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African ‘twin sisters’ tackle Chinese football together

first_img0Shares0000Ball control: Jiangsu Suning midfielder and Ghana captain Elizabeth Addo (left) trains with Malawi skipper Tabitha Chawinga in Nanjing © AFP / Matthew KNIGHTNANJING, China, Jun 3 – Tabitha Chawinga and Elizabeth Addo call one another “twin sister” and together they are making waves in Chinese women’s football — while also helping each other acclimatise off the pitch.The African duo are instrumental to the ambitions of Chinese Women’s Super League team Jiangsu Suning, with Chawinga banging in the goals up front and Addo pulling the strings in midfield. The 23-year-old Chawinga is already captain of Malawi and Jocelyn Precheur, Jiangsu’s French coach, is convinced that she is destined for the very top.But it hasn’t been an easy path.Chawinga grew up playing football with boys in her village and was often verbally abused by onlookers who called her a prostitute, saying she was just doing it to sleep with them.The 25-year-old Addo is Ghana’s skipper and a quiet but steely presence who was raised in an area on the outskirts of the capital Accra known as “Survival City” because it is so tough.Compared with that, being professional footballers in China’s league and living in Nanjing, a major city near Shanghai, is a breeze.Tabitha Chawinga (right) stretches during training with her Jiangsu Suning team in Nanjing © AFP / Matthew KNIGHTBut as the only foreign players at Nanjing-based Jiangsu, and with just a few words of Mandarin between them, Addo and Chawinga lean heavily on one another.Neither will be involved at the Women’s World Cup in France when it starts next week because Ghana and Malawi did not qualify, but they will be watching from afar.“We spend a lot of time together, walking in the streets, eat sometimes in a restaurant together if we don’t want to cook,” Chawinga, the chattier of the duo, told AFP.“We joke together. She’s a nice girl to me, she’s like my sister.“It’s the truth — we are just only the two foreigners, and from Africa, so we take care of each other like sisters. We are twins.”– Broken teeth –Neither had been to China before joining Jiangsu, who have lifted one domestic cup this season and are in the semi-finals of the other.Chawinga arrived from Swedish football in early 2018 and has been prolific, hitting 51 goals in 34 games to embellish her reputation as one of the best strikers in women’s football.‘Twin sisters’: Elizabeth Addo (right) and Tabitha Chawinga enjoy a break during training with Jiangsu Suning in Nanjing © AFP / Matthew KNIGHTShe was joined in eastern China by attacking midfielder Addo in March this year, the two reuniting after playing together in Sweden for 18 months.Chawinga laughs at the reaction they get on the streets of Nanjing, where there are few black faces.She said: “Many people look at us and think that maybe we are from the same parents, same house. People look at us a lot, like, ‘Hey, you look similar’.”Their footballing paths also have similarities because they competed against boys when they were younger and were taunted for their love of the game.Chawinga was a goalkeeper but aged 10 got smashed in the mouth by a boy’s knee — “breaking my teeth” — and decided to play as a striker instead.But as good as she was, Chawinga was regularly targeted for insults.“People talk a lot, ‘Hey, she just plays football, look at her, she goes to sleep with the boys’.“But I didn’t care, I knew the truth myself,” she said.There were also objections from her mother.“My mum also used to fight me and say ‘Don’t play football, girls can’t play football with the boys, stop playing football’.“Now she’s very happy for me to play football.”– ‘Careful with my sister’ –Addo arrived in China after stints in several countries including Sweden, the United States and Australia.She and Chawinga have lined up together half-a-dozen times so far for Jiangsu, with Addo setting up three of her friend’s goals and scoring three times herself.“When I have the ball, she knows what I’ll do next,” said Addo.Jiangsu Suning players take a break during training © AFP / Matthew KNIGHT“I know her movement — when she’s ‘flying’ and when she’ll stay.”Addo paused when asked about the prospect of playing against Chawinga in an international.Then she said, smiling broadly: “That would be great, I can’t wait for that day.“But maybe I would mark someone else and I would tell my players, ‘Hey, be careful with my twin sister’.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Cheap, clean lighting for Kenya

