The New World for soccer in the United States (US) now starts from Boca Raton, for it is in this famous American tourist resort in Florida that American Group Sport Management (AGSM) — a company with a profoundly Italian soul, is trying to revolutionize soccer within the ‘stars and stripes.’

Soccer is a discipline that has been on the rise for years in the US but it still suffers from very large structural gaps compared to what is predicated on the other side of the Atlantic and in places like Africa and Italy, home of the AGSM founders.

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If there’s one thing US soccer is getting good at then it is especially at the level of training and enhancement of soccer practitioners as well as facilities for the sport.

In the US today, soccer is slowly finding its space in the sports arena in a country where disciplines like basketball and especially football, thus American football, grabs almost all the attention. AGSM steps in as an academy seeking to churn out and shape the soccer talents of tomorrow.

They are one of few such entities existing in the US and indeed are initiators of the first professional football school in the States: the Miami Magic Football Club Academy (MMFCA).

 

The freshly minted MMFCA is a well-rounded academy to train a new generation of soccer players firstly from a technical point of view. The long term objective of the MMFCA is to envision the making of the superpower that the US already is, into a soccer superpower as well. even in the most loved and widespread sport in the world.

AGSM also brings in a world of knowledge they intend to inject into their game plan to make this ambitious goal a reality.

A spokesperson of AGSM disclosed that not that many people have been motivated to export US soccer talents owing to how the game is percieved there, but that can change with some work.

We want to remove this minority treatment reserved for soccer, which ends up penalizing the development of the discipline and its practitioners. Our Miami Magic Football Club Academy will play a key role in formulating complex and modern structures capable of equating footballers in training and development with the athletes of the sports most loved by Americans,” said this spokesperson.

It is indeed an ambitious and complex project that embraces the most modern methodologies that promises to make a definitive leap in quality to the ‘stars and stripes’ view of soccer by applying to it training and enhancement techniques that has helped push and create greats like Pele of Brazil, Maradona of Argentina, and young Italian soccer giants like Musa Barrow of Bologna FC.

Miami Magic FC Academy, a name that refers to the mythical basketball franchise of the Floridian metropolis, represents in the intentions of its creators only the first stone of a structure that plans in a short time to expand into other states of the soccer federation of the US to cover the entire US territory.

Watch out America, soccer in the US is about to experience a whole new side with the coming of AGSM. Check them out on Instagram as @americansportmanagement or visit www.americansportmanagement.com for updates.

Source: TheAfricanDream.net 

David OyedepoBishop Oyedepo is reported to be the richest pastor in Nigeria, affectionately called “Papa” by members of his congregation.

Oyedepo (born September 27, 1954) is a Nigerian Christian author, preacher, the founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church World Wide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, and its affiliated international churches known as Winners Chapel International, with headquarters in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Oyedepo is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

The Winners’ Chapel network of churches is located in over 300 cities, in all states of Nigeria, as well as, in over 63 cities in 32 African nations, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Oyedepo has been seen as one of the pioneers of the Christian charismatic movement in Africa and has been referred to as one of the most powerful preachers in Nigeria. 

He is the Chancellor of Covenant University and Landmark University. He was named in 2011 by Forbes magazine as being the richest pastor in Nigeria….

 ”Winners Chapel founder Bishop David Oyedepo received a mandate from God through an 18 hour long vision in May 1981 to liberate the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith…”

 

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chimamanda-ngozi-adichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on 15 September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria, the fifth of six children to Igbo parents, Grace Ifeoma and James Nwoye Adichie. While the family’s ancestral hometown is Abba in Anambra State, Chimamanda grew up in Nsukka, in the house formerly occupied by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. Chimamanda’s father, who is now retired, worked at the University of Nigeria, located in Nsukka. He was Nigeria’s first professor of statistics, and later became Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University. Her mother was the first female registrar at the same institution.

Chimamanda completed her secondary education at the University’s school, receiving several academic prizes. She went on to study medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the University’s Catholic medical students.

At the age of nineteen, Chimamanda left for the United States. She gained a scholarship to study communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia for two years, and she went on to pursue a degree in communication and political science at Eastern Connecticut State University. While in Connecticut, she stayed with her sister Ijeoma, who runs a medical practice close to the university.

Chimamanda graduated summa cum laude from Eastern in 2001, and then completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

It is during her senior year at Eastern that she started working on her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was released in October 2003. The book has received wide critical acclaim: it was shortlisted for the Orange Fiction Prize (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (2005).

Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (also the title of one of her short stories), is set before and during the Biafran War. It was published in August 2006 in the United Kingdom and in September 2006 in the United States. Like Purple Hibiscus, it has also been released in Nigeria.

