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Denmark to restart Swedish border checks

Denmark to restart Swedish border checks

first_imgThe Danish government will reintroduce checks along its border with Sweden as part of an effort to stem organized cross-border crime, Justice Minister Nick Hækkerup said today.The temporary border checks will include road and rail traffic over the 8 kilometer Øresund bridge and ferry traffic through the ports of Helsingør, Frederikshavn, Grenå and Rønne. They will be in place for six months starting November 12.Following the migration crisis in 2015, checks were introduced around the Øresund bridge to stop the flow of people into Sweden. But the system cost millions of euros to maintain and lengthened travel times between Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö. Some 70,000 people cross the Øresund bridge daily, with travelers roughly equally split between road and rail. Denmark said it has notified the European Commission of the plans.Hækkerup said the reintroduction of controls on the Swedish border is designed to counter criminal gangs, which are thought to have been responsible for 13 attacks in recent months including an explosion at a tax office in Denmark and a double murder. “The terror threat to Denmark remains serious,” the government said in its statement.The region around the Øresund bridge is home to around 4 million people. The plan will also strengthen police presence at the frontier.Both Denmark and Sweden are members of the Schengen zone of borderless travel, but the rules do allow for temporary reintroduction of checks under certain circumstances.The Danish government also announced it will extend existing border checks with Germany for a further six months from November.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Is this generation failing the next?

EDITORIAL: Is this generation failing the next?

first_imgThere is a tendency, probably understandably, when things go wrong in a society to blame, seek solutions, from those in political authority. However, in doing this people keep deferring the real responsibility which rests with them.A glaring example of this deferring of responsibility to the “authorities” is the frequent and unfortunate circumstances of students being shot and killed by their peers in American public schools.Another huge cryIt’s therefore not unexpected, in the wake of the recent shooting at Texas public school, there’s another huge cry for the “authorities” to take more positive and aggressive action in imposing “sensible’ gun control laws, to protect the youth.Increase in teen suicides In another circumstance, there are reports of a recent study indicating the suicide rate is increasing among American teenagers, especially females.Almost daily, there are reports reflecting a negative impact on the youth, from infants to millennials, in the society, however, blame cannot be always directed to the “authorities” for the negatives, and the dangers, that seem to constantly impact the youth.Time for reflectionIt’s now imperative that the older generation, especially the so called “Baby Boomers” generation born after 1945, comprising a huge percentage of grandparents and parents, reflect and ask whether or not they are failing the youth.This older generation usually refer to the “good old days” of the 1960s and early 1970s when society was safer, people happier, morals stronger, education better, and so on. But while this generation was reveling in the positives of the former era they were also having children who they wanted to have an even better life than theirs.For this older generation residing in the Caribbean, some determined this better life would be found in First World countries like the USA. So, they migrated to these countries in droves.Joining the rat race On reaching the US, these migrants quickly realized in order to give their children a life better than they enjoyed in the1960s and 70s, they have to join the rat race to accumulate wealth and material assets. Participating in this rat race, ironically, it’s not unusual for parents to deprive their children of the attention they deserve.  When things go wrong with these children, and their children, the “authorities” are blamed.How many of the older generation thrive to ensure their students are protected from gun and other school violence? How many take time out to participate in parent/teachers associations to ensure  the quality of education, and the security of these schools, is strong and efficient? How many take the initiative of insisting their elected officials take action to make schools safe and secure from violence?mong the reasons given why more young people are committing suicide is that they feel alone, “felt abandoned” without sufficient home support when they are faced with their youth issues. This is a damning indictment on parents. How many parents recognize when their child seems to be having personal problems? And, if they even recognize the problems how many are taking the time and effort to get to the root of these problems and try to offer solutions?Parents refer children’s problems There are too many parents who on recognizing their child has a problem refer the child to a school counselor, or a pastor, without taking on the solution themselves with parental love and understanding.In the good old days families would dine together at  the home dining-table. Those moments were powerful for parents to interact with their children, including adult children, getting first-hand account of what was going on with them in their lives. Often, the root of the guidance given to the child emanated from the family gathering at the dining-table.Nowadays, children grab a meal and run, or dine at fast-food restaurants. In several homes the dining- table is a little used furniture.  What has happened are parents and children pass each other like ships in the night, each too busy to really communicate with each other.Traditional morals broken down As the communication system within homes and families deteriorate, so does the traditional morals prevalent in the 1960s and 70s. So, today, one finds less youth attending church; more eager to experience sexual relations; less willing to enter into marriage; several discourteous to people in authority at school, work and back in the home.True, America isn’t an easy place to maintain the dream so many migrants seek. But people cannot continue to chase the dream at the expense of the next generation’s security, well-being, religious and moral integrity, among other life assets. People within the society cannot just keep blaming the “authorities” for their children negative experiences. The older generation must also take responsibility for ensuring their children security, and general well- being. Anything else is for this generation to be in the process of failing the next.last_img read more

Stars should remain focused – Coach Adusei

Stars should remain focused – Coach Adusei

first_imgThe Black Stars have been commended for exhibiting tactical discipline and resilience in their quarter final match against host nation, Angola, at the on-going Orange Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) tournament.Coach Anthony Adusei, a member of the Stars’ technical team that won silver at the 1992 Nations Cup competition, said discipline helped the team to hold onto their solitary lead, despite the goal coming very early in the first half.Speaking to the GNA Sports in Kumasi on Monday, the coach urged the technical handlers of the team to sustain the momentum by helping the players remain focused, since they have the potential to lift the trophy for the fifth time.The Stars on Sunday stunned the Palancas Negras of Angola with a 1-0 win in their quarter final encounter to progress to the semi-final stage.The Desert Warriors of Algeria beat the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire to also make it to the next stage.The former Stars’ coach called for extra work to be done to put goalkeeper Richard Kingston in good shape ahead of the team’s next match, maintaining that in the matches so far played “the keeper had consistently been off-balance”. He cited the lack of communication between the keeper and one of the defenders, Lee Addy in the Angolan match and said this made the defence shaky at certain stages of the match.Coach Adusei said he was hopeful the Stars would surprise football analysts by winning the Cup.This he noted they can do if they continued to be well-organized in the defence and midfield and receive the necessary motivation from the management.Source: GNAlast_img read more