Kwesi Appiah explains why he is quitting football; says he doesn’t want to die poor

first_imgFormer Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has stated that he is no longer interested in continuing a career in football and is now focusing his energy on other ventures.The 60 year old former Ghana captain left his last role with the Black Stars following the expiration of his contract in December 2019.While Appiah did not give enough details at first about why he was quitting football, he has now opened up about his decision.“I’m not interested in talking about any football issues for now. I don’t know, maybe tomorrow I will change my mind but for now I’m not interested”, Appiah said.Explaining his decision, Kwasi Appiah stressed that many past footballers would have been living in destitute if they depended solely on football.“Most of the old players are blind now; some can’t even walk while some are really struggling for a living.So if they had concentrated only on football, that would have been their end.So do they (referring to those who have issues with his decision) want my ending to be like such people?If I’m taken out of the Black Stars won’t I do other businesses?My concentration is on other businesses I do. My concentration is not on football for now”, he explained.He also hinted that he believes most footballers who are struggling or do struggle to make ends meet because they did not diversify their investments.“Our footballers, I’m not saying they did not do well but at the end of the day if during their playing days, started other businesses with part of the money they made from playing, like by now they wouldn’t be looking up to football earnings alone.So in everything you do if you rely on only one job, one day you can be sacked or the job can fade, then what becomes of you?So I was talking in relation to, you don’t depend on one job, me I have never depended on one job, so if you leave one place then you look at the other side too”, he stressed.last_img read more

Africa Youth Championships: Team Ghana cautiously optimistic about chances

first_imgThe Black Satellites are set for this year’s African Youth Championship in Senegal after wrapping up their preparations in Turkey on Wednesday.The team defeated Danish lower side Ringobing IF 2-1 in their final pre-tournament warm-up game played on Tuesday.The Satellites have been camping in Antayla, Turkey for the past two weeks and played their first friendly with Azerbaijan which they won 2-1.“We have enjoyed good hospitality since arriving here and I must say the players have really enjoyed the training tour here because everything was in order,” said Kingsley Osei Bonsu, Vice Chairman of the Black Satellites management committee.He told Joy Sports: “Now we are ready to travel to Senegal for the competition and I hope all we have done here can be replicated there. I believe people see as favourites because we are Ghana, but the truth is, it is our performance that is more important to me.”“We are going to Senegal with our own dreams and expectations and realising them will engage our focus, rather than whether we are favourites or not.” The Black Satellites will leave Antalya on Thursday and head to Senegal, where they open their campaign against South Africa on March 9 before facing Zambia and Mali.–last_img read more

OVERTIME 8-7…A-Rod, Paula Patton, ‘Johnny Football’

first_imgActress Paula Patton attends the premiere of “2 Guns” on Monday, July 29, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP):03 So you know what the movie review is this week don’t ya? And for the first time in your life, you want me to give it to ya. Here it is. The movie “2 Guns” gets 2 basketballs . . .way too predictable and it shows Denzel, well being Denzel, and Wahlberg next to Denzel even a not so good Denzel can’t carry his Oscar. But Paula naked, well that’s “10” basketballs on a scale of 5. That alone is worth the ticket price. (Fellas, go alone…please enjoy yourself.):02 The Game Part II. Coming to the new Thelma Lovette YMCA, Aug. 17, 2 p.m., The Savoy All-Stars vs. The Champion All-Stars. Proceeds benefit the YMCA and Champions Safe Summer programs. Here’s the deal. If you support the Champions come to the game in black and gold. If you support the Savoy, come in your black and orange. Yep, that would be the loser’s colors. Now – Let’s – Get – Ready – To – RRRRUUUUMMMMBBBBLLLLEEEE!!!!:01 Steeler preseason is here…game time Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. against the NY Giants. Now you know what you thought you knew. Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter us at our mobile app at BILL NEAL:10 Here’s when you know you got juice…A-Rod aka Alex Rodriguez, he of the New York Yankees and the owner of 647 home runs, No. 5 on the hit list and 2,901 hits soon to be 3,000, if he’s allowed to play…he told baseball what the deal is not, not the other way around…but Barry Bonds is the devil huh? (Oh this just in hot off the press. A-Rod just got 241 game suspension….but guess what he’s still playing!:09 I don’t know if it gets any easier to fix than this…Johnny Manziel, I know you’re the Heisman Trophy winner, but if you do one more thing, you’re off the team…Texas A&M will roll without you…that’s it end of story. What!:08 You either forgot or don’t want to remember that Tiger Woods has won five tournaments this year. Yeah, I know, no majors, but none the less…and still ranked No. 1 in the world. C’mon man!:07 That being said. I would tell you what Kevin Cameron’s prediction is for Tiger in the upcoming PGA Tournament, but as you all know, Mr. Cameron only makes his predictions after the games are played…Huh? Oops! My bad. Did I say that out loud? By the way, did you all know that Kevin Cameron is a baseball “Purist”? I don’t know what it is either, but if Kevin says he’s one, I believe him. I am just saying!:06 The…I am sorry, your Pittsburgh Pirates took 4 out of 5 from the St. Louis Cardinals, the best team in baseball. Would you please just shut up and enjoy the ride!:05 Speaking of Johnny Manziel, aka Mr. Football, and I was if you were paying attention. If he was busted getting paid for signing autographs, I ain’t mad at him for that. Everybody should be able to get paid for the use of their name! That’s a double C’mon man for ya. (Rare, but it happens.):04 Eric “Crusher” Jefferson’s sister…ah, ah, ah, c’mon, you know who I am talking about. Anyway, she’s in the Locker Room now. Thanks for reading. (OK, the real reason I forgot her name is cause I saw her at the movies, but I have to admit I had Paula Patton on my mind at the time. I guess ya’ll know she’s naked in the new Denzel – Wahlberg movie “2 Guns.” WOW!!! Just WOW!last_img read more

