Meet the only female candidate in Sudan’s elections

first_img71 year old Fatima Abdul Mahmoud is the only woman running in the race for the top political position in  Sudan’s elections.She was in 1973 one of the first women to hold political office in Sudan, and she contested the April 2010 Sudanese general election as the country’s first female presidential candidate.Fatima knows the race is not easy but she knows that her ambitions will push other women in Sudan to believe in themselves to run for the countries top job.She is a Soviet-educated professor of medicine and public health.Her Democratic Socialist Union Party wants equal rights for women in Sudan where the perception that women lack the qualities and experience to hold high office is deeply rooted.Parliamentary careerFatima was born in the mid-1940s. She studied medicine in Moscow in the 1960s and qualified as a paediatrician.She was in 1973 appointed deputy minister of youth, sports, and social affairs. Her appointment, along with that of Sayeda Nafeisa Ahmed al Amin as a member of the ruling Sudanese Socialist Union politburo, made international news at a time when contemporary estimates put the Sudanese female literacy rate at 10 per cent. She served in parliament for 10 years.Presidential candidacyIn April 2010 Sudan held its first fully contested elections (i.e. the first to include candidates from opposition parties) since 1986. Abdel Mahmoud’s presidential candidacy, along with that of two other aspirants, had in January 2010 been rejected by the Sudanese National Elections Commission, which claimed that Abdel Mahmoud’s campaign had failed to secure the necessary stamps on a required list of signatures endorsing her candidacy. Abdel Mahmoud and her supporters protested the decision, which they described as representative of a conspiracy against women, and her candidacy was reinstated by an appeal court before the election.Many opposition parties eventually boycotted the poll, claiming that it was rigged in favour of incumbent president Omar al-Bashir.Al-Bashir went on to win the election decisively. Election results showed that Abdel Mahmoud had polled 0.3% of the total vote.“Professor Fatima Abdul Mahmoud, presidential candidate 2015, my sign is the dove, I ran in these elections to prove that women have the right to high authority as president, that this was a successful experiment around the world.”Mahmoud is running as the lead candidate for the Democratic Socialist Union Party.She’s up against 15 competitors, including incumbent president Omar al-Bashir.Oservoers say President Bashir is expected to win the elections. Fatima Abdel Mahmoud is a Soviet-educated professor of medicine and public health.last_img read more

Two shot dead in Burundi in protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza

first_imgBurundian riot police on Sunday forcibly dispersed crowds protesting against the president seeking a third term, a decision critics said is unconstitutional and could rekindle turmoil after a decade of calm in the East African state.Witnesses said police used water cannon and tear gas and in some cases live bullets to scatter demonstrators in four districts of Bujumbura after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government banned protests for or against his move.The chaos in the Capital has left 2 people dead. Police had no immediate comment.Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party nominated Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate on Saturday, prompting hundreds of civil society groups to condemn the move as a “coup” against the constitution, which limits leaders to two terms in office.Those opposed to a third term also say it goes against the spirit of a peace deal signed in 2000 that has kept Burundi calm for a decade since a civil war between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis in the small, coffee-growing nation ended in 2005.United Nations and Rwandan officials say just over 17,000 Burundians have fled into neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since mid-March due to rising fear of violence in the run-up to the June 26 presidential election.“We deplore the way police acted with violence against a peaceful demonstration,” Janvier Bigirimana, a civil society activist, said of Saturday’s events.Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana said the demonstrations were illegal because the government had banned any protest for or against the president pursuing a third term.last_img read more

‘Pope’s crocodile’ returns to Cuba ahead of papal trip

first_img Share 27 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Archbishop Giovanni Becciu wished the Cuban crocodile a good journeyPope Benedict has sent one of his top advisers to attend a send-off ceremony for a Cuban crocodile at Rome zoo.The rare and endangered animal had been illegally smuggled into Italy from Cuba and became known as the “Pope’s crocodile” after Rome zoo officials took it along to a papal audience.The Catholic Church has had difficult relations with the Cuban government.But analysts say the symbolism of the Pope’s gesture ahead of his trip to Cuba will not go unnoticed.Former Vatican diplomatic representative to Cuba Giovanni Becciu wished the crocodile a good journey and said he was sure “the people of such a magical and enchanted island will give as warm a welcome to the crocodile as they will to the Pope”. ‘Pope’s crocodile’The two-year-old miniature Cuban crocodile (crocodylus rhombifer) was confiscated by Italian custom officials.They found it hidden inside a sock in a suitcase belonging to an Italian tourist, who had caught it in Cuba.It was looked after by keepers at Rome zoo, who took it along to a general audience by the Pope in January.The Pope seemed fascinated by the reptile and even touched it.Rome zoo organised a lavish send-off for the animal, attended by children waving Vatican, Cuban, and Italian flags.The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says the reptile left the zoo in style, in a wooden box placed inside a black limousine.It will be flown to Havana zoo, and later released back into nature. Benedict XVI departs for his trip to Mexico and Cuba on 26 March. He will arrive in the eastern city of Santiago, where he will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro.During his time on the island, the Pope will a visit the shrine of the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre and travel to Havana, where he will say mass in the main plaza. BBC Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! FaithInternationalLifestylePrint ‘Pope’s crocodile’ returns to Cuba ahead of papal trip by: – March 14, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Cop positive for COVID-19 fake news – PRO-6

