SA congratulates Egypt’s new president

first_img25 June 2012 South African President Jacob Zuma has joined the international community in welcoming the conclusion of Egypt’s presidential election process and congratulating Mohamed Morsi on his victory. Morsi, a candidate of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood party, got 51.73 percent of all the votes in the run-off round, defeating his rival Ahmed Shafiq, who got 48.27 percent. “We would like to take this opportunity to extend our congratulations to Mr Morsi and the people of Egypt for a successful election,” Zuma said in a statement. He said South Africa looked forward to working with the elected representatives of the Egyptian people. Offering to assist in Egypt’s reconciliation process, as well as the Constitution-building process, Zuma added that South Africa looked forward to Egypt taking its rightful place among the community of nations in Africa and globally. Morsi has vowed to build a modern, democratic and civil state. Late on Sunday, he said he would respect all international agreements and form balanced relations with all international forces in his first televised speech to the nation after he was officially declared winner of the presidential polls. Egypt held its historical presidential elections on 23-24 May after the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak last year. Morsi and Shafiq, who were the two front-runners in the first round, entered the run-off, which kicked off on 16 June. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday commended the Egyptian people for the peaceful atmosphere in which the elections were held and congratulated Morsi on his election. Ban said he believed Morsi would spare no effort in “ensuring the people of Egypt realise their aspirations for greater democracy, the promotion of human rights, and a more prosperous and stable Egypt for all of its citizens. “The imminent handover of power to the elected president marks the end of one important phase of Egypt’s on-going transition to greater democracy,” said Ban, adding that he expected Morsi to strive to build a cabinet encompassing all national forces and parties. However, there were fears that the new government might be dominated by the Brotherhood. Analysts believe that the coming period will witness a tug-of-war in the writing of a constitution and parliamentary re-elections, which are the biggest challenges for Morsi. The political transition is far from being over in Egypt. The new president can only handle the tough tasks with the cooperation of other parties and the ruling military council. Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

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MHA advises UT Chandigarh to fill up civil posts in 60:40 ratio from Punjab, Haryana

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 17 (PTI) The Centre has advised the Chandigarh Union Territory administration to fill up its civil posts in the ratio of 60:40 from the Punjab and Haryana governments.The Home Ministry has also kept in abeyance its order merging the posts of DSPs of Chandigarh Police with the combined police service of Delhi and other UTs, the DANIPS.In a statement, the Union Home Ministry said the UT Chandigarh administration has been advised that in filling up civil posts, the ratio of 60:40 as may be used between Punjab and Haryana, wherever it is being followed conventionally.There are 17 sanctioned posts of state civil services in the Chandigarh administration of which 10 are filled by the officers belonging to the Punjab government and seven from the Haryana government on deputation.”The ration (of 60:40) is being respected for taking officers from Haryana and Punjab civil services,” Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator, Parimal Rai, told PTI.These officers look after various departments likeIndustries, hospitality, rural development and panchayats, public relations, social welfare, women and child development, sports, state transport authority, Chandigarh Transport undertaking, registering and licensing authority etc.Meanwhile, the home ministry has kept in abeyance its last month’s order merging the posts of DSPs of Chandigarh Police with the combined police service of Delhi and other UTs, the DANIPS.The notification of the home ministry, dated September 25, merging the posts of DSPs of Chandigarh Police with DANIPS has been kept in abeyance till further orders, the statement said.The decision has been taken following strong objections from the ruling NDA ally Akali Dal and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.advertisementThe earlier decision was taken to have uniformity in the composition of the feeder grade for induction into the IPS and due to the practical necessity.Under the existing system, the officers in DANIPS having legitimate claim and also expectations, for promotional avenues, against duty posts in various grades of police service, as per the extant statutory rules and also the resultant vacancies against induction of officers into the IPS.However, the present structure in the UT of Chandigarh is depriving the DSPs from their legitimate claim on such promotional avenues, another official said. PTI ACB ZMNlast_img read more

