While admitting that Nigeria has produced many great football star, Micah singled out former Super Eagles Captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha as his best of the lot.“I saw Jay Jay Okocha dazzle with the ball when I was just coming out of Manchester City Academy. I did not have the best opportunity to play against him.“I also have a lot of respect for John Mikel Obi who did a great job with FC Chelsea as defensive midfield player. It was difficult to get the ball off him just as he can cover a lot of space in the middle,” recalled Micah..He was also full of praises for Alex Iwobi as well, He regarded him as one of the brightest future of Nigerian football.“I saw him score a great goal for his new club, Everton FC against Wolves some hours ago (Sunday) and I expect him to have a good season with the Toffees,” he remarked.At the event which held at the Heineken House in Ikoyi, fans got the chance to see all the six silverwares Manchester City won during the 2018/2019 season. Most of the fans were rewarded with Manchester City and Star memorabilia.During the event, the Head of Partnership Marketing (EMEA) at City Football Group, Tom Boyle, showered encomiums on Star Lager as he reckoned that the partnership with the premium brand has buoyed well and led to an astronomical increase in City’s fan base in Nigeria.“ Our partnership with Star Lager and the others have really helped us grow the Manchester City brand in Nigeria and I am particularly thrilled to be here alongside one of our club’s legends, Micah Richards to celebrate the success that the club has had over the 12 months, an unprecedented success, winning six trophies across the men and women’s team,” he stressed.Also speaking on the strategic partnership with Manchester City, the Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Emmanuel Oriakhi, said the brewery company was more than pleased to be part of the success story of the English champions.Mr. Oriahki assured the club that Star will continue to engage in partnerships that would be inspiring and worthwhile for its loyal consumers.Star Lager, in 2016 reached an agreement with top clubs in the European leagues with the aim to give Nigerian passionate fans the opportunity to get closer to their favourite teams.Aside the English champions, other clubs on the partnership of Star Lager include; PSG, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Arsenal, Juventus and FC Chelsea.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram English champions Manchester City rounded up their trophy tour of the country on Sunday with the unprecedented silverwares the Cityzens acquired last season across all competitions.The City tour, courtesy of Premium Lager beer, Star, brought together several passionate football fans of the English champions to Lagos and were treated to an exclusive Meet and Greet the Star session. It was also an opportunity for photo session with the trophies won by the club last season.Former Manchester City defender, Micah Richards, who was part of the memorable squad that won the league on the final day of the 2012 season, was happy to be with the Nigerian fans.
NASA is sending a rocket to Mars this morning.The Atlas Five rocket will be carrying the Perseverance rover and a small helicopter to Mars.The car-sized robotic rover will search for evidence of past life on the planet, and will take videos and photographs.It also has two microphones, and will be the first spacecraft to record sounds on another planet.The small helicopter is a four-pound ‘Marscopter’ that, if it works, will be the first powered flight on another planet.Liftoff from Cape Canaveral is set for 7:50 Eastern Time this morning and the weather is 80-percent “Go.” Perseverance will land on Mars next February. It follows two earlier launches by China and the United Arab Emirates.All three missions are expected to land on Mars at about the same time.
Our take is that Document Management deployed as SaaS is very viable. But interestingly, a McKinsey report from earlier this year says not so. Last Friday’s Formtek blog was about ECM deployed as SaaS. Since then I came across an interesting report by McKinsey/IDC that appeared in April at Software 2006 and follow-up blog discussions about McKinsey’s predictions about the future of SaaS.In particular, this chart from the report has generated a lot of comment:In the chart, there are nine areas of Application types that are predicted to have little SaaS adoption between now and 2008. Of interest here is that Documents and Records Management is one of those application areas. We think that McKinsey doesn’t seem to have gotten it right here, but it may be a question of timing. The potential for Document Management deployed as SaaS is huge, especially in the SME space. But the number of players in the Document Management SaaS space is still very small and the available functionality via the services available today is still rudimentary. The segment seems poised to grow. Technology no longer is a limiting factor. One trend where Document Management SaaS growth is emerging is as an add-on module within already established SaaS applications. For example, SugarCRM and Saleforce.com both offer Document Management add-ons to their base CRM products. Pure-play Document Management and Records Management SaaS are likely to follow.
