Monthly Archives: June 2013

Nico Rosberg wins an incident-packed F1 British GP

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg held off Red Bull’s Mark Webber to win a dramatic British Grand Prix overshadowed by a series of tyre failures.

Nico Rosberg wins British Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg wins British Grand Prix

In a race featuring two safety car interventions and tyre failures on five cars, Red Bull’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel retired from the lead.

His rival Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fought up to third from ninth.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton dropped to last with tyre failure, but fought to fourth ahead of Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Alonso’s third-place finish combined with Vettel’s retirement with a loss of drive cut the German’s advantage in the championship to 21 points.

Raikkonen remains third but is now 11 points adrift of the Spaniard.

The race boiled down to a seven-lap sprint at the end following a safety car intervention to recover Vettel’s Red Bull, which was stranded on the pit straight.

Rosberg was in the lead from Raikkonen and Force India’s Adrian Sutil, with Webber fifth, Alonso eighth and Hamilton ninth.

Rosberg, Webber, Alonso and Hamilton were all on fresh tyres, the others around them not.

Webber passed Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo for fourth and then Sutil and Raikkonen on consecutive laps, and although he closed in on Rosberg the German held him off to win by 0.7 seconds.

Meanwhile, Alonso and Hamilton were scything through from eighth – to which he had dropped from fifth because his tyre stop had come just before the caution period, meaning he lost more time than the drivers who stopped only after the safety car was deployed.

“Fantastic, a very special day. What makes it more special is that our factory is so close,” said Rosberg. “We’re progressing all the time. We’re massively quick in qualifying, and we had the fastest car in this race.

“With Lewis, I feel sorry for all the British fans. It’s always a massive disappointment but that’s racing. Sebastian stopped, I won’t lie, I wasn’t disappointed by that one.”

But the thrill of the battle was overshadowed by a worrying sequence of tyres failures, all but one on the left-rear of the cars involved.

They affected Hamilton, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and McLaren’s Sergio Perez, who had also had a similar failure in final practice.

There was a fifth failure, of the left-front tyre, on Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber.

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale described the situation as “very concerning”, adding: “We have to ensure racing is safe. We can’t afford instantaneous failures like this.”

Hamilton had earlier led away from pole, with Vettel passing Rosberg for second, only to suffer the first of the tyre failures on lap eight, going down the Wellington Straight. Massa’s tyre failed two laps later, at Turn Four, a couple of hundred metres before Hamilton’s.

That put Vettel into the lead, from which he controlled the race ahead of Rosberg, through and beyond the first safety car period triggered by the need to clear the debris left by Vergne’s tyre failure.

But he lost drive heading into Club corner with 11 laps to go, closing up the title race.

Vettel and Rosberg were among a number of drivers whose teams discovered were also on the verge of failure when they took them off at a pit stop.

“It definitely needs to be looked into,” Rosberg said, “because there were too many today.”

Behind Vettel and Rosberg, the race was characterised by Raikkonen and Alonso making ground from their starting positions of eighth and ninth.

Webber recovered from a poor start that dropped him to 13th on the first lap – on which he also suffered a damaged front wing after being hit by Lotus’s Romain Grosjean at the start – and Hamilton fought back from his tyre failure.

“I didn’t have a clue what happened off the line,” said Webber. “The lights went out and we were back to usual tactics. That was frustrating.

“I think it was Grosjean who took my front wing off in the first corner. Boys did a good job changing the front wing at the first stop.

“It’s my last time here for the British fans, so thanks.”

It was a grand prix full of close racing and incident but the over-riding impression will be of tyres that were not up to the task.

Pirelli had introduced a new bonding process for this race in an attempt to prevent a series of delaminations that happened through the season.

There have now been 20 tyre failures so far this season.

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Obama ‘humbled’ to see Mandela cell

US President Barack Obama has toured Robben Island – the jail in which Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 years.

Mr Obama wrote in the guest book: "The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island"

Mr Obama wrote in the guest book: “The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island”

He said he and his family were “deeply humbled” to visit the prison once inhabited by Mr Mandela – who remains critically ill in hospital.

Mr Obama went on to give a speech at the University of Cape Town and launch a multi-billion-dollar electricity initiative.

The US leader did not visit Mr Mandela, but met the Mandela family in private.

