Junior Harambee Stars eye African Cup slot

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars Under-17 players walk off the pitch after a friendly match at the Camp Toyoyo grounds in NairobiNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – The Harambee Stars Under-17 side arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday ahead of the CECAFA Junior Championship which kicks off on Saturday.The CECAFA Championship will also be used as a qualifier to the Nations Cup which will also be held in Tanzania, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) having decided to zone the qualifiers with each region producing two representatives. With East Africa hosting the Championship, only the winner of the tournament will qualify or if Tanzania wins, the losing finalist will earn that ticket.Kenya is eyeing that slot of qualifying for a continental championship for the first time.“It is very possible because we have trained well for the past two and a half weeks and I feel that this team we have is able to compete for that slot. It is going to be tough though but we will do our best to ensure we get that ticket,” head coach Michael Amenga told Capital Sport before the team departed.Kenya is in Pool B with South Sudan, Djibouti, Uganda and Ethiopia and will start their campaign next Tuesday against South Sudan. A top two finish will guarantee them a spot in the semi-finals.Harambee Stars Under-17 head coach Michael Amenga issues instructions to the players walk during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo grounds in Nairobi“It is a very tough group because at this moment in football, there is no small or big team. Each team is capable of doing well. We will give our best in all the matches and treat every one of them as a final,” the tactician further added.Kenya finished fourth in last year’s tournament played in Burundi after losing 4-1 to Uganda in the play off. They had won 4-0 against Burundi, drawn 0-0 with Ethiopia and lost 1-0 to Somalia in their group matches.They went on to lose 2-1 to eventual champions Tanzania in the semis. This year, Amenga believes he has a stronger team hence a bigger chance of making it to the final.However, he is worried with the unavailability of several dependable players who were held on to by their schools due to last week’s Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) games which ended in Eldoret.The Harambee Stars U17 team in action during a friendly match against Gor Mahia Youth“We tried to ask them for some players even during the games to come for the MRI and registration but they could not release them. I have almost eight players from schools who I could not get and it is such a pity. We also have three players who are in Norway with MYSA (Mathare Youth Sports Association),” lamented the coach.He added; “I would like to ask the KSSSA if they can agree to work closely with the federation to ensure that we have access to these players for such competitions in future. Always as Kenya, we want to field the strongest team.”Kenya has never played in the continental championship and with them coming closer to home in Tanzania, there will be motivation enough for them to fight for the lone ticket.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Art show draws artists from across country

first_imgRed Bluff >> Art in all styles will be on display through Saturday in the gem building at the Tehama District Fairground for the seventh annual Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale Western Art Show.“We have a lot of original, one-of-a-kind work,” said show manager Jane Daugherty. “I’m tickled with the quality and subject matter of the pieces we got this year. We have artists from Montana, Texas, Wyoming and Arizona in addition to many local artists from both California and Oregon.”The show includes …last_img

