Fulham sensation’s proposed move to Tottenham collapses

first_img Moussa Dembele 1 Fulham striker Moussa Dembele’s proposed move to Tottenham has fallen through, it is understood.The 19-year-old Frenchman was thought to be on the verge of a move to White Hart Lane after undergoing a medical at Spurs.It is believed the terms of the deal would have seen the teenager stay with the Championship strugglers for the remainder of the current campaign before joining the north London club in the summer.But failure to agree terms means Dembele will remain a Fulham player.Meanwhile, Cottagers captain Ross McCormack looks set to sign a new contract.The 29-year-old Scotland forward has been linked with a move away from the west London club, but Press Association Sport understands he will pen a new and improved deal on Monday, before the 11pm transfer deadline.last_img read more

Jordan Bell has parting message for Warriors fans

first_imgAs Jordan Bell headed out the door following a mostly disappointing two-year stay with the Warriors, he took a moment to thank the team that kick-started his career.Bell, who last week signed a one-year free-agent deal with the Timberwolves for the veteran’s minimum of $1.6 million, posted a goodbye to his former employers on Instagram.Related Articles … Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers last_img

New anti-trafficking law for South Africa

first_imgTraffickers will have to deal with the lawonce South Africa’s new legislation comes into force.In Cape Town in 2011, the Body Shop South Africa and Child Welfare presented over 43 000 signatures to Parliament’sPortfolio Committee for Justice and Constitutional Development. (Images: The Body Shop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynn Giles  Eclipse Public Relations  +27 21 555 4282 RELATED ARTICLES • Pupils benefit from couple’s calling • Liliesleaf: keeping the memory alive • ConCourt art tells SA’s story • Cash boost for Baartman memorial • Human rights revisitedWilma den HartighIn a significant move to protect the rights of South Africa’s women and children, Parliament’s justice portfolio committee chairperson Luwellyn Landers announced that the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill will be passed in April.South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that has achieved the human rights milestone of enacting legislation to fight trafficking.Once the Bill becomes an Act in parliament and is fully operational, it will be one of the most comprehensive laws against human trafficking in the country.All countries – including South Africa – that are signatories to the UN protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, are encouraged to pass domestic legislation to fulfil their international obligations.The South African Bill, which has been under discussion in Parliament for the past five years, was drafted in response to the UN’s global call for action against trafficking.There are a number of reforms that the Bill will bring into place. It provides for prosecution of people involved in trafficking and also for harsh sentences to be imposed.The intention of the legislation is to prevent and stop trafficking in people, and provide protection and assistance to victims of trafficking.Campaigning to stop traffickingSouth Africa’s decisive action against trafficking is sending out a clear message that the country’s women and children are not for sale.The decision has been welcomed by ECPAT, an international global network of organisations working together to eliminate child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes; Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA), as well as The Body Shop, a global natural and ethical cosmetics retailer.Together these organisations have been actively involved in an on-going global campaign, spearheaded by The Body Shop, to urge governments to do more to protect the 1.2-million children and young people being trafficked every year for sexual exploitation.Trix Marais, acting national executive director of CWSA, said that the Bill is an important step forward to protect the victims of trafficking. “Trafficking is nothing less than contemporary slavery,” Marais said.She said it is important that the Bill doesn’t only look good on paper. Training is needed to ensure that the legislation is implemented effectively.“We need to know how to the use the Bill so we can enforce it,” she said.The Body Shop group is famous for its campaigns that raise awareness about important social and environmental issues such as violence in the home, HIV and Aids, and renewable energy.Its campaigns have been successful in reaching key decision makers who can bring about change. Now, its drive against trafficking is another success story.The Body Shop South Africa’s campaign manager, Lana-Anne Scheepers, says that the passing of the Bill is a step in the right direction to protect children from trafficking, a crime that has been largely unaddressed.With the legislation in place, trafficking criminals will no longer be able to operate without fear of repercussion.The response to the campaign – both at home and globally – has been unprecedented.In South Africa, the campaign put pressure on the justice portfolio committee to pass the legislation. Last year, CWSA and The Body Shop South Africa led a march to Parliament where they handed over a petition containing 43 000 signatures to lobby the government to approve the Bill.In October last year, the campaign resulted in one of the largest petitions ever to be presented to the UN. All over the world, 7.2-million signatures were collected, calling on governments to take urgent action to stop sex trafficking.The campaign has been so successful that 14 countries across the world have committed to adopt new legislation against trafficking.A lucrative industryHuman trafficking is one of the biggest money-spinners in the organised crime world.According to Corinne Sandenbergh, director of Stop Trafficking of Persons, an organisation that creates awareness and educates the public about the realities of human trafficking, this industry is the third largest international crime, following illegal drugs and arms trafficking.The industry is believed to be worth billions of dollars each year. Driving the trade is the demand for commercial sexual exploitation. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 79% of all global trafficking is for sexual exploitation.Although the extent of trafficking operations in South Africa is not known, large numbers of people are believed to be trafficked each year, within South Africa and across its borders.Taking action in South AfricaIn a parliamentary monitoring briefing about the Bill, minister of justice and constitutional development Jeff Radebe said the Bill was drafted based on a South African Law Reform Commission investigation, which started in 2003, probing into the causes of trafficking in people.The investigation identified factors such as poverty, war and political instability as some of the main causes of trafficking.In South Africa, children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and remain relatively unprotected from exploitation for sexual and labour purposes.The high prevalence of HIV and Aids in South Africa is also contributing to the problem as many children live in poverty as a result of being orphaned – only increasing their vulnerability to exploitation. Internal trafficking occurs because of high unemployment and poverty.The new Act will address the shortcomings of existing fragmented legislation, but this does not mean that South Africa has not been able to do anything about trafficking crimes.Until now, South Africa’s judiciary system has relied on other laws such as the Sexual Offences Act, 1957; the Riotous Assemblies Act, 1956; the Immigration Act, 2002; the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997; the Intimidation Act, 1982; the Domestic Violence Act, 1998; the Films and Publications Act, 1996 and the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 1998. Under the common law, depending on the circumstances of each case, anyone suspected of trafficking can be charged with kidnapping, common assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, extortion, attempted murder and murder.last_img read more

