Partnerships neededHolness told the conference, which is also being attended by several CARICOM leaders, that this would require partnership as ”well as using existing support more effectively and making new resources available for us to build the required resilience at the country, community and personal level”.Natural disasters cost Caribbean US$130 billion in 2017Holness noted that last year, natural disasters in the Caribbean set back the region to the tune of US$130 billion and urged the conference to think of resilience “beyond these natural disaster events or what we refer to as sudden events.He said there is a ‘more comprehensive picture that we must pay attention to,” adding that behind the scenes of the natural disasters “there are these slow growing events for which we have not yet even started to contemplate…the potential impact.Damage to reefs and sea life‘Specifically as SIDS we must begin more fruitful dialogue on building resilience to impact these slow unset events such as sea temperature rise, which according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is causing our reefs to bleach at an unprecedented rate”.He said while this situation is not unique to the CARICOM countries, countries like Mexico are implanting measures to deal with that and that there is need for the region to put in places measures to deal with the situation.He said the University of the West Indies is carrying out research to identify the DNA of coral reefs adaptable to sea temperature rises and other matters.In his address, Holness repeated the call by the Caribbean for developed countries to re-visit the criteria used for providing concessionary loans to developing countries, saying that the graduation of the region to high middle income status is seriously undermining the Caribbean’s socio-economic future.“And as such we are often times not considered as high priority for the allocation of donor support from the international community. It should be quite clear by now that GDP in and of itself is not a true indicator of development”.He said apart from indebtedness, “it does not take into consideration vulnerability to …factors including increased intensity and frequency of natural disasters”.“My point and hope is that we need to quickly find alternatives that are fair, practical, relevant and helpful to us as Small Island Developing States. Alternatives that will ultimately enhance our disaster risk management capacity and ability to respond to the increasing impacts of climate change”.He said the region is encouraged by the prospects of the Addis Abba Action Agenda and the financing for development “and note the progress being made in translating this agenda into action.Holness said the region as also taking note of new financing opportunities to assist “in our path to become more resilient.” Credit: Andrew Holness Twitter WASHINGTON, CMC – Jamaica on Monday called for a comprehensive review of the impact of climate change on the Caribbean, including the “cancers” not yet integrated into the process as it also reiterated a call for the international community to review its concessionary lending policies to Small island Developing States (SIDS).“As natural disaster become more frequent so do the adaptation costs impose on us as Small island Developing States, especially since we are on the front line of climate change impacts,” Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness told the high-level conference on building resilience to disasters and climate change in the Caribbean.The event, sponsored by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, is a follow up on the 2017 high-level forum “Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience”The IMF said it has brought together key stakeholders, including senior policymakers, multilateral development partners, and the private sector to “explore incentives to shift the focus of policies towards building resilience and innovative disaster risk financing policies and instruments that would help in the region.”Urbanization in coastal zones Holness, who is also the chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping, said that the region is facing rapid urbanization in coastal zones with corresponding falling populations in rural areas and out islands.“Some more than others are facing the pending loss of limited land mass due to sea level rise,” he said, noting that one common theme is that the cost of repeated natural disasters has been underestimated “and this is making sustainable development and prosperity much harder to achieve, especially as we are confronted with many development challenges which affect our economic growth.“What is clear to many of us though is that meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and the goal of leaving no one behind will become increasingly costly, more challenging and likely not met unless measures are taken to reduce the vulnerabilities and build the resilience of Small island Developing States to the climate change impacts which continue to set us back.”
