UN urges governments to tackle recession, scrap debt payment

first_imgUN-Habitat to partner with African governments to roll out green houses UN reviews global drugs policies More than 60 United Nations (U.N.) agencies and international organizations have urged governments to take immediate steps to address the unfolding global recession and financial crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the world’s poorest countries.Speakers seats under Emblem of the United Nations in the General Assembly, United Nations Building, New York City, New YorkThe U.N.-led Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development said: “Billions of people live in countries teetering on the brink of economic collapse due to the explosive mix of financial shocks fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, heavy debt obligations and declining official development assistance.”In response to the crisis, global financial markets have witnessed heavy losses and intense volatility over the last month, it said, and investors have moved around $90 billion out of emerging markets, the largest outflow ever recorded.In a 207-page report, the task force said that before COVID-19, one in five countries, home to billions of people living in poverty, were likely to see incomes stagnate or decline in 2020, and the pandemic is now likely to affect billions more.“The economic and financial shocks associated with COVID-19 — such as disruptions to industrial production, falling commodity prices, financial market volatility, and rising insecurity — are derailing the already tepid economic growth and compounding heightened risks from other factors,” the report said.To prevent a debt crisis, task force members called for an immediate suspension of debt payments by the least developed countries and low-income countries that make requests.The task force, which includes the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, also called for urgent action to re establish financial stability. It called for ensuring sufficient liquidity, strengthening the global financial safety net, promoting trade, increasing access to international financing, and expanding public health spending.U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said in a video statement helping to launch the report that “COVID-19 is a first of its kind global development emergency, and all countries must rise to the challenge.”She said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a fiscal package in the magnitude of 10 percent of global GDP to help vulnerable and developing countries.“That means, for example, the Japan stimulus of 20 percent of GDP and the U.S. stimulus of 13 percent of GDP,” she said, stressing that “a significant part of this package needs to focus on the same fiscal opportunities to the most vulnerable countries.”Relatedcenter_img UN Mission in Somalilast_img read more

Alaska lets Abueva go

first_imgAces have seen enough of Abueva after the 30-year-old forward skipped a number of practices during the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup – without the team management’s permission – to resolve personal issues.Alaska placed Abueva on indefinite suspension and has not reactivated him even if it caused their elimination from the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals when they faced San Miguel Beermen.Abueva was also recently slapped with a six-game ban by FIBA for his role in the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia Boomers in a 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifier game.In Fuel Masters Abueva was set to be reunited with head coach Francisco Luis Alas and assistant coach Michael Robinson, who were both long-time Aces assistant coaches before moving to Phoenix./PN Alaska Aces sends Calvin Abueva (right) to Phoenix Fuel Masters in exchange for a first-round Draft pick and reserve guard Karl Dehesa. PBA MANILA – Alaska Aces parted ways with problematic forward Calvin Abueva, sending him to Phoenix Fuel Masters in a one-on-one trade deal on Tuesday.In exchange for Abueva, Aces got reserve guard Karl Dehesa and Fuel Masters’ 2019 first-round Draft pick.The Alaska management thanked the former PBA Rookie of the Year awardee for leading them to one championship and four runner-up finishes.“We would like to thank Calvin for his six years of service with Alaska and the good memories,” Aces said in a statement. “We felt as a franchise it was best for both Alaska and Calvin to have a fresh start.”last_img read more

Calls for judo chief Uemura’s dismissal come from council members

first_img Ryoko Tani, Haruki Uemura, Seiko Hashimoto IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Uemura has insisted on remaining at his post until he completes his mission to reform the scandal-tainted body, saying on Tuesday he plans to step down in October. However, several members of the regional council are asking that he resign sooner.“We should hear varied opinions from the chairman and executive branch. The public feels that judo is in the midst of being abandoned,” council member Kenji Ryotokuji said Tuesday after the meeting. “This is a crucial stage. We have to debate whether the chairman should be removed.”Due to procedural constraints, Uemura’s dismissal could not be tabled for debate Tuesday, but the chairman did authorize reconvening the council one month later. Ryotokuji, a member from Chiba Prefecture, raised a motion to not only fire Uemura but all of the current executives. There were also several council members who raised support for Uemura.The council also approved the appointment of two-time Olympic gold medalist Ryoko Tani, currently a member of the House of Councilors, as one of the first three female directors on the executive board. House of Councilors member Seiko Hashimoto, chairwoman of the Japan Skating Federation, was approved as an outside board member. center_img KEYWORDS In a direct challenge to Haruki Uemura, the embattled All Judo Federation Chairman who insists on staying the course despite calls for him to resign, members of its regional council have proposed discussing his dismissal.The AJJF has agreed to reconvene a council meeting in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Reggae Girl Clarke’s funeral tomorrow

