Shakira talked about the importance of education, described the nature of her charity work and outlined plans for the future in a speech delivered to the packed chamber in the Oxford Union today.The 32-year-old Colombian singer started by apologetically admitting that there will be no “singing or hip-shaking” and went on to describe her strong belief in the “democratisation of education” as a tool to break the cycle of poverty.She said, “I cannot subscribe to the idea that the older days were better days. I strongly believe that the best is yet to come. With the universal access to education to feed our collective intelligence with our commitment to lead and organise in places like this with students like you…we can be so close to create a network of intellect, enormous think-tank.”The two-time Grammy Award winner explained that this conviction stems from her own experience.“When I was eight years old I saw my parents undergo bankruptcy. I remember it as if it was yesterday. We returned home, all of our furniture had gone, the big colour TV was now a small black and white one, our cars were gone. I couldn’t understand why it was happening.”She added that in order to gain perspective her father showed her orphans sniffing glue in the park. This experience was a catalyst in setting up the Barefoot Foundation at the age of 18, when Shakira first achieved international success.The foundation funds the building of schools and community centres, as well as providing food, because “nobody can learn on an empty stomach”.Shakira also stressed her strong belief in a better future and emphasised that she likes “to make things happen”.She said, “So tell me, how many things that are inconceivable today will be obvious tomorrow? How will society be structured? Will it still be organised in couples or communities or governments, presidents and prime ministers….? Will we eat junk food without gaining weight….I’d love that! “We have achieved so much due to one concept: the democratisation of education.”The singer also talked about the importance of Millennium Development Goals.“Nine years ago as part of Millennium Development Goals, governments from around the world made a pledge so that every child has access to primary school by the year 2015.“Sadly, their promises have not been met with actions. Sadly, with the current pace of change we will not have access to universal education in a 100 years, let alone 5.“That is unacceptable.”She added, “We have the the resources to feed the people several times over, but why are children starving? We need to find more ways to distribute food. And education is our ticket.”When questioned by Cherwell, Shakira described how her career provides a vehicle for her charity work. “I can make music for fun,” she admitted, adding that due to her career she meets journalists and politicians who listen to her views. She also added that although she has seen “very little” of Oxford she finds it “beautiful” and is privileged to address such “smart people”.Lou Stoppard, the Union’s Secretary, commented, “It was amazing…I thought it was nice that she addressed something serious…she was very passionate.”Hannah Cusworth, Guest Liaison Officer added, “What I find most upsetting is that she is a multi-million selling artist but she is more eloquent than I am.”James Dray, Oxford Union’s President commented, “As someone who has spent many happy nights dancing to Shakira’s music, I’m delighted Shakira could come to the Union and give such an inspiring talk on how we in Oxford can make a difference to the lives of the poorest. The Oxford Union has a proud history of hosting some of the most revered musicians in the world, and I’m delighted to be able to add Shakira to that list.”He added, “Her warmth and compassion towards children in her home country, without access to the education which we take for granted, evidently struck a chord with the hundreds of young audience members who gathered to hear her speak. We wish her the very best for her future fundraising and activism, and of course all her musical collaborations to come.”
Over the last 6 years, Connecticut funk-fusion outfit Kung Fu‘s annual Toys For Tots benefit at the storied Toad’s Place in New Haven has become a cherished tradition in the Elm City music scene, collecting tens of thousands of dollars worth of toys for kids at the New Haven Children’s Hospital. This year’s 7th event will officially take place on December 16th, moving back to the Christmas time slot. The annual benefit continues to embody a sense of giving and selflessness around the holidays, as the band pulls out all the stops for the hometown celebration to benefit those less fortunate.This year, Pink Talking Fish will be joining Kung Fu with their fusion of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish. Shira Elias and Sammi Garett of Turkuaz will also be on board and adding vocals throughout the night. The grand finale of the The Kung Fu Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Event will be a special set of PINK TALKING FU: PRINCE/BOWIE, featuring all members of both bands performing the music of Prince and David Bowie.“We collect toys to distribute to kids at Yale children’s hospital on Christmas to brighten their spirits with whatever is ailing them,” explained guitarist Tim Palmieri of the event last year, “It’s been getting bigger every year to the point that we rent a trailer just to deliver the [toy] donations. We are happy to spread joy and give back using our music as a catalyst for charity. Although not medicine, it’s still something that can help alleviate and bring cheer to those kids being in a hospital on Christmas Day.”The last time Pink Talking Fu happened at Wanee Music Festival, Shira and Sammi were on board to add their flavor into the mix. Check out this Video of Pink Talking Fu: Prince/Bowie from Wanee Festival featuring Shira and Sammi:Hosted by Kung Fu, the band has brought on many special guests in previous years such as Twiddle, Break Science, and members of Steely Dan for a performance of the famous album, The Royal Scam. Don’t miss out on the 2017 Kung Fu Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Event.Tickets go on sale Friday 9/29 here.
