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Markovic on Anderlecht: Money was not the issue

first_imgLiverpool attacker Lazar Markovic has dismissed claims that his proposed deadline day transfer to Anderlecht collapsed due to his wage demands.The Reds had agreed a £2.9 million ($3.9m) deal with the Belgian club, following a successful loan spell at Anderlecht for the second half of the 2017-18 season.Markovic also turned down a move to PAOK in order to rejoin Anderlecht, but was unable to agree personal terms depite flying to Belgium in order to complete the deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! His wage demands were rumoured to be a bone of contention, leading to Anderlecht withdrawing from the trade, but the 24-year-old is adamant that there were other reasons at play.Thank you for making such a great effort for trying to get me back in the club. However, money was not the issue !!!!! Good luck in the future @rscanderlecht— Lazar Marković (@LMarkec50) September 3, 2018″Thank you for making such a great effort for trying to get me back in the club,” he wrote on Twitter. “However, money was not the issue! Good luck in the future Anderlecht.”Markovic has been at Anfield since 2014, arriving for £20m (£26m) from Benfica, but has played just 19 Premier League games since, scoring two goals.In order to gain more first team experience, he has spent time on loan at Fenerbahce, Sporting CP, Hull and Anderlecht.Despite the summer transfer falling through, Markovic is likely to leave Liverpool in the next 12 months, as his contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.The Reds are unlikely to renew his deal and had been hoping to make some small return on their investment by selling him before then.Markovic’s faltering career at club level has also had an impact on his international career, with his last cap for Serbia coming in 2016.He has played 22 times for his country, but failed to play any part in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and has not been named in manager Mladen Krstajic’s squad for the Nations League games against Lithuania and Romania. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Increased smartphone use may up suicide risk in teens: study

first_imgWashington, Nov 14 (PTI) Prolonged use of smartphones and computers may increase the risk of depression and suicide- related behaviours in teenagers, especially girls, a major study warns.”These increases in mental health issues among teens are very alarming,” said Jean Twenge, from the San Diego State University in the US.”Teens are telling us they are struggling, and we need to take that very seriously,” Twenge said.Researchers studied questionnaire data from more than 500,000 teens.The study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science looked at data suicide statistics kept by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.They found that the suicide rate for girls aged between 13 and 18 years increased by 65 per cent between 2010 and 2015.The number of girls experiencing so called suicide- related outcomes – feeling hopeless, thinking about suicide, planning for suicide or attempting suicide – rose by 12 per cent.The number of teen girls reporting symptoms of severe depression increased by 58 per cent.”When I first saw these sudden increases in mental health issues, I wasnt sure what was causing them,” Twenge said.”But these same surveys ask teens how they spend their leisure time, and between 2010 and 2015, teens increasingly spent more time with screens and less time on other activities,” he said.”That was by far the largest change in their lives during this five-year period, and its not a good formula for mental health,” he added.The researchers returned to the data and looked to see if there was a statistical correlation between screen-time and depressive symptoms and suicide-related outcomes.advertisementThey found that 48 per cent of teens who spent five or more hours per day on electronic devices reported at least one suicide-related outcome, compared to only 28 per cent of those who spent less than an hour a day on devices.Depressive symptoms were more common in teens who spent a lot of time on their devices, as well.On the positive side, the researchers found that spending time away from screen and engaging in social interaction, sports and exercise, doing homework, attending religious services, etc was linked to having fewer depressive symptoms and suicide-related outcomes. PTI SNE SAR SNElast_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino praises calmer, more mature captain Dele Alli

first_imgShare on Pinterest Alli joked afterwards that the captain’s armband was too big and some of his teammates had laughed at his pre-match team-talk. But Pochettino said the 22-year-old had presented himself in a new light and it would do him good.“Being a captain means a lot – it’s not just about wearing the armband,” Pochettino said. “Dele spoke from the heart in his team-talk and I like that. I can’t tell you what he said but he was very good.“He was back in his home town, playing at his old stadium, it was fantastic for him and so I decided to make him captain. I think he did very well. He is more mature and has more experience. When you are young, you do some crazy things, but he has grown up.“He is one of the best in England and one of the best in Europe in his position. I hope the experience of being captain for the first time will help him to improve even more.”Pochettino reported that Christian Eriksen was out of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield with an abdominal problem and that Hugo Lloris faced a late fitness test on an injured thigh. He hoped both of them would be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Barcelona at Wembley. Michel Vorm (knee) is out of both matches and Serge Aurier is being assessed after injuring a thigh against Watford. Mauricio Pochettino has said Dele Alli is now a calmer and more mature player, as he praised the way the midfielder handled his first experience of captaining Tottenham.The manager gave Alli the responsibility for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Watford at Stadium MK, which Spurs won on penalties after a 2-2 draw. It was the first time Alli had played at the stadium since his days at MK Dons and the player believes it was written in the stars that he should score the winning penalty. He had earlier equalised from the spot for 1-1. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Dele Alli Dele Alli seals Tottenham win over Watford on perfect homecoming news Share via Email Read more Topics Tottenham Hotspur Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Mauricio Pochettinolast_img read more

