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“I Never Received Donation Money from Singbeh”

first_img– Advertisement – Dr. Nathaniel Barnes is also named in the leaked documents. — Amb. Barnes says on alleged campaign funding by Czech CompanyThe bitter feud between secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor Singbeh, and his 70 percent majority shareholders and investors, Czech brothers Martin and Pavel Miloschewsky, has taken a dramatic turn with the Czech brothers admitting to a donation of over US$3,500 toward Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes’s bid to replace Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, as standard bearer of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2016.Singbeh is the president and chairman of the board of directors of a Czech Republic owned company, MHM Eko-Liberia Incorporated, a rock crushing company in the country, where he also holds a 30 percent share, and is being accused of mismanaging over US$5 million from the coffer of the entity.The Czech’s investors are claiming that with the establishment of MHM Eko-Liberia Inc. in Seeke-Ta, Weala, Township, Margibi County in 2013 up to present, Singbeh has not produced or sold a single truckload of crushed rocks, of which they have invested the over US$5 million.However, in a leaked document dated October 24, 2016, entitled: “Minutes of Meeting” that contained in a shareholders’ discussion in the Czech Republic, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, where the Czech brothers, among other things, claimed that Singbeh encouraged them to make donation in the amount of over US$3,500 for Barnes’ campaign.The document claimed that Singbeh during the meeting, explained to his partners that Barnes is a long time suppliers for MHM Eko-Liberia, and he personally with his advice, contributed to development of the company, as such, they should donate to the  Barnes’ campaign.“It was when the shareholders agreed to make a donation of over US$3,500 for Barnes campaign, while Singbeh demanded an immediate payment,” the document alleged.When contacted via mobile phone, Ambassador Barnes denied collecting campaign donation from Singbeh and his investors, the Czech brothers in 2016, though he admitted to having had a cordial working relationship with the MHM Eko-Liberia and Singbeh, where he provided business consultancy for a number of years.“I served as consultant to the company, and I was paid for the work that I performed; at no time did I ever receive money from Singbeh, as donation toward my campaign. That information is not true, but misleading,” Amb. Barnes said.He said it has been “many years now” since he parted company with the MHM Eko.In the NPP standard bearer elections, then Senator Jewel Taylor claimed 332 (79%) out of the total 417 votes cast from 12 counties, while Ambassador Barnes, former ambassador of Liberia to the United States, won 71 votes (17%). Another contender, Reverend Hannaniah Zoe, earned just 14 votes (3%).Nanbolor Singbeh, Secretary of the SenateAlso, when this reporter went to the Capitol Building Office of Singbeh for his response, Singbeh could not be found. However, one Mrs. Chea, who introduced herself as Singbeh’s chief of office staff, informed the reporter that Singbeh had advised her not to allow any journalist to his office in regard to the MHM Eko-Liberia situation.“The chief advised us that if any journalist comes here to see him about the MHM Eko-Liberia issue, we should tell that person that the matter is in court, and he is not prepared to make any comment on it,” Mrs. Chea quoted the instruction given her by Singbeh.The “minutes of meeting” document also revealed that at the meeting, Singbeh mentioned that it would be appropriate to prepare some gifts for former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, especially if Singbeh will arrange with her.“Singbeh suggested some crystal products with engraved names of founders of the country,” the document quoted Singbeh.During the meeting, it was gathered that the investors asked Singbeh to provide more details about what exactly the gifts should be because, his partners, shareholders and investors have no experience with “presidential gifts,” which the investors donated toward the purported Sirleaf’s gifts.Again, during the meeting, Singbeh reportedly demanded his investors to make available US$10,000 to open an escrow account at any bank in Liberia for a Class ‘B’ license holder to serve as a guarantor during the operation of said company.Justifying the US$10,000 during the meeting in the Czech Republic, Singbeh said although the yearly fee of US$10,000 had been paid, the license was still upheld [until] at such time, the guarantee amount can be deposited in the company’s escrow account.At that meeting, Singbeh briefed his investors that since the operation of the quarry was about to start, it was important that the amount be deposited upon his return to Liberia so that the upheld license would be released to avoid future embarrassment to MHM Eko-Liberia.“This, without reservation, was agreed upon to be undertaken, and Singbeh opened the account at the Afriland First Bank,” the documents claimed.Investigation continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Whistle”, accomplice on bail for armed robberies

