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  •  Oil Spill Contingency Planning Strengthens Maritime Safety
    Oil Spill Contingency Planning Strengthens Maritime Safety
     Oil Spill Contingency Planning Strengthens Maritime Safety
    Oil Spill Contingency Planning Strengthens Maritime Safety
    Africa1 day ago

    Oil Spill Contingency Planning Strengthens Maritime Safety

    Oil spill contingency planning is the process of developing an adequate spill response capability with guidance on the contingency planning process for potential oil spills in the water or on the water following an accidental release of oil in a marine or aquatic environment, whether during the handling, transportation, production or storage of petroleum products.

    Somalia is exposed to serious pollution of the marine environment, especially that emanating from oil spills, which is however an international problem and the solution lies in the application of international standards by countries such as Somalia.

    On February 15 and 16, the first part of the Maritime Criminal Justice Chain (MACRILEX) 2 exercise was held, organized by the Ministry of Ports and Maritime Transport (MPMT), with a seminar on the preparation exercise for hydrocarbon spills.

    The exercise was attended by high-level directors such as Dr. Mahad Mohammed Hassan, Deputy Minister of MPMT, who chaired the event with the relevant support of the Director of National Maritime Coordination and Blue Economy (Office of the President), representatives of the Somali Maritime Administration, MPMT, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Somali Police Force Maritime Police Unit Department of Coast Guard, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ministry of Human Rights and Women's Development (WIMS Project Representatives), Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Internal Security (Department of Maritime Security).

    The event focused on the MV Wakashio oil spill event (summer 2020) for reference.

    The currently existing draft Ministry of Ports and Shipping Oil Spill Contingency Planning was presented to the audience by the Director of the Department of Marine Environment at MPMT, also Presentations from advisers from the UK Spill Association and Ireland, EMSA, IOC, IMO, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, IOPC Secretariat, UNSOM, UNEP and EUCAP served to fuel a very fruitful and participatory discussion on the needs and details needed to improve the Contingency Planning of Somalia from the perspective of each of the institutions present.

    Special comments were made regarding Somalia's adherence to the different relevant international treaties on the matter and the existing compensation schemes.

    Possible criminal consequences and the protection of seafarers' rights required in such events were also discussed.

    Recommendations agreed by Somali stakeholders, among others, included the establishment of an Oil Spill Contingency Planning Working Group that includes Federal Member States.

    All documentation and presentations will be shared among the participants, in order to achieve a comprehensive and feasible contingency plan to better prevent and deal with potential oil spills in Somalia.

    EUCAP will continue to collaborate with relevant Somali authorities and counterparts to help the Ministry of Ports and Shipping (MPMT) improve its existing oil spill contingency planning to respond effectively and efficiently to oil spills in accordance with the international regulatory standards.

  •  United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
     United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
    Africa1 week ago

    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second

    The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.

    July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.

    In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

    Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.

    And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.

    Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.

    Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.

    Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).

    Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.

    Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.

    Click HERE (https://fifa.fans/3QhktOi) to see the full standings.

    The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None

  •  FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
     FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
    General news2 weeks ago

    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th

    The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.

    At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.

    Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast  are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.

    South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.

    At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.

    In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

    Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.

    And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.


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  •  Erdogan heads for high stakes Putin talks on Ukraine Syria
    Erdogan heads for high-stakes Putin talks on Ukraine, Syria
     Erdogan heads for high stakes Putin talks on Ukraine Syria
    Erdogan heads for high-stakes Putin talks on Ukraine, Syria
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Erdogan heads for high-stakes Putin talks on Ukraine, Syria

    Ways to halt the war in Ukraine and the possible launch of a new conflict in Syria are expected to dominate talks on Friday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The Turkish leader was riding high from the diplomatic success of helping orchestrate the resumption of Ukrainian grain shipments across the Black Sea when he took most of his top ministers to Sochi for his second talks with Putin in 17 days.

    But there are tensions.

    Putin told Erdogan in Tehran last month that Russia remains opposed to any new offensive that Turkey might be planning against Kurdish militants in northern Syria.

    Analysts believe these strains form part of the “competitive cooperation” that has defined the two leaders’ relationship over the past 20 years.

    The two were expected to hold private talks and a working lunch but no joint press conference.

