WORLD CUP: Last stand for stars of Spain’s golden generation

first_imgSergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara and Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion are assured of places in the squad for Russia, and the attacking midfielders will include Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, Marco Asensio, Saul Niguez and David Silva.FORWARDSLopetegui had doubts over his strikers, calling up 10 different players in the position in two years.Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Valencia’s Rodrigo made the 23-man squad, while Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata was dropped.Napoli’s Jose Callejon and Atletico’s Victor “Vitolo” Machin also won’t make it to Russia.GROUP GAMESSpain, which will be based in Krasnodar, opens against European champion Portugal on June 15. The team will then face Iran on June 20 and finish the group stage against Morocco on June 25.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad) MOST READ Sara Errani’s doping suspension increased to 10 months Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In this photo taken on Saturday, June 9, 2018 Spain’a team pose prior to a friendly soccer match between Spain and Tunisia in Krasnodar, Russia. (AP Photo)MADRID  — After recent struggles at major tournaments, the remaining stars of Spain’s golden generation could be facing a last stand at the World Cup.Winning two European Championships and a first World Cup, the Spanish were unstoppable from 2008 to 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Only his physical condition is a concern as age catches up with the player who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands. Lopetegui was chosen as Vicente Del Bosque’s successor in 2016 after winning trophies of his own with Spain — at the under-19 and under-21 editions of the European Championships.But the former goalkeeper’s experience coaching at the top level was limited to a couple of lackluster seasons with Porto.The critics who questioned Lopetegui’s credentials were silenced when the mild-mannered coach took Spain on a 19-game unbeaten run.GOALKEEPERSCalls for the return of Iker Casillas were quickly subdued as David de Gea impressed with Manchester United and the national team.ADVERTISEMENT Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Francisco “Isco” Alarcon (Real Madrid)Forwards: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Rodrigo (Valencia), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But they began to falter at the 2014 World Cup, failing to advance from the group stage, and were eliminated from Euro 2016 in the round of 16. There were doubts new coach Julen Lopetegui could even secure qualification for this year’s World Cup before Spain cruised through a group that included Italy.Lopetegui successfully blended emerging talent with the experience provided by veterans to qualify for an 11th straight World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHere’s a closer look at the Spain team:COACH Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

Motor Vehicles Now Required to Obtain 3rd Party Insurance

first_img“During the last two years, a Liberian died each day as a result of motorcycle accident, totaling over 12,545 recorded accident cases every year,” Vice President Joseph N. Boakai said, over the weekend at the launch of Liberia’s latest attempt at a Third Party Liability Insurance scheme.The objective of the Compulsory Motor Vehicle Third Party Liability Insurance Scheme would be to remove the economic burden associated with motor vehicle accidents from the victims and their relatives and transfer same to the insurance company and to stimulate financial growth and solvency within the insurance sector and the Liberian economy at large. The scheme would require all motor vehicles registered within the Republic of Liberia to obtain third party liability insurance. “The ‘Compulsory Motor Third Party Liability Insurance Scheme’,” VP Boakai explained as he launched the scheme on Friday, January 31, 2014, “was enacted to law in 1972 by the National Legislature to promote public safety.”He said the Liberian Government has the primary objective to ensure the implementation of all road worthiness and safety laws and regulations throughout the length and breadth of this country, with the aim of protecting lives and property.  “The urgent need of this course is obvious in our nation’s increasing incidence of vehicular accidents,” he stated.According to VP Boakai, “Over the years there have been many accident cases; the situation was further exacerbated with the introduction of motorcycles for commercial purposes.”“Statistics revealed that during the last two years, a Liberian died each day as a result of motorcycle accidents; totaling over 12,545 recorded accident cases every year. Sadly these accidents leave victims wounded, decapitated, and in the worst cases, dead.  A total of 9,456 accidents and 132 cases of resulting deaths were recorded in 2012. This begs the question as to the number and severity of those cases that were not recorded,” he added.Giving those present a ‘reality check’, VP Boakai used statistics from the JFK Memorial Medical Center, revealing, “The period of July to December 2012 recorded 1,773 accident cases with 30 resultant deaths.VP Boakai said what was troubling is the fact that these calamities left in their wake a huge deficit in unpaid bills to the hospital during that six-month period.He furthered that the alarming data should be enough to awaken any conscious and responsible citizen and should amplify the quest for implementing legal road worthiness and safety measures to protect the lives and properties of our citizens and residents like.“Today, therefore, we should all be hopeful that an impactful measure of this relevance that employs a law already on the books will go a long way to ensure that all motorists, passengers, and pedestrians have this safety net at their disposal. I implore all of us to view this insurance scheme as a safety net and savor the feeling and assurance of security imbedded in having hope even after falling victim to vehicular accidents,” he added.“As we launch this scheme today, let us do so with a firm resolve to uphold the highest standards of justice fair play, and honesty. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) must keep an extra mile ahead, overseeing the scrupulous upholding of the tenets of contractual agreements between motorists and insurers,” The VP said.  The Liberian Vice President cautioned Liberians to remain mindful that a scheme of this nature can only stand on pillars of confidence and commitment. He advised that a half-hearted and lopsided approach will introduce cynicism, crooked dealings and resistance thus defeating the “noble purpose,” of the scheme.He urged dealers of new and used vehicles and the various unions within the transport sector to complement the efforts of the relevant authorities to ensure compliance across the spectrum.For his part Transport Minister S. Tonorlah Varpilah, disclosed that the scheme worked perfectly during the pre-war era.Min. Varpilah said the reactivation of the scheme was short lived during the era of President Charles G. Taylor. “This was primarily due to a number of factors, including lack of public trust for many insurance companies and weak institutional mechanisms to regulate the insurance industry,” he stated.Transport Minister Varpilah furthered that the absence of an insurance scheme over the years has resulted in unbearable economic hardships on the population and significantly impeded the social and economic growth of the country.“The increasing number of traffic accidents is inflicting untold suffering on the poor. Road traffic accident victims— many of whom are poor— are often constrained to underwrite the cost of injuries and deaths.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stay Order on House Session, Budget Hearings