Security is likely to have been strengthened during this final Cape Town leg of his time in South Africa, says the BBC’s Karen Allen who is there, following clashes on Saturday between riot police and anti-Obama protesters in Soweto.


Mr Obama and the first family visited Mr Mandela’s bleak cell as well as the lime quarry – overlooked by a concrete watchtower – where anti-apartheid fighters including Mr Mandela were forced to undertake hours of back-breaking labour.

Mr Mandela was at the prison for 18 years and his long history of lung problems can be traced to the tuberculosis he contracted there – which he attributed to the dampness of his cell.

Later, Mr Obama wrote in the guest book in the prison courtyard: “On behalf of our family, we’re deeply humbled to stand where men of such courage faced down injustice and refused to yield.

“The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island, who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit.”

Mr Obama also visited a community project before delivering a keynote address at the University of Cape Town.

It was the same venue where 47 years ago, US Senator Robert Kennedy gave his famed “ripple of hope” speech, which gave inspiration to those fighting the racially divisive policies of apartheid rule and linked their struggle with that of the US civil rights movement.

Mr Obama was expected to pay tribute to South Africa’s achievements over the past two decades but stress that more needed to be done to tackle poverty and disease, and strengthen democracy across the continent.

He was also due to announce a $7bn (£4.6bn) five-year initiative to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, in partnership with African countries and the private sector.


Mr Obama has been faulted for lacking a grand programme and many Africans have been disappointed at what they see as his lack of engagement with the continent, despite his African ancestry.

In Pretoria on Saturday, Mr Obama said Mr Mandela’s example of “the power of principle, of people standing up for what’s right continues to shine as a beacon”.

Later, riot police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at scores of protesters in Soweto, once a flashpoint in the anti-apartheid struggle.

At least one person was injured and one arrested.

“People died in Libya, people are still dying in Syria… in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, drones are still killing people. So that’s why we are calling him a Hitler. He’s a killer,” Ramasimong Tsokolibane, 54, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

Mr Obama arrived in South Africa from Senegal on Friday evening. On Monday, he will continue his African tour in Tanzania.

Family row

Mr Mandela’s family heir, Mandla, has said he will oppose a court action brought by the rest of the family, seeking to exhume the bodies of his father, Makgatho, two of Nelson Mandela’s daughters and two other relatives.

The rest of the family want the remains to be reburied in Qunu, where the former South African president wants to be laid to rest, while Mandla, an ANC MP, wants them to stay in the nearby village of Mvezo, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, where he is building a museum dedicated to his grandfather.

This is an extremely important matter for the Mandela family, especially while he remains critically ill in hospital – it is one of the reasons why they held a family meeting last week.

South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper quotes local chiefs in the area as saying that Madiba, as Nelson Mandela is known in the country, will not be at peace until this issue is resolved.

On Friday, a court granted an interim action saying the bodies could be exhumed and reburied but Mandla Mandela says he was not aware of the case until it was reported in the media and he is now opposing it.


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EA military games slated for Kenya

KENYA will host the East African Community Military Games and Culture Week this year, the Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) Richard Sezibera announced in Arusha this week.

Speaking at the opening of the ministerial session of the EAC Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence in Arusha, Tanzania, Sezibera said the 5-17 August event comes at a time when the EAC integration process is intensifying on all fronts.

Secretary General of the East African Community Dr Richard Sezibera

Secretary General of the East African Community Dr Richard Sezibera

The Military Games and Culture Week, first held within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Defence, last took place in Bujumbura, Burundi, in 2011.

The Games entail a variety of sporting disciplines including: handball, football, netball, crosscountry and basketball among others.

According to the event organizers, the primary objective of the event is to nurture an esprit de corps among the EAC defence forces and for individual soldiers to appreciate the diverse cultures in the region.

Sezibera said EAC’s defence and security policy is rooted in the empirical observation that if countries in the region are co-operating among themselves in pursuit of human and economic development, they will have neither reason nor cause to resort to violent conflict.

The EAC chief told the meeting that with the rising threat of international terrorism, piracy and creeping instability in a multiplicity of hot spots around the world, “the issues of defence and security have assumed greater importance and significance in the agenda of nations and indeed the agenda of groupings of nations such as our Patrice Evra own”.

