Avenette Sirleaf (Aka Queen V), Liberia’s oldest female rapper, has most definitely worked hard to obtain the status “Godmother of Hip-Co” over a period of sixteen years (16yrs).From dancing on stage at age of 15, this “Jue You Bad” female knows exactly how to rock the mic with her standard rap flow and western fashion trends.The tatted up female, who is always seen wearing different kinds of dark designer stunners, was born in Monrovia at the Cooper’s Clinic on Sept 17, 1982. A mother of two, this 31-year-old rap icon started her musical career at age 15 as a dancer. Many times at local basketball games, hungry crowds looked out for the most outstanding andcaptivating performances of the young Queen V alongside dancing partner Queen B, which redefined girl dancers in the early 90s. Now at age 31, the game has still not changed.Queen V, who has always been admired for her bold and spectacular performances, always making sure she leaves her fans in awe, is now an award winning artist for best song of the year 2013 for her track, “Jue You Bad” featuring Tan Tan B and DenG. She is also known for hits songs like “This is where I’m from” featuring Cypha the King, Nasseman, and Takun J and many more.Recently, the very bold and sassy queen of hip-co has been silent and kind of MIA (Missing In Action). Lib Life thought to checkup on her about her latest developments especially with the latest news on her her newborn baby.Sporting a leotard printed dress with matching headscarf and shoes and, as always, a dark Luis Vinton stunner, she doesn’t hesitate to fill us in on what we’ve been missing out on.Lib Life: hey… Avenette, thanks for having us.Queen V: Thank you too for having me,Lib Life: Tells us, how do you deal with all the attention, knowing you’re the most experienced and the godmother of this rap game in Liberia?Queen V: Well I’m calm about, you know, being the baddest, I’m not you know crazy, like crazy-crazy and letting it get to my head. I know how to deal with fame, I’ve been in this game for a very long time now so I’m focused and basically I deal with it in a very mature way, which is being the baddest!Lib Life: You’ve been missing in action for quite some time now. As a matter of fact, we didn’t see you at the sound city beach jam. Tell us, what has the queen been up to?Queen V: Well nothing much, just that I’ve just given birth and I’m recovering from a C-Section. I wasn’t at the show because I am recovering.Lib Life: Wow. That must be tough! Is he your first?Queen V: Oh No! He’s actually my second giant. My first child who’s also a boy is thirteen years old now. I have two giants now.Lib Life: Wow… I must admit you’re beautiful. So what’s the secret keeping up with being a mom of two and at the same time being the Queen V of LIB?Queen V: Oh Thank you and all I can say is, the secret is simple, being the baddest! That’s just it.Lib Life: Now lets go back to your pregnancy cause I’m sure not everybody was aware of it.Queen V: They all knew I was pregnant. My pregnancy wasn’t a secret. I performed the entire time I was pregnant. I did so many shows, so now, they’re just finding out that because of the C-section I just had, I couldn’t do any performances and that is why I wasn’t at the show on the 15th. My fans know I don’t let them down (laughing hysterically).Lib Life: You just won an award for best track of the year, for you song “Ju you bad”, how does that make you feel?Queen V: Well ummm I feel great! I feel amazed, I feel happy, I feel so overjoyed that all the hard work I’ve put into this game is finally starting to pay off.Lib Life: But did it ever occur to you or cross your mind that the song would have gone that far? That is as far as winning an award?Queen V: I knew it was a hit song when it was being recorded in the studio. I knew instantly it was a hit, I knew it had potential of going very far, very very far.Lib Life: And who would you say was your inspiration to the track?Queen V: Myself! I was thinking of myself. Am I not bad???Lib Life: Oh of course you are!Queen V: Exactly! I was thinking about myself darling cause I know I’m bad! Believe me!Lib Life: So what you’re saying basically is the song was all about you.Queen V: Yeah that’s right. And then if you’re singing it and you are a female; just know you’re bad too. It’s not really necessarily about Queen V but you could also put it in your shoes as well, you can be a bad chic, which is good!Lib Life: So tell us when will Queen V come out of that hiding place of hers and give her fans what they always expect?Queen V: (Laughing) Well basically, because I have just given birth, I have to heal. I thought it was going to be a normal delivery but it turned out not to be. So once I’m healed, Lib’s going to know what’s up.Lib Life: Any goodies stored up for your fans while you’re taking time off?Queen V: Oh Yeah, most def! I got couple of tracks I did alongside “Jue you bad”, and so I’m working on their videos.Lib Life: But don’t you feel bad a little? I mean missing out on a chance of some possible collabos with two of the foreign artists that