The Great Migration: The Zimbabwean in Germany

first_imgExplaining the differences in lifestyle in greater detail, he says: “Back home I wouldn’t get anything out of rugby, I’d just play for the sake of playing. But coming here to Germany, I feel like I’m more independent because if I play I get my money and if I get my money then I can choose whatever I want to do with it. That’s the greater part of it.“Coming from Zimbabwe, the greatest disadvantage is our passport. It’s one of the worst passports you can ever have. Having to apply for a visa is becoming a nightmare. You can’t really get a sports visa because most of the clubs are not willing to pay the minimum average (cost) for you to get one. You end up having to apply for a study visa or get a job so you get a visa for wherever you want to go. But at the same time you want to advance your rugby.On the rise: German rugby – “especially sevens” – is climbing, says Chitokwindo“Life away from rugby comes back to what you have in the wallet or how much you spend. If I was at home I wouldn’t be out and about or going around the world seeing other places. There is no money to do that and no time to do that as well. Coming to Germany I feel I can travel if I want to travel, play social rugby if I want to play social rugby, I can study. As soon as I got here I was told there was free tuition at university so that’s one thing I’ve taken up and I want to further my studies.“Once you get into Europe, all these things open up. If you want to work, you can work. If you want to get into university, you can get into university. And things seem to run smoothly.” Special day: Zimbabwe – Chitokwindo included – celebrate beating Tonga in Hong Kong in 2013 Zimbabwe international Tafadzwa Chitokwindo has experienced the good and bad of living as a full-time player in Germany. He talks to Alan Dymock about his life in Europe as part of our Great Migration series LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img When you make your living as a rugby player, sometimes there are hardships to go alongside the wage you get for playing a sport you love. This can be particularly true for those who have moved a significant distance from home in order to do so. That much becomes apparent in talking to a mostly chirpy Tafadzwa Chitokwindo.The Zimbabwean is quick. In fact, he’s very quick. It’s one of the reasons why  German side TV Pforzheim agreed to give him a trial – they had seen his wheels in action during the 2013 Sevens World Cup. And after three months, Chitokwindo had done enough to be invited back on a full-time basis. The money he earns in central Europe has afforded him a lifestyle he could only fleetingly enjoy back in Zimbabwe, but there is also a harshness that comes with that.Asked if he would stay in Germany long-term, Chitokwindo sighs before he says: “That’s a very tricky question because Germany is not the friendliest of places to be, social-wise. So in as much as everything is okay financially, the social side is a bit of a low. It’s a 50-50. I could go home but I know there are not many opportunities for me to explore, but I know my social life is going to be better and I’m always going to be happy. Here there are things like racism, people don’t appreciate you because they don’t want you here.”How bad has the racism been for you in the country? “Now I think they’re getting used to us, because of all the refugees coming through. But just when I first came through, if I’d gone into a shop a security guard would follow me around. If I did anything, everybody would be watching me. So you endure the pressure, but then you know why you are here. There are always challenges to every new adventure. You just have to dig deep and move forward.”Making the tackle: Chitokwindo (L) makes a tackle against South AfricaThis sounds like a harsh low away from rugby, to go along with the financial highs and true enjoyment on the field. Germans have a complicated relationship with incomers and although he is not a refugee, you can understand how the African athlete may feel isolated in a country where a constant national discussion revolves around the vast intake of displaced foreign nationals.SEE OUR INVESTIGATION IN THE NEW ISSUEChitokwindo studied in South Africa’s Rhodes University, but after moving back to Zimbabwe a job he took “moved sideways” nine months later and he looked elsewhere. He laughs about the fact it was rugby that took him to Europe. FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREThe rugby runs more smoothly too. At Rhodes, the uni team was also a club and he was able to continue playing for his national side when he was with them. But Chitokwindo explains the inherent issues with the club game in his home nation. He lays it out: “In Zimbabwe sometimes we have a league competition, sometimes not, because of funding. That was one huge step I had to get used to here – to play games week in, week out. In Zimbabwe sometimes you’d be told there were no games because of funding. Coming here everything was well organised, everything was well funded, and even going to an amateur union everything was a bit professional.”He sees the game in Germany evolving and improving. He also feels that operating in a more professional set-up has meant he can bring more with him when he heads into national camps. With what he is going through in Germany, Chitokwindo feels he is becoming not only a better rugby player but a better person.last_img read more