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DAY THREE SUMMARY- SENIORS 2006 NTL

first_imgDay 3 at the seniors NTL was hot and not just in the competition…the weather had taken a turn for the worst, bringing out the swimming pools and the doctors. It was not to last though, as the storm clouds rolled in for the final rounds of the day (thankfully no rain, just a little heat relief). The competition was also heating up as teams fired up as they were heading for the finals…MENS 30’s: It was day three that saw the Sydney Mets record their first non-win, well sort of, they didn’t lose but instead managed a draw against the Sydney Scorpions. The Scorpions scored in the final minute of play to seal the 4-4 draw.The Suns and Defence Warriors fill the remaining top four spots, with the fourth placed Warriors facing the fifth placed Sharks tomorrow morning in a qualifying final for the last semi final position. It will certainly take a mighty effort from the Suns, Scorpions, Warriors or Sharks to bring down the Mets, aiming for their fourth title in a row.WOMENS 30’s: After a tight Womens 30’s series, the showdown begins tomorrow with the semi nfinals set to produce some brilliant matches.The Scorpions may have finished undefeated, but this will not matter to their cross-town rivals the Mets, who will be keen to upset the favourites in their semi.In the second semi it will be the Southern Suns and the Rustlers, who both finished strongly with 6-3 and 5-3 wins over the Sharks and Cyclones respectively.     MENS 35’S: The Mens 35’s top four for the semi finals is signed, sealed and delivered. The Sharks will face the Rustlers in the first semi final, while the Mets and Scorpions will play in the second one. The Sharks have not been troubled yet, although they were not entirely convincing over both the Mets and the Scorpions, both times winning 5-3. Tomorrow’s action in the Mens 35’s will certainly be tough.WOMENS 35’S: The Womens 35’s still takes the cake for the most even division, with the Sharks clear on top with 6 wins and 1 loss, with just one match tomorrow morning before finals.However, second through to fifth is an entirely different story, as the Rustlers, Suns and Hornets have all recorded 3 wins apiece, while the Eagles have recorded two wins. This division is up and down like a yo-yo and with the finals series being a straight 1-2 grand final. Stay tuned tomorrow; it’s set to be a cracker!MENS 40’S: Day three action saw some good matches in the Mens 40’s division, with the Mets holding off a spirited Barbarians attack 5-3, a great 3-2 win for the Cyclones over the Rustlers and the Sharks taking 4 touchdowns off the Scorpions, recording a 7-4 loss.At the end of the day it was the Scorpions who were untroubled at the top of the ladder and who will go through to the first semi final against the winner of the fourth vs fifth quarter final the Sydney Mets, while the Suns face the Sharks in tomorrow’s second semi final.In the fourth vs fifth quarter final, the Defence came from 2-0 down at half time, to force the game into a drop off, where the drop off lasted for almost 8 minutes before the Mets crossed the line for the winning score. They’ll have their work cut out against the force of the Scorpions in tomorrow’s semi final.The remaining teams will fight it out for the Plate final tomorrow.WOMENS 40’S: The Womens 40’s finished off their round