Source Tanzania Daily News

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Lavingia family square up in Dar es Salaam snooker final

While snooker youngster Arjun Lavingia ended his dream in the quarter final stage at the just ended African Snooker Championship in Marrakech, Morocco the other Lavingia’s family members stole the show at the June Snooker Mug Tournament at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC).

Arjun Lavingia

Arjun Lavingia

Ashok and Kalpesh Lavingia were unstoppable at the Cargo Stars sponsored event on Thursday night to book their place in today’s Division A final.

Ashok and Kalpesh will square up after winning their semi-final matches. After being out of the tournament for three months, veteran Ashok came back strongly and used his vast experience to overcome in-form Munish Khattar resistance and win the encounter by 2-1 in the best of three frames.

Ashok took the first frame easily, but Khattar came back rejuvenated to settle the game in the second frame before Ashok recovered and won the decisive frame by 64-37 points.

Ashok had tense start to the first frame, in which at a certain stage he found himself down to 5-26, but pulled his experience from the store to turn around the score as he went on to win it in style. He was a no match in the second frame but in the decider Ashok was no-mercy after he went on to win it by 61-20.

May Division A winner Kalpesh set his sight to become the first player to win back-to-back titles after seeing off veteran Raju Kanabar by straight-forward 2-0 victory.

It is second time that Kanabar suffered Kalpesh defeat. At last month’s event, the two met in the final and Kanabar suffered the same defeat.

Ashok said afterward: “I do not know what will happen in the final, I’m going to meet my cousin brother, who is always a tough opponent to play against.”

Division B will see Tosh and Hussein Zavery battle for the top honour in the final. Last month winner Yusufali was no match this time.

This is the fourth monthly mug event to be organized by the snooker section since the Snooker Section office bearers under Captain Firoz Yusufali were re-elected in February this year.

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Uganda tops regional junior event

A five man junior athletics team from Uganda managed to conquer the region as they lifted the overall Eastern Africa junior championships trophy in the competition that concluded Saturday in Arusha, Tanzania.

Youngster Felix Watmon won gold in the long jump. Photo by Norman Katende

Youngster Felix Watmon won gold in the long jump. Photo by Norman Katende

This was the first time Uganda was winning the regional event away from home as they have not always been performed well apart from when they have hosted.

A double gold medal haul from Suzan Aneno in the 400m and 800m, boosted by more gold medals from Scovia Ayikoru (100m), Shida Leni and Felix Watmon (long jump) together with the short relay team saw Uganda finish top of the eight countries that participated in the region event.

Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Eritrea, Zanzibar and Djibouti are the other countries that entered athletes in the biennial event that was pushed forward from late last month by the hosts only two days to the event.

Eritrea and Burundi did not send athletes to the competition that is aimed at helping the regional athletes prepare for international competitions.

Watmon, who also won a gold medal in the Africa Junior championships in March, had little challenge in the long jump.

“Imagine we only entered five athletes and they have managed to win six medals. We shall concentrate on seeing that we give them more training so that they can be able to conquer the world’s best,” said the federation general secretary Beatrice Ayikoru.


100m: Scovia Ayikoru (gold), Maureen Banura (silver)

200m: Maureen Banura (silver), Scovia Ayikoru (bronze)

400m: Suzan Aneno (gold), Shida Leni (silver)

800m: Suzan Aneno (gold)

L/Jump: Shida Leni (gold)

4 X100m: Uganda (gold)


Long Jump: Felix Watmon (gold)

By Norman Katende, The New Vision

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WHO wants HIV patients treated sooner to save lives

LONDON – Doctors could save three million more lives worldwide by 2025 if they offer AIDS drugs to people with HIV much sooner after they test positive for the virus, the World Health Organisation said on Sunday.

Gottfried Hirnschall, the WHOs HIV/AIDS department director

Gottfried Hirnschall, the WHOs HIV/AIDS department director

While better access to cheap generic AIDS drugs means many more people are now getting treatment, health workers, particularly in poor countries with limited health budgets, currently tend to wait until the infection has progressed.

But in new guidelines aimed at controlling and eventually reducing the global AIDS epidemic, the U.N. health agency said some 26 million HIV-positive people – or around 80 percent of all those with the virus – should be getting drug treatment.

