More news providers killed by regular army, rebels or Kurdish militia

first_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News November 23, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More news providers killed by regular army, rebels or Kurdish militia Organisation Receive email alerts February 3, 2021 Find out more At least four journalists and citizen-journalists have been killed by the regular army, the rebel Free Syrian Army or Kurdish militiamen in the past week.A Syrian state TV journalist, Bassel Tawfiq Youssef, was killed on 21 November in the southern Damascus suburb of Tadamun. The official news agency SANA said he was killed by “terrorists” while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said he was shot by rebels who accused him of belonging to a pro-government “shabbiha” militia. The Syrian Journalistic Association (SJA) quotes the Syria Stamp network as saying one of its members, the citizen-journalist Hozan Abdel Halim Mahmoud, was killed while filming clashes between the rebel Free Syrian Army and a militia operated by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish party, in Ras Al-Ain, in the northeastern province of Al-Hasaka, on 20 November. Mahmoud had been very active covering demonstrations in the nearby city of Qamishli. Abed Khalil, the president of Ras Al-Ain’s Kurdish municipal council, was meanwhile killed by a Free Syrian Army sniper during clashes on 19 November. Khalil was a journalist by profession.Mohammed Al-Khalid, a citizen-journalist from Homs, was executed by the Diraa Al-Shahba Brigade’s Namr Battalion in Aleppo on 18 November for repeatedly criticizing the battalion’s actions in the city.The SJA also reports that Abdullah Hassan Kaake, a citizen-journalist, died under torture by military intelligence personnel in Aleppo on 17 November. Two of his brothers – Abdel Ghani, another citizen-journalist, and Ahmed Kaake – have already been killed since the start of the uprising in Syria.According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, at least 15 journalists and 41 citizen-journalists have been killed in connection with their journalistic activities since the start of the armed conflict.Two other citizen-journalists have been killed by shells in the past week. Mohammad Al-Zaher, also known as Abu Nasser Na’imi, was killed during shelling of the Damascus suburb of Al-Buaida on 19 November while Mustafa Kerman was fatally injured during shelling of the Aleppo district of Al-Bustan Al-Qassir on 16 November.Reporters Without Borders hails the Syrian government’s release of the Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal on 17 November. An employee of US-funded Al-Hurra TV, Ünal was abducted on 20 August in Aleppo. The following three foreign journalists are still being held by their abductors or are missing: – Ankhar Kochneva, a Ukrainian journalist who has worked for many Russian news media, especially as an interpreter, was kidnapped by an FSA faction on 9 October. She was able to confirm by telephone the same day that she had been taken hostage. And then, on 12 and 13 October, she was able to contact NTV, one of the Russian media she has worked for as an interpreter. A video was released on 8 November in which she asked the Ukrainian, Russian and Syrian authorities to agree to her captors’ demands.- Bashar Fahmi Al-Kadumi, a Jordanian reporter working for Al-Hurra, went missing in Aleppo on 20 August, at the same time as his Al-Hurra colleague, Cüneyt Ünal. After his release, Ünal reported that Kadumi was wounded in the stomach by a shot fired by a Free Syrian Army sniper.- Austin Tice, a US freelancer who worked for the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera English and McClatchy, went missing while reporting in a Damascus suburb on 13 August. A video showing him held by Jihadis was posted online on 26 September. The only sign of life since his disappearance, it gave no indication as to where he is currently being held, exactly who is holding him and what their demands are. His parents gave a news conference in Beirut on 12 November to request his release. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria Read in Arabic (بالعربية) March 8, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more News News News RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go furtherlast_img read more

