Rosemary’s Children Services Has Tunnel Vision

first_imgNeighborhood News Rosemary’s Children Services Has Tunnel Vision From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, July 8, 2013 | 2:23 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Rosemary’s Children Services, a foster care agency in Pasadena, has named Pasadena based, Tunnel Vision, to create a new branding strategy, develop a new website, create digital media assets and manage their social media platforms.“Rosemary’s Children Services has a long standing reputation with Pasadena and the surrounding communities. We’re excited that Rosemary’s is shifting their branding focus. I commend Greg Wessels & Kristi Lopez for selecting a local media firm”, says James Farr, Principal of Tunnel Vision. “We look forward to this partnership.”The rebranding will launch in June, and will begin with introducing a new Web 2.0 site and a strong engagement driven social media campaign. This effort will coincide with Rosemary’s Children Services annual fundraising gala, the 50th An Evening with Star Chef held on Saturday, June 22nd at the historic Pasadena City Hall.“We are excited to work with such talented people such as those that represent Tunnel Vision. I am confident that thy are the company to move us forward” says Greg Wessels Exective Director of Rosemary Children’s Services. Tunnel Vision is the Agency of Record (AOR) for REUP Drink, VH1’s LisaRaye McCoy’s 90 Day Challenge, Pipe Dreamz Ent and Get Healthy Pasadena (MEMAH). Additionally, they’ve executed events and campaigns for Gatorade, Semper Fi Fund, TOGO’s Sandwiches and Comcast’s Get Up & Dance TV.About Rosemarys Children ServicesFounded in 1920 by the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena, Rosemary Children’s Services has been committed to providing compassionate and therapeutic services to “at-risk” children. Annually the agency serves over 450 children throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange Counties. Programs include: The Residential Treatment Program, Non-Public School, Mental Health Services, Foster Care and Adoption Services, Transitional Housing Program, Intensive Treatment Foster Care, and Therapeutic Behavioral Services. To learn more about Rosemary Children’s Services or arrange a tour of its Pasadena campus, call (626) 844-3033 or visit the agency’s website, http://www.rosemarychildren.org.About Tunnel Vision: A boutique firm, Tunnel Vision focuses on the development, execution, and assessment of business value propositions by leveraging proprietary assets, methodologies, and techniques. Tunnel Vision leverages unique media assets and customer knowledge to provide consumer insights, strategic planning, social media management services and turnkey program execution. Balancing legacy and innovation, we are dedicated to providing fresh ideas and delivering emerging platforms to create genuine brand connections that resonate with today’s unique consumer mindset. For more information, visit Â www.TunnelVisionLLC.com Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News More Cool Stuff 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

‘Black Minds Matter’ Report Discussed Today at PCC Forum

first_img Subscribe California State Assembly members Chris Holden and Shirley Weber will lead a panel of speakers that will discuss the recently published report, “Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Children in California,” released by Education Trust-West in October, during a forum Thursday, May 19, at Pasadena City College’s Westerbeck Recital Hall.The report examines how the nearly 1 million black youth in California are faring from preschool through college, and reveals the “distressing disparities that newly released state and national data show are persisting at all levels of their educational journey,” according to an Ed Trust-West summary.The report also highlights the groundbreaking efforts underway to reverse these trends in California and close achievement and opportunity gaps for African American students.In the report, Ryan J. Smith, Executive Director of Ed Trust-West, says black students continue to face an education system that squanders their talents.“The deaths of unarmed youth by law enforcement across the country tell black youth that their lives matter less than other lives,” Smith writes. “Similarly, the decisions made within our education systems tell Black students that their minds and futures matter less as well.”Thursday’s panel of experts and guest speakers, including Smith who is Executive Director of Ed Trust-West, will highlight the ?ndings and promising practices legislators and educators can consider in addressing disparities and inequities in access, opportunity and achievement, especially in the California education setting.Aside from Holden, Weber and Smith, the other speakers and panelists on the forum include:· Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction· Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost and Chief Outreach Officer for the University of California Of?ce of the President· John Pointer, Student Body President, John Muir High School· Felita Kealing, Pasadena Unified School District African-American Parent Council· Trudell Skinner, Principal, Blair High School· Dr. Mack Hines, Pasadena Unified School District African-American Student Success Initiative· Darvin Jackson, Monrovia Unified School District, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources· Dr. Christopher D. Jimenez y West, Instructor, Social Science Division, Pasadena City CollegeBefore the forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., participants will be available for interviews at 5 p.m.Education Trust–West, with offices in Oakland, advocates for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all California students, particularly those of color and living in poverty.The organization works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college. It also exposes opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth.Education Trust was founded in 2001 by Russlynn Ali who led the organization until 2009 when she left to join the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights in the Education Department. Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Community News Education ‘Black Minds Matter’ Report Discussed Today at PCC Forum From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 9:49 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Museum returns to ‘Pioneer Days’ this weekend

