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Indonesia secures seat on United Nations Economic and Social Council

first_imgRead also: Sustainable development crucial in Indonesia’s COVID-19 recovery, experts sayIndonesia also holds non-permanent membership in two other UN bodies. Its membership on the UN Security Council will end in December while it will sit on the UN Human Rights Council for the 2020 to 2022 period.The ECOSOC is one of six principal organs of the UN and is responsible for coordinating the economic and social fields of the organization, specifically in regard to the 15 specialized agencies, eight functional commissions and five regional commissions under its jurisdiction.It consists of 54 member states, elected annually for overlapping three-year terms.This year’s election of ECOSOC members was different from previous years, as a plenary meeting was not held to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The other Asia-Pacific countries elected to the council were Japan with 185 votes and Solomon Islands with 187.Guatemala, Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico were elected to represent Latin America and the Caribbean, while Libya, Liberia, Nigeria, Madagascar and Zimbabwe were selected as representatives from Africa.Bulgaria was the only Eastern European country to secure a seat, while Austria, Germany, Portugal, France and the United Kingdom were chosen to represent Western Europe.Topics : Indonesia has secured a seat on the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the 2021 to 2023 term.The country gained 186 out of 190 votes as a representative from the Asia-Pacific region during a closed-door voting session at the UN headquarters in New York, United States, on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry stated.It will be the 12th time Indonesia has held non-permanent membership on the council. The country has been appointed as the council’s president twice in 1970 and 2000. As a member of the council, Indonesia is committed to actively achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“Indonesia will double down on efforts to utilize its role to address strategic issues, especially under ECOSOC’s bodies, such as the Food and Agricultural Organization [FAO], World Health Organization [WHO], International Maritime Organization [IMO], International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO] and International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA],” the statement read.The ministry added that securing a seat on the ECOSOC was important for the country’s hopes to drive a post-COVID-19 economic and social recovery.Indonesia’s membership will also be important to show global leadership in the achievement of SDGs and the advancement of national programs that are in line with the global development goals.last_img read more

Global reforestation drive grows fast as governments grasp benefits

first_imgEnvironmentalists say conserving existing forests and restoring damaged ones reduces the risk of flooding, stores more planet-warming carbon and protects biodiversity.Worldwide, there are about 5.5 billion hectares of forest.Countries that have pushed forward with their Bonn pledges recognize that natural solutions like forest restoration are key to meeting national policy goals such as cutting carbon emissions, and boosting land productivity and food security, said Maginnis.Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum – which dedicated its 2020 gathering in Davos, Switzerland, to climate change and sustainability – launched a platform to drive the planting of one trillion trees worldwide.It is backed by a host of public figures, including US President Donald Trump, a long-time climate change skeptic.’Decent’ jobsIn Asia, India is aiming to increase its forest area and green cover to a third of its total land area by 2030, up from about a quarter, as part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions and meet pledges made under the Paris climate accord.China, Ethiopia, Malawi, Cameroon and Ivory Coast have also launched large-scale tree-planting efforts with some success.Maginnis said the reforestation drive could also support post-coronavirus economic recovery plans.Preliminary analysis shows that for every $1 million invested in re-planting forests, six times the amount of jobs could be created compared to stimulus measures in other sectors, such as the auto industry during the 2008 global financial crisis, he added.”There is a real potential efficiency in being able to create decent jobs,” Maginnis said.Methods used to make the Bonn Challenge a success will likely be replicated to better manage wetlands, rivers, mangroves and coastal areas in the next decade, he added.Former UN. climate chief Christiana Figueres, who oversaw the adoption of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, said the Bonn Challenge provided the evidence needed to mobilize greater investment in reviving forests.”We know that the climate change, biodiversity, health and economic crises have all converged,” she said in a statement.”The human, environmental and economic case for increasing global restoration action is key to restoring our future.” The world’s largest reforestation push, now almost a decade old, has beaten its 2020 target, as countries use their pledges to tackle national priorities including job creation, food security and climate change, researchers said on Wednesday.The Bonn Challenge – launched in 2011 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Germany – aims for 150 million hectares (371 million acres) of degraded forest land to be under restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.Already, 61 nations, eight states in Brazil, Mexico and Pakistan, and five environmental groups have made non-binding commitments to restore more than 210 million hectares, about six times the size of Germany, according to an IUCN progress report. Stewart Maginnis, global director of IUCN’s Nature-based Solutions Group, said the challenge had proved successful because it was about “problem-solving”, not just tree-planting.”Part of the secret sauce is that it has got a relevance to other parts of the economy and other sectors at national level,” Swiss-based Maginnis told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.For every $1 spent on forest restoration, at least $9 of economic benefits are generated, said the report, estimating that nearly $76 trillion could be gained each year from addressing land degradation.In 2019, tropical rainforests – whose preservation is considered crucial to curbing climate change – disappeared at a rate of one football pitch every six seconds, according to data from monitoring service Global Forest Watch.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Shell buys Total’s offshore block for $300 million