Faust says women should press ahead

first_img <a href=”″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> It’s hard to imagine today, but as a woman, Harvard President Drew Faust would have been unable to attend Princeton University, Yale University, or the University of Virginia in 1964.The reality was little better in Cambridge, Faust told a crowd today gathered under a tent during the annual celebration of Radcliffe Day. Had she been a student then at Radcliffe, Harvard’s sister college, said Faust, Lamont Library would have been off limits. In 1967, the Harvard Undergraduate Council voted to ban women from the stacks because they would “make it impossible to study.”At her own college, Bryn Mawr, Faust couldn’t wear pants to class or dinner.On a day that celebrated the 135th anniversary of the founding of Radcliffe College, an institution founded to promote the education of women, and the 15th anniversary of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, created to support the exchange of ideas across disparate fields of study, Faust honored the efforts of her predecessors, trailblazers who helped women make major strides in the past century. But she also urged her listeners not to forget those struggles and to remain vigilant in their own efforts to secure women’s equality moving forward.“I worry that a complacency is emerging in our society about the place of women, a complacency that too easily forgets that things were once otherwise and there is still a considerable way to go in American society,” said Faust, who before becoming president of Harvard was head of the Radcliffe Institute.Faust was given the 2014 Radcliffe Institute Medal, presented annually to an individual who has had “a transformative impact on society.”In her speech, Faust recalled the commitment and vision of Elizabeth Cary Agassiz and the 27 women who “stood up for the experiment that would become Radcliffe College.” Radcliffe’s dedicated leaders, she said, helped propel women forward because they experimented and took risks.Radcliffe’s roots date to 1879, when Agassiz helped create the Society for the Collegiate Instruction for Women, nicknamed the Harvard Annex. In 1894, the annex was chartered as Radcliffe College by Massachusetts and named in honor of Ann Radcliffe, Lady Mowlson, who had established the first scholarship at Harvard College in 1643 when she provided 100 pounds to help “some poore scholar.” In 1999, Radcliffe and Harvard College formally merged, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study was created.Faust praised Radcliffe for “opening those doors and windows for so many.”“But as we celebrate the 15 years of the institute, and the 120 years of Radcliffe College and the annex that preceded it,” she said, “let us not forget the work still to be done, the responsibility we have inherited.”Despite efforts at Radcliffe and elsewhere, women still lag far behind men in the workplace, politics, and the academy, Faust said. She cited a string of sobering statistics, including a persistent pay gap between women and men, the paucity of women entering the sciences and engineering, and the small percentage of women who hold positions as chief executives at Fortune 500 companies or in the U.S. Senate.“A huge reservoir of female talent remains untapped,” she said.Faust delivered her remarks during a ceremony that celebrated her own accomplishments as a Civil War scholar and author, the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute, and the first female president of Harvard.As the institute’s founding dean, Faust crossed boundaries of institution and of discipline, which Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen noted is a hallmark of “One Harvard,” “the embodiment of Drew’s conviction that bold ideas can make a difference.”In introducing Faust, Harvard’s former President Neil Rudenstine said the University’s efforts to lure her away from the University of Pennsylvania had long been in vain until he offered her the position at Radcliffe and persuaded her to move north.Rudenstine said his list of requirements for the post was long. He needed a major, widely admired academic who was thoughtful, wise, and daring, someone with a compelling vision, administrative and fundraising experience, and an ability to lead.“One person stood out far above all others,” he recalled.In taking on the role, Faust, expertly gave “form and shape to something whose nature and processes were then obscure, but now in the light of today, seems to have been completely predestined. More than anything, she made certain that Radcliffe’s commitment to the education of women was in a number of significant ways brilliantly sustained.”Radcliffe Day unites hundreds of fellows, alumnae, and friends. The celebration included an afternoon of panels and discussions on science and literature, and a morning session with scholars from Harvard and elsewhere, honoring Faust’s life and work.last_img read more

Fishing For Wives Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Fishing For Wives It’s 1913, Hawaii and two immigrant fishermen, Nishi and Aoki, are lonely and bored with only catching fish. Nishi sends for a picture bride from Japan, but sneaks a photo of his handsome friend in his place. The brides arrive and fall in love—with the wrong man—setting off a comedy of errors with mistaken identity, tragic drowning, seeming betrayal and a final surprise turn of events, colorfully visualized with mime and movement. View Comments Fishing For Wives will run through April 27 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. Edward Sakamoto’s Fishing For Wives opens officially off-Broadway on April 10. The play is directed by Ron Nakahara and stars Bobby Foley, Viet Vo, Akiko Hiroshima, Allison Hiroto, Rebecca Lee Lerman and Kiyo Takami. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014last_img read more

