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Robert Baden-Powell: British council to remove founder of Scouting statue



The statue of Baden-Powell will be removed Thursday.

The statue, which was installed in 2008, will be released on Thursday, local authorities of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council said in a statement.

“We recognize the differing views on Baden-Powell’s life activities and want to create a time for all views to be aired, and to minimize the risk of public disturbances or antisocial behavior that can emerge is that the statue remains there,” it said.

The Dorset County Scouts group supports abolition, the council added.

Vikki Slade, leader of the BCP council, called for discussion of the future of the statue.

“While famous for the creation of Scouts, we also recognize that there are some aspects of Robert Baden-Powell’s life that are deemed unfit for warning,” he said in a statement.

Slade also discussed steps on Facebook post on wednesday.

“I don’t want to see the statue removed,” he wrote. “But we have been advised by the police that this statue is on the target list to be attacked and because of its proximity to water and its gentle and historic nature, I was asked to approve a temporary transfer.”

This step is part of a wave of action against monuments that glorify British colonial history.

On Sunday, protesters in Bristol knocked down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it in the river, and local authorities in east London removed the statue of slave owner Robert Milligan on Tuesday.

Who is Baden-Powell?

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell, was born February 22, 1857 in London and died on January 8, 1941 in Pain, Kenya, according to the Britannica encyclopedia.

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He was revered as a national hero for his actions as a British Army officer in the South African War (1899-1902), and later found Scouts in 1908. Two years later, he co-founded Girl Guides, a similar organization for girls.


Scouts are aimed at boys between 10 and 14 years old. The organization said scouting “exists to actively involve and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.”

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Baden-Powell developed an interest in teaching young children when he discovered the 1899 military textbook “Aids to Scouting” used to train boys in woodcraft.

He decided to establish a trial camp for boys on Brownsea Island, near Poole, in 1907, and then write a book for what he called the Scouting movement.

Shortly afterwards Scout forces emerged throughout England, and Baden-Powell published a book called “Scouting for Boys” in 1908.

Two years later Baden-Powell retired from his position as a soldier to concentrate on Scouting, and founded Girl Guides with his sister Agnes in the same year.

Why is he controversial?

Baden-Powell’s critics say that he is considered homophobic and racist views, and sympathize with fascists like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Former Bournemouth Labor parliamentary candidate East Corrie Drew told BBC Breakfast television on Thursday: “A glimpse of his history shows that he was very open about his views on homosexuality and that he was a very open and supportive supporter of Hitler and fascism and was quite a blunt, racist blunt.”

He said: “We cannot just forgive the shocking values ​​of people because they were in the past,” added: “We can commemorate positive work without commemorating the man.”

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Drew added that the statue was not historic – only existed for about a decade. “That is not part of our own history,” he said.

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However, some local politicians voiced defending the statue.

Robert Syms, MP for Poole, write on Twitter: “For the avoidance of doubt I am against the permanent removal of the Baden-Powell statue from Poole Quay.”

Conor Burns, lawmaker for nearby Bournemouth West, asked the BCP Board to return the statue.

“The elimination of the statue of Lord Baden Powell from Poole is a big mistake of judgment,” he said tweeted.

On Thursday morning the locals in Poole gathered to show their support for the statue.

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Thiago Monteiro in 14th and 15th before the arrival of the WTCR in Portugal – Observer



Thiago Monteiro in 14th and 15th before the arrival of the WTCR in Portugal - Observer

Portuguese driver Thiago Monteiro (Honda) finished 14th and 15th this Sunday in the two World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) races held in Aragon, Spain, which precede the Vila Real race.

The Portuguese rider always rode in the tail, he was hindered by the fact that Honda had more excess weight than his rivals.

“If they told me that I would be in this position, I would not believe it. But the reality is that we have not been able to withstand a number of adversities. From the moment when the pace is much lower than other rivals, we are prepared in advance. It’s heartbreaking,” the Portuguese rider began his explanation after the fourth round of the championship.

The Portuguese rider struggled to find the best balance in his Civic, as did his teammate, Hungarian Attila Tassi.


“We still had problems, and we could not reach the full potential of the car. It was very difficult, unpleasant and discouraging, especially since we are going to Vila Real and this scenario does not suit me. But we will have to continue to look for our own path and believe that everything will work out, ”Thiago Monteiro concluded.

Belgian Giles Magnus (Audi) and Spaniard Mikel Ascona (Hyundai) won both races on Sunday.

Ascona leads the league with 129 points, while Thiago Monteiro is 16th with 12 points.

The WTCR competition in Portugal will take place next weekend in Vila Real.

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Joao Almeida became the champion of Portugal in cycling



Joao Almeida became the champion of Portugal in cycling

This Sunday, Portuguese cyclist João Almeida (UAE-Emirates) became the Portuguese champion in cross-country cycling for the first time, winning the elite national championships held in Mogaduro.

