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Dioncounda Traoré

Dioncounda Traoré is a Malian politician, President of Mali in an interim capacity from April 2012 to September 2013. He was President of the National Assembly of Mali from 2007 to 2012, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1997, he was President of the Alliance for Democracy in Mali-African Party for Solidarity and Justice beginning in 2000, he was President of the Alliance for Democracy and Progress, an alliance of parties that supported the re-election of President Amadou Toumani Touré in 2007. Traoré was born in Kati. After studying abroad in the Soviet Union, at the University of Algiers, at the University of Nice, he taught in Mali at the Teachers' College from 1977 to 1980, he was arrested for trade union activities and sent to Ménaka in northern Mali. Subsequently, he became director-general of the National School of Engineering, he participated in the struggle for democracy that culminated with the overthrow of President Moussa Traoré in March 1991. He was a founding member of ADEMA, at its constitutive congress, held on 25–26 May 1991, he was elected as its second vice-president, while Alpha Oumar Konaré was elected as the party's president and Mamadou Lamine Traoré was elected as its first vice-president.

After Konaré was elected as President of Mali in the 1992 presidential election, Traoré was appointed Minister of the Civil Service and the Moderization of Administration on 9 June 1992, in the first government under Konaré's presidency. He was named Minister of State for Defense on 16 April 1993, holding that position until he became Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on 25 October 1994. At ADEMA's first ordinary congress, held in September 1994, Traoré was elected as the First Vice-President of the party, while Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was elected as its President, he was elected to the National Assembly as a Deputy from Nara in 1997 and resigned as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on 24 August 1997 to take his seat. In the National Assembly, he became President of the ADEMA Parliamentary Group and following the resignation of Keïta as ADEMA President in October 2000, Traoré was elected as ADEMA President at the party's first extraordinary congress, held on 25–28 November 2000. In the 2002 parliamentary election, he lost his seat.

In the July 2007 parliamentary election, Traoré ran again at the head of an ADEMA list in Nara, where three seats were at stake. In the first round, his list won 39.59% of the vote, in the second round it prevailed with 58.41% of the vote. When the new National Assembly held its first meeting on 3 September 2007, Traoré was elected as President of the National Assembly, receiving 111 votes against 31 for Mountaga Tall of the National Congress for Democratic Initiative, another member of the ADP. Following the March 2012 military coup, which precipitated economic sanctions and a blockade by the Economic Community of West African States against Mali, a deal, brokered in Burkina Faso by President Blaise Compaoré under the auspices of ECOWAS, was signed on 6 April 2012 that would see the head of the military junta, Captain Amadou Sanogo, cede power to Dioncounda Traoré to assume the presidency in an interim capacity until an election could be held. Traoré returned on 7 April. Traoré was sworn in as President at a ceremony on 12 April 2012.

He pledged to "wage a total and relentless war" on the Tuareg rebellion in Mali's north unless it relinquished its control of northern Malian cities and its declared state of Azawad. On 13 August 2012, he reappointed Cheick Modibo Diarra as Prime Minister, giving Diarra three days to form a unity government. Traoré was succeeded as President by Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on 4 September 2013, after the latter prevailed in the July–August 2013 presidential election. On 21 May 2012, soldiers allowed a group of pro-coup demonstrators into Traoré's office in Bamako; the demonstrators, carrying a mock coffin with Traoré's name written on it, fought past two Red Beret guards to attack him. When one of the guards put a helmet on Traoré's head to protect him, a member of the crowd removed it and used it to beat Traoré. Other members of the crowd kicked him. Traoré was stripped naked, with members of the crowd carrying away pieces of his clothing. Jeune Afrique reported, he was brought to Point G Hospital but was not conscious suffering from a head injury.

Three protesters were killed and others wounded when Traoré's security fired on the attackers. After an examination showed no serious injury, Traoré was taken to a secure location. PM Cheick Modibo Diarra called for calm and an end to protest marches, stating that the attack was "not worthy of our country". On 23 May, it was announced that Traoré would travel to France for further health checks including an examination of his pacemaker, he remained there for two months. On 5 June 2012, coup supporters Boubacar Bore, Yacouba Niare and Mamadou Sangare were arrested in connection with the attack. A video of the attack was posted by Jeune Afrique on 29 June. After leaving office in 2013, Traoré headed the African Union's observer mission for the April 2016 presidential election in Chad, he gave the vote a positive assessment, although he noted that there were irregularities

Geert Nentjes

Geert Nentjes is a Dutch professional darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events. In 2018, he qualified for the 2018 UK Open, but was knocked out in the second round by Darryl Pilgrim. In November 2018, he qualified for the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship as one of the two the highest ranked players on the PDC Development Tour, along with Ted Evetts, he reached the quarterfinal at the 2018 PDC World Youth Championship, in which he got beaten 6-0 by Martin Schindler. As one of the two highest ranked players from PDC Development Tour, he received two years Tour card for season 2019 and 2020, he played both PDC Pro Tour and PDC Development Tour in 2019. Finishing 3rd overall in PDC Development Tour ranking, he secured his sport at the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship, because both the winner and the second, Ted Evetts and Luke Humphries, qualified for the championship via Pro Tour. Nentjes faced Kim Huybrechts in the first round, in a close match he lost 2:3. 2019: First round 2020: First round BDO PDC Player profile on Geert Nentjes from Dartsdatabase

1977 New Orleans Saints season

The 1977 New Orleans Saints season was the team's eleventh as a member of the National Football League. They were unable to improve on their previous season's output of 4–10, winning only three games; the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the eleventh consecutive season, while coach Hank Stram was fired following the season. In his two seasons as coach the Saints only won seven games; the first victory overall for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, did not come until week 13 on the road against the Saints two seasons after their first game against the Houston Oilers in 1976. The Bucs led at halftime by a score of 13–0. Dave Green had two field goals. Upon their arrival to Tampa Bay, the Bucs were greeted by 8,000 fans; the Saints were 11-point favorites before the game, fans booed as the Buccaneers scored. "Eleven years I've supported this franchise!" One shouted, adding, "With all this money I've spent on this lousy team I could have bought some land in Colombia and raised pot". Losing to a team with a 0-26 losing streak was so humiliating that safety Tom Myers said, "We've been made the laughingstocks of the business...

I'm too embarrassed to say that I play for the team that got beat by Tampa Bay". Said head coach Hank Stram, "We're all ashamed of what happened today. Ashamed for our people, for our fans, the organization, everybody, it is my worst coaching experience". Team owner John Mecom said during the loss that the Saints "is a poorly coached team", Stram was fired the next week