Why David Luiz is unhappy at Chelsea and is considering Arsenal transfer

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 5:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kShares Video Settings Coming Next Comment PLAY Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Top articles SPONSORED Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE David Luiz is considering his Chelsea future amid interest from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)David Luiz trained away from the rest of Chelsea’s first team squad on Wednesday and is considering his future amid interest from Arsenal.Unai Emery is desperate to add a centre-half to his squad having seen club captain Laurent Koscielny spurn the offer of an olive branch and complete a move to Bordeaux.New signing William Saliba will spend the upcoming season back on loan at Saint-Etienne, Shkodran Mustafi has endured a difficult pre-season during which he was booed by his own supporters against Lyon, while Rob Holding has only just returned to full training following a cruciate knee ligament injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have been priced out of moves for Daniele Rugani of Juventus and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, but are likely to make a late attempt to prise Luiz from Chelsea in what remains of the summer window.ADVERTISEMENT Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling David Luiz skipped Chelsea’s first team training session on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)The 32-year-old had featured prominently in pre-season under new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and had previously spoken about the positive impact his former teammate had had on dressing room morale.According to the Evening Standard, however, Luiz was worried at having been left out the starting line-up against Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend and is concerned at how much playing time he will be afforded by Lampard.Luiz was a mainstay of Maurizio Sarri’s side last season and played a pivotal role in the club’s Europa League triumph and marshalled a defence which helped secure a top three finish in the Premier League.The Brazil international was one of the few Chelsea players to have publicly backed the Italian who became a devisive figure during his one-year tenure at Stamford Bridge.Asked if he wanted Chelsea to keep Sarri, Luiz said after the 4-1 win against Arsenal in Baku: ‘Yes. Because he is doing great. He did great during the season even with all the difficulties we had.center_img Why David Luiz is unhappy at Chelsea and is considering Arsenal transfer More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More / Advertisement Read More by Metro 1 min. story 1/1 David Luiz was a keen advocate of Maurizio Sarri’s methods and was sad to see him leave Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘In life sometimes you have to try to understand who is on the other side. Sometimes you need to reflect and analyse a little bit how difficult it was for him to be here today. He was training many, many clubs in the lower divisions.‘He was doing one job (banker) and then he quit to try a big journey and do something in football. Today he arrives in a big final and to do great like that, of course there is going to be emotion.‘Of course, for us, it’s emotional because we have a history of life to be here today. He deserved that, it was a fantastic season for him.’Despite Sarri’s departure, Luiz appeared to commit his future to Chelsea by signing a new two-year contract at the end of the season but, according to reports, Lampard is happy to sanction his most experienced defender’s departure with less than 24 hours of the transfer window remaining.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Skip Ad Full Screenlast_img read more

Port St. Lucie man arrested after machete attack

first_imgPolice have arrested a Port St. Lucie man who allegedly chased another man with a machete and knife.Police say, 31-year-old Kevon Clarke was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.Port St. Lucie police Sgt. Lisa Marie Carrasquillo said police responded to a 911 call on Southwest Kimball Circle about 5:30 p.m. When officers arrived, witnesses told them Clarke attacked the victim and then chased him outside with a machete and a knife.Carrasquillo said the victim managed to get away from Clarke and hide. The victim had minor injuries.Police then arrested Clarke and recovered both weapons.Police do not know why Clarke attacked the victim.last_img

