TOP TIER BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (CMC): Portmore United and Puerto Rico FC launched their bid for the Caribbean Football Union’s Club Championship title with contrasting victories on Tuesday. Portmore stopped Scholars International of Cayman Islands 2-0 and the home team prevailed 1-0 over SV Transvaal of Suriname in Group D matches at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium. Kareem Manning struck twice in the first half to secure the victory for Portmore – the only Jamaican side left in the competition – following the exit of Montego Bay United. Manning struck in the fourth and 21st minutes from open play to give the Jamaican top-tier side a winning start to the group. In the other match, a first-half penalty converted by Hector ‘Pito’ Ramos was sufficient to see Puerto Rico FC to the win and three points. PRFC is owned by New York Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony and play in the North American Soccer League in the second tier of the sport in the United States. The group play continues today, when Portmore face Transvaal before PRFC tackle Scholars International. The CFU Club Championship is the qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF Champions League. All matches are being played at PRFC’s home ground, Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel.
She said the speed and terrain of the races will showcase just how talented the riders are who compete on the local circuit.”It’s not just you get on a dirt bike and you go, these guys put in a lot of hours practicing on the track and mastering their skills. We had people who came to the races last year who had never been to a motorcross race up here, and they were really in awe of the skill of the riders.”Emms added spectators will have an opportunity to get right up close to the riders in the pits and talk to them between races.”Everybody out there is really friendly, and anybody who has any questions can just go up and ask.”Advertisement The first race begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event is expected to go well into the evening. Admission is just $5 and there will be concessions on site.”We try to make it so it doesn’t cost an awful lot because we want people to come out and watch,”aid Emms.To access the track, turn right (south) at Belsum Auto Recyclers, located about two kilometres east of the traffic circle on Highway 49. The Peace Motorcross Association will host races on the Collins Road just off of Highway 49 (Spirit River Highway) featuring over 250 riders from across British Columbia and Alberta. The track promises to present racers with challenging terrain to test their skills.”The Dawson Creek track is built on the natural terrain of the location, so there are a lot of hills, jumps and hairpin corners. It is one of the higher-skill tracks,” said Penney Emms, a volunteer organizer of the event.She said the races will feature riders of various ages – from four to 50 years old – and skill levels who will compete with different classes of motorbikes – from 50 cc (cubic centimetres, referring to the size of the engine) bikes for younger riders and up to 450 cc bikes for older, expert riders. She said as many as 40 bikes can compete in a single race, which can create another challenge for riders given the risk of pile-ups.- Advertisement -There will also be two separate classes for female riders, and two classes for quads (all-terrain vehicles).Emms said there will be some jumps for racers to navigate through, but unlike freestyle motorcross, they won’t be looking to get elevation off those jumps in order to perform tricks and stunts.”They don’t try to get high, they try to stay low because the lower they stay on the jump, the more seconds they shave off of their time.”Advertisement read more
Everton have signed Sandro Ramirez from Malaga on a four-year deal, the Premier League club have announced.The 21-year-old Spanish youth international becomes the Toffees’ fouth signing of the summer, after the Merseyside club triggered the release clause in his contract.He has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of June 2021, and moves to Goodison Park after a successful season-long spell with Malaga following his rise through the Barcelona youth ranks.This summer, Everton have already brought in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland, Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen, and Henry Onyekuru, who has since been sent out on loan to Anderlecht.Sandro was recently part of the Spain squad that reached the final of the 2017 European Under-21 Championship, and he spoke to the official Everton website following the announcement of his move.“I’m very happy, this is a big step in my career,” he said. “I know I’m signing for a massive club in England.“Everton is the ideal place for me, I’ve got the ideal manager who is going to keep giving me the confidence to improve my game.” 1 Sandro Ramirez: Everton have signed the Spain forward read more
