Mwingi, Ngaaka win Eastern Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom

first_img0Shares0000Mwingi Juniors celebrating after winning the boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Eastern Finals played at the Embu Stadium. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONEMBU, Kenya, Nov 26 – Mwingi Juniors from Kitui and Ngaaka Talent Centre from Makueni are the champions of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Eastern Region after winning the boy’s and girl’s finals respectively played at the Moi Stadium in Embu on Sunday.The entertaining boy’s match had to be decided on the post-match penalties after both Mwingi and Taqwa FC from Isiolo County played to 1-1 draw in regulation time. Mwingi shone in penalties winning 5-4 after their keeper Ambrose Kathini saved one as his team-mates converted all the five spot kicks.In the corresponding women’s race, Ngaaka Talent Center from Makueni County comfortably took the title after demolishing Sakuu Queens from Isiolo 6-1.-Mwingi heroics-Mwingi received much support from fans who turned up for the match and they did not disappoint as they headed to the break leading 1-0.The goal came at the half hour mark when Eric Zakayo brought the stadium into a frenzy when he rose high to powerfully head home from a cross that came against run the run of play from the left wing.This is after Mwingi came close to finding the opener in the 22nd minute when the diminutive Zakayo received a fine through pass, but Taqwa keeper came off his line to deflect the ball for a fruitless corner.Taqwa player tackled by Mwingi Juniors. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONTaqwa squandered two opportunities from set-pieces that skewed over the bar.The Isiolo based team wasted another good chance with the keeper only to beat as the striker blasted wide before Kathini denied Mwingi a second goal, diving right to saw a well taken free-kick.Mwingi found themselves in trouble in the 38th minute when they were reduced to 10 men after John Musyoka received a second yellow card for a harsh tackle.-Second half-Just three minutes into the second half, Mwingi could have doubled the lead but the Taqwa’s outstanding custodian thwarted their effort.There was more drama as Taqwa were also sized down to 10 men after one of their player was sent off after receiving a second bookable offence, first for intentionally stamping on the Mwingi keeper.Minutes later, the player was handed his second yellow after committing a foul. Taqwa had come a goal down to hold Mwingi 1-1 before losing on post match penalties. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONWith both teams now equal to a man less, Taqwa upped their game to be the better side in the second half, forcing the Mwingi keeper to be the busiest of the two.Taqwa’s hard work paid off as Hussein Abdijabar found the equalizer in the 61st minute to make a comeback in the game.They had a goal ruled offside by the referee before coming very close when one of their strikers beat the entire defence including the keeper, only to see the ball miss the target by a whisker as it rolled inches wide on the right side of the post to see the match head to penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in normal time.The two sides will represent Eastern Region in the nationals to be held in Nairobi March 2018.The winner of the nationals will take home Sh1mn and a trip to United Kingdom where they will meet the tournament’s ambassador, Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama who plies his trade for English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Allegri expects Dybala to deliver against Real

first_img0Shares0000Paulo Dybala scored the goal at Wembley that sent Juventus through at the expense of Tottenham © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Apr 3 – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is expecting Argentine ace Paulo Dybala to fire against Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.“Dybala will play a great game, he has grown a lot both on the physical and psychological level and is coming into his own scoring a nice goal against AC Milan,” said Allegri. The 24-year-old Argentine scored 10 goals in the opening six Serie A games, but only four in the league between the end of September and early March, with a dip in form followed by a hamstring injury.But he ended his long wait for a European goal with the winner in the 2-1 second-leg victory over Tottenham at Wembley, with his tally of 22 goals in all competitions including a stunning opener in Saturday’s 3-1 win over AC Milan.Allegri believes learning from their devastating 4-1 final defeat to Real Madrid in Cardiff last year will be the key to victory over two legs in the next week.“From a psychological point of view we really need to stay in the match. In Cardiff after 2-1 we weren’t in the match, we gave up a bit,” said Allegri, who believes Juventus have “improved and can scare” Real.And he said he did not envy Real’s extensive European trophy cabinet with 12 titles to Juventus’s two, won in 1985 and 1996.“Jealousy and envy are not part of my character. Real Madrid are an extraordinary team but Juventus will be up to expectations and will fight tomorrow night.”Allegri faces two major absentees with Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia both suspended for the first leg.“Either (Claudio) Marchisio or (Rodrigo) Bentancur, one of the two will play tomorrow,” he said.“Then I will have to decide between (Daniele) Rugani and (Andrea) Barzagli, and who will play up front.“Both (Mario) Mandzukic and Alex Sandro are in very good shape, I’ll see tomorrow whether or not they play, as well as (Juan) Cuadrado who has come back.“We have basically the whole squad available apart from the two suspended players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Can Lampard take Chelsea to the top?