Brilliant Bronte wins English women’s amateur

first_img Teenage international Bronte Law is the new English women’s amateur champion, winning the trophy today at St Enodoc in Cornwall with a display of brilliance and tenacity.First she surged into the lead with a superb two-under par 69 in the third round, which included five birdies in the last six holes. Then, she held on tight to her advantage, negotiating her way round the challenging course on a tough afternoon to secure a three-shot victory.Immediately after she sealed the win with a par on the last, her 10-year-old sister, Bella, ran on to the green to be first to congratulate her. “She’s always the first!” laughed Bronte, from Bramhall in Cheshire (Images © Leaderboard Photography)She finished the championship on seven-over par, three clear of runner-up Inci Mehmet of Wentworth. Defending champion Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) were three further shots back, one ahead of Bethan Popel (Long Ashton).  Just behind her was a group which included former champion Hayley Davis (Ferndown), who shot one-under 71 in the final round – and was the only other player to break par during the championship.Bronte, 19, has played in two Curtis Cup teams, is an England international and has won on the US women’s college circuit – but this victory is special.“I have been waiting for a long time to get my hands on an England trophy so for me this is huge.“I’ve been playing well since I came back from college, at the Curtis Cup and at the Europeans (ladies’ team championship), and I felt something was close.“This week I couldn’t have prepared any better and I have played really solid and it’s really nice to have all my family here. That’s rare!”Bronte is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and she added: “It means all the hard work is worth it. Going to America to advance my game and being away from my family isn’t easy but you have to make these sacrifices to get better – and it’s really nice to get something back to keep pushing me on.”Bronte was right in the mix throughout the championship, on a tough course which thoroughly tested the players. Her third round set up her win, but she had to hold on tight during a testing afternoon, played under a hot sun and in a steadily increasing wind.The 16th was a great example of her staying power. She tangled with the punishing rough and was still short of the par five green after three shots, but she played a lovely pitch over a bunker to within 4ft of the hole and sank the putt for par.“There weren’t many birdies out there this afternoon but I didn’t really do anything wrong and I tried to play really steadily on the back nine because those holes were really tricky.”The final round was watched by a crowd of spectators, who found many vantage points on the course, not least the towering mound on the 6th, known as the Himalayas.They watched not only Bronte’s path to victory, but also the battle for second place. Inci Mehmet, Alex Peters, Bethan Popel and Sarah-Jane Boyd were all involved in the tussle, with the advantage swinging to and fro. But Inci’s steady play on the back nine, where she dropped just one shot, saw her into the runner-up place.Click here for full scores 17 Jul 2014 Brilliant Bronte wins English women’s amateur last_img read more

