Victories go to China and Finland in Dublin

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The really big winner at the 18th Race Walking Grand Prix in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday (26) was Sandro Damilano – and he never raced a step.

The Italian coach is known as the Jose Mourinho of heel-and-toe and for a very good reason. The Special One in this sport had two winners and a third in races that count towards the IAAF Race Walking Challenge, and delightedly gave all three a high five as they crossed the line in Phoenix Park. But there again he’s used to it.

It is 31 years since he coached his brother Maurizio to gold in the Moscow Olympic 20km – and since then he’s had 44 others who have worn medals at major championships.

 

China was never known for letting foreigners interfere with its athletes – but the country of a billion people know a good thing when they see it. For the last year, Damilano has looked after both Zhen Wang and Liu Hong, and the result?

Men’s 20km

For Zhen it was a World junior record 37:44 for 10km in last year’s Challenge final, and the two fastest times in the world at 20km so far this year.

The critical factor has been the venues. Not just at home in Taicang back in April, but also in Lugano and here in Ireland to boast a real challenge for gold at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu two months hence.

Damilano insisted this race was nothing more than a ‘hard test’ for his charges, but it was too hard for the chasers once Zhen lit the afterburners after 17km.

Behind him, there was a real scrap for second, and a terrific finish for Hassanine Sbei.

The Tunisian is treading in the footsteps of countryman Hatem Ghoula – himself a previous IAAF World Championship bronze medallist. Sbei just missed out on a PB by four seconds, but there again his previous mark was only notched in April.

Damilano also got third with Giorgio Rubino’s restoration following a troubled year fighting injury – and a four-minute improvement on his previous 20km this year.

Nine of the top 10 logged IAAF World Championship qualifying times with a couple of new faces on the block.

Guatemala has not had much to shout about since Julio Rene Martinez retired. But in Erick Barrondo, it looks as if they might have one to match the previous world record holder’s achievements. Barrondo came charging home after Rubino, and probably has a slice of cake left over from his 20th birthday last month to celebrate eating a massive four minutes off his PB.

India too had a reason to think the trip to Dublin was worthwhile. Gurmeet Singh made a real breakthrough to get on the plane to Daegu by getting under the 20k ‘A’ standard with time to spare for ninth place.

Women’s 20km

Damilano was also waiting for Liu Hong as she coasted to victory in the women’s 20km.

The Chinese IAAF World Championships bronze medallist from Berlin was on her own after the first pair of laps, but the Irish woman who beat her back then was content to come through from fifth at half-way to take another second.

Olive Loughnane reckons she’s in decent shape again.

She added: “I’m feeling full of confidence, and I plan to go close to what I did at the last World Championships – or very close.”

Guatemala’s second success of the day came in the form of Jamy Franco. Like team-mate Barrondo, she also lopped nearly four minutes off her best for third – as well as making the ‘A’ cut for Daegu – and she’s still only 19.

Men’s 50km

Jared Tallent set off like he was hoping to catch an early plane home in the men’s 50km – and soon built up a lead that was an amazing kilometre ahead of second.

As the Aussie was turning at one end of the 2k loop – the rest were turning at the other end of the scenic Phoenix Park course. The massive lead was still only around 3:50:00 pace and well within the compass of the Olympic silver medallist with a best inside 3:39:00.

But just as the 26-year-old suffered on his last long-distance outing at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Chihuahua more than a year ago – stomach cramps doubled him up again, only this time a lot earlier – and he was on the side of the road watching the rest at 25km.

Italy’s Diego Cafanga has shivered in the shadow of Alex Schwazer for most of his career. But with his more famous adversary pulling out midweek – Cafanga was willing to turn up the heat and tread the path vacated by Tallent.

Cafanga too built up a race-winning lead projected for around four hours – but at 46k the last of his energy deserted him; his knees went and the judges almost mercifully ended his morning with a disqualification.

Cue a man who started cautiously and reaped the benefits – and not a moment too soon for Antti Kempas.

