New book: Mohamed Salah, “The Story of a Hero”

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Mohamed Salah Book cover June 9, 2018 – Al-Arabi – Photo compiled by Egypt Today

CAIRO – 12 June 2018: “Hekayet Batal” (The Story of a Hero), published on June 9, is a biography of famous athlete Mohamed Salah, written by author and sports critic Emad Anwar and published by Al-Arabi.


The book that was released ahead of the World Cup tells the story of Salah from birth until reaching international acclaim.


The book starts by telling of Salah’s childhood and of how he went through several hardships. The book then shows and inspires young people by narrating how Salah’s determination made him become the athlete he is today.


Born in 15 June, 1992, Salah is a professional soccer who got married to Maggi in 2013. Together, they have a daughter called Mecca. He started his career in Al Mokawloon Club. From there, the young player made his debut in Switzerland’s Basel and succeeded in gaining the attention of other clubs worldwide.


Chelsea then announced that it has signed a deal with Basel to purchase Salah off of them. The player made his debut for Chelsea in the Primer League, making him the first Egyptian to sign for the Stamford Bridge Club.


Salah also played for the Italian club Fiorentina on an 18-month loan until the end of 2015 before joining Roma on a seasonal long loan that reached €5 million, which was later increased to €15 million to make his stay in the club permanent.


Salah finally joined Liverpool on June 22, 2017 upon signing a long-term contract with the reds for €42 million. He also represented Egypt in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics and is now going to participate with the Egyptian national team in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


The book does not only inspire the youth to follow Salah’s lead towards success and professionalism, but it also inspires old people to believe in Egyptian talent and to look forward for a better future in the field of soccer with proud hearts.


Source :  Egypt Today

Harvey Norman Queensland Women’s State of Origin team announced

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The Queensland Rugby League has today announced the Harvey Norman Queensland Women’s team to take on New South Wales.

The match will take place on Friday, June 22 at North Sydney Oval and will mark the first occasion that the game will be played under the State of Origin brand (previously named the Interstate Challenge).
Queensland will be coached by former Origin hooker Jason Hetherington with former Jillaroos Nat Dwyer and Karyn Murphy his assistant coaches.

The team features a number of experienced players including 2017 Rugby League World Cup winning Jillaroos Chelsea Baker, Heather Ballinger, Annette Brander, Karina Brown, Steph Hancock, Zahara Temara and player of the final Ali Brigginshaw.

Some of the new faces include rising star of the game Meg Ward who also played in that Word Cup win and was a key participant for the Australian Defence Force team at the recent Harvey Norman Women’s National Championships.

The tournament held last weekend on the Gold Coast was a true trial, with some players selected directly from their performances across the three-day tournament, including forward Frieda Faulato Seu from the Harvey Norman Queensland City team.

The Harvey Norman Queensland Women’s team will assemble in camp next week to prepare for the game being played as part of the NRL representative weekend.

(Team listed overleaf).

Harvey Norman Queensland Women’s State of Origin team (in alphabetical order):

Chelsea BAKER – Queensland Country                         (Gladstone Wallabys) Heather BALLINGER – Queensland Country    (West Brisbane Panthers)

Annette BRANDER – Queensland Country        (Brisbane Souths)

Brittany BREAYLEY – Queensland Country      (Ipswich Brothers)

Ali BRIGGINSHAW – Queensland City               (Ipswich Brothers)

Karina BROWN – Queensland City                      (Easts Tigers)

Frieda FAULATO SEU – Queensland City                     (Brisbane Souths) *

Maitua FETERIKA – Queensland City                (Ipswich Brothers) *

Tazmin GRAY – Queensland City                        (Burleigh Bears)

Stephanie HANCOCK – Queensland Country   (Brisbane Souths)

Tallisha HARDEN – Queensland City                  (Burleigh Bears) *

Kody HOUSE – Queensland Country                  (Ipswich Brothers)

Amelia KUK – Queensland City                            (Ipswich Brothers)

Rona PETERS – Queensland City                       (Burleigh Bears)

Rhiannon REVELL- BLAIR – Queensland Country      (Emu Park) *

Mariah STORCH – Queensland Country                        (Blackwater Crushettes) *

Zahara TEMARA – Queensland City                   (Burleigh Bears)

Meg WARD – Australian Defence Force                         (Brisbane Souths) *

Coach: Jason Hetherington

Assistant Coach: Karyn Murphy Assistant Coach: Nat Dwyer



Tauranga car salesmen stood down over racist comments

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Two car salesmen have been stood down after accidentally leaving a racist message on a woman’s phone.

The Farmers Auto Village employees are going through a disciplinary process after they left racist comments on the voicemail system of potential customer Narelle Newdick.

The comments were publicised this week and sparked outrage among the Tauranga community.

“Your little Māori girl … it keeps going to voicemail,” two dealers can be heard saying.

“Tell her don’t be a f***** clever Māori.

“Go back to Maketu and dig pipis out of the sand.”

Farmer Auto Village group managing director Mike Farmer told the Bay of Plenty Times on Tuesday the comments from the two “ignorant” salesmen were not reflective of the wider company and his concerns were for Newdick and her family.

“We’ve built this business over 27 years and we’ve done a lot for the community in Tauranga. To have this occur in the company is devastating. We will be making some very firm action to make sure this never, ever happens again.”

Farmer said in his opinion, “those two individuals have brought the whole company into disrepute”.

“I would certainly hope that out of this terrible situation that the lessons learned will never be lost on this company in the future.”

Newdick told the Bay of Plenty Times on Tuesday that she was reluctant to be in the spotlight but it was “something I knew had to be highlighted”.

“It was one of those things where ‘I can’t just delete this’. I just can’t let this slide. I thought if I ring them, I’ll just get an apology and I just don’t think that’s good enough. I wanted to stand up and say ‘this isn’t okay’.

“There’s nothing casual about racism when you are on the receiving end of it.”

She was heartened at Farmer’s suggestions of increasing cultural awareness “but unless you have an open heart and open mind to what is going to be offered to you … it comes down to the integrity of the men who left that message and what they take away from it”.

Employment lawyer Warwick Reid said although the details of any disciplinary process would be private, Farmer Auto Village could have sufficient grounds to fire the staff involved if they were found to have brought the company into disrepute.

“That could argue there has been misconduct or serious misconduct, and it is open to an employer to take disciplinary action.”

Newdick said community support had been overwhelming. She received a personal apology from Farmer the day after he learned of the recording last week.

“When the message was played to him, that was when the boss realised the severity of the comments. I think the apology from Mike was genuine.”

Newdick said she also received a phone call from the salesman she had dealt with but in her opinion it felt ”very insincere and that he was made to ring”.


Source :  New Zealand Herald