0Shares0000Gor Mahia have been crowned the 2017 KPL champions. Photo /RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18- Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will battle it out with KCB’s Rugby 15s team for the Team of the Year Award at next month’s Sports Personality of the Month Award.K’Ogalo put up a spirited fight to win their record 16th league title with four games to spare will battle out with the Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup champions KCB, the Kenya Under-19 Cricket team, Kenya Police Hockey team and the Strathmore University Handball team in the men’s Team of the Year award. Apart from clinching the league title, Gor Mahia won the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup in Tanzania by beating arch-rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in the final in Dar es Salaam and went on to play English Premier league side Everton, losing 2-1.For KCB Rugby Club, they had a successful season after winning all the three major rugby 15s titles; Kenya Cup, regional Enterprise Cup and Impala Floodlit under coach Curtis Olago who has also been nominated for the coach of the year award.They claimed both titles with sweet victories over Kabras Sugar. They won their fifth Kenya Cup with a 36-8 victory over the sugar men in the final before repeating the feat in the Enterprise Cup, rallying from 10 points down.KCB Captain Curtis Lilako leads teammates in celebrating lifting Kenya Cup.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Bankers went for their fifth Impala Floodlit title, beating Impala Saracens 18-17 in the final. KCB also produced the highest number of players (13) to the Kenya Simbas team that won the Elgon Cup and finished second in Rugby Africa Gold Cup besides taking part in Hong Kong Cup of Nations.Another contender is the national Under-19 Cricket team that qualified for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup set for January 2018 in New Zealand.Their historic qualification put Kenya a once cricketing powerhouse but now struggling to reclaim its lost glory on the world map once again. The qualification also marked the beginning of Kenya’s journey to recovery after years of poor performance internationally.During the Africa qualifiers the Kenyans put up a spectacular performance that will not be easily forgotten.Having lost to Uganda in the first round, many had written them off and given the ticket to the Ugandan side that seemed stronger based on the huge victories they had registered in the championship. However, Kenyans put up an electrifying show to beat Uganda by seven wickets and within the required overs and qualify for the World Cup.The team also whitewashed Ghana and Botswana in the qualifiers.Part of the action during Kenya Police and Eastern Company’s final match at the African Club championship on January 15, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKenya Police Hockey team bagged continental silver after losing to Egypt’s Eastern Company in the men’s final of the Africa Cup for Club Championships.The Strathmore University Handball team were crowned the Regional (EA) University Champions, lifted the National University title, won the National Super Cup and finished 1st runnersup in the National League.-Women teams-The women’s Sports Team of the Year nominees is headlined by the Kenya Lionesses who will fight it out with the national women’s volleyball team (Malkia strikers), the women’s cricket team, Telkom Orange Hockey team, Kenya Prisons and Kenya Pipeline volleyball clubs.Kenya Lionesses eliminated Morocco in the quarters.The Kenya Lionesses reached the Main Cup quarter-finals of the HSBC Sevens Women’s World Series Qualifiers, their best performance after lifting Bowl at last year’s qualifiers held in Ireland.The team bagged silver at the Africa Cup Sevens Championship held in Tunisia and as well qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games despite missing the World Cup slot to South Africa.The Malkia Strikers beat Egypt by straight sets to finish top in the Africa Zone Five World Championship Qualifiers to book a slot to take part at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon where they won silver after losing to Cameroon in the final.The women’s cricket team won Regional Championship title after beating Uganda and also participated in the Kwibuka Tournament where they reclaimed the cup.Telkom Orange, will be looking to reclaim the award after having a stellar season that saw them win a record ninth Africa Cup for Club Championships title and they are currently chasing a 20th women’s league trophy.Telkom Orange ladies celebrate winning their fifth consecutive African Hockey title and the ninth overall. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKenya pipeline on their side retained the Kenya Volleyball Federation league title after beating all the teams at the play-offs by straight sets including arch rivals Kenya Prisons. They also reached the quarter-finals at the Africa Club championships which were held in Tunisia in April where they lost 3-2 to PrisonsMen’s Sport Team of the YearGor MahiaKCB RFCKenya U19 Cricket teamStrathmore Handball teamKenya Police Hockey teamWomen’s Sports Team of the YearKenya Pipeline (Volleyball)Kenya Prisons (Volleyball)Women’s national Cricket teamWomen’s national volleyball team (Malkia Strikers)Women’s national rugby sevens team (Kenya Lionesses)Telkom Orange (Hockey)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
