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  •  Prof Sonnie Adagbonyin the Vice Chancellor of Edo state owned Ambrose Alli University AAU Ekpoma has blamed the incessant strikes in the institution on union leaders refusal to understand the peculiarities of the university s operational system The V C who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ekpoma stated that the state government had never for once reneged in its financial obligations to the institution NAN reports that staff unions of the institution embarked on strikes over claim of unpaid salary arrears among other demands before the state government suspended their activities on campus in May Adagbonyin explained that the state government had never failed to release the monthly subvention to the institution We must understand that like all universities AAU has its own peculiar system of operations It relies on subvention from the state government while the university management augments from fees paid by students And we must emphasise that government has never failed in bringing its own component of the subvention There is no month that government has reneged in paying subvention to the university The union s quarrel is that it is not as much as it used to be But they have also failed to realise that within the university system our capacity to discipline the resources and all the things that we do also have a role to play in sustaining us as a university That has been the missing link People just look at the amount government brings and begin to complain How can this be enough to pay this or salary and can this settle the whole issues on ground I want to say that what has always created a backlog of unpaid salaries is not what government brings It is not the IGR the university generates It is the consistency in the fragmentation of academic calendar And I think that it is what offended government to the extent suspending activities of unions in the institution For me I like the spirit of unionism because of its principle of fundamental rights to take care of members welfare But here in AAU strikes were no longer ideologically centered Strikes became politicised which began to negatively affect both academic and social space I hope that unions will begin to see that it is not the number of strikes that make a university grow but the capacity to recognise that developmental strides can be made when we allow the system work the way it should work The VC urged the students to be the ombudsman challenge and criticise but should know that couln t be an alternative to management You can t begin to take the roles of management Management is management and unions are unions Unions should unionise ad should allow management to manage affairs of the institution The roles will obviously become conflicting when every decision management takes is challenged by unions He said unions were more important in fighting for members welfare ensuring that there es due diligence in the system According to the V C no responsible management worth its salt should be afraid of that role But you must know your limitations as unions because you must first subject yourself to constituted authority But when you now begin to think you are the authority because you belong to a union of course there will be conflict which will generate to a situation of reckless irresponsibility Meanwhile the school s management said it had lifted the suspension on two of its principal staff facing allegations of abuse of office and financial impropriety This is contained in a statement by its institution s Public Relations Officer Mr Larry Isiraoje and made available to NAN in Ekpoma It said the School s Special Intervention Team had directed management to lift the suspension on the Provost College of Medicine and the Acting Dean faculty of Basic Medical Sciences It however added that the investigation of the allegations of abuse of office and financial impropriety made against them is ongoing NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
     V-C blames AAU misunderstanding on incessant strikes in vasity
     Prof Sonnie Adagbonyin the Vice Chancellor of Edo state owned Ambrose Alli University AAU Ekpoma has blamed the incessant strikes in the institution on union leaders refusal to understand the peculiarities of the university s operational system The V C who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ekpoma stated that the state government had never for once reneged in its financial obligations to the institution NAN reports that staff unions of the institution embarked on strikes over claim of unpaid salary arrears among other demands before the state government suspended their activities on campus in May Adagbonyin explained that the state government had never failed to release the monthly subvention to the institution We must understand that like all universities AAU has its own peculiar system of operations It relies on subvention from the state government while the university management augments from fees paid by students And we must emphasise that government has never failed in bringing its own component of the subvention There is no month that government has reneged in paying subvention to the university The union s quarrel is that it is not as much as it used to be But they have also failed to realise that within the university system our capacity to discipline the resources and all the things that we do also have a role to play in sustaining us as a university That has been the missing link People just look at the amount government brings and begin to complain How can this be enough to pay this or salary and can this settle the whole issues on ground I want to say that what has always created a backlog of unpaid salaries is not what government brings It is not the IGR the university generates It is the consistency in the fragmentation of academic calendar And I think that it is what offended government to the extent suspending activities of unions in the institution For me I like the spirit of unionism because of its principle of fundamental rights to take care of members welfare But here in AAU strikes were no longer ideologically centered Strikes became politicised which began to negatively affect both academic and social space I hope that unions will begin to see that it is not the number of strikes that make a university grow but the capacity to recognise that developmental strides can be made when we allow the system work the way it should work The VC urged the students to be the ombudsman challenge and criticise but should know that couln t be an alternative to management You can t begin to take the roles of management Management is management and unions are unions Unions should unionise ad should allow management to manage affairs of the institution The roles will obviously become conflicting when every decision management takes is challenged by unions He said unions were more important in fighting for members welfare ensuring that there es due diligence in the system According to the V C no responsible management worth its salt should be afraid of that role But you must know your limitations as unions because you must first subject yourself to constituted authority But when you now begin to think you are the authority because you belong to a union of course there will be conflict which will generate to a situation of reckless irresponsibility Meanwhile the school s management said it had lifted the suspension on two of its principal staff facing allegations of abuse of office and financial impropriety This is contained in a statement by its institution s Public Relations Officer Mr Larry Isiraoje and made available to NAN in Ekpoma It said the School s Special Intervention Team had directed management to lift the suspension on the Provost College of Medicine and the Acting Dean faculty of Basic Medical Sciences It however added that the investigation of the allegations of abuse of office and financial impropriety made against them is ongoing NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
     V-C blames AAU misunderstanding on incessant strikes in vasity
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     V-C blames AAU misunderstanding on incessant strikes in vasity

    Prof.  Sonnie Adagbonyin, the Vice Chancellor of Edo state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma, has blamed the incessant strikes in the institution on union leaders’ refusal to understand the peculiarities of the university’s operational system.

    The V-C, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ekpoma, stated that the state government had never for once, reneged in its financial obligations to the institution.

    NAN reports that staff unions of the institution embarked on strikes over claim of unpaid salary arrears, among other demands, before the state government suspended their activities on campus in May. Adagbonyin explained that the state government had never failed to release the monthly subvention to the institution.

    “ We must understand that like all universities, AAU has its own peculiar system of operations.

