Speech: Supporting self-determination of the people of Western Sahara

first_imgThank you Mr President.The United Kingdom was pleased to vote in favour of this resolution, which we believe sends a strong signal of the support of this Council in three key areas:First, support for de-escalation.Second, support for the continuing work of MINURSO.And finally, supporting the overall goal of progress towards a lasting and mutually acceptable solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.With this goal in mind, we encourage the parties to engage now with a political process in a spirit of realism and compromise. The six-month window provided by the resolution is an opportunity and an indication of the importance the international community attaches to achieving progress. Another indication is the appointment of the new Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, and the commitment he has already shown in his first months to finding a solution. The United Kingdom strongly supports the efforts of Personal Envoy Koehler, as well as the work of MINURSO and its new head, Mr Colin Stewart. We call on all concerned to engage positively over the coming months, in line with both the spirit and the letter of this resolution.Thank you.last_img read more

Jake Miller To Melt The Paramount In Huntington

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jake Miller, the rapper, singer, songwriter and all-around mega-teen heartthrob from Weston, Florida, will be melting the ears and hearts of all those in attendance at The Paramount in Huntington Monday, August 18, serenading concertgoers with his unique brand of life-affirming hip-hop magic.The 21-year-old, who got his break after homemade videos of himself rapping on YouTube went viral, signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2013 and released his debut album, Us Against Them—featuring his two singles “I’m Alright” and “What I Wouldn’t Give”—which immediately climbed to #1 on the iTunes charts. Born and raised in Weston, Miller has received praise from seemingly everywhere. Fox Weekly proclaimed him as the #1 Artist to Watch. A full-page article in The Miami Herald exclaimed “It’s Miller Time!” J-14 Magazine headlined Miller in their weekly Hot Music Alert section and YoungHollywood.com stated “South Floridian Teen Jake Miller (is) breaking through to the Music Mainstream.” Although Miller is currently enrolled at the University of Miami, he’s also touring nationwide. He keeps in constant touch with his fan base through social media—with more than 800,000 Facebook followers and about 500,000 Twitter followers. His steadily growing fan base, combined with his talent, is the perfect recipe for success and the reason why CBS Miami describes Miller as “The star on the rise.” His Internet success led him to open for Mac Miller in Fort Lauderdale in 2011. Miller is a natural performer, and following that performance, he opened with a live show for Snoop Dog in March 2011 in Pompano Beach. Miller never skipped a beat and a couple of months later (May 2011) he won the Samsung and T-Mobile National “Kick It with the Band” competition. He was then awarded $35,000 toward his music career, along with a music video with YouTube star Keenan Cahill. Miller immediately landed a November 2011 gig alongside Flo Rida, Sean Kingston and Asher Roth at the “Think Pink Rocks” concert in West Palm Beach. From there he sang at the Y-100 Jingle Ball that December with Cody Simpson and We the Kings. Miller closed out that New Year at the Orange Drive Miami Beach Festival, singing next to Jason Derulo, Cee Lo Green, Ne-Yo, Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship. Courageously, Miller sang in front of an audience estimated at more than 200,000 people in March 2012 on both the Planet Pit Stage and the Power 96 Stage, which took his career to a whole new level. He then partnered up and sang at the “Z-100 Pep Rally” with Austin Mahone and Sammy Adams later in the year, further propelling his ascent to stardom.It’s been hit after hit and new fan after new fan swooning for the lil fella ever since!For all these reasons and so many more, this YouTube heartthrob is the star to look out for. Do not miss out on his uber-special stop at The Paramount in Huntington August 18!It’s Miller Time!Jake Miller, The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. With Nick Tangora & The Karma Killers. paramountny.com $25, $35, $40. 8 p.m. Monday, August 18For more information on future shows at The Paramount in Huntington, check out their page in The Island Earlast_img read more

Public call for development of public tourist infrastructure in 2019 published.

