EPL players to no longer “take a knee” ahead of every match Players London, Aug. 3, 2022 English Premier League (EPL) players will no longer take the knee ahead of every match, but remain committed to fighting racism and all forms of discrimination.
The gesture, which started in June 2020 in solidarity with the “Black Lives Matter” campaign, will now be used in specific moments throughout the forthcoming campaign.
This is in order to “amplify the message that racism has no place in football or society”.
Premier League captains agreed to perform the act ahead of this weekend’s opening round of games.
This will be also on dedicated “No Room for Racism” matches in October and March, on Boxing Day, the final round of the season and the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals.
The Premier League captains, who met last week, said in a joint statement: “We have decided to select significant moments to take the knee during the season to highlight our unity against all forms of racism.
“In so doing, we continue to show solidarity for a common cause.
“We remain resolutely committed to eradicating racial prejudice, and to bring about an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunities for all.
” Up to 238,000 pounds (291,000 dollars ) will also be donated to designated youth clubs on behalf of the captains.
This is following from the money raised from the “No Room For Racism” sleeve badges sold on club shirts last season, with the Premier League matching the figure.
Bristol City and Swansea both announced on the eve of the EFL season that they would no longer take the knee as they felt the act had been diluted.
The EFL continues to support any player who takes the knee before the game, but also back those who have chosen not to and will fight discrimination in other OLAL(
India’s premier communications solutions provider, Bharti Airtel says it has awarded its first 5G contract in the country to Ericsson, a Swedish telecom gear giant.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Airtel said that the deployment would provide a game changer for India.
Vittal said the deployment would drive the digital transformation of industries, enterprises and the socio-economic development of India.
He said that with 5G network, Bharti Airtel would deliver the full benefits of 5G connectivity to fuel India’s journey towards a digital economy and strengthen the country’s position on the world stage.
“As our trusted, long-term technology partner, we are delighted to award our first 5G contract to Ericsson for 5G deployment in India.
“Airtel will deploy power-efficient 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System and microwave mobile transport solutions.
“Ericsson will provide 5G connectivity in 12 circles (geographical regions in India) for Bharti Airtel,” Vittal said.
Mr Börje Ekholm, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ericsson, said the deployment would get underway before the end of this month.
Ekholm said the deployment would help Bharti Airtel to deliver the full benefits of 5G to Indian consumers and enterprises, while seamlessly evolving the company’s network from 4G to 5G.
“It will enable India to realise its digital India vision and foster inclusive development of the country.
With more than 600 million currently living without access to electricity in Africa, significant investments are needed across the energy value chain to make energy poverty history by 2030.
As such, the continent's premier energy event, African Taking place from 18-21 October 2022 in Cape Town, Energy Week (AEW) (www.AECWeek.com) has prioritized investment, and the conference represents the official meeting place for financiers of global and african energy.
During the 2022 edition of the event, AEW will showcase the best of what African energy has to offer through innovative exhibits; organize unique networking sessions where investors can learn about African opportunities; and provide key meeting forums where agreements will be signed that will transform the African energy sector.
For energy poverty to become history in Africa by 2030, it all comes down to investment.
In its African Energy Outlook 2022, the International Energy Agency emphasizes that to meet electrification targets, Africa needs $25 billion in annual investments directed at a host of resources, including oil, gas and renewables.
Even though the energy transition reduced capital spending on fossil fuels, capital is still available and growing, largely due to global supply disruptions due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
As such, Africa is attracting significant attention from global financiers, and having secured investment-friendly environments, many resource-rich countries are poised to witness a new era of investment and development.
Nigeria, for example, implemented its Petroleum Industry Act in 2021, ensuring greater transparency and accountability within the sector while making a strong case for investment in onshore, shallow and deep water basins.
Similarly, in 2019, Senegal implemented the Petroleum Code, focused on productive changes in exploration and production, as well as the participation of local companies, while the Republic of Congo also presented its Gas Mega Plan, which promotes attractive fiscal policies.
that will promote the maximization and monetization of resources.
Consequently, the continent is officially open for business and AEW 2022 will be the place to secure investment and drive development.
“AEW 2022 represents the official meeting place, not only for Africa's oil and gas sector, but also for the continent's financial sector with investors from across the regional and international industry coming to Cape Town to sign deals, push dialogue and networking with high-level delegates.
For current and potential investors interested in upstream, midstream or downstream opportunities, AEW 2022 represents the perfect platform to expand portfolios and invest in Africa's energy future," said Leoncio Amada Nze, President of the African Energy Chamber (AEC).
) CEMAC, adding that, “We have already established strong ties and ongoing collaborations with hedge funds, private equity funds and investors, and in Cape Town, these ties will only grow stronger.” Representing the voice of the African energy sector, the African Energy Chamber (AEC) has and continues to maintain its position on African energy, calling for increased investment in all segments of the energy industry.
