Chelsea youngsters destroy West Ham

first_imgChelsea’s Under-18s hammered West Ham 5-2 in a thrilling final game of the calendar year.They cruised to victory, with Ike Ugbo scoring twice and Kasey Palmer, Kyle Scott and Faiq Bolkiah completing the scoring.Ugbo netted the opener with a close-range effort and Scott’s penalty ensured a 2-1 interval lead.Substitute Faiq finished off a fine move to make it 3-1, Palmer’s superb long-range hit put the result beyond doubt and Ugbo followed up to add a fifth Blues goal late on.The result continued a trend of emphatic victories by Chelsea’s youngsters.The Under-19s thrashed Sporting 5-0 and 6-0, Maribor 7-0 and Schalke 4-1 in the Uefa Youth League and in October the Under-18s demolished Aston Villa 12-2. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

SA fashion goes to New York

first_imgFounder and creative director of Stoned Cherrie, Nkensani Nkosi at the 2008 Audi Joburg Fashion Week. A Stoned Cherrie creation showcased at the 2008 Audi Joburg Fashion Week. (Images: African Fashion International) Stoned Cherrie is famous for its unique urban Afro-chic designs. (Image: Stoned Cherrie)Khanyi MagubaneStoned Cherrie, a top South African fashion label, has received a prestigious opportunity to break into the international fashion scene. This comes after an invitation to showcase its work at New York’s Fashion Week.The fashion extravaganza will take place from 13 to 20 February at different venues in Bryant Park, New York.The showcase will form part of the inaugural This Day/Arise Magazine: African Fashion Collective 2009.The initiative is the brainchild of entrepreneur Nduka Obaigbena, publisher and editor-in-chief Arise magazine and publisher of the This Day newspaper.Talking about the impending New York trip, Nkensani Nkosi, founder and creative mind behind the brand, says she’s elated, “I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity. I’ve always dreamt about having this kind of platform for Stoned Cherrie and it launches us directly onto a world stage.”Nkosi says this will give avid fashion lovers, who don’t normally engage themselves with African fashion or current affairs, the opportunity to see that Africa has been blessed with a unique and rich diversity of indigenous cultures, which is evident in its fashion.“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the amazing things happening in South Africa.“People continue to have a stereotypical view of Africa as the “dark continent” and it will be great to challenge that.”To create the perfect show from start to finish, Jan Malan, of local events company Umzingeli Productions, has been selected as the show’s producer.“Nduka Obaigbena is a visionary. The timing is right for this show and we can expect more of these initiatives from him.“I am only too honoured to be selected to produce this show and believe wholeheartedly in promoting a positive face of Africa to the international community.”As part of the Woolworths range of clothing and its roaring local success, the Stoned Cherrie brand was a natural choice for the show.According to the organisers, Nkosi is market ready due to her experience and success with the brand, which played a pivotal role during the selection process.Malan says he believes Nkosi will bring a unique flavour to the show, “She will be the only South African designer and will bring a unique, yet very modern South African aesthetic to the show.”Three other African designers have been chosen to participate in the This Day/Arise Magazine showcase alongside Stoned Cherrie.Well known Nigerian designers MOMO and Tiffany Amber as well as Xuly Bet, the world-renowned Paris-based Malian are set to wow audiences with their infusion of urban Afro-chic.Accompanying the designers to add to the African spectacle is Mozambican music producer Dino Moran, who has been appointed musical director for the show.The 2008 winner of the M-Net’s Face of Africa model search competition, Ghanaian Kate Menson, will also make her New York catwalk debut.SA fashion rocking the worldStoned Cherrie’s invitation to showcase its range abroad is indicative of the success and respect the South African fashion industry has accumulated on the continent and the rest of the globe.The City of Tshwane municipality, which governs Pretoria, is one of the country’s avid fashion supporters.In 2006, the Tshwane Metro and the Tunisian Embassy embarked on a joint venture to promote African culture and fashion.Called Fashion in Africa, the project is a public-private partnership for economic development in the city.The first show was cleverly put together in an aircraft hangar, sponsored by Precision Aviation Services at the Wonderboom Airport. It took place on 5 and 6 May 2006.Fashion designers from both South Africa and Tunisia participated in the event.The venture also included a competition component, where young designers – one from South Africa and another from Tunisia – each received the Executive Mayor’s Best Young Designer Award.Second year fine arts students at the University of Pretoria were specifically asked to enter this competition. The winning prize included a bronze sculpture.Gaining the respect and admiration from the world market is however not South African designers’ only ambition. It’s evident that locals are also huge supporters.Organisations such as African Fashion International, under the leadership of doctor- turned-fashion mogul Precious Moloi-Motsepe, oversee the smooth running of the number of fashion weeks in South Africa.Each year the country hosts four major fashion events, namely the Audi Joburg Fashion Week, the MTN Durban Fashion Week, Joburg Fashion Week and the Cape Town Fashion Week.The Audi Joburg Fashion Week recently took place from 21 to 24 January at the Sandton Convention Centre.Top South African designers including Machere, David Tlale and Leigh Schubert showcased their work.Spokesperson for the show Evan Schiff said the move to bring fashion week forward – it was traditionally in March – was to allow fashion publications to cover the event in time for it their autumn and winter issues.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Related articlesAfrican fashion takes Paris African shoes with soul Useful linksStoned CherrieAudi Joburg fashion weekMTN Durban Fashion weekCape Town Fashion weekJoburg Fashion weeklast_img read more

