Arsenal sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe for club record fee

first_imgPepe becomes the most expensive African player ever and the fourth most expensive signing in Premier League history after Manchester United pair Paul Pogba (£89 mllion) and Romelu Lukaku (£75m) and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (£75m).The forward, who will wear the number 19 shirt, will add firepower to an Arsenal attack that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette score 50 goals between them in all competitions last season.The length of Pepe’s deal at the Emirates Stadium was not announced but is believed to be five years.Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: “Nicolas is a highly rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.“Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.“He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.”Pepe scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last season and was linked with a host of clubs over the summer including Manchester United and Napoli.He was behind only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 scoring charts as Lille finished second to qualify for the Champions League.“Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me,” he said in an interview on Arsenal’s website, describing himself as quick and a good finisher.“I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”Pepe said he was looking forward to playing alongside Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil.“Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille,” he said.“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him and it will be an honour to play alongside him.”The signing of Pepe follows the arrivals of forward Gabriel Martinelli, the season-long loan of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and the transfer of defender William Saliba — who will spend the 2019/20 campaign back on loan at St Etienne.Arsenal finished a disappointing fifth in the Premier League in Emery’s first season in charge, missing out on Champions League qualification for the third year in a row.Their first match of the Premier League campaign is away at Newcastle on August 11.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal have announced the arrival of Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe on a club record feeLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 1 – Arsenal announced the signing of winger Nicolas Pepe from French side Lille on Thursday for a club-record fee reported to be £72 million (Sh9bn).The deal for the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international eclipses the £56 million spent on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018 as the Gunners add another attacking option to their ranks.last_img read more

LoveLife to empower SA youth

first_imgFrom left: DED’s Jürgen Wilhelm, loveLife CEO Grace Matlhape, and Khanyisile Kweyama, Barloworld’s group executive for human resources and transformation, listen to a youngster relating his loveLifeexperience. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS• Fareed MohammedLoveLife public relationsTel +27 11 523 1000• Rebecca Morgan Barloworld media relationsTel +27 11 445 1333 USEFUL LINKS • LoveLife • Barloworld • Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst • Volunteer Service Enquiry Southern Africa RELATED ARTICLES• Loving life, fighting Aids • HIV-Aids in South Africa • Social development in South AfricaJanine ErasmusNational youth HIV prevention programme loveLife has signed a new partnership with the German Development Service (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst or DED) and major South African corporate Barloworld.Lovelife’s new initiative named Connected! will be the main beneficiary of the partnership.Connected! is a strategy aimed at the thousands of young South Africans who possess leadership potential but have no chance to develop it.Barloworld has given a grant of US$120 000 (R1-million), to be spread over three years. DED will match the first year’s portion.DED director-general Jürgen Wilhelm, present at the signing with several other dignitaries, applauded the new initiative and the opportunities for development that it presented.“The DED believes that our support of innovative approaches to HIV prevention, such as this one, is key to halting the spread of the disease,” said Wilhelm. He added that the organisation was delighted to be able to contribute, through its association with loveLife, to this exciting new national strategy.Since it seeks to groom a new generation with a new outlook on life and renewed sense of responsibility, said Wilhelm, Connected! would serve as an example to the international community, especially within the Southern African region.Local innovatorsDr David Harrison, former loveLife CEO and now consultant and Connected! project manager, was confident that the initiative would fulfil its five-year goal of building bridges between mainstream South African society and the country’s poor communities.Explaining the three-part Connected! strategy, Harrison said the first step is the establishment of the network that will provide a platform for youth to make their ideas known. “Let their voices be heard, but in a way that is constructive and problem-solving, instead of just angry,” he commented.The second task is to change the mindsets of the youth so they see themselves less as recipients of public redress, and more as local innovators among their people.Lastly, the young innovators will be linked to opportunities. This, said Harrison, is what differentiates Connected! from a number of other leadership programmes, which often only benefit those who already have access to opportunities.“In this way they will show their peers that corruption and graft are not the only ways to get ahead,” said Harrison, “and that a risky lifestyle is simply not acceptable”.LoveLife CEO Grace Matlhape agreed, saying that many young people put themselves at risk not because they are ignorant, but because they feel they have little reason to protect themselves.“We hope to contribute to building leaders who will be inspired to work towards their dream, but will also serve the community and go on to find their place in the world,” said Matlhape.Breaking new groundConnected! will draw on youth who have participated in loveLife’s two volunteer leadership programmes, groundBREAKER and mpintshi (isiZulu, meaning friend), explained Harrison.GroundBREAKERs are the 18- to 25-year-olds who are already familiar with the loveLife mission and vision, have experience in mobilising their communities for good, and in many cases have become local leaders.To date, almost 10 000 youth have graduated from the one-year service programme.In addition, more than 20 000 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 25 have completed training as mpintshis, assisting their groundBREAKER team leader in implementing programmes in schools, clinics and community-based organisations.According to a 2008 survey conducted by Volunteer Service Enquiry Southern Africa, groundBREAKER graduates are powerful advocates for change, are tremendously positive about working with their communities, and often go on to hold leadership roles in community organisations.Furthermore, the survey revealed that groundBREAKERs have better prospects of education and employment. About 60% have found employment or started their own businesses. And almost 50% have enrolled in tertiary studies, compared with the national average of 30% of young people who study after matriculation.With careful nurturing, the partners believe, these will be the leaders of the future. By putting them in touch with an ever-growing country-wide network of similar-minded people, Connected! aims to encourage about 5 000 of these potential young leaders, located mainly in marginalised communities, to become public innovators.At the same time the programme will boost their management, analytical and innovation skills, giving them the tools to address pressing issues in their communities.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at read more