came?Queen V: Believe me, I don’t feel bad or consider it as me being left out. In fact, I think I am the reason why I was left out. If I was well I would have been with them. I’m happy because I just had a baby and he’s my little joy!Lib Life: Ok so, lets talk about this new joy of yours a little.Queen V: (laughing) No no, he’s private. He’s not the celeb here. So no! And don’t even ask about a name cause you’re not going to get it. I’m keeping my baby out of this; he’ll come into the publics’ eyes very soon.Lib Life: And how is older brother taking it? How does he feel about his little brother?Queen V: Oh my gosh! He’s so excited. He’s 13yrs old so he’s a big brother. He’s very happy to have a sibling now, you know, very happy. The baby is still young but he can’t wait to start feeding him once he gets a little older.Lib Life: And how does he handle the fact that his mom is a public figure?Queen V: I mean a lot of times he goes to school and sometimes he tells me, “mommy I heard this about Queen V” and he would ask whether it’s true or not and I make him understand that not everything he hears out there about his mother is true. So if he hears something that is wrong about me, he’s not going to confront you about it, but will rather wait till he gets home and talk to be about those things he heard. And I tell him exactly what’s going on.Lib Life: Oh that’s really fantastic. So you being a musical idol for many young ladies out there and you’re also a mother. What advice do you have to other young struggling mothers out there trying to make ends meet?Queen V: Well I would say as a teenager, protect yourself while you still can, pay attention to school cause once you’re learned, you’re guaranteed to excel in life. But for those who were very unfortunate and ended up having kids already, I would say abstain now from just having casual sex and concentrate on going back to school.Also concentrate on being a good mother to your child because those kids, they didn’t ask you to bring them into this world. It was your decision, so it’s your responsibility. Even if the father of that child is not willing to be a responsible father, I believe the mother should be a responsible mother. I think often times you hear people saying, “I’m the mother and father of this child”, so I mean young ladies, young girls should follow that path.Lib Life: Sweetz of Red Eyes Entertainment once in an interview expressed, wanting to do a collabo with you, how you see that?Queen V: Oh really??? Well that sounds good. You mean Sweetz the first lady right? Well yeah that sounds like a good idea, I mean she should reach out to me, anytime I’m available.Lib Life: And what about this rumor of you and Tan Tan B sparking up a little romance?Queen V: (laughing so hard) Come on! Tan Tan and I work together! We’ve worked on so many projects before “Jue you bad” but apparently “Jue you bad” turned out to be the bomb. Basically Tan Tan and I went to school together, we attended J J Roberts United Methodist School way back in the days, so we’ve known each other way before this music game. So he’s just my real good friend and he’s a godfather to the baby. Please! Liberia, Tan Tan is just and only a friend!Lib Life: We got you loud and clear ma’am, so is there anything else you’ll want your fans to be aware of while you’re still in your hide out?Queen V: Hehehehe… Ah, they need to know, infact they already know what I’m capable of and they should know that when I do bounce back; I mean “Jue you bad” was just something like a teaser but with the other videos I’m going to be working on, they’re going to be crazy! I mean the bomb! So let them watch out, the queen was expecting, the queen has given birth, the queen shall return.Lib Life: Right! Anyways Queen V it was great chatting with you and we wish you a speedy recoveryQueen V: Yes ma’am!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Department of Environment will serve as a watchdog body over the extractive industries of Guyana.President David GrangerAmid concerns about the necessity of this decision, President David Granger justified the move to delink this department from the Natural Resources Ministry, explaining that it would be counterproductive to have the entity charged with reaping the best from the extractive sectors also be tasked with protecting the environment.He was at the time responding to questions from local journalists on the recent broadcast of the weekly telecast ‘The Public Interest’.“The Department of Environment is meant to optimise the work of several units. We want to create a clearer division between the extractive industries…so the Department of Environment will be a watchdog to ensure the extractive industries do not do damage to the environment,” Granger emphasised.The Parliamentary Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had raised concerns about the establishment of this department. PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had ridiculed the decision, noting that the government continues to demonstrate utter ineptitude in the management of the country.She had also contended that these constant shakeups in the public service will only undermine the sector.