first_img A special added attraction for Pioneer Days 2010 is a Barn Dance that gets off to a high heel-kicking start at 6 p.m. Friday and the Colley Senior Dancers will pick up the pace at 7:30 p.m. Calvin Bodiford and the Southern Strings will provide the beat and the dancers, the feet.“Those who attend Pioneer Days on Friday will get an armband that will admit them to the Friday night Barn Dance,” Peak said. “Paid admission to the dance will be $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children six years and older and include armbands that will be admission to Pioneer Days on Saturday.”Pioneers Days will feature Bruce Brannen’s Wild West Show, the portrayal of Davy Crockett, a flint napper, a blacksmith and quilting, weaving, woodturning, hand carving and basket making demonstrations. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 9:05 pm Wednesday, October 6, 2010 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Skip Email the author Latest Stories You Might Like Riverview to honor pastor for heeding ‘call’ Dr. Mallone Chandler started preaching in a vacated fruit stand along busy 231 Highway north of Troy in 1980. His… read more Brundidge artist Larry Godwin, who painted the Main Street scene in the Village, will draw caricaturesSheBANG! and the American Legion Dancers will perform in the amphitheater Saturday at 10 and 11 a.m. respectively.Both days, Don Renfroe and his matched pair of mules will be giving wagon rides around the grounds and Bodiford and Southern Strings and the Broken Strings Bluegrass Band will provide background music that will add flavor and fun to the old-time festival.“We invite everyone to come out and spend the day with us,” Peak said. “We have a picnic area for those who want to bring along a picnic.“The Pioneer Museum of Alabama is designed for family fun and learning and there’s no better time to visit the museum than on Pioneer Days.” Museum returns to ‘Pioneer Days’ this weekend By The Penny Hoarder More than 600 students will converge on the Pioneer Museum of Alabama Friday to get their hands on history.The museum will host Pioneer Days Friday and Saturday and, although Friday is designated especially for students, the public is also invited.“We have 12 different schools scheduled to come and we have a great day of hands-on and fun learning events and activities planned,” said Jerry Peak, museum director. There will also be cooking demonstrations in the Demonstration and Reunion cabins and visitors will be treated to a pone of cornbread or a cat’s head biscuit.A Creek Indian camp will be set up and Civil War re-enactors and lots of Yankees will be on the grounds.“This year, we are expanding the Civil War encampment to include a Confederate field hospital,” Peak said. “That will be very interesting and informative. Also new will be cow milking demonstration and a crosscut saw demonstration.”There will be two storytelling events. Alice Hayes will be the local teller in the Reunion Cabin and Brent Holmes, a former Trojan who now makes his home in Nashville, will sing his whimsical songs and sign his latest book in the Village Center on Saturday. Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Improving the User Experience in the Digital Workplace

