19 Oct

US calls for more transparency in South China Sea dispute

first_imgThe United States has called for China and ASEAN member states to be more transparent in their ongoing negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC) on the South China Sea, following the US’ latest declaration that China’s activities in the disputed waters are “completely unlawful”.The US waded back into the heated South China Sea debate after almost a year of disengagement from Southeast Asia, punctuated by a snub of the ASEAN summit in November last year that saw a low-level US delegation attend – a diplomatic faux-pas that has inspired similar moves among ASEAN member states.Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea had no legal grounds, citing the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling that rejected China’s historic rights encompassed by the so-called “nine-dash line”. “Press reports have shown why: Behind closed doors, the PRC has pushed ASEAN states to accept limits on core matters of national interest,” he said, adding that some of the limits dealt with who ASEAN states can partner with for military exercises and offshore oil and gas work.Under Vietnam’s chairmanship, one of China’s most vocal critics in ASEAN, the bloc has reaffirmed that international law, including UNCLOS, is the basis for determining sovereignty, sovereign rights and legitimate interests over maritime areas.Stilwell said his country’s interests were clearly at stake in the COC process, and said that it would be unacceptable if it “in any way legitimates Beijing’s reclamation, militarization, or unlawful maritime claims”.“We urge greater transparency in the Code of Conduct process to ensure a positive outcome that is fully consistent with the principles enshrined in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he said.Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN Deng Xijun, however, insisted that the situation in the South China Sea was “basically stable” and the COC consultations were proceeding smoothly and speedily, with the second reading of the text already underway.“No external interference can distract or sabotage our efforts. China is coordinating closely with ASEAN countries to pick up where we left off as soon as possible. We will also explore new ways of maritime cooperation to safeguard peace and stability and promote development and prosperity in the South China Sea region,” he said in a statement to the press on Wednesday.On Monday, Pompeo defended not only the Philippines’ sovereignty over the Scarborough Reef and the Spratly Islands – both disputed maritime features in the South China Sea – but also other countries who have had clashes with China, such as Vietnam in the Vanguard Bank, Malaysia in the Luconia Shoals, Brunei in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and Indonesia over the Natuna Islands.“Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal states in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion, and replace international law with ‘might makes right,’” Pompeo said.China has made sweeping claims over the resource-rich South China Sea, which are contested by Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan.In response, China has dismissed the South China Sea arbitration and said the tribunal “violated the principle of state consent and exercised its jurisdiction ultra vires”.“There are obvious errors in fact-finding and law application in the award. And many countries have questioned this point,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday, as quoted on the ministry website.However, according to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s director general for legal affairs and treaties, Damos Agusman, the ruling does not require any country to consent to it to take effect.“The tribunal ruling is an UNCLOS ruling. It is not contingent on states’ acceptance, and remains valid even if a disputant rejects it. Its authority is derived from UNCLOS, to which state parties have already consented,” he said.“It requires no state’s political rhetoric but compliance.”Indonesia is not a claimant in the South China Sea dispute, but relies on international law to provide precedents in countries’ rules of engagement.Topics : Administered under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), of which China is a signatory, the international tribunal made the unprecedented ruling in favor of the Philippines, a claimant in the South China Sea dispute.“Since that ruling, we have said that it is ‘final and legally binding’ on both parties, China and the Philippines. This announcement goes further, to make clear: The PRC [People’s Republic of China] has no right to bully Southeast Asian states for their offshore resources,” David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for East Asia said in a statement received on Wednesday.Stilwell laid out some of Beijing’s “playbook” over the South China Sea issue, including in its engagement with ASEAN states, pointing out that there were “clear red flags about Beijing’s intentions” by insisting that ASEAN states keep silent on the COC negotiation process.The COC is a requirement laid out in the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) in the South China Sea adopted by China and ASEAN in 2002, but talks about its enforcement have only intensified in the last few years. China has set a target of completing negotiations by 2021, but the process this year has been delayed over coronavirus concerns.last_img read more