South African education project wins top award

first_imgThe School @ the Centre of Communityproject aims to nurture leadership inprincipals and get businesses involvedin addressing education challenges atcommunity level.(Images: City of Joburg)MEDIA CONTACTS • James EckleyNational project manager, Symphonia+27 21 913 3507 or +27 84 824 6832RELATED ARTICLES• SA prioritises quality education• Tackling SA’s education challenges• Pens for needy children• Education boost for Gauteng• Can drive raises R8.5m for educationShamin ChibbaA South African non-profit organisation (NPO) with a unique approach to improving education has won a prestigious international corporate social responsibility award.The Bellville, Cape-based Symphonia for South Africa received the Blue Dart Global Corporate Social Responsibility award for social entrepreneurship at a ceremony held at Taj Lands End in Mumbai, India.The award was in recognition of the development of a programme called School @ the Centre of Community, which brings business leaders and school principals together in a co-learning and co-action agreement.James Eckley, Symphonia’s national projects manager, says the approach not only pairs business and education but encourages communities to become involved with their local schools.According to Symphonia’s website, the project rests on the belief that many of the social challenges in South Africa are directly related to the breakdown of communities.“Schools are the centre of communities. We know pupils will do well if communities support them in their education,” says Eckley.Symphonia, which concentrates on impoverished areas, has taken its methods to 21 schools in Cape Town, 16 in Johannesburg and four in Durban and, says Eckley, the project is growing by the week.But there is a long way to go – it is estimated that there are about 25 000 under-performing schools in South Africa.Support and motivationAccording to Eckley the crisis in education is an indication that many existing projects are not achieving the desired results because the immense challenges principals face have demotivated them and they have lost their drive and passion.As a result, he says, it is not sufficient to put principals through training programmes. Instead, the business approach of providing each one with a partner and surrounding her or him with an actively engaged team is more effective.“Symphonia’s method gives the school principal a sense of support, ignites leadership within him or her, and encourages resourcefulness,” he says.In Symphonia’s experience, the best people to support principals are South African business leaders who are experienced in and equipped to implement organisational change. But the community, too, has a responsibility. “It takes a village to raise a child,” says the old African proverb.Parents and communities must become involved It is estimated that children spend just 20% of their time in school and the rest of it within their community. For this reason the NPO urges parents and communities to become involved in their children’s education, as parents, Symphonia maintains, are a child’s primary teachers. Among the factors Symphonia believes will lead to success are:the establishment of a new contract between schools and parents that encourages active participation; making a school the hub of a community through community-building sessions and other events; the implementation of an SMS system that allows schools to quickly and easily communicate with parents; the use of homework diaries to facilitate conversations between parents and teachers; and the use of “smart-kids” books to enable parents to become actively involved with homework.However, the organisation emphasises that communities should not expect a quick fix and that it can take between three and five years to transform the situation in a school. Blue Dart and the CSR awardBlue Dart Express, a courier company based in South Asia, is part of the global DHL group.The company established the corporate social responsibility (CSR) awards as a means of recognising institutions involved with CSR programmes in various industries. The 2012 ceremony took place on 18 February.According to Kerrie Brand, events manager for Symphonia, “The awards aim at assessing the extent to which CSR projects have succeeded in integrating with corporate functioning; the responsiveness of these projects to the needs of different stakeholders and the development of innovative models to fulfil social responsibilities.”last_img read more

