Ayo scores first victory

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo to Duterte: 200,000 vote margin no small matter PLAY LIST 02:29Robredo to Duterte: 200,000 vote margin no small matter00:50Trending Articles03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Muntinlupa gave new coach Aldin Ayo a triumphant debut as the Cagers overwhelmed the Basilan Steel, 99-75, Thursday night to stay unbeaten in the MPBL Datu Cup at Bulacan Capitol Gym in Malolos.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Taking over the coaching role from Aldrin Morante, the current University of Santo Tomas tactician wasted little time in instilling his defensive-minded approach that helped the Cagers pull away in the second half on their way to an eighth straight win.The Cagers, looking to go one better this time after finishing second to Batangas last season, forced 26 turnovers on the Steel, which they translated to 32 points. Ayo, who won titles in the UAAP and the NCAA in two of the last three years, said his system allows his team to be more unpredictable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTrue enough, it was seldom-used GJ Ylagan who did the damage for the Cagers with 22 points in just 13 minutes on the floor. Felix Apreku, who played for Ayo at Letran in 2015, added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Muntinlupa.Later, Bulacan outlasted Imus, 117-113, in overtime to snap a two game slide.center_img View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Makabansa hoops tips off Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Several Dev. Projects for Gbarma Statutory District

first_imgDev. Projects for Gbarma Statutory DistrictBy S. Micah Yeahwon, Gbarpolu CountyThe leadership of Gbarma Statutory District in Gbarpolu County has embarked on several development projects, including the construction of a community health center, radio station, and city hall.The district development superintendent, Thomas Ezike, told the Daily Observer recently in Gbarma Town that the projects are being funded through the county development fund (CDF), with the exception of the community radio station, which he said is being constructed through his personal initiative.Mr. Ezike disclosed that US$60,000 from the CDF has already been made available to the leadership of the district to help speed up the projects, especially the construction of the city hall.He mentioned that there are other projects to be undertaken by the district administration, one of which is the construction of a modern vocational training institute for the education of the district’s youths.“We have the vision to develop Gbarma Statutory District especially in the areas of education and agriculture. Even though there are numerous challenges, with the cooperation of our citizens, we will achieve our goals,” said Mr. Ezike.He thanked the county leadership, headed by Superintendent Amah Sarnoh, for the cordial working relationship existing between their offices.Mr. Ezike congratulated the county’s legislative caucus for introducing a legislation that resurrected the Gbarma Statutory District after lying dormant for several years as a result of Liberia’s civil crises.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lakers welcome return of Brown

