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Cranes in preps ahead of WC qualifier tie against Congo Brazzaville

first_imgMoses Basena (second left) conducting a training session at Namboole. Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–With just over a week to the World Cup qualifier against Congo Brazzaville, Uganda Cranes are already intensifying  preps for the game.The Cranes held their second training session at Mandela National stadium on Thursday morning attended by 21 players.“Our preparations have been greatly affected by the ongoing Azam Uganda Premier League,” said interim coach Moses Basena. Asked about why he choose to call several foreign based players yet there is no chance of qualification and the CHAN tournament around the corner, Basena said:“Yes I know that the CHAN tournament is just over two months away and a cannot qualify for the World Cup so everyone expects that I use a team that will play in Morocco come January,” he said.“The reason why i invited the likes of Onyango(Denis) and Okwi (Emmanuel) is because I think that they form the core of our national side,” he added.Moses Basena who is one of the many applicants who wish to become the next substantive coach of the Uganda Cranes also said the ongoing vetting did not disorganise him.“Yes, I submitted my application for the job (Cranes head coach) and I will be waiting to see if I get the node,” he said.Cranes will go into the Brazzaville game four points behind group E leaders Egypt who already qualified for the football show piece in Russo come June next year.The players who attended the Thursday Uganda Cranes morning training session at NambooleTom Ikara (GK), Saidi Keni (GK), Bernard Muwanga, Savio Kabugo, Timothy Awanyi, Joseph Nsubuga, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Isaac Muleme, Dumba Sadala, David Owori, Pius Obuya, Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Kyambade, Albert Mugisa, Daniel Isiagi, Paul Mucureezi, Shafik Kagimu, Hood Kaweesa, Derrick Nsibambi , Milton Karisa & Nelson Senkatuka. Commentslast_img read more

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Tiger Brands on African expansion trail

first_img26 November 2010South African consumer goods and foods group Tiger Brands has taken the next step in its African expansion strategy, with the announcement of two investments in Nigeria and one in Ethiopia.The acquisitions are expected to generate a combined annualised turnover of approximately R500-million in the first year.Tiger Brands has signed an agreement with the East African Group plc to form a new food, household, personal care and cosmetics joint venture which will operate in the Ethiopian market. Tiger Brands will own 51% of the new company, with East African Group and its associates holding the remainder.“Ethiopia, which has a population of approximately 85 million, has experienced high GDP growth rates for a number of years,” Tiger Brands said in a statement this week. “Most categories in the packaged consumer goods sector are enjoying good growth, stimulated by the fast growing economy.”The principal activities of the joint venture will comprise the manufacture and marketing of various home and personal care products, biscuits, flour and pasta, which categories currently form part of the East African Group’s existing operations.The East African Group is the largest manufacturer of detergents in Ethiopia, and this business will also form part of the joint venture.Excellent growth opportunitiesThe second agreement relates to the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Deli Foods Nigeria Limited, a company engaged in manufacturing and marketing biscuits for the Nigerian market.“With its large population and a strong and growing consumer market, Nigeria offers excellent growth opportunities for fast moving consumer goods companies,” Tiger Brands said. “The Deli Foods acquisition is therefore seen as a first step in entering this important market.”According to the company, both acquisitions are subject to the fulfilment of various conditions precedent, including regulatory approvals where appropriate, and are expected to be completed in early 2011.Private enterprise championIn addition, Tiger Brands has also reached an agreement in principle with UAC of Nigeria plc, in terms of which Tiger Brands will acquire a 49% stake in the Nigerian food and beverage interests of UAC, which is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.UAC has been a leading private enterprise champion in the economic advancement of Nigeria and holds food interests primarily in the branded savoury, snacks, and dairy and beverage categories.The acquisition specifically excludes the franchised quick service restaurants of UAC.“Tiger Brands believes that the proposed transaction with UAC will provide the two partners with a sound strategic platform in Nigeria, which will benefit from the respective parties’ experience, skill and expertise in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of branded food and beverage products in emerging markets,” the company said.All the transactions are subject to shareholder approvals from the respective companies, as well as approval from the respective regulatory authorities.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa plans memorial to banished chieftainess