first_imgThere’s no getting away from the fact that the manager’s revolving door has been getting good use at Stamford Bridge for the last fifteen years. Ever since Jose Mourinho started his first stint at the club in 2004 no less than 14 different people have been appointed. In terms of nationalities it has also been a veritable United Nations with representatives of Portugal, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Israel and England.But now, one of Chelsea’s own is in the hot seat – and football followers everywhere are waiting to see how it’s going to work out for Frank Lampard.He certainly joins the club with a huge amount of goodwill behind him. After all, he’s the highest scorer for Chelsea of all time with 211 goals to his name and 429 appearances, second only to John Terry. He’s also known to be a man who has the ear of Roman Abramovich, for the moment at least. But, as so many of his predecessors have discovered, this is a situation that can quickly change.A step upHowever, amidst all this positivity there still remains a nagging doubt that Lampard may not quite have the experience to improve on last season’s 3rd place Premier League finish and Europa League victory as well as making the team a dead cert for fans of sports betting.After all, he’s only had a single season’s experience in charge of a club at Derby County. Having taken over from Gary Rowett he guided the team to the play-offs losing to Aston Villa and achieved a 6th place finish. His win rate was 42.11%, a little lower than Rowett’s 43.1%. Similarly, where the 2017-18 season saw the Rams picking up 75 points, under Lampard’s stewardship the total was 74.While these may not seem like amazing credentials for Premier League success there are a number of reasons why many are predicting that Lampard could be just the shot in the arm that the club needs.Youth v ExperienceIronically, the transfer ban imposed on the club for signing overseas under 18 players means that Lampard is poised to create a far more youthful side. This is something that managers like Mourinho, Sarri and Conte proved reluctant to do, despite the club having a very strong youth academy. Among the names being mentioned are the 19 year old right back Reece James who had a very successful season on loan to Wigan, 21 year old striker Tammy Abraham and even goalkeeper Karlo Ziger, 18, who is poised to take the place of the recently released Rob Green. As to whether this will be another case of Alan Hansen having to eat his words, we’ll just have to wait and see.So far we’ve only had a number of pre-season friendlies to see how the Lampard influence has started to play out and it has to be said that the signs are certainly encouraging. For example there have been victories over St Patrick’s Athletic at one end of the scale and Barcelona at the other. With Tammy Abraham already showing his scoring ability against the Spanish club here’s hoping that this could be a premonition of what could happen if the two teams come up against each other in the Champions League.The Hazard hazardOne of the biggest issues that Lampard could well have to confront will be the huge Eden Hazard-sized hole that’s been left following his departure to Real Madrid. All the youngsters in the world would have a hard task replacing the Belgian so Lampard will also be looking to the more experienced members of the squad like Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud to up their games, not to mention their scoring records.He’ll also have to deal with bigger egos than he’ll have managed at Derby. For example, there are reports that Callum Hudson-Odoi is demanding Hazard’s vacated No 10 shirt while some feel that, by rights, it should be Willan’s.So it’s undoubtedly going to be a tricky baptism of fire for Lampard. But with the natural goodwill that’s afforded to him by club and fans alike, plus the dogged determination that served him so well as a player, the signs are all looking good. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoHealth & Human ResearchNever Eat These 7 Prediabetes Foods Again in Hong KongHealth & Human ResearchUndoRelocation Target7 Ways to Find a Cheap FlightRelocation TargetUndoDrhealthEveryday Foods you Should Never Keep in the FridgeDrhealthUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndoNutrition Expert7 Things That Happen If You Eat Celery Every DayNutrition ExpertUndoFlight Prices | Search AdsFlight Price from Tuen Mun Might Surprise YouFlight Prices | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

