South Africa scores Soccerex

first_imgSoccerex 2008 will take place at the Sandon Convention Centre located in the heart of the Gauteng province’s economic hub.(Image: Sandton Central) Tamara O’ReillyThe imminent hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa has opened many doors for South Africa, one of them being Soccerex, the biggest football-focused exhibition in the world.The three-day event will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from 24 November – the second consecutive year of the Gauteng Department of Sports Recreation Arts and Culture’s three-year host deal.The inaugural South African leg of the exhibition held around the same time last year drew as many, if not more, visitors than expected. With over 4 000 delegates and 300 exhibitors from over 95 countries participating in this year’s Soccerex, it’s expected to be no different.“The magnitude of this year’s three-day Soccerex conference has astonished organisers who have recorded mountains of applications from international and local exhibitors who will fill the Sandton Convention Centre to capacity to display their wares,” says Barbara Creecy, MEC for Sports, Recreation Arts and Culture. “This year’s event will be the biggest and best yet with the entire convention centre booked out.”The Sandton Convention Centre is based in Johannesburg’s business hub. Several major events have been hosted at the centre as its convenient location offers access to over 5 000 surrounding hotel rooms as well as top shopping locations.Soccerex, launched at Old Trafford in 1997, has evolved into a four-day event that attracts an assortment of football industry players, from fans to football-related businesses. Prior to being hosted by South Africa, Dubai was the home of Soccerex for six years, and in 2006 business deals worth over $1.8-billion were signed among attendees.Provincial economic boostAs small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) play a major role in the development of the Gauteng economy, the subsidised exhibition space and networking platform for such businesses has been doubled from last years 15.“Besides offering numerous opportunities for local companies to partner and do business with their international counterparts, we estimate that the hosting of Soccerex over three years would indirectly inject more than R5-billion ($586-million) into the Gauteng economy and would contribute massively to job creations,” says Creecy.“While the economic impact assessment to quantify the return on investment for the province from Soccerex 2007 is still in progress, we can report that Soccerex 2007 exceeded our expectations with increased direct spending by visitors estimated to have boosted the provincial economy by at least R150-million ($10-million)”.HighlightsThis year, Soccerex announced the launch of its SMS competition which will allow the two winners to participate in the Soccerex All Star Charity Football match which takes place as a precursor to the main exhibition. The match will feature soccer legends – the likes of former Fifa Player of the Year, Liberian George Weah, Liverpool and England legend John Barnes and Leeds and South Africa’s own soccer hero Lucas Radebe.Proceeds arising from the competition will go toward Unicef South Africa and Diambars, a Senegalese-based non-profit organisation that combines football with educational and physical development aimed at school children.Also on the cards is the second instalment of the five-a-side tournament which sees more the 100 community-based clubs from across the province in action. This tournament develops young talent amongst players and encourages interest in the sport among youth.Social responsibilityAdding to Soccerex’s focus on social responsibility and community upliftment, partners of the exhibition have announced the establishment of a multi purpose sports facility in Soweto, which is scheduled for completion for next year Soccerex.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly on articles Injecting confidence in SA The power of imagination  Useful linksSandton CentralGauteng Department of Sports Recreation Arts and CultureSoccerexlast_img

SA Women out to better 2010 RWC performance

first_img12 August 2014Springbok Women’s captain Zenay Jordaan on Monday called on her team to dig deep in their two final Women’s Rugby World Cup clashes to achieve their goal of improving on their 10th place finish in the 2010 showpiece.Drawn in a very tough pool, coach Lawrence Sephaka’s charges suffered three big losses in their games, going down 3-26 to Australia, 3-55 to hosts and Six Nations champions France, and 3-35 to Wales. That has left them with a showdown against Samoa in their penultimate World Cup clash at the French Rugby Federation in Marcoussis on Wednesday.Reward for victoryShould the South African team register a victory, they will secure a place in the ninth and tenth place playoff on the final day’s play on Sunday.The Samoans, like South Africa, have struggled, doing down 3-65 to England, 7-42 to Canada, and 5-41 to Spain.Jordaan admitted that the Springbok Women’s performances in the pool stages was disappointing, but she said they had to focus on winning their last two matches rather than dwelling on their results up to now.Determined to win“We have two matches left and we owe it to ourselves, the coaches and the country to win those games,” Jordaan said in Marcoussis.“Unfortunately errors at crucial times and bad decision-making cost us in those matches, but we showed good signs on attack when we had possession and we created several point-scoring chances. This time, however, it is vital that we convert those chances into points. I have no doubt that if we had done this from the outset our results would have been much better.”The team returned to the training field on Monday to prepare for the clash against Samoa after having Sunday off to recover from the Wales match, and Jordaan was pleased with the intensity of the training session and the team’s determination to salvage some pride in the tournament.‘Commitment’“The physical matches in the pool stages and the short turn-around time between them has definitely taken its toll on the players, but it is fantastic to see their commitment to continue fighting for victories,” she said.“We may be ranked in the bottom four in the competition, but we have not given up. We will fight until the end and hopefully we could finish ninth in the competition, which would be an improvement on the 2010 World Cup.”SAinfo reporterlast_img