16 Sep

Syracuse finishes nonconference play with 80-67 win over Texas Southern

first_imgJerron Martin knocked down a 3 and ran back down the court. Moments earlier, the Carrier Dome crowd had grumbled as 1-9 Texas Southern pulled within two. Now, the game was tied as the Tigers finished off a 10-4 run.After 15 minutes, Syracuse was right back to where it started. But the Orange answered. First with a Tyler Roberson layup that came after Frank Howard nearly lost the ball penetrating the paint. Then with a Trevor Cooney 3 that sent SU’s bench players flooding onto the court as the game was halted due to an injury to TSU’s Orlando Coleman. And finally, Syracuse’s run extended was extended to 8-0 off a 3 from Tyler Lydon.And it was a comfortable lead the Orange wouldn’t give up the rest of the game.Syracuse (10-3) fended off Texas Southern (1-10), 80-67, on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. It wasn’t easy for SU as Texas Southern capitalized on five first-half alley-oops and Syracuse’s nine missed 3s. But when the Orange needed to most, it came through with baskets off turnovers that led to 18 points.With under three minutes until halftime, TSU’s Malcolm Riley turned the ball over and SU pushed it in transition. Michael Gbinije missed a layup and Lydon got the offensive board but he missed the layup, too. Roberson, one of the best offensive rebounders in the Atlantic Coast Conference, picked up Lydon’s miss. Except his shot rimmed out. The ball ended up back in Gbinije’s hands and finally, SU hit a layup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLike the early portion of the game, it didn’t click at first. But eventually, Syracuse got its game together.Gbinije hit back-to-back 3s a little over a minute later and the game that was once tied at 22 was 38-27 in the Orange’s favor. Walk-on guard Adrian Autry Jr. pretended to sling arrows toward the court. Center Dajuan Coleman lifted his body slightly from his seat on the bench while waving his arms up and down.Syracuse went into halftime with a 10-point lead and the Tigers never got closer than that.Five minutes into the second half, Martin committed another turnover and on the other end, Coleman drew two foul shots with which he pushed SU’s lead to 17. Throughout the first half, TSU picked on Coleman with several backdoor cuts that gashed the heart of Syracuse’s zone.But SU limited the effectiveness of those cuts in the second half, and like the game as a whole, limited Texas Southern after the rocky start. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

28 Aug

Wrap of Ghanaian players abroad: Waris grabs brace – Gyan, Accam, Cofie, Atsu score

