2018 County Meet Kicks Off Saturday, March 31

first_imgThe National County Sports Meet commences Saturday, March 31 at four venues across Liberia under the theme: “Uniting Liberia after Elections.”Preliminary rounds of the tournament will be played in Bong, Grand Bassa, Cape Mount and Sinoe Counties, while the quarter and semifinals, comprising eight qualified teams will move to Monrovia.This year’s event is officially sponsored by Lonestar MTN. The official opening ceremonies take place in Gbarnga City, Bong County.Liberia’s 15 counties have been divided into four groups for the event.Group one pairs Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties. Gbarnga in Bong County will serve as host for that Group.Group two consists of Grand Bassa, River Cess, Montserrado and Margibi Counties. They will play their games in Buchannan City, Grand Bassa.In Group three, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi Counties will sort things out. Robertsports is the venue.In group four, they are Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland and River Gee. Greenville will host them all.Meanwhile, President George Manneh Weah, to be flanked by Youth and Sports Minister, D. Zeogar Wilson, will take the official kick-off in Gbarnga, while the event goes on simultaneously in the rest of the counties. They are expected to be attended by members of the 54th National Legislature, the Judiciary, cabinet ministers, and the general public, a press release said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World’s top surfers line up for Mr Price Pro

first_img12 May 2014Entries are pouring in from around the globe for South Africa’s Mr Price Pro Ballito, which takes place on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast from 30 June to 6 July. By the weekend, 68 of the top 96 surfers in the world had confirmed their entries for the ASP Qualifying Series (QS) event.The Mr Price Pro carries a prize purse of R2.7-million and 11 of the world’s top 34 surfers have already signed up for it.Highest rankedWorld number nine Miguel Pupo of Brazil is the highest ranked competitor entered so far. Renowned for his lightning-fast, above-the-lip prowess, Pupo is a proven performer with three major QS victories under his belt.South Africa’s Jordy Smith weighs in as the second highest ranked surfer, one place below Pupo in the standings. A former Mr Price Pro Ballito champion (2010), Smith has three World Championship Tour (WCT) and six QS victories to his name and is a firm favourite in Ballito.Joining them are 2001 world champion and tour veteran CJ Hobgood (USA), as well as WCT stalwarts world number 18 Adam Melling (Aus), world number 33 Alejo Muniz (Bra) and two of the tour’s best back-handers, world number 21 Adrian Buchan (Aus) and world number 26 Matt Wilkinson (Aus).Triple Crown of Surfing champOn-again off-again WCT campaigners, world number 21 Jadson Andre (Bra) and world number 26 Aritz Aranburu (Esp) will have extensive experience surfing the QS four- man heat format on their side, while 2012 Triple Crown of Surfing champion Sebastian Zietz (Haw) will surf with the confidence of being a proven performer in everything from three to 10 foot (one – three metre) surf.Current world number two on the WQS ratings, Australian Matt Banting, leads the field as the highest ranked QS surfer. Banting has won one six-star event on the QS this season, taking down veteran Nathan Hedge (Aus) with a pair of near perfect scores in Australia earlier this year.Hedge comes in as the second highest rated surfer with a win at a one-star event and a second place at the six-star in Australia this season.Thomas Hermes (Bra) and former Mr Price Pro champion Patrick Gudauskas (USA) are other top-10 ranked QS competitors expected to excel in the powerful waves of Ballito.Entries will remain open until 3 June when the organisers expect all 90 places to be filled.WildcardsThe Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) will award three wildcards to the highest ranked non-qualifying surfers in the region, while Mr Price will select two surfers of their choice. The sixth wildcard will go to the winner of the trials held prior to commencement of competition on 30 June, thus completing the 96-man field.Beach festivalRenowned as one of the biggest beach festivals on the African continent, the Mr Price Pro Ballito is expecting approximately 100 000 fans to soak up the non-stop entertainment over the seven days.While the surfers ride the ocean waves by day, spectators will once again be rocked by sound waves at night when Mr Price and the KwaDukuza Municipality present free music concerts at Salt Rock on 3 and 4 July.Thursday, 3 July 3, sees a night of Kwaito, Afro-pop, hip-hop and house, while Friday, 4 July, caters to more of a pop, rock and dance themed audience.On 1 and 2, the event will also incorporate a Food and Wine festival, bringing mouth- watering flavours to the beach and building on the lifestyle event that proved to be so successful last year.CSI programmeThe RedCap Foundation has been selected as the event’s Corporate Social Investment program as RedCap has been actively involved in the region since 2010 with their health and education programmes impacting low-income communities in KwaDukuza.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Watch: Trevor Noah, new host of the Daily Show

