he set the tone before the rally by tweeting on the claims by Finance Minister Arun Jailtley on ease of doing business.”Sabko maloom hai ‘ease of doing business’ ki haqeeqat, lekin khud ko khush rakhne ke liye ‘Dr Jaitley’ ye khayal achha hai,” tweeted Rahul.His criticism intensified in his address at Jambusar.”Jailtley sits in AC office. He doesn’t know what the small and medium traders feel about ease of doing business. The concept was killed when demonetisation was announced,” Rahul said in a well attended rally in Jambusar.And in Rahul’s radar yet again was the GST. Speaking exclusively to India Today, Rahul yet again reiterated that the GST was Gabbar Singh Tax that was extorting money from people.Rahul’s connect with the people of Gujarat was not just restricted to the stage. On stage, it was an unusual sight when Rahul was seen greeted by sadhus in a Muslim dominated area of Jambusar.RAHUL SPORTS TRADITIONAL HEADGEAR In Mandvi , Rahul sportingly wore a traditional headgear and even flashed a sword offered to him by the local Rajput community. Off stage Rahul was forthcoming not only in greeting people but also happily clicked selfies with locals.After addressing farmers of Dayadra, Rahul sprung a surprise for eight-year-old Shafa and Ashmira.advertisementWhile the young girls waved at the Congress vice president who was sitting in his bus, Rahul promptly got down and obliged the girls by clicking pictures with them.The fan following just went a step ahead when 15-year-old Mantasha Sheth climbed on Rahul Gandhi’s vehicle to click a selfie.Mantasha Sheth clicks selfie with the Gandhi scion. “I have always loved the way he speaks and to me he appears very confident. I knew he was coming to Bharuch and wanted to meet him. I went to him and clicked a selfie,” said Mantasha.While charming youngsters to farmers, the Congress vice president made all the right noises on the first day of his South Gujarat tour. On Thursday, Rahul apart from meeting the tribals he will yet again try to impress voters by visiting the Unnai Mata temple.VIDEO | Bharuch girl climbs onto Rahul Gandhi’s van to get selfie clicked with him
NEW YORK — Doc Rivers sat his starters down early, then benched himself after the game.Rivers sent out assistant Mike Woodson to handle the postgame interviews, and the former Knicks coach had plenty to smile about after his new team smashed his old one.DeAndre Jordan raised the NBA’s best shooting percentage above 71 percent by making all seven shots and scoring 14 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers pounded New York 111-80 on March 25.Woodson said his boss claimed he was ill, but he downplayed his first trip back to face the team that fired him as a motivator for the Clippers.“This is not about me,” Woodson said. “I mean, it really isn’t. This is about the Clippers and the fine team that Doc has put together. And we’re playing for something.”And the Knicks had no chance of slowing them down.Shooting all night from either right at or above the rim — and once right on top of Jason Smith — Jordan hiked his season percentage to .713, which would be second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s .727 in 1972-73.Chris Paul added 11 points and 16 assists for the Clippers, who won their fifth straight and improved the fourth-best record in the Western Conference to 47-25. Austin Rivers scored 21 points in 19 minutes off the bench.The only negative for Jordan was grabbing just 10 rebounds — the Clipper starters played less than 30 minutes — to end his streak of games with at least 14 rebounds at 19.“I knew we had to come out with the right mindset and intensity to win the basketball game,” Jordan said. “You can’t play teams’ records, you’ve got to play the game and take care of business.”Rookie Cleanthony Early had a season-high 18 points for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight and moved a loss away from matching the franchise single-season record.“They played better than us during the game,” center Andrea Bargnani said. “Better on defense, they executed better, they shared the ball better.”The Knicks are 14-58, just two seasons after winning 54 games and reaching the second round of the playoffs under Woodson. Woodson was fired after last season by Phil Jackson after going 109-79 with two playoff berths in 2½ seasons.Woodson’s new team outclassed his overmatched old one right from the tip. Paul had nine assists after one quarter — the Knicks had only seven baskets — and the Clippers poured it on in the second period. Jordan’s ferocious dunk over Smith with 3.6 seconds left made it 63-33 at halftime and the Clippers led by as much as 40.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
4. Randle Shimmy – Let’s all pour one out for the last great Randle Shimmy3. Randle Truck – The best part being Kye Staley2. Isaiah Anderson’s bowl catch – So. Much. Blackmon.1. Josh Stewart one-handed catch – Wow. 9. Walsh burns Texas – Taking down the Texas assistant was the best part. 8. Walsh and Stewart hook up – Not a great play, but cool because it was their first. You always remember you first. Plus, that was the hardest Stewart got tackled all year. The top 10 plays from Oklahoma State’s 2012 football season.10. Lunt2Hays&Moore – Just because I wanted to watch #11s arm one more time. 6. Daytawion Lowe pick six – An interception!5. Gilbert kick return – Also known as “the only good thing Gilbert did all year. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 7. Zack Craig two punt blocks and a TD – The special teams performance of the year.