first_imgWell-known character Leon Duncan, called “Whistle”, who on numerous occasions was before the court of law on several charges, including murder, and who was shot recently by Police ranks following an alleged robbery, was on Wednesday granted bail for several armed robberies.Duncan, 28, of Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown and his alleged accomplice, 20-year-old Wayne Lawrence of Bent Street, Werk-en-Rust, both appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore and were granted $150,000 bail each. However, they are still on remand for several other charges which are engaging the attention of the court.The duo are accused of robbing Shezeena Hoosein of $90,000 on August 25, 2018, on Hadfield Street, Stabroek, Georgetown while being armed and using violence in the course of the robbery.Information surrounding the robbery indicated that the duo were apprehended on Breda Street, Werk-en-Rust; however, Duncan was shot after he allegedly attempted to disarm one of the arresting officers.The men allegedly attacked Hoosein, a vendor, around 05:50h on August 25, 2018 gun-butting her to the face before taking off with her cash.Moreover, Duncan was additionally charged for robbing Nikel Pikerson of his $98,000 gold chain on July 14, 2018 at Second Street, Alberttown.Further, on April 15, 2018, he reportedly discharged a loaded firearm at the National Gymnasium – an incident for which he was also charged.And finally, he was slapped with a charge of assaulting two Peace Officers on August 25, 2018, who were at the time executing duties.Duncan’s lawyer, Keoma Griffith had told the court that his client was shot to his upper right thigh. He noted that he was not able to take care of himself. As such, he requested the granting of the defendant’s pre-trial liberty.The duo will return to court on October 24, 2018.last_img read more

Taxi driver who threatened to kill teacher nabbed

first_img…jailed in absentiaA taxi-driver, Stravo Evans, who had reportedly threatened to kill a teacher and her six children while on bail for possession of an illegal firearm, was nabbed by the police in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Friday.Taxi-driver and wanted man: Stravo EvansHowever, his worries now start as while he was in Region Two, he was jailed in absentia for two years. Now that he is caught, he will be taken to Camp Street Prison to start serving his jail sentence while his threatening language case is pending.Evans, of Lot 29 James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, had threatened his former girlfriend, a female teacher, that he would murder her and her children after she refused to continue their relationship. The terrified woman, in fear for her life after receiving several threatening messages on her phone, reported the matter to the police.She visited the police with the evidence on her phone, petrified that Evans would carry out the act.Although the police in the capital city were not sure of the man’s location, they dispatched the information about him being a “Person of Interest” to the other regional divisions, seeking assistance from their counterparts.On Friday afternoon, after receiving a report that Evans travelled through Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and was making his way to the Essequibo Coast, the police ranks began a cordon and search operation. At about 15:15h, Police ranks operating in Region Two discovered the man sitting among a pile of water coconuts at the back of a canter, which had been transporting the coconuts to vendors.He was arrested and handed over to Police in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division A (Georgetown).According to Regional Commander of Sub-division A (Georgetown), Assistant Police Commissioner, Edgar Thomas, Evans is presently in Police custody pending investigations.last_img read more

