About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: Spurs win down to team ethicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho says they’re benefiting from a strong team ethic.Moutinho was speaking after their superb win over Tottenham.The 32-year-old said: “The key is all the group, all the players who were playing on Saturday and those who didn’t play, the sacrifice – we do it all the week, all these months – we work a lot and that’s the result of our training, our sessions.“But that’s it. That’s our football.“We can play it against big teams and small teams, we need to do the same and have the same spirit, and against Tottenham, our spirit came out and we won.”
It has previously been the stuff of legend, but it has now been confirmed that Jose Mourinho did – on at least one occasion – hide in a laundry basket so as to sneak into his side’s dressing room.Reports surfaced in 2007 that Mourinho had managed to navigate his way into the Chelsea dressing room during a Champions League clash with Bayern Munich two years previously by hiding among some dirty clothes.The Portuguese was serving a European suspension at the time of the clash with the Bundesliga giants, though he denied the claims when they came to light further down the line in his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, revelations in a new book charting the career of former Chelsea midfielder Maniche suggest that Mourinho had form for sneaking into areas of the ground he was banned from.Ex-Portugal international Maniche, who played under Mourinho for both Porto and the Blues, tells the story of how during a match between Porto and Boavista in 2004, Mourinho was sent from the touchline by the referee during the first half.Such action meant he was unable to speak to his side at half-time, but – as Maniche reveals – that did not stop him from making sure he was able to pass on his instructions in person.”Mourinho, in the second season as Porto coach was prevented from giving instructions to his team in the interval of the game between Boavista and Porto,” he recalls within ‘Maniche 18’, which is set to be translated into English during 2019 after its release in Portuguese last year.”We were all in the dressing room when,suddenly a basket of dirty clothes appeared in the middle of the room, and in the middle of the clothes came Mourinho!”He hid himself so he could go to the dressing room to give instructions to his players.”Mourinho has come a long way since those days with Porto, with his career taking in two spells at Chelsea as well as periods in charge of Inter, Real Madrid and, most recently, Manchester United.His tenure at Old Trafford came to an end in December after a poor start to the season with the Red Devils, though reports suggest he will not be out of the game for long.The 55-year-old has refuted claims he has met with Benfica to speak about becoming their next permanent coach though he continues to be linked with a move back to Real Madrid due to his friendship with Florentino Perez and current manager Santiago Solari’s struggles at Santiago Bernabeu.’Maniche 18′ was written by Maniche’s great friend, Tiago Guadalupe, and charts the 2004 Champions League winner’s career. It includes contributions from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Iker Casillas and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, among many others, to bring previously untold stories to life. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Story Highlights The Government and the World Bank, today (March 2), signed a US$15-million loan agreement that will provide greater financial support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). The Government and the World Bank, today (March 2), signed a US$15-million loan agreement that will provide greater financial support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).Under the Access to Finance Project, US$5 million will go towards boosting the Credit Enhancement Facility for guarantees to MSME loans; US$5 million will be used to support the establishment of an SME Fund for risk capital financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); while US$4.962 million will go towards improving the enabling environment for access to finance and business development services for MSMEs.The project will be implemented by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) over a five-year period and will enhance the capacity of the bank in the delivery of the suite of options to improve access to finance for MSMEs.The agreement was signed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw; and Country Manager, World Bank, Galina Sotirova, during a ceremony at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on March 2.In his remarks, Mr. Shaw said MSMEs represent 80 to 90 per cent of the economy and are recognised by the Government as key drivers in creating sustainable economic development over the medium- to long-term.“The funding from the World Bank will further increase the pool of resources available to MSMEs through the Credit Enhancement Fund by the participating approved financing institutions,” he noted.He said the access to finance project is expected to broaden the scope of financing options currently available to the sector, by the development of financial instruments specifically designed for MSMEs, as well as to provide recommendations to further improve the legal and regulatory framework supporting business development.Mr. Shaw said the programme further highlights the Government’s commitment to economic growth through robust public/private partnerships.