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Plan to airlift 4,000 cows to isolated Qatar to maintain milk supplies

Businessman hoping to import the animals on 60 flights as country steps up efforts to circumvent blockade by its Gulf neighbours

A Qatari businessman is planning to airlift 4,000 Holstein dairy cows into the country as part of efforts to maintain milk supplies during the blockade by Qatar’s Gulf Arab neighbours.

The proposal – described as the biggest airlift of cattle ever attempted – comes as Qatar moves rapidly to open an air and sea bridge via Iran, Turkey and port facilities in Oman.

The plan to fly in the cows was disclosed by Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding, to the Bloomberg news agency. Khayyat said it would take as many as 60 flights to deliver the cattle, which were bought in Australia and the US. He had originally planned to import the cows by ship for a newly completed dairy facility near Doha.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic, economic and transport ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups.

Until then, Qatar had imported most of its dairy products from neighbouring countries – including Saudi Arabia. Riyadh closed the Qatari peninsula’s only land border, threatening the import of both fresh food and raw materials needed to complete a $200bn infrastructure project for the 2022 football World Cup.

Turkey has replaced products that disappeared from supermarket shelves, including yoghurt and laban, while Morocco and Iran have pledged to supply the emirate with foodstuffs.
Qatar has negotiated new cargo handling arrangements in the Omani ports of Sohar and Salalah, avoiding the need for goods to stop in the UAE. Shipments of containers through the UAE port of Jebel Ali were frozen last week.
Qatar’s rapid moves to circumvent the worst effects of the week-old blockade come in the midst of escalating diplomatic efforts by the emirate to rally international support for its case. The country’s foreign minister has flown to Moscow, London and Germany in recent days.

At the beginning of the second week of the embargo, Qatar’s financial markets appeared to be stabilising, with shares prices bouncing back after falls last week.

Qatar has also appealed to international aviation authorities to rule as illegal the overflight ban imposed on Qatar Airways by its neighbours, and has briefed lawyers to challenge the flight and other restrictions in the courts.

On Sunday Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran announced it had sent five planes carrying produce to Qatar. Three ships carrying 350 tonnes of food were also set to leave Iran for the emirate.

The ostensible reason for the blockade – that the Qataris have funded terror – is as easily applicable to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. Instead, the real motivation appears to be punishment for Qatar’s independent foreign policy, which is underwritten by an expansive and canny global investment strategy from London to Tokyo. The county has hosted members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and pursued a conciliatory relationship with Iran, with which it shares a large gas field.

Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin pledges £50 to Grenfell Tower families for every minute he plays at European Under-21 Championship

Bellerin has followed Raheem Sterling in pledging to donate to the Grenfell Tower victims’ families
Bellerin has followed Raheem Sterling in pledging to donate to the Grenfell Tower victims’ families CREDIT: EPA

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has pledged to donate £50 to the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire for every minute he plays for Spain at the European Under-21 Championship.

The 22-year-old is on duty with a star-studded Spain squad in Poland, and they are strong favourites to win their third title in the space of just six years, having claimed victory at the Euros in 2011 and 2013.

Spain kick off their tournament against Macedonia on Saturday evening. If, as expected, La Rojita reach the final in Krakow in a fortnight’s time, they will have played a total of five games. Assuming Bellerin features in every minute, his donation would reach £22,500 in total.

Bellerin’s pledge follows that of Raheem Sterling on Friday, who will donate a ‘substantial’ sum to those affected by the blaze earlier this week.

“This is a deep and sad situation, one that’s close to my heart and hard to swallow. I would like to help in the best way I can,” Sterling told the BBC.

“It is only a small step, but small steps lead to big changes if we all come together.

“My condolences to the affected families, also the individuals who lost their homes.”

Meanwhile, England’s under-21s have already begun their European Championship campaign. £30m Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford proved his worth against Sweden in Kielce, as he saved a penalty to secure a 0-0 draw in the Group A opener.

UN council urges Eritrea and Djibouti to end border dispute

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged Eritrea and Djibouti on Monday to resolve their border dispute peacefully following the withdrawal of peacekeeping troops from Qatar.

