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Taking Liberia to the World

first_imgHis job may be to pump up the jam, make some money, bring in big acts and make some more money, but he takes his subject matter very seriously. Bassirou Bashir Kante, CEO of SHEIKE BASSIROU Entertainment, is the man who motivated real paramount concerts before the first Ebola outbreak ravished Liberia. We literally heard screams and watched drool roll from the lips of fans from all parts of Liberia as they watched their favorite Liberian and Nigerian stars at his major concert shows.But Bassirou’s passion for entertainment and the way he takes care of his performers during each show aren’t the only reason(s) he’s so popular. Bassirou, who has promoted entertainment through Royal Gold Plus Entertainment is a success because he backs up his love for Liberia with seriousness and respect. He has taken on big showbiz names and brought them to Liberia — WizKid, Timayah, J Martins, R2Bees as well as all Liberian musicians — and he has won the hearts of Liberians.Quite recently, his team SHEIKE BASSIROU ENTERTAINMENT was awarded a compliment by the UN General of the Nigerian Defense Section, United Nation Peace keeper Nuhu E. Angbazo, because of his planned Mali Unification concert set to jump off April 9, 2016 in Bamako, Mali.“When I say God is good am talking about God being really good. Our work and upcoming Concert in Mali is now recognized as a peace keeping mission through entertainment and unity among West African States,” Bassirou shared via FaceBook.LIB Life finally caught up with Bassirou to find out more about the Mali concert and his entertainment movement.LIB Life: We feel honored to talk to you. Tell Liberia a bit about who Bassirou is.Bassirou: I grew up in the US where I lived all my life and worked, and moved back to Liberia in 2009 to invest in the import and export industry as well as the Liberian gold and diamond sector. In 2011, I chose to do entertainment for the love of music, and just because I saw how the Nigerian music industry was growing very fast and I though it wise to get involved.LIB Life: Sounds good. We noticed that you were involved in a lot of concerts and bringing light to our industry. What happened with that?Bassirou: Unfortunately throughout the years of 2011-2014, just before Ebola, I invested substantially in the entertainment industry by bringing in international artists and working with Liberian artists and so on. I lost a lot of money up until the end of Ebola and decided it’s about time to go back to the US and start over. I went back to the Us during the Ebola outbreak. After Ebola, I thought the Liberian industry, most especially the entertainment sector, did not pay off, like they do on an international level, locally or internationally. LIB Life: Now you are back and bigger than ever. Why, after losing so much?Bassirou: When we have a concert in Liberia, as big as possible, using the stadium or whatever, you have people who are corrupt by jumping the fence and not knowing that you spent a lot of money to put these events together. They duplicate tickets and so on. After the Wiz Kid and Timaya concert, I was broke. The concert cost me about $187,000.00 USD and after the concert was over, I was in the hole for about $200,000. I used all of the company money to pay for hotels, paying artist locally and internationally, air tickets and stuff like that. It was very devastating; but as God would have it, I was able to sort people out. It killed the dream for awhile, but then coming to the US, sitting and thinking it over, I thought let’s do it differently. Let’s take Liberia to the world, instead of taking the world to Liberia. Let them show that we are the best.LIB Life: Tell us about the concert.Bassirou: There are a list of people that are coming to this concert that I am actually sponsoring single handedly — to God be the glory most especially. We have Flavor from Nigeria who’s the best in the industry, J martins and M2kay from Nigeria. F Dot A Dot, a Liberian based in Nigeria, DJ Blue, DJ Kess from Ghana, four to five Malian artists living in Paris, Tal B, Gaspi, and we have this kid from Liberia, Tomah S. Floyd. These are just some of the names on the list that will be in Mali. We’re going places. Hopefully by the end of this event, we can have Liberia at a whole different level. There’s going to be a lot of Liberian artists that will perform there, showcasing them on that platform to make sure that Liberian persons are recognized and seen in concert.LIB Life: Why did you decide to have this concert? I mean Mali has been cut off from the world for a minute. What will this do for Liberia?Bassirou: This is a tough question; just trying to do something different. It goes back to loving music. I’m a Liberian and have resources in Mali from my grandparents. Though I lost so much money in entertainment, I still have love for the game. I thought to try another country but not forgetting Liberia this time around. The Mali Unification Concert is not the only concert. This is the first concert of the 11 country tour that we have planned. Mali is just the introduction. When we find investors to open with SHEIKE BASSIROU ENTERTAINMEMENT, that will lead our concert to other countries around the continent ofAfrica. Making sure to take African entertainment, including Liberian entertainers, to global attention.LIB Life: Will the Liberian entertainers receive just as much attention as the Nigerian artist?Bassirou: J Martins and Flavor are flying business class and you can rest assured my Liberians will be flying business class also; hotel suites and stuff like that — equal treatment. I’ve been in Liberia, so my record can show. I remember when I did the J Martins show in Liberia, the local artists all stayed in hotel suites. People asked why did I do that, because these guys usually stay at their houses and homes before coming to a show. I said no, I need them to be treated equally. This is just me being me. I just pray that the Liberian government sees this and tries to support these guys so they can be able to succeed in the entertainment industry. Look at culture and tourism, these are some of the things they need to put in order for these guys who are trying to be entertainers or whatever sector they want to be in Liberia, let the culture and tourism ministry stand by them and uplift them. Pretty soon we can bejust like Nigeria. We are a small country and have the resources to do these things.LIB Life: Why F Dot A Dot and what other countries do you plan to take him?Bassirou: He wasn’t selected [just] because he was in Nigeria at the time. He would have been selected if he was in any part of the world. I was going to make sure that he’s listed on this concert, one of the reasons being because he’s really good. This is a guy who has been trying with his own strength and power to make a name for himself. Just by him going to Nigeria to chase that dream touched me. Having known that I had to put Liberians in this concert, first thing that came to my mind was, ‘We need to get F.A. He signed the contract and disclosed payment, and he’s going to make Liberia proud — most especially me. They ask why F.A. Just wait and see. And if you still want the answer, come April 9th. He is Liberia’s pride. This 11 country tour is going to go on as long as God will have it. This year we have Congo, Guinea, Sierra Leone. Don’t get me wrong; we have Liberia, but we don’t know when. We also have eastern Africa and some cities in the US coming up.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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Man who stole to get brother’s attention sentenced

