Dominica supports the bid of Brazil for the post of director General of The FAO

first_img 18 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews Dominica supports the bid of Brazil for the post of director General of The FAO by: – June 16, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Brazil has formally nominated Dr. José Graziano da Silva, currently serving as Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for Latin America and the Caribbean, for the office of Director-General of the FAO.The nomination is supported by Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, and marks Brazil’s first nomination in history to the FAO. Dr. José Graziano da SilvaDr. Graziano da Silva, a native of Brazil who is currently based in Santiago, Chile, has devoted his 34-year professional and academic career to issues related to food security, agriculture and rural development.Since 2006, he has served as the FAO Assistant Director-General and regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.The appointment of the Director-General of the FAO for 2012-2015 will take place during the 37th session of the FAO conference, to be held in Rome from June 25 – July 2, 2011.His platform for the FAO nomination includes promoting universal access to food and nutritional security through joint efforts of nations and international organizations; strengthening family farming and rural development as a path to eradicating hunger and bolstering sustainable development; and building inclusive processes into FAO’S policy formulation and management systems.Meantime, new Brazilian Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Jose Viana, in a press statement issued this week, said this candidacy reflects the five pillars under which Brazil has decided to construct its fight against hunger.According to the release “the first pillar is the ‘zero hunger program’, organised under the administration of former President Lula.The second pillar is the need to boost food production and to put in place measures to increase resilience to temporary imbalances between food supply and demand caused by climate and market adverse conditions”.The Government of Dominica has decided to support the Brazilian candidacy and had pledged to work with Brazil in its hunger eradication effort through a profitable cooperation program in agriculture.By Emmanuel JosephGIS Newslast_img read more

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The Latest: Kentucky Derby postponed from May to September

first_imgThe Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday.___ The Latest: Kentucky Derby postponed from May to September In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10. 10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.” 1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact.UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating.___ March 17, 2020 The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each. 1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected.Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. ___1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday.It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April. ___12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak.The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed. The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31.Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year. Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___9:55 a.m. China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___10 a.m. The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg.Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___ 1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew.___ The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled. Associated Press Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.last_img read more

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ACC football Week 4: The return of Flutie, Louisville’s revenge and more

first_imgIn Week 4 of college football, Louisville got its first win, a Boston College Eagle named Flutie threw a touchdown pass and the Duke Blue Devils stunned its ranked, in-conference opponent. Four teams — No. 11 Clemson, No. 10 Florida State, Miami and Pittsburgh — had bye weeks.Intraconference:No. 20 Georgia Tech (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) entered its game with the Duke (3-1, 1-0) as the second-best rushing team in the FBS — averaging 377 yards per game — but ended up watching a team run by it instead. Shaquille Powell had three touchdowns and the Blue Devils jumped out a 19-3 first-quarter lead. Duke was shut down in the second half, but the defense held off the Yellow Jackets for a 34-20 victory.Winners: Coach Larry Fedora wasn’t happy with the way his team was executing in the first half, so North Carolina (3-1) benched Marquise Williams in favor of backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The backup QB tossed four second-half touchdowns and gave North Carolina a three-game win streak as the Tar Heels beat the Delaware Blue Hens 41-14 Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA week after Northern Illinois gave No. 1 Ohio State a scare, the Huskies nearly beat Boston College (3-1, 0-1). But for the Eagles, it was another quarterback with the last name of Flutie who made it all happen. Troy Flutie, famed quarterback Doug Flutie’s nephew, threw a touchdown pass in his first career start and helped lead the Eagles to a 17-14 victory.After losing to two top-11 teams in Auburn and Clemson, as well as being upset by Houston, Louisville (1-3, 0-1) took out all of its frustration on FCS Samford, scoring 21 points in the first quarter. The Cardinals won 45-3 as freshman Lamar Jackson cemented his new role as the Cardinals starting quarterback with a school-record (for a quarterback) 184 rushing yards.Shadrach Thornton and Matthew Dayes combined for five rushing touchdowns as North Carolina State  (4-0) ran over Southern Alabama, 63-13. Running back Reggie Gallaspy II scored twice and Jaylen Samuels caught two more scores from quarterback Jacoby Brissett.Losers:On the first play of the game, Virginia (1-3) had the ball, yet found itself down by six points seconds later because Justin Taimatuia took an interception 21 yards to score. That was just the start of the Cavaliers’ rough afternoon. Boise State put away Virginia 56-14 after already going up 17-0 in the game’s first seven minutes.Wake Forest (2-2, 0-1) tried its best to ruin Indiana’s best start since 1990, but the Hoosiers fought off a Demon Deacons fourth-quarter rally when the team trailed 31-10 but scored two late touchdowns. After a 90-yard touchdown drive, Wake Forest recovered the onside kick with 2:31 to go and needed a touchdown to tie. Wake Forest completed a 4th-and-10 play deep in Indiana territory, but it was called back because of holding. Indiana broke up the next pass to win the game.East Carolina kept the ball on the soggy ground and out of the rainy sky Saturday as the Pirates rushed for three touchdowns in a 35-28 victory over Virginia Tech (2-2). Brenden Motley, the Hokies quarterback, ran and threw for scores early as Virginia Tech jumped to a 14-0 lead. Poor defense allowed the Pirates to tie it up before the second quarter and take the lead shortly thereafter. Hokies linebacker Sean Huelskamp was ejected for targeting when he hit a sliding Pirates quarterback midway through the fourth quarter.Former fifth-string quarterback Zack Mahoney overcame a poor first half to lead Syracuse (3-1, 1-0) back into the game, at one point trailing 24-17, but couldn’t finish it off as No. 8 Louisiana State and its large contingent of fans came to the Carrier Dome and beat the Orange 34-24. LSU’s Leonard Fournette, a Heisman hopeful, led the Tigers with 244 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.Read all of The Daily Orange’s coverage of the game here. Comments Published on September 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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