General Iliya Abba appointed as head of new Multi-National task force

first_imgBoko Haram militantsNigeria has named a general to lead the new multinational task force to fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram.Major General Iliya Abbah, who previously led operations against militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta, will head the force according to  Nigeria’s military spokesman Colonel Sani Usman Kukasheka.The Multi-National Joint Task Force, made up of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, is expected to be more effective than a current alliance in the battle to end Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency, which has claimed some 15,000 lives.The announcement came as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was in Cameroon for talks on how to combat the escalating threat from Boko Haram, whose fighters have been waging an increasing number of murderous cross-border raids and suicide bombings.“We recognise that none of us can succeed alone,” he said at a state dinner in Yaounde on Wednesday, according to a presidency statement.“In order to win this war we need the collective efforts of each one of us, standing together as a formidable force for good, to defeat and end these acts of terror against our people.”A boosted force with 8,700 troops from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria is expected to become fully operational at least by next week.The multinational troops fighting Boko Haram in West Africa will be able to pursue the militants across borders according to Nigeria’s presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.He says there was now trust between those contributing troops since the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in May.Meanwhile, Chad said on Thursday its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram insurgents during a two-week military campaign aimed at clearing islands on Lake Chad used by the militants as hideouts and bases to launch attacks.Chad has deployed thousands of soldiers alongside troops from neighborsNigeria, Cameroon and Niger to tackle the militant group whose six-year insurgency has killed thousands. “We killed 117 Boko Haram fighters during the two-week operation.We lost two men and several wounded,” Colonel Azem Bermandoa, spokesman for the Chadian army, said.Chad’s parliament was to vote Thursday on a controversial anti-terror bill after a string of deadly Boko Haram attacks, raising fears among opponents and rights activists that the law may be used to curtail freedoms.last_img read more

French Open 2019: American teen Amanda Ansimova ends Simona Halep’s title defense

first_imgIn the process, Anisimova became the youngest player to reach the last four in Paris since Nicole Vaidisova’s run to the semis in 2006.Defeating Halep, the world No. 3, represented the biggest triumph of the American’s fledgling career, with this only her fourth main-draw appearance at a Grand Slam event. Anisimova claimed her first WTA Tour title in Bogota, Colombia, in April despite heading into that tournament without a prior match win on clay at that level. Related News French Open 2019: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, the rivalry of two greats at Roland Garros PARIS — American teen Amanda Anisimova took down defending French Open champion Simona Halep in breathtaking fashion Thursday, 6-2, 6-4, to become the youngest semifinalist at Roland Garros in 13 years.The unseeded 17-year-old took the match to Halep, mixing clean groundstrokes with phenomenal drop shots to set up a semifinal meeting Friday with Ashleigh Barty of Australia. For Halep, it ended her hopes of joining an elite group of five women – Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Justine Henin – to retain La Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen.Amazing Amanda!The 🇺🇸 teen upsets defending champion Halep 6-2 6-4 to reach semi-finals.https://t.co/gVXdWyx95u#RG19 pic.twitter.com/CuRnIFQRmk— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 6, 2019Anisimova started the match by halting Halep’s run of 16 successive breaks of serve – a streak that stretched back to her Round 2 win over Magda Linette – and a subsequent hold to love suggested the youngster would not cower on Court Philippe-Chatrier.Anisimova grew in confidence and punished the third seed by angling a forehand slice into the open court for her 11th winner, sealing the first set in fine fashion.The teen, a native of New Jersey, continued to excel off the ground and produced a searing forehand down the line for a break point in game two of the second set that was duly converted.Anisimova showed her resilience to pass through a service game with a trio of winners as she shut the door on Halep’s three chances to finally win behind her return, but she was unable to stop the Romanian hitting back at the next opportunity.Errors started to creep in for Anisimova and after a chance to put herself in position to serve out the match arrived, she buried a forehand into the net as Halep drew level at 4-4.However, the 2018 champion missed a chance to break and, in the next game, double faulted to give Anisimova match point, the American wrapping up things with a sweet backhand to retain her record of not dropping a set in Paris this year.STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNAmanda Anisimova bt Simona Halep [3] 6-2 6-4WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSHalep – 16/17Anisimova – 25/24ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSHalep – 1/2Anisimova – 1/0BREAK POINTS WONHalep – 1/7Anisimova – 4/7 FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEHalep – 72Anisimova – 73PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEHalep – 52/53Anisimova – 64/64TOTAL POINTSHalep – 52Anisimova – 68last_img read more

