This is a premium article. You are able to read the full version because you are a Member of The Local. Thanks for joining us. Read more about what you get here. Indian developer Rameez Hussain had been living in Sweden for seven years when the Migration Agency said it could not renew his work permit due to a small error committed by a past employer. Hussain tells The Local the decision to deport him was "disappointing, unsettling and unpleasant", but not a surprise. His colleague at engineering consultancy Dynamo, Tayyab Shabab, had received a similar decision almost a year earlier, and they are just two of many. Over the past two years, the Migration Agency has been so strict in its decisions over work permit renewals that a legal framework put in place to facilitate recruitment from outside the EU has instead made life for these foreign professionals extremely unstable. The tech sector has been particularly hard hit by the deportations, as it's an industry where … [Read more...] about In depth: Why is Sweden deporting its foreign professionals?
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TWO events over the past few days provide a perfect snapshot of one year into Donald Trump’s dysfunctional presidency. Yesterday, just around the time that Trump was opening a celebration dinner at the “winter White House” at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the real seat of government in Washington began a federal shutdown after Congress failed to overcome a bitter standoff over spending and immigration. Seemingly oblivious to the political crisis in the capital though, the spending of those attending the lavish dinner was far from being a problem. Loading article content Their $100,000-per-couple tickets bought a photo-op and a meal, while $250,000 bought access to a round table chat with the night’s honoree. The partying had started as early as Thursday with Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro, opening her keynote speech, with the immortal words, “Welcome to Mar-a-Lago, a magnificent place. It sure ain’t no shithole.” That evening, … [Read more...] about A year on Trump is like ‘a very loud rooster taking credit for the dawn’
THE Premier League is coming... and it looks set to be one of the most epic battles ever witnessed.Managers desperate to seize the crown of champions and those merely braced for another brutal fight for survival have been splashing the cash on new talent and clearing out the dead wood in the hope they will be the ones laughing in May.As they prepare to lock horns in the season ahead, we reveal everything you need to know about all 20 clubs including unlikely heroes and possible villains.MANAGER: Despite season-long protests demanding his resignation last year, Arsene Wenger duly put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at the Emirates recently, meaning he’ll now be in charge for an astonishing 22nd season.Quite how it’s going to pan out though is anyone’s guess.While he may have become the most successful manager in the history of the FA Cup after that win over Chelsea in May, it’s now 13 long years since they last won the Premier League title.And that, put … [Read more...] about Premier League 2017/18 preview: Chelsea defend title with Manchester United, Manchester City and a host of other clubs on the hunt
IT’S Pride Week in Dublin and although marriage equality was achieved two years ago and Ireland has a gay Taoiseach, this LGBT rally is more important than ever.Regardless of how hard it was attained, freedom is always taken for granted.It’s the phase the gay community is entering here, the upshot of a century’s worth of progress occurring in half a decade.A spotlight on DUP homophobia was a sharp reminder that our LGBT cousins in the North do not share the same freedoms.Gay GAA, rugby and soccer stars still fear coming out. LGBT citizens in rural Ireland suffer greater mental health issues, isolation and discrimination than straight folk. Much remains to be done.Pride happens to be the second biggest parade march in the country every year, after St Patrick’s Day.The news coverage usually focuses on the march through Dublin on Saturday, but the event is preceded by significant campaign speeches.It’s a rare limelight for the transgender group in … [Read more...] about Have Pride in our freedoms and the battle to win them to make sure they don’t get taken for granted
DAY THREE of The Open at Royal Troon as Sweden's Henrik Stenson leads on -12, one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson on -11Mickleson and Stenson teed off at 3:20pm and are through eight holesRefresh browser for updates 19.40: Mickelson says he must get into more of a rhythm tomorrow, after his lead slipped at the death today. He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It was a day when I didn't have my best day, My rhythm was out of sorts. I am looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow."Henrik and I have played a lot more holes together over the years in Ryder Cups and majors. I enjoy playing with him, I respect him and we will have a good final round."Tomorrow I have to get my rhythm back, play like I did the first couple of days and shoot a good score."19.25: And that's it for today's round. Stenson has just nipped ahead after that birdie on the 17th and will take a one shot lead into tomorrow's narrow final round. It … [Read more...] about The Open 2016: Follow all the action from day three at Royal Troon as Phil Mickelson tees off with a one-shot lead