SA capture Polocrosse World Cup

first_imgWinning the World Cup is a “great opportunity” for South African polocrosse, he said. “People are excited and interest in the game is on the up. People who were doubters about South African polocrosse are now on board. 21 July 2011 Jan Albert Steenkamp was in excellent form for South Africa in the title-decider and was later named the best male player of the tournament. The women’s award went to Kelly Redfearn of Zimbabwe. South Africa had earned their place in the final with an excellent 25-11 victory over Australia in the semi-finals. Zimbabwe reached the title-decider with a 24-10 win over the USA. Zimbabwean expectationsMuch was expected of the Zimbabweans this time around, after they defeated a South African team full of capped internationals three-nil in a series in Johannesburg in early June. It was not, however, South Africa’s World Cup team. South Africa captured the Polocrosse World Cup title for the first time when they defeated neighbours Zimbabwe in the final at the Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre near Rugby in the United Kingdom on Sunday. ‘After four chukkas, it was over’“In the first two chukkas, our girls went down 3-0, but then pulled it back to 3-3. Our men then won their first chukka 5-0. After four chukkas, it was over, Australia weren’t going to come back from being so far down.” Heavy rains in the final created some muddy patches on the field, but South Africa adjusted especially well to them to run out convincing 29-18 winners after eight exciting chukkas. For the record, South Africa’s World Cup winners were Gavin Cocker, Jossie Spilsbury, Graham MacLarty, Nikki Crook, Jan Albert Steenkamp, Celicia Jacobs, Nico Van Wyk, and Julie Royden-Turner. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Playing in the United Kingdom proved to be a test for the two southern African nations, who are used to dry conditions. Both teams were undefeated heading into the final and both had beaten Australia, who had previously never lost a game at the World Cup, which was held Down Under in the first two editions in 2003 and 2007. It was in the game against the highly-fancied Australians that a huge turning point occurred, said Cocker. Australia dominated the USA in the clash for third place, romping to a 31-8 win, while New Zealand held on for a 20-19 victory over the UK in thee battle for fifth. Zimbabwe had earlier downed the Australians 21-12 in pool play. They also edged New Zealand 17-15 and saw off Zambia 22-10. Stellar defenceQuestioned about South Africa’s stellar defensive showing throughout the tournament – the 18 goals they gave up to Zimbabwe was by five the most they conceded in any game – Cocker again put it down to game planning for each side they faced. South Africa had finished third in both the 2003 and 2007 events, while Zimbabwe had finished fifth in 2007 and fourth in 2003. “We got the horses into the right positions for the right riders and we were lucky that the horses suited our playing style.” “It’s also good for Zimbabwe,” he said about the all-Southern African World Cup final and what it means for polocrosse in the region. South Africa won their first two pool matches 19-9 over Ireland and 18-7 over the USA before sneaking past the UK 14-13 on a last-gasp goal by Graham MacLarty. At a World Cup, for health and safety reasons, players use borrowed horses which are put into pools and draws are then made for them. Adjusting to the horses is vital and this, too, was part of the South African team’s preparation, Cocker related. Visual skillsIt was a World Cup win a long time in the making, explained Cocker. Work on the South African challenge began some nine or 10 months before the tournament and visual skills’ work with world-renowned Doctor Sheryl Calder was “very helpful”, he enthused. For those not in the know, polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse and the format features men and women playing alternate chukkas. It’s easy to understand and makes for a fantastic spectator sport. And with the next Polocrosse World Cup taking place in South Africa in 2015, the defending champions have plenty to look forward to, and to build towards. ‘Phenomenal’“It was phenomenal, especially for Southern Africa,” to be playing Zimbabwe in the final, South African captain Gavin Cocker told SAinfo. “And to win it was the ultimate, a special moment.” last_img read more

Infographic: Birth registrations up, fertility rates down

first_imgEarly birth registration can help children gain access to government services including health and education. Not having a birth certificate can put a child at risk of being trafficked or forced into labour.(Image: Isaiais Bartolomeu, Pixabay)There are numerous benefits to registering your newborn. They will be recognised as citizens and have access to a number of government services including health facilities, schools and social grants.Words by Shamin ChibbaDesign by Sandile KhumaloBrand South Africa recently hosted a media tour in Limpopo, showcasing the province’s competitiveness. Part of the tour was a visit to Seshego Hospital, where media were briefed on the Department of Home Affairs’ early child registration process.Seen as the first legal acknowledgment of a child’s existence, birth registration in South Africa continues to be a challenge for the home affairs office.However, the department is putting measures in place to ensure children are registered within 30 days of their birth. These include the deployment of mobile registration units that reach remote areas and an increased number of health facilities – from 100 to 398 – that are connected to home affairs.Already, the plans are working. In Limpopo, registrations for the first quarter of 2016/2017 rose by 12.7% compared to the same period in the previous year. Registrations went from 22 669 to 25 549, despite fertility rates declining in the province.South Africa’s fertility rate has been on the wane. In 2000, the rate was at 2.47 children born per woman. The rate has been dropping steadily ever since to a 2.23 children per woman.Presented below are statistics on fertility and birth registration in South Africa.last_img read more

