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Annan urges Somali factions to pursue peace

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Stressing that no amount of goodwill and external support will bring peace to Somalia, the Secretary-General writes in a report released today that, “Outsiders can help, but only Somalia’s leaders can decide to end the suffering of their people and only they can decide to negotiate an end to the conflict.”Mr. Annan underscores concern about the proliferation of arms in Somalia, and calls for efforts to disarm and reintegrate Somali youths. He urges concerted international action to end the impunity with which armed groups continue to harass humanitarian and development agencies, causing further suffering to civilians and communities. He also calls on the authorities to ensure that aid workers are able to perform their tasks without fear of harm or any form of harassment.While hailing the fact that many of the 400,000 Somalis in exile have begun to return home with the help of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Secretary-General warns of the large gap between the needs of returnees and their potential opportunities. “Unless this issue is resolved, the return of exiled populations is likely to continue to constrain the recovery process,” he cautions. Calling international funding for Somalia “disappointing,” the Secretary-General appeals to countries to generously support humanitarian and recovery efforts for the country. read more

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CPL 2018 Providence to host 5 Guyana Amazon Warriors group games

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File photo: Fans of Guyana Amazon Warriors during Match 21 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Stars at Guyana National Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Providence, Guyana. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)The fixtures for the Guyana leg of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have now been confirmed, with five group games set to take place in the country, an increase from the four group matches that were played in Guyana in 2017.These matches will be hosted at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, home of the Guyana Amazon Warriors.The first game sees a clash of the Warriors vs the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots led by Chris Gayle on Thursday August 9.They will then take on the St Lucia Stars and Barbados Tridents before they go on their travels to play away matches before returning home for two massive matches against current champions, Trinbago Knight Riders, and last year’s fourth place finishers, Jamaica Tallawahs.According to cplT20.com, this split means that Guyana Amazon Warriors fans can look forward to two home legs this year.Speaking about the increase in matches from last season Hero CPL’s CEO, Damien O’Donohoe said “We are delighted to confirm that there will be five home games for the Amazon Warriors in 2018. The Hero CPL has always had fantastic support from the Guyanese people and the Government. We can’t wait to see sellout crowds once again.”Meanwhile, young and upcoming Guyana and West Indies Player, Keemo Paul, of the Guyana Amazon Warriors said “I can’t wait to get going for the 2018 Hero CPL and I know that the Guyanese cricket loving public will show us great support. Having five home matches at Providence will be a huge boost for us this year as we know home conditions well. A sell-out crowd will only help us as we look to bring the Hero CPL title to Guyana.”Fixture dates:Thurs 9 Aug – Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Providence Stadium, 6pmSat 11 Aug – Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Stars, Providence Stadium, 4pmSun 12 Aug – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents, Providence Stadium, 6pmSat 8 Sept – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs, Providence Stadium, 8pmSun 9 Sept – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders, Providence Stadium, 6pm Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHERO CPL 2018 VENUES AND TIMES CONFIRMEDJuly 27, 2018In “latest news”Repsol partnering with CPL for 2018 tournamentJuly 18, 2018In “latest news”‘Biggest Party in Sport being watched by more people’ says CEO of Hero CPLJanuary 11, 2018In “Sports” read more