“The Government greatly appreciates the continued support of the World Bank in partnering with Jamaica in the area of macroeconomic development, and we look forward to future partnerships,” he said.For her part, Ms. Sotirova said the project will support more than 1,000 partial credit guarantees to enable the financial sector to provide loans to SMEs through an improved Credit Enhancement Facility.She added that the project will also contribute to a stronger ecosystem for access to finance and to expand the provision of business development services for SMEs.“It is worth noting that some activities under the project have already started, benefiting from the retroactive financing provided for under the agreement we’re signing today. This is evidence of the strong commitment to SME development, growth and job creation,” Ms. Sotirova said.She pointed out that the World Bank Group and the Government have been strong partners, and that the Group has been supporting Jamaica’s growth and economic development for the last 55 years.Meanwhile, Managing Director, Development Bank of Jamaica, Milverton Reynolds, said the multipronged venture is geared towards expanding and deepening the development of the country by providing opportunities for the private sector.“It is guaranteed to touch every Jamaican citizen with its extensive support to the MSME business community,” he said. The project will be implemented by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) over a five-year period and will enhance the capacity of the bank in the delivery of the suite of options to improve access to finance for MSMEs. In his remarks, Mr. Shaw said MSMEs represent 80 to 90 per cent of the economy and are recognised by the Government as key drivers in creating sustainable economic development over the medium- to long-term.
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY–Committee to Examine Petroleum Pricing inSydney A select committee examining petroleum product pricing is holdinga hearing in Sydney on Monday, July 19. The meeting will be held at the Delta Sydney, 300 Esplanade at 7p.m. The all-party committee of the Nova Scotia legislature wasestablished to investigate the supply and pricing of fuels,including gasoline and home heating oil. The committee will seekinput from consumers, producers, suppliers and operators, andwill make recommendations to ensure reasonable product prices. Nova Scotians interested in making a presentation at the meetingshould call toll-free 1-888-388-6489 in advance. Messages can beleft on this line. Written submissions will also be accepted and should be filedwith the committee no later than Friday, July 30. Submissionswill be accepted by: — Fax: 1-902-424-0513– Mail: c/o Legislative Committees Office, 3rd Floor, DennisBuilding, 1740 Granville St., P.O. Box 2630, Station M, Halifax,N.S., B3J 3N5– E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Additional meetings will be held in Yarmouth, Bridgewater,Halifax and Truro. The committee is to complete a report on itsfindings by Aug. 31. Background information is available on thegovernment website at www.gov.ns.ca . All meeting dates andlocations will be advertised on local radio stations and in areanewspapers.
India’s academia looks up awe-inspiringly to the honest chronicler and interpreter of India’s ancient history for her objectivity and true-to fact analysis. Romila Thapar, the historian and professor emerita whose has authored of several books including the popular volume, A History of India, who has repeatedly turned down national civilian honours because she believes in the validity of accepting acknowledgement only in the professional field, has been made a subject of controversy owing to this unexpected pettiness on the part of the nationally renowned Jawaharlal Nehru University, also known for being a hotbed of ideological transformation of many students. Demanding Ms. Thapar’s CV to carry on with their due process points to two things: first, and most obviously, targeting a known entity for upholding and maintaining views that are most often at variance with some right-wing hardline political outfits; the second is a more deeply rooted social convention akin to the widely criticised and largely feudal VIP culture where a certain VIP is supposedly exempt from all the common laws and regulations. With respect to the second aspect of this intellectual affront to the authority on ancient Indian history, the official procedures with respect to paper work ought to have been better organised and established effectively to justify any such case as with Ms. Thapar. But coming to the more prominent aspect of this outrageous move, there is a need to understand that facts may be liked or disliked but they cannot be changed to suit the convenience and agenda of any individual or organisation. Universities are cradles of ideas and places of learning and should be kept safe from becoming borrows of greater politics influencing the nation at large.