EPA running pilot complaints line in Donegal

first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme The Environmental Protection Agency is urging anyone who witnesses illegal dumping or other environmental abuse in Donegal to report it on a line which is being piloted in Donegal.The EPA says during 2010, approximately 26 illegal dumping complaints were received by Donegal County Council. Since the launch of the expanded complaints line at ther start of the summer, 17 calls were received, mainly concerning illegal dumping, backyard burning and discharges to water. Spokesperson Cormac Mac Garrailt says it’s important that people report anything they see…….[podcast][/podcast] Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleGuildhall restoration work to begin in DerryNext articleDentists back in High Court over medical card entitlement withdrawl News Highland By News Highland – August 12, 2010 center_img Google+ EPA running pilot complaints line in Donegal Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Newsx Adverts Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Two arrests in Strabane as investigation continues into Carlton Drive shooting

first_img Pinterest Previous articleGarda appeal after homes are robbed in Lifford, Raphoe and CarrigansNext articleSmithwick Tribunal hears claim that Mc Guinness authorised RUC officers’ murder News Highland By News Highland – April 24, 2012 Facebook Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Police in Strabane have arrested two men as part of an investigation into a shooting and assault on a 26 year old man in the town earlier this month.The suspects, aged 27 and 28, were detained in the town this morning as part of an ongoing investigation into the attack at Carlton Drive on 3 April.A number of searches are also being conducted in the town. The investigation is being carried out by Serious Crime Branch and local police. Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Facebook Two arrests in Strabane as investigation continues into Carlton Drive shooting Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Education Minister doesn’t rule out further restrictions

first_img Education Minister doesn’t rule out further restrictions Pinterest By News Highland – April 3, 2020 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook The Education Minister has stated that every effort is continuing to have the Leaving Cert examinations go ahead this current academic year but that depends on current restrictions being lifted. A number of options are currently on the table but Minister Joe McHugh believes that at least two weeks of class time would be needed before exams begin.He also says he expects further restrictions to be introduced next week to ensure those who aren’t adhering to Covid-19 restricting do so.Minister McHugh says all decisions will be based on what Health officials decide in terms of restrictions and that will determine their next course of action.He spoke on today’s Nine til Noon Show, listen back to the interview in full:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleThousands tune in to daily televised mass from St Eunan’s CathedralNext article130 Donegal people waiting to be tested for virus News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

23 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Donegal, 430 nationally

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest 23 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Donegal, 430 nationally 23 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Donegal this evening.430 cases of the virus have been identified across the country while no new deaths have been reported – the highest number of cases reported in a day since April.The death toll remains at 1,802 while the total number of cases now stands at 34,990.The Acting Chief medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has urged people to “play their part” and cut their contacts, adding “we have absolutely no room for complacency”. Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twittercenter_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – September 27, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleWins at The Curragh for Luke McAteer and Dylan Browne McMonagleNext articleFT Report- Finn Harps 1-1 Cork City News Highland Twitterlast_img read more

Brundidge holds first redistricting hearing

first_img Brundidge holds first redistricting hearing You Might Like Suspect held in search for Pugh Lawmen have taken one person into custody for questioning and another is being sought in relation to the disappearance of… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Brundidge City Council held a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to give its citizens an opportunity to have input into the changes that will be made to the city’s reapportionment district lines based on the 2010 census.The city’s population is 2076. Ideally, each district would have a population of 415. The two workable redistricting maps that City Manager Britt Thomas presented at the public hearing were drawn with the target number of 415.The population distribution for Map 1 was District 1, 419; District 2, 417; District 3, 408; District 4, 410; and District 5, 422. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 8:05 pm Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Email the author By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip The population distribution for Map 1 was District 1, 422; District 2, 417; District 3, 408; District 4, 415; and District 5, 414.Thomas said that either of the maps will work for the city and it will be up to the council as to which map will be adopted.Thomas said the greatest differences between the two maps are in Districts 1 and 5. There is a slight different between the two for District 4 and only minor differences between the maps for Districts 2 and 3. The audit showed that the city’s general fund revenue was 99 percent of its budgeted amount of $2,852,100 and within 95 percent of its budgeted expenses of $2,850,593.The city showed a 12 percent increase in retail sales tax revenue over 2009.The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen The maps are available for viewing at Brundidge City Hall and on the city’s website at said citizens are encouraged to come by city hall and review the maps prior to the next public hearing scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at Brundidge City Hall.The public will again have an opportunity to view the map and ask questions and express concerns before the Council makes a final decision.The Council will vote on a map at its Feb. 21 meeting in order to have the map posted by Feb. 28 according to Alabama state law.In other business, the Council reviewed the 2011FY draft of the city’s audited financial statement. Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more


