The Hague – Pro Impex http://proimpex.info/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 16:31:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://proimpex.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1-150x150.png The Hague – Pro Impex http://proimpex.info/ 32 32 Explore the Dutch countryside on these day trips from Amsterdam https://proimpex.info/explore-the-dutch-countryside-on-these-day-trips-from-amsterdam/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 16:31:00 +0000 https://proimpex.info/explore-the-dutch-countryside-on-these-day-trips-from-amsterdam/ Most travelers to the Netherlands focus on Amsterdam, and some of them will spend their entire vacation in the hip, bike-friendly capital, visiting museums, exploring the canals, hanging out in Dam Square and enjoying the cafes. and nightlife. Others will venture further afield to see what the Dutch countryside is like, and it’s very easy […]]]>

Most travelers to the Netherlands focus on Amsterdam, and some of them will spend their entire vacation in the hip, bike-friendly capital, visiting museums, exploring the canals, hanging out in Dam Square and enjoying the cafes. and nightlife. Others will venture further afield to see what the Dutch countryside is like, and it’s very easy to do in this country.

First, the rail system is excellent, and second, the country is small, so day trips can be easily planned, even on short notice. Crowds of tourists head into the Dutch countryside to see the vast and colorful fields of flowers, namely tulips, for which the country is famous, but this is a time-limited excursion since peak flower season is in April.

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For great year-round sightseeing, tourists should consider train trips to Delft, an hour from Amsterdam; The Hague, about 50 minutes; Rotterdam, a 45-minute journey; and Haarlem, just 20 minutes from the city.

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Discover Delft blue porcelain, a 17th century tradition

Delft owes its name to its history as a place of production for Delft blue porcelain, which has been produced in the city since the 1600s. At one time, there were more than 30 factories making the prized earthenware, made in from clay, painted then enamelled. Only one factory remains today, Royal Delft.

Founded in 1653, its official name is Royal Delft/De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, and it is open for tours every day. Located on the Rotterdamseweg, the factory’s skilled artisans still paint the pottery by hand.

On the Royal Delft Experience tour, visitors will learn about the history of Delft porcelain and how it is produced. Located on the factory property, the Royal Delft Museum showcases 19th century Delft earthenware from the former King William III. In 1887 he donated his collection to De Porceleyne Fles on the condition that it be exhibited to the public.

Besides its intricate waterways, another major attraction in Delft is the Vermeer Center Delft, which celebrates the life and works of the Dutch master painter. Located on Voldersgracht, the center is open daily. Visitors can see reproductions of all Paintings by Johannes Vermeer during an audio-guided tour. Her most famous work is “Girl With The Pearl Earring”, known in artistic circles as the Mona Lisa of the North.

Explore the canals of The Hague and Haarlem

Along the North Sea coast, The Hague is worth visiting not only for its history and culture, but also for its role in government. It is the seat of the Dutch parliament and the seat of the United Nations International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Add the 16th-century Noordeinde Palace, still a working royal building, and there’s plenty to see.

A great way to see The Hague is from the water on a canal boat tour. A 90-minute ride aboard the Ooievaart gives visitors a tour of the city’s 14th-century canal system and views of the Government Center, Palace Gardens and many stately waterside homes .

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Back on land, The Hague is full of unique museums, such as the Prison Gate Museum, The Hague Museum of Photography, the Louwman Museum, with its exhibition of private car collections, KM21, a museum of contemporary art, the history museum of The Hague, the Maruitshuis, with a remarkable collection of works by Dutch and Flemish masters, and Kunstmuseum Den Haag, which exhibits an important Mondrian collection. Most of the museums are close to each other, easily accessible on foot.

Situated on the North Sea, Haarlem’s medieval ambience continues today with its cobbled streets, canals and historic squares where visitors can soak up the atmosphere. It is surrounded by a defensive wall on the River Spaarne. A great place to start a day trip is Grote Market Square, located at St. Bavo’s Cathedral in the Old Town. Markets have been held in the square since the Middle Ages and are still held today, on Saturdays and Mondays.

The city is widely known as shopping Mecca, especially along the Grote Houtstraat, a pedestrian zone full of shops of all kinds and the small cobbled streets and alleys that surround it. Canal boat tours are plentiful in Haarlem, giving tourists great views of the city’s medieval architecture.

Rotterdam celebrates its maritime roots

Rotterdam is a port city on the Rotte river in southern Holland. Its Old Port, now a revitalized maritime district, is the focal point of a visit thanks to its restored historic boats and its maritime-inspired museums. The Rotterdam Maritime Museum provides insight into the city’s maritime past, with collections centered on its history of shipping and trade. There’s even a reconstruction of a 2,000-year-old ship. The nearby Maritime Museum Harbor has around 20 ships on display.

