Russell stars but Thunder lose again

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Not even a fine all-round effort from West Indies star Andre Russell was enough to save Sydney Thunder from crashing to a 30-run defeat to Perth Scorchers, in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday.Chasing 176 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder slumped to 17 for two in the third over before crawling to 145 for nine off their 20 overs.The 27-year-old Russell unfurled a whirlwind 42 off 20 deliveries with five sixes but wickets continued to fall as Thunder slid to their third straight loss, leaving them fourth in the BBL standings.With their victory, Scorchers moved to the top of the standings on eight points along with Adelaide Strikers but with a superior net run rate.Sent in, Scorchers recovered from a position of one run for two wickets in the second over to rally to 175 for five off 20 overs.The revival came through Cameron Bancroft who struck 72 off 53 balls in anchoring two key stands. He first put on 63 for the third wicket with Shaun Marsh, who hit 28 from 22 balls and a further 105 for the third wicket with Ashton Agar, who blasted 68 off 34 deliveries.Pacer Russell, who knocked over Michael Klinger with the third ball of the game without a run on the board, returned to claim Bancroft in the penultimate over and end with two for 31 from four overs.In reply, Thunder lost South African Jacques Kallis (7) and Aiden Blizzard (7) cheaply to left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff before Russell came to their rescue with his cameo.RUNRATEHis first nine deliveries yielded eight runs without a single boundary, but with the required run rate jumping to 13 at the end of the 11th over, Russell launched an all-out assault.He twice cleared the ropes with left-arm spinner Brad Hogg in the 12th over, which went for 16 runs, and then smashed leg-side sixes off English left-arm seamer David Willey in the next over, which also cost 16 runs.It took the return Behrendorff and a stunning catch from Joel Paris at fine leg to account for Russell in the 14th over with the score on 97 for five.Once he departed, the innings lost momentum, with four more wickets falling for the addition of just 40 runs.last_img read more

Leicester boss Pearson ‘surprised’ by shock Man United victory

first_imgLeicester City boss Nigel Pearson admitted even he did not expect his side to come from 3-1 down to beat Manchester United 5-3 at the KP Stadium.A quickfire double from Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria put the visitors in control, before Leonardo Ulloa’s header cut the deficit.But when Ander Herrera made it 3-1 on 57 minutes, the Foxes looked dead on their feet and few gave them much hope of turning the match around.However, what followed next summed up the magic that is the Premier League as the hosts scored four unanswered goals, two from penalties, to shock Manchester United.And a thrilled Pearson said after the game: “To start with it’s a fantastic three points. In our three home games so far this season against good opponents, we’ve been behind in all of them and managed to get something out of it.“Today to go 2-0 down and then 3-1 down and to go on and win it is testament firstly to the desire and resilience of the players. We do have some quality in our ranks. I’m really pleased for the players today because it will be a result which all of us are a little bit surprised with and that includes all of us involved here.“It really does show we have the capability to perform, but the challenge is to sustain it throughout the season. There’s been a lot said about our start on paper and we’ve done pretty well so far. We now need to make sure we can reproduce performances of quality and character at any stage of the season.“Ultimately, the players have gone out there and produced a performance. If we had got a draw from 3-1 today I would have been delighted.”Much of the post-match attention will be on United’s bizarre capitulation from such a strong position, but Pearson is convinced his counterpart, Louis van Gaal will get things right at Old Trafford.Asked if the 20-time Premier League champions had lost their mystique, the Leicester boss said: “No, they never will. They’ve got a manager there now who has got tremendously thick skin, he’s got rhino skin.“Whatever criticism comes his and Manchester United’s way, he’s capable of dealing with it because he’s been a success at both international and big club level. He has a clear vision of what he wants from his side.“Regardless of whether you manage Manchester United or any other club, managers need time to shape a side. I can speak from experience because the side I have now I’m happy with because it’s a team I, along with the staff, have put together.“When you inherit a squad you have to manage players you wouldn’t necessarily choose to have. In that interim period it’s about getting the best out of those players in whichever formation or system you choose to operate.”last_img read more

