Patience has paid off, says Cheche after Sweden move

first_img0Shares0000Prior to travelling to Stockholm for trials with Djugarden, Ochieng who had previously played for Saudi Arabian side Al Tawoon had also trained with Aalborg BK in Denmark and the motivation of playing in Europe had pushed him to give his best.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 17- Harambee Stars defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng would have put his feet into the Swedish top tier in 2016 when he almost signed for IF Djugardens, but a last minute hitch saw the move tumble off.Ochieng had trained with the Stockholm based club for two weeks alongside striker Michael Olunga and was destined to pen a deal, but all that came tumbling down like a pack of cards. “It was disheartening and discouraging to say the least. I had stayed for close to a year without competitive action and this was it for me. It was a dream to play in Sweden because of the exposure and competitiveness that it brings,” Ochieng said in a candid interview with Capital Sport.Prior to travelling to Stockholm for trials with Djugarden, Ochieng who had previously played for Saudi Arabian side Al Tawoon had also trained with Aalborg BK in Denmark and the motivation of playing in Europe had pushed him to give his best.David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng during training. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYABut when the two options that had opened up for him dried up, he was left a frustrated man. He ultimately landed a club in the North American Soccer League, turning out for New York Cosmos.“Cosmos was a great place for me because it gave me an opportunity to settle down and depart from the frustration of missing out on Sweden. I also gradually regained my form and I can say it is that period in USA that made me re-focus,” the defender, formerly with Tusker and AFC Leopards said.“Also, there were people to encourage me especially Victor (Wanyama) who literally held my hand during that period and urged me not to give up and things would work out perfectly,” the center-back added.Two years down the line, he returns to the same city that almost accepted his figure but this time, he has joined another outfit, recently promoted IF Brommapojkarna.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama (Centre) with team mates David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng (left) and Paul Were (right) during training at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 22, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThis round, he never went for trials and he says all this is a product of tough patience and hard work.“I was excited when I received that call from my agent and straight away I knew this was a good move for me. Sweden is very competitive because there are opportunities for the Champions League and the Europa League,” Ochieng noted.Bromma were recently promoted from the second tier and Ochieng says he wants to ensure the club retains its top flight status while his long term target is to venture into European football.“The club’s ambition is to remain in the league as they were just promoted the other day and they have made that clear with me. I will do my best at the club to see that we perform well and even surpass the targets set for us,” the defender noted.He will join compatriot Eric Johanna who joined the club in December after scaling from the third tier where he had featured for IF Vassalund for the whole of last season. Photo/COURTESY“I have trained with them for a few days now and I already feel very comfortable. The training is good, the team-mates are really cool as well and they are people who encourage each other to work hard,” further explained Ochieng.He will join compatriot Eric Johanna who joined the club in December after scaling from the third tier where he had featured for IF Vassalund for the whole of last season.Most pundits see Ochieng’s move as a positive one especially for his place in the national team. The NASL’s future was at stake after the American soccer authorities revoked their Division II sanctioning last year.Also, the league will be switching to align with international calendar, taking the August to May format. This would have meant that NASL teams would have had no competitive league action until August 11, the protracted start date.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool defender heaps praise on Real Madrid ace Ramos

