Kakamega ready to host Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom National Finals

first_img“We started the tournament with over 1,600 teams back in September and we are looking forward to seeing the best 15 sides in action this week in Kakamega,” Sylvia Mulinge, Director Consumer Business, Safaricom, said.In the boys’ quarterfinals, Mukumu Boys from Western will face Shimba Hills from Coast in a mouth watering clash as Al Hayat from North Eastern take on Nairobi champions Gor Mahia Youth.Ombek Red Devils were crowned the Nyanza Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions after beating favourites 2-1 in an entertaining final played at the Gusii Stadium on 10th December 2017. Photo/GERALD ANDERRSONIn the other last eight games, Ombek Red Devils from Nyanza will play Euronuts from Central and Mwingi Junior from Eastern will face Rift valley’s Kapenguria Heroes.Thirteen players from the tournament have been called up to the national under 20 team while another 6 have been snatched up by various Kenya Premier League clubs.“Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom has given an opportunity for us to discover young talented players especially from the grassroots. The likes of James Omsinde and John Njuguna have earned call ups to the national under 20 team while gifted players such as David Majak, Fredrick Krop and Oscar Kengwa have been signed up by Kenya Premier League teams,” FKF boss Nick Mwendwa stated.-Girls quarters-Bishop Njenga, who received Sh200, 000 prize money, celebrating after winning the Girls Western Western Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom.Photo/GERALD ANDERSONIn the girls’ category, Waa Girls from Coast will play Tar Tar from Rift as Beijing Raiders from Nairobi face Arch Bishop Njenga from Western.Plateau Queens from Nyanza and Ngakaa Talent Academy from Eastern will also battle for a place in the last four.  Limuru Starlets from Central got a bye to the semis as there was no girls’ team from North Eastern.Teams that qualify for the semifinals are set to pocket Sh 250,000 each, while the finalists will take home Sh 500,000. The overall winners in each category will receive Sh 1mn, as well as a trip to London for a one week training camp.While in London they will also get a chance to interact with the tournament’s Brand Ambassador Victor Wanyama, who turns out for English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000From Right: Chapa Dimba Western Regional Coordinator Edwin Nandwa, Safaricom Western Regional Operations Manager-Retail Services,Edwin Sang, Hon. Robert Makhanu,Minister for Social Services, Youth, Sports and Culture –Kakamega County and Henry Mbayala,Kakamega County Administrator in theMinistry of Youth and Sport address the media during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Finals Press Briefing held in Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega County.KAKAMEGA, Kenya, Mar 21 – The inaugural edition of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth football tournament enters home stretch this weekend in Kakamega County as 15 teams, 8 boys and 7 girls battle it out for top honours in the National Finals at the Bukhungu Stadium.The opening ceremony of the tournament will be held on Thursday morning at the Bukhungu Stadium as Kakamega High School is also scheduled to host some of the quarter final matches.last_img read more

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Keeping the Dream alive in Tzaneen

first_imgKeep the Dream 196, or KTD196, is a Tzaneen-based organisation helping make youngsters’ dreams come true by providing support and care, particularly for orphans, caregivers and vulnerable children.Keep the Dream works in areas where communities are under extreme pressure from unemployment, lack of healthcare, growing poverty and high rates of HIV/Aids infections.The training programme also helps children develop their self-discipline and team work skills and introduces first aidMany children are their families’ sole breadwinners, after parents have succumbed to the illness, or have travelled to look for work.“We work with orphans and vulnerable children in particular,” says Louise Batty, one of the organisation’s founders.Batty is a professional nurse employed by the Department of Health and was seconded to a local home-based care organisation in Tzaneen.“These children enter the programme with low self-esteem, [low] self-confidence and a hopeless outlook towards life. Seeing all of this change quickly as the kids progress through the programme is awe-inspiring. They become so confident and purpose-filled in their outlook and their actions.”Keep the Dream 196 took off in 2003 when a Choice Trust focus group, comprising 180 home-based care volunteers, expressed concerns over problems facing the orphaned and vulnerable children in their villages in the north of Limpopo.Batty, with primary school teacher Elizabeth Mabuza, laid the organisation’s foundations, with 13 girls participating in their initial programme. By the end of the year they had managed to train 50 new volunteers and had more than 1 000 kids in the programme.“We have been in existence for 10 years this month (November); we started with 13 girls and now we have 2 456 children in 91 different sites around Greater Tzaneen Municipality,” says Batty.“We see the impact of our work every day and it is so encouraging to see these kids go on to become contributing members of society after overcoming so much.”THERAPY, SKILLS AND COMMUNICATIONThe organisation runs a number of projects, training caregivers and children in communication and leadership skills. It also tackles reproductive health, teaches caregivers and children about their legal rights and responsibilities, and facilitates group therapy developing “circles of support” with the children.The three-year KTD196 Food for Life training programme teaches young people how to harvest water, to compost and cook, practise subsistence farming, and marketing and basic bookkeeping.The organisation runs a number of projects, training caregivers and children in communication and leadership skillsThe training programme also helps children develop their self-discipline and team work skills and introduces first aid.Keep the Dream offers remedial classes for those who have had to drop out of school to care for younger siblings or sick family members. It helps families apply for social grants, and helps older children apply for scholarships and bursaries by providing access to information and computers.Batty says what moves her most about working with the children is that, “they’re not happy with the status quo of the now, the crime, corruption and despair; they want to be part of the solution and make a real difference in the lives of others and they do that now, not when everything is going right for them but now when life is tough and they don’t have parents or enough food or resources. They share what they have and do what they can. This is humbling to watch and be a part of.“Their past is a stepping stone to their destiny and not a stumbling block or a millstone around their necks.“They are the new South Africa.”PLAY YOUR PARTFor more information on Keep the Dream, visit their website. To learn more about how you can help contact Louise Batty via email or call her 074 274 2080.last_img read more