Our best players didn’t show up- Okumbi

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi feeds instructions to skipper Alpha Onyango during their African Under-20 Cup of Nations qualifer against Rwanda at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1- Stanley Okumbi was left frustrated that his best players did not rise up to the occasion on Sunday as Kenya’s Under-20 team was held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home by Rwanda in an African Under-20 Cup of Nations Qualifier in Machakos.It was a sluggish and hands-back display from Okumbi’s young guns and he admitted they simply did not show up when it mattered most, especially after performing well in friendly matches against Premier League teams. “It is disappointing of course and sometimes it happens in football that your best players don’t rise to the occasion. It is the same players that played in the friendly games and with the same plan but if you look at the likes of Musa (Masika), Richie (Richard Odada), Keegan (Zakayo), Alpha (Onyango) in midfield…. They didn’t take the game as we planned,” the tactician regretted.Skipper Onyango who turns out for champions Gor Mahia in the Premier League, also admitted the team did not do its best against the Rwandese.“It is a disappointing result because playing at home, we needed to win today. We did not push ourselves like we have done in the past but we have to get back to training and improve on what we failed on today,” the midfielder said.Byiringiro Rague scored in the 88th minute to cancel out Odada’s first half goal and the result means Kenya has to win or pick a high scoring draw in the return leg on April 21 in Kigali to progress to the second qualification round.Despite the result, Okumbi believes that the team can get back to the drawing board and ensure they improve to pick a win in Kigali.“We have to go back and look at what we did right and what we did wrong. We need to encourage the boys that this is something we can do. In our friendly matches, the speed of the game, passing and execution was great but against Rwanda, that was our main undoing,” an upbeat Okumbi noted.Meanwhile, Rwanda coach Vincent Mashami remains coy despite picking up the priceless away goal that the tie is far from over.He is however confident that the team stands a good chance playing at their backyard and has called on his boys to keep their calm and treat the return leg as a fresh contest, putting the 1-1 result in Machakos behind them.“We have 90 minutes remaining in this game and we have to forget about the first leg. We played well and I am happy but now the focus is on the final part of the game. Playing at home gives us much confidence on the ball but we need to work harder and be more aggressive,” Mashami noted.Kenya will be looking to make an imprint in the junior qualifiers, having limped off last time out when they were eliminated by CAF over administrative issues surrounding dates of birth of several players.They had held Sudan to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Khartoum before the Sudanese launched a successful appeal.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: Hi everyone. For those of you that are new to my column, I’m Áine. I’m 26, Donegal born and bred and a first time mum to my 8 month old daughter Ava. This weekly column will be an account of my experiences so far. My highs and lows, some tips and tricks, and an honest overview of my pregnancy and life as a first time mum. I am no expert but, I hope you can relate in some way, to what I write. When you’re expecting your first baby a whole new world of shopping opens up that you’ve probably never had the pleasure of browsing before. Although this is an exciting time, it can be slightly overwhelming. The amount of kit you need to buy before your baby arrives can seem confusing and endless.Like many of us, you will want what’s best for your baby without breaking the bank.During my pregnancy, I googled every checklist imaginable. They’re a great way of ensuring you have everything in order especially when it’s all very new to you.That said, sometimes I found them a little bit intense. Some, listing only the dearest of items and others including things your baby only needs after 6 months. So, I’ve decided to share my ‘New-born Essentials Checklist’ with you. From experience, these are the things I think you actually need for your baby’s arrival.ClothingIt’s easy to get side-tracked by the cuteness of baby clothes and you’ll probably want to buy everything you see. By all means, buy those adorable outfits but keep in mind that new-borns outgrow 0-3 month sizes so quickly. Ava lived in the following for the majority of her first few weeks.VestsSleepsuitsHatsMittensPramsuitFeedingIf you have chosen to breastfeed:Breast pump (I went for a medela swing electrical pump)Nursing bras (At least 2)Nursing padsLanolin creamMuslin ClothsIf you have chosen to formula feed: BottlesFormulaSteriliserMuslin Cloths (You can never have enough of these!)ChangingChanging MatChanging TableNappiesWipesNappy CreamSleepingEvery parent has their own preference for their little ones sleeping arrangements.  Ava slept in a moses basket in our room for the first few months to make the night time feedings a little bit easier.  If you intend on doing the same here’s what you’ll need.Moses BasketComfortable MattressMattress sheetsBaby monitorSwaddle blankets (Maybe buy one or two to trial these first. Apparently not all babies are a fan of swaddling)Out and About Car seat (Legal requirement for taking your baby home)Pram (We opted for a 3 in 1 travel system)A practical changing bag with lots of room!A baby carrier (Optional, but a godsend for settling Ava when she wouldn’t sleep)BathtimeBath SeatHooded towelsBaby friendly body wash/shampooBath ThermometerPlay TimePlay mat or play gym (perfect for entertaining them while you grab 5 minutes to yourself)BouncerToys, such as a rattle, musical toy, etcOtherThermometerNail ClippersA camera phone with lots of storage (There will be no end to the photos)At the end of the day, it’s your baby and everyone has their own personal preferences. However, I hope my list has given you some inspiration for your own checklist.Thanks for reading and happy shopping!Áine xBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: MY ‘NEWBORN ESSENTIALS’ CHECKLIST was last modified: April 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Áine LaffertyArticleBaby BlogBaby StepsclothingPlaytimelast_img read more


