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first_imgMARSEILLE – Greece international striker Konstantinos Mitroglou has been loaned from Marseille to Turkish football powerhouse Galatasaray for 18 months. The normally prolific striker had trouble to consistently find the back of the net with “Les Olympiens” .The 30-year-old Kavala-native was announced along with Senegalese center forward Mbaye Diagne in a bid to aide Galatasaray’s anemic offense. According to Galatasaray’s official website, Mitroglou will “receive a net transfer fee of € 1,500,000 for the 2018-2019 football season and a net transfer fee of € 2,600,000 for the 2019-2020 season”.Mitroglou, or “Mitrogoal” as he affectionally nicknamed by supporters was born in Kavala, Greece but emigrated to Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany as an infant with his parents. Commuting to nearby Duisburg allowed Mitroglou to enter Borussia Monchengladbach’s academy team where his professional footballing career began in earnest.After some eye-popping appearances for Greece’s U19 international team, Mitroglou earned a transfer to Olympiacos FC in 2007 where he would stay until 2014. During that time, he went on loan to Panionios and Atromitos in Greece before securing a transfer to the Barclays Premier League for Fulham FC.  Mitroglou had a disappointing stay at the Craven Cottage going on two successful loans back to Olympiacos and then to Benfica respectively. Benfica were so impressed with the then-young Greek striker, that  in 2015 they spent €7 million to make him theirs on a permanent basis. Olympique Marseille paid €15 million for 50% of Mitroglou’s rights on August 31, 2017 and has been under contract with them since.Galatasaray currently sit second in the Turkish Süper Lig table, six points adrift leader Istanbul Başakşehir.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgLiga MX Santos Laguna, Toluca share history, chip on shoulder heading into Liga MX final Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 01:16 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Djaniny Santos Laguna Rubens Sambueza Toluca Liga MX Santos Laguna v Toluca Santos Laguna Toluca While the Clausura final isn’t a battle of grandes or a regional rivalry, there’s still animosity in the past between the two finalists In lots of countries, fans joke about results the league or TV rightsholders don’t want to see from strictly a ratings-based perspective. Love them or hate them, the biggest clubs in the countries get eyeballs, drawing ratings thanks to both their huge fan bases and the people who tune in because they hate them. In Mexico, where TV corporations own some of the biggest clubs, it’s even easier to figure out which teams the networks want in the marquee matchups.Santos Laguna against Toluca is not the final the suits looking over ratings wanted to see. It is, however, more of a purists final, serving as the reward for two teams that were surprisingly excellent during the regular season and have survived the ups and downs of the Liguilla to make it to this point. While there is no traditional big four ‘grande’ in the final, nor is it a regional rivalry like last tournament’s final between Monterrey and Tigres, who are separated by so little space you’d be short of a marathon were you to run between the two stadiums. Santos and Toluca are nearly 1,000 kilometers (around 616 miles) apart. Yet there still is plenty that binds the two teams together.It’s not a rivalry match yet, but Toluca coach Hernan Cristante says Thursday’s first leg and the decider on Sunday will have a bit of the same flavor those rivalry matches have because neither team will underestimate the other like so many teams have done to both his club and Santos this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “The uncertainty increases, the adrenaline because if this is going to become a Clasico, they’re two teams that want to beat each other,” he said. “They’re not to teams who [might say], ‘Well, we’re going to control they game,’ They lack a bit of respect for the other team.”No. It’s two teams who respect each other a whole lot and despite what you might want to think about respecting the opponent, the teams who have respect give more on the field than what they have. I’m talking about heart and I’m talking about intensity.”Rather than being owned by TV companies, the history of both clubs comes back to beer. In fact, that’s where we find the first and deepest tie. For years and years, the clubs shared ownership under Grupo Modelo. For the 90s and early 00s, each were owned by the same group, with the same frustrations that fans of teams currently sharing ownership have today. There were feelings that one team was getting juiced up at the expense of the other or that the ownership group really only cared about Toluca, with which it had a longer history. Nemesio Díez Riega, for whom Toluca’s stadium is named today, began working for Modelo in 1945, eight years before he’d become involved with Toluca and a full 14 years before he’d lead the charge to purchase the club.Santos was purchased in 1993. Those cries of unfairness hardly got any softer with Toluca and Santos meeting twice in the finals during the era and Toluca taking the crown each time, winning the Verano 2000 final 7-1 on aggregate but needing a penalty shootout to win the Bicentenario 2010 tournament under the direction of future Santos boss Chepo de la Torre.The arrangement continued until Anheuser-Busch InBev bought Grupo Modelo in 2013, with Santos directors including current president Alejandro Irarragorri forming a breakoff company to operate the club and other sporting ventures while Toluca stayed in the hands of the Diez family. The fingerprints of