South Africa’s Diski Dance ‘flash mobs’

first_imgDiski Dancing “flash mobs” have been popping up all over the country on their crusade of teaching the nation the South African football jive ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Recently, they stunned a crowd of Capetonians when they started their amazing routine in front of all and sundry. Here’s how it went down. Click arrow to play video. Published on SouthAfrica.info on 31 May 2010. Source: Football Fridayslast_img

Mother shares her heart-warming Smile Foundation story

first_imgThe Smile Foundation South Africa, founded in 2000 after a plea from President Nelson Mandela, changed Sylvia Mchunu’s daughter’s life. Sylvia Mchunu and her daughter, Princess who was born with a cleft lip in September 2013. They get free help from the Smile Foundation South Africa that helps children to reconstruct their deformed faces. (Image: Supplied)Melissa JavanPrincess Mchunu was four months old when she went for her first operation. Born with a cleft lip in 2013, the three year old has had a further two operations, and occasionally has food coming out of her nose.Sylvia Mchunu says she had been bleeding a lot and was weak on the day she gave birth to Princess. “They [the hospital staff] took my baby to the nursery [after the birth], because they saw something was wrong.“While every mother around me had their babies [in their arms], I didn’t have mine. They [the hospital staff] didn’t want me to see her. I thought ‘what went wrong?’”She says her husband demanded to see his daughter. “He was the first one to tell me there is something wrong with her.”He took it hard, says Sylvia. “I had sent my family photos of the baby, but he didn’t want to do that for his family. In our culture, some people tend to say things like ‘you have been bewitched’ if something like this happens.“We had to hide the child. He was not comfortable – very reserved. It took him time to accept what’s going on,” she says. “I had to be strong.” This is what a baby looks like shortly after she is born with a cleft lip. (Image: Wikipedia)Joining the Smile FoundationHer husband had suffered a burn injury before Princess was born. His operation was paid for by his employer. “We went to the same doctor who had done his operation after Princess’ birth. He told us that one operation would cost R50 000.“We wouldn’t be able to afford that. We didn’t even have medical aid,” says Sylvia.She and a friend Googled “cleft lip” and came across the Smile Foundation South Africa.The Mchunus met with the Smile Foundation in January 2014. “There was a parent workshop we attended. My husband was the only father there.“They explained everything to us. I felt so good about being there that I forgot there was something wrong with Princess.”Mchunu says she was scared the first time Princess went to theatre in February 2014. The operation took longer than the doctors anticipated. Princess cried a lot after the operation. “We survived it,” says Sylvia.More about the Smile FoundationThe Smile Foundation was founded in 2000 after Thabile Manyathi sent a personal request to then President Nelson Mandela.Manyathi had mailed a letter every month to Nelson Mandela appealing for help for her child, Thando. Born with facial paralysis, Thando needed to travel overseas to have a highly specialised procedure known as facial reanimation surgery.After Mandela found one of Manyathi’s letters, he made a call to the Lubner family. They then later decided to bring the skills home.According to the website, Dr Ron Zucker and Dr Craig Van Der Kolk were invited to South Africa to transfer the skills to South Africa.George Psaras, then the head of Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand, was the first surgeon in the country to learn this very specialised skill.Princess is one of the 2000 beneficiaries Smile Foundation South Africa has helped since 2000. Today the NGO helps children born with facial defects receive free corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery within the country. The organisation is currently based in seven of the nine academic hospitals in South Africa.Watch the Smile Foundation South Africa promo video here:Annually the organisation hosts a Smile Week at different hospitals around the country whereby the children receive surgery. Their parents get support before, during and after the surgeries.Princess is the one in 700 South African children born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains the condition: “Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Together, these birth defects commonly are called “orofacial clefts.”The support they getSylvia is also a member of Cleft Friends, a group of parents or guardians of children with cleft lip of palates that have regular gatherings to support each other. “Most of the time the fathers are stressed. You meet them in such a state, but you have to understand their pain and give them time to heal.“It’s wonderful to share experiences. It’s nice that people care about you.”She says you become stronger when you have support. “It becomes easier when you are with the Cleft Friends.“You also get more information the more you meet with them. For instance, sometimes things would be happening to Princess that I don’t know about. Then another mother advises me that it is a normal thing to happen.”Watch Helena Cullis share how she and her husband started the Cleft Friends:Princess is going for a check-up at the end of August, says Sylvia. “There were difficulties during the operation done in November last year. Her palate is not closed yet.”Princess also regularly visits a speech therapist.last_img read more