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Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jul-2013 Pettigo 4 – 5 9 – 12 Naomh Columba PettigoUnder 12 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jul-2013 Naomh Conaill 10 – 16 0 – 4 Aodh Ruadh Naomh Connaill15-Jul-2013 CLG Naomh Muire 4 – 3 3 – 11 Killybegs CLG Naomh MuireUnder 12 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jul-2013 Naomh Ultan 2 – 8 3 – 6 Kilcar Naomh UltanUnder 12 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jul-2013 Four Masters 7 – 8 2 – 4 Bundoran Four MastersALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: July 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click 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Crashes leave two dead

first_imgLANCASTER – Two men, one from Visalia and the other from Lancaster, were killed in two separate traffic collisions that occurred about three hours apart. Gurdarshan Singh, 46, of Visalia was killed about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when he ran a stop sign at Sierra Highway and Avenue G and collided with a pickup truck, authorities said. Gilbert Heath, 41, of Lancaster was killed about 11:30 p.m. when he lost control of his pickup truck and crashed into a tree, authorities said. Singh was heading west on Avenue G in a 2001 Toyota van and collided with a northbound 2002 Chevrolet pickup driven by Leon Estrada, 54, of Lancaster, Highway Patrol officers said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Both vehicles came to rest in a dirt field, the CHP said. Estrada suffered major injuries and was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he was reported Monday to be in fair condition, hospital officials said. Sheriff’s deputies said they responded to a report of a traffic collision that occurred at 11:30 p.m. in the 8500 block of East Avenue K. Heath was heading west on Avenue K when his 2001 Ford truck veered left and hit a large cottonwood tree on the south side of the road, deputies said. Deputies said Heath died on impact and that excessive speed appeared to have been a factor in the crash. last_img read more

McPartland Joins Drake University Volleyball Coaching Staff

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Mitchell McPartland has been hired as an assistant coach on the Drake University volleyball coaching staff, head coach Darrin McBroom announced Wednesday, July 13.”I’m incredibly excited to join Darrin and Leslie [Flores-Cloud] and learn from two experienced coaches at the collegiate level,” McPartland said. “I’m looking forward to helping bring Drake to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference. I am thankful for Darrin for giving me the opportunity to pursue my goal of coaching women’s college volleyball.”McPartland, a recent Grand View University graduate and native of Boone, Iowa, brings extensive collegiate playing and coaching experience to the Bulldog bench.”I am really excited to have Mitchell join our staff and I think he will be a great fit for our program,” McBroom said. “He brings solid experience to our program and he comes from a volleyball family.  He has a wealth of experience in almost every phase of the game from playing an offensive role for his collegiate team and being an all-conference libero.  I think this diversity of skill sets will allow us to utilize him in a variety of capacities and he is committed to putting in the time that it takes to become successful in this field.”McPartland was a four-year starter on the Grand View men’s volleyball team and helped lead the program to NAIA national runner-up honors in 2016. Prior to that, the team finished third in back-to-back seasons with McPartland being honored as the NAIA North Division Libero of the Year in 2014. He was also a three-time academic all-conference selection.While competing, McPartland also began his coaching career as Grand View’s women’s junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach during the 2015 season. In that role, he guided the JV team to a 23-14 record and claimed the Heart of America Athletic Conference JV tournament title. In his role with the varsity team, he worked primarily with the team’s defensive specialists.In 2014, he served as an assistant coach with the girls’ volleyball team at Boone High School and helped coach the program to a 33-7 record and the team’s first appearance in a Class 4A regional final for the first time in a decade. He also gained experience as a staff member at Iowa State’s summer volleyball camps.In addition to his collegiate and high school coaching experience, McPratland has a deep background in coaching at the club level. He is currently the head coach of the Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance’s 16-1 team and previously served as a coach for the All Iowa Attack Volleyball Club and Johnston Volleyball Club.McPartland received his bachelor’s degree in health promotion with a focus in wellness from Grand View in May of 2016, graduating magna cum laude. He was a member of the President’s list and a six-time Dean’s List honoree.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

