Tanzanians count SportPesa Super Cup gains

first_imgWhile Yanga, Singida and Simba had completed their domestic campaign, JKU were preparing for the play-off round with the top two teams from Pemba Islands to determine the overall winner of the Zanzibar league after finishing top of the Unguja region.“It was a great opportunity for us to weigh ourselves against one of the best teams in the region and see what we need to do to ensure that we go back home better,” JKU head coach Salum Khatib Omar said after his side’s 3-0 loss to eventual champions Gor Mahia in the quarter finals.“In football you must be ready for any result and for us I think we did well in many areas. Gor are a better side, they are more experienced and physically, they are at a better place. For us, we were not at our best physically also considering most of our players are fasting,” the tactician added.Gor Mahia winger George Odhiambo is tackled by JKU’s Suleiman Mwinyi during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOmar further notes that the opportunity to play in the SportPesa Super Cup also handed them an opportunity to learn from other teams and give them an edge when they go back to vie for the title at home as well as preparing for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.Meanwhile, Yanga who had a disastrous season domestically further had a disappointing outing in Nakuru, bowing out in the quarter finals after losing 3-1 to debutants Kakamega Homeboyz.The Tanzanian giants have expressed they will not be taking part in this month’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup as they choose to concentrate on their CAF Confederation Cup campaign where they will clash with Kenya’s Gor.Assistant coach Juma Mensah was dejected that his side bowed out in the first round of matches, but noted the gains picked from the tournament will be vital even as among other agendas they plot to wrestle the title back from sworn enemies Simba.“We had very many new young players in the squad because up to seven of our first team players were not with us. This tournament gave the young boys a chance to show what they can do and gain experience,” Mensah noted.His charges will face Gor in the first leg of the Confederation Cup on July 18 in Nairobi before playing the return leg in Dar es Salaam 10 days later.AFC Leopards winger Brian Marita wheels past Singida United’s Kennedy Juma during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Singida United came into the tournament under the tutelage of new head coach Suleiman ‘Morocco’ Hemed who was taking over from Dutchman Hans van der Pluijm who left for Azam at the close of the season.Hemed who guided Zanzibar to the CEACAFA Senior Challenge Cup final last year said it was a good starting point from him and added winning the tournament’s bronze was a huge plus for his confidence and that of the team.“It was very difficult to plan for this tournament because I am new in the team and I didn’t even have time to know the players and train with them. Everything we did was in-match and that made it very tough for us,” the tactician said.He added; “I can say it’s a good start and I have seen the players and their abilities and also if need be where we need to bring in new players. From here now we can plan for the new season.”Singida finished sixth in the Tanzanian Premier League on their debut season and reached the domestic cup final. From the Super Cup experience, Hemed is confident they can be a force to reckon next season in the Tanzanian top tier.Simba SC players pose for a group photo before their SportPesa Super Cup final against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Simba SC who lost the final to Kenyan giants K’Ogalo were disappointed not to end their otherwise successful season with a ticket to England but stand-in coach Djuma Massoud was pleased with the performance of his players.“This was a good opportunity for me to give the young players a chance to prove themselves. We also have very many new players who needed an opportunity to integrate with the team and I am pleased with how they performed,” Djuma noted.He added; “Obviously it is sad for us not to win but we choose to look at the positive side of it and what we have gained.”Simba will now switch their attention to the Kagame Cup which kicks off later this month.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Singida United players walk out for warm up before their SportPesa Super Cup semi-final match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12- The week-long SportPesa Super Cup hosted in Nakuru gave the four invited Tanzanian clubs an opportunity for post-season review with the teams saying they gained massively from the tourney after the completion of their domestic campaign.Champions Simba SC who reached the final and lost to Gor Mahia, third placed side Singida United, Yanga and Zanzibar’s Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) were the invited sides from Tanzania.last_img read more