The Jamaica Fire Brigade will receive a boost to its fleet, following the signing of a contract for the procurement of three brand new fire trucks. These units are being acquired at a cost of US$1.35 million and are expected to be added to the company’s fleet within the next eight months. The contract was signed on Wednesday, March 13, between Commissioner, Jamaica Fire Brigade, Laurie Williams and Chief Executive Officer of the National Safety Limited, Julian Templer, at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development in Kingston. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, said the move is the first of a number of initiatives geared at acquiring additional units for the Jamaica Fire Brigade. “We hope to be able to gradually and consistently improve our Fire Brigade Service up to the required standard and level,” he said. Mr. Arscott pointed out that there are a number of units within the fleet that are in need of replacement, but said this will have to be done over time, because of financial constraints. State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Collin Fagan, said the Government is committed to developing the Jamaica Fire Brigade to a level that is compliant with international standards. By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter
Prime Minister Andrew Holness will on Thursday (November 23) lead a team of Government officials and technical personnel from the National Works Agency (NWA) on a tour of sections of Montego Bay, St. James Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness will on Thursday (November 23) lead a team of Government officials and technical personnel from the National Works Agency (NWA) on a tour of sections of Montego Bay, St. James.The area was severely impacted by flash flooding earlier today (November 22) which left several roads blocked for several hours.The NWA has advised that the main thoroughfare from Barnett to Adelphi remains impassible. A crew has been deployed to clear the road.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness is to receive a preliminary report from the NWA on the impact of the flooding.The country has been experiencing unprecedented levels of rainfall since March this year.The extraordinary weather event has overwhelmed the drainage systems resulting in flooding.Prime Minister Holness is urging residents not to cross flooded roadways and to remain safe during this period of unstable weather. Prime Minister Holness is urging residents not to cross flooded roadways and to remain safe during this period of unstable weather. The NWA has advised that the main thoroughfare from Barnett to Adelphi remains impassible. A crew has been deployed to clear the road.
