Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is ready to show just why new manager Jose Mourinho recalled him to Chelsea as the squad jet out for a pre-season tour of Asia. It is an opportunity De Bruyne intends to take. Speaking to the club’s official website, www.chelseafc.com, he said: “The manager said he has a lot of confidence and brought me back because he believes in me. “I have to show that on the pitch, but it is nice when the trainer has confidence in you. I have to work hard and see what happens in pre-season. “After training you can have a good laugh, but in the session he likes discipline and that everybody is working hard on the field.” Like Manchester United and Arsenal, Chelsea are making the most of some lucrative promotional opportunities while in the Far East, where they will play matches in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta before then heading to the United States where they will take part in the Guinness International Champions Cup, along with the likes of Everton, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy. De Bruyne is expecting a testing schedule to sharpen up for the new Barclays Premier League campaign, which will open against Hull on Sunday August 18 as part of the first wave of live matches announced today. “The tour of Asia will be difficult for us, with the heat and the humidity, but we will see what happens and we just have to prepare ourselves well for the season,” he said. “We have a lot of young players and it will be good to go on tour and stay together, and get to know each other and other places. It is always fun.” The Belgium international initially joined the Blues from Genk in January 2012, but spent the last campaign on loan at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. Mourinho made it clear on his return to the Stamford Bridge hotseat that the likes of De Bruyne, 22, and fellow promising young Belgian Romelu Lukaku, who was on loan at West Brom last season, are very much part of his plans for the new campaign. Press Association
The Family in the 21st Century – Evolution or Crisis?Prepared by UPF FranceAs Monday, 15 May 2017 marked the International Day of Families, it seemed the appropriate date to launch our new Forum “Family and society”.The Forum’s main objectives are to:Examine the various relationships within the family, and their link and impact on society and human development;Examine the universality of family values and their potential to revive our society;Study the history of the family, its development and the various forms it adopted during time;Examine whether the recent transformation of the family ought to be considered a new step in its evolution or as a crisis it must face;Share the results of our work with decision makers and the larger public through reports, publications and the Internet;Have Peace Ambassadors and Unificationist members work together on a common project.The Forum is co-chaired by the French chapters of UPF and WFWP and FAVORLU, an association created on the local level of the towns of Orsay and Les Ulis. Mrs. Hanna Lotterie, president of FAVORLU (Families and values – Orsay-Les Ulis) was asked to moderate the Forum.Around 20 Peace Ambassadors and Unificationist members gathered in the Espace Barrault Paris Education Center. Mr. Jacques Saliba, sociologist, and lecturer on family mediation, spoke on the topic. He traced the various changes the family went through in France and Europe, mainly from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, from there to the modern ages and our present time. Examples from his experience of a researcher, teacher, husband, father and grandfather.Mr. Jacques Marion, head of UPF- France spoke briefly on UPF’s view on the family. Then many questions from around the tables inspired Mr. Saliba to add even more of his wisdom and knowledge. The lectures and the participants concluded that even though the family went through many changes and adjustments with the flow of time, the main and fundamental roles and positions that compose the family, namely that of father, mother, children, brothers and sisters, remained stable, because they are essential for human development and a harmonious society.Time was in fact too short to cover the topic and the promise was made to meet again in near future.