Tears, tributes for Lucky Dube

first_img26 October 2007Thousands of South Africans crammed into Johannesburg’s Bassline Theatre on Wednesday to bid farewell to music icon Lucky Phillip Dube, who was gunned down outside his home last week.Dube was shot and killed in what appears have been a botched hijacking in Rosettenville, Johannesburg last Thursday.During the memorial service, speaker after speaker said South Africa had lost a legend who had touched the lives of many through his music.Speaking on behalf of the minister of arts and culture, Professor Keorapetse Kgosile said Dube was one of the most important reggae voices to come out of this country.“He was a global ambassador for South African musical talent and heritage, but also a world-renowned African composer, singer, band leader, cultural activist, visionary and performer,” Kgosile said.Musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse said Dube has left behind a legacy that would keep his spirit alive.Gallo Music Group CEO Ivor Haarburger said Dube’s death was senseless and a loss to millions. He described Dube as a quiet and reserved person whose performances on stage were amazing.“We had great visits to the world, he wanted to expose his music to the Americans and had performed in 81 concerts outside South Africa which were attended by thousands of people,” Haarburger said.Maskandi artist Bhekumuzi Luthuli could not hold back the tears as he broke down on stage while performing the song Usizi.“I didn’t know what to call him, either my father or brother, as I learnt a lot from him,” Luthuli said. “He was my fan and I was his.“He used to encourage me and told me which of my songs he liked and always watched me when I performed. He would later congratulate or tell me if my performance was bad.”SABC CEO Dali Mpofu said Dube was “still communicating with us, even in his death. The question is whether we are still listening to his message. I think he is asking what has gone wrong with us.”Paying tribute to their colleague, Dube’s band members sang two of his songs, while his fans did what Dube would have been expected of them if he were still alive – they jumped and danced.Band member Skipha Shabalala said the band had lost a great teacher who believed in reality, truth and respect. “We are all going to die one day, but why Lucky died in such a barbaric manner? We don’t need such people in our country.”Speaking on behalf of the Dube family, Job Dube said: “Lucky was a pillar of the family and we’ve lost, but God plans his things.”Dube was born on 3 August 1964 on a farm just outside the town Ermelo. He was the third child of Sara Dube.He was an artist that continued to break international barriers, and recently signed a deal with Warner Music International securing the European release of his latest album, Respect.Dube is survived by his mother Sara, wife Zanele and seven children, one brother and three sisters.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Lagos, an ideal Monopoly city

