Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza Promises ‘Five More Years of Peace’

first_imgBurundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Friday promised to deliver “five more years of peace” if he is re-elected next week, in the climax of a campaign marked by deadly street protests and an attempted coup.Addressing hundreds of supporters in northern Cibitoke province and protected by large numbers of police and troops, the president said only his ruling party delivers stability and promised the region new roads, a hospital, electricity and schools.“If you choose the CNDD-FDD you are sure of five more years of peace,” he told the gathering of at least 1 500 people in one of his last campaign rallies ahead of next Tuesday’s elections, in which he is almost assured of victory due to an opposition boycott.The crisis in the impoverished, landlocked country began in late April when Nkurunziza announced his intention to stand for a third consecutive five-year term, despite a constitutional two-term limit, sparking months of turmoil and a failed coup in mid-May. Opposition groups say another term would violate a peace deal that paved the way to end a dozen years of civil war in 2006. There are fears the current crisis could plunge the impoverished, landlocked country back into civil war.Around 100 people have been killed in more than two months of protests, with over 158 000 refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries, according to the UN.Rebel Burundian soldiers involved in the coup have also said they have been engaged in a recent spate of battles with the army in the north of the country, posing the threat of a full-scale armed rebellion following the election.Regional states have been trying to mediate between the government and the opposition, although talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni this week ended without a deal, and fresh talks were held on Friday with Ugandan Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga as mediator.But sources said the talks remain tense, with the government pushing ahead with its plan to go ahead with the polls on July 21 and ignoring demands for a delay.“If the government continues like this, there doesn’t seem to be any point in negotiating,” said opposition leader Charles Nditije, accusing the government of “pushing the country into an even deeper crisis.”Nkurunziza’s ruling party scored a widely-expected landslide win in parliamentary polls held on May 29, but these were boycotted by the opposition and condemned internationally as neither free nor fair.last_img read more

At least 23 killed in Japan typhoon

first_imgTOKYO – At least 23 people were killedwhile 16 others were missing after one of the worst typhoons hit Japan inrecent history, according to public broadcaster NHK. In Fukushima, north of the capital,Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T) reported irregular readings from sensorsmonitoring water in its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant overnight. The plantwas crippled by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.(Reuters) The government added that around425,000 homes were without power, reviving fears of a repeat of weeks-longpower outages suffered after another typhoon hit east of Tokyo last month.  An aerial view shows a Japan Self-Defense Force helicopter flying over residential areas flooded by the Chikuma river following Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan on Oct. 13 in this photo taken by Kyodo. MANDATORY CREDIT KYODO/VIA REUTERScenter_img Around 27,000 members of Japan’sself-defense forces, firefighters, police, and coast guard members were sent torescue stranded people on Sunday as Typhoon Hagibis, which left vast swaths oflow-lying land in central and eastern Japan, inundated and cut power to almosthalf a million homes, the government said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened anemergency meeting of relevant ministers and sent the minister in charge ofdisaster management to the affected areas. last_img read more

October 5, 2017 Police blotter

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Smith joins elite ‘five-in-five club’

