US slowdown and war hit UK growth

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Nadia Eke explains why companies are afraid to sponsor African athletes

first_imgGhana triple jump record holder, Nadia Eke, believes the reason corporate institutions in Africa are unwilling to offer sponsorship deals to African athletes is because of the limited perception the companies have about the athletes.One of the surest ways athletes earn income across the world is through corporate endorsements but the same cannot be said in Africa, especially, Ghana.Nadia is African triple jump champion from 2016 and a silver medalist from two years before that in Marrakech.She represented Ghana at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and has also qualified for the rescheduled Tokyo Games, doing so with a new national record leap of 14.33m.But even with her pedigree, the 27 year old has no professional contract and no brand endorsement.Speaking on why brands don’t turn to athletes for endorsements in Africa, Nadia who has a Psychology degree from Columbia University, believes companies have a very limited view of the African athlete which does not include the intellectual capacity they possess.“On the sponsorship side, there are so many opportunities for brands. They are seeing athletes in a very limited way.“When a brand looks at me and say she is a triple jumper or she is a triple jumper from Ghana and that’s it. But they are not looking at me as the whole individual, what I can bring to the table”, she told Athletics Africa.“I graduated from an Ivy League University, I have sense. There is so much I can bring to your company but a lot of times, unfortunately, companies don’t see that in athletes. On the reverse side, athletes don’t see that in themselves too, to make them position themselves in a way to gain sponsorship from companies.“In the African continent, I think companies are missing a lot to use athletes and gain exposure for their brands.”last_img read more

Watch: Thomas Tuchel gives Idrissa Gueye the warmest hug after midfield masterclass against Real…

first_imgAdvertisement t8cNBA Finals | Brooklyn VszczhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3wrm89( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 85qhhWould you ever consider trying this?😱m2chCan your students do this? 🌚1r663Roller skating! Powered by Firework It was a night to remember for Paris Saint-Germain fans as their beloved club beat Real Madrid by 3-0 without their stellar front three, i.e. Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. The French champions comfortably grabbed 3 points on matchday 1 thanks to Angel di Maria’s brace and a late Thomas Munier strike. While the former Galactico will get all the headlines, another Parisian performed rather incredibly than others, though he might not get all the attention he deserves. The player we’re talking about is Idrissa Gueye.Advertisement PSG paid £30 million for the former Toffees midfielder and with his sublime performance last night, it’s safe to say that his current club got hold of a world-class player at a minimal price. PSG have faced criticism for their big-money signings failing to perform at the big stage, but it appears that finally they chose the right player to play alongside Marco Veratti in midfield in their quest for European glory.Advertisement Gueye, along with his new teammates Marco Veratti and Marquinhos dominated the midfield as Real had no answer to their supreme passing and pressing. But it was Gueye, in particular, who contributed all of that. The 29-year-old was everywhere in the pitch, from winning the ball back to dribbling past players and making forward runs.The Senegalese star was so sensational that, after full-time, his manager Thomas Tuchel gave him a kind of hug you only reserve for a loved one.Advertisement He played that good.Also, it was Gueye’s first Champions League match after seven long years! Advertisementlast_img read more

