first_imgAlso, host clubs will have an improved kitty of Sh1.4mn for their logistical planning, up from last season’s Sh1mn.This is after Stanbic increased their sponsorship from Sh9mn to Sh14.35mn for the new season rolled out across the 10 weeks of the competition that starts July 20 and runs all through to September 8.Division Two sides will also have a piece of cake to fight over with the winners taking Sh150,000 while the losing finalists earns a Sh50,000 compensation.-Women’s tournamentAt the same time, the circuit has introduced a women’s tournament which will be held at the Christie Sevens hosted by Kenya Harlequins where the winner of the tourney walks home with Sh100,000.According to Abraham Ongenge, Stanbic Bank’s Chief Financial Officer, the bank’s investment in the tournament is aligned to continuous pursuit of promoting a homegrown agenda through people and rugby.“This investment has contributed to a thriving sports economy ecosystem demonstrable in the socio-economic impact across sport, business and youth in the years we’ve worked with Kenya Rugby Union,” he said.“The tournament has put us in the front seat of supporting grassroots initiatives which is already providing value to a new generation keen to develop their skills – that way helping maintaining the men’s rugby ranking and stature at the global and African sphere,” he further stated.Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Oduor Gangla said: “These are very exciting times for our sport and this deal will hugely benefit sevens rugby game. The renewal of the title sponsorship of the National Sevens Circuit further demonstrates the confidence that corporates have in rugby in building the sports economy.”2019 Calendar20th/21st July – Kakamega7s, Bull Ring (Hosted by Kabras)27th/28th July – Kabeberi7s, Kinoru Stadium (Hosted by Mwamba)3rd/4th August – BREAK10th/11th August – Dala7s, Mamboleo Showgrounds (Hosted by Kisumu)17th/18th August – Prinsloo7s, Nakuru Athletics Club (Hosted by Nakuru)24th/25th August – BREAK31st Aug/1st Sept – Christie7s, RFUEA Grounds (Hosted by Kenya Harlequins)7th/8th Sept – Driftwood7s, Mombasa Sports Club (Hosted by Mombasa)0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Stanbic Bank Chief Finance Officer Abraham Ongenge (left) exchange documents with Kenya Rugby Union chairman Oduor Gangla. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 – Clubs participating in this year’s Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Series will have an extra carrot dangled in their faces after an improved sponsorship purse from Stanbic Bank meant there will be enough to introduce prize money into the competition.The winners of the overall title will walk home with Sh500,000 with the second placed team winning Sh250,000 and the third placed team earning Sh150,000. Not enough for six rounds of the competition, but for a start this will give teams an extra motivation to fight for the crown.last_img read more

first_imgThree local teams remain in the hunt for a North Coast Section championship, and all three will play in their respective semifinals tonight.In the Division 3 girls bracket, Eureka will travel to play an in-form and favored Cardinal Newman program, while in Division 4 Arcata will host Piedmont, and in Division 5 St. Bernard’s will host University.All three matchups pit a No. 2 seed against a No. 3, and all three are expected to be competitive encounters.The Loggers, who defeated Alhambra …last_img read more

first_imgThe South African financial system continued to be sound during the first half of the year, according to the latest edition of the Financial Stability Review, released by the SA Reserve Bank (SARB).The publication, which focuses on the six months to June 2007, is part of SARB’s efforts to encourage debate on financial stability issues and enhance the understanding of the financial system by highlighting its strengths and weaknesses.According to the Financial Stability Review, the resilience of financial markets globally was severely tested during the past few months following the widespread impact of negative developments in the United States’ housing market, and the subprime mortgage market in particular.Global markets generally experienced considerable volatility and illiquidity and there are signs that borrowers will face tighter terms and conditions, which could harm global economic growth.Emerging market economies in general have proven to be resilient to the financial market turmoil following the subprime crisis, SARB said it review.South African financial institutions have very little exposure to the United States’ subprime lending industry or to securities with subprime loans as underlying assets. Any direct impact of the subprime mortgage turmoil on the South African financial system is likely to be negligible.Based on an analysis of selected financial soundness indicators, SARB found that the South African financial system remained sound during the period under review. Overall confidence in the