Integrating defence, development and diplomatic efforts to bring sustainable peace in Mali Thank you, Mr President. I would like to thank the Under-Secretary General Lacroix for his briefing, and although he is absent today, I would like to extend my thanks also to SRSG Annadif. MINUSMA and the wider international community have benefited from his leadership and guidance. We wish him luck in his next role and welcome the appointment of Mr. El-Ghassim Wane.Mr President, I’d like to focus my remarks on two priorities for action. First, the issue of impunity for human rights abuses and violations remains a concern. The attack against the MINUSMA camp in Aguelhok in Kidal region on Friday, which killed four Chadian peacekeepers and injured another twenty-four, underlines the complex and challenging circumstances in which MINUSMA operates. And on behalf of the United Kingdom, I pay tribute to those peacekeepers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives for peace and security in Mali. I offer my deep condolences to their families and friends and to the mission and I wish those who are injured a speedy recovery.In the light of this attack and the other significant attacks against peacekeepers earlier this year, I want also to reiterate what I said in January: these crimes should not go unpunished and those who perpetrate them should be aware that they may constitute war crimes. While recent prosecution orders and investigations are positive steps, we urge the Malian authorities to ensure transparency and accountability for such acts. As the Secretary-General’s report points out, justice is necessary in order to achieve sustainable peace and help build trust between the state and its people.Second, the need for an inclusive political process based on consultations and dialogue will foster a sense of ownership among all parties to the peace agreement.The recent meetings of the Monitoring Committee of Kidal, as well as efforts by the transitional government to initiate dialogue with political parties, were encouraging developments. However, with less than a year to go until the end of the transitional period, progress on the implementation of the peace agreement has been limited. We hope to see accelerated progress and concrete achievements in line with the roadmap agreed in December.Finally, I’d like to thank the Secretary-General for sharing the roadmap for MINUSMA’s transition. It contains some important guiding principles, including the need for government-led reform. As we prepare for MINUSMA’s mandate renewal in June, we will draw on this roadmap and from the experience of our own deployment to MINUSMA, to understand how the mission can best support the Malian government to assume increasing responsibility for the security tasks currently carried out by the mission.Mr President, the UK remains committed to supporting MINUSMA’s core objectives. We’re contributing to stabilisation efforts that will help reduce violent conflict. We’re supporting projects aimed at increasing the meaningful participation of women both in the peace process and in wider conflict resolution mechanisms. We’re providing international humanitarian law training to Malian forces and supporting the G5 Sahel Joint Forces engagement with communities. We’re helping protect civilians through our humanitarian aid and by working through OCHA to strengthen civilian military coordination. We will continue working closely with our Malian and international partners to coordinate efforts.By working together and integrating our defence, development and diplomatic efforts, we stand the best chance to deliver our shared vision of long-term peace and stability in Mali and the region.Thank you, Mr President. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. 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Generation IFC InfraVentures has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with the Government of Malawi to develop a hydropower plant on the Shire River. BRICS According to a news announcement, the Mpatamanga hydropower project will be competitively tendered by the Government of Malawi. TAGShydropowerMalawi Previous articleNigeria: TCN implements power transmission projectNext articleGlobal roadmap to meet climate goals by 2050 Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. IFC InfraVentures is a $150 million global infrastructure project development fund that has been created as part of World Bank Group’s efforts to increase the pipeline of bankable projects in developing countries. Read: Isimba hydropower station to provide affordable power Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Finance and Policy AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Stock The agreement signed last week is in coordination with the World Bank and with the support of SN Power AS and Power Africa. Once construction is complete, the plant will provide up to 258MW of clean energy for Malawi. Read: Hydropower accounts for largest share of installed renewable capacity