Five European Cup dynasties for Real Madrid to match

first_img0Shares0000Three and easy: Real Madrid are looking to become the first side for 42 years to win three consecutive European Cups © UEFA/AFP / HandoutKIEV, Ukraine, May 24 – Real Madrid can become the first side in 42 years to win three consecutive European Cups when the Spanish giants take on Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final.Moreover, victory in Kiev would secure Madrid’s fourth European crown in five seasons. Here, AFP Sports looks at other great sides that dominated Europe to see how Zinedine Zidane’s men compare:Real Madrid (1955-1960)Madrid call themselves the “Kings of Europe” and the feeling this competition is their own was born out of winning the first five European Cups.Spearheaded by legendary Argentine striker Alfredo di Stefano, Madrid came from 2-0 down to beat Stade de Reims 4-3 in the first final.Italian opposition in AC Milan and Fiorentina were then dispatched in the next two finals before Reims again were conquered in 1959.The peak of Real’s reign came in the 1960 final when Eintracht Frankfurt were thrashed 7-3 at Glasgow’s Hampden Park with Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas scoring hat-tricks in what is widely regarded as on the best performances in the competition’s history.Ajax (1970-1973)Ajax became the next side to win three consecutive European Cups in the early 70s inspired by coach Rinus Michels’s conception of “Total Football” where players interchanged positions in pioneering style, and the brilliance of Johann Cruyff.Although Michels was only in charge for Ajax’s first title in 1971 against Panathinaikos, his philosophy was carried on by Cruyff with the high point his two goals that beat Inter Milan in the 1972 final.Another title followed as Juventus were edged out before Cruyff left to forge another legacy as player and coach at Barcelona.Bayern Munich (1973-1976)The last side to do three-in-a-row were Franz Beckenbauer’s Bayern as Dutch dominance gave way to a spell of German success.Unlike Ajax, Bayern didn’t enthral the continent, though, and had significant chunks of good fortune along the way.Atletico Madrid led their 1974 final until the final minute of extra-time when Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck levelled to send the final to a replay that Bayern romped 4-0.Bayern beat Leeds United 2-0 in the final the following year before breaking St. Etienne’s hearts at Hampden Park 1-0 to complete the hat-trick.The French side twice hit the woodwork in a match that became known “the square posts” as St. Etienne believed the oddly shaped crossbar contributed to their defeat.Liverpool (1976-1984)In contrast to Saturday’s clash, when Liverpool met Real Madrid in the 1981 final, it was the English side who were in the midst of a dominant run.Under Bob Paisley, Liverpool won the European Cup three times in five seasons culminating in victory over Madrid after beating Borussia Monchengladbach and Club Brugge in 1977 and 1978.“We weren’t afraid of them, the opposite in fact. We’d been in the final a few times, knew what it was about. They were the inexperienced ones,” Liverpool great Terry McDermott, who won all three finals, told AFP this week.A final flourish for many of that squad came three years later by beating Roma on home soil on penalties for a fourth European crown.Barcelona (2008-2015)In contrast to their eternal rivals, Barcelona’s success in Europe’s premier club competition was limited to one victory until the turn of the century.A second title inspired by Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o came in 2006 against 10-man Arsenal, but it was Pep Guardiola’s four-year spell in charge between 2008-2012 that is remembered as one of the greatest sides ever.Sidelined by injury and team selection two years earlier, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez combined to dazzle a highly-fancied Manchester United 2-0 to complete a treble in Guardiola’s first season.United were the victims once more for arguably the best display of Guardiola’s reign in a 3-1 win to lift the trophy again two years later at Wembley.The core of that side remained even after Guardiola’s departure and with the firepower of Luis Suarez and Neymar added to compliment Messi, Barca did the treble again in 2015 for a fifth European crown.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Neymar back training ahead of Costa Rica game

first_imgThe session was closed to the media, but the CBF also posted a short video on their Twitter account showing Neymar in action at the team’s Sochi base.On Tuesday, the world’s most expensive player hobbled out of a session in full view of the cameras, complaining of a problem with his right ankle.The Brazil camp said he was feeling the effects of a knock suffered in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening Group E outing.They insisted the problem was not related to the fractured right foot that required surgery and saw Neymar miss the last three months of the club season for Paris Saint-Germain.Brazil were due to fly to Saint Petersburg on Wednesday evening ahead of Friday’s game against Costa Rica there.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar had hobbled out of Brazil training on Tuesday © AFP / Adrian DENNISSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Neymar was back in training for Brazil on Wednesday ahead of their World Cup clash with Costa Rica, 24 hours after limping out of a session with an ankle problem.“Brazil team training under way and Neymar participating normally,” tweeted the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).last_img read more

