Ethiopia’s ruling party headed for parliamentary elections victory

first_imgPartial results of Ethiopia’s elections show the ruling party with an  overwhelming majority. Preliminary elections released by the countrys electoral commission show the party headed for victory.According to the electoral body,the ruling EPRDF party and its allies have won all the parliamentary seats decided so far – 442 out of 547.At a news conference held Wednesday, NEBE chairperson Merga Bekana confirmed EPRDF has won 80.8% of the total parliamentary seats including 23 parliamentary seats from the capital, Addis Ababa.The Ethiopian Political Revolutionary Democratic Front won all of the seats in the capital city, Addis Ababa.Final election results will be announced on June 22.The African Union (AU) observers’ mission said Ethiopia’s Sunday general elections were “credible” and in line with African Union standards.Over 90 % of the total registered 36.8 million people have cast their votes on Sunday’s national elections; the country’s first since Ethiopia’s long-time ruler Meles Zenawi, died in office in 2012.In the last vote in 2010, opposition parties won only a single seat in the 547 seat parliament.The U.S. State Department commended Ethiopia for holding peaceful elections, but also said it is deeply concerned by “continued restrictions on civil society, media, opposition parties, and independent voices and view.”Ethiopia’s National Electoral Board said an equal platform was created for all political parties, and the government has denied accusations of obstructing the opposition in any manner. Voters in Ethiopia’s electionlast_img

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Martin confident of injury return

first_imgDan Martin was optimistic of a strong conclusion to the 2014 season after undergoing surgery on the broken collarbone suffered on stage one of the Giro d’Italia. Birmingham-born Irishman Martin and his Garmin-Sharp team-mate Koldo Fernandez went under the knife after each fracturing their collarbones in the team time-trial in Belfast last Friday after crashing on a slippery drain cover. For Martin, who was Garmin-Sharp’s joint leader in the race, it was a particularly painful episode as he had high expectations for the Giro which began in Belfast and also visited Dublin. Martin will refocus, although his season’s schedule and possible participation in the Tour de France, is still to be clarified. He said in a Garmin-Sharp statement: “Unfortunately my Giro was cut short by an accident that we were lucky to come away with relatively light injuries, collarbone fractures for myself and Koldo. “It’s the first time I’ve broken a bone but I’m certain to bounce back better then ever with the circle of support I’ve had from the team, family, friends and my incredible fan support. “As always I strive to find the silver lining. Success will be even sweeter later in the year after such a rough period the last few weeks. “Have to take the downs with the ups in this sport so time for a mental reset and I’ll be back.” center_img Press Associationlast_img

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Premier League team of the week

first_imgTeam of the week (3-4-3): Romero; Richards, Smalling, Lovren; Mahrez, Cabaye, Oxford, Montero; Coutinho, Costa, Kane Chris Smalling: Seized his chance to secure his position as one of Manchester United’s first-choice central defenders. Read the game well and made a vital challenge on Spurs’ Nacer Chadli. Dejan Lovren: Liverpool’s best defender amid a reasonable amount of pressure in the 1-0 win at Stoke, though perhaps fortunate not to be sent off for an elbow on Mame Biram Diouf. Riyad Mahrez: The winger scored twice, once from a penalty, in the 4-2 win over Sunderland that led Leicester to the top of the Premier League. Yohan Cabaye: Remained composed, to justify his status as Crystal Palace’s club-record signing, to retain possession and relieve pressure from Norwich on his new team-mates. Reece Oxford: West Ham’s 16-year-old, Premier League debutant played with a maturity beyond his years to stifle the collective threat of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla. Jefferson Montero: The underrated, energetic Montero outclassed Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic as Swansea drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, producing seven crosses for his team-mates. Philippe Coutinho: The Brazilian, in a way so few others can, secured victory for Liverpool at Stoke with a masterful 86th-minute strike, when a 0-0 draw had looked most likely. Diego Costa: Again demonstrated his importance to Chelsea, not that he needed to, with an energetic, driven display that, in isolation, should have been rewarded with victory. Harry Kane: Yet again Tottenham’s best player, this time at Old Trafford, Kane produced a particularly delightful pass, at 0-0, from which Christian Eriksen should have scored. Sergio Romero: The goalkeeper produced a fine save from Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen’s late shot to preserve Manchester United’s 1-0 lead and secure all three points. Micah Richards: Named captain on his Aston Villa debut, the impressive Richards inspired a clean sheet with his consistently impressive defending. An England recall may beckon. center_img Press Associationlast_img

