Dede Ayew has no regrets joining Swansea

first_imgAndre Ayew has revealed he has no regrets about signing for Swansea City – and claims starring at the Liberty has helped him make a name for himself in the Premier League.But the Ghana star has admitted he can still offer more to the Swans having vowed to improve as part of the side’s battle to avoid relegation worries.Ayew has been a hit in South Wales since his summer Bosman move from Marseille, grabbing eight goals – including the winner at Everton in Francesco Guidolin’s first game in charge – to make him the side’s top scorer.His form saw several rivals take notice of the 26-year-old with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce making January attempts to lure him to the Stadium of Light, prompting one of Ayew’s representatives to express his surprise Ayew stayed put at the Liberty.The Swans were always unwilling to let go one of their top performers and Ayew has now outlined his happiness at the club and his switch to British football, though did stress he is not ready to rest on his laurels.In an interview with Canal Football Club on French television, Ayew said: “You hear it before you get there, but once you get there you really feel the enthusiasm of fans, stadiums, intensity in matches. “I am delighted to be in the Premier League which is for me the best championship in the world. I am very happy with my choice to play for Swansea, I have managed to make my name in England but I must continue to work because I know I can do much better.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

SA’s children get football fever

first_imgChildren blowing plastic vuvuzelas trumpets in Alexandra to mark 200 days remaining until the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The youngsters singing South Africa’s national anthem … … and waving the flag for Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s football team. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Play Soccer South Africa +27 11 023 0877 RELATED ARTICLES • Football Fridays fever mounts • Flags fly for 32 World Cup teams • Fly the Flag for Football Toolkit • Global Fifa fan parks for 2010 • Football for Hope to unite SA Bongani NkosiWith South Africa counting down the days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, a sports day recently held in Johannesburg‘s Alexandra township kicked off a campaign to spread both excitement and lifeskills among the country’s young people.On 23 November more than 80 youngsters, ranging from four to 14 years old, gathered for a football workshop with a difference at the township’s Football for Hope Centre.They were there to pick up tips on how to “bend it like David Beckham”, as well as learn about national pride and the values of “ubuntu” – a Southern African philosophy of fellowship and community. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the 200 days remaining until the tournament begins.The event was a joint initiative of Play Soccer South Africa (PSSA), the local arm of a US-based NGO, which gives life skills and football training to children from disadvantaged areas; the International Marketing Council (IMC); and Heartlines, which promotes good values in society.“This is a contribution made by the three organisations to say that children deserve to celebrate. It’s about introducing them to the 2010 hype,” said Kenny Hlabahlaba, PSSA’s programme manager.“It’s 28 Fridays to go,” Heartlines’ Mzamo Moloi told participants. “We’re here to play football with you, but at the same time we’re here to teach you love and respect.”They were each handed plastic vuvuzela trumpets and South African flags, after Moloi taught the crowd about the significance of its colours. “The white represents the racial diversity of South Africa,” he said.“The whole point is to partner with Play Soccer to use soccer as a means to instill values in the children. It’s about using soccer as a tool for social change.“South Africans should grab opportunities presented by the current excitement about the much-anticipated tournament to create a strong spirit of doing good for their communities.”It would be unrealistic to do this just for the month of the World Cup, he said. “We’re saying let’s build a movement to work for our communities even after the final, because life will go on.”Life lessons through footballPSSA is well established in Alexandra and hosts scores of children at the Football for Hope Centre every Monday. “We use football to teach them about HIV and Aids. Children should know about such things. They also learn their rights and responsibilities,” said Hlabahlaba.The organisation does the same kind of work in seven other areas in Gauteng, including the communities of Lawley and Fine Town, south of Johannesburg.Play Soccer’s clinics have helped 18-year-old Sello Mahlangu, an Alex youngster appointed to train the children, adopt a healthier lifestyle. “It takes us away from many bad things. Play Soccer has done a lot for Alex … we learn a lot and we play soccer,” he said.“It’s all about developing talents and unleashing the potential of the individual,” Hlabahlaba said.Drumming up support for BafanaThe timing of this initiative is perfect, as it’s preparing all South Africans to welcome the world in 2010, said IMC chief financial officer Moeletsi Mabuku. “The best we can do is welcome the people with the spirit of ubuntu, the spirit of humanity.”The IMC is also behind two other campaigns to drum up support for the World Cup and national football squad, Bafana Bafana.Replicas of the national flag have been handed out to communities across the country through the Fly the Flag for Football drive, which was launched in April. “[The campaign] is powerful and it’s growing. People want the flag. They’re flying it from their cars and everywhere,” said Loyiso Stofile, the IMC’s marketing services coordinator.South Africans are also being encouraged to wear football shirts to work at the end of each week as part of the Football Fridays concept to build spirit for next year’s tournament. “Companies are coming through and supporting it,” he added.“That people can wear the gear of any team, be it Moroka Swallows, Brazil or Russia’s Rubin Kazan, is quite relevant to the World Cup. We have people coming here and we have to show that we are a supportive nation,” said Stofile.“And as for Bafana Bafana, it really does need the nation to rally behind it,” Mabuku said. He believes the two campaigns will do a lot to inspire the team to do its best in 2010.“The only way we can support our squad is by wearing their jersey and flying the South African flag with pride,” said Mabuku. “As we consolidate our support, we hope the coach and the players can tap into that.”The IMC is supporting most “events that are milestones towards 2010”, he said.At the Alex workshop I asked nine-year-old Lebogang Molapo about his opinion of Bafana Bafana. “Bafana Bafana will win it [the World Cup],” he said proudly. “Will we beat Brazil with its champion player Kaka?” I challenged. The youngster was in no doubt as he replied: “Yes, because Bafana Bafana has Teko Modise and Siphiwe Tshabala.”last_img read more