first_imgSouth African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace the legendary Jon Stewart as host of the US Daily Show when Stewart steps down later this year after 15 years. The news has surprised many, with Noah having made only three appearances on Comedy Central network’s flagship late-night satirical show. Trevor Noah will be the new host of The Daily Show in the US after Jon Stewart retires later this year. (Image: press.cc.com)• US TV debut for Trevor Noah • The South African who dresses the walkers • Nelson Mandela in film • Be good brand ambassadors for South Africa • ‘Don’t underestimate South Africans’ Melissa JavanThe Daily Show announced yesterday that South African comedian Trevor Noah will take over from Jon Stewart when the latter retires later this year. Noah made his debut on the the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Comedy Central flagship show in December 2015, and so far has appeared only three times.Reaction to the news took over social media across the world yesterday. We bring some you the best responses – and video of Noah’s best performances.“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent,” Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement. “He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny. For the next host of the Daily Show, we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”On Twitter, Noah paid tribute to Stewart, who has hosted the Daily Show for 15 years.No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015 Watch Noah’s debut on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Another of Noah’s contributions to the show: Noah discusses his background in comedy, in a Comedy Central interview: Fans of South Africa’s best comedy export – local and international – soon took to Twitter to voice their delight. Thank you president Obama pic.twitter.com/PgFJCCyRTa— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) March 30, 2015 Very proud of you Trevor and thank you on behalf of my son and daughter @Trevornoah #WeWereAlmostGreat — IG : TfromtheV(@TumiMolekane) March 30, 2015 Comrade Hlaudi must broadcast The Daily Show on free to air channel. The masses of our people need to see Comrade @Trevornoah in action— Ranjeni Munusamy (@RanjeniM) March 30, 2015 Well. The man set the bar, raised it at every turn and now, well, hayino words. Hats and weaves off to Trevor Noah. Dayum! ??????— TumiMorake(@tumi_morake) March 30, 2015 Congratulations @Trevornoah – South Africans are proud of you. Good luck. @lead_sa pic.twitter.com/PQMJMobP7G— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) March 30, 2015 Noah is known not to be afraid of controversial issues. Here he discusses the Ebola epidemic: Noah in action at the Apollo in London: Noah roasts Steve Hofmeyr and others on Comedy Central: He tells CNN how he prepares for comedy: Noah shares his views on South African politicians Helen Zille and Julius Malema:last_img read more

Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentFriday, Dec. 7:OFBF President Frank Burkett III and Executive Vice President Adam Sharp presented the membership and county awards at the Delegate Lunch Dec. 7.Ohio Farm Bureau Board of Trustee elections were held early on the last day of the OFBF 100th Annual Meeting. Two new trustees were elected, along with several trustees who were re-elected to their current positions.President Frank Burkett III, Vice President Bill Patterson and Treasurer Cy Prettyman were all re-elected to their officer positions on the board. State and national policy was discussed and voted upon during the general sessions. Several membership awards and county achievement awards were announced during the annual Delegate Lunch, where Executive Vice President Adam Sharp addressed the assembled attendees at the annual meeting.In a heartfelt speech, Sharp said he was “humbled and proud” to serve OFBF at this moment in its history.Watch the presentations and Adam’s address:Later tonight attendees will participate in the Centennial Celebration and a member-only concert by country star Chase Bryant at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to cap off the kickoff to Ohio Farm Bureau’s 100th year.Thursday, Dec. 6:All attendees to the 100th Annual Meeting paused for a centennial photo this afternoon.A warm welcome to all who came to cold Columbus today for the kickoff of the 100th annual meeting.A historic display that takes visitors through the history of Farm Bureau opened early as members and delegates alike converged steadily on the Greater Columbus Convention Center throughout the morning. A historical presentation by Steve Hausfeld through the Nationwide Archive and two rounds of Discussion Meet kept visitors busy, as did the popular Centennial Store selling special 100th anniversary merchandise.The Kickoff Lunch included remarks from Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen and Tim Corcoran, chairman of the Nationwide Board of Directors, as well as Patricia Wolff, senior director of congressional relations for American Farm Bureau.Young Ag Professionals winners Annie Specht (Discussion Meet), Nick and Brandi Anderson (Outstanding Young Farmers) and Adam and Jess Campbell (Excellence in Agriculture) accepted their awards. Distinguished Service Award winners – Dennis Heyob, Charles Lausin, Al DiVencenzo and James Bachmann – were also recognized.Opening Ceremonies and the General Session commenced in the afternoon as the business of the event started in earnest, after a brief group photo (above) and ice cream break the General Session continued. Tonight’s event includes the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s Night Out.Previously posted:Ohio Farm Bureau kicks of its 100th year, and annual meeting, today in Columbus. The centennial event’s theme is Celebrating our Past, Creating our Future.  Nearly 3,000 Farm Bureau members are expected to attend the meeting and a special centennial celebration concert on Friday. A historical museum and all convention activities surrounding the 100th year of Ohio Farm Bureau will be held at the Hilton Columbus Downtown and Greater Columbus Convention Center.Keynote speakers include OFBF President Frank Burkett III, OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp, Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen and Nationwide board chairman Tim Corcoran.  Follow the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #OFBF100years.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more