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          10月9日(火)のつぶやき      Cache   Translate Page      

どうしてリス描いたの? pic.twitter.com/0pprwwYiDO

— 九波ヒメヒコ (@Qunami1) 2018年10月6日 - 09:16

サザエさんデータ放送、その回の元ネタ原作4コマを先行して確認できる!そして雪室脚本がいかに原作を使ってないか原作本数でわかる! pic.twitter.com/a4Bz3A5j7f

— 健朗 (@ken_rou) 2018年10月7日 - 18:41

1981年 ノーパン喫茶のチラシやマッチ pic.twitter.com/UBF4dAJ7S9

— 昭和元禄 アングラポップ (@BlackXjs) 2018年10月7日 - 20:39

> コープさっぽろは、地震や停電時の商品廃棄に伴う損害保険に入っておらず
ホームラン級のバカじゃねえか
hre-net.com/keizai/ryutu/3…

— カタールの猫 (@Qatar_Cat) 2018年10月7日 - 16:43

漫画村で漫画を読んで荒野行動で遊んでyoutubeから落とした東方アレンジを100均のイヤホンで聴いてツイッターのアイコンをポプテピピックにしてるオタクって日本に何人くらいいるんだろ

— 危機的利き手 (@at_hash_per) 2018年10月4日 - 14:53

すごいクオリティのドラム缶湯呑み(陶器)買っちゃった…
俺…老後もこの湯呑み使って縁側で茶を飲むんだ… pic.twitter.com/wLToIW1teH

— 虎猫 (@torrrrrrrrrrrra) 2018年10月1日 - 22:26

ルパンは絵が完成した後アテレコする伝統なんだけど、さすがに最後の方に絵が間に合わなくなってきた時「ルパンと次元は何が何でも絵を付けろ!優先的に仕上げろ!銭形は絵がなくても山寺さんが何とかしてくれる!」と乗り切ったそうで、山ちゃんへの無茶ぶりが笑えました。

— なおこさん (@zhizi705) 2018年10月6日 - 21:52
          Re: Emerging Market Bond Funds      Cache   Translate Page      
jhfenton wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:36 pm

I did open a position in VEGBX (Vanguard Emerging Market Bond Admiral Shares), Vanguard's active EM bond fund, when it went live last December.



Despite the fact that emerging market equities have tanked over that period, VEGBX has not. It is actually my best-performing bond fund over that period. (That is not saying much.)



(VEGBX is not connected in any way to VWOB/VGAVX, Vanguard's EM bond index funds. VEGBX is an active mutual fund. It has accumulated about $100 MM in assets.)



[Snip...]


VWOB and VEGBX certainly approach Emerging Markets in different ways, and I think cap-weighted indexing may be problematic when it comes to EM bonds. VWOB is of course a "Government" index, but there are govt.-owned corporations issuing bonds which are also included in it. I suppose VWOB would fall under "USD sovereign" in Nisi's graphic above, contrary to VEGBX. Anyhow, here's a look at their holdings as posted in their respective Vanguard profile pages. Of course there's that elephant in the room - maybe call it a panda:



(Market allocations as of 08/31/2018)


CODE: Select all

     VWOB/VGAVX                       VEGBX 

(Vang EM Govt Bond Index) (Vang EM Bond "active")

China 17.40% Mexico 8.30%
Mexico 8.20% Indonesia 8.10%
Brazil 5.70% Argentina 7.50%
Indonesia 5.70% Chile 6.20%
Russia 4.70% Guatemala 3.60%
United Arab Emi 4.60% Ukraine 4.20%
Saudi Arabia 4.20% Colombia 4.10%
Turkey 3.80% Hungary 3.50%
Argentina 3.60% Philippines 3.20%
Qatar 3.50% Russia 3.20%
Colombia 2.40% Brazil 3.10%
Philippines 2.00% Kazakhstan 3.00%
South Africa 1.70% Egypt 2.80%
Chile 1.60% Lithuania 2.50%
Lebanon 1.60% Trinidad & Toba 2.50%
Oman 1.50% India 2.20%
Egypt 1.40% Uruguay 2.10%
India 1.40% Dominican Repub 2.00%
Kazakhstan 1.40% El Salvador 1.90%
Malaysia 1.40% Romania 1.60%
Bahrain 1.20% South Africa 1.60%
Panama 1.20% Ghana 1.50%
Ukraine 1.20% Oman 1.50%
Dominican Repub 1.10% Peru 1.50%
Ecuador 1.10% Turkey 1.50%
Hungary 1.10% United States 1.50%
Peru 1.10% Angola 1.30%
Uruguay 1.00% Honduras 1.30%
Kuwait 0.80% Sri Lanka 1.30%
Poland 0.80% Bermuda 1.10%
Sri Lanka 0.80% Paraguay 1.10%
Croatia 0.70% Mongolia 0.90%
Nigeria 0.70% Senegal 0.90%
Venezuela 0.70% Panama 0.80%
Romania 0.60% United Kingdom 0.80%
Azerbaijan 0.50% Armenia 0.70%
Costa Rica 0.50% Croatia 0.70%
Angola 0.40% Lebanon 0.60%
Ghana 0.40% Saudi Arabia 0.70%
Ivory Coast 0.40% Serbia 0.60%
Jamaica 0.40% Venezuela 0.70%
Morocco 0.40% Qatar 0.50%
Pakistan 0.40% Jordan 0.50%
El Salvador 0.30% Ivory Coast 0.40%
Iraq 0.30% Latvia 0.20%
Kenya 0.30% Costa Rica 0.20%
Mongolia 0.30%
Paraguay 0.30%
Serbia 0.30%
Belarus 0.20%
Bolivia 0.20%
Gabon 0.20%
Guatemala 0.20%
Jordan 0.20%
Senegal 0.20%
Trinidad & Toba 0.20%
United States 0.20%
Vietnam 0.20%
Zambia 0.20%
Armenia 0.10%
Bahamas 0.10%
Bermuda 0.10%
Ethiopia 0.10%
Georgia 0.10%
Honduras 0.10%
Namibia 0.10%
Thailand 0.10%
Tunisia 0.10%

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          Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - October 9, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Heather Nauert
Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
October 9, 2018



Index for Today's Briefing
  • INDONESIA
  • DEPARTMENT
  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • SAUDI ARABIA/TURKEY
  • MIDDLE EAST PEACE
  • ISRAEL
  • IRAQ
  • NORTH KOREA
  • CHINA
  • UNITED NATIONS
  • CHINA
  • AFGHANISTAN

    TRANSCRIPT:

    3:12 p.m. EDT

    MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Nice to see you all. Okay, a couple announcements to start before we’re able to take a few questions today.

    First, I’d like to address the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia, and I’d like to say that the United States is coordinating closely with the Government of Indonesia to respond to the earthquake and tsunami that struck there. Since I spoke to you last week, the United States, through USAID, is now providing a total of $3.7 million in assistance through our partners to deliver essential relief items, including shelter kits, blankets, hygiene kits, solar-powered lamps, and other lifesaving aid. USAID is also airlifting heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Indonesia to provide for emergency shelter needs of up to 110,500 people. USAID has deployed a team of disaster experts to coordinate our humanitarian response efforts and is supporting a U.S. Forest Service emergency operations expert who’s on the ground providing technical support to the Government of Indonesia’s disaster response.

    The Department of Defense has provided three C-130s and has already transported nearly 30 – 63 metric tons of disaster relief supplies into the affected areas. The U.S. Government has also provided advanced technologies to help the Government of Indonesia map the disaster area.

    In addition, American companies have also mobilized to respond with financial donations, heavy equipment, transportation, and other humanitarian supplies. The U.S. citizens we were aware of in the affected areas have been evacuated. We have no reports of U.S. citizens who have been injured or killed by the earthquake or the tsunami, and we urge any additional U.S. citizens in the affected areas to contact their loved ones directly and update them on their social media status. If you’re in the affected area and need emergency services, please contact the local authorities.

    Next, I want to address something that the Secretary raised last week because nothing has changed. There are still 65 State Department nominees sitting in the United States Senate. That’s over a quarter of all the senior-level confirmable positions that the United States Department of State is tasked with using to achieve its diplomatic outcomes. There is bipartisan agreement that a fully staffed State Department is critical to American national security. The State Department has been criticized for having gaps in leadership positions, but now we’ve done our part to fix that; now the Senate needs to do its part.

    As the Secretary has said, these candidates are quality candidates. They’re not sitting on the Senate floor because of objections with respect to their quality, their professionalism, or their excellence and ability to deliver American foreign policy. The Secretary had addressed this last week, and he said we have members of the Senate for whom partisanship has now driven delay and obstruction of getting America’s diplomatic corps into every corner of the world. What Senator Menendez and other members of the Senate are doing to hold back American diplomacy rests squarely on their shoulders.

    And with that I’d be happy to take your questions. Anne, you want to go ahead?

    QUESTION: I wanted to ask about Jamal Khashoggi.

    MS NAUERT: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: Have you received any response from Saudi Arabia since Secretary Pompeo registered concerns regarding his disappearance?

    MS NAUERT: Sure. Let’s start out – first, I’d like to say I imagine that most if not all of you saw the statement that we put out last night. You probably also heard the President’s comments about it yesterday and also the Vice President’s tweet that he put out yesterday.

    From the Secretary on down, we have been engaged in this matter. This is something that we’ve been following. I understand that the President intends to speak with the Saudis, so I’m not going to get ahead of that conversation that the President may be having.

    In the Secretary’s statement, he said that we’ve seen conflicting reports about his status. We’re not going to make any judgments about what had happened to him. The United States is certainly concerned about his whereabouts. Senior officials at the State Department have spoken with Saudi officials through diplomatic channels about the matter. We call on the Government of Saudi Arabia to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: It was nearly a week between his – first reports of his disappearance and that statement from Secretary Pompeo. Why was there such a delay between those two events?

    MS NAUERT: So are you assuming that taking time to put out a statement means that the State Department has not been doing anything? Is that your assumption?

    QUESTION: What was the State Department doing before the statement came out?

    MS NAUERT: The State Department was engaged at the highest levels and also at the working level and having conversations with Saudi Government officials, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: And then so what was the reason behind that delay in the statement coming out?

    MS NAUERT: I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t call it a delay. The United States Government, as we handle situations in other countries as well, sometimes we decide to conduct our conversations and to conduct our diplomacy more privately than publicly because we feel that that could have the best outcome, and I’ll leave it at that.

    Okay. Hi, Lesley. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: You must be exhausted, having just arrived.

    MS NAUERT: Kylie is here, I’m here, so we’re doing okay for so far.

    QUESTION: Just arrived last night. Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. seen any evidence that Jamal might be alive?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t know what has happened to him. We don’t have any information on that. That’s why I want to say we don’t want to make any judgments about what happened, and we call for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: You’ve called for a thorough and transparent inspection from the – investigation from the Saudis, but what about the Turks? Have you asked them for their evidence, if they’ve seen --

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I think that would be in the FBI’s lane and local investigators’ lane.

    QUESTION: But you said you – they – that on these diplomatic channels you’ve spoken to the Saudis, but what about the Turks?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I would imagine that through the course of our conversations with the Turkish Government – we have many conversations with the Turkish Government – that this has certainly come up.

    QUESTION: But that would be – that would be P, yes?

    QUESTION: Did the Secretary --

    MS NAUERT: Just hold on. Hold on.

    QUESTION: On Friday, I saw on the Public Schedule that Mr. Hale had a meeting with the Turkish ambassador here at the State Department.

    MS NAUERT: I was out on Friday, so I don’t recall what was on his private – on his public schedule. I’d have to just double-check on that, okay?

    QUESTION: Okay. So --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not saying it didn’t happen. I’m just not aware of it if it did. I was out on Friday.

    Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Since this happened on Turkish soil, wouldn’t speaking to the Turks and being part of their investigation be absolutely key to --

    MS NAUERT: I did not say that we have not spoken with the Turkish Government. I just don’t have any information on it at this moment. Okay? If I have anything in addition for you, I’ll let you know.

    Hey, Carol.

    QUESTION: Hi. Can I ask a follow-up on Jamal Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: Sure.

    QUESTION: So the UK foreign secretary has said that if the reports are correct, “We will treat the incident seriously.” I wanted to ask why can’t – or why has not Secretary Pompeo said that if the reports are true and the Saudis, our allies, turn out to be cold-blooded killers, that there will be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: I think that would be entirely a hypothetical question, and so if the Brits decide to comment that way, they’re more than welcome to do so. But we’re going to wait until the facts come out, and we call again for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: Will there be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: Carol, I’m not going to get ahead or assume that anything happened. We’re calling for a thorough and transparent investigation. And again, let me say this one more time: I’ll leave it at that. I don’t have anything more for you on this today.

    QUESTION: Can you just confirm if it was Pompeo?

    QUESTION: Does the Secretary plan to speak himself with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, and did he raise this question when he spoke with the crown prince last week?

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm --

    QUESTION: There was a readout --

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm that the Secretary has had phone conversations, but I don’t have any of the details. And some of those would just be private diplomatic conversations, which I will not be able to read out. Last time I’ll say this: I don’t have anything more for you on this today. If and when I have more, I will bring it to you. Okay?

    Go right ahead.

    QUESTION: On the Palestinians.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Two quick --

    QUESTION: Is it okay? Can I have one more follow-up on Khashoggi, please?

    MS NAUERT: Sir, I don’t have anything --

    QUESTION: It’s in relation to what you just said.

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: Let me just --

    MS NAUERT: When I do, I would be happy to give it to you.

    QUESTION: Let me just ask my question, and you decide if you don’t want --

    MS NAUERT: Okay, I’ve not met you before, but go right ahead. Welcome to the State Department. And tell me your publication.

    QUESTION: Fadi Mansour with Al Jazeera. I’ve been covering this place for 10 years now, thank you very much.

    MS NAUERT: Pardon me?

    QUESTION: I’ve been covering this place for 10 years. I don’t come every day because I cover other places.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Well, it’s nice to meet you. You’re welcome anytime.

    QUESTION: Yes. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask questions. So --

    MS NAUERT: Go right ahead. And this will be the last question on this. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So the fact that you called on the Saudis to carry an investigation, is the State Department assuming that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the whereabout of Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: We’re not assuming anything. Only because it was their consulate, we’re asking them to conduct an investigation.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Said, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, very quickly, U.S. envoy Mr. Greenblatt said that the Trump plan, the deal of the century, is heavily focused on Israeli security. Does that mean that you guys are giving up on the two-state solution, or you see the – you don’t see any, like, contradictions between focusing on Israeli --

    MS NAUERT: This is something that we have talked about for a very, very long time. We support that if both parties --

    QUESTION: And this was --

    MS NAUERT: -- if both parties can agree to it.

    QUESTION: Right.

    MS NAUERT: That hasn’t changed.

    QUESTION: But this was only yesterday. I mean, he went out of his way to say that it is focused on Israeli security. What does that mean to you?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to parse his words. I’d just refer you back to his comments. But our position has not changed. As the President has laid out, as he did not too long ago at the UN General Assembly, that we support a two-state solution if both sides can agree to that.

    QUESTION: And one quick question on a young American student who has been detained in Israel for the past five days because she supports BDS. Are you – can you share with us if you’ve done anything? Has she contacted the American embassy, or are you in touch with her? Do you know her whereabouts?

    MS NAUERT: We are aware of her case. Our embassy is providing consular access, as we would to all American citizens. We value freedom of expression. You and I have talked about this many times.

    QUESTION: Right. Many times.

    MS NAUERT: Also in cases where people don’t agree with local policies or even the United States policies. Ultimately, it is up to the Government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: But she – this young woman, Lara Alqasem, she has a visa. She was accepted at the Hebrew University. She was going there to study and so on. She – all of the stuff that she should have done was already done. Are you not concerned about that?

    MS NAUERT: Said, it’s ultimately up to the Government of Israel, or any country for that matter, to decide which individuals, which Americans, it wants to let in. Okay?

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Heather, the issue is not that she wasn’t allowed in. It’s that she’s being detained.

    MS NAUERT: Excuse me. Or being detained. I don’t have any information beyond that. Okay?

    Laurie, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Nadia Murad, the Yezidi woman who was captured by ISIS and help captive, just won the Nobel Peace Prize, as probably everyone knows, and she spoke yesterday. And she did note one positive point, the start of de-mining in Yezidi areas, which I assume is related to Secretary Pompeo’s announcement in July at the Religious Freedom conference of extra money for de-mining in the northern Iraq religious minority areas. So they’re very happy with that, but overall it was a grim picture, and among her complaints was no justice for Yezidis. And you and others, including the UN, have recognized ISIS’s assault on the Yezidis as genocide, but the Iraqi Government hasn’t. Are you prepared to put any pressure on them to do so?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not familiar with her remarks. Of course, I’m familiar with who she is. She was one of the guests at our religious freedom ministerial that was held over the summer, and we were so proud to have hosted her here. My understanding is that the Vice President is meeting with her – I believe it’s today. The Secretary and I had a brief exchange about her becoming one of the co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, and we’re really proud of her. She’s a very heroic woman, who’s done so much to advance the cause of not just religious freedom but also freedom for women, especially freedom from sexual crimes.

    I don’t have her comments. I don’t have those remarks, so I’m just not going to comment on it beyond that.

    QUESTION: How about her call for an international criminal trial for those members of ISIS who have committed these crimes against Yezidis?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I just don’t have anything for you on that today. Okay?

    QUESTION: South Asia?

    MS NAUERT: Okay, hi.

    QUESTION: Heather?

    MS NAUERT: How are you?

    QUESTION: Thank you. Welcome from (inaudible).

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Okay, on North Korea, this trip – has Kim Jong-un submitted a list of nuclear facilities, or you got anything from him for evidence of nuclear list?

    MS NAUERT: We sure did. We made a lot of progress. As you know, we just got back last night from three – four countries in I think it was three days. So it was a very busy time. The Secretary and Chairman Kim discussed the four pillars of the Singapore summit. That was something that was important for them to do. They spent considerable time together. The Secretary and the President, of course, have referenced that since – the Secretary just over at the White House, speaking about this.

    Among the things they also discussed was an upcoming second summit that would be attended by our President and also Chairman Kim, and we look forward to working on all of the details of that. They also agreed to instruct their respective working level groups, led by Steve Biegun, our special representative, and also his counterpart who was named in North Korea, to start intensifying discussions on some of those four pillars that were laid out in the Singapore summit.

    As you know, Chairman Kim had invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to confirm that it’s been irreversibly dismantled. We were pleased with that. And President Trump looks forward to continuing to build upon the trust that was first established at the Singapore summit.

    So we view it as making a lot of progress. We’re pleased with that.

    QUESTION: But North Korea has already destroyed Punggye-ri nuclear site and Tongchang-ri missile site. They --

    MS NAUERT: I think we can say this: We can affirmatively say that they invited a group of journalists out to watch something take place. Inspectors have not been there yet. So inviting inspectors to join, to take a look, and do their work is entirely different from what we’ve seen already.

    QUESTION: Is that happen for denuclearizations?

    MS NAUERT: I’m sorry?

    QUESTION: Is this have for the denuclearizations, for what you – U.S. exactly needed to, but -

    MS NAUERT: That would be a positive step forward, and Chairman Kim agreed to that, to have inspectors at that site.

    QUESTION: Follow up on --

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Go ahead. Let’s just – hold on, I’ll come back to you. Hi.

    QUESTION: So you’ve made progress on a Trump-Kim summit. Do you have any idea of, like, the timing on that? Like, will it be before the end of the year or sometime afterwards?

    MS NAUERT: Well, as the President has said – and I’m not going to get ahead of the President, of course, but the President has said he looks forward to seeing Chairman Kim soon. As you all remember, when we were planning for the Singapore summit, that takes time. There are a lot of details that are involved in pulling together a summit of that magnitude. We need to find a place that both countries can get to. We have to compare schedules – Chairman Kim’s schedule, the President’s schedule, the Secretary’s schedule, probably National Security Advisor Bolton’s schedule – a lot of schedules. We also have to identify a place that has the infrastructure that is needed to accommodate 5,000 journalists. I believe there are 5,000 that were accredited last time.

    So there are a lot of things that come into play here, and so we are hard at work at that. I know Steve Biegun looks forward to having follow-on conversations with his counterpart about some of those details that go into the summit. And as soon as we have something for you, we’ll let you know. Okay.

    QUESTION: So would you say that the – what you’re waiting for to announce even a time or a location for that, is it all just logistical, then?

    MS NAUERT: Well, Michelle, as I just said, and I’ll repeat it again: A lot goes into this. We start with --

    QUESTION: I heard that. Yeah. You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: We start with comparing schedules.

    QUESTION: You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: Okay.

    QUESTION: I’m trying to save you some time. So are you saying that it’s all logistical before you announce a date and time, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something?

    MS NAUERT: We are looking forward to having our second summit. The President is looking forward to doing that. The timing of that will ultimately be announced by the White House. It’ll be a White House led meeting. And when we’re ready to announce that, we will.

    QUESTION: But the question is --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

    QUESTION: -- since you listed all the logistics involved, are you simply waiting for logistics, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something related to denuclearization?

    MS NAUERT: We have not said anything about waiting for North Korea to do anything more -

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MS NAUERT: -- in order to have that summit. Okay. Nick.

    QUESTION: And when you say a lot of progress, since Punggye-ri is by many accounts an aging facility that’s already been destroyed, by allowing inspectors to come there and see this, which is not necessarily key to North Korea’s current and future nuclear program, why would you characterize that as a lot of progress?

    MS NAUERT: Michelle, I think that’s a very good step. I’ll go back and say it one more time. What you have seen were a bunch of journalists brought out to that site and you saw some sort of an explosion. Sending in inspectors to take a look around is an entirely different step and a step in the right direction, and we think that that’s progress, along with the other things that were addressed in the meeting.

    Nick, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Just as a follow-up to that, I think one of the big questions is what exactly the administration, Secretary Pompeo, President Trump, actually want to achieve from this summit. What’s the main – the headline goal for --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of the President. The Secretary firmly believes – and I know that this is much to your dismay, to reporters’ dismay – that our negotiations are best handled in public, so I’m not going to get – negotiate it here with all of you from the podium, and I’ll let our experts do the negotiating and do their work and not get ahead of that.

    QUESTION: Heather --

    MS NAUERT: Hi.

    QUESTION: Follow-on on that. The first summit was about general commitments, complete denuclearization by Chairman Kim. Do you expect from the next summit to achieve broader agreement with the ways and --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of what is being discussed at that summit, okay.

    QUESTION: Not what is being discussed, but what you expect.

    MS NAUERT: My job is not – my job is not to lay out what our policy will be.

    QUESTION: Because we see your goal; we don’t see your method. So --

    MS NAUERT: And – okay, so that’s a fair point. You see our goal, but you don’t see our method. That is something --

    QUESTION: Do you want to do it – work in progress, step by step, or do you want to have a deal --

    MS NAUERT: That is something that we will discuss --

    QUESTION: -- with everything inside?

    MS NAUERT: We will discuss that with the North Koreans and not the broader public, not the media, because we believe that negotiations – some of these complicated negotiations – are best handled between our country and theirs. And our objective is to get to the fully, final, verified denuclearization of North Korea. We are working hard toward that goal. We think we’ve made progress and we’ll continue working toward that goal.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Hi. Go ahead. Hi.

    QUESTION: India.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: So Secretary Pompeo did not meet with the Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday. Could you please shed some light on what happened? And what is – what was the reason given – provided by Chinese Government? Because it’s a understanding that arrangements were being made for this meeting to happen.

    MS NAUERT: We never announced any specific meetings ahead of our trip to China. Is it not every time that the Secretary would go to any given country that he would be meeting with the president of that country. Sometimes he does; sometimes he doesn’t. And so that was just a reflection of this trip, but I know the Secretary had good, constructive meetings with his Chinese counterparts that he met with yesterday.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. asked to such meeting to happen? Has the United States asked China – ask Chinese Government to arrange a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping?

    MS NAUERT: Not to my knowledge. Anything going forward, we’ll let you know when we have that planned.

    QUESTION: Would you characterize U.S.-China relationship as a strategic competitor?

    MS NAUERT: Well, look, they’re certainly a competitor. It’s a complex and broad-based relationship that we have with China, as you all saw in the comments and exchanges between the Secretary and his counterparts. We have areas of common interest. North Korea is one of them. Working to combat illegal narcotics is another area where we work well together. We also have areas of disagreement and areas where we have challenges, and we’ll keep working together on that. It’s obviously an important relationship that we need to work hard to maintain. Okay.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. Yes, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Ambassador – very quickly. Was the Secretary surprised that Ambassador Haley resigned? Does he have any comment? Could you share with us what was his reaction?

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think the Secretary addressed that from the White House today, in which he talked about what a great partner Ambassador Haley has been. The Secretary and Ambassador Haley have worked very well together since the beginning of this administration, but I would say more closely once he became Secretary of State. At the working level, from my level, her team and Ambassador Haley have been wonderful to work with. Sorry to see her depart. This happens, of course, in administrations. The Secretary, I think, is sorry to see her depart as well.

    I’m not going to get into who knew what when and all of that. What is ultimately important is that the President knew about her decision well in advance. They had those conversations. I’m not privy to those conversations, so I’d have to refer you to the White House for that. We’re sorry to see her go and thank her for all her incredible service that she’s done on behalf of the U.S. Government and on taxpayers at the United Nations.

    QUESTION: May I just follow up?

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Okay.

    QUESTION: A follow-up?

    MS NAUERT: Last question. I’m going to have to go.

    QUESTION: So we saw the exchange of rhetorics when Secretary Pompeo was in China. Would you say those tensions now between United States and China would spill over to your cooperation on North Korea at this very critical time?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t think so, because China again and again has said to us, publicly and privately, that they are committed to the denuclearization of North Korea. They understand that; they recognize that. They recognize the importance of that matter. We don’t think they’re backing away. What we do say, though, is that countries including China and Russia can always do more. They can do more, but they are also one of the countries that had voted for UN Security Council resolutions, and so we expect those to uphold those.

    I’ll do one last question. Nazira, hi.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Were you at the White House earlier today?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Did I see you?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: I thought I saw your yellow over there.

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: She gets around.

    QUESTION: Okay. Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Heather, I have two question, one question regarding Afghan delegation. Dr. Abdullah was here. What is their – do you think that they have any achievement? Do they meet any high officials, U.S. authority?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I don’t have any information if – as to whether or not Dr. Abdullah was here at the State Department or here in Washington. I can look --

    QUESTION: He was in New York. I’m asking about General Assemblies at the – New York.

    MS NAUERT: Oh, he was in – oh, at the General Assembly.

    QUESTION: Did he have any meeting with the Secretary of State or either President Trump?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t recall that. It seems like that was a year ago even though that was only two weeks ago, so I’m so sorry. My apologies.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MS NAUERT: I will have to check – double-check to see if he had any meetings with U.S. officials.

    QUESTION: Two weeks ago.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. I’ll check on that for you.

    QUESTION: Yeah. The next question, Ambassador Khalilzad.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: He is in Afghanistan and he traveled to Pakistan. Do you think that useful for Afghanistan, Khalilzad mission?

    MS NAUERT: I think it’s extremely helpful to have Ambassador Khalilzad out on travel. This is part of our team on the field, having our people do what they do best, and that is going out and conducting American diplomacy around the world. He is leading an interagency delegation to Afghanistan, to Pakistan, to the UAE, to Qatar, and also to Saudi Arabia. It’s a fairly lengthy trip. His mission there is to coordinate our U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. This is still Afghan-led, Afghan-owned. Our policy has not changed in any way. But we’re proud and pleased to have him out there advocating on this behalf and we’ll be working in close coordination with the Afghan Government.

    I’ve got to go, guys. We’ll see you again real soon. Thanks.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:37 p.m.)


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🌍🌐PERLOMBAAN SEDEKAH UMAR DAN ABU BAKAR Radhiyallahu'anhuma

Sebagaimana kita ketahui, para sahabat Nabi Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam, selalu berlomba-lomba untuk berbuat kebaikan dalam upaya melaksanakan perintah Allah Ta'ala dan Rasul-Nya, tak terkecuali Umar bin Khattab dan Abu Bakar Radhiyallahu'anhuma

Kisah perlombaan sedekah antara Umar bin Khattab dan Abu Bakar ra ini terjadi pada peristiwa Perang Tabuk, dimana pada waktu itu Rasulullah Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam menyeru kepada para sahabatnya untuk memberikan sedekah sesuai dengan kemampuannya masing-masing.

Umar bin Khattab Radhiyallahu'anhu pada saat itu memiliki harta kekayaan untuk disedekahkan.
🌐Dalam hatinya, ia merenung, “setiap saat Abu Bakar selalu membelanjakan hartanya lebih banyak dari apa yang telah saya belanjakan di jalan Allah.” Umar berharap dengan karunia Allah, semoga dapat membelanjakan harta di jalan Allah lebih dari Abu Bakar kali ini, saat itu Umar ra mempunyai dua harta kekayaan untuk dibelanjakan di jalan Allah Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam.

🌐Kemudian ia pulang ke rumahnya untuk membawa harta yang akan disedekahkannya, dengan perasaan gembira sambil membayangkan bahwa pada hari ini ia akan bersedekah melebihi Abu Bakar ra. Oleh karena itu, segala yang ada di rumahnya ia ambil setengahnya untuk disedekahkan.

🌐Lantas Umar Radhiyallahu'anhu membawa harta itu kepada Rasulullah Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam. Pada saat itu Rasulullah Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam bersabda kepada Umar ra, “Apa ada yang kamu tinggalkan untuk keluargamu, wahai Umar?” Umar ra pun menjawab, “Ya, ada yang saya tinggalkan, wahai Rasulullah.” Rasulullah bertanya, “Seberapa banyak yang telah kamu tinggalkan untuk keluargamu?” Ia menjawab, “Saya telah tinggalkan setengahnya.”

☑Tidak berapa lama kemudian Abu Bakar datang dengan membawa seluruh harta bendanya kepada Rasulullah . Umar bin Khattab ra berkata, “Saya mengetahui bahwa beliau telah membawa seluruh harta benda miliknya. Begitulah pembicaraan yang saya dengar dari pembicaraan antara beliau dengan Rasulullah Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam.”

☑Kemudian Rasulullah Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam bertanya kepada Abu Bakar, “Apakah yang kamu tinggalkan untuk keluargamu, wahai Abu Bakar?” Abu Bakar menjawab, “Saya meninggalkan Allah dan Rasul-Nya kepada mereka (saya tinggalkan dengan keberkahan nama Allah Ta'ala dan Rasul-Nya serta keridhaan-Nya).”
✅Mendengar hal itu Umar bin Khattab ra berkata, “Sejak saat itu saya mengetahui bahwa sekali-kali saya tidak dapat melebihi Abu Bakar.”

🍀Hikmah dari kisah ini adalah bahwa berlomba-lomba dan berusaha melebihi orang lain dalam kebaikan adalah perbuatan baik dan merupakan perbuatan yang disukai Allah Ta'ala dan Rasul-Nya, seperi firman Allah dalam Alquran, “Dan Kami telah turunkan kepadamu Alquran dengan membawa kebenaran, membenarkan apa yang sebelumnya, yaitu kitab-kitab (yang diturunkan sebelumnya) dan batu ujian terhadap kitab-kitab yang lain itu, maka putuskanlah perkara mereka menurut apa yang Allah turunkan dan janganlah kamu mengikuti hawa nafsu mereka dengan meninggalkan kebenaran yang telah datang kepadamu. Untuk tiap-tiap umat di antara kamu, Kami berikan aturan dan jalan yang terang. Sekiranya Allah menghendaki, niscaya kamu dijadikan-Nya satu umat (saja), tetapi Allah hendak menguji kamu terhadap pemberian-Nya kepadamu, maka berlomba-lombalah berbuat kebajikan. Hanya kepada Allahlah kembali kamu semuanya, lalu diberitahukan-Nya kepadamu apa yang telah kamu perselisihkan itu.”* (QS Al-Maidah [5]:48)

✅Untuk itu marilah kita berlomba-lomba dalam berbuat kebaikan, terlebih pada bulan Ramadhan yang penuh dengan keberkahan ini, dimana setiap kebaikan dibalas dengan pahala yang berlipat, Rasulullah bersabda, “Sedekah yang paling utama adalah sedekah pada bulan Ramadhan.” (HR Tirmidzi)KISAH SAHABAT NABI

🌍🌐KEPAHLAWANAN ABU BAKAR ASH-SHIDDIQ DI SAAT HIJRAH

🌐Bercerita tentang pribadi Abu Bakar ash-Shiddiq seolah-olah tiada kata yang bisa menutupnya dan tiada tinta pena yang tercelup yang mampu mengakhirinya. Ia bukanlah seorang nabi, namun sosoknya adalah profil manusia yang luar biasa. Pada dirinya tergabung sifat kelemah-lembutan dan ketegasan, kasih sayang dan keberanian, ketenangan dan cepat serta tepat dalam mengambil keputusan, rendah hati dan kewibawaan, serta toleran namun mampu menghancurkan musuh. Beliau adalah orang yang paling kuat keimanannya setelah para nabi dan rasul. Dan beliau juga adalah orang yang paling mencintai Rasulullahshallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.

🌐Kecintaan dan kesetiaannya kepada Nabi sangat tampak pada saat ia menemani Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam berhijrah.

🌐Pada saat Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala telah mengizinkan Nabi shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam hijrah, para sahabat pun bersegera menyambut seruan Allah dan Rasul-Nya untuk berhijrah. Mereka tinggalkan kampung halaman mereka menuju daerah yang sama sekali belum mereka kenal sebelumnya. Para sahabat, baik laki-laki atau perempuan, tua dan muda, dewasa maupun anak-anak, mereka beranjak dari Mekah menempuh perjalanan kurang lebih 460 Km menuju Madinah. Mereka melintasi pada gurun yang gersang dan tentu saja terik menyengat.