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Clemson’s Shaq Lawson Will Declare For NFL Draft: “I’m Ready For The Next Level”

first_imgShaq Lawson interviewed ahead of FSU game.shaq lawson clemson dalvin cook florida stateAfter losing superstars like Stephone Anthony, Vic Beasley, and Grady Jarrett from last year’s top Clemson defense, many expected a big slide for the Tigers on that side of the field. After finishing first nationally in total defense in 2014, Clemson repeated in the top 10, currently ranking seventh in that category. A big reason: defensive end Shaq Lawson, who has 55 total tackles, an eye-popping 22.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks on the year. After the upcoming College Football Playoff, though, he will be off to the pros. .@ClemsonFB DE Shaq Lawson: “I’m going to declare for the draft, “It’s time. I’m ready for the next level. I will always miss Clemson”— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 9, 2015At 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, Lawson should be a pretty exciting prospect for NFL teams after his breakout season. He’ll have a chance to improve his stock on the sport’s biggest stage on New Year’s Eve.last_img read more

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Video: Here’s What Joe Mixon’s Hurdle TD Looked Like From The Stands

first_imgA general view from the Oklahoma Sooners end zone as Joe Mixon runs for a touchdown.wurmy14/instagramOklahoma running back Joe Mixon hurdled a defender and took it to the house. Here’s what it looked like from the stands.Oklahoma sophomore running back Joe Mixon showed off some supreme athleticism with an 8-yard touchdown catch. Mixon hurdled a defender at the 4-yard-line en route to his first touchdown of the day. Check out the incredible play.Mixon has done it all for the Sooners today. He has 77 yards on 14 carries and has two catches for 30 yards. But that wasn’t enough for Mixon as he also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Dede Westbrook.Mixon has been a versatile back for Oklahoma this season. He has racked up 388 yards on the ground with two touchdowns and added 15 receptions for 174 yards.No. 19 Oklahoma leads Kansas State 31-10 late in the third quarter.last_img read more

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Schools Ready to Offer Entrepreneurship Training

first_img One hundred and sixty-eight high schools are now in a state of readiness to facilitate students in the study of entrepreneurship for the 2017/18 academic year, which begins in September.This is done under the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) Secondary Early Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) programme, which is a three-year agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ).The initiative, which was launched late April by State Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, aims to stimulate the students’ interest in business.Director of Regional Educational Services in the Ministry, Kasan Troupe, said the regional directors have completed meetings with JAJ in this regard.“Each director is now looking at the schools to decide how we are going to timetable this. The subject will be paired with our resource and technology programme,” she informed.Mrs. Troupe was speaking to JIS News at JAJ’s fifth annual Champions for Youth Awards and Silent Auction held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on May 31.The entrepreneurship programme will offer real-life experiences that will build knowledge, capacity and confidence in young people and assist them in forming their own businesses.Mrs. Troupe informed that delivery of the subject in the first half of the academic year will focus on “giving the theory and the skill set to the children as it relates to business”.She also informed that come January to June 2018, “students will actually be doing the business itself, the application and examining the foundations of setting up a business and applying the skills”.Teachers will also benefit, as they will undergo training in preparation to teach the subject.Meanwhile, the Champions for Youth Awards and Silent Auction seeks to recognise the most outstanding organisation and teachers in each parish, as well as companies and institutions that were considered the most impactful in helping Junior Achievement to reach its goal of empowering more than 10,000 youth with entrepreneurship skills during 2016/17.President of JAJ, Alphie Mullings-Aiken, said the students impacted represent a wide cross section, because “every student should and will understand how to run a business”.Among the teachers recognised are Tamar Myles of Wolmer’s Boys’ School in St. Andrew, Kimoy Benjamin of the Kellits Primary in Clarendon, Michelle Bennett of York Castle High School in St.Ann, Racquel Ambersley from Mount Alvernia High School in St. James, Kerrion Palmer from Avocat Primary and Junior High in Trelawny, and Margaret Muschette Phillips from Kingston College.The President’s Award went to the Gleaner and the Financial Services Commission for the support given to JAJ. One hundred and sixty-eight high schools are now in a state of readiness to facilitate students in the study of entrepreneurship for the 2017/18 academic year, which begins in September. The entrepreneurship programme will offer real-life experiences that will build knowledge, capacity and confidence in young people and assist them in forming their own businesses. The initiative, which was launched late April by State Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, aims to stimulate the students’ interest in business. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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2018\19 Sectoral Presentation by Hon. Robert Montague

