Phelan appointed Hull City assistant manager

first_imgMike Phelan has been appointed Hull City’s new assistant manager.The former Manchester United and Norwich City coach links up with former Red Devils teammate Steve Bruce at the KC Stadium.Phelan left the Canaries, after missing out on the manager’s role, last month.Following the confirmation of his appointment, Phelan said: “I’m extremely pleased to be at this football club.“I want to work hard and channel all of my energy into helping the staff, the players and everybody associated with the club.“I’m looking forward to working with Steve and hopefully I can bring with me some of the things I have learnt over the years to help us improve.”Tigers manager Steve Bruce said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mike to the Club. Mike brings a wealth of experience to the position having worked with Sir Alex at Manchester United for many years.“I’ve known Mike for a long time and he is a good person who will undoubtedly add something different at the training ground.” Mike Phelan 1last_img read more

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2020-01-06

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Simphiwe Dana: diva divine

first_img20 November 2007Fresh from a two-month tour of Europe, Simphiwe Dana enthuses about the response to the international release of her album Zandisile. “It’s been amazing,” the singer says. “If I wasn’t an Aquarian I would have flown away now from all the excitement.”At the core of this triumph is her belief in music that speaks to the heart and transcends the barriers of language.Dana’s music is a warm multi-layered mix that is at once spiritual and sophisticated. It overlays the rich harmonies of traditional choral music and gospel with a slick urban jazz groove. The vocals take centre stage in her compositions. She works out the melody a capella and then adds layer after layer of harmonies and simple instrumentation to achieve the resonance and depth of sound.Born in rural Gcuwa and raised in Lusikisiki, Dana completed her schooling at the Vela Private School in Mthatha. She went on to study graphic design and received her national diploma in information technology. “From my music you can tell I’m a graphic designer,” Dana says. Style and structure are central to everything she does – from her songs to her renowned fashion sense.ChildhoodIn her biography on the Gallo Records site, Simphiwe paints an idyllic picture of her childhood in Lusikisiki. “Sunrays glittered over the hills of Lusikisiki village, Transkei, Eastern Cape, barefoot and with a bucket of water drawn from the nearest river on my head; I would chant ceremonial circumcision and wedding songs,” she says. It was here that her decision always to have music in her life was made.However, in an e-mail interview with Madiba Action, she also acknowledges the hardships of her early years. She and her sister, Siphokazi, were sent to live with her grandparents while her mother was a student nurse.“My earliest memory is eMgagasi, a place around Butterworth. We did not really see life as difficult there; almost everyone around us lived the same. Almost everyone made a fire to cook and thus needed firewood … or they used the primus stove when they could afford the paraffin. Almost everyone ate from their gardens and thus had to keep them well maintained. Almost no one had new clothes or good clothes, and shoes were a luxury a very few could afford.”By the age of four or five, she and her sister were already part of the family’s struggle to survive.“As children we accepted our environment and found a way to weave our playtime into the time for chores. So when we went to fetch water, we went in groups of at least five, and we’d sing, tell stories and jokes, and chase each other on our way there.“When we went to gather wood, we made sure we explored the river and forest for wild fruit and just wild encounters with nature. When the chores were done, the games still continued until sunset.”‘I missed my mother’Dana admits that pain of separation from her mother was what she suffered most. I “missed my mother a great deal. I missed her until I felt I could not miss her any more, and then I missed her even more.”However, she remains philosophical about the experience. “So I learnt from an early age how to go at it on my own. I learnt to appreciate what I had because it was all I felt I had in the world in the end. I vowed that I would take seriously the talents that the Divine gave me and give life a serious go.“Maybe not necessarily a fair lesson for a child,” she concedes, “but one that would help me shape my life.”Despite this temporary separation, Simphiwe’s mother continued to be a powerful influence on her life. She describes her as a strong woman, with a beautiful natural singing voice and a firm belief in God. “The only way to move closer to God is through music,” Simphiwe maintains.The difficulties she has overcome have undeniably added a depth and maturity to her music that took the critics by surprise when the young musician’s first album, Zandisile, was released in 2004.The title track was written for her own daughter, Zazi, but as she told CLASSICfeel Online, it is “a message for all the black youth of our country. If I ever was not there to help them and they felt confused and uncertain about life, they can listen to the words of my songs and hopefully get encouragement and inspiration.”Mending through musicAnother turning point in her life happened in September 2005 en route to a performance in Vereeniging. Eight months pregnant at the time with her son Phalo, Simphiwe was seriously injured in a car accident.Her unborn child was unharmed but Simphiwe had glass removed from both her eyes and today still bears a jagged scar on her right cheek. From the time of the accident until the birth of her son, she was forced to wrestle with and face her fears and insecurities.Of this time, she says simply, “I have scars internally and externally that I need to mend through my music – it is my rebirth.”Indeed, the evidence is in the album The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street, which was released the year after the accident. It won Simphiwe industry acclaim in the form of four more SAMA awards, in addition to the two she’d already received for her debut album.The title of her latest album speaks about the essence of Steve Biko’s message -that you must first love and respect yourself in order to love others.On Bantu Biko Street“Steve Biko was basically saying that the mind is the oppressor’s tool against the oppressed. The oppressor, just by changing the way you see yourself, has won the war. He was saying the mind is the stage for the last battle for our humanness, and if we win this one, we will win all the other ones.“Knowing yourself and having faith in your capabilities comes from an intense love for life, for the Divine in you. When you start seeing the Divine in you, you cannot help seeing the Divine in others.”In the context of South Africa’s apartheid past, she agrees that this is a message which resonates particularly strongly in Biko’s home province of the Eastern Cape. “Now imagine how you would feel if someone insults that . We were not created to fight each other, but to work together for a bigger realisation of life.”Her intense spiritual awareness, big successes and personal struggles have brought the divine Ms Dana to a balanced perspective on life.“I find that the things that are most important stand out like stars in the dark. Being with and loving your family and friends being one of them,” she says and reiterates quickly, “Giving life your best shot still another one – one way to glorify the Divine.”DISCOGRAPHY2004 – Zandisile2005 SAMA Awards:Best Vocal Jazz AlbumBest Newcomer2006 – The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street2007 SAMA Awards:Best Female ArtistAlbum of the YearBest Contemporary Jazz AlbumBest Vocal Jazz Album This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action. Republished here with kind permission.last_img read more

