‘Cyborg’ Justino defends belt by decision vs Holm at UFC 219

first_imgJohnson, Dragic lead Heat comeback in win over Magic MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments LATEST STORIES The fighters exchanged early punches, standing toe-to-toe for much of the first round. Justino (19-1) was able to land some bigger strikes, including a solid right hook that was the best punch of the opening round. The second round went similarly before Justino pressed forward in the third with a solid right cross and a number of kicks. She finished the third with a flurry of punches and continued to hold a slight edge the rest of the way in a tight bout.Holm’s face was beat up by the end, although neither fighter appeared seriously injured. Holm (11-4) was trying for another marquee victory in a career highlighted by her upset of Ronda Rousey in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEarlier in the night, Khabib Nurmagomedov remained undefeated and staked a claim for a lightweight title shot with a dominant unanimous decision over Edson Barboza.The second-ranked Nurmagomedov received winning scores of 30-25, 30-25 and 30-24 from the judges. Nurmagomedov improved to 25-0 overall and 9-0 in the UFC. Barboza fell to 19-5. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cris Cyborg, left, hits Holly Holm during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 219, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Cris “Cyborg” Justino used power strikes and kicks to beat Holly Holm by unanimous decision and defend her featherweight belt at UFC 219 on Saturday night.Judges scored it 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47, extending Justino’s unbeaten streak to 19 with a victory over a former bantamweight champion with a knack for big upsets. It was the first time that Justino was taken five rounds in her career.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Cyborg” Justino defends belt by decision vs Holm at UFC 219Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Current lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s fight status is unknown and interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson is the only other man standing in Khabib’s way of a title shot.Nurmagomedov applied pressure from the opening seconds of the fight and secured a takedown early. From there he was able to advance position while landing heavy shots, keeping the fourth-ranked Barboza on the mat for the remainder of the round.Khabib forced the action to start the second round, continuing to pummel Barboza as he stalked him across the octagon. Nurmagomedov secured another takedown late in the round and again neutralized Barboza while inflicting a great deal of damage until the end of the round.Khabib had Barboza pressed against the fence for the first half of the final round and secured yet another takedown, completely limiting Barboza’s ability to attack while cruising through the end of the round.Also, former strawweight champion Carla Esparza earned a hard fought decision victory, handing sixth-ranked Cynthia Calvillo her first professional loss, and 12th-ranked Neil Magny topped former interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit by unanimous decision.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

D-League: Ebondo’s 33 guides unbeaten CEU to third straight win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRod Ebondo once again brandished his dominant form to pull Centro Escolar University to a huge 91-85 victory over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum and help preserve its immaculate record in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center.The Congolese big man was unstoppable in the paint as he fired 33 points, 20 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks to keep the Scorpions’ 3-0 record intact.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments LATEST STORIES Art Aquino added 18 markers and six boards, while also drawing a solid outing from Orlan Wamar, who had nine points, five rebounds, and three assists.“We’re so happy that we’re able to win against LPU. I’m very thankful to the players because we really worked hard in this game,” said coach Yong Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt was a tight battle up to the last two minutes with the game tied at 84 when CEU stamped its class over Zark’s-Lyceum and took advantage of the opposition’s poor endgame execution as Art Aquino gave his side the 86-84 lead.Nino Ibañez could only muster a split from the foul line with 32.5 seconds left, but Jaycee Marcelino could not keep the ball on the Jawbreakers’ side, leading to a Wamar three-point play off of a foul from Jaycee Marcelino, 89-85 in the last 25.9 ticks. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ebondo punctuated the victory with a slam as CJ Perez misfired on the other end.Perez shot 7-of-20 from the field, but still led his side with 17 points and eight rebounds as Zark’s-Lyceum (4-2) saw its four-game winning streak stopped.Jaycee Marcelino had 15 markers and seven rebounds as the Jawbreakers kept fighting despite the absence of Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu, who suffered an ankle sprain early in the first quarter.The Scores:CEU 91 — Ebondo 33, Aquino 18, Wamar 9, Arim 6, Cruz 6, Fuentes 6, Caballero 4, Guinitaran 3, Manlangit 2, Opiso 2, Veron 2, Saber 0.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 3 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 85 — Perez 17, Jc. Marcelino 15, Jv. Marcelino 10, Serrano 10, Yong 9, Liwag 6, Caduyac 5, Ibañez 5, Tansingco 4, Nzeusseu 2, Santos 2, Baltazar 0, Pretta 0.Quarters: 26-26, 50-44, 69-69, 91-85.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Should Arnold do more?