Tumwater’s 4th of July Parade Entries Now Being Accepted

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of TumwaterTumwater is actively planning for this year’s 4th of July celebration! More details on how to become involved in the parade listed below.30th Annual Independence Day Parade – Tuesday, July 4, 11:00am:Tumwater’s 30th Annual Independence Day Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4 with a super fun throwback theme: “Like Totally ’80s!” So Tumwater Parks and Recreation is currently seeking entries for the parade. For a parade entry form and information packet, visit or call (360) 754-4160. Entry deadline is Monday, June 19, 2017 at 5:00pm.Tumwater Parks and Recreation is also actively seeking vehicles (and their owners) to escort dignitaries in the parade. If you have a convertible and are interested in participating in the parade as an escort driver, contact Tumwater Parks & Recreation for an application.For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation: (360) 754-4160. More details available online: or at read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2016)–Supplemented at a cost of $1,500, longshot Iron Rob validated the investment with a half length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs. Originally scheduled for the hillside turf at the same distance, the Baffle was switched to the main track due to rainfall earlier this week. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and trained by George Papaprodromou, the      3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Twirling Candy got the distance in 1:15.50.Breaking from post position two in a field that was reduced to four sophomores by a pair of late scratches, Iron Rob sat a restrained second to favored Tiz a Billy around the far turn, took over a furlong out and won while eased up a bit at the wire.With no show wagering, Iron Rob, who was pulled up after the race on the Club House turn and did not return to the Winner’s Circle, was off at 5-1 and paid $13.60 and $3.80.“He’s fine,” said Papaprdromou. “He stumbled coming out of the gate. Santiago was holding him the whole way. Crossing the wire, he was holding him even. He jumped off because he didn’t want to have him keep galloping out or to have to jog back after.”Owned by Kretz Racing, LLC, Iron Rob, who broke his maiden two starts back going 5 ½ furlongs at Los Alamitos Dec. 4, got his second win from nine starts. With the winner’s share of $47,100, he increased his earnings to $110,520.Tiz a Billy, who took the lead coming out of the seven furlong chute, battled back late under Flavien Prat and finished 8 ½ lengths in front of He’s a Tiger. Off at 3-5, Tiz a Billy paid $2.60 to place.Fractions on the race were 22.07, 45.04 and 1:09.06.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Aleñá: “Valverde already knew that I wanted to go”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 8, 2020 Carles Aleñá was officially presented by Betis. The player assigned by Barcelona posed with his new shirt, which will feature the number 24, and after the classic act of videos and speeches dedicated to the player, including one by Marc Bartra, was submitted to the press questions. “This club has to go up by team, hobby … I have a crazy desire to play at Villamarín and I hope they are six months of glory“began Aleñá.Aleñá was questioned about the surprise that Valverde produced when he left Barça: “What I know is that I told Valverde that I wanted to come to Betis. There was a clause that let me decide my future, in summer there was already Betis interest and Valverde knew that I wanted to go. It was all very simple. “ During the speeches, Aleñá was about to get excited several times and justified it as a dream to be in Betis: “I talked a lot with Bartra and Álex Moreno and since you enter here you see what this is. Betis hooks you and I’m excited to be able to live this while being so young. For me it is a dream and I hope to get great things and for Betis to go up“.Aleñá also analyzed the format of his assignment, of six months with no purchase option, something that does not take away his sleep at the moment: “It has been six months because it has had to be this way and in the future you will see what happens. I knew that for my game it was best to come to Betis. It was the best place to come, with the mister I have only talked about game matters, I do not come with the label of having to be a holder to come from Barcelona. I come to a team with a lot of competition to play the maximum possible minutes. “And finally, Aleñá was totally convinced that Betis will star in a comeback in the second round that will allow him to reach European positions: “I see that it is entirely feasible for the team to climb, if I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t have come here. We are convinced that the team has to go up, it is bad luck that Betis is in the position that is. We are convinced that the second round will be very good and before the Real Sociedad it will begin to see a new Betis to reach Europe. “last_img read more


