Rwandan diplomat expelled from Burundi

first_imgBurundi President Pierre Nkurunziza(L) and Rwanda President Paul Kagame Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza(L) and his Rwandan counterpart President Paul KagameBurundi has expelled a Rwandan diplomat, Desire Nyaruhirira, whom it accuses of destabilising the country.He had been a top adviser at the Rwandan embassy in Burundi for many years.The expulsion comes amid worsening relations between the East African neighbours.Last week, Burundi accused Rwanda of training rebels seeking to destabilise the country, allegations it denies.Government spokesperson Phillipe Nzobonariba said the expulsion was most likely due to the diplomat’s alleged contacts “with putschists hosted in Rwanda”.“It is not a problem with a country but a problem with an individual since he is reported to be in permanent contact with coup plotters,” he said.Rwanda has not commented on the expulsion.last_img read more

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Zambia cancels weekend football as dedication to national prayers

first_imgThe football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has postponed all football league fixtures slated for this weekend as part of a national prayer and fasting day.President Edgar Lungu had asked for a day of forgiveness and reconciliation to be observed, as well as prayers to help combat the social and economic problems that have riddled the country.Various forms of entertainment are being discouraged so that people can observe the day, and bar owners have also been asked to close their businesses during this period.FAZ head Kalusha Bwalya has said that this will be a time for all Zambians to rededicate themselves to God and to re-energize their relationship with Him. He urged them to beseech God to take lead in their lives, the game and the country.The games scheduled for this weekend will now be played on Wednesday 21 October.last_img read more

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Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term

first_imgFrench prosecutors on Wednesday requested a four-year jail term and a fine of 500,000 euros ($562,000) for Lamine Diack, the former IAAF president standing trial for corruption, money laundering and breach of trust.Prosecutors said that Diack, an 87-year-old Senegalese who led track and field’s governing body for nearly 16 years, directly or indirectly solicited 3.45 million euros ($3.9 million) from athletes suspected by the IAAF of doping. The athletes allegedly paid to have their names cleared in order to continue competing.“The IAAF tripped on the hurdle of corruption,” prosecutor Arnaud de Laguiche said Wednesday on the hearing’s penultimate day. “(People like) Diack live like little emperors, they have their little courts and people court them.”The Paris court has considered allegations that top athletes paid millions of dollars in illicit payoffs to corrupt administrators led by Diack – once among the most influential leaders in Olympic sports.About two dozen Russian athletes were reportedly involved, with Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova testifying that she paid 450,000 euros ($506,000).“The main issue here is: how could doped athletes take part in competitions? The first layer is institutionalized doping in Russia. The second layer of the (cake) is the slowing down of suspensions,” de Laguiche said. “The IAAF is the paradise of conflict of interests. … Diack tied the slowing down of suspensions of Russian athletes to his (election) interests in Senegal.”A lawyer representing the World Anti-Doping Agency, a civil party to the case, also took a swipe.“Between 2011 and 15, Mr. Diack chose money, dishonesty and corruption – that´s a reality,” Emmanuel Daoud said Wednesday. “Can Mr. Diack look in the mirror with pride?”The IAAF at the time under Diack’s guidance provided “a system of total protection (for Russian doping) … (whereby) the cheats are never punished,” Daoud added.Wearing a light blue robe on Wednesday, Diack sometimes looked forlorn as he sat slumped in a chair with his head bowed. But at other times he was sprightly, cheerful and smiling as he grabbed one person by the arm and led him away for a quick talk during a break in proceedings.Prosecutor Francois-Xavier Dulin expanded on Diack´s links with Russia, alluding to the apparent benefit gained by slowing suspensions.“In 2011 Lamine Diack went to Moscow, where he was received by Vladimir Putin,” Dulin said, later adding: “Diack built houses in Dakar for his IAAF employees.”Diack signed an agreement to pay his son Papa Massata Diack $1,200 per day and expenses for consultancy work, negotiating tens of millions of dollars in sponsorship deals for the IAAF.RelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term We’ve perfected measures to stop money laundering, terrorism financing — Lottery DG Malabu Oil deal violated money laundering laws – Witness tells court The Diacks both deny corruption.Tags: CorruptionIAAFJAILLamine DiackMoney launderinglast_img read more