zoom Holland Cargo Terminal (HCT) located at the Port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is poised to attract more project cargo to the port and, in particular, the cargo intended for construction of offshore wind farms in the North Sea.“There are a lot of big plans for development of offshore wind farms in the North Sea as around 800 wind mills are being planned to be built in the near future. What we can offer in that respect is available space to handle project cargo of this type,” Michael van Toledo, General Manager at HCT told World Maritime News.The group operates three terminals in total, two smaller terminals closer to the lock and one bigger one within the Amsterdam port area, featuring 55 hectares of land in capacity.The terminal was originally designed as a purely container terminal, but as explained by van Toledo, “that has not been a success”.“Therefore, with the strategy change, together with the port of Amsterdam, we have decided to develop the terminal into a multipurpose hub, where we focus on four segments:containers, breakbulk, roll on roll off and project cargo, including offshore wind,” he added.The terminal has already proven its capability to handle cargo of this type with its involvement in Westermeerwind project situated in the waters of the IJsselmeer.Namely, in July 2015, the terminal took delivery of a shipment of wind turbine components on a RoRo ship, which were later on assembled at the terminal.As explained, the staff at the terminal do not perform the assembly of components, however HCT provides assistance in that process and ensures the necessary logistics.“As parts for offshore wind farms become bigger, it is our aim to have parts assembled at our terminal and make the installations as complete as possible and move them in one peace to their final location,” van Toledo continued.“Once assembled, giant pylons are mounted on a pontoon and they leave the terminal in an erected position, dwarfing the surroundings as they pass through the city of Amsterdam,” said Anthony van der Hoest, Cluster Manager for Logistics at the Port of Amsterdam.Speaking of the compatibility of offshore wind platform components with the new lock about to be built at the port of Amsterdam, van Toledo noted that there will always be pieces that would not be able to fit through the lock. However, according to him, the construction of the new lock is not considered to be a hindrance for future projects.“Our aim is to explain to the industry that we have the necessary capacity for this line of work and we are still in the process of spreading the word that we are there. That process includes approaching heavy lift companies that are in contact with engineering companies involved in such projects and informing them of what he have to offer,” he stressed, concluding that there is still a long way to go.World Maritime News Staff
Premier Rodney MacDonald has directed the ministers of Education, and Health Promotion and Protection to make the province’s schools more accessible to community groups after hours. “In speaking with the ministers responsible, it has become clear to me that removing obstacles to the community use of schools, especially gymnasiums, can and should be done,” Premier MacDonald said. “Education, including physical education, is a lifelong pursuit. All Nova Scotians should have maximum access to our facilities.” Community groups seeking to use school facilities face a number of direct and indirect costs that have become barriers to access. The premier said he has asked that community access be made available, on reasonable terms, as soon as possible.
ATHENS, Greece — Authorities have banned demonstrations in a large section of central Athens and will shut down streets and subway stations during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who arrives in the Greek capital Thursday afternoon for meetings with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and other officials.Around 2,000 officers, a police helicopter and drones will be deployed for the visit, which ends Friday afternoon.Germany was the largest single contributor to the three international bailout packages Greece received since 2010 as it struggled through a dramatic financial crisis which almost saw it crash out of the eurozone. Germany was also seen as one of the main enforcers of the stringent austerity measures, including tax hikes and pension and salary cuts, imposed in return for the rescue loans.The Associated Press
Marrakech- For those who love to dance and desire a glamorous and exciting experience, the 7th World Festival of Salsa opens at le Palmeraie Resort in Marrakech on September 4th. Salsa, which originated in New York and incorporates swing dancing, hustle, and Cuban and Afro-Caribbean influences, has a global following. Salsa is a lively and enjoyable dance form featuring the rhythms and lively movements of Latin America, from such places as Puerto Rico and Colombia.The World Festival takes place in a different country each year, and attracts people from all over the world. The World Salsa Festival is organized by Imad Productions. Famous salsa artistes who will be performing include Albert Torres from Los Angeles, Franklin Diaz from New York, and the Latin American Dance Academy from Cuba. This colorful and spectacular event that runs September 4-8 in Marrakech is not to be missed.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
It’s hard to generate interest in a news release about liquefied natural gas exports, but a high-ranking Trump administration official succeeded by calling the stuff “molecules of U.S. freedom.”Assistant Energy Secretary Steven Winberg made the comment this week to describe an expansion of export capacity at a Texas terminal.Winberg says exporting liquid gas is good for U.S. jobs and the economy and for the energy security of America’s allies. Another Energy Department official calls it “freedom gas.”Some people are going on Twitter to make fun of the colorful language, but environmentalists opposed to wider use of natural gas say it’s no laughing matter.Rachel Cleetus, a climate expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, says it’s an absurd attempt to rebrand natural gas, which is still a fossil fuel.The Associated Press