first_imgOn Tuesday afternoon (June 21), the Supreme Court put a ‘stay order’ on the legislative sessions and other activities of the House of Representatives, including the budget hearings on the revenue component of the fiscal year 2016/2017 Draft National Budget.The Supreme Court in its March term mandated the House of Representatives to return to the ‘status quo ante’; that is, before the motion of June 2, suspending roll calls and allowing the number and members present at the June 2 session of the House ofRepresentatives to constitute a quorum for one month, June 2 to July 2.Tuesday’s session was adjourned after a prayer was recited by the Chairman on the House’s Executive Committee, Grand Kru Representative George Wesseh Blamoh, who served as the presiding officer.“We received two communications (writs) from the Supreme Court and the Speaker has gone there to get clarity so today there’s no session,” presiding officer Blamoh said and adjourned the session.This is the second time, in two weeks, for the Supreme Court to put a stay order on the House of Representatives through the Writ of Prohibition from Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, Jr.On Friday, June 10, a stay order was granted by the Supreme Court; and on Monday, June 13, it was lifted and both parties, the petitioner, Rep. Snowe and the respondent, Speaker J. Alex Tyler, mandated to make amendment, but the petitioner was instructed to seek redress if dissatisfied with the resolution.Snowe snubs hearingOn Monday, Rep. Snowe failed to turnout for a public hearing on a complaint filed to the House’s plenary regarding his protest on the usage of a quorum on roll call taken on June 2, for one month.Snowe’s absence was described as ‘ignoring the roll call hearing’ after having acknowledged receipt of the communication, as well as having been informed through a mobile phone call.A close confidant of Rep. Snowe, who begged for anonymity, said the Montserrado County lawmaker boycotted the ‘sham hearing’ because it was orchestrated by pro-Tyler lawmakers, including the Chairman on the Committees on Judiciary and Rules, Order and Administration.The staff further said the venue of the hearing, the Speaker’s conference room, also undermined its integrity.Bomi County lawmaker Cllr. S. Gayah Karmoh said the hearing was in keeping with the House’s Rules and Procedures, and that the petitioner, having failed to appear, will be given a second chance.The Judiciary Committee Chairman and the Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration, J. Byron Browne, will officially write Rep. Snowe on the date of the next hearing, but would not state what would happen if he again fails to appear.House Speaker Tyler was at the hearing; and a staffer said he was set to explain that his decision was based on precedent.The staffer, who also requested anonymity, said during the 52nd Legislature, under the speakership of Rep. Snowe, a similar decision was taken.June 9 Supreme Court orderThe Supreme Court notified Speaker Tyler of the cause of action to appear before the full bench in disposition of the constitutional issue raised in the petition to show cause why the petitioner’s petition as prayed should not be granted.Snowe’s legal battle was due to a motion from Bong County District # 3 Representative George S. Mulbah, which indicated that Thursday’s quorum should and must persist for the entire month of June, meaning there would be no roll call.Rep. Snowe and about 18 lawmakers are agitating that there should be a recall, in accordance with Article 33 of the Constitution.Article 33 of the Liberian Constitution states, “A simple majority of each House shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but a lower number may adjourn from day to day and compel the attendants of absent members…”Tyler embattled, or formidable?The same aggrieved lawmakers are asking the Speaker to recuse himself, for allegedly receiving US$75,000 in the controversial Global Witness report that alleged bribery and secret payouts to the Speaker and other government officials. Global Witness argued that the alleged bribes were paid to alter the Liberian concessions law in favor of Sable Mining Company for the acquisition of an iron ore concession for the Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County.Reports from Tyler’s office say the Speaker is still formidable and in control of a majority of the lawmakers (about 52 lawmakers).Amidst the criminal indictment due to Global Witness report, Pro-Tyler lawmakers have twice blocked the campaign to force the Speaker to recuse himself.However, it has been said that Tyler is considering building his bloc from 52 to 60 members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10 Republican presidential hopefuls to meet in first debate tonight