Sam Spears ( far left grey shirt) and her twin sister Kailey (burgundy shirt) watch a scene with Audrey Wise Alveraz (child) and Jewel Staite (woman with camera on her head) have written and directed the new short film CC. The film has been chosen to play at the Crazy 8’s gala in Vancouver. Photo: submitted [PNG Merlin Archive] Login/Register With: There is a sea change happening in the filmmaking world and this year’s Crazy8s Film Society competition is proof positive of that transformation. This year’s competition had the most women filmmakers submitting short-film ideas in the 19-year history of the event.Organizers say about 60 per cent of the 228 total submissions were from women. Those women ended up owning the competition as they made up 75 per cent of the top 12 and closed out the competition owning four of the final six spots.“I think this is due to more females in the film industry as gender-bias barriers start to erode. It’s also part of a general female-empowerment cultural trend also evidenced in the #MeToo movement,” said Paul Armstrong, executive director/producer of Crazy8s. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter
(Wood Buffalo National Park. UNESCO photo)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsThe chief of a First Nation in northern Alberta is calling on the Canadian government to take immediate action in protecting the Wood Buffalo National Park.“There has to be some sort of urgency to address this issue,” said Chief Steve Courtoreille of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.Courtoreille’s comments come after a report last week by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that warned Canada about the environmental risks unfolding within Wood Buffalo due to poor management, hydro dams and industrial development.The park is a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest parks in the world making up approximately 4.5 million hectares of Canada’s boreal plains. Wood Buffalo is made up of boreal grasslands, wetlands and forests, numerous rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds.It is also home to the world’s largest herd of free-ranging wood bison and the only breeding ground of its kind for wild whopping cranes.In 2014, the Mikisew Cree submitted a petition UNESCO to conduct a mission investigation into the health of the park and climate change, human and industrial impacts. The mission took place over 10 days last fall and resulted in last week’s report.The report stated that the long-term future of the bison and whooping crane is uncertain. It also noted that the Peace/Athabasca Delta has been affected by decades of industrial development along the Peace and Athabasca rivers.UNESCO submitted a list of 17 recommendations to Canada on how to avoid getting the park listed as an endangered World Heritage site. At the top of the list was Indigenous rights and encouraging Indigenous groups and government to work in partnership with managing the park.Courtoreille said the Mikisew have accessed the area to hunt, fish, trap and use for cultural ceremony for thousands of years and developed their own management systems. However, he is fully supportive of the recommendations and thinks industry needs to get on the working board as well.Mikisew is located in the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan just over two hours north of Fort McMurray, downstream from the oil sands and adjacent to Wood Buffalo Park. The Bennett Dam built on the Peace River in the 1960s and other industrial activities have drained water levels, said Courtoreille.“When the land dries up and the water is gone it’s harder to put it back to a state where it was. They’re (industry) supposed to maintain the level of water to our satisfaction. That was never done,” he said.There are 11 other First Nations and Metis communities that live in and around the park.Environment and Climate Change Canada welcomed the UNESCO review and promised a call to action to protect the park according to a statement.“In response to this report, our government will provide leadership to secure the future of Wood Buffalo National Park,” Minister Catherine McKenna said. “We can only do this by working with all levels of government, with industry, stakeholders and Indigenous partners. By doing so, we will create a path forward to ensure that Wood Buffalo National Park remains a treasured place for generations of Canadians.email@example.com
