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UK: Guatemalan municipalities receive training on climate change and sustainable urban mobility

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  • The training program will consist of four workshops focused on micro mobility solutions for cities in Guatemala.
  • The funding is part of UK aid, a program focused on promoting sustainable development such as fighting climate change.

This project is funded by the development assistance of the British Government (UK aid) and imparted by the Mexican consulting firm bikeNcity. The UK program aims to support small and medium-sized civil society organizations to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The opening workshop was attended by Ambassador Nick Whittingham from the British Embassy; Fernando Rodríguez, Planning Manager, and Eddy Morataya, Director of Urban Mobility, from the Municipality of Guatemala; Camila Herrero, Climate Policy Expert and Kennia Aguirre, Executive Director, from bikeNcity.

The active mobility training program aims to strengthen the capabilities of municipal staff in order to implement micro mobility projects, especially bicycle transportation, as part of municipal plans and initiatives. These workshops include the participation of other municipalities of Guatemala, such as Xela, Villanueva, Mixco, Chinautla and Santa Catarina Pinula, as well as cycling organizations, such as Shebikes.

Today’s hybrid workshop covered the topic of climate change, it was held in person and virtually. It showed the intrinsic relationship between the effects of climate change, active mobility and public space in cities as mitigation and adaptation measures. It also reviewed Guatemala’s national and international policy on the subject.

Three more workshops will be held in person during the week of 6th-10th December, which will address the topics of public policy, road design and micro mobility systems. As part of these workshops, street tours will be conducted in Guatemala City and, through observation, an analysis will be made of the state of these streets and their possible transformation in terms of sustainable urban mobility and micro mobility.

COP26 concludes today in Scotland, where policies to address climate change and protect the environment were discussed. The United Kingdom will continue to work with Guatemala on these issues.

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Suppliers Of Food Items To Boko Haram In Borno Nabbed

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The North East Chairman and Commander of Hunters/Vigilantes (Sarkin Baka) in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State, Shawulu Yohanna, has arrested some people supplying food to Boko Haram and recovered N6.050million in their possession.

The development followed calls by concerned residents in Hawul and other communities of Garkida town of Adamawa State including Ishaku Yakubu, Mohammed Madu, Isa Mwajim and Peter John demanding Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Mohammed Ali Ndume, and Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, to deploy troops of ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ to the axis to protect lives and property of people as ahead of yuletide. 

The community has come under series of attacks by terrorists and have since been without military formations since the beginning of the Boko Haram crisis.

The arrest of the Boko Haram food suppliers and recovery of over N6million was coordinated by Yohanna at the fringes of Sangere community bordering Tashan Alade, Sabon Gari and some parts of Askira Uba council area where Brigadier General Dzarma Zurkusu and four other soldiers were ambushed and killed by terrorists during operations in the theatre last month.

“The North East Chairman of Hunters, Alhaji Yohanna, and his team did a wonderful job this week. They acted on intelligence information that was given to them by some farmers.

“The farmers volunteered and hinted Yohanna that they usually sighted a truck conveying food items into the fringes of Sangare Village. If you are in Sangare, there are roads that will link you to some parts of Sabon Gari in Damboa Local Government, the other road will take you to Askira-Uba axis or Garkida and even to Hawul Local Government Area.

“Upon receiving the information, Yohanna mobilised his team and stormed the spot in the evening. Luckily, the team sighted the vehicle after its owner was about to hand over the food items to the terrorists, they (hunters) engaged them with fire and captured the driver and some other two occupants, while the terrorists fled having known the terrain better than their suppliers.

“After arrest, Yohanna interrogated the driver and the two occupants and they admitted that they have been supplying Boko Haram with food items for quite some time from Taraba State. They also told the hunters that they do supply even the commander of kidnappers in Taraba with food items.

“As it is, Yohanna and his team have already handed over the suspects to the Commanding Officer of the 231 Battalion, Biu in Borno State for further action,” a source disclosed.

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EPL Round-Up: Manchester City go top with away win over Watford

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Manchester City have taken over leadership of the Premier League following their 3-1 win over Watford at the Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The routine victory by the visitors has seen them increase their points tally to 35 after 15 games.

An early strike from Raheem Sterling in the fourth minute served a glimpse of what to expect from Pep Guardiola’s men who knew the assignment at hand and delivered almost perfectly.

Sterling’s early goal was followed by a brace from Bernado Silva as City were already cruising to another emphatic win.

Though Cucho Hernandez pulled a goal back for the Hornets, it wasn’t enough to deny the Cityzens their 11th win in 15 league games this season.

For Emmanuel Dennis and his Watford teammates, Saturday’s defeat made it a dozen of losses in the league this season and a wake up to improve or risk going down back to the Championship.

Earlier, on a day neither Sadio Mane nor Mohamed Salah was on hand to deliver the goals for Liverpool as Divock Origi stepped up from the bench to score in the 94th minute to hand the Reds a crucial win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Origi scored in stoppage time to hand Liverpool a 1-0 win and more importantly vital three points that have seen them overtake Chelsea and just one point behind new leaders, Guardiola’s City.

