Jovetic brace pleases Pellegrini

first_img “Liverpool are an important team and one that will be fighting for the title. “We have had a hard start to the season so it is important for us to win the second game.” Liverpool failed to make the most of having the better of the opening 35 minutes and the hope must be new £16million signing Mario Balotelli, watching from the directors’ box after finalising his move from AC Milan, will give them an extra spark up front. “I think that in the market to get someone in at that quality, the deal for us was very good,” said manager Brendan Rodgers, who is not worried about the Italian’s reputation for getting into trouble on and off the pitch. “He is a world-class talent and it is an area we need to strengthen. “It is a calculated risk but on where we believe can help him as a player and to mature as a young man. “I don’t have any concerns at all to be honest. It’s that culture that has allowed me to have confidence that if he comes in it won’t be affected. “He comes in with a reputation but we hope at our club we can curb that behaviour. He knows he is part of a team. “There are no egos and ‘big time Charlies’ in our squad. This is a group that’s got to the Champions League because they are a team. “I think there’s excitement with them (about him) coming in. I’m certainly looking forward to it. “One thing he doesn’t lack is confidence. He has that belief and football arrogance and the best teams have that.” Rodgers has spent about £115million this summer, much of which came from the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but he knows that will count for nothing if they cannot turn it into points on the pitch. “The goals we’re disappointed with of course,” he added on the game. “The first goal we were not alert in the box so that was disappointing. The second goal they have worked quite well but sometimes you have to compliment the quality. “If you buy players it doesn’t guarantee you anything. You can spend as much money as you want but it doesn’t guarantee you anything. “I’m only confident that they are going to get better.” Press Association Asked whether the striker had finally started to deliver Pellegrini said: “Yes and not only on his goals. “He was working the whole game, without the ball too. He was very unlucky last season but we never had any doubt about this quality. “To start the season in this way after an unlucky new season is good but I don’t think it is like a new signing. “We need four strikers. At this moment Stevan is doing very well but you cannot forget Negredo is injured. “Edin Dzeko and Jovetic and Aguero are working well. It is important that they continue playing the way they did.” Last season Liverpool ran City a very close second in a nail-biting title race which went down to the final week of the season. However, the way in which Pellegrini’s side clinically dispatched their opponents suggested the gap may be wider this time around. “For me these are games of six points – especially when you play at home,” he added. The Montenegro international endured a miserable maiden campaign dogged by injury and illness but after a full pre-season he is firing on all cylinders again and scored twice in the 3-1 win over Liverpool. He has seized the opportunity presented by injuries to Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero, who came off the bench to score City’s third before Rickie Lambert forced Pablo Zabaleta into a late own goal. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is delighted to see striker Stevan Jovetic make the most of his fresh start at the club. last_img read more

Transfer speculation ramps up cross channel

first_imgWith the transfer market just days from opening it’s reported that Manchester City will move for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk. It’s expected that the 25 year old former Celtic defender would cost City around 60 million euro.Meanwhile, Joe Hart is being linked with Liverpool. The 29 year old Manchester City stopper is currently on loan at Torino so would not be available until next summer.last_img

