Allsports.com is claiming that Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah is considering a potential move to Sudanese team Khartoum Watan.The former Black Stars coach is reportedly in Sudan where he will inspect facilities at the club before holding the first in a series of talks with directors of the club.Sudanese media have been speculating about the arrival of the coach who was in charge of Ghana’s Black Stars at the World Cup in Brazil and he is expected to conclude a two year deal if negotiations are successful.Khartoum Watan are currently finished fourth in the league and will participate in the Confederations Cup next season.Export of Ghanaian coaches to foreign clubs and teams could become the next sporting phenomena after U-20 World Cup winner coach Silas Tetteh got appointed to manage the Rwandan national team.Kwasi Appiah was once asked where is future lies by Justice Dzamefe during the hearing at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating Ghana’s poor campaign in Brazil. Barring any hitch, that future could well be in Sudan.
Mike Tyson smokes a lot of weed. How much? About $40K per month.On a recent episode of his “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson” podcast, the legendary boxer said that he and his friends smoke about $40,000 worth of weed every month at Tyson Ranch. View this post on Instagram “What do we smoke a month?” asked Tyson. “Is it $40,000 a month? Yeah, $40,000.”That equates to ten tons of marijuana per month, according to his business partner and former NFL offensive lineman, Eben Britton.Unwinding with the newest addition to the Tyson Ranch family, The Original OG cultivated by The Originals 💯 pic.twitter.com/LDFoSL3bJZ— TysonRanch (@tysonranch) July 31, 2019Marijuana is legal in California and Tyson grows his own strains at his massive 40-acre ranch in the Mojave Desert. #MikeTyson reveals he smokes $40K of weed monthly 😙💨🍂 #twobeestoldmeA post shared by Two Bees Entertainment 🐝🐝 (@twobeesent) on Aug 13, 2019 at 12:14am PDTMORE: Joshua-Ruiz in Saudi Arabia can change boxing forever
Our national basketball team player, Mirza Teletović has had the most successful evening of the season. In a match between ”Brooklyn Nets” and ”Sacramento”, Teletović scored 14 points. Our national team player is currently playing for the team ”Brooklyn Nets” from Brooklyn, New York City. This is just another proof of Teletović’s talent and determination towards basketball.
Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyUnited Way of Thurston County will celebrate its 10th Annual Straight from the Heart Dinner Party and Auction on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the SPSCC Lacey TwinStar Event Center.Guests will enjoy local beer and spirits during cocktail hour as well as romance-inspiring appetizers – all set to live music and not-to-be-missed entertainment. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items. All proceeds benefit the programs of United Way of Thurston County.After dinner, if you’re in the mood, swing on over to a 1940s inspired after-party complete with “big band” sound and dancing to the tunes of Vendredi’s Bag! We’ll have some swing-dance professionals on site to make sure everyone is out there on the dance floor.“Community members are joining together to support our mission to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community we serve,” said Chris Wells, executive director of United Way. “Straight from the Heart helps fund crucial programs beyond what our donors and workplace campaigns provide, AND it is also an evening to celebrate our generous community, their hard-work and philanthropy.”WHO: United Way of Thurston CountyWHAT: Straight from the Heart Dinner Party & AuctionTICKET INFORMATION: Purchase tickets here.WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019. Cocktail hour begins at 5:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.WHERE: SPSCC Lacey TwinStar Event Center, 4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey, Washington.ABOUT: United Way of Thurston County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.
