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Hamilton Green K.O. Football tournament: Soesdyke, Milerock and Police through to semi-final

first_imgWHEN action in the Hamilton Green Cup Knock-Out football tournament continued over the past weekend at the Victoria ground, East Coast Demerara, Soesdyke Falcons, Milerock and Police secured victories to book their places in the semi-final round of the tournament.Soesdyke Falcons registered a 5-2 win over Ann’s Grove while Milerock scored a penalty-kick-shootout win over Uitvlugt after the two sides were deadlocked at 1-1 after regulation and extra time had expired.Police on the other hand secured a walk-over win from Silver Shattas.Playing in front a sizeable crowd at the East Coast venue, Tyrell Khan registered three second-half goals for Soesdyke Falcons, while his teammates, Kelly Batson and Colin McLean scored the other two goals.Responding for Ann’s Grove were Tyreek Cummings and Nikena Prince.Khan’s hat-trick of goals was registered within an 11-minute period.He (Khan) found the back of Ann’s Grove’s net in the 60th, 70th and 71st minutes, while Boston found his target in the 67th minute and McLean was on target in the 40th minute.For Ann’s Grove, Prince scored in the 28th minute and Cummings in the 69th minute.The winning team will earn $500,000 and the Minister of State trophy, while the runners-up will receive $250,000 and the Busta trophy.The third place finisher will receive $125,000 and the John Fernandes trophy and the team finishing fourth will take home $100,000 and the Cummings Electrical trophy.last_img read more

GolfSixes inspires young players

first_img GolfSixes is encouraging more young children into the sport with new figures showing significant growth of the fun-filled format across the UK.Just as the team element of the recent Ryder Cup at Le Golf National again captured the imagination, children are relishing the shorter format, team-based GolfSixes League at clubs up and down the country through the work of the Golf Foundation, which receives significant financial support from The R&A.The new leagues were launched in May 2018 as a companion series to the European Tour’s GolfSixes, the shorter-form, team competition for professionals which was held for the second consecutive year at Centurion Club, featuring men and women competing alongside each other.Figures show a notable expansion in the six-hole format across the summer, building on a pilot project in England in 2017 that featured six regional leagues involving 246 children from 27 clubs. Since May, 24 leagues were staged across 22 UK regions, involving 112 golf clubs and nearly 1,500 junior golfers. Early results show that nearly 30% of players have been girls.The work in England has been supported by England Golf, helped by additional funding from Sport England. Six county leagues in England have been so successful that they have decided to stage their own extra winter leagues in the months before the 2019 season, in which GolfSixes nationally is set to enjoy further expansion.Thanks to support from Wales Golf and Scottish Golf, GolfSixes League also expanded into these nations for the first time in 2018, through a pilot league in Wales and two in Scotland. These numbers are also expected to rise significantly next year.Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, the European Tour’s Official Delivery Partner for GolfSixes League in the UK, said: “We’re delighted with the expansion of the GolfSixes League in 2018 and our partnership with the European Tour.“The activity is just finishing across England, Wales and Scotland and we have received great feedback, stories and images. GolfSixes is great fun and the perfect entry level competition. We are also hearing from parents that GolfSixes has helped build confidence in their children.“The growth in GolfSixes illustrates that fun and shorter team formats encourage young players to practice and play at their clubs, while attracting the interest and support of their parents. “The Golf Foundation continues to look at new ways to entice more young people and families into golf, to grow participation numbers and retain more juniors.”Lasting just over an hour, GolfSixes matches are fast, fun, provide a sense of belonging and a foundation for a long-lasting love of golf. This summer, boys and girls represented their golf clubs in regional inter-club leagues playing weekly team golf. Wearing coloured team shirts with GolfSixes branding, squads of 12 juniors played six holes against other clubs in Texas Scramble format. Youngsters worked with their club’s PGA professional during the week to prepare for the big matches at the weekend, supported by regular high numbers of watching parents.Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “It is very encouraging to see how GolfSixes is capturing the imagination of youngsters in the UK, while we have also seen similar leagues launched across Europe, inspired by the professional competition, which featured men and women competing against each other.“We saw at Centurion Club, and through social media engagement, that GolfSixes is attractive to spectators, and the success of these leagues show it is also an appealing format for participants of all abilities as a quick, fun way of playing golf.”Iain Fulton, PGA Head Teaching Professional at Belton Woods Golf Club, added: “The GolfSixes League has been a fantastic project and opportunity for young golfers to play a different format, new courses and meet other young players. Everyone at Belton Woods has thoroughly enjoyed every game.”GolfSixes League was created following Golf Foundation commissioned research which found that many young people wanted to play fewer holes, in team formats and at different courses, while parents expressed enthusiasm for active involvement in events.The aim is to boost retention in clubs as a key part of the Foundation’s ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ strategy as a charity that helps young people from all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy the playing and personal benefits of the sport. GolfSixes also featured at The Ryder Cup, with the European and US Junior Ryder Cup teams taking part in an exhibition match at Le Golf National.GolfSixes is just one strand of the Golf Foundation’s national HSBC Golf Roots programme which is reaching 500,000 youngsters a year in schools, communities and golf clubs.England Golf has also partnered with the European Tour to promote GolfSixes to clubs in England, with 100 clubs already registered to hold a tournament. Club winners could then secure the chance to compete at the European Tour’s GolfSixes event in 2019.To find out more about GolfSixes, click hereImage copyright Getty Images 31 Oct 2018 GolfSixes inspires young players Tags: European Tour, Golf Foundation, GolfSixes, Junior Golflast_img read more