🌐Di antara mereka ada yang menempuh perjalanan secara sembunyi-sembunyi, ada pula yang terang-terangan. Ada yang memilih waktu siang dan tidak sedikit pula yang menjadikan malam sebagai awal perjalanan.

🌐Ibnu Hisyam mencatat, Abu Bakar adalah salah seorang sahabat yang bersegera memenuhi seruan Allah dan Rasul-Nya untuk berhijrah. Ia meminta izin kepada Rasulullah untuk berhijrah. Namun beliau shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda,

لَا تَعْجَلْ، لَعَلَّ اللهُ يَجْعَلُ لَكَ صَاحِبًا

🍀“Jangan terburu-buru. Semoga Allah menjadikan untukmu teman (hijrah).”

🌐Rasulullah berharap agar Abu Bakar menjadi temannya saat berhijrah menuju Madinah. Kemudian Jibril datang mengabarkan bahwa orang-orang Quraisy telah membulatkan tekad untuk membunuh beliau. Jibril memerintahkan agar tidak lagi menghabiskan malam di Mekah.

🌐Nabi segera mendatangi Abu Bakar dan mengabarkannya bahwa waktu hijrah telah tiba untuk mereka. Aisyah radhiyallahu ‘anha yang saat itu berada di rumah Abu Bakar mengatakan, “Saat kami sedang berada di rumah Abu Bakar, ada seorang yang mengabarkan kepada Abu Bakar kedatangan Rasulullah dengan menggunakan cadar (penutup muka). Beliau datang pada waktu yang tidak biasa”.

🌐Kemudian beliau shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam meminta izin untuk masuk, dan Abu Bakar mengizinkannya. Beliau bersabda, “Perintahkan semua keluargamu untuk hijrah”. Abu Bakar menjawab, “Mereka semua adalah keluargamu wahai Rasulullah”.

🌐Rasulullah kembali mengatakan, “Sesungguhnya aku sudah diizinkan untuk hijrah”. Abu Bakar menanggapi, “Apakah aku menemanimu (dalam hijrah) wahai Rasulullah?” Beliau menjawab, “Iya.”*

Lalu Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam menunggu malam datang.

🌐Pada malam hari, Nabi shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam keluar dari rumahnya yang sudah terkepung oleh orang-orang kafir Quraisy. Lalu Allah jadikan mereka tidak bisa melihat beliau dan beliau taburkan debu di kepala-kepala mereka namun mereka tidak menyadarinya. Beliau menjemput Abu Bakar yang tatkala itu sedang tertidur. Abu Bakar pun menangis bahagia, karena menemani Rasulullah berhijrah. Aisyah mengatakan, “Demi Allah! Sebelum hari ini, aku tidak pernah sekalipun melihat seseorang menagis karena berbahagia. Aku melihat Abu Bakar menangis pada hari itu”. Subhanallahu! Perjalanan berat yang mempertaruhkan nyawa itu, Abu Bakar sambut dengan tangisan kebahagiaan.

✅Kepahlawanan Abu Bakar Saat Hijrah

☑Pertama: Saat berada di Gua Tsaur.

Dalam perjalanan hijrah, Rasulullah tiba di sebuah gua yang dikenal dengan nama Gua Tsur atau Tsaur. Saat sampai di mulut gua, Abu Bakar berkata, “Demi Allah, janganlah Anda masuk kedalam gua ini sampai aku yang memasukinya terlebih dahulu. Kalau ada sesuatu (yang jelek), maka akulah yang mendapatkannya bukan Anda”. Abu Bakar pun masuk kemudian membersihkan gua tersebut. Setelah itu, Abu Bakar tutup lubang-lubang di gua dengan kainnya karena ia khawatir jika ada hewan yang membahayakan Rasulullah keluar dari lubang-lubang tersebut; ular, kalajengking, dll. Hingga tersisalah dua lubang, yang nanti bisa ia tutupi dengan kedua kakinya.

Bukit Tsaur, yang puncaknya terdapat Gua Tsaur. Bukit inilah yang dulu didaki Nabi dan Abu Bakar dan guanya menjadi tempat persembunyian keduanya.

🌐Setelah itu, Abu Bakar mempersilahkan Rasulullah masuk ke dalam gua. Rasulullah pun masuk dan tidur di pangkuan Abu Bakar. Ketika Rasulullah telah tertidur, tiba-tiba seekor hewan menggigit kaki Abu Bakar. Ia pun menahan dirinya agar tidak bergerak karena tidak ingin gerakannya menyebabkan Rasulullah terbangun dari istirahatnya. Namun, Abu Bakar adalah manusia biasa. Rasa sakit akibat sengatan hewan itu membuat air matanya terjatuh dan menetes di wajah Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.

🌐Rasulullah pun terbangun, kemudian bertanya, “Apa yang menimpamu wahai Abu Bakar?” Abu Bakar menjawab, “Aku disengat sesuatu”. Kemudian Rasulullah mengobatinya.

☑Kedua: Melindungi Nabi dari teriknya matahari.

🌐Diriwayatkan oleh Imam Bukhari, Abu Bakar menceritakan hijrahnya bersama Nabi. Kami berjalan siang dan malam hingga tibalah kami di pertengahan siang. Jalan yang kami lalui sangat sepi, tidak ada seorang pun yang lewat. Kumelemparkan pandangan ke segala penjuru, apakah ada satu sisi yang dapat kami dijadikan tempat berteduh. Akhirnya, pandanganku terhenti pada sebuah batu besar yang memiliki bayangan. Kami putuskan untuk istirahat sejenak disana. Aku ratakan tanah sebagai tempat istirahat Nabi shallallahu ‘alahi wa sallam, lalu kuhamparkan sehelai jubah kulit dan mempersilahkan beliau untuk tidur di atasnya. Istirahatlah wahai Rasulullah. Beliau pun beristirahat.

🌐Setelah itu, aku melihat keadaan sekitar. Apakah ada seseorang yang bisa dimintai bantuan. Aku pun bertemu seorang penggembala kambing yang juga mencari tempat untuk berteduh. Aku bertanya kepadanya, “Wahai anak muda, engkau budaknya siapa?” Ia menyebutkan nama tuannya, salah seorang Quraisy yang kukenal. Aku bertanya lagi, “Apakah kambing-kambingmu memiliki susu?” “Iya.” Jawabnya. “Bisakah engkau perahkan untukku?” pintaku. Ia pun mengiyakannya.

Setelah diperah. Aku membawa susu tersebut kepada Nabi dan ternyata beliau masih tertidur. Aku tidak suka jika aku sampai membuatnya terbangun. Saat beliau terbangun aku berkata, “Minumlah wahai Rasulullah”. Beliau pun minum susu tersebut sampai aku merasa puas melihatnya.

Lihatlah! Rasa-rasanya kita tidak terbayang, seorang yang kaya, mau bersusah dan berpeluh, menjadi pelayan tak kenal lelah seperti Abu Bakar. Ia ridha dan puas apabila Rasulullah tercukupi, aman, dan tenang.

☑Ketiga: perlindungan Abu Bakar terhadap Rasulullah selama perjalanan.

Diriwayatkan al-Hakim dalamMustadrak-nya dari Umar bin al-Khattab, ia menceritakan. Ketika Rasulullah dan Abu Bakar keluar dari gua. Abu Bakar terkadang berjalan di depan Rasulullah dan terkadang berada di belakang beliau. Rasulullah pun menanyakan perbuatan Abu Bakar itu. Abu Bakar menjawab, “Wahai Rasulullah, kalau aku teringat orang-orang yang mengejar (kita), aku berjalan di belakang Anda, dan kalau teringat akan pengintai, aku berjalan di depan Anda”.

🌐Apa yang dilakukan Abu Bakar ini menunjukkan kecintaan beliau yang begitu besar kepada Nabi shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Ia tidak ingin ada sedikit pun yang mengancam jiwa Nabi. Jika ada mara bahaya menghadang, ia tidak ridha kalau hal itu lebih dahulu menimpa Nabi.

Demikianlah dua orang sahabat ini. Rasulullah ingin bersama Abu Bakar ketika hijrah dan Abu Bakar pun sangat mencintai Rasulullah. Inilah kecocokan ruh sebagaimana disabdakan oleh Nabi

الأَرْوَاحُ جُنُودٌ مُجَنَّدَةٌ فَمَا تَعَارَفَ مِنْهَا ائْتَلَفَ وَمَا تَنَاكَرَ مِنْهَا اخْتَلَفَ

🍀“Ruh-ruh itu bagaikan pasukan yang berkumpul (berkelompok). Jika mereka saling mengenal maka mereka akan bersatu, dan jika saling tidak mengenal maka akan berpisah (tidak cocok).” (HR. Bukhari dan Muslim).

Dan Nabi shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallamsangat mencintai Abu Bakar.

عن عمرو بن العاص أن رسول الله بعثه على جيش ذات السلاسل، يقول: فأتيته فقلت: أي الناس أحب إليك؟ قال: “عَائِشَةُ”. قلت: من الرجال؟ قال: “أَبُوهَا”. قلت: ثم من؟ قال: “عُمَرُ”. فعد رجالاً

🍀Dari Amr bin al-Ash, Rasulullah mengutusnya bergabung dalam pasukan Perang Dzatu Salasil. Amr berkata, “Aku mendatangi Nabi dan bertanya kepadanya, ‘Siapakah orang yang paling Anda cintai?’ Beliau menjawab, ‘Aisyah’. Aku kembali bertanya, ‘Dari kalangan laki-laki?’ Beliau menjawab, ‘Bapaknya (Aisyah)’. (HR. Bukhari dan Muslim).

Beliau juga bersabda,

إِنَّ مِنْ أَمَنِّ النَّاسِ عَلَيَّ فيِ صُحْبَتِهِ وَمَالِهِ أَبُوْ بَكْرٍ لَوْ كُنْتُ مُتَّخِذًا خَلِيْلاً غَيْرَ رَبِّيْ لَاتَّخَذْتُ أَبَا بَكْرٍ وَلَكِن أُخُوَّةُ الْإِسْلاَمِ وَمَوَدَّتُهُ، لاَ يَبْقَيَنَّ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ بَابٌ إِلاَّ سُدَّ إِلاَّ بَابُ أَبِيْ بَكْرٍ

🍀“Sesungguhnya orang yang paling besar jasanya padaku dalam persahabatan dan kerelaan mengeluarkan hartanya adalah Abu Bakar. Andai saja aku diperbolehkan mengangkat seseorang menjadi kekasihku selain Rabbku, pastilah aku akan memilih Abu Bakar, namun cukuplah persaudaraan seislam dan kecintaan karenanya. Maka tidak tersisa pintu masjid kecuali tertutup selain pintu Abu Bakar saja.” (HR. Bukhari).

Semoga kita dapat meneladani Abu Bakar dalam kecintaan dan pengorbanannya kepada Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Semoga Allah meridhai beliau dan menempatkannya di surga yang penuh dengan kenikmatan.

📚Sumber:
– Hisyam, Ibnu. as-Sirah an-Nabawiyah. 2009. Beirut: Dar Ibnu Hazm.
– Mubarakfuri, Shafiyurrahman. ar-Rahiq al-Makhtum. 2007. Qatar: Wizarah al-Awqaf wa-sy Syu-uni al-Islamiyah.
– islamstory.com

Oleh Nurfitri Hadi (@nfhadi07)
Artikel www.KisahMuslim.com
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The Qatari contribution was enough to provide an additional four hours of electricity per day for the nearly two million residents of the Gaza Strip.
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La Federación Costarricense de Futbol hizo oficial la contratación del técnico uruguayo Gustavo Matosas, quien en su paso por la Liga MX hizo bicampeón al club León, de Primera División.

Los dirigentes de la selección tica presentaron a Matosas como su nuevo timonel para las eliminatorias mundialistas de Qatar 2022 con “La Roja”, ya que firmó un contrato por cuatro años.

“Es un gran honor para mí representar a Costa Rica, es un maravilloso desafío que me tiene muy entusiasmado, es una oportunidad maravillosa que puede cumplir mi sueño de ir a un Mundial como entrenador”, comentó en su presentación.

El charrúa llega en sustitución del técnico Óscar Ramírez, quien abandonó el cargo luego de no avanzar de la fase de grupos de la Copa del Mundo Rusia 2018.

Aunque la selección de Costa Rica se enfrenta este jueves 11 de octubre a su similar de México, Matosas aún no estará en la banca; su debut será el día 16 cuando se enfrente a Colombia.

Gustavo Matosas es recordado por el trabajo que realizó en el club León, luego de ascenderlos tras quince años en el circuito de plata y convertirlos en bicampeones.

Además, dirigió a las Águilas del América y a Atlas, sin embargo, no logró emular el éxito conseguido con los “Panzas verdes”.

Esta será la primera incursión de Matosas en el futbol de selecciones nacionales, aunque Costa Rica no es considerada una potencia en el balompié del orbe, suele ser un invitado constante a la Copa del Mundo.

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Hayo yamesemwa na Naibu Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii Japhet Hasunga alipokua anazungumza na Menejimenti ya Bodi ya Utalii Nchini baada ya kuwatembelea ofisini Kwao. 

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari, Naibu Waziri amesema kuwa moja ya vitu ambayo watanzania wanatakiwa kuvidumisha ni utalii wetu ili kuweza kuongeza pato la Taifa.Amesema, kwenye baadhi ya sehemu ambazo zimesahaulika ni Utalii wa Utamaduni kitu kinachopelekea kupotea kwa tamaduni zetu ikiwemo vyakula, mavazi, sanaa za mkono na michoro, michezo pamoja na lugha ya Kiswahili. 

Amesema, kuanzia mwaka huu wameweka mwezi Septemba kuwa mwezi wa Utamaduni utakaokuwa unajulikana kama Urithi Festival ambapo kutakuwa na maonesho mbalimbali ya vitu vya utamaduni ili kuvutia watu wa nje waje kujionea namna utamaduni wa watanzania ulivyo.Hasunga amesema kuwa, lengo kuu la maonesho hayo ni kuongeza watalii nchini ikiwemo na kuongeza mapato ya ntaifa kutoka Dola Bilioni 1.2 kwa mwaka na kuwa zaidi ya hiyo.

'Tanzania ina vivutio vingi vua utalii ila vimekuwa vikiharibiwa na watanzania wenyewe na kusababisha Tanzania kushuka kutoka nafasi ya pili hadi ya nane kwenye vivutio vya utalii duniani unaotokana na uvamizi wa wakulima na uvamizi wa mifugo kwenye hifadhi za taifa," amesema 

" Kwa sasa serikali inataka kuondoa mfumo wote na kurudisha hadhi ya hifadhi zote ili kuboresha utalii ikiwemo wa ndani kutokana na kushuka kutoka watalii laki nane (800,000) kwa mwaka na kufikia watalii laki sita na elfu ishirini na nne (602,400)," amesema Hasunga. 

Hasunga amesema kuwa kumekuwa na utofauti mkubwa sana kulinganisha na nchi zingine katika kutembelewa na watalii ambapo kwa nchi kama Misri wamekuwa wanapokea watalii Milioni 10 kwa mwaka, Morroco wakipata watalii Milioni 13 huku Afrika Kusini wakipata watalii Milioni 1,500,000. 

Akisisitiza zaidi, Naibu Waziri amewataka TTB kujitangaza zaidi kwa kila kivutio kilichopo kwenye mkoa, , kutumia Digital Market, kutengeneza makala (video) zinazohusu vivutio, kuweka mabango barabarani ikiwezekana baadhi ya barabara wakabidhiwa kabisa Bodi hiyo. 

Akijibu hoja za Naibu Waziri, Mkurugenzi Mtendaji Bodi ya Utalii Nchini (TTB) Devotha Mdachi amesema kuwa katika upande wa makala wapo katika hatua za kukamilisha na wanatarajia kuzindua mwakani mwezi Machi na utazinduliwa nchini Ujerumani. Amesema kuwa, makala hizo zitaelezea zaidi kuhusu utalii wa ndani, hata hivyo matarajo ya kuongeza watalii wa ndani kwa kuongeza mabalozi ambapo wka sasa wana mabalozi tisa kutoka sehemu mbalimbali nchini. 

Aidha, ameweka wazi msimamo wa TTB kwenye kutangaza utalii ikiwemo kutumia baadhi ya mashirika ya ndee kama Qatar, ligi kuu ya Uingereza na tayari makampuni mengine kama Emirates wapo kwenye mazungumzo.
Naibu Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii Japhet Hasunga akizungumza na waandishi wa habari wakati alipotembelea bodi ya Utalii Nchini (TTB) na kuzungumza na menejimenti nzima na kuwataka kutanaza vivutio vya hapa nchini.
Mkurugenzi Mtendaji Bodi ya Utalii Nchini (TTB) Devotha Mdachi akizungumza na waandishi wa habari baada ya kutembelewa naNaibu Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii Japhet Hasunga na kumuahidi kutekeleza yale aaliyowaagiza.

          UBA Foundation and Gavi Launch a New Partnership for Africa      Cache   Translate Page      


The UBA Foundation and Gavi will leverage the United Bank for Africa’s network and expertise to invest in Africa’s health system, starting with Nigeria.


Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, UBA Group CEO and Chairman of the UBA Foundation as they announce the partnership agreement between the two institutions towards strengthening health systems and raise awareness of immunisation across Africa, starting in 2018 with Nigeria

New York, 28 September 2018 - Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Group, have joined together to strengthen health systems and raise awareness of immunisation across Africa, starting in 2018 with Nigeria.

“We are delighted to work with the UBA Foundation to help protect children across Nigeria against some of the world’s deadliest diseases,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance. “Strong, sustainable health systems are key to ensuring no child misses out on lifesaving vaccines which is why this partnership will make a real difference, reducing child mortality and helping to meet the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030."

The partnership with the UBA Foundation aims to raise US$ 1.5 million over the next two years by leveraging UBA’s network of partners to support Gavi’s immunisation programmes in Nigeria. The UBA Foundation will also advocate for immunisation in Nigeria, which has one of the lowest vaccine coverage rates in the world.

“The United Bank for Africa and the UBA Foundation have been impacting lives positively in Nigeria and across the African continent for several decades, and this is another opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of Africans," said Kennedy Uzoka, UBA Group CEO and Chairman of the UBA Foundation. “We are proud of the partnership with Gavi which will run until the end of 2020, with both institutions focused on the overall aim to provide innovative solutions that can increase the capacity of healthcare systems in Nigeria and across Africa."

In the last five years over 14 million children in Nigeria have been vaccinated against some of the world’s deadliest diseases with support from Gavi. If Nigeria meets its targets for vaccine coverage, it will be able to prevent at least one million deaths by 2028.

"However, Nigeria needs to invest more domestic resources in health and immunisation,” said Dr Berkley. ”The private sector can be a crucial partner to help leverage expertise and provide new solutions to ensure children across Nigeria have the opportunity to lead long, healthy lives.”


ABOUT UBA FOUNDATION


United Bank for Africa (UBA), Africa’s global bank, is committed to being a socially responsible company and role model for all businesses in Africa. UBA recognises the need for a social contract between the bank, the community and its people. To this end, UBA became one of the first banks in Africa to institute a Foundation, the UBA Foundation. UBA Foundation has been impacting lives positively on the African continent for over a decade.

ABOUT Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is supported by donor governments (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, the People’s Republic of China, Principality of Monaco, Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, the State of Qatar, the Sultanate of Oman, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States), the European Commission, Alwaleed Philanthropies, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as private and corporate partners (Absolute Return for Kids, Anglo American plc., The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, China Merchants Group, Comic Relief, Deutsche Post DHL, the ELMA Vaccines and Immunization Foundation, Girl Effect, The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW), the Gulf Youth Alliance, JP Morgan, “la Caixa” Foundation, LDS Charities, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Majid Al Futtaim, Orange, Philips, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, UPS and Vodafone).

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          Qatar Airways ожидает скорого подписания документа о покупке 25% "Внуково"      Cache   Translate Page      
Катарская авиакомпания Qatar Airways ожидает подписания документа, запускающего процесс покупки 25% московского аэропорта "Внуково", в течение нескольких недель, сообщил в понедельник исполнительный директор авиакомпании Акбар аль-Бакер. 
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Role Summary The Tax Manager MEA will support the Middle East and African operations of GE Healthcare The main countries in scope include UAE Iraq Saudi Arabia Turkey Qatar Egypt South Africa Kenya Nigeria Uganda and other Sub-Saharan operations GE Healthcare has significant research and development production operations distribution
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Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) - La bande de Gaza a reçu mardi livraison de combustible payé par le Qatar pour la seule centrale électrique du territoire palestinien contrôlé par le Hamas et en situation très précaire, ont indiqué des...
          The Week in Photos 10/09/2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Shadwell Turf Mile, Prix de l'Opera Longines, Claiborne Breeders' Futurity, Flower Bowl, Champagne, Frizette, Beldame, Darley Alcibiades, First Lady, Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac, and more.
          Fake News regarding alleged Khashoggi Death Squad Retracted       Cache   Translate Page      
Of course, I’d seen the story about the death squad allegedly taking out the “journalist” Khashoggi !!! Read it and knew immediately the whole claim was a giant disinfo smokescreen pile of sensationalized rubbish. Wouldn’t touch it with a 100 ft pole. Took time to check multiple stories from other places- Particularly Turkish accounts and nothing of that sort was reported. Nothing.

Zero Hedge ran with it. Of course. When it comes to spreading disinfo as well as the mainstream Zero Hedge is right up there with the best of them. And then to exacerbate there non credibility, in my opinion, Tyler Durden followed up with more non credible excrement
 

5 eyes main stream and 5 eyes alternative all ran with this unsubstantiated. Unsourced. No context news.  As a result of that..... What am I reading today? Comments about the same nonsensical, unsubstantiated and quite frankly absurd story.
Clearly most people didn’t miss the spin.


But surely they missed the retraction.

Al-Jazeera distances itself from Khashoggi death claims, blames Reuters

Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera has distanced itself from a news item speculating that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered while visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Al-Jazeera Arabic, which had repeated the Reuters story extensively, has acknowledged the claims to be unverified and instead blamed newswire Reuters for the information.

The Reuters story cited only Turkish sources without naming them or providing any substantial evidence to support Khashoggi’s death claims.

“No Turkish media mentioned the Reuters news regarding Khashoggi. The story regarding dismembering and killing Khashoggi was only featured on Reuters and AFP.


Fake news. 

Related- not fake, but, well sourced information regarding Khasshogi
see:

Missing "journalist" Jamal Khassoggi? Or Arms Trader Like Namesake Adnan Khashoggi?


          US Prosecutors: China Corruption Case Grows Stronger      Cache   Translate Page      
Last month, Patrick Ho, a former Hong Kong official fighting foreign bribery charges in New York, thought he had finally received a break. In a dramatic move in the high-profile bribery case, prosecutors on Sept. 14 dropped all criminal charges against Cheikh Gadio, a former Senegalese foreign minister they had accused of helping Ho bribe African officials. Arguing that the government's move undermined its case against Ho, Ho's lawyers urged a federal judge in New York to release their client from a federal jail.  But the presiding judge, Loretta Preska, wasn't buying it. She dismissed the motion, Ho's fifth unsuccessful request for bail. And prosecutors said Gadio has agreed to cooperate, expressing confidence that his testimony against Ho will strengthen their case.  "(Far) from weakening the case, Gadio's testimony will provide substantial evidence of the defendant's guilt," prosecutors wrote in a court filing.  Left largely unnoticed in the U.S., the corruption case against Ho has sent shockwaves across Asia, putting the spotlight on an open secret in global business circles — rampant bribery of foreign governments by Chinese companies seeking business deals around the world.     China has largely ignored the problem, according to China experts.  While the government of President Xi Jinping has launched a much-publicized domestic anticorruption campaign, experts say Chinese authorities have yet to bring a single foreign bribery case against a Chinese company or executive.   Ho has denied any wrongdoing.   Ho, 69, and Gadio, 62 were arrested in New York last November and charged as part of a conspiracy to bribe African officials on behalf of CEFC China Energy, a Shanghai-based energy conglomerate with ties to the country's military.  At the time, Ho headed China Energy Fund Committee, a Virginia and Hong Kong-based NGO funded by CEFC China Energy, while Gadio ran a business consulting firm when he was a member of Senegal's parliament.  In one of two bribery schemes, prosecutors alleged that Ho and Gadio met on the sidelines of the United Nations in late 2014 to engage in a conspiracy to pay a $2 million cash bribe to Idriss Deby, the president of Chad.The payment was offered in exchange for helping CEFC Energy's entry into Chad's rich energy sector, according to prosecutors.  Gadio allegedly introduced Ho to Deby and served as a middleman during discussions between the Chinese executives and Chadian officials. The complaint did not make clear whether any payment was made to Deby, but it did say that Gadio received $400,000 for his services.  In the second scheme, Ho allegedly paid a bribe of $500,000 to Sam Kutesa, the Ugandan foreign minister, in 2016 in exchange for Kutesa's help in helping CEFC Energy gain business contracts in Uganda's financial and energy sectors, according to the criminal complaint.The bribe was paid after Kutesa finished his one-year term as president of the U.N. General Assembly and returned to Uganda.  While the charges against Gadio were never presented to a grand jury, Ho was indicted on multiple counts of foreign bribery and money laundering.  Ho pleaded not guilty.   Timothy Belevetz, a former federal prosecutor now a partner at the Holland & Knight law firm, said bribery cases under the foreign bribery law known as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act rarely go to trial. "This is an opportunity for law to be made," Belevetz said.  FCPA was passed in 1977 in response to disclosures that U.S. companies were bribing foreign officials to secure business deals. The law has since been amended, giving the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission broad jurisdiction over foreign companies that have subsidiaries in the United States or trade on U.S. stock exchanges.  In recent years, the Justice Department, working with international law enforcement agencies, has brought a growing number of corruption cases against foreign companies and executives paying bribes to foreign government officials. While the Justice Department has previously charged U.S. and European companies with paying bribes to Chinese officials, never before has it tried the representative of a Chinese company on charges of bribing foreign officials in exchange for business contracts. At the heart of the Ho bribery case is the question of whether any payment promised or made to the African officials was a bribe, as prosecutors call it, or a charitable donation, as defense lawyers put it.  As Ho's Nov. 5 trial approaches, prosecutors have revealed how Gadio's testimony, as well as evidence of Ho's business dealings with Iran and alleged arms sales to African nations, will help their case at trial. In a recent court filing, prosecutors wrote that Gadio will testify that Ho handed $2 million in cash, hidden in a gift box, to Deby, and only after Deby "refused to accept this obvious bribe" did Ho draft a letter pledging $2 million to "charitable causes" in Chad.  Gadio will also tell a jury that Ho never asked him about the status of the donation, indicating Ho had no "interest in doing charitable works in Chad." "This expected testimony considerably strengthens the government's proof beyond the already-strong case reflected in the detailed Complaint," prosecutors wrote.  Prosecutors have also indicated in recent days that they intend to introduce evidence of Ho's involvement in other corrupt actions. In a court filing last week, prosecutors disclosed they have evidence that shows Ho had offered a bribe to John Ashe, a diplomat from Antigua and Barbuda who served as president of the U.N. General Assembly the year before Kutesa held the post. (Ashe was implicated in another corruption case involving a Chinese national but he died in 2016 before the case went to trial).  Prosecutors also plan to introduce evidence of Ho's interest in doing business with Iran while the country was under U.S. sanctions, and brokering arms sales to Libya and Qatar.  In an October 2014 email, one of several cited in court documents, Ho suggested that CEFC China serve as a "middleman" to help Iran access funds it kept in a Chinese bank under U.S. sanctions to pay a Hong Kong bank for precious metals. The complaint had hinted at Ho's willingness to help Chad procure weapons from China, but new government filings allege that Ho's interest in arms dealing extended beyond Chad.  In March 2015, according to an intercepted email, Ho asked an unidentified intermediary to send him a list of weapons and military equipment requested by Libya so that "we can execute that right away." A month later, Ho emailed the intermediary. "Qatar needs toys quite urgently. Their chief is coming to China, and we hope to give them a piece of good news." Prosecutors say they want to introduce the emails as background evidence "to show the development and nature of the relationship" between Ho and Gadio.  Belevetz said that as with other white-collar criminal cases, the case against Ho will turn more on documents such as emails and wire transfer records than testimonies of witnesses.  In white-collar cases, "you often have a paper trail that shows what was said," Belevetz said. Edward Kim, one of Ho's lead attorneys, declined to comment. Sean Hecker, Gadio's lawyer, said in a statement to VOA, "Dr. Gadio looks forward to continuing to cooperate with U.S. authorities before returning to Senegal to continue his service to the Senegalese people and the important pursuit of establishing peace and security across the Sahel Region."
          Ooredoo Qatar launches new 60 GB Shahry deal      Cache   Translate Page      
(Telecompaper) To celebrate the success of the Shahry plans Ooredoo is running a new offer that includes up to 60 GB of extra data for new and upgrading customers. ...
          Alhamdulillah bahan bakar dari Qatar memasuki Gaza tuk ringankan krisis kemanusiaan      Cache   Translate Page      
GAZA (Arrahmah.com) – Bahan bakar yang dibeli oleh Qatar tiba di satu-satunya pembangkit listrik di Jalur Gaza setelah masuk melalui “Israel”, ujar beberapa sumber, dalam upaya untuk mengurangi kondisi memprihatinkan di daerah kantong yang terkepung. Sumber Palestina di perbatasan Karam Abu Salem di Gaza selatan mengatakan enam truk yang dipantau PBB dan membawa 450.000 liter […]
          El uruguayo Gustavo Matosas fue presentado como nuevo entrenador de la selección de Costa Rica      Cache   Translate Page      
El objetivo de la Federación es clasificar para el Mundial de Qatar 2022 Gustavo Matosas El entrenador uruguayo Gustavo Matosas fue presentado este martes por la Federación Costarricense de Fútbol como el nuevo seleccionador para el proceso rumbo al Mundial de Catar 2022. “El Comité Ejecutivo ha designado el día de hoy como seleccionador a […]
          Flying from Auckland to Paris with Qatar Airways      Cache   Translate Page      
Jeremy Rees flies from Auckland to Paris with Qatar Airways. The plane: Qatar Airways Boeing 777. Class: Business. Price: $5925. Flight time: Auckland to Doha, 17 hours. Then Doha to Paris, seven hours. Plus return. No...
          Qatar Airways зацікавилася купівлею частини московського аеропорту      Cache   Translate Page      
Катарська авіакомпанія Qatar Airways очікує підписання документа, що запускає процес купівлі 25% московського аеропорту Внуково, в найближчі тижні.
          Qatar-topman dreigt samenwerkingsverbanden op te zeggen      Cache   Translate Page      

Akbar Al Baker, de topman van Qatar Airways, dreigt de samenwerkingsverbanden met de airlines in de OneWorld alliantie op te zeggen, zo vertelt hij aan Flightglobal. Frustratie Al Baker dreigt met het opstappen uit de OneWorld alliantie, doordat hij vindt dat sommige airlines zich niet gedragen zoals partners moeten doen. Zo zegt hij dat American …

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          Matosas named new Costa Rica coach      Cache   Translate Page      

Gustavo Matosas fue presentado este 9 de octubre como el nuevo seleccionador de Costa Rica de cara al proceso eliminatorio rumbo a la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Qatar 2002.


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Après six jours de course, le Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah (Toyota) a...
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Elles ont ébloui dimanche dans le 97ème Qatar Prix de l'Arc de...
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LIONEL MESSI can help Argentina to World Cup victory in 2022 despite his age.
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Mövenpick Hotel Doha and Mövenpick Hotel West Bay Doha will treat guests to a new menu of savoury dishes with a sweet twist as Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale brand within the AccorHotels Group launches its ‘Chocolate on the Salty Side’ promotion. In celebration of Swiss cuisine and the wonderful versatility of chocolate, the […]

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          QP Chief Delivers Keynote Speech at Oil & Money Conference      Cache   Translate Page      

Qatar Petroleum (QP) President and CEO Saad Sherida Al Kaabi said the company is highly competitive, very reliable, and ready for the future. He made the remarks when he delivered the keynote speech during the opening of the Oil & Money Conference held in London under the theme ‘the New Energy Map’.  Al Kaabi said that Qatar Petroleum […]

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          WISH to Welcome Public to Healthcare Summit for the First Time      Cache   Translate Page      

Registration for November conference now open to Qatar residents The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is opening the doors of its upcoming global healthcare summit to members of the public for the first time. This year’s conference, which will be held on 13 – 14 November at the Qatar National Convention Centre, will offer […]

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          HBKU Press Joins Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 in Germany      Cache   Translate Page      

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) is joining hundreds of participants from the publishing industry around the world to participate in Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018, the Frankfurt International Book Fair in Germany, which opened this week and will run until 14 October. Considered the world’s largest book fair, it drew a record number of visitors in […]

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          Grand Hyatt Doha Wins The Good Taste Series – Middle East Competition      Cache   Translate Page      

Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas has announced that Chef Ilias Doulamis has emerged the winner in the Middle East edition of The Good Taste Series 2018. A testament to Hyatt’s commitment to excellence and creativity in food and beverage, The Good Taste Series competition cultivates emerging culinary talent at Hyatt hotels around the world […]

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          Barzan Holdings Signs Sponsorship Deal with Milipol Qatar      Cache   Translate Page      

Barzan Holdings recently agreed to be a strategic sponsor of the 12th edition of Milipol Qatar, when they signed a partnership agreement with the Milipol Qatar Committee. Barzan Holdings specialises in defence. In addition to strategic sponsorship, Barzan Holdings will also take part in the Milipol Qatar exhibition and will display the latest technological trends through their subsidiaries, […]

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          Aspire Opens Registration for 7th Edition of Torch Staircase Run      Cache   Translate Page      

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) announced the opening of registration for the 7th Annual Aspire Torch Staircase Run scheduled to take place on 10 November at the Torch Hotel in Aspire Zone. The 2018 edition of the Aspire Torch Staircase Run or ATSR 2018, will offer sports enthusiasts the ultimate challenge of endurance, as runners will have […]

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          HBKU Colloquium to Examine UN Court Findings on UAE Boycott      Cache   Translate Page      

The College of Law and Public Policy (CLPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) will be hosting a colloquium and a panel discussion this week to examine the domestic and legal implications of the order on provisional measures adopted by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The colloquium will address the recent case initiated by […]

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          10/10/2018: Gulf / Region: Qatar fuel payment ‘will benefit Hamas’      Cache   Translate Page      
Qatar has agreed to buy fuel to restart the only power plant in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a top United Nations official said yesterday, triggering accusations by the Palestinian National Authority in the West Bank that this will perpetuate the...
          Qatar- Katara app for audio version of Arabic novels soon      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula DOHA: Katara Cultural Village will soon launch an innovative electronic application that allows users to listen to audio version of Arabic ...
          Qatar- Amir re-elected as member of International Olympic Committee      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA Buenos Aires: Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has been re-elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the IOC se...
          Iranian Parl. speaker hails Qatar’s independent foreign policy      Cache   Translate Page      
MNA – In a meeting with Qatari Parliament Speaker on Tue., Ali Larijani said that all people in the world seek to have their own way of living, dismissing as...
          Defying Abbas, Israel Transfers Fuel to Gaza      Cache   Translate Page      

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas’ intransigence is making the Palestinian Authority chief irrelevant to efforts to calm Gaza. Israel began transferring Qatari-funded fuel to the Strip without Ramallah’s consent or coordination. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Abbas of “suffocating Gaza.” More on that at Haaretz and Israel HaYom. Meanwhile, Egypt is pressuring Abbas to [...]

