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Tricyclist returns passengers’ phones in Yola

A commercial tricyclist in the Adamawa State capital, Yola, Sunday Bala, has been widely acknowledged for returning bags left in his tricycle by two passengers. The bags in question contained phones. Many Yola residents have showered encomium on Sunday for returning the bags, complete with the phones and other valuables. DAILY POST learnt Sunday morning that Maryamu David and Ladi Wazindi who boarded Sunday’s tricycle from the Jimeta Bypass to FAAN Quarters did not alight with their bags. They received a huge surprise when Bala answered the call made to one of the phones, reconnected with them and returned their bags with every content. Ladi Wazindi was further shocked that Bala would not collect any thank-you gift from them. “We made sincere efforts to make Bala receive a token of appreciation but he would not have it,” Ladi said. She described Sunday as a hero of the year who deserved honour and special recognition for his act. DAILY POST further reports that three local government areas that make up the Yola capital city: Yola South, Yola North and Girei are burdened by the activities of some young elements called Shila Boys who specialise in snatching phones from residents, often using tricycles better known as Keke NAPEP. The boys, acting as if they are genuine commercial tricyclists, carry passengers, only to turn against the passengers at some point in the journey and snatch their valuables, mostly phones and cash.

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Leigh: Stop and search powers after ‘knife fights’

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) authorised a Section 60 in the below defined area yesterday (Saturday March 30). The Section 60 powers under the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act will run from until 10am today (Sunday March 31). The Section 60 authority grants officers extended powers to stop and search individuals within the area in the defined map which has been introduced following a number of incidents involving a number of reports from members of the public of males reportedly fighting with knives in the area of Glebe Street in Leigh. Read some of our top stories below: Bolton cases recently dealt with by magistrates court Bolton homeless man attacked while sleeping in town centre University of Bolton asks for evidence on GM rebrand plan At around 6.40pm yesterday (Saturday March 30), GMP were called to reports of a disturbance on Glebe Street, Leigh. Upon attending the incident, officers moved quickly and detained a 26-year-old man on suspicion of threats with a bladed article and actual bodily harm. He remains in custody for questioning. No injuries have been reported in relation to this incident. Extensive investigation work is currently ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the reports and highly visible patrols will continue in order to provide reassurance within the community. Detective Superintendent Gareth Jenkins said: “Our priority is always to keep our communities safe, and we believe that authorising this Section 60 is proportionate and necessary following the reports made to us earlier this evening. “Extra patrol officers have been deployed around the local area both on foot and in patrol cars. “If you have any concerns, our officers will be happy to provide reassurance and listen to any of your queries. “Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact GMP on 101, quoting log number 2649 of 30/03/2024.” Information can also be reported online or by using the LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk or to 101, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you have a story and something you would like to highlight in the community, please email me at jasmine.jackson@newsquest.co.uk or DM me on Twitter @JournoJasmine.

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INDIA Bloc Leaders, Kejriwal’s Wife Gather At Ramlila Maidan For ‘Loktantra Bachao’ Rally

NEW DELHI, Mar 31: In a show of opposition unity ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, INDIA bloc leaders came together at a ‘Loktantra Bachao’ rally at the Ramlila ground here on Sunday in the backdrop of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest. NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) leader Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren were among the first to reach the Ramlila Maidan. Kejriwal’s wife Sunita also joined the INDIA bloc leaders on stage. She will be reading out a message from her husband, who has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy. Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, AAP leader and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav are also expected to join. Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai had said on Saturday that the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance’s (INDIA) rally was the last chance to save India’s Constitution and democracy. The Congress had asserted that the INDIA bloc’s ‘Loktantra Bachao’ rally was aimed at saving the Constitution and democracy and not any particular person. It said a ”strong message” will be sent out from the INDIA bloc rally to Lok Kalyan Marg, where the prime minister’s residence is located, that the BJP-led government’s ”time is up”. Delhi Police has made elaborate security arrangements for the rally with paramilitary personnel deployed at and around the rally venue. As workers of different political parties started gathering at Ramlila Maidan in the morning, police were busy managing the crowd. The administration has allowed 20,000 people to attend the rally but police expect the number to exceed 30,000. In view of the rally, traffic movement has been regulated on several roads and areas in central Delhi, including Ranjeet Singh flyover from Barakhamba Road to Guru Nanak Chowk, Vivekanand Marg from Minto Road to Kamla Market roundabout, Hamdard Chowk, JLN Marg from Delhi Gate to Guru Nanak Chowk, and Ajmeri Gate from 9 am to 3 pm. (Agencies)