Pandua/Joypur/Panchla: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee termed BJP as the “the greatest danger for the country like 440 volts” and asked people to prevent it from returning to power. She added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is instigating people through his speeches by speaking lies and half-truths.”Wherever Modi is going, he is instigating people through lies. He has alleged that in Bengal, the Trinamool Congress-led government has not allowed Durga Puja. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held in this state. He does not do any homework and continues to speak lies about Bengal,” she said on Saturday, and added: “He is like 440 volts and you will receive electric shock if you go close to him.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkBanerjee addressed three political rallies in Pandua, Joypur and Panchla respectively on Saturday afternoon. She said it is the biggest tragedy that BJP leaders whose hands have blood stains criticised Bengal for having poor law and order situation. “They say, in Bengal people cannot go out because of attacks by anti-socials. All lies. The law and order situation in Bengal has not deteriorated,” she said. Banerjee further maintained: “We did not see any BJP leader during 34 years of CPI(M) rule when the latter had unleashed red terror and thousands of political workers got killed.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenShe further added: “I am a Hindu but I do not support BJP’s Hinduism because it divides people and communities. Hinduism talks about love and respect for all. But their Hinduism is different. During Ram Navami, we have never seen devotees moving around with clubs and swords.” Banerjee maintained that “BJP uses Ram to win elections. In the past five years, they have failed to construct the Ram temple and suddenly brought Ram to win elections. BJP divides people and is the most dangerous political party.” She also added that in the past eight years, many places of worship belonging to different religions have been developed and beautification projects in the surrounding areas have been taken up. She claimed that her party has done a lot of developmental work in places of worship like Tarakeswar, Gangasagar, Dakshineswar, Tarapith and Kankalitala. Banerjee alleged that CPI(M) and Congress are helping BJP to counter the TMC. “This is most unfortunate. The anti-socials (harmad) of CPI(M) have now become BJP’s assets whose only purpose is to create trouble in different areas.” Banerjee reiterated that BJP is spending money to buy votes and urged people to inform the police whenever they see anyone distributing money among the voters. She also urged people to cast their votes in favour of Trinamool candidates Dr Ratna Dey Nag in Hooghly and Sajda Ahmed in Uluberia. “Trinamool will play a major role to set up the new government in Delhi and it will be a pro-development, secular government,” she pointed out.
BOSTON — The family who owns the company that makes OxyContin is calling a Massachusetts lawsuit false and misleading in its first court response to allegations that individual family members helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic.In legal papers made public Tuesday, attorneys for the Sackler family says the claims against the family must be dismissed.Massachusetts was among the first governments to sue the family as well as the company last year, but that number is growing.The state had said one family member, Richard Sackler, promised at a 1996 launch event that OxyContin would have “a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.”In the legal papers, the family says that was a joke about the severe weather that delayed his arrival at the event.Geoff Mulvihill And Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press
Rabat – The European Statistical Office (Eurostat) has released figures on the number of citizenships granted by the European Union in 2017. Eurostat reports that in 2017, a total of 825,447 citizenships were granted by member states of the European Union. The top three recipient countries of European citizenship were Morocco, followed by Albania, and India. The EU has granted the most citizenships to Morocco every year since 2012 (the date of the earliest Eurostat figures). The total number of citizenships granted have however dropped significantly. In 2017, the EU granted citizenship to 67,848 Moroccans, while in 2016, 101 295 Moroccans acquired citizenship. Italy granted most of the EU citizenships (33.4%), followed by Spain (25.2%), France (24.6%), Belgium (7.5%), and “other” (9.3%).The number of EU citizenships granted in 2017 was the lowest since 2012. The drop in figures can in part be explained by the rise of EU protectionist immigration policies. Economic uncertainty, cynicism about the effectiveness of the European Union, and anger over the ongoing migrant crisis shaped more right-leaning policies in Europe’s member states.Read also: Spain to Benefit from Over Half of Fishing Licenses in Morocco-EU Fisheries DealMuslim immigrants have borne the brunt of Europe’s protectionist discourse. In France in 2017, far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen used Islam and national identity to bolster conservative votes. “Financial globalization and Islamist globalization are helping each other out. Those two ideologies want to bring France to its knees,’ Le Pen told supporters at the launch of her campaign that year.Despite this, Moroccans still want to go to Europe. A 2019 survey from BBC News Arabic and the Arab Barometer showed that more than 40 % of Moroccans dream of emigrating. In fact, 64% of the people interviewed in Morocco said that given the chance, they would emigrate to Europe.Fewer and fewer Moroccans may have this chance if EU citizenship grant figures continue on their downward trend.
