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Sunni coalition throws hat into ring for Iraqi elections

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – A Sunni Arab coalition submitted its list of candidates for the December election Friday, joining other political factions in the race and signaling greater Sunni participation in a process Washington hopes will help speed the day when U.S. soldiers can go home. The U.S. command announced that five more American service members were killed in Iraq, indicating the challenges still facing the United States and its partners as this country approaches a decisive stage in its political development. It has been six months since Iraq’s government took office April 28. At least 16 coalitions as well as an undetermined number of parties and independents met the Friday deadline of filing for the Dec. 15 election, when voters select a 275-member parliament to serve for four years. It will be the first full-term parliament in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s regime collapsed after the U.S.-led invasion of 2003. Many Sunni Arabs believed the Americans and their foreign allies favored the Shiites and Kurds, thereby fueling the insurgency and triggering sectarian reprisal killings that have sharpened the religious and ethnic fault lines. The U.S. military said an Army soldier died of injuries suffered Thursday when his patrol hit a roadside bomb in Baghdad. When other soldiers arrived, a second bomb exploded, killing another soldier, the military said. In Saqlawiyah, 45 miles west of Baghdad, two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed Thursday by mortar or rocket fire, the military said. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The election follows the Oct. 15 ratification of the new constitution, which many Sunni Arabs opposed. Despite the failure of Sunni Arabs to block the charter, the decision by a Sunni coalition to participate and the presence of prominent Sunnis on other tickets indicated that many members of the community, which forms the core of the insurgency, have not abandoned the political process. Political battle lines, in fact, have been drawn as before along ethnic and religious lines, a development that complicates nation-building in this factious, war-ravaged country of 27 million people. The major blocs include a Shiite alliance built around two religious parties with ties to Iran, a broad coalition led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, and the Sunni Arabs. Iraq’s two main Kurdish parties will run on a single ticket. Allawi’s ticket includes several prominent Sunni Arabs, including Vice President Ghazi al- Yawer and Sunni elder statesman Adnan Pachachi, as well as the communists. It hopes to appeal to Iraqis fed up with religiously based politics. But the ethnic and religious character of most of the tickets illustrates the sectarian nature of Iraq’s postwar politics. Following the collapse of Saddam’s Sunni-dominated regime, majority Shiites and Kurds have been pressing for the power so long denied them. last_img read more

Arsenal v Chelsea: Ramires & Willian start

first_imgChelsea will start without a recognised striker against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, where a win would take the Blues to the verge of being crowned champions.With Diego Costa and Loic Remy still not fit, boss Jose Mourinho opted to leave Didier Drogba on the bench and bring Ramires and Willian into the starting line-up. Youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek is among Chelsea’s substitutes.Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker plays despite limping out of last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading with an ankle problem. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Debuchy, Gibbs, Wilshere, Walcott, Flamini, Welbeck. Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Hazard Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Drogba. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Want to go to Warriors’ preseason opener? Here’s how to get tickets

first_imgBut there are ways to … Ready or not, the NBA preseason is a little more than a month away and Warriors fans still eager to be part of history will get their opportunity on Tuesday.Tickets for the first ever preseason game at the new $1.4 billion Chase Center — against LeBron James’ Lakers on Saturday, Oct. 5 — will go on sale to the general public at 4 p.m. Tuesday.A nearly 360 degree look at @ChaseCenter pic.twitter.com/n8QP4Ias87— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) August 26, 2019last_img read more