first_imgA man was on Friday brought before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with breaking and entering a storage bond belonging to his brother and making off with a number of items.Joseph Smith, 28, of East Bank Demerara (EBD) pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.It is alleged that between October 8 and 9, 2016, at Mocha, EBD, he broke and entered the storage bond of Andrew Dowling, making off with one generator, one pressure washer and one television, a total value of 0,000.The Prosecution told the court that on the day of the incident, Dowling secured his premises at around 18:30h, however, the following day he returned to the Lot 50 Nelson Street, Mocha, storeroom and noticed that the lock was broken and the above mentioned items missing.A report was made to the Providence Police Station and an investigation was carried out. The defendant was found to be in possession of the articles. He was arrested and charged with the offence.The defendant told Magistrate McLennan that he stole the articles to get his brother’s attention and added that he needed a job but his brother refused to give one to him. He apologised for his actions, stating that he would never “do this again”.The defendant will face eight weeks community service or a default of six months imprisonment.last_img read more

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New boys will spark United title bid-Shaw

first_imgNetherlands winger Memphis Depay, signed from PSV Eindhoven, and experienced Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, lured from Bayern Munich, are the most eye-catching names among those recruited by Van Gaal.And England left-back Shaw has been impressed with impact those two new recruits have already made ahead of United’s opening fixture against Tottenham at Old Trafford on Saturday.“Bastian’s a massive legend,” Shaw said. “For someone with that much experience to come into the team will be vital to help us push for some trophies this season.“He’s one of the most humble guys I’ve come across. He’s not too loud and he’s quite funny at the same time. It’s nice to have a German around in the dressing room.“I’ve also got on well with Memphis. He’s a different character. It’s good for the changing room and he’s confident about his own ability. It’s something new to have but it’s very good to have.”Van Gaal has to decide whether to pick goalkeeper David De Gea, who has been unsettled over speculation which has linked him to Real Madrid during pre-season, for the visit of Spurs.Should the Dutchman decide that De Gea is not in the right frame of mind he will hand a debut to Sergio Romero even though he has not featured in any of the club’s warm-up matches.The Argentina international joined United at the end of last month on a free transfer, having previously been at Sampdoria.United are without Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who serves a three-match suspension following his red card in the final game of last season against Hull.– Bloated squad –Tottenham’s efforts in the transfer market have been focused more on trimming a bloated squad with just three new faces -– Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier -– arriving at White Hart Lane since the end of last season.Alderweireld, Wimmer and Trippier will all strengthen Spurs defensively, but England striker Harry Kane will be heavily relied on to provide the goal threat for an inconsistent attack.Tottenham’s pre-season produced a mixed bag of results prior to this week’s confidence-boosting 2-0 victory over AC Milan.The significance of that result will disappear completely, however, when Spurs begin their efforts to build on last season’s fifth-place finish at United.Alderweireld, a winner at Old Trafford with Southampton last season, is convinced they can make a winning start.“I’ve played a lot of big games so I know what to expect. The first game of the season is always a strange one -– everybody is very excited and we’re looking forward to it. It’s a big challenge,” the Belgian defender said.“We have the opportunity to take a good first step -– we are confident we can get a good result but we know it will be difficult.“They have brought in a lot of good players but we’ve had a good pre-season and trained hard so physically we are 100 per cent.“We have confidence in ourselves to play football. It’s always difficult to play at Old Trafford but we have to believe in ourselves and how we want to play. If we do that, we can get a good result.”Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will check on the fitness of striker Roberto Soldado (back) and winger Andros Townsend (shoulder) ahead of the trip.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lucas Moura #7 of Paris Saint-Germain controls the ball between Andreas Pereira #44 and Luke Shaw #3 of Manchester United during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0. PHOTO/Yahoo! SportsMANCHESTER, August 7- Manchester United defender Luke Shaw believes the club’s new signings will enable them to mount a sustained challenge for the Premier League title this season.Louis van Gaal’s side finished fourth in the Dutchman’s first campaign in charge, but a pre-season spending spree has bolstered United’s hopes of wrestling the title away from Chelsea.last_img read more

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Wenger prepared for Ramsey lay off

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane in London, on March…LONDON, March 11 – Arsene Wenger expects Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to be out of action for up to a month with a thigh injury as the Gunners continue their bid for a domestic double.The FA Cup holders, bidding to lift the trophy for a third straight season, face Watford in the quarter-finals at the Emirates on Sunday, with Wenger’s side eight points behind Premier League leaders Leicester. Wales international Ramsey limped off during Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round replay win at Hull, having spent just 16 minutes on the field at the KC Stadium after coming off the bench to replace Gabriel.Arsenal manager Wenger, asked Friday if Ramsey would be ruled out for the rest of the season, replied: “I don’t believe that.“At the moment his clinical signs are quite positive. I would say four weeks. It was a bit worse than I thought because I didn’t see it,” the veteran French boss added.“Usually when a player gets injured with a muscle, he stops and I did not have that feeling of precaution so I thought he would be available for Sunday.”North London side Arsenal are now entering a defining period of their season, with the Watford match coming before they travel to Barcelona with the difficult task of overturning a 2-0 first leg deficit against the Champions League holders.Upon their return from Spain, Arsenal travel to Everton and could kick-off at Goodison Park up to 11 points adrift of Leicester.But for Wenger it remains a matter of just taking one game at a time.“We want to stay alive in all of them (competitions) but then again let’s be focused on the next one,” he said.“I don’t believe anyone in my side is thinking about Barcelona at the moment, or Everton, they are completely focused on Watford.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Golden boy Tuyisenge does it again as Gor move third

