Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane has all the qualities to be the best footballer in the world, according to former teammate Yaya Toure.Sane, who joined City in 2016 and played briefly with Toure, has been in terrific form this season with eight assists and seven goals to his name in the Premier League after 20 matches. The 23-year-old winger picked up another assist against Wolves in a 3-0 win on Monday and Toure was quick to point out just how far Sane’s talent could take him. 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? “This kid is going to continue to grow,” Toure said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.”He’s going to be the best, one day, for sure.”The best of the best because he has these qualities: he’s fast, he has good technique, he’s clever – and he wants to learn.”A surprise absentee form Germany’s 2018 World Cup squad, Sane is contracted at the Etihad until July 2021 but is yet to put pen to paper on a contract extension. As for Toure, he’s a free agent after a short stint with Greek club Olympiakos and addressed rumours linking him to a move to Celtic.”Celtic are a great team, but I will speak to Brendan Rodgers there and we will see what happens,” he said.Manchester City are set to face Huddersfield Town on Sunday in their next Premier League match.Pep Guardiola’s side are currently four points behind league-leaders Liverpool, who face Crystal Palace on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Age is just a number: West Indies pacer Cecil Wright set to retire at 85Cecil Wright was 49 years old when he made his Test debut against Australia in Ashes. He had estimated that he had played in over two million games.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LondonAugust 28, 2019UPDATED: August 28, 2019 16:17 IST Cecil Wright set to retire at 85 (@uppermillcc)HIGHLIGHTSCecil Wright was 49 years old when he made his Test debut against Australia in AshesWright made his first-class debut for Jamaica against a Barbados sideWright has also revealed about his eating habitsWest Indies fast bowler Cecil Wright or Cec’ has finally announced that he will retire from the game in two weeks at the age of 85. Wrigh played with the likes of Viv Richards and Joel Garner and will become the oldest cricketer to play and retire from the game.Wright made his first-class debut for Jamaica against a Barbados side with legends like Wes Hall and Sir Garfield Sobers. In 1959, he moved to England and played for Crompton in the Central Lancashire League. In the year 1962, he decided to stay back permanently in England and started his career as a professional cricketer.According to reports, Wright has grabbed 7000 wickets in his long career. He also took 538 wickets, in five seasons at a very impressive average of 27.Interestingly, Cecil Wright was 49 years old when he made his Test debut against Australia in Ashes. He had estimated that he had played in over two million games.”I wish I knew the reason for my longevity, but I couldn’t tell you what it is,” Wright told The Daily Mirror.Cecil Wright, who has decided to bring down the curtains on his career on September 7, has also revealed about his eating habits.”To be honest, I eat anything that’s going but I don’t drink much, just the odd beer,” he said.”And I keep fit, although these days I use my age as an excuse to miss training. I find keeping active helps to ease aches and pains.””I don’t like to sit still and watch TV, I would rather have a walk or potter about in the garage”.advertisementAlso Read | Ashes 2019: James Anderson steps up recovery from injury ahead of fourth TestAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow west indiesFollow Viv Richards
Story Highlights The remaining four teams – Ministry of National Security, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Trelawny Municipal Corporation and Victoria Jubilee Hospital – will next meet in the semi-final round on Tuesday, April 9, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. The Public Sector Debate Competition is down to the last four teams, which will compete for a spot in the April 25 grand final. The Public Sector Debate Competition is down to the last four teams, which will compete for a spot in the April 25 grand final.The remaining four teams – Ministry of National Security, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Trelawny Municipal Corporation and Victoria Jubilee Hospital – will next meet in the semi-final round on Tuesday, April 9, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.“Congratulations to all the teams. It has been a set of lively and spirited debates. The journey is competitive, but there is a spirit of camaraderie, and for that, I commend all the teams. I wish the teams that have made it to the semi-final all the best, and I am looking forward to the rest of the competition,” Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), Maria Thompson Walters, told JIS News.The first semi-final match will commence at 10:00 a.m. when the JIS and the Ministry of National Security will debate the moot: ‘Be it resolved that corruption remains a problem in the public sector because of the lack of political will to address it’.The second match is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. when the Trelawny Municipal Corporation will take on Victoria Jubilee Hospital, debating the moot: ‘Be it resolved that the profit motive of the private sector should be a guiding principle for Jamaica’s public sector’.Under the competition’s theme, ‘Facing Issues, Influencing Solutions’, earlier rounds of the competition saw various public-sector workers engaged in parliamentary-style debates on transformation and other topical matters within the public sector.Friends, families and well-wishers of the teams are encouraged to track the competition on the TIU’s social media pages.Team supporters are also encouraged to follow the TIU’s Instagram and Facebook pages and vote for their favourite team in the online ‘Fan Favourite’ competition, which ends on April 18. There will be a special prize for the most liked team photo on the TIU’s Facebook page TIUjamaica and Instagram page @tiu_jamaica.The competition is spearheaded by the TIU in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, in partnership with the Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment (JADE) Limited. The winning team will walk away with more than $600,000 in prizes and the champion trophy. “Congratulations to all the teams. It has been a set of lively and spirited debates. The journey is competitive, but there is a spirit of camaraderie, and for that, I commend all the teams. I wish the teams that have made it to the semi-final all the best, and I am looking forward to the rest of the competition,” Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), Maria Thompson Walters, told JIS News.
