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The day a non-league defender marked Aubameyang … after running a 10k

first_imgIn July 2012 Geoff Walker, the assistant manager at non-league side Heaton Stannington FC, received a very unexpected text from the club’s manager, Derek Thompson. Nobby Solano’s agent had been in touch to ask Thompson if he could help out some friends of his. The Heaton Stan manager was keen on the idea so he typed out a message to his No2: “Gabon are here for the Olympics. They’ve been looking for a warm-up game.”Newcastle United were busy, their Under-21 team were away and Heaton Stan were next on the list. With Walker on board, Thompson then phoned captain, centre-back and junior tennis coach Joe Wear. He was resting up at home when he received the call. “It was a bit random, really,” recalls Wear. “It was literally the night before.” Wear was preparing to run the Great North 10k the following morning, so he was reluctant at first. But his manager explained the situation.“It’s Gabon,” said Thompson.“Who’s Gabon?” asked Wear.“They’re playing in the Olympics at St James’ Park and they want a friendly.”“Oh right. Cool.”“We didn’t have our best team, to be honest,” Thompson tells me in Grounsell Park’s brick changing rooms. That season, they had faced teams such as Ashington Colliers, Ponteland United and Harraby Catholic Club on their way to winning the Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance League Premier Division, but suddenly Thompson had to pull together a team of factory workers, lawyers and builders – some of them quietly hungover from the previous evening – to play Gabon. “Your classic non-league team, a mixture of all sorts,” says Wear.Men’s football was one of the five sports Gabon entered at the 2012 Olympics. Their squad included a 23-year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had just scored 16 goals for Saint-Étienne in the Ligue 1 season. A year later, he would join Borussia Dortmund for €13m. He has now scored 135 goals in 204 games for the club – and another 23 for Gabon, making him their joint all-time top goalscorer. Facebook How to ghost write a football book Read more Facebook Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Guardian Sport Network Share on LinkedIn Olympic Games Share on Twitter Share on Facebook features Share on Pinterest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Gabon in 2012. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya / Reuters/Reuters Reuse this content Twitter Topics Aubameyang in slightly loftier surroundings, scoring for Borussia Dortmund against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Getty Images Pinterest Share via Email Share on WhatsApp The shirt still hangs on the wall of the Grounsell Park bar. Gabon’s Olympic tournament didn’t pan out as planned – a 1-1 draw against Switzerland at St James’ Park was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Mexico in Coventry and a 0-0 draw with South Korea at Wembley that prompted an early exit.The Stan have enjoyed more memorable days since – they won the treble the next season, topping the league again as well as picking up the Northern Alliance League Cup and the Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl. Walker is particularly proud of a 3-2 win against Julio Arca’s South Shields last year – but the day they took on Gabon stands apart.“It just came out of the blue,” says Walker. “They played here and then on the Tuesday or Wednesday night they were at St James’. It was a bit different for them but they all enjoyed it.”• This is an article from The Set Pieces• Follow The Set Pieces and Tom Nicholson on Twitter The game was supposed to be the friendliest of friendlies, but someone forgot to tell Wear’s centre-back partner, whose bodybuilding frame stacked up against Gabon’s professional athletes. “Craig’s a big lad – if you see him now he’s even bigger than he was then – and he’s quite well known for putting in meaty challenges,” says Wear. “That didn’t go down too well.”Still, there was a traditional welcome planned for the visiting players and staff after the final whistle. “I’ve played for Heaton Stan for coming up nine years and you get pie and beans after every game – it’s never changed,” says Wear. “It’s class.” Sadly, the Olympians didn’t feel a pie and a pint would fit into their nutritional plans and passed. They did hang about afterwards though.“The Gabon players were great,” says Walker. “They signed autographs for the little kids after the game, got their photos took. They signed one of their shirts, the whole team and squad. Aubameyang’s is on that, so that’s a nice keepsake.” About 24 hours after the game had been offered to Heaton Stan, their cobbled together team climbed off a minibus at Grounsell Park, a ground hidden behind an ATS garage, a chippy and a Chinese takeaway in this small suburb of Newcastle. A few posts on the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and non-League forums, meant that some 400 fans had gathered at the ground, standing under the corrugated plastic roof over the main concrete terrace.Grounsell Park has been the Stan’s home since 1935 and, while you wouldn’t know it was built on top of a disused quarry at first glance, it isn’t what you would call IAAF-approved either. After a quick look around, though, the Gabon team were happy and the game was on.Well, nearly. Walker got word from one of the Gabon team that their talisman, Aubameyang, had a bit of a problem. He had left his boots at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on the other side of the Tyne. So Walker, Aubameyang, a Gabon security guard and one of the coaches piled into his car as they set off across the city, over the Tyne Bridge, to the hotel and back again.As Walker was chatting to the coach on the way back, he could hear some concerned muttering in the back of the car. “We were heading back over the Tyne Bridge and they were talking away in French. The security guy goes: ‘Can we go back?’ They had match balls they wanted to use that were the same balls they were going to use in the Olympics – so we had to go back again!”Finally, they were all ready. The Stan set up his team in the 4-4-2 formation that had served them well that season, with Wear handed the task of marking Aubameyang. “I was a little bit tired from the 10k,” he says. “But it wasn’t an opportunity I was going to miss.” Did he have a specific plan to stop him? “Hmmm. Er… no. We knew they were going to be a really good team. So, it was just go out there, work hard, try your best and make it competitive. I think we lost 4-0. To be honest, I didn’t think we did that bad. You could tell Aubameyang was very quick and sharp and I’m honestly not sure if he was putting 100% effort in. He was just a different level.”“We held our own for a while, but obviously he was the massive difference,” adds Walker. “The pace on him was absolutely electric. It’s funny, I keep saying to everyone, he doesn’t seem to be moving full pelt but he just sort of glides across the pitch, you know what I mean? You could tell he was a player.”After scoring two and leading Heaton’s defence on a merry dance, Aubameyang trotted off at half time. According to Mark Douglas, a local reporter who went to the game, the Stan were on top for most of the second half. Walker still sounds rueful when he recalls a couple of squandered chances. Gabonlast_img read more