At least 16 shops were damaged following a fire in Pettah early this morning.The Police said that several fire-trucks had been deployed and the fire was extinguished. (Colombo Gazette)
The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and its United States partner announced today that the number of people they are providing with life-extending antiretroviral treatment (ARVs) has reached 1.2 million people – twice the volume of only a year ago.In a joint statement released today to mark World AIDS Day, the Global Fund and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief said there has been a three-fold increase in the number of people in low- and middle-income countries – where access to such treatment has long been limited – receiving ARVs.“Four years ago, almost nobody in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world was receiving treatment,” said Professor Richard Feachem, the Global Fund’s Executive Director. “That well over 1 million people with AIDS are now on treatment is a remarkable achievement.“We must now build on this progress to reach the millions more who are still in urgent need,” he said.Set up in 2002 on the initiative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Global Fund is a public-private partnership that has committed $6.8 billion so far to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in 136 countries.On many of the projects it supports, the Fund works closely with international partners, including the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
“Agriculture is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, famers worldwide are increasingly feeling the effects of a warming climate,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Third Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.“The answer to these interconnected problems lies in climate-smart agriculture,” he said, emphasizing in particular the need to eliminate of childhood under-nutrition through sustainable agriculture that benefits smallholders around the world.Mr. Ban said that his recent visit to the Sahel reinforced his perception of how climate change compounds the challenges for small farmers, following three major droughts in a decade that exacerbated poverty, conflict and disease. “The region’s Governments are working to help their people become more resilient, but they need international support, including through an ambitious climate change agreement in 2015,” he said.He called on leaders from Government, finance, business and civil society to work together on solutions, welcoming proposals to develop a Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance and inviting all stakeholders to bring bold initiatives to the table at next September’s Climate Summit, to be held at UN Headquarters in NY. The Secretary-General’s message to the three-day Conference, which closed today, was delivered by David Nabarro, his Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition.In related news, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported today that a record world cereal output is predicted for the year 2013, reaching a new high of almost 2,500 tonnes. At the same time, it warned that food security in several parts of Africa and elsewhere is deteriorating.The latest issue of the agency’s “Crop Prospects and Food Situation” report says that cereal production rose 8.4 per cent, while food security remains precarious in the Sahel, Central Africa, Southern Africa, parts of the Middle East and Philippines due to instability and/or drought, other types of severe weather and land degradation.At FAO’s Rome headquarters, scientists and research organizations gathered today to draw attention to importance of better management of the Earth’s soil in the effort to feed a growing world population while coping with climate change.Healthy soil is not only the foundation of food production but also sequesters twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, FAO Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo, told the gathering. The UN General Assembly is currently considering a proposal to name 5 December of each year as “World Soil Day,” as supported by the FAO Conference this past June, to raise awareness of the importance of this natural resource to agriculture, biodiversity and climate change.
“Oceans are continuing to warm, acidify and lose oxygen,” said IPCC chair Hoesung Lee. “Warm water coral reefs are already under pressure and 90 per cent would suffer significant risk from global warming of 1.5 degree Celsius.” Photo: UNEP/Jerker TamelanderAbove-normal ocean temperatures have contributed to coral bleaching and disruption of ecosystems, including in the Great Barrier Reef, which has seen up to 50 per cent of its coral die in certain parts. Photo: UNEP/Paul MarshallThe UN backs the International Coral Reef Initiative – an informal partnership between nations and organizations to preserve coral reefs and their ecosystems by reducing pollution from plastic microbeads and sunscreen, and financing projects that help protect and restore coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses. Photo: UNEP/Jerker TamelanderCorals that have shown some resistance to rising temperatures are being grown on coral farms in Marine Protected Areas. Photo: Reef Explorer Fiji Rising ocean temperaturesAlthough the ocean is the single largest habitat on the planet and is inextricably linked to human survival, climate change and the impact of increasing carbon dioxide emissions on the oceans have been largely overshadowed in the climate change debate, according to Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, one of the co-chairs