Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries Follow Lord Ahmad on Twitter @tariqahmadbt The UK is deeply concerned by reports that the Houthi authorities in Sana’a, Yemen, have held a mass trial of members of Yemen’s Baha’i community. 24 people – including eight women and a child – are facing charges that could result in death sentences.Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, said: The persecution of members of the Baha’i community in areas of Yemen under Houthi control due to their religious beliefs is a serious violation of international human rights law. New cases of arbitrary detention and continuing reports of the abuse of detainees by the Houthis are deeply concerning, and we wholly condemn this mistreatment. We are working closely with our partners to raise these concerns directly with the Houthi authorities and press for the release of detained individuals. We also call on our partners to take a strong stance on this matter during the Human Rights Council this week. For journalists Further information
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal ($):Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund is embracing renewable energy and winding down fossil-fuel investments.The Scandinavian nation’s parliament voted on Wednesday to instruct its $1 trillion fund to pull an estimated more than $13 billion from oil, gas and coal extracting companies and move up to $20 billion into renewable-energy projects and companies, representing around 2% of the fund.The Government Pension Fund Global—which has around 6% of its holdings in fossil-fuel equities—won’t pull investments from major oil companies, but will divest from smaller energy exploration and production firms, according to a proposal from the Ministry of Finance. The move could affect several of its U.S. investments including its 1.08% stake in Anadarko Petroleum Corp. , 0.98% in Occidental Petroleum Corp. and 0.96% in EOG Resources Inc.Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund is one of the largest in the world, investing in nearly 9,200 companies globally as of the end of 2018, according to government data. It has a stake in some 341 oil-and-gas companies, the largest share in the U.S., at 31% of those holdings.Norway forged its social wealth fund in 1990 with profits from the North Sea oil fields. The country’s divestment comes as government pension funds face mounting political pressure to exit fossil fuels and realign their strategies around green businesses and clean energy to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. While political forces helped drive the divestment, the decision also reduces financial risk because the oil-and-gas industry is no longer as profitable since the oil-price drop in 2014—while renewables are in a growth phase, said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a research firm.More ($): Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund boosts renewable energy, divests fossil fuels Norway’s Parliament approves expanded divestment from fossil fuel investments
Arsenal and Man City favourites to land Alejandro Grimaldo in summer transfer Comment PLAY Grimaldo is Benfica’s regular left-back (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Manchester City are leading the race to sign Benfica defender Alejandro Grimaldo, reports say.The Benfica star has attracted the attention of several top clubs in the last 18 months, as he has continued to mature in Portugal.At 23 years old, Grimaldo seems poised to move up a level this summer and he could be heading to the Premier League. Read More About Connatix V67539 1 min. story SPONSORED Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Full Screen Advertisement Read More Advertisement by Metro Coming Next (Picture: Getty)Sport claim City and Arsenal are favourites to land Grimaldo, who came through Barcelona’s youth ranks before joining in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 Skip Ad Read More / Grimaldo was tipped for great things at Barcelona, but struggled to break into the first due to a serious injury and competition at full-back.AdvertisementAdvertisementPep Guardiola wants a replacement for injury-prone Benjamin Mendy, while Arsenal need a long-term successor to Nacho Monreal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Read More Top articles Incoming club chief Monchi is a big fan of Grimaldo (Picture: Getty)Grimaldo is under contract until 2021 and could be one of the first signings in the summer if Arsenal can negotiate a good price.Arsenal are expected to appoint Monchi as director of football in the coming weeks and the former Roma chief is a big admirer of Grimaldo.Unai Emery will have just £40million to spend this summer, but Monchi’s influence might be a major factor in Grimaldo arriving at the club.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Read More Coral BarryThursday 14 Mar 2019 8:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link264Shares
Shane Lowry saw his Open Championship lead cut to three as Tommy Fleetwood closed the gap on a day when high winds and heavy rain are forecast at Royal Portrush.The Irishman began Sunday’s round — brought forward amid fears over the weather — with a four-stroke lead over Fleetwood following his stunning 63 on Saturday, but he dropped a shot at the first to sit on 15 under. British Open 2019: Emotional Rory McIlroy praises ‘incredible’ support after near-miss Fleetwood, who is also seeking a maiden major, could have halved the overnight deficit but missed a 10-foot birdie putt and settled for par to stay 12 under.The leader is here #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/2wGbEegkKg— The Open (@TheOpen) July 21, 2019The next winner of the Claret Jug appeared highly likely to come from that final duo, but J.B. Holmes, Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose would have started the day with other ideas. It is the second time Lowry has taken such a margin into the final 18 holes of a major, having done so at the 2016 U.S. Open before closing with a 76 to miss out on the title.Backed by a noisy crowd, Lowry found the rough with his opening tee shot and then his approach rolled back into a green-front bunker, from which he failed to get up and down. Related News British Open 2019: Sunday tee times moved up due to adverse weather threat at Portrush Victory for Holmes or Koepka would complete the first American clean sweep of the majors since 1982, handing the former his first and the latter his fifth.However, Holmes went out of bounds off the first tee en route to a double-bogey six and Koepka also dropped a shot.Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open winner, remained on nine under through his first two holes.