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Laura Loomer announces bid for Congress in Palm Beach County

first_imgConservative investigative journalist Laura Loomer announced her candidacy for Florida’s 21st Congressional District in the 2020 election on Friday.Loomer is known for her controversial rhetoric and describes herself as the “most banned woman in the world.”Loomer is banned from almost all social media platforms including Twitter,  Facebook, and Instagram, which could pose as a challenge when promoting her campaign.She was also banned from Lyft, Uber, and even Uber Eats in 2017 after tweeting that she didn’t want to be driven by Muslim rideshare drivers.The 26-year-old is joining a packed field of Republican hopefuls seeking to unseat Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel in Florida’s 21st district, which covers a majority of Palm Beach County.Frankel represents a heavily Democratic district and did not face a challenger in 2018.“The congressional seat is currently held by Democrat Lois Frankel, a staunch obstructionist and critic of President Donald J. Trump, and a close friend and ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” a press release from Loomer said. “Frankel, despite chairing the Democratic Congressional Women’s Caucus has refused to denounce Freshmen Democrat Reps. Ilhan Omar, AOC, and Rashida Tlaib for their anti-Semitism.”Laura Loomer files to run against Rep. Lois Frankel. Running Loomer’s campaign: Trump’s 2016 Florida state director, Karen GiornoFL-21 is a blue district, based in Palm Beach County, home to Trump’s winter getaway club, Mar-a-Lago pic.twitter.com/srDjzZtvu4— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) August 2, 2019 Loomer’s Republican contenders include Christian Acosta, Michael Blueming Jr., Liz Felton and Victor Garcia da Rosa, according to ballotpedia.last_img

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NTSB reveals shocking new details in deadly FIU bridge collapse

first_imgA report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Tuesday is revealing new details about the deadly FIU bridge collapse.On March 15, 2018, six people were killed when a newly built pedestrian bridge in Miami suddenly collapsed onto the pavement below.The NTSB latest report shows the design company, FIGG, blames the construction company MCM for not following FDOT specifications on bridge construction.But MCM has disputed those claims, saying the bridge suffered from design errors and miscommunication between FIGG and the contractor.Additionally, the report reveals that an FDOT engineer failed to listen to a second voicemail warning about cracks in the bridge before the collapse.After nearly two years, the NTSB’s investigation is soon coming to an end.The NTSB is expected to discuss the findings at an October 22 public board meeting that’s intended to determine the probable cause of the collapse.last_img

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Proteas welcome back top trio for Zimbabwe Test

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander will all make long-awaited returns for South Africa at Test level after being named in the 14-man squad for next week’s day-night, inaugural four-day contest against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth.It means South Africa are back to full strength for the first time in almost two years for the December 26-29 match at St George’s Park which serves as a warm-up for three home Tests against India in January and a series against Australia straight after that.de Villiers’ last Test was against England in Pretoria in January 2016 after which he asked for time out from the long format of the game while Steyn has been recovering from a serious shoulder injury suffered against Australia at Perth just over a year ago.Philander missed the 2-0 series win over Bangladesh in September and October following an injury on tour to England in mid-year.Faf du Plessis, who initially looked uncertain with a back injury, will lead the side.Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.last_img

