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Institute Of Green Growth Solutions Partners Stakeholders To Promote Effective Natural Resource Governance and Management

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Mar 2015

A Natural Resource Governance conference has taken place in Accra, with a call on all stakeholders to collaborate in an effort to safeguard Ghana’s natural resources through effective and comprehensive policies.

 

The conference, which took place on the theme: ‘Natural Resource Governance and Management in Ghana—The Stride Towards Efficient Use of our Natural Resources’, was organized by the Institute of Green Growth Solutions, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer StIftung Foundation, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Minerals Commission and the Forestry Commission.

The conference provided a platform to assess, from a non-partisan perspective, the institutional readiness, capacity-building initiatives, environmental legislation, local content interest protection and promotion, and contract renegotiation procedures, among others, with regard to Ghana’s current natural resource management and governance framework.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the conference, yesterday, the Charges d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana, Mr Zhou You bin, pledged China’s commitment to contributing more, through joint efforts, to the natural resources management and transformation agenda of Ghana.

Mr bin said China was supporting Ghana’s natural resources management by building the country’s human resource capacity.

He said each year, China had offered 300 training opportunities in China for which some Ghanaian organizations involved in natural resource activities had benefitted, adding that since 2008, more than 2,000 Ghanaians had received training in China, topping the Middle East and West Africa.

He called on the Government of Ghana to streamline and boost the vitality of small-scale mining which, he said, contributed about one-third of the total gold production in Ghana and 100 per cent of the country’s diamond in 2013.

In his remarks, Dr Toni Aubynn, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Minerals Commission, said Ghana was among the first countries in Africa to legalize small-scale mining.

Dr Aubynn disclosed that practices on small-scale mining were being reviewed to establish sanity in their operations.

In a presentation delivered on his behalf, Mr Samuel Afari-Dartey, CEO, Forestry Commission, disclosed that a Wood Procurement Policy was being developed as a strategy to mitigate forest resource depletion.

Mr Afari-Dartey said the policy would ensure that only legal wood would be sold on the domestic market and require all government agencies to procure only legal timber for their projects.

Welcoming participants to the conference, Dr Eric Twum, CEO of Green Growth Solutions, stressed the need to institute effective governance and management practices in the natural resource sector of the country in order to promote national development and the people’s well-being.

Dr Twum said priority attention should also be given to curbing air and water pollution, and the protection of the environment.

Furthermore, he said, there was the need to ensure implementation of related laws and regulations and to negotiate with development partners on a mutually-beneficial basis as obtained in Iraq and Botswana, for example.

Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

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Former National Institute Of Health (NIH) Scientist Allen A. Herman, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., Joins The Cannabis Science Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) (PR Newswire)

DR. ALLEN HERMAN, WORLD-RENOWNED EPIDEMIOLOGIST & SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH DEAN & FOUNDER JOINS CBIS SAB COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTCQB: CBIS), a U.S. company specializing in cannabis formulation-based drug development and … read more

WFP Executive Director Visits South Sudan

A South Sudanese mother and her child receive Plumpy’Sup, an energy-rich ready-to-eat nutritional treatment made from peanuts, which WFP provides to undernourished young children. Copyright: WFP/George Fominyen

JUBA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, accompanied by the United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, will make a three-day trip to South Sudan from today.

Ms. Cousin and Ambassador Lane are visiting to get an update on the troubling food security situation and to raise awareness of the plight of civilians affected by conflict in the young nation. An estimated 2.5 million people are facing acute hunger, unsure of where their next meal is coming from.

Conflict erupted in South Sudan in late 2013 and has displaced 2 million people, disrupted livelihoods and sharply worsened levels of hunger and malnutrition. WFP fears that food insecurity will only get worse as we move into the lean season without an end to the conflict in sight.

Over the next three days, the WFP Executive Director and the US Ambassador will meet national and local officials, and families directly affected by the conflict.

WFP aims to assist 3 million people in South Sudan this year, including life-saving emergency assistance for the conflict-affected, nutrition support for mothers and children, food assistance for refugees, school meals, and asset-creation initiatives aimed at helping communities improve their food security and resilience.

Ms. Cousin will hold a media briefing before departing on Sunday.

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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
George Fominyen, WFP/Juba, Mob. +211 922 465 247
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi currently in Juba, Mob. +211 922 555 013 (Juba) or +254 707 722 1014 (Nairobi)
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel. +44 20 72409001, Mob. +44 7968 008474
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112

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Values threatened by hate speech must be reinforced, say Heads of European human rights institutions on International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Parliamentary Secretary Kelly Block will make an announcement on behalf of Minister Candice Bergen to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Saskatoon

Kelly Block, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Saskatoon–Rosetown–Biggar, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, will make an announcement to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Saskatoon.

A photo opportunity and media availability will follow.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

DATE:       Monday, March 16, 2015

TIME:        10:30 a.m.

PLACE:    

The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc.
304 2 Avenue South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 

 

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Austin Jean
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of State for Social Development
819-953-2350

