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UN urges more efforts to integrate migrant children in schools

PARIS, France – The United Nations on Tuesday, November 20, called on countries to step up efforts to integrate the growing numbers of refugee and migrant children worldwide into their education systems. The number of school-age migrant and refugee children has risen 26 percent since 2000 to some 18 million, the ........»»

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Duterte urged to uphold Hague ruling on WPS during Xi Jinping’s visit

Opposition lawmakers have urged President Rodrigo Duterte to assert and uphold the Hague ruling on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday.   READ: Xi Jinping arrives in PH for two-day state visit   Joining protests in time for Xi's arrival, ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro called on the Duterte administration to assert and uphold the July 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague which invalidated Beijing's claim on almost the entire WPS.   The lawmakers also warned against economic agreements with China that may place the Philippines under further deb...Keep on reading: Duterte urged to uphold Hague ruling on WPS during Xi Jinping’s visit.....»»

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Rejuvenated Dutch strike late, into Nations League s Final 4

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press The Netherlands' recovery from one of the lowest ebbs in its history continued with a last-gasp qualification for the Final Four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Monday. Virgil van Dijk volleyed home a 90th-minute equalizer to seal a dramatic Dutch comeback in a 2-2 draw in Germany, allowing Ronald Koeman's rejuvenated side to top its qualifying group on goal difference ahead of France, and join fellow group winners Portugal, England and Switzerland in a five-day finals competition in June. So instead of seeing Kylian Mbappe, France's new wonderkid and star of the team's World Cup triumph in Russia in July, vying for another piece of international silverware, soccer fans will get to see if the Netherlands truly has turned the corner. The slump of the Dutch has been profound since they finished third at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. They failed to qualify for an enlarged European Championship in 2016 and also didn't make it to the World Cup this year. Three coaches — Guus Hiddink, Danny Blind, and Dick Advocaat — came and went. And with Dutch soccer at club level also in strife, debate swirled as to how one of the long-time heavyweights of the world game could recover. Under Koeman, though, the future of the Oranje looks bright. Youngsters like center midfielder Frenkie de Jong and center back Matthijs de Ligt are regarded as two of the most promising players in the world; Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum have returned to their best form over the last 18 months; and, in Van Dijk, the Netherlands has one of the best defenders around. A rock for Liverpool this season and last, Van Dijk — soccer's most expensive defender following his $99 million move from Southampton in January — sidefooted in a cross from the left to follow up an 84th-minute goal from Quincy Promes that gave the Dutch a glimmer of hope in Gelsenkirchen. The Germans had gone 2-0 up after 19 minutes thanks to Timo Werner's dipping shot from 25 meters and Leroy Sane's deflected effort from just inside the area. They couldn't hold on, though, and finished group play with no wins, just two points, and in something of a crisis. They didn't get out of their group in Russia in a dismal defense of their World Cup title, while relegation to League B of the Nations League — featuring Europe's second-tier teams — had already been confirmed after failing to win any of their first three group games. Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to stay in the job after the World Cup, but is now under mounting pressure. The Nations League, a new competition devised by UEFA to replace unpopular international friendlies with competitive matches between teams of a similar level, appears to have won over the skeptics, and the lineup for the Final Four is intriguing if hardly a marketer's dream. Portugal, which will be playing on home soil, has a superstar in Cristiano Ronaldo who should be back in the team after an extended absence from international soccer since the World Cup. England has Harry Kane, the top scorer at the World Cup, and a talented, dynamic group of young players under forward-thinking coach Gareth Southgate. Switzerland, which hasn't reached a quarterfinal of an international tournament since 1954, will be the outsider. The Netherlands, at No. 15, will be the lowest-ranked team in the competition but should not be discounted. This victory came three days after the team produced one of its best performances in years to beat France 2-0, while it beat Portugal 3-0 in March and Germany by the same score at home in the Nations League. The draw for the Final Four, which comprises of two semifinals and then a third-place playoff and final, will take place in Dublin on Dec. 3. Some other loose ends were tied up in the Nations League, which offers teams a second chance to qualify for the European Championship in 2020. The 16 group winners in Leagues A, B, C and D — or the next best-placed teams who have not already qualified via the European qualifiers starting in March — will progress to the Nations League playoffs and compete for the last four qualifying places for Euro 2020. NORWAY, MACEDONIA PROMOTED Norway was promoted to the second-tier League B after finishing top of Group C3 with a 2-0 win at Cyprus. The Norwegians started the final round of group play tied for points with Bulgaria, which could only draw at home to Slovenia 1-1. Macedonia went up to League C after beating Gibraltar 4-0 to top Group D4. Armenia, the only team that could have finished above Macedonia, ended up second after drawing at Liechtenstein 2-2. SLOVAKIA RELEGATED Slovakia was relegated to League C after losing at neighbor Czech Republic 1-0, with Patrik Schick scoring the winner in the first half with a deft lob over the goalkeeper on a counterattack. Denmark was already guaranteed promotion to the top tier and Ireland was sure of being relegated before they drew 0-0 in Aarhus......»»

