Spurs fans in hysterics as Edwards scores for Guimaraes at the Emirates

first_img2MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearMarcus Edwards 👏👏👏😂— David king (@David_king_1989) October 24, 2019 Edwards has the same amount of goals at the Emirates as Pepe. Just saying. 🤷‍♂️#THFC #COYS— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) October 24, 2019 Red Star Belgrade fans make it into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium despite being banned by UEFA for racist chanting 2 Spurs fans were left in stitches after Edwards scored against ArsenalGuimaraes ace Edwards stylishly turned Tierney, showing quick feet and great ball control, before thundering the ball home at the Emirates.Just three years ago, Spurs boss Poch had said: “The qualities – it’s only looks, his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi.”He’s small, he’s left-footed, I remember a little bit (Erik) Lamela when he was at River Plate, remember he had long hair, when he was 14, 15 years old.”He is a very good prospect and potentially he can be a top player, but we need to be patient and tell him that he has a lot of talent, enough talent to be a top player, a great player.”After loan spells at Norwich and Excelsior in Holland in 2018 and 2019, Edwards was allowed to leave permanently in the summer to join Guimaraes.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneAnd Spurs fans were left with a smile on their face as he netted against fierce rivals Arsenal in the Europa League.Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: “A former Spurs player playing for Vitoria Guimaraes having the game of his life in the Emirates is really the most Arsenal thing in the world.”Another said: “Marcus Edwards still hates the Gooners. You love to see it.”A third joked: “Edwards has the same amount of goals at the Emirates as Pepe. Just saying.”One even said: “Marcus Edwards scoring at the Emirates is all I ever wanted #COYS”.Marcus Edwards. Had one cup game for the first team. Poch dubbed him “My mini Messi”. Then he was never seen again.— Patrik, XFL Mourner (@StopPatrik) October 24, 2019 TOTTENHAM fans were left in hysterics after Marcus Edwards made Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney look daft as he gave Guimaraes the lead.The former Spurs star, 20, once dubbed the “new Lionel Messi” by Mauricio Pochettino ensured the Gunners got off to the worst possible start.Of course Marcus Edwards scores 👀The former Spurs academy player puts Vitória ahead at the Emirates! pic.twitter.com/KbjrW1JMNe— 🇩🇪Ja! Watch the Bundesliga live on BT Sport🇩🇪 (@btsportfootball) October 24, 2019center_img My boy Marcus Edwards scoring against Arsenal! Cannot believe Spurs didn’t promote him. Joke— Josh (@BlackwoodJ7) October 24, 2019 Marcus Edwards scoring at the Emirates is all I ever wanted #COYS #ARSVSC— Regan (@RamsayBoyd) October 24, 2019 Marcus Edwards still hates the gooners. You love to see it— Johnson City Spurs (@jchotspur) October 24, 2019last_img read more

Carl Probert appointed an executive for World Olympian Association

first_imgProbert will serve in his capacity as the National Olympian Association of Oceania representative. He was appointed last Friday. Queried on his appointment, Probert said he was honoured and was glad to have the opportunity to help athletes in terms of their transition past Olympics and outside the sporting sphere. “I now just understand what their role is. They are funded by the IOC and look after athletes that compete in the Olympics, look after their interests after they finish competing. “There is a lot of focus on the athletes leading up to the games and during the games but often they get forgotten after the competitions.“So it is basically how can we assist these people in a professional life outside of sports and also how do you use the qualities that they’ve developed while they were athletes to serve them in their new jobs and continue to make a contribution to society,” he said. He added that in his role, he will be helping athletes from the region both in the lead-up and during the event, particularly because he believes this will be a big year for the region in terms of medal prospects with the inclusion of rugby 7s.(Carl Probert, second left, is the National Olympian Association of Oceania representative. Picture: Fox Sports Pulse)last_img read more