the Modelo era still are on Santos, whose stadium is named for Corona (one of the beers in Modelo’s portfolio) with the club’s home base called the Territorio Santos Modelo.There’s no finger-pointing to ownership now, though. Santos has become known as a team that develops players in its academy, puts them into the lineup and then is wiling to sell on to recoup a profit. In a city like Torreon, that’s important.Robert Siboldi Gerardo Alcoba Santos LagunaWhen you Google Torreon, the first thing that pops up is a shot of a WalMart taken in 2006. There’s more to see and do there than shop at rollback prices, but spending to keep up with their northern rivals in Monterrey or teams like Club America isn’t going to happen. Irarragorri has relished, then, results like last week’s semi-finals in which Santos’ homegrown players rolled over an America side that featured a pair of the high-dollar exports Los Guerreros produce, especially as it gave Torreon something to be proud of.”It’s a very passionate city, and yeah it adds pressure. Pressure is what a player wants: A full stadium, a footballing atmosphere,” coach Robert Siboldi said this week.There’s also a considerably sized chip on the shoulder of players from both cities. Toluca’s stunning nine-match winning streak during the regular season went mostly ignored by the country’s press, which was locked in on Chivas’ CONCACAF Champions League run, Club America’s ups and downs after an undefeated start and whether Pumas or Cruz Azul would make the playoffs. While the Red Devils aren’t seen as one of the four biggest teams in Mexico, they’ve got the third-most titles and an 11th would put them just one short of America and Chivas. The ratings may dip from last year’s final or other recent contests that have featured the country’s biggest clubs, but both Santos Laguna and Toluca are ready to prove their worth and see off their former brothers to earn not only the title but also the recognition that has been lacking for too much of the season. 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first_imgA general view of NC State's football field.RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 18: The North Carolina State University Wolfpack kicks off to the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 18, 2004 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)NC State football went 9-4 last season, and has high expectations again, with the return of senior quarterback Ryan Finley. The Wolfpack are in a fight today though, with FCS power James Madison.The Dukes are no stranger to upsets of FBS programs. Back in 2010, the team knocked off ACC power Virginia Tech. Just last year, James Madison dominated ECU 34-14, a year removed from winning the 2016 FCS national title.The Pirates were a pretty bad team last year, but rarely do you see any FCS team beat one from the higher division by 20 points.James Madison has a former ACC quarterback under center in Pitt transfer Ben DiNucci, and they’re giving the Wolfpack all they can handle.DiNucci just led the Dukes on a scoring drive to cut the NC State lead to 17-13 in the third quarter.NC State football is trying to avoid becoming the second FCS-over-FBS upset of the year, with a loss to James Madison.On Thursday night, San Jose State earned that “honor,” falling to UC Davis 44-38.NC State isn’t alone being in trouble against an FCS team right now. Temple trails Villanova 19-17 in the early fourth quarter, and the Ohio Bobcats, one of the better teams in the MAC, trails Howard early, 10-3.Neither of those teams has the profile of NC State, expected to be one of the better sub-Clemson teams in the ACC by many. We go to an NC State student for comment.omg the nc state fan on the right pic.twitter.com/yXNcTQ5y0T— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 1, 2018We agree, this does look like a stressful afternoon in Raleigh.last_img read more

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first_imgSamsung Galaxy A40 certified by FCC with 5.7-inch display, may launch soonSamsung may launch the Galaxy A40 with a compact 5.7-inch display for consumers who want a phone that offers easy one-handed use.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 09:40 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Samsung Galaxy A40 has been certified by the FCC, suggesting imminent launchThe Galaxy A40 has been listed with a 5.7-inch displayThe Galaxy A30 and A50 both offer bigger 6.4-inch displaysThere have been on and off reports on the Galaxy A40 for a few weeks now. It is very likely that Samsung will launch the phone soon considering the Galaxy A10, A30 and A50 are already official. Samsung is looking to rapidly expand its portfolio this year, and the Galaxy A40 announcement could be around the corner now that it has been certified by the FCC.The Galaxy A40 has been spotted on the US certification website with model number SM-A405FN/DS soon after it was listed on Samsung’s UK website last week. The FCC listing, doesn’t reveal a lot of information about the Galaxy A40, apart from its display size and connectivity features.According to the FCC listing, the Galaxy A40 will sport a 5.7-inch display, which is notably smaller than the Galaxy A30 and the Galaxy A50, both of which come with 6.4-inch displays. We haven’t seen a 5.7-inch Samsung smartphone in quite some time, and even the Galaxy A10 comes with a 6.2-inch display, so it would seem Samsung is looking to offer a compact Galaxy A-series phone for people who want easy one-handed use.Going by past rumours, the Galaxy A40 will also come with an AMOLED panel and a possible Infinity-U waterdrop display. An earlier Geekbench listing told us that the Galaxy A40 will be powered by an Exynos 7885 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and will ship with Android Pie-based One UI.The FCC listing also mentions connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0 LE. We can also assume a USB Type-C port for the Galaxy A40 considering the Galaxy A30 and A50 also get the same charging port. There is no timeline yet for when the Galaxy A40 will come out, but rumours say the phone may carry a price tag of 249 Euro (approx Rs 19,500). We also expect the Galaxy A40 to launch in India soon as Samsung aims to bring one new Galaxy A-series phone to the country every month until June.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A20e, A40 and A90 listed on Samsung UK website, may launch soonGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A40last_img read more