Everyone Orchestra, conducted by the infamous Matt Butler, has announced a brief run of shows in California. This time, the band will feature Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Jamie Kime (Zappa Plays Zappa), Ben Thomas (Zappa Plays Zappa) and Kai Eckhardt (John McLaughlin Trio/Garaj Mahal).The band has only announced three dates in Northern California, but the Everyone Orchestra family continues to grow, so hopefully the group will be on the rise on 2015! More information can be found on the official Everyone Orchestra website.Everyone Orchestra Northern California Run3/26 – Napa City Winery – Napa, CA 3/27 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA 3/28 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Sharing is caring! Tweet Share The Nature Island Literary Festival (NILF) Committee has announced its inaugural Writing Competition which will complement this year’s Festival’s theme “Beyond the Green: Caribbean Literature, Nature & the Environment.” The Competition is open to Dominican nationals and residents aged 16 and over in the following categories (Candidates can submit entries in NO MORE THAN TWO (2) categories): • Poetry – Poets should submit a portfolio of 3 poems, each poem should be no more than 1,000 words• Short Fiction – Writers should submit a short story of 3,000-5,000 words• Children or Young Adult Short Fiction – Writers should submit a short story of 1,500-3,500 words written for an audience of children or young adults• Short Screenplay – Writers should submit a short screenplay for a short film between 5 and 15 minutes in length• Photo storytelling – Photographers and writers should submit a 5-10 photo essay or narrative with appropriate caption.All submissions must present conflict, plot, characters or themes related to symbols of nature and marine life, use of natural resources or preserving the environment.Submissions must be original, unpublished work (including online or self-publishing platforms). They must be done in the appropriate formats (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .jpg, .pdf, or .zip) and emailed to: [email protected] by Wednesday, July 15, 2015.Email subject line should read: “NILF Writing Competition Submission.” The email should include full name, age and current contact information, including address and telephone number. Authors should not include any identifying information on actual submission documents attached to the email. The goals of the writing competition are to enhance the literary community in Dominica, to serve as a foundation for larger teaching and mentorship programs to nurture writers in their craft and with publishing options, and to increase the number of published writers and poets from the island. The hope is that the competition will generate new cohorts of writers and poets, who will later contribute to the development of Caribbean literature, and further place Dominica on the international literary map. Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair began in 2008 and is a registered non-profit organization. Its purpose is not only to showcase recognized talent in Caribbean literature and culture, but also to encourage new talent and publicize the work of Dominica’s writers and poets. The festival also aims to promote reading, to increase interest in literature and to demonstrate that the literary arts and publishing are valid, rewarding and viable career choices for people of Dominica and the Caribbean. EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary Inaugural Nature Island Literary Festival Writing Competition by: – July 6, 2015 78 Views no discussions Share Share
Alan Freeman and Geoff Parker (playing in the same four ball, but not marking each other’s cards!) had a nip and tuck battle throughout the round, and inspired each other to win the A and B flights respectively. PSC golf Bunker Boys at The Bowling GreenMonday, February 6, Greenwood A & B- StablefordAlthough we’d been allocated a tee time 40 minutes later than our usual 11.00 a.m. slot, we arrived at the course to find it relatively quiet, and the first group was able to tee off ahead of schedule. One has to say that despite sometimes less than ideal organization, Greenwood deserves our continued support for their high season pricing policy, especially for the PSC groups – unlike some other local courses. Paul Smith (left) is congratulated by JJ after his win at Emerald.A Flight1st Alan Freeman (4) 40pts2nd Geoff Cox (14) 34pts3rd Tony Robbins (14) 34ptsB Flight1st Geoff Parker (16) 41pts2nd Barry Murnin (16) 34pts3rd Tom Jones (26) 32ptsNear Pins: Alan Freeman, Ian Kluth, John Graham and Mike CornerWednesday, February 8, The Emerald – StablefordWe had a large turnout today for our visit to Bang Chang and the ever-popular Emerald course. Although the condition of the course has deteriorated slightly from its high point of a couple of years ago, it still provides a good test of golf, and there are numerous hazards waiting to trap the wayward golfer. Such was the frustration for the normally mild mannered Ken Young, who was reported to the committee for joining the ranks of the club throwing brigade.The day was notable for two eagles on par 4’s; one by Ian Kluth and the other by Tony Robbins, although rumour has it that Tony’s ball made a complete lap of the green before accidentally falling into the hole!Paul Smith put in a superb performance, shooting a round of gross 70 to show everyone else how it should be done, and comfortably won the A Flight.Back at the Bowling Green there was a heated discussion over our rule requiring cards to be submitted by latest 6.45pm, and the decision was made that the rule will be applied rigidly in future, to avoid delaying the presentation. All members should now be aware that having that one extra beer may cost them their prize.A Flight1st Paul Smith (3) 41pts2nd John Graham (10) 38pts3rd Tony Scambler (8) 37ptsB Flight1st Peter Habgood (20) 36pts2nd John Hughes (17) 35pts3rd Tom Jones (26) 34ptsNear Pins: Alan Freeman, Colin Greig, Chris Dupp and Ian