financial services sector remained high and confidence in the banking sector was confirmed by the high level of the retail banking confidence index.SARB believes that South African banks were well capitalised, but the country’s banking sector remained highly concentrated. The insurance industry remained strong although there are concerns about deteriorating profitability and a high loss ratio. Despite strong growth in household indebtedness the financial position of households remained sound given strong growth in disposable income and financial assets.The moderation in the level of activity in the residential property market continued and could be extended further by the relatively high level of household debt that is limiting the ability of households to accumulate more debt.The review concluded that the South African financial regulatory system is undergoing continuous change and legislative reform in an effort to maintain an appropriate level of financial regulation.Useful linksSA Reserve Bank: www.reservebank.co.zalast_img read more

first_imgTags:#E-Books#web As our reading habits become increasingly digital, many book-lovers are wondering how this will impact libraries’ ability to lend materials, particularly since many of the popular e-readers and e-booksellers have rather restrictive loan policies. And some publishers too have expressed their own concerns about e-book sharing, with one going so far as stating that if libraries start lending e-books, it could serve to “undo the entire market for e-book sales.” These questions and concerns over e-book lending are bringing attention to libraries’ services, a good thing I’d argue, as the role of libraries expands from “repository of printed books” to include other technological services (most importantly, perhaps, community access to Internet). So here’s some good news today for libraries, right on the heels of good news for publishers from holiday sales: digital distributor OverDrive reports today that e-book checkouts at libraries were up 200% in 2010 from the year before. Audiobook loans were also up, by 52%. Proof, perhaps, that you can lend e-books and not “undo the entire market for e-book sales.”The statistics come from the over 13,000 libraries, schools and retailers that use OverDrive’s digital distribution services. And according to these figures, more than one million new users signed on to access e-books and audiobooks via “virtual library branches”. Over 718 million titles were viewed in the company’s Web-based catalog and over 15 million digital titles were checked out.The most popular fiction title: Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The most popular nonfiction title: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. These were the most popular titles for audiobook downloads as well.OverDrive says that it makes over 400,000 copyrighted e-books, audiobooks, music, and video titles available to libraries, which patrons are able to download to their phone, PC, or e-readers. OverDrive is one of several options that libraries can pursue in order to make digital content available to their patrons. In November, we reviewed the Bluefire Reader app that uses Adobe Digital Editions in order to facilitate library checkout of e-books. Related Posts audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma who was absconding in an Arms Act case linked with Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, for over a month surrendered in a local court in Begusarai on Tuesday.Ms. Manju Verma surrendered in Majhaul local court of Begusarai district. She came in a car to the local court on Tuesday morning and quietly surrendered in the court even when the Begusarai police had launched manhunt and conducting raid at several places to arrest her for long.Recently, following a stern observation by the Supreme Court which is monitoring the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, the Begusarai police had attached property of Ms Manju Verma recently. She was earlier suspended from the primary membership of the ruling party JD(U).While expressing “shock” over delay in arrest of Ms. Manju Verma, Supreme Court had summoned the Bihar chief secretary and Director General of Police to appear in court on November 27 in person.The former Bihar Minister had to step down in August after media reported that her husband Chandrashekhar Verma had made several phone calls to the main accused of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, Brajesh Thakur. Mr. Thakur is currently lodged in Patiala court jail in Punjab.Mr. Chandrashekhar Verma too had surrendered in the same Majhaul court of Begusarai and was sent to jail recently.In a police raid in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home as many as 50 illegal live cartridges were recovered from the residence of the Vermas. Madhu Verma too surrendersMeanwhile, another absconding accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, Madhu Verma too has surrendered in a local court in Muzaffarpur.She was said to be wearing burqa to cover her face while entering into the court to surrender. Ms. Madhu Verma was absconding since the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case was exposed in a social audit report prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).The report had revealed that as many as 34 minor girls were sexually exploited at the State-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur managed by an NGO owned by Brajesh Thakur.Recently, the Muzaffarpur municipal corporation had taken steps to demolish the illegal parts of the shelter home.last_img read more

