Coronavirus pushing much of the world into record slumps

first_imgGermanyEurope’s top economy was hit less hard by the coronavirus than its neighbors, but still saw its GDP fall by 10.1 percent in the second quarter.As GDP had already declined by 2 percent in the first quarter, Germany’s economy met the definition of a recession: two consecutive quarters of contracting GDP. Germany’s previous record for a quarterly GDP drop: 4.7 percent in the first quarter of 2009. Spain After a 5.2 percent drop in the first quarter, Spain’s economy contracted a further 18.5 percent in the second, notably because of a 60 percent drop in tourism income and a fall by one third in exports. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed most of the world’s major economies into unprecedented contractions in the second quarter, except for China which escaped a recession.Here are the second quarter changes in gross domestic product (GDP) compared to the previous quarter for the world’s top economies. Unless stated otherwise, the figures are from the national statistics institutes. Japan Japan announced in mid-May it was already in recession when first quarter GDP slid by 0.6 percent after a 1.9 percent drop in the final quarter of 2019. The world’s number three economy has yet to publish second quarter GDP figures. United Kingdom The UK suffered the worst recession in Europe in the first two quarters of the year, also recording the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe. GDP fell 20.4 percent in the second quarter after a 2.2 percent drop in the first. China China, the world’s second-largest economy, may have been where the novel coronavirus originated, but thanks to strict lockdown measures it was able to largely halt the spread of the virus and reopen factories, thus avoiding a recession.In the second quarter its economy rebounded by 11.5 percent, having fallen by 10 percent in the first quarter. Still, growth for this year will be much below what China has become accustomed to for decades. EurozoneThe eurozone’s overall GDP plunged 12.1 percent in the three months to June, after 3.6 percent in the first quarter, making the second quarter downturn “by far” the worst since statistics agency Eurostat started compiling growth data for the area in 1995. United States The United States, the world’s top economy, suffered a 9.5 percent slump in the second quarter following a 1.3 percent drop in the first, according to figures published by the OECD. The US government publishes annualized figures (-32.9 percent in the second quarter), a method that is not comparable with most other countries. Topics : Italy Italy’s growth was impacted very early on by the coronavirus which hit its richest region, Lombardy, particularly hard. Italian GDP fell by 5.4 percent in the first quarter and then by 12.4 percent in the second, pushing the country into recession. France The eurozone’s number two economy was in a longer and stricter lockdown than its eastern neighbor, and second quarter GDP fell more steeply, by 13.8 percent, after a drop of 5.9 percent in the previous three months. Previously the worst quarterly GDP growth in France happened in 1968 because of a general strike in May of that year.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Touts Port of Philadelphia Investment to Create Thousands of Middle Class Jobs

