Peace restored in communities after xenophobic attacks

first_imgPeace has returned to South African communities riven by the recent xenophobic violence, and the supply of food, shelter and other support for foreigners forced to flee their homes has been stepped up, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told a press briefing on Tuesday. Children read anti-xenophobia booklets during a peaceful walk against attacks on foreigners, in Mzamomhle Township near East London in the Eastern Cape on Sunday 26 April. (Image: GCIS) • Attacks on foreign nationals: South Africa responds • Our African bonds defy borders • Booklet: Stop attacks on foreign nationals • We Are the World Africa sings out against xenophobia • South Africa to host anti-xenophobia football friendlies Staff writer“We want to reassure those who have plans to travel to South Africa that our government is in charge. The violence has stopped,” Radebe told the media at the first briefing by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on migration, held in Pretoria on 28 April.“We are now working hard to ensure that nobody within the borders of our country is victimised based on their country of origin.”The IMC was set up to examine the underlying causes of the tension between South Africans and foreigners, and deal with the aftermath of the violence. Radebe chairs the committee.Read the full media briefing statementThe victimsThe briefing confirmed that seven deaths can be linked to the recent outbreak of violence. Four of the victims were foreigners and three South African.The details of the victims, nationality, nature of death and status of investigation are as follows.NAME OF VICTIMNATIONALITYNATURE OF DEATHSTATUS OF CASEMarcus NatasEthiopianPetrol bombing in UmlaziInvestigations continueMuvo (other names unknown)ZimbabweanAttacked by a mob in ChatsworthInvestigations continueDava SabastioMozambicanAttacked by a mob in VerulamInvestigations continueShaofic Shaof Ul AlamBangladeshiGunshot in PlessislaerA South African male arrestedThabo Owen MzobeSouth AfricanGunshot in NtuzumaTwo South African males arrestedAyanda DlaminiSouth AfricanGunshot in Bekhithemba (Umlazi)Somali national arrestedPetros DlaminiSouth AfricanChatsworthInvestigations continuePreliminary investigations suggest the death of Mozambican citizen Manuel Jossias, also known as Emmanuel Sithole, to be the result of a criminal act, not xenophobic violence.“The IMC on behalf of the South African nation extends its deepest condolences to the families of those deceased, and wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” Radebe said.The National Prosecuting Authority is making the prosecution of cases related to attacks on foreigners a priority, the briefing was told. “Perpetrators of these crimes can expect that prosecutors will ask courts to impose sentences of direct imprisonment.”The Department of Justice and NPA have set up dedicated courts in KwaZulu-Natal to ensure the speedy prosecution of the cases. The South African Police Service has allocated detectives in all provinces to expedite the investigations in cases related to xenophobic violence.“We are not taking a business-as-usual approach,” Radebe said. “We want to ensure that the perpetrators of these vile acts are dealt with as speedily as possible.”Watch the full media briefing:Caring for migrants in sheltersThe Department of Social Development is coordinating the government’s material and psychological support for 812 foreigners currently living in shelters.“We encourage those who require counselling services to call 0800 428 428,” Radebe said. “The trauma counselling call centre is operational 24 hours a day. We have so far provided 2 000 mattresses, food, blankets, dignity packs, baby formula and clothing items to displaced persons at the various shelters.”The Department of Health is providing primary healthcare and medical services to foreigners, wherever needed but including in the temporary shelters.The social development department has also assessed conditions at temporary shelters in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng to determine the immediate needs of women and children.“Pregnant women and people with disabilities have been transferred to secure shelters,” Radebe said. “Retired social workers were also deployed to the temporary shelters to strengthen the psycho-social services.”Radebe said reports that some foreigners had already begun to return to their homes in South African communities were encouraging. Sufficient numbers had returned home to allow the Elsburg Shelter to be closed on Friday 23 April. Those still not able to leave were taken in at the Primrose Shelter.“As the situation continues to stabilise, we call on foreign nationals who are still in shelters to work with the departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Community Safety to ensure a smooth reintegration process,” he said. Radebe also urged communities to welcome returning foreigners and help with their reintegration.Documentation and verificationThe Department of Home Affairs is working to verify the immigration status of displaced migrants, Radebe said. Those in the country illegally were being detained for prosecution or deportation.“In cases where the displaced persons have no documentation or they are in the country illegally, the department still captures their details,” he said. “Their information and fingerprints are captured in order to provide documentation to facilitate their repatriation.”Home Affairs is also working with foreign missions in South Africa to ensure the smooth repatriation of those wanting to voluntarily return to their home countries. About 1 507 documented foreigners are currently awaiting repatriation.“We have thus far repatriated a total of 1 997 undocumented migrants from both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng temporary shelters, 911 to Malawi, 316 to Mozambique, 753 to Zimbabwe, and 17 to Tanzania,” Radebe said.South Africa still a home for all AfricansThe government is committed to finding a lasting solution to prevent the “shameful” attacks from happening again, Radebe told the briefing.“We believe that issues of migration can only be resolved by taking a holistic approach that deals with all issues highlighted by communities. This includes identifying and resolving challenges highlighted by local traders.” The Department of Small Business Development will be investigating these issues.Despite the tragic events of the past weeks, Radebe said, Africans from other countries still consider South Africa a safe place to visit.In March 10 548 people from Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe visited South Africa. In April, 13 533 people visited from these countries.“We are heartened that our brothers and sisters on the continent still consider our country a multicultural society that welcomes and promotes interaction among people of different backgrounds,” Radebe said.last_img read more