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          Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist      Cache   Translate Page      
ISTANBUL – Turkey said Tuesday that it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as it investigates why journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished there a week ago, an extraordinary probe of a diplomatic post amid Turkish officials’ fears the writer had been killed inside the building.

That Saudi Arabia would allow foreigners to enter a consulate and search it shows the growing international pressure the kingdom faces over the disappearance of Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post.

The Saudis have called allegations of any involvement in his disappearance “baseless,” but had no immediate comment on Turkey’s announcement. It remained unclear when the search would take place.

President Donald Trump and European leaders all have called on Riyadh to explain what happened to the 59-year-old journalist who has criticized the Saudi government. So far, the kingdom has offered no evidence in the past seven days to show that Khashoggi ever left the building, as a new surveillance photo surfaced showed him walking in its main entrance.

“The Saudi Consulate cannot absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched,” said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association. “It has to prove that Jamal wasn’t oppressed at the consulate and that he left safely.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said U.S. officials have raised the matter with their Saudi counterparts.

“We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were “open to cooperation” and would allow the consulate building to be searched. Such a search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to appease its Western allies and the international community.

A surveillance image has surfaced, showing Khashoggi entering the consulate Oct. 2. The picture bore a date and time stamp, as well as a Turkish caption saying that Khashoggi was arriving at the consulate. The Post, which first published the photo, said “a person close to the investigation” shared the image with them, without elaborating. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet also published the image.

The door Khashoggi used appeared to be the main entrance of the consulate in Istanbul’s 4th Levent neighborhood, a leafy, upscale district near the city’s financial hub that’s home to several other consulates. The consulate has other entrances and exits as well, and Saudi officials insist he left through one of them.

It’s unclear which camera the footage came from or who operated it. However, a number of closed-circuit surveillance cameras surround the area. Friends of Khashoggi say Turkish police have taken possession of footage from the neighborhood as part of their investigation.

The Saudis have offered no surveillance footage or evidence to corroborate their claims that Khashoggi left the consulate, and Turkish authorities have not provided evidence to show why they believe the columnist was killed there.

“If the story that was told about the murder is true, the Turks must have information and videotape and other documents to back it up,” Fred Hiatt, the Post’s editorial page editor, told The Associated Press. “If the story the Saudis are telling, that he just walked out ... after half an hour, if that’s true, they ought to have facts and documents and evidence and tapes to back that up.”

Hiatt added that the “idea of a government luring one of its own citizens onto its own diplomatic property in a foreign country to murder him for the peaceful expression of his views would be unimaginable.”

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. He had been living in the United States since last year, in self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shown little tolerance for criticism.

As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticism of its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women’s rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

The U.N. human rights office said Khashoggi’s disappearance is “of serious concern.” Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva that it would be “truly shocking” if reports of his death are confirmed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the Saudis to back up their claim that Khashoggi left the consulate.

“Now when this person enters, whose duty is it to prove that he left or not? It is (the duty) of the consulate officials,” Erdogan said while visiting Hungary. “Don’t you have cameras and other things? Why don’t you prove it? You have to prove it.”

Ties between Ankara and Riyadh are at a low point over Turkey’s support for Qatar in that country’s yearlong dispute with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. Turkey sent food to Qatar and deployed troops at its military base there as the other nations imposed a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country. Meanwhile, Turkey’s support of Islamists also has riled Gulf Arab nations, who view groups like the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat.

A Sunni power, Saudi Arabia is also annoyed by Ankara’s rapprochement with the kingdom’s Shiite archrival, Iran.

Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of the U.S., but on Monday senior U.S. officials expressed alarm over Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Trump, who took his first overseas trip as U.S. president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said while he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi.

“But I will be at some point,” he said Tuesday, without elaborating.


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Last year, Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia over harsh crackdowns on regime critics. Friction between him and its despotic ruling family surfaced after saying the kingdom should be “nervous about a Trump presidency.”

He opposed Saudi aggression in Yemen, its unacceptable policies toward Qatar, and harshness against critics.

Banned from writing and speaking out publicly, he self-exiled himself to America, saying

“I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice,” adding:

“To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”

Earlier this year, he said Saudi intellectuals and journalists risk imprisonment for criticizing ruling family policies.

The State Department was largely silent on Khashoggi’s disappearance, a statement saying it’s aware of reports and seeks more information.

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is ruthlessly intolerant of regime criticism. If proved responsible for Khashoggi’s death, relations with Turkey will likely worsen.

They deteriorated markedly in recent years. Saudi consul-general Mohammad al-Otaiba claimed Khashoggi “is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him.”

His fiancee Hatice Cengiz waited for him outside the consulate. She disbelieves the regime’s explanation about his disappearance.

Kingdom assassins likely murdered him. Its ruling are authorities contemptuous of civil and human rights, along with disdaining the rule of law.


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A week ago, the Saudi Arabian dissident and writer Jamal Khashoggi was in Istanbul, where he visited the Saudi Consulate. Since that time, there is no record of his whereabouts, and Turkish investigators believe he was murdered inside the consulate, his body dismembered. Not only has this situation thrown a wrench into the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but it has caused a worldwide uproar and threatens to damage the rose-tinted image of Mohammed Bin Salman, known as MBS, the 33-year old Saudi crown prince who is close to the Trump administration and family and who has tried—successfully—to convince many people in the West that he is a reformer. Though we still don’t know what happened to Khashoggi, stifling dissent lines up more with the reality of MBS’s rule than the moderate fantasy: Despite lifting a ban on women driving, he has overseen a brutal war in Yemen, a blockade of Qatar, a bizarre quasi-kidnapping of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and a continuing crackdown on dissidents in his own country.

To talk about the Khashoggi case and the MBS era in Saudi Arabia, I spoke by phone with Karen Elliott House, a former diplomatic correspondent and foreign editor at the Wall Street Journal and the author of On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future. During the course of our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed why Saudi Arabia might have killed Khashoggi, the future of MBS’s agenda, and whether or not she is willing to re-evaluate her earlier, positive impression of him.

Isaac Chotiner: How much of a break do you think this feels like with the general way that Saudi Arabia deals with dissent, which has obviously not been gently?

Karen Elliott House: If it is true what the Turks say happened to Khashoggi, it is, I think, a marked change from the way they have by and large dealt with dissenters over the course of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1932. [Turkish President] Erdoğan, as you know, is not an honest man. I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but I wouldn’t trust Erdoğan’s view of what happened. I think the call to “let us see the videotape” is the right one.

If the Saudis are ramping up the way they go after dissent, how do you understand that?

I can’t explain it. That is exactly what interests me: If this is true, what is going on that the rest of us don’t know about that would make this seem like an intelligent and wise thing to do? MBS gave an interview to Bloomberg last week in which he says that he is trying to reform the country, carry out his Vision 2030 without causing a civil war. I found that fascinating because nothing I know—and I go to Saudi Arabia at least twice a year—makes me believe that the country is that precarious. [But] he seems to be saying that there is a serious extremism and terrorism issue in Saudi Arabia … not in the region as a whole, in Saudi Arabia. From everything one sees, his openings, his reforms have been received quite well. There’s no doubt there are people who oppose them, but I wouldn’t have the sense that the country is teeming with the potential for civil war because Saudis very much prize stability.

Even if it is true, why does killing a dissident or cracking down on dissidents help your modernization plan and protect it from terrorists?

He also goes on in that Bloomberg interview to say that there are people in the country who are cooperating with Qatar and Iran and we can’t allow them to go around stirring up trouble, by which I assume he means stirring up the extremism in the country. In other words, that this is a clash between extremism and modernity. There are people who oppose letting women drive and [opening the] cinema and all of the things he’s doing, but you don’t get the sense that there are enough of them that there is a real risk of some fundamentalist backlash unless he is planning to do something going forward that none of us know about.

Also, people like Khashoggi and other dissidents are not the ones opposing letting women drive or opening movie theaters.

No, no. As you know, Khashoggi lost his job at a Saudi newspaper for, in essence, running articles against fundamentalism and for women driving and other openings in the past. It’s odd that he winds up in this trouble at the time when he, in that sense, is sharing the crown prince’s view of fundamentalism: Extremism is a bad thing and women driving is a good thing. Again, I cannot explain this.

A lot of the conversations in the American press about MBS for a very long time took the line that he was a well-meaning reformer who was trying to do right by his country, and occasionally there’d be something that wasn’t great but fundamentally his intentions were good. Do you have reason to think that we should necessarily believe that that’s the prism through which to view him?

I am one of those who, from meeting him several times, believed that he did understand the need for changing Saudi Arabia’s economy and social structure, because doing the latter is necessary to do the former. To change the economy, you have to let women work and women drive. [I believed] that he truly understood the economic risks and thus the social and political risks that the country faced if it did not change and [believed] that he was both courageous and charismatic enough to push that forward. His critics say he’s irrational. He’s impulsive. He may be impulsive, but I really don’t think he’s irrational, so I keep asking myself, what does he know or what has he convinced himself of? I don’t see any threats to him or to the country. So I would like to know what is this threat that he sees that … if this is true, that would make one go to this length?

Couldn’t one answer simply be that he doesn’t like criticism the way a lot of authoritarian rulers do not like criticism?

Absolutely. No authoritarian ruler likes criticism, but it’s only people like Putin and Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong-un who actually kill their critics. Most authoritarian rulers lock them up. They throw away the key. They try them and then eliminate them after a trial, which we wouldn’t regard as free and fair, but they go at least through that process. It’s only, I repeat, the Saddams and the Putins and the Kim Jong-uns who just—

Wait. I don’t want to get into a moral weighing of the scales because I’m not equipped to do that, but there were reports that people were being tortured at the hotel where MBS had a bunch of people locked up. There have been reports just generally of dissidents being treated very poorly. I’m not sure why he doesn’t belong more in that Putin category than the others, especially when you add in things like what’s going on in the war in Yemen, where he is overseeing a war where many civilians are dying and people are starving to death for very little purpose as far as I can tell. Why would we not put him in that Putin category?

I personally see the war in Yemen … he believes, and I believe he truly believes, that the Iranians are a threat to him in Yemen and that he has to fight that war. It is not going well, and I don’t think it’s likely to go well. I don’t think they know how to win it or get out of it, but to me, at least, war casualties are a different thing from taking one of your citizens and hacking him to bits.

You said that there are some people who see MBS as impulsive and reckless. Given what you’ve just described—him getting involved in this Yemen thing that doesn’t feel like it’s going well, given what happened with the Lebanese prime minister, given the blockade of Qatar that he has helped see through—why would we not think of him as impulsive? What has he done to make us not think that he’s impulsive and reckless?

This is like, if you disagree with somebody, you can believe they were impulsive and reckless. He went into the Yemen war. That’s like how we went into the Vietnam War. We didn’t think it was so hopeless in the beginning. Now he’s stuck. I don’t think that’s proof of impulsiveness. The severing of relations with Qatar, I have never been able to understand. I don’t know whether that’s irrationality or impulsiveness or what. For me, it’s not sane policy to have a fight with Qatar. What the Saudis will tell you is the Qataris are trying to infiltrate our country, trying to take over. I don’t know if they truly believe it, but they certainly say it. The Hariri thing, that probably was not his wisest move either.

My point is he may be impulsive. I don’t think he’s irrational. I think he convinces himself that he’s got a reason to do this. The problem is many of these things don’t work out for him.

The point I brought up earlier about a lot of people certainly in the American press and America viewing him through this prism even if there’s not necessarily the evidence to back it up: It feels like you’re saying you were impressed by him, but at the same time, there are all these things that you can’t understand or that seem to not make sense.

I think he had an image as a reformer. Most Americans, as you know, don’t pay attention to Saudi Arabia, but the people who do, they saw this bright young man who didn’t look like all the other old rulers for the past 50 years. He was saying sensible things, talking about reform, reforming the economy and letting Saudi Arabia do things that the rest of the world didn’t even … they know women can’t drive, but I think most people didn’t really understand that you can’t go to a movie in Saudi Arabia or a concert, or women can’t go to a soccer game, all of that stuff. He did manage to burst into the American consciousness as a young, attractive reformer.

I think since November last year with the Ritz Carlton event, imprisoning businessmen and princes and Cabinet ministers and former ministers: That raised a red flag for people. I think it did cause people to pause and look. This Jamal Khashoggi thing is getting a lot of press in America, and that is clearly, as Tom Friedman tweeted, not good for the image of the crown prince.


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Watanzania wameombwa kuenzi vitu vya asili ili kudumisha utamaduni na kuvutia watalii wengi kuja nchini.



Hayo yamesemwa na Naibu Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii Japhet Hasunga alipokua anazungumza na Menejimenti ya Bodi ya Utalii Nchini baada ya kuwatembelea ofisini Kwao.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari, Naibu Waziri amesema kuwa moja ya vitu ambayo watanzania wanatakiwa kuvidumisha ni utalii wetu ili kuweza kuongeza pato la Taifa.

Amesema, kwenye baadhi ya sehemu ambazo zimesahaulika ni Utalii wa Utamaduni kitu kinachopelekea kupotea kwa tamaduni zetu ikiwemo vyakula, mavazi, sanaa za mkono na michoro, michezo pamoja na lugha ya Kiswahili.

Amesema, kuanzia mwaka huu wameweka mwezi Septemba kuwa mwezi wa Utamaduni utakaokuwa unajulikana kama Urithi Festival ambapo kutakuwa na maonesho mbalimbali ya vitu vya utamaduni ili kuvutia watu wa nje waje kujionea namna utamaduni wa watanzania ulivyo.















Hasunga amesema kuwa, lengo kuu la maonesho hayo ni kuongeza watalii nchini  ikiwemo na kuongeza mapato ya ntaifa kutoka Dola Bilioni 1.2 kwa mwaka na kuwa zaidi ya hiyo.




















'Tanzania ina vivutio vingi vua utalii ila vimekuwa vikiharibiwa na watanzania wenyewe na kusababisha Tanzania kushuka kutoka nafasi ya pili hadi ya nane kwenye vivutio vya utalii duniani unaotokana na uvamizi wa wakulima na uvamizi wa mifugo kwenye hifadhi za taifa," amesema













" Kwa sasa serikali inataka kuondoa mfumo wote na kurudisha hadhi ya hifadhi zote ili kuboresha utalii ikiwemo wa ndani kutokana na kushuka kutoka watalii laki nane  (800,000) kwa mwaka na kufikia watalii  laki sita na elfu ishirini na nne (602,400)," amesema Hasunga.













Hasunga amesema kuwa kumekuwa na utofauti mkubwa sana kulinganisha na nchi zingine katika kutembelewa na watalii ambapo kwa nchi kama Misri wamekuwa wanapokea watalii Milioni 10 kwa mwaka, Morroco wakipata watalii Milioni 13 huku Afrika Kusini wakipata watalii Milioni 1,500,000.













Akisisitiza zaidi, Naibu Waziri amewataka TTB kujitangaza zaidi kwa kila kivutio kilichopo kwenye mkoa, , kutumia Digital Market,  kutengeneza makala (video) zinazohusu vivutio, kuweka mabango barabarani ikiwezekana baadhi ya barabara wakabidhiwa kabisa Bodi hiyo.













Akijibu hoja za Naibu Waziri, Mkurugenzi Mtendaji Bodi ya Utalii Nchini (TTB) Devotha Mdachi amesema kuwa  katika upande wa makala wapo katika hatua za kukamilisha na wanatarajia kuzindua mwakani mwezi Machi na utazinduliwa nchini Ujerumani.













Amesema kuwa, makala hizo zitaelezea zaidi kuhusu utalii wa ndani, hata hivyo matarajo ya kuongeza watalii wa ndani kwa kuongeza mabalozi ambapo wka sasa wana mabalozi tisa kutoka sehemu mbalimbali nchini.













Aidha, ameweka wazi msimamo wa TTB kwenye kutangaza utalii ikiwemo kutumia baadhi ya mashirika ya ndee kama Qatar, ligi kuu ya Uingereza na tayari makampuni mengine kama Emirates wapo kwenye mazungumzo.
 Naibu Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii Japhet Hasunga akizungumza na waandishi wa habari wakati alipotembelea bodi ya Utalii Nchini (TTB) na kuzungumza na menejimenti nzima na kuwataka kutanaza vivutio vya hapa nchini.







Mkurugenzi Mtendaji Bodi ya Utalii Nchini (TTB) Devotha Mdachi  akizungumza na waandishi wa habari baada ya kutembelewa na

 Naibu Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii Japhet Hasunga na kumuahidi kutekeleza yale aaliyowaagiza.


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KAMPUNI ya bia ya Tanzania (TBL) kupitia bia yake ya Castle lager imemualika mmoja ya wachezaji bora barani Afrika Samuel Eto'o kuzindua mradi wa ujenzi wa uwanja wa mpira aina ya 5-A-side utakaojengwa Oysterbay jijini Dar es salaam.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari Meneja wa bia hiyo Pamela Kikuli amesema kuwa nyota huyo atashiriki katika uzinduzi wa mradi wa ujenzi wa uwanja maalumu wa soka linaloshirikisha wachezaji kumi (watano kila upande) maarufu kama ‘5-A-Side soccer’ katika eneo la Oysterbay  mkabala na jengo la Coco Plaza, jirani na ufukwe wa Coco.
 
Aidha ameeleza kuwa lengo la kumleta nguli huyo wa soka barani Afrika ni kuongeza hamasa ya soka kwa wanamichezo wenye vipaji kujitokeza kushiriki katika kabumbu.

Pia amesema kuwa kama kampuni wataendelea kushiriki katika shughuli za kijamii katika kuleta maendeleo ya wananchi na taifa kwa ujumla.

Kwa upande wake msemaji ya klabu ya Simba  amesema kuwa urafiki unasimama hasa katika wakati wa kuliwakilisha taifa na amewataka mashabiki wa klabu za Simba na Yanga kujitokeza kwa wingi.

Dismas Ten msemaji wa klabu ya Yanga amesema kuwa ujio wa Eto'o nchini ni heshima kubwa kwa nchi na soka kwa ujumla hivyo wananchi hasa wapenda soka ni bora wakajitokeza ili kuweza kumfahamu nguli huyo wa mpira wa miguu.

Samuel Eto'o  anayesakata kabumbu huko Qatar anatarajia kuwasili katika uwanja wa Mwalimu Nyerere Oktoba 10 na siku ya Alhamisi atatembelea mradi huo wa ujenzi wa uwanja hicho na kushiriki mazoezi na vijana.

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Global district cooling market is expected to register a healthy CAGR in the forecast period 2018 to 2025. The new market report contains data for historic year 2016, the base year of calculation is 2017 and the forecast period is 2018 to 2025.Prominent factors driving the growth of this market consist of hot climatic conditions in Middle East region, growing infrastructure investments.

The key market players for global district cooling market are listed below:

• Fortum
• Pal Group
• DC Pro Engineering
• Qatar District Cooling Company
• Danfoss District Energy A/S
• VEOLIA

The market is further segmented into:
• Production Technique
• Usage
• End-User

The global district cooling market is segmented based on production technique into electric chillers, absorption chillers and free cooling. In 2018, electric chillers segment is valued to rule with the highest market share by 2025.
The global district cooling market is segmented in usage into storage, production and distribution. In 2018, storage segment is valued to rule with the highest market shares by 2025.
The global district cooling market is segmented in end-user into industrial, commercial and residential. The industrial segment is further sub-segmented into factories, production plant and others. The commercial segment is further sub-segmented into retail, healthcare, office, airport, education and government. In 2018, industrial segment is valued to rule with highest market shares and is rising at the highest CAGR.
Based on geography, the market is segmented into 5 geographical regions:
• North America
• Europe
• Asia-Pacific
• South America
• Middle East and Africa
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global district cooling market for 2018-2025. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of the web conferencing and unified communication and collaboration (UC&C) and video conferencing, secondary resources and doing in-depth company share analysis of major 10 players in the market.
You can request one free hour of our analyst’s time when you purchase this market report. Details are provided within the report.

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HMD today announces Nokia 7.1 for Qatar. The smartphone was officially launched in London a few days back. The smartphone from HMD comes up with an interesting PureDispaly screen technology, making it the first smartphone to have such technology. Besides, the smartphone also packs some great hardware inside at that price segment, making it a...

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Un año más, Nasser Al-Attiyah encara el Dakar con las pilas cargadas tras imponerse en el Rally de Marruecos. El qatarí ha superado con nota el recorrido propuesto por David Castera, nuevo promotor de la prueba, para conquistar su quinta victoria consecutiva en esta prueba. Gracias a su segundo puesto, Jakub Przygonski se ha proclamado campeón de la Copa del Mundo FIA de Rallies Cross-Country. Por su parte, Toby Price ha logrado el triunfo en motos tras cuajar una actuación muy sólida, resultado que sirve para que el piloto de KTM también salga campeón de la Copa del Mundo FIM.

La segunda mitad del Rally de Marruecos comenzaba, en la categoría de coches, con victoria en la tercera etapa para Jakub Przygonski a los mandos de su Mini JCW Rally. Un triunfo que casi servía para celebrar el título de la Copa del Mundo y de paso para dejar su sello -pensando en el Dakar- en una de las etapas más duras de la prueba, jornada en la que Carlos Sainz volvía a acumular problemas en la caja de cambios por segundo día consecutivo. Al menos, el rendimiento del Mini JCW Buggy quedaba probado en las dos jornadas finales con victorias de etapa de Cyril Despres y del propio Carlos Sainz.

Si bien en la penúltima etapa Sainz sufría su tercera incidencia mecánica, Cyril Despres daba la victoria al buggy 4x2 de X-Raid, triunfo que en la última jornada del rally emularía Carlos Sainz junto a Lucas Cruz. Más allá de la victoria parcial de Sainz tras un complicado rally, Nasser Al-Attiyah aseguraba su triunfo después de superar por 16:41 minutos a Jakub Przygonski. El podio de la prueba lo cerraba Cyril Despres con el Mini JCW Buggy, eso sí, con un margen bastante estrecho respecto al Ford Raptor RS de Martin Prokop, toda vez que el piloto checo ha sabido escapar con nota de casi todos los problemas.

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En lo que respecta a la categoría de motos, la tercera etapa se convertía en un gran punto de inflexión, toda vez que para los 'riders' comenzaba la primera parte de la etapa maratón. Sam Sunderland lograba la victoria en esta tercera especial por delante de Matthias Walkner, que en esta ocasión le hacía de liebre con el fin de colocarse líder de la prueba ante los problemas de navegación de Toby Price y Paulo Gonçalves. Un liderato en cualquier caso efímero ya que Toby Price volvía a lo más alto de la clasificación en la cuarta jornada, si bien la especial con inicio y final en Erfoud quedaba marcada por la caída y lesión de Franco Caimi, piloto de Yamaha

Tras un rally complicado, Ricky Brabec daba un pequeño respiro a Honda con su victoria en la última jornada, si bien las KTM han sido imbatibles en los momentos determinantes. Con todo, el hombre más feliz en Marruecos no era otro que Toby Price tras asegurar su victoria y de paso conquistar el título de campeón de la Copa del Mundo FIA de Rallies Cross-Country. El austriaco Matthias Walkner terminaba segundo el rally, con Ricky Brabec cerrando el podio por delante de Pablo Quintanilla. Paulo Gonçalves cerraba la prueba en quinta posición por delante de Adrien Van Beveren y su Yamaha WR450F Rally.

En lo que respecta al resto de categorías, Martin Macik se ha llevado el triunfo en camiones con su Liaz 111 154, si bien el checo y sus compañeros Frantisek Tomasek y Lukas Kalanka han corrido sin competencia. Más sustancia ha tenido la resolución de la categoría UTV en favor de Sergei Kariakin. El piloto ruso y su copiloto Anton Vlasiuk, a los mandos de su Can Am Maverick X3, se ha impuesto por un margen de 29:21 minutos a la pareja española formada por Gerard Farrés y Dani Oliveras. Por último, el triunfo entre los quads ha sido para el también ruso Aleksandr Maksimov. Rafal Sönik ha sido segundo.

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The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all of the passports in the world based on the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

Until now Japan had been sharing joint first place with Singapore, which gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan earlier this year bringing its total to 189 countries.

However, earlier this month Japan gained visa-free access to Myanmar bringing its total to 190 - once again taking it to the top spot.


It's still a milestone for both Japan and Singapore, as 2018 is the first year in the index's 13-year history that either of them has had the most powerful passport in the world.
Both are way ahead of the UK and US which share fifth place with Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg - but it's worth noting that the top four spots are shared by 10 countries.

Experts had previously revealed that the UK ranking is unlikely to increase until there is certainty regarding Brexit.
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    Iceland (181 countries)
    Hungary, Slovenia, Malyasia (180 countries)
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    Liechtenstein, Estonia (178 countries)
    Poland (175 countries)
    Monaco, Chile (174 countries)
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    Mexico (158 countries)
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    Vatican City, Taiwan (148 countries)
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    Mauritius, St Lucia (146 countries)
    St Vincent and the Grenadines (145 countries)
    Macao, Grenada (144 countries)
    Paraguay (143 countries)
    Panama (141 countries)
    Venezulea, Honduras (138 countries)
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    Peru (135 countries)
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    South Africa (102 countries)
    Belize (101 countries)
    Timor-Leste (98 countries)
    Ecuador, Kuwait (93 countries)
    Fiji (90 countries)
    Guyana (88 countries)
    Maldives (87 countries)
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    Qatar (85 countries)
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    Papua New Guinea (83 countries)
    Botswana (82 countries)
    Bahrain (81 countries)
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    Bolivia (79 countries)
    Oman (78 countries)
    Belarus, Thailand (77 countries)
    Namibia, Kazakhstan (76 countries)
    Saudi Arabia (75 countries)
    Lesotho, China (74 countries)
    Indonesia (73 countries)
    Swaziland, Kenya, Malawi (71 countries)
    Gambia, Tanzania, Zambia (68 countries)
    Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Philippines, Dominican Republic (66 countries)
    Cape Verde, Cuba (65 countries)
    Uganda, Zimbabwe (64 countries)
    Ghana, Kyrgyzstan (63 countries)
    Sierra Leone (62 countries)
    Armenia, Benin, Morocco, Mongolia (61 countries)
    India (60 countries)
    Uzbekistan (59 countries)
    Sao Tome, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tajikistan (58 countries)
    Burkina Faso (57 countries)
    Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea (56 countries)
    Mali, Gabon, Bhutan (55 countries)
    Togo, Niger, Cambodia, Rwanda (54 countries)
    Chad, Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau, Turkmenistan (53 countries)
    Comores Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Laos (52 countries)
    Vietnam (51 countries)
    Algeria, Jordan (50 countries)
    Central African Republic, Angola, Egypt (49 countries)
    Cameroon, Myanmar (48 countries)
    Liberia, Nigeria, Congo (Republic) (47 countries)
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    Kosovo (44 countries)
    Congo (Democratic Republic), Iran (43 countries)
    Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, North Korea (42 countries)
    South Sudan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Libya (41 countries)
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          La benzina del Qatar sul fuoco di Gaza      Cache   Translate Page      
Gaza. Basta un’autocisterna di combustibile che dal Sinai entra nella Striscia di Gaza a infiammare la contesa politica tra Hamas e l’Autorità nazionale palestinese (Anp). L’intera vicenda sottolinea, ancora una volta, l’uso strumentale che le forze locali e regionali fanno della questione umanitaria dei territori palestinesi per i propri interessi particolari, che nulla hanno a che fare […]
          Security Manager - QDFC | Qatar Airways | Doha      Cache   Translate Page      
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(MENAFN) Qatar Central Bank (QCB) is ready to introduce a banking service platform to drive the rapid development of financial technology (Fintech).The new banking service platform...
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Ben van Beurden, yfirmaður Shell olíusamsteypunnar, segir að gróðursetja verði aragrúa trjáa til að koma í veg fyrir að meðalhitastig jarðar hækki um meira en eina og hálfa gráðu á næstu árum. Það verði að gera ofan á aðrar ráðstafanir sem ríki ætli sér að gera til að reyna að koma í veg fyrir of mikla hlýnun jarðar. Van Beurden greindi gestum á ráðstefnu olíu- og gasiðnaðar í Lundúnum frá þessum í gær að sögn Guardian. Haft er eftir honum að græða verði upp skóglendi á borð við Amazon regnskóginn til að hjálpa til við að beisla útblástur koltvíoxíðs. Ekki sé nóg að auka notkun umhverfisvænna orkugjafa á borð við sólar- og vindorku til að ná þeim markmiðum sem sett voru á ráðstefnu Sameinuðu þjóðanna um lofstlagsmál á dögunum. Hann segir að baráttan gegn loftslagsbreytingum verði hörð. Þó hún væri tæknilega séð möguleg verði ríkisstjórnir um allan heim að breyta lögum og reglugerðum til þess að ná markmiðum sínum. Það sé erfitt að ímynda sér að hægt verði að koma í veg fyrir að hitinn hækki um tvær gráður. Til þess þurfi áður óþekkta samstöðu ríkja heimsins. Enn erfiðara sé að halda hitanum undir einni og hálfri gráðu. Van Beuren sagði áheyrendum að Shell hafi fjárfest í fyrirtækjum sem framleiða íhluti í rafmagnsbíla og styðji við bann ríkja á nýjum bensín- og dísilknúnum bílum í framtíðinni. Þá keypti fyrirtækið eitt stærsta rafmagns- og gasfyrirtæki Bretlands. Hann sagði þó að olía og gas verði helsta tekjulind fyrirtækisins um ófyrirsjáanlega framtíð, í það minnsta á meðan það verða helstu orkugjafarnir. Á sama fundi greindi Saad al-Kaabi, framkvæmdastjóri katarska ríkisolíufyrirtækisins Qatar Petroleum, frá því að hann teldi að náttúrugas í vökvaformi verði að öllum líkindum orkulind framtíðarinnar. Hann sagðist þó ekki vera að gera lítið úr nýútkominni skýrslu Sameinuðu þjóðanna, heldur verði að sýna fram á aðrar lausnir en endurnýtanlega orkugjafa til að taka við af náttúrugasi.
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          ITUC Secretary-General: Qatar Among Leading Gulf Countries in Advancing Workers' Interests      Cache   Translate Page      

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Secretary-General of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Sharan Burrow praised the efforts made by the State of Qatar in the field of labor care and the continuous progress in the development of legislation, aimed at achieving the objectives of this important group of society.

At a press conference held on Monday at the International Labor Organization (ILO) office in Doha, Sharan said that the ILO office, since its establishment in Qatar, has been monitoring the developments and reforms that have been implemented by the State of Qatar and the significant positive development witnessed in the areas related to workers. She stressed that the State of Qatar has become one of the leading countries in the Gulf to promote workers' interests and provide their needs, calling on other Gulf states to follow suit.

She added that the new laws enacted by the State of Qatar define the relationship between workers and employers, pointing out that it is positive move to provide a copy to the government bodies, a copy to the employer and a copy to the worker, to ensure that there are no differences on workers' rights and duties, and to resort to the law to resolve any differences.

Sharan Burrow praised the important step taken by the State of Qatar to open offices in the labor-exporting countries, describing it as an important initiative that would limit the illegal practices of some employment offices. She also noted the cancelation of exit permits, which will be implemented in the coming period.

She stressed the importance of the step taken by the Qatari government to set a minimum wage of QR 750 for any worker in Qatar, not including the housing and traveling allowances, noting that there is also an obligation to improve the conditions of domestic workers.

Sharan Burrow added that ITUC is very satisfied with the reforms that have been made and knows that their implementation will take time. She expressed support to the Ministry Of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs' decisions to respect labor contracts and impose fines in case of violation of laws and non-compliance. She pointed out that the Government is working to monitor the implementation of the procedures and mechanisms that it had developed and is cooperating in this regard with ILO.

