first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama on Tuesday paid a courtesy call to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, June 19 – National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has challenged Harambee stars to ensure they qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup that will be hosted in Qatar.Odinga, who was speaking on Tuesday morning when hosting Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama at his office, said Kenya has immense talent in soccer compared to other African countries. “I m very happy and proud of him (Victor Wanyama), he came to pay me a courtesy call so we have been talking about soccer generally. We like what he is doing which is to encouraging our other young aspiring soccer players to rise to the heights that he has risen,” the former Prime Minister said. @VictorWanyama of @SpursOfficial called on me at Capitol Hill sq. I urged him to mentor other young Kenyans to follow his footsteps and lift the standards of football in the country.— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) June 19, 2018“Sky is the limit for our youth but as a country we need to do more promotions. I don’t believe there is better talent in other African coteries that in Kenya. We have seen what other countries have been able to achieve now Kenyans are just spectators when some of the best players are on show in Russia for the World Cup,” Raila stated.Raila said Kenya has immense talent and has what it takes to qualify for 2022 World Cup. Photo/COURTESYRaila added that, “a player like Victor (Wanyama) should not be here, he should have been in Moscow, Russia playing but unfortunately Kenya is not there. I want to see this as a challenge and ensure that the next World Cup in Qatar Kenyan team will be there playing,” he challenged.Wanyama, who is in the country after the conclusion of the season that saw his English Premier League side Tottenham finish third and qualify for next summer’s UEFA Champions League, advised upcoming footballers to maintain discipline.“I’m happy to visit the Hon Raila, he is a football fan, we hear him talk about football and he gives us advice and we follow. He is someone who knows football well. My advice to young players is not to give up, be discipline keep working hard because with discipline you will go far, talent is nothing without discipline,” Wanyama advised.Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga presented Victor Wanyama Joe Kadenge’s book. Photo/COURTESYWanyama presented an autographed Tottenham Hotspur jersey to Raila and in turn the former Prime Minister handed the midfield maestro legendary Joe Kadenge’s book.“I have also in turn given him (Wanyama) this book by one of the most celebrated soccer players, in this book Joe Kadenge has chronicled his life story and about history of Kenyan soccer from the 50s, 60s, 80s 90s up to today, I have written four words for this book. So I am giving this as a souvenir to Victor so that he can have opportunity when he has little time from training to read what has happen and the role of his father Noah Wanyama played in the Kenya soccer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl was too exhausted to go crazy.Asked to describe how he may have faked out Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on his game-winning goal in double-overtime of Sunday’s Game 6, Hertl said, “I don’t really know, because I was really tired. So I didn’t even celebrate after.”Hertl’s goal at the 11:17 mark of the second overtime gave the Sharks a heart-stopping 2-1 win over the Golden Knights, setting up a decisive Game 7 in San Jose on Tuesday at 7 p.m.And, after …last_img read more