first_img Mr. Speaker thank you. Firstly, let me give thanks to the Almighty as it is through the sacrifice of His only begotten son, that we received the Comforter, who sustains us daily.It is not by our deeds we are here but by his grace.Let me also thank the Prime Minister for continued confidence in me.Mr. Speaker let me place on record my gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the Ministry of National Security. Their guidance is much appreciated. I also thank Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr; my colleagues Dr. Horace Chang and Rudy Spencer, who will continue working with the team there.Mr. Speaker, I wish them well and urge us all to be patient and supportive.To Minister Mike Henry, let me thank him for the way he ran his leg of the relay; he has left a solid foundation for me to build on.Mr. Speaker, the PS, Dr. Alwin Hales, and the Staff at the Ministry of Transport and Mining and their related agencies and departments, have all welcomed me to their areas of responsibility and together we will succeed.Let me acknowledge my personal staff and security detail. Over the few weeks, their job has become harder and more stressful, because of information received that some from the criminal underworld wish to do me harm.“Dutty Criminals”, Mr. Speaker, must never succeed. We in this house must not have any divide in that mission and all Jamaicans must unite and support Minister Chang and the security forces. Story Highlights Mr. Speaker thank you. Firstly, let me give thanks to the Almighty as it is through the sacrifice of His only begotten son, that we received the Comforter, who sustains us daily. Let me also thank the Prime Minister for continued confidence in me. It is not by our deeds we are here but by his grace.last_img read more

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Currency in circulation at end of May was 22 over preDeMo level

first_imgNew Delhi: Currency notes in circulation stood at Rs 21.71 lakh crore at May-end 2019, showing an increase of more than 22 per cent over the pre-demonetisation level. As per a written reply given by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday, the notes in circulation as on November 4, 2016 were Rs 17,74,187 crore, which have now increased to Rs 21,71,385 crore as on May 31, 2019. In a shock decision, the government had decided to demonetised old Rs 500/1,000 notes on November 8, 2016. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepSitharaman said the notes in circulation had grown at an average growth rate of 14.51 per cent year on year wise since October 2014. “As actual notes in circulation on May 31, 2019 are only 21,713.85 billion, the demonetisation, followed by digitalisation and reduction of cash use in informal economy has succeeded in reducing the notes in circulation by as much as 3,408.68 billion rupees,” she said. The demonetisation, the minister said, was done with a view to eliminate black money, curb fake currency and thereby to create deterrence to funding of terror and left-wing extremism, facilitate transition of India’s non-formal economy into a formal economy and to give boost to digitalisation, among other objectives. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsSitharaman further said that as reported by the RBI, 7,62,072 pieces of counterfeit bank notes were detected in the banking system during 2016-17, 5,22,783 pieces in 2017-18 and 3,17,389 in 2018-19. Hence, demonetisation resulted in curbing of the counterfeit currency, she added. The minister further said a significant growth has been observed in digital transactions in the country post demonetisation. Growth of digital transactions in terms of value has increased to 188.07 lakh crore in September 2018 from 112.27 lakh crore in November 2016.last_img read more

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Halifax author Kris Bertin wins 10000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award

first_imgRunner-up prizes of $500 apiece were awarded to Kerry Lee Powell for “Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush (HarperCollins) and Laura Trunkey for “Double Dutch” (Astoria). VANCOUVER — Halifax writer Kris Bertin has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Login/Register With: Advertisement “Bertin knows place and he knows language and he knows his characters — the garbage collectors, the overweight landlords, the Bertin offers an introduction to the individuals at the moment before everything within their world changes — for better or for worse. Now in its 20th year, the Danuta Gleed Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in English. The prize was named for the late Danuta Gleed, whose short fiction won several awards before her death in December 1996. Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img They said the stories in “Bad Things Happen” “come at you like the rounds of a heavyweight match.” This year’s prize jury included authors Caroline Adderson, Judy Fong Bates and David Bergen. Facebook Bertin was awarded the $10,000 grand prize for his debut “Bad Things Happen” (Biblioasis) at the OnWords Conference in Vancouver on Saturday night. “They are tough and bloodied and pure. And yet, beneath the surface there is revealed a surprising softness, as when a mother gathers her damaged adult son to her chest and says, ‘It’s alright, and it’s all over,’” the jury wrote in its citation. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lyse Champagne for “The Light that Remains” (Enfield & Wizenty) and Andre Narbonne for “Twelve Miles to Midnight” (Black Moss Press) were the other finalists. The short-story collection centres around a variety of characters — professors, janitors, webcam models, small-time criminals — in between pivotal stages of their lives.last_img read more

