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John Mayer Welcomes Ed Sheeran For Two Songs In Tokyo [Video/Photos]

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first_imgJohn Mayer rolled into Tokyo on Wednesday night for the first of two shows at Nippon Budokan in Japan’s capital city to close out his spring Australia/Asia tour. For this performance, Mayer brought out another world-famous pop star for a special collaboration: British singer-songwriter sensation Ed Sheeran.Midway through his second of two sets, Mayer stepped to the microphone to introduce his guest, explaining, “I’ve had a chance to get to know this gentleman fairly well. He’s a lovely, lovely guy, one of the most talented artists I know in my life. And he’s graced us here with his presence tonight. Please welcome my friend, Ed Sheeran.”John Mayer Delivers Chronological Setlist In Bangkok [Video]With both Mayer and Sheeran on guitar, the band moved into a rendition of “Belief” from 2006’s Continuum. After trading verses and harmonizing on the song’s chorus, Mayer told the crowd that they would play one of Ed’s songs now before moving into “Thinking Out Loud”, off Sheeran’s Grammy-nominated 2014 album, x. You can check out a crowd-shot video and photos of the onstage collaboration below:John Mayer with Ed Sheeran – “Belief” (Mayer), “Thinking Out Loud” (Sheeran) – Tokyo, Japan[Video: Hiro Kamei] Following his solo tour closer in Tokyo tonight, April 11th, John Mayer will head back to the States to prepare for Dead & Company‘s 2019 summer tour, which kicks off on May 31st at Shoreline Amphitheatre on May 31st. For a list of Dead & Company’s summer tour dates, head here.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Peruvian Armed Forces to Deploy Military Engineers to the Central African Republic

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first_imgTo maintain this prolonged effort, Peru will supply its first contingent of service members to MINUSCA for a year, with a second group of Peruvian Soldiers relieving them in November 2016. Currently, there is no end date regarding Peru’s commitment to the mission. “All combatants who participate in a peacekeeping operation must realize that they are going into a conflict zone and understand what they will have to confront,” Col. Chapoñan explained. “We have taken all necessary precautions to secure the perimeter. We won’t be alone in the zones with the most action; there will be battalions and Troop leaders from other countries.” The Peruvian Armed Forces have much to contribute to international peacekeeping operations. “The airfields in the Central African Republic are rather unkempt due to the religious conflict. A lot of work is required – work that will help the United Nations deploy other types of aircraft. The populace will also benefit from the arrival of humanitarian aid or commercial flights, which to date are not occurring at the airfields due to the serious defects.” Peruvian Troops participate in several UN peacekeeping missions By Dialogo September 15, 2015 We are all free slavery has ended “Our country has always been sensitive to the sustained efforts that the UN has deployed in the course of its history to contribute to reaching and fostering the noble objectives of peace and peaceful coexistence, to which all peoples of the world aspire since they are indispensable to their social and economic development,” the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff website reports. As of July 31, more than 200 Peruvian service members were participating in five of them: the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH); the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO); the African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID); the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS); and in UN Operations in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). Such efforts have taken Peruvian service members all over the world in recent years, assisting peacekeeping operations in the Western Sahara, the Congo, Cyprus, Lebanon, Iran-Iraq, the Golan Heights, Eritrea-Ethiopia, Burundi, Sudan, Namibia, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Haiti. Composed of 160 Military engineers and 45 service members responsible for their protection and security, the Airfield Construction and Maintenance Company will work on 35 airfields in the Central African Republic. Peru’s Armed Forces received approval to deploy the contingent in July after a meeting with a delegation that included officials with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the UN Department of Field Support (DFS). “This is not something that can be done in a short amount of time. We estimate the work will last approximately 10 years.” Preparing for the UN mission The Peruvian Armed Forces will deploy 205 service members in November to construct and repair important airfields in the Central African Republic as part of the United Nations (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA). Since December 2013, the Central African Republic has been battered by waves of violence, a consequence of conflict between Christians in Antibalaka and Muslims in Séléka. The bloodshed has killed at least 5,000 people, and in 2014 displaced more than 900,000 residents. As of early 2015, more than 500,000 people remained displaced, with half of the country’s population of 4.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. “The plan is for this first contingent, commanded by Military Engineering Colonel Antonio Córdoba, to carry out its first mission in the city of Bouar (prefecture of Nana-Mambéré), in the western part of the Central African Republic, beginning next November,” said Colonel Juan Chapoñan Vinces, head of the Office of International Affairs, Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with Diálogo. MINUSCA’s mandate to protect civilians and support stability in the Central African Republic began in September 2014. To buttress the effort, the UN formed the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) and assumed the responsibilities of the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA). In total, the UN is deploying 9,110 Armed Forces Troops, 144 Military observers, and 1,552 police officers to the peace mission. They are being supported by 462 civilian personnel, 219 local civilian staff members, and 76 UN volunteers. To prepare for the assignment, the Peruvian contingent of engineers, technicians, captains, and Soldiers trained for five weeks in April and May in Peru’s Joint Peace Operations Training Center (CECOPAZ), in accordance with UN standards. The training focused on patrol techniques, physical fitness, threat response, building entry, humanitarian law, and countering ambushes – all essential skills for Troops who are deploying to a potentially violent and volatile region. Peru is a major contributor to such UN peacekeeping missions. These efforts continue a record of generous contributions by the South American country to overseas peacekeeping operations since 1958. Peru formalized its willingness to serve in such missions by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN in November 2003. Supporting stability Along with these highly trained Soldiers and Military engineers, the Peruvian government will also provide equipment and material to repair the airfields, including front loaders, bulldozers, steamrollers, steam shovels, water tanker trucks, fuel, engines, and combat vehicles. “The Peruvian Armed Forces have experience in real combat, the terrorism problem we have faced for many years has obligated us to,” Col. Chapoñan said. “That experience is leveraged to send out this sort of contingent. They can help the United Nations peace missions. [Furthermore], the peace operations have increased the high level of professionalism in Peru’s defense sector, international cooperation, and mutual confidence.”last_img read more

