SportPesa back, pumps Sh682mn in football

first_img0Shares0000Sports Principal Secretary Ambasador Peter Kaberia and SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri with representatives from FKF, KPL, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards. L-R Jack Oguda- CEO KPL, FKF boss Nick Mwendwa, Gor Mahia chair Ambrose Rachier and AFC Leopards’ Dan Mule. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23- Betting firm SportPesa has announced a return to sponsoring sports in the country, but will only splash their cash on football for a period of three years, dropping their previous associations with rugby, boxing and rallying.The company on Monday announced a combined Sh682mn sponsorship for Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards as well as Football Kenya Federation and the Kenyan Premier League for a period of three years, a much reduced figure from the initial five-year contracts signed two years ago. “We have not renewed some of the contracts we had but we decided to choose some of the few we had because the taxation has changed so we need to support the ones we think we can sustain as long as the tax remains as it is,” SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri announced.The company will give FKF Sh69.4mn which will go towards the FKF Cup which will now be known as the SportPesa Shield while they will also resume their title sponsorship of the Kenyan Premier League for Sh259.7mn over the same period.Gor Mahia who will have a bumper calendar participating in the CAF Confederations Cup will be sponsored to the tune of Sh198.6mn while their arch rivals AFC Leopards will earn a sponsorship of Sh156.4mn both over three years.Sports Principal Secretary Ambasador Peter Kaberia and SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri address the press at the Sports Ministry Headquarters on April 23, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, the government says it has been involved in the signing of the new contracts with Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia saying they will ensure that each party gets its fair share of value from the contract without disruption.“We as a government decided we will participate in this procedure so that it will no longer be federations and financial groups going into agreements while we are on the outside. We want to be part of it and we want to be able to see what we can help with when the federations come to us for help after they sign the deals,” Kaberia said.Earlier in the year, the betting company which had spread its wings in almost all sports entities in the country had announced it would be stopping all its activities over the 35pc gaming tax law.The announcement comes as a huge relief to Kenyan premier League clubs which were almost on the verge of collapse with the league lacking both a title and broadcast partner.Over the weekend, players wore red armbands as a mark of protest over the league’s lack of financial muscle.SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri, Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia and Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa address the press on April 23, 2018 and the Sports Ministry Headquarters. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I want to thank SportPesa for coming back despite the law on taxation. It has been difficult at the KPL with 18 clubs being without sponsorship and it has taken a great toll and this is a relief for us despite reduction of the amount,” KPL chairman Ambrose Rachier who also doubles up as the Gor Mahia chair noted.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa added; “I want to applaud SportPesa for coming back. It is a relief and we want to encourage them to do more in the long run. I also want to thank the ministry for coming on board because it has not been happening before.”Meanwhile, Kaberia said they will be ready to assist Gor Mahia in their CAF Confederations Cup campaign especially with the three away matches they have to play in Rwanda, Algeria and Tanzania.“If they present to us the budget then we will look at it and we will consider giving help,” Kaberia said.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Read more →

DRUNK MAN TOLD GARDAÍ: ‘DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO F***ING DO’

first_imgA NEWMILLS man who was drunk and abusive to gardai has been fined €250.Noel Carr, from Glenkeeragh, Newmills, was intoxicated on Letterkenny Main street in the early hours of April 25 last, Letterkenny District Court was told.Gardai gave the 25-year-old several chances to move on, said Inspector Michael Harrison. But Carr had refused the offer, telling a garda: “Don’t tell me what to f***ing do. I’ll stay here if I fucking want.”The court heard Carr was given 200 hours community service for an assault in Sligo in 2013.He was also convicted of dangerous driving in 2012.Judge Paul Kelly fined Carr €250 for the offences.DRUNK MAN TOLD GARDAÍ: ‘DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO F***ING DO’ was last modified: November 17th, 2015 by John2Share 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:abusecourtGardaNEWMILLSNoel Carrlast_img read more

Read more →

Vacancy: Communications Manager

first_imgCommunications ManagerProviding, formulating and leading a global communications plan for Brand South Africa. To develop a messaging framework to inform how we communicate with various audiences. Managing relationships with media (international and domestic). Stakeholder management (building relationships with non media stakeholders). To develop an issues management and crisis plan to enable Brand South Africa to proactively respond to issues.For more information Click herelast_img

