Dominica PM explains UN vote on Jerusalem

first_imgDominica is among seven Caribbean countries that voted against the United States on a UN resolution concerning Jerusalem as capital of Israel.UN vote on JerusalemThe Dominica government Friday defended its decision to vote in favor of a non-binding UN resolution that called upon all member states to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.Dominica was among seven Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries included in the 128 countries that voted for the resolution whether or not to support the decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The other CARICOM countries voting in favor were Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.No Caribbean supportNo CARICOM country supported the US move with Washington gaining votes from Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.However, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago were among the 35 countries that abstained during the vote.St. Lucia and Haiti did not register a vote and it is not known whether they were among the 21 countries that stayed away from the UN General Assembly meeting on Thursday.Conditioned by international lawDominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio during a live news conference, said his administration’s position had been conditioned by international law.“We are simply going according to previous UN decisions on the matter and respecting the international laws…” he told radio listeners.Barbados remained consistentMeanwhile, Barbados Foreign Affairs Minister Maxine McClean said her government remained “consistent” on the matter.“We have always supported a two-state solution, a negotiated solution. From our perspective the [Trump] decision does not facilitate that,” she said, adding even with the threat of sanctions now hanging over its head, she did not believe Barbados had anything to fear.“If you look back to where we began as an independent sovereign state in 1966 our first Prime Minister [Errol Walton Barrow] made a statement that is often referred to in which he said Barbados is a ‘friend of all and a satellite of none” McClean told the online publication, Barbados TODAY.She said while “The United States has been a friend of Barbados [and] we have supported them on several issues” Bridgetown was adamant that the vote was not about the US.“It was not a vote against the US. It’s a vote that’s consistent with a position we have held for a long time. We are not in the business of changing our position based on threats. We operate on the basis of principle,” she stressed.Ahead of Thursday’s vote, the St Vincent & the Grenadines government was the only CARICOM country to publicly call on Washington “to refrain from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel” after Trump had indicated a willingness to do so.St Vincent: US action imperils two-state solution“Any such recognition would imperil the internationally-agreed two-state solution, destabilize the Middle East region, and invalidate the important role of the United States as an honest broker and driver of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” the Ralph Gonsalves-led administration said in a statement.President Donald Trump prior to Thursday’s vote, threatened if the UN voted against his country, the US would “save a lot.”“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.“We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars. We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer,” Trump said.The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, also warned she would be “taking names” of those countries that voted in support of the resolution.“The United States will remember this day, on which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that,” she added.last_img read more

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KCCA, Gor Mahia eye historic triumphs in CAF Champions League

first_imgKCCA’s young turks a step from big stage for club. PHOTO KCCA FC MEDIALugogo, SATURDAY 4PM:  ?? KCCA FC vs St. George ??  (1st leg 0-0)Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Botswana, Kenya, Swaziland, Togo and Uganda could have representatives in the lucrative CAF Champions League group stage for the first time after the last-32 second legs this weekend.Township Rollers of Botswana and Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland play at home holding 2-1 leads while Port of Togo travel with a 2-0 advantage.KCCA of Uganda and Kenyan side Gor Mahia both drew 0-0 in the first legs with the Kampala outfit at home and the Nairobi club away in the return matches.AFP Sport sets the scene as the five clubs seek places in the 16-club mini-league phase, where prize money of at least $550,000 (450,000 euros) kicks in.KCCAAfter coming tantalisingly close to making the last 16 a year ago, Kampala Capital City Authority are well-placed to go one step further after holding Saint George 0-0 in Ethiopia.Kampala Capital City Authority FC has held fancied St.George of Ethiopia to a goalless draw on Wednedsay in the CAF Champions League.The draw brought an end to successive away defeats on the continent the Kampala side in the past year, and puts them in a strong position to advance at home, where they have a perfect win record.Ugandan coach Mike Mutebi has three wishes: “We must draw a capacity crowd to our stadium, play attractive football and win the match.”Standing in KCCA’s way is an Ethiopian side that has always had high continental ambitions guided by Ugandan goalkeeper Robert Odongkara. The team are struggling to get back to their renown form after the arrival of a new coach, Portuguese Manuel Vaz Pinto. A result away in Kampala could announce their return to form. St George players take a break after training at Lugogo.  PHOTO ST GEORGE MEDIAGoalkeeper OdongkaraGor MahiaMalta-born coach Dylan Kerr is convinced Gor can create history despite being held 0-0 at home by two-time Champions League title-holders Esperance of Tunisia.“I walked up to my players after the first leg and told them that if they perform as well in Tunisia, we will qualify for the group stage,” he said.SwallowsSwallows last year became the first Swazi club to reach the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup group phase and more history beckons after shocking Zanaco 2-1 in Zambia.But home advantage is no guarantee of success as they slumped 3-1 to Lesotho visitors Bantu in the preliminary round having established a 4-2 lead on the road.PortAfter surprising 2012 CAF Confederation Cup winners AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville last month, Port have a bigger scalp, twice Champions League runners-up Al Hilal of Sudan, in their sights.Hilal are used to comeback victories, however, as they lost away to LISCR of Liberia last month only to bounce back with a Mohammed Bashir brace inspiring a 3-0 triumph.RollersBotswana clubs have traditionally been CAF pushovers, making the achievements of Rollers in eliminating Al Merrikh of Sudan and defeating Young Africans in Tanzania remarkable.Serb coach Nikola Kavazovic is highly ambitious and looking beyond a group place: “We are on our way to becoming a giant, if not in Africa, at least in southern Africa.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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U.S. Now Has the Most COVID-19 Cases; Numbers Increase Locally

first_imgThe United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.According to a running count by the Johns Hopkins University, the number of people infected in the U.S. is 82,404 as of Thursday evening. That’s just ahead of the 81,782 cases in China and 80,589 in Italy.Italy has the most confirmed deaths of any country with 8,215. To date, 1,178 people have died in the U.S.President Trump said Thursday that he plans to travel to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday to see off a 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship that will be used to relieve the pressure on New York hospitals dealing with the influx of coronavirus patients.The President told New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo the ship will arrive in New York Harbor on Monday. Trump added in a White House press conference that he will “kiss it goodbye” and that the ship is “loaded up to the top” with medical supplies.The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York increased to 3,800 this week, including close to 900 in intensive care, with the projected peak of the outbreak still weeks away.Closer to home, Florida has 2,355 confirmed cases and 28 deaths as of Thursday afternoon, and another 23,741 negative tests, with 1,443 more pending. Miami-Dade County has the most cases in the state, at 616. Broward is second with 504 cases and three deaths, and Palm Beach County is third, with 169 confirmed cases and three deaths.last_img read more

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