EPL splashes cash as Arsenal sign Aubameyang, Giroud joins Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a long-term contract with Arsenal © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 31 – England’s Premier League clubs have spent more money than ever in a January transfer window, with initial estimates suggesting they had reached the Sh65 billion (£450 million) mark come deadline day.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of around £56 million on Wednesday’s concluding day of business, with Olivier Giroud moving to Chelsea as part of a complicated transfer jigsaw. The previous EPL record for a January window was £225 million in 2011.Prior to Wednesday’s 2300 GMT deadline in England, Tottenham Hotspur announced the signing of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain but Manchester City pulled out of signing Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.Top Premier League clubs have splashed the cash in the January transfer window, desperate to qualify for the top four, which guarantees entry into the lucrative Champions League.Aubameyang, 28, signed a contract with the Gunners until 2021, becoming Arsenal’s second big-name signing of the January transfer window after Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined from Manchester United.His arrival will boost Arsene Wenger’s forward options after the departure of Alexis Sanchez to United in a swap deal with Mkhitaryan but raises questions about Alexandre Lacazette’s future with the Gunners.The prolific Aubameyang compared himself to club legend Thierry Henry, telling Arsenal Player he was attracted by the “big history” of the club, who lost ground in the Premier League with a 3-1 defeat by Swansea on Tuesday.– ‘Crazy’ –The Gabon international will be reunited at the Emirates Stadium with former Dortmund teammate Mkhitaryan — a tweet on Arsenal’s Twitter account pictured the two players together with the message “Friends reunited”.Aubameyang posted a message on Instagram apologising for the circumstances surrounding his departure from Germany but describing himself as “crazy”.“Perhaps it was not the best way for me to have decided, but everyone knows that Auba is crazy,” Aubameyang said.“I never had any bad intentions. I will never forget these four-and-a-half years at Borussia Dortmund.”Chelsea later announced the arrival of Arsenal striker Giroud on an 18-month contract for around £18 million and Michy Batshuayi’s departure for Borussia Dortmund in a loan deal until the end of the season.Frenchman Giroud, 31, who has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot since joining Arsenal in 2012, said he was delighted to be joining their London rivals.Belgian forward Batshuayi, 24, arrives in Dortmund as a direct replacement for Aubameyang, to complete the three-way puzzle.Brazil winger Lucas challenged his new Spurs team-mates to win the Champions League after arriving from PSG for a reported £25 million.Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez is the subject of a surprise transfer deadline bid by Premier League leaders Manchester City © AFP / Roland HARRISONManchester City may have got nowhere with their interest in Mahrez, but the Premier League leaders paid a club-record fee of £57 million for young French centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, in a deal confirmed on Tuesday.– Strugglers seek loan boost –Swansea, battling for Premier League survival, brought Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew back to Wales from West Ham late Wednesday — 18 months after he joined the Hammers for £20.5 million.The Swans said they had re-signed the 28-year-old for a club record but undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half year contract that will reunite Ayew with brother Jordan at the Liberty Stadium.Newcastle, just a point above the bottom three, sealed a similar season-long loan move for Islam Slimani, the Leicester striker.Slimani has struggled to live up to his £30 million price tag as Leicester’s most expensive signing, with 13 goals in 46 appearance since his arrival in 2016.But Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley on Wednesday, said: “He is a player who can fight with defenders, challenge and score goals.”Everton, who saw Theo Walcott, a £20 million window signing from Arsenal, score twice in a 2-1 win over Leicester on Wednesday, also made a loan signing Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, now surplus to requirements at the Etihad after Laporte’s arrival, subject to Premier League clearance.Earlier in the window, Everton’s local rivals Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75 million — a world record for a defender.German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a big boost by finally agreeing a new contract that will see him become the highest paid player in the club’s history, according to the BBC, which said he would earn around £350,000 a week.There was no official confirmation from Arsenal but Ozil posted a tweet with a picture of him signing photos with the message: “Had a busy day signing things.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