The 11 Power 5 College Football Teams That Improved The Most Statistically In 2015

first_imgiowa midseason hype videoTwitter/@hawkeyeFBvideoVirtually every college football team makes changes from season to season. Players graduate, enroll, and transfer out and in, coaches take new jobs and rise through the ranks, and systems change all the time. In college football, you can have a team like TCU, which was a 4-8 club in 2013, find itself on the precipice of the College Football Playoff in 2014. While not every rise or fall is that drastic, the sport does lend itself to steep turnarounds. This year, Larry Fedora, Kirk Ferentz, and Bob Stoops all answered questions about their job statuses with remarkable runs, and all are positioned to go to top bowls, if not compete for national championship.These improvements bare themselves out on the stat sheets as well. When comparing the numbers from 2014 to 2015, it isn’t very shocking which teams have seen the biggest jumps this season.Using scoring offense and defense, we measured which power conference teams improved the most in total point differential from 2014 to 2015. Many of the top ten teams are among those that helped define the 2015 college football season. Next: Florida State >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12last_img read more

Hundreds gather to remember Loretta Saunders

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter the federal government released its report on violence against Aboriginal women, hundreds gathered to honour Loretta Saunders.The 26-year-old Inuk student was killed on Feb. 13.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

Trump orders withdrawal of sanctions against N Korea

first_imgWashington DC: Donald Trump has abruptly ordered the withdrawal of additional “large-scale” sanctions on North Korea, immediately after the Treasury Department imposed them, with his press secretary saying that the US President “likes” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and does not think they are necessary. President Trump’s unusual move comes after his second summit with Kim, held last month in Hanoi, Vietnam. Trump walked out of that summit after refusing to agree to the North Korea’s demands of lifting all sanctions. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It was announced today by the US Treasury that additional large- scale sanctions would be added to those already existing sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional sanctions!” Trump tweeted on Friday. This was an apparent reference to sanctions the Treasury Department has announced Thursday on Chinese shipping companies doing business with North Korea. Those sanctions prompted swift pushback from the Chinese and North Korean governments. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe two companies are Dalian Haibo International Freight Co. Ltd and Liaoning Danxing International Forwarding Co. Ltd. The sanctions were the first new sign of pressure since talks between Trump and Kim broke down in Hanoi. “The US and our like-minded partners remain committed to achieving the final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea and believe that the full implementation of North Korea-related UN Security Council resolutions is crucial to a successful outcome,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “Treasury will continue to enforce our sanctions, and we are making it explicitly clear that shipping companies employing deceptive tactics to mask illicit trade with North Korea expose themselves to great risk,” it said. The National Security Advisor John Bolton described it as an “important” action. “The maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea’s illicit shipping practices. Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea’s sanctions evasion,” Bolton tweeted. The White House, however, defended Trump’s decision. “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. In June, Trump and Kim had their first-ever historic meeting aimed at normalising ties and complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.last_img read more

