Archive for September 18, 2011

Man United crush Chelsea, Man City held at Fulham

Posted: September 18, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Nani (2nd L) celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on September 18, 2011.


Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Nani (2nd L) celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on September 18, 2011.

By (AFP)
Posted Sunday, September 18 2011 at 19:57

LONDON, Sunday

ManchesterUnited maintained their perfect start to the Premier League season with a 3-1 win over title rivals Chelsea, while Manchester City surrendered their 100 percent record as Fulham fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 on Sunday.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side blew Chelsea away thanks to three goals in the first half from Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney.

Fernando Torres reduced the deficit soon after half-time with only his second goal for Chelsea, but later missed an open goal and United could have won by a greater margin as Rooney wasted a second half penalty.

United’s victory equalled a club record of 18 consecutive home wins and moved them two points clear of second placed Manchester City at the top of the table and five ahead of third placed Chelsea.

It was Chelsea’s first loss under new boss Andre Villas-Boas, who tasted defeat in a league game for the first time since April 2010 when Benfica beat his Academica de Coimbra team.

United, who have made their best start since 1985, took the lead in the eighth minute when Smalling was left unmarked from Ashley Young’s free-kick and the defender headed past Petr Cech despite Chelsea’s appeals for offside.

Portugal winger Nani increased United’s advantage in the 37th minute, cutting in from the right wing before smashing a ferocious 20-yard strike into the top corner.

There was an element of good fortune about United’s third goal as John Terry’s attempted clearance cannoned off Nani into Rooney’s path and the England forward slotted home from close-range.

Torres gave Chelsea a glimmer of hope in the 46th minute when he flicked a fine finish over David de Gea.

They had another boost when Rooney slipped while running up to take a penalty, awarded for Jose Bosingwa’s trip on Nani, and saw his effort fly wide in an echo of the Terry spot-kick miss that helped United win the Champions League in 2008.

Torres should have pulled Chelsea to within one goal in the closing stages, but the £50 million striker produced an early candidate for miss of the season as he rounded De Gea and somehow scuffed wide with an empty net at his mercy.

At Craven Cottage, Roberto Mancini’s men, who had won their first four matches, were forced to settle for a point after a second half meltdown.

Sergio Aguero has been in sublime form since joining City from Atletico Madrid for a club record £38 million in pre-season and the Argentina forward fired the visitors into the lead as he met David Silva’s pass with a clinical finish in the 18th minute.

Aguero seemed to have put City in total command when he steered home Edin Dzeko’s flick in the 46th minute for his eighth goal of the season.

But Bobby Zamora got one back for Fulham in the 55th minute with a curling shot from the edge of the area and Danny Murphy completed the fightback when his long-range shot deflected in off Vincent Kompany in the 75th minute.

At White Hart Lane, Tottenham routed nine-man Liverpool 4-0.

Harry Redknapp’s side took the lead in the seventh minute through Luka Modric’s superb strike from the edge of the area.

Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam was sent off for two bookings in the 28th minute and Martin Skrtel saw red after half-time for clattering into Gareth Bale.

Jermain Defoe made it 2-0 soon after and Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor, on loan from Manchester City, struck twice in the closing stages to take his tally for the club to three in two games.

The defeat was the heaviest suffered by Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish since he began his second spell in charge in January, as well as the biggest Spurs success against the Reds since 1963.

At the Stadium of Light, Sunderland stormed into a three-goal lead before half-time against Stoke and eventually ran out 4-0 winners.

Titus Bramble got the first goal in the fifth minute when Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic fumbled the defender’s shot over the line and an own goal from Jonathan Woodgate increased the lead in the 11th minute.

Craig Gardner netted the third in the 28th minute and Sebastian Larsson emphasised Sunderland’s dominance when his free-kick beat Begovic in the 58th minute.

SPLM-DC Receives new members from Bortown, Jonglei State

Posted: September 18, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

The Chairman of SPLM-DC in Jonglei State informed the Party HQ that the following intellectuals have joined SPLM-DC in Bor town, Jonglei State on Friday, the 16th instant:
1. John Ayuen Panchol
2. Chol John Kelei

3. Moses Thon Kuol
4. Alier Jok Alier.

We congratulate the new members and welcome them warmly to the party. We wish them every success in discharging their duties in SPLM-DC.

Dr Lam Akol,
Chairman, SPLM-DC.

News agency: 1st accord between Sudan, South Sudan sets up 10 crossing points

Posted: September 18, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, September 18, 3:35 PM

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan’s official news agency says Sudan and its newest neighbor, breakaway South Sudan, have signed their first agreement since their split in July.

The Sudanese news agency says the accord sets out 10 crossing points between the two nations for people and goods.



