Big punchers in big showdown

first_imgTwo hard-hitting Jamaican boxers, Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis and Michael Gardener, will clash tonight in the first quarter-final bout of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender series at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. The tournament that started on March 10 with 16 boxers, has now been whittled down to eight and the winners in this segment will all be guaranteed one of the top financial prizes. These are $2 million to the champion, $500,000 to the runner-up, $250,000 for third place and $200,000 for fourth. Lewis is a veteran of the Contender series and reached the finals as a welterweight in 2012, where he lost to Donovan ‘Police’ Campbell. In his first appearance this year against Fard Muhammad, he showed touches of brilliance, but also the ill effects of a nearly two-year absence from the ring. He won that fight by technical knockout, when Muhammad, a veteran in Mixed Martial Arts, made his debut as a professional boxer. He caught Muhammad with some good punches, but took some himself and was wild at times. He has to improve a lot tonight if he is to win. He acknowledged his weaknesses after that fight and vowed to do better next time around. That next time is tonight and he will be going up against a formidable opponent. In his first fight in the competition, Gardener, who was making his professional debut, was composed going up against American Jose Guzman and his punishing body attacks allowed him to win by knockout in the second round. He is very confident for tonight’s fight and has promised more of what he produced against Guzman. Punching power and stamina will undoubtedly be the two main ingredients tonight and it is obvious that both men are coming into the fight in an attacking mode. It will only be over five rounds, but that will be plenty of time for both men to put their boxing skills and punching power on display. Spectators should therefore have a lot to cheer about, for as long as the fight lasts. The programme starts at 8:30 p.m. and the main bout, which will be broadcast live on TVJ, is scheduled for 9:30.last_img read more

South Africa’s ‘gold list’ hotels, resorts

first_img4 January 2013 Fourteen South African hotels and resorts made it onto the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler 2013 “gold list” of the 510 best places in the world to stay, with eight of these earning “platinum circle” status for making the list for five years running. Featured in the US magazine’s January 2013 issue, the 19th annual “gold list” was selected by nearly 47 000 participants in the publication’s annual Readers’ Choice survey. Three Cape Town hotels were among the eight South African properties rewarded for their consistent excellence with platinum status: the Cape Grace, located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel connected to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, and the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Camps Bay. South Africa’s other five platinum properties are all located in or adjacent to the world-famous Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, the country’s “big five” wildlife province. These are: the MalaMala Game Reserve, Singita Kruger National Park, Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, and Singita Sabi Sand. Also on the 2013 gold list are: Find out more about SA’s gold list hotels and resorts on the Conde Nast Traveler website: SAinfo reporter Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape TownSteenberg Hotel, Cape TownVictoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape TownLe Quartier Français, FranschhoekSaxon Boutique Hotel, JohannesburgLion Sands resort, Mpumalangalast_img read more

Turning students into entrepreneurs

first_img7 October 2013Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe on Friday launched a new Centre for Entrepreneurship at the King Hintsa FET College for Agriculture in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.The centre forms part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) programme to establish platforms at FET colleges around the country to develop local entrepreneurs capable of going on to establish viable, competitive businesses.“Attempts have been made in recent years to provide entrepreneurship development support in a more coherent and comprehensive way,” Thabethe said at Friday’s launch.“It is particularly in the light of the catalyst role it plays that the centre can develop local communities,” Thabethe said, adding that the centre would serve as a hub for information and training in the area.Seed funding of R3-million was allocated for setting up the first phase of the centre, and the DTI would be partnering with the University of Johannesburg to provide capacity building training for lecturers.“Once all systems have been set up, we will move into the second phase, which will involve training,” Thabethe said. “We are going to be linking with an incubation programme to support potential entrepreneurs, and we will also link them with the Small Enterprise Development Agency for training.”Director Jomo Jacobs said the centre will be a valuable addition to the King Hintsa FET College for Agriculture’s strong agro-processing curriculum.“The practical studies that we will be offering will go a long way in addressing the skills shortage and lack of work experience that sees most of our unemployed and graduates struggle to secure jobs,” Jacobs said. “We pledge to grow this centre into a pioneer institution in agro-processing studies.’Thabethe said that, in order to foster entrepreneurship among students, it was crucial to promote business formation as a realistic and profitable option.“It is against this backdrop that efforts are being made to address entrepreneurship development and ensure that education is driven in such a way that business ventures become a choice rather than a last resort for students.”Source: read more