Related: Robots work as baggage handlers at Rotterdam Airport

The historic city, however, is also known for its futuristic architecture. A modern market hall and residential area called Markthal is an imposing stone building with horseshoe-shaped arches and glass walls at each end.


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Dutch Iranians demonstrate outside the embassies in The Hague and Rotterdam https://proimpex.info/dutch-iranians-demonstrate-outside-the-embassies-in-the-hague-and-rotterdam/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 05:45:00 +0000 https://proimpex.info/dutch-iranians-demonstrate-outside-the-embassies-in-the-hague-and-rotterdam/ After protests in The Hague on Friday, protests will be held in various Dutch locations this weekend over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Iran. A demonstration is also planned in Rotterdam on Saturday from 3 p.m. Protesters will gather in the square outside Rotterdam Central Station. The Association of Iranian Academics will demonstrate […]]]>

After protests in The Hague on Friday, protests will be held in various Dutch locations this weekend over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Iran. A demonstration is also planned in Rotterdam on Saturday from 3 p.m. Protesters will gather in the square outside Rotterdam Central Station. The Association of Iranian Academics will demonstrate from Sunday at the Iranian Embassy in The Hague. The association wants to repeat the demonstration at the embassy every day until Thursday, September 29.

Members of the Dutch-Iranian community were present outside the new Tweede Kamer building in The Hague on Friday. A large group of more than 100 people, including men, women and also a few children, held Iranian flags and banners on Friday. They chanted “Go away, go away murderer”, “End of dictatorship. We don’t want a totalitarian regime in Iran. My body, my decision, my wife, my life, my freedom”. The text on the banners included slogans such as “the last 48 hours in Iran there has been no internet”.

Amini died last week after being arrested by vice police for allegedly breaking the Islamic dress code by wearing an “inappropriate hijab”. Iranian police deny using violence against Amini. Protesters believe Amini was fatally punched in the head by police and died at the station. Police denied the charge and said she died of natural causes.

Since his death, thousands of people have demonstrated in many Iranian cities against the regime’s repression. In many cities, women cut their hair to protest Amini’s death. Some also cut their hair during the protest in The Hague.

On Friday, Shirin Ghahramani said on behalf of the Iranian-Dutch community that she missed the support and solidarity of the Netherlands. “People are so fed up with the Iranian government. Women are the target of the dictatorship in Tehran. Not being allowed to ride bicycles, for example; one of the most normal things in the world is a problem People are done with it, they don’t want to be oppressed anymore. The Iranian republic suppresses the protests, but people are not afraid and continue.

Amini was a Kurdish woman. Kurds from Iran will be joined by other Iranians living in the Netherlands for the protest in Rotterdam on Saturday. “We support the protests that have since been staged across Iran and condemn the regime’s violence, which has already resulted in several deaths and injuries,” the statement said.

Through its action over the next few days, the Association of Iranian Academics wants to “show solidarity” with protesters against police brutality in Iran. They also called on “young people and young people to mobilize against the Iranian regime”, according to the association’s Sultany Taied.

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Khmer Rouge tribunal ends work after 16 years, 3 judgments : NPR https://proimpex.info/khmer-rouge-tribunal-ends-work-after-16-years-3-judgments-npr/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 05:51:31 +0000 https://proimpex.info/khmer-rouge-tribunal-ends-work-after-16-years-3-judgments-npr/ Bou Meng, second from left, a former prison survivor, is helped into the courtroom ahead of hearings against Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, September 22, 2022 . Heng Sinith/AP hide caption toggle caption Heng Sinith/AP Bou Meng, second from left, a former prison survivor, is helped into […]]]>

Bou Meng, second from left, a former prison survivor, is helped into the courtroom ahead of hearings against Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, September 22, 2022 .

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — An international tribunal convened in Cambodia to try Khmer Rouge regime brutalities that killed an estimated 1.7 million people in the 1970s wraps up Thursday after spending $337 million and 16 years to convict just three men of crimes.

In what was to be its final session, the UN-assisted tribunal began to issue its decision on an appeal by Khieu Samphan, the last surviving head of the Khmer Rouge government who ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. He said was convicted in 2018 of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced to life in prison.

He appeared in court in a white windbreaker, wearing a face mask and listening to the proceedings on a pair of headphones. Seven judges were present.

Khieu Samphan was the group’s nominal head of state but, in his defense at trial, denied having any real decision-making powers when the Khmer Rouge used a reign of terror to establish a utopian agrarian society, causing the death of Cambodians by execution , starvation and insufficient medical care. He was ousted from power in 1979 by an invasion of the neighboring communist state, Vietnam.

“No matter what you decide, I will die in prison,” Khieu Samphan said in his final appeal statement to the court last year. “I will always die remembering the suffering of my Cambodian people. I will die seeing that I am alone before you. I am judged symbolically rather than by my actual acts as an individual.”