Oceanport Puts Contentious Election in Rearview Mirror

first_imgKeeshenserved as the Monmouth Beach Fire Chief in 2009 and was the vice president ofthe fire company for eight years. He now works with a construction companybased in Long Branch. Wednesday he was named the chair of the public safety committee,as well as a member of the planning and development committee and the financeand administration committee. Beforehis successful reelection campaign, Coffey told The Two River Times that a lackof progress and growth for the town was at the root of his consideration tocall it quits following his four-year mayoral term. He cited difficultiesworking with specific members of the governing body, but said the addition ofWalker, Tvrdik and Keeshen will provide new perspectives that are much needed. “Fouryears ago I said Oceanport is a small town with big city problems. Each one ofthe issues we’ve conquered has been replaced by a new issue,” Coffey said,noting security concerns at Monmouth Park, social and economic impacts of fortdevelopment and how the new school referendum will effect students and taxes. “Whenthey asked me if I was interested in serving this role, I told them theyweren’t getting a guy in a suit,” Keeshen said to the approximately 150community members on hand. “But I will roll my sleeves up and I am lookingforward to getting things done with this group.” The Jan. 1 reorganization meeting introduced new blood to the governing body, as Mayor Jay Coffey, who won a second term in November, presided over the ceremonial swearing in of Meghan Walker and Tom Tvrdik, with whom he shared an Independent ticket. OCEANPORT– New Year’s Day marked a cleaning of the political slate for a borough thatendured a contentious election cycle. “Electionslike that aren’t fun,” Coffey said, recalling a combative campaign intensifiedby mudslinging between neighbors in both social media and the public arena.“But the good thing about a contested election is that it means you have achoice and choices are good. It means people are involved and care about theirfuture. It means people will express their opinions and it’s the people who getto decide which opinions carry weight. But we’re ready to put the election inthe rearview mirror and move forward.” “Lookat the makeup of our new council. You look at Billy (William Deerin), Ricky(Richard Gallo) and I, and we’re old men compared to Mike (O’Brien), Tom(Tvrdik), Bryan (Keeshen) and Meg (Walker),” Coffey said. “They representOceanport’s change. And they’re going to have to shepherd Oceanport through itsnext period of change.” Coffeyalso introduced Bryan Keeshen, who in December was approved to fill a one-yearunexpired term vacated by former council member and Republican mayoral hopefulRobert Proto. center_img “Hewas a police officer, a firefighter and is currently in construction, so he hasa wealth of knowledge that pertains to a lot of the obstacles we’re facing,”Coffey said. “You know what, those are great problems to have, because that means Oceanport is alive, it’s growing, it’s relevant. Oceanport is vibrant and changing. And change is constant and undeniable.” Fouryears later, the track is booming thanks in large part to the success of theMonmouth Park Sportsbook by William Hill. Additionally, Coffey said theborough’s fort acreage is “nearly all accounted” for in terms of developmentprojects, including property eyed by Jersey City University for a satellitecampus. And last month the board of education adopted a multimillion dollarfacilities plan that will transform Oceanport schools into modern, ADA-complianteducational centers. Coffeyrecapped the last four years in the borough, pointing to initial concerns abouteconomic solvency at Monmouth Park Racetrack, a lack of development on the approximately430 acres of Fort Monmouth property the borough assumed and community schoolsin desperate need of facility upgrades. Protoran on a Republican ticket with Joseph Irace and Steven Solan. Following thefinalization of general election results, Proto resigned his post, and Keeshen,alongside fellow registered Republicans James Murphy and Keith Salnick werenominated as possible replacements. Keeshen was ultimately selected by the boroughcouncil and Coffey said his expertise in law enforcement and public safety willbe valuable. Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey addresses the public at the 2020 reorganization meeting.Photo by Chris Rotolo This article originally appeared in the Jan. 9, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgTRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES KENDRICK CARMOUCHE, SCUBA, WINNER: “We broke a step slow today. I just wanted to get him into the race and let him get into stride and in position. When I knew it was time to go, we took command and I knew I had a lot of horse and we accelerated with an eighth of a mile to go. I just pretty much rode him out from there. He’s a really good horse. I thank Mr. Ross and Brendan Walsh for the opportunity. They have a niche for the distance races. I am just so pleased that Mr. Ross has stuck with me for the past 10 years of my career.  I was at Santa Anita one other time about seven years ago, but I never made it to the horse shoe. I have two more races to ride tomorrow. BRENDAN WALSH, SCUBA, WINNER: “I think the pace was favorable. The horse was keen enough to go on and get on with it and they left him alone to an extent. It worked out great. He’s just a great horse. He’s won three times in a row in three states in the best of company. He’s just remarkable.” NOTES: Walsh is 42, from Cork, Ireland, and this is his fifth year training. He won the Marathon two years ago with Cary Street. The winning owner, DARRS, Inc., lists its residence as Vienna, Va.last_img read more

Salt Marsh, Savannah in big clash

first_imgThe Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League returns from the Christmas break with a full slate of matches down to be contested. The schedule includes a tough matchup between Group One leaders Salt Marsh United and Savannah SC. Match time is 3 p.m. at the Frome Sports Complex.Salt Marsh will put their perfect start to the season on the line against one of the brand-name teams in the competition, having already logged six points from two matches before the one-week break.They will be keen on making it three in a row and condemn one of the big-name teams to another loss.The other matches in the group are Granville (third in Group One) up against Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club (MBBGC) at the Granville Community Centre.Petersfield FC, second in the group on three points, host Lucea FC at the Petersfield Sports Ground.GROUPTWOMeanwhile, in Group Two, top club Beaches Negril (four points), after two matches, travel to tackle Sandals Whitehouse.The Aaron Lawrence-coached Sandals Whitehouse team are off to a slow start by their standards and will be in for all three points against their cousin team from Negril.Sandals are yet to win a match so far this season after two tries and will need a strong defensive display to keep Beaches at bay.Also featuring today is Reggae Youths versus Clarks Town at the UDC field in Montego Bay, while two former winners, Wadadah and Village United, meet at the Elleston Wakeland Centre.Village are in dire need of a victory, though that will be tough against this strong Wadadah team, who are currently second in the group with three points.All matches start at 3 p.m.last_img read more

