Opposition MP cites reduced funding for developing countries

first_img8th World Water ForumMaking water a fundamental right for people was emphasised by Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and former Housing and Water Minister, Irfaan Ali who chaired three sessions on the role of parliamentarians and rights to water at the 8th World Water Forum in Brazil.Opposition MP and former Housing and Water Minister, Irfaan AliWhile addressing the audience on Tuesday, Ali stressed the importance of water being a fundamental and constitutional right. “For this to occur we must address issues of equality and the issue of water as a source for growth verses an economic good,” the MP told a large gathering of MPs from across the globe.Ali cited the high capital cost and investment made in water treatment plants and facilities by many developing countries. But he noted that the issue of increased access to concessional financing must be tackled, as more often international development agencies have been reducing funding.“Continuously, the allocation in terms of concessional financing to water and this is severely affecting developing countries. Issues of equality. We have to tackle the issue of whether a minimum limit in national budgets for water development, production and conservation is needed,” he explained.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanThe former Minister said MPs should all look carefully at how to marry the issue of water as a fundamental human right versus water as an economic commodity. “What are the basis elements or framework MPs can follow in the push of water agenda. I think these are questions and issues we should tackle,” he said.At the completion of the session of MPs, a draft Parliamentarians’ Manifesto was developed with certain clear strategies in helping to ensure water security, universal access to safe drinking water and sustainable development. The MPs will therefore be pressing for water security to be priority in the allocation of budgetary and non-budgetary, national and international for countries with difficulties, among others.It was also decided and included in the manifesto that MPs will work to make viable the legal changes and public policies that improve water governance, rational use of water, water efficiency in productive processes and research and innovation in the areas of water and sanitation; guarantee budgetary resources for public works and polices, as well as improved efficiency in the use of water resources.The MPs also agreed to adopt the actions established in the manifesto to strengthen their roles in the universalisation on the human right to water and sanitation; reinforce the need to prioritise measures to mitigate climate change that are related to water security, among others.Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman also addressed the forum affirming Government’s commitment to the development and preservation of the world’s water resources.Trotman, who is part of a team accompanying President David Granger to Brazil, acknowledged the important role the forum plays in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement and in also providing an avenue to engage stakeholders in support of the management and preservation of the world’s water resources.The Minister highlighted Guyana’s plans to advance management and development of water as a resource in context of the green development strategy that is the roadmap for the future development of Guyana’s resources. He also highlighted the establishment of a Water Catchment Area in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), Guyana as a local example of ongoing efforts to find long-term solutions for communities during periods of drought or who still experience limited access to water and assured the gathering that plans were underway to better understand the opportunities and threats involved.Minister Trotman further affirmed Guyana’s commitment to the goals and ideals of the forum.last_img read more

Community Events for the weekend of August 29th

first_imgSaturday, Aug 29, 2009  12.00 PMCarnival Day at the LegionLegionChildren & Family ,Community Saturday, Aug 29, 2009  09.00 AM – 04.00 PMFarmer’s MarketNorth Peace ArenaMarket Monday, Aug 24, 2009 – Friday, Aug 28, 2009 Super Heroes Week at the PoolNorth Peace Leisure PoolCommunity ,Youth ,Children & Family Thursday, Aug 27, 2009 – Saturday, Aug 29, 2009 50th Anniversary Petroleum Association Celebrations–Dance ,Community ,Celebration ,Sports & Fitness Here is a list of community events taking place in Fort St. John and the North Peace this weekend. Friday, Aug 28, 2009  07.00 PM – 02.00 AMFort St. John Music Capital CelebrationEgan’s PubCelebration ,Music Saturday, Aug 29, 2009  07.00 PMRik Leaf & more at Whole Wheat ‘n HoneyWhole Wheat & Honey CafeMusic Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Aug 29, 2009  10.00 AM – 12.00 PMBike-A-Thon for SPCAKin ParkCommunity ,Fundraiser Sunday, Aug 30, 2009  12.00 PMMotorcycle Toy RunNorthwoods InnFundraiser ,Community – Advertisement –last_img read more

