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  •  London s transport system is not allowing advertising that portrays Qatar as a desirable destination or encourages people to attend the World Cup under a 2019 policy response to LGBTQ laws there The stance by Transport for London TfL has reportedly angered Doha during its hosting of the football tournament with the Financial Times reporting Saturday that it is reviewing all investments in the UK capital Since 2019 adverts that reference countries identified as having the death penalty for same sex sexual acts are referred to TfL which reviews their suitability to feature on trains buses and other sites It uses a list of countries compiled by the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association ILGA a federation of more than 1 700 organisations worldwide campaigning for LGBTQ rights Qatar is among 11 states listed as having effective or probable death penalty policies for same sex sexual acts alongside regional neighbours Iran Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates A TfL spokesperson said as a result any advertising campaign referencing them continues to be reviewed on a case by case basis She added that ahead of the World Cup it provided advertising partners and brands with further guidance on ads likely to be deemed acceptable to run during the tournament Advertising which promotes travel to Qatar tourism in Qatar or portrays Qatar as a desirable destination will not be considered acceptable at this time TfL noted Advertising which promotes ticket sales encourages people to attend the matches in person or encourages people to attend other events in Qatar will not be considered acceptable at this time However other ads featuring the official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 logo or encouraging people to watch the matches on TV or streaming services were likely to be considered acceptable it added The Financial Times said the policy had prompted Qatar one of the biggest investors in London through the emirate s vast sovereign wealth fund to launch a review of its investments there The Qatar Investment Authority has spent lavishly and snapped up some of Britain s best known landmarks and businesses including the luxury store Harrods and the capital s Shard skyscraper
    London transport network blocks Qatar ads over LGBTQ laws
     London s transport system is not allowing advertising that portrays Qatar as a desirable destination or encourages people to attend the World Cup under a 2019 policy response to LGBTQ laws there The stance by Transport for London TfL has reportedly angered Doha during its hosting of the football tournament with the Financial Times reporting Saturday that it is reviewing all investments in the UK capital Since 2019 adverts that reference countries identified as having the death penalty for same sex sexual acts are referred to TfL which reviews their suitability to feature on trains buses and other sites It uses a list of countries compiled by the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association ILGA a federation of more than 1 700 organisations worldwide campaigning for LGBTQ rights Qatar is among 11 states listed as having effective or probable death penalty policies for same sex sexual acts alongside regional neighbours Iran Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates A TfL spokesperson said as a result any advertising campaign referencing them continues to be reviewed on a case by case basis She added that ahead of the World Cup it provided advertising partners and brands with further guidance on ads likely to be deemed acceptable to run during the tournament Advertising which promotes travel to Qatar tourism in Qatar or portrays Qatar as a desirable destination will not be considered acceptable at this time TfL noted Advertising which promotes ticket sales encourages people to attend the matches in person or encourages people to attend other events in Qatar will not be considered acceptable at this time However other ads featuring the official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 logo or encouraging people to watch the matches on TV or streaming services were likely to be considered acceptable it added The Financial Times said the policy had prompted Qatar one of the biggest investors in London through the emirate s vast sovereign wealth fund to launch a review of its investments there The Qatar Investment Authority has spent lavishly and snapped up some of Britain s best known landmarks and businesses including the luxury store Harrods and the capital s Shard skyscraper
    London transport network blocks Qatar ads over LGBTQ laws
    Foreign6 hours ago

    London transport network blocks Qatar ads over LGBTQ laws

    London’s transport system is not allowing advertising that “portrays Qatar as a desirable destination” or encourages people to attend the World Cup, under a 2019 policy response to LGBTQ laws there.

    The stance by Transport for London (TfL) has reportedly angered Doha during its hosting of the football tournament, with the Financial Times reporting Saturday that it is reviewing all investments in the UK capital.

    Since 2019, adverts that reference countries identified as having the death penalty for same-sex sexual acts are referred to TfL, which reviews their suitability to feature on trains, buses and other sites.

    It uses a list of countries compiled by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), a federation of more than 1,700 organisations worldwide campaigning for LGBTQ rights.

    Qatar is among 11 states listed as having “effective” or “probable” death penalty policies for same-sex sexual acts, alongside regional neighbours Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    A TfL spokesperson said as a result any advertising campaign referencing them “continues to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis”.

    She added that ahead of the World Cup it provided advertising partners and brands with “further guidance” on ads likely to be deemed “acceptable to run during the tournament”.

    “Advertising which promotes travel to Qatar, tourism in Qatar, or portrays Qatar as a desirable destination will not be considered acceptable at this time,” TfL noted.

    “Advertising which promotes ticket sales, encourages people to attend the matches in person, or encourages people to attend other events in Qatar will not be considered acceptable at this time.

    ” However, other ads featuring the official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 logo or encouraging people to watch the matches on TV or streaming services were likely to be considered acceptable, it added.

    The Financial Times said the policy had prompted Qatar — one of the biggest investors in London through the emirate’s vast sovereign wealth fund — to launch a review of its investments there.

    The Qatar Investment Authority has spent lavishly and snapped up some of Britain’s best-known landmarks and businesses, including the luxury store Harrods and the capital’s Shard skyscraper.

  •  Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Kizz Daniel Live Video Performance nbsp https youtu be CEBTTn5HSlM nbsp Buga Lo Lo Lo Mixed Song by Kizz Daniel and Tekno VideosLyricsListen Hey Don t sleep no sleep Wake up Uba Collect your money Collect your money Wake up eh Collect your money Collect your money Wake up Giddem Gbe ra Gbe ra o Gbe ra go get that mullah Wake up Oh ah mo ni ko kala Kala gb owo y n o Kala gb owo y n l w dealer Kala ko You don work you don try try You suppose to dey j aiye j aiye Kilo kan mi kan person matter o Person wey don mad oy When I land I land softly on a sofa floor So far so good koni baje o Let me see you Go low low low Let me see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga o Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga o Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga Gbe ra oh Gb era o Gbera go get the Dollar Wake up Oun kan ra kala gb owo y n o Kala gb owo y n l w dealer K ala ko You don work you don try You suppose to dey high Ki lo kan w n o fun w n Person wey don mad ay When I land I land softly on a sofa floor So far so good koni baje o Let me see you Go low low low Let me see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga o Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga o Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme see you Buga w n Lemme see you Go low low low Let me see you Go low low low Buga w n Let me see you Buga w n Let me see you Go low low low Let me see you Go low low low Buga won Let me see you Buga won You don work you don try You suppose to dey fine Meet me You don work you don try You suppose to dey fine
    Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup: Kizz Daniel Live Video Performance
     Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Kizz Daniel Live Video Performance nbsp https youtu be CEBTTn5HSlM nbsp Buga Lo Lo Lo Mixed Song by Kizz Daniel and Tekno VideosLyricsListen Hey Don t sleep no sleep Wake up Uba Collect your money Collect your money Wake up eh Collect your money Collect your money Wake up Giddem Gbe ra Gbe ra o Gbe ra go get that mullah Wake up Oh ah mo ni ko kala Kala gb owo y n o Kala gb owo y n l w dealer Kala ko You don work you don try try You suppose to dey j aiye j aiye Kilo kan mi kan person matter o Person wey don mad oy When I land I land softly on a sofa floor So far so good koni baje o Let me see you Go low low low Let me see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga o Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga o Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga Gbe ra oh Gb era o Gbera go get the Dollar Wake up Oun kan ra kala gb owo y n o Kala gb owo y n l w dealer K ala ko You don work you don try You suppose to dey high Ki lo kan w n o fun w n Person wey don mad ay When I land I land softly on a sofa floor So far so good koni baje o Let me see you Go low low low Let me see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga o Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme Buga w n Lemme see you dey buga o Go low low low Lemme see you Go low low low Buga w n Lemme see you Buga w n Lemme see you Go low low low Let me see you Go low low low Buga w n Let me see you Buga w n Let me see you Go low low low Let me see you Go low low low Buga won Let me see you Buga won You don work you don try You suppose to dey fine Meet me You don work you don try You suppose to dey fine
    Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup: Kizz Daniel Live Video Performance
    Entertainment23 hours ago

    Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup: Kizz Daniel Live Video Performance

    Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup: Kizz Daniel Live Video Performance https://youtu.be/CEBTTn5HSlM Buga (Lo Lo Lo) (Mixed) Song by Kizz Daniel and Tekno VideosLyricsListen Hey Don't sleep no sleep Wake up (Uba) Collect your money (Collect your money) Wake up eh Collect your money (Collect your money) Wake up (Giddem) Gbe'ra (Gbe'ra o) Gbe'ra go get that mullah (Wake up) Oh ah mo ni ko kala (Kala gb'owo yẹn o) Kala gb'owo yẹn l'ọwọ dealer (Kala ko) You don work you don try try You suppose to dey j'aiye j'aiye Kilo kan mi kan person matter o Person wey don mad oy When I land I land softly on a sofa floor So far so good koni baje o Let me see you (Go low low low) Let me see you (Go low low low) Buga wọn (Lemme) Buga wọn Lemme see you dey buga (Go low low low) Lemme see you (Go low low low) Buga wọn (Lemme) Buga wọn Lemme see you dey buga o (Go low low low) Lemme see you (Go low low low) Buga wọn (Lemme) Buga wọn Lemme see you dey buga o (Go low low low) Lemme see you (Go low low low) Buga wọn (Lemme) Buga wọn Lemme see you dey buga (Gbe'ra oh) Gb'era o Gbera go get the Dollar (Wake up) Oun kan'ra kala gb'owo yẹn o Kala gb'owo yẹn l'ọwọ dealer (K'ala ko) You don work you don try You suppose to dey high Ki lo kan wọn o ṣẹ fun wọn Person wey don mad ay When I land I land softly on a sofa floor So far so good koni baje o Let me see you (Go low low low) Let me see you (Go low low low) Buga wọn Lemme Buga wọn Lemme see you dey buga (Go low low low) Lemme see you (Go low low low) Buga wọn (Lemme) Buga wọn Lemme see you dey buga o (Go low low low) Lemme see you (Go low low low) Buga wọn (Lemme) Buga wọn Lemme see you dey buga o (Go low low low) Lemme see you (Go low low low) Buga wọn (Lemme see you) Buga wọn Lemme see you Go low low low (Let me see you) Go low low low Buga wọn (Let me see you) Buga wọn (Let me see you) Go low low low (Let me see you) Go low low low Buga won (Let me see you) Buga won You don work you don try You suppose to dey fine Meet me You don work you don try You suppose to dey fine

  •   The video submission includes FIFA www FIFA com Legend Roger Milla speaking at the FIFA World Cup 2022 match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub stadium in Doha on November 24 Milla received an award from FIFA President Gianni Infantino for his contribution to African and world football and for being the oldest goalscorer in FIFA World Cup history Access the B roll and dopesheet https bit ly 3U0yxNK Also available on FIFA Media Hub https fifa fans 3F0Ti7C
    B-roll Video Release: FIFA Legend Roger Milla speaking at the FIFA World Cup 2022™ match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub stadium in Doha on November 24
      The video submission includes FIFA www FIFA com Legend Roger Milla speaking at the FIFA World Cup 2022 match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub stadium in Doha on November 24 Milla received an award from FIFA President Gianni Infantino for his contribution to African and world football and for being the oldest goalscorer in FIFA World Cup history Access the B roll and dopesheet https bit ly 3U0yxNK Also available on FIFA Media Hub https fifa fans 3F0Ti7C
    B-roll Video Release: FIFA Legend Roger Milla speaking at the FIFA World Cup 2022™ match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub stadium in Doha on November 24
    Africa1 day ago

    B-roll Video Release: FIFA Legend Roger Milla speaking at the FIFA World Cup 2022™ match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub stadium in Doha on November 24

    The video submission includes FIFA (www.FIFA.com) Legend Roger Milla speaking at the FIFA World Cup 2022™ match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub stadium in Doha on November 24.

    Milla received an award from FIFA President Gianni Infantino for his contribution to African and world football and for being the oldest goalscorer in FIFA World Cup™ history.

    Access the B-roll and dopesheet: https://bit.ly/3U0yxNKAlso available on FIFA Media Hub: https://fifa.fans/3F0Ti7C

  •   HE Prime Minister of the sisterly Federal Republic of Somalia Hamza Abdi Barre met with HE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to Somalia Dr Abdullah bin Salem Al Nuaimi Bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries were reviewed during the meeting HE Prime Minister of Somalia during the meeting expressed his thanks to the State of Qatar for supporting the developmental projects in his country congratulating Qatar for the successful hosting of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
    Somali Prime Minister Meets Qatar’s Ambassador
      HE Prime Minister of the sisterly Federal Republic of Somalia Hamza Abdi Barre met with HE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to Somalia Dr Abdullah bin Salem Al Nuaimi Bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries were reviewed during the meeting HE Prime Minister of Somalia during the meeting expressed his thanks to the State of Qatar for supporting the developmental projects in his country congratulating Qatar for the successful hosting of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
    Somali Prime Minister Meets Qatar’s Ambassador
    Africa2 days ago

    Somali Prime Minister Meets Qatar’s Ambassador

    HE Prime Minister of the sisterly Federal Republic of Somalia Hamza Abdi Barre, met with HE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to Somalia Dr. Abdullah bin Salem Al Nuaimi.

    Bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries were reviewed during the meeting.

    HE Prime Minister of Somalia, during the meeting, expressed his thanks to the State of Qatar for supporting the developmental projects in his country, congratulating Qatar for the successful hosting of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

  •   Japan s benchmark Nikkei stock index closed at a more than two and a half month high on Thursday tracking gains on Wall Street overnight amid renewed hopes the US Federal Reserve could ease the pace of its interest rate increases The Nikkei Stock Average of 225 issues added 267 35 points or 0 95 percent since Tuesday to close the day at 28 383 09 marking its highest closing level since September 13 Meanwhile the broader Topix index gained 24 05 points or 1 21 percent to end at 2 018 80 Financial markets here were closed on Wednesday for a national holiday Local traders said the market inherited an upbeat mood since Wall Street closed higher overnight This was after Fed minutes showing Fed officials suggested their aggressive inflation fighting rate hikes could be scaled back and smaller measures taken instead of front loading they explained Investors had started pricing in a 0 50 percentage point rise in December after the release of weaker than expected US inflation data earlier this month said Maki Sawada a strategist at the Department of Finance Nomura Securities Co investment content Those views were further strengthened after the Fed minutes were released Sawada said Other market strategists said the Fed minutes in addition to lifting US stocks overnight also had a positive effect on domestic issue buying The minutes raised confidence and it was also noted that global investors were targeting Japanese stocks said Chihiro Ohta deputy general manager of investment research and investor services at SMBC Nikko Securities In the Prime Market topics related to shipping banking and wholesale trade were the biggest gainers Heavily weighted semiconductor linked issues found favor and underpinned the broader market with Advantest jumping 4 6 percent while Tokyo Electron finished 3 5 percent higher Shipping companies were also among the notable advancers with Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd rising 4 percent while Nippon Yusen rose 6 percent Pharmaceutical company Shionogi Co ended 0 3 percent higher after it said it had applied for approval of its COVID 19 vaccine with Japan s Ministry of Health marking the first application of a vaccine COVID 19 developed in Japan The move comes after the ministry granted emergency approval for its oral COVID 19 drug Xocova another first for a national drugmaker Other problems arose after Japan s upset victory over Germany in their opening game of the World Cup British themed pub chain Hub which broadcasts matches jumped 10 5 percent on hopes of increased sponsorship during the Qatar based FIFA World Cup CyberAgent also benefited from Japan s victory with the internet platform which is streaming World Cup soccer matches for free jumping 7 4 percent At the close of the game the numbers going up outnumbered those going down by 1 534 to 248 while 54 ended the day unchanged In the Prime Market on Thursday 1 311 10 million shares changed hands increasing from Tuesday s volume of 1 204 28 million shares Turnover on the penultimate trading day of the week came in at 3 334 93 billion yen about 24 billion US dollars Xinhua
    Japan’s Nikkei closes higher on hopes that the Fed will raise interest rates
      Japan s benchmark Nikkei stock index closed at a more than two and a half month high on Thursday tracking gains on Wall Street overnight amid renewed hopes the US Federal Reserve could ease the pace of its interest rate increases The Nikkei Stock Average of 225 issues added 267 35 points or 0 95 percent since Tuesday to close the day at 28 383 09 marking its highest closing level since September 13 Meanwhile the broader Topix index gained 24 05 points or 1 21 percent to end at 2 018 80 Financial markets here were closed on Wednesday for a national holiday Local traders said the market inherited an upbeat mood since Wall Street closed higher overnight This was after Fed minutes showing Fed officials suggested their aggressive inflation fighting rate hikes could be scaled back and smaller measures taken instead of front loading they explained Investors had started pricing in a 0 50 percentage point rise in December after the release of weaker than expected US inflation data earlier this month said Maki Sawada a strategist at the Department of Finance Nomura Securities Co investment content Those views were further strengthened after the Fed minutes were released Sawada said Other market strategists said the Fed minutes in addition to lifting US stocks overnight also had a positive effect on domestic issue buying The minutes raised confidence and it was also noted that global investors were targeting Japanese stocks said Chihiro Ohta deputy general manager of investment research and investor services at SMBC Nikko Securities In the Prime Market topics related to shipping banking and wholesale trade were the biggest gainers Heavily weighted semiconductor linked issues found favor and underpinned the broader market with Advantest jumping 4 6 percent while Tokyo Electron finished 3 5 percent higher Shipping companies were also among the notable advancers with Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd rising 4 percent while Nippon Yusen rose 6 percent Pharmaceutical company Shionogi Co ended 0 3 percent higher after it said it had applied for approval of its COVID 19 vaccine with Japan s Ministry of Health marking the first application of a vaccine COVID 19 developed in Japan The move comes after the ministry granted emergency approval for its oral COVID 19 drug Xocova another first for a national drugmaker Other problems arose after Japan s upset victory over Germany in their opening game of the World Cup British themed pub chain Hub which broadcasts matches jumped 10 5 percent on hopes of increased sponsorship during the Qatar based FIFA World Cup CyberAgent also benefited from Japan s victory with the internet platform which is streaming World Cup soccer matches for free jumping 7 4 percent At the close of the game the numbers going up outnumbered those going down by 1 534 to 248 while 54 ended the day unchanged In the Prime Market on Thursday 1 311 10 million shares changed hands increasing from Tuesday s volume of 1 204 28 million shares Turnover on the penultimate trading day of the week came in at 3 334 93 billion yen about 24 billion US dollars Xinhua
    Japan’s Nikkei closes higher on hopes that the Fed will raise interest rates
    Foreign2 days ago