zoom Copenhagen-headquartered shipping and logistics company DFDS has held a naming and launching ceremony for the first of its two RoRo freight vessels currently under construction at Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft in Flensburg.The 210-metre vessel, named Gardenia Seaways, was launched on 17 February, DFDS said.Gardenia Seaways will now be completed alongside the quay in Flensburg where the superstructure will be added. The superstructure has arrived on a barge from Poland and will be finished with fittings, pipework, electrics/electronics, furnishing etc.Once delivered in May 2017, Gardenia Seaways will be added to the Rotterdam – Immingham route.The second vessel in the series is expected to be delivered in September 2017. The freight capacity of each ship is 4,076 lane meters, equal to around 262 trailers.DFDS entered into 5-year bareboat charter agreements for the two vessels with the Siem Group in May 2016. The Danish company also has an option to buy the two vessels.The ships will add around 20 percent more capacity compared to the ships they are expected to replace, according to DFDS.Images and video: DFDS Group
Government and industry are working together to create a long-term tourism strategy that will deliver economic growth and benefits for the industry and the province. To finalize the strategy, the province is seeking more feedback from industry members and operators, and the public. “Through our partnership with industry in the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency we are establishing a new direction for tourism,” said Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Percy Paris. “We have listened to our operators and industry members, and are in the final stages of developing a long-term strategy for tourism to allow Nova Scotia to reach its full potential in this highly competitive global market.” A strategic framework will be shared in regional sessions throughout the province this summer to encourage industry members to share their insights on the new approach. Discussion will focus on roles and responsibilities for government and industry to move forward. Industry members are invited to provide feedback through the regional focus groups, an online survey, and interviews. Everyone is welcome. To register for a focus group visit http://gov.ns.ca/econ/tourism. French language services will be available in the Sydney and Yarmouth sessions. The final long-term strategy for tourism is expected to be presented at the annual Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia conference in November. The interim board of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency is developing the long-term strategy as part of its mandate to formally establish the agency. It is also in the process of recruiting a chief executive officer, appointing an inaugural board and creating an operating charter.
