By HG|03 July 2010|YBB|

Some Things Need a Woman's Touch

Serena Williams takes on Vera Zvonareva in the finals at Wimbledon Saturday for a shot at her fourth Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam overall. I’m rooting for Serena because she’s American and she’s my secret girlfriend, but even if she was neither of those things it would be hard to pull against her and that booty. Her body is one of the best the sports world has ever seen and she’s one of the all-time greats in her game. Hopefully she rules over the All England Club this weekend in honor of Independence Day.
This isn’t a new story or anything.. I just like the quote from Serena. When she’s right, she’s right.

“Just because I have large bosoms, and I have a big ass [laughter], I swear, my waist is 30 inches — 29 to 30 inches, it’s really small! I have the smallest waist, but just because I have those two assets, it looks like I’m not fit. Just in the locker room staring at my body, I’m like, ‘Am I not fit, really not fit? Or is it just that I have all these extra assets?’ You know, it just looks like I’m not fit. I don’t care if I didn’t eat for two years, I still wouldn’t be a size two. No matter how slim I am, I always have this and that. I’m just not that way, I’m bootylicious.”

Here’s some evidence that Serena is telling the truth:
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Serena Williams wins 4th Wimbledon, 13th major

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer| 3 July 2010| Miami Herald|

Serena Williams poses with her trophy, after defeating Vera Zonareva to win the women's singles final on the Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Jon Super) (AP Photo/Dave Thompson,Pool)

WIMBLEDON, England — Getting set to accept her latest Wimbledon trophy, Serena Williams lifted both arms and held aloft 10 fingers. Then, raising only her right hand, she wiggled three more fingers, bringing the total count to 13.

That’s how many Grand Slam singles titles Williams owns as of Saturday.

“I thought, ‘I hope I got the number right,'” she said. “You know me: I tend to forget.”

That’s OK, Serena. The way you’re accumulating championships, it’s tough to keep track.

With a superb serve that had other greats of the game gushing, and plenty of offense and defense to back it up, the No. 1-ranked Williams overwhelmed No. 21 Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-3, 6-2 in Saturday’s final to win her fourth Wimbledon title and, yes, 13th major tournament overall.

That’s the most among active women and gives Williams sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list, breaking a tie with her former U.S. Fed Cup captain, Billie Jean King. Addressing King, who was in the front row of the Royal Box, Williams said: “Hey, Billie, I got you! This is No. 13 for me now. It’s just amazing to able to be among such great people.”

The American did not drop a set over two dominant weeks at the All England Club.

She’s won five of the last eight Grand Slam tournaments, including two in a row at Wimbledon, where she also was champion in 2002-03. Williams and her older sister Venus have won nine of the past 11 titles at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.

“Everywhere we look, there’s another Wimbledon trophy,” Williams said, rolling her eyes. “I’m, like, ‘Ugh, not one of those again.'”

Williams was kidding, of course. Maybe she also was joking when she said Friday that she’d prepare for the final by relaxing and watching the TV show “Desperate Housewives.” In the end, her victory over Zvonareva lasted only slightly longer than an episode – 67 minutes – and was rather short on drama.

Both women hit the ball with plenty of force from the baseline, and both grunted loudly, the noise reverberating through the arena. After 21 minutes, they were tied at 3-all. Zvonareva was hanging in there despite being the second-lowest-ranked woman to play in a Wimbledon final.

Then, turning it on, Williams reeled off eight of the next nine games to seize complete control and add to her collection of championships, which includes five Australian Opens, three U.S. Opens and one French Open. She brings her best when it counts the most: Her only other title of 2010 came at the Australian Open in January; she was sidelined all of February, March and April with a left knee injury.

Margaret Smith Court leads the way with 24 major titles, followed by Steffi Graf with 22, Helen Wills Moody with 19, and Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with 18 apiece.

So where does Williams rank among the best women’s tennis players through the years?

“Top five,” answered Navratilova, without a moment’s hesitation. “It’s not just about how many Slams you win or how many tournaments you win – it’s just your game overall. And she’s definitely got all the goods. It would have been fun to play her, but at the same time, I’m glad that I didn’t have to.”

Of all her skills, Williams’ serve is the most impressive. Growing up in Compton, Calif., she found practicing serves so boring that she and Venus would chat when their father’s back was turned, then resume hitting balls when he’d check on them.

Navratilova, who watched the final from a front-row seat, called Williams’ serve “astonishing,” the best ever for a woman.

