Category: ezrupnewvxvc

Ombachi returns as Oliech handed debut

No Comments

first_img0Shares0000National seven-aside team player Dennis Ombachi in action during their training session at BrookHouse School.Photo/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, February 24 – After being overlooked by previous coaches, Impala RFC utility player Sammy Oliech has been handed his HSBC Sevens World Series debut ahead of the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs.Other notable inclusion in the 12-man squad named on Wednesday by head coach Benjamin Ayimba is Kenya’s hero at the Africa Olympic qualifier, Dennis Ombachi who returns for the first time this season when the series enters the fifth and sixth rounds. Homeboyz RFC pair of fly-half Augustine Lugonzo and winger Leonard Mugaisi are the other returnees as Ayimba made four changes from the squad that reached the Plate final in Sydney, Australia.Ayimba who is building a formidable team for the Rio Olympic Games, believes Oliech is a game changer and will enable them maintain their consistency of going past the group stages.“Oliech has never been given a chance and I think he is one of the players who are game winners so I’m expecting a lot from him. He is a good player and he understands the game so it’s upon him to go out there and show the world what he can do.”“We are happy Ombachi is back to his fitness, I’m sure he will play his role and we will get results out of his good play. Anybody who comes in has to show his value,” Ayimba stated.Oliech who has featured for the national 15s team believes he has the potential to inspire Kenya to a good performance as he eyes the Olympic selection where the shorter version of the game will be making its debut.“I have been training for quite a while and I feel my hard work has finally paid off, I want to go out there and show people what I can do. The new players who have come on like Nelson Oyoo have set the bar high so I’m looking at matching his performance or even go beyond it,” Oliech told Capital Sport.On his part, Ombachi who has been out of the circuit for almost eight months said his uphill task will be to catch up with the rest.“I’m fit enough to play and given a chance I will give it my best as I have always done. We want to better the performance of the last four legs,” Ombachi who is nicknamed ‘Ghost worker’ said.Skipper Andrew Amonde is certain the team will repeat Cape Town performance where they stormed the Main Cup semi-finals and if possible lift their first Cup title ever.“We expect nothing less than improvement. We are aiming to reach the Cup final or semi at worse and I’m sure it’s possible because we have played against most of the top teams. We are pleased to have Ombachi back and Oliech making his debut, he is experienced and it’s my hope he will adapt quickly and play well,” Amonde outlined.Shujaa who are drawn in a relatively fair Pool A in Las Vegas 7s alongside titans New Zealand, Portugal and newcomers Russia will be banking on their massive fan base from Kenyans living in United States of America to improve on their eighth spot.Ayimba identified the All Blacks as the main threat but called on his charges not to downplay Portugal and Russia as they will be out to pull an upset.“We will be ruthless against anyone we meet especially the opening two games against Russia and Portugal because they will not come easy. The last time we played New Zealand the results were not pleasing so we need to pull up our socks in order to top the pool.“Every team is beatable but you never know how a team will turn up,” Ayimba explained.The team departs for USA on Sunday to compete in the fifth round that takes place on the weekend of March 4-6 before travelling to the new venue in Canada a week later.Squad to Las Vegas and Vancouver:Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Oscar Ouma (Top Fry Nakuru), Humphrey Kayange (Mwamba), Augustine Lugonzo (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), William Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Oscar Ayodi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Billy Odhiambo (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Leonard Mugaisi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Samuel Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens) Non travelling reserves Eden Agero (Kenya Harlequin), Samuel Motari (Resolution Impala Saracens), Robert Aringo (Resolution Impala Saracens)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Housing numbers are mixed