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UN launches investigation into Lebanon explosion that injured peacekeepers

In a statement released on Saturday, UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti, said that the casualties – three military observers from the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) and a Lebanese language assistant – have been evacuated for medical treatment. The Lebanese state-run National News Agency reported that the UN peacekeepers were “subjected to an Israeli strike” carried out by drones. However, in a Tweet, Israeli military spokesperson Avichay Adraee said that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) did not target any UNIFIL vehicles in the Rmeish area. Mr. Tenenti explained that the UNTSO observers, who are part of Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), support UNIFIL in implementing the force’s mandate, which includes monitoring the cessation of hostilities, helping to ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and assisting the Lebanese government in securing the country’s borders. The spokesperson underlined the responsibility of all actors in the conflict, under international law, to ensure protection for non-combatants, and called for a cessation of heavy exchanges of fire “before more people are unnecessarily hurt”. In a media interview, Mr. Tenenti told reporters that, following the 7 October Hamas attacks on Israel, the situation in southern Lebanon has become increasingly tense, with shelling taking place deeper within Lebanon which “could potentially trigger a much wider conflict”. Two days before the explosion, UNIFIL expressed concern over a “surge of violence” occurring across the Blue Line, which has caused a “high number of civilians and the destruction of homes and livelihoods”. The force called for a ceasefire, and urged all sides in the conflict to begin the process toward a sustainable political and diplomatic solution. Later on Saturday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that the situation along the Blue Line continues to be of grave concern, referring to the daily exchanges of fire that have taken place between non-state armed groups based in Lebanon and the Israel Defense Forces since 8 October 2023. The civilian fatalities reported, destruction of residential and agricultural areas, and displacement of tens of thousands of people on both sides of the Blue Line, is unacceptable, declared the UN chief, and threaten the security and stability of Lebanon, Israel, and the region.

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ITV Coronation Street ‘set for darkest plot yet over revelations of dead baby born decades ago from rape

Coronation Street will be airing its darkest involving a dead baby born from a rape over than 20 years ago, it has been reported. In devastating scenes, viewers will discover that Toyah Battersby buried her stillborn baby in a park after being raped 23 years ago. So Toyah (Georgia Taylor) will be left fearing the worst when she finds out that the land will be dug up and her secret discovered. In 2001, Toyah was on a night out with Sam Kingston (Scott Wright) and went on to walk home alone, but was attacked and raped by an unknown assailant. She was found by Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas), who helped her get back home. Toyah later gave a statement to police and was examined at the hospital, with several male residents pinned as suspects – including Peter Barlow, who was ruled out by a DNA test. She struggled to deal with what happened and developed agoraphobia. When comforted by her friend Phil Simmonds (Jack Deam), she recognised his voice and came to the horrifying realisation that he was the one who raped her. Realising she knows, Phil stopped her from leaving, but Toyah was saved by Peter who heard her screams and knocked Phil unconscious. Phil was later found guilty of the rape and sent to prison. Toyah went on to leave Weatherfield after reuniting with Spider and moving to London. “Aside from the fact that viewers want entertainment, this is still an incredibly dark and ambitious storyline, and some longtime fans may decide to pick apart the holes,” a source told The Sun. They added that as the story all played out on screen – from the attack to the aftermath – so for it to transpire that she became pregnant and suffered a stillbirth all alone has “raised a few eyebrows on set”. The Mirror has reached out to Coronation Street for comment. It comes after ITV recently announced that Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks would be moving to Coronation Street to steer the ship following Iain MacLeod stepping up to become Executive Producer for Continuing Drama and lead both soaps. Speaking about her Emmerdale exit, she revealed: “I’ve had a wonderful time working on Emmerdale and I feel immensely proud to be part of a team that has achieved such great success over the past eight years. I’ve absolutely loved my time on the show, and I’ve had the privilege of working with such a hugely talented and hard-working bunch of people, who also happen to be the loveliest, too. “Both professionally and personally, Emmerdale has given me so much more than I ever could have imagined, and for that I shall be eternally grateful. Thanks Emmerdale, it’s been an absolute pleasure.” Speaking about her new role Kate continued: “Corrie has lit up my living room since I was a kid, so to be asked to produce a show I’ve revered for such a long time is the ultimate pinch me moment. “I’ve adored the show from across the Pennines and have consistently been in awe of the talent on display, both on and off the screen. It truly is a special show and I endeavour to take great care to ensure that it continues to thrive as we head into the next chapter. Coronation Street has, and always will be, part of my DNA, and I can’t wait to get stuck in.” Follow Mirror Celebs on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads .

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Baseball: Yamamoto turns in strong outing in Dodgers’ 10-inning loss

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto bounced back from his rocky major league debut to throw five scoreless innings in a 6-5, 10-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, but Yamamoto’s Japanese teammate Shohei Ohtani popped out to shortstop Brandon Crawford, drawing a huge sigh from fans who endured a mid-game rain delay at Dodger Stadium. On March 21, Yamamoto lasted only one inning in Game 2 of the season-opening Seoul Series against the San Diego Padres, giving up five runs and needing about 20 minutes to get out of the inning. The 25-year-old right-hander, who signed a 12-year deal worth $325 million in the offseason, the most guaranteed money for a pitcher in MLB history, looked like a different pitcher in his Dodger Stadium debut, allowing just two hits and striking out five without a walk. Yamamoto set the tone by striking out the side in the first inning. He repeatedly got ahead in the count, unlike in South Korea, where he fell behind on the mound. “I was able to calm down and recover (from my previous outing),” the three-time MVP in Japan’s Pacific League said. “I’m gradually starting to feel good about my pitches, so I went to the mound with confidence. I managed to fine-tune my mechanics.” Freddie Freeman and Will Smith hit back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth to give Yamamoto a 2-0 lead and a chance for his first win in the majors. But the Cardinals scored five runs in the seventh to make it 5-2 before the Dodgers crawled their way back to take the game into extra innings. In the 10th, Paul Goldschmidt put St. Louis in front again with a groundout. Ohtani went 1-for-5 with a single, a walk and two strikeouts. Among his fellow “big three” teammates, Mookie Betts homered for the fourth consecutive game and finished with three hits. In other action, Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (0-1) was charged with three runs in 4-1/3 innings in a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Detroit Tigers right-hander Kenta Maeda also struggled in his first start of the season, surrendering six runs on seven hits, three of them home runs, in 3-1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers nevertheless eked out a 7-6, 10-inning victory. Related coverage

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FOCUS:Yen’s fall to 34-year low unlikely to prod BOJ to tighten policy soon

