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IHF TROPHY 2017 Dr Congo and Benin are African winners

All five IHF continents – Africa, Asia, Europe, Pan-America and Oceania – now know their representatives for the final of the 2016/17 IHF Trophy Intercontinental Phase.The winners of each of the five continental competitions for men born in 1996 or younger and women born in 1997 or younger were known earlier this month when both African and Oceania held their final continental competitions.  MEN’S COMPETITIONThe men’s final (Saturday 5 August) saw DR Congo beat Benin 33:28 (18:13) to claim their spot in the continental finals, while in the 3/4 Placement Match host side Senegal gave their home fans some nervy moments, but came from behind at half-time to be Mozambique 29:26 (11:12).Leading up to the final, Senegal had beaten Rwanda (37:33) to confirm second place in their preliminary group and a semi-final spot. DR Congo beat Madagascar 30:21 to confirm top-spot in Group A.DR Congo then went on to beat Mozambique 32:16 in the semi-finals to set-up a final appearance against Benin, who beat the hosts Senegal 28:26 in the other semi-final. Rwanda beat Ethiopia 40:34 in the 5/6 Placement Match.FINAL RANKING DR Congo Benin Senegal Mozambique Rwanda Ethiopia MadagascarWOMEN’S COMPETITIONBenin restricted Guinea to just six first-half goals as they easily won the final 23:14 (12:6). In another clear match, Cameroon beat Madagascar 36:21 (18:10) to claim bronze in the 3/4 Placement Match.Earlier in the week, Cameroon confirmed their qualification through to the semi-finals with a 19-goal win over Mozambique (38:19) while it was a top-of-the-table clash between Benin and Madagascar in Group A with Benin running out easy winners, 30:12, to take first place, the results saw both teams go through to the semi-finals.In the semi-finals Benin beat Cameroon (23:21), and Guinea overcame Madagascar 39:20 with Uganda claiming fifth spot after winning their 5/6 Placement Match against Mozambique.FINAL RANKING Benin Guinea Cameroon Madagascar UgandaMozambique Ethiopia2016-17 IHF TROPHY CONTINENTAL WINNERSEurope (EHF): Moldova (men) and Faroe Islands (women)Pan America (PHF): USA (men) and Martinique (women)Asia (AHF): India (men) and DPR Korea (women)Africa (CAHB): DR Congo (men) and Benin (women)Oceania (OCHF): Tahiti (men)Source: IHFPH: Stephane Pillaud/IHF ← Previous Story PSG Handball sign Jovo Damjanovic Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2017 starts on Friday read more

Met Police Slavery suspects originally from India and Tanzania

first_imgUpdated at 4.40pmLONDON POLICE SAY the two suspects in this week’s high-profile domestic slavery case are from India and Tanzania, and came to Britain in the 1960s.Metropolitan Police Commander Steve Rodhouse said that officers believe two of the three women victims, who were allegedly held against their will for over 30 years, met the male suspect in London “through a shared political ideology and that they lived together at an address that you could effectively call ‘a collective’”.He said police are investigating “the nature of that collective and how it operated”.The two suspects, a male and a female, both aged 67, have been released on bail.The women — a 57-year-old from Ireland, a 69-year-old Malaysian and a 30-year-old British woman — were rescued on 25 October, one week after first making secret telephone contact with a charity.Rodhouse said police were trying to determine how the collective came to an end and how the women ended up continuing to live with the suspects.“How this resulted in the women living in this way for over 30 years is what are seeking to establish, but we believe emotional and physical abuse has been a feature of all the victims’ lives,” he said.Police said the woman who is now 30 appears to have lived with the suspects and the other women for her entire life.Rodhouse said the woman “does have a birth certificate” but that no other official documentation could be found.Police were carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the Brixton area of Lambeth this afternoon in an attempt to gather more information about the suspects.Television footage showed police searching an apartment building in the neighborhood.Rodhouse said police are working “to gain the trust and confidence of the highly traumatized victims” and said the process would take time.“This must move at their pace, not anyone else’s,” he said.‘Tip of an iceberg’Earlier, an MP warned that the case was indicative of a much larger problem.Labour’s Frank Field, who has been appointed to oversee an evidence review ahead of the drafting of a new Modern Slavery Bill, told BBC Breakfast it was “safe to act on the assumption that the examples we’ve had in the last few months are the tip of a rather large iceberg.”In an earlier update on the case, Rodhouse said that the three women had been allowed outside in “carefully controlled circumstances” during their ordeal, but were victims of slavery.He said investigators are trying to figure out “what were the invisible handcuffs that were used” to exert such control.AbuseThe two suspects were also arrested in the 1970s, but police have not said why.Officers do not believe there are other victims in the case, and say they are confident that they know the true identities of the three women. The relationships among the women — and between the women and the suspects — are under investigation.“Whilst we do not believe that they have been subjected to sexual abuse, we know that there has been physical abuse, described as beatings,” said Kevin Hyland, head of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit.He and Rodhouse defended the lapse in time between Oct. 25 — when the women gained freedom — and the arrests, saying that the case is complicated and investigators must be careful to ensure they do not further traumatize the victims as they unravel what happened.Hyland also urged patience as the case unfolds, noting that officers must sift through 55 bags of evidence seized in a search of the home, interview several people and follow up numerous strands.This article includes reporting from AP. It was originally posted at 1pm.Read: Enslaved women traumatised but doing ‘remarkably well’ >More: Irish Embassy in London look to establish details behind woman freed from slavery >Related: Concerns over Irish procedures for handling domestic slavery cases >last_img read more