Lifeline, a ship operated by a German nongovernmental organization, rescued 230 people off the Libyan coast.A humanitarian and political crisis is brewing in the European Union over the issue of im/migrants. Millions upon millions of people attempting to escape wars and violence, poverty and persecution of all sorts in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan and North Africa have fled toward what they see as more stable prosperity in Europe.The refugees are willing to take serious burdens and risks getting there. Smugglers, who offer a spot on underpowered, overcrowded rubber dinghies, charge high prices. Crossing the Mediterranean Sea is dangerous. Of the 44,000 refugees who have attempted so far this year, more than 1,000 failed to survive, according to the UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, on June 25. (data2.unhcr.org)The political crisis was brought to a high point by the recent election in Italy. A coalition government of the Five Star Movement and the racist League took control, with League leader Matteo Salvini becoming a vice premier and minister of the interior. Salvini immediately began the process of closing the country’s refugee reception centers, which held hundreds of thousands of refugees.When Salvini made a campaign-style tour on June 3 of southern Sicilian ports — all of which have seen large debarkations of refugees from Libya, particularly in Pozzallo — he was met with bands of left opponents carrying signs that read, “Welcome refugees.” These opponents held their own against Salvini’s supporters, who want to see 700,000 people immediately expelled.Precipitating a humanitarian crisis, Salvini also closed Italian ports to the Aquarius, a rescue ship operated by Doctors Without Borders, with 629 people on board, including children, pregnant women and people with medical problems. After a few days the Spanish government agreed to accept the ship, and the French government said it would accept some of the rescued passengers.Salvini did the same thing to the Lifeline, a ship operated by a German nongovernmental organization that had rescued 230 people off the Libyan coast. He even tried to make it hard to deliver supplies to the ship and insulted the people onboard, calling them “human meat.”The Maersk Alexander, a container ship that picked up 113 refugees but also had cargo for Sicily, has been denied permission to enter Italian waters as well. The new Spanish government, trying to present a progressive face, is likely to accept both ships.On the weekend of June 23-24, Salvini insisted that 1,000 migrants on the coast of Libya be picked up by the Libyan coast guard, rather than European nongovernmental organizations.In Germany, which has accepted more than 1 million refugees, a section of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition has taken a much harder line than Merkel and wants Germany to stop taking any new refugees. President Emmanuel Macron in France is under pressure from a semi-fascist, right-wing party called the National Rally (previously the National Front).Merkel and Macron held an emergency, off-the-record meeting on June 24, to come up with a solution to the migration crisis, to present to a full meeting of the European National Council at the end of June. The regimes directing Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary — which form the V4 “Visegrad Four” group — avoided taking part in this meeting. They refuse to take in asylum seekers from other EU states.Given all the political maneuvering and jockeying over the migrant issue, the 28 EU countries have to take into account that the unions and many political parties in the front line states — Spain, France, Italy and Greece — know in their bones and in their foundational history that solidarity is the most important tool in the arsenal of the working class. This solidarity lies behind all the rescue missions accomplished since waves of immigrants began crashing on Europe’s shores in recent years.
BusinessLimerickNewsWP Engine continues Limerick expansionBy Staff Reporter – November 21, 2017 4580 Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleArtists mural depicts real ‘Sporting Limerick’Next articleMichael’s Limerick adventure on the voyage of the Southern Sun Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Print HAVING recently celebrated their first birthday in Limerick, Texan tech firm WP Engine is in an expansion phase as it seeks to grow its city centre based workforce.Dedicated to employees success and innovative, this fast-paced firm is looking to attract “individuals who are passionate about technology and looking to join us,” according to Roxanne Molina, Lead Recruiter with WP Engine. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking from her San Antonio office, Ms Molina said that WP Engine will host a meet and greet evening in December to showcase the company to prospective employees.“We are actively hiring on our technical support team to help service our growing customer base and we are also looking to expand our engineering team that works on the technology that powers our platform,” Ms Molina explained.After the December 5 event, Ms Molina explained that a selection process will take place and the winning candidates can look forward to a new start in the New Year.“If you are chosen for this amazing opportunity, you can look forward to joining WP Engine on January 8”.Whether you are looking for that next opportunity or just interested in learning more about WP Engine, the firm’s lead recruiter said that all are welcome to join the informal meeting at Flannery’s bar on Denmark Street where WP Engine will also outline why they chose Limerick.At a similar event held during Summer 2016, Ms Molina said that while technical experience is important, she mainly looked for a culture fit. She also added that finding people with the right attitude wasn’t that hard to find considering how everyone in Limerick was so nice and welcoming.See more on WP Engine here or click here to register for the December 5 event Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSlimerickWP Engine Advertisement
