Locals undefeated in the Downey Tourney

first_imgThe tournament, among the best in Southern California, draws 32 teams and hosts games at three sites. The tournament concludes Monday with games at South Gate Park and Downey High School. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Saturday’s games: At South Gate Park, (4 fields), 9520 Hildreath Ave., South Gate: 9 a.m., Winners bracket championship round: Kennedy vs. Santa Fe; Katella vs. Downey; Torrance vs. Garden Grove; Gahr vs. San Pedro. 1 p.m., Winners bracket consolation round: S. Torrance vs. Bishop Montgomery; N. Torrance vs. St. Matthias; Santa Monica vs. Sylmar; JSerra vs. Villa Park. At Downey High School (2 fields), 11040 Brookshire, Downey: 9 a.m., Consolation championship bracket: Norwalk vs. Downey Calvary Chapel; Carson vs. Huntington Beach. 1 p.m., Consolation bracket: Glenn vs. Fremont, Cerritos vs. Artesia. At Rio San Gabriel Park (2 fields), 9612 Ardine St., Downey: 9 a.m., Consolation championship bracket: Palos Verdes vs. Westchester; Paramount vs. Chino. 1 p.m., Consolation bracket: St. Joseph vs. St. Bernard; W. Torrance vs. Redondo Union. center_img L.A. City power San Pedro High, tournament host Downey and the San Gabriel Valley League’s Gahr are among the eight teams still undefeated as the Downey Classic high school softball tournament resumes Saturday morning. The tournament, which began last weekend, continues with games Saturday and concludes with winners bracket and consolation bracket championships on Monday. last_img read more

