Chapa Dimba star Ogot adapting well at Vihiga


first_imgThe player from Nyanza Regional Champions Ombek won the prestigious Golden Boot Award (Top Scorer) after netting four goals during the national finals.“My dream since I was young was to one day play for a club in the Kenya Premier League and I am excited that Chapa Dimba na Safaricom has presented this opportunity and made it come true. My ultimate goal is to play for the national team and in future play for a club in international leagues,” said Ogot.His sentiments were also echoed by his club coach who gave him an opportunity to shine in the top flight competition.“The Chapa Dimba tournament gave us an opportunity to scout for young talent. He is a prolific striker and an asset not just to the club, but also to the country. He has the capability to fill in the gap that prolific players like Oliech left,” said Vihiga United FC head coach Mike Mururi.“Ogot’s future is promising. We hope he will adapt well in the team and assist us in winning crucial games in the top flight league in Kenya. Ultimately, we hope his talent will get him into the national team,” said Mururi.So far, Ogot has played two matches with Vihiga United Club, one of them with Bandari FC in Mombasa last month. This past weekend Vihiga United beat Waito 1-0 in a Kenya Premier League match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ben Ogot, who featured for Nyanza’s Ombek Red Devis in the Chapa Dimba National Finals was the golden boot winner. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, July 13 – Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Golden Boot winner Ben Ogot got his wish to play in the Kenyan Premier League after he was handed the opportunity by Kenyan Premier League side Vihiga United.Ogot, commonly known as “Bensuda” signed a two-year contract until May 31, 2020. The gifted striker was instrumental in assisting his team Ombek Red Devils reach the semi-finals during the National finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament held in Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega.last_img read more

Arsenal exit rumours are ‘paper talk’, claims Gunners hero


first_img Arsenal star Santi Cazorla 1 Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has poured cold water on speculation linking him with a return to Spain this summer.According to reports, Cazorla has been a target of Primera Division champions Atletico Madrid but the Spain international insists he knows nothing more than has been suggested in the papers and is only focused on doing well with the Gunners.When asked about the links to Atletico, the 29-year-old, who scored the opening goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Manchester City in Sunday’s FA Community Shield, told Spanish radio Cadena Cope: “I’ve seen that in the papers, but nobody has told me anything personally and the only things I know are from the papers, so I don’t know anything.“I’m only focused on training here and preparing well playing with Arsenal. It’s paper talk.“I’m well, I have the confidence of everybody, the support of the fans and we hope to have a good season.”last_img read more

Captain Willian gives Chelsea first Europa League victory in five years


first_imgWith Ross Barkley and Jorginho pulling strings in behind, it was amazing Chelsea’s forward players could not increase their tally.There was cause for late concern as Pedro went off looking groggy after being caught by Paschalakis’ knee.It appeared the Spain winger’s left shoulder was the greater concern and he may yet be ruled out of Sunday’s trip to West Ham United.The raucous home crowd created quite a din and spectacle, with fireworks and flares ignited, but were silenced as Chelsea took a seventh-minute lead. Davide Zappacosta was solid on the right-hand side 4 But Chelsea could not add to their early advantage as they settled for a 1-0 win.MOMENT OF THE MATCH – Bruce Buck snapped on camera handing out crispsNo, you did read that right. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck was caught on camera handing out crisps to bemused Blues fans at the Toumba Satdium.The supporters, reported to be around 500 in number, had been required to gather four hours ahead of kick-off to take buses to the ground. Maurizio Sarri watches on as Ross Barkley plays a pass Ross Barkley ran at the PAOK defence and found Willian, who stayed onside.The skipper’s shot was not convincing but easily beat goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis.Pedro could only shoot at the PAOK goalkeeper after being found by Marcos Alonso’s fine pass.Morata headed wide from the resulting corner, spurning a fourth chance of the half, although none could be classed as easy. 4 4 4 STAR MAN – JorginhoAlways so composed on the ball and, like a good chess player, knows what is going on seven or eight moves ahead.You will struggle to find a Chelsea move which does not originate from his boot – integral to Sarri-ball. Willian produced a captain’s display for Chelsea as he scored the only goal in Greece to give them a 1-0 Europa League win over PAOK.The passing and movement on display from Maurizio Sarri’s men was a joy to behold as they tore shreds through the defensive lines of the home side seemingly at will. Despite being the Blues’ chairman, Buck had no reservations with handing crisps out to fans Willian opened the scoring for the visitors last_img read more

