Indonesia, 8 IORA countries form working group to protect fisheries sector

first_imgThe newly established working group is expected to roll out concrete programs to support economic recovery after the pandemic, particularly in improving fishermen’s welfare, promoting marine tourism around the Indian Ocean and increasing trade and investment in the fisheries sector.Separately, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s capture fishery director general, Zulficar Mochtar, revealed that more than 3.5 million Indonesian fishermen had been impacted by the pandemic, which presented a major challenge for the fishermen in addition to illegal fishing, climate change, plastic waste and fish scarcity.“With this collective effort [the initiative] through the IORA forum, we hope to see an improvement in food sustainability and poverty reduction within the marine communities,” he said.Read also: Indonesia, US declare new protected marine areas in North MalukuAccording to the statement, the delegations produced several strategic documents in the meeting, including a draft on work programs that would be implemented in the short, medium and long term under the IORA mechanism.Indonesia has been actively involved in IORA, including as the chair in 2015 to 2017, during which the country hosted the first IORA Summit in 2017 in Jakarta and produced the Jakarta Concord – an agreement to reinforce the commitment of IORA member countries to uphold the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as the main norm in maintaining peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region.The establishment of this new working group is also a follow up of the Jakarta Concord and the IORA Action Plan for 2017 to 2021. (asp)Topics : Read also: Healthy oceans: Keeping Asia and the Pacific afloatAccording to a statement published on the Foreign Ministry’s website, the cluster group will perform duties related to discussion over the fisheries sector in the Indian Ocean.Through this initiative, Indonesia hopes to manifest its leadership on marine and fisheries within the IORA forum, through which it also aims to strengthen its efforts in performing economic diplomacy, preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, as well as improving fishermen’s welfare.“We are facing COVID-19 as a common enemy. As an organization comprising countries in the Indian Ocean, the IORA must renavigate its focus toward marine cooperation, including in the fisheries sector,” said the Foreign Ministry’s Asia-Pacific and African affairs director general, Desra Percaya, during the meeting.   Indonesia and eight other countries grouped under the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) established on Tuesday a regional working group on fisheries management that aims to sustain marine welfare around the world’s third-largest ocean amid and post COVID-19 pandemic.The initiative came from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Oman, Tanzania and Thailand; nine country members of IORA — an international organization comprising 22 states bordering the Indian Ocean — as well as from the IORA Fisheries Support Unit (FSU), a think-tank under the organization that focuses on fishery issues.It was inaugurated on Tuesday through the 1st Meeting of IORA Cluster Group on Fisheries Management (CFGM) held virtually, in which the Indonesian delegation was represented by the Foreign Ministry and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Firefighter Erik Hirner

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities in the counties of Lehigh and Berks to fly at half-staff to honor fallen firefighter Erik Hirner.Erik Hirner, a resident of North Catasauqua, Northampton County, and an 11-year veteran of the Reading Fire Department, Berks County, died from injuries after his vehicle was struck by another while en route to work on Sunday, May 27, 2018.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Thursday, May 31, 2018, through sunset on the day of interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. May 31, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Firefighter Erik Hirnerlast_img read more

How Kareem Abdul-Jabbar formed close bond with John Wooden despite different backgrounds

