Leaders meeting in Ethiopia urged to end poverty

first_imgSome 190 nations hope to agree on ways of ending poverty and hungerWorld leaders are meeting in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa  for a development financing summit looking to end global poverty and manage climate change by 2030.Now the key objective of the meeting is laying out the ground rules for a fairer world of inclusive, low-carbon growth.Leaders attending the summit will decide how to fill an investment gap in key sustainable development sectors for developing nations.The leaders have been called on to put aside “narrow self-interest” to break a deadlock over how to finance the United Nation’s bold new global development agenda, its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday at the opening of a financing conference in Ethiopia.Some 190 nations hope to agree on how to bankroll 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include ending poverty and hunger, combating climate change and achieving gender equality by 2030.“Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favour of working together for the common well-being of humanity,” Ban told thousands of delegates gathered for the four day meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.In a world where growth is slowing, foreign assistance budgets are shrinking, and scepticism towards aid and multinationals is growing, finding the resources to achieve the ambitious goals will be tough.The SDGs, expected to be adopted in September, are estimated to cost between $3.3 and $4.5 trillion a year, according to the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development.Multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank, as well as the International Monetary Fund on Friday signalled plans to extend more than $400 billion in financing over the next three years to help mobilise resources to achieve the SDGs.“We need trillions, not billions, of dollars to accomplish these goals, and the money will come from many sources: developing countries, private sector investment, donors, and international financial institutions,” Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group said in a statement.“By working together, we can help people build better lives with good education, quality health care, clean water, and proper sanitation.The U.N. chief said he was disappointed negotiators had been unable to come to an agreement despite lengthy talks in New York over the past month. He said new avenues of financing needed to be explored.“In a world in which both the global population and resource constraints are growing, development finance needs a reboot,” said Ban.Many advocacy groups are nervous about the strong emphasis on the private sector in funding the SDGs, while acknowledging that aid money alone cannot foot the bill.The main sticking point in Addis Ababa is a standoff over a push by the G77 developing countries to upgrade a U.N. tax body, which they hope would set new global rules to crackdown on tax dodging, mainly by multinationals.The proposal is fiercely opposed by the rich countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which drew up the current tax rules.The Secretary-General highlighted six areas where he hoped to see concrete policy commitments, including free social services for all, more aid for the poorest countries and new mechanisms for funding infrastructure and technology transfer.last_img read more

Poyet hails departing Gerrard

first_imgSunderland boss Gus Poyet has hailed the “unmissable” talents of Steven Gerrard ahead of the Black Cats’ home clash with Liverpool on Saturday. West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham stand between Liverpool and Southampton in fourth but Rodgers remains confident they can get there. “It’s going to be tough but I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “We have a great spirit at the moment and footballing ideas are returning to our game and will push very hard in the second half of the season to bring success here. “The players are improving and we can see how seven points may seem a lot but it certainly can be whittled away. “You just have to consistently win games and perform well and that is our idea.” Gerrard will be making potentially his final appearance as a player in the north east when he steps out at the Stadium of Light for the lunchtime kick-off – and he will do so with the glowing endorsement of Poyet. Poyet said: “If I was a football fan I would want to be at the stadium because I would not want to miss the chance to watch Steven Gerrard live for maybe the last time in the north east. “He is worth buying a ticket for because there are not many like him and he is going to be missed. He is different and it is great to get the opportunity to watch him live.” Poyet has told his players they must start turning their recent glut of draws into wins if they are to put breathing space between themselves and the bottom three in the new year. Last weekend’s FA Cup third-round win over Leeds provided signs of a turning point with Dutchman Patrick van Aanholt returning from injury to grab the only goal of the game. Poyet said: “We had a difficult month against lots of top teams and although I don’t think we did fantastic we did okay. “Now we go into the second part (of the season) knowing we need to win more games and we need to be more clinical at home. Everything starts against Liverpool and the challenge is clear.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will not have any of his injured players back. Midfielders Adam Lallana (thigh) and Joe Allen (knee), defenders Glen Johnson (thigh) and Jon Flanagan (knee) and goalkeeper Brad Jones (thigh) all remain sidelined. Striker Daniel Sturridge is back in the country but still a fortnight away from a long-awaited return from a thigh problem while defender Kolo Toure is on African Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Alzarri Joseph plays vital part in West Indies’ historic victory over England despite death of his mother

