Half-time: Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgEden Hazard hit the post and Cesc Fabregas had a strong penalty appeal turned down as Chelsea had the better of the first half of their Champions League game.The Blues looked bright from the outset, winning the midfield battle through Nemanja Matic and Ramires, and looking dangerous in attack through Willian and the recalled Hazard.Hazard hit the post with a fine curling strike, Willian’s teasing free-kick almost teed up a goal for Diego Costa and Matic sent an effort just wide after a brilliant run.And Fabregas looked like he should have won a penalty when he cut in from the left and seemed to be felled by two Dynamo Kiev defenders.Dynamo threatened at times, most notably when Vitaliy Buyalskiy had a shot deflected just wide by John Terry.But Chelsea remained in control at the end of an impressive first half.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.Subs: Blackman, Baba, Mikel, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

MTN tops South African brands list

first_img2 August 2013 Mobile phone companies lead the pack when it comes to the country’s most valuable brands. South Africa’s Top 50 Most Valuable Brands 2013 were named by Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa on 1 August, with MTN in pole position, followed by Vodacom. The leading brands are listed by financial valuation in South Africa; they are driving competitiveness and the nation’s reputation. Brand South Africa chief executive officer Miller Matola and Brand Finance Africa chairman Thebe Ikalafeng announced the leaders at a breakfast attended by representatives from some of the companies that make up the Top 10 Most Valuable Brands. Matola emphasized that the nominated brands had not only contributed to South Africa’s competitiveness but had also built civic pride. South Africans who believed in South Africa ensured the world believed in us, he said. “South African brands are playing a leading role in building the future while adding value for shareholders.’ Brand Finance Africa valuation director Rupert Kemp outlined the Royalty Relief methodology used in the selection, which involved estimating the likely future sales that were attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand. This methodology considered three pillars, he said: brand support, for example marketing and distribution; equity; and, brand performance. South Africa’s Top 10 Brands 2013, he said, were: Kemp said Mediclinic was the highest upward mover in the top 10, moving up four places. The private hospital group is the sixth largest in the world and is now the most valuable health care services brand in South Africa. Shoprite had experienced huge expansion and had a presence in 16 countries outside South Africa, he pointed out, while FNB had built a strong brand that emphasized innovation. Woolworths had built its brand on innovation as well as high standards in food and clothing, said Kemp. Nedbank had steadily been growing its brand presence and had for the second time been voted Africa’s Socially Responsible Bank of the Year at the 2013 African Banker Awards. Kemp said banks on the whole were facing a challenging market exacerbated by up-and-coming newcomers such as Capitec claiming more and more market share. With Barclays increasing its stake in Absa to 62%, the local organisation faced important decisions. Standard Bank came in at number four, top of the banks in South Africa’s Top 50 Brands 2013, after a similarly tough year. At number three was Sasol, the fuels company, which Kemp said was a sterling achievement for a large B2B player. Innovation and building on trust and reputation were its formula, he said. South Africa’s two largest cellphone operators share the top two slots, with Vodacom coming in at number two. This was exemplary for a brand which had changed its identity to reflect parent company Vodafone while at the same time holding on to its heritage. MTN, at number one, was the only South African brand to be placed in the top 500 global brands, said Kemp. The company was constantly expanding and taking on new markets and could be seen to “fly the flag for South Africa in business’. Matola congratulated the winners, saying they were playing their part in building South Africa. “They are not only building value for shareholders but for the 50 million stakeholders’ they had in South Africa. Their contribution would work towards building a great country brand. Source: Brand South Africa MTNVodacomSasolStandard BankAbsaNedbankWoolworthsFirst National Bank (FNB)ShopriteMedicliniclast_img read more