Williams pounded serves at up to 122 mph and hit nine aces Saturday, taking her tournament total to a Wimbledon-record 89, 17 more than the mark she established last year. It’s not simply about speed; Williams varies angles, spins, spots.

“She always changes it,” Zvonareva said.

Williams never faced a break point and won 31 of 33 points when her first serve went in. She double-faulted three times, but followed each of the first two with an ace. Zvonareva also pointed out that because Williams knows she’s successful holding serve, she returns more aggressively.

Indeed, Williams broke Zvonareva three times, including to go up 5-3 by curling a forehand passing winner on the run, then dropping to her right knee and raising a fist.

The second set began with Williams breaking again, when Zvonareva netted three consecutive groundstrokes, then spun around and shrieked. Zvonareva has a reputation for being temperamental – sobbing during points, even – but, at age 25, she says she’s more mature these days. Draping a towel over her head during changeovers to make sure she stayed focused, Zvonareva got past former No. 1s Jelena Jankovic and Kim Clijsters this week en route to her first Grand Slam final.

As Saturday’s match became increasingly lopsided, though, Zvonareva began to unravel. When she double-faulted to fall behind 4-1, she angrily smacked a ball before heading to the sideline. In the next game, Zvonareva slapped her left thigh with a palm and whacked her right thigh with her racket, muttering all the while.

After Williams ended the match with an overhead, Zvonareva plopped down in her chair and wiped away tears with her towel. Later Saturday, Zvonareva bawled while losing the women’s doubles final, too.

Zvonareva and partner Elena Vesnina eliminated the Williams sisters in the quarterfinals. Perhaps that’s why Zvonareva replied, “Of course,” when asked if the younger Williams is beatable.

“She’s a human being. She’s not a machine,” Zvonareva said. “I mean, it’s very difficult to beat her. You have to play your best – but if you do, you can do it.”

Williams wouldn’t allow that. She accumulated a 29-9 edge in winners, a reflection of her fantastic shotmaking and her ability to cover every blade of Centre Court’s grass.

Williams improved to 13-3 in major finals; half of the 16 were against her sister. Zvonareva only once before went as far as the semifinals at any Grand Slam tournament and never was past the fourth round at Wimbledon until this year.

“I did not show my best today, and it’s a bit disappointing, because it’s the final,” Zvonareva said. “You know, you don’t reach the Wimbledon final every day.”

Well, if you’re a Williams, you do reach one nearly every year. Ten of the past 11 women’s Wimbledon finals included at least one of the sisters; they played each other for the title four times.

This year, though, Venus lost in the quarterfinals, and she already was home in Florida before Saturday. So Serena took center stage, and as she walked through the All England Club carrying the champion’s plate, she spun around and kicked up her heels.

“I was really feeling Frank Sinatra-ish – ‘Come Fly With Me,’ ‘Fly Me To The Moon,'” she explained. “Old-style dance – that’s what I felt like at the moment.”

The 28-year-old Williams has been criticized in the past for not paying enough attention to her tennis career, for dabbling in acting and clothes design.

It’s clear, however, that she is as good as it gets right now, and could be for some time.

“That’s always been a goal of hers, I guess, to be the best,” said her mother, Oracene Price. “And to not lose. She hates losing.”

That was never much of a concern Saturday.

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Brésil-Afrique de l’Ouest : “Nous sommes unis pour le futur” dit Lula

AFP|3 juillet 2010|AFP|

Le président brésilien Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva à son arrivée à Madrid le 18 mai 2010 ©AFP

SANTA MARIA – Le président brésilien Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a solennellement déclaré samedi au Cap-Vert devant dix chefs d’Etat de la Communauté économique des Etats d’Afrique de l’Ouest (Cédéao) que le Brésil et l’Afrique étaient “unis pour le futur”.

Il s’exprimait à l’ouverture d’un sommet extraordinaire Brésil-Cédéao à Santa Maria, sur l’île de Sal.

Le président Lula y était entouré des chefs d’Etat de pays lusophones (Cap-Vert, Guinée-Bissau), francophones (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Sénégal) et anglophones (Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone).

“Nous réaffirmons ici l’engagement commun de bâtir une histoire commune pour la paix, la stabilité et le développement.Aujourd’hui nous sommes unis pour le futur”, a-t-il déclaré.

“Le Brésil a pris une décision de se retrouver avec l’Afrique car nous n’avons pas les moyens politiques de payer la dette de l’Histoire envers le continent.Ce que nous voulons, c’est créer les conditions de transfert de technologies vers l’Afrique, dans les secteurs qui créent de la plus-value”, a-t-il ajouté.