    It relies on subvention from the state government while the university management augments from fees paid by students.

    “And we must emphasise that government has never failed in bringing its own component of the subvention.

    There is no month that government has reneged in paying subvention to the university.

    “The union’s quarrel is that it is not as much as it used to be.

    But they have also failed to realise that within the university system, our capacity to discipline the resources and all the things that we do also have a role to play in sustaining us as a university.

    “That has been the missing link.

    People just look at the amount government brings and begin to complain.

    How can this be enough to pay this or salary and can this settle the whole issues on ground.

    “I want to say that what has always created a backlog of unpaid salaries is not what government brings.

    It is not the IGR the university generates.

    It is the consistency in the fragmentation of academic calendar.

    “ And I think that it is what offended government to the extent suspending activities of unions in the institution.

    “For me, I like the spirit of unionism because of its principle of fundamental rights to take care of members’ welfare.

    “But here in AAU, strikes were no longer ideologically centered.  

    Strikes became politicised which began to negatively affect both academic and social space.

    “ I hope that unions will begin to see that it is not the number of strikes that make a university grow but the capacity to recognise that developmental strides can be made when we allow the system work the way it should work.

    ” The VC urged the students to be the ombudsman, challenge and criticise but should know that couln’t be an alternative to management .

    “You can’t begin to take the roles of management.

    “Management is management and unions are unions; Unions should unionise ad should allow management to manage affairs of the institution.

    “The roles will obviously become conflicting when every decision management takes is challenged by unions.

    “He said unions were more important in fighting for members’ welfare, ensuring that there es due diligence in the system.

    ’’ According to the V-C, “no responsible management worth its salt should be afraid of that role.

    But you must know your limitations as unions because you must first subject yourself to constituted authority.  

    “But when you now begin to think you are the authority because you belong to a union, of course, there will be conflict which will generate to a situation of reckless irresponsibility”.

    Meanwhile, the school’s management said it had lifted the suspension on two of its principal staff facing allegations of abuse of office and financial impropriety.

    This is contained in a statement by its institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Larry Isiraoje and made available to NAN in Ekpoma.

    It said the School’s Special Intervention Team had directed management to lift the suspension on the Provost, College of Medicine and the Acting Dean, faculty of Basic Medical Sciences.

    It however, added that “the investigation of the allegations of abuse of office and financial impropriety made against them is ongoing.

    ”( NAN)(
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  •   68 of EPL players endured Twitter abuse in 20212022 season s first half Abuse London Aug 3 2022 Around 68 per cent of English Premier League EPL footballers were subjected to abuse on Twitter in the first half of last season according to a report Ofcom which is a regulator teamed up with The Alan Turing Institute UK s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence to analyse more than 2 3 million tweets The tweets were sent to top flight players during the first five months of the 20212022 campaign and they found that almost 60 000 were abusive Their finding revealed 418 of the 618 players analysed received at least one abusive tweet Eight per cent of the abuse were aimed at a protected characteristic such as their race or gender Around half of the abusive messages were targeted at 12 specific players who received on average 15 abusive tweets every day Manchester United players made up eight of the most top 10 abused players with Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire receiving the most anti social messages The study used new technology that can decipher whether tweets are abusive while 3 000 random tweets were also manually reviewed Of those 3 000 tweets over half were positive 27 per cent were neutral 12 5 per cent were critical and 3 5 per cent were abusive Twitter was chosen due to its popularity with players previous history of abuse and because it makes data available for research However the Application Programming Interface API does not take into account the safeguards put in place Ofcom is preparing to regulate tech companies under new Online Safety laws which will introduce rules for sites apps search engines and messaging platforms aimed at protecting users These findings shed light on a dark side to the beautiful game Ofcom group director for broadcasting and online content Kevin Bakhurst said Online abuse has no place in sports nor in the wider society and tackling it requires a team effort Social media firms needn t wait for new laws to make their sites and apps safer for users When we become the regulator for online safety tech companies will have to be really open about the steps they re taking to protect users We will expect them to design their services with safety in mind Twitter which says it did not receive any of the abusive tweets included in the report is committed to eradicating abuse It recently conducted research using its own technology which found 38 000 abusive tweets were sent last season It also removed more than 38 000 abusive tweets The social media company received fewer than 1 000 reports of abusive tweets from its reporting partner It is now focusing on reducing the burden on the victims by identifying abuse itself using its own technology and third party safety OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    68% of EPL players endured Twitter abuse in 2021/2022 season’s first half
      68 of EPL players endured Twitter abuse in 20212022 season s first half Abuse London Aug 3 2022 Around 68 per cent of English Premier League EPL footballers were subjected to abuse on Twitter in the first half of last season according to a report Ofcom which is a regulator teamed up with The Alan Turing Institute UK s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence to analyse more than 2 3 million tweets The tweets were sent to top flight players during the first five months of the 20212022 campaign and they found that almost 60 000 were abusive Their finding revealed 418 of the 618 players analysed received at least one abusive tweet Eight per cent of the abuse were aimed at a protected characteristic such as their race or gender Around half of the abusive messages were targeted at 12 specific players who received on average 15 abusive tweets every day Manchester United players made up eight of the most top 10 abused players with Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire receiving the most anti social messages The study used new technology that can decipher whether tweets are abusive while 3 000 random tweets were also manually reviewed Of those 3 000 tweets over half were positive 27 per cent were neutral 12 5 per cent were critical and 3 5 per cent were abusive Twitter was chosen due to its popularity with players previous history of abuse and because it makes data available for research However the Application Programming Interface API does not take into account the safeguards put in place Ofcom is preparing to regulate tech companies under new Online Safety laws which will introduce rules for sites apps search engines and messaging platforms aimed at protecting users These findings shed light on a dark side to the beautiful game Ofcom group director for broadcasting and online content Kevin Bakhurst said Online abuse has no place in sports nor in the wider society and tackling it requires a team effort Social media firms needn t wait for new laws to make their sites and apps safer for users When we become the regulator for online safety tech companies will have to be really open about the steps they re taking to protect users We will expect them to design their services with safety in mind Twitter which says it did not receive any of the abusive tweets included in the report is committed to eradicating abuse It recently conducted research using its own technology which found 38 000 abusive tweets were sent last season It also removed more than 38 000 abusive tweets The social media company received fewer than 1 000 reports of abusive tweets from its reporting partner It is now focusing on reducing the burden on the victims by identifying abuse itself using its own technology and third party safety OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    68% of EPL players endured Twitter abuse in 2021/2022 season’s first half
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    68% of EPL players endured Twitter abuse in 2021/2022 season’s first half

    68% of EPL players endured Twitter abuse in 20212022 season’s first half Abuse London, Aug. 3, 2022 Around 68 per cent of English Premier League (EPL) footballers were subjected to abuse on Twitter in the first half of last season, according to a report.