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans celebrating after Jacques Tuyisenge double helped the team beat Thika United in a past SPL.PHOTO/FILENAIROBI, May 7 – Gor Mahia’s swift comeback in the SportPesa Premier League continued as the defending champions climbed up to third on the log after dismissing high flying Muhoroni Youth 2-0 at Kisumu’s Moi Stadium on Saturday.George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo sent ten-men K’Ogalo ahead in the sixth minute after a lovely one-two with Ugandan Khalid Aucho before golden boy Jacques Tuyisenge found the back of the net in the second half to excite the Green Army who travelled to the Lake side city to rally behind their team. The win saw Gor move to third on 20 points, four behind leaders Tusker FC and two adrift second placed Mathare United who host Western Stima Sunday.Coming into the clash, Muhoroni Youth head coach James Omondi retained the winning squad against Sofapaka in the KPL Top 8 cup while his counterpart Jose Marcelo made three changes from the team that beat Ushuru 1-0 in the Cup competition, bringing on keeper Boniface Oluoch, defender Eric Ouma and winger Innocent Wafula.The early kick-off started with a minute of silence to honour the death of former Kenya First Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki who was buried Saturday in Othaya, Nyeri County.Gor, who started the season slowly, showed early intentions in the one sided first half, confidently and patiently building from the back to pin down Muhoroni on their area.The possession gave a chance K’Ogalo to attack from the flanks in the aid of youngster Ouma and Wafula with their work rate almost paying off in the third minute when skipper Musa Mohammed connected home, only to be flagged off side.However, as the saying goes when it rains it pours, the goal indeed came three minutes later when Muhoroni defence lost possession in the midfield to see Rwandan Tuyisenge lead the build up to set up Aucho, who inturn exchanged passes with Odhiambo before the later sliced the ball home despite being sandwiched by two defenders.Gor nearly found the second in the 17th minute when Odhiambo set up Wafula on the right with the winger doing well to turn around Muhoroni defender Paul Michika but his cross was deflected for a fruitless corner.Minutes later, Odhiambo was provided a perfect opportunity to double the lead and find his second from a Godfrey Walusimbi delivery only for the unmarked 2010 Footballer of the Year to head wide with only the keeper Faruk Shikalo to beat at the far left corner.The hosts had their first chance in the 21st minute when Gor custodian Oluoch tipped over Wellington Ochieng’s header before the keeper calmly saved Kennedy Rono’s feeble shot.Aucho could have rounded off the first half on a high but his well calculated long range shot went inches wide as Gor’s only one shot on target through Odhiambo separated the two sides at the breather.Muhoroni returned to dominate the early proceedings after Gor did well in the opening half to shut down their danger man Wycliffe Ochomo who has sunk in nine goals to lead the top scorers chart this season.Seven minutes into the second half, Muhoroni surged forward to force Musa Mohammed cut off a Moses Arita cross who had collected the pass from Ochomo.But it was the visitors who were on the scoresheet again, this time through Tuyisenge famously known by his fans as ‘Jausenge’  who was picked up by Aucho to side step a Muhoroni defender before finishing off past Shikalo who had committed himself.K’Ogalo suffered a blow in the 74th minute when Ernest Wendo was sent off for a second bookable offence but that did not deter them from holding on to their lead and pick their fifth win of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Islamist’ held as ‘terrorist link’ probed for Dortmund blasts

