Unaggressive Lone Star Disappoints Fans

first_imgLFA President Musa Bility might have seen the signs on the wall when last week he cried over national radio that Lone Star’s failure against The Crocodiles of Lesotho would not be his fault.The reason he gave was because of the Liberian government’s careless and non-financial support to the team. But while Lone Star did not lose yesterday’s game for Bility to blame the Liberian government, the team at the end of the grueling 90 minutes managed to win 1-0, in the 40th minute.“The Liberians were holding back,” Lesotho coach Seephepha Matete told journalists after the game, “they are good but they could not move in to take control of the game.”Granted Coach Matete had a good opinion about the team, since Lone Star had a 70% ball possession and from the blast of the whistle dictated the pace of the game.“To lose 1-0 away is a good result,” Coach Matete said, “there is nothing that can stand in our way to qualify but I can say that the return leg in Maseru is a 50-50 chance, though.”Perhaps one can say Matete is an honest man, and knowing the surprises that are inherent in sports, he was being too complementary for he indicated his appreciation for the skillful Liberian players.That Lone Star, having dominated the game won 1-0 indicated that they held back and the team was not aggressive enough to make use of the many chances that came their way.Technically, Lone Star was good in the midfield. Center forward Sherman Kpah, Anthony Laffor and Isaac Pupo were great upfront but there were something in their coordination that was lacking, which is effective team-work.“We were much under pressure,” admitted Coach Matete, “so we have to slow the game whenever we had the chance.”And that was exactly what they did. With Lone Star exploding with man to man passes right from the start of the game, and a goal-bound shot that was scissor-kicked from the goal, Lesotho knew they were in trouble and had to slow the game.Perhaps unaware of what The Crocodiles were planning, Lone Star resorted to individual play, and forced their opponents to double their defense.In that effort, defenders Sepiriti Malefane, Nkau Lerotholi and Basia Makepe worked overtime to enable goalkeeper Kananelo Makhooane to understand the intentions of their opponents.Many fans had anticipated a glorious victory that is, at least more than one goal, that would have made the return leg in Maseru (in two weeks) a less pressure game. The Crocodiles’ defenders realized that they were standing between massacre and loss and therefore potted their defense with care.But after Sherman Kpah, in a beautiful attack ran through the Lesotho’s defense and connected for Anthony Laffor to hit the ball home in the 40th minute, the waiting was too long that many fans wondered how the Lone Star would fare in the end.Though one Lesotho player earned a yellow care, the team did not engage in foul plays, but plotted to neutralize Lone Star’s attacks and therefore allowed Liberian strikers to run with the ball, while their opponents’ guided them along.The too much running around with the ball wasted Lone Star’s strikers’ energy and it had a telling effect on them.It was long before Sherman Kpah was begging to be substituted, and though Anthony Laffor held on it was evident that it was a matter of being the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak syndrome. Sekou Jabateh Oliseh was an addition that simply increased the aimless running around since neither he nor Laffor could engage in any meaningful single solo runs.It became apparent that Lone Star’s strikers had not recognized their opponents’ weakness. Though The Crocodiles did not pose any threat in their counter-attacks, the Liberians were not doing enough, despite holding on to the ball when they were expected to run over The Crocodiles’ defense.Sadly, Lone Star’s counter-attack was the most unsatisfactory. In most cases, they resorted to passes from the defense when they were supposed to rush for goal, and even when they attempted to rush for goal, lack of imagination would rob them of any chance to beat their opponents in their own game.It was one game in recent time that a team possessed a game about 70% but failed to turn the superiority into goals.“We are sure to turn the tables in our favor in Maseru,” stated Coach Matete, but whether he was saying it because he was speaking to journalists or not, what is certain is that, there are times that home advantage becomes the only  weapon in such a match.But it was that particularly home advantage that Lone Star did not have enough aggression to use to advantage and as result the return-leg in Maseru becomes another herculean mountain to climb.Lone Star: Nathaniel Sherman, Trokon James, Aloysius Simujla, Prince Jetoh, Teah Dennis, Alseny Keita, Issac Pupo, Eddie Wulue, Sekou Jabateh, Sherman Kpah, Anthony Laffor; Sub: Melvin King, Alvin McCornel, Nuwo Johnson, Blama Kamara, Chris Roosevelt, Elijah Clark, Sam Kollie.Lesotho: Kananelo Makhoone, Spiriti Malefane, Nkau Lerotholi, Basia Makepe, Bokang Mothoane, Mabuti Potloane, Tsoanelo Koetle, Lekhanya Lekhanya, Motlalepula Mofolo, Makara Ntaitsane, Tsepo Seturumane, Bushy Moletsane. Sub: Likano Mphuthi, Phafa Tsosane, Bokang Sello, Thapelo Tale, Tsepo Lekhoana, Moitheri Ntobo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Herstelling church advocates against domestic violence

