Ex-Ghana Coach Appiah Claims Prejudice in Salary Delays

first_imgFormer Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has said he is being treated in a way no white coach in Africa would be as he awaits salary arrears totalling nearly $200,000 from his time in charge of the Black Stars.Appiah’s second spell in charge of Ghana, which started in April 2017, ended at the turn of the year.Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports insists it will pay the money “soon”, blaming the delay on the coronavirus pandemic. Kwesi Appiah “I was owed money since August 2019 when there was no Covid-19,” Appiah told BBC Sport Africa. “Would they owe a white coach for 11 months?”The 59-year-old, who has previously said he feels ‘disrespected’ by the way his case is being handled, says he is owed $185,000, most of which covers five months’ unpaid salary.“(My predecessor) Avram Grant was not owed more than a month when his contract ended,” Appiah explained.The reason the Israeli, who led the Black Stars between 2014-2017, was not paid at that time was because he had yet to file a report on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on time, but his arrears were swiftly settled once he did.In recent times, some white coaches in Africa – such as Nigeria’s Gernot Rohr – have not been paid on timewhile others, such as Botswana coach Adel Amrouche, who holds both Algerian and Belgian citizenship, is still awaiting payment from an old job.Appiah simply wants this practice of late payments to just end for good.“It’s not right and should not be encouraged – irrespective of whether (the coach is) local or foreign,” he added.BBC Sport Africa understands that it is not just Appiah awaiting salary for his role with Ghana, but the country’s current national youth team coaches as well.Both the U17 and U23 coaches declined to comment but U20 coach Karim Zito confirmed that he is owed money.Zito, a former international, was first drafted into the coaching set-up of Ghana’s youth teams in 2013 when he was assistant coach for the Under-23 team and says this is a familiar tale.“We had only collected our salaries for three months when we received a letter stating that we will no longer be paid – no reason was given,” Zito told BBC Sport Africa.“I was appointed as coach of the (Under-20) national team in January this year but I am being owed. I will attribute the failure of to pay our salaries to the coronavirus pandemic.”Appiah’s outstanding payment of $185,000 equates to five times his monthly salary of $35,000 in addition to a $10,000 bonus for beating Sao Tome prior to his contract expiring in December 2019.Kofi Asare Brako, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, has blamed the failure to pay the outstanding salary on the coronavirus pandemic causing a financial constraint on the ministry.“The salary of the head coach of the Black stars has always been paid through a sponsorship package, and it is unfortunate this has now dragged into the period of the coronavirus pandemic,” Kofi Asare told BBC Sport Africa.“We have paid him for the two-year contract period of 24 months. What is left is the extended contract period of eight months, of which we have already paid three months.”“We are still in touch with the former coach and in no time we will pay him. Soon, all money will be paid to Appiah.”The coach, who also led Ghana at the 2014 World Cup, has told BBC Sport he is prepared to take his claim to football’s world governing body FIFA if he does not receive his money soon.“I gave the GFA a three-month deadline (earlier this year) but neither the GFA nor the Sports ministry have met with me,” Appiah said.Brako has refuted Appiah’s claims.“I can say categorically that the chief accountant of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been in constant communication with Appiah,” Brako added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Pairs of semi-finals of BiH handball Cup were drawn

first_imgPairs of semi-finals of BiH handball Cup, which will be played in Čapljina were drawn today, reports sportsport.baThe first match will be played between Sloga and Borac while the second match will be played between the host Čapljina and  Bosna BH Telecom from Sarajevo.The finals of the tournament will be played on 27 and 28 April 2013.last_img

Shock as trees cut and stolen from scenic forest walk

first_imgAn attack on a local scenic area in which up to 20 semi-mature trees were cut down has been described as “senseless and shocking.”The trees were hacked down last weekend at Drumboe Woods in the Twin Towns.A major investment was made turning the woods into an area which could be enjoyed by the local community recently with pathways and signage as well as the planting of more trees. Coillte is aware of the attack on the woods and is investigating the reasons for the cutting of the trees which were also taken from the forest.Local county councillor Patrick McGowan said he is very annoyed by the incident considering the work which has gone into developing Drumboe Woods in recent months.“This is a shocking and senseless attack on what is a beautiful area which is enjoyed by so many people.Some of the many trees cut down during an attack in Drumboe Woods at the weekend.“We have a Tidy Towns meeting tomorrow night and we will discuss it but it’s just an attack on the whole community. “I would appeal to anybody who was in the woods in recent days and who may have seen people cutting down trees of acting suspiciously to contact the Gardai.“These are our woods and they are there for all of us to enjoy and something like this cannot be allowed to happen again,” he said.Shock as trees cut and stolen from scenic forest walk was last modified: August 28th, 2019 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:CoilltecutdonegalDrumboe Woodsstolentreestwin townslast_img read more