Canadian natural gas export concerns

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new report says Canada’s natural gas exports will continue to decline over the next few years with no sign of a return to the highs of the past decade.The Canadian Energy Research Institute says exports will drop largely because of the steep increase in cheaper natural gas production in the United States where Canada has traditionally exported its gas.Yesterday’s report said the US, already the world’s largest gas producer, could become a net exporter of gas by next year and is set to increase gas production by 72% over the next 20 years.- Advertisement -The Institute says in Western Canada, which accounts for the vast majority of Canadian natural gas production, as low prices weigh on production, pipeline exports will drop to as low as one billion cubic feet per day in 2020, before rebounding to three billion cubic feet by 2037.The drop in Western Canadian exports is on top of an already steep drop from a high of about 11 billion cubic feet per day in 2006 to an estimated four billion cubic feet per day this year.The Institute also says Eastern Canada will see a production drop because of a combination of high costs and the fracking bans in Quebec and New Brunswick.Advertisement Despite the drop in exports, the study notes Canada could still be a net exporter of natural gas in 20 years, and exports could total six billion cubic feet per day by 2037, especially if some of the proposed liquefied natural gas projects go ahead.The study assumes LNG exports of about four billion cubic feet per day starting around 2021, but notes again no projects have yet received final approval to start construction.Total Canadian production is expected to increase from 14.4 billion cubic feet per day in 2015 to 21 billion cubic feet per day over the next 20 years, with an increase in domestic consumption part of that growth.last_img read more

‘I cannot stay like this!’ Swansea summer signing issues quit threat

first_imgSwansea defender Franck Tabanou says he will consider his future in December.  The 26-year-old only joined the Premier League club in the summer from Saint-Etienne for around £3.5m.However, the Frenchman has featured in just two Capital One Cup games this term and could be heading for an early exit.“I cannot stay like this. If this continues, we will make a decision in December,” Tabanou told L’Equipe.  “But, me, I am just asking for my chance. It is a club who has been following for more than a year.“They made a considerable financial offer for me, they must have discovered my abilities.” 1 Franck Tabanou last_img read more

Dealing with loss

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSpecial education assistant Birmingham High School Granada Hills Hard choices Re “Jewish students must choose between Seder and state debate” (Nov. 30): Re “Teen’s journey ends in tragedy,” (Nov. 30): It has been another good year for Birmingham High School football, igniting a sense of pride at the school. However, the tragic death of Birmingham student Yessenia Mayen brings into focus what football, or any other endeavor, cannot: the frailty of our very lives. The response from teachers, staff and students reveals the heart of what remains right about LAUSD schools. Birmingham is not alone in this. Schools throughout the district increasingly deal with loss, and they do so as one loving community. It matters not whether the Patriots win another championship. It matters what the school has done in losing one of its own. – Jeanine D’Elia It is ironic that the same groups that are complaining about Jewish students having to make a religious choice between attending Seders at their homes or going to statewide tournaments are the same groups who clamor and rail against public school districts participating in scheduled religious pageants. You cannot have it both ways, folks, and as leaders of your communities, be they secular or religious, you must show consistency. I am Jewish and had to make the same serious choices during my school years. I survived. – Victor Dirnfeld Chatsworth Misconceptions Re “LAPD vs. Scouts” (Letters, Nov. 28): Cliff Jones wrote, “Since when is trying to teach a boy to live `morally straight’ something to be condemned?” What I find morally repugnant is intolerance, which seems to be at the root of all of the world’s problems since the beginning of time. I wonder what Mr. Jones and the Boy Scouts organization are afraid of? Do they equate homosexuality with pedophilia? Do they fear that a gay Scoutmaster would try to “convert” his troop? These are ridiculously outdated misconceptions. I am not gay, but I abhor the idea that a person’s sexual orientation should be the barometer for how he or she is judged as a person. Hate and prejudice are much more revealing of one’s character. – Ellen Brown Reseda Clear the air Re “Jackson agrees to extension” (Nov. 30) Now that coach Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers has signed on for two more years, I think Kobe Bryant should apologize to the Lakers’ owner, Jerry Buss, his teammates, the coaches and the fans for his childish outburst in the off-season. If Kobe had been traded, he almost certainly wouldn’t have ended up with a better team. A public apology is needed to clear the air. – Robert Matano Cayucos Fly again Re “FEMA to close post-Katrina trailer parks” (Nov. 30): How long do these people expect to suck their nourishment through an umbilical cord attached to the federal government? Assistance doesn’t mean that they’ll be taken care of for the rest of their lives. It’s been over two years and they still live in the governments’ trailers. FEMA does not exist to provide permanent housing. There comes a time when one must stand on one’s own feet. A little push is what is needed in this case. It’s called tough love, and it’s for their benefit. – Michael E. White Burbank Students running Re “Teaching on the run” (Editorials, Dec. 2): The article and editorial about Craig Moss and his highly successful running program at Mount Gleason Middle School neglected to mention Students Run LA. This is an outstanding program started in Los Angeles about 20 years ago by the continuation-school teachers who challenged their students to complete the marathon. SRLA has leaders from all over L.A. and neighboring areas who have accepted that challenge and train their students to attain goals they never thought were possible. I attribute SRLA with saving many of my own students over the years. SRLA is the best program the LAUSD does not have. – Anita Hoch Granada Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

