15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Don’t Fall Into the Black Friday TrapHolidays, and in particular, holiday spending can leave your budget seriously bruised…even if you do hit all the sales.Remember, the stores are offering these great bargains out of the goodness of their hearts. They’re doing it to get you to their stores (or websites) to sell you stuff beyond the 55-inch 4k, 3D capable OLED television for $49. I mean, if you saved hundreds on that, you have hundreds of ‘extra’ dollars, right? And where better to spend it than the store that ‘gave’ you all that extra cash?Don’t fall into the Black Friday trap. Have a holiday spending budget and stick to it like Odysseus sailing past the Sirens songs of deep discounts.Holiday Spending Heats UpBlack Friday is also no longer a one-day event. It has morphed into a spending extravaganza that lasts almost 2 weeks. There’s early Black Friday specials that have already begun at some stores, there’s Amazon Black Friday Week, as well as Cyber Monday. continue reading »
Coaches from Bolivia, Albania, Equatorial Guinea, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Kuwait and Vanuatu have alleged that the 2013 Ballon d’Or votes were rigged, according to Catalan outlet La Xarxa and and Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo. Via Danish paper BT and Norway’s Dagbladet (h/t 101 Great Goals), the aforementioned coaches all suggest their original votes were recorded and published differently from what they had initially submitted. Jorvan Vieira, who coaches the Kuwait national team, reportedly told La Xarxa (via BT), “I think there has been any fraud here. I voted for (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic.” That despite FIFA’s official record of the submissions showing that he voted for Lionel Messi as the winner, followed by Neymar and the eventual winner, Cristiano Ronaldo. The same applies to the coach of the Fijian national team, Juan Carlos Buzzetti. FIFA recorded his vote with Ronaldo in first position ahead of Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski. He also insists his votes have been amended, claiming, “I voted for Cristiano, Messi and Ribery. I have in no way voted Lewandowski. He is not on par with the other three.” But the harshest, most colourful of all the criticism came from Albania’s coach, Gianni De Biasi. He didn’t hold back in a statement (NSFW), telling Mundo Deportivo what he thought of the scenario after his first-place vote for Ronaldo apparently changed to one for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “I gave five points to Ronaldo, three to Messi and one to Ibrahimovic. I did not give five to Ibrahimovic,” De Biasi said. “This is bullshit and lies.” These allegations are the second within a week which refer to the Ballon d’Or votes being doctored, as Qatar national coach Fahad Al Zarraa previously claimed his president forced him to vote for Ronaldo, as per sportsfan.com. The showpiece event saw Ronaldo pick up the gong for the second time in his career, staving off competition from Messi and Ribery, who accompanied him on the three-man shortlist. Whilst it would be difficult to deny that Ronaldo deserved the award, these emerging allegations will cast doubts over the validity of the vote, especially after FIFA extended the voting deadline until after Ronaldo’s one-man show in the World Cup playoffs, according to Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail. The extension only served to raise suspicions that FIFA were pushing for a Ronaldo win after Sepp Blatter’s unsavoury remarks about the Portuguese winger. The FIFA president claimed back in November that Ronaldo has “more expenses at the hairdresser” than his great rival Messi, per The Guardian. Ronaldo scored a sensational 66 goals in 56 games in 2013, per BBC Sport. He’s started 2014 in excellent fashion too, scoring four times in Real Madrid’s first five games of 2014, per WhoScored.
Auto Parts Ltd, importers of Nissan cars in Ghana has for the fourth year running collaborated with Mercury Ghana, dealers of Mercury Outboard Motors and Accessories and Quicksilver Boats to support this year’s Ada Sailing Race.The annual event which attracts the expats and diplomatic community as well as Ghanaians who love water sport promises to be very exciting this year.Already the sailors, all of whom are members of the Ada Sailing Race are warming up for this keenly contested race.Just as it was done last year, fisher folks would be roped into the race in canoe peddling to compete for the AR Accad (the demised chairman of the Accad Group of companies) Award to spice up the programme.The Group Marketing Manager of Auto Parts Ltd, Mr Chris Tsegah says driving a Nissan is just as fun and adventurous as water sports is.He said it is the vision of the company to revive water sports and make it just as exciting as the other major sports in Ghana such as Football. For this year’s sailing race, there are 18 boats taking part (the most ever) with each boat having a crew of 2, but there are a few taking their families on the adventure. The race is expected to start at the Ada Sailing club. The boats will sail up the Volta River up to 25 kilometres through the Ada Estuary, past divers and fishing villages to Sogakope.The 18 boats will sail from Sogakope to a private island in the mouth of the estuary with the help of the wind.Mr Tsegah expects this year’s competition to be more exciting with the boats going upwind often with one hull clean out of the water and the possibility of few cap-sizes. The boats will finish with a circuit of the private island for the spectators including media to cheer them up, after which the MD of Auto Parts Ltd, Mr Subhi Accad will be joined by other senior management personnel of the company plus other diplomats to present trophies to the winners.