She thanked the Government of the State of Qatar for its support to the workers and the relentless pursuit of continuous improvement of their lives, pointing out that there are many positive steps, including the law of permanent residence, which she described as a good decision and development. She called on other states to issue laws granting permanent residence to residents on their territory who met the conditions imposed. (QNA)
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JAKARTA – Pelatih Tim Nasional Indonesia U-19, Indra Sjafri telah menetapkan 23 nama pemain yang akan berlaga di Piala AFC U-19 2018 mendatang. Turnamen bergengsi tingkat Asia ini akan berlangsung di Indonesia pada 18 Oktober hingga 4 November mendatang. Pada ajang ini, Indonesia berada di Grup A bersama Chinese Taipei, Qatar, Uni Emirat Arab. Semua laga […]

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1. Add depth to the squadEngland’s first XI reached the last four this summer, but the Three Lions lost twice to Belgium when fringe players were introduced.“When I played for England there was so much depth,” former England defender Jamie Carragher tells FourFourTwo. “Even just at centre-back, there was John Terry and Rio Ferdinand – the two best in that position, winning Champions Leagues and Premier League titles. There was Sol Campbell before them, playing for an Invincible Arsenal side, Jonathan Woodgate going to Real Madrid, Ledley King, one of the best defenders Spurs ever had, and myself at Liverpool.“They called that team the Golden Generation for the amount of top players we had. There isn’t as much depth to this squad, but they’ve still performed better than the squads I was in.“Hopefully England doing well this year will give the clubs confidence to say, ‘England players are as good as anyone and can compete at the top level’. 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Give World Cup-winning starlets a chanceEngland won the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups in 2017, and if those players are given game time at club level to aid their progression, the senior squad could enjoy an influx of talent ahead of 2022.Paul Simpson was the coach of the successful England U20 team, and is optimistic. “Over the last nine to 12 months, we’ve seen a lot of the boys getting first-team football,” he explains. “Goalkeeper Freddie Woodmanplayed senior football for Aberdeen, and Jonjoe Kenny made first-team appearances for Everton. It’s important they’re getting these opportunities. We’re starting to see a swing in attitude, which will help in the run-up to the next World Cup.“We’ve got some gifted young players who can take that step from development football with England into senior football, and then on to the senior international stage.”8. Don’t be derailed by the pressMake no mistake, the tabloids would have lunged for the jugular had Colombia prevailed on penalties in the last 16. Raheem Sterling was being groomed as the nation’s fall guy, but if the Three Lions are going to finally reclaim the biggest prize of all, they’ll need players with his mercurial skill set– even if patience is sometimes required.Keeping the press onside will help. More NFL-style media days – when every player was made available to reporters on an afternoon before the World Cup – could boost an important relationship. An open approach is building trust on both sides.9. Continue to eliminate squad rivalriesEarlier this year, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand spoke about intense club rivalries that affected England during the Golden Generation, as did Emile Heskey in the latest issue of FourFourTwo. Spain resolved emnity between Real Madrid and Barcelona stars to lift the 2010 World Cup, so the Three Lions will need to stay free of such club antipathy to go all the way.“I know Lampard and others have spoken about cliques in the England squad when we were playing, but for me the problem was blown out of proportion,” insists Carragher. “There was never a ‘this group doesn’t like that group’ situation, and we’d all played together in youth football. I was room-mates with Lampard for the U21s.“That said, there was a problem with the way players talked to each other, and you wouldn’t open up about things at your club to someone else. I wouldn’t be asking Gary Neville how United trained, or what Alex Ferguson was like. If we’d shared more, it might have helped the team.“I think it’s changed, and for the better. This England squad were like ‘Club England’ – that’s a hard thing to achieve at international level. The club mentality is there, thanks to Southgate. He’s been U21 coach and knows a lot of them well. He’s done a great job bonding them together, and I think that’s helped to eliminate those rivalries.“I hope it continues. Part of it might be down to the fact that many of the England players aren’t from the top clubs. There are a lot of players from clubs in the middle of the table, and that reduces tribalism.”10. Be patientThe ‘It’s Coming Home’ memes were enjoyable over the summer, and – a rarity among fans who deal in absolutes – also pleasantly self-aware.The problem remains whether the genie can now be put back in the bottle, and perspective restored. A gradual evolution towards Qatar 2022 was always the FA's plan, but the Three Lions delivered early. It’s going to be tough not expecting magic from a group that nearly got to a World Cup final – say, when it’s 0-0 midway through the second half against Estonia on a wet Wembley evening.Admirable though they are, this side aren’t going to win every qualifier 7-0. Lack of expectation freed England to finally play with boldness in Russia, two years after pressure crippled them at Euro 2016. Keeping it that way will require restraint, but will surely help.11. Gain top-level experience in defenceEngland had some belting players at Euro '88: Beardsley, Barnes, Lineker. But English clubs were still banned from Europe, and when Marco van Basten took on a raw Tony Adams, it showed. Three decades on, Mandzukic vs Stones had a very similar outcome. None of England’s back three have been Champions League regulars at centre-back, but that should have changed by 2022.12. Don’t do a fly-on-the-wall documentaryEngland were on a high after reaching the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, but it all came crashing down. The Three Lions didn’t even make USA '94, with their abysmal qualifying campaign the subject of a Channel 4 documentary chronicling the full extent of manager Graham Taylor’s despair.“I don’t know how they got the approval to produce a fly-on-the-wall documentary about England in the first place,” says former Aston Villa winger Tony Daley, who played for his country under Taylor.“Let’s face it, there’s not a hope in hell of that happening today. It’s all about portraying a positive image in football, but back then it was a real talking point in dressing rooms up and down the country.“I worked under him at Villa, and he was brilliant for me and the club during his time there. To get that kind of access to a World Cup qualifying campaign was unprecedented. If England had qualified, things may well have turned out differently, but I’m pretty sure Gareth Southgate won’t be planning a repeat in the run-up to 2022.”13. Benefit from the BundesligaFew England players have experienced playing their club football abroad in recent times, but youngsters Ademola Lookman and Reece Oxford benefited from loan spells in Germany last season, Reiss Nelson is thriving on loan at Hoffenheim,and 18-year-old Jadon Sancho has been turning heads at Borussia Dortmund.“In the past, senior Bundesliga figures told me that trying to bring in young English players was almost impossible, because of the big wages they earned in England and their reluctance to be paid less in Germany,” says former England striker Tony Woodcock, who enjoyed success in the Bundesliga at Cologne. “I think we’re now seeing a growing realisation that first-team football in Germany can open a lot of doors for young English players. Sancho and Lookman have gone there in the last 12 months, and I think we’ll see more and more.“From the players’ point of view, I’m not sure there’s anywhere better to expand your experiences as a footballer. Taking yourself overseas as a teenager makes you grow up pretty fast. But on the pitch, you’re not only up against some of the world’s best players and in front of some of Europe’s biggest crowds – you’re also experiencing different cultures and playing styles. If these guys aren’t getting any games in England, there's nowhere better for them to go.”14. Please gamble responsiblyA Liverpool-style ‘Swarm!’ approach led to chances galore in England’s World Cup group games, but that attacking play occasionally disappeared when the going got tough: late on against Colombia, and in the second half against Croatia.The confidence to keep committing players forward is essential, which might be a job for England’s shrinks. Don’t drop back; gamble on glory.15. Retain that round thingEven in the winter Qatar should be fairly balmy, so ball retention is key. One of England’s major issues is wilting later in tournaments, like teenage vegans at a barbecue. That infamous lack of knockout goals isn’t just because the opposition improve, it’s because English players get flaky after hours of haplessly chasing shadows.Southgate’s gamble on less experienced but more ball-comfortable defenders initially raised a few eyebrows; now quickly-frustrated home fans need to give them time to refine that patient, probing approach.So please, no barking at John Stones to lump it upfield when England are one down. Let the other mob press and wear themselves out.16. Get the fans on the planeThe pre-tournament vibe this summer largely focused on discouraging England supporters from travelling, only for certain media to then complain that not enough of them bothered going: it’s a no-win situation. Despite all of the alarmism, Russia turned out to be pretty hospitable. And Qatar? It may not be Ibiza but no doubt their charm offensive will crank up a few notches, too.England benefit hugely from a large, good-natured support: it’s one big celebratory feedback loop when everything goes well. The final in four years’ time is at the brilliantly named Lusail Iconic Stadium – see you all there, then.17. Keep the inflatable unicornsIf there’s one thing that definitely helped Englandto reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, it was the day the players spent racing on inflatable unicorns in the swimming pool. OK, so there was probably a bit more to it than that, but the unicorns were indicative of a more relaxed approach.“To be honest, the blow-up unicorns would probably have been a bit tame for us back then,” laughs Euro '96 star Anderton. “Times change – I can’t imagine these boys embracing the dentist chair! Personally, I think the way the team has bonded has been the most impressive thing Southgate has achieved. If that carries on, why can’t we go and win it in 2022? The unicorn thing showed these boys actually got on really well and genuinely liked each other.“It’s all about creating a club atmosphere and making playing for your country fun, which is how it should be. It’s what you dreamed about doing as a kid, so why should you walk onto that pitch with any doubt that this is the greatest honour you can have as a player?”18. Surround England’s young talent with the right peopleOne thing that stood out during their World Cup journey was the sheer likeability of England’s players. In previous incarnations, supporters of rival teams might have felt vaguely sick at the thought of John Terry, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand or whichever other figure they loathed holding the World Cup trophy aloft – that sentiment is largely gone from a set of lads you’d happily introduce to your gran.Southgate’s gentlemanly demeanour has contributed to that, as has an academy system that puts an emphasis on producing more rounded human beings. Those players must now be encircled by people giving them the right advice to keep them grounded.19. Find a playmakerWatching ageless man-witch Luka Modric run rings around England’s midfield was a sobering antidote to all of the pre-semi hoopla, but perhaps the Three Lions should have seen it coming.England lack the same sort of midfield playmaker: Jordan Henderson has the will but not the skill, while Jack Wilshere appeared nailed-on but fell apart. Southgate isn’t afraid of blooding raw youth: time to give the promising Phil Foden – maybe also Harry Winks - significant game time? 20. Win the club vs country battleThe FA’s review into what had previously gone so wrong with the national team came to a clear conclusion: while countries like France were allowing players to progress through their ages groups – with very obvious results – club vs country concerns were hampering the Three Lions.Southgate’s commitment to a similar setup has paid partial dividends, but the conveyor belt needs to keep moving.The fact that players such as Foden, Sancho and Ryan Sessegnon couldn't get club clearance to play for England at the recent Under-19 Euros was depressing. England lost 5-0 to France in their decisive group game, but more importantly, vital experience was lost.“It’s massively important that we keep seeing our best young players performing in international age group football,” says Paul Simpson. “But we also need UEFA to be sensible when they’re scheduling tournaments. We had 33 players withdraw from the U19 European Championship but it wasn’t just England – it was countries across the board.”21. Don’t worry if qualifying doesn’t go smoothlyWe don’t expect things to start going Graham Taylor or Steve McClaren levels of bad, but England actually need to get to Qatar first. However, no one should panic if things aren’t plain sailing when World Cup qualifying kicks off. Germany were dominant en route to Russia 2018, winning all 10 games, but were back home before das postcards. France drew 0-0 at home to Luxembourg but went on to win the thing.22. Avoid burnoutTiredness has long been a problem whenever a major tournaments rolls around, and the 2022 World Cup could prove even more challenging. The competition takes place between November 21 and December 18, in the middle of a hectic Premier League campaign. Ensuring the squad is given sufficient time to rest before the big kick-off is crucial.“The lead up to Qatar 2022 does look difficult,” says Carragher. “There were a few times in my career when fixtures piled up and it was tough – it can burn players out. It’s harder for the offensive players, who rely on sharpness more than defenders, but it takes its toll physically. It’s also hard mentally as you have to get yourself up for a match, and then you have the comedown afterwards. Pre-season tours are something that might have to be looked at, as they add a lot to players’ schedules.”Solving the issues will require some negotiation, making co-operation between the FA and Premier League more important than ever. England edged closer to World Cup glory this year: football really could be coming home in 2022.This feature originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of FourFourTwo. Subscribe!New features you've love on FourFourTwo.com
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 It was mentioned in this post Missing "journalist" Jamal Khashoggi? Or Arms Trader Like Namesake Adnan Khashoggi? that there were serious divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
 Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been on the outs for a while now
1- Turkey has good relations with Iran- To the consternation of Saudi Arabia
2- Turkey sided with Qatar- When the Saudi's tried to embargo Qatar- Both Turkey and Iran supported the nation- Certainly raising Saudi ire.
3- Saudi Arabia has been providing weapons to the PKK- this has caused  a lot of hard feelings for Turkey.  As has been previously covered here at the blog.
Also :
- Or if someone kidnapped him while on Turkish territory, though in the Saudi consulate, it might lead one to suspect that acrimony is being further fuelled between the Turks and the Saudis?  (Harkening back to the assassination of the Russian Ambassador on Turkish soil. That incident appeared to be an attempt to place a wedge between Turkey and Russia)
Who benefits from still more division in that hotly contested region?

Khashoggi's disappearance: A new twist in bitter Gulf battle
Over the weekend, the story of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance after his entry into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul became more muddled, in the midst of an intra-Gulf media war.

At this point, lacking definitive evidence on either side, it's difficult to know what will happen, and what regional responses will look like.

Without a doubt, though, the implications of Khashoggi's disappearance are wide-ranging, aside from being traumatic and potentially tragic for his family and friends.

Further, if he has in fact been detained or killed by Saudi officials, these actions deal a severe blow to free speech and create considerable anxiety among Gulf-based and Gulf-focused academics and journalists, as well as sending a powerful message to Gulf nationals who publicly criticise government policies.

Until we reliably know what has happened to Khashoggi, however, the only thing that is certain is that his disappearance has both revealed and heightened tensions between the two sides of the Gulf crisis, as is shown in media coverage of the event across the Gulf.

The Saudi press seems to be advancing a narrative in which Hatice (Khadija) Cengiz, Khashoggi's Turkish fiancée, is potentially suspicious, with Jamal's son Saleh - who has been banned from travelling for more than a year - stating that he has never met Cengiz.
The Khashoggi family also released a statement in support of Saudi government efforts to find Jamal: "We trust the government and the actions it has taken and all the efforts being made in the case of Jamal Khashoggi."
Jamal's son never met the fiance. Khashoggi family supports the Saudi government.
This reaction, as well as the circulation over Twitter of news stories about the murders of a Kuwaiti businessman and the leader of an Iranian opposition television channel, aim to portray Turkey as a lawless, Islamist-led country - and Khashoggi's disappearance as a consequence of that environment, rather than part of a Saudi plot.
Duelling divisive narratives..
Qatari and Turkish interests have become increasingly aligned as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE cut off ties with Qatar in June of last year        

Some commentators in Saudi Arabia and the UAE have also attempted to link Khashoggi's disappearance to a "Qatari-Turkish Islamist smear campaign", claiming that either Qatari or Turkish leaderships would have better information about Khashoggi's location than the Saudis in whose consulate he was last seen.

On the Qatari media side of the rift, the report from Turkish police about Khashoggi's death continues to be circulated, as well as concern about assaults on free speech in Saudi Arabia.
Employees at Al Jazeera English posed with photos of Khashoggi and signs in support of his release.

Importantly, and not coincidentally, Qatari and Turkish interests have become increasingly aligned as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE cut off ties with Qatar in June of last year, thus leading to claims on the Saudi side of the rift of "collusion" between Ankara and Doha.

Much like many other stories since the start of the rift, then, depending on what you read, you have a completely different perception of what has happened since Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate last week.

Unlike in other stories where some middle narrative is likely to be true, however, the options here are very stark.

Whether or not the facts come out about what has happened, regional fallout will likely follow, and the existing camps of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, versus Qatar and Turkey are likely to become even more entrenched
His disappearance has both revealed and heightened tensions between the two sides of the Gulf crisis        

Concerns about political Islam - especially on the Saudi-Bahrain-UAE side - are never far from the surface. Ideology, namely sympathy for Islamists (broadly speaking), is given by them as the primary reason for the Qatari-Turkish relationship, ignoring the regional dynamics that actually make the relationship pragmatic, especially for a blockaded Qatar.

As long as lines continue to be drawn isolating - and considering fundamentally untrustworthy - countries that do not view the Brotherhood as threatening, tensions will continue to play out in the media, yet hopefully not at a major human cost.

Dr Courtney Freer is a senior advisor at Gulf State Analytics and a research officer for the Kuwait Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Still from CCTV footage released by Turkey→

Wondering where Khashoggi’s fiancé is.
Khashoggi seems quite alone as he entered the premises
No farewell kiss outside the door before he, unknowingly, exits her life?

 
(Yes, I know she could be out of the frame- I’m just pullin’ heart strings)
Competing unsubstantiated narratives :Khashoggi alive and held captive by Saudis
“The source said that after entering the embassy Khashoggi was taken in a black Mercedes S-500 and a white minivan with four Saudi officials to Istanbul airport, where he was flown on a private jet to Dubai and then Riyadh, where he is now being held.
Flight records show that a Gulf Stream IV private jet, tail number HZ-SK2, landed in Istanbul at 3am on October 2, the day Khashoggi disappeared.

The jet left later that day, stopping in Dubai and then flying on to Riyadh. Khashoggi was driven from there to Riyadh, and was held there, the source said.

The source was told Khashoggi is still alive, contradicting the claims he was murdered in the Istanbul embassy.
The different version of events cannot be independently verified. “

Alive or dead and dismembered?

While neither story can be validated, can't help but notice in both versions we have some persons originating from Saudi Arabia...  A group of people, we are told. Arriving at Ataturk airport prior to Khashoggi’s arrival at the embassy. Coming into some sort of contact with Khashoggi. And then Khashoggi disappearing. 

Was Khashoggi kidnapped or had he arranged this event himself? 

As a means of going back to Saudi Arabia, for some reason known to himself,  that he could later spin or twist into some politically expedient narrative?  After all he's been presented as being dead set against MBS. And living in self imposed exile. What a great way to take care of business in Saudi Arabia, while appearing as if you were there against your will?

 Given Khasshoggi’s propensity for story telling. I’m expecting he’ll turn up alive with some fantastic tale to tell. Will it be reality? Or the reality you and I are  to believe?

Sort of like his time spent traveling with Osama Bin Laden....


  
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Geneva, 9 October 2018 - More than 5,000 participants from 160 countries will meet in Geneva to thrash out major new investment-for-development initiatives at UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum 2018 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 22-26 October.

The high-level conference comes amid mounting disquiet about declining investment flows and their impact on efforts to meet the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the international community three years ago.

“Global flows of foreign direct investment fell by 23% in 2017,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Cross-border investment in developed and transition economies dropped sharply, while growth was near zero in developing economies. With only a very modest recovery predicted for 2018, this negative trend is a long-term concern for policymakers worldwide, especially for developing countries.”

Private sector investment in developing countries, totaling $3.9 trillion a year, is needed to generate economic activity to meet the Sustainable Development Goals - the core of the 2030 Agenda -according to UNCTAD research. Current levels leave an investment gap of some $2.5 trillion.

Marking its 10th anniversary, the biennial World Investment Forum remains the premier venue to forge partnerships between investment and development stakeholders to close this gap.

A unique gathering of high-level players from the global investment-development community, the forum provides an opportunity to hold an open dialogue, brainstorm solution-oriented initiatives and foster global alliances to advance prosperity for all. This year’s event comprises some 60 functions, including three summits, five ministerial roundtables, private-sector led sessions and several awards ceremonies.

Besides giving participants a chance to spotlight priorities for attracting and channeling investment that will drive sustainable development, the forum sessions will also focus on transformative actions and innovative financing modes for growth, such as blockchain, sustainability bonds, and blended finance.

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More than fifty ministers from developed and developing countries and 21 heads of international organizations will join them.

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These partnerships have generated exciting new content for this year’s participants, including an in-depth look at the relationship between sport and development, co-hosted with the International Olympic Committee and, on the annual United Nations Day, 24 October, a session on the role of investment in peace and security.

Five independent tracks will run in parallel with the main forum, with a special programme for parliamentarians, a multidisciplinary academic conference, an investment village, the 35th anniversary session of the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR), and the 2018 UNCTAD Youth Forum, taking youth entrepreneurship as its theme.

Previous World Investment Forums took place in Accra, Ghana (2008), Xiamen, China (2010), Doha, Qatar (2012), Geneva, Switzerland (2014) and Nairobi, Kenya (2016).

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          Doha College Launches 8th Edition of Annual Race      Cache   Translate Page      

First organised in 2011, the Doha College 5-kilometre and 10-kilometre race has gathered pace every year, turning into a popular, much-anticipated fixture in Qatar’s sporting calendar. The race has grown in popularity as well as performance levels, with runner times each year being on par with professionals, as shown by these figures for the 10k […]

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          CEO of WISH Attends QBBF Breakfast Event      Cache   Translate Page      

As part of its ongoing networking opportunities for its members, the Qatar British Business Forum (QBBF) held a breakfast event on 8 October 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha. QBBF invited Sultana Afdhal, CEO of World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), to speak at the breakfast event. Titled ‘Innovation in Healthcare: A WISH Perspective’, […]

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          QBRI Workshop Raises Awareness on Alzheimer’s Disease      Cache   Translate Page      

Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), a research institute under Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), recently held an interactive workshop on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) titled Memories Matter at the HBKU Research Complex. The workshop, held in collaboration with the Geriatric Department of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), sought to answer questions surrounding Alzheimer’s Disease  and debunk any misconceptions […]

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          Mada Launches ATP Certification for Arabic Speakers      Cache   Translate Page      

Mada Center recently announced the launch of the Arabic version of the ATP (Assistive Technology Professionals) Test from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America or RESNA, which has been translated to Arabic for the first time, initiated by the centre. A workshop was held for 46 assistive technology ‘super users’ who […]

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          A Taste of Ecuador at The St. Regis Doha      Cache   Translate Page      

The St. Regis Doha will be hosting the Ecuadorian Week at the Vine Restaurant beginning this Thursday, 11 October until next week, 17 October, featuring the most celebrated signature dishes and traditional desserts from Ecuador.  Guests will get the chance to indulge in a collection of exceptional Ecuadorian dishes such as Tortillas de patata con […]

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          Oportunidades para diversificar comercio e inversión con Qatar      Cache   Translate Page      
Aun cuando las relaciones diplomáticas entre México y Qatar comenzaron en 1975 —tras la independencia de este país localizado en la península Arábiga— el proyecto de crear las condiciones y las estrategias para impulsar los vínculos, primordialmente de comercio e inversión, comenzaron hace pocos años. En el 2014, ProMéxico desarrolló una estrategia de impulso al […]
          مشروعك التجارى بقى اونلاين      Cache   Translate Page      
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          WIELKA PROMOCJA QATAR AIRWAYS!!!      Cache   Translate Page      

Z okazji 20-lecia linii Qatar Airways przygotowano promocję na loty m.in. do Tajlandii, Indonezji, Wietnamu, Indii, Birmy, Malezji i na Sri Lankę. Promocyjna cena biletów dot. zakupu 3 biletów w...

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          PROMOCJA NA LOTY QATAR AIRWAYS!      Cache   Translate Page      

Zapraszamy do skorzystania z promocji linii Qatar Airways na przeloty do m.in. Dubaju, Tajlandii, Indonezji, Tanzanii i na Malediwy!  Promocja dla klasy ekonomicznej i biznes All – Inclusive trwająca do...

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          The Saudi Monarchy May Have Killed a Free Man      Cache   Translate Page      

Doug Bandow

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi moved to the United States after he was pressured to stop criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s new authoritarian order. He explained his decision a year ago in the Washington Post : “I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice. To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”

Khashoggi, who once advised members of the royal family, appears to have paid the ultimate price for living his principles. On Tuesday he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, seeking to complete paperwork to facilitate his remarriage. He never exited. Alive, anyway.

The Saudi authorities insist that he had left and they also are looking for him. It first appeared likely that he had been kidnapped, a common tactic used by Riyadh against dissident princes and other critics. The Turkish police noted the departure of several diplomatic vehicles from the building, in which he could have been taken, drugged and/or bound. However, Ankara now concludes that Khashoggi was murdered by a special hit squad brought in for that purpose.

Did journalist Jamal Khashoggi fall prey to the tyrannical regime in Saudi Arabia?

Stated an anonymous official: “We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate.” If true, Riyadh has dramatically escalated the war on its critics, many of whom, as Khashoggi related, currently languish in prison. However, having denied that the journalist is either at the consulate or in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the regime could not easily later release him from prison. And death certainly ends his criticism.

The KSA never has run on liberal principles. However, there long was some space for measured criticism, with liberals allowed to advocate reform. Khashoggi called it “a gentleman’s agreement” which resulted in a balance between what could and could not be published. However, that tolerance has disappeared under the reign of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MbS, who with his father has turned a brotherly monarchy into a family dictatorship.

Unfortunately, the crown prince’s long overdue social liberalization has been more than counterbalanced by imposition of political tyranny. Explained Khashoggi: “We started seeing more direct pressure on journalists to only publish pro-government stories. Some people were asked to sign loyalty pledges. Some people were banned from writing or had their columns taken down. Things got worse for the activists, too, or people with critical opinions. The government was sending a message that if you’re not with us, you’re against us.”

On his arrival in the United States Khashoggi wrote of “the fear, intimidation, arrest and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds.” He noted “how breathtakingly fast you can fall out of favor with Saudi Arabia.” Repression is now “business as usual in my country.”

For instance, women activists long risked their freedom to push the government to lift the ban on women driving. In June MbS did so with great fanfare-while silencing and even arresting many of those who had advocated the change. Human Rights Watch referred to “an unrelenting crackdown on the women’s rights movement.” One unnamed activist admitted that “We used to think if we presented ourselves as allies to the government, wanting to work with them, we would be safe. But that changed after the rise of Mohammed bin Salman.”

The repressive wave washed over numerous pundits and clerics. Some were arrested not because they criticized Riyadh, but because they did not vigorously attack Qatar, which MbS sought to turn into a puppet state. In May Human Rights Watch reported that “Saudi Arabia is detaining thousands of people for more than six months, in some cases for over a decade, without referring them to courts for criminal proceedings.” The number of those so detained increased tenfold since May 2014.

Last year the crown prince jailed a couple hundred of the kingdom’s wealthy elite in a brutal financial shakedown, with the added benefit of discouraging opposition to his family’s coup against the old system. Most were freed after turning over a substantial amount of their wealth to MbS, though many remain barred from foreign travel. But even before that power development occurred Khashoggi being overseas offered no security from Riyadh’s reach. The BBC reported on three princes, Sultan bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, Prince Turki bin Bandar, and Prince Saud bin Saif al-Nasr, who had gone into exile and advocated reform, only to be kidnapped and returned to the KSA, where they were jailed (or possibly murdered). This practice has continued, with regime critics recently abducted in Kuwait and Lebanon.

Even the State Department had trouble finding anything nice to say about the repressive royals in its latest human rights report. Explained State: “The most significant human rights issues included unlawful killings, including execution for other than the most serious offenses and without requisite due process; torture; arbitrary arrest and detention, including of lawyers, human rights activists, and anti-government reformists; political prisoners; arbitrary interference with privacy; restrictions on freedom of expression, including on the internet, and criminalization of libel; restrictions on freedoms of peaceful assembly, association, movement, and religion; citizens’ lack of ability and legal means to choose their government through free and fair elections.”

Despite rumors of impending religious liberalization, so far the KSA sits atop the world, alongside North Korea, as a leading persecutor. Even Iran allows churches, temples, and synagogues to operate. But not Saudi Arabia. Even foreigners who gather in homes to worship face arrest. Years of financing fundamentalist Wahhabism around the globe have encouraged intolerance, hostility, and hatred of non-Muslims. Shiites also are a persecuted minority in the KSA, even facing death for protesting their discriminatory status.

With such a dreadful record, the Saudi royals have become a bit, shall we say, touchy about criticism of their behavior. After the Canadian government urged release of women’s rights activists, Riyadh expelled Canada’s ambassador, dropped pending contracts in Canada, and withdrew students from Canadian universities. The KSA also demanded an apology for having pointed out its crimes. The KSA similarly targeted Sweden and Germany for equally modest comments on the repressive royals.

That MbS does not employ violence against his international critics reflects lack of reach, not ambition. His foreign policy is both brutal and reckless. For instance, last year the Saudi government essentially kidnapped visiting Lebanese prime minister Saad Harari, a Sunni long allied with Riyadh, and forced him to announce his resignation. The resulting international furor caused his release, after which he returned to his duties.

Angry with Qatar for providing sanctuary for critics of the KSA, Riyadh (along with the United Arab Emirates) launched a campaign to isolate Doha. The terror-friendly Saudi government, home to fifteen of nineteen 9/11 hijackers and financier of Islamic fundamentalism worldwide, present its action as an attack on terrorism. However, MbS was most irritated with Qatar-funded Al Jazeera, which criticized the Saudi royals. The KSA planned to invade its small neighbor, backing away only under U.S. pressure and Turkish intervention.

In 2015 the Saudis launched an aggressive war against Yemen to restore to power the pliable Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who had been ousted in the latest iteration of decades of civil war and internal strife. An expected two-week war stretched into more than three years, with thousands of Yemeni civilians killed by Saudi airstrikes. The Saudis (and Emiratis) underwrote Islamic radicals in the fight against Houthi rebels. Iran took advantage of Riyadh’s bloody overreach to support the opposition, bleeding the KSA.

Saudi Arabia also backed the repressive el-Sisi government and Khalifa monarchy in Egypt and Bahrain, respectively. Riyadh even sent troops to help the latter suppress the Shia majority, which sought democratic freedoms from their Sunni overlords. Moreover, the KSA funded the most radical insurgents in Syria, largely abandoning the fight against the Islamic State in favor of its ill-fated Yemeni campaign. Riyadh has become the most brutal, destabilizing force in the Persian Gulf.

These policies are undermining MbS’s professed commitment to economic reform. Wealthy Saudis have been running for the exits with their cash and foreigners have stopped investing. Last year the KSA received less foreign direct investment than politically and economically unstable Jordan and oil-poor Oman. Instead of forging a reputation as a decisive leader, the crown prince increasingly looks like “an impulsive authoritarian, prone to temper tantrums and flights of irrational decisionmaking,” in the words of John Hannah, senior counselor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

However, President Donald Trump appeared to fall under MbS’s influence after visiting Riyadh last year, where the president received a royal welcome-even awkwardly joining the “sword dance” and peering into the orb, called the “eye of Sauron” by some wits, at the “anti-terrorism” center. The crown prince recently said of Trump: “I love working with him. I really like working with him and we have achieved a lot in the Middle East.”

What is there for the crown prince not to like? The United States has armed him and given him a blank check to run amok in the Mideast. Moreover, the administration’s proposed “Arab NATO” would cement Saudi domination, forcing the three independent Gulf States, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait, into Riyadh’s orbit. And the administration, so vocal about Iran’s human-rights violations, has said nothing about the far more tyrannical regime in Saudi Arabia.

President Trump, who recently expressed his “love” for MbS, cynically sold U.S. policy to Riyadh. The president recently urged Riyadh to purchase even more weapons and push down oil prices, in recompense for America’s campaign against Tehran, the KSA’s only serious regional rival. In this way the administration sold its soul to the Saudi royals.

But now the crown prince looks like a common murderer. Khashoggi’s apparent killing should be a step too far even for Washington. If Iran committed such an act, then the administration would lead an angry global chorus against the Islamist regime. The United States should do the same against Riyadh.

Jamal Khashoggi was both good and brave, committed to a freer Saudi Arabia. That MbS and his confederates would kill such a man tells Americans all they need to know about their nominal ally. The Trump administration should loosen its embrace of a regime so antithetical to America’s most basic values and interests.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he is the author of Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire.
          Qatar Opens Cruise Season with Arrival of Boudicca      Cache   Translate Page      

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Boudicca at Doha Port

The 2018-2019 cruise season kicked off in Qatar with the Boudicca from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines docking at Doha Port last week.

The season, which continues until April 2019, is expected to see nearly double the number of cruise ships that arrived in the 2017-2018 season, according to a statement. 

Of the 43 ships scheduled to call in Doha Port, 10 ships will be making their maiden calls to Qatar. Some 140,000 guests are expected.

There will also be five days with two calls, according to a press release. 

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar's major transport services provider, Mowasalat, recently signed an MoU to further develop tourist transport services, ensuring the growth in cruise tourism demand is matched with flexible and reliable transportation.

Qatar is expecting to receive 200,000 cruise visitors by the 2019-2020 season and has plans to turn Doha to a turnaround port.

QTA recently signed an agreement with the AIDA and Costa to place Qatar on the two companies' winter itineraries as well as to cooperate in designing special promotion packages for their passengers.


          Kalah Hasil dari Arab Saudi, Tapi Timnas Indonesia U-19 Unggul Statistik      Cache   Translate Page      

Jakarta - Walau kalah 1-2, penampilan Timnas Indonesia U-19 tak bisa dibilang jelek saat menjamu Arab Saudi dalam laga uji coba yang digelar di Stadion Wibawa Mukti, Cikarang, Rabu (10/10/2018) sore.

Arab Saudi yang notabene negara elite di persaingan sepak bola Asia tak bisa benar-benar mendominasi permainan.

Catatan statistik laga versi Labbola menunjukkan kalau kubu lawan hanya unggul penguasaan bola 53 persen berbanding 47 persen.

Bahkan agresivitas Tim Merah-Putih lebih baik. Hal itu bisa dilihat jumlah tembakan tepat sasaran sepanjang laga.