At a time when African and global demand for oil and gas is growing, climate change calls for the adoption of low-carbon technologies, and the energy transition redirects funding from fossil fuels to renewables, AEW 2022 unites global investors and Africans to discuss the challenges and opportunities of raising capital while presenting strategies to finance Africa's energy future.
With many countries across the continent aiming for universal access to electricity by 2030, significant levels of investment are needed to ensure electrification targets are met, socio-economic growth is prioritized and climate change mitigation is pursued.
Consequently, through a dedicated financial summit and investor-driven forums, the conference places a specific emphasis on capital, serving as the perfect platform for investors to sign deals, form partnerships and collaborate with an array of project developers.
of the public and private sector.
During this year's edition, delegations from leading African organizations, including the African Export-Import Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Finance Corporation, the Standard Bank and the African Energy Investment Corporation, as well as organizations organizations, including the World Bank, will drive the discussions.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has described the situation at Ukraine’s Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya as highly volatile and fragile.
All the principles of nuclear safety had been violated in one way or another, Rafael Grossi told a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York late Tuesday.
With six units and a capacity of 6,000 megawatts, the plant in the city of Enerhodar in Zaporizhzhya province is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
An IAEA inspection to check technical safety was urgently needed, Grossi said.
But it is currently very difficult for the IAEA to even get to the war zone in Zaporizhzhya.
For this, the IAEA not only needed the consent of Ukraine and the support of the UN, it would also have to come to an agreement with Russia as the occupier of the site.
Russian troops had occupied the plant at the beginning of March.
After that, the nuclear power plant continued to be operated by Ukrainian personnel but monitored by Russian nuclear specialists.
Earlier this week, U.
S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also expressed deep concern on the part of the U.
He said there were credible reports that Russia was using the facility near Zaporizhzhya as a kind of shield, namely firing on Ukrainian forces from near the facility.
The Ukrainians, on the other hand, could not fire back because this could lead to a terrible nuclear accident, Blinken said.
A businessman, Isma’il Alfa, on Wednesday demanded N250,000 from his estranged wife Maryam Adamu, who filed a suit seeking for divorce in a Shari’a Court in Magajin Gari, Kaduna.
Alfa, who was represented by his counsel A.
A. Liman said he paid N50,000 as dowry to marry Adamu in 2014 and that he also sponsored her education.
“Since, she is the one seeking for divorce and she fears disobeying God, I won’t stop her but she has to pay me N250,000 instead of the N50,000 dowry.
“I married her when she was a secondary leaver and I spent not less than N500,000 for her to run a diploma programme,’ he said.
Earlier, Adamu prayed the court to dissolve her marriage on grounds of Khul’i (redemption) saying she was ready to return the dowry to the defendant.
The complainant who spoke through her lawyer, Salisu Jundullahi, said she bore a son for the defendant.
‘The money he claimed he spent on my education can’t be quantified to child I have for him,” she said.
The judge Malam Rilwanu Kyaudai adjourned the matter until Aug. 18 for ruling.
Pope Francis on Wednesday said that he felt the pain of survivors of Canada’s residential school system “like slaps”.
He urged that the Catholic Church has to face up to its responsibility for institutions that abused children and tried to erase indigenous cultures.
The pope dedicated his talk at his weekly general audience to his trip last week to Canada, where he delivered a historic apology for the Church’s role in the government-sanctioned schools, which operated between 1870 and 1996. More than 150,000 indigenous children were separated from their families and brought to residential schools.
According to the pope, Catholic religious orders ran most of them under successive Canadian governments’ policy of assimilation.
The children were beaten for speaking their native languages and many were sexually abused in a system Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission called “cultural genocide.
’’ The pope met indigenous survivors throughout the trip and on the last day, mostly elderly school survivors in Iqaluit, capital of the isolated Arctic territory of Nunavut, who told him their stories in a private meeting.
“I assure you that in these meetings, especially the last one, I had to feel the pain of these people, like slaps, how they lost (so much), how the elderly lost their children and did not know where they ended up, because of this policy of assimilation,’’ Francis said in unscripted comments.
“It was a very painful moment but we had to face up, we have to face up before our errors and our sins,’’ he said.
During the trip, the pope’s apologies evoked strong emotions and praise as a first step in reconciliation, but some survivors said they fell short of expectations and that he had not apologised clearly enough for the Church as an institution.
In an apparent attempt to answer the critics, he said that priests, nuns and lay Catholics had “participated in programmes that today we understand are unacceptable and contrary to the Gospel.
That is why I went to ask forgiveness in the name of the Church.