More South African expats plan to return home

first_imgSouth African expats at a Homecoming Revolution event in London. Homecoming Revolution is a non-profit organisation aimed at reversing the brain drain from South Africa.Wilma den HartighAn increasing number of South African expats intend to exchange life abroad for home comforts. Research conducted by Homecoming Revolution, a non-profit organisation aimed at reversing the brain drain from the country, shows that South Africans mostly return for emotional and lifestyle reasons.“We are seeing that people in their early 30s, who went overseas in their 20s, are coming back because they have realised that this is where they want to live,” said Martine Schaffer, managing director of Homecoming Revolution.She said changing perceptions of South Africa are encouraging expats to return, despite negative news about the country.“When they come back for a visit their experiences here leave them pleasantly surprised,” Schaffer said.The in-depth online survey conducted by e-View was carried out in the UK, US, Canada, Dubai and Australia. Of the respondents, 72% said that they were likely or highly likely to return to South Africa. Those most likely to return were from the UK, US and Canada.Significantly, negative reports about South Africa from friends and family did not match expats’ experiences, nor did they deter them in their decision to visit the country. The survey found that although 61% of the communication received about South Africa was negative, 58% of expats still visited the country in the last year. These were mainly from the UK and Dubai.South Africans living in Australia last visited at least three to four years ago, with 78% having had a good experience. A full 100% of responses from the US were positive.The depressed global economy is also a strong factor influencing people’s decision to return to home. Although South Africa’s economy is also taking strain, the survey found that 50% of people living abroad are likely to come back.“This is a great opportunity, as we are gaining from international experience both in skills and entrepreneurship. For many, there is a conscious decision to be home and make a difference,” Schaffer said in a statement.She pointed out that South Africa needs more entrepreneurs who are willing to start businesses and provide employment. “South Africa is the kind of place where one can take more risks and what is exciting is that people are coming back with out-of-the-box business ideas. We need this in South Africa.”Stephen Hurter, a South African living in the UK, has noticed a significant decline in job opportunities. He agreed that South Africa holds much more opportunity for self-employment.“Here it seems there is less small business opportunity,” he said. “But South Africa is definitely a place where you need to be able to make your own job. I don’t think jobs in South Africa are necessarily better, but the quality of life certainly is.”He hopes to return home later this year and says the South African lifestyle is a big drawcard. “People try and recreate that atmosphere here but it just isn’t the same.”A South African couple living in the UK believe they have many good reasons to return. “The greatest selling point is that South Africa will always be our home,” said Ange Hayler.The Haylers left South Africa to travel and gain work experience, but they have every intention of coming back. “I think there are enough awesome things about the country to warrant making it our home and it has a lot of potential as a growing global economy,” she said. Crime in South Africa is still one of their greatest concerns.The survey profiling of South Africans in the UK found that 85% are positive about South Africa. They enjoy living abroad for the new job and travel opportunities, but dislike the weather, lack of space and miss their families. They are also concerned about finding employment and no longer earning a strong currency.South Africans living in Dubai, the US and Canada said that they struggle with cultural differences and the indoor lifestyle. Survey respondents in Australia said they don’t feel accepted in that country and are having difficulty in finding work in their chosen profession.Schaffer said 41% are likely to return, but are still worried if this would be the right decision. Employment, a high crime rate and political uncertainty in South Africa were their main grievances.The recession has made many international destinations less attractive. However, young people who still want to travel and take a gap year may consider destinations in developing countries.“There will definitely be a shift in the choice of destination,” Schaffer said. South Africans may have a renewed interest in countries such as Japan and China to teach English. Foreigners looking to travel may consider coming to South Africa.Schaffer said that this could be beneficial for South Africa as initiatives in need of volunteers to build homes, schools or teachers in rural communities could benefit from foreign skills, even if for a short period of time.Related articlesSA expats vote abroad SA passport made more secure South African banker soars in Australia Mrs Ball’s chutney comes home Useful linksHomecoming Revolution The South Africanlast_img read more

