Verkeersveiligheidsinstituut organiseert wandelloop voor herdenking verkeersslachtoffers

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JusPol waardeert SEH voor behandelen verkeersslachtoffers PARAMARIBO — Het Verkeersveiligheidsinstituut (VVI) heeft zaterdag een wandelloop georganiseerd in het kader van

World Cup dismay for Qatar as Ecuador win opening game Loop Jamaica

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The large swathes of empty seats in the second half summed up the Qatar soccer team’s disappointing start to its first-ever World Cup.

The night started with more than 67,000 mostly Qatari fans filling the cavernous Al Bayt Stadium, enjoying an opening ceremony that showcased the tiny Arab emirate to a global audience 12 years after winning the right to host soccer’s biggest event.

It ended with Qatar’s overmatched team trudging off the field, its unwanted place in soccer history secure and with many of its dismayed fans having long disappeared.

The controversy-laced tournament opened Sunday with the 2019 Asian Cup champions getting outplayed in a 2-0 loss to Ecuador, ensuring a host team lost its opening game for the first time at a World Cup.

“I would say we felt bad (for our supporters),” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said. “I hope in the next game they will be prouder.”

Ecuador captain Enner Valencia scored both of his team’s goals in the first half of a one-sided game that wound up being a damage-limitation exercise for Qatar on one of the biggest nights in the nation’s history.

The match took place after a colorful 30-minute opening ceremony — fronted by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman and attended by powerful dignitaries including Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — that promoted inclusivity and mankind living “under one tent.”

For many, that would jar with this World Cup being hosting by an emirate where homosexual acts are illegal, one that has come under strong criticism for how migrant workers have been treated building stadiums and tournament infrastructure since Qatar won the scandal-shrouded vote in 2010.

The yearslong scrutiny was never going to stop just because play on the field finally entered the narrative of a tournament dogged by human-rights controversies, yet a win for the host nation would have at least put a favorable light on Qatar, soccer-wise.

Instead, Qatar’s players, fresh from spending seven months together in a pre-tournament training camp under Sanchez, froze in front of an expectant crowd and a disciplined Ecuador team that might just pose a danger to more high-profile opponents over the next few weeks.

“This is just the start of the World Cup,” said the 33-year-old Valencia, who has now scored Ecuador’s last five goals at the World Cup, including three in 2014. “We have to keep dreaming.”

In what might go down as one of the worst displays by a host nation to open a tournament, Qatar had five shots in the match and none of them were on target. The team had only two touches inside the opposition penalty area.

Put simply, Ecuador was just too good for a team only playing at the World Cup because it is the host.

“I wouldn’t say we were na?ve,” Sanchez said. “I would say this was about nervousness … maybe we had too many doubts.”

Valencia thought he had scored in the third minute when he headed in from close range following an acrobatic cross from Felix Torres. After a video review of about two minutes, Ecuadorian celebrations were cut short when the goal was ruled out for a marginal offside.

Ecuador did take the lead, however, in the 16th minute when Valencia — running onto a through-ball — was tripped by Saad Alsheeb after rounding the goalkeeper, who was booked for the challenge. Valencia was nonchalant as he trotted up and converted the spot kick into the bottom corner.

The 33-year-old striker then added his second in the 33rd by heading in a right-wing cross from Angelo Preciado.

With Qatar’s passes often going astray and its defensive raggedness repeatedly exposed, Ecuador had no problem holding onto its lead as Sanchez stood helpless in his technical area and the home fans fell quiet.

Many didn’t return for the second half. And heading into the final quarter of the game, thousands of seats were empty.

It marked a huge contrast to a few hours earlier.

In a party-like atmosphere, camels and Arabian horses lined the entrance to the stadium, a Bedouin tent-inspired venue located in the rather isolated surrounds of the rural town of Al Khor, north of Doha.

And the seven-act opening ceremony lived up to its billing, the highlight being when Freeman extended one yellow-gloved hand to a FIFA World Cup ambassador suffering from a rare spinal disorder in an image representing inclusion in a country facing international criticism over its human-rights record.

Looking on from the luxury seats were FIFA president Gianni Infantino alongside leaders from the Middle East and Africa. Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, drew a thunderous applause in a short speech delivered in Arabic from the suite, with Infantino and the monarch’s father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, on either side of him.