’’ Some were also heartened when the pope, speaking to reporters on the plane taking him back to Rome on Saturday, branded what happened at the schools as “genocide.
’’ Francis, who is suffering from a knee ailment, walked the some 20 metres (yards) to his seat on the stage of the Vatican’s audience hall using a cane and at the end remained standing to greet some participants.
He later used a wheelchair when aides moved him among the crowd.
The pope mostly used a wheelchair during the Canada trip, including during his in-flight news conference on the return flight.
Organic pesticides, waste-based fertilizers and forest regeneration are just some of the green initiatives being used in Ghana to increase the resilience of farming communities to the impacts of climate change.
Such nature-based solutions work in harmony with the environment and encourage rejuvenation of ecosystems while reducing farmers' reliance on expensive store-bought fertilizers.
Ghana has seen a significant reduction in rainforest cover with the expansion of agriculture, cocoa production, and commercial logging.
But as agriculture has intensified, soil quality and fertility have declined, making it difficult for farmers to make a living from the land.
Globally, Ghana is reported to have experienced the largest increase in primary forest loss (60 percent) between 2017 and 2018.
The Government of Ghana has identified factors such as the impact of climate change, increasing land degradation, low investments in agriculture and low agricultural productivity as some of the main reasons why many young people decide to migrate irregularly.
The Green Employment and Business Opportunities Boost in Ghana, known as Project Green, is a four-year initiative that takes a whole-of-society approach to addressing the interlinked challenges of living with climate change, prioritizing 'green' development solutions or environmentally harmonious while at the same time reducing the push factors that fuel irregular migration.
Funded by the European Union, the GREEN Project provides GREEN jobs and business opportunities in the Ashanti and western regions of Ghana.
Adapting to the impacts of climate change and building resilience at the community level are central to the GREEN Project, which is implementing Phase II of the Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) mechanism.
Since the inception of the GrEEn Project in 2019, UNCDF has worked with local communities through a participatory, bottom-up approach to implement natural solutions to climate change that work best for the communities themselves.
In 2020, together with Green Project implementing partner SOS Children Villages Ghana, UNCDF conducted training sessions for more than 200 local farmers and Green Project Cash for Work beneficiaries on the production of organic pesticides that have been shown to be less toxic and friendlier to the environment.
Following the success of this initiative, in 2022, UNCDF, together with SOS Children's Villages Ghana, once again trained another group of 200 farmers in two separate communities on composting using agricultural and animal waste.
The objective of this exercise was to train farmers to effectively manage waste from their farms, thus reducing the presence of persistent organic pollutants in the environment and reducing their reliance on inorganic fertilizers that are known to degrade farmland with time.
Nana Kofi Aboagye II, who also acts as the Semanhyiahene of the traditional council of Offinso, one of the communities in which the exercise took place, expressed her satisfaction with the training, noting that the use of locally produced organic fertilizers would reactivate the potency of the soil and would help repair degraded farmland.
of farmers in the community.
The UNCDF has also been very interested in helping Ghana restore some of its forest cover, which is being lost at an alarming rate.
In 2021 and 2022, UNCDF, once again working under the GREEN Project, collaborated together with local and traditional authorities as well as community members to plant almost 3,000 individual tree seedlings in the Ashanti and Western regions.
Thanks to the commitment at the local level, specific seedlings were selected based on the vegetation of the communities to guarantee the growth and survival of the trees.
As a result of this activity, it is expected that some forest cover will be preserved and naturally replenished, eventually leading to reductions in greenhouse gases.
UNCDF continues to conduct regular climate change awareness raising and awareness raising activities, especially among vulnerable groups, while implementing natural climate solutions to mitigate the effect that climate change is having on local communities.
The Year 2 Green Progress Report is available here; Standards and procedures for the Cash for Work approach are available in the Cash for Work Guidelines.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described Myanmar as a friendly and long-standing partner as he met the foreign minister of the military government, Wunna Maung Lwin, on Wednesday.
Lavrov’s visit to Myanmar coincided with several days of foreign ministers’ meetings of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Cambodia.
Lwin, however, was not allowed to attend the meetings in Cambodia because of the ongoing violence in his country since the military coup one and a half years ago.
Russia is isolated from most Western countries because of the war in Ukraine, which it had been waging since February, but Moscow continued to pursue contacts in South-East Asia. The military junta in the crisis-ridden country of Myanmar supported Russia’s attack at the beginning of the war.
One addition to describing Myanmar as a friendly and long-standing partner, Lavrov also said that the two countries were linked by decades of cooperation.
Former Burma had been mired in chaos and violence since a military coup in February 2021. (
As dusk falls, Yii Siew Siew, a Chinese Malaysian, sits on the sandy beach with her husband, totally immersed in the splendid evening glow along the coast.