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

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I’m particularly thinking about Ebola but also more broadly than that, and thinking not just about the acute response to epidemics, but….Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:11:00 +0100irinnewsenirinnews-ee3d20e1ab4ed9eeb74c4339367a8faePublicHealthCommunicableDiseases51.4879 -0.177998-4.32084 15.29870.322805 32.5748http://www.oscebih.org/News.aspx?newsid=2064&lang=EN&utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oscemissionbosniaSARAJEVO, 19 March 2015 – Improving living standards of Roma and ensuring their full access to social, economic and political life throughout South East Europe was in focus at the 10th Regional Meeting of Focal Points on Roma in OSCE Field Operations, held today in Sarajevo.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:26:00 +0100osceenosce-6acd7a91e2cd4b06fa63d2a8f5721e4cDiscrimination43.8564 18.4134http://nna-leb.gov.lb/en/show-news/41879/UNIFIL-celebrates-its-establishment-day-inNNA – In a press release by UNIFIL in south Lebanon, it said: “The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today held a ceremony to mark the 37th anniversary of its peacekeeping presence in southern Lebanon at the UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:24:00 +0100nna-enennna-en-8d248bbab92344d1e406d2bc22768da6SecurityCouncilPeaceKeepingUNbodies41.661 -83.5748http://ec.europa.eu/echo/news/eu-funds-emergency-communication-services-vanuatu_enInstallation of a satellite connection in Luganville, Vanuatu – Photo credit: Télécoms Sans Frontières. Dozens of islands across Vanuatu remain totally cut off from the rest of the world following the landfall of super cyclone Pam over the weekend. The European Commission is therefore stepping….Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:15:00 +0100echoenecho-21b7eb715d4ca9ee66599da17ca1056dCivilProtectionEchoTelecommunicationsECnewsPolicyBudgetPolicyHumanitarianAid-15.51268 167.151993http://ec.europa.eu/echo/resources-campaigns/campaigns/eusavelives-you-save-lives_enEvery 4 seconds a person in the world is forced to flee their home. Today, 51.2 million people are deprived of a home, a family and a job, due to the intensification of conflicts. It is the highest number of refugees and displaced people since World War II. To survive, every one of them needs humanitarian aid.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:15:00 +0100echoenecho-2ca00b29174093b81045af5eaaf1a36eEchoImmigrationPolicyCulture4.85 31.64.365856 18.5623453.3416 -6.2573548.8521 2.3489952.373 4.8948333.5193 36.313552.5163 13.327650.8371 4.3676141.8955 12.490640.4422 -3.6909735.171 33.36951.4879 -0.17799837.944 23.6529http://www.undispatch.com/terror-tunisia/The cradle of the Arab Spring–and its best exemplar–was beset by a vicious terror attack on tourists at a museum. 19 people were killed, including 17 tourists. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. “While Tunisia has been spared the catastrophic levels of violence that have plagued other….Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:03:00 +0100undispatchenundispatch-e85be4bf96e93707a8b155319bf2e11bTerroristAttackUNbodiesConflictMarketNaturalDisastersEU-Asia14.6867 -17.451915.9342452321615 47.5468006036417-17.7404 168.3216.81842 -5.2826231.3525303545421 34.967300552965112.364 -1.528264.85 31.62.991304 26.0914933.5193 36.3135-29.3083 27.49168.48612 -13.239132.8711 13.1835.8726281517146 10.4083723681577http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=950989Government of Canada provides funding for the Chester Theatre Council Society. March 19, 2015 Chester, Nova Scotia Department of Canadian Heritage. Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South ShoreSt. Margaret’s), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official….Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:48:00 +0100gcengc-9dfece28e7b32b1bbf6d437adc8d111054.61549 -126.90619751.225861 -101.35209744.541931 -64.24539245.000150425 -62.998652994http://nna-leb.gov.lb/en/show-news/41858/Israeli-planes-breach-Lebanese-skiesNNA – Army Command Guidance Directorate issued the following communiqué:” On Wednesday (18/3/2015) at 11:00 a.m., two Israeli war planes violated Lebanese airspace from above Kfarkilla village, executed circular flight over the various Lebanese regions; and then left at 12:15 p.m. from above Alma Al-Shaab village.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:41:00 +0100nna-enennna-en-814057957aef7edf3347517dc28ae2cbhttp://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/2012-02-08-08-32-47/general-news/7291-five-agricultural-colleges-to-be-upgraded-to-diploma-levelThe Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, has hinted that all five Agriculture Colleges in the ountry will be upgraded to Diploma awarding institutions. A formal request, he observed, had been sent to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) in line with this effort.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:05:00 +0100ghana-govenghana-gov-a5ab10d287e97d8dd8c17bb5bce0bd6eUNbodies52.373 4.8948337.5424 126.93535.2086 110.727-35.3499 149.042http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/2012-02-08-08-32-47/general-news/7281-government-to-upgrade-ucc-s-fibre-optic-centre-into-an-instituteProfessor Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman, Minister for Education, last Tuesday said government was working to transform the Laser and Fibre Optics Centre at the University of Cape Coast, into a leading and a fully fledged institute to enhance research and training in agriculture, climate monitoring, spectroscopy, communication and health.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:31:00 +0100ghana-govenghana-gov-19b03d66118742c9c72113e8078d6a84UNbodies-41.3348 174.8075.55856 -0.20092419.3395004253507 -99.627266840977648.8521 2.3489955.7388 37.6665http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/2012-02-08-08-32-47/general-news/7278-ghana-navy-leads-crime-combating-initiative-in-west-africaThe Ghana Navy, in collaboration with the International Quality and Productivity Centre, has initiated steps aimed at dealing. with increasing maritime crime and other crimes that have assumed alarming proportions along the Gulf of Guinea. The Navy has, in that direction, been organising Coastal and….Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:31:00 +0100ghana-govenghana-gov-8d4ecd7f4216a202e7059f3b4d9716105.55856 -0.2009249.55038 -13.67169.172945 7.179924http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/2012-02-08-08-32-47/general-news/7279-ghana-women-set-dramatic-2030-gender-equality-targetGhana must have a female President or Vice President by 2030, Ghanaian Gender Advocates have stated and this is in tune with the framework of UN Commission on the Status of Women’s (CSW59) reinvigorated targets for the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:31:00 +0100ghana-govenghana-gov-b9302d54b084011fdb803a94ab978b80UNbodiesSociety5.55856 -0.20092435.2086 110.727http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20150319-south-africa-refuses-to-give-up-cache-of-weapongrade-uraniumIn the 1980s, White minority-ruled South Africa built six nuclear bombs. In 1990s the F. W. de Klerk government began planning the transformation of the country into a democracy. As part of the transition, the country’s nuclear weapons, and nuclear weapons-making infrastructure, were dismantled under IAEA supervision.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:13:00 +0100homelandsecuritynewswireenhomelandsecuritynewswire-8a1e3177c9ed40799003d28c067deaddTerroristAttackManMadeDisastersSecurity-28.9972870207938 25.089228894487447.906479 -117.80470337.97895 -121.26100237.5424 126.935http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/speeches/2015/03/18/helen-clark-opening-address-to-the-international-conference-on-the-emergence-of-africa0/18 Mar 2015 It is a pleasure to join the President of Cote d’Ivoire, H.E. Alassane Ouattara, in welcoming you to this first International Conference on the Emergence of Africa Allow me to begin by sincerely thanking the President and the Government of Cote d’Ivoire for organizing this important conference in association with UNDP.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:28:00 +0100un-azenun-az-78da10d4e106cdc3bf6bef725dea54a1UNbodiesEnterpriseEurope2SocietyEcologyEnvironmentUNSecretaryGeneralClimateChange35.2086 110.727http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2015/03/18/economic-growth-alone-not-enough-to-face-africa-s-emerging-challenges-un-development-chief-/18 Mar 2015 Some 30 African countries aim to reach “emerging” status in their national development strategies. Photo: UNDP in Ethiopia. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – Africa has recorded impressive economic growth over the last decade, its ability to address emerging challenges will be strengthened by….Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:28:00 +0100un-azenun-az-9d3f59caba9b8a5ae0752cf0156927aeUNbodiesEnterpriseEurope29.02274 38.7468http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/rm/2015/03/239351.htmASSISTANT SECRETARY RUSSEL: Thank you. Well I’ve had some very good meetings today and I want to begin by saying that the best meeting I had, I had last night with my good friend, Ambassador Mark Lippert. I’m very proud to call him a friend and a colleague.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:51:00 +0100state-govenstate-gov-2e4765628da263385adfecaa12c423b7AlternativeEnergy37.5380457749554 127.00586742437738.9051 -77.016235.6831 139.80935.2086 110.72742.103111 -102.87190239.0285 125.757http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/03/239489.htmQUESTION: Second thing — MS. PSAKI: Okay. QUESTION: — having to do with security is this news coming out of Tokyo about alleged threats against Ambassador Kennedy. Can you say any more than what you said in your earlier comments, written comments? MS. PSAKI: I don’t have more to convey. I’m happy to repeat those or reiterate those.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:21:00 +0100state-govenstate-gov-2e0db3a64abcc9a68524e4a5ba3ad5e1UNbodiesPeaceProcessSecurityCouncil24.63468 46.71791131.3525303545421 34.967300552965138.9051 -77.016235.6831 139.80935.7745 51.447711.5086012087228 43.008277088870731.9439641665586 35.25764453234912.364 -1.52826http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/rm/2015/239483.htmThe U.S. government is pleased to take over as government chair of the VPs Initiative for 2015-2016. On behalf of Assistant Secretary Malinowski, I want to relay my excitement about this exceptional opportunity to work with all of you at such a critical juncture in the Initiative.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:20:00 +0100state-govenstate-gov-97fb71e25515b118a55ce35c517079b9EnterpriseEurope24.63022 -74.0805135.55856 -0.2009249.172945 7.17992438.9051 -77.016251.4879 -0.17799846.948212 7.445736http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=5036618 March 2015 #150 The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, called today for “fundamental changes” to strengthen the global commitment to defending the rights of schoolgirls and boys, as he said that 2015 should be the year to end violations of children’s rights.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:25:00 +0100un-orgenun-org-afbd18d2d3e3e942d2ceeb4dd8b193faUNbodiesConflictSecurityCouncil46.63 -115.808333-4.28077 15.28379.172945 7.17992433.718151 73.0605477.7 28.04.85 31.633.887189 35.51340440.6222 -73.9878-4.32084 15.2987http://www.IRINnews.org/report/101250/women-and-malnutrition-the-case-of-south-sudanKODOK, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) – Pregnant and breastfeeding women are the demographic group most at risk of malnutrition in South Sudan after children, making up some 12 percent of all those on supplementary feeding programmes. Such women’s vulnerability can be largely attributed to the higher….Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:16:00 +0100irinnewsenirinnews-d356517e225e535d24555d87a1d9b679DevelopmentICRC9.827918 32.0411http://www.state.gov/s/d/2015/239460.htmThank you very much, Mr. Chairman. Let me also thank you and President Perez Molina for the generous hospitality in Guatemala shown to Vice President Biden during his recent trip there. He spoke very highly of his visit and the energy and determination that he senses in the Northern Triangle of Central America.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:49:00 +0100state-govenstate-gov-03aeda18d8037b420c436163ae3e058cEnterpriseEurope2AlternativeEnergy35.475 -80.99666718.54299 -72.34310210.6572 -61.48369.02150442757426 -79.103193091741240.3941 -97.20210323.1168 -82.388614.6449445866494 -90.4946642899254http://nna-leb.gov.lb/en/show-news/41822/17-tourists-killed-as-gunmen-attack-TunisiaNNA – Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen killed at least 17 foreign tourists in a brazen attack Wednesday on Tunisia’s national museum before being killed in a police assault, officials said. Polish, Italian, German and Spanish tourists were among the dead, Prime Minister Habib Essid said, adding that two gunmen had been killed.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:20:00 +0100nna-enennna-en-147b303e63c31ca7f932346740bb286bConflictTerroristAttack36.8188 10.16635.6831 139.809-28.9972870207938 25.089228894487441.8955 12.490652.2449 21.011933.334 44.397848.8521 2.3489950.8371 4.3676133.5193 36.313532.8711 13.18http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50361. Students in Matatirtha, Nepal, which is in the process of being redeveloped to make the school more earthquake proof. As part of this process children are taught how to take shelter beneath their desks in case of an earthquake. Photo by Jim Holmes for AusAID.