Officials warned Thursday that flare-ups could cause a massive wildfire to further spread in France’s parched southwest, site of the most intense blazes that have blackened swaths of the country this week.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne was to meet with authorities battling the Landiras fire south of Bordeaux, and further reinforcements are expected for the 1,100 firefighters on site, the prefecture of the Gironde department said.
France has been buffeted this summer by the historic drought that has forced water-use restrictions nationwide, as well as a series of heatwaves that experts say are being driven by climate change.
“Conditions are particularly difficult: the vegetation and soil are exceptionally dry,” the prefecture said in a statement, warning that extreme dry heat is likely until at least Sunday.
“There is a very serious risk of new outbreaks.
” Temperatures in the region could top 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on Thursday, weather forecasters predicted.
The Landiras blaze erupted in July — the driest month seen in France since 1961 — destroying 14,000 hectares and forcing thousands of people to evacuate before it was contained.
But it continued to smoulder in the tinder-dry pine forests and peat-rich soil, and officials suspect arson may have played a role in the latest flare-up, which has burned 6,800 hectares (17,000 acres) since Tuesday.
Currently eight major wildfires are raging in France and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who was also heading to meet Gironde officials Thursday, said Sweden and Italy were sending fire-fighting aircraft to help.
President Emmanuel Macron added on Twitter that Germany, Greece, Poland, Romania and Austria are also providing help.
“Across the country over 10,000 firefighters and security forces are mobilised against the flames… These soldiers of fire are our heroes,” he said.
‘Battled all night’“You’d think we’re in California, it’s gigantic… And they’re used to forest fires here but we’re being overwhelmed on all sides — nobody could have expected this,” Remy Lahay, a firefighter deployed near Hostens in the Landes de Gascogne natural park, told AFP.
On several nearby houses, people hung out white sheets saying “Thank you for saving our homes” and other messages of support for the weary fire battalions.
“We battled all night to stop the fire from spreading, notably to defend the village of Belin-Beliet,” Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Mendousse of the Gironde fire and rescue service told journalists in Hostens.
Seventeen homes have been destroyed or damaged since Tuesday, and nearly 10,000 people evacuated, but no further orders to leave the area are expected “for the time being”, Mendousse said.
Acrid smoke has spread across much of the southwestern Atlantic coast and its beaches that draw huge crowds of tourists each summer, with the regional ARS health agency “strongly” urging people to wear protective face masks.
The smoke also forced the closing of the A63 motorway, a major artery toward Spain, between Bordeaux and Bayonne.
The Department of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD, for its acronym in English) confirms that it has managed to negotiate an agreement that will see the cleaning of citrus containers stuck at ports of entry in the European Union (EU).
To date we have managed to dispatch more than 300 of the 509 containers and we are processing the dispatch of the remaining containers.
The EU introduced new measures to regulate the risk associated with false codling moth (FCM) in citrus.
The new measures include additional amended phytosanitary declarations for grapefruit and baby citrus and a revised cold treatment regimen for oranges.
The measures were published on June 21, 2022 and came into force on June 24, 2022.
This meant that shipments arriving in Europe from July 14 had to comply with the new measures.
Taking the shorter sailing time to the EU meant that shipments leaving South Africa on June 24, 2022, three days after publication, should have been certified under the new measures.
The DALRRD explained to the European Commission (EC) in a meeting and by written communication that the date was not reasonable.
At the time of the publication of the new measures, there were shipments that were certified and had already left for the EU, as well as some that were in the process of being exported.
DALRRD's claims were that changing the inspection and certification system within three days was not realistic.
The reasonable date for compliance with the new measures would have been for shipments leaving SA on July 9, 2022, considering the required adjustments of the systems and the communication to the different regulatory sites, which required at least three weeks from the post.
However, the EC insisted on July 14, 2022 as the implementation date.
As anticipated, the DALRRD began receiving queries from exporters after the implementation date regarding the rejection of shipments at EU ports.
The EU authorities needed phytosanitary certificates that would comply with the new FCM measures.
The DALRRD segmented the cases into only documentation on grapefruit and tender citrus and compliance with the cold treatment on oranges.
The deadlock was later resolved by replacing the phytosanitary certificates with the correct additional declarations as of July 22, 2022.
The orange cases remained a problem until the industry in a meeting on July 25, 2022 presented DALRRD with possible measures.
of equivalence with respect to the treatment applied to these shipments.
under the South African systems approach to FCM.
The DALRRD undertook to negotiate with the EU through the relevant National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) so that they consider these equivalent measures.