Image Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 1b355yNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9s2qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5jly( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5Would you ever consider trying this?😱hbm6Can your students do this? 🌚9fmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Clashes between teammates isn’t a new thing in cricket, and sometimes the discords exist even after the players have hung their boots up. But, calling them even worse than the current novel Coronavirus pandemic which has been a global crisis? Yes, according to West Indies icon Chris Gayle, his former teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan is nothing short of that.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPLast year, Chris Gayle had a fallout with his Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Jamaica Tallawahs, and the destructive batsman holds Ramnaresh Sarwan accountable behind the dissension.Speaking in his YouTube channel, Gayle took it out on the former Windies skipper. “Sarwan, you are worse than the Coronavirus right now,” the 40 year old lashed out at the Guyanese in the video.Advertisement Following his departure from the Kingston-based club in 2019, Gayle had joined St. Lucia Zouks. However, the all rounder holds grudge against Sarwan, who is the currently the assistant coach of the Tallawahs, believing him to be the perpetrator behind his fallout with the franchise.Gayle continued, “What transpired with the Tallahwahs, you had a big part to play. Sarwan, you were the one who gave a big speech at my birthday party about how far we have come. Sarwan, you are a snake.”Advertisement Gayle played four CPL seasons with the Jamaica Tallawahs, and won two CPL titles in 2013 and 2016. Even though he departed from the club and joined St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2017, he returned as a marquee player for the Tallawahs in 2019, just before he had to head out of the club again.“You know, you are not the most loved person in the Caribbean. You are so vindictive, you are still immature, you are back-stabbing. When are you planning to change?” the Jamaican added.Gayle uploaded two separate clips on YouTube discussing his fallout with the Tallawahs, and in the second part he let out his displeasure on Sarwan. Check it out below-The 2020 CPL season is scheduled to be held from 19th August to 26th September. Although there has been no announcement on any cancellation or postponement, there can possibly be a reschedule of the dates due to the COVID-19 crisis.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Manchester City star Sergio Agüero puts FIFA 20 producers EA on blast for ‘pay to win’ formatLigue 1 season first major European football league to be cancelled Advertisement
KAREN HEADLEY, SAN ONOFRE, WINNER: “I’m very, very pleased . . . The strategy worked out perfect, finally. His last two sprints he had gone against monsters, not that this was a soft field, but there was no Masochistic in here.”“He’ll probably come back in the California-bred stake ($150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint at six furlongs Jan. 30).” Bruce Headley explains his wife’s nom de course, Matson Racing: “Aase’s father shipped ammunition for three different wars using Matson Shipping Company. They shipped during the Korean War, World War II and Vietnam. The morning of Pearl Harbor, he was actually there in the harbor but they received a warning so he decided to ship out before the bombings began.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is Aase Headley of Arcadia, who campaigns as Matson Racing. JOCKEY QUOTES ALEX SOLIS, SAN ONOFRE, WINNER: “He’s been training really, really good. He’s a different horse these last six months, he’s a different horse in the mornings, you can see it. He’s stronger and happier and he showed it today.“Karen and Bruce and myself, we’ll all sit down and discuss what’s best for him and go from there.” BRUCE HEADLEY, BREEDER OF SAN ONOFRE, WINNER: “Really good way to start the New Year; my daughter did a helluva job.“I wasn’t overly confident today, because these are all real nice horses and great trainers. I knew it’d be tough. I’m more excited for Alex than I am myself. Alex has a lot left in him, which he showed today. Me, I’m on borrowed time.“Karen did a great job, I had nothing to do with it. I mean, I bred him but . . . ”
22 May 2007UK-based global cellular group Vodafone is to use South Africa as one of three countries to launch its own-name brand of low-cost mobile handsets, aimed at ensuring easier access to telephony for millions of people in developing countries.China’s ZTE Corporation is manufacturing the Vodafone 125 and the Vodafone 225, following an agreement between the two companies in late 2006, based on features, design and functionality specified by Vodafone.The two models of phones will be available in South Africa through Vodafone’s local concern, Vodacom, “in the next few weeks”, Vodafone said in a statement this week.According to Vodafone, mobile technology is the only cost-effective form of telecommunications in emerging markets and rural areas. However, the company says, the cost of purchasing a mobile handset remains a barrier to accessing such services for people living in these parts of the world.