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:17:00 +0100un-orgenun-org-989644b926c7fc6978ed3e306309a292CivilProtectionUNbodiesEnvironmentEnterpriseEurope2UNSecretaryGeneral35.0947284423189 134.824277250135-17.7404 168.32148.8521 2.3489927.712 85.313http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/03/sahels-plight-worsens-amid-fighting-says-un-aid-chief/Mbera refugee camp, Mauritania, in the Sahel region of Africa. Photo: WFP/Justin Smith. Conflict in Africa’s Sahel region is the biggest threat to saving lives in one of the poorest places on earth, according to the UN aid chief in charge there. Robert Piper, who’s UN Regional Humanitarian….Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:46:00 +0100unmultimedia-enenunmultimedia-en-4db409d57e6ba98b2ac857ea1f8dd4cfUNbodies9.172945 7.17992412.653 -7.9864818.0841 -15.9784http://www.state.gov/index.htm?docid=239366President Obama (Mar. 17): “Ireland is on the move after a very challenging financial crisis and economic recession. … There are terrific opportunities for us to further collaborate in creating jobs both in the United States and in Ireland.” Mar. 16: The goal of the Third UN World Conference on….Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:48:00 +0100state-govenstate-gov-3747f74d2152e438b29f9038458ef993UNbodiesMonetaryPolicyEU41.7218 44.783131.835278 -93.28833353.3416 -6.2573532.6497266196374 -83.4472614062641http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=952269Minister Ritz Promotes Canadian Beef and Creates Agricultural Trade in Vietnam. March 18, 2015 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has concluded his agricultural trade mission to Vietnam, where he promoted world-class, safe Canadian beef and….Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:37:00 +0100gcengc-b63346a714ba637899cb3600bc9073e3RuralDevelopment54.61549 -126.90619737.5380457749554 127.00586742437721.0319 105.8250.460524238145 -86.084801183843135.6831 139.809http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=952209Canada’s rapid response will ensure life-saving emergency relief is provided quickly. March 18, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced additional….Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:37:00 +0100gcengc-d7242df6a7667aa5e72c2c82bbdb38ccHumanitarianAidEcho54.61549 -126.90619750.460524238145 -86.0848011838431-17.7404 168.321-35.3499 149.042http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/145401?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=conflictpreventionresolutionThis report is for media and the general public. The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. The SMM, based on its monitoring – which was restricted by third parties and by security considerations* – observed that fighting….Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:44:00 +0100osceenosce-eb0952f19ef34b0398be4106be0565eeSecurityICRCConsumers48.990883 32.25468553.8999 27.575647.5961 37.490446.53817 32.5407648.42289 35.1378949.9856 36.268448.3464 38.059548.2892 25.957955.7388 37.666550.4482 30.5021http://www.state.gov/j/prm/funding/fy2015/239424.htmCurrent Funding Priorities: (a) PRM will prioritize funding for proposed NGO activities that best meet the Bureau’s priorities for filling programming gaps in the Horn of Africa region as identified below. (b) While PRM encourages activities that include host communities, because of PRM’s mandate to….Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:17:00 +0100state-govenstate-gov-b2961f5c35236f2805bdcdc983e8d648UNbodiesEchoImmigration7.82050322283944 34.222897613243413.7871191430108 38.4532913546374-1.2702 36.8041http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=952059. Ottawa, Ontario – 17 March 2015 Introduction. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pleased to announce that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, has welcomed the continuance in office of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston as Governor General until September 2017.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:04:00 +0100gcengc-4d2024094d97249eee39034c9556cc59Innovation54.61549 -126.90619745.444722 -93.4638.613461 -95.26534334.054412 -117.6058142.126122 -71.180443http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/03/sahels-plight-worsens-amid-fighting-says-un-aid-chief/Food insecurity affects 20 million people in the Sahel, while 600,000 children die every year from malnutrition. Conflict in Africa’s Sahel region is the biggest threat to saving lives in one of the poorest places on earth, according to the UN aid chief in charge there.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:12:00 +0100unmultimedia-enenunmultimedia-en-b303619668a0e0bfbd43cdb8f33f0d23UNbodies9.172945 7.17992412.653 -7.98648http://www.undispatch.com/europe-joins-china-lead-development-bank/This is a stunner. Major European economies have decided to join a Chinese based rival to the World Bank. Washington is none too pleased. “The United States lobbied its allies not to join the new China-based bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or A.I.I.B. The U.S.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:18:00 +0100undispatchenundispatch-47d44ced9f8a256e923f0dee931d49f5UNbodiesUNSecretaryGeneralSecurityCouncil14.6096 121.00615.5501 32.532238.9051 -77.016235.2086 110.727http://www.oecdobserver.org/news/fullstory.php/aid/4808/Precious_water.htmlThe world can be a complex place. See how Frankie and his colleagues at Global.org grapple with the thorny public policy issues of our time, in this new cartoon strip. “Frankie.org” is by Stik, especially for the OECD Observer. Frankie welcomes your Related links.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:14:00 +0100oecdobserverenoecdobserver-d271029ea8c86c58ea9d58005a1acf42EnvironmentG20TAXUDUNbodies35.6831 139.8099.55038 -13.671651.4879 -0.17799848.8521 2.34899-4.18553879318022 -64.6957692048508-35.3499 149.04246.948212 7.44573628.5687 77.2168http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/2012-02-08-08-32-47/general-news/7273-2015-international-year-of-light-and-light-based-technologies-launched-in-accraThe 2015 International Year of Light (IYL) and Light-Based Technologies has been launched in Accra. The launch was to adequately inform Ghana and the African continent about upcoming events which include the upgrading of the Laser and Fibre Optics Center at the University of Cape Coast into a….Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:08:00 +0100ghana-govenghana-gov-e29dbcf7b81b6d44f72faa331904e0d7EnterpriseEurope2UNbodiesEnvironmentAlternativeEnergy5.105056 -1.247234http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-4623_en.htm?locale=en4th Ordinary Session of EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly, Yerevan. Dear Members of Parliaments, dear colleagues, Dear Ambassadors, Dear friends, I’m delighted to be here at the fourth session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, where I also represent High Representative Federica Mogherini.