Labrador 9 in custody after early morning raid and NCC vows on

first_img(9 people are in custody after an early morning raid at the construction site of the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project. Photo courtesy: Justin Brake/The Independent)Editor’s note: Early Monday afternoon, the RCMP sent follow up information stating that a person at the camp had also been taken into custody bringing the number of people arrested to 9. They are all charged with one count of disobeying a court order.Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsHappy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L — Nine people arrested in an early morning raid on a camp at the entrance to the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric construction project are in custody and waiting to go before a judge.The eight people who say they are defenders of the land were arrested Monday when the RCMP cleared the camp after a court injunction was issued.The RCMP in St. John’s, N.L. released a brief statement Monday.“The arrests come following a court granted enforcement order,” the statement said. “There were no injuries during the arrests and police will continue to monitor the activity. The individuals are still in custody and are awaiting court appearances later today. The investigation is continuing.”The RCMP said they have been charged with disobeying a court order.See related stories here: Muskrat Falls According to the provincially owned energy company Nalcor, the group had been blocking the entrance to the site and slowing progress of the work.The project is controversial for Labrador Inuit who say the flooding of the Lower Churchill river with vegetation in place will cause the toxin methylmercury to be released into the land.They want the area to be cleared of any vegetation prior to flooding. According to Nalcor 41 squre kilometres will be flooded for the dam.“That will not stop us …”At a news conference broadcast live from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nunatukavut President Todd Russell condemned the arrests and vowed they will not stop the movement to change the plan for Muskrat Falls unless the government stops the planned flooding.“As of today the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) will be committing our people, our resources to on the ground action until our voices are heard as we are respected,” said Russell. “We are here to say to nalcor , try to bring transformers through any of our communities and we will be there.”The planned flood has prompted an Inuit artist to start a hunger strike. Billy Gauthier told APTN National News that he will not eat until the government agrees to clear cut the flood zone.Russell said Monday that the NCC has called off its annual general meeting to concentrate on a strategy to take on Nalcor and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.“We are going to be on the protest site and get ready, it won’t be only one site,” said Russell. “It could any number of places on our land. We are taking direct action. We are committed to this for the long run.”Protest in St. John’s …. About 30 people marched in front of the legislature in St. John’s this morning to raise concerns about Muskrat Falls.Organizer Denise Cole said the flooding of traditional Inuit land is an attack on local food sources and culture.She wants the project, now estimated to cost $11.4-billion, to be scrapped.Provincial NDP member Gerry Rogers says the Liberal government and the Tories before them have ignored concerns, despite studies by Harvard University that have raised alarms about methylmercury [email protected] [email protected]— with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alberta adds jobs amid countrywide declines