Chimamanda was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005-2006 academic year, and earned an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008.

Her collection of short stories, The Thing around Your Neck, was published in 2009. Chimamanda says her next major literary project will focus on the Nigerian immigrant experience in the United States.

Chimamanda is now married and divides her time between Nigeria, where she regularly teaches writing workshops, and the United States. She has recently been awarded a 2011-2012 fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Source: http://www.l3.ulg.ac.be/adichie/cnabio.html

 

The Applications for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship closes tomorrow, November 11, 2015.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel… More details here. Successful applicants must meet the following  criteria:

  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa… More at: https://goo.gl/0ImFjn 
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe….More details here.

Apply here: 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application  Application deadline November 11, 2015

 

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thomas_eric_duncanThomas Eric Duncan, the patient who was being treated for Ebola in an isolation unit at a Texas hospital, has died, officials said today.

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m.,” the hospital said in a statement.

“Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing,” the statement said.

Duncan, a Liberian man who had traveled to Texas to visit family, was the first person to be diagnosed with the disease while in the U.S. and became the first person to die of the disease in the U.S.

Duncan’s daughter, Youngor Jallah, was distraught after learning of her father’s death.

“I am not okay and I don’t know what to do,” she told ABC News through tears.

Duncan was admitted to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sept. 28. He initially went to the hospital’s emergency room with symptoms on Sept. 26. He returned in an ambulance two days later and had been in an isolation unit since then.

On Saturday Duncan’s condition was downgraded from serious to critical, as doctors worked to save his life. Hospital officials confirmed Tuesday he was on a respirator and receiving kidney dialysis.

Duncan was the first person to be given the experimental drug brincidofovir.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings released a statement reassuring the public that health teams had taken steps to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in Dallas.

“We will stop the Ebola virus in its tracts from spreading into our community,” said Rawlings. “I want to reinforce to the public, that this was an isolated incident of the Ebola virus; contracted by the individual while residing in another country.”

Judge Clay Jenkins, who helped move Duncan’s relatives from a cramped apartment to a donated house, said in a statement his “thoughts are with the family and friends.”

“We are also thinking of the dedicated hospital staff who assisted Mr. Duncan daily while he fought this terrible disease,” wrote Jenkins.

According to Duncan’s neighbors in Monrovia, Liberia, Duncan might have contracted the deadly virus when he helped take a pregnant woman to a hospital while she was vomiting blood. He traveled with the woman to several facilities that turned her away and then helped carry her back into her home. She died the next day and it was later determined that she died of Ebola.

When he departed Liberia on Sept. 19, his temperature was taken at the airport and he was determined to not have a fever. He checked a form at the airport before leaving indicating he had not been in contact with anyone infected by Ebola. It’s not clear whether he was aware at the time whether the pregnant woman he helped was suffering from Ebola.

Four health workers were brought back from West Africa where they contracted the disease and were treated and released. A fifth person, cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, is being treated at a Nebraska facility.

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has already killed at least 3,431 and infected least 4,000 others since it started in March, according to the World Health Organization.

As we go about our day to day activities let us remember all Ebola sufferers in our prayers!

ebola_casecountrycountMonths after the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history began ravaging West African countries, a man who flew from Liberia to Dallas became the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. Health officials stressed that they are confident they can control this situation and keep the virus from spreading in the U.S.

“We’re stopping it in its tracks in this country,” Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declared during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. The man who is infected, who was not identified, left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. the following day to visit family members. Health officials are working to identify everyone who may have been exposed to this man. Frieden said this covered just a “handful” of people, a group that will be watched for three weeks to see if any symptoms emerge. “The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country,” Frieden said.

“It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.” There were more than 6,500 reported cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as of Tuesday, and the crisis has been blamed for more than 3,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola was first identified in 1976, and the current outbreak in West Africa is considered the largest and most complex in the history of the virus, with more cases and deaths than every other outbreak combined. Until now, the only known cases of Ebola in the U.S. involved American doctors and aid workers who were infected and returned to the country for treatment. One of them, Richard Sacra, was discharged last week from a Nebraska hospital.

Days later, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda admitted an American physician who was exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. There were reports of possible Ebola patients in New York, California, New Mexico and Miami, but all of them tested negative for the virus. The unidentified person with Ebola is being treated in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, according to Edward Goodman, the hospital’s epidemiologist. People who traveled on the same plane as this man are not in danger because he had his temperature checked before the flight and was not symptomatic at the time, Frieden said. Ebola is only contagious if the person has symptoms, and can be spread through bodily fluids or infected animals but not through the air.