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In his appeal, he alleged that the court erred in legal procedures and interpretation and acted unfairly. But the court noted on Thursday that his appeal did not directly challenge the facts of the case as presented in court. He ruled point by point on the arguments raised by Khieu Samphan, rejecting almost all of them and saying that his final judgment of several hundred pages would be official when published.

A mixed record of convictions

The final decision makes little practical difference. Khieu Samphan is 91 and is already serving another life sentence for his 2014 conviction for crimes against humanity related to forcible transfers and mass disappearances of people.

His co-defendant Nuon Chea, leader No. 2 and chief ideologist of the Khmer Rouge, was convicted twice and sentenced to the same life sentence. Nuon Chea died in 2019 at the age of 93.

The only other court conviction was that of Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, who was commandant of Tuol Sleng prison, where around 16,000 people were tortured before being taken away to be killed. Duch was convicted in 2010 of crimes against humanity, murder and torture and died in 2020 at age 77 while serving a life sentence.

The real leader of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, escaped justice. He died in the jungle in 1998 aged 72 as remnants of his movement fought their last battles in the guerrilla warfare they launched after losing power.

The trials of the only two other defendants have not been completed. Former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary died in 2013, and his wife, former social affairs minister Ieng Thirith, was found unfit to stand trial for insanity in 2011 and died in 2015.

Four other suspects, mid-ranking Khmer Rouge leaders, escaped prosecution due to a split among the court’s jurists.

In an innovative hybrid arrangement, Cambodian and international lawyers were paired up at each stage, and a majority had to give their assent for a case to move forward. Under French-style legal proceedings used by the tribunal, international investigators recommended that the four be tried, but local partners disagreed after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said he would not there would be more lawsuits, claiming they could cause unrest.

Hun Sen himself was a mid-ranking commander with the Khmer Rouge before defecting while the group was still in power, and several senior members of his ruling Cambodian People’s Party share a similar background. He helped cement his political control by making alliances with other former Khmer Rouge commanders.

Emphasis is placed on raising awareness of the work of the court

Having completed its active work, the court, officially called the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, is now entering a “residual” period of three years, focusing on putting its records in order and disseminating information on his work for educational purposes.

Experts who have taken part in the work of the Court or followed its debates are now wondering about its legacy.

Heather Ryan, who has spent 15 years following the tribunal for the Open Society Justice Initiative, said the tribunal has been successful in ensuring some level of accountability.

“The time, money and effort required to achieve this rather limited goal may be disproportionate to the objective,” she said in a video interview from her home in Boulder, Colorado.

But she praised herself for having organized the trials “in the country where the atrocities took place and where people were able to pay a certain level of attention and gather information about what was happening in court in a much more greater extent than if the tribunal had been in The Hague or some other place.” The Hague in the Netherlands is home to the World Court and the International Criminal Court.

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Michael Karnavas, an American attorney who served on Ieng Sary’s defense team, said his personal expectations were limited to the quality of justice his clients would receive.

“In other words, regardless of the results, substantively and procedurally, are their fair trial rights guaranteed by the Cambodian Constitution and established law granted to them at the highest level? international ?” he said in an email interview. “The response is somewhat mixed.”

“The stage of the trial was below what I consider fair. There was far too much improvisation on the part of the judges, and despite the length of the proceedings, the defense was not always treated fairly,” said Karnavas, who also appeared before the International Criminal Court. Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

“With regard to substantive and procedural law, there are many examples where the ECCC has not only done well, but has also contributed to the development of international criminal law.”

Everyone agrees that the tribunal’s legacy goes beyond the law books.

“The court successfully attacked the Khmer Rouge’s long-standing impunity and showed that while it could take a long time, the law can catch up with those who commit crimes against humanity,” said Craig Etcheson, who studied and wrote about the Khmer Rouge and served as Chief of Investigations for the Prosecutor’s Office at the ECCC from 2006 to 2012.

“The court has also created an extraordinary record of these crimes, including documentation that will be studied by scholars for decades, which will educate young Cambodians about the history of their country and which will deeply frustrate any attempt to deny the crimes of the Khmer. Red.”

The fundamental question of whether justice has been served by the court’s convictions of just three men was addressed by Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which holds a huge trove of evidence of Khmer Rouge atrocities.

“Justice is sometimes done in satisfaction, in recognition, rather than in the number of people you’re suing,” he told The Associated Press. “It’s a broad definition of the word justice itself, but when people are satisfied, when people are satisfied with the process or benefit from the process, I think we can conceptualize it as justice.”

