Women’s World Cup places up for grabs in Windhoek

first_img24 July 2014South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, will face Cameroon in their opening match of the 2014 Caf African Women’s Championship at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia on 12 October.Coach Vera Pauw’s charges were also drawn to take on Algeria and Ghana in Group B of the tournament when the draw was made at the Windhoek Country Club on the weekend.The tournament kicks off on Saturday, 11 October with a match between hosts Namibia and Zambia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.The top three finishers will automatically qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Canada. South Africa has never before qualified for the World Cup.Banyana Banyana were seeded in Group B after the failure of the defending champions, Equatorial Guinea, to qualify for the event.Two years ago, Equatorial Guinea won the tournament on home soil, beating South Africa 4-0 in the final. Banyana Banyana had beaten their traditional nemesis, Nigeria, for the first time in the semi-finals to earn their place in the title-decider.Nigeria the top-ranked teamNigeria will be back to challenge for the title again this year, having won the African Women’s Championship eight times, most recently in 2010 when South Africa hosted the tournament.Joining Nigeria in Group A are Namibia, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.Nigeria is the highest ranked of the teams contesting the championship finals, occupying 34th place on Fifa’s world rankings. Ghana is ranked 48th and South Africa 51st.The teams will face off in round-robin play in their groups before the top two from each group advance to the semi-finals.South Africa’s recordBanyana Banyana have finished as runners-up in the African Women’s Championship four times previously.Apart from their second-place finish two years ago, they lost two other finals, also against the host nations, going down 1-2 to Equatorial Guinea in 2008 and losing 0-2 to Nigeria in 2000.In 1995, Nigeria convincingly defeated South Africa over two legs in the final, winning 4-1 and 7-1 for an 11-2 aggregate victory.last_img read more

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How Theory and Practice Are Different (A Cautionary Tale)

first_imgMy old man has a friend who spent his entire life in construction. Let’s call him Tommy. Late in his life, in order to advance in his trade and become a supervisor, Tommy began taking classes at the community college.One class happened to be about ordering stone for the foundation of a new home. The goal of the exercise was to determine how many stones to order for a house of some specified dimensions. It was a simple enough exercise. Tommy made the calculations and turned in his paper.When the paper was returned to him, Tommy was surprised. His answer was incorrect. Tommy wondered how he could have gotten this simple problem wrong. He’d spent his life in construction. He’d ordered the stone for hundreds, maybe thousands, of homes over his life.So Tommy went and asked the faculty member to explain where his calculations were wrong. The faculty member explained to Tommy why his answer was incorrect. Tommy, it seemed, had simply ordered too much stone to build a house based on the dimensions he was given. He was off by 20%. Perhaps it was a simple math error, suggested the faculty member. Tommy would do better in the future, no doubt.Then Tommy asked the faculty member how much of the order for stone he believed would be damaged on the delivery trucks on the way to the job site. The faculty member, having never really ordered stone or built a house before, confessed that he didn’t know. Then Tommy asked him how much of the stone would be lost to theft by the workers or workers from another site. The faculty member again confessed that he didn’t know.Tommy, however, did know how much stone would be damaged or stolen. The losses would roughly equal the 20% that Tommy added to the order for stone. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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WWE: Ring collapses in Brawn Stawman and Big Show fight on RAW

first_imgWWE creative have been constantly booking Braun Strowman in the recent past as the next big tough man of the network to push his feud with company baby face, Roman Reigns. Braun Strowman was set up with a match against resident strongman Big Show as the main event on this week’s Monday night RAW, ahead of his match against the ‘lone dog’ WWE Payback.THIS. JUST. HAPPENED! #Raw @BraunStrowman @WWETheBigShow pic.twitter.com/d778FsBeXR- WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2017After exchanging blows in the center of the ring for some time, the Big Show landed a less than impressive knockout punch on Brwan Strowman. On recovering, he led the Big Show up onto the top ring and slammed his onto the mat, causing the entire ring to collapse, the ropes to come loose and the foundations to fall away.Through a #KOPunch, a #Chokeslam, and a RING COLLAPSE, The #MonsterAmongMen @BraunStrowman manages to stand tall on #RAW! @WWETheBigShow pic.twitter.com/SVrP6y47oW- WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2017The match ended with no resolution being reached, but Brawn Strowman was the sole person left standing in the middle of a destroyed ring.RAW general manager Kurt Angle told Strowman that he will meet Roman Reigns at WWE Payback, earlier in the night.He had attacked Reigns last week, tipping over the ambulance Reigns was being taken to the hospital after being attacked backstage.WWE confirmed Reigns had suffered a separated shoulder and cracked ribs.last_img read more

