Captainless WTO in troubled water with no land in sight

first_img‘Confessionals’ The organization is due next month to begin three rounds of consultations  — dubbed “confessionals” — in which all member states confidentially voice their preferences, gradually whittling down the list.The process, based on consensus, is expected to last until mid-November.But soaring international tensions and growing politicization of picks to head UN agencies and other international organizations could trip up the tentative timeline.Members failed last month to pick an acting chief from among four deputy directors — something that is normally a straightforward process.Brussels and Washington butted heads over whether German Karl Brauner, or American Alan Wolff, should get the job, in what observers say was unprecedented politicization of an administrative decision.Elvire Fabry, a researcher at the Jacques Delors institute, said that “the US veto” of widely-backed Brauner was first and foremost linked to President Donald Trump’s wish to “increase the power play towards the European Union … ahead of the elections. “Making such a concession, even for an interim [chief], would have been too much for him,” she said, adding that Washington might also expect the interim period “to be longer than predicted, and does not want to allow a European to settle into the position.”A Western trade diplomat who asked not to be named said there was concern over how far some might be willing to go to prevail.The candidates themselves appear to be taking the turmoil in stride.”I have confidence in the selection process and look forward to this concluding in good time,” Liam Fox of Britain told AFP in an email.Kenyan candidate Amina Mohamed insisted in an interview that she saw “no reason to doubt that the timetable [announced for the selection process] won’t be realized.” The WTO has already presented a timeline for selecting one of eight candidates in the running to replace Azevedo within a few months.But Elsig warned that “the process is already torpedoed.”It could well be that many WTO members want to wait until after the (US) election, hoping that the administration changes.”Azevedo’s surprise announcement in May that he would end his second WTO term 12 months early forced the organization to speed up its usually lengthy process of selecting a new leader.Three Africans, two Europeans, two Asians and one Latin American quickly threw their hats in the ring. ‘Harmful power’ “It is difficult to measure the harmful power the US is exerting on this process, to know how far they can and want to go to interfere and disrupt things,” remarked Sebastien Jean, head of the French research center Cepii.”I think that is the great unknown.”There is a feeling that the United States will probably remain fairly passive and show little good will until November 3,” he said.Some think the wait could last until January 20, when the next US president is sworn in, before things will move forward.Many say the process has never been so politicized, and some suggest the organization might be forced to ditch its long-held policy of consensus and ask members to vote.That would mark a big shift. In 1999, when members were unable to unanimously choose who should be given four years at the helm, they opted to hand the two top picks a three-year mandate each instead of resorting to a vote.But professor Elsig said such a decision would be unfortunate in the current climate.”Someone with a short three-year tenure might likely be perceived as a lame duck from the beginning.” The global trade body faces relentless attacks from Washington, which has crippled the WTO dispute settlement appeal system and threatened to leave altogether.Many observers fear that intransigent US positions could paralyze the WTO process of designating a new director general, leaving the organization leaderless for the foreseeable future.”The US demands that the new DG shares US concerns, many of which are about addressing concerns related to China,” Manfred Elsig, a professor of international relations at the World Trade Institute in Bern told AFP.”Given that the DG is chosen by consensus, this tough stance complicates the selection.”center_img As Roberto Azevedo leaves the World Trade Organization Monday, the institution faces multiple crises without a captain — a situation experts warn could drag on for months.Any future WTO leader will head an organization mired in stalled trade talks and struggling to curb trade tensions between the United States and China.It must also help member countries navigate a devastating global economic slump sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Topics :last_img read more

