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Cholera outbreak in Nigeria claims nearly 100 lives

LAGOS, Nigeria – A cholera outbreak in north-eastern Nigeria has claimed nearly 100 lives over the past two weeks, the United Nations said on Saturday, September 22. More than 3,000 cholera cases have been recorded in the states of Yobe and Borno in a region that is also grappling with a ........»»

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Is proximity to green spaces in childhood linked to fewer respiratory issues in adulthood?

New research presented on Wednesday at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2018 has found that growing up near green spaces may be connected to a reduced number of respiratory problems as an adult. Carried out by researchers at the Department of Occupational Medicine at Haukeland University Hospital, Norway, the new findings come from RHINESSA, a large international study that has been investigating lung health in children and adults in seven European countries. The researchers gathered data from 5,415 participants aged between 18 and 52 years who were taking part in the RHINESSA study in Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Estonia, and analyzed their exposure to re...Keep on reading: Is proximity to green spaces in childhood linked to fewer respiratory issues in adulthood?.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 20th, 2018Related News

Cancer in Europe: more cases but fewer deaths

LONDON, United Kingdom -- The number of cancer cases has continued to rise across Europe, however mortality rates from the disease have fallen, according to the World Health Organization's "European Health Report", published Wednesday. Some 2.4 percent of people living in the 53 countries constituting the WHO's "Europe region" had cancer in 2014, a 50 percent increase since 2000, although the figure conceals significant disparities in cancer type and region. In the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, the prevalence of cancer is twice as high at five percent, while it is only 1.8 percent in the 10 post-Soviet states that comprise the CIS (Commonweal...Keep on reading: Cancer in Europe: more cases but fewer deaths.....»»

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

9 dead in Nigeria gas explosion – state governor

LAFIA, Nigeria – Nine people were killed and dozens more injured, some of them critically, in an explosion and fire at a gas filling station in central Nigeria, the state governor said on Tuesday, September 11.  The accident happened on Monday in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa state, 190 kilometers ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 11th, 2018Related News

Nigeria claims normalcy restored after Boko Haram attack

ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigeria's military on Sunday, September 9, said it had restored order after Boko Haram fighters took control of a town in the country's remote northeast, sparking fears about the group's resurgence. Scores of jihadists believed to be loyal to a faction backed by the Islamic State group overran ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 9th, 2018Related News

Wired Icelanders seek to keep remote peninsula digital-free

HORNSTRANDIR, Iceland --- Residents and outdoor enthusiasts in northwestern Iceland are communicating their desire to keep internet access out of the country's Hornstrandir peninsula. No one has lived full-time in Hornstrandir since 1952; as a nature preserve popular with backpackers, it is one of the last digital-free frontiers in the Nordic nation the UN ranked as the world's most-wired. But as commercial ventures using satellites to bring high-speed internet service to every corner of the planet advance, most hikers, park rangers and summer residents want to keep Hornstrandir from crossing the digital divide. They worry that email, news and social media will destroy a way...Keep on reading: Wired Icelanders seek to keep remote peninsula digital-free.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 6th, 2018Related News

Nigeria bans national team coach for accepting money

Coach of Nigerian national football team Gernot Rohr (R) discusses with his technical crew Salisu Yusuf (C) and keeper trainer Aloy Agu during the training his team ahead of FIFA World Cup qualifie.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 6th, 2018Related News

30 Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram raid – military sources

KANO, Nigeria – At least 30 Nigerian soldiers died in combat with Boko Haram jihadists who overran a military base in the northeast near the border with Niger, two military sources told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Saturday, September 1. Scores of jihadists in trucks stormed the base at Zari village ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 1st, 2018Related News

Nigerian police secretly arraign detained journalist

  LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigerian police at a secret court appearance have accused a detained journalist of criminal trespass and stealing police documents, his news organization said Thursday, August 16. Samuel Ogundipe, a journalist with the independent online newspaper Premium Times, has been in custody since his arrest on Tuesday, August 14, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 16th, 2018Related News

21 die in northern Nigeria boat capsize – emergency services

KANO, Nigeria: Twenty-one people were killed when their boat capsized in an area wracked by deadly attacks blamed on cattle thieves in northern Nigeria, the emergency services said on Friday. The vessel carrying 50 passengers overturned in strong currents in a river in the Gandi district of Sokoto state around 10:00 am (0900 GMT) on [...] The post 21 die in northern Nigeria boat capsize – emergency services appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsAug 3rd, 2018Related News

Iceland wants foreigners to stop buying its land

A little over a century ago, a young woman named Sigridur Tomasdottir threatened to throw herself into the icy gorge of Iceland’s iconic Gullfoss waterfall in a bid to stop English businessmen from turning it into a hydroelectric dam. In the end, the proto eco-warrior was able to hold on to her life — the […].....»»