    Japan’s Nikkei closes higher on hopes that the Fed will raise interest rates

    - Japan's benchmark Nikkei stock index closed at a more than two-and-a-half-month high on Thursday, tracking gains on Wall Street overnight amid renewed hopes the US Federal Reserve could ease the pace of its interest rate increases.

    The Nikkei Stock Average of 225 issues added 267.35 points, or 0.95 percent, since Tuesday to close the day at 28,383.09, marking its highest closing level since September 13.

    Meanwhile, the broader Topix index gained 24.05 points, or 1.21 percent, to end at 2,018.80.

    Financial markets here were closed on Wednesday for a national holiday.

    Local traders said the market inherited an upbeat mood since Wall Street closed higher overnight.

    This was after Fed minutes showing Fed officials suggested their aggressive inflation-fighting rate hikes could be scaled back and smaller measures taken instead of front-loading, they explained.

    "Investors had started pricing in a 0.50 percentage point rise in December after the release of weaker-than-expected US inflation data earlier this month," said Maki Sawada, a strategist at the Department of Finance. Nomura Securities Co. investment content.

    "Those views were further strengthened after the Fed minutes were released," Sawada said.

    Other market strategists said the Fed minutes, in addition to lifting US stocks overnight, also had a positive effect on domestic issue buying.

    "The minutes raised confidence and it was also noted that global investors were targeting Japanese stocks," said Chihiro Ohta, deputy general manager of investment research and investor services at SMBC Nikko Securities.

    In the Prime Market, topics related to shipping, banking and wholesale trade were the biggest gainers.

    Heavily weighted semiconductor-linked issues found favor and underpinned the broader market, with Advantest jumping 4.6 percent while Tokyo Electron finished 3.5 percent higher.

    Shipping companies were also among the notable advancers, with Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd. rising 4 percent while Nippon Yusen rose 6 percent.

    Pharmaceutical company Shionogi & Co. ended 0.3 percent higher after it said it had applied for approval of its COVID-19 vaccine with Japan's Ministry of Health, marking the first application of a vaccine. COVID-19 developed in Japan.

    The move comes after the ministry granted emergency approval for its oral COVID-19 drug Xocova, another first for a national drugmaker.

    Other problems arose after Japan's upset victory over Germany in their opening game of the World Cup.

    British-themed pub chain Hub, which broadcasts matches, jumped 10.5 percent on hopes of increased sponsorship during the Qatar-based FIFA World Cup.

    CyberAgent also benefited from Japan's victory, with the internet platform, which is streaming World Cup soccer matches for free, jumping 7.4 percent.

    At the close of the game, the numbers going up outnumbered those going down by 1,534 to 248, while 54 ended the day unchanged.

    In the Prime Market on Thursday, 1,311.10 million shares changed hands, increasing from Tuesday's volume of 1,204.28 million shares.

    Turnover on the penultimate trading day of the week came in at 3,334.93 billion yen (about 24 billion US dollars). ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   It was an unpleasant ride in complete silence for the German team back to the team hotel in northern Qatar Each of the 110 kilometers seemed endless as the 2014 world champions found themselves in shock after a 2 1 defeat against Japan on their 2022 FIFA World Cup debut in Doha It may be a curious side effect that two Japanese players employed by top tier German clubs scored the winning goals Freiburg s Ritsu Doan and Bochum s Takuma Asano Bad memories may have surfaced regarding the 2018 tournament in Russia when an early exit from the group followed a 1 0 loss in the opener against Mexico At present there doesn t seem to be much reason for optimism to turn things around this time around as Germany take on Spain the group s presumed strongest competitor on Sunday in a game that has already turned into a final Statistics may have come to the mind of manager Hansi Flick as Germany have only won one of the last seven meetings against Spain Against Japan Germany s weaknesses were overwhelmingly exposed as the team lacked efficiency up front and on the faltering back line Not having an efficient striker who consistently scores goals a convincing number nine and a struggling defense seems to become too much of a burden We need a different approach to play against Spain and we will do that as Spain is a different team playing different football Flick said The German coach admitted We are brutally disappointed because we made mistakes that you cannot make in a World Cup The team and the coach seem to feel the pressure emerging considering the second group game Today we didn t have the final will to cross the finish line said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer We allowed Japan to come back to life because we lacked dynamism and determination Dominating the game for 60 minutes Germany found no answers after Japan changed their tactics and increased their attacks Flick s team gambled away a 1 0 lead and missed several chances Not converting an advantage into a final victory has accompanied the German team in recent months Exaggerated self reflection seems like an additional problem It s time to show character now The situation we find ourselves in because of our performance is challenging The story is when you re not effective enough you don t get anywhere Bayern striker Thomas Muller said before admit I m surprised right now Flick s tactic of primarily relying on a back line of three with Leipzig defender David Raum as an additional player covering the left flank failed when Japan used the spaces back Experienced forces like Niklas Sule Antonio Rudiger and Nico Schlotterbeck were unable to create stability Mistakes by Sule and Schlotterbeck allowed Japan to take the lead after the German lost control in midfield following the substitution of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan We have to use the three days that we have ahead to develop a better state of mind and talk about the things that we inevitably have to improve We will talk a lot said Flick trying to spread optimism since we know what quality there is in our team The German coach spoke of six points that are still at stake and it is up to us to do the job Xinhua
    Germany in shock after the defeat in the first match of the World Cup against Japan-
      It was an unpleasant ride in complete silence for the German team back to the team hotel in northern Qatar Each of the 110 kilometers seemed endless as the 2014 world champions found themselves in shock after a 2 1 defeat against Japan on their 2022 FIFA World Cup debut in Doha It may be a curious side effect that two Japanese players employed by top tier German clubs scored the winning goals Freiburg s Ritsu Doan and Bochum s Takuma Asano Bad memories may have surfaced regarding the 2018 tournament in Russia when an early exit from the group followed a 1 0 loss in the opener against Mexico At present there doesn t seem to be much reason for optimism to turn things around this time around as Germany take on Spain the group s presumed strongest competitor on Sunday in a game that has already turned into a final Statistics may have come to the mind of manager Hansi Flick as Germany have only won one of the last seven meetings against Spain Against Japan Germany s weaknesses were overwhelmingly exposed as the team lacked efficiency up front and on the faltering back line Not having an efficient striker who consistently scores goals a convincing number nine and a struggling defense seems to become too much of a burden We need a different approach to play against Spain and we will do that as Spain is a different team playing different football Flick said The German coach admitted We are brutally disappointed because we made mistakes that you cannot make in a World Cup The team and the coach seem to feel the pressure emerging considering the second group game Today we didn t have the final will to cross the finish line said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer We allowed Japan to come back to life because we lacked dynamism and determination Dominating the game for 60 minutes Germany found no answers after Japan changed their tactics and increased their attacks Flick s team gambled away a 1 0 lead and missed several chances Not converting an advantage into a final victory has accompanied the German team in recent months Exaggerated self reflection seems like an additional problem It s time to show character now The situation we find ourselves in because of our performance is challenging The story is when you re not effective enough you don t get anywhere Bayern striker Thomas Muller said before admit I m surprised right now Flick s tactic of primarily relying on a back line of three with Leipzig defender David Raum as an additional player covering the left flank failed when Japan used the spaces back Experienced forces like Niklas Sule Antonio Rudiger and Nico Schlotterbeck were unable to create stability Mistakes by Sule and Schlotterbeck allowed Japan to take the lead after the German lost control in midfield following the substitution of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan We have to use the three days that we have ahead to develop a better state of mind and talk about the things that we inevitably have to improve We will talk a lot said Flick trying to spread optimism since we know what quality there is in our team The German coach spoke of six points that are still at stake and it is up to us to do the job Xinhua
    Germany in shock after the defeat in the first match of the World Cup against Japan-
    Foreign3 days ago

    Germany in shock after the defeat in the first match of the World Cup against Japan-

    - It was an unpleasant ride in complete silence for the German team back to the team hotel in northern Qatar.