first_imgOn that occasion, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli stressed the importance of investing in raising the quality of the destination. “By investing in public tourist infrastructure projects, the quality of the total tourist offer is raised, for which we allocate almost 50 million kuna in two years. From this year, we started co-financing the development of tourism development sustainability and reception capacity with an action plan because it is necessary for destinations to develop strategic documents so that tourism can continue to develop responsibly and sustainably, to the satisfaction of tourists and locals.” Cappelli pointed out. Through the Public Call for Applications for Grants under the Public Tourism Infrastructure Development Program in 2019, the Ministry of Tourism has provided HRK 25 million for the development of public tourism infrastructure in 2019.  The Ministry co-finances up to 80 percent, or up to 90 percent of the eligible / eligible costs of implementing an individual project. The maximum amount of co-financing will depend on the development index of local and regional self-government units – so I. and II. development group of regional self-government units and I., II., III. and IV. the group of development of local self-government units have the right to co-financing projects in the amount of up to 90 percent of eligible / eligible costs, and other groups up to 80 percent of eligible / eligible costs.  In addition to the above, the preparation of project-technical documentation for will be co-financed cable cars with amounts from a minimum of HRK 100 thousand to a maximum of HRK 700 thousand per project. Also, co-financing is starting making a study of the sustainability of tourism development and reception capacity with an action plan. The maximum amount of support for regional self-government units is 200 thousand kuna, and for local self-government units 100 thousand kuna, ie up to 80 percent, or up to 90 percent of eligible eligible costs, depending on the development index of the local self-government unit. In addition to the above, the subject of co-financing are quality management studies in tourism and only units of regional self-government – counties – can apply for the preparation of subject studies. The maximum amount of support is HRK 200 thousand, ie up to 80 percent, or up to 90 percent of eligible / eligible costs, depending on the development index. It is co-financed arranging and marking existing and new cycling, hiking and riding routes. The novelty is the co-financing of the procurement and installation of service stations for bicycle repair, procurement and installation of bicycle movement / traffic counters and the arrangement of cycling tourist rest areas / lookouts on cycling tourist routes. The funds are intended for regional self-government units – counties. The minimum amount of support is 100 thousand kuna, and the maximum 500 thousand kuna per project.  For projects beach the minimum amount of support is HRK 200 thousand, and the maximum amount of support is HRK 800 thousand. To co-finance the continuation of the construction of visitor centers and interpretation centers, the amount ranges from a minimum of HRK 100 thousand to a maximum of HRK 800 thousand of support.  In accordance with the project of the Government of the Republic of Croatia “Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srijem”, the Ministry of Tourism co-finances the construction, extension, reconstruction or adaptation and multimedia equipping visitor centers and interpretation centers in the area of ​​Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srijem with a minimum of 100 thousand kuna and a maximum of 800 thousand kuna.                                                   These are funds intended for the public sector for the arrangement of beaches and bathing areas, continuation of construction, extension, reconstruction or adaptation and multimedia equipping of visitor centers and interpretation centers, public tourist infrastructure for active tourism and project-technical documentation for cable cars. For the first time, the financing of studies on the sustainability of tourism development and reception capacity with an action plan and studies on quality management in tourism have been included.  The public call is open until June 28, 2019, and more information on the conditions can be found in the attachment Attachment: Public call for applications for grants under the Public Tourism Infrastructure Development Program in 2019last_img read more

Gerindra to reappoint Prabowo as chairman in extraordinary congress on Saturday

first_imgGerindra secretary-general Ahmad Muzani has said that the party is set to reappoint Prabowo Subianto as its chairman in the upcoming extraordinary congress, which is to be held at Prabowo’s residence in Hambalang, Bogor, West Java, on Saturday.”This is the result of the previous national leadership meeting, where 34 Regional Representatives Council [DPD] members asked for Prabowo’s willingness to lead the party [again] in the next five years,” Muzani said on Thursday evening, as quoted by tempo.co.The national leadership meeting, which was conducted on June 4, also resulted in a decision to hold the extraordinary meeting both offline and online amid the ongoing health crisis. Read also: PSI, Gerindra join PDI-P in backing Jokowi’s son for Surakarta mayoraltyThose attending the congress in person, however, would be asked to undergo a swab test first to make sure they were free from the coronavirus, Muzani said, adding that they were also required to comply with health protocol during the meeting by wearing face masks and keeping a distance from one another. “We’d like to thank the Health Ministry for facilitating the swab testing for the congress participants,” he said.In addition to appointing the party’s chairman for the 2020-2025 term, the congress will also have Prabowo deliver the accountability report of the party’s central executive board.Prabowo, who is also the defense minister, has led Gerindra since 2014, replacing then-chairman Suhardi, who passed away in August 2014. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