“I welcome you and good luck to all,” the emir said in his only words spoken in English.

After this display, Qatar will need more than just luck to avoid joining South Africa as being the only host nation to fail to get out of the group stage at the World Cup.

“We have to forget about the pressure and be more competitive,” Sanchez said. “We can do it.”


The first half was winding down when a chant came from a large section of vocal, yellow-clad Ecuador fans: “We want beer.” It was a humorous intervention two days after Qatar decided to ban beer sales at the stadiums during the World Cup. It was a late change by the conservative Islamic nation where access to alcohol is strictly limited. Only alcohol-free Bud Zero was sold at the game.


In a concern for Ecuador, Valencia — the national team’s top scorer — was substituted in the 77th minute and said after the game he had discomfort in his knee and ankle. “I hope I can be ready,” he said about the team’s next game, against the Netherlands on Friday. Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro was under no illusions, though, saying: “Enner, he will play.”


Qatar will look to bounce back against Senegal, also on Friday.

Some vendors report better sales, others divided at JLP Conference Loop Jamaica

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Vendors, who came from all across the island to capitalize on sales at the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Conference were left divided on how well they benefited from the event in terms of earnings.

“For me right now based on the large crowd that I saw I was hoping to better in sales, business for me today was not good but all in all, I have to give thanks,” said jerk vendor, Karl Spaulding, who resides in Kingston.

“There were other vendors like Macia Smith, who said for her things were a little better.

“Things went ok, I was able to sell a number of items and I am happy,” said Smith.

Kalia White said for her this conference was the best one for her in terms of business.

“I was able to sell off all the items that I took to the conference,” said the female who made the trip all the way from Stoney Hill.

There were other vendors, who said it was too early to say.

” I am still carrying out checks to see how well I did for the day said another vendor.

After two years without an in-person conference, the police said the National Arena was filled to capacity.

Pedro waving the Barbados flag from Qatar World Cup Loop Barbados

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There is an adage which says, “you can find a Bajan anywhere”, and this winter in Qatar at the 2022 FIFA World Cup(TM), you will find sports enthusiast and Black Rock, St Michael resident, Pedro McClean.

McClean has been selected from among 500,000 applicants to be an international volunteer for the biggest show on the sports calendar.

The avid Manchester United and Empire Sports Club fan said he was initially doing research to attend the FIFA World Cup(TM) as a spectator but came across information which requested competent personnel to assist at the tournament in Qatar.

“I’m looking forward to meeting people to be honest, and it is the FIFA World Cup(TM). This is the largest sporting event in the world and the stadium I am registered to will be hosting the final”

“Originally, I was looking for tickets for the games and one of the sections marked volunteer, so I clicked on it, found out what was the procedure, and it was basically a step-by-step process of seven steps.

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You had to be fully vaccinated for sure, have some sort of experience and after they read your application, you had to do an interview, which was done in June,” McClean explained.

McClean was deemed the ideal candidate due to his domestic and international experience.

Firstly, as a Concacaf licensed coach, an active member of the Empire Sports Club technical team, and most significantly his tenure in a similar volunteer position at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) games in both Mexico and Taiwan in 2017.

“During my internship, I had worked with the social media team (of FISU), and I was an attach? responsible for team China and it wasn’t even a familiar sport to me, it was actually American football”.

McClean emphasized that one important thing his experiences has taught him, is to always be prepared.

McClean commutes via train to rehearsals ahead of the start of the tournament

“I try to do a lot more research when I get involved. Before I went to Taiwan, I even went and learn a bit of Chinese at UWI every week.

“Mexico was a bit shaky because I didn’t know what I was doing until I got there and then I did a bit of everything, even announcing sometimes”, said McClean.

The Sports Management graduate lauded tutors Marcia Oxley and Dr June Caddle for their tutelage and guidance, which he believes has equipped him for this life-changing experience in the Middle East.

A socialite in the sporting industry, McClean said he is looking forward to experiencing new relationships the most, during his tenure in Qatar. This is his highlight, even though he is deployed to the largest stadium of the tournament; the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which has a capacity of 80,000 and will be the venue for the tournament final.

“I’m looking forward to meeting people to be honest, and it is the.This is the FIFA World Cup(TM) largest sporting event in the world and the stadium I am registered to will be hosting the final. I will be working with spectator services, basically making sure that all spectators are comfortable, and anything relating to the fans.”

