News story: Foreign Secretary visit to Africa: April to May 2019

first_img £52 million for a solar power plant £11 million by British business De La Rue £1.4 million support for creative industries The Foreign Secretary announced £15.5 million in UK aid to help Ethiopia run transparent, free and fair elections. He also announced a new Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship programme, for 60 African journalists to gain experience with leading UK media organisations. Jeremy Hunt championed a new UK diplomatic push across the continent of Africa, including French-speaking countries where the UK has traditionally played a smaller role. This page provides an overview of the visit with links to the main announcements. find out more about Ethiopia and the UK follow @UKinEthiopia find out more about Ghana and the UK follow @UKinGhana Jeremy Hunt watches representatives of UK company Bekoz and Nigerial company Interswitch GRP sign a £56 million deal.Fighting extremismOn Wednesday 1 May the Foreign Secretary visited the World Food Programme warehouse in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria. He spoke to people providing life-saving support to millions who have fled their homes following terrorist attacks.He also met with the UK Military Liaison and Support Team which is working with the Nigerian military. The UK remains committed to supporting the fight against Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa. The Foreign Secretary speaking at the launch of English Connects. KenyaOn Friday 3 May the Foreign Secretary listened to Kenyan entrepreneurs pitching for new business ideas as part of a UK aid funded programme. Winners can access up to £100,000 each in grant funding and technical assistance to help them scale up. find out more about Nigeria and the UK follow @UKinNigeria View more about the Foreign Secretary’s Africa visit and @foreignoffice for updates during the visit. The Foreign Secretary meeting British and Nigerian soldiers working together to help combat Boko Haram.Climate changeClimate change could have a catastrophic impact on hundreds of millions of people across Nigeria, the Sahel, and more widely across Africa, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest. Jeremy Hunt announced nearly £153 million funding for new UK aid programmes to help farmers across Africa and South Asia adapt to the effects of climate change and boost climate resilience in Ethiopia. Read more about the £64 million funding for Kenyan businesses. Read more about investment and trade with African nations. GhanaThe Foreign Secretary visited Ghana on Tuesday 30 April, where he welcomed new business deals with British companies. In one such deal, the Ghanaian government has approved a £26 million agreement with British business Aqua Africa to reduce water poverty in the country. Find out more about how the UK is promoting media freedom around the world. Friday was also World Press Freedom Day 2019, and the Foreign Secretary visited the BBC Africa team and their new bureau in Nairobi. Jeremy Hunt with some of the winners of the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund Business Innovation Challenge 2019.The Foreign Secretary welcomed £64 million of UK funding for Kenyan businesses that includes: EthiopiaThe Foreign Secretary visited Ethiopia on Thursday 2 May, where he spoke at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Addis Ababa. Jeremy Hunt speaking with the Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey. find out more about Senegal and the UK follow @UKinSenegal Learn more about how the UK is helping Nigeria to fight extremism. Find out about the vital role the UK is playing in tackling climate change. SenegalOn Monday 29 April the Foreign Secretary saw how the Royal Navy is training Senegal’s naval special forces to help protect the country’s new offshore oil and gas installations.The UK will fund a new £4 million English language programme in French and Portuguese speaking countries across Africa, and Jeremy Hunt launched the ‘English Connects’ programme at the Université Virtuelle du Sénégal in Dakar. Over the next 2 years, it will support the teaching and learning of English in sub-Saharan Africa countries where English is not widely spoken. find out more about Kenya and the UK follow @UKinKenya NigeriaThe Foreign Secretary arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday 30 April for the inaugural meeting of the UK/Nigeria Economic Development Forum.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSNFL has plan to reopen training facilities as early as next weekUNDATED (AP) — The NFL continues to take steps toward a return to normalcy since the coronavirus pandemic. Former MLB All-Star and executive Bob Watson diesUNDATED (AP) — Two-time All-Star first baseman Bob Watson has died at 74, 24 years after becoming the first black general manager to win a World Series.Watson was an All-Star selection in 1973 and ’75 while with the Astros. He hit over .300 four times, collected at least 100 RBIs twice and has the distinction of scoring the millionth run in major league history.Watson was GM of the Yankees when they knocked off the Braves in the 1996 World Series. He also served in the commissioner’s office.Watson’s son, Keith, said his father died from kidney disease. May 15, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR’s Pocono race up in the airUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR is resuming its schedule with racing at southern tracks, but it remains uncertain when the circuit can venture north.Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he’s told NASCAR officials that his state isn’t ready to make a decision on the reopening of Pocono Raceway, which is scheduled to host races June 27 and 28. The raceway sits in an area that is deemed a red zone by Wolf as the state deals with the coronavirus pandemic.NASCAR resumes its schedule Sunday and Wednesday at Darlington, South Carolina, before the circuit holds back-to-back races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR then heads to Bristol, Tennessee, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville, Virginia, before events at Homestead-Miami and Talladega. Pocono is the first race scheduled north of Virginia and would be followed by the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Update on the latest sports Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a memo to all 32 teams stressing that teams must be in compliance with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction and have implemented the protocols that were developed by league medical officer Dr. Allen Sills and distributed to all clubs on May 6. The memo obtained by The Associated Press added that clubs unable to meet these criteria on May 19 may reopen their facilities on the earliest date thereafter on which they are able to comply.Facilities have been closed since late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Each team was required to submit a plan to the league for reopening its training/practice facility this week.In other NFL news:— The Colts now have seven of their nine 2020 draft picks under contract after signing Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason and Michigan linebacker Jordan Glasgow to four-year deals. Taylor became the first junior in FBS history to rush for more than 6,000 career yards. Receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and cornerback Julian Blackmon remain unsigned. 76ers coach Brett Brown says stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) are recovering nicely from their injuries. Simmons had missed his eighth straight game and was receiving daily treatment for his nerve issues in his lower back when the season stopped. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown.Brown says he’s considered his fate as Sixers coach after a season of expectations to contend for an NBA championship faded to sixth in the Eastern Conference when it stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other NBA news:— Pistons guard Bruce Brown says he had thumb surgery last month and is ready to play if the NBA season resumes. Brown said during a video conference Friday that a ligament was placed back onto his thumb bone. He said he had been dealing with pain in the thumb this season, but it didn’t limit him much. Brown has scored 8.9 points per game this season, more than double his average as a rookie in 2018-19.MLB-OBIT-BOB WATSON Associated Press — The Browns have hired former 49ers executive Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new vice president of football operations, making him the top assistant to first-year general manager Andrew Berry. Adofo-Mensah will join a new staff in Cleveland after Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam overhauled the front office following a 6-10 season.— Former NFL linebacker James Harrison says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not offer a bounty for an illegal hit on a member of the Browns. Harrison told former teammate Willie Colon on a podcast that Tomlin handed him an envelope shortly after Harrison was fined in 2010 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massqoui. Harrison declined to specify what was in the envelope but posted on Instagram that Tomlin never offered a bounty on opposing players. Steelers President Art Rooney II said he’s “certain” the exchange between Harrison and Tomlin never happened.NBA-NEWSPistons’ Bruce Brown says he had thumb surgery last monthUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are confident they will be at full strength if the NBA season ever resumes. — The Belgian Grand Prix can go ahead on its original August date, but with no fans. Friday’s announcement by local Belgian authorities came two days after the Belgian government allowed outdoor training at sporting facilities to resume under a coach’s supervision starting next week. The Formula One race scheduled for Aug. 28-30 was under threat after Belgium banned all mass events in the country until Aug. 31 because of the pandemic. The track will reopen for professional practice on May 18.— The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the pandemic. The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. All games will be held in empty stadiums. The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.— The CEO of next year’s Tokyo Olympics says the postponed games might not look like what fans are accustomed to. Toshiro Muto says cuts are likely in many areas with the cost of the postponement estimated in Japan at between $2 billion and $6 billion. Muto says one target for saving money was the torch relay. He says “we are looking into every possible area” for cuts.— Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million. Athletic director Bob Moosbrugger says the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer. Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— A coalition of players is urging Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill that would provide critical funding for elementary and secondary education. Among the signers of the letter from the Players Coalition are NFL players Devin McCourty, Kelvin Beachum and Sebastian Joseph-Day. The letter asks the House and the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which would secure internet access for millions of economically disadvantaged students during the pandemic.— The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled. The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount. This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond. The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.— The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July. The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40. Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June. The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbledon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.— The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic (ee-vah-NEE’-she-vihch) and Conchita Martinez has been canceled. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament. The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish. But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July. Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.last_img read more