3 Ghanaian athletes qualify to represent Africa at IAAF Continental Cup

first_imgThree Ghanaian athletes have qualified to represent to represent Africa at the upcoming IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco on September 13 and 14.The athletes were selected following their stellar performances at the just ended 19th African Athletics Championships in Morocco, where Team Ghana won its biggest medal haul since 2006.The country’s young athletics contingent won a total of six medals, consisting of four silver and two bronze medals, which was higher than the five medals Team Ghana won at the last edition of the Championships in Benin.Mary Zuta Nartey, Nadia Eke, and Robert Martey have been selected for the second edition of the continental showpiece.Debutants Nadia Eke broke new grounds after setting a new national outdoor record in the triple jump and a personal best of 13.40m as she won silver in Marrakech.Mary Zuta Nartey erased memories of her 4th place finish at the last African Championships, throwing a personal best of 52.57m (PB) to win silver in the javelin throw. While long jumper Robert Martey is set to continue his stellar season after making the cut for the continental showpiece after  coming fourth in the long jump event. GAA President Prof. Francis Dodoo commented: “It’s fantastic to see Ghanaians back on the Africa team, and to have three of them is a treat.”“I can’t remember when we last had that many. I wish them all the best, and the entire country is behind them.”last_img read more

Griffin Canning might be unavailable for start of Angels’ season

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Griffin Canning’s season is expected to be delayed, at least at the outset, as the Angels are still trying to determine the exact root of the issue that is causing discomfort in his ailing right elbow.Manager Joe Maddon said Sunday morning that Canning did not throw on the side Saturday, as expected, with the pitcher saying he was not up for it physically. That throwing session was supposed to be a part of a second round of testing following his MRI on Friday.“We don’t have any definitive answers yet,” Maddon said. “I think it’s Wednesday or Thursday that he’s supposed to be tested for something else. It’s like a joint vs. a ligament kind of situation and we don’t really know what it is.”It is unknown where that additional testing will take place, with Maddon calling it “another opinion.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Canning declined to comment in the clubhouse early Sunday.Maddon stressed that he is remaining optimistic that one of his top four starters will be a key member of the rotation this season, but he did acknowledge that starting the season on time might not be possible.“Probably, but I don’t know that,” Maddon said. “Just being pragmatic, but it would be hard to imagine (starting the season on time). I would say best-case scenario, he gets going pretty quickly after that.“I just don’t know enough. I said (Saturday) I’ve never heard stuff before. With this type of injury, the doctors are normally pretty definitive quickly, but this one it’s just not. So I prefer to be optimistic and just wait to make sure.”Canning pitched two scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday before his discomfort emerged. He was 5-6 with a 4.58 ERA in 18 appearances (17 starts) of his rookie season in 2019. He missed the last six weeks with elbow discomfort similar to what he is experiencing now. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Three starters appear set for the rotation: Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran. Maddon once again expressed confidence that the rest of the rotation will be in good hands as he continues to see positives from Jaime Barria, Jose Suarez, Patrick Sandoval, Dillon Peters and Matt Andriese.“We have this swing component of our bullpen and we really didn’t have that in the recent past,” Maddon said. “I don’t know how that will play into the beginning part of our season right now. In two weeks we will know more, where we want to go with all of this and who we want to start this out.”ALSOMaddon was asked if he plans to address coronavirus precautions with his team and while the topic has not been discussed, it sounded as if it would be at some point. “I’ve been reading about it, we’ve all been reading about it,” Maddon said. “So every team has this nice little petri dish in there where if something were to go wrong, so we all have to be aware about it.” …Catcher Max Stassi, who underwent hip surgery in September was a late scratch Sunday from his role as a designated hitter. The late change moved David Fletcher from the split-squad game against the White Sox at Tempe to the split-squad game against the Rockies at Scottsdale. Luis Rengifo was moved into the starting lineup against the White Sox.Related Articleslast_img read more