    Each of the 110 kilometers seemed endless as the 2014 world champions found themselves in shock after a 2-1 defeat against Japan on their 2022 FIFA World Cup debut in Doha.

    It may be a curious side effect that two Japanese players employed by top-tier German clubs scored the winning goals: Freiburg's Ritsu Doan and Bochum's Takuma Asano.

    Bad memories may have surfaced regarding the 2018 tournament in Russia when an early exit from the group followed a 1-0 loss in the opener against Mexico.

    At present, there doesn't seem to be much reason for optimism to turn things around this time around, as Germany take on Spain, the group's presumed strongest competitor, on Sunday in a game that has already turned into a final.

    Statistics may have come to the mind of manager Hansi Flick, as Germany have only won one of the last seven meetings against Spain.

    Against Japan, Germany's weaknesses were overwhelmingly exposed as the team lacked efficiency up front and on the faltering back line.

    Not having an efficient striker who consistently scores goals, a convincing number nine and a struggling defense seems to become too much of a burden.

    "We need a different approach to play against Spain and we will do that, as Spain is a different team playing different football," Flick said. The German coach admitted: "We are brutally disappointed because we made mistakes that you cannot make in a World Cup."

    The team and the coach seem to feel the pressure emerging considering the second group game. "Today we didn't have the final will to cross the finish line," said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. "We allowed Japan to come back to life because we lacked dynamism and determination."

    Dominating the game for 60 minutes, Germany found no answers after Japan changed their tactics and increased their attacks. Flick's team gambled away a 1-0 lead and missed several chances.

    Not converting an advantage into a final victory has accompanied the German team in recent months. Exaggerated self-reflection seems like an additional problem.

    "It's time to show character now. The situation we find ourselves in because of our performance is challenging. The story is: when you're not effective enough, you don't get anywhere," Bayern striker Thomas Muller said before admit: "I'm surprised right now."

    Flick's tactic of primarily relying on a back line of three with Leipzig defender David Raum as an additional player covering the left flank failed when Japan used the spaces back. Experienced forces like Niklas Sule, Antonio Rudiger and Nico Schlotterbeck were unable to create stability.

    Mistakes by Sule and Schlotterbeck allowed Japan to take the lead after the German lost control in midfield following the substitution of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

    "We have to use the three days that we have ahead to develop a better state of mind and talk about the things that we inevitably have to improve. We will talk a lot," said Flick trying to spread optimism "since we know what quality there is in our team." . ."

    The German coach spoke of six points "that are still at stake and it is up to us to do the job." ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  One thing that even the strongest opponents of Governor Seyi Makinde acknowledge is that he has performed as governor They may vary in how they rate him but they can point to projects he has completed which they envy For example Chief Bayo Adelabu gubernatorial candidate of the Accord Party scored Governor Makinde 70 for the Moniya Ijaiye Iseyin Road For a fact Governor Seyi Makinde has raised the bar on governance in Oyo State One remarkable way he has done this is by deviating from the usual practice of abandoning projects started by one s predecessor Roads such as the 12km Bembo New Garage Apata Road aka Akala Express Way the 9 7km Saki Township Road the 7 2km Idi Ape Basorun Akobo Odogbo Baracks Road the 65kmMoniya Ijaiye Iseyin Road the 65m General Gas Flyover and even the 110km Ibadan Circular Road were all started or abandoned by his predecessors Still he chose to complete them because in his words the people of Oyo State must benefit from all infrastructure projects that the state has at any time invested in In the same way facilities that were left moribund or abandoned some for upwards of 30 years have been rehabilitated and put to use for the benefit of the Oyo State economy One of these projects is Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant Ijaiye conceived by Governor Rashidi Ladoja and abandoned by all his predecessors until Governor Makinde came into office completed the project and the people of Oyo State are currently benefiting from its use As Governor Makinde has confirmed asphalt from this plant is being used in road construction in Oyo State Another moribund facility that has been rehabilitated is the Oyo State IITA Youth Agribusiness Incubation Park Centre This 210 hectare facility which used to be the Rural Community Development Centre RCDC Awe lay moribund Today it has been transformed into a training centre for youths in agribusiness Oyo State has collaborated with various development agencies at this facility As of the last count 20 of the 117 beneficiaries of these programmes have gone ahead to establish their agribusiness enterprises leading to the creation of 700 direct and indirect jobs We can also point to rehabilitating the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme OYSADEP Headquarters now the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency OYSADA Headquarters at Saki This is not a headquarters in name only as most OYSADA staff work out of this facility This has brought development to Saki West Local Government Area Another facility undergoing rehabilitation is the Fasola Agribusiness Industrial Hub This is one of the nine moribund farm settlements of over 1 100 hectares This massive facility over 80 completed hosts residences farms processing centres and other agribusiness facilities putting Oyo State on the map as the agribusiness destination of Nigeria The work in that facility has attracted 15 agro industries including Friesland Campina which will be hosting a calf breeding and livestock pasture development hub there Of course these are not the only moribund facilities that have been rehabilitated We have Rontol Foods presently occupying rehabilitated facilities at the Ilora Farm Settlement This is one example of a private sector led public sector facilitated project ensuring the use of Oyo State once moribund facilities Another is the Equipment Fabrication Centre at Apata which is now being rehabilitated by Niji Group It is important to note that Niji relocated from Lagos State to work in Oyo State Last but certainly not least is the upgraded Lekan Salami Sports Complex Adamasingba This FIFA accredited world class main bowl has returned international football to Ibadan after almost three decades While the Shooting Stars Sports Club 3SC in Ibadan now have a home stadium to play in Let us not forget that Governor Seyi Makinde completed all these in less than four years with over 11 months lost to the COVID 19 pandemic and the State FAAC at record lows Is it any wonder that many have said Governor Seyi Makinde is the best Oyo State has had since 1999 Anyone with a counter argument should come forward with the data Governor Seyi Makinde has set new standards of governance in Oyo State Olamide Olorundare is the Special Assistant New Media to Governor Seyi Makinde
    Governor Seyi Makinde: Setting New Standard of Good Governance
     One thing that even the strongest opponents of Governor Seyi Makinde acknowledge is that he has performed as governor They may vary in how they rate him but they can point to projects he has completed which they envy For example Chief Bayo Adelabu gubernatorial candidate of the Accord Party scored Governor Makinde 70 for the Moniya Ijaiye Iseyin Road For a fact Governor Seyi Makinde has raised the bar on governance in Oyo State One remarkable way he has done this is by deviating from the usual practice of abandoning projects started by one s predecessor Roads such as the 12km Bembo New Garage Apata Road aka Akala Express Way the 9 7km Saki Township Road the 7 2km Idi Ape Basorun Akobo Odogbo Baracks Road the 65kmMoniya Ijaiye Iseyin Road the 65m General Gas Flyover and even the 110km Ibadan Circular Road were all started or abandoned by his predecessors Still he chose to complete them because in his words the people of Oyo State must benefit from all infrastructure projects that the state has at any time invested in In the same way facilities that were left moribund or abandoned some for upwards of 30 years have been rehabilitated and put to use for the benefit of the Oyo State economy One of these projects is Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant Ijaiye conceived by Governor Rashidi Ladoja and abandoned by all his predecessors until Governor Makinde came into office completed the project and the people of Oyo State are currently benefiting from its use As Governor Makinde has confirmed asphalt from this plant is being used in road construction in Oyo State Another moribund facility that has been rehabilitated is the Oyo State IITA Youth Agribusiness Incubation Park Centre This 210 hectare facility which used to be the Rural Community Development Centre RCDC Awe lay moribund Today it has been transformed into a training centre for youths in agribusiness Oyo State has collaborated with various development agencies at this facility As of the last count 20 of the 117 beneficiaries of these programmes have gone ahead to establish their agribusiness enterprises leading to the creation of 700 direct and indirect jobs We can also point to rehabilitating the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme OYSADEP Headquarters now the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency OYSADA Headquarters at Saki This is not a headquarters in name only as most OYSADA staff work out of this facility This has brought development to Saki West Local Government Area Another facility undergoing rehabilitation is the Fasola Agribusiness Industrial Hub This is one of the nine moribund farm settlements of over 1 100 hectares This massive facility over 80 completed hosts residences farms processing centres and other agribusiness facilities putting Oyo State on the map as the agribusiness destination of Nigeria The work in that facility has attracted 15 agro industries including Friesland Campina which will be hosting a calf breeding and livestock pasture development hub there Of course these are not the only moribund facilities that have been rehabilitated We have Rontol Foods presently occupying rehabilitated facilities at the Ilora Farm Settlement This is one example of a private sector led public sector facilitated project ensuring the use of Oyo State once moribund facilities Another is the Equipment Fabrication Centre at Apata which is now being rehabilitated by Niji Group It is important to note that Niji relocated from Lagos State to work in Oyo State Last but certainly not least is the upgraded Lekan Salami Sports Complex Adamasingba This FIFA accredited world class main bowl has returned international football to Ibadan after almost three decades While the Shooting Stars Sports Club 3SC in Ibadan now have a home stadium to play in Let us not forget that Governor Seyi Makinde completed all these in less than four years with over 11 months lost to the COVID 19 pandemic and the State FAAC at record lows Is it any wonder that many have said Governor Seyi Makinde is the best Oyo State has had since 1999 Anyone with a counter argument should come forward with the data Governor Seyi Makinde has set new standards of governance in Oyo State Olamide Olorundare is the Special Assistant New Media to Governor Seyi Makinde
    Governor Seyi Makinde: Setting New Standard of Good Governance
    Foreign3 days ago