first_img Economy, Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Port Development, Press Release Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator Bob Casey, elected officials and stakeholders to tout a comprehensive Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia announced in November that will create thousands of jobs by investing more than $300 million in the Port’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. This initiative will double container capacity, position the Port for future growth, improve efficiency, and increase tax revenues when it begins next year and continues through 2020,“My number one priority is to continue to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy to support the middle class and this capital investment program will give the Port of Philadelphia the tools it needs to improve its competitive position and create thousands of family-sustaining jobs while increasing state revenues,” said Governor Wolf. “With its major economic impacts throughout the state, my administration understands the value of Pennsylvania’s port asset in Philadelphia.”“This is one of the largest economic development projects in the state,” Sen. Casey said. “I have worked since I was elected to ensure the deepening of the Delaware River, an investment in job retention and creation for the state.”The program, ranking among the largest investments by a state on the East Coast, will boost three of the busiest sectors of the Port of Philadelphia, including the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s automobile-handling operation, and the Tioga Marine Terminal.“The state’s $300 million investment is a good deal not just for the Port’s workers and for Philadelphians, but for taxpayers across the entire state,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “This increased capacity will be needed in the years to come, since the deepening of the Delaware River’s main navigation to prepare for bigger ships is scheduled to completed in early 2017. So we are grateful to the Wolf Administration, to state lawmakers, and of course to the hard-working men and women of the Port of Philadelphia.”These improvements will result in doubling container capacity at the Port, provide increased breakbulk (non-containerized) cargo capacity, and bring a substantial increase in automobile-handling capacity. A total direct job increase of 70 percent is projected from the current level of 3,124 to a projected 5,378 direct jobs. Total employment at the Port will also increase, from 10,341 to 17,020, and state and local tax revenues generated will increase from the current $69.6 million to $108.4 million annually.“The investment in the Philadelphia port will not only provide overdue upgrades to the existing ports, it will also add thousands of jobs to the region,” said state Rep. Bill Keller, D-Phila. “I would like to thank Gov. Wolf for securing the funds for this very important project.”About $200 million of the Capital Investment Program will be invested in the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port of Philadelphia’s largest maritime facility. These improvements will include four new electric post-Panamax container cranes, the relocation of warehouses to facilitate container growth and the construction of new ones, and a deeper 45-foot depth at the terminal’s marginal berths, to match the new 45-foot depth of the Delaware River’s main channel. Electrification throughout the terminal will also be modernized to support electrification of existing diesel cranes and cold ironing capabilities at the terminal (the ability to power without the need for the vessels to burn fuel while docked).The Governor’s administration worked closely with the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, the Port’s staff, and business and labor leaders throughout the Port to develop the very best, most effective capital program to improve commerce at the Port of Philadelphia, and to prepare the Port to meet industry trends for years to come.“Once again, the Port of Philadelphia is indebted to Governor Wolf and his administration,” said Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) Chairman Gerald H. Sweeney. “In the recent past, Governor Wolf had funded the critical final stages of the 45-foot Channel Deepening Project and championed other major port improvements. Now, this $300 million capital investment will enable the Port to significantly grow family sustaining jobs and dramatically expand all our business lines, particularly setting us on a path to more than double our existing container capacity. This investment by the Governor, coupled with the talented dedication of the entire port community, ensures that the Port of Philadelphia will capture a significant share of the increased vessel traffic on the East Coast resulting from the expanded Panama Canal and our deeper channel.”Officials at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority anticipate an aggressive “shovels in the ground” schedule beginning early next year to make these planned capital improvements.As the latest example of the successful public/private partnerships at the Port, Astro Holdings, Inc., the Tenant of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, will also purchase one of the Post-Panamax container cranes for the terminal, as well as dedicating significant privately-owned port acreage, in the form of the Holt-owned 40-acre “Publicker” site located next to the Packer Avenue facility, for container growth through Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.Officials of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) expect that these improvements will result in no less than a doubling of the cargo-handling capacity at the terminal, already the busiest and most multi-use terminal at the Port of Philadelphia. Container-handling capacity will especially increase, with a 900,000 TEU capacity immediately resulting from the improvements, scalable to exceed 1.2 million TEU capacity in the future, a significant improvement over the terminal’s current 400,000-plus TEU capacity.The improvements at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s primary container facility, will occur at about the time that the Delaware Main Channel Deepening Project, which is deepening the Port’s main shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet, will be completed. The larger, deeper-draft container vessels that will be able to reach the Port because of the deepening project (as well as a recently improved Panama Canal) will now find a terminal that is especially prepared for their needs.The Ports Automobile Import/Export facility, which currently processes 150,000 cars and employs more than 300 direct workers will also benefit by receiving about $90 million of the Governor’s Capital Investment program. Since 2010, Glovis America been the main customer of the Port’s Auto Processing facility, located in South Philadelphia adjacent to the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, bringing Hyundai and Kia automobiles on vessels for eventual distribution to dealerships throughout the region.Improvements to the Port’s automobile-handling operation will include the addition of 155 paved and fenced acres above the flood plain at the Port’s Southport site; the conversion of the former seaplane hangar at Southport into a second auto-processing site; enhancements at the main auto-processing site at Pier 98 Annex; and the establishment of a framework that provides flexibility for use of the land the Port needs for containers and automobiles, as determined by market demands.Tioga Marine Terminal will be the third beneficiary of the State Capital Investment Program at the Port. $12 million has been earmarked for improvements to the main on-dock warehouse that has been successfully handling and processing Brazilian wood pulp cargoes since 2014. A second warehouse at Tioga will be converted into a food-grade warehouse, allowing the Port increase its wood pulp volumes to meet the demands of Pennsylvania companies requiring wood pulp. Improved rail access and the purchase of a second mobile harbor crane will also add capacity for Tioga Marine Terminal.This capital investment program provides an alternate, more efficient and expeditious solution to reach the Port’s goals as embodied in the recent Southport RFP: growing container capacity, accelerating job creation, and capitalizing immediately on the river dredging program ensuring that the Port will be competitive and positioned for growth immediately With this capital investment plan, we will have accomplished both the short term and the longer term objectives that were envisioned for Southport as well as the Port overall, with flexibilities to continue to grow and shift across many diverse markets. The Commonwealth and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority remain committed to establishing the best, most effective maritime operations at Southport, and these slated capital improvements at Southport are part of that commitment.By the NumbersCurrentFuture Direct Jobs (70% Increase)3,1245,378 Growth in Automotive Capacity—166% Total Employment (65% Increase)10,34117,020 Capital – Estimated—$300M SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Annual Revenue @ Capacity$5.7M$18.9M December 21, 2016 Growth in Breakbulk Capacity—21% State/Local Taxes (56% Increase)$69.6M$108.4M Growth in Container Capacity—86% Governor Wolf Touts Port of Philadelphia Investment to Create Thousands of Middle Class Jobs Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Dangerous chemicals linked to breast cancer – study