MidEast Youth Launches Crowdvoice for Yemeni Day of Rage

first_imgEgypt casts a tall shadow and this last week’s protests have captured the world’s attention. But it is far from the only country to take heart from Tunisia’s revolution and go out into the streets. Yemen has called for tomorrow, February 3, to be its own “Day of Rage.” In conjunction with local online news site YemenPortal, polymath activist group MidEast Youth, probably best known for the Free Kareem campaign (they did, eventually), has launched an English and an Arabic version of its Crowdvoice software and website to capture information about tomorrow’s protests in Yemen. Tags:#Government#international#politics#user-generated content#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins CrowdVoice allows readers to read, and contribute to, a user-generated, dynamic aggregation of information on a specific topic. Iranian-American activist and Daily Beast contributor Reza Aslan called it a “powerful tool for discovering voices of dissent.”Features include a blog widget to funnel contributions to a user’s site and the ability to subscribe. In Yemen, protests have been taking place almost daily since the middle of last month in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. That on January 27th is said to have been attended by as many as 16,000 protesters. Like Tunisia and Egypt, a major demand of the protesters is an end to the 32-year rule of its president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. A constitutional amendment currently before the legislature would legalize Saleh’s lifetime occupation of that office. Unlike both Tunisia and Egypt, the strongest voice calling for this day of concerted protest doesbelong to the representative of an Islamist group. In addition to being a senior member of the Islamist-influenced opposition Al-Ishah party, Tawakel Karman, is also an activist and the founder of the non-governmental organization Women Journalists Without Chains. She was arrested on January 22nd and held for several days before being released. Esra’a Al-Shahei, founder of MidEast Youth, said the protests do not seem any more “Islamist-led” than those in Tunisia or Egypt. “My personal opinion (is) it isn’t being led by Islamists at all. Women’s rights defenders appear to be the forefront of many of these protests.”The day has generated its own hashtag, #feb3, a Yemeni version of Egypt’s #jan25.Disclosure: MidEast Youth provided server space for the Committee to Protect Bloggers, which I founded. I have also worked with them briefly on other projects. While the editor at CPB, I covered the travails of YemenPortal. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Realme X to come with in-display fingerprint sensor, VOOC 3.0 fast charging

