Cyprus take on Iceland in penultimate World Cup qualifier
By Nemanja BjedovCyprus have travelled to Iceland for their penultimate World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik on Friday night with no chance of reaching next year’s finals in Brazil.“We have arrived hoping for a good performance and a positive result. Our players are motivated, they are fully fit and I believe that we will be focused enough to achieve our goal,” said caretaker national team coach Michalis Hadjipieris.Cyprus are currently bottom of Group E with only four points from eight matches, with the only victory of the campaign recorded over Iceland last September in Larnaca, when Konstantinos Makrides’ goal proved to be enough to settle the match.“We need to follow the game plan from the beginning until the end and try to exploit our opponent’s weaknesses which we have identified through our scouting,” added Hadjipieris who will be sitting on the bench of the national team for the first time.Kick-off is set for 9:45pm Cyprus time with Croatian referee Ivan Bebek appointed to officiate the match.
Ginebra makes PH Cup Finals, beats Star in Game 7
Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES “Our guys did a good job pushing and pushing and they kept battling and battling,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “I thought it was truly an amazing series.”READ: Jaworski shows up to support Ginebra in PBA semis Game 7FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe 32-year-old Mercado hit 4-of-6 from long range but his biggest contribution was on the defensive end where he locked down the Hotshots’ go-to guy Paul Lee from Game 3 onwards.After playing hero in Games 1 and 2, Lee was silenced for the remainder of the series and he ended up playing his worst in Game 7 where he was held scoreless in the second half to finish with four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field. GALLERY: Le Tour de Filipinas Stage 3-4 (Naga-Daet-Lucena) MOST READ Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:11SEA Games 2019: PH’s Ian Bautista boxing bantamweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member READ: Pain all worth it for hurting Devance in Ginebra’s Game 6 winGinebra looked well on its way to a blowout after taking a 33-18 lead early in the second quarter but Star, led by Allein Maliksi and Marc Pingris, found its way back, trailing by only four after three quarters.But it was all Ginebra in the fourth quarter with Mercado, Tenorio and Aguilar scoring timely baskets to keep Star out of reach.Maliksi had a team-high 22 points but he did not score in the final 12 minutes while Pingris collected 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That was our target, basically. Paul was No. 1, Ping and Maliksi—those are the three guys that we wanna target defensively. The job that Sol was able to do one-on-one kept us in our defensive game plan,” Cone said. “He was definitely the impact guy on defense.”READ: Ginebra has advantage in Game 7 because of Cone, says Pingris“He has the ability to get to the rim and hit a bunch of 3-pointers this time. He did that in the finals last conference too and he’s a big moment player and without a doubt if you put the numbers up, he was our MVP,”Ginebra arranged a best-of-seven championship showdown with defending champion San Miguel Beer. Game 1 of the Finals tips off on Friday night at MOA Arena.LA Tenorio was also instrumental with 21 points and five assists. He was 8-of-8 from the free throw and his pair of freebies extended the Gin Kings lead back to 10, 84-74, with 1:41 left.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties PBA IMAGESSol Mercado capped off his superb semifinals stint with a sterling Game 7 as Barangay Ginebra knocked off Star, 89-76, in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals showdown Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Mercado led all scorers with 23 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists for the Gin Kings, who clinched their second straight finals appearance after winning the Governors’ Cup crown last season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Bush, GOP reach deal on detainees
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration and congressional Republicans reached agreement Thursday on legislation governing the treatment and interrogation of terror suspects after weeks of debate that fractured Republicans heading into the midterm elections. Under the deal, President George W. Bush dropped his previous demand that Congress redefine the nation’s obligations under the Geneva Conventions, handing a victory to a group of Republicans, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona, whose opposition to the White House approach had created a showdown on a fundamental aspect of the rules for battling terrorism. The administration’s original stance had run into fierce resistance from former and current military lawyers and Bush’s former secretary of state, Colin L. Powell, a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. They argued, as did McCain and the other two senators leading the resistance, that any redefinition would invite other nations to alter their obligations and