first_imgAUSTRALIA’S superstar skipper Steve Smith had joined another exclusive group of batsmen following his brilliant hundred in the first Test against India in Pune.Smith made 109 in the second innings to help set his team up for a crushing 333-run victory over the hosts, handing Australia a shock one-nil lead in the four-match series.It was his 18th Test hundred, of which just two have been scored in the second innings, while it was also his fifth century in consecutive matches against India.The 27-year-old is just the fifth player in Test history to score five straight hundreds against the same opposition, joining an elite list of names: Sir Donald Bradman, Shoaib Mohammad, Neil Harvey and Jacques Kallis.Smith hit a hundred in each match of the four-Test series against India in the home summer of 2014-15, captaining Australia for the first time in the absence of an injured Michael Clarke and stamping himself as one of the next great batsmen in the sport.His average against India now stands at 88.83 from seven matches, with five hundreds and three fifties.In this category, as in others, Bradman of course remains above the pack; the benchmark of batting greats made six straight centuries against England between 1937 and 1938 – a run that was only ended with an ankle injury that ruled him out of batting at The Oval in August of ’38.The onset of World War Two meant the next time he faced his Ashes rivals was at home in the summer of 1946-47, and while the political landscape had shifted, the cricket scene remained very much the same – Bradman hit 187 and 234 in the opening two Tests to make it eight hundreds in his previous 10 innings against the Old Enemy.Fifteen years later it was another Australian who joined Bradman in rarefied air, with Harvey plundering the South Africans for four straight hundreds in the summer of 1949-50, and then adding a fifth on home soil in December 1952 to keep the streak going.The imperious left-hander was ‘only’ able to add 60 in his next Test against the Proteas, before making up for that with scores of 190, 84, 116 and 205 across the following three matches in a phenomenal sequence of scoring.Bradman and Harvey stood alone in the ‘five-in-five club’ until Pakistan’s Shoaib Mohammad made it five straight against the Kiwis in two series between February 1989 and October 1990.The first two came in New Zealand when the determined right-hander made 163 and 112, before putting the Black Caps to the sword once again some 20 months later, with 203 n.o., 105 and 142 in the three-Test series.South African run-machine Kallis made the most of the decline of the West Indies’ empire when he scored tons for fun against the Caribbean side between December 2003 and March 2005.In four Tests at home, he made 158, 177, 130 n.o. and 130 n.o. and while he made a duck in the first innings of his next match against the Windies in Georgetown 14 months later, he kept the scoring spree going with 109 second time around.Smith, in superb form with the bat and evidently relishing the challenge of facing India’s much-vaunted spin duo of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on their home tracks, now has a chance to go it alone with Bradman in the ‘six-in-six club’ when the two sides again square off in Bengaluru from March 4.last_img read more

RHTYSC, BCB launch Basil Butcher Trust Project

first_img… share out 500 hampers, assist family whose house fellTHE ten cricket teams of Guyana’s leading youth and sports club, Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC MS), in conjunction with the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), recently launched another project to make a positive difference in the lives of the less fortunate in Berbice.Teams – Poonai Pharmacy Under-12, Under-13, Farfan & Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate Metro Females and NAMILCO Under-21 and First Division with the blessings of the family of the late Guyana and West Indies batting legend have launched the Basil Butcher Trust Project.With the cooperation of the proactive BCB, the teams have to date shared out over 500 food hampers in the West Berbice, New Amsterdam, Canje, Lower Corentyne and Upper Corentyne and have assisted the family of Ms Roopranie Latchminarine of No. 67 Village, whose house collapsed during a recent storm.Secretary/CEO of the RHTYSC and president of the BCB, Hilbert Foster, said the late Basil Butcher was a very close friend of the club and played a major role in the development of its cricket section and charity outreach programme.The management sought and was granted permission by the Butcher Family to honour the memory of the veteran of 44 Test matches for the West Indies.Butcher scored 3 104 runs at an average of 43.10 with seven centuries and 16 half-centuries. His highest Test score was a brilliant 209 not out versus England. He scored 11 628 runs at the first-class level with 31 centuries and 54 half-centuries at an amazing average of 49.90After his retirement at the age of 36 in 1969, Butcher served Guyana and West Indies cricket as an administrator with great success. The teams and BCB intend to assist dozens of less fortunate players with cricket gear such as batting gloves, batting pads and wicket-keeping gloves. Bicycles would also be given to less fortunate students in an effort to enable them to attend school regularly when it reopens after the corona virus pandemic.RHTYSC, with the support of Blossom Butcher, has opened a Go Fund Me account in the United States to raise funds for the project.Foster led an eight-man delegation to distribute the hampers and also handed over a special donation of food items, clothing, footwear, household and kitchen utilities to the Latchminarine family.Foster committed the club and the board to assisting the family in the future and wished them well as they try to carry on with their lives after the family house fell during a storm.He urged them to remain strong in their faith in God. The team also shared out food hampers in the No. 65 Squatting Area where dozens of families live in poor conditions.RHTYSC and BCB over the last four months have shared out 21 000 pounds of chicken products, cleaning supplies and hundreds of face masks as part of the coronavirus response programme.Foster has stated that as long as he remains head of both organisations they would be involved in activities to make a positive difference.The cricket teams would like to express gratitude to all the donors to the effort including NAMILCO, Bounty Farm, Farfan and Mendes Ltd and Bakewell.last_img read more