Timnas Indonesia tujuh kali sukses melakukan shooting on target, sementara Arab Saudi hanya empat saja.

Jumlah tendangan pojok menegaskan dominasi Indonesia. Total Saddil Ramdani dkk. tujuh kali mendapat tendangan pojok. Arab Saudi hanya sekali.

Permainan kombinasi tim asuhan Indra Sjafri juga lebih baik. Tercatat akurasi passing Timnas Indonesia U-19 menembus 82 persen. Di sisi lain Arab Saudi hanya 79 persen.

Timnas Indonesia bisa dibilang kurang beruntung, karena gol kemenangan lawan terjadi lewat tendangan penalti, setelah pelanggaran yang dilakukan bek di area terlarang.

Apapun itu, Indra Sjafri kudu melakukan pembenahan agar bisa sukses di ajang Piala AFC U-19 2018.

Terutama memperbaiki penyelesaian akhir. Kedatangan Egy Maulana Vikri dari Polandia diharapkan bisa jadi solusi mandul gol Timnas Indonesia U-19.

Indonesia bertindak sebagai tuan rumah Piala AFC U-19 2018 yang dihelat 18 Oktober-4 November 2018. Timnas Indonesia U-19 ada di Grup A bareng Uni Emirat Arab, Qatar, dan Chinese Taipei.

Tim Merah-Putih dibebani target lolos ke semifinal agar bisa berlaga di Piala Dunia U-20. Namun, hal ini tak mudah karena di fase penyisihan Egy Maulana Vikri dkk. sudah kebagian lawan-lawan berat.

 

Statistik Laga


          Kalah dari Arab Saudi, Perjalanan Timnas Indonesia U-19 Menuju Piala AFC Tak Mulus      Cache   Translate Page      

Jakarta - Timnas Indonesia U-19 1-2 dari Arab Saudi pada laga uji coba di Stadion Wibawa Mukti, Rabu (10/10/2018). Hasil negatif ini menegaskan langkah tim asuhan Indra Sjafri terseok-seok jelang perhelatan Piala AFC U-19 2018.

Dua gol kemenangan Arab Saudi dicetak oleh Abdullah Alhamdan pada menit ke-37 dan 69'. Tim Merah-Putih hanya mampu membalas satu lewat gol Saddil Ramdani pada menit ke-45.

Secara beruntun, ini adalah kali ketiga Timnas U-19 Indonesia gagal meraih kemenangan di laga uji coba selama persiapan Piala AFC U-19 2018.

Sebelumnya, Tim Garuda Nusantara bermain imbang 2-2 kontra Thailand dan ditekuk 0-3 dari China pada ajang PSSI Anniversary Cup U-19 2018.

Indra Sjafri sendiri tak risau dengan pencapaian-pencapaian kurang memuaskan ini.

"Saya tidak cari kemenangan di laga uji coba. Fokus saya membangun kekuatan tim. Memperbaiki kelemahan-kelemahan yang ada agar saat berlaga di ajang sesungguhnya timnas bisa menyajikan permainan terbaik," ujar pelatih asal Sumatra Barat itu.

Indonesia bertindak sebagai tuan rumah Piala AFC U-19 2018 yang dihelat 18 Oktober-4 November 2018. Timnas Indonesia ada di Grup A bareng Uni Emirat Arab, Qatar, dan Chinese Taipei. Tim Merah-Putih dibebani target lolos ke semifinal agar bisa berlaga di Piala Dunia U-20.

Namun, hal ini tak mudah karena di fase penyisihan Egy Maulana Vikri dkk. sudah kebagian lawan-lawan berat.

Timnas Indonesia U-19 masih menyisakan satu uji coba lagi sebelum turun di Piala Asia U-19 2018. Garuda Nusantara ini akan berhadapan dengan Yordania pada Sabtu (13/10/2018).

 


          México, obligado a la mejoría ante Costa Rica      Cache   Translate Page      

Con la presencia de siete "europeos" y la obligación de mostrarse mejor, la selección de México enfrentará a Costa Rica en el primero de dos compromisos que tiene en la penúltima fecha FIFA del año.

El estadio Universitario será el escenario donde se medirán dos de las mejores selecciones de la Concacaf, duelo que será dirigido por el árbitro hondureño Óscar Moncada y que dará inicio en punto de las 20:30 horas.

Aún con boletos disponibles para el encuentro que se realizará en "El Volcán", el Tricolor tendrá uno de sus últimos partidos del año y con la obligación de dar una mejor cara, tras los partidos disputados en septiembre.

Bajo las órdenes del técnico interino Ricardo Ferretti y luego de la Copa del Mundo de Rusia 2018, México sufrió caídas por 4-1 ante Uruguay y 1-0 ante Estados Unidos, resultados que obligan al equipo nacional a ofrecer una mejor versión.

Para este duelo el equipo presenta novedades como Raúl Gudiño, Josecarlos Van Rankin y Henry Martín; regresos como Marco Fabíán y Néstor Araujo; así como la ausencia de figuras como Guillermo Ochoa, Andrés Guardado y Carlos Vela, entre otros.

Costa Rica, en tanto, llega a este duelo con el portero de Real Madrid Keylor Navas como líder de un equipo que busca demostrar la capacidad de sus jugadores en la cancha y comenzar un camino que los lleve a la Copa del Mundo de Qatar 2022.

Aunque Ronald González dirigirá este partido, se espera que esté en las tribunas el nuevo técnico de la selección "tica", el uruguayo Gustavo Matosas, viejo conocido de la afición mexicana y quien precisamente tomó el reto en espera de dirigir en Qatar.

Este será el primero de dos partidos para México en una semana, pues el próximo martes se medirá a su similar de Chile en el estadio La Corregidora, en Querétaro; Costa Rica, por su parte, enfrentará a Colombia el mismo día.

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          Reyes considera que pausa será positiva      Cache   Translate Page      

El primer equipo de Santos Laguna retomó ayer sus entrenamientos en su cuartel general, Territorio Santos Modelo, luego de gozar tres días de descanso, ya que tras el triunfo ante Atlas del pasado viernes, rompieron filas para reposar.

Los albiverdes realizaron una práctica matutina, enfocada en trabajos regenerativos, aeróbicos y lúdicos, todo bajo un ambiente relajado, propiciado por la buena actuación cumplida en el torneo Apertura 2018, que los tiene a las puertas de la liguilla.

Se mantuvieron ausentes los seleccionados nacionales que están cumpliendo con sus respectivas citas: Ayrton Preciado jugará con Ecuador ante Qatar y Omán, Jonathan Rodríguez con Uruguay enfrentará a Corea del Sur y Japón, mientras que Gerardo Arteaga y Jesús Angulo integran la selección mexicana, que se medirá a Costa Rica y posteriormente a Chile.

A pesar de no tener actividad durante el fin de semana, por la Fecha FIFA, el plantel de Santos Laguna continuará con sus entrenamientos diarios y esta mañana volverán a las canchas alternas del TSM para sostener una nueva práctica. Una vez finalizado el entrenamiento de ayer, el director técnico Salvador Reyes compareció ante los representantes de los medios de comunicación para hablar largo y tendido de diversos temas, desde la actualidad santista, hasta el proceso de elección de un nuevo entrenador para la selección mexicana.

Reyes confió en que la pausa de los laguneros por la Fecha FIFA, será positiva para sus jugadores, los que están convocados podrán tomar experiencia internacional, mientras que los que se mantienen en el equipo podrán descansar de tanto trajín para enfrentar de la mejor manera la recta final del torneo.

"Nos viene bien la pausa por la Fecha FIFA, nos da la pauta para equilibrar a todo el equipo, para que los que han tenido un poco más de carga reposen, preferimos trabajar nosotros solos en esta semana, tratar de aprovecharla para recuperar y poner a tono a todo el grupo", aseguró.

A falta de 5 partidos para que el campeonato llegue a su fin, el estratega santista no se confía de la actual posición en la tabla y refrenda su objetivo de acabar en la parte alta de la general, sabiendo que restan compromisos complicados.

"Hay que pelear partido tras partido, no hay rival fácil, en lo que resta del calendario nos falta enfrentar a equipos de los llamados grandes, hay otros que están metidos en la pelea por clasificar, para nosotros no es un hecho la calificación matemática, por lo que tenemos que seguir pensando en llegar a lo más alto de la tabla, un objetivo a mediano plazo es calificar entre los cuatro primeros y lo estamos logrando", enfatizó.

Es consciente Reyes de la Peña que Santos no recibe la atención que merece por parte de los medios de comunicación a nivel nacional, pero reitera que con el paso del tiempo darán más razones para hablar de los albiverdes.

"La prensa le da más cobertura a los equipos llamados grandes, nosotros creo que nos hemos ganado un lugar, cuando sale el tema de Santos se expresan bien de la institución, de lo que se está haciendo bien, pero meternos con eso no nos llevaría a nada, nosotros estamos acostumbrados a llamar a los reflectores cuando se están haciendo las cosas bien".

Se dio tiempo "Chava" para exponer su opinión acerca de la negativa de Ricardo Ferreti para hacerse cargo de la selección mexicana de forma definitiva, además de considerar que no hace falta apresurarse para elegir un nuevo timonel nacional.

"El 'Tuca' desistió de esa posibilidad, pero para mí ere un candidato ideal. Me gustaría que fuera alguien que conociera el medio, que hubiera estado más familiarizado con nuestra liga, después hay mucha gente de mucha calidad que puede venir y sumar cosas importantes a la selección, en ese sentido no hay prisa, que lo piensen bien, que sea bien consensuado. No hay necesidad de apresurarse a una decisión", culminó.

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          Martino va a la punta de candidatos      Cache   Translate Page      

Ya sea con entrevistas formales o sondeos, la Federación Mexicana de Futbol (FMF) ha explorado en 24 opciones para hacerse cargo de la Selección Nacional durante el proceso que debe terminar en el Mundial Qatar 2022, aunque hay pocas que podrían cristalizarse.

La más importante es Gerardo Martino, quien todavía tiene contrato en el Atlanta United de la Major League Soccer, pero Dennis te Kloese -director de Selecciones Nacionales- ya se entrevistó con la cúpula del club estadounidense para expresarle abiertamente el deseo de charlar con el "Tata".

Tras la negativa de los Tigres de la UANL para ceder de forma permanente a Ricardo Ferretti, Yon de Luisa -presidente de la FMF- ha puesto en marcha otros planes. El vínculo de Martino con el Atlanta United finaliza en la actual campaña, aunque el club ya le ofreció renovar por dos años más.

En caso de que no se diera, el portugués Carlos Queiroz es otro candidato que agrada mucho a los altos mandos de la FMF, sobre todo por su experiencia como ex director técnico del Real Madrid y la selección de su país, así como asistente de sir Alex Ferguson en el Manchester United.

Se mantiene como estratega del combinado iraní, pero su contrato se acaba en 2018, por lo que ya se dieron algunas reuniones con gente de alto nivel en la FMF.

Otra opción real es el español Quique Sánchez Flores, quien ha dirigido a clubes como el Atlético de Madrid y el Espanyol, por lo que su hoja curricular no desagrada a la FMF. La ventaja que tiene es estar desempleado en este momento.

Al igual que Víctor Manuel Vucetich, cuya experiencia con el combinado (durante 2013) fue bastante amarga, aunque su nombre sí ha aparecido en la lista de opciones presentada a De Luisa.

En el Tricolor, el "Rey Midas" fue sustituido por Miguel Herrera, quien se mantiene como un candidato sólido, pese a que no se haya hecho contacto con él. Al igual que -en su momento- con Matías Almeyda, los directivos conocen perfectamente al actual entrenador del América, al que bastaría realizar la oferta formal para que el proceso de contratación inicie.

Fueron 24 opciones contempladas desde hace meses, con o sin entrevista formal, pero la baraja para asumir como entrenador nacional se ha reducido a cinco nombres reales.

¿Será Caixinha?

Cuando termine la fecha FIFA de noviembre, la Selección Mexicana volverá a jugar hasta principios de febrero, lo que ofrecerá un poco más de tiempo para elegir al nuevo entrenador nacional... Y alguna nueva opción podría aparecer.

Pedro Caixinha luce como esa posibilidad, sobre todo si termina con la racha sin campeonatos de Liga que atormenta al Cruz Azul.

Durante muchos años, llevar al banquillo nacional al estratega que tiene logros en el torneo doméstico fue una práctica habitual en la Federación Mexicana de Futbol, más allá de que no siempre dio resultados.

Ejemplos sobran: Miguel Mejía Barón, Enrique Meza, Javier Aguirre, Ricardo Antonio La Volpe y Miguel Herrera fueron algunos, por lo que el lusitano podría convertirse en opción, si se corona al frente de La Máquina, que marcha en punta del Apertura 2018 y es semifinalista en la Copa MX, aunque este certamen no es tan importante para los directivos. El que marca diferencia es la Liga... Y Caixinha lo hace, por ahora.

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          L'Argent des Qatariens et l'Economie d'Erdogan      Cache   Translate Page      
Lorsque l'émir du Qatar, Cheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, gaspille l'argent et la richesse du peuple qatari et détruit le droit des générations futures à jouir de cette richesse, tel est le comportement habituel du régime Hamads. Le régime dépense l'argent de son peuple pour financer et accueillir des terroristes et des projets futiles pour détruire d'autres pays, au service d'objectifs qui n'ont rien à voir avec les intérêts du Qatar, le petit pays arabe du Golfe (...) - Tribune Libre
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Special envoy arrives in Pakistan, holds talks with Foreign Secretary

Washington’s newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek help from the new government in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said on Tuesday.

A former U.S. Ambassador in Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan from neighboring Afghanistan. His tour of the region will also include West Asian stops in the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

In Afghanistan, he met with President Ashraf Ghani, a long-time friend. Mr. Khalilzad, who was also born in Afghanistan, first served in Kabul as a special envoy of President George W. Bush following the 2001 ouster of the Taliban, and then later as Washington’s Ambassador.

But Mr. Khalilzad has had a prickly relationship with Pakistan and has often accused Islamabad of fomenting violence in Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban. He has even said the U.S. should declare Pakistan a terrorist state.

Safe havens
Washington and Kabul have both repeatedly accused Pakistan of providing safe havens for Taliban insurgents, a claim Islamabad has denied and countered with charges that its own insurgents have found sanctuary in Afghanistan.

Both neighbouring countries have been brutally targeted by militants. In Pakistan, the perpetrators have most often been the region’s Islamic State affiliate, as well as the Pakistani Taliban. In neighbouring Afghanistan, the IS has been relentless in attacks, mostly targeting minority Shias. The Afghan Taliban say they restrict their attacks to Afghan security forces but thousands of civilians have been killed in their attacks.

In Pakistan, Mr. Khalilzad was met by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, who led a delegation that included “security, defence and diplomatic officials,” according to a tweet from the foreign office spokesman. There were no further details. Pakistan’s Afghan policy is largely seen as navigated by the military and its intelligence agency, known by its acronym, ISI.

          India and Russia: Salvaging a strategic partnership      Cache   Translate Page      
The India-Russia dialogue should not get inextricably entangled in the India-U.S. dialogue

At their meeting in Goa at the India-Russia annual summit, in October 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi quoted a Russian proverb to Russian President Vladimir Putin: “An old friend is better than two new ones.” It was a reassurance that India’s growing proximity to the U.S. would not affect India-Russia relations. As Mr. Putin came calling two years on, the shadow of America again loomed over the summit, in New Delhi. This time, it was closer, larger and more menacing.

Assertion of autonomy
The question that dominated the meet was whether or not the deal for the Russian air defence missile system, the S-400, would go through. The U.S. has been publicly warning for months that this purchase could attract provisions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which authorises the U.S. government to impose sanctions on entities for “significant” defence transactions with Russia. The state-of-the-art S-400 deal, at a little over $5 billion, would naturally qualify as “significant”. The sanctioned entity would be cut off from all business in the U.S. and with U.S. companies.
Just before Mr. Modi left for his informal meeting with Mr. Putin in Sochi in May this year, a U.S. official warned in a media conference that the S-400 acquisition would attract CAATSA. The same message was conveyed in India by a visiting Congressional delegation in end-May. The India-U.S. 2+2 meeting (of Foreign and Defence Ministers) in September did not resolve this issue. Shortly thereafter, two weeks before Mr. Putin arrived in India, the U.S. State Department announced sanctions on a Chinese company that had imported the S-400 over eight months earlier, asserting that it was a signal to others engaged with the Russian defence sector.

The contract for the S-400 was signed at the Delhi summit in a low-key manner. Neither leader mentioned it in his press statement and it was not signed in their presence. The one sentence announcement was in paragraph 45 of a rambling 68-paragraph Joint Statement. Mr Modi did not mention defence cooperation in his press statement, though it has been the centrepiece of India-Russia relations over decades. There was no mention also of other defence projects under discussion; their consideration may have been deferred to the meeting of the India-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation, in December.

Though understated, it was a clear assertion of autonomy of Indian decision-making on Russia. Other signals conveyed the same message. Mr. Modi invited his Russian guest to a tête-à-tête over dinner, which lasted over three hours. They displayed the warm chemistry that was evident in their Sochi meeting. Mr. Modi’s press statement paid fulsome tribute to Mr. Putin’s personal contribution to the “unique” India-Russia relations, said India attached “top priority” to these relations, which would scale new heights. Such utterances would normally be considered usual summit hyperbole, but spoken in this context of external scrutiny, they are significant.

Outlook on neighbourhood
There is a general perception that Indian and Russian perspectives today differ on key issues in India’s neighbourhood — Pakistan, Afghanistan and China — and on India’s strategic linkages with the U.S., including on the Indo-Pacific. These issues would certainly have figured in the various meetings. In the public domain, we have only Mr. Modi’s bland assertion that there were detailed discussions on “all international issues of mutual interest”, specifically citing “common interests” on terrorism, Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific. On Pakistan, one might note the nuance that the Joint Statement mentions cross-border terrorism, which some earlier Joint Statements did not. On Afghanistan, India expressed support for the “Moscow format”, in which Russia involves regional countries and major powers in an effort to draw the Taliban into negotiations with the Afghan leadership. The U.S. has boycotted this initiative, but has initiated its own dialogue with the Taliban. A U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan is now touring Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to generate help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table. India is not on his itinerary.

The Joint Statement has the usual laundry list of priority areas of cooperation, including infrastructure, engineering, natural resources, space and technology. It expresses the commitment to raise trade and investment to a level more commensurate with the potential. There has been some recent action in this direction, with Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu leading business delegations to major Russian economic forums. Mr. Modi and Mr. Putin also addressed a well-attended business summit in Delhi.

Business despite sanctions
There are obvious opportunities for cooperation between Russia, which is natural resources-rich, and India, which is resource-hungry. Whether they are exploited would depend on how well India’s economic ministries, banks and business community understand the ground realities of doing business with Russia. Even before CAATSA, there was confusion in India about sanctions against Russia. The U.S. and European sanctions between 2014 and 2016 are sector- and currency-specific. They affect entities operating in Europe and the U.S., and transactions in euro or dollar currencies. They are not applicable to other geographies or currencies. This remains the case, even post-CAATSA, for all sectors other than defence and energy. Therefore, with proper structuring of business deals, trade and investment exchanges with Russia are possible, and without losing business with Europe and America. This explains how the economic engagement of major European countries with Russia has actually grown in 2017 and 2018, despite the sanctions. European and American corporate lawyers with expertise on sanctions have enabled this. Indian business needs to tap into this expertise.
The threat to India-Russia defence cooperation extends well beyond the suspense over the S-400 deal. Every potential India-Russia defence deal could be subjected to a determination on applicability of sanctions. Actually imposing sanctions would hurt U.S. defence sales to India, defeating one of the principal objectives of the legislation. The effort would likely be to achieve desired results with the threat of sanctions.

Given the political dynamics in the U.S. today, a systemic solution to this problem is not evident. However, it has to be on the India-U.S. dialogue agenda. The India-U.S. strategic partnership is based on a strong mutuality of interests, but it was not intended to have the exclusivity of an alliance. India should not have to choose between one strategic partnership and another. The India-Russia dialogue should not get inextricably entangled in the India-U.S. dialogue.

          10/10 Links Pt1: UNESCO: Rachel's Tomb and Cave of Patriarchs part of 'Occupied Palestine'; Global News Erroneously Claims Palestinian Terrorist Killed 2 Israeli Soldiers – Not Civilians      Cache   Translate Page      
From Ian:

UNESCO: Rachel's Tomb and Cave of Patriarchs part of 'Occupied Palestine'
The PX Commission of the Executive Board of UNESCO on Wednesday morning adopted resolutions 28 and 29, titled "Occupied Palestine," which state that the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem are "an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian territory" and condemning the construction of the security fence and "other measures aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the Occupied Palestinian territory."

Both resolutions were sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, and were approved within minutes at the commission’s meeting, which includes the 59 members of UNESCO’s Executive Committee. Israel is not a member of the Executive Committee.

The resolutions also refer to Israel as "occupier" and condemn "Israeli army violations against Palestinian universities and schools," criticize the construction of the security fence, deplore the destruction of Palestinian schools, including in the village Khan al-Ahmar and regret Israel’s excavation projects in east Jerusalem.

UNESCO's assistant director-general for external relations, Nicolas Kassianides, said at the meeting that the resolutions were adopted following close consultations between the member states, and welcoming "the spirit of constructive dialogue that enabled to reach a consensus."

Kassianides further said the adoption of the resolution by consensus "confirms the positive momentum that started last year, especially on this subject which is very sensitive," hailing in particularly efforts by the Palestinians, Jordan and Israel to reach agreement.

Over the years, UNESCO included both items in the final text adopted annually by the agency’s Executive Committee. But when Audrey Azoulay took office last year as head of UNESCO, a compromise was achieved, with the resolutions adopted as an annex, and not inside the body of the text. This was the case today as well.

Belgium acknowledges Pisgat Ze’ev as part of Jerusalem
After sending the Tenzer family a letter stating that the parents of the family live in “Jerusalem”, while their two children live in “Palestinian territories,” the Belgian consulate in Jerusalem has announced the error was due to a technical malfunction in its computers that has since been amended.

"We would like to inform you that due to a technical error in our computer, the addresses of your children Talia and Gilad were incorrectly registered, and since then the error has been corrected," the second letter the consulate sent read.

The family reside in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, which is located over the Green Line in eastern Jerusalem that was captured and annexed by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

The first letter, which was sent to every Belgian citizen as the Western European country approaches its national elections, was intended to explain to all expats their rights and how to cast their vote.

The family said that all letters addressed to the family from the Belgian consulate have always referred to all its members simply as residents of Jerusalem.
Caroline Glick: Russia Raises the Stakes in Syria with S-300 Missiles
Last week, India signed a deal to purchase Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system. How likely is that deal to come to fruition if the U.S. and Israel expose the failings of the S-300? What about Turkey’s agreement to purchase the S-400?

While these key issues remain unknown, there are low-risk moves the U.S. can take in response to Russia’s adoption of a new, far more aggressive posture towards Israel and the U.S. that could serve to deter Russian adventurism and empower any moderate voices in Moscow that may have been sidelined since Sept. 17.

First, the administration could recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The move would empower Israel diplomatically and weaken the diplomatic position of Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime they control.

Second, the U.S. can launch a campaign to withdraw international recognition of the Assad regime.

Iran and Russia both base the legality of their operations in Syria on the fact that the Assad regime asked them to intervene in Syria. But the Assad regime only exists because of their support.

In truth, they are foreign aggressors asserting control over Syria and using a local Syrian proxy to legitimize their aggression. A U.S.-led campaign internationally to withdraw recognition of the Assad regime and remove regime representatives from international forums, including the UN, could weaken the Russian-Iranian political position in significant ways.

Third, the administration could ask Congress for a new, updated authorization for the use of force in Syria. Current authorization is based on the Obama administration’s strategy in Syria. The Obama administration’s strategy was to deploy U.S. forces to fight ISIS and take no action against Iranian or Russian forces in the country.



JPost Editorial: Behind the plan
President Donald Trump has the world in suspense. Everywhere in the Middle East, and in capitals around the world, everyone awaits the unveiling, the roll out, of America’s so-called “Deal of the Century.” What is the president’s peace plan, all are wondering? What is he going to throw out there that, we’ve been told, is way different than anything that’s ever come before?

It’s got everyone guessing, and there have been hints and unconfirmed reports along the way about this point or that – this neighborhood’s borders, or that country’s direct involvement, etc. – but nobody is sure what’s in it, and if they do know, they’re not talking.

But even while we don’t know the details, we do have an idea about what the US is thinking – from the man who’s helping to craft that peace plan: Jason Greenblatt.

Two weeks ago, Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations addressed the semi-annual meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The AHLC – established on October 1, 1993, less than a month after the signing of the Oslo Accords – is a 15-member committee of countries and organizations that serves as the central body bringing together international efforts to finance aid to the Palestinians. If anything in the Trump peace plan will include money, then what Greenblatt had to say to the committee has extreme importance.

“Let’s stop focusing on tired talking points and throwing more money at the same things we have been doing since 1993,” he said. “It is time to realistically evaluate what works and what does not.”
Moscow rejects notion of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday indicated that his country will not agree to any change of status for the Golan Heights, which Moscow, along with the large majority of the international community, considers occupied Syrian territory.

His comments followed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call on the international community Monday to recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin appreciates how important the strategic plateau is for Israel.

“The status of the Golan Heights is determined by the resolutions of the UN Security Council,” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow. “Changing this status bypassing the Security Council, from my perspective, would be a direct violation of these resolutions.”

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War, and formally annexed the territory in 1981. UN Security Council Resolution 497 of that year declared that Israel’s annexation of the “occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.” It passed unanimously.
Israel will continue Syria strikes despite S-300, Netanyahu tells Moscow
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Russia’s vice premier in talks on Tuesday that Israel must continue to hit hostile targets in neighboring Syria, despite Moscow’s decision to equip Damascus with advanced air defense missiles.

Netanyahu said at a press conference that he told Maxim Akimov in talks in Jerusalem that Israel would continue to fight what it says are Iranian attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and channel advanced weaponry to its Lebanese ally, the Hezbollah terror group.

Despite the delivery of the S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian military, Israel was committed as a matter of self-defense to continue its “legitimate activity in Syria against Iran and its proxies, which state their intention to destroy us,” Netanyahu said.

Israeli planes have carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets, but there have been no reports of suspected Israeli airstrikes since the accidental Syrian downing of a Russian plane during an Israeli air strike in Syria, an incident that raised tensions between Israel and Russia.
Seth Frantzman: Middle East divided on Nikki Haley’s legacy
“Sad news for Israel,” tweeted retired IDF spokesman Peter Lerner. “Nikki Haley’s role in the final destruction of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and her shameful and racist smearing of Palestinian protesters by Israel during the ongoing Grand Return March will always define my opinion of her,” tweeted writer Iyad el-Baghdadi. Across the Middle East, reaction to reports that US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is stepping down were as divided as the region.

Predictably, those supportive of the Palestinians and critical of US policy on Iran were critical of Haley, while those who tend to oppose the Iranian regime or sup- port Israel were shocked at her leaving. Haley was a strong voice against Iran’s policies in her speeches. In December 2017 she unveiled the wreckage of an Iranian Qiam ballistic missile at a speech, showcasing Iran’s involvement in Yemen.

Her departure comes as the US is dealing with a Saudi Arabia-Turkey crisis over missing journalist and former Riyadh insider Jamal Khashoggi that may involve a UN investigation or UN condemnation. The US is also seeking to pressure UNRWA, UNESCO and the UN Human Rights Council, and has withdrawn from various international bodies and treaties, including a treaty of Amity with Iran and a protocol in the Vienna Convention.

“Rest assured, Iran’s regime is terrified about who Trump/Pompeo will appoint next,” noted human rights activist and commentator Heshmat Alavi. He called her a champion supporting the people of Iran and noted her strong words against the Assad regime and Russia regarding their policies in northwest Syria. The Special Monitoring Mission to Syria, which covers the conflict there, tweeted that they hoped the new UN ambassador “will bring [a] more positive agenda to the international community from Washington.”
Five times Nikki Haley delighted the pro-Israel community
When Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that she would be stepping down as UN ambassador by the end of this year, the Israeli and pro-Israel laments poured out swiftly.

Haley didn’t simply defend Israel and its government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as her predecessors had under Democratic and Republican administrations. She led a game change: On her watch, and with the blessing of US President Donald Trump, support for Israel became a “with or against us” proposition. Slam the United States for defending Israel, and count on being slammed back, was the Trump-Haley credo.

A big chunk of Haley’s two years at the world body was about Israel.

“Thank you for your support, which led to a change in Israel’s status in the UN,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, said on Twitter.

Netanyahu offered his gratitude as well in a statement.

“I would like to thank Ambassador @nikkihaley, who led the uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN, and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country,” he said.

Haley’s predecessors had also robustly backed Israel in the body, but there had been hiccups. The latest came in December 2016 when US Ambassador Samantha Power allowed a UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israel’s settlement policy in the waning days of the Obama administration, about a month before Trump was inaugurated.

It was a rare instance of a US official semi-endorsing UN criticism of Israel.

Netanyahu and the centrist to right-wing pro-Israel community sees the United Nations as a snake pit, and any concession is seen as a betrayal. That was the message in the American Israel Public Affair Committee’s farewell to Haley packed into a single word: “consistently.”
US Jewish Groups, Israeli Politicians Hail Outgoing UN Ambassador Haley for Defense of Jewish State
Major American Jewish groups and top Israeli politicians issued effusive praise of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley following the announcement of her resignation on Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Haley well, saying she “led the uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN, and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called Haley an “ambassador of truth” who defended the Jewish state’s “clear right to protect the security of our citizens.”

Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon said Haley would “always be a true friend of Israel.”

HaBayit HaYehudi leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted to Haley, who will be leaving her post at the end of the year, “Thank you for what you’ve done for Israel. We will not forget.”
Nikki Haley: A Sheriff in Heels on Israel's Behalf
For Israel’s supporters in America, Nikki Haley was a superstar.

She won them over with a memorable speech at the AIPAC convention in 2017, right after US President Donald Trump was elected and she became ambassador to the UN.

“I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because if I see something wrong, we’re going to kick them every single time,” she said, to enthusiastic applause. “So for anyone that says you can’t get anything done at the UN, they need to know there’s a new sheriff in town.”

Enough said.

She became the new darling of the pro-Israel crowd, and her appearances at AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups often included media reports that she received a “rock-star” ovation.

That’s for good reason. Unapologetically, calmly and intelligently, Haley passionately called out the UN over its anti-Israel bias; eloquently defended Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem; and firmly called the Palestinians out for the folly of many of their policies – such as insulting her and her boss.

Her uncompromising support for Israel at the UN conjured up memories of former US ambassadors to the UN, Daniel Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick.

Many American Jews, pleased with Trump’s policies on Israel but equally unhappy with Trump’s behavior and governing style, have said – some quietly, while others more openly – that they wished Haley were president. Maybe one day she will run for the Oval Office – and maybe quitting now is part of an overall strategy to do just that.


Amb. Danny Danon: Thank you, Nikki Haley, warrior for justice and truth
Over the years, we grew accustomed to seeing the United Nations as an institution of lies and twisted half-truths the likes of which are disseminated by Arab countries and our enemies around the world, but with Nikki Haley's appointment as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., a new era was born.

Haley did not mind the criticism. She was not worried about being in the minority. She stood, head held high, with one goal in mind – to expose the truth. The change led by Haley at the U.N. Security Council, which brought an end to the automatic support for the unilateral moves by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to push forward resolutions condemning Israel and saw her voice her clear support for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, is just one example of her energetic activity for the State of Israel.

This was a period of real change, in which the tendency toward lies was replaced with the pursuit of truth, when the terror machines of Iran and Hamas and the lies of the PA were exposed to the world to reveal the true face of our enemies.
Continetti Responds to Haley’s Resignation: There Are People Around the World Who Will Miss Her
Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti said Tuesday that in the wake of Nikki Haley's "shocking" resignation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, "there are people around the world who will miss [her]."

Continetti responded during an appearance on "America's Newsroom" to Haley's resignation announcement.

"It is very shocking. Haley has been one of the most successful U.N. ambassadors in decades. If she follows in that tradition of Jeanne Kirkpatrick, John Bolton, now national security advisor, as someone who stands up for American values as well as American interests, someone who advocates democracy and human rights at the United Nations, [and is] also a stalwart defender of the state of Israel – there are a lot of people around the world who will miss Nikki Haley."

Continetti's appearance preceded the official press conference between Haley and President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, where Trump said Haley has been "very special" to him and lauded her accomplishments at the U.N. related to the Human Rights Council, Iran, Israel, and North Korea.

Continetti also praised Haley's accomplishments.

"So often the U.N. has kind of been just the institution for dictators and thugs and human rights abusers," Continetti said, "and it requires someone in that ambassadorial role, someone who is willing to stand up to these autocrats. I think Nikki Haley did that in her tenure."




Will Nikki Haley’s replacement be as supportive of Israel?
Whomever US President Donald Trump appoints to replace outgoing Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley will have very large shoes to fill, Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in response to Haley's surprise resignation on Tuesday.

Haley was a godsend at the UN from Israel's point of view, passionately, eloquently and calmly defending the Jewish State and calling out the world for its hypocrisy and bias towards the country.

It is a safe bet that whomever replaces Haley will reflect those policies as well, considering the Trump administration's staunchly pro-Israel positions. But there is always that matter of style, passion and nuance – and that is where a difference might be felt.

No sooner had Haley announced her departure, then the speculation began as to whom Trump will tap as her successor. One of the first names mentioned was Trump's daughter, Ivanka, whom Trump said would be “incredible “ in the job. She, however, made it clear that this was not going to happen, by tweeting Tuesday evening, "I know that the president will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me."