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Asian Games: Governor, Chief Minister congratulate Hima Das

first_imgGUWAHATI: Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi congratulated Hima Das on her remarkable performance at the Asian Games. He said that Hima has made Assam and the nation proud. He wished her the best for her future ahead.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated athlete Hima for making the people of the country proud. The chief minister, through a statement, said that the Assamese youngster’s rare feat has delighted the countrymen and made them proud. Saying that Hima has elated the people of the country and the State with her achievements for the second time as she recently won the gold at the 400 meter final at the World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. The chief minister stated that her success is more remarkable as she broke the national record for fastest timing on her way to winning the silver medal in 50.79 seconds. Also Read – President of FIH Narinder Dhruv Batra to visit Guwahati soon This is the result of the athlete’s great tenacity and her rigorous practice, he said. The chief minister also hoped that she will be able to sustain her stupendous success in future as well and give the people of the country a reason to feel proud by consistently bettering her performances.Hima’s remarkable feats at the world stage would inspire the youngsters of the State to excel in the sporting arena and give a fillip to the sports scenario of the state as a whole, Sonowal said.last_img read more

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Cameroon 1990 World Cup captain Tataw dies at age 57

first_imgDOUALA, Cameroon (AFP) – Stephen Tataw, the man who captained Cameroon to a landmark place in the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals, died yesterday after an illness, the country’s football federation FECAFOOT announced.Tataw was 57.“Stephen Tataw died this morning in Yaounde following an illness,” FECAFOOT wrote on Twitter.Tataw was Cameroon captain when the team made the last eight at the World Cup in Italy 30 years ago. They were knocked out by England, but famously defeated reigning champions Argentina in the opening game.Cameroon also saw off Romania and Colombia to become the first African nation to reach the quarter-finals.Two years earlier, the Indomitable Lions had won the African Cup of Nations with Tataw at the heart of the defence.Tataw played his club football at home as well as in Japan. After retiring, he worked with the federation in supervising the national teams.last_img read more

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Jaap Stam to Coach Nigerian Defender

first_imgDutch Eredivisie club PEC Zwolle yesterday confirmed that Manchester United hero Jaap Stam has been appointed as the new coach of the club with immediate effect.Stam, who played 67 times for the Netherlands before hanging up his boots, replaces dismissed John van ‘t Schip.Nigeria-eligible defender Kingsley Ehizibue is a key player at PEC Zwolle and has worn the captain’s armband in several games this season. The 23-year-old made his 100th appearance for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch topflight against Heracles Almelo on October 27, 2018, roughly four years after he was handed his professional debut.He was one of the players considered for the then problematic Super Eagles right-back position before the Nigerian Federation convinced Ola Aina, Brian Idowu and Tyronne Ebuehi to commit their international future to the three-time African champions.Stam previously managed Super Eagles winger Sone Aluko at Championship club Reading.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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UW defeats former coach Yeagley

first_imgWith a No. 6 ranking in the NCAA national polls, an unbeaten 6-0-2 record and a 17-4 goal differential against its first eight opponents, all signs pointed to Indiana as the clear favorite against the Wisconsin men’s soccer team Sunday.However, the Badgers (5-3-2) pulled an unlikely upset, beating the Hoosiers 2-0 at McClimon Soccer Complex for the first time since Oct., 13, 1995. The victory in Wisconsin’s Big Ten opener extended UW’s unbeaten streak to five games.Beating Indiana carries extra weight for the Badgers, as IU head coach Todd Yeagley coached UW in 2009. Wisconsin head coach John Trask also said Yeagley and his IU assistants recruited more than half the players on UW’s current roster.“Those guys recruited most of our team,” Trask said. “So, was it a big deal to my guys? I’m sure it was. Any time a coach leaves a university, you feel a little hard done by. … How much of that was in there with our guys? I don’t know. I think they know I’m the coach now, and we have a good working relationship. I love my guys. I’ll take my guys any day of the week.”Trask also has roots at Indiana, playing for the IU soccer team from 1984-1987 and serving on its coaching staff for nine years, during which the Hoosiers won eight Big Ten titles and back-to-back NCAA championships in 1998 and 1999.Wisconsin’s midfielder Tomislav Zadro put the team ahead 1-0 in the 53rd minute by converting on a hard strike to the far post from the edge of the 6-yard box. He was excited to see the team’s hard work pay off against such a talented opponent.“Honestly, I am so amazed,” Zadro said. “We’ve been practicing really hard. We needed a big win, and thank God it came. I’m just really proud of all our guys.”Zadro said Trasks’ halftime speech inspired a more aggressive and confident performance in the second half.“Coach talked to us at halftime, and he honestly made us believe that we could beat them and that we’re the better team,” Zadro said. “We just came out really strong, and we got two goals.”According to Zadro, the Badgers are incredibly confident that they will beat every team they play, even when trailing. He even said that if the team can beat Indiana, it could definitely beat any team in the country.Zadro leads Wisconsin in points with 11 off of two goals and five assists. Sunday’s goal marked his seventh consecutive game where he recorded at least one point. He said the whole team was ready for the competitive atmosphere they faced against Indiana.“We were all definitely really fired up about the game,” Zadro said. “Coach was really excited about it. He was preparing us well. You could tell on that field that it was a pretty intense game.”Sophomore goalkeeper Max Jentsch recorded five saves in the shutout victory and remains undefeated in goal on the season at 3-0-2. Jentsch says he hopes the IU victory will be a turning point for the team, now that it has won as many times through the first 10 games as it did the entire previous season. He described a different feel to the team this year.“It definitely feels a lot different,” Jentsch said. “If the games are closer at the end, we dominate more than the other team. We’re not always playing defense like we were last year. We’re putting the pressure on the other team.”Jentsch eliminated any hope of a Hoosier comeback when he saved IU midfielder Harrison Petts’ penalty kick in the 61st minute. At the time, Indiana appeared to be gaining momentum and could have knotted the game up at 1-1, but Jentsch made a diving stop to preserve the lead for UW.Trask said Wisconsin showed its maturity and assurance they could compete with a more highly-touted opponent when they came out aggressively and attacked in the second half.“I actually got on them at halftime because I didn’t think they were playing confidently enough,” Trask said. “I think they were believing in the hype of Indiana … and I challenged them. I said, ‘Guys, are you really playing the way we want you to play?’“I think that second half, we started winning balls and tackling. I told the guys after the game sometimes when you’re aggressive, you’re going to foul the other team, but a good soccer team doesn’t play with zero fouls. That’s part of soccer.”last_img read more