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line are reduced to one lane for rumble strip installation until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30-
The government of Nova Scotia is working with the federal government and the other Atlantic provinces to build a vibrant economic future for Atlantic Canada. The Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provincial governments announced the launch of an Atlantic Growth Strategy at a meeting today, July 4, in St. Peters Bay, Prince Edward Island. The strategy will direct targeted actions to stimulate the region’s economy, support both innovative and resource-based industries, and increase job opportunities for Atlantic Canadians. A detailed news release can be found on the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency website at http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/Agency/MediaRoom/NewsReleases/Pages/4824.aspx. -30-
TORONTO – A ruling on Toronto’s legal challenge of the province’s decision to cut the size of city council from 47 to 25 members is expected on Monday.City of Toronto spokeswoman Beth Waldman says the city has been notified that Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba will send his decision to legal counsel on Monday morning.The legislation, which passed last month, aligns the city’s ward map with federal ridings in time for the Oct. 22 municipal election, a move Premier Doug Ford has argued will improve decision-making and save $25 million.It also cancels planned elections for the head of council position in the regional municipalities of Muskoka, Peel, York and Niagara, turning them into appointed roles.Lawyers for the City of Toronto argued that reducing the number of councillors in the middle of an election is “discriminatory and arbitrary,” and violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Belobaba had said he plans to rule on the case by the second week of September because of the looming municipal election, and acknowledged he expected the losing party would likely appeal.“As one of the parties in this case, the City of Toronto has been notified that the judge will send his decision to legal counsel on Monday at 8 a.m.,” Waldman said Saturday in an email.The province argued that municipalities are “creatures of the Legislature” and have no recourse when it comes to the powers of the province over their affairs.Lawyers for the Progressive Conservative government also said the legal challenges of the legislation have “no merit” and have asked for the cases to be dismissed and the province awarded costs.A spokesman said Mayor John Tory was looking forward to the decision.“The mayor fully supported this legal action because he believes the province’s process, which lacked any public input whatsoever, was wrong and unacceptable,” Don Peat said in an email Saturday night.The deadline for candidates to register in the municipal election is Sept. 14.
It was last Wednesday that Hedley first responded to the allegations that had been posted online. By Friday, the group was dropped by its management team, blacklisted by scores of radio stations, and abandoned by the bands who were booked as its tour openers. “Thank you for sticking with us through the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the highs and the lows, you’ve been there and that’s the only reason why we’re still here,” Hoggard said, although he did not reference the allegations the band faces. “We want to ensure that everyone understands our collective commitment to change, and to do better, is real. Saying a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle was to blame — or saying certain things happened because we were younger — isn’t good enough. We owe it to our families, our crew, our friends — and most of all, our fans — to do and be better,” the statement reads, adding that the band will be saying more “in the coming days.” In a statement released Monday, the band said it wouldn’t be cancelling the shows it has booked through March 23 because “the easy thing to do would be to cancel the tour and hide.” The band — which has a total of 31 Juno nominations dating back to 2006 and two wins — said in a statement Monday that it was soldiering on with its cross-Canada tour but preparing “to take responsibility and talk about how we have let some people down and what we intend to do about it.” Hedley performs during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Facebook “Thank you for your support, thank you for your love, we need it and it means the world to us.” A spokeswoman for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said no one from the organization was available for an interview. She said votes already registered for Hedley will be thrown out, but voters will not be asked to submit a new ballot. The band’s members previously called allegations involving young fans “unsubstantiated” but acknowledged they “engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter The Vancouver pop-rockers said they did not “wish to be a distraction at Canadian music’s biggest night” as they continue to face sexual misconduct allegations posted by anonymous social media users. The Junos said in a statement released Tuesday that no alternates would be added to the categories affected by Hedley’s withdrawal because voting began Feb. 9. The former MuchMusic darlings — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — played in Barrie, Ont., on Monday and were scheduled to hit Ottawa on Tuesday, Laval, Que., on Wednesday, Halifax on Friday and Summerside, P.E.I., on Saturday. The Juno Awards will not be naming replacement nominees now that embattled rockers Hedley have withdrawn from consideration for group of the year, pop album of the year and the fan choice prize. Advertisement According a video posted to YouTube on Sunday and purportedly shot at Hedley’s concert Friday night in Brandon, Man., Hoggard thanked the crowd for “believing in us.” Advertisement This year’s Junos show is to be staged in Vancouver on March 25. Crooner Michael Buble will host. Login/Register With:
They shared the stories behind their iconic songs, including “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” and poked fun at each other about getting older.“This is the way they sounded when they were being written — before they became records,” Cummings, 71, explained before kicking off the 90-minute set of stripped-down takes without a backing band.“This is sort of like Randy and me inviting you into our living room in the old days.”For the audience of roughly 200 people at the dinner and concert fundraiser — which went for $2,500 per seat — seeing Bachman and Cummings on friendly terms was a rare delight.The Winnipeg-bred musicians have long battled over their personality differences and last performed together in 2009. Bachman wrote in his 2014 book “Tales From Beyond the Tap” about what he considered inequitable distribution of publishing profits between the two songwriters.None of those squabbles were apparent as the musicians sat on opposite sides of the stage while chatting about their spot in Canadian history at a event that doubled as an announce of the next generation of Walk of Fame inductees.Among the names who will be honoured this year are the late “Mr. Dressup” children’s entertainer Ernie Coombs, actor Will Arnett, and Olympic speedskater Cindy Klassen.Bachman and Cummings are both two-time Walk of Fame inductees, once for the Guess Who and the other in Bachman’s case for his work in Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Cummings has recognition as a solo artist.Both artists acknowledged their post-Guess Who hits during the show. Bachman chose to perform songs that included “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business” from his days in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, while Cummings sang his solo efforts “Stand Tall” and “Break It to Them Gently.”Still, neither of them could escape the fact they were reunited on stage to celebrate a certain part of their youth and the infectious classics that time inspired.Bachman recalled how “girls were crying on the front lawn” of their house after news spread that Cummings had split from his R&B band the Deverons to join the Guess Who.Their careers took off with “These Eyes,” which Bachman and Cummings co-wrote, an international hit single that Bachman acknowledged is a vocal feat that involves Cummings scaling the octaves.“It sounds easy, but if you’re trying to sing it, it just goes up and up and up,” he said.“I don’t think Celine (Dion) could sing this song. I’d love it if she tried.”By David Friend ~ The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO — Former Guess Who bandmates Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings reunited on Thursday for a charity concert of warm memories and unforgettable hits that marked their first time performing together in a decade.The on-again, off-again musical partnership reached a high note at Music Under the City Stars, a fundraiser in support of Canada’s Walk of Fame at Toronto’s landmark Casa Loma, where the duo reminisced about the good times. Randy Bachman, left, and Burton Cummings perform during a Canada’s Walk of Fame fundraising event in Toronto on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Advertisement Twitter
APTN NewsAlberta will soon become the second province in Canada to apologize to 60s Scoop survivors.APTN News has confirmed that Premier Rachel Notley will make the apology in the legislature on May 28.“In the spirit of reconciliation, the province has been working closely with the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA) to understand the impact of the Sixties Scoop,” said a statement from the ministry of children’s services.SSISA and the Alberta government have been in talks about the adoptees would like from an apology.“Earlier this year, we held engagement sessions across the province, where we listened to hundreds of survivors and families impacted by this dark chapter in Canadian history,” the statement from the ministry said.“Throughout the process, survivors and families were clear that an apology is necessary for reconciliation. We look forward to the 28th, and thank SSISA, survivors, and their families for their strength and resiliency.”Word of the apology first circulated on social media in early May.The announcement coincides with a federal court approval of the Sixties Scoop settlement.Justice Michel shore approved the settlement on May 11 in a Saskatoon courtroom.In the days immediately following the Alberta apology, an Ontario court will make the final approval on the settlement and then a nine-month application period will open for claimants.The only other province to apologize for the apprehension and adoption of Indigenous children was Manitoba in email@example.com@aptnnews
Tinejdad – German public TV and radio broadcaster Bayerischen Rundfunk will air the Eid al Fitr prayers live from a mosque in a town near Munich on Friday Morning.In an unprecedented move in the history of Germany, Germans will be able to follow the Eid al Fitr prayers, which is a religious ceremony that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The ceremony will start at 4:45am local time on Friday, from the Penzberg Mosque.According to Al Jazeera, the prayers will be led by Imam Benjamin Idriz. While the prayers will mostly be attended by Muslim worshippers, there will also be two Christian clerics. The Imam of the mosque said that in addition to the prayers, the ceremony will include a narration of the Qu’ran, and speeches by Catholic and Protestant priests.“In the sermon, I will deliver messages to both Muslims and non-Muslims in Germany. I will talk about the values we share, and will urge the German society to open up to Muslims and visit their mosques. I will also urge Muslims to open up to the German society,” the Imam said.Muslims hailed this move considering it very thoughtful and a historic moment for the Muslim community in Germany.Despite the emergence of the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA), which is an anti-Islamic movement, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands by the German Muslim community and called the movement “racist.”During the holy month of Ramadan, the Chancellor joined the Muslim community in a collective Iftar, and was heard saying that Islam “is a part of Germany”.