STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY DECEMBER 31, 2016

first_imgTRAINERS FANCY CHROME FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR            Arrogate or California Chrome, California Chrome or Arrogate.Arrogate defeated California Chrome by a half-length in a dramatic running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. It was his second stakes appearance, both wins in Grade I races.Chrome’s body of work last year took him from the Golden State to Dubai as the popular California-bred boosted his earnings to $14,452,650, a North American record.So when it comes to Horse of the Year for 2016, a random sampling of Santa Anita-based trainers Saturday morning when the main track was closed for training due to rain drew a majority of Chrome votes:Richard Baltas: Arrogate. He beat Chrome heads up.Rafael Beccera: Chrome. Art Sherman, he’s my man.Simon Callaghan: Arrogate.Jack Carava: Chrome. He ran well all year. He’s a tough horse.Victor Garcia: Chrome’s been solid all the time. He deserves it.Mark Glatt: They should be co-winners. You can’t take anything away from Chrome but Arrogate did beat him, and it wasn’t because of a bad ride. Chrome’s been a machine.Bruce Headley: Chrome. Art (trainer Art Sherman) has the best horse in the world, and when he was young, he galloped the best horse in the world–Swaps.Brian Koriner: Chrome deserves it for the year he had. He traveled all over. He’s retiring; Arrogate can win it next year.Paulo Lobo: Arrogate. He beat Chrome.Mike Machowsky: Chrome should get it. Arrogate’s racing next year and he can get it then. This is more about bragging rights, anyway. Chrome’s people were true sportsmen for racing him all year when they could have retired him, but they’re both super horses.Alfredo Marquez: Chrome. He should have won the Classic. He’s a great horse.Jeff Mullins: Chrome deserves it. I hope he gets it.Jorge Periban: Chrome.John Shirreffs: I’m a Chromie. He’s a Cal-bred, c’mon.Gary Stute: No comment. FINISH LINES: Arrogate galloped one mile on the training track Saturday at 8:40 a.m. under exercise rider Dana Barnes . . . There are no guaranteed pools in exotic wagering today due to inclement weather . . . Hearty get-well wishes to longtime horse owner and Major League baseball star (three World Series rings with the 1952, ’53 and ’56 Yankees) Irv Noren, 92, who was hospitalized yesterday but is now recovering at home in Oceanside from a bout with pneumonia . . . Belated condolences to family and friends of late handicapper and turf writer Russ Harris, who died Tuesday in Bryn Mawr, Pa., at the age of 93. A 2011 inductee in the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor and one of the best and most widely recognized public handicappers of all time, Harris served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Normandy, France, and also participated in the Rhineland Ardennes and Central Europe campaign, receiving several medals for his service. Harris swept the nine-race card at Belmont Park with his top selections on May 8, 1981 . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day tomorrow, with hot dogs, beer and soda available for just a buck. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday, with live racing resuming Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their pick of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest. HORSE OF THE YEAR CONTENDER ARROGATE IN 2017 DEBUTA ‘POLL’ OF TRAINERS FAVORS CHROME OVER ARROGATE ARROGATE GALLOPS MILE FOR TOMORROW’S SAN PASQUALcenter_img ARROGATE SAN PASQUAL WIN WOULD AID HOY BIDArrogate is a certainty to be a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the 2016 Horse of the Year, his credentials confirmed with wins in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August and a memorable victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.The quest for a 2017 championship begins at the first opportunity–in Sunday’s $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.Ballots for the 2016 championship are due on Jan. 3 with an announcement on the finalists to be made later.Arrogate is a no-brainer for three-year-old male, while his main rival for Horse of the Year, California Chrome, is a lock for top older horse.Both have merits for the Horse of the Year title“It’s a tough call,” said respected private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young. “I think they are by far and away the best horses in America, and Arrogate definitely should be three-year-old of the year, and Chrome should definitely be older horse of the year.“Now who gets Horse of the Year? I don’t know. They’re two very, very good horses. I couldn’t fault people who vote for either horse.”For the record, Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert, fresh off a Triple Crown triumph with Horse of the Year American Pharoah in 2015, has but two stakes wins this year, the Grade I Travers by 13 ½ lengths in track record time, and the Classic, which capped a five-race winning streak.Chrome, on the other hand, was undefeated this year under the direction of trainer Art Sherman until Arrogate took his measure, winning six straight, three of them Grade I’s.“To have two horses back to back like a Pharoah and an Arrogate in this close of a time frame, that’s like when Lucien Lauren had Riva Ridge and Secretariat back to back (Riva Ridge was the Eclipse Award-winning two-year-old male in 1971 and outstanding older male in 1973; the mighty Secretariat was Horse of the Year as a two-year-old in 1972 and at three in 1973).“Arrogate and California Chrome are just two really good horses,” Young said. “We’ll just leave it at that for now.”            As an afterthought, what about two-year-old filly champion of 2015 Songbird, who won four Grade I stakes from coast to coast on three different tracks and suffered her lone defeat by the narrowest of noses to an older mare, three-time Eclipse champion Beholder?Not exactly chopped liver.The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Prospect Park, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Midnight Storm, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; and Arrogate, Mike Smith, 1-5.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $356,332 INTO SUNDAY