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. West Indies won a Test series against England after 10 years.Kemar Roach was the Man of the Match for his eight wickets.Alzarri Joseph lost his mother, Sharon during the third day of the Test. highlights Fittingly, Joseph ended the match in style by taking the catch off last man James Anderson when the batsman miscued the shot to mid-on and the youngster dived forward to take the catch. He was on the ground and there was visible emotion as the West Indies players congratulated him.After the end of the match, West Indies skipper Holder dedicated the win to Joseph’s mother. “We started the day with a daunting task. For Alzarri to come out after that kind of news, it’s an extremely special performance. This was for him and his family. We are hungry for success, and credit to the boys for sticking to the task. This group has been together for the last two and a half years,” Holder said.West Indies will be aiming to achieve a 3-0 whitewash against England as they head to St Lucia for the third and final Test. New Delhi: Alzarri Joseph played a small but vital part as West Indies ended 10 years of pain to win a series against England. Joseph took four wickets in the second Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua as Jason Holder’s side won the Test match by 10 wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead and regain the Wisden Trophy. However, despite the historic feat, the celebrations from the 22-yeard old in front of his home fans was muted. Just before the start of day 3, news came through that Joseph’s mother Sharon had died after a long battle with illness. Despite the tragedy, Joseph decided to play and push the West Indies for a series-leveling win.Before play again, players work black armbands and Joseph chipped in with seven runs batting at No.10 as West Indies managed to take a 119-run lead. Joseph had impressed everyone with his pace and control in the first innings as he accounted for Joe Root and Joe Denly after England were bowled out for 187. In the second innings, in a hostile seven-over spell, Joseph regularly crossed over 90 mph.In the second innings, Joseph accounted for Root with a vicious in-ducker that cut the England skipper in half. There was an appeal for a catch but the umpire did not give it. The review was taken and Real Time Snicko showed a spike and Root was dismissed for 7. Joseph then got rid of Denly with a good length ball that nipped back in and the batsman offered no shot to be bowled for 17. The ball hit the top of off stump and West Indies once again dominated. Joseph’s spell of 7-4-12-2 set up the game nicely for Kemar Roach (4/52) and Jason Holder (4/43) as West Indies won the match by 10 wickets in front of a joyous crowd in Antigua.last_img read more

6 of the Best – Twin’s Michael Hjelm

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share Submit SBC News has reignited its quest to find the best in people, with our ‘6 of the Best’ feature focusing on key personnel within the sports betting and gaming industries.This week, we wanted to find out more about Michael Hjelm, Casino Manager at Twin. He originally joined the Malta-based operator as Campaign Manager before assuming his current role in February 2018. Prior to working for Twin, Hjelm built up his industry experience at Evoke and Hero Gaming.Best HolidayA couple of years ago, I went backpacking in India for a month. It was an amazing experience to travel by train from the north to the south and see the different landscapes and monuments along the way. The jewels of Jaipur, Kanha Tiger Reserve, Taj Mahal, the temples in Tamil Nadu. You just can’t get enough once you have started to explore this colourful country.Best AlbumNothing will ever beat “Bad” by Michael Jackson. For me, this is when he reached the top and got to reveal some of his darker songs like “Smooth Criminal” and “Leave Me Alone”.Best FilmThat must be “Beyond Borders”. It is a movie that is just as relevant today as it was 15 years ago, and it will probably stay relevant for a long time.Best Sporting ExperienceBarcelona vs. Manchester United on Wembley in 2011. It was my first experience of a Champions League Final, and the atmosphere was amazing. Even though Barcelona dominated the game, the crowd still loved to see this amazing team perform. I think that they had over 20 shots on goal in the first half, compared to three or four from United.Best Book“1984” by George Orwell is an amazing novel, and the political ideas in it are just as relevant today after almost 70 years. His creation of the three super-nations, and how he describes every part of the political landscape, makes you think about the world today and where we are heading.Best BetThat is, by far, from the Premier League season 2015/16. I wish that i made it in the beginning to 5000/1, but I still got great odds in October when I realised that Leicester were on their way to win. That bet made me follow Premier League like never before, and I made my own calculations of every upcoming game to see the possibility to win.SBC News will be releasing a new ‘6 of the Best’ profile at 2pm every Thursday.last_img read more

What did Pezer say after winning the Title of Balkan’s Champion?

first_imgLast week, the best BH shot putter Mesud Pezer managed to achieve an extraordinary result by winning the first place on Balkan Championship in Istanbul.On Saturday, Pezer achieved the result of 20.77 meters and thus he set a new national record, which is increased by 1 centimetre more than the previous record that was also set by him.Pezer also won the second place on Atletic tournament that was also held in Istanbul on Sunday.After Istanbul, Pezer will continue with intense trainings, since he will be performing on another athletic meeting in Belgrade on Wednesday.“I feel great after winning the first place in Istanbul since it is not a small thing to be Balkan Champion. It is a special pleasure for me to break the national record, considering the fact that I am constantly improving the result of that record. That is a proof that I am worth much more and that gives me moral for competitions in the future, both in Belgrade and the World Championship that will take place in Birmingham, on March 3,” said Pezer.He noted that he is ready and in better shape than ever in his entire career.“I am patient and I am waiting for my chance to make the next step in my career. I will give my best in Belgrade with the aim to achieve as good result as possible, and I will pay special attention to timing my shape for the World Championship in Birmingham, where I will try to pass European levels and become one of the elite world shot putters,” concluded Pezer.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more