first_imgThe Lagos version is the first African city edition to be launched since Monopoly was patented in 1935. According to the developers the game is not just about having fun, it also has educational value. It will educate people about the laws of the city and the chance cards, which issue players with fines, have been tailored to reflect popular street names and landmarks. Nigerian entrepreneur Nimi Akinkugbe’s childhood fascination with board games led her to realise a lifelong dream of creating a Lagos edition of the international property trading board game, Monopoly. (Images: Bestman Games) MEDIA CONTACTS • Adeoye Omotayo  Senior Account Executive  + 234 802 256 3602 RELATED ARTICLES • Board game makes Aids education fun • Top award for Nigeria’s bank chief • Nigeria invites SA to do business • Otelo leads the pack at awards Wilma den HartighNigerian entrepreneur Nimi Akinkugbe’s childhood fascination with board games led her to realise a lifelong dream of creating a Lagos edition of the international property trading board game, Monopoly. This is the first time the game has been customised for a city in Africa.Only two other African countries – South Africa and Morocco – have their own editions of Monopoly, but the Lagos version is the first African city edition to be launched since the game was patented in 1935.Akinkugbe, who is the CEO of Bestman Games, the company with distribution rights to customise editions of Monopoly for Africa (except South Africa), says she’s always wanted to create a monopoly version for the Nigerian market.“I grew up playing the London edition of monopoly, and I always wondered why we don’t have our own game that shows our landmarks,” Akinkugbe said at the launch event.With the game she hopes to change negative perceptions of the African continent, Nigeria and Lagos to encourage more interest in tourism and foreign direct investment.The rapid economic transformation of Lagos in the past five years has caught global attention, and this makes it an ideal Monopoly city.The vibrant home of more than 20-million inhabitants is considered to be one of Africa’s megacities and the economic capital of Nigeria. Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, the centre of the country’s economic boom and one of the most innovative cities in Africa.“Monopoly is a leading international brand so there is some significance for an African city to join this stable of leading cities to have customised editions specially created for them,” she says.Showcasing prominent landmarksAkinkugbe says the developers included as many of the city’s usual and historic landmarks as they could, but as Monopoly is a property trading game much of the board is dedicated to prime real estate.“The locations and landmarks on the squares are places that we have genuine ties to and can relate to,” she says. “It creates a sense of nostalgia for Nigerians both at home and abroad, and for all those who love Nigeria.”To ensure each spot on the board is an accurate reflection of the city’s property market, the development team consulted real estate agents to verify which areas in Lagos fetch the highest prices.“We found that Banana Island had some outstanding real estate and at top prices. Ikoyi Crescent, Bourdillon Road, and other parts of Old Ikoyi were also major contenders,” she explains.Lagos’ floating slum of Makoko, where thousands of people live in shacks on stilts, won the famous Old Kent Road spot, which indicates the cheapest property on the London Monopoly board.The upmarket Banana Island residential development located in the Lagos lagoon is the most expensive property on the board.Significant landmarks including Murtala Mohammed International Airport, The National Theatre, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Tafawa Balewa Square and Third Mainland Bridge are featured either on the game board itself, on the lid cover or in a special leaflet enclosed in the box.Bestman Games was permitted to include a brief history of some of the landmarks on the board, as well as others that were not featured, in the leaflet included.This is the first edition of Monopoly that includes such a leaflet, making it an effective educational tool that also helps to build national pride.A game with educational valueAkinkugbe says the Lagos edition is much more than just a board game, it delivers some strong messages, too.“It has so many intricate facets to it, which make for outstanding educational value,” she says.Through the Lagos version she would like to reinforce the importance of family values by creating a reason for families to enjoy quality time together playing, learning and having good old-fashioned fun.“We have heard wonderful stories of families playing the Lagos edition during the holidays, taking the boards to the beach and just enjoying time together, having a good laugh and learning at the same time,” she says.“Lots of families now are quite disjointed because they don’t get to do things together. Board games like this will help people come together. This, in a way, will help to improve our society.”And, according to Akinkugbe, board games are a favourite pastime in Nigeria, so much so that they can be considered a national hobby.“We are proudly competitive,” she says. “Board games have been a staple in households for centuries and have always been popular in Nigeria and all over Africa.”Nigeria has a traditional board game called Ayo, a strategy game which has been played for centuries mostly in West Africa, but other board games such as Scrabble, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, draughts and chess are also popular.Nigeria even won the 2012 edition of the African Scrabble Championship in Zambia.“It has been very interesting to discover that there is a strong Monopoly playing community here as well,” she says.The game can also promote financial literacy, encourage personal financial responsibility from an early age, and educate people about the laws of the city, such as road regulations.“We want to promote and encourage strong ethical values and a sense of integrity amongst players by penalising negative or dishonest behaviour and rewarding positive actions in a symbolic but fun way,” she says.last_img read more

Springbok Sevens lose star forward to injury

first_img11 April 2014With only two tournaments, in Glasgow and London, left on the HSBC World Series schedule, the Springbok Sevens team is in the running to lift the overall title. However, they are going to have to do it without star forward Chris Dry, who has been ruled out of the two events with a back injury.Dry injured his back in the Hong Kong Sevens, his 35th World Series tournament, at the end of March, and on Wednesday the South African Rugby Union confirmed that he would miss the forthcoming events.The Springbok Sevens’ medical team said Dry will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks. Depending on how his injury responds to treatment, he could possibly recover in time to be considered for the Commonwealth Games in July.Second in the standingsThe Blitzbokke head into the next round of the World Series in Glasgow in second place in the standings, with 129 points, just seven behind leaders, New Zealand.They have appeared in five finals this season already, with those appearances being consecutively, winning in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas and finishing runner-ups in Dubai, Wellington and Tokyo.Influential playmaker Cecil Afrika is also a doubtful starter for the final two tournaments after he suffered a groin strain in Hong Kong.He is currently busy with a rehabilitation programme at the team’s base in Stellenbosch, where the medical team is monitoring his recovery efforts closely.Positive newsThe two setbacks aside, there was also a good measure of positive news regarding the injury status of four other squad members.Regular captain Kyle Brown is on course to recover fully from the blow to the head and concussion he suffered against France in the opening match in Hong Kong, while Branco du Preez, Seabelo Senatla and Phillip Snyman, who also picked up injuries, should all be fit and available for selection for the important trip to the United Kingdom.Squad announcementSpringbok Sevens’ coach Neil Powell will announce his 12-man squad on Wednesday, 23 April, two days before they fly out to Glasgow.The full training squad resumes its preparations in Stellenbosch on 14 April following a short break.South Africa finished second in the HSBC Sevens World Series in the 2012/13 season, 39 points behind New Zealand. This season, the battle for first place is set to go down to the wire.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Day Two at the SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference

first_imgHow do you top a lunch with Sean Spicer and Donna Brazile? You bring Gloria Borger on stage to kick off day two at the SHRM Law and Legislative Conference. Elegant, articulate, intelligent and insightful to the inner workings of Washington, D.C., Borger shared an incredible week’s news cycle to provide context for the environment we live in today. Transparent and open to multiple questions from the audience (I even got one in!), Gloria provided an engaging and enlightening open session. And of course, near the end it was announced that Secretary of State Tillerson was being replaced, which added to the Q&A.The Day included another great lunch-time session with Victoria Lipnic – Acting EEOC Chair and Jonathan Segal, Esq., a long-time friend and speaker for SHRM on pressing legal topics. Today was a frank discussion on sexual harassment and attitudes towards it in the workplace. Again, an audience participation poll was utilized, and Segal pointed out the need for leaders to be active participants in training and modeling behavior in the workplace for any true change to happen.Several great breakout sessions were had throughout the day. I caught part of Natasha Bowman’s discussion on high achievers and high deceivers, offering practical issues and actions to deal with bad behavior from rock star employees.I also did my Decisions – Decisions session discussing real life practical responses and actions for when your executive team goes rogue.  Tomorrow is Advocacy Day with approximately 200 HR advocates visiting their respective congressional offices to discuss relevant HR issues. The boot camp for first timers will be led by SHRM’s Meredith Nethercutt and Lisa Horn. I will be a first timer with this and look forward to visiting my congressman Tom Suozzi’s office along with Senator’s Gillibrand and Schumer. I will be back at the end of the week to give you a peak inside the offices of our legislators.last_img read more