Wisby Tankers, Hoëgh Autoliners’ Ships to Feature OBS

first_imgNorwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has signed contracts with Sweden-based Wisby Tankers and Norway’s RoRo company Hoëgh Autoliners to install its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) on five existing vessels. The agreement, which comes six months after the Norwegian BWT specialist became the first company to win USCG approval, will see Optimarin fitting units on three bitumen tankers for Wisby and two Hoëgh Autoliners RoRo ships.“Any shipowner looking for optimal flexibility for their fleets must install BWT systems that are compliant with the very strictest regulations, which, in this case, are those of the USCG,” Tore Andersen, Optimarin CEO, said.“In addition, the modular nature of OBS makes it easy to retrofit on any vessels – even those where space is of an absolute premium, such as it is on these specialist ships. That was crucial for both Wisby and Hoëgh Autoliners, as it will be for all companies looking to ensure their ships comply with the IMO’s ratified Ballast Water Management convention,” Andersen added.The tasks, when completed later this year, will take the total number of Optimarin retrofits beyond the 110 mark. The three Wisby Tankers will see 500 m3 systems installed, while the Hoëgh Autoliners vessels will install capacities of 344 m3 and 500 m3. All systems utilize powerful 35kW UV lamps to ensure the elimination of all potentially invasive waterborne organisms.last_img read more

Indiana Boys HS Sectional Pairings Show On WRBI

first_imgThe Indiana Boys High School Basketball Sectional Pairings Show will be on The Sports Voice-Country 103.9 WRBI this Sunday Afteroon (2-23) from 3:30-5 PM with The IHSAA and Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell.Batesville Bulldogs Coach Aaron Garrett will be among the guest coaches.Find out where your favorite teams will be playing during The Sectionals.Pairings will be posted on www.wrbiradio.com.last_img

Lady Pirates Win Over Lady Buldogs In MS VB

first_imgThe BMS 7th grade volleyball team lost a close first match of the season vs. Greensburg by the scores 25-17; 25-19.Leading servers were Macy Prickel with 8 points including 6 aces and Ellie Cassidy with 5 points. Prickel had 9 good sets, while Sydney Huffner and Biz Mullen led the offensive attack with 4 and 3 hits respectively.The BMS 8th grade volleyball team fell to Greensburg in 3 contested games. Scores were 22-25; 25-16; 15-12.Batesville was led in serving by Katie Bohman and Maggie Walsman who both connected on 11 of 13 serves earning 9 and 7 points respectively.  Hattie Westerfeld and Caitlynn Werner led the team with 4 and 2 kills in the front line.The teams will travel to JCD on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img

Greenwood offers grovelling apology after England Covid shame

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny Mason Greenwood offered a grovelling apology after his Covid-19 hotel shame and admitted he let Gareth Southgate down. Greenwood, 18, and Phil Foden, 20, were thrown out of England’s squad for meeting girls at a hotel after Saturday’s 1-0 win in Reykjavik. Before boarding a private plane flying them back to Manchester, the duo were hit with a £1,360 fine by Icelandic authorities for the coronavirus breach. Foden first issued an apology and now Greenwood has followed by promising it was a “lesson I will learn from”. He said: “Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused. “It was irresponsible of me to break the COVID-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public. “In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down, when he had shown great trust in me. “Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake. “I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.” Both players had made their international debuts in the Nations League win – Foden started the game and Greenwood came off the bench – but will miss tonight’s clash with Denmark and possibly another three games as punishment. Their clubs did not hold back when condemning their actions in brutal statements. A comment from United said: “Manchester United are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation.” City followed up: “It is clear that Phil’s actions were totally inappropriate. “His behaviour not only directly contravenes strict guidelines related to Covid-19, but also falls well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international.” Reports from Iceland, including from newspaper DV, suggested the two girls posted photographs of the players on Snapchat. The squad were exempt from Iceland’s quarantine procedures but still had strict rules to follow and were not allowed to meet any person outside the bubble. read also:Shamed Foden snapped showing bum to girls he and Greenwood smuggled into team hotel Foden and Greenwood met Icelandic model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, 20, and her 19-year-old cousin Lara Clausen. Nadia revealed she had been chatting to Manchester United forward Greenwood before England travelled to Reykjavik. A video later surfaced showing the girls on the phone to the footballers as they planned their route into the hotel. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Cortese quits Saints