South African cooking show picked up to air in US and Australia

first_imgA South African cooking show is being syndicated in the US and Australia, following its success in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Season 2 of Neill Anthony – The Private Chef has completed another well-received airing.The cooking show, Neill Anthony – The Private Chef, is being aired in the US and Australia. (Image: Food Network South Africa, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterThe successful South African cooking show, Neill Anthony – The Private Chef will be broadcast in the US and Australia.The second season of the show has been picked up by US channels group Scripps Networks Interactive, to be shown on its entertainment channel Food Network. Australian media company Foxtel will show seasons one and two on its Lifestyle Food channel.Seasons one and two have already aired on Food Network in more than 90 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa.Awesome thanks for watching https://t.co/U2qbqDnvAA— Neill Anthony (@neiLLanthony) February 28, 2017About the chefAnthony worked for a decade in professional kitchens in Europe. He learnt the trade from some of the best in the world: Gordon Ramsay, Alyn Williams, Jerome Henry and Marcus Wareing.Ramsay’s establishments in particular gave him a sound knowledge of the business.“My time spent in the Gordon Ramsay restaurants involved long hours of work and being a sponge for knowledge from the best,” he told the Food Network. “The most important lesson learned was working neatly, cleanly and in an organised way.”Show premiseAnthony’s return to Cape Town inspired him to create the TV show. He often found, when invited to dinner parties, that he would help out in the kitchen and provide tips and advice.“I then thought this might be a good idea for me to do professionally, where I can cook great food, in an intimate environment and experience first-hand the joy and excitement my clients get out of it.”As a private chef, he gets orders from clients – among them South Africa’s A-list celebrities – and he prepares great food according to their needs.“After the approval, I arrive at my client’s home with 80% of the meal preparation complete,” he explained. “This usually leaves me little to do once I have arrived.”Watch:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Google Launches App to Let Users Share Open Parking Spots