The Finn has been on the end of injury after injury with surgery punctuating a tough last two years. The 30-year-old wondered if he would ever get back to the relatively heady heights of 11th in the IAAF World Championships as he did in 2007.

But this time Kempas went to the front after Cafanga’s demise and there was nothing the rest of a depleted field could do about it.

The reward was a ‘B’ category qualification for Daegu – and a time only seven minutes outside his best.

Paul Warburton for the IAAF

RESULTS

Men’s 50km:

1 Antti Kempas (Finland) 4:02:37

2 Basanta Bahadur Rana (India) 4:10:51

3 Eddy Roze (France) 4:14:12

4 Rodrigo Moreno (Colombia) 4:15:05

5 Chandan Singh (India) 4:25:20

6 Anibal Paau (Guatemala) 4:29:03

7 Dan King (Great Britain) 4:32:38

Men’s 20km:

1 Zhen Wang (China) 1:19:46

2 Hassanine Sbei (Tunisia) 1:20:23

3 Giorgio Rubino (Italy) 1:20:44

4 Erick Barrondo (Guatemala) 1:20:58

5 Ho Wang (China) 1:21:03

6 Miguel Angel Lopez (Spain) 1:21:41

7 Nazar Kovalenko (Ukraine) 1:21:48

8 Luis Fernando Lopez (Colombia) 1:21:53

9 Gurmeet Singh (India) 1:22:05

10 Kevin Campion (France) 1:22:48

Women’s 20km:

1 Liu Hong (China) 1:29:44

2 Olive Loughnane (Ireland) 1:31:55

3 Jamy Franco (Guatamala) 1:32:48

4 Agnieszka Szwarnog (Poland) 1:33:50

5 He Qin (China) 1:34:48

6 Clarie Tallent (Australia) 1:35:54

7 Lorena Luaces (Spain) 1:36:26

8 Christine Guinaudeau (France) 1:36:32

9 Lu Xiuzhi (China) 1:38:15

10 Ainho Pinedo Gonzalez (Spain) 1:38:27

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Thousands of torture victims live in Finland

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The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is once again being observed on 26 June. The Centre for Torture Survivors at the Helsinki Deaconess Institute highlights the fact that thousands of torture victims also live in Finland.

Refugees and asylum seekers account for most torture victims in Finland. Many have been tortured in their home countries or while in exile. Among them are children or individuals who were tortured during their childhoods.

Operating within the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, the Centre for Torture Survivors looks after refugees and asylum seekers, who have been traumatised by torture.

The Centre calls attention to the fact that critical public views on immigration on humanitarian grounds tend to overlook the suffering that often motivates immigrants.

Torture is still very common around the world. In 2010, Human rights organisation Amnesty International reported torture in nearly one hundred countries.

Torture means any act in which severe physical or mental pain or suffering is inflicted on a person for such purposes as punishing, intimidating or obtaining information. Those tortured suffer psychological and emotional trauma, and are later burdened with stress disorders, depression, anxiety and memory problems, among other things.

Several international agreements and conventions forbid torture. Although the United Nations Convention against Torture entered into force 24 years ago, there are still UN member states that have not ratified the convention.

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Helsinki: Consumer confidence drops lower still

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Consumers’ confidence in the economy has continued to deteriorate, with confidence in June dropping under May’s levels, according to Statistics Finland. Consumer confidence is now weaker than the same time last year and it has fallen below the long-term average.

Consumers held markedly gloomier views on their own finances, Finland’s economy and the development of unemployment than the long-term average. Nonetheless, they felt that unemployment threatened them less personally.

Consumers remained optimistic regarding their prospects for saving. They felt that saving was more worthwhile than buying durable goods or taking out loans.

Consumer confidence indicator in June was at 11.4, lower than May’s 15.4 and April’s 17.8. The long-term average stands at 13.3.

