Zuma’s challenge to the United Nations

first_img25 September 2013South African President Jacob Zuma threw down a stark challenge to world leaders in New York on Tuesday, saying that global development and security were “two sides of the same coin” as he called for action to reform the United Nations Security Council.Addressing the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Zuma said that, nearly 70 years after its establishment, the UN Security Council “still remains undemocratic, unrepresentative and unfair to developing nations and small states, and disenfranchises the majority of the member states of the United Nations, who form the majority in this General Assembly”.There had been too much talk about reforming the council – a key UN organ charged with the maintenance of international peace and security – with no action, Zuma said.Africa, along with the rest of the developing world, could not “remain beholden indefinitely to the will of an unrepresentative minority on most important issues of international peace and security.“We would like to challenge the Assembly today: let us set ourselves the target to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in 2015 with a reformed, more inclusive, democratic and representative UN Security Council.”At the same time, Zuma criticised developed countries for their tendency, following the global economic meltdown prompted by the financial crisis of 2008-09, to “renegotiate the rules of the game”.He singled out the tendency of developed countries to introduce new issues as prerequisites for partnerships with developing countries – particularly the issue of clean technology and the green economy – which served in fact as “huge non-tariff barriers”.Developing the green economy was of course important, Zuma said, but had to be encouraged and promoted in a way that did not unfairly restrain economic development in Africa and the developing world. The international playing field had to be equalised, which meant that any post-2015 development agenda “must be based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities”.Zuma also called on developed countries not to abdicate their historical responsibility, and commitments made, to invest in the development of Africa and the developing South, saying that this was “of primary importance as a source of much-needed sustainable development and stability in the world”.The developed North “should stand ready to meet their commitment to contribute 0.7% of their gross national income towards official development assistance,” Zuma said.“The tendency to attempt to delegate some of these historical responsibilities to new emerging economies in the South is unacceptable and unworkable, as such emerging nations have their own historical challenges and backlogs to deal with.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress: Corn Planting Has Begun

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The first reports of corn planting for the season occurred last week where soils were dry enough to hold planting equipment, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 21. The western portion of the State received the largest amount of rainfall compared to the rest of the State and compared to normal conditions. Temperatures were higher than normal on the eastern portion of the State while the rest of Ohio’s temperatures hovered around, or slightly below normal for the week. Wet conditions kept top-dressing and weed spraying to a minimum. Ponding in fields with low lying areas continued to stress winter wheat. Oat planting and emergence both continued to progress ahead of the 5- year average. Fruit trees and vines were in various stages of bud formation.Click here for more of the Ohio Crop Progress update, thanks to Bane Welker Equipment.last_img read more

