Afrobasket 2017: D’Tigers Defeats Cameroon to Qualify for S’final

first_imgFemi Solaja with agency reportsNigeria’s quest to retain the Afrobasket Championships is back on track following D’Tigers’ 106-91 victory against Cameroon in one of the quarterfinal games Thursday in Tunisia. The Nigerian team produced its best performance against a formidable Cameroonian side also determined to rule the continent in the sport.The defending champions were never in danger of relinquishing their lead as they did in the group stages against Democratic Republic of Congo.Their opponent on several occasions looked like they could come back in the game especially when they reduced it to just five points at the end of the 3rd quarter, but the glory-seeking Nigerians did not relent as they stretch the lead most of the time.According to reports from, the game-changing moment came at the start of the 4th quarter when Nigeria went on a 10-0 run that led Cameroon to call for a timeout, but the latter weren’t able to claw their way back.It was really hard to call who was Nigeria’s best player of the evening as all the players contributed points that earned them the win.Ike Nwamu was so good that he made 7 of 9 shots he attempted from outside the arc, finishing with 25 points and 7 assists. In short, virtually all those points came in the last quarter.Ike Diogu led by example for Nigeria, making 28 points and 9 rebounds with 7/12 FG, converting 5/6 of 3-point shots attempted in the game.Bryant Mbamalu was another big performer for D’Tigers with a tally of 22 points and 4 rebounds. Followed by Deji Akindele with 13 points and also Ike Iroegbu with the 7 assists that set up his teammates.The scoreline showed that D’Tigers’ completely dominated, but its looks surprising that Cameroon who had four players with double digits still lost.Beniot Mbala had a game high 32 points and 10 rebounds, while Felix Bogmis had 25 points and Adala Moto contributing a further 20 points.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Yankees, Luis Severino agree to new 4-year deal

first_imgLuis Severino has become the centerpiece of the Yankees’ rotation before reaching his 25th birthday, and New York moved Friday to get some cost certainty with the young starter. Severino has agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $40 million that also includes a club option for a fifth year, multiple outlets reported. The New York Post was first with news of the deal.  Breakdown of Luis Severino’s deal, per source:2019: $4M+$2M bonus2020: $10M2021: $10.25M2022: $11M2023 (club option): $15M with $2.75M buyoutInteresting part of that: higher salaries in ’20 and ’21, lower than usual in ’22. Why? Protection against a work stoppage.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 15, 2019Severino, who turns 25 next Wednesday, was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a “Super 2” player, so the four guaranteed years in his new deal will cover all of his arbitration seasons, while the option would cover his first potential year as a free agent. An All-Star the last two seasons, he also has finished in the top 10 of AL Cy Young voting each of the last two years, outperforming veteran teammates like CC Sabathi, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray along the way.  Related News Severino’s deal is similar to the one the Phillies made with 25-year-old starter Aaron Nola earlier this week — four years plus a team option for a fifth, with $45 million guaranteed.center_img Yankees most improved team in AL, poll sayslast_img read more

Sanders outlines ag agenda in speech in Osage

first_imgOSAGE — Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday said there’s a “major crisis” in rural America and the federal government must break up monopolies in the ag sector that treat farmers like “modern-day indentured servants.”“Farmers know this,” Sanders said. “I want the people in urban America to understand this as well.”Sanders, in his second campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, used a Sunday speech in Osage to outline his prescriptions for economic revival in rural areas.“What the American people, what you want and what I want are more family farms in America, not more factory farms,” Sanders said, to applause and cheers.Sanders called for federal oversight of the environmental impact of large-scale poultry and livestock confinements, just as other industries are regulated in Iowa and elsewhere.“More and more of the state’s agriculture is being dominated by just a handful of large corporations who is seems to me from a distance own the Iowa state legislature,” Sanders said.In addition, Sanders would get rid of federal subsidies for crop insurance and, again, link federal payments to targeted prices for commodities. Sanders said American farmers should be guaranteed federal support to cover production costs, “plus living expenses.”“Farmers deserve a fair price for the very, very hard work that they do,” Sanders said.Sanders would cap federal farm payments, too, to limit payments to large farm operations.last_img read more

