MONUSCO seeks UN’s continued support as it aids DR Congo’s COVID-19…

first_imgChinese experts arrive in DR Congo to help fight COVID-19 The UN condemns DR Congo killings DR Congo projects 20% mining revenue decline amid COVID-19 impactcenter_img Photo courtesy: MONUSCO – TwitterThe United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is keen to have the UN Security Council continue offering its support in order to continue its work in the country.Leila Zerrougui, the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), made the plea on Thursday as the Security Council ponders the longer-term future of the mission.Zerrougui informed the 15-member Council that MONUSCO had also added the fight against COVID-19 to its to-do-list, as the DR Congo fights to stop the spread of the disease.“The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced an additional layer of complexity and concern to the existing issues that we face in the country,” she said, presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in the DR Congo.MONUSCO’s current mandate expires on 20 December, having been extended by a year.Zerrougui however informed the Security Council that there was still work to be done as many parts of the DR Congo were still dogged by conflict.According to the UN, the situation in parts of Ituri province, which borders South Sudan and Uganda, has taken a grave turn for the worse in recent months, with element of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces reportedly carrying out incursions into the north of the province.The agency says an armed group, the Allied Democratic Forces ADF), is regrouping even as other militia proliferate in South Kivu.In extending MONUSCO’s mandate in December 2019, the Council took note of an assessment by an independent strategic review that an absolute minimum transition period of three years will be needed for the Mission’s drawdown and exit.At the same time, the Council invited the Secretariat to consider further reductions in MONUSCO’s military deployment – currently capped at 14,000 troops – and its area of operations, while making the protection of civilians the mission’s strategic priority.Relatedlast_img read more

Fernandes, Ince praise Guyana’s performance at 2019 senior C’bean c/ships

first_imgNow that the dust has settled and the adrenaline subsided, coach Carl Ince and President of the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) David Fernandes, have commended the quality of performances displayed by hosts Guyana at the 2019 Senior Caribbean Squash Championships held here.  The Guyanese athletes won gold in the men and women’s team categories en route to capturing the overall title.The championships also saw vintage Nicolette Fernandes dethroning Barbadian Megan Best to capture the women’s singles title while Jason Ray Khalil and Kristian Jeffery took gold in the men’s doubles category as Ashley Khalil, Taylor Fernandes snapped up silver.Coach Carl Ince and David FernandesInce lauded the locals for their clinical performance.  “I’m extremely satisfied with Guyana’s showing. They all did pretty well. They all worked hard so the reward is deserving,” Ince told Stabroek Sport in a recent interview.  The Squash Coach was particularly encouraged by the way the female team went about business and is hoping that they will stick together to accomplish more success.  “These girls that we have now, if we keep them together and stay on programme, we will see much more of what we are seeing now,” Ince said of Taylor and Nicolette Fernandes, Mary Fung-A-Fat, Ashley Khalil, Ashley De Groot and Larissa Wiltshire who trounced Barbados in the women’s team final. Ince said that he  hopes to see more of Nicolette Fernandes, who retired from Pro Squash but returned for the 2019 championships. He described 49-year-old Richard Chin’s efforts during the tournament as “special.” Squash Association President Fernandes said that he was proud of those who made the hosting of the championships a success. “I’m really proud of everyone… the team who organised the event. We have a really good executive and everyone played their part. It was special.” He commended Ince’s contribution on the technical side, noting the Coach played a significant part in the outstanding performances at the championship.  “As regard the squash we all saw, Coach Ince is absolutely the key factor in our success over the years and it starts with the junior programme. It’s probably the best in the Caribbean and it produces the senior players you see here today.”He  also described the women’s team as the most outstanding to ever be assembled and he too highlighted Chin’s influence as a major boost being around the team.The President said that was happy to see Nicolette playing squash again but underscored the point that they may pick and choose which tournaments to compete at.  “Nicolette is kinda like Chin on the women’s side. She is special. She is a mentor. She is gifted beyond belief and I’m just happy to see her playing again and most importantly on her terms.”last_img read more