The first official letter was sent to the NPPO of the Netherlands on July 27, 2022 and a positive response was received on July 28, 2022.
Based on this agreement, it was agreed that replacement phytosanitary certificates will be issued for oranges with declaration of equivalent cold treatment.
The issuance of replacement phytosanitary certificates for oranges began on Monday, August 1, 2022.
In a meeting with the industry on August 3, 2022, the DALRRD agreed to include other ports of entry after receiving another positive response from Italy on the declaration.
of equivalent cold treatment.
The ports that the industry presented as those where South African oranges were rejected included ports in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
More than 2,000 containers, with an estimated value of R 500 million, were affected by this blockade.
So far, the department, with the information sent by the industry, is recertifying the orange shipments blocked in the ports of the Netherlands and Italy and we are receiving confirmation that the containers are being cleared.
In addition, DALRRD held the meeting with the EC on 5th August 2022 on the handling of non-compliant shipment in EU ports and agreed on the interim measures, namely that the EU adhered to DALRRD's request to complete the cool down period.
in the EU Provisional measures provide for shipments to be treated at EU cold treatment facilities and the department to notify other EU member states.
FIFA+ to stream every match of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup™ (www.FIFA.com) for free in more than 100 territories, giving fans around the world access to new depths of women's football; The tournament will be live to fans in trophy contenders Brazil, Germany, Ghana and Nigeria, and in major centers of women's football such as England and Sweden; The 16-team tournament, which takes place in Costa Rica, begins with Germany taking on Colombia on August 10, before the final is played in San José on August 28.
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The African Network Centre Sarl Ltd says made-in-Nigeria products will be on display in four Nordic countries- Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in October.
Mr Ahmed Gombe, Chief Executive Officer of the centre, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.
NAN reports that the Nordic Countries are a geographical and cultural region in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic.
Gombe said the region had overtime expressed strong interest to do business with their African counterparts through various government initiatives and private business forums.
He said the centre, in collaboration with other stakeholders, planned a business mission to four of the Nordic countries to promote made-in-Nigeria goods.
He explained that there were many high quality made-in-Nigeria products which could compete favourably in the international market to boost Nigeria’s non-oil sector and diversify the economy.
“Over the years the Nigerian Government and businesses have made increasing effort to steer away from being solely dependent on oil export as their economic mainstay, putting non-oil export in the spotlight.
“Recently the Central Bank of Nigeria has been advocating and carrying out a series of fora to promote non-oil export and also made-in Nigeria products.
“The economy of the Nordic Region is among the wealthiest in the world and has continued to thrive despite the impact of COVID-19, so we intend to introduce and market Nigeria to this region.
“From Oct. 23 to Oct. 31, we will work with the Nigerian Embassy in Sweden to go round the four Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
“We want them to know that Nigeria is a destination for non-oil export and also a good market for import of made-in Nigeria products,” he said.
Gombe also said that the centre was collaborating with the Nigerian Export-Import Bank to promote the export of made-in Nigeria products to other countries around the world.
He said many youths would be trained to be ‘exportpreneurs’ after the launch of the Nigeria Export-Import Corridor Initiative with a portal to register and train youths on export of Nigerian goods.
He also applauded the strides of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council in establishing the Export Trade Houses for made-in-Nigeria products in some African countries.
“We are going to work with them to establish a similar Export Trade House in Morocco; we are also looking at the Nordic region to establish it somewhere there.
“The idea is that when you want to look for made-in Nigeria products, you just go to that export warehouse.
“We are also going to deploy technology with an app or software where you can log in, download and get the necessary information and transaction as an exportpreneur.
“As we identify other destinations for made-in Nigeria products, we will continue to collaborate and promote this initiative,” Gombe said.
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.
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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
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.
S. Senate votes to approve Sweden, Finland joining NATO U.
S. Senate votes to approve Sweden, Finland joining NATO NATO, Aug. 4, 2022 The U.
S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the accession of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on Wednesday, with the resolution gaining the support of 95 senators.
The single dissenting vote came from Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who argued that there should be less focus on security in Europe and much more on the threat from China.
S. President Joe Biden has strongly backed the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, and referred the matter to the senate for consideration in July. The vote in Washington followed a vote in France’s National Assembly earlier on Wednesday, in which 209 deputies voted in favour of Swedish and Finnish membership, while 46 voted against.
The senate, the second chamber of the French parliament, voted to approve the accession a fortnight ago.
Sweden and Finland applied to join the Western defence alliance in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Until now, the two countries have been close partners, but not members, of NATO.
