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Suspected Islamists Behead 10 in Mozambique

Ten people were beheaded in a village in northern Mozambique, police said on Tuesday, as local sources blamed the attack on Islamists.

The predawn attack on Sunday occurred in two small villages close to the border with Tanzania and not far from Palma, a small town gearing up to be the country’s new natural gas hub in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

“There are 10 citizens who have been hideously killed,” Inacio Dina, the national police spokesman, told a news conference in Maputo, adding that the attackers used machetes.

Two of those killed were 15- and 16-year-old boys, who had set out in the early hours “hunting mice to eat,” said the police. Villagers earlier had said the fatalities included children.

No arrests have been made yet.

‘Scary environment’

Without naming the group of attackers, police’s Dina vowed that “we will hunt and find them and take them to the court as happened with others,” in apparent reference to attacks that occurred elsewhere in the same province in October.

Police reinforcements have been sent to the villages to step up security.

“The environment is scary,” Dina said.

Cabo Delgado province has seen a number of attacks by suspected radical Islamists since October.

In the latest attack, one victim was the leader of Monjane village, a local resident said, withholding his name for fear of reprisals.

“They targeted the chief as he had been providing information to the police about the location of al-Shabab in the forests,” he told AFP, referring to an armed group believed responsible for a deadly October attack on a police station and military post in the town of Mocimboa da Praia.

Two officers died and 14 attackers were killed then in what was believed to be the first jihadist attack on the country.

The group has no known link to the Somali jihadist group of the same name.

In the following weeks, at least 300 Muslims, including Tanzanians, were arrested and several mosques were forced to close.

Alex Vines, a specialist analyst on Mozambique for the London-based independent policy group Chatham House, told AFP that the “new attacks are unsurprising and a reminder of the seriousness of the situation.”

“A number of independent assessments of the situation in Cabo Delgado, conducted over the last three months, have concluded that the security situation [there] remains fragile and continued attacks probable,” he said.

‘Serious situation’

Police suspect the attackers are hiding in the forests surrounding the villages. A local villager said police were called during the attack but “arrived very late and the attackers were already gone. Nothing was stolen.”

“They are becoming much more radical now as they are facing attacks from government,” said another villager.

“This attack is a worrying sign of the deterioration of the situation,” said Eric Morier-Genoud, a lecturer in African history at the Queen’s University Belfast. “On the one hand, the rate of attacks appears to intensify. On the other hand, the methods seem to be radicalized, with decapitations becoming more and more common.”

A study published last week by Mozambican academic Joao Pereira said up to 40 members of the radical group “have been trained by movements” that operate in the Great Lakes region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Kenya.

The increase in attacks in the country’s north could present a problem for Mozambique, which holds general elections next year and has its eyes set on recently discovered gas reserves.

Vast gas deposits discovered off the shores of Palma could transform the impoverished country’s economy.

Experts predict that Mozambique could become the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

But Morier-Genoud suggested the group won’t pose immediate “significant danger” to the gas project, urging that government engages the northern region from social and religious platforms instead of resorting strictly to a military response.

The country’s north has largely been excluded from the economic growth of the last 20 years, and the region sees itself as a neglected outpost, giving the radical al-Shabab-style ideology a receptive audience.

Mozambique this month passed an anti-terrorism law that punishes terrorism activity with more than 40 years in jail.

Source: Voice of America

Neymar Jr. kicks off TCL’s 2018 global sports campaign

Neymar Jr. debuts as TCL’s global brand ambassador in his hometown, Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Neymar Jr., one of the world’s most influential and widely-recognized athletes, today officially took up his new role as global brand ambassador for TCL, top-three global television manufacturer and leading consumer electronics brand. The young star footballer kicked off the brand’s 2018 global sports campaign at an event in his hometown of Sao Paulo.

As part of his partnership with TCL, Neymar Jr. brings his star power and exceptional qualities to a wider, global community in order to bring the brand’s fans closer together.

Neymar Jr. was officially welcomed as Global Brand Ambassador of TCL and presented with a Chinese chop by the TCL team. In exchange, his autographed football shirt was presented to Kevin Wang, Senior Vice President of TCL Corporation and CEO of TCL Multimedia, Xiaoguang Zhang, General Manager of Brand Management Center of TCL Corporation and Ricardo Freitas, CEO of SEMP TCL.

“I am honored to be Global Brand Ambassador for TCL. The brand and I share similar values, such as the constant pursuit of excellence and great results,” said Neymar Jr. “I am also impressed with TCL products featuring high-tech and intelligence upon first seeing them,” added Neymar Jr.