Tags: ndejje universityStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueTooro united Ndejje University defeated Maroons in their last game (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueNdejje University vs Tooro UnitedArena of Visions, BomboWednesday, 20-02-2019 @4:30pmBOMBO – Ndejje University will be hoping they can make it two wins on the trot when they host Tooro United in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Wednesday.The University side who have struggled since gaining promotion to the top tier last year and currently occupy one of the three relegation slots.However, they are coming off a 1-0 win away to Maroons in their last game, a result that can spur them on against Tooro.For the visitors, they are coming off a penalty shoot-out elimination from the Uganda Cup last Friday. Wasswa Bbosa’s side went down to Wakiso Giants after playing out a goalless draw after 90 minutes.That loss meant that they have now gone four game in all competitions minus victory. With their top flight status all but secured, Tooro will be looking to finish the season as high as they can.Match Facts:This will be the second ever top flight meeting between the two sides as Ndejje only got promoted last year.In their first meeting, Tooro United won the first game 1-0.Ndejje go into the game having won only one of their last 14 league games (D4 L9). That one victory came in their last game away to Maroons.At home, they are winless in their last 5 home League games (D2 L3). Their last home win in the League dates back to 30-10-2018 in the 1-0 win over Paidha.For Tooro, they enter into Wednesday’s encounter undefeated in their last 8 League games (W4 D4). Their last loss was away to Mbarara City on 11-12-2018.However, they have been horrible on the road, winless in their last seven games (D4 L3). Their last league victory away from home was on 02-10-2019 when they defeated Bul 1-0 at Njeru.Comments read more
Before Retief Goosen, before Ernie Els and before Gary Player there was another South African golfer who started the tradition of excellence among players of the southernmost country in Africa: Bobby Locke. He was the first South African to win a major, and the first to compete with and beat the best golfers in the world, both in Europe and the United States.How was good was Locke? Well, in 1946 a series of exhibitions was arranged against Sam Snead, winner of 81 PGA Tour titles, including six Grand Slams. Locke won 12 times to Snead’s two.Arthur D’Arcy “Bobby” Locke was born in Germiston in 1917, and from an early age showed a natural talent for the game. By the age of eight his handicap was 14, and by the age of 16 he was a scratch golfer.He enjoyed a successful amateur career, but chose to enter the mining industry rather than become a professional. As fate would have it, however, his employer sent him to London in 1936, allowing Locke the opportunity to enter the British Open. He won the Amateur Medal.Won the South African OpenTwo years later he turned professional, and promptly won the South African Open for the first time.He followed up his SA Open win with victories in the same tournament in 1939 and 1940, but the Second World War brought a temporary halt to his career at home, having halted his European career a number of years earlier. Locke served in the South African Air Force, logging just over 1 150 hours in the air.Returning to golf after the war, Locke immediately established himself as one of the best players in the game, not least with his series of wins over Slammin’ Sam Snead in 1946. To put that achievement into perspective, Snead’s 81 wins on the PGA Tour is the most ever, beating even Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.Also in 1946, Locke won the Harry Vardon Trophy, awarded to the leading player on the European PGA Tour, and, picking up where he left off, won the South African Open that had remained uncontested from 1941 to 1945.Amazing run in the USAIt was in 1947, however, that Bobby Locke showed the American public what he was capable of. Locke captured seven titles and in one stretch won four events in five starts, his amazing play leaving him second on the money winners’ list.In total, he spent just over two-and-a-half years playing in the USA, competing in 59 tournaments, winning 11 of them, finishing runner-up on 10 occasions, taking third eight times and fourth five times. His 16-shot margin of victory in the Chicago Victory National Championship in 1948 remains a PGA record to this day.The South African ace was, however, banned from the PGA Tour in 1949 when he elected to stay in Britain and play a series of exhibitions and tournaments instead of honouring a commitment to play in the United States. Two years later the ban was lifted, but Locke never again felt welcome to play in the USA and instead campaigned in Europe.First major victoryIn 1950, Locke recorded the first major victory of his career, claiming the British Open title at Sandwich. He also secured the Harry Vardon Trophy for the second time. Locke repeated his British Open success the following year, this time winning at Troon. In both years he also won the South African Open.After missing out on a hat trick of victories in 1952, Locke won his third British Open title at Royal Lytham and Saint Annes. Australian Peter Thomson claimed the title in 1954, while Locke claimed his third Order of Merit title. Thomson completed a hat trick of wins in 1956 before Locke picked up his fourth Open crown at the home of golf, Saint Andrews, equalling his championship record of 279 and becoming only the eighth player to have won the Open four times or more.Only two years later South Africa would have its second major winner when Gary Player claimed the Open title at Muirfield in 1959.Serious road accidentThe following year, Locke was involved in a serious road accident in South Africa that severely affected the sight in his left eye, and was never again the same golfer.Ultimately his career record included four major victories, 11 PGA Tour titles, 23 European Tour titles and 38 South African tour titles. In 1976 his brilliance was recognised by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club when he was named an honorary member.Locke is still recognised as one of the top putters ever to play the game. He also coined one of the game’s most famous one-liners: “You drive for show but putt for dough.” Locke died aged 69 in 1987.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material read more