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Halep Misses out on No 1 with Final Loss to Bertens

first_imgHalep is the fourth Grand Slam champion Bertens has beaten during the tournament and will now been seen as one of the favourites for the French Open, which begins in two weeks.Both players struggled to hold serve with eight breaks across the two sets – three to Halep and five to Bertens – but the Dutchwoman was the more dominant.Last year’s runner-up hit 25 winners and four aces with her forehand in particular causing problems.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Romania’s Simona Halep missed out on regaining the world number one ranking as she lost the Madrid Open final to Kiki Bertens yesterday.A win would have seen Halep overtake world number one Naomi Osaka but she lost 6-4 6-4.The title is the biggest of Bertens’ career and she will climb to fourth in the rankings tomorrow, making her the highest-ranked Dutchwoman in history. She also becomes the first woman to win in Madrid without dropping a set.last_img

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Badgers expect positive transition into 2007 season

first_imgA “worst-to-first” turnaround is what first-year UW head coach Chandelle Schulte and the Wisconsin Badgers softball team have in mind for 2007, as a disappointing 2006 season will likely come to a close this weekend.Believe it or not, there are a number of reasons that a dramatic 180-degree turnaround is not just possible, but probable. Here is why the Wisconsin softball team will be among the Big Ten’s best in 2007:-The Badgers only lose one senior on the entire roster, Kaitlin Reiss. The Badgers lost an immeasurable amount of production last season, graduating legends such as Boo Gillette and Kris Zacher, owners of a good portion of the UW softball record books.-Coach Schulte has historically been significantly more successful in her second year with a program. “I’ve been with her through two different programs,” said Rachael Stern, one of her star players at College of Charleston, where she coached prior to arriving on the scene at UW. “And the first year is always the rough year because she has to get used to the players [and] they have to get used to her. The second year is when things really start turning around because they all know her from the previous year [and] she’s bringing in her recruits.”-The fact that Schulte is bringing in her recruits is huge, especially since she figures to use at least three incoming freshmen in major roles right off the bat. She said she is tremendously excited about these players, which include a pitcher from California who will likely be the frontrunner to complement junior pitcher Eden Brock as another starter next season.-Brock, UW’s star pitcher, will be back next year for her senior season. Wisconsin’s No. 1 starter is 17-12 so far this season and was 20-11 last season. She has been the workhorse for the pitching staff all year — throwing 20 complete games in just 28 starts — and figures to be back as the opening day starter in 2007.-Freshman pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven will have a more solidified role — likely as a closer — her sophomore year as she continues to develop this summer. “[I will need more] movement on my pitchers, for sure,” Vanevenhoven said. “I would obviously like to work toward being a starter [next year], but being a closer is just as much of a responsibility.”Vanevenhoven and assistant coach Barbara Sherwood have talked about developing a drop ball, curveball and rise ball for next year. She did not pitch as much as she would have liked this season, partially because she stopped using the rise ball she had thrown in high school and was mainly throwing straight fastballs.-Katie Hnatyk, the sophomore slugging sensation who is two home runs shy of tying the all-time UW record in just two years playing with the team, will gain invaluable experience on the Canadian Senior National Team this summer. “I think she will come back even better,” said Schulte about Hnatyk, who will travel to Beijing with Team Canada to compete in the 2006 International Softball Federation XI World Women’s Championships from Aug. 27-Sept. 5. That tournament is a 2008 Olympic qualifier.-Sam Polito, the junior centerfielder who leads the team in batting average, hits, runs and stolen bases, will be back as the leadoff hitter next season. Schulte expects Polito to be a team leader as a senior, along with freshman Valyncia Raphael and junior Joey Daniels. “With the talent we [will] have on our team, I think [making the Big Ten tournament] is something we can definitely accomplish,” said Polito.Coach Schulte has talked all year about the parity in Big Ten softball. While Wisconsin was not among the elite this season, the team showed signs of competing in conference play, leading third-place Ohio State 5-1 this past weekend before collapsing and beating fifth-place Michigan State 5-3 earlier this spring.While Schulte did not experience the results she wanted this season, she saw undeniable progress. A glaring opportunity awaits Wisconsin softball next season.”That’s the great thing about next year,” Schulte said. “This is wide open. And I expect, quite frankly, to do significantly better.”last_img