first_imgSANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $356,332 INTO SUNDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR NINE-RACE CARD IS 1 P.M. ON-TRACK CROWD OF 21,450 TURNS OUT FOR KENTUCKY DERBY & 11-RACE LOCAL PROGRAM ARCADIA, Calif. (May 4, 2014)–With a festive Kentucky Derby Day crowd of 21,450 on hand for mint juleps and tremendous racing, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved on Saturday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $356,332 into Sunday at The Great Race Place.With $185,732 in “new” money wagered, Saturday’s total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool reached $499,540, and although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 40 consolation tickets with six, each worth $2,496.80.With a nine-race card on tap for Sunday, the Rainbow Six will begin with race four, which has an approximate post time of 2:31 p.m. PT.First post time tomorrow is at 1 p.m. and admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit  santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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With attacks clicking, Madrid and Barcelona dominate early

first_imgYear after missing US Open, Nishikori shines in return Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins There were doubts about whether Madrid could remain an offensive threat after Ronaldo departed for Juventus. The club didn’t sign a top player to replace him, and instead kept Bale and Benzema, who had struggled while the Portuguese forward was still in action in Spain.It turns out the veteran duo has done more than enough to keep Madrid competitive, with Benzema already scoring four league goals and Bale three.Not having Ronaldo may have actually helped because it was his absence which allowed his former teammates to thrive again.Madrid used to play with the ultimate goal of putting Ronaldo in position to score, and when Bale or Benzema played, part of their role was to either open spaces or create opportunities for Ronaldo up front.Now things have changed, and they are the ones who teammates are looking for in attack. Both have become protagonists and have been working together to share the responsibility of carrying the team’s attack.“Bale and Benzema are playing brilliantly, but so is everyone else,” Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said. “Their goals are important, but they’ll only score if everyone does their job and we’re managing that so far. The most vital thing is to win games and having nine points after three games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The lone scorer in the team’s 1-0 win at Valladolid — another promoted club — was Ousmane Dembele, who has been gaining prominence in the attack alongside Messi and Luis Suarez. Dembele also netted on Sunday, along with Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba.After a lackluster first season with Barcelona, Dembele has gotten off to a solid start.Ernesto Valverde began with Sergi Roberto in the midfield to support the attack in the opener, but in the last two matches he used Philippe Coutinho as the team’s playmaker in the absence of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho, the midfield duo who left in the offseason. Coutinho was on the bench in the first match, but came in as a substitute and scored a goal.“I’m happy with how the team has created chances,” Valverde said.MADRID’S OLD GUARDADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are already five points behind going into the first international break, while Valencia is seven points adrift and Villarreal already trails by eight.MESSI AND BARCELONAFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Barcelona is at the top of the league because it has scored 12 goals, two more than Real Madrid, with both teams conceding twice.As usual, Messi has been leading the attack for the Catalan club, scoring four goals — two in the 3-0 opening win over Alaves and two in the 8-2 rout of promoted Huesca on Sunday. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Huesca at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Alonso)MADRID — With Lionel Messi thriving again and Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale making up for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona and Real Madrid are threatening to run away early in the Spanish league.Madrid and Barcelona are the only teams with a perfect start after three matches, earning healthy gaps to other potential title contenders and showing signs the league may he headed for another two-team race.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