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2019-12-19

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Nebraska Releases Spring Offense Highlight Video

first_imgnebraska spring offense.nebraska spring offense highlight videoNebraska had a disappointing 2015 season, but after an impressive victory over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl, there is hope in Lincoln. Thursday, the program gave fans an interesting inside look at how the team’s offense is progressing this spring.In the below clip, head coach Mike Riley makes it clear that everyone – including the players and the members of his staff – is more comfortable with the team’s scheme in year two of his tenure. He talks about “continuity” being a great thing for the development of football players.O-Blockhttps://t.co/T8YWLlsKCG— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) April 7, 2016Nebraska actually finished 34th overall in total offense in the FBS in 2015. It’s the defensive side of the ball that the team must improve upon in 2016 if it wants to take the next step.last_img read more

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2019-10-27

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Triyards Loses USD 51 Mn Chemical Tanker Order

first_imgzoom Singapore-listed Triyards Holdings Limited has received termination notices for design and construction deals related to two chemical tankers.The shipbuilding contracts, dated June 26, 2015 and the addendum dated May 10, 2017, had an aggregate contract value of USD 51 million.The buyer of the chemical tankers, which delivered the notices of termination to Triyards’ subsidiary, Saigon Offshore Fabrication and Engineering Limited (SOFEL), has claimed for the reimbursement of all sums paid in advance on account of the contracts, amounting to USD 10.2 million.Separately, Triyards released its financial report for the full year ended August 31, 2017. The company informed that it ended the year with a loss of USD 162.5 million, compared to a profit of USD 17.8 million reported a year earlier.The company’s revenue for the period plunged by 64 percent to USD 116.2 million from USD 324.9 million seen in the twelve months ended August 31, 2016.last_img read more