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Helsinki Pride week kicks off

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This year’s Helsinki Pride festival is an expanded celebration. The goal of the event is to increase openness and make diversity more valued in society. A week of events are planned, culminating in a parade in the capital on Saturday.

A Helsinki Pride press release claims that this year’s festival is to be ‘bigger than ever before’. Finland’s biggest event for sexual minorities was kicked off by Helsinki mayor Jussi Pajunen on Monday at the statue of the three blacksmiths in Helsinki.

Events planned for this week include concerts, parties and panel discussions. Saturday’s parade will set out from Helsinki’s Senate Square to Kaisaniemi park.

The events are organised by the Helsinki district of Seta, Finland’s sexual minorities association.

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Nigeria: Mis-representation of the elected representatives

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Nigeria as a nation has been witnessing mis-representation of elected politicians since 29th of May till the present set of representatives that we hope will start the foundation of a new Nigeria. The whole Nigerians are fed up with representatives that seek illegitimate personal gain through embezzlement, patronage, and extortion. Their incompetent and incapability is the result of the country’s lingering socio-political and economic problems. Are they being voted for to loot the treasury or to look after the legitimate needs of the citizenry?. It is very sad that the goal and mission of an average Nigerian politician is to be in power in order to steal and accumulate wealth. They never had good intention to move the nation to the greater height. We have not seen “some common impulse of passion” from the last set of representatives to provide all Nigerians the basic amenities of undisputed electricity, clean water, revamp our education, boost agriculture, good roads or even resolve the problems of Niger-Delta in the last decade.

They have not seen anything wrong with the unstable electricity supply, since they have the biggest standby electric generators that can even pump water in 24-hour. They don’t have time to think that Nigerian teachers are underpaid, but they can spend hours debating for more allowances.They did not see anything wrong with the numerous cases of armed robberies and kidnappings, so far they are paying for private security men and Mallam Sabongeris to watch their houses. They did not see anything bad with underpaid and under-equipped policemen illegal extorting motorists on all roads, since the men in uniform dare not stop their cars.  They only fight for their selfish interest and not the interest of those people who voted for them. They are living fat and robust in their “agbada” and “babariga” wears, but their people are very hungry, growing thinner and fragile. They prefer to build  houses here and there than to build mini-health centres to save lives. They change cars like car-dealers when our policemen were short of vehicles and materials to confront armed-robbers and kidnappers.

Meanwhile, a representative assignment should not to be mistakenly for a federal or state government appointment. It is a collective people’s appointment.  Nigerians  representatives are all there by the will and consent of the people. Without election, they are not qualified to be in power, the same as without students, there is no point for teachers to be in schools. It is a sacred appointment that involves providence and bond between the representative and the represented. They are meant to bless the live of others. Government is just an institution that house them to perform their functions. A representative in any form, either as a councillor, senator, governor or president is the servant of the people and the people are their pay-masters. They should be  responsible to the people in general. That is the essence of functioning democratic government.

In contrast to the above assertions, most of our elected, or should I say selected Nigerian representatives in the last decade have shown to be selfish, self-absorbed, self-centred, self-seeking, self-serving, greedy, cynical, inward-looking and ungenerous. Most of our past representatives have either lost their moral bearings or they do not know the real meaning of representation in a democratic society. They are basically in Abuja because of all Nigerians interest and not because of personal or family ambition.. They are there to represent the people and not their pocket. This representation is an opportunity and trust given by the people to eligible candidates to effect changes that will make life worth living. A betrayal of this trust is not only a disappointed to the voters, but to themselves and the God Almighty. This is because of the oath of office taken on the inauguration day. Or can you tell me which one of the Nigerian representatives have not gone to church or mosque for thanksgiving after they were being elected?. They believe that stealing from government, rather than rendering selfless services to the people will make them relevant in the society.