( no / Associated Press ) – Sudanese minister of defence Abd Al-Rahim Mohamed Hussien, right, talks during a presser with South Sudan minister of defence John Kong Neon in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, Sept 18, 2011, shortly after Sudan and South Sudan signed a border security agreement, the first time the two neighbours signed a deal over the tense boundary since the south declared independence last July.

The deal was brokered by an African Union team headed by former South African president Thabo Mbeki. South Sudan Defense Minister John Kong flew to Khartoum to sign for his country Sunday, and Sudanese Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein signed for Sudan..

The news agency said each checkpoint will be guarded by six soldiers from each side and another six from Ethiopia.

Relations between the two countries have been tense since South Sudan gained independence. Both charge that the other has violated the separation agreement.

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Sudan orders army to push rebels from southeast

Posted: September 18, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Sudan’s vice president has ordered the army to clear remnants of a rebel force it has been battling this month in a southeastern state, Sudanese media reported Sunday.

The clashes in Blue Nile state broke out Sept. 1 between the armed forces and rebels linked to the northern wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The SPLM is the strongest political force in newly independent South Sudan.

"Any hand that seeks to separate this region from the rest of the Sudan shall be chopped off," said Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha during a surprise visit to the area on Saturday, according to several independent newspapers.

During his trip to the state capital, Damazin, the vice president visited the army headquarters, a market, hospitals and the office of the ruling party in an attempt to demonstrate life has returned to normal.

Thousands of people crossed into nearby Ethiopia to escape the fighting earlier this month, according to aid groups. The fighting also prompted President Omar al-Bashir to declare a state of emergency in the state.

Both sides blamed each other for setting off the battles, and the government has accused its rivals across the border in South Sudan of providing the rebels with military assistance.

In the latest accusations, Defense Minister Gen. Abdul-Rahim Hussein said planes loaded with trucks, ammunition and arms were spotted coming from South Sudan’s capital to Kurmuk, a stronghold of the rebels in Blue Nile. His comments were reported by Al-Sudani newspaper.

Vice President Taha said the government was for peace but stressed that forces would not shy away from "defeating the enemy and clearing the state of remnants of the traitors."

EAC split on Khartoum’s bid to join community

Posted: September 18, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

President Bashir at a past function. Kharoum has applied to join the EAC. Picture: File

By ADAM IHUCHA, Special Correspondent (email the author)

Posted Sunday, September 18 2011 at 15:34

Khartoum’s application to the EAC ahead of South Sudan — its rival — has the only backing of Rwanda, but faces serious opposition from Tanzania and Uganda.

The EAC economic powerhouse of Kenya and the current chair, Burundi were reserved during the recent EAC Council of Ministers meeting in Arusha. Tanzania and Uganda have emphatically rejected the application saying the request should be snubbed.

“Both states see the current Sudan authorities as on the margin of most values that the EAC partnership stands for,” a source at the meeting said. Dar and Kampala are reported to have cited human-rights abuses, religious intolerance, blatant racism and warmongering, besides the geographical proximity clause whereby Khartoum can’t join without South Sudan being on board.

Kigali cited investment and business opportunities, along with vital resources such as oil that would be brought into the EAC trading bloc if Sudan were admitted.
Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi on their side called for a comprehensive assessment of the Khartoum application to make it easier for the Summit to reach an informed decision on the matter.

“Uganda and Tanzania were of the view that there was no need for the Secretariat to carry out an assessment on the Sudan application, pointing out that Khartoum does not meet the criteria for admission to join EAC,” the source noted.

The EAC Council of Ministers referred the matter to the EAC Heads of State Summit slated for November.

Elifuraha Laltaika, a lecturer on constitutional law at Makumira University College in Arusha, told The EastAfrican that as much as EAC expansion is a positive move, Khartoum’s admission should not be rushed.

“Given the country’s human-rights record, it deserves provisional admission. Any fast-tracked admission of Khartoum will mean that the EAC target is to have potential members that will contribute funds to run the regional body, regardless of their human-rights record,” said Mr Laltaika.

Edwin Mtei, the former secretary general of the oldEAC, which collapsed in 1977, said Khartoum should be accepted on condition that it embraces democracy within the shortest period possible and embraces transparency in its undertakings.

“Forget about Khartoum, let’s embrace all countries like South Sudan, Ethiopia and troubled Somalia to enlarge the intra-EAC market,” Mr Mtei explained.

Considering that the Republic of Sudan has about 35 million people, its entry would expand the population of the bloc to 160 million inhabitants, making the regional market even more captivating than now.

Observers consider that the oil factor would make a difference to the EAC, though much of Sudanese oil still comes from the South which is now independent.

Sudan is now sub-Saharan Africa’s third-largest oil producer, after Nigeria and Angola.

The South produces about 75 per cent of Sudan’s crude oil, but receives about 50 per cent of the revenue, split with Khartoum, on account of the transportation infrastructure and port facilities in the North.

A planned pipeline through Kenya to the coast could radically alter this situation.