Jamaica to be Positioned as Major Player in Caribbean Gaming

first_img “This will give us more than a fighting chance to compete with rival jurisdictions,” Minister Bartlett pointed out. Minister Bartlett noted that the country is being viewed as an “important and interesting new market” in the region, and once all the regulations are in place “the industry will be of fundamental importance to our tourism product”. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government is looking to position Jamaica as a major player in the Caribbean gaming industry. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government is looking to position Jamaica as a major player in the Caribbean gaming industry.He noted that the country is being viewed as an “important and interesting new market” in the region, and once all the regulations are in place “the industry will be of fundamental importance to our tourism product”.“This will give us more than a fighting chance to compete with rival jurisdictions,” he pointed out.He was addressing the opening of the 7th Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on June 14.Minister Bartlett said that gaming has impacted positively on tourism in other countries, and Jamaica should be no exception.  He noted that many Caribbean countries have introduced or are considering gaming.“It goes without saying that not only do we have to be introducing new games, we also have to be competitive,” he noted.“Our legislation will be seeking to advance our gaming to ensure that we are offering what is being offered around the world, and even better, so that we can attract more people, because tourism is our main industry,” he said.The Tourism Minister said the staging of the summit in Jamaica provides an opportunity for players to better understand the island’s potential in gaming, while learning about developments in the Caribbean and where new partnerships can be forged between the region’s operators and global service providers.The event, he noted, also provides the opportunity to look at different proposals and ideas surrounding gaming as well as examine what is going on around the world.“It also comes at a time when confidence among our tourism stakeholders here in Jamaica is at an all-time high and where optimism reigns supreme,” Mr. Bartlett said.“Our just-concluded winter tourism season, from December 15 to April 30, saw the country recording never-before-seen numbers in both arrivals and earnings, and with the rest of the year shaping up to be even better,” he pointed out.last_img read more