Acsa in major Brazilian airport deal

first_img9 February 2012The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) is part of a consortium that has won a bid for the expansion, maintenance and operation of Guarulhos, Brazil’s busiest airport, located in greater Sao Paulo.“[This] will enhance Acsa’s brand and better position it in the market place as a serious participant in global airport investment and management,” Acsa’s acting MD Bongani Maseko said in a statement.“We managed to secure an opportunity in India a few years ago, we now have Brazil and are pursuing similar ventures in Africa.”Acsa won 51% of the concession and Infraero, from Brazil, the remaining 49 percent.Acsa said it would provide airport management through a technical service agreement.Some of the tasks included preparing detailed operational plans for the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup, the Pope’s visit for the World Youth Day in 2013, and the 2014 Fifa World Cup.The concession is for a 20-year period.“In addition to the investment return on capital contributions, Acsa will be paid airport management fees,” said Maseko.“The next step is for the consortium partners to finalise the signing of the concession and other related agreements by May 2012.”Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele’s office congratulated Acsa on the win.“This is, indeed, exciting news for South Africa and our continent,” ministerial spokesman Logan Maistry said.Sapalast_img read more

Global acclaim for inspiring South African whisky commercial

first_imgA still from the TV commercial The Reader. (Image: Bell’s Whisky) • So this giraffe walks into a restaurant … and the video goes viral • Across the Colour Bar: Nthabiseng’s story • Watch: Global video reactions to Nelson Mandela’s death • Buy Back South Africa, save and create jobsMary AlexanderA new South African TV ad for Bell’s Whisky that tells the story of an old man learning to read has won kudos from the international media as “more heartwarming than most Super Bowl commercials”, “the most inspiring ad of the new year”, and “the best commercial for literacy (and scotch) ever made”.The video, thought up by Cape Town-based agency King James and directed by Greg Gray of Velocity Films, launched on South African television channels on Sunday 2 February – the day before the US Super Bowl, whose commercial breaks are the global prime-time for ad space.Called The Reader, the moving commercial uses light, soft touches to mark the greying man’s journey to literacy – games of Scrabble with friends, flirty messages to his wife using alphabet soup, sticky notes all over everyday household items.The reason for his mission to learn to read is only uncovered at the end of the ad, and best revealed by watching it: “In The Reader we strove to create a storyline that would engage and inspire South Africans across the board,” says Devin Kennedy, executive creative director at King James. “The commercial celebrates universal themes such as friendship, family and community as well as the extra special things we do for each other.”In less than a week The Reader has already grabbed the attention of the international advertising industry, and garnered nearly half a million YouTube views.“This whisky ad from South Africa is more heartwarming than most of the Super Bowl commercials,” wrote David Gianatasio in Adweek, the prestigious New York-based ad industry publication. “Scotch whisky brand Bell’s and ad agency King James might just lift your spirits with this South African ad with an elderly man struggling to overcome his illiteracy so he can celebrate a family milestone.“Director Greg Gray of Velocity Films employs a restrained cinematic style to show The Reader diligently practicing his A-B-Cs at every opportunity … the heartfelt acting and storytelling are strong enough to yield a potent emotional payoff.”Business Insider said it was “by our estimation, the most inspiring ad of the new year”.“Slowly but surely, the man’s reading improves, and the ad delivers its extraordinary emotional payoff — right as the music hits its stirring crescendo.”Buzzfeed staff writer Isaac Fitzgerald described it as “the best commercial for literacy (and scotch) ever made”: “It’s a rare commercial that brings tears to your eyes, but the folks at Bell’s Whisky South Africa have done just that. Hugs and gold stars all around.”last_img read more

