GOVT, ITF to construct Sh700mn tennis facility at Kasarani

first_img0Shares0000GOVT, ITF to construct Sh700mn tennis facility at Kasarani. Photo/PSCUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 26 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday said the Government has started an initiative to make tennis a public sport available for Kenyans from all walks of life.The President said Kenya will follow the example of the United States where many tennis champions horned their skills in public courts rather than exclusive clubs for the well to do. The President made the statement when he held talks with officials of Ministry of Sports, International Tennis Federation, African Tennis Confederation and Tennis Kenya on the construction of a tennis training centre worth Sh700mn at the Kasarani Sports Complex.The National Training Centre, which will also host the International Tennis Federation training centre for Africa, will be the second of its kind in Africa and is bound to put Kenya at the apex of international tennis.The other ITF training centre in Africa is in Morocco but the Kenyan one will have the distinction of being at a high altitude.The new facility will make Nairobi a hub for tennis in Eastern and Southern Africa. The centre can also be a source of huge revenue from sports tourism when it hosts tennis features.The President said the Government has already allocated Sh30 million to start the construction of the facility and more is expected to be allocated through the next budget. Photo/PSCUPresident Kenyatta said Kenya is a sporting nation but so far little efforts have been made to make tennis a public sport.“Tennis has not been available to our people. We want to make it a public sport that is open to the people. The talent is there but it is facilities that have been lacking,” said the President.The President said the Government has already allocated Sh30 million to start the construction of the facility and more is expected to be allocated through the next budget.The Government has allocated 10 acres of land at the Kasarani Sports Complex for the construction of the training centre and the National Youth Service as well as the Ministry of Sports are contributing to its development.The President said he will urge the Kenyan private sector to support the development of tennis as a public sport.“Making tennis a public sport will inspire the youth and that is what is important for us,” said the President.The President said he will urge the Kenyan private sector to support the development of tennis as a public sport. Photo/PSCUPrincipal Secretary Ministry of Sports Peter Kaberia said tennis has not taken root because of the lack of public courts but that will change with the development of the centre at Kasarani.The President of ITF, David Haggerty, said the public tennis facility and training centre will be one if its kind and will provide opportunity for talent development.“In the US most of the champions come from public facilities. The home of Kenya tennis can give an opportunity for disadvantaged youth to become tennis stars,” said Haggerty.The President of African Tennis Confederation, Tarak Cherif, said the management of tennis in Kenya is one of the best in Africa and the new facility will enable the sport to rise to a new level.The Acting Director General of Tennis Kenya Saima Odima said Kenya will in June host the Davis Cup. He said 14 countries have already confirmed participation in the event.Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Secretary Administration State Department of Sports, Kassim Farah, also attended the meeting.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Molecular Highway Motor Comes into Focus

first_imgA beautiful new image of kinesin, a molecular machine that carries cargo on cellular highways, has been produced in greater detail than ever by a team at Berkeley and Brandeis Universities.  Science Daily published a picture and description of how kinesin works.  “Life’s smallest motor – a protein that shuttles cargo within cells and helps cells divide – does so by rocking up and down like a seesaw,” the article began.  The work is done using energy from ATP.    Ken Downing described the motion: “We found that there is a pivot point, where the kinesin motor attaches to the microtubule, which acts like a fulcrum and causes kinesin to rock up and down like a seesaw as it moves along the microtubule.”  Kinesin is involved a numerous cell processes.  It’s one of the motor proteins that actually moves cargo on cellular highways.  The article said, “kinesin proteins motor along microtubules like trains on a railroad track, towing cargo to various locations within cells and assisting in cell division.”  Each rocking motion of the see-saw requires energy from ATP.    Franck Fournio and Carolyn A. Moores, commenting on the findings for PNAS,1 described the motors as being fuel-efficient as macromotors need to be.  “Thus the cell’s nanomachines have evolved to use ATP only when they can couple it to essential work.”  The original paper by Sindelar and Downing in PNAS2 contains detailed model illustrations of how the seesaw motion links different parts of the machine to interact with structures on the microtubule.  All these interactions occur due to precisely-placed loops, linkers and pivots built out of the amino acids making up the protein parts of the machine.  Several domains of the machine undergo significant conformational changes during the motion.  Terms like “force generation” and “fulcrum” used in the paper indicate that these are true machines, just like those made by man, but on an almost unfathomably small scale – a few billionths of a meter in size.    The authors did not describe how this machine could have evolved.  Fournio and Moores simply stated that kinesins “have evolved to” use ATP efficiently.  Sindelar and Downing said kinesin is a descendant of the myosin molecular motor family, with which it shares similarities.  They described myosin, however, as “its larger and more complex, ancient cousin,” suggesting that any evolution has been toward simplicity.1.  Franck Fournio and Carolyn A. Moores, “ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0915158107.2.  Sindelar, C. V., Downing, K. H., “An atomic-level mechanism for activation of the kinesin molecular motors,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, early edition, February 16, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0911208107.Once again we see evolution assumed in passing but contributing nothing to the understanding of a wonder of nature.  This story is all about structural architecture, function, engineering, precision, efficiency – intelligent design.  Let’s cure scientists of their bad habit of assuming evolution when the evidence for design keeps coming into sharper focus.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Arsenal, UJ in SADC football project

