Showdown for the crown – JC, Wolmer’s clash in Manning final

first_imgWolmer’s Boys will go in search of their first Manning Cup title in more than 20 years when they square off against three-time defending champions Jamaica College at the National Stadium this evening at 6 o’clock. Both teams scored easy wins in the semi-finals last weekend and today’s battle, between two of the island’s top traditional schools, should be close. JC welcomed back talented Tyreek Magee from injury last weekend and he will be a key man for them today. Magee who recently attended a Digicel Kickstart camp at Manchester City in England, was very impressive in last week’s match. He dictated play in midfield and he must be kept quiet today if Wolmer’s hope to dethrone JC. Also expected to shine for JC are Ronaldo Brown, captain Oquin Robinson and leading forward Duhaney Williams. Wolmer’s have come on by leaps and bounds in the latter part of the season and look the team to beat after they lifted the FLOW Super Cup on November 12. Big striker Alphonson Gooden has been leading the way up front while captain Jahwani Hinds has been a tower of strength in defence. Rivaldo English and Andrew Daley are two other key players for Wolmer’s. Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds says his team is bursting with confidence from the FLOW Super Cup victory and their sights are firmly set on the Manning Cup. “I think we will win but it’s two good teams and we will have to go with our A game,” he said. “I told people even before the Super Cup that since I have been coaching I have never seen this level of confidence amongst my players. And since we won the Super Cup and the (Manning Cup) semi-final the confidence has risen,” he told The Gleaner. Reynolds admitted that their defence has been their strength but said they are just as good in attack as they have scored 45 goals in 14 Manning Cup matches. ” … But this is a final and both teams will be motivated to give their best, as it is the Manning Cup at stake. But we need it more than them … I think we will give our all and I am certain that with a little luck the Manning Cup will be at Heroes Circle,” he stated. Many have argued that Miguel Coley’s JC have not faced any of the tournament’s big guns to date this season, and that Wolmer’s are more battle ready but Coley is not perturbed and is just happy to be in the final. “Winning the Manning Cup is always on our agenda and being in the final gives us the best chance to go out and achieve our objective. Before the semi-finals people were saying Holy Trinity are a big team, a tricky team and how they were going to defeat us but we crossed that hurdle . “We realise that this (JC) team is under-appreciated but we respect every team. We have a final in front of us and in terms of a big team, we have Wolmer’s in front of us and that’s the most important thing,” he commented. He noted that Wolmer’s will be on a high after their Super Cup triumph and says full respect must be shown to them. “They are good competitors, they are in the final, we respect them. They have won a competition so far, so we have to give respect to that as well. But we know our strength, we know our determination and what we are all about… So it’s about character, determination and the whole Jamaica College product,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Express host UPDF in relegation three pointer

first_img Tags: Azam UPLExpress FCsport AZAM Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC vs UPDF FCMutessa II War Memorial Stadium, WankulukukuTuesday, 17-04-2018 @4:30pmExpress and UPDF will square off at Wankulukuku in a match that may determine the fate of either or both clubs as per their participation in the Azam Uganda Premier league next season.The home side currently occupies the third relegation spot while UPDF are only three points away from the Red Eagles and defeat will see the Army side drop into the bottom three as they have an inferior goal difference.“This is the time when the team needs the twelfth man (fan), started Express coach Shafick Bisaso ahead of the game.“They cheered us up in our recent game, and its that positive atmosphere they created that helped us to keep pushing for that win on a day we didn’t play well.“Against a side that we are tussling it out with directly to stay in the league, i am sure the fans can again help us a great deal.“So i call upon every Red Eagle out there to come and do their part as we try to beat the drop.Good news from the hosts’ camp is that Michael Birungi returns after missing Mbarara victory, the veteran is expected to beef up the striking line that has an off firing Alfred Leku.However, this game comes too early for left back Suleiman Jjingo who was still nursing Malaria – The player trained in the last two sessions but he may lack match fitness. Stephen Luswata, Sam Galiwango and Ronnie Kisekka are still serving their club bans.Key Stats:UPDF won the first meeting between the two sides 1-0 this season and will be seeking to complete a first ever league double over Express in more than 25 years.Express has won only two of their last seven league and cup games (D1 L4) while UPDF has managed two victories in the same period (D2 L3).Express FC form at home has greatly improved and has seen them win three of their last four league games, drawing the other 0-0 with Proline.For UPDF, they have managed only one away victory all season (D2 L9). The victory came at Police in Feburary.Other games to be played today:-SC Villa vs Vipers SC @Masaka Recreation Grounds at 04:30pm-Onduparaka FC vs KCCA FC @BetWay GreenLight stadium in Arua @04:30pm-Proline FC vs Police FC  @StarTimes stadium in Lugogo @4:30pmComments last_img read more

