Liverpool’s Keita admits it will take time to be at his best

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Guinea midfielder Naby Keita says it will take time to justify his £52million ($63million) transfer fee © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 12 – Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita says it will take time to justify the Sh7 billion (£52 million) fee the club paid for the Guinea international.The 23-year-old — who is expected to start this weekend’s match with Tottenham Hotspur despite being left on the bench for Liverpool’s previous clash with Leicester City — told the Liverpool club magazine that having come from the Bundesliga it is only normal that it is taking him him time to acclimatise to the Premier League. Keita was snapped up by Liverpool last year from RB Leipzig but with the condition he remained with the German side until this season.“I’ve been told by many people that a lot of overseas players come into the Premier League and they take time to integrate, depending on the circumstances,” he said.“So playing in the Premier League can be difficult, but I am very motivated to play here, not just for myself and my teammates, but for the club.“Everybody around me has been very supportive towards me so I am certainly giving everything I can to get settled into the team quickly.”Keita, who has a lot of added pressure on him as he is the most expensive midfielder ever signed by the club, says his attitude has always been to push to improve no matter the plaudits he receives for his performances.“I’m the kind of person who thinks that if I score eight goals in one season my objective must be to score nine goals in the following season,” he said.“That’s the kind of mentality I have.“The Premier League is different to other leagues where I have played and everybody knows it is very tough, but I will do my best to beat my own personal records -– I’m very motivated.”pi/gj0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgFINN VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB WEEKLY NOTES:Finn Valley AC are repeating their successful Spring 5k road series once again in 2011.This proved popular last year and gave many participants the opportunity to get out and train run /jog /walk with the advantage of being monitored in an organised event each fortnight over the same course. It’s a case of turning up and registering for each event (5 euro entry fee) with the added bonus of a dedicated T -shirt for those who participate in all four runs.Distance is accurate, all get a time and the encouragement to return each time to take the challenge. Participants can alternatively pre enter by contacting rundonegal@gmail.comEveryone is welcome.Many people out there have undertaken to get fitter/healthier in 2011 so this provides the ideal opportunity indeed for those requiring advice and encouragement contact and a member of the team will be in touch .The message is clear step out the door and take the challenge.Race dates are as follows Feb 27th a sunday with an 11 am start13th March again a Sunday with an 11am start25th march a friday evening7pm start8th april again a Friday 7pm startFINN VALLEY AC ANNOUNCE SPRING 5K ROAD SERIES was last modified: January 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes:Seniors: The seniors started off their season with a Championship match last Sunday against Neasden Gaels at Colindale.Considering all the rain that has fallen in recent weeks the pitch was in decent condition along with a majority of the Gaels players.While too much cant be read into a game played this early in the year, the Gaels showed a much higher level of fitness and sharpness with it showing on the scoreboard.There were debuts for Declan Lennon and Niall Boyle from Armagh along with Darren Gilsenan (Sligo) who all put in solid performances. Best on the day were Aidan Downes, Gary Magee, Aaron Bradley, Barry Michell and Cathal Magee.Final Score TCG 5-18, Neasden Gaels 1-4:Juniors:The junior management will hold a players meeting this Friday 24th January in the clubhouse with a 8pm start.Can all players please contact manager Ricky Williamson (07736 741566) this week to confirm your availability.Old Faces: The club were delighted last Sunday to see two former players from the 80s and 90s who showed up to watch our championship match against Neasden, Brian Breen (Leitrim) and Timmy Mc Bride (Donegal) were outstanding servants to the club in their time here and still have a great appetite for the game. Great to see you lads.Ladies:Any ladies new to the London scene and looking to join a new and enthusiastic ladies team can look no further than TCG.For more details contact Ann-Marie McGill on 07828 669527 Up Coming Events:Saturday 1st March 2014Event = Club AGMVenue = TCG Clubhouse.Time = 5pm start.Saturday 8th March 2014Event = Club fundraising Race NightVenue = Three Wishes Pub, North HarrowTime = 1st race 8pmTuesday 11th March 2014Event = Cheltenham festival racing.Venue = Cheltenham, GloucesterAdrian Byrne is organising this event to Cheltenham on