Liberia Joins Egypt to Celebrate National Day

first_imgAmbassador Issa and Deputy Minister Shoniyin at yesterday’s event.“It’s a tradition that strengthens our bilateral relations,” says Min. ShoniyinLiberia yesterday joined the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt to celebrate that country’s National Day on June 25, at a program held at the residence of Egyptian Ambassador, Alaa Issa in Monrovia.It is celebrated every July 23rd to remember the same day in 1952 when the Arab Republic was first formulated after the overthrow of the monarchy. It is an important annual national holiday for the country to remember hard-fought battles to reclaim its freedom, and the successful end of the revolution by completely abolishing the constitutional monarchy.B. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the celebration of Egypt’s National Day has become a tradition in Liberia and strengthens both countries’ mutual relations.This was after Ambassador Issa had said the celebration did not require speeches; but briefly, he welcomed members of the diplomatic corps, including US Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Christine Elder.Other Liberian government officials present were Defense Minister Daniel Dee Ziakhan, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Musa Dean, and Finance Minister Samuel Tweah.There were also members of the diplomatic corps, members of the business community and friends of the Arab Republic of Egypt.A cross-section of diplomatic corps and other officials at yesterday’s ceremonyEgypt’s National Day is also known as Revolution Day, and it is a public holiday celebrated in that country to commemorate the military coup of July 23, 1952, that led to the end of the monarchy and the establishment of an independent republic.According to an Egyptian Embassy official, the coup was carried out by a clandestine group called the Free Officers, led by General Muḥammad Naguib. They were ex-army officers established by Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1949 to plan a coup against the government of King Farouk.They successfully overthrew the king in 1952 and installed a more democratic government noted for the institution of major land reforms that sought to recover the lands held by the country’s elite and redistribute them among the poor; the acceleration of industrialization in the country, a somewhat successful campaign against corruption, and the advancement of women’s rights, including the right to vote.The Embassy official told the Daily Observer that though the day of the celebration is July 23, it can be celebrated at the time selected by the Embassy, which was done yesterday, June 25.In Egypt itself, the people all over the country celebrate this day every year by having national parades, musical and dance performances in the country’s capital, Cairo, and also by singing patriotic songs. The constitution of the country also comes together to delegate international treaties and extend their relationship with other countries of the world, discuss the country’s performance, progress and peace on this day.To officially honor the day, the Egyptian President issues a public statement praising the revolution, and there is a celebration staged by the minister of defense.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Posey, Crawford lift Giants to another comeback win over Reds with clutch home runs

first_imgCINCINNATI — The Giants matched a franchise record with an eight-run comeback to capture a series-opening 12-11 victory on Friday in Cincinnati.The four-run deficit they overcame to earn a 6-5 win in Sunday’s game was half as big, but just as impressive.“That comeback is as good as the first game because their guy was tough,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He was dealing.”Catcher Buster Posey blasted a game-tying three-run home run with two outs in the sixth before pinch-hitter Brandon Crawford …last_img read more

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Floyd Mayweather on putting legacy on the line- ‘It’s worth it’

first_imgWith his superfight against Conor McGregor a little over a week away, Floyd Mayweather struck a reflective tone on Thursday as he discussed the risk of coming out of retirement for a massive payday.Mayweather, who has not fought in nearly two years, needs a win next week to surpass Rocky Marciano’s record and reach 50-0 for his career, while McGregor, who is making his professional boxing debut, is 21-3 in mixed martial arts.”When a fighter has lost before, if he loses again they say ‘oh, it’s nothing, he’s lost before,'” Mayweather told a conference call. “But when a fighter has been dominating for 20-some years and never lost, everything is on the line.”My legacy. My boxing record. Everything is on the line.”The fight, which the two combatants promoted with a four-city international media tour stretching across three countries, has garnered plenty of interest despite scepticism about how competitive it will be.Mayweather, a master defensive technician and tactician, is heavily favoured to win the Aug. 26 fight in Las Vegas but the 40-year-old has said that, on paper, everything leans toward the 29-year-old Irishman, who is taller and has a longer reach.Mayweather acknowledged the physical demands of training for a fight had become much harder on his body than when in his prime, but said he did not let negative thoughts enter his mind.”I try not to think about losing or taking the ‘L.’ That’s not really my focus. Every day I tell myself I am a winner. I was born to be a winner at life. Not just in the ring but I was born to be a winner,” said Mayweather.advertisement”It’s all about taking risk. I wouldn’t be where I’m at if I didn’t take risks so I don’t mind putting a 49-0 record on the line, putting everything on the line for this fight. I feel like it’s worth it.”Mayweather may be far from his prime but feels his sheer experience in the ring will carry him through what he says will be his last fight, one that is expected to be the most lucrative event in the history of combat sport.”I don’t think that I’m the same Floyd Mayweather that I was 21 years ago. Of course not,” he said.”I don’t think that I’m the same Floyd Mayweather that I was 10 years ago. I’m, not even the same Floyd Mayweather that I was I was five or two years ago.”But I still have a high IQ in that ring. And experience wise, it leans towards me, period, because I have been in the ring at such a high level for so long.”last_img read more

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