first_imgGhana striker Abdul Majeed Waris perpetuated his blistering scoring form by hitting a brace for Valenciennes in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday night while Christian Atsu also netted a consolation goal for Vitesse Arnhem in Holland.German-born Nick Amartey scored FOUR times for Harnosand in their friendly win while Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, Jonathan Opoku, David Accam, Samuel Ocran, Isaac Cofie and Ernest Asante all found the net for their various clubs.Ghana World Cup hopeful John Mensah suffered a heartbreaking injury while in action for Nitra in Slovakia while youngster Eugene Ansah also clinched his maiden career silverware after winning the Belgian FA Cup with Lokeren.GHANAsoccernet.com’s Akyereko Frimpong Manson a comprehensive lowdown on how GHANAIAN stars fared abroad for their clubs over the weekend.FRANCEBlack Stars striker Abdul Majeed Waris scored twice (51st and 72nd minutes) to put Valenciennes ahead but they allowed Ajaccio to crawl from behind to snatch a 3-2 victory from under their noses. Defender Jonathan Mensah was an unused substitute and warmed the bench in the entire duration for Evian TG who held Toulouse to a 1-1 drawn game at the Stadium Municipal.Stade Rennes caused more misery for Olympique Marseille as they handed down a 1-0 defeat to them at the Stade Velodrome. Winger Andre Ayew played 81 minutes for Marseille but defender John Boye was unused by Rennes.Suspended Jordan Ayew watched his Sochaux side from the screen when they lost3-1 at Saint-Etienne.In the Ligue 2, AS Monaco loanee Dennis Appiah completed the entire 90 minutes of the game for Caen who finished with ten men when Châteauroux held them to a 1-1 draw.Elsewhere in the third-tier league former Nania FC captain Charles Boateng was in action for Avranches who beat Saint-Malo 2-1. In the Reserves League Kevin Osei came off the Marseille II bench to play 31 minutes in their 0-0 draw with Nîmes II at the Stade Paul Le Cesne in Marseille.PORTUGALYoungster Bernard Mensah sat on the Vitória Guimarães bench in their 0-0 draw with Gil Vicente. Haminu Dramani was not in the Vicente team. David Addy was relegated to the Vitória Guimarães second team.In the Liga de Honra, Alhassan Wakaso played for Portimonense who lost 3-0 to leaders Moreirense.ENGLAND Derek Boateng was left out of the Fulham first team squad once when they got hammered 5-0 at Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.In the Championship, Birmingham City’s campaign got worse when Reading defeated them 2-1 at the St. Andrew’s Stadium. Ghanaian super-teen Koby Arthur was not in the Blues squad for the game.Jeffrey Schulpp played for Leicester CityVersatile forward Jeffrey Schulpp lasted the entire 90 minutes of the game for Leicester City who returned from their trip to Blackburn Rovers with a point after holding them to a 1-1 draw. Midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was not in the Barnsley team that suffered a 1-0 home loss to visiting AFC Bournemouth.Albert Adomah was a full-timer for Middlesbrough when Queens Park Rangers drilled them 3-1 at their favourite Riverside Stadium.Former Chelsea reserves and England U20 captain Nana Ofori-Twumasi was on the Yeovil Town bench when they drew 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers.In the League One, Crystal Palace loanee Hiram Boatang was unused by Crawley Town who lost 1-0 at Oldham Athletics.Former Manchester City youth team player Curtis Obeng played the full 90 minutes for Stevenage who suffered a 3-2 home defeat to Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday. Former Liverpool reserves team attacker David Amoo was in action for Carlisle United but could not find the back of the net when Notts County defeated them 4-1.Patrick Agyemang climbed off the Portsmouth bench in the 80th minute to play in their 1-0 home loss to York City.GERMANYSchalke 04 put their Uefa Champions League miseries behind them to brush aside relegation-trapped Eintracht Braunschweig in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Kevin-Prince Boatengcompleted the entire 90 minutes of the game for Schalke while Anthony Annan came off the bench in the 80th minute to play for the Royal Blues.German-born Ghana hopeful Karim Bellarabi played 53 minutes for Braunschweig. German-born Reagy Ofosu could not make the Ingolstadt first team squad when they drew 0-0 with St Pauli.Baba Abdul Rahman dropped to the Greuther Furth bench in their 1-1 drawn game with Dynamo Dresden.Still in the Bundesliga II, Marcel Appiah started the match for Arminia Bielefeld in their home tie with Energie Cottbus but midfielder Charles Tarkyi sat on the Cottbus bench.In the Liga 3, Stuttgarter Kickers held Borussia Dortmund II to a 1-1 stalemate. Ghanaian midfielder Evans Owusu Nyarko played 80 minutes for Dortmund while Canadian-born Ghanaian Randy Edwini-Bonsu came off the bench to play 27 minutes for Stuttgarter.Phil Ofosu-Aryeh was not in the MVS Duiburg team when they defeat Hansa Rostock1-0 at the DKB Arena in Rostock. Dennis Danso Weidlich was booked in the 15th minute and played the full 90 minutes for Rostock.Forward Fredrick Kyereh returned from suspension to play 14 minutes for Elversberg in their 0-0 draw with Holstein Kiel. Jeff Gyasi was booked in the 84th minute and played full time for Elversberg.In the reserves league, American-born Ghanaian winger Joseph-Claude Agyeman Gyauwas in action for Hoffenheim II who lost 1-0 to Neckarelz on Saturday.ITALYIsaac Cofie scored for GenoaMidfielder Isaac Cofiescored on the 21st minute for Genoa in their stalemate with Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Compatriot Afriyie Acquah played the entire 90 minutes of the game for Parma.Inter Milan loanee Alfred Duncan completed the full 90 minutes for Livorno who were harassed 3-1 at Torino on Saturday. YoungsterEmmanuel Gyasi watched the game from the stands at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino.In the Serie B, Modena eased past Latina with a 4-0 victory at the Stadio Alberto Braglia. Fiorentina loanee Amidu Salifu and Masahudu Alhassan were not in the Modena and Latina teams respectively.Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu came off the bench in the 78th minute to play for Udinese who posted a narrow 1-0 win over Sassuolo. Midfielder Raman Chibsah unused by Sassuolo.Youngster Godfred Donsah did not travel with the Hellas Verona team when they lost 5-0 against Sampdoria.Kwadwo Asamoah was brought on after 66  minutes by Juventus who posted a 1-0 win over ten-man Catania. AC Milan loanee Kingsley Boateng was on the Catania bench.Michael Essien played the entire 90 minutes for AC Milan in their 1-1 draw at Lazio. Sulley Muntari came off the bench after 76 minutes to replace Andrea Poli.Moro Al-Hassan came off the Cesena bench in the 86th minute when they posted a slim 1-0 win over Juve Stabio.Brescia slipped to a 2-0 home defeat to Spezia on Saturday afternoon. Fiorentina loanee Nii Nortey Ashong was on the Fiorentina bench but Isaac Ntow Tuah and Mase Nana Addo Welbeck were not in the Brescia team for the game.Maxwell Acosty was a 79th minute substitute by Carpi who suffered a 1-0 loss at Novara.SPAINYoung midfielder Fatau Mohammed played until the hour mark for Granada CF who managed a 1-0 win over ten-man Elche FC. Richmond Boakye-Yiadom replace Coro on in the 77th minute. Richard Boateng was not in the Granada team.Thomas Partey scored for the third goal on a row as he claimed the match winner for Real Mallorca in their 2-1 win over Real Madrid B in the Spanish Segunda Division.In the Segunda B, Isaac Nana Asare played for Atletico Madrid II who beat Leganés 1-0.Former Asante Kotoko midfielder Michael Anaba was in action for Elche II when they beat Olímpic de Xàtiva 1-0.Richard Boateng was in full time action for Granada II when they beat La Roda 2-0. Clifford Aboagye was not in the Granada team.Paul Quaye was a second half substitute by Espanyol II who beat Constància 1-0.NETHERLANDSChristian Atsu chips the ball over the Groningen keeperWinger Christian Atsu scored a 39th minute consolation goal for Vitesse Arnhem in their 3-1 loss at FC Groningen. DefenderJohan Kappelhofset up the first goal for Groningen.Fred Bensonplayed the entire 90 minutes of the game for PEC Zwolle who suffered a 2-1 loss against AZ Alkmaar. Ghana boyRaymond Gyasicould not make the AZ first team squad.In the second-tier league, Kevin Tete came off the bench to play 20 minutes for Jong Ajax who beat Fortuna Sittard 1-0. Swedish-born Patrick Amoah was a 78th minute substitute for Sittard. Elton Acolatse was not in the Ajax team for the game.Jonathan Opoku scored a 90th minute consolation goal for Oss who lost 3-2 at VVV Venlo.Leaders Dordrecht posted a 3-1 win over Jong FC Twente. Erixon Danso played 69 minutes for Dordrecht but midfielder Yahaya Mustapha warmed the Twente bench.TURKEYDefender Jerry Akaminko was sent off in the 83rd minute during Eski?ehirspor’s 0-0 draw with Rizespor.Former Ghana U23 striker Shaibu Yakubu was in full time action for 1461 Trabzon who drew 3-3 with Andanaspor AS in the Turkish second-tier.SWEDENDavid Accam is delighted with his formDavid Accam scored a 50th minute equaliser for Helsingborg IF in their 2-1 victory over GAIS in the Swedish Cup on Saturday. MidfielderEma Boateng was brought on in the dying embers.In a friendly tie, former Ghana U20 midfielderEbenezer Ofori was sent off in first-half added-time when his AIK Solna side defeated Kalmar 3-0.Rubin Quayson andMoro Abubakar were both in action for AIK.German-born Ghanaian attacker Nick Amartey Scharkowski scored four times for Härnösand in their 8-0 friendly win over Friska Viljo in a club friendly on Saturday afternoon.Nasiru Mohammed was introduced in the 52nd minute by BK Hacken who exited the Swedish Cup after losing 1-0 to Elfsborg on Sunday afternoon.SWITZERLANDIshmael Yartey returned to the FC Sion starting team and played 61 minutes before being replaced by Ebenezer Assifuah in their 2-0 loss at Aarau.Young Boys were demolished 4-0 at their own backyard by Grasshoppers. Samuel Afumcame off the bench two minutes from full time to play for Young Boys.In the second-tier league, former FC Basel youngster Kofi Ntiamoah Nimeley played full throttle for Locarno when they drew 1-1 with Biel-Bienne.AUSTRIAIsaac Vorsah could not return from injury to play for Red Bull Salzburg who walloped Neustadt 5-0 on Sunday.GREECESamuel Inkoom and Aziz Tetteh both played 90 minutes for Platanias when Atromitos thrashed them 3-0 in the Greek Super League.CYPRUSAEL Limassol confirmed their superiority over Anorthosis Famagusta after thrashing them 3-0 at their own backyard. Carlos Ohene came off the bench to replace Luciano Bebe butEnoch Ebo Andoh was not in the Limassol team.Former Stromsgodset defender Razak Nuhu could not play in Apollon Limassol’s 0-0 draw with Omonia Nicosia in the Division One.CZECH REPUBLICOstrava held Sparta Prague to a 1-1 drawn game on Saturday. Midfielder Derrick Mensahmissed the game with injury but 2013 Ghana U20 striker Francis Narh came off the bench in the 92nd minute to play for Ostrava.Former Liberty Professionals midfielder Isaac Sackey played the entire 90 minutes for Slovan Liberec who beat Jablonec 3-0 on Friday.CROATIALee Addy watched from the screens because of injury while his Dinamo Zagreb side beat Hajduk Split 2-0.DENMARKKevin Mensah scored under a minute from kick-off for Viborg who beat Vestsjælland 1-0 in the Danish Superliga on Friday. Kevin’s twin brother Jeff Mensah was on the Viborg bench.Defender Francis Dickoh was in full time action for Midtjylland who suffered a 1-0 home loss to Nordsjælland. Youngster Kamal Issah was on the Nordsjælland bench while Kolja Afriyie also sat on their bench.Danish-born Ghanaian forward Danny Amankwaa was unused by FC Copenhagen who shared the spoils in a 1-1 drawn game with Randers FC.SLOVAKIAGhana defender John Mensah suffered an injury and was replaced after 11 minutes when FK Nitra held Trencin to a 1-1 draw in the Slovakian top-flight division.USANick Amartey, left, scored four goals for his side on SaturdayDominic Oduro was introduced in the 66th minute by Columbus Crew in their 2-2 drawn game with Philadelphia Union.Khalif Alhassan was not in the Portland Timbers when suffered a 2-0 loss to Colorado Rapids in the MSL.Nana Attakora was unused by DC United who suffered a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC.Midfielder Gershon Kwoffie was brought after 70 minutes by Vancouver Whitecaps who drew 0-0 with New England Revolution.BELGIUMGhanaian youngster Eugene Nana Ansah won the Belgian Cup after helping KSC Lokeren to a 1-0 victory over Zulte-Waregem to win the 2013/14 Belgian Cup title.SCOTLANDDutch-born Kevin Luckassen was not in the Ross County side that lost 2-1 to Motherwell.Arsenal loanee Daniel Boateng marked his debut in the Scottish Premier League for Hibernian when they lost 2-0 at St Johnston. He played 90 minutes.RUSSIAWakaso Mubarak played the entire 90 minutes of the game for Rubin Kazan who held Dinamo Moscow to a 0-0 draw.Rabiu Mohammed was not in the Kuban Krasnodar team that played against Terek Grozny on Sunday but Mohammed Fuseini was on the Grozny bench.SOUTH AFRICAGoalkeeper Fatau Dauda was not in the Orlando Pirates team that defeated Santos 2-0. Defender John Pantsil played full-time for Santos.John Arwuah played for AmaZulu in their 4-1 loss against Wits University in the South African Cup on Saturday.Awal Mohammed was injured in the 46th minute during Maritzburg United’s triumph over Platinum Stars. Frank Sarfo Gyamfi also played for Maritzburg.UNITED ARAB EMIRATESAsamoah Gyan scored 78th minute penalty for Al Ain in their 3-2 home defeat to Al Ahli.last_img read more