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first_imgThursday Nov. 15:— Police dispute the school’s claim that the administration contacted police about the alleged sexual assault on Monday.— The school is made aware of a third incident captured on video and notifies police, which later said it also involved an alleged sexual assault.— The school sends another email to parents about the incidents and the expulsions. Monday, Nov. 12:— In the morning, school administrators receive a video of a hazing incident, which police sources say involved members of the basketball team bullying a student in the washroom and soaking him with water.— The school launches an internal investigation and interviews the students involved and their parents.— The school contacts police to seek advice on how to handle the incident. Police advise that if the alleged victim thinks it was an assault, he should report it to police.— In the evening, the administration receives a video of a second incident, which police sources say involved a group of students on the football team pinning down another student in a locker room and allegedly sexually assaulting him with a broom handle. Sunday, Nov. 18:— Principal Greg Reeves says in a series of media interviews that the school has reported a fourth incident captured on video to police.— Reeves admits he didn’t report the alleged sexual assault to police on Monday because the victim had not yet informed his parents about the incident.Monday, Nov. 19:— Police say six boys have been arrested in connection with the alleged sexual assault at St. Michael’s — five of them turned themselves in, a sixth one was arrested on the way to school.— Police say they’re investigating three additional three incidents, including one involving an alleged sexual assault. They warn the ongoing investigation could lead to more charges.— The accused — aged 14 and 15 years old — appear in a youth court and are granted bail. Tuesday, Nov. 13:— The school investigates both incidents, identifies and interviews all students involved and their parents.— Four students allegedly involved in the hazing incident are expelled. Wednesday, Nov. 14:— The school continues its internal investigation and expels four students and suspends another one in connection with the locker room incident.— Toronto police receive media inquiries about a video of an alleged sexual assault at St. Michael’s circulating on social media.— Police send an officer to the school. Prior to the officer’s arrival, police receive word from the media regarding the expulsions of students related to an alleged “sexual assault involving an object.”— The officer meets with the principal, who hands over the video of the alleged sexual assault.— Police announce they have launched an investigation into an alleged sexual assault.— Police announce the video meets the definition of child pornography and advise it should be deleted immediately.— The school emails parents and issues a statement saying it notified police about both incidents on Monday.center_img Friday, Nov. 16— The school holds two information sessions for parents regarding the incidents. TORONTO — Here’s a timeline of events at St. Michael’s College School based on information provided by the school and Toronto police: Tuesday, Nov. 20:— Toronto police say they are investigating two more incidents — one is an alleged assault with a weapon, the other an alleged threat.— The school cancels mid-year assessments as well as all events involving external groups, teams, and public performances for the remainder of the year.With Ont-School-Investigation, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgCHIANG MAI, Thailand — A Canadian tourist has died in Thailand after falling from a popular zipline on Saturday, according to a local media report.The Bangkok Post says the 25-year-old Canadian man fell from the Flight of the Gibbon zipline in Chiang Mai province in the late morning.The outlet says that after the man was released from the start of the zipline, the cable disconnected and he fell to the creek below.A spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada has confirmed that a Canadian died in Thailand, but declined to give further details for privacy reasons.The Bangkok Post says the man’s father is on his way to Thailand to repatriate his son’s body.It says an investigation is ongoing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgPARIS — The French government says tax relief and other fiscal measures announced by President Emmanuel Macron to try to calm nationwide protests will cost between 8 billion and 10 billion euros ($9 billion and $11 billion).The figure was given by government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux, speaking Tuesday to broadcaster BFM-TV.After weeks of often violent demonstrations by so-called “yellow vest” protesters, Macron responded Monday with measures to boost the spending power of retirees and workers, including a 100-euro hike in the minimum monthly wage.Griveaux said the government will make savings in the state budget to help finance the measures.The protests, including blockades of roads, have also caused substantial economic losses to businesses that have lost customers in city and town centres hit by rioting.