first_imgThis post is co-authored by Anand Johnson, Senior Advisor, Technical Marketing, Dell EMC VDI Ready Solutions.Ensuring a good user experience is a challenge for businesses interested in moving toward a digital workplace. While it seems intuitive that user experience improvement leads to increased productivity, that’s not the primary goal. “Increasingly, the success of digital workplace programs is being defined by how well business goals align with user needs, rather than just by productivity and costs savings,” said Esteban Herrera, partner and global head of ISG Research, in a news release about ISG’s recent Digital Workplace of the Future report.In the digital environment, the user’s emotions and attitudes define the user experience. Aligning with user needs includes providing an experience that enhances how a person perceives and feels about the digital workplace. In fact, the ISG report identifies a shift away from traditional service level agreements (SLAs) in favor of end-user experience agreements (XLAs). The goal of an XLA is to monitor the user’s experience, identify gaps affecting the user, and then take corrective action. Ultimately, if the user enjoys working in the digital workplace, the benefits can include embracing new digital tools that improve productivity and collaboration with the business to further improve the digital transformation.Operating systems and digital workplace applications are also designed to enhance the user experience, as software companies realize the important role that the application experience plays in the selection process. For example, each version of the Windows operating system has made advances in improving the user experience. In my own experience, it was an adjustment moving away from using shortcut keys, to the more visual experience provided by the Quick Access Toolbar in Office programs. However, in exchange, we receive a visually rich and intuitive user experience that created a demand for improved graphics virtualization.It’s interesting how the presentation of color can play a significant role in the user interface of a program. “Research reveals people make subconscious judgments about a person, environment, or product within 90 seconds of initial viewing and that between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone,” according to CCI Color Institute for Color Research. This research highlights the importance of the presentation layer in the digital workplace. While a graphics processing unit does not affect the selection of color used in a user interface, it does affect color depth. In general, the greater the color depth the broader the spectrum of colors available.The new NVIDIA T4 data center GPU with NVIDIA GRID software is designed to provide a native-PC user experience in a digital workplace. Users can use multiple screens and watch 4K video. The T4 also supports VP9 video decode and H.265 (HVEC) encode/decode and provides support for more than 1 TB of system memory.Dell EMC now offers an integrated, validated, and tested solution for the digital workplace. The virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution combines PowerEdge servers with the NVIDIA T4 and GRID software and provides a comprehensive pathway to improving the user experience. After component integration, the solution is performance-tested to ensure its validity. As part of the testing process, engineers tune the system to maximize performance and efficiency, and document best practices. Finally, a separate team of experts evaluate the test results to ensure that the systems can be properly configured and sized for customers.Monitoring the Dell EMC VDI solution is free and easy with Live Optics. Live Optics is a remote and agentless software for collecting data about your PowerEdge environment. It streams workload data from your system to an online analytics engine that measures, analyzes, and reports workload characteristics. Live Optics saves time by automating data collection and drives transparency by enabling system monitoring.The goal of the new Dell EMC solution is to accelerate the time-to-value for the business in achieving an enhanced user experience for digital workplace users. Every digital workplace solution is different, requiring the design and size of the solution to match a customer’s requirements. This solution offers a great deal of flexibly in how it can be configured and sized for digital workplaces. Thus, customers have the capability to start with a foundation that matches their current requirements and incrementally grow as the business grows.The user experience in the digital workplace doesn’t have to be a challenge. Companies can quickly enhance the digital workplace with a powerful combination of NVIDIA T4 cards, GRID software, and PowerEdge servers. This VDI solution was developed by a team of experts who have used digital workplaces, designed solutions, and been customers themselves. They understand the value of solutions that are easy to use and enable your business to quickly achieve its goals.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorAnand is working as a Tech Marketing Engineer in Dell EMC VDI ready Solutions. He is specialized in VDI technologies, primarily based on VMware and Citrix Suites. In his role as Tech Marketing Engineer, he analyzes VDI solutions and build collaterals, which enable customers to understand technology better. Prior to joining Dell EMC, Anand worked on projects related to VDI solutions and managed all aspects of design and implementation of desktop virtualization projects.last_img read more

Dynergy and Duke Energy Execs Concede an Industry in Decline

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ken Silverstein for SNL:In 1980, about 70% of Duke Energy Corp.’s megawatt-hours came from coal. Today, it is 30% and by 2020, it will be about 25%.Indeed, Duke is moving ahead and investing in both renewable generation and in natural gas and the related infrastructure to compensate for its diminishing coal base. The company added 300 MW of solar power in the Carolinas in 2015 — a number that it expects to grow by 75 MW this year.At the same time, Duke is buying Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc., a local distribution company that earns a regulated return. That deal, which should be closed by year-end, will boost the utility’s stake in natural gas even more and help balance the company’s investments in electric and gas generation. Just this week, Duke closed its stock offering to help pay for the Piedmont deal, valued at about $6.7 billion.As for the company’s remaining coal fleet, Duke plans to continue investing in them to keep them efficient but makes no promise about their long-term viability.Full article ($): Duke Energy CFO: Coal fleet will wither but existing plants will be cleanChristopher Coates for SNL:Dynegy Inc. President and CEO Robert Flexon called for coal to push market innovation and evolve to compete against steady pressure from competitors and federal regulations or risk disappearing.“Coal assets are under attack economically and environmentally over the last couple of years and if there is anything we can do to drive the business model to a more efficient structure and utilize the scale of our portfolio to weather the storm, we should,” Flexon said.The company head offered a familiar list of industry challenges, from cheap natural and new and looming federal regulations, noting that he expected them to continue to weigh down the U.S. coal sector.In his presentation, Flexon stressed the need for changes to pricing, logistics and technology to make coal suppliers and those that burn coal competitive with natural gas.These included applying chemical scrubbing and rethinking coal combustion residuals, including coal ash, as a product rather than a liability. According to the company head, Dynegy is hoping to recycle all of its coal ash by 2020, eliminating all ponds and landfills in the process.Flexon did not downplay the impact of federal regulations, especially the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which he said has been designed to “crush coal.” However, he said it is now the responsibility of the industry to work together to minimize the impact of the new rule.“It’s the fault of the industry that we have not come up with more affordable ways to meet these new federal regulations,” Flexon said. “We gotta get better at this or coal is going to disappear.”Full article ($): Dynegy CEO says coal industry needs to do more or risk disappearing Dynergy and Duke Energy Execs Concede an Industry in Declinelast_img read more