Education Regulation Review Far Advanced

first_img These include guidelines regarding instruction hours across school days; safety precautions and equipment; and student behaviour, among other factors. Senator Reid said the Ministry has commenced rolling out examination preparation strategies such as workshops and public education campaigns as the Government moves to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) with the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) next year. A review of the Education Regulation of 1980, which outlines the framework under which all schools should operate, is at an advanced stage of completion. Story Highlights A review of the Education Regulation of 1980, which outlines the framework under which all schools should operate, is at an advanced stage of completion.The review is expected to address matters directly and indirectly impacting students’ performance.These include guidelines regarding instruction hours across school days; safety precautions and equipment; and student behaviour, among other factors.This was disclosed by Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during a national broadcast on January 7.Senator Reid said the Ministry has commenced rolling out examination preparation strategies such as workshops and public education campaigns as the Government moves to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) with the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) next year.He urges parents of students preparing for the 2018 GSAT “to give full support to the children” and encourage them “even when you think they are not taking their work as seriously as they should”.Meanwhile, Senator Reid assured that the Ministry will continue to support the professional development of teachers as part of a capacity-building endeavour.The Ministry will, to that end, be working with the National College for Educational Leadership.“A certification programme with multiple pathways will be developed, including prior learning assessments for those principals who may need this as a requirement to become fully qualified, based on the criteria established for full appointment,” Senator Reid stated.last_img read more

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François Girards Hochelaga Land of Souls to represent Canada in the race