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WBB : Coffey’s shooting from long range keeps Syracuse in game in tough loss to Georgetown

first_imgRachel Coffey was out of place.The Syracuse point guard planted her feet just beyond the arc on the right baseline, put up a 3-pointer that hit off the top corner of the backboard and fell into the hands of Georgetown guard Sugar Rodgers. Trailing 63-62 with 19 seconds remaining, the Orange needed Coffey’s shot to fall.Away from the top of key, where she was knocking down 3s with ease, Coffey misfired on her final attempt from long range. But in a game where the Orange’s offense was off, Coffey kept it afloat until nearly the very end. ‘She has shot the ball well,’ Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. ‘We kept telling our people at the top of our zone that we had to get out to her because she had been shooting the ball extremely well. Once a shooter gets confidence, it doesn’t really matter.’The guard repeatedly found herself open at the top of the key, draining five 3s in Syracuse’s 65-62 loss to the No. 15 Hoyas Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Coffey finished the game 5-of-12 from the field for 15 points — all on 3-pointers. As a team, the Orange shot just 33.3 percent, a considerable drop off from its previous two games when SU shot 40.6 percent against DePaul and 54.4 percent against Marquette.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom the start of the game, Coffey established the top of the arc as her shooting spot.She put Syracuse up 3-0 after sinking a catch-and-shoot 3 off a pass from SU guard Elashier Hall on the right wing. Coffey hit two more in the first half, and each shot came in critical moments.‘I’m just more confident in my shooting,’ Coffey said. ‘Coach is telling me to knock it down. When it releases, it just feels like it’s always going to go in.’With just under 10 minutes left in the first half, the Orange whipped the ball around the top of the zone trying to get an open look. Hall stretched her arms up to save a pass from nearly going out of bounds, and then immediately dished off to Coffey, who was stationed – once again – at the top of key.Coffey drained the triple to put SU up 16-13.‘Rachel’s playing really good for us,’ Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘And she’s doing what I ask her to do, which is shoot every open 3 off a ball reversal. So I’m very proud of what she’s doing. To play 37 minutes against Georgetown, to have two turnovers is tremendous.’Against the Blue Demons, Coffey made six of her nine 3-point attempts, and her confidence rolled right into the game against the Hoyas.The sophomore hit two more in the second half, both coming from her favorite spot at the top of the arc. Her first of the second half put SU up 35-29, a comfortable cushion as the Orange appeared ready to pull away.But the Hoyas fought back and eventually took a 38-37 lead. With a little under 14 minutes left in the game, though, Coffey knocked down another 3 to put SU up 40-38. Whenever the Orange needed her to put the dagger through a potential GU run, Coffey came through.Until her final try.Coffey had some scoring help. Iasia Hemingway finished with 20 points, but 10 of those came from the free-throw line. Carmen Tyson-Thomas finished with 11 points, but went just 4-of-21 from the field, while Kayla Alexander also had 11, with five of them coming from the charity stripe.The point guard’s shooting became SU’s backbone on offense in a game that saw the Orange miss 21 field goals in the second half. Syracuse played the Hoyas down to the wire, but likely wouldn’t have been in that position if Coffey hadn’t been shooting so well.From her spot at the top of the arc, Coffey was lethal. Just as she was against DePaul and she duplicated that performance against Georgetown.And Hillsman knows the Orange needs her to keep it up with the season winding down.‘I thought she played a monster game for us,’ Hillsman said, ‘and if she keeps playing this way, we’re going to be a very good basketball team.’cjiseman@syr.edu Comments Published on February 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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Impressive results for Carrick Wheelers

first_imgMichael O’Loughlin won the Kanturk 3 Day thanks to another impressive time trial performance and the efforts of his clubmates who won the overall team prize.Aaron Kearney placed 3rd on Mondays closing stage. Meanwhile Conor Hennebry was in action in Fethard where he won the Fran O’Rourke Memorial.last_img

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