Crabs let late lead slip in loss

first_imgKokko Figueiredo connected on a two-run home run to give the Crabs their first lead of the night and landed a well-placed fly ball in left field to score one and give the home team the lead once again in the seventh inning, but it wouldn’t be enough as a pair of ninth inning runs on the part of the Solano Mudcats elevated the visitors to a late-game 7-6 win over the Humboldt Crabs, Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park.The loss snaps what was a seven-game winning streak for the Crabs and drops …last_img

A brief survey

first_imgPlease take the time to complete this brief survey on South Africa, your opinions are important to us.  All information recorded here is strictly confidential and will be used for research purposes only.  Should you be the lucky winner of one of the prizes, of a US$200 voucher, we will notify you within the next 3 weeks.Brand South Africa is building on its current communication as part of its legacy campaign after the FIFA World Cup event.  We would like you to take a look at a few examples of print communication for brand South Africa.  Please give us your honest thoughts and opinions.Click here to complete the survey (the campaigns can be viewed as part of the survey)View the camapigns in PDF format:Campaign 1Campaign 2Campaign 3Campaign 4last_img

SA, Mercedes team up on C-Class bid

first_img20 September 2010 Mercedes-Benz South Africa and the South African government are to set up a joint working group to help produce a competitive bid for production of the next Mercedes-Benz C-class model in the country. “If successful, the more than R2-billion investment would result in higher local content and in more than 2 000 new jobs, including high-quality jobs, at the firm’s East London plant,” the Department of Trade and Industry said in a statement last week. This followed a meeting in Pretoria on Thursday between Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Mercedes-Benz South Africa CEO Hansgeorg Niefer. The Department said it would work through the details of available government support to enable the company to produce a competitive bid against other Mercedes Benz production plants in other parts of the world. “Our discussion with Minister Davies was very positive,” Niefer told Daily Dispatch. “He has promised support and co-operation on the part of government through the Automotive Investment Scheme. We welcome this support in our effort to secure this contract for South Africa.” Mercedes-Benz SA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the global company Daimler AG, currently produces the existing C-class model at its East London, Eastern Cape plant, for the local market as well as for export to the United States. According to Engineering News, the new C-class is expected to be launched in 2014, and Daimler has yet to decide whether to manufacture the vehicle in China, the US and Germany alone, or whether to add South Africa as a fourth production location. Niefer told Daily Dispatch that Mercedes-Benz SA expected to hear the outcome of the bid by the end of the year. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

SA rugby ref breaks barrier for women

first_imgJordaan, who represented South Africa in 2009 at both the Women’s Nations Cup in Canada and Women’s Sevens World Cup in Dubai, refereed the match between Peru and Paraguay at the Confederacion Sudamericana de Rugby (Consur) Sevens at the Club Regatas do Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. “Marlize has grown so much in her career as a referee that we weren’t surprised when we were told of her appointment,” Watson said. At the Consur Sevens, Uruguay’s men and Brazil’s women claimed the final remaining spots at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013, which will take place at Moscow’s iconic Luzhniki Stadium from 28 to 30 June. 27 February 2013 ‘Expecting big things’ The tournament served as a qualifier for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013, which take place in Russia in June. South Africa’s Marlize Jordaan made history when she became the first woman to referee in an international sevens rugby match for men in South America this past weekend. “Last week Marlize refereed the Varsity Cup Young Guns match between the under-20 teams of Kovsies and UP-Tuks, and was very good. In 2012, she also handled two matches in the Absa U19B Tournament with great aplomb. Bernd Gabbei, the referee development consultant for the International Rugby Board, said Jordaan’s appointment for the match between Peru and Paraguay was based on merit after a few superb performances in the women’s tournament, which was taking place at the same time. SAinfo reporter An achievement to celebrateAndre Watson, the South African Rugby Union’s general manager of referees, said Jordaan’s achievement was one to celebrate for the entire South African rugby fraternity. “We’re really expecting big things from her and are very proud of her achievement in South America.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A dramatic evening for dramatic need