Having seen Chelsea crumble to a 3-2 defeat against West Ham in the London Derby, the Reds knew what was expected of them at the Molineux Stadium.

Liverpool had blown away the majority of their rivals this season, having scored four in each of their last three Premier League games before arriving at Molineux.

They had, simply, been too good but found Wolves at their resolute best until the death.

Also on Saturday, Newcastle finally recorded their first victory of the season as a solitary goal by Callum Wilson gave them a 1-0 win over Burnley at St. James Park.

Elsewhere, the tie between Southampton and Brighton at St Mary’s ended in a stalemate with both sides settling for a 1-1 draw.

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Ellie Aitken's shares messages of her row with Hollie Nasser over ex- husband Charlie on Instagram

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A bitter catfight between two former best friends caught in a high society love triangle has exploded into the public arena after one of the women leaked their private text messages.  

Ellie Aitken, 42, has broken her silence over her estranged investment banker husband Charlie’s new relationship with her ex-pal Hollie Nasser, 36, by sharing a fiery text exchange about the split.

In an Instagram post, Ms Aitken shared a text message she had received from Ms Nasser accusing her of ‘playing the victim’ and blaming her for ‘ruining her marriage’.   

‘Ellie there’s no point in us talking anymore,’ Ms Nasser’s message begins.

‘I can’t believe after … you are out there playing the victim and saying I ruined your perfect marriage.’

Ellie Aitken has shared photos of her bitter exchange with Hollie Nasser (pictured) as their friendship continues to deteriorate

Ms Aitken uploaded a heated conversation she had with her former best friend on Instagram on Sunday

Ms Aitken uploaded a heated conversation she had with her former best friend on Instagram on Sunday

Ms Nasser also claimed Ms Aitken had tactfully posted photos online of her smiling alongside her husband of more than 20 years at their son’s rugby team award night on Friday to gain media attention. 

Just hours after pictures confirmed Mr Aitken had set up home with his new love, Ms Aitken tried to maintain a united front by sharing photos of the family at the function in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Instagram. 

‘Of course putting photos of [your son] on public Instagram was going in the paper, you knew that when you posted it,’ Ms Nasser said in the text.

Ms Nasser denied that Mr Aitken had spent the weekend at her house, claiming photographs that placed him there on Friday only showed him dropping her off. 

‘Charlie was not at my house last night and I’ve got mum staying here,’ she continued.

‘I’ve had photographers here since Friday and still here now surrounding my house I’m not that dumb. He dropped me outside my house on Friday and that’s it. I know he is staying at the Meriton.’

But Ms Aitken refused to believe the claims, saying her husband had admitted he was there. 

‘Darling I was watching him there with the white plantation shutters behind which we photographed on FaceTime and he told me he was there having pizza,’ Ms Aitken’s reply text reads.  

Ms Aitken added superimposed text at the bottom of the Instagram story, reading: ‘Stop lying and bullying me @hollie.nasser. Enough.’

The screen grab of the heated message exchange was deleted a short time later. 

The raging war of words – which is the first public glimpse inside the drama wreaking havoc behind closed doors – exposes how weeks of turmoil and heartbreak have reached boiling point. 

Ellie Aitken, 42, smiled for the camera alongside her estranged husband Charlie and their son (pictured) at an event on Friday

Ellie Aitken, 42, smiled for the camera alongside her estranged husband Charlie and their son (pictured) at an event on Friday

Ms Nasser has remained at the marital home in Sydney's eastern suburbs where her relationship with Mr Aitken was first revealed

Ms Nasser has remained at the marital home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs where her relationship with Mr Aitken was first revealed 

Mr Aitken and his wife Ellie had been long-time friends of the Nasser's, and Mr Nasser was a director of the Aitken's wealth management company

Mr Aitken and his wife Ellie had been long-time friends of the Nasser’s, and Mr Nasser was a director of the Aitken’s wealth management company

Mr Aitken and Ms Nasser were seen in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Friday, running errands and taking items into the luxury house Ms Nasser previously shared with her husband Christopher-John ‘CJ’ Nasser. 

It was the first time the new lovers have been seen together since their two marriages ended early last month.    

Mr Aitken and his wife Ellie had been long-time friends of the Nasser’s. Mr Nasser was a director of the Aitken’s wealth management company.

Sources close to the two couples said a baby monitor was central to the breakdown of the Nasser’s marriage. 

Last week, Mr Aitken confirmed his marriage to Ellie had ended and he was now in a relationship with Ms Nasser.  

‘I can confirm I am separated from Ellie Aitken and am in a relationship with Hollie Nasser. My sole focus is my children and I’ll make no further comment,’ he said.

Both Mr Nasser and Ms Aitken were ‘totally blindsided’ by the union, friends say. 

For years, the two couples were inseparable – taking international trips together and raising their young families as business partners and best friends. 