first_imgPolice Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, spokesperson of the PRO-6. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Our personnel observe proper protection.They are frontliners. We don’t want them to get infected. We thus appeal to thepublic to follow what the government tells them to do. We must help one anothercontain the virus so that our policemen can go back to their work,” saidMalong. “It’s automatic. Personnel who have travelledto Manila should undergo quarantine,” she clarified. ILOILO City – There is no truth to socialmedia claims that a policeman tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), according to the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). “That is fake news,” declared PoliceLieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, regional police information officer. She assured the public that the PRO-6 wouldalways be transparent about the health of policemen vis-à-vis the COVID-19pandemic. All PRO-6 personnel manningcheckpoints have been advised to be careful and protect themselves fromthe virus, she stressed. “Indiman namon pwede matago ang situation sang amon tawo kun may mag-positive sa COVID-19 kay sila gid ang exposedsa field, especially sa checkpoints and borders,” saidMalong. As for the PUMs, Malong said only 57 remainedclassified as such and still in quarantine while waiting for the results oftheir COVID-19 tests; the rest were cleared after testing negative for theviral illness. All these policemen were classified as PUMs orPUI for having traveled to Manila for official transactions, explained Malong. All provinces, towns and cities in WesternVisayas are on an enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread ofCOVID-19./PN All of them underwent quarantine, said Malong,and this week the PRO-6 had no more PUI. Malong, however, confirmed that during thefirst week of March, 110 policemen were classified as persons under monitoring(PUMs) and one as a person under investigation (PUI) for possible COVID-19infection. last_img read more

Southridge Regional

first_imgA big CONGRATULATIONS to the Batesville Bulldogs in their sectional win at Greensburg last Saturday night.  It ended Greensburg’s run of 7 straight sectional titles!  Tomorrow Batesville will play the first game of the Southridge Regional against the 20-5 Princeton team.Batesville will not be favored in this game, just like they were not favored against Greensburg.  They did get a break in the fact that they are playing the early game, and if they win it, they will get a lot more rest for the night game than the winner of the Silver Creek and Evansville Memorial game.  Silver Creek will be the favorite to win the regional since they are the 4th ranked team in 3A.If you can’t make the trip, listen to WRBI to hear the play-by-play action.  Make sure you check the website for all information on game time.last_img read more

Rodgers tips keeper for England honours

first_imgBrendan Rodgers described the performance of Reading keeper Alex McCarthy as “absolutely staggering” after Liverpool were held to a goalless draw in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at the Madejski Stadium. Rodgers worked with McCarthy during his six-month spell as Reading manager in 2009 and tipped the academy product for England honours. “Reading has always produced very good goalkeepers so he was down the pecking order at the time,” he said. “He has all the qualities to be a top, top keeper – he’s 6’5″, makes good saves, is good on his feet and is very calm and assured despite being very young. Absolutely I can see him playing for England, there’s no question about that.” Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina made fine saves when Noel Hunt and Jobi McAnuff threatened to score, but Reading manager Nigel Adkins insisted the afternoon belonged to McCarthy. “All the headlines tomorrow will be about Alex McCarthy. He’s put in a fantastic display even though he’s been out for a while,” Adkins said. “We have some exceptional keepers here at Reading and a really good goalkeeping coach. “I’m really pleased with the players, their attitude and application. We’ve kept a clean sheet and it’s fair to say Alex has pulled off some world-class saves. “Alex will receive the headlines but I’m pleased with all the players today.” The Reds manager watched in awe as McCarthy made a succession of world-class saves to deny Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Reading’s goal came under continuous pressure in the final 10 minutes and Suarez was stunned to see two great attempts foiled by the brilliance of McCarthy. “I know Alex well. He’s genuinely going to be a top, top keeper and to perform like that having been out for so long was absolutely staggering,” Rodgers said. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Anelka hopes to finish at West Brom