By BEN HARRISWith the 2012 State of Origin series only 24 hours away, I’ve decided to go back in time and look at the last meeting New South Wales and Queensland had in the mate versus mate tournament.The year was 2008, and what a year it was.The then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, said “sorry” to the Stolen Generation, Americans went Obama-crazy for their 44th President and this reporter sported a hair-do that rivalled Elvis.But enough of the other “highlights”, the real event of the year was in August – no, not the Beijing Olympics – but Touch Football’s State of Origin held at Tempe on August 22 and 23.The nation’s fiercest rivals in sport went head-to-head in 13 divisions from women’s 20s to men’s 50s.After two days of spectacular touchdowns, intense matches and close score lines, NSW won nine of the 13 divisions.This is what went down in history in each of those divisions.Men’s Opens: NSW 2-1After losing to Queensland 2-1 in 2006, NSW were out for revenge in the 2008 version.Game one was as thrilling as you could have got with NSW winning 9-8 in game one.NSW legend Jamie Stowe bagged four touchdowns in the game, which is a record in the men’s competition.Game two and Queensland struck back with an 8-5 victory. Chris Farrow and Nathan Jones scoring two touchdowns each, and NSW player Anthony Ziade grabbing three.With the division on the line, the final match was a beauty with both teams trading touchdowns. But in the end it was the boys in blue that won 7-5.Women’s Opens: NSW 2-1NSW took out game one of the women’s opens with ease, defeating Queensland 5-2.However, the next two matches were tight and low-scoring.NSW were able to wrap up the division with a 3-2 win in the second match but Queensland came back in the third to deny their rivals a clean sweep.Nikki Etheridge and Greta Perkins scoring touchdowns for the maroons as they won 2-1.Mixed Opens: Queensland 3-0Queensland were unstoppable in the mixed opens by winning all three games.Their romp started with an 8-5 victory on day one and it was followed it up with another comfortable win in game two, 10-5.The third match, NSW tried hard to deny Queensland of a clean sweep but they were beaten 6-5.Men’s 20s: NSW 3-0The “babies” of the squads always throw up an exciting and enthralling show for the crowd, and there were no exceptions.NSW’s Dylan Thompson found the Touchdown Zone on three occasions as his side went home 7-4 winners.Game two also went the way of the boys from NSW but only by the skin of their teeth, 8-7.Thompson was again in the thick of the action as his double and a pair to Michael Singh gave NSW a 3-0 division win when they won the third match 9-5.Women’s 20s: NSW 2-1Only one touchdown separated the two teams in 2006 and 2008 was no different.Both teams could barely be separated in each match.Queensland won the first match 2-1 but NSW returned the favour taking out game two 3-2.The third game was end-to-end stuff with both teams finding the Touchdown Zone on several occasions.But it was NSW who won the decider 6-5 with a double to Ashleigh Dind.Men’s 30s: NSW 3-0Only one word can describe the men’s 30s division in 2008 – domination.Unfortunately for Queensland, they were on the wrong end of some cricket-like scores.NSW player Adam Fahim scored a SOO record nine touchdowns – six in game two – from three matches.NSW won the division 3-0 after racking up scores of 12-0, 15-4 and 15-3.Women’s 30s: NSW 2-1As it was in the women’s 20s, only one touchdown was the difference after three gruelling matches.NSW took out the first game 2-1 thanks to touchdowns to Rachel Byrne and Melanie Harrison.Queensland got it back to 1-1 in the division following a 1-0 win in game two.However, NSW were able to overcome that defeat and record a 3-2 victory in the deciding match.Men’s 35s: NSW 3-0NSW swept this division with three wins but they were pushed all the way by their rivals in each game.NSW took out the opening two matches with the same score line, 4-3, but the third game was a lot higher scoring.The boys from the “first state” winning 8-7 with Matthew Russell scoring two touchdowns.Women’s 35s: Queensland 2-1Queensland had a reason to smile in this division, taking it out 2-1.They won the first match 4-2 but were shocked in game two when NSW fought back and recorded a 3-1 win.However, Queensland were soon back on top, winning the third match 4-1.Men’s 40s: NSW 3-0It was the Darren Currie and Brandon McDonald show in the opening two matches of this division.The NSW players scored three touchdowns each in game one and two respectively.NSW were completely dominant in the first two matches, claiming a 9-3 win match one and 9-1 in match two.Queensland put on a spirited effort in the third match but they were beaten 3-2.Women’s 40s: Queensland 2-1Queensland had revenge on their mind in this division after losing the 2006 series.After winning the first game 2-1, Queensland were confident of taking out the second.In an exciting match that saw Doreen Kearney score three touchdowns for NSW, Queensland won the second match 6-4.Not going home without a win, NSW fought back to claim the third game 4-3.Men’s 45s: NSW 3-0With rugby league great Cliff Lyons in their mix, NSW were too strong for Queensland in the men’s 45s, claiming the division 3-0.NSW took out the first game 7-3 then followed it up with a 6-1 victory in game two and an 8-3 win in the final match.Men’s 50s: Queensland 3-0The “veterans” of the competition can still produce some exciting touch football.And although the score line in the first two games show Queensland were dominant – 6-2 win game one and 7-3 victory in game two – the third match was tight.Rob McCarthy’s two touchdowns proved to be the difference and Queensland’s saving grace as they won 4-3 to clinch a 3-0 clean sweep.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: SOO – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page.Related LinksLast time they met