Rebels clinch 2013 KIJHL Championship in five games

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels have won the 2013 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship.The Rebels clinched the title in five games, blasting the injury-riddled North Okanagan Knights 4-0 Monday at the Castlegar Arena Complex.Castlegar, scoring its first title since 1996, wins the best-of-seven series 4-1 and represents the KIJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 11-14 in Comox Valley.The Rebels made sure there would be no more games in the KIJHL Final by jumping all over the Knights in the first period, out shooting North Okanagan 20-7.The Rebels were rewarded for the deciding advantage in play when leading scorer Stuart Walton beat Dustin Nikkel in the North Okanagan next on the power play.The goal was the first of two for Walton, who finished the KIJHL playoffs as the leading scorer with 27 points — including nine goals.Matt Reed and Darren Medeiros also scored for the Rebels, holding period leads of 1-0 and 3-0. Castlegar out shot the Knights 44-18 in the game with netminder Jordan Gluck serving up his second shutout of the series.Gluck shut out North Okanagan 2-0 in Game three of the series.The Rebels now join Richmond Sockeyes, Victoria Cougars and host Comox Valley Glacier Kings in the four-team Cyclone Taylor Cup Tournament.The win makes up for a crushing loss to Osoyoos Coyotes in the 2011 KIJHL Final.Castlegar’s win makes it three of the past five seasons a Murdoch Division champ has won the KIJHL title.Nelson Leafs won the KIJHL crown in 2009 while Beaver Valley took the title in 2012.last_img read more

Confident Scorpions leave for WICB Super50

first_imgA confident Jamaica Scorpions squad left the island yesterday to compete in the WICB Super50 tournament.”This is one of our better teams in years, and, as such, I am really looking forward to us going there and representing ourselves,” said captain Nikita Miller.”It’s a lovely balance with several players having West Indies experience.”The Robert Samuels coached-unit, which numbers 14, is without top batsmen Chris Gayle, due to injury, and Marlon Samuels, who has been drafted by the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.However, in fast bowler Jerome Taylor, batsman Jermaine Blackwood and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, they have players who have played at the highest level for the West Indies.”I like our chances, as, although we have been drawn in a fairly competitive zone, I believe we have the players to pull us through,” said Samuels.The Scorpions are due to participate in Zone B of the tournament. The zone will be contested in Barbados and also features last year’s beaten finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses Marooners and guest team, ICC Americas.Jamaica will open their campaign on Tuesday against the Marooners at 3 W’s Oval, Cave Hill Campus.Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton. Robert Samuels is head coach.last_img read more

