For the past two months, Finnish authorities have noticed an increased number of refugees coming from Russia. “There’s a flow, it’s not big, but potentially it’s quite big,” said Vesa Häkkinen, spokesman for the Finnish foreign ministry.He said that Russia normally tightly controls its frontier with Finland, “but it seems that the situation has somehow changed.”There is also growing friction over migrants elsewhere in Scandinavia, with Russia now blocking the return of asylum-seekers across its arctic border with Norway.More than 5,000 refugee claimants made their way across Russia and on to Norway last year. However, Norwegian authorities are now returning those who had been living in Russia, saying they do not meet the definition of asylum-seekers.The Russian foreign ministry told AFP on Friday that it was halting the return of migrants. Finland is threatening “harsher actions” along its border with Russia after accusing organized crime of being behind the rising number of asylum-seekers traveling across Russia to Finland, the country’s foreign minister said.“It seems that harsher actions … are necessary,” Foreign Minister Timo Soini told Finnish news broadcaster Yle. “We must put a stop to this illegal immigration and migration.”Speaking Friday in Lapland, Soini said that the increase in migrants showing up at the border is “a form of organized action” by people smugglers. “Everything points out to the fact that there is organized illegal immigration and that has to stop.”
Also On POLITICO Nice attacker was ‘a salsa-dancing bodybuilder,’ not a jihadi By Maïa de La Baume and Giulia Paravicini It also happened a few hours after French President François Hollande had hailed his country’s successful staging of that football championship, and railed against those who had suggested, after the November 2015 Paris attacks, to cancel it altogether or hold it elsewhere.“It wouldn’t have been France! France wouldn’t have been up to the challenge!” Hollande had said in a TV interview, announcing that France’s state of emergency wouldn’t be renewed and that security measures would be “loosened” once another major sporting event — the Tour de France — is over.Fourteen hours later, the French president announced in an early-morning address following the Nice attack not only that the state of emergency would be extended for another three months, but also that he would call up reserves to help the police and military exhausted by many months of heightened surveillance.As he’d done before, Hollande was also keen to show that France wouldn’t yield to “terrorists” but instead increase its military strikes against ISIL positions in Syria and Iraq.In his Bastille Day interview, he had previously said that France would for the first time send military advisers on the ground in Mosul, Iraq, to help the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.Which all means that on Friday morning France woke up to a now-familiar routine: horrific attack — all the more so this time considering that many children were killed or injured in Nice; solemn president pledging to do something and visiting the area — as Hollande was to do Friday afternoon; meeting of the Defense Council at the Elysée Palace; ministers’ somber faces and empathic statements, firm postures, calls for “vigilance” and warnings that “all of France is a target.” PARIS — It happened at one of the many celebrations the French hold on Bastille Day, when fireworks end an evening at the traditional public dances hosted by fire departments since the early 20th century for reasons mostly unknown.It happened in Nice but could have happened anywhere, although that particular city met the requirements for an attack on hearts and minds: one of the most emblematic cities of the French Riviera, and one of the main destinations for French and foreign tourists in a summer full of cultural and musical festivals.It happened on Promenade des Anglais, “la Prom,” which some commentators had only a few weeks ago jokingly suggested should be renamed “Promenade des Islandais” after Iceland pulled a stunner by eliminating England from Euro 2016. This time, though, Hollande will have to handle better the questions that arose after the two previous attacks on the preparedness of his intelligence and security services. This time, he may not enjoy the relatively free ride he was offered by the conservative opposition in January and November 2015. Christian Estrosi, the conservative president of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, and former Nice mayor, immediately took to the airwaves on Friday to demand the government “wake up” and complain that too few policemen, according to him, had been on call that day.“Predictable attack. Need to act more strongly and differently,” tweeted Georges Fenech, the conservative MP who chaired the parliamentary investigative commission that recently published a report on the French intelligence services’ shortcomings in the months leading to last year’s attacks.Hollande may have extended the state of emergency, but the Nice attack happened even as it was already in place. He may order strikes against ISIL, but in the midst of such tragedies the French care little about which islamist leader is killed in Raqqa.The French president this time will also face the wrath and tears of the parents of young children who will demand answers to the questions his government has failed to address. And the fact that opposition leaders have failed to suggest convincing policies to avoid such blind attacks is of little comfort.Asked in his TV interview on Thursday what he would tell a potential successor, Hollande answered: “I would tell him that to be president is to face death, tragedy, dramas, and if you’re not prepared, you think that life is so simple that all you have to do is be elected and everything will be all right.”Within a few hours he was reminded how right he was. read more