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Hundreds Say Goodbye to Late Mayor of Portmore

first_img Hundreds of persons turned out on Thursday, October 17, to pay final respects to the late Mayor of Portmore, George Egbert Emmanuel Lee, at the Official funeral, held at the Power of Faith Ministries Church, in Portmore, St. Catherine.Mr. Lee, who held the distinction of being Jamaica’s and the English-speaking Caribbean’s first directly elected Mayor, passed away on September 29, after a brief illness. He was 74.Initially elected as Mayor in 2003, following Portmore’s attainment of municipal status, Mr. Lee was in his second term in office, which commenced in 2012, when he passed away.Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who represented Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who is off the island;  and Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness,  headed the list of Parliamentary officials attending the service. Also in attendance were Mayors and other Local Government representatives.Mr. Pickersgill and Mr. Holness read the First and Second Scripture Lessons, respectively.Custos of St. Catherine, Hon. Rev. Sophia Azan, headed parish leaders and residents who also attended the service. Also present were students from several schools across Portmore. Several of the youngsters lined sections of the roadway leading to the Church bearing flags, which they waved in tribute to Mr. Lee.Many persons turned up at the church well over two hours before the funeral service’s  scheduled 11:00 a.m. start, in the hope of getting a final look at the man who was widely referred to as ‘Mr. Portmore’, as a result of  Mr. Lee’s passion for the municipality’s development.Final viewing of his body took place between 10:00 and 10:45 a.m., after the flag-draped casket was brought in by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) bearer party and positioned adjacent to the church’s main entrance.Glowing tributes in song, dance, and speech honouring the life and work of Mr. Lee flowed abundantly. Family man, hero, visionary leader, people person, politically unbiased, and industrious were some of the accolades used to describe him.State Minister for Local Government and Community Development, and Member of Parliament for South east St. Catherine, which incorporates sections of Portmore, Hon. Colin Fagan, led the tributes.Mr. Fagan described Mr. Lee as a ‘no-nonsense’ and ‘strong willed’ person, who devoted his life to Portmore’s welfare.“As Mayor, he was able to lobby for the establishment of a tax office in Portmore, the placement of (a) Jamaica Public Service Company Limited office in Portmore, land for the building of the Portmore bus park in Naggo Head…(and development of) seven community parks within the municipality, among other things,” he outlined.The State Minister noted that at the time of Mr. Lee’s passing, he was lobbying for the construction of a permanent municipal office for the council, and establishment of a hospital.“George Lee was an example to members of both sides of the political divide, as he was always giving of his best (for) the people of Portmore. I am happy that the Portmore Municipal Council named a road (the George Lee Boulevard) in his honour. We have lost a strong leader, and when the history of Portmore is written, his name will be on every page,” Mr. Fagan said.In her tribute, Rev. Azan said Mr. Lee’s passing has left a vacuum both in Portmore and the nation in general that will be hard to fill.“He was a dedicated, committed public servant who will be remembered for his unstinting service to local government and certainly one (example) of good governance for the sustainable development of Portmore. His political career and contribution to nation building has left a legacy that will be long remembered,” Rev. Azan said.Mr. Lee’s sister, Beverly Santouse, who delivered the eulogy, said he was the first of five children for their parents, and held the “most enviable position” as the only boy.She recounted her father’s decision to also name her brother Emmanuel “because he knew that his son…was destined for greatness…prophecy fulfilled.”Mrs. Santouse said Mr. Lee was industrious, with a penchant for punctuality, traits which she pointed out underpinned his professional, vocational and philanthropic pursuits in Jamaica and the United States.She said the late Mayor was a caring family man who loved children and was an active member of the Portmore United Church for over 20 years.“George was a humble man; he was respected by all he met. The simplest person in the community was George’s friend. He met with Governors-General, Prime Ministers, foreign visitors, and he never lost the common touch. And now that his mission has been completed, he is at rest with his Father,” she added.Pastor of the Portmore United Church, Rev. L. Christopher Mason, who delivered the Homily, noted the “air of victory” celebrating the life of Mr. Lee, that was evident in the proceedings, throughout the funeral service.“There (was) no sense of heaviness or spirit of mourning (clouding) the atmosphere today. Rather, it’s the sweet triumph of a life well lived,” he pointed out.Rev. Mason contended that the life of persons like Mr. Lee “cannot be considered in mere nostalgic terms or simply in personal sentimental reflections.”“The reach of truly good men transcends the limits of our mortality and continues to make a difference in the lives of those who succeed them. Today we celebrate a life that was well lived, the life of our brother, George Lee,” he added.The body of Mr. Lee, who is survived by widow, Aneita Lee; daughter, Claudette Lee; three stepsons, Norman, Andrew and Rojah; sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, grandchildren, great children and other relatives, was interred at Dovecot Memorial Gardens, St. Catherine. Story Highlights Mr. Lee, who held the distinction of being Jamaica’s and the English-speaking Caribbean’s first directly elected Mayor, passed away on September 29, after a brief illness. Hundreds of persons turned out on Thursday, October 17, to pay final respects to the late Mayor of Portmore, George Egbert Emmanuel Lee. Many persons turned up at the church well over two hours before the funeral service’s scheduled 11:00 a.m. start, in the hope of getting a final look at the man who was widely referred to as ‘Mr. Portmore’.last_img read more

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