first_img Previous Article Next Article This month’s newsStressed out and overworked Nine out of 10 workers are stressed out from work, two- thirds work longerthan a standard 35-hour week and just under half regularly work unpaidovertime, according to a study by online travel agent Opodo. It also found 58per cent of UK workers never take a proper lunch break. Hearing tests Hearing tests should be made much more widely available, the TUC, the RoyalNational Institute for Deaf People and the European Federation for the Hard ofHearing have said. A million workers in Britain are exposed to potentiallydamaging noise levels. More testing would encourage early detection and helpprevent hearing loss. Stress awareness campaign An awareness campaign on preventing work-related stress has been launched bythe Health and Safety Executive. Media advertising, leaflets, a helpline andguidelines are all being offered to UK companies, with the campaign initiallyaimed at public sector workers. Shortlisted teams announced The shortlisted teams for this year’s Aon Health Solutions’ award formanaging health at work have been announced. Health and safety conference A conference on psychosocial risks and stress at work will be held on 17October at London’s Regent’s College as part of this year’s European Health andSafety week. It is being organised by the UK Professional Organisations inOccupational Safety and Health group. Details available by e-mail: [email protected] by phone: 0116 257 3183. Corporate killing Families bereaved or injured from work-related deaths and disasters calledon the Government at a TUC conference in July for tougher enforcement of healthand safety laws, a new law on corporate killing, and the imposition of safetyduties on company directors. Tackling violence The Health and Safety Executive has published a series of case studiesshowing how taking simple steps to tackle work-related violence can help smalland medium-sized businesses reduce risks and improve efficiency andprofitability. Work-related Violence: Managing the Risk in Smaller Businessescan be ordered online at for metal workers New guidance on good practice standards for reducing health risks to workersexposed to metalworking fluids will be launched at a series of workshops by theHealth and Safety Executive and the Engineering Employers’ Federation duringOctober. Exposure to such fluids can lead to dermatitis, with around 200 casesreported each year. Details are available from the federation or bye-mailing [email protected] mill safety improves A safety initiative conducted by the paper industry between April 1998 andMarch 2001 cut deaths and serious injuries by more than a quarter and led to amarked improvement in health and safety in the UK’s paper mills, research bythe Health and Safety Executive has shown. The study showed a 27 per centreduction in the rate of fatal and major accidents. Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Dixie State splits WAC series with Tarleton State

first_imgFebruary 20, 2021 /Sports News – Local Dixie State splits WAC series with Tarleton State FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Konstantin Dotsenko had 23 points as Tarleton State topped Dixie St. 77-59 Friday in game one of a two-game WAC series.Hunter Schofield led the Trailblazers with 20 points and 11 rebounds.Then in game two on Saturday Isaiah Pope had a season-high 22 points as Dixie State beat Tarleton State 64-48 for the weekend split. Pope was 6-of-11 shooting, all from 3-point range.Andre Mulibea added 14 points for Dixie State (8-11, 4-8 Western Athletic Conference).Freddy Hicks had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Texans (7-9, 2-6), whose four-game winning streak ended. Tags: Dixie State Trailblazers Basketball/Tarleton State Texans/WAC Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

Council to Leave Seat Vacant Until May Election

first_imgCity Hall in Ocean CityOcean City will leave one seat on its seven-member City Council vacant until the May 2016 election.Council Vice President Mike Allegretto resigned Sept. 14 to take a job as the director of the city’s Community Services Department, leaving the remaining six council members with two legal options to replace him: 1) Make an appointment within 30 days of Allegretto’s resignation, or 2) Leave the seat empty until candidates can run in May 2016 to complete the remaining two years of his term.The idea of voting on a new appointment at the Oct. 8 City Council meeting did not receive enough support, City Council President Keith Hartzell said on Tuesday. Three council members would have had to request adding the appointment to the agenda by Monday.The decision not to act by Oct. 8 essentially kills the idea of making an appointment. Voters will decide on the new council member in May.At the most recent council meeting, Hartzell, Vice President Pete Madden and Councilman Pete Guinosso. had argued for leaving the decision to voters.Councilman Antwan McClellan and Councilman Mike DeVlieger said the issue warranted further discussion. Councilman Tony Wilson was not present.Madden said he would prefer to leave the at-large seat open until the vote in May. He said he would feel differently if it were a ward representative charged with working more closely with constituents from different parts of town.“If it were a ward seat, it would make more sense to fill it,” Madden said.Hartzell said he was worried about the tight time frame for filling the seat and said he was committed to keeping interviews and the process in the public eye. He also said he wanted to keep the May election fair.“I don’t feel comfortable choosing somebody and giving that person an advantage,” Hartzell said.If council remains at six members through May, votes that result in a tie will fail, according to City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson. The mayor, however, would have been able to cast a tiebreaking vote on the appointment of a new council member.Hartzell said if three council members had requested it by Monday, the council workshop scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, could have been dedicated to a discussion of whether or not to fill the seat.If council had decided to make an appointment, interviews and a vote would have taken place at the regularly scheduled council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8.Candidates now will run in May 2016 to complete the remaining two years of Allegretto’s term. Candidates will then run for a full four-year term in the at-large seat in May 2018.last_img read more