The future is so bright the coaches of the Trail Orioles American Legion Baseball team had better find a pair of shades.The Silver City-based squad, with players from throughout the region, combined a solid season with an amazing performance at the District Tournament to qualify for State Finals.“Every player on the team made a significant contribution to our success,” said Orioles manager, Ron Mace.“The team made great improvements from the start of the year to the end, as can be seen by us getting to the State tournament which has not been done in Trail for some time.”The Orioles finished third in the American Legion Division with a 10-4 record before making a run during Districts to qualify for the elusive State Tournament in Seattle.Trail blasted University High 8-1 to open the Districts before edging Mead 8-7 in a thriller.The Orioles suffered a 9-1 loss to Mount Spokane. However, Trail rebounded to dump Pullman 7-4 to qualify for the State Tournament.The Orioles finished the tournament losing a close one, 9-8 to Asotin.At the State Tournament, the young Orioles, with no less than a player in the eighth grade, three in the ninth, four in the tenth and two in both the 11th and 12th grades, Trail dropped both games 7-2 to Bellingham and 12-4 to Yakima.“We were the youngest team at States and look to improve for next year as we have all but two players eligible to return,” Mace, who along with his son Kyle Mace and Kyle Paulson, form the coaching staff for the for the Orioles.“The coaches are also very proud of some individual accomplishments from our players this year as we have two players heading to college to continue to play baseball.”Mace said Nathan Soukeroff is headed to play in Lethbridge play in the Prairie Baseball Academy while Austin Tambellini has received a scholarship at Hill College in Texas.Two other players are continuing on playing as Brendan Makay is off to the Dominican Republic to represent Canada in a tournament while Daniel Gagnier will get a chance to strut his skills at a fall baseball showcase in Calgary.As for next year, Mace is pumped for the return of pitchers Brendan Makay, Tyler Atkinson, Derek Green and Colton Miracle as well as catchers in Reese Tambellini and Bradly Ross.Austin Cox, Ross St. Jean, Casey Harrison, Atkinson and Gangier will lead the core of the infield.“We will be looking for some strong players to add to this team and hope to see many athletes out for the tryouts next spring,” Mace concluded.
The numbers game doesn’t seem to scare the Nelson Neptunes.Despite being kicked out of home due to renovations to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre, which has severely curtailed registration, the Neptunes continue to be a force on the Kootenay Summer Swim Association circuit.And now Neptune swimmers take aim at the grand prize of the season, a berth in the BC Summer Swim Association Championships when the circuit shifts to Colville this weekend for the Regional Meet.“With the Nelson pool closure, the Neptunes have one of the smallest teams, if not the smallest, team in the region, but are still able to finish in the top three rankings at meets,” coach Cynthia Pfeiffer told The Nelson Daily.“Points are based on overall team points (but) if points were divided by points per swimmer, I’m positive the Neptunes would be winning the meets.” Neptunes opened the season by capturing its own meet at its temporary training pool in Salmo.Pfeiffer and Company then posted a third-place finish in Castlegar behind the host Aquanauts and Grand Forks Piranhas before finishing third again in Colville. The host squad again won the meet with Castlegar second.At an out-of-region meet in Golden, with many larger clubs from Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Kamloops, Nelson finished fifth overall.“Highlights of these meets include Jaylen Rushton’s 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and 100 individual medley meet records, Ella Chouinard completing the 400 individual medley, and Division three girls relay Kallie Badry, Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir and Chloe Malenfant out touching the Castlegar Aquanauts by .01 at their home meet, taking first place,” Pfeiffer explained.Now that the regular season has concluded, Neptune swimmers have been gearing up for this weekend’s Regionals at Colville.“Going into regionals we are hoping for a top two finish,” Pfeiffer said.“We have finished in the top two for the last two season, where last year we were 29 points from first place,” she added.“Unfortunately with our numbers down, it will be a big challenge but these Neptunes have what it takes.”Swimmers who place in the top three individually during the Regionals will qualify for the Provincial Championships held in Coquitlam August 19-21.