first_imgWalton, who underwent an MRI on Friday, will not travel for Sunday’s game at Phoenix and his availability for the Lakers’ upcoming trip is uncertain. The Lakers will play back-to-back games at Minnesota and Milwaukee beginning Tuesday. “It’s not healing enough and he’s still having pain in certain movements,” team spokesman John Black said. “So we’ll send him over and check that out.” Brown, meanwhile, made his decision to return mostly out of necessity with Bynum missing three days of practice this week because of illness. In addition, Brown feared he would not be able to return in full for the playoffs if he stuck to his original timetable. “They wanted me to be out another three weeks,” Brown said. “There’s no way I can get in shape if I sit out another three weeks. So I just said, `Let’s try to give it a go.”‘ “It was a bit nostalgic to see him in the uniform today,” Bynum said of Brown, who was injured Dec. 31. “But I’m really happy for him. I know he’s excited to be back and I think it’ll help us out a lot.” The injury news wasn’t as good for Luke Walton, who hoped to return Friday from his own sprained ankle. But Walton has been unable to overcome the injury and will be re-examined Monday by ankle specialist David Thordarson at USC. • Photo Gallery: 03/02: Lakers vs. Kings LOS ANGELES – Andrew Bynum was waiting with a joke Friday as fellow center Kwame Brown returned to the Lakers after missing 27 games with a severely sprained left ankle. center_img Brown consulted with trainer Gary Vitti, who said his ankle might not be pain-free the rest of the season. He joked that he was moving at more of a “fast trot” than running full speed but added, “I’m pretty quick, so it’s faster than most people.” By returning now, Brown also has a chance to salvage what he hoped would be a breakthrough season before it was derailed. Brown is averaging 8.7 points and 6.6 rebounds but has missed 34 of 59 games because of injuries. ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Sergio Aguero reveals Man City exit plans, Arsenal to make William Carvalho bid and MORE – Paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Fridays newspapers…Argentine ace Sergio Aguero, 27, has revealed he plans to leave Manchester City and return to boyhood club Independiente when his contract at the Etihad Stadium expires in 2019. (The Sun)Arsenal are plotting a move for Sporting Lisbon starlet William Carvalho as they try to solve their central midfield injury crisis. The 23-year-old Portugal international has a buy-out clause of £35million, though the Gunners are apparently confident they can land him for just £25m. (Daily Telegraph)Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out making another bid for 22-year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino in January. (Daily Express) Manchester United midfielders Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini are not suited to the club and should leave Old Trafford, says ex-Red Devils midfielder Paul Ince. (Manchester Evening News) The next John Stones? Teenage Bury defender Matty Foulds, 17, is already training with Everton before a £225,000 move to Goodison Park side in January. (Liverpool Echo) Manchester United are facing competition from  German giants Bayern Munich in the race to land Sadio Mane. (Daily Mail)Manchester United have sounded out both Carlo Ancelotti and Massimiliano Allegri as potential replacements for Louis van Gaal, according to reports in Italy. The Dutch boss is expected to retire when his Old Trafford contract expires in 18 months time. (Daily Express)However, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has played down reports linking him to the Red Devils job. (talkSPORT)Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has two matches to save his job, at perhaps the worst possible time. The Magpies face Liverpool at home on Sunday before taking on Tottenham at White Hart Lane. (Daily Mirror) Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, 68, is close to agreeing a £10m deal to take over United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira. (The Sun) And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Danny Murphy rubbishes claim Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet is one of Premier League’s best goalkeepersDanny Murphy: ‘Give me the Fulham job, I’ll get them promoted!’Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink can take QPR up a level, says Neil WarnockReds target Portugal defender as replacement for Real Madrid-linked Alberto MorenoJuventus to scupper Jurgen Klopp’s hopes of Ilkay Gundogan reunion at LiverpoolAC Milan readying £10m January bid for Kevin MirallasManchester United to rival top European clubs in pursuit of Belgian starlet Youri TielemansStoke star Ibrahim Afellay wanted by Romalast_img read more

Water vs. taxes

first_imgRe “H2O woes” (Oct. 9): SoCal has always been predominately desert and predominately dry relative to other areas. But water has become the new “whippin’ boy” for our politicians to use as an excuse not only for more and more money but also for more and more control over our lives. Everyone should be fed up with this political ploy and fed up with hearing about it. Every year is now a panic over water. Still, even if we accept the premise, why are we still building? We cannot have it both ways. Do our politicians want adequate water supply or do they want more tax dollars from new homes? I suspect I know the answer to that. – Patrick Weir AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Chatsworth Importing water Re “H2O woes” (Oct. 9): Why can’t the government spend money on a problem that has been ongoing for years? There always seems to be a surplus of water in the Eastern states and lack of water here in California. Could the government spend money to redirect the excess rain to the states that are relatively dry? For example, something like aqueducts the ancient Romans built. It would relieve the states where there is an overabundance of water, help the states where there is not enough and provide a lot of Americans, and possibly illegal immigrants, with employment. Think of the money that has been misspent on Iraq, but instead (could be) spent on something actually constructive. – Robert Rivera Canoga Park No safe haven Re “Homeless pupils face challenge” (Oct. 8): I was shocked – but not surprised – at the number of homeless students in the LAUSD. If you multiply the numbers by all the large cities plus other towns in America, it’s no wonder the dropout rate is as bad as it is. Add to the fact, as “the decider” Bush vetoed the health care for these underprivileged children, you have sickly, nomadic children with no safe haven to study. I commend those students who do maintain their studies and the parents who provide a nearly impossible environment considering their dismal circumstances. So, President Bush, keep throwing more money into your worthless, illegal occupation of Iraq – instead of helping America’s forsaken children. And when they can’t find jobs due to a lack of an education, they’ll enlist in the military as an alternative. – Lyndy Fleming Sherman Oaks Call the police Re “Traffic light cameras” (Your Opinions, Oct. 8): John Whitmore complains that law enforcement has done nothing about the scofflaws in his neighborhood who, for three years, have been driving one to three cars without license plates and therefore very probably without insurance as well. They are a menace to all law-abiding citizens. Law enforcement cannot be observant everywhere all of the time. Call the police station, ask for the traffic enforcement detail and request that they cite the drivers and impound the cars. If you won’t do it, call me and give me the information and I will. – Sinclair Buckstaff Northridge Blackwater Why would any soldier work for the U.S. government when they can work for Blackwater and earn $1,200 a day? Yes, that is the salary the Blackwater employees in Iraq are earning. Our motto is “Support our troops.” Apparently it doesn’t mean financially. Our government has 130,000 private contractors in Iraq. No wonder this war is bankrupting the United States. All you young people should be protesting this war with every breath you take. It is your future that is being taken away from you. Our politicians can’t even solve the gang problems and yet they send young men to Iraq to change a society. When will the people of this country wake up and demand an accounting from our politicians? – Marjorie Eisenberg West Hills Who you sue Sue the federal government – We the taxpayers pay. Sue the state – We the taxpayers pay. Sue the county – We the taxpayers pay. Sue the city – We the taxpayers pay. Sue the archdiocese – We the parishioners pay. Sue me – Who pays? I think that people should sue the person or persons who do them wrong, not the government or the church. – Celia De La O Arleta160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