Paris, France | AFP | The Champions League goes into its final round of group games this week with 12 teams already assured of featuring in the last 16 and seven others battling for the remaining four places.Here, AFP Sports looks at what remains at stake:Group AThe only thing left to play for is first place in the group. A win for Atletico in Bruges will see the Spaniards finish top but anything else will open the door for Dortmund if they win in Monaco.Qualified: Atletico Madrid, Borussia DortmundEuropa League: Club BruggeGroup BBarcelona have already qualified as group winners but could still influence who joins them in the last 16. If Tottenham win at the Camp Nou on Tuesday they will go through on one condition. They must match the result of Inter Milan, who host the already-eliminated PSV Eindhoven.Qualified: BarcelonaGroup CThis is the most intriguing group of all with Napoli, Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool all in with a chance of qualifying. Napoli currently top the group and need just a point from their trip to Anfield to secure their passage. If that happens then PSG would also go through, although the French side can guarantee their own progress with a win in Belgrade whatever the result at Anfield. Liverpool, on the other hand, have to beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals to be sure of qualifying. If Napoli lose, they could still go through if PSG lose in Belgrade.Group D2004 champions Porto have qualified as group winners with Schalke joining them in the draw. The Europa League spot will go to Galatasaray if they can beat Porto in Istanbul. Failure to do that means Lokomotiv Moscow could jump in if they win in Germany.Qualified: Porto, Schalke Group EBayern Munich head to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the final round knowing a draw will be enough for the Germans to top the group. Both sides have already qualified while Benfica are assured of moving into the Europa League. AEK Athens, meanwhile, will hope to score their first point of the tournament.Qualified: Bayern Munich, AjaxEuropa League: BenficaGroup FManchester City have already qualified and need just a point from their home tie against Hoffenheim to secure top spot. The focus will be on what happens in Kiev where Shakhtar Donetsk must beat visitors Lyon to leapfrog the French side for second spot. Lyon will top the group if they win and City lose, a combination which would see Hoffenheim squeeze past Shakhtar for the Europa League spot.Qualified: Manchester CityGroup GDefending champions Real Madrid are through as group winners with Roma hanging on their coat-tails. Viktoria Plzen, away in Rome, need to match CSKA Moscow’s result in Madrid to reach the Europa League.Qualified: Real Madrid, RomaGroup HJuventus and Manchester United have already stamped their tickets for the knockout stage, the only question being which will finish top of the group. Juve are in pole position as a win at Young Boys would make the United result irrelevant. But if Juve slip up in Berne, Joe Mourinho’s side will top the group with a victory in Valencia.Qualified: Juventus, Manchester UnitedEuropa League: ValenciaShare on: WhatsApp
Londero broke him, held at love and forced a tie-breaker, but Djokovic won five of the last six points thanks to Londero errors and then dominated the final set.“I want to congratulate Londero for showing a fighting spirit,” Djokovic said. “It was a real fight.”Five-time US Open winner Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last month’s epic Wimbledon final, started poorly but broke early in each of the last three sets and held serve to the end.“I buckled down and told myself I was going to hang tough and not get broken and that made a big difference,” Federer said.Next in Federer’s path is either French 25th seed Lucas Pouille or Britain’s 58th-ranked Dan Evans.– Nishikori, Barty win –Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, beat 108th-ranked American Bradley Klahn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.Nishikori, who could face Federer in the quarter-finals, stumbled after seizing a 5-1 edge in the final set and needed five match points to win.“A little bit of lost focus after 5-1,” Nishikori said. “He started playing better too.”French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, eliminated 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2), saving a set point before dominating the tie-breaker.“I knew I was doing the right things,” Barty said. “It was just about execution. I’m glad I came through in the tie-breaker.”Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Grand Slam title, ousted 202nd-ranked Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1, 6-4.Ukraine fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 and US 10th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, trounced China’s Zhu Lin 6-4, 6-1. Share on: WhatsApp Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US OpenNew York, United States | AFP | Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US Open on Wednesday while Roger Federer shook off another slow start to advance.Djokovic, winner of four of the past five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a sore left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero.“It was definitely affecting my serve and backhand,” Djokovic said of his shoulder injury. “I was definitely tested.”Djokovic next faces 27th-seeded Serbian compatriot Dusan Lajovic or American Denis Kudla, but the injury casts grave doubts on his bid to be the first US Open repeat winner since Federer won from 2004-2008.“This is something I’ve been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy to play with the pain, but you have to hope you will get some opportunities and some lucky shots.“It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court.”Djokovic won’t play again until Friday and until then, “I’ll probably freeze my arm for 48 hours, not do anything with it and see what happens.”Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner seeking his first US Open crown since 2008, rallied to beat 99th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.The 38-year-old Swiss third seed, who also dropped the first set against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his opener, answered the wake-up call after conceding the first set with 17 unforced errors.“When it happens like this, back-to-back matches, it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there is that many errors and the energy is not kind of there,” Federer said. “But can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.“I didn’t expect to hit 15 to 20 unforced errors, which is basically the entire set just sort of donated… I clearly have to play better from the get-go.”US eighth seed Serena Williams, seeking her 24th career Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, faces 17-year-old US wildcard Caty McNally in a later match under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Only 10 of 32 singles matches were played as rain wiped out play except in enclosed stadiums, with Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka among those postponed to Thursday.“I definitely profit from everything I did in the game and my ranking to be put on center court on a day like this,” Federer said.Serbian star Djokovic broke on an errant Londero forehand to close the first set, then was broken twice in falling behind 3-0 in the second set only to win the next five games.“Somehow I managed to find my way back,” Djokovic said.