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Al-Burhan returns to Khartoum after attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral https://proimpex.info/al-burhan-returns-to-khartoum-after-attending-queen-elizabeths-funeral/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 06:16:08 +0000 https://proimpex.info/al-burhan-returns-to-khartoum-after-attending-queen-elizabeths-funeral/ September 19, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – President of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan returned to the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday, hours after attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London. Accompanied by acting foreign minister Ali al-Sadiq, al-Burhan joined a myriad of heads of state and government to attend the state funeral at Westminster Abbey in […]]]>

September 19, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – President of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan returned to the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday, hours after attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London.

Accompanied by acting foreign minister Ali al-Sadiq, al-Burhan joined a myriad of heads of state and government to attend the state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday.

“Sudan’s participation on the occasion came in recognition of Sudan’s close ties with the UK, as the two countries have a deep-rooted historical relationship.,“, We read in a press release from the Sovereign Council after his return.

Al-Burhan’s presence alongside world leaders raised questions in Khartoum, as many wanted to see him among the list of few leaders who had not been invited to the event.

However, his very short visit to London indicated that he had no opportunity to meet foreign leaders.

On the way to the airport, Sudanese activists shouted slogans against the coup and called for his trial in The Hague tribunal for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Sudanese in Khartoum watched on televisions joining millions around the world in bidding a final farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Sudanese elders recalled her visit to Sudan in February 1965. They spoke of the warm welcome she received from the people and the government and compared the good old days to the harsh living conditions under the reign of al- Burhan.

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Visitors enjoy dahlias at Keukenhof Palace in the Netherlands-Xinhua https://proimpex.info/visitors-enjoy-dahlias-at-keukenhof-palace-in-the-netherlands-xinhua/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 14:47:15 +0000 https://proimpex.info/visitors-enjoy-dahlias-at-keukenhof-palace-in-the-netherlands-xinhua/ Photo taken on September 11, 2022 shows dahlia flowers in front of Keukenhof castle in Lisse, the Netherlands. (Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua) THE HAGUE, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) — Flower lovers can now enjoy beautiful dahlias at Keukenhof Palace in Lisse, a town southwest of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Keukenhof Palace, a museum built on 17th-century estate, […]]]>

Photo taken on September 11, 2022 shows dahlia flowers in front of Keukenhof castle in Lisse, the Netherlands. (Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua)

THE HAGUE, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) — Flower lovers can now enjoy beautiful dahlias at Keukenhof Palace in Lisse, a town southwest of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Keukenhof Palace, a museum built on 17th-century estate, adjoins the famous Keukenhof Garden and is renowned for its historic setting and art and cultural exhibits.

This summer, more than 150 varieties of dahlias bloom until mid-October in the garden of Keukenhof Palace.

Visitors enjoy dahlia flowers at Keukenhof castle in Lisse, the Netherlands, Sept. 11, 2022. (Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua)

Visitors enjoy dahlia flowers at Keukenhof castle in Lisse, the Netherlands, Sept. 11, 2022. (Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua)

Visitors enjoy dahlia flowers at Keukenhof castle in Lisse, the Netherlands, Sept. 11, 2022. (Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua)

A child looks at a dahlia flower float at Keukenhof castle in Lisse, the Netherlands, Sept. 11, 2022. (Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua)

Children look at a dahlia flower float at Keukenhof castle in Lisse, the Netherlands, Sept. 11, 2022. (Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua)

Visitors take pictures of a dahlia flowered chair at Keukenhof castle in Lisse, the Netherlands, Sept. 11, 2022. (Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua)

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Dispute over Curacao state-owned enterprise wage standards threatens to escalate https://proimpex.info/dispute-over-curacao-state-owned-enterprise-wage-standards-threatens-to-escalate/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 14:54:13 +0000 https://proimpex.info/dispute-over-curacao-state-owned-enterprise-wage-standards-threatens-to-escalate/ WILLEMSTAD – Managers of state-owned companies are threatening to go to court if the government sticks to a salary cap of 295,000 guilders. They demand that the cap be set at 445,000 guilders, which they believe is already a turnaround since until recently it was 535,000 guilders. The reason for the dispute is the national […]]]>

WILLEMSTAD – Managers of state-owned companies are threatening to go to court if the government sticks to a salary cap of 295,000 guilders. They demand that the cap be set at 445,000 guilders, which they believe is already a turnaround since until recently it was 535,000 guilders.

The reason for the dispute is the national ordinance in preparation to standardize high incomes in the public or parapublic sector. These cannot exceed 130% of the Prime Minister’s salary. This fulfills the condition that the Netherlands set 2 years ago for the provision of liquidity support for a total of almost 1 billion at zero interest. The national ordinance has still not been adopted, in part due to resistance from directors of public companies – whose salaries can amount to more than a million.

This delay has major consequences for all the lowest paid civil servants. They had to pay 12.5% ​​of their salary as part of the corona loans. As long as high incomes have not been standardized, Pisa The cabinet will not receive permission from The Hague to phase out the pay cut for “ordinary” civil servants, when there is enough room in the budget for this.

