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Tanzanian president urges ministers to ‘take advantage’ of refugee crises

first_imgTanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday urged his ministers to “take advantage” of refugee crises and make money by selling food to international aid organisations.The country hosts around 300 000 refugees, mainly from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo, largely in three camps in the north-west of the country, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.Speaking in Dar es Salaam, Magufuli celebrated the signing of a contract to deliver 36 000 tons of maize to the UN World Food Program (WFP) for around $9.1 million.“These funds are allocated to help our refugee friends from other countries in conflict, it is our duty to take advantage of them,” said Magufuli in Swahili, to laughter in the room.“We must take advantage of their problems. They fight at home and we get the money.”After his comments in front of ministers and WFP representatives led to some snickers and giggles, the president tried to qualify his words: “I do not say that I wish they fight, but if they fight, that their conflict is a source of profit for us.”“Because even if we do not give them food, they will fight. We do not want them to fight, but if they fight, let’s take advantage of it,” he clarified.Magufuli called on the agriculture ministry and other services to seize possible business opportunities.“The market is there: if the WFP even asks for 200 000 tons, hurry up and buy from producers and give to the WFP,” he said.Tanzania sold 31 000 tons of maize to the WFP in 2018, according to the agriculture ministry.Related Tanzanian president sacks two ministers in cabinet reshuffle Somali President Mohamud visits Dadaab refugee campcenter_img President Jacob Zuma appoints new ministers and deputy ministerslast_img read more

Sports bodies campaign to reopen safe live events, clubs

first_img A group of sports governing bodies have teamed up to help local governments and policy makers speed up the safe return of live competitions and reopening of grassroots venues.“We are at their disposal,” International Ski Federation (FIS) secretary general Sarah Lewis said. “This expertise is in place and communication with the necessary authorities already exists.”The campaign wants to help pave the way for organized sports events to return, and support local authorities in opening grass-roots facilities safely for their communities.A key step is easing travel and accommodation restrictions for athletes and fans as many sports prepare to start their seasons in September and onward into the European winter.“This campaign is trying to align messages across the continent,” said Patrick Comninos, chief executive of the Basketball Champions League overseen by the sport’s governing body FIBA.“This is a very dynamic environment. Every week we get different information about what is required in a specific country,” Comninos said.Lewis said the new campaign group aims to give “compelling reasons and arguments that sport can be trusted and be a leader and role model” to help communities emerge from the pandemic. Associated Press Television News LIVE TV First Published: 18th June, 2020 23:16 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 18th June, 2020 23:16 IST Sports Bodies Campaign To Reopen Safe Live Events, Clubs A group of sports governing bodies have teamed up to help local governments and policy makers speed up the safe return of live competitions and reopening of grassroots venues. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Draughts, DockDogs top growing list of Arapahoe County Fair novelties