first_imgFrench oil giant Total has decided to sell its interest in a block located offshore Brunei to Shell for $300 million. Source: TotalTotal said on Wednesday it had signed an agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo BV to Shell for $300 million.The subsidiary holds an 86.95% interest in Block CA1, located 100 kilometers off the coast of Brunei.Block CA1 covers 5,850 square kilometers in the deepwater areas of Brunei in water depths ranging from 1,000 to 2,750 metres.  It is located about 100 kilometres northwest of the coast of Brunei Darussalam.The transaction is subject to approval by the competent authorities and is expected to close by December 2019, Total added.Total currently operates the block alongside partners Murphy Oil (8.05%) and Petronas (5%). Upon completion of this acquisition, Shell will have an 86.95% equity interest in CA1 PSA and will assume operatorship.“This transaction fits with our strategy of actively managing our portfolio and will contribute to our program to dispose of $5 billion of non-core assets over the period 2019-2020,” said Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total.Also on Wednesday, Total said in its quarterly report it would continue its $5 billion asset sale program over the 2019-20 period – 1.6 B$ was completed at the end of September – and 2019 net investments should be less than $18 billion. The company recorded a decrease in its 3Q 2019 profit affected by lower oil and gas prices despite an increase in production.Commenting on the deal with Total, Managing Director for Shell Deepwater Borneo, Ivo Verstralen, said: “This transaction is consistent with Shell’s deep water strategy to deliver competitive growth from a diverse international portfolio.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

How much sleep do you really need?

first_imgMailOnline 3 February 2015We spend around a third of our lives asleep.Not only is the weekend lie in the stuff of your weekday dreams, but sleep, along with food, water and oxygen, is essential for human survival.And the amount of shut eye a person gets each night, provides a vital indicator of their overall health.But it seems some of us aren’t getting enough time between the sheets.A new study, by experts at the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in the US, has recommended children aged four months to 17 years old need more sleep than was previously advised.Past studies have found a lack of sleep can increase a person’s risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes, shortening life expectancy.In order to determine exactly how much sleep a person needs at each stage of their life, a team of 18 specialists from sleep, anatomy and physiology, as well as paediatrics, neurology, gerontology and gynaecology convened to form an expert panel.The scientists at the NSF in the US worked for two years to produce the most up-to-date guidance. read more

Chelsea hand Lampard £150m summer transfer kitty

first_img The Blues head coach was visibly frustrated on deadline day as they were unable to bolster their attacking options, despite Lampard making it clear they needed a striker to ease the burden on Tammy Abraham. Chelsea explored deals for a number of short-term options, including Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani and Dries Mertens, of Napoli, before deciding to wait for their top targets to become available.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Here Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely See11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Loading… Read Also: Man Utd, Chelsea get Timo Werner transfer boost Standard Sport understands Lyon forward Moussa Dembele is currently their preferred centre-forward signing. The Ligue 1 side were unwilling to do business last month, but Dembele is expected to become available this summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea are preparing to hand Frank Lampard a summer war chest in excess of £150million to offset his disappointment at the club’s failure to sign any players in January.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Netters Blank Lady Lions

first_imgThe Batesville Girl’s Varsity Tennis team defeated Rushville 5-0 on Wednesday.#1 Singles- Lydia Olsen defeated Sarah Hershberger 6-4, 6-0.#2 Singles- Erin Longstreth defeated Larissa Dunn 6-1, 6-2.#3 Singles- Julia Hunter defeated Courtney Hall 6-2, 6-0.#1 Doubles- Brooke Bradford and Kelli Hartman defeated Maddy Kasey and Sarah Schombert 6-1, 6-0.#2 Doubles- Macy Simon and Karsen Worthington defeated Bridgette Welter and Payton Brower 6-3, 6-1.In JV action, Batesville defeated Rushville 8-0. In Singles, Alana Pinckley and Rachael Rose won two matches while Audrey Weigel won one. In doubles, Grace Heppner and Anna Kick won two matches and the doubles team of Jenna Harmeyer and Audrey Weigel won one.The Varsity is now 6-1 while the JV is 7-0. Batesville will play at home tomorrow against Columbus East on Thursday for Senior Night. Match time is 5:15.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