first_imgFeaturing high profile actors sharing powerful stories raised enough money to fund a permanent arts centre in rural South Africa.A massive fund raising campaign staged by celebrity actors in the UK to raise money for South African children has inspired local thespians to put together a star-studded event of their own.THE CHILDREN’S MONOLOGUESFeaturing high profile actors sharing powerful stories raised enough money to fund a permanent arts centre in rural South Africa. Now our local stage celebrities are preparing to replicate the event to raise money for the same charity, Dramatic Need.The UK version first ran in 2010 starring famous names like Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James McAvoy.The local version being staged by the Market Theatre’s artistic director James Ngcobo working with Mfundi Vundla as Executive Producer, Mfundi who has a long standing relationship with Dramatic Need.The Market Theatre production will feature Jamie Bartlett, Robert Whitehead, Lesedi Job, Sonia Radebe, Masasa Mbangeni, Sello Maake Ka Ncube, Lebo Toko, Nokukhanya Dlamini, Gugu Shezi and Nomfundo Dlamini with live music from Tshepo Mngoma.This moving production in aid of Dramatic Need will play for one night only on Friday 20 May, 2016.The Children’s Monologues brings alive the true stories of more than 200 children in rural South Africa as they try to come to terms with moments that changed their lives forever.For many of these kids that means searching for answers in the aftermath of rape, death, and injustice.For others it is about trying to hold on to a memory that still inspires happiness. The Market Theatre has selected 15 of these moving soliloquies.The stories have been adapted for the stage by a Who’s Who of writers, including Napo Masheane, Elliot Moleba, James Graham, Neil La Bute, Laura Wade, Jack Thorne, Roy Williams OBE and Tanika Gupta MBE and Sir David Hare – from first-hand accounts of children supported by the charity.SPONSORSHIPThe fundraising evening will host corporates, high profile individuals, providing a powerful platform for corporates to partner with us.Sponsorship opportunities include:Headline Partner• Brand association: at the event, online, and in print• Visibility in all printed materials and digital platforms• ‘Sponsor a Monologue’ – credit as a supporter of a specific performance and piece• The opportunity to be established with a cutting-edge arts event and a forward-thinking, international charity.To Learn More Follow the link: www.dramaticneed.org.ABOUT DRAMATIC NEEDDramatic Need introduces vulnerable children in rural South Africa and Rwanda to the creative arts as a means to cope with trauma and hardship.It works to develop visual literacy and freedom of expression without recourse to violence. The organisation believes that creativity, not money, has the best chance of changing a generation of children’s attitudes to themselves and to each other.Through engagement in drama, visual arts, filmmaking and music, these children are empowered to confront complex issues with confidence and to resolve – rather than engage in conflict. Its classes are running at full capacity, with demand far outstripping what it is able to supply.ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MONOLOGUESThe original Monologues played to a sold-out theatre and were covered by every major news outlet in the UK.The production highlighted to an international audience the challenges these children face and the power of creative storytelling to change attitudes and prejudice within developing communities.It was a unique event, in terms of offering both glamour and integrity.The proceeds funded a permanent arts centre in rural South Africa that now runs six workshops a week and serves hundreds of local children.The original event was staged at London’s The Old Vic and was put together by Danny Boyle, a founding trustee of Dramatic Need. Its stars included Sir Nen Kingsley and Eddie Redmayne. The second airing in 2015 was a sell-out performance at The Royal Court Theatre.Tickets cost R200 each with all the proceeds going towards Dramatic Need, which runs an arts and culture centre in a farm in the very poor community of Viljoenskroon, Free State.Ngcobo is also asking companies or individuals to come forward with sponsorship to make it a huge success and raise enough money to make sure more children have a story with a happy ending.The fundraising evening will give corporates and high profile individuals a powerful platform and the opportunity to be associated with a cutting-edge arts event and a forward-thinking, international charity.For bookings and donations call:Anthony Ezeokeon 011 025 0377 (Direct Line) or 083 246 4950 / 072 413 9247AnthonyE@markettheatre.co.zaDate: 20 May 2016Time: 07:00pmTickets: R200last_img read more