South Africa gets a mixed reaction in Africa

first_imgResearch into perceptions of South Africa in the rest of Africa found nation brand reputational strengths in culture, music, business sophistication, infrastructure and political management of democratic transitions. But South Africans were also perceived as imposing and aggressive. Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa, said initial findings indicated personal interactions in business, social and government settings often left the impression among hosts in other African countries that South Africans were pushy. (Image: Media Club Reporter) • How much do you know about the ocean? • Disabled South Africans: know your rights – Infographic • Frank and honest: the Women On Sex web series • Enactus promotes entrepreneurship, innovation • Sandton goes car-free for a month Ray MaotaThere are mixed perceptions of South Africa in other African countries, according to South Africa Incorporated, or SA Inc, which aims to uncover unique insights to help Brand South Africa to understand the environment in which it operates.The project was created by Brand South Africa as part of its Africa Programme in order to uncover what local businesses face when they trade with and invest in peer countries on the rest of the continent, and when they travel to and live in other African countries.Results of the project were unpacked at research dialogue hosted by Brand South Africa and held at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Illovo, northern Johannesburg, earlier in the week. The dialogue dissected South Africa’s brand on the continent and its various implications.SA Inc fieldwork was undertaken in 2014/15 in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana, as well as Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Russia in the 2015/16 cycle. One of the insights gained was that perceptions of South Africa and its people could hinder or advance the country’s business progress in the rest of Africa.For example, initial findings indicated personal interactions in business, social and government settings often left the impression among hosts in other African countries that South Africans were pushy, imposing and unwilling to listen to the authentic advice of locals and industry experts, said Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa.The country’s National Development Plan, or Vision 2030, which sets out the vision for South Africa, posits expanded trade between South Africa and its peer African countries as a key long-term objective.SOUTH AFRICA AND ITS PEERSAccording to SA Inc, in Nigeria, from a reputational point of view, South Africa has a major influence on several fronts:With more than 150 companies active in the market, South Africa is highly visible and respected in many areas of national competency.South Africa’s democratic transition, institutional and infrastructural profile is appreciated and is often referenced as a key attractiveness feature.Nigerian respondents are keen to interact with and explore opportunities with South Africa for business and investment interactions and for cultural, music, tourism and related experiences.In Kenya, from a reputational point of view, South Africa has a major influence on two fronts:As a result of South Africa’s democratic transition, strong institutions; and,As a result of major interest in South Africa music and culture.FINDINGS ON SOUTH AFRICA’S FOOTPRINT IN KENYA AND NIGERIAUncovering outside perceptions of a nation is key to effectively marketing its brand, particularly for encouraging trade and investment. In July and August 2014, Brand South Africa researchers conducted fieldwork in Kenya and Nigeria to assess those countries’ views of South Africa and its people.It was found that Kenyans largely considered South Africans to be imposing and aggressive.“However, at the opposite end, the country and its people’s general openness is ascribed to an appealing culture and high-level accomplishments in several spheres,” De Kock said. “For example, our political transition and democratisation; the capabilities and range of sectors in the South African economy; South African technical, managerial, manufacturing, engineering, and a host of related practical capabilities – these all impact positively on perceptions of the nation brand.”In Kenya, there was a positive reception for South African products and services, mostly in the food sector, as they were competitively priced and of high quality. According to the SA Inc report, these perceptions stem from comments about how South African managers conduct themselves and treat Kenyans. This affects the reputation of South Africa and South African businesses in Kenya.On the other hand, South African companies’ perceptions of doing business in Kenya were characterised by wariness, a result of several failed attempts to invest in the nation.Perceptions of business and economic ties in Nigeria concluded that while South Africa had significant and diverse investments across a range of sectors in that country, Nigerian business people felt South Africa should be more open to investment from, and trade interaction with, Nigerian companies.CONCLUSIONSThe initial fieldwork findings indicate unique nation brand reputational strengths in areas such as culture, music, business sophistication, infrastructure and political management of democratic transitions.On the negative side, South Africans are perceived as imposing, aggressive, and unwilling to listen to local advice.“From a business perspective it implies that more attention needs to be paid to the manner in which South Africans interact with African peers, and how market entry strategies are designed by incorporating soft factors such as business culture,” De Kock said.From a political point of view, South Africa is seen as progressive, that it has strong institutions, and democratic credentials to underpin its Constitution. However, internal developmental challenges, xenophobia, and misplaced perceptions about African expatriates in South Africa is a cause for concern in Kenya and Nigeria.SOUTH AFRICA AND BRICSBrand South Africa shared a research report, The Ufa Declaration, and its implications for the BRICS brand.Most importantly, the report highlights the successes of BRICS in terms of implementing summit decisions, and the implications increased formalisation and institutionalisation has for the development of the organisation.This is an issue very few analysts have written about, especially in the context of how the development of the organisation is reflecting positively on the global governance capability of the five member states.last_img read more

Three held guilty in Nayana Pujari rape and murder case

first_imgA Pune trial court on Monday found guilty the three accused in the gangrape and murder of software professional Nayana Pujari, seven years after the crime.The court will hear arguments on the quantum of the sentence on Tuesday, after which the judgment will be pronounced.Special Judge L.L. Yenkar, the fourth to hear the case since the protracted trial commenced in 2011, pronounced the accused Mahesh Thakur, Yogesh Raut and Vishwas Kadam guilty under Sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder), 120B(criminal conspiracy) 361 (kidnapping) along with other Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Ms. Pujari, an engineer with Synechron Technologies, was abducted near Kharadi bypass on October 7, 2009, while awaiting her transport back home. Raut, the cab driver who worked for the firm, along with Thakur, Kadam and a fourth person, Rajendra Chaudhari, who worked as a security guard with the firm, kidnapped the victim and raped her in the car.They later withdrew ₹61,000 using her ATM card and bludgeoned her to death in a remote spot. Her body was recovered two days later from the Zarewadi forests in Khed Taluk, 50 km from the city.The murder sent shockwaves across the city, casting a dark shadow over Pune’s reputation as a city safe for women. The victim’s husband, Abhijit Pujari, who was present in the courtroom, later said he hoped the accused would be hanged for the crime.Of the four accused, Chaudhuri turned approver. Meanwhile, Raut managed to flee police custody in 2011 and was re-arrested in Shirdi in May 2013 as the investigation sped up in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gangrape.In his final arguments last week, Special Public Prosecutor Harshad Nimbalkar claimed to have established a complete chain of events that led to the crime and hoped that the court would award the three accused the highest punishment.Repeat offendersDuring the investigation, it was found that the accused had murdered a vegetable vendor in a similr manner after abducting and raping her. The vendor’s body was thrown in the Indrayani river along the Pune-Nashik Highway.last_img read more