first_imgJob creation is up in Alberta, while the numbers are down throughout the country.The mixed news on the jobs front came out Friday morning as Statistics Canada released August results.ATB’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch said it was a good report for the province.“It was a surprisingly strong number for Alberta (with) over 16 thousand new jobs,” said Hirsch.“It was one of the strongest single months we have seen in a long, long time.”He said though the numbers can rise and fall month-to-month, this continues a trend of the province adding jobs, especially over the past 12 months.Economist Trevor Tombe with the University of Calgary said the province set a new all-time high for positions in August, however, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7 per cent.“Alberta’s population has also been growing; you want to look at what fraction of the population is employed,” Tombe said.Both said the job numbers prove the province is crawling, not running, towards a full recovery from the recession.Hirsch says another good sign is that jobs are coming from a wide range of sectors, which will make the province more stable going forward even if they are lower paying positions than the lucrative jobs handed out from the oil industry before prices crashed.The unemployment rate for Calgary climbed to 8.2 per cent, though Hirsch believes that mostly due to people moving to the city without first being employed.On the national level, Statistics Canada reported some surprise job losses last month.The Canadian economy lost 51,600 net jobs in a decrease that drove up the unemployment rate from 5.8 to an even six per cent.Analysts had predicted the country would add 10,000 positions.But TD senior economist Brian DePratto notes that beneath the disappointing headline numbers there were some solid results.He points out there was an increase in full-time work — with the economy adding 40,400 permanent positions.The employment drop last month was caused by a loss of 92,000 part-time positions, with nearly all coming from the province of Ontario.last_img read more

Tugboat searches for crewmembers who abandoned burning ship

first_imgHONOLULU — A tugboat is searching for crew members who weren’t rescued when the ship they were on caught fire while transporting automobiles from Japan to Hawaii.The Sincerity Ace had 21 crewmembers on board when the fire started last week. The crewmembers abandoned the burning vessel, which stretches 650 feet (198 metres).Ships in the area rescued 16. Four were listed as unresponsive in the water. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for one missing crewmember.Japanese shipping company Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. owns the Panamanian-flagged vessel.Company spokesman Darrell Wilson says tugboat crewmembers who arrived Monday are trying to find the remaining crewmembers before towing the ship.He says vessels in the area are asked to look out for bodies.Wilson doesn’t know if the ship is still burning.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Annual Christmas Pyjama Drive a success

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Annual Christmas Pyjama Drive in FSJ has been a success this year.Fort St. John started participating in the Christmas Pyjama Drive in 2013, the event originally started on the Lower Mainland in 2010, pyjamas were collected and distributed through various Lower Mainland Christmas Bureaus to underprivileged children.This year, the PJ drive ran from November 14st until December 9th, 2018. The pyjama drive collects new PJ’s in all sizes, for children aged 0 to 16 years. “The Drive ended last weekend and I delivered most of the PJs this morning.  There are a few more donations trickling in so we don’t know our final numbers yet, but it will likely be over 400 pairs,” said Jennifer Mc Cracken, Event Co-ordinator.Some of the organizations we have helped over the years have included FSJ Pregnancy Care Center, FSJ Women’s Resource Society, FSJ Big Brothers & Big Sisters, the Salvation Army Christmas Hampers, Community Bridge (formerly North Peace Community Resource Society) and a local Christmas hamper program organized by Phoenix Volunteer Club.To date, 2,867 pairs of Pyjamas have been donated!last_img read more

