USA Africa Dialogue Series - Nigeria edge into semis past brave Mexico

Nigeria edge into semis past brave Mexico

( Thursday 30 August 2012

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Nigeria have won their way into a second successive FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup semi-final with a hard-fought 1-0 extra-time victory over a resilient Mexico in Tokyo.

Nigeria, beaten finalists in Germany two years ago, were dominant throughout the first hour, but were unable to make the breakthrough until Desire Oparanozie’s decisive goal on 109 minutes.

The Africans made much of the early running and appeared to have scored a crucial early goal when Francisca Ordega’s shot deflected past goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago on the quarter-hour, only for the offside flag to be raised for an earlier infringement.

Almost immediately, Oparanozie forced Santiago into a sprawling save as Nigeria looked to turn the screw in the late afternoon heat.

With far more possession in midfield, Nigeria were inching their way closer to breaking the deadlock, and Oparanozie rattled the crossbar with a shot eight minutes before the interval.

The always dangerous Sofia Huerta, scorer of three goals in the tournament, made a rare incursion into the Africans’ penalty area just before the break, to provide some impetus for the Mexicans.

However, the one-way traffic continued immediately upon the resumption, much to the delight of a large and buoyant group of Nigeria supporters, whose singing resonated around the National Stadium throughout the match.

Approaching the hour-mark, Santiago again thwarted the Africans with an important block from Gloria Ofoegbu’s effort, and then again a few minutes later from Oparanozie.

Mexico slowly started to make an impression and enjoyed a rare sight of goal midway through the second half, only for inspirational skipper Nayeli Rangel to direct her back-post header narrowly over.

Nigeria’s midfield play became less cohesive and Mexico could have won it in injury time as a corner looped onto the crossbar.  A fairly disjointed period of extra time was enlivened only on a few occasions, notably by Mexico’s Yamile Franco hitting the bar with an angled free-kick.

With the match starting to swing back Mexico’s way, it was Nigeria who conjured a winner, with Oparanozie looping a perfectly executed header from Ugo Njoku’s cross over a stranded Santiago.

"Even if I acknowledge the good quality of Nigeria, losing this way is very difficult," said Mexico coach Leonardo Cuellar. "We showed that we could compete at the same level, and we even played better than them in some parts of the game."

"My first speech in the locker room will be to tell them how proud I am of them. How the country and all the people who watched them in the stadium are proud of them. This is not an end, but only a new part of their training on their way to the highest level. This is a good sports education and it will help us to improve."


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    jar <> Aug 31 03:18PM -0700  

    EW is correct and I can prove it. When Wilson was charging his super tax I was selling these wealthy people properties as they had sold up and retired early being fed up having to donate an excessive amount to the tax man. Under a fairer tax scheme these people would have used their skills and contacts to expand their businesses to the benefit of all. Socialists are blind to this concept which inevitably leads to the country being in financial difficulties


    Affa <> Aug 31 05:31PM -0700  

    On Friday, August 31, 2012 12:43:47 PM UTC+1, ewill wrote:

    > You enjoy calling people liars - it speaks reams about your mindset
    > when your hypocrisy is pointed out
    No; I didn't enjoy using 'liar' as a prompt, I did so because, and not for
    the first time,
    I've been accused of having posted things I know I have not.
    The word was used as an imperative to make you justify your accusation
    (knowing you could not) or
    retract it.
    I failed ...... because you still insist you were correct. I should have
    known that the
    expected integrity was lacking in you. Nevertheless, I apologise for the
    slur first given ........ but not this last one, which imo you do deserve.
    That's enough, but I must mention that there are others with this same
    problem - at
    least I see it as a problem simply because to base an argument on a falsity
    means there ican be no debate.


    Affa <> Aug 31 04:47PM -0700  

    On Friday, August 31, 2012 5:52:47 PM UTC+1, Anthonychng wrote:

    > But surely Affa, with the views that you hold, you must see this as a
    > step in the right direction.
    I do, entirely agree that there is a clamp down on bogus students!
    This isn't it ......... or rather it appears to be an OTT reaction, and one
    I suspect has
    more to do with politics than anything else. The key word here is
    'University'. as opposed to 'college'.


