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Manuel to head global green fund

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first_imgSouth Africa’s head of the NationalPlanning Commission, Trevor Manuel willchair the Green Climate Fund togetherwith Mexican Finance Minister ErnestoCordero Arroyo and Kjetil Lund, statesecretary of the Norwegian Ministry ofFinance. (Images: TAC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dumisani Jele The Presidency +27 82 908 4798 RELATED ARTICLES • Manuel to chair IMF committee • Manuel’s sensible budget praised • Van Schalkwyk for top UN job • Clever TrevorNosimilo RamelaSouth Africa’s Minister in The Presidency Trevor Manuel has been appointed as joint chairperson of the Green Climate Fund, which is tasked with designing a finance system to help developing countries adapt to climate change.Manuel, who is the head of South Africa’s National Planning Commission, will chair the Green Climate Fund together with Mexican Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero Arroyo and Kjetil Lund, state secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance.The Green Fund was launched following an agreement at the 2010 UN climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico. The plan was to start a new institution to set in motion international action in dealing with climate change.The fund is made up of a 40-member committee and is intended to raise and distribute R674-billion (U$100-billion) a year by 2020 to protect poor countries against the impacts of climate change and assist them with low-carbon development.The committee will meet four times in 2011 to prepare a report on the fund. The report will be presented to over 190 countries due to attend the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, in December this year.“The high level of interest among governments in contributing to the design process is a demonstration of the great interest among parties in the Green Climate Fund,” said UN’s Framework Convention for Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres. “Parties have put forward experienced and respected individuals from the fields of finance and climate change.”The funds will be raised through public and private sponsorships, and through a system of environmental taxes. The South African government’s proposed carbon levy is an example of an environmental tax.Penalties for pollutersThe South African government is considering a tax of R75 ($10.63) per ton of carbon dioxide emitted. Based on the government’s proposed “polluter pays principle”, they want to use the carbon tax to reduce South Africa’s greenhouse emissions while ensuring that polluters are penalised. The country is hoping to reduce its carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025.“Carbon emissions must be priced,” said Manuel. “The fact that you can pollute the atmosphere and not pay for that pollution has to be one of the most manifest market failures.”South Africa is heavily dependent on coal and is the world’s 14th largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Determined to cut emissions, the country plans to penalise companies such as state power company Eskom, and other companies in dominant sectors such as metals, mining and petrochemicals that work with coal, which are the biggest carbon emitters.A world of experienceManuel has solid experience in dealing with global development. He served on the UN’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Finance in 2010 and was appointed UN special envoy for Development Finance in 2008.  He chaired the 2007 G-20 summit and was a member of former UK prime minister Tony Blair’s 2004 to 2005 Commission for Africa.In 2000 he chaired the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s board of governors, as well as the bank’s development committee from 2001 to 2005. He was also one of two UN special envoys to the 2002 Monterrey Financing for Development summit.last_img read more

Western minds are confused by Aristotle’s philosophy: Bhagwan Rajneesh

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first_img“The quality of our public life has reached its nadir… Politics has become tattered and tainted with crime. India Today is a living example of the fact that cynicism corrupts and absolute cynicism corrupts absolutely.”Nani A. Palkhivala in The Illustrated Weekly of India “I have no opponents, if I had,”The quality of our public life has reached its nadir… Politics has become tattered and tainted with crime. India Today is a living example of the fact that cynicism corrupts and absolute cynicism corrupts absolutely.”Nani A. Palkhivala in The Illustrated Weekly of India”I have no opponents, if I had I wouldn’t be where I am today. I do my work. Journalists should concentrate on investigative stories.”C.P.N. Singh in Weekend Review”He’s (Zia-ul-Haq) the biggest liar on earth. He should get a Nobel Prize for telling lies.” Nusrat Bhutto in a radio interview with the BBC”When a large part of Gujarat has been devastated by cyclone crying for all out relief, here are its political leaders, chosen by the people, fighting like Kilkenny cats for loaves and fishes of office.” Editorial comment in Mainstream”What little open space there were are being built upon and it requires no Roger Bannister to tell us that if the sports are to be tackled on a scientific basis and at  a very  tender age  this cannot be achieved at street corners and on pavements.” A.F. S. Talyarkhan in Blitz”Because of the acute economic conditions their community is facing, the Muslim youth have little stake in what Indian society offers them at present. And they are turning either to Marx or the Mullahs.” Kuldip Nayar in Current”Western minds are confused by Aristotle’s philosophy. Aristotle is an old fool.” Bhagwan Rajneesh quoted in The Telegraph”Gandhiji has been made fashionable again in the land of his birth. For a moment people are talking about him instead of about Amitabh Bachchan and Kamalahasan.” R.G.K. in The Times of India”The party (Congress-I) bereft.of a democratically built organisation and an intense commitment of all its members to the party ideology.is being black-mailed by disgruntled power-seekers.” Editorial comment in the Deccan Chronicle”Though President Zia is exuding peaceability his objective is not exactly peace.” Editorial comment in the Amrita Bazar Patrika”Her (Rekha’s) complete attitude towards life is disgusting… she is leading a dog’s life to want a man you fancy and to drop him at your whim… not women of good character and upbringing, but dogs behave like that.” Ganeshan, film star Rekha’s secretary in Stardust”The demands that have been coming to me… from the directors who play into the hands of producers can be summed up in just one sentence: “Make the girl look good, make her look sexy and show a lot of leg and bosom.” Film star costume designer, Bhanu Athaiya in Bombay”If I started the trusts, it was with a noble object… if I had to (be corrupt) I did not have to take money by cheque. I tell you now even: if I had to collect money under the counter, I could have used the fsi (floor space index) – I did not do it.” A.R. Antulay in Sundayadvertisementlast_img read more

