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July 2015 Edition

NEW MAURITIAN PRESIDENT

The Mauritian Parliament unanimously approved globally-acclaimed scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as the Island nation's President, making her the first woman to hold the position.

The Parliament's approved, which followed a motion from Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, came two days after Gurib-Fakim was designated as the new President of the country, a position that is ceremonial.

Prime Minister Jugnauth said ''We have today not only fulfilled a pledge which we made to the nation, but we have also written one of the most glorious pages of our history by electing the first woman to the highest constitutional office.''



Jugnauth: ''She is no doubt one of the best and brightest minds this country has produced and her impressive professional career is a perfect illustration of the triumph of hard work, courage and determination. She is a perfect role model and source of inspiration for our youth,'' the Prime Minister said.

Gurib-Fakim started her career in 1987 as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Mauritius, and gradually climbed the ladder to become the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro Vice-Chancellor from 2004 to 2010.

She was, until recently, the Managing Director of the Centre for Phototherapy and Research and Professor of Organic Chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius.

She was sworn-in on 5 June - on World Environment Day.

CHEIKH LO: A STAR OUT OF SENEGAL

Cheikh Lô is a Senegalese musician born in the late '50s in Burkina Faso to Senegalese parents.

 

In 1985, he played guitar with numerous Côte d'Ivoire and French musicians, which led him to record material in Paris in 1987. He also had a stint as a drummer with Zaire’s Papa Wemba.

 

He soon developed his own sound, described as a mix of mbalax, reggae, salsa, rhythms of Cuba, soukous saturated in other west and central African traditions.

 

Tall and lanky singer who speaks French, Wolof, Bambara and enough English has been described by many as one of Africa's most brilliant musicians, a distinctive, soulful singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who can cover anything from funk to mbalax and ballads.

 

 

In 1995, the great Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour produce his debut album, Ne La Thiass, which became a success worldwide. Many European writers declared it world music album of the year, and celebrated Lô as a major star to emerge from Africa.

 

Lô is a member of the Baye Fall, a movement within the Sufi order of Islam. As such, he has dreadlocks, which is part of the order's customs. The reggae influence in his music, along with his dreadlocks, often leads to the misinterpretation that he is Rastafarian.

The feted Senegalese singer’s star waned a bit since his startling arrival a decade ago, but his lavishly produced new album has gotten him back on track. Recorded in Sweden and Paris, it’s packed with mbalax grooves, mixing funk horns and talking drums, and fronted by his sweet, dancing vocals.

FOOTBALL TRANSFER UPDATES

 

Samuel Eto'o: The veteran striker has agreed to join Turkish side Antalyaspor, according to their president, who has revealed that Ronaldinho could also arrive at the ambitious club.

The former Cameroon striker has represented the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter and Chelsea, winning three Champions League titles across his illustrious career as well as two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. The 34-year-old was under contract at Sampdoria before the move.

 

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Kevin-Prince Boateng: The Ghana international's representative says the Rossoneri are one of several options for his client, who was suspended indefinitely by Schalke in May, following a loss to Koln. The 28-year-old attacking midfielder could rejoin AC Milan this summer. He spent three years at San Siro, winning the Serie A title in his first season at the club before departing for Schalke in August 2013.

 

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Alex Song: West Ham remain keen to sign Alex Song on a permanent basis this summer after the Barcelona midfielder impressed during his loan spell at Upton Park in 2014-15. Last April, the Hammers were planning to open negotiations with the Catalan giants in the hope of acquiring Song for a fee of around €7 million, provided that he can continue the form he showed in the first half of the season. Song made 31 appearances in all competitions in 2014-15.

 

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Andre Ayew: The Swansea City beat other bidders for the coveted Ghana winger on a free transfer when his Marseille deal expires. The winger signed a four year deal. The 25-year-old Ghana international has been shopping for a new club ahead of the expiry of his Marseille contract and had been linked with West Ham prior to joining Swansea. Ayew who will wear squad number 10 capped 63 times for Ghana and made 207 appearances in his eight years at Ligue 1 side.