“This is a perfect fit for TCL because we are very passionate about sports,” said Kevin Wang, Senior Vice President of TCL Corporation and CEO of TCL Multimedia. “The partnership with Neymar Jr. will be fully integrated into TCL’s global brand and marketing strategies. We are excited to work with Neymar Jr. and to offer consumers an immersive viewing experience to embrace the sports they love this summer with our intelligent TV products.”

Neymar Jr. experienced TCL’s flagship QLED TV X6, TCL 4k UHD TV P6, TCL new all-touch anti-pollution washing machine, TCL integrated inverter & air-cooled refrigerator, T-Smart series air conditioner as well as TCL S800 Air Purifier at the event, and helped to co-launch a series of TCL x Neymar Jr. advertising campaigns.

Recently, the company launched a large-scale outdoor advertising campaign with the theme “Born a Legend” and celebrated the partnership at global landmarks such as New York’s Times Square, Hollywood TCL Chinese Theatre and in locations across US, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and China.

The company is soon to launch an exclusive video campaign with Neymar Jr. in which he experiences other elements of TCL’s extensive product portfolio, including TVs, washing machines, refrigerators and other home appliances.

Expanded global brand strategy targeting the sports community

The partnership with Neymar Jr. is a key next step in TCL’s global brand strategy. The team-up allows TCL to reach a wider audience of young sports fans worldwide and will raise TCL’s global brand visibility, reinforcing the company’s youthful, international brand image.

“Our vision is to build TCL into a global leader in smart products and internet services. We connect our consumers with enhanced technology leadership, and smart and intelligent product experiences and global partnerships that fit the brand,” said Kevin Wang.

“Investment in sports and entertainment marketing activities is a major plank in TCL’s global brand strategy. Our other global sports partners include the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, the iconic Rose Bowl stadium, the soccer team San Jose Earthquakes, the Brazilian Football Confederation (Brazil), the Rosario Central Football Club (Argentina), the Philippine Basketball Association (Philippines), The Melbourne Cup and Melbourne Victory Football Club (Australia). We also work with entertainment industry partners including Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre, The Ellen Show, and the popular Warner Bros. Pictures movie Justice League,” said Xiaoguang Zhang, General Manager of Brand Management Center of TCL Corporation.

Business growth and outlook

This latest partnership and expanded brand strategy reflect TCL’s accelerating growth and business vision.

“TCL continues to consolidate and expand our TV business, while exploring new opportunities through investments, mergers, acquisitions and restructuring,” said Kevin Wang. “We plan to gain differentiation through continued high-end product strategy and innovative new products and applications to create a better user experience when compared with our existing products,” he added.

In the next three years, TCL aims to build an eco-business enterprise based on the smart TV business, to provide users with exquisite smart TV products and services.

TCL ranked top three in the global LCD TV market with a market share of 10.9% in 2017, according to IHS Technology and the company’s shipment data.

About TCL Corporation

As a global enterprise group, TCL Corporation, headquartered in China, founded in 1981, is a manufacturer of smart products and provider of Internet application services. Starting from the manufacture of recording tapes, TCL later developed telephones, televisions, mobile phones, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, small appliances, and LCD panels, among others. In recent years, TCL Corporation’s main business operations have seen steady growth. For the last four years, its revenues have exceeded a hundred billion yuan.

TCL has been a pioneer in the internationalization of Chinese commerce since 1999. It has already passed the stages of early exploration, transnational M&A, and steady growth. In recent years, facing the challenge of slowing Chinese economic growth, as well as the opportunities created by the country’s One Belt One Road strategy, it has reformulated its road map to internationalization.

In the coming years, TCL will continue to consolidate and improve its market share in Europe and the U.S. through “three forces combined and brand leadership,” while also breaking through in selected important emerging markets like India and Brazil, taking root in the local markets and establishing competitiveness across the value chain. Internationalization will be the new driver of TCL’s future development.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Team Completes Visit to CAte d’Ivoire

The authorities and the IMF team reached a staff-level agreement on the third review of the ECF and EFF arrangements, subject to approval by IMF management and the Executive Board.

GDP grew by 7.8 percent last year despite the fall in cocoa prices and social demands and inflation remained subdued at about 1 percent, below the 3 percent regional threshold of the Western Africa Economic and Monetary Union.

IMF staff and the authorities concurred on the need to accelerate reforms critical to maintaining growth at a sustainable pace and continue making it more inclusive.

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Dhaneshwar Ghura visited Abidjan from March 22 to April 5, 2018, to hold discussions on the 2018 Article IV Consultation and the third review of the three-year economic and financial program supported by the IMF through arrangements under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) and the Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Ghura issued the following statement:

The authorities and the IMF team reached a staff-level agreement on the third review of the ECF and EFF arrangements, subject to approval by IMF management and the Executive Board. Consideration by the IMF’s Executive Board is expected in June 2018.