The essence of representation is to effect positive changes. Change is the essence of life. There is need for representatives to effect changes in values, policies and ideas that can promote the kind of society we want. We are in the twenty-first century and we cannot be living with the mentality of dark era of evil genius. The country has to move forward. Representatives are being elected to fulfill the responsibility in pursuit of community goals and aspirations. They are to make great sacrifices and base their greatness on the services they render for good of the citizens rather than property accumulated within shortest time. They are elected as savior and not a ruiner. To set good examples and make timely decisions to make the society a better place to live.

Most of our representatives have not shown that it is important to do what is right, even if it is inconvenient or unpopular.. They refuse to look into themselves for potential that can be of benefit to all. Late Pa Anthony Eromosele Enahoro was 29 years old in 1955 when he moved the historical motion in the federal house that eventually gave independence to Nigeria in 1960. Our politicians don’t find reasons to do what they must do as people’s representatives. The qualities they display are the same as those they posses. They refuse to bring comfort to citizens of Nigeria on these difficult time. They always have an excuse instead of a real plan for hardworking Nigerian families to climb the ladder of success and raise their children to the highest level and hope for a better future. They prefer to spend practically all their time on personal issues instead of visiting their constituencies to solve problems, featuring in local seminars, delivering speeches and reaching out to everybody. They only time you see them in their constituencies after their victory is either on  Easter break, or Eid-el-Kabir festival, or during the Christmas time. This is not a representative grass-root democracy.

The country is blessed with the majority of politicians who are not ready to build bridges where there are none.They let their big ambitions overshadow small successes which can build a strong foundation for successful life. They fail to put every effort, energy, and focus into developing strategies that involve people and priorities. They never trust their ability to take whatever life gives them. They have never been taught to be happy with enough. They want to have everything-even, if possible, the whole Nigeria in their pocket. They have never been instinctively seem to know what to believe and what to ignore. They refuse to learn long time ago that wanting what you have is better than having what you want. Where are those who stole all Nigerian billions of naira now? Do their children make any positive impact with all those stolen monies? All is vanity. You see how all their sons were being rejected in the last general elections. Thy have forgotten that money can’t buy most important things in life such as love, health, happiness, virtues and morals. People that run madly behind money are poor by their mind. Experience have shown that true happiness and peace can never be derived from stolen what belongs to another person. It is now time to change our civic life for better and reject corrupted, and incompetent politicians from the political scene.

Written by,
Adewale T Akande (M.sc.Political Sc.) University of Ibadan.  Author, Educationist         and Road Traffic Safety Consultant. Barcelona, Spain.  Tel: 0034-600877296

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An Open Letter to all newly elected Nigerian Representatives

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Your excellency lawmakers, I am using this forum to congratulate you all for having opportunity to be among those political trustees elected to represent our opinions, perspectives and interests in leading us to a nation of our dreams. We have lived in the worst political times. A change has just come and you are the change. That is why we entrusted you all with this position to make decisions that will benefit all Nigerians and solve those problems that come with today’s complex lifestyle. Time for a nation, where the new generation and our children will not bear the burden of the past inept leaders left behind. A nation where we can shape our individual and collective destinies with hard work, personal responsibility, integrity, patriotism, and optimism.

A government where our collective political support, ideas and effective strategies will lift large numbers of Nigerian citizens out of  poverty. It is now time to reject politics of racial identity, hatred and revenge and embrace politics of unity, love, healthy competition and progress. This is the time to forget all the festering grievances of the past, admit those mistakes of the past, and move on healing old wounds which is essential for future success. Working together, we can do more and better. We are due for a government that will truly represent and serve all Nigerians. The country is now weak and fragile. It is our collective responsibility to fix it back. There is no problem on earth that doesn’t have a solution except death. Nigeria should not die in our generation.

My dear representatives, as you know that Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with more than one hundred and fifty million people. The whole population cannot all go to Abuja to debate and negotiate their interests and problems. That is why “we the people of Nigeria” elected 3 Senators from each thirty-six states and Abuja federal capital, making a total of 109 Senators to form the Upper house. We also elected 360 members to the House of Representatives representing the 774 local government in the Nigerian federation to form the lower house and represent our various interests. That is to say, in essence, we elected total number of  469 representatives to organize a democratic conversation around our collective future in the National Assembly in less than 1,440 days-every four years. This house must not divide against itself.