Here is a quick look at three of the leading names to replace Haley, and their involvement on Israel-related issues.

Dina Powell
The Egyptian-born Powell, who is fluent in Arabic, joined the Trump team in March 2017 as deputy national security adviser, after a period of serving as an adviser to Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner during the transition period.

Powell, who was a spokesperson in the US State Department under former president George W. Bush, with a focus on outreach to the Arab world, played a leading role planning Trump's maiden visit as president in 2017 to Saudi Arabia and Israel, and became a part of Trump's Middle East negotiations team that included Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Richard Grenell
Another leading candidate is Richard Grenell, a long-time US spokesman at the UN who has been the US Ambassador to Germany since May. Grenell has a close relationship with National Security Advisor John Bolton, with whom he worked when Bolton was an ambassador to the UN in 2005-2006.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Grenell briefly in Germany in May, shortly after the new ambassador rankled feathers in Europe by saying that he was excited about a “groundswell of conservative policies” in Europe that has resulted from “the failed policies of the left.”

Senator Bob Corker
Corker, the powerful head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has had a roller-coaster relationship with Trump, with the highs being his active consideration by Trump as a running mate in 2016, and the lows being a Twitter war with the president last year. After bearing the brunt of Trump insults, Corker, who has announced his retirement from the Senate at the end of his current term in 2019, had replied: “It's a shame the White House has become an adult daycare center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

Recently, however, Trump offered Corker the ambassadorship to Australia, a sign that the two have patched over differences to a certain degree and that it is at least conceivable that Trump would give the foreign policy maven the nod. Corker turned down the Australian job.
Richard Grenell a 'family favorite' to replace Nikki Haley at UN
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is a name to watch as speculation commences on who will replace outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, a source with knowledge of the administration's thinking told the Washington Examiner.

"He's a family favorite," the source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said of Grenell.

Multiple members of the White House communications team did not respond to immediate requests for comment regarding Grenell being a potential replacement for Haley.

Grenell spent eight years serving as a U.S. spokesman and political appointee to the U.N., making him the longest serving appointee at the U.N. in history. The ambassador served as the U.S. spokesman during many of the most contentious and troublesome periods in recent decades. Grenell ran communications during the war on terrorism, ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, and the U.N.'s oil-for-food corruption scandal.

[Also read: Here are the notable Trump aides who have left the administration]

The president was livid with Senate Democrats for what he felt was slow-walking Grenell's confirmation earlier this year. He said in March that his nominees were "being blocked and/or slow walked by the Democrats in the Senate." Roughly one month after his tweet, Grenell made it through the Senate confirmation process.
Israel must stop arrests, 'abuse' of Palestinian minors, European MPs say
Israel should stop administrative detentions of Palestinian minors, members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said Tuesday in Strasbourg, France.

PACE voted 47-11 to approve a report calling on Israel to work with UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross to "change laws, practice and attitudes so as to fully protect the rights of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system."

Among those who voted against the report were representatives of the UK, Switzerland, Estonia and Moldova, who criticized it as not balanced.

Yesh Atid MK Aliza Lavie called the report "one-sided and distorted," because it does not mention the participation of Palestinian minors in terrorism and violence, incitement in Palestinian textbooks, or the payments the Palestinian Authority makes to terrorists and their families.

"While you worked on writing this report in an air-conditioned room, an Israeli was arrested in a shopping center by one of the minors you seek to protect," Lavie stated, referring to the murder of Israeli father of four, Ari Fuld, by Palestinian 17-year-old Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin last month.

"While you condemn the arrests of potential terrorists, two more Israelis were slaughtered in their place of work," Lavie added.

"How many of the countries represented in this hall use administrative detentions to ensure their security? But when it comes to Israel, our right to defend ourselves is only on paper."
Global News Erroneously Claims Palestinian Terrorist Killed 2 Israeli Soldiers – Not Civilians
On October 7, Global News broadcast an error-ridden report about the horrific terror attack in Barkan that saw a Palestinian terrorist shoot and kill two Israeli civilians and wound a third.

A Palestinian terrorist named Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alowa, is suspected of carrying out the attack that saw 29-year-old Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and 35-year-old Ziv Hajibi murdered. As of this writing, his whereabouts are unknown and a manhunt is being carried out by Israeli and Palestinian forces.

Though it’s a positive that Global devoted coverage to this terror attack, its journalists erroneously claimed that the dead and injured Israelis were all soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. In fact, they were innocent civilians who were murdered.

Global’s Anchor wrongly introduced the report by saying:
Israel is blaming the deaths of two of its soldiers on an attack by a Palestinian gunman, a third soldier was injured when the gunman is alleged to have opened fire in an industrial park in the west bank…”

Global News Erroneously Claims Palestinian Terrorist Killed 2 Israeli Soldiers - Not Civilians from Mike on Vimeo.


Incendiary Balloon Lands in Jerusalem Suburb
A balloon fitted with an explosive device, launched by Palestinian terrorists, landed outside a home in Givat Ze’ev, a suburb of Jerusalem, for the first time Monday.

Police sappers neutralized the device in the private yard of the Samaria home and transferred their findings to a laboratory for further review.

Several similar cases recently suggest that Palestinians ‎in the West Bank may be trying to mimic a wave of recent arson attacks from Gaza and launch incendiary ‎balloons into central Israeli cities.

On Saturday, incendiary balloons launched from Gaza sparked a fire in Shokeda Forest. Firefighters, Jewish National Fund workers and Israel Nature and Parks Authority teams worked together to extinguish the blaze.

Incendiary balloons also landed in Kibbutz Nir Am and Kibbutz Dorot, but fortunately did not cause damage.

Shaar Hanegev Regional Council security officer Tayel Hajbi told Israel Hayom, “Today, fortunately, there were no fires because there was early detection, and when the balloons reached the ground they were immediately extinguished.”
Khaled Abu Toameh: Fatah blasts Qatar over fuel delivery to Gaza
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah faction on Tuesday accused Qatar of working with Israel to perpetuate the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Fatah also accused Qatar of meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians.

Qatar has donated $60 million for help provide fuel for the Gaza Power Plant for the next six months.

For the first time, however, the payment process skipped over the Palestinian Authority. Typically, Qatar would have sent the money to the PA, which then would have purchased the fuel from Israel, to transfer to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

This time around it donated the funds to the United Nations, which then purchased the fuel from Israel, thereby leaving the Palestinian Authority out in the cold.

The gestures alleviates the humanitarian suffering of the two million people in the Hamas-ruled Gaza enclave, who have been living on four to five hours of electricity per day, followed by 12 to 16 hours of blackouts.

Fatah and Abbas have reportedly expressed outrage over the move, which they say will help Hamas tighten its grip on the Gaza Strip and sabotage Egyptian efforts to end the rivalry between the two Palestinian parties.

Abbas has imposed severe economic sanctions on Gaza, including refusing to pay for fuel, in hopes of forcing Hamas to relinquish its 11-year hold on Gaza and allow for Fatah to rule the enclave. Funding the fuel harms those efforts.

A senior PA official in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that any aid to the Gaza Strip should be channeled through the Ramallah-based PA government and in coordination with it.
The same old Sinwar
Caving into Hamas pressure, La Repubblica journalist ‎Francesca Borri, which interviewed Sinwar, was quick ‎to post a video in which she states that she ‎interviewed Sinwar on behalf of the Italian daily ‎and a British paper, not Israeli media. ‎

Yedioth's claim that the interview was held on its ‎behalf is false in its entirety. "I am a freelancer ‎and my stories are translated into 24 languages. ‎Sinwar knew it. I do not work for Israeli media," ‎she said. ‎

‎"When Sinwar talked with me, he was addressing the ‎world, including Israel, with aim of removing the ‎siege the international community as a whole is ‎responsible for," she said. ‎

She stressed that she asked him whether this ‎was the first time he was granting an interview to ‎‎"Western media" – not "Israeli media," as Yedioth ‎claimed.‎

Borri further said that Sinwar "wouldn’t hear of ‎‎'normalization,'" cryptically adding that "at the ‎end of the day, we're all pretty smart. What ‎happened is clear to everyone." ‎

Woe the disappointment. As it turns out, Hamas – ‎the offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ‎sister-movement of Islamic Jihad, al-Qaida and ‎Islamic State – has no intention of relinquishing ‎its call for Israel's destruction.‎

Sinwar has no intention of laying down his arms and ‎setting aside the desire to murder Israelis. He ‎simply explained that his "weakness" is the source ‎of his "strength" as giant, impatient, nuclear ‎Israel does not wish to eliminate him because it is ‎not in its interest. ‎

The bastard is right.‎






Iran spent $16B to destabilize Middle East, report finds
The U.S. State Department recently published an ‎unprecedented report detailing the financial ‎resources Iran invests in destabilizing the Middle ‎East. ‎

The report estimated that over the past six years, ‎the Islamic republic has spent some $16 billion to ‎prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and ‎fund Iranian-backed militias across the Arab world.‎

Assad has so far received about $4.6 billion from ‎Tehran, which also gives its largest regional proxy, ‎Lebanon-based Hezbollah, more than $700 million a ‎year, in addition to supporting other militias in ‎Iraq and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.‎

According to the 48-page report, the Gaza Strip-‎based Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups have ‎receives upward of $100 million from Iran in recent ‎years. ‎

‎"We know that Iran uses its economic revenues to ‎finance terrorism. There is no country in the world ‎that sponsors and supports terrorism more than ‎Iran," a State Department ‎official said. ‎

The report also touched on Iran's ballistic missile ‎program, saying that for years, Tehran has been ‎violating the international restrictions imposed on it ‎and has been delivering ballistic missiles to the ‎Houthis.‎
Iran Joins Global Initiative to Combat Terrorism; Loopholes for Hamas and Hezbollah
Looking to avoid further international sanctions, 143 out of 268 Iranian lawmakers voted on Sunday to support a UN Convention to end terrorist financing, but the bill they passed contains loopholes for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

Known as the “Combating the Financing of Terrorism,” the international convention “involves investigating, analyzing, deterring and preventing sources of funding for activities intended to achieve political, religious or ideological goals through violence and the threat of violence against civilians,” according to the online site Investopedia.

However, this development is unlikely to cease Iran’s role as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

“Both opponents of the bill and foreign-media reports failed to recognize that the bill carves out exemptions for the specific purpose of facilitating funds to support Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups designated abroad as terrorist organizations,” according to Saeed Ghasseminejad and Toby Dershowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

“To that end, the bill excludes ‘struggles against colonial dominance and foreign occupation’ from its definition of terrorism,” they added. “The bill even acknowledges it will not fully comply with clause 1.b in Article 2 of the CFT, which prohibits any act ‘intended to cause death or serious bodily injury to a civilian, or to any other person not taking an active part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict.’”
Turkey's Revolution Looks like Iran's - but in Slow Motion
The SAVAK's infamous Evin prison, which once held as many as 5,000 of the Shah's political enemies, soon held over 15,000 of Khomeini's.

Erdogan once said that "Democracy is like a tram. You ride it until you arrive at your destination, then you step off." It appears he has reached his destination.

As Prime Minister and then President of Turkey, Erdogan's policies have become steadily more hostile to U.S. interests. He championed the Gaza flotilla, helped Iran transport weapons into Syria, and fought America's Kurdish allies.

Imagine what the world would be like if the U.S. had stationed nuclear weapons in Iran prior to Khomeini's takeover. Imagine what the world will be like if Erdogan seizes America's nuclear weapons.
Turkish paper publishes photos of Saudi journalist’s ‘assassination squad’
A pro-government Turkish newspaper on Wednesday published the names and photographs of a group of Saudi nationals who allegedly arrived in Istanbul on board two private jets the day journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, went missing.

Turkish officials have said they believe the Saudi writer and government critic was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul after he visited the mission to obtain a document required to marry his Turkish fiancee. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, revealed the identities of what it called a “mysterious” 15-member “assassination squad” it said was involved in Khashoggi’s alleged death.

The paper printed pictures of the Saudi nationals that appeared to have been taken by security cameras during police control at an airport.
MEMRI: The Disappearance Of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Before He Disappeared, The Saudi Press Accused Him Of Treason; Now It Is Expressing Concern
The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, and was never seen leaving it, is a trending topic in the Arabic press, particularly the Saudi press. Khashoggi, whom some Turkish elements surmise was murdered by the Saudis inside the consulate, is a veteran Saudi journalist well known in the Arab world, especially for his criticism of the Saudi regime and his support for the Muslim Brotherhood. In the past year Khashoggi even moved to the U.S. in fear for his life, and began writing a Washington Post column; in it, he was harshly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

Prior to Khashoggi's disappearance, and since his move to the U.S., there were numerous articles in the Saudi press attacking him, particularly in the 'Okaz daily. The articles accused him of betraying his country, ranked him with the leaders of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and described him as being in the service of the enemies of Saudi Arabia, starting with Turkey, Iran and Qatar, out of greed. Three days after his disappearance, a similar article called him "conspirer with reactionary ideas" who is loyal to the enemies of the state and is working "to sway public opinion [against Saudi Arabia] and underme security and stability in the country."

However, about a week after his disappearance, just as the accusations that Saudi Arabia had murdered him at the Istanbul consulate peaked, there was a reversal in the tone of articles in the Saudi press about him. Articles now expressed the country's concern about him, and the hope of hearing that he was alive and well. These articles also denied that Saudi Arabia had had a hand in his alleged murder, arguing that the country had no history of eliminating oppositionists in that way and that such an act would in any event cause more harm than good. They also stated that Turkey, Iran, and Qatar, and the Qatari Al-Jazeera TV, by attempting to accuse Saudi Arabia of involvement in murder, were essentially implicating themselves.

This report will set out the change in tone in the Saudi press with respect to Khashoggi, prior to and immediately after his disappearance and a week later.




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          Fatah effectively accuses UN, Qatar, Egypt, Hamas of supporting Trump's "Deal of the Century"      Cache   Translate Page      


Fatah is very upset at fuel being sent to Gaza.

Yesterday and today, Qatar sent tanker trucks of fuel to Gaza through Egypt to get the power plant going again and ease the electricity crisis there. Israel and the UN cooperated in order to get this to happen, bypassing the Palestinian Authority which is against any ease in the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that it is largely responsible for.

Fatah issued a statement today saying that this deal was a step towards Gaza becoming a separate political entity run by Hamas, and saying that this was all part of the Trump/Kushner "Deal of the Century".

Apparently, Fatah now believes that Hamas, Israel, Egypt, the UN and Qatar are all colluding to push the still-unannounced deal. (Maybe also Morocco, which is sending 2 tons of medical supplies to Gaza today while the PA restricts medicines.)

The truth, of course, is that while Israel restricts goods to Gaza that can be used to create weapons, there are no other restrictions from Israel and no desire to punish Gazans for the actions of Hamas, despite the lies that the Palestinians (and Western haters of Israel) try to push.

The PA, on the other hand, has been explicitly engaging in collective punishment of Gaza for 18 months, deliberately trying to hurt the people of Gaza in order to get them to pressure Hamas to unify with Fatah.

The amount of articles and public statements from the UN blaming the PA for the Gaza crisis is tiny compared the number of articles falsely accusing Israel of doing what the PA is doing.

The cracks are starting to become more visible. When it is obvious that Israel is working harder to bring fuel to Gaza than the Palestinian leadership, conspiracy theories can no longer work. Arab media is quite well aware of what the PA is doing, but that awareness is only starting to be seen in Western media.

This is not the first attack by Fatah against the UN, by the way. Earlier this week a top Fatah official accused Nikolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, of working on behalf of the Trump administration.

When they think that the UN is the enemy then you know that the Palestinian Authority is grasping at straws to remain relevant.





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          What The Hell With Rick Gates Doing NO COLLUSION With Israeli Spies, Who Why What Now?      Cache   Translate Page      


WHAT UP, ROBERT MUELLER INVESTIGATION? Suddenly there is lots of news about it, which is weird because everybody was saying Mueller would all of a sudden STFU during election season, to protect the sanctity of an election in which Donald Trump the Useful Idiot Of Moscow is not even technically on the ballot.

As the nation turns its attention from the cranky butthole mouth of Brett Kavanaugh, who is now officially boofing with Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court (#NeverEverForget), a handful of stories have come out about what Vox notes are some of the more opaque narratives in the Trump-Russia scandal. There was news about Peter Smith, the weird Clinton hater who was trying to do his own ninja mission to get Hillary's hacked emails from Russia, after which he mysteriously killed himself; and there was news about that weird Trump Organization server that only connected with Alfa Bank in Moscow and the DeVos family's Spectrum Health in Michigan, the one the New York Times pooh-poohed from the outset but now admits was MAYBE KIND OF A STORY, DON'T YOU THINK? Anyway, computer scientists are still pretty sure there's a "there" there, we just don't know what it is yet. But maybe Robert Mueller does!

Taken together with everything else we know, we sure are getting a bigger picture of just how many people associated with the Trump campaign were looking for any skeevy and/or illegal way they could to help Russia manipulate voters to assist Donald Trump in barely stealing an election!


And now there is this thing about Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's guilty-ass apprentice, cavorting with an Israeli intelligence firm to fuckbang the Republican primary (and maybe the general election!) for Donald Trump. WAIT, DID YOU JUST SAY ISRAEL? Yes, we did! There's a whole other weird wang of the Russia investigation that seems to include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and apparently Israel. This particular news is about an Israeli firm made up of former intel officials pitching Rick Gates to use fake Internet robot people to "sway 5,000 delegates" at the Republican convention, because Trump's people were worried Ted Cruz would kill JFK with his dad again try to take the GOP nomination from Trump. There were also proposals for firm to similarly ratfuck the election against Hillary Clinton. Gates and the company, Psy-Ops, say they never ultimately worked together, but let's just assume that's #LIES for now.

The story is long and detailed, but let's start here for the basic gist:

A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents and Hillary Clinton, according to interviews and copies of the proposals.

The Trump campaign's interest in the work began as Russians were escalating their effort to aid Donald J. Trump. Though the Israeli company's pitches were narrower than Moscow's interference campaign and appear unconnected, the documents show that a senior Trump aide saw the promise of a disruption effort to swing voters in Mr. Trump's favor.

OK. So the company, as we said, is called Psy-Ops, and it is owned by an Australian-Israeli businessdude named Joel Zamel. He is connected to George Nader, who is a cooperating witness with the Mueller investigation, and who is an adviser to the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates. Nader is also connected to the weird Russian meeting former Blackwater sadist Erik Prince (brother of Betsy DeVos) had in the Seychelles, seemingly to establish a secret "back channel" with Russia just before Trump's inauguration, because that's just a normal thing for incoming American presidential administrations to do. (It's also super normal to lie to Congress about such meetings, like Prince did.) Nader is also tied in with that bizarre Michael Flynn grift to "recolonize" the Middle East, by stealing its resources and dividing the spoils between everybody on Donald Trump's Christmas card list, including all the Russians. So ... CONNECT THE DOTS, MORANS! Just kidding, we don't know WTF all these connections mean.

The New York Times points out that, while we don't know for sure if the Trump campaign ever officially worked with Psy-Ops, there is some evidence of NO COLLUSION, YOU ARE THE COLLUSION, citing a meeting in August 2016 with Donald Trump Jr. that was attended by Zamel and Nader and set up by Erik Prince. Totally normal, right? Just in case the obvious Russian collusion didn't work, it's smart to have a backup NO COLLUSION plan, we guess.

Oh yeah and also George Nader Venmo-ed Joel Zamel two million dollars just after the inauguration, but that could also be totally normal. Maybe Zamel took care of Nader's dogs while he was out of town or something, and the price of that was two million dollars.

Dig into the NYT piece for more sexxxy details, about how Gates hooked up with Psy-Ops because of George Birnbaum, a GOP consultant dude who is connected to the Israelis, and who is described as the "protégé of Arthur J. Finkelstein, the legendary Republican political operative," who is also legendary for his reclusive nature. He was a New York buddy of Roy Cohn's and also of Donald Trump's, so, you know, he's obviously a nice guy. Finkelstein was behind the election success of the creepy authoritarian leader of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, who is notably up Vladimir Putin's ass, which reminds us that there is one independent journalist who has been pretty sure that this entire Trump-Russia road leads back to Finkelstein and Hungary for quite a while now. We've never been sure how much to trust that theory, but we're just letting you know it exists.

Oh yeah, did we mention Finkelstein is also connected to Paul Manafort, in that he seems to have hooked Manafort up with all these Russian oligarchs a long while back? Well, we're mentioning it now!

Wanna read an article from 1996 about how a lot of this very same circle of people tried to dirty trick Bob Dole into office in order to beat a Clinton, including Manafort and Tony Fabrizio, who went on to become the lead pollster for the Trump campaign? You can do that!

Please note as you absorb these facts that both Rick Gates and Paul Manafort are now cooperating witnesses in the Mueller investigation, so the timing of our learning about this whole Psy-Ops rigamarole might be significant, right? Oh, and Psy-Ops, according to NYT, is now "in liquidation" like a common Cambridge Analytica, isn't that so weird?

Well! Now that we've thrown a bunch of facts at your faces and given you some links to rabbit-hole your way through without providing any analysis whatsoever, we're going to slip out of this blog post and leave you to figure it out for yourselves, GOODBYE NOW!

[New York Times]

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          Qatar Airways - Boeing 777-3DZ(ER) / A7-BAG @ Manila      Cache   Translate Page      

Miguel Cenon posted a photo:

Qatar Airways - Boeing 777-3DZ(ER) / A7-BAG @ Manila

===AIRCRAFT INFORMATION===

Registration: A7-BAG
Aircraft: Boeing 777-3DZ(ER)
Aircraft Manufacturer: Boeing Company
Serial No./ MSN: 36014
Aircraft Delivery Date: 20/10/2009
Livery: Oneworld Livery
Aircraft Status: Active

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          PALESTINA: UNDICI ANNI DI BLOCCO ISRAELIANO CONTRO LA STRISCIA DI GAZA.      Cache   Translate Page      
La centrale elettrica di Gaza, che rifornisce di elettricità la Striscia, avrebbe ripreso da oggi, mercoledì 10 ottobre, a funzionare al massimo delle capacità grazie a una fornitura di combustibile donato dal Qatar, con l’aiuto dell’Onu e il benestare israeliano. Nuove forniture proseguiranno nelle settimane future. Hamas è tornato ad accusare l’Autorità nazionale palestinese di […]
          Tra calcio e diritti televisivi: la crisi del Golfo si gioca sul campo      Cache   Translate Page      

Diritti televisivi e pirateria. L’ultima escalation della crisi diplomatica in corso tra i Paesi del Golfo passa anche da qui. Arabia Saudita e Qatar si sono scontrate sui diritti televisivi sportivi poco prima dell’inizio dei Mondiali in Russia lo scorso giugno e ora l’emittente qatariota beIN Sport, fino al 2014 controllata di Al Jazeera, ha deciso di intraprendere azioni […]

L'articolo Tra calcio e diritti televisivi:
la crisi del Golfo si gioca sul campo
proviene da Gli occhi della guerra.


          Al Jazeera denies Qatari emir censored Israel lobby film      Cache   Translate Page      

But director-general’s claims are contradicted by his own staff.


          Comment on Berpetualang menjelajah Doha Qatar dengan transportasi umum by rani      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Princess Eugenie 'profoundly moved' by her work with teenage cancer patients      Cache   Translate Page      

Princess Eugenie 'profoundly moved' by her work with teenage cancer patientsA charity boss has told how the young Princess Eugenie was left profoundly moved after visiting her teenage counterparts suffering from cancer in hospital. The president of the Teenage Cancer Trust said the Queen’s granddaughter showed great maturity meeting cancer patients for the first time and trying to raise their morale in the darkest of circumstances. Speaking on the eve of Eugenie’s wedding Myrna Whiteson said she hoped the Princess, 28, would carry on her role as patron of the charity following her marriage to Jack Brooksbank, and that her husband would be able to share her charitable duties. Mrs Whiteson, who founded the Teenage Cancer Trust with her husband Dr Adrian Whiteson, said the two girls had become involved in its work from an early age through their mother, the Duchess of York. She told The Daily Telegraph: “The Duchess of York officially opened our first specialist cancer unit in 1990 and has attended almost all of our 28 subsequent new unit openings across the UK, with Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice accompanying her on numerous occasions. “We have had the pleasure of watching the Princess grow up and blossom into the beautiful bride we know she will be today. She’s been a warm and dedicated Patron of this charity, always sensitive to the needs of young people with cancer and eager to help and support them.” Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (L) at day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 30, 2015 Credit:  Tristan Fewings/Getty Images Europe Mrs Whiteson, who will be attending the wedding at St George’s Chapel on Friday with her husband, added: “The girls knew all about the charity when they were growing up and Princess Eugenie even came along to one of our treatment centres, at UCL, on her 18th birthday. I should think it was very difficult for her to see her contemporaries  suffering in a situation nobody expects at that age. “I think it would have been both upsetting and uplifting for the princesses to come face to face with it, but they have been wonderful “During all these visits they both take their time, they don’t make anybody feel rushed or harried. They pay attention to the patients, the families and the nursing staff, which is very good for their morale as well of course.” Princess Eugenie was made an Honorary Patron for Teenage Cancer Trust in 2016.  To mark the occasion, she visited its specialist unit at University College Hospital where she was welcomed by young people receiving treatment for cancer there. Mrs Whiteson said even very ill patients would feel boosted by a visit from the two princesses. “Sometimes patients who are not at all well don’t feel up to having visitors yet. But then they see Eugenie or Beatrice talking to other teenagers on the ward and they perk up and say they wouldn't mind a visit after all.” She added: “We consider the Duchess and the Princesses to be part of the team at Teenage Cancer Trust and Value tremendously what they do. Jack [Brooksbank] is a charming young man and I hope he’ll also become involved in our work.”



          Mystery vehicle figure search for Saudi dissident      Cache   Translate Page      
Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist and newspaper editor, had lived in exile in Washington for more than a year, writing a column for the Washington Post in which he regularly criticised his country’s crackdown on dissent, its war in Yemen and sanctions imposed on Qatar.
          Las ocho nuevas contradicciones de Sampaoli      Cache   Translate Page      

Apareció cuando nadie lo esperaba, cuando el tarifazo ya te generó una angustia más grande que los goles de Mbappé en el Mundial de Rusia. Pero igual, pese al tiempo transcurrido -casi 100 días desde que le dijeron desde la AFA que debía irse-, Jorge Sampaoli habló de su complicado paso por la Selección y fue inevitable que generara cierta picazón en los brazos. El técnico eligió a un medio de España, el prestigioso diario Marca, el mismo que hace unos días hizo una encuesta como contracara al premio The Best de la FIFA con una encuesta al público: ¿quiénes fueron los peores? Y el hombre de Casilda fue elegido como el entrenador que más defraudó. Parece que los argentinos no son los únicos exitistas caprichosos e intolerantes que no supieron apreciar una idea que casi no se vio...

Mirá también: "No me entra en la cabeza que alguien no quiera ir a la Selección"

El Zurdo omitió muchísimas cosas. No se arrepiente de nada, según afirmó con seguridad. Futbolísticamente, haberte ido de un Mundial sin un nueve de área en cancha, para un tipo que se jacta de que le gusta atacar, de ir al frente, del jogo bonito, del tiki-tiki, de ser protagonistas y bla, bla, bla, hace un poquito de ruido, algo que no se condice mucho con el discurso madre del DT, como un falso vegetariano que se clava unos tallarines con estofado a escondidas.

Mirá también: Diez frases de Sampa

Tal vez, esas contradicciones fueron las que pusieron de punta los pelos de los jugadores durante el Mundial. Porque Sampaoli aceptó que hubo reuniones. Reconoció que delegó el poder en Mascherano y compañía en los momentos en que había que diseñar la parte futbolística. Pero lo hizo para fortalecer y unir al grupo. Es decir, el golpe de estado interno para él fue algo natural y saludable, una herramienta válida para que la mochila del exitismo no fuera tan pesada. Es muy difícil manejar un fórmula 1 con tres o cuatro pilotos sentados en la misma butaca. Alguno, o varios, sobrarán...

Mirá también: Del "sufría como ninguno" a poder ser campeón en Qatar

Un Mundial de fútbol, lo que todos esperan durante años, fue una angustia para Sampaoli y su plantel. Todos la pasaron mal. Muy mal. El santafesino, como conductor, jamás mencionó qué porción de responsabilidad se lleva el cabeza del grupo que no logra impermeabilizar a su tropa. Habló un día. Después de mucho tiempo. Cuando Rusia ya es un viejo dolor color sepia. Hace poco fue a una veterinaria y grabó un video muy chistoso: “Vine por mi perra y al final me terminé llevando un volante mixto”. El humor no lo perdió.

Las nuevas contradiciones de Sampaoli entre lo que dice y lo que pasa:

​1) "El Mundial fue muy prematuro: nos clasificamos y rápidamente vino Rusia. No tuvimos tiempo para mucho".

Pero: ​Dalic, entrenador de Croacia, selección subcampeona del mundo, tuvo menos tiempo de trabajo que Sampaoli en la Argentina. Es más, al DT de Casilda le dieron facilidades de todo tipo: viajó por toda Europa para juntarse con los futbolistas y charlar con ellos sobre su proyecto.

Dalic logró en Croacia lo que Sampaoli no pudo hacer con Argentina.

Dalic logró en Croacia lo que Sampaoli no pudo hacer con Argentina.

2) "Todo lo externos se nos metió en la concentración. Pero todo se hacía para ayudar, para mejorar..."

Pero: A veces es necesario saber lidiar con lo externo, con las críticas justificadas y con "el mundo virtual", como definió Sampaoli. Y en caso de no poder hacerlo, entonces alguna falla en el manejo del grupo se hace evidente, palpable.

Las filtraciones a la prensa, uno de los problemas.

Las filtraciones a la prensa, uno de los problemas.

3) "No creo que tenga que reprocharme cosas. En la adversidad aprendí mucho para el futuro".​

​Pero: A la inversa puede decirse que si no tiene nada para reprocharse, entonces no aprendió demasiado para el futuro. Nadie niega que el "le pude mucho corazón y sentimiento" es real, pero sí quedó en evidencia que a la Selección le faltó un eje futbolístico, una idea clara de juego.

Sampaoli apenas hizo autocrítica de su trabajo.

Sampaoli apenas hizo autocrítica de su trabajo.

4) "La mochila que tenía este grupo era demasiada pesada, y así era difícil surgir el talento".​

Pero: Tan cierto como que el Mundial se vislumbraba como la posibilidad de aprovechar la presencia del mejor futbolistas del mundo y edificar, desde el juego y no desde la figura de Messi, un futuro mejor para la Selección. Otra vez a la lona...​

Para Sampaoli, dirigir a Messi era una dificultad.

Para Sampaoli, dirigir a Messi era una dificultad.

5) "El Mundial lo ganó un país jugando al contragolpe, a base de recuperación".​

Pero: ¿Y? ¿Está mal? No hay manual que diga cómo debe jugarse un partido o un Mundial para ganarlo. Sí es clave que cada equipo sepa lo que busca y cómo hacerlo, así que bien por Francia. A Argentina le faltó identidad, jugar con un 9...​

Sampaoli apuntó al juego de Francia durante el Mundial.

Sampaoli apuntó al juego de Francia durante el Mundial.

6) "Con estos valores no nos ha ido muy bien últimamente como sociedad, ni en el fútbol. Y así no se puede".​

Pero: Es cierto cuando se refiere a "la histeria de la inmediatez" y de que no se respetan los procesos en nuestro país, aunque tampoco debe olvidar que él -en definitiva- forma parte de la sociedad argentina y de sus miserias.​

La sociedad exitista, otro de los chivos expiatorios de Sampaoli.

La sociedad exitista, otro de los chivos expiatorios de Sampaoli.

7) "En mi época en la Selección no se criticaba ni se hablaba de mi estilo. Se hablaba sólo de ganar".​

Pero: ¡Error! Si algo se le achacó a Sampaoli en su ciclo fue precisamente esa ausencia de idea futbolística por sobre los resultados, que de hecho terminaron siendo una consecuencia de lo primero. Es más, ganar parecía una quimera...​

Con él, Argentina nunca supo a qué jugaba.

Con él, Argentina nunca supo a qué jugaba.

8) "Tener a Messi, el mejor del mundo, te obliga a estar a su altura. Y en esa lucha estábamos todos los días".​

Pero: Contar con leo debería haber sido una bendición y no una lucha cotidiana. "Te obliga a una exigencia máxima. A veces se puede y a veces no", agregó Sampaoli. Por lo tanto, ¿no hubiera sido mejor evitar la Messidependencia?


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Qatar Airways in the last few days (up to Tuesday 09OCT18) filed additional changes to its winter 2018/19 operation, effective 28OCT18 – 30MAR19. Latest adjustment as of 09OCT18 as follows (certain routes with aircraft adjustment already reflected since August, but not covered on Airlineroute).