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Fertilizer applications for spring ‘17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This has been a year of making decisions to improve farm practices and being as efficient as possible. Technology sales remained stable through the winter months along with the generation of variable-rate fertilizer prescriptions. Regardless of implementing fixed-rate or variable-rate applications of fertilizers, an important factor to efficient and effective fertilizer use is proper maintenance, setup and calibration of spreaders. Annual calibration is always a necessity but when did you last take the time to properly setup and calibrate?Spreader settings need to change accordingly for each fertilizer product being applied.Additionally, the settings may need to be adjusted based on different application rates and field conditions. While technology on spreaders, especially VRT spreaders, has significantly increased in the last 10 years, the technology being adopted does not directly correlate to accurate field performance. Crop yield could be compromised if incorrect rates are applied or non-uniform application occurs. Calibration should be part of a regular maintenance schedule for all application equipment. Uncalibrated applicators are like driving with a broken speedometer on the interstate, you have a general idea of the speed you’re going but you may be under the minimum speed limit (under applying) or possibly even over it (over applying). Here are six points to consider for fertilizer spreaders to make 2017 a profitable year. Equipment setupType of fertilizer matters! Fertilizer products vary in density and physical properties, therefore spreader setup in accordance to product is vital. Measure fertilizer density and adjust settings accordingly. Visit http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-5501 for a detailed discussion on the effect of fertilizer material properties on spreading plus density charts of common fertilizers.Proper maintenance of the spreader is important. Repair and replace as needed. Before operation, double-check the following maintenance points: proper conveyor tension, bearings, tire inflation, conveyer wear along with vane and spinner wear. Common problems include un-level spinners, spinners operating at different RPMs, damaged discs, spinners not centered evenly under chute, fertilizer build-up on parts, bent or cracked spinners, and corroded hoppers or components.CalibrationCalibration procedures can vary between manufacturers and models. However, two essential aspects exist for accurate field execution; 1) metering to obtain the right rate (bin to spinners) and 2) uniformity of spread (spinners to ground).Meter – bin to spinners. Meter calibration will include running the conveyor over a known time or distance then measuring the amount of dispensed product and comparing to the in-cab display estimated amount. Adjustments to gate height and conveyor constant will help dial into an accurate metering. One will need to calibrate for different fertilizers since varying in density and properties. Equipment manuals outline the proper procedure and specific adjustments to make.Spread uniformity – spinners to ground. Spreader distribution patterns can be hard to accurately evaluate without conducting a proper spread pattern test. Pan testing following standard protocol is required to evaluate spread uniformity. Consult with a spreader dealer on obtaining a spread pattern test kit.Be sure to take good notes of settings for future reference. Note any calibration constants and setups. Field operationSpread width or swath spacing needs to be maintained in order to prevent too much or too little overlap between swaths. If not already being used, guidance systems greatly reduce error and operator fatigue in spreaders/spreader trucks.Proper Setup — use the calibrated settings for a particular fertilizer including adjusting the product density within the in-cab display setup, using the correct spinner speed, and adjusting the chute to the proper position. Remember to operate at the specified spread width to ensure correct overlap with adjacent passes. There is still time to calibrate. These six points help ensure accurate field execution; 1) type of fertilizer (use the correct product density), 2) proper maintenance, 3) meter calibration, 4) spread uniformity calibration, 5) correct spread width, and 6) proper setup. Trey Colley is graduate student in the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and can be reached at colley.65@osu.edu. Dr. Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at fulton.20@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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GetGlue.com: Distributed Networking & Recommendations Made Simple & Fun

