Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a predicted but controversial third consecutive term in office, according to official election results announced on Friday.Nkurunziza won 69.41% of the vote in Tuesday’s vote, handing him an immediate first-round victory, the election commission said.Nkurunziza’s candidacy was denounced as unconstitutional by the opposition and provoked months of protests and an attempted coup in the central African nation.Although eight candidates were on the ballot paper for the presidential polls, most withdrew from the race, with the closure of most independent media preventing them from campaigning. Anti-Nkurunziza protests have been violently repressed, leaving at least 100 people dead since late April. Many opponents have also fled – joining an exodus of more than 150 000 ordinary Burundians who fear their country may again be engulfed by widespread violence.In mid-May, rebel generals attempted to overthrow Nkurunziza in a coup, which failed. They have since launched a rebellion in the north of the country.In the latest in a string of attacks, four people
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he could lose Yohan Cabaye and has said the club must work on identifying a high-quality replacement for his influential French midfielder. Press Association Pardew thought his side were primed to pinch all three points in injury time when substitute Sammy Ameobi’s floated cross struck the inside of the post and bounced out for Yoan Gouffran, who somehow contrived to scoop the ball over the bar. Pardew added: “Sammy hit a great little cross and I thought it was in, then it came back on the wrong side for Gouffran – he’ll be sweating on the Christmas gaffes for misses of the season. “I think we looked a more disciplined and cohesive defensive unit but in the offensive areas you could tell we needed a few more options off the bench. “It would have been nice to have more senior players to bring on, but I can walk out of here fairly happy that we’ve put in a professional performance, if not a performance that we really wanted.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce maintained his personal unbeaten record at St James’ Park since his departure as Newcastle boss, but like Pardew blamed a lack of sharpness up front for his side’s blank scoresheet. Allardyce said: “We’ve got to improve on that scenario – I watched Chelsea beat Aston Villa in midweek and they didn’t create as many chances as us today. “You’ve got to finish your chances off. It was great to keep a clean sheet again and these are great points for us, but we have got to start being more clinical in front of goal.” Allardyce had no complaints over Modibo Maiga’s disallowed goal in the last minute and admitted he feared the worst when Ameobi went within inches of winning it for the hosts in injury time. Allardyce added: “Zero shots on target [from Newcastle] away from home is a pretty good achievement in the Premier League, but I could have been sat here so sick had that fluke cross ended up in the back of the net. “So in the end I’m satisfied with a point and another clean sheet but we are disappointed that we didn’t take any of those very, very good chances.” Cabaye was once again sidelined for the grim goalless draw with West Ham at St James’ Park as transfer speculation continues to rage over Cabaye, with both Arsenal and Paris St Germain said to be preparing improved bids. Pardew said: “The situation is quite simple – we need to resolve the situation. We need to get ourselves in a position where if he stays, great, and if doesn’t stay we need to get someone equally as good.”
Wellington Police notes for Thursday, May 7, 2015â€¢3:58 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.â€¢10:08 a.m. Shellye B. Campbell, 32, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.â€¢11:30 a.m. Officers took a report of a juvenile problem in the 200 block N. B, Wellington.â€¢12:05 p.m. Peyton Z. Lansden, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.â€¢12:29 p.m. Megan J. Mendenhall, 37, Grove, Okla. was arrested and confined charged with driving while suspended.â€¢1:35 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a trailer in the 900 block E. 8th, Wellington.â€¢3:13 p.m. Anthony M. Moody III, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 34 mph in a 20 mph school zone.â€¢3:51 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block S. Washington, Wellington.â€¢7:36 p.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.â€¢9:35 p.m. Juvenile female, 16, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for defective taillight and no proof of insurance.