first_imgIn the midst of its grand 50th anniversary celebrations, the Herstelling Assembly of God Global Outreach Centre is calling on the public to engage themselves in violence-free activities while making conscious decisions.Under the title “An Action Against Domestic Violence”, a series of activities is organised from October 19-22 at the church and all are encouraged to participate. The organisers are certain that this will aid in the elimination of domestic violence in the country.Starting from Friday, a prayer service was slated for all victims and survivors which will be followed by a street march today. On October 21, Dr Michelle Shiwnandan will lead a church service on the development of family values. The events will conclude on October 22 with a family discussion as Attorney Kavorn Williams speaks on “Domestic Violence: The Problem, The Law and You.”Pastor Ravindra Shiwnandan believes there is an important place for the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which sets the parameters for individuals to measure their degree of freedom from domestic violence.Shiwnandan also agrees with former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s words which state, “Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.”The pastor is encouraging everyone to continue to embrace our national policies to eradicate sexual violence against men, women and children along with the ongoing scourge of human trafficking.“May the length and breadth of our nation be filled with responsible citizens who embrace the two greatest commandments of life given by Jesus Christ – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is Love your neighbour as yourself.”last_img read more

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Emotion carries Trojans

first_imgYoung drained a long jumper in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime and the Trojans ran away from Stanford in the extra period for an 83-79 victory at Staples Center. “For the first time, I can relax and know we’re in the tournament,” Young said. “Last season, we were fighting for the NIT and lost some big games down the stretch. Now we feel comfortable that we’re in the NCAAs.” Despite six victories over ranked teams, there was some question as to how safe the Trojans (22-10) would be on Selection Sunday if they entered with three consecutive losses and an even split of their final 10 games. Now it’s Stanford (18-12) that will have to sweat it out Sunday while the Trojans, who advanced to the semifinals to face Washington State tonight, can enjoy knowing they are likely in their first NCAA Tournament in five years. Young, who scored a game-high 26 points, thought of his NBA idol when called upon by Floyd to take USC’s biggest shot of the season. “When we came to the front of Staples Center, I saw (Kobe Bryant’s) picture and was thinking about all the big plays he’s made, like his shot against the Phoenix Suns in last year’s playoffs,” Young said. “That was an inspiration to me.” Young’s basket with 10 seconds remaining tied the score at 69-69, leaving enough time for Stanford to get one last shot. Anthony Goods got by Gabe Pruitt and thought he had a good look at the basket, but Taj Gibson came out to help and swatted the ball away. It went out to Lawrence Hill, who missed a desperation shot at the buzzer. “I knew to watch Goods coming down because he’s their best shooter,” Gibson said. “When Gabe gave me that look saying, `Help’, I just jumped up and got a big block.” Gibson got his fourth foul with more than 14 minutes left but kept up his intensity on defense and didn’t foul out. USC trailed 54-44 before going on a 19-5 run led by Pruitt, who hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Young to tie the game at 59-59. Young said that he had never seen Pruitt so serious as he was in the second half. “It clicked in my head,” Pruitt said. “This could be it. I didn’t want this to be my last game. You never know with Selection Sunday.” Senior Lodrick Stewart, who had just two points in regulation, faked a 3-pointer and drove to the basket for a layup with under a minute to go in overtime to put USC ahead 76-73. Pruitt stole the ball from Kenny Brown at midcourt and scored on the other end to put the game away. “We’ve never won a (Pac-10 Tournament) game since I’ve been here, so it’s very emotional for the upperclassmen and the underclassmen,” Young said. matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tim Floyd slammed his hand on the court three times during a timeout after Stanford scored an easy layup to move ahead by double-digits midway through the second half, his face turning bright red as he shouted at the defender. Gabe Pruitt skipped toward the sidelines waving his arms to get the crowd going as USC made its late run to get back in the game. Then Nick Young pumped his fist and Lodrick Stewart clapped his hands over his head as the Trojans brought the ball up the court in overtime, for the first time knowing that a victory was in hand. All week, USC players and coaches had scoffed at the doubts that they needed a victory in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to ensure a berth in the NCAA Tournament. But, with the game slipping away Thursday, their actions and expressions said otherwise. last_img
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Tottenham transfer news: Pochettino puts Porto hitman top of January shopping list