By Joe ChapmanTHIS evening’s Devine Entertainment Summer Super Cup invitational football championship should be a gem when the number one-ranked Eagles United go up against third seed Botofago for $600 000.The match, set for 21:00hrs at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground is also for the championship trophy and bragging rights in the tournament.This final will be preceded by a collision between Net Rockers, who are seen as the second-best team in Upper Demerara, and Capital FC from 19.00hrs.The final will, as expected, see the fans from both teams compete for the top prize. These two teams had met in the GT Beer semifinal in December when Eagles United prevailed by a 5-4 penalty shootout route.This time the top-ranked Eagles will no doubt start as favourites but they must be wary of what Botofago will bring to this competition.Speaking about their attitude going into this final vice-president of the Eagles United FC, Aulston Thormond, told Chronicle Sport, “As it relates to insight on outcome … I foresee a well-played game. These are two of the better teams in Linden and a high level of skills will be on display. Our strikers and theirs are both fast and skilful. Both teams’ defences are solid.”He continued, “The result will come down to who wants it more on the night. However, he was quick to add, “Colwyn Drakes, who scored a hat-trick in our last game, is in good scoring-form shape. He is a player to watch but captain Kellon Primo is hungry for goals and our defence has been tested and solid.”Not to be forgotten are Donovan Francis and Deron Charter, who have shown the ability to score goals on the big stage along with a defence that hinges around Benny Neblett, Kendolph Lewis, Romain Adams and the young Omar Brewley who can overlap.Their rivals’ president Colin Moore remarked, “To give you some insights into the final, I must tell you that we always treat every game as a final, meaning that we don’t underestimate any team. We give every team their respect but we fear no team. We do our talking on the field.He continued, “The mood right now is good for the team to go ahead and win the final. Once the conditions are good, people are going to witness a great game because everyone knows that Botofago FC and Eagles United always produce exciting games.”Moore singled out Jamal Haynes as one of the key players up front for Botofago but said his availability is based on his recovery from an injury.Also, their captain Jahshaun ‘Sarwan’ Moore will be the link at midfield to control the tempo of the encounter.He said the new acquisition from Capital FC, Duquan Hercules, has proved his potential and has been a boost with his long-range shooting ability which must be watched.He said the experienced Tevin David, Trevon Archibald, Floyd Headley and John Allicock are players who have stepped up to the opposition and would be confident that their talent-loaded side will win tonight’s big game.The man between the uprights for Botofago is Wayne Wilson. On the tag of underdogs Moore quipped, “We are not perturbed by that, we are accustomed to being in this situation. It serves as motivation for us.”While this is the game of the night, Net Rockers would be looking forward to winning their game against Capital FC as they are looking to maintain their ranking among the three clubs in the mining town.The losers of this final get $400 000 and third-placers between Net Rockers and Capital FC will collect $200 000 and the losers $100 000.