Big weekend for Touch Football Victoria

first_imgIt will be a big weekend for Touch Football Victoria this weekend, with a VT League double header, a fundraiser for cancer research and much more! The first round of the girls’ Victorian Schools Touch Football League (VSTFL) will be held on Friday night at Aquinas College, while the second round of the Boys’ competition will be held at Scotch College. The 2014 season sees 76 teams competing, which is the biggest VSTFL competition ever held. Sunday will see a VT League double header at Elwood Park. The Melbourne University Northern Blacks and Eastern Falcons will play the first ever VT League ‘Call to Arms’ match on Sunday 9th February to raise funds for Cancer Research. In a first for Touch Football in Victoria, the two teams will use their Round 14 game to promote awareness of cancer in men by wearing yellow socks and arm bands. There will also be a BBQ on the day, with all proceeds going straight to the cause.Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Skills and Performance Analyst, Karley Banks will also be in attendance at the VT League double header, assisting the Women’s VT League coaches and doing training sessions with the Women’s teams during the day as part of Touch Football Victoria’s Women in Sport grant. For more information or to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results from the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website and social media pages:Website – Facebook – Twitter – – Related LinksBig Weekend in Viclast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer assures matchwinner Rashford: Zico, Maradona also missed

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer assures matchwinner Rashford: Zico, Maradona also missedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy for matchwinner Marcus Rashford after victory over Leicester City.The England international was under pressure taking the early spotkick.But having missed his previous penalty against Crystal Palace, Rashford converted for the only goal of the game. It was a relief for Rashford and his teammates, with United having missed two of their previous four penalties won this season.However, despite the outside pressure, Solskjaer insists there was never any extra demands coming from him for United’s No10.After the victory, Solskjaer told VG: “Every striker has been penalised. I’ve seen Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi miss. Michel Platini and Zico, my favourite player of all time, missed in the same match.”You just have to have enough confidence to take it again next time. What is the worst that can happen?”Victory over Leicester has United now sitting in fourth place on eight points after five games. It marked United’s first win since the opening day thumping of Chelsea.Solskjaer was also asked by reporters from the Norwegian outlet about Rashford’s performance. The United manager admitted he was delighted with the player’s commitment against a very competitive Leicester City.On Rashford’s form, Solskjaer continued: “He offers something to the team. He knows we didn’t give him enough opportunities to run through their back line. He’s getting more mature. He knows it’s not just about goals.”Today it was all about teaming up, we had to defend, and it was good to see that we were able to defend ourselves from deep without conceding any chances.”- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jay Leno Helps Wishes Come True

first_imgWhen former Tonight Show Host Jay Leno is not busy performing stand-up comedy for large scale arena crowds, he is busy helping to make wishes come true.On March 16th, Jay Leno supported The Make-A-Wish Foundation annual black tie gala. This annual benefit helps raise funds to assist The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission to grant wishes that change the lives of eligible kids and be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid easier to achieve.Veteran Tonight Show host and comedian, Jay Leno, has been an active wish granter for Make-A-Wish. Last summer, Leno granted a wish to an Illinois wish child, Robert, who was interested in Jay’s car collection. Immediately after his performance, Jay auctioned off packages to visit his Big Dog Garage, raising an additional $100,000 for Make-A-Wish Illinois as stated on the Make-A-Wish website.Visit to learn more about Make-A-Wish Foundation.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Fidelity Southern and State Street rise Molina tumbles