The recent yen’s fall to a 34-year low against the U.S. dollar is unlikely to prompt the Bank of Japan to tighten its policy again anytime soon, with the yen’s underlying trend expected to reverse course later this year. With expectations growing that the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin cutting its key interest rate in the near future, the dollar is poised to face a downturn versus the yen in the mid- and long-term, even if Japan’s central bank sticks to its accommodative policy stance as it pledged to after its first interest rate hike in 17 years on March 19, analysts said. On Wednesday, the yen briefly sank to 151.97 against the dollar, a level not seen since 1990, after BOJ board member Naoki Tamura said its policy will remain accommodative. The Japanese currency is expected to hover at “around 145 three months ahead,” said Tsuyoshi Ueno, senior economist at NLI Research Institute. Koichi Fujishiro, senior economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute, expects the BOJ’s next rate hike to come as early as October, despite concern that monetary tightening would exert downward pressure on the economy. A weaker yen is usually a boon for Japanese exports but also poses problems in other areas, raising import prices and triggering cost-push inflation. Japan depends on imports for more than 90 percent of its energy needs. If the Japanese authorities want to stem the yen’s slide, the Finance Ministry might intervene in the foreign exchange market by buying the Japanese currency and selling the dollar. Nevertheless, Takeshi Minami, chief economist at the Norinchukin Research Institute, said that while such an operation is “one way to put a stop to the yen’s depreciation, the effect would be limited.” A source familiar with the central bank’s thinking said government and BOJ officials “appear not to be in a rush to act in an active manner to curtail the yen’s slide now,” as they believe the yen will enter a gradual upward trend sooner or later. Japan’s central bank scrapped its negative interest rate policy at its latest meeting, overhauling its unorthodox monetary easing framework that had been implemented over the past decade to fight deflation. The bank also abolished its yield cap program, under which long-term interest rates have been at extremely low levels, while ending its purchases of assets such as exchange-traded funds. The measures were major remnants of the BOJ’s drastic monetary easing. The BOJ, meanwhile, pledged to maintain an accommodative environment for the time being, fanning speculation that interest rate hikes by Japan’s central bank will be gradual and encouraging market participants to reduce their holdings of the yen. Rising prices without sufficient wage increase have undermined consumer sentiment, apparently preventing Japan from achieving sustainable economic growth supported by robust domestic demand including household spending. Japan’s real wages, adjusted for inflation, in January were down 0.6 percent from a year earlier, registering the 22nd straight month of decrease, while the country’s economy edged up by an annualized rate of 0.4 percent in the October-December quarter of 2023. The Japanese Trade Union Confederation said in a preliminary survey in early March that companies agreed to wage increases averaging 5.28 percent at this year’s negotiations with labor unions, marking the sharpest rise in more than 30 years. But many economists point out that this wage growth mainly benefits employees of large firms, with the March Kyodo News poll showing that 87.9 percent of respondents do not feel that Japan’s economy has improved. After the Japanese currency plummeted on Wednesday, Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said the government will take “decisive steps” to curb excessive weakness in the yen, without ruling out the possibility of intervening in the foreign exchange market. At a parliamentary session the same day, BOJ Governor Kazuo Ueda said the central bank is “closely” watching the impact of the yen’s movements on the economy and prices, but he declined to comment on currency market moves. However, the central bank will not take any aggressive action unless the yen loses momentum in rallying against the dollar as it hopes, financial experts said, adding the BOJ will adopt a wait-and-see attitude at least until the fall. Yoshimasa Maruyama, chief economist at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc., said the BOJ may decide the optimal timing of the next rate hike later this year. Related coverage

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Teen dubbed killer jock ‘danced on dying boy’s body’ after bullies beat him to death at house party