According to McClean’s knowledge, he is the only representative Barbados who will be at the World Cup in this capacity, and he believes it due to a lack of information.

“I believe the majority of the time, it’s not knowing.

I did tell a few persons when I found out that I will be doing it and I tried to encourage them, but sometimes people aren’t ready to take that leap of faith”, he said.

McClean advised persons who are sports fanatics like himself and want to contribute to sports at a global level, while enjoying the experience, to do their research, trust the process, have faith, just make that first step.

Vins: les enchères des Hospices de Beaune à de nouveaux sommets

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Récolte abondante, millésime “exceptionnel” et demande toujours en hausse: l’édition 2022 de la vente des vins des Hospices de Beaune, les plus anciennes enchères caritatives au monde…

Récolte abondante, millésime “exceptionnel” et demande toujours en hausse: l’édition 2022 de la vente des vins des Hospices de Beaune, les plus anciennes enchères caritatives au monde, a fait exploser tous les compteurs.

“Les résultats sont historiques et spectaculaires”: le directeur des Hospices civils de Beaune (Côte-d’Or), François Poher, n’a pas pu empêcher son enthousiasme après la flambée des prix de la 162e vente des vins de l’établissement hospitalier.

Avec une recette totale de 28,978 millions d’euros (sans les frais), ces enchères ont plus que doublé le précédent record établi en 2018 (13,97 M EUR).

“Exceptionnel”. “Incroyable”. “Inimaginable”. Les superlatifs ont ainsi fusé parmi les 800 acheteurs réunis sous les Halles de Beaune, capitale des vins de Bourgogne. 

Le prix moyen du fût de vin a lui aussi connu un nouveau plus-haut, à 35.974 euros (+8%).

L’abondance de la récolte 2022 avait certes déchaîné les prévisions de nouveaux records mais sans anticiper un tel niveau.

Cette année en effet, le nombre de lots était exceptionnel: 802 pièces étaient à prendre, non loin du plus-haut de 843 lots en 2018.

C’est que la récolte a été abondante en 2022 en Bourgogne, les importantes pluies de juin ayant permis à la vigne de bien résister à la sécheresse estivale au point de donner un millésime “exceptionnel”.

“On est passé d’un extrême à l’autre: du millésime 2021, le plus petit depuis 40 ans, à un millésime très abondant”, résume Amayès Aouli, directeur Europe chez Sotheby’s Wine, organisateur de la vente.

Les vendanges 2021 avaient en effet été amputées de moitié par un gel printanier dévastateur. Seuls 356 fûts avaient été proposés à la vente cette année-là, du jamais vu depuis 1977.

Après la rareté de 2021, l’abondance de 2022 a aiguisé “l’appétit des acheteurs”, explique M. Aouli. “Après les années Covid et les restrictions de voyage, beaucoup de clients sont venus de loin”, ajoute-t-il.

La Chinoise Lin Legun, acheteuse pour des clients de l’Empire du Milieu, est de ceux-là. Les vins de Bourgogne intéressent “énormément” les Chinois, explique-t-elle à l’AFP. “Et quand l’Asie se met à aimer un produit rare…”, poursuit-elle dans une allusion à la récente flambée des prix.

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“La demande pour les vins de Bourgogne ne cesse d’augmenter”, renchérit Marie-Anne Ginoux, directrice de Sotheby’s France, qui souligne que sa maison a établi en 2021 un montant record de ses ventes de vin, à 132 millions de dollars, réalisés à près de moitié par des Bourgogne.

En fin d’après-midi déjà, la “pièce des présidents”, un fût de prestige traditionnellement dédié à une œuvre caritative autre que les Hospices, avait déjà atteint un nouveau record à 810.000 euros, contre 800.000 euros l’an dernier.

“Bravo à tous”, avait alors lancé du haut de l’estrade Frédéric Drouhin, président de la grande maison de vins bourguignonne qui porte son nom, après avoir remporté au sein d’un collectif de négociants des enchères folles.

La recette de cette “pièce”, comme on appelle en Bourgogne ce fût de 228 litres (288 bouteilles), était réservée aux associations d’aide à l’enfance Princesse Margot et Vision du Monde. 