Alaska finally nails a victory

first_imgANGELES, Pampanga —For the last five months, Alaska had to deal with the frustration of not being able to do anything right.ADVERTISEMENT And coach Alex Compton, who is hoping to catch just one break, caught a big one Saturday night—against San Miguel Beer.The Aces snapped a 14-game losing streak dating back to the last conference by bringing down the powerhouse Beermen, 90-79, in a Petron Saturday Special Game at AUF Gym here as Alaska fanned its fading playoff hopes in the PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“After all the tough breaks, the close losses, we just couldn’t seem to get a break,” Compton told the Inquirer after getting 36 points and 15 rebounds from import LeDontae Henton in what could be considered as the biggest upset in the conference.“We got a break [tonight], they (Beermen) got an import that they probably won’t be happy with in the long run,” he said as San Miguel struggled after Terik Bridgeman, tapped to replace Wendell McKines, scored just two points and had just six rebounds in close to 24 minutes. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Arellano downs St. Benilde; UAAP partners with Sports Vision “The guys have a belief of what level [of play] we’re at,” said Compton. “It’s been five months [since our last win]. We still have a mathematical shot and we still need to win games. Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It’s just so nice to get rid of that goose egg and put one on the win column,” added Compton.Alaska thus improved to a 1-6 card and with five games left, Compton believes that they still have a strong chance to go deep in this tournament.And after that mammoth victory over what he described as “the best team in the league,” Compton was particularly happy seeing his players celebrate in a subdued way, a sign that his charges are hungry for more victories.“Everyone was excited, happy and relieved,” Compton said. “But it’s not a championship level of happiness, and I actually like that.”Alaska plays GlobalPort on Friday before slugging it out with KIA Picanto on Sunday, and Compton believes that they are must-win games.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

London Olympics: Indian men archers lose 27-29 to Japan

first_imgIt was an inauspicious start for the Indian men’s archery team at the London Olympics as they shot wayward and lost 27-29 to Japan in the pre-quarter final shoot-off.Unable to draw inspiration from the historic venue that the Lord’s is, India and Japan were tied 214-214 on a sunny, pleasant Saturday morning.That the World No.5 team crashed out even without staging a fight will have to undergo a post-mortem. First things first, there is some friction in the team as coach Limba Ram, was not to be seen when the archers were taking aim.Like in other sport at home, the Indian archers have been comfortable with a foreign coach from Korea.But why Limba Ram was missing and deputy coach Ravi Shankar was sitting inside was quit baffling. Insiders say there is politics taking place in the team and manager Paresh Mukherjee will talk about all this only after the Olympics.There are hints that the archers actually do not meet eye to eye with Limba Ram.The Indians had raised hopes in recent times after doing well in the Guangzhou Asian Games and stages of the World Cup.But the pressure in an Olympics is very different where competing on the big stage does make you nervous.The Indians and the Japanese were tied at 214-214 and in the shoot-out Japan outgunned India 29-27 with the Japanese managing two 10s and a 9, while India had three 9s.At one stage, the Indian trio was almost three points ahead and still had a two-point edge going into the last set of three arrows each. Japan had an 8, 9 and a 10 in the last set, while India had two 9s and one 8, leading to a tie and shoot-out.”I feel it has happened because of the pressure. We tried to hit 10s, but it was always 9s,” said Jayanta Talukdar.Talukdar also confessed that having been afflicted with viral fever made them weak. “All three of us were in bed for two or three days, so our bodies got weak. Yesterday, during the ranking round, I could not shoot properly because of less body power.”Asian Games silver medalist Tarundeep Rai was more optimistic and emphasised that the archers had to focus on the individual event and prove their mettle.Rahul Banerjee admitted the team had its chances but failed to capitalise on it.”We were leading by three points. We all shot well but some of our 8s put us down,” said Banerjee.The women’s team begins its campaign on Sunday and the pressure will now be on them.Deepika Kumari and company did not do too well in the qualification round but given her recent form, she is capable of raising her game.advertisementlast_img