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:50:00 +0100dg-comm-enendg-comm-en-8bfac70fa32e4b95d4b4cd5f612cd5efFightagainstFraudFedericaMogheriniETFEURussiaJean-ClaudeJunckerPeaceProcessDevelopmentFRA-EUPolicyDevelopmentPolicyExternalRelationsPolicyFightagainstFraudPolicyForeignSecurityPolicyInstitutionalAffairsPolicyJusticeFreedom41.7218 44.783147.0269 28.841653.8999 27.575630.0779 31.250840.1598983063524 44.495963540789949.6326822866963 6.0760652332474550.4482 30.502133.5193 36.313532.8711 13.1840.3010441706205 49.732666432722255.7388 37.6665http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20150318-un-to-investigate-1961-plane-crash-that-killed-un-secretary-general-dag-hammarskjoldOn the night of 17 September 1961, a Transair Sweden DC -6B named Albertina was making its way to a copper mining region in southern Congo (the region is now part of northern Zambia). The plane was carrying UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjold, who was on his way to a meeting with Moise Tshombe, the leader of the break-away Katanga province.Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:21:00 +0100homelandsecuritynewswireenhomelandsecuritynewswire-f0befa53dfa25dd3b5f1749464085b33UNSecretaryGeneralUNbodiesAirTransport-12.96827 28.633699-6.240443 24.36902-28.9972870207938 25.089228894487450.8371 4.3676138.9051 -77.016248.8521 2.3489955.704 12.523451.503031 -0.37895259.2869 18.073http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/articles/2015/03/17/making-the-new-sustainable-development-agenda-a-reality-will-require-new-dynamics-by-all-partners-to-deliver-results/17 Mar 2015 Making the new sustainable development agenda a reality after it is adopted later this year was the focus of a panel discussion organized by UNDP Geneva, the Graduate Institute and the Swiss Confederation. The discussion, entitled, “From vision to implementation: How can we make the….Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:16:00 +0100un-azenun-az-0b3c313807a21a58ed8c4b24ee646bb4UNbodiesAlternativeEnergyEnterpriseEurope2Environment46.20153 6.166666740.6222 -73.9878http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50356Ban Ki-moon has appointed Petko Draganov of Bulgaria as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia ( ), located in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Mr. Draganov will succeed Miroslav Jenca of Slovakia, who was recently appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:46:00 +0100un-orgenun-org-baa751a01cce9a43eeadf02ac0cb703dUNbodiesUNSecretaryGeneral37.9504 58.390142.7073 23.331941.3052 69.26948.1531 17.129742.87 74.587938.5593 68.77551.1894 71.4321http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/03/239388.htmQUESTION: — rest the questions that you have not been able to answer to this point about former Secretary Clinton and whether she signed this separation form or not? MS. PSAKI: Well, we have reviewed Secretary Clinton’s official personnel file and administrative files and do not have any record of her signing the OF-109.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:33:00 +0100state-govenstate-gov-0d935ce5ae23e4b289ad74810d91255e39.9293 32.853337.944 23.652933.334 44.397832.6497266196374 -83.447261406264131.837038 35.44053848.8521 2.3489935.7745 51.447733.5193 36.313535.2086 110.72737.5424 126.93546.948212 7.44573655.7388 37.666541.7218 44.783152.5163 13.327610.49605 -66.89827741.8955 12.490631.3525303545421 34.967300552965151.4879 -0.17799823.1168 -82.388650.4482 30.5021http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/145331?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=conflictpreventionresolutionThis report is for media and the general public. The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. The SMM, based on its monitoring – which was restricted by third parties and by security considerations* – observed that fighting….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:44:00 +0100osceenosce-1cca45270ae8bb68373ad506227de1e6Consumers48.2961 39.745248.134 38.931453.8999 27.575646.53817 32.5407648.42289 35.1378949.9856 36.268448.1117 39.090348.3464 38.059548.6689 38.102248.2892 25.957955.7388 37.666550.4482 30.5021http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/03/239383.htmThe United States’ position on South Ossetia and Abkhazia remains clear: these regions are integral parts of Georgia, and we continue to support Georgia’s independence, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity. The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of any so-called “treaty”….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:32:00 +0100state-govenstate-gov-6f1e1e49be2136ae66cfae3d2c56c2c141.7218 44.783146.20153 6.166666755.7388 37.666533.813045 -83.808915http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=5035017 March 2015 #150 The United Nations refugee agency said today it has begun the relocation of more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia from flood-prone areas ahead of the rainy season, which is expected to start in late April. “The refugees are being moved from the Leitchuor and Nip….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:35:00 +0100un-orgenun-org-15d877c495040ed72a02abcfce74e9ffUNbodiesEchoImmigration10.08604 34.63156915.3324 38.92627.82050322283944 34.222897613243410.9761 49.2185714.85 31.646.20153 6.1666667http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50352At special ceremony in Sendai, Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Margareta Wahlström (left), Allan Lavell, (centre) winner of 2015 UN award for disaster risk reduction and Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation. Photo: Jacques Baudrier.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:35:00 +0100un-orgenun-org-ec1c5f6589c4fee00ece1d981f94fbabUNbodiesEchoCivilProtectionEnvironmentNaturalDisasters33.913889 -101.84361134.147678 -85.68421931.808161 130.29960618.0157 -76.797337.971667 -81.82166751.3333333 -1.5http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=951819October 30, 2013 OTTAWA. Good morning. It’s my pleasure to join you today. Only a few months ago, in early July, I had first-hand experience with a humanitarian responsenot in Africa, Asia, or the Americas, but in Lac Megantic, Quebecin my own constituency, following the devastating train explosion there.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:33:00 +0100gcengc-96dab4baac78ce241c00f668b88fac3cUNbodiesImmigrationSecurityEchoManMadeDisasters34.5309 69.13675718.54299 -72.34310245.3742 -75.65072.04118 45.344133.5193 36.3135http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/03/fighting-in-unity-states-breaches-protection-of-civilian-site-in-bentiu/Fighting on Tuesday in South Sudan near the United Nations compound in the town of Bentiu has been condemned by the UN Mission in the country, An artillery shell landed in the compound, which is currently protecting some 53,000 South Sudanese. Stephanie Coutrix reports.