Roma have Coric bid accepted?

Roma have Coric bid accepted?

Roma have had a €7m bid accepted for Dinamo Zagreb’s Ante Coric, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is already a full Croatia international and in contention to make his country’s World Cup squad this summer.

He made his senior Dinamo debut in 2014 and is on course to help his current club win another domestic title this season.

The Italian daily claims his performances this campaign, which have seen him score four times and claim four assists, have been enough to persuade Roma sporting director Monchi to swoop in for his services.

Elsewhere, Monchi is also said to be interested in signing young goalkeeper Marko Johansson from Malmo.

The 19-year-old already has experience of playing in the Champions League, having done so for the Swedish side three years ago.

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ADNOC CEO sees a ‘huge growth opportunity’ in the oil refining sector

ADNOC CEO sees a ‘huge growth opportunity’ in the oil refining sector

The United Arab Emirates is making a push to be a major player in the downstream oil market, says Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

Hadley Gamble during an investment forum hosted by the company in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The downstream sector refers to processes further down in the petroleum supply chain, specifically oil refining and petrochemical plants, products distributors, retail outlets and gas distribution companies. Gulf nations like the United Arab Emirates have traditionally been dominant in the upstream sector, which covers the exploration, extraction and production of crude oil and natural gas.

The state-owned oil company of United Arab Emirates, ADNOC, is the world’s 12th-largest oil company by production, and has more than 55,000 employees. It’s estimated that the UAE holds approximately 6 percent of the world’s crude oil reserves.

“This is a natural extension for Abu Dhabi’s engagement in the oil and gas sector,” the CEO said.

“Now it is time that we expand our portfolio significantly, and the way we are going do this is going to be very smart, centered around establishing long-term strategic partnerships.”

“And we are in the business of value maximization, by going further and downstream we will help stretch the dollar further from every barrel we produce, and this is exactly what we aim to achieve,” he added.

ADNOC on Sunday unveiled plans to invest $45 billion over the next five years, along with partners, in order to establish a leading role in the global downstream market. Aptly titled the Downstream Investment Forum, the event is one of a myriad of efforts by Gulf states to attract private investment for economic diversification.

At the heart of these plans is the Ruwais Industrial Complex in western Abu Dhabi, where ADNOC intends to build the world’s largest integrated refining and chemical site. Through this venture, the company aims to triple petrochemical production to 14.4 million tons yearly by 2025.

Al Jaber expects demand for refined petroluem products to jump by 150 percent by 2040 due to rapid growth in emerging Asian economies, particularly China. “We see growth coming mainly from the East, and this is the market we’re going to be very much focused on,” he said.

The UAE, home to some 9.3 million people, holds the seventh-largest proven oil reserves in the world, the majority of which are in Abu Dhabi.

Iraq votes in its first post-ISIS election — and everything is at stake, from the economy to terrorism resurgence

Iraq votes in its first post-ISIS election — and everything is at stake, from the economy to terrorism resurgence

He is considered most likely to win, but faces many more competitors than in the last parliamentary contest. This year’s election has more than nine parties (also called lists, or coalitions) on the ballot, up from just four in 2014 — including around five Shia parties and several new independent lists.

Abadi’s rivals include controversial former prime minister Nuri al Maliki, who is often blamed for the sectarian rule that disenfranchised many Sunnis and led to the empowerment of ISIS in Iraq. Maliki remains among the most powerful figures in Iraq’s political landscape, however, and actually rules Abadi’s political party, Islamic Dawa.

Maliki remains strongly pro-Iran, as does candidate Hadi al Amiri, whose Iranian-backed Badr Organization is a part of the Popular Mobilization Forces, the Shia paramilitaries that played a vital role in defeating ISIS. Amiri’s Badr party has significant Shia support, but is accused by Sunnis and Kurds of sectarian abuses and violence.

Iran will be watching closely — Maliki and Amiri would be its favored candidates, although Abadi also has ties to Tehran. But Abadi’s nationalist, pan-Iraqi approach may temper the Islamic Republic’s entrenched presence in Iraqi politics. According to Ryan Turner, a senior analyst at risk consultancy PGI Group, “Over the long-term, the growth of a non-sectarian national identity could diminish Iran’s influence in the country.”

Paris attacker born in Chechnya, in database as having links to radicalism | CBC News

Paris attacker born in Chechnya, in database as having links to radicalism | CBC News

The man behind a deadly knife attack in central Paris was born in Chechnya and had been on police radar for radicalism, and his parents have been detained for questioning, French authorities said Sunday.

Counterterrorism investigators are working to determine whether the man who stabbed five people in a busy neighborhood in the heart of the French capital Saturday night had any help. The attacker killed a 29-year-old man and wounded four others before being shot by police.