Tuesday 11th March. Coach will depart The Shawl, South Harrow @ 9am sharp. Returning from Queens Hotel Cheltenham @ 8:45pm sharp, dropping off back @ The Shawl.Cost of trip will be £60.00 which includes coach return, refreshments on coach & entry to course.Breakfast will NOT be included this year as got no facility to cater however a cafe will be open 2 doors from the Shawl on the morning.Please let Adrian know ASAP if you are interested as full coach is expected.Total money to be paid in FULL £60 on or before 20th February.Lottery:Lotto results for 16/01/2014Jackpot £1,250, numbers drawn 4-7-8-23No jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, Paddy Burke, Willesden, Hughie Cunningham, c/o TCG, Benny O’Reilly, c/o TCG, Aaron c/o Conningham Arms. Next draw takes place this Thursday in the club at 9pm with a jackpot of £1,300Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS – TIR CHONAILL GAELS SENIORS GET CHAMPIONSHIP OFF TO WINNING START was last modified: January 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Tir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more


first_imgMac Cumhaills GAA News:Hurling ResultWell done to our Hurlers who travelled to Garvaghy to play Matock Rangers and picked up another win. Seán Mac Cumhaills 3.15 Matock Rangers 2.11. Senior Football ResultHard luck to our under-strength senior footballers who were defeated by Termon in Mac Cumhaill Park on Sunday.  Seán Mac Cumhaills – 2.10    Termon  – 0.19Reserve Football ResultOur reserves were also defeated by Termon on Sunday. Seán Mac Cumhaills – 0.07    Termon  – 1.12 Third Team Football ResultHard luck to our thirds who lost away to Ardara on Friday night. Seán Mac Cumhaills 0-7, Ardara 1-6U14 County Championship FinalOur Under-14 Hurlers play in the County Championship Final on Thursday evening in O’Donnell Park against St. Eunans at 8.00pm. We’re encouraging as many parents, family members and indeed club members to come down to throw your support behind this team in the final.  Thanks!Club Lotto: The club are asking for people to help out by selling lotto’s. This would involve helping to sell 1 week out of every 7 or 8 depending on the amount of teams formed. This is an important source of funding for the club and a great way to help get involved with your club. All help available would be greatly appreciated. If interested please contact Terry O’Reilly on 086 609 5347.Lotto Results:There was no winner of this week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 5, 15, 21 and 27. There were six match three winners. Owen Mc Menamin, Ballinamore, Mary Maguire, Carricknamana, Patricia Mc Grenra, Buncrana, Eunan Bonner, Aughygault Drumkeen, Brid Mc Ginty, Knock Ballybofey and Maggie Gallagher, Woodlawn each receive €25 each.  Next week’s Jackpot is €5,400. Gary Dunnion’s team is selling this week. If you’re not in you can’t win!Bingo:The Bingo takes place in Jackson’s Hotel for the next 4 weeks on a Sunday night with an 8.30pm start. The Snowball jackpot is €9,000 for 45 numbers or less. All are very welcome.Club Shop: The club shop will be open on a Wednesday from 5.45 to 7.15. The club stocks a large amount of club-crested shorts, gloves, bags and bottles and a limited number of club crested O’Neills half-zip tops. Also, small sized hurling helmets in club colours with crest half price, now only €55.Training Schedule:New players to all teams are more than welcome. If there is a change of time/location it will be noted on Facebook or sent via text. Training will cost 2 Euro every week, and all players must have their membership paid also. Please bring gum shield and a bottle of water.Training for our Under 6’s is on a Wednesday evening on the astro turf at the club at 6.00pm.Under-8 training is on Saturday morning at the club at 10.00am, all boys and girls welcome.U-10 football for boys and girls is on a Wednesday evening at 6.00pm at the club.U-12 boy’s football is on a Wednesday at 7.00 to 8.00pm.U-12 boy’s football is on a Wednesday at 7.00 to 8.00pm.The U-14 boy’s football training is on a Sunday morning at 10am.U-8 & U-10 Hurling is at 1.00pm to 2.00pm on Sunday.U-14 & U-16 Hurling on a Monday from 7.00 to 8.00.The U-12 girl’s football continues on a Tuesday evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.The U-14 girl’s football is on a Tuesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.The U-16 and Minor Girl’s Football is on Thursday from 7.00 to 8.00pm.The U-12, U-14 and U-16 Girls camogie is on a Monday at 4.30 to 6.00pm and a Friday from 5.30 to 7.00pm.GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS DEFEATED BY TERMON IN CRUCIAL DIVISION TWO CLASH was last modified: June 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMac CumhaillsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Blast from the past about to hit Fox Sports Net West2