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“Safety cannot be compromised” – MACORP’s operations officer

first_img…as company enhances employees’ safety skillsWith the intention of promoting safety among its employees and beyond, Machinery Corporation (MACORP) on Friday awarded several employees who participated in a training workshop, which was aimed at providing knowledge on the importance of safety in the work environment.The event was attended by the training coordinator of the programme, Miguel Oviedo; Chief Operations Officer of MACORP, Guillermo Escaragga;Some of the persons who participated in the training programmerepresentative from the Canadian High Commission, Anand Harrylall; and Canadian instructor, Rick Wheeler.Chief Operations Officer Guillermo Escaragga addressed the graduates and encouraged them to practice safety precautions where necessary.“I am going to urge you to put this knowledge to work, safety cannot be compromised. It’s important that we all have this in mind and preach and action this motto that safety cannot be compromised at any given time,” he stated.Escaragga also revealed that with the introduction of new industries in Guyana, there is need for action to be taken to ensure that persons are skilled to deal with unfavourable situations and as well as being well trained for the eventuality of an emergency.While noting that the inclusion of both men and women in the programme was commendable, the representative from the Canadian High Commission, Anand Harrylall added, “since the announcement of the oil find here in Guyana, there were many debates on how Guyana will benefit from the sector. This training is a tangible example of how Guyanese can benefit from the sector, by building human resource sector capabilities to access relevant industry opportunities.”Meanwhile, during his brief remarks, Rick Wheeler highlighted that there were a few challenges during the programme but nevertheless, the quality of training required was delivered. Throughout the week, the participants were given firsthand knowledge on the various safety precautions as well as practical sessions on the use of safety equipment.“The training this week was very intense. We covered a lot of information. We tried to get as much hands-on as possible and everybody getting involved,” he highlighted.At the end of the ceremony, the awardees were presented with a certificate which is recognised by the College of North Atlantic, Canada. Presently, the company is planning to continue this initiative, to produce more safety trained individuals.last_img read more

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New procurement, debarment laws being drafted

first_img… Commission optimistic for year-end approvalThe Public Procurement Commission (PPC) is optimistic of having new procurement and debarment legislation approved by year end, after the conclusion of a report by a consultant who reviewed the draft laws.PPC Chairperson Carol CorbinThis was communicated during a consultation exercise on Monday at Regency Suites, Georgetown. At the exercise, PPC Chairperson Carol Corbin provided an update on what the Commission has been up to.She related that they were advised in May of 2018 that a consultant was appointed to review the Procurement Act, propose amendments and possibly construct a new act. In addition, she explained that the Commission was brought on board.“The Commission was asked to collaborate with the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board and the Finance Ministry to make propositions to the panel and also the debarment regulations.”She related that the amended regulations were provided to the consultant, who reviewed them and returned them to the Commission. It was further explained that the final report of that consultancy was concluded at the end of September 2018.“The final report of that consultancy was concluded at the end of September 2018. Thus, our current activities will be conducting consultations on what we perceive to be the final draft of the debarment regulations.”“The PPC is, therefore, back on schedule with its programme, starting with this set of consultations,” she said, adding that the goal for regulations to be approved by year-end was a viable one.While there are references in the Procurement Act to the suspension and debarment of errant contractors, Corbin said the required regulations for the debarment process were not included.“No action could have been taken over these years to actually debar or suspend contractors and suppliers, because the relevant supporting regulations do not exist at this time in terms of being approved and included in the legislation.”The PPC is a crucial commission which, among other things, serves as a watchdog against procurement fraud and corruption. It is also supposed to oversee the awarding of public contracts, although Cabinet continues to give its no-objection to such.The Commission, which elected Corbin as its Chairman during its first meeting, also includes Emily Dodson, Ivor English, Nandkishore Gopaul and Sukrishnalall Pasha.A key Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report had recently recommended that countries in the Region, including Guyana, implement a number of measures aimed at improving public procurement.The report, titled “Better spending for better lives: How Latin America and the Caribbean can do more with less”, has identified poor procurement practices as a contributor to wasted public funds.Among its recommendations for countries in the Region is for Governments to avoid single sourced contracts and concentrate on competitive bidding. In fact, it was advised that open tendering be the default method of procurement.In addition, the report advises that Governments in the Region publish annual procurement plans, as part of a comprehensive framework that would set out the Government’s goals and priority areas.last_img read more

