Chair, director resign from Central Vermont Public Service board

first_imgMcKenzie Resignation Letter: Lisman Resignation Letter: “August 24, 2009Central Vermont Public Service Corporation77 Grove StreetRutland, VT  05701Attention:  President and Corporate SecretaryDear Sir/Madam:I hereby resign as (i) a Director of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (the “Company”), (ii) Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Company, and (iii) a member of the Company’s Corporate Governance Committee, Compensation Committee and Executive Committee.  This resignation is effective as of the date hereof.   /s/ Mary Alice McKenzie                 Mary Alice McKenzie” Central Vermont Public Service Corp Chairwoman Mary Alice McKenzie and Director Bruce Lisman have resigned, effective last Monday, over a dispute involving the strategic direction of the company. CVPS, based in Rutland, is the state’s largest electric utility. Company CEO Robert Young will serve as interim chairman of the board until a successor is determined. The text of the Securities & Exchange filing is below. A company spokesman said the company could not further comment.McKenzie told Vermont Business Magazine, “I resigned effective Monday August 24th over a dispute with the board involving the strategic direction of the company as set by the board and the process by which the board chose to review the direction. I am secure in the knowledge that I did the right thing.” She said that would be the extent of her comments.Mary Alice McKenzie is the executive director of the Burlington Boys & Girls Club of America. An attorney, she was formerly president of McKenzie’s of Vermont. She has been chairman of the CVPS board since 2006.According to, Bruce Lisman retired as Managing Director at JPMorgan and Chairman of the Global Equity Division at JPMorgan Chase in February 2009 positions he held since June 2008. Prior to his current position he served as a Senior Managing Director at The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. from 1984 to June 2008. He is also a director of National Life Group. He has been a director of CVPS since 2004.SEC Filing.Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensation Arrangement of Certain Officers.(a)  On August 24, 2009, Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (the “ Company ” ) received letters of resignation from Company directors Mary Alice McKenzie and Bruce M. Lisman.  At the time of her resignation, Ms. McKenzie was Chairwoman of the Board of Directors (the “Board”), Chairwoman of the Executive Committee, and served on the Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board.  At the time of his resignation, Mr. Lisman was Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee and also served on the Compensation Committee of the Board.  The Company believes that each of Ms. McKenzie and Mr. Lisman resigned based on disagreements with the Company concerning the strategic direction of the Company, as determined by the Company’s Board of Directors, and the process used by the Company’s Board in evaluating such strategic direction.The Board will promptly undertake a process to review the composition and organization of the Board including the identification of two new directors to fill the vacancies created. Meanwhile, the Board has designated from its members Robert H. Young, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, to serve as the Interim Chairman of the Board. In addition, William R. Sayre, who is a non-employee director, shall serve as the Interim lead director in the Board’s non-management executive sessions and as Interim Chairman of the Executive Committee.  Furthermore, Douglas J. Wacek, who is also a non-employee director, shall serve as Interim Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee.  They will serve in these leadership positions until the review process is completed, or until the Company’s annual meeting in May of 2010, whichever is earlier.Both Ms. McKenzie and Mr. Lisman have been provided with a copy of this disclosure and have advised the Company that they agree with the statements made in the first paragraph hereof.  Copies of Ms. McKenzie’s and Mr. Lisman’s letters of resignation are attached hereto as Exhibits 17.1 and 17.2, respectively.The Company regrets Ms. McKenzie’s and Mr. Lisman’s decisions to leave the Board.  Throughout their respective terms of service on the Board, the Company has valued their views and their service.Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.(d) Exhibits.Exhibit NumberDescription of Exhibit17.1Letter, dated August 24, 2009, from Mary Alice McKenzie to the President and Corporate Secretary of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation.17.2Letter, dated August 24, 2009, from Bruce Lisman to the President and Corporate Secretary of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation.SIGNATUREPursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.CENTRAL VERMONT PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORATIONBy  /s/ Dale A. Rocheleau               Dale A. RocheleauSenior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate SecretaryAugust 24 , 2009 “August 24, 2009Central Vermont Public Service Corporation77 Grove StreetRutland, VT  05701Attention:  President and Corporate SecretaryDear Sir/Madam:I hereby resign as (i) a Director of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (the “Company”) and (ii) a member of the Company’s Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee.  This resignation is effective as of the date hereof.   /s/ Bruce Lisman                 Bruce Lisman”last_img read more