10 June 2005South Africans just love their cellphones.That’s the conclusion of a study released by leading technology researchers World Wide Worx and market research firm Plus 94 Harris.“The Impact of Mobile Technologies on the South African Consumer” is the sixth, and final, part of the Mobility 2005 study that investigated the use of cellphones and cellular technology by large corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and individual consumers.The year-long study involved the participation of 2 400 consumers, 152 SMEs and 100 large corporations.“Across half a dozen dimensions we rated, people were extremely satisfied with the impact of cellphones on their lives.”Cellphone users’ satisfaction was measured across a number of categories, including satisfaction with network service and impact on family security, personal life and work life.Astonishingly, 92.1% was the lowest level of satisfaction attained across all categories.Lure of free/cheap handsetsOf those users with a contract, more than half said they’d been lured by the offer of a free or cheap handset. Half of the respondents said they’d obtained a new phone in the last year, and half again of these respondents said they would replace their current handset within a year.The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is considering regulatory proposals to limit the use of subsidised handsets as a contract sales incentive, something that would have a dramatic effect of the country’s cellular market.Goldstuck put the total number of cellphones users in the country at about 18.5-million, somewhat less than the 22-million touted by cellular service providers. He said he expected the market to reach the landmark of 50% of the population “within a year”.‘Knows’ and ‘know-nots’The uptake of data and internet use via cellphone had been surprisingly slow, Plus 94 Harris director Peter Searll told journalists at the same briefing. This was in spite of the recent drastic reduction of data prices and the introduction of 3G technology to the South African market.The widespread use of SMS technology has been suggested as a barrier to the adoption of more advanced cellphone technology.Searll said that one of the most important findings of the consumer research was that “the digital divide is not only a function of haves and have-nots, but also a function of knows and know-nots.”Educating customers, he said, was one of the keys to closing the divide.Game’s up for cellphone thievesAn agreement between South Africa’s cellular service providers, Business Against Crime and the SA Police Service is set to render all reported stolen cellphones useless. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material read more
Media reports on Africa’s universities tend to focus only on their shortcomings, ignoring that in the last decade almost all the continent’s higher education institutions have recorded massive growth – in some cases quadrupling in size.Students at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s flagship higher education institution. AAU has shown exponential expansion of three- to four-fold growth in 15 years. (Image: Adam Jones, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)Damtew Teferra, Professor of Higher Education, University of KwaZulu-NatalWhile Africa has among the lowest higher education enrolment rates in the world, the last decade has seen massive growth in virtually all its tertiary education systems.In Uganda, where Makerere University traditionally dominated national higher education, half a dozen public universities have opened since 1988. As a result, enrolment has grown from under 10 000 in the 1990s to nearly 200 000 today.In Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, growth in higher education has been phenomenal – from two institutions in the early 1990s to the current 35.Nigeria, with about 1.7-million students, has comparable enrolment figures to Egypt, which is considered to have the highest number of post-secondary students in Africa – more than 1.8-million. South Africa with 1-million students and Ethiopia with 600 000 stand third and fourth in Africa. The administration building at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda’s largest and third-oldest university, which was established in 1922 and dominated higher education in the country until 1988. (Image: Ian Beatty, CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr)Why the rise?The spike in enrolments started in the late 1990s, with a growing awareness of the critical role higher education plays in development. Other causes included institutional and national policies, improved access and better funding.African higher education is superficially covered by popular media. Much of what has been written about the continent’s universities – particularly its flagship institutions – focuses only on their shortcomings and challenges.Over the past two years I have worked with a team of researchers to collect data in order to analyse higher education institutions in Africa. Our case studies were each leading university in 11 countries: Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.