Emancipation

first_imgSatiricus and his friends didn’t need much…well, ANY! – excuse to celebrate. And so it wasn’t surprising they were huddled in the back of the Back Street Bar, planning their moves for Emancipation Day. As usual, after their opening round of beer had been duly consumed, they plunged into justifying their drinking capers.“Rememba when abee bin a slave, dem white maan only use fuh gi’e abee lil-bit rum fuh drink when de crap done?” Bungi ventured.“But don’t forget that, as a revolutionary act, our foreparents used to steal small amounts of rum from the still,” pointed out Satiricus.“Yes, but me hear dem fact’ry slave na bin a gi’e abee fiel’ slave none,” said Bungi morosely. “Dem use fuh exchange wid dem house slave fuh fancy food!”“The white men also used to give them some old clothes to wear at end-of-crop,” grumbled Hari. “But how come we didn’t make that ‘sport’ into Carnival, like Trinidad did?”“Well,” Satiricus said with a smirk at the opportunity to display his knowledge, even though this was a yearly ritual, “You really want to know?”“Budday, na play de ass,” said Bungi. “Leh abee hear.”“All right,” continued Satiricus. “Some French planters who knew about Carnival came to Trinidad after the revolution in Haiti, and they started Carnival there!”“Let’s drink to that!” said Hari enthusiastically as beer bottles clinked all around.“Yes!” said Bungi, “Now abee can drink how much abee want! Real emancipation!”“Well, I will bring the metemgee this year,” said Satiricus. “I already buy the coconuts and ground provision.”“Yuh real smart, boy!” grinned Hari. “So I have to pound the foo-foo again this year?”“Lemme jus’ she yuh wife a mek de bes’ foo-foo!” smiled Bungi. “Suh me gat fuh bring de beer?”“You buy the best beer,” said Hari and Satiricus in unison. “We’ll have a good Emancipation Day!”last_img read more

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Ox boost as England head to Brazil

first_img0Shares0000MIAMI, June 8- England winger Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain will be fit to take part in the World Cup after making good progress with his knee injury, manager Roy Hodgson said after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Honduras.Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up the injury in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Ecuador and Hodgson had said he may have to wait until 24 hours before England’s Group D opener against Italy on June 14 before deciding whether the Arsenal wide-man could be part of his squad. But on Saturday Hodgson took a much more positive tone.“Everyone is fit. Oxlade-Chamberlain is making good progress. I think he’ll make the tournament without a shadow of a doubt,” Hodgson said.England were relieved to get through a tough encounter with Honduras without picking up any further injuries.Captain Steven Gerrard was replaced at half-time but said that had been planned before the game due to a slight concern over his groin after Wednesday’s game.“I had a tight groin in midweek so it was always the plan for me to play just 45 minutes. We’re quite frustrated in the dressing room. We thought the referee was poor, they were doing some stupid fouls.“Maybe we could have moved the ball a bit quicker, but there were some horrific challenges. I certainly got caught by one,” he said.A 43 minute stoppage midway through the first-half, due to concerns of an electric storm warning, knocked both sides out of their rhythm and the second half was also a largely scrappy affair.“Honduras were quite physical,” said Hodgson, “It was a real stop-start game, one of the most frustrating I’ve been involved in for a long time. We had a long stoppage, I thought we dealt with it and in the second half it was attack versus defence.“But now it is time for the real thing,” he said before England headed off to the airport to catch their flight to Brazil.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar on Ballon d’Or shortlist

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during a UEFA Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Lviv on November 25, 2015. PHOTO/AFPZURICH, November 30- Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar were on Monday named on the shortlist for FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.While Portuguese Ronaldo has triumphed over the last two seasons (in a total of three wins), Argentinian Messi has previously claimed the coveted award four times while Brazilian Neymar makes the shortlist for FIFA’s player of the year award for the first time. Messi was the catalyst for Barcelona’s impressive run to three titles last season (the Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Cup) and will be the standout favourite ahead of Ronaldo.The Portugal international might have finished the season without a trophy, but his individual talent shone out as he was La Liga’s highest scorer with 48 goals, and has notched up a leading seven in the Champions League this term.World Cup-winning captain Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash), Aya Miyama (Japan/Okayama Yunogo Belle), and Celia Sasic (Germany/1. FFC Frankfurt) are in the running for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award.Two Spanish coaches, Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola and Barcelona’s Luis Enrique made the shortlist of the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football award alongside Jorge Sampaoli, the Argentinian coach who led Chile to Copa America victory.And Jill Ellis (USA/USA national team), Mark Sampson (Wales/English national team) and Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japanese national team) are the final trio to battle it out for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football award.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (L) celebrates with teammate Neymar after scoring a goal on a penalty kick during the La Liga match against Levante at the Camp Nou stadium on September 20, 2015. PHOTO/AFPAll of the awards will be presented at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony in Zurich on January 11, 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Liverpool starlet in line for senior Wales call-up to end England hopes

