EU wants ‘Marshall Plan’ for quake-hit Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo February 23, 2010 The EU’s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called for a “Marshall Plan” for Haiti, announcing she would head to the quake-hit island next week. “We have to develop something like a Marshall Plan for Haiti,” Ashton told a press conference after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. Underlining that European support for the island was unwavering, Ashton said she would make her first trip to Port-au-Prince “next week.” The US Marshall Plan was drawn up to help reconstruction in Europe after World War II. European aid following the Haiti quake has reached 609 million euros (828 million dollars) from both EU and national coffers. Europe’s current focus is on providing shelter for the homeless. Ashton had been criticized in Brussels for not heading out to Haiti soon after last month’s quake hit. The death toll from Haiti’s January 12 earthquake could reach 300,000, Haitian President Rene Preval said in an appeal for international aid at a summit of Caribbean leaders in Mexico.last_img read more

Carlos the Jackal Sentenced To Life In Prison

first_imgBy Dialogo December 19, 2011 On December 16th, a French court sentenced the notorious Venezuelan militant known as Carlos the Jackal to life in prison, with a minimum of 18 years before parole, for four deadly attacks in France in the 1980s. He was handed the maximum sentence that had been requested by French prosecutors who had urged the court to find Carlos Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 62, guilty of the bombings that killed 11 people and left nearly 150 injured. His lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, described the verdict as a “scandal” and said he would appeal. Carlos first rose to prominence in 1975 when his commando group burst into the conference room where ministers from the powerful OPEC oil cartel were meeting in Vienna, and took 11 hostages. His Paris trial dealt with four attacks that were seen as part of a private war Carlos waged against France to free two comrades, including his future wife, who were arrested in Paris while planning to attack the Kuwaiti embassy. French authorities received a letter, allegedly marked with Carlos’s fingerprints, threatening “war” if the pair was not released within 30 days. French prosecutor Olivier Bray had argued that the bombings in France in 1982 and 1983 were not “targeted” political actions, but “blind” attacks aimed to “kill the maximum number of people with the minimum risk.” He said 30 years was “too long” for Carlos’s victims to have waited for his conviction, but that “the duty of democracies is to never give up … arresting those behind attacks and bringing them to justice.”last_img read more

How to fill the hotel in November and extend the season? The answer is sports tourism

first_imgThe four key areas in which we need to focus in sports tourism are: recreation, preparation of athletes and various camps, organization of major sporting events, as well as promotion that includes our successful athletes. One such positive example is the Blue Lagoon and Istria. Namely, the best concrete proof of this thesis is that two European sports championships are coming to Poreč. After Croatia hosted the first official judo competition after the “lockdown”, the European Cup in Dubrovnik, two big European judo championships are coming to Poreč. Now it follows key factor i the answer when asked how sporting events can extend the tourist season. “Large sports events outside the main tourist season are a great motive for the arrival of not only athletes, but also accompanying staff, family and friends, as well as a good opportunity to promote our destination. Blue Lagoon recognizes the importance and value of such events and is open to athletes during their sports preparations and sporting events” 412 athletes from 40 countries will take part in the European Junior Championships, of which 235 are male and 177 are female. In the continuation of November, from Monday 9th to Tuesday 10th in Poreč, younger judo seniors compete, 352 of them, of which 208 judokas and 144 judokas from 36 countries. We have known for years that sports tourism is one of the opportunities and a cure for the seasonality of our tourism, ie the way to fill it before and after the season, but we can never fulfill that potential properly, with positive examples. Judo Festival in Poreč / Photo: TZ Poreč In the upcoming two judo events that will take place in Poreč during November, Plava Laguna will realize more than five thousand overnight stays, report from Plava Laguna on our request. And in the month of November! In addition to the specific numbers of overnight stays, it should certainly take into account the additional tourist spending in the destination. Only 764 competitors and additional support staff, organizers, etc.… will create non-board consumption in the destination, create a “hat” in the city, and thus we get the opportunity to prove ourselves as a destination, both tourist and the opportunity to motivate some teams from 40 countries preparations in Croatia. Events and sports competitions are just an addition to the rounded story around sports tourism. “In Plava Laguna, the sports infrastructure has been developing together with the rest of the infrastructure – we have been hosting active vacations since 1957. We have one of the best infrastructures for sports events in Croatia, if not the best, with excellent service in the hotels of Plava Laguna. Our approach is that our “holiday playgrounds” in Porec, Umag, Rijeka host the best holidays. And that all our guests are VIP guests, regardless of whether they are staying in 2 or 5 star accommodation”They conclude from the Blue Lagoon. Thus, from November 4 to 6, Poreč will host the best juniors of the Old Continent, and from November 9 to 10, the best junior seniors (U23) of Europe will fight for the titles of European champions on the tatami in Poreč. The host for the accommodation of athletes and organizers is exactly Plava Laguna, and the guests will stay in Hotel Parentium and Hotel Molindrio Plava Laguna. In conclusion, the European Judo Championship in six days of reflection will achieve over 5.000 overnight stays. It is sports tourism. Of course, in the whole story about sports tourism we must emphasize the importance of the destination as well as quality infrastructure, health facilities, physiotherapists, proximity to hospitals, sports specialists, etc.… and a number of other accompanying sports services. Istria has excellently positioned itself as one of the positive examples in which the existing infrastructure enables and supports the development of this specific form of tourism. Thus, Plava Laguna organizes numerous sports events and is a partner and sponsor of various sports events – from Poreč Half Marathon and Triathlon, Triathlon 5150, IronGirl and IronKids races, bicycle and racing races in Poreč and Umag, Istrian Winter League powered by Plava Laguna, all the way Plava Laguna ATP Croatia Open Umag and many others. Everyone focuses only on football, which in my opinion is a mistake. There is much greater potential in “small” sports. Of course, not everyone can attract the most famous football clubs in the world, if we succeed, it’s just icing on the cake and added value, but the base must be all other sports. Few people are aware that, say, one event such as judo in Poreč can generate five thousand nights, or that last year in Umag the World Karate Camp and the World Youth League generated 20.000 nights through just one event. Of course, as I pointed out, big sporting events such as the European and World Championships are just the icing on the cake, but they don’t come by chance. Photo: Blue Lagoon Cover photo: Hotel Parentium, Plava Laguna Blue Lagoon is recognized with a focus on sports tourism It is not an opportunity in football, but in “small” sportslast_img read more