first_img“Just knowing his personality, I believe he’d want to go to the funerals if he could,” she said of the governor. Former Gov. Gray Davis oversaw responses to the first 87 soldiers from California who were killed. He started the policy of lowering the Capitol flag, wrote personal letters to families, called some, and attended at least one funeral service for three Marines. He also placed a wreath at the California Veterans Memorial honoring 20 who died. “It’s a very unpleasant part of the job. There’s no rule book on how to proceed,” Davis said recently from his Los Angeles law offices. “You just operate from your own sense of humanity. I’m sure the governor grieves for every family.” sharmon@cctimes.com (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – The flags atop the Capitol roof flutter in the wind at half-staff, a somber salute to each California serviceman or woman who has died in Iraq or Afghanistan. In the four years since the war began, the flags have been lowered 730 times to honor the state’s war dead. But some say Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should do more to acknowledge the sacrifices. “Was that enough to fly a flag over the state Capitol and let me know about it in a nice little letter?” asked Mark Crowley of San Ramon, father of Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Crowley, who died April 6, 2004. “I don’t think that was enough. Not for what Kyle gave. I would’ve liked to meet with the governor in person, tell the story of Kyle.” Schwarzenegger is among 30 governors who lower flags to honor fallen military personnel. He also sends out personally signed letters, accompanied by a letter from first lady Maria Shriver, who includes inscribed copies of her book “What’s Heaven?” for those who lost children. The governor’s office also sends out statements on each serviceman’s or -woman’s death and posts the statements on his Web site. Details are not divulged on how or whether he interacts with families. Schwarzenegger declined to be interviewed for this article, instead releasing a statement that said, “My heart aches for California soldiers who have lost their lives in the fight for liberty.” But Mountain View resident Karen Meredith believes the governor’s heart is in the right place. Meredith’s 26-year-old son, Army 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard, was killed in Najaf, Iraq, on May 31, 2004. last_img read more

Sami Khedira explains decision to choose Juventus over Arsenal and Chelsea

first_img Sami Khedira 1 Arsenal and Chelsea target Sami Khedira believes he made the right choice in joining Juventus.The German sealed a switch to the Italian champions on Tuesday after his contract with Real Madrid expired.Prior to the move the midfielder had been linked with the two Premier League sides, but he says he made the right decision in joining Juve.“I am happy and excited to say that I will be playing for Juventus for the next few years! Juventus is a wonderful club with a great history,” Khedira wrote on his official Facebook.“With Juve everything seemed to fall in place. My discussions with the coach and the club were great.“I’m very happy to play in a team full of champions and with unbelievable fans. It’s a great club with a one of a kind tradition in a very special city!“I am totally looking forward to an exciting time in black and white.”last_img read more