Limited edition

first_imgEach piece in this collection was designed over years by the world’s most gifted watchmakers to highlight a specific event, place, or cause. Driven by the desire to overload imagination, to re-invent inner mechanisms, to celebrate innovation, to perfect consistent precision and to deliver the most exclusive to the most,Each piece in this collection was designed over years by the world’s most gifted watchmakers to highlight a specific event, place, or cause. Driven by the desire to overload imagination, to re-invent inner mechanisms, to celebrate innovation, to perfect consistent precision and to deliver the most exclusive to the most discerning, these precious timepieces are available only to a very select group.Harry Winston: Opus ElevenFor Harry Winston, watches reflect a passionate belief that you can-and must-go beyond the imaginable. Instead of a hand, 24 placards revolve and rotate on a complicated system of gears mounted on an epicycloidal gear-train. Savour the moment, we say. Limited Edition of 111 piecesPrice: Rs 1.3 croreParmigian I: Bugatti Super SportThe highly tapered profile of the Bugatti Super Sport recalls the body of a wing, however the inspiration for the design lies in the iconic shape of the case lugs on a Parmigiani watch. Boasting the brand’s characteristic curves, the new Bugatti represents the decisive signature of the Parmigiani style. Limited Edition of 30 piecesPrice: Rs 1.3 croreRomain-Jerome: Moon Dust DNAInspired by the date of the historic Apollo 11 moon mission, this limited edition watch features a 46mm case carrying the iconic RJ “paws”, topped by a carbon fibrecoated bezel. The black dial is a hand sculpted depiction of the lunar surface and its material contains a small amount of precious Moon Dust-of which only a few thousand grams have been brought back to earth. Stellar composition. Limited Edition of 1,969 piecesPrice: Rs 8.5 lakhDe GR I Sogono: Occhio Ripetizione MinutiadvertisementDeveloped on the principle of the reflex camera, this Occhio Ripetizione Minuti is equipped with a twelve-shutter aperture revealing the movement with a striking visage. Cased in 18-carat red or blackened white gold and a leather strap, with a gold folding clasp, it is as original as it is daring and exclusive. Lust-have potential. Limited Edition of 5 piecesPrice: On requestVacheron Constantin: Metiers D’art-Chagall and L’opera De ParisHaving been a patron of the Paris National Opera for the past four years, Vacheron Constantin shares the institution’s art of precision, renewal and wonder. In honour of this association, Vacheron has designed an exceptional series of 15 unique watches as a tribute to the greatest composers of all time, the very same who were Marc Chagall’s inspiration for the monumental mural on the Opera Garnier’s ceiling.Price: On requestUlysse Nardin: Alexander The Great Minute RepeaterThe unconquerable hero of Greek history and symbol of strength inspires Ulysse Nardin’s Alexander the Great Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater. Its mechanics are housed in a 44mm case of 18-carat white gold or rose gold and the visible one-minute tourbillon is integrated into the dial. A date with history. Limited Edition of 100 piecesPrice: Rs 3.5 crore (approx.)Montblanc: Nicolas Rieussec ChronographNicholas Rieussec was inspired by the notion of “writing time” and called his famed invention “Chronograph.” Montblanc has chosen to pay homage to the inventor by launching the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Anniversary Edition in 2011, the year in which the chronograph celebrates its190th birthday. The Anniversary Edition will be available only in a limited and individually numbered edition: 190 watches in 18k red gold, 90 watches in 18k white gold and 25 watches in 950 platinum.Price: Rs 20 lakh (approx.)Zenith: El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10thDesigned to withstand the abrupt variations in pressure, intense vibrations and violent acceleration found in fighter jet cockpits, the Zenith Stratos also comes equipped with the world’s most accurate automatic chronograph movement. The number of pieces produced was selected to mark the anniversary year of the creation of the first El Primero movement. Limited Edition of 1,969 piecesPrice: Rs 5.4 lakhGC: Skeleton HeartbeatGC takes its Swiss watchmaking savoir-faire in combination with exquisite contemporary design to the next level of sophistication. The pure case design and the see-through antireflective sapphire crystals direct all attention to the very heart of the watch where you can see the inner beauty and life of the movement which is studded with 17 jewels. Limited Edition of 150 piecesPrice: Rs 1.5 lakh (approx.)Roger Dubuis: La Monegasque Big NumberChronograph La Monegasque Big Number stands apart for its dial in the classic casino colours of black, red and green. The dial, which contrasts a satin sunburst centre with a circular satin exterior, incorporates a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock, giving it the elegance and appeal of a traditional chronograph. Its round dial stretches the contours of the bezel to produce a uniquely distinctive form. Certainly raises the stakes. Limited Edition of 128 piecesPrice: Rs 1.7 lakhadvertisementOmega: Deville Hour Vision Blue OrbisOmega has created a special watch-the Hour Vision Blue-in support of Orbis International’s fight against preventable blindness. It has a 360 degree see-through case-body which is set in a robust 4 mm stainless steel outer case and is equipped with Omega’s Co-Axial caliber 8500. The selfwinding watch is an officially certified chronometer, a testimony to its precision and performance. Omega has guaranteed that at least one million U.S. dollars from its sale will be donated to Orbis.Price: On requestHublot: King Power F1 TourbillonAs Official Watchmaker of Formula 1, Hublot presents the first Tourbillon watch developed with and for the world of Formula 1. It features a special tourbillon cage and a balance with an F1 brake disc decoration made from ceramic and with a circular satin finish inspired by the F1 brake discs. Limited Edition of 50 piecesPrice: Rs 17.9 lakhA.Lange and Sohne: Richard Lange TourbillonThe fourth A. Lange & Sohne timepiece honoured with the distinction “Pour le Merite” embodies a fusee-and-chain transmission as well as a tourbillon with a patented stop-seconds mechanism. The stately 41.9-millimetre platinum or pink-gold case accommodates the new hand-finished Lange manufacture calibre L072.1, uncompromisingly crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards. Limited Edition of 100 piecesPrice: On requestlast_img read more

