Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup. DEFENDING CHAMPS Harbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1).
Kwaito star and Play Your Part ambassador, Kabelo Mabalane, will be in the Northern Cape to unveil a new school library Shout SA had built. (Image: Shout SA)Play Your Part, the Brand South Africa campaign that promotes active citizenship, will be in the Northern Cape next week to open up a library in an underprivileged school.TT Lekalake Primary School in the village of Bathlaros near Kuruman will receive the library, which was built by non-governmental organisation Shout SA. The activation comes in time for the new school year. Play Your Part aims to motivate and inspire learners by creating excitement around reading and the importance of education.Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singer Danny K and kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane, both of whom will be in Kuruman for the library opening, to find ways of making the country safer for all. Now, the NGO is focusing on education for children.The new Shout SA song, Smile, encourages children to get educated, and particularly to read. The campaign, centred on the song, is looking to build up to 10 libraries in schools around the country. Funds for the libraries come from the online sales of the song. So far, the NGO has garnered enough money to build three school libraries.Watch the music video:Smile was written by Mi Casa, Mabalane and Danny K and produced by Danny K. It features a host of top local musicians, celebrities and influencers lending their talents to the track and accompanying music video.Brand South Africa has worked with Shout SA previously and the calibre of its artists has helped drive awareness of Play Your Part.The activation is part of Play Your Part’s second phase of its awareness campaign, which aims to bring the programme to the attention of all South Africans. The first phase was the television series, which ran on SABC 2 in 2014. Mabalane is a Play Your Part ambassador and hosted the series.ABOUT SHOUT SOUTH AFRICAShout SA is known for bringing South Africans together to play their part in moving the country forward since its launch in 2007. For the past eight years the organisation has been hard at work using the funds raised from its first two tracks, Shout and You’re the Voice, to help fight crime by donating to a variety of crime-focused NGOs and initiatives.Smile is available as a full track download. SMS the word “Smile” to 40388 to donate R20 to get the track.Take a look behind the scenes at the video shoot:For more information, visit the Shout SA website or visit Shout’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.Join Shout SA co-founder and Play Your Part ambassador Danny K @dannykmusic for a live Twitter chat about how we can all play our part to boost education in South Africa on Wednesday 27 January at 11am. #EducateSA #PlayYourPartAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
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Upset over atrocities against Dalits, Congress’ Koraput MLA Krushna Chandra Sagaria has decided to embrace Buddhism.Mr. Sagaria, his entire family, including three brothers, will formally convert to Buddhism at a special function to be held at Burja village under Laxmipur block of Koraput district on Saturday.The Congress MLA has filed an affidavit in this regard before Executive Magistrate, Koraput. “The kind of discrimination being faced by people belonging to lower castes across the country has pained me a lot. People worship non-living objects while they show no regard for fellow human beings who are alive,” Mr. Sagaria told The Hindu over phone.He said it was for the same reason that Bhimrao Ambedkar had also embraced Buddhism. ‘Return to Buddhism’ “I don’t consider embracing Buddhism as conversion. It will rather be my return to Buddhism. Remnants of Buddhist culture can be found across Koraput. I am a firm believer that my ancestors were followers of Buddhism,” he said.Approximately 3,000 people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from Balangir, Koraput and Kalahandi districts will attend the function being organised by Mr. Sagaria.
BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan had lodged a complaint against Modi charging him with misappropriation of Rs 470 crore.The Chennai Police on Tuesday summoned suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi and six others for questioning in the first week of January in connection with a case of alleged misappropriation of funds, filed by BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan.Besides Modi, others summoned by the Central Crime Branch Police are Kunal Dasgupta, Venu Nair, Andrew Georgio, Seamus O’brien, Harish Krishnamachar and Ajay Verma, a senior police official said.”They have been summoned under CrPC sections 91 (to produce documents or other things) and 160 (power to require attendance of witnesses),” a senior police official said.Srinivasan had lodged a complaint against Modi charging him with misappropriation of Rs 470 crore, mainly in alloting media rights and free commercial rights.The CCB had registered a case in October against Modi and others under different sections including criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, falsification of accounts and cheating.As part of its probe, the police had sought details from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on the series of meetings between BCCI and IPL and its minutes.With inputs from PTI