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Gatland says franchise tour games perfect build-up for New Zealand tests

first_imgPhoto: © lionsrugby.com He says there’s not much between these teams and the All Blacks themselves.Lions forward Maro Itoje  says they need to cut out the concession of penalties during their tour of New Zealand.After two games it’s one win, one defeat – having lost 22-16 to the Super Rugby side the Blues in Auckland. British and Irish Lions rugby union head coach Warren Gatland thinks their tour games against franchise sides will end up being perfect build-up for Tests against New Zealand.Super Rugby side the Blues beat them by 22-points-to-16 in Auckland.They’ll take on the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.last_img read more

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Entertainment briefs: Beenie Man Charts and Machel in Belize

first_imgMachel Montano Performs At Belize PromSoca superstar, Machel Montano, returned to Belize recently to fulfill a promise he made to students at the Stann Creek Ecumenical to perform at their prom.The singer, according to the Belize Reporter, said he returned to the country after promising the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School students he would after a visit there last year. He performed at their prom on May 31st.Montano also said he will begin work on establishing a musical program at the institution to provide students the opportunity to learn about their Garifuna music and culture and empower the next generation of Belizean artistes.“I will continue my work with the school to realize our collective vision, and we will have more things to announce further down the road as things develop,” Montano added.Beenie Man’s 1998 hit single Makes Billboard’s Top 98 of 1998Beenie Man’s 1998 hit single, ‘Who Am I,’ has made it to the list of Billboard Magazine’s Top 98 Tracks of 1998.Credited with the infamous ‘Oh Nah Nah,’ Beenie Man’s ‘Who Am I’ is described by Billboard as “one of dancehall’s few pop culture masterpieces.” Billboard also noted that ‘Who Am I’ became such a staple that Beenie Man had to transform the track in the year 2000 with ‘Girls Dem Sugar,’ a collaboration featuring pop singer Mya. According to Billboard Charts History, ‘Who Am I’ peaked at Number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1998.Billboard’s 98 greatest songs of 1998 celebrate the classics that best defined 1998, and the ones that have stuck with us in the decades since.last_img read more

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Edward Odoom clashes with journos over forward Joseph Esso

first_imgHearts of Oak interim head coach, Edward Odoom, lost his cool with journalists after he was asked to explain how had been using Joseph Esso in his team.The question came from journalists after Hearts’ goalless draw at Aduana Stars last Sunday in Week 9 of the Ghana Premier League.The draw was the third one the team was registering in the season and the fact that the Phobians had not scored for a second straight match raised questions from reporters over how Odoom was using Esso in the team’s attack and the coach did not take too kindly to the questions.“Do you know Esso’s best position? Football is about tactics. We are playing with three strikers and we are using him as one of those strikers. That’s all.”Hearts have scored only 6 goals in the 9 league matches played this season and Odoom admits that they will have to start putting their chances away.“We worked on it before the match and we are still working on that aspect of our team. Things will improve for us with time. In the match, we hit the bar twice but we could not get the goal.We needed the points badly because we had drawn with AshGold in the previous match but then, we could not the result.”Hearts face Bechem United at the Accra Sports Stadium in Week 10 of the Ghana Premier League.last_img read more

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