Strickler scores IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour honors at Hancock County

first_imgBRITT, Iowa (June 30) – Hancock County Speedway saluted veterans with a pre-Independence Day special event and the fans in the full grandstands saluted Kyle Strickler when the Xtreme Mo­tor Sports IMCA Modified feature was complete.Strickler led the last 23 of 30 laps in Tuesday’s IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event. The win paid $3,300 plus a $500 bonus for leading the race at halfway.Kyle Brown ran in front the first seven circuits and finished a distant second, but still moved into the top spot in the series point standings.Arizona traveler Ricky Thornton Jr. qualified from his “B” feature and ended third in the main event. Ronn Lauritzen and Jimmy Gustin completed the top five.Forty-nine drivers, the most for a Dirt Tour event this season, from six states vied at Britt.Brown drew the outside pole start and set the fast pace before Strickler slipped by on the higher line and was scored first when the eighth lap was scored.The only caution of the contest came on lap 13 as Strickler was getting into traffic.He pulled away on the ensuing restart, getting four lapped cars and most of a straightaway ahead of Brown before the checkers flew.Already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Strickler is the fourth different winner in as many series events so far this season.The victory was Strickler’s Dirt Tour career second; he’d also won at Britt in 2013.Jeremy Mills and Mike Jergens started on the back row and made the most progress toward the front, Mills 14 places to 11th and Jergens 13 positions to 13th. Defending series champion Mike Van Genderen brought the point lead to town and finished 15th.Back-to-back shows are next on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speed­way in Oskaloosa and July 16 at Knoxville Raceway.The Knoxville show is the Harris Clash and also the final qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Other winners at Britt’s Salute To Veterans special were Randy Brands in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Nick Meyer in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Andrew Borchardt in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Jacob Kofoot in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Meyer’s share of the purse included a $500 perfect attendance bonus.Hawkeye Dirt Tour results – 1. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 2. Kyle Brown, State Center; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 5. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 7. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 9. Jeff Larson, Lake­field, Minn.; 10. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 11. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 12. Brandon Beckendorf, Dan­ube, Minn.; 13. Mike Jergens, Plover; 14. Andrew Schroeder, Keswick; 15. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 16. Keith Schmitz, Hanlontown; 17. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 18. Ryan Maitland, Wa­terloo; 19. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 20. Austin Wolf, Algona; 21. Aaron Benson, Clear Lake; 22. Alex Hanson, Northwood; 23. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 24. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 25. David Brown, Kellogg; 26. Justin Sackett, Pierson.1st heat (top two) – 1. Shryock; 2. Jimmy Gustin; 3. Hanson; 4. Ward; 5. David Brown; 6. Ben­son; 7. Wolf; 8. Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Minn.; 9. Van Genderen; 10. Jay Marks, Bakersfield, Calif.2nd heat – 1. Shute; 2. Schroeder; 3. Sackett; 4. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 5. Kevin Stoa, Clear Lake; 6. Dotson; 7. Hoeft; 8. Jeff Ignaszewski, Wells, Minn.; 9. Nate Zimmerman, Janesville, Minn.; 10. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.3rd heat – 1. Richie Gustin; 2. Lauritzen; 3. Jeff Larson; 4. Stacey Mills, Webb; 5. Corey Dripps, Waterloo; 6. Colt Mather, Webster; 7. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 8. Rob Hughes, Humboldt; 9. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 10. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City.4th heat – 1. Ruby; 2. Schmitz; 3. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 4. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; 5. Maitland; 6. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 7. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 8. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 9. Roberts; 10. Jeremy Mills.5th heat – 1. Kyle Brown; 2. Strickler; 3. Thornton; 4. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 5. Becken­dorf; 6. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 7. Ben Kraus, Garner; 8. Troy Swearingen, Thompson; 9. Jergens.1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Hoeft; 2. Benson; 3. Hanson; 4. Roberts; 5. Dripps; 6. Elliott; 7. Adam Larson; 8. Christensen; 9. Van Genderen; 10. Waterman; 11. Stone; 12. Hughes; 13. Kraus.2nd “B” feature – 1. Thornton; 2. Sackett; 3. David Brown; 4. Dotson; 5. Ruter; 6. Jergens; 7. Reut­zel; 8. Hatlestad; 9. Maitland; 10. Mathieson; 11. Zimmerman; 12. Stacey Mills; 13. Stinehart.3rd “B” feature – 1. Jeff Larson; 2. Ward; 3. Beckendorf; 4. Wolf; 5. Smith; 6. Noble; 7. Marks; 8. Green; 9. Swearingen; 10. Stoa; 11. Ignaszewski; 12. Mather.last_img read more