“The Vodafone 125 and Vodafone 225 handsets are intended to help drive mobile penetration, and will provide access to services for people in emerging markets that are already commonplace in Western Europe,” the company says.The two handsets are likely to retail at around US$25 and $45, depending on the specific model and the local market conditions. While the handsets are almost identical in functionality, the Vodafone 125 has a black-and-white screen and the Vodafone 225 a colour screen.“The Vodafone 125 and Vodafone 225 are the first of a range of ultra-low cost handsets which will be manufactured exclusively for Vodafone and its affiliates by ZTE Corporation,” said Vodafone’s global director of terminals, Jens Schulte-Bockum.“We are delighted that they represent everything that customers have come to expect from Vodafone – high quality and exceptional value for money.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester has dampened hopes of extending the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to a new 25,000 sq. km search zone identified by international experts as having a high probability of containing the wreckage.Mr Chester’s view that the new search area is not specific enough puts him at odds with the experts’ conclusion that the location north-east of the existing search zone needs investigating.The expert findings are detailed in “First Principles Review”, a report issued on Tuesday by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau detailing the findings of a meeting held in Canberra in early November by parties involved in the search for the missing Boeing 777“The participants of the First Principles Review were in agreement on the need to search an additional area representing approximately 25,000 sq. km,’’ the report concluded. “Based on the analysis to date, completion of this area would exhaust all prospective areas for the presence of MH370.’’.The disagreement comes as the existing search for MH370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 aboard, is winding down and is expected to conclude early in the new year.The new area identified as a potential crash site adjoins an area searched in 2014 and takes into account additional information from a CSIRO ocean drift study. It is not part of part of the 120,000 sq. km swathe of Indian Ocean swept for more than two years and in which no sign of the aircraft debris field has been found.Mr Chester welcomed the review of what he described as the biggest search in aviation history and one that tested the limits of technology. “The information in the ATSB report, however, does not give a specific location of the missing aircraft,’’ he said.“We are very close to completing the 120,000 square kilometre underwater search area, and we remain hopeful that we will locate the aircraft.“As agreed at the Tripartite Ministers meeting in Malaysia in July we will be suspending the search unless credible evidence is available that identifies the specific location of the aircraft.’’The experts taking part in review concluded the search team was unlikely to have missed the debris in the current search area and there was a high degree of confidence, greater than 95 per cent, in the high-resolution sonar coverage conducted so far.The new area — between latitudes 32.5 degrees south and 36 degrees south — was based on “comprehensive satellite data analysis and updated with the latest search results and the CSIRO drift analysis,” the report said.It is slightly narrower than the first zone due to revised calculations that the aircraft crashed closer to the seventh arc, the curved line determined by the last satellite handshake between the aircraft and the plane.The analysis of the last two satellite transmissions, the likely position of the aircraft’s flaps when it hit the water and the results of recent end-of-flight simulations indicate it was within 25 nautical miles to the east and west of the arc, rather than the 40nm originally postulated.The three-day First Principles Review was attended by Australian and international experts in data processing, satellite communications, accident investigation, aircraft performance, flight operations, sonar data, acoustic data and oceanography. It aimed to reassess and validate existing evidence and to consider any new analysis that may assist in identifying the location of MH370, which crashed in 2014 while en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.A key to the finding was additional information not available when the first search area was defined.More than 20 items of debris have been recovered and identified as likely to be, almost certainly or definitely originating from MH370., including parts the wing. Items have been located along the east and south coast of Africa, the east coast of Madagascar and the Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean. However, none has been found in Australia.The CSIRO drift study found there was definitely a surface debris field and that the fact that the original sea surface search between March 18 and April 28, 2014, failed to detect wreckage argued that area was not the site of the crash.The drift study identified the new search area as being consistent with the failure to detect debris during the 2014 surface search, the absence of wreckage on the WA coastline as well as the July, 2015, arrival of a flaperon at La Reunion Island and the arrival times of other debris.