LETTERKENNY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE ‘FRIGHTENINGLY’ GOOD HALLOWEN FESTIVAL LINE-UP

first_imgPresent at the launch are Chambers members with members of Letterkenny CDP from left Tanya Kerr, Amanda McNamee, Joan Kane, Gerard Grant, Chamber President, Mark Bundschu, Aaron Gillespie, Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber CEO and Margaret Toner. Pic: Clive WassonThe Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting their hugely popular and ‘terrifyingly scary’ Halloween Fest, which will provide fun and games to all. On Friday, the 31st of October, the town centre will be filled with entertainment, face painting, trick or treating, a Pet Parade and even some scary dancing.The festival builds on the success of last year’s event that is now making it’s mark on Letterkenny. This year the week starts with Letterkenny CDP holding their annual Monster Bash on Sunday 26th October in Letterkenny Community Centre.Then during the week everyone will be getting into the spirit with decorations, facepainting, characters and lots of fun taking place in Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Letterkenny Retail Parks, The Courtyard Shopping Centre and of course Main Street.On Friday 31st, businesses across Letterkenny will be participating in a trick or treat trail for all the children and along the way there will be a chance to have your face painted.You’ll also get to hear some ghoulish stories on Church Lane, play some games at the Courthouse and have your photo taken in our dedicated photobooth in The Courtyard Shopping Centre. There will also be a fancy dress competitions and lots more.This year will see the second annual Pet Parade taking place at 4.15pm.Toni Forrester told Donegal Daily, “Last year we got a small start with over 20 pets and their owners in all kinds of costumes, so this year why not dress up and bring your dog, cat, iguana along and join in the fun.“It’s just a short parade to end the afternoon activities.Gerard Grant Chamber President told Donegal Daily, “I’m pleased to launch the ShopLK Halloween Fest this year. “With just a month to go we are delighted to be working with our ShopLK members, Letterkenny Town Team and Letterkenny CDP who have their own annual Monster Bash and who will be providing out photobooth and Halloween games.“This year is a real community effort, people love dressing up so why not make it a family occasion this year.“Last year’s campaign was a massive success with lots of Children and whole families dressing up.“It was thoroughly enjoyed by the children, parents and the business owners of the town. “There was a great atmosphere created around the event and it was lovely to see the children having such a good time.They’re hoping to build on the success of the last two years and make this year’s Halloween Festival the best yet.They’d love to see as many families and young people as possible come to Main Street and then visit the other shopping areas such as the Retail Parks and Letterkenny Shopping Centre.There will be prizes, treats and some surprises along the way.For more details and times go to www.facebook.com/shoplkFor more information please contact:Toni ForresterEmail: admin@letterkennychamber.comPhone: 074 9124866Details of the event can be found on http://www.shoplk.ie/newsShop LK’s retail initiatives are funded by the Letterkenny Town CouncilLETTERKENNY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE ‘FRIGHTENINGLY’ GOOD HALLOWEN FESTIVAL LINE-UP was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Rangers confirm they have made their 11th signing of the summer

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father ‘perfect fit” Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out RANKED 🗣️ Borna Bariŝić “I am very ready. I want to give everything back to the fans who have sent me so many messages, and I need to pay back the manager and everyone in the club who has believed in me.”➡️ https://t.co/UTzYDoc6gO pic.twitter.com/7Idl4mSmvc— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 7, 2018 GOSSIP three-way race Rangers have made Borna Barisic their 11th signing of the summer.The 25-year-old has played three times for Croatia and has left NK Osijek to sign a four-year deal at Ibrox.Barisic has actually scored at the stadium already when he found the back of the net for Osijek in the recent Europa League second leg 1-1 draw.“I will play my heart out at Ibrox and every other stadium for Rangers,” he told rangerstv.The full-back came through the youth ranks at Osijek, before making the switch to NSK Bijelo Brdo. A return to Osijek then followed, before he won a move to Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2015.He moved on-loan to Zagreb-based side Lokomotiva before returning to Osijek for a third spell. Since his move back there in 2016, his form has led to international caps  and has represented his country against China, Chile and Mexico.He will wear no.31 this season. IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland fear Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder REAL DEAL Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star heading off on his way LIVING THE DREAM Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino TRANSFER LATEST Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing last_img read more

