World Artistic Dance Federation to help choreographers in Seychelles improve techniques

The World Artistic Dance Federation (WADF) is willing to work with dance coaches and choreographers in Seychelles to help local dancers improve their techniques and skills, a senior officer of the federation shared.

In a recent interview with SNA, the senior vice president of WADF, Irina Smalko, outlined that “when it comes to traditional dance, Seychelles is at the top of course, but for the rest, it’s okay.”

“We will make some suggestions to the organisers. Training will be necessary and important for development for both sides. It is my aim to make this happen, to work with the trainers and choreographers and provide them with everything we know. It will also be good to invite coaches of dancing schools in Seychelles to Russia for some period to undertake special courses. That would be the most correct way to handle that,” said Smalko.

“I hope that next year when there will be more participants from Seychelles, it will be easier to compare and understand the true level,” she continued.

Smalko, who is from Moscow, has been a Caribbean dance competitor within the International Dance Organisation IDO) for many years, and has a great knowledge of artistic dancing.

WADF’s senior vice president was in Seychelles for the All-African Artistic Dance Championships that was held on September 1 and September 2 at the Berjaya Hotel, Beau Vallon.

The first to be held in Africa, the All-African Artistic Dance Championships saw the participation of over 200 dancers from six countries – Seychelles, South Africa, Serbia, North Macedonia, Russia, and Greece. The Philippines, which was also expected to participate in the competition, canceled at the last minute.

During the two days of competition, participants battled for first place in different dance categories such as Afrobeat combats, hip hop, urban, traditional, classical, ballroom, and Latin dance.

The championship was classified into different categories, namely mini-kids from 4 years and above, juveniles from 9 to 12 years, juniors, youths and adults, and masters from 35 years and above.

Smalko shared that “hosting the competition in Seychelles is a very good step and opportunity for the federation. We are very well known in Europe and now we can get better known in Africa.”

WADF, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, is a non-profit worldwide dance organisation with over 100 years of experience in dance – which also gives non-professional dancers a platform.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Boxing Olympics Qualifiers: Janet Acquah progresses to quarterfinals; Freezy Macbones eliminated

Ghana’s men’s and women’s national boxing teams got their Olympic qualification journey underway in Dakar as some boxers featured in the round of 16.
Ghana’s Olympic hopeful Seth Gyamfi, aka Freezy Macbones, suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of Seydou M. Konate of Senegal in the men’s heavyweight division.
It was a dominant performance from the Senegalese, as he won 4:0 on points, with the Ghanaian boxing sensation struggling to contain his opponent’s decisive moves and power punches.
Ghana’s Janet Acquah delivered a stunning performance as she defeated her Swaziland opponent, Siphamandla Veliswa, by 5:0.
There was further bad news for the Ghanaian contingent as heavyweight boxer David Bawah Akankolim was knocked out in round two by Algerian boxer Mourad Kadi.
The Algerian delivered a stunning boxing masterclass as he dropped the Ghanaian with some heavy punches, with the referee stopping the bout.
Ghanaian lightweight middleweight boxer Alfred Kotey lost 5:0 on points against Mozambique boxer Osorio Muxanga to culminate a bad start for Ghana at the start of the African Boxing Olympic qualifiers.

Source: Ghana News Agency

African Para Games: Ghana Amputee football ousts Liberia 5-0 to book semi-final slot

The Ghana National Amputee football team hammered their Liberia counterparts 5-0 in the last group stage game in the ongoing African Para Games to book a ticket to the semi-finals.
After securing a 7-0 victory against Uganda and succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Morocco in their first two games, the hosts, Ghana needed a positive result to qualify to the next round.
Mohammad Mubarak continued his fine form for Ghana in the tournament, adding to his goal-tally just four minutes into the game to give his side a deserving lead after-which teammates Hamza Mohammed and Collins Gyamfi added the second and third respectively, to give Ghana with a commanding 3-0 lead into the break.
The Black Challenge continued to exhibit their attacking prowess in the second half with two more goals from Ussif Yahaya and Mohammed Mubarak to take the scoreline to 5-0.
Ghana secured six points to finish behind leaders Morocco in Group A.
Speaking after the win, Stephen Richard Obeng the Head Coach for the Ghana Amputee Football team said, ‘The win means a lot to me and every Ghanaian because the Black Stars
also qualified [to AFCON 2024] just like we did. We had to put yesterday’s loss behind us and bounce back in this one’.
The coach anticipates a significant game in the next round, aiming to become champions by Sunday.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Somalia and Egypt vow to boost cooperation in health sector

On the sidelines of the World Conference on Population, Health and Development, which was held in Cairo from September 5 to 8 under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Somalia’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Elmi Ibrahim, held a fruitful meeting with Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population.

The two ministers explored ways to strengthen cooperation in the field of family planning and reproductive health services, and to benefit from Egypt’s experiences in developing and implementing the national strategy for population and development. The strategy, which aims to address the challenges and opportunities of population dynamics, was launched during the opening session of the conference.

The ministers also agreed to expand the areas of cooperation in the health sector between their countries, in order to enhance the health system in the brotherly nations and meet the needs of their citizens. They reaffirmed the strong ties that have linked Somalia and Egypt for many decades, and expressed their mutual respect and support.

Source: Somali National News Agency

Commissioner of SoDMA meets FCDO Director of UK in Nairobi

The Commissioner of the Somali Disaster Management Agency (SoDMA), Mohamud Moalim Abdulle met with the Director for Foreign Development of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom, Mr. Damon Bristow on the sidelines of the Africa Climate Summit meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The meeting focused on the current bilateral cooperation between the UK and Somalia in humanitarian assistance and development, and the preparations of the El Nino storm which is feared that it will affect more than one million people in the coming rainy season.

The Commissioner and his delegation also met with the Charge d’Affaires of Finland to Somalia and the head of cooperation of Finland.

The Government of Finland is one of Somalia’s donors and has a cooperation in development with Somalia, and assists Somalia in the fields of education, health, humanitarian assistance, and good governance.

Source: Somali National News Agency

Prime Minister Hamza and his delegation return to Mogadishu

The Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, HE Hamza Abdi Barre and his delegation who were on an official visit to Qatar returned to Mogadishu this evening.

The Prime Minister had meetings with several officials while he was in Doha, including the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdirahman Al-Thani, Somali businessmen in Qatar and the Qatari businessmen.

Prime Minister Hamza discussed cooperation between Somalia and Qatar in the meetings he had with the officials he met in increasing investment and developmental projects, and the two nations agreed on those issues.

The delegation of the Prime Minister included the minister of Foreign Affairs, Abshir Omar Jama, Minister of Finance, Bihi Iman Egeh, Minister of Internal Affairs, Mohamed Ahmed Sheikh, Minister of Education, Farah Shiekh Abdikadir and other officials.

Source: Somali National News Agency

President Hassan Sheikh sends his condolences to the people of Morocco over the quake

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud sent his condolences to King Mohammed VI and to the people of Morocco for the victims of the earthquake that struck the country.

His Excellency prays to God to be kind to those affected and to cover the victims with His vast mercy, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured and wounded.

Source: Somali National News Agency