first_imgIrene Mathebula, the coordinator of the competition at Zamintuthuko, and pupilsfrom the school celebrate their win.  Alex Bouwer, sales and marketing managerat Bevcan, said that the pupils were trueambassadors for the recycling movementand an excellent example for others in their community. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Alex Bouwer  Nampak Bevcan: Sales and   Marketing Manager  +27 11 719 6300 RELATED ARTICLES • Can drive raises R8.5m for education • Top award for SA World Cup can • Tackling SA’s education challenges • Budget big on education, jobs Ray MaotaThe youngsters of Zamintuthuko Primary School in Mamelodi, Pretoria, were on a mission this year – between April and October they collected a total of 67 500 cans.In doing so, they won the R25 000 (US$3 100) first prize in the Bevcan Aphi Ama Can competition, a recycling initiative.The competition was run by Bevcan Nampak to encourage children to recycle, reuse and reduce waste. Over 100 schools took part in the competition, which ran from 1 April to 30 September 2011.Bevcan is the can-making division of Nampak, one of South Africa’s largest packaging companies. It is the only beverage can manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa.A total of 542 045 cans were collected during the competition.Setting an example for the communityEvery school that managed to collect a minimum of 12 cans for each pupil received R1 000 ($124) as a reward.Irene Mathebula, the coordinator of the competition at Zamintuthuko, said: “We are all absolutely delighted to have participated in this competition, which aims to educate not just our pupils but us as adults as well.”Mathebula added that because they exceeded the expected number of cans collected per child, they have gained the confidence to “take on any challenge as a school”. Each child was able to collect at least 169 cans.The prize money will be used to build a school hall, so that the children will be safe from the elements during assembly or other school events.The prizes were presented at a ceremony held at Zamintuthuko Primary on 1 December 2011.Alex Bouwer, Bevcan’s sales and marketing manager, said: “It is with great pleasure that we are gathered here today to recognise the environment-responsible behaviour of these young people.“You are true ambassadors for the recycling movement and are setting an excellent example for others in your community.”The three runners-up – Thathani Primary School from Zola North in Soweto, Mononong Primary in Mamelodi East, and Ikwezi Primary from Mofolo in Soweto – each received R25 000 ($3 100) for their efforts.Thathani collected a total of 55 303 cans, an average of 134 cans for each child, with Mononong’s pupils collecting an average of 101 cans for a total of 35 000.Ikwezi Primary rounded off the top four by collecting 13 000 cans, with each scholar collecting 52 cans.Louis Taylor, director of private-public partnerships at the Department of Basic Education, said the department has set up public private partnerships, like the one with Bevcan Nampak, to assist it in bringing quality education to people.“While we have international people in the country talking about saving the environment at COP17, these schools are not talking but are playing their part in its preservation.”Bevcan committed to educationWhile Nampak Bevcan’s core business is making cans, “we are also committed to improving the learning environments of our children”, said Bouwer.The company is very involved in a variety of education programmes.Early this year, the company donated R8.5-million ($1.12-million) towards education through its Every-Can-Counts campaign: Nampak contributed R5-million ($701 000), while a further R3.5-million ($492 000) was raised through the sale of specially marked cans.Nampak Bevcan MD, Erik Smuts, thanked all those who supported the education campaign: “We are very happy with reaching the R8.5-million ($1.12-million) mark and we thank the many people who supported the cause by purchasing beverage cans.”Nampak will be running four competitions in 2012 to give schools and individual scholars the opportunity to raise funds and make a difference in the environment.The competitions are for schools to collect cans, an art project highlighting recycling, the creation of an artwork out of recycled cans, and a Guinness World record attempt at collecting the most cans in a month.The National Schools Competition, worth R750 000 ($93 000), will see schools winning monthly prizes, as well as annual prizes for the number of cans collected.The Artistic Expression Competition invites individual scholars to draw, paint, sculpt or even write about how one can make a difference by recycling.The Can Craze Competition gets children to build a structure out of cans, while the Guinness World Record attempt will see groups try to collect the most cans in a month.The competitions will help raise funds for schools and individuals, “so make sure you enter these competitions first thing in the new year”, said Bouwer.last_img read more

first_imgA lot of people keep success journals. They write down all the things that they’ve accomplished, as well as the goals they’ve achieved. But this isn’t how success works. Between all of those successes are a lot of failures, or what might better be described as learning experiences, or feedback, or chances to make some adjustments.I gave a speech to my Toastmasters group about five years ago. It was a really good speech. It was a great story about a lesson I learned from my first sales manager, and it was full of humor, mostly self-deprecating. The audience loved the speech, and they were highly entertained.When my evaluator stood up to critique my speech, she said, “Anthony, that was a very good speech. I can’t wait to see it the next time after you have rehearsed it.” Those comments felt like a throat punch. But she was right, and she was calling me on a real weakness. Because I had no stage fright, and because I knew I could entertain the audience for seven minutes, I didn’t rehearse the speech.From that day forward, I have never spoken without having rehearsed the speech. In fact, that year I gave a keynote to just over 2,000 people. I rehearsed the one hour keynote 35 times. I recorded it on audio and listened to it to make adjustments. Then I recorded myself on video and made more adjustments. I gave a much better keynote than I would have had I not rehearsed.A small failure taught me what I needed to know to have greater success in the future.How about the time when I thought a stakeholder in a deal lacked the power to influence the decision? I lost that deal when that stakeholder worked their relationships to award the business to my competitor.Or what about the time when I left a big meeting believing that the verbal commitment I obtained meant I won the deal only to find out two weeks later that I lost to a competitor who asked for one last bite at the apple.And there was the relatively long period when I believed that hiring people and paying them well meant that they didn’t need to be managed or led. I was paying to not have to do that. I was wrong, I failed, and I was punished for my mistake.Your accomplishments give you a sense of pride. But poor “failure” never gets any credit for teaching you what you need to build those successes.Acknowledging and embracing your failures reminds you of what you have learned and how you finally achieved your successes. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now What failures have you enjoyed recently? (Yes, enjoyed)What have you learned from your recent failures?How are you applying what you have learned to build future successes?last_img read more