A basketball team to thank in all its ‘Glory’

first_img Because based on what really happened, hardly any of them knew what this game meant until years later. And Haskins wasn’t trying to make any social statements when he went around collecting these castoffs from other programs and broke them down into believing in his discipline, defense-first philosophy. Haskins is the first to admit he just wanted to win, and these particular players – whatever color they happened to be – gave him and his far-off-the-basketball map school a decent chance of doing so. If you have any sense of injustice, any conflicting feelings of anger and remorse – any soul, for that matter – you’ll come out of the theatre with tears in your eyes after watching “Glory Road,” the Hollywood version of how Don Haskins’ 1966 Texas Western team somehow beat Kentucky for the NCAA basketball championship. The swelling up of emotions won’t necessarily be a result of the somewhat predictable, Disney-fied, “based on a true story” portrayal of how five black kids beat five white kids and realized their dreams. “If I could turn back the hands of time, I would have loved to gone over to the Kentucky players to shake their hands,” says Shed. “Not to patronize them, you know, and not to say thank them for giving me the opportunity. You didn’t give us this opportunity. We earned this.” They deserved it. “They were a better team,” says Pat Riley, the Kentucky guard/forward, who also makes an appearance. Riley eventually calls the game the “Emancipation Proclamation of 1966 … it wasn’t until history started to talk about this game in that context that we realized it was something bigger than five blacks against five whites.” And it’s not until 40 years later that we still shake our heads and wonder, deep inside, how did we exist that way, with such insecurities and prejudices? We can’t be sure how much of the dialogue in “Glory Road” is made up to move along the storyline. But at least one scene with the team’s trainer, Ross More (played by Red West) should cause you to shutter. More and Haskins are standing under the awning of a Seattle diner inthe pouring rain. Hours earlier, the team arrived at their hotel, only to find it vandalized with racial slurs painted on the walls and the rooms trashed. “You see how they’ve been degraded by all of us civilized folks,” More says of the Texas Western players. “Shame on us.” On this three-day weekend we enjoy, thanks to a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, search your soul again and quietly thank this group, some of whom have gone on to be coaches and after-school youth basketball coordinators. Once upon a time, they trusted some no-name coach in El Paso into giving them a chance. As a result, the world became a little more integrated through sports. Now, we do realize just how much it mattered. And it’s worth shedding another tear. Tom Hoffarth is at (818) 713-3661 and thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Truth is, he also started an all-black lineup a few years earlier. Four years before that fateful 1966 game, the NCAA champion Cincinnati Bearcats had four black starters, so Haskins’ move was hardly a novelty – except that it happened in one of the most racially backward areas of the country at the time. And it didn’t start any kind of revolution in the way college teams were formed. It wasn’t until more than a decade later that the Louisville Cardinals’ NCAA title team had five black starters. The moment of truth in “Glory Road” is when the closing credits roll and, again, the final strains of the Curtis Mayfield protest song “People Get Ready” sung by the Temptations, floats through the movie house. All of the sudden, the real-life, curmudgeon Don Haskins – not the pretty-boy version played for the last hour and a half by Josh Lucas – comes on the screen. “Kentucky was so big and Adolph Rupp’s name was so big, I guess that made it more significant,” Haskins said. Then, there’s the real David Lattin, Harry Flournoy, Nevil Shed, Willie Cager and Willie Worsley. Sadly, Bobby Joe Hill, the Miners’ floorleader and quick-to-the-ball guard, passed away in 2002 at age 59 and isn’t around to see this team celebrated on celluloid. last_img read more

