National left back Lance Laing has joined Major League Soccer (MLS)-designate club, Minnesota United FC, the club announced on Tuesday on its website through the link http://www.nasl.com/news/2015/12/15/jamaican-international-lance-laing-j….Laing is one of six NASL All-Star selections this year to be snapped up by Minnesota, who are hoping the Jamaican can add to their record-setting offence as they look to make the step up from the North American Soccer League (NASL) to the more prestigious and lucrative MLS by the 2017 or 2018 season.Minnesota’s sporting director, Manny Lagos, told NASL.com news they played against Laing for many years in the NASL and are excited to get the player.”Seeing his growth from Fort Lauderdale to last season in Edmonton gives us the belief he will continue to grow and excel. As a player, he always presented us with challenges to play against and we’re just really excited to have a player like that on the roster,” he stated.The 27-year-old has played every NASL season since the modern-era league began in 2011 and is the only player to be named in the NASL Best 11 three times. He has been a NASL All-Star for the last two years.The Trelawny native first represented his country at the Under-17 level. He made his national senior team debut in 2008 against El Salvador and most recently played in the 2015 Copa America, where he starred against Lionel Messi and Argentina and the 2015 Gold Cup, helping Jamaica to a historic second-place finish behind Mexico.He began his professional career in 2007 at Harbour View FC and moved after three seasons to his native parish club Village United, then playing the local top-flight. The defender then moved to Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he played for two years.”I’m very happy to be cheered on by Dark Clouds and their fans. I have always felt (from) playing here that Minnesota fans are the best in the League and I can’t wait to be on the right side of their cheers. It’s an honour to be joining a team that has so many great players and great coaches. It’s going to be a great team to be a part of,” Laing told NASL.com.
Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.NEWARK, N.J. — Instead of flying East from Los Angeles with the rest of the team, Joe Thornton returned to San Jose on Saturday to meet with doctors about swelling in his surgically repaired right knee.Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer downplayed the situation Sunday, describing the decision to leave Thornton back as precautionary. The team placed Thornton on short-term injured reserve, meaning he can’t play before next …
Cherlyn Tshabangu is determined to get drug dealers out of her city, and rehabilitate and educate drug-addicted underage sex workers and reunite them with their families.Believing that the rise in crime in Krugersdorp could be attributed to high rates of drug dealing and forced sex work, Cherlyn Tshabangu has started a clean-up operation. Asilweni Cleaning Streets, founded in 2012, aims to help rehabilitate drug-addicted sex workers and raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse.Asilweni Cleaning Streets, founded in 2012, aims to help rehabilitate drug-addicted sex workers and raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse (Image: Asilweni)Tshabangu believes that the town, in Gauteng, is a hub for human trafficking and drug dealing. She says, “We decided to take an initiative to help clean our streets of drugs and prostitution. We would also like to see the community taking control of their own streets and making sure that their kids are not exposed to all that we’re trying to stop as these are done right on the streets with no shame.”The organisation runs campaigns on drug abuse awareness, how to identify illegal drugs, and educates residents on how to get help with their addictions and whom to speak to regarding their problems.“We help all age groups that are affected by substance abuse and prostitution through counselling as well as detox programmes,” said Tshabangu.“We work in collaboration with Home Affairs to verify the identities of the drug dealers and prostitutes and we locate families of the girls as most of them are trafficked from different places.”Many sex workers in the area are young girls in their teens who have fallen victim to drug abuse, and who conduct sex work to fund their addiction. Asilweni works closely with the South African Police Service’s Missing Persons unit to identify the girls they work with, helping to rehabilitate them and reunite them with their families. The organisation also works with Crime Line, Lead SA, the Department of Social Development, and other organisations in the West Rand.“We are also networking with other African states and are hoping to work closely with them to fight drugs, prostitution and human trafficking. We would ensure that we have volunteers in all areas and all the time helping the community if need be,” said Tshabangu.“We hope to restore our communities throughout our nation and make them safe and conducive for everybody to live in them.”“We would like to also have a development centre in all provinces where we can have different skills training for recovered addicts and prostitutes. Most of them are rejected and may relapse so we will help them after rehab to either get work or go to school. And we would like to have these centres all over the country,” she said.The organisation also involves the community in its effort to eradicate crime, holding marches to protest against the drug dealing.“In March we had a successful march in demonstration of drugs and prostitution around the West Rand area and we were part of the committee that organised the march. Following that we were also involved in the march in Kagiso where we were sending a message to the dealers there that we are leaving no stone unturned and are intensifying our operations,” said Tshabangu.PLAY YOUR PARTAsilweni needs donations towards a car or taxi fares to help take their young charges back to their families; and towards medication to help wean the women off their addictions. The funds will also go towards food parcels and toiletries. The organisation is also looking to form partnerships with local municipalities and businesses.For more information on how to help, contact Cherlyn Tshabangu on 073 960 0905 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The death toll in violence during the West Bengal panchayat elections increased to 20 on TuesdayAt Ranaghat in Nadia, the husband of a Trinamool Congress candidate was dragged out his house and beaten to death. Trinamool Congress supporters and leaders were killed in Cooch Behar, Uttar Dinjapur and North 24 Parganas and Malda district in poll related and post poll violence. Of the 20 casualties reported in the past 48 hours, half of them belonged to the Trinamool Congress. The TMC supporters and leaders were killed in both intra and inter-party feuds and there were instances of lynching of ruling party supporters when they went for booth capturing. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said that while Opposition was claiming of attacks on their supporters, it was the ruling party which had suffered most in the violence. Half a dozen of supporters of the CPI (M) and a couple of BJP supporters had also been killed in the violence. The representatives of CPI(M) and Party for Democratic Secularism ( PDS) approached Calcutta High Court on the violence and were directed to file fresh petitions by the Court. There were protests outside the office of State Election Commission by Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood, Ecology and Environment who have fielded candidates at Bhangar against the TMC.Re-polling was ordered in 568 booths in the State.The State Election Commission ordered re-polling in 568 polling booths on Wednesday. The highest number of booths where re-poll would be be held were in Uttar Dinajur, Malda, Murshidabad ad North 24 Parganas districts. The results of the rural polls would be announced on May 17.