The gardener’s favorite time of the year has arrived.With the latest mild winter, many of your herbs and flowers may still be standing from last summer. Nevertheless, we usually want to try something new each year.If you are looking for a new herb to try, consider sage. Sage has long been used as a medicinal herb. The Greeks used it to treat ulcers and snake bites. The Romans had elaborate rituals and tools just to harvest it. In China, it was so highly valued that one chest of sage was worth three chests of tea.Common garden sage is easy to grow in full sun and is very attractive with its gray-green leaves. It is drought tolerant and highly pest resistant. It is considered a perennial, but in our humid climate, it may need to be replaced every few years. Sage has long been used as a cleansing herb. It has strong antibacterial properties. Burned or boiled in water, it will disinfect a room. The smoke will neutralize animal or cooking odors.Sage sticks have been used in many cultures including Native American tribe rituals to cleanse and lift energy. Still used today, if you feel uncomfortable in a space for any reason, light a sage stick and use the smoke to cleanse and bless the area. Common sage and white sage bundles are available locally. They both work, but white sage burns longer. It has been proven to release negative ions in the air for a healthier environment.For more information, contact Jefferson County Master Gardener Micah Leigh at [email protected] or Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 409-749-0083. The best way to start sage in your garden or container is from cuttings or transplants. Sage seeds are not always reliable. Most of us know about culinary sage from holiday dressings and sausage, but there are also other varieties to enjoy.For a sage with a lovely light scent, grab a pineapple sage. Part of the salvia family, this sage grows up to three feet in the garden and produces bright red flowers.Clary sage is a biennial and is often used in beer and wine making. Clary sage essential oil can be used in a diffuser to balance mood.Sage is a great plant to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other essential pollinators. It repels cabbage moths when planted near cabbage. A handful of leaves hung to dry in a closet or used in a linen drawer sachet will deter any moths that get into cloth. read more
‘Following months, if not years, of speculation’, the popular Outlaw Triathlon Series in the UK has confirmed a new middle-distance event in the South West of England. Outlaw Half Bowood will take place on Sunday 7 June at Bowood Estate in Wiltshire.Bowood is located off the M4 motorway close to Chippenham, midway between Bath and Swindon. After years of searching for a suitable new venue for Outlaw, the event team found that ‘Bowood offers good accessibility, a stunning backdrop and a course that is in keeping with rest of the Outlaw Series.’The 1.2 mile swim will take place in the large natural lake on site. There is then a single lap 56 mile bike course followed by a three-lap 13.1 mile run within the grounds of the estate, which boasts 100 acres of parkland beautifully landscaped by 18th-century architect Capability Brown. The start, finish, transitions and event village will all be situated against the backdrop of the Georgian Bowood House.Event Director, Iain Hamilton said “We’ve been hinting at a ‘southern’ Outlaw event for several years and are really pleased to have been given the opportunity to use Bowood Estate.“The venue is stunning, and we’re able to retain the ethos of the other events in the series in terms of having a single lap swim, single lap bike course and multi lap run, as well as keeping the start, finish and transitions all very close together.”He added: “We’re aware that the date clashes with other high-profile events. Having identified the venue, done the majority of planning and built a relationship with the local authority, which is very supportive of hosting an Outlaw event, we found the only date available was 7 June.“I’m really pleased that [popular local event] Cotswold 113, which is on the same day, is already full and has a long waiting list. We are committed to expanding the Outlaw Triathlon Series and making a success of our newest event, accepting limitations that we might have due to the date. We are already in talks with the venue and other organisers for 2021 dates.”The event is open for pre-registration now ahead of entries going on sale on 2 December. Pre-registering has the incentive of an exclusive discount on the standard entry price. Bespoke on-site camping will be available to book in the New Year.The Outlaw Series:Outlaw Half Nottingham, 17 May – General entry sold out, charity places availableOutlaw Half Bowood, 7 June – Pre-registration openOutlaw Half Holkham, 28 June – Entries openOutlaw Nottingham, 26 July – Enter by 30 November for best terms and conditionsOutlaw X, 27 September – Entries openwww.outlawtriathlon.com Related read more
Real Madrid will appeal both of Raphael Varane’s yellow cards from their 4-2 win over Athletic Club at the weekend. 15/02/2016 The RFEF are expected to announce their decision on Wednesday and if it’s rejected Los Blancos may decide to take their appeal to the RFEF’s Appeals Committee. CET However, Madrid have appealed Varane’s bookings to the RFEF and are hopeful he will be clear to play at Rosaleda. The French defender was sent off for two aerial battles in his side’s win, but Madrid feel neither was worthy of a cuation – let alone both. Sport EN Upd. at 18:04 Varane is due to miss this weekend’s trip to Malaga suspended, with Pepe also a doubt due to his injury problems.