first_img “We’re trying to get back to our roots and becoming more local,” Simpson said at a luncheon Wednesday. “We’re going to have our blocks of pro coverage (Dodgers, Clippers, Kings), but beyond that we want to be hyper local.” FSNW2 this week debuted two new shows, “Bruin Rewind” and “Trojan Rewind,” that provide a unique half-hour look at the two local college football teams. There’s no studio host for the shows. FSNW2 sent a separate on-the-field crew to the USC game at Hawaii and UCLA game at San Diego State and compiled game action footage and ambiance from the sidelines. The show is cut in a loose, hand-held style that manages to convey a perspective one wouldn’t get from a game telecast. The shows use the local radio broadcast audio to supplement the pictures and give it more of a fresh sound. The half-hour taped show is then followed with another new segment, a recap of each coach’s weekly media conference. A third new show, “Fast Forward,” debuts Sept. 16 and is a companion show that takes an early look at the coming weekend’s slate of Pac-10 games. “We’re going to give Petros Papadakis (the former Trojan who is the analyst on FSN’s Pac-10 games) a telestrator and see what he can do with it,” said FSN exec John Heffner. “With these shows and our prep coverage, we’re trying to give the network a clear identity,” Simpson said. “We’ve always been looking to develop new shows, but now we have a clear theme.” Steve Simpson occasionally runs into sports fans who like to remind the general manager of Fox Sports Net West and West2 that they watched the network and liked some of its eclectic programming back when it was known as Prime Ticket. So when he sat down recently to redesign the look and feel of FSNW2, he considered some of those non-games shows that made Prime a success beyond Lakers and Dodgers telecasts. center_img Clear enough that Simpson is considering a name change for FSNW2 to hopefully break it out of its little-brother role alongside FSN West. Back home A little more than two years ago, Jim Watson left FSNW to take a full-time studio job at the Fox Sports Net affiliate in Seattle. He enjoyed his stay there, but he yearned to come home to his family and friends. Now he’s back as a full-timer at FSN. He’ll be the sideline reporter on the Pac-10 package, host “Fast Forward’ with Papadakis, and also fill a variety of other roles at FSN. “It’s home,” he said. “It was a great experience in Seattle to be a regular studio host, but I always did like working games and in the field as a reporter more, so this works out great.” Watson’s return and the ascent of Lindsay Soto to a role as host of the “Southern California Regional Report’ certainly fits Simpson’s goal of a hyper-local personality for West. After years as a field reporter and host of the two prep shows, Soto was given a shot at the host chair and has developed into a solid, no-nonsense anchor breaking free from the assortment of “personalities’ who invariably come up short in that department. Soto and Watson are both Orange County born-and-raised. First impression XTRA’s (570 AM) new drive-time team of Joe Grande and Matt Smith, replacing the venerable Lee Hamilton, certainly didn’t confirm need for a change. Smith sounds and acts like a broadcast professional, but Grande seemed stiff and added little beyond a chorus of thin opinions working off Smith’s aggressive lead. The emphasis on their voices as opposed to Hamilton’s usual lineup of callers and newsmaker interviews was pretty jarring, too. But XTRA management has an entirely different agenda for the show the new cast gives it a younger feel, which it hopes will bring new, younger ears to the show, and the emphasis on opinion, opinion and more opinion is on purpose, too. Smith and Grande are there to ignite a new dialogue, and the veracity of their thoughts takes a back seat to the volume. Welcome to nouveau sports talk radio. And now the news You would think Fox would make sure every possible market in the nation would get to watch Sunday’s season opener for the New Orleans Saints (at Carolina), but the network stuck with its basic distribution package. So L.A. will see the riveting Minnesota-Tampa Bay game in the morning, followed by Dallas-San Diego. … WGN, the Chicago Superstation, debuted a new reality show this week, “Race Car Driver,” built around life on the Champ Car circuit, focusing closely on the race team of Paul Tracy. The series begins with extensive coverage of the Long Beach Grand Prix. The series airs Wednesdays at 5 p.m. with a repeat on Saturday. … Champ Car’s best-known race team, Newman-Haas, is a feature segment on HBO’s “Costas Now” tonight (9 p.m.), in addition to an interview with New Orleans icon Archie Manning related to the Hurricane Katrina and flood disaster. … CBS’ U.S. Open coverage this weekend includes the women’s semifinals today (8 a.m.), men’s semifinals (9 a.m.) and women’s final (5 p.m.) Saturday and men’s final Sunday (1 p.m.). … ESPN’s second installment of the special series “Stories of Inspiration’ airs Sunday at 3 p.m. … Sunday’s NASCAR event in Fontana earned a modest Nielsen ratings bump nationally of 5.2, up from last year’s 5.1, but had a big game in the L.A. rating, at 2.5 up from 1.7 in 2004. … Larry King (!?!) joins the pregame cast for Westwood One’s “Monday Night Football” coverage. Pittsburgh, hello! … Veteran local sportswriter and sportscaster Bud Tucker, one of the funniest talk show hosts of the previous generation, passed away recently in Palm Springs. He was 80. … Adrian Karsten once had a promising career as a sideline reporter at ESPN. But the 45-year-old committed suicide this week in his home in Wisconsin a few days before he was to begin an 11-month prison sentence for tax evasion. Karsten did not file taxes on more than $600,000 of income from 1999 to 2002, leading to his conviction and sentence. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgShamrock pots for sale in OxfordLast week we chatted about growing spuds for Christmas…and if that wasn’t worryingly forward thinking for some this week we’re chatting about sowing shamrock seed for next St Patricks Day.Shamrock seeds (Trifolium dubium) can be sown from August- November indoors to get your own Shamrock for next March. The earlier you sow the bigger plants you’ll have. Sow thinly now into shallow seed trays, keeping indoors. Once establish pot up into small pots for growing on into larger specimens around January. These will then grow on into nice bushy plants, ideal for cutting (or selling!)Shamrock seeds can be difficult to source, they’re strangely uncommon to see for sale in shops or garden centres. I’ve sourced these before from and, both these sites sell on-line and a small pack will give you enough for around 6 button holes. Trifolium dubium is a cousin of the common white clover which will grow in your lawn, and as such is easy to grow, requiring some fine soil to get going but then little or no feeding to keep them growing and looking lush.White clover in the lawn is something which divides opinion amongst gardeners, those looking for a fine lawn will detest its appearance, and then there are gardeners who like the flowers, appreciate their attractiveness to bees and the likes and just let it be.Whatever you think about it when its growing the conditions needed for clover to thrive in the lawn is low fertility, where you have ample Nitrogen in the soil the growth of clover will slow and the grass in the lawn will thrive, deplete the availability of Nitrogen and the growth of the grass will slow and the clover will thrive.As mentioned before clover is mucho beneficial for bees and other beneficial insects so to have some flowering in the lawn has benefits to the wider biodiversity of the lawn (the flowers are completely edible and taste like peas), however to eradicate clover from a lawn is a tough process. New Polytunnel going up at the Twin Towns Community GardenMany of the lawn weedkiller products available aren’t strong enough to kill of the fleshy rhizome roots of the clover, a product like Hytrol Clover Lawn Weedkiller will be required. This product contains 2 strong active ingredients Mecoprop-P and Dicamba.These two active ingredients are known as ‘selective’, in that they don’t damage grass, they just target broadleaf plants growing in grass. Mecoprop-P prohibits enzyme activity in plants, thus affecting plant growth. Taking 3-4 weeks to work fully and will leave residual affects in soil for 8 weeks. Mecoprop-P will kill a wide range of lawn weeds. Dicamba is the active ingredient which kills legumes, working like a growth hormone it makes the weed grow at an unsustainable rate, leading to plant death after 3-4 weeks. Dicamba will persist in soils for 1-4 weeks depending on how much organic matter is in your soil.These 2 ingredients are best applied a few days after cutting the lawn, during times of growth (early summer to Autumn), and you may need more than one application where there’s heavy weed growth.After application of any of these products it’s important that the lawn clippings aren’t added to the compost pile or mulched around plants. Both these ingredients can persist in the clippings and will affect the plants you add the compost or mulch too, leading to distorted growth in the garden.Chemicals are patches, like painting over a damp wall. The wall is still damp, you’ve just hidden the problem. Where you have a lawn with heavy weed growth you need to create conditions that weeds don’t thrive in, so sort out your drainage, improve fertility, cut regularly and over-sow if needed to create a lush thick lawn, which will outcompete weeds. Weeds will appear, as many will appear as airborne seeds from neighbouring gardens and bird seeds but as a gardener you have to decide what levels of weeds is tolerable to your lawn management and act appropriately.After we keep mentioning slugs in previous weeks I was asked is there any plants that slugs don’t like, and yes there are many plants which slugs don’t like, won’t eat, or will only eat when they’re young or if there’s little else for them to eat.A few Slug-proof plants I have in my own garden include Astrantia, Aquilegia, Bergenia, Crocosmia, Geraniums, Fuchsia, Euphorbia, Cosmos, Dephiniums and Astilbe. All these plants are nibbled but not madly consumed by Slugs, as mentioned before I keep a ‘tolerable’ level of