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgSchools will remain open.For updates on buses in the South Peace, click here.For updates on buses in the North Peace, click here.An extreme cold warning remains in place for the entire B.C. Peace region.  The temperature is expected to drop to minus 33 with the windchill making it feel more like minus 43. UPDATE – Buses have also been cancelled in Chetwynd.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – School District 59 has cancelled school buses for Monday.The extreme cold weather is causing the District to cancel buses in the South Peace except for in Chetwynd.  School District 60 also announced Sunday buses would be cancelled.last_img read more

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Meknes – Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire and Gabon are determined to develop a partnership model in various fields, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch said Tuesday in Meknes.“This cooperation will touch priority areas such as health security, the transfer of agricultural skills and know-how, investment in agriculture, agricultural research, soil fertility and agricultural training”, Akhannouch told the press following his talks with Ivorian and Gabonese Agriculture Ministers, Coulibaly Mamadou Sangafowa and Mathieu Mboumba Nziengui respectively.In this respect, Akhannouch recalled that Morocco’s cooperation with these two African countries in agriculture and fisheries has developed significantly in recent years. “There are several cooperation agreements in this field between the two countries, but given the role that Africa and African cooperation today shall play in the world, it has become crucial to ensure the activation of this cooperation”, the minister underlined on the sidelines of the inauguration of the 11th International Exhibition of Agriculture in Morocco (SIAM 2016).With MAP read more

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30 July 2010A United Nations expert today welcomed the General Assembly’s declaration this week that safe and clean drinking water is a human right, calling it a “landmark resolution” that sends an important signal to the world. Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Independent Expert on human rights, water and sanitation, issued a statement in which she said the declaration augured well for the summit at UN Headquarters in New York in September, when world leaders are set to review progress towards the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Studies indicate that an absence of clean water or sanitation exacts a huge human toll. About 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year and 443 million school days are lost because of water- and sanitation-related diseases.“With almost a billion people suffering from lack of access to an improved water source, and 2.6 billion without access to improved sanitation, recognition of the human right to water and sanitation is a positive signal from the international community and shows its commitment to tackle these issues,” Ms. de Albuquerque said.On Wednesday 122 members of the General Assembly voted in favour of the resolution declaring water and sanitation to be a human right. No countries voted against the text but 41 Member States abstained. read more

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EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Alison Redford is dispatching two senior ministers across the Atlantic on a barnstorming blitz to head off a proposed European Union resolution impacting the oil sands.International Relations Minister Cal Dallas and Environment Minister Diana McQueen will visit European capitals from Sweden to Romania for a week beginning Saturday to talk to government members, influence-makers, and fence-sitters about their concerns over the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive.“We support measures that would result in a lower carbon footprint,” said Dallas in an interview.“(But) this is a very high-profile initiative that could potentially be adopted in much the same format in other jurisdictions, so we want to make sure that we’ve done our part to have the discussion about ensuring that (sound) science is the basis of the implementing measures.”The directive, known as FQD for short, was first proposed two years ago.It would put a higher carbon footprint rating on oil coming from the oilsands as opposed to oil produced by more conventional methods.If approved, the FQD would see European countries importing the bitumen be subject to penalties or forced to jump through so many bureaucratic and regulatory hoops it wouldn’t be worth the effort.The EU environment ministers are expected to vote on the directive before the end of the year and, if approved, it would then go for ratification by the individual countries.Both Alberta and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s federal government are challenging the EU’s scientific data, which pegs bitumen as 22 per cent more greenhouse gas intensive than conventional oil.Last month, federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver sought bidders to analyse the EU’s data.Dallas said the province isn’t blind to the fact Alberta needs to do a better job on greening the oilsands, but he said the FQD as it stands is not the way to go.He said the 22 per cent number is too blunt a tool and doesn’t take into account the various types of oil, geographies and extraction techniques.