Why iPhone May Really Matter

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The current state of browsers is in a flux. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is receding,but not as quickly as some thought. Firefox is gaining, but again not as quickly. Applesees an opportunity – because neither opponent is playing the perfect game. If iPhonebecomes popular, Apple possibly has a decent chance of success in the browser wars,because people like to use the same application everywhere. Today’s Safari is a no bellsand whistles, quick and robust web browser. It has less features than Firefox, but italso has a lot of die hard fans in the Mac community.You can get more details about the current state of the browser war battlefield fromour reviews. We profiled Firefox 2.0 and InternetExplorer 7.0 when both came out. We also wrote two posts about the browser wars: Web BrowserFaceoff and WhyBrowser Wars Will Heat up in 2007. The first post hit a nerve with Safari fans,because we described it as less modern than other browsers. The second post was focusedon the economics of the war; and is very applicable to Apple’s jump into this market.Winning the browser wars equals winning control over Web eyeballs and theprecious search box. Apple knows this very well and is likely to have more tricks up itssleeve, like a new version of Safari.Can iPhone jumpstart Apple in Social Networking?Apple has not been very active in the social networking space so far. Sure it is aconsumer electronics company, but still – a social network would be very complementary.Well, with iPhone hitting the streets, Apple might have pulled itself into this lucrativemarket with the speed of light. What better social network can you wish for than a phonebook? Family, friends and business contacts all end up in our phones. Apple is verylikely to tap into this huge network of subscribers. Because we take our mobile phoneswith us everywhere – and certainly this will be the case with the feature-packed iPhone –Apple has a chance at pulling off some serious upsets in the social networking space. The iPhone is here. The blogosphere is echoing with both great praise and cries ofproblems. The hype was both met and a bit too much. Overall, it seems that both media andusers are underwhelmed with the iPhone as the phone. And people are not overly excitedabout yet another iPod, because we’ve had plenty of those over the last few years. Yet,iPhone is important and possibly game changing – because it could be the first mobiledevice to truly bring a rich web experience to a mobile device. With iPhone and thelatest release of Safari for Windows, Apple has openly jumped into the browser wars. Andfinally, and perhaps most importantly, iPhone could be Apple’s foray into the world ofsocial networking. Let’s take a deeper look along each of these axes.Is iPhone a WAP killer?Until iPhone showed up on the scene, the web experience on Mobile devices wasdrastically different compared to PC access. For mobile, Web Sites and Services reducedthe amount of the information on each page and displayed it using Wireless ApplicationProtocol (WAP) and Wireless Markup Language (WML). Even the Blackberry, known for itsexceptional innovation in the wireless space, had to do a lot of heavy lifting to squeezethe Web into a small screen.The worst part about the WAP solution was that each web site needed to present itsresults using a different format, if it wanted to be browseable from a wireless device.Doing double work for content owners is both time-consuming and error prone, so onlylarge companies invested in doing this. Which means that the long tail of the Internetwas, for the most part, inaccessible from wireless devices. alex iskold 1 Apple took an entirely different approach and focused on making web sites work on theiPhone, as is. Since iPhone runs OS X Safari, for designers it is only a matter offiguring out how to make web pages fit onto a small screen. Naturally, there are alreadyseveral technologies that exist to help people browse when the content does not fit ontoa screen – scrolling, paging and zooming. So Apple combined its innovative multi-touchtechnology with some old ideas, to deliver a complete browsing experience to the iPhoneusers. How well it will work remains to be seen. Particularly, will people be able tomaster multi-touch and will they like the experience of looking at pieces of a web page?If the answer is yes, then the iPhone will break the Web out of the WAP prison.Can Safari Succeed in the Browser Wars?Apple carefully aligned the launch of iPhone with the launch of Safari on Windows.There is no way this is a coincidence. Why does Apple want to jump into the browser wars?The answer is that anybody who has a shot wants to be part of this war; and with theiPhone, Apple actually does have a shot. iPhone is more than just a breakthrough mobile phone device. It is a strategy thatmay expand Apple’s sphere of influence, from web browsing to social networking and evenpossibly search. The fact that Apple is going to have control of the native iPhone applications forphone and chat will give it big leverage. As people interact with each other, thesoftware can learn a lot about user behavior and build a social system that leveragesthis behavior. A simple example is a filter that is currently missing in Facebook.Currently in Facebook all updates from my contacts are treated equally. Anytime anyonedoes anything, I get informed. This is already annoying to many users. With the iPhone,Apple can quickly gather data about how much interaction we have with each other – and sobuild a heuristic for filtering information based on that.ConclusioniPhone is more than just a breakthrough mobile phone device. It is a strategy that mayexpand Apple’s sphere of influence, from web browsing to social networking and evenpossibly search. If iPhone users embrace the multi-touch interface for browsing the web,then WAP will become obsolete. If Safari on iPhone and Windows manages to win peopleshearts, then Apple might gain a position in the browser market – perhaps as strong asFirefox. Incidentally, for now this plays in Google’s favor, as Google is friendly withboth Firefox and Apple. And if Apple starts building a social network around the iPhone,then MySpace and Facebook will have to start paying attention.All of these things are of course ‘big ifs’. But we have no reason to doubt either theseriousness or ability of Apple. Since Steve’s job return in 1997, the company has notdisappointed. So are all and any of these possible? Definitively – and very likely too.Apple is playing this game to win and to win big. Lets see what happens next and in themean time, please share your thoughts on what part iPhone will play in Apple’s businessstrategy. center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Analysis#Apple#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Corini confident over Dessena

first_imgDaniele Dessena left Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on a stretcher and in tears, but Coach Eugenio Corini is hopeful “nothing’s broken”. Dessena risks suffering a similar injury to the double leg break that cost him the majority of his 2015-16 campaign, his right leg again caught in a collision with Erick Pulgar, but Corini was remaining upbeat. “There was some heavy bruising,” he told Sky Sport Italia after the game. “The lad got scared, given it was the leg he hurt a few years ago. “We’ll wait for the results of the tests, but the hope is that nothing’s broken.” The result, meanwhile, saw the Rondinelle halt a run of back-to-back defeats. “Fiorentina are a great team, we battled and we kept an important point at home, with less clarity and quality than we’d have liked but with character and the right spirit. “Dessena’s injury had an emotional impact on the team. We executed our game plan well, especially in the first half. “We also scored a goal, which was then disallowed. There were some potential openings for us, where we could’ve been more incisive. “We need to improve in our next few games. Our fixture list has been complicated so far, but my team have done well despite that. “We’ve dropped a few too many points away from home, the game against Bologna in particular. “The League will be difficult for all the teams fighting relegation, but we’ve shown that we can take our fight all the way to achieve our objective.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Percassi: ‘Atalanta can’t afford Zlatan’