slugs in the garden. You’re wasting your time and money trying to kill every slug, remember 85% live below the soil so you’ll never get them with ‘blue snow’ slug pellets. Far better to apply a light sprinkling every few weeks, and by a light sprinkling, remember 4/6 pellets around each plant is enough.FEATURED GARDEN – TWIN TOWNS COMMUNITY GARDEN Gareth with some of the Twin Towns Community GroupOur garden of feature this week is the Twin Towns Community Garden in Ballybofey. Established in March 2011 the garden has grown from having 30 raised beds to a thriving biodiversity habitat with 50+ raised beds, 2 Polytunnels and extensive community interest. The garden is located behind the Isaac Butt Building (the HSE offices in the car park beside McElhinneys store) and was an initiative of the Finn Valley Health Forum and the HSE. Since its conception in March 2011 the garden has developed into a hub of Horticultural learning in the Twin Towns area, with groups having completed FETAC Level 3 and Level 4 courses in Horticulture, umpteen hobby gardening courses, cookery programmes, health and well-being events….the list goes on!A partnership approach between the Twin Towns Community Garden group, Mens Health programme and other organisations has seen the garden thrive in popularity and become largely financial independent – a Fund raising BBQ & car Boot Sale held on the 29th August creates funds for which the group uses again in the garden, a newly added polytunnel is a showcase of the success of the groups finances.Twin Towns Community GardenThe mix of users in the garden range from vastly experienced gardeners who use the raised beds to grow champion Beans, Roses, Tomatoes and the likes to total beginner gardens who benefit from the community spirit on the site and benefit from the support of the more experienced gardeners.The Twin Towns Community Garden group operate a great Facebook page, so hunt them out if you live in the area, and they meet every Wednesday evening in the garden.Next Week….Focus on Docks!Gareth AustinGareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and Horticultural Lecturer with the National Learning Network. For more see or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .SHAMROCKS, SLUG-PROOF PLANTS AND TWIN TOWNS COMMUNITY GARDEN – GARDENING WITH GARETH was last modified: August 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more

Well-known businessman left fuming after €8,000 trailer stolen

first_imgA well-known businessman has been left fuming after a valuable trailer was stolen from his premises in Termon.Kevin McCafferty has offered a reward for information on the trailer which is worth around €8,000.Kevin owns the DPPS Contracts construction and plant hire business, revealed how the lock on his gate at his yard was broken by the thieves. He needs the trailer for his work.The theft took place between Monday evening and Wednesday evening.Anyone with information on the trailer can contact Kevin McCafferty on 086 600 0078 or Letterkenny Garda station on 074 91 67100.Well-known businessman left fuming after €8,000 trailer stolen was last modified: October 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Figures show Donegal is the poorest county in Ireland

first_imgNew figures released by the Central Statistics Office show that Donegal is the least well-off county in Ireland.The ‘County Incomes’ report documents the average county disposable incomes and revealed that people living in Donegal, on average, have the least amount of disposable income in Ireland.Across Ireland the average person accumulated €20,334 in disposable income excluding tax in 2015, but Donegal fell well below this national average with an average of €15,705 at their disposal in the same year. The Donegal statistics stood in stark contrast to Dublin’s figures, with a substantial €7,593 gap between the average disposable incomes of people living in each county in 2015.Those living in the Dublin region had the highest average disposable income figure per person in the same period, with €23,298 at their disposal. This excludes necessities such as rental costs or mortgage repayments.The statistics followed a similar trend in 2016, when Donegal was once again at the bottom of the pack.The average disposable income figure for Donegal did rise to €16,099 yet still fell behind the 2016 national average by €4,840. Dublin was once again the most prosperous region, with €24,061 in disposable income per person on average in 2016.Figures show Donegal is the poorest county in Ireland was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CSOdisposable incomedonegalpoorlast_img read more

World celebrates Mandela Day

