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first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 9:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisement Comment Arsenal are targeting Ajax winger Quincy Promes (Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting a move for Ajax winger Quincy Promes, according to reports.The Gunners are already closing in on a deal to sign Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea.But Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his attacking options even further in the transfer window.And according to The Sun, Arteta is keen to bring Promes to the Emirates Stadium this summer.ADVERTISEMENTThe 28-year-old moved to Ajax from Sevilla for £14 million last summer and scored 16 goals in his debut campaign for the Dutch club.Promes typically plays on the left flank, which means his arrival at Arsenal would allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to move into his favoured central role. Advertisement Quincy Promes scored 16 goals in his debut season for Ajax (ANP Sport via Getty Images)The Sun’s report also claims that Promes would jump at the opportunity to join Arsenal this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Quincy would go in a heartbeat,’ a source close to the player told The Sun.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It would be a great move for him and Arsenal.’Promes, who has 42 caps for the Netherlands, has previously been linked with a move to Liverpool.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Quincy Promes keen on Arsenal move as Mikel Arteta targets Ajax wingerlast_img read more

first_imgAerial shot of Nudgee PlaceA HOUSE and land package within the Nudgee Place development has sold for double the local median sales price. Nudgee locals Jim and Corinne Cleave bought their “forever home” for $1.245 million, with construction of their 387.29sq m highset house on a 926sq m lot to start soon. Jim and Corrine Cleave and their children will build their dream home at Nudgee Place.The easterly-facing home will include five bedrooms, a media room, study, multipurpose room, two bathrooms, two powder rooms and a double garage.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoNudgee Place is a boutique, infill house and land estate being developed by Brisbane-based developer, Weyers Estates, which has teamed up exclusively with Sunshine Coast builder, Vantage Homes.Weyers Estates project director Brad Hanson said the Cleave home would be built on a unique lot at the back of stage 2/3, overlooking a protected environmental zone.“The size of the block, its position within the estate, it is unique,” he said.Over 75 per cent of the release has been sold, mostly to local first home buyers and family owner-occupiers. Each modern home is being marketed as “turnkey” or “rent ready”, and includes features such as statement facades, stone benchtops, quality appliances, gas cooktops, high ceilings, and landscaping.Mr Hanson said the estate’s proximity to the Brisbane CBD, major transport nodes, including the Gateway Motorway, and employment hubs such as the airport and trade coast, made it attractive to buyers. And with packages starting from $627,000, first home buyers are also eligible for the First Home Owner’s Grant. The estate backs on to Nundah Creek and was formerly used for farming. Mr Hanson said the developer had rehabilitated 1.3 hectares of land for green space, with the estate also flanked by rural-use blocks.“When it came to our vision, we wanted to really provide a connection between the residential lots, the existing rural lots and the environmental zone,” he said.CoreLogic property data shows that the median sales price in Nudgee was $635,000 in the 12 months to August, with 60 houses sold.last_img read more

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan claims many of his Black Stars teammates are against the idea of playing Egypt in Cairo for the World Cup playoff return leg next month.The Al Ain striker says they feel intimidated by the deteriorating security concerns in the North African country.FIFA has set a 28 October deadline to confirm whether the match will be played in Cairo or at a neutral venue.This was after the Ghana FA wrote to the world football governing body over recent violent clashes between protesters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the military.The Egyptian Football Association insists the country is safe and Ghana should harbour no fear ahead of the 19 November decider.“Most of the guys talk to me about playing the second leg in Cairo in front of the fans and are scared about the happenings in that country,” Gyan told Kumasi-based Angel FM “Don’t forget that most of the players follow all what is going on in Egypt and are abreast with every incident that has been going on because life is very precious.“We are in talks with the authorities in charge to see what decision is finally taken with respect to the venue of the match so hopefully by next week will all know where the game will be played.“We need to protect our lives as footballers so if Cairo is picked as the venue then they would have to provide a very tight security for us because we all know the what the situation is in Egypt now.“Not to say that we can’t play, we are ready to play at any venue against any opposition but as I said our lives are more important.”Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan claims many of his Black Stars teammates are against the idea of playing Egypt in Cairo for the World Cup playoff return leg next month. The Al Ain striker says they feel intimidated by the deteriorating security concerns in the North African country.FIFA has set a 28 October deadline to confirm whether the match will be played in Cairo or at a neutral venue.This was after the Ghana FA wrote to the world football governing body over recent violent clashes between protesters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the military.The Egyptian Football Association insists the country is safe and Ghana should harbour no fear ahead of the 19 November decider.“Most of the guys talk to me about playing the second leg in Cairo in front of the fans and are scared about the happenings in that country,” Gyan told Kumasi-based Angel FM “Don’t forget that most of the players follow all what is going on in Egypt and are abreast with every incident that has been going on because life is very precious.“We are in talks with the authorities in charge to see what decision is finally taken with respect to the venue of the match so hopefully by next week will all know where the game will be played.“We need to protect our lives as footballers so if Cairo is picked as the venue then they would have to provide a very tight security for us because we all know the what the situation is in Egypt now.“Not to say that we can’t play, we are ready to play at any venue against any opposition but as I said our lives are more important.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Rugby Cranes to take on Kenya in the Elgon Cup on Saturday. Source: UgrugbyFanzoneLooking at the final 23-man rugby Cranes squad to face a high-flying (pun intended) Kenya side Saturday afternoon, many a fan and rugby fraternity have mixed feelings.It will be very unfamiliar having old guards Mathias Ochwo and Alex Mubiru, both fit, sit out this affair. The duo was the base on which a largely rejuvenated side of debutants reclaimed the Elgon Cup last year and gained promotion to Tier 1A.Even in the face of hardships and threatening boycott over unpaid allowances, it was them that convinced the boys to walk onto pitch before they mauled Botswana with untold wrath in Kampala last year to ascend to Tier 1A.Head coach Robert Seguya who has fondly been baptised Malia Mungu last year entrusted a lethal quartet that plies their trade in Kenya with defending champions Kabras.Gerald Sewankambo, James Odong, Cyrus Wathum and Charles Uhuru made quite a stir and gave Kenyans hard time; they know their game. This time round Ronald Musajjagulanyago, who joined Harlequins, is an addition. This should give fans some belief.There is icing to the cake – fullback, top try league scorer and debutant (surprisingly) Phillip Wokorach should add flair to the game, if his talismanic performance in the last league game between archrivals Kobs and Heathens is anything to go by.Picking the mindsNational hooker and 2007 African rugby champion Alex Mubiru gives the team 51%. “I know most of the Kenyan team that is coming; these boys should put in something. They can make it, he says.”Asked why he is not on the squad he says he and Mathias needed to rest because the league has been very demanding. He promises that he will play the return leg and the Namibia Tier 1A tie in Kampala later this month. Otherwise he and Mathias will be entertaining Kenya’s 7s champion Collins Injera in the stands.The national team was this close to boycotting the Botswana game in Kampala last year during the Tier 1B tourney as they sparred with the Union over unpaid allowances.Following the Elgon Cup victory in Kampala last year, Union secretary Godwin Kayangwe was heard assuring a player the win, and the pride therein, was more important than the money. He asked the player if he did not feel immensely proud for playing for his country.Sadly that is not a tale that is about to end. Rugby pundit and ‘interpreter’ David Mutaka is fully confident the squad will perform. “We got this!” Mutaka is also famed for having spoilt a Kenya rugby party in Nairobi when the speedstar bedazzled infront of a stunned crowd to make a last minute try during a similar encounter.Rugby ‘beast’ (South Africans loath this one) Winnie Atyang is more scathing in her scrutiny. “I have full confidence in the backs; they will do the job.” However she says most of the forwards are lazy.“The backs will really get tired because they will tackle like their lives depend on it. I don’t see the forwards putting in as much. Brian Odong has a bad knee; though, with Asuman and Kasita starting, we might have a chance. Those two are very hungry and will give their all.”She also notes that the boys have to start hitting and attacking from the word go. “Kenya is a physical side; when you play their game they get frustrated.”Rugby columnist Peter Ofwong is non committal, though believes the team will have a hard task against Kenya. “We’ll just have to wait and see; get there early, take your beer and enjoy the party!”Former Kobs coach Ronnie Lutakome says Seguya is a man who believes in hard work, hence his choice of players.“With Seguya you have to train, and hard. You have to show up.” This resonates generally among the fans.Coach Seguya is not a man known for softies; you have to sweat it out. He is a rugby legend, African champion and has seen generations of players come and go. He is also a known adversary among the Kenyans. He knows what it takes to get results.On the whole at the end of the day, we don’t care if Kenya will be playing a test match in Brazil thereafter; the Cranes whipped them last year after they played the likes of Portugal and whatever else.Though the team might be much different, a Migingo affair is a Migingo affair; that said, this should be a cracker of a game! Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka players celebrate Ezekiel Okare’s winner during their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield tie against Tusker FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Sep 2 – Robert Matano’s hope of clinching a second consecutive Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield title with a second different team were quashed on Sunday afternoon after Tusker lost 2-1 at the hands of Sofapaka in a quarter final tie played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Ezekiel Okare stepped off the bench to score the winner in the 72nd minute after Umaru Kassumba had cancelled out Jackson Macharia’s early goal for the brewers. It was a highly technical and tactical approach between the two sides and the chances were few and far in between.Both goals in the opening half were scored within the first 10 minutes and were spaced three minutes in between each other. Apart from that, both Mathias Kigonya for Sofapaka and Patrick Matasi for Tusker didn’t have much to do with their hands.Tusker were first to taste the back of the net, Macharia coming to the end of a brilliant team move by the brewers.-Team playBoniface Muchiri broke away on the left after some quick interchange of passes left Sofapaka exposed and with space and time, the winger looked up to cite Macharia’s run and sliced in a low cross.The dreadlocked midfielder took a brilliant first touch away from his marker before slotting the ball low into Kigonya’s far right.But the lead only lasted three minutes as Batoto ba Mungu drew back level in the ninth minute when Umaru Kassumba towered above the Tusker defense to nod home a freekick from Kevin Kimani.Sofapaka’s Michael Oduor skips away from Tusker’s Hashim Ssempala during a Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFrom then on, the two sides took on each other in a terse tactical battle, most of which was concentrated in the middle of the pack.Tusker had two chances off set pieces, the first a training ground routine with Muchiri and Peter Nzuki skipping over the ball before Timothy Otieno whipped it over and the second was an awry attempt by Muchiri which skied over the target.In the second half Sofapaka head coach John Baraza began with a tactical change bringing off Teddy Osok who was living dangerously with a yellow card and in his place came Brian Magonya.-Game changer OkareAfter 18 minutes, Okare was brought in for the off color Piston Mutamba and he almost had an immediate impact when he picked up a loose ball at the edge of the box but his snap shot went just wide.He however made the difference in the 72nd minute when he simply tapped in from two yards out unmarked after Michael Oduor’s low cross from the right found him isolated and he had the simple task of changing the ball’s direction into the net with Matasi beaten.After conceding the second, Tusker made offensive changes, the ineffective David Juma being hauled off for Sidney Ochieng.But, the brewers could not break the Sofapaka backline and were almost conceding a third on the other end but Stephen Waruru’s connection from a Kimani cross went inches wide with Matasi well beaten.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe Airbus A330-200 is the first of the58 aircraft in SAA’s fleet that will carrythe Mandela Day logo. SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus, centre,surrounded by flight staff. Inside, each seat has a branded headrestcover, and various audio-visual materialavailable in-flight will ensure the spreadof the campaign’s message.(Images: Michelle Oberholster) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang  NMF communications manager  +27 11 547 5600 • Fani Zulu  SAA Corporate Affairs  +27 82 451 0457 RELATED ARTICLES • SAA to fly non-stop to New York • Bid for in-flight mobile use • Mvezo school a legacy of Mandela • Cheesekids ready for Mandela Day • New low-cost airline for rural SAJanine ErasmusSouth African Airways (SAA) has launched its 2011 Mandela Day campaign with the unveiling of the first of its fleet of specially branded aircraft that will carry the initiative’s logo, and message, around the world.Viewed as a symbol of faith in the human spirit, the Mandela Day logo, currently seen on SAA’s brand new Airbus A330-200, will soon adorn the national carrier’s entire fleet of 58 aircraft.The 222-seater – 186 economy and 36 business class berths – arrived in February 2011 and is one of six ordered from commercial aircraft sales and leasing company Aircastle Limited.A two-engined craft, it will replace the more fuel-hungry four-engined A340-200. SAA will take delivery of the remaining five before the end of 2011.Changing the world a step at a timeThe logo, which marks the UN-proclaimed International Mandela Day, features a silhouette of the raised-fist statue of the former president that stands outside the gates of the Drakenstein Correctional Centre in Paarl, Western Cape province.Mandela spent the last three years of his 27-year jail term in the low-security facility, previously known as Victor Verster prison.Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor said that the focus of this year’s campaign was to provide schools with libraries and ensure that children have school books. In this, he said, the foundation is working with NGOs such as Breadline Africa, which converts old shipping containers into useful resources such as classrooms, soup kitchens and daycare centres.On the 67 minutes of community service asked of those taking part in the campaign, Dangor said, “We don’t expect big changes overnight, but if we can change the world one step at a time, we’ll make a difference.”The event will be marked by various activities all around the country, driven by organisations and individuals alike.During the campaign, SAA passengers will be able to watch and listen to multimedia material on the Mandela legacy.A treat for childrenFor Mandela Day 2011, SAA plans to treat 93 children – one for each year of Mandela’s life – to their first flight. The statesman is well known for his enduring love of children, and this year’s youngsters have been selected from each of the country’s nine provinces.They will fly to the foundation’s offices in Johannesburg, where they will be treated to a birthday party in Mandela’s honour, and receive school uniforms, backpacks, books and other special gifts including the children’s version of the Mandela autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.Getting involved“It’s only right that our generation picks up the baton and finishes the race that our parents and Mandela’s generation started,” said former activist and SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus at the unveiling.She said that SAA is committed to good corporate governance, and to ensuring a future for South Africa’s children and improving their quality of life.“These causes are close to our hearts,” said Carolus. “And as corporate South Africa, we can accomplish so much more if we work together.”Member of Parliament Buti Manamela agreed. “We want to mobilise not just Parliament, but all sectors of society, to work together. As a people we have the power.”Manamela said that the older generation didn’t get things done by sitting back – they got involved.“In those days there was no sense of entitlement, no expectation that the government must do it all,” he said. “The only way to accomplish change is to change the attitudes of selfishness that prevail today.”Mandela Day activitiesThe UN General Assembly passed a resolution in 2009 declaring 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, as an international day for people around the world to take action and inspire change.Stella Anyangwe, representative of the UN office in South Africa, said that the global organisation had planned a number of activities in its missions in various countries.These include public services such as planting trees and painting handrails in Central Park. At the UN’s New York headquarters in New York, a small Mandela exhibition is on display during July.People can share their special Mandela moments or their 67 minutes of action on the UN’s official Mandela Day Facebook page.Other international activities include the circulation of a message about the importance of Nelson Mandela Day in all six official UN languages; the screening of a 15-minute video and the film Invictus, followed by a discussion; UN radio programmes that focus on the event; and a dedicated Mandela Day website.last_img read more

first_imgNational Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said the BJP was creating a fear psychosis across the country “by crying hoarse over the nation being in danger”.“India is not in danger, it is the BJP that is in danger due to rug slipping from under the feet of the Prime Minister ahead of general election,” said Dr. Abdullah in his public address in Jammu. He said the politics of hate and mistrust was being perpetrated and practised by the BJP. “This is against the very idea of India. Instead of dividing the people in the name of religion, caste and region, everyone should be treated as a compatriot, which alone can lead the country to progress and harmony,” he added.Referring to air strikes, Dr. Abdullah said: “It was a selective outrage. Similar concern and anguish should have been demonstrated over the killing of security forces in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh and elsewhere. Nobody from the Centre even visited those martyrs.”He said Mr. Modi used to censure the Centre as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on the rising prices and growing unemployment, “but now he has no answers or explanations to offer to the people”.last_img read more

first_img Minister Chuck stressed that the Government has been deliberate in its planning and implementation of the zone. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the first zone of special operations should be declared in a matter of days.He said a great deal of work is being done to ensure that all is in place for the successful operation of the zone.“For the last six weeks, I can assure you that we have been planning and waiting to ensure that once we declare the zone, the operations will begin from day one to be successful. We have been working assiduously, and what I will tell you is that we were waiting to ensure that certain resources were in place, (and) they are now in place, and … within a matter of days, not weeks, I believe we will have a declaration,” the Minister said.He was speaking at a sensitisation session for lay magistrates and justices of the peace (JPs) on the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on August 31.The JPs and the lay magistrates were drawn from the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Thomas and St. Catherine.Minister Chuck stressed that the Government has been deliberate in its planning and implementation of the zone.“Let me make it very clear that when you see a Prime Minister, who deliberates and is ensuring patience in terms of implementation, it is not that we are sitting idly and not doing anything,” he said.