Coffee Republic has been rescued from administration and 62 jobs have been saved, following a deal with Arab Investments to purchase the UK coffee chain.The London-based property investment firm has said it intended to commit “substantial capital” into developing the brand and will be “embarking on further expansion of the branch network”. The chain currently has 80 outlets, 60 of which are located in the UK.Holding company Coffee Republic plc, had followed its three subsidiaries – Coffee Republic (UK) Ltd, Coffee Republic Franchising and Goodbean Ltd – into administration earlier this month, and administrator KPMG was forced to close 10 under-performing company-owned stores.
Murjanatu Musa of Air Warriors of Abuja receiving the Most Valuable Player Award from the Executive Director of Zenith Bank, Mr Henry Oroh…on Thursday in Lagos. Air Warriors of Abuja are the new Zenith Bank Women Basketball League champions after defeating MFM of Lagos in a tough final at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos on Thursday.The Nigeria Airforce ladies held off MFM’s spirited fightback to win 57-53 points as they claim their first-ever national women’s title.Henry Oroh, the Executive Director of sponsor Zenith Bank Plc, congratulated the new champions and expressed satisfaction at the level of competition in the tournament.Oroh praised all the eight teams in the Final 8 and recalled how the national women’s team, D’Tigress, are African champions, raising the profile of Nigerian basketball. He commended Zenith Bank’s role in the development of the game and promised that the bank will continue to support women’s and youth sports.In the tightly contested final, Air Warriors led all through the game, ending the first quarter 14-7, the second 34-24 and the third 46-36.MFM, who were undone by poor shooting, came alive in the final quarter and came within two points of Air Warriors before the Abuja team sealed the win.Murjanatu Musa was voted the MVP OF THE tournament.Both Air Warriors and MFM will represent Nigeria in the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Champions Cup qualifiers in Cotonou scheduled for 28 October to 3 November.FirstBank finished in third place by trouncing Dolphins 81-36 in a one-sided classification game that preceded the final.The Elephant Ladies, who were beaten by Air Warriors in the semi-final on Wednesday, were ruthless against their fellow Lagos side, racing to a 21-13 lead by the end of the first quarter.They extended their lead to 46-25 by the end of the first half and were 65-30 up going into the final quarter.Ifunanya Okoro of FirstBank was in devastating form, scoring a game-high 30 points and adding six rebounds.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A duo from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, a West African country, found themselves before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday and were remanded to prison for illegally entering Guyana.The men – Ifra Diallo, 25; and Moussa N’Digue, 29, denied the allegation put to them by the Magistrate when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge against the French speaking men alleged that on May 21, 2018, at Springlands, Berbice, they entered Guyana by sea and failed to present themselves to an immigration officer.Ifra Diallo and Moussa N’Digue at the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsAccording to the prosecution’s case, the two arrived by sea from Suriname. On the day of their arrest, they were caught by ranks at Charity, Essequibo Coast, and when a request was made for them to present their passports, they failed to do so.As such, they were arrested and following investigations it was revealed that they entered Guyana illegally.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail being granted, noting that the men are flight risks as they are not citizens of Guyana.Bail was refused, and they were both remanded to prison to return on May 30.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMIAMI — This is the kind of report card you take from the mailbox before your parents find it.The Raiders blew a third consecutive second-half lead, this time a 10-point advantage late in the third quarter than ended in an eight-point loss.Dolphins 28, Raiders 20 was the final score, but the numbers alone hardly tell the story of another Oakland breakdown that has Jon Gruden’s return reaching dangerous levels before …
BOSTON — The Sharks never really gave themselves a chance Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins, losing 5-1 at TD Garden to bring an unceremonious end to a five-game road trip and one of the uglier opening months of the regular season in recent team history.Martin Jones, under siege for most of the night, had 36 saves as the Sharks finished with the road trip with a 1-3-1 record and ended the month of October at 4-8-1.Continuing a nearly season-long problem, the Sharks had to kill five …