Au plan économique, “nous avons décidé de lancer un mécanisme financier avec la Cédéao en particulier, l’Afrique en général, pour promouvoir les échanges dans le domaine de l’industrie et du commerce.Nous voulons également éliminer la pauvreté et la faim.Cela doit être notre credo à nous tous”, a-t-il dit.

Lula débutait au Cap-Vert sa dernière tournée en Afrique, la Constitution l’empêchant de se présenter à un troisième mandat consécutif à la présidentielle d’octobre.

Il a lui-même précisé avoir visité 25 pays africains, soit quasiment la moitié des 53 Etats du continent.

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Guinée: Cellou Dalein Diallo face à Alpha Kondé pour le second tour

Carim Camara|3 Juillet 2010|Agence de Presse Sénégalaise (Dakar) |

Cellou Dalein Diallo, le candidat de l'Union des forces démocratiques de Guinée

Conakry — Le second tour de l’élection présidentielle de la Guinée prévu le 18 juillet opposera Cellou Dalein Diallo, le candidat de l’Union des forces démocratiques de Guinée, à Alpha Condé du Rassemblement du peuple de Guinée, selon les résultats de la Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI) proclamés vendredi soir au Palais du peuple de Conakry.

Les résultats rendus publics par le président de la CENI, Ben Sékou Sylla, placent largement en tête du premier tour Cellou Dalein Diallo, crédité de 1.062.549 voix (39,72 pour cent).

Guinean presidential candidate Alpha Conde speaks to the press as the nation's residents and candidates await results from Sunday's presidential vote, in Conakry, Guinea, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. A plethora of candidates running in what many hoped would be Guinea's first free election since independence have denounced what they called widespread fraud in the poll. (AP Photo/Idrissa Soumare)

Arrivent loin derrière, Alpha Kondé avec 553.021 voix (20,67 pour cent), Sidiya Touré 417.251 (15,60 pour cent), Lansana Kouyaté (7,75 pour cent) et Papa Koly Kourouma 129.155 voix (4,93 pour cent). La seule femme des 24 candidats, Saran Daraba Kaba, n’a obtenu que 2962 voix, soit 0,11 pour cent.

Les candidats disposent d’une semaine pour faire des réclamations.

Avec un nombre d’inscrits de 4.291.419 et des votants de l’ordre de 3.064.39, le taux de participation est estimé 77 pour cent. Il y a eu 629.372 bulletins nuls.

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Nigeria : 12 marins enlevés, un blessé dans l’attaque d’un cargo

AFP|3 juillet 2010|AFP|

Le terminal pétrolier portuaire de Bonny, au Nigeria, le 18 mai 2005 ©AFP

LAGOS – Douze marins ont été enlevés et un blessé par balles lors de l’attaque par des hommes armés d’un cargo au large de la région pétrolière du Delta du Niger, dans le sud du Nigeria, a annoncé samedi un officier de marine.

“L’attaque a eu lieu dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi et n’a concerné qu’un bâtiment (…) l’un des hommes d’équipage a été blessé par balles et douze ont été pris en otage”, a indiqué à l’AFP le porte-parole de la marine nigériane David Nabaida.

La marine a escorté le navire jusqu’au terminal pétrolier portuaire de Bonny.

Des informations contradictoires ont été fournies sur l’identité du bateau, d’abord présenté comme allemand avant d’être démenti.Celle des otages n’a pu, non plus, être établie dans un premier temps, a-t-il indiqué.

Les attaquants non plus n’ont pas été identifiés.

Des centaines de personnes, la plupart liées au secteur pétrolier, ont été enlevées dans le Delta du Niger ces dernières années par des groupes armés, certains se revendiquant d’une rébellion locale qui réclame une meilleure répartition des revenus pétroliers du pays, huitième exportateur mondial d’or noir.

Beaucoup ont été relâchés après quelques semaines de captivité et souvent après paiement d’une rançon.

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Explosion d’un camion-citerne en RDC : au moins 230 morts, 105 blessés, selon un nouveau bilan

AFP|3 Juillet 2010|AFP|

Carte de la RDC

KINSHASA (AFP) L’explosion d’un camion-citerne accidenté rempli d’essence vendredi soir à Sange, un village de l’est de la RD Congo, a tué “plus de 230 personnes”, selon un nouveau bilan fourni samedi à l’AFP par le gouverneur de la province du Sud-Kivu.

Un précédent bilan de la Croix-Rouge congolaise faisait état de 220 mort et 214 blessés.

