MTN announces Shs1.3b sponsorship to KCCA Football Club

first_imgMTN Chief Executive Officer Wim Vanhelleputte (left) hands over a dummy cheque to KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi. Courtesy photoTelecommunications giants MTN have returned to football sponsorship with a bang after they announced their UGX1 290 000 billion three-year partnership with 12-time Uganda Premier League Champions KCCA FC. The announcement was made Friday morning.MTN chief executive officer Wim Vanhellepute while handing over the dummy cheque to KCCA’s executive director Jennifer Musisi said: “MTN will sponsor KCCA FC sporting activities to the tune of Shs430m annually over the next three years….”MTN Chief Executive Officer Wim Vanhelleputte shares a light moment with KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi. Courtesy photo.“As MTN we are extremely proud to be working with a big yellow brand like KCCA FC, they are champions and we are a big brand, together we can grow and take the game to the next level. I am confident we made the right choice and I am also sure KCCAFC feels the same way,” he added.Kampala Capital City Authority executive director Jennifer Musisi, also an urdent fan of the Kasasiro Boys, led the delegation from KCCA FC which included club chairman Julius Kabugo, Club CEO Josephine Namukasa among other club officials.MTN Chief Executive Officer Wim VanhelleputteJennifer makes the announcement at MTN headquarters in Kampala this morning. Coutesy photo.She said: “KCCA FC are champions not only in Uganda but Woldwide and we can’t achieve this without partners like MTN.”She promised to help put the funds to good use. MTN has joined Prime Media, Startimes and Britam, among the sponsors of the league champions. This will not be the first time the telecommunication giant will sponsor sports in Uganda as the South African telecommunication giant has sponsored sports before with the Uganda Cranes, Cricket team, Heathens Rugby team and the National Basketball league, among others.Champions KCCA are on the verge of signing a sponsorship deal with MTN.Commentslast_img read more

Arsenal v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgThibaut Courtois replaced Petr Cech as Chelsea’s number oneKick-off: 4pm, Sunday 24 January 2016Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Match in a nutshell: Chelsea aim to continue their hold over Arsenal, who haven’t scored against the Blues in the last five league meetings between the sides.Six key battles: Including John Obi Mikel v Mesut Ozil Injuries and suspensionsARSENALRuled out: Francis Coquelin (knee), Santi Cazorla (knee), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Jack Wilshere (leg), Danny Welbeck (bone bruising).Fitness test: Alexis Sanchez (hamstring).CHELSEARuled out: Radamel Falcao (thigh).Fitness test: Eden Hazard (groin). Possible line-upsArsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott; Giroud.Subs from: Ospina, Macey, Gibbs, Gabriel, Debuchy, Chambers, Elneny, Rosicky, Reine-Adelaide, Sanchez, Iwobi, Campbell.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Cahill, Djilobodji, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Ramires, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Hazard, Remy. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesArsenal total: D D W W L (8 points)Home: W W W W D (13 points)Chelsea total: D D W D D (7 points)Away: W D L D L (5 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 9; Willian 8; Oscar 5; Pedro 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Cahill 2, Fabregas 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Ivanovic 1, Kenedy 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Terry 1.Arsenal: Giroud 18; Sanchez 9; Ozil 5, Ramsey 5, Walcott 5; Campbell 3, Koscielny 3; Flamini 2; Gabriel 1, Gibbs 1, Oxlade-Chamberlain 1.Last five meetings19 September 2015: Chelsea 2 Arsenal 02 August 2015: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 026 April 2015: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 05 October 2014: Chelsea 2 Arsenal 022 March 2014: Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0Arsenal 1 win, Chelsea 3 wins, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez coy about interest in Groningen winger Doan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez coy about interest in Groningen winger Doanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is coy about their interest in FC Groningen winger Ritsu Doan.The Japanese youngster has been linked with a January move to the Toon.Asked directly about Doan, Benitez refused to rule anything out.”Normally we do not talk about players with the media,” he said. “But in this case I tell you that we are not even able to talk about it. We must first have a meeting (with the club management). Then we see what our targets will be. People ask me about Doan, but we do not yet know who we want to get.” last_img

10 months agoLiverpool defender Alexander-Arnold loves the FA Cup

first_imgLiverpool defender Alexander-Arnold loves the FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he loves the FA Cup.The Reds meet Wolves in the third round today.“We’re going there to win,” said Alexander-Arnold, 20.“It’s not a free hit against Wolves. It’s a chance to win a trophy – and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things.“We’re not going there to get knocked out. We want to win. It becomes a habit.“I remember Steven Gerrard’s goal against West Ham. It was a great final and a great day for the club.“We’re all trying to get back to those days again – and hopefully that will happen this season.“Liverpool is a great club with a massive history, and the players who are here now must carry that responsibility.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn sets season target