An investigation has claimed that the 17-year-old ‘killer jock’ from Arizona who allegedly beat a classmate to death bragged about the act afterward on Snapchat. Talan Renner, 17, and his friends were arrested and charged with first-degree murder over the death of classmate Preston Lord, who died two days after a brutal beating at a Halloween party. Renner and his friends reportedly ‘threw hammer punches’ at the teenager. Afterwards, it was revealed that Renner bragged about the act on Snapchat, telling friends, “I got in a fight, a big group fight and I accidentally killed a kid. I guess I’m just too strong.” READ MORE: Spree stabber ‘terrorized teen girls at sleepover,’ killing hero 15-year-old girl and four others He then texted fellow suspect Taylor Sherman, saying: “I might have hospitalized that kid. I hit him pretty hard.” Police also say they have evidence of Renner showing the video of the fight to friends afterwards and bragging, “Oh, I put this kid on life support.” Six other alleged bullies were arrested along with Preston. He and his friends made up something called ‘Gilbert Goons’ – described by town residents as a modern-day gang. They’ve been terrorizing the Phoenix suburb of Queen Creek for years, say police. They were known for recording blitz-style attacks on other teens in public places like house parties and outside fast-food restaurants. For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US On October 28, 2023, the teens attacked Lord, and upon realizing that he required urgent medical care, Renner’s father, a wealthy gym owner, came home and helped his son allegedly cover up the beating. Recorded 911 calls from that night were released days ago show the level of chaos the jocks unleashed that night. In one call, a boy cries as he tells a dispatcher that one friend had a broken wrist and another was lying on the ground unconscious, describing his attackers as masked strangers, according to AZCentral. “I’m scared. I don’t know what to do,” he said in the call, which was placed at 9:49 p.m. “Are people on the way? I need them to get here. I do not want my friend to die.” In another call, a different teen said that a group of trained lifeguards was trying to administer CPR. He told the dispatcher that Lord stopped breathing two minutes before. Police apparently responded to 911 calls around 9pm that night, after residents placed several phone calls, but said they didn’t see anything suspicious and left to answer another call. They were called back about 45 minutes later to check in on Lord’s condition. Residents of the neighborhood had raised enraged concerns that the teens weren’t named for months, despite their lengthy records. They allege that Renner’s parents have gotten special treatment and even parking spaces at the police station because of their prominence within the town. After the allegations, Renner’s father was caught in an alleged coverup scheme, trying to shift the blame to another teenager with a similar name. Ashley Reynolds, who worked for Talan’s father Travis Renner, told police she was unwillingly part of an attempted coverup over that night. Travis Renner and his business partner are accused of plotting to move Lord’s body to a cabin to wait out the fallout from his injuries. Prosecutors have presented over 1,000 pages of reports, witness statements, and other documents detailing the events of that night. Other teens in addition to Renner bragged to their friends over text messages and social media about Lord’s death. Talyn Vigil said in a Snapchat conversation that: “I hit a kid and this kid hit his head… and then they kicked his head in the ground and then I got word he died so idk.” William Hines told police officers: “Straight up bro, I was drunk, heat of the moment, I kicked him one time and I kicked his leg.” Each of the seven suspects are now facing a first-degree murder charge and a kidnapping charge.

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Jennifer Lawrence to Emma Stone – how A-list stars’ ‘Hollywood husbands’ make a living

The lives of the ‘Hollywood husbands’ are very rarely documented. From Jessica Chastain to Jennifer Lawrence, from Margot Robbie to Adele, here’s how some of the A-list elite’ spouses make their money. Here the Mirror takes a look at the men behind some well-known stars, including Emma Stone and Kelly Rowland. For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US. READ MORE: Cara Delevigne breaks silence on horror house fire and shares heartbreaking pet update Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence and husband Cooke Maroney tied the knot in 2019, and despite many happy years of marriage, the pair have never walked the red carpet together. They have however been spotted on plenty of dates since they were first linked in 2018. The couple welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Cy, in 2022. Cooke makes his money selling art, he’s a notable dealer and was previously listed as the Director-at-Large of Gladstone Gallery, a collection of galleries that carries art from the likes of Richard Prince, Anish Kapoor, Matthew Barney and Lena Dunham’s father, Carroll Dunham, according to PEOPLE. Jessica Chastain Jessica and Gian first met all the way back in 2012, dating for five years before tying the knot. The pair share two children, but they’re kept away from the spotlight and are rarely even mentioned by the couple in interviews and are hardly even seen. They met in Paris in January of that year, both attending the Giorgio Armani Privé Haute-Couture Spring / Summer 2012 fashion show. Gian was working as a PR for the fashion house at the time and bumped into Jessica at the star-studded event. Jessica famously called the meeting the “best day ever” because it happened to fall on the same received her first ever Oscar nomination for The Help. “It was the beginning of my career and then I met my future husband,” she previously told Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper. Emma Stone Emma Stone and husband Dave McCary got hitched in 2020, they were engaged for two years and welcomed baby girl Louis Jean after their nuptials, in 2021. It’s Dave’s job that actually brought the pair together for the very first time. Emma made her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live all the way back in 2016, performing a sketch written by the then segment director and writer, McCary. Kelly Rowland Kelly Rowland and Tim Weatherspoon got engaged in 2013 and tied the knot in 2014 in a private ceremony Costa Rica. The pair are often spotted together during public appearances, but Tim is mostly kept out of the spotlight. An entertainment talent manager, Tim shares two sons with Kelly, Titan Jewell, 9, and Noah Jon, 3. The pair first back in the early 2000s, but didn’t date until later Adele They were first spotted at an NBA game together in 2021, then Adele confirmed her romance with Rich Paul. A fair bit is known about Paul’s profession, but it’s not yet been officially confirmed that the two have tied the knot, but Adele has been calling him “husband”. Rich is a sporting agent, with a star-studded client list, including LeBron James, as well as Ben Simmons and Trae Young. He is the founder of Klutch Sports Group. During an appearance on CBS Mornings, 41-year-old Rich was asked by host Gayle King if she could refer to Adele as “Mrs Paul”. He replied: “You can say whatever you want.” He then added: “It’s not for the media.” Rich explained how he isn’t the “type of person to put [his] personal life” in the spotlight. Julia Roberts Julia Roberts married husband Danny Moder all the way back in 2002. They’ve welcomed three kids: twins Hazel and Phinnaeus in 2004 and son Henry in 2007. The couple met on the set of The Mexican when both in relationships. Julia was dating fellow actor Benjamin Bratt and Danny was married to famous makeup artist Vera Steimberg. Now a happy couple, Danny keeps behind the camera as a cinematographer, credited for big flicks like Secrets in Their Eyes and Deja Vu. Margot Robbie If it wasn’t for Margot’s husband Tom Ackerly we might not have got Barbie. They tied the knot in a private ceremony in December 2016 and are part of a producing duo that brought Greta Gerwig’s direction together, alongside pals Josey McNamara and Sophia Kerr. They first met back in 2013 and got serious as the months and years went on in a friendship. They later co-founded LuckyChap Entertainment in 2014. Follow Mirror Celebs on TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Threads.