The government unions have a “plan B” and that is the refinancing of corona loans outside the Netherlands. This would mean that the country would have to spend several tens of millions more per year on interest charges. The question is whether there are parties that want to lend money to Curaçao given the country’s low creditworthiness.

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Key Moments in the Life of President-elect William Ruto https://proimpex.info/key-moments-in-the-life-of-president-elect-william-ruto/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 07:10:12 +0000 https://proimpex.info/key-moments-in-the-life-of-president-elect-william-ruto/ By Collins Omulo 1966: William Samoei Kipchirchir Ruto was born on December 21 in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu, to Daniel and Sarah Cheruiyot. He would later join Kerotet Primary School before moving on to Wareng Secondary School for his Ordinary level and Kapsabet Boys High School for his Advanced level. Here he led the Christian Union […]]]>

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1966: William Samoei Kipchirchir Ruto was born on December 21 in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu, to Daniel and Sarah Cheruiyot. He would later join Kerotet Primary School before moving on to Wareng Secondary School for his Ordinary level and Kapsabet Boys High School for his Advanced level. Here he led the Christian Union and was the captain of the dining hall.

1987: Admitted to the University of Nairobi (UoN), graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology, ranking among the top students in his class. In college, he was also a member of the Christian Union, where he served as president.

1990 : After graduation, he was employed as a teacher in the North Rift, serving until 1992. He taught at Sirgoi Secondary and Kamagut Secondary, where he met his wife Rachel Chebet. During this time, he was also the leader of the local Home African Church choir. He was saying a moving prayer during a ceremony attended by President Moi, catching the attention of the second president.

1991: Married Rachel Chebet and they live in Dagoretti, Nairobi. President Moi was looking at this time to meet Ruto, an encounter that would change his fortunes forever.

1992: At 26, he became a co-founder and organizing secretary of the infamous Youth for Kanu 1992 (YK92), a lobby that campaigned for President Moi in the general election that year.

1997 : Runs for Parliament and is elected MP for Eldoret North, defeating incumbent President and Uasin Branch President Gishu Kanu and Deputy Minister Reuben Chesire, a Moi ally. He would later be appointed director of elections of Kanu.

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1998: Appointed Deputy Minister in the Office of the President, serving in this post until 2002, when he was elevated to the rank of Minister after the resignation of several Ministers to join the opposition.

2002: Appointed Home Secretary following the dismissal of Professor George Saitoti by President Moi after disagreements over the 2002 succession. He backed Uhuru Kenyatta in the general election.

2005: Elected general secretary of Kanu while Kenyatta wins the post of president. Joins Raila Odinga and Kenyatta in opposing a referendum on a new Constitution.

2006: Declares that he will run for president in the 2007 general election, drawing condemnation from some of his Kanu colleagues, including former President Moi, after he joined the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

2007: Seeks to be nominated under ODM as presidential candidate but loses in party delegate vote on September 1 in Kasarani, Nairobi to Mr Raila Odinga. He collected a derisory 368 votes against 2,656 for Mr. Odinga. He nevertheless supports Mr. Odinga.

2007, October: He resigned from his post as general secretary of Kanu.

2008: On April 13, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture in the grand coalition government bringing together President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

2010: Mr Odinga tried to suspend him as agriculture minister in February over a subsidized maize scandal, but President Kibaki vetoed the move. He will be transferred in April to the Ministry of Higher Education, swapping places with Dr Sally Kosgei.

In October, however, he was relieved of his ministerial duties by President Kibaki to stand trial for his involvement in a fraud case in 2004.

2011: He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Science from UoN. In the same year, he was named among six people who allegedly planned and sponsored the 2007/08 post-election violence in which more than 1,200 people were killed and many others displaced following a disputed presidential election. He would be charged alongside journalist Joshua arap Sang with crimes against humanity.

2012: The ICC announced in January that four of the six suspects, including Ruto, Sang, Kenyatta and Francis Muthaura, would stand trial for committing crimes against humanity during the post-election violence.

2012: Forms the United Republican Party (URP) and would later join Uhuru Kenyatta in forming the Jubilee Alliance, a coalition of his URP and Kenyatta’s National Alliance (TNA), as a vehicle for the 2013 elections.

2013: Elected vice-president and sworn in on April 9 after the defeat of Jubilee Cord in the March 2013 elections, collecting 50.07% against 43.31% for Mr. Odinga. The victory is challenged in the Supreme Court but the victory is confirmed.

2013, June: Court ordered to pay Adrian Muteshi, a victim of the 2007/08 post-election violence, 5 million shillings for illegally taking away his 100-acre land after fleeing the violence.