first_imgThe d.light solar system consists of a four-watt rooftop solar panel; a control box that attaches to the wall of a home or business; three bright, adjustable lights; a mobile phone charging station; and a base station that manages and displays the user’s credit.As long as Kenyans keep making payments, the system provides light and power; once it is paid off, owners get power for free.(Images: M-KOPA Solar)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jesse Moore Managing director, M-KOPA Solar+254 711 071 000Cadine PillayA pay-as-you-go solar start-up in Kenya is providing a cheap and pollution-free replacement for the common kerosene-fuelled lamps usually used in the country.M-Kopa Solar, a mobile technology group, is providing credit to low-income earners in Kenya to buy the power system, the d.light solar home system, which otherwise is too expensive for them. Using embedded sim cards enabled by East African telecommunications company Safaricom, M-Kopa enables the use of the d.light solar home system in rural areas.M-Kopa means “to borrow” in Swahili. The company was established in 2011 but began offering the product commercially in June 2012; since then it has sold 1 000 units. Managing director Jesse Moore said the target was to reach sales of tens of thousands of units within a year.Kerosene lamps, indoor pollutionThe majority of people in rural Kenya use kerosene-fuelled lamps for lighting their homes, which is not only hazardous and expensive, but also creates indoor pollution. About 80% of households rely on kerosene for lighting because they are not linked to the national electricity grid, which does not reach many rural communities and requires a connection fee of at least 35 000 shillings (about $412).Solar lamps work anywhere the sun shines. The d.light solar system has a lifespan of seven to 10 years. It consists of a four-watt rooftop solar panel; a control box that attaches to the wall of a home or business; three bright, adjustable lights; a mobile phone charging station; and a base station that manages and displays the user’s credit.According to the World Health Organization, inhaling fumes from fuels, including the coal and biomass used to power stoves and lamps, has the same effects on health as smoking two packets of cigarettes a day. “We are giving people a modern, cleaner and longer-lasting technology for less than what they would spend on kerosene or another inefficient substitute,” Moore said.Free powerKerosene lamps cost about $0.65 a day and people have to pay fees to have their mobile phones charged at places that have electricity. By comparison, M-Kopa’s solar system is significantly cheaper. It costs 16 900 shillings ($199). Clients make a down payment of 2 500 shillings ($29) and then daily instalments of 40 shillings ($0.46) until it’s paid off.As long as they keep making payments, the system provides free light and power; once it is paid off, owners get power for free.In its research, M-Kopa heard from George Miruka, a 36-year-old father of four. He told the company he had stopped worrying about the fire risk from kerosene lamps after outfitting his mud-walled hut with an M-Kopa system last month. “My children are safe,” Miruka said.He sterilises an operating theatre and cleans a local hospital for a living in Oyugis, outside Nairobi, for which he earns 5 000 shillings ($58) a month. “The solar system works when I have credit in my account, so I make bulk payments to ensure the system always keeps going,” Miruka said told M-Kopa. “I have 264 days remaining to complete my payment.”Easy mobile paymentsPayments for M-Kopa are processed through a mobile phone money transfer platform known as M-Pesa, developed by Safaricom.Moore said this platform allowed M-Kopa to tap into M-Pesa’s 15-million customers, comprising almost a third of Kenya’s population. This way, the payment records can be used by banks as a credit history when account holders apply for loans or mortgages.“An estimated 33% of Kenyans are financially excluded and do not have savings accounts, credit cards or access to loans,” Moore said. The company was considering offering other pay-as-you-go products in developing countries, including irrigation systems, refrigerators for shop owners to cool drinks and food, as well as sewing machines.M-Kopa is available in 75 shops in Eldoret and Kitale, but the company has plans to expand nationwide.last_img read more

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Trans Mountain outlines construction plans for next six months in Alberta BC

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Trans Mountain has filed a six-month construction schedule with the National Energy Board for the expansion of the pipeline.The company says work has been underway since last fall at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and will continue, along with additional work in the province’s Lower Mainland.In July, it says it will begin developing the Westridge Marine Terminal tunnel portal at Burnaby Mountain and relocate existing infrastructure to expand the Burnaby Terminal. It also says work on a 290-kilometre stretch of pipeline between Edmonton and Jasper National Park will begin in August and include surveying, staking and flagging the right-of-way.Banners unfurled and flying under the Ironworkers Memorial bridge, where demonstrators opposed to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are suspended. They say their intent is to block tanker traffic from passing through. @CTVVancouver— Maria Weisgarber (@ctv_mariaw) July 3, 2018It says it will clear trees and vegetation in the area while taking measures to protect the environment, such as weed control, the relocation of rare plants and wildlife surveys.In September, surveying, staking and flagging the right-of-way will begin in North Thompson, B.C., on a 120-kilometre stretch between Mt. Robson Provincial Park and Blue River.On Tuesday, activists with Greenpeace rappelled off a bridge in Vancouver to protest the pipeline expansion, which is being purchased by the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.Breaking news: anti-Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline banners unfurled off Ironworkers 2nd Narrows Bridge by @GreenpeaceCA. They say they are low enough to block tanker from exiting KM terminal. There are climbers hanging off the banners. Details coming up on @CTVMorningLive— Nafeesa Karim (@nafeesakarim) July 3, 2018last_img read more

