Mali poop Bafana AFCON party

first_img0Shares0000DURBAN, South Africa, February 3 – Mali played party poopers in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals for the second time within a year as they defeated South Africa 3-1 on penalties Saturday.A tense match of few scoring chances had ended 1-1 after extra time with Tokelo Rantie putting Bafana Bafana (The Boys) ahead on 31 minutes and Seydou Keita levelling with 58 minutes gone. Cheick Tidiane Diabate, Adama Tamboura and Mahamane Traore converted shootout kicks for the Malian Eagles while Soumbeyla Diakite saved from Dean Furman and May Mahlangu and Lehlohonolo Majoro blazed wide.Mali knocked out co-hosts Gabon at the same stage of the 2012 tournament — also after a shootout following a 1-1 draw — and have now reached the semi-finals six times in eight appearances.Success was a timely morale boost for Malians, whose troops have been been on the offensive against Islamist extremists in the north of the country, backed by forces from France and other African states.“My boys lost with dignity, pride and passion,” said South Africa coach Gordon Igesund, who was close to tears during the post-match media conference.“There is only so much any coach can ask from his team and my boys gave everything they had. It is very difficult to accept defeat when you play so well.“Congratulations to Mali for winning a tough game for both teams,” he said of the west Africans, who stay in this Indian Ocean city to face Ivory Coast or Nigeria next Wednesday for a final place.South Africa made two changes and Mali one from the teams that clinched qualification for the knockout phase with draws against Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo respectively in final group games.Siboniso Gaxa replaced suspended Anele Ngcongca at right-back for South Africa and Igesund preferrred midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane to injury-prone striker Katlego Mphela in a 4-5-1 formation.France-born Mali coach Patrice Carteron also had to make an enforced change with goalkeeper Diakite coming in for banned Mamadou Samassa, who picked up two cautions in the three-match pool phase.This was only the second Cup of Nations meeting between the countries with hosts Mali overcoming South Africa 2-0 in a 2002 quarter-final that featured then-rising star Keita.South Africa trooped off the field at half-time with a deserved 1-0 lead before a capacity 60,000 crowd at Moses Mabhida Stadium in this Indian Ocean city thanks to a goal on 31 minutes from lone striker Rantie.Mahlangu pounced on the Malian clearance of a long kick from goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, drove forward and passed to Thuso Phala, whose cross left unmarked Rantie with the simple task of tapping the ball into the net.It was a mixed opening half for the Sweden-based scorer as an early run into space produced a shot superbly smothered by Diakite, but he was yellow carded on 40 minutes and had to go off injured before half-time.Mali did not figure much as an attacking force, bar a sizzling edge-of-box shot from former Barcelona midfielder Keita that flew over, but reminded Bafana Bafana (The Boys) of the power in his left boot.Wide midfielder Samba Diakite, a reluctant participant as he wanted to help the relegation struggle of English Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers, retired injured midway through the first half with Sigamary Diarra coming on.The cagey nature of the game continued into the second half until 33-year-old Keita stunned the crowd on 58 minutes with a close-range header from a Mahamadou Samassa cross that entered the net off the right elbow of Itumeleng Khune.South African nerves were frayed and they almost gifted the visitors a second goal soon after when Samassa intercepted an under-cooked back-pass from Gaxa and Khune had to dash off his line and make a brave block.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Possible park in the future for northwest Fort St. John

first_imgDeb Bowyer says the closest playground is at Pickell Park, approximately 10 blocks away, which she says is inconvenient for those who live in the area. She and other neighbours submitted petitions for the park in 2010, and Bower says the majority of her neighbours are in favour. City Manager Dianne Hunter supports the consideration of an upgrade, adding council has been upgrading parks over the past few years. The green space being considered is currently used for snow storage in the winter so if the playground is fenced off there would have to be space to accommodate the snow. The area was previously considered as a playground, but at the time it was being used as a lawn bowling green and residents petitioned the city against it.- Advertisement – Every year the city has an $80,000 budget for park upgrades. Hunter says this is enough for the purchase of a small play center and installation. Bower hopes the area will be fenced, have some picnic tables and a swing set. She also suggests having a small community garden, but pointed out that she hadn’t included that when she canvassed the neighbourhood.Advertisementlast_img read more