Jeeps Take Over O.C. Boardwalk

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEJeep lovers displayed their wheels and personalities on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday afternoon.There was the 2016 Jeep Wrangler called the “Kerminator,” which featured Kermit the Frog stuffed animals, a bright lime green paint job and a mini-Jeep on the back for the famous Muppets amphibian. Then there was the red, white and blue Wrangler “Zombie Tactical Unit.”In all, about 500 Jeeps lined the Boardwalk from Fifth Street to 14th Street in the Ocean City NJ Jeep Invasion. It seemed many of the owners liked to name their Jeeps, which were mostly newer Wranglers, several vintage models going back to the 1950s, a 1972 Commando and Cherokees.Marine veteran Frank Wakefield, 83, of Marmora, holds up a photo of his military Jeep that looks similar to this 1980 model.What appealed most to Jeep lovers who own new wheels was the fact that the style has changed a bit – but not so far off from the ones from the 1950s.Frank Wakefield, 83, of Marmora, pulled out an old, black-and-white photo that he keeps with him wherever he goes. The retired Marine sergeant and Korean War veteran, who served from 1953-56, joined the military right out of high school.“It reminds me of this,” he said, his eyes welling up as he held the photo of him standing next to an old military Jeep.He was looking at a Jeep from 1980 that was Army green and at one time was used in the military, according to the owner, Andrew Randazzo, 24, of Rosenhayn, N.J.“I am still researching it,” Randazzo said. “I love old cars. My grandfather had an old car and my uncle did. There is a lot more to find out about this Jeep.”The “Kerminator” caught the eye of people who stopped to look at some of the hundreds of Jeeps on display.For Wakefield, looking at the Jeep was a somber reminder of his nights on a convoy driving without headlights, guided by one light at the front of the line of military vehicles. The 1980 Jeep was so similar to the one made decades earlier, it choked up the veteran. “It’s nostalgic for me,” Wakefield said. “It brings back lots of memories.”For others, the Jeeps were painted or themed for humor.John Dagostino, of Millville, owner of the “Kerminator,” summed up what makes Jeeps so popular.“It is fun to drive, and it makes getting from Point A to Point B fun. You don’t mind driving because you are in a Jeep,” he said, leaning on his “Kerminator.”Some Jeep owners showed a bit of humor with their personalized touches, such as this “Zombie Tactical Unit” vehicle.The event raised money for local charities, and trophies are awarded to the best Jeeps in various categories. Some had thick tread and huge tires, others had some serious camouflage paint jobs and then there were plenty with patriotic themes. All were cool to many of the spectators.“This is so neat to see,” said Jules Tarsi, of Sea Isle City.He and his wife, Debbie, drove to Ocean City for breakfast and saw the Jeeps flooding the town.“We decided to see what was going on,” Debbie said. Jules and Debbie Tarsi, of Sea Isle City, look in awe at this white, seriously customized model.Ken and Wanda Allen, of Edgewater, N.J., and their son, Ryan, 25, enjoyed checking out the many Jeeps positioned along the Boardwalk.“I always wanted a Jeep since I was younger,” Ken Allen said.“We waited until the kids got older,” Wanda added.Then the couple bought a 2016 Jeep Wrangler.“We love our Jeep,” Wanda said with a grin.Larry Schiavo, of Sicklerville, with his dog, Fawn, in his 2001 Wrangler.Larry Schiavo, of Sicklerville, N.J., said hello to the Boardwalk strollers. Some stopped to check out his 2001 Jeep Wrangler, which has 150,000 miles on the odometer. He is the original owner. But what made his Jeep stand out were some added fixtures.Children ogled the Wrangler and stopped to check out the carved wooden parrot on one side.“Someone asked me if it was real and I said no way. It would fly away,” Schiavo said. He displayed a “treasure chest” in the back and used a faux ship wheel for steering. He even had a sidekick, his beloved dog, Fawn, who got a lot of pats from strollers.“I’ve always had a Jeep. It is a passion of mine. The engines are solid,” Schiavo said with a smile. “I have other cars, but this is my special weekend car.”For more information visit 1972 Jeep Commando was a popular attraction. There was no shortage of Jeeps on the Ocean City Boardwalk for the Jeep Invasion Saturday.last_img read more