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 52 Views no discussions Share WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — Certain chemicals that are common in everyday life have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women, US researchers said Monday.The paper in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives lists 17 chemicals to avoid and offers women advice on how to minimise their exposure.They include chemicals in gasoline, diesel and other vehicle exhaust, flame retardants, stain-resistant textiles, paint removers, and disinfection by-products in drinking water.“The study provides a road map for breast cancer prevention by identifying high-priority chemicals that women are most commonly exposed to and demonstrates how to measure exposure,” said study author Ruthann Rudel, research director of the Silent Spring Institute.“This information will guide efforts to reduce exposure to chemicals linked to breast cancer, and help researchers study how women are being affected,” she said.Some of the biggest sources of mammary carcinogens in the environment are benzene and butadiene, which can come from vehicle exhaust, lawn equipment, tobacco smoke, and charred food.Other concerns are cleaning solvents like methylene chloride, pharmaceuticals used in hormone replacement therapy, some flame retardants, chemicals in stain-resistant textiles and non-stick coatings, and styrene which comes from tobacco smoke and is also used to make Styrofoam, the study said.Carcinogens can also be found in drinking water, researchers said.“Every woman in America has been exposed to chemicals that may increase her risk of getting breast cancer,” said co-author Julia Brody.“Unfortunately, the link between toxic chemicals and breast cancer has largely been ignored. Reducing chemical exposures could save many, many women’s lives.”Brody described the paper as the first to comprehensively list potential breast carcinogens and detail ways for experts to measure them in women’s blood and urine.The study also recommends seven ways for women to avoid these chemicals:1) Limit exposure to exhaust from vehicles or generators, don’t idle your car, and use electric lawn mowers, leaf blowers and weed whackers instead of gas-powered ones.2) Use a ventilation fan while cooking and limit how much burned or charred food you eat.3) Do not buy furniture with polyurethane foam, or ask for furniture that has not been treated with flame retardants.4) Avoid stain-resistant rugs, furniture and fabrics.5) If you use a dry-cleaner, find one who does not use PERC (perchloroethylene) or other solvents. Ask for “wet cleaning”.6) Use a solid carbon block drinking water filter.7) Keep chemicals out of the house by taking off your shoes at the door, using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, and cleaning with wet rags and mops.The research was funded by the Avon Foundation. The Silent Spring Institute is a 20-year-old organisation made up of scientists who focus on the environment and women’s health.It is named after the best selling environmental book ‘The Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson, who died of breast cancer in 1964, two years after the book was published.Dale Sandler, chief of epidemiology at the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, described the paper as a “terrific” resource for epidemiologists who study environmental causes of breast cancer.“This paper is a thorough review of toxicology data and biomarkers relevant to breast cancer in humans,” he said.Associated Free Presscenter_img Share Tweet HealthLifestyle Dangerous chemicals linked to breast cancer – study by: – May 12, 2014last_img read more

