Ghana’s boxing icon Professor Azumah Nelson will launch his long-awaited biography titled “The Professor- the life of Azumah Nelson” on Wednesday October 29, 2014 at Alisa Hotel, Ridge at 6pm prompt.The event will bring together the country’s crème de la crème including former presidents, politicians, businessmen and women, sports personalities, foreign missions, corporate Ghana, academia and many others.The event comes on the heels of a successful launch of the 278 paged book in Australia last month. “The Professor-The Life of Azumah Nelson” chronicles the life of Africa’s greatest boxer and Hall of famer; his best and worst moments, achievements and disappointments among other chilling stories which made him the shining example in Africa.The level of interest by the story of the man who has established international reputation for his contribution to the success of World boxing has been immense and will unmask some of the ‘hidden’ truth behind his tremendous career.“Almost every Ghanaian knows my story but not the full story. The book will reveal the real Azumah Nelson and what I went through to attain the international recognition,” Azumah has said ahead of the launch.Part of the proceeds from the book launch will go into the first phase of the Azumah Nelson Foundation Complex, a multi-purpose sports academy to be established at Akuse. Already the Foundation is, with support from US-based organization “Building Bridges Foundation”, constructing a 6-unit classroom block for an adopted school in Anum Apapam in the Eastern region. The legendary Ghanaian boxer had a glittering career in the ring as an amateur and professional, and took the featherweight world title for the first time in 1984.He had a high-profile rivalry with Australia’s Jeff Fenech and is considered the greatest boxer to come out of Africa.The Azumah Nelson Foundation acknowledges Geo-Drill Ghana and Alisa Hotel for their contribution to this grand launch. After the launch, the book will be sold at Zenith Bank branches across the country. For more information visit www.azumahnelsonfoundation.org.gh or email: [email protected]
The Castlegar Rebels scored three times in the second period to post a 3-0 shutout over the Nelson Leafs as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League kicked off its 2010-11 season Friday in the Sunflower City.Taylor Anderson, Dylan Richardson and Erik Wentzel scored during a four-minute span for the home town squad. Richardson and Wentzel each finished the game with two points. Veteran netminder Andrew Walton stopped 19 shots to register the shutout.Leaf goalie Marcus Beesley was definitely the busier of the two backstoppers, facing 39 shots, including 20 in the middle frame, as the Rebels sent the announced crowd of 371 home smiling.The victory was the first of his coaching campaign for Castlegar product Steve Junker. The Castlegar Minor Hockey grad, replacing Brent Heaven behind the bench, joined the Rebels coaching staff after spending the past 13 seasons playing professional hockey in Europe.
1 As the two teams with a 100 per cent record come together this weekend, Jose Mourinho may have to risk Diego Costa’s hamstring injury or look to new signing Loic Remy to keep Chelsea’s winning run going.Stamford Bridge welcomes Swansea City this weekend in a game in which Chelsea should pick up all three points, but manager Jose Mourinho will face a difficult decision in who to play up front.Barclays’ Player of the Month and prolific striker Diego Costa is injured and racing in time to make kick off on Saturday. It’s not all bad for Mourinho though as he does have great striking options to fall back on, including new boy Loic Remy and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.The only other slight injury concern for the Portugese manager is Eden Hazard but the Belgian star should shrug off a minor Achilles problem.If Costa is fit, expect the Blues to be unchanged from their brilliant 6-3 win against Everton a fortnight ago. However, a tricky tie against Schalke in the Champions League will sure to be on Mourinho’s mind.Possible Chelsea line up:Chelsea fans, do you agree with the line up? Pick your team and comment below…
A Punjab police team carrying out a raid in neighbouring Haryana on Wednesday came under attack from locals, leaving several members of the unit injured. A villager also died after he was hit by a bullet in the melee. Reacting to the development, the Haryana police said it happened owing to procedural lapses on the part of their Punjab counterparts.Team rescuedA team of Bathinda police had gone to Desu Jodha village in Sirsa district in Haryana to arrest a person allegedly involved in drug trafficking. It had to be rescued by the Haryana police after being attacked by villagers.An official spokesperson of Haryana Police said the vehicle the Bathinda police team arrived in was also torched by the villagers. “In self-defence, the police team fired in the air. The villagers fired gunshots at the police — several personnel as well as villagers sustained injuries. A head constable who sustained serious injuries has been admitted at a hospital in Bathinda,” said the spokesperson.Investigation onWhile the spokesperson said the Haryana police are investigating the matter, he added that the Bathinda team should have, in accordance with standard operating procedure, informed the local police before conducting the raid. “No such information was given to the Sirsa police in this case, which shows a procedural lapse on the part of Bathinda police,” said the spokesperson.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Vale Surging iron ore exports from Brazil and contracting vessel supply in the region will keep Capesize/VLOC vessels in high demand in the Atlantic, supporting the continued surge in freight rates, shipping consultancy Drewry explained.Despite growing concerns of a slowdown in the global economy, spot rates reaching record highs in the Capesize market. The recent strength in spot rates is expected to continue over the remaining months of 2019 mainly due to the upcoming IMO regulations and the sharp recovery in Brazil’s iron ore exports.Following the disaster in late January this year when a tailing dam collapsed causing widespread casualties, the iron ore supply from Brazil tumbled in the first half of 2019 with the country exporting less than 20 million tonnes of the ore in April 2019. However, after an approval from the court, iron ore supplies have now resumed.Brazil’s iron ore exports registered a steep recovery, and in July the country exported 34.3 million tonnes of the ore which is more than 80% higher than the exports in April 2019. Strong demand for Capesizes to load cargo in Brazil created a shortage of tonnage in the Atlantic, leading to skyrocketing spot rates.As Brazil exports most of its iron ore to the Far East with China accounting for the lion’s share, a vessel takes about 80-90 days to complete a round voyage. Hence, vessels that loaded cargo in June and July at Brazilian ports for discharge in the Far East would be available again for loading only in September and October respectively. With not many Capesizes/VLOCs repositioned in the Atlantic from other locations to meet the surging demand, spot rates are on an upward spiral, according to Drewry.Additionally, in the run up to the impending IMO regulations, the effective supply of vessels has contracted. To avoid using expensive fuel and save on bunker costs, many shipowners are retrofitting their vessels with scrubbers before the regulation comes into force. This process takes about a month, during which time the vessels is removed from the operating fleet.In total, 45 Capesizes/VLOCs were retrofitted during June-August which is equivalent to 3% of the Capesize/VLOC operating fleet in terms of dwt.“We expect the momentum in retrofitting scrubbers to only increase as the IMO deadline approaches with almost 10% of the additional Capesize/VLOC fleet scheduled for retrofitting in the remaining months of 2019, taking the spot rates even higher,” Drewry added.