John J. Doherty Memorial Cup

first_imgFIXTURES: Winnings at Letterkenny Golf clubWith anticipation rising for the John J. Doherty Memorial Cup,Cat 4 members have been out in force both playing and practicing and the final Monday evening competition of the season was won by Jason Coyle with 20pts over nine holes. Members are reminded that the 1st tee-box is booked from 12.30 -1.30pm. Anyone who needs to go out earlier, please book now online or in the golf shop.Golfer of the Year standings: Winner; Aidan O Neill 94pts. Victor Byrne 73pts; Michael McDaid 71pts; Richard Spratt 70pts; Columba Crawford 63pts; Allistair Boreland 59pts; Garvin McGahey 57pts; Liam Rogers 50pts; Jack McGarrigle 50pts;Pat McGarrigle 48pts. Once again congratulations to Aidanon retaining GOTY title–almost made 100 pts!!!!!Wednesday 14th gave us the Letterkenny Credit Union Open and depositing first prize was Tony Mc Namee Snr. [23] with 42pts. Taking the turn with a great score of 24pts,Tony’s only blemish against handicap golf was his ‘blank’ at par three Hunters Home [13th] but still enough to outpoint runner-up P.J.Nee [13],returning 39pts. The club competitions convenor started with a double bogey at Hall Door [1st] but retrieved that with a birdie at 7th [The Isle] for an outward nine of 23pts but two double bogeys on back nine had him lose out on top spot. In third place was 2016 Minor League team captain Bobby Mullally [17] whose birdie at 18th [Stockade] was enough to relegate Denis O’ Donnell [28] to fourth place by virtue of B.O.T. on 38pts.Wed Evening 9 Hole Competition Results: 1st; Enda Mannion 18 pts. 2nd; Stephen Walsh 17 pts. 3rd; Alistair Borland 15 pts (BOT). Results from 9 Hole Competition in aid of Donegal Hospice.1st; Hugh Tinney 21pts; 2nd Don Ponsonby 17pts. (BOT).Over €800 was raised on the day for Donegal Hospice. Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to the fund.Saturday 17th Open, sponsored by Diver’s Hyundai, Letterkenny, saw a great turnout in mild conditions and driving home happy was single figure handicapper Darragh Mc Menamin [5] whose level par winning score of 41pts consisted of birdies at Slieve Sneacht [4th] and 7th for an outward nine two under par gross 34 [24pts], followed by another birdie at Cornagill [10th] only for the wheels to puncture with a double bogey at 18th .In second place was Ulster Cup stalwart Henry Mc Cahey [12] who, despite a double bogey at first took the turn with 20pts only for another double bogey at 10th to leave him one point short following his birdie at 18th to return 40pts. In third place was John Doran [6] whose bogey at par three 5th had him just one over for twelve holes [27pts] followed by a double bogey at 14th and a birdie at Barnhill [16th] for 39pts whilst gross prize was won by Brendan Mc Grath [4] on 35pts gross, his card reading three bogey’s and birdies at 8th [Greenhill] and 16th [Barnhill].Congratulations to Sunday’s confined winner, the fast improving Richard Spratt [21] who, with 23pts on inward nine, returned the winning score of 37pts.All members and visitors are reminded that our Wednesday Open competitions are ongoing, 6” placing is now in operation on fairways and closely mown areas around the greens, Saturday 24th will host the North Western Golfing Alliance and an Open competition and Sunday 25th will see Cat 4 members vying for the prestigious John J. Doherty Cup. All members are wishing every success to Kevin Kiely and the club Seniors team who travel to Portsalon G.C. in the first leg of the final of this competition, Letterkenny of course hoping to retain the title from 2016.PICTURE CAPTION:Prizewinners from the Auto Fast Fit Tyres & Exhausts sponsored Open held recently at Letterkenny Golf Club with sponsor Stephen Harris, second right. Hector Mc Ilwaine, John Doran, Mark Mc Dowell, Eugene Mc Keever and club Captain Ivan Fuery.Winners of the Farren Roarty sponsored Open competition, Joe Coyle, Kenny Harkin, Conor Friel pictured with club Captain Ivan Fuery.John J. Doherty Memorial Cup was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfjohn J. Doherty Memorail Cupletterkenny golflast_img read more