first_imgKarius was at fault for two of Real’s goals, but after the match claimed the blow to the head had left him concussed.However, Alexander-Arnold said: “Everyone has their way of winning and I think he’s showed over the years that he’s a winner,” he told the Guardian.“So has his team. To win the Champions League three times in a row takes some doing. Ramos has probably been the best centre-back in the world for some time. Even if he was the enemy in May you still have to respect him as a player.” 3 Salah and Ramos tangle in Kiev during the Champions League Final Ramos is both Real Madrid and Spain captain Since joining Real Madrid in 2005, Ramos has won four league titles and four Champions Leagues, the World Cup and European Championship. His focus will now shift to Croatia, Spain’s next Nations League opponents. 3center_img Ramos admitted he is still the victim of abuse over the Salah incident claiming his family had received death threats.The Spaniard was booed by England fans during Spain’s 2-1 win at Wembley, but hit back, saying: “I try to escape them but it does not influence my game. Of course I would have liked another reception, because everyone remembers a single moment action in the final, but not the death threats that my family has received.” Liverpool’s right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Serigo Ramos is ‘probably the best centre-back in the world’.Real Madrid’s captain is not the most popular man on Merseyside right now, with many fans pinning the blame for the Reds’ Champions League final defeat at his feet.A collision between Ramos and Mohamed Salah forced the Reds star off with injury in the first half and one supporter even created a petition demanding retrospective action against the Spaniard by football’s authorities.In addition, Ramos was also accused of elbowing Loris Karius on the head, preventing the goalkeeper from performing as well as he should have. 3 Ramos Captained Real Madrid to their third successive Champions League victory last_img read more

Koertzen still in the game

first_imgKoertzen retired after a distinguished career in local and international cricket. (Image: Cricinfo)South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen, who retired as a match official in July 2010, is still in the game – as the newly appointed International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regional umpire performance manager for Africa.The vastly experienced and well-liked Koertzen, nicknamed Slow Death because of his tendency to think long and hard before raising his finger to dismiss a batsman, stood in his last test match in July.He officiated in the second and final test between England and Pakistan at the Headingley Carnegie cricket ground in West Yorkshire, UK.Koertzen started his international career in a one-day game at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, in 1992 and made his test debut at the same venue a few weeks later. He became a full-time umpire in 1997 and his decision to retire was motivated by the wish to spend more time with his family in the small town of Despatch, also in the Eastern Cape province.In the 13 years of his professional career he has seen great advances in technology, with the result that umpires now have any questionable decisions scrutinised by the entire cricket world through lengthy action replays on big screens in stadiums, monitors in officials’ rooms and televisions at home.“Technology is there and will probably get worse, so to be successful in this game you just have to be more alert and get your decisions right,” he said.The veteran said he was honoured to have the chance to still make a difference in international cricket and share his vast experience and knowledge with umpires at all levels.“I look forward to contributing to the improvement of officiating in the region and working alongside all those involved in this. I am delighted to be given this opportunity of continuing to be part of this wonderful game and the wonderful profession of umpiring.”He named the opening game of the 1999 World Cup at Lord’s as the highlight of his career, and Australian leg-spin wizard Shane Warne, a master craftsman loved and hated equally by fans, as the most challenging bowler to umpire. Koertzen’s cricket memoir is titled Slow Death.Development of emerging umpires in AfricaKoertzen’s new duties will see him coaching, supporting and managing the performances of the ICC’s Elite and International Panels within the Africa region.The Elite Panel of ICC umpires is a group of top-level officials appointed to stand in one-day internationals (ODIs) and test matches around the world, thus ensuring that umpiring standards in these important events are of the highest. Elite Panel umpires are regarded as the best in the world, and each officiates in about 15 ODIs and 10 tests annually.The panel was established in 2002 with Koertzen and Dave Orchard representing South Africa, and at the moment includes lone South African Marais Erasmus from the Western Cape. Koertzen was still a member when he retired.Umpires from the International Panel, which currently features South Africans Brian Jerling and Johan Cloete, usually officiate in ODIs in their home country.Koertzen will also interact with visiting umpires to the Africa region, and is expected to play a vital role in the development of budding umpires in Africa through close cooperation with Cricket South Africa and Zimbabwe Cricket, and the ICC Africa regional office.The ICC’s umpires and referees manager Vince van der Bijl, also a former South African player, said the organisation was looking forward to working with Koertzen in his new role.“He has umpired through the technology changes of officiating and is the ideal candidate to use all that experience to help the up and coming umpires move forward into the international arena.”Distinguished careerAt the close of his distinguished career Koertzen had stood in 108 tests, a record 209 one-day games and 14 Twenty20 games. Only West Indian Steve Bucknor has officiated in more test matches, with 128 appearances to his name.ICC CE Haroon Lorgat, a South African chartered accountant, paid tribute to Koertzen on his retirement: “He is one of the most highly respected umpires of the game and we wish him the best of luck in his final test. It is somewhat fitting that Rudi’s final appointment before retiring from the Elite Panel is to officiate in the pinnacle of our great sport, test cricket.”Lorgat added that the council owed a debt of gratitude to Koertzen for his invaluable contribution to the sport as an international umpire.last_img read more