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Boosting First Nation economies a part of reconciliation

first_img(Businessman J.P.Gladu APTN/Photo)Trina Roache APTN National NewsAn Aboriginal business leader says the economy is a vital path for reconciliation with First Nations in Canada.J.P. Gladu was in Halifax recently talking to industry, government and Mi’kmaq and Maliseet peoples. He heads the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.Some of the 94 recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission focus on economic development. They call for “meaningful consultation” and “equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector.”“The business lens is a way we can help reconcile,” said Gladu. “We can help empower our communities by providing direct source contracting, we can get more training in front of our people, as I mentioned we’ve got a strong demographic, that is a real asset to Canada but we’ve got be able to put the resources behind it to make it become a reality.”The news for First Nation economies on reserve has been bleak. A recent report by the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) points out a widening gap for First Nations, with on reserve communities faring the worst.It puts the average income for Aboriginal people at $20, 000 a year, which is $10,000 lower than non-Aboriginal workers. The employment rate on-reserve sits at just 35 per cent.In the report, Chair of the NAEBD Chief Clarence Louie writes that “the opportunities for economic development for Aboriginal people today are greater than ever.” Yet at the same time, “Aboriginal people in Canada are currently not on track to achieving parity with non-Aboriginal Canadians.”Gladu says while Indigenous communities have been marginalized, he’s sees things changing for the better. He says First Nations just have to remember their own history.“We used to be amazing entrepreneurs back in the days of the fur trade, so we’re embracing that entrepreneurial spirit. There are a number of impediments in our way and past challenges that we’re still dealing with,” said Gladu. “But the timing is good. The idea of trades and skill development are top of mind especially with the Truth and Reconciliation Report that just came out so Canada is listening.”The Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia is bucking the trend. The urban reserve situated in Sydney, Cape Breton, is an economic driver for the region. A growing business park features a mix of big box and small retail stores, a Hampton Inn Hotel, and the ever-popular Tim Horton’s.Chief Terry Paul’s office on the third floor of Membertou’s Trade and Convention centre overlooks the construction of a new sports centre.“Membertou’s own revenues top $100 million,” said Paul. “We employ 700 people at peak seasons. Those are all people with jobs, who pay taxes, or buy consumer goods, pumping more money into the economy.”Half of those jobs are non-Mi’kmaw people coming to work on the reserve. A sure sign that times have changed. But Paul said there’s still a lot of work to do, starting with public perception. It’s shifting, but he still runs into a lack of understanding.“People think we’re getting something the rest aren’t, that we don’t want to work, that we don’t pay taxes,” said Paul. “We do what needs to be done to educate the public. We are good to deal with, we improve the economy, improve the tax base of the city. The jobs here? The municipality benefits more than ourselves. We contribute.”The biggest obstacle to success for aboriginal business is the Indian Act. In the early 1900s, Indian Affairs bureaucrat Duncan Campbell Scott was famously quoted as saying he wanted to “get rid of the Indian problem.”“Despite all the barriers, we’re still here,” said Paul. “Making a living. We’ve adapted.”And now, Membertou is working on how to rid of the problematic Indian Act.“The Indian Act gets in the way,” said Paul. “Always the first thing to come up, it’s hard to do anything. The land designation process is ridiculous. A major hold up is in the addition to reserves. It takes four and a half years, on average, to designate lands. Compared to six months for the municipality.”Paul borrows a popular quote, “We need to move at the speed of business.”And the Indian Act is an albatross in more ways than one.“As we know, we can’t leverage, there’s no collateral,” said Gladu. “It’s really difficult to create or attract investment in our communities if there’s no safeguards to protect the investment.”Under Section 89 of the Indian Act, reserve lands or assets can’t be mortgaged or levied. It’s an issue that came up at the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development back in February.Andrew Beynon, Deputy Minister for the Lands and Economic Development with the department, said the provision “was originally intended to prevent unscrupulous creditors from taking advantage of individuals, but it has now become a key obstacle to raising capital.”Beynon outlined some of the “legislative tools” government has come up with to get around the Indian Act, namely a number of other Acts, including First Nations Land Management and Fiscal Management.Membertou, like many First Nations, is developing its own land use codes. So the band can decide what it will do with its own land. So it can continue to take advantage of its urban location, with a new highway interchange to draw in more traffic, more business.Location, Location, Location. If the real estate adage rings true, many reserves are remote or tucked away off the beaten path, plagued by poverty and high unemployment.Reserves are hemmed-in by artificially drawn boundaries. In Mi’kmaq and Maliseet territories in the Atlantic provinces, the Peace and Friendship Treaties never ceded land. Tripartite negotiations are on-going in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI to establish how those rights to land and resources will play out in a modern context.“The Treaties open up huge possibilities,” said Paul, who’s also co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs. “On the table – ownership, employment, royalties, investments. The Supreme Court of Canada has told us our rights are real. Let us be part of the economy.”Paul said it’s vital for First Nations to develop their own-source revenues. Whether it’s an urban reserve pursuing commercial opportunities, or a remote First Nation utilizing its natural resources.“As Aboriginal People we recognize the value is our land,” said Gladu. “And that’s always been our starting point, as people, that’s where we get our sustenance from, and that needs to be on the table in negotiations when we talk to industry and government. Respecting the treaties, respecting our rightful place in Canada as a First People and leveraging our natural resources together. That’s our catalyst. That’s our starting point and that’s our strength.”But the reality is First Nations are often excluded from Canada’s economy, said Paul. And it shows.“Most times on reserve, standards of living, education levels, housing conditions, poverty, all in the negative,” he said.Paul, who sits on the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, said, “There’s all kinds of money out there. But First Nations only have access to 0.1 per cent of one per cent of the available capital in Canada.”At the House of Commons Committee meeting for Aboriginal Affairs, Beynon said, despite the challenges, “There really should be some tremendous optimism. You have a growing reserve land base. You have greater closeness of First Nations with neighbouring communities as they expand. You have more and more experience of many First Nations with heavy-duty commercial activity. You have an increasing generation of tax revenues and this initial experience with bond financing.”“I would suggest again moving away from the Indian Act restrictions, which I think we’ve talked about both on lands and moneys management,” said Beynon. “We need to build more capacity and stable capacity among First Nation governments. We have programming where we try to do that. The more that they have the experience, and the direct capacity and knowledge of financial systems, the more effective they’re going to be at unlocking these opportunities.”Everyone agrees – First Nations have great demographics. A fast growing young population. The statistics show that 400, 000 aboriginal youth will enter the Canadian workforce by 2025. That potential is tarnished by the stats on education.The NAEBD reports a high graduation rate of 62 per cent. It is still lower than the mainstream Canadian population, but an improvement from levels a decade ago.The TRC has called on Ottawa to close the gap on education and employment by coughing up more money for First Nations.In Membertou, gains in the economic base translate into better education. The First Nation boasts a new $8 million state-of-the-art, eco-friendly elementary school. And a 100 per cent high school graduation rate in recent years.As the band’s economy has taken flight, said Paul, so has community pride. And he sees it at the annual youth conference Membertou hosts.“At first heard they all wanted to work for the band or be chief. And that’s great,” said Paul. “But now we’re hearing lawyers, accountants, police officers, and that’s even better.”Paul’s own son is in the third-year of a commerce degree.“And I asked him what he’d like to do, would he come back to the reserve? And he said, no Dad, I want to see the world, I hear the euro needs help,” said Paul.Paul laughs. But he’s proud. And though he hopes his son brings his smarts back to the reserve someday, he appreciates the “sky-is-the-limit” attitude.troache@aptn.ca@trinaroachelast_img read more