No Comments

first_imgFor example, the statewide median price in the entry-level price range of less than $500,000 fell 5.1 percent in August to $349,360 from $368,210 for the same period a year ago, the association said. DataQuick’s price analysis showed that: In the South Bay the median price increased 15.2 percent to $720,000. In Torrance, the median price was $620,000, up 7.8 percent. On the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the median price was $1,215,000, down 3.6percent. “I would not be a bit surprised by the end of the year (that) Los Angeles County could have a year-over-year price decline,” Kyser said. Last month sales in the county fell an annual 23.9 percent. The same kind of scenario played out statewide. In August home sales decreased an annual 27.8 percent while the median price house price increased 2 percent to $588,970. The sales drop means that if the market matched August’s pace all year, 319,200 homes would change owners. And although the median price increased, it fell in nine of 20 major markets tracked by the association. Robert Kleinhenz, the association’s deputy chief economist, said that sales fell by a bigger margin in August on an annual basis than in June and July. “I attribute that to the credit crunch. Qualified buyers can’t get their loans funded,” he said. That trend should continue this month and into October. In August the association said its Unsold Inventory Index for previously owned single-family homes was 11.8 months, up from 5.9 months a year ago. This is how long it would take to sell down the inventory at the current market pace. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! However, increases were strong enough to push the countywide median home price up an annual 2.6 percent to $605,300, said the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. “Basically you have a housing market that is somewhat seized up from the flood of bad news that keeps coming out,” said Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Department. Castaic recorded the county’s biggest decline, 23 percent, to $465,500, and West Hollywood had the biggest increase, 35.8percent, to $930,000, according to a report prepared for CAR by DataQuick Information Systems. Individual market numbers include new and previously owned houses and condominiums. Countywide and statewide numbers do not, the association said. “Price softness is even more pronounced when we look at different segments of the market,” association president Colleen Badagliacco said. L.A. COUNTY: Prices decline in much of the region but increase in the South Bay. By Gregory J. Wilcox STAFF WRITER Home prices in Los Angeles County fell from their year-ago levels in 65 of 92 markets in August as sales plummeted, a trade association said Tuesday. last_img read more

DD LOCAL: DATE SET FOR DRUMKEEN’S ANNUAL CAR WASH

No Comments

first_imgDRUMKEEN LOCAL NOTESDrumkeen Community 5th Annual Car WashOur annual community car wash will take place this Sun 15th June from 10 am – 3 pm. This year the proceeds will go towards the upkeep/repair of St. Bridget’s well and the local youth club. We would like to invite everyone to come along and lend a hand on the day and make it another fantastic community event. Drumkeen Youth ClubOur end of year club trip takes place this Sat 14th June going to Arena 7 for Laser World, bowling and food. The bus will leave St. Patrick’s hall at 11:30 am and return at approximately 3:00 pm. There will be no youth club on Fri 13th June. We would like to thank everyone who helped make it such a successful year, enjoy the summer. Zorb FootballThe World Cup kicked off early last Fri in Drumkeen with our first ever Zorb football match. This is football with a slight difference where each player is inside a bubble and the aim is to score goals and knock over your opponent or team mate at the same time, if you want to do a bit of exercise and have a lot of fun, then Zorb football is for you, we already have had loads of enquiries about the rematch. Contact Benny on 086 4562271 for details.Barn DanceA fundraising Barn Dance will take place in St. Patrick’s hall Drumkeen in aid of Barnes View ward St. Joseph’s hospital on Fri 27th June 2014 commencing at 8:30 pm. Music by Workmates & Country Disco. Admission is only €10 including supper. Prize for best dressed, Contact Andrena on 087 1369788 or Charlie on 087 7728608 for your tickets.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 04th June.04, 08, 12, 17. No jackpot winner. Pat Mc Namee, Drumkeen wins €100. Next week’s jackpot €2,450. Go raibh maith agat.AB Fitness Due to the huge success of the Boot camp another is scheduled for Mon 16th June just give Benny a call on 086 4562271 for details.Spinning classes also continue mornings and evenings, also circuit training and Boxercise? There is something to suit everyone, check out our Facebook page AB Fitness.Blessing of the GravesThe annual blessing of the graves will take place in Drumkeen on Sunday 15th June and in Convoy on Saturday 28th June. Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL: DATE SET FOR DRUMKEEN’S ANNUAL CAR WASH was last modified: June 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Contract plan would give Stuckey consulting pay

No Comments

first_imgFired Animal Services Director Guerdon Stuckey would be paid $50,000 under a 12-week consulting contract in exchange for dropping the appeal challenging his termination under a plan to be considered today by the City Council. Under a proposed contract, Stuckey would begin work Sunday as a consultant, reporting to Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller. “What the contract says is that he would be involved in a host of issues to be determined relating to development and outreach,” Miller said. “The specific tasks will be negotiated.” Neither Stuckey nor his attorney, Edward Lear, returned telephone calls. Officials with the Mayor’s Office said they would wait to comment until after the City Council acts. The council has until Wednesday to make a final decision on Stuckey’s removal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Following his dismissal Dec. 15, Stuckey had sought a severance package that would have totaled 11 months of his $154,000-a-year salary. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rejected that demand and a majority of City Council members was said to be supporting him in resisting such a high payout. But City Councilman Bernard Parks was open about efforts to reach a compromise with Stuckey, who had said he had been offered job security by aides to former Mayor James Hahn when he took the post a year ago. Stuckey became a controversial figure and a target for extremists in the animal-rights community, with him being a victim of a smoke bomb at his downtown apartment. His wife was so fearful that she left the city. Stuckey also complained that the way he was removed hurt his ability to find another job with a city government. The contract to be considered by the council takes note that he lost his job because of a change in mayoral administrations and that he is “particularly qualified” for a management job. The action is expected to generate further controversy within the animal-rights community. During the hearing in which Stuckey made his appeal, several people spoke out against any severance for him. However, Phyllis Dougherty of the Animal Issues Movement said he should not be penalized because of circumstances. “I am concerned about the reputation the city will get if it just dismisses someone in this fashion,” Dougherty said. “A lot of us in the animal-rights movement thought he was what was needed when he was first hired. It was only later that people became upset.” Stuckey’s job performance was an issue during the mayoral campaign last year, when Villaraigosa pledged to remove him. After becoming mayor, however, Villaraigosa held off on the decision, saying he wanted to give Stuckey more time on the job. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fabregas finally makes confession about Arsenal and Man United incident