DONEGAL BOXING HERO TO APPEAR ON MIRIAM’S TV SHOW TONIGHT

first_imgDONEGAL’S European Boxing Champ Jason Quigley is a special guest on Miriam O’Callaghan’s RTE television show tonight (Saturday).The popular Saturday night programme will be broadcast at 9.30pm.“I’m off to Dublin to see Miriam,” joked Jason. “I hope everyone tunes in – it’s going to be fun.” DONEGAL BOXING HERO TO APPEAR ON MIRIAM’S TV SHOW TONIGHT was last modified: July 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL BOXING HERO TO APPEAR ON MIRIAM’S TV SHOW TONIGHTlast_img read more

Five Americans are killed in fighting to retake towns

first_img Late Monday and early Tuesday, some 2,500 U.S. troops along with Iraqi forces launched their operation with a powerful air assault on Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Parwana, about 140 miles northwest of Baghdad. Dozens of helicopters streamed toward the Euphrates towns in a phalanx, seen by an Associated Press reporter. Rockets fired by choppers flashed in the pre-dawn darkness, followed by explosions and arches of tracer fire. At least twice, illuminating flares went up over Haqlaniyah – a sign U.S. troops were fighting insurgents on the ground. American warplanes struck bridges to prevent al-Qaida in Iraq fighters from escaping the towns, but arriving troops encountered dozens of roadside bombs on main avenues, apparently in anticipation of the operation, Marine commanders said. A single roadside bomb in Haqlaniyah on Monday killed three U.S. service members, apparently among the first ground troops to move in. U.S. snipers took positions on rooftops in Haqlaniyah as troops with loudspeakers ordered residents to stay inside, witnesses said. In Haditha, mosque loudspeakers urged residents to confront the Americans, but Marines said they encountered little resistance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Also Tuesday, a suicide car bomb exploded at the main entrance to the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, a district of Iraqi government buildings and the U.S. and British embassies. The blast killed at least two policemen. Separately, the leader of an extremist Islamic group that threatened to use chemical weapons against U.S. positions and the Iraqi government has also been killed in Iraq, according to an Internet statement posted Tuesday. Al-Haj Othman, the emir of the Mujahedeen of the Victorious Sect Brigades, was killed in fighting, said the statement. It did not provide any other details. On the political front, U.S. and U.N. officials were trying to avert a Sunni Arab boycott of the referendum, which would deeply undermine the validity of a constitution Washington hopes will unite Iraq’s factions and weaken the insurgency. Officials met Tuesday with Shiite and Kurdish leaders to try to persuade them to reverse the Shiite-led government’s last-minute change to voting rules ahead of the Oct. 15 vote. Sunday’s change makes it almost impossible for minority Sunnis to reject the constitution – all guaranteeing its passage. Sunni Arab leaders have opposed the draft constitution all along, but the United States wants them to participate in the vote. HADITHA, Iraq – U.S. troops pushed through streets sown with bombs Tuesday in their biggest operation this year in western Iraq, seeking to retake three Euphrates River towns from al-Qaida insurgents. At least five U.S. service members have been killed in the fighting. Operation River Gate – launched at the start of the holy month of Ramadan – was the second U.S. offensive in a week in Anbar province, near the Syrian border. Al-Qaida in Iraq called for intensified attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces during the Muslim period of fasting, which started Tuesday for the nation’s Sunnis. Blasts from U.S. warplanes and helicopters lit up the sky during the fighting, aimed at putting down Sunni-led insurgents intensifying their campaign of violence ahead of an Oct. 15 vote on Iraq’s new constitution. As with the earlier U.S. offensive – code named Iraq Fist – it appeared many fighters may have slipped away beforehand. last_img read more