“We’ve continuously made improvements in terms of the wells-to-wheels total impact of the oil that’s being extracted in the oilsands area,” he said.“The upside continues there in terms of (greenhouse gas emissions), water use (and) a whole number of areas that obviously the (EU) baseline work did not account for.“While we’re at the higher end of the scale, we’re not the highest by any stretch.”Alberta, he said, is also being penalized for being up front with its emissions data. He said other jurisdictions are not as frank about flaring and venting, thereby skewing the data in favour of conventional oil production.The FQD would not directly harm Alberta in the short term, as it does not ship directly to Europe.But it could have far-reaching implications, setting a precedent and lending weight to critics who say the complicated and intensive oilsands extraction process is not worth the extra greenhouse gas emissions it produces.There is also the possibility that Alberta’s biggest oil customer, the United States, could follow suit with a similar directive.The FQD could also throw a wrench into key projects like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which, if approved by U.S. President Barack Obama, would ship Alberta oilsands bitumen to refineries on the Gulf Coast in Texas.The FQD could raise questions about whether the Europeans would accept refined oil from the United States that originated from the oilsands.Dallas said he and McQueen will emphasize Alberta’s efforts on environmental monitoring, greenhouse gas reduction, and investment in alternative energy technologies.Dallas will travel to Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, and Latvia.McQueen will head to France, Austria, Croatia, Greece, and Sweden.The total cost for the two ministers and two staffers on the mission is $85,700. read more

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The government is investigating alleged disappearances in Sri Lanka highlighted by the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), the UN General Assembly was told last week.Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona told the Third Committee of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly that a working committee has been established to respond to cases of disappearances and a Deputy Inspector General of Police appointed to conduct ground verifications of such cases to ascertain the present status. Dr. Kohona said that Sri Lanka needs the cooperation of countries that have received thousands of asylum seekers to enable proper comparison of the details of those reported missing. “We have taken measures to strengthen law enforcement and prosecution through capacity building and language training. Sri Lanka has implemented legislative changes to prevent torture. Directives have been issued by the Police Department to ensure the physical safety of persons taken into custody and provision has been made for access to legal counsel as of right,” he added.He also told the session that Sri Lanka wishes to underline the importance of broadening the scope of human rights to include economic, social and cultural rights consistent with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).Sri Lanka takes the view that the promotion and protection of human rights cannot be accomplished in a “vacuum” and that without improving social, economic and cultural rights, human rights would remain much less meaningful. “In post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation efforts, such a holistic view has become central. We strongly believe that emphasis must be given to economic, social and cultural rights when addressing the root causes of the conflict,” he said. “In this context, the Government submitted its responses in June 2012 on 59 cases of disappearances referred to in the Report (A/HRC/19/58/Rev.1) of the Working Group to the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2012. In addition, clarifications on 100 cases of alleged disappearances referred to the government by the Working Group were submitted in October 2012. Further investigations are being conducted on the remaining cases of alleged disappearances highlighted by the Working Group,” he said. He also said that a database of all detainees has been established, and 2,582 inquiries have been processed.WGEID has engaged with successive Governments to clear the longstanding backlog of 5,679 cases and Dr. Kohona says an inter-agency national mechanism is being set up to clear this backlog. read more

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At a press briefing in Geneva, spokesman Kris Janowski said Namibia, along with Zambia, had been the traditional destination for Angolans escaping the 25-year old civil war between the Angolan Government and UNITA, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola. According to the UN agency, the flow of refugees increases substantially at this time of year as opposing forces try to consolidate their positions before the start of the rainy season. The refugees, most of whom come from Angola’s Cuando Cubango Province, attempt to cross the border at night or at unofficial crossing points to avoid military controls from either side of the warring parties. In declaring its dusk to dawn curfew on 17 October, the Namibian Government invoked security concerns, including the risk of nightly incursions by UNITA fighters. The curfew applies along the 450-kilometre stretch of the Kavango River that forms the boundary between north eastern Namibia and Cuando Cubango Province in Angola. The new restrictions prohibit anyone from travelling along the 450 kilometres and within a 200-metre area along the stretch between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. According to UNHCR, the number of Angolan refugees in Namibia increased by 60 per cent last year and by another 9.5 per cent so far this year, reaching 30,380 persons by the end of September. Namibia, which in late 1999 reaffirmed its support for the Angolan Government in its fight against the rebels, has since intensified controls in border areas and arrested illegal immigrants suspected of belonging to the UNITA rebellion. UNHCR has repeatedly asked that the rights of legitimate asylum seekers be respected in Namibia. The agency has also obtained regular access to detainees in order to identify genuine asylum seekers among them. In the first six months of 2001, it obtained the release of some 300 Angolans who were found to be genuine refugees among the 1,800 who had been arrested. read more