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England avenges Croatia WCup loss to get shot at new trophy

By Rob Harris, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane's goalless streak was only five minutes from extending to eight games when the captain finally found the net again for England. As Ben Chilwell floated a free kick into the penalty area, Kane slid in, stretched out his right foot and nudged the ball into the Croatia net. It came four months too late to secure a place for England in the World Cup final. But the World Cup Golden Boot winner ensured England went some way to avenging the Moscow semifinal loss to Croatia by turning the tables with a 2-1 victory at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. While England advanced to the final four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, Croatia was relegated to the second tier. Any doubts about what soccer's newest international competition means to England were dispelled in the relief and glee on Kane's face as he darted toward the crowd in celebration before being leapt on by Jesse Lingard as the Wembley crowd roared. Rarely in the 11 years since English soccer's national stadium was rebuilt has there been such tension for an international game. Not, perhaps, since the opening months when England was beaten by Croatia and denied a place at the 2008 European Championship. "I've never seen (Wembley) like this in an England shirt," the 25-year-old Kane said. "We are going to enjoy it so I hope the fans do too." For a competition that only debuted in September — to replace some largely meaningless friendlies — it has been quickly embraced in soccer's often-cynical heartland. The comeback from such a young side demonstrated a fortitude so often missing from a country that hasn't won a major title since the 1966 World Cup. "The most important thing is the connection with the fans," England coach Gareth Southgate said. "The energy that came back to the team in those difficult moments helped us get over the line." Now England has seven months to contemplate just how meaningful winning the Nations League would be in June. Portugal secured the hosting by winning its group on Saturday. Switzerland sealed the third spot on Sunday night by beating Belgium 5-2, before France or the Netherlands complete the lineup on Monday. "It's another semifinal, two wins away from winning a trophy," Kane said. "We showed that we can beat the big teams. Croatia and Spain are two of the very best in the world. So this is kind of our next step after the summer." Croatian players have said since July that they were inspired in the semifinal by what they perceived as arrogant undertones in the "Football's Coming Home" lyric in the "Three Lions" team anthem. Croatia went on to lose to France in the World Cup final. The song was played immediately after the final whistle on Sunday and even cited by Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic to congratulate England. "It's coming home," Dalic said in his only post-match comments in English. "Very soon." Fatigued after going the distance to beat Spain on Thursday, Croatia was unsettled throughout the first half by England's pace. But Croatia found its stride in the second half, taking the lead after 12 minutes after cutting through England down the right. Josip Brekalo played in Nikola Vlasic, who cut the ball across to Andrej Kramaric. Switching the ball between his feet, the midfielder twisted unchallenged before raising a shot into the roof of the net, via a deflection off Eric Dier's thigh. "We let a soft goal in," Southgate said, "and it is a real test of resilience and patience." The game turned on Southgate's double substitution in the 73rd minute that saw Jadon Sancho and Lingard enter. The impact was felt within five minutes and the set pieces that served England so well on the run to its first World Cup semifinal in 28 years proved decisive again. Joe Gomez's long throw-in was headed down by Kane through the legs of Hrvoje Millic and Lingard tapped in from close range for his second goal in two games after scoring in a 3-0 friendly win against the Unites States on Thursday. At the other end, Lingard came to England's rescue. Domagoj Vida's header had beaten goalkeeper Jordan Pickford but Lingard cleared off line. Parity was maintained but England was still facing relegation from Group A4. Only a win would secure top-tier status and with it a place in the semifinals. For the first time since the last-16 World Cup game against Colombia, and after 747 frustrating minutes, Kane found the target in an England shirt again. "Harry is the best goalscorer in the world," Southgate said. "We have huge belief in him. He is so hungry to lead the team on and further.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 19th, 2018Related News