One way of saving electricity in households is to switch off any plug that you are not using.Eskom’s power supply remains extremely constrained so South Africans are still dealing with load shedding. The national power utility has called on South Africans to save electricity.Load shedding – when there is not enough supply capacity to meet the demand – allows Eskom to control power usage and keep the system stable. This allows the utility to avert the scary prospect of a system wide shut down – a blackout.The utility has also urged citizens to play their part by saving electricity at home and at work.These are seven tips to conserve electricity at home:Use less hot water. Shower instead of bathing and install an energy efficient shower head;Switch off lights you are not using and use natural light whenever possible;Boil only as much water as you need at a time;Switch to a solar geyser if you can because the geyser uses 40% of your monthly electricity consumption;Change your light bulbs to energy efficient CLFs;Turn off TV, DVD and computer at the power button while also unplugging your charger; and,Keep the temperature at the golden zone if you are using an aircon.Use the cold water tap instead of engaging the geyser every time;When you leave the office remember to switch of the lights;Only fill kettles with as much water as you need;Do not leave your computer on stand-by, switch the power button;Switch light bulbs to energy efficient CLFs;Before leaving the office make sure you turn off copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch and avoid sleep mode; and,Keep the office temperature at the golden zone.Most of the day is spent at work, so think of the difference you can make by saving electricity in your workplace. Follow these easy tips to reduce your office electricity consumption and encourage all your colleagues to be electricity-wise.EYEWITNESS INVESTIGATIONAn investigation by Eyewitness News (EWN) set out to find out whether parastatals, corporate’s and government where adhering to the call to save electricity.Standard Bank’s headquarters in Rosebank were brightly lit and illuminated with neon staircases. A representative of the bank explains, the building is energy efficient and non-reliant on Eskom’s power supply after hours. “From about 8pm in the evening until about 5am in the morning, in general, we’re totally reliant on our gas plant.”At the same time, Transnet’s offices in Braamfontein appeared strangely illuminated, with multiple floors brightly lit while other levels were in complete darkness. While unable to comment on the specific Braamfontein offices, Transnet’s Sandile Simelane says the parastatal has introduced motion detector lighting systems to many of its buildings.“They sense physical movement. So if there’s no physical presence, there then it automatically switches off after a while.”
While 2009 was a year to keep our noses to the grindstone, many of us let our personal blogs languish in decay. Whether it’s offline or online, it’s never healthy to neglect yourself or those who care about you. One way to turn over a new leaf and keep your community engaged in 2010 is to install community toolbar Wibya. Similar to the Meebo Bar, Wibya encourages audience members to share content across networks. Depending on the widgets you choose, you can translate text into more than 11 languages, track your real-time visitors with Who’s.amung.us and share content via a number of social networks. The service also allows you to create a built-in Tinychat application with video functionality and full Twitter and Facebook integration. Tools are offered in an application storefront and are categorized to increase page views, encourage content sharing and enrich content. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As seen with Meebo and other cross-platform sharing tools, Wibya is expected to steward community engagement and interaction. To ensure that these applications are effectively reaching our audiences we can delve further into application click-through rates by pouring through the service’s customizable dashboard. Backed by legendary Israeli investor Yossi Vardi, it’ll be interesting to see whether Wibya or Meebo comes out on top. To compare Wibya against Meebo, register for the new tool at wibiya.com. If you notice a significance difference in your stats, let us know in the comments below. Related Posts Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
The first day of India Today Conclave East 2018 saw a mix of personalities on Friday from politics, entertainment and sports sharing their views on the stage in Kolkata. The day started with heroes from the field of sports – Swapna Barman, Jhulan Goswami and Rani Rampal. They shared their stories of struggle and success.Veteran singer Usha Uthup brought the house down with her sharp wit and mesmerising performance. Actors Moonmoon Sen and Koel Mallick opened up on a range of issues from films, being in a starry family and nepotism to #MeToo movement in the Bollywood.Sexual harassment of women at various places including work was one of the widely debated topics of the day. Taking the conversation forward, filmmaker and actor Pooja Bhatt and Bengali actor Sreelekha Mitra opened up on #MeToo movement, sexual harassment in Hindi and Bengali film industries and how it’s important to speak up.Actor Abhishek Bachchan in his session spoke about his comeback, his love story with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and trolls.The other sessions focussed on rising communal violence in West Bengal and the economic condition of the country. During a discussion on West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress came under sharp attack from both the BJP and the Left.Issues like the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam and illegal immigrants were intensely discussed. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav declared that the BJP was committed to make India free from infiltrators. His argument was that no country, however developed, could tolerate illegal immigrants.advertisementDAY 2 of India Today Conclave East 2018Now, the stage is set for the second and final day of India Today Conclave East 2018. It will see four chief ministers from the Northeast: Tripura’s Biplab Kumar Deb, Meghalaya’s Conrad Sangma, N Biren Singh of Manipur and Pema Khandu of Arunachal Pradesh will talk about the issues concerning their respective states.Other highlights of the day will include a session with actor Preity Zinta.Union minister Babul Supriyo, Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, BJP leader Mukul Roy, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, TMC leaders Chandan Mitra and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, and CPM leaders Fuad Halim and Shatarup Ghosh will share their views on a range of issues through the day.