“There is zero risk of transmission on the flight,” Frieden said. Still, the fact that the disease has been confirmed on American soil immediately sparked fears in the U.S., turning a public health crisis from a faraway news story to something that makes people reach for Purell and facemasks. But experts said it was impossible to imagine that Ebola, which a CDC estimate projects could infect up to half a million people by January, would remain completely outside the country’s borders. “It was inevitable once the outbreak exploded,” said Thomas Geisbert, a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who has researched the Ebola virus for decades.

“Unless you were going to shut down to shut down airports and keep people from leaving [West Africa], it’s hard to stop somebody from getting on a plane.” But Geisbert quickly underscored how unlikely the virus is to spread in the United States. For starters, he said, officials placed the sick man in quarantine quickly in order to isolate him from potentially infecting others. In addition, health workers are already contacting and monitoring any other people he might have had contact with in recent days. Two Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics and one paramedic intern are being monitored for Ebola symptoms after transporting the patient to the hospital.

The three EMS workers will remain at home for 21 days, Dallas Fire-Rescue Lt. Joel Lavender said Tuesday night. Their ambulance was decontaminated after they transported the patient, Lavender said. “The system that was put in place worked the way it was supposed to work,” Geisbert said. That doesn’t guarantee that no one else will get infected, because the sick person could have transmitted the disease to someone else before being isolated. But that approach almost certainly ensures that the United States will quickly contain the disease.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is centered in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, though there is a separate outbreak in Congo. Unlike in West Africa, where the affected countries have fragile or barely existent health care systems, where people are being turned away from treatment centers, where family members are caring directly with those sick and dying from Ebola, the U.S. is far more equipped to isolate anyone with the virus and provide the highest level of care.

For months, the CDC has been conducting briefings for hospitals and clinicians about the proper protocol for diagnosing patients suspected of having the virus, as well as the kinds of infection control measures to manage hospitalized patients known or suspected of having the disease. Many procedures involve the same types of infection control that major hospitals are already supposed to have in place.

Early recognition is a critical element of infection control. Symptoms include fever greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea and contact within 21 days before onset of symptoms with the blood or other bodily fluids or human remains of someone known or suspected of having the disease or travel to an area where transmission is active.

The CDC also has scheduled more training for U.S. workers who either plan on volunteering in West Africa or want to be prepared in the event that cases surface at their own hospitals. President Obama spoke with Frieden on Tuesday afternoon regarding the way the patient is being isolated and the efforts to scour the man’s contacts to seek out any potential other cases, the White House said. Frieden said during the news conference that the man who is infected did not develop symptoms until about four days after arriving in the country.

This man sought medical treatment on Friday, two days after symptoms developed, but was evaluated and released. He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday before being placed into isolation. Frieden, who would not say if the man was a U.S. citizen, said the man is not believed to have been working as part of the response to the Ebola outbreak.

Source: washingtonpost

10389496_638926816223071_5902674569796718064_nINSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2016 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2016)

Program Overview

The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered annually by the Department of State. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal year 2016, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV program.

Applicants who are selected in the lottery (“selectees”) must meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a diversity visa. Selectees are chosen through a randomized computer drawing. Diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.

For DV-2016, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. There are no changes in eligibility this year…..

For those in Ghana the online registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2016 program will begin Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 12:00 noon and will conclude Monday, November 3, 2014, at 12:00 noon

For more information please read the instructions for the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program:http://go.usa.gov/pzTY

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nkrumah nkrumahstamp nkrumahToday September 21 marks the 105th birthday of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

In 2010, the late President John Mills instituted the Founders Day to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The day will be marked with lectures, symposiums and other programmes to highlight his achievements and vision.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) which was founded by Nkrumah will celebrate the 105th birthday of their founder who was born September 21, 1909.

The celebration which began on September 14 has so far been highlighted by a series of activities including a durbar and launch of the reprint of ‘The Big Lie’, a book written by Nkrumah in 1969.

Since the Founders Day falls on Sunday, Monday has been declared a national holiday in Ghana.

The CPP says it is not enough to set a day aside as a holiday to celebrate Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The party is calling for the day to be linked to an activity such as a cleanup exercise to make it more productive.

Speaking ahead of Dr Nkrumah’s 105 anniversary, the Deputy Communications Director of the party, Ernesto Yeboah also called on President Mahama to amend NLC decree 332, on election and public office qualification decree which bars some people from standing for election.


Biography

Kwame Nkrumah was born as Francis Nwia Kofi Ngonloma in Nkroful, Gold Coast.

He studied to be a teacher at Achimota School in Accra from 1925 to 1935.

He worked as a teacher in several schools in the Gold Coast including a Roman Catholic school in Axim, while he was saving money to continue his education in the United States of America.