Homecoming Revolution expands to African diaspora

first_imgAngel Jones, founder and CEO of Homecoming Revolution, at the Wharton African Business Forum. (Image: Homecoming Revolution) • Homecoming Revolution +27 11 879 1961 [email protected] • Meet Heshan de Silva, Kenya’s 25-year-old dollar multimillionaire • Bill Gates: Who says Africa will always be poor? • Cape to Cairo trade agreement to open African borders • Africa rising • A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development PlanSulaiman PhilipAngel Jones’s office at Homecoming Revolution is neat, professional and as tranquil as the surface of a pond. The mid-morning sun floods through the windows, adding a shimmer to an eye-catching fixture mounted to the wall – a pair of bronzed angel wings.It’s the room next door that reveals the frenzied work below the surface. Jones and her staff are busy finalising the first Homecoming Expo in four years, set for London on 15 and 16 March. Papers cascade off the table in what she calls the “sweat room”. Newsprint pasted to all four walls are a riot of lists and columns and colour, helping the staff keep track and make sense of the task ahead of them.Fifteen years ago, after seven years working in London, Jones felt the tug of home when she heard Nelson Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. She came back to South Africa and, in 2003, set up Homecoming Revolution as a non-profit organisation to encourage expatriates to return to the country and smooth their trip home.Watch: Homecoming Revolution Africa – It’s time to come home:With just over a month to go to the London Expo there are still details to be finalised. For the first time, Homecoming Revolution is targeting not just South Africans but people from all across Africa who want to return.“We are expecting 2 000 delegates over the two days who want to hear from people who have returned and who are able to speak about the opportunities in Africa,” says Jones. “There are micro details that need to get sorted. Do we have corporates from across the continent? Is everyone able to make their speaking slot? For the first time we are bringing together Africans to celebrate the continent – it’s not just South Africans or Nigerians or Ugandans interested in their own part of the continent.”At the expo, corporations will showcase opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. The focus is on getting the talent of the diaspora to return to Africa – but not necessarily to their own countries. “We want South Africans to consider opportunities in Lagos,” she says. “Or a Kenyan who wants to work in South Africa. We are there to provide assistance. It is important at this point in time that we celebrate the wider Africa.”Africa rising“The global slowdown has made Africa attractive, but the fact that Africa is on the rise is the reason so many educated Africans are looking to return. They see that Africa offers them a chance to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their careers.”The Homecoming Revolution message is simple: Africa needs the skills its citizens in the diaspora have acquired. The continent is on the cusp of greater prosperity, and it will take the talents of all of its people to grow it. As more expat Africans want to give back, the expo, taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London, will showcase opportunities and to provide assistance to those ready to return.Jones says Africa stays in your blood, and it is simply the role of initiatives like Homecoming Revolution to engage with people who want to return and to smooth the path home. “We began as an NGO and are stilled underpinned by the idea that Africa deserves its skills back. People are mobilising around that idea. They want to play their part, whether it’s by returning or investing or using their skills to mentor while on holiday.”The wave of immigration will benefit the continent, Jones says. While a significant minority are Europeans looking for an escape from an economy in the doldrums, the fact that the majority are successful Africans returning home is good news. For the most part they are Africans with skills in finance, engineering and construction, nursing and even retail. “These are people who have developed global relationships and, most important, they are people who know how to apply them in an African context.”Being part of something biggerThe decision to return is a personal one and, for those who make the leap, career advancement is the least important factor. Jones has found that those who haggle over an employment package are not ready to return and will leave as soon as a better offer comes along.“Africans choose to return because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. For me the trigger was hearing Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. For others it is marriage or the birth of a child.”Being close to family and friends becomes important once you begin a family, she says. Also, she chuckles, don’t underestimate the lure of the lifestyle. You may have pictures of yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower to show off, but your friends who stayed behind own their home, have cars and house help.Going home isn’t easyOn a cold snowy day in London returning to sunny Africa may seem like the perfect dream, but there are snags to overcome once you are back. Not hiding these has helped the staff at Homecoming Revolution ease the path for returnees. “We don’t pretend everything will be perfect, we tell people it will be hard to settle. We tell them there will be frustrations to manage their expectations. Little things like opening a bank account or choosing a school or where to get fresh vegetables … there are people who have dealt with these annoyances and you can talk to them.”Africa may be full of problems, but six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade have been African. By 2015 the African middle class – people with an income of $3 000 a year – will number around 100-million. For every entrepreneur who returns and starts a business there are nine people, in both the formal and informal economy, who benefit.Jones realises that bureaucratic red tape is a stumbling block that adds to the stress of rebuilding a life in Africa. Homecoming Revolution helps with the little annoyances like applying for visas for a spouse and children or with the transfer of funds into the country. “The biggest concern for a lot of people who come to us is a work visa for a foreign spouse,” she says.“We are looking for ways to build a stronger relationship with the government. People want their kids to grow up barefoot on the grass, they want to feel like they are building their own nation, but they need help with the practical things. We fill this crazy void to help fast-track their return.”last_img read more

Jeff Duling, Sept. 28

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Sept. 19 we got an inch or an inch and a half. It evened up the beans a little. We let it dry on Sunday and got started on that Monday with corn harvest in one of our worst fields right across from the shop. I am coming up with an 85-bushel average. We can’t even keep the yield monitor calibrated right with this corn because you don’t have a constant flow. There is 20-bushel corn and 200-bushel corn in the same field. Anytime there is a hill or slope where the water could get away you have good corn. Where you have low ground or no tile there is nothing there. We took off 150 acres of corn and it has not been pretty. It is 18% to 21% moisture and the test weight is around 56 and I am afraid it is going to get worse.We are cutting beans in Van Wert now. I think we’ll see some 100- to 150-bushel corn and in Hancock County it will be up there hopefully around 180 or 200. There is good corn out there but those holes are still there too. Everything we tried — foliar feeding, fungicide, extra nitrogen — it didn’t help the corn. We wasted quite a bit of money but we had to try something.I feel better about the beans. We have run beans from 60 bushels on down to 35-bushel beans where the water did more damage. We have been pleasantly surprised with the beans, but I had a friend call me and tell me that he was running 12% moisture beans and the yield was lower than the moisture.Beans are really too dry. They were down to 10%. We aren’t making a mark on the ground with the equipment. We are doing some tillage where some tile lines settled out.Saturday we planted 56 aces of wheat and we are planting another 75 acres of wheat where we want to tile. Right now we are calling it a cover crop. We’ll see how it makes it through winter and what the markets do. We’ll finish wheat and start planting cereal rye with the air seeder for a cover crop.last_img read more