first_img “He has done a wonderful job and we very much wanted him to stay. A search has now begun for a successor. “It is business as usual and we will ensure that the manager, team and staff at the club have all the help and support they need.” It is understood Cortese had been contemplating quitting due to divisions between him and Liebherr, who took over as the south-coast outfit’s owner after the death of her father Markus Liebherr in 2010. Cortese became executive chairman in 2009 after being instrumental in the Liebherr purchase of the club earlier that year, and has since overseen Southampton’s rise from League One to the Barclays Premier League. The Italian’s departure is sure to cast doubt over the future of Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino. There was talk of Cortese considering his position in May, and Pochettino subsequently warned he too would leave Southampton if the executive chairman chose to do so. Argentinian Pochettino, appointed as successor to Nigel Adkins in January 2013, said last year: “I would not understand staying in this role if Nicola was not here. “The person that actually called me from the start, told me about the project and put their faith in me was Nicola. Press Association “I have great respect as well for Southampton, the club and the supporters, but Nicola has been the one that has placed his trust and faith in me. “I wouldn’t see myself in this club if it was not for him. “I think I am a very transparent person, a very honest person. “We are on the same wavelength about the club and the future of the club so it really would not make any sense if I was at this club and he was not.” Having entered administration just prior to the Liebherr takeover, Southampton began Cortese’s first season as executive chairman with a 10-point deduction but soon rose from the bottom of the third tier. They achieved back-to-back promotions in 2010/11 and 2011/12 as Adkins, brought in as a replacement for Alan Pardew, guided them to the Championship and then Premier League. After the controversial sacking of Adkins, Pochettino led the Saints to a 14th-placed finish last term, with them ending their comeback top-flight campaign five points clear of the relegation zone. Southampton are currently ninth in the table and their next match is a league trip to Sunderland on Saturday. The club made the announcement on their official Twitter feed, adding that a search has begun for a new chief executive officer. Club owner Katharina Liebherr, who in a reshuffle becomes non-executive chairman, said: “With great regret we have accepted the resignation of Mr Cortese. Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese has resigned from his post at the club.last_img read more