Shortly before the break, Klate raced into the box and beat Mathibe, but then fired past the post. 4 October 2010 “I am pleased for everyone, especially our chairman [Irvin Khoza] who has worked so hard at building the club and at last we can show him a reward.” The Buccaneers triumphed 4-2 from the penalty spot after the teams had ended regulation time level at 1-1. Daine Klate was handed the responsibility of the spot kick and he responded well by sending Mathibe the wrong way to put Pirates ahead. Orlando Pirates broke a 10-year knockout competition title drought when they captured South Africa’s MTN 8 Cup at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night after a penalty shootout win over Moroka Swallows. “I am relieved, but I am a happy man now that we have ended Pirates’ 10-year drought without a knockout trophy”, Krol said afterwards. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While Andile Jali was named man of the match and Moneeb Josephs excelled in the shootout, Krol had words of praise for Ezenwa Otorogu, who won Pirates a penalty in the first half. “I think Otorogu did a fantastic job for us up front,” he said. Pirates’ R8-million reward was the biggest prize in the club’s history, while Swallows, along with the other six teams that qualified for the competition, each took home R800 000. In the 19th minute, however, the big Nigerian won the Buccaneers a penalty after a sweet build up had set him free to take on the Birds’ goalkeeper Aubrey Mathibe in a one-on-one. Otorogu got the better of the goalie, but was brought down and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Dikgang Mabalane then had an opportunity to beat the Swallows’ goalkeeper, but his shot was narrowly wide. EqualiserWith only four minutes remaining on the clock, the Birds made Pirates pay for their missed chances earlier in the match by equalising. Morgan Shivambu got onto the end of a free kick taken by Gareth Ncaca and headed the ball past Josephs and into the goal. It all came down to penalties in the end. The teams were level at 2-2 when Nomvethe missed for Swallows. Isaac Chansa then netted for Pirates to give them the advantage. When Kagiso Mashishi missed for Swallows it gave Lucky Lekgwathi a chance to win the game. He scored and Orlando Pirates celebrated. ‘I am relieved’ Second halfIt looked as if the game would follow a similar pattern in the second half when Pirates came out of the blocks strongly, once again exerting their tempo on the game. Swallows, however, appeared more resolute in defence and it took some time for Pirates to create a chance. Pirates came closest to winning the game in extra time, but Greg Etafia, who had replaced Aubrey Mathibe at half-time, saved superbly from a long range shot by Clifford Ngobeni. Pirates set the tempo from the opening kick off and showed good movement as they placed their Soweto rivals under pressure. Big things are always expected of Pirates by the club’s fans, so the silverware would have undoubtedly taken some pressure off the shoulders of coach Ruud Krol. The first half belonged almost exclusively to Pirates, with Swallows looking short of ideas and answers to the Sea Robbers’ pressure. Otorogu, who shone in the first half, spurned the first chance of the contest when he headed over the crossbar from close range. Mabalane was wide with a shot and it was Swallows who were the first to have a shot on target. It came courtesy of veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe whose volley at the back post was well saved by Josephs in the Pirates’ goal. ‘The whole team impressed me’“The whole team impressed me. They did what I asked them to do,” he added. Penalty Swallows were under the cosh, but they almost levelled matters a few minutes later. Bucs’ net-minder Moneeb Josephs needed to show sharp reflexes to stop a cross that turned into a shot by Keegan Ritchie. Great chanceThulasizwe Mbuyane had a great chance to double Pirates’ lead after 27 minutes, but he fired tamely at Mathibe, who pulled off a good save.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Steven Tyler today announced his intimate concert performance “STEVEN TYLER…OUT ON A LIMB” at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on May 2nd.Steven Tyler… Out On A LimbThe award winning director Brett Ratner and the legendary frontman are collaborating on a unique experience to benefit Janie’s Fund, Tyler’s charitable initiative to help girls overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect.Named after his hit song “Janie’s Got A Gun,” Janie’s Fund is a collaboration between Tyler and leading non-profit organization Youth Villages established to help girls overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. Launched in November 2015, Janie’s Fund offered a historic 54 days of impact coinciding with the 26th anniversary of the release of the song. For more information, please visit www.JaniesFund.org.“Youth Villages is so grateful to Steven Tyler for starting Janie’s Fund to help our girls who are working to heal from abuse,” said Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler. “Steven’s commitment to helping these girls brings them so much hope, and this will be an incredible evening. He uses his big voice unceasingly to raise awareness and funds for the voiceless.”