Cameron in Constitutional Court


first_imgJustice Edwin Cameron addressing the PlenarySession at the 17th International AIDSConference, held in Mexico in August 2008.(Image: International Aids Society) A memorial to the late Aids activist GuguDlamini, killed for making her HIV-positivestatus public. Dlamini was the inspirationfor Cameron’s unveiling of his ownstatus. (Image: Avert)Janine ErasmusA decade after former president Thabo Mbeki blocked his appointment, Judge Edwin Cameron has taken his seat on the Bench of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa dealing with constitutional matters.President Kgalema Motlanthe announced on 31 December 2008 that Cameron would be the next Constitutional Court judge, taking over the position left by Justice Tholakele “Tholie” Madala, who retired at the end of 2008. Cameron moves into his chambers at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg in January 2009.Other top judges in the running for the position were Cape High Court Judge Shehnaz Meer, Johannesburg High Court Judge Nigel Willis and Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo.The appointment has also made headlines because Cameron, who turns 56 in February 2009, is openly gay and was the first high-profile public figure in South Africa to reveal that he is HIV-positive. He is well-known and respected as a long-standing activist for the rights of those living with HIV, and has worked tirelessly for many years to combat the discrimination and stigma associated with the disease.The Pretoria-born judge was moved to disclose his HIV status shortly after Aids activist Gugu Dlamini was stoned to death by a gang of boys in her neighbourhood of KwaMancinza, KwaZulu-Natal, for revealing on an isiZulu radio station that she was HIV positive. Her announcement came on 1 December, World Aids Day 1998, and she paid for it with her life. Dlamini had been a volunteer field worker for the National Association of People Living with HIV/Aids.Cameron had lived with the knowledge of his status for three years before disclosing it. In a 2005 interview with UK magazine Positive Nation he said, “I thought, I’m living with the professional and middle-class protections, surrounded by caring friends and family, and I’m not speaking, but this woman did. That’s what compelled me to speak.”For breaking his silence, Cameron in turn was praised by former president Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s new breed of heroes.In the same interview Cameron mentioned that he had suffered no negative repercussions whatsoever in his professional or personal life, and was overwhelmed by the love and praise that had poured in for him. He confessed to being puzzled that other public figures had not felt compelled to come out and speak themselves.A superb legal mindEdwin Cameron grew up in Pretoria and after matriculating from Pretoria Boys’ High School and took up studies at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. Here he completed a BA in Law followed by a BA Honours in Latin. Later he obtained his LLB through the University of South Africa.Not content with these qualifications, Cameron was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1976 to study at Keble College, Oxford, completing two first-class degrees, a BA Jurisprudence and Batchelor of Civil Law. In 2003 he was made an honorary Fellow of Keble College and in the same year was invited to be a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford.Cameron was admitted to the Johannesburg Bar in 1983 and three years later began to practise as a human rights lawyer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies. His practice included labour and employment law; the defence of African National Congress freedom fighters charged with treason; land tenure and forced removals; objection on conscientious and religious grounds; and gay and lesbian equality.During this time he became active in human rights relating to HIV and Aids, co-founding the Aids Consortium, a national network of NGOs addressing the needs of those suffering with Aids, and founding the Aids Law Project, among other accomplishments. He also co-drafted the Charter of Rights on Aids and HIV, the founding document of the Aids Consortium.In 1994 President Mandela appointed him to the High Court on a temporary basis, where he chaired a commission into illegal arms deals, after which he took up a permanent position in 1995. Since 2000 Cameron