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Speculation over Onuoha’s future and Blues are linked with Valencia star

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first_imgHull and Stoke are interested in signing QPR defender Nedum Onuoha, the Daily Star Sunday say.The 28-year-old centre-back is said to be ready to leave Rangers if they drop into the Championship.The Star also claim QPR have held talks over bringing in defender Nicolas Spolli.Argentine Spolli, 32, has been on loan at Roma from Catania.There has recently been speculation about Onuoha’s futureMeanwhile, Chelsea are looking to sign Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya, according to the Sunday People.Manchester City and Real Madrid are also said to be interested in the 19-year-old, who reportedly has a £13.2m release clause in his contract.The Star, which continues to suggest Chelsea want to sign Sami Khedira from Real Madrid, say Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign the German.And the Mail on Sunday reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has paid £30,000 for pop band McBusted to perform at his daughter’s 18th birthday party.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South African fathers develop baby ‘survival kit’

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first_img30 April 2014Two South African fathers have adapted a 1930s Finnish design to come up with a box aimed at supporting South African mothers with newborns.The Thula Baba Box will be made out of plastic and will include essential items, such as clothes, sheets, nappies, health products, and toys. The box itself can double up as a cot, a bath or be used to safely store items.Crucially, the box will also contain information targeted at mothers, as well as incentives to encourage expectant mothers to visit antenatal clinics earlier and more frequently.The project is being driven by De Villiers, a marketing executive, and Hertzog, founder of Action Hero Ventures, a “very early-stage angel fund” based in Stellenbosch that invests in creative and technology start-ups.The pair, who are both fathers, say the box aims to improve the overall wellness of mothers and babies.‘Amazing example’The concept is based on a 1938 initiative by the Finnish government that supplied expectant mothers with a similar box. The box is credited with helping to decrease Finland’s infant mortality rate from 65 deaths for each 1 000 children born in 1938 to 3 deaths per 1 000 births in 2013, Action Hero Ventures say on their website.“We thought the Finnish box was an amazing example of design that changed a nation,” said Hertzog. “We hope that, given some tweaks, our product will have just as much of an impact.”The project is being run in partnership with the Western Cape Government Department of Health, the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University, and the J-PAL Africa Incubation Fund, which has provided funding.“We are looking forward to seeing the impact of the study [by health economists at Stellenbosch University] on lower-income families in the Western Cape,” De Villiers said.PotentialIt is expected that the box will be distributed to mothers throughout the Western Cape by 2016 and to the rest of South Africa by 2020.The project has been selected as an official 2014 World Design Capital Cape Town project.“We find it encouraging that two fathers are proactively engaged in a collaborative initiative to improve the lives of both babies and mothers in the Western Cape,” Tracey Naledi, chief director of health programmes, said. “We encourage such initiatives that are particularly aimed to support the first 1 000 days of life, and are excited to see the results of the study.”Ronelle Burger at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Economics, said the project had great potential to improve the lives of mothers and babies as it not only distributed products and information, but also offered incentives to change behaviour.“Similar schemes have been successful in promoting health in other countries and we that this study will provide useful inputs for policy making, but also contribute to ongoing international research on the role that incentives can play in promoting better health choices,” Burger said.SAinfo reporter and World Design Capitallast_img read more

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Euro 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo’s second chance to impress in Portugal’s clash against Austria

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first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will not be the only number seven hoping to redeem himself when his Portugal side meet Austria in their Euro 2016 group F match on Saturday.Ronaldo’s less heralded opposite number for Austria, Marko Arnautovic, also came into the tournament with high hopes only to start with a below-par display made worse by a sulky attitude.Ronaldo missed a late chance, repeatedly wasted free kicks, protested to the referee and then made some unsporting comments about the opposition after Porutgal drew 1-1 against rank outsiders Iceland.Arnautovic fared little better in Austria’s 2-0 defeat by Hungary, losing heart as he was effectively marked out of the game.He went to ground far too easily, moaned at the match officials and his body language bore the hallmarks of a man who felt the world was against him.Arnautovic’s temperament has often threatened to override his talent, with his career marked by some bizarre episodes.He famously borrowed a Bentley belonging to team mate Samuel Eto’o at Inter Milan, only to have it stolen while he was eating at a restaurant.During a stint at Werder Bremen, he was pulled over for speeding in the early hours of the morning on the day of the game and he once injured his knee playing with his dog.But Austria coach Marcel Koller and his club coach Mark Hughes at Stoke City have between them managed to tame a man who was compared to a child by Jose Mourinho at Inter.Asked at a press conference earlier in the tournament how he had managed to curb Arnautovic’s excesses, Koller said it was not an issue he could adequately explain “in a few minutes”.advertisementBut he did give a feel for the efforts that have gone into keeping Arnautovic on the straight and narrow.”It’s always been important to look at his qualities as a footballer, he’s always had ability from that perspective but he wasn’t necessarily able to harness that ability on the pitch,” said Koller.”It is important that he has confidence even if he makes a mistake. Right from the outset, we knew we needed to support him, to try and talk to him, to try and help him to improve.”I think he really has adapted very well. He has his own family, he has got a wife and two kids, he has calmed down and we are delighted he is finally able to harness his ability as a footballer on the field, and he can really help us.”Koller will doubtless have his arm around Arnautovic’s shoulder again in the run-up to Saturday’s match.last_img read more