Not Henderson? Liverpool’s next captain

first_img Jordan Henderson – Click right to see which defender has pedigree in captaining big sides – As vice-captain, Henderson is the undeniable favourite to replace Gerrard when the outgoing captain finally departs. The 24-year-old has worn the armband on many occasions this season and, after making drastic improvements over the last 18 months, seems the most natural fit. At times he has been accused of attempting to emulate Gerrard too much, yet his match-winning performances against Manchester City, Burnley and Swansea City in recent months suggest he has all the right credentials. Martin Skrtel – Click right to see which hotshot could lead the line for many years to come – Skrtel has become the cornerstone of the Reds improved backline, particularly when Brendan Rodgers has reverted to a back three. While he has a tendency to be rash, the Slovakian is the man to bail Liverpool out with last ditch interceptions and slide tackles. It’s no coincidence that the Reds’ most desperate defensive display of the season – the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal – occurred while Skrtel was unavailable. His duals this campaign with Diego Costa have rubber-stamped his ‘hard man’ status at Anfield. 4 With just three games left in his Liverpool career, Steven Gerrard’s last Liverpool hurrah is edging nearer and nearer.The 34-year-old announced in January that after the Reds stumbled over offering a new contract, he would be embracing a new challenge in the MLS with LA Galaxy.Gerrard underlined his invaluable leadership credentials to his side yet again on Saturday, recovering from missing a penalty to score a vital late winner in the 2-1 victory over QPR – something Liverpool fans have become accustomed to seeing down the years.The former England captain has sported the Liverpool armband since 2003, but the question no arises of who amongst the current Reds’ bunch is the Anfield icon’s long-term successor?Brendan Rodgers has assembled a relatively young squad of players, and talkSPORT has looked at four possible candidates to fill Gerrard’s rather big boots as Liverpool captain… 4 Emre Can – The most impressive of Liverpool’s summer signings, Can has endeared himself to Liverpool fans as a bit of a cult hero. Naturally a central midfielder, the 21-year-old has been deployed on the right side of a back three to great effect this season to illustrate his versatility to the club. Fans will be hoping to see him reinstated to the heart of Liverpool’s midfield next campaign where he can control games with his range of passing and marauding runs. He currently captains Germany Under-21s, too. 4 Mamadou Sakho – Continue to see which stalwart is the Reds’ second longest serving player after Gerrard – Sakho is a fan favourite and has emerged this season as one of Liverpool’s most reliable performers after a disjointed start to his Reds’ career. Often misunderstood as clumsy, he has all the attributes of a modern footballer; strength, pace and composure on the ball. He has also captained PSG and France before, and is seen as an important voice in a comparatively fledgling Liverpool side. 4last_img read more