first_imgThe funeral for late national senior women’s football team player Tarania Clarke will take place at Excelsior High School at noon tomorrow. Clarke’s former coach at Excelsior and member of the organising committee for the funeral, Xavier Gilbert, says he anticipates a big turnout for the service. “We are anticipating up to 700 persons,” Gilbert said. “We will start at noon and then we will proceed to Meadowrest (for interment). Things are looking okay so far. We have most things in place and it’s just to put the final pieces together. “The (Excelsior) girls’ football team will be there, the senior Reggae Girlz will be there, Khadija Shaw, captain Konya Plummer, Trudi Carter, Deneisha Blackwood, among others, so we expect a full turn-out.” The sports ministry and members of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) are also expected to attend. Clarke, 20, was killed during a dispute in Half-Way Tree on October 31. Reports allege that Clarke and a female acquaintance had a dispute over a cellular phone, during which a knife was used to stab the player. Clarke last represented Jamaica in the Caribbean leg of Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifiers in October. The defender was also part of the national senior team in the build up to last summer’s FIFA World Cup, and was also a member of the team in Peru at the Pan American Games, also last summer. livingston.scott@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

‘Play like that again and we have a chance’ – Johnson

first_imgCity’s performance was not reflected in the result on Wednesday evening at the City Ground, where Nottingham Forest secured the only goal through Tiago Silva’s second-half free kick.The Robins battled on, even when Ashley Williams was red carded for a clash with Yuri Ribeiro in the 79th minute.Johnson admitted defeat was “a hard pill to swallow” and he recognised that City have now lost their last three games since the restart.He said: “First and foremost, I feel I need to apologise on the form over the period of eight or nine games but in terms of the performance today, that was a very, very good performance from us. We should have scored, we limited a good side who are now fourth in the league to nothing apart from one piece of quality.“I am taking encouragement. People may sit there and say it’s no good because the result’s not there, but we can affect the performance.“The boys gave everything, I asked them to fight for each other, I’ll fight for them and they fought for me. Anybody who watched at home I think would find it hard to disagree. We are still fighting, we’re hurting because we want to be successful for everybody but over a period of time if we perform like that then good things will come.“Our boys were outstanding: Baker was superb, Zak Vyner came in as a home-grown player and he puts in a sterling performance, Korey Smith and Ádám Nagy in the middle completely controlled the game against three men.“I thought we were bright down the flanks with Callum O’Dowda and Jay Dasilva and it’s a hard pill to swallow tonight.“I don’t feel down because the performance warrants the next performance and we’ve built momentum tonight. I know results are the most important thing at this moment in time but that was our game. If that comes out for 96 minutes like it did today then we’ll have a chance.“I still think we have a chance if we play like that in every one of our last six games.”Williams’ sending off with around 12 minutes of normal time plus injury time to go made City’s task harder but they still posed a threat against Sabri Lamouchi’s side.Johnson continued: “I didn’t see the incident but it sounded like a rush of blood and it’s disappointing from a senior player, given we have 20 minutes of the game left including extra time to go and get a result.“To be honest, after that with 10 men I still thought we were the better side, I thought we showed character and charisma and we were unlucky not to go and get a goal with the good chances we had at 10 v11.City host Cardiff City at Ashton Gate this Saturday (July 4th, 3pm KO).The match is available live on Robins TV to Season Card holders with all the build-up from 2pm.As the game has also been selected for Sky Sports coverage, it is only available via a Robins TV audio pass for non-Season Card holders.last_img read more

Team Guyana nets 6 Gold, 3 Bronze at 16th

first_imgIPF/NAPF Regional Powerlifting ChampionshipsCarlos Petterson-Griffith copped two Gold medals as well as the Best Overall Male Classic and Best Overall Male Equipped.THE eight-member Guyana powerlifting team will be arriving home tonight, heavily decorated after they netted six gold and three bronze medals at the just concluded 16th Annual IPF/NAPF Regional Power Lifting Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, which began on August 1 and ended on Saturday, 4th.The Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPLF) has the unique distinction of almost always bringing back Gold medals from any international meet and often fly under the radar in terms of recognition.However, when the powerlifters return to the ‘Land of Many Waters’ tonight, the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones and other dignitaries will be on hand to greet them at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.The medal tally is as follows:6 Gold Medals, 3 Bronze medals from 8 AthletesNairanjan Singh————Gold in the Equipped Master’s IV, 83kgFrank Tucker—————-Gold in the Equipped Master’s III, 105kgFranklyn Brisport-Luke—–Bronze in the Equipped Master’s I, 66kgFranklyn Brisport-Luke—-Bronze in the Equipped Open 66kgPaul Adams——————Gold in the Classic Open 83kgCarlos Petterson————Gold in the Open Classic 93kgCarlos Petterson————Gold in the Open Equipped 93kgCarlos Petterson————Best Overall Male ClassicCarlos Petterson————Best Overall Male EquippedNadina Taharally————Gold in the Classic Master’s I, 72kg,Nadina Taharally————Bronze in the Classic Open 72kglast_img read more