Somalia launches a hotline for sexual abuse

first_imgWomen in Somalia have been given a direct hotline number in case of rape or sexual abuse to get immediate assistance. A move to empower women to overcome fears of confronting cases of sexual abuse. The hotline has been dubbed Ceebla, meaning no shame in local language.Due to the years of civil war witnessed in the country there are many widows in the county that require protection“Two ladies will answer the calls at any given time. This in turn will help us not only assist the victim but inform the police and emergency services” said Zahra Mohamed, Legal Adviser, Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC)Still in it’s pilot phase the hotline is currently operational in Mogadishu for the next six months, before being enrolled into other areas of SomaliaAccording to the founders SWDC a team of nurses, social workers, investigators and legal officers will be at the center of it all“For years – rape victims were afraid to report rape because they do not trust the criminal justice system, but Ceebla crisis line is set to empower Somali women and grant them power to report rape cases anywhere in Somalia”. said Mohamed Dahir Abdulle, Somali Police Forcelast_img read more

Duterte ‘upset’ over SEA Games lapses: Probe to follow, says Palace

first_img “Siguro kasama na lahat ‘yon kasi when you investigate a particular body kasama na lahat ‘yong kung sino involved dun,” Panelo said. “Pero hindi na kailangan i-summon si Speaker Alan kasi he started explaining already.” “Merong mga bagay na di mo maiwasan, pero pwedeng magawan ng paraan ‘yan e. Gaya halimbawa nung sinasabi na hindi nakapasok sa hotel dahil alas-dos supposedly, eh dumating earlier,” Panelo said. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a news conference. He is dismayed to hear over the logistical troubles hounding the country’s hosting this year’s Southeast Asian Games, his spokesperson Salvador Panelo says. PCOO “The Presidentis not pleased of what he’s been hearing about certain snafu, certain delays,certain allegations of athletes not being fed properly, athletes arriving lateor not on time delivered to their places of rest or residence. He’s displeased.Ayaw niya ‘yon,” Panelo said. He added that the President wants aninvestigation into allegations of incompetence and corruption in relation tothe handling of the biennial event, which will formally open this Saturday atthe Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Following transportation and billetingproblems, the Department of Tourism on Tuesday said it would be handlingreception and billeting coordination for sports delegations arriving for theGames. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is dismayed to hear over the logisticaltroubles hounding thecountry’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, his spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said. center_img The Presidential spokesperson, meanwhile, said the problems concerning transportation and lodging could have been avoided if the SEA Games organizers were more prepared. “There were allegations of fraud na lumalabas sa diyaryo, ayaw niya rin ‘yon. He wants to investigate that. Hindi uubra sa kaniya ang corruption,” he added. According to Panelo, the barrage ofcomplaints from athletes taking part in the regional sports meet had reachedthe President, who was in Busan, South Korea until Tuesday afternoon. Panelo said the probe would include House Speaker and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano, as the President ordered those at fault to be held accountable. In a statement, the DOT said it hadpartnered with the Tourism Congress of the Philippines to implement “bestpractices in welcoming international guests to the country.”/PNlast_img read more