Canyon doesn’t have a QB controversy

first_imgWith its football opener just three days away, Canyon High still hasn’t decided on a a No. 1 quarterback. That’s not as bad as it sounds. Senior Austin Civitaand junior Ben Longshore have done nothing to warrant a demotion, so the plan is to stick with both until one asserts himself. An opening scrimmage Friday against Palmdale was supposed to provide an answer. Civita, a varsity backup last season, started and completed 7 of 8 passes, including a 39-yard touchdown. Longshore, who led the Cowboys’ junior-varsity team to a 10-0 record last year, completed 8 of 11 with a touchdown, and he ran for another score. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I think they’re both awesome, and they’ll both have success,” coach Harry Welch said. “I’m just going to play week by week, and if one emerges or one has the hot hand, we’ll stay with him.” Both probably would have had more success had Palmdale not committed seven pass-interference penalties. A broken ankle suffered Saturday by former Canyon All-American Nate Longshore, Ben’s brother, during his first start at Cal was an eye-opener for Welch, who decided after taking to Nate the following day that it’s best to have two capable quarterbacks. Because Civita is a senior with an extra year of experience, he figures to play at least the first series Friday night at Leuzinger of Lawndale (3-7 in 2004). “I haven’t decided, but if the season started tomorrow, then, yes, Austin Civita would start (but Longshore would play, too),” Welch said. “He’s been here an extra year. He’s earned his rights.” Welch, who’s in the fifth year of his second stint at Canyon and has been coaching for 30 years, said he’s never before rotated quarterbacks. Saugus and host Alemany of Mission Hills played to a scoreless tie during their football scrimmage Friday, and Saugus coach Jason Bornn was OK with that. “I don’t know how everyone else did their scrimmages, but we started at the 20-yard line and had 10 plays, so it wasn’t easy (to score),” Bornn said. “We had some big plays, some nice receptions and some long runs. And I was really impressed with our defense. We did some good things defensively.” Bornn said the first goal during Friday’s opener against Blair of Pasadena (5-5 in 2004) at Pasadena City College is to not allow a touchdown on the opening kickoff – a jinx that has plagued Saugus the past two season openers. Former Hart High football standout Ryan Wolfe, who set a school single-season record with 93 receptions last season, accepted a UNLV scholarship but is spending the fall semester as a part-time student at College of the Canyons because he’s “grayshirting.” Wolfe was caught in a numbers crunch, so the plan is for him to arrive in Las Vegas in January as a true freshman. Karl Zierhut, a former Valencia High offensive coordinator, who was the head football coach at Simi Valley High the past three seasons, has a major rebuilding task after accepting the head job at Capital Christian of Sacramento – which went 0-10 last year. “Actually, things are going great,” Zierhut said. “Yes, the team went 0-10 last year, (but) they had an off-campus coach who just wasn’t able to be around to help the kids, and the players weren’t too dedicated. I’m just really thrilled to be here. It’s a small school, with just 167 male students, but we’ve got some big kids and a sophomore quarterback named Kramer Hagen who’s going to be really good. He reminds me of a young Nate Longshore.” This isn’t Zierhut’s first reclamation project. At Simi Valley, he inherited a team that had lost 22 in a row prior to his arrival. After a one-win first season in 2002, Zierhut went 6-4 in his second year and 4-6 last season. Former Valencia football standout Chris Wright, one of the Foothill Legue’s top receivers and defensive backs, no longer is playing football – but he says he misses the game. “I’m at College of the Canyons, and coach (Chuck) Lyon wanted me to come try out for the team,” Wright said. “It was a tough choice, but I’m just going to concentrate on school.” Someone should construct a Foothill League Web site. Wouldn’t it be convenient to check schedules, rosters and results – and read archived all-league lists, etc. – with a click of the mouse? Just a thought. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218, gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com or by fax at (661) 257-5262.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Soccer City 4