    Ofcom, which is a regulator, teamed up with The Alan Turing Institute — UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence – to analyse more than 2.3 million tweets.

    The tweets were sent to top-flight players during the first five months of the 20212022 campaign and they found that almost 60,000 were abusive.

    Their finding revealed 418 of the 618 players analysed received at least one abusive tweet.

    Eight per cent of the abuse were aimed at a protected characteristic, such as their race or gender.

    Around half of the abusive messages were targeted at 12 specific players, who received on average 15 abusive tweets every day.

    Manchester United players made up eight of the most top 10 abused players, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire receiving the most anti-social messages.

    The study used new technology that can decipher whether tweets are abusive, while 3,000 random tweets were also manually reviewed.

    Of those 3,000 tweets, over half were positive, 27 per cent were neutral, 12.5 per cent were critical and 3.5 per cent were abusive.

    Twitter was chosen due to its popularity with players, previous history of abuse and because it makes data available for research.

    However, the Application Programming Interface (API) does not take into account the safeguards put in place.

    Ofcom is preparing to regulate tech companies under new Online Safety laws, which will introduce rules for sites, apps, search engines and messaging platforms aimed at protecting users.

    “These findings shed light on a dark side to the beautiful game,” Ofcom group director for broadcasting and online content Kevin Bakhurst said.

    “Online abuse has no place in sports, nor in the wider society, and tackling it requires a team effort.

    “Social media firms needn’t wait for new laws to make their sites and apps safer for users.

    “When we become the regulator for online safety, tech companies will have to be really open about the steps they’re taking to protect users.

    “We will expect them to design their services with safety in mind.

    Twitter, which says it did not receive any of the abusive tweets included in the report, is committed to eradicating abuse.

    It recently conducted research using its own technology which found 38,000 abusive tweets were sent last season.

    It also removed more than 38,000 abusive tweets.

    The social media company received fewer than 1,000 reports of abusive tweets from its reporting partner.

    It is now focusing on reducing the burden on the victims by identifying abuse itself using its own technology and third-party safety OLAL(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   DR Congo has asked the spokesman of the UN s peacekeeping mission in the country to leave as soon as possible according to an official letter seen by AFP on Wednesday The central African nation s government asked the peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO to withdraw spokesman Mathias Gillmann over indelicate and inappropriate remarks he made the letter said The government would very much appreciate that action be taken for Mr Mathias Gillmann to leave Congolese territory as soon as possible it added citing recent tensions between the peacekeeping mission and locals Protests against MONUSCO erupted in parts of eastern Congo last week leading to the death of 36 people including four UN peacekeepers Anger has been fuelled by perceptions that MONUSCO is failing to do enough to stop decades of armed conflict in the region More than 120 militias operate in the Democratic Republic of Congo s troubled east where civilian massacres remain common The government letter to MONUSCO dated July 28 did not provide details about Gillmann s remarks But a senior government official who asked for anonymity said the spokesman had told French radio station RFI that UN peacekeepers did not have the military means to defeat a notorious armed group called the M23 The militia had lain mostly dormant for years before resuming fighting last November It has since made significant gains capturing the strategic town of Bunagana on the border with Uganda last month The group s resurgence has also damaged diplomatic relations between the DRC and its smaller neighbour Rwanda which the Congolese government accuses of backing the M23 The United Nations first deployed an observer mission to eastern Congo in 1999 and established MONUSCO in 2010 with a mandate to conduct offensive operations The peacekeeping operation is one of the largest and costliest in the world with an annual budget of around a billion dollars
    DR Congo asks UN peacekeeping mission spokesman to leave country
      DR Congo has asked the spokesman of the UN s peacekeeping mission in the country to leave as soon as possible according to an official letter seen by AFP on Wednesday The central African nation s government asked the peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO to withdraw spokesman Mathias Gillmann over indelicate and inappropriate remarks he made the letter said The government would very much appreciate that action be taken for Mr Mathias Gillmann to leave Congolese territory as soon as possible it added citing recent tensions between the peacekeeping mission and locals Protests against MONUSCO erupted in parts of eastern Congo last week leading to the death of 36 people including four UN peacekeepers Anger has been fuelled by perceptions that MONUSCO is failing to do enough to stop decades of armed conflict in the region More than 120 militias operate in the Democratic Republic of Congo s troubled east where civilian massacres remain common The government letter to MONUSCO dated July 28 did not provide details about Gillmann s remarks But a senior government official who asked for anonymity said the spokesman had told French radio station RFI that UN peacekeepers did not have the military means to defeat a notorious armed group called the M23 The militia had lain mostly dormant for years before resuming fighting last November It has since made significant gains capturing the strategic town of Bunagana on the border with Uganda last month The group s resurgence has also damaged diplomatic relations between the DRC and its smaller neighbour Rwanda which the Congolese government accuses of backing the M23 The United Nations first deployed an observer mission to eastern Congo in 1999 and established MONUSCO in 2010 with a mandate to conduct offensive operations The peacekeeping operation is one of the largest and costliest in the world with an annual budget of around a billion dollars
    DR Congo asks UN peacekeeping mission spokesman to leave country
    Foreign4 months ago

    DR Congo asks UN peacekeeping mission spokesman to leave country

    DR Congo has asked the spokesman of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the country to leave “as soon as possible”, according to an official letter seen by AFP on Wednesday.

