Express FC sign Brian Umony

first_imgUmony has not played competitive football for 2 years (Photo by Agency)WANKULUKUKU – Former Uganda Cranes striker, Brian Umony has joined Uganda Premier League side Express FC on a one year deal.Umony who has been a free agent and out of action since departing Azam FC a few years ago following a leg fracture.He trained with KCCA FC early last year but a move to the Kasasiros failed to materialize after his medical team advised against signing for a club which uses an artificial turf.The dreadlocked striker is now likely to be among the new players the club will unveil on Friday, 25-01-2019.Umony was at a certain point one of the most lethal strikers in the CECAFA region, winning the 08/09 League MVP accolade as his KCCA FC side won the League.Express has been averaging a goal per game, a statistic that does not look pleasing for a club of their stature.With Tony Odur and Eric Kambale already at the six time champions, the Red Eagles may just have solved the goal scoring issue.Kefa Kisala’s charges have also added midfielder Frank Tumwesigye Zaga on loan from Vipers.Comments Tags: Azam FcBrian UmonyEric KambaleExpress FCKCCA FCTony odurtoplast_img read more

Slade targets win over QPR to apply pressure on Sheffield Wednesday

first_imgCardiff boss Russell Slade believes his side have “a mountain to climb” to reach the Championship play-offs after their defeat by Fulham.Emerson Hyndman’s injury-time goal gave the Whites all three points, and meant Cardiff were unable to take advantage of Sheffield Wednesday’s surprise 4-1 humbling by Bristol City.Cardiff travel to Hillsborough on 30 April and Slade is keen to beat QPR next weekend to ensure the five-point gap does not increase.He said: “We’ve got a little bit of a mountain to climb, no doubt about that, but it’s certainly not impossible.“We will keep going. All we can control is what’s in front of us and next week it’s QPR – let’s see what the situation is after that game.“[We will] try and get a win next week and take some confidence into the Sheffield Wednesday game. We want it to be a huge game.”Slade felt his side deserved a draw from their trip to Craven Cottage but defended his decision to throw on an extra striker at 1-1.He said: “We took a few risks late on because we wanted to get the three points.“But when you do that you leave yourself open a little bit and they’ve scored as a result of a corner, where we’ve not defended well enough.”See also:Hyndman’s injury-time strike edges Fulham near safetyJokanovic hails Fulham hero HyndmanFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers rally around coach’s plea for Camp Fire relief funds

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A stream of 49ers players rushed Friday to both request and provide relief for the Camp Fire victims in Paradise, the hometown of their assistant strength coach Shane Wallen.“He took my extra bed and drove it up to his dad last night, because his dad’s house burned down,” tight end George Kittle said. “He left at the drop of a hat, so you can tell how much his family and his town mean to him.”“This place was home for me growing up, and until yesterday, it’s where my dad called …last_img read more

Q&A with Fruit South Africa on new SA-China agreement

first_imgThe newly signed agreement between South Africa and China will mean more jobs in the export agriculture sector says the Fruit South Africa CEO Dr Konanani Liphadzi.The South African and Chinese governments recently signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the market access for fruit. South Africa’s exporters are expected to increase their produce from 110 000 tons fruit to 350 000 tons within the next five years. (Image: Supplied)Melissa JavanSouth African farmers and cooperatives will export more of their fruit harvest after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the South African government and the People’s Republic of China earlier this month.The MOU was signed in Beijing, China, by Willem Bestbier, vice-chairperson of Fruit South Africa (Fruit SA) and his counterpart, Wang Xin, vice-chairperson of the Chinese Quarantine and Inspection Association (CIQA) on 1 November 2016.South Africa’s fruit exporters are mainly from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces. (Image to illustrate: Brand South Africa)For now negotiations are underway to increase market access for South African pears. Avocados and other fruit will be considered in the next round of negotiations.Last year China imported 3.8-million tons of fruit, of which 110 000 tons were from South Africa. The Chinese fruit market is valued at US$ 5-billion (about R71-billion), and within 5 years South Africa’s access will be one and half times greater.Dr Konanani Liphadzi, chief executive officer of Fruit SA shares insights on the impact of the MOU on agriculture in South Africa.Dr Konanani Liphadzi is chief executive officer of Fruit SA. She says the fruit industry will increase job creation because of the new agreement between China and South Africa relating to exports.Dr Liphadzi, what does this new agreement with China mean for South Africa?Liphadzi: In regards to the new MOU, this means the initiative is broadening market access. Secondly, we could share technical information like quarantine issues and also assist them with information needed. It goes both ways.We also have a partner on the ground in China, who can share things like policy changes.This partnership builds on the foundation we already have with China.Lastly, there will be a lot of job creation, from hand pickers in South Africa to people doing packaging that will be hired, because of increased demand.What fruit do we export to China?KL: The three main produce we supply to the Chinese market are apples, citrus and table grapes.How many fruit suppliers in South Africa currently export to China?KL: Currently there are 12 companies that supply to China.How many people are employed currently within the fruit industry?KL: Currently 50% of our fruit produce are being exported. This is to 87 countries worldwide, with China being one of them. Overall 2.7-million tons fruit are exported globally, and 110 000 of it go to China. That is 300 000 jobs locally in the fruit industry, that’s along the value chain, from the farm to where it ends with the consumer.Tell us about the South African exporters.KL: The 12 companies include the following:We have companies that buy fruit from the farmers;Other produce their own fruit and buy from different farmers;Lastly, we have cooperatives, a group working together producing fruit. Then they have a marketing company advertising for them.The exporters are mainly from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.The major producers come from the Western Cape, because it has a unique environment.Are any of the fruit sent to China being genetically modified?KL: We don’t produce genetically modified fruit in South Africa.How can an entrepreneur or any other farmer(s) get their fruit exported?KL: There is room for new exporters, especially in terms of transformation. The Fresh Produce Exporters’ forum is an association for developing new entries within the export market. It is a challenging process to get into exports, because it is not an easy industry.Anyone interested in exports, can contact me.Will China export any of their fruit to South Africa?KL: They also want to send fruit. We are counter season to them. So, when we are harvesting, they have winter there. Selling fruit to them won’t be a major issue. Our department of agriculture is considering citrus from them. We are not competing with them.Is there anything you would like to add?KL: In regards to the new MOU, this means the initiative is broadening market access.This is in line with what our country’s National Development Plan 2030 wants to achieve. We have identified a commodity, are increasing volumes to create jobs, and are opening the a market for our produce.We appreciate the effort of the government to open the market, and that they are creating a good relationship with the Chinese government.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