TORONTO ONTARIO, – After a search that spanned nearly a century, genealogists in Toronto have helped a Scottish family track down the unmarked grave of a relative who died after serving in the First World War and see him honoured in a military ceremony.Ian Hector Steven’s family knew that he emigrated to Canada from Glasgow in the early 20th century and had married.They knew Hector, as he was known, had enlisted in the Canadian military, because he sent home a photo of himself in uniform. They learned he had been wounded from a newspaper story about the war, and found out he had died when they received a Memorial Cross, a medal sent to the mothers of fallen soldiers.But for years they didn’t know the circumstances of his death, whether he left behind any children, or where he was buried.The search for Hector’s descendents began shortly after his death. His sisters posted notices in Canadian newspapers, hoping his widow would get in touch, but they never heard back. When the Second World War broke out and Canadian troops were sent to Europe, Hector’s family hoped one of his descendents might seek them out.“When the war ended in 1945 and no young Canadian had come and rattled the door and said that he was the son of or the daughter of Ian Hector, the matter just went dead within the family,” said Hector’s nephew, Rev. Harold Steven. On a visit to the Parliament buildings in Ottawa while he was in Canada visiting his son at McGill University about 10 years ago, Steven figured it couldn’t hurt to look for his uncle’s name in the Book of Remembrance, but he wasn’t surprised when he didn’t find anything. He had essentially given up on finding his uncle — until about 18 months ago.By chance, Steven, now in his mid-80s, came across an article in The Scots magazine about a new history project at the University of Edinburgh. Researchers were looking for the “war dead who had slipped through the net of recognition,” as he put it. A historian at the university put him in touch with another Scottish researcher, who found that Hector had lived in Toronto. When Steven contacted the Toronto city clerk’s office, archivist Gillian Reddyhoff suggested he get in touch with Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries, which could check if Hector was listed on any of their 10 sites.He wasn’t — but the manager of the cemetery’s genealogy team, Sue Henderson, was intrigued. She got in touch with Heather Ioannou, who she knew from the Toronto branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. Ioannou, who has lived in Canada for decades but was raised in Scotland, was equally interested. She searched through Ontario’s vital statistics archive and found a record of Hector’s 1918 death in the York County Death Registry.“I sent it to Sue, and we both went to Google Maps, and it was like somebody smacking us over the head,” she said. The address listed as the site of Hector’s death was just down the street from St. John’s Norway Cemetery in Toronto’s east end.Ioannou and Henderson were able to confirm with the cemetery’s staff that Hector was in fact buried in St. John’s. Finally, Steven had an answer to the question his family had been unable to answer for decades. “They found him,” he said. “I was thrilled to bits.”That discovery allowed Ioannou and Henderson to rapidly uncover more information: the precise date and location of Hector’s arrival in Canada (he arrived in Quebec’s Eastern Townships in May 1913), his cause of death (bronchial pneumonia after influenza, sustained as a result of a military injury). War diaries from his regiment, discovered by Ioannou, showed that Hector had fought as part of Canadian expeditionary forces in France.Hector was buried with his wife, an English woman named Evie Lacey, who had died of the Spanish flu 11 days after her husband. The grave was unmarked because it belonged to Lacey’s mother, who likely couldn’t afford a headstone, and who returned to England shortly after her daughter’s death.Because the grave’s deed was registered to someone outside the Steven family, they weren’t legally allowed to set up a headstone. So Steven contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which ruled that because Hector’s death was related to his war injuries, he was eligible for a military headstone.On Sunday, 104 years to the day that Hector had first arrived in Canada, the War Graves Commission honoured the soldier with a headstone dedication ceremony at St. John’s Norway Cemetery. Members of the seventh regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery paid their respects, and a military band played.Dominique Boulais of the War Graves Commission called the ceremony “the last significant step in marking the final resting place of our fallen comrade.” Hector’s grave, he said, was no longer “an impersonal and faceless tomb.”Several wreaths were laid at the new headstone.“For nearly a hundred years my uncle’s grave was unknown,” Steven said. “Today he is remembered with honour and commemorated in perpetuity.”The ceremony was also attended by the Canadian researchers and genealogists who helped the Steven family.Ioannou said finding an answer to the questions surrounding Hector’s death was gratifying, because in many cases, records of war deaths are difficult to track down. The Ontario Genealogical Society searches for war deaths “literally every day,” she said. “There are some families who never know what happened to their loved one.”Connie Culbertson, chair of the Toronto branch of the OGS, was also happy to be there. “We were so pleased to be able to help,” she said. “We love stories.”Reddyhoff agreed: looking for the next clue was “like a detective story.”Working with city archives, she said she frequently hears from people early in their searches. “You don’t always hear the end of the story,” she said. “It’s wonderful to hear that it came to fruition.”