    The central African nation’s government asked the peacekeeping mission, known as MONUSCO, to withdraw spokesman Mathias Gillmann over “indelicate and inappropriate remarks” he made, the letter said.

    “The government would very much appreciate that action be taken for Mr. Mathias Gillmann to leave Congolese territory as soon as possible,” it added, citing recent tensions between the peacekeeping mission and locals.

    Protests against MONUSCO erupted in parts of eastern Congo last week, leading to the death of 36 people including four UN peacekeepers.

    Anger has been fuelled by perceptions that MONUSCO is failing to do enough to stop decades of armed conflict in the region.

    More than 120 militias operate in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s troubled east, where civilian massacres remain common.

    The government letter to MONUSCO, dated July 28, did not provide details about Gillmann’s remarks.

    But a senior government official who asked for anonymity said the spokesman had told French radio station RFI that UN peacekeepers did not have the military means to defeat a notorious armed group called the M23.

    The militia had lain mostly dormant for years before resuming fighting last November.

    It has since made significant gains, capturing the strategic town of Bunagana on the border with Uganda last month.

    The group’s resurgence has also damaged diplomatic relations between the DRC and its smaller neighbour Rwanda, which the Congolese government accuses of backing the M23.

    The United Nations first deployed an observer mission to eastern Congo in 1999 and established MONUSCO in 2010 with a mandate to conduct offensive operations.

    The peacekeeping operation is one of the largest and costliest in the world, with an annual budget of around a billion dollars.

  •  Burkina Faso s army on Wednesday said that it accidentally killed civilians during a counter terrorist operation in the country s southeast earlier this week According to the army West African country has been battling insurgency by Islamist militant groups some which were linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State which control large swathes of territory and wage frequent attacks During operations which made it possible to neutralise several dozen terrorists the strikes unfortunately caused collateral victims within the civilian population the army said in a statement It did not say how many civilians were killed The victims were hit by projectiles in the zone between Kompienga and Pognoa near the border with Togo earlier on Monday it said Togo which has been contending with the spillover of militancy from Burkina Faso accidentally killed seven civilians in an air strike in July near the same border NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Burkina Faso army admits killing civilians in counter-terrorist strike
     Burkina Faso s army on Wednesday said that it accidentally killed civilians during a counter terrorist operation in the country s southeast earlier this week According to the army West African country has been battling insurgency by Islamist militant groups some which were linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State which control large swathes of territory and wage frequent attacks During operations which made it possible to neutralise several dozen terrorists the strikes unfortunately caused collateral victims within the civilian population the army said in a statement It did not say how many civilians were killed The victims were hit by projectiles in the zone between Kompienga and Pognoa near the border with Togo earlier on Monday it said Togo which has been contending with the spillover of militancy from Burkina Faso accidentally killed seven civilians in an air strike in July near the same border NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Burkina Faso army admits killing civilians in counter-terrorist strike
    Foreign4 months ago

    Burkina Faso army admits killing civilians in counter-terrorist strike

    Burkina Faso’s army on Wednesday said that it accidentally killed civilians during a counter-terrorist operation in the country’s southeast earlier this week.

    According to the army, West African country has been battling insurgency by Islamist militant groups, some which were linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, which control large swathes of territory and wage frequent attacks.

    “During operations which made it possible to neutralise several dozen terrorists, the strikes unfortunately caused collateral victims within the civilian population,’’ the army said in a statement.

    It did not say how many civilians were killed.

    The victims were hit by projectiles in the zone between Kompienga and Pognoa, near the border with Togo, earlier on Monday, it said.