HBD backs catering software firm

first_img18 February 2008HBD Venture Capital – the venture capital company founded by “space tourist” Mark Shuttleworth – has announced an investment of R9-million into technology start-up orderTalk, a creator of highly sophisticated online restaurant ordering software that has its back office operations in Cape Town.HBD said in a statement last week that the latest deal brings to three the number of investments made by the company in early-stage South African entrepreneurial businesses in the past few months.OrderTalk, which provides software for internet-based ordering to the restaurant, fast food and hospitality industries, will use the financing to improve its infrastructure, introduce new product lines and streamline services and support – all in a bid to meet huge demand in the US and UK.HBD investment manager Eben van Heerden explained that rigorous research and investigation showed orderTalk to be an exceptional investment prospect that was highly scaleable and promised rapid growth“OrderTalk’s software is the most sophisticated of its kind internationally,” Van Heerden said. “It provides food chains with outlets of 50 or more with a branded online ordering functionality in a very short period of time and takes care of all the technical aspects of the process.”The orderTalk software allows restaurant patrons to place real-time orders, as well as any subsequent changes, over the internet.“For example, one can easily replace anchovies with asparagus on a pizza prior to an order being processed,” HBD said. “Regardless of the complexity of a menu, the software can also be integrated with point-of-sale systems, as well as live calls to a customer contact centre.”Originally created by a Dallas-based South African for a mid-sized US-based fast food firm, the software is now used in about 600 restaurants in both the US and UK, including Jason’s Deli, Bombay Bicycle Club, Yo! Sushi and EasyPizza.OrderTalk CEO Patrick Eldon said that despite its extensive international presence, the company’s back office functions were conducted from Cape Town, adding that South Africa’s talented workforce and efficient communications infrastructure made it highly feasible to operate such services from the country.“Given that South Africans are sophisticated online consumers who are increasingly integrating the internet into their daily lives, orderTalk’s software was recently introduced in the country,” Eldon said. “Ordering takeaways online is a convenience which we feel sure will grow in popularity, and we are currently trialling the product with a leading local pizza delivery company.”Van Heerden pointed out that HBD’s three latest investment deals – with orderTalk, Moyo and SACab – were with unique companies that were all headed by highly passionate teams.“We are looking forward to working with them and offering them mentorship, strategic guidance, governance support and backing – all with the aim of achieving global success,” he said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Team South Africa gets rhino mascot

first_imgThe cheerful rhino Chukuru will spearheadTeam SA’s bid for Olympic glory.(Image: Road to London 2012) The South African public voted Chukuruas their favourite in the mascot race.(Image: Sascoc)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mark KeohaneSascoc spokesperson+27 11 483 3788RELATED ARTICLES• Olympic community gathers in SA• Supporting SA’s sports stars• SA producer gets Olympics for Korea• Laureus honour for Blade Runner• Playing the dreamMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterTeam South Africa’s mascot for the 2012 London Olympic Games is Chukuru, a rhino.The animal was introduced to the nation at a function in Johannesburg, during which Team SA’s official kit was shown off on the catwalk by some of the country’s Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, including swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Natalie du Toit, javelin champion Zanele Situ, and long jumper Khotso Mokoena.The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) announced that the gear would be made by Erke, one of China’s leading sportswear manufacturers.According to Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy, the organisation approached local manufacturers first but were unable to come to an arrangement with them.The Erke deal is reported to be worth US$4-million (R30-million), and includes tracksuits, golf shirts, t-shirts, sandals, caps, backpacks, towels and more.All items bear the protea, South Africa’s national flower and the main symbol of the Sascoc logo.“Our athletes must feel not only comfortable and at home in their kit but also extremely proud and honoured whether they wear it in or out of competition,” said Reddy.The athletic models were impressed with the quality of the Erke product, saying that it’s light, breathable and comfortable.The rhino Chukuru, with five other finalists, took part in a week-long countrywide voting process to decide the nation’s favourite.It will inspire Team SA in all multi-coded sporting events from the Olympics onwards. These include the 2013 World Games in Columbia, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, the 2015 All Africa Games, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Sascoc says it plans to create a national identity for events such as these, and this strategy includes having the same mascot for international tournaments, to bring the country together behind Team SA.Highlighting the plight of real rhinosThe name chukuru is a Southern African word for rhinoceros, in the Setswana language.The Sascoc mascot features the five colours of the Olympic rings around its horn, but fittingly these are also the colours of the South African flag.The cheerful animal was designed by the Johannesburg-based Mortimer Harvey advertising agency, and saw off competition from over 100 entries to make it to the final six and then claim top spot, winning by a margin of 233 over its closest rival.“We knew, straight away that this was a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said designer Vanessa de Castro. “It was a chance to create something that would represent our Olympic team and the hopes and pride of the entire country. It doesn’t get better than that.”Codesigner Prudence Tshikalange was elated, saying that the design team was “honoured and humbled”.Mortimer Harvey also hopes that the national sporting mascot will raise awareness about the poaching crisis affecting real-life rhinos.With almost 160 animals already killed for their horns in South Africa alone in the first quarter of 2012, and reports of even rhino exhibits being vandalised for the horns, there is a growing worldwide call for toughter action against and harsher punshment for poachers.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Kristy Judd