For smart asset management, businesses need to start listening to machines

first_imgThe dawn of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is bringing in revolutionary changes enabling enterprises to manage their assets more efficiently and effectively.  According to McKinsey , the IoT market is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2025, most of which is contributed by insights generated by connected devices in the materials-reliant sector.Smart asset management system enables businesses to unleash the power of connected devices and data-driven decision making providing real-time visibility and actionable insights.Automation like never beforeAt the heart of smart asset management lie the IoT-enabled intelligent assets which can sense, store and share critical information. The interconnected network of intelligent machines leads to vital operational insights and untold business value.  The cost-effective connected devices and sensors can be embedded into virtually anything, providing business-critical data about products, vehicles, and other assets. A multi-national conglomerate drastically improved operational performance by measuring machine operating data (temperature, pressure, humidity and so on) in real-time using more than 10,000 sensors.See also: WEF opens new “Industry 4.0” center in San Francisco’s PresidioAs machines become more intelligent, businesses are achieving next level of process automation. Traditional siloed manual operations are getting more streamlined and orchestrated.  With Industrie 4.0 revolution reshaping business processes, automation solutions for enterprise asset management are getting increasingly adopted for better control of just-in-time processes, zero-defect delivery, and enhanced productivity. At a leading electronics manufacturing plant, around 1000 automation controllers manage 75% of the supply chain reducing system downtime and time-to-market.Monitoring everything from anywhereWith smart asset management, businesses can track their assets throughout the supply chain. Be it a fleet of trucks, energy grids or industrial machinery, IoT provides a digital identity to all enterprise assets. This identity can be easily tracked to provide information on the location, status, and condition of assets in real-time.Remote asset monitoring enables tracking of capital assets, processes, resources, and products and provides full visibility which in turn optimizes supply and demand. A US-based motorcycle manufacturer successfully rebuilt its production facility by connecting every asset on the plant floor and tracking every production step in real-time.Predicting and not just detectingSmart asset management solutions leverage advanced analytics to foresee business disruptions. It creates a proactive and self-healing environment wherein organizations can anticipate business needs, prevent machine failures and avoid unscheduled interruptions. According to a recent study from ABI Research, maintenance analytics capabilities powered by predictive analytics and M2M connectivity are expected to generate revenue of $24.7 billion by 2019. For example, a leading telecom manufacturer built a virtual manufacturing system to gather real-time information from production machines and enabled predictive quality capabilities.Enterprises can embrace a new way forward to a highly-connected and knowledge-enabled world, enhancing customer satisfaction, reducing total cost of ownership, and optimizing business performance.Imagine the COO of a smart connected manufacturing company, where machines communicate with each other, plant supervisors get real-time alerts on system downtime, and the COO sitting a thousand miles away has complete unit-level visibility into his plants’ operations across the globe.With valuable business insights at his fingertips, he is now able to take the right decision at the right time resulting in improved profitability and business performance.So, is your enterprise smartly managed? Shuvro Sarkar Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#IIoT#Industrial Internet of Things#industry 4.0#Internet of Things#IoT#smart asset management Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Cinematography Tip: Working with Unmotivated Camera Movement

first_imgUsually filmmakers want their camera movements motivated, but when can you improve your story with un-motivated camera movement?More often than not, you want to use motivated camera movement. The DP lets the action on-screen motivate the camera’s movement, following important characters or objects through the scene. But sometimes unmotivated camera movement can convey subtext and meaning that may be otherwise difficult to communicate.Unmotivated camera movement means the camera seemingly moves of its own accord — for instance, when the camera dollies in on static characters or pans away from the action. Sometimes a facial expression isn’t enough to fully convey the gravity of a situation, and a line of dialogue trying to convey an emotion could be too expository.An obvious example of unmotivated camera movement is the dolly zoom. The dolly zoom, also known as the Hitchcock Shot, can convey several themes: dread, impending danger, isolation, paranoia, etc.In this scene from Jaws, Chief Brody realizes that a shark is attacking a child. Suddenly, his world comes crashing down around him. If we stuck simply to a shot-reverse-shot approach, how would we convey this dread without spoiling it? And if we stuck solely with motivated camera movement and only followed Chief Brody to the water? Of course, his expression and his actions would tell the story, but it wouldn’t be as dramatic without the dolly zoom.Could we have used dialogue or exposition or even voice-over narration to fully communicate his emotions? Maybe, but we run several risks. When we go into too much detail, when we tell the audience what’s happening instead of showing them, we muddy the storytelling. It treats the audience like they’re not smart enough to pick up the subtext of a scene. Remember, the camera is the silent narrator of the film, so use it. Unmotivated camera movements give us the opportunity to guide the audience into the minds of our characters and to simulate how our emotions can manipulate our perception of reality.Often unmotivated camera movement is going to call attention to itself, just like the shaky cam does. Your audience will notice drastic changes in camera movement, so if you use it poorly, you’ll pull your audience out of the experience. They’ll feel less in-the-moment.It has become a trend to continuously move the camera to keep things visually interesting. Sometimes, it may be necessary, especially during scenes like this from 21 . . .When you need to make a card game like Blackjack seem intense, adding some subtle unmotivated camera work may elevate the scene. But you need to find a good balance. Go too far with your camera work, and your footage may end up looking like a melodramatic anime.Some directors will use shaky cam in their fight scenes, either to compensate for bad action directing or because they feel it adds tension and energy. However, all it does is create confusion. Try to avoid using the camera to compensate for what you’re shooting.As with any other tool, you need to use unmotivated camera movement appropriately. In general, use motivated camera work, but experiment with some unmotivated movement now and then, and see what you can add to your scenes.Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check out these articles.The 5 Tenets of Capturing Good B-Roll for Your DocumentaryLens Tips: Doing the Work of Four Lenses with TwoThe Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated FilmsEvery Stressed Out Cinematographers Best Friend: The Pre-LightCinematography Tips: Four Ways to Use a Low-Angle Shotlast_img read more