More Dino Blood Found: Evolutionists in Denial

first_img“Can soft tissue survive 75 million years?” the caption in Science Magazine reads.No, it can’t. That’s why this cannot be original dinosaur soft tissue, some evolutionists are claiming in a news article in Science Magazine by Robert F. Service: “Signs of ancient cells and proteins found in dinosaur fossils.” Creationists have been proclaiming this evidence for a decade since Mary Schweitzer and Jack Horner found soft, stretchy tissue in a T. rex femur in 2005 (see 60 Minutes video), but evolutionists have either denied it, explained it away, or ignored it.  Can they ignore this news from America’s leading science journal?Because this was found in 8 bones tested, Service states that soft tissue in dinosaur bones may be common:The cupboards of the Natural History Museum in London hold spectacular dinosaur fossils, from 15-centimeter, serrated Tyrannosaurus rex teeth to a 4-meter-long hadrosaur tail. Now, researchers are reporting another spectacular find, buried in eight nondescript fossils from the same collection: what appear to be ancient red blood cells and fibers of ancient protein.Using new methods to peer deep inside fossils, the study in this week’s issue of Nature Communications backs up previous, controversial reports of such structures in dinosaur bones. It also suggests that soft tissue preservation may be more common than anyone had guessed. “It’s encouraging,” especially because the proteins were found in what appear to be the most unremarkable, ordinary bones, says Matthew Collins, an archaeologist and biochemist at the University of York in the United Kingdom. But he and others caution that the team hasn’t proven beyond doubt that the structures do contain ancient proteins.That’s right; they call it “encouraging,” as if paleontologists expected this or had not been denying it for a decade. This was the last thing evolutionists expected to find in bones thought tens of millions of years old.  “Proteins commonly decay hundreds to thousands of years after an organism dies, but in rare cases they have been known to survive up to 3 million years,” Service continues. That’s far short of the 75 million Darwin years needed to explain these new bones. Schweitzer found collagen in dinosaur bone previously, but others had not been able to replicate that find till now—and the results are shocking:What they found shocked them. Imaging the fresh-cut surfaces with scanning and transmission electron microscopes, “we didn’t see bone crystallites” as expected, Maidment says. “What we saw instead was soft tissue. It was completely unexpected. My initial response was these results are not real.”The U.K. team tested more fossils and ran microscopic samples from what appear to be collagen fibers through a mass spectrometer to get the weight of the component molecules. The weights came back as identical to those of the three most common amino acids in collagen, the team reports.The photo accompanying the article shows fibers that clearly look like collagen; they look nothing like pieces of rock or mineral. No DNA has been found yet, but co-discoverer Sarah Maidment is not ruling it out: “We haven’t found any in our fossils… however, I think it’s unwise to say we’ll never find any in [the] future” (BBC News). Sergio Bertazzo agrees: “It’s possible you could find fragments, but to find more than that? Who knows?” (The Guardian).Creationists are not shocked, because they believe dinosaurs died in the Flood just a few thousand years ago, like the Bible says. Secularists have treated that as mythology ever since Darwin and Lyell made it fashionable to think in terms of millions of years of earth history. Who has the empirical evidence now?  If the proteins are really from the dinosaur, it sets severe upper limits on the age of the material.Service doesn’t say anything else about the apparent “red blood cells” in the specimens. He ends with a sprinkle of doubt that the proteins are even real:But outsiders, including Schweitzer, say that the weights aren’t conclusive proof that the amino acids are real or that they came from a dinosaur rather than from bacteria or other contaminants. A different type of mass spectrometer that can provide the sequence of the amino acids in a protein fragment would strongly suggest the existence of collagen and replicate the earlier work, Collins says. Maidment says the team hopes to do such studies soon. If they succeed, the work may spur additional efforts to isolate dinosaur proteins and understand how they differed from those of their modern relatives.Service never again addresses the question, “Can soft tissue survive 75 million years?” No theory is presented about how it could last more than a few hundred thousand years, or 3 million at best. The two responses in this paragraph are: (1) deny it’s real, or (2) see what it can tell us about evolution. If that’s all, creationists are bound to celebrate this latest announcement (just one of a string of similar findings)  as a  “See? We told you so!” moment.The announcement comes just 3 days before “Jurassic World” hits the big screens around the world. The movie admits soft tissue exists, but claims that it can be preserved for millions of years by iron from hemoglobin in the dinosaur’s blood. This was a controversial claim by Mary Schweitzer in 2013 (11/16/13) that many other scientists find implausible (3/15/14).Correction: our initial post said that Service’s article was in Nature; it was in Science Magazine. The finding itself was reported in Nature Communications.Update 6/09/15: The news media are picking up on this story, suggesting it may get more traction this time around:Dinosaur blood cells extracted from 75-million-year-old fossil (New Scientist)Scientists out for dinosaur blood (PhysOrg)‘Blood cells’ found in dino fossils (BBC News)Found: preserved dinosaur cells – but sadly scientists still can’t build Jurassic World (Gareth Dyke in The Conversation)Dinosaur fossil investigation unlocks possible soft tissue treasure trove (Science Daily)Scientists See Signs of Dinosaur Blood in 75-Million-Year-Old Fossils (NBC News)75-million-year-old dinosaur blood and collagen discovered in fossil fragments (The Guardian)Paleontologists Discover Fossilized Dinosaur Blood (Popular Mechanics)How are reporters treating the obvious age implications? None of them mention creationists, the Bible, or the Flood. None of them even questions the Darwin ages of the bones. The attitude seems to be, “Well, what do you know; dinosaur blood can last for 75 million years. Let’s see what we can learn from it about evolution.”Perhaps the closest thing to skepticism is found in the last article: “the fossils contain some of their original biological proteins and amino acids—molecules that are thought to degrade completely after 4 million years,” the Popular Mechanics reporter says about statements by Susannah Maidment, the lead scientist at Imperial College London that published the findings. “‘This pushes that envelope back about 71 million years,” Maidment says. She adds that how or why these biological tissues managed to last for so long is a complete mystery. ‘We can only speculate, and there’s a lot of research that will be needed to explain how this sort of preservation has occurred.’” Her initial reaction is instructive: “”It was a total surprise,” Maidment says. “As a paleontologist my first thought was, ‘This is silly, there is absolutely no way this could be dinosaur blood’.”Update 6/09/15: The original paper in Nature Communications is open access, meaning everyone can read it and look at the evidence. The press release from Imperial College London is cautious: “potentially be red blood cells although the researchers caution that further evidence would be needed to confirm that the structures do not have another origin.” Maidment says, “Our study is helping us to see that preserved soft tissue may be more widespread in dinosaur fossils than we originally thought,” since their discoveries were made in “scrappy, poorly preserved fossils” instead of exceptionally-preserved ones. This suggests that a treasure trove of additional soft tissues are waiting to be uncovered. Mary Schweitzer, who made a splash with her soft tissue discovery in a T. rex a decade ago, calls it: “an exciting paper, particularly in showing what happens when you really look at ancient bone and are not bound by the expectation that ‘nothing could possibly persist’. If you don’t look, you won’t find. But if you do, you never know.” (BBC)Do you catch the importance of this?  It’s comparable to evolutionists stumbling upon the real Noah’s Ark. They cannot sustain the millions-of-years ages in light of this evidence. What will they do now?This will provide a highly visible test of evolutionists’ commitment to empiricism. If they continue to deny that this is evidence dinosaur bones are young, they deserve to get hammered. We’re seeing the leading edge of the toppling of evolutionists’ millions-of-years scheme, and with it, their whole theory of the history of the earth.  That’s too big a price for them to pay. If history is a guide, they will continue to be in a state of denial and carry on as if nothing happened. It’s up to the rest of us to get the word out.Creationists are also doing original research on this. Mark Armitage, who lost his job at California State University after publishing a paper on soft tissue in Triceratops horn that he found himself (11/05/14), is seeking funds to continue research. He posted a YouTube video responding to the Jurassic World claim. The osteocytes and cells he found in dinosaur bone never touch blood, he explains; therefore Schweitzer’s controversial explanation doesn’t work for bone cells (see ICR). If the bone cells are young, then the rest of the soft tissue cannot be millions of years old.(Visited 524 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享9last_img read more