8 December 2011While South Africans will have to wait a while before they can buy an electric vehicle (EV), at least a dozen of the zero-emission cars have been doing the rounds in Durban since the start of the UN climate summit (COP 17).Some COP 17 delegates have been taking advantage of the opportunity to test-drive the Nissan Leaf – “Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car” – which was named World Car of the Year 2011, and the Renault Fluence Z.E.These vehicles are also being used to shuttle people to and from Durban’s International Convention Centre, venue of the climate talks.Taking a test-driveBuaNews found a few minutes to test-drive the vehicles. Initially, looking at a car with a steering wheel on the left hand side brought about some panic, but a few minutes inside and it was all smooth sailing.The cars are easy to drive (automatic), but it takes a bit of time to become acquainted with their technical aspects. Highly advanced features offer the driver detailed maps, information about energy being used, and battery recharging stations.EVs are being sold in Europe, Japan and the US and are expected to be launched in South Africa in a few years’ time.Nissan has announced plans to launch the Nissan Leaf in South Africa in 2013, subject to the successful conclusion of discussions between the government and the motoring industry on the establishment of charging infrastructure and the introduction of customer incentives.Smaller carbon ‘wheelprints’The EVs, which can be charged from purely renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, aim to play a critical role in reducing the impact of climate change.The cars’ batteries can be charged at home. Although they’re more expensive in some countries, people who own the cars are assisted by their governments with free parking in busy cities, tax rebates and other incentives.How often one recharges the battery depends on the driver – if the air conditioning and lights are used often, then the batteries would have to be charged accordingly.For music loving South Africans, the good news is that using your radio or CD player takes up minimal energy.The money that is expected to be saved on petrol is another selling point of the cars. They’re a pleasure to drive, knowing that one is not increasing the carbon footprint. It’s an effortless adventure, with no sounds coming from the engine or exhaust pipe.Renault TwizyAt Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, people can also test-drive a Renault Twizy, an easy-to-drive commuter vehicle that can be plugged into many conventional wall sockets.The Twizy, designed to be an antidote to the air and noise pollution plaguing some of the world’s biggest cities, can be a bit strange to drive. If you are not a fan of scooters, this little vehicle may not be for you.“The Renault-Nissan Alliance applauds what South Africa and all the nations represented at COP 17 are doing to reduce the threat to our environment and standard of living due to global warming,” said Hideaki Watanabe, Renault-Nissan Alliance managing director: Zero Emission Business.“The Alliance wants to be part of the solution for a sustainable society,” said Watanabe. “Our electric vehicles – which consume no fuel whatsoever – offer a real and affordable solution to drastically reducing CO2 emissions.”Source: BuaNews
14 January 2014Peli Peli, the only South African restaurant concept in Texas and the first South African fusion restaurant concept in the United States, has been selected as a 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winner for the Top 100 American Fare Restaurants in the United States.The awards, presented last month by online reservation site OpenTable, reflect the combined opinions of more than 5-million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for approximately 19 000 restaurants across the US.Peli Peli and Masraff’s, a local Houston favorite, were the only restaurants in Houston to make OpenTable’s Top 100 list for 2013.According to its website, OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 12-million diners per month via online booking across approximately 30 000 restaurants.For the Top 100, OpenTable considered all restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “American cuisine” was selected as a special feature.According to Peli Peli, about eighty percent of its menu comprises American fare with a unique “South African twist” reflecting the culinary melting pot that exists in South Africa. The other twenty percent comprises authentic family recipes catering to South Africans living and travelling abroad.“I wanted to make sure that Peli Peli reminds South Africans of home,” Paul Friedman, Peli Peli’s owner and executive chef, said in a recent statement. “I want more people to see what South African cuisine is all about, but I also need to feed my fellow South Africans.”Being the only South African concept in Texas has been beneficial in distinguishing Peli Peli from over 7 000 restaurants in the Greater Houston area, but, says Friedman, it has also presented a unique set of problems, such as being unfamiliar with customers and incomparable to any other restaurant concept.“It was very difficult at first to get customers to give us a try, because most people have never had South African cuisine before,” said Friedman. “But what makes us special is that our cuisine is so different.”Being different has helped Peli Peli to create a strong following while picking up a number of awards, including Best Service & Best Atmosphere (Readers’ Choice Award, Houston Press) and Best Romantic Restaurant (Click2Houston.com).Peli Peli currently ranks fourth out of 7 119 restaurants in Houston according to tripadvisor.com, and has garnered a reputation for being the perfect place for special occasions.SAinfo reporter and Peli Peli