first_imgClose to a 1,000 people turned up at Bongaigaon town’s Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday to be the first to trade a kilo of plastic for a sapling and a cloth bag. A 70-year-old woman beat them all to make an ecological statement.Bongaigaon, the headquarters of Bongaigaon district, is about 180 km west of Guwahati.Renuka Roy Choudhury had a reason to be the first to deposit the plastic from her house in a plastic bank set up by the Bongaigaon Municipal Board — to send a message that the older generations have to take the lead in undoing the damage done to the environment.“We have enough saplings in the Social Forestry nurseries, but brought 200 for the ‘plants-for-plastic’ exchange programme. The overwhelming response made us realise we brought too few,” the district’s Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan said.Ms. Choudhury and the 199 others were given saplings of gooseberry, olive, mango, jackfruit, mahogany and other local species of trees for a total of 200 kilos of plastic deposited. Each of them also received a cloth bag manufactured by local women’s self-help groups.Each of these bags can withstand more than 2 kg of weight.Mr. Khan said those who missed out on a sapling on Tuesday would be provided with one later. “We will continue with the programme till the town is free of single-use plastic. The plastic bank will be open at the Municipal Board’s office for anyone to deposit a kilo of plastic and get a sapling in return,” he said.Banana barkThe Social Forestry wing of the Assam Forest Department pitched in with innovation too. Officials replaced black polythene bags with the bark of banana plants for holding the saplings. These were tied with jute threads.The district administration had, ahead of the ‘plants for plastic’ drive, discussed an alternative to the polythene sapling bags with Divisional Forest Officer Abdel Salam Arief. Forester Lakhi Nath came up with the banana bark idea.The Bongaigaon district administration said the drive would perhaps not have been possible without the involvement of a green group called Robin Hood Army. Its volunteers facilitated the exchange programme.last_img read more

first_imgJeff Horn. INQUIRER PHOTO/ROY LUARCABRISBANE, Australia—If trainer Glenn Rushton’s grand description of  Jeff Horn turns out to be true, then Manny Pacquiao is in for a brutal tussle on July 2.A punishing 10-week training camp, according to Rushton, has turned Horn into a fighting machine. Somebody with “hands like steel, body like granite,” and with “the strength of an ox.”ADVERTISEMENT With both Pacquiao and Horn wielding a heavy hand, said there’s a good chance of a stoppage late in the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rushton said he’s hoping that Pacquiao will bring his A-game into the “Battle of Brisbane” at the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium because Horn will definitely be at his best form ever.After studying hundreds of tapes of Pacquiao’s previous fights, especially against the likes of Ricky Hatton, Oscar dela Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez, Rushton has meticulously crafted a secret 10-point plan against Pacquiao.Rushton said if Horn will be able to follow the plan to the letter, and be on his toes every second of the 12-round bout, the former school teacher will be able to hurdle Pacquiao and shock the world.Rushton liked Pacquiao-Horn to a collision between an unstoppable force (Pacquiao) and an immovable object (Horn).And with Horn in terrific shape, Horn promises a much better fight than Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas, Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley and Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Horn to take leaf out of Marquez book vs Pacquiao WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READcenter_img What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rushton, a self-made millionaire and mixed martial arts expert, also said during Horn’s media workout at the gym inside his mansion, that he hasn’t seen anybody really hurt Horn in the ring.Not even during his amateur days where Horn represented Australia in both the World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd not in the pro ranks, where Horn holds a 16-0-1 record with 11 knockouts.In addition, Rushton swears that Horn has the will and the heart to give trouble to anybody, including Pacquiao. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSix stories in the news for Tuesday, May 8———N.B. FLOODING STARTING TO STABILIZEFloodwaters are expected to stabilize in New Brunswick although water levels remain high. Geoffrey Downey of the Emergency Measures Organization said water levels in Fredericton has not been below 8.0 metres — or 1.5 metres above flood stage — for 10 days, but is expected to drop to 7.3 by Wednesday. The Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton remains closed.———PUSH ON TO COMPLETE NAFTA TALKSThe NAFTA countries have started what could be a final chance for an agreement this year. Mexico delivered a counter-proposal on autos yesterday in its first meeting of the round with the U.S. That meeting ran slightly overtime and delayed the first Canada-U.S. session until this morning. If an agreement doesn’t happen soon, some feel it won’t happen this year at all. Mexico and the U.S. will soon both be immersed in national election campaigns through most of 2018.———SENTENCING HEARING FOR SASK. SCHOOL SHOOTERA sentencing hearing is scheduled today for a young man who killed four people and injured seven others in shootings at a home and a school in northern Saskatchewan in January 2016. The shooter killed two teenage brothers, a teacher and a teacher’s aide in La Loche, Sask. A judge ruled in February that the young man, who is now 20, will be sentenced as an adult.———ONTARIO LEADERS SQUARE OFF IN FIRST DEBATEThe leaders of Ontario’s three main political parties squared off last night in the first debate ahead of the June 7 provincial election. Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath spent much of their time targeting PC Leader Doug Ford, who leads in most polls. Wynne and Horwath accused Ford of being disingenuous by promising to cut four per cent from the budget without saying what services he would cut. Ford for his part said he would find efficiencies and show “respect for taxpayers.”———ORGAN DONATIONS CLIMB IN WAKE OF HUMBOLDT CRASHNearly 100,000 Canadians signed up to become organ donors after learning a victim of last month’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash had signed a donor card just weeks before the crash — and wound up saving six lives. According to Canadian Blood Services, there were 99,742 registrations in April alone, and that number only includes provinces that have online registration.———TORONTO RAPTORS SENT PACKINGAfter a stellar regular season, the Toronto Raptors were put to the sword yet again by Cleveland again last night. LeBron James and the Cavaliers had their way in a 128-93 blowout win to complete a four-game sweep in their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal. Toronto is now the first top seed to be swept prior to the conference finals since the NBA switched to a 16-team playoff format in 1984. The Cavs will face either Boston or Philadelphia in the next round.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The National Energy Board resumes hearings in Merritt, B.C. into the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will appear at a Commons committee to testify on the federal firearms bill.— Companies reporting results today include George Weston, WestJet, Sleep Country, Valeant, Sun Life and Quebecor.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets in Ottawa with Prince Albert II of Monaco.— OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will launch his union’s Ontario election platform.— The Fraser Institute will release a report titled “The Cost of Pipeline Constraints in Canada.”— Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen will make an announcement about addictions.— A Manitoba legislature committee holds hearings on bills including one to restrict the consumption of pot in public places.last_img read more

first_imgAugust 22, 2001DeparturesLosida Garcia sits on the door of the cube she’s called home for the past two years.She left Arcosanti on Monday morning much to the regret of the Landscaping Crew andher friends in the community.Facilities Crewmember Curtis Arnold also left Arcosanti this week to possibly work overseas.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] ArrivalBaby chicks arrived in Camp (and into the world) this past week.The black chicken is acting as surrogate mom to the three chicks.Camp also houses several hens, peacocks, guinea hens, and a duck. Arriving and DepartingMonsoons have rolled in many afternoons this past month bringingdramatic lighting storms, cooler air, and much needed rain for our soil.Pictured: Justin Dehnert watching from the shelter of East Housing.center_img A photo of one of Losida’s famous dinners: Orzo and Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes,Olive/Pepper Foccacia Bread, Organic Zucchini from our Gardens baked in Walnut/Garlic Sauce,and Caeser Salad with Capers and Sundried Tomatoes. Arcosanti Organics Manager,Adam Nordfors did the accompanying drawings.last_img read more