Based on preliminary estimations, GDP grew by 7.8 percent last year despite the fall in cocoa prices and social demands. Inflation remained subdued at about 1 percent, well below the 3 percent regional threshold of the Western Africa Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Credit to the economy grew at a healthy pace of 13.3 percent in 2017. Reflecting the decline in cocoa prices in 2017, the deficit in the external current account reached 2.1 percent of GDP.

The medium-term outlook is favorable and risks to the forecast are broadly balanced. Economic activity is projected to remain strong and the medium-term outlook is for robust growth to continue. Inflation is expected to remain contained. The fiscal deficit should be maintained at 3.75 percent of GDP in 2018, in line with the program objectives. Staff welcomes the authorities’ commitment to converge to the WAEMU fiscal regional deficit norm of 3 percent of GDP by 2019.

Performance under the IMF-supported program was satisfactory in 2017. The budget deficit was 4.2 percent of GDP in 2017, somewhat lower than programmed. All performance criteria, and all but one indicative quantitative targets for end-December 2017 were met. All but one structural benchmarks were also implemented. Sound policies implemented by the authorities in the context of the IMF-supported program and the country’s good economic performance have helped the Eurobond issuance in March 2018.

IMF staff and the authorities concurred on the need to accelerate reforms critical to maintaining growth at a sustainable pace and continue making it more inclusive. Staff welcomed the progress made by the authorities in prioritizing the new investment projects which should help maintaining space to finance the National Development Program (2016-2020). IMF staff and the authorities also agreed on the importance of increasing domestic revenues to create fiscal space to undertake priority spending and enhance debt payment capacity.

The team noted the efforts to mitigate fiscal risks by advancing on restructuring the national oil refinery and public banks. The implementation of the new prudential regulations consistent with the Basel II/III principles should reinforce banking sector stability. While Cocirc;te d’Ivoire’s economic performance has been strong, there are also risks to the outlook from slower than expected progress in revenue mobilization, unfavorable terms-of-trade shock and tighter global financial conditions.

The team and the authorities concurred that Cocirc;te d’Ivoire’s economic transformation program is progressing well. Continued fiscal consolidation, prudent debt management policy and supply-side reforms will support high growth rates. Continuing actions to spread growth benefits and reducing youth unemployment will also be important factors for ensuring the long-term success of government policies.

The IMF team thanks the authorities for their hospitality and productive discussions.rdquo;

The IMF team met with His Excellency President Alassane Ouattara; Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly; Minister of Economy and Finance Adama Koneacute;; Minister of Transports Amadou Koneacute;; Minister of Oil, Energy and Development of Renewable Energies Thierry Tanoh; Minister of Employment and Social Protection Jean Claude Kouassi; Minister of Planning Niale Kaba; Secretary of State to the Prime Minister in charge of the Ministry of Budget and State Holdings Moussa Sanogo; National Director of the BCEAO Chalouho Coulibaly; and other senior officials.

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships Malaysia 2018: Hat Trick of Titles by World Number Two

Thomas Bruins Of The Netherlands Takes Coveted Asia Title Again

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, March 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This year’s edition of the world’s largest competitive duathlon, organized by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd – the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships Malaysia 2018 came to a close with a total of 3,756 top elite duathletes, multi-sport athletes and enthusiasts from 41 countries running and cycling their hearts out. Defending champion from The Netherlands, Thomas Bruins made it three consecutive titles in the Male Elite Category and first-timer to Malaysia, Anna Eberhardt-Halasz from Hungary took the Female Elite Category crown.


Powerman Asia Dualthlon Championships Malaysia 2018 (Male)
1st Thomas Bruins (The Netherlands) 02:38:17
2nd Matt Smith (Australia) 02:47:26
3rd John Leerams Chicano (The Philippines) 02:47:26
Powerman Asia Dualthlon Championships Malaysia 2018 (Female)
1st Anna Eberhardt-Halasz (Hungary) 02:54:04
2nd Miriam Van Reijen (The Netherlands) 03:04:04
3rd Monica Torres (The Philippines) 03:06:42


2018 Putrajaya ASTC Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships (Male)
1st John Leerams Chicano (The Philippines) 02:47:26
2nd Emmanuel Commendador (The Philippines) 02:51:54
3rd Raymund Torio (The Philippines) 02:55:45


2018 Putrajaya ASTC Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships (Female)
1st Monica Torres (The Philippines) 03:06:42
2nd Airi Sawada (Japan) 03:18:04
3rd Jelsie Sabado (The Philippines) 03:32:43

The Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships Malaysia 2018 comprising of four categories – Individual Classic and Team Relay Classic (10km – 60km – 10km), and the Individual Short and Team Relay Short (5km – 30km – 5km) was held on Sunday, 4 March 2018.