HC seeks reply of govt, Shelar to contempt plea on Dahi Handi

first_imgMumbai, Mar 16 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today gave two weeks time to Maharashtra government and BJP leader Ashish Shelar to file their responses to a contempt petition filed against them for failing to comply with its earlier directions on precautions to be taken during the Dahi Handi festival. A bench of Justices Abhay Oka and G S Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by Swati Patil seeking contempt action against Principal Secretary of Home department Swadheen Kshatriya and Ashish Shelar, head of Dahi Handi Samiti set up by the government in February last year. The Judges asked the government and Shelar to file their replies within two weeks and warned that no further time would be given to them. The Dahi Handi Samiti was set up by the government following directions from the high court on precautions and restrictions during the Dahi Handi festival. The high court had, among other directions, asked the government to ensure that Dahi Handi (formation) is restricted to only four layers and the height of pyramids is reduced to prevent people from falling down and getting injured. In her petition, Patil claimed that the high courts directions were flouted by several pandals across the state and the Samiti and its members failed to comply with the court orders. The court, while seeking response of the government and Shelar, had earlier remarked “adults can take part in any sport as they have the right to do so. But children are involved here and hence we have to keep their interests in mind.” PTI SVS DK PAL RDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Coach Interview – Swain Rovelli

first_imgBe sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms and send in your messages of support for the teams on our social media channels.Related LinksSwain Rovelli Interview Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’ We caught up with new Australian Women’s Open coach, Swain Rovelli this week in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. Join us as we hear about how much he is looking forward to the event next week, how he is finding his new role and who we should watch out for in the series. How much are you looking forward to next week?It’s very exciting, it’s been a short but good preparation and it’s good that it’s come around really quickly. I’m very excited to go over to New Zealand and get playing as soon as we can. How were your two camps earlier this month?Very good, the first one in Brisbane was good, we set up the team and got a lot done. The second one in Sydney was about finishing off and tidying up a few areas, both were extremely successful. They were thoroughly enjoyed by players and staff, we’ve done everything we could have to make sure we are ready to go. How have you found the Australian Women’s Open coaching role so far?It’s been really good, it’s a bit different as I’ve got two assistants, usually you are lucky to get an assistant, but with Mick(Moussa) and Craig (Morrow) and Kim (Solman), they are doing heaps which frees me up to take a back seat and be the head coach. It’s been good that you can focus on a few key areas. What are you looking forward to most about next week?The Japan games will be good but looking forward to seeing the team play game one, I can’t wait to get on the field. There is a really good feeling in the group, they know what they need to do and I just want to see the girls play the way they’ve trained, that’s the most exciting thing for me. Who has impressed you so far in the lead up and who should we watch out for?Laura Peattie has trained really well, Hannah Dyball and Kimmy Sue See are three I think will play really well, those three will be important to us. You’ve got a lot of young talent in your team, how important is the Australian Youth program for the Women’s Open team?The Youth program is very important for what we do in the Women’s program. It continues our production line of Women’s Open players, with that youth coming through it keeps us able to regenerate the side quickly. We’ve got seven debutants in the Women’s, Yasmin’s (Meakes) obviously played Mixed. Hayley Maddick is making her Australian debut at this event, how excited are you to see her play?I’m extremely excited, she’s followed a different path to everyone else really. It’s a good message to all players, that if you didn’t play (Australian) Youth your career isn’t over, if you persevere and sacrifice you can still make it, even if you didn’t play Youth. I really like the story of Hayley Maddick and how she’s got to where she is. She wasn’t one of those decorated juniors that made every state and Australian Youth team, she came through the hard way and has had to persevere to get where she is and that’s a good story for a lot of players that mature later and don’t learn about themselves until later on. Lizzie Campbell was announced as captain last week, how much are you looking forward to seeing her in this role?I’ve been fortunate enough to coach Lizzie for a while at club level and regional level. She’s an outstanding leader, I’m looking for her to do exactly the same thing (at Australian level). She is very insightful, team orientated, has a great heart towards the team and that’s one of the key reasons she got the captaincy. The way she leads the group and talks is a real positive for us and it’s good to go into the Trans Tasman with her as my captain. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action:last_img read more