Oyston: ‘No buyer, no offers, there’s nothing to talk about’

first_imgBlackpool chairman Karl Oyston insists there is ‘nothing to talk about’ as fans continue to call for him to sell the club.The Tangerines won promotion back to League One on Sunday by beating Exeter in the League Two play-off final, but fewer than 6,000 of their fans were at Wembley as they continue their boycott.But Oyston, who has been chairman of the club for almost 20 years, insists he has no choice but to continue his stewardship because no one is interested in buying his family out.He told Jim White: “There has been a lot of talk, and only talk, sadly. The supporters’ trust seem to have backed themselves into a corner somewhat. They say we should sell the club, but there are no buyers, no offers, other than the imaginary ones they sometimes talk about.“So I don’t see how there is a possibility of them achieving their aims. If there are people out there to buy the club, if any offers come in, we’ll publicise it if we’re able to, but there just aren’t any.“The supporters made what we call a ‘non-offer’ but they couldn’t even organise a big screen for the supporters who stayed away from Wembley to watch the game yesterday, so what hope have they got of running a football club?”Oyston admits he understands the fans’ frustration after the club suffered back-to-back relegations in 2015 and 2016, but he insists nothing will change unless a buyer comes forward.“The club has declined and you can sympathise with their [the fans] position, but it doesn’t alter the fact. If there is an alternative, let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about something positive.“If there is a buyer they need to come forward and start discussions. But there just isn’t.“You can’t just leave a business or a football club or anything in a vacuum by walking away. That’s just not a sensible thing to say. If there’s a buyer, then let’s talk about there being a buyer. There isn’t a buyer.“Whether we would entertain one [an offer] or discuss it with someone, we’ll see when that day comes. But that day hasn’t come so there’s not really a lot to talk about.“We don’t know if we would sell until someone comes along, nails their colours to the mast and makes an offer. We don’t know, and we never will know.”And Oyston insists that, until that time comes, it’s ‘business as usual’ and he is already making plans for next season’s League One campaign.“I’ll sit down with the manager this week and we’ll discuss immediate player futures,” he added. “We’ve got three days from the final to exercise options on some of the players, and we’ll discuss recruitment and get ourselves ready for life back in League One.“We’ll do what we need to do. We did that this time. We did what we needed to do to get out of League Two. And now we’ll talk about what we need to do to progress in League One.“It’s important I speak to the manager and see what we need to do to strengthen. We need to make sure we keep the momentum and keep moving forward.”last_img read more


first_imgIT’S the toughest race there is.But they’re made of tough stuff here in Donegal.So here’s a picture special from local entries in the Walled City Marathon in Derry on Sunday. And all the results are here:http://www.derrydaily.net/2014/06/01/walled-city-marathon-full-result-where-did-you-finish/  PICTURE SPECIAL: RUNNERS DO DONEGAL PROUD IN DERRY’S WALLED CITY MARATHON was last modified: June 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derry cityFinn Valley ACInishowen ACLIfford ACWalled City Marathonlast_img read more

Napoli president explains why he ‘had to lay down the law’ to Chelsea

first_imgNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis believes new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wanted to ‘dismantle’ the Serie A side’s squad and claimed he had to ‘lay down the law’ to Marina Granovskaia, the Premier League club’s deal maker.During his time in charge of the club, Sarri and De Laurentiis fell out and Carlo Ancelotti was brought in to replace him despite the club’s impressive season that brought 91 points and a runners-up spot. 3 De Laurentiis and Sarri parted company on bad terms 3 Sarri replaced Conte as Chelsea manager 3center_img De Laurentiis, though, refuted his claims.“I didn’t like it when he said that we both made mistakes,” he told Sky Sports Italia. “I don’t think I made any.“I wasn’t wrong not to challenge him even if it would have been most obvious thing.“He had a contract so I could have said something because he was acting in an unacceptable manner, going against players he didn’t think were very good.“These players gave him a lot. He massacred them in his fantastic training sessions but they always responded well.“After that, he wanted to take my whole team to England and dismantle it. I had to lay down the law to Marina.” So far the only player who has followed Sarri to the Premier League is Italy international Jorginho, who was sold for £50million.“He wanted Jorginho and I gave him away after I talked to Ancelotti, who told me he was banking a lot on [Amadou] Diawara and that he wanted to play [Marek] Hamsik deeper.” Jorginho completed 2860 passes in Serie A last season; the most of any player within the Top five European Leagues Sarri later took over from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge and said he was sorry to leave Italy.“I have a wonderful memory of Napoli,” he said when unveiled as Chelsea’s new manager.“I love the people there and I will always love them. If we parted on bad terms with the club and the President then I think mistakes were made on both sides.“Maybe the President misinterpreted some silences of mine, these were the uncertainties of someone who was torn, thinking it might be time to go.“But I was heartbroken, and I hope in the coming years all of this can be overcome.”last_img read more