West Ham, Chelsea supporters clash in Cup tie

first_imgAnd the FA are sure to launch an investigation after rival fans had to be separated by riot police inside the ground with seats ripped out and hurled, along with bottles and coins.Bilic said: ‘We are totally against it as a club and a team. For those kind of things to happen is unacceptable.’An evening that began with simmering tensions as scuffles broke out between supporters outside the turnstiles ended with damning images of West Ham and Chelsea fans having to be separated by riot police.One Chelsea supporter was spotted with a cut on his head after a coin allegedly struck him. PHOTO/DM.By half-time, an image posted on social media appeared to show a Chelsea fan with his head cut after being struck by a coin, and later footage showed seats ripped out and hurled between fans along with bottles and coins.One supporter described the scenes as ‘an absolute nightmare’ on BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘It was like the 1970s, the amount of coins that were thrown, seats that were thrown. The lack of stewarding, the policing walking around not doing a lot, no-one I saw was thrown out for anything. If they don’t close that stadium then someone could get killed there.’The shameful scenes broke out in the final five minutes of the game as rival factions appeared to breach the lines of segregation and tried to confront each other in the zone above the seating areas. As stewards and riot police raced into the area, hundreds of fans appeared to be involved as tensions rose.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3876236/Tensions-boil-West-Ham-Chelsea-supporters-clash-London-Stadium-EFL-Cup-clash.htmlBilic condemned the clashes, describing the situation as ‘unacceptable’ and within an hour of the final whistle the club issued a statement vowing to issue life bans to those involved.‘West Ham United and London Stadium partners unreservedly condemn the behaviour of individuals involved in incidents during this evening’s fixture with Chelsea,’ the statement read.‘Whilst quickly brought under control, the Club, in line with its clear zero tolerance policy, will work closely with London Stadium 185, the Metropolitan Police Service and Chelsea to identify the individuals involved. Once identified, those found to have acted improperly will be banned from attending any West Ham fixtures for life and we will request the courts serve banning orders to prevent these individuals attending any other football.’The first major grudge match against a London rival, this was always set to be a powder-keg assignment for West Ham in their new stadium. On Monday, a joint statement by West Ham, operators London Stadium 185 and landlords E20 Stadium LLP declared that there were ‘categorically not’ safety issues for supporters in the ground despite violence at matches against Bournemouth, Watford and Middlesbrough this season. West Ham have already banned 23 fans.A seat is ripped off and thrown across the divide between West Ham and Chelsea supporters. PHOTO/DM.The fixture calendar may have been kind, with Arsenal the first big London club to visit the Hammers in the Premier League on December 3, but the EFL Cup sent a curveball with a tie against bitter rivals Chelsea.Police cannot be stationed inside the stadium until February except in the case of crime breaking out owing to the absence of radio system Airwave that allows forces to communicate safely. This match, therefore, would be an acid test for West Ham and the stakeholders of a stadium which was the centrepiece of the London Olympics. The club does not have direct control of safety planning as that is in the hands of the operators.Before this game former Upton Park stewards, who have a greater rapport with West Ham fans, were recruited to be positioned in the more potentially volatile areas of the stadium.The purchase of alcohol was banned from mobile bars outside the ground, and segregation was assured post-match through giant fences to separate supporters outside the stadium. Chelsea had implored West Ham to protect their fans in a statement ahead of the match, which read: ‘We are looking at West Ham United and the local authorities to deliver a safe event.’However, the first sign of trouble arose outside the away entrance 15 minutes before kick-off. A block of several hundred Chelsea supporters arrived en masse at the staircase that led up to their entrance at turnstile D and a flare-up ensued.An on-duty police officer told Sportsmail: ‘A large group of Chelsea fans came all together and they had to be held back at the bottom of the stairs as West Ham supporters were entering along the way. They also had to be restrained.’What followed was a quarter of an hour of angst, scuffles and foul-mouthed arguments. With kick-off approaching, fans became increasingly frustrated by the refusal to let them enter, and the police and the response team (stewards appointed by stadium operators) did not seem to be on the same wavelength.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000West Ham fans face up to the Chelsea supporter who had made his way across the divide. PHOTO/DM.LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 27 – West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has condemned the ugly crowd scenes which marred his side’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the EFL Cup.The Hammers issued a statement within an hour of the game at London Stadium, promising life bans for any culprits identified by CCTV.last_img read more