DeKeyser brings familiar feel in place of Johnson

first_imgThe Wisconsin women\’s hockey team has struggled early on without Mark Johnson, despite the familiarity with new head coach Tracey DeKeyser.[/media-credit]Interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser has been with the team since the beginning. Now, in its 11th season, it’s finally her turn to be in charge.DeKeyser has been a part of the Wisconsin women’s hockey program since it first took the ice in 1999. Being a constant figure in the program, DeKeyser was given the chance to manage the team this year as head coach Mark Johnson takes a one-year sabbatical to coach the United States 2010 Olympic team.Throughout the last 10 years, DeKeyser has worked hard to stay in Madison despite coaching chances elsewhere. After attending graduate school at UW and sticking with the program, DeKeyser feels her dedication to the team is evident, and she feels privileged to finally be the head coach.“It’s really an honor to be in a position like this at a school like this,” DeKeyser said. “I’m here after 10 years of opportunities that have come up elsewhere; I’ve gone to grad school, and I’ve done different things to remain here at Madison. Hopefully, that speaks to my interest and my adoration of the program and what’s going on here.”Having been a part of the team for so long, DeKeyser already has established a relationship with the program and the team. Instead of adjusting to a completely unknown coach, the team and DeKeyser are already comfortable with each other and are able to work hard using the same systems they have in the past.UW senior goaltender Alannah McCready mentioned that practices are run generally the same as with Johnson, but DeKeyser’s coaching style is a little bit different. Fellow senior forward Kyla Sanders also noted the difference with DeKeyser bringing more energy but as dedicated to the team as always.“She’s really easy to talk to, and she’s very vocal,” Sanders said. “She’s always there to help you out and everything.”While UW senior captain Jasmine Giles feels the transition has been hard with the new coaching — not only in DeKeyser but the assistant coaches as well — a few other players feel it has been easy considering how long DeKeyser has been with the team.“She’s been here forever,” junior forward Mallory Deluce said. “It’s been easy, no problems.”Although she has kept many things the same, DeKeyser also is trying to bring in some new things. With the help of new assistant coaches Jackie Friesen and Peter Johnson, DeKeyser is trying to blend in some new drills and some variety, but also keep a balance with things her team is familiar with.“I think we’ve brought some variety to the program,” DeKeyser said. “At the same time, we’re trying to balance between new and old and familiar. With familiar [things] comes confidence, and you can only do so much new stuff without it being overwhelming.”While the transition from Johnson to DeKeyser has been smooth for the most part, it has not yet produced the same caliber of team the Badgers have been known to be for the past few years.Although the team is ranked No. 6 nationally, the Badgers hold just a 7-4-1 record overall, while going 5-3 in the WCHA. The team has been struggling to beat inferior opponents and has split all but two series — in one of the two, they walked away with only a tie and in the other a win. Despite these struggles, the team feels it’s headed in the right direction.“We just have to learn how to come together as a team, incorporate her new things into our team and how we run our team so we can push forward,” McCready said.It’s normal to see teams have difficulties when a new coach is brought in, but for the Badgers, DeKeyser is a well-known face and she has just brought in a few new things that have made the transition from Mark Johnson to this season a little more difficult.It takes some time to get used to a new coach — no matter how familiar they are — but DeKeyser has welcomed the opportunity.“For Mark [Johnson] — one of the best coaches in the world — to place the program in my hands, it’s really very touching,” DeKeyser said. “It’s been fun, it’s been a challenge. We’ve had a different jigsaw puzzle to work with this year, but I think the pieces are finally coming together.”last_img read more

