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Bilingual is the Choice

first_imgBILINGUAL, MONEY MAGNET, and MARLENE MY LOVE, fillies who have played second fiddle to SHE’S A MANEATER in their last two races, finally get a chance to emerge from the 1000 Guineas winner’s shadow in this afternoon’s Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks. The trio was second, third and fourth, respectively, behind SHE’S A MANEATER in the 1000 Guineas three weeks ago, almost the same order in which they had finished in last month’s Thornbird Stakes, save MONEY MAGNET being second then. With SHE’S A MANEATER out of the Oaks, nursing a pulled muscle and being reprogrammed by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta for June’s Jamaica Derby, the Oaks plot has been thickened by her withdrawal. The distance of 10 furlongs is virgin territory for the top three contending fillies. None have gone past a mile or have attempted two turns in a competitive race, a factor which could turn the race on its head despite BILINGUAL appearing to be the best closer of the lot. Going a mile in the Guineas, MONEY MAGNET and BILINGUAL ran practically the same race, trying to keep pace with SHE’S A MANEATER, who changed gears inside the final half-furlong to win by four lengths. MARLENE MY LOVE, meanwhile, ran a contrasting Guineas race, opting to sit in the pace instead of taking charge as she had done on the lead in the Thornbird Stakes. However, the change in tactics didn’t make a difference as she again proved fourth best. CUNNING JOCKEY Whereas MARLENE MY LOVE will have to improve on her Thornbird stakes and 1000 Guineas efforts, MONEY MAGNET, in particular, is rather game and should not be underestimated, having twice finished ahead of BILINGUAL before the Guineas. Though BILINGUAL got the better of her for second behind SHE’S A MANEATER in the Guineas, MONEY MAGNET’s new rider, Shane Ellis, who replaces apprentice Bebeto Harvey, is a cunning jockey, who could use his smarts to steal the race from in front. What BILINGUAL has going for her is a super-confident rider, Robert Halledeen. He rode the perfect race in the Guineas, sitting almost atop SHE’S A MANEATER’s hind quarters from a half-mile out, but was simple outclassed in the stretch run. BILINGUAL, on breeding, should stay 10 furlongs better than MONEY MAGNET. Halledeen is bang in form and relishes the big occasions, which should counter any scheme Ellis could have up his sleeves to steal a march on the field.last_img read more

Man United make £28m move for Dortmund star, Liverpool want Real starlet? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United have made an increased £28million move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Old Trafford giants have upped the ante in their attempts to land the Borussia Dortmund midfielder with a significantly improved second offer. And there is increasing confidence a deal for Mkhitaryan will be agreed. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have made their move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly with a £19.2million bid. The Blues are huge fans of the 24-year-old centre-back. But Napoli want £30million for their Senegalese centre-back and have already rejected Chelsea’s offer. (Daily Mirror)Willian is set to sign a bumper new contract at Chelsea. And that will be bad news for his former boss Jose Mourinho, who was desperate to take the Brazilian to Manchester United. (The Sun)Real Madrid have slapped a staggering £60m price tag on Alvaro Morata after taking advantage of a clause to re-sign the striker from Juventus. It has already scared off Arsenal who believe that is way too much and it could leave a straight fight between Manchester United and Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)Gareth Bale will return to Spain after the European Championship to a ‘contract for life’ at Real Madrid. The news will scupper the interest from Premier League powerhouses but shows once again the growing presence of Bale as one of the world’s very best players. (Daily Mail)Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard to Liverpool. The German boss is ready to bring in a host of fresh talent during his first summer transfer window in charge of the club. And Klopp is interested in young midfielder Odegaard. (Daily Express)Liverpool have no intention of joining the race to sign Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend. The Reds have been linked with a move for the England international, who has a £10.5million buyout clause. However, Jurgen Klopp is not in for Townsend and is  instead keen on securing the services of Southampton’s Sadio Mane, who would command a fee of around £30million. (Liverpool Echo)Borussia Moenchengladbach are prepared to break their £11.5m transfer record to sign Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen permanently. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City want to sign Schalke wonderkid Leroy Sane by tomorrow – but Bayern Munich are holding up the deal. The German star’s representatives have been holding talks with Schalke since yesterday to finalise the £40m move. Bayern have made a last-ditched attempt to snap-up the 20-year-old – but don’t want to sign him until next season. (The Sun)Juventus have confirmed that they are yet to receive any bids for Manchester Unitedand Real Madrid target Paul Pogba. (Daily Mirror)Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy has had a medical with Leicester ahead of a £12million move. Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri is also pursuing a move for £12.7million Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina. (Daily Mirror)Watford remain determined to keep Troy Deeney from joining Leicester and have reiterated the striker is not for sale following a meeting on Tuesday. The Hornets have rejected two bids for their captain from the Foxes after turning down Leicester’s latest offer of £25million offer at the weekend. (Daily Mail)West Ham have had a £2.3million bid rejected for Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson. (Daily Mirror)Blackburn Rovers are in talks over a move for former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell. The 22-year-old was released by United at the end of the season and is available as a free agent. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Zlatan transfer latest: Striker has already SIGNED for Manchester United, talkSPORT toldChelsea transfer latest: Blues join West Ham and Everton in chase for Juventus misfit striker Simone ZazaNuri Sahin set for Jurgen Klopp reunion at Liverpool? Galatasaray also interested in Borussia Dortmund misfitNewcastle transfer news: Napoli and Roma readying moves for Magpies star Moussa SissokoManchester United transfer news: Red Devils rivalling Inter Milan for Ezequiel Garaylast_img read more