Kluth.Friday, Febrary 10, Century Chonburi – StablefordOn arrival at our scheduled course, Khao Kheow we discovered that they denied all knowledge of our booking, even though they had called a few days earlier to change the tee time! Unable to play the course, hasty rearrangements were made and a reduced field set off to play at Century Chonburi which was the only course able to accommodate us at such short notice.We haven’t played here for almost a year (following a similar mess up with caddies at Treasure Hill), and those that made the effort were pleasantly surprised to find the course generally in reasonable condition. The greens, although looking good were very slow (like putting through treacle) and the scores reflected our lack of familiarity with the course. The only player that managed to play to his handicap was Mike Corner, and Alan Freeman took second place on a count back from Tom Jones.1st Mike Corner (22) 36pts2nd Alan Freeman (3) 34pts3rd Tom Jones (26) 34pts4th Mike Stokel (23) 33ptsNear Pins: Paul Edgar, Geoff Parker, Mike Stokel and Syd Harris.Following the recent demise of the Bunker Bar, the Bunker Boys now play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Buakhaow. We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out and a friendly but competitive golf competition why come and join us.We meet at the Bowling Green at 9 a.m. and new players with valid handicaps are always welcome. For more information call Dave on 087 1469978, email dave.evel [email protected]
Landry jones (AP Photo/File)As we are less than two weeks away from the start of training camp, it’s become the time to start thinking about position battles that will be taking place. We all know who the starting QB is and we are surely all thankful for having one of the best in the business to lead the way. However, an extremely important position battle is for the right to back up Big Ben. In the event he gets hurt, who should the Steelers call upon?They’ve left their options to two veterans they’ve had on the roster for the last 4 years, Bruce Gradkowski, who missed all of last season but has a decent amount of starting experience or Landry Jones who elevated himself to the number two job last season and garnered some success while starting a few games when called upon.While Gradkowski does have the more accomplished career, he hasn’t played much at all since joining the Steelers a few years ago. He’s older than Jones and he’s coming off a season in which he was on IR and couldn’t even practice with the team. Sure, he’ll have training camp and the pre season to knock off the rust but does it make sense now to have him as the backup or does it make more sense to continue to develop Jones and maintain him as the number two for several more seasons?If you haven’t guessed what I think just yet then let me spell it out for you, I believe the job should go to Jones. He played well enough to be the number two guy last season. He caught some flak from the fans for not living up to their standards but when Big Ben is who you’re being compared to, it’s hard to live up to those standards, no matter who you are. I think the fact that he’ still young, he played some significant snaps last year, got first team reps with guys like Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton, to name a few; and had some success along the way, provides the right recipe for Jones being that guy this season.Time will tell and both guys will play it out on the field. My suspicion is the Steelers expect the job to go to Gradkowski and I assume he feels that way too or he probably wouldn’t have signed on to come back this season but I think the job should and ultimately will go to Jones.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com – Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]
Holland pulled off a late comeback to draw 2-2 in Germany, qualifying for the Nations League final four at the expense of world champions France. Neuer; Süle, Hummels, Rüdiger; Kehrer, Kimmich, Kroos, Schulz; Gnabry (Müller, 66′), Werner (Reus, 63′), Sané (Goretzka, 80′). Incidencias Germany, who suffered humiliating group stage elimination from the World Cup, and then relegation from this group, looked like they were going to get some sense of pride back from beating their rivals Holland, but Ronald Koeman’s side stunned them in the final stages. Ovidiu Hategan (rumano). TA: Hummels (14′), Kroos, (52′), Kimmich, (68′) / Wijnaldum (38′). HOL Sebastián Vargas Rozo Upd. on 20/11/2018 at 10:47 CET 19/11/2018 1-0 M. 9 Werner. 2-0 M. 20 Sané. 1-2 M. 85 Promes. 2-2 M. 90 Van Dijk. Alemania 2-2 “It’s nice that in the end we earned the draw and qualified, the ball fell for me and I hit it wonderfully,” said Van Dijk on Dutch TV. Cillesen; Tete, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; De Roon, De Jong, Wijnaldum (Vilhena, 60′); Promes, Depay, Babel (Dilrosun, 45′) (De Jong, 66′). IN SPORT.ES The Dutch fell behind to Timo Werner and Leroy Sane’s goals, but Quincy Promes struck in the 85th minute and Van Dijk blasted home in the 91st to put them level at the top of Group A1 on seven points with France – Holland win on goal difference in the head-to-head. Van Dijk mete a Holanda en la Final Four ALE Holanda Partido correspondiente a la 6ª jornada de la Nations League disputado en el Veltins Arena bajo la mirada de 50.650 personas. Árbitro MATCH FACTS Nations League – Jornada 6 Goles “This is a reward for hard work. After the poor first half we immediately wanted to recover in the second. We showed character.”