    Togo, which has been contending with the spillover of militancy from Burkina Faso, accidentally killed seven civilians in an air strike in July near the same border.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A Russian and Ukrainian team on Wednesday completed a high stakes inspection of the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin s invasion five months ago helped spark a global food crisis The checks aboard the Sierra Leone flagged Razoni in Istanbul were being watched closely for signs of how well the first agreement signed by Moscow and Kyiv since Russia invaded its pro Western neighbour can hold A deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations last month lifted a Russian naval blockade of Ukraine s Black Sea cities and set terms for millions of tonnes of wheat and other grain to start flowing from Ukraine s filled silos and ports Ukraine exports roughly half of the sunflower oil used on the world market and is one of the world s main supplies of grain An almost complete halt to its exports helped push up global food prices and make imports prohibitively expensive in some of the poorest countries in the world The Razoni is due to deliver more than 26 000 tonnes of maize to Lebanon a crisis wracked country that imports more than 80 percent of its wheat from Ukraine and Russia The ship sailed through a specially designated corridor in the mine infested waters of the Black Sea before reaching the northern edge of the Bosphorus Strait on Tuesday A team of 20 inspectors from the two warring parties and the UN and Turkey strapped on orange helmets and boarded the ship early Wednesday for a check that officials said lasted less than 90 minutes Arms depot The 186 metre 610 foot long vessel is now due to sail down the Bosphorus Strait in the heart of Istanbul before moving on to the Marmara and Aegean seas The UN secretary general s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said he hoped for more outbound movement from Ukraine on Wednesday Kyiv says at least 16 more grain ships are waiting to depart But it also accuses Russia of stealing Ukrainian grain in territories seized by Kremlin forces and then shipping it to allied countries such as Syria But Turkish hopes that the grain deal could help build trust and lead to ceasefire talks have so far proved futile Russia has continued to pound southern Ukrainian cities near the Black Sea with missiles and pressed on with its grinding ground assault across the east Officials in Mykolaiv said no one was killed Wednesday in shelling on one of the southern city s supermarkets that came just days after the region s grain mogul and his wife died in a targeted strike on their house Moscow said on Wednesday that it had destroyed another foreign arms deport in western Ukraine a region the furthest removed from the fighting Donetsk evacuations Kyiv has launched mandatory evacuations from the eastern Donetsk region now bearing the brunt of Russia s offensive because the government does not expect to be able to provide it with heat in the cold winter months Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the estimated 200 000 remaining residents of the Donetsk region to leave Kyiv s forces have been pressing a counter offensive to drive out the Russians from the southern Kherson region near the Kremlin annexed Crimea peninsula The Ukrainian presidency said it had liberated seven more villages in the region while 53 remained under Russian control Ukraine has been bolstered by more supplies of Western weapons particularly long range rockets ahead of the planned push to retake Kherson city The United States announced a new tranche of weapons worth 550 million for Ukraine s forces These include longer range ammunition for increasingly important HIMARS rocket launchers and artillery pieces Ukraine is using the HIMARS and similar Western weapons to smash Russian arms depots and break down its lines of ground communication across the east Justice The Russians have been unable to seize any major village or city since gaining full control of the Donbas war zone s smaller Lugansk region in early July Zelensky told US President Joe Biden in a message that the word HIMARS has become almost synonymous with the word justice for our country Russia has responded by stepping up its propaganda battle against the West and Kyiv Its supreme court this week labelled Ukraine s Azov regiment a terrorist organisation a decision that could pave the way for captured fighters to face lengthy jail terms Azov fighters were among 2 500 Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in May after weeks of fierce resistance at the Azovstal steel plant in devastated Mariupol The regiment which was incorporated into Ukraine s national guard in 2014 is demonised by Moscow for alleged far right links Its members were among 50 Ukrainian servicemen killed last week in an attack on a jail holding prisoners of war in Russian occupied territory Ukraine accuses Moscow of deliberately executing the detainees
    First Ukrainian grain shipment completes checks in Turkey
     A Russian and Ukrainian team on Wednesday completed a high stakes inspection of the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin s invasion five months ago helped spark a global food crisis The checks aboard the Sierra Leone flagged Razoni in Istanbul were being watched closely for signs of how well the first agreement signed by Moscow and Kyiv since Russia invaded its pro Western neighbour can hold A deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations last month lifted a Russian naval blockade of Ukraine s Black Sea cities and set terms for millions of tonnes of wheat and other grain to start flowing from Ukraine s filled silos and ports Ukraine exports roughly half of the sunflower oil used on the world market and is one of the world s main supplies of grain An almost complete halt to its exports helped push up global food prices and make imports prohibitively expensive in some of the poorest countries in the world The Razoni is due to deliver more than 26 000 tonnes of maize to Lebanon a crisis wracked country that imports more than 80 percent of its wheat from Ukraine and Russia The ship sailed through a specially designated corridor in the mine infested waters of the Black Sea before reaching the northern edge of the Bosphorus Strait on Tuesday A team of 20 inspectors from the two warring parties and the UN and Turkey strapped on orange helmets and boarded the ship early Wednesday for a check that officials said lasted less than 90 minutes Arms depot The 186 metre 610 foot long vessel is now due to sail down the Bosphorus Strait in the heart of Istanbul before moving on to the Marmara and Aegean seas The UN secretary general s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said he hoped for more outbound movement from Ukraine on Wednesday Kyiv says at least 16 more grain ships are waiting to depart But it also accuses Russia of stealing Ukrainian grain in territories seized by Kremlin forces and then shipping it to allied countries such as Syria But Turkish hopes that the grain deal could help build trust and lead to ceasefire talks have so far proved futile Russia has continued to pound southern Ukrainian cities near the Black Sea with missiles and pressed on with its grinding ground assault across the east Officials in Mykolaiv said no one was killed Wednesday in shelling on one of the southern city s supermarkets that came just days after the region s grain mogul and his wife died in a targeted strike on their house Moscow said on Wednesday that it had destroyed another foreign arms deport in western Ukraine a region the furthest removed from the fighting Donetsk evacuations Kyiv has launched mandatory evacuations from the eastern Donetsk region now bearing the brunt of Russia s offensive because the government does not expect to be able to provide it with heat in the cold winter months Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the estimated 200 000 remaining residents of the Donetsk region to leave Kyiv s forces have been pressing a counter offensive to drive out the Russians from the southern Kherson region near the Kremlin annexed Crimea peninsula The Ukrainian presidency said it had liberated seven more villages in the region while 53 remained under Russian control Ukraine has been bolstered by more supplies of Western weapons particularly long range rockets ahead of the planned push to retake Kherson city The United States announced a new tranche of weapons worth 550 million for Ukraine s forces These include longer range ammunition for increasingly important HIMARS rocket launchers and artillery pieces Ukraine is using the HIMARS and similar Western weapons to smash Russian arms depots and break down its lines of ground communication across the east Justice The Russians have been unable to seize any major village or city since gaining full control of the Donbas war zone s smaller Lugansk region in early July Zelensky told US President Joe Biden in a message that the word HIMARS has become almost synonymous with the word justice for our country Russia has responded by stepping up its propaganda battle against the West and Kyiv Its supreme court this week labelled Ukraine s Azov regiment a terrorist organisation a decision that could pave the way for captured fighters to face lengthy jail terms Azov fighters were among 2 500 Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in May after weeks of fierce resistance at the Azovstal steel plant in devastated Mariupol The regiment which was incorporated into Ukraine s national guard in 2014 is demonised by Moscow for alleged far right links Its members were among 50 Ukrainian servicemen killed last week in an attack on a jail holding prisoners of war in Russian occupied territory Ukraine accuses Moscow of deliberately executing the detainees
    First Ukrainian grain shipment completes checks in Turkey
    Foreign4 months ago

    First Ukrainian grain shipment completes checks in Turkey

    A Russian and Ukrainian team on Wednesday completed a high-stakes inspection of the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion five months ago helped spark a global food crisis.

    The checks aboard the Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni in Istanbul were being watched closely for signs of how well the first agreement signed by Moscow and Kyiv since Russia invaded its pro-Western neighbour can hold.

    A deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations last month lifted a Russian naval blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea cities and set terms for millions of tonnes of wheat and other grain to start flowing from Ukraine’s filled silos and ports.

    Ukraine exports roughly half of the sunflower oil used on the world market and is one of the world’s main supplies of grain.

    An almost complete halt to its exports helped push up global food prices and make imports prohibitively expensive in some of the poorest countries in the world.