‘Forward’, a new song performed by Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, the Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik, music legend Herbie Hancock, Delta Rae and Natasha Bedingfield, has been released as a grassroots effort to motivate and inspire nationwide voter participation in the upcoming 2012 Presidential election.The song was written and created by hit songwriters Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois of the The New Radicals, and Fred Goldring, who was behind the 2008 multiple award-winning grassroots music video ‘Yes We Can’ with will.i.am. Grammy Award winning producer John Shanks produced the record, and the powerful music video for the song was produced and directed by Graham Henman and his team at Hello and Company.The song is available for free download at www.forwardsong.com and sold on iTunes with net proceeds being donated to Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation and to Arts Education programs focused on turning around arts and music based programs in public schools.Video: “Forward” (Official Video), Benefitting the Compound Foundation
Kent DriscollAPTN NewsTuesday marked the second day for the hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Iqaluit.Unlike previous hearings, which focused on victims and their stories, these hearings are about history.Two Inuit women giving testimony talked to APTN News about what it meant to [email protected]@kentdriscoll
Observing that it is often in times when poetry is impossible, that the best kind of poetry is written, pioneering Malayalam poet and theorist K Satchidandan said it was important to be able to hurt and affect sentiments in an increasingly charged and gentrified world.”The freedom to disturb and agitate is one of the most important rights a poet has, especially in the history we find ourselves living in today. Poetry is the freedom to conceive, to create alternative worlds, different ways of seeing, going beyond reality to escape it. Or perhaps even oppose the real and inhabit other realities,” said Satchidanandan, during a thought-provoking evening conversation at Vak: Raza Biennale of Indian Poetry, an event held in the Capital recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe scholarly panel discussion, titled ‘Poetry as Freedom’, was held at the Triveni Kala Sangam as part of the three-day Biennale. The first-of-its-kind celebration of verse in the country was organised by the Raza Foundation – set up by the late master artist Sayed Haider Raza in 2001 and helmed by eminent Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi, the Managing Trustee.”Though it is but words, poetry is ultimately an act of imagination and a kind of conversation. To use meter, rhythm, metaphor, rhyme, syntax, structure, style and imagery to follow or break with diktats and rejuvenate and recreate language in order to make apparent the invisible,” added K Satchidandan. Citing the importance of the discussion, Vajpeyi said, “Poetry is perhaps the best embodiment of the ideals of freedom. It has become all the more crucial today when there are many curbs on freedom of expression and in a world where the idea of freedom has been divorced from ideas of equality and justice.” The hour-long conversation also featured prominent educationist and former NCERT director Krishna Kumar, award-winning author and academic Ananya Vajpeyi and Apoorvanand, renowned professor of Hindi at Delhi University. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDescribing poetry as the “last refuge” against tendencies of systemic oppression and reductionism, Ananya Vajpeyi traced the influence poets and their works have exercised on the sub-continent across epochs. Contending that a “little amnesia” would help the contemporary shake off the shackles of the past, iconic litterateur Keki N Daruwalla said that poetry was an important counterweight against the canonisation of myth as memory.”The danger of myth becoming scripture and memory, as something to be remembered as having lived or occurred is something we must all be wary of. This sort of co-option – the darker side of memory – is linked to nostalgia. A little amnesia would benefit us all,” said Daruwalla, sparking a lively discussion at event. He linked the conflation of myth with historical and racial anger and distrust. The discussion saw impassioned rebuttal arguments from noted social scientist Shiv Visvanathan and celebrated Gujarati poet-playwright Sitanshu Yashaschandra at the Biennale.”Indian poetics understands that memory, like literature, gives you space for and elasticity of interpretation. Indian literature traditionally used memory as metaphor. Like literature, memory should be permitted to cheat us and play with us,” Yashaschandra said.