Yii, a media editor in Pingtan County, east China’s Fujian Province, has made about 50 vlogs to record her stories on the island, where she found her passion.
When she first arrived in Pingtan about four years ago, she was impressed by the local culture and history.
“The life here is wonderful.
I love the fascinating and romantic coastline.
And I feel there’s much more to explore on the island,’’ Yii said.
“As an editor, I feel that the Western media did not portray the real China that I know.
“There are so many great things about China the amazing people, the beautiful culture, and the rich history.
“All of these were rarely covered by Western media.
So as an expatriate living in China, I wanted to promote Pingtan and tell the world that life in China is beautiful,’’ Yii said.
Yii started to make English vlogs in Pingtan.
Her vlog channel Stephy’s Pingtan Travel covers stories including other expatriates’ life in Pingtan, traditional Chinese food, and the artisan bazaar in villages.
“Growing up as a Chinese Malaysian, my parents had always taught me to be aware of our roots.
“I remember growing up, reading and watching Chinese stories like Journey to the West. It was an important part of my childhood,’’ Yii said.
Haven lived in Malaysia and Singapore for 30 years, to Yii, moving to Pingtan with his husband, a Pingtan local, was a decision that could not be more correct.
“I have always felt lucky because I can do the things that I love.
Over the four years in Pingtan, I have learned, seen, and experienced many things,” said Yii. He added that she loved the strong sense of bond between family and neighbourhood here.
“My mother-in-law takes good care of me, making me feel that I’m her daughter.
Also, I feel warmly welcomed by the neighbourhood,’’ Yii said.
In August 2016, the State Council officially approved a plan to construct Pingtan into an international tourism destination.
Over the past six years, tourism on the island had boomed, and many foreigners were lured to travel and settle in Pingtan.
“Pingtan has stepped up the game in making its voice known.
Now, we have plenty of exciting international events here, like the annual international kitesurfing competition and international cycling competition,’’ Yii noted.
“This island has so much potential, and I believe it will do many more great things to come,’’ she added.
Russia backs the Myanmar junta’s efforts to “stabilise” the crisis-wracked country and hold elections next year, its foreign minister said in talks with top generals on Wednesday, according to Russian state media.
The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since the putsch last year, with the junta accused by rights groups of committing war crimes as it struggles to crush resistance to its rule.
Isolated internationally and with Western governments imposing sanctions, the military government has sought to deepen ties with major ally and arms supplier Russia — whose invasion of Ukraine it has said was “justified”.
“We are in solidarity with the efforts [by the junta] aimed at stabilising the situation in the country,” Sergei Lavrov said during talks in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, according to the TASS news agency.
“Next year, you will hold legislative elections and we wish you success,” Lavrov added, referring to proposed August 2023 elections that opponents of the coup have said will be neither free nor fair.
On Monday junta chief Min Aung Hlaing — who travelled to Moscow last month — said polls could only take place when the conflict-wracked country was “stable and peaceful”.
The putsch has sparked renewed fighting with established ethnic rebel groups in border areas, while dozens of civilian “People’s Defence Force” militias have also sprung up to battle the military.
Russia — along with ally China — has been accused by rights groups and a UN expert of arming the military with weapons used to attack civilians.
Lavrov and junta chief Min Aung Hlaing also discussed opening new consulates “to promote an increase in travel” between their two countries, TASS said.
The junta has yet to comment on Lavrov’s visit.
Lavrov is scheduled to travel on to an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers’ meeting in Cambodia from which the junta’s top diplomat has been excluded.
The bloc joined a chorus of international outrage last week after the junta announced it had executed four prisoners, including a former lawmaker and a democracy activist, in the country’s first use of capital punishment in decades.
– ‘Disappointed and disturbed’ –ASEAN has been growing increasingly frustrated at Myanmar’s lack of progress on a five-point peace plan agreed last year.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen — the current ASEAN chair — on Wednesday warned Myanmar against further hangings.
He said the regional bloc was “disappointed and disturbed” by last month’s executions, and that the further use of capital punishment would mean a “rethink” of the five-point peace plan.
Isolated on the international stage, the junta has turned increasingly to allies including China and Russia.
Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing was in Moscow on a “private” visit in July and reportedly met with officials from Moscow’s space agency Roscosmos and nuclear agencies.
In Naypyidaw, Lavrov said Roscosmos would build “new infrastructure” in Myanmar in cooperation with the junta.
The army has justified its power grab by alleging massive fraud during the 2020 elections, in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) trounced a military-backed party.
Last year, it cancelled the results of the polls, saying it had uncovered more than 11 million instances of voter fraud.
International observers said the voting was largely free and fair.
More than 2,100 people have been killed in a military crackdown on dissent, according to a local monitor.