first_img1 Jackson Martinez Tottenham are lining up a January move for Porto hotshot Jackson Martinez – but will face strong competition from Napoli.According to reports in Spain, the Colombia striker has decided that this will be his last season at Porto and he will seek a fresh challenge in the summer.But now it has been suggested that the Portuguese side are bracing themselves for January offers, with Spurs and Napoli circling.Martinez has become one of the most sought-after forwards in European football after he hit a staggering 51 goals in just 66 league outings since his move from Chiapas in 2012.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been heavily linked with the 27-year-old but now, according to Spanish news outlet Fichajes, Spurs are the English club leading the chase.Manager Mauricio Pochettino wants new forward options, with question marks over the future of Roberto Soldado, who has played just 41 minutes in the Premier League so far this season.And the Argentine manager could be about to bolster his options with a New Year swoop for Martinez.last_img read more

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Wenger on Sterling links: ‘I do not bid for anybody at the moment’

first_img Raheem Sterling in action for Liverpool 1 Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn on whether he will make a move for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling but says he will be active in the transfer market during the summer.Sterling could be heading through the exit door at Anfield following the latest reports that the England striker is expected to tell Brendan Rodgers that he wants to leave at the end of the season.Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for the 20-year-old who is emerging as one of the best young talents in Europe.But Wenger is adamant he will not enter any transfer negotiations until the end of May when the season has finished.Wenger said: “I do not bid for anybody at the moment. In the summer we will bid for people. At the moment we are not in transfer mode at all.“We want to finish our season well. We have put massive effort in since the start of the season to come back into a potentially good position in the Premier League, and now we need to focus on finishing well.“We have put so much effort in that it would be stupid not to finish the job well. The transfer period comes after the FA Cup final.“You absolutely want me to say something that I don’t want to say. I don’t like to lie. If I say that I will and I don’t do it, then I have lied.”last_img read more

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GAA: BURT CLUB NOTES

first_imgBurt GAA Club NotesIt’s shaping up to be a great summer! Well done to the Donegal senior footballers who are now into the All-Ireland semi-finals. It’s sure to be another cracker on the 28th August.Many thanks to any club member who helped the Burt Residents’ group with their community fun day and model aircraft show on Sunday past in the grounds of Burt GAA.The senior hurlers continued their unbeaten start in the championship with a 4-17 to 2-5 win over St Eunans in Hibernian Park last Wednesday.  The team has an Ulster semi-final match against Antrim’s Clooney Gaels this Sunday in Maghera with throw-in at 5pm. Good luck to the team. The U16 hurlers had a convincing 3-12 to 0-2 win over Setanta in the league last Thursday evening in Killygordon. This Thursday they are away to Buncrana. Joe will notify everybody on bus times and arrangements. Theay are also away to Carndonagh for  a re-arranged match on Tuesday 2 August.The U12 hurlers had a bye last week but they are back in action against Buncrana this Thursday in Hibernian Park. Johnny will be in contact with parents.The U14 footballers lost their first round championship match against a very good St Eunans side, 3-12 to 0-4. They still have the Shield final to play for though and Seán will be in contact.The U13 Inishowen football league starts this Tuesday 9 August. Burt are away to Moville for their first game.U13/14 football training is on Saturday mornings at Hibernian Park from 10.30 -12 noon. Please remember to bring your water bottle for hygiene reasons. Anyone that has lotto cards or who sells lottos for the club, please remember to hand them into your coach at training. Many thanks to everybody who helped out at last Friday’s U8 football blitz against Buncrana at the pitch. It’s great to see so many youngsters participating and enjoying sport. Thanks to Buncrana for travelling up.The U8 Hurling and Football Academy is on Monday nights in Hibernian Park, Burt. Training starts from 6pm to 7.30pm. Any new players/members are welcome. Can parents please send lunch/drink with their child for the mid-session break. If anybody has any questions, please feel free to contact any of the coaches at anytime. The coaches and their numbers: Martin McGrath –  087 7431332; Rory Grant –  087 7763668; Benny Harrigan – 086 8670070; Johnny Downey – 086 3066874. Finally,  the club and team managers extend a warm invitation for any parents that would like to help out the coaches at these sessions in any way. All help no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated!U10 hurling training is on Monday nights from 6-7.30. U10 football training is on Saturday afternoons from 12-1.15pm. Training is subject to changes depending on matches.There was no winner of the lotto jackpot last week. Two weekly winners were: Pauline Dowds, Burt, €30 and Denise Barr, Muff, €30. The numbers drawn were 3,6,8,10,19. Next week’s jackpot is €1600. Anyone with lotto’s should have them in the clubhouse by Tuesday night at 8pm or hand it to any club member. If anyone is interested in signing up to the direct debit, please contact Liam McKinney. Many thanks for your continued support.CLG Beart is having a fundraising dance in aid of the club and Evans school of dancing. ‘Jigs n Rigs’ will be held in the Halfway House on Friday 26 August. Club members and a few well known names form the parish will be paired with professionals for the event You can follow updates and news on the fundraiser on face book: www.facebook.com/jigsnrigs. Tickets are now available to purchase. Please contact Enda McDermott or Rory Grant if you wish to buy tickets for the fundraiser. Updates on club games, activities and fundraisers can be accessed on www.facebook.com/clgbeartGAA: BURT CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:burt gaa noteslast_img read more