Kerala DYFI organises secular tournament to prevent communal divide

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first_imgDays after a right-wing group tried to organise a ‘Hindu cricket tournament’ in Kerala, the youth wing of the CPI(M) has decided to organise a ‘secular’ tournament in Kasargod, the northernmost district of the state.The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of the CPI(M), made the plans after a local club in Kasargod of Kerala’s Bekur mentioned in its poster ‘only Hindu players’ would be allowed to play in its tournament. The announcement was made in November. Poster with the controversial announcementThe ‘only Hindu’ tournament was cancelled after police intervened. The organisers faced widespread criticism for creating a communal divide.To this end, A A Rahim, state president of DYFI, said, “The DYFI has decided to conduct the tournament to ensure that secular fabric of the state is protected. It is really disappointing to see religion taking centre stage even in sports events. This is an extension of what the right wing is trying to do in this country.”Earlier, similar reports of a Kabaddi tournament organised ‘only for Hindus’ had surfaced.Also Read | Sabarimala: Kerala Police to reward women officers who arrested right-wing woman activistWatch | Is Rajinikanth pandering to public sentiment with his Sabarimala stand?last_img read more

Former captain Ramnaresh Sarwan to assist West Indies batsmen for World Cup

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first_imgWest Indies have brought on board former top order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan to help prepare their players for the 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.Sarwan, who scored nearly 12,000 international runs across formats, joined the camp in Barbados where West Indies are currently preparing for the tri-nation series with Bangladesh and Ireland in Dublin next month.”I’ve come here to act as kind of a mentor to the players and try my best to assist them in any technical ways and with any shortcomings where I think they can improve,” Sarwan said in a Cricket West Indies statement.”Our batsmen have struggled… with rotating the strike, so I’m trying to see how best we can get them to improve in this area. It’s not an overnight fix, but it’s important to share ideas with them, so they have something to build on.”West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer said it was important to have a “finisher” like Sarwan working with the batsmen.”We’re hoping he can help the batsmen get a better understanding of how to finish games – the mindset, how to approach batting first, how to approach batting last,” Reifer said.”He fitted in very well. He did a lot of talking and a lot of work with the batsmen.”West Indies have also added former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed and former fast bowlers Corey Collymore and Roddy Estwick to their coaching staff for the two tournaments.The two-times champions begin their World Cup campaign on May 31 against 1992 winners Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

Interested in giving tackle a try?

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first_imgTo coincide with the NRL Women’s Rugby League National Championship, female NRL Touch Football players who are interested in being part of the Women’s Rugby League are invited to apply to join one of two exclusive touch-player teams for an exhibition match in front of NRL Women’s Rugby League selectors on 1st June!Maddie Studdon will work in consultation with the NSW Touch Association, and Chelsea Baker with Queensland Touch Football, to select 12 Touch players for the ‘Studdon Stars’ team and 12 for the ‘Baker Breakers’ team.These Touch players will be given tackle coaching before they go up against each other in a game of 9-a-side rugby league.This Touch players initiative helps give NRL Touch Football a meaningful role separate from the open-to-the-public Talent ID, and elevates the position of Touch players over those from other sports. To support this, the NRL will be assisting the 24 selected Touch players with travel, accommodation, insurance, uniforms and other costs associated with this initiative. Touch women will also take part in the NRL Women’s Rugby League Talent ID the day before, 31st May.Details of the event include the following:Date:                              31st May–1st June 2018Ground Location:           Owen Park Southport, QueenslandAccommodation:            Sea World ResortTo fill in the Expression of Interest form, click here.last_img read more

25 days ago​Proposed Liverpool kit deal with Nike worth less than current sponsors New Balance

