Lennon are female champions again … Beat XLCR on penalties to retain title

first_img Lennon had the better play for most of the game with Gordon, Shanesia Smith, Judian Jones and Christine Graham putting the Xavier Gilbert-coached team on the defensive for most of the regular time, but lacked the quality to get the job done. Excelsior were not totally outplayed and did have their moments. They relied heavily on the presence of Tarania Clarke and her deliveries from set-pieces. For losing coach Gilbert, his team exceeded his expectations this season. “The girls were every disappointed they didn’t win, but I am proud of them, we did not expect to reach this far. We did not execute well (penalties) but their legs were tired and I don’t know if played a part,” he said. Lennon High School defeated Excelsior High 2-0 on penalty kicks in the ISSA Schoolgirl football final at Prison Oval yesterday, to win their seventh championship and their second in succession. After battling to a 0-0 regulation and extra-time scoreline, Renae Gordon and captain Petakaye Green converted from the spot for the Clarendon-based school, while Excelsior missed all their four kicks. Lennon had to go through extra-time and penalties in the semi-finals against Denham Town on Tuesday and although they had to do it all over again coach Sherlon Lennon, said they were well prepared. “We got most of the chances in regular time, but we didn’t finish off the game and we had to go to penalties but we were well prepared for it, and winning the title and bringing it back to the community is a wonderful feeling,” he said. BETTER PLAYlast_img read more

Banyana down Namibia in Van Wyk’s 100th

first_img11 August 2014In South African captain Janine van Wyk’s 100th international, Banyana Banyana defeated Namibia 2-0 at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Sunday.South Africa had recorded another win over Namibia early in July, triumphing 2-1 in Namibia.Early leadOn Sunday, Banyana Banyana took the lead through Amanda Dlamini, who intercepted a pass just outside the visitors’ box before beating the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 after only three minutes.South Africa enjoyed most of the ball possession in the first half and came close to doubling their lead in the 39th minute when a shot from Nothando Vilakazi struck the crossbar.Second goalAfter the break, the contest slowed down, but Banyana found a second goal through Leandra Smeda, who was played in by Portia Modise after Modise had beaten the goalkeeper before finding Smeda unmarked inside the box.Coach Vera Pauw’s charges pushed hard to extend their lead, but were unable to add any more goals.100th capThe match was notable for being the milestone 100th international for defender and captain Janine van Wyk. She trails only Portia Modise, who has turned out for Sasol Banyana 110 times.“It absolutely is a phenomenal feeling,” Van Wyk said before the game.“I really am astonished that I have reached this milestone in my career. I have always dreamed of playing for the national team and here I am reaching 100 caps.”DebutNicknamed “Booth”, Van Wyk made her debut for Banyana Banyana in the African Women’s Championship against Nigeria in 2005. She said it had not been an easy journey to her milestone 100th appearance for her country.“If it wasn’t for my family who supported me along the way I would not be here,” she explained. “I have had some tough experiences in the team, coming in and having to deal with different cultures.”Van Wyk then praised her team-mates for making her feel welcome in the side and for the respect they have showed her.Most memorable momentShe said her most memorable moment in the green and gold strip was when Sasol Banyana recorded their first-ever win over Nigeria in the semi-finals of the 2012 African Women’s Championship, with Van Wyk scoring the only goal in South Africa’s 1-0 win.“Janine has played a vital role in the team set-up. She carries great leadership qualities as the captain. On behalf of Sasol, we congratulate her on reaching this milestone,” said Sasol Sponsorship Specialist Dumisani Mbokane.Banyana Banyana are preparing for the African Women’s Championship, which takes place in Namibia from 11 to 25 October. They have been seeded in a group that includes Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Microsoft to Merge Lync, Skype Teams – But Not Products