The guidelines, which set a global standard for when people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) should start antiretroviral treatment, were drawn up after numerous studies found that treating HIV patients earlier can keep them healthy for many years and also lowers the amount of virus in the blood, significantly cutting their risk of infecting someone else.

“We are raising the bar to 26 million people,” said Gottfried Hirnschall, the WHO’s HIV/AIDS department director.

“And this is not only about keeping people healthy and alive but also about blocking further transmission of HIV.”

Some 34 million people worldwide have the HIV virus that causes AIDS and the vast majority of them live in poor and developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa is by far the worst affected region.

But the epidemic – which has killed 25 million people in the 30 years since HIV was first discovered – is showing some signs of being turned around. The United Nations AIDS programme UNAIDS says deaths from the disease fell to 1.7 million in 2011, down from a peak of 2.3 million in 2005 and from 1.8 million in 2010.

Swift progress has also been made in getting more HIV patients into treatment, with 9.7 million people getting life-saving AIDS drugs in 2012, up from just 300,000 people a decade earlier, according to latest WHO data also published on Sunday.

Indian generics companies are leading suppliers of HIV drugs to Africa and to many other poor countries. Major Western HIV drugmakers include Gilead Sciences, Johnson & Johnson and ViiV Healthcare, which is majority-owned by GlaxoSmithKline.


Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director general, said the dramatic improvement in access to HIV treatment raised the prospect of the world one day being able to beat the disease.

“With nearly 10 million people now on antiretroviral therapy, we see that such prospects – unthinkable just a few years ago – can now fuel the momentum needed to push the HIV epidemic into irreversible decline,” she said in a statement.

The WHO’s guidelines encourage health authorities worldwide to start treatment in adults with HIV as soon as a key test known as a CD4 cell count falls to a measure of 500 cells per cubic millimetre or less.

The previous WHO standard was to offer treatment at a CD4 count of 350 or less, in other words when the virus has already started to damage the patient’s immune system.

The guidelines also say all pregnant or breastfeeding women and all children under five with HIV should start treatment immediately, whatever their CD4 count, and that all HIV patients should be regularly monitored to assess their “viral load”.

This allows health workers to check whether the medicines are reducing the amount of virus in the blood. It also encourages patients to keep taking their medicine because they can see it having positive results.

“There’s no greater motivating factor for people to stick to their HIV treatment than knowing the virus is ‘undetectable’ in their blood,” said Gilles van Cutsem, the medical coordinator in South Africa for the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

MSF welcomed the new guidelines but cautioned that the money and the political will to implement them was also needed.

“Now is not the time to be daunted but to push forward,” MSF president Unni Karunakara said in a statement. “So it’s critical to mobilise international support… including funding for HIV treatment programmes from donor governments.”

The WHO’s Hirnschall said getting AIDS drugs to the extra patients brought in by the new guidelines would require another 10 percent on top of the $22-$24 billion a year currently needed to fund the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

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Ugandan embassy in Cairo closed over protests

Demonstrations in Cairo against one year rule of  President Morsi has forced Uganda’s High Commissioner Richard Laus Angualia to temporarily close its operations.

The Ugandan Embassy has been closed as Egypt braces for protests.

The Ugandan Embassy has been closed as Egypt braces for protests.

Thousands of activists gathered in Tahrir Square and at Mursi’s suburban presidential palace, not far from the Islamist camp.

Major rallies are not expected before late afternoon and streets in major cities are quiet as the working week resumed. The army has warned it might intervene if politicians remain deadlocked and violence spiralled out of control.

Speaking on phone from Cairo on Sunday, Angualia says he has advised all  Ugandans in Cairo to stay indoors.

“There are 600 Ugandans here in Cairo most of them are students. The highest number of 150 are in Islamic University. Cairo University has 30 students and 1z others are in another University. There is also a big number of casual workers here”

“I have issued alert message to all Ugandans living in Cairo and other Egyptian cities asking them to be calm. We have had consultations as  East African Community Ambassadors and are on the look out, If the situation degenerates, we shall make contacts with airlines to evacuate citizens.”

So far no Ugandan has been directly affected by the demonstration according to Angualia.

Uganda has more than 1000 citizens in Egypt; 150 students in Al Azhar University, 41 in Cairo University, 17 in Alexandria.

According to Emmaculate Katongole, Chairperson of the diaspora community, there are about 800 registered members and lots more not registered living in Cairo.

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