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by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2013 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Publisher of Yellow Pages looking for new CEO as company transitions to digital MONTREAL – The CEO of Yellow Media, the company that owns the Yellow Pages directories, is leaving as it continues to struggle with weak print revenues in a digital world.Yellow Media Ltd. (TSX:Y) is looking for a replacement for Marc Tellier, who has been president and chief executive of the company and its predecessors since October 2001.“We thank Marc for his leadership and many years of devoted service to Yellow Pages Group and his agreement to remain in order to assist in effecting a smooth transition,” board chairman Robert MacLellan said in a statement Thursday.During Tellier’s tenure, the company was hit with declining print revenues as consumers moved to using their personal computers, tablets and smartphones to search for information about local businesses.He’s been transitioning the company from a print directories publisher to an online publisher by expanding its services from business listings to digital services, including producing videos and building websites for small and medium-sized businesses.In its most recent quarter, online revenues represented about 38 per cent of total revenues.The transition to a digital company resulted in a major financial restructuring and Yellow Media so far has been able to cut its debt by about $1 billion. The company had stopped paying its shareholder dividend in 2011.Tellier had also aggressively expanded the company, making a number of acquisitions some of which weren’t successful.Yellow Media sold Trader Corp., home of AutoTrader magazine, to London-based private equity firm Apax Partners for $745 million, much lower than its purchase price.Trader was formed in June 2006 with the integration of Classified Media (Canada) Holdings Inc. and Trader Media Corporation and was purchased for a total of $1.2 billion.Tellier also had to contend with search engine giant Google, which offers free business ads to connect with customers.Yellow Pages discontinued duplicate directories published by Canpages, purchased in 2010, and also sold off LesPAC.com and the sale of Deal of the Day.In addition, Tellier also bought Canada411.ca and RedFlagDeals.com.The company created Mediative to serve the digital needs of national advertisers. To do that, Yellow Media spent $60 million to buy companies such as Enquiro, a search engine marketing company, as well as national retail advertising firm Ad Spalsh Media and Uptrend Media, an independent online ad firm.McGill University associate professor Karl Moore said in hindsight Tellier probably bought up too much.“But at the time, clearly the market thought it was brilliant, said Moore, who teaches at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management.Tellier moved the company to the Internet, but what must be asked is if he did it quickly enough, Moore said.“It’s with the opportunity of hindsight that you say, ‘No.’ But when you look at the industry around the world, he did one of the better jobs in an industry which is a dog.”RBC Capital Markets analyst Andrew Calder didn’t put a lot of emphasis on Tellier’s departure and his assistance in the transition to a new chief executive.“In our view, this will not come as a surprise to the market and is consistent with the broader restructuring at the company,” Calder said in a research note.Yellow Media — a former subsidiary of the company that owns Bell Canada — was spun off as an independent publisher of phone listings and advertising directories.Last fall, Yellow Media said it planned to create about 170 Montreal-based information and digital technology positions. But about 125 clerical positions would be moved to other company offices across Canada from Montreal.Tellier will remain with Yellow Pages Group until the new chief executive officer is appointed, but no later than Aug. 15.He said it has been an honour to lead the group.“As a result of the recapitalization which was implemented in December 2012, I believe Yellow Pages Group is now well-positioned to successfully continue its digital transformation,” Tellier said.Shares in Yellow Media were down 27 cents or 2.58 per cent at $10.20 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on in mid-afternoon trading Thursday. read more