first_imgDortmund team bus explosions © AFP / Elia VAISSIERE, Kun TIANThe blast had a radius of more than 100 metres (yards), federal prosecutors said, adding it was lucky the toll was not higher. The match was belatedly held Wednesday, with Monaco claiming a 3-2 win in front of a packed stadium as a defiant Dortmund team vowed it won’t “give in to terror”.Security was ratcheted up around Dortmund for the match, as well as in Munich where Bayern Munich were taking on Real Madrid.“Bartra! Bartra!”, chanted supporters just before the quarter-final, first leg tie began in Dortmund, in support of the defender who was hurt by flying glass.Federal prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Frauke Koehler said the probe was examining a possible “terrorist link”, after three identical letters were found at the scene.Borussia Dortmund’s team bus arrives at the club’s training ground near Dortmund, western Germany, on April 12, 2017 © DPA/AFP / Marius Becker“An Islamist background appears to be possible,” she said, noting the letter demanded that Germany withdraw its Tornado reconnaissance missions in the international coalition against the Islamic State group, and close the US air base in Ramstein, western Germany.“Two suspects from the Islamist spectrum have become the focus of our investigation. Both of their apartments were searched, and one of the two has been detained,” she added.Local media identified the suspects as a 25-year-old Iraqi and a 28-year-old German.At least one of the two could have been close to the scene at the time of the explosion, reports said, quoting unnamed security sources who nevertheless urged caution on linking the individuals to the assault.– ‘Absolutely shocking’ –Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “horrified” by the “repugnant act”, which Dortmund city’s police chief Gregor Lange described as a “targeted attack” against the team.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken seat to lead the German government’s weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on April 12, 2017 © AFP / STEFFI LOOSGermany has been on high alert since a series of jihadist attacks last year, including a Christmas market assault in Berlin.Tuesday’s explosives detonated minutes after the Dortmund team bus pulled away from the squad’s hotel.Dortmund’s Spanish international Marc Bartra underwent surgery on a broken wrist after he was hit by flying glass © AFP/File / Javier SorianoBartra underwent surgery on a broken wrist, Dortmund president Reinhard Rauball said.A policeman, who was on a motorcycle escorting the team bus, suffered trauma from the noise of the blasts. “The bus turned on to the main road, when there was a huge noise — a big explosion,” Dortmund’s Swiss goalkeeper Roman Burki told Swiss media. “After the bang, we all crouched down in the bus. We did not know if more would come.” Some players hurled themselves to the ground, he said.Underlining the severity of the blasts, prosecutors said a piece of metal shrapnel had lodged in the head-rest of a bus seat.Despite the shocking incident, Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watze said returning to the pitch a day after was the right thing to do.“For the team, it was an absolutely shocking experience,” he said.Policemen secure the area around Borussia Dortmund’s team hotel in Dortmund, western Germany, on April 12, 2017 © AFP / Sascha Schuermann“The question is how do you react to it and I think that (playing) sends the right signal, but I know that it will be painfully difficult for the players,” he said.Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, who attended Dortmund’s match on Wednesday, said the “fascination” surrounding football drove terrorists to try and disrupt it.“That’s why it’s right that we do as much as we can to protect it, and not allow criminals to take the fascination away from us.”