More than 400 hurt in French fuel price protests

PARIS, France – More than 400 people were hurt, 14 seriously, in a day and night of "yellow vest" fuel price protests around France that claimed one life, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Sunday, November 18. The injury toll, more than double the last tally provided on Saturday, November 17 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 18th, 2018Related News

Yellow vest protests against Macron snarl traffic across France

PARIS, France – Thousands of people blocked roads across France Saturday, November 17 in a "yellow vest" movement against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into widespread protest against stagnant spending power under President Emmanuel Macron. Tempers flared as some drivers tried to force their way through demonstrators, and one protester ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 18th, 2018Related News

Italy nationalists mull refusing Da Vincis to Louvre

ROME, Italy – Italy wants to renegotiate a deal to loan all of its Leonardo da Vinci paintings to France's Louvre to mark 500 years since his death, Italian media reported on Saturday, November 17. Junior culture minister Lucia Bergonzoni of the far-right League told the Corriere della Sera that the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 18th, 2018Related News

PBA: Ginebra can t win it all says Justin Brownlee

ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL -- For the first time in the Justin Brownlee era, Ginebra won't be making the Governors' Cup Finals. However, his team still got a title in Brownlee's third season with the team, a much tougher hill to climb in the Commissioner's Cup, where imports are taller by two inches than this conference. Brownlee was his usual self, tallying 32 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the season-ending 112-108 loss to rivals Magnolia Hotshots at the Ynares Center here. The agreeable import knows they had targets behind their backs this conference, and their opponents had found the key that ended their two-year reign. "You definitely can't win it all. The two championships, the Governors' Cup that we won two in a row was great. A great one. But we understand that trying to win another one, it was going to be very tough," Brownlee shared.   "And like I said, we lost to a really tough team. Magnolia showed why they previously won championships. They showed like they're going to win another one." It was a great season for the 6'5” forward, winning titles in the Asean Basketball League as a member of Alab Pilipinas along with Renaldo Balkman, then defeating his former teammate in the Commissioner's Cup in six games. So what's next? Will he rejoin Balkman and towering 7'2 import PJ Ramos to the fold? "Not sure. Probably just rest and have my body checked out. See if a few nicks and a few pains here and there. Just trying to make sure that my body's healthy and go from there." Brownlee also tipped his hat off to opposing reinforcement Romeo Travis, who scored a career-high 50 points on virtually one leg, carrying himself, and his squad through a Grade 2 hamstring strain. "I had played against him before a couple of years ago in France. He was a great player. He can definitely shoot the ball. His mid-range. Definitely gave us a lot of problems the whole series." "He's an incredible player. He could do many things. He showed why he's an import in this league tonight." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 17th, 2018Related News

Malaysia’s Mahathir, 93, praised for commitment to ASEAN meetings

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 93, has been praised by some Filipinos for declaring his commitment to attending important meetings at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Singapore. The nonagenarian leader in an interview with Agence France Presse was asked about how he was able to commit to a busy schedule despite his […] The post Malaysia’s Mahathir, 93, praised for commitment to ASEAN meetings appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopNov 16th, 2018Related News