Fonseca Shakhtar are in control of their fate

first_imgShakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca hailed the importance of their 3-2 Champions League win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday nightThe Ukrainian Premier League leaders needed a stoppage-time goal from Taison to keep their last-16 hopes alive after surrendering a two-goal lead.But, for Fonseca, the victory is what counts with Lyon set to meet them in Ukraine for a mouth-watering Group F decider in a fortnight.“Now everything is in our hands. We understand perfectly well that we need to win the next game vs Lyon,” Fonseca told reporters on the club website.“We know how difficult the fight will be. By drawing with Manchester City, Lyon proved once again that they are a great club.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Whether Shakhtar will be able to host Lyon at home is doubtful due to protests in Ukraine this week over the country’s tense relationship with Russia.“Now, regarding the situation developing around Kharkiv: I personally think that the game will be held right there, I haven’t heard any other instructions yet,” said Fonseca.“But if UEFA decides to hold the meeting elsewhere for some reason, we will try to play in another city in our country.”Shakhtar are third in Group F and two points off second-place Lyon, who drew 2-2 with Manchester City in the other game.last_img read more

ESPN employees gear up for a notsohappy Thanksgiving as firm set to

first_img ESPN layoffs see 100 employees face cuts Close As the United States celebrates Thanksgiving today, November 23, it looks like several ESPN employees will have little to give thanks for. The US-based global cable and satellite sports television channel is set to lay off about 100 staffers between Thanksgiving and Christmas reportedly due to budget constraints.A lot of these job cuts are said to be from the television division, including producers, executives, and digital and technology employees and staffers of the SportsCenter franchise are also likely to bear the brunt of the move, reported Sports Illustrated.With this round of layoffs, ESPN is likely to slash an estimated amount of $80 million in salaries and other expenses. Speaking of the planned layoffs, a source told Sporting News: “ESPN is dealing with three simple math problems. They have fewer subscribers than they planned for. They have higher costs than they planned for. They have lower ratings than they hoped for.”ESPN’s budget is said to have been impacted by the increasing costs of event rights as well as the advent of online streaming services, due to which it has also lost several customers.Another source also told the site that many ESPN employees are worried about the reported layoffs and have already been sending resumes to competitors. “The narrative from many long-timers still there is: ‘I know my day is coming. It’s not if. It’s when.'”While these layoffs have been a hot topic for discussion for a while now, with employees said to be feeling “queasy,” about the job cuts, ESPN is yet to comment on any of these reports.Even though the network remains one of the most preferred firms for job seekers in the field of sports and has also been hiring several employees, ESPN also seems to be cutting jobs on a regular basis. In April, the television channel laid off about 100 employees, which included about 10 percent of its on-air staffers and writers. A not-so-happy Thanksgiving for employees as ESPN gears up to cut about 100 jobsReutersExplaining its stand ESPN had then said: “A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions.”Additionally, in October 2015, ESPN cut about 300 jobs, which included employees that had been with the channel for several years, and helped build the brand with all their hearts. At the time, ESPN president John Skipper had written to the firm’s employees and said that the job cuts was a part of “a number of organizational changes at ESPN to better support our future goals.””I realize this process will be difficult – for everyone – but we believe the steps we are taking will ultimately create important competitive advantages for our business over the long term. I sincerely appreciate your professionalism and continued support as we move forward to ensure the continued success of ESPN and assure sports fans everywhere the best is yet to come,” Skipper added.last_img read more