    Affa <> Aug 31 04:34PM -0700  

    I think it's fairly obvious here why the council evict him - he pays no
    council tax.


    Affa <> Aug 31 04:25PM -0700  

    On Friday, August 31, 2012 5:40:08 PM UTC+1, Anthonychng wrote:

    > No, of course not , most proper thinking people would not have
    > expected any of those things in anything under 5 years.
    Thank you! But George Osborne and David Cameron can' be "proper thinking
    people", because those
    are what they did promise in under five years.

    . "My plan , one that differes from that of the coalition is......."
    to you! ......... to get rid of George Osborne, as a first step. The man is
    inept! The man is a liability!


    Affa <> Aug 31 04:29PM -0700  

    On Friday, August 31, 2012 5:45:32 PM UTC+1, Anthonychng wrote:

    > Gordon Brown was guided by no-body. There WERE advisers waiting in
    > the wings, but he ignored them and went his own sweet (grumpy) way.
    I pretty much agree with that ......... try convincing Jar of it - he
    excuses Osborne by telling us that the Treasury (permanent)
    make all the major decisions.


    Affa <> Aug 31 04:17PM -0700  

    On Friday, August 31, 2012 5:34:47 PM UTC+1, Anthonychng wrote:
    Maybe workshy households ARE on the way down and, if that is so, not
    before time.
    What did Labour do to bring those numbers down? Precious little,

    You applaude a minute (one months falling unemployment) under the
    coalition, and say Labour did "precious little", when it
    reduced unemployment by approaching two million ......... 900,000 of those
    jobs in the PRIVATE SECTOR.
    Do please recognise your own prejudices Anthony.


    Affa <> Aug 31 04:07PM -0700  

    On Friday, August 31, 2012 3:58:05 PM UTC+1, jar wrote:

    > In any case I think we are all taxed too highly and get very poor value
    > for the overall taxes that do go to the exchequer.
    I single out this one point because it is often said, generally believed,
    and is used quite a lot, paricular by the 'small government' lobby.
    I cannot imagine any level of taxation being described any differentlt,
    can you? People will always believe they pay too much tax and get little in
    I'm old enough to remember when the tax burden was much much higher than
    today. The fact is that in this past decade the tax burden has been the
    lowest in my lifetime.
    Do we get value for money? I doubt we do, but it is also reasonable to
    compare what we do get in relation to other nations - and the UK DOES
    come out of such comparisons rather well.
    eg. The tax burden in the UK (percent of GDP) was 33%, in Germany it was
    37%. France 41.9% (source OECD - 2009)
    If I take Germany ...... it doesn't spend a fraction of what the UK does on
    the Defence budget, and does not have an NHS service.
    These are two of the biggest spends in the UK, and on that score we clearly
    get far more for our pennies than the Germans do.
    France does have a comparable defence budget, but it too does not provide
    for health care free at the point of use. - so here too they collect
    9% more and deliver less.
    So to me it is strange to believe we are badly served when it is clear that
    most other nations are served worse. Or are they?
    Some public services are better in these other countries, and France we
    know subsidises some major industries (illegally) to protect French jobs.
    France is also a huge beneficiary of the EU CAP agreement.
    It's not straight foreward, but I'm inclined to think that we do rather
    better for our taxes than most nations do.

    btw ......... Norway, probably one of the most 'socialist' nations,
    providing a huge amount of public service(s) and Nationalised Industies -
    of the largest public sectors of all .......... only takes 41% of GDP in
    taxation - less than France.

    I simply make the comment that what most of us believe to be true, isn't
    neccessarily true ........ and why this is so has more to
    with with false propaganda than any real ignorance - we are made to believe
    in falsities. The Gov't. the press tell lies!