London Olympics: Zielinski wins gold in men’s 85kg weightlifting

first_imgPoland’s Adrian Edward Zielinski has won the gold medal in weightlifting men’s 85kg category with a total of 385kg. Zielinski, 23, standing in the third place with the snatch of 174kg, showed off his strength in clean-and-jerk with the final attempt of 211kg to take the gold away from 19-year-old Russian Apti Aukhadov, by virtue of his lighter bodyweight, as both athletes totalled 385kg.”I was sure I was going to get a medal. But in the last lift I felt a second strength so I just decided to go for it,” said Zielinski on his last lift.Zielinski won the world title in 2010 with 383kg and this year’s Polish championships with an outstanding total of 395kg. However, he did this in the 94kg category, weighing about 5kg above his usual limit.The night was not for event favourites. Iranian lifter Kianoush Rostami, 2011 world champion, who lifted 399kg total in the national team trials, managed only the first attempt of snatch and clean-and jerk, took the bronze medal with 380kg in total.Chinese lifter Lu Yong, defending Olympic champion, led in snatch with 178kg but was unable to stay in top gear and eliminated for three no-lifts in clean-and-jerk.Other pre-competition favourites who failed to register a total included Andrei Rybakou of Belarus, Olympic silver medallist in 2004 and 2008, and Asian champion Sourab Moradi of Iran, neither of whom managed to complete a successful snatch attempt.Earlier in the Excel arena, Kazakhstan weightlifter Svetlana Podobedova won the gold medal in women’s 75kg category with a total of 291kg. Russian lifter Natalya Zabolotnaya won the silver and Belarus lifter Iryna Kulesha bagged the bronze.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoFulham plan bid for Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham plan bid for Bournemouth striker Lys Moussetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset.Fulham are planning a January move for Mousset, says West London Sport.The French striker has struggled to make an impact with the Cherries but could now be handed a lifeline by their Premier League rivals.Fulham are looking to strengthen as they prepare for a relegation scrap after a tough start to the season.The French frontman has made just seven top-flight starts since joining the Dorset club from Le Havre for around €6.5m some two and a half years ago.He has scored four goals, two of which were in the league. last_img read more

Details emerge of alleged abuse at nowshuttered Quebec roadside zoo

first_imgMONTREAL — Newly unsealed court documents allege investigators who visited a small Quebec zoo at the heart of an animal cruelty investigation found animals that were malnourished and lacked water and veterinary care.The documents, which were filed in May in order to obtain a warrant, included veterinary reports on the animals and the conditions observed at the St-Edouard Zoo during two visits by the SPCA in 2018.The investigation found that animals often lacked adequate space, food and water and that sick animals were allowed to suffer without adequate veterinary care.The allegations have not been tested in court. A lawyer for the zoo’s owner, Normand Trahan, has said he denies the animals were mistreated.In one case, the court document claims a young lioness named Layla died from complications stemming from a lack of calcium, despite the fact that Trahan had been warned by a vet about the need to supplement her diet.Animal welfare groups descended on the St-Edouard Zoo, about 120 kilometres east of Montreal, on May 21 and charged the owner with one count each of criminal animal neglect and criminal animal cruelty.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