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Iceland poised to take U.S. seat at United Nations rights council

UNITED NATIONS – The UN General Assembly is set to elect Iceland on Friday, July 13, to the seat left vacant at the Human Rights Council after the United States quit the body over what it charged was anti-Israel bias. The assembly will hold a by-election with Iceland the only candidate ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 12th, 2018Related News

All those oh, so nears and more for England at World Cup

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — They sing of alcohol and agony, and of all those oh, so nears. The anguished English now have another line to add to the lyrics of "Three Lions": Football's not coming home. There was no penalty heartache this time, like in the semifinals at the 1990 World Cup or 1996 European Championship. But a 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra time stopped England from reaching its first World Cup final since 1966. "It hurts a lot," England striker Harry Kane said. "It's going to hurt for a while." The fans sang of 30 years of hurt in 1996. Two years later, they refreshed it to 32. But the Lightning Seeds, an English musical act, stopped producing updates after that. It's now 52 years and counting. England came very close on Wednesday. For more than an hour, Gareth Southgate's young team led Croatia before the weary, aging opposition sprung back into life at the Luzhniki Stadium. Now, on their way to St. Petersburg for a third-place playoff against Belgium, there are just so many agonizing misses to replay in their heads. Kane. Jesse Lingard. Raheem Sterling. Chances to build on the lead secured by Kieran Trippier's free kick in the fifth minute. While Trippier did Bend it like Beckham for his goal, this generation of England players is far removed from the celebrity-obsessed David Beckham-era that straddled the millennium. They even managed to win a game on penalties, breaking the streak of five tournament shootout losses, in the round of 16. "Wasn't to be this time," British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote on Twitter amid the latest Brexit turmoil within her government, "but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud." There is a genuine sense of warmth between this squad and its followers. The apathy of just four years ago — when the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium was more than half empty — replaced by a newfound affection for the national team under Southgate. Fans could relate to players like Kane, Trippier and John Stones, who toiled through lower leagues to eventually reach the pinnacle of the game. The coach even became an unlikely fashion icon. "If we have brought joy back home, which I know we have," Southgate said, "that has been worthwhile." Tens of thousands packed into Hyde Park in central London to watch Wednesday's match, roaring in delight and flinging beer in the air when Trippier scored. Thousands more made the journey from England to Russia, packing into the Luzhniki after shunning the group stage. Even after Mario Mandzukic's 109th-minute goal, a young squad was saluted for exceeding expectations with its deep progress in this year's tournament. "They are still maturing and Croatia have some hardened warriors," Southgate said. "They have broken through a number of barriers over the last few weeks. We have made such strides with our supporters." And still they sang , long after the final whistle as midnight approached, about "drinking all your vodka." There are sorrows to drown, but this was not an embarrassment for England. No need to rip up the script that has seen England recover from the humiliation of being denied a place at the 2008 European Championship by Croatia with a coaching blueprint instilled through all age groups winning titles. Champions last year at both the under-17 and under-20 World Cups, collecting the main prize will have to wait at least until 2022. A timepiece at the national team's St. George's Park base has been counting down to the final in Qatar. It was compared to the Doomsday Clock when new leadership took charge at the Football Association. But Southgate has real optimism that his team can hit its peak in the Gulf in four years — from Kane up front to Jordan Pickford in goal. "It's clear to everyone the progress that's been made in terms of the level of performances and the quality of the group," Southgate said. "This is a thoroughly different journey." English soccer has now had its reset moment. The country came to Russia to regain respect. From the ignominy of the failure to win a game at the 2014 World Cup to the meek collapse against Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. "This team has taken us to a place that we never thought we would ever have imagined we would get," Gary Neville, England's assistant coach during the Euro 2016 campaign, said on British broadcaster ITV. "They have taken the nation with them." For all the playfulness in practice with rubber chickens, splashing around with unicorns in a pool and the sense this was a group of friends having fun on an extended summer vacation, there was always a steely, winning mindset. There should be tinges of regret about falling short at a World Cup where defending champion Germany was eliminated in the group stage, and Argentina, Brazil and Spain fell before the semifinals. England does not appear in semifinals very often. Southgate was in the last one 22 years ago. A post-match news conference after the loss to Croatia looked like the last place he wanted to be. "I'm trying to get the balance right," Southgate said, "of recognizing that tonight was a wonderful opportunity for us and you can't guarantee that those opportunities will ever come again." Football will come home in two years when Wembley Stadium stages seven games, including the semifinals and final, at the 2020 European Championship. Southgate has to find a way to get his team one step further than in Russia. Without just coming oh, so near......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2018Related News

How the world’s most gender-equal economy is fixing their wage gap

It’s been six months since Iceland made it impossible for businesses to keep paying women less than men for the same job, and Gudridur Gudmundsdottir is already a little richer for it. A part-time chef at Iceland’s National Land Survey, the 58-year-old grandmother got a 4.5 percent wage increase, equal to $80 a month, after […].....»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJul 9th, 2018Related News

Macron in Lagos calls on Africans to succeed in Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria – French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, July 4, called for Africa and Europe to reach a "win-win" solution to migration during an address to 300 young entrepreneurs on the second day of his visit to Nigeria.  Saying that the continents share a "common destiny," Macron outlined his vision ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 4th, 2018Related News