    Affa <> Aug 31 03:20PM -0700  

    On Friday, August 31, 2012 12:13:36 PM UTC+1, jar wrote:

    > what about those that dont reach those levels . I understand why their is a
    > battle against welfare claimants and when they catch them all the better
    > but nothing much seems to being done to those that are really struggling.
    ***** five stars Jar,


    Affa <> Aug 31 03:22PM -0700  

    On Friday, August 31, 2012 3:31:46 PM UTC+1, jar wrote:

    > their annual hols I turned it down because I firmly believe that to get the
    > best out of a person they should have a break from the monotiny. This
    > should be available to all that need it.
    No stars


    jar <> Aug 31 04:00PM -0700  

    Lol Affa only in your eyes


    Affa <> Aug 31 03:25PM -0700  

    I believe the law already provides for such squaters as you describe to be
    removed ........ it isn't enforced that often


    ewill <> Aug 31 03:45PM -0700  

    Squatting in resdential property in England and Wales has only been
    actionable in civil courts unless the offence of criminal damage was
    caused on entry or utilities are being stolen (gas/electric) , more
    recently it has been possible made homeless by the squat to demand
    they leave . In 20 minutes time squatting will become a criminal
    offence in England and Wales for the first time .
    The new law does not apply to non residential property
    Squatting has been a criminal offence under Scottish law for
    approximately 150 years


    jar <> Aug 31 12:56PM -0700  

    whats the take on people being able to bet whilst at home? Are they making
    it too easy when you are watching the racing or your soccer team and have
    probably have had a few beers or would it be seen by making it illegal an
    intrusion on your rights


    tinman <> Aug 31 01:34PM -0700  

    jar, no-one cares.


    jar <> Aug 31 03:05PM -0700  

    Wrong again according to the press many are tempte to gamble their way ou of trouble and this makes it too easy a temptation. I know you don't do charity but someone should consider these people and the affect it has on their families


    tinman <> Aug 31 01:33PM -0700  

    Two old men roaming the board. Spreading out of date point of views
    just doesn't cut it anymore. It's why so many have left. it's why so
    many don't even bother to reply. jar, Tony, No-ones interested in
    what two old retired men post. you've killed the board.


    jar <> Aug 31 02:59PM -0700  

    You don't have to defend your repetitive posts tinman and once again I see you steal others ideas as it wasn't that long ago when it was being said that the gutter language and childish insults have driven many from the boards. Haven't you got an original thought in your head man?


    ewill <> Aug 31 11:46AM -0700  

    They give them repayment plans like £3 a week as well!
    One in the press the other day had enough off benefits to send thir
    offspring to private schools , another told the court that his drug
    dealing paid for his everyday lifestyle and the prosecution offered no
    evidence at the forfeiture hearing because all the luxuries in the
    house were not able to be seized because they'd been funded from saved
    handouts and they couldn't prove otherwise.


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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - What A Honorable And Honest Man Al Gore Is!

This is what makes Barbara Lee an heroine of all time, for seeing through the mess and chicanery of the MIC and their apologists. Bush cashed-in on the raw anger of the 9/11 attack. So-called American patriotism was awakened, if you were seen or percieved to be critical of the "general line", you were labeled as being unpatriotic and risked being attacked.
What did Mitt Romney's speech offer us in Tampa? I was up in the wee hours of the morning to listen to the presidential acceptance speech. It sounded to me too artificial, too hollow, most illogical and incoherent. Of course, he had a motley crowd to cheer him, but when subjected to scientific test a lot of the claims and rhetorics would not stand.
Finally, if being a successful businessman makes successful President, then all polities of the world should abandon traditional politicians and go for the Kochs, Mardoffs etc of this world to govern them. I see an epistemology reconstruction of the defining parameters and characteristics of who should govern America. They are false claims.
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From: Abdul Karim Bangura <>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:26:19 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
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Subject: USA Africa Dialogue Series - What A Honorable And Honest Man Al Gore Is!

Al Gore Says We Can't Blame Bush for Everything


Al Gore:

"Obviously I'm not a fan of his presidency, but I want to make a point, Things went so badly wrong they cannot all be laid at his doorstep. One quick example: When the Senate voted to go to war in Iraq, 77 percent of the American people believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the 9/11 attack.

