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first_imgAdvertisementWest Ham has broken their club record to sign French U-21 Centre Back, Issa Diop from Toulouse.The transfer fee is said to be around £22m (with add-ons amounting to around £25m) with a five-year contract and the French player is said to have successfully passed a medical and finalised personal terms on Tuesday.(Photo Credits: Twitter)The 21-year old was a known name in the Toulouse camp at Stade Municipal since appearing for the first team in 2015 and having 77 Ligue 1 appearances to his name. Diop flew into England on Monday after the deal was agreed between both the clubs last week. There was interest from Everton and Sevilla as well. He is also the new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s second summer signing after right-back Ryan Fredericks joined from Fulham.Issa Diop said: “I am very happy to sign for such a historic English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”#WelcomeDiop pic.twitter.com/U0lL5M7bn5— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) June 19, 2018 Our new centre-back… #WelcomeDiop pic.twitter.com/Nx9WHKmIxh— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) June 19, 2018Let us know what you feel about him in the comments below!Read also:FIFA World Cup 2018: Twitter Reacts To England WinFootball: Bayer Leverkusen Goalkeeper Bernd Leno joins Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAs the 2013 hurricane season intensifies, Acting Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Richard Thompson, says that the National Disaster Committee (NDC) is in “activation mode” and is ready to respond to any weather system.Mr. Thompson was speaking to JIS News following a meeting of the NDC at Jamaica House on Wednesday (July 10).The meeting, convened by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, was to discuss the country’s state-of-readiness for Tropical Storm Chantal, which was later downgraded to a tropical wave.Mr. Thompson noted that although the tropical wave weakened and moved away from Jamaica, “the various response teams are on standby to respond to other possible weather systems, that are likely to develop and pose a threat to the island.”The NDC comprises ODPEM, Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Office), National Works Agency (NWA), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the Jamaica Red CrossHe stated said that Jamaica is adequately prepared for the hurricane season, as OPDEM and its partners agencies have embarked on a number of disaster preparedness activities island-wide.He informed that as a precautionary measure, ODPEM has also conducted several assessments in the Bog Walk Gorge, looking at the implementation of rock fall management, as a defence mechanism.In addition, several sensitisation sessions, and mitigation exercises have been undertaken, focusing on earthquake and hurricane preparedness, which include landslide-risk reduction in various vulnerable communities, such as Harbour Heights in Harbour View, St. Andrew.Mr. Thompson said OPDEM is currently executing a public education campaign, aimed at sensitising persons on how to better prepare for natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.“We are constantly monitoring flood-prone and low-lying areas in St. Thomas, St. Mary, Portland, Kingston and St Andrew, St. Catherine and Clarendon, mainly because these areas are normally affected by tropical systems,” the ODPEM Director General said.As it relates to relief supplies, he pointed out that the Government is able to respond to 10,000 households, but is working to increase the number to 50,000.He is however urging the public to plan ahead, in order to mitigate the effects of likely weather systems, which may affect the island.He added that preparedness is not only the responsibility of ODPEM and its partner agencies and organisations, but that persons should also do their part to protect their lives and property.“Stock up on medicines, water, batteries, flashlights, and non-perishable food, and other necessities for this active hurricane season. Importantly, be alert, so that if another tropical system surfaces and poses a threat to Jamaica, you are fully prepared,” he urged.CONTACT: JENEVA GORDONlast_img read more

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first_imgBritish-born actress Archie Panjabi, best known to millions of TV viewers as the sultry, enigmatic investigator Kalinda Sharma on the hit CBS series, “The Good Wife,” has teamed up with the humanitarian organization Rotary International to protect children everywhere by eradicating the paralyzing disease polio.And her involvement extends beyond simply lending her name and celebrity to a cause – she has witnessed the devastation caused by polio.“I grew up in London and at the age of 10, I moved to Mumbai for 2 years,” said Panjabi. “One of the things that struck me on my daily walk to school was seeing polio survivors crawling on the streets using just their hands.”Actress Archie Panjabi lets the world know we are ‘This Close’ to eradicating polio.There is no cure for polio, but the disease is vaccine-preventable. In March, the Emmy Award-winner took to the streets of New Delhi, India, with a team of Rotary volunteers to immunize children with the oral polio vaccine and visit with young polio patients at a local hospital.“I visited a health clinic, where I met parents who brought their babies, siblings who brought their little brothers and sisters – all to receive the oral polio vaccine,” said Panjabi. “I placed drops of vaccine into a child’s mouth, and I was so moved… knowing that this child was now safe from this devastating disease forever.”In April, Panjabi served as emcee for The Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where she spent time as a child. The Summit was co-hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.During the event, global leaders and philanthropists signaled their confidence in the polio endgame strategy by pledging close to three-quarters of the US$5.5 billion plan to eradicate polio within six years.Panjabi’s involvement in the fight against polio began in 2011, when she signed on as a celebrity ambassador in Rotary’s award-winning “This Close” public awareness campaign, “We Are This Close to Ending Polio.” Other participants include Gates, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Amanda Peet, Jackie Chan, Jane Goodall, Queen Noor of Jordan, and golf legend Jack Nicklaus. More than 19,000 people from 144 countries have joined the digital application of the PSA, called the World’s Biggest Commercial.In September 2012, Panjabi emceed the polio segment of the Global Citizen Festival concert in New York City’s Central Park.Rotary is the volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Gates Foundation. Since 1988, polio cases have dropped from more than 350,000 a year to just 223 cases in 2012. Cases this year number at only 33 – providing the best opportunity to make history by ending polio. Only one other human disease, smallpox, has been eradicated.Archie Panjabi helped immunize children in New Delhi.Polio remains endemic in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. India, once expected to be the last polio-free country, hasn’t seen a case since 2011. This makes Panjabi particularly proud.“Seeing India become polio-free is tremendous, and I am committed to making sure that no other child anywhere suffers from polio again,” said Panjabi.Rotary is a humanitarian organization with 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.For additional information, visit endpolionow.org.Source:Rotary Internationallast_img read more

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first_imgHarvey Weinstein, shown in 2011, faces dozens of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment, including from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. (John Carucci/Associated Press) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Her lawyers have said they want to move ahead with the claim without using her name, arguing that identifying her would cause irreparable harm to her mental health and well-being.An affidavit filed in court said she may not continue with the case if she must use her name.READ MORE Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein are seeking to publicly identify an Ontario actress who has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against the disgraced Hollywood producer.A Toronto court is set to hear arguments on Feb. 9, and the outcome could determine whether the lawsuit proceeds.The woman has been granted anonymity by the court for the time being. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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