Local conservationist commends governments decision to abstain from voting at IWC

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first_imgLocalNews Local conservationist commends governments decision to abstain from voting at IWC by: – July 21, 2011 Sharing is caring! 10 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Conservationist, Mr. Atherton Martin. Photo credit: draqroom.comLocal Conservationist Atherton Martin says it is sad that some Caribbean countries continue to follow Japans pro whaling lead at the International Whaling Commission.Dominica has for the past three years abstained from voting at the IWC, as Japan and other pro whaling nations make a case for lifting an existing moratorium to allow them to resume commercial whaling.At this year’s meeting in New Jersey last week, three Caribbean states, ST Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and St Lucia joined Japan in walking out of the meeting.Martin has commended Dominica for taking a position that reflects and compliments its whale watching business.He said other OECS nations should follow Dominica’s lead.“We are still letting Japan divide us on matters that is so crucial. I am happy that Dominica continues to display what we would consider a positive position of abstaining and not even attending the IWC.” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Guyana Independence `Festival family fun day

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first_imgOSCL Jaguars cart off winning softball trophyBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Jaguars emerged winners of the 2017 Guyana Independence Festival softball tournament, organised by the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) and the Guyana Consulate, played last Saturday at Littles Playing Lield, Scarborough.The eventual winners, who started as firm favourites to win the title, were however made to fight every inch of the way as underdogs, Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Club (OMSCC) put in a dogged performance in a low-scoring affair.Set a modest 62 for victory, after limiting the OMSCC X1 to 61 for five in the allotted 10 overs, the OSCL Jaguars huffed and puffed their way to 62 for three with a mere three deliveries remaining.Openers Sheik Khan (23) and Reyaz Prahalad (19) gave the Jaguars a solid but somewhat slow start with the left-handed Khan slamming two sixes and a four while Prahalad counted two sixes in his knock.The victorious GT All Stars soccer team following their victory.Earlier, OMSCC started ominously as they raced to 42 for one in the first five overs, but their hopes of achieving a huge total slipped in the remaining five overs as they only added a further 19 runs while losing four further wickets.Zakir Khan and his Caribbean Sensation teammate Anil Samuel not only restricted the middle-order but claimed two wickets each. Khan claimed two for 10 from his two overs while Samuels grabbed two wickets for one run in his lone over.OMSCC earned the right to reach OSCL Jaguars with a crushing eight-wicket victory over OSCL Kaieteur.Needing 70 for victory after OSCL Kaieteur were left high and dry at 69 for nine in 10 overs, OMSCC reached the required target in 9.2 overs, losing two wickets in the process. Openers, G. Budhram and Yunis Usuf gave the winners a rousing start with Budhram (27) slamming a six and a four. Ravendra Persaud (one for six) and Sheldon Burnett (one for 11) claimed the two wickets to fall.OSCL were off to a horrendous start, losing their first four wickets with just seven runs on the board, before Burnett with a quickfire 28 with two sixes and a four and Khemraj (19) brought some respectability to the score.Surendra Beepat (three for 18), Devin Shivrattan (two for 16) and Usuf (two for 11) were the chief destroyers for OMSCC.At the presentation ceremony which followed, Zakir Khan was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the winning team, earning a return ticket to Guyana, compliments of Caribbean Airlines. He was also the recipient of another trophy and a gift from the Consulate. Usuf took the MVP for the losing team and also received a trophy and another gift.Apart from taking away trophies, all members of the winning and losing teams as well as umpires and officials were presented with medals.Meanwhile, in a Soccer game played, after battling to an exciting 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time, Guyana All Stars outshot Ghetto Youth United 5-4 on penalty kicks to emerge winners of the soccer tournament, organized by Mark Fanfair. Former Guyana national player Konata Mannings excelled for the victorious team, thereby claiming the Most Valuable Player (MVP) prize.Dexter Chichester received the Caribbean Airlines prize of a return ticket to Guyana for his outstanding contribution to soccer in the Guyanese community.Consul General (acting) Candida Daniels, in greeting the teams and officials before the start of proceedings, urged all to enjoy the day in full Guyanese style while Consul Mishelle Butters, who was also present throughout, assisted in the distribution of the prizes.The day’s events were also witnessed by former Consul General Sattie Sawh and former Guyana government minister, Edith Bynoe, among others.last_img read more