And yes, the administration put that impression out there, but where was the news media? Where were the responsible members of the Republican Party in the House and Senate and why weren't more Democrats standing up to that upright falsehood?

The underlying point I'm making is we have serious problems in our democracy and all of the blame put on George W. Bush — I'm not defending him in any way, believe me — but I think sometimes that misses the larger point that our democracy is indeed in trouble. And all of us have an obligation to try to fix it."

Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - What America Needs

Even Romney's fellow conservatives/Republicans know that their candidate is an empty suit, big on Obama-bashing but small on substance. Ben Stein is the latest conservative to openly verbalize the truth about Romney's failure to articulate a plan for recovery and about Paul Ryan's obsession with the supply-side fallacy that upper income tax cuts and spending cuts are economic panaceas. I say good morning to Mr. Stein.

Ben Stein: Romney's a 'losing candidate'

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For someone who says he doesn't think he'll ever vote for a Democrat, Ben Stein sure has some harsh words for this year's Republican ticket.

"[Romney] has all around him the look of a losing candidate," the economist and actor said Thursday on Tavis Smiley's PBS program.

Stein, who made waves in May for saying he doesn't think President Obama is a very smart man, said the chief reason for the GOP nominee's woes is his lack of a strategy for economic recovery.

"Mr. Romney does not have a plan to turn things around. All he's saying, and correctly so, is that Mr. Obama said he had a plan that would work and it didn't," Stein said. "But does Mr. Romney have a better plan? If he does, we haven't seen it."

(Last September, Romney released a 59-point plan that he said would improve the economy over both the short and long terms.)

The former speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford went on to say he's not satisfied with Paul Ryan's approach to taxes.

"He has bought into what I think is a bit of nonsense about supply-side economics. He has bought into the idea that by cutting taxes, you automatically spur the economy. That would be wonderful if true, and it may be true, but there's no data that it's true," he said. "And it certainly isn't true that by cutting taxes you spur the economy enough so you make up the lost tax revenue."

But even though he predicts an Obama victory unless Romney "pulls himself together," don't expect Stein to pull the lever for the incumbent this fall — or ever.

"For me, the number one issue is right to life. I don't think the Democrats are very good on the right-to-life issue," he said. "People who think of abortion as a reasonable method of birth control just are never going to get my vote."

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On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM, Assensoh, Akwasi B. <> wrote:

It is nice to read about the just-concluded Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida. Of course, there are some of us, who are open-minded to read about all sides of the American political spectrum (i.e. about the Republicans, the Democrats, and the others). Interestingly, we read about outright and subtle appeals on behalf of the major political parties.

In the last few days, we have heard Republican leaders with their messages and, also, we have read from various Republican Party members -- Blacks and Whites -- some of the great things their party is doing, including heated commentaries advanced in the USA Africa Dialogue Series. Conversely, major American newspapers -- without partisan interests -- have also started to evaluate what Nigerian Chief Obafemi Awolowo would have described as "the Republican jamboree". To say the least, I have been sombered and fascinated by three published items in THE NEW YORK TIMES of today (September 31, 2012): the first of three editorial comments, titled "Mr. Romney Reinvents History" (on page A22);  Paul Krugman's column, titled "The Medicare  Killers" (on page A23) and, interestingly, "Check Point: Facts Took a Beating In Ryan's Speech" by Michael Cooper (page A15).

The above-cited NEW YORK TIMES write-ups are real eye-opening scenarios that, hopefully, will humble a lot of us, no matter whom we support. After reading them, I laughed, and I also wondered aloud about which political party and its leadership "desperately" want to win the November presidential elections! Is the Obama Camp or the Romney Camp? Please, be the best judge! However, we live to see!

A.B. Assensoh (Indiana).   

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Romney accepts nomination, focuses on adding jobs

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney waves to delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo - Charlie Neibergall)
From Associated Press
August 30, 2012 10:44 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney has a message for the millions of Americans who voted for Democratic President Barack Obama: It's OK to be disappointed.