Djibouti accused Eritrean troops of occupying the Dumeira mountain area shortly after 450 Qatari peacekeepers left last week and lodged a formal complaint with the African Union. Qatar, which is caught up in its own diplomatic clash with other Arab nations, had mediated a territorial dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea.

The Security Council said in a statement after a briefing by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun that it welcomed the African Union’s intention to deploy a fact-finding mission to the Djibouti border.

Council member said they look forward to coordinating with the AU “to maintain an atmosphere of calm and restraint.”

The Security Council said it would also welcome “the consideration of future confidence-building measures” and will continue to follow the situation closely.

The Qatari forces had been deployed on the Djibouti-Eritrean border for seven years to monitor the implementation of a ceasefire agreement signed in Qatar in June 2010 and to pursue a negotiated political settlement.

In a statement sent Saturday to The Associated Press, Eritrea’s information ministry said the Horn of Africa nation has not received any explanation from Qatar on its “hasty” withdrawal, which it said occurred “against the backdrop of a turbulent climate.”

Eritrea’s top diplomat to the African Union, Araia Desta, said the country has not cut ties with Qatar. Eritrea has also said it doesn’t want a confrontation with Djibouti.

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.

Not all tumors are cancerous; benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body. Possible signs and symptoms include a lump, abnormal bleeding, prolonged cough, unexplained weight loss and a change in bowel movements. While these symptoms may indicate cancer, they may have other causes. Over 100 types of cancers affect humans.

Tobacco use is the cause of about 22% of cancer deaths. Another 10% is due to obesity, poor diet, lack of physical activity, and excessive drinking of alcohol. Other factors include certain infections, exposure to ionizing radiation and environmental pollutants. In the developing world nearly 20% of cancers are due to infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human papillomavirus infection. These factors act, at least partly, by changing the genes of a cell. Typically many genetic changes are required before cancer develops. Approximately 5–10% of cancers are due to inherited genetic defects from a person’s parents. Cancer can be detected by certain signs and symptoms or screening tests. It is then typically further investigated by medical imaging and confirmed by biopsy.

Many cancers can be prevented by not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, not drinking too much alcohol, eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, vaccination against certain infectious diseases, not eating too much processed and red meat, and avoiding too much sunlight exposure. Early detection through screening is useful for cervical and colorectal cancer. The benefits of screening in breast cancer are controversial. Cancer is often treated with some combination of radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Pain and symptom management are an important part of care. Palliative care is particularly important in people with advanced disease. The chance of survival depends on the type of cancer and extent of disease at the start of treatment. In children under 15 at diagnosis the five-year survival rate in the developed world is on average 80%. For cancer in the United States the average five-year survival rate is 66%.

In 2015 about 90.5 million people had cancer. About 14.1 million new cases occur a year (not including skin cancer other than melanoma). It caused about 8.8 million deaths (15.7%) of human deaths.The most common types of cancer in males are lung cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and stomach cancer. In females, the most common types are breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and cervical cancer.If skin cancer other than melanoma were included in total new cancers each year it would account for around 40% of cases. In children, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and brain tumors are most common except in Africa where non-Hodgkin lymphoma occurs more often. In 2012, about 165,000 children under 15 years of age were diagnosed with cancer. The risk of cancer increases significantly with age and many cancers occur more commonly in developed countries. Rates are increasing as more people live to an old age and as lifestyle changes occur in the developing world.The financial costs of cancer were estimated at $1.16 trillion USD per year as of 2010.

730 more migrants rescued in Mediterranean as Europe-bound flow grows

MADRID/MILAN, ITALY – Humanitarian ships picked up about 730 migrants on Sunday from rubber and wooden boats in the Mediterranean, adding to a lengthening list of rescue operations in recent days.

The migrants were picked up in seven separate rescue operations aboard three dinghies and four wooden craft, Italy’s coast guard said on Sunday.

Save the Children SAR team leader Gillian Moyes, aboard the rescue vessel Vos Hestia, said the past few days had been extremely busy, following a pattern seen in recent weeks.

“We are seeing increasing numbers of people, large-scale rescues with multiple boats,” she said.

She added there was insufficient capacity in search and rescues to deal with the situation unfolding in the Mediterranean.

On Saturday, hundreds of migrants, some drifting in rubber dinghies off the coast of Libya, were picked up by Spanish and Italian ships.