endanger U.S. troops captured abroad. “There is no doubt that the integrity and the letter and the spirit of the Geneva Conventions have been preserved,” said McCain, who was tortured during more than five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleMembers of Congress and administration officials announced the deal after emerging from a tense and intricate all-day meeting in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office in a Senate building, saying they will try to push it through in the five days Congress is scheduled to meet before lawmakers leave to campaign. The White House moved quickly to assert that it had not surrendered. Administration officials characterized the negotiations as cooperative and the result as a victory for all sides. “The agreement clears the way to do what the American people expect us to do: To capture terrorists, to detain terrorists, to question terrorists, and then to try them,” Bush said in Orlando, Fla., where he was attending fundraisers for several Republican candidates. The dispute revolved around how to define the rules governing the interrogations of terror suspects and providing legal protection to CIA officers conducting interrogations. Under the deal, Congress would seek to codify the limits by outlining in the War Crimes Act, a domestic law, several “grave breaches” of the relevant provision of the Geneva Conventions, known as Common Article 3. The deal would eliminate a legislative provision in the original White House proposal saying that compliance with the Detainee Treatment Act, which Congress passed last year and which bans “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” would by itself satisfy the obligations of the United States under Geneva. “Everybody agreed we ought to try and do it in a way that did not involve modifying or amending our international obligations,” said Stephen J. Hadley, the president’s national security adviser. “That was the objective we all came to here in the last week. The goal was whether we could find language mutually agreed between the Senate and the White House that would achieve those objectives.” Dan Bartlett, counselor to the president, said: “We propose a more direct approach to bringing clarification. This one is more of the scenic route, but it gets us there.” The agreement says the executive branch is responsible for upholding the nations’ commitment to the Geneva Conventions, leaving it to the president to establish through executive rule any violations for the handling of terror suspects that fall short of a “grave breach.” Significantly, Senate aides said, those rules would have to be published in the Federal Register. The agreement provides several pages describing “grave breaches” that would not be allowed, starting with torture and including other forms of assault and mental stress. But it does not lay out specific interrogation techniques that would be prohibited.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Listen: ‘It feels good’ – Jason Quigley reacts to KO win
JASON Quigley was delighted as he recorded a bounce-back win over Abraham Cordero.By Chris McNulty in California. Pictures by Valentin RomeroQuigley stopped the Mexican in the third round of their super middleweight contest at The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California. Quigley unloaded the gun in the third and referee Thomas Taylor waved it off, giving the Donegal puncher a win as he returned to action following his first pro defeat to Tureano Johnson in July.“It feels good,” Quigley said.“I’m happy to get the comeback win. I was happy with my patience in there. He was tricky. He didn’t commit too much with any shots.”In his first bout under new trainer Andy Lee, Quigley was delighted to put some new work into practice. He said: “I hit him in the third round and I knew that he was gone. I saw his eyes dazing. “I knew I had to put on the pressure. I probably put it on too much. I got excited. I just wanted to get him out of there. I couldn’t have done it slicker and tidier, but I got the job done.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: ‘It feels good’ – Jason Quigley reacts to KO win was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Belgium vs Scotland live on talkSPORT: Full commentary for Euro 2020 qualifier
Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars deals Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 Full commentary from the Groupama Arena in Budapest will be live on talkSPORT 2, with coverage starting at 6pm ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off.Alex Crook and Dean Saunders will be on hand for all the build-up and commentary and to tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below. IN DEMAND Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Steve Clarke’s Scotland take on Belgium tonight in their Euro 2020 qualifier and the Group I clash will be live on talkSPORT.The Scots suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan in their opening group game but have won two from two since including Clarke’s first victory as boss coming against Cyprus on Saturday. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Belgium vs Scotland: Live on talkSPORTFull commentary from the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage getting under way at 7pm.Natalie Sawyer will bring you all the build-up with Ian Danter and Chris Iwelumo on commentary duty for the kick-off at 7:45pm.To tune into our coverage just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.Hungary vs Wales: Live on talkSPORT 2We will also have full coverage of Wales’ next qualifier as Ryan Giggs and co take on Hungary tonight.Wales narrowly lost to World Cup finalists Croatia on Saturday but face another tough test this evening as they strive to make it out of Group E. They now take on the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne this evening as they look to pull off a shock against a Belgium side who finished third at last summer’s World Cup.We’ll have full coverage of the tie on talkSPORT and here’s how you can tune in. tense LATEST 2 gameday cracker REPLY Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops Scotland face Belgium in their Euro 2020 qualifier tonight no dice Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City getty REAL DEAL Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT shining Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Ryan Giggs’ Wales take on Hungary tonight Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS
Pochettino calls on Tottenham to show ‘big balls’ as away day woes continue
Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Getty Images – Getty Spurs are making a habit of throwing away leads they have Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Images – Getty Sky Sports Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son BIG PRESENTS UP TOP latest He added: “I trust in my players and my squad and for sure we’re going to improve. I am happy with the performance. We played more like we did against Crystal Palace [where Spurs won 4-0].“I like when we are winning, when we are playing in the final of the Champions League.“These type of situations [Leicester defeat] demand the type of character and the big balls and to be brave to work hard and to try to face the problems.” rookie error 3 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas PEP TALK Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead in the first-half, however, they were unable to hold onto their lead.Serge Aurier thought he had put Spurs 2-0 up but his deflected effort was chalked off after a VAR check revealed that Heung-min Son was offside in the build-up.The game turned at that point as Spurs conceded the equaliser moments later and then collapsed to defeat. statement Pochettino says he trusts his players appointed 3 update LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS It is remarkably hard to see whether Son was offside based on the VAR review Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule 3 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff This is not the first time Spurs have thrown away a lead this season – they blew a 2-0 lead in their Champions League opener to Olympiakos earlier this week.And Pochettino’s men were guilty of blowing a 2-0 lead in their north London derby draw at Arsenal – the game finishing 2-2.Another worrying statistic to emerge from the Leicester defeat is that it stretches Spurs’ winless run in Premier League away matches to nine games or 244 days.However, Pochettino insists that he trusts his players to rectify that form but called on them to show ‘big balls’ in the future. Pochettino insists he accepts the decision but suggested that the game turned against his side from that point.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface about the disallowed Spurs goal, Pochettino said: “Bad luck for us! Disappointed but I accept the rules, I accept the system of the game and I’m not going to blame or complain [about it].“Sometimes football is difficult to explain…we go 2-0 or 1-0 up but then at some point the game turns against us.“That’s happened in many games and of course I’m disappointed. We need to analyse to try and improve.” deals Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Mauricio Pochettino has called on his players to show ‘big balls’ as Tottenham’s away day woes continued during their defeat at Leicester.Spurs lost 2-1 with goals from Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison consigning them to their second defeat of the season.
Shannen Doherty’s Cancer Has Spread
SHANNEN DOHERTY has been fighting breast cancer for over a year . . . and unfortunately, she received some bad news recently.It spread to her lymph nodes . . . and during a recent surgery, her doctors discovered that some of the cancer cells might have gone out from there.But Shannen has been aggressive in her fight. She had a single mastectomy in May, she’s doing chemo now, and after that, she’ll do radiation.She told “Entertainment Tonight”, quote, “The unknown is always the scariest part. Is the chemo going to work? Is the radiation going to work? You know, am I going to have to go through this again, or am I going to get secondary cancer?“Everything else is manageable. Pain is manageable, you know living without a breast is manageable, it’s the worry of your future and how your future is going to affect the people that you love.”