Staying on feet pays off for persistent Gabriel Jesus

first_imgGabriel Jesus the Brazil strikerTeresópolis, Brazil | AFP |  At just 22 years of age, a back-to-back Premier League title winner with Manchester City and having scored 17 goals in 34 matches for five-time world champions Brazil, it might seem absurd to say it, but Gabriel Jesus was under pressure coming into the Copa America.The former Palmeiras forward — who won the Brazilian title there too before moving to City — seems to have the world at his feet and enviable statistics for a player of his age.Yet when he arrived at the Copa America on home soil, Jesus was the subject of severe criticism.The reason being: his lack of goals for Brazil.That’s a strange accusation to put at a guy scoring an average of one in every two matches and who, with six international goals in 2019, is having his most prolific calendar year in the Selecao’s yellow shirt.But the problem was that until he netted in the 2-0 Copa semi-final victory over arch rivals Argentina, Jesus’s last nine goals had come in friendlies.Crucially, he didn’t score at the World Cup last year and also missed an injury-time penalty in the 5-0 win over Peru earlier in the Copa.Scoring against Argentina lifted a huge weight off his shoulders.“I’m delighted about the goal because it’s something I’d been searching for since the first match at the Copa,” said Jesus.“In life, sometimes things don’t go as you’d like. You have to be persistent, things aren’t easy.”His last goal in a competitive match dated back to October 2017 and a World Cup qualifier against Chile.– ‘Stay on your feet’ –Not only did he take his chance against Argentina, popping up in the right place at the right time to tap home a cross from Roberto Firmino after great work from captain Dani Alves, but he also laid the second on a plate for his strike partner.Jesus won a 50-50 challenge with Argentina midfielder German Pezzella, shrugged off a full-blooded attempted foul from his City team-mate Nicolas Otamendi as he entered the area, cut inside a sliding Juan Foyth and slipped the ball to Firmino to score.Crucially, though, he stayed on his feet as Otamendi, beaten for pace, tried to grapple with Jesus.“I never thought about falling,” he said. “When I go down it’s because I’m really knocked off balance.“Sometimes when you fall for nothing, you lose a goalscoring chance and there’s no penalty, nothing. You need to keep your focus and stay on your feet.” That will have been music to the ears of many football fans fed up with seeing the absent Neymar rolling around theatrically on the turf after the faintest of touches.The Jesus-Firmino combination may never have come about had things gone entirely to plan for Brazil at the start of the Copa.Jesus was Brazil’s center-forward in Russia last year but he was left on the bench in favor of Firmino by coach Tite at the start of the Copa.However, after the drab 0-0 draw with Venezuela, Jesus was given his chance on the right of the three-pronged attack — the position where he began his career at Palmeiras.“We’ve shown that we know each other well and we play well together no matter the position,” said Firmino of his strike partnership with Jesus.– ‘Same scenario’ –The only previous honor Jesus has won with the national team, or the under-23s at least, was the Olympic Games gold medal in 2016.That too was gleaned at the Maracana where Sunday’s final will take place.And Jesus sees similarities between Brazil’s journey there and here during the Copa.Brazil drew their opening two matches at the Olympics, against South Africa and Iraq, before hitting their stride“It was a different situation but it was practically the same,” said Jesus.“Things didn’t start well because we were jeered during our first Olympics matches. It’s almost the same scenario.”Brazil were jeered during their first two Copa matches and at half-time of their quarter-final victory over Paraguay.Should Jesus score and help Brazil win on Sunday, though, he’ll hear nothing but cheers fill the Maracana to its rafters.“Hopefully I’ll be a champion again,” he said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mixed reaction for Bonds in Pittsburgh homecoming

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) stands with former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds during opening day ceremonies before the baseball game between the Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Bonds, and former Pirates shortstop Dick Groat, both former NL baseball MVP award winners with the Pirates, were in town to present the 2013 MVP trophy to McCutchen. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Barry Bonds spent a portion of Monday morning driving around Pittsburgh, marveling at the changes he’s seen in the city since baseball’s career home run king bolted for San Francisco more than two decades ago.He drove by his old apartment in the western suburbs and the reconfigured North Shore, where Three Rivers Stadium has been replaced by sparkling PNC Park.The makeover hasn’t been limited to the scenery. After 21 years, it appears the old wounds surrounding Bonds’ abrupt departure have started to heal, too.Bonds drew a mixture of boos and cheers while presenting current Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen with the 2013 NL MVP award. Bonds was the previous Pirates player to win the honor, earning the second of his record seven career MVP trophies in 1992.Standing next to McCutchen, Bonds waved to the packed house and seemed at ease in his first public appearance in conjunction with the team where he starred from 1986-92 before leaving for San Francisco via free agency.“It feels good to be back where it all started,” Bonds said. “We had some great times here.”Bonds then sat in the stands and watched as the Pirates opened against the Chicago Cubs.Former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds, left is greeted by current manager Clint Hurdle during opening day ceremonies before the baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Bonds won the 1990 and 1992 MVP awards while playing for the Pirates from 1986-92 and led the team to three straight NL East titles. Each playoff trip, however, fell short of the World Series, most notably a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 NL championship series that ended when Bonds’ throw from left field failed to stop Atlanta’s Sid Bream from scoring the series-clinching run.He left for San Francisco and a then-record six-year, $43-million deal two months later, where Bonds eventually broke Hank Aaron’s record for career home runs, finishing with 762 before leaving after the 2007 season.Bonds declined to draw any comparisons between himself and McCutchen, who easily won the MVP award last season a year after finishing third in the voting.“He’s got the formula now,” Bonds said. “Once you do it once, I expect you to do it again.”Bonds was joined by a familiar face as the Pirates put the finishing touches on a breakout 2013 when they won 94 games and made it to the NL division series. Former manager Jim Leyland presented current skipper Clint Hurdle with his NL Manager of the Year Award and credited Hurdle for helping turn the franchise around.After spending years watching his former club serve as a laughingstock, Leyland is confident the Pirates are back.“They’re the real deal now,” Leyland said. “They should be here for a long time.”And while he steered clear of the politics surrounding Bonds’ place in baseball history, Leyland left no doubt about whether Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame. Bonds fell well short of the 75 percent threshold required for induction during his second year of eligibility, with many voters saying they wouldn’t put him in because of the steroids cloud.“In my opinion, Barry Bonds is a Hall of Fame player,” said Leyland, who managed the Pirates from 1986-96 and is now retired. “There’s no doubt about it.”last_img read more

South African soccer in 2003

first_img19 December 2003Perhaps the most disappointing time for South African soccer in 2003 was the national team’s disastrous foray into north Africa in November.In games meant to prepare Bafana Bafana for the 2004 African Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia in January, coach Shakes Mashaba’s charges showed little character or cohesion, losing to Egypt (2-1) and then to Tunisia (2-0) four days later.Mashaba argued that the losses gave him an idea of what was wrong with the squad. “I will have to work hard to restore confidence in the players,” he said. African Nations Cup: uphill for SA This lack of cohesion by the national team on the field is mainly due to administrative bungling and the ongoing club-versus-country saga.The South African Football Association’s (Safa) has a perennial inability to co-ordinate Bafana’s games (both official and friendlies) with the international football calendar.This has led to a fallout between the association and some overseas-based players over their availability. The overseas-based players argue that some of the call-ups, especially for friendlies and regional tournaments, are unnecessary and jeopardise their club careers.In most cases, those who respond to their call-up arrive two or three days before a game, giving the coach little time to work out a game plan and to mould the overseas and locally-based players into an organised unit.Another problem is that the squad that is selected almost always assembles for not more than a week before the particular game. This further complicates the coach’s job of integrating the individuals’ playing styles.The proper organisation of the national team needs urgent attention. Safa needs to put mechanisms in place to allow the national squad to assemble timeously in order to give the coach enough opportunity to experiment with different combinations.Moreover, it is important that the squad plays practice matches against organised formations such professional invitational teams, lower division teams and even high school teams.The scorecardIn 2003, Bafana played 11 matches – seven friendlies, two ACN qualifiers, one Cosafa qualifier and a Nelson Mandela Challenge match.Of the seven friendlies, they won three, lost three and drew one. The squad won the last two ACN qualifying games against Burundi and Ivory Coast, and beat Costa Rica to annex the Mandela Challenge cup. Bafana, however, came unstuck against Zimbabwe in the Cosafa Cup qualifier.Another disappointing development for Bafana