first_imgBUTLAND,JOHNSON, WILSON, WOLLSCHEID, PIETERS,ADAM, WHELAN,SHAQIRI, BOJAN, ARNAUTOVIC,WALTERSMANCHESTER CITY(4-2-3-1)BONY,STERLING, TOURE, DE BRUYNE,DELPH, FERNANDINHO,KOLAROV, OTAMENDI, DEMICHELIS, SAGNA,CABALLEROOn Tuesday, both teams reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. Stoke beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 while Manchester City won 4-1 against Hull City.City also returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League last Saturday when they beat Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, though they are ahead of second-placed Leicester only on goal difference. But of the 30 goals City have scored so far, only seven (23.3%) have been netted away from home – the same as bottom club Aston Villa.However, they have also conceded just four goals on their travels, the fewest in the Premier League. And given that Stoke City have scored just five goals at the Britannia Stadium, the visitors should be hopeful of holding on to top spot.Stoke have only 11 goals overall, the fewest in the Premier League, and have won five of their 14 games so far this season, but only two victories have come at home. However, if form is repeated, a draw could be on the cards. Of the seven Premier League games between these teams at Stoke, no fewer than five were drawn.Stoke’s only home win over City in the Premier League came in January 2009.last_img read more

4-time Asian champion runner tests positive for steroid

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE – In this Friday, May 9, 2014 file photo, Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain gestures after winning the 400m hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League in the Qatari capital Doha. Four-time Asian Games champion Kemi Adekoya has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. The Athletics Integrity Unit says a “notice of allegation” was sent to Adekoya. She is a Nigerian-born runner who switched allegiance to Bahrain. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)MONACO — Four-time Asian Games champion Kemi Adekoya has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.The Athletics Integrity Unit said Monday a “notice of allegation” was sent to Adekoya, a Nigerian-born runner who switched allegiance to Bahrain.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES The AIU said on its website the 25-year-old Adekoya tested positive for stanozolol — the steroid sprinter Ben Johnson used at the 1988 Seoul Olympics — in November.Last August at the Asian Games, she took gold in the 400-meter hurdles and 4×400 mixed relay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAdekoya switched to Bahrain before the 2014 Asian Games and won the 400 and 400 hurdles. In 2016, she was world indoor champion in the 400, and competed in the 400 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Also Monday, the AIU imposed a two-year ban on Kenyan distance runner Lucy Kabuu for a positive test for morphine. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coming in cold, Rafael Nadal finds form quickly at Australian Open Kabuu had her results stripped from April to August, including victory at the Milan Marathon, and is banned through July 2020.She still ranks in the top-30 all-time list in women’s marathon for a winning run in Dubai in 2012. A 10,000-meter specialist on the track, Kabuu was the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion and represented Kenya at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, placing fifth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