Upcoming OSU Extension and OARDC agronomy field days

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Western ARS Agronomy Field Day — July 20Western Ag Research Station Nutrient Management Field Day — July 21Northwest Ag Research Station Nutrient Management Field Day — July 28August 3 and 4 is the North American Manure Expo on the Farm Science Review grounds near London. FirstProducers and industry agronomists are invited to attend the Western ARS Agronomy Field Day, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.We plan to start registration at 8:30, with the program starting at 9 a.m. Speakers planned for the day may include:Peter Thomison — Season outcomes for corn, the good the bad and the ugly.Pierce Paul and Anne Dorrance — Too dry for diseases? Try again.Mark Loux — A lively discussion of herbicide tolerant crops will ensue.Kelley Tillmon — Insects keep creeping up on our crops. What’s here for 2016?Precision Ag questions? — We expect John Fulton and his high-speed planter and Alex Lindsey to talk about crop sensors as well.We’ll have a BBQ box lunch after the morning activities then continue into the afternoon. Pre-registration required by July 15, lunch is included — $20 per person payable on site.To register contact Joe Davlin, Western ARS Manager, [email protected] or 937- 462-8016. Or contact Harold Watters, OSU Extension, [email protected] or 937 599-4227. For us both email works best.Location: 7721 South Charleston Pike, South Charleston, Ohio 45368 This is 3.5 miles northwest of South Charleston. Just south of I-70 on State Route 41 between Springfield and South Charleston in Clark County. SecondThe Western Nutrient Management Field Day will be held July 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30. The event will cover the material needed to become an Ohio certified fertilizer applicator. We will cover topics on nitrogen, phosphorus, water quality, application equipment and Manure handling. See the Agronomic Crops Team calendar for details on how to register: http://agcrops.osu.edu/calendar. There will be a $15 fee for the meal and snacks.The field day will include field demonstrations and research updates to better understand nutrient management concerns. For more information contact Harold Watters at [email protected] or by phone at 937 604-2415. ThirdProducers and Ag Business professionals in northwest Ohio are invited to the Nutrient Management Field Day in Wood County at the OARDC Northwest Ag Research Station the morning of July 28. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 at the station near Custar. The location is 4240 Range Line Road, Custar, 43511. This is just west of I-75 between Bowling Green and Findlay. A $15 fee will cover meals and handouts this year, please register by July 22 so we can hold your spot: http://agcrops.osu.edu/events/nutrient-management-field-day-wood-county.The Field Day event will include field demonstrations and research updates. The program meets the requirements to receive Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification in the state of Ohio. For more information contact Greg LaBarge at [email protected] or by phone at 419 460-0600. And fourthThe North American Manure Expo will take place over two days on August 3 and 4 near London on and around the grounds of the Farm Science Review. Tours, educational sessions and demonstrations will make this a huge event. The show will have over two days of sessions on how to manage manure to your advantage and to reduce the environmental impact. The theme for this years event is “Manure: Returning nutrients to their roots.” For an agenda and to register go to: http://www.manureexpo.org.Harold Watters, Extension Field Agronomist, works out of the Extension office in Bellefontaine and can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 937 599-4227.last_img read more