Stoke are concentrated on gaining promotion back to the Premier League and wouldn’t stand in the way of Krkic moving on if the offer was too good to turn down. With the transfer market closing on Thursday in England, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for Stoke to get a potential replacement in. Although, unlike with Premier League sides, football league teams are allowed to make loan deals after the window has closed. El Porto y el Benfica, pendientes de Bojan Krkic 07/08/2018 J.M. Bertran This means that Krkic, who spent last season on loan with Alaves, could be about to join a new league. After playing in Spain, Holland and England it might be time to add Portugal to that list. IN SPORT.ES CEST Upd. at 14:54 Stoke City’s forward, Bojan Krkic, has attracted the interest from two of Portuguese football’s biggest clubs: Porto and Benfica. A lot of teams have scouted Krkic’s performaces during preseason where the former Barcelona man has been excellent. Both Porto and Benfica are keen in making a move, be that on loan or permanently, and feel the forward could add an extra dimension to their respective attacks. read more
The Mayo cycling league with the help of the on-line app “Zwift” stepped up and set up a weekly league consisting of 8 rounds. Some evenings there were over 60 riders racing each other virtually….A select group of hardened (mad in the head) cyclists dreamed up a unique challenge for themselves, this is to virtually climb Mount Everest from their own homes…. It sounds crazy but with a bit of planning and a lot of suffering the 13 Mayo riders will have raised a lot of funds for Croí Heart and Stroke come next Saturday evening May 30th. For the past ten weeks cyclists all over the country have been locked-down as restrictions have stopped them from cycling any further than 2 kilometres from their homes. Lately this has been increased to 5 kilometres. The weather has been abnormally good for the time of year, so for cyclists who are used to logging daily spins in-excess of 100k‘s it’s the equivalent of a kid been stuck in a sweet shop and not been allowed to take a sweet. The challenge…vEveresting13 riders scattered around the county of Mayo will attempt to ride the same amount of vertical meters as climbing Mt Everest using the on line app Zwift connected to a direct drive turbo trainer to simulate the real thing virtually… it will take 14 hrs of nonstop Hell … glued to a saddle in their own homes climbing away for hours looking at their laptop screens… it’s 9 times up and down Alpe du Zwift…The team…Belmullet CCAlan Concannon Annagh WheelersDarragh Delaney Eoin Waldron Westport Covey WheelersAidan Gill Keith MulroyRob FlynnBryan HylandTom BourkeAidan CampbellWestern Lakes CC Colin Loughney Janis Blinovs Kieran Heneghan Pádraig MarreyThese are the riders and are the biggest known group from the one area to attempt such a feat virtually… On Saturday May 30th starting at 5am..Anyone who would like to support them on there own bikes can simple join one of the participants VIRTUALLY for one or more of the climbs to see what its like.. To donate https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/vEveresting print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email read more
The Minister emphasised that all stakeholders must work together to ensure that the College achieve its individual and collective pursuits in a spirit of camaraderie. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is hailing the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts as an important contributor to the development of Caribbean culture, and Jamaica as a brand. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is hailing the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts as an important contributor to the development of Caribbean culture, and Jamaica as a brand.Addressing a staff development conference at the school’s Arthur Wint Drive headquarters in Kingston on August 23, Senator Reid said the College must nourish and nurture Jamaica’s unique international brand for generations to come.The Minister emphasised that all stakeholders must work together to ensure that the College achieve its individual and collective pursuits in a spirit of camaraderie.“The College is certainly a great Caribbean centre of learning and development and it is important that we preserve (this) legacy while we embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future,” Senator Reid said.“We must never forget that this noble institution is the leading regional voice as it relates to training in the arts, and it is no ordinary college,” he added.Meanwhile, Vice Principal of Academic Affairs at the College, Carol Hamilton, told JIS News that the conference, which includes all categories of staff, is being held to “bring everyone back together to refocus and to look again at the College’s mission and objectives.”“We have these conferences twice for the academic year at the start of each semester. It is essentially just to be ready to meet the students next week. We do workshops, we reflect on our past achievements, what worked and what didn’t,” the Vice Principal said. Addressing a staff development conference at the school’s Arthur Wint Drive headquarters in Kingston on August 23, Senator Reid said the College must nourish and nurture Jamaica’s unique international brand for generations to come. Story Highlights read more