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Ivory Coast Votes for Parliament, President Seeks Majority

first_imgIvory Coast residents voted yesterday in a parliamentary election that the President hopes will maintain his strong majority despite challenges from the opposition.Voting for the more than 1,300 candidates for 255 seats was slow Sunday, while security was high.President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling coalition promises growth, hoping to seal its majority. The opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), however, is participating in the vote in hopes of a more diversified parliament despite boycotting politics since 2011 after fighting saw its founder, ex-President LaurentGbagbo, and others jailed. The party is putting up more than 180 candidates.Violence after the 2010 elections killed more than 3,000 people when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat to Ouattara.Gbagbo’s fringe opposition is boycotting elections. Gbagbo remains on trial at The Hague.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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United producing crop of youngsters ‘will probably never happen again’ says Redknapp

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes Manchester United are unlikely to produce another crop of successful home-grown players.Having nurtured the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary and Phil Neville during Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden years as manager, United have recently made a number of big-money signings in an attempt to improve their squad.The sale of striker Danny Welbeck to Arsenal has been seen as evidence of a change of culture at Old Trafford, with Ferguson’s former assistant Mike Phelan suggesting it showed the club’s youngsters are being given less chance to develop.And QPR boss Redknapp, whose side face United on Sunday, said: “It will probably never happen again when you get a group of kids come through in one spell.“They buy players in the main. They had the Busby Babes and then suddenly Fergie had a bit of luck, the same as I had a bit of luck at West Ham when six players came out of the youth team and played for England.“That can happen and it happened at United, who do produce more kids than most clubs because the best schoolboys want to play for United, so they’ve always got a better chance of producing players than other clubs.”Having finished seventh last season and made a poor start to this term, losing at home to Swansea, the Red Devils have spent big in the transfer market.The likes of Radamel Falcao have been brought in and Redknapp believes his team will face a very different United to the one Swansea embarrassed on the opening day of the campaign.He explained: “In the first game of the season, if you were Swansea, you’d be delighted going there because you looked at the team and it wasn’t a particularly strong United team in all honesty.“Now suddenly it’ll look a different team. They’ve brought some top players in. They’ve got quality players and I think they’re now capable again this year, certainly of being back in the Champions League positions.”See also:The Redknapp recap: Harry on Welbeck, Faurlin, FFP and moreFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Dimension Data expands into Angola

first_img3 October 2008Dimension Data has acquired a 51% stake in Angolan IT company Sistemas Redes e Communicaçoes (SRC), enabling the multinational IT solutions and services provider to expand its Middle East and Africa operations.The Middle East and Africa region is key to Dimension Data’s expansion strategy, and the company already has 25 offices in 12 countries. SRC meanwhile, has been providing technology and communications solutions in the Angolan market for the past 12 years.The acquisition also marks the launch of Dimension Data Angola, which will be based in the capital Luanda.According to the Johannesburg-based company, seeking local partners provides them with best practice, expertise and local market knowledge, enabling the company to deliver specialised offerings to their clients.“Dimension Data has an established track record of delivering world-class technology services and solutions that enable Africans to do great things,” said Dimension Data Angola MD Bruno de Carvalho in a company statement this week.“By combining this with SRC’s strong client base and local knowledge and skills, Dimension Data Angola is able to provide more comprehensive services and solutions ideally tailored to the local, Angolan market.”Natural resource wealthDe Carvalho said that the Angolan economy had undergone a period of transformation in recent times, and had emerged as the fastest growing economy in Africa, growth which could be partly attributed to the wealth of its natural resources.With oil being one of the country’s greatest exports, there are many multinational organisations based in Angola, some of which are existing customers of Dimension Data.“Global businesses require globally linked technology solutions and Dimension Data with its network and experience is able to deliver and take advantage of these market opportunities,” said De Carvalho.He believed that the company could use technology solutions to help Angola improve its competitiveness, promote local economic growth, ensure skills development, and encourage investment in initiatives to improve access to technology.“Our vision is to bring social and economic opportunities to the millions of people across Africa and the Middle East that are not yet realising the benefits of technology,” said De Carvalho.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Steve Biko Centre aims to inspire