“Quand nous sommes arrivés à Sange (samedi) vers midi, nous étions à 230 morts.En notre présence, il y a eu trois autres corps qui ont été ajoutés.Donc nous sommes à plus de 230 morts et 105 blessés”, a affirmé Marcellin Cishambo, joint au téléphone depuis Kinshasa.

“Une partie des blessés a été acheminée à l’hôpital d’Uvira“, situé à 35 km au sud de Sange, a-t-il ajouté, et d’autres ont été transféré vers celui de Bukavu, le chef-lieu du Sud-Kivu, à environ 70 au nord de Sange, a-t-il ajouté.

Les secours “ont été organisés par les membres du service médical de Sange, de l’armée (congolaise) et du contingent médical pakistanais” de la Mission de l’ONU en RDC (Monusco), basé à Sange, a précisé le gouverneur.

“Les morts étaient en majorité des téléspectateurs qui suivaient le match de la coupe du Monde entre le Brésil et la Hollande dans une salle de cinéma.Personne n’est sorti vivant de cette salle”, a détaillé l’élu.

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Nigeria : au moins 13 morts dans l’explosion d’un camion citerne

AFP|3 juillet 2010|AFP|

Carte du Nigeria

KANO (Nigeria) Au moins 13 personnes ont été tuées et neuf autres gravement brûlées vendredi soir dans l’explosion d’un camion-citerne rempli d’essence dans le nord du Nigeria, ont annoncé des responsables de la sécurité routière.

L’accident s’est produit dans la ville de Gombe (nord-est) lorsque le conducteur du camion, chargé de 33.000 litres d’essence en provenance de Lagos, a raté un virage et s’est renversé sur le côté.L’essence a immédiatement pris feu, a indiqué samedi à l’AFP le chef de la sécurité routière de l’Etat de Gombe, Felix Osakwe.

“Nous avons jusqu’à maintenant comptabilisé 13 morts et neuf blessés graves.Le feu a détruit environ 40 maisons, cinq voitures et 89 motocyclettes”, a-t-il précisé.

Les 13 corps totalement calcinés ont été déposés dans une morgue de la ville, tandis que les blessés ont été hospitalisés.

Vendredi soir, plus de 200 personnes ont été tuées et des dizaines blessées dans l’explosion d’un camion-citerne dans l’est de la RD Congo, selon la Croix rouge locale.

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Obama Administration Planning 50th Anniversary Festivities to Honor ‘Significant Gains’|3 July 2010||

U.S. President Barack Obama in Ghana: The United States is to mark the 50th independence celebrations of 17 states by engaging with youth leaders.

Washington, D.C. — President Barack Obama will host a town hall meeting next month with African youth leaders as part of a U.S. celebration of 50 years of independence being marked this year by 17 African countries.

“In honor of Africa‘s significant gains since 1960, its increasingly important voice on the world stage and in anticipation of the next 50 years of progress toward peace and prosperity, the United States will host a series of events focusing on the Future of Africa in Washington, D.C., in early August,” Benjamin Chang, spokesman for the National Security Council, told AllAfrica.

Reports from last week’s G20 meetings in Toronto that African heads of state had been invited to Washington for anniversary celebrations were inaccurate, Chang said, adding: “The focus is on youth.”

High-profile activities include the annual U.S.-Africa economic forum. It opens August 2 and includes high-level American officials and Cabinet ministers from the 38 African countries eligible to take part in the provisions of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The legislation, adopted in 2000 and revised and extended by Congress in 2006, provides preferential access to U.S. markets for a broad range of goods from countries in sub-Saharan Africa that meet eligibility requirements.

Events based on themes of youth, governance and opportunity, Chang said, “will bring together young Africans, the Diaspora community, U.S. government officials, civil society organizations and the private sector to focus.” He cited youth empowerment, good governance and economic opportunity as “key themes of America’s partnership with African nations.”

Youth leaders have been invited to Washington to discuss how a U.S.-African partnership “can ensure that all Africans, 60 percent of whom are under 30, are prepared to face the challenges of the coming decade,” Chang said.

The economic conference, formally called the ninth annual U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, will take place in two parts. The two days in Washington will involve government officials, with expected participation by the U.S. secretaries of State, Commerce and Agriculture, and the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. “Agoa at 10, New Strategies for a Changing World” is the conference theme.

On August 5 and 6, the second two-day portion of the forum will convene in Kansas City, Missouri, where the focus will be agri-business, and participation will broaden to include U.S. companies and private sector representatives from a number of the 38 Agoa-eligible countries.

