Saudi WTO candidate wants practical pilot at the controls

first_imgTopics : Game-changer He said the WTO had to be reformed to show its members that it could still get things done, particularly by driving through trade negotiations have been blocked up for years.”It’s a crossroads, any way you look at it,” Tuwaijri said.He said the COVID-19 crisis would change world trade and the global economy, making it “a window of opportunity to bring back the multilateral trading system” and therefore make the WTO relevant again.However, he said the moment would be short-lived and if it is missed, “we will have to deal with a much worse scenario in the years to come”.Tuwaijri said he hoped the next WTO chief would be chosen on practicality, the ability to open doors, agility, dynamics and delivery.”My ultimate wish is for the organization to really have the right person for the next four years, because it’s going to be a game-changer,” he said.Rather than elections, the WTO selects its director-general through consensus-building.Nominations closed on July 8 and the five male and three female candidates have been busy making their pitch to member states.The eight are set to be reduced to five on Friday, with a further cull to three set to take place in October and a final decision likely in November.Tuwaijri is up against Liam Fox (Britain); Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt); Amina Mohamed (Kenya); Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria); Jesus Seade (Mexico); Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova) and Yoo Myung-hee (South Korea). The WTO is in paralysis due to the trade war between the United States and China, US President Donald Trump’s mistrust of the global trade body and, according to Tuwaijri, a lack of re-evaluation within the organization itself.”Hence my approach is around practical leadership,” he said.”We need to really listen to members, but be very impartial, give ideas… gradual progress: we cannot have a switch on, switch off.” The World Trade Organization has ground to a halt and needs a pragmatic new director-general to drive through reforms, the Saudi candidate for the job said Wednesday.Mohammad al-Tuwaijri, 53, said the WTO, which was founded in 1995, was due a shake-up.”Twenty-five years; in my mind, every organization in the world — regardless of the external environment, which is severe in our case — must have the fresh restart,” he told the Geneva Press Club. Tuwaijri is one of eight candidates in the running to replace Roberto Azevedo. The Brazilian career diplomat quit the WTO helm at the end of August, a year before his second term was due to expire.Three candidates will get the chop on Friday as WTO member states narrow down the field.A former air force pilot who flew more than 30 Gulf War missions, Tuwaijri was a banker who ran JPMorgan’s fledgling Saudi Arabia operations before joining HSBC.The former Saudi economy minister currently advises the kingdom’s royal court on economic strategy.last_img read more

Luxury home next to golf course listed for $1.15 million

first_img54 Guilfoyle Circuit, KirwanWalk through the large entrance door and you’re greeted by crisp white tones, oversized dimensions, soaring ceilings and huge windows which bring the greenery indoors and provide a glimpse of the sparkling in-ground pool.The house feels fresh, airy and bright while maintaining a most welcoming feel. Owner Yvonne Venz is selling to downsize following her children moving out of home.Ms Venz and her husband designed the home to create their dream house perfect for a relaxed North Queensland lifestyle. 54 Guilfoyle Circuit, KirwanTaking pride of place in the living area is the chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances including a steam oven and integrated dishwasher, while there is a huge island bench and walk-in pantry.There is also a large, fully furnished office with built-in filing and storage cabinets while the two living rooms have ducted airconditioning with split system airconditioning to the bedrooms. 54 Guilfoyle Circuit, KirwanRay White Townsville Riverside agent Teresa Chandler said the home would appeal to a variety of buyers and was surrounded by other high-end homes.“As well as a family, this would also suit a professional couple, particularly those who like to entertain,” she said.“This is a house that someone will walk into and they are going to love it straight away.“The area here is fairly select and there are some amazing houses that would go in the millions of dollars because they are so big. Houses in this area don’t come up very often because once people move in they don’t tend to want to sell.” 54 Guilfoyle Circuit, KirwanMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I’d love to see another family come and create their memories here,” she said. “It’s a home where you can be together but there is enough space so you can go and have your own privacy and peace and quiet.”The home has 467sq m of space under-roof and is on a spacious 1016sq m block.Everything is oversized from the bedrooms, to the linen cupboard, gigantic pantry and wide patio fitted with electric blinds to block out the sun or to provide privacy.center_img 54 Guilfoyle Circuit, KirwanTHIS isn’t your typical Kirwan home. Hidden from view down a driveway, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 54 Guilfoyle Circuit, is selling for $1,150,000.There are no neighbours to the rear while the side of the home borders the Willows golf course providing a lush backdrop. 54 Guilfoyle Circuit, KirwanOutside of the home the pool, complete with waterfall, overlooks the green landscape to the rear of the property while the large patio has a built-in barbecue with cupboards and sink.There are also three automatic garages and a workshop area.last_img read more