– ‘Beautiful moment’ –But Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel complained that the team had not been consulted over the decision to play.“It came down to ‘tomorrow, you’re playing’, he said.“It was a somewhat powerless feeling,” he added. “Each player had the right to start with a somewhat queasy feeling.”The announcement that Tuesday’s game was postponed was only made to the stadium, packed with fans, about 15 minutes before kick-off.Merkel praised supporters for their “calm” behaviour and the host side for their hospitality, after some Dortmund fans took in stranded Monaco supporters for the night.Boris Marchi, 26, who was wearing both the red and yellow scarf of his club Monaco as well as the yellow and black of Dortmund, said he was offered lodgings by a German supporter.“It was really a beautiful moment,” he told AFP.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fans hold a banner reading “Get well Marc” ahead the UEFA Champions League 1st leg quarter-final football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany on April 12, 2017 © AFP / Sascha SchuermannDortmund, Germany, Apr 12 – German investigators on Wednesday detained an Islamist suspect over three explosions that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, prosecutors said, confirming that the probe was examining a possible “terrorist link”.The roadside blasts left Dortmund’s Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured, with the bombs “containing metal pieces” detonating minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.last_img read more

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REVEALED: English teams ranked by overall number of top flight matches played

first_img 25 25 25. Leicester City have played 1987 top flight matches – see which clubs have played the most matches in England’s top division… begin the countdown by clicking the arrow above! 5. Manchester United have played 3675 top flight matches 21. Birmingham City have played 2306 top flight matches 25 13. Blackburn Rovers have played 2720 top flight matches 8. Sunderland have played 3313 top flight matches 25 25 25 25 17. Middlesbrough have played 2411 top flight matches 25 19. Sheffield United have played 2356 top flight matches 24. Leeds United have played 2060 top flight matches 2. Aston Villa have played 4070 top flight matches 25 11. West Bromwich Albion have played 3043 top flight matches 15. Derby County have played 2468 top flight matches 14. Sheffield Wednesday have played 2582 top flight matches 25 25 23. Burnley have played 2069 top flight matches =3. Liverpool have played 4031 top flight matches 16. Wolverhampton Wanderers have played 2422 top flight matches 25 25 25 25 The English football league system was founded in 1888, and has been played almost every year since then.Due to breaks during the two World Wars, there have been 115 seasons played in total, and talkSPORT have crunched the data to reveal which team has spent the longest time in the highest division.Using the overall number of games played in the top flight, you can find the top 25 teams ranked from lowest to highest – including a number of sides playing outside the current Premier League.Click the right arrow, above, to see the top 25 teams ranked by overall matches played in the English top flight…All data correct up to 18 November 2016. 18. West Ham United have played 2369 top flight matches 22. Nottingham Forest have played 2178 top flight matches 25 7. Newcastle United have played 3388 top flight matches 25 20. Stoke City have played 2307 top flight matches 10. Tottenham Hotspur have played 3291 top flight matches 12. Bolton Wanderers have played 2802 top flight matches 25 6. Manchester City have played 3517 top flight matches 25 25 25 25 25 =3. Arsenal have played 4031 top flight matches 9. Chelsea have played 3295 top flight matches 1. Everton have played 4415 top flight matches 25 25last_img read more