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

Profile: Kevin Govender

first_img22 February 2016When astronomer Kevin Govender found out he that he had been named as a joint recipient of the 2016 Edinburgh Medal with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), his first thought was that it was a mistake. “It wasn’t supposed to be me,” he said. “I thought it could rather be my colleague, George Miley.”But mistakes like that don’t happen, and indeed he was the correct candidate. “The moment I convinced myself it was real, it was unbelievable,” the director of the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) said thoughtfully.Govender first heard about his win towards the end of 2015, when he received an email. He immediately dismissed it as spam. But following a call from Prof Ian Wall, who is on the Board of Directors of the Edinburgh Science Festival, during which the award ceremony will take place, things became real. Wall said the board had been keeping an eye on Govender’s work.It prompted the curious Govender to do further research. “I looked it up,” he explained.He learned that some of the previous individual recipients included prestigious names in the scientific community, such as Prof Jane Goodall (1991), Sir David Attenborough (1998) and Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1999). Four Nobel laureates have also been recipients: Prof Abdus Salam (1989), Prof Wangari Maathai (1993), Sir John Edward Sulston (2001) and Prof Peter Higgs (2013).The medal itself is made of sterling silver and features the original Edinburgh International Science Festival logo – a juggler performing with different symbols of science.Following the announcement, the influx of congratulatory messages came in droves. “I was swamped with well wishes.” He laughed when he said he still needed to respond to each of them. In order to satisfy the scrutiny, he took to his blog because “all the attention had left me rather speechless so far. I’ve barely managed to click ‘like’ on people’s comments to acknowledge their congratulatory nature”.In his post, he acknowledged his colleagues for their efforts in the OAD, he explained his hesitance in having the spotlight on him, and he thanked everyone for their support.“So thank you, my dear friends from near and far for all the well-wishes and congratulatory messages,” he wrote. “I accept them humbly with much appreciation and respect, and with the hope that this opportunity will provide a strong boost for the work that we do on this global initiative.”Govender will attend the awards ceremony on 30 March and will give a talk as well. It takes place during the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival. Because he is a science enthusiast, he said, he was most excited to attend the festival. He had completed his term at South Africa’s national science festival, Scifest Africa, and was keen to see the Scottish event.Receiving the medal was very important for South Africa, Govender added. “The award being given to a South African shows the global position of the country as a leader in astronomy in the developing world.” Having the main office of the OAD in South Africa, with nine regional offices around the world, further solidified South Africa’s leadership role.Govender’s love for science came from his parents, whom he described as a “special combination”. His mother was a teacher and his father a motor mechanic. “I grew up with a love for reading and learning how things worked.”If something went wrong in the Govender household, they fixed it themselves. It formed the basis for science – learning how the world and the universe worked. “When I was in high school, I used to read the science text books of the standard above me because [they were] more interesting,” he revealed. “The teachers supported me.”He and his fellow science enthusiasts formed science clubs to help younger children think about science, which continued throughout university. At his first job at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), he became involved in science outreach projects and got sponsorship from the company.As yet, he has no idea where he will place the medal. “We’ll probably put it on display in the office,” he mused. “We have things on display from all our travels.“This medal gives a level of credibility to the work we do. And we have many affluent people passing through the office – they can then see the recognition.”Through his work, Govender has had to travel to many countries, so much so that his passport has run out of pages to be stamped. Highlights have been getting to know people all over the world and experiencing a wide range of cultures.But his ultimate highlight has been having two children with wife, Carolina Odman. “We’ve had two boys, one is two years old and the other four years old, and that has kept me sane. It gives perspective to the work we are doing.” Kevin Govender says his children help give him perspective. (Image: Supplied)Govender was appointed the OAD’s director in 2011. He was previously part of a tiny delegation that successfully lobbied the United Nations to declare 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009); he chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project in the same year.He was included in the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, and received the National Science and Technology Forum’s Science Communicator award in 2011.He reiterated that the field of astronomy gave us the perspective we needed to change the world. “It opens and broadens our minds, it makes us realise what is, and what isn’t important.”last_img read more