IP University to start Msc Yoga this session

first_imgNEW DELHI: IP University has started online admission process for the new academic session 2019–20 for more than 33,000 seats for 11 University Schools and 120 affiliated colleges. At present, the University has notified 58 combined academic programmes in the Admission Brochure unloaded on the University website www.ipu.ac.in. Also, two new courses, MSc (Yoga) and BSc (Nursing) post basic are being started from this academic session. Out of it, admission in the 40 programmes will be done on the basis of Common Entrance Tests (CETs) conducted by the University. There is no CET for six programmes –MBA(Weekend), LLM (Weekend), MBA (Disaster Management), M.Tech (ECE) Weekend, M Tech (CSE) Weekend and M Tech (Bio Technology). Admission in these programmes will be done on the basis of marks in the last qualifying examinations, work experiences and the performance in the interview. Admission to M Tech (Bio – Technology) will be given on the basis of GATE score.last_img read more

Ohio State freshman tight end Marcus Baugh cited for underage consumption

Before ever stepping on the field for the Ohio State football team, freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been reportedly cited for underage consumption for the second time since joining the Buckeyes.According to a report by Eleven Warriors’ Kyle Rowland, Baugh will be suspended indefinitely from the team because of the incident.An OSU spokesman was “not aware of any details,” Tuesday night and said he was “just now hearing about this via news reports.”This comes in the wake of Baugh being suspended for the 2013 season opener against Buffalo for a similar incident. In July, the tight end was arrested for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and displaying improper identification, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records.Coming out of high school, the Riverside, Calif., native was considered a four-star recruit by 247Sports and participated in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game.Baugh was redshirted by OSU coach Urban Meyer during his freshman season after not playing for the Buckeyes all year.As of now, OSU is set to return its two starting tight ends from the 2013-14 season in junior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-sophomore Nick Vannett.Baugh did not immediately respond to an email request from The Lantern for comment.OSU is set to start its season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium against Navy. read more

Wrestling Ohio State unveils 201718 wrestling schedule

Sun., Feb. 11vs. MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan Fri., Jan. 5vs. Maryland College Park, Maryland Feb. 16 or 18vs. North Carolina State Raleigh, North Carolina Sun., Nov. 12vs. Arizona StateColumbus Tue., Nov. 21vs. Cleveland State (Thanksgiving Throwdown)vs. Kent State (Thanksgiving ThrowdownColumbus Then-sophomore Myles Martin checks the clock as he looks for back-points against Bo Nickal of Penn State on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorOhio State wrestling unveiled its 2017-18 schedule Thursday, which includes 14 dual meets and two tournaments.The reigning Big Ten champion Buckeyes will host six duals during the upcoming season. The competitions will be held in three different cities and four different venues. While St. John Arena is the conventional home for Ohio State wrestling, duals will be hosted at the Schottenstein Center, and at two in-state high schools. The season will kick off on Nov. 4 when the Buckeyes compete in the Princeton Open, a tournament hosted by Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey. Ohio State will then host three non-conference foes at St. John Arena, beginning with Arizona State on Nov. 12. Cleveland State and Kent State will visit Columbus to take part in the Thanksgiving Throwdown on Nov. 21. On Dec. 2-3, the Buckeyes travel west to compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.The Big Ten opener against Indiana on Dec. 10 will be hosted by the Buckeyes at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the alma mater of Nathan Tomasello, the reigning Big Ten champion at 133 pounds. Ohio State will have three straight duals on the road before rounding out regular-season conference play with six weekend matches, including a match against Purdue on Jan. 28 at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, which produced brothers Bo and Micah Jordan. Before beginning postseason play in the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State will travel to Raleigh, N.C. for a dual with North Carolina State on either Feb. 16 or 18, with the official date to be announced at a later time. The Buckeyes will have an opportunity to repeat as conference champions when the Big Ten tournament takes place on March 3-4 in East Lansing, Michigan.If all goes well for certain Ohio State wrestlers, their season will conclude in their home state as the NCAA championships will be held Mar. 15-17 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.The season schedule will see Ohio State face seven schools that finished in the top-20 at the 2017 NCAA championships. Ohio State will return a wealth of talent from its 2016-17 roster, including two-time defending national champion heavyweight Kyle Snyder. Returning along with Snyder will be the Jordan brothers, Tomasello, Kollin Moore and Myles Martin.Bo, the elder brother, is the defending Big Ten champion at 174 pounds. Micah, a redshirt junior, finished as a runner-up at 149 pounds in the Big Ten last season. Moore was the reigning champion at 197 pounds, while Martin won the NCAA championship as a freshman in 2016 at 174 pounds. Sat., Nov, 4Princeton OpenPrinceton, New Jersey Fri., Jan. 26vs. Michigan StateEast Lansing, Michigan Sun., Dec. 17vs. ChattanoogaAtlanta Feb. 2 or 4vs. Penn StateUniversity Park, Pennsylvania Fri., Jan. 12vs. Minnesota Columbus (Schottenstein Center) Dec. 2-3Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas Mar. 3-4Big Ten Championships  East Lansing, Michigan Sun., Jan. 28vs. PurdueSt. Paris, Ohio Jan. 19 or 21vs. IowaColumbus Sun., Dec. 10vs. IndianaCuyahoga Falls, Ohio Sun., Jan. 7vs. RutgersPiscataway, New Jersey Schedule: Mar. 15-17NCAA ChampionshipsCleveland, Ohio read more