Iraq, ‘own save’ hold Bafana to a draw

first_imgAnd when South Africa did pry open the Iraqi defence – with only six minutes of regulation time left – luck was not with Joel Santana’s charges. Kagiso Dikgacio’s header was goalbound, with the goalkeeper beaten, only to hit striker Bernard Parker, who ran into the way of the ball for an “own save” he won’t forget in a hurry. The rest of the half played out in what became a familiar pattern as South Africa attacked, pushed Iraq deep into their half, and then seemed to run out of ideas, hoping that one-touch passes would find a way through the Iraqi defence. Parker was denied by the Iraqi netminder, and then his block of Dikgacoi’s header followed. Shortly after the restart, Fanteni set up Parker for a shot on goal, but his effort, from an angle, was straight at Kassid in the Iraqi goal. Fanteni was then narrowly wide with a header from a corner. ‘I just wanted to drop dead’ “When the ball hit me, I just wanted to drop dead on the spot. It happens. It’s football,” Parker said afterwards. Thembinkosi “Terror” Fanteni picked up a yellow card in only the second minute of the match, evidence of the nervousness of the hosts, who were feeling the pressure of living up to the fans’ expectations on home soil. South Africa’s best moment of the half came three minutes later when Siboniso Gaxa picked out MacBeth Sibaya on the right. On the run, Sibaya let rip with a shot across the face of goal. Kassid got his fingertips to the ball and steered it wide of the right hand post for a Bafana Bafana corner. Mashego comes close It looked as if Bafana Bafana might create something after 10 minutes when Fareed Majeed was caught in possession. Parker’s left-footed shot from outside the box was, however, tame and easily gathered by goalkeeper Mohammed Kassid. 15 June 2009 Liverpool striker Fernando Torres decided the outcome of the match with the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Confederations Cup, netting in the sixth, 14th and 17th minutes to set Spain on their way to their 33rd match on the trot without defeat. Spain thrash New Zealand With a record lead as Fifa’s number one ranked team, Spain are looking like the team to beat in South Africa. Cesc Fabregas added a fourth only four minutes later, and the rout was well and truly on. Santana sent on Orlando Pirates’ marksman Katlego Mashego, and his change was almost immediately rewarded, but Kassid denied Mashego in a one-on-one. Iraq managed only one shot on goal in the game, which underlines just how much emphasis the Asian champions placed on getting defenders behind the ball. Sibaya lets rip He said Bafana Bafana had expected to win the game, and having shared the points means the pressure is now on South Africa. Iraq’s sole shot of the game followed shortly after that. In the more than 85 minutes that remained, they failed to test SA goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Steven Pienaar, who came on as a substitute with only five minutes remaining, after having been ill in the lead-up to the contest, admitted to being disappointed by the outcome. The Kiwis showed some heart and fought back to share possession, but a blunder just after half-time by defender Andy Boyens, who missed the ball while trying to clear, left striker David Villa with a simple tap-in for Spain’s fifth goal. A lively crowd packed Johannesburg’s Ellis Park for the opening match of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, their plentiful vuvuzelas welcoming the world to a South African football experience. The goal-feast they were hoping for wasn’t forthcoming, however, as South Africa and Iraq played to a goalless draw. The size of the challenge awaiting the hosts in their remaining two matches was made clear in the opening day’s second match between world number one Spain and New Zealand in Rustenburg. The European champions were in scintillating form, crushing the All Whites 5-0. Coach Santana said he was not satisfied with the outcome. He had expected Iraq to show more attacking intent, but instead found, he said, that were trying only to capitalise on South African mistakes and looking for free kicks. Bafana Bafana did most of the pressing but, with Iraq defending in numbers, the passing in the final third of the field was often off target. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more