matches with some great Touch Footy, a 1-0 win for the Eagles over the Cyclones was a great defensive exhibition, while the Scorpions 4-3 win over the Rustlers was a touchdown for touchdown affair.The Eagles win saw them through to the final four, facing the Sydney Scorpions in the first semi final, while the Suns will face the Cobras in the second semi final.MENS 45’S: The moment of the day in the Mens 45’s had to be when the boys in the Fishbowl pointed out TFA’s Member Services Manager Peter Topp in his field one match at 5:40pm…they very kindly dedicated the next song…’Top Cat’…to the Fishbowl Favourite. Great work Toppy.The day three action in the Mens 45’s saw the ACT side narrowly miss a semi final berth, their late charge not enough to win them fourth position.The Cobras finished undefeated with 4-1 and 6-2 wins over the Eagles and Suns respectively sealing their unbeaten run and their position in the first semi final against the Suns.The Mets and Northern Eagles will face off in the second semi final tomorrow.MENS 50’S: The heat on day three seemed to bring the front runners back to the pack in the Mens 50’s, with several close games…The Cyclones held off the Cobras 3-2, while the Rustlers and Scorpions drew 2-2 and most other games were decided by no more than 1-2 touchdowns.Tomorrow, the Hornets will face the Cobras in the first semi final, while the Rustlers and Scorpions will follow up their earlier draw with another meeting in the second semi final.last_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists any individual awards “won’t change me”.Van Dijk won UEFA’s Player of the Year at the end of last month, being awarded the title ahead of football greats Lionel Messi, of Barcelona, and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.After helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season and finish runners up to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Van Dijk is also up for FIFA’s The Best gong. And again among the nominees are Messi and Ronaldo.Van Dijk, who also won last season’s PFA Player of the Year, told Algemeen Dagblad: “Whatever comes out, it won’t change me.“Look, you can’t compare me as a football player with (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo. I think the only thing you can try is to compare the impact we have had on our teams. And even that is very difficult.”I am especially pleased that there is appreciation for defenders. That we are being looked at differently. And that there can be a reward for all the dirty work that has been done.”Van Dijk is quick to highlight the contribution of teammates to his success – both with Liverpool and The Netherlands. The defender, who kicked off his career with Willem II ten years ago, admits the individual recognition is reliant on winning trophies with his team.He added, “This is thanks to the boys from Liverpool and Oranje. You really only win these prizes if you have achieved success together.”No matter what happens, Van Dijk insists he will accept the title proudly should he win The Best trophy.He explained: “Do I deserve it? What I think is that we have had a fantastic year. We were also able to win the Super Cup back in August. It just feels great. A defender does not often win individual prizes. I think Fabio Cannavaro was the last in 2006. Maybe it is time for a defender again.”- updated September 23 last_img read more