‘Alumni of Africa’s flagship universities include Nobel laureates, heads of state, ministers, acclaimed authors, judges, economists and actors.’The study analysed and documented the institutions’ contributions in teaching, learning, graduates and research productivity. It revealed that flagship universities made huge contributions to capacity building and skills development in the decades following Africa’s independence. This remains true today.The findings suggest that they have plenty more to offer. This includes millions of graduates who will make a contribution to the continent’s future growth and development. The clock tower of Balme Library at the University of Ghana reflected in the sunglasses of a student. The university, in the city of Gold Coast, is the oldest and largest in Ghana, founded in 1948 as an affiliate college of the University of London. (Image: Arne Hoel, World Bank, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)What makes a flagship university?Africa’s flagship universities are those established in the lead up to and just after independence in the 1960s. Their age, size and reputation mean they are considered their countries’ leading institutions.Our research – which we expect to publish in a book with the working title of Flagship Universities in Africa: Role, impact and trajectory – found that these universities still play a critical role in national capacity-building and innovation efforts today.Given their age, capacity and reputation, flagship universities also tend to be the most internationalised and advanced when it comes to institutional cooperation. This is important in a continuously globalising higher education sector.Their reputation extends to the calibre of their alumni, who include Nobel laureates, heads of state, ministers, acclaimed authors, judges, economists and actors. The library building of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. The university, named after Senegalese physicist, historian and anthropologist Cheikh Anta Diop, has an enrolment of some 60 000 students. (Image: Myriam Louviot, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)Four patterns of growthStudying the universities’ available enrolment data from 2000 to 2015, I identified four patterns of growth: exponential expansion, major expansion, sizeable expansion, and stabilisation.Demonstrating exponential expansion, the universities of Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Ghana and Nairobi recorded three-to-four-fold growth in 15 years.The universities of Cheikh Anta Diop, Mauritius and Zambia saw major expansion of two- or more-fold growth.Makerere University and the University of Botswana displayed sizeable expansion of more than 50%.The universities of Ibadan in Nigeria and Cairo in Egypt showed signs of stabilisation with fluctuating growth – both positive and negative. The massive University of South Africa building in Pretoria. A distance-learning institution, Unisa is the largest university in Africa, with over 300,000 students from 130 countries across the world. (Image: Paul Saad, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)Why tracking a growth pattern is difficultThere are several factors that make it difficult to categorise growth and to develop a watertight pattern. Some constituent members of flagship universities have broken away to form independent, fully fledged new institutions – a common phenomenon in Africa.University mergers are the flip-side. The University of Rwanda, which was not part of the study, is one flagship that has brought several institutions together under one roof.Student and labour strikes, fairly common at African universities, are also a problem. Disruptions to the academic year make it difficult to accurately document enrolment and other trends.The way enrolment is counted compounds the challenge. African universities’ data collection tends to be poorly developed and managed, even in this electronic age. Data must be cobbled together from different sources based on varied assumptions. This has obvious implications for tracking a growth pattern.Despite these stumbling blocks, it was possible to identify remarkable milestones. The ornate entrance to Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. (Image: YY, CC BY-NC-ND, via Flickr)Graduates: the good newsSince their inception, flagship universities have contributed hugely to the training and development of skilled graduates.Several universities in the study, among them Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Ghana and Nairobi, have recorded an estimated 100 000 graduates each since they opened. These figures are actually rather conservative given the problems outlined above.Cairo University alone has registered more than 500 000 graduates in just the last 20 years. If you remove it from consideration, 10 flagship universities in sub-Saharan Africa have produced slightly fewer than 1-million graduates since they opened.‘Flagship institutions must be strategically positioned to advance African universities’ global competitiveness.’On the basis of raw data from the study, it is projected that the total number of graduates from universities in sub-Saharan Africa that may be designated as flagship now stands between 2.5- and 3-million.Flagships must be nurturedAfrica’s higher education sector is expanding rapidly. New public and private institutions crop up all the time and are flourishing.Even amid these changes, flagship universities remain their countries’ academic flag bearers.They are critical institutions. They must be strategically positioned to build national capacity and to advance African universities’ global competitiveness.Damtew Teferra is Professor of Higher Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This article is based on one published on University World News. It was first published on The Conversation. Read it here. This version compiled by Mary Alexander. read more