of the Ocean Conference.The oceans – which produce half of the world’s oxygen, regulate the earth’s climate and temperature, provide food and water, and are home to hundreds of thousands of species – have been a staunch ally in curbing climate change.More than 93 per cent of all the heat people have added to the planet since the 1950s has been absorbed by the oceans – but at a price, Ms. Lövin stressed. Rising ocean temperatures and increased acidification are now becoming apparent in melting Arctic sea ice and coral bleaching. Immediate mitigation, protection, restoration and adaptation actions are needed.Healthy oceans, stable climate“Whether on the coast or in the high seas far away from all, safeguarding biodiverse marine sites is vital for ensuring the sustainable long-term use of precious natural resources,” says Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Fishermen in the Bay of Bengal, India, sail at dawn in their catamarans, consisting of four or five pieces of balsa wood tied together. Photo: UN Photo/John Isaac The importance of the ocean to global climate cannot be underestimated, according to UNESCO. It absorbs a significant portion of carbon and an overwhelming amount of excess heat. Still, warmer atmospheric temperatures and increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases exert an enormous pressure on the ocean’s ability to regulate the climate.UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) helps in developing ocean sciences, observations and capacity-building to monitor the ocean’s major role in the climate system and predict ocean changes. Laying the ground for efficient climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, IOC focuses on the most damaging impacts, such as temperature increase, sea-level rise, storm variations and changes in marine biodiversity. Its scientifically-founded services help countries, particularly coastal and small island developing States, become more resilient to present and future climate impacts. Impact of sea-level riseThe oceans are experiencing “major stress” from climate change, according to Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. “Globally, the sea level has risen by 20 centimetres since the start of the 20th century, due mostly to thermal expansion of the oceans and melting of glaciers and ice caps. Some regions are experiencing even greater sea level rise. “General warming trends, massive episodes of coral bleaching, acidification and the sea level rise are affecting ecosystems in all regions, threatening fisheries, food chains and the oceans’ ability to act as efficient carbon sinks. Rising sea levels pose a threat to low-lying atoll islands. Photo: OCHA/D.Parry According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), both the Artic and Antarctica are warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. Glaciers and ice shelves are melting and sea ice and snow coverage are shrinking. Polar wildlife ecosystems and indigenous population are already feeling the impact of climate change as polar conditions impact weather across the globe. “Because of teleconnections, the poles influence weather and climate conditions in lower latitudes where hundreds of millions of people live,” warns Petteri Taalas, WMO’s Secretary-General. “Warming Arctic air masses and declining sea ice are believed to affect ocean circulation and the jet stream, and are potentially linked to extreme phenomena such as cold spells, heat waves and droughts in the northern hemisphere.” With relatively little data available on the Earth’s Polar Regions, the UN weather agency kicked off of a two-year international effort to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity and improve future environmental safety. The Year of Polar Prediction was launched in May to close the gaps in polar forecasting capacity and improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the farthest reaches of the planet. The global campaign aims to minimize environmental risks and maximize opportunities associated with climate change in polar regions.Social scientists will examine how polar forecasts can be factored into socio-economic decision making while stakeholders in transport, shipping and tourism will provide input on community needs.Coral reefs under threat from climate change The oceans, which cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, play a vital role in the global climate system, generating oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Changes to the climate, brought about by increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, will thus lead to changes in the oceans, including sea-level rise and ocean acidification, which will put marine ecosystems and coastal communities at risk. SDG 14 is the only universally agreed road map for conserving and sustainably managing marine resources – Peter Thomson, President of the UN General AssemblyWorld leaders acknowledged the importance of the oceans when they adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the universal blueprint for ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. SDG 14 sets out specific targets to be met in order to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. “SDG 14 is the only universally agreed road map for conserving and sustainably managing marine resources. Its faithful implementation is therefore our best hope for remedying the ocean’s woes,” said Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.Pounding early winter surf from massive 15 foot ocean swells. Photo: Irin News/Mike Baird “In a world where demands for freshwater are ever growing, and where limited water resources are increasingly stressed by over-abstraction, pollution and climate change, neglecting the opportunities arising from improved wastewater management is nothing less than unthinkable in the context of a circular economy,” according to the UN World Water Development Report 2017, Wastewater: The Untapped