Busy time for Tipp clubs

first_imgSpeaking to Tipp FM, Secretary of the CCC Tom Maher said that while it’s not ideal, that’s what the clubs agreed to. Some clubs in Tipperary have expressed concern that teams will face a short window of time for recovery in this years senior hurling championships.The draw for the Tipperary Preliminary round and Quarter finals of the senior hurling championship was made this week following which there’s been criticism of the short timeframe between games.For example the winner of the Borris / Swans game will have to play 3 weeks in a row as they had their divisional final, now a provisional Quarter Final and then the winner will face the Quarter Final clash. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img read more

Solskjaer says ‘smiles back on Man Utd faces’ ahead of derby

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says smiles are back on the faces of his Manchester United players after their victory against Tottenham as he prepares to take on defending champions Manchester City.United ruined Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford return on Wednesday, winning 2-1 to end their former manager’s perfect start to his reign at Spurs.They are sixth in the table, still eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, but Solskjaer said the win was a shot in the arm for his team after two disappointing draws.“Confidence is a strange thing in football,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday. “You can get performances and results like Wednesday night and it boosts it so much.“And I know our boys will be up for it, energy-wise they should be fine, 24 hours less recovery time shouldn’t matter (City played on Tuesday), go on adrenaline. I expect them to have had a good night’s sleep and the smiles are back on faces.”The Norwegian described City as “arguably the best team in England” even though they trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by 11 points.“I said it before (Spurs) that this is a chance for everyone. It was doom and gloom, but it’s a chance to turn that doubt into belief and, for us, if we can manage to get another performance the confidence, the way we played against Tottenham, if we can do that at the Etihad we can come out of it with a result.“People say ‘why do you not have better results in other games?’. But the Premier League is hard.“No matter who you play, it’s margins, I think it’s a compliment to the league. You’ve got City, Liverpool, Leicester consistent, but the other games are really tight.”– In-form Rashford – One man playing at the top of his game is forward Marcus Rashford, who has scored 12 goals in his past 13 games for club and country.“He’s consistently now scoring, but it’s not like four in one and two or three without,” said Solskjaer.“It’s not just in spurts, but he’s consistently getting chances, into better positions, and on Wednesday night he was unbelievable and hope to see that again.”Solskjaer moved to Old Trafford in 1996, just after City had been relegated to the second tier of English football.And it was not until 2001 that the Norwegian faced them in a 1-1 home draw.“At least we play every year now,” he said about his derby memories. “Took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself, it’s changed in a way.“Man City are a better team now than when I was playing. Football has changed quite a lot, was allowed a few more proper tackles.“With every little angle everything is being scrutinised now. It’s more of a technical, tactical game than physical or mental. A derby should be played as a derby. We don’t play basketball and we’re ready if that happens.“Manchester derbies are always special games, but you can’t say it matters more. For the fans, of course. We’re up for it.”Paul Pogba will be absent again following his ankle injury but Anthony Martial returns to the squad.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Market Force surges to Monday Morning Trophy