first_imgAdvertisement MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2017 – Director François Girard‘s Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes) will represent Canada for in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards, held on March 4, 2018. The pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, chaired and coordinated by Telefilm Canada, announced its decision today.“Promoting Canadian film to audiences the world over is a top priority for Telefilm Canada, and the Academy Awards provides an incredible opportunity to do just that,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “An Oscar nomination can completely change a filmmaker’s trajectory, as it provides the opportunity for their work to be discovered by millions of new film lovers around the globe.”“I warmly congratulate François Girard, Roger Frappier, and the entire team behind Hochelaga, Land of Souls. I have no doubt that your film will continue to seduce audiences and the Academy’s voting members, and I look forward to seeing the groundswell of public support during this high profile race.” Advertisement Advertisement François Girard is a renowned film, opera, and theatre director. In 1993, his feature film Thirty Two Short Films aboutGlenn Gould was an international success. Five years later, the Oscar-winning The Red Violin established the filmmaker as an important figure in international cinema. In 2007, he directed Silk, an adaptation of the successful Alessandro Baricco novel, and in 2014, he helmed Boychoir. To this day, François Girard’s films have won close to 100 awards internationally and the praises of filmgoers from all four corners of the globe.This is François Girard’s first time representing Canada in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the Academy Awards.“This is a great honour that reflects on Hochelaga, Land of Souls and on all those who worked on the film, starting with my dear friend and producer Roger Frappier,” said director François Girard. “In the film, French is heard alongside Mohawk and Algonquin, the languages of the two great founding nations of our people.”Hochelaga, Land of Souls was produced by Roger Frappier (MAX Films). Frappier is one of the most prolific Canadian producers, having produced more than 50 productions over the last 40 years. Two of his films have been nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, including Jesus of Montreal, which also won the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. From his start as a producer at the National Film Board in the 1970s, Frappier has worked with almost all of Quebec’s renowned filmmakers, on top of having discovered a number talented young filmmakers. Over his career, he has thus contributed to the birth of major cinematographic work.Producer Roger Frappier added: “Working with François Girard was one of the greatest experiences of my life. His vision of our belonging to this land, from the First Nations people to the present day, was in some ways a premonition of what we are presently living. I am delighted that this film will now sit next to the best films from around the world.”SynopsisA tremendous downpour hits Montreal, and a spectacular sinkhole opens up in Percival-Molson Stadium in the middle of a football game. The stadium is evacuated, and a few hours later, it becomes a protected archaeological site. Centuries of history are revealed beneath the field. Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny begins investigating, and he will discover the multitude of generations who have occupied this land, each with buried secrets. Baptiste then sets out to find what he has spent his career searching for: the vestiges of the village of Hochelaga where his Iroquoian ancestors met French explorer Jacques Cartier in October 1535. Hochelaga, Land of Souls explores 750 years of history in one single spot where the souls of all centuries and all cultures come together.The impressive cast includes Samian, Vincent Perez, Wahiakeron Gilbert, Raoul Trujillo, Sébastien Ricard, Siân Phillips, Linus Roache, Emmanuel Schwartz, David La Haye, Tanaya Beatty, Gilles Renaud and Naïade Aoun, to name just a few.Hochelaga, Land of Souls was financed by Telefilm Canada and produced by Roger Frappier (MAX Films). The film distributed in Quebec by Les Films Séville, affiliate of eOne, and represented internationally by Seville International.The film will be released theatrically in fall 2017.Selection process for the Best Foreign Language Film categoryTelefilm coordinates and chairs the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, which comprises 23 representatives from the main governmental organizations and associations active in the audiovisual industry. This jury is responsible for submitting one film to represent Canada to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which accepts only one film per country in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The selected film must have been produced outside the United States, be primarily in a language other than English, and have been shown in a movie theatre for at least seven consecutive days in its country of origin between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016. The Academy will announce the shortlist of nine films, selected from among those submitted, in December of this year. The official nominations are announced January 2018.Further information about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules and regulations.Canada and the Best Foreign Language Film category at the OscarsIn the history of the Oscars, eight Canadian films have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category: Kim Nguyen’s War Witch (Rebelle), in 2013; Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar and Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness (a minority coproduction with Poland and Germany), in 2012; Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, in 2011; and Deepa Mehta’sWater, in 2007. Three films by Denys Arcand were also nominated: The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l’empire américain), in 1987, Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal), in 1990, and The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares), which won the coveted award in 2004.Members of the pan-Canadian selection committeeAcademy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT)Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA)Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS)Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM)Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC)Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ)Canada Council for the ArtsCanadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)Creative BCCreative SaskatchewanDirectors Guild of CanadaGlobal Affairs CanadaManitoba Film and MusicNational Film Board of CanadaNew Brunswick — Tourism, Heritage and CultureNewfoundland and Labrador Film Development CorporationNova Scotia BusinessOntario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma du Québec (SARTEC)Union des artistes (UDA)Yukon Media DevelopmentAbout Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’saudiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