AFTER 16 YEARS OF HIDING: Murder suspect falls

first_imgThe courtrecommended no bail bond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PN BACOLOD City –He was hiding from the police for almost 16 years. Officers of theBinalbagan municipal police station served the warrant issued by retired JudgeJose Aguirre of the Regional Trial Court Branch-55 in Himamaylan City. Moreno wasdetained in the Binalbagan municipal police station’s custodial facility. The 47-year-oldresident Condrado Moreno of Barangay San Jose, Binalbagan, Negros Occidentalwas caught on the strength of an arrest warrant in relation to the murdercharge he faces around 3:30 p.m. on March 8, a police report showed.last_img read more

Donations sought for Indiana State Troopers Youth Services Camp

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Troopers Youth Services (ITYS) is seeking donations to support the Indiana State Police Youth Summer Camp Programs. The summer camps have been a long tradition of the Indiana State Police; dating back to the first camp program in 1970.Youth attending ISP Youth Summer Camp programs experience activities similar to what ISP troopers receive while attending the Indiana State Police Academy. Some activities youth are exposed to include SWAT, Bomb Squad, K-9 team demonstrations, Crime Scene Investigations, Emergency Vehicle Operation, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics. The summer camps, held at various locations around the state, are available for youth starting the 5th grade to the 12th grade.The ITYS fund raising goal is $10,000.  You can help with a donation to this Go Fund Me site Using Go Fund Me ensures your donation will be used to financially assist children attending ISP summer camps.  Please know, members of the Indiana State Police will NEVER call to solicit donations and no organization is permitted to solicit donations in the name of state police summer camps.All donations are applied toward camp related expenses, inclusive of lodging, meals, and nominal administrative costs.Thank you for your donation to the ITYS camp programs that continue to be an important part of the Indiana State Police and have created positive and lasting memories for Hoosier children for nearly 50 years.  No donation is too small, and every donation helps continue the legacy.last_img read more


first_imgThe Unending Feud Between Egypt and AlgeriaThe feud between host Egypt and Algeria is deeper than what many non-Arabs here can imagine. Egypt may have been eliminated from the tournament but most fans here still have one wish that the Desert Foxes of Algeria must not win the trophy on Egyptian soil. It’s an abomination so to say. At the media tour of The Pyramids yesterday morning, the important event was almost marred by deep hatred between the two Arab countries when a group of Algerian journalists insisted on displaying their country’s flag during the group photograph. They were accosted but the seven-man Algerian media men refused to back down and not even the intervention of security personnel would intimidate them. They are united by religion but divided politically!WAFU Reps Down to Four in Q’final West African countries have been having a good show at the tournament and as many as seven countries from the region reached the second round phase. Aside Mali who were eliminated by fellow West African, Côte d’ Ivoire, Black Stars of Ghana were shown the exit door by Tunisia in a painful shoot out, while Algeria, one of the favourite to win the cup comprehensively defeated Guinea to reach the last eight and left the region with only Nigeria, Senegal, Côte d’ Ivoire and Benin Republic.First Scoring Teams Dominate KO PhaseThe round of 16 matches may have produced some interesting results especially the elimination of Morocco by Republic of Benin, South Africa’s shock win over host Egypt and Madagascar’s fairy tale continues with Congo Democratic Republic as their latest foe. It is interesting to note that all the countries that scored first ended up as the winning team. Let’s see whether these teams will hold sway again when the quarter-final matches get underway from this afternoon.Nigeria, South Africa Rivalry BloomingAn interesting dimension was added to the parings for the next phase of the tournament when fate pits Nigeria to face South Africa as against widely speculated clash with Egypt. When the match gets underway at the 75,000 capacity Cairo International stadium, it will be the only tie that has produced previous encounter during the qualification stage of the tournament. Sadly, South Africa shocked Nigeria 2-0 in Uyo in the opening qualifying round of matches but Eagles were forced to a 1-1 scoreline to qualify for AFCON 2019 and top the group with a game in hand. Another rivalry blooming for Eagles outside Cameroon and Ghana!Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Freshman Butler shines for Syracuse with aggressiveness, elite shooting