first_imgLocation: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceCapacity: 94 500 seats during 2010 Fifa World Cup; 87 000 seats thereafterMatches: Opening mtach: South Africa vs Mexico (11 June), Netherlands vs Denmark (14 June), Argentina ve South Korea (17 June), Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire (20 June), Ghana vs Germany (23 June), Round of 16 (27 June), Quarter-final ( 2 July), Final (11 July)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Congress to unpack retail success

first_imgThis year’s World Retail Congress Africa will be held in the continent’s economic hub, Johannesburg.(Image: Brand South Africa) Professor David Block, was one of four astronomers who studied the Hypatia pebble.(Image: World Retail Congress)MEDIA CONTACTS • World Retail Congress+44 (0)203 033 2020MediaClub South Africa reporterMore than 250 retail leaders from across the world will meet in Johannesburg at the World Retail Congress Africa, to be held from 4 to 6 November, to discuss, debate and define the future of retail on the continent.The World Retail Congress Africa is new to sub-Saharan Africa, created in response to the rapidly changing and diversifying marketplaces on the continent. It is anticipated that it will go straight to the heart of retail opportunities, and that speakers will look at servicing and understanding the new African consumer across new channels in new markets. They will also provide global retail intelligence, with an Africa market focus.No other continent offers the same growth potential for retailers as Africa. Faced with limited population growth and sluggish economies at home, many American and particularly European retailers are expanding into emerging markets in the hope of finding growth opportunities. But competition is intense in the large markets of China and Brazil, prompting many to look elsewhere to gain an advantage. Africa is a good place to look: although traditional forms of retailing are still dominant on the continent, a growing middle class is demanding branded products and the opportunity to shop in modern retail formats.Africa’s main challenges, however, lie in its enormous size and diversity: Africa is not one country. A thorough understanding of local cultures, beliefs, customs, economics, and practices is necessary for success. With this in mind, the World Retail Congress Africa agenda will focus on specific country case studies to help participants identify the opportunities, and grow their business based on successful examples across the continent.For African groups to expand their presence, they must build brands underpinned by local insights that motivate African consumers while delivering on a global standard.Stakeholders in the sector are encouraged to attend the congress. Effective and prosperous businesses in the most promising countries will explain how they have changed their business models through understanding consumer trends. More than 40 sessions have been planned for the two-day congress, covering a variety of topics, such as:$1·         The informal versus formal retail economy – financing retail development and roll-out through domestic financing, and funding from Brics members and the West;$1·         Identifying sustainable growth markets – market insight and chief executive officer case studies from Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa;$1·         Online consumers – introducing the online, mobile, connected African consumer and new retail opportunities;$1·         Entering African retail successfully – business models, including joint ventures, franchises, and acquisitions, and market conditions for launch and expansion; and,$1·         Delivering best practice operational excellence and supply chain management to exceed customer expectations.More than 60 speakers, all leaders in their fields, have been confirmed. They will bring personal and continent-wide insights on successfully adapting to a changing marketplace. They include:$1·         Steve Hammett, president – retail at Al Futtaim, United Arab Emirates (Marks & Spencer);$1·         David Kneale, chief executive, Clicks Group;$1·         Therese Gearhart, president South Africa, Coca-Cola;$1·         Paula Disberry, group planning head, Woolworths;$1·         Jonathan Ciano, chief executive, Uchumi;$1·         Jeremy Hodara, managing director, jumia.com.ng;$1·         Sullivan O’Carroll, chairman and managing director South Africa, Nestlé;$1·         Bill Paladino, chief executive internet, MIH, Naspers Africa (including Kalahari.com);$1·         Andre Farber, executive vice president, Grupo Boticário;$1·         Yaw Nsarkoh, managing director East and South Africa, Unilever;$1·         Suzanne Ackerman, transformation director, Pick n Pay; and,$1·         Mncane Mthunzi, group head – Africa food retail and supplier development, Massmart.Success stories in particular nations will also be unpacked:● Angola: How can one conduct business successfully in Angola? What are the business models that are working? The Angola country session will hear from Grupo Boticário, which after more than 35 years of successful franchising in Brazil, is considered the largest point of sale network in cosmetics and fragrances in the world. In Angola, a well-financed country, it sells to the international consumer base at the heart of the country’s oil economy. The session will look at what changes it effected to remain locally minded and sensitive to the needs of its growing consumer groups. Speakers: Nicolas Borrero Pabon, international business unit manager, and Andre Farber, executive vice-president, Grupo Boticário● Botswana: As one of the leading supermarket brands in Botswana, Choppies addresses the one to three level consumer in Africa. The brand is now in neighbouring countries, including South Africa. Botswana itself has been identified by AT Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index as the top sub-Saharan African country for retail business. This session will look at what it means to address the bottom of the pyramid consumer now and the potential in the sector. Speaker: Ramachandran Ottapathu, chief executive, Choppies● Egypt: The Al-Futtaim Group, founded over 70 years ago, is one of the most respected corporations in the lower Gulf and North Africa. It operates more than 65 companies across diverse retail sectors, including Ikea, Marks & Spencer, Toys R’ Us, Robinsons and Guess. Despite its recent political instability, Egypt is a lucrative market when you manage to get it right. Learn how Marks & Spencer in Egypt has managed to survive and thrive in this environment. Speaker: Steve Hammett, president – retail, Al Futtaim (Marks & Spencer)● Kenya: As the largest retailer in East Africa, including Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, Nakumatt is still expanding into the wider region and plans to add internet shopping to its direct-to-consumer platforms. Find out how to deliver retail experiences to 41 million people and how to prioritise markets for expansion. Speaker: Thiagarajan Ramamurthy, director of strategy and operations, Nakumatt● Nigeria: Nigeria’s online retail industry is on the rise more so than any other African country. What makes the conditions right in this country to set up and grow your online business? How can online retail businesses survive and negotiate the existing offline challenges of getting product to market? This session will look at funding, accessing core online consumers vis-a-vis mobile network development, and remaining innovative and relevant as new physical and online competition hits the commercial sphere. Speaker: Sim Shagaya, chief executive, Konga.com● South Africa: One of the largest retailers in Africa, Woolworths is a South African chain that extends, through franchise partnerships, throughout Africa and into the Middle East, trading through more than 400 outlets. How does Woolworths split its approach to the rest of Africa’s markets and non-grocery strategy, where supply chain complexities exist? This session will look at best practice in sourcing, trending and keeping the customer at heart. Speaker: Paula Disberry, group director retail operations and international, Woolworths.last_img read more