Farah won’t rule out Olympic marathon bid

first_imgBut, now living in London after splitting from controversial coach Alberto Salazar, Farah is currently more concerned with winning the London Marathon. “For me it is the biggest marathon in the world, and it is going to be tough. Mo Farah ain’t going to turn up and win… it’s going to be hard to run,” he said.Quizzed on whether he had taught the Queen to do his famous ‘Mobot’ celebration, Farah laughed, saying it was “far too rude – not in Buckingham Palace”.Share on: WhatsApp Mo Farah receives knighthood from the Queen for services to athleticsLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Britain’s Mo Farah says he could compete in the marathon at the 2020 Olympics if he feels confident of winning a medal.Farah retired from the track in August to focus on road racing and has been coy about his Olympic future.center_img The 34-year-old had previously hinted he might not race for Britain again, but Farah hasn’t completely ruled out the opportunity of going for gold in Tokyo.Speaking after receiving his knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the four-time Olympic champion said: “If I’m capable of getting a medal or close to a medal (in Tokyo), you will see me.”He has been retained on British Athletics’ World Class Performance Programme despite doubts over his Olympic plans.last_img read more

Sadio Mane crowned Africa’s 2019 Player of the Year

first_imgNeither Salah nor Mahrez, who was playing for Manchester City, attended the CAF’s awards gala on Tuesday.Other male awards went to Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi, Algerian Youcef Belaili for African Interclubs Player of the Year and Algeria’s national team.The award for the youth category was given to Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi of Borussia Dortmund.Female awardees included Nigerian Asisat Oshoala, South African coach Desiree Ellis, and Cameroon’s women national team.The Egyptian Football Association also won the Federation of the Year award.Share on: WhatsApp Hurghada, Egypt | AFP | Liverpool star Sadio Mane was crowned on Tuesday as Africa’s 2019 Player of the Year for the first time at an awards gala in Egypt on Tuesday.The 27-year old Senegalese striker was up against his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the award the last two years, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City.“I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award,” said Mane at the ceremony organised by the Confederation of African Football in the Egyptian Red Sea city of Hurghada.“It’s a big day for me.”Mane scored 34 goals and produced 12 assists in 61 appearances in 2019, according to CAF statistics.last_img read more