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first_img​Proposed Liverpool kit deal with Nike worth less than current sponsors New Balanceby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s proposed new kit deal with US sportswear giant Nike is only worth a guaranteed UK£30 million (US$37 million) per year, according to High Court papers seen by the Times, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure is in stark contrast to the previously reported UK£70 million (US$86 million) per year figure for the Nike deal. Instead, this reported base figure is less than Liverpool’s existing UK£45 million (US$55 million) annual deal with New Balance, which is taking the club to court claiming a contract clause means it can match Nike’s terms.It is also less than the minimum UK£50 million (US$61 million) per year deals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have with Nike, as well as the UK£71 million per year agreement the brand struck with French champions PSG in June.However, Liverpool apparently believe Nike can deliver far greater total revenue for the club than has been generated by their deal with New Balance. This is reflected by a commitment from Nike in the proposed deal to pay the club a 20 per cent royalty on net sales of Liverpool products. It would also promote the club through other influential athletes, such as Serena Williams and LeBron James, and popular musicians associated with the company, including rapper Drake.In addition, the report says Nike will distribute a new kit through ‘6,000 global doors’, compared to New Balance’s 3,000.In response, New Balance believes it can meet demand for Liverpool kit, having delivered tow of the biggest selling home kits for fans. A three-day trial to settle the legal dispute has been listed from 18th October. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

External review on forced sterilization at Saskatoon hospitals underfunded says survivor

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first_img(Melika Popp, who was sterilized against her will told APTN Investigates that the Saskatchewan hospitals review time is too narrow. Photo: APTN Investigates)Holly Moore and Cullen CrozierAPTN National NewsA Saskatchewan woman at the centre of a forced sterilization scandal says an external review launched by health region officials is not properly resourced and lacks the time required to conduct a thorough investigation into systemic racism in healthcare.Melika Popp was among four Indigenous women who came forward alleging they were sterilized against their will over the last decade at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.She and two other women were the subject of APTN Investigates report “Against Their Will” which will re-air this Friday March 10.In January 2017, the Saskatoon Health Region appointed Metis lawyer Yvonne Boyer and Metis physician Dr. Judith Bartlett to lead the review.A spokesperson for the region said in an email they will not be conducting any interviews until the review is complete. They said they were not involved in designing the process “in order to ensure its independence.”Popp is cooperating with the review panel and said she has plans to meet them mid-March but said their time frame is too narrow as potential survivors only have a few months to respond.“There’s a question whether the resources and the time and space is there to ensure the experts can thoroughly assess not only the files but the broad practices of the health regions.” she said. “I’m really happy and pleased that the external reviewers have extensive knowledge of past and current issues relating to Indigenous human rights violations.” Popp said, adding she has faith in the experts chosen by the health region.The review panel sent out a poster publicizing that it was seeking Indigenous women who felt they had been coerced into having their tubes tied after delivery in a Saskatoon hospital. Popp questioned the value of putting the onus on women to come forward as opposed to reviewing charts for what she calls the health regions’ “biases, systemic racism, intolerant attitudes and discriminatory approaches.”“I had hoped that these issues would be explored,” she said. “There should be calls to action, recommendations that were made and enforced. Not years from now but very soon.”An email from the health authority said the review is required to actively seek women who may have had similar experiences.“This was a requirement because, as we know from past, unrelated reviews, medical charts do not document a woman’s experience or how they felt during and after they were in our care.” the email said in part. “This review is about ensuring we have the right policies, procedures and training in place to support patients in this care environment. We hope this review will provide further recommendations on how we can improve.”Popp said she wants to encourage more survivors to come forward.“Lend your voices to this issue, otherwise change is not going to happen,” she urged. “I want transformative change in the healthcare region…where my children and future grandchildren never have to experience this again.”last_img read more