Dear ambassadors of Nigeria in Abuja, the time is short and that is why you men of integrity and trust have to give your deep commitments. It is time to work hard on new initiatives, performances and improvements. Leadership is full of opportunity to do the right thing. It is not for fun or glamour. Doing the right things is more important than doing things right. If we do the right things, we all live in peace of mind, but if we continue doing wrong things, there will be no end to poverty, unemployment, corruption, kidnapping, armed-robbery, hired-killers, bomb-blasts, and religious crisis. This is time for serious men to do serious work to save a sinking nation. Let me remind you that this is not a direct federal government appointment. It is an appointment from the consent and will of the people. A sacred bond. You represent the whole people of the nation. You are our only voice and source of joy. The mirror of the whole society.

Your excellency lawmakers, the Nigeria people repose their confidence in you in finding lasting solutions to irregular electricity and water supply, live security, food shortage, bad state of education, transportation problems, unemployment, corruption, shortage medical facilities, and obsolete infrastructures. The people in return promise to obey the laws of the land, work harder, pay their taxes regularly, care for their families to prevent delinquents, and love the country that make it a better for them fulfill their hopes and aspirations. Nigerian voters still believe in representative democracy and that is why you saw them came out enmasse to vote for you in the last general elections. James Madison, one of the important architects of the American constitution gave his support for the system of representation as a mechanism “ to refine and enlarge the public views, by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of their country, and whose patriotism and love of justice will be least likely to sacrifice it to temporary or partial considerations”.

My dear patriotic representatives, the Nigerian voters wanted something different and solutions to their problems considering the level of awareness in the last general elections. They came out in multitude despite all odds to cast their votes under a neutral and non-partisan electoral body of Prof. A. Jega. Politicians are true representatives when they make promises and keep those promises. You are better when competently manage the country’s resources to the advantage of its citizens. To set examples of hard work and principled living. The idea behind a representative government concept is that, every sovereign nations or societies are invariably formed for a particular purpose and no individuals can acquire all of the genuine necessities of life. Thereby a representative government is formed for mutual achievement of common goals and aspirations.

My honorable lawmakers, a representative government is a system in which the people elect representatives to represent their ideals, desires, opinions, problems, needs and interests in the governing body. The governing body as a whole serves the will of the people that makes it to exist in the first place. A representative is a person who is authorized to act on behalf of another person or organization. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia defines representative democracy as “a form of government founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people…”. Edmund Burke, an Anglo-Irish statesman, political theorist and philosopher also goes further to explain the duty of a representative in a democratic state; “ It is his duty to sacrifice his repose, his pleasures, his satisfactions, to theirs (the people); and above all to prefer their (the people) interest to his own….unbiassed opinion, his mature judgement, his enlightened conscience are a trust from Providence…for the abuse of which he is deeply answerable”. Providence will never smile on the faces of those who betray this trust.

My dear brothers and sisters of the National Assembly, the only contribution I can offer now to my great country is through my pen. This is our fatherland. You have to be happy with enough, and know what to believe and what to ignore. You are at the best position to unite with common challenges, ideas, hopes and aspirations to lay the foundation of a new Nigeria. This can be done by making vital and conclusive decisions on power supply, free and standard education, fighting crime and promoting public safety with 21st century police force, research development in science and technology, building modern infrastructures, economic security and equal opportunity for all Nigerian families, social security, handicap and child support, affordable health care, create more jobs, and safeguard of our environment. You should replace despair with hope, and keep Nigeria secure, prosperous, free and re-write its history of greatness. Nigerians deserve the best. Thanks and may God bless the Republic of Nigeria.