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Rabat – Morocco has a large expat population. Many foreigners call it a “transit country” or, in traveler lingo, an ideal place to visit en route to another destination. That is not to say that Morocco doesn’t have its expat nesters who leave behind their old country to build a life in Morocco. For those who choose to call Morocco their home, Moroccan practices steadily bleed into their own lifestyle ‒ seeing time as an endless resource is just one example.However, some traditions are not easy for an expat to adopt. For example, to fully experience customs revolving around food, such as couscous every Friday, depend on having a family there to share it with, when many expats in Morocco are without family ‒ myself included.Perhaps the most important tradition is fasting during Ramadan. This practice is first a religious requirement and is one of the five pillars of Islam. As a result, it has become part of the culture in places where the Muslim population is the majority, including Morocco. Fasting is also a tradition many Moroccans invite foreigners to participate in. Moroccans, who are known to be tremendously hospitable, invite foreigners to “iftar,” or the meal at the end of the day which breaks the fast. Receiving iftar invitations is heartwarming. However, along with these invitations, there may also be a question: “Are you fasting for Ramadan?”Read also: Ramadan is Not About Boulimia but About Caring and SharingCoworkers, neighbors, students, really any friendly face is likely to ask a foreigner if they are fasting. The question is posed so casually. If the answer is yes, the conversation remains light and happy. But answering no could be the quickest way to disappoint a fasting Moroccan. Disappointing an acquaintance with good intentions is uncomfortable, but with the virtue of honesty comes its price.Responses to the negative answer range from the furrowed brow, to the wrinkled nose, to the lips, where recently my neighbor uttered: “Hshouma.” “Hshouma” expresses something heavier and more nuanced than its English translation: “you should feel ashamed of yourself.”Instances like this show that fasting for Ramadan is more than religion and more than a tradition. It seems to be an expectation. Even so, an expectation that remains immune to nationality, faith, or awareness of it. The charming response I have developed to curtail this conversation is a simple shrug and smile. As someone from a culture that encourages individualism, the societal pressure to fast intrigues me. I asked Moroccans about the reasons why they encourage foreigners to fast.As it turns out, it’s not that there is some prize to gain in telling someone outside of this tradition to follow it. Many Moroccans believe that fasting is a good practice and by telling someone they should do it, they believe that they are being helpful.Read also: It Isn’t Ramadan in Morocco Without Chebakia and Sellou“We do it just to be nice,” Mehdi, a coworker who had just asked me if I was fasting, said. When I told him no, he almost automatically responded, “you should.” Mehdi explained, “It’s just a way to show you care about someone’s health.” Others I asked gave me answers similar to this.Loubna, a Moroccan Muslim who said she had never told a foreigner to fast, offered the idea that from a Moroccan perspective, advising someone to fast is a way of sharing the joys of Ramadan: “It’s just to invite people to enjoy the month.” These responses showed caring and kindness from Moroccan people but didn’t explain the disappointment when I reveal that I do not fast.I still questioned why“hshouma” is an acceptable response to those who aren’t fasting. Or why, in the place of “hshouma,” fellow expats have stories of people openly disapproving of foreigners who don’t fast.“Because [many] Moroccans believe fasting is a good thing, some of them, especially older ones, see people who fast as also good. [Many of them] tend to see people who don’t fast as not so good or beneath them,” Omar, another fasting Moroccan, said. In this way, it appears that fasting is also a way to measure a person, which makes some sense ‒ if you are to judge someone, and we all do, it is better to judge them by their actions than the factors they can’t control.Omar added, “Sometimes people don’t really know why they tell others to fast, just that it can be a habit. It can also be a habit to judge, especially for those who are so traditional they may not have the concept that there are other religions.” This was the first time I’d heard of that there isn’t always a motive behind telling someone to fast. It could be as compulsive as saying “bless you” after a sneeze.It is undeniable that Moroccan culture is group-oriented, in that people who stand out are more likely to get noticed. In the context of Ramadan, this may mean that for foreigners, who already stand out, those who choose not to fast are more likely to attract unsolicited guidance. “It sounds like a sales pitch,” Kristen, an ESL teacher from Canada said. She was right; hearing over and over, from the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker, all the reasons it’s good for you feels like living in a brochure.Read also: Ramadan in Xinjiang Province a ‘Sign of Extremism’, Says ChinaNot to mention that Ramadan for an expat in Morocco is different, as there is an absence of sentimental memories to give significance to a bowl of harira at the end of a hungry day. To someone traveling alone, and according to Kristen, it might even feel “unnatural.” It is, after all, another society’s tradition.So, you have foreigners who see fasting as foreign. Moving abroad is so immersive that if a traveler doesn’t draw the line between their host country’s practices and their home country’s practices somewhere, they might as well be trading cultural identities. For the foreigners who choose not to fast, there is still an abundance of Moroccan customs that end up seeping into an expat’s own lifestyle, over time.