Indian firm in major BPO investment

first_imgGrowth strategy “Additionally, the clients will benefit from greater scale, deeper domain expertise, comprehensive and flexible solution offerings, robust financial strength, and a rich international talent pool,” Sen said. Destination for business “CCN is a strategic fit for Aegis,” Aegis CEO Aparup Sengupta said in a statement this week. “This combined entity will offer CCN’s clients and prospects and expanded set of solutions and services from a broader geographic delivery platform.” The company services several Fortune 500 companies worldwide in the telecoms, banking, financial services, insurance, healthcare and travel sectors, and has 32 facilities in countries including the US, Philippines, India, Costa Rica and Kenya. 10 July 2009 Indian business process outsourcing (BPO) company Aegis has acquired Call Centre Nucleus, one of the largest privately owned call centre operators in South Africa, for an undisclosed amount. Aegis chief marketing officer Sandip Sen said that with more than 33 000 employees globally, Aegis was well positioned to provide customised solutions to meet today’s business needs. Client benefits South Africa will be an integral part of Aegis’s growth strategy, and the company will invest up to $60-million (about R500-million) to expand, develop skills, bring in international experience and create up to 5 000 jobs in the country over the long term. CCN had revenues in excess of R150-million for 2008/09, with significant revenues from clients located in the UK. Aegis belongs to Indian conglomerate Essar Group, and has revenues of approximately US$500-million. “With this transaction, Aegis proves its commitment to develop South Africa as a destination for international business,” Brick said. CCN chief executive Lawrence Brick believed they had found the right partner to guide the company towards future growth, and that the transaction was a win for the company’s customers, employees and stockholders. Johannesburg-based Call Centre Nucleus (CCN) has been in the BPO business for the last seven years and has a capacity of 700 seats, with over 1 000 employees operating out of its two facilities. Its core competence lies in end-to-end inbound customer service in the contact centre arena. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New food show explores South Africa’s enticing dishes

first_imgA Taste of South Africa is a new show about food, being filmed with British chef Matt Tebbutt. It explores local favourites and the fascinating history behind them, and is set to air during the second half of the year.British chef Matt Tebbutt is filming a new show in the country called A Taste of South Africa. (Image: Media Update)Brand South Africa reporter“This is the show that I’ve always wanted to make,” said British chef Matt Tebbutt about the filming of his new foodie show A Taste of South Africa.“To explore, learn, taste and understand such a totally diverse country such as South Africa is a really exciting prospect for me. I want to meet the people behind the food, to learn about the history of the dishes and to cook alongside them and expand my own knowledge of the local cuisine.”The first leg of shooting wrapped on 16 January, and the crew will head to Cape Town in March.“South Africa provides a culturally diverse, exciting, engaging, and exquisite environment in which to pursue the love of food,” said show producer Rebecca Fuller-Campbell.“The fascinating history of this country and the sheer variety of cultures means that every episode will offer a fresh and different look at the rich gastronomic traditions of the country.”Tebbutt traverses South Africa in the 10-part show, sampling different dishes and regional specialities, and digging into the history of local cuisine. He travels through Gauteng, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.The show features food such as sorghum, maize, chisa nyama, bunny chow, umphokoqo, koeksusters and waterblommetjie bredie.Day #6 of the shoot for A Taste of SA with @matt_tebbutt #mealiesinMaritzburg— Oxyg3n Media (@oxyg3n_media) January 12, 2017Along the way, he features local chefs, among them Nelson Mandela’s former personal chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya, and Mpho Tshukudu, co-author of the cookbook Eat-Ting.Tebbutt also visits Marble, David Higgs’ restaurant in Johannesburg.Filming with @matt_tebbutt for his South Africa show…— Marble Restaurant (@Marble_SA) January 9, 2017Speaking to talk radio 702, Tebbutt relayed an anecdote Ndoyiya shared with him. When she was personally interviewed by Mandela, he asked if she made comfort food. On replying yes, she got the job.The show is being filmed by Oxyg3n Media and has been acquired by Discovery (Africa and Poland) as well as by UKTV in the UK.Tebbutt is no stranger to the camera. He has been involved in various cooking shows in the UK, including Food Unwrapped, Market Kitchen and Saturday Kitchen.Source: Media UpdateWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more