Dressed casually in shorts and a t-shirt, Mr Aitken waited in a black Audi SUV while Ms Nasser ran items into the terrace house on Friday afternoon. 

Ms Nasser emerged from the house again hours later wrapped up in a light knitted sweater.

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Dressed casually in a black t-shirt and khaki shorts, Mr Aitken smiled as he stepped out of the black Audi SUV with Ms Nasser in tow

Ms Nasser shared a series of pictures outside the home in 2018 when they bought the home for $2.2 million

Ms Nasser shared a series of pictures outside the home in 2018 when they bought the home for $2.2 million

The two couples used to travel together and raised their young families as business partners and friends. Pictured dining at Eleven Madison Park in New York before the Covid pandemic

The two couples used to travel together and raised their young families as business partners and friends. Pictured dining at Eleven Madison Park in New York before the Covid pandemic

In 2018, Ms Nasser shared a series of pictures with her family posing next to a ‘sold’ sign at that same house when she and Mr Nasser bought the property for $2.2 million. 

‘Home’, she captioned the smiling snaps.    

Mr Nasser is being supported by the couple’s close friends, many of whom are said to be ‘horrified with the nature of what’s gone on’.

‘We’ve all distanced ourselves as much as we can,’ one friend of Mr Nasser’s told Daily Mail Australia. 

He was equally shocked when he was issued an apprehended domestic violence order last month by his estranged wife.

The father-of-two intends to fight the accusations with the case to go before court on December 15.  

‘I categorically deny the allegations. They are totally baseless.

‘It is disappointing that others are choosing to make a horrible situation for me and my children even worse.’  

Hollie and Ellie were best friends and Ellie was said to be 'blindsided' by the relationship

Hollie and Ellie were best friends and Ellie was said to be ‘blindsided’ by the relationship

Ellie Aitken, 42, and Charlie Aitken, 48, (pictured together) announced their split in November

Ellie Aitken, 42, and Charlie Aitken, 48, (pictured together) announced their split in November

Just five years ago, Mr and Ms Nasser were happily married in a lavish ceremony at St Mary’s Cathedral, the new bride happily announcing they’d spend the rest of their lives together.

She constantly described Mr Nasser as ‘the best husband and father’ she and her children could have ever hoped for – sharing photos of extravagant holidays, helicopter trips and days at sea on boats.   

‘The most amazing husband and dad,’ she wrote alongside a photo of Mr Nasser and his daughter. ‘You are our everything. We love you so much.’ 

Ms Nasser was simultaneously telling her best friend she had a ‘perfect family’ and that she and Mr Aitken were ‘the best couple’.

On one occasion, she described Ms Aitken as ‘the most beautiful soul’.

Just a few weeks before splitting with her husband, Ms Aitken posted a gushing birthday message telling Ms Nasser she was ‘so lucky to have you in my life’.

Together the best friends were feted as leading lights of Sydney’s social circuit, regularly photographed at functions and charity events. 

Mr Nasser was an investor and director of the Aitkens’ wealth management company, until he resigned in early November. 

The relationship has left many shocked as both couples had been friends for years (pictured, Ellie Aitken, in red, alongside former Liberal Party deputy leader Julie Bishop, centre, with Hollie Nasser, in blue, at Ms Aitken's 40th birthday party in 2019)

The relationship has left many shocked as both couples had been friends for years (pictured, Ellie Aitken, in red, alongside former Liberal Party deputy leader Julie Bishop, centre, with Hollie Nasser, in blue, at Ms Aitken’s 40th birthday party in 2019)

Ms Nasser shared an insight into her relationship over the years with pictures of international holidays and helicopter trips

Ms Nasser shared an insight into her relationship over the years with pictures of international holidays and helicopter trips

She constantly described Mr Nasser as 'the best husband and father' she and her children could have ever hoped for - sharing photos of extravagant holidays, helicopter trips and days at sea on boats

She constantly described Mr Nasser as ‘the best husband and father’ she and her children could have ever hoped for – sharing photos of extravagant holidays, helicopter trips and days at sea on boats

Ms Aitken is a former corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Clayton Utz and one time director of the NSW Polo Association.

She also served as an executive director of the investment business she shared with her husband, Aitken Investment Management. She has since resigned but maintains her role as director.

Until 2016, they lived in a spectacular $11 million mansion in Darling Point before moving to a rental property. 

It’s understood Mr Aitken moved out of the family home and is living in a serviced apartment in Bondi Junction.

He’s been hunkering down in the apartment with Ms Nasser, who splits her time between Bondi Junction and her home in Paddington. 

Just five years ago, Mr and Ms Nasser were happily married in a lavish ceremony at St Mary's Cathedral, the new bride happily announcing they'd spend the rest of their lives together

Just five years ago, Mr and Ms Nasser were happily married in a lavish ceremony at St Mary’s Cathedral, the new bride happily announcing they’d spend the rest of their lives together

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Ellie Aitken (pictured left) shared a post to Instagram where she gushed about her close friend Hollie Nasser (pictured right)

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