Freeholder Curley Mulls Independent Run; Scharfenberger Joins Board

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley is contemplating a re-election run later this year but may do so without an ‘R’ next to his name for the first time since his days in Red Bank.Curley did not receive Republican support to run on this year’s party line for the Monmouth County Freeholder seat he currently holds, a decision made during the county’s Republican committee convention at iPlay America in Freehold last Saturday. Republicans instead tapped Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley, a two-term elected official, for the nomination.Curley said he was not even introduced as a possible candidate at the convention. And in the wake, Curley told The Two River Times, “I’m looking at my options, looking also at a potential independent run.” Curley, who currently sits as a Republican on the Freeholder board, said he would also have to look at his financial sources.County GOP chairman Shaun Golden, who also serves in an elected office as Monmouth County Sheriff, sent a letter to Republicans in December asking them not to support Curley in the upcoming election. Curley was censured by the Freeholder board in December after a report by a retired Superior Court judge allegedly found he sexually harassed county employees through “salacious and vulgar statements,” a resolution of the censure read.But Curley has vowed to stand his ground and support the same principles he always has.“I never played into the so-called ‘Club Monmouth’ and I don’t answer to political bosses. I vote my conscience,” he said. “That’s the way I’ve always been, even when I was a councilman in Red Bank and obviously as a freeholder.”“Club Monmouth” was the moniker given to Republicans in the wake of the Operation Bid Rig investigation where federal authorities investigated rampant political patronage between businessmen and elected officials over the past decade.Early in his political career Curley ran as a Democrat in Red Bank before switching to the Republican party in the early-2000s.Middletown and Hazlet RepresentedAfter state Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) left the Freeholder board last month to take her position in Trenton, the GOP also elected one of their own to fill her vacancy – former Middletown mayor and committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger.Scharfenberger, a 14-year elected official in Middletown, stepped down from the township’s governing body on Saturday after he was unanimously picked and subsequently sworn in to the Freeholder board.“I’m at a point now where it was probably now or never,” Scharfenberger told The Two River Times. “With the chance to serve on the county board, I can still do a lot of good things for Middletown, but also do things on a regional level, too.”Because he is filling a vacated seat, Scharfenberger’s term ends after 2018. He said he and Kiley would be running mates for the 2018 freeholder election. The Two River Times reported last month that Scharfenberger and Kiley would be the GOP’s odds-on favorites for the 2018 election.After being elected for the first time in 2004, Scharfenberger served as mayor six times and deputy mayor twice, he said. He currently works for the state as director for the Office of Planning Advocacy and is executive director of the New Jersey Business Action Center, as well as being an anthropology professor at Monmouth University.Scharfenberger said some specific achievements stand out during his tenure in Middletown. Most notably, overseeing the opening of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s second freestanding outpatient center in New Jersey; moving township dispatch calls to county supervision last year; and the preservation of both the Chris’ Marina property along the Swimming River and the Coe Property in the Chapel Hill section of town – both of which are now dedicated open space.“I’m hoping to have the same success I had in Middletown at the county level,” he said, while adding he’s confident in the current committee moving forward.Kiley, his running mate this year, is viewed as a rising star in the local Republican party. A two-term elected official, she is currently Hazlet’s deputy mayor and served as mayor in 2017. If she wins the election, Kiley said she would be the first Hazlet representative on the Freeholder board.“Hazlet is my first priority, and just being at the county just increases my ability to help my own town,” she said.“I’ve always said I will do whatever is best for my town and my party,” she added.Kiley oversaw a zero percent tax increase over the past two years in Hazlet and also touted the opening of a township Disabled American Veterans (DAV) office for veterans’ services in Town Hall.The DemocratsWhile their convention isn’t until March 3, Monmouth County Democrats are starting to game plan for 2018. Holmdel resident and frequent Democratic candidate Lawrence Luttrell confirmed to The Two River Times that he intends to run for the Freeholder board this year.Luttrell ran unsuccessfully for freeholder in 2013 and 2014, and also lost a bid for township committee in Holmdel last year.During his previous county campaigns, Luttrell said he pushed for selling the two county-owned nursing homes. That eventually happened in 2016, but he alleged taxpayers didn’t see that $32 million price tag return to them.“You have people struggling to pay their taxes and you have to choose between buying food or paying your taxes,” Luttrell said this week.Luttrell said he is unaware of who will be his potential running mate, which will be determined in March.This article was first published in the Feb. 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Bear Mountain Wind Park gets large investment

first_imgThe Bear Mountain Wind Park project will be receiving up to $20.5 million over the next ten years through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program.Prince George-Peace River M.P. Jay Hill made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, after touring the project grounds in Dawson Creek.The Bear Mountain Wind Park will have 34 turbines with a total capacity of 102 megawatts and will cover approximately 25 hectares of land on top of Bear Mountain.- Advertisement -Minister Hill says the investment will help create jobs, stimulate the economy and improve the environment.The project is owned by Bear Mountain Wind Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of AltaGas Income Trust. The electricity generated will be sold to BC Hydro.The $1.5-billion ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program provides a one cent per kilowatt-hour incentive, with the goal of increasing Canada’s renewable electricity capacity by more than 4,000 megawatts – enough to power a million homes.Advertisementlast_img read more

Takeaways: If Martin Jones keeps playing like this, it’s OK to think big

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/27/bang_2ee4e992-34c2-4470-aa47-65e34ab3a3ff”]SAN JOSE — Marcus Sorensen blocked an Erik Johnson shot from just inside the Sharks’ blue line and began to bust it up the ice near the end of a long shift. Joe Thornton, also standing near the blue line, saw the play and turned up ice to help create a 2-on-1 against Samuel Girard.After the two crossed the blue line, Sorensen laid a perfect saucer pass to Thornton, who fired the puck past Philipp Grubauer to tie the …last_img read more