first_img28 August 2015A memorial site in honour of the first African woman to be banished by the apartheid regime would be unveiled on 31 August at the Bakone Traditional Council in Limpopo, announced the Department of Arts and Culture.In partnership with the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), a burial and memorial site will be created in honour of the late chieftainess, Makwena Matlala, to mark her contribution to the apartheid struggle.The theme for the event is “Remembering the forgotten, honouring victims of political banishment in South Africa”.Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said banishment was one of many methods used by the colonial and apartheid governments to silence opponents who were opposed to their policies under the Bantu Authorities Act in 1951.“Given her prominence as the first known African woman to be banished by the apartheid regime, unveiling and commemoration of the burial and memorial site of this unsung heroine is a fitting tribute as it culminates Women’s Month,” Mabudafhasi said.Matlala’s fightAs chieftainess, Matlala refused to accept the government’s policies. In response, in 1949, the Native Affairs Department deposed her.“The actual [banishment] order of 7 March 1950 accused Matlala of causing ‘dispute and friction’, of refusing to stop her ‘agitation’, of being ‘a cause of internal unrest,’” explains South African History Online.“It stated her ‘presence in the area (was) inimical to the peace, order and good government of the Natives’ and that it was ‘in the general public interest’ that she should be banished.”She was banished to Temba in Hammanskraal, in what is today Gauteng, then to King William’s Town in Eastern Cape. Upon hearing the news, she stated: “I, Makwena, will not go and stay in a house that I did not build, a house that I did not labour on. and I will not leave my own house. Above all I do not intend to move from my home, as I have never been out of Matlala’s Reserve before.”In 1962, anti-apartheid activist Helen Joseph visited Matlala in King William’s Town and described her as a “heavily built but erect” woman who “bore herself with dignity”. She was “still a chieftainess despite her simple clothing and her life of ‘poverty’ in a ‘scantily furnished tiny room’”, notes South Africa History Online.“Her banishment sparked a revolt among other local people,” said the Department of Arts and Culture. “Subsequently, the apartheid government removed and banished over 50 people who were identified as supporters of Matlala in an attempt to quell the rising tide of discontent.”She and her son, the chief-elect, were permitted to return in 1965 and her banishment order was withdrawn on 9 February 1966.Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Viva la Mexican Geocaching Souvenir!