first_img Press Association He added: “I’m 34 years old now and I want to enjoy my football. I hope everything will be perfect. I hope we will be successful this year and hopefully we will reach Europe. We will try to do better than last season. “That’s why I’m here. When I spoke with the head coach, he said he wants to do better than last year. We will try our best to do that. We will also try to do the same in the cup competitions.” Anelka’s relationship with Baggies boss Steve Clarke, who he also worked with at Chelsea, proved key in his decision to return to England from his short spell at Juventus. He said: “I know the club and I know the head coach, which was very important for me. “He knows how to use me on the pitch, which is important later on in your career. “I know he likes to play football and that’s why I signed here. He knows me and I know him. I also have friends in the changing room.” Nicolas Anelka plans to end his career at West Brom.center_img The 34-year-old former France international signed a one-year deal at the Hawthorns on Thursday night with the option of a further 12 months, and is hoping to see out his footballing days in the Black Country. He told the club’s official website, www.wba.co.uk: “I think I will finish in England, I’m happy here. I also hope that it will be with this club. I think this is the right club for me.” last_img read more

Five-star City thrash Spurs to go top

first_img Collecting a Fernandinho pass on the edge of the box, Aguero darted past Dawson and continued to drift past Vlad Chiriches before firing a strike from an acute angle that came back off the far post. It was all too easy for City and Dzeko headed wide soon after, before then playing a one-two his strike partner, cutting past Kyle Walker and sending a fierce attempt over. Spurs looked dumbfounded by the early intensity and it was no surprise when Pellegrini’s men drew first blood. With 15 minutes on the clock, Aguero raced between Spurs’ centre-backs and met a fine Silva through-ball with a delicious finish past the onrushing Lloris. Such was City’s dominance that it was not until the 18th minute that Sherwood’s men managed to eke out their first opportunity, with Emmanuel Adebayor seeing an attempt on goal crowded out. Joe Hart prevented Kompany turning into his own goal from the resulting corner, before Tottenham were forced back again with only a superb one-handed save from Lloris preventing Aguero directing home a header. The striker was soon proving a nuisance again and saw a header cleared off the line by Rose, before collecting the ball and flashing an effort just over. Silva’s effort deflected wide and Dzeko saw handball appeals waved away soon after, before Tottenham began to at long last assert themselves. Nabil Bentaleb glanced an Eriksen corner wide, with the Denmark midfielder sending in a free-kick soon after from which White Hart Lane erupted. After Pablo Zabaleta was adjudged to have fouled Rose, Eriksen’s fierce set-piece was bundled in at the back post by Dawson – only for the assistant to rule the goal out for offside. It was a close call and one that did not stop Spurs’ search for a leveller, with Mousa Dembele striking just wide from the edge of the box. Aguero was replaced by Jovetic late in the first half after taking a knock and Capoue came on for Dembele when the teams re-emerged after the break, when Spurs’ hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished. Just minutes after play resumed, Rose’s clumsy challenge on Dzeko resulted in referee Marriner, having looked at his assistant for clarification, awarding a spot-kick. The left-back was handed a straight red card despite him making contact with the ball, with Toure stepping up to send Lloris the wrong way from the spot. The home fans were furious and saw their side fall further behind in the 53rd minute. Silva saw a strike come back off the post after clever play and Chiriches’ poor clearance fell kindly for Dzeko to net. “We want six” chanted the away support but Spurs were next to score as substitute Capoue turned past Joe Hart from a corner. It raised the volume inside White Hart Lane but only for a few minutes as City quickly regrouped. After Toure limped off, aided by a push off the field by Adebayor, Dzeko scooped wide before City extended their lead in the 78th minute when Jovetic saw his strike ripple the net via a slight deflection off Chiriches. Jovetic failed to turn home before Aleksandar Kolarov’s strike was deflected wide as City pushed for a fifth, which came when Kompany prodded home from close range. Manchester City usurped Arsenal at the top of the table after emphatically ending Tottenham’s unbeaten Premier League run under Tim Sherwood courtesy of a 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane. Spurs were on the end of another embarrassing hiding on Wednesday evening as Sherwood tasted defeat for the first time in his seven Premier League games at the helm. Just four minutes were on the clock when Sergio Aguero struck the post – a warning the hosts failed to heed as in the 15th minute he latched onto a David Silva through-ball to direct past Hugo Lloris. Remarkably, it was the Argentina international’s seventh goal in his five appearances since returning from a calf injury and one he looked likely to add to until he limped off late in the first half. By that point, Spurs were in the ascendancy and thought they had levelled when Michael Dawson turned in a Christian Eriksen free-kick – only for the goal to be chalked off for offside. Spurs had a further decision to rue moments into the second half, with Danny Rose controversially sent off by referee Andre Marriner for taking down Edin Dzeko in the box. Yaya Toure slotted home the resulting spot-kick and City extended their lead in the 53rd minute, with Dzeko netting his sixth goal in as many matches against Tottenham. Sherwood’s men attempted to regroup and did pull one back through substitute Etienne Capoue, but City struck again through a replacement of their own, Stevan Jovetic, and captain Vincent Kompany to head into a tough-looking February top of the pile. The visitors’ movement and attacking intent gave Spurs little time to settle and after just four minutes they hit the post. As each match goes by, Manuel Pellegrini’s men look increasingly capable of making a serious challenge at an unparalleled quadruple. The defeat of 10-man Tottenham was City’s 18th win in a 20-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which started with City’s 6-0 demolition of Spurs in November. Press Associationlast_img read more