    The Razoni is due to deliver more than 26,000 tonnes of maize to Lebanon — a crisis-wracked country that imports more than 80 percent of its wheat from Ukraine and Russia.

    The ship sailed through a specially designated corridor in the mine-infested waters of the Black Sea before reaching the northern edge of the Bosphorus Strait on Tuesday.

    A team of 20 inspectors from the two warring parties and the UN and Turkey strapped on orange helmets and boarded the ship early Wednesday for a check that officials said lasted less than 90 minutes.

    – Arms depot –The 186-metre (610-foot) long vessel is now due to sail down the Bosphorus Strait in the heart of Istanbul before moving on to the Marmara and Aegean seas.

    The UN secretary general’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said he hoped for “more outbound movement” from Ukraine on Wednesday.

    Kyiv says at least 16 more grain ships are waiting to depart.

    But it also accuses Russia of stealing Ukrainian grain in territories seized by Kremlin forces and then shipping it to allied countries such as Syria.

    But Turkish hopes that the grain deal could help build trust and lead to ceasefire talks have so far proved futile.

    Russia has continued to pound southern Ukrainian cities near the Black Sea with missiles and pressed on with its grinding ground assault across the east.

    Officials in Mykolaiv said no one was killed Wednesday in shelling on one of the southern city’s supermarkets that came just days after the region’s grain mogul and his wife died in a targeted strike on their house.

    Moscow said on Wednesday that it had destroyed another foreign arms deport in western Ukraine — a region the furthest removed from the fighting.

    – Donetsk evacuations –Kyiv has launched mandatory evacuations from the eastern Donetsk region — now bearing the brunt of Russia’s offensive — because the government does not expect to be able to provide it with heat in the cold winter months.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the estimated 200,000 remaining residents of the Donetsk region to leave.

    Kyiv’s forces have been pressing a counter-offensive to drive out the Russians from the southern Kherson region near the Kremlin-annexed Crimea peninsula.

    The Ukrainian presidency said it had “liberated” seven more villages in the region while 53 remained under Russian control.

    Ukraine has been bolstered by more supplies of Western weapons — particularly long-range rockets — ahead of the planned push to retake Kherson city.

    The United States announced a new tranche of weapons worth $550 million for Ukraine’s forces.

    These include longer-range ammunition for increasingly important HIMARS rocket launchers and artillery pieces.

    Ukraine is using the HIMARS and similar Western weapons to smash Russian arms depots and break down its lines of ground communication across the east.

    – ‘Justice’ –The Russians have been unable to seize any major village or city since gaining full control of the Donbas war zone’s smaller Lugansk region in early July. Zelensky told US President Joe Biden in a message that “the word ‘HIMARS’ has become almost synonymous with the word ‘justice’ for our country”.

    Russia has responded by stepping up its propaganda battle against the West and Kyiv. Its supreme court this week labelled Ukraine’s Azov regiment a “terrorist” organisation — a decision that could pave the way for captured fighters to face lengthy jail terms.

    Azov fighters were among 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in May after weeks of fierce resistance at the Azovstal steel plant in devastated Mariupol.

    The regiment — which was incorporated into Ukraine’s national guard in 2014 — is demonised by Moscow for alleged far-right links.

    Its members were among 50 Ukrainian servicemen killed last week in an attack on a jail holding prisoners of war in Russian-occupied territory.

    Ukraine accuses Moscow of deliberately executing the detainees.

  •  Drug related deaths in England and Wales reached record high driven primarily by opiates figures show The Office for National Statistics ONS said 4 859 deaths related to drug poisoning were registered in 2021 a rate of 84 4 deaths per million people The office added that this is the ninth consecutive annual rise up 6 2 per cent from the previous year and the highest number since records began more than a quarter of a century ago in 1993 The ONS also said the overall rising trend over the past decade had been driven primarily by deaths involving opiates and cocaine The figures cover drug abuse and dependence fatal accidents suicides and complications involving controlled and non controlled drugs prescription and over the counter medications Around half of these deaths registered in 2021 would have occurred in previous years due to death registration delays The figures show the rates of drug related deaths have risen 81 1 per cent since 2012 when there were 46 6 deaths per million people NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Drug-related deaths in England, Wales rise to record high
     Drug related deaths in England and Wales reached record high driven primarily by opiates figures show The Office for National Statistics ONS said 4 859 deaths related to drug poisoning were registered in 2021 a rate of 84 4 deaths per million people The office added that this is the ninth consecutive annual rise up 6 2 per cent from the previous year and the highest number since records began more than a quarter of a century ago in 1993 The ONS also said the overall rising trend over the past decade had been driven primarily by deaths involving opiates and cocaine The figures cover drug abuse and dependence fatal accidents suicides and complications involving controlled and non controlled drugs prescription and over the counter medications Around half of these deaths registered in 2021 would have occurred in previous years due to death registration delays The figures show the rates of drug related deaths have risen 81 1 per cent since 2012 when there were 46 6 deaths per million people NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Drug-related deaths in England, Wales rise to record high
    Foreign4 months ago

    Drug-related deaths in England, Wales rise to record high

    Drug-related deaths in England and Wales reached record high, driven primarily by opiates, figures show.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 4,859 deaths related to drug poisoning were registered in 2021, a rate of 84.4 deaths per million people.

    The office added that “this is the ninth consecutive annual rise, up 6.2 per cent from the previous year, and the highest number since records began more than a quarter of a century ago in 1993.” The ONS also said the overall rising trend over the past decade had been driven primarily by deaths involving opiates and cocaine.

    The figures cover drug abuse and dependence, fatal accidents, suicides and complications involving controlled and non-controlled drugs, prescription and over-the-counter medications.

    Around half of these deaths registered in 2021 would have occurred in previous years due to death registration delays.

    The figures show the rates of drug-related deaths have risen 81.1 per cent since 2012 when there were 46.6 deaths per million people.

