Qatar backed ‘terrorism and extremism’, UAE tells UN court

first_img‘Gulf rift’ Qatar is due to give its response on Wednesday, with the rest of the hearings — which are all taking place by videolink due to the coronavirus pandemic — due on Friday and Monday.But a final ruling by the ICJ, which was set up in 1946 after World War II to rule in disputes between member states of the United Nations, could take years.The court issues binding judgments but has no means of enforcing them.The crisis between Qatar and the Saudi-led blockading nations shows no sign of relenting despite rising international pressure to end the feud.The alliance has issued a raft of terms Qatar must accept before it will lift the embargo that includes a ban on direct air, land or sea trade.Doha strongly denies the allegations and has refused to meet the demands that also stipulate the closure of its flagship state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera.The UAE’s Al-Naqbi said that his country and Qatar “share historical bonds dating back to ancient times”, and that Abu Dhabi was “open to close the Gulf rift” with the help of third parties. They imposed an effective blockade by land, air and sea, and ordered the expulsion of Qatari nationals. Qatar dragged the UAE to the ICJ a year later seeking to get the measures lifted.The allies faced a “grave threat brought by Qatar’s support for terrorism and extremism,” Abdallah al-Naqbi, director of the international law department at the UAE foreign ministry, told the court via videolink.”This has nothing to do with racial discrimination.”Qatar’s case at the ICJ says that the UAE’s actions breached the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). ‘Build bridges’ Doha had already acted to address “imperfections” in its initial response, such as holding off any deportations and allowing Qataris to enter the UAE “subject only to an application process and security screening,” he said.In an apparent reference to the UAE’s historic normalization of ties with Israel, al-Naqbi said that “as the court will have noted from other recent events, the UAE’s aspiration as a nation is to be open and to build bridges.”The case has gone Qatar’s way so far, with the ICJ in 2018 ordering the UAE to take emergency measures to protect the rights of Qatari citizens, pending the start of full hearings in the case.In that year Qatar accused the UAE of creating a “climate of fear” for Qataris living there.The legal ping-pong continued when the United Arab Emirates last year filed its own case seeking emergency measures to stop Qatar “aggravating” the dispute, only to have the court reject it.Qatar then won a separate but related case at the ICJ in July that is specifically about the air blockade. Its rivals had appealed a decision by the world civil aviation body in favor of Qatar over sovereign airspace. Topics : The United Arab Emirates accused Qatar on Monday of backing “terrorism and extremism” as the three-year-old Gulf diplomatic crisis returned to the UN’s top court.Abu Dhabi urged the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) to throw out a case brought by Doha claiming measures taken against Qatar amounted to racial discrimination.Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and several other allies severed ties with Qatar in a shock move in 2017, accusing Doha of backing terrorism and siding with their regional rival Iran.last_img read more

Genesis adds to contingency bounty in four IMCA divisions

first_imgROSWELL, Ga. – Genesis Racing Shocks adds to the post-season IMCA bounty with contingency awards in four divisions.Top eligible drivers in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions and in national IMCA Late Model, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod standings receive $350 product certificates from the Roswell, Ga., company and eight-year IMCA marketing partner.Certificates good for $250 go to each runner-up and at $150 to each third-place finisher. Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed the following week from the IMCA home office.Drivers in all four divisions are required to compete with four Genesis-manufactured shocks, display two Genesis decals on their race car and return a signup form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligible.Information about Genesis shocks is available at the www.genesisshocks.com website, on Facebook or by calling 678 659-9454.“I’ve already received correspondence from drivers using Genesis shocks and signing up for this program and certainly encourage everyone to make sure they get that form filled out and returned to me,” emphasized IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “As the summer stretches on the ‘to-do’ list gets longer on the race car, and we want to make sure racers are eligible for every bit of assistance possible.”last_img read more

England will be a good draw for Ghana – Kenpong

first_imgOn the eve of the highly anticipated FIFA World draw in Salvador Brazil, the CEO of Kenpong Group of companies, Mr Kennedy Agyapong has called on Ghanaian football lovers to enjoy the draw and not to worry too much about which teams will be grouped with the Black Stars.”This is the World Cup so there is no escaping the best of the best teams at this level. If you ask me, even England would be a good draw for the Black Stars because it means Ghana will get additional massive mileage from the British media”.Indeed Fifa on Tuesday announced the pots to be used for Friday’s draw when the 32 teams will be placed into eight first-round groups of four. Pot 1 consists of the eight top seeds, one of each to be drawn in Groups A-H. The remaining pots are based on geographical criteria.Like millions of Ghanaians, Kenpong is not hiding his excitement ahead of the draw which is expected to attract a global viewing audience of 1. 8 billion people. Apart from being a sports enthusiast and football philanthropist, Kenpong is set to roll out one of the most dynamic and competitive travel and tours packages for the Brazil 2014 fiesta.This was confirmed to Ghana Sports International by Director of Finance at Kenpong Group/Kenpong Travel and Tours, Mr George Amoako ” With our partners in Brazil, we have put in place a solid and robust system to withstand the expected huge demands of Ghanaians seeking to travel to watch the World Cup” Kenpong Travel and Tours (KTT) have already completed the training of additional staff to support the administrative element of their services. The Manager of KTT Mr. Kwame Oduro Appiah-Kubi is confident that with world class staff, the processes and procedures of handling hundreds of applications would be dealt with professionally.”We are well prepared and just waiting for the green light to roll out so people should expect nothing but the best from Kenpong Travel and Tours when it comes to reliability, affordability and quality when it comes to travelling to Brazil 2014”.Meanwhile, after two-and-half-years testing process involving some of the world’s biggest stars, Adidas on Tuesday night unveiled the Brazuca, the official match ball for next summer’s World Cup.The ball, the successor to the Adidas Jabulani used at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has already been tested in competitive international matches, at the Under-20s World Cup, with a different print design, and in the friendly between Sweden and Argentina last February.And why Brazuca? According to FIFA.COM, the name is an informal local term which means Brazilian or describes the Brazilian way of life. The colours and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolise the traditional multi-coloured wish bracelets worn in the country. The ball, which is being taken on a world tour, goes on sale on Wednesday, priced at around £100 ($164) the equivalent of GHC370.00.last_img read more