When there are 366 days in a year…

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 22, 2012February 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 18, 2012January 18, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Leaping at GC322MF in Croatia.Share with your Friends:More This Leap Day, Get Outside!It only happens every four years. It gives us 366 calendar days which means we all have one extra day to go geocaching. So of course, we’re celebrating with a souvenir — actually, make that two!The first souvenir can only be earned on Leap Day itself — February 29 — by attending a geocaching event. The other souvenir can be earned all weekend long (February 27-29) by getting outside and finding a geocache. Plan an EventWhy does Leap Day exist?Leap Day exists to correct for the difference between the calendar year and the astronomical year. The 365 days of the calendar year represent Earth’s movement around the sun every 365 days. But Earth just ate a pizza and is actually moving a bit slower than that: it takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds for Earth to revolve around the sun.And so, the calendar is adjusted to compensate for that extra time, by adding an extra day to the year about every four years (but not every four years). If we didn’t correct for the difference between the two calendars, the northern hemisphere would eventually end up celebrating New Year’s Eve during summer. In the southern Hemisphere, more cities might see a snowy Christmas. By the year 2736, the US would celebrate the 4th of July in deep winter.And if you like swirling down an interesting internet search spiral on the mixed-up history of the Julian and Roman calendars, click here.last_img read more

Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title

first_imgMOST READ “I should just retire now,” Stephens said. “I’ll never be able to top this. Talk about a comeback. Things just have to come together and the past six weeks they really have.”With the 15th victory in her past 17 matches, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded player to win a women’s Slam title, although Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko managed the feat at this year’s French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe only prior unseeded US Open women’s champion was Kim Clijsters, who came back from retirement to take the 2009 title.“It’s incredible,” Stephens said. “I had surgery January 23. If sone told me then I’d win the US Open, it’s imposssible I’d say, absolutely impossible. View comments LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Heart of a champ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Presented with the winner’s check, Stephens said, ‘That’s a lot of money. Wow,” but then handed the check envelope to best pal Keys, who she sat next to after the victory rather than on opposite sides of the umpire’s chair, to take hold of the winner’s trophy.“Maddie is my best friend on tour,” Stephens said. “I told her I wished there could have been a draw. I’m going to support her no matter what and she’s going to support me no matter what.“To stand here with her today is incredible — that’s what really friendship is.”Keys, seeded 15th, and 83rd-ranked Stephens each fought off injuries to reach the title showdown.Stephens returned at Wimbledon and slid to 957th in world rankings before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Keys underwent her second left wrist surgery after the French Open and won a tuneup title at Stanford.Stephens will jump to 17th in Monday’s world rankings while Keys, who took hom $1.825 million as runner-up, will rise to 12th.Stunning finishIn the first set, Stephens broke to seize a 3-2 lead, Keys swatting a forehand beyond the baseline to surrender the game, and Stephens broke again when Keys send a backhand long to take the set after 30 minutes.Keys made 17 unforced errors in the opening set to just two for Stephens, both in the last game.In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt winner past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her. “This journey has been incredible and honestly I wouldn’t change it for the world.”Stephens made only six unforced errors in the match to 30 for Keys, who had 18 winners to 10 for the champion.It was the first final set of a US Open women’s championship match where the loser didn’t take a game since Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after beating Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.Stephens took a $3.7 million top prize from the biggest victory of her career, pitted against one of her closest friends in the first all-US final since 2002 on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keys forced triple break point in the fifth game but Stephens saved them all and held to 5-0.The end came after 61 minutes on Stephens’ third break and championship point when Keys netted a forehand.Hands on hips, Stephens simply stood for a few seconds with a stunned expression, then smiled and made a tiny fist pump before going to the net to share a teary-eyed hug with Keys.Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women’s Slam title.But it was the second time in three years it happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci in 2015’s all-Italian final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Oceana Hotel to be Sold to NHF for $350 Million