The ultimate World Cup kit guide part II, including Croatia’s stunning design

first_imgDon’t think of as shallow, but looks matter.When it comes to World Cup kits, it’s what’s on the outside that counts and so here, asked George Bartlett of @Greatest_Kits, a retailer in original retro kits, to pick his three favourites in every World Cup from 1998 to 2006. You can usually chat to him about classic kits most weekends in London’s Brick Lane. Check out his Instagram account.Have a look at part one of our World Cup greatest kits in which kit lover Neal Heard gives his picks between 1966 and 1994.FRANCE 1998Beginning with France ’98, George was keen to point out the England kit, worn by the boys in their defeat to Argentina in Saint-Etienne, deserves an honourable mention. Portugal home“It’s difficult to choose this one because of the game they wore it in. For memory sake it’s not a winner as it reminds me of Cristiano Ronaldo winking [as Wayne Rooney was sent off]. But the maroon and green, with yellow numbers on the back is a great design.”Argentina away“It was when [Juan Roman] Riquelme was playing and it’s the classic adidas with strips down the side panels – a popular template in 2006. The dark blue coupled with the white numbers – adidas designed their own – looked good.”Spain home“Red with the yellow pinstripes down it, which I think is another nice design. It is easier to pick great shirts from the 1990s because brands like adidas have their own template, meaning the more teams they’ve got the more they will look the same.”SOUTH AFRICA 2010Onto South Africa, then. Here, though, talkSPORT.COM wanted to offer its own opinion on some cracking kit designs. Portugal, Argentina and Spain in 2006 6 Nigeria home“Usually they had a darker green, but this one used lime green, which just makes me think of Jay-Jay Okocha with the green collar. Actually, Nigeria always have cool kits.”Italy home“The extremely tight Kappa ones they used to wear is such a cool design and this blue is a lighter one than the team usually wear. When I sell them, you always have to go up about three sizes because its so tight!”Denmark home“I wouldn’t say it’s their best ever shirt, but it’s as good as more modern Denmark ones. The Hummel logo down the sleeves is nice and you don’t see them that often, giving it that retro look, which is probably why I’m drawn to it.”GERMANY 2006 6 6 England’s team in 1998 Mexico home“One of the craziest designs at the World Cup where its Aztec print makes it stands out and I think they had this design going for the next few years. It almost doesn’t look like a shirt because it’s a bit different and is the only one with Aba Sport, the manufacturer.”Croatia home“There is something a bit special about this Lotto one. It only covers half the shirt – normally the chequerboard covers the whole shirt – so it’s quite cool in that sense. It reminds me of Davor Suker – the away one is really great, too.”Jamaica home“The zebra print – green, black and yellow – goes into the shorts. Again, it’s just a bit different and Kappa have produced some of my favourite kits. This is probably my favourlte of the three.”KOREA/JAPAN 2002 6center_img England, Spain and Algeria in 2010 Colombia, Mexico and France in 2014 Nigeria, Italy and Denmark in 1998 England homeSartorial elegance. Even Wayne Rooney looked good in this number, but obviously not as good as Becks. Umbro went back to basics and it was more than just a polo shirt as some people pointed out. The goalkeeper tops were pretty tidy, too.Algeria homeIt was nice and simple, but included a fennec/desert fox on the right hand shoulder, which was a nice touch from Puma, who manufactured the African teams’ kits for the tournament in South Africa. In case you were wondering about its significance, the fox is the national animal of Algeria.Spain awayThey won the World Cup in this dark blue shirt, which still incorporated the national colours. It was stylish and Andres Iniesta memorably removed it after scoring his goal against the Netherlands to reveal his personal tribute to Dani Jarque, the 26-year-old Espanyol captain who died a year earlier.BRAZIL 2014 Colombia homeThe manufacturers said the blue stripe design referenced the sombrero vueltiao, a traditional hat. Whether that’s true, or they just fancied doing away with the colour red, the Colombia 2014 top caught the eye, just as it did to football kit aficionado Neal Heard in 1990, which he explains here. The 2014 lot were also helped by the quality of their players, namely James Rodriguez.Mexico homeAdidas hit a winner with this Mexico kit. In our opinion, at least. According to the designers, they wanted to reflect Mexico’s wrestling heritage in its design – just look at that chest medallion! The team’s kits are usually a bit different, as George points out in his France ’98 selection, above.France homeLes Bleus have history on their side when it comes to beautiful kits and this World Cup was no different. You’d have no problem sporting this off the pitch, would you? 6 Mexico, Croatia and Jamaica at the 1998 World Cup 6last_img read more