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 The Syracuse bench was dotted with sweat suits during the Orange’s win over Seton Hall on Wednesday.Shanee Williams, Pachis Roberts and Carmen Tyson-Thomas all didn’t dress, largely for precautionary measures. It was a testament to the Orange’s depth—head coach Quentin Hillsman had the confidence to go without three players, including his sixth man. But he still needed someone to come up big. That player was Brianna Butler.“Brianna Butler was tremendous tonight,” Hillsman said after SU’s win over the Pirates. “She was as aggressive as she’s been in a long time.”With Tyson-Thomas sidelined after having a tooth pulled, Butler turned in a career-high 14 points in SU’s (17-3, 5-2 Big East) 65-34 victory over the Pirates. The freshman sharpshooter knocked down 4-of-9 3-point attempts and helped fill the void left in the scoring column by Tyson-Thomas’ absence. The performance lifted her scoring average to 7.7 points per game and her 3-point percentage to 33.5 percent.The addition of the highly touted freshman class meant that starting lineup mainstays such as Tyson-Thomas and Rachel Coffey have been relegated to reserve roles this season. Even so, it’s paid dividends for Syracuse as each of the three freshmen in the starting lineup – Butler, Cornelia Fondren and Brittney Sykes – have played critical roles. For Butler, it’s been that of the shooter, and it’s a role the Orange needs her to continue excelling in Saturday when it takes on Providence at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve got a lot of great shooters,” SU center Shakeya Leary said, listing Butler as one of them. “ … Everybody’s going to be worried about the outside presence, so it’s going to make it more effective for Kayla and me.”Butler entered the locker room during the win over the Pirates with just five points and just one 3-pointer. But the second half was a clinic.More than two minutes into the second half the 450 Syracuse fans dotting the Carrier Dome bleachers remained on their feet, waiting for the Orange’s first field goal of the half. Butler grabbed a defensive rebound and the break was on. The freshman brought the ball up court herself and confidently pulled up from beyond the arc for her first 3 of the half.SHU responded with a jumper, but then Syracuse broke the game open with a 19-1 run. Sykes kicked off the run with a pair of buckets, then came Butler’s second 3 of the half, this time from the left wing—the same spot on the floor she hit her 3-pointer in the first half. Less than five minutes into the frame, Butler had already matched her first-half production.Butler went without another bucket for nearly eight minutes, at which point she drained her fourth and final 3-pointer of the game from the right wing. By then the game was already in hand.“I guess you could say I was feeling it,” Butler said. “But I wouldn’t have been able to score if it wasn’t for my teammates to pass it to me.”With Tyson-Thomas out of the lineup, it was La’Shay Taft who filled in as sixth man. Less than two minutes into the game, she came in to replace Butler as the first player off the bench.The guard didn’t score, but contributed valuable minutes off the bench.“Our players picked the slack up for that because those two players are important players for us,” Hillsman said. “Our bench and our starters did a really good job.”So back came Butler minutes later. When she returned to the court she made an impact almost immediately. Two minutes after checking back in for Taft, Butler showed off her versatility, showed that she’s not just a shooter.The guard set up on the left side of the paint in the high post. From there, she went to work on her defender, executing a smooth spin move to get around the defense in the post to free herself up for an easy layup.Butler was more than a shooter on Wednesday night. She was a complete, aggressive basketball player. It paid dividends, and it’s what the Orange will need all season.“Coach usually gets on me for not looking at the basket, I usually pass it,” Butler said. “But today I was more offensive-minded.” Commentslast_img read more

After establishing greatness at Syracuse, Carmelo Anthony’s legacy continues with ongoing success of Orange basketball program