Warriors mailbag: What to make of Warriors’ loss to Toronto

first_imgDETROIT — The Warriors’ 131-128 overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday did not serve as an NBA Finals preview. Instead, it highlighted a few realities.The Warriors (15-8) will become significantly better once Stephen Curry returns for Saturday’s game against the Detroit Pistons (11-7) after missing the past 11 games with a strained left groin. Ditto for whenever Draymond Green (right toe), DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles) and Alfonzo McKinnie (left ankle) return. Kevin Durant is an …last_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, Aug. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have gotten little bit of rain but it has been awfully spotty. We got just over an inch and a half in August. If you go to the north edge or the south edge of our farm it has been more like a half-inch or three-quarters.Last week there were tornadoes about three miles to the north and seven or eight miles south. Then another storm brewed up and there were two more tornadoes on either side of us. They took out some houses and barns in the north part of the county. We sat on our front porch and watched the tornado in Cecil about two miles from us. That was plenty close.The three-quarters of an inch we got that night was the most rain we have gotten at one time. Up until that rain, things were just hanging on. The crops were doing better than I thought they should be based on the amount of rain we had. After that three-quarters of an inch, stuff perked up. The beans opened back up and have a full canopy again. I hope now they will fill the rest of those pods that they hadn’t dropped. Beans will probably be 10 to 15 bushels off of trend line. I’d be pretty happy to see beans in the 45- to 50-bushel range.Corn is a huge guess yet. You can walk a field and grab ears that look like 175 and you can grab ears that are more like 130. If I am being optimistic, I’d put corn in the 160- or 165-bushel range. We are getting a little tip-back in the corn, but not as much as I would expect for as dry as it has been. The kernels seem like they are going to be small and we were also hurt early by the cold weather that will pull yields back.last_img read more

4th PVL MVP award inspires Valdez to push herself more

first_imgCreamline’s Alyssa Valdez hoists her twin trophies, including the Conference MVP, after leading the top performers in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference during awards rites at the Philsports Arena in Pasig Tuesday. The former Ateneo star also took the First Best Outside Spiker award while steering the Cool Smashers to third place finish in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision. CONTRIBUTEDHer fourth Conference Most Valuable Player award is a reminder for Alyssa Valdez of how much she still wants to continue improving on her craft.“It’s motivating me to really help the team improve in terms of our our skills and listen to our coaches,” she said, moments after securing the MVP plum in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bali Pure’s Risa Sato and Pocari Sweat’s Jeanette Panaga finished 1-2 in the Best Middle Blocker race, Power Smashers’ Dimdim Pacres was honored as the Best Opposite Spiker, Bali Pure’s Jasmine Nabor was hailed as the Best Setter, and Pocari Sweat’s Melissa Gohing got the Best Libero award.What makes this MVP unique for Valdez was it was her first recognition since formally leaving the auspices of the Ateneo campus.READ: Creamline gets bronze in PVL“After everything I went through, with my stints in Thailand, it really makes me feel old. But for what it’s worth, I’m thankful for the support that I get, that even though I’ve changed through a lot of teams, they’re always there,” she said.But three-time UAAP MVP said that this journey with Creamline is just the start.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage NBA: Irving bares heartfelt words for LeBron after finals defeat “It makes me think that I shouldn’t stop improving myself. I can stop doing what I’m doing, but I have the choice to pursue and still try to push myself to the limit.”READ: Valdez powers Creamline to 1st winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez also won the First Best Outside Spiker with her 20.7 points per match, making her the most decorated volleybelle in the history of the league.Joining the Creamline hitter in the honor roll are Bali Pure’s Grethcel Soltones, who was named as the Second Best Outside Spiker. View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “Definitely, the goal for every team entering the conference is to get the championship,” she said, as the Cool Smashers ended their inaugural foray in the league at third. “Our goal doesn’t stop here but definitely, this is just the beginning. I hope our journey with the Cool Smashers continue to improve in the coming conferences.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’ PLAY LIST 02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?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 Gameslast_img read more