first_imgMORE than 3,000 people are taking part in the North West 10k in Letterkenny this afternoon.Belfast runner Joe McAllister is already across the finishing line – in an astonishing 30:56. Paddy Brennan Jnr was second in 33.02 and Christopher Johnston 33.17 was third.Local runner Teresa McGloin, from Finn Valley AC, was the first woman home. We will have all the results from the run/walk later today. Well done to all those taking part – all have helped to raise money for many local charities. MORE THAN 3,000 AT NORTH WEST 10K was last modified: May 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Adrenaline rush: Greg Minnaar

first_img15 January 2003Sitting down to lunch with Greg Minnaar, I am struck by the sparkle in his eyes. From that light within it is easy to deduce that he is a young man who enjoys his life – and especially outdoor sports. He is tanned and relaxed, and the 2003 mountain bike downhill world champion is good and interesting company.Greg’s initial sporting interest was in motocross, but that meant his parents, who owned a bicycle shop, needed to take him to the motocross track and sit with him while he practised. Because of the constraints of work, Greg was unable to practice motocross as often as he would have liked.What he could do, however, was to take his mountain bike out into the forests around World’s View, just north of Pietermaritzburg, and enjoy the adrenaline thrill of flying downhill at speed. So it was that downhill mountain biking became his first choice in sport.Truly a relaxed individual, Greg Minnaar’s exterior hides the fact that he whatever he chooses to do, he wants to do well – not just compete, but challenge for wins. That showed early when he demonstrated excellent downhill racing ability from a young age.World Cup at 16In 1997, Minnaar was given the opportunity to attend the World Cup in Switzerland, even though he was just 16 years of age. Incredibly, he managed to qualify twelfth. Unfortunately, in the race proper, Greg took a fall. Despite that setback he still managed to secure 51st place – a decent performance if one takes his tumble into account and, of course, the standard of the competition.More important than his placing, though, was the impact that being at the World Cup had on Greg. Being around his heroes, those stars he had previously seen in magazines only, convinced him that this was what he wanted to do, what he wanted to be: a professional mountain bike downhill racer.Convincing his parents was, naturally, tough because he wanted to become a professional there and then. And he hadn’t yet finished school. They said no to his pleas.Fortunately for Greg, he found an unlikely ally. The headmaster of Alexander High School was asked for his thoughts on Greg’s aim to turn professional immediately. Go for it, he said, Greg could always complete his schooling at a later stage if he chose to do so. And so Greg Minnaar left school early to become a professional downhill racer!He managed a 28th-place finish when the World Cup came to Stellenbosch in South Africa but, admits Greg, “it was a home course and I had the advantage of knowing it”. His next outings saw him place “nowhere”. He persevered.Questioned his decisionMinnaar admits that during his first year overseas he questioned his decision to turn professional and race so far away from home. He missed his family and friends, and found the going tough. Nonetheless, the results started to come, and he settled down to the grind of travel and being part of a big team where discipline was strictly enforced.