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Highlighting the extremely critical importance of humanitarian support for affected communities, the report was generated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) as part of bi-annual briefings to the UN Security Council on food security. Conflict is a common factor undermining food security in all 16 countries covered in the report, according to which the intensification of conflicts is a key reason behind the recent resurgence of world hunger levels, following decades of steady declines.The 16 countries that are monitored are: Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen.Among them, Yemen, South Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, CAR, Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Somalia have a quarter or more of the population facing crisis or emergency levels of hunger.In Yemen, 60 per cent of the population, or 17 million people, are affected by acute hunger. These figures are 45 per cent, or 4.8 million, in South Sudan, 33 per cent, or 6.5 million, in Syria, and 33 per cent, or 1.9 million, in Lebanon – a country hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees. But these are far from being the only countries flagged as cause for concern. VIDEO: New UN report looks into food insecurity in 16 conflict-torn countries, calling for efforts to scale up food assistance and to prevent conflict.In the DRC, where serious food security concerns have been overshadowed by crises in other parts of Africa, the situation is rapidly deteriorating, the report warns. There, 11 per cent of the population is now in the crisis phase or above, adding up to 7.7 million people who are coping with acute hunger.In Sudan, 3.8 million people are in the crisis phase or above. In Iraq, that figure is 3.2 million while in the Lake Chad basin, the number is 2.9 million people. In Burundi and Haiti, it is 1.8 and 1.3 million, respectively.According to data released last October, the number of hungry people worldwide rose to 815 million people in 2016, up from 777 million the year before. The majority of the hungry, or 489 million people, live in countries wracked by conflict. read more

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Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell backs a defender down during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — With 5:39 remaining in the Big Ten championship game against Maryland, Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell hit a 3-pointer to put her team up five points with 5:39 remaining. That shot not only gave her 20 points in the game, but also the most career points in Big Ten tournament history with 260.Mitchell passed former Buckeye forward Jantel Lavender, who has dropped to second in career Big Ten tournament points with 257 in 10 games. During her time at Ohio State, Lavender helped the Buckeyes win three Big Ten tournaments during her final three years.This is one of many records Mitchell has broken. She also holds the all-time NCAA record for 3-pointers made. She also has hit a 3-pointer in the most games in a row in the history, which is an ongoing streak. read more

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Responding to Mr Burnham’s comments, Paul Swinney, director of policy and research at Centre for Cities, said: “The recent devolution of powers to some city halls in the north of England has been welcome, and it has allowed mayors to start to take decisions for their communities.  “The ongoing issue though is that these powers are limited and uneven compared to mayors elsewhere in the world; big cities like Leeds have not struck a devolution deal with national government. The next prime minister should make this one of his priorities to fix. “Northern leaders need to be clear about what their challenges are and what powers they would like to tackle them. Much is made of transport spending in the north but our work is clear – transport is not the biggest issue in most northern cities. Instead it is skills. Addressing skills challenges is crucial to increasing the number of jobs available to people who live in these places.”Mr Burnham’s comments appear in a wide-ranging interview where he also described Westminster as a “a living nightmare”, adding that “the place is antiquated” and “and basically dysfunctional” as well as the Manchester Arena terror attack which occurred exactly two weeks after he assumed his mayoral role, saying: “I was catapulted into the darkest night I have ever experienced.”Do northerners and southerners have a different mentality? Share your thoughts in the comments below Andy Burnham has criticised Prime Ministers for being upper class and claimed that “northerners face discrimination in London”.The Greater Manchester Mayor, 49, previously served as an MP for Leigh and also held cabinet roles as health secretary as well as secretary of state for the department of culture, media and sport.However following his failed bid to become Labour leader after losing out to Jeremy Corbyn in September 2015, he relocated to Greater Manchester and was elected its first metro mayor in May 2017.He has pledged to end homelessness in the region and has dedicated his career to highlighting its inadequate transport networks. Yet he has also repeatedly complained about the prominence of the capital in comparison to the north of England.In his latest comments in an interview with the British GQ August issue, he was asked about whether there was a different mentality between northerners and southerners, and said: “I believe so. I feel that northerners face discrimination in certain walks of life in London.  How many Labour prime ministers have come from the north of England? [One: Harold Wilson] And, yes, I think that we are different.” 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. read more