Objections have been filed against some candidates nominated to contest the August 17 Parliament elections.In Matara, objections have been filed against United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate and former Minister Dullas Alahaperuma and Manoj Sirisena. The objections filed at the Matara Returning Officer noted that Dullas Alahaperuma and Manoj Sirisena should not be allowed to contest the Parliament election on the basis that they hold dual citizenship.The objections filed against Alahaperuma were however rejected. (Colombo Gazette)
The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) had been scheduled to run the 16th convoy from Moyo, in northern Uganda, to Kajo Keiji in southern Sudan Friday morning but this was abruptly put on hold.“We will be monitoring the security situation closely before deciding when to resume the repatriation convoys,” said UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond in a press briefing in Geneva. Since December 2005, UNHCR has voluntarily repatriated 14,000 southern Sudanese from neighbouring countries, including 4,500 from Uganda. There are currently 350,000 southern Sudanese refugees in camps in neighbouring countries, and another 4 million internally displaced south Sudanese.The signing of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government and rebels in January 2005 ended 21 years of war in the south and paved the way for the return of millions of internally displaced people and refugees in surrounding countries. But the two decades of conflict left southern Sudan in ruins, and those who have made the choice to return home have faced real hardship. UNHCR and its partners are working to ensure their return is sustainable, including through the provision of basic services. Despite fresh contributions from the United States and Canada for its operations in southern Sudan, UNHCR reported last month that it still faced a shortfall of more than $15 million for the last quarter of the year.
Jan 27th 2017, 6:05 AM Share Tweet Email18 Friday 27 Jan 2017, 6:05 AM Home care: The way we care for the elderly could be about to change A bill enshrining the right to home care passed the second stage of the legislative process yesterday. 17 Comments 30,468 Views https://jrnl.ie/3206433 Time isn’t something the elderly have. If we can help some people now, why not do so?With reporting from Christina Finn.Read: ‘A Fair Deal it may be, a cheap deal it sure isn’t’ – the trauma of putting a relative into careRead: ‘You don’t want to be mean, but it is depressing’: Brendan Courtney on nursing home care for his dad Short URL Image: Shutterstock/De Visu YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THE government allowed a change to a nursing home bill which will change how we care for the elderly.Fianna Fáil’s Nursing Home Support Amendment Bill aims to meet the wishes of 85% of the population – to be cared for in their old age at home.Previously, the options for elderly people who had physical or mental conditions too severe to care for themselves, would be that their adult children care for them, or that they move to a nursing home.If they’re availing of a nursing home, the State’s Fair Deal scheme is available – which offers to subsidise the nursing home care option.For those who take it up (or their loved ones in cases of mental capacity such as dementia), they end up contributing a percentage of their income and assets towards nursing home care, which would be too expensive to afford otherwise.Criticism of the scheme stems from the fact inheritances and family businesses such as farms are taken as means-tested assets – in theory making the passing down of a farm for example from one generation to the next more precarious.This doesn’t just extend to businesses, but even gifts passed on from father to son could be means-tested as part of assessing how much an individual can contribute.A new option Source: Shutterstock/Alexander RathsThe majority of elderly people in nursing homes are deemed of ‘low-dependency’: while the number that can be classified ‘maximum’ to ‘high’ dependency has shrunk.This, coupled with research that shows the elderly fare better if they are cared for at home, suggests that there should be an affordable option available for home care.An amendment to the Nursing Home Support Scheme will allow the elderly to be cared for at home, as long as they meet the Fair Deal criteria, and the costs don’t exceed the cost of nursing home care.Fianna Fáil’s social protection spokesperson Willie O’Dea says his bill “will open up the option for the HSE to provide home help care to patients as long as the total cost is less than what it would cost to provide nursing home care.”Possible problemsWhen asked whether there are enough nurses available to roll out the scheme, O’Dea says that of course there are shortages across the country that means the scheme won’t be available everywhere.