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Recognizing excellence in BC education with the second Premiers Awards

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education is accepting nominations for B.C. Education Professionals who are dedicated to their students by helping them reach their fullest potential.Ten awards will be given out this year, with six honouring Teachers, two open to school and district administrators, and two recognizing support staff members. The second annual Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education are an opportunity to recognize the contributions of public, independent and First Nations school system Teachers, Principals, Vice-Principals, Administrators and Support Staff who go above and beyond to make life better for K-12 students in B.C.“At last year’s inaugural excellence in education awards, we heard stories of how innovative and caring education professionals throughout the province are positively impacting the lives of students,” said Premier John Horgan. “This year, we’re looking forward to even more amazing stories of B.C. Teachers, Administrators and Support Staff working hard to ensure all students are set up for success.” Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2019. 30 finalists will be announced in mid-April and will be invited to an awards ceremony at Government House in Victoria on Oct. 4, which is held in conjunction with World Teachers’ Day.“I strongly encourage all community members to take the time to nominate a deserving education professional for these exciting awards,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “For too long, teachers and support staff were undervalued in this province, and we’re working hard to change that. We want to ensure they get the respect and congratulations they deserve, as they play a pivotal role in helping shape tomorrow’s leaders.”Winners of the award will receive a $3,000 personal bursary for professional learning, a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning and a commemorative artwork. Runners up will receive a certificate of recognition signed by the Premier and Minister of Education.To nominate an Education Professional for the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Pedestrian struck while crossing 100 Street

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At approximately 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 a pedestrian was struck at 100 Street and 99 Avenue while crossing the street.What we know, Fort St. John RCMP has only said the following, that it is confirmed a pedestrian has been struck at the crosswalk on 100th Street and 99th Avenue by a pickup truck and the police investigation is ongoing.The pedestrian confirms they are alive and the incident is still under investigation.last_img

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Advocates of monarchy in politics exposed Adityanath

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday hit out at the Congress for doubting the bravery of security forces, saying those who advocate “monarchy in our democratic set-up” have been “exposed” by one of the family loyalists. “Congress’ royal dynast family which advocates monarchy in our democratic set-up has been exposed by one of the family loyalists who happen to be Congress President’s conscious keeper,” he said in a series of tweets attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s chief advisor Sam Pitroda. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The family enterprise had doubts about the bravery and valor of our armed forces when they were in power, but today New India stand with its soldiers to defeat forces of terror,” he said. Yogi was referring to Pitroda’s remarks, after the February 14 terrorist bombing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on a CRPF convoy in which 40 troopers were killed, that such incidents “happen all the time” and that the previous UPA government could also have sent planes across the border after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, but “that is not the right approach” to deal with the world. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday His remarks came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the opposition of insulting the defence forces and of being the “natural habitat of terror apologists and questioners” of the country’s armed forces. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister said in a tweet: “Loyal courtier of Congress’ royal dynasty admits what the nation already knew — Congress was unwilling to respond to forces of terror. This is a New India — we will answer terrorists in a language they understand and with interest.”last_img read more

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BAHAMAS OvertheHill Weekend Institute Legal Aid Seminar

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 27, 2018 – Nassau – As part of the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative, the Economic Development and Planning Unit (EDPU) in the Office of the Prime Minister is hosting a series of Saturday seminars for residents and businesses in the Bain and Grants Town and Centreville areas through the “Over-the-Hill Weekend Institute.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img The seminars take place each Saturday morning at the C.R. Walker Auditorium, with partnering agencies and organizations.  The free seminars (no application or registration) are: 24th February, 2018 — Legal Aid Clinic presented by The Bahamas Bar Association; 3rd March, 2018 — Entrepreneurship presented by The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and the Department of Cooperatives; 10th March, 2018 — Financial Literacy, Saving and Budgeting presented by the CFA Society of The Bahamas; and 17th March, 2018 — Grant Writing.Release: BIS Photo caption: Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Office of the Prime Minister Director of Economic Development and Planning, addresses the Over-The-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative ‘Legal Aid’ free seminar on Saturday at C.R. Walker Senior High School Auditorium.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)last_img read more

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Special Report Alpha Project aims to help homeless in National City

