Maradona to Visit Morocco to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Green March

Rabat – Argentina’s football legend Diego Maradona is set to arrive in Morocco next November 4 to participate in the festivities of the 40th Anniversary of Morocco’s Green March.The superstar will participate in a gala football match on November 6 in the city of Laâyoune, according to Le360 news website.The Moroccan Sahara capital will be the stage for the ‘legends game’ in which several other international football stars, including Maradona, will play for the Green March Cup. The same source noted that the match organized by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will be an event for charity.Among the players who will reportedly visit Laâyoune and participate in the gala game are: Ghanaian Abidé Pelé, Liberia’s George Weah, Egyptian players Mohamed Aboutrika and Hossam Hassan, and Saudi Arabia’s Sami Al Jabir.Negotiations to secure the participation of these football legends at the Green March festivities are reported to have been challenging and expensive, although no figures have been revealed, the same report said.Morocco’s King Mohammed VI will visit the Saharan provinces as well, under strict security measures, to commemorate the November 6, 1975 march.The King is expected to announce unprecedented decisions about the Sahara and discuss subjects such as the “implementation of advanced regionalization” among other major projects in the region.Besides the monarch’s visit and the gala match, the celebrations will include a film about the Green March.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Death penalty given in journalist murder case alarms UN mission in DR

31 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed serious concern at the death penalty verdict given to four men convicted of murdering a journalist working for a UN-sponsored radio station with the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed serious concern at the death penalty verdict given to four men convicted of murdering a journalist working for a UN-sponsored radio station with the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa. Two men were sentenced as the assassins by a military tribunal and the other two were convicted of sponsoring and organizing the killing of Serge Maheshe, which took place on 13 June in Bukavu in the far east of the DRC, as Mr. Maheshe and two friends were about to enter a UN-marked vehicle. His friends were not injured in the attack. In a statement to the press today in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, the mission (MONUC) said that while it respected judicial independence in the vast African country, it considered that the tribunal did not base its verdict on the results of the autopsy or on any ballistic expert testimony. “In fact, the tribunal noted that the confessions of the two principal accused contained contradictions and that certain allegations made by them cannot be corroborated,” the press statement said. “The tribunal itself underlined that doubts remained.” MONUC stressed the UN principle, enshrined in a 1984 resolution of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), that a verdict of capital punishment must be based on “clear and convincing evidence that does not leave room for any other interpretation of the facts.” The judicial proceeding must also offer all possible guarantees of a fair trial. Noting that an appeal had been launched by the convicted men, the mission said all guarantees of a just and equitable trial must be respected and all the pieces of evidence considered, and it pledged to provide legal authorities in DR Congo with any technical or logistical help they required. Mr. Maheshe had been a senior journalist with Radio Okapi, a partnership between MONUC and the Hirondelle Foundation, a Swiss non-governmental organization (NGO), since 2003. Aged 31 at the time of his death, he left behind a wife and two children. read more

Mens volleyball French connection of Nicolas Szerszen and Maxime Hervoir crucial to

Junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir (23) serves during a match against Fort Wayne at St. John Arena on March 23. The Buckeyes won the match, 3-0. Credit: Hannah Smith | For The LanternThe top-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team will attempt to capture its third national championship in six seasons when the NCAA tournament begins in April. If the Buckeyes do manage to repeat as national champions, it’ll be due in no small part to the play of two French teammates — junior outside hitters Nicolas Szerszen and Maxime Hervoir, who have made large contributions to the team’s 23-1 record in 2017. Both Szerszen and Hervoir were born in France and even competed against each other overseas prior to their careers at OSU. They didn’t know one another very well then, but that’d soon change when Szerszen decided to take his talents to the Buckeye State in 2015. “Even though we played each other a couple times in France, we weren’t that close before Maxime came here,” Szerszen said. “Since he’s been here, we’ve obviously gotten closer. On the court, we view each other as regular teammates. Off the court, though, we understand each other better, because we understand our culture.”Then-National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen (9) hits a ball at the net during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15.Credit: Courtesy of OSUBefore Hervoir’s arrival in August 2016, Szerszen had already exceeded any and all expectations at OSU. On top of winning a national championship last year, Szerszen was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year, the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year, and the MIVA tournament MVP.He also set all-time OSU records with 63 total service aces and 0.42 aces per set average.None of that would’ve been possible, though, without the help of his sister, Anna. “My parents always told me that I have to get my degree first, before playing volleyball,” Szerszen said. “So, I was basically looking for both, and I honestly just followed my sister’s footsteps. She played here about 10 years ago and suggested OSU to me.”While he’s been living on campus for only about eight months, Hervoir’s adjusted pretty quickly. The two-time French Cup winner has Szerszen to thank, who’s playing the same role his sister once did.“I asked him tons of questions before coming here,” Hervoir said. “We talked a lot, and he helped me a lot in deciding whether I should go to OSU or not. Living in France, you’re kind of in the dark, because I had no idea how it was at OSU.”Being from the same country, a closer connection seamlessly formed between the two in what is now their home away from home.“I think there’s a special relationship there with us being from the same country,” Hervoir said. “I try to express most things the best way I can, but it’s always great to have someone to talk to in French if I want to fully express myself. He’s here for me and helps me a lot.”Hervoir and Szerszen were a part of a historic run that recently came to an end at the hands of UC Irvine, after recording 42 straight wins, spanning 399 days.Coach Pete Hanson said the importance of the two outside hitters reaches beyond the volleyball court. “Both Nicolas and Maxime are vitally important to our team’s title chances,” Hanson said. “They’re two of our primary passers that help our offense excel. Nicolas and Max bring a level of maturity and stability to our team that will be essential to have a chance to repeat as national champions.”Szerszen said he understands that in order to bring home another national title, the team will have to balance out the lows and highs every season holds.  “We’ve started pretty well and I hope we keep going like this,” Szerszen said. “We’ll definitely face some lows, and we won’t win every game, but we know it’s not going to be easy every time. The goal is to win another national championship, so hopefully we’ll be back for the final four.”The Buckeyes will put their four-game winning streak, and No. 1 ranking, on the line at Penn State on Tuesday. read more