first_img Gina Morris hands Hayley Morris, left and Keiley Morris pen assignments for sheep on Tuesday July 21, 2015 at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Cheyenne Card makes lemonade at the Arapahoe County Fair on July 23, 2015 in Aurora, CO. (Photo by Trevor L Davis/Aurora Sentinel) Donald Ford, left, and Joseph Ruybal put the finishing touches on one of the rides at the Arapahoe County Fair on Tuesday July 21, 2015 at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Workers finish putting rides together for the Arapahoe County Fair on Tuesday July 21, 2015 at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Fairgoers get spun upside down as their rocked back and forth at the Arapahoe County Fair on July 23, 2015 in Aurora, CO. (Photo by Trevor L Davis/Aurora Sentinel) Bailey Bowen, seven years old, holds on tight on her way to getting second place in the Mutton Bustin’ competition at the Arapahoe County Fair on July 23, 2015 in Aurora, CO. (Photo by Trevor L Davis/Aurora Sentinel) Gunner Harrison doesn’t let go as his sheep tumbles at the Arapahoe County Fair on July 23, 2015 in Aurora, CO. (Photo by Trevor L Davis/Aurora Sentinel) Aurora’s sleepy eastern plains are set to get an eyeful this weekend, courtesy of tots flying off of boisterous bellwethers, dozens of diving dogs and a mouthwatering menu of specialty brews.The 109th annual Arapahoe County Fair is overtaking the 240-acre lot nestled between East Quincy Avenue and South Harvest Road in Aurora through July 26 — an area typically only occupied by grazing deer and the occasional hollers courtesy of the nearby Arapahoe Park Racetrack. Shiela Woodson rides with three year old Liam Miles at the Arapahoe County Fair on July 23, 2015 in Aurora, CO. (Photo by Trevor L Davis/Aurora Sentinel) Joseph Ruybal, left, and Donald Ford put the finishing touches on one of the rides at the Arapahoe County Fair on Tuesday July 21, 2015 at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel On a top of the standard carnival rides and deep-fried everything, a slew of new offerings were rolled out at last year’s fair, most of which were well received, according to Amanda Slates, spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County Department of Open Space.Slates said that the DockDogs competition, which features several different events involving canines soaring into pools of water to retrieve various items, went over particularly well. Set to be offered during all fours days of this year’s fair, Slates said that while attendees can’t enter their own animals into the contest, it provides an opportunity to explore the niche attraction.“The fair would be a great opportunity to talk to the folks who run the … Rocky Mountain DockDogs and find out about the free clinic days they do where you can bring your dog to see if your dog would even want to jump off a dock,” she said.On a top of the standard carnival rides and deep-fried everything, a slew of new offerings were rolled out at last year’s fair, most of which were well received, according to Amanda Slates, spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County Department of Open Space.Last year’s more than 22,000 fair attendees were also the first ever to have the option to sample the offerings of the county’s burgeoning craft brew scene. For an additional fee, fairgoers were able to sip draughts tapped by more than a dozen area brewers.“We had no idea how many people would come out to the brew festival, but it was very, very well attended,” Slates said. “We’re expecting an even bigger turnout this year because the brewers are doing a great job of bringing their people in and letting people know about the event, so we just think it’s going to grow.”Aurora’s Coda Brewing Company poured its Hibiscus Lemongrass Wit at the inaugural beer event in 2014, and plans to debut a new Peanut Butter and Jelly stout this weekend, according to Luke Smith, the brewery’s founder and chief fermentation scientist. “We’ve been playing around with this kind of novelty approach to the food sciences and it’s been really well received,” said Smith, whose brewery just began bottling its beer earlier this year. “It’s always fun to connect and meet new people who end up coming back to the tap room and say, ‘Hey, I heard about you guys at the fair,’ and then they become regulars, and then they become great friends.’”Aurora’s Coda Brewing Company poured its Hibiscus Lemongrass Wit at the inaugural beer event in 2014, and plans to debut a new Peanut Butter and Jelly stout this weekend, according to Luke Smith, the brewery’s founder and chief fermentation scientist.Smith said that because Coda only has a staff of five people, the brewery only participates in a handful of beer festivals each summer, all of which are just a short drive from the taproom at 2101 N. Ursula St.“Our first bottle sale was just down the road at Gateway Liquors, and we really want to support like a five-to-10-mile radius around Coda,” he said. “We definitely pick and choose festivals and we know the ones we like and the ones that allow us to connect to the community, that really is priority number one.”But despite the newfound popularity of events like the craft brew fest, the area’s agrarian roots still act as the fair’s quite literal bread and butter.Arapahoe County 4-H, which teaches local youth a gamut of life skills, is returning in 2015 with a livestock auction and home economic projects that span nearly 270 areas, such as woodworking and sewing, according to the fair’s website. The 4-H competitions have been a staple of the fair since the tradition began over one century ago.“(Arapahoe County) 4-H is really at the heart of the fair,” Slates said. “For many years, the county didn’t even have an official fair grounds, yet the 4-H activities have always stayed steady and a huge part of it. The great thing about Arapahoe County is that we stretch for so many miles out east, so this is such a great way for people who are located in more urban areas to learn about animals and get that exposure to them.”Arapahoe County FairJuly 23: 4 – 9 p.m. Carnival operates at the same time.July 24, 25, 26: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Carnival operates from noon to midnight.Tickets are $15 each at the gate, or $10 when pre-purchased online. Children under 36-inches tall are free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.The craft brew fest runs from 4 – 9 p.m. on July 24. Additional tickets are $15 each.Visit arapahoecountyfair.com for a full schedule of daily activities and events.last_img read more

PH ladies whip Iraq for 2nd straight win

first_imgSustaining its fiery form, the Philippines whipped Iraq, 4-0, on Wednesday for its second straight win in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers at Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.The Filipinos scored all of their goals in the first half as they took the fight out of the Iraqis early to grab maximum points for the top spot in Group A. Coach Leticia Bautista’s charges also beat United Arab Emirates by the same score Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite The Filipinos will face Tajikistan on Friday before clashing with Bahrain on Monday. A duel with Jordan wraps up their qualifying campaign on April 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig outcenter_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town POC warns tennis body MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “We all have the same goal in mind which is to qualify for the Asian Cup,” said veteran Patrice Impelido. “But we can’t get ahead of ourselves; [we have to] take it one match at a time.”Eva Madarang increased her tally to three goals in two matches after firing the opening goal in the 21st minute off a fine through ball from Hannah Parado, before Hali Long doubled the advantage with a header off a corner kick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSara Castañeda and Alesa Dolino both got on the scoresheet in stoppage time of the first half to give the Filipinos total command of the match. Irish Navaja came close to adding a fifth in the second half.With six points from two matches, the Filipinos look on course to grabbing a spot in the eight-nation Asian Cup to be hosted by Jordan next year. As host, Jordan is already qualified for the tournament, which means only the top team from the group will advance. View commentslast_img read more