first_imgSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn sets season targetby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn insists a top ten finish is within their grasp.The Saints have gone through major changes as Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as coach last season. Gunn told the Mirror: “We ­definitely want to aim for the top half of the Premier League.“Having a younger squad is ­something the ­club and the manager have progressively changed. We’re a fresh, athletic team and that’s the way the manager wants us to play – fast, pressing high and with energy. The manager is very enthusiastic.“It’s really good to see and I think it rubs off on the lads. It’s ­infectious.“It’s big for the fans as well, they want to see a team with ­enthusiasm, desire and he definitely forces that on us, makes us show it and provide it on the pitch for the fans.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Gard Warns of Increase in Chittagong Anchorage Incidents

first_imgzoom The number of navigation incidents in port approaches and anchorages at Bangladeshi port of Chittagong area is on the rise, according to marine insurer Gard.Gard has been notified of several recent collisions and groundings in the Chittagong Port Authority’s (CPA) outer anchorage, which is very congested with vessels arriving at the anchorage for lighterage operations before entering the river. Additionally, entering the river can in itself be challenging due to strong currents especially during the monsoon season from June to November when the weather conditions can deteriorate with little or no advance warning.The insurer issued recommendations which would help prevent incidents in the area. These include asking clearance from other vessels when anchoring, paying attention to main engine readiness, as well as conducting lighterage operations when needed as a number of vessels calling Chittagong need to lighter before being able to enter the port due to draft restrictions.Gard informed that the recommendations, which were made on the back of a number of recent incidents in the area, can be applied at any port where similar circumstances are encountered.A recent report received from a ship’s master who witnessed one of the incidents describes congested waters in the outer anchorage area. This particular incident happened at “A” anchorage, which is the northernmost anchorage designated for vessels with a draft of over 10 metres.This incident involved a vessel with a draft of 11.5 metres anchored some 0.4 nautical miles away from another anchored vessel at the anchorage. As this area is known for its soft holding ground and strong currents, “more distance between vessels may be needed when anchoring.”Namely, the vessel started to drag anchor onto another ship nearby during the ebb tide and shortly thereafter made contact with the other vessel and its rudder became entangled with the other ship’s anchor chain. This was followed by a main engine failure. Both vessels then started to drag their anchors towards other vessels in the area.The second vessel, which had its anchor cable entangled, had to cut its anchor chain loose to be able to move away from the vessel originally dragging the anchor. The second ship sustained a significant hull breach flooding its no 5 cargo hold.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhis image now worse than in 2014 Rupani

first_imgMumbai: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani feels Rahul Gandhi’s image is now worse than what it was in 2014, and says he pities the Congress president when he sees him getting trolled on social media over his “immature” behaviour. In an interview to PTI, Rupani also says that after the ‘Modi wave’ in 2014, the country will for the first time this year witness the “Modi tsunami”. “I feel pity for Rahul Gandhi seeing him being trolled excessively on social media over his immature behaviour. His image is of a non-serious politician…with his winks in Parliament, antics like hugging Modiji. All this shows his immaturity. His image is now worse than it was in 2014,” he says. Rupani was in the city to campaign for BJP’s Mumbai-North East candidate Manoj Kotak, to seek support of the city’s Gujarat community for the party candidate. “In 2014, there was a Modi wave, this time around, the country will witness a Modi tsunami because in the last polls, the sentiment was that Modiji should be made the prime minister and now, after he became the PM, people believe he is the right choice,” he says. Modi has ensured that every sector sees growth, unlike the previous governments, he claims. Rupani says the country has witnessed a “trustworthy and transparent” governance after several years. “After Pulwama (terror attack), he (Modi) is known as a decisive prime minister heading a strong and stable government. People will vote only in the name of Modi,” he says. Asked if Priyanka Gandhi’s formal entry into politics will hurt the BJP, specially in Uttar Pradesh which sends the maximum number of MPs to Parliament, Rupani says the Congress may think she is the party’s ‘trump card’, but “she is limited to UP and not seen anywhere outside”. “The Congress has asked her to campaign for it to save its own existence there. (SP leader) Akhilesh (Yadav), (BSP supremo) Mayawati did not even accept the Congress. The party is nowhere in the picture in UP. They will barely be able to win one-two seats,” the chief minister claims. To another query, he says the Congress created an “anti-majority” and “anti-Hindu” feeling among the majority population by coining terms like “Hindu terror” and its refusal to abolish Article 370 of the Constitution, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Due to all this, the absolute negativity towards the Congress in the minds of people is evident. The majority Hindu population is upset with the Congress and will not vote for it,” he says. Asked if fielding Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur for the Lok Sabha polls was the BJP’s mistake, he says, “The Congress has tried to malign the image of Hindus with terms like ‘Hindu terror’. Sadhviji was fielded as an answer.” On Thakur’s comments against slain Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Rupani said she should not have said it. Thakur, who is contesting the Lok Sabha poll from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, recently claimed that Karkare died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had “cursed” him for “torturing” her. To another query, Rupani says the surgical strikes and the recent air strike on terror camps in Pakistan were a victory of the armed forces, dubbing the actions as a reply to the neighbouring country over its “misadventures”. “Modiji gave the Army a free hand at the right time, while the Congress talks about taking back the armed forces. While the current government believes in zero tolerance (towards terrorism), the Congress believes in appeasement. People are seeing this difference and appreciating Modi,” he says. Asked how the BJP will fare in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Rupani says the environment is much better than in 2014 and that the party will win the polls with a majority. “It is difficult to predict the exact figures, but the BJP and NDA will fare better than last time,” he says. On the opposition’s criticism over the BJP not giving tickets to veteran leaders L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, Rupani says his party believes in “graceful retirement” after 75 years of age. “Advaniji is 92 years old now and even in his blog, he has only expressed his apprehensions for the country. He is a large-hearted man who has strengthened and made the party what it is today. He cannot be unhappy for not getting a ticket,” he says. Advani in his blog earlier this month said the essence of Indian democracy is respect for diversity and freedom of expression. “Right from its inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our ‘enemies’, but only as our adversaries,” he wrote in the blog.last_img read more