SU volleyball’s season over after two weekend losses

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Syracuse headed into its final weekend against Cincinnati and Louisville aware of the challenge that was in store. Two of the best teams in the conference stood as the final two opponents for the Orange’s season. And both lived up to the challenge. SU (23-9, 5-9 Big East) lost both matches in a weekend that put an end to the Orange’s roller coaster season. It’s ended a year during which the Orange went from the best start in program history to playing itself out of the playoffs. Still, Syracuse didn’t go down without a fight. ‘We knew this was going to be the toughest weekend,’ assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘They’ve been one and two in the conference all the way up to this weekend.’ Syracuse battled No. 19 Cincinnati to take the first two sets. Everything was in SU’s favor. The Orange had all the momentum and seemed to be cruising to a victory. There was an unmistakable feeling that there was potential for something special to happen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The match had everything it needed to be a monumental victory for the Orange. The underdog was on its way to taking down the conference powerhouse, which stood on its side of the court, shocked at what was happening. ‘We were just working out butts off,’ SU outside hitter Hayley Todd said. ‘We were just fighting together. We gave it everything we had.’ The feelings of the two teams going into the break after the first two sets could not have been more different. Syracuse was rolling and didn’t want to have to stop playing. Cincinnati needed the 10 minutes to create a new game plan. And it worked. Syracuse was one set away from sending Cincinnati home with just its second conference loss. The Bearcats just wouldn’t have it. Cincinnati woke up and regained the momentum and control to win the next three sets. New plan. New adjustments. That’s all it needed. ‘They started tipping a lot more, they had been hitting a lot of deep balls that we were picking up and blocking,’ Todd said. ‘They definitely adjusted their attacking.’ Cincinnati started to attack like the nationally ranked team it is. The Orange caught the Bearcats off guard in the first two sets. That was all Cincinnati needed to see. They figured everything out to send SU to a heartbreaking loss. Syracuse was so close but couldn’t prevail. Against Louisville, there was once again the feeling that Syracuse could pull out a huge win. The Orange came out strong, taking the first set 25-15. But just like against the Bearcats, the Cardinals didn’t let the Orange get too far. This time, SU only won one set before going on to lose the next three. ‘They’re definitely just a strong, high-blocking team,’ outside hitter Mindy Stanislovaitis said. ‘We don’t see that a lot in the Big East, they’re probably the biggest team we’ve seen all season.’ From that point on, Louisville completely took Syracuse out of the match. Against the Bearcats, the Orange battled for the whole match. Against the Cardinals, it didn’t have much of a chance after the first set. Louisville went on a 9-0 run in the second set to take it 25-12. The Syracuse team that dominated the first set looked nothing like the team on the court for the final three sets. Digs were missed. Errors were made. But the biggest problem of all was that it couldn’t get anything past Louisville. ‘They’re a good team, they always peak at the end of the year,’ LaMarche said. ‘They were reading what we were doing. You have to give them credit.’ The loss wrapped up Syracuse’s weekend and its season. It was a season of highs and lows, with the program-record start and the tumble in Big East play. And it all culminated with the highs and lows in these two matches. Said LaMarche: ‘It’s unfortunate we put ourselves in this situation, but we tried to step up to the challenge.’ cjiseman@syr.educenter_img Published on November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Thomas’ overtime goal salvages victory against Boston College, ACC tournament home game for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Alex Halis walked away dejectedly after his point-blank shot bounced off Boston College goalkeeper Alex Kapp’s fingertips late in the second half. Chris Nanco hung his head after Kapp made a leaping save on a floater to the top of the goal. Korab Syla lay on the ground, clutching his face after his open shot sailed well over the goal in overtime.But with 7:21 left in the second and final overtime, a game that seemingly contradicted Syracuse’s 14-2-1 season suddenly fit into the rest of the narrative.Skylar Thomas broke through a scrum in front of the goal, pumping his fist and running up the SU sideline celebrating his goal that decided a game that close all night.“I can’t even remember much,” Thomas said. “But I think (the ball) came down on my foot, and I just hit it on net, and it went in.”The No. 3 Orange (14-2-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Coast) overcame 12 missed shots and nine unconverted corners in the second half and overtime to win 2-1 over Boston College (5-8-3, 1-6-1) on senior night at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday. The Orange dominated possession and shots in the second half, and it paid off in the game’s waning moments.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is now guaranteed to host an ACC tournament quarterfinal game on Nov. 9, one season after missing the tournament completely.“For us today, it shows a lot of character, a lot of resolve to come back, and it took overtime,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “You may argue that this is one of the bigger wins for our program.“We created a lot of chances tonight, but to get that last one was important.”Boston College got on the board just 11 minutes in when Diego Medina-Mendez sent a shot across the box. The shot missed his teammates, Syracuse defenders, and eventually the hands of goalkeeper Alex Bono as it hit the bottom-left corner of the goal.Mendez, shocked, looked back a moment before raising his arms up in the air.But Syracuse got it back just over 17 minutes later. Right wing Oyvind Alseth got trucked inside the box and moments later Nick Perea was celebrating his penalty kick equalizer.The Orange, facing a deficit for the first time since Sept. 13, had dug its way out. Now it was Syracuse on the offensive, getting every opportunity.It’s second goal seemed like it would be inevitable, but time after time it escaped SU.“Since we haven’t been down, we didn’t know how to react,” Thomas said. “But we reacted properly, we raised our level.”After the first overtime, McIntyre walked out to the field, a smile on his face. He walked up to the individual players walking slowly off the field and started clapping to them.A crowd that had grown accustomed to cheering, whether from the full stands or the hill behind the far side goal had spent a night groaning with missed opportunities.And on SU’s final chance of the night, the roar of the crowd was faint. A mess of players blocked the view of the goal, as the play that unfolded was out of the fans’ sight. But as Thomas emerged, his 6-foot, 3-inch frame escaping every one of his frantic teammates, the cheer became louder and louder.“One word,” Alex Halis used to describe the game. “Heart. We’ve got heart. We fought and we fought. Coach always told us that we’re a second half team, and we proved it tonight. Comments Published on November 1, 2014 at 12:08 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

US Open hit by bad weather

first_imgShane Lowry was level through 12 holes, RoryMcIlroy 4 over after 13 with Graeme McDowell yet to tee off when play finished for the day.Defending Champion Jordan Spieth is 1 over as Andrew Landry leads on 3 under.last_img