With competition for No. 1 role, here’s how 49ers’ wide receivers stack up

first_imgStrengths: His knack for making plays (five touchdowns on 27 catches) comes with a unique, long stride that surprises cornerbacks.Weaknesses: His size and physicality required … Jimmy Garoppolo’s favored 2019 target will likely be George Kittle, unless NFL defenses have come up with an answer for the record-setting tight end.But the 49ers’ stable of “wideouts with real potential” hasn’t been this robust in recent memory.Here’s a rundown:DANTE PETTIS2nd year out of Washingtonlast_img read more

Churches call for a united South Africa this Youth Month

first_imgSouth Africans of all colours marched to Orlando Stadium in Soweto, joining the call of the South African Council of Churches for us to all work towards making the country the best it can be.Hundreds marched from Madibane High School to Orlando Stadium in Soweto to mark 40 years since the Soweto Uprising.This year marks the 40th anniversary of the uprising, when, on 16 June 1976, thousands of school children protested the introduction of Afrikaans as the language of teaching.This year’s march, organised by the South African Council of Churches (SACC), was held on 11 June. It brought together church representatives from Palestine, Colombia, Burundi, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The SACC called on South Africans to “pray and work for a South Africa of promise – a reconciled, equitable and sustainable society, free of racial, gender, tribal and xenophobic prejudices”.They said we must work to free South Africa from corruption, socioeconomic discrimination and violence. They called for “each child born to grow to its God-given potential”.World Council of Churches general secretary, Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit, said the ideal South Africa is still to come. “We are with you today acknowledging that the walk towards the South Africa you hoped for and still pray for is not finished.“Together we also see a new sign of hope. We see today that there are new ways forward toward what you all can share as a land of freedom, trust, justice and peace. The process of reconciliation has to continue – and we see that it can continue and include many more.”Tveit said ordinary citizens could use their hope to change South Africa into the country they would like to live in. “We have the right to hope that something new is possible. Not only in 1976 or in 1994 [did] you have this right to hope. You have this right today.“Our life is a pilgrimage of justice and peace with one another and God in our common home, in this world. We search for transformation of ourselves and of the world in which we live.”The SACC published a press statement to mark Youth Day, saying future generations would use history to their benefit.“History can prescribe the fate or path of future generations, but equally, later generations can redefine history. Either way, later generations always need history to speak for itself in order for it to either constrain the present or for it to serve as a springboard from which the present can unlock the limitless prospects of the future.”last_img read more