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SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS U16’S HELD AT HOME TO CAPPRY ROVERS

first_imgLagan Harps FC News:Our only team in action last week was our u/16’s. They drew 0-0 at home to Cappry Rovers which unfortunately meant they ended up in 3rd place two points behind league winners Lifford and a point behind Cappry. The lads still have a cup final to look forward to in the coming weeks. Our mens team are aqay to Keadue Rovers on Sunday.With two games remaining they need four points to win the league and gain automatic promotion. The club is running a Night at the Races on Sunday 1st May. All support welcome, horses are for sale at €10 from club members. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 8,13,14 and 23. Sixteen people hadtwo numbers with Pat Crampsie drawn out and winning €50. Next weeks jackpot is €6525. SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS U16’S HELD AT HOME TO CAPPRY ROVERS was last modified: April 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Lagan Harps FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

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GRASSROOTS FIANNA FAIL ANGER AS HQ ACCUSED OF SHAFTING PAT THE COPE

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher.GRASSROOTS Fianna Fail supporters in Donegal claim veteran party stalwart Pat The Cope Gallagher is being deliberately ‘shafted’ by the party’s HQ team.The outgoing Donegal MEP is facing a battle to keep his seat with running ‘mate’ Thomas Byrne ahead of him in the polls.But Fianna Fail insiders here in Donegal believe party leader Micheal Martin has thrown all his weight behind Byrne. Sources say they suspect Mr Martin wants party pal Byrne elected at the expense of Gallagher who has held a seat in Europe since giving up his Dail seat in 2009 at the request of the party.“It’s clear who everyone in headquarters wants to win the seat and that is Byrne,” said one life-long Donegal Fianna Fail member.“The strategy of backing Byrne will undoubtedly get him a seat in Europe, but it will be at the expense of The Cope, so it will be a very hollow victory for the party as a whole but it will be a victory for those who want Byrne in and that seems to be everyone at HQ.”MEP Gallagher has been trailing in the polls. Mr Martin has been seen to campaign publicly for him.But behind the scenes party insiders say Mr Martin wants Byrne to get the seat.The row comes after a well-publicised row over election posters. Gallagher had wanted joint posters across the 15 counties in the Midlands North West constituency.He had also wanted an agreement on where posters would be placed; but Byrne was having none of it.“I’ve always been a party person and I believed the party could have saved tens of thousands of euro by opting for a single poster. But I was over-ruled by headquarters,” Mr Gallagher said last week. It is the latest issue to rock the party after the massive embarrassment when the party asked former Minister Mary Hanafin to run for a council seat in Dublin – then changed their minds.Hanafin says she will run regardless and could now be kicked out of the party.The incident has led senior party figures to question Micheal Martin’s continued leadership of the party.GRASSROOTS FIANNA FAIL ANGER AS HQ ACCUSED OF SHAFTING PAT THE COPE was last modified: May 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:MEPPat The Cope GallagherpostersrowThomas Byrnelast_img read more

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Anglican church launches campaign against abuse

