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Travelling around 3 north african countries – Morroco, Algeria, Tunisia
Thirty-three Algerian from 11 disciplines have already qualified for the London 2012 Sumer Olympics to start July 27 and the list could be further enlarged in the following weeks as many athletes are still chasing the qualifying standards.
London 2012 Summer Olympics start July 27 and the list can be further enlarged because the qualification rounds have not ended.
List of qualified athletes:
Athletics: Souad Aït-Salem Mahour-Bacha and Tayeb Fillali (Marathon).
Rowing: Rouba Amina (Skiff),
Boxing: Mohamed Flissi (49kg), Samir Brahimi (52kg), Mohamed-Amine Ouadahi (57kg), Abdelkader Chadi (60kg), Ilyas Abbadi (69kg), Abdelmalek Rahou (75kg), Chouaïb Bouloudinat (91kg) and Abdelhafid Benchebla (81kg).
Cycling: Azzedine Laâgab
Judo: Soraya Haddad (52kg) and Sonia Asselah (78kg).
Taekwondo: Lyamine Mokdad (54kg),
Weight lifting: Walid Bidani (105kg),
Wrestling: Tarek-Aziz Banaïssa (55kg) and Mohamed Serrir (66kg),
Pistol Shooting: Amine Adjabi( qualified through wildcard)
Fencing: Léa Moutoussami and Anissa Khelfaoui
Volleyball: twelve players of the women’s national team
in other news
Fencing is making a comeback in Libya, after it was banned along with other sports deemed as violent, such as boxing and wrestling, during ousted leader Muammer Qaddafi’s reign.
The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers has partnered with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Office of the Olympic Complex (OCO), and the Algerian Golf Federation, to install the first driving range in Algiers. A driving range is primarily used as a learning platform for players who want to learn principle techniques and improve their golf performance. The new driving range will be managed by Professional Golf Association expert Aamir Chaudhry, who will offer professional golf lessons and provide free workshops for children. This landmark accomplishment will be celebrated by all those who love the game of golf on May 4, 2012 at 10:00 at the Official Opening Ceremony held at the Terrain du Golf in Del Ibrahim.
DR. Rachid Bouzennoun is at the same time a successful Bangkok businessman and a dedicated representative of the Algerian Prime Minister’s party, the National Democratic Rally (RND). A devoted Muslim, he is a familiar figure within the diplomatic community, and rarely misses a National Day reception or other official function.
Born 42 years ago to a middle-class family in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, Dr. Bouzennoun studied economics and after university spent a short time on an internship with a company in Hong Kong before returning home. It wasn’t long before he took to the road again, this time to Thailand. He’s lived here ever since, running a successful trading company in Bangkok.
“For those who don’t know much about Algeria, it is a Muslim country located in northern Africa, sharing a 7,000 kms border with seven countries:
Libya, Mali, Mauretania, Morocco, Niger, Tunisia and Western Sahara.
“Politics is in my blood and that’s why I represent the RND, not only in Thailand but in the whole of Asia. I was appointed to my position by a board member of the party who is in charge of the worldwide Algerian community, on behalf of the Algerian Prime Minister. It is a voluntary position.
“The RDN is elected by the Algerian people to be one of the three leading parties. We like to have good relations with all political parties in Asia and, of course, with those in Thailand. In this respect, we cooperate with the Thai government in political, economic, social and other spheres.’’
Dr. Bouzennoun stays in contact with his family and party officials back home by Skype. “Every morning, when I wake up, the first thing I do is to read Algerian newspapers and watch television on the internet.”
When asked if he is married, Dr. Bouzennoun replied without embarrassment: “Nobody wants me.” But this is not entirely the case, according to his friends. “Maybe it is the other way around,” one diplomat said.
When asked if he acts as an “unofficial ambassador” for Algeria, he replied: “Every Algerian or citizen of any other nation living away from their homeland is like an ambassador for his or her country and should always try to do the best for their country.
“There is no Algerian embassy in Thailand as yet. I hope this will change. We have one in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which looks after Thailand,” Dr. Bouzennoun said.
“I don’t travel abroad as often as in the past, but I travel a lot within Thailand. I have already visited 53 provinces, with 22 left, and I’m sure I’ll visit them before I leave Thailand one day.
”While in the provinces, I meet with various people and want to know how they live, what is good or bad and what we can learn from this country in terms of agriculture, tourism, et cetera. As I am a Muslim, I meet with people from the Muslim communities, of course.
“I have also visited southern provinces, like Pattani and Narathiwat, and have found that Muslims there are the same as those I’ve met in other parts of Thailand. They are very nice and hospitable, not just to me because I am a Muslim, but to everyone.
“The problem in the South is very unfortunate and I hope it will be solved soon. The people in the South don’t like violence. They are against violence, just like people in other areas. Security for them is very important because when you feel secure then you are happy and comfortable both at your workplace and at home.”
He believes that Muslims are “the same everywhere, because Islam teaches us the same way. I didn’t find any problems or conflict between the Shia and Sunni Muslims in the South or in other parts of Thailand. We are Muslims and we have one Prophet.
“Thai Muslims are part of Thailand and they want to live here. I have never heard Muslims saying they want to separate from Thailand. I hear this only in the media,” Dr. Bouzennoun said.