By John BurtonLONG BRANCH — A city man was arrested this week for the March robbery of a Sovereign Bank in his hometown.Police have charged Manuel Sotogonzalez, 39, with second-degree robbery, following a nearly six-month joint investigation conducted by city police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, according to Charles Webster, public information officer for the prosecutor’s office.Police responded to a report of the robbery on March 4 at the bank, 600 Broadway. Witnesses told police, the suspect allegedly entered the bank and approached a teller, demanding money. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, with the suspect fleeing the scene prior to the police arriving, according to Webster.Sotogonzalez’s bail was set at $125,000, without the option of posting a 10 percent bond. He was being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold.
RAFAEL BEJARANO, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip. He broke a little slow but then he took off and I was able to find position right away. I knew (Serbian Syclone, Jazzy Josh and Sir Samson) were going to have speed so I let them go and tried to save ground around the turn. I let him go once we were clear and I knew at the five-eighths pole. Texas Red was the horse to beat and I was waiting for him. When he came to us I let him (Lord Nelson) go and my horse took off again.” BOB BAFFERT, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “I was concerned with the one hole, but they were going easy and he was behind them. I thought they were going slow and he’s a fast horse, but Rafael’s been working him and he knows the horse really well.“He had him going nice and easy and he went wide and looked like he was sort of hanging. I saw the Desormeaux horse (Texas Red) coming up the rail and I thought, ‘Well, he’s (Lord Nelson) gone.’ But he sort of kicked back in.“We’ll play it by ear (as to his next race). We’re just trying to stay healthy . . . but I like what he did today. Coming up to the race he was really training well, but sometimes they’ll do that and won’t run. But he ran like he’d been working.” KEITH DESORMEAUX, TEXAS RED, SECOND: Outside of not winning, did he get what he needed? “Oh, absolutely. It’s a little disappointing, you know, ’cause it’s so close to winning, but the long-term goal is well within reach.“The pace was slow. They go faster for maiden 30s ($30,000), so you’d have seen a more visible cut if the pace was quicker. Still, to do what he did, you can’t be disappointed.“Right now, the plans are still as I’ve been saying. He’s probably going to go to the Risen Star (at the Fair Grounds, Feb. 21, Grade II, 1 1/16 miles) and then we’ll come back for the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.”NOTES: The winning owner is John Fort of Camden, South Carolina, who races as Peachtree Stable. KENT DESORMEAUX, TEXAS RED, SECOND: “It was a tough beat because he flew home. I had to carry another horse around the turn, there was a little bumping and shoving. That horse was trying to keep getting in my line and I was just trying to move forward in my line so I’d say that was the difference today.“He had a real rally at the end. The pace wasn’t much so they had something left. He was trying to catch horses with gas in the tank still.“There’s no love lost here.”TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES -30-
Finn Harps and Longford Town must do it all again on Monday evening in Finn Park, after neither side could break the deadlock in a lacklustre FAI Cup tie that failed to liven up.Town were hit by injuries and illness for this game with six first team regulars missing. They lacked the cutting edge and guile going forward with Jacques Morley and Cathal Brady in particular, big losses.Chances were at a premium in a drab and dour first half. It was probably the worst 45 minutes of football witnessed in Flancare Park this season. Harps had the first chance on goal in the seventh minute. Mark Forker’s free from the left met the head of Keith Cowen but his effort just went over. Town broke down the other end and after receiving a pass from Lee Roche, Don Cowan bore down on goals but he really should’ve done better with his shot. Neither side could take a grip on proceedings; there was plenty of ball but no end product. Harps looked good on the counter and tried to stretch the Town’s defence on a few occasions but they were able to contain them. They had a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock in the 34th minute. Forker’s cross from the right fell nicely to Tommy Bonner who was in a good position but he couldn’t get his effort on target.The blistering