A Web Traffic and Engagement Tip Sheet

first_imgEveryone needs a review sometimes. And in the highly competitive and, especially for magazine publishers, make-or-break world of Web content publishing, SEO and engagement are two critical strategies that deserve perpetual oversight and review. So, in that spirit, we’ve spoken with a number of SEO and Web content development experts across the industry and compiled their favorite ways to drive—and keep—traffic to their sites. Optimization and TrafficTopic Pages Are the AnchorsWe’re all creating hundreds of thousands of pages of content that come and go on a daily basis. Topic pages that never change their URLs, however, are like a traffic magnet. Over time, other sites will link to them, building up that all-important “Google juice,” and topic pages tend to be very keyword heavy. “If something has been up over time, you build up more incoming links,” says Kelly Maloni, director of product development at New York. “Google is looking for incoming links, keyword-friendly URLs, and keyword-rich pages. Pages that have those and don’t change over and over again have a lot of weight. It’s about owning the keywords, a simple URL, and owning that space.” Remember Your 301 RedirectsEvery site needs to rebuild its structure at some time or another. If you do have to change a URL to a topic page or a directory page, make sure you alert the search engines with a 301 Redirect command, which tells search engines that the old URL is the same as the new one. “We’re pretty obsessive about the 301 Redirects,” says Maloni, who warns that without it, Google will treat the URL as a brand new one and all the elements built up over time that gave the page a high ranking will be erased. SEO for that section will have to start all over again. “Instead, a 301 Redirect tells Google that the old URL is now the new one, and to consider them the same page and keep the page rank.” Social Media Isn’t Just a Buzz Phrase“It can actually work from a traffic standpoint,” says Jonathon Hills, acting GM of ReadersDigest.com. “We’ve done a lot to ramp up our social media efforts, which now account for a good portion of our traffic.” Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter—they’re all being used, but not indiscriminately. “Social media is a fuzzy area, but if you select the channels carefully and position the content in a way that makes sense to your brand, it can be a powerful traffic driver,” says Hills.Leverage Your Analytics“A lot of my work comes from looking at analytics,” says Alison McPartland, manager of search and discovery strategies at Questex Media. McPartland created a “Top Author” report that identifies which editors and what content brings in the most traffic—and uses it to foster a bit of friendly competition. “It’s the top 30 articles of content per month,” says McPartland. “We pull who the author is and what the topic is and analyze page views, percentage over site, total amount of keywords that were driven to that story, average time spent, bounce rate and exit rate.”The content analytics reveal how visitors find the content (keywords) and what topics are trending high. McPartland then makes sure to share the details with the editors. “It gets them competitive with each other and makes them proactive, rather than waiting to see what works.”Leveraging Syndication’s ResultsFinding other Web sites and portals to syndicate your content is another way of driving traffic back to your site, but it’s what you do with the traffic that’s also important. “We’ve got great partnerships with MSN, Yahoo!, AOL and some smaller sites as well,” says Sean Nolan, Rodale’s VP of online operations. “We assume we’re getting new audiences and populate the article with downstream links. We try to get them around the rest of the site and show them related content—maybe have a subscription or product offer.” The E-mail Newsletter ConnectionCreate and send e-mail newsletters as often as people give you permission to. “It really begins with e-mail,” says Jason Revzon, VP of Taunton Interactive at Taunton Press. “Half of our traffic comes from search, but e-mail is hugely important. It’s your way of reminding people what’s on your site. Depending on the site, we double or quadruple our traffic when the e-mails go out.”Content and EngagementTease Related Content“You want to watch for people viewing multiple pages of content across the board,” says Omid Jahanbin, director of product design and creative strategies, interactive platforms, at Cygnus Business Media. “We want to keep on average four pages of content on the top of our page view line.”Time the Release of Certain ContentPost content when your audience is most likely to read it. “You want to release content when you have a high traffic period,” says Jahanbin. “Typically, 11:00 am is very high for our publishing partners.”The added benefit here, says Jahanbin, is readers are more likely to avail themselves of the sharing functions, too—e-mail to a friend and the social networking buttons. “There’s a reason corporations release news they don’t like on a Friday. It’s lost its mystique by Monday.”Content Packaging and Presentation Don’t just shovel a 2,000-word story into a single Web page. Break it up. Add infographics. Consider changing the format completely. “We’re always trying to turn a full-length magazine article into a seven-photo slide show, for example,” says Hills. “We could take that and break it down and extract pieces and add some relevant images and create a whole new story—that presentation works better than a 1,000-word article. Or we could turn 25 tips into a one-minute Web-exclusive video clip.”Reformat Your Video PresentationConsider breaking up a longer-form video subject into a number of shorter clips that can play in a series. Taunton’s Revzon has introduced “snack-sized” videos that visitors are watching all at once. “We recently went from a single-clip player on a page to a player that has eight clips on a subject that play in order,” he says. “People are watching eight videos on average, and that keeps them there a long time. They’re small nuggets—between 40 seconds and two minutes—but they’re put together in a way that lets you lean back and enjoy them.”Make Your Slideshows Tell a StoryA perennial page-view favorite, it can actually be hard for image-only slideshows to keep readers until the end. At UBM’s Channelweb.com, vice president and editor Larry Hooper says they get 80 percent pull-through on their slideshows by adding some editorial content. “We treat them like stories, not like a bunch of pictures with captions,” he says. “We take a graphic novel approach to pull people through.”Hooper also says that he’ll substitute a slideshow or other visuals for a text-based story where it makes sense. A story about 10 new laptops, for example, could easily be turned into a slideshow. Pull Your Visitors into Guiding Editorial DevelopmentUser-generated content is one thing, but having your site’s most loyal visitors help guide story development accomplishes two things: Your editors have first-hand knowledge of what topics matter most, and your users are pulled deeper into the site experience. “Instead of calling up five or 10 readers, we’re starting the reporting within our community,” says Hooper. “It creates more traction than just commenting. Our reporters have set up private groups and invite experts to join, and those are generating stories on the site.”last_img read more