first_img Ben Woodburn in action for Liverpool 1 Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn could join Wales’ World Cup campaign against the Republic of Ireland next week – and end doubts over his international future.Woodburn became the youngest scorer in Liverpool history – at the age of 17 years and 45 days – when he netted in the 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Leeds in November.His Liverpool debut came as a substitute against Sunderland in November, and he has now made seven appearances.The teenager has yet to start a Premier League game, but produced an impressive cameo off the bench in the Reds’ 2-1 triumph against Burnley on Sunday.“He’s knocking on the door now,” Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts said of Woodburn on S4C’s Sgorio programme.“What’s definite is that there are a lot of young players in this group doing that.“And we need that. We’re really pleased with them.“A lot of them have already been in our camps for a week at a time to get that experience, so they can make that step when the chance comes.“It’s important we have that freshness as we move on.”Chester-born Woodburn also qualifies for England but has been in the Wales set-up since the age of 13.Woodburn captained Wales at under-17 level and has also won under-19 caps.Last November he was part of a Wales U19 side which beat their England counterparts 3-2 at Bangor.It is understood England would be interested in Woodburn joining their set-up, but making a competitive appearance for Wales at senior level would seal the teenager’s international allegiance to the Euro 2016 semi-finalists.Wales boss Chris Coleman will consider the decision before he officially names his squad on Thursday morning to take on the Republic in Dublin on March 24.Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey are both available after recent injuries.Huddersfield goalkeeper Danny Ward has also recovered from a leg injury and on-loan Ipswich midfielder Jonathan Williams has stepped his recovery from a long-term shoulder problem.Woodburn’s Liverpool team-mate Harry Wilson – who became Wales’ youngest player at the age of 16 years and 207 days when he played against Belgium in October 2013 – is also under consideration for a call-up after impressing at Anfield in recent months.Wilson, now 19, made his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup victory at Plymouth in January and was also on the bench for the weekend win against Burnley.last_img read more

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Morton’s coming to Warner Center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Morton’s joins Ruth’s Chris in the Westfield Promenade about a block-and-a-half away and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar at Topanga Canyon and Victory boulevards in competition for the high-end carving set. Add the venerable Monty’s Steakhouse a few blocks away on Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Charlie G’s Prime Steakhouse on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana and consumers have lots of options to satisfy their craving for well-marbled cuts of meat. And not far from the new Morton’s are the more moderately priced Gaucho Grill and Stuart Anderson’s Black Angus. Morton’s has already signed a lease for an 8,100-square-foot facility. It’s in a complex being built by the Morgan Group and will be close to the company’s 563-unit apartment project. Representatives of the Morgan Group could not be reached for comment. WOODLAND HILLS – Warner Center is beefing up. Upscale steak house chain Morton’s Restaurant Group Inc. announced Monday that it’s scheduled to open a restaurant early next year at the Triana Warner Center being built at Canoga Avenue and Erwin Street. “The San Fernando Valley, with its appealing demographics and strong economy, is clearly an attractive Morton’s location,” Thomas J. Baldwin, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Chicago-based Morton’s Restaurant Group, said in a prepared statement. And that turns this section of the West Valley, a popular business and entertainment destination, into the Sirloin Triangle. Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, said Morton’s push into Warner Center is good news. “All of a sudden, it’s become a real dining destination for the entire San Fernando Valley. It’s fascinating. If you look back 20 years that’s what the West Valley used to be known for.” He’s not too worried about the market getting saturated with upscale steakhouses, either. “Good restaurants are kind of like good retail. The more the concentration … the more it feeds itself,” Ackerman said. Gordon Murley, president of the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization, said Morton’s is welcome in the neighborhood. “We have no problem with restaurants coming in but they all have to abide by the rules. Because the liquor licenses travel with the land, we want to make sure it can’t be turned into something other than a restaurant.” Morton’s spokesman Roger Drake said the Warner Center restaurant will employee between 50 and 60 people. The average dinner tab is $87 a person. And he believes that the restaurant will find a following. “In all the cities and locations where we operate there is a lot of tremendous competition and that doesn’t really bother us. A goal for us is to round out our Southern California market.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want 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