Boxing offers a way out of a life of crime

first_imgThe African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha needs your help to keep youngsters off the streets. (Image: Lead SA)Township life has its harsh realities and those who have experienced them should try to uplift those youngsters who are at risk of being sucked into a life of crime, violence and drugs – Thembani “Terror” Gqeku, a former professional boxer, is that person.Gqeku runs the African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha, which he established in 2011 to get more youngsters off the streets. He was driven to open his boxing club after he saw two youngsters trying to stab each other.Khayelitsha is a partially informal township in Western Cape, located on the Cape Flats in Cape Town. The name is isiXhosa for “new home”. It is reputed to be the largest and fastest-growing township in South Africa.“I was looking out of the window and saw two boys fighting with knives and I thought, ‘No, this is not right. Two people should not be fighting like this,’” Gqeku said.Gqeku is playing his part to develop his community and improve skills of those youngsters with whom he works. In his way, in his area, he is working to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan or Vision 2030.DISCIPLINEAlthough all townships have a reputation for violence and the youngsters need to know how to protect themselves, this is not the only thing they learn at the African Youth Boxing Club. “It teaches the youngsters discipline, style… how to survive in life and how to protect themselves,” said Gqeku.He took up boxing when he was just nine years old. It gave him a reason not to smoke, drink, or hang out with gangsters, as do so many other young boys in the township.Gqeku trains a total of 38 children, mostly boys, and aged seven to 15. Training happens six days a week but the schedule is informal. Children start arriving at 3pm and the class starts once enough children are at the gym.“If I get the boys into boxing, I get them out of crime… The boys who train with me, they think twice before committing crimes.”GYM DREAMSGqeku, who is unemployed and has five children of his own, runs the gym for free. “I’d love to have a kit for them,” he said. “My dream is that they can walk in the street and everyone will see that they are from African Youth Boxing Club.”Another need was for essential boxing equipment such as gum guards, boxing gloves, headgear and funds for the boxers to enter tournaments, he said. “When I think of all the challenges, I could cry but these are my boys and I will do anything for them.”He is not alone in his quest. South African township gyms have a long history of creating national and international boxing champions.Gqeku was named Lead SA’s Hero of the Month in September 2014. You can contact Lead SA if you would like to help African Youth Boxing Club.last_img read more