Starlets beat Ethiopia in CECAFA opener

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets beat Ethiopia 2-0 to launch CECAFA Women’s Challenge on a highNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – Harambee Starlets produced a superb second half to down Ethiopia 2-0 and launch their CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup on a positive note in Tanzania on Sunday.Starlets were tied 0-0 at the breather but second-half substitute Gentrix Shikangwa opened the scores in the 79th minute before Cynthia Shilwatso added the second three minutes later to seal the win. The national women’s team will next take on Djibouti on Tuesday at the Azam Complex, before winding up their Group B fixtures against Uganda on Thursday next week.Harambee Starlets star Mwanahalima Adam in action against EthiopiaSemifinals have been scheduled for Saturday, November 23, while the third-place Playoff and final will be played on Monday, November 25, 2019.Starlets will be seeking to console themselves with the regional title after bowing out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.The Kenyan girls reached the penultimate round after losing 3-2 on aggregate to the She-Polopolo of Zambia.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Seacom cable system goes live

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Seacom will provide the catalyst for African consumers, business and government to realise the benefits of connectivity and collaboration across the globe.” South Africa’s second national operator, Neotel, is not part of the cable-building consortium, but owns the landing rights as part of its licence, and contributed funds toward the cable landing station and all related facilities within South African territory. “Cisco and Seacom share a common goal to enable accessible broadband across Africa while lowering the cost of communication to spur growth within urban and rural communities,” Le Roux said. Cisco Systems vice-president for Africa Yvon le Roux said they were working with Seacom to help transform Africa by outlining process change, building networks, and then providing application services and expertise that support key services for citizens, such as education, healthcare, public safety, economic development and national security. 24 July 2009 Seacom CEO Brian Herlihy said the launch marked the dawn of a new era for communications between Africa and the rest of the world, opening up new opportunities for government and business across the continent, at a fraction of the current cost. “Our tireless efforts over the past 24 months have come to fruition, and we are proud to be the first to provide affordable, high-quality broadband capacity and experience to east African countries,” Herlihy said in a statement this week. New era for communications Backhauls linking Johannesburg, Nairobi and Kampala with the coastal landing stations have been established, and Seacom is working with its national partners to commission the final links to Kigali and Addis Ababa. The entire system will be operated and controlled through Seacom’s network operations centre, which is based in Pune, India. Shareholders in the US$650-million (about R5-billion) cable include US-based Herakles Telecom (with a 25% stake), Kenya’s Industrial Promotion Services (25%), and Venfin (25%), as well as empowerment groups Convergence Partners (12.5%) and Shanduka (12.5%) from South Africa – making the cable 75% African owned. Seacom has announced that its 1.28 terabyte-per-second, 17 000km submarine fibre-optic cable system linking south and east Africa to global networks via India and Europe has been completed and commissioned. Plentiful and readily available bandwidth will also result in lower telecommunications costs and new opportunities across many sectors, including the call centre and business process outsourcing industries. Transforming Africa “Turing the switch on creates a huge anticipation, but ultimately Seacom will be judged on the changes that take place on the continent over the coming years.”last_img read more