“Many Muslims in Thailand have held or now hold high positions, like the president of Parliament and chief of the Army. Several ministers have been Muslims, and many Muslims have served and now serve in high government positions, or are top businessmen in the country.”
Dr. Bouzennoun expressed hope that the government will invest more in education, health care, culture and job creation, in order to provide people with more opportunities.
He praises Thai people for their religious tolerance: “There is real freedom of religion in Thailand. I have friends who are Jews or Christians, who go to synagogues or church, and they all say the same thing. You can do whatever you want and practise any religion here without worry. I have never had any problem in Thailand because I am a Muslim.
“Many department stores, hotels and airports and other places have designated areas where Muslims can pray. Women wear the hijab, and no one here protests this, unlike other countries which are making laws against it,” said Dr. Bouzennoun.
“You can see now why so many people from Middle-Eastern countries want to visit Thailand. And many want to stay, because of the religious freedom here.”
Dr. Bouzennoun is obviously happy living in Thailand. “I like the people, the countryside and the food. You can go the beaches or mountains. I really enjoyed the celebrations to commemorate the 60thAnniversary of the coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulaydej in 2006. It was amazing to see millions of people celebrating, all wearing yellow shirts. You could see how much the Thai people love the King.”
He also praised the wide variety of cuisine in Thailand: “You have so many choices in Thailand. You can eat what you want. What I don’t like is the food cooked on the footpaths. Maybe the food is delicious, but the hygiene is terrible.’’
Dr. Bouzennoun wants to encourage more Thais to visit his country. “Even though there’s no Algerian embassy in Thailand, visa applications can be done online. If approved, you can send the passport to Kuala Lumpur by DHL.”
The Algerian community in Thailand is small with not more than 200 people. “Most of them are businessmen, while some are Muay Thai boxers or teachers.
Asked about his work for charitable organizations, Dr. Bouzennoun said: “I am involved in many charities but I won’t name them. According to our religion this should be kept confidential.”
The 50th anniversary of Algerian independence on July 5 will be marked by a number of activities, an Algerian food festival, a photo exhibition and a night of Algerian music.
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Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission and Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy, made today the following statement: “We welcome the holding of legislative elections in Algeria in a peaceful and orderly atmosphere. We consider these elections to be a step forward in the reform process which started in April 2011 in Algeria, expected to be concluded by a revision of the Constitution later this year to consolidate democracy and the rule of law in line with the legitimate expectations of the Algerian people. The newly elected Assembly will be called to play an important role in this process. We welcome the increased participation of women in this Assembly. Algeria’s invitation to the EU to observe these elections is a mark of trust and engagement. We take note of the preliminary results of the elections announced by the Ministry of Interior and of the Local Communities and the official voter participation rate. The preliminary findings of the EU’s Election Observation Mission, led by MEP M. Salafranca, have acknowledged positive developments in the electoral process while underlining some areas where improvements can be made. More detailed recommendations will be outlined in the final report which will be made available in the coming weeks. The EU is fully committed to continuing an open, comprehensive and constructive dialogue with Algeria in order to further strengthen the partnership. The EU looks forward to the newly elected Parliament taking forward the reform process based on democratic principles and the respect for human rights and the rule of law.”
Algeria will partner with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to build the first HIV/AIDS research centre in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The centre, which should be operational by 2013, will be based in the city of Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. It will bring together researchers from Africa, Europe and the United States working on treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
“The work of the centre will be essential to fight HIV/AIDS in this region of the world,” says Adel Zeddam, UNAIDS coordinator in Algeria.
During the centre’s launch last month in Algiers, Djamel Ould Abbès, health minister of Algeria, said “the centre will try to attract the best researchers working on prevention and treatment and will focus on robust exchange of information and collaborative research.”
Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, says the Algerian government has pledged to fund the whole project except for the salaries of the researchers, for which UNAIDS will be responsible. Tamanrasset was selected as the location for the centre because it lies close to Algeria’s southern borders, through which people from 48 different African nationalities pass during immigration through Algeria to Europe.
“With more accurate data we will be better positioned to fight the virus.”
While HIV prevalence in MENA remains comparatively low, according to the UNAIDS regional report on HIV/AIDS in MENA in 2011, the region has the second fastest growing incidence of HIV/AIDS, only surpassed by Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The estimated number of adults and children living with HIV in the region increased from 330,000 in 2001 to 580,000 in 2010. According to a World Bank report on HIV/AIDS released in 2010, this increase in mainly concentrated in high risk groups.
In recent years, Algeria has stepped up its HIV/AIDS prevention programme. Antiretroviral drugs are available free in 60 centres across the country. However, according to the Institut Pasteur in Algeria, the number of new infections continues to rise, going from 600 in 2010 to 700 in 2010, estimating around 5,500 people living with HIV/AIDS. Othman Bourouba, director of AIDS Algerie, a local NGO that supports people living with HIV/AIDS, says that number could be as high as 20,000.
Many infected people refuse testing or antiretroviral drugs due to stigmatization in Algeria and the rest of the Arab world.
“The Tamanrasset centre will be useful in addressing the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS,” says Bourouba. “Besides the scientific research conducted there, they will gather important information about the spread of the disease in Algeria and the region. With more accurate data we will be better positioned to fight the virus.”
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