Voting proceeds peacefully in Guinea

first_imgA presidential election in Guinea proceeded peacefully on Sunday despite a build-up marred by violence in recent days.Security personnel and armoured vehicles patrolled the streets of Conakry throughout Sunday, while security checkpoints were set up around the city.Earlier in the day President Alpha Conde, the front runner to win the election, appealed to people to vote peacefully.“We are all the same family, please let us vote peacefully together,” he said after casting his vote in Conakry. Clashes broke out in several areas of Conakry on Saturday, when members of the ruling Rally of the Guinean People and opposition parties hurled rocks at each other.In the country’s south-eastern Banankoro district, seven people were killed on Friday. Five of them were burned alive and two others were shot dead.The violence erupted after the Constitutional Court ruled against a request by opposition parties, led by Cellou Dalein Diallo, 63, to postpone the election, which they say has been heavily rigged in favour of Conde, 77.Much of the violence in Guinea is believed to be rooted in the political rivalry between the Malinke ethnic group, which backs Conde, and the Fulani, which backs Diallo.Conde, a member of the Malinke, defeated Diallo in the country’s first democratic election in 2010 after years of military rule.last_img read more

Qatar World Cup to start at Al Bayt Stadium as schedule announced

first_imgDOHA, Qatar (AFP) — Qatar will kick off the 2022 World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, organisers announced yesterday, as they revealed the schedule for the finals.In a joint statement, FIFA and Qatar’s Supreme Committee organisational body said that the gas-rich Gulf nation will start the World Cup at the 60,000-capacity ground on November 21.The final will be held at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium in Doha nearly a month later on December 18.The opening match will begin a group stage that will feature four matches a day for 12 days, spread over eight stadiums around Qatar.Group matches will kick off at three-hour intervals, beginning at 1.00pm local time, with the late match kicking off at 10:00pm local time.The tournament will then jump straight to the last 16, with two matches a day until two rest days and the start of the quarter- and semi-finals, which will both be spread over two days.Qualification for the World Cup has begun in Asia and Africa, but is yet to start in Europe, the Americas and Oceania. Organisers said yesterday that the draw for the finals would be made “after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window”.Both the Al Bayt and Lusail stadiums are still under construction, although the Al Bayt ground — which takes its shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region — is nearing completion, according to World Cup organisers.Last week rights group Amnesty International claimed that around a hundred migrant workers at the Al-Bayt stadium, which is 50 kilometres north of Doha, have yet to receive outstanding wages in full after not being paid for up to seven months.Earlier this month several sources told AFP that World Cup organisers will lay off an undisclosed number of staff as Qatar cuts costs amid the coronavirus economic downturn.Qatar has one of the world’s highest per capita infection rates.last_img read more

Luke Walton agrees to Sacramento Kings head coaching job

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton, a former Lakers forward, went 98-148 after getting his first permanent head coaching job with the 16-time NBA champions. The former Golden State top assistant never led the Lakers to the playoffs, not even after the arrival of LeBron James last summer.He certainly has coached some of the game’s biggest stars and egos.Many considered him the unofficial Coach of the Year for his guidance of the then-champion Warriors at the start of the 2015-16 season in place of an ailing Steve Kerr. Golden State began with a record 24-0 start and Walton was 39-4 overall before Kerr returned to the bench following complications from a pair of back surgeries.Walton’s departure Friday came three days after the Lakers finished with a loss Tuesday to the Trail Blazers and the abrupt resignation of team president Magic Johnson. During his resignation, Johnson suggested he had gotten approval from team owner Jeanie Buss — long a Walton supporter — to fire Walton if he deemed it necessary. Walton participated in team exit interviews, but did not address the media following the season.Hired by the previous front office regime of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, Walton was originally seen as a culture-builder for the Lakers’ up-and-coming young talent. While the franchise ultimately let go of lottery picks D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, he created strong relationships with young Lakers Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Sacramento features several talented young players acquired by Divac: guards De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, forward Marvin Bagley III and center Willie Cauley-Stein. The Kings finished 39-43, nine games out of a playoff spot after being tied for the Western Conference’s eighth seed heading into the final game before the All-Star break.Sacramento had its most wins since going 44-38 in 2005-06 during coach Rick Adelman’s final season. That ended a run of eight straight playoff berths and Sacramento hasn’t been back to the postseason since for the NBA’s longest active drought.center_img Luke Walton will become coach of the Sacramento Kings, securing another NBA head coaching job just a day after parting ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons.Walton, 39, was dismissed by the Lakers on Friday after Los Angeles went 37-45. His move to the Kings was confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday by a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because it hadn’t been finalized. A formal announcement from the Kings is expected in the next couple of days.Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac fired Dave Joerger on Thursday after the coach helped develop the young Kings into playoff contenders before ultimately falling short in the franchise’s 13th consecutive losing season.Also Thursday, the Kings extended Divac’s contract through the 2022-23 season – and Walton’s deal is expected to run those same four years. The two were teammates on the 2004-05 Lakers team, and their relationship has reportedly been warm.last_img read more