first_img“Faith gives South Africa a foundation to build a violence-free country,” says South Africa’s Anglican archbishop, Thabo Makgoba.(Image: Anglican Church of Southern Africa)Veena O’Sullivan of global Christian relief and development agency Tearfund says faith-based organisations have an obligation to work to end sexual violence against women and children.(Image: Sulaiman Philip)MEDIA CONTACT• Veena O’Sullivan Team LeaderTearfund+27 31 266 8469Sulaiman PhilipThe rape and murder of cousins Yonelisa (2) and Zandile (3) Mali in the poor settlement of Diepsloot north of Johannesburg in October enflamed the crime-ridden community, and led to violent reprisals. The community burnt the suspects’ homes to the ground.Every day, South Africans face reports of dreadful violence against women and children: the rape of a 90-year-old grandmother, or of a three-week-old child. Each new horror rouses people’s anger. But, until now, that anger has had no outlet. The rape and murder of the Mali toddlers was just one of 64 000 reported cases of sexual violence that take place in South Africa in a single year. It’s a shockingly high number. And according to to Breaking The Silence, a report released by global Christian relief and development agency Tearfund, those reported cases make up a mere 5% of all sexual assaults committed in a year.Tearfund’s report spurred the agency to set up We Will Speak Out, with the support of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town. Launched at St Albans the Martyr Church in Pretoria on Monday 25 November, the intention of the campaign is to help combat sexual violence through the more active involvement of the church.Some 35-million South Africans identify themselves as Christian, out of a population of 51-million. Christian South Africans, Makgoba said, have a history of fighting injustice. Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s only archbishop emeritus, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaign to end apartheid using economic sanctions.“We have done mighty things before, and we can do it again,” Makgoba said. “Together, we can draw a line and move forward towards a different future.”Veena O’Sullivan, Tearfund team leader, said the involvement of the worldwide Anglican Communion would help stop the stigma against rape survivors, and break the silence that allows sexual violence to continue. “We needed a champion, a strong voice that will be heard and listened to,” she said. “Reverend Makgoba is that man who can bring together leaders of all religions.”Multi-denominationalFor now, the campaign involves only the Christian community. But Tearfund hopes that within a year all faiths will be join it. The NGO’s research found that survivors believed it was time people of faith proved themselves. A common assertion among survivors interviewed for the study was the belief that the church was far too concerned with theology and did not see tackling sexual violence as part of its biblical mandate.Tearfund’s research involved interviews with survivors of sexual assault, many of whom were clear in their feeling that the church had failed them as women and then again as victims. Researchers in Bredasdorp, where teenager Anene Booysen was brutally raped and murdered, found a negative perception regarding the role of the church when it came to victims of sexual assault.“The church is the anchor of the community but they run from victims. They sweep it under the rug. Or they stigmatise victims, isolating them,” an anonymous survivor told the researchers.O’Sullivan has worked with survivors in Democratic Republic of Congo, where rape is used as a weapon of war, but is shocked by the cyclical nature of sexual violence in South Africa. “The culture of rape is so cyclical in this country. We found families where the grandmother and mother had been raped; now the child as well.”Sexual violence has become normalised in some communities, the report suggests, and O’Sullivan argues that there is a real danger that these perceptions will become ingrained and intractable. “There is a culture of silence that comes from that; an acceptance that it is inevitable. That is what we must bring an end to.”Four-point planWith this as a guiding principle, Tearfund and the Anglican Church formulated a four-point plan that forms the basis of We Will Speak Out:● Faith communities will speak out and act: despite the negative perception that some survivors have of the church, they still feel that religious communities are a refuge. The church has a unique role to offer lifelong support to survivors. A church in Bredasdorp is showing the way by setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme. It spreads safety messages and offers counselling and home visits to survivors.● Churches will become safe spaces for survivors: beyond praying for an end to sexual violence and offering a safe space for healing, congregations are encouraged to become non-judgemental sanctuaries for survivors. Male church leaders need to highlight and spread the message that women in their congregation share the same rights as men and that the blame for sexual violence cannot be laid at the door of the victim.● Survivors’ movement will influence policy and practice: the church’s response to the epidemic of sexual violence will be shaped by survivors. The church has undertaken to work with the authorities to understand the procedures involved in reporting rape and to offer assistance to any victim who asks for it.● Men will be involved in preventing sexual violence: the faith community has access to a pool of dedicated volunteers who can mentor men and boys about their role in relationships and society. They are often also the only source of positive role models in a community and these should be tapped to spread the message that sexual violence must end.O’Sullivan admits that the findings did not come as a surprise, but she says that it is a reflection of the inherent good of South Africans that they are embracing a programme hoping to make a change. “South Africa is an amazing country but on the ground there is so much pain and suffering. Communities are willing to join hands, to collaborate. There is hope.”last_img read more

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Maverick Awards to recognise under-35 business genius

first_imgThe Maverick Awards aim to encourage dynamic young entrepreneurs to help drive South Africa’s job creation and economic growth. (Image: Brand South Africa) 13 March 2014The Maverick Awards, a new initiative by youth development consultancy Under 35 Mavericks in partnership with Brand South Africa, seek to reward the hard-nosed genius of established young South African entrepreneurs with prizes of up to R1-million.Read more on Media Club South Africa: Maverick Awards to recognise under-35 business geniuslast_img

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