Play Your Part fulfills Mandela Day promise to the New Jerusalem Children’s Home

first_imgOn Nelson Mandela Day Brand South Africa committed to donating 150 Abelia Grandiflora plants to the New Jerusalem Children’s Home, and on 14 September 2017, the Play Your Part team made their way to the Home to surprise each child with an Abelia Grandiflora plant.Eight years after the launch of Mandela day, it has gained momentum, with worldwide support from citizens of all races and ages, playing their part. (Image: suplied)Following the Nelson Mandela Day activation on the 18 July 2017, Brand South Africa had committed to donating 150 Abelia Grandiflora plants to the New Jerusalem Children’s Home for the purpose of renovating the garden. Today, 14 September 2017, the Play Your Part team made their way to the Home to surprise each child with an Abelia Grandiflora plant.Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. Eight years later since the launch of Mandela day, it has gained momentum, with worldwide support from citizens of all races and ages, playing their part.Part of the Nelson Mandela Day promise is to remind every citizen that no matter how small your action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day and that citizens need to make every day a Mandela Day.“Do whatever it is you can, no matter how small even just spending time with the children is enough because it shows them that they are loved”, said Deputy Principal Ms Linah Ramonyai.Deputy Principal Ms Linah Ramonyai said, “We are very happy that the Play Your Part team returned to surprise the children with these plants, we truly appreciate the support and we promise to look after the plants. Our children love gardening and this is an added bonus to their daily activity”.Brand South Africa’s Activation Manager, Ms Rabia Metedad said, “Play Your Part is pleased to be reiterating its objective to continuously play its part on a daily basis. Today’s activation was to remind the little ones that we haven’t forgotten them and we encourage everyone to play their part.”Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world.“Do whatever it is you can, no matter how small even just spending time with the children is enough because it shows them that they are loved”, concludes Ms RamonyaiAnd the children said, “Yeah!!!!!! Thank you, Play Your Part!”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Quick Streaming from Anywhere: 10 Best VPNs for IPTV