Yours sincerely,
Adewale T Akande (M.sc.Political Sc.) University of Ibadan.  Author, Educationist         and Road Traffic Safety Consultant. Barcelona, Spain.  Tel: 0034-600877296

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Big Brother Amplified: No Nominations Today!

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Confusion reigned in Tails when the Tailsmates realised that Biggie hadn’t called them for Nominations yet it’s technically their week.

Just after noon, Karen started questioning why there had been no Nominations as she sat with Alex in the kitchen.

Karen had earlier had an intimate chat with Weza and Bernadina. She told them that she was tired of nominating because she couldn’t bear the guilt she feels afterwards.

Karen insisted that she would not nominate anyone but Weza and Bernadina wouldn’t hear of it.

The two girls convinced Karen that it was a ‘must’ to nominate her fellow Housemates but the Nigerian Housemate was adamant of her decision.

With Biggie’s twist coming up tonight during the Nominations Show, perhaps Africa will just have to wait and see.

Stay tuned to DStv Channel 198 at 22:00CAT tonight to see what Biggie’s twist as it unfolds.

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Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest and ICC recent sham charges

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SYRIA

The Syrian regime, besieged by street protests at home and condemnation abroad,lashes out at European governments for threatening a new round of sanctions and accuses the West of trying to sow chaos and conflict in the Arab nation. Foreign Minister Walid Moallem also reiterates the president’s call for national dialogue and talks of democracy over the horizon — a bold assertion after more than four decades of iron-fisted rule by the Assad family and months of bloody reprisals. It is the regime’s latest attempt to blunt three months of widespread demonstrations

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LIBYA

Possible cracks emerge in NATO’s Libya air campaign as Italy expresses concern about the accidental killing of civilians and calls for a suspension in hostilities to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. However, Britain insists the alliance is “holding strong.” Skepticism over the military campaign is growing as weeks of airstrikes have failed to unseat Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and outrage rises over allegations that airstrikes have caused civilian casualties. The air campaign continues. At least two explosions shake Tripoli before noon as fighter jets soar overhead. The ICC has come up with criminal charges against Gaddafi and his sons since they were not able to unseat the leader as another game to oust the embattled leader.

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EGYPT

Several young members from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood launch their own political party rivaling their group’s own, exposing cracks in the influential Islamist organization. After years as a banned group and fielding candidates as independents, the Brotherhood has formed its first political party after President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in the face of popular protests in February. The defections reflect differences in approach between traditional leaders of the Brotherhood and younger activists.

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YEMEN

Nearly 60 suspected al-Qaida militants tunnel their way out of a Yemeni prison in the lawless south, deepening the chaos of a nation where protesters are trying to topple the autocratic regime. The escape from the Mukalla prison in Hadramout province is the latest sign that Islamic militants are seizing on the mayhem to operate more freely, something the U.S. fears will become an increasing international threat if the impoverished nation grows even more unstable. Hundreds of Islamic militants have also taken control of two southern towns in recent weeks.

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BAHRAIN

Bahraini protesters pour back to the streets after a security court sentences eight Shiite activists to life in prison in the latest blow by the Western-backed kingdom to cripple the biggest Arab Spring opposition movement in the Gulf. The fast and angry reaction to the verdicts — the most significant display of unrest in weeks — underscores the volatility in the island nation after four months of unrest and raises questions about whether any credible pro-reform leaders will heed calls by the Sunni monarchy to open talks next week.

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ALGERIA

Two months of consultations about how to amend Algeria’s constitution are completed, paving the way for this oil-rich country to implement reforms aimed at heading off the wave of pro-democracy unrest sweeping North Africa. But two key opposition parties boycott the process as a sham and predict that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has run Algeria for 12 years, will not fulfill his promise to approve meaningful changes in a new constitution, including laws governing politics.