Kolkata: West Bengal, where the electoral discourse has largely steered clear of communal politics, has been drawn into the vortex with the TMC and the BJP accusing each other of resorting to polarisation to get a larger share of the pie in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. A minor player in the state till a few years ago, the BJP is emerging as the new opposition, pushing the once formidable Left and the Congress to the fringes. The saffron party holds only one assembly seat and two of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, where ideology and people’s problems have traditionally been the poll planks, but hopes to better its tally this time. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata BJP president Amit Shah has set a target of 23 seats for the party in the state where the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) has held power since 2011. Admitting that religion and caste have pervaded West Bengal politics, veteran TMC leader and state Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee held the BJP responsible for the import and asserted that his party is only countering the former’s narrative. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh denied the charges and in turn blamed the TMC’s alleged appeasement politics for communal tensions in the state. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Both the TMC and the BJP are working hard to woo the Matuas, a Scheduled Caste community, mostly comprising backward class Hindus who migrated from Bangladesh. The community has a significant presence in seats in North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts of south Bengal. Matua votes also hold key in the neighbouring Ranaghat and Barrackpore constituencies. In February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an election meeting in Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas and met Matua community matriarch Binapani Devi, fondly known as ‘Boro Maa’. Following Binapani Devi’s death in March, the family has been divided over its political leanings. Mamata Bala Thakur, widow of Binapani Devi’s elder son Kapil Krishna Thakur is a TMC MP and has been re-nominated by the party from Bongaon seat. The BJP has Shantanu, the son of the Matua community matriarch’s younger son Manjul Krishna, from the constituency. Mukherjee said he has not seen religion-based polarisation in West Bengal politics before. “Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani also used to talk about religion, but never in this manner. They never said Muslims will be thrown out of the country,” the TMC leader told PTI. Referring to illegal immigrants in the country, Shah said at a rally in Raiganj last week that after his party returns to power, it will send back every single “infiltrator”, except Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus. “In West Bengal, no political party indulged in religion-based propaganda. But now, since the main opposition party is doing it, we have to counter it to make people understand their game,” said Mukherjee, who is contesting from the Bankura Lok Sabha constituency. Banerjee, who is also the chief minister of West Bengal, has been spearheading her party’s efforts to check the BJP’s aggressive campaigning. She has repeatedly underscored her Hindu credentials, while asserting that she stands for peaceful co-existence of people of all religions in the state. Popularly known as ‘Didi’ (elder sister), Banerjee, at an election rally on Tuesday, said she was ready to risk her life but would not allow politics of division. “They (BJP) claim to be the champions of Hinduism, are we not Hindus?” she asked. Banerjee, who is a Brahmin, said she chants Chandi mantra every morning. The firebrand TMC chief said her parents had taught her to respect all religions and to treat them equally. “The BJP is imposing on us a religion which has no relation to Hinduism or our country; we believe in togetherness of different faiths and languages,” Banerjee said. Ghosh dismissed the chief minister’s accusations that the BJP is trying to create communal tension in West Bengal. “She is saying all this out of the fear of losing the elections,” Ghosh told PTI. “We are only saying that illegal immigrants from Bangladesh will be sent back. Those without valid documents cannot enjoy the rights of the citizens of our country,” he said. Religious minorities from the neighbouring country, who have come to India, will be given shelter as per international convention, he added. The BJP leader said West Bengal — where Muslims constitute 30 per cent of the total population — had witnessed a number of communal clashes, including those in Raniganj and Dhulagarh. “Has there been any such communal clash in the other parts of the country?” Ghosh asked. He alleged that the TMC’s appeasement politics has led to creation of communal tension in West Bengal.