first_img2 October 2008London-based Arsenal Football Club is establishing its footprint in SADC (Southern African Development Community) region, by joining the University of Johannesburg (UJ) as official partner of the university’s Grupo Desportivo de Manica (GDM) project in Mozambique.As one of the university’s flagship community engagement projects, GDM uses soccer as a means to develop and grow an extremely rural community in Manica, Mozambique. The project is largely funded by the Laureus Foundation and Barclays, as well as the UJ’s Alumni.Recent project achievements include the renovation the town’s sport clubhouse and the building of a new facility that will be the core of an innovative SADC Research Centre that will house amongst other things a computer school, an internet cafe, an English school and accommodation quarters.The project also supports the local football team, Desportivo de Mancia.GDM founder and president Schalk van Heerden, who is also UJ project manager for the project, said that following the success of a six-week training exchange by two Arsenal community coaches in July 2008, representatives from UJ and GDM formalised their relationship with the famous football club during a visit to London on 19 September 2008.“This partnership will deliver volunteer exchanges, Arsenal Gap Year participants, coaching seminars and research interventions,” said Van Heerden in a statement this week.“This is very exciting for us. We will try to maximise our success in Manica and take the lessons learned forward as the relationship grows.”Expansion plansUJ Pro-Vice Chancellor Derek van der Merwe said he was delighted with the Arsenal relationship, which will start in Mozambique and later expand to Soweto.“We hope that this tie-up between one of the world’s great football clubs, the University of Johannesburg and GDM will eventually impact on the wider SADC region,” said Van der Merwe.Arsenal in the Community head Alan Sefton echoeed that optimism: “To be successful in Africa, we need strong local partners that can deliver – GDM and the University of Johannesburg are obviously such partners.”The GDM project has become an example of the power of sport to change lives, said Van Heerden, while GDM manager Shortcover Chikwandingwa added that the project would use football as the vehicle to deliver socio-economic benefits at grass-roots level.“Six years into its existence, GDM has attracted long-term volunteers from South Africa, the USA and Germany, emphasising that there is ‘something special’ about this project,” Chikwandingwa said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

5 Free Apps Film & Video Editors Shouldn’t Live Without

first_imgCheck out these 5 amazing programs that can enhance your post production workflow but won’t cost you a penny.As a freelance editor I’m often working from a variety of different edit suites and most of the time if these programs aren’t installed when I get there, they will be by the time I leave.  The following are 5 amazing programs that are not only 100% FREE but also worth their weight in gold in the amount of time and effort they can save you.MPEG Stream ClipMPEG Streamclip is without doubt one of my favourite transcoding programs. It does a bang up job of taking most files and formats and converting it into something useful that you can actually edit with. Best of all you can very easily set up batch transcodes and it is incredibly robust at just churning through your files. I’ve set huge batch lists going over night and never had a single one fail. Download it free from www.squared5.com today!For a quick tutorial on transcoding material in MPEG Streamclip check out this previous post on Premiumbeat. One quick word of warning – MPEG Streamclip doesn’t have a timecode pull through and doesn’t preserve reel names, so these will be stripped from any files you create. Speed Tip – Use the I and O keys to set In and Out points.  Then while your clip is exporting feel free to keep playing in your video to find your next subclip. This is especially useful if you’re clipping a clients DVD to make a sizzle reel and time is of the essence.5DRGB AVC/H.264 Transcoding5DRGB has been around for a long time and has become a firm favourite among many DSLR shooters because it arguably creates a better looking image by bypassing Quicktime all together when transcoding your AVC and H.264 footage. Further benefits are that it will pull through timecode in the original files or add it from the .THM files.It is also 64-bit and will make the most of your Open-GL video card.  All this makes for faster transcoding.For a view of a workflow using 5DtoRGB 1.5 with Avid Media Composer 6 check out Jason Myres H.264 to DNxHD tutorial. For a thorough overview of its features and using 5DtoRGB with Adobe Premiere Pro check out this excellent tutorial from Chris Marino (below). The original 5DtoRGB is still free (the lite version) – the Batch version is $50 from the App Store and will do batch processing. Download the free version from Rarevision’s site. Flashgot – Firefox PluginFlashgot is my favorite ‘media downloader’ plugin which essentially allows for 1 click ripping from a client’s site. ”Can you grab a clip from last year’s presentation – we don’t have the files anymore.” Sure.Flashgot only works with Firefox and I’m sure there are tons of other plugins that essentially do the same thing but this is my favourite because it never fails. Open up the page you want to download from, start the file playing and then click the little flashing filmstrip icon and it will start downloading. Roberts your mother’s brother.iextractmp3Once you’ve gotten your web file downloaded you could use MPEG StreamClip to export the audio/video but I often use iextractmp3 as a simple drag and drop audio ripper.Essentially it is an incredibly simple program that will extract the audio from an FLV file (like an YouTube file) which you can then do what you like with.AdaptorAdaptor does pretty much what all the other apps do, rolled into one. It will download your files from the net and also transcode them. It has a slick looking interface and comes with a variety of presets to make life easier.Adaptor also does batches, will give you a file size estimation and can export your files direct to an iTunes playlist for easy syncing with your iPhone or iPad (might be useful for producers who want ipad dailies?)What free apps are essential in your video and film editing toolkit?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