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  •  The U S has not yet offered any new talk on nuclear arms control according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday They have not even proposed to resume these talks Lavrov said during a visit to Myanmar according to Russian state news agency TASS At issue is a replacement for the New START disarmament treaty the only remaining major arms control agreement between the U S and Russia The treaty limits the nuclear arsenals of both countries to 800 delivery systems and 1 550 operational warheads each In February 2021 U S President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on an extension of New START Earlier in the week a month long UN conference to review the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons NPT got underway Biden said at the UN conference that his administration was ready to negotiate expeditiously on a new arms control framework to replace the New START treaty when it expires in 2026 But negotiation requires a willing partner operating in good faith Biden had stressed And Russia s war on Ukraine represents an attack on the cornerstones of the international order he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lavrov: No offer of talks from U.S. on nuclear arms control treaty
     The U S has not yet offered any new talk on nuclear arms control according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday They have not even proposed to resume these talks Lavrov said during a visit to Myanmar according to Russian state news agency TASS At issue is a replacement for the New START disarmament treaty the only remaining major arms control agreement between the U S and Russia The treaty limits the nuclear arsenals of both countries to 800 delivery systems and 1 550 operational warheads each In February 2021 U S President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on an extension of New START Earlier in the week a month long UN conference to review the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons NPT got underway Biden said at the UN conference that his administration was ready to negotiate expeditiously on a new arms control framework to replace the New START treaty when it expires in 2026 But negotiation requires a willing partner operating in good faith Biden had stressed And Russia s war on Ukraine represents an attack on the cornerstones of the international order he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lavrov: No offer of talks from U.S. on nuclear arms control treaty
    Foreign4 months ago

    Lavrov: No offer of talks from U.S. on nuclear arms control treaty

    The U.

    S. has not yet offered any new talk on nuclear arms control, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday.

    “They have not even proposed to resume these talks,’’ Lavrov said during a visit to Myanmar, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

    At issue is a replacement for the New START disarmament treaty, the only remaining major arms control agreement between the U.

    S. and Russia.

    The treaty limits the nuclear arsenals of both countries to 800 delivery systems and 1,550 operational warheads each.

    In February 2021, U.

    S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on an extension of New START.

    Earlier in the week, a month-long UN conference to review the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) got underway.

    Biden said at the UN conference that his administration was ready to negotiate expeditiously on a new arms control framework to replace the New START treaty when it expires in 2026. But negotiation requires a willing partner operating in good faith,’’ Biden had stressed.

    And Russia’s war on Ukraine represents an attack on the cornerstones of the international order, he added.

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  •   Sri Lanka faces a great danger with fuel shortages sparked by its unprecedented economic crisis set to continue at least till the year s end President Ranil Wickremesinghe warned Wednesday The 73 year old who was propelled to power last month after his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa was forced to flee the country and resign after months of protests said the financial meltdown had turned into a serious political crisis Today we are facing an unprecedented situation that our country had never faced in recent history he said while opening a new session of parliament We are in great danger Tens of thousands of people overran Rajapaksa s official residence last month over acute shortages of food fuel and medicines endured by Sri Lanka s 22 million people since late last year Wickremesinghe said the only way to escape the crisis was if we all face this challenge together as one people and asked all parties in parliament to join his initiative for a unity government Sri Lanka was considered a prosperous middle income country before defaulting for the first time on its foreign debt of 51 billion in mid April The country has run out of foreign exchange to finance imports with officials estimating the country urgently needs at least 4 billion to bring in essential goods and address current shortages Wickremesinghe has been leading talks with the International Monetary Fund to secure a four year bailout program He told parliament the negotiations were progressing but did not provide a timeline for when a deal would be finalised Motorists spend days waiting to buy rationed fuel while the country faces lengthy electricity blackouts Inflation has crossed 60 percent Wickremesinghe thanked India for granting credit lines to import petrol and diesel but said Colombo must be able to pay with its own foreign exchange earnings and that rationing would continue at least till the end of this year He also criticised Rajapaksa for rejecting two major infrastructure investments from Japan which could have brought in 3 billion The cancellation of a light rail transit LRT and a deep sea terminal at the Colombo port also damaged the ties between Japan and Sri Lanka Wickremesinghe said However the pro West Wickremesinghe did not refer to China which owns over 10 percent of Sri Lanka s bilateral loans Beijing s agreement is crucial for any debt restructuring deal
    Sri Lanka faces ‘great danger’ as crisis drags
      Sri Lanka faces a great danger with fuel shortages sparked by its unprecedented economic crisis set to continue at least till the year s end President Ranil Wickremesinghe warned Wednesday The 73 year old who was propelled to power last month after his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa was forced to flee the country and resign after months of protests said the financial meltdown had turned into a serious political crisis Today we are facing an unprecedented situation that our country had never faced in recent history he said while opening a new session of parliament We are in great danger Tens of thousands of people overran Rajapaksa s official residence last month over acute shortages of food fuel and medicines endured by Sri Lanka s 22 million people since late last year Wickremesinghe said the only way to escape the crisis was if we all face this challenge together as one people and asked all parties in parliament to join his initiative for a unity government Sri Lanka was considered a prosperous middle income country before defaulting for the first time on its foreign debt of 51 billion in mid April The country has run out of foreign exchange to finance imports with officials estimating the country urgently needs at least 4 billion to bring in essential goods and address current shortages Wickremesinghe has been leading talks with the International Monetary Fund to secure a four year bailout program He told parliament the negotiations were progressing but did not provide a timeline for when a deal would be finalised Motorists spend days waiting to buy rationed fuel while the country faces lengthy electricity blackouts Inflation has crossed 60 percent Wickremesinghe thanked India for granting credit lines to import petrol and diesel but said Colombo must be able to pay with its own foreign exchange earnings and that rationing would continue at least till the end of this year He also criticised Rajapaksa for rejecting two major infrastructure investments from Japan which could have brought in 3 billion The cancellation of a light rail transit LRT and a deep sea terminal at the Colombo port also damaged the ties between Japan and Sri Lanka Wickremesinghe said However the pro West Wickremesinghe did not refer to China which owns over 10 percent of Sri Lanka s bilateral loans Beijing s agreement is crucial for any debt restructuring deal
    Sri Lanka faces ‘great danger’ as crisis drags
    Foreign4 months ago

    Sri Lanka faces ‘great danger’ as crisis drags

    Sri Lanka faces a “great danger” with fuel shortages sparked by its unprecedented economic crisis set to continue at least till the year’s end, President Ranil Wickremesinghe warned Wednesday.