first_imgTen Republicans who often evoke Ronald Reagan hope the Gipper’s magic rubs off as they face each other at the late president’s library in the first GOP debate of the 2008 race. The setting and the state were fitting. The debate begins at 5 p.m. Republican top-tier contenders Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney – as well as some of their underdog rivals – have embraced the conservative icon’s legacy and called for their party to return to the limited-government that Reagan espoused in the 1980s, effectively distancing themselves from Bush. The former president’s widow, Nancy Reagan, was to attend. Missing were three Republicans still weighing whether to run – Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator; Newt Gingrich, the ex-House speaker from Georgia, and Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. They also weren’t slated to participate in two more debates – in South Carolina and New Hampshire – in the next month. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Delegate-rich California also has become an important stop in the GOP campaign now that the state has moved up its primary to Feb. 5, far earlier than in elections past. Eight months before the first GOP primary votes are cast, top issues such as the Iraq war, immigration, taxes, abortion, gay marriage and terrorism were certain topics during the debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library north of Los Angeles. The focus was on the strongest contenders – Giuliani, the former New York City mayor; McCain, a four-term Arizona senator, and Mitt Romney, the ex-governor of Massachusetts. Seven lesser-known rivals were joining them on stage: Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas; former Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, Jim Gilmore of Virginia, and Reps. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Duncan Hunter of California and Ron Paul of Texas. MSNBC and The Politico co-sponsored the debate, moderated by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. last_img read more

Emery urges Arsenal to end away-day blues

first_img0Shares0000Unai Emery is frustrated by Arsenal’s poor away record © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Unai Emery admits Arsenal have no excuse for failing to improve their wretched away record when they face lowly Huddersfield on Saturday.Emery’s side have lost their past three away games in the Premier League including a 3-1 loss at Manchester City last weekend. With defeats at Southampton and West Ham among the other low-lights of Arsenal’s travel-sick season, the thought of losing to bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium is too much for Emery to stomach.A 2-1 win at Bournemouth on November 25 was the last time Emery’s side took three points on the road, but Huddersfield look the perfect opponents after losing 11 of their past 12 league games.Asked on Thursday if a win this weekend was essential, Emery told reporters: “Yes. We started very well away, changing our mentality, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance and the next opportunity is against Huddersfield.“For us as well, away games have been a challenge and each match is a new challenge.“Each match is also a very big opportunity for us to fight for the possibility to take three points and continue better than how we are doing in away games now.”While Arsenal will be fancied to take three points home from Yorkshire, Emery insisted his players should not take success for granted against a team fighting to avoid relegation.“These matches are difficult and they are playing for the possibility to continue in the Premier League,” he said.“Their last results have not been good but with their new coach (Jan Siewert), I am sure that they are going to play with a big ambition and a big performance on Saturday.”Emery’s tactics were criticised by some Arsenal fans after the loss to City, underlining the mounting sense of frustration as the north Londoners slipped down to sixth place.Some even called for Emery to be sacked less than a season after he replaced Arsene Wenger, but the former Paris Saint-Germain boss is unfazed.“My first critic is always myself. I work over the criticisms of me because I know that work in the present can change our way,” he said.“How we are doing at home and away, we are with the possibility and the opportunity of (finishing in) the top four.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

How has Chelsea starlet Mason Mount performed on loan at Derby?