Speedway for juniors third European “bronze”, “Loko” match postponed – Motor…

first_imgOn their first trip, our couple Francis Gust and Oleg Mikhailov met with Swedes Alexander Voentin and Anton Carlson. The Swedes left the start better and both took the lead, but it didn’t last long – first Karlson was overtaken by Mikhailov, but already at the finish itself he was literally a few centimeters long (the video of the finish was studied) was overtaken by Gusts. If at that time someone knew how valuable these centimeters would turn out in the end and a draw 3: 3 …In the second trip – the unconditional capitulation of Ansviesulis and Ernest Matyushonok to the Polish couple Jakub Miskovjak and Dominik Kuber.Oleg Mikhailov went against the Czech couple, who were formed against us by Petrs Hlupačs and Daniel Klima, in pairs with Gusta (he was deliberately put in reserve to change someone at the right moment and this tactic worked for all 100 percent). The start was not very good, but then at the exit from the first bend, Gusts settled … Mikhailov was left alone against two Czechs in the repeated trip, convincingly gained the lead and won, but Klima withdrew – 3: 2. We were also a little lucky here.Latvia – Denmark. Mikhailov and Gust v Jonas Seifert-Salka and Markus Birkemosi. Excellent start from the first track for Gusta, Mikhailov also overtakes both Danes on the outside and takes the lead. We lead and bring 5: 1 over one of the contenders for the title!We were then left to meet Slovakia and the European youth team. It was clear that if we do not lose points due to chance or mistakes, we will win medals. Mikhailov and Ansviesulis beat the Slovakian pair 5: 1 (premature start for the first Slovak number Dāvis Pacalajs, but his resignation is not a serious competitor).Before the last series of races (two more races for the Danes), Poland is already almost the champion – 24 points, Sweden – 18, Latvia – 17, Denmark – 14 and Czech Republic – 12 points.Gusts and Ansviesulis competed against the European team pair, British Drie Kemp “decided” our pair – 4: 2 and it is clear that at least bronze medals are already in hand.We are also in second place before the last trip, where Poland and Denmark met. If the Poles win no matter what the result, then we are second, if there is a draw – then an extra race, if Denmark wins – then we are third. A 3: 3 draw means that Latvia and Denmark have 21 points each.In the additional race for the second place, Mikhailov is well off the start, he has been the leader for almost three laps, but he is giving in to the first number of the Danish national team, last year’s European U21 Championship bronze medalist Mads Hansen.A little painful, but there is more satisfaction anyway – the Latvian junior team participates in the final of the European Junior Team Championship for the third time and wins bronze medals for the third time.Poland – 27 points, Denmark – 21 + 3, Latvia – 21 + 2 (Mikhailov – 11 + 2, Gusts – 6, Ansviesulis – 4 points, Matjušonoks), Sweden – 20 points. Centimeter value …We are now preparing for the final of the World Junior Team Championship, which will take place on September 5 in Denmark. Competitors there will be three speedboat powers – Poland, Denmark and Great Britain. But maybe at least at the junior level Latvia is like that?last_img read more

Rowley says WI cricket suffering from lack of management

first_imgRecently elected Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley believes West Indies cricket is being badly hampered by a lack of management, and says there was no adequate system in place to ensure the region produced a successful cricketing product.Taking aim at the West Indies Cricket Board, Rowley said Windies players were often not sufficiently equipped by regional authorities to compete against the best on the international scene.Rowley was speaking against the backdrop of the latest controversy which saw West Indies head coach Phil Simmons suspended by the WICB for comments critical of the selection process, in regards to the one-day team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Flacco offseason noise meaningless in big picture