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Adelaide hundred one of my top 5 knocks, says Cheteshwar Pujara

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first_imgCheteshwar Pujara rated the classy 123 at the Adelaide Oval as one of his best innings in Test cricket. Pujara scored his first hundred in Australia and 16th in Tests as India finished with 250 for 9 despite a top-order failure.After opting to bat, India lost KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to poor shot selection but Pujara stood firm and shared crucial partnerships with Rohit Sharma (37), Rishabh Pant (25) and R Ashwin (25) to save India the blushes on the opening day of the first Test.Pujara waged a lone battle throughout the first day. He walked in at the fall of KL Rahul’s wicket and saw his colleagues falling to irresponsbile shots. But he was in no mood to give up and held firm to ensure India 250 on the board by stumps.Pujara was solid in defence and did not play those booming drives which cost the others their wickets. He was patient and stayed focused against a top quality bowling attack. Once he had settled down, Pujara played a few spanking shots – in fact, he even hit two sixes and had reached 123 before being brilliantly run out by Pat Cummins.Pujara’s was a knock of substance, class, grace and style. It was also a lot about acceleration and identifying the key moments to attack.A lot of his teammates would do well to learn from Pujara – most of them agreed the hundred at the Adelaide Oval was one of his finest. Pujara himself did not want to rate it but reckoned it had to be with the best he has played.advertisement”It has to be among the top five… I can’t rate it as one of the best but the way my teammates appreciated the knock.. they said it was one of the best,” Pujara told the media at the end of day’s play.There were several challenges Pujara had to deal with. First, the flurry of wickets at the other end and then the heat in Adelaide did not make run making any easier. And just when he settled into a nice partnership with Ashwin, Pat Cummins broke the resistance to peg India back further.”It was tough but I was set and I knew I could play my shots especially when we lost seven wickets. Me and Ash (Ashwin) had a good partnership but once we lost Ash, I thought I had to accelerate.. I knew what shots I could play on that wicket because I had batted for two sessions,” he said. “But yes it was tough considering the weather.. It was quiet hot.. We are used to it in India but still it was really hot.”Pujara was eventually run out for 123 on what turned out to the last ball of the day. India are now nine down and have their Nos. 10 and 11 to bat when play resumes on the second day. Pujara was disappointed he got out moments before stumps but said he had to go for the single.”I was a bit disappointed to get out but I had to take a single – only two balls were left in the day’s play.. so I thought I should be on strike in the morning,” he said.But Pujara has clearly done his job and it is now up to the bowlers to try and keep India in the game. And then perhaps the batsmen can take a leaf out of Pujara’s book and script a comeback.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar blasts India batsmen after poor shot selection in Adelaide TestGallery | 1st Test, Day 1: Cheteshwar Pujara India’s lone bright spark as Australia bowlers dominateAlso watch –last_img read more

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Jamaica Prepares Report to Advance Rights of Women

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first_img The document is a visionary agenda for advancing the rights of women and gender equality worldwide agreed on during the 4th World Conference on women in 1995. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe, said the BPfA remains the most comprehensive global policy framework and blueprint for action and is a current source of guidance and inspiration to realise gender equality and the human rights of women and girls everywhere.The two-day national consultation seeks to examine the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the BPfA; raise awareness on the BPfA reporting process; share information on the progress and challenges on the implementation of the BPfA; and to arrive at consensus on the draft report. Jamaica is in the process of preparing the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action (BPfA) + 25 progress report. Story Highlightscenter_img Jamaica is in the process of preparing the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action (BPfA) + 25 progress report.The document is a visionary agenda for advancing the rights of women and gender equality worldwide agreed on during the 4th World Conference on women in 1995.The report is to be submitted by May 1, 2019 to UN Women through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and is being prepared by the Bureau of Gender Affairs. It is submitted every five years.Details were outlined by Acting Senior Director, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn Robinson, through an interview with JIS News during the national consultation meeting on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on April 25 at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe (second right), greets Deputy Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, Seth Broekman (second left), during the national consultation on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on April 25. Also sharing the moment (from left) are Acting Senior Director, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn Robinson and Programme Manager, United Nations Development Programme, Cordia Chambers-Johnson.The Platform for Action covers 12 critical areas of concern, including poverty, education, training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment and the girl child.The BPfA +25 Progress Report includes an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the agreements enshrined in the BPfA.It also highlights major achievements on gender equality and empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through a gender perspective.Highlighting the significance of the document, Mrs. Coburn Robinson said it demonstrates the country’s commitment and obligation to Treaties that have been agreed on.“It’s important to Jamaica because it shows our compliance with international treaties, agreements and conventions that we have signed on to, including the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women; the SDGs which we have signed on to, which has 17 goals, and particularly goal five that looks at empowering all women and girls and ensuring that our responsibilities to the other SDGs are also captured [in partnership with other stakeholders],” she said.Mrs. Coburn Robinson said the five key priority areas are: eliminating violence against women and girls; women’s entrepreneurship and women’s enterprises; unpaid care and domestic work/work and family conciliation; gender responsive social protection; and gender responsive disaster risk reduction and resilience building.“Those five we have unpacked and we have asked the relevant ministries, departments and agencies, as well as civil society organisations, to send us data in terms of their achievements, what have they done since 2015, so this is covering 2015 to 2019 data,” she said.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe, addresses the national consultation on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on April 25. The report is to be submitted by May 1, 2019 to UN Women through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and is being prepared by the Bureau of Gender Affairs. It is submitted every five years.last_img read more