PM Modi upper caste by birth backward on papers Tejashwi

first_imgPatna: Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday rebuffed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion of belonging to an “ati-pichhda” (most backward) caste, insisting that he saw this coming from the PM a week ago.Addressing a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh Saturday, the prime minister aggressively pitched his backward caste identity, declaring that he was not just an OBC, but was “born” into the “most-backward caste”. Yadav, in a tweet, said Sunday, “I had said on April 20 (2019) said that @narendramodi ji, after portraying himself as fake OBC, will call himself a person belonging to extremely backward caste. He did so yesterday (in Kannauj rally in UP). Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says Shah”The fact is that he is an upper caste (person) by birth and backward on papers. He (PM) will say so many things just to fetch votes.” Notably, the former Bihar deputy chief minister had said on April 20 that Modi would call himself a son of extremely backward caste parents, hours before the prime minister held a rally in the Araria Lok Sabha constituency. “PM @narendramodi ji is coming to Bihar today. He would portray himself as the son of extremely backward caste. He will make an abortive bid to polarize voters. “Bihar is expecting lies and jumlas from him. Hope that the PM would give account of his 2014 promises,” the RJD leader had tweeted.last_img read more

Malian president pays visit to Morocco

first_imgFez – Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, began on Tuesday evening a visit to Morocco to attend the 9th International Agriculture Fair in Morocco (SIAM) which takes place on April 24-May 3 in Meknes under the motto “Local products.”On his arrival at the airport of Fez-Saiss,  the Malian Head of State was greeted by Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane.Boubacar Keïta was also greeted by Minister of the Moroccan expatriate community and Migration Affairs, Anis Birou and the Wali of the Fez-Boulemane region,  Mohammed Dardouri. Upon his participation in Meknes on Wednesday in the 7th Symposium of Agriculture, organized under the motto “The family agriculture”, the Malian President will attend the official opening of SIAM, scheduled for Thursday.The Malian President is accompanied by a large government delegation including Ministers of Rural Development, Bocari Treta, Trade, Abdel Karim Konate, Industry and Investment Promotion, Mustapha Ben Barka, Crafts and Tourism, Berthé Aissata Bengaly, and Religious Affairs and Worship, Thierno Amadou Omar Hass Diallo.The President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé, arrived in Fes earlier in the day to attend the 9th session of SIAM.last_img read more

Seeing stars at the San José Planetarium

first_imgThe San José Planetarium (Planetario de San José), which belongs to the University of Costa Rica, is located 400 meters north from Muñoz y Nanne shopping center or 500 meters east from Radio Universidad, Montes de Oca, San Pedro. The following activities will be held at the planetarium in the coming weeks:Free activitiesSeminars on topics such as the Milky Way, the Sun, the ISON comet, and Gamma Ray Telescopes, Sat., April 20, starting at 11 a.m. (in Spanish) Solar Clocks: learn to build a solar clock with accessible materials, ideal for children and their parents, includes materials, every Saturday, 2-5 p.m., ¢15,000. Star gazing with a telescope every Tues.-Thurs., 6-7 p.m.New 2013 WorkshopsAstronomy: learn about the universe’s spheres in the projection room, includes materials, Mondays and Fridays, 5-7 p.m., ¢30,000. Eclipse: children and their parents learn how and why eclipses occur for both the moon and the sun, includes materials, Saturdays (date to be set), ¢15,000. Telescopes: Have a telescope but don’t know how to use it? Do you want to buy one? This workshop will teach you all about telescopes, from their development to how to use them correctly, includes materials and telescope practice,four-day course (date to be set), ¢15,000.Usual activities(Spanish) documentaries on celestial bodies from Tues.-Thurs., costs ¢2,300. For more informationContact [email protected] or call 2511-2580Websites: & Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more