has been a justice of the Supreme Court in Bloemfontein. Immediately prior to this appointment he served for a year as an Acting Justice in the Constitutional Court.Between 1998 and 2008 Cameron chaired the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand, the institution’s governing body. His long relationship with Wits includes a seat on numerous University committees as well as the Senate.Former Director of the Wits Centre for Applied Legal Studies, David Unterhalter, has referred to Cameron as ‘”one of the leading lawyers of his generation, possibly the leading lawyer”.Cameron is current General Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa. His other roles include patronages of several charitable organisations, among them the Guild Cottage Children’s Home, the Sparrow’s Nest Children’s Hospice, the Community AIDS Response, and the Soweto HIV/Aids Counsellors’ Alliance.Staunch Aids activistCameron has done stellar work in entrenching the rights of gay and lesbian people in the constitutional laws of the country, and fighting against the denial and discrimination associated with HIV and Aids. His outspoken opposition to Thabo Mbeki’s controversial stance of denial towards Aids, and reluctance to make anti-retroviral drugs available to all, earned him the disfavour of the former president. It is believed to have been a significant factor in his failure to gain an appointment to the Constitutional Court.Legal experts today believe that Cameron’s appointment, and that of the new Minister of Health Barbara Hogan, represent a break away from the denialist policies of the past.Cameron is the author of a number of legal books on that subject and others, such as Defiant Desire – Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa, and Honoré’s South African Law of Trusts. He has also written treatises on labour and industrial law. In 2005 he put his own experiences down in writing in the book Witness to Aids, which earned him the 2006 Alan Paton award for non-fiction, together with HIV-positive journalist Adam Levin.Among the many tokens of recognition Cameron has received from all over the world are the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 2000, a special award in 2002 from the Bar of England and Wales in recognition of his work in international jurisprudence and human rights, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation Excellence in Leadership Award in 2003.For the rights of the peopleThe 11 judges appointed to the Constitutional Court must be independent – they may not be members of Parliament or of any political party, nor may they serve in any governmental role. Candidates are interviewed and then proposed by the Judicial Service Commission, a body that advises the government on matters relating to the administration of justice.The successful candidates are selected by the president, in consultation with the Chief Justice and the National Assembly. Under normal circumstances, judges serve for a non-renewable term of 12 to 15 years, depending on the initial age of the judge when taking up his or her appointment.The first judges took to the Bench in 1994 and were appointed by then president Mandela. Senior counsel and veteran struggle lawyer Arthur Chaskalson was the first president of the Constitutional Court. He was followed by the first four judges, all drawn from the ranks of the Supreme Court – Laurie Ackermann, Richard Goldstone, Tholie Madala and Ismail Mohamed.The remaining six judges were Johann Kriegler, John Didcott, Pius Langa, Kate O’Regan, Yvonne Mokgoro, and Albie Sachs.The Constitutional Court was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in February 1995. “The last time I appeared in court,” said Mandela on that occasion, “was to hear whether or not I was going to be sentenced to death. Today I rise not as an accused, but on behalf of the people of South Africa, to inaugurate a court South Africa has never had, a court on which hinges the future of our democracy.”The Court’s first hearing involved the constitutionality of the death penalty, and after three days of hearings it delivered its judgement that the death penalty was indeed unconstitutional.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksConstitutional CourtSupreme Court of AppealJohannesburg Bar SocietyCentre for Applied and Legal StudiesAids Law ProjectNational Association of People Living with Hiv/AidsWitness to AidsAids Consortiumlast_img read more