It seems the writing is on the wall for Ilya Kovalchuk’s exit from the Los Angeles Kings franchise.Russian sports journalist Igor Eronko reported Friday that the 36-year-old’s contract with the Kings will soon be terminated. Kovalchuk has not skated for the Kings in a game since Nov. 9 against the Montreal Canadiens. On Nov. 12, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the forward had been told he will be “scratched for the foreseeable future,” and reports surfaced that Los Angeles had sought to trade Kovalchuk.MORE: Niagara IceDogs goalie Tucker Tynan thanks supporters following severe leg injuryEronko reported that Kovalchuk — who has three goals and six assists in 17 games played this season — still wishes to play in the NHL, but has a “lucrative” offer on the table from the KHL’s Omsk Avangard.The Russian scorer may still have more to offer to contending NHL clubs, but the Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta reported that teams have balked at trades with the Kings out of concern with the length of Kovalchuk’s deal, even if Los Angeles retains salary (he is signed through 2020-21). “Termination has been discussed, but trade is the preferred route,” Pagnotta wrote on Twitter.According to CapFriendly, three factors could play into a potential termination of the contract:Kovalchuk’s no-movement clause would not force him through waivers preceding termination.Because he signed his contract at age 35 or older, his $6.25 million salary cap hit would count against the Kings’ salary cap for the rest of this season and next.Kovalchuk himself would forfeit nearly $4.7 million in salary if his contract is terminated.Kovalchuk, the first overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft, has scored 436 goals (859 points) in 897 games over 13 seasons in the NHL.
Uganda Cranes captain Geoffrey Massa and midfielder Khalid Aucho will start the new year looking for new clubs.Reports from South Africa indicate that their PSL side Baroka FC have parted ways with the Ugandans just back from the Nations Cup.They have not reported back three weeks after the tournament ended, which confirms earlier reports of a separation, that had been denied. The club is struggling at the bottom of the South African football league and looks destined to be relegated. The Cranes team at AFCON 2017:Goalkeepers: Salim Magoola Jamal (Al Merrikh/SUD), Robert Odongkara (Saint George/ETH), Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA)Defenders: Timothy Awany, Joseph Ochaya (both KCCA), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker/KEN), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed/LIB), Isaac Isinde (clubless), Murushid Juuko (Simba/TAN), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers)Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Baroka/RSA), Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids/USA), Geoffrey Kizito (Than Quang Ninh/VIE), William Kizito (Rio Ave/POR), Tony Mawejje (Thotur/ISL), Hassan Wasswa (Vipers), Moses Oloya (Hanoi T and T/VIE), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia/KEN)Strikers: Geoffrey Massa (Baroka/RSA), Faruku Miya (Standard Liege/BEL), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves/FIN), Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka).Share on: WhatsApp The club’s owner Khurishi Mphahlele revealed they have released the pair in an interview. “We have parted ways with those two players and it was a mutual separation. They now have their clearances and are free,” Mphahlele told kickoff.com.
Seville, Spain | AFP | Jose Mourinho described Scott McTominay as “fantastic” in response to his decision to select the young midfielder ahead of Paul Pogba for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg draw with Sevilla.Pogba had been left out of the starting line-up for the goalless draw with Mourinho apparently unhappy after the French star withdrew from last weekend’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield Town citing illness.That followed criticism from Mourinho of Pogba’s recent performances, with the Portuguese making a statement by selecting McTominay, 21, alongside Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic in midfield.Mourinho later complained that there had been too much focus on Pogba before and after the match, and not enough on a player making his second Champions League start.“In my pre-match interview I had four questions and three were about Paul, and Paul was not even playing. That’s a bit strange,” he said.“If I was one of you (journalists), I would ask if the Manchester United manager agrees that Scott McTominay had a fantastic performance, and my answer would be that yes, he had a fantastic performance. “He looked a senior player, a player with great maturity. Scott probably looked like a man with dozens and dozens of matches in the Champions League when this is only the second (start).”Pogba played most of the game anyway, being sent on after just 17 minutes when injury forced Herrera off.The French star played his part in a typically cautious, backs-to-the-wall away European performance from Mourinho’s side. But, tellingly, he later refused to stop for journalists in the mixed zone of the Sanchez Pizjuan.“Paul made a big effort to try to give the team what I asked of them,” insisted Mourinho.“He gave us stability. For a match away to Sevilla we had a good percentage of the ball, and I think Paul had responsibility for that.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2