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Southgate announced his England squad on Thursday 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Chelsea starlet Mason Mount was the biggest surprise in Gareth Southgate’s England squad to face Croatia and Spain later this month.The 19-year-old, who is currently on loan at Frank Lampard’s Derby, has impressed in the early stages of the Championship season. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Mount is enjoying his time at Derby RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware REVEALED He has started every game for the Rams, scoring five goals, and starred as Derby stunned Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup.The attacking midfielder only made his England Under-21 debut last month, netting the winner against Latvia, and Southgate has been keeping a close eye on his progress.Mount joins Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Leicester’s James Maddison in the Three Lions squad for the first time.“You never know with young players what they’re capable of until you give them their opportunity,” said Southgate. He continued: “Mason, Jadon, they are all exciting, creative players. I think we talk a lot of about creativity but we have got exciting players in the squad.”England will face Croatia behind closed doors in Rijeka on October 12, as the World Cup finalists complete a stadium ban handed down after having a swastika on their pitch in 2015.Southgate’s men then travel on to Seville to take on Spain, who won 2-1 at Wembley in England’s first Nations League match last month. 3 Mount was brilliant at Old Trafford BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow “These guys, it may be a little bit early, but equally they’re having a big impact in important matches.“Mason Mount stepped up and scored a penalty at Old Trafford, he took it like he had been there all his life. Very often we hold youngsters back a bit too much and I’m always trying to find that balance.“The message has got to be correct as it’s the very early stages of their career, but it is good for their development to train and be part of the squad.” 3 MONEY REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injurylast_img read more

Yahoo draws up map upgrade

first_imgSUNNYVALE, Calif. – Yahoo Inc. has redesigned its online maps to make it easier to get driving directions to multiple destinations and find local merchants – the latest move in the company’s duel with Internet powerhouse Google Inc. The Sunnyvale-based company planned to unveil its latest mapping improvements Wednesday, less than a month after Google upgraded its maps service. Yahoo’s service will be available on a test basis at Yahoo is matching some of Google’s features, such as the ability to scroll across a map without reloading a Web page, as well as introducing tools that haven’t been available previously on the Internet. “There are four or five ‘only at Yahoo’ features” included in the upgrade, said Paul Levine, Yahoo’s general manager of local services. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The innovations include the ability to obtain driving directions to several different city locations and have all the routes simultaneously displayed on the same Web page. Like Google, Yahoo is including user reviews and phone numbers of local merchants located near the site of the mapping request. Hoping to draw even more users to their already popular Web sites so they can generate more ad revenue, Yahoo and Mountain View-based Google have spent much of the past two years engaged in a game of one-upmanship. Whenever one of the rivals introduces a new product that creates buzz, the other typically follows with something similar. Microsoft Corp.’s, InterActiveCorp’s Ask Jeeves Inc., Time Warner Inc.’s AOL and Inc.’s A9 also frequently leap into the fray with their own technological twists. Online mapping has become a prime battleground because it’s one of the most used features on the Web. The recent improvements made by Yahoo and Google have increased the competitive pressure on AOL’s Mapquest, the longtime leader in Internet maps. last_img read more

Uganda to play Guinea and Congo ahead of CHAN

first_imgUganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre (left) with the players before the team travelled. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed the two international friendly matches that Uganda Cranes will play ahead of the 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco later this month.FUFA spokesman Ahmed Hussein who also travelled with the team echoed out the announcement upon the team landing in Morocco.“On Saturday, 6th January 2018, Uganda will face Guinea before taking on Congo on Tuesday, 9th January 2018,” Ahmed Hussein.Head coach Sebastien Desabre believes the two international build up matches will help fine tune the team ahead of the 2018 TOTAL CHAN tournament.‘These two build up matches are geared towards assessing the players readiness for the main tournament,” Sebastien said in an earlier interview before the team travelled.After the two build ups, the final team of 23 players will be communicated by the head coach who is working closely with his other technical staff (Fred Kajoba and Mathias Lule).With the squad currently consisting of 25 players, this means two more will be dropped but whoever gets the chop will stay in Morocco on stand by in any event of an injury.The team left Entebbe via Doha on Wednesday for a 10 day training camp in Morocco.This is the fourth edition that Uganda will be taking part in having not gone past the group stages in all the other three editions.In the last CHAN tournament in Rwanda, Uganda finished third in the group having drawn two and lost one of the three games they played.At CHAN 2018, Uganda Cranes is in group B alongside Zambia, Cote D’Ivoire and Namibia.Uganda Cranes TOTAL 2018 Fixtures (Group B)Uganda Vs Zambia – 14th January 2018 (Marrakech).Uganda Vs Namibia – 18th January 2018 (Marrakech).Uganda Vs Ivory Coast – 22nd January 2018 (Marrakech).Commentslast_img read more