“We can make life easier for us by winning at Chelsea.“It is not we can decide about leaving one out. We cannot play players who are not available.“From Wednesday to Sunday in terms of turnaround is OK. The whole season is a constant challenge. We have fought hard for our position in the league.“Of course it is a big advantage for Chelsea not playing in the week.”– ‘Good opportunity’ –Chelsea have no margin for error as they look to end a troubled season on a high by finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup final against Manchester United.The deposed champions are five points behind fourth placed Tottenham, with both teams having three games to play.Regardless of whether or not Chelsea finish in the top four, it seems likely manager Antonio Conte will leave at the end of the season.Conte has feuded with the Chelsea hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans last summer and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri this week became the latest manager to be linked with the Italian’s job.Even so, Conte remains focused on getting Chelsea back into the top four after a run of three successive league wins.Hopeful of taking advantage of Liverpool tiredness after their European exploits, Conte said: “This could be a good opportunity for us.“As I said a lot of times in the last three games, if we want to keep the hope alive we have to win. We have to get three points.“Liverpool are a good team. It won’t be easy, but if we want to keep alive the hope, we have to try to win, to get three points on Sunday.”Share on: WhatsApp Jurgen KloppLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Fresh from booking their place in the Champions League final after a dramatic night in Rome, Liverpool’s European heroes return to the fight for a Premier League top four finish when they face Chelsea on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s side are still on a high following a 4-2 defeat at Roma on Wednesday that clinched a 7-6 aggregate success in the Champions League semi-finals.Liverpool will take on holders Real Madrid in their eighth European Cup final appearance on May 26 in Kiev.But first the Reds have to ensure they feature in next season’s Champions League.Third placed Liverpool are six points ahead of fifth placed Chelsea, but they would give renewed hope to the Blues if they are beaten at Stamford Bridge.A Liverpool win this weekend would make it impossible for Chelsea to catch them, ensuring the Reds will qualify for next season’s Champions League with a game in spare.Even a draw in west London would effectively seal their top four place because Liverpool have a vastly superior goal difference.Failing that, victory at home to Brighton on the final day of the league season would do the job before Liverpool focus on their European showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and company.Three draws in their past four league outings against Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke — partly the result of Klopp prioritising Champions League progress — have allowed Chelsea to close to the gap.Antonio Conte’s men have three league games remaining to Liverpool’s two, meaning if the Londoners win their remaining fixtures they will, at worst, finish level on points with the Champions League finalists.For Klopp’s peace of mind and to rest a tiring squad with a growing injury list, guaranteeing qualification on Sunday is the ideal scenario.With that in mind, Klopp has no intention of resting key players like former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah and Brazil forward Roberto Firmino this weekend.“We have two semis again against Chelsea and Brighton and then we have two weeks. The league is equally important (as the Champions League,” Klopp said.
By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs will look to snap out of a two-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League slide.However, it won’t be easy as the opposition is the Murdoch leading Castlegar Rebels. The Leafs meet the Rebels in a two-game home-and-home series beginning tonight at 7 p.m. the NDCC Arena.The last time the teams play, Nelson shook off two-minute slide late in the first period, out scoring the Murdoch Division leaders 3-1 during the final 40 minutes en route to a 5-3 win. Castlegar had not lost to Nelson prior to the recent win.A key to the Leafs win was the ability of Nelson to hold Rebel sniper Ryan Aynsley off the score sheet. Nelson slowed Castlegar’s leading scorer by continually pounding Aynsley for the duration of the game.The teams play game two of the series Saturday in [email protected]
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Cristiano Ronaldo has not spoken to Real Madrid officials about a transfer away from Spain and he is not expected to leave the European champions during the close season, club president Florentino Perez said on Monday.The prolific striker scored twice to fire Real to a 4-1 win over Juventus F.C. in the UEFA Champions League final earlier this month but his future at the club was thrown into doubt last week when Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported that he wanted to leave Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud.Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros (16.39 million U.S. Dollars) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.The 32-year-old signed a new contract with Real until 2021 last November and has a release clause of one billion euros (1.11 billion U.S. Dollars).”I haven’t spoken with Cristiano, I learned about it because of what came out in the newspapers. I don’t have any solution but Cristiano, like everyone else, has a contract and is a Real Madrid player,” Perez told radio station Onda Cero on Monday after earning a third consecutive mandate at Real.”I’m sure he will speak to us about what has happened (with the tax case), which has obviously affected his credibility, and we’ll see what happens.”Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer, is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain — among them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar — to be caught up in cases over tax or transfers.advertisementRonaldo is with Portugal at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia and has not said anything about his future since the A Bola story was published.Asked about potential clubs Ronaldo could join, Perez said: “I’m not contemplating Ronaldo leaving.”Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United F.C. in 2009 for a then world record fee of 96 million euros and is their all-time top scorer with 404 goals in 394 games. He has won three Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles and two King’s Cups in his eight years in the Spanish capital.”I haven’t learned very much about the situation, he’s at a very important tournament at the moment in the Confederations Cup and until that ends I’m not going to disturb the atmosphere of his team,” added Perez.”He has a contract and he needs to complete it. All we know is that he’s unhappy with the treatment he has had from the press, who have claimed that he is a tax cheat.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool winger Shaqiri: I’m in career best formby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri believes he’s at the top of his game. The Swiss has scored six Premier League goals, including a match-winning brace against Manchester United, since his arrival from Stoke City in the summer.And the 27-year-old thinks he’s producing his best football at the moment.He told the Evening Standard of his experiences at Anfield: “I love it, to be here.”You can see that on the pitch. I’m very happy and I’m playing confidently. Maybe I’m playing my best football that I’ve ever played. “I’m very, very happy here and happy to be here to help this team and club be successful.”