The Spoils of War

first_imgRs 77 croreAnnual fee from 22 endorsements and matches played. Sachin Tendulkar’s annual fee is Rs 64 crore.Dhoni’s endorsementsRealty CheckHis new home, Shaurya, is built on a 4,500-sq ft stretch in Ranchi’s Harmu neighbourhood. The Indian skipper built the duplex bungalow on a Rs 1-crore loan that was offered interest-free to him by the State Bank of India.31%of ads during the World Cup carried Dhoni as brand ambassador, according to tam Sports. He was No. 1 among celebrities in tv advertising. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag occupied ranks 5 and 6. In 2010, Bollywood stars led by Katrina Kaif, not cricketers, dominated.Rs 1 CROREawarded by BCCI after the World Cup win.Rs 2 CROREby Delhi Government. There’s also a house or plot in Mussoorie; stadium to be built in Dhoni’s name in Uttarakhand; residential plot by the Bangalore government; Hyundai car and plot by a Rajkot builder; land for a cricket academy in Jharkhand; Jharkhand Ratna award and an honorary doctorate by Jharkhand Government; lifetime ac pass by Indian Railways.last_img read more

Exploring old London town

first_imgEach city has a central artery, where the pulse of all activity can be seen and felt. If you have not been to Soho, Leicester Square and Piccadilly, then you haven’t seen London.For most people who have come to the city for the Olympics, the bulk of the action is in East London.However, for old times’ sake, I decided to sample what the heart of the city feels like during this exciting fortnight where almost everything comes to a standstill.After massive renovation on the pavements in and around Leicester Square, the roads look new. As sunset here is late in the summer, I decided to soak in the atmosphere.To be sure, the basic fabric of life in this part of the city remains the same. There is romance in the air as this is July and people dress comfortably, minus the woollens.From the time you walk out of the old Tube station and hit the streets, nothing has changed. A sad-looking man playing a wailing number on his guitar will keep his guitar case open for you to throw some change.Closer to the park in the middle square, there are more wannabe music artists belting out rock numbers with the help of a small amplifier.They don’t beg for money per se, but there is a way to offer coins again here. And if you are in a more benevolent mood, you can even buy their own CD music for as much as five pounds!advertisementIt’s a different matter that Tower Records, a landmark in central London is not too far away from here, where you get the best music on planet.The eateries and pubs are doing big business as usual but the crowds are mostly tourist types.The London Olympics logo is not too prominent and this is the typical July atmosphere when people from neighbouring parts of Europe come for a holiday.Some tourists I spoke to said even cheap dump hotels were sold out almost a year ago and even travel lodges were making a killing.Pubs are making huge money as well and it’s strange how despite a low alcohol content, people still get drunk here on beer. The choice is plenty and same goes for the food.Those who can’t afford an expensive Indian restaurant or Italian fine-dining have to settle for the cheap slice of pizza.Believe me, it’s value for money as for 1.5 pounds the slice of pizza fills you to the throat. But don’t ask me how healthy it is.I did check the menu card at some restaurants and it is clear rates have been hiked considerably. And if you add VAT to it, a classy dinner costs as much as 40 pounds for a meal, if you happen to ask for mineral water with it.Right now, London is in party mode and despite the traffic snarls and so on, everybody is soaking in the atmosphere.– When I was packing, I decided to toss in a tube of the good old mosquito repellent. In my previous visits to London, I had never seen mosquitoes. But this time around, believe it or not, I do see them. Unlike Delhi mosquitoes, they are smaller. However, after a hard day’s work and competing against a four-anda-half hours time difference, the ointment comes in very handy. Before the mosquitoes decide to taste my blood, I use my Indian way to keep them away. So the next time the Brits say anything bad about India, I’ll just show them a photo of an English mosquito.– Each host city has its share of problems during a major sporting event. There are as many as 40 groups staging protests during the Olympics. Despite being dubbed the ‘Green Games,’ protests have still popped up over various issues.The worst-hit ends up being the UK taxpayer, who is going to face the brunt in the financial capital of the world. Official estimates say that between 11 million to 24 million pounds will be taken from the taxpayers’ pockets.However, all the protests in London will be silent and not like Anna Hazare and company disrupting New Delhi.last_img read more