The key for the Owls is to not drop their levels of focus and intensity when shots aren’t falling, Cardoza said. They shot 53.1 percent from the field in the first half and 70 percent from three. Alexander shot 7-12 from field, going 2-2 from beyond the arc. She also was 3-4 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Asonah Alexander, who has replaced injured redshirt-sophomore Ashley Jones since Dec. 7, played a big role in the win. Alexander said this game was a confidence boost for her. Cardoza acknowledged Alexander’s ability to be a consistent third or fourth scorer for the team. Cardoza had wanted Alexander to be more aggressive in the last two games, and she got that from the freshman guard against the Wildcats, she said. “I had to put my team back up,” Alexander said. “Shots weren’t falling and we weren’t doing that well on defense, so I felt I had to attack more and be more aggressive.” “Down the stretch, we got a little lax because we weren’t scoring,” Cardoza said, “But like I said, we got stops when we needed.” “We need [Alexander] to score more,” Cardoza said. “So she can still be a facilitator, but we need [Alexander] to be aggressive and look to score, because she can.” In the second half, they shot just 28.6 percent from the field just when Villanova started to make shots in an attempt to make a comeback in the match. Sophomore guard Marissa Mackins said that missing shots used to affect her a lot, but she is learning to move past her misses. The Owls’ defense struggled again when they started missing shots on offense, a trend Cardoza has noticed all year. Freshman guard Asonah Alexander dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Villanova at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 10. | JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple University women’s basketball (6-5, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) held off a late comeback from Villanova (4-5) Tuesday to win 74-69 at McGonigle Hall. Alexander came close to the first triple-double in program history, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. “The past few games I haven’t been hitting shots and it brought me down,” Mackins said, “But coach told me to always stay in the game no matter what.” The Owls’ next game is on Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast (10-1) at McGonigle Hall. Mackins has also discovered her shooting stroke as of late. She shot 3-6 from three and finished with 15 points of her own.
South Africa handed over the brand new library for the Timbuktu Manuscripts to the Malian government in May. South Africa was instrumental in the building of the facility and the training of archival staff.Abdel Kader Haidara is a leading manuscript expert in Timbuktu. His collection includes an ancient Koran previously owned by several Moroccan kings. (Image: Mental Floss, Most Resource.org)Janine ErasmusOn 29 May 2010 South Africa officially handed over the brand new library for the Timbuktu Manuscripts to the Malian government. South Africa was instrumental in the building of the climate-controlled facility and the training of archival staff.The facility will be known as the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research. It can house between 200 000 and 300 000 documents, and has space for exhibitions too.South Africa, represented by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, transferred the building to the Malian minister of higher education and scientific research, Siby Ginette Bellegarde.The construction of the library was instigated by former president Thabo Mbeki, who visited Timbuktu in 2001.Mbeki later said he had been “moved” to see the dedicated staff at the Ahmed Baba Centre struggling to preserve the priceless documents with very little resources or funding. At that time there were about 18 000 manuscripts in the building. The centre is Timbuktu’s only public library.Without properly sealed rooms and climate control, the manuscripts were in danger of being irreversibly damaged by insects, the dry air and the abrasive Sahara sand.After seeing this Mbeki resolved to do something to intervene, and he declared the library’s construction an official Presidential project.On Africa Day in 2003 the project was initiated under the auspices of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. Fittingly, Africa Day in 2010 was celebrated on 25 May, just four days before the handover ceremony.The entire project was managed through a trust fund, which helped to raise funds through various activities, such as public exhibitions in South Africa of some of the manuscripts in 2006 and 2008.The project had a threefold aim: to build the new library to cutting-edge specifications; to train Malian staff in the proper techniques of preservation and restoration; and to raise public awareness of the need to preserve this valuable part of Africa’s heritage.The