first_imgEager for any advice on how to succeed in the classroom and the court at the college level, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then a UCLA freshman known as Lew Alcindor, had already established a bond with then-UCLA basketball coach John Wooden before the two visited a local restaurant for a dinner out.The accomplished teacher from Indiana planned to spend their time advising the lanky 7-foot-2 center from New York City on how best to handle the looming attention from physical opponents and inquisitive reporters. Instead, it was the then-middle-aged Wooden who learned something that evening when he was exposed to the racism his 18-year-old dinner guest often endured.As they left the restaurant, an elderly white woman marveled at Abdul-Jabbar’s height before addressing him with a racial slur. Though Wooden’s face turned red, Abdul-Jabbar remembered Wooden “was too much the Midwestern gentleman to verbally attack an old woman.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s just like for any white person in America. They don’t know what it’s like to be a black person being discriminated against,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “How are they going to find that out?”Wooden soon did. He then apologized to Abdul-Jabbar and pleaded with him not to think all white people are racist.“It really bothered him. It really affected his worldview,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “For someone like him that felt like he had the hands on the reins of everything, that must’ve been a humbling experience.”It was one of many experiences Abdul-Jabbar shares in his new book, “Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-year Friendship On and Off the Court,” which he will promote Saturday at UCLA during a discussion with former Bruins guard Tyus Edney.In the book, one of more than a dozen he’s written, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer reflects plenty on Wooden’s record 10 NCAA championships with UCLA, his famed Pyramid of Success and how he helped Abdul-Jabbar develop his skyhook. The former UCLA and Lakers center also details complicated events that tested and strengthened his relationship with Wooden.center_img “Coach didn’t get it all right,” said Abdul-Jabbar, now 70. “But I talked about that so people didn’t think he was some kind of perfect person. He made mistakes, but the way he dealt with them was first rate.”Wooden initially disapproved of former boxer Muhammad Ali refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. Wooden later respected Ali’s stance and often asked Abdul-Jabbar about him. Wooden, a devout Christian, also supported Abdul-Jabbar’s conversion to Islam and his activism, which included his decision to boycott the 1968 Olympics. Abdul-Jabbar later found a letter Wooden wrote to a fan upset about Abdul-Jabbar’s protest.“Coach had defended me by explaining the kinds of racial slurs that were commonly used against me, and why I may have felt less than enthusiastic in representing my country in those tumultuous times,” Abdul-Jabbar recalled. “Coach never told me about her letter or his response, but reading it was one of the most touching moments in my life.”Abdul-Jabbar also was touched when Wooden facilitated a phone conversation with the late Jack Donohue, Abdul-Jabbar’s high school coach at Power Memorial Academy (N.Y.). Their relationship was strained after Donohue addressed the former Alcindor with a racial slur in a poor attempt to motivate him during a game. Abdul-Jabbar and Donohue reconciled during that phone call.“Coach Wooden got me to understand I had to let go of it,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “(Coach Donohue) made a mistake. He overreacted to my cockiness and arrogance. The tools that (Wooden) gave us enabled us to live better lives. We learned how to deal with things.”Abdul-Jabbar believes Wooden would support present-day athletes who choose to be vocal about political or social issues. Abdul-Jabbar has serious doubts, though, about Wooden adapting to the one-and-done era of college basketball.“I don’t think Coach Wooden would have been able to work in this environment,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “Kids are coming into school today and know how the NCAA has made it so they can’t make any money. So one-and-done to them is justice. But Coach Wooden expected his players to get an education.”Abdul-Jabbar also predicted Wooden “wouldn’t have wanted to deal with” LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of UCLA guard Lonzo Ball. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has dismissed whether that would deter the Lakers from drafting him with the No. 2 pick. But Abdul-Jabbar did not endorse his alma mater’s star player.“I don’t know,” Abdul-Jabbar said when asked what Lonzo Ball could bring to the Lakers. “I hope they research what this choice is going to be about very closely. I think Earvin will totally get into all aspects of it and make a wise choice.”Abdul-Jabbar said Johnson and Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss have asked him to meet in a few weeks to discuss a possible role with the organization. Abdul-Jabbar is one of a handful of Lakers luminaries who were brought in to speak with the franchise’s young players last season.“They can improve, but it takes hard work,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “They have to listen to the coaches. So many of them are so enamored with their own talent that they don’t realize they still have things to learn.”Abdul-Jabbar also expressed interest in mentoring Lakers second-year center Ivica Zubac, who has worked on his hook shot with longtime Lakers consultant Bill Bertka.“He’s equipped to use it well,” Abdul-Jabbar said of Zubac. “He has the length to begin with. If he can develop his shooting touch and agility, he’ll use it well.”Abdul-Jabbar mastered the skyhook partly because the NCAA temporarily banned the dunk, a decision Wooden supported.“Coach was just trying to preserve the beauty of the sport,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “He was afraid it would deteriorate into a bunch of burly brutes jamming the ball through the hoop. He wanted to preserve the gracefulness and intellectual complexity of the sport and I understood that.”Since Wooden’s passing in 2010, Abdul-Jabbar said he has developed a greater understanding of the strength of their bond. It centered on basketball but included passion for literature, history and music and a mutual respect of their different backgrounds. It took Abdul-Jabbar seven years to write that story.“I had to think about what Coach Wooden meant to my life,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “Then I had to think about how much did I want to share with the public? Some of it is private. But it is very meaningful.”last_img read more