Read more →

Nitish Kumar faction stakes claim for JD(U) symbol

first_imgEven as a delegation of the Nitish Kumar faction of the Janata Dal(U) met the Election Commission on Friday to offer evidence to back their claim for the party symbol, the Sharad Yadav group announced a parallel national executive meeting of the party on September 17.Each faction has been claiming to be the real JD(U). JD(U) leaders K.C. Tyagi, R.C.P. Singh, Lallan Singh and Sanjay Jha met the three Election Commissioners, and submitted affidavits of support from MPs, MLAs, MLCs, National Council members and State unit chiefs of the party to stake claim to the symbol.“We have submitted affidavits of support from all 71 MLAs, all 30 MLCs, seven out of nine Rajya Sabha members, both Lok Sabha members, 143 out of 180 National Council members and 16 out of 22 State unit presidents to the Election Commission,” Mr. Tyagi told The Hindu.The JD(U) delegation also cited the example of the Samajwadi Party months ago when Akhilesh Yadav got the party symbol despite Mulayam Singh being the party president because most MLAs were with him.Meanwhile, Mr. Yadav’s faction has announced that it will hold its national executive meet on September 17.last_img read more

Read more →

North West named unconventional style icon

first_imgReality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West’s one-year-old daughter North West has been named unconventional style icon in French editor Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book.North has been photographed for the latest edition of magazine in a spread devoted to the ‘Legends’ of the fashion world. North is joined in the ‘Legends’ feature by fashion designers Stephen Burrows and Bob Mackie and the late photographer Bob Richardson, reports contactmusic.com.North West has made her modelling debut in CR Fashion Book, and of course she’s wearing ChanelThe toddler is pictured sporting a Chanel cashmere sweater and miniature studded handbag, along with the brand’s signature pearl earrings and is labelled a “future” fashion legend.Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director, is quoted next to the tot as saying: “It’s never too early to care about fashion!”North made her magazine debut in a spread for US Vogue along with her parents in April this year.last_img read more

Read more →

Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Allen dead at 65

first_imgSan Francisco, Oct 16 (AFP) Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s and later went on to become an investor, philanthropist and sports team owner, has died after his latest battle with cancer at age 65. “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Allen’s sister Jody said in a statement announcing his death.In recent years, Allen was known as the owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, and part owner of the Major League Soccer team the Seattle Sounders, along with a variety of business and charitable ventures. One of the world’s wealthiest billionaires, Allen also founded Stratolaunch Systems, which built the world’s largest plane designed as a colossal rocket-launching aircraft touted as the future of space travel.The craft was on track for its first launch demonstration as early as 2019.Allen died on Monday just two weeks after publicly revealing that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he fought into remission nine years ago had returned. The incurable cancer affects white blood cells.He never married and had no children.Allen was a high school classmate of Gates in Seattle, and later, while working as a computer programmer, persuaded his friend to drop out of Harvard to create Microsoft, which became the world’s most valuable company in the 1990s.A “heartbroken” Gates remembered Allen as “one of my oldest and dearest friends.” “Personal computing would not have existed without him,” Gates added.advertisement”He was fond of saying, ‘If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.’ That’s the kind of person he was.” Allen had left Microsoft by 1983 for health reasons but held on to shares that made up the bulk of his fortune, estimated at some USD 20 billion.”All of us who had the honour of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today,” said a statement by Vulcan, the investment firm that managed his operations.”He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.” Microsoft said Allen’s “contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable.” “As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions. And in doing so, he changed the world,” added the company’s CEO Satya Nadella.While Gates attended Harvard, Allen studied at the University of Washington and invested heavily in research projects in his hometown of Seattle.He invested USD 100 million to found the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003.A decade later, he founded the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to study the impacts on society of new technologies and the Allen Institute for Cell Science to fund research for treatment of diseases. In the world of sports, Allen in 1988 bought the Trail Blazers, taking the team to the NBA finals twice.”Paul Allen was the ultimate trail blazer – in business, philanthropy and in sports,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver.”As one of the longest-tenured owners in the NBA, Paul brought a sense of discovery and vision to every league matter large and small.” He was also credited with putting Seattle on the map for the NFL.”Paul Allen was the driving force behind keeping the NFL in the Pacific Northwest,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.”His vision led to the construction of CenturyLink Field and the building of a team that played in three Super Bowls, winning the championship in Super Bowl XLVIII. ” His personal charitable foundation gave to a diverse array of causes, including anti-poaching initiatives in Africa, climate and energy research, and projects on homelessness, as well as the arts and culture.Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio hailed Allen as a “strong advocate for environmental protection.” “His legacy lives on via his incredible work as a philanthropist and investor,” he added.Amazon, Blue Origin and The Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos said Allen’s “passion for invention and pushing forward inspired so many. He was relentless to the end.” In his 2011 memoir “Idea Man,” Allen described a somewhat stormy relationship with Gates in the early days of Microsoft.Allen wrote that he had expected a 50-50 split in the new company, but Gates insisted on taking 60 per cent, and later raised it to 64 per cent, claiming that Gates schemed to “rip me off.”advertisement He played guitar since he was a teenager and played for a blues-rock album with his group the Underthinkers in 2013 that was reviewed by Rolling Stone, which said Allen “curls some twang and grit into the blues-rock track.” (AFP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