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:28:00 +0100unmultimedia-enenunmultimedia-en-c33e903699d11e632ccc11908f5f9969TerroristAttackSecurityUNbodies9.229114 29.7821911.8323 32.797619http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-4621_en.htm?locale=enVice-President Šefčovič speech at EUFORES 15th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Vienna. Ladies and gentlemen, Two weeks ago, the European Commission adopted the Energy Union Strategy. I then called it the most ambitious energy project since the European Coal and….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:55:00 +0100dg-comm-enendg-comm-en-424745fa96cf267be1de2239056a6e00InnovationECnewsConsumersTurkey-EUAlternativeEnergyEuropeanCouncilMarketImportsExportsEnterpriseEurope2EnvironmentEuropeanParliamentEU-LatinAmericaPolicyCompetitionPolicyConsumersPolicyEnergyPolicyEnvironmentPolicyExternalRelationsPolicyRegionalPolicyResearchInnovation-28.9972870207938 25.089228894487441.8955 12.490640.4435464970485 43.07276758012948.488273 -1.5866135.2086 110.727-5.83333 -37.4540.324299 49.81623849.4113 8.68885http://www.IRINnews.org/report/101244/outsourcing-asylumLONDON, 17 March 2015 (IRIN) – As the EU considers outsourcing asylum screening to North Africa, our Migration Editor looks at what lessons can be learned from Australia’s use of offshore processing for asylum seekers. As Europe braces for a summer of record maritime migrant arrivals, the EU has….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:39:00 +0100irinnewsenirinnews-e3483f3a0e63f102bd2b0d59728a6637ImmigrationExternalAffairsDimitrisAvramopoulosUNbodiesFRA-EUEU-AsiaPolicyEconomicPolicyJusticeFreedom-35.3499 149.04236.8188 10.16611.5647 104.913-0.528742623214891 166.92313004127-6.18287 106.82933.5193 36.3135-37.853 145.07532.8711 13.18-2.09007596856637 146.91294847366152.5163 13.327641.8955 12.490651.4879 -0.17799834.015 -6.8327230.0779 31.250850.8371 4.3676137.944 23.6529http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=5034317 March 2015 #150 With reports slowly emerging about the damage wrought in Vanuatu, which suffered the brunt of Cyclone Pam that pummeled the South Pacific over the weekend, leaders from the region made a joint call today from a United Nations conference on disaster resilience for scaled-up storm….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:27:00 +0100un-orgenun-org-a888ff746246c138851e20e8fc44630dUNbodiesClimateActionClimateChangeEnvironment35.0947284423189 134.824277250135-43.5235 172.63831.808161 130.299606-17.7404 168.321-21.2269645846191 -159.771139084927-13.6154146863405 -172.443074887285-9.62239171888818 160.158411651241.85753598195286 -157.657762687394-35.3499 149.042http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/03/news-in-brief-17-march-2015-am/A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan. UN Photo/Loey Felipe. UN peacekeepers and their commanders “sent home” for unsuitable behavior. The UN has taken what it has called “drastic measures” to repatriate some peacekeeping units from the African….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:55:00 +0100unmultimedia-enenunmultimedia-en-2f137565dce2907d73e1edcc185bae40UNbodiesPoliticalUnrestImmigrationPeaceKeepingSecurityCouncil4.85 31.642.0069 21.44679.02274 38.7468http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=951159THE OCCURRENCE. On 07 March 2015, Canadian National (CN) crude oil unit train U70451-02 was proceeding eastward on CN’s Ruel Subdivision near Gogama, Ontario. The train crew was composed of a locomotive engineer, a trainee and a conductor. 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The bodies buried at the unmarked site are suspected to be those of former prison farm laborers.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:59:00 +0100nna-enennna-en-39a4af604fcc52c966a32cd8cf34e004-29.8364 30.9422http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=951109March 17, 2015 Fredericton, New Brunswick Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Parliamentary Secretary Gerald Keddy, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, along with Member of Parliament Mike Allen, today announced an investment of $1.83 million in a Canadian-led international research….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:51:00 +0100gcengc-3eb14de59c65919ddaf0b7e8f264354e54.61549 -126.90619745.9446 -66.657-41.3348 174.80750.460524238145 -86.084801183843149.62431 -104.51879946.500103925 -65.99878299348.8521 2.34899http://nna-leb.gov.lb/en/show-news/41758/Hakim-tackles-developments-with-Kroea-AmbassadorNNA – Trade and Economy Minister, Alain Hakim, met on Wednesday with the Ambassador of South Korea to Lebanon, Choi Jong-il, with talks between the pair reportedly touching on the existing economic relations between both countries and on the best means to bolster economic exchange between them.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:27:00 +0100nna-enennna-en-dad3b780f686597d2632102a7c5dbb9b33.887189 35.51340437.5424 126.935http://www.oecdobserver.org/news/fullstory.php/aid/4791/OECD_Observer_crossword_No.1_2015.htmlSwitzerland’s recent moves towards greater tax transparency were welcomed by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, based at the OECD, as a boost to international efforts to end tax evasion. Work will continue with Switzerland, notably on implementation, in 2015.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:16:00 +0100oecdobserverenoecdobserver-94136b56717c81675a5d82cec4c80651EnvironmentTAXUDUNbodiesG209.55038 -13.671651.4879 -0.17799848.8521 2.34899-4.18553879318022 -64.6957692048508-35.3499 149.04246.948212 7.44573628.5687 77.2168http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=5034517 March 2015 #150 Some nine million children have seen “#8220death and suffering beyond their comprehension,”#8221 and protecting them and their communities is critical in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, the UN Children’s Fund ( ) said in a report released today.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:10:00 +0100un-orgenun-org-71cdb9aaf945a540d04d4e6272cd71c2CommunicableDiseasesUNbodies46.20153 6.166666742.870084 -76.99000940.6222 -73.98786.30077 -10.7972http://www.IRINnews.org/report/101241/coaxing-the-dragon-why-china-should-join-the-great-aid-debate. Photo: Louise Redvers/IRIN Could the West learn from China’s approach to aid and development in Africa? LONDON, 17 March 2015 (IRIN) – How much attention is being paid to China’s growing role in the global humanitarian space? Not enough perhaps, but the wariness cuts both ways.