Western Province cruise into the final after beating the Cheetahs

first_imgMonday Oct 18, 2010 Western Province cruise into the final after beating the Cheetahs The Sharks beat the Bulls at a bee-infested and soggy Kingspark in the first Currie Cup semi final, while in the second we saw Western Province run away with a convincing win over the Freestate Cheetahs in Cape Town.Newlands was packed to the rafters for what was expected to be a tight encounter. It was up until 20 minutes in when Province scored their first, and later piled on the points. A late consolation try was a gift for the visitors, as the home side looked very impressive and finished well.Bryan Habana, who took so much stick recently for his lack of form in the Tri Nations, showed what a bit of conditioning and time off can do for a player as he looked back to his best with some hard work on defense, a neatly taken try, and a great run to set up Gio Aplon for a try of his own. Francois Louw also scored, and Willem de Waal did the rest with the boot, kicking seven out of eight at goal.“It’s been a while since we’ve been in a final, so it’s a great achievement by the boys,” Burger said, referring to the fact that its been nine years since they made a final.“We’ve lost a couple of semis to the Cheetahs in the past as they are a quality outfit. We’ve been building some momentum since beating the Sharks last week and hopefully we can carry that over to the final,” he said.Speaking about Habanas form, Burger was full of praise for his Springbok and provincial collegue. “Its different when youre someones team-mate to sitting at home, drinking brandy and booing. Bryans record of 38 tries in 66 Tests, as well as all the tries that he has scored at Super14 level, speaks for itself.“Im sure it wasnt easy for Bryan to be treated in that manner. People will realise in time how good he is. We never doubted his ability,” added Burger, a sentiment that Western Province coach Allister Coetzee echoed.“Its good to see Bryan finish like that again. The saying that form is temporary and class is permanent applies here. Bryan could settle down again and speak to people close to him about other things,” said Coetzee about the time off.“Its important to be able to switch off and to be able to handle criticism. It will be to your disadvantage if you take everything personally.”The Sharks will host Western Province in the final in Durban in two weeks time. Time: 06:42ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! 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Repression continues as Ben Ali marks 21st anniversary as president

first_img Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News November 11, 2020 Find out more As it celebrates the 21st anniversary today of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s takeover as president, the Tunisian government is above all stressing his economic, social and security successes. Tunisia nonetheless continues to be one of the region’s most authoritarian countries as regards civil liberties. Follow the news on Tunisia RSF_en As it celebrates the 21st anniversary today of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s takeover as president, the Tunisian government is above all stressing his economic, social and security successes. Tunisia is portrayed as the most advanced Arab country as regard women’s rights and has established itself as a leading ally of the West in the fight against terrorism.Tunisia nonetheless continues to be one of the region’s most authoritarian countries as regards civil liberties. The regime relies on an enormous security apparatus that monitors and punishes any sign of pro-democracy activism in its citizens. The media are also subject to control and journalists are kept under close surveillance.Tunisia has many newspapers and magazines but almost all of them are completely subservient to the government. Journalists who try to resist the imposed uniformity encounter many complications in their work and daily life such as difficulties in renewing ID papers, bans on leaving the country and blocked access to information. There was no exception to this during President Ben Ali’s 21th year in power.The regime does not hesitate to jail those who work for the foreign media. Slim Boukhdir, a journalist who writes for pan-Arab media, was arrested on 26 November 2007 and, after a sham trial, spent 238 days in prison. Human rights activist Tarek Soussi was charged with “spreading false news liable to disrupt public order” after being interviewed by the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera. He is currently free on bail pending trial. Al-Jazeera, which gives the Tunisian government’s opponents a chance to speak on the air, has never been given permission to open a bureau and its correspondent, Lotfi Hajji, has never managed to get government press accreditation.Ben Ali’s 21th year in power was also marked, in April by demonstrations that shook the Gafsa mining region in the south of the country. They received little coverage by the state-owned media and by media owned by government allies, which mostly just used the government news agency’s dispatches. Opposition newspapers that covered the protests, such as the weeklies Al-Maoukif and Mouwatinoun, found issues suddenly being seized and found themselves the target of legal procedures which they suspect were orchestrated by the government.During clashes between police and protesters in June, for example, Mouwatinoun correspondent Hédi Raddaoui was roughly arrested as he left a hospital where he had gone to take photos of the injured. He was taken to Tunis and questioned there by interior ministry officials, who erased his photos. At least four issues of Al-Maoukif were confiscated in the course of the year without its staff being notified.Ben Ali is currently paving the way for a new election in which he intends to run for a fifth consecutive presidential term. The Internet, which ought to have been an area of freedom for Tunisians, has also been brought under control. The president warned on 3 November that: “The new modes of political participation created by modern communication technology (…) must not be allowed to conceal the threats they can create for the integrity of the democratic processes, stability and security.”The Tunisian government is using Internet filtering technology. Some websites that criticise the regime, such as Tunisia Watch, cannot be accessed because of their content. Others, such as the online magazine Kalima, find themselves the target of mysterious hacker attacks when they post articles about political problems. The past year has also seen the introduction of very precise forms of electronic surveillance. The email inboxes of government opponents are being filtered and they find they cannot access some of the messages they receive.Tunisia was ranked 143rd out of 173 countries in the world press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders released on 22 October.Logo : © AFP. November 12, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News to go further News Organisation Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Repression continues as Ben Ali marks 21st anniversary as president Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more