“They (public servants) like to know where they are, they like to know their supervisors, they like continuity, they don’t like that one morning you wake up and you are with this minister, the next morning you wake up and you’re with another minister and then suddenly you are moving back; you then find yourself making arrangements to move to another building and then suddenly you moving back to another building. This is a recipe for disaster in a public service,” she stated.Teixeira added that the situation could also arise where important files go missing as a result of the numerous moves.Furthermore, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall pointed out that this move will result in financial chaos in the accounting system.“Because we had a national budget where the National Assembly approves line items situated under a particular ministry and now it is cut in half or quarter and transferred over…there are financial implications on how they will account for the money and without parliamentary scrutiny. That is why these abrupt changes are minimised because it leads to mismanagement,” he explained.At a post-Cabinet press conference on July 27, State Minister Joseph Harmon disclosed that the move to remove overview of the environment sector from the Ministry of Natural Resources was to lessen the responsibilities which lie on the shoulder of the subject Minister Raphael Trotman.He explained that in so doing, it will alleviate potential conflicts which often exist between the simultaneous management of the extractive industries and the environment.
The Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) is outraged by the findings of a ChildLink report which pointed out that the Agency has no established criteria to determine which facility children are placed in once they are taken into the State’s care and that children are abused while in the care of the State.“We have criteria and we follow it. We do not operate haphazardly,” a CPA official stated, highlighting that there is a Childcare Agency Act which the outfit is guided by in determining how a child is placed into a home.The report “An Analysis of the Nature and Extent of Institutionalisation of Children in Guyana” stated that the Agency reported that based on “informal determination” of the facilities’ strengths, as well as the care facilities’ preferences with regards to age and sex, a child is placed.It emphasised that the consultants at the Agency were not in an informed position to indicate clearly where, for instance, an abused child – whether physical, sexual, neglected or otherwise ? would be placed, as against a child whose family could not adequately provide food and shelter for them.The official at the Agency asserted that ChildLink is aware that there are standard operating procedures that the organisation adheres to and said they were shocked by its findings. “We are still trying to come to grips with the presentation of the research,” the official said.The official added that there are special homes for children who have been abused, stated that “we just don’t drop them into one place.”Child Counsellor Abbigale Loncke had stated that Guyana does not have separate facilities to cater for children who have either been abused or taken in because of wandering or poverty. She stated that while children enter alternative care for various reasons, they are all put in one type of facility ? there is no distinctive facility.According to the ChildLink report, caregivers were not considerate with respect to the circumstances faced by a child, which gave rise to their admission to the facility before the placement was made. “Rather, they were informed that the child would be assigned there and the facility was required to make the necessary arrangements for his or her admission,” it said, adding that this posed many challenges, since the caregivers did not know what to expect and therefore were unprepared for the circumstances presented by each child.“Some form of dialogue is, therefore, necessary between the residential facility and CPA before a child’s admission so that an informed response based on the particular needs of the child could be provided,” the report recommended.The official, however, contended that the report was “poorly” done since there are a number of discrepancies in it.“It is unethical to use what one child says and say it is the same for the rest,” the official stated, adding that the interviewer is unaware of what is going on in the child’s mind at that moment. “Some of them just want to go home and they would say anything to get them to leave,” the official added.As of March 2016, the CPA recorded that 803 children were in alternative care (foster and residential), of which 624 of these children are in residential care, while 179 are in foster care. These children were placed in alternative care because of various forms of abuse, poverty, disasters, disability of a parent, and the death of a parent.