    The 73-year-old, who was propelled to power last month after his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa was forced to flee the country and resign after months of protests, said the financial meltdown had turned into a serious political crisis.

    “Today we are facing an unprecedented situation that our country had never faced in recent history,” he said while opening a new session of parliament.

    “We are in great danger.

    ” Tens of thousands of people overran Rajapaksa’s official residence last month over acute shortages of food, fuel and medicines endured by Sri Lanka’s 22 million people since late last year.

    Wickremesinghe said the only way to escape the crisis was “if we all face this challenge together as one people,” and asked all parties in parliament to join his initiative for a “unity government”.

    Sri Lanka was considered a prosperous middle-income country before defaulting for the first time on its foreign debt of $51 billion in mid-April.

    The country has run out of foreign exchange to finance imports with officials estimating the country urgently needs at least $4 billion to bring in essential goods and address current shortages.

    Wickremesinghe has been leading talks with the International Monetary Fund to secure a four-year bailout program.

    He told parliament the negotiations were progressing but did not provide a timeline for when a deal would be finalised.

    Motorists spend days waiting to buy rationed fuel while the country faces lengthy electricity blackouts.

    Inflation has crossed 60 percent.

    Wickremesinghe thanked India for granting credit lines to import petrol and diesel, but said Colombo must be able to pay with its own foreign exchange earnings and that rationing would continue at least till the end of this year.

    He also criticised Rajapaksa for rejecting two major infrastructure investments from Japan which could have brought in $3 billion.

    The cancellation of a light rail transit (LRT) and a deep-sea terminal at the Colombo port also damaged the ties between Japan and Sri Lanka, Wickremesinghe said.

    However, the pro-West Wickremesinghe did not refer to China which owns over 10 percent of Sri Lanka’s bilateral loans.

    Beijing’s agreement is crucial for any debt restructuring deal.

  •  The Women Centre for Self Empowerment and Development WOCSED an NGO has called for peace in the South East to stem the tide of violence in the zone The group s Executive Director Mrs Onyeka Obi made the call in a statement in Enugu on Wednesday saying women and girls bear the brunt more during violence or conflict situations Obi stated that the spate of violence in the zone and the country at large was worrisome and a call to action to forstall deterioration According to her women must be active agents of peace and the government must recognise women as key players and change agents of peace in every peace negotiations She added that women are the central caretakers of families and everyone is affected when women are excluded from peace building Therefore the hour has come for women in South East to say no to all forms of sexual domestic and communal violence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Women group advocates peace in South East
     The Women Centre for Self Empowerment and Development WOCSED an NGO has called for peace in the South East to stem the tide of violence in the zone The group s Executive Director Mrs Onyeka Obi made the call in a statement in Enugu on Wednesday saying women and girls bear the brunt more during violence or conflict situations Obi stated that the spate of violence in the zone and the country at large was worrisome and a call to action to forstall deterioration According to her women must be active agents of peace and the government must recognise women as key players and change agents of peace in every peace negotiations She added that women are the central caretakers of families and everyone is affected when women are excluded from peace building Therefore the hour has come for women in South East to say no to all forms of sexual domestic and communal violence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Women group advocates peace in South East
    General news4 months ago

    Women group advocates peace in South East

    The Women Centre for Self Empowerment and Development (WOCSED), an NGO, has called for peace in the South East to stem the tide of violence in the zone.

    The group’s Executive Director, Mrs Onyeka Obi, made the call in a statement in Enugu on Wednesday, saying women and girls bear the brunt more during violence or conflict situations.

    Obi stated that the spate of violence in the zone and the country at large was worrisome and a call to action to forstall deterioration.

    According to her, women must be active agents of peace and the government must recognise women as key players and change agents of peace in every peace negotiations.

    She added that “women are the central caretakers of families and everyone is affected when women are excluded from peace building.

    “Therefore, the hour has come for women in South East to say no to all forms of sexual, domestic and communal violence.

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  •   Riise appointed Norway women s team coach Appointment Copenhagen Aug 3 2022 Norway s record international Hege Riise has been named new coach of their women s national team The 53 year old Riise takes over from Martin Sj gren who resigned after a group stage exit at last month s Euro tournament in England Results there included a heavy 8 0 loss to the host team which went on to lift the trophy Riise won 188 caps during her playing career and scored 58 goals She won the 1995 FIFA Women s World Cup Olympic gold in 2000 and the Euros in 1993 The ex international was interim coach of the England team last year when she also coached Team GB at the Tokyo OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Riise appointed Norway women’s team coach
      Riise appointed Norway women s team coach Appointment Copenhagen Aug 3 2022 Norway s record international Hege Riise has been named new coach of their women s national team The 53 year old Riise takes over from Martin Sj gren who resigned after a group stage exit at last month s Euro tournament in England Results there included a heavy 8 0 loss to the host team which went on to lift the trophy Riise won 188 caps during her playing career and scored 58 goals She won the 1995 FIFA Women s World Cup Olympic gold in 2000 and the Euros in 1993 The ex international was interim coach of the England team last year when she also coached Team GB at the Tokyo OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Riise appointed Norway women’s team coach
    General news4 months ago

    Riise appointed Norway women’s team coach

    Riise appointed Norway women’s team coach Appointment Copenhagen, Aug. 3, 2022 Norway’s record international Hege Riise has been named new coach of their women’s national team.

    The 53-year-old Riise takes over from Martin Sjögren who resigned after a group stage exit at last month’s Euro tournament in England.

    Results there included a heavy 8-0 loss to the host team which went on to lift the trophy.

    Riise won 188 caps during her playing career and scored 58 goals.

    She won the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Olympic gold in 2000 and the Euros in 1993. The ex-international was interim coach of the England team last year when she also coached Team GB at the Tokyo OLAL(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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