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South Africa turns out for fifth democratic elections

first_img7 May 2014 South Africa’s fifth national and provincial elections were proceeding “smoothly, peacefully and briskly” overall, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya reported shortly after 11am on Wednesday morning. “Shortly after the scheduled 7am start of voting, 89% of the 22 263 voting stations had reported opening on schedule,” Moepya told journalists at at the Independendent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) central Results Operation Centre in Pretoria. “This had increased to over 95% by 9am as election staff reported in on the system following the opening rush.” He said voting stations that had experienced opening delays were in the process of opening by 11am, attributing the delays in some areas to the late delivery of voting material. Strong winds in George and Atlantis in the Western Cape, and Upington in the Northern Cape, had also damaged tents used as temporary voting stations, causing delays in those places. Moepya said isolated protest action had affected the opening of voting stations in Maruleng in Limpopo, Gugulethu in Springs, Botshabelo in the Free State, eNgcobo in the Eastern Cape and Barcelona in Khayalitsha in the Western Cape. “We also received a report of an accident involving an IEC area manager near Gariep in the Free State. The manager was not severely injured and we wish him a speedy recovery. “We have also had a report of an accident near Barkley West in the Northern Cape in which a party agent died and another was critically injured in an accident on their way to a voting station. We would like to express our condolences to their families,” he said. Moepya thanked residents in areas that had been identified as election “hotspots”, saying voting was proceeding smoothly in these areas. “The Electoral Commission is pleased to report significantly fewer incidents of community protest action affecting the voting process early today, with voting proceeding calmly although quietly in many previously affected areas. “We would like to thank those communities for working with us to allow voting to proceed. This includes Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, Bekkersdal in Gauteng, and Malamulele in Limpopo.” Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Netherlands beats England 3-1 to reach Nations League final

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess An own goal by Kyle Walker gave the Dutch the lead after John Stones gave the ball away in the first half of extra time, and Ross Barkley then misplayed a back pass to gift the Netherlands a third goal in the 114th minute.“Throughout the game we made too many mistakes in our third of the pitch,” England coach Gareth Southgate said. “Partly that was a consequence of their pressure but partly that was errors by us. The last two goals were really difficult errors to account for.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Dutch will play the final of UEFA’s newest competition against host Portugal in Porto on Sunday, when it will try to lift its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship.The Netherlands had failed to qualify for both the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:30Joma Sison told: Drop ‘illusory dream of ousting’ Duterte, face arrest02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Netherlands’ Quincy Promes celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between Netherlands and England at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)GUIMARAES, Portugal—Another semifinal loss, another missed chance for England to end its title drought.The Netherlands took advantage of two sloppy defensive mistakes by England in extra time to earn a 3-1 win in the semifinals of the Nations League on Thursday, extending England’s run of more than five decades without a trophy.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES “(This win) is a sign we’re growing stronger and stronger,” said coach Ronald Koeman, who was still playing when the Dutch won the Euros in 1988. “This win will help us improve even more. We don’t stop after tonight.”England took the lead in the first half through a penalty by Marcus Rashford after he was brought down by center back Matthijs de Ligt, but the Dutch defender made amends by heading in the equalizer in the 73rd.England thought it had scored a winner in the 83rd but a video review determined that Jesse Lingard was just offside before he scored from inside the area.The Netherlands went ahead in the seventh minute of extra time after Stones gave the ball away to Memphis Depay inside his own area. The Dutch forward’s shot was stopped by a great save by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but on the rebound Quincy Promes got to the ball first and his strike deflected off Walker and into the net.Promes added the third goal after another defensive blunder by England, this time by Barkley, whose short pass went straight to an opponent inside the area.Southgate didn’t start any of the players who last week were in the Champions League final in Madrid, including Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.Koeman used Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum from the start.Kane entered the match at halftime to replace Rashford, who hobbled after getting injured near the end of the first half.UEFA created the Nations League this season to give national teams more meaningful games and reduce the number of friendlies. Despite some criticism at first, especially by the clubs, the competition produced some exciting games and gave more nations the chance of playing in competitive environments. Warriors’ Klay Thompson set to return for NBA Finals Game 4 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next England, which was seeking its first title since the 1966 World Cup, will play Switzerland in the third-place game in Guimaraes, also on Sunday.England hasn’t celebrated a title since that World Cup at home, and it has lost the last four competitive semifinals it played in, including in the World Cup last year, at the 1996 European Championship and in the 1990 World Cup.“It was tough to take in the end because you get to another semifinal and it should be a positive, and of course you leave even more deflated,” Southgate said. “But I have to look at the bigger picture and what these players have given me.”England arrived for the Nations League as one of the favorites after a fourth-place finish at the World Cup and a series of good results since then, including wins over Spain and World Cup runner-up Croatia.The Netherlands made it to the Final Four by eliminating the last two World Cup winners — France and Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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