Firsts for Sane, Suele as Germany beats Russia in friendly

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leroy Sane and Niklas Suele struck their first international goals to guide Germany to a 3-0 win over Russia in a friendly on Thursday. The 2014 world champions, who surrendered their crown following a first-round exit in Russia in June, went 1-0 up thanks to an eighth-minute goal from Sane. Suele added a second goal 17 minutes later before Serge Gnabry, who had set up Sane for the opener, made sure of victory five minutes before halftime. The visitors improved after the break, with Aleksei Ionov going close as the intensity of the game dropped. The 32-year-old Brazilian-born Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira, known as Ari, made his Russia debut but failed to make much of an impact and was substituted early in the second half. Germany, which lost 2-1 in France and 3-0 in the Netherlands in its previous UEFA Nations League games, continues its campaign against the Dutch in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. The Germans are bottom of League A, Group 1 with one point from three games and will be relegated on Friday if the Dutch beat world champion France in Rotterdam......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2018Related News

France Gives PH Grant for Study on Cable Car System

The government of France has provided financial aid for a feasibility study on the implementation of the first urban cable car project in the country, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Wednesday. In a statement, the department said the initiative was formalized through a launch held at its office in Clark, Pampanga, attended by Transportation […].....»»

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Passage of bill lowering gov’t retirement age to 56 lauded

ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro on Thursday lauded the panel-level approval of the bill proposing the lowering of the optional retirement age of government employees from 60 years old to 56.   The House committee on government enterprises and privatization approved on Wednesday the still-unnumbered bill, principally-authored by Tinio and Castro, which seeks to amend Republic Act 8291 or the GSIS Act of 1997.   "These civil servants dedicate twenty, thirty years of their lives in the service of the nation. It is high time that the government heed their clamor for the option to retire at an earlier age in order for them to enjoy their retirement...Keep on reading: Passage of bill lowering gov’t retirement age to 56 lauded.....»»

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French govt spokesman slams Trump s lack of common decency

PARIS, France – A French government spokesman on Wednesday, November 14, accused US President Donald Trump of a lack of "common decency" for attacking his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Twitter on the third anniversary of a jihadist massacre in Paris. Asked to react to Trump's tweets mocking Macron's low poll ........»»

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Tasting France in a glass

WITHIN EVERY bottle of wine is a summary of time and space in which a wine was made: from every drop of sunlight and rain, to the air and the soil from which the vines absorb life......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2018Related News

France fires back at Trump’s lack of ‘common decency’

  PARIS --- France's government has fired back at a flurry of critical tweets by Donald Trump, suggesting the U.S. president lacked "common decency" by launching his broadside on a day when France was mourning victims of the November 2015 terror attacks. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: 'Common decency' would have been appropriate." Nursing grievances from a weekend visit to France, Trump lit into French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday over his suggestion for a European defense force, over French tariffs on U.S...Keep on reading: France fires back at Trump’s lack of ‘common decency’.....»»

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French gov’t to fund feasibility study for cable car system

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it started working on a feasibility study for a cable car system in Metro Manila, funded by a 450,000-euro grant from France......»»

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DOTr begins France-funded study for Metro Manila cable car system

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday, November 14, officially started the feasibility study for the proposed Metro Manila cable car system. The French government extended a €450,000 grant, or about P27 million, for the feasibility study, with the DOTr expected to identify possible areas in Metro ........»»

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France agrees to finance feasibility study for Metro Manila cable car system

The French government has agreed to finance a feasibility study for the proposed urban cable car project in Metro Manila......»»

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Days after visit, Trump blasts France s Macron as relations sour | News

US President Donald Trump attacked his French counterpart on Tuesday in a series of tweets that underscored how much the once-friendly ties between the two leaders have soured, just two days after ret.....»»

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France seeks global talks on cyberspace security

PARIS, France --- The French government announced Monday a "Paris Call" for talks to lay out a common framework for ensuring internet security, following a surge in cyberattacks which has dented confidence in global networks. The move aims to relaunch negotiations on a "code of good conduct" which have stalled since last year. Officials said the text, to be presented by President Emmanuel Macron as he opens UNESCO's Internet Governance Forum in Paris on Monday, has been signed by most European countries. But China, Russia and the United States have not yet joined, though a source in Macron's office said a "critical mass" of US players support the call, including Microsoft and th...Keep on reading: France seeks global talks on cyberspace security.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 12th, 2018Related News