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14 days agoSampdoria defender Julian Chabot scouted by Everton

first_imgSampdoria defender Julian Chabot scouted by Evertonby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria defender Julian Chabot is being watched by Everton.TMW says Everton had scouts posted at the Estadio Nuevo Arcangel in Cordova, where they checked on Chabot in action for Germany U21 against Spain. The defender was outstanding in the friendly, outshining Spain star Dani Olmo, of Dinamo Zagreb.Chabot only moved to Samp in May from Groningen for €3.7m.The defender is viewed at Samp as a long-term centre-half. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Reds Indians weeks in review

Cincinnati RedsJust like that, The Reds are above .500 and second in the National League Central behind the division-leading Cardinals.The Reds began the week hosting a three-game series against the Mets in which every game was decided by one run in the ninth inning or later.The Reds won the first game thanks to Laynce Nix’s pinch-hit home run in the eleventh inning in the first game off of Manny Acosta. Francisco Cordero lost the second game for the Reds after allowing a solo shot from Rod Barajas, breaking a 4-4 tie going into the ninth inning. Orlando Cabrera helped the Reds win the series with a leadoff home run in the 10th inning, which gave the Reds their ninth win in the last at bat.The Reds had a day off Thursday before the Cubs came to town.Unlike the series with the Mets, the series with the Cubs was a lot more lopsided.The Cubs took it to the Reds in the first game behind touted-rookie Starlin Castro’s 6 RBIs in his first-ever game. The Reds returned the favor in the second game with a barrage of late-inning runs as the Reds took a seventh inning 3-2, and ended up winning the game 14-2. Mike Leake pitched a gem in the third game, recording his third win and second series win of the week for the Reds.Stud: Joey Votto. After this week Joey Votto leads the team (excluding players who have not had enough at-bats) in batting average, home runs, RBI and on-base percentage. Dud: Homer Bailey. After getting beat up in his last start against the Cubs, Bailey is 0-2 with a 7.24 ERA this season.Next Week: The Reds will begin the week trying to get their first win against the Pirates this season in a three-game series at Pittsburgh, and then will come back home to host the Cardinals in another three-game series. Cleveland IndiansDespite returning to the friendly confines of Progressive Field, the Indians struggled through the past week, winning only one game, 7-4 against the Detroit Tigers Sunday.The visiting Toronto Blue Jays won all three games against Cleveland, including Wednesday when the Blue Jays scored three runs in the ninth inning off Indians’ closer Chris Perez. The Indians are at 11-18, fourth in the American League Central, and are 8.5 games back of the division-leading Minnesota Twins.Stud: Travis Hafner. The player known as ‘Pronk’ came into the week hitting only .189 in 2010. But over the last few games, Hafner’s batting average has increased to .244, and he had an RBI in three consecutive games.Dud: Jake Westbrook. Back from Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament replacement surgery), which kept him from pitching for more than a year, Westbrook is still looking for his first win as the team’s ace. Tuesday, his tough start continued, as he didn’t get past the fourth inning in an 8-5 loss to Toronto.Up Next: The Indians begin an eight-game road trip Tuesday against Kansas City and will travel to Baltimore Friday for a three-game series with the Orioles. read more

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Luka Modric I wanted them to be here

first_imgLuka Modric has opened up on the absence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the FIFA Best award ceremony.Modric, 33, who ended the duopoly of Messi and Ronaldo, said he would have liked them to be present. The Croatia skipper took the accolade ahead of Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah in London.Modric helped Madrid win the Champions League before leading Croatia to the World Cup final.“Everyone has their own reasons,” he said.“Obviously, I would have liked them to be here but they aren’t.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Asked if he had spoken to his former Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Modric said: “No.”“He sent me a message the day of the UEFA prize but nothing yet,” he added. “I don’t have my phone with me now so maybe he has [sent a message].”The 33-year-old Modric had no interest in discussing whether he deserved the honour.“I don’t want to enter into the debate of whether it is deserved or not,” he said.“I just want to thank all the people that voted for me for their support and continue as I have until now.”last_img read more

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Sol Bamba asks fans to kick racism out of football

first_imgThe Cardiff City defender hopes the supporters can report racist incidents in order to kick racism out of football.Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba hopes racism can be forced out of football soon.But to do so, the footballer believes fans should do their part and report any racist incidents.“What upset me is that only one in three reports it. I think we need to do more because unfortunately, people think, if we report it, nothing’s going to come out of it. That’s the problem,” Bamba told Sky Sports.“There’s no place for it in this game now, or society in 2019. I think as a whole, we have to do more.”“I feel like we made progress, but we’ve gone back now. Recently a few incidents happened in games, in Italy and here. We made two steps forward and now three steps back,” he added.“It has to be completely gone now because there’s no place for it in the game.”“People have to make sure they report it, and when they do, there has to be a punishment,” he explained.“Football’s a beautiful game. We want to talk about goals and celebrations, but if they don’t do it right, the club has to be punished and the fans have to be punished.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The punishment has to be drastic. Proper punishments, no two-match bans, because that doesn’t make any difference,” Bamba concluded.Sol Bamba started his professional career in Paris Saint-Germain in 2004.He has also played in Dunfermline Athletic, Hibernian, Leicester City, Trabzonspor, Palermo, and Leeds United.He joined Cardiff City in 2016.Bamba has suffered racism all through his life and he hopes he can live to see it kicked out of the football world.Crazy happy with this win, fighting with all the love we have for this club. A deep thought for Emiliano 🙏🏿💐💙 lets keep it that way lads !!! @CardiffCityFC #latewins #bestwins pic.twitter.com/xa2pcw9gXt— Sol Bamba (@Sol14Bamba) February 9, 2019last_img read more

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