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(CMC) — Superstar opener Chris Gayle will return to domestic limited-overs action for the first time in seven years when he headlines the Regional Super50 starting next Tuesday.Chris GayleThe 38-year-old has been included in the Jamaica Scorpions squad for the January 30 to February 24 tournament, bringing added flavour to a campaign which has lacked star quality in recent years.Gayle is the Caribbean’s premier one-day batsman with over 9,000 runs in 275 One-Day Internationals (ODI), and nearly 12,000 in A List cricket.However, his last appearance in a domestic 50-overs tournament was back in 2011 when Jamaica beat Trinidad and Tobago in the final at the Guyana National Stadium.The left-hander will be joined by explosive all-rounder Andre Russell, who returns to action after serving a one-year anti-doping whereabouts ban, which also kept him out of international cricket.Russell has missed the last three years of the tournament and, like Gayle, will bring an added quality to the Scorpions, who were last year’s losing finalists.Champion off-spinner Sunil Narine will also suit up for this year’s competition after being named in the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.The 29-year-old last played in the regional tournament when he snatched an amazing six wickets for nine runs as Red Force beat Guyana Jaguars in the final of the 2015 edition at Queen’s Park Oval.Two former West Indies players will be turning out for overseas teams. Speedster Fidel Edwards, who played 55 Tests and 50 ODIs, will suit for English county team Hampshire, while Xavier Marshall, who appeared in seven Tests and 24 one-dayers, will be part of the United States set-up.West Indies one-day captain Jason Holder along with current ODI players Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Kesrick Williams, and Marlon Samuels are all set to campaign in the tournament as they gear up for the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe next March.Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave said the Regional Super50 would also serve to enhance the one-day squad’s preparation for the all-important qualifiers.“The Super50 Cup is a great competition and we are delighted that Kent and UWI’s Combined Campuses & Colleges are coming back, as well as welcoming Hampshire and the USA to join our territorial board franchises,” said Grave.“This year’s tournament will also provide the ideal match preparation for our Windies men’s team ahead of the vital ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe”, he added.Group A, comprising reigning champions Barbados Pride, Red Force, CCC Marooners, Windward Islands Volcanoes, and Hampshire, will be staged in Barbados with matches played at historic Kensington Oval and the 3Ws Oval.Group B, meanwhile, will bring together Scorpions, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jaguars, United States, and Kent doing battle at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium and the Coolidge Cricket Ground. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUncontracted players still eligible for selection – WICBJanuary 13, 2016In “Local News”Gayle, Samuels recalled for England ODIsAugust 21, 2017In “latest news”Gayle ‘committed to West Indies cause’ – LawOctober 6, 2017In “latest news” read more

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first_imgUpdated 6.57pmMINISTER FOR TRANSPORT, Leo Varadkar, has urged all parties involved in the dispute over the Aer Lingus pension fund to accept an expert panel’s recommendations after the airline confirmed earlier today that it would.Aer Lingus “reluctantly” agreed to pay €191 million into its employee pension fund.The board of the airline made the decision on the recommendation the expert panel formed earlier this year to resolve a dispute between Aer Lingus and employees in its general pension scheme.The panel was established after the pair failed to agree how to implement the recommendations of the Irish Labour Court.Chief executive Christoph Mueller said that the new solution involved “a significant increase in payments” from the company.Aer Lingus and the Company reluctantly accept the recommendations of the expert panel as the only solution that is capable of acceptance by all the parties.The expert panel report significantly added to the final bill for the company, which had been pencilled in at €110 million by the Labour Court, only to be bumped up to €146.7 million by the body comprised of trade unions, the Government and IBEC.In addition to this payment, Aer Lingus has also had to increase the sum paid to deferred beneficiaries up to €44 million.Best and last opportunityResponding to the news today, Varadkar said he welcomed the response and the statement from Dublin Airport Authority that it believes the panel’s recommendations represent ‘the basis for a final and complete resolution of pension arrangements’”.The DAA has also reaffirmed its commitment to engage with all stakeholders. The minister said the panel’s report provides the “best and last opportunity” to resolve the long-standing difficulties in the pension scheme.He urged all other parties involved to also accept the recommendations.Implementation In a statement, the airline said that the resolution “could mitigate the significant industrial relations and other risks related to the funding difficulties faced by the IASS [pension scheme]“.It said that a drop in staff costs, as per its original plan, is still possible by 2017 under the strictures of the new arrangement. Board and shareholder approval for the once off payments must still be secured.As part of the implementation process, Aer Lingus will also look to streamline the establishment of an internal dispute resolution mechanism.- Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.First published 10.17amRead: €780 million airport pension hole: Expert panel urges Aer Lingus and DAA to pay more>Read: SIPTU members at Aer Lingus and DAA to vote on strike action>last_img read more

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