How to Track Twitter Friendships for Business and Pleasure

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting RSSFriends + Yahoo Pipes + TwitterFeed = @marshallkbuds. That’s a new account I created just to show off the names of people I make friends with on Twitter, in case you’re interested in meeting them too. I also used a service called Feed.Informer to display a widget on the sidebar of my personal blog of the most recent people I’ve made friends with on Twitter. I think that’s interesting and valuable information that I will benefit from sharing.3. Track Your Company’s New and Departed FriendsFinally, RSSFriends also offers an RSS feed of any accounts that follow or unfollow a given account. That’s got brand management written all over it, doesn’t it? I haven’t been able to get this feature to work yet for the @rww account but I suspect that may be because it has too many followers already. For a small business, this could prove quite useful. So far this service has proven most useful to me as a way to discover interesting new Twitter users. It’s pretty incredible to think that I can follow along behind some of the tech world’s most interesting people and consider for subscription all the people they add as friends on Twitter. That’s the kind of thing that a social network with open user data makes possible, though. It might feel a little creepy but the utility is undeniable. Hopefully people will use services like this for good and not evil. Related Posts Finding the right people to follow on Twitter can offer a real competitive advantage in many lines of work. Some people are very good at it; they are super connected and they find great people to follow. Now a new service built on top of Twitter lets you ride the coattails of those well-connected people and easily follow whoever they add as friends, too.Thorsten Zoerner is an IBM product marketing manager based in Germany. He’s built a wonderful little service called RSSFriends that really fills a niche and makes some very powerful things easy to do. RSSFriends offers an RSS feed of new people that any Twitter account begins following, or of anyone that stops following a designated account. Here are three ways I’ve begun using this service.1. Finding the Friends of the Famous & Influential I don’t want to creep anyone out, but if you’re someone I think is really interesting and has an interesting taste in friends – I may be getting an IM now with the Twitter username of everyone you start to follow. For the past week I’ve been tracking a number of interesting people with RSSFriends feeds run through the RSS-to-IM service Notify.me. It’s pretty interesting. I get a handful of messages throughout the day that say things like “Person X that you are tracking just made friends with Person Y.” Then I look at Person Y and in many cases, I start following them too. It’s pretty great.2. Show Off Your Taste in Friends Tags:#How To#web last_img read more

An Opportunity for Users to Rate Window Manufacturers

first_imgRate your window-buying experienceOur friends at BuildingGreen, the company that publishes Environmental Building News, are seeking your input. They’ve created a fast online survey form where you can rate your window-buying experience on a 1-star to 5-star scale.To read more about the survey, see Rate Your Windows! (And Share Your Lessons Learned).To go straight to the survey, click this link. By Martin HolladayEverybody has an opinion on windows, it seems. When specifying windows, builders usually look for good customer service. Most builders want a local rep who answers the phone, provides quick turnarounds on bids, delivers windows on time, and promptly shows up on site when something goes wrong.Homeowners want windows that look good, operate smoothly, and don’t fall apart.Energy nerds want windows with excellent performance specifications.If you’re a window customer, how was your experience? Are the windows performing as expected? Did they arrive on time? Did the window rep help you when your windows developed problems?last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debut

first_imgCrystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Martin Kelly was delighted to be part of victory over Leicester City.The Scouser was impressive for the 1-0 win.Kelly said, “I felt we did really well as a team,” he said. “We showed again how dangerous we are at home, especially with how loud the fans are. We had a really strong performance and every one of us fought for those three points today.”Every game now feels massive, it always does in the Premier League. There are no games that you take for granted but we know going into home games we’ve got a real chance of getting a result because of how good our fans are. They put us on the front foot.”On debutant Vicente Guaita’s clean sheet, Kelly added: “Vicente has been working his socks off in training, waiting for his chance, and he saved us today with that stop. He was brilliant.”He’s quite a character if you get to know him. He doesn’t know much English but he knows the basics, he knows enough to communicate with you on the pitch and that’s what you want when the big man’s behind you. You need him to be talking, he can see the whole pitch. He’s settled in and I’m sure he’ll be made up that he’s had his chance and he’s done well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more