The bitter struggle is unending

first_imgDear Editor,The lives of sugar workers have always been a devastating struggle to adequately feed, clothe and house their families. This is well documented in our history. This daily struggle has gotten more intense since this coalition Government took office in May 2015, more than three and a half year ago. Thousands of sugar workers have been converted to beggars whilst the remainder is living under great insecurity and on a hand-to-mouth basis. The bitter struggle is unending!In the 1960s, there ensued a harsh struggle for better conditions and wages for sugar workers, but along the way until 1976, they achieved notable gains in hours of work, housing and wages. Unfortunately, those gains were severely compromised during the 28 years of PNC dictatorship rule which saw every aspect of Guyanese lives being systematically destroyed when even access to food became a criminal act! It was produce and yet perish in those days! The 2015 Commission of Inquiry confirmed this.The CoI identified 31 ‘issues and needs’ and blamed ‘higher than anticipated wage increase’ as one of these. A few pages later, it shortlisted 11 ‘main issues’ which led to the ‘poor and unacceptable state of GuySuCo’ and at number five blamed GAWU for ‘unrelenting’ demands for wage increases. Yet a few pages later the CoI concluded that, ‘the current earnings of sugar workers compare favorably with other categories of workers in Guyana. This observation in no way negates recognition of the difficult and challenging conditions which field workers face’. This is in direct contradiction to the impression given earlier which had suggested that the sugar workers were overpaid due to the ‘unrelenting’ demands by GAWU! I challenge those who feel that sugar workers are overpaid to spend just one day as a cane-harvester!The indisputable fact is that a strong cane-harvester will need to work the entire week to take home $40,000 and this ‘high’ earning will only last for the duration of the crop. In its entirety the crop period in GuySuCo is approximately eight months or 32 weeks. For approximately 20 weeks, the average sugar worker will earn less than $10,000 per week; this may be more due to the unavailability of work for various reasons. This is not a very healthy financial position and normally results in a continuous cycle of borrowing and debts. This cycle of poverty hardly ends yet more than 7,000 workers were callously kicked out of their jobs and converted into mendicants. But one year and $30 billion later the closed estates are yet to be privatised! I am sure 2020 will overtake this privatisation process and in the meantime more sugar workers may be thrown onto the breadline.This year the production target of 104,451 tonnes will be realised with the well-managed flagship Albion Estate achieving more than 56 per cent of the Company’s target, greatly surpassing its own of 56,000 tonnes! But what will the sugar workers receive? GuySuCo has said in a press statement that a bonus will be paid if the target is achieved, ‘the value of which is dependent on the final production’. I am sure the coalition Government is aware of this, yet no provision was made in the 2019 budget to give these workers even a paltry wage increase. Now that the industry has shown progress, it is the Government which must assist GuySuCo on its onward journey to prosperity and ensuring that the current sugar workers receive a much-needed increase in their wages and salaries.No doubt GuySuCo is a loss-making entity, but so are other public enterprises which are monopolies. The Finance Minister confirmed this growing trend in this 2019 Budget presentation. However, the Government continues to be magnanimous to them. Two most notable loss-making monopolies are Guyana Power and Light and the Guyana Oil Company. All workers in the public entities have gotten wage increases year after year despite their poor and declining performances. In addition, in 2016, the public servants earning less than $500,000 per month received a bonus of $25,000 per month. This year, public servants will once again receive between 5-7 per cent increases with the retroactive payments this time being tax-free.The Finance Minister could have created the fiscal space by trimming the excess ‘fat’ in the Budget to at least give sugar workers a wage 5 per cent increase since he knew that they have performed exceedingly well despite receiving no wage increases for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. It must be borne in mind that they were even denied any Annual Production Incentives and many benefits were snatched from them during those years.In June 2016, the erstwhile ‘champion’ of the sugar workers, Moses Nagamootoo saluted the ‘Enmore Five’ and mentioned the ‘long history of struggles for better working and living conditions’ and concluded that they ‘did not die in vain’ but this hypocritical utterance cannot mask his self-preserving loyalty to his masters by not only remaining silent but has embarking on a litany of vitriolic against them, such as calling them ‘raiders of the Treasury’. He is in a better position to assist them but his subservience and heartlessness know no bounds!It is a season of goodwill and joy and it is my fervent desire is that the current sugar workers and the dismissed ones are treated fairly and justly. This coalition Government has now forgotten the dismissed sugar workers. I exhort all fair-minded Guyanese to ‘light a candle’ and pray for them!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncilorRegion 6last_img read more