first_img SharePrint RelatedI FEEL sLOVEnia: Brand New Geocaching Country Souvenir for SloveniaNovember 16, 2015In “Community”Geocaching.com SouvenirsNovember 28, 2010In “Geocaching.com Videos”Croatia! Hrvatska! New Country Souvenirs! Ura!December 1, 2014In “News” 3. GC1DDE – Pyramid of the Sun – Virtual GeocacheOur next stop on the tour is located about 40 kilometers (25 mi) northeast of Mexico’s capital city, Mexico City. There you will find the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city known as Teotihuacan, The New World’s First Great City.Enormous in size, at its zenith, Teotihuacan housed up to 200,000 residents and encompassed 12 square miles. The civilization which flourished at Teotihuacan was contemporary to that of ancient Rome. However, unlike that fallen city, Teo’s civilization lasted centuries beyond Rome’s demise. Remarkably, Teotihuacan seems to have sprung up out of nowhere, having no precedent in the ancient world. Archaeological evidence does indicate that the geographic area of Teotihuacan was inhabited by humans as early as 500 B.C. However, actual construction activities of the great city didn’t commence until 1 B.C. with the initial building phase of the site’s famous Pyramid of the Sun.GC1DDE – Pyramid of the Sun 1. GC319DN – Lands End – EarthCacheWe begin our journey on the verrrrrrrrrrrrry southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, a.k.a. Lands End Arch. Make sure you travel by boat to find this geocache, otherwise you’ll have come a long way for a DNF. Besides, it’s really the ideal way to view the Cabo San Lucas rock formation. There are several small beaches located in this area, and according to the geocache page, “…an entire Love Life-Cycle can run it’s course at Lands End. Fall in Love at Lover’s Beach, conceive children in Pirates Cave, and ends at Divorce Beach.”GC319DN – Lands End2. GC3B5XW – Gringo Gulch Lighthouse – Traditional GeocacheNow onto the mainland, and the Mexican beach resort city of Puerto Vallarta. There you will find an old lighthouse from the 1930’s that has been decommissioned and restored as a landmark. It is now a navigational beacon and popular tourist attraction. And if you make the trek and climb to the top of the spiral staircase, the geocache page promises you’ll see, “…one of the finest views of Puerto Vallarta’s traditional red-tiled roofs, not to mention the entire bay, from Yelapa at its southernmost end to Punta De Mita at the northern tip.”And here’s a little known fact: Puerto Vallarta was catapulted into international consciousness in 1963 when The Night of the Iguana directed by John Huston, was filmed there. This film starred Richard Burton, and he brought his soon-to-be-wife Elizabeth Taylor to the location during filming. Their relationship had recently become public knowledge and they were hounded by the press.GC3B5XW – Gringo Gulch Lighthouse 4. GC1JX5J – Ruinas Arqueologicas – Traditional GeocacheDo you like animals? We mean all types of animals – feathered, fuzzy, or scaled. If so, head on over to the Yucatan Peninsula and the surrounding grounds of the Ruinas Arqueologicas. Three Mayan Pyramids are located on this site with many native animals making this non-commercial piece of property their home as well. You’ll see plenty of birds, an occasional coatimundi, and quite a few iguanas.  And oh yeah – look out for the snakes. 🙂GC1JX5J – Ruinas Arqueologicascenter_img 5. GC2NTRK – The Secret River – EarthCacheOur final destination is a D4/T4 full of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. “What are those?” you may ask. Well, you’ll just have to visit this EarthCache to find out. The cache page describes this experience in alluring beauty:Close your eyes. You hear nothing but silence and the faint sound of trickling water in the background. Imagine you are 80 feet below ground with your eyes open in the pitch black. You are one with Mother Earth. You are somewhere along an 800 meter stretch of a 14 kilometer underground river that originates in the interior of the peninsula and empties into the sea. The lights come back on. Look up and see thousands of jagged-edged stalactites pointing towards your head like the tips of poison Mayan arrows. It looks like you are either on another planet or on the set of a blockbuster Hollywood movie.GC2NTRK – The Secret RiverSo there you have it, amigos. Five glorious reasons to travel to the wondrous land of Mexico and earn yourself yet another souvenir.We will unveil two new Souvenirs each week until all SIX are officially released and awarded on Monday, December 22, 2014 to be proudly displayed on your profile. A list of of currently available Geocaching Souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on Geocaching.com.Follow us on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or right here on our Blog to find out which countries are next!Have you found a geocache in Mexico? How was your adventure?Share with your Friends:More Mexico Geocaching Souvenir will be officially released on Monday, December 22, 2014Officially known as the United Mexican States, did you know that Mexico:had it’s first geocache placed on Christmas day in the year 2000has a geocache located 5,564 m (18,253 ft) above sea level on an inactive volcano called Pico de Orizabais an extremely popular geocaching vacation destination, and……is the newest Geocaching Country Souvenir to be released this month? Yes it’s true! If the allure of white sandy beaches, ancient civilizations, rich culture, delicious food, and tequila wasn’t enough, now you can also earn a geocaching Souvenir for Mexico (this, in addition to Croatia, Italy, and three other new Souvenirs to be revealed soon). Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations.To wet your whiskers for this occasion, we’ve put together five must-see geocaches from the birthplace of the sun. Enjoy!5 Must-see Geocaches for Mexico!last_img read more

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