The biggest crowd witnessed for a beach soccer game in Ghana was recorded over the weekend when 6 beach soccer clubs converged at the Aborigines Beach Resort in Keta for the second edition of the Hogbetsotso Beach Soccer Classic.As happened with the maiden edition in 2014, beach soccer clubs converged at the venue to display their craft and skills to festive makers, locals, tourists and dignitaries alike.The event was broadcast live on one of the top radio stations in the Volta region Jubilee 106.9 fm.The standard of this year’s event was higher than last year’s edition. The protocol officer of the Ghana Beach Soccer Association Kusi Awere Gyamfi said this will be the template for spreading beach soccer throughout Ghana.Sea Lions Bsc and Teshie United Bsc from Accra joined hosts Keta Sunset Sports, Havedzi Mighty Warriors, Tegbi Youth and Ada Assurance in this year’s invitational tournament. The build up to the event was made even more exciting due to the fact that the best teams in the league were all in top shape ahead of the festival tournament.After some spectacular and exciting games, host team Keta Sunset Sports defeated their arch rivals Havedzi Mighty Warriors 4-1 in the final. The 4-1 scoreline did not reflect the tight and competitive nature of the final but rather the individual brilliance of Sunset captain Michael Sema who scored his sides four goals. The event was supported by the Member of Parliament for the Keta Constituency Hon. Richard Quashigah and his colleagues Hon. Fiifi Kwetey and Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa. The venue for the finals, Aborigines Beach Resort was made available by the C.E.O Mitch G. Woollams.In a post final interview, the president of GBSA Yaw Ampofo Ankrah assured the media and sports fans who witnessed the event that there will be more beach soccer tournament in Keta in 2016.”This initiative is part of Beach Soccer Ghana’s wider goal of expanding the game to all coastal communities in Ghana”.Special commendation was reserved for the C.E.O of Keta Sunset Sports Ruben Dzidodo and his officials. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
NEW YORK — “Just Do It” has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York’s Common Core standardized English tests.Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising.New York state education officials and the test publisher say the brand references were not paid product placement but just happened to be contained in previously published passages selected for the tests.Some critics aren’t so sure and questioned why specific brand names would be mentioned at all.“It just seems so unnecessary,” said Josh Golin, associate director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which monitors marketing directed at children. “It would be horrible if they were getting paid for it,” he said. “But even if they’re not, it’s taking something that should not be a commercial experience and commercializing it.”The test questions have not been made public, and teachers and principals are barred from discussing them. But teachers posting anonymously on education blogs have complained that students were confused by the brand names, which were accompanied by trademark symbols.