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  • Commonwealth wants developing countries to access billions in foreign aid

    first_imgLONDON, CMC – The Commonwealth Secretary General, Dame Patricia Scotland says a new study has shown that small member states could be losing out on US$4.5 billion of overseas development assistance.Need strategies to help small states She said as a result of the study conducted by the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat she is urging the development of strategies to help small and vulnerable states improve their ability to effectively access and use development assistance.Dame Patricia will be among delegates attending an International Monetary Fund (IMF)/ World Bank conference on Building Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change in the Caribbean on Monday. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be the featured speaker.The Commonwealth Secretary General will participate in a discussion on incentives and financing to build resilience.“The Caribbean has been through testing and distressing times in recent years, with storms and hurricanes of unprecedented intensity causing widespread devastation. We commend the international community for rallying to provide support, and the affected countries for their practical resolve to build back better and stronger.Much work to do“But we have a lot of work to do to address inherent and systemic barriers to building resilience, such as debt, limited private financing and capacity constraints,” she said, adding that “one key area we need urgently to improve is coordination among organizations and donors so countries are able to access and utilize financial assistance more swiftly through processes that are more streamlined.Missed out on $4.5 billion of aid“It is of great concern that a preliminary Commonwealth study shows that small and vulnerable states failed to utilize $4.5 billion of development assistance made available between 2010 and 2016,” she said ahead of the conference in Washington.Plans for building resilience to disasters The Commonwealth Secretariat said that at the conference it will present its plans for working alongside member countries to build resilience to disasters and climate change.It said these include the Commonwealth Finance Access Hub, which is helping developing states make successful applications for projects related to climate change, the new Disaster Risk Financing Portal, which will give countries open, 24-hour access to key information on financing facilities and a proposed Universal Vulnerability Index to build global consensus on the definition and measurement of the factors that combine to render countries vulnerable to environmental and financial challenges.Head of Economic Policy and Small States at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Travis Mitchell, said the issues of development finance for resilience building and disaster risk were upmost in the minds of Commonwealth finance ministers during their annual meeting in Bali last month.“We have a clear mandate to come up with innovative and effective strategies to address this issue. So in January we are going to hold the first ever Annual Research Conference on Small States in Malta under the theme “Building Resilience Through Disaster Risk Reduction”.“This will bring together experts and academics to explore new and emerging developments in disaster risk reduction.”last_img read more

  • Cody Bellinger has found ‘a happy medium’ in his sophomore season

    first_imgBellinger – who hit a 462-foot bomb into the upper deck at Safeco Field on Saturday night — said he hasn’t consciously sacrificed slugging for more hits or walks.“I think when you’re feeling good at the plate, it allows you to do that. When you’re not feeling good, it looks like you’re doing that when you’re not trying to,” he said. “I’m just trying to compete with what I’ve got right now, the feel of it. I wish I could tell you specifically what I’m doing. But I don’t know.”URIAS UPDATEThere are no signs that the Dodgers have accelerated Julio Urias’ rehab. Urias threw 32 pitches in 1-1/3 innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Roberts said Sunday that Urias is scheduled to pitch again on Tuesday, after five days’ rest. The affiliate where Urias will pitch has not been decided yet, Roberts said.Urias has made four appearances in games since returning to the mound – two each in the Arizona Summer League and the California League. He has had at least four days’ rest between each appearance.Overall, Urias has allowed four runs on seven hits (including two home runs), a walk and a hit batsman while striking out 10 in 6-1/3 innings. Urias’ fastball velocity has reportedly hit 94 mph.Urias is expected to pitch three innings or approximately 45 pitches in his next outing, Roberts said.“We’ll bring him back when he’s ready,” Roberts said of Urias’ timetable. “Don’t question the head. He just needs to log appearances and I still think we have time. And then we’ll see by the performance. We have time.“He’ll come when he’s ready.”ALSODodgers left-hander Zac Rosscup struck out the side on nine pitches in the ninth inning Sunday. It was the 93rd “immaculate inning” in MLB history. Rosscup is the 87th pitcher to accomplish the feat, the fourth this season. Kenley Jansen did it for the Dodgers in May 2017.UP NEXTCardinals LHP Austin Gomber (3-0, 2.89 ERA) at Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (7-6, 3.51 ERA), Monday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only) How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire SEATTLE – Before his sophomore season began, Cody Bellinger didn’t know what he didn’t know.The National League’s reigning Rookie of the Year can now admit it has been more difficult the second time around.“Yeah, definitely,” Bellinger said before Sunday’s game. “I think there was a lot of searching going on in the beginning, trying to get back to what I did last year or trying to find something new. I kind of found a happy medium now.”That medium has been a good fit. After a three-hit game Sunday, Bellinger is batting .441 (26 for 59) in August with a .508 on-base percentage that is the highest in the majors this month (neck and neck with teammate Justin Turner). He has a career-high hitting streak of 12 games and has reached base in 24 of his 28 games since the All-Star break. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“I think it’s just a matter of feel,” he said, downplaying any swing changes he has made and crediting a better mental approach for the August surge. “What I’ve got right now, I’m using every at-bat to compete. Even when I don’t feel good (with his swing), I’ve got to use that and compete rather than just give away an at-bat.”There is “a maturing” going on with the 23-year-old Bellinger, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. He has hit 20 home runs this season but his slugging percentage has dropped over 100 points from last season. Realizing that he can be a productive hitter without trying to hit a home run with every swing has been a part of that maturation, Roberts said.“For me, it’s outstanding. I base it on at-bat quality, staying in the strike zone, taking walks,” Roberts said. “I just feel if he can continue to do that, the slug will be there.“He’s struggled more than he’s ever struggled and to come out on the other side is one part of it. And the other part of it is not always just trying to chase slug. I think if you look at the best hitters, the most dangerous hitters in baseball – they get on base, they slug which makes them productive. Just to chase slug, you have to give up something and that’s swinging at balls in the strike zone for the most part.Related Articles “When you struggle and you don’t see that a walk is just as valuable as a hit – we all talk about chasing hits. When you’re chasing hits, that’s a tough strategy. Right now, he’s trying to not make outs. That’s the goal.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

  • Successful Bosnian Wrestlers Won Numerous Medals at 2 Tournaments

    first_imgWrestlers of the WCs Bosna and Željezničar from Sarajevo performed at two international tournaments held in Bocsu (Hungary) and Belgrade.At both tournaments, Hamza Komar and Husein Gegić won two golden medals. Himza Malagić won the silver and the golden medal. Sergej Simeunović won the golden and the bronze medal while Kemal Džananović won the bronze medal.Harun Sukić also won one silver and one bronze medal.There were around 140 competitors and 20 teams from Slovakia, Serbia, B&H and Hungary at the tournament in Bocsu.The tournament in Belgrade gathered competitors from Macedonia, Croatia, B&H and Serbia.Aldijan Memić won the golden medal, Sanel Hasanović the silver one while Eldar Memić won the bronze medal – was stated at the WC Bosna.(Source: Novo vrijeme)last_img read more