Saah No. 1 in US-Trenton High School Tennis Singles

first_imgOne of America’s renowned founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, inspiringly said, “What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” This is definitely the case of 14 –year-old Liberian tennis prodigy, Saah Kandakai, who is currently the No. 1 single’s player for Trenton High School, in the USA. He is a freshman.Some might call him an inspiration and also an optimist who sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Saah is a member of the New Jersey Tennis League, and amongst the top junior singles.According to the New Jersey Tennis League (NJTL) and the New Jersey High School Sports, the Liberian tennis icon in 2014 reached the finals of the USTA Sectional U-14 qualifiers. He also reached the quarterfinals in his first Sectional Tennis Tournament in Philadelphia.Eventually, some say, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity” – and this is what happened to Saah when he escorted his father, Aflred Kandakai on one of his training sections. The young man played a tennis match against Mr. Tani Hanna, the chairman of Games World International in Liberia. Mr. Hanna was surprised at how skillful Saah played for his age and decided to give him an opportunity of a lifetime. He and Mrs. Anna Bsaibes, a shareholder at the Mamba Point and Oceano Casino (situated at Mamba Point) in 2011 sent Saah to Sanshall Casal in Barcelona – Spain and he spent three weeks at the tennis academy that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray once attended.Two years later, Mr. Hanna and his partners further sponsored Saah to train at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Naples, USA.How did Saah get so good at tennis?  He accredits that to his father, his present coach, who started a refugee’s tennis academy in 2006. “He’s at a pretty high level,” said Michelle Gbelama, Program Director for National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) of Trenton, affiliated with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA). The NJTL is a non-profit developmental organization that provides tennis, education, nutritional and life skill programsFounded in 1975, NJTL now serves more than 2,700 underprivileged youngsters in the Trenton area between the ages of 5 and 17.“He found us,’’ Gbelama said about Kandakai. “He was passing Cadwalader Park and came to our office. We now support his tennis career and provide him with whatever he needs.’’“He’s such a polite young man, oh my gosh,’’ said Trenton tennis coach James Jones, a graduate of THS and coach for more than 25 years. “He has good footwork. He’s very agile and he has quick hands. He’s willing to listen and really a joy to be around.’’Kandakai does not just enjoy tennis. He wants to turn pro. His favorites are Federer and Novak Djokovic.“I love the way Federer plays and he’s a great guy,’’ Kandakai said. “And Novak, I really want to be like him because he’s most consistent in playing and he’s really focused when he’s playing a match.’’ If he fails to attain the heights of the Australian Open, Wimbledon or the U.S. Open, his Plan B is earning a degree in civil engineering.“Tennis is good for me. I want to play in grand slams,’’ he told a publication two years ago. Regarding the refugee camp, he was quoted as saying, “(It) was very hard, that situation. But I play tennis because my dad is a tennis coach and he told me that tennis will make me a good person and I will have an education.’’ Kandakai’s mother, (who works nights as a supervisor for a house cleaning company), is very proud of her son, though she laughed when she said that he is not perfect.“No one is,’’ she added. “But he’s a child you always want to be around. He’s funny and he’s loving.’’One of his roommates from the academy in Florida, Andres Diaz of Mexico, put it best, “I am learning from him,’’ he said during an interview a couple of years ago, “because Alfred is a good example that, (despite) difficulties, you can follow your dream.’’It may be recalled in 2011 and 2012; Saah represented Liberia in the under-14 and under-12 categories of the West and Central Africa junior championships in Ghana and Togo, where he was a quarter-finalist.In 2013, he participated in the under-14 West and Central Africa junior championships in Togo, where he earned laurel. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 3 to commence boat rides on Demerara River

first_imgIn promoting tourism in Guyana during Tourism Awareness Month 2018, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) is looking at utilising the ferry stellings and some water taxis to provide boat rides along the Demerara River.Chamber President Halim Khan spoke to Guyana Times on Wednesday, noting the efforts to establish this system. In the coming week, some of the speedboats that are normally used to transport commuters to the Stabroek Ferry Stelling will be marked to indicate they will be providing this new service. Khan revealed that by the end of November, all systems should be in place to open this new service.“A development which we will have by next week is the speedboats, which will be marked according to the tourism authority of Region Three. We will have markings on these boats so when any tourists come into the country; they can use the boats along the Demerara River. That will be put in place from the week coming,” Khan said.“There is bird watching at the Harbour Bridge where thousands of birds are always present throughout the river. Persons can also choose to see the city at night. Those who are going in at the mouth of the river can also do so either in the day orSpeedboats at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling that will be used for the tourism projectthe evening,” he explained, in listing some of the activities the new service will facilitate.Khan insisted that locals should also take advantage of this opportunity to view Guyana from a different perspective. In the coming weeks, contact numbers for bookings will be made available and additional details will be provided.“This is for everyone, because we need to start tourism somewhere and we want to make the Region one of the best in terms of tourism, so local persons can surely enjoy that ride because it will bring in revenue.”The Chamber of Commerce and Industry is looking at its tourism development project, but funding is needed to complete such. The flagship project for the modification of the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling includes advanced facilities for tourists with the inclusion of a souvenir and artisan centre, food courts and two adjoining boardwalks that will lead to the water-taxi hub.Tourism Awareness Month this year is themed, “Promoting Sustainability, Celebrating Diversity”, and is aimed at showcasing primarily the natural characteristics of Guyana, while placing emphasis on the adventure and cultural experiences which one can experience during their stay.last_img read more

KFC Wants to Warm Hearts With Its Fried Chicken Scented Yule Log

first_imgHolidays Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Entrepreneur Staff KFC Wants to Warm Hearts With Its Fried Chicken Scented Yule Log Next Article Image credit: KFC Add to Queue 2 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.center_img –shares Have you ever sat around the fire with your family or friends on a chilly evening during the holidays and thought, “This is nice, but could it could use more chicken”?KFC is hoping that you might.That’s right, in its eminent wisdom, the purveyor of fried chicken has decided that it’s going to get into the spirit of the season by teaming up with Enviro-Log to create the KFC 11 Herbs and Spices Firelog.Essentially, a fire that smells like fried chicken — even if you have no fried chicken at your disposal.For $18.99, you too can be the proud owner of one five-pound fried chicken scented firelog that is made out of entirely recycled materials and can burn for up 2.5 to 3 hours.The company cautions that you should keep it away from pets and warns you to not put your face directly in the fire in order to smell the fried chicken.This is not the first time that KFC has expanded into consumer products. The restaurant chain has made its own line of sunscreen — extra crispy, naturally — nail polish and bath bombs.Is this something that you would try? Don’t be a chicken, let us know in the comments. Nina Zipkin Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. It’s the reason for the season. December 13, 2018 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more