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Targeted effort nets 31 arrests

first_img(661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sheriff’s deputies from a special High Impact Team unit assigned to Lancaster from outside the Antelope Valley made 31 arrests last week in a targeted crime-fighting effort law enforcement officials say isn’t going away anytime soon. The targeted effort, which involved an unspecified number of HIT deputies, followed a March20-23 saturation patrol that saw 40 out-of-area deputies descend on central Lancaster in what law enforcement officials called a “saturation patrol.” HIT deputies seeking known gang members and others thought to be involved in criminal activity arrested 14 suspected felons and 17 suspected of misdemeanors in last week’s sweep, said Palmdale sheriff’s station Lt. Bobby Denham, who’s involved in coordinating the valleywide crime-fighting effort. Two known gang members were arrested in last week’s patrol, and eight others were cited, Denham said. In the two weeks since the HIT deputies were summoned to the Antelope Valley, they have made 132 arrests – 52 for felonies and 80 for misdemeanors – and issued 68 citations, Denham said. Last week’s patrol netted five arrests on felony narcotics charges, one for possession of illegal weapons and one for driving a stolen vehicle, Denham said. Denham said the ongoing effort will include Palmdale and surrounding unincorporated areas. “I think we’re sending a message to the criminals that the Antelope Valley is taking a stand and the Sheriff’s Department is taking a stand to reduce crime, and that it’s an ongoing effort,” Denham said. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com last_img read more

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Posta are serious title contenders, asserts Pamzo

first_img0Shares0000Posta Rangers head coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo feeds out instructions during his side’s Kenyan premier League clash against Tusker FC at the Nyayo Stadium on August 2, 2017NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 3- Posta Rangers head coach Sammy Omollo wants to follow in the footsteps of Robert Matano by being the second ever coach to win the Kenyan Premier League title with two different teams.The experienced Matano still holds the record having won it with Sofapaka on their debut n 2009 and following up with another conquest with Tusker three years later in 2012. Omollo has not only won the title with Tusker as a coach in 2011 but also won it as a player when the team was still referred to as Kenya Breweries. Looking on to 2017, Pamzo, as his peers refer to him hopes he can do it one more time with Posta Rangers.“We are very serious title contenders. I believe in the team because we have players who have won the league and the experience is there. We also have young players who are hungry to win the league so it’s about encouraging them and building team unity and I know we are going to achieve our goals,” the coach noted.Atudo late thunderbolt lifts Posta over champions Tusker.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUPosta cemented their hold on second spot in the standings with a hard fought 1-0 win over defending champions Tusker FC on Wednesday, a result that Omollo believes shows just how serious they are in getting a first ever league title.“I am proud of the boys and the fighting spirit they showed especially after going one man down. We did not lose our head more so when we did not have the ball and that was very key,” Omollo noted.“That result is motivation enough because getting three points from Tusker who are also title contenders is key. If you want to win the league, you have to pick maximum points against fellow contenders,” the coach added.Posta will be travelling away to Bungoma on Sunday for their next league match against Nzoia Sugar at the Sudi Stadium.-Tusker seek redemption-Tusker FC players disappointment after succumbing to their second loss to Thika United over the weekend.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, Tusker find themselves drifting off the pace with the Posta loss pulling them down to fourth with 29 points, five adrift of leaders Gor Mahia.The Brewers have gone on a run of five winless matches that have left even their head coach George Nsimbe dumbfounded. The dry run came just on the backdrop of an eight match winning streak.“I think it is just about luck. We have not been lucky especially infront of goal. We have been creating many chances and playing well. We just need to fine tune our mentality because at this moment, there is nothing much we can change,” the coach noted.Tusker has lost three and drawn two of their last five games but as they prepare to face Western Stima at Kinoru Stadium in Meru this Sunday, Nsimbe wants the team to bounce back.“We are playing against a team that beat us in the first leg and so I know it will not be easy. Our mentality has to be top and we have to play our hearts out. Going for another game without winning will not be good for us,” Nsimbe insisted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Navas set for talks over LaLiga return with Newcastle deal looking unlikely

first_img1 Jesus Navas [left] spent three years with Manchester City Newcastle will have to act fast if they are to land Jesus Navas with the former Manchester City winger set for talks over a return to Sevilla.The Spaniard left the Etihad this summer having come to the end of his contract with the club.It has been reported that promoted Newcastle want to keep him in the Premier League by offering him a deal with them.But according to Marca, Sevilla are now ready to firm up their interest by offering their former fans’ favourite a contract with them.Navas’ representatives will reportedly sit down with Sevilla on Tuesday to discuss terms and are hopeful of convincing him to join them.It has been suggested that the 31-year-old, who is sixth on the club’s all-time appearance makers, would favour a return to his old side if the terms are right.last_img read more