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNATIONAL CITY (KUSI) — When we think of homelessness, most of us think of the people living in the East Village or parts of downtown San Diego, but there are other parts of the county where homeless individuals are living.The nonprofit organization Alpha Project invited us to take a tour of another community; National City.With outreach workers, Jen Morelli and Alex Montone, we went to Kimball Park where we met 8-year-old Samantha and her father Tim.Tim told us his daughter is being home-schooled, while Samantha told us she spends a lot of time around a picnic table in the city park.At Kimball Park, we also met 55-year-old Gus Peritte, who told us he’s been sleeping in an alley behind a local business. Like Tim, Gus also said it seemed that there were few resources in National City to help those who are homeless.The Alpha Project outreach workers work five days a week, eight hours a day to establish a relationship with the unsheltered people they meet in the city’s parks and canyons. Their goal is to connect those who are living on the street with housing, employment, and other services in San Diego that can end their homelessness.Even with repeated offers to help, the outreach workers say the individual has to decide to take the first step.“It can change their life in that moment, just by getting into the (Alpha Project) van and going to shelter, and having the resources available to them,” said Morelli.With Alpha Project, we visited one spot near the National City Golf Course, where a man named Dewey had set up a camp on a hillside overlooking the golf course. He wasn’t there, but another man was and scurried out of sight when he saw our camera.At another location, near the 54 freeway off Sweetwater Road, where a woman in her 30’s had set up a makeshift camp, Alex said the woman had been removed from one location by code enforcement before moving to her present spot, where her camp was surrounded by boxes, trash and other items she appeared to be hoarding.Except for the contacts made by Alpha Project, Jen and Alex told us the homeless in the area receive little assistance. National City has no shelters or food supplement programs. The outreach workers said it’s common for many people to reject the initial offers for assistance, but later have a change of heart.“There are people who change their tune,” said Montone. “With the right compassion, the right approach and the right resources, it’s possible.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 27, 2018 Updated: 10:42 PM Special Report: Alpha Project aims to help homeless in National Citycenter_img Sasha Foo, Posted: April 27, 2018 Sasha Foo last_img read more

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8th Annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival This Saturday

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Soldotna. The profits from the event will be used for local Rotary projects. This is a 21 and older event. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Rotary Club of Soldotna will be hosting the 8th annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival this Saturday, August 11. The $30 General Admission starts at 6pm: with a commemorative glass, eight 4oz sample tokens. Additional samples may be purchased at the event; two samples for $3 or 12 for $15. The event kicks off with a $50 VIP/Connoisseur Hour 5-6 pm:  limited to 200 tickets, early entry, at least one special beer from each brewery, unlimited samples, commemorative glass, admission into general festival, eight 4oz sample tokens for general admission. This years festival will feature more than 25 breweries, distributors, wineries and a cidery. Discounted cab rides will be  provided by Alaska Cab. Tickets can be purchased in advance at St. Elias Brewing, Kassik’s Brewery and Kenai River Brewing Co. or at the festival. Live music, food and great beer, does it get any better than that? “People’s Choice” beer and “People’s Choice Brewery” award will be announced during the event.last_img read more

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Glamour Fires Male Blogger After Readers Pulverize Him

first_imgGlamour has fired its controversial “Man Needs a Date” blogger after the site was inundated with comments from outraged readers.In a note posted on, the magazine explained its rationale for removing the blogger, Mike Cherico, from the site: “Our ultimate goal here is to open a productive conversation about men, sex, love and dating; clearly, that can’t happen when the majority of readers would like to pulverize the blogger.”The latest swath of vitriol for the Los Angeles-based Cherico—a high school English teacher who had blogged as a sort of “serial-dater” for Glamour since 2007—seemed to stem from a post he wrote about a date, in which he says he left a woman who appeared to have a cold sore. The woman launched a blog to counter Cherico’s version of the date, which was then linked to his post in the comments section.Her 3,000-plus word post was eventually taken down, but not before the floodgates opened. “It will be a truly disappointing decision if Mike still remains as a blogger,” one of the 200-plus commenters wrote. “I truly and sincerely expected higher standards from this magazine.”“I realize that this punk is driving HUGE site hits, which equates to $$$, but at some point Conde Naste [sic] has to operate with integrity,” wrote another. “At least I hope so.”Another summed up the call for Cherico’s removal this way: “How can a magazine that promotes self-confidence and health in women keep this toxic person employed?”The dust-up generated reaction overseas, where a British blogger wondered if Cherico is the “most hated blogger in the U.S.A.”For its part, Glamour says it will replace Cherico with a new blogger “soon.”last_img read more