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‘ECOWAS is making efforts to get across to Niger’: Nigerian defence chief | News

‘ECOWAS is making efforts to get across to Niger’: Nigerian defence chief | News

Abuja, Nigeria – On Saturday, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold a summit in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to discuss the exit of three member states and a constitutional crisis in a fourth. The withdrawal of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso from the regional bloc in January has heightened concerns over the possible spread of insecurity in the Sahel to other parts of West Africa. Combined, the trio have experienced five coups in the last three years, with the putschists citing the inability of the governments they replaced, to handle the spread of armed groups in the region. The coups have led to stiff post-coup sanctions from ECOWAS that have angered Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. But it has also triggered a debate about the state of democracy in the region, even as locals in the affected countries seem to have mostly welcomed the military takeovers. Ahead of the bloc’s meeting, Nigeria’s military chief, General Christopher Musa, spoke to Al Jazeera in Abuja on Tuesday about the unfolding situation in Niger …

The key to Europe’s decarbonisation efforts

The key to Europe’s decarbonisation efforts

Davide Sabbadin, Acting Policy Manager for Climate and Energy, and Alberto Vela, Senior Communications Officer for Climate and Energy at the EEB, a partner organisation of the EUSEW, discuss the vital role of energy efficiency for decarbonisation targets. Last year, Europe reduced its CO2 emissions by 8%. To do this, the region used and continues to use two powerful strategies: expanding renewables and reducing energy demand. Although renewables are often in the spotlight, energy efficiency has a vital role to play in Europe’s decarbonisation and energy security. However, good planning is required for energy reductions. The importance of energy efficiency Energy efficiency is the cornerstone of the EU’s triple climate target architecture – emissions reductions, renewables, and efficiency goals. This architecture reinforces and enables one another. Within this interplay, efficiency facilitates the role of renewables in achieving decarbonisation. As well as this, energy efficiency offers a clear solution to cut reliance on energy imports amidst energy insecurity. Although scaling up renewables is vital long-term, deployment takes time. In the short term, efficiency is necessary for …

Repatriation Efforts Across Europe and the US

Repatriation Efforts Across Europe and the US

The British Museum. Via Wikipedia.   Repatriation efforts are coming to a stop in Europe and the United States. This is all happening amid modifications in public attitude. Restitution certainly experienced a radical transformation in recent years, even if it remained a hot topic in art circles for decades, on and off. While the repair and return issues remain heated, we came to an important turning point.   Repatriation Efforts…One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Marble metope from the Parthenon, via British Museum.   News about returned and seized items, projects, pending and resolved litigation, and other events remained constant throughout 2023. Also, discussion about arrangements reached between Europe and the Global South. Most commentators mention French President Emmanuel Macron‘s 2017 address in Burkina Faso. He said he wanted “the conditions met for the temporary or definitive restitution of African heritage to Africa”.   Since then, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland established national standards or panels to assess compensation claims. Also, on returning items obtained throughout the corresponding colonial eras. Furthermore, recent legislation has …

Qatar PM: Hamas-Israel talks ‘not very promising’, truce efforts to go on | Israel War on Gaza News

Qatar PM: Hamas-Israel talks ‘not very promising’, truce efforts to go on | Israel War on Gaza News

Talks involving officials from Qatar, Egypt, Israel and the US have so far not yielded a deal for a pause in the Israeli attacks. Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says his country’s mediation efforts will continue despite an agreement between Israel and Hamas appearing unlikely at the moment as Israel prepares to mount an invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza. The talks, which involved officials from the United States and Egypt, have so far failed to produce results as Hamas and Israel have highly diverging views. “The pattern in the last few days is not really very promising but … we will always remain optimistic and will always remain pushing,” Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the foreign minister of Qatar, playing a key mediator, said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. He added that since the scale of this proposed agreement is much larger than the one reached last year, which included a temporary ceasefire and exchange of prisoners, challenges are expected. Al Thani also cited a lag in the …

Texas Ban on University Diversity Efforts Provides a Glimpse of the Future Across GOP-Led States

Texas Ban on University Diversity Efforts Provides a Glimpse of the Future Across GOP-Led States

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The dim lighting and vacant offices were the first clues. Other changes struck Nina Washington, a senior at the University of Texas, when she returned to her favorite study spot from winter break. The words “Multicultural Center” had been taken off the wall, erasing an effort begun in the late 1980s to serve historically marginalized communities on campus. The center’s staff members were gone, its student groups dissolved. “Politics, behaviors and emotions are returning to the old ways,” said Washington, who as a Black woman found a sense of community at the center. The void in the heart of the nearly 52,000-student campus is one of many changes rippling across college campuses in Texas, where one of the nation’s most sweeping bans on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives took effect Jan. 1. At least five other states have passed their own bans and Republican lawmakers in at least 19 states are pursuing various restrictions on diversity initiatives, an issue they hope will mobilize their voters this election year. Photos You Should …