China to invite Mamata again

first_imgA senior Chinese official in Kolkata said on Friday that his country will again extend an invitation to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to visit China and the dates for the proposed visit were being worked out. Ms. Banerjee was scheduled to visit China in June but she had cancelled it abruptly hours before starting her trip on June 22. She attributed the cancellation to “non-confirmation of political meetings at the appropriate level”. She was to address a meeting of CEOs of Chinese firms in Shanghai to invite them to invest in West Bengal. Ma Zhanwu, Consulate General of China in Kolkata, said, “We are hoping that the future visit will happen.”last_img

10 months agoMan City striker Gabriel Jesus delighted to be back on scoresheet

first_imgMan City striker Gabriel Jesus delighted to be back on scoresheetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was delighted with his brace for victory over Everton.The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August.”I tried [to score a hat-trick] but it is difficult,” said Gabriel.”I am so happy with the performance of the team. Everton have amazing players.”They played very well. I am so happy because of this. We played very well and won the game.”My confidence is back because my family is here and it helps me a lot. I need my family in this moment.”This year it [the title] will be more difficult because the clubs will play better. I think it is very important we have come back to first position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoAndy Carroll delighted to be fully fit and back at Newcastle

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andy Carroll delighted to be fully fit and back at Newcastleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll is delighted to be fully fit and back at Newcastle United.Carroll is desperate to make up for lost time and prove the doubters wrong.He said, “When I left Newcastle I was enjoying my football. I was scoring goals. Yes, it’s been pretty tough since.“I’ve grown up massively. I’ve made mistakes in the past but I now know what life is all about.” last_img

Newfoundland fan foiled for third time in increasingly costly bid to see

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland woman was banking on the third time being the charm in her seemingly cursed bid to see Adele.Lori Shortall and two girlfriends jetted off to London, England, last Friday, thrilled by the prospect of finally getting to see Adele in concert as the British songstress wrapped up a tour that had been plagued by health issues.But, when Shortall checked her email hours after settling into their hotel and just days before the scheduled concert, she was stunned to see one from the concert promoter announcing that the performance at Wembley Stadium had been cancelled.For Shortall — a 48-year-old music teacher from St. John’s — the news was a frustrating three-peat coming after she had bought tickets to Adele concerts in 2011 and in 2016 only to have them cancelled at the last minute.“I could not believe it when I saw that email — it didn’t even enter my head that it would be cancelled!” she said from a shop in London, where she and her pals were wrapping up their vacation. “I was so disappointed I couldn’t even tell the girls — I couldn’t even deal with it — it was almost like it was a dream. So yeah, that’s bad juju, bad karma!”Soon after she heard that the London concert was being cancelled because of the singer’s recurring vocal cord issues, Shortall took to social media to appeal to her for a private audience.On her Facebook page, Shortall posted a photoshopped picture of her and Adele arm-in-arm, along with a direct appeal to the singer.“I still haven’t seen you in concert and I estimate I have forked out almost $10,000 now. Help a girl out!!!! All I want is five minutes of your time and a cup of tea!!!,” Shortall said in her post.Some people commenting on the site used lines from one of the singer’s biggest hits, saying, “Hello, it’s me. I’ve been travelling around the world in hopes that I could see. You performing, for all your fans. But still no sight of you and now I’m down about 10 grand.”Shortall also reached out to TV talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and James Corden in a bid to have them arrange a tea date with Adele, but has so far not heard back from either.Shortall’s history with the singer, known for her devastating ballads and overpowering vocals, goes back to 2011 when she bought tickets to see her in Houston, where her sister was living at the time. She took a few days off work at her school and flew down. As she was heading to the concert, a friend told her it had been cancelled because the singer had a vocal hemorrhage.Five years later, she and her husband decided to go to Phoenix, Arizona, for a vacation so he could mountain bike and she could take in an Adele concert.“So, he got to do lots of biking and I didn’t get to see my show!” she said with a chuckle.Her tale of woe has captured the attention of British media, with the Sun newspaper interviewing her by phone on a bus to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge. She says everyone on the bus could hear her story, and that at least two couples had travelled from the United States and Israel to see the concert.“So the whole bus heard my interview and were looking at me like, ‘Oh my God woman, nobody has that kind of luck,’” she said through laughter.Still, Shortall, who sings herself, says she and her friends are not upset with the singer and if given the opportunity would wish her a good recovery.“The first thing I would do is to absolutely wish her well and then I’d say, ‘Hey girl, you need to cut a girl a break. Let’s hang out!’” she said. “I’m sure we would enjoy each other’s company.”– By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more