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Malian Spiderman Mamoudou Gassama Meets Mali President

Rabat- Yesterday, the “Malian Spiderman” Mamoudou Gassama, accompanied by his father, met Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.Gassama earned his nickname May 26 in Paris, when he scaled a tall fence and the side of an apartment building to save a four-year-old child dangling from the fourth floor balcony. The boy, left unattended, had apparently fallen from a higher balcony, and managed to grasp onto the railing below. President Keita thanked Gassama for his heroic act, saying “At a moment when… only one person could make the decision, it was you who made it. Of that, we are very proud. The 22-year-old Gassama left Mali in 2013, crossing the Sahara through Burkina Faso, Niger, and Libya, to eventually take one of the many boats from Libya that attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. He arrived to Italy in 2014 but continued his journey to reach his brother, who has been living in France for a number of years. Since his arrival, he had been living in France as an irregular immigrant. Gassama had been living in shoddy migrant lodgings in Montreuil, an area in eastern Paris, with his brothers and cousins. That fateful day, however, has opened a new door of opportunity for the young migrant. After the rescue, French President Emmanuel Macron, met the young man at Elysee Palace to discuss his heroics. “I didn’t have to think, I ran across the road to go and save him,” Gassama said. “I just climbed up and thank God, God helped me. The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb higher, that’s it.” In reward for his selfless act, Macron gave Gassama an award for his service, made him a naturalized French citizen, and offered him a job with the French fire service. Since he has returned to Mali to meet President Keita, Gassama has had a hero’s welcome. However on June 28, he is due back in France to sign his employment contract. Gassama joins the ranks of another Malian migrant to France, Lassana Bithily, who saved 6 people during a terrorist attack in January 2015. For years, migrants from Africa have been pouring into Europe to find better opportunities. This year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 49,570 have arrived in Europe, and 792 have died attempting the perilous journey.Photo credits: Getty Images read more