County officials criticize Baca

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The supervisors had hoped to question Baca about the deadly violence at the Men’s Central Jail and the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, but the sheriff was in Sacramento on Tuesday to testify at a legislative hearing and missed the board meeting. Last week, Baca was in Washington, D.C., for a conference of the nation’s police chiefs. “I’m a little troubled that we don’t have a clear understanding of how to get out of this crisis,” said Supervisor Gloria Molina. “Right now, we are creating a real Band-Aid operation out there. There is concern about management of our custody divisions overall.” Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore said it was appropriate for the sheriff to fulfill his commitment to testify in favor of $15 billion in public-safety projects proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Even though he’s not physically here, everyone understands the sheriff is focused on this and this is his responsibility, which he takes freely,” Whitmore said. “He knows he’s going to be held accountable. He doesn’t duck any of that.” Sheriff’s officials defended the department’s actions, saying they are having results. The supervisors had hoped to question Baca about the deadly violence at the Men’s Central Jail and the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, but the sheriff was in Sacramento on Tuesday to testify at a legislative hearing and missed the board meeting. Last week, Baca was in Washington, D.C., for a conference of the nation’s police chiefs. “I’m a little troubled that we don’t have a clear understanding of how to get out of this crisis,” said Supervisor Gloria Molina. “Right now, we are creating a real Band-Aid operation out there. There is concern about management of our custody divisions overall.” Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore said it was appropriate for the sheriff to fulfill his commitment to testify in favor of $15 billion in public-safety projects proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Even though he’s not physically here, everyone understands the sheriff is focused on this and this is his responsibility, which he takes freely,” Whitmore said. “He knows he’s going to be held accountable. He doesn’t duck any of that.” Sheriff’s officials defended the department’s actions, saying they are having results. “We do have our arms around the system now,” said Marc Klugman, chief of the sheriff’s Correctional Services Division. “We believe if we continue the way we are going now … we will be able to re-integrate the facility and basically revolutionize the way we house inmates and at the same time have a safe environment.” In an prerecorded interview that aired Tuesday on KPCC radio’s “Talk of the City,” Baca said the system for incarcerating lawbreakers should be overhauled. “I can fix this short-term, but the long-term is that we have to look at the county jail system, look at the state prison system, ask ourselves what can we do to improve things, and we have to pay the price.” Bobb – who heads the Police Assessment Resource Center and has been working on Sheriff’s Department issues for more than a decade – said violent criminals should be housed separately from those incarcerated for relatively minor crimes. “I think the first thing to look at is to put in hard-lock cells as contrasted to the dormitories we have there now,” Bobb said. “And you have four different classes of inmates, and they should be separated.” He also said changes should be made in staffing the jails, which have been plagued by a shortage of deputies. Under the current policies, deputies are assigned for several years to work in the jails before they are sent on patrol. Bobb proposed creating a program for deputies interested only in a career in corrections. Meanwhile, Klugman said officials were continuing to expedite the transfer of hundreds of county jail inmates to state prisons. “We are up to 90 percent felons in our jails,” he said. “What we have become is a holding system for the state. Those here on high bails or no-bail, I can’t do anything with them.” Officials also said that while the Feb. 4 fight that sparked the riots was initially believed to be between black and Latino gangs, it actually involved mostly white inmates. “This has been blown up as a black-on-brown thing,” Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke said. “Apparently, it was not initially. … I’d like to know if the Aryan Nations was involved.