12 Oct

UN appeals for aid to help Central Africans break circle of poverty

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the aid programme launched by the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the CAR this year needs $116 million in funding, but has received only $90 million so far.UN agencies have vastly expanded the number of programmes they provide in the CAR to help the growing numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees now living in neighbouring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Sudan.Humanitarian agencies have also strengthened their presence outside the capital, Bangui, by increasing their number of offices from seven just two years ago to 46 this month.OCHA said the money provided by donors this year has already made “a tremendous difference” to the estimated 1 million people affected by conflict and banditry across the CAR, especially in the north.“There is a real window of opportunity now to help the Central Africans break the circle of poverty and conflict,” OCHA said. “But the international community needs to show a real and sustained interest in the country.”Health care, food access to clean water, housing and basic social services are among the priorities for relief workers in the CAR, one of the poorest countries in the world.About 108,000 IDPs are currently still too scared to return home, with the majority living in the bush outside towns and villages, where they do not have access to food, water and basic social services, after their own villages were attacked by armed groups or bandits.Some 85,000 have returned to their home villages in the past year and a half, but found many of them to have been largely destroyed as a result of the conflict. 14 October 2008The United Nations humanitarian wing today appealed for donors to provide another $26 million to support its aid activities in the impoverished Central African Republic (CAR), where more than 200,000 people remain displaced from their homes by persistent conflict and banditry over the past two years. read more

25 Sep

India snub nothing to do with decision to quit says Bravo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBravo out of T&T squad pending WICB meetingJanuary 9, 2017In “latest news”CWI opens doors for Narine, Pollard and Bravo comebacks into national sideJuly 24, 2018In “latest news”WI Captains allegedly sacked; Bravo denies reportsNovember 5, 2014In “Sports” West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo(CMC) — All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has shot down suggestions his decision to retire from international cricket was influenced by his non-selection for the ongoing limited overs tour of India.The 35-year-old last week announced he was quitting international cricket, as he prepared for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s semi-final in the Regional Super50 at Kensington Oval in Barbados.“Not being selected in the West Indies team to go to India had nothing to do with my decision because I haven’t played for West Indies in one-dayers since 2014 and in T20s since 2016,” Bravo told CNC3 TV.“So not being selected in the West Indies team — I’ve actually gotten accustomed to it now.”Bravo made a rare appearance for Red Force in the just concluded Super50 but had little impact, scoring just 96 runs from five innings and picking up seven wickets at 24 runs apiece.Red Force reached the semi-finals before they were upset by eventual champions Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.Bravo, who also quit Test cricket three years ago, said he would continue to ply his trade on the global T20 circuit.“Life continues for me. I just officially announced my retirement but I’m going to continue to play around the world, I’m going to continue to play for Knight Riders,” he explained.“To all my fans who got scared and thought they would never see me play cricket, you can rest assured I will continue playing — just that I won’t be playing for West Indies.“I will be trying to keep my body fit so I can play as long as possible.”Bravo was repeatedly snubbed by Windies selectors despite guiding Trinbago Knight Riders to back-to-back titles in the Caribbean Premier League over the last two seasons.He captained West Indies in ODIs for 19 months up to 2014 when he was sacked and dropped from the squad following his key role in the controversial abandoned tour of India earlier that year, owing to a player’s pay dispute with Cricket West Indies. read more