#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: The passenger boat sank carrying more than 100 people, with the driver of a cargo vessel suspected of colliding with the boat arrested…….
#AcDailyNews says that a Bangladeshi passenger boat sinks after it collides with cargo vessel, killing at least 22 and about 50 passengers were missing after the incident on Friday evening in a large open body of water in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, according to initial reports from officials and Bangladeshi media…
Posted 21h ago, updated 17h ago
However, no passengers were believed missing after nearly 24 hours of search efforts, said Emon Sarker, a duty officer with the district’s fire service and civil defence, who also provided the final death toll.
“Maybe many swam to safety. There was no passenger list. It happens here. Today, nobody came to us looking for any missing people,” Mr Sarker said by phone.
Bangladesh is a delta nation where water transport is heavily used to move people and goods.
But deadly accidents are common because of unskilled operation and poor enforcement of safety rules.
The country is crisscrossed by 230 rivers, and during the monsoon season some low-lying areas fill with water and are also used by boats.
The cargo boat’s driver and two assistants were caught by locals in the Bijoynagar area and turned over to the authorities, said Anisur Rahman, the district police superintendent.
Mr Sarker said the sunken boat was still submerged and would be brought to shore on Sunday.
Survivors said about 100 people were aboard. Local news reports, quoting the area’s top government administrator, Hayat-Ud-Dola, said about 50 people were missing.
A witness said two cargo vessels hit the boat, which sank quickly, Dhaka-based The Daily Star newspaper reported.
“I was grazing cattle on the bank. I heard a loud noise and saw the cargo vessels hitting the passenger trawler. I saw the trawler sinking quickly,” witness Nurul Amin told the paper.
The Bijoynagar area is 82 kilometres east of the capital, Dhaka.
Boris Johnson said any recognition of a Taliban government would “be subject to them upholding” human rights standards: In total, the UK hopes to help 6,000 to 7,000 British nationals and eligible Afghan staff to leave, he said.
And more than 3,300 people have been resettled since 2013, she said.
The prime minister spoke to US President Joe Biden on Tuesday evening, Downing Street said – and the pair agreed to work “closely together” to evacuate people from Afghanistan.
“The prime minister and President Biden agreed on the need for the global community to come together to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan,” a spokeswoman said.
She added that Mr Johnson outlined the UK’s plans to increase humanitarian aid to the region and resettle refugees, and that the pair would discuss the situation at a virtual meeting of G7 leaders “in the coming days”.
There were chaotic scenes at Kabul airport on Monday, as thousands tried to flee the country after the Taliban seized control of the capital.
A number of people died and large crowds on the runway led to all flights being halted for several hours.
However, Chief Joint Operations Vice Admiral Sir Ben said the situation was now “much calmer”.
“I’m very confident that we now have a stable airfield in which we can get on with the business, alongside all of our allies and partners, that we need to do,” he said.
How much aid will the UK give for Afghanistan?
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I expect that we will increase our aid budget for development and humanitarian purposes – probably by 10%, is what I have in mind – on last year. We want to try and make sure it doesn’t go through the Taliban.”One would assume by “last year” that Mr Raab was referring to aid spending in the 2020-21 financial year, when the UK gave £167.5m of aid to Afghanistan.
That was before the government cut the foreign aid budget earlier this year. Prior to today, aid to Afghanistan was set to fall to £37.5m – an annual reduction of £130m. However, if, as Raab has implied, a further 10% were added to the aid given in 2020-21, it would bring the UK’s spending in Afghanistan up to £184.25m. If a 10% increase was applied to the post-cuts budget then it would represent a massive decrease on the 2020-21 budget. We have asked the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to clarify the position but they have yet to comment.
He said three flights had landed in Kabul so far on Tuesday and more were planned. Military aircraft are also flying from Afghanistan to airports across the region, where people can then be put on civilian charter flights, he added. The UK has sent about 900 troops to Afghanistan to help evacuate British nationals and Afghans who are eligible to resettle in the UK. This group includes Afghans who worked for the British government, as well as interpreters, cultural advisers and embassy staff.
Sir Ben said the UK wanted to bring as many people back as quickly as possible. “We will go for as long as it takes us to either meet the demand, or when the security situation means that we’re no longer operating with consent,” he added. However, he said it was up to eligible individuals to make their own way to the airport when they were called to do so and the Taliban were now controlling access points. So far, he said the Taliban had “seemed acquiescent and understanding of what we’re trying to achieve” – but “we don’t take it for granted”. “We will try our utmost to bring back everybody we can but we do not own the finish point of this,” he added. “We can merely work day by day as hard as we possibly can.” Afghan interpreter: “I’m so worried about my parents and my sisters’ safety”
Sir Ben’s comments came as a spokesman for the Taliban said the UK and western allies had a “moral obligation” to “help reconstruct Afghanistan”.