first_imgThomas Price A widely recognized name in the field of VPN services is ExpressVPN. It has its reasons for being the most popularly used VPN service. Its popularity is based on various amazing features it offers:ExpressVPN has a high-security level.It prevents any third party from accessing your private data by employing the use of 256-bit encryption.It has a policy of no logging, which allows you to be sure that your data won’t be shared with any other organization or company.It is increasingly comfortable to use the software. So, if you are not much into technological devices and you don’t know how to operate them, you can still very comfortably use ExpressVPN.ExpressVPN provides its users with the fastest connections, which means your videos would stream at high speed, without any interruption or buffering.All in all, ExpressVPN is complete, especially for new VPN users. CyberGhost VPNUsing a VPN service for the first time? You’ll want a VPN that’s easy for you to operate. CyberGhost is definitely in that easy to use and operate category. CyberGhost has a user-friendly graphical interface that provides you with the ability to choose many kinds of activities. You can change settings according to the activity you choose. You can use torrent anonymously, unblock websites, and anonymously surf the internet.This VPN service makes it easy for users to set up a connection. CyberGhost is available devices such as Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac OS. Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage VyprVPN IPVanish PureVPN PrivateVPN NordVPN Purevpn is a unique VPN service with a complete bundle of security software packages. PureVPN keeps your data private. Features the 256-bit encryption and no-logging are available options with this VPN service as well.You’ll love getting fast streaming of your best-loved shows and videos without any interruption. However, the best part is all the other security software services that come with this VPN service as a whole package. These include anti-malware protection, as well as a good antivirus. This service also has a filter that makes it convenient for you to keep your email inbox free from spam emails.Overall, PureVPN has everything that any IPTV user would wish for. Available for all devices including Android, Android TV devices, Mac OS, iOS, and Windows. ExpressVPN Surfshark is a recent addition in the VPN market. Although it started operating at a considerably low level, covering no more than 500 servers in 50 different countries, there has been a constant rise in its number of servers all over the world.Also, Surfshark provides its users with the ability to unblock geographically restricted content and stream videos through increasingly fast connections. Surfshark is highly user-friendly and easy to operate when it comes to privacy policies.Moreover, Surfshark provides its users with a free trial for seven days. It has a money-back policy allowing you to get your money back within 30 days or to discontinue use for any reason. Choosing this VPN service provides a highly cost-effective two-year plan. Subscribing for two years gives you as much as 83 percent off — leaving a payment plan of approximately, 1.99 percent each month for two years. One of the most-used software services, Ivacy, is a popular VPN service in most countries around the globe. It provides its users with modified P2P servers that keep file-sharing anonymous and hidden. Ivacy supports various kinds of VPN protocols and operates in over 100 locations. It covers a vast network of more than 450 VPN servers. However, unlike PrivateVPN, its money-back policy is seven days after you have subscribed to the service. This specific VPN software is often used by people who wish to have their content streamed at a blazing fast speed. The connections of IPVanish have a superfast speed that would allow you to watch videos without them slowing down. In addition to this, IPVanish also provides its users with advanced security and highly developed configuration options. Its feature of 256-bit encryption makes it retain its position in the list of best VPNs.IPVanish has a wide range of networks that cover up to 1000 servers in numerous countries all over the world. Again, it is available for every device such as Windows, Mac OS, Android, and Linux.center_img Follow the Puck Ivacy – Impressive Customer Support for IPTV Users BulletVPN One of the best software services to offer anonymity and privacy to all the IPTV users subscribing to it. Owing to its unique features, you can watch your favorite video content without any hassle. Moreover, by subscribing to this VPN service, you won’t have to worry about the speed of your streaming.However, the server network of Private VPN is not as extensive as that of its many other competitors, but you can still use it on all of the major platforms. The best part is that users are allowed a 30-day, money back guarantee if they are not satisfied with the service. Surfshark What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#data protection#how to set up VPN#openVPN#VPN#VPN for IPTV CyberGhost VyprVPN provides its users with full-speed streaming and the option to download video content at high speed. Its wide range of servers covers more than 700 servers in 70 different locations around the world.In addition to the availability of high-speed connections, VyprVPN also has a highly favorable privacy policy. Your data is kept private, as well as high security from hackers. You can stream any video content that was previously blocked in your geographical area.The service allows new users a free trial up to three days. However, it does not have a money-back policy like many of its competitors.ConclusionThese VPN services are available now in the market for IPTV users. These VPNs have subscription fees, but your data is kept safe and private. These VPN services keep all speed-related problems at a minimum. The free trial policy of many of the services allows you to test the VPN on your own.Afterthought:Did I miss anything you can think of? Protecting our data in the world of cybercrime is everyone’s job. Like many others in the industry, I’m hoping VPN will make a difference. Most people are familiar with IPTV services that are the recent replacement to the tradition cable TV. This latest technological trend, IPTV delivers users with fast streaming service of their favorite video content. Internet Protocol Television operates through your internet service which means you can directly stream any show without having to download it first. IPTV service is especially excellent for the user who is always on the go.Some issues worry a few IPTV users. For instance, if you are in fear of your business data being hacked or viewed by your internet service provider — then this post will offer you a few ideas.A good VPN for IPTV can solve data protection efficiently.If you are still using cable or satellite TV, and don’t have an IPTV service, you can always check out the best IPTV providers in the UK. VPNs allow you to get faster and seamless streaming of your videos — so you won’t have to stare blankly at your screen while the video buffers the content.Zero waiting time, Zero mood swings, and Constant Entertainment.A VPN service enables you to unblock any content that is restricted in your geographical area. Businesses and world-famous companies are protecting their data — and investing in their own VPN — because VPN services are highly secure and reliable to use. Consider getting yourself a VPN and the fantastic entertainment experience that comes with it. The software of NordVPN is an excellent option for the use of VPN servers, while still being able to use the regular servers. For example, users who like to download content with torrent are provided with special servers that support P2P downloads.Moreover, NordVPN security system encrypts data with the help of two VPN servers, making it secure and highly inaccessible for third parties. Also, you can get a unique IP address by using the fantastic dedicated IP option. In this way, your IP address won’t be the shared IP address that one usually has with a VPN service.The data of the users who don’t want to use particular servers is also kept private through the no logging feature and the 256-bit encryption feature. All this makes NordVPN stand out among various other competitors. Another newcomer in the market of VPNs for IPTV is BulletVPN. Their VPN servers were tested and found to have the efficient performance of new VPN services. First, BulletVPN has easy-to-follow guidelines for those who wish to install a VPN on their router. You can easily install this software on your personal devices, whether it is Android, Windows, or Linux.Other than that, BulletVPN also keeps your payment information secure. You can pay through platforms like Paypal or Bitcoin, and BulletVPN saves none of the data regarding payments. Also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, if you are not completely satisfied with their service.BulletVPN has a large, globally spread network of servers that is continuously growing. They are always updating their services with innovation, making BulletVPN a complete package that makes using IPTV a user-friendly experience. How Data Analytics Can Save Liveslast_img read more