No pay no play – K’Ogalo players down tools

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players on the pitch during their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield Quarter Finals defeat to Kariobangi Sharks. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13 – Just less than three days before their Kenyan Premier League clash against Thika United, champions in elect Gor Mahia are staring at taking a half-fit squad for the clash with the players having boycotted training over unpaid salary and winning bonuses.As at Thursday morning, the players were yet to report to training, four days after their scheduled return from the international break. “I just spoke to the TM (Team Manager) this morning and he told me the players have said they will not resume training until their salaries and bonuses are paid. Honestly, I don’t know which squad I will take to Thika,” head coach Dylan Kerr told Capital Sport.The players are said to be owed August salaries as well as match winning bonuses for eight games; two from the Confederations Cup and six from the KPL.Club chairman Ambrose Rachier is out of the country and according to a section of players who spoke to Capital FM, that is the source of all the problems.Vice Chairman John Pesa has admitted that indeed they owe the players arrears but notes that has been occasioned because of the delay in receiving funds from sponsors and the sale of left back Godfrey Walusimbi to South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.Gor Mahia players celebrate one of their four goals against Yanga during a CAF Confederation Cup game at Kasarani on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“Yes, we owe the players, but it is because there is some money we have not received and we expect it by the end of the week. We will talk to the players and ask them to be patient as we get the cash. It is not a good situation but we shall resolve,” Pesa said.But, the players have said they are yet to hear from the officials concerning their grievances and have vowed not to return to training until their unpaid salary and bonuses hit their accounts.“We have not trained this week and I don’t think we will until we are paid. The worst thing is that no one is communicating to us. We have not been told anything so we are left to wonder. If we keep quiet, they will take advantage of us,” one of the players said.Another one added; “People are suffering in here. On the outside, people will look at us and all the success we have had and they will think we live the best lives ever. It’s not the case. We have worked hard as players to put the team high up there but most of the times we feel like our efforts are not being replicated.”“A team-mate just told me his house was almost being locked because he hasn’t paid rent and I had to dip into my savings and help him out. It is the case with many other players.”Kerr is disturbed with the ongoings at the club especially at a time when he wants to finish the season strongly aiming at maximum points in all the remaining games.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr waves on the touchline during the CAF Confederations Cup tie against Rayon Sport at the Kasarani Stadium on August 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am devastated because of this. It is detrimental to everything we are trying to do as a club. I don’t want my players going on strike. It is not good for us, it is not good for them. But at the same time, the club has to take care of the players and their welfare. This should not be happening in modern football,” Kerr further opined.The players now say most of them are ready to leave if a good offer comes on the table, only for better terms.“I can’t blame Wazza (Walusimbi) and Meddie for leaving. I wouldn’t have blamed Kachi (Francis Kahata) if he left. When you are not treated like the big player you are and a good offer comes, what would prevent you from leaving,” another player posed.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Housing takes the high road

first_img15 February 2005Work has begun on one of South Africa’s most ambitious housing projects to date. The multi-million rand N2 Gateway Project will benefit over 100 000 people who squat along the highway leading from Cape Town International Airport into the Mother City – and pilot a new model for tackling urban development in the country.Contractors from Sobambisana Consortium began clearing sites along the N2 last week – a day after they were informed that they had won the mammoth low-cost housing tender.This project, starting with the Joe Slovo informal settlement, is the first to emerge from the government’s new plan to fast-track housing delivery, with the aim of eradicating informal settlements in the country by 2014.Rapid delivery – to be achieved in part by jettisoning unnecessary bureaucracy and limiting prior consultation and participation – is seen as key to the project.Cape Town Executive Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo said the project aimed to “bring quality housing to the poor of our City on a scale which has not been on the agenda before.“It is not only about providing housing to residents of informal settlements”, Mfeketo said. “All families needing housing will benefit from our new approach to housing – those living in backyards, those living in council housing, those with no housing at all.”About 30% of the housing will be dedicated to backyard dwellers.Mark Julies of the Sobambisana Consortium, made up of six companies, said work would commence at a “very rapid pace” once they had received all the necessary information and documentation.Detailed layout plans, design drawings, architect’s impressions and models of the units had been submitted as part of the tender process – and clearing of sites and excavation was already under way.The first sub-phase of the project kicks off with 700 units, simple in design, at the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Langa that was ravaged by fire in January. Julies said these would be high-density units – about 150 units per hectare – consisting of a variety of one, two and three-bed roomed units.The aim, he said, was not to recreate “just another township” but rather an urban environment, consisting of open space, green space, semi-private space and rainwater collection points.Other informal settlements earmarked for the project include Barcelona, Boys Town, Kanana and New Rest.Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu described the project as a “win-win for everyone in Cape Town”.Everyone involved in the project had worked hard to work out an avenue and a business plan, pool resources, count the “meagre pennies” and put together an integrated development plan, she said.Because there was always contestation over scarce resources, Sisulu urged communities to “be patient and understand”.Government housing representatives will embark on a door-to-door campaign to establish a better understanding of the project.“To ensure the integrity of the process, we have asked the Department of Justice to come on board to ensure that all the legal requirements are kept and processed”, Sisulu added.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Manure Science Review Aug. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 Ohio Manure Science Review (MSR) will be held in Darke County on Wednesday August 12 at Mississinawa Valley High School, 10480 Staudt Road, in Union City, Ohio, close to the border with Indiana.  The MSR is an educational program designed for those involved in any aspect of manure handling, management, or utilization.  The MSR consists of both classroom style presentations and field demonstrations of manure equipment.  Registration opens at 8:15 am and the program begins at 8:45 am. The afternoon field demos conclude at 4:00 pm.This year’s MSR will focus on aspects of manure management related to limiting the chance of manure nutrients to reach lakes and streams.  Topics that will be covered in the morning program include: Ohio’s new rules that limit manure application on snow-covered and frozen ground; lessons learned from the March 2015 application of manure on deep snow; emergency planning 101 for when spills occur; nutrient movement: data from edge of field studies; and the most recent data from university research on expanding the manure application window.Field demonstrations in the afternoon will feature a new poultry litter applicator; solid manure spreader calibration; smoking farm tile to show preferential flow; direct incorporation of pelleted poultry litter; manure application setback distances; cover crops; and applicators for injecting liquid manure, side-dressing liquid manure, and dragline systems on corn.Participants in the event are eligible for the following continuing education credits: ODA Certified Livestock Manager, 4.0 continuing education hours; Certified Crop Adviser, 3.5 Soil and Water Management continuing education units, 1.5 Nutrient Management and 0.5 Manure Management CEUs; and Professional Engineer, 2.0 continuing professional development hours. Indiana office of state chemist hours are available as well.Pre-registration is requested.  Early registration by August 4 is $25/person and registration after August 4 or the day of the event is $30/person.  Morning coffee, juice, donuts, and lunch are included in the registration.  In addition to the program, there will be sponsor exhibits and displays.More information, including details on program topics and field demonstrations, registration forms, and flyers, are available at http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/ocamm/images/MSR_flyer_2015.pdfOhio Manure Science Review collaborators include OSU Extension, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Soil and Water Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.Event sponsors include the Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio EPA, Ag Credit, North Star, Brookside Consultants of Ohio, Cooper Farms, Quellz Products Inc.For more information on the event, call 330-202-3533 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Sony, LG, Motorola and Samsung are continuously innovating the smartwatch segment