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Article published by John Cannon The collapse of a dam in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil on Jan. 25 left at least 58 people dead and hundreds missing.The dam held the waste by-product of iron ore mining from a nearby mine run by a company called Vale.Vale was involved in another dam collapse in 2015 — called Brazil’s worst environmental disaster — that resulted in criminal charges for several of the company’s leaders and nearly $100 million in fines.Critics of mining practices say that the recent failure of the dam shows that authorities should step up the enforcement of regulations in Brazil. The collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil has killed at least 58 people and left hundreds more missing as they were buried by a wave of toxic mud.The dam, which held the waste by-products, or tailings, from the extraction of iron ore at the Córrego do Feijão mine, was set to be decommissioned soon, according to news reports. But when it failed on the afternoon of Jan. 25, the resulting rush of muddy sludge caught workers off guard, many of whom are still reportedly missing. The cascade swallowed structures and roads, as well as a bus full of people, according to Al Jazeera, before skirting the town of Brumadinho and surging into the Paropeba River where there are early reports of severe environmental damage.It’s the second such disaster for Vale, the company that runs the Córrego do Feijão mine, in a little over three years. In November 2015, 19 people were killed when another tailings dam burst near the town of Mariana, also in the state of Minas Gerais. The resulting contamination of the Doce River from the release of potentially harmful heavy metals found in iron ore tailings had been called Brazil’s worst environmental disaster; 19 died.Now, critics of the company and mining industry practices say the recent breakdown near Brumadinho demonstrates that the industry has not corrected course, despite criminal charges brought against Vale’s leaders and $92.5 million in fines.The onrush of muddy water after the dam broke destroyed structures and swallowed roads and vehicles. Image by Jeso Carneiro via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).Avimar de Melo Barcelos, the mayor of Brumadinho, told the BBC that Vale was “careless and incompetent.”“This tragedy destroyed our city,” de Melo Barcelos said.Fabio Schvartsman, who has led Vale since 2017, apologized for the dam’s failure in a television interview, but he stopped short of accepting blame, the Guardian newspaper reported.“I don’t know who is responsible, but you can be sure we’ll do our part,” Schvartsman. Two days after the collapse, the company and rescuers said that 305 people were still missing.A car swallowed after the collapse of a dam near Mariana in 2015. Image by Senado Federal via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).Schvartsman told a Brazilian television station that experts had signed off on the 43-year-old structure’s stability.“I’m not a mining technician,” he said on television, according to the BBC. “I followed the technicians’ advice and you see what happened. It didn’t work.”Greenpeace laid the blame for the incident on companies like Vale, as well as the Brazilian government. Nilo D’Ávila, campaigns director for Greenpeace Brazil, called the crumbling of the dam “a sad consequence of the lessons not learned.”Satellite imagery shows the contaminant plume flowing from the Doce River into the Atlantic Ocean after the collapse of a Vale-run dam in 2015. Image by Gunnar Ries via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).“Unfortunately, economic groups with strong lobby among Brazilian Congress insist on loosening the rules of environmental licensing,” D’Ávila said in a statement. “Cases like this, therefore, are not accidents but environmental crimes that must be investigated [and] punished.”Paulo Sotero, who directs the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, told Al Jazeera that, while Brazil’s regulations can be onerous, he expected the country to respond to the disaster. Sotero said that enforcement remains an issue.“[T]he laws are pretty good,” he said, “but they are not enforced and we see once again a demonstration of this kind of irresponsibility.”Banner image of the mudslide near Brumadinho via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).CitationGleekia, A. M., & Sahu, H. B. IMPACTS OF IRON ORE MINING ON WATER QUALITY–A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF INDIA AND LIBERIA.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Conservation, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporations, Dams, Disasters, Environment, Environmental Law, Infrastructure, Law, Law Enforcement, Mining, NGOs, Nutrient Pollution, Pollution, Regulations, Rivers, Satellite Imagery, Tropical Rivers, Waste, Water, Water Pollution