UN agency lauds thinktank plan to revamp US policy on global food

The report, from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, outlines a plan of action which it says any US administration could embrace on a bipartisan basis. It recommends a doubling of emergency assistance and making rural development and agricultural productivity new foreign policy priorities. “This challenge cannot be solved without US leadership. This study is a roadmap, a wake-up call,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said during the report’s presentation this week in Washington. Ms. Sheeran also highlighted the report’s call for a modernization of the global food aid system. Improving the “speed, agility, liquidity and flexibility” of that system was a challenge not only for the US but also for the world, she said.“Food security is so fundamental to human existence that it is not only a humanitarian issue but also perhaps the key security issue of our time.” With food prices expected to remain high, the UN has set up a task force, chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to promote a comprehensive solution to the global food crisis. Its action plan provides for long-term solutions, such as boosting agricultural production, but also short-term measures to meet the immediate needs of the hungry poor who have been most affected by high food prices. The WFP said that, according to most estimates, food prices will remain high at least until 2012. 31 July 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today praised a new report by a Washington-based think-tank which calls for the United States to take a fresh strategic approach to the global food crisis. read more

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Nishantha calls Ranil a woman

Muthuhettigama also said that as far as he is concerned the President of Sri Lanka is still Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Member of Parliament Nishantha Muthuhettigama today accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of behaving like a woman.Muthuhettigama said that the Prime Minister has no personality. He expressed regret over President Maithripala Sirisena’s connections with a “woman” like Wickremesinghe. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/12-05-Sanath-Galle-Nishantha-Muthuhettigama@Yakkalamulla.wma00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “We are working at getting Mahinda Rajapaksa back into power as Prime Minister,” he added.He also accused President Sirisena of being controlled by Wickremesinghe and the United National Party. (Colombo Gazette) With several opposition members now being arrested, Muthuhettigama says the media is afraid to report anything positive regarding Mahinda Rajapaksa. read more

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Fines for brothers Karabatic and five more players for bettingscandal

Three days after leading France to a sixth world handball championship team captain Nikola Karabatic, his brother Luka, but also few other Montpellier’s players from 2012, were given two-month suspended sentences for their key role in a betting scandal.Bets totalling 100,000 euros were placed that Montpellier would be losing at half-time of a match played May 12, 2012, against Cesson Rennes, a substantial part of the sum being placed by Luka’s girlfriend Jennifer Priez.Most of the 16 people involved in the nefarious scheme were handed fines of around 10,000 euros at the first sentencing in 2015 and Wednesday’s proceeding was an appeal by Nikola.While Luka and Priez had admitted gambling, elder brother Nikola denied all charges.Mladen BOJINOVIC : 20.000€, 4 months suspended sentenceDragan GAJIC : 20.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceLuka KARABATIC : 10.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceNikola KARABATIC : 10.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceSamuel HONRUBIA : 15.000€, 2 months suspended sentencePrimoz PROST : 10.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceIssam TEJ : 20.000€, 2 months suspended sentence ← Previous Story Ljubomir Vranjes leads Hungary until Tokyo 2020! Next Story → CLOSED-CYCLE: Hendrik Pekeler to THW Kiel in summer 2018! read more

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