Statcan chief Agency cant back down from push for new data sources

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s chief statistician says his agency needs to do a better job of telling the country why it needs information and how it protects data after blowback from a proposal to collect banking information from 500,000 Canadians.Statistics Canada has pressed pause on the pilot project until the end of a review by the federal privacy watchdog.Anil Arora says the agency will look for other ways to feed growing data needs, but adds the agency can’t back away from efforts to modernize how it collects data.Pushes to collect data from new sources will only move as quickly as Canadians deem comfortable, Arora says.Statistics published by the agency are used to set interest rates on loans and mortgages, help local planners decide where to place new schools or hospitals, and set the value of federal seniors benefits like old age security.Arora’s comments come after a morning speech at a conference marking the agency’s centenary where he said Statistics Canada was not immune to a global decline in citizens’ trust in institutions and experts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Louisville sluggers Cardinals pour on runs early hold off Buckeyes late

One day after being shut out by the Louisville Cardinals, the Ohio State baseball team was left wondering where its bats have been.The explosive hitting returned Wednesday for the Buckeyes, though they lost their second-straight game to the Cardinals (38-7, 14-4 in the Big East), 10-8, as throwing errors once again cost OSU (24-17, 8-7 in the Big Ten).Louisville third baseman Phil Wunderlich hit his 18th home run of the season, a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning off of OSU pitcher Brett McKinney to take a 9-5 lead.OSU catcher Dan Burkhart, who hit 5-for-5 on the afternoon, had an RBI single in the sixth inning, and center fielder Michael Stephens added another RBI single later in the inning to cut the deficit to 9-7.The Buckeyes closed the deficit to 9-8 after right fielder Brian DeLucia scored on a double play.In the eighth inning, Louisville shortstop Adam Duvall added an insurance run to push the final score to 10-8, singling home center fielder Drew Haynes who reached base on a throwing error.“I liked the way we competed a little bit,” OSU coach Bob Todd said. “But we dug ourselves in too deep a hole.”The error was OSU’s third of the game, which has been an Achilles’ heel for the team during a 3-8 stretch.Despite allowing eight runs in the first three innings, the Buckeyes responded with a Burkhart solo home run in the first, two runs in the second and two more off of an RBI double from shortstop Cory Rupert in the third to stay within reach at 8-5.“It was a good feeling to finally get a zero off the stats,” said Burkhart, who hit his first home run of the season Wednesday.Both starters, OSU’s Eric Shinn and Louisville’s Bob Revesz, failed to pitch more than two innings, as the teams combined for 10 runs in the first two frames.McKinney went three innings, giving up only the one home run to the Cardinals.DeLucia suffered a pinky finger injury in the seventh inning after being hit by a pitch.“Right now, it’s just a bruise” DeLucia said. “But I will know more tomorrow.”After only registering five hits in Tuesday night’s 6-0 loss, the Buckeyes pounded out eight runs and 14 hits on the afternoon.“Putting up eight runs should give our hitters confidence for the weekend series against Illinois,” Burkhart said.With the win, Louisville coach Dan McDonnell has won five straight contests against OSU in his three years as coach of the Cardinals.“They’re in the top 10 for a reason,” Todd said.OSU will host a three-game series against conference foe Illinois at Bill Davis Stadium beginning at 6:35 p.m. Friday. read more

Douglas Costa believes in Ronaldo

first_imgAccording to the Brazilian winger, Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus “to the next level” not only in Italian Serie A but also in EuropeBrazilian start Douglas Costa says Juventus is like a big family.“I think Juventus know how to win a player over,“ he told Italian Football TV.“I think the Juventus family are most important, It’s a world where I’ve learned to live,” he added.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Allegri’s a Coach with a great passion for the defensive side of the game and, for me, it was really important because I’m a player used to going forward a lot.”And these are some of the reasons he thinks Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to take Juve to the highest level.“Ronaldo is a really important player, but we also have Dybala and other important players. I’ve played with Neymar, so it’s not totally new for me to play with someone at [Ronaldo’s] level.”“Everyone has welcomed him and we know how much he can improve us. We can’t hide it, it’s clear.”last_img read more