Black Satellites call off Spain trip

first_imgThe Black Satellites have cancelled their proposed trip to Barcelona, Spain to camp ahead of this year’s Africa U-20 Championship due to CAF’s decision to withdraw Libya as hosts of the continental competition.CAF took the decision because of the political unrest in the North African country and is set to announce a new host for the tournament by close of week.The African football governing body is also expected to postpone the tournament date to give the yet-to-be-named host adequate time to organize the competition.As a result, the Black Satellites have been forced to change the date and venue for their pre-tournament camping.The Chairman of the Black Satellites Management Committee, Mr George Anagblah, says the current situation has affected Ghana’s preparations for the competition.He said the decision as to where to camp for the pre-tournament preparations will be made as soon as the host nation is announced. Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more

Winning start for Bechem and Guan in play-offs

first_imgBechem United and Guan United picked up wins in their opening fixtures in the Division One play-offs for Premier League football on Wednesday.Four teams are involved in the Zone 1 competition with the side that finishes top after three rounds of matches qualifying for the elite division.Guan kicked off their promotion campaign with a 2-1 win against Yassin at the Essipong Stadium to go top of the standing.At the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast, the clash of the former Premier League campaigners ended in favour of Bechem, who defeated local rivals B.A. United 1-0. The win leaves Bechem in second place behind Guan.All sides will be back in action on Saturday with the top of the table clash between Bechem and Guan coming at the Essipong Stadium.B.A Utd will battle Yassin at the Robert Mensah Stadium. Zone 1 – Match-day-1 – June 19Guan 2-1 Yassin – Essipong StadiumBechem 1-0 B.A Utd – Robert Mensah Stadiumlast_img read more

US warns Nicaragua as more killed in unrest

first_imgStalled talksU.S. lawmakers are reported to be mulling a resolution condemning Nicaragua, and possibly preparing more sanctions on Ortega’s government.The Organization of American States has also backed early elections as a way out of the crisis.But talks between Ortega’s administration and the opposition, mediated by Catholic bishops in the country, have stalled for over a month, with Ortega refusing to bring forward polls.For Nicaragua’s 72-year-old president, a former left-wing guerrilla who has ruled over his poor nation for 22 of the past 39 years since his Sandinista rebels toppled a U.S.-backed dictator, the unrest has been the worst he has faced since returning to power in 2007.The protests were prompted by cutbacks to the social security system, but quickly spread as they tapped into broad disgruntlement with Ortega and his wife, whom he made his vice president.Ortega accuses the U.S. of financing opposition militias that he says are controlled dissident political groups.He said there was “a campaign of lies, terrible lies to try to hurt the image of Nicaragua and of its government.” Facebook Comments In Nicaragua 2018, living is resisting MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The United States on Tuesday warned Nicaragua to halt violence against opposition groups as at least four more people were killed in unrest that has gripped the country for three months.US Vice President Mike Pence said it was “undeniable” that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s government was behind the violence, despite his denials.Pence used Twitter to call on Ortega to “end the violence NOW” and bow to opposition demands to hold early elections. “The world is watching!” Pence added.A day earlier, Ortega gave an interview to U.S. television channel Fox News saying that he would not step down and would see through his current term to 2021.He also asserted “the turmoil has stopped” in his country after offensives over the past couple of weeks against protest hubs, and denied his security forces and coordinating paramilitaries were attacking peaceful demonstrators. Members of Nicaragua’s Special Forces patrol a street after clashes with anti-government protesters at the Sandino neighborhood in Jinotega, Nicaragua on July 24, 2018. AFP Photo / Marvin RecinosBrazilian killedBut an AFP photographer in the city of Jinotega, north of the capital, saw funerals for two of three people locals said were killed by police and pro-government paramilitaries.Those killed included a boy, said the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights.In Managua, a 32-year-old Brazilian medical student was fatally shot while driving home in the middle of the night, one of her professors at the American University in the capital said.Brazil’s government expressed “profound outrage” at the killing.In a statement, it demanded the killers be brought to justice, and it condemned the “disproportionate and lethal use of force, as well as the use of paramilitary groups in operations with security teams.”According to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, there have been nearly 300 deaths since the unrest first erupted in mid-April. Most have been youths and university students who are at the forefront of the protests.Ortega, in his Fox interview, spoke only of “tens” of police officers killed in the violence. He also denied controlling paramilitaries acting against protesters.That prompted Pence to tweet: “State-sponsored violence in Nicaragua is undeniable. Ortega’s propaganda fools no one and changes nothing.”center_img Related posts:Nicaraguan student leaders meet with former President Oscar Arias Thousands march to back Nicaragua bishops after Ortega attacks Two dead in Nicaragua protest violence as Ortega calls for ‘peace’ Nicaraguan human rights group closes office after ‘alarming’ threatslast_img read more