Barca lead Group D with a perfect record from three games, while Juventus remain three points behind thanks to a 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon.A near 50-metre banner produced by the club called for “Dialogue, Respect, and Sport” before kick-off as Barca continued their plea for both sides of the political divide to reconcile their differences.“In such a complicated, difficult situation in Catalonia, Barcelona has to take a stand and our position is very clear – we want dialogue,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Barca TV.“By speaking people understand each other and come to points of agreement.“We also ask for respect for everyone involved in such a complex situation in Catalonia and respect for Barca.“And finally sport because we are a sporting club, not just in football but basketball, hockey, handball and we will continue to compete on the field.”Catalonia’s separatist leader Carles Puigdemont must abandon his bid for independence from Spain on Thursday or face an unprecedented move by Madrid to seek a suspension of his region’s autonomy. Barca’s singing section also held up a banner reading ‘Freedom for Catalonia’, while there were habitual chants in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each half to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.Those cries were briefly halted in the first period, though, as Barca went in front in the 18th minute when Nikolaou sliced Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net.The club have supported Catalonia’s right to self-determination in a referendum, but stopped short of backing independence.Barca beat Las Palmas 3-0 behind closed doors on October 1 as a protest at the violent scenes across Catalonia, according to Bartomeu.However, the decision to go ahead with the match proved divisive as two Barca board members resigned in the aftermath and there were calls for Bartomeu to resign from supporters at the start of the second half.Barca announced on Tuesday representatives of pro-independence citizens’ groups Omnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) were invited after their leaders Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez were detained on Monday on charges of sedition. However, both organisations refused that offer.– Messi scores free-kick –Barcelona team line up in the rain before the UEFA Champions League group D football match against Olympiacos at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Ocotber 18, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEPique dominated headlines for his outspoken criticism of the police brutality on the day of the October 1 referendum and his subsequent treatment when on international duty with Spain as he was jeered.However, for once it was his performance on the pitch that was left open to criticism as he was stupidly sent off for slapping the ball into the net two minutes before half-time after picking up an early booking.Barca, though, shrugged off their numerical disadvantage as Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition and 97th in the Champions League on the hour mark.The Argentine dinked a free-kick towards goal, but needed the help of a poor effort from Olympiakos ‘keeper Silvio Proto, who merely helped the ball on its way into the net.Messi was involved again for Barca’s third three minutes later as his cutback was drilled home by Lucas Digne.Olympiakos pulled a goal back a minute from time as Nikolaou made amends for his earlier error with a towering header, but the Greeks remain rooted to the bottom of group without a point.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Lionel Messi shoots to score his goal number 100 in a European competition during their UEFA Champions League match against Olympiacos FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Ocotber 18, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEBarcelona, Spain, Oct 18 – Barcelona shrugged off an early Gerard Pique red card and the distractions of a first match at the Camp Nou since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia to beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday.A Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne ensured a comfortable evening for the hosts on the field, while the political tension sweeping across Catalonia was seen in the stands despite a low turnout due to torrential rain.
Con Holmes is always putting his foot in it.He did it again last Friday in dreadful weather conditions. Con didn’t juts walk from Letterkenny to Newtowncunningham – he did it in his bare feet.There were a few blisters but there was no stoping Con whose walk was in aid of NCDI our local community developmment project & the Breast Unit at LGH.Thanks to Mick & Irene Ferry, Sean & Kathleen Holmes who this walk had a special meaning for as a breast cancer patient, Eilish O Reilly, Marie Kelly, Karina Gildea, Oonagh Fullerton, Jimmy Gildea and a very special thank to Con’s grandchildren Amy & Clara Golden & Molly Gildea.The children walked a big part of the way, Amy aged 16, Molly aged 10 & 7 year old Clara years all did the walk. Con said he hopes to have managed to make a few euros for both these worthwhile projects and we should have the figure soon.And not one to put his feet up – Con was again back in the bare feet as he went for a ‘small’ 5k walk for the Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup 5KM CON PUTS HIS FOOT IN IT …..AGAIN! was last modified: June 25th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:barefoot charity walkCon Holmes