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2019-10-23

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US newvehicle sales in 2018 rise slightly to 1727 million

first_imgDETROIT — Sales of new vehicles in the U.S. rose slightly in 2018, defying predictions and highlighting a strong economy.Automakers reported an increase of 0.3 per cent over a year ago to 17.27 million vehicles.The increase came despite rising interest rates, a volatile stock market, and rising car and truck prices that pushed some buyers out of the new-vehicle market.Industry analysts and automakers said strong economic fundamentals pushed up the sales and should keep them near historic highs in 2019.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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2019-10-13

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Pak HC forms panel to probe Hindu sisters forced conversion marriage

first_imgIslamabad: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday formed an independent five-member commission to probe the alleged abduction, forced conversion and marriage of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province that led to massive protests by the minority community in the country. A high court bench led by Chief Justice of IHC Athar Minallah heard the petition filed by the two sisters — Reena, Raveena — and their alleged spouses, Safdar Ali and Barkat Ali, to seek protection. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn their plea, the girls claimed that they belong to a Hindu family of Ghotki, Sindh but converted willfully as they were impressed by Islamic teaching. The counsel for the girls’ parents, however, asserted that the case pertained to forced conversion. Their father on Monday also filed a petition in the IHC for a medical board to determine the exact ages of the two sisters as well as to test the girls for Stockholm Syndrome, a state of mind when a victim develops trust or affection for kidnappers. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJustice Minallah said the matter requires transparent inquiry and it is the government’s job to conduct probes not the judiciary’s. The chief justice said the court had to ensure that there was no forced conversion. The bench formed a five-member commission to probe the matter. The commission includes Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Chairperson Mehdi Hasan, National Commission on the Status of Women Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz, veteran human rights activist I A Rehman and renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani. The federal government has been tasked to organise meeting of the commission. The incident came to light when a video surfaced online showing the teenagers’ father and brother claiming the girls were abducted and forcefully converted. It was followed by another video snippet in which the two girls claimed that they had converted to Islam. Amid the uproar, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed Sindh and Punjab to investigate the matter and recover the girls if the forceful conversion allegation was correct. Chief Justice Minallah also ordered that a medical board be constituted to determine the age of the girls. The court ordered the medical board to submit its report at the next hearing on April 11. Earlier, a medical report by Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences stated that the girls were not minors at the time of their marriages. The report was dismissed by the family of the girls as well as opposition lawmaker from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Darshan Punshi, who belongs to the Hindu community. Both the family and the lawmaker demanded an independent medical board to determine the age.last_img read more

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2019-10-12

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Tierney Celtics win over Leipzig a big boost for Europa League

first_imgCeltic defender Kieran Tierney believes they now have a realistic chance of reaching the Europa League knock-out phraseThe Scottish champions secured a vital 2-1 win over RB Leipzig at Celtic Park on Thursday following goals from Tierney and Odsonne Edouard.The result leaves Celtic tied with second-place Leipzig on six points with two games left, albeit behind on goal difference.“We have given ourselves a fighting chance going into the last couple of games,” Tierney told Sky Sports.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“They are still favourites going into the last couple of games. It’s a fighting chance and that is all we can do now – just take it game by game.”Celtic will travel to Norway to face Rosenberg BK on November 29 in their next Europa League fixture.However, Brendon Rodgers’ side will now turn their focus to Sunday’s SPL game against Livingston.last_img read more