From spectator to senior national cricketer in under a year

first_img… Afruica Gentle slams her way to the topWHEN Afruica Gentle made her way into Sabina Park, it was mid-2018 and she was a national tennis player, who was very good at her craft, but curiosity and patriotism had gotten the better of her.Her Guyanese cricketers were battling their Jamaican counterparts and Gentle wanted to see the action live. Over the years, she had seen numerous cricket matches but this one was different; this one was a female regional encounter.Seeing national skipper Shemaine Campbelle manoeuvre the willow ignited a passion in the teen and she fell in love with cricket all over again, but this time as a player – not as a spectator.A little over eight months later, Gentle will now join Campbelle in the national team when they play in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional 50-over and T20 tournament which bowls off tomorrow in Guyana.NATURALLY GIFTEDGentle has always been a natural at sports and her tennis exploits prove just that.She started to play that sport at the age of four. She was inspired by her sister and was driven. By the tender age of seven, she had already made the national team and since then has become a regular member of the national squad.In 2013, she won the Caribbean Junior Invitational and the St Vincent ITF Singles Title. Two years later she became the youngest tennis player to win three titles at the GBTI Open.Additionally in 2017 and in 2018 she won the Bakewell Junior Championship, and in July in Jamaica, she won the Quest Super Series. Her most recent major conquest was done last November when she won the U-18 Girls Inter-Guiana Games title.WHY CRICKET!For Gentle, who turned 18 earlier this month, cricket is a new and exciting challenge. “I was encouraged by Devon Gonsalves and my family to start playing because they told me they think I will do well and I took their advice and with the help of my father, who bought my cricket gear, it took off from there.”EXCITEMENTPrior to making the national senior team, Gentle’s time in the middle was impactful.In U-17 franchise cricket last year, she made 322 runs (including 109 against West Berbice) and took 10 wickets with her left-arm spin-bowling.The right-handed batter then went on to represent the Select U-19 team in last month’s Guyana Cricket Board Senior Female Inter-County tournament.Outside of hardball cricket, Gentle was the MVP at the just concluded NSC Al Sports and Tour Promotion Forbes Burnham Windball School Championships, where she exploded in the five-over competition, hitting a tournament-high 150 unbeaten runs in one of the games for Mae’s Schools.GAINING EXPERIENCEFor the teen, she hopes to use the competition to gain some valuable experience, which she can use in the future to transition to the West Indies team.“I am grateful and I am also excited, I hope to gain a lot of experience from the players on the team so I could better my cricket.”last_img read more

U-23 AFCON: Egypt sting Ghana 3-2 in second Group A tie

first_imgGhana’s Black Meteors lost 3-2 to Egypt on Monday night in their second Group A game of the U-23 AFCON tournament to leave them with a slim chance of qualifying to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.The Black Meteors started brightly and they got onto the score sheet first after 6 minutes through captain Yaw Yeboah. He finished from close range from Samuel Obeng’s cut back into the Egyptian penalty area.Obeng was picked up out well by Edward Sarpong and he showed skill and patience to beat his man and feed Yeboah for the goal.However, the Egyptians came back and took control of the match and 11 minutes after going behind, they got level through a Mostafa Mohammed header. The forward was left unmarked as he rose to meet a cross from Ahmed Mohammed.The Young Pharoahs almost made it 2-1 from Ramadan Sobhi but his shot was tipped over the bar by Ghana goalie, Kwame Baah.But it was Ghana that made it 2-1 right at the start of the second half. An under-hit back pass from Egypt set up Obeng who rounded the Egyptian goalie, Mohammed Sobhy, to score into an empty net.The home side cranked up the pressure to find the equaliser and after several misses which included even hitting the cross bar, Ramadan Sobhi got the goal after Kwame Baah spilled a shot in the 82nd minute.More pressure followed and Egypt went 3-2 ahead in the 87th minute through Ahmed Rayyan who headed in a Sobhi corner kick.The Black Meteors will now have to beat Mali on Friday while hoping that Egypt defeat Cameroon so they will have a chance of making it to the last four of the tournament.How the two teams lined up?📋 LINE UPS ARE IN! 📋Team news for Ghana 🆚 Egypt 👇#TotalAFCONU23— CAF (@CAF_Online) November 11, 2019last_img read more