first_imgIn case you haven’t heard by now, quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t organize offseason workouts with teammates and has apparently doomed the Ravens’ 2014 season almost two months before training camp begins.At least that’s what some might have you believe as critics have used this revelation to question the seventh-year quarterback’s commitment to the organization after the worst season of his career in 2013. Or, maybe it’s just the latest example of the overkill of NFL coverage when there simply aren’t enough topics of substance to discuss in the offseason.I’ll take some level of responsibility for the overreaction to Flacco not organizing informal workouts with teammates after I initially asked Dennis Pitta in early March if he’d talked to his best friend on the team about the tight end’s new contract and whether they planned to get together with other teammates to throw in the offseason. It was a question stemming from sheer curiosity and an effort to spice up what was otherwise a relatively mundane press conference following the announcement of Pitta’s five-year, $32 million contract five days earlier.The reaction snowballed from there as many used Pitta’s initial response as a springboard to criticize Flacco for not eating, breathing, and sleeping football for all hours of the day and all days of the year.Truthfully, the outcome of Flacco and his teammates refraining from getting together does nothing to significantly move the meter on where the Ravens’ fate will fall during the 2014 season. Yes, an argument could be made that it could provide a stronger rapport away from the Owings Mills facility, but the lack of any working knowledge of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system as well as an inability to contact coaches would have resulted in little tangible productivity.Flacco must play better than he did in 2013 as the quarterback acknowledged again last week that he did a poor job of protecting the football in throwing a career-high 22 interceptions for the league’s 29th-ranked offense. Should that improvement come, it will be about putting in extensive preparation with Kubiak and taking advantage of better offensive personnel.If he plays well in 2014, no one will remember that Flacco didn’t toss around the football with teammates at an undisclosed location in late March or early April. And if the quarterback plays poorly, heavy criticism will be there no matter what he did or didn’t do in the offseason.In the same way that some critics squawk about veterans skipping voluntary organized team activities in the spring, these stories are only discussed when we’re more than three months away from real games being played and have little bearing on wins and losses by season’s end.Reed back in BaltimoreSunday was just another reminder of how good it is to see former Ravens safety Ed Reed maintain a strong relationship with Baltimore as he participated in cornerback Lardarius Webb’s charity softball game at M&T Bank Stadium.There easily could have been hurt feelings when the Ravens allowed Reed to depart via free agency last year without even putting up a fight to keep him, but the sides remained amicable as the veteran safety returned for the visit to the White House as well as the Super Bowl ring ceremony last summer. It’s only a matter of time before the Ravens honor Reed with a one-day contract — if that’s what he wants, of course — to allow him to retire with the organization that drafted him in 2002, and we’ll see him in the organization’s Ring of Honor as soon as his playing days are over.Many have called for the future Hall of Fame safety to retire, but there’s no reason why the 35-year-old shouldn’t try to continue playing if there’s a team who wants him and he’s healthy enough — a big question — with the nerve impingement in his neck and past hip issues. His play on the field is a far cry from what it once was as one of the greatest safeties in NFL history, but his leadership and football intelligence could still be assets for a team envisioning the right role for him at this late stage in his career.As for Reed having a position in the Ravens organization after his playing days are over, it might be too soon to immediately hire him as an assistant coach, but the reputation he gained for mentoring young players late in his career as well as his vast knowledge for the game are talents the organization would be wise to use in some capacity.Offensive line depth chart crowdedThe development of the offensive line will continue to be a major storyline in the preseason as the Ravens decide who will be lining up at right tackle, but a simple look at the depth chart suggests some household names could be on the chopping block at the end of the summer.The Ravens currently have 11 offensive linemen who either have extensive NFL experience or were drafted by the organization in recent years, a list that includes Eugene Monroe, Marshal Yanda, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, John Urschel, Gino Gradkowski, Jah Reid, A.Q. Shipley, Rick Wagner, Ryan Jensen, and Will Rackley. That group does not include rookie free agent tackle James Hurst, who is held in high regard and was considered a sure draft pick by many experts before he fractured his leg in North Carolina’s bowl game in late December.Of course, depth doesn’t mean quality depth as the Ravens will determine whether Wagner or Jensen can cut it at right tackle or elect to move Osemele from left guard to tackle and explore the possibility of a veteran like Rackley at the left guard spot. General manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh have also left open the possibility of adding another veteran tackle such as Eric Winston.Regardless of how it plays out, holdovers from recent years such as Reid, Gradkowski, and Shipley should be looking over their shoulder this summer as it’s clear there is plenty of competition in an effort to improve what was an awful line a year ago.Elam praisedCONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>>>last_img read more

‘Supermom’ Serena Williams Is Back For More!

first_imgFormer world number one Serena Williams has entered for next year’s Australian Open, according to tournament director Craig Tiley.Serena Williams, 36, who is the defending champion at the Australian Open, is ready to return to action after she gave birth to a baby girl in September.Speaking about Serena Williams’ possible return to action, Tiley told the Herald Sun that the 23-time Grand Slam winner is “very likely” to return to tennis in Melbourne.In his words, he said: “She’s got her visa, she’s entered, she’s practising.”“There’s no question she’ll be ready in our view.” he added.Seven-time Australian Open champion and American tennis star Serena Williams has already confirmed that she is back in training via social media.Serena Williams’ immediate target is to beat Margaret Court’s Grand Slam singles titles record (24).Speaking further, Tiley said: “She wants to break a record that is Margaret Court’s.”“It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that.” he concluded.RelatedSerena Williams Is A ‘No Show’ For Australian OpenJanuary 5, 2018In “Sports”2019 US Open: Nadal and Williams Seek To Keep New Generation At BaySeptember 7, 2019In “Tennis”Serena Williams Makes Successful Return To Grand Slam With French Open 1st Round WinMay 29, 2018In “Sports”last_img read more