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Lync#Microsoft#Skype 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Microsoft has struck partnerships with Polycom, Smart, Crestron and LifeSized (Logitech) to produce the small tablet control devices, about the size of a car’s GPS. Before the meeting even begins, a user can reserve it, program the Lync system to contact the parties at the available time, and even being the lights up. The presenter merely has to plug in his laptop via an HDMI cable, and a second screen can be used to display the video feeds from the participants. The partners will announce pricing, Mezgec said.Representatives from Hewlett-Packard will be on stage at the Lync conference, Mezgec said, indicating that Microsoft does not view them as a competitor. However, the Lync system is aimed directly at unified communications solutions from Avaya and Cisco. (Cisco chief executive John Chambers recently identified the company’s largest challenge as telepresence, indicating that the company is vulnerable.)Two Apps Enter, One App Wins?Manufacturers have sold two similar products into distinct markets before: a common laptop platform designed for consumer and business markets; budget- and premium-priced bottled water; even a common chassis elements sold as a Toyota and a Lexus. And while Microsoft has integrated Skype tightly into Windows 8, Lync is clearly an enterprise product, with collaboration being the key feature that distinguishes the two.The problem is one of positioning. Products like Microsoft’s Surface tablet acknowledge and encourage the Bring Your Own Device trend, which unifies the consumer/enterprise split into a single device. With Lync and Skype, Microsoft must maintain the divide. Unifying the teams probably anticipates a future where engineering resources are entirely shared, and Skype merely becomes a de-featured version of Lync with a more consumer-friendly UI.Still, there is the problem of choice. “If you are a consumer, when you’re at home you might be in front of the TV, and you would use a set-top box to call Skype,” Mezgec said. But what if you want to access your business calendar?Eventually, Microsoft will work it out. But for now, the Skype/Lync split still seems confusing.  It remains to be seen how users will react to the dual solutions – will they view them as two sides of the same coin, or redundant apps that call for the elimination of one version?According to Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager, Enterprise Product Marketing for Skype division at Microsoft, merging the two teams within Microsoft demonstrates a common purpose. This will be highlighted by Tony Bates, the president of the Skype division at Microsoft, in his address to Microsoft’s Lync conference attendees this week.One Employee, Two Contexts“We have the belief at Microsoft that people are people, whether they are employees, fathers or consumers,” Mezgec said. “You are the same time a consumer, the same time a mother, the same time an employee, the same time a person that travels on the bus, you get the idea. What we wanted to do was to offer a set of tools from the living room to the boardroom, a communication platform that is rationalized, but different – you have Skype on the consumer front, but Lync on the enterprise front. They are different, but the person is the same.” Related Posts On Tuesday, Microsoft is expected to announce that it has combined the teams behind its two VOIP communications solutions, Lync and Skype, into a single team, paving the way for what the company is calling a universal “living room to the boardroom solution.” But will presence of two distinct communication apps confuse the marketplaces Skype and Lync are meant to serve?Microsoft will also show off an intriguing “Lync Room System,” including cameras and remotely-configured lights, that the company is developing with partners. Finally, Microsoft plans to announce Lync 2013 apps for both Windows Phone 8 and iOS that will arrive in early March, with Android apps arriving about a month later.Essentially, Microsoft will provide one framework – Skype – for consumer interaction, and another – Lync – for Outlook integration and communication with work teams. Technically, Microsoft now has three VOIP conferencing solutions: customers are now being encouraged to transition off of Microsoft Office Live Meeting, a conferencing package Microsoft acquired from Placeware in 2003. markhachman Microsoft said that Lync has five million seats of enterprise voice service deployed, up from three million just 14 months ago; 90 out of the Fortune 100 companies use Lync. Microsoft also touted 1,000 partners which now “bet their business” on deploying solutions for Lync, of which 600 have been added in the last three years.Lync essentially adds a new dimension to Office tools like Outlook. Users quickly can determine if a fellow worker is online and available, and the software can either initiate a voice call, a chat, or even a videoconference to the other worker. Visually, Lync doesn’t look like Skype, and Lync clearly is designed to complement the numerous interactions that characterize the typical business relationship. And yet – both do largely the same thing.There are exceptions; in a demonstration of Lync 2013, Mezgec showed how users could access a shared PowerPoint presentation and skip ahead. Skype users cannot share documents, although they can share screens. Mezgec also showed how Lync users can “pin” a video of a user, even if they’re not speaking, so they can keep an eye on them for non-verbal cues.“What we’re trying to do is replicate a real-life meeting,” Mezgec said.By March, owners of Windows Phones and Apple devices will be able to (or will be forced to) choose between two apps on their mobile devices, with both apps connecting via VOIP and video over IP to each other. iPad owners will also be able to view shared desktop and application content within a Lync meeting, Microsoft said.Over the next 18 months, Microsoft said it would also commit to adding rich video to the interoperability between Skype and Lync; add enterprise voice support to Lync Online, its Lync Web app; enable LiveMeeting users to transition to Lync via the addition of structured meeting support to Lync Online and the next version of Lync Server; and deliver quarterly updates to Lync Online. Microsoft will deliver the next Lync Server revision in the second quarter of 2014, it said.A New Toy: Lync Room SystemWithin the Lync 2013 environment, hardware geeks will find a new toy to play with: the Lync Room System, which will provide remote-management services for an entire conference room. “We don’t think the experience is as nice as it could be,” Mezgec said of the conference experience. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Mercedes-Benz inaugurates refurbished 3S dealership at Kalina

first_imgMumbai, Jun 9 (PTI) German luxury car maker Mercedes- Benz today inaugurated its state-of-the-art 3S (sales, service and spares) dealership in suburban Kalina here which has come at investment of Rs six crore.Mercedes-Benz India currently has 11 dealerships across the city, including five by Shaman Wheels. Mumbai accounts for about 20 per cent of the car makers total sales in the country. Overall, the company has 86 dealerships across 41 cities in India.The luxurious 3S dealership was inaugurated by Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Roland Folger and Shaman Wheels Pvt Ltds Managing Director, Amar Sheth, a release said.Spread across 44,000 square feet area, the showroom has an exquisite S Lounge besides 49 bays, including supporting bays for service and repair.”Mumbai remains an important market for Mercedes-Benz contributing nearly 20 per cent to our overall sales annually. With this entirely refurbished 3S luxury car dealership, we aim to cater to the incessantly burgeoning luxury car market in the city,” Folger said.The company is confident that its ever-growing customer base will now enjoy a hassle free ownership experience, he added.The Kalina dealership is expected to cater to the adjacent suburbs such as Santa Cruz, Kurla, Chembur and Ghatkopar as well as Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) business district.”Mercedes-Benz has always believed in the growth story of India and the company has been adding value to the narrative of strengthening the brand presence across the country. Its strategic initiatives like this in network expansion enhances our growth story even deeper in the market,” he added.advertisementShaman Wheels is the first dealership of Mercedes-Benz in Mumbai to boast of the exclusive S Lounge created for the customers of the high-end Mercedes-Maybach and the S-Class luxury sedans, the company said.”Shaman Wheels has been associated with Mercedes-Benz for the last eight years and we are extremely pleased to continue this strong relationship. We now have a 3S outlet, which is the largest in Mumbai and incorporates the latest elements of modern interior architecture that reflects modern luxury,” Sheth said.Mercedes-Benz India product portfolio comprise the locally produced Maybach S 500, S-Class, E-Class, CLA luxury sedans and the GLA, GLE and GLS luxury sports utility vehicles.The CKD GLC was its ninth product added to the local production portfolio.Its completely-built imported cars portfolio includes the A B and E class, S-class Coupé, C-class Cabriolet, E- class Cabriolet, S-class Cabriolet and the S 600 Guard and a range of other Guard vehicles, among others.The product portfolio also comprises the iconic off- roader Mercedes-AMG G63 as well as a wide range of other Mercedes-AMG performance cars. PTI IAS NRB JMFlast_img read more