PM Praises Girl Guides Officials for Outstanding Work

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 18, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis met with officials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) Thursday (August 17, 2017) during a visit at the BGGA’s Headquarters, located Marcus Bethel Way and West Bay Street.   The BGGA is a non-profit, voluntary organization for girls and young women.Prime Minister Minnis was accompanied by His Excellency, Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister.   The Girl Guides Movement has been in existence in The Bahamas for more than 100 years (102 to be exact).Prime Minister Minnis lauded the organization for the “outstanding work” they have done, and continue to do, in training and developing thousands of Bahamian girls and young women into productive, responsible and contributing members of society.The leadership of the BGGA has managed to keep Guiding “relevant” in The Bahamas over the many years despite the many social, cultural and other changes that compete for the attention of girls and young women since the Movement first hit our shores 102 years ago.“This Programme remains relevant because it is predicated on the premise of the girls learning social and survival skills, through a number of activities including camping, hiking, sports, community service, songs, fun and games,” Guiding officials said.“Not only are these activities fun, but embedded in them also are opportunities for the girls to learn through the Patrol System for the girls to develop leadership skills and responsible citizenship at an early age.”Guiding in The Bahamas has produced many outstanding women who have risen to the top of the Bahamian society in areas such as religion, education, administration, politics, public service, the judiciary, the legal profession, banking and finance, sports, business and industry and culture.The list reads like a Who’s Who in Bahamian history and includes Her Excellency, Dame Ivy Dumont, GCMG, the first female Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Retired Chief Justice, Dame Justice Joan Sawyer, DCMG; Mrs. Anita Bernard, CMG; Miss Marjorie Davis, OBE; the Hon. Janet Bostwick; Dr. Gail Saunders; Mrs. Clarice Granger, Mrs. Wendy Craig; Retired Justice, Mrs. Claire L. Hepburn; Mrs. Elma Garraway and Mrs. Constance Miller among many, many others.A number of them will forever be imbedded in the annals of Bahamian history as having served as “the First Female” Governor-General (Dame Ivy Dumont); first female Governor of the Central Bank (Mrs. Wendy Craig); first female elected to the Bahamian Parliament (the Hon. Janet Bostwick); First Bahamian female Magistrate and Judge (Mrs. Stephanie Unwala); First Female Director of Education in The Bahamas (Ms. Marjorie Davis) and Mrs. Keva Bethel, the First President, female or otherwise, of the College of The Bahamas (now University of The Bahamas).The list of “First Female” title holders involved in Guiding does not stop there and goes on to include Dr. D. Gail Saunders, first female Archivist of The Bahamas; Ms. Melanie Roach, First Bahamian Female Civil Engineer and Director of Public Works; Mrs. Joy Jibrilu, the First Bahamian Female appointed as Director of Investments, Bahamas Investment Authority; and The Reverend Angela Palacious, First Female Deacon and First Female Priest in the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands and others.Guiding officials say the principles and values that are taught and adhered to, have made “an indelible impact in positively influencing lives and molding the characters of thousands of girls and young women, not only in The Bahamas, but indeed worldwide.”The BGGA promotes a wide range of skills and interests through education, games, outdoor activities, survival skills training, healthcare, arts, crafts and culture.Fundamental objectives of the Association are to provide girls and young women opportunities for self-training and discipline in the development of good character through service to God, country and fellowman, and to foster and promote a full sense of citizenship through community service and international goodwill.The Girl Guide Movement was started in The Bahamas in 1915 and was incorporated as the Bahamas Girl Guides Association by an Act of the Bahamian Parliament on May 4, 1975.Story by: Matt Maura (BIS) CAPTIONSHeader photo: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis (far end) meets with officials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association during his visit Thursday, August 17, 2017. Prime Minister Minnis was accompanied by His Excellency Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services).1st insert:  Dr. D. Gail Saunders (left) and Mr. Keith Sands (right) lead Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on a tour of the BGGA’s Grounds during the Prime Minister’s visit Thursday, August 17, 2017. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)2nd insert: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis meets with Mrs. Clarice Granger (at right), the longest tenured Chief Commissioner in Guiding history in The Bahamas.   Mrs. Granger served as Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guide Movement in The Bahamas from 1970-1985. Guiding officials credit Mrs. Granger with ushering in growth and expansion in membership in addition to implementing a number of advancements during her tenure as Chief Commissioner.   Mrs. Granger is still actively involved in Guiding in The Bahamas. Also pictured (at left) is Mrs. Iris Dillet-Knowles. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)3rd insert:  Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis with officials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association during his visit Thursday, August 17, 2017. Pictured (from left) are: His Excellency, Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister; Mrs. Elma Garraway; Mr. Alvan Rolle; Dr. D. Gail Saunders; Prime Minister Minnis; Mrs. Michelle Fields; Mrs. Sonia Adderley; Mrs. Mena Griffiths; Mrs. Constance Miller and Mr. Keith Sands. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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