“I’m digging deep and finding some real buried treasure for this one. I’ve never performed quite like this before,” said Tyler. “I’m telling it like it is and getting to perform with some extremely talented musicians and dear friends from Nashville. For this show, we’re taking it up close and personal and truly going… OUT ON A LIMB.”“STEVEN TYLER… OUT ON A LIMB” will showcase in-depth stories and insights on stage from recounts of his piano upbringing to trials and tribulations of life with his band. Backed by his Nashville-based band, Loving Mary, Tyler will lead the crowd on a time-traveling journey from his musical ancestors in Calabria, Italy all the way to Route 440 and Nashville’s country music.The event will also feature a silent auction with once in a lifetime experiences and memorabilia, from a five-day stay at Tyler’s Hawaiian home to a limited edition, hand-shaped artist series surfboard designed by artist Tim Bessell as part of the Bessell Warhol Project. Additional items include an autographed one-of-a-kind painting of Tyler and Aerosmith bandmate Joe Perry by artist Brian Fox; the Skittles mic stand from the set of Tyler’s Super Bowl commercial; exclusive signed images taken by photographer Sarah Skinner; pieces from Tyler’s personal wardrobe worn on American Idol; and an opportunity to attend the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles along with a complimentary gifting suite prize package.Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 8th at 10 AM and are priced at $53, $153 and $203, not including applicable service charges. Two VIP packages will be offered by Twisted J, one at $550 (includes access to seats in the first five rows and exclusive advance access to silent auction items) and $950 (same offer as $550 with the addition of a Meet and Greet). For additional information with package details, visit www.ticketmaster.com.One of music’s most recognizable and dynamic performers, Tyler has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide and he has won four GRAMMY Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy Award. In addition to having nine number one hits, Aerosmith has received 25 Gold, 18 Platinum and 12 multi-Platinum album certifications. Tyler’s highly-anticipated upcoming solo album is scheduled for release later this summer on Big Machine Label Group’s Dot Records. His current single, “RED, WHITE, & YOU” is available now.In addition to presenting sponsor Twisted J Apparel, award-winning New York based restaurant Catch will sponsor the milestone event.
For Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman wrote about how race played a role in DeSean Jackson’s release by the Philadelphia Eagles and his relationship with his childhood friend. The Eagles cut the Pro Bowl receiver amid rumors he had connections with an L.A. gang. Jackson vehemently denied the allegations and eventually signed a three-year, $24-million contract with with the Washington Redskins.I’m not going to tell you that DeSean Jackson isn’t in a gang, because I can’t say unequivocally that he isn’t. I can’t tell you whether his friends have done the things police have accused them of doing, because I wasn’t there. I can’t tell you what DeSean does with his time, because we play football on opposite ends of the country. I can only tell you that I believe him to be a good person, and if you think, say or write otherwise without knowing the man, you’re in the wrong.And if it’s true the Eagles terminated his contract in part because they grew afraid of his alleged “gang ties,” then they did something worse. [Editor’s note: Jackson has agreed to terms with the Redskins.]I look at those words—gang ties—and I think about all the players I’ve met in the NFL and all of us who come from inner-city neighborhoods like mine in Los Angeles, and I wonder how many of us could honestly say we’re not friends with guys doing the wrong things.I can’t.I grew up in Watts, and I played baseball with DeSean in elementary school on a team coached by his father near Inglewood. His father, Bill, picked me up from elementary school 30 minutes away from his home for practice and games because my parents both worked and didn’t finish until later, and I wanted to play baseball with some childhood friends. Bill was a great coach, and a great man. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2009, the summer after his son’s rookie season. DeSean and I didn’t hang out then like we did as kids.Those men with DeSean in the social pictures and the police reports weren’t his closest friends in childhood, but when his father died and few people were there for him, they were there. When a tragic event like that happens, the people who are around are the people who are around, and they were there for him.Was DeSean supposed to then say, “Thanks guys, but now that I’m a millionaire, please leave me alone”? Even if he wanted to, he wouldn’t have. In desperate times for people who come from desperate communities, your friends become your family. I wouldn’t expect DeSean to “distance himself” from anybody, as so many people suggest