EAC wants Burundi Presidential polls postponed

first_imgA protester runs in front of a burning barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre A protester runs in front of a burning barricade during a protest against Burundi President PierreEast African Community ministers negotiating a peace deal in the Burundian crisis now want the presidential elections set for July 15 postponed  by two weeks.to July 30.The council also wants the Burundian government to release all leaders it arrested as a way of encouraging dialogue. Several key national figures in Burundi including the Vice President and the Speaker of Parliament have fled the country as the political crisis continued unabated.The team of ministers and their delegations, including Kenya’s East African Affairs and Trade Minister Phyllis Kandie, want President Pierre Nkurunziza to form a government of national unity that includes Opposition leaders in order to facilitate national healing.East African leaders returned to Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, to yet again try and resolve the political crisis in Burundi.At least 70 people have been killed in two months of protests there, sparked by president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third term.Burundi’s electoral commission is yet to release results from the recent,parliamentary elections, boycotted by the opposition and internationally condemned as not being crediblelast_img read more

Ramdhani siblings put on good show at CCAA

first_imgGUYANESE siblings and badminton aces, Narayan and Priyanna Ramdhani, finished the 2020 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National championships in good spots on behalf of their respective colleges.Playing in Mississauga Canada, March 3-8, Narayan represented King’s University Eagles and Priyanna, the Olds College Broncos. Both copped silver medals at the ACAC Provincial Championships held in Edmonton last month, thus qualifying to represent Alberta at the CCAA Nationals.Over 15 colleges and universities took part in what was deemed a highly-competitive tournament with very good performances. Narayan defeated Jack Gillies 21-8, 21-9 followed by Ryan Chen 21-18, 21-18, but lost to Pranav Satheesh 21-16, 21-10 and Roymond Kim 21-8, 21-11 in the semi-finals.His sister also shared similar fate as she too managed to win a pair of games before losing two in the crucial semi-final rounds. Priyanna did well to defeat the pair of Huyen Le who lost 21-8, 21-9 and Chole Moisan 21-8, 21-8 before being served the same fate from Le 21-8, 21-9 who got revenge and Ann Hoang 21-14, 16-21, 21-14.The results for the CCAA National Championships Group Round Robin were:Men Singles: Narayan won 2 lost 3Defeated Jack Gillies 21-8, 21-9; Ryan Chen 21-18, 21-18Men Singles Semi-finals:Lost to Pranav Satheesh: 21-16, 21-10.Third/Fourth: Lost to Roymond Kim: 21-8, 21-11Women Singles: Priyanna won 2 lost 3Defeated Huyen Le: 21-8, 21-9: Chole Moisan: 21-8, 21-8Women Singles Semi-Finals:Lost to Huyen Le: 21-8, 21-9Third/Fourth: Lost to Ann Hoang: 21-14, 16-21, 21-14.last_img read more

Black & Gold: Los Angeles’ soccer market is missing a professional women’s team

first_imgAs women’s soccer continues to gain traction in the United States, expansion of the National Women’s Soccer League appears inevitable. Within the last six years, the NWSL has welcomed three new teams — the Houston Dash in 2014, Orlando Pride in 2016 and Utah Royals FC in 2018 — affiliated with their city’s respective MLS team. It’s time for Los Angeles to finally have an NWSL team of its own. While some criticized Hamm for investing in a men’s team before a women’s team, her leadership and passion for the women’s game will position her at the forefront of such a decision.  There is no NWSL team in Los Angeles just yet, but that does not mean we should just sit, tweet “#BringNWSLtoLA” and wait. Follow the league, watch the games and help women’s soccer grow. LAFC’s success has garnered the brand much excitement in a short amount of time. In just two years, the club has already become a heavy favorite to win the MLS cup. Given LAFC’s early success, it’s not unreasonable to imagine the same results for a new NWSL team in LA. Southern California is a soccer hotbed. Los Angeles has two MLS teams because the soccer market in L.A. has the capacity to provide both with many fans. The area’s role in women’s soccer specifically is also evident. Southern California has produced many talented female soccer players who went on to play for different national and professional teams. Two stars from the USWNT’s World Cup-winning roster this summer, Alex Morgan and Christen Press, hailed from SoCal. Many players have also benefited from the dominant youth clubs and successful college programs right here at USC and across town at UCLA.  Johannah Suegay is a sophomore writing about LAFC. Her column, “Black & Gold,” runs every other Thursday. Bringing the NWSL to L.A. would give women’s soccer the representation it deserves in an area that needs it. Seeing strong, athletic women pursue their passions despite countless obstacles empowers everyone, from young girls who just picked up their first sport to high school and college players who are discouraged by the inequality they’ve seen in women’s sports. The other most populous cities in the United States — New York, Houston and Chicago — all have NWSL teams. Given such widespread representation, it is baffling that Los Angeles is still without a team in the league. By not investing in an L.A. team, the NWSL is missing out on a large market. Just as LAFC received early support before the team was even formed, many soccer fans have shown their enthusiasm about bringing the NWSL to L.A. NWSL’s social media accounts are constantly bombarded with questions and petitions for LAFC to invest in a women’s team.  So many groups of people are impacted by or connected to this sport in some way or simply drawn in by the confidence and resilience of the athletes. Bringing women’s soccer to L.A. will challenge our community to break gender stereotypes and uplift women everywhere. Hamm is the only woman on the ownership team and understands both the experiences female athletes face and the necessity for women’s soccer to grow. If LAFC pursues this opportunity, I’m confident that she will lead the charge in creating a world-class environment for women’s soccer. Ever since the ownership group of the Los Angeles Football Club was announced, there have been whispers about expanding to the NWSL. Especially with the inclusion of ex-USWNT star Mia Hamm in the star-studded ownership team, many expected the discussion of investing in a women’s team to arise early.  Excitement about bringing the NWSL to L.A. has spread to Banc of California Stadium. At the last few LAFC home games, LAFC’s loyal supporter union, the 3252, flew banners and flags with the NWSL logo saying “Bring NWSL to LA.”last_img read more