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Venezuelan ruling party officials said on Thursday that regional courts in at least four states had voided the opposition's drive to collect signatures to trigger a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition slammed the move as an attempt to derail a vote against the unpopular Socialist president, who polls show would lose a plebiscite amid an economic crisis in the OPEC country that has food running short and inflation in triple digits. Venezuela's ruling party has said there will be no referendum this year, accusing the opposition of fraud in the signature drive.
Hurricane Matthew left over 500 people dead and a trail of destruction in Haiti, but Jolinda Hackett of the award-winning GOALS programme told AFP that morale can be rebuilt through the power of sport. The American has seen that on the ground as GOALS (Global Outreach and Love of Soccer), which was set up in 2010 and dedicated to working in Haiti by her compatriot Kona Shenis, has been involved in some of the most remote and poverty-stricken areas of the Caribbean nation. "Around 50 to 100 of our kids were affected by the hurricane," Hackett told AFP prior to GOALS winning the Sport for Education Award at the prestigious Beyond Sport awards.