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After 11 days of racial violence at Los Angeles County jails, officials lashed out Tuesday at Sheriff Lee Baca, and a top adviser said authorities had ignored warning signs about growing inmate unrest for months. County jails remained on lockdown – and segregated by race – after nearly two weeks of fights primarily between black and Latino inmates that left two dead and scores injured. As many as seven inmates may eventually be charged with murder, officials said. A frustrated Board of Supervisors questioned why efforts have failed to halt the violence, which consultant Merrick Bobb said could have been averted. “There have been signs for the past six months or more as we have seen a rise in violence and incidents,” said Bobb, who oversees the Sheriff’s Department for the board. “It has been a problem that should have been addressed a long time ago, but was not.” “We do have our arms around the system now,” said Marc Klugman, chief of the sheriff’s Correctional Services Division. “We believe if we continue the way we are going now … we will be able to re-integrate the facility and basically revolutionize the way we house inmates and at the same time have a safe environment.” In an prerecorded interview that aired Tuesday on KPCC radio’s “Talk of the City,” Baca said the system for incarcerating lawbreakers should be overhauled. “I can fix this short-term, but the long-term is that we have to look at the county jail system, look at the state prison system, ask ourselves what can we do to improve things, and we have to pay the price.” Bobb – who heads the Police Assessment Resource Center and has been working on Sheriff’s Department issues for more than a decade – said violent criminals should be housed separately from those incarcerated for relatively minor crimes. “I think the first thing to look at is to put in hard-lock cells as contrasted to the dormitories we have there now,” Bobb said. “And you have four different classes of inmates, and they should be separated.” He also said changes should be made in staffing the jails, which have been plagued by a shortage of deputies. Under the current policies, deputies are assigned for several years to work in the jails before they are sent on patrol. Bobb proposed creating a program for deputies interested only in a career in corrections. Meanwhile, Klugman said officials were continuing to expedite the transfer of hundreds of county jail inmates to state prisons. “We are up to 90 percent felons in our jails,” he said. “What we have become is a holding system for the state. Those here on high bails or no-bail, I can’t do anything with them.” Officials also said that while the Feb. 4 fight that sparked the riots was initially believed to be between black and Latino gangs, it actually involved mostly white inmates. “This has been blown up as a black-on-brown thing,” Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke said. “Apparently, it was not initially. … I’d like to know if the Aryan Nations was involved.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,After 11 days of racial violence at Los Angeles County jails, officials lashed out Tuesday at Sheriff Lee Baca, and a top adviser said authorities had ignored warning signs about growing inmate unrest for months. County jails remained on lockdown – and segregated by race – after nearly two weeks of fights primarily between black and Latino inmates that left two dead and scores injured. As many as seven inmates may eventually be charged with murder, officials said. A frustrated Board of Supervisors questioned why efforts have failed to halt the violence, which consultant Merrick Bobb said could have been averted. “There have been signs for the past six months or more as we have seen a rise in violence and incidents,” said Bobb, who oversees the Sheriff’s Department for the board. “It has been a problem that should have been addressed a long time ago, but was not.” last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Dortmund, Chelsea and Man City all eyeing veteran Juve defender