Opposition Leader calls on motorists to be more vigilant

first_imgLocalNews Opposition Leader calls on motorists to be more vigilant by: – November 16, 2011 14 Views one comment Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Hon. Hector John. Image via: uwpdm.comLeader of the Opposition, United Workers Party Hector John is calling on motorists to increase their vigilance in an effort to reduce the growing incidents of traffic accidents on the island.John’s comments come in light of two recent fatalities which occurred within two days.Hilroy Ambo of Salisbury died when the vehicle which he was a passenger on collided with a dump truck in Jimmit on Saturday and the other David Joseph on Monday evening.The other, twenty-three (23) year old David Joseph of Portsmouth was pronounced dead on Monday evening at the Portsmouth Hospital marking the ninth (9th) road fatality for 2011 and the third involving a motorcycle.Joseph, a former employee of Fine Foods Incorporated was riding motorcycle registration number TJ 898 along the Ti-Bay, Coconut Beach Public Road when he collided with a stray cow. As a result, the cow died and the motorcycle belonged to Fine Foods Incorporated was extensively damaged.The Opposition Leader is also calling on cattle owners in the Portsmouth areas to ensure that their animals are tied and not left wandering the streets which poses a threat to motorists.“I’m calling on our motorists to be even more vigilant on the road seeing that we have better roads some people try to speed and also calling on the people of Portsmouth who have their animals on the road, I think not only because of the death of David but I have heard that several times and I have seen it at One Mile, Picard; met a lot of loose cows on the road and that is a serious problem that we have.”John further stated that the unfortunate incident which claimed the life of a young man should serve as a signal to the authorities to ensure that this does not happen again.“We have small roads, we have corners you might just bend a corner and meet a cow in the centre of the road and you cannot make a getaway. What happened to David I think should send a message to the authority to ensure that people who have their cows along the roadside tie them properly and move them away from the road, so that they will not be causing accidents like what transpired in Picard and we lose the life of a young man that had a future ahead of him,” he said.John also extended his sympathy to the families and friends of his constituent Hilroy Ambo of Salisbury who was the first cousin of former parliamentary representative Earl Williams and David John of Portsmouth.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Ellsworth girls win LL District 1 softball title

first_img GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Bio Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Posts Members of the District 1 Little League champion Ellsworth girls for ages 11-12 include (front, from left ) Gabbie James, Jayden Keefe, Katie Hammer, Sydney Stevens and Mackenzie Chipman, and (rear, from left ) manager Josh Stevens, Hannah Hanscom, Maria Wagenknecht, Samantha Wallace-DeJulio, Rachelle Swanson, Trinity Montigny, coach Rob Shea and coach Shane Lowell.ELLSWORTH — With a pair of wins over Machias, the Ellsworth girls captured the Little League District 1 softball championship for ages 11-12.In their first encounter at Ellsworth, the hometown girls crushed their opponents 29-3, with Katie Hammer, Sydney Stevens and Jayden Keefe each getting a pair of hits and Hannah Hanscom driving in two runs.Pitchers Mackenzie Chipman and Rachelle Swanson combined to strike out seven batters and allow just one hit in the four-inning contest.In the much closer second game at Machias on June 30, Chipman pitched a six-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts as Ellsworth notched a 7-5 victory.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTrinity Montigny singled and drove in two runs and Maria Wagenknecht had a run-scoring single for Ellsworth.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.center_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017last_img read more

Match Commissioner Found Dead in Hotel Room

first_imgThe match commissioner for Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between Kano Pillars and Ikorodu United, Tanko Nuhu, is dead.Nuhu from Nasarawa State,who lives in Abuja with his family, was found dead in his hotel room monday.Pillars Spokesman, Idris Malikawa, confirmed the match official’s death to“He was found dead in his hotel room this morning (Monday) when all efforts for him to open his room door proved abortive,” said Malikawa. “It is really tragic because he was hail and hearty on Sunday night.”Malikawa further disclosed that Dr Sani Zakari of the Murtala Muhammad Hospital in Kano confirmed the death as natural. Hypertension medications were found in his room.Hosts Pillars defeated Ikorodu United FC 2-1 in the Match-day 15 clash last Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse quarterbacks prepare for final 2 weeks with future implications in air