ResourceWeighing the linkages and significant socio-economic benefits of the earth’s freshwater and marine systems, UNDP underscores the need to take adaptive, integrated, ecosystem-based approaches to manage freshwater and ocean resources.As such, UNDP is assisting countries in equitably allocating water resources and implementing integrated management through adaptive water governance, which helps to reduce poverty and vulnerability, sustain and enhance livelihoods and protect environmental resources.Oceans are part of the solutionHumanity owes much to the oceans in many aspects of life: providing invaluable ecosystems, climate regulation and cultural support to the millions of people who live near the sea, according to José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).When families in the Haut-Katanga and Haut-Lomami provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo do not drill their own wells, they use the waters of the Congo River, one of the main vectors of disease, including cholera. Photo: OCHA/J-L. Mbalivoto Tropical coral reefs cover a mere 1 per cent of the ocean but are among the most bio-diverse systems on the planet, supporting one quarter of all marine species. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), coral reefs exist in over 100 nations, including more than 80 developing countries. They sustain human society through a range of ecosystem services, such as livelihoods and food security from fisheries; revenue from tourism; erosion prevention; and protection from extreme weather events through dissipation of wave energy. They also help to lessen inundation and damage during storms. Among the planet’s natural ecosystems, mangroves, sea-grass beds and coral reefs return the highest value in terms of ecosystem services. A square kilometre of healthy, well-managed coral reef can yield a catch of over 15 tons of fish and other seafood every year. Some 850 million people live within 100 km of coral reefs, deriving some benefits –with at least 275 million depending directly on reefs for livelihoods and sustenance. Climate change and water supplyAccording to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the planet’s freshwater and oceans are inextricably linked through the earth’s water cycle. The agency notes that 97 per cent of the world’s water is in the ocean and the ocean supplies almost all the water that falls on land as rain and snow. Of the small portion that is fresh water; about a third is in in the ground and a mere .3 per cent in accessible surface waters. Climate change scenarios project that discrepancies between water supply and demand will heighten. The frequency and severity of floods and droughts will likely change many river basins worldwide – with droughts causing significant socio-economic and environmental consequences. The UNEP estimates the cumulative economic impact of poor ocean management practices at minimally $200 billion per year. In the absence of mitigation measures, climate change will increase the cost of damage to the ocean by an additional $322 billion annually by 2050.Local fishermen in Mozambique. Photo: Andrea Borgarello/World Bank < Previous Next > “Warmer temperatures are causing more extreme weather events, and a projected two-metre rise in sea levels by the end of the century would be catastrophic for coastal habitats and economies. Hundreds of millions of people are at risk,” she warns.Particularly at risk are the inhabitants of small island States, with hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis becoming increasingly more common threats.Ocean health and economic prosperity “Trouble for the oceans means trouble for people. Human well-being and health, economic prosperity, and a stable climate depend on healthy oceans,” says Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the Ocean Conference.According to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), losses due to disasters from natural and man-made hazards including floods, storms and the impacts of climate change are mounting, costing governments over $300 billion globally each year.UNISDR recently aligned its Disaster Resilience Scorecard, which provides a set of overarching assessments on disaster resilience, with the Sendai Framework – boosting the number of cities and towns capable of reducing their disaster losses by 2020Global warming and the Polar RegionThe effects of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, one of the leading causes of global warming, are felt most intensely in the Polar Region. View of the melting Collins Glacier off King George Island, Antarctica, in November 2007. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe As 3 billion people ultimately depend on marine and coastal biodiversity, all nations agree on the need to step up efforts to protect oceans and seas, especially in the era of climate change, when transformational interventions are becoming even more urgent and encompassing. The oceans cover almost three quarters of the Earth’s surface, storing one third of all the carbon emissions stemming from human activity. They are part of the solution, and they must be a key focus of global efforts to cope with and mitigate climate change, he stresses.“Oceans play a crucial role in the achievement of global food security, as well as human health and well-being,” says Miguel de Serpa Soares, UN Legal Counsel and Special Adviser to the Presidents of the Ocean Conference on oceans and legal matters.“They are the primary regulator of the global climate, function as an important sink for greenhouse gases, serve as the host for huge reservoirs of biodiversity and play a major role in producing the oxygen we breathe.”He adds that oceans, seas and marine resources are increasingly threatened by human activities, including increased CO2 emissions, climate change, marine pollution, unsustainable extraction of marine resources, and physical alterations and destruction of marine and coastal habitats.