SA to head UN Security Council

first_imgJanine ErasmusIn April 2008 South Africa is set to head the United Nations Security Council for the second time, according to a statement by Xolisa Mabhongo, chief director for United Nations affairs in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).South Africa is a non-permanent member of the 15-nation UN decision-making body. The UN General Assembly, meeting in New York in October 2006, chose South Africa without opposition to occupy one of the Security Council’s 10 temporary seats for two years, starting on 1 January 2007.The Security Council shapes the UN’s approach to conflict zones that are considered a threat to international security.Its five permanent members – the US, France, Britain, China and Russia – reflect the global balance of power when the council was formed in 1946. Each of its 15 members, whether permanent or temporary, holds the presidency for a one-month period in rotating alphabetical order.During South Africa’s first presidency, in January 2007, the country focused on strengthening the relationship between the UN and the African Union (AU).Mabhongo said South Africa was instrumental in revitalising Security Council discussions on this relationship, and it was at the country’s request that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon began to formulate a firm strategy for better UN cooperation with regional organisations such as the AU.A report on this strategy is pending, and it is likely to be discussed during South Africa’s second presidency. Mabhongo said there was a particular hope for proposals on UN funding of regional peacekeeping initiatives, and greater cooperation with regional conflict mediators.Performance reviewThe DFA has concluded a review on the performance of South Africa’s first year in the Security Council, measuring its achievements against its goals and formulating a strategy for the year ahead.Temporary membership has its disadvantages: these countries can find effective participation in the Security Council difficult, as they have not been members for long enough to make a realistic contribution. But according to Mabhongo, the DFA assessment revealed that South Africa had been able, during the first year, to overcome this limitation.“We have been able to make inputs and participate in all the discussions that have been on the agenda of the UNSC,” he said.South Africa’s first presidency was marked by both foreign-policy successes and some controversy. The latter included a vote against a resolution condemning human rights abuses in Myanmar, and an attempt to temper a resolution on sanctions against Iran.But according to the DFA performance review, the country’s work on the Security Council has successfully complemented South Africa’s direct foreign policies – particularly those involving African issues such as mediation in conflict situations in Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.“Even before South Africa became a member of the UNSC and even after the expiry of our tenure in the UNSC, we will continue to be engaged on the range of these African issues,” Mabhongo said.The first yearSouth Africa achieved some notable successes in its first year on the Security Council. In January 2007, the month of its presidency, the council adopted a presidential statement, read by then council president Dumisani Kumalo, stressing the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts towards peace and security.“We count this as one of the achievements of our first year on the UNSC – to ensure that the UNSC recognises in a proactive way the important role of women in peace and security,” said Mabhongo.During that year South Africa and the UK led a UNSC mission to Ethiopia, Sudan, and Ghana in its capacity as chair of the AU, to discuss cooperation on issues of peace and security.Then there was the joint initiative between South Africa and Slovakia to raise awareness of African concerns on Security Sector Reform (SSR). SSR is a model to reform a state’s security sector, especially when the sector is unable to provide effective services to the state and its people. This often happens in post-conflict situations.In November 2007 South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her Slovakian counterpart Jan Kubis hosted an international SSR workshop in Cape Town, with the theme Enhancing United Nations Support for SSR in Africa: Towards an African Perspective.During the meeting Dlamini-Zuma said professional, effective and accountable security services are important for establishing lasting peace and development worldwide. She added that she hoped that the workshop’s deliberations would support similar initiatives at the AU and the UN.Other 2007 achievements included South Africa’s leadership of any statement or resolution on Timor-Leste – also known as East Timor, in southeast Asia. The Security Council also adopted, while under South Africa’s presidency, a proactive policy on small arms and light weapons, regarded as a step towards clamping down on the proliferation of illicit trade in small arms.According to Mabhongo, 2008 will see South Africa continuing to use its Security Council seat to augment its foreign policy strategies, especially in matters involving Africa. He said the country will use its month as president to build on work done in 2007, particularly that of enhancing the relationship between the council and regional organisations, particularly the AU.In 2008 South Africa will also chair the Security Council Ad Hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention in Africa. It will assume the position of vice-chair of subsidiary bodies dealing with Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, and host the council’s Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, which will assess the country’s compliance with UNSC counter-terrorism resolutions as well the effectiveness of its systems in the fight against terrorism.South Africa’s two-year tenureSouth Africa officially took up its two-year position as a non-permanent member of the Security Council on 2 January 2007, alongside Panama, Indonesia, Italy and Belgium.The Security Council is the most powerful body within the UN. Seats on the council are keenly contested, with many countries actively canvassing for votes from fellow UN members.The 10 non-permanent seats are assigned on a two-year membership basis, with five being replaced every year. The African bloc chooses three members while the Latin America and the Caribbean, Asian, and Western European and Others blocs choose two members. The Eastern European bloc chooses one member. One of these 10 members is an Arab country, alternately from the Asian or African bloc. South Africa’s current colleagues from the African continent are Burkina Faso and Libya.Expansion of the Security Council is under discussion. This may take the form of an increase in the number of permanent members, or elimination of the veto privilege held by the five permanent members. Policy analysts consider South Africa, Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria to be the most likely candidates should Africa be granted a permanent seat.In 2005 African leaders adopted the Ezulwini Consensus, which presses for no less than two permanent and five non-permanent seats for Africa when the Security Council is restructured. They are challenging the council’s current structure, arguing that the outmoded post-war power model does not correlate to today’s issues – poverty, human rights abuses, developing nations, and even genocide.Addressing the country’s Parliament in February 2007, Dlamini-Zuma stressed the importance of South Africa’s role in the Security Council. “South Africa’s tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Security Council affords us the opportunity to make direct contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security,” she said.“South Africa’s vision is of an African continent that is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united and which contributes to a world that is just and equitable. Membership of the Security Council is an opportunity to promote the African agenda and South Africa’s national interests.”Useful linksUnited Nations Security CouncilDepartment of Foreign AffairsAfrican UnionSouth African Parliamentlast_img read more