South Africans unite against Xenophobia attacks

first_imgUp to 10,000 people are expected to march through Durban’s city streets, in solidarity with foreign nationals, in the wake of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The march will be led by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu and religious leaders.Foreign nationals have been under attack in the province for the past two weeks.Overnight, police maintained a heavy presence in Durban.Officials say the march will be non-partisan and have called on people from the province to join hands and to fight the prevailing anti- foreigner sentiment.Meanwhile, Malusi Gigaba, South African Minister of Home Affairs has condemned the recent spate of violence, saying it undermined the positive contributions that foreign nationals are making to the country.last_img

Army soldier wounded in Himamaylan encounter

first_img The encounter was the third in a week in Negros Occidental following earlier clashes in Manjuyod and Himamaylan City./PN BACOLOD City – A Philippine Armysoldier was wounded in an encounter with suspected New People’s Army (NPA)rebels in Barangay Tan-awan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Based on the report of the military,troops of the RMFB-6 encountered at least 10 armed men in Sitio Basak,Barangay Tan-awan. Patrolman John Imedio Javier of theRegional Mobile Force Battalion 6 (RMFB-6) sustained a gunshot wound on hisright leg. He received treatment. Seized from the site were a rifle grenade, two AK47 magazines, 117 rounds of 7.62-caliber bullets, electrical wires for an improvised explosive device, medical kits, and the rebels’ personal belongings. The gunfight with rebels which startedaround 8:20 p.m. on Oct. 9 lasted for some 15 minutes. The NPAs then withdrewtowards northeast direction. The Army soldiers were in the area aspart of the pursuit operation in connection with the recent encounter of troopsunder 62nd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army and 31st Division ReconnaissanceCompany, with rebels.last_img read more

Trenchard is 10th to top Cottage Grove Modified main

first_imgBritton was collected in a wreck in lapped traffic on the next trip around the track and that put Whilser back in front. He led until lap 16 when John Campos got around him. By Ben Deatherage COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (Aug. 3) – Nick Trenchard became the 10th different Mohawk Metal IMCA Modified winner of the season at Cottage Grove Speedway on Saturday night. Nick Trenchard collected the Saturday night IMCA Modified checkers at Cottage Grove Speed­way. (Photo by JRP Race Photos) Campos had to battle for the lead after a restart with 17 circuits completed. Trenchard powered his way underneath Campos to take over the top spot.   center_img Eston Whisler was ultra-quick at the start, pacing the first 10 circuits before being overtaken by Evan Britton. However, Campos was not going to go into the night quietly, dueling with Trenchard throughout the closing laps. Trenchard came out on top to win his first victory at CGS in 2019 and become the 10th different driver to best the competition at The Grove. Campos was second over third finishing Aaron Sheelar.  Posting a fourth-place result was Whilser while Kevin Williamson ended his evening in fifth.last_img read more

Defending champion Jason Day a doubt as Paul Dunne makes PGA Tour debut

first_img If Day does miss out, the event can still boast an impressive field, with new world number four Rickie Fowler making the 17-hour journey from Abu Dhabi after winning his second European Tour title on Sunday. Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose are also competing, while Irishman Paul Dunne makes his PGA Tour debut on a sponsor’s invite. Dunne hit the headlines last summer when he became the first amateur since 1927 to share the lead of the Open Championship after 54 holes, before eventually finishing 30th at St Andrews. The 23-year-old went on to gain his European Tour card via the qualifying school in November but is taking advantage of a gap in his schedule to play in the United States, where he attended the same college as former US Open champion Graeme McDowell. ” I’m very excited to make my PGA Tour debut this week and spend a few weeks in California,” Dunne, who turned professional after helping Great Britain and Ireland to a record Walker Cup win, told a pre-tournament press conference. “When I was playing in college I was always striving to turn pro and play golf on a professional tour and I was excited to get my European Tour card back in November. And now I have a few weeks off the European Tour I’m really excited to see what the PGA Tour has to offer. “Category 16 status on the European Tour is for Q-School graduates, so it doesn’t get you in every event. When I was looking at the schedule I knew I had the first couple of events in South Africa (he finished ninth in the Joburg Open) and then my category wouldn’t get me into the events in the desert swing. ” So I knew I had a good break in tournaments and then we just sought places to play and looked to America. We were lucky enough to get invites over here. “Obviously the overall goal for me would be to end up on the PGA Tour so any exposure I can get to that early is great. “In terms of goals for the week, I kind of set my goals at the start of the year to just try and improve every day. Get better each week and let results take care of themselves. So I’m just going to keep working on my game and hopefully I put some good scores together.” Press Association Day pulled out of the pre-tournament pro-am but hopes to be fit enough on Thursday to play the opening round of the £4.5million event, one of the five tournaments he won in 2015. The good news for fans of the 27-year-old US PGA champion is that the last time he missed a pro-am ahead of The Barclays, he went on to win the event with rounds of 63 and 62 over the weekend. center_img World number two Jason Day is a doubt for the defence of his Farmers Insurance Open title at Torrey Pines after being laid low by a virus.last_img read more