first_imgThe Mandela Day campaign is urgingindividuals to contribute to a making apositive difference in the world.(Image: Mandela Day) Considered South Africa’s first citizen,former president Nelson Mandela willcelebrate his 91st birthday on 18 July.(Image: 46664)Khanyi MagubanePreparations around the world are well underway for the celebration of former president Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday on 18 July, now known as Mandela Day.Mandela Day has been created as an annual celebration of Mandela’s life and is also a global call for people to realise and tap into the power they have to make a positive change in their communities and the world at large.“We are humbled by the call for an annual Mandela Day in our honour,” said Mandela in a recorded video message. “Our struggle for freedom and justice was a collective effort. Mandela Day is no different, it is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.”Madiba, as he is fondly known, will be honoured at a prestigious gala dinner in New York to be hosted by former US president Bill Clinton.On 15 July Clinton, along with high profile musicians, actors, businessmen and socialites, will host the dinner at the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York, three days before Mandela Day.A-list celebrities expected to make an appearance are Oscar award-winning actor Forest Whitaker and his wife, legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte, as well as musician Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z.Although the elderly statesman will not be attending the event himself, his wife, Graça Machel will be attending the event, along with some of Mandela’s family members.Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman will deliver a special birthday tribute to Mandela at the event, in addition to performances by Jonathan Butler and the Grammy-award winning Soweto Gospel Choir.UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown will wish Mandela happy birthday via a pre-recorded video message.BuaNews, the South African government communication’s news service quotes Brown speaking about the importance of celebrating Madiba’s life, “Mandela Day is an important opportunity to honour Nelson Mandela and to honour his historic and memorable achievements.“It is a day dedicated to the idea that every individual has the power to change the world for the better … so as we celebrate the first Mandela Day, let us build a legacy worthy of bearing his name,” Brown said.An exclusive auction by the famous auction house Christie’s will round up the evening.All the money raised during the auction will be distributed to various projects of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which promoted the preservation of Mandela’s legacy, as well as the 46664 Hiv/Aids campaign.46664 was Mandela’s prison number on Robben Island, where he was incarcerated in 1964. The number is derived from him being prisoner 466 at the time, imprisoned in 1964.The campaign was established in 2002, as a means of drawing attention to the plight of those infected and affected by Hiv/Aids.To date, the 46664 campaign has hosted concerts around the world in a bid to raise funds and awareness of the impact of the scourge of Hiv/Aids in Africa.Singing for MandelaA music festival in celebration of Mandela Day will take place at Radio City in New York, featuring South African and international stars on the line-up.Initially billed to take place at Madison Square Garden, the event was moved to its new venue to accommodate the expected large number of music lovers.Hosted by comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg, the stellar line-up will include US musicians Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Wycleaf Jean, Cyndi Lauper and of the pop group the Black Eyed Peas.From South Africa, the renowned Yvonne Chaka Chaka will perform alongside Thandiswa Mazwai, Emmanuel Jal, Freshlyground, Loyiso, Vusi Mahlasela and contemporary singer Chris Chameleon.“We are so grateful to Madison Square Garden for making their iconic Radio City Music Hall available to us,” said Tim Massey International Director of 46664 in a statement.“We can think of no better home for the launch of Mandela Day than the venue that has a long history of hosting events that give back to the community.”In a rare appearance, France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will be perfoming at the concert, as well as Italy’s Zucchero, who is also a 46664 ambassador artist.Not to be outdone, South Africa will also be hosting its national Mandela Day concert at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.Celebrations will take place with the theme, Working together for the common good of our nation.Audiences will be enthralled by performances from R J Benjamin, Kwaito (black township pop music) singers Chommie and Arthur, Nhlanhla Nciza.Afro-soul singers ZamaJobe, Kwela Tebza will join jazz musician Kunle Ayo, Jonas Gwangwa on stage.Traditional Venda dancers Taliphani will also give the event a traditional African flavour on the day.67 minutes of goodwillThe former South African president has been involved in human right activism for the past 67 years of his life.To celebrate this milestone, South Africans have been asked by the organisers of Mandela Day, to donate 67 minutes of their time on Madiba’s birthday to be actively involved in a community based project on the day.Speaking of the 67 minutes campaign, Mandela said in a recorded message, “It is our hope that people will dedicate their time and effort to improve the conditions within their own communities. We thank you for participating in Mandela Day.”Activities across South Africa’s nine provinces will include screenings of Mandela documentaries, lectures, boxing tournaments – Mandela was an avid boxer in his youth – community clean ups and blood donation drives.The Nelson Mandela Foundation will mark the day by hosting a xenophobia dialogue through its Centre of Memory and Dialogue.South African president Jacob Zuma has also put his weight behind the campaign.