was the loss of Shaun Bartlett to the squad due to the unresolved club-versus-country issue.Bartlett, who has been capped 64 times and has scored more than 20 times for South Africa, announced his retirement from international football to concentrate on his club career at Charlton Athletic in England.Lesley ManyathelaTragedy struck the soccer fraternity when striker Lesley Manyathela died in a car accident on his way home to Limpopo province in August.Manyathela, who played for Orlando Pirates, had also played for Bafana Bafana on five occasions. He made his debut on 20 March 2002 in an international friendly against Saudi Arabia. He then went on to feature against Georgia, Botswana, Swaziland and Senegal. Tributes pour in for Manyathela The good newsSome of the best news for soccer this year was the induction into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame of Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, the midfield general of many fine Kaizer Chiefs teams of the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.Ntsoelengoe played in North America for 11 years and was voted in alongside seven other players, including Carlos Alberto, the captain of possibly the greatest team in history, Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winners. Ace enters Hall of Fame During his years in North America, Ntsoelengoe played for Miami Torros, Denver Dynamos, Minnesota Kicks and Toronto Blizzards in the North American Soccer League (NASL).Banyana come of ageThe women’s senior national squad, Banyana Banyana, performed exceptionally throughout the year.The main highlight for Banyana was advancing to the finals of the All Africa Games, hosted by Nigeria. Although they narrowly lost (1-0) to the hosts, their performance in the Games was inspired.The Nigerians had, in previous encounters, completely outclassed Banyana, defeating them by huge margins. This narrow defeat by Africa’s women’s soccer champions indicates a maturity on the part of Banyana who have come a long way since 1993 when they were first assembled as a national squad.Also, Banyana’s road to the Games finals was littered with dream performances. They brushed aside tough opponents such as Cameroon and Ghana.The women’s team, judging by this year’s performance, are maturing with time and their approach to the game is becoming more sophisticated.Banyana have conquered all their opponents in the southern African region. They have easily defeated neighbours Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, and Mozambique with wide margins in recent encounters. SA’s soccer ‘girls’ growing up The maturity of their approach to the game was recognised when four of their best players were invited for trials by English premier league team, Arsenal. Veronica Phewa, Mpumi Nyandeni, Portia Modise and Antonio Carelse were subsequently signed after impressive performances, making the quartet the first South African women soccer players to play overseas.The Premier Soccer LeagueThe 16-team PSL kicked off the 2003/2004 season on a high with the teams that finished in the top eight bracket competing in the SA Airways-sponsored Supa 8. Exciting football was on display as the eight teams vied for the R1.2-million first prize.There were surprises aplenty as the big name teams were edged out, with the final being played between Jomo Cosmos and Moroka Swallows. Jomo Sono’s charges emerged victorious after defeating Swallows through a golden goal in extra time.The other lucrative competition, the Coca-Cola Cup, which is contested by all the 16 teams on a knockout basis, also produced skilful displays and some moments of brilliance.The R2-million tournament was eventually won by glamour team Kaizer Chiefs who walloped the much-improved Wits University 3-1 in the final.The league campaign, which kicked off in August, is producing mixed results as teams do battle to amass the goals and the points to stay in the hunt for the highest honour in the local game.Although the race for the championship is still wide open, five teams have emerged as favourites after playing 12 games thus far. Chiefs, Ajax Cape Town, Wits, Santos and Swallows are at the top end of the table after collecting at least 20 points each.Defending champions Orlando Pirates have had a bad start to the season. Currently lying sixth on the log, they have conceded 10 goals from just 13 games, an indication of a porous defence since the departure to England of captain and centre back Mbulelo Mabizela.Referees: the weak linkSince the beginning of the season, especially in the two cup competitions, the referees have been in the spotlight, albeit for all the wrong reasons.Rumblings about inconsistency, incompetence as well as downright favouritism were levelled against the men in the middle and their assistants throughout the Coca-Cola and Supa 8 tournaments, as well as in league matches.The league, however, has no power to act against the referees as they fall under the control of Safa. But the association has remained silent about these rumblings, and no action has been taken – at least not to the public’s knowledge.The coaches keep movingJob security for PSL coaches continues to be elusive. Before the season was three months old, eight teams had already changed coaches. Some were fired, others jumped, while some were demoted.The list includes veteran Austrian coach Walter Rautmann who was fired