Salman Khan-starrer Kick’s first poster is dark and edgy

first_imgSalman Khan’s Eid release-Kick’s first poster is a complete departure from the superstar’s other films. Yes, it doesn’t have his face on it.All blue and dark, the poster has nothing but just an eye-mask hinting that Kick is not going to be the usual Salman Khan-style gala affair.First look of the film will release on June 15This impressive poster adds to the rumours that Salman is playing a grey role in the movie. Infact, Salman’s character in the film is named ‘devil’, also starring Jacqueline Fernandes, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.Producer-director Sajid Nadiadwala told a tabloid, “He is the devil incarnate. His character is grey and edgy, even the goatee he sports is a salt and pepper mix. You’ve never seen him play a character like this before.”Well, we are looking forward to Salman’s ‘grey and edgy’ avatar.last_img read more

North Korea tests new multiple rocket launcher

first_imgSeoul: North Korea said Sunday leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a “newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher,” another demonstration of its expanding weapons arsenal apparently aimed at increasing its leverage ahead of a possible resumption of nuclear talks with the US. The North’s Korean Central News Agency said Saturday’s weapons test was successful and cited Kim as saying the rocket launcher is “indeed a great weapon.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USKim underscored the need to “continue to step up the development of Korean-style strategic and tactical weapons for resolutely frustrating the ever-mounting military threats and pressure offensive of the hostile forces,” according to the KCNA. The “hostile forces” likely referred to the United States and South Korea, whose recently ended regular military drills infuriated North Korea. The North has called the drills an invasion rehearsal and conducted a slew of missile and rocket tests in response. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSome experts said North Korea aims to show off its weapons to try to get an upper hand ahead of a possible restart of nuclear negotiations, which remain largely stalemated since the second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim in Vietnam in February fell apart due to squabbling over US-led sanctions on North Korea. The two leaders met again at the Korean border in late June and agreed to resume talks. Trump downplayed the latest launch, saying “Kim Jong Un has been, you know, pretty straight with me. … He likes testing missiles but we never restricted short-range missiles. We’ll see what happens.” South Korea’s military said North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday morning and that they flew about 380 kilometers (236 miles) at the maximum altitude of 97 kilometers (60 miles). It was the seventh known weapons test by North Korea in about a month. North Korea has been pushing to develop powerful multiple rocket launch systems, whose projectiles resemble short-range missiles, some experts said. On Aug. 1, North Korea said it tested a large-caliber multiple rocket guided system, a day after South Korea said the North fired two short-range ballistic missiles. Most of the North Korean weapons tested in recent weeks have shown short-range flight distances. This suggested North Korea still doesn’t intend to lift its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, which would certainly derail the negotiations with Washington. The latest North Korean launches came two days after South Korea said it would terminate its intelligence-sharing deal with Japan amid trade disputes between the US allies. Washington expressed its disappointment at the South Korean decision. In a development that could possibly further complicate ties between Seoul and Tokyo, South Korea’s navy on Sunday began two-day exercises on and around a group of islets controlled by South Korea but also claimed by Japan. Japan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the islets belong to Japan and called the drills “unacceptable.” South Korean navy officers said the drills are the first of two regular exercises held every year near the islets called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. They said the drills involve aircraft landing on the islets and warships maneuvering nearby. Local media said South Korea originally planned the first drills in June, but delayed them in consideration of relations with Japan.last_img read more