Afghanistan eyes $10 bn trade and investment with India

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today set a target of USD 10 billion for bilateral trade and investment with India in five years, underlining the importance of a concrete road map for future collaboration.He marked out retail, power, pharmaceuticals, solar energy, water management, ports and skill development as areas that hold immense potential. “You spoke of a road map. Lets start with a target of USD 10 billion in trade and investment, five years and we are going to realise it,” Ghani said at a business meet here. India-Afghanistan bilateral trade stood at USD 643 million in 2015-16.The President proposed formation of a taskforce between the industry chambers of the two countries and governments for laying a concrete road map of future collaboration. The visiting Afghan President thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allocation of USD 1 billion for Afghanistans capacity and capability-building in education, health, agriculture, skill development, women empowerment, energy, infrastructure and strengthening of democratic institutions. “Committing a billion dollars to the future of Afghanistan is not just a commitment of money, it is a statement of confidence of belief in a strategic partnership,” he acknowledged. Stating that Afghanistan had invested over USD 30 million in its airports, Ghani proposed formation of a joint cargo company with India. He also spoke of Afghan fruits that can be made affordable for middle class and low-income Indian households. Noting that the Kandahar airport has “first-grade cold storage capabilities”, Ghani sought investment from Indian supermarket chains. In an apparent jibe at Pakistan, Ghani said: “My request is for 4-5 major Indian supermarket chains to free us from the constraints of those neighbours who do not wish us well.” Pegging the Afghan medicine market at roughly USD 658 million a year, Ghani reached out to “five of the best Indian pharmaceutical companies” for proposals to supply medicines, underlining their criticality for Afghan soldiers. He even assured the Indian side that there is no constraint on transport of pharmaceuticals by air. The Afghan President hoped that India will play a crucial role in skill development in Afghanistans carpet industry. Referring to opportunities Afghanistan presents for the gold and jewellery sector, Ghani said: “We want to make sure the contracts given for gold are given transparently, but the gold sector is up for investment as is the precious stone sector.” Noting that Afghanistan is interested in establishing dry ports with facilities like SEZs, which could connect to countries such as China and Iran, Ghani sought Indias engagement in this regard. MORE PTI RSN ARDadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL performances shouldn’t influence World Cup squad selection: Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma firmly believes that for World Cup selection, the players should be judged on the basis of ‘performance and form’ in the last four years and not on how they perform during the IPL.World Cup will begin days after conclusion of IPL on May 12.The national selectors are keeping a close eye on the IPL for picking the 15-member Indian squad for the mega-event.”With their inputs, the selectors will keep an eye on what is happening with those guys in IPL although I feel IPL should not be the criteria for team selection,” he said at the launch of a new website cricket.com here Thursday.”They have played enough international matches to see where each individual stands. You can’t select a team for the 50-over format from a 20-over event, it’s my personal opinion. IPL is a different ball game. It’s franchise cricket and yes, form matters a lot.”In the last four years we have played enough One Day International matches, enough T20 cricket. That should be enough for guys to understand these are the players that we want,” he added.Also Read | Batting slots should be decided according to match situation: Kapil DevHowever, the Mumbai Indians skipper also acknowledged that IPL has helped him in his preparations for the upcoming mega event.”Every time we play IPL, there is some big event right after happening – a big Test series or big one-day series. It does help also. 35-plus or 40 guys will probably need some rest. I was talking to Jasprit (Bumrah) the other day. He needs to play a lot of matches and bowl a lot to be match fit than be at home. I also, as a batter, need to play,” Rohit said.advertisementIndia have a more or less settled squad for the World Cup, barring one slot and Rohit feels skipper Virat Kohli’s preference is utmost most important to sort out that position.Rohit, who is a certainty in the World Cup squad as an opener, also said that the specific spot that needs to be filled would be dictated by conditions that are likely to prevail in England during the World Cup, commencing May 30.”I think we are pretty much settled. A few spots are there which everyone knows about. It all depends on what captain, coach and selectors think about the combination, whether we need to go with an extra middle order batsman, extra opener, extra seamer or spinner. Conditions in England will matter a lot,” he said.”I know how it works with the captain. The preference of the captain is very important in terms of that extra player he wants in the squad. I think Virat and (Indian team’s head coach) Ravi shastri have to decide what exactly the combination that they want or what extra player or where is that extra cushion they are looking for. That is something that will matter the most.”Also Read | Jason Behrendorff wants to impress World Cup selectors with his IPL performanceRohit believes the team management will have to play a gamble in selecting the squad with regard to picking up that extra player.”Last summer when we were there the conditions were really dry. But we don’t know whether it will be the same (during the World Cup). If it is (the same) we need an extra spinner there – it’s as simple as that,” he said.”If it’s not, probably we will need an extra seamer there. I also understand we would not know what the weather conditions will be (but) we have to select the team in the next few days or weeks, actually.Also Watch | Flexibility and options crucial for India at 2019 World Cup: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff, Aston Villa battle for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodov

first_imgCardiff, Aston Villa battle for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodovby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City face competition for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodov. The Express & Star says Aston Villa are interested in signing CDespodov.The 22-year-old Bulgarian, who favours a position on the right wing, is being tipped to have a bright future after scoring ten goals and registering 11 assists in just 22 appearances this season in his native top flight.Cardiff and Middlesbrough are also reported to be interested in the £5m rated international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Girlfriend waits for word of missing chemical plant worker

first_imgCRESSON, Texas – Amber Gutierrez repeatedly dialed the cellphone number of her boyfriend on Friday, hoping that the man missing after a Texas chemical plant exploded would answer or rescuers would hear the sound and find him.Dylan Mitchell’s phone still rings a day after the blasts, giving her hope that he is alive, but she hasn’t heard from authorities searching the plant.Resting her elbows on a ranch gate near the site of explosions at a Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, 50 miles (80 kilometres) southwest of Dallas, Gutierrez waited Friday afternoon for news along with Mitchell’s brother and cousin.Gutierrez said Mitchell moved with the company from their Arlington warehouse when they opened the plant about a year ago in Cresson.“He did everything around here,” she said, gazing at the partially collapsed chemical plant. “He gave his life to this place — literally.”Two other workers were injured in the explosion. One was released from the hospital after being treated for chemical contamination while the other remained in serious condition with severe burns from the waist up.Tri-Chem’s Cresson plant stored chemicals that were toxic, flammable and corrosive, according to Hood County records of the company’s 2017 Tier 2 chemical inventory. The county did not have company emergency response plans in its files.The intermingling of chemicals spilled from ruptured drums, the still-smouldering fire and a rush of outside air coming in as heavy equipment removed the 15,000-square-foot (1,400-square-meter) building’s collapsed metal beams all threatened to trigger another boom.“It’s a land mine,” Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said Friday.The search for Mitchell proceeded slowly Thursday evening and all day Friday while hazardous material and firefighter crews took turns evaluating risks. Work was halted when night fell on the scene and would continue Saturday, Wilson said.Wilson said the plant contained acids that react to heat, pressure and water, which is why they haven’t yet turned on the fire hose.Texas Department of Public Safety Staff Sgt. Earl Gillum said experts determined there were no air quality issues Thursday, but that the site remains dangerous because of the chemicals still to be cleaned up.There is a fertilizer plant adjacent to the Tri-Chem plant, but Wilson said there was “no known threat” to that facility.Investigators believe a worker dragging his foot along the floor while chemicals were being mixed sparked Thursday’s explosion.A medical helicopter landed Thursday at MotorSport Ranch, a private race track several miles from the plant, but the worker was too injured to fly, according to the ranch’s director of safety and volunteer Cresson firefighter, David Piontkowski.He said the man was upright and speaking, though so badly burned that medics had to drill into his shoulder bone to deliver morphine to keep him from going into shock.The worker was taken by ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.Jessica Gregg told television station KXAS that the man taken to Parkland was 27-year-old Jason Speegle, her son-in-law. Catherine Bradley, a spokeswoman at Parkland, said Speegle was in serious condition Friday.Another worker was treated for less severe injuries and released from a hospital in Granbury on Friday.Wilson said a deputy fire marshal was hospitalized Thursday with breathing difficulties, but was treated and released.___Associated Press writer Jamie Stengle contributed to this report from Dallas.last_img read more