A Spanish navy ship was dispatched to help two migrant boats struggling to stay afloat near Libya on Saturday afternoon, and at sundown it found three other rubber dinghies transporting migrants in the area, Spain’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

In total 526 people, including eight pregnant women and nine children, were picked up in that rescue, aided by a ship belonging to a nongovernmental organization, the ministry said. The migrants were headed to an Italian port, it added.

Around 800 migrants were rescued from rubber boats in six operations in the Mediterranean on Saturday, the Italian coast guard said.

Libya’s coast guard had already intercepted 906 migrants on board damaged wooden and rubber boats on Friday, and earlier in the week humanitarian rescue ships picked up more than 1,000 migrants off Libya’s shores.

The sea crossing between Libya and Italy has been attempted by an increasing number of migrants trying to reach Europe this year.

Arrivals of migrants to Italy are up almost 18 percent on the same period last year at more than 65,000, Italy’s Interior Ministry said last week.

A WOMAN allegedly caught smuggling cocaine

in a fake rubber BABY BUMP has been arrested in Colombia.

Canadian Tabitha Ritchie, 28, was stopped as she tried to board a flight from
the capital Bogota when officials noticed her swollen belly was “unusually
cold and hard”.

Officers discovered a false belly made of latex taped to her abdomen.

It was designed to make her look heavily pregnant — and was stuffed with 2kg
(4.4lb) of cocaine.


Police colonel Esteban Arias said Ritchie, a social worker from Toronto,
arrived in the country.

She hid her face behind a scarf as she was paraded in front of cameras along
with the false tum and the packets of drugs.

Colombian officials say 874 foreigners are held in the South American
country’s jails, most on drugs charges.

A tourist filmed the trick-gone-wrong last Sunday at a free crocodile show on the island of Ko Samui, Thailand.

You may or may have not seen this trick performed before. Basically, a zookeeper places their head inside the open mouth of a crocodile. It’s dangerous, it’s silly and, to be fair, it’s pretty cruel.

Obviously, when it comes to working with animals there are some risks involved. Even more so when you’ve got your head in a deadly reptile’s mouth.

This guy learned the hard way that nothing in this life is predictable. Although I’m pretty sure you don’t need to be a genius to work out what happened to this bloke…
Yup, the crocodile has had enough of being exploited to make a cheap buck at the expense of willing tourists. Maybe his mates are also laughing at him behind his back and he’s had a bad hair day. Either way, he’s not got time for being made the subject of mockery.

He clamps down in a fit of rage and thrashes the zookeeper from side to side in a blurry haze of pent-up aggression.The incident took place at a Thailand-based crocodile show on the tourist island of Ko Samui.During the ‘trick’, the zookeeper taunts the animal with sticks inside his mouth. He then pops his head inside for 10 seconds before the inevitable happens.
As the audience watch on, he screams and is thrashed around. The crocodile realised he’s been a bit OTT and slithers back into the water to think about what he just did.

According to the video description: “He was showing off previous wounds from Bangkok, including a missing finger from his last trick where an accident occurred.”

Bloody hell, mate. You’ve already lost a finger and you decide to shove your head in?! You’re asking for trouble there.

The show was performed in front of six people. I imagine those six people will never stick their heads in a croc’s mouth as a result of seeing this first-hand, so I’ll take that as a win for common sense.

Woman forced to wait eight years to retrieve diamond earring swallowed by chicken

A pet-owner will be forced to wait eight years to retrieve a lost diamond earring after her chicken swallowed the jewel while perching on her shoulder.
Claire Lennon whose pet hen Sarah swallowed her £300 diamond earring

Claire Lennon, 38, of Berkshire, will not be able to recover the £300 diamond until her six-month old chicken Sarah gets old and dies.
Vets say the jewel, which was given to Miss Lennon by her partner Adam de Marco, is trapped inside Sarah’s stomach and an operation to retrieve it could put the bird’s life in danger.
Sarah could potentially live another eight years, forcing her owner to wait almost a decade for the return of the gift.
Miss Lennon said: “The vet said he could operate to recover the earring, but that might kill Sarah, which would devastate our six-year-old daughter Mia, who dotes on the chicken.
“So we’ll have to wait till Sarah gets old and dies, but they live to a ripe old age – we are probably looking at another eight years before I get my earring back.”