South African National Archives was closely involved in the training process, both in South Africa and Mali.The existing Ahmed Baba Centre also underwent an extensive upgrade.Ancient hub of learningThe historic city of Timbuktu, which lies about 15km north of the Niger River in Mali, was founded around 1100 by Tuareg nomads, but it was only in the 11th century that a permanent settlement was established.Timbuktu was inscribed on Unesco’s World Heritage list in 1988. In its heyday, in the 15th and 16th centuries, the city was renowned as a centre for learning and Islamic studies. Scholars came from all over Africa to study at the many prestigious institutions which flourished there.Although many of its people are now impoverished, modern Timbuktu still evokes a sense of the golden days, not only in the historical buildings scattered all around, but in the many private libraries that still exist. These family-run libraries sprang up all over Timbuktu as more and more Muslim scholars passed through the city, leaving behind them a written legacy in subjects ranging from astronomy, mathematics and geography to religion and legal matters.Although nobody knows exactly how many manuscripts still exist, it is estimated that between 300 000 and 700 000 of the priceless tomes are preserved, most of them in private homes.Three imposing, ancient mosques – Djingareyber, Sankoré and Sidi Yahia – stand in the city as a reminder that the University of Sankoré once housed the largest collection of books since the one found in the ancient Library of Alexandria. The university still functions today, and accommodates about 15 000 scholars.While Africa is most often associated with an oral tradition of passing down learning and culture, the Tumbuktu manuscripts are proof that it also has a substantial written heritage – that was much greater than that found in Europe during the same era.The legendary Ahmed Baba was a scholar at Sankoré – he is honoured in the name of the current facility, built in the 1970s by the Malian government with the assistance of Unesco, which has tried to preserve, restore and digitise the documents.Sources: Unesco’s World Heritage Convention, AfricaDay.info and New Partnership for Africa’s Development.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shelly Detwiler, berry farmer and dieticianWhat’s up with all the buckets on the trees? It’s maple syrup time! According to the Ohio Maple Producers Association, maple syrup contributes $5 million to our state’s economy. Only 13 states produce maple syrup and Ohio ranks in the upper half, producing almost 100,000 gallons. The demand for maple syrup is bigger than is currently produced.The history behind maple syrup boils down to the Indians finding the sap oozing from broken branches. The story goes that the Indians hollowed out logs, filled it with the sap and then threw in hot coals to reduce the syrup.The Johnson Family in Cable has been making syrup since 1934. Eric Johnson said 2019 has been a good year for maple syrup for the operation. Their family produces, on average, 300 gallons of syrup a year that they market right on site as well as local farmers markets. Yo-yoing winter temperatures actually improve syrup production. Based largely on the temperature fluctuations, syrup season starts around Feb. 15 and goes until the buds and honeybees come (around April 1). It takes 45 to 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Eric uses wood fires to cook down his sweet syrup, which takes longer than other producers who use reverse osmosis.Pure maple syrup must be grade A and labeled as such to be sold in a retail establishment. All maple syrup is produced with reduction. The syrup recently took on a new grading system based on color.There are three grades of maple syrup. Grade A Golden Delicate Grade A Amber RichGrade A Dark RobustGolden maple syrup has a delicate taste. It is the most popular. Amber maple syrup has a slightly darker color and a richer taste. Consumers like this for its fuller bodied and medium taste. Dark maple syrup has a robust taste than amber and golden syrup. Very dark maple syrup has a very strong taste and is usually used for sugar.The difference in the colors? It sounds like a mystery to me, but Eric says that color can be affected by: the part of the season the sap is harvested, length of cooking and/or rainfall. Most of Eric’s 2019 syrup has been graded as amber rich. He said the industry encourages the golden delicate grade but customers seem to request darker syrup, whether this is due to comparison to commercial syrups on the market or some other reason is unknown.Nutritionally speaking maple syrup has a similar carbohydrate content as white/brown sugar with 13 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. Maple syrup has a few more minerals and antioxidants than other sugars such as manganese and zinc, however it’s still packs plenty of sugar and calories. Don’t get caught up in the latest food trends, enjoy maple syrup in moderation because of taste, flavor and likeability. Maple syrup is a great way to sweeten your waffles, salad dressings, or even cook a hot dog in (which I enjoyed at Johnsons!) Eat well and Healthy,Shelly Spaghetti Squash with Maple Syrup and Shallots pioneerwoman.com2 whole Medium Spaghetti Squash3 Tablespoons Butter2 whole Shallots, Finely Minced1/4 cup Maple SyrupDash of SaltDash of Nutmeg Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pierce spaghetti squash a few times with a sharp knife. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour. Cut squash in half. Scoop out and discard seeds and slimy pulp. Scrap out the rest of the squash with a fork. Place in a bowl. Keep warm. In a large skillet, melt butter. Cook shallots over medium heat for 2 minutes or until soft. Reduce heat and add maple syrup. Cook for a minute, then remove from heat. Stir in salt. Pour mixture over squash. Sprinkle on nutmeg and mix together gently. Sever warm. Serves 8.Maple-Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake foodandwine.com6 Tbsp. unsalted butter½ c sugar1 overripe banana, mashed1 large egg, room temp1 cup milk, room temp1 cup flour,1 Tbsp. baking powderPinch of salt¾ c pure maple syrup½ c light brown sugar2 Tbsp. bourbon¼ c finely chopped pecansVanilla ice cream Preheat the oven to 375°. In a deep, 2-quart baking or soufflé dish, melt the butter in the microwave. Whisk in the superfine sugar and banana, mashing until thoroughly combined. Whisk in the egg and milk.In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt; whisk into the baking dish until combined (the batter will be pretty loose).In a microwave-safe cup, heat the maple syrup, light brown sugar and 1/2 cup of hot water at high power until hot, 1 minute. Add the bourbon. Drizzle the syrup mixture over the batter; it will seep to the bottom. Do not stir. Scatter the pecans on top.Set the dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, until the cake is golden. Let cool for 5 minutes, then scoop into bowls and serve with ice cream. Serves 6 Smokey Maple-Mustard Salmon eatingwell.com 3 Tbsp. whole-grain or Dijon mustard1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup¼ teaspoon smoked paprika or ground chipotle pepper (see Notes)¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper⅛ teaspoon salt4 4-ounce skinless salmon fillets Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.Combine mustard, maple syrup, paprika (or chipotle), pepper and salt in a small bowl. Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mustard mixture evenly on the salmon. Roast until just cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes.Notes: Smoked paprika is made from smoke-dried red peppers and adds earthy, smoky flavor. Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Look for different types of paprika and ground chipotle chile pepper in the spice aisle at some large supermarkets or at tienda.com or penzeys.com. Serves 4. Roasted Root Vegetables With Balsamic-Maple Glaze cookinglight.com Cooking spray8 oz. red onions, each cut into 8 wedges with root intact8 oz. purple sweet potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes8 oz. small multicolored carrots, (including purple), cut on an angle into 2-inch-long pieces, divided2 Tbsp. cup olive oil, divided8 oz. turnips, each cut into 8 wedges8 oz. parsnips, cut on an angle into 2-inch-long piecesdash salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup1 ½ tsp.chopped fresh thyme leavesPreheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, and lightly coat with cooking spray.Combine onions, purple sweet potatoes, purple carrots, and 1 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl; toss to coat, and arrange in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet. In the same bowl, combine turnips, parsnips, remaining carrots, and remaining 1 tablespoons olive oil, and toss to coat; arrange in a single layer on the other prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle both baking sheets of vegetables evenly with salt and pepper. Bake purple vegetable mixture at 450°F, without stirring, until tender, about 25 minutes. Bake turnip mixture at 450°F, without stirring, until tender and lightly caramelized, 30 to 35 minutes.While vegetables bake, combine vinegar and syrup in a small saucepan over medium-high. Bring to a boil, without stirring, and cook until mixture is thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. (You should have about 1/2 cup of liquid.) Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature; sauce will thicken to syrupy consistency upon cooling.Arrange roasted vegetables on a platter, and drizzle with balsamic syrup. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, and serve immediately. Serves 5 (serving size: 1 1/4 c)