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Compper back to Germany after only one Celtic appearance

first_img“I talked to him often over a long period of time, and my patience and stubbornness paid off in the end.” He had a year left on his Celtic contract but has signed for Duisburg on a two-year deal.His new club are gearing up for life in the third tier of German football after finishing bottom of Bundesliga 2 last season.Duisburg sporting director Ivo Grlic told the club’s official website: “With him, we got exactly the experienced centre-back that I really wanted.“He is the leading player who perfectly complements our young team with his qualities. Marvin Compper’s Celtic misery is over after the German defender joined MSV Duisburg.The centre-back leaves Celtic after making only one appearance in an 18-month stay.The 34-year-old joined from RB Leipzig in January 2018 with almost 200 Bundesliga appearances to his name, but 83 minutes of action in a 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Morton proved to be his only appearance.Compper suffered from fitness problems soon afterwards but was later out of the picture under both Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon despite a series of injuries in central defence.last_img read more

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Want to Make a New Habit Stick? Do It First Thing in the Morning

first_imgAnd the ones who stretched in the morning started doing it out of habit a lot sooner than the ones who stretched at night. If you’re trying to force yourself into a new healthy habit, like working out or drinking more water . . . it might have a better chance of sticking if you do it first thing in the morning. Other studies have shown a link between cortisol levels and forming habits.  And there’s much more cortisol in your body in the morning than there is at night. A new study had people try to get into the habit of doing a simple, 15-second stretch every day.  Half of them did it in the morning, right after they woke up.  The other half had to do it at night, before they went to bed.center_img The authors of the study think it has to do with the stress hormone cortisol. The morning group started doing it without even thinking after 105 days.  For the people who did it at night, it took 154 days before it became a habit.  So that’s almost 50% longer.last_img read more

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South Africa: adventure heaven!