World Cup Semifinal Crib Notes Brazil vs Germany

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On Tuesday, Brazil and Germany kick off the World Cup semifinals, where there are no real party-crashers to be found. Including A Seleção and Die Mannschaft, four of the top five teams in the pre-Cup Elo ratings are still active in the tournament. Sorry, Spain.Brazil vs. Germany: 4 p.m. EDTIn BriefWith such evenly matched squads — and the ever-present specter of randomness — barring a huge blowout, the final four games of the World Cup are unlikely to provide much of a referendum on which side is truly the world’s best. But at the same time, the absence of a longshot entry boosts the chances that one of the remaining four teams is in fact the “true” best team in the field. More important, it also increases the odds that we’ll see a pair of exciting, close matches at the doorstep of the World Cup final.IN DEPTHBrazil was the World Cup favorite before the tournament began, and its championship chances still rank first according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Our official projections even say there’s a 73 percent probability that Brazil will beat Germany Tuesday and advance to the final. But those numbers don’t know that the gifted Brazilian striker Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament with a broken vertebra, an injury he sustained against Colombia in the quarterfinals. If we account for his absence (and that of his teammate Thiago Silva, who racked up two yellow cards and must sit out Tuesday’s match), Brazil’s chances of beating Germany drop to somewhere near 65 percent, numbers fueled in large part simply by the match’s location on Brazilian soil.To put it another way: If this game were staged at a neutral site, it would probably be close to a toss-up between Germany and Brazil-sans-Neymar-and-Silva.To a certain extent, that’s because Brazil has been far from dominant during its run to the semis. First, Mexico played it to a draw in the group phase, then it squeaked by Chile (on penalties) and Colombia in its knockout matches. Over the past month, the gap between Brazil’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) rating and that of second-ranked Argentina has been nearly sliced in half, despite the Argentines playing largely to expectation. That Brazil is still rated first in SPI owes as much to our prior beliefs about its strength as to anything it’s actually accomplished in the tournament.And Germany is a force to be reckoned with. While they haven’t consistently overwhelmed opponents with their ballyhooed offensive prowess (aside from netting six goals in their first two matches — including four against Portugal), the Germans have answered many of the defensive questions that surrounded them before the tournament began, keeping clean sheets against Portugal, the United States and France. And they’ll need to be staunch at that end of the pitch against a Brazilian team that still has plenty of firepower, even without Neymar.One major tactical storyline to keep an eye on will be the philosophical chess between the pass-heavy, possession-focused Germans and a Brazilian side still keenly interested in dribbling through the defense. Among semifinalist teams, only Argentina has maintained ball possession more often than Germany, and nobody makes more short passes per game than the Germans. Germany’s approach is to patiently work the ball into the opponent’s territory, passing it around until its players can create a high-percentage scoring opportunity. Brazil, on the other hand, loves to dribble the ball and create chances by taking on defenders in one-on-one situations.A compelling wrinkle will be how this changes without Neymar, Brazil’s most active dribbler. It’s likely that Hulk and Oscar will be asked to pick up some of the slack, but it will be interesting to see how Brazil adjusts its overall style in the absence of its most prolific offensive playmaker.On balance, Brazil should still be favored — if only because of home-field advantage. In close matches like this, officiating can play a sizable role, and there’s a good amount of research suggesting home teams get favorable treatment from the referees (perhaps more so in soccer than in other sports). In terms of ability, though, these two teams are very close to evenly matched.OFF THE PITCHBrazil and Germany have had good off-the-pitch relations for decades, particularly in the economic sphere. The Observatory of Economic Complexity has information on trade between the two countries that dates back to 1962, and shows that the two nations have been exchanging mostly the same stuff the whole time. Coffee, iron and soybeans were among the top Brazilian exports to Germany both in 1962 and in 2012.Similarly, machinery remains the top category of German exports to Brazil, although the specific products have changed over time. Metalworking and textile machinery reigned supreme in 1962, while cars and car parts took the largest shares of exports in 2012.But what’s most notable is how much these countries’ bilateral trade has grown. In 1962, Brazilian exports to Germany totaled $173 million and German exports to Brazil totaled $161 million. Trade in both directions surpassed the $1 billion mark in the 1970s, and was up to $11 billion in both directions in 2010, when both countries agreed to further strengthen their economic ties. Exports headed toward Germany have nearly doubled since, with $20 billion worth flowing out of Brazil in 2012. But it looks like Germany got the sweeter end of the deal, with Brazil buying $28 billion of its products the same year.FURTHER READINGIt’s a Huge Upset When All the World Cup Favorites WinHow Neymar’s Injury Affects Brazil’s Chances at the World Cup read more

Sergio Ramos unhappy at Reals goalless draw

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first_imgThe Real Madrid captain believes his team controlled the second half but missed the “finishing touch that we’ve had in other games”On Saturday, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 after a fierce display by both teams.But for Los Merengues’ captain Sergio Ramos, the team is not performing as well as it should in the Spanish La Liga tournament.“We knew the importance of these three points to take advantage of Barcelona slipping up. The draw feels disappointing after the great job we’ve done,” Ramos told Goal.“In the first half Atletico pushed higher, but in the second we controlled the game and just missed the finishing touch that we’ve had in other games. We have to look forward now.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You always have to have the utmost respect for the opponent because in these games mistakes are decisive, so it’s better to be careful and not pay the price,” he added.“The team dug in well, controlled the game and dominated, but we’ve not been successful in front of goal and we’ve dropped points.”Solo nos ha faltado un poco de acierto para llevarnos una victoria que hemos buscado hasta el final. ¡Gracias, afición, esto sigue!#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/3VjOQXhKX8— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) September 29, 2018last_img read more