UPDATED – Highway 29 closed due to avalanche danger

first_imgThere is no detour around the area at this time.The next update from Drivebc.ca is not expected 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2019.For more updates overnight visit www.drivebc.caBelow is the full notice as of 11 p.m. Monday.Highway 29. Avalanche danger between Millar Rd and Upper Cache Rd for 10.0 km (6 to 16 km north of Hudson’s Hope). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Detour not available. Next update time Tue Jan 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM MST. Last updated Mon Dec 31 at 10:52 PM MST. (DBC-4444) UPDATE – The highway is now open in both directions as of 11:45pm Monday.HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed between the Alaska Highway and Hudson’s Hope.The highway has been closed between Millar Road and Upper Cache Road due to a high avalanche danger.last_img read more

3 held for duping people on pretext of giving money through credit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has busted a gang which lured men into swapping their credit cards in return of 2 percent commission. Three cheats Gopal Das, Surender Kumar Arora and Gopinder has been arrested by Delhi Police. They were duping public providing money by credit cards swapping and recovered Credit Card Swapping Machines (POS Machines), laptop, mobile phones, SIM cards and forged documents related with a different company, linked bank account details etc, on their instance. The complainant saw an advertisement pasted on the road side about swapping of credit cards on a 2% commission basis along with a mobile number. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe needed money for his family use and to meet the educational expenses of his children. He made a call and a youngster came to him and swapped his credit card for Rs 2,00,000 and told him that he would get his amount through his account after deducting 3% commission and left the place without giving any cash to him. He later realised he was cheated. The police arrested the three accused on 5 May. “Surender convinced his elder brother Gopal and Bhanja Gopinder for this conspiracy and used them to open bank accounts, forged company and to arrange mobile SIM cards. Apart from that, he purchased 9-11, POS Machines from an authorised Company. He transfers the amount to the forged company’s account and transfer to multiple accounts,” said DCP Madhur Verma.last_img read more

Natl Aids program to launch pilot to reduce stigma

first_img ‘Positives’ for HIV/Aids down in Turks and Caicos; Testing today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – A pilot program is being launched which the National Aids Program believes will not only be more cost effective, but eliminate any stigma surrounding medical treatment of HIV infected residents.A three day workshop is underway this week to ready the medical staff of government clinics and private practitioners who will begin treating HIV at the primary health care stage. Leading the sessions is guest presenter from the Bahamas, Dr. Phillipa Pratt, Registrar of Infectious diseases. “The thing about HIV now, is we’re thinking about it like a chronic disease – like hypertension or diabetes – so the message is that you can live well with HIV, you can live with HIV, you could graduate, take care of your children and everything so it is important that people actually know their status and know it early, so that you can get the treatments that they need in a comfortable environment, not thinking that you’re gonna go one clinic and people are gonna know that you’re there for HIV, but you can go there with anybody else who is coming for regular cholesterol check-ups, pregnancy tests or STI screening.”Coordinator of the TCI program, Aldora Robinson said this strategy is a trending move now within the region, as HIV is treated as a chronic illness with no set day or time for those infected to get care.Six medical centers will participate in this six month trial run of the maneuver.The workshop, which is being held at the Environmental Center was opened by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Tamera Robinson. EU money available for TCI smaller business owners; workshops planned to train on accessing it Local farmer helps North Caicos celebrate World Aids Day Recommended for you Related Items:Dr. phillipa pratt, Hiv, national aids program, tamera robinson, workshoplast_img read more

Stam tips Pochettino for Manchester United job

first_imgJaap Stam believes that Tottenham manager Maurizio Pochettino is the right choice for United as they seek a permanent manager to replace Jose Mourinho.Pochettino has been widely named as Mourinho’s replacement by pundits and former United players like Gary Neville, and now Jaap Stam.“He is the best choice,” Stam told Sky Sports News.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s got a lot of experience working in the UK with Southampton and Tottenham. He’s good in building a team, plays attractive football, playing out from the back to score goals and win games. I would say that’s my choice.“I think they can [get him]. There’s been a discussion at Spurs about not spending money on players, I think he is the type of manager who wants to invest every year and improve – at United he gets to do that.“They’ve got the money to do that. For him, that would be the ultimate step.”last_img read more