“We have not declared a zone as yet, because once a zone has been declared, we must get it right, and we are going to succeed once a zone is declared. We had to put the law in place so that the planning can take place,” he continued.Minister Chuck informed that once the zone is declared, a meeting will be held with the Custos and lay magistrates of the relevant parish, who will then be introduced to the Zone Commander in charge of operations.He said no advanced notice will be given regarding the area that will be declared, so as to prevent criminals from moving weapons and ammunition. He noted that once an area is cordoned off, persons will be given an opportunity to surrender their weapons.Minister Chuck added that the appropriate technology will be employed in carrying out searches during the period of operation.He indicated that the security forces have been put on high alert and meetings have been held with representatives from social-intervention agencies.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act was passed earlier this year in the Houses of Parliament.     It seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The law gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a zone of special operations in order to tackle increased crime and volatility in a community. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The zone can only be established after the police commissioner and the chief of defence staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.JPs have a critical role to play in ensuring the protection of citizens’ rights once an area has been designated a special crime zone.Once a person has been detained, the police will have to convince the JP that the person is suspected of having committed a crime.If the JP disagrees, then the person must be released. If the JP agrees, then that person must be taken before a parish judge within 24 hours.The JPs should also be present when the security forces are conducting searches. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the first zone of special operations should be declared in a matter of days. last_img read more

first_imgDEVON MICHAEL BROWN, ACTOR AND DANCERAnyone who saw Donna Feore’s exuberant Stratford Festival production of The Music Man came away asking, “Who was that guy?” We all knew the lead, Daren A. Herbert, who was predictably excellent. The artist we were Googling was Brown, who not only brought passion and ardour to his acting as rebel/young lover Tommy, but also, in the ensemble numbers, kicked higher, leaped more gracefully and twirled with the kind of focus and commitment that only the best artists possess. Those years of training (he began at three) and experience on the hit TV show The Next Step obviously paid off. Forget Gaga. This year, a star was born at Stratford. BREANNA DILLON, ACTOROne of the most harrowing experiences of the year was watching Dillon late in What Happened Was… deliver a monologue that gradually revealed her character’s complex psychological baggage. The actor, who up until that moment had presented a character who seemed relatable and even ordinary, nailed this difficult scene. Later, she brought that same intensity to her role as a woman who meets up with her ex in Wes Berger’s First Dates. Dillon has the ability to suggest layers of emotion and contradictions beneath a placid surface. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long for another theatrical date. Advertisement BRANDON ASH-MOHAMMED, COMICAfter taking an extended hiatus from comedy in 2015, this Humber College alum came back renewed and reinvigorated, and he seemed to be everywhere in 2018. He taped a JFL set opening for Julio Torres, and we saw him slay with his self-assured routine at the Bitch Salad finale. While he’s waiting for the audience to catch its breath, he’ll roguishly vogue to build momentum before moving on. Devon Michael Brown in The Music Man (centre, top, defying gravity) What does he have left to try in 2019? Recording his debut album. Advertisement As well as stand-up, Ash-Mohammed excels at sketch and improv (he won a Bob Curry Fellowship at Second City Toronto, and subbed in on their current mainstage revue The Best Is Yet To Come Undone), and he made memorable appearances on Sketchfest’s Rapp Battlez and Improv Karaokeat Comedy Bar.He’s been a commendable host, too, helping sell out multiple editions of The Ebony Tide in February (the show is now a monthly), and The Ethnic Rainbow, Canada’s first and only comedy show for LGBTQ+ people of colour.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Some have been working for years, some have been in hit TV shows, while others recently graduated from theatre school. Whatever their journey, here are the artists (in alphabetical order) who made us check their program bios during intermission.LOVELL ADAMS-GRAY, ACTORJudging from his packed IMDb page, Adams-Gray is busy doing TV. But let’s hope he finds more stage work like his peacock-like Levee in Soulpepper’s burnished production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. As a strutting trumpet player whose songwriting aspirations are thwarted, Adams-Gray was electric, his emotional outpourings – in his music, his speechifying and his pursuit of one of the play’s women – were all extensions of his character’s soul. The performance rightly earned him recognition by the Toronto Theatre Critics Association and no doubt will be acknowledged come Dora time. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more