Scotland to meet Northern Ireland

first_img Press Association Scotland and Northern Ireland will play a friendly at Hampden on March 25 – four days before they continue their promising Euro 2016 qualifying campaigns. “There will obviously be a British derby feel to the game, which brings an added competitive edge, and that is exactly what we are looking for before we resume our qualifying campaign against Gibraltar. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our travels to Ibrox and Celtic Park – two top-class football stadia – but we are also looking forward to getting back to our home ground of Hampden Park and we look forward to having that excellent support behind us again for the second half of our campaign.” Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill added: “This is an excellent match for us prior to the Finland qualifier. It will have been just over four months since we were all together in Bucharest, so a testing game against local opponents will give us good preparation for the qualifier later in the week. “In addition, Glasgow is so close to Northern Ireland, so we would hope to see a good travelling support, which always adds noise and colour to our away games and is appreciated by the players.” center_img Scotland, who have seven points from four matches, take on Gibraltar at home on the Sunday while Northern Ireland, who have nine points, host Finland. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan said: “Playing Northern Ireland, a national side full of confidence after their start to European qualifying, will be a good challenge for our team. last_img read more

USA advance to a ninth CONCACF Gold Cup semi-final

first_imgTHE United States advanced to a ninth successive CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final thanks to a first-half blitz and 2-0 win over El Salvador.USA – semi-finalists in 2015 – had two unlikely players to thank, defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj, for the quarter-final victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday.Boosted by the reinforcements of Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, as well as captain Michael Bradley, it was Gonzalez and Lichaj who scored quick-fire goals to sink a spirited El Salvador outfit.A towering header from Pachuca centre-back Gonzalez gave hosts USA the lead with four minutes of regulation time remaining in the first half.And USA put the result beyond doubt in the second minute of additional time after Lichaj combined with Dempsey – looking more like a forward than a full-back as he doubled the lead.Bruce Arena’s USA will now meet Costa Rica for a place in the tournament decider in Santa Clara on July 26, though he will be hoping for an improved performance defensively.USA named a completely different XI following their final Group B game against Nicaragua – a 3-0 win last week.Bradley, Altidore, Dempsey, Tim Howard and Darlington Nagbe came into the line-up, along with Gonzalez, Lichaj, Justin Morrow, Matt Hedges, Paul Arriola and Gyasi Zardes.There was just one change for El Salvador. Having booked their spot in the last eight as one of the best third-placed teams thanks to a 1-1 draw against Jamaica, Eduardo Lara selected Alexander Larin with Ruben Marroquin making way.USA and Lichaj made a shaky start. The Nottingham Forest defender’s attempted back pass fell short and Rodolfo Zelaya pounced, but Howard was quick off his line to stop the El Salvador forward in the third minute.The Americans had a great chance themselves four minutes later. Gonzalez’s shot inside the six-yard box was somehow saved by Derby Carrillo on the line then eventually blocked for a corner after Hedges’ follow-up effort.It continued to be a lively affair as Altidore received the ball from Nagbe and turned his opponent inside the area but Carrillo was up to the task.Fouls crept into the niggling contest. However, El Salvador continued to match it with their highly-fancied opponents, that was until USA’s quick-fire double before half-time.Gonzalez pushed up for a set-piece and rose highest to head home Bradley’s free-kick and break the deadlock in the 41st minute.El Salvador were left shell-shocked in first-half stoppage time when Lichaj – in an advanced position on the edge of the area – was played through following a stunning turn by Dempsey and coolly slotted the ball through the legs of Carrillo.El Salvador emerged from the break with plenty of tenacity – Denis Pineda dispossessing USA and firing a powerful low effort agonisingly wide of the post seven minutes into the second half.The El Salvadorians then wasted a great two-on-one opportunity as they broke forward on the counter-attack. And USA continued to live dangerously as Pineda got in front of two opponents and headed over the crossbar from inside the six-yard box. … to play Costa Rica for place in deciderlast_img read more