Japan’s NTT to buy Didata for £2.1bn


first_img“We are very excited to begin collaborating with NTT to expand and deliver this joint value to our clients.” Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), a leading global telecoms provider, has reached a deal with two major shareholders of Dimension Data that will see NTT acquiring the JSE-listed company for approximately £2.1-billion (about R24.3-billion). “NTT provides a world-class IT and communications platform globally while Dimension Data brings expertise and capabilities in specialist managed IT infrastructure and services,” he said. NTT president and CEO Satoshi Miura said that by leveraging the complementary strengths of both companies, they would be able to provide global, end-to-end, high-quality ICT services. New standards, cloud computing Dimension Data executive chairman Jeremy Ord said that together, NTT and Dimension Data would define “a new industry standard” for IT service quality, delivery, and support. 16 July 2010 “The combined companies will hold a strong competitive position serving global corporations [that are] moving to managed infrastructure services and cloud computing.” “NTT’s network capabilities and assets coupled with Dimension Data’s global system integrator expertise skills create an incredible powerful and unprecedented combination of capabilities and skills,” he said. Shared vision, entrepreneurial culture NTT’s offer has secured the support of the boards of both the companies, as well as South Africa’s Venfin DD Holdings and Allan Gray, who collectively own 52% of Dimension Data’s issued shares. Dimension Data CEO Brett Dawson said that NTT recognised the value of Dimension Data’s entrepreneurial culture and business model, adding that the company’s operational processes, brands and methodologies would all remain. Ord added that he believed the two companies had a shared vision on how the market would evolve, and the combination of the two’s resources would allow them to accelerate their medium- and long-term strategies. “Dimension Data and NTT share the common vision to create new services and values to succeed in the coming age of cloud computing,” he said. “Our combined strength will allow us to accelerate execution of our strategies and achieve our shared vision.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Developing SA’s rugby coaches


first_img12 July 2013The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Thursday launched its Footprint Programme in Mthatha with the help of Springboks Siya Kolisi, Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Duane Vermeulen and Pierre Spies, Springboks assistant coaches and members of the Springbok Women’s team.Launched at a Saru Coaching Symposium in rural Transkei, a two-day event jointly arranged by Saru and the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, the programme aims to deliver the latest rugby coaching techniques and skills to all corners of South Africa.On Wednesday, 50 coaches from the Transkei Rugby Union, a sub-union of the Border Rugby Union, attended the symposium, which included a workshop presentation and a practical demonstration coaching session by the three Springbok assistant coaches and Springbok players Kolisi, Strauss, Spies, Vermeulen and Nyakane. They were joined by Mandisa Williams, the Springbok Sevens Women’s captain.PresentationRassie Erasmus, the Saru General Manager for High Performance, delivered a presentation on Wednesday to eager coaches at the Walter Sisulu University, while Springbok assistant coaches, Johann van Graan, Ricardo Loubscher and John McFarland, using the Springboks, demonstrated to the coaches how to master the basic technical techniques in areas such as tackling, scrumming, lineout play and the breakdown.Erasmus, a former Springbok captain and provincial rugby coach, said the Footprint programme is designed to assist coaches in even the most remote parts of the vast South African platteland.“This programme aims to assist the coaches to teach and apply the proper coaching techniques in the technical aspects of the game.“Players in the rural areas have the natural skill, flair and the ability but they lack the technical skills which are needed in areas such as scrums, lineouts and the breakdown,” Erasmus said.Web-based programme“It is a web-based programme that is really user-friendly and easy to understand. Coaches will be able to access a website from where they will be able to download the necessary materials, which are designed in an easy to understand formula.”Recognising that not everyone has access to a computer, Erasmus added: “We fully realise that access to computers and connectivity are real barriers in such areas, and where a coach is unable to access the website, we will supply them with DVDs and further instructions by text messages. In this regard, we will work closely with the Eastern Cape Department of Sport to establish a support network for all the coaches.“The idea is to build a database of players in the areas, track and monitor their progress and then to give us feedback at a later stage so we can design maybe some methods of intervention.“The coaches are so enthusiastic and willing to learn and I am glad we could come and assist the development of rugby in an area where there is such passion and love for the game,” said Erasmus.Eventually, he added, Saru aims to spread the pilot programme to all corners of South Africa.DelightedKolisi said he was delighted to assist in the project. “I know there is a lot of raw talent in places such as Mthatha and other rural areas of the Eastern Cape,” he said.“It is very important for players to learn the proper, basic techniques from a young age and who better to teach them that than the coaches. I am therefore delighted that Saru has initiated this project, which is aimed at upskilling the coaches.”Deidre Sedras, General Manager for the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, said the Department wants to increase the base, quality and support of local coaches through this programme.“We are extremely proud to be a partner in this programme and we hope this will be the start of a very successful partnership with Saru in this regard,” she said.SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