Cherokee County Man Sentenced To Prison For String Of Robberies Of Hotels And Businesses Across Three Counties
According to filed court documents and court proceedings, between November 20, 2015, and February 10, 2016, McCoy robbed six hotels and businesses in Cherokee, Swain and Jackson counties. According to court records, on November 20,2015, at approximately 3:40 a.m., McCoy brandished a knife to an employee of the Quality Inn located in Swain County, in Indian Country. McCoy demanded money, and obtained approximately $150 from the desk drawer and $30 from the employee’s wallet. Court records show that McCoy also told the employee, “I’ve hit all these hotels.” Twenty minutes later, on November 20, 2015, at approximately 4:00 a.m., McCoy entered the Baymont Inn, also in Swain County, in Indian Country. McCoy again brandished a knife and demanded money from a hotel employee, who gave McCoy approximately $140 in cash.On January 26, 2016, at approximately 10:40 p.m., McCoy brandished a knife and demanded money from a clerk at the Fairfield Inn and Suites located in Jackson County, in Indian Country. When the hotel employee attempted to call 911, McCoy grabbed her, threw her in a corner, and cut her hand with the knife causing the employee to sustain injuries. McCoy fled with $225 in cash. Then, on January 30, 2016, at approximately 9:45 p.m., McCoy brandished a knife and demanded money from an employee at Ric’s Smoke Shop in Jackson County, in Indian country. McCoy told the victim to open the cash drawer, and ordered the victim to lay down on the floor. McCoy left the store with $1,724 in cash and a Gatorade drink.According to court records, on February 9, 2016, at approximately 11:10 a.m., McCoy entered a Dollar General Store in Whitter, N.C., in Jackson County. Court records show that McCoy approached the register with three food items and asked the store clerk about telephone cards. Then, McCoy pulled out a knife and demanded money from the clerk. McCoy fled the store with $442.38 in cash.A day later, on February 10, 2016, at approximately 3:26 a.m., McCoy and his co-defendant, David James Littlejohn, entered a Microtel Inn located in Bryson City, N.C. A guest of the hotel, identified as “R.E.” was in the lobby. McCoy jumped behind the counter and ordered R.E. to come behind the counter as well. R.E refused. McCoy jumped on the counter, pulled a large fixed knife and went towards R.E., with Littlejohn following behind him. McCoy, holding the knife, asked R.E. multiple times where the woman was that worked the hotel desk. McCoy pointed the knife at R.E. and told R.E. to get on the ground. R.E. laid down on the floor, and McCoy told Littlejohn to get everything from R.E.’s pockets and said if R.E. moved then cut him. Littlejohn took R.E.’s wallet, $45 in cash and other items while McCoy went behind the front desk. A store employee heard the commotion, walked into the lobby and saw R.E. on the floor. Littlejohn grabbed the employee and forced her to the floor, then took from her the key for the cash drawer and gave it to McCoy. McCoy opened the drawer and took $200. After ripping all the phones out of the wall, both McCoy and Littlejohn ran out of the front door.McCoy previously pleaded guilty to one count of robbery within Indian Country, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of Hobbs Act robbery. Littlejohn was also sentenced today to 70 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $1,090 as restitution. Littlejohn pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery. Both defendants are currently in federal custody and will be transferred into custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray thanks the Cherokee Indian Police Department, the Bryson City Police Department, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for their investigation of the case.
Safer seas for Port Elizabeth’s marine life
The humpback dolphin is named for the conspicuous raised part of its back. (Image: Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Stephanie Plön Marine mammal scientist, Bayworld +27 41 5840650 RELATED ARTICLES • Centre for the protection of penguins • A hefty boost for conservation • Raggies to help shark conservation • Blue Flag beaches for holiday seasonEmily van RijswijckThe Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) in the Eastern Cape is working on improving safety for all beach users and, in doing so, creating a safer environment for the elusive, shore-loving humpback dolphin.The Beachfront Aquatic Safety Zones proposed by the city’s Department of Public Health are geared to creating dedicated, formalised play zones for personal watercraft such as jet skis and rubber ducks.Because the craft pose safety threats to swimmers and other sea users their use has, up to now, been limited to certain areas, but the arrangement has been informal and, largely, seasonal. The new regulations will enforce the limitations at all times.It is not only humans who are under threat from noisy sea vehicles. Studies have found that the high pitch of the