Grinding Gears: Coliseum change abandons history

first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanOn Monday, USC announced a new naming rights deal for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with United Airlines, signing over the name of the historic sporting venue in exchange for $69 million. At base level, this is a simple argument. The deal is an easy way to make cash, and we all know USC loves cash. But look at the optics. Look at what we’re going to be calling the Coliseum — this hallowed landmark, the home of two Olympic Games (and soon to be a third in 2028) from now on: the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. Yuck. First off, they literally replaced “Los Angeles” with “United Airlines.” That just sounds pathetic, and honestly, nobody will ever say the words, “What a great game we saw at the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum last night!” I wouldn’t say those words even if United paid me a royalty every time I uttered their company’s name. Second, of all the airlines out there, it is United, a company best-known for always coming through with that clutch, three-hour flight delay and for dragging screaming passengers off of planes. Lord help us if they ever overbook games at the Coliseum. In all seriousness, this decision boiled down to USC putting profits over tradition, sacrificing history to make a few bucks. Immediate reactions on social media were, as expected, not so popular. But University president C. L. Max Nikias felt proud enough to post not one, not two, but three pictures on his Instagram account from Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony of a $270 million renovation project at the Coliseum, where he also announced the naming rights deal. “L.A. Coliseum was one of the few classy stadiums with no corporate name left,” one commenter responded. “Too bad.” That is true. We’re used to referring to stadiums by their corporate names by now — STAPLES Center, Petco Park, Levi’s Stadium. That’s why these companies break the bank to have their names in big letters: It is an advertising tool that is almost guaranteed to gain attention. But there is something to be said about keeping a stadium’s traditional name. Usually, these are historical sporting venues that a casual fan might know: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Yankee Stadium in New York, Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Before the San Francisco 49ers moved to Levi’s Stadium, they played for decades at Candlestick Park, a stadium located on Candlestick Point, known for its windy, bone-chilling and terrible conditions, but also for hosting the 49ers dynasty of the 1980s that featured multiple Super Bowl runs, as well as the infamous 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s that was interrupted by the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Its name endeared itself so deeply with San Francisco residents that after two highly criticized naming rights deals, residents voted for a proposition to restrict the team’s ability to sell its naming rights. “It was a dump,” former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark once said of Candlestick Park, “but it was our dump.” Compared to other, newer college football stadiums, the Coliseum might, too, be considered “a dump.” The seats are old and rusty, the concourse looks corroded and — speaking for a friend here — the press box needs an upgrade (read: air conditioning!). So, this $270 million makeover is necessary. “If we’re not changing and moving forward, then we’re stagnant and other schools will pass us up and we won’t be relevant in terms of our facilities,” Athletic Director Lynn Swann said. “There’s a need for change every step of the way.” Swann also added that United’s partnership was key to funding the renovations, which adds to the conundrum. At a school like USC, where boosters and alumni almost always stand behind tradition and legacy, is selling the name of the historic Coliseum worth it to maintain and renovate that piece of tradition? Sadly, in this day and age, where everything must be modern, sleek and state-of-the-art, the answer is yes. Despite the fact that “Los Angeles” is literally being removed from the name, the fact that the sponsor is my least favorite airline and the fact that no one will ever call the stadium by its new official name, this deal is a necessary evil for USC to undergo. Just remember, though, that the Coliseum should,  and will, always remain just that — the Coliseum. It is forever and ever “our dump.” It belongs to us, not to an airline company. Eric He is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Martin 92 seconds behind leader into 14th stage of Tour

first_imgIreland’s Dan Martin is 92-seconds behind leader Fabio Aru into today’s 14th stage of the Tour de France.The peleton will make the 181-kilometre trip from Blagnac to Rodez.Martin is also in the top 10 in the mountains and points classifications. Photo © Pixabaylast_img

Winning Post: UK racing… what road follows Cheltenham?