2013, September: His trial and that of Sang open at the ICC for crimes against humanity.

2014 : Briefly serves as Acting President when President Kenyatta relinquishes authority to attend his criminal case at the ICC in The Hague. He was appointed on October 6.

2016: His case at the ICC collapsed in April as the court ruled there was not enough evidence after key witnesses withdrew. In September, with Kenyatta, they transform the Jubilee coalition into the Jubilee Party ahead of the 2017 elections. He was Kenyatta’s running mate.

2017: With President Uhuru, they were declared winners of the August elections after winning 54% of the votes against NASA, led by Mr. Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka. The Supreme Court would, however, overturn the election and order a new one in October. NASA boycotted the new election and they were declared the winners with 98% of the total votes cast. They are sworn in on November 28, 2017.

2018: Graduates with Ph.D. from UoN. The same year, cracks began to appear in his political relationship with President Kenyatta after the latter’s handshake with Mr Odinga on March 9.

2019: Admits that the land on which the Weston Hotel sits was illegally acquired by the original owners who sold it to him and that he had no knowledge of the matter. He offers to pay the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority for the land, an offer the state agency declines.

2020: In December, the Development and Reform Party officially changes its name to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and the move would have had Dr Ruto’s blessing as the political vehicle of 2022.

2021: Officially joins UDA as he splits from his boss, kissing their political relationship goodbye.

2022: Announces that he will contest for the presidency on a UDA ticket under Kenya’s Kwanza Alliance.

August 15, 2022: Declared president-elect by IEBC president Wafula Chebukati after winning 7,176,141, or 50.49% of the valid votes cast, compared to 6,942,930 or 48.85% for the presidential candidate of Azimio Odinga.

September 5, 2022: The Supreme Court unanimously upholds victory after Mr Odinga and his running mate Ms Martha Karua challenged the election results.

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Foreign Minister says Greece will continue to defend its rights and interests https://proimpex.info/foreign-minister-says-greece-will-continue-to-defend-its-rights-and-interests/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 11:51:14 +0000 https://proimpex.info/foreign-minister-says-greece-will-continue-to-defend-its-rights-and-interests/ Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias underlined that Greece will continue to defend its rights and interests in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), in his recorded address at the 4th Symposium on International Law and Policy International Hellenic Society. international law and international relations. “40 years since the 1982 […]]]>

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias underlined that Greece will continue to defend its rights and interests in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), in his recorded address at the 4th Symposium on International Law and Policy International Hellenic Society. international law and international relations. “40 years since the 1982 Montego Bay Convention on the Law of the Sea” on Sunday.

He underlined the importance of UNCLOS for Greece, as well as Turkey’s stubborn refusal to accept and implement UNCLOS, saying that the “Ocean Conference 2024” to be hosted by Greece will highlight light the aspect of environmental protection within the framework of the provisions of the Treaty.

The full address of the Minister of Foreign Affairs is given below:

“It gives me great pleasure to address this year’s Conference, especially on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS.
A Convention to which our country attaches the utmost importance.

The Convention is also known as the “Constitution of the Oceans”, and this description is not a verbal exaggeration. This is a description used by many of my Asian counterparts, among others, as I discovered during my recent visit to Asia. UNCLOS is a comprehensive regulatory framework that guarantees the stability and legality of states’ activities at sea.

For our country, UNCLOS has been the compass, the “Holy Gospel” of our foreign policy. More than 165 countries have already ratified it. And even countries that haven’t, like the United States, are calling for its full and unconditional implementation.
UNCLOS is part of customary law. In accordance with the rules of the Convention, our country has taken a number of important and beneficial measures at the national level in recent years.
And I am proud to have participated in these actions: in the maritime delimitation agreement with Italy in June 2020, in the partial delimitation agreement of the EEZ with Egypt in August 2020.

Greece has repeatedly declared its intention and willingness to negotiate similar agreements with other neighboring countries on the basis of international law. To this end, we have agreed with Albania to refer the delimitation of the maritime zones of the two States to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, in full respect of the provisions of UNCLOS.

Furthermore, in this way, our country has exercised its right to extend its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the area of ​​the Ionian Sea. And it reserves the right to exercise it in other parts of its territory. Unfortunately, Turkey is the only country in the region that stubbornly refuses to accept the evidence and implement UNCLOS.

Turkey’s violation of the rules of the international law of the sea constitutes a source of tension and instability: The threat of resorting to force if Greece exercises its right to extend its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles; the promotion of the “blue homeland” theory; and the illegal Turkish-Libyan memorandum, are elements of Turkey’s illegal behavior.
All of these constitute flagrant violations of international law that seriously undermine any attempt to peacefully resolve the only dispute we have with our neighboring country.
Our country constantly supports and promotes positions and solutions in line with the Convention, which after all is part of the European acquis.