Detailed look at the India vs Pakistan World Cup semi-final

first_imgThe India versus Pakistan World Cup match on Wednesday is being billed as the final before the final, having gained elevated status among the billion-plus people in these cricket-obsessed countries. A peek into the numbers -It was already the most discussed match in the World Cup, but it will no longer be just about years of intense rivalry or Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth international century.Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend after a direct invitation from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, giving the match a new diplomatic significance.In a cricket sense alone both sides will be under massive pressure. It is the first time they have met in the semifinal of the World Cup, though they met in the 1996 quarterfinal in Bangalore, which India won by 39 runs.This is the first head-to-head match since July 2008 which has taken place on the home soil of one of the teams. On that occasion Pakistan beat India by eight wickets in Karachi in the Asia Cup.Mohali is the border state of Punjab and this will be the closest Pakistan have been to a home game since March 2009, when the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team’s convey en route to a test match at Lahore led to the end of teams touring Pakistan for the foreseeable future.Master Blaster Sachin TendulkarThe teams have only met four times in nine previous World Cups and India have won all four games convincingly. Sachin Tendulkar has played in all four of these encounters, scoring 54 not out, 31, 45 and 98.In 1992 in Sydney, India won by 43 runs after Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 68 runs. In a highly-charged match Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More made a frenzied appeal for a legside catch off Javed Miandad – Javed mocked him by leaping up and down. Tendulkar was man of the match for an unbeaten 54 and 1-37.advertisementIn 1996 in Bangalore India won the quarterfinal by 39 runs. Navjot Singh Sidhu made 93 out of 287-8. In Pakistan, crowds burned an effigy of Wasim Akram even though had not played in the game because of injury. It was Miandad’s final match. While announcing his retirement he took the opportunity to denounce the team management.In 1999 India won the Super Six match by 47 runs at Old Trafford amid high security because of the tense situation in Kashmir. India scored 227-6. Pakistan made 180 off 45.3 overs with Venkatesh Prasad taking 5-27.In 2003 India won by six wickets at Centurion. Pakistan made 273-7, with Saeed Anwar scoring 101. India reached 276-4 in 45.4 overs and Tendulkar was man-of-the-match for his 98 off 75 balls, laying into Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling despite struggling with cramp.HEAD TO HEAD ODIs: Played 119; India 46, Pakistan 69, NR 4In India: Played 26; India 9, Pakistan 17In World Cup: Played 4; India 4, Pakistan 0At Mohali: Played 2; Pakistan 2– In April 1999 Pakistan won by seven wickets in Mohali after bowling India out for 196. It was Virender Sehwag’s debut match and he batted at No. 7. Saqlain Mushtaq took 3-49 and Shoaib 2-18. From 34-3 Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq added an unbeaten 163 after Prasad had dismissed the top three batsmen.– On Nov. 8, 2007, Pakistan won by four wickets. India made 321-9, with Tendulkar out for 99 after edging Umar Gul to the keeper. Pakistan overhauled India’s total with a ball to spare with Younis Khan making 117 and Shahid Afridi hitting the winning run. The 322-6 is still Pakistan’s highest score batting second to win an ODI.– India have played nine games at the Punjab Cricket Association ground at Mohali, winning five and losing four, including two to Pakistan. Of the eight floodlit games, India has won four and lost four.– Pakistan has played six games here, all under lights, won two and lost four. Pakistan has batted second every time. Afridi has played in all six matches, spanning more than 10 years.– Overall 18 ODI’s have been staged at the PCA Ground. Of the fifteen that were floodlit matches, 10 have been won by the side batting first and the average first innings score is 253.– The two matches played here in this World Cup were both day games and the results went to form with South Africa beating the Netherlands and West Indies beating Ireland.– Once again all eyes will be on Sachin. He scored 53 in the quarterfinal win over Australia as a nation watched hoping he would reach his 100th international hundred. Will he make it against Pakistan? He has 32,710 international runs at 49.71 from 629 matches, with 99 hundreds, 153 fifties and 34 ducks.– He is the first batsman to cross the 18,000 run barrier, his 18,008 coming at 45.13 with 48 centuries and 94 half centuries. His average against Pakistan is lower at 39.16 and he has five hundreds and five ducks against them.advertisement– Afridi is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 at 10.71, including two five-wicket hauls. He has taken a wicket every 18 balls and his economy rate is 3.49 in his seven matches. Afridi has 313 ODI wickets and is the third leading wicket-taker for Pakistan. This will be his 300th ODI innings and he will become the ninth player to pass that mark, the second for Pakistan after Inzamam-ul-Haq. His batting has been a disappointment in this tournament, with just 65 runs off 50 balls in six innings, with a top score of 20 against Canada.– India have asked for eleven umpire decision referrals, resulting in two decisions being changed. Pakistan have asked for 19 reviews, seven of which were lbw appeals by Afridi. In total five of the 19 were successfully overturned, including two in Afridi’s favour. Simon Taufel and Ian Gould are the on-field umpires. Taufel has changed one of his seven decisions that were referred to the TV umpire, whereas Gould has had all six confirmed on review.STAT ATTACK India opener Virender SehwagVirender Sehwag needs two for 1,000 runs against Pakistan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs 24 for 1,000 runs against Pakistan and 67 for 6,000 runs.Gautam Gambhir needs 51 for 4,000 runs.Kamran Akmal needs 95 for 3,000 runs.Misbah-ul-Haq needs 51 for 2,000.Saeed Ajmal needs three wickets for 50 and Shoaib Akhtar needs three wickets for 250.Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets in a tournament with 26 in 2006-07. In this tournament Shahid Afridi has 21 and Zaheer Khan 17.last_img read more