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MOROCCO

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is commending Morocco for conducting a peaceful reform process. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky says Ban welcomes the proposed constitutional reforms announced by King Mohammed VI on June 17. The reforms, to be put to a referendum on July 1, would grant additional powers to the prime minister and the parliament and enshrine respect for human rights, gender equality and judicial independence into the constitution. Some government opponents say that the proposed reforms are superficial and will allow the king to retain his near-absolute power over Moroccan society.

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Sham Intern’l judges order arrest of Moammar Gadhafi

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Sham International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and his intelligence chief for crimes against humanity in the early days of their struggle to cling to power. What an unjust and unfair world. These institutions(UN, ICC)  should be abolished immediately because they are only there to serve the western agenda. What about President Bush actions against Iraqis civilians. What about the Syrian President? What about Yemeni Govt? What about Tony Blair. It is now very obvious that this so called criminal court is not for justice but an institution to target influential Africans. As we speak, NATO is killing civilians in Libya and is supported by UK, France and American Presidents. So are they free from commiting crimes against humanity. What we previously thought was a Un resolutions 1973 to protect civilians, has metamophosized to a regime change. The bombardment of the City of Tripoli and killing civilians is no more within the UN resolution.

What is this world turning into? With NATO Vicious airstrikes for 90 days, several attempt to kill Gaddafi  and killing of hundreds  civilians to get at Gaddafi; they have seen that Libyan people are still solidly behind their leader and It may not be possible to kill Gadaffi as easily as they ever thought.  So they are looking for another alternatives to fulfilling the regime change agenda. You can see they are up again for another game since they were not able to assassinate him as they have planned.· What an unjust world. As always, they will bring an African person in front to be the speaker to avoid people understand their game. Africans wake up. Stop allowing yourself to be used 

We know what is happening in Syrain, Yemen , North Korea, China and so on. We also know many living dictators, leaders in the world that were supposed to have been tried in such criminal court if it were to be what it is called. But such can never happen. With all that is happening in Libya, It is clear and obvious that UN and such International  Criminal court are just sham institutions to serve the West. African leaders and people should wake up. You need to think again. Why are you still part of this institutions that are grossly mistreating you and at the same time claiming to be protecting you. An institution that serves only the western interest and protecting the Imperilaistic spirit.

Imagine a leader(US) who connived with other leader(UK) in 2002. Lied to the world. Invaded a country. Killed their leader. Killed and displaced millions of Civilians. Occupied the country. And came out free and praised and still stand tall as envoys, representatives  and great leaders just because they are white and from US and UK. What did this sham ICC do. Did this sham institution ever mentioned that crime against humanity Iraqi people…. NO… But see a man that is protecting his government against terrorists, He is now viciously sought for by the ICC just because This trio country said so. Africa, you need to pull out now. Stop serving partial gods that will curse you at any disposable opportunity.·

As the news emerged today. They so Judges announced Monday that Gadhafi is wanted for orchestrating the killing, injuring, arrest and imprisonment of hundreds of civilians during the first 12 days of an uprising to topple him from power after more than four decades, and for trying to cover up the alleged crimes. Does this charges ring any bell to you. Don’t we have countries in this world that have done that. What about the treatment of Blacks in the 1960’s. Have they call and tried those who did commit real crimes.
Africa should react immediately against this warrants· which will turn Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi into internationally wanted suspects, potentially complicating any efforts to mediate an end to more than four months of intense fighting in the North African nation.

Libyan officials rejected the court’s authority even before the decision was read in a Hague courtroom, claiming the court had unfairly targeted Africans while ignoring what they called crimes committed by NATO in Afghanistan, Iraq “and in Libya now.”
“The ICC has no legitimacy whatsoever. We will deal with it. … All of its activities are directed at African leaders,” government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told reporters Sunday.
Monageng said evidence presented by prosecutors showed that following popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Gadhafi and his inner circle plotted a “state policy … aimed at deterring and quelling by any means — including by the use of lethal force — the demonstrations by civilians against the regime.”