Mini-Summit Discusses Peace Efforts for East Democratic Republic of Congo

Mini-Summit Discusses Peace Efforts for East Democratic Republic of Congo

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia —  Angolan President Joao Lourenco hosted a mini-summit in Addis Ababa on Friday in a bid to revive peace efforts for the violence-wracked eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The meeting, on the eve of a two-day AU summit in the Ethiopian capital, follows an escalation of fighting in the region in recent days. Diplomatic efforts have so far failed to quell the conflict between the M23 rebel group and the Congolese army in the mineral-rich east of the vast central African nation. DRC President Felix Tshisekedi was among those taking part in Friday’s closed-door meeting, his office said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter. “This mini-summit discussed, among other things, the return to a constructive and reconciliatory dialogue between the DRC and Rwanda, the immediate cessation of hostilities, the immediate withdrawal of the M23 from occupied areas and the launch of a process to contain this movement,” the presidency said. Kinshasa, along with the United Nations and Western countries, accuses DR Congo’s much smaller neighbor Rwanda of backing the rebels, a …

Rise in sustainability-linked loans by banks to SMEs, as segment seeks help in decarbonisation efforts

Rise in sustainability-linked loans by banks to SMEs, as segment seeks help in decarbonisation efforts

Ollo is not alone in approaching such a colossal investment. Many other SMEs are adopting a wait-and-see approach due to large upfront costs, especially for infrastructure projects, according to Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) president Ang Yuit. The decision is made even more complex, with considerations such as complicated certification processes and uncertain long-term returns, he said. Mr Ang explained that SMEs have to think about profits and losses in the immediate and shorter term, and are especially sensitive towards the costs involved. “Without a clear revenue or profit that can be had, if we move in this direction, for many, actually going into the adopting greener technology may require an immediate increase in capital expenditure, or maybe even operating expense, because you’re changing the way you’re operating,” he said. SUSTAINABLE FINANCING Sustainable financing is one way banks are helping SMEs overcome cost barriers. Some banks even go beyond issuing loans, to help SMEs achieve certification targets and navigate the complex transition landscape. OCBC’s head of global commercial banking Linus Goh told CNA …

North Korea steps up efforts to stamp out consumption of illegal foreign media – but entertainment-hungry citizens continue to flout the ban

North Korea steps up efforts to stamp out consumption of illegal foreign media – but entertainment-hungry citizens continue to flout the ban

Consuming and sharing foreign media in North Korea can be punishable by death. But that did not stop more than 83% of those who escaped the country between 2016 and 2020 using increasingly sophisticated means to access foreign music, TV shows and films before they left. According to a survey report that was released by the South Korean Ministry of Unification, illegal media consumption among those who left in the five years up to 2020 increased by 15% compared with the previous five-year period. Since the mid-1990s, over 34,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea. However, North Korea closed its borders during the COVID pandemic, and since then the steady flow of escapees has slowed considerably. The number of informants has dropped and the information they bring may be somewhat dated by the time they reach the South. But many tell a common story of huddling around a TV or laptop behind locked doors, consuming foreign media that was smuggled into North Korea on USB sticks and SD cards. Escapees also tell how knowledge …

Kanye West’s weak efforts on Vultures won’t help him recover from the past few years

Kanye West’s weak efforts on Vultures won’t help him recover from the past few years

Sign up to Roisin O’Connor’s free weekly newsletter Now Hear This for the inside track on all things music Get our Now Hear This email for free Much has been made of Kanye West’s “cancellation” in recent years, as the controversial rapper continues to spark one backlash after another. Between his antisemitic outbursts – claiming he was going “deathcon3 on Jewish people” and declaring that he “liked” Hitler – or his misogynist lyrics about Taylor Swift, there have been several occasions that have, supposedly, been enough to cause the music industry (and the rest of the world) to turn their backs on this fallen genius. But cancelled West is not. Yes, his antics have left him without a major record deal. Yes, they’ve resulted in his billionaire status being wiped due to a severed Adidas deal. And perhaps yes, there may even be a modicum of truth in his since-deleted claims that he can’t book a tour because he’s been blacklisted by music venues. But how can West be cancelled when he’s still attracting some …

Supreme Court skeptical of efforts to kick Trump off the ballot

Supreme Court skeptical of efforts to kick Trump off the ballot

Last Updated: February 08, 2024 02:57 PM Published: February 08, 2024 06:00 AM Share Listen to the arguments in full By The Associated Press Share Oral arguments kicked off at 1:37:35 in the AP’s livestream below. The fate of former President Donald Trump’s attempt to return to the White House is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. Live updates: bit.ly/3T0EJbr Colorado’s Republican Party chair is confident Trump will be on the ballot Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Dave Williams speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Dave Williams, chair of the Colorado Republican Party, said he is confident the court will rule against what he cast as “ridiculous and novel legal theories to try and engage in election interference.” And he says that he looks “forward to seeing Donald Trump on the ballot in Colorado.” Colorado Sec. of State says it’s ‘striking’ to be discussing this case steps away from the U.S. Capitol Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold speaks in …