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Sogndal gives Chelsea lesson

Posted by African Press International on December 14, 2007

Jo Inge Gsvr, physical trainer for Sogndal’s soccer team – in Norway’s second highest division – assumed it was a practical joke when English Premier League giants Chelsea asked for advice.

Roman Abramovich’s team casts a wide net in search of improvements.

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On Thursday last week though, Gsvr was in place on Chelsea’s training pitch in Cobham outside of London.

“I think they were very satisfied with the information they got. I wasn’t thrown out at any rate,” Gsvr said.

The Norwegian’s audience was the English club’s medical team. Chelsea is considering a purchase of Musclelab, an instrument that measures power and speed in all types of exertions.

Gsvr wrote about this tool in his post-graduate thesis at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH), and he believes that Chelsea tracked him down via the Internet.

“There is a summary of my thesis on the NIH web pages. I think they found me there and Googled me afterwards,” Gsvr said, with the result being an e-mail from one of the doctors on the Chelsea medical team asking to learn more about the test system.

“I thought at first that some buddies were fooling around and joking with me. So I checked it out, sent the information after I verified the contact, and then I was invited over,” Gsvr said.

Seeing the facilities financed by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich put little Sogndal in stark perspective, but Gsvr also felt it showed that the Norwegian team is doing a good job and has a knowledgeable staff.

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Posted by African Press International on December 14, 2007

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The African Union (AU) Commission on Thursday condemned the twin bombing in Algiers resulting in the deaths of over 60 people on Tuesday, according to statement issued here by the AU commission chairman, Alpha Oumar Konare.

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union has received, with outrage and horror, the news of the bomb attacks, which took place in Algiers, Algeria, 11 December 2007 and which has led to the death of many innocent people including children, the AU statement said.

Konare expressed his sadness and concern that the attacks have deliberately targeted Algerian government institutions and the premises of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), an organization which has as its mandate, the care of the poorest and most marginalized of society with a view to improving their lot.

He strongly condemns these barbaric acts and, once again, unequivocally re-affirms Africas commitment to put an end to the scourge of terrorism. He uses this occasion to call on the international community to renew its efforts to collectively address this scourge not only in Africa, but also in the world at large, the statement adds.

The chairperson also expressed solidarity with the government and people of Algeria, the Secretary General of the United Nations and the staff of the UN, in particular, the UNHCR that lost over 10 of its staff.

Konare expressed his hope that both Algeria and the United Nations will not allow the work of this group to deter them from the good work they are doing.

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Posted by African Press International on December 14, 2007

Nairobi (Kenya) The Kenyan government and the United Nations on Friday signed a 40 billion shillings (US$634 million) in Nairobi under a five-year framework development pact between 26 UN agencies in the country.

Under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework, the UN agencies will support the government in addressing issues on governance, human rights, HIV/Aids, immigration, poverty reduction, gender equality and climatic change.

The development pact was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of finance Joseph Kinyua and the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Kenya Elizabeth Lwanga

Lwanga said the five-year framework will complement the governments Economic Recovery Strategy, particularly development projects under Vision 2030 which seeks to make Kenya a middle income country by 2030.

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Red Cross moves to tackle discrimination in disaster programs

Posted by African Press International on December 14, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has appealed to disaster preparedness programs to include measures that would cater for the needs of marginalised and vulnerable populations.

A release issued by the organisation on Thursday identified the elderly people with disabilities, certain minorities and women as well as people whose views are seldom sought out or heard, as those often discriminated against during disasters.

These groups of people should receive timely and adequate assistance during emergencies and should be included in recovery activities after a disaster, the release urged.

It also points to the responsibility of aid agencies and governments to identify and address discriminatory attitudes and procedures.

Race, colour, gender, language, religion, politics, opinion, national or social origin, economic conditions and birth are just some of the causes of discrimination that can compromise certain groups access to aid, the release said.

The answer to this discrimination must be dialogue, openness and understanding, says Markku Niskala, secretary general of the International Federation.

He said aid agencies need to work to change attitudes, develop inclusion and advocate on behalf of marginalized groups.

Discrimination thrives in the shadows, so we need to chase those shadows away, he insisted.

This years World Disaster Report cites the examples of blind, deaf or paralyzed people, who may not be able to flee danger on their own.

Among the solutions proposed to tackle discrimination, the report call for a clear definition of marginalisation and vulnerability.

It also calls for more information on the impact of discrimination, and on the vital need to involve marginalised and vulnerable groups in the design and implementation of emergency and development aid.

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