31 December 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today lamented the deaths of a number of Nigerian children in clashes in the north of the country, with most of those taking part in the violence being young people. According to media reports, the majority of the dozens killed in the fighting on Monday in Bauchi were children.In northern Nigeria, millions of children live in very precarious circumstances, far from their families, UNICEF said, adding that “these children are extremely vulnerable to the influence of those who offer them even meagre sustenance.”The agency stressed that it “deplores the exploitation of vulnerable children, which so often ends in tragedy.”It called on governments, communities, families and both traditional and religious leaders to ensure that these children are properly cared for, that they receive quality educations and that they are protected against abuse and violence.A recent survey by Nigeria’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development found that nearly one-quarter of all children in Nigeria, numbering over 17 million, are orphans or vulnerable in other ways. It also found that the burden of orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria is higher than countries facing war, such as Sudan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The Bribery Commission today filed a case against the former Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade, Johnston Fernando.The case was filed over allegations he was responsible for Rs. 40.1 million in losses to the Government when he was the Minister of Cooperatives. (Colombo Gazette)
Recalling the beginnings of the OPG in 2011 and how Sri Lanka was invited to become a member of the “new kids in the international bloc” at the Summit level meeting in 2015 in Mexico, and how Sri Lanka produced its own National Action Plan a year later, Advisor Peiris outlined Sri Lanka’s commitment towards good governance, anti-corruption, greater democratization and equitable and sustainable development. Citing the historic and revolutionary 2015 January 8th Presidential Election which brought about a new era in Sri Lanka with the general public unprecedentedly embracing the principles of good governance as a decisive electoral issue, Advisor to the Foreign Minister and Sri Lanka’s Point of Contact for Open Government Partnership (OGP) Harim Peiris told the New Delhi based envoys of the member States of the OPG, that Sri Lanka’s own domestic agenda aligns with the ethos upon which the OGP is established, and therefore, the country rightly deserves a place in the OGP Steering Committee.Advisor Peiris was addressing an interactive session organized by the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, the Foreign Ministry said today. Advisor Peiris elaborated how Sri Lanka, one of Asia’s oldest representative and participatory democracies, has progressed over the last two years, increasingly creating space for the civil society to play its due role in civil life and in public policy.He further observed that this background provides Sri Lanka the core rationale to seek election to the Steering Committee of the OPG as the first South Asian country, representing the global South. He said that the participation of Sri Lanka in the OGP Steering Committee could be mutually beneficial – while Sri Lanka could learn international best practices relevant to the ideals it upholds with great commitment, the OGP membership could in turn learn from Sri Lanka’s unique experiences. The meeting ended with a Question and Answer session at which the latest political developments in Sri Lanka were elaborated. The briefing was well received by the audience.High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara also addressed the gathering, providing a synopsis of endeavours undertaken by the Government towards good governance and national reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) In this context, Advisor Peiris underscored that the unique niche Sri Lanka finds itself in is reflected in the country’s commitment in seeking the establishment and strengthening of democratic institutes while facing simultaneously the challenges inherited from a long dragged conflict, including the imperative to deal with the past as well as in bringing about a lasting peace through an array of reconciliatory endeavours which are currently underway.
The move home – completed over the last few days – marked the end of a five-month transition period in which the children were cared for by UNICEF and a coalition of aid groups. All but 70 of the 3,551 child soldiers, who were released by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in February and then temporarily moved by the UN from the conflict zone of Bahr el Ghazal, have now been returned to their original home communities. The 70 remaining boys come from inaccessible areas or places of chronic instability. They are being cared for at a camp near Rumbek. The SPLA had demobilized the children in fulfilment of a pledge it had made to Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of UNICEF, during her visit to southern Sudan in October 2000. “Two weeks before world leaders meet in New York for a UN summit on children, this proves once again that the willing cooperation of people of influence can bring an end to the appalling use of children as soldiers,” Ms. Bellamy said today. “Let’s hope these children and young people get the full fresh start they deserve – and that world leaders are inspired by this example of action for children, even in the midst of conflict.” The majority of the children were flown over a six-day period ending Sunday to airstrips in Bahr el Ghazal aboard transport aircraft operated by the World Food Programme (WFP). There were often hundreds of relatives and community leaders waiting to greet the returning children. A member of the family or a guardian signed a form saying they were accepting responsibility for the child. According to Ms. Bellamy, the demobilization of the children was “hard-won but decisive.” She applauded the support of WFP, aid organizations, donors, and community leaders on the ground who “gave their all to making this effort a success.”