Serie A is harder than Ligue 1 Pastore

first_imgThe new Roma signing spoke after the 3-3 draw between his team and Atalanta on Monday’s Lega Serie A fixtureFor newly signed Javier Pastore, the differences between the Italian Serie A and the French Ligue 1 are big.His Roma team fought back to be able to tie 3-3 against Atalante on Monday’s fixture.But for the former Paris Saint-Germain, this was a very crazy match.“It was a good goal, Cengiz Under gave me a smart cross and the finish went well. Fortunately, we were able to equalize eventually,” Pastore told Sky Sports Italia as reported by Football Italia on Monday night.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I think after our goal, we got a bit too relaxed and allowed them to have the ball, but that is something we shouldn’t do.”“We came out for the second half with more intensity and managed to get it back on track. We could even have won it at the end,” he said.“My position is up to the coach, I came here happy to play wide midfield, but well aware that I had often played in a trident attack before.”“It’s certainly harder in Serie A than Ligue 1, the first two games have been such a struggle!” Pastore concluded.last_img read more

Suso believes Milan miss striker like Gonzalo Higuain

first_imgMilan winger Suso has admitted that they have what it takes to become great again, suggesting that a  striker like Gonzalo Higuain is what Milan were missing.”For two consecutive season, the Rossoneri finished seventh in Serie A and will be in the Europa League.“Milan have the opportunity to become great again,” Suso told Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo via Football Italia.“We signed a great striker like Higuain and I think he is what we were missing. (Coach Gennaro) Gattuso knows what we can give and this can be the perfect season to get back on track.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Suso also hopes his form at San Siro can help him get a regular foothold in the Spain squad.“It’s nice to come home and being called up for international duty is something to be proud of, always. When a Coach includes you in his first squad, that is very important and I can only be happy with that.“Luis Enrique knows Italy and Serie A very well, so he is aware of what it’s like to play here.”last_img read more

Arsenal interested in signing Roma starlet

first_imgArsenal Football Club are reportedly interested in signing AS Roma winger Cengiz Under.The Mirror reports that the Gunners have leaped ahead of neighbors and rivaled Tottenham Hotspur as well as German Bundesliga Champions, Bayern Munich, both of which are also reportedly interested in the signature of Under.The 21-year-old joined Roma from Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in 2017 and has impressed in Serie A.He is currently valued at around £50m by the Giallorossi but the Gunners are one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on his situation.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Reports in Italy suggest Unai Emery’s team are leading the chase ahead of other top European clubs should Roma decide to cash in on the Turkey international.The eternal club have become famous for improving young players and selling them at the premium, especially after the sales of Mohamed Salah and Brazilian goalkeeper, Alisson Becker to Liverpool.Under has started the season in impressive fashion, and already has two goals and four assists already this season and is likely to be open to a move to the Premier League.last_img read more

Leigh Griffiths close to Celtic return

first_imgCeltic striker Leigh Griffiths has hinted at returning to football after taking a break for his “mental health state”.Griffiths has taken a break from football for close to a month to seek professional help for personal issues and has dropped a major hint that he’ll soon return to play for Celtic.According to Sky Sports, the 28-year-old posted a message on social media announcing his imminent comeback.“Not long before I’m back doing all this!” he wrote on Twitter while retweeting a message from a Celtic fan with clips of him lifting trophies and scoring goals for both Celtic and Scotland.Last Sunday, he corrected the record by stating the reason for his break, saying: “Despite what has been written about me, rumored or said to you from afar, I just want to settle one thing and to make it clear once and for all,”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I am off work due to my mental health state. Not gambling, drugs, or any other issue that has been written about me since December.”“I’m putting this out there now because family and friends are being asked questions and they’ve been told to say nothing,” he explained.“But I’ll not be silenced, especially by newspapers and idiots who can write tweets and make up stories and it grows arms and legs due to people’s sad and pathetic lives.”last_img read more