David Daniels reflects on service to Ohio agriculture after his last day on the job

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt appears as if #WaterDrama18 may still be alive and well as Tim Derickson was sworn in on Oct. 19 as interim director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Derickson, who was serving as assistant director, was named by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to replace David Daniels, just weeks before the November election for a new governor.There has been speculation this summer about increasing friction between Gov. Kasich and the ODA since the governor issued executive orders directing increased agricultural regulation targeting Lake Erie watersheds. This was further supported by a report via an unnamed source at Cleveland.com claiming Daniels was replaced as Director of the ODA due to an ongoing disagreement with Gov. Kasich over the measures being taken to address Lake Erie’s water quality challenges through increased agricultural regulation.“Daniels, who has served as Kasich’s ag director since 2012, ‘was let go because of his prolonged and active opposition to the governor’s efforts to improve Lake Erie water quality,’ according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity,” reported Jeremy Pelzer at Cleveland.com.Daniels, however, did not publically speculate about why he was replaced, though he said he was not given a reason.“I was called down to a meeting and was informed that I worked at the pleasure of the Governor and yesterday would be my last day. There was no explanation. I asked and they again repeated that I served at the pleasure of the Governor and yesterday would be my last day,” Daniels said on Saturday Oct. 20. “I’m not going to speculate. Others have speculated on what the issue might have been and I’m not going to dispute what they believe.”In his tenure as ODA Director, Daniels said he was proud of the progress made for many aspects of agriculture. Daniels pointed to the long-awaited agreement allowing Ohio’s meat processors to ship products over state lines, the state’s role as a national leader in livestock care standards, and modernization of ODA technology to be more compatible with today’s agriculture.“I think we accomplished a lot for agricultural producers and the agricultural community as well as the economy of Ohio,” Daniels said. “There were parts of every day that gave me a lot of satisfaction that our Department was doing what we needed to do to advance agriculture in the state and advance Ohio’s economy though agriculture. I have nothing but respect for the people who work at the ODA. We have a great staff out there who care about the work they do. I couldn’t be prouder of the associations I’ve had with those fine people.”As for the ongoing debate with water quality and agriculture, Daniels said that is not going anywhere and the ODA will continue to play an important role moving forward.“The water quality discussion will continue. That is a challenge for our producers. I want to give them a lot of credit for the things they have done to implement best management practices on the acres they farm. They are continuing to look for new and innovative ways to keep nutrients on the field while still remaining productive. We need sound practices based in science. Our producers are smart, savvy people doing the best they can to provide for Ohio’s economy and provide the fuel, fiber and energy that our society needs,” he said. “Obviously there will always be more we can do. The role for the ODA will be to facilitate discussions and continue to work with the research being done to find the best management practices to meet the goal we all want, and that is for nutrients to remain on the land by putting in conservation practices that will actually make a difference for the final outcome of water quality.”last_img read more

Indian English lessons on Twitter: ‘Open the window, let air force come in’

first_imgPhoto: Twitter.comA funny take on common errors made by Indians in usage of English language is among the top trends on Twitter on Friday. Twitterati posted pictures of various such hilarious mistakes noticed on billboards all across the country hashtagging IndianEnglish.Photo: Twitter.comOther than this, users are also posting other funny gaffes rampant in our English usage. “Sport teacher to student: please fill wind in the football,” posted @prkpadmalayam. “Open the windows and let the airforce come in,” wrote @Mrlawyerr.”Teacher: Why are you looking at the monkeys outside when I am in the class?!” wrote @shreyanagarajan. “In God’s house there’s delay but no load shedding,” posted @Purba_Ray. “Don’t fly my fun,” tweeted @BakwasRadio.  Photo: Twitter.comThere were jibes at the use of strange English phrases in language used in government offices. “Dear Sir, with reference to my above, please refer to my below,” wrote @rajeshkalra.Photo: Twitter.comHowever, what summed up the best was this one: “British messed our motherland we mess up their mothertongue,” by @SuperstarGuddi.last_img read more