first_img4 December 2012The newly opened Steve Biko Centre in the Eastern Cape will serve as an intellectual resource while providing an economic opportunity for the region, says President Jacob Zuma.“It is meant to be a living monument that utilizes memory to channel local energies towards contemporary development challenges,” Zuma said at the official opening of the heritage centre in Ginsberg, near King Williams Town.This year marks 35 years since the Black Consciousness leader died in police custody in August of 1977.Teaching, practising self-relianceBiko did not only preach self-reliance, he also practised it. This was evident in his work for black community programmes in Durban after his university days.When he was banished to his hometown, he established the Zimele Trust and the Zanempilo Community Health Centre in King Williams Town, which is situated about 60 kilometres from East London.“All these institutions were rooted in the communities, promoting self-reliance projects that sought to affirm that blacks can earn their own keep with dignity and care for one another,” Zuma said.“Our intention, working with the Steve Biko Foundation, is that this centre must serve as the epitome of the values, norms and mores that Mr Biko wanted to inculcate among all the oppressed people of South Africa,” Zuma said.He said the centre would educate people about Biko, his leadership and his contribution to freedom and democracy. It would also contribute to poverty eradication through the development of local cultural industries.Biko Heritage TrailBuilt through a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture and the Department of Tourism, the centre will serve as the cornerstone of the Biko Heritage Trail, a series of Biko-related sites running from Port Elizabeth to King William’s Town.A number of these sites, including Biko’s home in Ginsberg Township, the Biko Bridge in East London, and Zanempilo Clinic, which Biko co-founded in the mid-1970s, have been declared national heritage sites.The state-of-the-art building boasts a museum, archive centre, library resource centre, commemorative garden honouring human rights activists, and a community media centre.Zuma urged the community to ensure that the name of Steve Biko lived on forever in the country, and that the youth fully understood and appreciated his contribution to the liberation of South Africa.Earlier in the day, Zuma visited Biko’s grave, where he laid wreath and led a prayer.Former Unisa vice-chancellor Barney Pityana, a long-time friend and fellow activist of Biko, said that Biko “was committed to the idea that people should take responsibility for their own development. One hopes that this centre will be a focus of development for the region”.Pityana was hopeful the centre would be a place that built and developed young people in a way that reflected Biko’s commitment to young people.“It should serve as a place where young people can think, can be activists and serve the better cause of society,” he said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Indian shooting team continues to shine at Games

first_imgTwo days, 10 medals, five gold. Can it get better than that? Yes, it could have, in case there was no minor glitches in the double trap pairs event on Wednesday.Ronjon Sodhi had a perfect score in the first round and was given clean in the second round when an overzealous photographer tried to come on the side to click some pictures, resulting in the referee stopping the round and asking Ronjon to move away from the shooting station.When the round started, the mandatory flight of the target was not shown to him resulting in a wrong hold point of the gun, and a miss. This was followed by a hit target given a loss in the second last pair of the competition. It is unfortunate, but yes it happened, and there is no going back on it, the result cost India a gold medal.The exemplary performance by Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat in the pairs clinched gold. This was followed by an outstanding performance in the individual event, where Sayyed showed nerves of steel by holding on to the lead till the end. Sarnobat demonstrated that she had it in her to fight back and shot a phenomenal score in the finals to win the silver. A 205 aggregate in the finals shows class.It was a foregone conclusion in the 10m Air Rifle competition for men as you had the world’s best team in the field; Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang. In the individual event also Narang shot the world record again to win the gold, followed by a silver medal performance of Bindra. There has been some criticism of Bindra’s performance and this is uncalled for.advertisementIn any match there is a winner and a loser. As a country we are outright winners. There have also been some murmurs of professional rivalry between the two shooters. I would like to categorically inform the readers that in shooting, unlike other sports, you do not have an opponent.Your fight is with yourself; bettering your score, improving your performance and fighting constantly to achieve your goal.Both these shooters are world class and we will have more from them in the future. We cannot overlook the performance of others in the fray, where Omkar Singh demonstrated his champion qualities by coming from behind and winning a gold in 50m pistol, which is considered one of the most gruelling events in hand gun shooting.All the efforts put in by our champions are giving the results. Even those who have not been able to win over the last two days are excellent shooters in their own right and will get back in the competitions to come. We have a very strong team and will see individual sparks of brilliance in the days to come.(The writer is a former shotgun shooter and a government observer with the NRAI)last_img read more