    Governor Seyi Makinde: Setting New Standard of Good Governance

    One thing that even the strongest opponents of Governor Seyi Makinde acknowledge is that he has performed as governor.

    They may vary in how they rate him, but they can point to projects he has completed, which they envy.

    For example, Chief Bayo Adelabu, gubernatorial candidate of the Accord Party, scored Governor Makinde 70% for the Moniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin Road.For a fact, Governor Seyi Makinde has raised the bar on governance in Oyo State.

    One remarkable way he has done this is by deviating from the usual practice of abandoning projects started by one’s predecessor.

    Roads such as the 12km Bembo-New Garage-Apata Road (aka Akala Express Way), the 9.

    7km Saki Township Road, the 7.

    2km Idi-Ape-Basorun-Akobo-Odogbo Baracks Road, the 65kmMoniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin Road, the 65m General Gas Flyover and even the 110km Ibadan Circular Road were all started or abandoned by his predecessors.

    Still, he chose to complete them because, in his words, the people of Oyo State must benefit from all infrastructure projects that the state has at any time invested in.

    In the same way, facilities that were left moribund or abandoned, some for upwards of 30 years, have been rehabilitated and put to use for the benefit of the Oyo State economy.

    One of these projects is Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant, Ijaiye, conceived by Governor Rashidi Ladoja and abandoned by all his predecessors until Governor Makinde came into office, completed the project, and the people of Oyo State are currently benefiting from its use.

    As Governor Makinde has confirmed, asphalt from this plant is being used in road construction in Oyo State.

    Another moribund facility that has been rehabilitated is the Oyo State-IITA Youth Agribusiness Incubation Park Centre.

    This 210-hectare facility which used to be the Rural Community Development Centre (RCDC), Awe lay moribund.

    Today, it has been transformed into a training centre for youths in agribusiness.

    Oyo State has collaborated with various development agencies at this facility.

    As of the last count, 20 of the 117 beneficiaries of these programmes have gone ahead to establish their agribusiness enterprises, leading to the creation of 700 direct and indirect jobs.

    We can also point to rehabilitating the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP) Headquarters, now the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA) Headquarters at Saki. This is not a headquarters in name only, as most OYSADA staff work out of this facility.

    This has brought development to Saki West Local Government Area.Another facility undergoing rehabilitation is the Fasola Agribusiness Industrial Hub. This is one of the nine moribund farm settlements of over 1,100 hectares.

    This massive facility, over 80% completed, hosts residences, farms, processing centres, and other agribusiness facilities, putting Oyo State on the map as the agribusiness destination of Nigeria.

    The work in that facility has attracted 15 agro-industries, including Friesland Campina, which will be hosting a calf breeding and livestock pasture development hub there.

    Of course, these are not the only moribund facilities that have been rehabilitated.

    We have Rontol Foods, presently occupying rehabilitated facilities at the Ilora Farm Settlement.

    This is one example of a private-sector-led-public-sector-facilitated project ensuring the use of Oyo State once moribund facilities.

    Another is the Equipment Fabrication Centre at Apata, which is now being rehabilitated by Niji Group.

    It is important to note that Niji relocated from Lagos State to work in Oyo State.

    Last but certainly not least is the upgraded Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba.

    This FIFA-accredited world-class main bowl has returned international football to Ibadan after almost three decades.

    While the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) in Ibadan now have a home stadium to play in.

    Let us not forget that Governor Seyi Makinde completed all these in less than four years, with over 11 months lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State FAAC at record lows.

    Is it any wonder that many have said Governor Seyi Makinde is the best Oyo State has had since 1999?

    Anyone with a counter-argument should come forward with the data.

    Governor Seyi Makinde has set new standards of governance in Oyo State.

    Olamide Olorundare is the Special Assistant New Media to Governor Seyi Makinde.