No Comments

first_img1 Cesc Fabregas, at long last, has confessed to throwing pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson in the infamous ‘Battle of the Buffet’ at Old Trafford in 2004 that ended Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten league run.Manchester United claimed a 2-0 victory to rid the Gunners of their Invincibles title in a clash that was always going to be a tempestuous affair, as the home side sought revenge largely for Martin Keown’s treatment of Ruud van Nistelrooy, following the striker’s penalty miss, in the same fixture just over a year earlier.Arsenal were seething with United’s players and referee Mike Riley for a number of unprofessional fouls that went unpunished, and Fabregas failed to hide his fury in the tunnel at full-time as tempers boiled from both sides.The Chelsea midfielder explained on Sky One’s A League Of Their Own: “All of a sudden, I heard noises (from the tunnel) and I thought what’s happening?“So I go out with my slice of pizza and I saw Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown… everyone pushing each other.“I was like, I want to get in but I don’t know how to and I threw… peeew… just threw it. Once I saw it was hitting, like, who it was hitting, which I didn’t mean…”Fabregas revealed that the pizza did hit Sir Alex in the face, but that wasn’t quite his intention, adding: “I apologise Sir Alex, really didn’t mean to do that!” Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal center_img #ALOTO EXCLUSIVE!!! @cesc4official comes clean about that moment with Sir Alex. Get more juicy gossip on Thursday at 9pm. #BattleOfTheBuffet pic.twitter.com/yARvejMJWV— Sky One (@SkyOne) October 4, 2017last_img read more

Lancaster-Canyon game is canceled

No Comments

first_imgThe game will not be rescheduled, Lancaster High athletic director Casey Jones said. Canyon athletic director Marlene Holomon said efforts were made by both schools to reschedule the game for Saturday, but Hart district officials would not permit the game to be played that close to the holiday. The holiday ends at sundown on Saturday, which is at 6:49 p.m. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District canceled Lancaster High School’s football game against Canyon High School of Santa Clarita and other outdoor sports activities Thursday because of air pollution from a forest fire. Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said he made the decision early Thursday afternoon after visiting several area high schools with Superintendent David Vierra and seeing thick smoke from the Day Fire in Ventura County. “The smoke is really bad even though the fire is further than it’s been,” Azevedo said. “We wanted to err on the side of caution.” The Canyon/Lancaster game was scheduled for Thursday because the William S. Hart Union High School District, to which Canyon belongs, does not permit games to be played today in observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SA students win US prize for fire-alert innovation