first_imgIn the early 1980s, Dwayne “Pearl” Washington was a basketball legend in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1983, he came to Syracuse as one of the nation’s top prospects. The next year, back in his hometown just 20 minutes down the road in the Red Hook neighborhood, future Syracuse star Carmelo Kyam Anthony was born.Washington led the Orangemen to a Sweet 16 appearance his freshman season. But in his three-year stint at Syracuse, he never got over that hump. In 1987, a year after Washington left for the NBA, the Orangemen reached the national championship.Syracuse faced Indiana at the Superdome in New Orleans. SU held a 73-72 lead late in the game when Indiana’s Keith Smart hit a last-second jump shot to propel the Hoosiers to a 74-73 victory. Smart’s shot made the Superdome synonymous with Syracuse heartbreak.In the 2003 national championship game, Anthony made it a place of Syracuse euphoria. The outstretched hand of Hakim Warrick prevented Michael Lee from becoming another Keith Smart, and SU defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 81-78 in the national title game. Anthony delivered Syracuse what the 1987 team couldn’t: a national championship.“To go back to New Orleans again, to play for a championship game and win it,” Washington said, “made it even more special.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn eight months at SU, Anthony became the team’s star player, the face of the program and the university. His legacy still lives on at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, and on Saturday in the Carrier Dome, his No. 15 jersey will be raised to the rafters.“Carmelo’s young legacy has had a huge impact,” Athletic Director Daryl Gross said in a statement via SU Athletics. “The National Championship is just one dimension of it. His giving back to the University in an effort to build the practice facility has meant so much.”Gross credited the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center for helping Boeheim get his fastest-ever 100 wins.“This is as a result of the indoor practice facility. Our recruiting has been enhanced and the student-athlete welfare as well,” Gross said. “His impact has been priceless.”In his one year at Syracuse, Anthony had 35 consecutive double-figure scoring games, and finished with the seventh highest single season point total in SU history. He averaged 22.2 points and 10 rebounds.“It’s virtually impossible to quantify what Carmelo Anthony has meant to the basketball programs at Syracuse University,” Jim Boeheim said via a team spokesman. “He made such an impact as a player in his one season at Syracuse, helping us to the NCAA championship. He has stayed connected to the program since, most notably with his extremely generous gift, which helped the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center become a reality. The state-of-the-art facility has helped the men’s and women’s programs tremendously.”Opened in September 2009, the facility houses two courts, a weight room, locker rooms and administrative offices. There’s a memorabilia hallway featuring the 2003 national championship trophy, and televisions playing the title game against Kansas.When Anthony arrived in Syracuse in the summer of 2002 with Gerry McNamara and Billy Edelin, then-sophomore center Craig Forth saw an atmosphere change.“The transformation we had over the summer, certain people leaving, the players coming in, the work ethic,” Forth said. “There was a sense of togetherness into our training. I remember being at the Archbold Gym and working out prior to the season and busting our butts. It wasn’t one person beating at everybody else. It was ‘Everyone needs to finish this drill.’”Guard Josh Pace saw the potential once the group began informal scrimmages.“As soon as we started those games,” Pace said, “we kind of knew what kind of talent he was.”Off the court Anthony had no trouble loosening up. Pace remembers riding around campus with Edelin and Warrick with Anthony driving, gladly pulling over to flirt with a girl Pace eventually dated.Anthony’s first basket as an Orangeman was a breakaway dunk at Madison Square Garden against Memphis in a 27-point debut.“It was a great thing to be a part of,” Pace said. “It was good to see and I’m glad I had the chance to be a part of it. Obviously, when you look at how things play out in the NCAAs and in college, you could say that, that team was meant to be together.In February and March of 2003, Anthony tore onto the national stage. Many others, though, had already bared witness.Mike Daniel, Anthony’s coach at Towson (Md.) Catholic High School, called him a once-in-a-lifetime player.“As a freshman, he had a lot of pain in the knee area, and it stopped him from playing several games,” Daniel said. “But I remember the last game of the year, he came to my office and said, ‘Coach, this is the last game. Can I give it a shot?’”Playing the No. 1 JV team in the Catholic league, he scored nearly 40 points, about 15 rebounds and two blocks.Local players saw his passion. Baltimore-area players such as Donte Greene came to Syracuse. Current forward C.J. Fair is from Baltimore. Oak Hill Academy’s Eric Devendorf and Baye Moussa Keita followed Anthony’s path.They all had the luxury of practicing and working in the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. Regardless of the time Anthony spent on campus, he will have an effect on generations to come.“A lot of people can’t do that, or won’t do that,” Pace said. “That tells you what it meant to him when he was here, when he was at Syracuse. And that tells you about our program and the type of people we recruit and bring in.”Commentator Jim Nantz said in the CBS broadcast moments after the final buzzer of the national championship game that Anthony’s smile would last a long time. It did.At Midnight Madness in 2011, the Dome crowd went berserk after Boeheim said five words:  “There’s one more guy here.” Everyone knew who that “guy” was.Shirt World owner Dave Jacobs has worked at his shop on Marshall Street since 1976. He said no individual player has been more popular in his time at SU than Anthony was in 2003.Even today, Anthony’s No. 15 jersey is prominent among Dome spectators. And on Saturday, his will take its place among the SU greats.Though skeptics question whether Anthony should have his jersey in the rafters of the Dome, as he only played at Syracuse for one year, Washington has an answer.“I’m glad he’s able to get his jersey retired,” Washington said. “It’ll always be good to see his number up there.” Comments Published on February 20, 2013 at 2:14 am Contact Josh: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more