Season-leading times at Gibson/McCook Relays

first_imgDespite rainy conditions, competition at the Gibson McCook Relays produced nine season-leading high school performances on Saturday at the National Stadium.Six came from the boys and three from the girls. With the rain forcing sprinters to run cautiously, the pick of the performance came in the 4×800 metres.Kingston College (KC) lowered their own 2016 best times in the Class Three and Class Four 4×100 metres, with times of 43.40 and 45.17 seconds, respectively.In Class One, Jamaica College (JC) moved forward to 40.01 seconds. In warm weather, the 40-second barrier might well have been breached.There were wholesale changes in the 4×200 metres. With Jhevaughn Matherson cruising home, KC smacked 1.49 seconds off the previous season-leading Class One time to win in one minute 26.03 seconds.A similar change was made in Class Two, where St Jago High won in one minute 28.59 seconds.Wolmer’s Boys’ and Kingston College (KC) won in Class Three and Class Four in 1.32.59 and 1.37.88, respectively. The Gibson McCook Relays is the only meet to stage the 4x200m relays in these lower class categories.With Ashley Williams cruising, Holmwood matched the boys with a year-leading one minute 36.49-second run in the girls 4×200 Open. Williams also anchored Holmwood to victory in the 4x400m over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), but the Santa Cruz school had run three minutes 36.91 seconds in the heats to establish the best time of the high school season.STETHS and Edwin Allen High produced notable 4x800m times. STETHS won an exciting boys’ race in 7.35.08, while Edwin Allen became the first girls’ team to break nine minutes this year, clocking 8.57.19.- H.L.last_img read more

These Chelsea fans hail Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s explosive performance v BATE

first_imgLoftus-Cheek is tearing it up. #CFC— Christöphér Allen (@CleverGoose) October 25, 2018 no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury He scored the first after less than two minutes when he swept home Davide Zappacosta’s precise cross from the right before getting on the end of a corner moments later.And to round things off, Loftus-Cheek guided the ball into the corner of the net to complete his hat-trick on 53 minutes.The midfielder was a part of England’s World Cup squad in the summer but has yet to truly establish himself for his club.But these Chelsea fans believe his exploits against the Belarusian side proves he is more than ready to be a regular starter at Stamford Bridge.Below you can see some of the best Loftus-Cheek tweets. Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Davide Zappacosta, who provided the assist huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Ruben Loftus Cheek is not knocking on the manager’s door. He’s knocking the bloody door down!!! #CFC— Sarrismo (@chelskiboys) October 25, 2018 BEST OF Loftus-Cheek you legend! #CFC #CHEBAT #RLC— BradSparkss (@BradSparkss) October 25, 2018 REVEALED REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade That’s how to make the most of a rare chance in the Chelsea first team!Ruben Loftus-Cheek was in stunning form in their Europa League game at home to BATE Borisov with three great goals. LOFTUS-CHEEK! That’s why he needs more game time!! #CFC #KTBFFH— Ryan Deacy (@ryandeacy) October 25, 2018 MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Loftus Cheek on fire. A man possessed #CFC— Eden Hazard (@KhaiHazard) October 25, 2018 Ruben Loftus-Cheek > *insert player name here* #CFC #CHEBAT— Cam (@MidRangeCam) October 25, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Joburg’s Lipizzaner ballerinas

first_img25 June 2003They’re strong, beautiful and breathtaking to watch. They’re the Lipizzaner horses, originally bred in Austria, and Johannesburg is the only place outside Europe where you can see them.The Lipizzaner horses, based in Kyalami in Midrand, have it all – strength, beauty, presence, Roman ancestry, military discipline – and the best thing is that Johannesburg residents and visitors can see a whole stableful of them in a show that can be seen in only one other country in the world, Austria.Lipizzaners are large, powerfully built creatures that radiate energy and stamina, with pure white coats. And every Sunday they do a classical dressage show to classical music in which they skip, trot on the spot, side-step, high-step, and jump off the ground and kick with their back legs at the same time – an act that was meant to decapitate enemies in war situations. To see six horses going through the routine together is breathtaking.The horses are born dark-coloured and gradually lose their colour, becoming white by the time they are ready to perform. The Kyalami stable has one black horse, Conversano Pablo, a beauty, who is 18 years old and still performing. The black gene surfaces in one of every 400 horses.Cavalry horsesThe Lipizzaners were originally cavalry horses, tracing their ancestry back to the first trained horses in Roman times, and more recently, to 1580. when the Lipizzaner breed was created by Charles, Archduke of Austria.Charles imported nine Spanish stallions and 23 mares and established his imperial stables at Lipica (in present-day Slovenia), which became the oldest riding school in the world, known as the Spanish Riding School, now based in Vienna. He bred them for their strength and courage, and supplied them to the royal court.The South African Lipizzaners are recognised by and affiliated to the Spanish Riding School, and riders from Austria come over occasionally to work with the local horses.In 1944 several Lipizzaners were rescued from war-torn Austria and brought to South Africa by Count Jankovich-Besan. He established a breeding farm in KwaZulu-Natal, and the stallions on show at Kyalami are the descendants of these Austrian horses.The mares are not considered to have the same presence as the stallions, and are kept for breeding.The horses are still bred in KwaZulu-Natal, and at the age of three the stallions are brought to Kyalami to begin their intensive training, which takes up to five years to get the horses to a junior level, and starts with an introduction to the saddle and bridle.Because of their strength and stamina, the horses may still be performing at the age of 25.There are 25 horses at the Kyalami stables, trained and ridden by nine women, who in the words of one of them, Janine Ross (19), have “lots of dedication and love for the horses”. When asked whether the horses enjoy the shows, Ross is unequivocal: “Definitely, they love showing off.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Twist brings stories to stage