Chanderpaul was not forced to retire – WICB

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is refuting a suggestion that it forced veteran cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul to retire from international cricket so that he can play in the inaugural Masters Cricket League (MCL) T20 currently under way in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Chanderpaul is claiming that a No Objection Certificate, issued to him by the WICB, contained a threatening clause, which forced him to call time on his international career.The WICB issued NOCs to four players, including Chanderpaul, to facilitate their participation in the MCL, a tournament approved by the International Cricket Council for players who have retired from international cricket.”I was given a No Objection Certificate by WICB with a clause in it that I retire on the 23rd,” Chanderpaul told ESPNcricinfo.”If I didn’t announce my retirement they would have taken it back.”However, the WICB said the NOCs were granted on the basis that the players were “well aware of their decisions to retire from international cricket and, therefore, allowing them to be eligible for participation in the inaugural tournament”.The other players who were granted NOCs are Tino Best, Krishmar Santokie and Fidel Edwards.The WICB statement made little reference to Best, Santokie and Edwards, but listed Chanderpaul’s series of low scores in his last Test matches.”Kindly advise by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Caribbean Time on Saturday, January 23, 2016 in writing if you have retired from International cricket,” stated the note from the Operations department of the WICB to the players.”Should you not indicate by the deadline we will be forced to revoke any NOC issued for the tournament.”The 41-year-old was sacked last May after playing against England in the Caribbean, where he scored 46 and 13 runs in the first Test, one and seven in the second and 25 and 0 in the third.Chanderpaul is expected to turn out for leaders Guyana Jaguars when the WICB Professional Cricket League resumes next week.last_img read more

Eustaquio faces Akhmetov for interim ONE flyweight belt in Manila

first_imgGeje Eustaquio (left). Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPTeam Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio has been given a shot at redemption against Kazakh Kairat Akhmetov, and this time it’s for the interim ONE flyweight championship.The two title contenders headline ONE Championship’s Global Superheroes card at Mall of Asia Arena on Jan. 26, the first of four events the fighting promotion has set in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong is aware of Eustaquio and Akhmetov’s shared history and he expressed his excitement to bring the two once more with a title at stake.“Mall of Asia Arena will be pulsating with excitement,” said Sityodtong. “Fans of martial arts in the Philippines are among the most passionate in the world, and it is our honor to present the best in local and global martial arts talent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThis fight marks an immediate rematch after Akhmetov (21-1) scored a split decision over Eustaquio (9-6) in September of 2017.Akhmetov’s lone loss of his career was against ONE World flyweight champion Adriano Moraes back in August 2017 when he lost the strap to the Brazilian.center_img Paul Lee sparks Magnolia beatdown of Kia OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Eustaquio’s Lakay teammate Joshua Pacio (10-2) looks to get back in the ONE World strawweight title conversation as he faces Thailand’s Pongsiri Mitsatit (9-0) in the undercard.Eric Kelly (10-4), often considered as one of the best homegrown Filipino fighters, is fighting to end his three-fight losing streak when he matches up against Brazil’s Rafael Nunes (10-1).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 award Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

‘No Turning Back’

first_imgThe management of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) has defended its policy of financing both government and privately-owned development projects across the country. The Bank’s management has maintained that it won’t shy away from providing resources to help rebuild Liberia and create jobs for its people.According to the management, development financing is the core objective of the LBDI which became a hybrid bank prior to the civil war in 1989. Addressing a crowded news conference at the Bank’s Corporate Headquarters on 9th Street yesterday, the president &CEO Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, insisted that LBDI will not renege on its fiduciary responsibility of financing road infrastructure, housing, and manufacturing projects, amongst others.The LBDI boss was reacting to media reports suggesting that the Bank is near insolvency due to the failure of borrowers, the government of Liberia, mainly, to pay their debt to the Bank. In their Monday, January 13 editions, the Concord Times and the News newspapers alleged that LBDI was on the verge of applying to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for insolvency.The two papers also alleged that the CBL’s US$10 million mortgage financing scheme with LBDI was intended to rescue the Bank from collapse. The papers also published that LBDI is applying to the CBL for the bailout because most of the Bank’s borrowers, mainly the government of Liberia, have failed to repay debts owed the Bank. But Mr. Davies denied these claims and clarified that during the time of the CBL’s US$10 million mortgage initiative, LBDI’s cash balances were in excess of US$40 million. He explained that given the long- term nature of the resources required for financing mortgages and the fact that LBDI’s resources (deposits) are short term, the CBL’s intervention to provide a stimulus for mortgage lending was prudent and necessary.Touching on the Bank’s transaction with the government, Mr. Davies noted that LBDI and GOL through the CBL entered into a two-year bridge financing agreement for the placement of US$10 million for infrastructure lending to enable GOL road contractors to be bridge-financed by LBDI for the successful execution of those contracts.“This approach to infrastructure financing,” the LBDI CEO said “is not new in development financing and Liberia is no exception.”He emphasized that some of the locally generated resources will be needed to finance critical infrastructure projects in the country “and the local banking industry must play its role.” “We will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that infrastructure development continues unhindered, as the benefits to our country are immense,” the CEO stated.On the financial soundness of LBDI, the CEO disclosed that as of December 31, 2013, LBDI’s minimum reserve holding at the CBL was US$23.71 million and L$1.29 billion.According to him, the minimum liquidity ratio set by the CBL is 15%, but LBDI’s liquidity ratio as at December 31, 2013 was 47% and reflects a liquidity surplus of 32%.Mr. Davies also clarified that the CBL’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR) requirement is 10%; but the CAR of LBDI is 19%, meaning it is 9% in excess of the minimal capital requirement. The LBDI boss declared that LBDI’s onshore and offshore cash position as at December 31, 2013 is US$53.5 million, while the Bank’s balance sheet grew by 17% last year.“In the writers’ flawed understanding of the relationship between the LBDI and the regulator (CBL), they incorrectly suggested that the US$10 million placement done by the CBL to stimulate the home mortgage sector was meant to rescue the Bank from liquidity problems. But the writers failed to note that LBDI’s cash balances were in excess of US$40 million at the time of the initiation of the mortgage stimulus.”He described the publication as “planted adverts loaded with a barrage of misinformation intended to cause panic and create confidence crises by causing a ‘run on the Bank.’” In the meantime, the LBDI CEO disclosed that the Bank is considering commencing a legal suit against the two papers. He, however, clarified that the Bank’s management will first meet with the management of the two media institutions in order to ascertain (find out) the motives behind the publications.Mr. Davies has meanwhile assured the Bank’s shareholders, customers, investors, and the public at large that LBDI remains strong, viable, and solvent, and is compliant with the requisite financial soundness indicators governing banking in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police Nabs Two Men for ‘Murder; of Nigerian in Ganta