Pienaar flies Football for Hope flag

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 21 December 2010 Gifted South African midfielder Steven Pienaar has been named as the ambassador for Fifa’s Football for Hope programme, a unique global movement that uses the power of football to achieve sustainable social development. The global football governing body made the announcement on Monday.Football for Hope Football for Hope was launched in 2005 with the aim of helping children and youngsters in poor communities to transform their lives through football. The social investment and development programme operates on a global scale, and includes among its projects the 20 Centres for 2010 campaign initiated ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The campaign aims to build 20 centres around Africa to help address some of the challenges faced by the continent, including education and public health. So far, four Football for Hope centres have been built: in Kayelitsha outside Cape Town, South Africa; Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya; Katutura township in Windhoek, Namibia; and in Baguineda, Mali.Football ‘kept me going’ Pienaar can certainly identify with the issues that Football for Hope tackles, having grown up surrounded by poverty in Johannesburg’s Westbury township. In an interview with Fifa.com, the Everton midfielder said football had given him “focus and something to cherish and love, allowing me to take my mind off the problems at home. “As a young kid it was difficult because there were so many things going on around you and you were stuck in the middle of it … Football just kept me going and kept us away from all the difficulties and challenges we all faced as young kids.” Pienaar said that South Africans’ love of football went a long way to explaining the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “Of course it also shows the rest of the world that football is alive and you can go to different continents and people will make the most of the chance, as football brings people together.”On Bafana Bafana’s new coach Asked about new Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane, Pienaar likened him to Everton manager David Moyes: “He’s a workaholic. He doesn’t sleep, the only thing he does is watch football, and he’s a great coach who works hard and demands the highest level of discipline from everyone. “He also wants to be involved with the players’ lives off the pitch,” Pienaar said. “He wants the players to always be happy, which is important – he’s like a father figure – and I think he deserves to be the national team coach.” Asked if he had a message for young people in South Africa and around the world, Pienaar said: “The challenges in life can make your dreams seem far from you, it can make you believe you’ll never reach your goals. But if you have belief and faith you can reach your goals, and if you keep pushing and going, God will open the doors for you that are shut.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Matatu buses: Kenya’s mobile museums

first_img8 November 2016Kenya’s matatu buses are 12- and 14-seater urban transport vehicles – a little bigger than the average South African minibus taxi – that have become a permeating part of Kenyan commuter culture since they were first used for urban and long-haul public transport in the late 1960s. Variations of the matatu can be found in Uganda and Nigeria.#KitengelaMatatuAwards MAYBACH & BROOKLYN pic.twitter.com/r8EXTSuRb6— MatwanaMatatuCulture (@matwana_culture) October 31, 2016Matatus are built around a stripped chassis of a conventional one- or two-ton transport truck, with welded frames and steel panels giving them their bus shape.The buses are painted vibrant colours and designs, often featuring hand-painted portraits of prominent Kenyan and global cultural figures, pop stars and politicians, and spray-painted slogans. The buses also play loud, local music to drum up business around bustling terminals in Nairobi and other cities.Matatu culture: Documenting Nairobi’s ‘museums on wheels’ – CNN International https://t.co/MWYudlafDT pic.twitter.com/Mq5BFIb1Gs— Culture World (@CultureWrld) October 28, 2016Drivers often spend up to $20,000 (about R267,000) and a lot of time customising their buses, ensuring they outclass their rivals and appeal to riders. With increasing competition from improved municipal transport systems, metered taxis and a burgeoning Uber presence, and even the smaller, more conventional minibus taxi, the matatu has to fight hard to stand out and attract business.Since the ban on matatu artwork was lifted in 2015, drivers have been pimping their rides with abandon: https://t.co/BFhednK8dG pic.twitter.com/7xDOlCE9pX— CNN Africa (@CNNAfrica) October 30, 2016Government regulation is also threatening to curtail the matatu tradition, out of concern for public safety and in an effort to curtail air and noise pollution. In 2006, a law that banned the buses’ art and music was implemented, to much public outcry. The law lead to a dramatic drop in the number of bus operators in Kenya.That law was eventually lifted in 2015, but drivers and fans of the buses are concerned that a proposed new regulation to ban the larger, 14-seater buses may begin to wipe out the cultural tradition of the matatu, and more importantly, the operators’ livelihood.Nairobi resident Brian Wanyama began the Matwana Matatu Culture website to document the vibrant traditions of the buses and to protect the heritage of what they represented. He told CNN in October 2016 that the buses were Kenya’s “museums on wheels”.Wanyama’s venture has expanded to incorporate social media and an online video channel, all highlighting Kenyan youth culture within the context of the matatu buses. “It’s something that’s in (the youth’s) blood,” he told the news agency. “When you see the matatus and the art, you really understand Nairobi.”One of the more popular matatus seen on the website is The Flash, with its meticulously painted tribute to the comic book hero on the exterior and high-tech lighting, free on-board wi-fi and the latest audio-visual equipment on the inside.Using his various online channels, Wanyama and his team evaluate buses and artworks, interview drivers and artists, as well as keep fans up to date about new music and youth culture in the city.Above all, his mission is to safeguard matatu culture for future generations, saying that “without it we wouldn’t have a way of expressing ourselves”.”The culture needs to have a sense of belonging,” he explains. “If we do nothing about it, it might really come to an end.”Source: AFKInsider SouthAfrica.info reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Recharged Hotshots go for kill vs Painters in Game 6