Farmers Urged to Boost Output to Ensure Food Security

first_imgAs the Government moves to institute a Food and Nutrition Policy for Jamaica, the country’s farmers are again being urged to increase their output to support this and other efforts to safeguard the nation’s food security.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, who made the call during the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) 118th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Wednesday, July 10, at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon, said the administration is “determined” to develop the policy, to ensure “that our people have available and reasonably priced, nutritious foods.”The Minister said, however, that this requires that the farmers “lead by example” by boosting outputs as well as diversifying production to support the policy’s objectives.He cited as examples, “unfulfilled” markets for crops such as sweet potato, dasheen, corn, and red peas, and urged for focus on cultivating these produce.Minister Clarke also underscored the need for farmers to be guided as to the appropriate periods for planting certain crops, so as to prevent gluts, and provided with assistance in establishing market linkages.“The Jamaica Agricultural Society must assist to establish the linkages. The farmers have to come together so that you can find a way to make that linkage, and we are going to work together. I am prepared to work with the JAS in a very, very serious way, to address…that marketing problem,” the Minister assured.Mr. Clarke, in the meantime, urged the farmers to increase their support for the JAS to enable the organisation to maximize its contributions to the sector.He said that of the island’s approximately 230,000 active farmers, only 80,000 are affiliated with the JAS, and of that amount, only 15,000 have fulfilled their obligations to the entity, thus ensuring that their membership is up-to-date.“If the farmers of this country cannot support their organisation…something is radically wrong. I must congratulate JAS on being 118 years old, but you are going to have to up the ante now. You are going to have to begin to chart a new way of doing things because things and times have changed; so you must start to believe in your organisation once more,” Mr. Clarke said.JAS President, Senator Norman Grant, assured that the organisation is “prepared to work” with the Ministry and its agencies to ensure it contributes to maximizing the sector’s outputs.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Former prime minister Paul Martin joins campaign to help First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsA former prime minister, Olympian and a social activist are standing together.It’s no joke but there is a punchline.They’re trying to spread awareness of issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada.It’s a national campaign and now it’s up to Canadians to listen.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Muhammad Alis Childhood Home Purchased By Fan

There are fans and then there is Jared Weiss, who apparently is such a staunch supporter of icon Muhammad Ali that he purchased “The Champ’s” rickety childhood home in Louisville, Ken.Louisville realtor Dave Lambrechts told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Weiss, a Las Vegas real estate investor, closed on the property, paying $70,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang in a western Louisville neighborhood made up of mostly neat, modest homes.“The guy’s a huge Ali fan, and that’s what kind of spurred this,” Lambrechts said.The home already has a state historical marker out front recognizing the residence as the home of Ali when he was a boy named Cassius Clay. The marker says Ali lived in the mostly black neighborhood with his parents and brother and attended local public schools.It was at the home where the future boxing champion’s “values were instilled,” the marker says.“Ali’s childhood home is really symbolic for the area,” Lambrechts said.Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have multiple residences but do not live in Louisville. However, they remain linked to the city by the Muhammad Ali Center, a downtown museum and education center that is one of the city’s prime tourist attractions. Ali came home for a 70th birthday bash in January.Lambrechts says the new owner wants to restore the home to how it looked when Ali lived in it.He said Weiss hasn’t finalized his plans but won’t use it as rental property. Among the options being considered are turning the home into a museum or using it for some charitable function.The house had been under private ownership and was assessed at $23,260, according to the Jefferson County Property Value Administrator’s website. Former owner Steve Stephenson had said he was asking $50,000. read more

Gov Newsom to visit San Diego meet with San Diego leaders on

first_img KUSI Newsroom January 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 30, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI)-  Governor Gavin Newsom will join several San Diego leaders on Thursday to meet and coordinate efforts to provide relief and humanitarian aid to asylum seekers.Newsom released his proposed $209 billion budget for fiscal year 2019-2020, a four percent increase over former Gov. Jerry Brown’s fiscal year 2018-2019 budget, his last in office.The budget includes a $144 billion general fund and a projected $21.4 billion surplus, the largest since at least 2000.Newsom also earmarked funding to assist undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers who have recently entered the U.S. as well as the humanitarian organizations that support them.“My constituents have seen an influx of migrants being dropped on San Diego streets by federal officials without the support system to help them,” said Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego. “I want to particularly thank Gov. Newsom for including $25 million (including an immediate $5 million) to assist our community-based organizations in providing services to address this crisis.”Full Story on Newsom’s 2019-2020 budget: Updated: 10:55 AM Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics, Trending FacebookTwitter Gov. Newsom to visit San Diego, meet with San Diego leaders on asylum seekerslast_img read more