first_imgSmartwatches will be in the spotlight at the IFA scheduled from September 5 to 10 in Berlin, with LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung and Sony all falling over each other to show that their new items are what buyers need.Jumping the gun, Samsung Electronics and LG previewed their approaching smartwatches, the Gear S and the LG Watch R, a week ago ahead of the show.Samsung’s Gear S is a 3G smartwatch that needn’t bother with a cell phone to operate. It is fueled by a 1GHz processor and has a bended 2 inch super AMOLED screen, sporting 480 X 360 display specification.In the wake of utilizing Android Wear on the Gear Live, Samsung is once more utilizing the Tizen framework on its most recent model. Getting designers to come up with applications for smartwatches will be a test for any organization, and more so for Samsung, since Tizen doesn’t have the huge numbers of technical developers that Android and iOS have. To help make up for the absence of applications, Samsung has collaborated with Nike on a health and fitness application, and Nokia for guided maps.The Gear S has 4GB of incorporated data space, 512MB of RAM and a 300 mAh lithium cell that endures two days with normal utilization, as per Samsung. The Gear S will begin shipping worldwide in October.Samsung has now affirmed five smartwatches in 12 months – the first model, the Galaxy Gear, was shown at IFA a year ago. The organization’s point is obviously to maintain and extend its position in the smartwatch segment, especially given bits of gossip about Apple’s conceivable entrance into the wearables business with the expected name of iWatch.The strategy is like what Samsung has done in the past – go for various distinctive thoughts and see what stays in the consumer memory. Given this approach, it is amazing the organization hasn’t put out a smartwatch with a round face, as LG and Motorola Mobility are relied upon to do soon.Motorola’s round Moto 360 has been expected for quite a while, sporting Android Wear as its Google-backed OS. It should (at last) be presented this week at IFA 2014, Berlin. The Moto 360 is expected to have a 1.5 inch screen, be water- and dust-safe, and have an incorporated heart-rate sensor.It will rival LG’s also-Android Wear-based G Watch R, which has a 1.3 inch screen and is controlled by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. It has 4GB of memory, 512MB of RAM and a 410 mAh battery. LG has given a handful of pictures of the gadget, which looks more like a conventional watch – as opposed to the predecessing G Watch’s somewhat insipid looks. In light of the fact that none of the pictures demonstrate the Android Wear interface, LG is probably focusing on marketing it as a watch with smart functions rather than a small phone on your your wrist. The Moto 360 is reputed to have a $250 sticker, with no news from LG about the G Watch R.Sony is additionally lined up at IFA to dispatch another smartwatch. The organization is a veteran in the field, so far utilizing its self-tailored form of Android. Be that as it may, given Android Wear’s solid performance reviews, it is imaginable that Sony will utilize the Google OS on the new gadget.advertisementThe smartwatch segment is still in its earliest stages, with items that have a great deal of opportunity to get better. Case in point, colossal advances over the environment as a whole are required to accomplish various demands by smartwatch pushers and technophiles.Wearable devices are still overwhelmed by armbands from health and fitness companies, for example, Fitbit and Jawbone (worth mentioning: Goqii), which have more than a lion’s share of the overall wearable technology segment. It remains to be seen if mobile technology majors can match human wrists with steel and silicon.last_img read more