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Oil, Gas Investment Rising On Energy Security Concerns, Institute Warns

The World Resources Institute (WRI), has said, oil and gas investment is rising on energy security concerns, adding that, one of the ways to achieving global energy security is through mitigation funding and multilateral cooperation. The WRI highlighted that governments are funding more domestic renewable energy projects but have increased oil and gas production in the name of “energy security” at home in the years following the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The recent rebrand of energy transition funding to energy security funding has allowed some developed nations to justify domestic oil and gas finances and drag their feet on multilateral financial commitments. This is causing “real worry” among climate-vulnerable developing nations, WRI chief executive, Ani Dasgupta said. He said, although the initial shock to the world’s energy markets after the invasion of Ukraine “quickly went away”, it has triggered “real worry among poorer countries that when push comes to shove, it won’t be an even game, or have a fair outcome.” Developing countries have long complained about the lack of access to climate funding. Richer nations have only recently met the $100bn/yr target in climate finance to developing countries agreed in 2009, while discussions on setting a new climate finance goal for 2025 at Cop 29 in Baku in November could prove difficult. President of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) Denis Sassou-Nguesso said last year that the $100bn/yr in climate financing to developing countries promised by rich countries “never reached us”. adding that the annual UN Cop climate conferences have become little more than a talking shop. “Just after the invasion of Ukraine, every country started to think about energy security,” Dasgupta said. “In theory, good things could have happened, countries could have concluded that their best bet to getting energy security is by going renewable”. But it was not the case in key consumer countries or regions, Dasgupta pointed out. China bought the majority of Russian gas following the EU’s withdrawal, he said, and has since upped production at coal-fired power stations despite an “extraordinary” acceleration towards renewables set for 2023-28, according to Paris-based energy watchdog IEA. In Europe, the UK and Norway continue to award new oil and gas licenses. “In the US, the fossil fuel lobby argues that the best route to energy security is to invest more in fossil fuels”. But the best route is to invest in more renewables, he said. “Even if the US produces a large amount of oil and gas, it is still a traded commodity, and so you have to pay a price for it that is set globally.” The US special presidential co-ordinator for energy security Amos Hochstein has also suggested in September that a widening climate finance gap could ultimately threaten global security. “We have seen the percentage of dollars spent on the energy transition outside the OECD, in developing and middle income countries actually go down instead of up.

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