In 1935, Nkrumah sailed from Takoradi, Gold Coast, to Liverpool, England, and made his way to London, England, where he applied and received his student visa from the American Embassy.

It was while Nkrumah was in London in late 1935 that he heard the news of the Invasion of Abyssinia by fascist Italy, an event that outraged the young Nkrumah. This prompted him to set his sights on a political career.

In October 1935, Nkrumah sailed from Liverpool to the United States, where he enrolled at the Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939, and then he completed his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1942.

Nkrumah also earned his Master of Science degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942, and then his M.A. in philosophy in 1943.

Return to the Gold Coast
In 1947, Nkrumah was invited to serve as the General Secretary to the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) under Joseph Boakye Danquah.

This political convention was exploring paths to independence. Nkrumah accepted the position and sailed for the Gold Coast.
After brief stops in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast, he arrived in the Gold Coast on 10 December 1947.

On 28 February 1948, police fired on African ex-servicemen protesting the rising cost of living, killing and injuring sixty eight.
The shooting spurred riots in Accra, Kumasi, and elsewhere.

The government suspected the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) was behind the protests and on 12 March 1948 arrested Nkrumah and other party leaders.

Realising their error, the British released the convention leaders on 12 April 1948.

After his imprisonment by the colonial government, Nkrumah emerged as the leader of the youth movement in 1948.

Facing international protests and internal resistance, the British decided to leave the Gold Coast.

Britain organized the first general election to be held under universal franchise on 5–10 February 1951.

Though Nkrumah was in jail, his party, CPP was elected by a landslide, taking 34 out of 38 elected seats in the Legislative Assembly.

Source: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation ‎-

iPHONE-6-LAUNCH-DATEThe new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan on Friday, a prelude to the retail opening in Europe and the United States.

Huge lines formed in Australia, some for days. In cities including New York, many lined up to buy the larger phones in order to resell them in locations the latest iPhones aren’t yet available, such as China.

The store sales meant tech analysts could get their hands on the devices, and some promptly tore them apart to take a look inside.

People love their iPhones. Fans all over the world camped out to be first on the block with the new status symbols – the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

At least 400 people were waiting outside the New York City 5th Avenue store to get iPhones Thursday afternoon, and more than 100 were at second store on the Upper West Side. At the latter, the crowd was dominated by people planning to buy the phones to sell to others.

eb-5-visaThe United States has exhausted its annual supply of EB-5 immigrant investor visas for the first time in the program’s history following a surge of applications from Chinese nationals.

The State Department’s chief of visa control, Charles Oppenheimer, told lawyers at an industry conference earlier this week that no more spots will be available to Chinese for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Several attendees confirmed his comments to CNNMoney.

Known as EB-5, the immigration program offers a green card to any foreigner willing to invest at least $500,000 and create 10 jobs in America.

No more than 10,000 of the visas are allowed every year, and this will mark the first time the quota has been reached since the program’s inception in 1990.

“It’s like the movie house is sold out — there are no spare tickets left,” said Bernard Wolfsdorf, founder of immigration law firm Wolfsdorf Rosenthal. “Pretty much all the visas for this year are accounted for.”

There are 10,300 pending applications, and Wolfsdorf estimates it could take as long as three years for some to be processed.

This is of particular concern for investors hoping to bring their children, who only receive a green card if they’re under 21 at the time of application approval.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm now to file as soon as possible,” Wolfsdorf said. “If you don’t get your ticket now, you’re going to wait longer.”

In 2013, Chinese nationals accounted for more than 80% of EB-5 visas issued, compared to just 13% a decade ago, according to government data compiled by CNNMoney. That translates to nearly 6,900 EB-5 visas for Chinese nationals last year, a massive bump up from 2004, when only 16 visas were granted to Chinese.

For rich Chinese, opportunities in the U.S. are attractive. A green card offers a way to send their children to American universities escape heavy pollution and enjoy an improved quality of life.

Plus, the EB-5 program is relatively cheap. Australia, for example, requires a $4.5 million investment — nine times the minimum required by the U.S.

Experts say the program has exploded in popularity this year, particularly since Canada ended a similar program this year that was also popular with Chinese.

On top of that, these wealthy immigrants contribute to the local economy by buying houses, purchasing cars, and paying school tuition for their children, Wolfsdorf said.

But there are plenty of critics. Some argue that the program is a way for the global elite to buy citizenship.

Others say the scheme has too much red tape, and believe parts of it are mismanaged to the point of fraud.

A longer waiting line isn’t “the end of the world,” Wolfsdorf said. “The demand is greater than the supply.”

Source: CNNMoney