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 12:43 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is looking to reduce its Montreal real estate footprint by selling its global headquarters and consolidating into fewer buildings.The engineering and construction company said it remains committed to Quebec’s largest city and its activities in the province, but it is looking to sell the 21-floor downtown building and adjacent land and then lease back office space as part of its drive to cut costs.“With our employees spread out over seven locations in Montreal, our goal is to regroup into fewer locations and modernize our workplace,” CEO Neil Bruce said Thursday during a conference call about its third-quarter results.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) has trimmed $95.3 million in costs over nine months of the year, near its $100-million goal for the entire year.But while it has made progress on costs, the company said its earnings plummeted in the third quarter due to unfavourable conditions at two oil and gas projects in the Middle East that the company has previously warned would hurt its 2016 results.SNC earned $43.3 million or 29 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with $224.2 million or $1.49 per diluted share a year ago when it recorded a $145.7-million gain from the sale of its stake in the Ambatovy Nickel Mine Project in Madagascar.Excluding one-time items, SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) earned $67 million or 45 cent per diluted share, down from $115.8 million or 78 cents per share a year earlier. The decrease was mainly due to challenges at the Middle East oil and gas projects.Revenue fell 11 per cent to $2.68 billion.Bruce said the Champlain Bridge project in Montreal is slightly ahead of schedule and its $5.3 billion in infrastructure backlog will keep it busy in 2017, while it bids on new opportunities across the country.“When we look at the projects that are slated they are also in our sweet spot of rail and transit,” he noted.SNC-Lavalin maintained its earnings guidance for the year of $1.30 to $1.60 per share, which was cut in September when it warned of a difficult third quarter. SNC-Lavalin looking to consolidate Montreal footprint with sale of headquarters
TWO PEOPLE HAD to be hospitalised after they were tied up and their home was burgled by five masked men in Northern Ireland.The aggravated burglary happened in Banbridge in Down just after 10pm last night when the gang entered the house. One of the men was armed with a gun.The gang tied up the man and woman who were in the house, and hit the man with the firearm. Police in Northern Ireland said an undisclosed sum of money was taken during the incident.Both of the occupants were left badly shaken and were brought to a nearby hospital.The PSNI has asked for anyone with information about the burglary to contact them.Read: ‘Thou shalt not laugh’: Bible play banned in Northern Ireland > Read: Two elderly couples terrorised by masked burglary gang >
SUSPECTED ISLAMIST MILITANTS kidnapped seven French holidaymakers from one family, including four children, in Cameroon on Tuesday, business, diplomatic and security sources said.GDF Suez confirmed that one of its employees had been kidnapped with his family.French President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Athens that he was informed of the kidnapping by a Nigerian “terrorist group that we know well”, without naming it.“What is most probable is they will be taken to Nigeria,” Hollande told reporters, adding that France was doing everything possible to prevent that outcome.A statement from GDF Suez said the employee was based in the Cameroon capital Yaounde and that the family were vacationing in the north of the west African country.Children among the kidnapped A Western diplomat in the region told AFP that six armed kidnappers on three motorbikes abducted a couple, their four children and an uncle in the northern village of Dabanga near the Nigerian border.The children are aged five, eight, 10 and 12, the diplomat said.A source close to the French embassy in Yaounde said the family had earlier visited Waza National Park in northern Cameroon.Asked whether the kidnapping could be a reprisal for France’s military offensive against Al-Qaeda-linked groups in northern Mali, Hollande spoke of Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram group.