engines of motorised craft disturbs marine wildlife, particularly whales and dolphins.While the municipality confirmed that it will re-examine the feasibility of creating a dedicated marine sanctuary in Algoa Bay, a suggestion that has been made in the past, it is unlikely to take such a decision any time soon.Instead, it will limit the use of motorised watercraft in certain areas and, in so doing, enhance the environment for marine wildlife. The municipality hopes that in time strict management will create a safe sanctuary not only for the many swimmers, surfers and paddle skiers who make use of the bay, but also for vulnerable species.The proposal will be put to the council at the end of March, after which it will go through the obligatory public participation process, before being formalised.The proposed motorised watercraft areas are at King’s Beach, north of the power craft launch point and south of the surfing area known as The Fence; the area between Hobie Beach and Barneys; and the area at Millers Beach, provided there are no surfers there.Protecting marine wildlifePods of dolphins – both the more common bottlenose (found in bigger groups) and the rarer Indian humpback (in very small groups), who use the shallow water around the reef areas of Algoa Bay for social interaction and feeding – are a common sight in the bay and can be observed easily as they often feed and play close to land, says Dr Stephanie Plön, marine mammal scientist based at Bayworld Museum in Port Elizabeth.Another attraction is the rare and equally vulnerable African penguin – St Croix Island near Port Elizabeth is home to the biggest colony of these birds.Research on the humpback, undertaken by one of Plön’s students, has revealed recent behavioural changes in the dolphins and a decrease in the size of their groups.“Humpbacks are very rare and very prone to human disturbance. Where before groups of seven members were common, this has now halved, and these dolphins also appear to be feeding less and traveling more,” says Plön.Similar behavioural changes, observed by scientists studying the African penguin, are the result of a lack of food.Humpback dolphin trailA little more than a year ago the NMBM completed the construction of a dedicated humpback dolphin trail running from Pollock Beach in the northwest to Flat Rock to the south.The beautiful raised walkway, constructed from hardy recycled plastic, runs along the edge of the beach, with the natural dune habitat kept intact.Offering an easy 2.3 km walk in one direction, the development also includes a cycle or skateboard track and is well lit at night.Public information boards with colourful depictions of common species to look out for can be seen along the way.
Heads of State and Government to attend State Funeral Service in Qunu, Eastern Cape
THE State Funeral of Former President Nelson Mandela, scheduled for Sunday, 15 December 2013, is expected to be attended by several Heads of State and Government, Former Heads of State, Eminent Persons, Heads of Delegation, Heads of International Organisations and the Diplomatic Corps.The list of the leaders and other dignitaries is as follows:Name Designation Country/InstitutionH.E Joyce BandaPresidentMalawiH.E Jakaya Mrisho KikwetePresidentTanzaniaHon Dr E Ralph Everard GonsalvesPrime MinisterSt Vincent & the GrenadinesDr Hailemariam DessalegnPrime MinisterEthiopiaThe Right Honourable Dr Denzil DouglasPrime MinisterSt Kitts and NevisHis Honour Dr Guy ScottVice PresidentZambiaH.E Mr Mohammad ShariatmadariVice PresidentIranCommander and Army General Omar Hallesleven AcevedoVice PresidentNicaraguaHis Majesty King Letsie IIIKingLesothoHRH Prince Charles of WalesPrinceUnited Kingdom Mr Jens StoltenbergFormer Prime MinisterNorwayMr Lionel JospinFormer Prime MinisterFranceMr Alain JuppeFormer Prime MinisterFranceMr Kenneth KaundaFormer PresidentZambiaMr Abubakar AtikuFormer Vice PresidentNigeriaMr Ephraim Mganda ChiumeForeign MinisterMalawiMr Mohlabi Kenneth TsekoaForeign MinisterLesothoHon Bernard K MembeForeign MinisterTanzaniaMr Wilbur SimuusaForeign MinisterZambiaRev Jessie JacksonEminent PersonUSAFormer First Lady Mrs Maria NyerereEminent PersonTanzaniaMs Vicky N Swai, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM)Eminent PersonTanzaniaMr Surafiel Mhreteab AbedState MinisterEthiopiaMr Getachew Reda KahsayState MinisterEthiopiaH.E Dr Nkosazana Dlamini ZumaChairpersonAfrican Union CommissionMr Roeland van der GeerHead of the EU in South AfricaEuropean Union Minister Nkoana-Mashabane said the South African government appreciates the continued support shown by the international community since the passing away on 05 December 2013 of Former President Mandela. “It is comforting to have amongst us leaders and other dignitaries representing the international community during this time of bidding our final farewells to Madiba,” said Minister Nkoana-Mashabane.For more information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson of DIRCO on 082 884 5974 ISSUED BY GCIS ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION