Monthly Archives: June 2014

Ghana defender John Boye named amongst top ten performers at 2014 World Cup

Ghana defender John Boye is ranked amongst the 10 best players so far at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Stade Rennes stopper came 8th in a statistical ranking done by FIFA after the first round of group games.

FIFA used information gathered from the renowned football engine Opta to conduct its rankings which sees German forward Thomas Muller on top of the pile with a 9.75 rating.

Boye lasted the entire duration in Ghana’s shocking 2-1 defeat to the USA in their opening Group G game in Natal. The 27-year-old however appeared amongst the best statistical performers after the first round of matches at the World Cup despite playing in a jittery Black Stars defence in the defeat to the United States.

Boye ended up with a 9.45 rating having won five of his seven tackles, eight recoveries, eight clearances and a block in the defeat to the USA. He is also said to have completed 91 percent of his 44 passes in the game against the USA. The Black Stars defender’s statistics bettered that of Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and Tim Cahill of Australia. He is however behind the likes of Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie and Phil Jagielka. Below is the full list of FIFA’s best players at the 2014 World Cup thus far.

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Africa Cycling Centre to boost tourism

The maiden Africa Rising Cycling Centre launched in Musanze will boost the tourism industry according to Rwanda cycling team coach American Jack Boyer.

The Centre is set to be a world’s cycling hub with professional and amateur cyclists set to benefit from its training and expertise given the uniqueness and the splendor of this gigantic facility in Africa.

Sixteen houses, a fully equipped service course, Rwanda’s 1st BMX pump track, an education centre, an organic vegetable garden are among the facilities at the centre located in the northern Musanze district, at 2000m altitude.

Boyer said that the Africa Rising Cycling Centre will focus on boosting the level of cycling in Africa and the World at large.

“This centre will be home to African teams and European professional clubs as they target to benefit from high altitude training. It will also be paramount in such a way that it will transform the Rwandan youth into better cyclists,” he noted. The region of Musanze is reknown for gorilla trekking, and the centre is looking to exploit that advantage. “Every single tourist that comes to Rwanda will be passing through our centre,” says the country’s national cycling coach.

The centre’s outdoor cafe will be open for the tourists to meet, relax and share their Rwanda experience. This will be a source of revenue for a team whose income is far from stable and rarely secured more than three months ahead. Boyer further added: “My goal is just to change a life. If you try to change things for everybody you just end up getting depressed. This is the most difficult thing we’ve ever done but it’s absolutely the most rewarding.”

Airtel offers Nigerians affordable roaming rates in Brazil

Leading telecoms services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced a special discounted roaming package that will enable Nigerians, who are travelling for the on-going 2014 World Cup in Brazil, to stay in touch with friends, family members and business associates at affordable rates.

According to Airtel, the new package underlines its commitment to providing innovative and affordable telecommunications services to telecoms consumers across the country and abroad.

With the new value offering, Nigerians in faraway Brazil, can now enjoy affordable call rates within Brazil and also make and receive calls for as low as N60 to all mobile networks in Brazil and Nigeria. Customers will also enjoy discounted SMS rate of N50 and data rates of N1/10kb.

Speaking on the new roaming package, the Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Maurice Newa, said the offering reflects Airtel’s commitment to creating innovative and affordable telecoms services, noting that the company is passionate about realizing its vision of becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians.

‘At Airtel, we will not relent in creating platforms and opportunities that will enrich the lives of our customers and also empower them to succeed in their respective endeavours.

‘Our new discounted roaming package for Brazil 2014 is a glowing testimony to our quest of providing the right platforms to enable telecoms consumers achieve more in their professional and personal lives,’ he said.

The discounted roaming package is available for both prepaid and post-paid customers. The service is default for prepaid customers on arrival in Brazil. However, prepaid customers must ensure that they have sufficient airtime in their account and may be required to buy additional airtime in the event they run out of airtime in Brazil.

Post-paid customers who have enabled roaming services on their lines will have access to the offer.

However, post-paid customers who are yet to activate roaming on their lines will be expected to visit the nearest Airtel Shop to activate the service before travelling to Brazil.

The Airtel World Cup roaming discounted offer rates are only valid for calls made to local networks in Brazil, calls made to Nigeria from Brazil, SMS’s sent while in Brazil and data and internet activities while roaming in Brazil. Calls made to other countries will be charged at the existing roaming rates for those countries.

The Airtel World Cup roaming discounted offer rates are only available on CLARO network in Brazil.

It’s cheaper to shoot a music video in South Africa-EL

Award winning record producer, sound engineer and rapper EL says it is less expensive to shoot music videos in South Africa than in Ghana.

‘It’s cheaper to shoot a video in South Africa’ he said. The young and talented musician disclosed during an interview on Hitz FM.

The 30-year-old known in real life as Elorm Adablah explained that it is cheaper shooting outside the country due to the exchange rate of the Dollar now.

He also said that Ghanaians love music videos shot outside the country, the main reason why he will continue to shoot his videos outside Ghana.

‘I will keep going to South Africa to shoot my videos,’ he said.

EL has produced hit songs for several of the country’s top music acts including Sarkodie’s “You Go Kill Me”, D-Black’s “Get On the Dancefloor”, Reggie Rockstone’s “Rockstone’s Office” and Asem’s “Check Your Weight”.

I’ll forever remain NDC – Mr. Beautiful

After allegations early this year that he has been sidelined by movie producers in the Ashanti region for openly displaying his political colors and rallying behind the National Democratic Congress in the 2012 elections, the Fanti speaking witty actor, Clement Bonney, says his support for the ruling party will remain unshaken.

Describing movie producers who have refused to engage his services because of his political affiliation as ‘immature’, Mr. Beautiful as he is affectionately called, stated that political differences should not bring about enmity between people.

Reacting to a texter’s question to an entertainment program on ETV over the weekend on why he joined politics, the audacious actor wondered why celebrities who openly mounted c a m p a i g n platforms and compose songs for the New Patriotic Party’s 2008 and 2012 presidential candidate were not given the demeaning same treatment.

‘Four years ago celebrities in this country supported Nana Akufo-Addo, but no one raised concern about their involvement in politics, so why the fuss over mine. I can assure you that I’ll forever remain NDC and support President Mahama 1000 times,’ Mr. Beautiful vowed.

Adding ‘anybody who thinks that way is immature. Our political affiliations should not make us enemiesI will continue to support President Mahama and NDC.’

Asked about why he speaks Fanti in movies when most of the productions are done in the Ashanti region and the scripts written in Asante Twi, the well-known local actor retorted that he feels proud holding the flag of his mother region, the Central region.

‘I have received calls from ‘big men’ and respected people of the Fanti land including chiefs for speaking my native Fanti in all my movies. I can speak very good Ashanti Twi, but I won’t use it for movies. I’m proud of my language and if a producer gives me a script in Asante Twi I’ll reject it. My people back home have been praising me for promoting the language,’ he said.

Touching on why movie production has been concentrated in the Ashanti region and why other regions cannot do their own production, Mr. Beautiful, in an apparent swipe at Ghana’s populous region, stated that the Ashanti dialect permits the use foul languages hence it is easy to use it for movie production.

‘The Northern belt frowns on the use of foul language, it is the same in the Volta and the Southern coastal belt, those part of the country do not allow it either but those at the middle belt of the country consider the use of foul language as normal, so it is easy to produce movie in that part of the country because you have the liberty to say all the bad things,’ he explained.

According to him the assertion that movies in the local dialect have no future is true, explaining that ‘the movies are full of insults and anything made of insults certainly has no future. That is how the language is structured it is full of insults.’