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UNbacked forum identifies areas of common ground on ending Somalias transition

“Above all, there was agreement on the need to place Somalis at the centre of the process, to act inclusively and in a spirit of partnership,” said Augustine Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia. The High-Level Political Meeting on Somalia that was held in Nairobi, the capital of neighbouring Kenya, was convened to exchange views and share information on a number of pertinent issues and to revive dialogue among Somali stakeholders.In a statement issued at the end of the two-day meeting, Mr. Mahiga noted that participants, who included the Speaker of the Transitional Federal Parliament as well as the leaders of two self-declared autonomous regions – Puntland and Gulmudug – and the country’s international partners, identified substantial areas of common ground.In particular, there was agreement on the need to end the transition according to the provisions of the Transitional Federal Charter, which calls for election of the President of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Speaker of the Transitional Federal Parliament and his deputies before the end of the transition period, namely August 2011.In February, the interim parliament voted to extend its mandate by three years beyond the August deadline by which it was to enact a new constitution ahead of general elections. Mr. Mahiga had criticized the move at the time, saying it was made in haste and without the required consultations. Other tasks which need to be completed during the transition period include political reconciliation and building civilian and security institutions.On the extension of the Transitional Federal Institutions, Mr. Mahiga said that it was proposed that the Transitional Federal Parliament could be extended for a period of two years. “This was not seen as an end in itself, but as a requirement to complete certain critical tasks, including preparations for eventual national elections,” he said. Related to this, there was also agreement on the need to accelerate progress towards a new federal constitution, he added. Somalia – which has not had a functioning central government since 1991 – has been torn apart by decades of conflict and factional strife, more recently with al-Shabaab Islamic militants. The UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), which is headed by Mr. Mahiga, is tasked with helping Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon advance the cause of peace and reconciliation through contacts with Somali leaders, civic organisations and the States and organizations concerned. 13 April 2011A United Nations-backed meeting on Somalia concluded today with participants agreeing on the need to strengthen security and redouble efforts to combat extremism in the Horn of Africa nation, as well as complete a number of tasks before the transitional period ends in August. read more

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Attack on deminers in Afghanistan leaves 1 dead UN reports

Unknown assailants on Saturday shot at a vehicle belonging to the Afghan Development Association (ADA), a non-governmental organization, said David Singh, a spokesman for the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).The incident took place in Wardak Province on the main Kabul to Kandahar road, which has since been closed pending a security assessment.”The driver, an Afghan national was killed instantly and one of the two passengers – both national staff – was seriously injured,” Mr. Singh said. “The uninjured passenger traveled by foot to a nearby village for help.”According to the spokesman, UN Mine Dog Clearance vehicles later drove with the ADA passengers back to Kabul. “The motive for the attack is yet unknown,” said Mr. Singh, adding that local authorities are investigating. ADA has been working in Afghanistan for over a decade in demining and other sectors, including agriculture, education and community development. read more

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Kearl mine repairs hit Imperial oilsands output gas station sales boost profits

Kearl mine repairs hit Imperial oilsands output; gas station sales boost profits by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 7:18 am MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Lower production due in part to unexpected repair work at Canada’s newest oilsands mine was offset by near-record high production at one of its oldest in the third quarter, Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) reported Friday.The Calgary-based company said its Kearl mine project averaged 159,000 barrels per day of bitumen in the three months ended Sept. 30, down 12 per cent from 181,000 bpd in the same period last year.Two financial analysts said in notes to investors that Imperial detected cracks in a component of its ore crusher unit during planned maintenance and had to extend downtime to make repairs. Imperial spokeswoman Killeen Kelly initially refused comment but later confirmed that cracks were found in a crusher chain and it had to be replaced.Kearl was built in two 110,000-bpd phases with the second phase starting production in mid-2015. The first phase, which began ramping up in 2013, was shut down for several weeks in late 2014 due to what Imperial said were mechanical issues that caused vibrations in its ore crusher unit. It’s unclear whether the latest issues were in the first or second phase of the project.Meanwhile, production at 38-year-old Syncrude Canada, in which Imperial holds a 25 per cent stake, delivered 85,000 bpd, up from 59,000 barrels in the year-earlier period, due to improved reliability.Imperial warned Friday that if low average prices for bitumen through the first nine months of 2016 persist until year-end, it could be forced to temporarily remove 2.6 billion barrels from proved reserves at Kearl under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. That’s more than half of the project’s total proved reserves of 4.6 billion barrels.It said it doesn’t expect a reserve writedown to affect operations or the outlook for future production volumes.A $716-million gain on the sale of its 497 service stations in the third quarter helped Imperial achieve a $1-billion quarterly profit for the first time since the second quarter of 2014, the company said. It sold the stations for a total of $2.8 billion to five fuel distributors.Net income more than doubled to $1.003 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, for the third quarter — up from $479 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, in the same quarter last year.Revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30 was $7.44 billion, up from $7.16 billion in the third quarter of 2015.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said revenue in the third quarter of 2015 was $7.15 million. read more