Witnesses reported hearing the man shouting Allahu akbar, the Arabic phrase for God is great, during the attack. The group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed the attacker was one of its fighters, but provided no evidence or details about his identity.

Forensic and police officers stand in Monsigny street in central Paris after one person was killed and several injured by a man armed with a knife, who was shot dead by police. (Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images)

The assailant had been on a nationwide database of thousands of people suspected of links to radicalism, according to a judicial official. Extremists behind multiple attacks in France in recent years were also on radical watch lists.

The official said the assailant, born in 1997, had French nationality but was born in the largely Muslim Russian republic of Chechnya, where extremism has long simmered. The official wasn’t authorized to be publicly named speaking about an ongoing investigation.

The man had no record of arrests or criminal activity, and didn’t know his victims, Interior Ministry spokesperson Frederic de Lanouvelle told The Associated Press.

The attacker targeted five people and then fled, according to Paris police and a witness. When police officers arrived minutes later, he threatened them and was shot dead, according to police union official Yvan Assioma.

Bar patrons and opera-goers described surprise and confusion, and being ordered to stay inside while the police operation was underway on rue Monsigny in the lively 2nd arrondissement, or district, of the French capital.

Panic, screaming

“I was working in the restaurant and suddenly I heard a woman screaming … he came and attacked her,” said Jonathan, a witness working nearby who wouldn’t provide his last name. “That s when the panic started, everyone started screaming and trying to reach our restaurant. … The attacker just kept walking around with his knife in his bloodied hands.”

“Police were quickly on the scene, in less than five minutes. They encircled him and he tried to attack them with a knife but they shot him down,” he told reporters.

A police official said the assailant didn’t have identity documents with him during Saturday’s attack but was identified thanks to DNA.

The four people injured are out of life-threatening danger, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.

Collomb held a special security meeting Sunday to address the Paris attack, whose motive was unclear.

The ISIS Aamaq news agency said the assailant carried out the attack in response to the group’s calls for supporters to target members of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS military coalition. France’s military has been active in the coalition since 2014, and ISIS adherents have killed more than 200 people in France in recent years.

The Russian Embassy in France said that they have asked French authorities for more information on the attacker. Some refugees fleeing wars in Chechnya in the 1990s and early 2000s settled in France, but this country has not seen a high-profile attack by Chechens in the past. Two Chechen brothers were behind the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Woman has no regrets after giving birth during cancer treatment | CBC News

Woman has no regrets after giving birth during cancer treatment | CBC News

It’s a decision Jillian O’Connor calls “easy.”

When the Carleton Place, Ont., resident was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, she was expecting her third child.

O’Connor decided to go ahead with her pregnancy despite being told terminating it was the best option for her survival.

“If I had terminated the pregnancy, that would not have been me. I would have been incomplete as a human being,” she told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning on Friday. “We decided that we were going to proceed with the pregnancy and carry on, no matter what.”

But she was going to need some level of treatment if she was going to live long enough to bring the baby to term.

Jillian O’Connor was 18 weeks pregnant when she found out she had breast cancer. 10:24

‘That was the best decision ever’

She credits Dr. Mark Clemons at the Ottawa Hospital for coming up with a solution to suit her needs — one that would allow her to get some chemotherapy but also allow the baby to be born without side effects. 

Months later, her son Declan was born Feb. 1, 2015, perfectly healthy.

“When we held him and looked at him we knew right away that that was the best decision ever. I am so glad we didn’t listen to anybody who was a naysayer to him being born,” she said.

Declan O’Connor was born healthy after his mother underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy during pregnancy. (CBC)

Choosing to move ahead with her pregnancy meant O’Connor could not receive radiation therapy, or have MRIs or CT scans that would provide a clear picture of her cancer.

The day after she delivered Declan, tests showed her cancer was not only in her breast, but in her liver and bones. It is considered incurable and she was given two years to live.  

Then, in August 2016, she found out the cancer had spread to her brain.

‘Adult problems’

O’Connor’s life has become a balancing act, managing motherhood and cancer, but she’s managing to pull it off.

She and her husband have decided not to talk about her illness with their children.

“We don’t 100-per-cent shelter them from things, but I want them to be kids and have a childhood,” she said. “Our problems are adult problems, and they are just little kids. They don’t need that heavy weight put on their shoulders.”

She is fortunate she has relatives nearby who can help. “We just tell them that mummy has lots of appointments, but it’s fun because it means grandma comes down, or grandpa,” she said.

O’Connor has outlived her prognosis and is grateful for the team helping keep her alive so she can watch her children grow. “I am so thankful every time I receive chemo or get a scan. I feel lucky that they are still are able to help me,” she said.