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez to miss friendlies against S.Korea, Japan

first_imgMontevideo: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez will miss his country’s next friendly matches against South Korea and Japan on October 12 and 16 respectively, as he is expecting the birth of his third child, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) has said.The AUF said on Friday that if Suarez’s wife Sofia Balbi gives birth before the games, “the player will be available”. National coach Oscar Tabarez will allow Suarez, 31, to avoid selection after a decision was made “based on the same criteria applied to earlier cases with other footballers,” said the AUF. IANSlast_img

Masters FUTSAL Classic launched …NSC donates all trophies

first_imgFOOTBALLERS over the age of thirty-five, nationwide, will match their skills in the smaller version of the ‘Beautiful Game’ when the first ever Masters Full 100 FUTSAL Classic is staged next month at the National Gymnasium.At a launch held last Friday in the Boardroom of the National Sports Commission (NSC) it was announced that the Tournament will be played over the first three weekends in December and will cater for three categories of Masters: Junior Masters (35 to 39 years), Masters (40 to 49 years) and Grand Masters (50 years and over).Trophies for the top four finishers in each category as well as Individual Trophies for all the categories have been donated by the NSC who has also made the venue available at reduced costs. Also giving support to the inaugural competition is Germans Restaurant. Last Friday, representative of the popular Restaurant, Chontelle Sewett, handed over six match balls to be used in the Tournament.Sixteen teams are expected to participate in both the Junior Masters and Masters Divisions, and eight in the Grand Masters. A total of 80 competition matches will be played among the forty registered teams as well as 20 exhibition games over the nine playing days, making the Classic a full 100 matches.The Guyana FUTSAL Association will coordinate the Tournament where it is the intention to climax the December 2nd to 16th tournament with the establishment of an Interim Management Committee to charter the way forward for Masters Football in Guyana.Registration of teams will end on November 26th and the registration fee of ten players per team is five thousand dollars.The Masters Football fraternity, at the launch, thanked the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones for his immediate response and whole hearted support of the idea of a Tournament for past footballers.Gratitude was also extended to Clinton Urling and Germans Restaurant for immediately coming on board.Representing the NSC was Assistant Director, Brian Smith who lauded the initiative to run a Tournament of this nature while stating that the NSC was happy to be a partner of Masters Football.Second Vice- President of the national FUTSAL FA, Mark Young in his remarks endorsed the Tournament and assured that his organization will be involved in the execution of the competition.last_img read more

Koeman could take over Barcelona

first_img(BBC) – Barcelona manager, Quique Setien, is to be sacked on Monday and Netherlands coach, Ronald Koeman, could be the man to replace him, says Guillem Balague.La Liga runners-up, Barcelona, were humiliated in an 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich as they crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage on Friday.Setien, 61, was hired as Ernesto Valverde’s replacement in January.However, he failed to lead his side to a trophy in 2019-20.Spanish football expert, Balague, says former Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has “been approached”, but ex-Barca player, Koeman, would be a more popular choice.“The board will meet tomorrow and [Setien] will be sacked,” Balague told the BBC 5 Live Euro Leagues podcast. “They have to choose a manager because in two weeks time, pre-season starts – and the talk is Koeman could be the man“He said no to an offer in January, but this is different. I think his health situation may have played a part. Discussions may be taking place, we may hear tomorrow, but he will need to separate from the national side so there is still a wait for that to happen.“He is a name who will, more or less, make everybody happy.”Former Everton and Southampton manager, Koeman, 57, who was appointed as Netherlands manager in February 2018, was rushed to hospital in May with chest complaints but said afterwards he felt “fit as a fiddle”.Pochettino, who has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham after five years in charge in November, is also being linked with the role.According to Balague, the Argentine is in the running but his appointment would not be well-received by the fans, due to his history as both a player and manager for local rivals, Espanyol.Instead, Koeman may oversee a “year of transition” before ex-Barca midfielder, Xavi, currently in charge of Qatari club, Al Sadd, would arrive.last_img read more