NBA Suspends Hornet’s Taylor

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13, which is slightly more than one-fourth of the league’s 82-game schedule.“This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.”The suspension means Taylor will lose nearly $200,000 of his $915,000 salary this season.Taylor, 25, is in his third NBA season. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his probation, he must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program.The Hornets released a statement before the Nov. 19 game against Indiana, saying: “The NBA has informed us of its decision to suspend Jeffery Taylor. We understand and support the NBA’s position in this matter.”The NBA conducted an investigation into Taylor’s arrest in an East Lansing, Michigan hotel the morning of Sept. 25 following an altercation with a woman with whom he was having a romantic relationship.Taylor and the woman were drinking heavily and a loud argument ensued, prompting hotel guests to call security, the NBA release stated. The argument escalated and Taylor shoved the woman in a violent manner into the hallway, where she fell to the ground and struck her head on an opposite door.The release also said Taylor slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room. The woman had marks on her upper arm and a bump on her head but declined medical treatment, the report said.Taylor was arrested by East Lansing police officers and according to NBA investigation was “belligerent and uncooperative.”Silver said Taylor also must enter an outpatient alcohol treatment program and perform alcohol sensor tests daily for 60 days. After that, he is subject to random testing by the probation department. He must also perform 80 hours of community service.The domestic assault charge will be dismissed if Taylor successfully meets the conditions of his probation. If Taylor fails to meet the conditions of his probation he could be subject to further punishment from the league.“While the suspension is significantly longer than prior suspensions for incidents of domestic violence by NBA players, it is appropriate in light of Mr. Taylor’s conduct, the need to deter similar conduct going forward, and the evolving social consensus — with which we fully concur — that professional sports leagues like the NBA must respond to such incidents in a more rigorous way,” Silver said in the statement.Taylor’s suspension comes at a time when domestic violence has dominated the sports landscape around the country, including Charlotte.Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted in July on two counts of domestic violence. He is appealing, but is not allowed to return until after the trial is completed.Hardy played one game for the Panthers, before a video was released of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiance in a hotel elevator, leading to the league changing out it handled domestic violence situations.Hardy was placed on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list three weeks into the season and continues to collect his $13.1 million salary from the Panthers.The Hornets learned of Taylor’s suspension before their game against Indiana Wednesday night.When asked if the suspension was too stiff, Hornets backup center Jason Maxiell said, “It’s hard to answer that one right now.”A second-round pick in 2012 out of Vanderbilt, Taylor missed most of last year with a ruptured Achilles tendon but is healthy now.The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Taylor has been competing for the past two seasons with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a starting spot at small forward. He played in 26 games with eight starts last season before suffering his injury in late December.As a rookie in 2012, he played in 77 games with 29 starts. He has averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds for his career.___By Steve Reed. AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Mike Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