Before the accession protocols can enter into force, they must be ratified by all 30 NATO member states, two-thirds of which have already given their approval for the new members.
The UN at its headquarters on Wednesday unveiled a new sculpture in honour and memory of two human rights experts murdered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) five years ago.
Speaking at the unveiling of the sculpture in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres again expressed deep condolences to the families of Ms Zaida Catalán and Mr Michael Sharp.
Members of the families of the two human rights experts attended the dedication of the sculpture captioned ‘Abused Ammunition’, a glass carving which appears in the form of a golden bullet.
Catalán, who was from Sweden, and Sharp, an American, were members of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC, which supports the work of a Security Council Committee overseeing sanctions imposed on armed groups in the country.
“Zaida and Michael devoted their lives to advancing human rights and humanitarian action; and to supporting vulnerable people,” Guterres said.
They were abducted on March 12, 2017 while investigating reports of mass atrocities in the volatile Kasai region, following fighting between Congolese Government forces and armed militia.
UN peacekeepers found their bodies two weeks later outside the city of Kananga.
The fate of their interpreter and three motorbike drivers remains unknown.
In January, a Congolese military court sentenced 51 people to death for their killing of the two experts.
“Their murder was a heinous crime.
“It was an assault on the values of the United Nations – an attack on the mission that countless women and men around the world risk their lives every day to uphold,” the UN chief said.
Abused Ammunition honours that mission, said the secretary-general, by imagining the sorrow of inanimate objects – in this case, bullets – over the part they play in death and destruction.
“The United Nations continues to assist the Congolese authorities in their investigation and prosecution of those responsible for killing Zaida and Michael, and the disappearance of the four Congolese citizens who were with them,” he said.
Guterres thanked the Swedish and U.
S. governments who gifted the sculpture to the UN.
He also thanked Thommy Bremberg, the Swedish artist who produced the sculpture “for his message of empathy, and for honoring the achievements and sacrifices of United Nations personnel.
New rules on the sharing of parental leave came into force in Denmark on Tuesday that provides for 11 weeks of paid leave for each parent.
In addition, there would be 26 weeks that can be shared at will.
In Denmark, parents are entitled to a total of 48 weeks of paid leave for both of them together.
Until Tuesday, two were reserved for fathers and 14 for mothers.
The new arrangement is the result of an agreement that parliament passed by a large majority in March.
It follows a European Union (EU)’s directive of 2019, in terms which all member states must provide nine weeks of paid leave to each parent.
Trade unions see the new arrangement as a major step toward improved job opportunities for mothers.
Iceland, Sweden and Norway served as forerunners of the change.
To date, Danish mothers have tended to take the largest share of paid parental leave.
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Sudan has received a $100 million contribution from the World Bank to help with critical emergency food and cash livelihoods in Sudan.
In the first direct contribution between the two UN agencies in the country, the Sudan Emergency Safety Nets Project aims to provide cash and food transfers for more than two million people in the poverty-stricken and impoverished nation.
crisis, including internally displaced persons.
“WFP is very grateful to the World Bank for this generous contribution, at a crucial time in Sudan when more and more people don't know where their next meal will come from,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Representative and Country Director for Sudan.
Food insecurity The country's economic and political crisis has become more intense due to rising inflation, conflict and displacement.
That has been exacerbated by climate shocks, including droughts and floods, and a poor harvest, all of which have increased food insecurity across Sudan.
As hunger continues to rise at "an alarming rate", a third of the population faces food insecurity, the WFP said.
By September, up to 18 million people, or 40 percent of the population, could fall into hunger, according to the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment released in June. Saving lives In Sudan, WFP is working to help people facing acute hunger while addressing the root causes of food insecurity.
The recently launched project will enable the UN food aid agency to save lives while laying the foundation for a more targeted social safety net system in Sudan by helping the most vulnerable to withstand shocks and building more resilient livelihoods.
“This funding will help mitigate a looming hunger crisis in Sudan and inform future systems of social safety nets for the country's most vulnerable that not only save but change lives,” said Mr Rowe. Shortfall despite generosity The allocation has been provided by the World Bank-managed Sudan Transition and Recovery Support Trust Fund (STARS), with support from the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Italy, Finland, Spain, Ireland, and the State and Peacebuilding Fund administered by the World Bank. However, despite the substantial contribution, WFP still needs at least $266 million more through the end of the year to reach more than 10 million vulnerable people a year.
Since the beginning of 2022, WFP has reached 4.8 million people across Sudan with food or cash and nutritional support, school meals and livelihood opportunities.