FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) CAPTAIN GRANVILLE/ ABOGADO (2) ELVIRA/CHANGE HIM NAME (3) JAMAI RAJA (4) ABOVE THE RADAR/ OUR CREATION (5) RAGING PROSPECT/ HOLOGRAM SHADOW (6) YOGA/LEGAL ACCOUNT The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow’s 12-race meet stands at $4.2 million. There is also a carryover in the second Super-6, this amounting to nearly $1 million. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race four to 12; the first Super-6 from race one to six; the late Super-6 from race seven to 12. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a three-year-old maiden special over 1820 metres to be contested by seven starters, including top contenders CAPTAIN GRANVILLE and the free-running ABOGADO, to be ridden by champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis and Wesley Henry, respectively. The Andrew McDonald-trained ABOGADO has been knocking loudly at the door in sprints, failing by a head to stave off the outsider QUEENOFSAINTROSE over 1200 metres on December 5, a race in which CAPTAIN GRANVILLE finished a well-beaten ninth after being brought slowly into stride. Prior to that race, CAPTAIN GRANVILLE was second to MEET JUSTIN over a mile as the 4-5 favourite and returning over a more suitable trip, and the figure eight now fitted, should outfinish ABOGADO in the closing stages. ELVIRA, who beat all, barring the in-form FRANKENSTORM over the round-five course on November 28, is tipped to go one better now dropped-in-class ($350,00 claiming from $450,000) in the second race over 1100 metres. Trained by Paul Smith, ELVIRA will report in good nick, and despite the obvious clams of CHANGE HIM NAME, with the improving female apprentice Mellisa Ward again in the saddle following his near miss to INFANTRY OFFICER over 1200 metres on Sunday, as well as ROCKETEER and FIFTYONESTORM, she gets the nod in a field of nine. The third race over 1300 metres for maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for JAMAI RAJA, who ran a fair race when finishing six lengths fifth to SORENTINO’S STAR over 1400 metres in the valuable Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy on November 28. Prior to that, on November 14, the chestnut colt by Market Rally out of Angela’s Favourite chased home his highly thought of stable companion ZUGULU over this trip in the Caymanas Juvenile Sprint and with trainer Richard Azan calling up his promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey for the ride, reducing the weight to 51.5kg, the hint should be taken. Best of his 12 opponents is THE PROMISE LAND (Wesley Henry up), a lightly raced colt who is steadily coming along. After winning easily over 1820 metres on a $350,000 claiming tag last Saturday, ABOVE THE RADAR, with Aaron Chatrie again in the saddle, steps down in class for the fourth race over a mile, and although he can expect stiff opposition from OUR CREATION (Bebeto Harvey up) and AUDRE’S BLESSING, in a 10-horse field, should bring fitness into play and win again. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by down-in-class RAGING PROSPECT (Shamaree Muir up) and the fleet-footed YOGA, working well with Paul ‘Country’ Francis riding for trainer Solomon Sharpe. Their respective dangers are HOLOGRAM SHADOW under Shane Ellis and LEGAL ACCOUNT, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. Elvira gets the nod
Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.OAKLAND — It wasn’t quite full-on panic mode pregame in the A’s clubhouse, but the mood was a little more tight. Entering the night losers of three in a row for the first time in nearly two months, they needed a game like this.With the Tampa Bay Rays already winning earlier in the day, the A’s (91-61) were in danger of seeing their lead for the second AL wild-card shrink even further. But an offensive explosion that …
03 July 2007The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will push for stronger regional integration before a considering unified continental government, as delegates at the 9th African Union heads of state summit in Ghana take part in the ‘grand debate’.“The SADC member states sat in a special session and adopted a common position in this regard,” said Zambia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Lazarous Kapambwe, who has been extensively involved in the SADC mission’s discussions toward an AU government.“We believe that as much as we’d like to get to a unified, integrated government, we need a foundation and that will need to come from stronger regional economic communities.”SADC’s 14 member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The theme of the summit – the grand debate – is an exploration into which of the three possible options put forward could make for a unified, integrated continent.The “Union of African States” is a view led by South African President Thabo Mbeki, proposing the gradual strengthening of regions and AU institutions including the executive, judicial, financial and technical institutions.The former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo has suggested an “African Union Government” and advocates taking 15 continental institutions created under the AU and transforming them into the 55th state in Africa, by 2015.The Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, who wants an African government now, is leading the “United States of Africa” model.Regional integration“Our position is to strengthen SADC and the other regions. We have to be realistic in our goals towards a unified government,” Kapambwe said.The SADC’s vision is one of a common future, in a regional community that will ensure the economic well-being, improvement in the quality of life, freedoms, social justice and peace and security for the people of Southern Africa.“Our countries throughout Africa do not have the same level of development and it will take some time before we have the proper infrastructure in place to make that integration which we all agree upon possible,” he said.Africa’s regional economic communities, many of which have overlapping memberships, consist primarily of trade blocs and, in some cases, some political and military cooperation.These are the SADC, Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS/CEEAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Union du Maghreb Arabe (UMA).Kapambwe said that the SADC has done much towards regional integration, such as establishing the Southern African Customs Union, and abolishing the need for visas amongst countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.The nations in the region however, will still need some time to synchronise their essential functions in areas such as economics and governance.