first_imgThough the next two games are meaningless to Syracuse’s ongoing season, Tim Lester has a message for his offensive players.“They’re mistaken if they don’t think the momentum of the end of one season can’t carry over into another,” the SU offensive coordinator said on Tuesday night.And that concept applies more to the Orange’s quarterbacks than any other positional group.While a Terrel Hunt return in the next nine days seems unlikely, freshman AJ Long and sophomore Austin Wilson feel it’ll be Hunt’s job to lose when he plays again, whether it be this season or next. But Lester didn’t indicate as much, and the quarterbacks have two more games to make their case for their roles next year, starting with Syracuse’s (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) matchup at Pittsburgh (4-6, 2-4) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.When Lester is assessing his group of signal-callers and deciding the pecking order heading into next season, he said there will be no better platform for evaluation than live game action.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“What they’re doing at the time will be a huge deal, but there’s no way I could put a better challenge to them than to go out there and play ACC-caliber teams,” Lester said. “So the next two weeks will be big as far as figuring out how they react to different situations and try to put them in those situations.”At Tuesday’s practice, Lester had all three quarterbacks — Long, Wilson and sophomore Mitch Kimble — at his disposal for the first time in a few weeks. Long, who sat out Syracuse’s loss to Duke on Nov. 8 due to a nerve issue in his shoulder, will be the Orange’s starter against the Panthers if he’s healthy, Lester said.But in the same answer, the offensive coordinator praised what Kimble brings to the table for SU as a running threat, good decision maker and accurate thrower.Long spoke with reporters Tuesday evening for the first time since the week leading up to his injury against North Carolina State. The true freshman pointed out that this season has been the first time in his career he hasn’t consistently won. Long’s accounted for five touchdowns, but also seven turnovers.That’s why he feels he hasn’t created any competition against Hunt, despite Long’s flashes of talent.“At this point, I haven’t played consistently enough to be the starting quarterback,” he said. “This two weeks is probably where it has to start. It’s not going to end here because clearly you have to go into the spring and it’s going to take time to be able to take a spot from somebody that’s held it for two years.”Though he said the starting job is still Hunt’s to lose, Long still hopes to improve his play as SU takes on Pittsburgh and Boston College to round out the schedule and to keep progressing into the offseason to make a run at Hunt’s title.Wilson also referred to Hunt’s experience and said he doesn’t think about competition; he just approaches each day the same way.But if somebody plays well enough, Lester hinted, it could be anyone’s team.“I don’t believe any one quarterback owns anything,” said Lester, a former college quarterback himself. “If you go out there and play, you’ll own a team quickly. You can ask (Drew) Bledsoe when (Tom) Brady went in for him.“Whoever goes in there and makes plays, that’s who the team is going to follow. If I go in there and make plays, they’ll follow me. I would love to.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 20, 2014 at 12:20 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

Former Old Navy exec visits campus

first_imgJenny Ming, president and chief executive officer of Charlotte Russe and former president of Old Navy, spoke to undergraduate students on Thursday evening at Popovich Hall about the importance of team management and communication in executive leadership. The session was titled “View from the Top: A Conversation with Jenny Ming.” The talk was part of The Center for Management Communication Expert’s Speaker Series and was moderated by James Owens, professor of clinical management communication at USC.The event was structured in a question and answer format, beginning with general overarching questions from Professor Owens. When asked about the role that communication plays in her management of Charlotte Russe, Ming repeatedly emphasized the importance and necessity of good communication in creating a successful business model and pleasant working environment.“Communication is the most important aspect of business, and I am not just saying that,” Ming said. “Being a leader, you can think all you want, but if you can’t share your ideas, they don’t get done. Communication is key in being successful as a leader, but I want to not just be the leader of the team, I want to be part of the team.”Additionally, Ming explained her methods of successfully executing a business model that would lead to ongoing company success.“I always think of a business as a startup, turnaround, and growth. Even when Old Navy was a $3 billion company I still thought of it as a startup,” Ming said. “Turn-around is important to keep in mind because sometimes you need to switch around a business model. And growth because I’m always thinking about how we can leverage size and grow bigger.”In 1994, Ming was part of the executive team that launched Gap Inc.’s Old Navy division, later becoming its president in 1999. After she left Old Navy in 2006, the company generated $6 billion in sales. Since 2009, Ming has been the president and CEO of Charlotte Russe, a clothing company specifically catering to young women. Ming also advises companies such as Levi Strauss & Co. and Barney’s New York.Once the session was open to the rest of the room, the topics switched from a conversation on Ming’s own experience to her advice for recent college graduates entering the job market.“A lot of jobs are opportunistic, not planned,” Ming said. “It is important to take a lot of risks in your life. When you are too comfortable, it is time to move on. I worked 20 years at Gap but in different positions. It is important to keep asking yourself, ‘Am I happy with where I am?’”Bryanna Wallace, a freshman majoring in business administration, found the event to be worthwhile and educational.“Jenny provided great insight into the business world and how communication has an influence on that,” Wallace said. “She also talked about how it is important to have an open mind and view your company as always evolving. It was also just great being in her presence because Charlotte Russe is my favorite store.”Helene Burghoff, a freshman majoring in economics, said she appreciated Ming’s talk as a way to learn outside of the classroom to get in touch with the business world during the academic year.“I think the talk was really interesting,” Burghoff said. “Marshall always has so many events like this one, and it’s good because you can learn about these things in class, but it’s much more beneficial to learn it through listening to these people.”last_img read more