Ramya topples top seed Snehadevi after saving match points

first_imgAurangabad, Jun 6 (PTI) Teenagers Ramya Natarajan, Mahak Jain and Yubarani Banerjee created a big ripple at the USD 15,000 Endurance Aurangabad Open Womens ITF Tennis Championships here today.The biggest shock was rendered by Ramya who upset top seed Snehadevi Reddy in the singles first round at the EMMTC tennis courts, Divisional Sports Complex Garkheda.The 18-year-old left hander eight match points to record the biggest upset of the event by knocking out Snehadevi Reddy 4-6 6-37-6(7) in a 3 hour long battle.Snehadevi led 5-4 and 40-30 in the deciding set and 6-1 and 7-6 in the tiebreaker before her Chennai-based opponent came back to topple her.Third seed Sowjanya Bavisetti also bit the dust, losing to Mahak, runner-up at the Asian Juniors in Pune last week, in straight sets in 77 minutes while 16-year-old Yubarani packed off no. 4 seed Fiona Codino of France, also in straight sets, in 75 minutes.Seventeen-year-old Snehal Mane, the local wild card, put out qualifier Advaita Saravanan 7-6(3) 4-6 6-2 to enter the round of sixteen.In one of the best contested matches of the day, Britains Manisha Foster scraped past Kanika Vaidya 7-6(3) 2-6 7-5 in a 2 hour, 52 minute battle.Fifth seeded Nidhi Chilumula, seventh seeded Pranjala Yadlapalli, wildcard Rutuja Bhosale , Germanys Vivien Klein and Chinas second seeded Xiaoxi Zhao were the other players to move into the second round.Results:Singles (1st round): Ramya Natarajan (IND) bt Snehadevi Reddy (IND) [1] 4-6,6-4,7-6(6); Yubarani Banerjee (IND) bt Fiona Codino (FRA) [4] 6-1,6-3; Nidhi Chilumula (IND) [5] bt Shivani Manjanna (IND) 6-2 6-2; Rutuja Bhosale (IND) bt Tejasvi Kate (IND) 6-1 6-4; Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND) [7] bt Swara Kulkarni (IND) 6-2 6-1; Vivien Klein (GER) bt Hsin-Yuan Shih (TPE) 6-4 6-4; Manisha Foster (GBR) bt Kanika Vaidya (IND) 7-6(3) 2-6 7-5; Mahak Jain (IND) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND) [3] 6-2,6-0; Snehal Mane (IND) bt Advaita Saravanan (IND) 7-6(3) 4-6 6-2; Xiaoxi Zhao (CHN) [2] bt Rishika Sunkara (IND) 6-4 7-5.advertisementDoubles (1st round): Manisha Foster (GBR) [4] / Alexandra Walters (AUS) bt Aastha Dargude / Arthi Muniyan (IND) 6-1 6-4; Kaaviya Balasubramanian (IND) / Shivani Manjanna (IND) bt Lalita Devarakonda / Saumya Vig (IND) 7-6(2) 6-3; Rushmi Chakravarthi / Sai Samhitha Chamarthi bt Vasavi Ganesan (IND)/ Advaita S Saravanan 6-0 6-3. PTI SSR NSKlast_img

Mick Cronin May Have Hit On Ashley Judd On Twitter

first_imgMick Cronin with his mouth wide open while wearing a red tie.HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Mick Cronin of the Cincinnati Bearcats reacts against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at BB&T Arena on February 25, 2018 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Yesterday, actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd took to Facebook to apologize to Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis on behalf of her fellow Wildcat fans for the offensive and racist remarks sent to him following the teams’ Round of 32 game. Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin was quick to accept Judd’s apology via Twitter, but he also added an interesting little note at the end of his second tweet.Thank U to @ashleyjudd for her kind words for Octavious. Te’ is a “Great”young man to those of us that actually know him.— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015My advice to Ms Judd..Ignore ignorance…And I’m divorced as well (just sayin)— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015Was Cronin trying to relate to Judd, or was the Bearcats’ coach hitting on her? We can’t be totally sure, but Cincinnati and Lexington are only about 83 miles apart…last_img