Before Lafarge, other groups accused of crimes against humanity

The French cement giant Lafarge, now a part of the LafargeHolcim group, is one of several international companies which have been pursued for complicity in crimes against humanity, though most cases have been abandoned. Here are some other key cases: Shell and Nigeria Twelve Nigerians living in the United States took the Anglo-Dutch energy giant […].....»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsJun 29th, 2018Related News

Maradona says he s well after being treated at World Cup

Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona waves to the fans ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 28th, 2018Related News

Argentina has big weaknesses to address before facing France

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, France (AP) — After the euphoria of scraping through to the last 16 of the World Cup, Argentina now must address its glaring weaknesses. Argentina has little time to prepare for Saturday's match against France, which is considered among the tournament favorites, yet has much to work on. Particularly on defense. Argentina's feeble defense was exposed in 3-0 defeat to Croatia last week and once again in Tuesday's 2-1 must-win game against Nigeria. Argentina won with an 86th-minute goal from defender Marcos Rojo, but during the second half the team looked on the verge of another capitulation at the back. Here is a look at some of the key issues facing Jorge Sampaoli's team before taking on France in Kazan: MASCHERANO MISERY If Javier Mascherano is supposed to be protecting the defense, he's not doing a very good job. With 146 international appearances, the 34-year-old Mascherano should be a rock for Sampaoli's team. But instead of offering the protective screen in front of the back four, Mascherano is often proving to be a weak link. As his bloodied face on Tuesday showed, there is no doubting his commitment. But his judgment, especially for someone with so much experience, is lacking. Two horribly misplaced passes gave Nigeria dangerous positions to attack from, while it was Mascherano's clumsy challenge that led to Nigeria's equalizing goal from the penalty spot. In his defense, there may be mitigating circumstances. Although a holding midfielder by trade, Mascherano dropped deeper when deployed as a center half for Barcelona over the past few years. Now back in his traditional position, he often appears caught in two minds as to whether to push up as a midfielder does, or stay back more sensibly like a defender. While it does not excuse his poor passing, it may explain some of his confused judgment. FALLEN STARS Angel Di Maria's failure to control a simple pass during a promising counterattack against Nigeria was a sad sight for such a fine talent. As the ball flew off his foot and went out of play, a helpless look formed on Di Maria's face. Long considered one of the world's best wingers, the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain player is not living up to his reputation in Russia. He looked despondent when he was taken off against Nigeria with 20 minutes left, his self-confidence glaringly absent. But it is feasible he is still affected by what happened during the season with PSG. Di Maria was PSG's most in-form player heading into the first leg of its Champions League last-16 game against Real Madrid on Feb. 14, but was surprisingly left out entirely by PSG coach Unai Emery. "I was boiling (inside) because I felt I should have played, or at least have come on," Di Maria said. Perhaps his fragile confidence has not been repaired. But Mascherano and Di Maria are not the only big-name players performing well below their best. So is Gonzalo Higuain. The burly striker looked nervous and heavy-legged against Nigeria, blazing a great chance high and wide with the score 1-1 with 10 minutes left. In the end, he was reprieved by Rojo's late winner, but it was not the finish expected of a forward with a combined 267 goals for Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus. He has 31 for Argentina, too, but tellingly he has not scored in his past eight games for his country. WHERE IS DYBALA? Fans hoping to see Paulo Dybala, one of the brightest attacking talents in soccer, playing in Russia may not get their wish. The 24-year-old forward regularly impresses Juventus fans with his trickery and spectacular goals — scoring 26 times in 46 appearances last season — but for whatever reason, Sampaoli does not seem to need him. With time running out against Nigeria, the coach still did not bring him on, even though Dybala has the skill and imagination to unlock defenses. He has only played once for Argentina all year, and with Sampaoli in charge this does not look like it will change. FRENCH THREAT Although France has yet to find its top form , Argentina's creaking defense will be under threat from its highly rated forwards. Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele are two of the fastest players in the world, while Antoine Griezmann was top scorer at the European Championship two years ago. Imposing striker Olivier Giroud is one of the best headers of the ball around, which gives Sampaoli's back four even more to worry about from crosses, corners and free kicks......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 28th, 2018Related News

Argentina saves World Cup hopes with dramatic goal

‘GOD WAS WITH US’ SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia — Argentina rescued its World Cup hopes in dramatic fashion on Tuesday as defender Marcos Rojo scored a stunning volley to snatch a late 2-1 win over Nigeria and set up a last-16 match against France. Lionel Messi set the two-time winners on their way with his first […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 27th, 2018Related News

Argentina saves World Cup hopes

SAINT PETERSBURG -- Argentina rescued their World Cup hopes in dramatic fashion on Tuesday as defender Marcos Rojo scored a stunning volley to snatch a late 2-1 win over Nigeria and set up a last-16 match against France......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJun 27th, 2018Related News