Super Falcons Qualify for Women’s Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgThe visitors strung passes together brilliantly in the midfield but could not get past the experienced Nigerian rear wall of Faith Michael, Ngozi Ebere, Osinachi Ohale and Skipper Onome Ebi.Typically, Ngozi Okobi dominated the midfield, orchestrating brilliantly and earning standing ovation on several occasions with her intelligent play and passes. Her clever knock –down in the box in the 45th minute freed Asisat Oshoala to score Nigeria’s second.Oparanozie knocked in her second and Nigeria’s third in the 48th minute, and although Penda Bah, Adama Tamba, Isatou Jallow Mam Drammeh and substitute Clarra Gomez tried to fashion a different approach, the 2016 Women AFCON final goalscorer hit the fourth for the Falcons in the 62nd minute to take the winds off the Gambians’ sail.Substitute Halimatu Ayinde failed to connect with the net gaping after a brilliant Ordega pull-out in the 72nd minute, but Oshoala quickly made amends for that and several other misses with a captivating solo run and strike two minutes later.With six minutes left, Oparanozie rifled into the far corner after her initial effort was blocked, to make it 6-0.The Falcons thus join Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Zambia, South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon (who qualified in previous days) at the finals slated for later this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Four goals by Desire Oparanozie and a brace by Asisat Oshoala enabled reigning champions Nigeria to spell GAMBIA in Lagos yesterday evening and qualify for the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations on a 7-0 aggregate win.Oparanozie started early, blasting past goalkeeper Aminata Gaye from the spot in the second minute after Francisca Ordega was upended in the box by Nenneh Jallow.Former Under-17 team star Amarachi Okoronkwo, who scored the only goal of the first leg in Bakau on Wednesday with a long range strike, tried to recreate same on the half –hour, but her effort saw the ball kiss the upright and bounce to safety.last_img read more

Haitian Diplomat Urges Bahamas Government Not to Jail Haitians on Minor…

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – A Haitian diplomat is appealing to the Bahamas government not to imprison nationals from Haiti who have been convicted of minor immigration offences even as Nassau continued the programme of deporting illegal immigrants, including Haitians, last weekend.Haitian Chargé d’Affaires Dorval Darlier said he had held talks with Attorney General Carl Bethel on the issue.“We discussed a lot of things. I think that the first point of view is that some people are in Fox Hill (prison for minor things like the immigration matter. I know that The Bahamas is a country of law, but sometimes you have to see it like the humanitarian way because…there isn’t a major crime,” Darlier told the Nassau Guardian newspaper.He said that instead of sending to jail, illegal Haitian migrants=, they should be sent to the detention center “and be repatriated to Haiti,” adding “they don’t have to spend time in Fox Hill.”He said it was harsh to send Haitians to prison for petty offences, adding that it is an expensive undertaking to keep Haitians in prisons.“If you keep someone in jail, you are to take care of them. You are to feed [them]. I think it’s [better] for the government to just send them back. It’s not a big deal. It’s not a big crime. Just ship them back, send them back to Haiti. This is one of the main concerns that we were discussing.”Last week, the Bahamas government defended its decision to deport illegal migrants, mainly Haitian nationals, following the passage of the Category 5 storm on September 1 that killed an estimated 60 people and left millions of dollars in damage on the Abaco Island and Grand Bahama.The Geneva-based Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the Hubert Minnis administration to halt the deportations, but Nassau responded by saying “it is unfortunate sometimes that international organizations – with all respect – apply standards to little countries like The Bahamas that they do not enforce in their own countries.“The government of The Bahamas wishes to assure that there was adherence to all due process; and the requisite procedures for proper documentation via captured biometrics were followed to determine every individual’s constitutional right to reside lawfully in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.It said all individuals found in violation of the Immigration Act were “lawfully removed” from The Bahamas “in accordance with the requisite court orders”.Earlier this month, Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans, said she was prepared to adopt a harsher line of action in dealing with illegal immigrants after indicating that fines do not seem to be a deterrent.The magistrate sentenced several undocumented migrants to prison for immigration offences, including five Haitian men who were sentenced to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services for illegally entering the country.Meanwhile, 24 people including 17 Haitians, were repatriated last Saturday.The Department of Immigration said that six women were among those deported to Port Au Prince and that two boys had been transferred from the department’s “safe house” to the Children’s Emergency hostel after their mother was convicted in court of charges of illegal landing and sent to prison for two months.last_img read more