Hold on to freedom, says Brand South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa has come a long way sinceits first-ever democratic elections,held in April 1994. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Voters queued for hours to take part inthe historic election of 1994. (Image: SA History)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Hiles  Brand South Africa, digital content manager  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • New slogan for Brand South Africa • Zuma: better local government • Building a thriving African brand • Africa is open for businessMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterBrand South Africa has found an inspiring new way to get South Africans thinking about what they will be celebrating this coming Freedom Day, 27 April.Through an extensive campaign utilising freedom messages on street poles along major roads, the organisation will be reminding all citizens of the struggle and its hardships, as well as its rewards.“Our freedom wasn’t free,” starts the message on the first board, which goes on to say: “But what it inspired is priceless” on the second.The adverts form part of a bigger campaign called Play Your Part, which is aimed at promoting nation building and fostering pride in how far South Africa has come since the birth of its democracy in 1994.Freedom Day is observed on 27 April to commemorate the first democratic elections held on that date in 1994. This year commemorates a particularly significant milestone as it is the 18th anniversary of these elections.Freedom and human rights for allA message from the government website says of Freedom Day: “It is an occasion for the country to remember and celebrate struggle icons and honour those who continue to be committed to transformation and to building a better life for all of us.”The statement adds that the celebrations around this special day create awareness that “freedom and human rights are for all human beings, regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. This day reaffirms our freedom and ensures that the violation of such rights never occurs again”.All events and commemorations will fall under the national theme Working together to build unity and prosperity for all.Brand South Africa is building on this theme in their campaign by focusing on achievements by the country since the important transition from apartheid to democracy.“We’ll never forget how far we’ve come. In just 18 years, we’ve achieved the impossible – inspired the world with our unbreakable spirit and thirst for progress.“So as we celebrate South Africa’s liberation this Freedom Month, and our children get ready to define our tomorrow, let’s be inspired to continue building a country that we can all be proud of,” the campaign message reads.All South Africans are called on to commemorate the day.“Hold onto your freedom,” Brand South Africa reminds us.last_img read more