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have joined Chelsea and Manchester City in the summer scramble for Stephan Lichtsteiner.The 32-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at Juventus and he is ready to jump ship following the arrival of Dani Alves.Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked with the 82-cap Switzerland international all summer and they are reportedly considering late swoops for him.But, according to Premium Sport, the Premier League pair will now have to battle off interest from Borussia Dortmund to get their man.The German side are in the market for a right-back and have been alerted to Lichtsteiner’s availability.Juventus are happy for the veteran defender to stay and see out the final year of his contract in Turin, but will sanction a move for around £5m if he demands to leave. 1 Stephan Lichtsteiner in action for Switzerland at Euro 2016 last_img read more

Condors said to forfeit four games

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 2:30 p.m. California High School reportedly will have to forfeit four of its five football victories this season for use of an ineligible player. The forfeitures reportedly are the result of an improper paperwork concerning a transfer player who moved into the district. The decision affects the Condors’ first six games of the season, of which they won four, up to last week’s 21-14 victory over La Serna.last_img read more

Rollover Crash on Interstate 64 Injures Charlestown Man

first_imgA single vehicle rollover crash this morning on Interstate 64 in Perry County sending a Charlestown, Indiana man to a regional hospital.At 9:00 A.M. Tuesday morning, 40-year-old Richard Limback of Charlestown was attempting to turn his 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer onto the eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 64 from State Road 37.  As Limback attempted to apply the brakes, he realized that he had brake failure, and began taking the on-ramp too fast.  The tanker trailer, full of oil sludge, rolled one time, coming to rest off the roadway on its side.Limback suffered head, neck and back pain, and was flown to KentuckyOne Health University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky for treatment.  Seatbelts were in use and reduced the severity of injuries. The tanker stayed intact and did not spill.The ramp to Interstate 64 was closed for over three hours as the scene was cleared.  Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Perry County Sheriff’s Department and Perry County EMS.Lead investigator:  Master Trooper Charles Pirtlelast_img read more

SA shines at All Africa Games

first_img25 July 2007The All Africa Games came to its conclusion in Algiers on Monday night, with Egypt narrowly edging out Algeria on the medals table for first place, with South Africa securing third spot behind the two North African nations.The Egyptians, a traditional power at the All Africa Games, won 74 gold medals and 199 medals overall to squeeze in ahead of the Algerians, who lifted their performance considerably over their showing in Abuja four years ago when they finished fourth in the standings.The hosts won more medals than the Egyptians, claiming 205, but they fell four short of their rivals in the gold medal stakes. It was Algeria’s best ever showing at the All Africa Games.61 gold medalsSouth Africa ended third with 61 golds and 180 medals in total, with Nigeria, the 2003 hosts, who topped the medal table in Abuja, taking fourth place with 50 gold medals and 159 medals in all. Tunisia finished fifth with 48 golds.In total, 27 sporting disciplines were contested, with about 8 000 athletes from 52 countries participating.Unfortunately, as is all too often the case in Africa, there was controversy surrounding what some countries called the manipulation of the medal table by Algeria. Often the official medal standings were unavailable at the end of each day, leaving countries in the dark as to how well their teams had performed.Despite the complaints, Olympic President Jacques Rogge declared himself happy with the Games, telling the athletes, “Thank you, you are wonderful!”Dominant in the swimming poolSouth Africa dominated in the swimming pool, winning 53 medals, with the next best return being Algeria’s 16 and Zimbabwe’s 15. SA men won 12 golds, seven silvers, and seven bronzes, while the women claimed 13 gold medals, nine silvers, and five bronzes.The results reflected South Africa’s recent emergence as a country to be reckoned with in international swimming competitions. They were also especially encouraging given that world swimming stars such as Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling did not take part.Paraplegic superstar Natalie du Toit excelled in the relays and won individual gold in the 1 500 metres freestyle.South Africa also performed well in athletics, winning the most medals with 24, although Algeria won the most golds, nine to SA’s seven.1-2-3 in men’s 400 hurdlesThe Rainbow Nation’s men achieved the best results of any country, with the highlight provided by the 400 metre hurdlers. They finished 1-2-3, with LJ van Zyl taking gold in 48.74 seconds, while Pieter de Villiers was awarded silver ahead of Alwyn Myburgh, even though both athletes were time in 48.91 seconds.In wheelchair athletics, SA finished second on the table, picking up 14 medals, of which eight were for wins. There was also a gold medal for the wheelchair basketball team.South African sailors led the way in a competition that featured women’s and mixed racing. Of the nine golds on offer, SA picked up six.In another water-based sport, rowing, South Africa finished just one gold behind Algeria, although the team’s seven medals was one better than the hosts.Badminton topsAfter a tight fight against Nigeria, SA’s badminton team finished top of the table, winning two golds, three silvers, and three bronzes.South Africa was also number one in cycling, with three gold medals out of the six on offer, and six medals in all.The wrestling team secured three gold medals and five bronzes to total eight medals in all.Gymnasts claimed 12 medals, but just two golds among them. It was a similar story in chess as South Africa picked up 10 medals, but only one of them was gold.Olympic hockey qualifiersDue to a lack of facilities in Algeria for hockey, an Olympic qualifying tournament was held in Nairobi at the same time as the All Africa Games. Only the winners would qualify for Beijing 2008.South Africa’s women had no problems whatsoever in securing their spot, waltzing through the tournament and smashing Kenya 5-0 in the final.Matters were tougher for the men who faced their traditional rivals Egypt for the prized Olympic place as African champions.The Egyptians took the lead in the 34th minute through Sameh Metwaly, but just five minutes later Emile Smith leveled for South Africa. Then, with only six minutes remaining, Geoff Abbot scored the winner for SA.Taking place every four years, in the year before the Olympic Games, the next All Africa Games, the tenth edition, will be hosted by Lusaka in Zambia in 2011. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African minister gets top tourism post