first_imgIn the days leading up to the launch of the Realme X in China, the company is leaving no room for anyone else to leak out key features about the flagship. Instead, Realme has decided to reveal interesting features about the device through some official posters. Earlier this week, we saw posters confirming that the Realme X will sport an AMOLED display and a 48MP Sony IMX586 camera. Now, a couple of new posters confirm that the Realme X will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor and VOOC 3.0 fast charging support.So far, it was speculated that the Realme X will come with a fingerprint sensor under the display considering this is a flagship phone that sports an AMOLED display and renders have showed no signs of a rear-mounted sensor. Realme has not only confirmed an in-display fingerprint sensor for the Realme X, but the company has also revealed on Weibo that the sensor is powered by a DSP acceleration technology to make it faster and reliable even under direct light.A separate poster confirms that the Realme X will support VOOC 3.0 flash charging, which is not surprising considering the Realme 3 Pro also supports Oppo’s fast charging solution. Not only can you expect fast charging speeds, but the new version will also fast charge the device while playing games. Perhaps the only things left for Realme to reveal is the processor and pricing, which the company might hold off until May 15. On the day of launch, we expect the company to reveal that the Realme X is powered by a Snapdragon 730 SoC paired with 8GB of RAM. We also expect the device to ship with Android Pie with ColorOS 6 on top. The display of the Realme X is said to be 6.5 inches with FHD+ resolution an no notch. Instead, the flagship will be the company’s first to sport a pop-up selfie camera.advertisementThe Realme X is not going to be exclusive to China as the company’s India CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed that the flagship will launch in India soon. As for the pricing, we speculate that the Realme X could cost between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. It will be interesting to see what more Realme has to reveal in the days leading up to the Realme X launch.ALSO READ | Realme X will come with 48MP Sony IMX586 camera, Nightscape modeALSO READ | Realme X, Realme X Youth Edition full specs listed on TENAA ahead of launchlast_img read more

6 days agoIbrahimovic slams Maldini: AC Milan are a disaster

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ibrahimovic slams Maldini: AC Milan are a disasterby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sorry to see the state of former club AC Milan.The Swede slammed Paolo Maldini’s work as director.He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Milan are a disaster. They’re all talk and no action.“This is not the club everyone fell in love with, in Italy and all over the world. Perhaps there are too many wrong people who should be elsewhere.“Paolo Maldini doesn’t have what it takes to be a director, whereas in his playing career he was one of my all-time favourites.“In fairness, Maldini does have a difficult task, because it’s not easy to do well with limited resources.” last_img read more

Video: Joel Stave Misses On Crucial 4th Down Throw, Iowa Wins Heartland Trophy

first_imgWisconsin flag bearer runs across the field.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 07: A cheerleader for the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a score against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Wisconsin entered the season as Big Ten West favorites, but after this afternoon’s game, things in that division have been thrown for a loop. The Iowa Hawkeyes pulled off an upset of the No. 19 Badgers in Madison, winning the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2009. Wisconsin had a chance to take the lead, but Joel Stave fired incomplete on a 4th & 2, looking for tight end Troy Fumagalli on the play.Not the best throw here— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) October 3, 2015He looked for a pass interference call, and there was some contact, but the refs held their flags, and Iowa was able to take a knee and win the game.The Heartland Trophy comes BACK to Iowa City! #IOWAvsWIS I’m done bragging now.— Y2Jason Strasburg (@Strasconsin) October 3, 2015Iowa is 5-0 with the win, and a favorable schedule ahead. This year could be a big one for Kirk Ferentz and his Hawkeyes.last_img read more

Growth of 3.7 % in Construction Industry

first_img Ms. Coy also pointed out that there was an increase in the services industries in Jamaica. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) says the construction industry grew by 3.7 per cent in the last quarter of 2018, due to increased activities in the local sector. Story Highlights Director General, STATIN, Carol Coy, speaking at a press conference for the release of the March 2019 Consumer Price Index and January 2019 Labour Force Survey, in Kingston on April 16, said that for the period, there were increased activities in building construction and civil engineering, particularly in ongoing road infrastructure activities. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) says the construction industry grew by 3.7 per cent in the last quarter of 2018, due to increased activities in the local sector.Director General, STATIN, Carol Coy, speaking at a press conference for the release of the March 2019 Consumer Price Index and January 2019 Labour Force Survey, in Kingston on April 16, said that for the period, there were increased activities in building construction and civil engineering, particularly in ongoing road infrastructure activities.Ms. Coy also pointed out that there was an increase in the services industries in Jamaica.“Improved performance was recorded within the services industries, with the exception of electricity and water supply, which declined by 0.3 per cent. Growth was recorded for wholesale and retail trade, repairs, installation of machinery and equipment, 1.6 per cent; hotels and restaurants, 2.8 per cent; transport, storage and communication, 1.9 per cent; finance and insurance services, 0.8 per cent; real estate, renting and business activities, 0.7 per cent and other services, 0.8 per cent,” she noted.Ms. Coy said that, overall, preliminary estimates for the calendar year 2018 indicate that the economy grew by 1.9 per cent. “This was due to a five per cent growth in the goods-producing industries and a 0.8 per cent increase in the services industries,” she said.last_img read more