After 40 years, UNCLOS is more relevant and effective than ever in addressing global challenges. And the need to ensure its integrity is more urgent than ever. This is why Greece will continue to defend its interests and rights, always in accordance with UNCLOS.

I would add that Greece, through its active role in the group of friends of UNCLOS, is taking initiatives to underline the importance of UNCLOS for stability and peace.
In this regard, the “Our Ocean Conference 2024” to be hosted by Greece aims, among other things, to highlight the aspect of environmental protection within the framework of the provisions of UNCLOS. [AMNA]

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Prime Minister and Shell executives discuss Atlantic restructuring https://proimpex.info/prime-minister-and-shell-executives-discuss-atlantic-restructuring/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 21:08:43 +0000 https://proimpex.info/prime-minister-and-shell-executives-discuss-atlantic-restructuring/ New Ken Chee Hing 6 hours ago Netherlands. PHOTO COURTESY OPM – Paco van Leeuwen”/>ENERGY TALKS: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, background right, and Energy Minister Stuart Young. background left, speak Friday with senior Shell executives at their offices in The Hague, the Netherlands. PHOTO COURTESY OPM – Paco van Leeuwen As the UK mourned […]]]>

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ENERGY TALKS: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, background right, and Energy Minister Stuart Young. background left, speak Friday with senior Shell executives at their offices in The Hague, the Netherlands. PHOTO COURTESY OPM – Paco van Leeuwen

As the UK mourned its Queen, the day after her death, the TT Prime Minister and his Energy Minister were busy holding high-level talks with senior Shell officials on Friday in The Hague, United States. -Down.

Chief among the topics discussed, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, was the imminent conclusion of Atlantic’s business restructuring.

This, the statement said, would enable future upstream developments, in particular the Manatee project, which has the potential to bring one of the largest gas developments in recent years online.

Dr Rowley and Energy Minister Stuart Young also discussed Shell’s current and future development plans in that country.

The meeting was moderated by Wael Sawan, Director of Integrated Gas and Renewable Energy Solutions; Cederic Cremers, executive vice president for LNG; Eugene Okpere, senior vice president and national president of Shell TT; and Anders Ekvall, Business Opportunities Manager for Shell.

Both parties acknowledged the success of their continued collaboration, the statement said, which has seen Shell’s production increase over the past five years since the company re-entered the upstream market in 2016.

This cooperation between Trinidad and Tobago and Shell unlocked projects such as Starfish, Barracuda and Colibri and resulted in an increase in production of more than 30% during the period, with current production of approximately 850 million standard cubic feet of gas as of Friday. – a seven-year high for Shell in TT.

Rowley and Young also received presentations on Shell’s global LNG, hydrogen and carbon utilization and storage (CCUS) businesses.

The Shell team commended the PM and Young for their continued cooperation in developing this country’s gas production and reaffirmed their intention to maintain and develop competitive energy resources in TT.

Friday’s meeting came on the heels of similar meetings Rowley and Young held with senior British Petroleum (BP) executives on Thursday – the day the Queen died.

The Prime Minister and Young met BP CEO Bernard Looney at BP’s London headquarters that day. At this meeting, BP briefed Rowley on its plans for future gas production at TT.

Rowley and his team left TT on September 2 for meetings in Switzerland, the UK and the Netherlands with executives from Proman, BP and Shell.

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First look at The Ocean Race 2022-23 >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News https://proimpex.info/first-look-at-the-ocean-race-2022-23-scuttlebutt-sailing-news/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 22:51:46 +0000 https://proimpex.info/first-look-at-the-ocean-race-2022-23-scuttlebutt-sailing-news/ While the final composition of The Ocean Race 2022-23 is not yet final, five of the IMOCA teams confirmed to date since the registrations are in France and must race in Lorient at the Azimuth Challenge 2022 – a multi-stage event from September 14 to 18. Four of the five international teams – Charlie Enright […]]]>

While the final composition of The Ocean Race 2022-23 is not yet final, five of the IMOCA teams confirmed to date since the registrations are in France and must race in Lorient at the Azimuth Challenge 2022 – a multi-stage event from September 14 to 18.

Four of the five international teams – Charlie Enright and Mark Towill’s 11th Hour Racing Team (USA), Boris Herrmann’s Team Malizia (GER), Benjamin Dutreux Robert Stanjek’s GUYOT environment – ​​​​Team Europe (FRA/GER), Paul Meilhat’s Biotherm (FRA) – will race with four crew members (including at least one female sailor) as well as an additional on-board reporter (OBR) whose role is to relate the performance of their crew in words, images and video.

For his part, the French skipper Kevin Escoffier has chosen to sail his Holcim – PRB IMOCA in solo mode.