Read more →

NFL players’ union files grievance against Bengals on behalf of Eric Reid

first_imgShare on Twitter League policy does not prohibit demonstrating during the anthem. Referring to the labor agreement with the league, the union notes that NFL rules supersede any conflicting club rules.The union also says “at least one club owner has asked pre-employment interview questions about a player’s intent to demonstrate. We believe these questions are improper, given league policy.”While the union did not name the team in question, the Washington Post reported on Monday the grievance is connected to the Cincinnati Bengals, Reid’s only known free agency visit this offseason.The NFLPA’s actions come days after the 26-year-old filed a separate collusion grievance against the NFL with his attorney Mark Geragos alleging he has been kept out of the league due to his political stance.Reid’s deal with the 49ers expired in March and he has yet to receive a formal offer from any other team. On playing ability alone Reid would have expected to receive more attention: in 2013 he was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie after being drafted in the first round and has had a solid career since. The five-year veteran is firmly in his prime and, after being shuffled about in San Francisco’s defense, his head coach Kyle Shanahan said Reid had been “playing his best football” at the end of last season. Reid did meet with the Bengals during the offseason but was not offered a contract. Pro Football Talk said Reid was asked during the meeting whether he would continue to protest and the player said he did not plan to. Some figures in the game say Reid’s situation is down to a slow market for safeties this offseason.Kaepernick has already filed a grievance of his own, alleging NFL teams and owners have colluded to keep him out of the league. Both Reid and Kaepernick’s grievances have been filed under under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.“Our union is aware that Eric Reid and his legal representatives filed a collusion claim, which will be heard through the arbitration process as spelled out in our collective bargaining agreement,” the NFLPA said in a statement Wednesday. “Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue.”Reid started to kneel alongside Kaepernick in 2016 after consulting with former NFL player and military veteran Nate Boyer on how they could protest respectfully. He then knelt during the anthem for the entire season. He planned to stand for the anthem during the 2017 season but knelt again after the violent far-right protests in Charlottesville in August of that year.Reid’s younger brother, Justin, will enter the league this season after being drafted by the Houston Texans last weekend. Despite being touted as a first- or second-round selection by most evaluators he ended up dropping to the third round. Anthem protester Eric Reid files grievance alleging he is being kept out of NFL Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email NFL The NFL players’ union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid, the former San Francisco 49ers safety who knelt alongside Colin Kaepernick during the protest against racial injustice in the United States. The NFL Players Association issued a statement on Monday citing a team appearing “to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration” during the national anthem. Reuse this content US sports Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Colin Kaepernick Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Read morelast_img read more

Read more →

10 months agoExciting youngster Quina wants Watford stay

first_imgExciting youngster Quina wants Watford stayby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford winger Domingos Quina is very pleased with life at the club.The youngster was seen as someone for the future when he was bought from West Ham United this summer.But he has already impressed in the games where he has gotten a chanceWhen asked where he sees himself next year, Quina said: “Watford. Definitely Watford.”And the Portuguese midfielder is excited at the chance to face his old club West Ham.The two sides meet in the Premier League on Saturday.He said to the Watford Observer: “I’m excited to go back there. I want us to go there and I want to do well.”I want to play as many games as I can, not just against West Ham, I want to try to do my best in all of them, so I’m excited to go back there and I hope I play and do well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Read more →

Canadas natural resources minister backs Trans Mountain as BC city tries to

first_imgAs the B.C. municipality of Burnaby tries to halt the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from going forward, Canada’s natural resources minister is reaffirming his support for the project.In a conference call with reporters from Paris, Jim Carr reiterated the federal government’s position that it will be good for all of Canada.“I think it’s important that Canada knows why the Government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain expansion, I think the reasons are compelling,” he said Wednesday.Burnaby has opted not to issue work permits for the project, prompting Kinder Morgan and the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments to ask the National Energy Board to ensure work moves forward.The city however has insisted it’s following regulatory processes and has even asked for an apology for the suggestion it’s slowing the process down on purpose.“I would be happy to send that message to all Canadians as I do,” he said, noting the 15,000-plus jobs it will create primarily in British Columbia and Alberta.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced she’ll be going on a stump tour to promote the project, as well as the overall energy industry and Carr was asked whether the feds should do the same.“She will travel across the country telling Canadians why she thinks it’s a good idea, not only for Alberta, for all of Canada,” he said. “We share that conclusion.”last_img read more

Read more →