The PowerKIDS race covering three aged groups – 5 to 7 year olds (0.4km – 1km – 0.4km), 8 to 10 year olds (0.8km – 2km – 0.8km), and 11 to 12 years old (1.2km – 3 km – 1.2km) was held on Saturday, 3 March 2018.

The Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2018 is promoted and organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd (, sanctioned by the International Powerman Association, the Asian Triathlon Confederation and the Triathlon Association of Malaysia.

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جيرميو وديريج يطيحان بالأرقام القياسية المسجلة بفوزهما بماراثون ستنادرد تشارترد دبي

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 26 يناير 2018/ PRNewswire/– توج العداء الاثيوبي موسينت جيريميو ” Mosinet Geremew ” بلقب ماراثون ستاندرد تشارترد دبي ” Standard Chartered Dubai ” مسجلًا ساعتين وأربع دقائق؛ في واحدة من أكثر منافسات الماراثون إثارةً.


أنهى جيريميو البالغ من العمر 27 عامًا السباق عابرًا خط النهاية وهو الذي قد شارك في السباق منذ بضعة أيام فقط، يتبعه أربعة لاعبين بفارق 8 ثواني. حيث حصل مواطنه ليول جيبراسيلاسي ” Leul Gebresilase ” على المركز الثاني بفارق ثانيتين فقط (2:04:02)، بينما أنهى المدافع عن لقب البطولة تاميرات تولا ” Tamirat Tola ” السباق في المركز الثالث مسجلًا: 2:04:06.

سجل اللاعبون السبعة زمن لم يتعد 2:05.00- وهي نتيجة فريدة من نوعها في تاريخ سباقات الماراثون الدولية – بحيث لم يزد الرقم الذي سجله ستة منهم عن 2:04:15.

أقيم الماراثون تحت رعاية سمو الشيخ حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، ولي عهد دبي، وتحت رعاية مجلس دبي الرياضي، وأُرخ لماراثون ستاندرد تشارترد دبي التاسع من خلال كتاب السجلات.

في طقس شبه مثالي، قامت مجموعة الطليعة بالعدو بوتيرة متسقة للغاية. بعد نصف الماراثون وبعد مضي 61:36، كان الرقم القياسي العالمي 2:02:57 ما زال يمكن كسره خلال 30 كيلو، الذين تم قطعهم في 1:27:35. ومع ذلك، بعد أن انفصال مجموعة الطليعة، انخفضت الوتيرة وركز الرياضيون على الفوز بالجائزة الأولى التي بلغت 200،000 دولار أمريكي.

لم ينه خمسة من المتسابقين المسابقة بعد، حين توجهت المجموعة مباشرة إلى خط النهاية، ولكن استطاع العداء الذي دخل ماراثون دبي في نهايته بتحقيق الفوز.

كذلك شهد ماراثون السيدات تحطيمًا للرقم القياسي حيث سجلت العداءة الإثيوبية روزا ديريجي ” Roza Dereje ” زمنًا قدره: 2:19:17، مما أهلها لتصبح سابع أسرع امرأة في تاريخ الماراثون.

انفصلت العداءة الإثيوبية من مجموعة الطليعة المكونة من أرع عدائات في الميل النهائي من السباق؛ ولأول مرة في تاريخ الماراثون نجحت أربع عداءات في تحقيق وقت فرعي بلغ 2:20 في سباق واحد. واحتلت الإثيوبية فايسي تاديسي ” Feyse Tadese ” المركز الثاني وسجلت 2:19:30، وتلتها إيبرجوال ميليسي ” Yebrgual Melese ” (2:19:36)، وتبعتهما وركنيش ديجيفا ” Worknesh Degefa ” في محاولة منها للدفاع عن اللقب مسجلة 2:19:53.

وقال جريميو بعد أن تسلم كأس البطولة من سعادة اللواء محمد خلفان الرميثي رئيس الهيئة العامة للرياضة وجوليان وينتر “Julian Wynter “، الرئيس التنفيذي لبنك ستاندرد تشارترد الإماراتي “”: “كنت سعيداً بالعدو في المقدمة في النصف الأول من السابق.” وعن سؤاله متى فكر أن بإمكانه الفوز، أجاب: ” فكرت فقط في الفوز في آخر كيلومتر من السباق”.

آلان إيونز ” Alan Ewens”
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