KickSat nearing launch date despite another delay

first_img © 2014 ( —The KickSat project is getting very close to a launch date. Originally scheduled to go up Sunday March 16th, the Kickstarter project organized by Zachary Manchester, has been postponed. It is now scheduled to be boosted into space by a SpaceX rocket sometime between March 30 and April 2. KickSat co-creator, team launches new ‘Pocket Spacecraft’ project on Kickstarter Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The KickSat will be sent into space in a Dragon capsule aboard a SpaceX rocket (the rest of the cargo will go on to the International Space Station). Shortly after liberation from its capsule, KickSat will begin spinning freely in space and turning on its radios. Sometime later the Sprites will be spun off into space where they will begin performing whatever they have been individually programmed to do. Each will have a gyro, a magnometer, solar collectors, radio, sensors and a chip to run preprogrammed code. Data from each Sprite will be broadcast back to Earth on a shared radio frequency—each has been programed to wake-up, perform its work, then go back to sleep, on a random time-table to reduce the number of Sprites talking at the same time. Anyone who wishes to do so can purchase a small amount of equipment (antenna, noise amplifier, software, etc.) to listen in as well. Those on the project will be listening and collecting data from a site in Ithaca, New York. The KickSat project is as much a concept as a physical entity, it consists of a box that looks like a CD jukebox (it’s also about the same size) and holds what are called Sprites—small (about the size of a saltine cracker and weighing just 5 grams) flat satellites. Once in space, the KickSat will spin around and eject the 104 Sprites it will be carrying, where they will operate independently 200 miles above the Earth for a few days to possibly a week before burning up upon reentry. The project is an attempt to give ordinary people access to space science by allowing for launching very tiny, inexpensive satellites, with costs spread across hundreds of others that are nearly identical to it.The KickSat project was first launched in 2011 as a Kickstarter project, and received more than double its goal of $30,000. Backers got their names engraved on one of the KickSat panels (which have been published on the Kickstarter page) and if they donated enough, their own Sprite. Owners were given firmware development kits to allow for programing functionality. Citation: KickSat nearing launch date despite another delay (2014, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: … craft-in-space/postslast_img read more

CCIC promotes Indian craft

first_imgIn an endeavour to promote Indian handicrafts and the spirit of craftsmanship, Central Cottage Industries Corporation (CCIC) has organised an exhibition cum sale titled ‘Sculpted Renditions’ – of an exquisite collection of sculptures and artefacts in its showroom at Janpath, New Delhi.The exhibition will be open to view from 10 am till 7 pm every day until September 16.One can browse through some of the finest masterpieces of traditional Indian dexterity. The exhibition showcases a vast collection of statuettes, figurines, and replicas of our ancient mythological deities with intricate works in stones, bronze, and wood craft. A Special display of ‘Lord Ganesha’ has also been put on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe ongoing exhibition is an initiative by CCIC in order to promote Indian crafts, encourage the craftspersons and to present their creations with a view to increase the awareness about handmade sculptures and artefacts to a wider audience.Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd. (CCIC), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Textiles is engaged in the promotion and retail marketing of best of authentic Indian Handloom and Handicraft products through its showrooms in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata Hyderabad, Patna, and Varanasi.CCIC sources its merchandise directly from, weavers, master weavers, craftsperson, Shilpgurus, National Awardees, and Clusters. CCIC is dedicated to the development of Indian crafts and craft person, providing a unique platform for showcasing their art.last_img read more

Travel chaos on railways after person hit by train

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: The railway line has now reopened Railway users are facing disruption this afternoon after a person was hit by a train. Dozens of trains are delayed or cancelled after the incident between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction. Trains travelling between Stoke-on-Trent railway station and other towns in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire to and from London use the route. London Midland and Virgin Trains are both affected by the disruption – with the two railway companies between them running direct trains to and from London to Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Crewe, Kidsgrove, Stone and Alsager. A spokesman Virgin Trains said: “Due to a person being hit by a train between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction all lines are blocked. “Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes. “Any customers wishing to abandon their journey today, may use their tickets for travel tomorrow.” A spokesman for London Midland said: “Due to the emergency services dealing with an incident near the railway at Milton Keynes Central all lines are blocked. “Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 6pm.” Read MoreFirefighters set to remain at wood chip fire for second night A National Rail spokesman said: “The emergency services are dealing with an incident between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction, closing all lines. “As a result of this, trains running between these stations are disrupted. “Trains are currently unable to run between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central. “Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes or revised.”last_img read more