Most of us can lose our train of thought midway through a sentence but when you’re a stand-up comic, it can spell disaster – as comedian Billy Connolly knows. The 70-year-old Scot admitted last week he now suffers from worrying bouts of memory loss on stage and sometimes cannot remember his punch lines for gags. His wife Pamela Stephenson puts it down to years of drinking in his early career. But absent-mindedness is not just about “senior moments”, says neuropsychologist Dr Joanna Iddon, co-author of Memory Boosters (Hamlyn Press, £6.99) “In a recent study of healthy adults, the average number of memory slips, like putting the coffee jar in the fridge, was around six per week, irrespective of age, gender and intelligence,” says Dr Iddon. “In fact, it was the younger, busier people that were the most absent-minded. “Remembering is an active process and making the most of your memory involves paying better attention, planning … [Read more...] about How to improve your memory – top tips to train your brain and increase concentration
Remember the 1983 hit song "99 Luftballons" (also known for its English translation, "99 Red Balloons") sung by German artist Nena? There was no escape from this iconic tune that year, from the Hofgarten in Bonn, the public gardens in Germany's former capital where tens of thousands had formed a human chain to demonstrate for peace that summer, to the airwaves reaching either side of the Berlin Wall at the height of the Cold War. It was an era, when culture and politics could not have been any further removed from one another. This is exactly how many people remember those exciting days, the rebellious 1980s: an era that saw more political events unfolding in quick succession and thus affecting the world of art and subculture than any other post-war decade. Study confirms: most Germans prefer the 80s An online-survey conducted by the research center YouGov, which was carried out on behalf of the German news agency DPA, shows that the 80s are indeed still Germany's favorite decade. … [Read more...] about Nena and the peaceful revolution: Germans love the ’80s more than any other decade
In the early morning hours of December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.1 quake off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province triggered one of the worst natural disasters on record, killing more than 220,000 people across a dozen countries. With almost 170,000 casualties, the Indonesian archipelago bore the brunt of the tsunami, followed by Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. The province of Aceh, located at the northern end of Sumatra was the first hit, with waves of up to 35 meters, killing tens of thousands and causing massive devastation. The Indian Ocean tsunami also prompted an unprecedented humanitarian response and an international relief and reconstruction effort. Kira Kay, Executive Director of the Bureau for International Reporting (BIR), visited the region shortly after the tsunami and ten years later. In a DW interview, the award-winning journalist talks about how the disaster not only led to a massive reconstruction effort, but also to some unintended positive effects such as bringing … [Read more...] about Ten years after the tsunami: How has Aceh changed?
On Tuesday at precisely 11 p.m. Beijing time, a statement from China's official news agency Xinhua confirmed the rumors that had been circulating online for days: Bo Xilai, who until mid-February had been Communist Party secretary of Chongqing, China's largest city, had lost his seat in the Politburo and the Central Committee of China's Communist Party. Bo had been the charismatic hope of the so-called New Left, the son of a famous revolutionary veteran and figurehead of the upper caste of "princelings," With the news, Bo's meteoric political rise came to an abrupt end. His wife, Gu Kailai, is under investigation for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, who was found dead last November in a Chongqing hotel room. According to Xinhua, the two had a business disagreement. The official diagnosis of Heywood's death was alcohol poisoning, but the body was quickly cremated without an autopsy. Poisoning, flight, house arrest The linking of Gu Kailai with the death … [Read more...] about The mysterious fall of China’s Bo Xilai
Kerry is in the capital Kabul seeking to defuse a deepening crisis over a disputed presidential election which has stirred renewed ethnic tensions in the war-torn country. Preliminary results from Afghanistan's June 14 presidential run-off vote put former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani in the lead with 56.4 percent of the vote. However, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, who won the first round of the polls, has rejected the count and his aides have threatened to set up an alternative administration. According to reports, Ghani's camp appears wary of Kerry's involvement in the crisis, whereas Abdullah, who alleged widespread fraud in the vote, has welcomed the initiative. The US is Afghanistan's biggest foreign donor, and is currently preparing to withdraw its combat forces from the country after more than 12 years of fighting Taliban insurgents. WAshington has threatened to withdraw financial and security support to the country, if either of the candidates tried to take … [Read more...] about Kerry’s Afghanistan visit shows US is ‘extremely concerned’