Road clash kills female medical student

first_imgA female student of Pabna Medical College was killed in a road accident at Central Bus Terminal in Pabna on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Taniza Haider, 22, a third year student of the college and daughter of Sammak Haider, from Rajshahi.The accident took place in the afternoon when a cement-laden truck hit a motorbike carrying Tazina and her friend, said Rafsan Zami Islam, sub-inspector of Pabna Sadar police station.Tazina died on the spot while her friend sustained injuries, he added.last_img read more

PCB rules out immediate return of tainted duo

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board has ruled out an immediate first-class return for the tainted duo of Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, saying that they would have to attend further anti-corruption rehabilitation programs to regain the PCB’s trust.Najam Sethi, Chairman of the PCB’s influential executive committee, said the Board had planned special rehabilitation programs for the two players whose spot-fixing bans expire on September 1, allowing them to return to cricket. Sethi revealed that there were lots of players including some members of the Pakistan team, who were not happy that Butt, Asif or Mohammad Aamir should be rehabilitated back to top cricket. “I don’t think they have to go into first class cricket straightaway when the ban ends. They will have to attend the rehabilitation program of the PCB for two to three months,” Sethi said on Geo Super channel. “We had written to the ICC seeking clarification on some points and they have in reply left it to the PCB to complete the rehabilitation process of these players.” Also Read – A league of his own!Asked about the players who were not happy to see the tainted trio coming back, Sethi declined to take names but said even former Test captain Ramiz Raja had mentioned this in a recent column. “Obviously we have to talk to these players, convince them and give them time to develop trust once again in the players coming back. The PCB itself needs to be very sure that they wouldn’t repeat the past because what happened in 2010 in England was very embarrassing and damaging for Pakistan cricket,” Sethi said.  Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachPCB to launch logo of long-awaited PSL next monthThe Pakistan Cricket Board said it would launch the official logo of its much-delayed Twenty20 Super League on September 19. A top official, however, said a decision on the venue for hosting the five-team franchise tournament would be taken in two weeks time.“We have two options either hold the PSL as planned in February in Doha or wait until April and host it in Dubai and other venues in the UAE,” he said. He said a recent visit to Dubai to meet the officials there to discuss the use of venues had failed to yield results since in February the Masters championship was being held in Dubai. “They have given us the option of hosting it in April. Our delegation also went to Qatar where their national Olympic committee and cricket association were very welcoming and keen to host the PSL.“Qatar is staging major international events now but cricket has remained out of their calendar but now they want cricket as well and their officials assured us they would offer all cooperation and help to make the PSL a big success in Qatar,” the official said. “Their Olympic committee and cricket association also told us they have got government permission to have the PSL with us,” he said. The PCB official also ruled out any chances of the PSL being put off for a third time in three years’ time.last_img read more