    “Russia’s war on Ukraine has restored Turkey’s self image as a key geopolitical player and given Erdogan more visibility than at any time in the last few years,” European Council on Foreign Relations fellow Asli Aydintasbas wrote in a report last week.

    Truce talks Attempts by NATO member Turkey to remain neutral in the face of Moscow’s historic stand-off with the West over Ukraine are starting to pay off.

    Months of Turkish efforts saw Moscow and Kyiv sign a UN-backed agreement in Istanbul last month to resume grain deliveries from Ukrainian ports.

    The first ship from Ukraine crossed Istanbul on Wednesday.

    Three more ships destined for Turkey and markets in Ireland and Britain set sail on Friday under a landmark deal designed to relieve a global food crisis caused by the war.

    Turkey wants to translate this success into truce talks in Istanbul between Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    “We discussed if the grain agreement could be an occasion for a sustainable ceasefire,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Asia this week.

    Complicating these efforts are repeated threats by Erdogan to launch a new military operation in Syria — a country where Russian and Turkish interests clash.

    Russia’s army helped Syrian President Bashar al-Assad survive a decade-long rebellion by groups backed by Turkey.

    But Erdogan is threatening to invade northern Syria to expand an existing buffer zone that pushes out Kurdish groups he links to “terrorists” waging an insurgency against the Turkish state.

    Putin told Russian media in Tehran he still has “certain disagreements, obviously” with Erdogan about Syria.

    “In most likelihood, (Friday’s) meeting has something do with a possible incursion into Syria, for which Turkey did not get a green light,” said foreign affairs analyst Soli Ozel of Istanbul’s Kadir Has University.

    “Russia would have to get something in return,” Ozel added.

    Waiting game Some analysts speculate that what Putin really wants is drones and ways to escape Western sanctions linked to the five-month-old war.

    Turkey has been supplying Kyiv with lethal Bayraktar aerial vehicles that have proved effective in destroying Russian armoured columns across the Ukrainian war zone.

    US officials say a Russian team has visited Iran to scope out the purchase of hundreds of drones for its own forces in Ukraine.

    Erdogan has added to the intrigue by telling his cabinet that Putin asked him in Tehran to start selling the Bayraktars to Russia.

    A senior Turkish official later said that Erdogan interpreted the suggestion as a joke.

    But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov appeared to lend credence to the idea.

    “Military and technological cooperation are always on the two countries’ agenda,” Peskov told reporters.

    Ukrainian intelligence also leaked an alleged Putin proposal to The Washington Post detailing ways Russia could use investments in Turkey to circumnavigate Western sanctions slowly strangling its economy.

    Western officials cited by the paper could not confirm if the alleged Ukrainian intercept was real.

    Turkey is under heavy US pressure to comply with the sanctions in full.

    One unlikely source of friction is how the two leaders — renowned for being chronically late — will actually meet.

    Erdogan made Putin stand in place for nearly 50 seconds before walking out to greet him in Tehran.

    A Turkish state news agency camera zeroed in on Putin’s fidgeting face the entire time.

    Many interpreted this as payback for the time Putin made Erdogan wait for nearly two minutes at a meeting in 2020.

  •  New UN Women representative officially assumes her duties in Uganda
    New UN Women representative officially assumes her duties in Uganda
     New UN Women representative officially assumes her duties in Uganda
    New UN Women representative officially assumes her duties in Uganda
    Africa2 weeks ago

    New UN Women representative officially assumes her duties in Uganda

    The new UN Women Country Representative, Paulina Chiwangu, formally assumed her duties on Wednesday after presenting her credentials to the Ugandan Foreign Minister, the Hon. General Jeje Odongo.

    The launch took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and was witnessed by dignitaries from MOFA and the UN Women Country Office in Uganda.

    During the ceremony, the minister recognized the tremendous work of UN Women in supporting women's empowerment and gender equality.

    She commended the new country representative for her impressive experience and for having worked extensively in Uganda.

    “Women in Uganda still face many challenges, including the effects of COVID-19, the challenges of outsourced work in the countries they work in, and the patriarchy that still leaves them behind.

    We want to work with UN Women to address the prevailing challenges in refugee settings and outsourcing.

    UN Women must work closely with the government to identify priority areas where they can work together," said the Hon. Jeje Odongo.