predicted NEW ERA 1 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Mourinho’s side face Milan in California on Thursday morning ALTERED What is the team news?United’s squad for the tour has been severely affected by the World Cup – but Alexis Sanchez has looked sharp after a summer off.Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are yet to return to action after their Russian exploits.Milan have a strong 28-man squad over in the States and Gennaro Gattuso is spoilt for choice upfront with Nikola Kalinic, Andre Silva and Suso all set to feature. Getty How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? who plays? What time does the game start?This game takes place on Thursday, July 26.It will be held at the impressive Rose Bowl in Pasadena, which is the former home of the LA Galaxy.Kick-off is at 4.05am UK time, or 8.05pm on the West Coast.Which channel can I watch it on?You can watch this game live on MUTV, with coverage starting at 4am.If you subscribe to Sky TV you can watch it on Sky channel 418 or go to www.mutv.com. possible xi How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Manchester United continue their tour of the US with a tasty clash against AC Milan.The Italians have been granted permission to play in European competition next season and both sides will have their eye firmly set on the big kick-off. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener gameday How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence FOOTBALL LATEST
Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min were given 30 minutes by manager Mauricio Pochettino, while development squad players Luke Amos, George Marsh and Anthony Georgiou started alongside academy product Oliver Skipp.The Premier League side are undefeated in 90 minutes in pre-season, having beaten Roma 4-1 and then drawing 2-2 with Barcelona, but going on to lose 5-3 on penalties, in the International Champions Cup. 1 gameday cracker ALTERED smart causal Another goal from Georges-Kevin N’Koudou helped Tottenham beat Milan in their pre-season friendly in Minneapolis.The winger got his second goal in as many games as Spurs won 1-0. Milan’s starting line-up punished Today’s starting XI. 👊 #SpursInUSA #ICC2018 pic.twitter.com/lqSlCgLkm8— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 1, 2018After a quiet first half at the US Bank Stadium, the 23-year-old broke the deadlock on 47 minutes when he fired past Gianluigi Donnarumma, who had replaced Pepe Reina in goal at half-time.The Frenchman drove into the Milan box and shot, with the Italian keeper only able to get a fingertip to it. Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED gameday Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January no dice Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Tottenham news targets Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener
possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Latest Football News 2 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “Let’s renew the old deal by one month. Then we have organised relationships right now and we are prepared to play the international matches this week.“Sign up and we will sit on the plane immediately. We are ready and we will play.”But it appears that his plea has been ignored.Denmark, who reached the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia this summer and are ninth in the FIFA rankings, have been beset by internal problems over the past 12 months.The national women’s team boycotted a World Cup qualifier against Sweden in October 2017 in a dispute over employment conditions.Sweden were awarded a 3-0 win and UEFA fined the DBU £18,000, and also warned that Denmark would be barred from UEFA tournaments if it cancelled another match in the next four years.So failing to play Wales would almost certainly see Denmark expelled from the 2020 European Championship. Christian Eriksen is set to miss out playing for Denmark this week With no sign of a resolution, the Danish Football Association (DBU) is now set to select a team of domestic players rather than Premier League-based stars such as Christian Eriksen, Kasper Schmeichel and Andreas Christensen.Manager Age Hareide will also be absent for both games, with former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen placed in temporary charge.The makeshift squad is expected to be drawn from the first and second divisions of the domestic Danish league and members of the national Futsal squad, an indoor five-a-side game played with a smaller and harder ball.Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen had earlier called for a truce in the row and said Denmark’s players were willing to play the two games under the terms of the old commercial rights agreement.“We have to solve this conflict now, not just digging the ditches deeper,” Eriksen said on the Danish Players’ Association website.“So we’re happy to stretch our hand again, even though DBU put it away in the first try. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware highlights RANKED smart causal impact Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Denmark were knocked out by Croatia in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup DBU elite manager Kim Hallberg said: “We must hold teams in the two international matches to avoid millions of fines and possible exclusion of the national team for several years.“On behalf of DBU and Danish football, I am pleased that John Faxe Jensen has taken the hard task of being coach in both matches.”Jensen, who is noted for scoring in Denmark’s Euro 1992 final victory against Germany, played for Arsenal and spent eight months coaching in the Premier League at Blackburn in 2011.He went on to become a consultant at Brondby and spent fours years in charge of Danish club Fremad Amager between 2014 and 2018.“I do not consider the matter between DBU and the players, my yes is not an expression of it,” Jensen said.“I just hope to help us get through the two matches and that the parties find a solution as soon as possible.“The national team has meant infinitely much to me in my career and in my life.“It hurts to follow this course, and I hope my contribution can help mitigate the negative consequences.” MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Denmark are set field a team of lower-league and futsal players against Wales after the row which has rocked Danish football took an extraordinary twist.A bitter dispute has developed concerning the players’ commercial rights, ahead of the friendly against Slovakia on Wednesday and the UEFA Nations League opener with Wales in Aarhus on Sunday. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade BEST OF ADVICE REVEALED 2