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Futsal Super League: Yeak put 12 past Equator to consolidate top spot

first_img Tags: DreamEquatorParktopYeak Kabowa Yeak (Blue and White) are still four points clear at the top. (Phots by Futsal Media)Futsal Super League International Futsal Courts, MengoThursday, 18-04-2019-Yap Stars 1-2 Bajim-Elephants 4-3 Kabowa United -Crown 2-3 Typhoon -Aidenal 4-8 Mengo City -Dream 3-4 Park-Parakeets 0-3 Nomad-Yeak Kabowa 12-5 Equator.KABOWA – Yeak Kabowa look ever certain of winning the 2018/19 Futsal Super League title.After a humiliating exit from the Uganda Cup last week, the Kabowa based side resumed normal duties in the League, defeating Equator 12-5 in one of the 7 games played on Thursday evening at the International Futsal Courts in Mengo.League top scorer, Enock Ssebagala was in scintillating form once again, scoring 5 of Yeak’s goals.Whoever he was not the only one in fine tune as Shafik Avemah also grabbed a quadruple for the log leaders. John Musasizi *2 and Andrew Kayanga scored the other three goals for Yeak.For Equator who were undone by calamitous defending, Daniel Ssempa *2, Ismail Adan, Ahmed Dahir and Sulaiman Mutyaba, scored their goals.The convincing victory sees Yeak maintain their 4 point caution at the top of the standings. They have so far accumulated 48 points in 20 games.Equator on the other hand, are now 9th with 29 points.In the headline fixture of game week 20, Park ensured they stay in the race for this year’s title, thanks to a 4-3 victory over defending champions Dream.At halftime, both sides who missed several goal scoring opportunities in the opening minutes were locked at 1-1 with Iddi Babu striking for Park while Swibu Kazibwe replied for Dream.Babu (left) sheilds off Dream’s Jamal Muyingo on Thursday evening.It was in the second that the goals started going in for fun, Park adding three more while Dream helped themselves to 2.Park’s second half goals were scored by Joshua Asiku and Francis Matunga *2 while Rayan Mulindwa and Kazibwe did likewise for Dream.The three points earned see Park maintain second spot on the log with 44 points while Dream fall to 6th with 32 points.In the day’s opening fixture, Bajim returned to winning ways thanks to a hard fought 2-1 win over Yap Stars.Ibrahim Kamya got the scoring rolling with a first half goal for Bajim to ensure they go into the break leading 1-0.In the second half, Bridge Oworinawe equalized for Yap but that only setup the scene for Franco Sunday to score the winner later on.Bajim who came into the game on the back of two consecutive defeats, remain 7th on the standings with 32 points while Yap are still rock bottom on 6.The most entertaining game of the evening saw Typhoon power their way past Crown 3-2 in a contest that had each side lose a player to a sending off.Typhoon who had Ronald Ssempijja given his marching orders, led at halftime by a single goal off David Kiwanuka’s long range strike but would have to work hard for the three points in the end.Crown who would later see Ismail Kaire sent off, scored two goals at the start of the second half with Abdulkadir Ali grabbing a brace but it was not to be their night as Typhoon returned the favour with two goals of their own to win it 3-2 in the end.In the other games played, Nomad humbled Parakeets 3-0, Elephants defeated Kabowa United 4-3 and Mengo City came from 4-1 down to take care of Aidenal 8-4.Yeak’s Enock Ssebagala still tops the scoring charts with 36 goals, three ahead of teammate Shafik Avemah.Comments last_img read more