Helping is the fuel that fires his run

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe nationwide group, founded in 1999, provides short- and long-term aid to firefighters felled battling wildland blazes, and their families. Many work seasonally and do not qualify for medical and other benefits. Its annual budget of nearly $500,000 helps volunteer firefighters and those who work for federal agencies and municipalities. When Ray Ruiz Sr., a San Diego County Fire Department battalion chief, took ill with an inflamed pancreas in 2005, the foundation and his local firefighting associations paid his bills when he was sidelined. “I went into a coma for a month and a half. During that time I don’t remember anything,” he said. “My vehicle payment was made, my rent was taken care of, food was taken care of. When I was released from the hospital on Christmas Eve they had a Christmas tree and presents all around for all my kids. I didn’t have a worry.” The 34-year fire department veteran – who leads a hotshot crew for the Sycuan Fire Department on that tribe’s El Cajon reservation – has seven children and was hospitalized for six weeks, off work for eight. Lori Greeno’s husband died fighting a fire in Texas. John Greeno was the sole provider for his wife and two children. The 25-year Forest Service veteran in charge of a helicopter crew in the Stanislaus National Forest and two crew members were killed in March 2005 when their helicopter crashed. SANTA CLARITA – The concept of eating on the run will take on new meaning when a firefighter attempts a 25-hour run to raise money for fallen comrades. Kenneth Perry will spend time during his 104-mile June trek from Lancaster to Santa Clarita eating and resting, but pledge donations will fuel him more than calories. “All firefighters run; we have to run to stay in shape,” the 40-year-old Palmdale resident said. “I figured they’d appreciate the endurance aspect of a run rather than a bake sale.” Perry’s solo ultra run last year raised awareness and nearly $46,000, mostly from fellow firefighters, for the nonprofit Wildland Firefighter Foundation. In the same breath, Lori Greeno learned there would be a lag in receiving her husband’s income – but the foundation offers grants of up to $5,000 for families like hers. The money arrived in two days. “To have total strangers do this floored me,” she said. “Since then it’s been tons of emotional support, check on me, check on the kids, they ask `How are you doing?”‘ Greeno repaid the grant after generous donations to her husband’s memorial fund kept the family afloat. “I said, `You use this for the next family. It helped me through the period when I needed money.”‘ Hopes are high that doubling Perry’s distance will more than double the pledges – to $250,000. Nearly $10,000 has been promised so far. Perry will take off about noon on June 2 and plans to arrive at the fire station near the Valencia mall about 1 p.m. the next day. “He’s doing basically four marathons,” said Melissa Schwagerl, a spokeswoman for the Boise, Idaho-based foundation. Perry, a smokejumper for seven years who parachuted into forests to battle fires for the federal Bureau of Land Management, now works as a kind of air traffic controller, directing aerial fire attacks for the BLM from the Fox Air Attack base in Lancaster. His race record over 20-some years includes three ultras – long-distance runs. He packs a very lean body mass and about 130 pounds on his 5-foot-9 frame. The trek along highways and back roads is one-man show, but last year on Texas Canyon between Palmdale and Saugus and Bear Divide south of Santa Clarita hotshot crew members shadowed Perry for a time and others rode in a car caravan and cheered from afar. Perry, who often runs 100 miles a week when priming for a race, is nursing a knee injury that may require arthroscopic surgery. He might wear a knee brace. “In many ways running, which is a stress to the body for many people, can actually build strong bones and allow them to endure longer training and longer running,” said Dr. Anthony Luke, a sports medicine specialist at the University of California, San Francisco’s sports medicine clinic. “(However,) some research has shown that people with pre-existing problems can sometimes worsen with running.” Luke and his colleagues are using special MRIs to learn more. The marathon-running doctor said Perry sits on an extreme end of the bell curve for tackling the feat. “If he can run 104 miles, certainly he would be one of those kind of exceptional athletes,” he said. Perry calls Wendy – his wife of 17 years, who began running a couple of years ago – a good ultra marathon pacer. “That means I’m slow,” quipped Wendy Perry, 41. She says her husband’s contingency planning erases any need for worries about the run. “I know physically he’s completely capable of doing it, but mentally he’ll need some support,” she said. “He will get that from people running with him, people who have pledged money and people on the sidelines cheering him on – that’s what he can’t provide for himself.” Midway through last years’ race Wendy ran seven miles and finished the last nine with her husband. Two bicyclists and a motor home trailing behind Perry – who plans to average about 5 mph – will provide fluids, food and a cool resting place. During the run, Perry will down protein shakes and eat high-fat foods like nuts, potato chips, soup and maybe a couple of cheeseburgers procured by the helpers. Perry’s lumbar spine was fused after he hurt his back in an Alaskan rescue operation six years ago. He says his days as an adrenaline junkie may be waning, but the run is more about goal-setting than gaining glory. “I can’t skydive anymore, I can’t rock climb anymore, I can’t move the way I used to be able to move. I can’t run fast, my leg is still partially paralyzed,” he said. “People get into the marathon, half marathon, 10K, they want to win. This is not about that. This is about the journey.” The people he knows who were hurt or died fighting fires will help him lift his feet thousands of times. “He is somebody who is taking his natural gift and using it to do so much for others,” Wendy said. The foundation may be reached through its Web site,, or call (208) 336-2996. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img