Hafnia Acquires 2015Built MR2 Duo Signs USD 473 Mn Loan

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hafnia Product tanker owner and operator Hafnia has acquired two 2015-built medium range product tankers from Gestion Maritime.In addition to the vessel acquisition announcement, the company also revealed the signing of a new revolving credit facility as well the sale of an older product tanker.The acquired vessels are the StenaWeco Andrea Corrado and StenaWeco Caterina Corrado, which were built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. Hafnia said the duo is expected to be delivered by October/November 2019.At the same time, the company sold its 2004-built Hafnia Atlantic to an undisclosed buyer. The vessel was sold on August 30 and delivered on September 11. Hafnia said the vessel sale was part of the company’s broader fleet renewal strategy.What is more, the company signed a USD 473 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility this month to refinance its existing USD 360 million facility and USD 236 million facility, maturing in 2023 and 2022 respectively.This refinancing was raised from ten banks from Europe and Asia, with an interest margin of 1.60%, seven-year tenor and 17-year age-adjusted profile.The security package includes 33 vessels consisting of two long range product tankers, 17 medium range product tankers and 13 handy vessels.“This refinancing demonstrates Hafnia’s ability to tap upon highly competitive capital which will extend our maturity profile, lower our cost of debt and improve liquidity,” Perry van Echtelt, Hafnia’s Chief Financial Officer, said.last_img

Music Legend Nile Rodgers and ChartTopper Bebe Rexha Join Celebrity Mentors and

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2018 – With production underway on the second season of CTV’s hit original music series THE LAUNCH, the network announced today the final celebrity mentors confirmed to join the series this season. Musical legend and multiple Grammy Award®-winning composer, producer, arranger, guitarist, and co-founder of CHIC, Nile Rodgers (Madonna, David Bowie, Diana Ross) joins as celebrity producer, along with chart-topping singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha in a celebrity mentor role.“Each week we are blown away by the calibre of talent the mentors and producers bring to the table, and Nile and Bebe will be no exception,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We cannot wait to get them into the studio with the emerging artists.”“There is not a cooler, more talented, and truly ageless producer/songwriter/musician than Nile, with five decades of hits, millions and millions of records sold, and a countless collection of awards…he’s as creative and driven as ever and will bring it all to the stage and studio of THE LAUNCH!” said Scott Borchetta, Founder/President/CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and co-creator and Executive Producer of THE LAUNCH. “As for Bebe, Big Machine is making history in real time with Bebe and our own Florida Georgia Line with their single, ‘Meant To Be’, which has smashed Billboard Magazine‘s all-time record for weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart with an amazing 46 weeks at the top…and counting. With this talented duo, we can only expect to add another #1 hit for one of our emerging artists.”center_img Advertisement Nile Rodgers and Bebe Rexha Join Celebrity Mentors and Producers for Season 2 of CTV’s THE LAUNCH (CNW Group/CTV) The pair round out the this season’s previously announced celebrity mentors including Grammy® award-winning music legend Bryan Adams – in the dual role as celebrity mentor and producer; celebrated multi-platinum award-winning singer-songwriter Jann Arden; Grammy® award-winner Sarah McLachlan, Arkells’ Max Kerman, and recording superstar Ryan Tedder, the creative force behind Season 1 certified platinum hit single “Ain’t Easy” by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, who will also produce a new song in Season 2. Also confirmed to work with emerging artists aspiring for an opportunity to create a new hit single this season are some of the music industry’s most successful producers including Jon Levine(Avril Lavigne, Drake, Bebe Rexha); Alex Hope (Carly Rae Jepsen, Troye Sivan, Tove Lo); and Shaun Frank (The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Dragonette). Advertisementlast_img

Thunder Bay police board announces nine investigations will be reopened

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsAfter a scathing report that found systemic racism in the Thunder Bay police last year, the service is moving ahead with some of the recommendations that were made including reopening nine