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2019-09-18

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Bahamas PM Minnis Officially Welcomes SLS Brand to The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis officially welcomed the SLS Brand to The Bahamas during the Official Opening of the SLS Baha Mar, Friday night.   SLS adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar, including the Grand Hyatt and Rosewood brands, in addition to the presence of 30 luxury retail outlets.  Approximately 300 Bahamians are employed at the hotel, “with many more to come on stream at Baha Mar.”Prime Minister Minnis said he looked forward to more Bahamians advancing at the resort in various areas — including management — through mentoring, ongoing training and other opportunities for advancement.   The Prime Minister also took the time to applaud officials at Baha Mar for the launch of its global marketing campaign “Life Spectacular” in early November (2017).“Baha Mar is getting set to welcome the world to a new Cable Beach,” Prime Minister Minnis said.The Opening of SLS Baha Mar is another major milestone for the Baha Mar brand in The Bahamas.   The resort is expected to celebrate its Grand Opening next spring with the opening of the Rosewood Baha Mar which, when combined with the rooms available at Melia resort, will give Bah Mar a room capacity of 3,100.“Today, we celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, a signature world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas to enjoy our natural and cultural heritage as part of their visitor experience,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“We welcome their presence in The Bahamas as they blend their hospitality and visitor experience vision with the Bahamian experience at Baha Mar.   On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I congratulate all those involved in today’s opening.“I wish to recognize Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and all others instrumental in making today possible, including Baha Mar President, Graeme Davis, his management team and the staff at the resort.   I also recognize Sam Nazarian, the CEO and Founder of the global brand and leading lifestyle hospitality company, SBE Entertainment Group, which is committed to the principles of extraordinary service, world-class cuisine and design,” Prime Minister Minnis added.(SBE manages and operates hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs around the world. SLS Baha Mar was realized through Dakota Development, a real estate development of SBE.)The SLS Brand has been a leader and pioneer in luxury lifestyle hospitality for more than a decade. The brand seeks to create spaces and experiences that offer “enchantment, delight and elegance.”Prime Minister Minnis said the government is committed to doing its part to improve the visitor experience to The Bahamas.“This includes improvements and signage for our Heritage sites, many of which need to be made more visitor friendly in terms of amenities.   Many of you will already notice various efforts, including better maintenance of public spaces like parks, roadways and verges.   New signs have been placed at popular beaches.”Prime Minister Minnis said the Government hopes to build a Native Food Market “in time” to further advance the Bahamian experience.“A Native Food Market will welcome scores of Bahamians and tourists and provide business opportunities for many Bahamians to sell their goods and products.   The Native Food Market will have a variety of foods and products for sale from ice cream to potato and cassava breads, tamarind sauce and other Bahamian treats,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Minnis (centre) celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar with the cutting of the ribbon, November 17, 2017.  From left: Mrs. Nazarian and SBE/SLS Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian; Prime Minister and Mrs. Minnis; Baha Mar President Graeme Davis; and Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and Mrs. D’Aguilar.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items:last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Arrest Made In Connection With Alleged Duck Inn Kidnapping

first_imgBongolan was arrested for the active warrant and transported to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was held on $2500.00 bail. Bongolan as well as Rachelle B. Brown, 27, Clinton D. Starnes, 28, Robert C. Dedrick, 30, and Joshua S. Tisdale, 25, are facing multiple felony charges, including kidnapping, robbery, assault, vehicle theft and burglary for an alleged incident in which several people were held hostage at a room in the Duck Inn., in Soldotna. On April 10th, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Hakala Road, Soldotna for an investigation. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A fifth person has been arrested on an active felony warrant in connection with an incident that occured at the Duck Inn on January 30. Upon arrival Troopers made contact with Rudy Bongolan, age 44 of Kenai, who had an active felony arrest warrant.last_img read more

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2019-09-14

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Protest In Soldotna Due To Satanic Invocation

first_imgWilliam Siebenmorgen, who flew from Pennsylvania to protest the prayer vigil: “These are just a few of the instances where God has defeated Satan. Whatever the results of the June 18 Rally of Reparation, God will be pleased with our public prayers of reparation. We want God’s blessings on America, not Satan’s curses. Lucifer is the eternal loser. Let’s keep him out.” Roughly 40 people held signs reading “reject Satan and his works” and “know Jesus and his love,”  outside the borough building. The borough then passed a resolution to amend their policy at their meeting on November 20 to broaden the scope of eligible invocation providers to better reflect the diversity of beliefs in the borough. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 21st, 2019 at 02:55 pmMany were shocked when they heard that a Satanic invocation would officially open the meeting at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday. Onlookers protested outside the borough building prior to the invocation at the assembly meeting. A member of the Satanic Temple, Iris Fontana, offered the invocation prompting walkouts by nearly a dozen people.center_img Fontana: “Let’s us cast aside our differences to use reason, logic, science and compassion to create solutions for the greater good for our community. It is done, hail Satan.” In October, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the borough’s previous prayer policy violated the State Constitution. The lawsuit was brought on by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska. The previous policy only allowed certain groups to deliver the invocation. Catholics from seven states flew to the Kenai Peninsula to pray a Rosary of reparation and protest against this public Satanic prayer.last_img read more

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2019-09-14

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