Crunch time for Durban climate talks

first_img5 December 2011As heads of state and government ministers start arriving in Durban for the UN climate talks, negotiators are hoping that, come end of the week, some kind of political compromise will have been reached to break the stalemate on a range of issues.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), currently taking place in Durban, is also the 7th meeting of parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which is due to expire at the end of 2012, unless renewed.While UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres insisted at the weekend that progress had been made on many issues including adaptation, mitigation and finance, observers say serious political will is going to be needed to convince all developed countries to a second commitment of the contentious Kyoto Protocol.High-level talks start TuesdayThe high-level segment of the conference, which starts on Tuesday, will also have to thrash out details of the Green Climate Fund, and the fast-start climate financing for poorer countries of US$30-billion for the period 2010-12 must also be finalized.About 12 heads of state, including South African President Jacob Zuma, and more than 190 government ministers are expected to join the session, which is expected to go on into the late hours of Tuesday night.South Africa will be using its allocated slot to call on the developed world to help the continent scale up its renewable energy option in its energy mix.China ‘would accept legally binding deal from 2020’Meanwhile, China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, has joined some European countries in saying it would accept a legally binding climate deal in Durban that would come into force after 2020, but has placed conditions on this.These included a renewal of carbon-cutting pledges by rich nations under the Kyoto Protocol, along with finance guarantees for poorer countries.The EU supports a roadmap linked to the Kyoto Protocol, while Russia has proposed amendments to the convention to allow for a periodic revision of countries that are under certain obligations to cut emissions.Currently, developing nations have fewer obligations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions compared with major economies.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pocari Sweat averts meltdown, closes in on PVL crown

first_imgPocari Sweat blew a huge lead but that only paved the way for a wild finish in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Finals Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Star douses late San Miguel rally, grabs 1-0 semis lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ The Lady Warriors lost a 19-12 lead and even trailed, 24-22, before Rivers, Jessey de Leon and Gyzelle Sy spearheaded the defending champions’ spirited comeback.“We don’t have problems getting leads but we have problems in sustaining them,” said Abella. “We just have to address that through our mental toughness”Sy completed Pocari’s rally with a service ace after Rivers and de Leon anchored the Lady Warriors’ net defense and came up with two crucial blocks against Jeng Bualee and Jennifer Keddy, respectively.Michelle Strizak added 18 for Pocari while Myla Pablo had 16 and Jeannette Panaga finished with 12 points for the Lady Warriors, who also overcame 31 errors.Soltones paced the Water Defenders with 17 while Bualee wound up with 16. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Warriors proved to be the steadier team as they eked out a 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 win over Bali Pure to inch closer to another title.Pocari shoots for a second straight championship on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKrystal Rivers shone in her first game as replacement import with a game-high 20 points for the Lady Warriors.“We were just too tense because everyone’s pumped up knowing Krystal is going to play for the first time so I just told them to settle down,” said Pocari head coach Rommel Abella. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

By WVUA 23 Web Coordinator David Williams III Afte

first_imgBy WVUA 23 Web Coordinator David Williams IIIAfter seven long years, a prized University of Alabama football lost after the E4 tornado struck Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, was reunited with its owner.When the tornado hit Tuscaloosa, former Alabama player Wesley Britt’s home was hit, and his belongings were scattered in the storm. Among his treasures thought lost was a football Britt had signed by his teammates his freshman year.Ironically, the ball ended up in the yard of the Tuscaloosa News Sports writer Cecil Hurt, who covers Alabama football. Hurt donated it to the Bryant Museum, who then put it on display. Britt saw the ball at a museum event and noticed that it looked familiar.“In the tornado we lost all of our memorabilia, including all of the footballs that were signed every year with the teams I played with,” said Britt. “And this one is probably the one I most cherished and to have that back in my possession is a really neat thing and this will be in a special place. It’s got two unbelievable stories now.”Britt said the football is extremely special to him and will probably never leave his mantle, but if it does, it will go back to the museum.last_img read more