pace of Cowan was causing problems for the Harps defence. In the 44th minute he broke into the box and drilled a lot low across the face of the goal, unfortunately there was no one there to turn it in and Harps were able to clear.Harps were reduced to 10 men eleven minutes after the restart. The linesman on the opposite side of the ground alerted referee John McLoughlin to something. After their discussion McLoughlin flashed a red card at Harps’ Kevin McHugh for dissent.Despite being down a man the visitors pushed forward and tried to find a way past Town keeper Alvin Rouse. In the 64th minute they broke down the field. Mark Brolly turned Gary Cronin and laid the ball off to Gareth Harkin but his shot was excellently blocked by the body of Town defender Paddy Collins, who literally threw himself at the ball. The game faded as a contest with no clear-cut chances created by either side. Harps will be the happier of the teams after this result, having to play the majority of the second half with 10 men. For the Town it’s another game they don’t really want with the squad already stretched.Longford Town: Alvin Rouse; Chris Deans, Des Hope, Paddy Collins, Gary Cronin; Lee Roche, Craig Walsh, Mark Salmon, Aidan Roche (Daniel O’Reilly 80); Don Cowan, Austin Skelly.Subs not used: Niall O’Reilly, Peter Sczcerbowski, Darren Carberry.Bookings: Chris Deans (12).Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Paddy McLaughlin, Keith Cowen, Packie Mailey, Ciaran Coll; Mark Forker, Aaron McElwee, Tommy Bonner, Marc Brolly (Garbhan Friel 91), Gareth Harkin; Kevin McHugh.Subs not used: Lee McFadden, Christy Connaghan, James Doherty, Blaine Curtis.Bookings: Keith Cowen (29), Kevin McHugh (31).Sending off: Kevin McHugh (56). Referee: John McLoughlin (Athlone).Attendance: 300 (estimate).extratime.ie Man of the Match: Gary Cronin (Longford Town).HARPS DRAW IN CUP TO SET UP MONDAY REPLAY was last modified: June 4th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Joesph Duffy made a stunning return to MMA action last night with a fantastic victory over Damien Lapilus at The Helix in Dublin.The Meenbanad native hasn’t fought in a professional MMA fight for over three years, but he looked like he’d never been away from the Octagon last night, as he delivered an assured and highly impressive performance.Duffy had huge support at the Dublin venue last night, with a large contingent of supporters travelling from Donegal to cheer on the popular fighter. Duffy showed his brief foray into professional boxing has helped his striking game in the cage, he delivered a succession of solid strikes to the head of Lapilus in the opening two rounds.In truth Duffy controlled the fight throughout, and in the last round Duffy locked his arm under the Frenchman’s chin and Lapilus was then forced to tap out from the choke.Duffy received widespread coverage ahead of his comeback to the cage for notably being the last opponent to defeat current UFC stars Norman Parke and Conor McGregor.If Duffy continues to perform like he did last night it won’t be long until he’s firmly back on the UFC’S radar. DONEGAL CAGE FIGHTER DUFFY MAKES STUNNING RETURN TO MMA was last modified: August 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldublinJoesph DuffyMMAnewsSportThe HelixUFC
Juan Mata declared that Chelsea are determined to be crowned world champions following their 3-1 win over Monterrey in Japan.Mata’s opening goal helped the Blues to victory in a one-sided Club World Cup semi-final.They are likely to be given a sterner test by Corinthians of Brazil in Sundays final.“I’m so glad with the way we won and for us this is a very important tournament,” Mata told the BBC.“We want to win this trophy and to be world champions, and on Sunday we will do our best to win.“I’m very happy with my goal and the result. We started really well and were really focused – 3-1 is a very good result for us.“We have confidence about winning but we know Corinthians are one of the best teams in South America and have a lot of supporters here.”Click here for Thursday’s Chelsea quizSee also:Chelsea stroll to victory in 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN FRANCISCO — Two weeks into his first season with the Giants, Andrew McCutchen authored a signature moment that endeared him to the team’s fan base.Last April, McCutchen blasted a three-run walk-off home run to send the Giants to an emotional 14th-inning win over the Dodgers. McCutchen screamed as he left the batter’s box and stomped across home plate as he was greeted by a new set of teammates.“For the people that stayed around and watched that game, it was awesome,” McCutchen said that …