57 dead in Brazil prison riot 16 decapitated

first_imgRio De Janeiro: At least 57 prisoners have been killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil with 16 of the victims being decapitated, according to prison officials. Para state prison authorities said on Monday a fight erupted around 7 am between the Rio de Janeiro-based Comando Vermelho and a local criminal group known as Comando Classe A. “Leaders of the (Comando Classe A) set fire to a cell belonging to one of the prison’s pavilions, where members of the (Comando Vermelho) were located,” the statement read. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsState prisons chief Jarbas Vasconcelos said the fire had spread rapidly with inmates held in old container units that had been adapted for the prison while another building is under construction. The fire prevented police forces from entering the building for several hours, he told a news conference. Two prison staff members were held hostage but eventually released. “It was a targeted attack. The aim was to show that it was a settling of accounts between the two groups, not a protest or rebellion against the prison system,” Vasconcelos said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAuthorities have not found any firearms following the riot, only makeshift knives. Prison authorities said 46 inmates will be transferred to other prisons, 10 of which will go to stricter federal facilities. President Jair Bolsonaro was elected on the promise of curbing widespread violence in Brazil, including in the country’s often overcrowded, out-of-control prisons. The Associated Press obtained a July 2019 report from the National Justice Council that it says was filed by a local judge in charge of the facility, showing that the prison had 343 detainees for a maximum capacity of 163. Yet Vasconcelos said the situation did not meet the official requirements to be considered overcrowded. “It is not a unit that has a prison overcrowding, we consider overcrowding when it exceeds 210 per cent,” Vasconcelos said during the press conference. The judge who filed the report described the overall state of the prison in the city of Altamira as “terrible.” In many of Brazil’s prisons, badly outnumbered guards struggle to retain power over an ever-growing population of inmates who can run criminal activities from behind bars.last_img read more

Damian Marleys Welcome To Jamrock Cruise Celebrates Five Years With Big Lineup

first_imgThe Recording Academy got to experience the positive, welcoming vibes of the Jamrock cruise firsthand on its second voyage in 2015, and sat down with several artists that year, including GRAMMY nominee Julian Marley, who talked about what it was like growing up as a Marley.”Music has been my life from birth, I should say, growing up in a musical family. Really and truly I’ve love music from creation, so music has always been there,” Julian said. “I took a piece of each genre, I love jazz—we listened to jazz, classical, lots of different music, so you’ll find a piece of every kind of music in our music.”More info, including the waitlist for this year’s cruise, can be found on Jamrock’s website.Envision Festival 2019 Is Dance Floor Ready: Bedouin, Griz, Tycho, Lee Burridge & MoreRead more Marley is ready to help you “feel reggae’s positive vibrations” as he announces the full lineup for his fifth annual cruise, set to jam out and take sail to Jamaica on Dec. 1Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 12, 2018 – 2:36 pm Damian Marley is bringing back the vibes with the fifth year of his Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, named after his iconic GRAMMY-winning album. The cruise will embark on its annual voyage on Dec. 1, from Florida to Jamaica and allow music fans to explore the birthplace of reggae music and experience four days filled with music from modern greats. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 9, 2015 – 4:00 pm Julian Marley On Family, Reggae And Love Twitter Facebook Email center_img Damian Marley’s Welcome To Jamrock Cruise Celebrates Five Years With Big Lineup Welcome To Jamrock Cruise Brings Big Lineup damian-marleys-welcome-jamrock-cruise-celebrates-five-years-big-lineup News Attention #WTJRC2018!! Who’s ready to celebrate JAMROCK style with our incredible DJ’s and Hosts for our 5th Year Anniversary?! Only a few more weeks until we set sail….RETWEET if you are you cruising with us!! pic.twitter.com/0CDFkRhQrD— Jamrock Reggae Cruise (@wtjrc) November 8, 2018The jam-packed lineup includes all five Marley brothers (Damian, Ziggy, Stephen, Ky-mani and Julian Marley), who, as reported by Billboard, will performing together on the cruise for the first time ever. Damian will also perform a solo-set with his full band and Stephen Marley’s son Jo Mersa Marley. Joining them are a solid group of artists from across the reggae world, including ska group the Skatalites, 26-year-old reggae roots revivalist Chronixx, singer/DJ Queen Ifrica and rising female dancehall star Shenseea. The lineup also boasts some old-school reggae legends, including singer Mykal Rose who will be playing with production powerhouses Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, dancehall veteran Elephant Man and many others across the spectrum of sounds and styles in the reggae-verse.”We try to keep our lineup fresh, make sure we have credible acts to uphold the genre and as much as we can, share the culture of reggae and Jamaica within this environment,” Damian Marley told Billboard. “All of the artists involved are proud to see reggae presented on this platform and that shows in the caliber of their performances. From the participation of the fans, to the production to the people who run the boat, you can feel reggae’s positive vibrations.”GRAMMY-winning reggae artist—and son of reggae legend Bob Marley—Damian Marley has taken the role of continuing his father’s legacy and keeping the genre alive and vibrant quite seriously. He has taken home four GRAMMY wins to date, including for Best Reggae Album for the 2005 classic Welcome to Jamrock and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the title track, the only Jamaican artist to receive the latter award, at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. He is keeping the spirit of reggae alive in his own music, through collaborating with his brothers, who are also working hard to promote the sound and spirit of the genre their father so famously helped popularize outside of Jamaica, and with events like the Jamrock cruise that bring a diverse group of artists, young and old, established and newer, with fans from all walks of life, together to enjoy the sounds and energy of the reggae community.last_img read more