“I don’t mind discipline”, says Minnaar, “but I found it tough being told the same thing 20 times”.In 2001 he tasted victory for the first time, winning in Kaprun, Austria. This was both a good and a bad thing; bitten by the victory bug, Minnaar wanted more. “I pushed too hard the next year, in 2002”, he admits, “and because of that I came short. My strength is my consistency.”Luckily, Minnaar learnt his lesson and adapted his racing to his strengths. In 2003 his consistency came through. Though he won only one race, he finished in the top five often – often enough that, when the points were finally tallied, he was the world champion.Remarkable yearMaking it an even more remarkable year is that Minnaar also won in North America, capturing the Norba title with much the same approach: consistency over a “go for broke” mentality.He told me about the two competitions, explaining that the World Championships require more technical skills, while the Norba racing tends to be less demanding technically. Because of the difference, it’s quite a challenge.Minnaar was also honoured at home when he was named the South African Mountain Bike Cyclist of the Year for 2003. No surprise there .I asked him about 2001, when he won his first World Cup event but was overlooked in the cyclist of the year balloting, with Robbie Hunter being honoured. Sure, Hunter was on a top professional road team, but Greg had won a world title.He admits he was angry, and says it still seems that road cyclists are given greater respect than mountain bikers. There are many who would agree with him.When one considers how close racing is at the top, where every tenth of a second is vital, it comes as quite a surprise to me that Greg describes his approach as “conservative”.Frankly, though, what he considers conservative would likely strike Joe Public as suicidal. He might think he’’ conservative, but the crowds of 20 000 to 40 000 that watch the mountain bike downhill racing all around the world would disagree. Why else would they be drawn to the racing? It is fast, furious and exciting.New teamGreg’s world title came when he was riding for the Haro/Lee Dungarees team, and he definitely made a good impression on the team. However, he was approached by a number of other teams after his successful season, and after consulting the Haro/Lee Dunagrees team an amiable split was agreed upon so that he could join the Team G Cross Honda.He admits that in the short term he could have made more money staying with the Haro team, but with Honda – although a formal contract stating as such has not yet been signed – Greg reckons he stands to make more financially over time. He says he could spend 10 years with the team, and what is really exciting is that they want him to be the face of the team, which is new for 2004.Make no mistake, Honda is a big name that is recognised the world over. And, as Greg explained to me, they do things thoroughly, their approach being that your equipment is either 100% ready for racing or you don’t race at all.“Pretty exciting”“Yeah, it’s pretty exciting”, he says of the testing that Honda is doing on his bike for 2004. For the first time in his career his team will be building a bike with only one person in mind: Greg Minnaar.Chatting to Minnaar, it is clear that he loves what he does. “If you like something you’ll do well in it”, he says. Also clear is that he has real fun in his career. He enjoys the adrenaline thrill. “I get bored cycling on the road”, he says.In fact, just before he joined me for lunch, he had been out learning how to do a backward somersault on his motocross bike, and I could see the sense of achievement he felt after getting it right on just his third attempt! He was on his way back there afterwards to mess around some more.Amazingly, Minnaar believes that until 2003 he hadn’t yet applied himself fully to his sport. Now, with a new team that is most definitely focused on rocketing to the top, and the knowledge of what his whole-hearted effort can achieve – a world championship – Minnaar is hoping for a 2004 season that is as successful as 2003.My personal thoughts: he’s a humble, nice guy and I hope he reaches those heights again. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Uniting Africa now child’s play