Doha – Bangkok eff 01DEC18 QR834/839 and QR838/835 A350-900XWB replaces 777-300ER. Overall planned increase from 6 to 7 daily from 28OCT18, including 1 daily A380 operation, remains unchanged
Doha – Belgrade 28OCT18 – 30NOV18 A320 replaces A321, 1 daily
Doha – Bucharest eff 28OCT18 2 daily service operated by a mix of A320/321, instead of A321 only
Doha – Cape Town Operational aircraft changes for this 1 daily service
28OCT18 – 30NOV18 787-8
01DEC18 – 31JAN19 A350-900XWB (New adjustment; replacing 777-300ER)
01FEB19 – 30MAR19 777-300ER

Doha – Copenhagen eff 14DEC18 Increase from 14 to 18 weekly, additional 4 weekly operated by A350-900XWB / 777-300ER / 787-8
Doha – Hatay 06MAR19 – 27MAR19 2 of 3 weekly operated by A321, replacing A320
Doha – Helsinki eff 28OCT18 QR301/302 and QR303/304 A330-200/-300 replaces previously filed 787-8 (Overall 1 daily each A320 and A330)
Doha – Manchester
28OCT18 – 30NOV18 A350-900 replaces 787-8 on 14 of 18 weekly flights
eff 01DEC18 QR027/028 358-seater 777-300ER replaces A350-900XWB (Overall 7 weekly 359, 7 weekly 77W and 4 weekly 788)

Doha – Sofia eff 01DEC18 Capacity increase with A321 operates most flights, up to 10 weekly (Overall Sofia service is 11)
Doha – Stockholm Arlanda eff 01DEC18 QR167/168 and QR169/170 358-seater 777-300ER replaces 787-8 (Overall 1 daily each 77W and 359)
Doha – Warsaw eff 28OCT18 QR263/264 (3 weekly) and QR259/260 (4 weekly) A330-300 replaces A320 (Previous plan: A330-200; Overall 1 daily each 787 and A330)

Previously reported changes:
Doha – Bangkok – Hanoi eff 28OCT18 Bangkok service no longer extends to Hanoi
Doha – Boston 01DEC18 – 31JAN19 777-300ER replaces A350-900XWB, 1 daily
Doha – Casablanca eff 28OCT18 A350-900XWB replaces 787-8, 2 weekly
Doha – Casablanca – Marrakech – Doha eff 29OCT18 A350-900XWB replaces 787-8, 5 weekly
Doha – Chiang Mai eff 30NOV18 Increase from 4 to 7 weekly, 787-8 operating
Doha – Da Nang eff 19DEC18 New route, 4 weekly 787-8 (Previously reported as 5 weekly in error)
Doha – Denpasar 28OCT18 – 30NOV18 QR960/961 777-300ER replaces 787-8, 1 daily
Doha – Gothenburg eff 12DEC18 New route, 5 weekly 787-8 service
Doha – Hangzhou eff 28OCT18 A330-300 replaces -200, 4 weekly
Doha – Hanoi eff 28OCT18 Nonstop service increases from 1 to 2 daily (1 daily each 787-8 and A330-200)
Doha – Krabi
eff 31OCT18 787-8 replaces previously filed A330-200, 4 weekly
eff 02DEC18 Increase from 4 to 7 weekly, 787-8 operating

Doha – Lagos eff 28OCT18 787-8 replaces A330-200/-300, 1 daily
Doha – Male eff 28OCT18 Increase from 2 to 3 daily, A330-300/350-900XWB operating
Doha – Milan Malpensa eff 28OCT18 QR127/128 777-300ER continues to operate 1 daily, replacing previously filed A330-300
Doha – Mombasa eff 11DEC18 New route, 4 weekly A320
Doha – New York JFK eff 28OCT18 QR701/702 operated by A350-1000XWB, replacing 777-300ER (The A350-1000XWB has been operating on selected flights in September and October 2018)
Doha – Oslo eff 28OCT18 A350-900XWB replaces 787-8, 10 weekly
Doha – Penang eff 28OCT18 Operational aircraft currently displaying A330-200/-300, replacing previously filed 787-8
Doha – Prague eff 28OCT18 QR291/292 787-8 replaces A320 (Overall 1 daily each 787 and A320)
Doha – Seoul Incheon eff 28OCT18 Reduce from 8 to 7 weekly, 777-300ER operating
Doha – Singapore
eff 01NOV18 QR944/945 A350-1000XWB replaces -900XWB, 1 daily
eff 01DEC18 QR946/947 A350-1000XWB replaces -900XWB, 1 daily

Doha – Skopje eff 28OCT18 Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly, A320 operating
Doha – Tokyo Haneda eff 01JAN19 A350-1000XWB replaces -900XWB, 1 daily


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          HEADLINE: Peringatan untuk Palu, Agar Tragedi Gempa Tak Kembali Berulang      Cache   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Kedatangan sosok Winnie the Pooh menerbitkan senyum di bibir sejumlah bocah korban bencana akibat gempa magnitudo 7,4 di Palu. Mereka terlihat gemas dan berebut memeluk boneka beruang madu itu.

"Saya kasihan pada mereka. Jangan sampai bocah-bocah itu trauma," kata Erna, relawan yang rela menyetir selama 3 jam demi mendatangkan Winnie the Pooh ke Palu, seperti dikutip dari manilastandard.net.

Sejumlah relawan mengatakan, banyak bocah yang trauma dan tertekan akibat bencana mengerikan yang mereka saksikan. Banyak yang jadi yatim, piatu, atau bahkan keduanya akibat bangunan runtuh dan gelombang tinggi yang menghantam kota.

"Bermain adalah bagian yang sangat penting dari kesehatan dan kesejahteraan psikologis anak," kata David Bloomer dari Save the Children.

"Hal itu memberi kesempatan bagi mereka untuk mendapatkan kembali sensasi normal di dunia yang sama sekali berubah di sekitar mereka."

Usai gempa dan tsunami pada 28 September, Palu dan sekitarnya tak akan pernah sama. 

Hingga kini, kondisi warga Palu dan Donggala di Sulawesi Tengah masih jauh dari pulih. Badan Nasional Penanggungulangan Bencana (BNPB) bahkan, menilai tanggap darurat belum lagi selesai.

BNPB berkaca pada kondisi terkini di Sulteng. Warga masih takut untuk tinggal di dalam rumah karena gempa susulan tak kunjung berhenti. Selasa 9 Oktober 2018, lindu bermagnitudo 5,1 kembali membuat warga ketakutan.

Hal itu berdampak pada masih tingginya angka pengungsi yang tinggal di tenda-tenda. Menurut data mutakhir BNPB, jumlah pengungsi saat ini yang tetap bertahan di lapangan mencapai 74 ribu orang.

Atas dasar itu, Kepala BNPB Willem Rampangilei menyatakan bahwa masa tanggap darurat bencana di Sulawesi Tengah kemungkinan besar akan diperpanjang selama 14 hari ke depan.

"Masa tanggap darurat ini yang berhak untuk memperpanjang adalah daerah, tapi atas supervisi BNPB," jelas Willem di Kejaksaan Agung RI, Jakarta, Rabu (10/10/2018).

Willem mengatakan, BNPB sedang menilai situasi di lapangan. Bila masih ada banyak hal yang belum terselesaikan, maka perlu dilakukan upaya-upaya kedaruratan dan perpanjangan.

Ada lima sektor yang akan ditangani melalui perbaikan darurat, di antaranya perumahan atau permukiman, infrastruktur, fasilitas umum atau sosial seperti sekolah, rumah sakit, rumah ibadah, kemudian sektor ekonomi, dan lintas sektor bangunan-bangunan milik pemerintah yang rusak.

"Selama dalam keadaan darurat itu kita melakukan perbaikan-perbaikan darurat, contoh seperti rumah sakit provinsi, itu kalau dilihat secara fisik rusaknya ringan sehingga harus diperbaiki segera," jelas Willem.

Untung saja, dana yang tersedia cukup lumayan untuk penanganan di masa tanggap darurat. Sejak awal, pemerintah melalui Menteri Keuangan sudah mencairkan dana Rp 560 miliar, dengan janji dana tambahan senilai Rp 500 miliar lagi.

Di luar itu, terdapat pula bantuan yang diserahkan langsung oleh para donatur atau yang dikumpulkan sejumlah yayasan sosial. Sulit memang untuk menghitung jumlah bantuan ini karena tidak melalui pemerintah, namun jumlahnya diperkirakan cukup besar.

Selain donatur Tanah Air, bantuan juga mengalir dari sosok orang kaya dunia. Sosok yang populer disebut crazy rich dan super crazy rich sedunia itu mengaku turut berempati atas apa yang dialami warga Palu dan Donggala.

Pendiri Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, misalnya, mengulurkan bantuan kepada Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI). Zuckerberg mengatakan berdoa agar Sulteng dan Indonesia bisa bangkit dari dampak bencana. Donasi senilai Rp 15 miliar pun dia sumbangkan.

"Kami ikut memikirkan masyarakat Indonesia yang berusaha pulih dari gempa bumi dan tsunami yang mematikan baru-baru ini. Sebagai bantuan, Facebook menyumbangkan 1 juta dolar AS kepada Palang Merah Indonesia," tulis Zuckerberg, Kamis 4 Oktober 2018.

Sehari sebelumnya, Kepala Eksekutif Apple, Tim Cook juga menyatakan duka mendalam kepada para korban bencana tersebut melalui akun Twitter-nya.

"Doa kami untuk warga di Sulawesi dan semua warga Indonesia setelah gempa bumi dan tsunami yang begitu merusak. Apple menyumbangkan US$ 1 juta untuk upaya pemulihan bencana dan membantu negara indah tersebu membangun kembali," ujar bos Apple tersebut seperti dikutip Rabu 3 Oktober 2018.

Langkah serupa diikuti CEO Google, Sundar Pichai. Dia menyumbang US$ 1 juta atau sekitar Rp 15 miliar untuk korban bencana gempa dan tsunami di Palu, Sulawesi Tengah. Adapun bantuan itu akan disalurkan melalui Google.org yang memang berfokus pada filantropi.

"Kami berbelangsungkawa mendalam atas gempa dan tsunami di Indonesia. @googleorg dan Googlers (pengguna Google) menyumbang $ 1M untuk mendukung upaya bantuan, dan kami mengaktivasi SOS Alerts untuk menyediakan emergency bagi mereka yang terdampak," kata Sundar Pichai dalam akun Twitter, Rabu 3 Oktober 2018.

Tak hanya trio CEO tersebut, Ratu Inggris Elizabeth II juga menyumbang sejumlah dana untuk korban bencana Sulteng. Istana Buckingham memastikan bantuan tersebut melalui Komite Kedaruratan Bencana (DEC) untuk membantu korban selamat.

Namun, tidak diketahui berapa besaran jumlah bantuan Ratu Elizabeth, meski hingga kini Komite tersebut telah berhasil menghimpun dana hingga 8 juta poundsterling atau setara dengan Rp 159 miliar.

Dari Asia, Li Ka-shing, orang paling kaya di Hong Kong, baru-baru ini juga mendonasikan dana sebesar US$ 5 juta atau setara Rp 75 miliar utuk membantu korban gempa dan tsunami Palu dan Donggala, Sulawesi Tengah.

Bantuan itu dia salurkan melalui CK Hutchison Holdings dengan jumlah $ 2 juta dan Li Ka Shing Foundation sebanyak $ 3 juta yang diberikan lewat Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indonesia One.

Di luar bantuan yang bersifat pribadi itu, dana yang tak kalah besar juga datang dari berbagai negara. Menurut Wakil Menteri Luar Negeri AM Fachir, hingga kini total komitmen bantuan asing untuk gempa Palu dan Donggala berasal dari 25 negara sahabat dengan nilai sekitar Rp 220 miliar.

"Ada yang sudah merealisasikan, ada juga yang masih berbentuk pledge (janji)," kata Fachri, akhir pekan lalu.

Kemenlu juga mencatat, negara yang telah memberikan bantuan dalam bentuk uang di antaranya Cina US$ 200 ribu, Korea Selatan US$ 1 juta, Uni Eropa 1,5 juta euro, Venezuela US$ 10 juta (pledge). Lantas Vietnam US$ 100 ribu (pledge), Laos US$ 100 ribu, dan Kamboja US$ 200 ribu, Jerman 1,5 juta euro, dan Australia 500 ribu dolar Australia.

Adapun dari 25 negara, ada 18 yang sudah tercatat merealisasikan bantuannya. Negara tersebut adalah Korea, Jepang, Swiss, Singapura, Cina, Qatar, Turki, India, Spanyol, Vietnam, Malaysia. Selanjutnya, Inggris, Selandia Baru, Australia, Rusia, Pakistan, Denmark, dan Amerika Serikat.

Tentu saja, semua dana itu tak hanya dibutuhkan pada masa tanggap darurat, melainkan juga untuk relokasi dan rekonstruksi. Tahap ini sebenarnya tak kalah berat dibandingkan tanggap darurat.

 

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Palu dan Donggala Tak Akan Lagi Sama

Pandangan udara Perumnas Balaroa yang rusak dan ambles akibat gempa bumi Palu, Sulawesi Tengah, Jumat (5/10). Berdasarkan data Lapan, dari 5.146 bangunan rusak sebanyak 1.045 di antaranya Perumnas Balaroa yang ambles. (Liputan6.com/Fery Pradolo)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Gempa dan tsunami telah mengubah Palu dan Donggala. Ke depan semuanya tak akan lagi sama. Lihat saja di Kota Palu, ada tiga kelurahan yang akan hilang dari catatan, yaitu Petobo, Balaroa dan Jono Oge. Ketiga lokasi itu tak akan lagi dihuni manusia.

Di wilayah yang ditelan lumpur atau likuifaksi itu, pemerintah berencana membangun ruang terbuka hijau dan monumen untuk dijadikan sebagai tempat bersejarah.

"Daerah rawan itu sudah tidak boleh dibangun kembali, oleh karena itu harus direlokasi, dan saat ini Pemda sedang menyiapkan lahan untuk relokasi," ujar Kepala BNPB Willem Rampangilei di Kejaksaan Agung RI, Jakarta, Rabu (10/10/2018).

Willem menyatakan, pemerintah sedang menyiapkan bagaimana untuk membangun rumah-rumah yang rusak, serta penentuan wilayah untuk relokasi. Menurutnya, daerah seperti di Petobo dan Balaroa tidak mungkin dibangun lagi.

"Kementerian PUPR itu sudah menyiapkan desainnya, begitu sudah dipastikan lahannya di mana akan segera kita bangun," tutur Willem.

Langkah ini sesuai dengan arahan dari Presiden Joko Widodo atau Jokowi. Saat mengunjungi wilayah Petobo, Sulteng, Rabu 3 Oktober 2018, Jokowi mengatakan rencananya warga yang berada di daerah rawan gempa direlokasi ke wilayah yang aman.

"Tapi warga diajak bicara agar bisa dipindahkan ke tempat lain. Kita sudah siapkan lokasinya, meskipun 20 kilometer dari sini. Tapi itu tempat-tempat yang dalam jangka panjang aman. Sudah mulai kita identifikasi sedetail itu," jelas Jokowi.

Harapan itu langsung bersambut. Menteri Koordinator Bidang Pembangunan Manusia dan Kebudayaan (PMK) Puan Maharani mengatakan pemerintah sudah menyiapkan lahan seluas 320 hektare untuk tempat relokasi korban terdampak bencana. Relokasi tersebut ditujukan kepada masyarakat yang tinggal di daerah sesar gempa, rawan likuefaksi, dan berpotensi bencana lainnya.

"Pemerintah sudah akan menyiapkan tanah kurang lebih 320 hektare di satu tempat," ujar Puan di Kantor Kemenko PMK, Jakarta Pusat, Kamis 4 Oktober 2018.

Kawasan relokasi kemungkinan berjarak sekitar 20 kilometer dari lokasi yang ditempati warga saat ini. Kendati demikian, Puan mengatakan ia sudah meminta para kepala daerah untuk memberi penjelasan kepada warga terkait potensi bahaya jika tetap tinggal di daerah rawan tersebut.

"Kita sudah meminta kepada gubernur, wali kota, bupati, untuk kemudian mengimbau, mengajak bicara seluruh masyarakat yang tinggal di tempat yang memang sudah tidak layak lagi untuk jangka panjang, untuk bisa pindah," ungkap Puan.

Dia menyebutkan lokasi tersebut sedang dalam proses peninjauan dan menjadi tanggungjawab Menteri Agraria dan Tata Ruang (ATR)/Ketua Badan Pertanahan Nasional (BPN) Sofyan Djalil.

Menindaklanjuti penugasan tersebut, tim yang dipimpin Direktur Jenderal Tata Ruang Kementerian Agraria dan Tata Ruang/Badan Pertanahan Nasional Abdul Kamarzuki, mengidentifikasi lokasi alternatif yang potensial sebagai tempat relokasi.

Lokasi ini nantinya akan dikaji aspek kebencanaannya oleh Badan Geologi dan BMKG untuk memastikan wilayah tersebut bebas dari bencana. Bencana tersebut meliputi patahan aktif, likuefaksi, longsor, tsunami, banjir, dan mikrozonasi tinggi gempa.

Hasil kajian ini akan dituangkan dalam dokumen rencana tata ruang berbasis mitigasi bencana. Dokumennya akan menjadi dasar pelaksanaan pembangunan hunian tetap (Huntap) serta infrastruktur pendukungnya oleh Kementerian PUPR.

Dalam memilih lokasi alternatif, ada beberapa kriteria yang dikedepankan. Selain harus bebas dari bahaya bencana, lokasi tersebut juga bukan merupakan sempadan pantai dan sempadan sungai. Selain itu, lokasi alternatif yang akan digunakan juga tidak berada di hutan lindung atau kawasan lain yang memiliki kelerengan lebih dari 15 persen.

Lebih lanjut, kawasan ini juga harus memiliki akses ke sumber air. Di samping itu, penguasaan tanah Hak Guna Usaha (HGU) atau Hak Guna Bangunan (HGB) juga harus sudah berakhir.

Berdasarkan hasil identifikasi sementara, terdapat lima lokasi alternatif yang tersebar di tiga kecamatan, yaitu di Kecamatan Palu Barat dengan luas 79,30 hektare, dua lokasi di Kecamatan Sigi Biromaru seluas 200 hektare dan 217 hektare dan dua lokasi di Kecamatan Palu Timur dengan luas 57 hektare dan 99,63 hektare.

Dengan semua persiapan relokasi tersebut, bisa dipastikan warga yang sebelumnya menghuni tiga kelurahan di Kota Palu itu bakal tercerabut dari akarnya. Namun, itu adalah solusi terakhir bagi korban gempa yang selama ini tinggal di atas tanah yang tidak stabil.

Peringatan di Tengah Pemulihan Palu

Pandangan udara memperlihatkan sejumlah bangunan rusak usai dilanda gempa dan tsunami Palu, Sulawesi Tengah, Senin (1/10). Gempa berkekuatan 7,4 Magnitudo disusul tsunami melanda Palu dan Donggala pada 28 September 2018. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Di lokasi di mana rumahnya pernah tegak berdiri, Musrifah melihat jasad bocah kecil yang tengkurap di antara tabung gas dan tumpukan kayu.

Bocah itu mengenakan kemeja abu-abu gelap dan celana biru kehijauan, sama seperti yang dikenakan Bima Alfarezi, putranya yang berusia 2 tahun, ketika tsunami merebut paksa buah hatinya itu dari tangannya.

"Ibu, aku takut. Takut," itu kata-kata terakhir Bima yang didengar Musrifah, seperti dikutip dari njherald.com. Setelah itu putranya itu hilang entah di mana.

Musrifah mendekat ke arah korban. Jasad itu sudah bengkak dan terurai. Nyaris tak mungkin untuk mengenali wajahnya. Namun, saat melihat sandal biru di kaki jenazah, ia yakin, itu adalah putranya. Dada perempuan itu sontak sesak. Tangisnya pecah.

Petugas kemudian datang, meletakkan jasad itu ke kantung jenazah dan menutup resletingnya. Kala itu, Musrifah melakukan hal yang ia idam-idamkan selama hampir sepekan: memeluk erat putranya.

Bima adalah salah satu dari 2.000 korban tewas pascagempa magnitudo 7,4 yang mengguncang Palu dan sekitarnya pada 28 September 2018. Baik oleh dahsyatnya guncangan maupun tsunami yang menerjang.

Sekitar 5.000 korban belum ditemukan, mayoritas terkubur di dalam lumpur yang menyembur saat tanah tiba-tiba terbelah dan goyah akibat likuefaksi. Mereka yang lolos dari maut juga akan merasakan dampaknya. Sekitar 74 ribu orang kehilangan rumah dan terpaksa tinggal di kamp pengungsi. Entah sampai kapan.

Sejumlah ahli mengatakan, musibah di Palu menjadi peringatan akan bencana yang lebih mematikan dan merusak di masa depan.

Seperti dikutip dari TIME, Rabu (10/10/2018), meski perubahan iklim meningkatkan tingkat keparahan bencana alam seperti badai, topan, dan kebakaran hutan, jumlah kejadian gempa dan tsunami tahunan cukup stabil. Menurut data Badan Survei Geologi AS (USGS), jumlah gempa bumi yang parah tetap statis sejak tahun 1900. Namun, kerusakan akibat gempa dan ancaman terhadap kehidupan manusia justru meningkat.

Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) yang bermarkas di Belgia menyebut, jumlah bencana alam lebih sedikit terjadi pada tahun 2017. Namun, terjadi peningkatan kerugian ekonomi sebesar 49 persen yang ditimbulkan oleh peristiwa tersebut.

Alasannya jelas: makin banyak manusia yang pindah ke kota-kota yang padat dan dikelilingi infrastruktur -- jalan, jembatan, dan bangunan -- yang bisa menjelma jadi bahaya mematikan saat bencana dan menuntut harga mahal untuk memulihkannya kembali.

"Manusia, infrastruktur, dan kekayaan kini terkonsentrasi ke perkotaan yang kian tak terlindungi di bagian-bagian paling berbahaya di planet ini," kata Bill McGuire, profesor emeritus Ilmu Bumi di University College London.

Di sisi lain, kesiapsiagaan menghadapi bencana tak sepadan dengan pesatnya perkembangnya perkotaan.

Data mencatat, gempa bumi dan tsunami terbukti sangat mematikan, menewaskan hampir 750.000 jiwa selama 20 tahun terakhir, lebih dari peristiwa cuaca ekstrem lainnya, demikian menurut laporan yang akan datang dari Kantor Pengurangan Resiko Bencana PBB atau UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Kematian terbesar terjadi pada 2004 setelah gempa berkekuatan 9,1 di Samudra Hindia selatan memicu tsunami dahsyat yang menghantam sejumlah pantai di beberapa negara. Terutama di Aceh.

Dalam beberapa kasus, daya tarik kota-kota pesisir ikut memperbesar bahaya.

Banyak kota dibangun di jalur badai tropis atau di samping patahan tektonik. Palu salah satunya.

Kota itu terletak di ujung teluk yang panjang, yang melindungi penghuninya dari badai laut, demikian menurut McGuire.

Namun, teluk tersebut juga berkontribusi melipatgandakan kemampuan merusak tsunami, meningkatkan ketinggian gelombang gergasi, dan memandunya langsung ke permukiman penduduk.

Erosi di sepanjang patahan Palu-Kora, yang membentuk teluk di sekitar Palu, juga memicu likuefaksi -- fenomena di mana tanah bergejolak seperti gelombang laut selama gempa terjadi.

Menurut McGuire, likuefaksi adalah peristiwa yang mengerikan. Namun, seharusnya tak mengejutkan.

Survei yang dilakukan Pemerintah Indonesia tahun 2012 menguak bahwa sisi terluar Palu, seperti Petobo dan Balaroa berisiko tinggi likuefaksi. Saat ini permukiman di lokasi-lokasi itu lenyap beserta sejumlah penghuninya.

Wilayah-wilayah terdampak terparah parah di Palu tidak akan dibangun kembali, demikian menurut BNPB. Tujuannya, agar tragedi tak lagi menjelang.

Namun, upaya merekonstruksi wilayah Palu lainnya untuk menghadapi ancaman gempa bumi di masa depan akan jadi sangai mahal.

"Tidak ada jawaban sederhana untuk masalah ini," tulis McGuire kepada TIME. "Kota-kota itu berada di tempat yang salah."

Sementara itu, Laura Kong, direktur Pusat Informasi Tsunami Internasional (ITIC) di Hawaii mengatakan, Indonesia telah secara signifikan dan terus menerus meningkatkan sistem peringatan dini tsunami dan kesiapsiagaan bencana. "Terutama sejak tsunami 2004," kata dia.

Namun, deteksi dini tidak serta-merta memberi kekebalan terhadap potensi bahaya. "Tsunami lokal seperti di Palu dapat menghantam dalam hitungan menit," tambah dia.

Karena gempa dan tsunami tak bisa dipastikan kapan datangnya, pendidikan dan meningkatkan kesadaran masyarakatb bisa jauh lebih efektif daripada peralatan berteknologi tinggi.

"Orang-orang perlu tahu bahwa mereka tinggal di negara rawan gempa...tanah yang berguncang adalah peringatan alami bagi mereka," kata geofisikawan Jason Patton kepada TIME.

Warga sipil harus tahu kapan harus mengevakuasi diri, bahkan jika peralatan peringatan bahaya gagal berfungsi.

"Bencana alam hanya bisa menjadi malapetaka jika banyak orang yang menjadi korbannya," tambah dia.

 

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Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Kedatangan sosok Winnie the Pooh menerbitkan senyum di bibir sejumlah bocah korban bencana akibat gempa magnitudo 7,4 di Palu. Mereka terlihat gemas dan berebut memeluk boneka beruang madu itu.

"Saya kasihan pada mereka. Jangan sampai bocah-bocah itu trauma," kata Erna, relawan yang rela menyetir selama 3 jam demi mendatangkan Winnie the Pooh ke Palu, seperti dikutip dari manilastandard.net.

Sejumlah relawan mengatakan, banyak bocah yang trauma dan tertekan akibat bencana mengerikan yang mereka saksikan. Banyak yang jadi yatim, piatu, atau bahkan keduanya akibat bangunan runtuh dan gelombang tinggi yang menghantam kota.

"Bermain adalah bagian yang sangat penting dari kesehatan dan kesejahteraan psikologis anak," kata David Bloomer dari Save the Children.

"Hal itu memberi kesempatan bagi mereka untuk mendapatkan kembali sensasi normal di dunia yang sama sekali berubah di sekitar mereka."

Usai gempa dan tsunami pada 28 September, Palu dan sekitarnya tak akan pernah sama. 

Hingga kini, kondisi warga Palu dan Donggala di Sulawesi Tengah masih jauh dari pulih. Badan Nasional Penanggungulangan Bencana (BNPB) bahkan, menilai tanggap darurat belum lagi selesai.

BNPB berkaca pada kondisi terkini di Sulteng. Warga masih takut untuk tinggal di dalam rumah karena gempa susulan tak kunjung berhenti. Selasa 9 Oktober 2018, lindu bermagnitudo 5,1 kembali membuat warga ketakutan.

Hal itu berdampak pada masih tingginya angka pengungsi yang tinggal di tenda-tenda. Menurut data mutakhir BNPB, jumlah pengungsi saat ini yang tetap bertahan di lapangan mencapai 74 ribu orang.

Atas dasar itu, Kepala BNPB Willem Rampangilei menyatakan bahwa masa tanggap darurat bencana di Sulawesi Tengah kemungkinan besar akan diperpanjang selama 14 hari ke depan.

"Masa tanggap darurat ini yang berhak untuk memperpanjang adalah daerah, tapi atas supervisi BNPB," jelas Willem di Kejaksaan Agung RI, Jakarta, Rabu (10/10/2018).

Willem mengatakan, BNPB sedang menilai situasi di lapangan. Bila masih ada banyak hal yang belum terselesaikan, maka perlu dilakukan upaya-upaya kedaruratan dan perpanjangan.

Ada lima sektor yang akan ditangani melalui perbaikan darurat, di antaranya perumahan atau permukiman, infrastruktur, fasilitas umum atau sosial seperti sekolah, rumah sakit, rumah ibadah, kemudian sektor ekonomi, dan lintas sektor bangunan-bangunan milik pemerintah yang rusak.

"Selama dalam keadaan darurat itu kita melakukan perbaikan-perbaikan darurat, contoh seperti rumah sakit provinsi, itu kalau dilihat secara fisik rusaknya ringan sehingga harus diperbaiki segera," jelas Willem.

Untung saja, dana yang tersedia cukup lumayan untuk penanganan di masa tanggap darurat. Sejak awal, pemerintah melalui Menteri Keuangan sudah mencairkan dana Rp 560 miliar, dengan janji dana tambahan senilai Rp 500 miliar lagi.

Di luar itu, terdapat pula bantuan yang diserahkan langsung oleh para donatur atau yang dikumpulkan sejumlah yayasan sosial. Sulit memang untuk menghitung jumlah bantuan ini karena tidak melalui pemerintah, namun jumlahnya diperkirakan cukup besar.

Selain donatur Tanah Air, bantuan juga mengalir dari sosok orang kaya dunia. Sosok yang populer disebut crazy rich dan super crazy rich sedunia itu mengaku turut berempati atas apa yang dialami warga Palu dan Donggala.

Pendiri Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, misalnya, mengulurkan bantuan kepada Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI). Zuckerberg mengatakan berdoa agar Sulteng dan Indonesia bisa bangkit dari dampak bencana. Donasi senilai Rp 15 miliar pun dia sumbangkan.

"Kami ikut memikirkan masyarakat Indonesia yang berusaha pulih dari gempa bumi dan tsunami yang mematikan baru-baru ini. Sebagai bantuan, Facebook menyumbangkan 1 juta dolar AS kepada Palang Merah Indonesia," tulis Zuckerberg, Kamis 4 Oktober 2018.

Sehari sebelumnya, Kepala Eksekutif Apple, Tim Cook juga menyatakan duka mendalam kepada para korban bencana tersebut melalui akun Twitter-nya.

"Doa kami untuk warga di Sulawesi dan semua warga Indonesia setelah gempa bumi dan tsunami yang begitu merusak. Apple menyumbangkan US$ 1 juta untuk upaya pemulihan bencana dan membantu negara indah tersebu membangun kembali," ujar bos Apple tersebut seperti dikutip Rabu 3 Oktober 2018.

Langkah serupa diikuti CEO Google, Sundar Pichai. Dia menyumbang US$ 1 juta atau sekitar Rp 15 miliar untuk korban bencana gempa dan tsunami di Palu, Sulawesi Tengah. Adapun bantuan itu akan disalurkan melalui Google.org yang memang berfokus pada filantropi.

"Kami berbelangsungkawa mendalam atas gempa dan tsunami di Indonesia. @googleorg dan Googlers (pengguna Google) menyumbang $ 1M untuk mendukung upaya bantuan, dan kami mengaktivasi SOS Alerts untuk menyediakan emergency bagi mereka yang terdampak," kata Sundar Pichai dalam akun Twitter, Rabu 3 Oktober 2018.

Tak hanya trio CEO tersebut, Ratu Inggris Elizabeth II juga menyumbang sejumlah dana untuk korban bencana Sulteng. Istana Buckingham memastikan bantuan tersebut melalui Komite Kedaruratan Bencana (DEC) untuk membantu korban selamat.

Namun, tidak diketahui berapa besaran jumlah bantuan Ratu Elizabeth, meski hingga kini Komite tersebut telah berhasil menghimpun dana hingga 8 juta poundsterling atau setara dengan Rp 159 miliar.

Dari Asia, Li Ka-shing, orang paling kaya di Hong Kong, baru-baru ini juga mendonasikan dana sebesar US$ 5 juta atau setara Rp 75 miliar utuk membantu korban gempa dan tsunami Palu dan Donggala, Sulawesi Tengah.

Bantuan itu dia salurkan melalui CK Hutchison Holdings dengan jumlah $ 2 juta dan Li Ka Shing Foundation sebanyak $ 3 juta yang diberikan lewat Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indonesia One.

Di luar bantuan yang bersifat pribadi itu, dana yang tak kalah besar juga datang dari berbagai negara. Menurut Wakil Menteri Luar Negeri AM Fachir, hingga kini total komitmen bantuan asing untuk gempa Palu dan Donggala berasal dari 25 negara sahabat dengan nilai sekitar Rp 220 miliar.

"Ada yang sudah merealisasikan, ada juga yang masih berbentuk pledge (janji)," kata Fachri, akhir pekan lalu.

Kemenlu juga mencatat, negara yang telah memberikan bantuan dalam bentuk uang di antaranya Cina US$ 200 ribu, Korea Selatan US$ 1 juta, Uni Eropa 1,5 juta euro, Venezuela US$ 10 juta (pledge). Lantas Vietnam US$ 100 ribu (pledge), Laos US$ 100 ribu, dan Kamboja US$ 200 ribu, Jerman 1,5 juta euro, dan Australia 500 ribu dolar Australia.

Adapun dari 25 negara, ada 18 yang sudah tercatat merealisasikan bantuannya. Negara tersebut adalah Korea, Jepang, Swiss, Singapura, Cina, Qatar, Turki, India, Spanyol, Vietnam, Malaysia. Selanjutnya, Inggris, Selandia Baru, Australia, Rusia, Pakistan, Denmark, dan Amerika Serikat.

Tentu saja, semua dana itu tak hanya dibutuhkan pada masa tanggap darurat, melainkan juga untuk relokasi dan rekonstruksi. Tahap ini sebenarnya tak kalah berat dibandingkan tanggap darurat.

 

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Palu dan Donggala Tak Akan Lagi Sama

Pandangan udara Perumnas Balaroa yang rusak dan ambles akibat gempa bumi Palu, Sulawesi Tengah, Jumat (5/10). Berdasarkan data Lapan, dari 5.146 bangunan rusak sebanyak 1.045 di antaranya Perumnas Balaroa yang ambles. (Liputan6.com/Fery Pradolo)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Gempa dan tsunami telah mengubah Palu dan Donggala. Ke depan semuanya tak akan lagi sama. Lihat saja di Kota Palu, ada tiga kelurahan yang akan hilang dari catatan, yaitu Petobo, Balaroa dan Jono Oge. Ketiga lokasi itu tak akan lagi dihuni manusia.