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Settlement OK’d in West Bank area

first_imgJERUSALEM – Israel has approved a new settlement in the West Bank to house former Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, officials said Tuesday, breaking a promise to the U.S. to halt home construction in the Palestinian territories. Construction in the northern West Bank town of Maskiot began months ago, but the project only received final approval from the Defense Ministry last week, said Dubi Tal, head of the Jordan Valley regional council. Saeb Erekat, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the construction and urged the government to revoke its authorization, saying it violated the spirit of cooperation inaugurated by a meeting Saturday between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. “What message are they trying to send?” Erekat asked. The settlement will house 23 families who were evacuated when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip last year, and will eventually house 100 families, Tal said. “I estimate that within two or three weeks the foundations for temporary housing will begin,” he said. Olmert has signaled in recent weeks that he is ready to make broad territorial concessions to the Palestinians under a final peace settlement, but he has also said he wants Israel to retain large settlement blocs. Under the stalled, U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan, Israel pledged to freeze all settlement expansion, while the Palestinians promised to crack down on militants. Neither side has followed through. “The U.S. view on settlements remains unchanged,” said Geoff Anisman, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. “The U.S. continues to urge both sides to meet their road map obligations and to avoid taking steps that could be viewed as predetermining the outcome of final status negotiations.” 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

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‘I wouldn’t panic yet if you’re a Liverpool fan,’ Parlour explains

first_img tense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Jurgen Klopp’s men now sit second, one point behind Manchester City, with ten games left to play this season.Liverpool have suffered a run of inconsistent form in recent weeks, with the draw at Goodison Park their fifth stalemate in seven games in all competitions.But Arsenal legend and three-time Premier League winner Parlour insists there’s still plenty of time.Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former midfielder said: “Liverpool just seem to lack that little bit of confidence and belief that they are a great side and they can score lots of goals. 2 LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Klopp has cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines in recent matches “I think nerves might be playing a little bit of a part. When you get to the last ten games of the season and you’re in the position they’re in, they’ve got an excellent chance of winning that title for the first time.“Man City have done it on a regular basis and know exactly how to get over the line, so Liverpool are going to be a little bit nervous, but I wouldn’t panic yet if you’re a Liverpool fan. REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “They might not have a better opportunity, but Liverpool at the moment have just got to steady themselves.“They’ve got every opportunity. They’ll be hoping Spurs can go the Etihad and get a result, and they can do that with the players they’ve got, and then Liverpool will be back in the driving seat.“I think it could go down to the last two games, that’s how good the Premier League has been this year.” Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? It was another disappointing game for Salah and Liverpool center_img Ray Parlour has told Liverpool fans not to panic despite watching their team lose their lead at the top of the Premier League this weekend.The Reds lost vital ground in the title race as they were held to another frustrating draw in Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton. “Liverpool fans shouldn’t panic… they still have an excellent chance!””With 10 games to go the nerves might be playing a part.”@RealRomfordPele says #LFC can still beat Man City to the title.Do you agree? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/HmWHuNvC14— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 4, 2019 shining huge blow gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2last_img read more

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Pochettino makes worrying admission ahead Tottenham’s clash with Man City

first_img LIVE on talkSPORT New job talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up this week… Mauricio Pochettino will hope to keep hold of Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship It means Toby Alderweireld and Real Madrid target Christian Eriksen could still leave the club.Both players, who are in the final year of their Spurs contracts, are expected to line up for Tottenham when they travel to Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday, LIVE on talkSPORT.Spurs made impressive summer additions in Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon, which could see the club challenge City and Liverpool for top spot this season. LATEST What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers FAREWELL Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman AFP or licensors on target Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 1 OFF Pochettino said: “We need to assess the circumstances. We will see what happens between now and September 2.“Like we can change our minds, a player can change his, so until September 2 it is difficult to tell you if this will be the bravest group of players.“The team is still not settled how I expected it to be. We are still working in trying to make sure it is finished come September 2. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his team is unsettled with the European transfer window still open.The summer transfer window closes on September 2 for the German, Italian, Spanish and French leagues. Arsenal vs Burnley (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORTSunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich City vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 5.30pm) – talkSPORTReading vs Cardiff City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 latest stalemate deals rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta “That will be the moment to have a big conversation with the whole squad and settle the principle.“Things can still happen. It is not in my hands if something happens or not.“Still, we need to wait until September 2 and hope there are not too many changes or too many problems for us.”last_img read more