Suhail Shaheen told Sky News that the prime minister and other world leaders should respect the “aspiration and will of the people of Afghanistan, and help the people of Afghanistan in rebuilding the country and providing a prosperous life for the people and economic development”.”This is their obligation because they were behind the destruction of Afghanistan during the 20 years,” he added.In a separate news conference, the Taliban claimed that interpreters and others who had helped allied forces would be pardoned.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said Mr Johnson had spoken to Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Tuesday afternoon.Pakistan and Afghanistan share a border, and Mr Johnson had stressed the importance of working with other countries “to avoid a humanitarian disaster” the spokeswoman said.”
The prime minister underlined that any recognition of the new government in Afghanistan is to happen on an international, not unilateral, basis,” she added.”He said that the legitimacy of any future Taliban government will be subject to them upholding internationally-agreed standards on human rights and inclusivity.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the UK is looking at a “bespoke arrangement”, with full details to be set out in due course. He did not confirm how many refugees would be allowed to come, but said the UK was “a big-hearted nation”.
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer said he would ask the prime minister on Wednesday how the UK planned to get refugees out of Afghanistan. “I don’t think a question of numbers at this stage is a helpful discussion,” he said. “The first discussion has to be: is there a plan; is there a strategy of safe and legal routes for refugees to come out of Afghanistan; and how quickly can that be put in place?”
Sir Keir Starmer said talking about exact numbers was “not helpful”…….
The former immigration minister Caroline Nokes MP told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme that the government needed to implement an “unprecedented” new resettlement scheme at “alarming speed”.”I think we have to be particularly scared for women and we know this is a regime that will oppress and suppress women as much as they possibly can,” she said.
The BBC has been told the new resettlement scheme will be similar to that used to help Syrian refugees: Around 20,000 refugees who fled the conflict in Syria have been resettled in the UK under the scheme since it was launched in 2014.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: This latest report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a stark warning from scientists around the world that human activity is damaging the planet at an alarming rate.
The report warns that climate change is already affecting every region across the globe and that without urgent action to limit warming, heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts, and loss of Arctic Sea ice, snow cover and permafrost, will all increase while carbon sinks will become less effective at slowing the growth of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
It highlights that cutting global emissions, starting immediately, to net zero by mid-century would give a good chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C in the long-term and help to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Today’s report makes for sobering reading, and it is clear that the next decade is going to be pivotal to securing the future of our planet. We know what must be done to limit global warming – consign coal to history and shift to clean energy sources, protect nature and provide climate finance for countries on the frontline.
The UK is leading the way, decarbonising our economy faster than any country in the G20 over the last two decades. I hope today’s IPCC report will be a wake-up call for the world to take action now, before we meet in Glasgow in November for the critical COP26 summit.
As extreme events are felt across the globe, from wildfires in North America to floods in China, across Europe, India and parts of Africa, and heatwaves in Siberia, COP President Alok Sharma has been negotiating with governments and businesses to increase global climate ambition and take immediate action to help halve global emissions in the next decade and reach net zero emissions by mid-century in order to keep the 1.5C goal set out in the Paris Agreement within reach.
The UK is already showing leadership with clear plans to reduce its emissions by 68% by 2030 and 78% by 2035, leading to net zero by 2050. Today, more than 70% of the world’s economy is now covered by a net zero target – up from 30% when the UK took over as incoming COP Presidency. In May, all G7 countries came forward with 2030 emission reduction targets that put them on a pathway to reaching this goal by 2050.
Some progress has been made globally since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015. More than 85 new or updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to 2030, representing over 110 parties, have been submitted to set out how countries will cut their emissions and address the climate crisis. However, today’s report shows that more action is urgently needed.
In a meeting with scientists later today (Monday 9th August) Alok Sharma will encourage countries that have not already done so, to urgently submit new or updated NDCs with their plans for ambitious climate action ahead of the vital COP26 summit later this year in Glasgow, particularly the major economies of the G20 who are responsible for over 80% of global emissions.
In response to the report, Mr Sharma said:
The science is clear, the impacts of the climate crisis can be seen around the world and if we don’t act now, we will continue to see the worst effects impact lives, livelihoods and natural habitats.
Our message to every country, government, business and part of society is simple. The next decade is decisive, follow the science and embrace your responsibility to keep the goal of 1.5C alive.
We can do this together, by coming forward with ambitious 2030 emission reduction targets and long-term strategies with a pathway to net zero by the middle of the century, and taking action now to end coal power, accelerate the roll out of electric vehicles, tackle deforestation and reduce methane emissions.
UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:
The impacts of climate change are already affecting lives and livelihoods around the world, with increasing frequency and severity. Alongside the need to drive down emissions, this report rings the alarm to urgently help vulnerable communities adapt and build resilience – in developed and developing countries alike.
Protecting the most vulnerable is a priority for the UK’s COP26 Presidency. World leaders must heed the science and work together to adapt to our changing climate, as well as act to avert, minimise and address loss and damage for those on the frontline.