first_imgPrime Suspects Aaron Meinmakeh and Oliver Young, in the murder of Mr. Oyiborde O. Wilson, a Nigerian.Officers of the Ganta Police Detail in Nimba County have arrested two persons in connection to the alleged killing of a Nigerian, who was recently found dead few kilometers from his home in Ganta, the county’s bustling commercial hub.According to the Police Crime Services Department, the two suspects, Aaron Meinmakeh and Oliver Young, were arrested on Saturday, July 20, 2019, following a tip-off during police investigation.“Based on information we received from our action agents in the field, we were able to arrest those men from their hideout near the Methodist Compound,” said Redeemer Toe, police Crime Service Department Commander.He identified one Aaron Meinmakeh, 29, as the prime suspect, who police have already charged with murder, while his only accomplice, identified as Oliver Young, was charged with criminal facilitation, pending court trial.The police quoted suspect Aaron Meinmakeh that during a tussle with the victim, he he hit him with the cutlass on his forehead.Suspect Aaron Meinmakeh reportedly admitted to commission of murder, when he said that he held his victim’s head in the shallow water, after he noticed people were coming in directions to arrest him the items he reportedly stole.His friend, Oliver Young, who later reported the action of his friend to the police, was held for conspiring with Aaron by reportedly treating wounds Aaron sustained during a fight with the victim.It can recalled that a Nigerian national, believed to be in his mid-forties, was on Friday, July 12, 2019 discovered dead around the Toweh Yard community in Ganta, after he reportedly went missing for three days.According to police, the man, who was later identified as Oyiborde O. Wilson, a Nigerian, reportedly went missing on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, but his decomposing body was discovered near a creek in the vicinity of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, opposite the Sam Kollie’ Guest House on Sanniquellie/Ganta road.The particular community where the body was found, according to report, has over-grown bushes extending to the swamp.The situation grew out of alarm raised by community members shortly after they suspected an unidentified person, who they mistook for a robber. That night, at about 11:00 p.m., as the community members shouted “rogue, rogue,” Wilson reportedly took his cutlass, under a heavy downpour in pursuit of the suspected robber.Police told the Daily Observer that Wilson did not return home since he left that night until his lifeless body was discovered, decomposing in the nearby swamp few meters away from his residence.With the ongoing development, the head of the Nigerian community in Nimba, Anthony Okoyi expressed sorrow for the death of their kinsman. Okoyi also confirmed that Wilson was chasing after a suspected criminal but, unfortunately, he did not return until he was found dead.Until his death, Wilson was a chain-sawyer who also dealt in planks. He was also a family man blessed with two children; one of them doing well with his businesses in Ganta. His remains have since been buried.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TESCO GRANTED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR LETTERKENNY PETROL STATION