first_img“Nobody’s confortable sharing all of their stream,” said Kelton. “Financial sites, adult content – we don’t want any of that stuff shared.” In addition to having a set list of sites from which to pull browsing and interaction data, Kelton said, “The secondary privacy controls can prevent visits to a website from being shared unless the user has a specific interaction on that site. You can also opt to have a private profile so only your friends can see the items you interact with.” Finally, Kelton told us that users can delete or edit their own shared content on an item-by-item basis.Our other concern was whether Glue would be a semantic web geek-fest or whether the average end user would also be able to use, enjoy, and return to the site. Kelton said the site went over well with non-techie beta testers, many of whom started out using the GetGlue.com website and eventually also installed the add-on for an even richer experience.One of the factors we think makes Glue so much fun for end users, from geeks to complete Luddites, is its Foursquare-like system of achievement and rewards. “We’re big fans of game interaction driving the user experience,” said Kelton, who also revealed that the product team considered Xbox 360 as inspiration for the Glue system. Users can earn stickers on their profiles based on how many items they browse or interact with, how many users discover content through them, and how much of an expert they are on a particular topic.Glue’s game-like system of badges or stickers as rewards for user interactions and discovery makes for addictive browsing.Each item indexed by Glue can have a guru, and only one guru at a time. The result is friendly competition, increased interactions and a very sticky website that’s compelling and entertaining for even the least technical end user.The site also allows for content to be pushed to a user’s existing social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a demo video showing more about how the site works: Related Posts jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Once just a browser add-on that allowed users to surf smarter across several verticals, AdaptiveBlue’s Glue is now a site-centric product that acts as both a hub and a spoke of the social web.Glue’s synaptic web-esque technology is based on a user’s browsing across common sites such as Amazon, Wikipedia and YouTube, and those visits and any interactions (comments, “likes,” etc.) feeding back to automatically create a taste profile and a web of affinity with other users and recommendations of other items or content across about a dozen categories, including music, books and movies. So, can this be done without violating users’ privacy or – worse yet – frustrating and boring them into attrition?[Disclosure: AdaptiveBlue founder and CEO Alex Iskold is a ReadWriteWeb writer.]AdaptiveBlue VP Fraser Kelton thinks both aims can be accomplished. In a phone interview this morning, he shared that Glue has a three-tiered set of privacy controls to ensure that items are shared only when a user wants them to be. As the privacy/permissions inverse of Facebook Beacon, an ill-fated system for socially powered product recommendation, the Glue system is completely opt-in for users and opt-out for publishers.Glue’s all-new user profiles are rolling out today at GetGlue.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As previously mentioned, the user experience of Glue – both the site and the revamped add-on – is one of synapses and nodes, not back-and-forth browsing and search for content. As data and content from all around the web is associated with films, books, music, and other items, users are able to quickly scan and consume related content without further navigation. This type of curated experience is something the AdaptiveBlue team calls “shortcut search.”As a social network, GetGlue.com is a hub; but the way it curates content makes it a series of spokes, as well.“You don’t have to go to Rotten Tomatoes or YouTube. We know there’s a subset of information users want, and we’re bringing it in,” said Kelton, who is very excited about Glue’s position on distributed social networking and the semantic web. “Jeremiah [Owyang] uses the term ‘social colonization.’ I also think we’re implementing what Charlene Li talks about when she uses the phrase, ‘The network is all around us.’” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Semantic Web#web last_img read more

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‘Singh is indeed the king on the hockey field’

first_imgOn Tuesday at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium, patriotic fervour reached a crescendo with Chak De India ! blaring from the speakers and the Tricolour to be seen virtually in all corners.Had it not been for police restrictions, you could have even expected bhangra inside the venue as fans got rewarded for the long wait to enter the venue.Yet if one song could actually have described the evening’s thrilling action where India fought like wounded lions after being down 1- 3 for most part, it should have been Singh is King .For those who have been in touch with Indian hockey despite the highs and lows in the past four years, Sardara Singh is a well- known name. Consistent and calm, he typifies excellence on the field. But it was two other Singhs – Sarvanjit and Dharamvir – who turned this into a memorable evening.Agreed hockey is a team sport and individual brilliance on a synthetic pitch doesn’t really count.It is well known that in a match such as this, where the crowd support is raucous, even tiring legs find the energy to keep running the perimeters of the field.And that is what India did today against an English side which started clicking just when the half- time whistle was to blow. For most part in the second half, England looked marauding and it seemed all over.But the way India regrouped and struck was fascinating. The three Singhs named above, a tight defence and goalkeeper Bharat Chetri defined the Indian resilience.advertisementIt was as if they were responding to the crowd’s roars of wanting solid action – thick and fast.Time and again, the Indians have choked in tight matches.History was against India, having never made it to a Commonwealth Games final ever before.In a pressure cooker situation, the ability to still keep playing and maintain the flow on the field came as a whiff of fresh air despite the humidity.In the stands, former hockey greats were applauding each effort, from Balbir Singh to Harcharan Singh, not to forget Zafar Iqbal and Ajitpal Singh.Among the VIPs, sports minister MS Gill was happy, even as BJP’s Kirti Azad and Vijay Kumar Malhotra soaked in the atmosphere.A 3- 3 draw at full time and with extra time not resulting in a goal, the penalty shootout was all about nerves.On Tuesday we saw a new Indian team, one which surpassed itself against an English side which couldn’t handle the pressure.Chak De, Chak De India . No, this was a Singh is King affair.last_img read more