“We can best honour our icon, Madiba, through attempting in our own small ways to do what he would be proud of. Nothing would please him more than to see all South Africans, black and white, active in the service of humanity,” said Zuma, in a statement released by the presidency.The president will be marking Mandela Day by visiting Madiba earlier in the day to personally wish him happy birthday.Zuma will then proceed to Ivory Park, a poor community north of Johannesburg, to spend the day with the elderly at a special community outreach party.Food hampers and other gifts will be handed out to the special guests at the event to be graced by both community leaders and government officials.Related articlesFootball star begs Mandela award Mandela’s legacy Mandela: a remarkable 90 years Lennox sings for Hiv/Aids Useful linksMandela DayNelson Mandela Foundation Nelson Mandela Children’s FundMandela Rhodes Foundation46664 The South African Presidencylast_img read more

World Record Jet Ski Attempt for Mandela Day

first_imgThe year 2018 is a momentous year for South Africa and the world at large, as it is the centenary year of Nelson Mandela. With special emphasis placed on the month of July as we build up to celebrate the centenary and Mandela Day on 18 July 2018.Mandela Day celebrates Mandela’s life and legacy and urges all citizens, in the country and globally to contribute in making the world a better place through small acts of kindness.Brand South Africa and its Play Your Part programme have collaborated with various stakeholders to encourage citizens to share how they are living Mandela’s legacy.One such citizen through Gift of the Givers is 55-year old Marinus du Plessis, who is commemorating 100 years of Mandela’s greatness. Du Plessis is set to jet -ski his way into the Guinness Book of Records, with a solo 11000km Arctic-to-Athens venture, in honour of Tata Mandela and Mandela Day to raise both awareness about the immense challenges faced by persons with disabilities and vital funds for their care.The epic 40-day jet ski journey is to encourage the public to donate funds to the Gift of the Givers, whilst breaking a world record. This will enhance the organisation’s support for projects dealing with the physically and mentally challenged, including autism. “Disabled children are equally entitled to an exciting and brilliant future” (Nelson Mandela).The Pretoria-based export company owner, begun his record-breaking attempt on Saturday 07 July from Rognan, in Norway. He will jet ski through the rough North Sea, traverse the English Channel, the world’s busiest waterway, before skimming across the Mediterranean to Athens, Greece.Commenting on his record attempt, du Plessis said: “I am a man on a mission. I want to heighten awareness about problems faced by physically challenged and autistic people, and the best way I know how is to tackle an endurance challenge on a jet ski. I do this in honour of Mr Nelson Mandela, my autistic brother and in the memory of a great friend, sadly no longer with us.”Funds raised are to be dedicated by the Gift of the Givers to provide for wheelchairs and to assist Autism South Africa to support affected children. Du Plessis is no stranger to marathon jet ski exploits. In 2003 he and then close friend, Adriaan Marais, completed a 7 000km jet ski trip from Kenya to Cape Town in 57 days.“A tragic diving accident in 2013 claimed Adriaan’s life, leaving me devastated and I gave no further thought to jet ski adventures until recently. A challenge of this nature is about both physical and mental fitness and undertaking a trip with others sounded too normal, so I opted for a solo record-breaking attempt,” du Plessis said.Having had a brother with autism, du Plessis understands the needs and the support shortfalls persons with disabilities face, this led him to committing to use his next adventure in making a difference by creating widespread awareness of the funding needs of disabled communities in South Africa through an endurance challenge the public could follow and support.South Africans will be rooting for fellow citizen, Marinus, hoping that he breaks the record. We are most grateful to him for his daring fund-raising endeavour on our behalf and encourage South Africans of all walks of life to really get behind his adventure. Contact Marinus du Plessis on 082 443 0935.Visit our website: www.arctic2athens.orgLike our Facebook page: us on Twitter: @arctic2athenslast_img read more