pro athletes ought to do despite having no understanding of what that means. Going to college and playing in the NFL creates a natural distance, but we can’t push people away just because they’re not as successful as us. I can’t change who I grew up with, but what I can do is try to educate them on the right way of doing things, help them when they need it, and try to keep them out of trouble.There is, of course, a tipping point. There have been times when I realized that someone can’t be helped, because they continue doing the wrong things. Typically, the only time I cut someone off is when they’re in jail, because I can’t help them there.And if they’re accused of a crime, as DeSean’s friends have been, should that reflect poorly on me? Consider that for every several guys I try to help who end up dead or in jail, there’s another person I was able to rescue from a similar end. Should I give up on everybody out of fear of being dirtied by the media?Sorry, but I was born in this dirt.NFL teams understand that. The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not.This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field. Riley instead got a few days off from training camp and a nice contract in the offseason, too.Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had “ties” to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.But DeSean Jackson is the menace, right? He’s just as bad as those guys he parties with because he threw up a Crip sign in a picture and he owns a gangsta rap record label. If only all record-label owners were held to this standard, somebody might realize that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg weren’t the bosses behind NWA. Jim Irsay lookalikes in suits were.But go ahead and judge DeSean for the company he keeps. While you’re at it, judge me, too, because I still live in Los Angeles, and my family does, too. We didn’t run from where we grew up. We aren’t afraid to be associated with the people who came up with us. We brought some of our money back and started charities and tried to help out a few guys who were with us when we were nobodies.I won’t apologize for that, and I suspect neither will DeSean when he’s back on the field doing what he’s always done: grinding through adversity.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Thirteen new Police officers are sworn in now and the new squad will join the Criminal Investigations Department, #CID; Tactical Unit and Marine Branch. The men and women, hailing from Jamaica and the Philippines are trained and ready for active duty.David Barnett, Marlon Dawkins, Christopher Morrison, Robert McClean, Horace Chung, Renaldo Burke, Monique Brandford, Rory Burke, Dexter Anthony, Marlon Morse, Andrea Lewis and Carl Wynters; and from the Philippines Daphney Alcima were officially sworn in by Commissioner James Smith as Constables.A media release from the Police Force explained, the officers are presently undergoing orientation and an introduction session to the Force’s Code of Conduct.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#CID, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Ahead of Friday’s friendly match between Mexico and Argentina, El Tri defender Edson Alvarez regrets that Argentina star, Lionel Messi won’t feature in the match.Argentina would usually be the top dog against Mexico but for the friendly match on Friday, where Messi will be absent, Mexican defender feels it’s time for Mexican football shine.“It would’ve been really nice to face Messi,” said Alvarez in a press conference Wednesday, before training in Cordoba, according to ESPN.“But his health comes first. Personally, it would’ve great to play against him.”Speaking in comparison of Mexican’s victory against Germany in the 2018 World Cup and their upcoming match against Argentina, Alvarez continued:“We’ve shown that in adversity when we are the underdogs we step up,”“I like these challenges … what better way to show our quality than now, against a great team in front of their fans? We all want to play the game already.”“The quality and potential is there,”Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).He also encouraged any new coach coming to focus on improving the mentality of the team and gave a little hint about his future.“We’ve missed out more because of mentality. We block ourselves. We showed the world against Germany that we were better than them. Mexican football can move forward.”“Playing in Europe is every player’s dream, at least it is mine,” said Alvarez when asked by ESPN.“There is interest from certain teams and that is the only thing I can say.”On the other hand, the Argentine federation (AFA) president Claudio Tapia believes Messi will soon be back for the national team.“Having the best player in the world gives you a better possibility of doing well and we all want that,” said Tapia on Monday in a news conference.“Now is the time to stop stewing over what happened in the World Cup and I have no doubt that [Messi] will continue [with Argentina]. I haven’t spoken with him because it isn’t time yet but I know his feelings for the shirt.”