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Nelson Mandela science school – a promise fulfilled

first_imgAn artist’s impression of the new science and technology high school in Mvezo, Eastern Cape. Click image for a larger view. (Image: Mandela School of Science and Technology) • Patuxolo Toni Acting school principal Mandela School of Science and Technology +27 73 508 9447 • Science school comes to Mvezo • A fun approach to science teaching • Denel helps maths, science pupils • South African education project wins top award • Zuma: South Africa to meet 2015 education goalSulaiman PhilipThe first high school to open in the rural village of Mvezo, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, is a state-of-the-art school dedicated to science and technology. The modern campus, set on the banks of the winding Mbashe River deep in rural Transkei, is the fulfilment of a promise Siemens chief executive Peter Loescher made to Mandela in 2010.Cutting the ribbon at the opening on Friday 17 January, President Jacob Zuma said that the Mandela School of Science and Technology was a dream fulfilled for Madiba. Madiba was Mandela’s clan name and the name by which he was fondly known; his official title was Nkosi Dalibhunga Mandela. Just as he was able to convince American businesswoman Oprah Winfrey to spend her own money to establish her Leadership Academy for Girls, Zuma said, he convinced the European technology giant’s Loescher to build a school in Mvezo.In his speech, Zuma told the incoming students: “Madiba had to travel far to obtain secondary education because there was no secondary school in this area. Siemens has ensured that the children of Mvezo receive a state-of-the-art science and technology school that Madiba did not even dream of way back then.”Siemens spent R98-million on the construction and will be responsible for the running costs of the school for the first three years. It will accommodate 700 students from 22 feeder schools in the Eastern Cape. The cream of the region’s high school science talent will be tutored at the leafy campus and have access to computer and science labs, a library and resource centre, and well-maintained sports and recreation facilities.The first year’s intake comprises 400 students in grades eight to 10.South African President Jacob Zuma, Siemens Southern Africa CEO Sigi Proebstl, and Mandla Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, at the official opening of the school in Mvezo on Friday 17 January 2014. (Image: GCIS)Education and freedomThe school’s colours of green and orange were inspired by the indigenous aloe. Its emblem, designed by Siemens with input from the local community, is a wind turbine set on a traditional Xhosa battle shield. The turbine blades divide the shield into three fields. The top section represents the village of Mvezo, and the left and right sections highlight the science and technology focus of the school. The school motto, developed by local community members, is: Education is freedom. It was inspired by Mandela’s words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The crest of the Mandela School of Science and Technology. Click image for a larger view.Siegmar Proebstl, Siemens Africa chief executive, said that beyond the importance of building a world-class school where none existed, the project was socially rewarding as well. Using Siemens water filtration technology, the school will supply clean water for its own use, and for the surrounding community. In a nod to sustainability, building materials were sourced from the surrounding area, and the sun will be harnessed to light the resource centre and the external lighting. As part of the education programme, students will be trained, alongside members of the Mvezo community, to maintain the technology.“We are a technology company focusing on technology solutions. The learners in the school will be exposed to this cutting-edge technology and will hopefully get excited about technological solutions and the fascinating world of engineering. South Africa and the rest of the Africa needs engineers to find answers to the continent’s infrastructure challenges and to create jobs,” Proebstl explained.Altruism and a desire to celebrate Madiba’s legacy are not the only reasons for the school’s existence. Siemens, like other corporations, struggles to find qualified South Africans to fill vacant posts in the country. As many as 600 engineering and technology posts at Siemens have gone unfilled because South African graduates do not have the skills levels to step into employment. For this reason, the company has sought to invest in educational initiatives.Explaining the large investment in Mvezo, Rita Nkhulu, Siemens South Africa head of corporate strategy and the project leader for the school, told Business Week: “There are lots of students coming out of school with grades that are really not up to par.”Science and technology challengesConceding that there were still challenges to be faced in the teaching of science and technology, Zuma thanked Siemens for its vision. He said co-operation between the government and the private sector was the best way forward. “We appreciate the support from the private sector in our quest to improve the quality of education in the country.”As his speech drew to a close, Zuma reminded the learners of the responsibility they had as the first students at the Mandela School of Science and Technology. They were being trained to be the leaders of tomorrow and had to honour the memory of the greatest South African, whose name was on the wall above the entrance.The school falls under the government’s Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, an R8.2-billion public-private initiative that aims to eradicate the 496 “mud schools” and provide water and sanitation to 1 257 schools and electricity to 878 schools by March 2016.last_img read more

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