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Their backs are against the wall and we have to have that same mentality. We have to give more energy than them,” said Barroca, who turned 32 Thursday. “We’re happy we won but we can’t be overconfident heading into Game 6.”“We will try [to make it four straight]. The goal is to win four games to win the series and we will try to close it out on Friday. We’ll try our best because we know Rain or Shine can come back,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With lasting legacy within reach, Santos and Beermen vow not to let it slip away PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Physically and mentally reinvigorated, Magnolia has regained its old self after the Lenten break and is now on the cusp of entering the Philippine Cup finals.The Hotshots on Wednesday beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for the third straight time after the dropping the first two games of their best-of-seven semifinals series.ADVERTISEMENT They go for the jugular Friday night but despite all the momentum on their side, they expect Game 6 to be their toughest game yet.“We won but we don’t have any reason to celebrate yet because there had been a lot of teams that lost despite being up 3-2 in the series,” said Magnolia guard Mark Barroca in Filipino. “We don’t want that to happen to us. The complexion of the series changes if they get Game 6 so our mentality is we’re really going to try our best to take Game 6 on Friday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Game 6 will be very tough because the closing out a series is always the hardest,” he added.Barroca, who led his team with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in an 82-74 win in Game 5 Wednesday night, knows Magnolia can’t leave anything to chance in Game 6 and let Rain or Shine fight another day. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

German cable operator Primacom has signed up its 1

first_imgGerman cable operator Primacom has signed up its 100,000th internet customer.The milestone comes 15 years after the operator initially launched internet services. More recently the company has invested in an extensive fibre network build-out, bringing advanced services to a wider number of customers.Primacom customer Steffen Preiß was named as the lucky 100,000th customer and given free high-speed internet for one year.Primacom chief executive Joachim Grendel said the company would soon be able to deliver even higher speed services.last_img

All3Media International and TV4 Entertainment are

first_imgAll3Media International and TV4 Entertainment are joining forces for an OTT initiative that will see the pair launch a range of online channels, DTVE‘s sister title TBI can reveal.The agreement between All3Media’s international arm and US-based TV4 will see the pair work up online channels that will be distributed over the top, as well as through the Amazon Channels package and third-party platforms.The partners plan to launch a range of targeted OTT channels in different genres, with the first service themed around homes and gardens. That is yet to be named, but will launch this spring.As well as mining the All3Media catalogue for content, it is understood that TV4 will work up original content for the OTT channels, with All3Media International having a first-look deal that gives it an option to coproduce, co-finance and distribute.All3Media International is the commercial and distribution arm of Discovery Communications – and Liberty Global-backed production group All3Media. TV4, meanwhile, is an LA-based OTT specialist that counts Hollywood studio Warner Bros. and UK pay TV platform Sky among its investors.The channels coming out of the new partnership are expected to sit alongside the existing offerings in the TV4 stable, which includes martial arts service Blackbelt TV, docs channel DocCom TV, hunting and fishing net Gone TV and the petrolhead destination Motorland TV.These channels are available over the top as well as via AppleTV, Roku and FireTV.The line-up for the homes and gardens channel is still a work in progress, but All3Media International’s homes and gardens programming includes Love Your Garden, Monty Don’s Italian Gardens and Britain’s Best Back Gardens.All3Media International confirmed the news this morning. “We are delighted to be working with Jon Cody and the team at TV4 Entertainment – the OTT opportunity has been part of our strategic plan for some years and TV4’s expertise is what makes them a great partner for us in this venture,” said Gary Woolf, executive VP, commercial development at All3Media International. “Together, we are excited at the opportunity to find passionate audiences looking for high quality programming that really super-serves their core interests”Jon Cody, founder and CEO of TV4 Entertainment said: “This alliance represents the world’s premier original content creators and OTT distributors coming together to drive the future of television.”last_img read more