first_imgSupermarket giant Tesco has officially been granted planning permission for their new petrol station at their Letterkenny store.It follows an ongoing battle with local business owners who are objecting to the plans.The ongoing planning battle goes back as far as 2003 when Tesco was refused permission for the site at Port Road. Local business owners Eddie Tobin of Tobin’s Service Station and Paul Sweeney of Sweeney’s Spar at Ballyraine both objected to the plans.The businessmen say they are objecting to the plans because of traffic congestion while Mr Sweeney claims the granting of permission could lead him to lay staff off.However planning has been granted with 20 different conditions.It is expected that both business owners will take their case to An Bord Pleanala.  TESCO GRANTED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR LETTERKENNY PETROL STATION was last modified: June 5th, 2012 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:objectionsplanning permissiontescolast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Tops North Dakota, 73-63

first_img Full Schedule Roster Box Score (PDF) Story Links Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Praise 940 The Valley On ESPN 3 DES MOINES, Iowa- The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated visiting North Dakota 73-63 Sunday afternoon. North Dakota closely trailed the Bulldogs during the first half finishing just one point behind with a score of 35-34. Drake opened the game with a 6-0 run over 1:43, which North Dakota matched with a 6-0 run over 4:20 to close out the half. The Bulldogs lost the lead during the third period as UND pulled ahead. However, the Bulldogs kept their deficit to one possession and managed to tie it up at 50 going into the final quarter, due to a three pointer by freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.), who finished with seven point in addition to three rebounds, and a layup by sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) who finished with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists. “I really think the big one today was Bachrodt who did some really great things from the defensive end. I don’t think the Knapp Center has ever been so excited as when she hit that three-pointer. Her hustle play today was really great,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. Drake finally found their rhythm during the fourth period, pulling ahead of UND to finish the game. As a team, the Bulldogs struggled from beyond the arc, but finished shooting 41.2 percent (28-68) from the field, scoring 40 points within the paint and eight fast break points. Drake forced 20 turnovers, scoring 17 points off of those chances and only turned the ball over eight times. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Bulldogs with a game-high of 18 points in addition to five rebounds. “We have talked a lot about rebounding and boxing out as our main focus going into this game,” Dean said. “Rebounding is definitely something we have been focusing on all season and it is something we really want to be great at.” UND’s Mia Loyd held a game-high of 11 rebounds along with 15 points. North Dakota benefited from 16 second chance points coming off of 22 offensive rebounds, compared to Drake’s zero second chance points and nine offensive boards.”I love our non-conference schedule,” Baranczyk said. “We have opened with different teams who all have different looks and those games have helped expose the areas we want to get better at.” The Bulldogs have a quick turnaround as they take on Creighton Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the Knapp Center at 7 p.m. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Creighton 11/24/2015 – 7:00 PM Bos Score (HTML) Next Game:last_img read more

BEEKEEPERS ARE BUZZING WITH NEW DONEGAL ASSOCIATION

first_imgThere is a great buzz of excitement at the moment with the setting up of a new beekeeping association in East Donegal and West Tyrone.The new association will be working with other beekeeping, gardening and farming groups to help sustain and increase the beekeeping stock in the local areaPeople have been keeping bees for thousands of years and it would not have been unusual in the early 1900’s for each house to have their own beehive. Bees not only provide the beekeeper with honey, they also produce beeswax and royal jelly. They also collect pollen and propolis which are used in skin and health care products.Their main function however is to pollinate a whole range of crops from apples. Tomatoes and strawberries to clover and rapeseed. In fact Honey bees pollinate an estimated one-third of all the food crops we consume. Albert Einstein is quoted by some sources as saying, “If the bee disappears off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left”.The club will be working with Donegal rapeseed oil company by bringing hives to the rapeseed fields to help pollination. This gives dual benefits of increased pollination for the farmer and an early build up of bees for the beekeeper.A spokesman said “The new association will help promote beekeeping within the Finn, Mourne and Derg valley area and we want to encourage anyone interested in beekeeping to come along on the night. “We would especially encourage beginners and we will be starting a beginner’s beekeeping course in the near future. We have also ordered hives of bees for new beekeepers that will be ready in June.”The meeting is taking place on the Monday 17th February at 8 P.M in Lifford old court house. For more information contact Daniel on 0863891490 or see Facebook by looking up Beekeeping Donegal/Tyrone. BEEKEEPERS ARE BUZZING WITH NEW DONEGAL ASSOCIATION was last modified: February 11th, 2014 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:beekeepingdonegallast_img read more