Mens Soccer Maisonneuve looks back on difficult first season

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn the days following the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s season-ending loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament, head coach Brian Maisonneuve took time to reflect on his first season on the job and how he plans to lead the program going forward.Maisonneuve was hired this past spring after serving as an assistant coach from 2010-17 at Indiana, his alma mater. What made the decision to leave easier, as well as the transition to Columbus, was the fact that Maisonneuve spent nine seasons playing for the Columbus Crew during his professional career. “Ohio State was the only program I would have left IU for. I was fortunate to have eight great years there, as a coach and obviously as a player as well,” Maisonneuve said. “It was an honor to come back to Columbus, to work for this athletic department and to be a part of this program. It’s exciting and it was just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”The 2018 Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-15-2, 0-7-1 Big Ten) failed to find consistency in key areas of the game, including a dormant offense that failed to find any footing in the attacking half until the final stages of the season.“Early on we had some issues. Towards the end I thought we were getting the ball in good spots. I thought we were creating opportunities,” Maisonneuve said. “We just weren’t finishing,” Maisonneuve said getting reps in and around the goal during practice was often a key emphasis for the Buckeyes, yet the schedule at times prevented them from getting into a rhythm.“The hardest part in that part of the season was actually finding training days to work with the guys, because when you play two games in five days or two games in six days, by the time you finish the game the next day is recovery,” Maisonneuve said. “You have one day to hit on a couple of things and then it’s the day before, which is pretty light and then you play again.”Maisonneuve said the Buckeyes were lacking in the technical facet at times, whether it was team members getting clean strikes on their shot attempts or making effective contact with their heads. Yet in other practices, Maisonneuve said, the Buckeyes proved effective in finding the back of the net. By the end of the year, Maisonneuve said he believed his team executed the correct passes and created the necessary chances to win games, but lacked the finishing touch that would get them on the scoreboard. He specifically cited various close calls in the team’s regular season finale at Wisconsin and Ohio State’s season-ending loss to Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. For Maisonneuve, inconsistencies on the defensive side of the ball came when the Buckeyes trotted out an entirely new four-man back line with the exception of sophomore defender Will Hirschmann. This unfamiliarity with one another led to occasional issues in terms of moving together as a unit and developing and maintaining quality spacing between defenders, Maisonneuve said.“Our toughest part of the schedule was definitely at the end. I said it couple of times, I do think if our schedule was flipped we might have beat some of those teams early on if we were playing like we were at the end of the season,” Maisonneuve said. “However, I don’t know if we are able to get to where we were at the end of the season if the schedule was flipped.” Maisonneuve said he gives the Buckeyes a ton of credit because what was asked of them was tough.“It was one of those years where we couldn’t catch a break,” Maisonneuve said. “On the flip side I know you create your own breaks and you create your own luck, but between getting scored on with nine seconds left, with 19 seconds left, with 73 seconds left, a couple unfortunate red cards, a couple goals called back … it just seemed one of those years.” Maisonneuve said the fact that the Buckeyes played their best soccer and had their most productive training sessions at the end of a one-win season says a lot about the character of the players in the locker room.“We had our dips. We had a lot of conversations about the process, the culture, or teammates and having each other’s back and we continued to build that side of it because I’m a true believer if you don’t get the culture right, your X’s and O’s don’t matter,” Maisonneuve said. When it came to the coaching staff, Maisonneuve said his three biggest targets were Sergio Gonzalez, Matt Foldesy and Chad Barson. He said not only do they have great soccer minds, but they were great people for the team to be around, as they understand what it is like to be part of a family.“They’re guys I knew from the past that I’ve worked with, coached before or coached alongside, so I needed a staff that I knew could come in, in good times, bad times, through a season like this or the good seasons that are coming ahead of us, that were going to be able to stick together and that was huge,” Maisonneuve said. As for returning players, he cited plenty of starting players who impressed him with their potential to make a difference on next year’s squad. Maisonneuve named junior defenders Osman Fofanah and CC Uche and redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried as big-time contributors on the defensive side of the ball.Meanwhile, he praised two freshmen, midfielder Xavier Green and forward Devyn Etling, who he said “were called upon to pull the strings,” along with a trio of midfielders in sophomore Joshua Jackson-Ketchup and juniors Jake Scheper and Jack Holland. Looking forward, Maisonneuve said the sky’s the limit for the Ohio State men’s soccer program. He said he believes this season’s struggles are something returning players can learn and gain confidence from, so they can understand what it will take to be a successful team moving forward. “Some people say, ‘Well Mais, now you get to start over.’ Well, I don’t want to start over because I think we made some strides. We laid the foundation. It didn’t show up in the wins and losses, but this group coming back knows what it’s going to take to make that jump,” he said. read more