11 Jan

Amazing turnout during this year’s Solstice Chili Bowl Bash

first_imgRyan Hennessey was one of the musical talents at the bash and says like many local musicians, he enjoys volunteering his time to give the community a taste of live entertainment.“That’s why the Fort St. John music scene is fantastic because there are lots of people like me who would be doing exactly this, probably at an event somewhere else,” Hennessey said. “It’s just part of the community spirit.”As for the 2 year chili champion, Chad Carlstrom also says he enjoys the opportunity to mingle with fellow Fort St. John locals. “You get a big mix of people coming out to this event and it’s a beautiful day, summer solstice, a great way to kick off summer,” Carlstrom said. Advertisement The centre piece of the bash were the hand made bowls, crafted by guild members, which each ticket holder had the opportunity to choose from, use for their chili samples and bring home. President of the North Peace Potters’ Guild, Heather Hannaford says the bowls are made by some talented, fairly novice students, and thanks to this annual event, the guild has increased their membership quite significantly.“These kinds of events show people what we can do and what’s available to them,” Hannaford explained.    – Advertisement -The Chili Bowl Coordinator, Britney Garberg says between crafting the bowls, coupled with the time in the kitchen with chili chiefs, the success of this event couldn’t have been done without both their commitments.“We had 200 bowls this year, which is amazing because usually we have about 140 – 150,” Garberg said. “It just shows how much our members are learning and they’re all getting their own styles.” Garberg adds that the chiefs were in the kitchen for a 3 hour shift, “opening cans, cutting vegetables, grilling…I think it turned out great.”Advertisementlast_img read more