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Molina Healthcare Inc., down $11.72 to $120Insurers, hospitals and other health care companies fell after a Texas judge ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.PG&E Corp., down $1.57 to $24.44California regulators said they opened an investigation into whether the utility falsified gas pipeline safety records.ABB Ltd., down 30 cents to $19.10The industrial automation company agreed to sell its power grid business to Hitachi of Japan.Goldman Sachs Group Inc., down $4.76 to $168.01Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman and two former executives for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of a state investment fund.Fidelity Southern Corp., up $3.40 to $24.82The bank agreed to combine with Ameris Bancorp, another financial company headquartered in Georgia.Jack in the Box Inc., up $1.70 to $82.03The fast food chain said it is exploring strategic as well as financial options to improve value for shareholders.Deutsche Bank AG, down 20 cents to $8.60European stocks sank Monday and Germany’s main stock index entered a “bear market.”State Street Corp., up 36 cents to $63.89Bank stocks performed better than the rest of the U.S. market Monday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Auto industry bodies can buy bulk vehicle data from next fiscal says

first_imgNew Delhi: To ‘support’ the automobile industry, the government has come out with a policy where organisations and researchers can buy bulk data pertaining to vehicle registrations on an annual basis. Eligible bodies can purchase the data for Rs 3 crore from the next fiscal and would be required to ensure strict security steps to prevent its theft or transfer, according to the policy approved by the government. Violation of data, the policy warns, will result in action under the IT Act and other applicable laws besides debarring the agency from access to this data for a period of three years. As per the ‘Bulk Data Sharing Policy & Procedure’ issued earlier this month, sharing of vehicle registration data in a “controlled manner, can support the transport and automobile industry”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The sharing of data will also help in service improvements and wider benefits to citizens & Government,” the policy said. The prime focus is on delivering simpler, better and safer services to citizens and sharing of data “will also benefit the country economy”, the policy said. “There have been continuous advances in technology and the range of purposes for which individuals and organizations want access to the DL&RC data. There has been growing demand to share the data for wider benefits.” The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways collects and holds data as part of issuance of Vehicle Registration Certificates (RC) and Driver Licence (DL). Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe ministry currently shares complete data with specified agencies such as enforcement agencies. The data is also shared with automobile industries, banks, finance companies etc at specified rates for each data set. Earlier this month, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has also announced going paperless and said driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards in a standard format across the country. Under the new norms notified by the ministry, states would have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Poly Carbonate. “A QR code has been prescribed on the cards. This would enable easy linking and access and validation of the information on the cards with the SARATHI or VAHAN database,” the Ministry has said. Recently, the ministry amended the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, enabling issuance and use of transport-related documents in an electronic form. In the bulk data sharing policy the government has said that “Capture of old data on RC&DL (registration certificate & driving license) before the implementation of SARATHI and VAHAN has still not taken place. The possibility of a number of Vehicles having been transferred from one person to another or one location to another and the Driving License holders having relocated themselves without updating the database cannot be ruled out.” The policy makes it clear that under the circumstance, the Ministry is not in a position to ensure the sanctity of the data, which would be made available on “as-is-where-is” basis.last_img read more

Collective effort behind CSKs triumph in 2018 IPL

first_imgChennai: Chennai Super Kings batsman Sam Billings on Tuesday said collective effort was behind the team’s triumph in the 2018 edition of IPL as different players stepped up at various occasions. “What stood out for me was that ours was a collective effort,” the England cricketer, who made his debut for CSK last season, was quoted as saying on “Of course, there were a couple of standout performances like (Ambati) Rayudu’s consistency and (Shane) Watson’s brilliance. Although, actually, if you look at the different games that we won, it was different players at different times stepping up,” Billings said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHe said it was phenomenal team effort last year and hoped for more of the same this year. “It was phenomenal how much of a team effort it was. Hopefully, more of the same this year,” he added. Billings is training with the rest of the squad at the M A Chidambaram stadium here ahead of the IPL-12 opener between CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23. The dashing England batsman said continuity helped, adding one grows in confidence knowing that people back you, referring to the CSK’s decision to retain 23 members from the pervious season. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Continuity helps immensely, certainly as individual players, but also as a group, you grow in confidence knowing that people ultimately back you. It allows you to play with freedom and enjoy it,” he added. Billings also spoke about captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calming influence on the team and said his clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing. “His clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing, knowing what you need to do at that very moment and not get ahead of yourself. It feeds off to other players,” he said. Meanwhile, CSK players sweated it out at training on Tuesday. Dhoni batted at the nets and went for big shots while coach Stephen Fleming kept a watch on proceedings. Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, who shone in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) and West Indies veteran Dwayne Bravo, who linked up with the squad on Monday, took part in the training session.last_img read more

