QPR manager Harry Redknapp says Andros Townsend has proved he belongs in the Premier League.The former Tottenham boss recently expressed doubts over whether Townsend could make an impact at White Hart Lane next season.But Redknapp believes that at the very least the 21-year-old winger, who had unsuccessful loan spells in the second and third tiers, has shown while on loan at QPR from Spurs that he can make it in the top flight.Redknapp rates Townsend highly.“He’s been excellent. The kid’s done great and it can only have done him the world of good,” said Redknapp.“He’ll go back to Tottenham a lad who knows he can play in the Premier League.“He knows he can play there. There’s no doubts now. He was loaned to different Championship clubs but now he’s a player who belongs in the Premier League.“Nothing intimidates Andros. He’s a determined kid who wants to be a footballer.“He’s got a great attitude. He lives right and trains right and I think he’s got a good future.”See also:Boss doubts Townsend will break through at Tottenham next seasonRedknapp: Samba will be vital against 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Adolescent girls are learning though a cycling centred programme how to deal with other aspects of life. (Image: DMA Facebook)In a densely populated township in the north of Johannesburg, where it’s hard for people to make ends meet, a leadership programme focusing on adolescent girls and a biking academy are making a positive difference.Girl Ignite Africa, a leadership programme for girls centred on cycling, was founded by Lerato Motsamai, the managing director of Petrolink Retail Fuels Consultancy. The idea of cycling for a better future was born when Motsamai was stuck in traffic for hours in 2010 because of the 94.7km Cycle Challenge. She watched the participants cycling through Joburg and was prompted to join them.Motsamai decided to take up cycling for fun on her own; she later teamed up with Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA). The sprawling township, Diepsloot, is in northern Joburg, next to the flourishing suburb of Fourways. Motsamai’s partnership with DMA was targeted at helping girls make changes in their lives.“I was inspired. I told myself one of these days I was going to buy myself a bike – and little did I know that the bug had bitten,” she told Motsamai told Youth Fit Africa.Launched in April 2014, Girl Ignite Africa focuses on adolescent girls up to the age of 20. “It is a life skills programme that is centred on girls. It is a world-class programme, though still in the piloting phase… I meet the girls every Saturday after they have completed their morning cycling training, and their maths, science and English tutoring. We start the day with two hours of cycling.”TAKING CYCLING HEAD ONIn 2012, before setting up Girl Ignite Africa, Motsamai bought herself a road bike and started cycling. She entered several competitions, some in the name of charity. Through her partnership with Africa Tikkun, an early childhood development centre in Diepsloot and various other townships, Cycling 4 Filling Tummies was born. Under its banner, she rode for charity in races such as the 94.7 Cycle Challenge, the Jacaranda Satellite Challenge and, most recently, her first PnP Cape Argus.Girl Ignite Africa not only focuses on cycling and school subjects. Girls on the programme are also exposed to meditation and yoga, as well as entrepreneurship, financial literacy and other disciplines. They are also enrolled in the prestigious President’s Award Bronze Level. According to Motsamai, the programme aims to develop the girls’ full potential, including spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially and culturally.“I want to bring out the creativity and the cultural aspect of education as an enhancement to the current education system that focuses on academics only. By bringing out those creative dimensions, you allow the child to be confident in all areas of her life, and can compete on an equal footing with her peers from privileged backgrounds,” she said.A GREAT PARTNERSHIPThe DMA is also making a contribution to the people of Diepsloot. It was established in 2006 with the objective of providing opportunities to underprivileged youth from Diepsloot through cycling and life skills programmes.The DMA’s sports development and youth empowerment programme provides its members with educational support, access to mentorship and personal development, and opportunities to participate in recreational and competitive cycling activities.Participants in the programme range in age from 10 to 24 years. There are 70 members at present, of whom about 50 attend the club every weekend. They come from the schools in the area. To get club membership, participants must attend the club for eight consecutive weeks.Besides cycling, the DMA tutors its participants in English and maths and helps high-performing students to get bursaries. The long-term vision of the DMA is to develop each youngster into a well-rounded, skilled individual who is able to earn a sustainable income and provide for their families.
I send out a newsletter every Sunday morning. Each week I write about some big success principle that you can apply to your life, your work, or your sales game. I ask the community of people who subscribe to the newsletter to send me their stories, their thoughts, and their ideas, and a good number of people email me directly each week.Almost every week I receive an email from a newsletter subscriber explaining to me how the decisions of their past now defines their future. But outside of choosing to focus on some past event and choosing to use those stories to define you, you can’t be trapped in or by the past.That Was ThenYou aren’t trapped in your past. Even if you feel like you are.It doesn’t matter what decisions you made, and it doesn’t matter which decisions were made for you.You made poor choices. Your family made poor choices. You caused something bad to happen to someone else. Someone else caused something bad to happen to you.You did something wrong. You failed to do something and the result was awful.You made a choice and now you are unhappy. Or you’ve lived with a choice someone else made for you and you’ve come to both realize and regret it.This Is Here. This Is Now.At any time, at any point in your life, you can simply call for a do over. In fact, you are responsible to call for that do over. Why? Because this is the only life you have. And you only have the limited time remaining in which to do whatever it is that you were put here to do.Living in the past means cheating yourself of the life that you want now. Living in the past means cheating the rest of us of the life that you should be living now. It deprives us of the biggest and best version of you, the version we’ve been waiting for.The past decisions are shackles in which you have locked yourself. You have the power to free yourself from the past any time you choose to. Choose to make that time now. The past is already behind you; stop dragging into the future.
The Hyderabad Police on Wednesday arrested the husband of Union Minister Jaipal Reddy’s niece Kiran Reddy on charge of the latter’s murder. The 26-year-old dermatologist was found dead inside her home in the Jubilee Hills area of Hyderabad on Saturday. Her parents had accused her husband Chaitanya Reddy and the in-laws of killing Kiran, who was the daughter of Petroleum Minister’s elder sister. The police had initially registered an FIR of accidental death, but changed it to a murder case after a complaint from Kiran’s father who alleged that her death was unnatural and accused Chaitanya and his family members in his complaint. Kiran and Chaitanya had got married about five years ago. For more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Drinking coffee may be associated with a reduced risk of developing gallstones, a study claims. Among 104,493 individuals, those who drank more than six cups of coffee per day had a 23 per cent lower risk of developing symptomatic gallstones compared with people who did not drink coffee, according to a study. Drinking one extra cup of coffee per day was associated with three per cent lower risk, said researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIndividuals with certain genetic variants that have been linked to increased coffee consumption had a lower risk of gallstones, they said. Although the study only uncovered correlations, the researchers highlighted several mechanisms by which coffee consumption might help prevent gallstones from forming. In observational analysis, those with coffee intake of over six cups daily had 23 per cent lower risk of gallstone disease (GSD) compared to individuals without coffee intake. The estimated observational odds ratio for GSD for one cup per day higher coffee intake was 0.97, equal to three per cent lower risk, researchers said.
Actor Rana Daggubati has sent wishes to actor Vijay Deverakonda, all the way from the United States of America, ahead of Dear Comrade’s release. He recorded a short video to convey his wishes.Calling Vijay as Dear ‘Rowdy’ Comrade, Rana promised that he would be watching the film in the US on the first day of its release.Many of Rana’s fans commented on the video, asking if he is undergoing any surgery in the US. Rumours of Rana undergoing surgery have been doing rounds. The actor commented and asked his fans to stop believing the news. InstagramVijay Deverakonda is not just an actor now, but also a trendsetter, an inspiration to many and one of the most popular and handsome figures in Indian cinema.His upcoming film Dear Comrade is all set for a release on July 26 and besides his fans, even actors from Telugu cinema and other industries are excited about the release of the film. Dear ComradeTwitterThere are many actors who are fans of Vijay, his attitude and swag. Many actors are recording videos and sending wishes to Vijay, wishing him and the team of Dear Comrade very good luck.