Wireless internet for Northern Cape schools

first_img14 April 2014South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology has launched the Northern Cape phase of its Wireless Mesh Network project, providing broadband internet access at 56 public facilities, including 52 schools, in the province’s largely rural JT Gaetsewe District.Funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Meraka Institute, the initiative – part of the wider Broadband4All project – aims to establish alternative information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure in rural areas countrywide.Speaking at the launch at Learamela Special School in Kuruman on Thursday, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Michael Masutha said it was now “common knowledge that ICT has a positive impact on people’s lives”.He said the government’s national broadband policy aimed to make broadband “universally accessible by 2030, at a cost and quality that meets citizens’ needs, including formal and informal business and the public sector”.A Grade 9 learner from nearby Iketletso Middle School, Thato Kgosierileng, who started using a computer for the first time at school, expressed his excitement at having access to the internet.“Now am able to search for information on the computer without having to go to the library,” he said. “With a computer, one can do a lot of things within a short space of time.”A teacher at Learamele, Boitshoko Bannane, said the use of computers would expand pupils’ learning possibilities.Education District Director Vuyisile Teise said the introduction of computers would improve the learning process. “The learners will now be able to download information from computers. Everything is now at their fingertips,” he said.The department launched the initial phase of the initiative in Sekhukhune, Limpopo province and Ekangala, Mpumalanga province in 2010, connecting 212 public facilities including schools, circuit offices and colleges.The project is supportive of the Schools Connectivity project, which is led through the e-Connectivity Forum and aims to connect approximately 27 000 public schools in the country. It is headed by Deputy Communications Minister Enver Surty and Basic Education Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Tigresses, Lady Tamaraws carve out straight sets wins, near Final Four

first_imgLATEST STORIES “We are near. We are there already, we are entering the Final Four,” said Rondina in Filipino. She is on her fifth and final playing year for UST. “But of course we need to work harder to reach that goal.”Earlier, Far Eastern University imposed its experience on youthful National University to prevail, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith the victories at FilOil Flying V Centre, Santo Tomas and Far Eastern are both knocking hard on the door of the Final Four.Now tied at 8-4 just behind Ateneo and La Salle, both of them only need to win one of their two remaining games to make the next round. On brink of elimination, Lady Maroons rue missed chance in crucial loss to Tigresses Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Interestingly though, that one victory would need to come at each other’s expense as they clash Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The UST win also pushed UP closer to the edge with a 6-6 record. UP will need to win both its remaining games (against National University and Adamson) and hope UST and FEU lose all theirs.After their clash, UST will have NU as its last assignment, while FEU will have three-time defending champion La Salle.Alina Bicar came off the bench for rookie starting setter MaFe Galanza, tossing 16 excellent sets and contributing six points.But more importantly, she opened the scoring lanes for the rest of the Tigresses like Dimdim Pacres, Caitlyn Viray and Kecelyn Galdones. Pacres had nine, Galdones eight and Viray six points.ADVERTISEMENT That proved enough to alleviate the chores from usual gunners Rondina and Eya Laure, who just the same turned in 20 and 11 points, respectively.“When Milena was injured we just filled up the void and worked very hard,” said Rondina, referring to UST main gun Milena Alessandrini, who injured her knee in the first round and has been out since.UP got 16 points from Marian Buitre.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas is so close to the Final Four Sisi Rondina could almost taste it.UST’s dynamic bundle of power banged in 20 points against University of the Philippines, leading the roaring Tigresses to a 25-21, 25-12, 26-24 victory on Wednesday night that put them on the threshold of the semifinals after missing it the past two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

More experienced Phoenix comes out of tough series vs San Miguel

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—After all the fireworks, fines, and feuds, the semifinals series between San Miguel and Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup finally drew to a close.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Alas is hoping his team, which finished top in the elimination round, could capitalize on its best finish so far and make a deeper run than the semifinals in the coming conferences.“Our fortitude should be like this moving forward because once you set a goal it shouldn’t be lower than what you just did,” said Alas. “You should at least what you just did or surpass it.”The Fuel Masters will have foreign reinforcement Rob Dozier, a former Alaska import, to help them achieve their new goal.Dozier, who stands at 6-foot-9, was the 60th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft but wasn’t able to play in the league instead playing in Europe for much of his professional career.“Our import is set to arrive [on May 9] and I hope he’s in condition and all to help us in our weakness which is the paint,” said Alas, whose tallest players are 6-foot-5 big men Justin Chua and Dave Marcelo, both of whom are smaller than San Miguel’s giant June Mar Fajardo who stands at 6-foot-10.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Donaire gets new foe for World Boxing Super Series as Tete pulls out due to injury MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The Beermen closed out the series with a 105-94 Game 5 win and advanced to their fifth straight championship series in the All-Filipino conference.The Fuel Masters, meanwhile, are heading into the next conference with a wealth of experience having gone toe to toe with the league’s most successful club in their first time in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I said earlier that it looks like we got a big bonus, not in the financial sense, but for the experience that we can bring for the upcoming conference,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas in Filipino on Thursday.“We came up short, we learned things.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more