California Chrome heads home with bandaged foot

first_imgVictor Espinoza aboard California Chrome (2) rides past the finish line during the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Tonalist went on to win the race, denying California Chrome the Triple Crown victory. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Craig Rubadoux)NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome went home to the West Coast on Sunday with a bandaged right front foot — and no Triple Crown — after bumping another horse leaving the Belmont Stakes starting gate.Steve Coburn, who co-owns California Chome, was still smarting, too.He was irked Belmont winner Tonalist didn’t run in either of the first two legs of the Triple Crown. After the race, he complained others took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the Derby and/or the Preakness.A day later, Coburn was unrepentant.“It’s not fair to these horses that are running to entertain these people in all three legs of the Triple Crown,” he said. “It’s not fair to them to have somebody just show up at the last minute and run. I may have gone off half-cocked yesterday, but that’s the way I feel.”Under Coburn’s premise, there would have been just three horses in the $1.5 million Belmont, making it unlikely the third-largest crowd of 102,199 would have shown up or that a record $19,105,877 would have been wagered on-track.California Chrome, General a Rod and Ride On Curlin were the only horses to run in the Derby, Preakness and Belmont. General a Rod finished seventh and Ride On Curlin did not finish.Art Sherman, the 77-year-old trainer of California Chrome, distanced himself from Coburn’s comments.“Horses aren’t cowards and the people aren’t cowards,” he said. “He was at the heat of the moment. Don’t forget he’s a fairly new owner. Sometimes your emotions get in front of you. He hasn’t been in the game long and hasn’t had any bad luck.”Coburn and Perry Martin named their racing operation Dumb Ass Partners, with California Chrome the lone horse in their stable. The chestnut colt has earned $3,317,800 this year and brought a six-race winning streak into the Belmont.California Chrome had smooth trips in winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness to set up a shot at racing’s first Triple Crown in 36 years. But he had a rough trip in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont on Saturday, getting a chunk of flesh torn from his foot after bumping with Matterhorn coming out of the starting gate. California Chrome finished in a dead heat for fourth with Wicked Strong.“It was kind of scary. You come back and see a horse bleeding from the foot,” Sherman said. “He’s never had anything wrong with him. We’ve been awful fortunate.”Sherman said California Chrome has a superficial wound that should heal in two to three weeks. The colt will then rest for six to seven weeks after a tough Triple Crown campaign that involved running in three races at different tracks and distances over five weeks.His camp plans to point him toward the Breeders’ Cup this fall at Santa Anita.Sherman thought Coburn would apologize for his comments. Instead, the outspoken co-owner went even further Sunday.“It wouldn’t be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair because I got an unfair advantage,” Coburn said. “If your horse is good enough to run in the Belmont, where was he in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness? It says Triple  Crown, not one out of two, one out of three or two out of three.”Sherman said, “I can’t make excuses. That’s not really what you should do in these type of races.”Frenchman Christophe Clement, who won his first Triple Crown race with Totalist, declined to comment on Coburn’s remarks.Coburn had predicted California Chrome would win the Triple Crown.“If they want to call me a sore loser, I don’t care,” he said.Horses are made eligible for the Triple Crown races in January. Owners and trainers of horses not nominated can pay a late fee of $6,000 in March to get in. The 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby is decided by a points system, with horses earning points for running in prep races. The Preakness and Belmont have maximum fields of 14, but no points system is used.It’s common for horses to drop in and out of the Triple Crown series. In 1978, when Affirmed won the Triple Crown, the Belmont had a five-horse field. Two of the colt’s rivals did not run in the first two legs and one only ran in the Derby.In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown. The Belmont had eight horses, and five did not run in the first two legs. One ran only in the Preakness, and one other besides Slew raced in all three legs.On Saturday, second-place finisher Commissioner was new to the Triple Crown series. Winner Tonalist wasn’t ready for the Derby, so trainer Clement prepared him for the Belmont.“California Chrome was running with tough, fresh horses that were waiting in the wings, and that’s what happens,” Sherman said. “We all know when you’re on this trail you got to have an iron horse.”The veteran trainer hopes California Chrome’s owners will keep him running next year as a 4-year-old. He credited the colt for having a lot of talent and taking his handlers on an exciting ride.“This is one of them races that we couldn’t win,” Sherman said, “but he didn’t disgrace us any.”last_img read more

Game Day Preview…Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars

first_imgCELEBRATION—Antonio Brown celebrates after one of his 7 catches. He was flagged for one of 13 penalties against the Steelers for 125 yards. (AP photo)After an embarrassing collapse last week against the previously winless Buccaneers, the Steelers travel to Jacksonville to take on another winless team. Will they fail to put away another weaker opponent or will they actually step up and take control of this game?You never know who’s going to show up so anything can certainly happen. So far, through the first quarter of the season, the black and gold have been anything but impressive. They are in the midst of the weakest part of their schedule so it’s time to start winning ball games.Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:They need to eliminate the penalties. The 15 yard penalties have been out of control and it’s a sure fire way to lose a game against an inferior opponent, as the team proved last week.The offensive line better protect Ben. Pretty straight and simple. Without giving him protection, the team won’t be able to move the ball.The defense needs to stop crucial drives. Whenever they need to get the job done, the defense seems to fail. They need to step up on key 3rd downs and key drives, period.Blake Bortles is an x factor. The rookie QB has played pretty well since joining the starting lineup. Traditionally the Steelers D handles rookie QB’s. Can they continue to do so? They need to get to him early and often.Here are a Few Things to Watch:Cortez Allen-He’s the teams’ number one cornerback right now and he needs to start playing like one. Can he show us what the Steelers seem to see in him? So far that contract extension doesn’t look justified.Mike Tomlin-What will he do if and when the team starts getting penalized? Will he sit there with no e emotion or will he finally step up and do something about it?Antonio Brown-He’s run his streak of games with at least 5 catches and 50 yards to 20 straight, expect that to get to 21.The Defense in General-Can they get to the qb and apply pressure? Can they cause the necessary turnovers? Can they get off the field when necessary?last_img read more