Nigeria police rescue 300 workers factory

first_imgFrom the end of March the men were allegedly not allowed to leave the mill in the northern city of Kano. Police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna said the plant had now been shut down and the owners were being investigated for “holding the men against their will.” ABUJA – Police in Nigeria have rescued 300 people they say were locked in a rice-processing factory and forced to work throughout a coronavirus lockdown. The workers were promised an additional $13 a month on top of their $72 monthly salary – those who did not accept were threatened with the sack. Some of the men say were forced to work most of the time during their incarceration, with little food.center_img Five managers at the Indian-owned mill have been arrested. The men slept inside the warehouse for about three months and were not allowed out. HAMZA IBRAHIM PHOTO “We were allowed to rest for only a short time, no prayers were allowed, no family visits,” 28-year-old Hamza Ibrahim, one of those rescued, told the BBC’s Mansur Abubakar in Kano. (BBC)last_img read more

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PSG draw at Amiens after remarkable comeback

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up A second-string side by Paris St-Germain were held to a 4-4 draw at struggling Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday. After erasing a three-goal deficit, they then went on to concede a stoppage time-equaliser. The result left PSG 13 points clear of second-placed Olympique de Marseille after manager Thomas Tuchel rested several regular starters. This was done ahead of Tuesday’s first leg tie of their UEFA Champions League last-16 clash with Borussia Dortmund. The makeshift line-up, with midfielder Ander Herrera playing in an unfamiliar right-back role, looked all at sea in the opening half. This was after goals from Serhou Guirassy, Gael Kakuta and Fousseni Diabate gave 19th-placed Amiens a 3-0 lead. Guirassy fired Amiens ahead with a crisp fifth minute finish and Kakuta made it 2-0 with a rasping shot from 18 metres, which gave visiting goalkeeper Keylor Navas no chance. A huge shock seemed on the cards as Diabate capped a jinking run through the middle with a low shot which went in off the post. But Herrera pulled one back for the French champions on the stroke of half-time when he steered in a Julian Draxler corner kick. The Spaniard’s goal helped turn the match as a pair of headers from centre-back Tanguy Kouassi levelled the scores inside the opening 20 minutes of the second half. Amiens had again been undone by set-pieces as Draxler swung in another corner-kick for Kouassi to rise above his marker and head intot he net. Five minutes later, the defender met Angel Di Maria’s cross at the far post to silence the home fans. With Amiens on the back foot, it was no surprise that PSG grabbed a 4-3 lead in the 74th minute. Mauro Icardi popped up at the far post and tapped in a fine low cross by Juan Bernat. But the visitors then missed several gilt-edged chances with Edinson Cavani, who was looking for his 200th goal for PSG in all competitions, particularly guilty of poor finishing. His astonishing miss in the dying minutes was punished moments later at the other end. Guirassy levelled with a fine finish from inside the penalty area after he was put through by substitute Quentin Cornette. In the evening’s most entertaining fixture, ninth-placed Girondins Bordeaux missed a chance to move into the top six as they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Dijon. The visitors dropped one place to 18th. Mounir Chouiar fired Dijon ahead early on when he capped a fast break and then salvaged a point for the visitors in the closing stages with a delightful shot. That was after Bordeaux’s Hwaing Ui-Jo and Jimmy Briand had cancelled out his opener. Bottom team Toulouse are staring at relegation after a 2-0 home defeat by Nice, who are eighth, left them 14 points adrift of the safety zone. Nimes beat visiting Angers 1-0 to climb out of the bottom three. Marseille visit fourth-placed Lille and Stade Reims are at home to Rennes, who are third, in Sunday’s stand-out fixtures. Reuters/NAN.Tags: AmiensMauro IcardiPSGThomas TuchelUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:•8:58 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of jewelry in the 2000 block N. H, Wellington.•9:58 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block S. C, Wellington.•10:32 a.m. Auriel E. Brown, 32, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone and window tint violation.•11 a.m. Officers took a report of a disturbance by known subject(s) in the 1100 block N. B, Wellington.•11:28 a.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Wayne H. Harrold, 86, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Joyce A. Pacey, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of vehicle batteries in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•3:55 p.m. Officers took a report of a lost tag.•6:30 p.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident in the 400 block E. Harvey, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Evelyn M. Estes, Wellington.•8:20 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1100 block S. C, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Rachelle L. Finney, 18, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Joe Ann Lemasters, Wellington.•8:28 p.m. Officers investigated operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance in the 1100 block S. C, Wellington.•9:05 p.m. Rachelle L. Finney, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for improper backing, no drivers’ license in possession and no proof of insurance.last_img read more