Visitors advised against ‘festive’ behaviour during Thai King’s mourning Tags: Thailand, Travel Alert BANGKOK — Concerts and colossal beach parties in Thailand have been cancelled. An annual festival meant to placate the country’s goddess of water with lanterns that float into the sky will not take place.And closed for the first time in years: red-light districts in the heart of the Thai capital filled with seedy go-go bars so irrepressible they managed to stay open even through past military coups.No foreign government has suggested its nationals to cancel trip plans, but several have issued advisories. Canada called on its citizens to “refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly,” Britain urged its nationals to “wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public,” and the U.S. called on Americans to maintain “decorum during this extended period of profound mourning.”The death Thursday of Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej has plunged this Southeast Asian nation into an unprecedented period of mourning like nothing it has ever seen, and it’s likely to stay that way for some time.But calm – not chaos – prevails, and the closures and cancellations are unlikely to last more than a month or have any serious long-term impact on tourism.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has declared a one-year mourning period and urged people to refrain from organizing entertainment events for 30 days. But he has also made clear that life must go on, and urged businesses to remain open to ensure the nation does not “lose its credibility.”More than 30 million tourists visit Thailand every year, accounting for about 10 per cent of government revenue. The industry is one of the few bright spots in an economy that has slumped since the army ousted a democratically elected government in 2014.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalIn a statement late Friday, the Tourism Authority of Thailand confirmed that tourist attractions will remain open with the exception of Bangkok’s gold-gilded Grand Palace, because it “will be the venue of the royal funeral rites.”Bhumibol’s body was transported by royal procession to the palace’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, on Friday as thousands of people lined the roads. Widely seen here as a unifying figure and the father of the nation, Bhumibol served as monarch for 70 years – so long that most Thais have known no other.The subdued atmosphere that has engulfed the country since his death is unmistakable, visible in the black or white dress worn by millions of Thais in a massive show of mourning that has been displayed even on mannequins in luxury shopping malls.In Bangkok, the neon-lit dinner cruise ships that ply the majestic Chao Phraya River every night have turned off their booming music.Even some of the capital’s most prominent red-light districts have shut down. Nana Plaza, a three-story complex of go-go bars filled with scantily-clad women announced it was closing temporarily to “pay respect and mourn the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.”“It doesn’t bother me,” said Australian tourist Darren Turner, who was standing outside the all-dark plaza. “This is a man who stood on the throne unopposed for 70 years. He did a lot for his country and his people, and it’s good to show a mark of respect for his passing.”More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe neon lights of another red-light district nearby, Soi Cowboy, abruptly switched off Friday night after police and soldiers paid a visit and asked bar managers to close to show respect of the king.Hours after Bhumibol’s death on Thursday, Richard Barrow, a Bangkok-based travel blogger, tweeted that many tourists were “asking if they should cancel their holiday.” His is advice: you should not.No foreign government has suggested its nationals to cancel trip plans, but several have issued advisories. Canada called on its citizens to “refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly,” Britain urged its nationals to “wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public,” and the U.S. called on Americans to maintain “decorum during this extended period of profound mourning.”While Thailand’s stunning beaches and resorts remain open, some tourists’ plans to see particular events may already be ruined.In the northern city of Chiang Mai, the city government announced the annual Yi Peng Festival set for mid-November – in which tens of thousands of lanterns float into the sky – has been cancelled.On the island of Koh Phangan, organizers of the renowned “Full Moon” party, which had been set to begin Oct. 17, called the event off.And in Bangkok, a sold-out concert featuring British singer Morrissey, the former frontman of The Smiths, was also cancelled.Khaosod English, a local media outlet which reported numerous cancellations in the capital, offered prudent advice to its readers for upcoming events: “Call ahead first.” The Canadian Press Posted by Share Monday, October 17, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>