 

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Youssouf Mulumbu: Norwich City is reported to be signing ex-West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu. The 28-year-old DR Congo international was released by the Baggies at the end of the season. He made 211 appearances in six years with Albion, having joined them from Paris St-Germain in 2009, initially on loan.

 

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Geoffrey Kondogbia: Inter announced that Geoffrey Kondogbia is joining them from Monaco for over €40m plus performance-related bonuses. He also signed a five-year contract worth about €5m per season with €4.5m per year basic. Kondogbia was always Inter manager Roberto Mancini’s first choice ahead of Yaya Toure. Kondogbia will be a key player for Inter as playmaker in Mancini’s 4-2-3-1. Kondogbia’s arrival looks set to hasten Mateo Kovacic’s departure from Inter as they attempt to cover some of Kondogbia’s fee.

 

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Bertrand Traore: Chelsea finally secured a work permit for 19-year-old forward Bertrand Traore with the chance to earn a first-team place. The Burkina Faso international who was developed by Auxerre has been on loan at Vitesse Arnhem for the past 18 months after initially being denied a work permit following his arrival in January 2014, although he represented the club in its youth team 2011. Although Burkina Faso’s FIFA ranking is only 66, putting the country outside the theoretical permitted limit for work permits, Chelsea’s application was made before the red line was moved from 75 to 50.

 

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Sol Bamba: Leeds have signed 30-year-old Palermo defender Sol Bamba for a two-year deal with the option for a third year. The Ivory Coast international finished the 2014-2015 season on loan at Elland Road, scoring a loan goal in 19 appearances. The former Leicester City man has signed for an undisclosed fee.

 

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Semi Ajayi: Arsenal defender Semi Ajayi has agreed on a Cardiff City's transfer from Arsenal for a two-year deal, subject to international clearance. The 21-year-old centre-back joined the Championship club on loan in March and the deal will now make it permanent. The Charlton Athletic product appeared for Nigeria at Under-21 level. Ajayi who was born in south London joined Arsenal from Charlton Athletic's Academy in 2013 and was a regular for the Gunners' Under-21s last season. His Arsenal contract expired at the end of June and Ajayi was then free to join Cardiff.

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Legal Matters

By A.G. Kleijweg

 

Dear TAB Readers,

 

With matters of immigration law, it is not always bad news; sometimes I can bring good news to the readers’ attention.  In this article, I bring to your attention few important issues. Some are good news while others are only informative or warning. 

 

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 Africa News

  • Liberian President to inaugurate Suez Canal

  • Sierra Leone relaxes state of emergency

  • Kenyan govt. links poaching to terror financing

  • EU diplomat in Gambia expelled

  • WHO certifies Ghana free of Guinea worm

  • Number of female Pilots in Nigeria rises to 127

 Dutch News

  • Prime Minister slams ‘me me  me  Dutch mentality’

  • The Netherlands bans partial face coverings

  • Government welcomes migration agenda

  • The Netherlands has suspended its aid alliance with Benin

  • Fewer traffic offences in first quarter of 2015

    Belgium News

    • Okay to have sex at 14

    • “Number of hit-and-runs has doubled”

    • 4,665 children get brand new surname

    • Kilometre charging for cars?

    • "8 in 10 prostitutes are being exploited"

    • “Employers have trouble filling vacancies”

     Sports News 

    • Namibia wins COSAFA Cup

    • World Boxing: Rematch between female Zambian, Irish boxers

    • Ghanaian 'King Kong' wins bout & GFA financial deals

    • IAAF ratifies Kiplagat's world records

    • Liberian to run for Fifa president

    • ..And More

    Other News

    • Student died on graduation day

    • Woman jailed for making 'loud sex noises'

    • Man called for two prostitutes, daughters show up

    • ... And More 

























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