first_imgSouth Africa offers 3 000 kilometres of coastline along with breathtaking mountains – often side by side. The country’s diverse terrain, together with an ideal climate for outdoor activities, make it a rich hunting ground for adrenaline seekers. Executive Adventures SA specialises in a wide variety of adventure sports, as well as in other areas, such as Wine and Garden route tours, tours of South Africa’s World Heritage sites, historical battle tours, cruise ship tours and sports tours. They present a tantalising smorgasbord of choices, on land, motorised and non-motorised, in the sea, and in the African skies. SA offers world-class climbing, surfing, diving, hiking, horseback safaris, mountain biking, river rafting – and just about any other extreme activity you can name, all supported by dedicated operators. Cape Sports Centre on the Langebaan Lagoon caters for kitesurfers, windsurfers, mountain bikers and kayakers. They sell and rent equipment, offer lessons and tips, and provide various adventure packages. Stormsriver Adventures operates a wonderful, somewhat strenuous trip called the Stormsriver Challenge: abseiling, tubing and mountain biking. Otters Den, a river lodge on an island in the Blyde River at the foot of the Drakensberg near the Kruger Park, offers whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, kayaking and abseiling. Oribi Gorge Resort near Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal has the Wild Five: abseiling, whitewater rafting, the Wild Slide (a foofy slide 120m along a steel cable 160m above the ground), the Wild Swing 100m into a gorge, and hiking and mountain biking. Adventure tour operators: multi-activity SAinfo reporter and South African Tourism The Exploration Society of Southern Africa – A non-profit organisation founded in 1988, Essa provides a platform for “the conceptual and physical exploration of the Southern African landscape”. The society organises expeditions, holds discussions and presentations by world-class adventurers – and throws good parties. There are over a hundred listed paragliding or hang gliding launch sites – and many more less well known – with schools in every centre. Also up in the air, there are many opportunities for helicopter rides, balloon flights, aerobatics, skydiving and microlight flights. Thousands of kilometres of hiking trails wind around the country in desert, forest, mountain or coastal terrain, many with mountain bike trails adjacent. Felix Unite Adventure Travel is a comprehensive adventure tour operator, providing trips throughout Africa. We’ve got some of the best, and most diverse, rock climbing in the world. The cliffs are big, wild – and still being discovered. Cape Town is particularly well endowed, but the action is far from limited to the Western Cape. Downhill Adventures offers a wide variety of exciting experiences. Take your pick: sandboarding, mountain biking and cycling, surf school and surfing lessons, tandem skydiving, shark cage diving, quad biking, kite surfing, paragliding, abseiling, sea kayaking, helicopter rides, kloofing, hiking, team building and corporate incentive groups. There are wonderful easy horse trails through vineyards, on the beach or in the mountains and – for the more adventurous – horseback safaris in big game country. Ashanti Travel Centre , based in Cape Town, offers a wide range of packages for adventure junkies, including kloofing, scuba diving, bridge and bungi jumping, great white shark diving, kite boarding, paragliding, sandboarding, skydiving and abseils off Table Mountain. The SA Orienteering Federation is the controlling body for the sport of orienteering in South Africa, with a number of affiliated clubs. Eden Adventures, located in the heart of the Wilderness National Park, offers canoe hire, kloofing, abseiling and a combination of both in the beautiful Kaaimans Gorge on the magnificent Garden Route. Another option is abseiling at Robberg in Plettenberg Bay, another spectacular site. Teambuilding and specialised tours can also be arranged. Adventure Purists offer various adventure package tours which include a variety of activities across South Africa. River trips range from mostly scenic to grade five whitewater washing machines. The art of canyoning – known as kloofing in South Africa – is another hot favourite, with both self-guided and escorted trips on offer. The Adrenaline Adventure Activity Guide lists stuff adventurers can do on the KwaZulu- Natal South Coast: abseiling, archery, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, hiking, microlighting, kayaking, whitewater rafting and more. Extreme Scene operates out of Cape Town and offers a sensational number of options, on land, sea, and air. Unusual options including taking a flip in a jet fighter, or taking it more slowly in a Tiger Moth. Crocodile cage diving, which uses the same principles as shark cage diving (also available), is also on offer, as is whale watching and shark breaching. But there is much more, which a visit to the website will reveal. Active Africa Adventure Tours offers Western Cape-based adventure tours covering the full adrenaline spectrum. Kamala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape offers the Sheercliff Adventure Centre, with a wide range of adventure sports: a gorge glide, abseiling, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, paragliding and the 4×4 Samil mountain ascent. Or you can abseil over crashing waves at the western head at Knysna, hang out a kilometre high over Cape Town, do a combination abseiling and canyoning trip on the Storms River Gorge, or rapp jump down buildings in Durban or Johannesburg. Gravity pulls in spectacular fashion in South Africa! Adventure South Africa And if it’s a very quick high you’re after, the 216 metre Bloukrans bridge on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape has the highest commercial bungee jump in the world. AR.co.za is the website for South African enthusiasts of adventure racing – a new sport made popular by the Eco Challenge television series. The site offers news, upcoming events, advice, features and more. Travel Unite is a Cape Town-based adventure tour company operating in southern Africa. Townsend Adventure Lifestyles offer customised tours which can include lloofing/canyoneering, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, caving, mountain biking, 4×4 trips, team building, corporate team building, and schools tours. They operate mostly in the Magoebaskloof in Limpopo. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Wildthing Adventures, based in Gauteng, specialises in both soft adventures for all age groups – from eight years and older – and more adrenaline-pumping activities. These include canoeing, rafting, bridge jumping, mountain biking, abseiling and overland rafting expeditions. Abseiling, rapp jumpingBungee jumping, bridge swingingCanoeing, rafting, kayakingFishingHikingHorseback safaris and trailsMountain bikingParaglidingRock climbingScuba divingSkydivingSport & recreational flyingSurfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing Mazda Adventure Zone offers information on numerous adventure activities – on land, sea, and in the air – including by region, and also provides accommodation links.last_img read more

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