In his first online race since Joao Almeida was forced to pull out of the Vuelta Italia after testing positive for the coronavirus, he won his first national title since becoming time trial champion in 2021.

Almeida crossed the finish line in Mogadora, covering the 167.5 km distance in 4:08.42 hours, 52 seconds behind Thiago Antunes (Efapel) second, Fabio Costa (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) third, and Rui Oliveira (UAE). – Emirates), fourth.

In the end, João Almeida stated that he was “very pleased” with the victory, admitting that the race “went very well” and thanking his teammates.

Former national champion José Neves (W52-FC Porto) did not finish the race, as did Rafael Reis (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) who won the time trial title on Friday.

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Portuguese military admits ‘it will take time’ until territory is taken under control



Portuguese military admits 'it will take time' until territory is taken under control

The “path” chosen for about a year in the fight against rebel groups in the province of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique is “the right one,” Brigadier General Nuno Lemos Pires said in an interview with Lusa.

“Now, while the situation is not fully under control, we all understand that, as in any other counter-terrorism situation in the world, it will take a lot of time,” added the head of the European military training mission, although he acknowledged that this “ does not mean that sometimes there are no fears and failures.

However, “this is part of what constitutes an action taken against terrorists who operate in a very wide area, who in themselves have the initiative and the ability to hide in a very wide area,” he said.

In fact, he stressed, many of the recent attacks that have taken place in the south of Cabo Delgado in recent weeks are due to the fact that Islamist extremist rebels had to “flight from the north” of the province.

“Because this was a consolidated military operation carried out in close cooperation between the Mozambique Defense and Security Forces (FSS), [e com as forças d]Rwanda and SAMIM (Southern African Development Community Mission (SADC) in Mozambique), who were clearing out the intervention areas that existed in the area, the reaction of many terrorists was to flee the area, go further south, where they were not pursued. , and make new attacks,” he explained.

“In such cases, the initiative almost always belongs to the terrorists. There are few of them, they hide among the population, they move over very large territories, with a lot of dense vegetation, it becomes very difficult to find them, but you can easily move,” he continued.

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On the other hand, the Portuguese general emphasized, “it is now difficult for these groups” “to concentrate power and forces for large-scale operations, as was the case three years ago during the conquests, such as Mocimboa da Praia or Palma.” ,” he said.

“They don’t have that ability. Many of these attacks even demonstrate [estratégias] survival [clássicas das guerrilhas]. They’re looking for food, they’re looking for supplies, they’re searching deep down for a place where they can survive, because the area is already under quite a lot of control. [por parte] Mozambique FSS, Rwandan forces and SAMIM,” he explained.

In this context, Nuno Lemos Pires highlighted the “quick response” of the Mozambican authorities to each of these developments, starting with head of state Filipe Nyusi.

“I think it is exemplary that the moment there is a movement or a series of significant attacks in other areas, we immediately see the President of Mozambique heading north, linking up with his Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (CEMGFA). , with the Minister of Defense, with the Minister of the Interior, and outline plans on the ground for a quick change of equipment and the ability to respond to such movements,” he said.

During one such trip to northern Mozambique in mid-June, Mozambican Interior Minister Arsenia Massingue said that Mozambican police were informing the “enemy” – the rebel forces in Cabo Delgado – about the positions of the FDS and allied forces on the ground.

However, Lemos Pires downplayed the situation. “We must be aware that there are infiltrations in any political system. It’s happening everywhere. Ignoring this dimension is tantamount to ignoring what is happening everywhere,” he said.

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“I don’t know of a single case of insurgency, counterinsurgency, terrorist or counter-terrorist combat where these leaks didn’t happen frequently. You need to be careful. .

In addition to the vastness of the territory that has been the scene of conflict and the topography favorable to insurgent guerrilla strategies, the porous borders with Tanzania to the north of Cabo Delgado and Malawi to the northwest also pose a danger. challenges the SDF and allied forces of SAMIM and Rwanda.

Lemos Pires also relativized this question. “We are talking about transnational terrorism, and it is good to understand that the situation in the north of Mozambique, in Cabo Delgado, is not limited and is not limited – and has never been limited – exclusively and exclusively to this region. A phenomenon that exists throughout Africa. , namely in Central Africa,” he said.

The UETM commander even took advantage of this circumstance to formulate an “extended response” to “a broad problem, a regional one, and the solution must also be a broad regional one.”

Therefore, “it’s very good what we see here on the ground, in fact, this is the unification of the efforts of regional African forces to try to deal with a problem that really worries everyone,” he concluded.

“What happens in one region can affect another. That is why it is in everyone’s interest that these groups be fought, detained and that the narrative that they are currently spreading can be counteracted – we hope that there are fewer and fewer successes,” the Portuguese general stressed.


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