She said it was impossible to put an exact number on the casualties, but said Gadhafi’s security forces likely “killed and injured as well as arrested and imprisoned hundreds of civilians.”
Prosecutors at the court said the three suspects should be arrested quickly “to prevent them covering up ongoing crimes and committing new crimes.”

“This is the only way to protect civilians in Libya,” said the statement from the office of Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.
Shortly before the court announced the warrants, French President Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated his call for Gadhafi to step down.
“After 41 years of dictatorship, it is perhaps time to stop, for him to leave power,” he told a news conference in Paris. “Mr. Gadhafi knows perfectly well what he must do for peace to return. It only depends on him.”
In Tripoli, two loud explosions shook the area near Gadhafi’s compound Monday. NATO jets were heard over the Libyan capital minutes after the blasts as sirens from emergency vehicles blared in the streets.

The thunderous late-morning blasts were felt at a hotel where foreign journalists stay in Tripoli.
Smoke rose from the area near Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya complex, where Libyans hold daily rallies in support of the government. Gadhafi is not believed to be staying in the compound.

It wasn’t immediately clear what was hit or if there were civilian casualties.
A coalition including France, Britain and the United States began striking Gadhafi’s forces against the United Nations resolution to protect civilians on March 19. which was originally to impose a no fly zone. NATO assumed control of the air campaign over Libya on March 31 and since then have been bombing the cities and killing of thousands of civilians that the media refuses to report
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Iwa Ji Ofu (New Yam Festival) in Igboland!

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It’s getting nearer to that time of the year when every Igbo person gathers to celebrate the Iwa ji afo (New Yam Festival). For those who may want to know, Yam is the main agricultural crop of the Igbos and also the staple food of our people. The New Yam Festival known as ‘Iwa-Ji’ or ‘Iri-Ji’ is a celebration depicting the prominence of yam in the social-cultural life of our people. I have missed the festival for 2 consecutive years, this year inclusive.

The Iwa Ji Afo is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by the Igbos. It is celebrated in the month August of each year. The individual Igbo communities each have their days for this august occasion. This day symbolizes the conclusion of a work cycle and the beginning of another. Invitation to the new yam festival is usually open to everyone. What this means, is that there is abundant food for not just the harvesters but also for friends and well-wishers. A variety of festivities mark the eating of new yam. These festivities include cultural dances, masquerades parades, parties, etc.

On the last night before the festival, yams of the old year are gotten rid of by those who still have them. This is because it is believed that the New Year must begin with tasty, fresh yams instead of the old dried-up crops of the previous year. Trust most families to quickly consume their remaining yams from old stock instead of getting rid of them.

Before the festival starts, the yams are offered to gods and ancestors first before distributing them to the villagers. The ritual is performed either by the oldest man in the community or by the king. They eat the first yam because it is believed that their position gives them the privilege of being intermediaries between their communities and the gods of the land. The rituals involved in the new yam eating are meant to express the community’s appreciation to the gods for making the harvest of their yams possible.

At the new yam festival, only dishes of yam are served since the festival is symbolic of the abundance of the produce. So much of it is cooked that, no matter how heavily the family eats or how many friends and relatives they invite, there is always a so much food left over at the end of the day. It’s in fact a season of merriment and togetherness.

In Ghana, a similar event is also held at same time of each year. Ghanaians call theirs “Homowo” or “To Hoot at Hunger” Festival, the people hope for a good harvest so no famine will hit the people in the coming year.

The harvest of yam and the celebration of the God of the land through the New Yam festival is an epitome of the people’s religious belief in the supreme deity. The coming of the new moon in the month of August marks the preparation for the great “Iri Ji Ohu” festival, but the time and mode of preparation differs from community to community.

The New Yam festival is a highly captivating art event. The colourful festival is a visual spectacle of coherence, of dance, of joy and feasting, an annual display for community members, to mark the end of the cultivation season, a festival where the people express their gratitude to those that helped them reap a bountiful harvest.

You may never really understand what I’m saying unless you’ve tasted or experienced it

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