first_img Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share After last week’s daily diet of inquiries, parliamentary events and policy announcements (from the Labour Party and the Church of England), the politics of gambling returned briefly to a lower key register.The Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, Laura Smith (Lab, Crewe & Nantwich) banged in a half-dozen Parliamentary Questions in relation to “concerns about the convergence of gaming and gambling”. Smith is a relative newcomer to the gambling policy debate and her interest seems likely to be a part of a Labour Party pincer movement to embarrass the Government (and to advance the cause of legislative reform). StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Like all industry stakeholders, Regulus Partners looks forward to the events, excitement and drama of this week’s Cheltenham Festival. Nevertheless, the festival’s success and mass appeal cannot hide racing’s structural problems which must be confronted head-on in 2019…    This week, the Cheltenham Festival marks the apex of GB jumps racing, one of the biggest mass engagement opportunities that GB racing has, and one of the biggest betting events in the British sporting calendar. There is no doubt that racing will put on a great show, but it is worth reflecting on what has happened so far this year, what needs to happen next and how structurally meaningful it could be for many betting and racing stakeholders.The Cheltenham Festival is racing’s biggest betting event. It is also very strong in terms of attendance and viewing figures. Cheltenham works: it has the story, the spectacle, the quality, the history, the uncertainty (usually) and the competition.As a generator of mass market interest in racing, betting revenue (in UK and Ireland) and fan-punter engagement, it is literally unequalled. But it is an apex product – the top of a pyramid that would make little sense without the great mass of jumps racing that occurs around and ‘beneath’ it. This is especially true of jumps racing as the purpose is to compete for prize money (and glory), not to prove pedigree for stud.The response of some key racing stakeholder has been to boycott ARC (which over-indexes in Class 4-7 races), since it led the cuts (see last week’s WP). A temporary agreement has now been reached, with ARC committing to unlocking the necessary extra funding for March. In the meantime, a number of ARC fixtures had extremely small fields (one bit of silver lining: a number of smaller local yards were able to collect a few rare victories), though typically on courses/days where the mass market wasn’t really looking.The damage is therefore highly containable from an external perspective – so far. But the nature of the agreement remains a pretty big problem: none of the underlying issues have gone away and while LBO closures from April might help to explain the logic of ARC’s (and others) actions to horsemen, it will not change the facts – or the need for a meaningful agreement (rather than an agreement to postpone an agreement) to prevent lasting damage.Racing has seen a bonanza of income in the last decade, from media rights and most recently the modernisation of the levy to capture online. The vast majority of this has been committed to the top end of racing, which arguably doesn’t need the help; but there has been enough money in the system for difficult questions to be swerved and a highly inefficient status quo to be preserved. That is now changing and changing quickly for a largely unprepared sector.From April, questions like: how much racing can be economically supported; to what extent if at all should ‘grassroots’ be subsidised by more commercially successful fixtures (and where are the inter-dependencies); what racing, and when, is most engaging to modern customers; what role should betting have in shaping the product as a key consumer and income stream – will not only have to be asked, but answered and acted upon. This will create winners and losers and may even reinvigorate the industry – but if it can’t be done in an organised, mature and timely manner (none of which has been on display in the last two weeks) then there will only be losers – including Britain’s betting companies.UK: In Parliament – the calm between storms Elsewhere, HM Treasury admitted that it did not have the foggiest how much duty it collects from the online gambling sector (in an answer to a PQ from the Conservative Lord Smith of Hindhead). Smith, who oversees his party’s lottery operation, had more joy with his questions about the scale of remote gambling in Britain. At last count, it seems there were 317 unique licensees (B2B as well as B2C) and 1,375 distinct websites and apps. The statistics reveal a picture of supply fluidity. Since 2015, a total of 198 remote operators have received licences from the Gambling Commission – but the overall number of licensees has increased by just 36.Last week, Lord Chadlington called for more support for General Practitioners in identifying and dealing with problem gambling. This week, he asked the Health Secretary how much had been spent on educating GPs on “health risks associated with gambling” and what plans it had to increase spending. Given that the answer to the first question is likely to be nil (or somewhere in that postcode) and the NHS Long-Term Plan does at least consider problem gambling, the Government ought to be able to announce some sort of increase.Online gambling will be back in the spotlight next week. On Tuesday, Richard Graham (Cons, Gloucester) will lead a Westminster Hall Debate on online gambling protections. Graham’s interest in matters gambling appears relatively recent – although he welcomed stake reduction on FOBTs and the forthcoming increase in remote gaming duty he has generally voted against tighter regulation of gambling, including on FOBTs. His decision to sponsor next week’s debate appears to be reflective of a groundswell of Conservative back-bench calls for regulatory reform.On Wednesday, the Government’s Spring Statement is expected to include further information on plans for the taxation of the digital economy (which could have some relevance for remote gambling operators). Thursday meanwhile is the deadline for written submissions to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling-Related Harm’s inquiry into online gambling; with the first hearing (featuring the concern group, Gambling With Lives) scheduled for 27 March._________________last_img read more

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Maguire’s extra time winner sends Man United into FA Cup semis

first_img Source: BBC Harry Maguire scored deep into extra-time as Manchester United overcame valiant 10-man Norwich to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.The England defender, who moments earlier had a header brilliantly saved by Tim Krul, reacted sharply to turn in the loose ball at the far post.The game turned on the dismissal of substitute Timm Klose in the 89th minute. Norwich were in the ascendancy after equalising and looked favourites to snatch a late winner before the German was shown a straight red for pulling back Odion Ighalo.The video assistant referee checked Jon Moss’ decision and confirmed it within seconds.Neither side particularly impressed in attack, although both goals in normal time were of high quality.The first was scored by Ighalo, who continued his good run in cup competitions with a flicked effort with the outside of his boot in the 51st minute.The second goal was even better. Todd Cantwell, Norwich’s best player in attack at Carrow Road, let fly from 25 yards with a low swerving shot that beat the reach of Sergio Romero.Norwich will now focus on their increasingly difficult task of beating the drop from the Premier League. As for United, this was a patchy display but they remain in contention in two cup competitions and for a top-four spot in the league.last_img read more