first_imgThe theatre groups get the opportunity to work with experts on 10 events every year, such as the Play-Making programme. On this programme, Twist groups work with professionals to develop their own stories that are performed at festivals later in the year. (Image: Twist Theatre Development Projects)Theatre is a powerful, visceral way of telling stories. Twist Theatre Development Projects taps into this power to bring to the fore South Africa’s diverse cultures and its multitude of experiences.Twist projects works to fast-track the development of local theatre groups throughout KwaZulu-Natal, as well as to create sustainable relationships and networks in theatre locally and abroad.By working with established theatre groups, the organisation focuses its efforts on those already committed to theatre and performance arts. It draws on their dedication and passion to help others find their way into the industry.PARTNERS AND PROJECTSThe organisation has worked with a number of promising talents from more than 12 theatre groups in underprivileged communities throughout the province, such as the Izwi Youth Theatre Group in Howick, as well as Sinethemba Arts and Umsindo in Ulundi.Twist projects connects these theatre groups with the professional industry in a number of ways. It builds relationships with mentors who are professionals in the theatre world as well as gets access to events such as festivals and professional performances.The theatre groups get the opportunity to work with experts on 10 events every year, such as the Play-Making programme. On this programme, Twist groups work with professionals to develop their own stories that are performed at festivals later in the year.It is also partnered with established theatrical organisations such as the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu and the ASSITEJ Theatre for Youth. These partnerships were forged to align their collective efforts in developing theatre in South Africa and help reach those who would usually not have been exposed to the magic of performance art.Watch a production staged by the groups involved with Twist Theatre Development Projects:TEAM EFFORTTheatre and performance arts allow artistic expression and build team work among the cast and the backstage crew.However, the cost of running theatre productions is a challenge, including as they do the need for equipment such as lighting, props and a space to rehearse and perform. To overcome these challenges, Twist projects calls on corporations and the public for assistance.Any people or organisations looking to play a part in the development of South African theatre at a grassroots level are asked to visit the Twist Theatre Development Projects’ support page for more details on how they can do so.Options regarding how to assist the organisation range from volunteering in business management and advertising to governance, lighting design and improving the computer skills of the facilitators of the programme.Donations of funds as well as infrastructure and equipment such as computers, modems, props, transportation, refreshments and venues for their performances will go a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the projects.Wathc one of the productions staged by groups in early 2015:Watch one of the productions staged in the early stages of the Theatre Development ProjectsPLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