Vistara Plans to Beam InFlight Entertainment Directly To Fliers Devices

first_imgVistara, the airline joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, plans to introduce beaming of in-flight entertainment (IFE) content directly to fliers’ personal gadgets,  a first in Indian airline industry.Vistara has dispensed with seat back screens – a standard arrangement in most full service airlines globally – that enable fliers to watch programmes, listen to music or play games. Reuters”We are introducing wireless inflight IFE systems. India does not allow Wi-Fi on board aircraft in terms of two-way connectivity. But one-way streaming of entertainment content like movies and music is allowed. This will be Wi-Fi one-way connectivity,” Phee Teik Yeoh chief executive officer Vistara told The Times of India.India’s full service carriers – Air India and Jet Airways – offer seat back entertainment to their fliers.Vistara’s game planVistara hit upon the novel idea to keep passengers entertained, in its attempt to break the mould. Passengers travelling in business class seats are likely to be given personal tablets to access IFE during the journey, while those travelling in premium economy and economy classes will be able to access IFE on their personal devices. And being a full service airline, Vistara may not charge for it, the TOI report said.The IFE streaming technology Vistara is relying on, has Wi-Fi capability, which will enable it to offer Internet services to its passengers once India lifts the ban on the same on airlines flying in Indian airspace.Up in the air connectivityLast year, India relaxed norms to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices once an aircraft reaches cruising speed, with the devices disabled to either receive or emit transmission signals, so that they don’t interfere with the aircraft’s navigation, communication and other systems. Tata’s other airline joint venture – low cost carrier AirAsia India – is also planning to offer Wi-Fi connectivity soon.In 2014, national carrier Air India had evinced interest in offering Internet to its passengers. Its officials met with executives from Geneva-based OnAir, a technology company offering Internet and mobile connectivity to airlines globally, using Wi-Fi and/or mobile connectivity, to explore the possibility of offering similar facilities to its passengers when flying over Indian airspace.During the UPA regime, Air India approached the communications ministry to lift the ban, but without any success till now.last_img read more

Indian oil companies to buy 24 stake in Russias Vankor oilfield for

first_imgAn Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)-led consortium of state-run oil companies from India will acquire 23.9 percent stake in Russia’s Vankor oilfield for $2.1 billion, reported the Press Trust of India. Vankor is the country’s largest oilfield, discovered and brought into production in the last 25 years by Russia’s national oil company Rosneft.IOC, Oil India Ltd (OIL) and Bharat PetroResources (a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corp) will pick up nearly 8 percent stake each in the east Siberian field, which at present produces 422,000 barrels of oil per day and contributes 4 percent to Russia’s production, said PTI. It added the field was the federation’s second largest in terms of oil production.In a statement, IOC said the consortium “signed the definitive agreement to acquire up to 23.9 percent shares from Rosneft Oil Company in JSC Vankorneft, a company organised under the law of the Russian Federation, which is the owner of Vankor and North Vankor Field licences.”Rosneft currently owns 85 percent majority stake in the field, with the rest held by another Indian oil giant, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)’s foreign arm ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL). The consortium said the deal is expected to be finalised by September 2016, after government and regulatory approvals. It will also push India’s stake in the field to 38.9 percent in all.In September 2015, OVL invested $1.25 billion to fork out a 15 percent stake in the same oilfield. As of early January 2016, Vankor field’s recoverable resources stood at 361 million tonnes of oil (and condensate) and 138 billion cubic meters of gas. “With the closure of the Vankor deal, IOC’s equity oil portfolio will go up by 1.6 million tonnes per annum,” said the statement.It added that the acquisition will be strategic to India both in terms of its energy security as well as its growing geo-political and economic power. India and Russia have sought to increase their bilateral trade to $30 billion by 2025. It stood at $9.51 billion in 2014, according to the Indian Embassy website.Rosneft has indicated to sell another 11 percent stake in Vankor to OVL; however the details are still to emerge.last_img read more