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Malaysia, Vietnam draw in Suzuki Cup final first leg

first_imgVan Duc was again the provider, pulling the ball back for Duc Huy who slipped as he met the ball with his left foot but saw his effort from 25 metres fly past goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.Malaysia cut the deficit in the 36th minute when Syamer Kutty Abba’s free kick from the left found Shahrul, who headed powerfully past Van Lam.The home side then got back on level terms on the hour when they were awarded a free kick on the right edge of the box and Safawi curled a magnificent shot into the far corner of the net.The home side had a final chance to win the game in stoppage time with a free-kick by substitute Syafiq that went through the Vietnamese wall but was punched clear by an alert Van Lam.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam made a fine save in stoppage time to deny Syafiq Ahmad and keep the score level ahead of the second leg in Hanoi this Saturday.Malaysia exerted much of the early pressure in front of a capacity crowd of more than 87,000 but Vietnam took the lead after 22 minutes following a swift counter-attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDoan Van Hau lofted the ball into space on the right for Phan Van Duc whose cross towards Duc Huy was cut off by Nazirul Naim but fell nicely for Huy Hung to tuck the ball into the net.The home side hardly had time to recover before Vietnam scored again three minutes later. Vietnam’s forward Nguyen Cong Phuong controls the ball duirng the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final football match between Malaysia and Vietnam at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on December 11, 2018. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)Malaysia came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Vietnam in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Tuesday.Goals by Nguyen Huy Hung and Pham Duc Huy midway through the first half put the visitors in charge but Shahrul Saad halved the deficit before Safawi Rasid converted a stunning free-kick on the hour mark to restore parity for the home side.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Stephen Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

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MASSIVE WEEKEND MEDIA BOOST FOR TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA TEAMS

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) National Representative Teams and squads were involved in a series of camps and events around the Country on the weekend that led to widespread media coverage and massive promotional exposure for the code on a National scale.TFA fielded an Australian Women’s Invitational Team in the Harvey Norman Beach Footy Series at Sydney’s Maroubra beach on the 16-17 December 2006.The event featured six elite teams battling it out for $100,000 in prize money for their choosen charity.Four of the teams – The Blues, the Maroons, the Pacific Islanders, and the Young Guns comprised wall to wall National Rugby League superstars, whilst the Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy team, and a Celebrity Team headlined by Andrew Johns, and Anthony Mundine completed the stellar field.The event received massive media exposure in print, radio, and television mediums through broadcast partners Channel Nine, News Limited, and Nova FM, and the Women’s Beach Footy Team were featured prominantly.Among the media exposure TFA received was the front page story of a four page Beach Footy liftout in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph on Friday, live radio interviews with Women’s players and updates on Nova FM, and 2UE, exposure on several National network news bulletins, and Channel Ten’s Sports Tonight.Channel Nine taped the Beach Footy Series and it will be aired in late February/ early March in the lead-up to the NRL season kick-off.The Australian Men’s Open Team travelled to Rockhampton for their final training camp of their 2007 World Cup campaign and enjoyed saturation exposure from the local media.The Touch Football loving town rolled out the red carpet for Tony Trad’s men and the 3 game series against a Central Queensland combination that featured Rugby League superstar Benji Marshall turning out as an Invitational player for Central Queensland in the last game, received daily print and television coverage in the region.To cap off an exciting time promotionally for the sport, the Australian Open Women’s Team were featured on Channel Ten’s Sports Tonight program Sunday evening in an excellent piece on their record as arguably Australia’s most successful National Women’s sporting Team.The Aussie girls have won 45 World Cup games straight in a 19 year unblemished run in World Cup competition.A further piece on the Australian Men’s Open Team will be featured on Sports Tonight before all seven teams depart Australia’s shores bound for Stellenbosch, South Africa on January 13 2007.There will be media stories circulating in the lead-up to the World Cup on Australian representative players and Teams so keep your eyes peeled for World Cup stories around the nation in coming weeks.last_img read more

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Lead up to the TRC closing events InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:In this edition we hear how churches and religious organizations have united under KAIROS.Together they’re working for reconciliation to reverse the attitudes of the past that encouraged the assimilation of Indigenous children through Canada’s residential schools.We also hear how Saskatoon’s Tribal Council is commemorating the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.last_img

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