first_imgIn the sixth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open player, Kristy Judd, speaks about what it means to her to be representing her country at the 2011 World Cup and her career highlights to date.   Name: Kristy JuddNickname: KJAge: 34Affiliate: Eastern SuburbsOccupation: Recreation OfficerPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: 1995 Career highlights so far: Gee I’m lucky, there is actually quite a few of them and I don’t want to bore people. Obviously every time I get to wear the green and gold it’s such an honour.  I also love playing for New South Wales, Sydney Mets and the Roosters and most importantly I have made many great friends through Touch. How you got involved in Touch Football: I grew up in Woolloomooloo and Dom Squadrito coached all the kids there so AJ (twin sister Amanda) and I joined a team and have been playing ever since.Favourite player: Amanda Judd, Giselle Martin, and the Winchester sisters, Louise and Claire.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It’s come around so quick and I’m just honoured to still be a part of it all, it’s hard to beat playing for your country I think.  It’s the highest level of competition so to be involved makes all the training and sacrifices worthwhile.  It’s also pretty cool being over in Scotland because of the opportunity to play countries who previously haven’t played before and that’s pretty exciting too.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Hard to say just one person, definitely Dom Squadrito, Peter Bell, Jason Hunt and John Ryan.Favourite sporting moment: Cathy Freeman 400 Metres Sydney Olympics, actually Sydney 2000 Olympics were unreal.What do you know about Scotland: Not a lot other than its cold, I am trying to do a bit more research before we go. Any superstitions: Not really I guess, actually I like to wear compression gear when I play but I don’t know if it’s a superstition thing.Funniest Australian teammate: Hmm that’s a hard one, Dobbo’s pretty funny, actually Dobbo it is, Ash Dobbins.Favourite quote: There are heaps of good quotes, so it’s too hard to name just one favourite. I really, really like this one of Michael Jordan’s though:“I’ve missed more than 900 shots in my career, I’ve lost almost 300 games.  26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Yeah can’t wait. Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Malta, Sicily and Dubai, I don’t know where I’m going to get the cash from but that’s where I’m going.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With only 48 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

10 months agoUNCOVERED: Juventus mega offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

first_imgUNCOVERED: Juventus mega offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus’ offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been revealed.The Wales international is in demand with his contract at the Emirates Stadium up in the summer and Gunners’ chiefs having pulled their renewal offer earlier this season.Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has already confirmed the Serie A leaders’ interest.And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Turin giants have already made their offer known to Ramsey.It’s claimed that Ramsey has been offered a five-year deal worth up to £6.3million per year AFTER tax.The Welshman would be handed a base salary of £5million, topped up with another £1.35million if he plays 70 per cent of the club’s matches. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Amal Clooney to attend Torontos Luminato festival

center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Renowned international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is slated to attend Toronto’s Luminato arts festival in June.Organizers say she’ll take part in an onstage conversation with her father-in-law, American journalist Nick Clooney, who is screen star George Clooney’s dad.The chat will happen at Roy Thomson Hall on June 22. Advertisement Twitterlast_img

German politicians data reportedly hacked posted online

first_imgBERLIN — A German broadcaster is reporting that data and documents belonging to hundreds of German politicians have been hacked and posted on Twitter.Public broadcaster RBB reported Friday that the leak, which saw the data posted in daily batches before Christmas on an account that has been active since mid-2017, affects all parties in parliament except the far-right Alternative for Germany.It said there appeared to be no system to what was posted. Although it reportedly includes personal information such as cellphone numbers, addresses, internal party communications and in some cases bills and credit card details — some of the data years old — there seem to be no politically sensitive documents.There was no immediate information on who was responsible.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mile 62 fire brings community together

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – When Chuck Fowler received the call from his mother that their property was on fire he travelled from Mile 58 to do what he could to help.Arriving on the scene, Fowler phoned Enbridge and P&G to advise them of the situation as their line was close. They would then call 911 as they knew they were not in Charlie Lakes Fire District.Trying to find people with water trucks they managed to locate a Vac truck. and started fighting the perimeter of the fire. There was a hoe that was also used to attack the fire as they could not get into the big part of the fire shared Fowler. Fowler goes on to say they tried to contact all residents to move their equipment. “By the grace of God, the fire went on a bit of an angle,” said Fowler “That managed to go between a dump structure and the home on 252 Road.”Fowler went on to say “For whatever reason, the fire angled and went away from the home and saved the residents tank truck.”The fire was reported to start at approximately 3:30 pm, Fowler commends the Forestry’s response time as he said the Bomber was in the air with 10-15 men on site within 40 minutes. “We were grateful,” said Fowler.5-6 Hectares of land were extinguished and controlled and nobody was hurt all within 5 hours which makes a good news story out of a bad news story shared Fowler.To read more on the fire; CLICK HERElast_img read more