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Chelsea fans on Twitter react to reports Lampard could return

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea fans on Twitter have been reacting to speculation that Blues legend Frank Lampard could return to the club as a replacement for Michael Emenalo.Emenalo resigned as technical director on Monday and the Daily Express have claimed that Chelsea’s record goalscorer is being considered for the role.Some fans have suggested the former England midfielder lacks the necessary experience, but many others have said they would love to see Lampard given the job.Other former Chelsea stars Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack have also been touted as possible candidates, as has ex-Italy talisman Andrea Pirlo.I’d love us to do something sensible like bring in Frank Lampard to replace Emenalo #CFC— Chris Steers (@steersy76) November 6, 2017The only thing that could make this better is if #CFC announced Frank Lampard as the new director of football. #CFC— The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) November 6, 2017If Frank Lampard becomes Chelsea’s new technical director that will make my season #cfc— Mikey Forbes (@MikeyForbes1) November 7, 2017Frank #lampard HAS to be that guy that goes between Roman and the manager he bring calmness to the club #cfc— pinkster 2️⃣6️⃣👑 (@THECFCNUTTER) November 7, 2017If rumours are to be believed, Frank Lampard will be the next Technical Director at Chelsea. Hope this turns out to be true. #CFC #Ktbffh— Kinjal Bhattacharyya (@Kinjal0126) November 7, 2017Frank Lampard in as the new Technical Director of @ChelseaFC? Oh yes please! #SuperFrank #CFC— Shanggar Ganesh (@shanggarganesh) November 7, 2017Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and Andrea Pirlo all good enough to take that position. #cfc— RoyaleBlue1905 (@RoyaleBlue1905) November 6, 2017last_img read more

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Now this is flying

first_imgAnother in our series of extraordinary air services features a day with Indonesia’s Susi Air which provides vital air links to hundreds of remote communities.The video, below, taken by a Susi Air pilot features services from Nabire in Papua to outlying villages perched on the side of rugged mountains.The runways are also typically up hill and then to add to the mix slope from side to side. And throw in a pig or two on the runway not to mention bad weather and you have some challenging flying and a great video.Susi Air was launched in 2004 with two aircraft and now has 49.Enjoy!!See Susi Air’s safety ratinglast_img read more

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International agencies affirm South Africa’s ratings