Who will star in Dhyan Chand biopic; Shah Rukh Khan or Ranbir Kapoor?


first_imgAt a time when Bollywood is smitten by sportsmen spirit and their lives, news of new film being made on hockey legend Dhyan Chand are surfacing. Be it Bhaag Milkha Bhaag or the latest on the block Mary Kom, filmmakers are in awe of sports personalities.According to latest reports the film will be helmed by Ila Bedi Dutta, who penned Agneepath, and will be produced by Pooja Shetty.A leading publication reports that Shah Rukh Khan had been approached for this role, but the filmmakers haven’t heard from him for a while now. And now, they are keen on getting Ranbir Kapoor on the block for the main lead role.  Earlier, Ila Bedi was quoted as saying, “I met Shah Rukh to discuss the project. To us, he is the perfect choice for Dhyan Chand. Though we haven’t heard from him yet, we expect him to sign the dotted line.”Also, Abhishek Bachchan, SRK’s co-star in their next film Happy New Year, feels that Shah Rukh can do justice to the role.At Pro Kabaddi League, Abhishek Bachchan, who owns Jaipur Pink Panthers, said, “A sportsman whose life will be fantastic on screen is Major Dhyan Chand. It will be an unbelievable story. These are the stories that need to be told. I told Shah Rukh Khan (during the shoot of Happy New Year) to make a film on it and play the protagonist, because he looks a lot like him. If you see his photo, you ust need to change Shah Rukh’s hair a bit. Shah Rukh was a hockey player. I think he will be fantastic.” Well… lets see, who confirms the news first. But the question is, whom do you want to see as Dhayan Chand on the big screen?advertisementlast_img read more

P Chidambarams CBI custody extended till today


first_imgNew Delhi: After arguments that created confusion in a Special court here on Monday, the court ordered that P Chidambaram’s CBI custody in the INX Media case be extended for one day, till he is produced before the court on September 3, after the Supreme Court of India hears his plea against the agency’s remand on the same day.Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar also issued a notice to the CBI, directing it to file a response to Chidambaram’s interim bail plea on Tuesday, when the court will hear the matter. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSolicitor-General Tushar Mehta had argued in court that he was handed a copy of the interim bail plea only after the hearing commenced and sought 10 days’ time to respond to the application. Earlier on Monday, an Apex court bench of justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna had ordered that Chidambaram’s team should approach the trial court in the INX case for interim relief and that if the lower court rejected the plea, Chidambaram’s CBI custody should be extended by three days, after which it would hear the matter on September 5. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayHowever, when Sibal cited this order to move the interim bail plea in the trial court later in the day, Mehta, appearing for the CBI said that the agency should be given time to respond to the bail plea. This led to confusion in the courtroom with respect to the interpretation of the Supreme Court order, with Sibal arguing that the interim bail plea should be decided on Monday itself and Mehta seeking up to 10 days’ time to respond to the plea “in full detail”. Mehta also requested the court to extend Chidambaram’s CBI remand by one day. The SG noted that after the initial order was passed by the Apex court, he had mentioned to a bench led by Justice Banumathi that the CBI matter be listed for hearing in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, to which the court agreed and ordered that CBI could approach the lower court for extension of custody by one day.last_img read more