The biggest moment of his political career at hand, Romney looked to appeal to the feelings of anxiety that are rippling through the electorate as the nation faces stubbornly high unemployment and fears about its future place in the world.

"Hope and change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama?" Romney said as he formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday night. "You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him."

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In 2008, Obama swept to victory with a message of hope and change — and as the first black person to earn the nomination of a major party, his candidacy was historic. He won in states like Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina, turning out African Americans and excited young people in record numbers.

To win, Romney needs to convince some of those voters that "hope and change" didn't really work out — and that he is the man to fix the problem.

"To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: If Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right," Romney said.

Aides said the speech was the most important of Romney's political career and will forever change his family's legacy. In winning his party's presidential nomination, the former Massachusetts governor has succeeded where his father failed a generation ago. But facing a two-month sprint to an Election Day matchup against President Barack Obama, Romney is now trying to broaden his appeal and connect with women and with middle-of-the road voters who will ultimately decide his fate.

To do so, he struck an often soft tone laced with deeply personal themes. He drew from Mormon faith and the influence of his mother and father — both dead for more than a decade — when he faced the Republican National Convention and a prime-time audience.

"My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all — the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do," Romney will say, according to prepared remarks released by the campaign.

George Romney, a Michigan governor, ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 when Romney was a young man. His mother, Lenore, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Michigan in 1970.

"My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way," Romney said.

The remarks were delivered a stage that puts him a little bit closer to the crowd inside the convention hall. His campaign hopes the evening ends with Americans feeling a little bit closer to the Republican presidential candidate, too.

On this night, they told Romney's story

The entire evening — from the physical staging to the speakers' program to the planned whole-family entrance after Romney's big speech — was aimed at introducing the sometimes stiff and distant politician as a businessman, Olympic savior and deeply religious family man. His pitch to his party, as well as to the many undecided voters who are disappointed in the country's direction, will be that he's the candidate better able to shoulder the country's economic burdens.

The testimonials were deeply personal.

One couple, Ted and Pat Oparowsky, told the crowd about their 14-year-old son David, dying of cancer, who Romney would visit in the hospital. He bought the boy fireworks, helped him write a will, and, at David's request, delivered the eulogy at his funeral. Another woman, Pam Finlayson, talked about her daughter, born three months premature — and Romney, her church pastor at the time, would come to the hospital and pray for the little girl.

"Like a lot of families in a new place with no family, we found kinship with a wide circle of friends through our church," Romney, who met both families through his church, will say. "We prayed together, our kids played together and we always stood ready to help each other out in different ways."

That speech is the centerpiece of the evening, and touches on themes that are both personal and political. He'll tell stories, aides say, that haven't been part of his campaign trail pitch. He discussed his Mormon faith, particularly his time helping struggling families when he served as a church leader in Boston.

To prepare for the big night, Romney spent months making meticulous notes about his experiences campaigning. He read numerous previous convention speeches and talked to a number of close friends and confidants about how to approach his address. He and his wife, Ann, spent part of last weekend rehearsing their speeches in an auditorium at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., near the family's lakeside summer home.

Before Romney spoke, a parade of people from his past took the podium to walk through different phases of his life: his time running the private equity firm Bain Capital, his years running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and his experiences as governor of Massachusetts. Referred to inside the campaign as "character witnesses," the speeches were designed to showcase the man who friends say inspires fierce loyalty. Much of the list was drawn up by Romney's son Tagg

Addressing the crowd were Bob White, a longtime friend and colleague from Bain Capital, and Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples, the office supply store; Olympic speed skater Derek Parra and hockey player Mike Eruzione; and former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who is still a closer adviser.

All offered their own testimonies to Romney's character.

"Go back and look at every pursuit in Mitt's life," said White, who jokingly noted that he's sometimes called Romney's "wingman."

"Surrounding him are people who have worked with him over and over again. They trust and respect him. They want to be part of his team," White said. "I've seen Mitt Romney be that leader. He is the right man at the right time to be the next president of these great United States."

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