first_imgUniting the continent in the game ishopefully the first step to achievingit in reality. (Image: Idy Sy for NPR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Salif Tidiane BaJekaben+221 33 823 41 31 or +221 33 822 56 06RELATED ARTICLES• Board games make learning fun• Learning through gaming • “One Africa!” says Gaddafi• The African UnionJanine ErasmusJekaben, a recently launched board game, aims to unite Africa in a fun and educational way by encouraging players to broaden their knowledge of the continent in topics such as geography, economics, culture and politics, while completing a map of Africa.The game is the creation of Senegalese entrepreneur and game designer Salif Tidiane Ba, based in Dakar. In the Malian language of Bambara, also spoken in Senegal and a few other West African countries, Jekaben means “let us work together”.Ba hopes that Jekaben will contribute to achieving what many distinguished African leaders, including former South African president Nelson Mandela, have long wished for: a united continent. Through the light-hearted game Ba wants to encourage the younger generation of Africans to embrace the pan-African vision.“The aim is to make the African youth aware of the need to work closely together and to quickly achieve the United States of Africa,” he says.The United States of Africa is a concept first mooted in 1924 by Jamaican journalist Marcus Garvey in a poem titled Hail, United States of Africa. The idea is to unite the 53 independent African countries into one federation.The concept has its supporters and opponents – among the former are Libya, Ghana, Senegal and Zimbabwe. However, others such as Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa – Africa’s powerhouse – have not rushed to express their optimism. Passport to successJekaben is currently available in English, French and Arabic, but Ba hopes to soon have it translated into more languages of Africa, including Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Mandingo, Hausa and others.It is played on a board with 25 blank squares in the middle surrounded by a path of 28 squares along which the players move their game piece. The squares on the perimeter contain “safe spots” as well as risk boxes such as conflict, malaria, or HIV and Aids.The goal is to build the map of Africa in the centre while answering Trivial Pursuit-type questions, of which there are 100, about the continent. A piece of the map may be placed after a series of correct answers. Certain map pieces also trigger the awarding of a United States of Africa passport, of which there are 20.Players move by throwing a pair of dice, and trade in banknotes representing the old African currency of shell money. The shell of the money cowry (Cypraea moneta) has been used as currency in many countries around the world and in West Africa it was legal tender until the mid-19th century. The tradition finally died out in the early 20th century as modern currencies took over.Players are dealt cards that help them progress around the board. For instance, drawing a peace card will allow the player to leave a conflict box. Picking up a malaria card, depicting a mosquito net, enables one to escape the malaria box. Other cards allow players to cash in on new opportunities in agriculture, industry, infrastructure development and mining.Wisdom of AfricaBa has included a set of 16 Sage cards, representing renowned African leaders, which allow the card-holder to move faster towards the completion of the united continent.It comes as no surprise that among them are Nobel Peace laureate Nelson Mandela, the revered Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, pan-African champion Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, and the poet Léopold Sédar Senghor of Senegal – considered to be one of Africa’s most important intellectuals.However, the presence of the likes of eccentric Muammar al-Gaddafi, not generally known as a sage, and controversial Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, who took control in a coup, may raise a few eyebrows. Ba maintains that his choice of sages is completely his own. The deciding factor for sagehood, in his opinion, is their vision of a united Africa.Questions range from easy to puzzling – a few examples are “Which African author wrote Things Fall Apart?” (Chinua Achebe); “Which African country used to be called Dahomey?” (Benin); and “Who was Félix Houphouët-Boigny? A Cameroonian footballer, president of Côte d’Ivoire or a famous African film director?” (President of Côte d’Ivoire).The game ends when the last piece of the map is placed. The person with the most passports is the winner.last_img read more

Play Your Part Episode 26: Synopsis

first_imgThe 26th and final episode of the Play Your Part Television Series will air on Saturday, 17 March 2018 on SABC 2 at 18h00.  Kabelo MabalaneIn this episode, Play Your Part ambassador and host Kabelo Mabalane will take viewers through some of the highlights of the season.Over the course of the season viewers saw a wide variety of people doing extraordinary things for the benefit of South Africa.  Viewers saw the pillars of Active Citizenship, Social Cohesion, Youth Development, Women Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Skills Development being promoted. Each of these pillars could stand on their own, but the foundation on which they stand is education. Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life. The season saw individuals and organisations with a passion for educating and empowering others to get involved by being proactive, creative and  committed about the development of the country.You can continue to follow the conversation on follow the conversation on Play Your Part initiatives on #GetInvolvedTell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow Play Your Part on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSALike us on Facebook: Play Your PartWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more