“We need to reach a certain level of conformity in a number of elements and this can be further extrapolated to be the case with Africa’s integration,” Ambassador Kapambwe said.‘Cultural gaps’ existKapambwe added that further gaps between countries existed because culture dictated many aspects of how countries were run, and they would need to be harmonised before differing countries could share a government.“These often have a direct correlation to the legislation and governance of countries, such as the case where many Muslim areas operate under Sharia Law and Christian countries would adopt Dutch-Roman or English common-law,” he explained.“Going in at this point or in a matter of years and hoping to meld these nations under one banner is not feasible in SADC’s view.”He added that members had to ensure that regions and eventually the continent have consensus regarding issues on human rights, selection procedures to run for office, legislation, governance and distribution of resources before having a unity government“A unified Africa is an ideal to which all the leaders in the session over the next three days aspire. It will strengthen Africa’s economic position and contribute greatly towards internal conflict resolution and many other challenges which currently face us,” Kapambwe said.Source: BuaNews
18 August 2011Investment in renewable power in Africa is set to grow from a total of US$3.6-billion in 2010 to $57-billion by 2020, accompanied by huge foreign direct investment in energy infrastructure.This is one of the findings of Frost & Sullivan’s study “Mega Trends in Africa: A bright vision for the growing continent”, which is due to be released at an African growth, innovation and leadership conference in Cape Town on 25 August.“Although Africa is endowed with fossil and renewable energy resources, which could more than adequately cover its energy needs, it remains the most poorly electrified continent in the world,” Frost & Sullivan said in a statement on Wednesday.“The proportion of people without electricity in Africa is higher than anywhere else on the planet, with as little as 5% of the population having direct access to electricity in some countries.Wind, solar, geothermal“This significant challenge does, however, have a massive potential upside. The need to provide electrification to remote communities is one of the key drivers of renewable energy development on the continent.”Frost & Sullivan analyst Ross Bruton said that investment in renewable power in Africa, which totalled a mere $3.6-billion by 2010, “is expected to grow to $57.72-billion by 2020.“The key growth sectors will be wind power, solar power, geothermal power and foreign direct investment (FDI) into energy and power infrastructure.”According to the consultancy, the development of Africa’s renewable energy sector will lead to greater diversification of the continent’s energy mix, decreased dependency on any one feedstock, and greater security of supply.New technologiesNew investments in the continent’s electricity infrastructure are also likely to incorporate new, “smart” technologies and standards, which will see information and communication technology (ICT) development taking place alongside electrification.“Smart electricity development in Africa will be driven through grid incorporation of renewable power, and technological leapfrogging through investments into greenfield transmission and distribution infrastructure projects,” Bruton said.“Smart grids are, however, only expected to play a significant role in key high-growth African economies.”Over the next 10 years, Frost & Sullivan predicts, African renewable energy initiatives will be dominated by wind power projects, such as the Ashegoda Wind Farm in Ethiopia and Tanzania’s Singida Wind Farm.Solar power will also show good growth, “although this will most likely be through South Africa’s Upington solar project and renewed interest in Desertec in North Africa.”SAinfo reporter
16 April 2014 South African feel-good movie Felix has added to its long list of accolades by winning three more awards at international film festivals in March and April. The film won the youth jury prize for best film at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth in Vancouver, Canada, the best film award at the Kikife International Children’s Film Festival in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany, and the adult jury prize for best picture at the Augsburg Children’s Film Festival in Germany. This brings the number of awards the film has won to 13, both locally and internationally, since it started showing on the festival circuit in October last year. Announcing their choice at an awards presentation on 10 April, the Canadian youth jury (aged between 9 and 12) explained why they’d voted for the film. One young juror said: “I liked Felix because it showed happy people working together to achieve a good end-goal. With great music and numerous comedy touches, Felix was my favourite film.” They also reacted positively to the way that Felix portrayed South Africa. “I liked Felix because it was really engaging, it made you share his hopes along the way,” said another juror. “I also liked getting a window into current South African culture and the way Felix never gave up.” Director Roberta Durrant and Hlayani Mabasa, who plays Felix in the movie, travelled to Germany to attend the Augsburg Children’s Film Festival, which ran from 31 March to 13 April. They were awarded “Die Goldene Klappe Award” for best picture by an adult jury, and were guests of honour at the launch of the festival, which opened with a screening of Felix. Written by Shirley Johnston, Felix tells the story of 14-year-old Felix Xaba, who dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, against his mother Lindiwe’s wishes. When Felix takes up a scholarship at a private school, he defies his mother and turns to two ageing members of his father’s former band (Royston Stoffels and Thapelo Mofokeng) to help him prepare for the school jazz concert. The cast includes Johannesburg-born Oscar nominee Dame Janet Suzman in her first South African film, South African Film and Television Award (Safta) best actress winner Linda Sokhulu (Isidingo) in her feature debut, and newcomer Mabasa, who was chosen from over 400 hopefuls across the country. The film is currently in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival for Kids, which runs from 8 to 21 April. SAinfo reporter and National Film and Video Foundation
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