Tuesday, 31 July 2012

 Today i had the  honor  to  visit the Sheffield English  institue  for  sport  which is one of the largest sport, leisure and entertainment companies in Europe, specialising in outstanding spectator and participation events.Its  also  the  home  of  team GB

There are records of earlier forms of football being played in China that date back almost 2000 years; and a form of the game was enjoyed in ancient Greece and Rome. However it was in England that this sport was to take shape and become the game the world now recognizes as football.

 Right here, right  now.Im   standing  in the  middle  of  the  oldest foot ball club  in  the  world
By the mid 19th century the game had evolved somewhat with various Public Schools and Universities who introduced their own idiosyncratic laws that co-existed.

In  my  hands  is  a  copy  of  the  first  football  club  rules  and  regulations

What was needed though was a strong set of individuals to impose a standard set of laws and that is precisely what happened in Sheffield.

Ayoub  mzee  with  presumably   the  oldest football in  the  world  according  to  sheffield  FC  records 

Sheffield Football Club’s influence on the modern game cannot be overstated. They have pioneered the writing of a commonly accepted set of rules, played a key role in the formation of the FA and were involved in a host of innovations such as the first crossbar, the first corner kick, the first free kick and the first floodlit match.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

burundi olympic athletes at a Luncheon at the Burundi mission in UK

Hon Jean Jacques Nyenimigabo  Minister  for  Youth  sports  and  culture -Burundi was  the  guest  of  honour

Venuste NIYONGABO became Burundi's first Olympic champion when he won the 5000m at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
These were the first Games for Burundi, whose team of seven all competed in athletics. They have taken part in every Summer Olympic Games since.
loys NIZIGAMA finished fourth in the men's 10,000m in 1996. Artehemon HATUNGIMANA was the first Burundi competitor to take part in three Olympic Games. He competed in the 800m in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
Since 2004, their team has also included swimmers. In 2008 Joachim NSHIMIRIMANA completed his second Olympic marathon.

Anthem: Title
Burundi Bwacu (Kirundi) or Cher Burundi (French). Translates to "Beloved Burundi".
Anthem: Year of Induction
Anthem: Composer
Music Marc BARENGAYABO. Words by a writer's commission presided over by Jean-Baptiste NTAHOKAJA.
Official NOC/NPC name
IOC recognition date
NOC/NPC President's name
General Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE
NOC/NPC General Secretary's name
IOC Member's Name
Year of first appearance in an Olympic and Paralympic Games
Number of appearances in Olympic and Paralympic Games
5, including London 2012
Summary of Olympic and Paralympic Games Appearances

Medals per sport        
Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics 1 0 0 1
Total 1 0 0 1
Medals per year        
Year Gold Silver Bronze Total
1996 1 0 0 1
Total 1 0 0 1

Who killed the former president of Liberia Samuel Doe

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    Rwanda president Paul Kagame

    The head of the US war crimes office has warned Rwanda's leaders, including President Paul Kagame, that they could face prosecution at the international criminal court for arming groups responsible for atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Stephen Rapp, who leads the US Office of Global Criminal Justice, told a UK based newspaper the Guardian the Rwandan leadership may be open to charges of "aiding and abetting" crimes against humanity in a neighbouring country – actions similar to those for which the former Liberian president, Charles Taylor, was jailed for 50 years by an international court in May.

    Rapp's warning follows a damning United Nations report on recent Rwandan military support for M23, an insurgent group that has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes since April as it has seized territory in the eastern DRC.

    The group is led by Bosco Ntaganda, known as the Terminator, who was indicted by the international criminal court six years ago for war crimes including the forced recruitment of child soldiers. The UN report accuses Rwanda of shielding Ntaganda from justice.

    On Saturday, Washington said it would halt some military aid to Rwanda after the UN report.

    The aid freeze and Rapp's public intervention mark a significant shift away from once-solid US support for Kagame, which was rooted in lingering guilt over international inaction during the 1994 genocide of Rwandan Tutsis.