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Afghanistan UN envoy condemns deadly suicide attack that killed 27 civilians

“On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I condemn, in the strongest terms, yesterday’s suicide attack in Khost Matun city, Khost province that killed 27 civilians and injured at least 10 others”, said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the country, expressing his deep condolences to the families of the victims.Yesterday evening, right before the Iftar – the meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset –, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at an Afghan security forces checkpoint located near a bazaar.“A suicide attack near a community bazaar can never be justified. Those responsible for this indiscriminate attack must be held accountable,” added Mr. Haysom.Among those killed were three women and 12 children, points out the statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which Mr. Haysom heads. Six members of the Afghan security forces also lost their lives in the attack.The UN Envoy reiterated UNAMA’s repeated calls for the immediate ban of weapons which kill indiscriminately and to cease attacks in civilian-populated areas.The conflict in Afghanistan is resulting in thousands of people being killed or wounded, forcing families to leave their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring communities, according to Mark Bowden, the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in the country. read more

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UN rights chief concerned over collective expulsion of migrants after EUTurkey deal

“The declared aim to return all refugees and migrants contrasts with the assurances about individual assessments,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a press release, pointing to what he termed “a contradiction at the heart of the agreement.”“If the safeguards are to be considered real, then the individual assessments must allow for the possibility that the persons in question will not in fact be returned. Otherwise it could still qualify as a collective expulsion,” he added.The provisions agreed by the EU and Turkey call for cases to be processed under the EU’s Asylum Procedures Directive, and goes on to state that “migrants not applying for asylum or whose application has been found unfounded or inadmissible in accordance with the said directive will be returned to Turkey.”Mr. Zeid expressed concern that this language presents a real risk of overlooking human rights law obligations, which require States to examine arguments against return beyond those found in refugee law.He said that such needs could arise, for example, in the case of children; victims of violence, rape, trauma and torture; individuals with specific sexual orientation; persons with disabilities; and a range of others with legitimate individual protection needs.He urged Greece to handle all individual cases with genuine attention to all protection grounds required under international human rights law, including at the appeals stage.Mr. Zeid also echoed the strong concerns expressed earlier this week by the Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) over the use of detention for all new arrivals in the Greek islands, including children and other vulnerable persons.That appears to contravene a range of international and EU human rights laws and standards, including that immigration detention should be a measure of last resort, and the principle of “best interests of the child,” he said. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has emphasized that children should never be detained on the basis of their migration status or that of their parents.“This crisis is manageable if the EU acts on the basis of its own well-established and greatly respected laws and principles, and invests seriously in addressing root causes and supporting comprehensive solutions on the basis of international human rights treaties they have ratified,” Zeid said. “However, if the EU starts to circumvent international law, there could be a deeply problematic knock-on effect in other parts of the world.” read more

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Mob of up to 30 joined appalling attack on Croydon asylum seeker