“I note in particular the presence of a terrorist group, namely Boko Haram, in that part of Cameroon, and that’s worrying enough,” he said.A Cameroonian security source also told AFP: “We have strong suspicions regarding the Islamist sect Boko Haram,” which is blamed for killing hundreds of people in an insurgency in northern Nigeria since 2009.Some Boko Haram members are believed to have trained with militants of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in northern Mali.“Too early” to draw links to Mali offensiveFormer French defence minister Hervin Morin said Tuesday it was “much too early to say” whether the kidnapping was linked to the Mali offensive but added that since the start of the conflict he had expected a test of French resilience.“We’re very likely seeing the first actual case because, even if it’s a different terrorist movement, all these Islamist movements are connected by a common struggle, that of a fight against the West,” he told television channel BFMTV.An anonymous source at the Waza nature reserve said the holidaymakers had visited it on Monday. “They slept in the park’s tourist camp (and) they left this morning,” the source said.A security source in the area told AFP that security forces were hunting for the kidnappers along the border with Nigeria.Though it was the first abduction of Western tourists on Cameroonian soil, there have been several hostage-takings off the coast, a region believed to be rich in oil and gas.Cameroonian authorities have attributed attacks and kidnappings off the Bakassi peninsula neighbouring Nigeria to pirates.French hostagesIn December, French engineer Francis Collomp was kidnapped in Nigeria in an act claimed by the Nigerian radical Islamist group Ansaru, which is thought to be a Boko Haram splinter group.On Monday, Ansaru also claimed the kidnapping of seven foreigners in a deadly weekend raid on a construction site in northern Nigeria.Tuesday’s abduction brings the total of French hostages abroad to 15, all in Africa and at least six of whom are being held by AQIM.According to the US monitoring group IntelCenter, France is the Western country with the highest number of hostages taken, followed by the United States with nine.Cameroon, a former French colony of 20 million people, has vast ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity and counts no fewer than 10 active rebellions.- © AFP, 2013Read: Body of Irishman shot dead in Nigeria to be repatriated next week
3 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3208096 EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.€340,000: The combined amount of money’s worth of cannabis seized by gardaí this week in separate raids in Leitrim and Kerry.1,025: The number of new jobs to be created at the redeveloped Carlow Central Shopping Centre.€88.5m: The amount of money won in this week’s Euromillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold in Dublin.€418,000: How much money the Government jet was sold to an American firm for. A decision which was justified this week by the Defence Department.23: Here are the 23 towns where rent caps will be extended to from midnight.€52 million: The amount of money made by Airbnb hosts in Dublin last year, according to a report commissioned by the company.2: The number of gigs musician Ed Sheeran will play in the 3Arena in Dublin in April.7,148: The number of people who stayed in emergency accommodation in Dublin last month.19th: Ireland’s position in a ranking of least corrupt countries in the world. 9,584,400: The number of people who visited Ireland’s shores last year, according to the Central Statistics Office.Read: Like our weekly numerical breakdown? Check out more > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,485 Views Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 5:30 PM Jan 28th 2017, 5:30 PM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Darren Pierse Kelly By Cormac Fitzgerald Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Darren Pierse Kelly How many tourists visited Ireland last year? It’s the week in numbers Plus: How much money did Dublin hosts make through Airbnb?