No Comments

first_img13 May 2014 A team of South African students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) has won a People’s Choice Award for their low-cost fire detection device for shack-dwellers at the annual Global Social Venture Competition at the University of California, Berkeley in the US. The project was named one of the top five initiatives worldwide and won the award in the global round in April. They competed against hundreds of entries from around the world, beating 18 finalists in the last round. The competition is one of the world’s pre-eminent social business plan competitions, providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure and prize money to transform their business ideas into positive real-world projects. Khusela, which means “protect”, is an integrated alert service designed for shack-dwellers. There is a lack of fire-fighting infrastructure in South African informal settlements, where shack fires are an ongoing problem. “Our proactive early-warning system networks individuals within communities and with the authorities to mitigate the loss of life and property caused by shack fires, a global human tragedy,” said electrical engineer Francois Petousis, co-founder of Khusela, who is currently undertaking a Masters degree in inclusive innovation at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB). “There are a billion shack/slum-dwellers across the globe, and that is set to soar to 1.4-billion by 2020,” Petousis said in a statement issued by the school. Khusela is based on Petousis’s honour’s thesis, and the Khusela team consists of electrical engineering lecturer Samuel Ginsberg, economist and Khusela co-founder David Gluckman, community researcher Emily Vining, industrial designer Max Basler, and electrical engineer Paul Mesarcik. The team entered the international competition through the UCT Student Social Venture Programme, which is hosted by Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the UCT GSB Net Impact Chapter. The UCT programme was created to improve the quality and performance of African universities at global social business plan competitions. The Bertha Centre is the southern African regional outreach partner for the social innovation competition, and hosts the initial round of the competition. The director of the Bertha Centre, Dr François Bonnici, said that African teams had not featured in global competitions in the past because they lacked support and sponsorship. “Our firm belief in setting up the UCT Student Social Venture Programme at the GSB was that student social ventures of global standards were being developed in South Africa, not just at UCT, that deserve our support,” Bonnici said. Khusela is not the first South African team that has passed through the programme. Last year, graduates the Reel Gardening team won both the social innovation prize and the Hult Prize London regional competitions, beating 50 other universities, and was one of six teams globally to compete in the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative. UCT GSB director Walter Baets said social innovation was increasingly gaining focus, not only in business but at business schools. “Especially in our emerging market situation, we need to encourage innovative thinking and the generation of new ideas to meet the unique challenges of our environments.” Petousis said going to Berkeley was extremely exciting for the team. “After all 18 finalist teams presented to the judges on our first day of competition in Berkeley, Khusela was named as one of the six teams to go onto the next stage of the finals, which was a fantastic achievement considering the range of powerful teams who had presented their social enterprises that day.” The next step for the Khusela team will include making use of recent funding received from the Technology Innovation Agency and UCT to fully develop, test and roll out about 2 000 devices in a pilot project in South Africa. “We received excellent feedback from the judges specifically because our numbers were reasonable and justified, we have significant scalability and a strong plan to do so, the social impact scales as the business does, so there is a significant market which we have great opportunity to serve and the value created is significant,” Gluckman said. Petousis said just being a part of the competition was inspiring. “All these people are devoting their lives to discovering how we can create a world where you get paid to do good, where business can function to support that which really matters and makes a difference to humans. The room was far from what traditionally is the mood of a competition. The ethos was of support and collaboration, because at the core, everyone was there to serve a bigger purpose than their own.” Gluckman added that there was lots of scope out there for other aspiring social innovators to get involved. “Get out and engage with the community that you wish to serve. Get off the computer, stop writing the business plan, put down the pen and paper and get into your market and find out. In social impact work, it is critical to know with as close to 100% certainty that there is truly a need. That’s true for any business, but specifically in the social impact space where resources are scarce and challenges are huge.” SAinfo reporter and University of Cape Townlast_img read more