    Rapp, who previously served as chief prosecutor at the Rwanda genocide tribunal and later initiated the prosecution of Taylor over his crimes as president of Liberia in supporting rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone, said Rwandan support for M23 and other armed groups "has to stop" because it "maintains the lawlessness and at the end of the day enables the ongoing commission of atrocities".

    "There is a line that one can cross under international law where you can be held responsible for aiding a group in a way that makes possible their commission of atrocities," he said.

    "Charles Taylor never set foot in Sierra Leone, and aided and abetted, and was convicted of aiding and abetting, the Revolutionary United Front with assistance that was substantial and, the judges said, without which the RUF could not have committed the atrocities to the extent they did commit them. Because of that evidence, Charles Taylor was convicted and sentenced to 50 years."

    Rapp said the evidence by the UN group of experts of Rwandan government support for M23 and other armed groups, including sending weapons and troops into the DRC, exposed Kagame and other senior officials to investigation for war crimes.

    "At this stage, I'm not sure if we are there in terms of criminal conduct," he said. "But if this kind of thing continued and groups that were being armed were committing crimes … then I think you would have a situation where individuals who were aiding them from across the border could be held criminally responsible."

    The UN report, by a group of experts appointed by the security council, said it had "found substantial evidence attesting to support from Rwandan officials to armed groups operating in the eastern DRC", including shipping weapons and money to M23 in breach of a UN arms embargo and other sanctions.

    "Since the earliest stages of its inception, the group documented a systematic pattern of military and political support provided to the M23 rebellion by Rwandan authorities," it said.

    The report said the Rwandan government gave "direct assistance in the creation of M23 through the transport of weapons and soldiers through Rwandan territory", and recruited Rwandan youths, demobilised ex-combatants and Congolese refugees as M23 fighters.

    It also offers evidence of "direct Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) interventions into Congolese territory to reinforce M23" and "support to several other armed groups".

    "RDF operational units are periodically reinforcing the M23 on the battlefield against the Congolese army," it said.

    Many M23 members formerly served in another Rwandan-backed militia, the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), which was responsible along with other militias for widespread atrocities over several years, including ethnic killings and mass rape. Ntaganda was the CNDP's military chief.

    The experts accuse Rwanda of shielding Ntaganda from prosecution by the ICC for war crimes.

    "Rwandan officials have insisted on impunity for their armed group and mutineer allies, including ex-CNDP General Bosco Ntaganda," they said.

    Earlier this week, Kagame denounced western criticism of Rwanda's role in the DRC and blamed the continuing conflict on foreign powers that "don't listen", as well as the continuing threat from anti-Tutsi extremist forces, led by Hutus responsible for the 1994 genocide.

    "This problem has not been caused by Rwanda and it has not been abetted by Rwanda," said Kagame. "Actually the problem of DRC came from outside. It was created by the international community, our partners, because they don't listen … and in the end they don't actually provide a solution. They just keep creating problems for us. We know better our problems, we know better about this region's problems."

    Kagame also denied arming M23.

    "The international community was saying that Rwanda is helping rebels, but helping them with what, and for what reason? They say we supply them with ammunition, but these people get guns from the Congolese army. The ammunition they have is from their Congolese armouries," he said. "We are not supplying even one bullet, we have not and we will not."

    Kagame rejected accusations that Rwanda is shielding Ntaganda from the ICC. He said he told DRC's government that it should deal with the renegade general, but warned that arresting Ntaganda would only create more conflict.

    "After that, members of the international community developed an idea that if Rwanda can't support them to arrest someone in another country, then they would put us together with those they want to arrest, and this is really how it turned out to be," he said.

    The Rwandan leadership has faced accusations from the UN before, but the latest report has exposed it to unusual public criticism from Washington.


Saturday, 28 July 2012

Ismaeil Matar of the UAE rounds goalkeeper Martin Campana of Uruguay
Ismaeil Matar of the UAE rounds Martin Campana of Uruguay before scoring to make it 1-0 during the men's Football first round group A match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between United Arab Emirates and Uruguay at Old Trafford on 26 July 2012 in Manchester, England.

Total number of athletes 7

 The  London  Olympic  opening  ceremony 2012