“This is provided for in bill, that a record be kept of people who couldn’t be cared for at home because of a lack of resources.”There’s also the issue of housing to be dealt with – if more elderly people are staying in their homes rather than living together at a nursing home, this could mean more houses must be built by government to satisfy demand.CostHe said that on average, it costs three times as much to care for someone in a nursing home than in their own home.“People in my own constituency, I don’t know how they’re getting by. It costs €1 billion a year to fund the Fair Deal scheme. That’s €14,000 net per person for nursing home care, compared to €400 week for home care.”O’Dea maintains that we need a full and statutory provision for home care, but he doesn’t have the power to do that, and Minister Helen McEntee has commissioned a report to look into financing it. But O’Dea says that will take months. Image: Shutterstock/De Visu Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodha
President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias has accepted the proposal by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to serve a second term in Greece’s highest post, it was announced last week.“I accept the nomination for my re-election to the Presidency of Greece,” Papoulias said. Both ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) party and the main opposition New Democracy party endorse Papoulias’ second term at the post. The election is due in parliament in the forthcoming March. Papoulias was elected by an overwhelming parliamentary majority of 279 out of 300 votes to serve a five-year term in February 2005.He was sworn in as the 7th president of the Third Hellenic Republic on March 12, 2005. Papoulias, born in 1929, was a founding member of the PASOK and a close associate of its leader Andreas Papandreou. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La fondue chinoise montrée du doigt pour ses additifs chimiques cancérigènesNouveau scandale alimentaire en Chine. Alors que la fondue à la viande est un plat largement apprécié dans le pays en cette période hivernale, RFI a révélé ce matin que ce met contient des additifs chimiques hautement cancérigènes. La nouvelle fait la Une de tous les médias chinois : la fondue chinoise contiendrait des additifs chimiques identifiés comme étant hautement cancérigènes. Ainsi, RFI explique que ces additifs se seraient retrouvés dans ce met traditionnel chinois afin de remplacer les épices onéreuses que contient le plat comme le poivre du Sichuan.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Une information qui ne touche pas un patron de restaurant à Pékin qui explique à la radio internationale : “Il y a beaucoup de Hot Pot pimentés. Ils sont différents des Hot Pot pékinois. Ici, c’est avec des souples simples alors on peut de suite goûter si la viande est bonne ou pas”. Ce n’est pas la première fois que des scandales alimentaires éclatent dans le pays après qu’il a été révélé que le lait contenait de la mélamine ou encore que les choux montraient des traces de pesticides. Les autorités du pays ont annoncé avoir ouvert une enquête.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 11:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
John Combs of Vancouver, whose impending dismissal as a Walmart greeter along with others around the country sparked a consumer outcry, was offered a new position at his store on Friday, a family member said.Combs, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was told he could continue as a greeter at the self-checkout area instead of the front door at the Walmart Supercenter on Southeast 192nd Avenue, said his sister Rachel Wasser of Vancouver.Wasser said a corporate Walmart official at its Arkansas headquarters told her similar job offers are being made to other disabled greeters nationwide, who’ve been affected by redefined responsibilities for greeters.“Walmart seems like they have heard the public and their employees and is letting greeters try out positions,” Wasser said in an email.On Friday afternoon, the Walmart manager at Combs’ store, 430 S.E. 192nd Ave., met with Combs, Wasser, her husband Josh Wasser and Combs’ job coach at an employment agency. Rachel Wasser came away from the meeting satisfied.“The manager told us ‘if for some reason this position didn’t work out, John will continue to be a Walmart employee, and we will go back to the drawing board,’ ” Wasser said.