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a series of awards and special incentives for dedicated doctors, paramedical staff and other healthcare workers of government hospitals across the State.Stating that his government was emphasising on quality healthcare under its 5T (transparency, teamwork, technology, time and transformation) initiative, Mr. Patnaik said that 10 doctors and other healthcare workers will be presented with Chief Minister Award, which includes cash prizes of ₹10 lakh and ₹5 lakh respectively. Government healthcare institutions providing quality service will also be rewarded, he added.last_img read more

first_imgSecond seed Karolina Pliskova survived a see-saw encounter against unheralded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova to win 6-2 4-6 6-3 on Thursday and reach the French Open third round for the first time.Australian Open finalist last year, the Czech world number three looked to be cruising to victory after clinching the first set in 20 minutes.Pliskova, who has won two titles this season, inexplicably lost her rhythm in the second set and her unforced errors started to mount up as Alexandrova displayed her staying power in the baseline rallies.”I did not play my best tennis today, but I am happy I have finally reached the third round,” Pliskova told reporters. “Still not really happy with the way I was playing. I would say (I played) a little bit better than (in the) first round.””I feel like I can be more aggressive sometimes. I was playing too short so that’s why she was pushing me a little bit more.”The Russian world number 86 wasted a set point at 5-3 but made amends in the next game to level the match.Pliskova, though, was in no mood for any further drama. She broke midway through the third set and settled the contest on her second match point.”I know I can play better if I go deep in the tournament,” Pliskova added. “What I done even today it’s kind of special still. I have a chance.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian Sports Awards were a night of glitz and glamour, with representatives from the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side holding down a table at the Sydney event last night…if you were up late enough watching the SBS broadcast you would have even seen Tony El Takchi’s television interview in the introduction.Nominated in the Masters Team of the Year Award, the side rubbed shoulders with other award nominees, including Grant Hackett, Liesel Jones, the Sydney Swans and more.Unfortunately for the side, they were beaten for the award by the Australian Mens 55’s athletics relay team, although the recognition of making the final three for the award is still something special.Keep an eye on the website for a full report of the evening from the team, coming soon.last_img read more

first_imgUNLV's "TARK" uniform patch.UNLV’s men’s basketball team will honor its former coach, Jerry Tarkanian, with a commemorative patch on their jerseys the remainder of this season. Tarkanian, who coached the Rebels from 1973-92, winning the national championship in 1990, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 84. UNLV (14-10, 5-6 MWC) will sport a black “TARK” patch, paying tribute to their former coach known to many as “Tark the Shark.” #UNLVmbb will wear patches that look like this the rest of the season— Taylor Bern (@TaylorBern) February 11, 2015Tarkanian was one of the greatest coaches college basketball has ever seen, recording 729 wins across all divisions. UNLV is set to face Air Force in Colorado on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgQUEBEC — The struggling Parti Quebecois has suffered another setback with a decision by the Speaker relegating it to fourth place in the provincial legislature.Francois Paradis ruled today that the departure of Catherine Fournier, who last week quit the PQ to sit as an Independent, means the party is now officially the third opposition party behind the Liberals and Quebec solidaire.For the first time since its creation in 1968, the PQ is no longer the leading sovereigntist party in the national assembly, eclipsed by the 13-year-old Quebec solidaire.Fournier said she had lost faith in the PQ’s ability to achieve independence. Her departure left the PQ with nine seats compared with 10 for Quebec solidaire. The Liberals have 29.The PQ had argued it should maintain its status as the second opposition party because that was what had been decided in an all-party agreement reached last November after the election won by the Coalition Avenir Quebec.The reduced status means the PQ will have less speaking time in the legislature and will be moved to the back of the opposition benches.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAs the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prepares to vote on a city-wide ban on fur sales, native San Franciscan Alicia Silverstone sent a letter on PETA’s behalf today asking board members to follow the examples of West Hollywood and Berkeley and make San Francisco a fur-free city.“As a native San Franciscan, I’m thrilled to know that you’re considering a ban on fur sales — which is similar to the lifesaving legislation passed in West Hollywood and Berkeley. I’m writing to urge you to do everything in your power to help make San Francisco a fur-free city.“For decades, my friends at PETA have been exposing horrific cruelty in the fur trade all over the world: Investigators have documented that foxes are electrocuted, dogs are bludgeoned to death, minks are suffering from festering open wounds and eye infections, and much more. One investigator even recorded a skinned raccoon dog who had just enough strength to lift his bloodied head and look into the camera. I hope that after watching this 60-second video, you’ll agree that fur has no place in our progressive, forward-thinking city.“Animals are suffering right now in traps and on fur farms. There’s so much violence in the world that’s beyond our control, but banning fur sales is one easy way to set an example of compassion for the whole world to follow. It would make me even more proud to call San Francisco home.”last_img read more