The US Is Downright Mediocre At The World Baseball Classic

Puerto Rico1380.67 Chinese Taipei39-3.26 American fans like to think of the U.S. as the home of baseball; they even tried to mythologize it into the game’s place of origin at one point. And, yes, the majority of the game’s best players are from America. But in the World Baseball Classic, arguably the highest-profile event in international baseball, the U.S. is merely ordinary: It’s 10-10 over the tournament’s history, despite playing a relatively weak slate of opponents over the years. What gives?The WBC has always held more appeal for international players and fans, whose national teams take it far more seriously than the U.S. team does. The U.S. seldom sends its best players to the event, for better (it reduces the risk of key injuries in games that are essentially treated as exhibitions) and worse (it deprives the game of its best players playing on a worldwide stage). That means we won’t be seeing the likes of Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw in this year’s Classic, much less living legend Mike Trout.As a result, the U.S. has gotten mediocre results on the field, far from what might be expected out of a country that still considers itself baseball’s standard-bearer. To get a schedule-adjusted ranking of how countries have performed at the four World Baseball Classics,1Including 2017’s games, as of March 8. I calculated Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System (SRS) for every WBC game since the event began in 2006.2A few more details: I gave more weight to games that took place in later rounds (first-round games had a weight of 1, second-round games a weight of 2, WBC semifinals a weight of 4 and WBC finals a weight of 8.) I also used a home-field advantage term of +0.16 runs per game, matching what it is in MLB since 2006. Among the 13 teams that have played double-digit WBC games, the U.S. ranks just seventh — far behind No. 1 Japan, who has dominated the tournament more than any other country. Mexico69-2.05 Japan — not the U.S. — dominates the World Baseball Classic Japan1973.40 Venezuela107-0.22 Italy47-1.49 United States1010-0.41 COUNTRYWINSLOSSESWEIGHTED SRS Cuba1480.67 Australia19-3.73 Dominican Republic1441.49 Netherlands910-1.20 Teams are ranked according to the Simple Rating System (SRS) for all WBC games since 2006, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds.Source: Wikipedia South Korea1471.79 China28-6.12 National pastime or not, America’s unexceptionalism probably won’t improve until the U.S. starts treating the WBC less like an exhibition event, and more like the international showcase other countries already think it is. Share on Facebook read more

Ohio State backs running down the dream of a starting job

After one season as the Ohio State’s football team’s wide receiver coach, Stan Drayton is the Buckeyes’ running backs coach, returning to the position he once played as a three-time Division III All-American at Allegheny College.In his first season under coach Urban Meyer, Drayton faces the task of replacing the team’s top running back from last season, Daniel “Boom” Herron, who ran for 672 yards in just eight games.Drayton won’t have Herron to work with, but the team returns three running backs who combined for 1,090 rushing yards last season.Carlos Hyde, a rising junior, ran for 566 yards this past season. Rising senior Jordan Hall ran for 408 yards as a junior. Additionally, rising redshirt sophomore Rod Smith ran for 116 yards in his first season.OSU’s stable of running backs also includes freshman Bri’onte Dunn, who enrolled at OSU in January and is participating in spring practices.Drayton said all four of the players are competing for playing time.“It’s open competition right now,” Drayton said. “We’re just trying to see who’s going to separate themselves. Nowadays, you got to prepare at least three or four (running backs) to make it through an entire season anyway, so all of these guys are preparing to get game-ready. As far as me setting the depth chart right now, I like to leave it open so these guys can continue to compete throughout the spring.”Hall, who led the Buckeyes with 1,275 all-purpose yards last season, is expected by some to be the leader of the OSU running game.Drayton said the coaching staff will use Hall in a variety of ways this season.“We’re going to play into Jordan Hall’s strengths,” Drayton said. “He’s a guy who can be a versatile player for us.”Drayton said he expects Hall to contribute as a receiver this season, but added that he thinks all the running backs should do so.“He’s very, very capable,” Drayton said of Hall’s receiving abilities. “We may put a little bit more on Jordan’s plate, but all of my backs are going to have to get out there, get lined up at wide receiver, recognize coverages and play out there.”Hall said he is uncertain how he will be used in the offense this year, but said he is looking forward to playing in the offense implemented by this year’s new coaching staff.“I don’t know really what my role is yet, but I just know that the offense is more zone reads, bubble screens, screens … just getting in open space,” Hall said. “I like being in space, and this is the perfect offense.”Drayton said he has been very impressed with Hall’s maturity this spring.“I’ve seen an unbelievable change,” Drayton said. “The leadership and the toughness, both in the weight room and on the field, that was already there, but he’s taken it to another level.”Drayton said he also has big expectations for Hyde this season.“Carlos’s progression is going to be very significant to our run game,” Drayton said. “We need Carlos to take his game to another level so he can contribute to this football team. He’s too talented not to.”Hyde was not made available for comment.Drayton said he expects Smith to have a bigger role this fall.“I’m very confident that (Smith) is going to make an impact for this football team,” Drayton said.Drayton also said he has high expectations for Dunn.“I think his future is going to be really, really bright around here,” Drayton said.Hall was asked whether he thought opposing defenses would be able to stop the OSU offense this fall.“Not if we execute,” Hall replied.OSU will kickoff the 2012 Spring Game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more