The annual six-day event for IMOCA solo skippers, which allows crewed splitting, attracted a total of 29 boats for its 12th edition. The entry list includes many top names in the class, including the top three skippers of the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe: Yannick Bestaven (FRA), Charlie Dalin (FRA) and Louis Burton (FRA).

The program begins on September 14 with a day of sprint speed events along a one nautical mile course between Lorient and the neighboring island of Groix. The race will be based on a FIFA World Cup-style knockout format with the teams grouped together in the early rounds before the qualifiers go head-to-head in the later stages. For the boats in The Ocean Race, this leg offers a valuable opportunity to measure themselves against their opponents in terms of raw speed.

The following day, the fleet sets off for a 48-hour offshore race around a course that loops in the Atlantic around a set of virtual waypoints before bringing the fleet back to Lorient on September 17. For the four full crews of The Ocean Race, this will be the first and last time they will race together offshore before the start of the 14th edition of the round the world race on January 15, 2023 in Alicante, Spain.

With that in mind, the two days offshore could be as much about reconnaissance as it is about outcome, with crews expected to keep a close eye on each other as they try to glean useful information on technique, setup and the configuration of their rivals. performance.

The final day of racing, September 18, revolves around a timed sprint fleet race around the 15 square kilometer island of Groix. With 29 boats and a record time of just one hour, eight minutes, 10 seconds (set by French skipper Vincent Riou on PRB in 2015), this race is shaping up to be a frantic race with no room for tactical mistakes or errors. of maneuver.

11th Hour Racing skipper Charlie Enright said his team was looking forward to racing with the other IMOCAs in The Ocean Race.

“The formula is excellent. You linger there with the sprint races which are fun, and then there’s the 48 hour race – which is most relevant to what’s happening on the track for all the competitors.

“The Round Groix race is particularly valuable for us as it gives us the chance to have meaningful practice in boat handling in the crewed format.”

Paul Meilhat – skipper of the brand new IMOCA Biotherm – acknowledges that his boat, which was only launched last week in Lorient, may not be quite ready, but he said he and the team were delighted to participate.

“I’m really happy that we can do this as a full crew as a warm-up for The Ocean Race. The truth is that it is easier to manage a boat that is not completely finished sailing with four of you than if you are alone. I also think it’s a great way for all of us to start our story together with The Ocean Race.

Will Harris (GBR), co-skipper of Team Malizia, said that Boris Herrmann’s team wanted to compete with the other IMOCAs entered for The Ocean Race for the first time.

“We saw some of the other boats on the water but never lined up against them,” Harris said. “So that will be the time when we see if we are in the game – or if we still have a lot of work to do.”

GUYOT environment – Team Europe manager Jens Kuphal said the event would be a major milestone for the team which is a potent mix of Olympic campaigners and offshore racing talent.

“There’s a lot of expectation for the Azimut Challenge because it’s the first time that our sailors have teamed up. For us, it’s like the kickoff of the whole campaign, so it’s a special moment.

Although he chose to race the Défi Azimut alone, the French skipper of Holcim – PRB, Kevin Escoffier, said he was delighted to see the rest of the crews of The Ocean Race IMOCA competing.

“I chose to do it alone because I wanted to train alone on the boat before the Route du Rhum. But for sure I will keep an eye out for our friends and rivals from The Ocean Race teams.

All boats will be fitted with GPS trackers for the duration of the event, meaning fans will be able to follow the action online on the event website. The 48-hour race tracker will be on board theoceanrace.com.


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Ocean Race 2022-23 race schedule*:
Alicante, Spain – Leg 1 start: January 15, 2023
Cabo Verde – ETA: January 22; Departure of stage 2: January 25
Cape Town, South Africa – ETA: February 9; Departure of stage 3: February 26 or 27 (to be confirmed)
Itajaí, Brazil – ETA: April 1; Departure of stage 4: April 23
Newport, RI, USA – ETA: May 10; Departure of stage 5: May 21
Aarhus, Denmark – ETA: May 30; Start of stage 6: June 8
Kiel, Germany (flyover) – June 9
The Hague, Netherlands – ETA: June 11; Start of stage 7: June 15
Genoa, Italy – The Grand Final – ETA: June 25, 2023; In-Port Race Final: July 1, 2023
* To be confirmed – Prologue: September to December 2022

The Ocean Race (formerly Volvo Ocean Race and Whitbread Round the World Race) will be raced in two boat classes: the high-performance foiling IMOCA 60 class and the one-design VO65 class which has been used for the last two editions of the race. Competitors in the IMOCA 60 class will compete for The Ocean Race trophy, while those racing the VO65s will pursue the Ocean Challenge Trophy. The 14th edition was originally scheduled for 2021-22 but was postponed for a year due to the pandemic.

Source: Scuttlebutt/Ed Gorman, IMOCA

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