  •   The State of Qatar participated Tuesday in the 9th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations UNAOC Global Forum Towards An Alliance of Peace Living Together as One Humanity that was convened on Nov 22 23 2022 in Fes city of the Kingdom of Morocco The State of Qatar was represented in the forum by HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi His Excellency reaffirmed that the State of Qatar is committed to continuing its cooperation with the Group of Friends of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to support the alliance in achieving its supreme goals and in contributing to building bridges among various cultures and communities as well as enhancing the unity and solidarity among the states and world s peoples He extended deep thanks of the State of Qatar to the government of the Kingdom of Morocco represented by HE Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation Nasser Bourita for hosting the forum His Excellency offered his deep thanks for the efforts made by HE High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos and his work team to organize this vital forum that comes at the appropriate time and requires intensifying the efforts in pursuit of bringing the peoples civilizations and religions together in the midst of divisions under the echo of hate speech and racism which are unfortunately rampant in the world today He added that in spite of that he is pleased to address the forum while his eyes are turned to Doha from where he came holding with him a beacon of hope that was reignited two days ago during the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in the presence of millions of peoples with their diverse cultural religious and racial backgrounds who had celebrated together the launch of this historic event which is being organized for the first time in the Middle East region and in an Arab and Islamic state to prove to the world that humanity is still intact and is capable of being united despite the differences behind one goal once willingness and appropriate environment are provided His Excellency Minister of State for Foreign Affairs asserted that the State of Qatar has offered and will offer during the upcoming weeks a model of how sports is harnessed for the sake of living together as one mankind in an atmosphere of harmony and balance to achieve development and peace He said that he and all people are proud of Doha because it is offering at these moments and over the coming weeks an opportunity for the peoples of the world to enjoy the Arabic generous hospitality and openness and get familiarized with the civilized history of the region along with its rich and ancient culture His Excellency underlined his confidence that hosting this sporting event by the State of Qatar will leave a valuable and sustainable legacy at the social humanitarian economic and environmental levels whether in the State of Qatar or the region and the entire world He reiterated that the Islamic civilization along with other civilizations has largely contributed and still contributing to human progress stressing that no one can deny the crucial role of the Arabic and Islamic culture in promoting dialogue and resolving conflicts and disputes and upholding the values of tolerance solidarity and peace among peoples and in combating extremism and intolerance He said that the State of Qatar is among the first countries that supported the alliance since its inception as a mechanism that harmonizes and translates its policies into encouraging the values of diversity and respect for human rights mutual respect intercultural and interfaith understanding and cooperation prevention of disputes and settling them by peaceful means In this regard HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs pointed to Qatar s hosting of the 4th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in 2011 and was the key sponsor of the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations that was convened in New York in 2018 in addition to providing generous financial contributions to support the alliance throughout the past years in pursuit of enabling it to achieve its goals His Excellency noted the recent support provided by the State of Qatar with the value of 1 5 million for the period 2020 2022 to implement the alliance s programs and projects that are intended to promote sports and education for the sake of achieving peace combating extremism religious xenophobia as well as promoting the role of youth in mediation He also pointed to the Qatar Global Award for Dialogue Among Civilizations that was launched in 2018 with the objective of co opting highly competent elites in pursuit of promoting the values of dialogue and co existence through the refined scientific research propagating and enhancing the culture of tolerance and co existence including elites that are capable of formulating the awareness and culture of dialogue in accordance with the evolved reality He announced that the theme of the 4th session of the award for the years 2022 2023 will be Science Dialogue Towards a Civilized Framework for Knowledge Integration HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs emphasized the desperate need to stand together for the sake of unity and solidarity to build just peaceful and comprehensive communities capable of countering the contemporary challenges in their all forms
    Qatar Participates in 9th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum in Morocco
      The State of Qatar participated Tuesday in the 9th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations UNAOC Global Forum Towards An Alliance of Peace Living Together as One Humanity that was convened on Nov 22 23 2022 in Fes city of the Kingdom of Morocco The State of Qatar was represented in the forum by HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi His Excellency reaffirmed that the State of Qatar is committed to continuing its cooperation with the Group of Friends of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to support the alliance in achieving its supreme goals and in contributing to building bridges among various cultures and communities as well as enhancing the unity and solidarity among the states and world s peoples He extended deep thanks of the State of Qatar to the government of the Kingdom of Morocco represented by HE Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation Nasser Bourita for hosting the forum His Excellency offered his deep thanks for the efforts made by HE High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos and his work team to organize this vital forum that comes at the appropriate time and requires intensifying the efforts in pursuit of bringing the peoples civilizations and religions together in the midst of divisions under the echo of hate speech and racism which are unfortunately rampant in the world today He added that in spite of that he is pleased to address the forum while his eyes are turned to Doha from where he came holding with him a beacon of hope that was reignited two days ago during the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in the presence of millions of peoples with their diverse cultural religious and racial backgrounds who had celebrated together the launch of this historic event which is being organized for the first time in the Middle East region and in an Arab and Islamic state to prove to the world that humanity is still intact and is capable of being united despite the differences behind one goal once willingness and appropriate environment are provided His Excellency Minister of State for Foreign Affairs asserted that the State of Qatar has offered and will offer during the upcoming weeks a model of how sports is harnessed for the sake of living together as one mankind in an atmosphere of harmony and balance to achieve development and peace He said that he and all people are proud of Doha because it is offering at these moments and over the coming weeks an opportunity for the peoples of the world to enjoy the Arabic generous hospitality and openness and get familiarized with the civilized history of the region along with its rich and ancient culture His Excellency underlined his confidence that hosting this sporting event by the State of Qatar will leave a valuable and sustainable legacy at the social humanitarian economic and environmental levels whether in the State of Qatar or the region and the entire world He reiterated that the Islamic civilization along with other civilizations has largely contributed and still contributing to human progress stressing that no one can deny the crucial role of the Arabic and Islamic culture in promoting dialogue and resolving conflicts and disputes and upholding the values of tolerance solidarity and peace among peoples and in combating extremism and intolerance He said that the State of Qatar is among the first countries that supported the alliance since its inception as a mechanism that harmonizes and translates its policies into encouraging the values of diversity and respect for human rights mutual respect intercultural and interfaith understanding and cooperation prevention of disputes and settling them by peaceful means In this regard HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs pointed to Qatar s hosting of the 4th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in 2011 and was the key sponsor of the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations that was convened in New York in 2018 in addition to providing generous financial contributions to support the alliance throughout the past years in pursuit of enabling it to achieve its goals His Excellency noted the recent support provided by the State of Qatar with the value of 1 5 million for the period 2020 2022 to implement the alliance s programs and projects that are intended to promote sports and education for the sake of achieving peace combating extremism religious xenophobia as well as promoting the role of youth in mediation He also pointed to the Qatar Global Award for Dialogue Among Civilizations that was launched in 2018 with the objective of co opting highly competent elites in pursuit of promoting the values of dialogue and co existence through the refined scientific research propagating and enhancing the culture of tolerance and co existence including elites that are capable of formulating the awareness and culture of dialogue in accordance with the evolved reality He announced that the theme of the 4th session of the award for the years 2022 2023 will be Science Dialogue Towards a Civilized Framework for Knowledge Integration HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs emphasized the desperate need to stand together for the sake of unity and solidarity to build just peaceful and comprehensive communities capable of countering the contemporary challenges in their all forms
    Qatar Participates in 9th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum in Morocco
    Africa4 days ago

    Qatar Participates in 9th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum in Morocco

    The State of Qatar participated Tuesday in the 9th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Global Forum: "Towards An Alliance of Peace: Living Together as One Humanity" that was convened on Nov. 22-23, 2022, in Fes city of the Kingdom of Morocco.

    The State of Qatar was represented in the forum by HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi.

    His Excellency reaffirmed that the State of Qatar is committed to continuing its cooperation with the Group of Friends of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to support the alliance in achieving its supreme goals and in contributing to building bridges among various cultures and communities, as well as enhancing the unity and solidarity among the states and world's peoples.

    He extended deep thanks of the State of Qatar to the government of the Kingdom of Morocco, represented by HE Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation Nasser Bourita for hosting the forum.

    His Excellency offered his deep thanks for the efforts made by HE High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos and his work team to organize this vital forum that comes at the appropriate time and requires intensifying the efforts in pursuit of bringing the peoples, civilizations and religions together in the midst of divisions under the echo of hate speech and racism which are unfortunately rampant in the world today.

    He added that in spite of that he is pleased to address the forum while his eyes are turned to Doha from where he came holding with him a beacon of hope that was reignited two days ago during the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in the presence of millions of peoples with their diverse cultural, religious and racial backgrounds who had celebrated together the launch of this historic event which is being organized for the first time in the Middle East region, and in an Arab and Islamic state to prove to the world that humanity is still intact and is capable of being united despite the differences behind one goal once willingness and appropriate environment are provided.

    His Excellency Minister of State for Foreign Affairs asserted that the State of Qatar has offered and will offer during the upcoming weeks a model of how sports is harnessed for the sake of living together as one mankind in an atmosphere of harmony and balance to achieve development and peace.

    He said that he and all people are proud of Doha because it is offering at these moments and over the coming weeks, an opportunity for the peoples of the world to enjoy the Arabic generous hospitality, and openness and get familiarized with the civilized history of the region, along with its rich and ancient culture.

    His Excellency underlined his confidence that hosting this sporting event by the State of Qatar will leave a valuable and sustainable legacy at the social, humanitarian, economic and environmental levels, whether in the State of Qatar or the region and the entire world.

    He reiterated that the Islamic civilization along with other civilizations has largely contributed and still contributing to human progress, stressing that no one can deny the crucial role of the Arabic and Islamic culture in promoting dialogue and resolving conflicts and disputes, and upholding the values of tolerance, solidarity and peace among peoples, and in combating extremism and intolerance.

    He said that the State of Qatar is among the first countries that supported the alliance since its inception as a mechanism that harmonizes and translates its policies into encouraging the values of diversity and respect for human rights, mutual respect, intercultural and interfaith understanding and cooperation, prevention of disputes and settling them by peaceful means.

    In this regard, HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs pointed to Qatar's hosting of the 4th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in 2011 and was the key sponsor of the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations that was convened in New York in 2018, in addition to providing generous financial contributions to support the alliance throughout the past years in pursuit of enabling it to achieve its goals.

    His Excellency noted the recent support provided by the State of Qatar with the value of $1.5 million for the period 2020-2022 to implement the alliance's programs and projects that are intended to promote sports and education for the sake of achieving peace, combating extremism, religious xenophobia, as well as promoting the role of youth in mediation.

    He also pointed to the Qatar Global Award for Dialogue Among Civilizations that was launched in 2018 with the objective of co-opting highly competent elites in pursuit of promoting the values of dialogue and co-existence through the refined scientific research, propagating and enhancing the culture of tolerance and co-existence, including elites that are capable of formulating the awareness and culture of dialogue in accordance with the evolved reality.

    He announced that the theme of the 4th session of the award for the years 2022-2023 will be "Science Dialogue: Towards a Civilized Framework for Knowledge Integration".

    HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs emphasized the desperate need to stand together for the sake of unity and solidarity to build just, peaceful and comprehensive communities capable of countering the contemporary challenges in their all forms.