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Ismael Habib sentenced for attempting to leave Canada to join ISIL

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first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec man convicted of attempting to leave Canada to join the Islamic State has been sentenced to nine years in prison.A judge sentenced Ismael Habib today to eight years for the terrorism-related offence and one additional year for giving false information to obtain a passport.The Crown had argued for a nine-year prison term, while Habib’s attorney suggested six-and-a-half years minus the nearly 27 months Habib has served in pre-trial custody.Habib, 29, was ensnared by an RCMP-led sting operation, in which he admitted to an undercover agent posing as a crime boss that he wanted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.He was found guilty in June, making him the first adult in Canada to be convicted after going to trial on the charge of attempting to leave Canada to join the Islamic State.last_img read more

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Montreal wants to ban singleuse plastics and polystyrene foam containers

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first_imgMontreal says it plans to introduce a bylaw banning single-use items such as plastics and polystyrene foam containers on its territory by spring 2020.The city said Wednesday it was inspired by jurisdictions such as Vancouver, which announced its own ban, likely coming next year.Mayor Valerie Plante said her administration will hold consultations on the bylaw and would move slowly to help businesses transition.Pollution from single-use plastics and polystyrene is a major environmental problem, Plante said in a statement. She added plastic containers can take several hundred years to decompose.“The time when we put off decisions to protect the environment because they upset our daily habits is over,” Plante said. “Time is running out and we need to act now.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The ghosts of the campaign

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first_imgRelated posts:Head of election monitoring mission expresses support for Costa Rican election authority Johnny’s historical concession speech Supreme Elections Tribunal official suspended following accusations of ballot theft Costa Rica’s Supreme Court throws out constitutional challenges to IVF decree I say this with absolute certainty: This electoral campaign is the most lacking of substance of any I can recall.Just a few days before we decide who will govern in the next administration, we Costa Ricans are in the dark about candidates’ platforms on key issues. This goes well beyond sound bites about “communist threats” fabricated in the minds of traditional power groups rather than the minds of the Broad Front Party, which surprisingly has been transformed from political observer into protagonist.It’s not just the entire country that lives off of ideological fighting among “centrist democrats” and “communists,” but apparently so does the electoral campaign.For weeks we’ve been bombarded by propaganda and subjected to endless finger-pointing about who is more corrupt, more incapable or who would be more toxic for the country if elected to the Casa Presidencial.Meanwhile, the majority of voters want to know what concrete actions candidates would take on crucial issues like roadway and port infrastructure, restructuring of public transport, foreign policy, public security, drug trafficking, in vitro fertilization, state secularization, energy policy – including geothermal – urban planning, water management and cultural promotion, to mention a few.I would like to stand in front of top-polling candidates and cover their mouths each time they mention the words “communist,” “moderate,” “centrist,” “corruption,” “hope,” and all those empty phrases repeated in ads, debates and campaign songs.To the candidates: I’m certain I’m not the only citizen who wants – who demands – specific proposals on pressing matters that affect us all.Will your administration support construction of a new $1 billion port in Moín by the Dutch firm APT Terminals?Will you comply with the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to eliminate the ban on in vitro fertilization?Will you continue negotiating a concordat with the Vatican?What is your plan to address water treatment problems in urban areas?What will our foreign policy look like? Will we join the Pacific Alliance? What is our plan for China? Do we want free trade agreements with South America, and if so, with whom?How do you plan to solve the problem of prison overcrowding without affecting the courts?Will you maintain police training agreements with Colombia and Israel?Will you allow geothermal energy to be produced in national parks? If so, who will do it, the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute or private companies?Will you support the constitutional prohibition on trawling?How will you reorganize public transport in the Greater Metropolitan Area? How will you pay for it?And the list goes on and on.You won’t find the answers to these questions – at least most of them – in the candidates’ government plans, and they certainly weren’t discussed in debates and in interviews.These gaping holes in the campaign will be the ghosts that accompany us in the voting booths on Feb. 2, while we try to liberate ourselves from the populist phrases that candidates are adept at repeating ad infinitum.It’s difficult to make an informed decision without having a complete picture, but that’s the challenge we voters face. And the clock’s ticking.If the predictions hold true and we head to a second round, it is imperative that we set aside this rhetoric and focus on real proposals for real problems.Nancy De Lemos is a journalist and former director in Costa Rica for the news agency EFE. A graduate of the University of Costa Rica, she now works in communication for global environmental NGOs.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Rep Kahle bill to attract skilled trade teachers signed into law

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Music channel Djazztv has secured carriage with H

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