by Black Leopards after saving the team from relegation in the 2002/2003 season.Dutchman Clemens Westerhof of Cape Town-based strugglers Hellenic was also given the boot after a string of poor results.Pirates coach Roy Barreto was forced to quit after a bad start to the season. He failed to take the defending champions past the first round of the Supa 8. His charges were also knocked out in the initial stages of the Coca-Cola Cup.He jumped the Buccaneers ship after being pelted with missiles following the loss to Manning Rangers, who knocked them out of the Coca-Cola Cup. In an ironic twist, Barreto was named Rangers coach just three days later.Steve Komphela left Rangers to rejoin Dynamos as head coach. Komphela, before joining Rangers, had been assistant coach at Dynamos where he worked under Jacob Sakala.Komphela’s arrival at Dynamos was accompanied by an announcement that Sakala had been demoted to the team’s under-12 academy.Oscar Fullone of Sundowns was re-assigned as technical director, and the team brought in Khabo Zondo from Golden Arrows as coach.The Tsetse FliesThe national under-12 team – nicknamed the Tsetse Flies – achieved a great feat in September when they lifted the 2003 Danone Nations Cup tournament in Paris, beating Poland 2-0 in the finals.Graham Abrahams, spokesman for Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour, said the minister was “delighted at the feat attained by the Tsetse Flies. This a clear indication that the country’s soccer has a bright future in those youngsters,” said Abrahams. SA soccer boys conquer the world  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Tyra Banks, Super Techie?

first_img“Look into the lens on your computer and really bore through it like you’re trying to hypnotize me,” Tyra Banks commanded. I tried. I really did. But I’m not sure it worked. I was participating in a Skype videoconference with super-model-turned-tech-entrepreneur Tyra Banks, who was bobbing her head and snapping her fingers – and introducing her new photo editing app, Smize Yourself, which costs $1.99 and is available on Apple’s App Store.A handful of tech journalists were invited to be on the call and bask in the presence of Tyra. We got one question each. (You can see the video below.)So what exactly is smizing? “It’s all about smiling with your eyes,” Banks explained.Fair enough, but I’m still not sure what the app actually does, though it has something to do with smiling, and it seems to be a tool to edit photos and add an exaggerated smile to your face. “It morphs the face based on putting certain pointers on certain parts of your face. Like your eyes, or mouth, if you get that right, you should symmetrically pull your eyes into an exaggerated smize,” she explained. “It’s a fun thing you do in a bar after work. It’s something you do with your friends.”So think any celebrity over 50 with a facelift. If you use the app correctly, you too will look like that. Awesome! Sounds like just what I want to do with my friends at the bar. I can picture it now: Hey girl, wanna check out my smize? No, wait. Hey girl, let’s smize. Um … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement adam popescu What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Finally came my turn to ask a question.“Can a straight man be fierce,” I asked.“Hell yeah!” she said.Here’s where things got interesting, because that’s when Tyra Banks broke down what exactly the kind of things she looks for in a man. It was like she blew wind in my sail. To be honest, it sounded like she was describing – me.“You kind of have to act like you don’t care,” she began. Check. Then she broke rank and told me not to smile at all, and to lean my head back and act disinterested. So, I did. At this point I knew I had her wrapped around my finger and this whole interview-interviewee thing was just a loose veil to what this was really about. “If a man is looking off camera, he actually has higher engagement from females.”“That’s right,” I said nonchalantly. “I’m not even gonna look at you anymore, because I want you to engage with me.”“Oh my God, I want you so much right now,” she purred like a kitten.“I don’t even want you right now, Tyra,” I said, looking away. “I don’t even want you.”That’s when Tyra’s PR handler jumped in and moved on to the next questioner. Damn.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#apps#iPad#iPhone#models#social media last_img read more

10 months agoTrabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur on Liverpool radar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Trabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur on Liverpool radarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTrabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur is on Liverpool’s radar.The Mirror says Liverpool are interested in landing Omur in a £27 million move as they line up a long-term replacement for Adam Lallana.Jurgen Klopp is poised to beat off a challenge from Premier League champions Manchester City to sign Omur who is rated as the best young player in Turkish football.Klopp has been keeping tabs on Omur, 19, since he broke into Trabzonspor’s first team last season and is said to be looking to get his man this month.Trabzonspor would like to keep Omur until the end of the season but it all depends on if England international Lallana is still at the club. last_img read more