School District 60 Band program receives 500 donation from FSJ Coop

first_imgBand is an important skill and outlet as the intrinsic reward is priceless. Learning to play an instrument and be a part of a band promotes confidence and skills to interact with a community that develops these students into dynamic people.The importance of this festival is for students to have the opportunity to cultivate and grow a students love of serious music making. As this is a non-competitive festival, its an environment of exposure to different performers and clinics.With many students to transport, house and feed for days, fundraising efforts are what help the school ensure their students can participate in such an event.  To receive such a donation from Co-op is another step closer to getting the students to the event in April 2019.Students have been fundraising for this trip to September with bottle drives, selling first aid kits, and they are planning a bigger event in the new year which will be a dinner and or dessert theatre fundraiser.To help out with the cost of the students trip by donating please contact Bonnie Anderson our band parent coordinator at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fundraising for an upcoming Band trip to Edmonton was recently injected with a $500 donation from FSJ Co-op.Fundraising plays a big part in financing opportunities for kids to get outside of the community to learn and grow.  One such event for the SD60 Band program is the Edmonton Cantando Musical Festival.North Peace has a very vibrant and nurtured musical program that starts early in middle school and with the curriculum build and maintained by several teachers; this musical program continues with a student as they grow through their education and grades.last_img read more

Expert predicts more attacks in Egypt following Ismailia explosion

first_imgCAIRO –  Six Egyptians were injured on Saturday in a terrorist attack outside a military intelligence headquarters in Ismailia, the Egyptian army said.An Egyptian military expert on Saturday predicted more attacks against military installations, following an explosion outside an intelligence headquarters in the canal city of Ismailia.“These bombings aim to deliver a message that the State is incapable of protecting its facilities,” Alaa Ezz Eddin, the former head of the Egyptian Army’s Strategic Studies Center, told Anadolu Agency.Six Egyptians were injured on Saturday in a terrorist attack outside a military intelligence headquarters in Ismailia, the Egyptian army said.Ezz Eddin is confident that perpetrators of these attacks will not achieve their goal.“We will endure for a while until we hunt down the masterminds of these attacks and stem terrorism as we did in the 1990s following the Luxor attack (in which 60 foreigners were killed in 1997),” he said.The expert linked between the attacks and protests demanding the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.“The surge in these attacks after Morsi’s ouster is a proof on this,” he said.Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was removed from power by the military on July 3 after massive protests against his presidency.The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has denied any role in the attacks that ravaged the country following the overthrow of the Islamist leader.last_img read more

Freshmen contributing in big ways for Ohio State mens hockey

Pucks take funky bounces, sticks break in crucial moments and ice surfaces can vary from location to location.Home ice advantage is visible in numerous buildings, but perhaps no other arena better demonstrates the buoyant lift of enthused supporters better than Wisconsin’s Kohl Center.After his team played in the acclaimed arena Saturday night, Ohio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik had no doubt of its place within the game.“This is the best atmosphere, to me, in college hockey,” Rohlik said in an interview with U.S. College Hockey Online. “The student section doesn’t compare anywhere else.”That’s what makes the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win over the Badgers Saturday night so impressive. Faced with that atmosphere and a four-game winless streak, OSU (12-9-1, 2-5-1-0) managed to hand No. 9 Wisconsin (14-7-1, 5-3-0-0) only its second home loss of the season.In a place where it pays to have experience, it turned out to be some of the younger Buckeyes who played a significant part in the win.First there was freshman goalie Christian Frey who, in only his fourth career start, made 36 saves to hold a team tied for fifth in the nation in scoring to just one goal.Though his performance has drawn a lot of praise, Frey said he couldn’t have done it alone.“The guys in front of me made it easy,” Frey said. “We really pulled together as a team and played a great team game, and it was a big win.”With Frey holding down the defensive end of things, it was freshman forward Nick Schilkey who had a big hand in leading the Buckeyes’ attack. Schilkey skated nearly the length of the ice to score the game’s tying goal, then helped set up junior forward Nick Oddo to score the winning marker.Schilkey said he aims to be as consistent as possible while also helping out in the goal-scoring department whenever he can.“I try to play well defensively and make sure I’m not being a liability out there,” Schilkey said. “When I get a weekend like this past one, it’s nice to see things pay off.”Frey, who was added to the roster in December, said he experienced the togetherness of this OSU team from day one.“All the guys are unbelievable,” Frey said. “I think it’s been an awesome experience for me and I’m really glad I came here.”With freshmen like Frey and Schilkey combining with seasoned upperclassmen, OSU seems to have found a winning formula.Maybe that’s one of the reasons Rohlik had a smile on his face after Saturday’s game. It seemed as if he realized a performance like that — one where every player stood up to the challenge — could really shape the Buckeyes’ season.“I’m proud of the guys that stepped up in the lineup tonight,” Rohlik said in the interview with U.S. College Hockey Online. “I think the NFL says it now, ‘It’s the next man standing.’ That’s kind of been our attitude from goalies, to (defensemen), to forwards, whoever.”Next up the Buckeyes are scheduled to host a weekend series against Penn State (4-15-1, 0-6-0) Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. read more