How to Survive and Find Your Policy Niche in DC

No Comments

first_imgDon’t give up! It took me four years to really break into my preferred policy field, but that doesn’t have to be the case for everyone. It is possible to make ends meet and find your policy niche and ideal job. I arrived in Washington, DC in the summer of 2014 without knowing anyone in the area and with only a vague notion of how to navigate this small town of politics and think tanks. I desperately wanted to do something, anything, related to foreign policy. Several internships, jobs, temp work, and one month of scary unemployment later, I finally succeeded — and it was worth it. Now I edit, write, and research on foreign policy full-time and also get to appear on local and cable television for interviews.Here is my best advice to you on how to make your way in DC and do a better job of it than I did.1. Find the intersection of the news and your interests.This is a good way to accelerate your career while also caring about the area in which you want to have an impact. On the one hand, you don’t want to focus on something that is too obscure, because your work will be less impactful. On the other hand, you also don’t want to run around chasing every trending subject, because your work will be boring for you and too scattered and fleeting. Having an impact comes with practice and long-term investments of your time, resources, and concentration.For example, when I was in undergraduate and graduate school, I studied a lot about North Korea, China, and Russia. Today, I’m primarily a North Korean commentator, but that wasn’t deliberate or planned out at first. As I began to write my papers and my first op-ed articles in grad school, I discovered that I got more traction because North Korea was in the news. I also realized that I enjoyed being informed and writing on that subject. Over time, I decided to pursue that happy intersection of interests and traction by doubling-down on North Korea. As a result, this new specialization allows me to enjoy my work while making a difference and paying the bills.2. Note what predictable topics will be big in the news that you could write about.I keep a calendar of all predictable upcoming foreign policy events for the year, so I can write op-eds for them ahead of time and have a news-relevant hook to give them. This makes life easier for me as a writer and helps keep me organized. Think about your policy area and what you could look out for and be ready to comment on.Foreign policy examples include upcoming elections, when the defense budget is up for a vote, sanctions bills in Congress, meetings like the G20, major historical anniversaries, or major speeches world leaders give domestically.3. Realize you can’t do this alone or take all the credit for any success you have.We’re all flawed human beings who need a baseline of social interaction to stay happy and healthy. There is also someone who is always smarter or who has figured things out that you haven’t yet.When I moved to DC, one of the first things I did was find a church to call home. Not everyone is religious, but finding some kind of support system in this type-A high-powered area is a must. I found a congregation where I could practice my faith and make friends. I also went to events to network as usual and ended up finding a fun board gaming group. There are meet-up groups of people who have similar interests or hobbies to hang with that you can find online. Your alma mater and your home state also have societies you can join. Find people who you have a natural connection with to make finding friends and networking a bit easier on yourself.Additionally, ask questions and find the people you admire and would like to emulate. Networking is about making long-term connections and about learning from people who are smarter than you. It is about asking about their lives and being genuinely interested — not immediately demanding a foot in the door. Who is in a job you would like to have in five, 10, 20 years? There is always someone who is better and who knows the ropes — find them. The more you learn from others and experiment, the more you can find out what works and what doesn’t. Besides, one day, someone may come to you asking for help and then it will be your chance to pay it back.4. Find a path forward, even if it is unconventional.Four years was a long time to spend dreaming and trying to break into the foreign policy space. Could I have done a better job? Sure. But I also could have given up or wasted away my time worrying about what I couldn’t control instead of what I could.Find ways to master your policy niche and gain the skills you will need to land the kind of job you want down the road, even if you can’t get there yet. If you are in school, that means using every paper as a chance to learn more about your niche and then using those papers as the basis for op-eds. You could also write for your school paper or send letters to the editor as a start. You could apply to the AFF Writing Fellows Program to learn the basics and meet some new people. Once you get some writing samples under your belt, you could also apply to Young Voices to get more of your articles published in national newspapers. Either way, you need to make a portfolio so that when that ideal job has an opening you are ready. Build your credentials on the side and look for ways into the field you want that aren’t obvious. Be persistent, take care of yourself, and go be a happy warrior.last_img read more

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell ruled out of World Cup with injury

No Comments

first_imgcricket West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell   –  Reuters × West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will play no further part at the World Cup after being withdrawn from the squad due to a knee injury, the International Cricket Council said on Monday.Russell made four appearances in the competition, but was not involved in the dramatic five-run defeat by New Zealand in Manchester on Saturday.Top order batsman Sunil Ambris, who impressed with a sparkling 148 off 126 balls in an ODI win over Ireland last month, has been drafted as a replacement in the 15-man squad.West Indies, who currently sit eighth in the standings, need three wins from their final three matches to remain in contention for a semi-final spot.Jason Holder’s side next face India at Old Trafford on Thursday. West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on SHARE COMMENT June 24, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Sahara Group extends Hockey India sponsorship till 2021

No Comments

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 5 (PTI) In what can be termed as a major boost to Indian hockey, the Sahara Group has renewed its association with Hockey India by signing a sponsorship deal which will run till 2021. Associated with Indian hockey since 1995, Sahara India will be the major partner of the national teams at the junior and senior levels until 2021. “Hockey is our national game and we are very proud of the teams performances at both junior and senior level, men and women, in the past year. Sahara India Pariwar is committed to the development of the sport at all levels and are keen to continue our partnership with Hockey India in their endeavour to achieve greater heights,” stated Abhijit Sarkar, Head Corporate Communications, Sahara India Pariwar. “We at Sahara India Pariwar believe that with adequate backing the young crop of players have it in them to create greater success stories in the following years similar to the Junior World Cup win, the mens FIH Champions Trophy Silver medal performance as well as the women winning the Asian Champions Trophy. These results show that Indian hockey is on the right path towards bringing laurels for India,” he added. Sahara India said that apart from the sponsorship with Hockey India, it would continue to help players in different ways as has been in the past. “Sahara India Pariwar has been a major supporter of Indian hockey for a long time now and we are very grateful to them for partnering us in our endeavour to bring about the hockey revolution. We could not have created success stories without the continued support of Sahara India Pariwar. We thank Sahara India Pariwar for extending their support of Indian Hockey to 2021,” Hockey India President Mariamma Koshy said. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more