10 June 2011 On 11 June, one year after the kick-off of the first ever Fifa World Cup on African soil, South Africa marks the first anniversary of what many have called the best World Cup ever. However, as a result of the death of African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Albertina Sisulu, who will be laid to rest in Soweto on the same day, the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) did not mark the tournament’s success over the weekend. LOC boss Danny Jordaan said: “While we acknowledge and welcome the events and celebrations that will take place throughout the country this weekend, as a mark of respect for the funeral of Ma Albertina Sisulu in Orlando this weekend, the 2010 LOC will host a celebratory event around the 11th of July 2011, a year after the 2010 Fifa World Cup final.” According to Jordaan, as the country marks the one year anniversary of the successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the LOC looks back with pride at the phenomenal achievement. “The 2010 Fifa World Cup was a time when South Africa dispelled doubt in its ability and invited the world to witness the reality, rather than believe the perceptions of what they thought South Africa was really about,” Jordaan said. “Africa’s first Fifa World Cup was Fifa’s best ever, its most commercially successful ever, and arguably its most socially important ever, set as it was in a developing country and continent with so much to prove. “As we reflect, we do so with great pride in what was achieved by all South Africans, at the legacy of world-class sporting infrastructure, improved transport and road networks, but most importantly at the social cohesion the event generated and the pride felt by South Africans and all Africans as we successfully hosted the biggest event in world sport.” Jordaan said that while the nation was conscious that the Fifa World Cup was about building a better future for South Africa and showcasing South Africa’s best attributes on a global stage, it was also about acknowledging the country’s past and paying tribute to icons who enabled us to create a country that could even dream of hosting a Fifa World Cup. “Without icons such as Walter Sisulu, Ma Albertina Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Govan Mbeki, Oliver Tambo and an endless list of people who dedicated their lives for the achievement of a democratic South Africa, an achievement such as a successful Fifa World Cup would simply never have been possible,” he said. A match between reigning European and world champions Spain and an Africa XI is scheduled to be played at Soccer City on 10 July, in honour of football supporters and the organisers of the tournament. Source: BuaNews
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Tehran: President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will proffer a peace plan, after arch-foe the United States ordered reinforcements to the tinderbox region. “Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region,” Rouhani said in a televised speech at an annual military parade. Rouhani also said Iran would present a peace plan to the United Nations in the coming days. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them,” he said. Tensions between Iran and the US and its allies have threatened to boil over since May last year when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal and later began reimposing sanctions in a campaign of “maximum pressure”. The tensions escalated in the wake of devastating September 14 attacks on Saudi oil installations that Washington and Riyadh have, to varying degrees, blamed on Tehran. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Following the attacks, which caused global oil prices to spike, Trump initially raised the possibility of military retaliation, tweeting that the United States was “locked and loaded”. The United States later expanded its long list of sanctions against Iran by further targeting its central bank, as Trump indicated he did not plan a military response. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper announced on Friday that the US was sending reinforcements to Saudi Arabia at “the kingdom’s request”, while noting the forces would be “defensive in nature” and focused on air and missile defence. In his speech delivered before a massive military parade on Sunday, Rouhani called on the foreign powers in the Gulf region to “stay away”. “If they’re sincere, then they should not make our region the site of an arms race,” he said. “Your presence has always brought pain and misery for the region. The farther you keep yourselves from our region and our nations, the more security there will be for our region.” “We are even ready to ignore their past mistakes… since today the situation is such that the enemies of Islam and the region, meaning America and Zionism, want to abuse the rift between us. “Our logic is the logic of a Persian Gulf whose security comes from within,” said the Iranian president. Following his speech, the Iranian armed forces paraded their latest equipment, including tanks, missiles and armoured vehicles as Rouhani and top military commanders saluted them. Rouhani is expected to travel to New York on Monday, a day before general debate kicks off at the United Nations General Assembly. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is subject to US sanctions, has already arrived in New York ahead of the annual gathering. Tensions have flared in the Gulf since May, when Iran began reducing its commitments to the nuclear deal and the US said it was sending forces to waters near the Islamic republic in response to “indications of a credible threat” from its forces. The US deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the sensitive waterways, before sending B-52 bombers, an amphibious assault ship and Patriot missile battery. Following the deployments, commercial ships were mysteriously attacked, drones downed and oil tankers seized in Gulf waters. Trump in June authorised a military strike after Iran shot down a US drone, only to call off the retaliation at the last moment. The regional crisis deepened with September 14 attacks on Saudi energy giant Aramco’s Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oilfield, which halved the kingdom’s oil output. Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebels claimed responsibility, but the US says it has concluded the attacks involved cruise missiles from Iran and amounted to “an act of war”. Saudi Arabia has warned of “appropriate measures” once the source of the strikes on its oil facilities is confirmed by a UN investigation it has sought.
New Delhi: In a daring daylight robbery, two masked robbers entered the Central Bank in Farsh Bazar area of Shahdara and looted Rs 9 lakh at gunpoint. The two men held the staff and customers hostage for a few minutes before fleeing from the spot. However, the alert public chased and caught hold of one of the two accused with the help of policemen and the entire amount was recovered.The initial investigation revealed that both the accused came from Amroha in UP and stayed at Loni overnight before striking at the Central Bank in broad daylight. The police are now searching for the absconding accused. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe incident occurred at Central Bank, Farsh Bazaar between 3:30-4 pm wherein two criminals entered with firearms and looted 8,89,000 Rs from the customers in the Bank at gunpoint and ran away. The alert public gave a chase to the robbers as one of them stumbled. Soon, the public caught one of the accused with the help of police beat staff and PCR. The entire amount was recovered along with the country-made firearm with bullets and a knife. The vehicle (motorcycle) used in comemission of crime has also been seized. “On preliminary enquiry, it has been revealed that the two accused started from Amroha Railway station, UP on intervening night of September 24-25 with the intention to commit crime as they were in desperate need of money. They reached Bhatia Railway station, Loni, UP and stayed over night,” said DCP Shahdara, Amit Sharma. Both the accused started on September 26 from Bhatia Railway station, Loni, UP on motorcycle and headed towards Farsh Bazaar. After committing a crime, when they were trying to escape, one of the accused identified as Vikas, a resident of village Dhanora, Distt Amroha, was nabbed. The police have identified the second accused who is still absconding and teams have been formed to arrest him.