What I Learned At CES

first_imgRelated Posts It was fashionable this year to dismiss CES as irrelevant and a waste of time. Some tech sites didn’t even send reporters. Others that did send staff mostly did so to promote their own brands, with big booths covered in their names and logos.To be sure, there’s some truth to all the sneering. The show is too big, too crowded, too bloated, too filled with doofy booth shows like the one in the photo above, where Nikon had ballroom dancers performing ostensibly to demonstrate the stop-action performance of some new cameras.Nevertheless, after four days in Las Vegas I came away feeling optimistic. I wasn’t struck by any one particular product, but by a sense of what all of them, together, represent.Which is this: The Web, now about age 20, is hitting an inflection point. A new Internet is emerging. In fact it is already upon us. I don’t mean just the “Internet of Things.” That’s part of it, but the whole picture is bigger.Think of it this way. The first Internet was a place you went to. You dialed up or logged in. It was over there, and you were here. The new Internet is just here. It’s all around us. It’s constant, ubiquitous and pervasive. We interact with it so naturally that there seems to be no user interface at all. The new Internet is in our phones and in our homes. It’s in our refrigerators and thermostats and cars. It’s on our bodies. We ourselves are actually part of the Internet. We’re woven into the very fabric of it.Thus, in mobile, we see the drive toward devices that cost nothing, or at least so close to it that someday soon practically everyone on the planet will have one. I gave a few presentations last week and at each one I handed around two tablets from Datawind, the company that’s making the Aakash tablet to be sold in India this year at a price of $20. People were stunned. The Aakash isn’t cutting edge, but it has a decent processor and runs a recent version of Android, with all the usual Google apps. You hold one in your hand and it’s easy to imagine the next billion people coming online.The Plus And Minus Of MobileSo there’s mobile everywhere, which means computing everywhere, which means information everywhere, which means huge changes for every aspect of life on our planet. Politics, news, entertainment – everything.Marketers should love this, but right now they hate it. They are incredibly frustrated by mobile. I heard this over and over in meetings I attended. They simply can’t figure out how to do anything compelling with tiny screens.I get the frustration. These are people who make their living by pushing messages onto screens. Their industry has been doing this for half a century, first on televisions, where it was very effective, then on computers, where it was less so. Now the screens are tiny, the ads are ineffective and the dilemma facing marketers is huge.But maybe they are looking at mobile the wrong way. Maybe the best use of smartphones will be not as vehicles for pushing ads but rather as devices with which to gather data. Marketers are hampered by an understandable bias. It’s natural for them to see every new screen as yet another miniature television.Advertisers and marketers are also very good at talking, less good at listening. They’ve spent a half century running a one-way communications operation. But mobile maybe will force them to become better listeners. Maybe mobile devices will end up being more valuable to marketers by means of their ability to track and transmit behavioral data than because of any revolutionary new miniature advertisement that, by some magic, people won’t hate.Cloud And Big DataWhich leads to cloud and big data, the tools by which all that random data will be aggregated and made sense of. Which leads in turn to Google, the company best positioned to gather massive amounts of mobile data (its Android operating system has 75% market share in smartphones, and now maybe you can see why Google is willing to “give Android away” and isn’t overly concerned when critics carp that Google “doesn’t make any money on Android”).Not only is Google in position to gather data, but it is probably better equipped to do something useful with that data. After all, Google has spent more than a decade refining the art of data-driven advertising, while at the same time pushing ever closer to realizing the dream of true artificial intelligence.Which leads to a (perhaps depressing) realization: When true AI finally does emerge, its first application will be to sell laundry detergent. I made this point in a presentation to a group of people who make their living selling, among other things, laundry detergent. They found it not depressing at all. Point taken.New InterfacesWhat else? New interfaces. This wasn’t front and center at CES, but if you looked and listened carefully you found it. Intel was talking about interfaces. Leap Motion and its revolutionary controller were at the show with Asus. Nuance is pushing voice into everything. Samsung was showing off new ways to control your TV.There’s plenty to carp about. Nothing works as well as vendors say it will. Every vendor has its own solution and they don’t interoperate. But that’s always been the case, and we’ve always found our way forward. The same will happen here. Remember where we were ten years ago. Now picture ten years in the future.We’ll get there, if only because we have to, because the way we deal with the Internet today – tapping away on keyboards or poking at virtual keyboards on tiny mobile touchscreens – is clumsy and primitive and stupid.Wearables, Homes, CarsWhich leads to wearables. The show was full of them, and while some seem a bit nutty, this is where we’re headed. We already carry our smartphones with us 24–7, but now we’re about to clad ourselves in arrays of sensors. Here, as in mobile, marketers are already trying to dream up ways to jam advertising messages into these devices, and already anticipating frustration. As with mobile I think they are looking at this the wrong way. The game may be less about “What can I sell with these things?” and more about “What can I learn from these things?”Same goes for home automation devices. Nest wasn’t at at the show with its incredible learning thermostat, but that product is probably the best example of what can be done in this space. Are marketers out there trying to dream up ways to push ads onto the Nest device? I cringe to think so, but I wouldn’t doubt it. But the real value of Nest and other devices is the data they will generate. At the most crass level, if I were a marketer trying to sell luxe or near-luxe products I would view the Nest an amazing proxy device. Think about it. Who buys a Nest thermostat? Someone who is tech-loving, app-savvy, and has enough disposable income to drop $249 on a thermostat. Who wouldn’t want to target that customer?Finally, cars. I’ve never seen so many outside of a car show. I was eager to see what companies like Ford are getting up to with screens and computers and apps. I left a meeting with Paul Mascarenas, the CTO for Ford Research and Innovation, feeling blown away by what they’re doing. More on that in a future article.A few years ago I stopped going to CES. I thought it was a waste of time, and more annoying than productive. I still find the show itself almost completely unbearable, while the stuff being shown there continues to amaze and inspire. It’s easy to laugh at the goofy products. But the relentless push forward, the urge to innovate and compete, to make the world a smarter, better, more exciting place – that is still there, as strong as ever, and I came away feeling that the world we inhabit a decade from now is going to be truly amazing. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Big Data#CES#cloud#Home Automation#marketing#mobile#wearable center_img dan lyons Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Tips For Attaching The Right Producer To Your Project