The Basketball Tournament: Boeheim’s Army’s late push cut short in 81-77 loss to Overseas Elite

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ BALTIMORE — Boeheim’s Army knew what it would take to beat an Overseas Elite team that entered Tuesday with a 17-0 record in The Basketball Tournament and its two most recent trophies. The writing was, quite literally, on the wall. The whiteboard in the team’s locker room read “the keys to the game.”Bring Energy. Awareness in the zone. Find Shooters. Everybody must rebound. Push the ball.But as players walked past that whiteboard to say goodbyes two days earlier than planned, after an 81-77 defeat at the hands of Overseas Elite, they knew those objectives were not fulfilled. At least not to a degree that was good enough to beat the unbeaten. The mistakes were too costly, and the run at TBT’s $2 million dollar prize ended late Tuesday night in the semifinal at Coppin State.“We didn’t do things we needed to consistently enough,” Boeheim’s Army head coach Ryan Blackwell said.Mishaps did not bury BA at first. Overseas Elite held only a four-point advantage at the break. BA guard Eric Devendorf led the way with 10 points and fellow guard Brandon Triche followed with seven of his own. The two were the clear aggressors in Boeheim’s Army’s offense that focused on attacking the rim off the dribble. That checked off one of the whiteboard’s keys.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut defensive lapses outweighed any completed objectives. Blackwell pointed to poor rotation in the 2-3 zone, a defense that even at its best dares opponents to shoot from deep, as the root of the problems. OE’s Errick McCollum II and DeAndre Kane accepted the challenge and shot 7-of-10 beyond the arch. McCollum didn’t miss from deep in the first half, good for a perfect 4-for-4.“They made shots,” Devendorf said. “It’s as simple as that.”Sabrina Koenig | Asst. Photo EditorDevendorf did as well. He finished with 27 points on 8-of-12 from the field. Yet it was a shot that he challenged that will be remembered. With the close-game narrative staying constant early in the second half, his team down by only four and the two sides trading baskets, Paris Horne pulled up from the top of the key as Devendorf closed from the wing to contest. He grazed Horne and the whistle blew.After Horne converted two of his three free throws, the lead grew to six. It would never fall below four again.In the waning minutes of any basketball game, there’s one rule that sits among the most important: never foul the jump shooter. After watching a violation of that very law burn the Ohio State alumni team in the night’s first semifinal, Devendorf broke it himself when the margin on the scoreboard and margin for error were equally tight.“I thought we were getting a little bit of momentum,” Blackwell said. “That’s a tough play for us.”Still, Boeheim’s Army did manage to keep the game close. With 10 minutes left, guard John Gillon found forward James Southerland wide open in the lane. He rose for a two-handed slam to cut the lead to five, awaking the Orange fans scattered in the stands. Devendorf and guard Trevor Cooney added open shots from 3, with the latter of the two bringing the margin back to four with less than two minutes left.But Overseas Elite always seemed to respond with points of its own. The next bucket to sink after Cooney’s big three was one from the corner by Kane, which Devendorf later highlighted as the toughest one to watch go down. A Devendorf and-one was followed up with a free throw from DJ Kennedy. BA tried a full-court pass, but the ball bounced off Rick Jackson’s hand and out of bounds. The play was reviewed. The referees kept possession with OA and BA’s last chance went with it. Devendorf said after the game he thought they got it wrong.He also said that it wasn’t just a play or two that decided the game. For 36 minutes, Blackwell said, Overseas Elite played as a team — something Boeheim’s Army could have done to live up to that writing on the wall.“It’s tough because we didn’t even play well and we lost by four,” Blackwell said. Comments Published on August 2, 2017 at 12:02 am Contact: | @jtblosslast_img read more