first_imgPresident Antonio Percassi said Atalanta are too “poor” to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Bergamo, but claimed they are “expecting to qualify” for the next phase of the Champions League. La Dea have rocketed to the top of Italian football these last few years, but the President said they are still “grounded” and yet ambition, despite picking up one point from the first four Champions League games. “We expect to advance in the Champions League,” Percassi told news agency ANSA at the inauguration of the Mino Favini Academy. “The second half against Manchester City was amazing, that’s why we believe in it.” The news about Ibrahimovic leaving MLS has sparked an interest from a host of Italian clubs, linking Napoli, Milan and Bologna to the player. Percassi won’t entertain any rumours of the Swedish star moving to Bergamo, though. “Ibrahimovic is a great player, but we can’t afford him,” the 66-year-old added. “We are mere paupers… “We don’t have the revenue of the big clubs, although miraculously we get the results and remain a provincial reality keeping our feet on the ground. “We can’t compete with certain figures. We’ve got clear ideas regarding the stadium and have to complete the Zingonia training centre. We still need some millions and we have already spent €4m on the Bortolotti Center.” He might free up some spending money if he decides to sell Dejan Kulusevski, who has been attracting interest after his performances at Parma this season, but the President doesn’t seem to be in a rush. “We will evaluate at the end of the season, and we will do it on our own terms.” Before facing Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, Atalanta must prepare to face Juventus in Serie A when they are back in action after the international break. “They will be two great matches, since they are two great teams,” he said. “It’s important to have [Duvan] Zapata back, we have missed him.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

How BCCI didn’t plan for future

first_imgVirtually every aspect of India’s massive defeats Down Under has been dissected. In less than 48 hours, the Adelaide Test begins and there are no signs of VVS Laxman being ready to back off at this stage despite a string of failures.Back home, the Board of Control for Cricket in India maintains its usual silence. None of its office-bearers or selectors is having sleepless nights, though the same cannot be said about the discerning fan who still loves to wake up at odd hours to catch the live action.Sports View by S . Kannan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni will sit out of the Adelaide Test as he has been penalised by the ICC for a slow-over rate. And it’s even more chilling to note that the man who is now going to lead – Virender Sehwag – is perhaps in the middle of a huge crisis vis-a-vis his own batting.Some of the statistics which were brought to my notice have been nothing short of a revelation. Of the 274 cricketers to have played Tests for India, Dhoni happened to be the 251st.He made his debut in 2005-06, so that means 23 players have played for India after him. The most surprising aspect is how in the last six years, out of these only three have been middleorder batsmen – S Badrinath, Suresh Raina and Cheteshwar Pujara. Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund got brief stints as openers but the rest of those earning India caps were bowlers.Raina did not do too badly with a century on debut and six half tons, but in 15 Tests he averaged less than 30. Once the verdict was passed that Raina was suspect against the short- pitched stuff, he was out of the Test reckoning.advertisementAt a time when calls for the heads of Dravid and Laxman have reached a crescendo, it is clear the Indian board has just not worked on a succession plan. While the Indian cricket fan is passionate and can put his stars on a pedestal one day, the next day he can run them down mercilessly.Yet, AS far as the Board officials are concerned, it is not a matter of concern. To be sure, if one looks at the ODI side, from the time Greg Chappell was the coach of the Indian team, he had discussed a succession plan with the then chairman of the selection committee, Kiran More.However, as far as the Indian Test side is concerned, it is clear we kept persisting with the golden oldies and never thought of grooming batsmen, especially in the middle order. As it were, after Sourav Ganguly retired, the No. 6 slot has been shaky.We keep talking of how the Aussies have been unbeatable over the years, but if one goes back to the eighties when Dennis Lillee, Rodney Marsh and Greg Chappell retired, there was a crisis. However, Chappell came back as a selector and, with Bob Simpson, worked on building a team for the future.Similarly, in 2007, when Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and Shane Warne retired, the Aussies faced a crisis. It worsened once Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden also called it a day. The Aussies lost the Ashes at home and took time to find their feet.So to say that the Aussies were always unbeatable is untrue. They also made mistakes and then learnt.Sadly in India, the fringe players are never given confidence. If it is captaincy, quite often we find that there has been no succession plan. If today it is Dhoni, tomorrow it could be Sehwag.But a closer look at the Indian Test team is quite scary. The ideal situation would have been to phase out Laxman and at the same time ensure there were a couple of batsmen who could fill in his boots.Obviously in the twilight of his career, we don’t expect Dravid to continue too for long and this will be his last tour to Australia. So can one imagine what goes through Mr Sachin Tendulkar’s head when he is going to be without his two senior colleagues.We keep talking of all the ills but nobody has worked on a succession plan. From the Indian board to the selectors and also the Indian captain and the coach, everyone should have put their heads together.Sadly, that has not been the case and planning has been done only on a series- to- series basis. There is already talk as to how in 2012 the biggest events ahead are the Indian Premier League and the ICC World T20 plus the Asia Cup.advertisementWe know that at home and on the lifeless wickets we can still win Tests, whatever be the opposition. It’s already too late that nothing has been done on grooming middle-order batsmen who can replace Laxman and Dravid.This is a bit like other sporting disciplines as well in India where we keep relying on the golden oldies. At 38-plus, Leander Paes happens to be a medal chance at the London Olympics and so does Mahesh Bhupathi, a year younger. In tennis, we know for sure the cupboard is bare.But in Indian cricket, there is no dearth of talent. The problem lies in the lack of planning and how those who at the helm have suffered from acute myopia. To borrow an ophthalmic term, a correction is needed. It’s just that we seem to have nobody with the vision.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Mary Kom lands a counter punch on detractors