Di wilayah yang ditelan lumpur atau likuifaksi itu, pemerintah berencana membangun ruang terbuka hijau dan monumen untuk dijadikan sebagai tempat bersejarah.

"Daerah rawan itu sudah tidak boleh dibangun kembali, oleh karena itu harus direlokasi, dan saat ini Pemda sedang menyiapkan lahan untuk relokasi," ujar Kepala BNPB Willem Rampangilei di Kejaksaan Agung RI, Jakarta, Rabu (10/10/2018).

Willem menyatakan, pemerintah sedang menyiapkan bagaimana untuk membangun rumah-rumah yang rusak, serta penentuan wilayah untuk relokasi. Menurutnya, daerah seperti di Petobo dan Balaroa tidak mungkin dibangun lagi.

"Kementerian PUPR itu sudah menyiapkan desainnya, begitu sudah dipastikan lahannya di mana akan segera kita bangun," tutur Willem.

Langkah ini sesuai dengan arahan dari Presiden Joko Widodo atau Jokowi. Saat mengunjungi wilayah Petobo, Sulteng, Rabu 3 Oktober 2018, Jokowi mengatakan rencananya warga yang berada di daerah rawan gempa direlokasi ke wilayah yang aman.

"Tapi warga diajak bicara agar bisa dipindahkan ke tempat lain. Kita sudah siapkan lokasinya, meskipun 20 kilometer dari sini. Tapi itu tempat-tempat yang dalam jangka panjang aman. Sudah mulai kita identifikasi sedetail itu," jelas Jokowi.

Harapan itu langsung bersambut. Menteri Koordinator Bidang Pembangunan Manusia dan Kebudayaan (PMK) Puan Maharani mengatakan pemerintah sudah menyiapkan lahan seluas 320 hektare untuk tempat relokasi korban terdampak bencana. Relokasi tersebut ditujukan kepada masyarakat yang tinggal di daerah sesar gempa, rawan likuefaksi, dan berpotensi bencana lainnya.

"Pemerintah sudah akan menyiapkan tanah kurang lebih 320 hektare di satu tempat," ujar Puan di Kantor Kemenko PMK, Jakarta Pusat, Kamis 4 Oktober 2018.

Kawasan relokasi kemungkinan berjarak sekitar 20 kilometer dari lokasi yang ditempati warga saat ini. Kendati demikian, Puan mengatakan ia sudah meminta para kepala daerah untuk memberi penjelasan kepada warga terkait potensi bahaya jika tetap tinggal di daerah rawan tersebut.

"Kita sudah meminta kepada gubernur, wali kota, bupati, untuk kemudian mengimbau, mengajak bicara seluruh masyarakat yang tinggal di tempat yang memang sudah tidak layak lagi untuk jangka panjang, untuk bisa pindah," ungkap Puan.

Dia menyebutkan lokasi tersebut sedang dalam proses peninjauan dan menjadi tanggungjawab Menteri Agraria dan Tata Ruang (ATR)/Ketua Badan Pertanahan Nasional (BPN) Sofyan Djalil.

Menindaklanjuti penugasan tersebut, tim yang dipimpin Direktur Jenderal Tata Ruang Kementerian Agraria dan Tata Ruang/Badan Pertanahan Nasional Abdul Kamarzuki, mengidentifikasi lokasi alternatif yang potensial sebagai tempat relokasi.

Lokasi ini nantinya akan dikaji aspek kebencanaannya oleh Badan Geologi dan BMKG untuk memastikan wilayah tersebut bebas dari bencana. Bencana tersebut meliputi patahan aktif, likuefaksi, longsor, tsunami, banjir, dan mikrozonasi tinggi gempa.

Hasil kajian ini akan dituangkan dalam dokumen rencana tata ruang berbasis mitigasi bencana. Dokumennya akan menjadi dasar pelaksanaan pembangunan hunian tetap (Huntap) serta infrastruktur pendukungnya oleh Kementerian PUPR.

Dalam memilih lokasi alternatif, ada beberapa kriteria yang dikedepankan. Selain harus bebas dari bahaya bencana, lokasi tersebut juga bukan merupakan sempadan pantai dan sempadan sungai. Selain itu, lokasi alternatif yang akan digunakan juga tidak berada di hutan lindung atau kawasan lain yang memiliki kelerengan lebih dari 15 persen.

Lebih lanjut, kawasan ini juga harus memiliki akses ke sumber air. Di samping itu, penguasaan tanah Hak Guna Usaha (HGU) atau Hak Guna Bangunan (HGB) juga harus sudah berakhir.

Berdasarkan hasil identifikasi sementara, terdapat lima lokasi alternatif yang tersebar di tiga kecamatan, yaitu di Kecamatan Palu Barat dengan luas 79,30 hektare, dua lokasi di Kecamatan Sigi Biromaru seluas 200 hektare dan 217 hektare dan dua lokasi di Kecamatan Palu Timur dengan luas 57 hektare dan 99,63 hektare.

Dengan semua persiapan relokasi tersebut, bisa dipastikan warga yang sebelumnya menghuni tiga kelurahan di Kota Palu itu bakal tercerabut dari akarnya. Namun, itu adalah solusi terakhir bagi korban gempa yang selama ini tinggal di atas tanah yang tidak stabil.

Peringatan di Tengah Pemulihan Palu

Pandangan udara memperlihatkan sejumlah bangunan rusak usai dilanda gempa dan tsunami Palu, Sulawesi Tengah, Senin (1/10). Gempa berkekuatan 7,4 Magnitudo disusul tsunami melanda Palu dan Donggala pada 28 September 2018. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Di lokasi di mana rumahnya pernah tegak berdiri, Musrifah melihat jasad bocah kecil yang tengkurap di antara tabung gas dan tumpukan kayu.

Bocah itu mengenakan kemeja abu-abu gelap dan celana biru kehijauan, sama seperti yang dikenakan Bima Alfarezi, putranya yang berusia 2 tahun, ketika tsunami merebut paksa buah hatinya itu dari tangannya.

"Ibu, aku takut. Takut," itu kata-kata terakhir Bima yang didengar Musrifah, seperti dikutip dari njherald.com. Setelah itu putranya itu hilang entah di mana.

Musrifah mendekat ke arah korban. Jasad itu sudah bengkak dan terurai. Nyaris tak mungkin untuk mengenali wajahnya. Namun, saat melihat sandal biru di kaki jenazah, ia yakin, itu adalah putranya. Dada perempuan itu sontak sesak. Tangisnya pecah.

Petugas kemudian datang, meletakkan jasad itu ke kantung jenazah dan menutup resletingnya. Kala itu, Musrifah melakukan hal yang ia idam-idamkan selama hampir sepekan: memeluk erat putranya.

Bima adalah salah satu dari 2.000 korban tewas pascagempa magnitudo 7,4 yang mengguncang Palu dan sekitarnya pada 28 September 2018. Baik oleh dahsyatnya guncangan maupun tsunami yang menerjang.

Sekitar 5.000 korban belum ditemukan, mayoritas terkubur di dalam lumpur yang menyembur saat tanah tiba-tiba terbelah dan goyah akibat likuefaksi. Mereka yang lolos dari maut juga akan merasakan dampaknya. Sekitar 74 ribu orang kehilangan rumah dan terpaksa tinggal di kamp pengungsi. Entah sampai kapan.

Sejumlah ahli mengatakan, musibah di Palu menjadi peringatan akan bencana yang lebih mematikan dan merusak di masa depan.

Seperti dikutip dari TIME, Rabu (10/10/2018), meski perubahan iklim meningkatkan tingkat keparahan bencana alam seperti badai, topan, dan kebakaran hutan, jumlah kejadian gempa dan tsunami tahunan cukup stabil. Menurut data Badan Survei Geologi AS (USGS), jumlah gempa bumi yang parah tetap statis sejak tahun 1900. Namun, kerusakan akibat gempa dan ancaman terhadap kehidupan manusia justru meningkat.

Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) yang bermarkas di Belgia menyebut, jumlah bencana alam lebih sedikit terjadi pada tahun 2017. Namun, terjadi peningkatan kerugian ekonomi sebesar 49 persen yang ditimbulkan oleh peristiwa tersebut.

Alasannya jelas: makin banyak manusia yang pindah ke kota-kota yang padat dan dikelilingi infrastruktur -- jalan, jembatan, dan bangunan -- yang bisa menjelma jadi bahaya mematikan saat bencana dan menuntut harga mahal untuk memulihkannya kembali.

"Manusia, infrastruktur, dan kekayaan kini terkonsentrasi ke perkotaan yang kian tak terlindungi di bagian-bagian paling berbahaya di planet ini," kata Bill McGuire, profesor emeritus Ilmu Bumi di University College London.

Di sisi lain, kesiapsiagaan menghadapi bencana tak sepadan dengan pesatnya perkembangnya perkotaan.

Data mencatat, gempa bumi dan tsunami terbukti sangat mematikan, menewaskan hampir 750.000 jiwa selama 20 tahun terakhir, lebih dari peristiwa cuaca ekstrem lainnya, demikian menurut laporan yang akan datang dari Kantor Pengurangan Resiko Bencana PBB atau UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Kematian terbesar terjadi pada 2004 setelah gempa berkekuatan 9,1 di Samudra Hindia selatan memicu tsunami dahsyat yang menghantam sejumlah pantai di beberapa negara. Terutama di Aceh.

Dalam beberapa kasus, daya tarik kota-kota pesisir ikut memperbesar bahaya.

Banyak kota dibangun di jalur badai tropis atau di samping patahan tektonik. Palu salah satunya.

Kota itu terletak di ujung teluk yang panjang, yang melindungi penghuninya dari badai laut, demikian menurut McGuire.

Namun, teluk tersebut juga berkontribusi melipatgandakan kemampuan merusak tsunami, meningkatkan ketinggian gelombang gergasi, dan memandunya langsung ke permukiman penduduk.

Erosi di sepanjang patahan Palu-Kora, yang membentuk teluk di sekitar Palu, juga memicu likuefaksi -- fenomena di mana tanah bergejolak seperti gelombang laut selama gempa terjadi.

Menurut McGuire, likuefaksi adalah peristiwa yang mengerikan. Namun, seharusnya tak mengejutkan.

Survei yang dilakukan Pemerintah Indonesia tahun 2012 menguak bahwa sisi terluar Palu, seperti Petobo dan Balaroa berisiko tinggi likuefaksi. Saat ini permukiman di lokasi-lokasi itu lenyap beserta sejumlah penghuninya.

Wilayah-wilayah terdampak terparah parah di Palu tidak akan dibangun kembali, demikian menurut BNPB. Tujuannya, agar tragedi tak lagi menjelang.

Namun, upaya merekonstruksi wilayah Palu lainnya untuk menghadapi ancaman gempa bumi di masa depan akan jadi sangai mahal.

"Tidak ada jawaban sederhana untuk masalah ini," tulis McGuire kepada TIME. "Kota-kota itu berada di tempat yang salah."

Sementara itu, Laura Kong, direktur Pusat Informasi Tsunami Internasional (ITIC) di Hawaii mengatakan, Indonesia telah secara signifikan dan terus menerus meningkatkan sistem peringatan dini tsunami dan kesiapsiagaan bencana. "Terutama sejak tsunami 2004," kata dia.

Namun, deteksi dini tidak serta-merta memberi kekebalan terhadap potensi bahaya. "Tsunami lokal seperti di Palu dapat menghantam dalam hitungan menit," tambah dia.

Karena gempa dan tsunami tak bisa dipastikan kapan datangnya, pendidikan dan meningkatkan kesadaran masyarakatb bisa jauh lebih efektif daripada peralatan berteknologi tinggi.

"Orang-orang perlu tahu bahwa mereka tinggal di negara rawan gempa...tanah yang berguncang adalah peringatan alami bagi mereka," kata geofisikawan Jason Patton kepada TIME.

Warga sipil harus tahu kapan harus mengevakuasi diri, bahkan jika peralatan peringatan bahaya gagal berfungsi.

"Bencana alam hanya bisa menjadi malapetaka jika banyak orang yang menjadi korbannya," tambah dia.

 

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Qatar International Cable Company (QICC) is a NEXANS company established in Qatar in 2008 as a joint venture with Al Mirqab Capital. Its manufacturing facility in Messaied has been recently upgraded and expanded. The production range includes Low, Medium- and High Voltage power cables, control cables, Low Smoke Zero Halogen cables, fire safety cables, etc., serving infrastructure, power, oil and gas, railway and building markets in Middle East. The company intends to enter into mutually-beneficial agreements with its Omani partners, as well as other regional and international partners.

On their participation at Infra Oman, Max Andre Delannoy, CEO of QICC and General Manager Nexans GCC, said: “We are extremely elated to have participated at one of the region’s leading infrastructure events, Infra Oman. Our intent has been to constantly expand our business geographies and this is the perfect platform to showcase our unique offerings to our potential Omani partners. Through this trade show, we have benefitted immensely in enhancing our trade partnerships with the companies in Oman and we look forward to further the ties of mutual growth. Nexans is known for offering world-class cabling solutions and such venues provide tremendous opportunities to connect with our customers and offer them exactly what they want.”

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Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Kedatangan sosok Winnie the Pooh menerbitkan senyum di bibir sejumlah bocah korban bencana akibat gempa magnitudo 7,4 di Palu. Mereka terlihat gemas dan berebut memeluk boneka beruang madu itu.

"Saya kasihan pada mereka. Jangan sampai bocah-bocah itu trauma," kata Erna, relawan yang rela menyetir selama 3 jam demi mendatangkan Winnie the Pooh ke Palu, seperti dikutip dari manilastandard.net.

Sejumlah relawan mengatakan, banyak bocah yang trauma dan tertekan akibat bencana mengerikan yang mereka saksikan. Banyak yang jadi yatim, piatu, atau bahkan keduanya akibat bangunan runtuh dan gelombang tinggi yang menghantam kota.

"Bermain adalah bagian yang sangat penting dari kesehatan dan kesejahteraan psikologis anak," kata David Bloomer dari Save the Children.

"Hal itu memberi kesempatan bagi mereka untuk mendapatkan kembali sensasi normal di dunia yang sama sekali berubah di sekitar mereka."

Usai gempa dan tsunami pada 28 September, Palu dan sekitarnya tak akan pernah sama. 

Hingga kini, kondisi warga Palu dan Donggala di Sulawesi Tengah masih jauh dari pulih. Badan Nasional Penanggungulangan Bencana (BNPB) bahkan, menilai tanggap darurat belum lagi selesai.

BNPB berkaca pada kondisi terkini di Sulteng. Warga masih takut untuk tinggal di dalam rumah karena gempa susulan tak kunjung berhenti. Selasa 9 Oktober 2018, lindu bermagnitudo 5,1 kembali membuat warga ketakutan.

Hal itu berdampak pada masih tingginya angka pengungsi yang tinggal di tenda-tenda. Menurut data mutakhir BNPB, jumlah pengungsi saat ini yang tetap bertahan di lapangan mencapai 74 ribu orang.

Atas dasar itu, Kepala BNPB Willem Rampangilei menyatakan bahwa masa tanggap darurat bencana di Sulawesi Tengah kemungkinan besar akan diperpanjang selama 14 hari ke depan.

"Masa tanggap darurat ini yang berhak untuk memperpanjang adalah daerah, tapi atas supervisi BNPB," jelas Willem di Kejaksaan Agung RI, Jakarta, Rabu (10/10/2018).

Willem mengatakan, BNPB sedang menilai situasi di lapangan. Bila masih ada banyak hal yang belum terselesaikan, maka perlu dilakukan upaya-upaya kedaruratan dan perpanjangan.

Ada lima sektor yang akan ditangani melalui perbaikan darurat, di antaranya perumahan atau permukiman, infrastruktur, fasilitas umum atau sosial seperti sekolah, rumah sakit, rumah ibadah, kemudian sektor ekonomi, dan lintas sektor bangunan-bangunan milik pemerintah yang rusak.

"Selama dalam keadaan darurat itu kita melakukan perbaikan-perbaikan darurat, contoh seperti rumah sakit provinsi, itu kalau dilihat secara fisik rusaknya ringan sehingga harus diperbaiki segera," jelas Willem.

Untung saja, dana yang tersedia cukup lumayan untuk penanganan di masa tanggap darurat. Sejak awal, pemerintah melalui Menteri Keuangan sudah mencairkan dana Rp 560 miliar, dengan janji dana tambahan senilai Rp 500 miliar lagi.

Di luar itu, terdapat pula bantuan yang diserahkan langsung oleh para donatur atau yang dikumpulkan sejumlah yayasan sosial. Sulit memang untuk menghitung jumlah bantuan ini karena tidak melalui pemerintah, namun jumlahnya diperkirakan cukup besar.

Selain donatur Tanah Air, bantuan juga mengalir dari sosok orang kaya dunia. Sosok yang populer disebut crazy rich dan super crazy rich sedunia itu mengaku turut berempati atas apa yang dialami warga Palu dan Donggala.

Pendiri Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, misalnya, mengulurkan bantuan kepada Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI). Zuckerberg mengatakan berdoa agar Sulteng dan Indonesia bisa bangkit dari dampak bencana. Donasi senilai Rp 15 miliar pun dia sumbangkan.

"Kami ikut memikirkan masyarakat Indonesia yang berusaha pulih dari gempa bumi dan tsunami yang mematikan baru-baru ini. Sebagai bantuan, Facebook menyumbangkan 1 juta dolar AS kepada Palang Merah Indonesia," tulis Zuckerberg, Kamis 4 Oktober 2018.

Sehari sebelumnya, Kepala Eksekutif Apple, Tim Cook juga menyatakan duka mendalam kepada para korban bencana tersebut melalui akun Twitter-nya.

"Doa kami untuk warga di Sulawesi dan semua warga Indonesia setelah gempa bumi dan tsunami yang begitu merusak. Apple menyumbangkan US$ 1 juta untuk upaya pemulihan bencana dan membantu negara indah tersebu membangun kembali," ujar bos Apple tersebut seperti dikutip Rabu 3 Oktober 2018.

Langkah serupa diikuti CEO Google, Sundar Pichai. Dia menyumbang US$ 1 juta atau sekitar Rp 15 miliar untuk korban bencana gempa dan tsunami di Palu, Sulawesi Tengah. Adapun bantuan itu akan disalurkan melalui Google.org yang memang berfokus pada filantropi.

"Kami berbelangsungkawa mendalam atas gempa dan tsunami di Indonesia. @googleorg dan Googlers (pengguna Google) menyumbang $ 1M untuk mendukung upaya bantuan, dan kami mengaktivasi SOS Alerts untuk menyediakan emergency bagi mereka yang terdampak," kata Sundar Pichai dalam akun Twitter, Rabu 3 Oktober 2018.

Tak hanya trio CEO tersebut, Ratu Inggris Elizabeth II juga menyumbang sejumlah dana untuk korban bencana Sulteng. Istana Buckingham memastikan bantuan tersebut melalui Komite Kedaruratan Bencana (DEC) untuk membantu korban selamat.

Namun, tidak diketahui berapa besaran jumlah bantuan Ratu Elizabeth, meski hingga kini Komite tersebut telah berhasil menghimpun dana hingga 8 juta poundsterling atau setara dengan Rp 159 miliar.

Dari Asia, Li Ka-shing, orang paling kaya di Hong Kong, baru-baru ini juga mendonasikan dana sebesar US$ 5 juta atau setara Rp 75 miliar utuk membantu korban gempa dan tsunami Palu dan Donggala, Sulawesi Tengah.

Bantuan itu dia salurkan melalui CK Hutchison Holdings dengan jumlah $ 2 juta dan Li Ka Shing Foundation sebanyak $ 3 juta yang diberikan lewat Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indonesia One.

Di luar bantuan yang bersifat pribadi itu, dana yang tak kalah besar juga datang dari berbagai negara. Menurut Wakil Menteri Luar Negeri AM Fachir, hingga kini total komitmen bantuan asing untuk gempa Palu dan Donggala berasal dari 25 negara sahabat dengan nilai sekitar Rp 220 miliar.

"Ada yang sudah merealisasikan, ada juga yang masih berbentuk pledge (janji)," kata Fachri, akhir pekan lalu.

Kemenlu juga mencatat, negara yang telah memberikan bantuan dalam bentuk uang di antaranya Cina US$ 200 ribu, Korea Selatan US$ 1 juta, Uni Eropa 1,5 juta euro, Venezuela US$ 10 juta (pledge). Lantas Vietnam US$ 100 ribu (pledge), Laos US$ 100 ribu, dan Kamboja US$ 200 ribu, Jerman 1,5 juta euro, dan Australia 500 ribu dolar Australia.

Adapun dari 25 negara, ada 18 yang sudah tercatat merealisasikan bantuannya. Negara tersebut adalah Korea, Jepang, Swiss, Singapura, Cina, Qatar, Turki, India, Spanyol, Vietnam, Malaysia. Selanjutnya, Inggris, Selandia Baru, Australia, Rusia, Pakistan, Denmark, dan Amerika Serikat.

Tentu saja, semua dana itu tak hanya dibutuhkan pada masa tanggap darurat, melainkan juga untuk relokasi dan rekonstruksi. Tahap ini sebenarnya tak kalah berat dibandingkan tanggap darurat.

 

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Pandangan udara Perumnas Balaroa yang rusak dan ambles akibat gempa bumi Palu, Sulawesi Tengah, Jumat (5/10). Berdasarkan data Lapan, dari 5.146 bangunan rusak sebanyak 1.045 di antaranya Perumnas Balaroa yang ambles. (Liputan6.com/Fery Pradolo)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Gempa dan tsunami telah mengubah Palu dan Donggala. Ke depan semuanya tak akan lagi sama. Lihat saja di Kota Palu, ada tiga kelurahan yang akan hilang dari catatan, yaitu Petobo, Balaroa dan Jono Oge. Ketiga lokasi itu tak akan lagi dihuni manusia.

Di wilayah yang ditelan lumpur atau likuifaksi itu, pemerintah berencana membangun ruang terbuka hijau dan monumen untuk dijadikan sebagai tempat bersejarah.

"Daerah rawan itu sudah tidak boleh dibangun kembali, oleh karena itu harus direlokasi, dan saat ini Pemda sedang menyiapkan lahan untuk relokasi," ujar Kepala BNPB Willem Rampangilei di Kejaksaan Agung RI, Jakarta, Rabu (10/10/2018).

Willem menyatakan, pemerintah sedang menyiapkan bagaimana untuk membangun rumah-rumah yang rusak, serta penentuan wilayah untuk relokasi. Menurutnya, daerah seperti di Petobo dan Balaroa tidak mungkin dibangun lagi.

"Kementerian PUPR itu sudah menyiapkan desainnya, begitu sudah dipastikan lahannya di mana akan segera kita bangun," tutur Willem.

Langkah ini sesuai dengan arahan dari Presiden Joko Widodo atau Jokowi. Saat mengunjungi wilayah Petobo, Sulteng, Rabu 3 Oktober 2018, Jokowi mengatakan rencananya warga yang berada di daerah rawan gempa direlokasi ke wilayah yang aman.

"Tapi warga diajak bicara agar bisa dipindahkan ke tempat lain. Kita sudah siapkan lokasinya, meskipun 20 kilometer dari sini. Tapi itu tempat-tempat yang dalam jangka panjang aman. Sudah mulai kita identifikasi sedetail itu," jelas Jokowi.

Harapan itu langsung bersambut. Menteri Koordinator Bidang Pembangunan Manusia dan Kebudayaan (PMK) Puan Maharani mengatakan pemerintah sudah menyiapkan lahan seluas 320 hektare untuk tempat relokasi korban terdampak bencana. Relokasi tersebut ditujukan kepada masyarakat yang tinggal di daerah sesar gempa, rawan likuefaksi, dan berpotensi bencana lainnya.

"Pemerintah sudah akan menyiapkan tanah kurang lebih 320 hektare di satu tempat," ujar Puan di Kantor Kemenko PMK, Jakarta Pusat, Kamis 4 Oktober 2018.

Kawasan relokasi kemungkinan berjarak sekitar 20 kilometer dari lokasi yang ditempati warga saat ini. Kendati demikian, Puan mengatakan ia sudah meminta para kepala daerah untuk memberi penjelasan kepada warga terkait potensi bahaya jika tetap tinggal di daerah rawan tersebut.

"Kita sudah meminta kepada gubernur, wali kota, bupati, untuk kemudian mengimbau, mengajak bicara seluruh masyarakat yang tinggal di tempat yang memang sudah tidak layak lagi untuk jangka panjang, untuk bisa pindah," ungkap Puan.

Dia menyebutkan lokasi tersebut sedang dalam proses peninjauan dan menjadi tanggungjawab Menteri Agraria dan Tata Ruang (ATR)/Ketua Badan Pertanahan Nasional (BPN) Sofyan Djalil.

Menindaklanjuti penugasan tersebut, tim yang dipimpin Direktur Jenderal Tata Ruang Kementerian Agraria dan Tata Ruang/Badan Pertanahan Nasional Abdul Kamarzuki, mengidentifikasi lokasi alternatif yang potensial sebagai tempat relokasi.

Lokasi ini nantinya akan dikaji aspek kebencanaannya oleh Badan Geologi dan BMKG untuk memastikan wilayah tersebut bebas dari bencana. Bencana tersebut meliputi patahan aktif, likuefaksi, longsor, tsunami, banjir, dan mikrozonasi tinggi gempa.

Hasil kajian ini akan dituangkan dalam dokumen rencana tata ruang berbasis mitigasi bencana. Dokumennya akan menjadi dasar pelaksanaan pembangunan hunian tetap (Huntap) serta infrastruktur pendukungnya oleh Kementerian PUPR.

Dalam memilih lokasi alternatif, ada beberapa kriteria yang dikedepankan. Selain harus bebas dari bahaya bencana, lokasi tersebut juga bukan merupakan sempadan pantai dan sempadan sungai. Selain itu, lokasi alternatif yang akan digunakan juga tidak berada di hutan lindung atau kawasan lain yang memiliki kelerengan lebih dari 15 persen.

Lebih lanjut, kawasan ini juga harus memiliki akses ke sumber air. Di samping itu, penguasaan tanah Hak Guna Usaha (HGU) atau Hak Guna Bangunan (HGB) juga harus sudah berakhir.

Berdasarkan hasil identifikasi sementara, terdapat lima lokasi alternatif yang tersebar di tiga kecamatan, yaitu di Kecamatan Palu Barat dengan luas 79,30 hektare, dua lokasi di Kecamatan Sigi Biromaru seluas 200 hektare dan 217 hektare dan dua lokasi di Kecamatan Palu Timur dengan luas 57 hektare dan 99,63 hektare.

Dengan semua persiapan relokasi tersebut, bisa dipastikan warga yang sebelumnya menghuni tiga kelurahan di Kota Palu itu bakal tercerabut dari akarnya. Namun, itu adalah solusi terakhir bagi korban gempa yang selama ini tinggal di atas tanah yang tidak stabil.

Peringatan di Tengah Pemulihan Palu

Pandangan udara memperlihatkan sejumlah bangunan rusak usai dilanda gempa dan tsunami Palu, Sulawesi Tengah, Senin (1/10). Gempa berkekuatan 7,4 Magnitudo disusul tsunami melanda Palu dan Donggala pada 28 September 2018. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Di lokasi di mana rumahnya pernah tegak berdiri, Musrifah melihat jasad bocah kecil yang tengkurap di antara tabung gas dan tumpukan kayu.

Bocah itu mengenakan kemeja abu-abu gelap dan celana biru kehijauan, sama seperti yang dikenakan Bima Alfarezi, putranya yang berusia 2 tahun, ketika tsunami merebut paksa buah hatinya itu dari tangannya.

"Ibu, aku takut. Takut," itu kata-kata terakhir Bima yang didengar Musrifah, seperti dikutip dari njherald.com. Setelah itu putranya itu hilang entah di mana.

Musrifah mendekat ke arah korban. Jasad itu sudah bengkak dan terurai. Nyaris tak mungkin untuk mengenali wajahnya. Namun, saat melihat sandal biru di kaki jenazah, ia yakin, itu adalah putranya. Dada perempuan itu sontak sesak. Tangisnya pecah.

Petugas kemudian datang, meletakkan jasad itu ke kantung jenazah dan menutup resletingnya. Kala itu, Musrifah melakukan hal yang ia idam-idamkan selama hampir sepekan: memeluk erat putranya.

Bima adalah salah satu dari 2.000 korban tewas pascagempa magnitudo 7,4 yang mengguncang Palu dan sekitarnya pada 28 September 2018. Baik oleh dahsyatnya guncangan maupun tsunami yang menerjang.

Sekitar 5.000 korban belum ditemukan, mayoritas terkubur di dalam lumpur yang menyembur saat tanah tiba-tiba terbelah dan goyah akibat likuefaksi. Mereka yang lolos dari maut juga akan merasakan dampaknya. Sekitar 74 ribu orang kehilangan rumah dan terpaksa tinggal di kamp pengungsi. Entah sampai kapan.

Sejumlah ahli mengatakan, musibah di Palu menjadi peringatan akan bencana yang lebih mematikan dan merusak di masa depan.

Seperti dikutip dari TIME, Rabu (10/10/2018), meski perubahan iklim meningkatkan tingkat keparahan bencana alam seperti badai, topan, dan kebakaran hutan, jumlah kejadian gempa dan tsunami tahunan cukup stabil. Menurut data Badan Survei Geologi AS (USGS), jumlah gempa bumi yang parah tetap statis sejak tahun 1900. Namun, kerusakan akibat gempa dan ancaman terhadap kehidupan manusia justru meningkat.

Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) yang bermarkas di Belgia menyebut, jumlah bencana alam lebih sedikit terjadi pada tahun 2017. Namun, terjadi peningkatan kerugian ekonomi sebesar 49 persen yang ditimbulkan oleh peristiwa tersebut.

Alasannya jelas: makin banyak manusia yang pindah ke kota-kota yang padat dan dikelilingi infrastruktur -- jalan, jembatan, dan bangunan -- yang bisa menjelma jadi bahaya mematikan saat bencana dan menuntut harga mahal untuk memulihkannya kembali.

"Manusia, infrastruktur, dan kekayaan kini terkonsentrasi ke perkotaan yang kian tak terlindungi di bagian-bagian paling berbahaya di planet ini," kata Bill McGuire, profesor emeritus Ilmu Bumi di University College London.

Di sisi lain, kesiapsiagaan menghadapi bencana tak sepadan dengan pesatnya perkembangnya perkotaan.

Data mencatat, gempa bumi dan tsunami terbukti sangat mematikan, menewaskan hampir 750.000 jiwa selama 20 tahun terakhir, lebih dari peristiwa cuaca ekstrem lainnya, demikian menurut laporan yang akan datang dari Kantor Pengurangan Resiko Bencana PBB atau UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Kematian terbesar terjadi pada 2004 setelah gempa berkekuatan 9,1 di Samudra Hindia selatan memicu tsunami dahsyat yang menghantam sejumlah pantai di beberapa negara. Terutama di Aceh.

Dalam beberapa kasus, daya tarik kota-kota pesisir ikut memperbesar bahaya.

Banyak kota dibangun di jalur badai tropis atau di samping patahan tektonik. Palu salah satunya.

Kota itu terletak di ujung teluk yang panjang, yang melindungi penghuninya dari badai laut, demikian menurut McGuire.

Namun, teluk tersebut juga berkontribusi melipatgandakan kemampuan merusak tsunami, meningkatkan ketinggian gelombang gergasi, dan memandunya langsung ke permukiman penduduk.

Erosi di sepanjang patahan Palu-Kora, yang membentuk teluk di sekitar Palu, juga memicu likuefaksi -- fenomena di mana tanah bergejolak seperti gelombang laut selama gempa terjadi.

Menurut McGuire, likuefaksi adalah peristiwa yang mengerikan. Namun, seharusnya tak mengejutkan.

Survei yang dilakukan Pemerintah Indonesia tahun 2012 menguak bahwa sisi terluar Palu, seperti Petobo dan Balaroa berisiko tinggi likuefaksi. Saat ini permukiman di lokasi-lokasi itu lenyap beserta sejumlah penghuninya.

Wilayah-wilayah terdampak terparah parah di Palu tidak akan dibangun kembali, demikian menurut BNPB. Tujuannya, agar tragedi tak lagi menjelang.

Namun, upaya merekonstruksi wilayah Palu lainnya untuk menghadapi ancaman gempa bumi di masa depan akan jadi sangai mahal.

"Tidak ada jawaban sederhana untuk masalah ini," tulis McGuire kepada TIME. "Kota-kota itu berada di tempat yang salah."

Sementara itu, Laura Kong, direktur Pusat Informasi Tsunami Internasional (ITIC) di Hawaii mengatakan, Indonesia telah secara signifikan dan terus menerus meningkatkan sistem peringatan dini tsunami dan kesiapsiagaan bencana. "Terutama sejak tsunami 2004," kata dia.

Namun, deteksi dini tidak serta-merta memberi kekebalan terhadap potensi bahaya. "Tsunami lokal seperti di Palu dapat menghantam dalam hitungan menit," tambah dia.

Karena gempa dan tsunami tak bisa dipastikan kapan datangnya, pendidikan dan meningkatkan kesadaran masyarakatb bisa jauh lebih efektif daripada peralatan berteknologi tinggi.

"Orang-orang perlu tahu bahwa mereka tinggal di negara rawan gempa...tanah yang berguncang adalah peringatan alami bagi mereka," kata geofisikawan Jason Patton kepada TIME.

Warga sipil harus tahu kapan harus mengevakuasi diri, bahkan jika peralatan peringatan bahaya gagal berfungsi.

"Bencana alam hanya bisa menjadi malapetaka jika banyak orang yang menjadi korbannya," tambah dia.

 

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