first_imgCabinet has approved the sale of the Oceana Hotel complex to the National Health Fund (NHF) for $350 million.The Ministry of Health will continue to occupy the building, which will be rehabilitated, to provide an improved environment for Ministry staff and the public.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, in making the announcement at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, March 20, said the building is in need of significant repairs, mainly to the roof and the air conditioning system.The property was advertised for sale in 2008 and 2009, and again in 2012, at which time the NHF expressed an interest in acquiring the building.Chairman of the NHF, Sterling Soares, said the roof refurbishing will be put to tender soon, with the work expected to begin by mid-year, and completed within six months.He said the plan is for the building to be used for other purposes, such as housing on two to three floors, and commercial activities on the ground floor.Mr. Soares noted that the Ministry is also looking to house a medical facility at the location.The Oceana Hotel was opened in 1977 with 388 rooms, and the building was modified in 1996, and leased to the Ministry in 1997.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Macron at Subodh Guptas studio

first_imgThe highlight of French President Emmanuel Macron’s India trip was the dinner hosted by renowned artist couple Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher for him on Sunday evening. Macron and his wife Brigitte drove straight to Gupta’s Gurgaon studio, after their visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra. Co-hosted by the French ambassador, Alexandre Ziegler, the evening was seminal since a head of state mingled with artists, writers and intellectuals, unlike their usual guest-list of industrialists and bankers. There were curator Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, author Vikram Seth, award-winning photographer Dayanita Singh, the genius Jitish Kallat, collector and impresario Kiran Nadar and Khoj Director and Curator Pooja Sood, filmmaker Alankrita Srivastava, fashion designer Manish Arora and photographer Gauri Gill. Macron invited curator Pooja Sood to showcase her work with India ‘s tribals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver the past 20 years, Gupta has worked hard to build his own reputation and repertoire of works that cut across cultures and speak to all people everywhere. Galleries with an international name and lineage become his dealers and it is not surprising that his installation at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018 will be Arario Gallery.Gupta’s sprawling studio-workshop is in Gurgaon, he is very much the master of his three-storeyed enterprise. Gupta has designed the avant-garde exposed concrete and glass exterior of the building himself. Inside, it gives way to wood-panelled luxury and statement furniture that blends pragmatism and eloquent elegance. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHis studio is built and spread over three floors. A medium sized room with the neon light alphabets ‘Ma ki Daal’ on the wall and another of his vessel installations on the wall tell you that he is an artist who thinks and brings the past forward to the present. Simplicity and elegance exude the language of India’s greatest installation artist. The table on this floor has a steel tumbler and ‘thali’ sunken into its circular surface. On the ground floor is where all the welding and the construction happens. A small staircase leads on to the larger space and a lift takes you up to the middle floor. Gupta greets you and takes you towards his works that he has just created. On this epic evening, Gupta had laid out a soiree of his many installations for President Macron to savour. From his vessels to light installations to the pots from the Philosopher’s Stone series his studio morphed into an avant-garde gallery for one night. Famous artist Jitish Kallat says: “Emanuel Macron was charismatic, graceful and humble, and the same could be said about Mme. Macron. They had a natural sociability that allowed them to dissolve seamlessly into the gathering, attentively exchanging words with each person they met. During my brief encounter, I conveyed to him how I felt his victory over Marin Le Pen represented a truly optimistic shift away from the kind of aggressive leadership that is becoming ubiquitous across the globe.” Subodh ‘s office and painting studio are spacious and spotless. A high backed chair with purple and lighter shades of upholstery is where he sits and thinks-an antique wooden Ganesha in its residual imperfect state makes you think of his love for antiquity and his brilliance at thinking out of the box. The square table at the centre is packed with books.The studio has the air of a mini-museum. A table with some of his potent vessel series, another with paint tubes and brushes-each corner is evocative.All in all a great moment Indian contemporary art as Gupta gets ready for a retrospective showing of his magnificent monumental steel vessels in Paris that opens on April 13 2018 and runs till August 28, 2018.last_img read more