EU-Africa Summit an Opportunity to Highlight Piracy

first_imgzoom The social partners of the maritime transport sector, ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Associations) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation), have issued a joint statement ahead of the EU-Africa summit, which takes place in Brussels from 02 to 03 April.ECSA and ETF seize this opportunity to highlight one of the major issues in the EU-Africa relations, namely that of piracy and armed robbery, two phenomena that plague some of the world’s busiest shipping routes.“Piracy and armed robbery should be part of the discussion between EU and African leaders, as the problem is shared by both sides and, more importantly, its more permanent solution can only be achieved through common initiatives and efforts from both partners,” commented Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General.More specifically, ECSA and ETF call upon the EU Member States to uphold their commitment to fight Somalia-based piracy by maintaining an adequate level of force generation and supply the EU’s naval force in the region (EU NAVFOR) with sufficient resources to effectively patrol the area of operations.As for piracy and armed robbery incidents in the gulf of Guinea in West Africa, the social partners urge Member States to use diplomacy, political dialogue but also the sharing of best practice and technical assistance so as to develop solid cooperation with African coastal states in the region and fight against these unlawful acts.The EU has spearheaded efforts to tackle maritime piracy since the emergence of this problem in the mid-2000s. It now finds itself in a position of even greater influence by having assumed since January the chairmanship of the UN Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS).“I sincerely hope that the EU will use its special weight and extensive experience in its talks with African leaders” remarked Patrick Verhoeven and added: “A far-reaching and all-encompassing solution to this problem that jeopardises the global supply chain is long overdue.”ECSA, April 2, 2014last_img read more

Canada VS USA on the road to Tokyo 2020

Canada handballToky0 2020 handballUSA handball The biggest games of the year for handball start this week as Canada’s men’s and women’s national teams start the Road to Tokyo when they face the United States on September 2nd and 5th with the winner earning a ticket to the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.  That tournament acts as the qualification event for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.The first leg of the home and away series will take place at Auburn University in Alabama on Sunday September 2nd at 4pm and 6pm. The final matchday will be on Wednesday September 5th at the Claude-Robillard Sports Center in Montreal. The women start the action at 7pm with the men starting at 9pm (all times in EST).The winner will be decided by total aggreggate goals over the two games. The loser wil then advance to a last chance competiton against the teams listed below.Men’s 2nd Chance Tourney:  Chile, Dominican Republic, Colombia and USA/Canada loserWomen’s 2nd Chance Tourney: Chile, Mexico, Guatemala and USA/Canada loserGames will be livestreamed on the IHF Facbook page. Tickets for both matches in Montreal are available for only $15Sunday, 2 September at AuburnUSA – Canada (Women) 3:00 PM (Central Time)USA – Canada (Men) 5:00 PM (Central Time)Wednesday, 5 September at MontrealUSA – Canada (Women) 7:00 PM (Eastern Time)USA – Canada (Men) 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)Source: ← Previous Story VIDEO: Sticky ball stays on the post! Next Story → IHF president Hassan Moustafa confirms: We think about 32 teams at World Championships read more