first_imgTrainer Richard Azan and stable apprentice Bebeto Harvey teamed up to win their second trophy on consecutive racedays yesterday at Caymanas Park, thanks to a 10-1 upset by the unbeaten MARKET FORCE in the inaugural running of the Monday Morning Trophy over 1400 metres for three-year-olds.Azan and 2.0kg-claiming apprentice Harvey had won last Saturday’s open allowance feature for the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy over 1820 metres with 1-5 favourite FRANFIELD, this in a driving finish from BLUE DIXIE.This time around, MARKET FORCE romped to an easy victory, 4 1/2 lengths ahead of the 3-2 favourite RADICAL, who finished fast after experiencing a rough passage in a large field of 15. MARKET FORCE was never far off the pace in fifth passing as the 99-1 outsider TRUE WHISPER led from EMPRESS HALL (6-1), WONG DON (7-1) and highly fancied MALACHI (2-1).He quickened into the lead on entering the straight, disposing of TRUE WHISPER and MALACHI for a facile win, covering the distance in the good time of 1:26.1. UNFINISHEDBUSINESS at 29-1 was third, ahead of EMPRESS HALL in fourth.VASTLY IMPROVEDMARKET FORCE, who made a winning debut over 1100 metres last November in a two-year-old race, reported with Lasix administered for the first time and looked a vastly improved animal in the process. He could take his place in the 2000 Guineas field on April 8.The race was run in honour of the 1987 Triple Crown winner and ‘Horse of the Year’ MONDAY MORNING. The trophy was presented to the Azans by veteran trainer Stanley Findlay, who saddled MONDAY MORNING to win the 2000 Guineas in April, 1987. However, the horse was subsequently transferred to the stables of Enos Brown, who saddled him to win the derby and St Leger, not to mention the Gold Cup that year.Another lightly raced three-year-old colt showed classic potential, winning the opening race over 1300 metres for maidens by the proverbial city block. The son of Strikewhileithot – VOODOO CHANT bolted off the track on his debut in the closing stages of the Front Runner Sprint when having the race at his mercy, but duly made amends as the 1-9 favourite. He was ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes.Among the four winning favourites on the card was the Patrick Lynch-trained 3-5 favourite TALENTED TONY K, who made all in the overnight allowance sprint, holding on by a neck from RAS EMANUEL at 6-1 with Shane Ellis aboard.last_img read more

O’Meara flattens Weise in first round

first_imgSteve O’Meara retained his southern area light-middleweight title with another stunning first-round knockout – this time blasting away Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.Weise suffered a brutal knockoutO’Meara, previously known as a slick boxer rather than a dangerous puncher, floored Weise with a blistering shot.He was making the first defence of the belt he won with an opening-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms at the same venue in September.The 27-year-old, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, hopes to challenge for the British or Commonwealth title next year.He had vowed not to let Weise upset his plans and was true to his word, spectacularly ending the contest with a thunderous right hand.O’Meara sportingly refused to celebrate his win while Weise lay on the canvas, instead showing concern for his opponent who was briefly attended to by medics before being helped onto a stool.The victory improves O’Meara’s record to 15-2 and could pave the way for a clash with recently-crowned British champion Brian Rose.Follow West London Sport on Twitter.last_img read more

Africa gains from 2010

first_imgThe benefits come in terms of publicity. A spokesperson for the African Union Commission says it will help to change the image of Africa from that of conflict to that of peaceful activities such as sport.Yet it is mostly tourism and infrastructure development which will form the heart of the spin-offs.Already some 25% of all tourists who come to South Africa combine this with a visit to neighbouring countries. To make this easier, and increase both the absolute numbers and the percentage of cross-border tourism, Southern African Development Community countries (SADC) are working towards a single visa for the region. Closer co-operation between regional airlines is also on the cards.Last year a strategy was drawn up to facilitate cooperation. Known as the Trans-Frontier Conservation Areas 2010 Soccer World Cup Strategy, it aims to develop and market trans-frontier parks and conservation areas. It will lead to upgrading and adding additional infrastructure to all of these areas.The joint regional package will focus on:§    The Great Limpopo Trans-Frontier Park (connecting South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe).§    The Kgalagadi Park (South Africa and Botswana).§    The Kavango-Zambezi Conservation Area (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe).§    Botswana’s Chobe National Park which will link up with Zambia’s Kafue National Park and extend into Zimbabwe and the still-to-be finalised Limpopo-Sashe Park through Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.In Swaziland a $290m resort and game reserve complex on the country’s southern border with South Africa will be completed in time for 2010 and is expected to create 8 000 jobs during construction plus 2 000 permanent jobs.South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique will also promote the Lubombo Tourism Route which spans these three countries.It is also expected that some of the visiting soccer teams might spend some initial training time in neighbouring countries and upgrades of necessary facilities are also planned.Thus Zambia will construct three ultra-modern stadia in Livingstone, Lusaka and Ndola, upgrade hotel and other facilities in an attempt to attract some teams to acclimatise in this country.Tourism is seen as a potential vehicle for economic growth and thus of poverty reduction. To this end the SADC countries have grown their share of the international tourism market from 1.5% to 1.8% between 2001 and 2004. By 2010 SADC wants to almost double that figure to 3%.As South African Deputy-President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has said: “We have agreed with FIFA that it will be an African event. All of Africa is invited to showcase itself and to be part of the action.” (Sourced from a host of African newspapers)last_img read more