    Ms. Chiwangu commented on her warm welcome to Uganda, highlighting UN Women's mandate to support all countries to promote gender equality and women's empowerment".

    First of all, I congratulate Uganda and Brenda Akia for being voted into the CEDAW committee, the first time a Ugandan woman has been elected to the committee.

    On behalf of UN Women, I pledge our close collaboration with her in the work of CEDAW.

    Also Congratulations to the country for the launch of the Parish Development Model and I promise to support to ensure its successful implementation”, said Paulina Chiwangu is a Doctor of Philosophy and has more than 20 years of experience in development and humanitarian work.

    She previously served as UN Women Deputy Country Representative in South Sudan and as UN Women Country Office Deputy Country Representative in Iraq, as well as Head of KR Sub-Headquarters G.

    Prior to her work with UN Women Iraq, she worked with UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina as Head of Gender Coordination for the UNDAF.

    She worked with UN Women in Serbia as acting Head of Office.

    Before that, she headed the UN Joint Inter-Agency Program on Gender Equality and was Acting Country Representative for the UN Women office in Uganda for a year.

    Before joining UN Women, she was Head of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as the Public Relations Unit of the UNDP Police Reform Program in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    She has held positions in various countries in southern Africa, as well as in the United States and Ireland.

    The UN Women Country Representative is an accredited representative of the UN Women Executive Director and Regional Director and is responsible for negotiations with the host country.

    The Country Representative also oversees relations and activities with the government and other partners, provides security for UN Women staff, and facilitates common service functional arrangements with other UN agencies.

  •  World Golf Championship Buhari congratulates 16 year old Nigerian Golfer Essien
    World Golf Championship: Buhari congratulates 16-year old Nigerian Golfer, Essien
     World Golf Championship Buhari congratulates 16 year old Nigerian Golfer Essien
    World Golf Championship: Buhari congratulates 16-year old Nigerian Golfer, Essien
    General news2 weeks ago

    World Golf Championship: Buhari congratulates 16-year old Nigerian Golfer, Essien

    President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Iyeneobong Essien, a 16-year old Nigerian girl, for finishing second at the Champion of Champions World Golf Championship Invitational in Northern Ireland.

    In a statement by his Spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina on Tuesday in Abuja, the president saluted the achievements of the youngster, who currently topped the junior player cadre in Nigeria.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Essien has been cr
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  British Airways halts short haul Heathrow flight sales
    British Airways halts short-haul Heathrow flight sales
     British Airways halts short haul Heathrow flight sales
    British Airways halts short-haul Heathrow flight sales
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    British Airways halts short-haul Heathrow flight sales

    British Airways on Tuesday suspended ticket sales for short-haul London Heathrow flights until at least Monday, in order to meet the hub’s request to cap flights due to staff shortages.

    The carrier has been among the worst affected by sector-wide turmoil, as airlines eye recovery after the lifting of Covid pandemic travel restrictions.

    BA has already axed thousands of short-haul flights this year as it struggles to meet strengthening demand with sufficient staff.

    “As a result of Heathrow’s request to limit new bookings, we’ve decided to take responsible action and limit the available fares on some Heathrow services to help maximise rebooking options for existing customers,” BA said in a statement on Tuesday.

    The carrier, which is owned by airline conglomerate IAG, added it took the decision “given the restrictions imposed on us and the ongoing challenges facing the entire aviation industry”.

    BA has already been operating a pared-down flights schedule.

    In early July, it cut 10,300 short-haul flights up to the end of October.

    That brought total flight cancellations to 13 percent of its entire summer schedule.

    Separately, BA had last month avoided a strike by its Heathrow ground staff after making an improved pay offer.

    Tuesday’s news came after IAG announced last week that it flew back into profit for the first time since the start of the pandemic, boosted by a strong recovery in demand.

    IAG logged net profit of 133 million euros ($135 million) in the second quarter, after a loss of 981 million euros a year earlier.

    The conglomerate also owns Ireland’s Aer Lingus, as well as Spain’s Iberia and Vueling.

    Airlines and airports are struggling to recruit staff after sacking thousands of workers as the world entered Covid lockdowns.

