Egypt rejects Ethiopian statement to build more than 100 dams across the country

Mon, 2021-05-31 22:32

AMMAN: Egypt has rejected Ethiopia’s intention to build a number of dams in different regions of the country, the foreign ministry said on Monday.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on Sunday that Ethiopia plans to build more than 100 dams in the upcoming fiscal year.
Ahmed Hafez, foreign ministry spokesman, said Ahmed’s statement once again reveals Ethiopia’s ill faith and its treatment of the Nile and other international rivers that it shares with neighboring countries “as if they were internal rivers subject to their sovereignty and harnessed to serve their interests.”
Hafez added that Egypt has always recognized the right of all Nile Basin countries to establish water projects and exploit the resources of the longest river in Africa, in order to achieve development.
“However, these water projects and facilities must be established after coordination, consultation and agreement with the countries that may be affected by them, in the forefront of which are the downstream countries,” Hafez said in a statement.
He also said Abiy’s comments “are nothing but a continuation of the unfortunate Ethiopian approach that disregards the applicable rules of international law that regulate the use of international rivers, which imposes on Ethiopia to respect the rights of other countries bordering these rivers and not to harm their interests.”
Egypt and Ethiopia have been at loggerheads over an Ethiopian dam project on the main tributary to the Nile.
Talks stalled in April over an agreement to govern how much water is released downstream.
Sudan, which also opposes the dam, held joint military exercises with Egypt in recent days as a show of strength as tensions escalate with Ethiopia.

A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia. (File/AFP via Getty Images)
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Gaza’s Balloon Salesman: ‘Simple Things Make Children very Happy’ (PHOTOS)

Palestine Chronicle correspondent in Gaza, Mahmoud Ajjour, spoke with Mohammed Jamal A’ram, 25, who sells balloons in the streets of Gaza City. A’ram’s business received several blows in the last two years.

First, Israel increased the restrictions on balloon exports to Gaza as a result of the Great March of Return. Then, the COVID-19 lockdown made it impossible for him to sell his only product to the children of the besieged Strip. But things are looking up for A’ram, as the ongoing celebration of what many Palestinians perceive to be a victory over the Israeli military in its latest war on the Strip is making the young man’s balloons once again popular in the Rimal neighborhood.

The Palestine Chronicle caught up with A’ram. This is what he told us:

“I am single. I live with my parents. I am 25 years old. I am trying to raise money to get married. I am a balloon salesman, I can’t find any other job. Even the balloons are now hard to find because of Israeli restrictions. Children love balloons, the moment a child gets hold of a balloon, she gets a huge smile on her face. Simple things make children very happy.

“I work every single day for many hours, days in which I don’t work I have no income, and sometimes have no money for food. When the war started, I stayed home, we were all very stressed out, not only because of the war outside, but also because we ran out of money.  The war destroyed so much in Rimal, the entirety of Al-Shrouq tower, many shops and businesses. With the shops gone, people stopped coming here. Very few families are now roaming the streets to buy my balloons. But thanks to God, business is picking up again.

“I am back, and I am hopeful that the future is better. At the end of the day, there is nothing to this life but surviving with dignity. I will do my best.”

(All Photos: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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Dubai to remove all public transport carbon emissions by 2050

Mon, 2021-05-31 21:21

DUBAI: Dubai will have zero carbon emissions from public transport by 2050, according to a plan published on Monday.
The emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it aims for all buses and taxis to be electric or powered by hydrogen.
Nasir Bu Shehab, CEO of the RTA’s Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector, said the authority is planning for a sustainable and environmentally-friendly public transport system.
“Such a drive contributes to curbing climate change and supports the long-term national initiative,” he said.
The plan also aims to support the UAE’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change to reduce emissions in the country by 23.5 percent by 2030.
Bu Shehab said the roadmap includes expanding the use of electric and hydrogen vehicles within the fleet of public transport buses, school buses, taxis and limousines, to reach “100 percent by 2050”
The authority will also increase the use of clean energy, such as solar power, in the authority’s buildings and facilities. 
The RTA plans to complete an energy-efficient smart road lighting project by 2035.
The roadmap estimates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and will save around 3 billion dirhams by 2050.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has endorsed a long-term plan to have zero emissions of public transport in Dubai by 2050. (Dubai Media Office)
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