first_imgSouth African Tourism Minister Marthinusvan Schalkwyk will chair the WorldEconomic Forum’s aviation, travel andtourism industry agenda council(Image: www.iisd.org)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ronel BesterDepartment of Tourism+27 21 465 7240+27 83 242 7763rbetser@tourism.gov.zaRELATED ARTICLES• SA surgeon new head of ISS• Barnard surgeon with heart• SA scientist leads cancer fight• SA woman goes for Seven SummitsNosimilo RamelaSouth African Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has been appointed chair of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) aviation, travel and tourism industry agenda council for 2010 and 2011.This follows the minister’s acceptance of an invitation issued by the WEF’s executive chairperson, Prof Klaus Schwab.Although Van Schalkwyk is no stranger to the forum ‒ having been part of the South African delegation at its annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland, for the past two years ‒ he said he was honoured to take up the new position.“I believe the council plays a vital role in facilitating debate and the exchange of expertise in order to advise the World Economic Council and the international community on emerging issues in the tourism, travel, and aviation sector,” he said in response to his appointment.“I look forward to the interaction with the other members of the council and our sharing of ideas on issues which affect our industry on a global scale.”Role of the councilKey tasks of the aviation, travel and tourism industry agenda council include monitoring important trends in the three sectors, identifying global risks and ensuring the accessibility of knowledge and information about the industry.Council gatherings give industry leaders from around the world the chance to engage with their peers to define and address critical issues. Meetings also help stakeholders identify areas of potential growth and work out ways to drive economic progress.Interdependent sectorsVan Schalkwyk said the WEF has played a vital role in bringing leaders from the aviation, tourism and travel sectors together and facilitating “forward-looking and inclusive dialogue between key stakeholders”.But, the main difficulty facing the industry was the belief that the three sectors were unrelated, he said.“Tourism and aviation are interdependent. Success in the one sector depends on and builds on success in the other.”The sectors also share many challenges, barriers and opportunities, he said.“Pertinent issues currently on the global agenda are firstly how travel, tourism and aviation can play a leadership role in the transition to a greener economy and, secondly, how these sectors can contribute to an equitable global trade expansion.”Man of changeVan Schalkwyk served as the South African minister of environmental affairs and tourism from 2004 until 2009, after which the departments were split, and he was appointed minister of tourism.During his tenure he’s been instrumental in the creation of a protection fleet to prevent illegal fishing, brought about a complete ban on the use and production of asbestos, and implemented a Black Economic Empowerment scorecard and charter for tourism.He was appointed president of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment in June 2008, when it was held in Johannesburg.He has also enabled South Africa to become one of the leading countries in UN climate change negotiations, which has seen him gain significant respect in both the developed and developing world.In March 2010 Van Schalkwyk was nominated by President Jacob Zuma to take up the role of UN climate change executive secretary, following the resignation of Yvo de Boer.Although the South African minister was one of the favourites for the job, Christiana Figueres, a veteran climate change negotiator from Costa Rica, took up the post in the end.last_img read more

Breaking: Sourav Ganguly set to be elected as the new BCCI President

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementAfter Brijesh Patel looked to have nabbed the post for the next BCCI President, a dramatic turn of events has seen the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly be elected as the rightful candidate.The new panel will see Union Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah take up the secretary post while Arun Dhumal will be the new treasurer. Dhumal is the younger brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur.“Yes, Brijesh was running for the President’s post with N Srinivasan actively lobbying for him. However, there was stiff resistance against him. We are happy Sourav is the new President,” a senior official from North East affiliated unit, told PTI.Brijesh was the favorite to land the post and was also backed by former BCCI President N Srinivasan. However Ganguly was finally accepted as the unanimous candidate.The new tenure will also bring an end to the 33 month term of Committee of Administrators (CoA), which was formed following the Lodha Committee reforms.last_img read more