  •  Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games
    Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games
     Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games
    Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games
    General news2 weeks ago

    Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games

    Islamiyat Yusuf has won Nigeria’s  fourth medal at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Monday.

    Yusuf clinched Bronze medal in women’s weightlifting 64kg event, with 93kg in snatch and 119 in clean and jerk.

    Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Edwin Peter competed in the Men’s -66kg elimination Round of 16 Judo event.

    Peter did not advance to the quarterfinals, losing by 10-0 to Northern Ireland’s Nathon Burns.

    Nigeria will take part in the semi finals of the Men’s table tennis team event against India.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  MizVick to co host BBNaija Level Up live eviction shows
    MizVick to co-host BBNaija Level Up live eviction shows
     MizVick to co host BBNaija Level Up live eviction shows
    MizVick to co-host BBNaija Level Up live eviction shows
    Entertainment2 weeks ago

    MizVick to co-host BBNaija Level Up live eviction shows

    MultiChoice Nigeria has announced media personality, Victoria Eze, popularly called MizVick, as co-host of the Big Brother Naija  “Level Up”  Sunday eviction shows.

    Busola Tejumola, the Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

    Tejumola said the announcement came as MizVick, who was popular for hosting the BBNaija weekly recap show, ‘Unlocked’, and the red carpet of the ‘Shine Your Eye’ Reunion show; recently co-hosted the weekend launch show with Ebuka.

    “We are creating the ultimate Big Brother Naija experience both within and outside the house.

    “With double launch shows, two houses and now two hosts, the game is definitely levelled up.

    “The Sunday live shows are the week’s highlights during every season as they see the eviction of at least one housemate,” she said.

    Speaking on her announcement as co-host, MizVick said: “It feels really good to be a major part of this season’s Big Brother Naija.

    “I am very stoked about the unfiltered conversations I will be having with the evicted housemates in a bid to get the juiciest gist for the fans.

    ” The seventh season of Big Brother Naija tagged Level Up, has 24 housemates in two houses vying for the ultimate title of BBNaija Level Up winner and the N100 million grand prize.

    This season, the show airs on two DStv channels (channel 198 and 199), two GOtv channels (channel 29 and 8) and Showmax.

    The fans’ favourite Ninjas are also back to add to the excitement.

    Fans can also catch the show anywhere they are across Sub-saharan Africa, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on Showmax.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  British Airways owner logs first profit since Covid
    British Airways owner logs first profit since Covid
     British Airways owner logs first profit since Covid
    British Airways owner logs first profit since Covid
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    British Airways owner logs first profit since Covid

    British Airways parent IAG said Friday it flew back into profit for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic, boosted by a “strong recovery” in demand.

    IAG said in a statement that it swung back to net profit of 133 million euros ($135 million) in the second quarter from a loss of 981 million euros a year earlier.

    The group had already forecast a return to annual profit after Covid travel curbs were fully lifted.

    “In the second quarter, we returned to profit for the first time since the start of the pandemic following a strong recovery in demand across all our airlines,” said chief executive Luis Gallego.

    “This result supports our outlook for a full year operating profit.

    ” There were “no signs” of any weakness in demand, Gallego said.

    The airline conglomerate slashed first-half losses to 654 million euros from two billion euros last time around.

    IAG had collapsed into annual losses in 2020 and 2021 as Covid ravaged global demand for international air travel, forcing BA and its peers to slash thousands of jobs.

    IAG owns various airlines that also include Ireland’s Aer Lingus and Spain’s Iberia and Vueling.

    Aviation is still in recovery mode from the deadly Covid pandemic that grounded planes worldwide.

    Nevertheless, the outlook for the sector remains fragile due to major disruptions, notably staff shortages.

    Airlines and airports are struggling to recruit staff having sacked thousands of workers as the world entered Covid pandemic lockdowns.

    “Our industry continues to face historic challenges due to the unprecedented scaling-up in operations, especially in the UK where the operational challenges of Heathrow airport have been acute,” Gallego said.

    “We will continue working with the industry to address these issues as aviation emerges from its biggest crisis ever.

    ” IAG is nevertheless expanding its ageing fleet with fuel-efficient aircraft, positioning itself for recovery.

    So far this year, IAG has announced the addition of 50 new Boeing 737s and 59 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

    These will help replace more than 60 percent of its short-haul fleet by 2028.