Haiti Leader Calls For ‘Red Helmet’ UN Force

first_imgBy Dialogo April 02, 2010 Haitian President René Préval has given his backing to the creation of a UN “red helmet” humanitarian rapid reaction force which could swing into action within hours of natural disasters. In a speech before a donor’s conference at the UN headquarters on Wednesday to pledge help for his quake-hit nation, Préval argued there was a “need for creating a humanitarian intervention force under the auspices of the UN to coordinate response to disasters, which are bound to occur.” Along with the January 12 quake that left over 220,000 people dead, Préval said recent major natural disasters such as the December 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean and 2008’s Cyclone Nargis that struck Myanmar highlighted the need for rapid intervention to save the maximum numbers of lives. Préval was backed in his call by former French minister Nicole Guedj, who founded the “Red Helmet Foundation,” to lobby for the humanitarian force. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called the goal “a good project that deserves study and reflection,” he added. Wednesday’s conference ended with some 50 international donors making 9.9-billion-dollars in pledges in a bid to help Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake.last_img read more

Victorian couple pay millions for winter escape

first_imgAuctioneer Nick Penklis calls for opening bids.A $1.5 million opening bid looked like it would stand until Mr Burgoine came in at $1.8 million. From there it was a tussle between the two bidders until at $2.35 million, Mr Penklis sought instruction from the vendor.The auctioneer then reopened proceedings and declared the home “on the market.”An extraordinary scene unfolded as Mr Burgoine and his competitor traded bids of $5000 to $15000 increments until the figure hit $2.405 million.Mr Burgoine then blew away the competition with a call of $2.5 million — a staggering $95,000 increment that halted any chance of a counter.Speaking after the auction, the auctioneer said it was a great example of a two bidder duel with the knockout blow bringing a definitive end to proceedings.“Absolutely! It just overrode any potential increments of $5000 by going up that much,” Mr Penklis said.Sitting in the sunshine on the deck of their new winter home after the auction, the Burgoines declared they were already enjoying the climatic spoils of the day. The new owners can’t wait to start relaxing on the deck. every angle was a winner at 71 Ormadale Rd, YerongaBut it was the integration of indoor and outdoor space that was the major selling point for the eventual buyers, Paul and Dawn Burgoine.Speaking before the auction, Mr Burgoine said they’d spent the past three weeks looking for a Brisbane base.“Our children have grown up now so we’re not having to be stuck in one location with schooling or anything like that. We have a business up here as well.”Mr Burgoine said they established their Brisbane outlet some years ago, so they’ve been familiar with our forgiving cold season.“Brisbane winters are just the best, so the plan is to basically run two homes — six month of the year up here and six months back home in Melbourne,” Mr Burgoine said.Prior to the auction, Mrs Burgoine was philosophical about how things might play out.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“We saw this (house) first up and just loved it. If we get it today we get it. If we don’t — we’re in no hurry. It’s no stress for us,” she said.Auctioneer Nick Penklis opened proceeding by telling buyers even the cushions were included in the sale. New owners, Paul and Dawn Burgoine, blew away the competition at todays auction event.Mr Burgoine said, in the end, he was pleased with how things went.“I just had a number in my head and said, ‘We’ll play the game and see what happens,’” he said.Mrs Burgoine still had butterflies, and was excited about what lay ahead.“I can’t believe it — I’m in shock actually. We’ve got so much going on in our lives (but) obviously, it was meant to be,” she said. Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair center_img 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga is a stunning example of contemporary architecture.Set on a private 959sq m hatchet lot with parkland separating its back boundary and a sandy river shoreline, the five-bed, three-and-a-half bath house offered an exceptional standard of modern finish. 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga has new southern-state owner set to enjoy our winter sun.Today’s auction of 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga was another demonstration of competitive southern-state buyers finding value in our prestige market.The five-year-old home was an architecturally stunning use of timber and glass features that framed its clean lines, quality fittings and river views.last_img read more

Some State Parks Closing Temporarily For Deer Reductions

first_imgSome area state parks will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 18 and 19, and Dec. 2 and 3.Local state parks affected are Versailles, Clifty Falls, and Whitewater Memorial. The state parks will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.Only individuals drawn last September and those listed on their applications may participate in the reductions. There will be no standby drawings at those parks.Other state parks affected include Brown County, Chain O’ Lakes, Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormicks Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, and Tippecanoe.DNR Biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the sate parks for all plants and animals.Information on next year’s state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at the DNR website. The application deadline is usually the end of August.last_img read more

Uzoho: Messi Made My Best Day In Football

first_img Uzoho’s inclusion in Nigeria’s squad to the football fiesta was a massive surprise to many. The young shot-stopper was part of the victorious Nigeria squad at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, albeit without playing a single minute at the tournament. But Uzoho moved to Deportivo La Coruna from Qatar’s Aspire Academy in January 2017 and, later that year, became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga, marking his memorable Deportivo debut with a clean sheet. His form in Spain caught the attention of Gernot Rohr, who had been looking for solutions to the Super Eagles’ goalkeeping problems caused by the premature retirement of Carl Ikeme. Then only 19, Uzoho made his Super Eagles debut against Argentina in a November 2017 friendly, a game Messi missed, and Nigerian won by a 4-2 scoreline. Despite his relative inexperience, Uzoho was elevated as the first-choice keeper ahead of the experienced duo of Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, heading to the World Cup.Advertisement Loading… He was in goal when Rohr’s men lost to Croatia, defeated Iceland, and succumbed to a late 2-1 loss to Argentina, with Messi netting a fine opener. Despite the Super Eagles losing that encounter, Uzoho feels privileged sharing the same pitch with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. “Playing at the World Cup for the first time as a first choice goalkeeper came as a grace to me,” the Omonia Nicosia keeper said, as quoted by the media. read also:Uzoho: Why I married at 20 “In fact, the day Nigeria played against Argentina was my best day in the game because I stood on the same field with Messi and Higuain, players I respect a lot. “I had to control my excitement as a professional keeper to give my best in the game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Francis Uzoho has picked the Super Eagles last group match against Messi’s Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as the best day of his football career. Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldThe Most Beautiful Middle Eastern Actresses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more