NBA investigating Patrick McCaw’s deal with Cleveland Cavaliers

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookThe NBA has launched a formal review into Cleveland signing former Warriors guard Patrick McCaw to a two-year, $6 million deal and subsequently waiving him before his contract would become guaranteed, sources confirmed to Bay Area News Group. The New York Times first reported the news.The NBA immediately had suspicions that McCaw and the Cavaliers reached an …last_img read more

South African male choirs take winning compositions to South America

first_imgSouth African composers Xander Kritzinger and Andrew-John Bethke will travel to South America with two male choirs to share their uniquely South African blend of sacred, classical and jazz choral works.While in South America, the two choirs will showcase the best of the South African choral tradition, performing unique blends of sacred, classical and jazz works in a number of South African languages as well as French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and Latin. (Image: Cape Town Male Voice Choir, via Facebook)Mathiba MolefeTwo accomplished South African male choirs are preparing for a tour of South America in July, where they will perform award-winning compositions by two of South Africa’s leading choral composers.Composers Xander Kritzinger and Andrew-John Bethke took top honours at the Choral Composition Competition facilitated by Ekurhuleni’s Cenestra Male Choir and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir (CTMVC), sponsored by the National Lottery.Along with a chance to perform in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay, the two composers each received R10,000 and the respect of South Africa’s choral community. Kritzinger and Bethke received the recognition for their original compositions In Die Skadus van my Siel and A Prayer for Africa, respectively.Michael Dingaan, conductor of the Rand Afrikaans University Chorale choir, and German choral conductor and lecturer Professor Martin Berger were the judges, together with the musical directors of Cenestra and the CTMVC.“The aim of the competition was to unearth talented South African composers and bring back a focus to male choir singing,” said Lewis Rabkin, chairperson of the CTMVC.“The competition showcases the ability of South African choral composers, as we are not yet fully tapping into local potential and talent.“The grant from the National Lotteries Commission has made it possible for us to co-ordinate the Composition Competition and to send our two choirs overseas,” said Rabkin.Kritzinger and BethkeApart from being an award-winning composer and accomplished musician, Dr Andrew-John Bethke also acts as the director of music at the Grahamstown Cathedral. (Image: Diocese of Grahamstown, via Facebook)Hailing from Cape Town, organist and composer Bethke is the former director of music at Grahamstown Cathedral and Rhodes Choir conductor. Some of his other works have already been performed abroad.Commenting on his winning composition, Bethke said: “I wanted to write a piece which attempted to pull together traditional South African musical techniques and languages, rooting the piece strongly in South African traditional culture.”Before becoming an award-winning composer and renowned musician, Xander Kritzinger was a member of the greatly acclaimed Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. (Image: Xander Kritzinger, via Facebook)Kritzinger kicked off his musical career singing in the Drakensberg Boys Choir before becoming a music teacher and choirmaster of Stellenbosch High Choir and the Viva Cantare Community Choir, where he works today.Speaking about his composition, In Die Skadus van my Siel, which means “In the shadows of my soul” in Afrikaans, he says: “I wrote it at my beach house while listening to the ocean roaring. The house always brings fond memories and while being there one often tends to think about people who are no longer with us. They still dwell in the shadows of our souls, even after time.“I did not expect that the composition would win a prize, but I am delighted and honoured that the piece will be performed.”The tourWhile in South America, the two choirs will showcase the best of the South African choral tradition, performing unique blends of sacred, classical and jazz works in a number of South African languages as well as French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and Latin.Members of the choirs will also participate in workshops and master classes at the Melodia! South American Music Festival in which they are performing in Argentina and Uruguay.On 24 June, the CTMVC will present a preview of the tour programme at a gala farewell concert at Hugo Lambrecht’s Auditorium in Parow.All the proceeds from the concert will go to Link2Grow, a non-profit organisation that aims to empower women in Cape Town by linking those who have needs with those who have the resources to address them.last_img read more