Blackboard Africa is changing the views of African youth

first_imgTwo young women from Gauteng were prompted to create Blackboard Africa by the negative portrayal of young Africans. Their goals include inspiring youth through different forms of art and sharing the experiences of Africans.Zingisa Socikwa and Amonge Sinxoto of Blackboard Africa host events such as history talks, artists’ evenings, young art exhibitions, book club meet-ups and youth workshops. These events are a platform for African youth to speak to their peers and get guidance from mentors. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanTwo young women from Gauteng created the social movement Blackboard Africa to changes the perceptions of black youth to a positive narrative.Through live events and its social media platforms, this initiative is a platform for African youth to find and freely express their voices about the past, present and future, say its founders.They are 15-year-old Amonge Sinxoto, a Grade 11 learner, and her cousin, Zingisa Socikwa (21), a film student. The two explain that they were not happy with the conversations their peers were having regarding the image of the black girl.“We want to redefine and model how people in the world view our African identity and move away from negative, preconceived, colonial settings,” says Amonge. “Blackboard seeks to paint a beautiful picture on a clean blackboard through the eyes of the vibrant youth.”Their vision of Blackboard is a place to share ideas, she adds. “[We want to] intrigue our creative appetites through literature, music, drama, spoken word, art and sharing of beautiful stories.”The meaning behind Blackboard Africa“We called our movement Blackboard because it carries a timeless metaphor that we want all young Africans to remember,” says Amonge.“We are black and made of hardened material but at the same time we are smooth and soft. We have been written onto by society ‘the white chalk’ since the beginning of time.“Blackboard is about us erasing all of that and being the ones to portray ourselves in the way in which we feel we need to be portrayed.”How it startedThe cousins saw the need for this movement on hearing a disturbing conversation by teenage boys about black girls, she said.Such conversations were doing the rounds and gaining popularity in schools across Johannesburg. “It led to some heated exchanges of differing perspectives from young people as they shared hair-raising arguments with interactive text and voice notes in their group chats.”She and Socikwa were surprised at how beauty, intellect, strength and esteem were perceived in these conversations. “It was rather appalling to see how black girls are increasingly being viewed in a strange and distasteful manner in our society.”“Similarly, we see that popular culture and media has played a critical influence in defining what the ideals and model characteristics of a perfect girl should be,” Amonge said.The founders of Blackboard Africa, Amonge Sinxoto (left) and Zingisa Socikwa. Amonge says they hope to inspire youth with ideas from a fresh perspective while maintaining a clear view of the mixed memories of our past.The eventsBlackboard was a collaborative project, Amonge said. “[This is] so we can try to get people in our immediate access to share their experiences and stories.”For example, the Blackboard Africa team organises events where youth can engage with each other on various topics and share their experiences. Already this year, the group has held the Big Sister Little Sister x Big Brother Little Brother conversation.It was hosted in collaboration with another initiative, Bloom.org. The theme was about “the things we wish our mothers had told us about love and relationships”.Six panellists discussed a variety of relationships such as individuals in a romantic relationship, friendship between males and friendship between females. “[It] really opened the floor to a discussion that everyone could relate to,” said Amonge.The second event hosted this year was the launch of Blackboard Books, an interactive book club for the youth. “The novel we discussed was Coconut by Kopano Matlwa and the topic of conversation was identity.“We had the three panellists, including author Niq Mhlongo and television and radio host Penny Lebeyane.”Blackboard is planning more events, including something special for June, which is Youth Month in South Africa.Featured storiesOn the Blackboard Africa website, stories of people such as Zoe Modiga are told. Modiga talks about her musical journey. She is also asked what she would tell her 15-year-old self.Cuma Pantshwa, an HDI Youth Marketeer, is also profiled. She talks about working with youth. Besides learning about her background, you also hear what excites her about being a woman of colour. HDI Youth Marketeers helps brands and organisations connect with youth and families, through schools, malls, communities and digital playgrounds of urban, peri-urban and rural South Africa. HDI is part of global marketing and advertising group TBWA.Amonge said they profiled several people on their site, each of whom was seen as inspiring. These people were not necessarily celebrated in the mainstream media. “[They are] women and men we can look up to and would like to celebrate.“We also feature amazing young talent from the continent that are history-makers who are changing the narrative in their respective industries,” she explained.“We try to get a thorough understanding of the individuals we feature to make sure that they affiliate with what we are trying to do with the youth.”Blackboard has a variety of contributors who send in content from opinion pieces to poetry. “We also have a monthly feature called Phenomenal Black Woman in which we interview women in different industries.“[This is] to give some insight to our readers about the various industries and the black woman within them.”HighlightsIt had been encouraging that people wanted to join Blackboard and contribute in any way possible, Amonge said. “The team and movement are growing.“We have different committees from community projects, to book clubs, to art and culture committees, to the actual writing.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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