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:32:00 +0100irinnewsenirinnews-14f9bc4581330aad6509a37158dbeea7UNbodiesEnterpriseEurope2-28.9972870207938 25.089228894487451.4879 -0.17799835.2086 110.727-2.00272421653044 29.92281855534010.322805 32.5748http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/2012-02-08-08-32-47/general-news/7267-parliament-launches-new-online-digital-platformThe Government Assurance Committee (CGA) of the Parliament of Ghana, has officially unveiled a new online digital platform project ”www.assurances.gov.gh” to engage citizens and amplify their voices on promises made by Ministers to ensure accountability.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:52:00 +0100ghana-govenghana-gov-f3b19064b9f5f7ea04e9a7849616448a5.55856 -0.200924http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=5034317 March 2015 #150 With reports slowly emerging about the damage wrought in Vanuatu, which suffered the brunt of Cyclone Pam that pummeled the South Pacific over the weekend, leaders from the region made a joint call today from a United Nations conference on disaster resilience for scaled-up storm….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:58:00 +0100un-orgenun-org-40495e984d30ad33cf17c2a46f042900ClimateActionUNbodiesEnvironmentClimateChange35.0947284423189 134.824277250135-43.5235 172.63831.808161 130.299606-17.7404 168.321-21.2269645846191 -159.771139084927-13.6154146863405 -172.443074887285-9.62239171888818 160.158411651241.85753598195286 -157.657762687394-35.3499 149.042http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/fac/2015/03/16/Africa. The Council held an in-depth discussion on EU relations with Africa, covering peace and security, prosperity and partnership. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said: “We discussed the need to move from a donors recipient relationship to a full political partnership with Africa.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:50:00 +0100dg-comm-enendg-comm-en-4a75e145a3a3cb3adc68f3cc411089f5Iraq-EUFedericaMogheriniPolicyDevelopmentPolicyRegional43.8564 18.413433.334 44.397833.5193 36.313532.8711 13.18http://nna-leb.gov.lb/en/show-news/41737/Prince-Harry-to-quit-British-Army-after-10-yearsNNA – Prince Harry announced Tuesday he is to leave the British army after 10 years’ service that has seen him fight on the front line twice in Afghanistan. The 30-year-old said it had been a “really tough decision” to conclude his military service in June, but added that he was looking forward to a new chapter in his life.Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:30:00 +0100nna-enennna-en-ce9e89487304eb9e71892f0af855467b34.5309 69.136757-41.3348 174.80752.3065822048099 -3.73919809837002http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20150317-rising-seas-bring-heavy-burden-to-florida-coastal-economy-can-it-adaptFlorida is a coastal state. Nearly 80 percent of its twenty million residents live near the coast on land just a few feet above sea level, and over a hundred million tourists visit the beaches and stay in beach-front hotels every year. The coastal economy in Florida is estimated to account for 79….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 03:01:00 +0100homelandsecuritynewswireenhomelandsecuritynewswire-fac93c2d9f3bddeda3c1411dc90cef0426.698771 -80.052933http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/280526/icode/The Organization also announced the launch of a special facility aimed at helping countries better equip their food production sectors to reduce risk exposure, limit impacts, and be better prepared to cope with disasters. Twenty-two percent of all damages inflicted by natural hazards such as….Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:58:00 +0100fao-enenfao-en-173b01bc0001195e82f955ffad98526bFoodSecurityFoodAidFisheriesUNbodies13.5142 2.1203912.364 -1.528269.90867117762878 5.60272139612571-3.3725 29.35614.365856 18.5623412.653 -7.98648-25.9622 32.5737-1.2702 36.80419.02274 38.746812.1041 15.0505http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=950609March 16, 2015 Ottawa, Ontario Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer (Lethbridge), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, will be in Lethbridge, Alberta on Tuesday, March 17 to make an announcement in support of Western Canada’s wheat industry. Event. Announcement Date.Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:54:00 +0100gcengc-5e25102ce89df1778663adb44097b61e50.460524238145 -86.084801183843149.690849 -112.820099http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=950589March 16, 2015 Richmond Natural Resources Canada and SDTC. The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced funding of $27.3 million to support the development and demonstration of clean technologies in British Columbia.Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:54:00 +0100gcengc-a02d7faf232516c08e50de59c9bdb377EnvironmentClimateChangeAlternativeEnergy39.482778 -112.02722240.066248 -79.91078332.191111 -97.83666737.5634 -77.473339.19 -81.26833351.491459 -113.14559935.407509 -105.50879735.909229 -100.38739836.461948 -118.84870152.981621 -122.49320241.04538 -83.64128142.53975 -82.94859953.413891 -117.55850238.163383 -121.317261http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/145141?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oscelatestnewsThis report is for media and the general public. The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. 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It is one of the poorest countries in the region, with most of its population living as subsistence farmers in rural locales.Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:40:00 +0100undispatchenundispatch-00417f166a44307c8b86c2e823cd1fb6EnvironmentClimateChangeUNbodies35.6831 139.809-17.7404 168.321-0.609754386580274 73.09532161115831.85753598195286 -157.657762687394-9.62239171888818 160.15841165124-9.48177 147.184http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=949729Minister Shea Highlights 12% Increase in 2014 Canadian Fish and Seafood Exports. Exports Increase Over Last Year Represent a Growth of Half a Billion Dollars. March 16, 2015 – Boston, Massachusetts. Joined by several Canadian companies at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, the Honourable….Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:18:00 +0100gcengc-ede1030b0319c265c89c7a1c43f3081eImportsExportsFisheriesEU-AsiaPolicyEnvironmentPolicyExternalRelationsPolicyExternalTradePolicyFisheries54.61549 -126.90619725.035089 121.50669938.613461 -95.26534334.054412 -117.6058135.909229 -100.38739844.216621 -75.79303739.919533 -75.38883742.3753 -71.102637.5424 126.935http://nna-leb.gov.lb/en/show-news/41721/China-becomes-world-39-number-three-arms-exporterNNA – China has eased ahead of Germany and France to become the world’s number three arms exporter after the United States and Russia, a Stockholm-based think-tank said Monday. 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Anti-Semitic French entertainer found guilty of condoning terrorism