first_imgMany independent writers and directors today make the naive assumption that it’s going to be easy to find a producer that will get their film made. In reality a huge amount of filmmakers fail to bring their projects to life as a result of teaming up with the wrong producing partner.Attempting to produce your own film (if you are a writer/director) is typically a poor decision. Taking on too much work yourself, especially if you’re primarily a creatively minded person, will always lead you to spread yourself too thin…and let your project suffer. But simply deciding to team up with a producer isn’t enough. So often filmmakers will choose to partner up with a friend or close colleague simply out of convenience, and end up paying the ultimate price down the road when they realize that they should have put in the extra legwork to find the right person for the job.Assuming you already understand the huge importance of bringing a dedicated producer on board for your film, below are three huge tips that will help you find that perfect fit.1. Manage Your ExpectationsThere are two very common issues that I see all the time with independent filmmakers as they attempt to partner up with a producer – both of which are related to their expectations. On one end of the spectrum, you have the director that mistakenly assumes their best friend is going to be the ideal producer for their project, because they ‘get it’ and have a good personal relationship with them. And on the other side of the spectrum you have inexperienced directors that assume they will be able to attach an A-list (or name) producer, by virtue of the fact that they believe they have the perfect script.There is nothing wrong with wanting to partner up with a friend, or shooting for the stars with regards to approaching a renowned producer, but you need to manage your own expectations. If you are working with a friend, be very aware early on that it’s not going to be as easy as you think, and look out for potential red flags before it’s too late. If you want to go after a big name producer – by all means go for it. Just don’t be discouraged when they don’t get back to you, or tell you they don’t love your script. Never rush the process, and always be conscious of the reality of your position in the industry.2. Understand What Type of Producer You NeedMany writer/directors (especially first timers) don’t seem to understand the huge differences between various types of producers that are out there. Assuming you have been able to find a producer that satisfies the first point on this list (and is a good fit in terms of their ability and willingness to take part in your project), the next step is to identify how they fit into the context of the story you’re telling.You need to ask yourself important (but basic) questions, like: Does this producer actually make films that you too are interested in making? Fit is crucial. Why would you collaborate with someone who specializes in producing horror films if you write dramas?While we’re on the topic of genre, it’s worth making the point that you’re going to want to avoid producers who seem to constantly switch from one genre to the next. While there are some brilliant producers that are able to do this masterfully, the vast majority of producers on the lower level of the indie spectrum that take this approach simply are taking what they can get as a means to make a living. At the end of the day, you as an indie filmmaker will be best served by finding a producer that takes pride in their creative choices too, as opposed to one that is solely driven by money and just wants to pay the bills.3. Gauge Their PassionFinding a passionate producer is, in my opinion, the number one criteria when bringing someone on board with your project. Let’s face it, funds can be quite limited at the indie level and when money can’t talk, it’s passion and hard work that will fuel your project. It’s vital to the development of your script that you find a producer that isn’t motivated by money alone. Yes, you want a producer that understands the financial end of things (after all you want to make your budget back and then some, so you can actually make another movie), but there needs to be much more to the arrangement than that. This is especially true if you are looking for a producer that is going to be involved heavily in the creative process, as you want your producer to understand the bottom line while also understanding the importance of the creative.Final thoughtsForging a solid career for yourself in the film industry has just as much to do with the people that you surround yourself, as it does with your own skill set and knowledge of the craft. Arguably the most important person on your production is going to be your producing partner, so don’t make the mistake that so many directors make and skimp out in this department. After all, it doesn’t matter how great your story is or how skilled you are behind the camera, because if the backbone of your production isn’t there to pick you up when things fall apart (and they will), your project will never be a success.last_img read more