Brentford players believe they can turn up the heat on the under-fire Rafael Benitez in Sunday’s FA Cup replay.Chelsea’s interim manager remains an unpopular figure among many Blues fans and the League One side are determined to use the tension around Stamford Bridge to their advantage this weekend.“At any club, when the fans are against the manager, it’s not a good recipe,” said striker Clayton Donaldson.“If we can go there, try to disrupt their play and get the fans on their backs, that will definitely give us the momentum to try and go forward and push them back.Moore did well against Chelsea.“This year Chelsea haven’t really had the best home record – probably because the fans are a bit irritated with how the club’s being run at the moment.”And Donaldson, who has scored 19 goals this season, says those fans have every reason to be annoyed about Roberto Di Matteo’s sacking and the appointment of former Liverpool boss Benitez in his place.He said: “With the Di Matteo situation, they’re a bit bitter because he got them the European Cup, which they always wanted.“To actually relieve him of his duties the season after – I think it’s right the fans are disappointed. I would be.“You can understand why the fans are a little disappointed and I think it’s definitely shown in their form this year.“Hopefully we can go there, use that to our advantage and get their fans on their players’ backs as soon as possible, which would be good for us.“The crowd are irritated and if we go there and win, who knows what’s going to happen there. That would be a backpage moment, terrific for us but a disaster for Chelsea.”Bees goalkeeper Simon Moore is also convinced his team can capitalise on the discontent surrounding Benitez.The Spaniard was barracked by angry fans as he left the pitch following the draw at Brentford, where Fernando Torres’ equaliser denied the home side a famous victory.“You could hear after the game their fans screaming at Rafa Benitez. It can only be a good thing for us,” said Moore.“I think it’s a great time to play them. Things behind the scenes don’t really seem right there at the moment.“Our gameplan is to go there full of confidence and belief. We genuinely believe we’ve got a chance of winning the game.”See also:Rosler convinced Bees can sting ChelseaWhy grafter Donaldson has no sympathy for misfiring 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
18 January 2005British singer/songwriter Elton John has opened a care centre in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg that runs life skills projects for orphaned, abused and neglected children.The Elton John Masibambisane Centre provides aftercare facilities as well as running various programmes during school holidays and on weekends.The UK superstar got involved after the centre and Johannesburg Child Welfare approached the Elton John Aids Foundation for help. They received funding in December 2003 and work began on developing a new venue in 2004.Elton John formally opened the centre on Wednesday, 12 January.In a press release, Elton John said: “The success of the Elton John Masibambisane Centre is an incredible template for what can be done to assist children to get into the mainstream of life.”During his low-key visit to the country, the flamboyant musician hosted a private charity dinner in Cape Town to raise money for the fight against HIV/Aids.The event, during which he performed some of his hits before an audience of local celebrities, business figures, sports stars and politicians, reportedly raised around R7-million.The singer also visited an Aids clinic in KwaZulu-Natal and toured several projects supported by the Elton John Aids FoundationThe Elton John Masibambisane CentreSince opening its doors in September 2003, the Elton John Masibambisane Centre, run by Johannesburg Child Welfare, has had to move from one venue to another as the numbers of children attending courses or using the aftercare facilities burgeoned. Initially some 70 children made use of the centre. It now caters for 165 children.Since its establishment, the centre has worked closely with the community, schools and clinics. Community groups liaise with the centre when a child is in need and the social workers then follow up the request, talking to the family and the child.Part of the work of the Elton John Masibambisane Centre is to visit families in the neighbourhood, particularly where parents are critically ill. “We counsel ill parents and make an agreement with them to keep and take good care of the children when they die”, says project coordinator Eunice Mahlanga.The children do not live at the centre. They come to the centre after school, where, with the help of community caregivers and extended family members, they are given a meal and helped with homework and preparation for the following day’s school.The children are also able to take a bath or shower at the centre, and can also use the facilities to wash their uniforms.“We don’t want to take the children away from the people they are used to, especially their siblings”, says fundraising manager Jill Edgar.By running the centre in this way, “we want the children grow up knowing that there is someone out there who loves and cares for them”, Edgar adds.The centre also offers counselling to the children. “Our plan is for the children to start making memory boxes to remember their deceased parents”, says Mahlanga.Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material