BigotsAnti-Semitic French entertainer found guilty of condoning terrorism

Published 20 March 2015

Two separate French courts, on Wednesday and Thursday, found anti-Semitic entertainer Dieudonné M’bala M’bala guilty in two separate cases. In one case he was convicted of supporting terrorism by posting a sympathetic message on his Facebook page about Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who killed four people in January at a kosher supermarket. In the second case he was found guilty of inciting racial hatred by saying that it was too bad that a French Jewish journalist, who wrote critically about him, was not killed in the Nazi gas chambers. M’bala M’bala has been convicted and fined dozens of times in the past for anti-Semitic statements or slander, but Wednesday’s court decision was the first one to threaten him with jail time. In the first case, the entertainer was convicted under a new law, passed in November, which aims to rein in speech and expressions supporting terrorism. French law enforcement and prosecutors have enforced the law aggressively, and since the January attacks more than 100 were brought up of charges of expressing support for terrorism.

A court in Paris on Wednesday found anti-Semitic French entertainer Dieudonné M’bala M’bala guilty of condoning terrorism after a Facebook message he posted in January expressed sympathy with one of the gunmen in the attacks that killed seventeen people in Paris.

The court in Paris gave him a suspended two-month jail sentence.

M’bala M’bala was convicted under a new law, passed in November, which aims to rein in speech and expressions supporting terrorism.

French law enforcement and prosecutors have enforced the law aggressively, and since the January attacks more than 100 were brought up of charges of expressing support for terrorism.

The maximum punishments allowed by the law are seven years in prison and €100,000 in fines. In the case of M’bala M’bala, prosecutors have asked for a fine of €30,000, which, if he failed to pay, would be converted to 200 days in jail.

Four days after the January attack in which twelve people were killed at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, one municipal police officer killed south of Paris, and four people killed at a kosher supermarket, M’bala M’bala wrote on his Facebook page that he felt like “Charlie Coulibaly” (“Sachez que ce soir, en ce qui me concerne, Je me sens CharlieCoulibaly”).

His message was a cruel melding the “Je suis Charlie” slogan with the name of Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman at the kosher supermarket, and it was posted on a day when millions have marched throughout France to protest the deadly attack.

M’bala M’bala chose to use Coulibaly’s name rather than the last name of Cherif and Said Kouachi, the two brothers who killed the Charlie Hebdo’s editorial staff, because unlike the victims of the Kouachi brothers, all the victims of Coulibaly were Jewish. M’bala M’bala is not an Islamist (in fact, he is Catholic), but he is an anti-Semite, so killing Jews, as Coulibaly did, is something to which he can relate (see “Controversial French comedian Dieudonné investigated over ‘Charlie Coulibaly’ post,” HSNW, 13 January 2015).

The “Charlie Coulibaly” post was but one of the more recent bigoted expressions and gestures M’bala M’bala has made over the years (see “French anti-Semitic entertainer banned from U.K.,” HSNW, 4 February 2014). The Guardian reports that he has been convicted and fined dozens of times in the past for anti-Semitic statements or slander, but Wednesday’s court decision was the first one to threaten him with jail time.

Yesterday (Thursday), another Paris court found M’bala M’bala guilty of inciting racial hatred by declaring that it was too bad that Patrick Cohen, a Jewish journalist for French Inter, did not die in the gas chambers.

During one of the performances of his one-man show called Le Mur, before an audience of hundreds, M‘bala M’bala said: “Moi, quand je l’entends parler, Patrick Cohen, j’me dis, tu vois, les chambres à gaz… Dommage” (When I hear him talk, Patrick Cohen, I tell myself, you know, the gas chambers … Too bad) .

He then added: “…ne pas avoir à choisir entre les juifs et les nazis: Je suis neutre dans cette affaire. Je n’étais pas né. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé? Qui a provoqué qui? J’ai ma petite idée, mais…” (do not have to choose between Jews and Nazis, I am neutral in this matter. I was not yet born. What happened? What caused what? I have my own idea, but …).

Le Monde reports that the court fined him €8,000, and additional €1,500 in interest, and ordered him to pay half that sum to the Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme, and the other half to the Bureau national de vigilance contre l’antisémitisme.

Before his one-man show was banned, M’bala M’bala toured France, appearing before enthusiastic audiences consisting in the main of young sons and daughters of North African immigrants to France. He would end each show with a song reminiscent of Annie Cordie’s “Chaud cacao.” M’bala M’bala’s song, called “Shoananas” (“Holocaust Pineapples”), mocks the Holocaust (Shoa, in Hebrew) and hints that it never happened.

M’bala M’bala is a vocal supporter of the extreme right-wing party National Front, and a close friend of its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen. Le Pen, unabashedly, is an anti-Semite, a bigot, a racist, and a Holocaust denier. He founded the National Front – now led by his daughter, Marine Le Pen — in order to fight immigration to France by black- and brown-skinned people, who he regards as inferior to white people.

M’bala M’bala is half black and the son of an immigrant (his father is an immigrant from Cameroon, his mother French), so his friendship with the Le Pens and his support for the anti-immigration National Front might be puzzling, but there is an explanation: Le Pen hates immigrants and hates black people, but he loathes Jews more. Hatred of Jews makes strange bedfellows.

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