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Hans the Hedgehog saved from prickly situation!

first_imgA brave little hedgehog who was rescued by Donegal ISPCA has been released safely back into the wild. The hedgehog, nicknamed Hans, was found trapped in a drain by a local family earlier this year.The caring family called on the ISPCA to help save the little critter from his predicament. Hans the Hedgehog was trapped in a drainSenior ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley rescued Hans and brought the little hedgehog to the ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre for rehabilitation.The vet who assessed Hans determined he was suffering from hypothermia and treated him for a possible chest infection.Hans was kept at the ISPCA Centre in Donegal for a number of weeks, during which time he completed a course of medication, and was monitored until he gained some weight and recovered his strength.Hans the Hedgehog recovers after his rescueIn August the brave Hans was returned to the large back garden where he was found, with all members of the family who helped rescue him watching. The children in the family even made a “hedgehog hotel” for Hans (who they have renamed Spike) and promised to leave out food and a shallow bowl of water in hot weather to help him and other wildlife.In the run-up to Halloween, the ISPCA are reminding anyone lighting any bonfires to check for wildlife who are going into hibernation this time of year.A spokesperson said: “It is important to check under wood piles, leaves or heavy brush.  Some outdoor decorations such as fake spider webs or string lights can snare wild animals, so be careful about hanging them outside.“Unfortunately stray animals can fall victim to abuse or cruel Halloween pranks. If you witness animal cruelty, notify your local Garda station immediately and contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.”Hans the Hedgehog saved from prickly situation! was last modified: October 16th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:animalsdonegal ispcaHalloweenhedgehoglast_img read more

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SA celebrates with Obama

first_imgMillions of people around the world will watch the historic inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama.Khanyi Magubane As the United States comes to a standstill on 20 January to witness the inauguration of its 44th president Barack Obama, South Africa has planned its own series of celebrations.Dubbed one of the most prolific moments in American history, the inauguration of Obama, America’s first black president, has grabbed the attention of the world.The swearing-in of Obama as the nation’s 44th president on the west steps of the Capitol, Washington DC, at noon (7pm South African time) is expected to draw between one to three million spectators.  South African ambassador to America Welile Nhlapo will represent the country at the celebrations.No foreign delegations were invited to the inauguration and countries were informed beforehand that only those on ambassadorial level will be invited.Not to be left out though, a glitzy, formal inauguration ball will held at South Africa’s Monte Casino on 20 January, where a live satellite transmission of the events will be screened.Tickets to the now sold-out event were going at R1 000 (US$100) each.Renowned South African film producer Anant Singh is also in the process of filming a documentary around the ascension of Obama to the top seat.Singh was in America on election day in November 2008 when Obama was announced as the winner of the elections and declared the president-elect.At the moment all that is left for Singh is to capture the final footage of the historic inauguration.Currently, talks are in place with various South African and American TV networks to air the documentary soon after the swearing-in.The documentary includes an interviews with Obama himself, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, who hosted Obama in South Africa when he visited Robben Island.  Television stations in South Africa will broadcast the event.Party revellers will also be out in full swing as nightclubs in South Africa also host “inauguration parties”.A Cape Town based nightclub Roots Club will be hosting an Obama party in Observatory, where revellers have been encouraged come dressed up in an American theme.In Johannesburg, club goers will also be making their way to Sinabar. The popular nightclub will start the evening’s proceedings with a live broadcast of the swearing in.President Motlanthe’s message to ObamaAlthough not attending the event, President Kgalema Motlanthe has issued a congratulatory message to Obama.He hailed the profound place in history the event will always hold. “Your election to this high office of the American people, carries with it hope for millions of your country men and women as much as it is for millions of people of particularly of the African descent both in the continent of Africa as well as those in the Diaspora”.Motlanthe reiterated that Obama’s victory is Africa’s victory. “Accordingly, Africa which today stands proud of your achievements, can only but look forward to a fruitful working relationship with you both at a bilateral and multilateral levels in our endeavour to create a better world for all who live in it.“We express the hope that poverty and under-development in Africa which remains a challenge for humanity will indeed continue to receive a greater attention of the focus of the new administration,” said Motlanthe.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesObamamania sweeps Africa Yes, we can Obama: African for White House? Useful linksDemocrats abroad South Africa Department of Foreign AffairsDemocratic Partylast_img read more

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