first_imgThe Prime Minister has condemned a “despicable” attack on a young asylum seeker which saw a mob of up to 30 people beat the boy unconscious.Reker Ahmed was left for dead with a fractured spine, fractured eye socket and a bleed on his brain after police said he and two friends were singled out as refugees in a racially motivated attack.Police said the 17-year-old was set on at a south London bus stop when a small group of attackers was joined by 20 to 30 more. Shrublands in Croydon, LondonCredit:Reuters  a bus stop near the Goat Pub in Croydon Five people, including two sets of siblings, appeared in court on Monday charged with violent disorder following the attack.Daryl Davis, 20, Danyelle Davis, 24, Barry Potts, 20, George Walder, 20, and Jack Walder, 24, all from Croydon, south London, spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth, and addresses during the short hearing at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Monday afternoon.George Walder was also charged with racially aggravated grievous bodily harm.On Sunday police also arrested a 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl on suspicion of attempted murder and violent disorder.This morning a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and violent disorder.Anyone with information about the attack should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. She said the attack was racially motivated and described it as a hate crime.She went on: “I think this was probably confidence by numbers. It started off with this smaller group of people who were joined by between 20 to 30 and they just viciously attacked these individuals because they were asylum seekers.”She said: “The victim had come from a friend’s house and the three individuals were waiting for a bus when the unprovoked attack occurred.”They were viciously attacked because they were asylum seekers.”Once they identified who these people were they attacked them in the most appalling way.”A total of 16 people had been arrested by Monday evening and the police had put out an appeal to identify others. Seven have been charged and seven remain in custody.Det Supt Corrigan said: “I genuinely don’t think people have gone out that night with the intention to commit this horrific attack.”You’ve got a really difficult mix of youth, the time of night, alcohol, and it only takes one person to say something that could spark off something massive – which is what I think has happened on this evening.”This is a random attack and the suspect and victims aren’t known to each other that we are aware of.” They were viciously attacked because they were asylum seekers. Once they identified who these people were, they attacked them in the most appalling way.Det Supt Jane Corrigan Shrublands in Croydon, London Police on Monday charged seven people, including two brothers and a brother and sister, over the attack, while others remain under arrest. Reker, an Iranian Kurd who has lived and studied in area for several months, has been scarred for life with severe injuries to his face, detectives said.Theresa May said the assault was “absolutely despicable”.Speaking at the start of a three-day trip to the Middle East, she echoed the comments of local Tory MP Gavin Barwell, who branded the attackers “cowardly and despicable scum”. Scotland Yard detectives have released CCTV pictures of others they are hoping to identify in connection with the Friday night assault.Det Supt Jane Corrigan, leading the investigation, said the attack was “an unprovoked attack as a result of him being an asylum seeker”. Mrs May said: “This was an absolutely abominable attack, completely unacceptable.”I absolutely agree with the sentiments of Gavin Barwell when he commented on this and I just hope that anybody who has any information about this will give that information to the police.”It is alleged the boy and his friends, Dilshad Mohammed, an Iraqi Kurd, and Hamo Mustafa, were first attacked at the stop near the Goat Pub in Croydon. Reker was then chased 100 yards into a housing estate, and severely beaten around the head and face until unconscious. The bus stop near The Goat pub in Croydon where the attack beganCredit:Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Karol Bielecki extends in Kielce until 2019

← Previous Story Telekom Veszprem present coach and Ljubo’s fiai Next Story → Veszprem beat Szeged in Hungarian derby The Polish left back Karol Bielecki signed new two years deal with Vive Tauron Kielce. The reigning champions will stay together with powerful shooter who came back to Kielce in 2012 after years in Germany (Rhein Neckar Lowen).The 35-years old Karol is one of the club’s legend:He is a role model – said Kielce’s president Bertus ServasSlawomir Szmal one more year at Vive Tauron Kielce! read more

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Hamas militants pretended to be women online to hack Israeli soldiers phones

first_img By AFP Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 7:40 AM Jan 15th 2017, 7:40 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,242 Views 18 Comments Hamas militants ‘pretended to be women’ online to hack Israeli soldiers’ phones Dozens of the predominantly lower-ranked soldiers were convinced enough by the honey trap to download fake applications. Share Tweet Email Image: Karly Domb Sadof/PA THE SMARTPHONES OF dozens of Israeli soldiers were hacked by Hamas militants pretending to be attractive young women online, an Israeli military official has said.Using fake profiles on Facebook with alluring photos, Hamas members contacted the soldiers via groups on the social network, luring them into long chats, the official told journalists on condition of anonymity.Dozens of the predominantly lower-ranked soldiers were convinced enough by the honey trap to download fake applications which enabled Hamas to take control of their phones, according to the official.The official however did not say how the army determined that those behind the scheme were from Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.Hamas officials could not immediately be reached for comment.Viruses“The enemy knows the language of young people and installed viruses that can control the telephones of dozens of soldiers,” the official said.The actual damage done to the army was limited and the virus has been dealt with, the official added, but the army has decided to raise the issue publicly to warn soldiers of the potential dangers of social networks.“The existing potential threat can turn into a real threat to the security of Israel,” the source said.“We will disseminate and denounce the false profiles of Hamas, impose stricter rules for soldiers who are on social networks and train military personnel to react to attacks before it is too late.”Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008.While the border between Israel and Gaza is relatively quiet currently, the two sides remain enemies and technology has previously played a role in the conflict.In March last year a Palestinian from Gaza was charged with hacking into Israeli military drones.- © AFP 2017.Read: The UN has negotiated the release of a vulture suspected of spying for Israel> Image: Karly Domb Sadof/PA Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3181339 last_img read more

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