first_imgBefore leaving for Mongolia for the Women’s Asian Championships, the much talked-about topic in India was whether five-time world champion Mary Kom will cope with the challenge from the Chinese boxers.Mary Kom’s toughest rival has been China’s two-time world 51kg champion Ren Cancan, who defeated her in the semi-finals of the 2010 Asian Games. But not only did Mary Kom avenge her defeat, beating Cancan at the Asian Championships in Mongolia, her victory was also a fitting reply to her detractors who had doubted her ability to perform consistently at the top level. “People used to say I am ageing, I am short and I can’t play up to the rising standard of the women’s boxing. But I always believe in hard work, so I remained silent and worked hard on my weaknesses. This victory is a reply to all those who doubted my ability,” Mary Kom, who has won her all three Asian titles in the 46kg category, told Mail Today. “People have blamed me for killing youngsters’ chances in the camp. But I am a supporter of fair competition and I say it again that if anyone can prove she is better than me, she has to first beat me in the ring,” she said.The standard of women’s boxing, which will make its debut at the Olympics this year, is on the rise. Like a champion, who realises the changes quickly, Mary Kom understood the importance of improvement after her defeat at an Olympic test event in London last year. She changed her base from Patiala to Pune to focus harder on individual training. The mother of two worked on her defence and learned the technique of landing punches in bunches.advertisementShe said the training played a major role in her success at the Asian stage. “The decision to shift to Pune helped me the most. Since I trained alone in Pune, I could focus on my defence in a better way. Since I am short, I sparred against tall boxers in order to cope with the height problems. These two aspects help me put up an improved performance in Mongolia,” she said.With the medal, she also boosted her chances at May’s World Championships – the solitary qualifying competition for the London Olympics. “The main thing about my victory is that I achieved it in the 51kg which is an Olympic category, and beating a two-time world champion has also boosted my confidence. I want to cash in on the momentum at the World Championships since playing and winning at the Olympics is my ultimate goal,” she said.last_img read more

Hero Xtreme Sports, Passion PRO launched in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgLeading two-wheeler major, Hero MotoCorp (HCML) here on Thursday launched two new bikes in Madhya Pradesh where it already commands a market share of 50 per cent.The company launched “Hero Xtreme Sports and more attractive edition of Hero Passion PRO” bikes in Madhya Pradesh.”The company already commands 50 per cent market share in Madhya Pradesh which means every second bike is from the HCML,” Zonal Head, Rahul Shivani told reporters.He informed that the company has 400 touch points in the state where all services are offered to the customers and soon this number will increase to 450.The Brand Manager of the company, Siddharth Kapoor said both new bikes have unique features and are very powerful in their segment.last_img read more