Plot to extort DHL has Germans on edge during holiday season

first_imgBERLIN – A murky plot to extort money from delivery giant DHL Express has many Germans on edge during the busy holiday shipping season. Packages sent to a police station and a government office produced at least two false alarms Monday as a hotline buzzed with calls from anxious citizens.Officials in the German state of Brandenburg revealed Sunday that a package delivered to a Potsdam pharmacy with a crude device made of wires, batteries and nails inside was part of a conspiracy to extort millions of euros (dollars) from DHL.The package also held a barcode that directed investigators to an online message threatening more unwelcome parcels unless the company paid up.On Monday, a package delivered by DHL to the Thuringia state governor’s office and at first feared to be bearing a hand grenade brought police out to investigate. An X-ray showed only rolled up catalogues in the item, prosecutor Hannes Gruenseisen told The Associated Press.“We assume it had nothing to do with the incident in Potsdam,” Gruenseisen said. “It was considered suspicious because it came from DHL, had no return address and was sent directly to the governor.”In the other false alarm, a package delivered to a police precinct in Gransee, north of Berlin, prompted the building’s evacuation. It turned to be a traditional German Christmas cake, German news agency dpa reported.The two incidents underscored the level of nervousness in many mailrooms while the person or people behind the extortion scheme remain at large.The suspicious package delivered to the Potsdam pharmacy Friday cause police to evacuate a surrounding Christmas market and to destroy the parcel through a controlled explosion.The online message outlining the DHL extortion demand mentioned a similar package that was sent to an online company in Frankfurt an der Oder at the beginning of November and had started burning when it was opened, prosecutors said.A spokesman for a task force set up in Brandenburg state to investigate the plot refused Monday to give more details, citing the ongoing probe.DHL, a division of Deutsche Post DHL, has refused to comment on the case. Telephone calls to its headquarters in Bonn, Germany went unanswered Monday.Last month, the company said it expected to handle 8.5 million daily deliveries in Germany during the holidays, double the number it usually makes.Potsdam police woman Stefanie Klaus said a hotline activated as part of the investigation has been ringing steadily with calls about suspect parcels from concerned citizens. Tips are being phoned in as well, she said.“We have received more than three dozen phone calls, but none of them was a hot lead,” Klaus said.last_img read more

Supreme Court rejects Saskatchewans request to delay carbon tax appeal

first_imgIt argued a delay would allow for better co-ordination of challenges coming from other provinces such as Ontario.Ottawa opposed a delay and suggested the hearing should take place in a timely manner to provide certainty for households and businesses.Meanwhile, a provincial spokesman says Saskatchewan respects Prince Edward Island’s decision to withdraw from the case.Before any appeal hearing, Canadians will vote in October’s federal election. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning on a promise to scrap the carbon tax if his party is elected and he becomes prime minister.A spokeswoman for federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says politicians should stop wasting taxpayer dollars to fight climate action in court.“A price on pollution is one of the most effective and affordable tools that we have to tackle climate change, and one that will leave the vast majority of families better off,” press secretary Sabrina Kim said in an emailed statement Friday. REGINA — Saskatchewan says the Supreme Court of Canada has denied the province’s request to delay its appeal hearing over the carbon tax.The province says the Supreme Court recently issued an order stating the hearing remain tentatively set for Jan.14.The government had asked for more time and expected a delay could mean a hearing next spring. The Canadian Presslast_img read more