Arsenal in talks for Lucas Torreira of Sampdoria

first_imgArsenal are currently in negotiation talks with Sampdoria for midfielder Lucas Torreira and an agreement is close.The Gunners are believed to have offered £26.5m (€30m) in instalments for the 22-year-old, rather than agreeing to pay his £22m (€25m) release clause in one lump sum, according to Sky SportsTorreira broke into the Uruguay squad this year and is currently with the national team as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He joined Sampdoria in the summer of 2015 from fellow Italian side Pescara and has gone on to make 74 appearances.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Sampdoria midfielder played 38 times and impressed, scored four times as Sampdoria finished 10th in Serie A, last season.Arsenal have already made one new signing since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger, with right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner joining on a free transfer from Juventus but they improved their contract with Ainsley Maitland-Niles this afternoon in a long-term deal.last_img read more

Jordi Alba surprised by Spain snub

first_imgBarcelona full-back Jordi Alba admits that he was “surprised” by Luis Enrique’s decision to not call-up him up for SpainThe 29-year-old was in impressive form for Barcelona in Sunday night’s 8-2 demolition of Huesca, which saw Alba score and set up two goals.But, despite his continued strong showings, Alba’s former Barcelona manager Enrique chose to leave him out of Spain’s 24-man squad for the upcoming international break.“It surprised me not to be called and I would have like to do. Everyone knows it a decision by the manager, and I must respect it,” said Alba, according to AS.“I don’t know why I’m not going. When I am bad, I can tell, and when I’m good too. I feel happy with the game we played.”⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽ GOOAAAL BARÇA!! JORDI ALBA!! (7-2, min 82)?? #BarçaHuesca pic.twitter.com/GC7209iLs6— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 2, 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.After scoring Barcelona’s seventh of the game, Alba covered his eyes and blew a kiss to the crowd.“I was dedicating it to my son, who is my happiness every day,” he said.“I’ve been at Barcelona for many seasons and like in the past, I have started well. It depends on him. My return to the national team doesn’t depend on me.”Alba had a difficult period working under Enrique at Barcelona.The left-back was left on the sidelines of Enrique’s final season in charge of the club after the coach switched his formation from a 4-3-3 system to a 3-4-3.Alba added: “I feel very good in every way and I don’t know what the manager will think. The same was I didn’t question when I went, I won’t question it not,”“I don’t have to call anyone to ask for explanations. I never spoke badly about Luis Enrique, nor did I have a bad relationship with him.“My comments in the past can be checked. I never said or thought he was a bad manager, to the contrary. I only said that I wanted to play more minutes.”last_img read more