Breakthroughs in management can build business and employee success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseWhether it is with an individual, a farm or an agribusiness, breakthroughs (some large and some small) are helpful along the path to long-term success.Breakthroughs were the focus at the 2019 Kalmbach Feeds Agribusiness Conference. At the event, president Paul Kalmbach defined a breakthrough as an intentional life-changing accomplishment that is larger than an incremental improvement.“We have been very fortunate to have had a lot of breakthroughs,” Kalmbach said. “And one of the great things about breakthroughs is that while they don’t often keep on giving, they do often program more breakthroughs. It really is an important concept.”He then shared his equation for a breakthrough: Failure + Vision + Understanding + Creativity = Breakthrough.“Can we think differently? If we can do that, we create more breakthroughs in our businesses and in our lives,” Kalmbach said. “We have to understand where we want to go and what we want to accomplish. That will produce breakthroughs. And more often than not, that type of achievement is the result of a team effort.”In the feed business there have been various product-related breakthroughs for Kalmbach Feeds since their days as a small grind-and-mix feed mill in 1963. The feed, though, is only a piece of the puzzle for success. Without good people, a top-quality product can only go so far.“We are always looking for new team members. Often when I pray before I go to bed at night, I ask the Good Lord to bring us good team members,” Kalmbach said. “We need good team members and have fantastic team members now. I couldn’t choose a better team. I love the folks we get to work with every day.”Getting the human resources of Kalmbach Feeds to today’s level of success took many breakthroughs through the years. Kalmbach shared one of them in his remarks at the Agribusiness Conference. FailureAbout 25 years ago Kalmbach Feeds was facing a real challenge with driver turnover.“It was equal to the national average and that was unacceptable at Kalmbach Feeds,” Kalmbach said. “We had an inefficient process for our drivers. They had to write down everything they did as well as how long it took them to do it and they were paid hourly.”The high turnover and inefficient process caused significant internal conflict within the management team. One set of problems built upon another.“We had lots of internal conflict. It was terrible,” Kalmbach said. “We were concerned about how all of this could affect customer service.” Vision, understanding and creativityOne initial thought was to simply give the drivers a raise, but that would not seem to address the root causes of the problem.“We had to solve this in a new — in a different — way to significantly reduce turnover, decrease internal conflict, and program success with customer service,” Kalmbach said. “So we had the vision, now we needed the understanding. We talked to our drivers, we talked to our managers, we talked to transportation companies, and we talked to friends. Some transportation companies were paying drivers per mile. That wouldn’t work for us because our drivers do so much more than just drive. We took that idea and said, ‘You know, why don’t we pay our drivers for everything they do?’ So we decided to try to pay our drivers for driving a mile, we pay our drivers for loading a ton of feed, we pay our drivers for unloading a ton of feed, we pay our drivers for loading a bag, for unloading a bag, we pay them depending on the equipment they drive, and we even decided to pay our drivers for time they weren’t working in the middle of the day if it was beyond their control.” BreakthroughThe Kalmbach Feeds management team presented the plan to their drivers, unsure of how they would react.“Our four best senior drivers refused to go on the new plan. We compromised and said that they could stay hourly and did not have to go on the new plan. Fortunately the rest of the drivers went on the new plan,” Kalmbach said. “We have a saying in our shop that results matter. What were the results? Two years later we had significantly reduced the driver turnover problem. Our drivers were more efficient because we paid them for what they did. We eliminated the internal conflict, and we programmed more success with our customer service. Those four senior drivers had missed out on pay because they didn’t go on the new plan because they were very efficient drivers. They realized this and quickly chose to go on the new plan.”The program continues to work today amid challenging times for hiring and keeping good drivers.“That was a great breakthrough for us, and it keeps on giving. In the United States in 2019 we right now are in the midst of the worst driver shortage in history and this breakthrough has kept on giving,” Kalmbach said. “Our driver turnover is very low.”This year’s conference theme was part of a series of topics focused on development for Kalmbach Feeds customers and team members over the last several years.“We started this journey in 2016 with a theme of Vision 2020,” Kalmbach said. “In 2017 the theme was the Leadership Edge. In 2018 the theme was Persistence, because that is the key to success in business. In 2019, if we follow that progression we want to break through our barriers to help us thrive in our business and not just survive. And we are going to celebrate the wins in 2020 because that is important.”The conference has proven to be a great outreach tool for customers but also helps build a positive and cohesive culture in the company.“It has been a fun journey. We had a vision for what the conference could be, and it has gotten better every year,” said Jeff Neal, vice president of sales and marketing for Kalmbach Feeds. “The main focus of the conference is overall improvement and overall development. We are always looking for great talent. It is hard to win the Super Bowl if you do not have great talent. This is a great place to work. It is a great family business. We have had 56 years of success.”Such success has required more than a few breakthroughs along the way. This is the second of a series of five stories in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association highlighting human resource management solutions in Ohio agribusinesses.last_img read more

Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlon

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener win LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH bags 2nd Gold as triathletes Nikko Huelgas (right) and John Chicano (left finish at 1-2 at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. – marianne bermudezKUALA LUMPUR — Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano dominated the men’s triathlon here in the Southeast Asian Games Monday as the Philippines picked up its second gold of at Putrajaya Water Sports Complex here.READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Huelgas, who along with Chicano has been training around the region for the last two months, clocked one hour, 59 minutes and 30 seconds to win his second straight SEA Games gold medal.READ: Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacentFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChicaco checked in four minutes later to make it a 1-2 finish for the Filipinos. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Day One Highlights

first_imgHighlights from some of the stadium games on day one of the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships have been uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube Channel. To be directed to the channel, please click on the link below or click on the game links to be taken to specific games. www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus NSWCHS v TNZ 15’s (18’s Girls)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MHHXe9FNo&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=6&feature=plcp QSST v TNZ 15’s (18’s Girls)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtYdBkuv8p8&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=5&feature=plcp NSWCCC v TNZ 17’s (18’s Boys)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrU5D0VsjlM&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=4&feature=plcp SA v ACT (18’s Girls)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=husrKnYiX2o&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=3&feature=plcp NSWCCC v NT (18’s Boys)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrU5D0VsjlM&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=4&feature=plcp Plays of the Day – Wednesdayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDK6_tAnTmE&list=PLCJfrG2tUdZiWi7e-k0v0i3U_lLfJswrB&index=0&feature=plcp Be sure to vote for your favourite Play of the Day by voting on the TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Related LinksDay One Highlightslast_img read more