first_imgRatings agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) both kept their rating of South Africa unchanged late on Friday, 12 December, despite analysts predicting they would opt for downgrades on the back of a nationwide power crunch and persistently low economic growth.The government recognised the need to steer South Africa’s economic growth trajectory on to a more robust course, the National Treasury said in a statement in response to the ratings affirmations, released on 13 December. “Important structural reforms are under way in major economic sectors that will boost the economy’s growth.“The Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) sets out the government’s actions over the next five years to achieve such a goal. The MTSF plans target a thriving business sector and a strong civil society. As a result, growth enhancing initiatives and programmes aimed at improving the competitiveness of the renewable energy sector and sustaining job creation are prioritised.”It said the 2014 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement echoed the National Development Plan’s agenda to increase private and public sector partnerships, required for more robust economic growth.The government would keep to the expenditure ceiling set out in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement and was committed to reducing the budget deficit and stabilising government debt levels in the medium term.Before the announcements on Friday, the rand plunged to a six-year low against the dollar of R11.72 to the dollar; the JSE hit seven-week lows as markets expected the worst.But just before midnight, Fitch said it would not downgrade South Africa; however, it kept a “negative outlook”. It warned that economic growth “has been persistently weak relative to expectations”, partly because of electricity supply constraints at Eskom and strikes in the platinum and manufacturing sectors.Similarly, earlier in the day, S&P said it would not downgrade South Africa’s rating – it did so already this year – although it was also concerned about electricity load shedding and low growth.“Fitch has revised down its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast to 1.5% in 2014 owing to adverse effects from strikes in the platinum and manufacturing sectors, electricity supply constraints, declining terms of trade, weak confidence and subdued global growth,” the agency said in its Friday statement.“We have also revised down forecasts for 2015 to 2.5% and 2016 to 3%. The authorities now estimate potential growth at 2.5% to 3%, compared with 3.5% pre- global financial crisis.”S&P was less optimistic, putting expectations for GDP growth at 1.4%; but it predicted an improvement to 2.5% in 2015 and 2.9% in 2016, “based on fewer and shorter strikes, and increases in electricity supply and consumer demand”.The agency pointed to industrial action as a major dampener on growth, particularly the drawn-out strike in the platinum sector earlier this year. It was, however, confident that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was controlling government expenditure.“The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in October 2014 signalled a tightening in fiscal policy despite weak growth. It recognised that much of the budget deficit is structural and the government can no longer delay consolidation until a cyclical recovery. The size of the tightening at 0.7% of GDP by 2016/17. is moderate, but should be enough to stabilise the government debt/GDP ratio,” Fitch said.It was also confident of the country’s private sector, saying: “Standards of governance and the business climate are stronger than the BBB median according to World Bank indicators. The banking system is well capitalised and has a standalone investment grade rating. Deep local capital markets enhance fiscal financing flexibility.”S&P affirmed its long- and short-term foreign currency sovereign credit ratings on South Africa at BBB-/A-3. It also affirmed its BBB+/A-2 local currency ratings and zaAAA/zaA-1 South Africa national scale ratings.“The outlook remains stable, reflecting our view that a slight rebound in GDP growth in 2015-2017 will help contain South Africa’s fiscal and external balances within our current expectations,” the agency said on 12 December.Fitch Ratings affirmed South Africa’s long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at BBB and BBB+, respectively.“The outlooks are negative,” it said. The issue ratings on the senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds were been affirmed at BBB and BBB+, respectively. The country ceiling was affirmed at A- and the short-term foreign currency IDR at F3.SAinfo Reporterlast_img read more

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iPad for Business Round-Up: Mozy, SharePoint and More

first_imgThe iPad isn’t just a hot new consumer device, it’s also an increasingly popular tool for business. Every week we take a look at the latest developments in its use in the enterprise.This week we look at iPad-only applications for sales people, a company bringing Microsoft SharePoint to the iPad and other touchscreen devices, Mozy’s iOS app and more.FatStax Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#mobile FatStax is an iPad app for sales people. It was designed specifically for the iPad.It gives sales staff access to product catalogs while on the road, including offline search. It lets users send information from the catelog directly to customers, or place orders from the iPad. It also has CRM-like contact and lead management tools.Mobile EntreeMobile Entree helps Microsoft SharePoint developers create smartphone and tablet-optimized interfaces. It’s not a native app, but a SharePoint add-on. It’s developed by H3 Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.The new version, 2.3, was released this week to provide better support for larger screens.MozyPopular online backup service Mozy released an iOS application this week. At the moment, it’s only available for its consumer-oriented MozyHome accounts, not its business focused MozyPro accounts. The company promises Pro support in the future. When it does, Mozy will join services likeBox and Dropbox in offering business-grade online storage for iOS.Plus: Dell, Microsoft Execs on the iPad and TabletsAlso this week, Andy Lark, an enterprise marketing executive at Dell, suggested the iPad would fail in the enterprise because it’s too complicated and expensive and Microsoft Chief Strategy Officer Craig Mundie said tablets may be a passing fad.It’s hard to believe either statement, considering the traction the iPad already has in the enterprise and the failure of competitors like Dell and Microsoft to gain any traction in the market. It seems more like wishful thinking on both executives’ parts.However, I’m not unsympathetic to Mundie’s position. The iPad has only been around for a year now. What breakthroughs in interfaces and form factors could come in the next 10 years? Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finley Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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