Miss Lennon described feeling a “sudden sharp pain” in her earlobe as she realised Sarah had gobbled down the earring whilst sitting on her shoulder at home near Newbury.
Miss Lennon and Mr de Marco, an IT specialist, put the chicken in a cage and spent the next few days searching the floor in case the earring had passed through the chicken.
However, with no sign of the diamond, the couple took their beloved pet to the vets.
“The X-ray showed it was stuck firmly in the gizzard so Carl [the vet] gave Sarah some laxatives, hoping it would pass,” Miss Lennon said.
“But it didn’t work, it’s still stuck fast and we have accepted it is trapped inside and won’t come out.
“The vet said he could operate and go in through Sarah’s stomach but it could prove fatal.
“We couldn’t face that – Mia adores Sarah and would be heartbroken.
“The vet said over the weeks and months, the platinum white gold would disintegrate and be ground down by the grit and stuff that hens eat to aid their digestion.
“But the diamond is so hard it will not be damaged and will just stay there in the until Sarah dies and then of course we can get it back.”
Bizarrely, Sarah is in fact a cockerel.
Miss Lennon explained: “He’s called Sarah because when we got him as a chick, we thought he was a she.
“When he got older and we realised it was a cockerel, we decided to stick with the name.
“Now he must be the most expensive chicken in the country!
“We’re keeping as close eye on him to make sure he doesn’t get caught, carried off and eaten by a fox or the diamond will be gone forever.
“It’s a shame I have lost the earring because it was one of a matching pair that Adam bought for me so they’re really sentimental and mean a lot.
“But we can’t risk anything that might mean we lose Sarah.
“At least we know where the earring is – and one day I will get it back, even if it means waiting for a few years.”

Egypt threatens to JAIL parents who give their children Western names such as Mark and Lara

because ‘abandoning Arabic ones will radically change society’
Mark, Lara and Sam given as examples of Western names by MP Bedier Abdel Aziz
His draft law could mean parents get £220 fine or 6 months in jail for disobeying
He said using non-Arabic names disconnects ‘our sons’ from their ‘true identity’
By Iain Burns

Parents in Egypt could soon be sentenced to six months in jail for giving their children ‘Western’ names such as ‘Mark’, ‘Lara’ and ‘Sam’.

A draft law banning the use of ‘foreign names’ was introduced by MP Bedier Abdel Aziz and discussed by his country’s parliament yesterday.

Abdel Aziz said the punishment for disobeying the law should be a fine of between about £40 and £220 or a maximum jail sentence of six months.

‘Using such Western names and abandoning Arabic ones will lead to an undesired and radical change in our society and culture,’ he was reported as saying in The Egypt Independent.

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Abdel Aziz put the draft law to the Egyptian parliament. Pictured: A stock image of the country’s parliament

He added: ‘Our sons will no longer be connected to their true identity,’

The MP also said that non-Arabic names are difficult for Egyptians to pronounce.

The proposal was met with scorn on social media, with many suggesting it was an extremely trivial matter not worthy of discussion in parliament.

Parents could face up to six months in prison if the proposal is made into law

Writing on the Egypt Independent Facebook page, Nadine Niedt said: ‘People can’t feed their families and this helpless freaks have time to discuss the ban of Western names? Seriously?’

Another, Margaret El Ansari, said: ‘There is definately [sic] a lot more pressing matters that need to be addressed than what name you call your child!’

Walaa Saad, meanwhile, simply wrote: ‘Backward thinking!’

Eritrean Music Bajet Mehari – እምነተይ

A definition of music is a definition, or statement of the meaning of, the term music. An accurate and concise definition of music is fundamental to being able[citation needed] to discuss, categorize, and otherwise consider what we understand as being music. “Explications of the concept of music usually begin with the idea that music is organized sound. They go on to note that this characterization is too broad, since there are many examples of organized sound that are not music, such as human speech, and the sounds non-human animals and machines make” (Kania 2014). Many authorities have suggested definitions, but defining music turns out to be more difficult than might first be imagined. As this article will demonstrate, there is ongoing controversy about how to define music.