  •  Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history on Tuesday roaring back to beat Argentina 2 1 a result described by Lionel Messi as a heavy blow Copa America champions Argentina came into the match in Qatar on a 36 match unbeaten streak and appeared to be on their way to a straightforward victory after Messi stroked home an early penalty Lionel Scaloni s team could have put the game beyond Saudi Arabia s reach in the first half but had three goals chalked off for offside Saudi Arabia ranked a lowly 51st in the world equalised early in the second half through Saleh Al Shehri silencing the hordes of Argentina fans And just minutes later the Green Falcons were in front when Salem Al Dawsari rifled an unstoppable shot into the top corner after a delightful piece of trickery Argentina laid siege to the Saudi goal as the minutes ticked down but goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais proved unbeatable and the final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation It s a very heavy blow a defeat that hurts but we must continue to have confidence in ourselves said Messi who has never won the World Cup in his illustrious career This group is not going to give up We will try to beat Mexico Saudi s French coach Herve Renard said the stars were aligned for his team We made history for football he added It will stay forever this is most important But we also have to think about looking forward We still have two difficult games before us Defeat is a bitter blow for Argentina who were one game away from equalling Italy s all time record of 37 matches unbeaten Argentina coach Scaloni insisted his team had not taken their opponents lightly What comes ahead is to rise up to face Mexico he said They will be tough as everyone is at the World Cup Now we need to win two games to move on Of course this is difficult but regardless of the result today we would anyway try to win all the games The other match in Group C later on Tuesday pits Robert Lewandowski s Poland against Mexico with the Barcelona forward still seeking his first World Cup goal Mbappe the difference Messi s PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe is already a world champion at the age of 23 The forward will be licking his lips ahead of France s Group D match against an Australian side desperately lacking star power France coach Didier Deschamps is without first choice midfielders Paul Pogba and N Golo Kante for the whole tournament while Ballon d Or winner Karim Benzema has also been ruled out Mbappe will lead a French attack in which veteran Olivier Giroud is expected to feature Denmark drew 0 0 with Tunisia in the other match in the group on Tuesday with talisman Christian Eriksen appearing in his first match in a major tournament since suffering a cardiac arrest during the European Championship last year Saudi Arabia s dramatic win has shifted the focus to action on the pitch but off field politics is still making headlines Belgium s Jan Vertonghen said he was afraid to talk about human rights after European nations decided not to wear a rainbow themed captain s armband Seven countries including England and Germany abandoned plans to wear the armbands in Qatar because of the threat of FIFA disciplinary action including bookings They had been viewed as a symbolic protest against laws in the host nation where homosexuality is illegal I m afraid if I say something about this I might not be able to play tomorrow the defender said It s an experience I ve never felt in football before I feel controlled I m afraid to even say something about this Germany s football association said it was examining if FIFA s threat to impose disciplinary action was legal
    Saudi Arabia shock Messi’s Argentina at World Cup
     Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history on Tuesday roaring back to beat Argentina 2 1 a result described by Lionel Messi as a heavy blow Copa America champions Argentina came into the match in Qatar on a 36 match unbeaten streak and appeared to be on their way to a straightforward victory after Messi stroked home an early penalty Lionel Scaloni s team could have put the game beyond Saudi Arabia s reach in the first half but had three goals chalked off for offside Saudi Arabia ranked a lowly 51st in the world equalised early in the second half through Saleh Al Shehri silencing the hordes of Argentina fans And just minutes later the Green Falcons were in front when Salem Al Dawsari rifled an unstoppable shot into the top corner after a delightful piece of trickery Argentina laid siege to the Saudi goal as the minutes ticked down but goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais proved unbeatable and the final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation It s a very heavy blow a defeat that hurts but we must continue to have confidence in ourselves said Messi who has never won the World Cup in his illustrious career This group is not going to give up We will try to beat Mexico Saudi s French coach Herve Renard said the stars were aligned for his team We made history for football he added It will stay forever this is most important But we also have to think about looking forward We still have two difficult games before us Defeat is a bitter blow for Argentina who were one game away from equalling Italy s all time record of 37 matches unbeaten Argentina coach Scaloni insisted his team had not taken their opponents lightly What comes ahead is to rise up to face Mexico he said They will be tough as everyone is at the World Cup Now we need to win two games to move on Of course this is difficult but regardless of the result today we would anyway try to win all the games The other match in Group C later on Tuesday pits Robert Lewandowski s Poland against Mexico with the Barcelona forward still seeking his first World Cup goal Mbappe the difference Messi s PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe is already a world champion at the age of 23 The forward will be licking his lips ahead of France s Group D match against an Australian side desperately lacking star power France coach Didier Deschamps is without first choice midfielders Paul Pogba and N Golo Kante for the whole tournament while Ballon d Or winner Karim Benzema has also been ruled out Mbappe will lead a French attack in which veteran Olivier Giroud is expected to feature Denmark drew 0 0 with Tunisia in the other match in the group on Tuesday with talisman Christian Eriksen appearing in his first match in a major tournament since suffering a cardiac arrest during the European Championship last year Saudi Arabia s dramatic win has shifted the focus to action on the pitch but off field politics is still making headlines Belgium s Jan Vertonghen said he was afraid to talk about human rights after European nations decided not to wear a rainbow themed captain s armband Seven countries including England and Germany abandoned plans to wear the armbands in Qatar because of the threat of FIFA disciplinary action including bookings They had been viewed as a symbolic protest against laws in the host nation where homosexuality is illegal I m afraid if I say something about this I might not be able to play tomorrow the defender said It s an experience I ve never felt in football before I feel controlled I m afraid to even say something about this Germany s football association said it was examining if FIFA s threat to impose disciplinary action was legal
    Saudi Arabia shock Messi’s Argentina at World Cup
    Foreign4 days ago

    Saudi Arabia shock Messi’s Argentina at World Cup

    Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history on Tuesday, roaring back to beat Argentina 2-1 — a result described by Lionel Messi as a “heavy blow”.

    Copa America champions Argentina came into the match in Qatar on a 36-match unbeaten streak and appeared to be on their way to a straightforward victory after Messi stroked home an early penalty.

    Lionel Scaloni’s team could have put the game beyond Saudi Arabia’s reach in the first half but had three goals chalked off for offside.

    Saudi Arabia ranked a lowly 51st in the world, equalised early in the second half through Saleh Al-Shehri, silencing the hordes of Argentina fans.

    And just minutes later the Green Falcons were in front when Salem Al-Dawsari rifled an unstoppable shot into the top corner after a delightful piece of trickery.

    Argentina laid siege to the Saudi goal as the minutes ticked down but goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais proved unbeatable and the final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation.

    “It’s a very heavy blow, a defeat that hurts, but we must continue to have confidence in ourselves,” said Messi, who has never won the World Cup in his illustrious career.

    “This group is not going to give up.

    We will try to beat Mexico.

    ” Saudi’s French coach Herve Renard said the “stars were aligned” for his team.

    “We made history for football,” he added.

    “It will stay forever, this is most important.

    But we also have to think about looking forward.

    We still have two difficult games before us.

    ” Defeat is a bitter blow for Argentina, who were one game away from equalling Italy’s all-time record of 37 matches unbeaten.

    Argentina coach Scaloni insisted his team had not taken their opponents lightly.

    “What comes ahead is to rise up, to face Mexico,” he said.

    “They will be tough, as everyone is at the World Cup. Now we need to win two games to move on.

    “Of course this is difficult but regardless of the result today we would anyway try to win all the games.

    ” The other match in Group C, later on, Tuesday, pits Robert Lewandowski’s Poland against Mexico, with the Barcelona forward still seeking his first World Cup goal.

    – Mbappe the difference –Messi’s PSG teammate, Kylian Mbappe, is already a world champion at the age of 23.

    The forward will be licking his lips ahead of France’s Group D match against an Australian side desperately lacking star power.

    France coach Didier Deschamps is without first-choice midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante for the whole tournament while Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has also been ruled out.

    Mbappe will lead a French attack in which veteran Olivier Giroud is expected to feature.

    Denmark drew 0-0 with Tunisia in the other match in the group on Tuesday, with talisman Christian Eriksen appearing in his first match in a major tournament since suffering a cardiac arrest during the European Championship last year.

    Saudi Arabia’s dramatic win has shifted the focus to action on the pitch but off-field politics is still making headlines.

    Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen said he was “afraid” to talk about human rights after European nations decided not to wear a rainbow-themed captain’s armband.

    Seven countries, including England and Germany, abandoned plans to wear the armbands in Qatar because of the threat of FIFA disciplinary action, including bookings.

    They had been viewed as a symbolic protest against laws in the host nation, where homosexuality is illegal.

    “I’m afraid if I say something about this I might not be able to play tomorrow,” the defender said.

    “It’s an experience I’ve never felt in football before.

    I feel controlled.

    I’m afraid to even say something about this.