“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgA snapshot of the touch footy happenings from around Australia… * A training camp was held on the weekend for our Mens, Womens and Mixed National training squads. It included different education sessions such as recovery, nutrition, drug education and physical testing and training sessions, as well as a trivia night for a little entertainment. * The New Rustlers Permit is having their final planning meeting in Bundaberg on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th August. The Rustlers are in the final stages of the Permit preparation for the 2005 NTL. This planning incorporates the process for players selections, board makeup, Rustlers Cup, training programs and so forth. For people requiring information on the outcomes of the meeting or the planned pathways they should contact Bronwyn Holland via [email protected] or 07 54940373 or after hours 07 54940316. The first Rustlers Newsletter will be available on the ATA and Sunshine Coast Websites this week. * The ATA website has recorded a new record number of hits for one day! The site received over 108,000 hits last Tuesday and we would like to thank all who visit the site, as well as encourage people to continue to send story ideas to [email protected] We would also like to encourage clubs and permits to continue to seek out media representation for their players and events in local television, radio and newspapers, there is certainly a market there! * Did we mention that the band at the State of Origin function rocked? Xparte, lead by Aussie Mens Open coach Tony Trad were an absolute hit. * NSW touch are holding a planning forum for four days this week, topics include the calendar of events, AusTouch implementation, development in NSW within the National Development Framework established at the 2004 Professional and Development Officers Workshop held in June. * The 2004 Queensland Touch Association team titles are coming up. The competition is being held on October 23-24 in Bundaberg. There are various divisions, Mens, Womens, Mixed Opens, 20’s and Seniors. There are both social and competitive divisions. Nominations close of the September 24, check out http://www.qldtouch.com.au for all the info on divisions, or to download an application form. * The Management Audit Consultants presented their report to the Board on Saturday 7th August. The Board will be considering the report and making a series of recommendations to its stakeholders over the next few weeks. Meetings will be scheduled to present this information to all stakeholders and the Board will advise the details shortly. * ACT Touch are holding their Premier League presentation function on September 4, ticket sales close on August 27, so check out http://www.acttouch.com.au for all the details. * Touch in Canberra is starting to warm up for summer, a nice change from the freezing temperatures of the nation’s capital. Nominations for the summer touch competition are open; see the ACT website for info or to download a nomination form. * Touch Victoria create a great monthly newsletter, the August addition has just been uploaded onto their website, it’s definitely a quality read. * The Monash Touch Club is throwing a party to celebrate its 10th birthday this year. Everyone who has ever been involved with the Monash Touch Club is welcome to attend. See Touch Victoria http://www.victouch.com.au for the where, when and what. * `Local Association of the week’: City of Orange Touch Association. Orange touch are holding their seniors registration night on September 10 at the Orange Ex-services club from 5-7pm. Websites for local touch associations can be accessed via the `local’ link in the top right hand corner of the homepage. Websites are a vital communication tool for these associations and there is always opportunity for them to be developed further. * Been wondering lately what you’re meant to do when you realise your coaching accreditation has reached the expiry date? The ATA has updated the criteria and forms used for renewing your coaching accreditations (both level 1 and level 2). These can be accessed by this link or through the My ClubTouch website. Use the Touch Coach link and then enter Coach Information, then Level 1 or Level 2 Update. Remember your accreditation is only valid for four years! http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=744&sID=46 * Perth’s radio station Nova 93.7 has joined TouchWest as a sponsor heading into their summer of touch throughout WA, another great addition to the development of our sport. Congratulations TouchWest! * The 2004 Australian University Games are in Perth from September 26-October 1. Touch is being played of course, and Barbarians representative Kailee Brown from Murdoch University has been selected as a `Face of the Games’, a representative of not only the Uni Games but also her university, state and sport. Click below for a profile of Kailee or go to TouchWest’s homepage for the full story on the 2004 Australian University Games. http://www.unigames.com.au/aug/announcements_face_of_the_games.htm#KAILEE * Gold Coast Touch scored some surprise visitors for their Winter Grand Finals last Saturday afternoon. ATA Chairman Michael Sparks and CEO Bill Ker, dropped in to check out the action. Mr Sparks and Mr Ker were on the Gold Coast to address the National Squads at their Training Camp, held at Runaway Bay over the weekend. From all reports, both brilliant finals and an excellent training camp. * Remember any story ideas or information can be emailed to [email protected] By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

QSST win Girls 18’s final at NYC

first_imgTwo touchdowns to captain Emily Reed has helped QSST beat NSWCHS in the 18’s Girls final at the X-Blades National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour. Reed scored one touch down in each half to lead her team to a 6-2 win at BCU International Stadium.QSST and NSWCHS were worthy of their places in the final, being seeded 1 and 2 respectively in the tournament. Leading into the game, both teams had set the benchmark in attack and defence, with QSST only letting through 8 touchdowns in the carnival and NSWCHS only letting through 10.NSWCHS started the game off strong, with Melissa Peters scoring in her first set of six.QSST retaliated and were on the scorecard within the next set of six, scoring through Reed.The opening exchanges were intense, with plenty of ground being made by both teams. However, there was a lot of dropped ball early and QSST gave away several penalties, giving NSWCHS a great opportunity.Despite having several sets of six close to their line in the early stages of the game, NSWCHS were unable to capitalise and QSST pounced.QSST’s Alika Bedford put her team in front for the first time in the 13th minute, scoring in the corner to give the Queensland girls a 2-1 lead.Kirsty Quince scored for QSST 3 minutes later, on the back of a penalty from the NSW team. NSWCHS fought back quickly to score through Rachel Beck in the next set of six.Desperate defence from NSWCHS player, Jordan McGregor in the 19 minute, stopped the score from blowing out and QSST went to the halftime break leading 3-2.Reed was in again for QSST in the opening set of the second half, scoring her second touchdown. Betty Mareko scored 3 minutes later, blowing the score out to 5-2.After a Latisha Gary intercept in the 5th minute of the second half, NSWCHS’ Eliza Naseby was sin binned after an attempt to chase her down.Although NSWCHS had many opportunities in the second half, they were unable to convert these opportunities into points, despite back to back sets of six and ample time close to their line.QSST’s Latisha Gary intercepted the ball in the closing minutes of the game, to put the game beyond doubt for the Queensland girls, with QSST winning by 4 touchdowns.  Kirsty Quince was named player of the match, and Alicia Quirk was named 18’s Girls player of the championships.last_img read more