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‘Los Suns’ show the way. Will others follow?

first_imgCoach Alvin Gentry calls it “synergy,” a word that means, essentially, something greater than the sum of its parts.That’s perfect for these upstart Phoenix Suns. They are, in simpler terms, a lot better than just about anyone expected them to be.“I’m just so proud of these guys and what they’ve done and how they’ve gotten it done,” Gentry said. “I just have a ton of respect for our team and what they represent.”You can argue about whether politics should mix with sports or whether the decision by owner Robert Sarver and his team to don “Los Suns” in light of the angry immigration debate in Arizona was good politics. But there’s not much argument about whether it was good for the bottom line.“That’s because it really spoke to a hot-button issue,” said Mario Flores, managing director Los Angeles-based Sportivo, a Latino sports public relations and marketing agency. Nothing that comes to mind, at least in terms of sports, got this kind of a bounce.”The next census is expected to show Latinos make up roughly 15 percent of the U.S. population, with an estimated $1 trillion in purchasing power. Research shows they also make up a significant part of every pro sports league’s audience, ranging from a high of 33 percent for Major League Soccer to eight percent for NASCAR and the NHL.Given the chance to make a statement about valuing diversity—and make money in the bargain—what are the odds other owners, teams and leagues will come forward and take the same risk that Sarver and his players did?Slim and none.Too bad.Ten NBA teams wore jerseys aimed at their Latino fans for two different games during a league-wide celebration in March. The Spurs said they, too, would have worn their “Los Spurs” jerseys to match Sarver’s gesture had they been available, before losing Game 4.But so far neither of the two other NBA playoff teams with Latino-themed jerseys laying around—“Los Lakers” and “El Magic”—have announced plans to dust them off and put a foot down in the middle of the messy immigration debate. The same is true for MLS, NHL and major league baseball teams across the country.You’ll see promotions during their regular seasons, for example when the “Cerveceros” of Milwaukee play the “Piratas” of Pittsburgh in the coming weeks. You’ll also see plenty of meaningful gestures designed to make Latino customers more comfortable in the ballparks and arenas, ranging from directions and signs in Spanish all the way down to the choices at the concessions stands.But unlike the Suns’ decision, the tough calls are being put off until the heat surrounding the immigration issue is turned down.Baseball commissioner Bud Selig reportedly is being pressed to consider pulling the All-Star Game from Phoenix, where it’s scheduled next season. The NFL pulled a Super Bowl out of Arizona two decades ago over the state’s refusal to recognize the national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., returning only after legislators there relented.Selig won’t tip his hand on the matter this far out, but it wouldn’t come as a complete surprise if he responds in a meaningful way sometime soon. He was in meetings and unavailable for comment Thursday, but he always has taken baseball’s role as a force for driving social change very seriously.Between 16 percent and 20 percent of baseball’s audience is Latino; if MLB and the MLS wants to score points, there’s no time like the present.“It would be an incredible message across the country,” Flores said. “To have an entire league, let alone all of them, putting their support behind this issue would be unprecedented. It would also be very, very smart.“Latinos already know which teams value their fans by how welcome they feel the moment they step into a stadium…And it’s clear from everything they’re doing—the Spanish-language websites, the broadcasts in Spanish, the advertising dollars—that the leagues do value Latinos as fans.”Flores also is the first to acknowledge that what made the Suns’ simple gesture stand out was the timing.“All the promotions make a difference. But I don’t think what the Suns did was to make a difference just on the marketing side of the ledger,” he added. “They did it because they thought it was the right thing to do.” UPSTART SUNS—Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire (1) wears a “Los Suns” jersey during the first quarter of Game 2 of their NBA second-round playoff basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs May 5, in Phoenix. by Jim LitkeAssociated Press Writer (AP)—Why stop with “Los Suns?”For all the marketing schemes pro sports leagues have tried to woo Latinos in recent years, none probably resonated more powerfully with the target audience than the Phoenix Suns’ decision to wear their “Los Suns” jerseys for Game 2 of their NBA playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs last week.The Suns have won six playoff games in a row, a franchise record, dispatching their longtime nemesis San Antonio with a four-game sweep to advance to the Western Conference finals.last_img read more

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