    ” Germany’s football association said it was examining if FIFA’s threat to impose disciplinary action was legal

  •   The 2022 FIFA World Cup enters matchday three with four matches scheduled for Tuesday As soccer fans around the world fix their eyes on the event some Western media outlets however distract them from the joy of the tournament Although played in a reduced period of 29 days the biggest sporting event ever held in the Middle East is estimated to be the most expensive World Cup as Qatar has reportedly spent more than 200 billion Americans in related infrastructure projects We have worked hard together with many people to make it one of the most successful tournaments Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said during the opening ceremony on Sunday How beautiful it is that people put aside what divides them to celebrate their diversity and what unites them at the same time Regardless of Qatar s tremendous efforts to stage the event some Western media outlets have criticized the country accusing it of violating the rights of migrant workers who built the World Cup stadiums criminalizing homosexuality and ignoring the rights of women women Dismissing these accusations the emir said on October 25 that his country had been subjected to an unprecedented campaign that no host country has ever faced Partial and biased coverage in the Western media is not new Already 12 years ago when Qatar won the bid to host this year s World Cup they cast suspicion on the decision of FIFA and the host nation Initially Qatar approached the matter in good faith and even found some criticism helpful But it soon became clear to us that the campaign is continuing expanding and including fabrication and double standards until it reached an amount of ferocity that raised many questions unfortunately about the real reasons the emir told a meeting of Qatar s parliament Shura Council Speaking at a World Cup opening news conference on Saturday FIFA president Gianni Infantino criticized the hypocrisy of Western critics saying he had difficulty understanding criticism I don t want to give you life lessons but what is happening here is deeply deeply unfair he lamented This one sided moral lesson is just hypocrisy he said For what we Europeans have been doing around the world in the last 3 000 years we should apologize for the next 3 000 years before we start giving people moral lessons The bias of Western journalism as exposed in its reporting on the World Cup has provoked a backlash from the Arab community What has unfolded in recent years and intensified in recent months leading up to the World Cup opening on Sunday reveals the depths of Western prejudice performative moral outrage and perhaps most significantly double standards rude said Ayman Mohyeldin an MSNBC host who has long reported on the Middle East and the Arab world in an opinion piece Mohyeldin an Egyptian born New York based journalist noted a barrage of negative and outright racist comments about Qatar Is this debate really about the rights of migrant workers and human rights or is it that European countries and Western pundits who see themselves as the traditional guardians of world football can t stomach the idea that Will a Middle Eastern Arab country host such a venerable event Mohyeldin asked rhetorically In recent years Qatar has taken steps to improve working conditions and workers well being and its employment landscape has changed significantly since 2010 the Qatari side said There was a recognition at the time that gaps existed We have shown through our various ecosystems that meaningful steps can be taken to fill those gaps said Mahmoud Qutub labor rights adviser to the 2022 FIFA World Cup President during a public conference hearing on workers rights in Qatar in October Xinhua
    World Outlook: Biased Western coverage takes the fun out of Qatar World Cup
      The 2022 FIFA World Cup enters matchday three with four matches scheduled for Tuesday As soccer fans around the world fix their eyes on the event some Western media outlets however distract them from the joy of the tournament Although played in a reduced period of 29 days the biggest sporting event ever held in the Middle East is estimated to be the most expensive World Cup as Qatar has reportedly spent more than 200 billion Americans in related infrastructure projects We have worked hard together with many people to make it one of the most successful tournaments Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said during the opening ceremony on Sunday How beautiful it is that people put aside what divides them to celebrate their diversity and what unites them at the same time Regardless of Qatar s tremendous efforts to stage the event some Western media outlets have criticized the country accusing it of violating the rights of migrant workers who built the World Cup stadiums criminalizing homosexuality and ignoring the rights of women women Dismissing these accusations the emir said on October 25 that his country had been subjected to an unprecedented campaign that no host country has ever faced Partial and biased coverage in the Western media is not new Already 12 years ago when Qatar won the bid to host this year s World Cup they cast suspicion on the decision of FIFA and the host nation Initially Qatar approached the matter in good faith and even found some criticism helpful But it soon became clear to us that the campaign is continuing expanding and including fabrication and double standards until it reached an amount of ferocity that raised many questions unfortunately about the real reasons the emir told a meeting of Qatar s parliament Shura Council Speaking at a World Cup opening news conference on Saturday FIFA president Gianni Infantino criticized the hypocrisy of Western critics saying he had difficulty understanding criticism I don t want to give you life lessons but what is happening here is deeply deeply unfair he lamented This one sided moral lesson is just hypocrisy he said For what we Europeans have been doing around the world in the last 3 000 years we should apologize for the next 3 000 years before we start giving people moral lessons The bias of Western journalism as exposed in its reporting on the World Cup has provoked a backlash from the Arab community What has unfolded in recent years and intensified in recent months leading up to the World Cup opening on Sunday reveals the depths of Western prejudice performative moral outrage and perhaps most significantly double standards rude said Ayman Mohyeldin an MSNBC host who has long reported on the Middle East and the Arab world in an opinion piece Mohyeldin an Egyptian born New York based journalist noted a barrage of negative and outright racist comments about Qatar Is this debate really about the rights of migrant workers and human rights or is it that European countries and Western pundits who see themselves as the traditional guardians of world football can t stomach the idea that Will a Middle Eastern Arab country host such a venerable event Mohyeldin asked rhetorically In recent years Qatar has taken steps to improve working conditions and workers well being and its employment landscape has changed significantly since 2010 the Qatari side said There was a recognition at the time that gaps existed We have shown through our various ecosystems that meaningful steps can be taken to fill those gaps said Mahmoud Qutub labor rights adviser to the 2022 FIFA World Cup President during a public conference hearing on workers rights in Qatar in October Xinhua
    World Outlook: Biased Western coverage takes the fun out of Qatar World Cup
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    World Outlook: Biased Western coverage takes the fun out of Qatar World Cup

    - The 2022 FIFA World Cup enters matchday three, with four matches scheduled for Tuesday. As soccer fans around the world fix their eyes on the event, some Western media outlets, however, distract them from the joy of the tournament.

    Although played in a reduced period of 29 days, the biggest sporting event ever held in the Middle East is estimated to be the most expensive World Cup, as Qatar has reportedly spent more than $200 billion. Americans in related infrastructure projects.

    "We have worked hard, together with many people, to make it one of the most successful tournaments," Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said during the opening ceremony on Sunday. "How beautiful it is that people put aside what divides them to celebrate their diversity and what unites them at the same time."

    Regardless of Qatar's tremendous efforts to stage the event, some Western media outlets have criticized the country, accusing it of violating the rights of migrant workers who built the World Cup stadiums, criminalizing homosexuality, and ignoring the rights of women. women.

    Dismissing these accusations, the emir said on October 25 that his country had been "subjected to an unprecedented campaign that no host country has ever faced."

    Partial and biased coverage in the Western media is not new. Already 12 years ago, when Qatar won the bid to host this year's World Cup, they cast suspicion on the decision of FIFA and the host nation.

    Initially, Qatar approached the matter in good faith and even found some criticism helpful. "But it soon became clear to us that the campaign is continuing, expanding and including fabrication and double standards, until it reached an amount of ferocity that raised many questions, unfortunately, about the real reasons," the emir told a meeting of Qatar's parliament. . Shura Council.

    Speaking at a World Cup opening news conference on Saturday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino criticized the "hypocrisy" of Western critics, saying he had "difficulty understanding criticism."

    "I don't want to give you life lessons, but what is happening here is deeply, deeply unfair," he lamented.

    "This one-sided moral lesson is just hypocrisy," he said. "For what we Europeans have been doing around the world in the last 3,000 years, we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before we start giving people moral lessons."

    The bias of Western journalism, as exposed in its reporting on the World Cup, has provoked a backlash from the Arab community.

    "What has unfolded in recent years, and intensified in recent months leading up to the World Cup opening on Sunday, reveals the depths of Western prejudice, performative moral outrage and, perhaps most significantly, double standards. rude," said Ayman Mohyeldin, an MSNBC host who has long reported on the Middle East and the Arab world, in an opinion piece.

    Mohyeldin, an Egyptian-born, New York-based journalist, noted "a barrage of negative and outright racist comments" about Qatar.

    "Is this debate really about the rights of migrant workers and human rights, or is it that European countries and Western pundits, who see themselves as the traditional guardians of world football, can't stomach the idea that Will a Middle Eastern Arab country host such a venerable event?" Mohyeldin asked rhetorically.

    In recent years, Qatar has taken steps to improve working conditions and workers' well-being, and its employment landscape has changed significantly since 2010, the Qatari side said.

    "There was a recognition at the time that gaps existed. We have shown through our various ecosystems that meaningful steps can be taken to fill those gaps," said Mahmoud Qutub, labor rights adviser to the 2022 FIFA World Cup President. , during a public conference. hearing on workers' rights in Qatar in October. ■



    (Xinhua)

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