“Ce qu’il y a de plus déprimant, c’est de voir un enfant souffrir”, a déclaré M. Drouhin, qui a lui-même perdu une fille d’un cancer. 

“En France, 2.500 enfants sont chaque jour atteints de cancer dont 20% ne survivront pas”, a rappelé Muriel Hattab, présidente de Princesse Margot, nom de sa fille qui n’a pas survécu à la maladie.

“Bravo”, s’est également enflammé l’acteur Benoît Magimel, venu faire monter les enchères avec l’animatrice Flavie Flament, sous les hourras des  acheteurs.

Outre la “pièce des présidents”, le produit des autres lots est destiné aux équipements et à la rénovation des quatre hôpitaux et six Ehpad, soit un millier de lits que regroupent actuellement les Hospices civils.

Ces derniers ne reçoivent aucune aide de l’État pour ces dépenses qui sont donc entièrement financées par les vignes données aux Hospices depuis leur fondation, en 1443.


La présentatrice de TV Flavie Flament et l’acteur Benoît Magimel lors des enchères de l’édition 2022 de la vente des vins des Hospices de Beaune, le 20 novembre 2022 à Beaune

Enchères de l’édition 2022 de la vente des vins des Hospices de Beaune, le 20 novembre 2022 à Beaune

Enchères de l’édition 2022 de la vente des vins des Hospices de Beaune, le 20 novembre 2022 à Beaune

Vente des vins des Hospices de Beaune, les plus anciennes enchères caritatives au monde, dimanche 20 novembre 2022, sous des anticipations de nouveaux records

4 patients in COVID ICU, 5 new cases

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The Infectious Disease Hospital which houses the COVID-19 ICU

Five more persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry reported in its updated Dashboard.

This now takes the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Guyana to 88, which includes four patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the remaining persons in isolation – 6 in institutional isolation and the other 78 in home isolation.

One other person is also in institutional quarantine.

Guyana’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 1281, while some 70,172 persons have recovered from the life-threatening virus to date.

COP27 Closes With Deal On Loss And Damage – St. Lucia Times News

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After days of intense negotiations that stretched into early Sunday morning in Sharm el-Sheikh, countries at the latest UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, reached agreement on an outcome that established a funding mechanism to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and damage’ from climate-induced disasters.

“This COP has taken an important step towards justice. I welcome the decision to establish a loss and damage fund and to operationalize it in the coming period,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message issued from the conference venue in Egypt, underscoring that the voices of those on frontlines of the climate crisis must be heard.

The UN chief was referring to what ended up becoming the thorniest issue at this COP, shorthand for the annual Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Developing countries made strong and repeated appeals for the establishment of a loss and damage fund, to compensate the countries that are the most vulnerable to climate disasters, yet who have contributed little to the climate crisis.

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“Clearly this will not be enough, but it is a much-needed political signal to rebuild broken trust,” he underscored, stressing that the UN system will support the effort every step of the way.Ahead of action on the texts, COP27 President Sameh Shoukry, who is also the Foreign Minister of Egypt, told delegations that the draft decisions were “a gateway that will scale up implementation and will enable us to transform to future of climate future neutrality and climate resilient development.”

“I call upon all of you to view these draft decisions not merely as words on paper but as a collective message to the world that we have heeded the call of our leaders and of current and future generations to set the right pace and direction for the implementation of the Paris agreement and the achievement of its goals.”Mr. Shoukry added: “The world is watching, I call on us all to rise to the expectations entrusted to us by the global community, and especially by those who are most vulnerable and yet have contributed the least to climate change.”

After missing their Friday night deadline, negotiators were finally able to reach conclusions on the most difficult items of the agenda, including a loss and damage facility – with a commitment to set up a financial support structure for the most vulnerable by the next COP in 2023 – as well as the post-2025 finance goal, and the so-called mitigation work programme, that would reduce emissions faster, catalyze impactful action, and secure assurances from key countries that they will take immediate action to raise ambition and keep us on the path towards 1.5°C.

Yet, while agreement on these issues was seen as a welcome step in the right direction, there appeared to be little forward movement on other key issues, particularly on the phasing out of fossil fuels, and tightened language on the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Observers have warned that new language including “low emissions” energy alongside renewables as the energy sources of the future is a significant loophole, as the undefined term could be used to justify new fossil fuel development against the clear guidance of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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