The session will be held at the JBDC’s Incubator and Resource Centre, Unit 10A, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, starting at 9:00 a.m. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) will be staging a Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop for food business operators on March 7.The session will be held at the JBDC’s Incubator and Resource Centre, Unit 10A, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, starting at 9:00 a.m.It is open to all persons in the field of agro-processing, from manufacturers to restaurateurs, and will include training from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, public health personnel, the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and various private-sector entities.Training will cover the areas of local food regulations; good manufacturing practices; food safety management systems; and implementation and maintenance of proper records.The workshop costs $4,500 per person and the deadline for registration is Thursday, February 28. Persons may register through the JBDC’s website at www.jbdc.net.Participants will be awarded a certificate at the workshop’s conclusion. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) will be staging a Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop for food business operators on February 26. It is open to all persons in the field of agro-processing, from manufacturers to restaurateurs, and will include training from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, public health personnel, the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and various private-sector entities. Story Highlights
Image Courtesy: Meyer TurkuFinland-based shipbuilder Meyer Turku has seen its net profit for 2016 reach EUR 25 million, jumping by some 66 percent from EUR 15 million reported in 2015, as the company witnessed “another profitable year.”The company’s revenue surged by 33 percent ending the year at EUR 792 million, compared to a revenue of EUR 594 million seen a year earlier.Meyer Turku informed that it “is on a good and also economically sustainable path with Meyer family ownership since late 2014.”“The rise of Turku shipyard under Meyer leadership has been swift,” the shipbuilder said, adding that the growth “is economically healthy and sustainable with a stable order book reaching until 2024.”“We are well on our growth path and these reasonable profits give us an opportunity to further invest into the shipyard and also to build up an even stronger shipbuilding team with further recruitments,” Jan Meyer, Meyer Turku CEO, said.Meyer Turku Oy, which build cruise ships, car-passenger ferries and special vessels, is currently constructing cruise ships for TUI Cruises. The company will also build two cruise ships for Costa Crociere, Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean International.
APTN National NewsOver 100 protestors were outside a Vancouver convention centre Sunday protesting at the site of a mining conference.The angry crowd said they do not want any new mining or pipelines on indigenous territory without full and fair negotiations.The ruling B.C. Liberals have vowed to build eight new mines in the next four years to help improve B.C.’s economy.At a press conference Monday, the Indigenous Network on Economics and Trade condemned those plans.They’re especially concerned about efforts to resurrect the controversial Prosperity Mine which critics fear will destroy a sacred lake.
Chennai: Asserting that law must not be applied selectively, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said if his brother-in-law Robert Vadra can probed so can Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the Rafale deal.He also said economic growth is directly related to the mood of the nation and one cannot expect it to happen in a negative and fearful atmosphere. The Congress will change the mood of the country and make people feel happy and empowered, the Congress chief said while addressing women students at a college here. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayGandhi, who asked students to refer to him as Rahul, said the law must apply to everybody and not be applied selectively. He said this in response to a question on Vadra, who is being probed in connection with a money laundering case related to purchase of assets abroad and a land case in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district. During his informal interaction with the students, he also brought up the issue of the Rafale deal and reiterated his allegations about the pricing of the aircraft and the process. “I will be the first person to say it… Investigate Robert Vadra but also investigate Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
New Delhi: State-owned Union Bank of India Tuesday said its net loss widened to Rs 3,370 crore in the fourth quarter of 2018-19, mainly on account of higher provisioning. The company had registered a net loss of Rs 2,583.38 crore in the same quarter of the preceding fiscal. However, the bank had posted a net profit of Rs 153.21 crore in the third quarter of 2018-19. Total income in three months to March grew to Rs 9,621.01 crore, as against Rs 9,596.86 crore in the same period of 2017-18. For entire 2018-19, the bank reported a net loss of Rs 2,922.35 crore on a consolidated basis, as against Rs 5,212.47 crore loss in 2017-18. Income during the year stood at Rs 39,355.38 crore, up from Rs 38,413.65 crore a year earlier. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe asset quality of the bank remained poor with the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) standing at 14.98 per cent of gross advances at March-end 2019 against 15.73 per cent as of March 31, 2018. Net NPAs came down to 6.85 per cent from 8.42 per cent. The high level of bad asset ratio compelled the bank to make higher provisioning of Rs 5,783.09 crore for March quarter, compared to Rs 5,638.57 crore in the year-ago period. The bank’s provision coverage ratio as on March 31, 2019 stood at 66.24 per cent, as against 57.16 per cent a year ago. As part of the risk based supervision as per RBI directive, the bank has reported divergence in gross NPAs of Rs 867 crore in 2017-18; divergence in net NPA of (-) Rs 1,414 crore and divergence in provisioning stood at Rs 2,281 crore.