Police conduct raids as Zuma calls for calm

first_imgThe wave of deadly anti-foreigner violence continued overnight in South Africa, barely hours after South African President Jacob Zuma appealed for calm, amidst fears that the country’s dire economic woes could spark widespread unrest.At least six people have been killed in the last two weeks in attacks in the Indian Ocean city of Durban that targeted shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants.Police in the Actonville area of Johannesburg used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of anti-immigrant protesters on Thursday, while foreign-owned shops in the Jeppestown area of the city were attacked overnight.Speaking in parliament, Zuma said no amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops.Meanwhile the United Nations has expressed concern at what it called repeated incidents of xenophobia in South Africa, dating as far back as 2008.In a statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights the global body urged the government to accelerate the enactment of legislation that will tackle hate crimes in the country while formulating future policies on migrants that conform to international standards.Scenes in Durban have shocked the world as bricks were hurled at vehicles and individuals.And while the government has been firm in its condemnation, the United Nations is alarmed at the recurrence of violence directed at foreigners in the country.The African union and the west African bloc Ecowas have also voiced similar concerns over the situation in South AFrica.last_img read more

UCL: Valencia stun Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Ross Barkley missed a late penalty as Chelsea succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat to Valencia in Frank Lampard’s first Champions League match as manager. Rodrigo’s volley put the Spanish side ahead before the Blues won a contentious late penalty after Daniel Wass was adjudged to have handled in the area. But substitute Barkley stepped up and hit the crossbar with his effort to miss the chance to salvage a draw and fall to a disappointing defeat. Lampard made just one change to his line-up with Kurt Zouma replacing the injured Antonio Rudiger after an encouraging 5-2 victory against Wolves on Saturday. But the Blues suffered an early blow when Mason Mount’s Champions League debut came to a premature end after suffering an ankle injury just nine minutes into the match . The 20-year-old suffered a heavy knock to his ankle after a high challenge from Valencia’s Francis Coquelin, who was shown a yellow card for the tackle from referee Cuneyt Cakir. The Chelsea midfielder initially tried to run off the knock but soon realised he couldn’t continue and limped off to a standing ovation at Stamford Bridge. After the injury, the Blues failed to recover their momentum as Valencia grew into the game and Rodrigo should have put the visitors ahead only to head straight at his compatriot Kepa. Despite two chances for Willian before and after the break, the visitors went ahead after a clever free-kick routine. Dani Parejo lifted it over into Rodrigo’s path and the Spain international volleyed past Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea had the chance to level late on after VAR controversially awarded the hosts a penalty when Wass handled in the area. After a three-minute delay, referee Cuneyt Cakir pointed to the spot but substitute Barkley, grabbing the ball confidently, hit the bar with his spot-kick. That was the closest Chelsea came to equalising as the Blues began their Champions League return with defeat.Tags: ChelseaDaniel WassFrank LampardRoss BarkleyUEFA Champions LeagueValencialast_img read more

‘Science is Magic!’ Summer Program

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA magical program is set to take place this summer. Science is Magic, and the Alpena Public Library is going to show you how!Through the NASA @ My Library initiative, the library will host a program this summer called Science is Magic! It’s a five series program that will focus on science and space.The program will consist of learning about the chemistry in stars, the vacuum of space, NASA, the viewing of a space movie, and finally a showing of the eclipse. To add to the magic, after each session guests will receive a free ticket for the planetarium show at Besser Museum.The science is magic program is for children ages 12–18.The program will begin on June 20th and conclude august 21st with an all ages eclipse viewing party. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Advise MI Program Helps Local StudentsNext ‘Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year’ Goes to Mr. Jim Mottlast_img read more