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Guinea: UN Calls for Continued Restraint After Delay in Presidential Election Results

UN News Service (New York)|3 July 2010|UN News Service (New York)|

Ben Sekou Sylla, president of Guinea's electoral commission, speaks during a news conference in Conakry June 30, 2010. Guinea's Supreme Court gave election authorities a further 48 hours on Wednesday to publish provisional results from Sunday's presidential election, citing logistical and other problems. The electoral commission blamed the delay on practical difficulties collecting and counting ballot papers, but also said it was aware of incidents of fraud. (REUTERS/Luc Gnago)

The top United Nations official in West Africa has urged Guinea‘s presidential candidates and their supporters to continue to show restraint ahead of the much anticipated release of results from the country’s first democratic elections since it gained independence more than half a century ago.

Provisional results from Guinea’s independent electoral commission could be released today after they were delayed by 48 hours this week because of logistical, transport and security difficulties.

Media reports say that tensions are rising in the impoverished country as the people wait for the results from Sunday’s vote in which 24 candidates competed for president. The ballot was considered to be the first free election in Guinea, whose history since independence in 1958 has been marked by a series of coups and military or autocratic regimes.

Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, issued a statement yesterday in which he called on all political parties to continue to respect their commitments to a peaceful process and to only use legal channels to resolve any disputes they may have about the results.

“I urge all candidates and their supporters to continue to show restraint and civility to preserve the atmosphere of calm and serenity that prevails in the country,” he said from Dakar, where his office is based.

The statement echoed remarks this week from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who praised Guineans for the peaceful staging of the polls, which took place less than a year after members of the military forces shot more than 150 unarmed demonstrators who had been participating in a peaceful pro-democracy protest on the streets of the capital, Conakry. Countless others were sexually assaulted or otherwise physically attacked.

International condemnation, including from senior UN officials, followed and a Government of national unity was established in January as part of a transition to a more democratic order.

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Afrique: 11,5 milliards de Dollars injectés pour la relance économique

Cheikh Ndong|3 Juillet 2010|Sud Quotidien (Dakar)|

Dr. Obiageli "Obi" Ezekwesili est la vice-présidente Nigériane de la "région Afrique" de la banque mondiale(photo KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a engagé un montant record de 11,5 milliards de dollars américains, répartis sur 113 projets, en vue d’accélérer la relance des économies d’Afrique subsaharienne au lendemain de la crise financière mondiale, a-t-il annoncé dans un de ses communiqués daté du 1er juillet 2010.

Les engagements de la Banque internationale pour la reconstruction et le développement (Bird) sont estimés à 11,5 milliards de Dollars américains, a annoncé la Banque Mondiale dans son communiqué parvenue hier 2 juillet et daté du 1er juillet à notre rédaction.

L’institution financière internationale d’ajouter qu’à l’échelle mondiale, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a financé environ 875 projets destinés à stimuler la croissance économique, vaincre la pauvreté et promouvoir l’entreprise privée. La même source note que les engagements du Groupe ont atteint un niveau record dans les domaines de l’éducation, la santé, la nutrition, la population et les infrastructures. Dans les pays touchés par la crise, « ces financements ont permis de réaliser des investissements qui faisaient cruellement défaut ».

Fournis sous forme de prêts, de dons, de prises de participations et de garanties, les financements du Groupe de la Banque mondiale ont aidé les pays et les entreprises privées à faire face à la diminution sensible des flux de capitaux privés due à la récession mondiale. Selon les prévisions de la Banque Mondiale, ces flux n’augmenteront que modestement pour passer de 454 milliards de dollars en 2009 à 771 milliards de dollars en 2012, un niveau bien inférieur aux 1 200 milliards de dollars atteints en 2007.

Le communiqué rapporte que c’est dans cette perspective que la vice présidente de la Banque Mondiale pour la Région Afrique, Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili a déclaré que : « L’Afrique est aujourd’hui l’uns des premiers continents à émerger de la crise avec des perspectives de croissance solide comparables au niveau enregistré durant la période d’avant-crise, et je suis fière de constater que notre institution a contribué à cet effort ». Mme Ezekwesili de préciser : « Durant cet exercice fiscal nos financements ont atteint un niveau sans précédent pour remettre les économies africaines sur le chemin de la croissance », « C’est en mettant l’accent sur les résultats et le savoir au moment opportun que nous avons pu faire la différence pour le bien des peuples d’Afrique », a-t-elle ajouté.

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