New York hopes that a deal could be reached between Greece and its creditors pushed stocks higher on Wednesday.The U.S. market opened higher, following strong gains for European stocks, after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote a letter to the nation’s creditors and appeared to make concessions. Greece failed to repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund that was due on Tuesday after talks between the nations and its creditors broke down late last week.Investors are worried that Greece could leave the euro region if no agreement is reached.“The developments in Greece … seem to be driving sentiment more than anything,” said Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors. “What we’re seeing now is a little bit of a bounce back based on a sentiment that we’re getting close to a resolution.”The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 14.31 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,077.42. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 138.40 points, or 0.8 percent, to 17,757.91. The Nasdaq composite gained 26.26 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5,013.12.Despite rallying on Wednesday stocks are still lower for the week after the market logged its worst day of the year on Monday. Fears that Greece could leave the euro, prompting chaos in financial markets, set off a global stock market rout.“Monday’s reaction to Greece was largely overdone,” said Bob Pavlik, chief market strategist at Boston Private Wealth. “I don’t think the ramifications of Greece defaulting would be that dire for the global economy.”Despite the intense interest in Greece’s situation, the country accounts for only a small fraction of Europe’s economy.In the U.S., investors got two encouraging reports on the economy.Payroll processor ADP said businesses added 237,000 jobs last month, up from 203,000 in May and the most since December. (In Western Massachusetts, however, Springfield’s unemployment rose to 8.2 percent in May following a 7.6 percent rate in April.) A separate survey showed U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its manufacturing index rose to the highest level this year.The government’s monthly nonfarm payrolls report will be published on Thursday.A strong jobs report would likely increase the conviction among many economists that the Federal Reserve will raise its benchmark interest rate later this year for the first time in more than a decade. The central bank has held its rate close to zero for more than six years to help the economy recover from the Great Recession.In deal news, Chubb jumped $24.85, or 26 percent, to $119.99 after rival insurer Ace said it was buying the company in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $28.3 billion. The combined company plans to use the Chubb name and will have its main offices in Zurich, Switzerland, where Ace is based. The news pushed up the prices of other insurance companies.Corporate deal making has been on the rise this year as CEOs become more confident about the outlook for economy and interest rates remain close to historic lows. The low rates mean that corporations can borrow cheaply to finance acquisitions.Airline stocks were among the day’s losers after the U.S. government confirmed that it is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats and keep airfares high. Thanks to a series of mergers starting in 2008, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United now control more than 80 percent of the seats in the domestic travel market.Delta’s stock fell 81 cents, or 2 percent, to $40.27. American Airlines dropped $1.14, or 2.8 percent, to $38.80.Energy stocks also sagged after the price of oil fell sharply following an Energy Department report that crude inventories rose for the first time in eight weeks.Analysts had forecast supplies would drop by 1.3 million barrels, but instead they increased by 2.4 million barrels, according to the Energy Department’s weekly petroleum status report.Benchmark U.S. crude fell $2.51 to close at $56.96 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell $1.58 to close at $62.01 a barrel in London.In currency trading, the euro fell to $1.1056 while the dollar rose to 123.17 yen.Bond prices fell, pushing the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note up to 2.42 percent from 2.35 percent on Tuesday.In metals trading, gold dropped $2.50 to $1,169.30 an ounce. Silver was little changed at $15.55 an ounce and copper rose 1.2 cents to $2.64 a pound.In other futures trading on the NYMEX:Wholesale gasoline fell 4.2 cents to close at $2.007 a gallon. Heating oil fell 5.1 cents to close at $1.839 a gallon. Natural gas fell 4.9 cents to close at $2.783 per 1,000 cubic feet.Source: MassLive Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Chili : le tremblement de terre a déplacé la ville de Concepcion de trois mètres vers l’ouestChili – La ville de Concepcion a été déplacée de trois mètres vers l’ouest suite au violent tremblement de terre de magnitude 8,8 qui a touché le Chili le 27 février dernier.Selon une étude de chercheurs chiliens et américains diffusée par l’université de l’État d’Ohio, la ville de Concepcion, deuxième agglomération la plus peuplée du Chili, s’est déplacée de plus de trois mètres vers l’ouest lors du séisme qui a frappé la région le 27 février dernier.D’autres villes ont été touchées : Santiago, la capitale du pays, a été poussé vers l’ouest, d’environ 30 cm. Même Buenos Aires, la capitale de l’Argentine, a été déplacée de 4 cm suite au choc.Il s’agit de l’un des plus puissants séismes enregistrés depuis un siècle. Il a même raccourci la durée de la journée de 1,26 microseconde en déplaçant l’axe de la Terre de huit centimètres.Le 10 mars 2010 à 12:01 • Emmanuel Perrin