10 months agoMalmo midfielder Brorsson: We’ll give Chelsea a hard, tough match

first_imgMalmo midfielder Brorsson: We’ll give Chelsea a hard, tough matchby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMalmo FF midfielder Franz Brorsson has mixed emotions drawing Chelsea in their Europa League tie.The two teams will meet in the round of 32.Brorsson stated: “It was the toughest possible. Interesting in terms of sport. What a challenge. I would love to see an easier opponent. I immediately thought, ‘a really big team’. There are many friends who will ask about tickets.”On their chances, Brorsson added: “It’s hard to put numbers on it. We are a giant, great underdog. There is no arguing on the matter. There are probably not many who think we’ll do this, but we’re going to give Chelsea a hard, tough match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: Foden must stay

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Foden must stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola won’t consider loaning out Phil Foden after his performance in the FA Cup win over Rotherham.Foden has started just five games in all competitions this season, all of which coming in the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and EFL Cup, and has been limited to just 91 minutes of Premier League football.Despite that, Guardiola insisted that Foden would remain with his group of players for the remainder of the season.“No way, impossible,” Guardiola stated when asked about the possibility of a temporary move, “He is going to stay with us many, many years!”The City boss did though discuss the importance of minutes to continue Foden’s development.“(Today was) 90 minutes more for his experience, his self-confidence. Of course, there are mistakes to improve.“He lost three or four balls. That is normal at 18 years old, the best way to learn is play. Play and he will learn in the future and he will be better.” last_img read more

If granted bail DK Shivakumar may hamper investigation ED tells court

first_imgNew Delhi: Opposing the bail plea of Congress leader D K Shivakumar, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) claimed before a Delhi court on Monday that if released he may influence the persons who are in knowledge of his “grave offence” of money laundering and are yet to be examined.The agency told Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar that the investigation in the money laundering case was at a crucial stage and the release of the politician may lead to destruction of important evidence. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’It also said that Shivakumar did not cooperate during questioning and could not offer any plausible explanation during investigation on the source of acquisition of properties worth Rs 800 crore. The court is likely to hear arguments on the bail application tomorrow, when Shivakumar, arrested on September 3 by the ED, will be produced on expiry of his remand for custodial interrogation. The applicant does not deserve bail in view of the nature and gravity of the offence, evidence in support thereof and severity of the punishment that a conviction would entail, the ED said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt also cited the “antecedents of the applicant, circumstances which are peculiar to the applicant, reasonable possibility of the securing the presence of the witness being influenced or evidence being tampered with a larger interest of the public/state and other similar considerations”. The agency, in its reply through special public prosecutors N K Matta and Nitesh Rana, alleged that during interrogation Shivakumar did not cooperate despite direct documentary evidence linking him with proceeds of crime in the case. It said that the investigation revealed the names of various persons and entities and the probe was necessary to take the case to logical conclusion and to trace the proceeds of crime. “If enlarged on bail, there exists all likelihood of the applicant hampering the investigation of the case and influencing the said persons. Investigation against the accused is at a crucial stage. “While there have been bald denial about certain key aspects of the case by the applicant, the ED is identifying and investigating the role of other players involved in the instant case. “Huge amount of proceeds of crime have been found to be laundered and investigation in this regard is ongoing. There exists a reasonable apprehension of crucial evidence being destroyed if the applicant is enlarged on bail,” the agency said. Regarding the medical averments raised by Shivakumar, 57, the agency told the court that his regular medical check-ups during ED remand have shown no complications. “His medical condition can very well be monitored in the prison,” it said. The agency said Shivakumar committed money laundering, “which posed a serious threat to the national economy and national interest” and that “it was committed with cool calculation and deliberate design with motive of personal gain… the society”.last_img read more

Jamaicas Usain Bolt Wins 100m Race At The Golden

Usain Bolt won the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meet Friday, his first victory in Europe ahead of the London Olympics.The Jamaican, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, had a slow start but pulled ahead in the final stretch to finish in 10.04 seconds.Bolt, who failed to improve his season best of 9.82 from a May meet in Jamaica, sounded disappointed with the time.“It’s hard to explain. I don’t really know what went wrong,” Bolt said.Ahead of the race, Bolt said he was working on his notoriously slow start to improve and be ready to attack his world records in the 100 and 200 in London.“At the start I didn’t feel explosive as I normally feel like,” he said.Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis finished second in 10.19 and American Darvis Patton was third in 10.22.This was his sixth competition in Ostrava.“I was looking to coming here for a good time. I guess it’s one of those days,” he said. “I just never got going.”The runners had to start twice after Simon Magakwe false started.That was something familiar for Bolt who failed to defend the world championship title in the 100 in Daegu, South Korea, after he was disqualified for a false start.But Bolt said that was not a problem for him Friday. He said he felt good ahead of the race.“I did some starts and I was flying from the blocks so I said, ‘Yeah this is good.’ I can’t tell you what happened.”Bolt will have another chance to lower his times in Diamond League meets in Rome on Thursday and Oslo on June 7 before returning to Jamaica for the national trials.In the meantime, he said he will seek advice from his coach.“I have to look at the tape and see what went wrong and call my coach to explain to me what I did wrong.”Source: Thestar.com read more