first_imgWe’ve all been there. You’re driving around a crowded city looking for a place to park and having terrible luck. Well next time, instead of forking over several dollars to park in a garage, just pull out your Android phone and look for a helping hand from a kindly spot sharer. At least that’s what Google wants you to do. The company has just added a new application to GoogleLabs that will help drivers find open parking spots shared with them by fellow app users.The app, named OpenSpot, is very straightforward. If you are looking for parking, simply pull up the app to see a map of nearby openings. Right now, since the application is brand new, there’s not likely to be much to find, but eventually over time as more people use the app, it could prove to be a useful parking tool.If you are leaving a parking space and feel the urge to generously attempt to share your empty space with fellow Android users, you can place a pin on the map where your spot can be found. The app automatically color codes the pins based on how long they’ve been active, and removes spots that are older than 20 minutes. chris cameron Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts The application also has some game mechanics to motivate people to advertise their open space. Each time you share a space you earn what Google is calling “Karma Points.” If there’s anything to be learned about location-based apps, it’s that earning points, badges and mayorships is a fun way to boost usage.This is a great solution for busy cities and an obvious evolution of location-based technology. Eventually as technologies like geofencing allow people to check in and out of locations automatically, determining the availability of parking spots could become more easily automated. Better yet, an application could tap into Internet enabled parking meters that have publicly accessible APIs to show open parking spots.There are a few other applications already on the Android Market and the AppStore that help users share parking information. PrimoSpot helps both Android and iPhone users find nearby public parking locations, and iSpotSwap has the same basic functionality as OpenSpot but for the iPhone. Google’s advantage is it can leverage its existing user base to quickly grow the service. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

10 months agoFulham to release Luca de la Torre for loan

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham to release Luca de la Torre for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuca de la Torre is set to leave Fulham next month.The Mirror says Fulham are looking to send De la Torre out on loan.Fulham will allow him to leave for more first-team games next month and they have received initial interest from clubs in Germany and the Netherlands.Several League One clubs are also interested in the US international.Cottagers chiefs believe six months away will accelerate De la Torre’s development. last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle offer Benitez new contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle offer Benitez new contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United have offered manager Rafa Benitez a new one-year contract offer.The Times says there has been fresh discussion about overcoming the current impasse, and a front runner is the possibility of a 12-month extension on the £6m-a-year deal the former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager signed in May 2016.Owner Mike Ashley, who is keen to sell the club and has called on would-be purchasers, including Peter Kenyon, to meet his asking price of between £280-£300m this month, remains unlikely to strengthen heavily during January without agreement.If Benitez agrees to the new deal then the tight hold on club’s finances is likely to be unlocked, although there remains a fundamental disagreement over how that money should be spent; Ashley wants young players whose value will rise and Benitez wants experience.However, without the confirmation of Benitez staying beyond the end of the season, Newcastle are unlikely to sanction the spending spree their supporters have been calling on for three transfer windows. last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri slams VAR: Kane was offside

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri slams VAR: Kane was offsideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri slammed VAR after losing the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi to Tottenham.A Harry Kane penalty in the first-half – which was awarded via VAR – earned Spurs the 1-0 win.Sarri snapped, “A few minutes ago I watched the video from our camera. It was offside. Our camera was in line with Harry Kane.”Offside with the head, the knee. Offside. It was really important the linesman carried on running, he had a big impact on our defenders.”I don’t think English referees are able to use the system.”If you are not sure with the system, you have to follow the ball and at the end of the action decide. But he stopped it and didn’t follow the ball – for our defenders it was offside. I don’t know about the goalkeeper but sure the defenders.”I think they have to study the system.”It’s very strange in the Premier League there isn’t VAR and in Carabao Cup there is the system. It’s very strange for us, the players and referees.” last_img read more

a month agoAston Villa boss Smith: Players sorted out Mings, El Ghazi incident

first_imgAston Villa boss Smith: Players sorted out Mings, El Ghazi incidentby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith has played down an incident between Anwar El-Ghazi and Tyrone Mings. El-Ghazi appeared to throw his head at Mings, who yelled at his team-mate for being out of position in Monday’s goalless draw with West Ham United.On the incident, Smith said: “I didn’t need to [intervene], the players dealt with it. That’s the group of players I’ve got. There’s a great togetherness and team spirit in the dressing room.”Looking at it, he went over the edge a little but I’m happy for the players to do that. It was a bit of a heat of the moment, that will happen.”That’s the end of it. It got dealt with very quickly, it’s a team sport. It happens. At half time they shook hands and did their best for their teammates in the second half.”No it’s not a concern. [El Ghazi] has got a little bit of red mist in him like most professional players have.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more