“I can’t explain starting 10 men”- Maxwell Konadu on Aduana drama

first_imgAsante Kotoko head coach, Maxwell Konadu, failed you give a proper reason for the drama that marred the start of the team’s Week 11 tie in the Ghana Premier League.Asante Kotoko were in Dormaa to face Aduana Stars on Wednesday and the match started off in a very bizarre manner.The two teams started with 10 players each much to the amazement of the Ghanaian football fans and observers but Kotoko head coach, Maxwell Konadu, did not give any details on why it happened when he spoke to StarTimes after the match.“I cannot explain why we started with 10 players against Aduana Stars.”Eventually, the two teams had the full compliment of their playing body as the match went on.The tie was settled by a Samuel Bioh goal in the 89th minute and Konadu, despite the result, was pleased with the output of his players.“I am happy with what I saw from the team. They did exactly what I told them to do on the day. There was nothing we could do about the goal. It was a moment for Aduana and they took it.”Kotoko host Bechem United in Week 12 of the Ghana Premier League on March 1.last_img read more

Dodgers get Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor back in roster shuffle

first_imgSadler returns to Triple-A for the second time since the Dodgers acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander hasn’t appeared in a game at any level since Aug. 7. With the Dodgers, Sadler had a 0.73 earned-run average in 12-1/3 innings across nine appearances.Dylan Floro took Sadler’s place in the bullpen as a right-handed set-up man after being recalled from Triple-A. Floro has a 4.00 ERA in 38 major league appearances this season. In six appearances at Oklahoma City this month, Floro allowed one earned run and struck out five.“We wanted to send him out to try to work on that slider,” Roberts said of Floro. “We feel there has been some progress. We want to see how it plays here. Casey, we expect him back at some point in time. He’s throwing the ball well.”INJURY UPDATESOutfielder Alex Verdugo remains at the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale, Ariz. He has not fully recovered from the strained oblique muscle that’s sidelined him since Aug. 5.Roberts said Verdugo has not begun performing baseball activities and will not be activated before Sept. 1. Because active rosters expand to 40 on that date, the Dodgers won’t have to make a corresponding roster move to accommodate Verdugo’s return.Pitcher Rich Hill played long toss on flat ground and is nearing his first bullpen session since a left forearm strain befell him in June.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Just the way the ball was coming out, the way he threw the baseball, I didn’t see anything that would have shown any signs that he was on the IL,” Roberts said. “It was coming out really well. He was letting it rip today.”David Freese, who has been sidelined by a strained left hamstring since June, was a full participant in a pregame fielding drill at first base.ALSOProspect Jeter Downs was promoted from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga to Double-A Tulsa. Downs, who was acquired in the trade that sent Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer to the Cincinnati Reds, batted .269 with 19 home runs and 75 RBIs in 107 games for the Quakes. The 21-year-old infielder also went 23 for 31 in stolen base attempts. … Oklahoma City Dodgers pitcher Jaime Schultz was not seriously injured by a hard line drive that struck him in the torso Monday night. … Former Dodger Wilmer Font was tabbed as the Blue Jays’ “opener” for Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 10-3, 3.31 ERA) vs. Blue Jays (RHP Wilmer Font, 3-3, 4.41 ERA), Wednesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers welcomed back Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor on Tuesday. The two utility players missed a combined 48 games with injuries to their hand and forearm, respectively.Manager Dave Roberts immediately plugged both players into his starting lineup for the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. Taylor batted fifth and played left field. Hernandez played second and batted seventh.“The versatility that these guys present is something you’re going to see going forward,” Roberts said. “It’s a luxury we have with our roster. … We’ll give (A.J.) Pollock a day off here in the next couple days. Corey (Seager), we’ll watch his workload going forward.”Third baseman Justin Turner began Tuesday’s game on the bench, with Max Muncy shifting to third base in his stead. Hernandez was batting .238 with 16 home runs in 98 games when he sprained his left hand during a July 24 at-bat against the Angels. In 19 games (14 starts) prior to the injury, Hernandez batted .362 with a 1.017 (OPS) on-base plus slugging percentage.Taylor began the day with a .261 batting average, eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 90 games. He’s 7 for 7 in stolen base attempts this season. Like Hernandez, Taylor was heating up when he got hurt. He batted .363 with a 1.056 OPS in one month before he suffered a fractured left forearm.To make room on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned Kyle Garlick and pitcher Casey Sadler to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and utility player Kristopher Negrón was placed on the 10-day injured list with a stiff neck.Negron said the problem developed Thursday, during the final day of a three-game series in Miami. He continued to receive treatment during the Dodgers’ three-game series in Atlanta.“It would loosen up, but it wasn’t really turning the corner,” he said. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more