Is 2018/2019 KPL title Gor Mahia’s to lose?

first_imgThe record Kenyan Champions look to stretch their dominance further this season with an 18th title in the horizon judging by the way things have gone for them so far this season.With two games at hand, Gor are six points clear at the top and their closest challengers, Sofapaka (second with 49) and Bandari (third with 45) both dropped points over the weekend and K’Ogalo can increase that gap to nine points if they win against Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on Monday afternoon.Gor Mahia’s Boniface Omondi (left) and Francis Mustafa celebrate the former’s goal during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSofapaka have eight rounds of matches remaining while Bandari have nine. At worse, if Gor who have 10 games remaining win at least eight of those, they will be all but assured of clinching the title.Batoto ba Mungu tactician John Baraza has admitted that his side’s hunt for the title was greatly hit after drawing 2-2 with Mathare United while Bandari’s Bernard Mwalala said his side will fight for the title till the last day.“No one has been awarded the trophy yet so for us, we will not give up. We will fight till the last day and push to clinch the crown,” Mwalala noted.Baraza said; “This result (Mathare draw) is a blow for us because at this time of the season, every point is vital for us. We need to go back and correct where things have not been working well for us and try to get back to winning ways.”In the run up to the title, Gor play at home against KCB in Kisumu, then back to back away ties against Western Stima and Chemelil Sugar which will be played at the Moi Stadium, a de facto home ground for K’Ogalo.Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango heads the ball away from Sofapaka forward John Avire during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 17, 2019.After that they play at home against Sofapaka, a match that they might also decide to take to Kisumu and one that will be crucial in their title bid.They then play away to Nzoia Sugar, then the Mashemeji Derby against arch rivals AFC Leopards at the Kasarani Stadium on May 19. Probably, like it happened last season, a win here might all but secure them the KPL title.They finish the season with a home tie against Vihiga United, an away trip to Posta Rangers and just like last season, finish the campaign at home against Mathare United, most likely, in Kisumu.On their end, Sofapaka tackle Posta Rangers in Machakos on Wednesday then play Tusker and Western Stima, both matches primarily slotted for Machakos before they face Gor in what might be a crucial title decider on May 11.They then travel away to Nzoia Sugar, before playing Chemelil and Homeboyz at home in between a trip away to Bandari in Mombasa, a tie that might also decide second place if the title will have wilted away from them by then.Bandari, with an outside chance of fighting for the title have a home tie against Ulinzi Stars, then away trips to Posta Rangers and Vihiga United, back to back home ties against Chemelil, Tusker and Zoo then away trips to Mathare United and Nzoia Sugar in between their home tie against Sofapaka.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate their goal against Lobi Stars during a CAF Champions League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – Gini wakao kendo, loosely translated to ‘we have taken this thing again’ is a line that should probably be inserted passionately into the Gor Mahia anthem.Since 2013, only Tusker FC (2016) has broken a Gor Mahia dominance that has seen them command the Kenyan Premier League despite this coming in between playing continental assignments and over the last three years, the SportPesa Super Cup.last_img read more

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DDTV: ROCKHILL RAMBLERS SET TO ROCK SISTER SARA’S TONIGHT

first_imgDDTV: The fantastic Rockhill Ramblers will be playing LIVE TONIGHT in Sister Sara’s as part of their St Patrick’s Day celebrations.Sister Sara’s has provided top-class entertainment all weekend to get revellers in the mood for St Patrick’s Day. TONIGHT Rockhill Ramblers will provide the entertainment and it promises to be a gig not to be missed!The band has earned plaudits nationwide and is renowned for its distinctive sound and style.Click on the video above to hear the brilliant Rockhill Ramblers perform.DDTV: ROCKHILL RAMBLERS SET TO ROCK SISTER SARA’S TONIGHT was last modified: March 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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SA doctors perform world’s first successful penis transplant

first_img16 March 2015In a ground-breaking operation, a team of pioneering surgeons from Stellenbosch University (SU) and Tygerberg Hospital performed the first successful penile transplant in the world.The marathon nine-hour operation, led by Prof Andre van der Merwe, head of SU’s Division of Urology, was performed on 11 December 2014 at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town. This is the second time that this type of procedure was attempted, but the first time in history that a successful long-term result was achieved. WATCH: Prof Andre van der Merwe announces that surgeons at Stellenbosch University performed the first successful penis transplant in the world. This procedure could eventually also be extended to men who have lost their penises from penile cancer or as a last-resort treatment for severe erectile dysfunction due to medication side effects. As part of the study, nine more patients will receive penile transplants.Medical progress“South Africa remains at the forefront of medical progress,” says Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).“This procedure is another excellent example of how medical research, technical know- how and patient-centred care can be combined in the quest to relieve human suffering. It shows what can be achieved through effective partnerships between academic institutions and government health services.”Van der Merwe was assisted by Prof Frank Graewe, head of the Division of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at SU FMHS, Prof Rafique Moosa, head of the FMHS Department of Medicine, transplant coordinators, anaesthetists, theatre nurses, a psychologist, an ethicist and other support staff.The patient, whose identity is being protected for ethical reasons, has made a full recovery and has regained all function in the newly transplanted organ.‘Rapid recovery’“Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery,” says Van der Merwe. The end result of the transplant was the restoration of all the patient’s urinary and reproductive functions.“It’s a massive breakthrough. We’ve proved that it can be done – we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had,” says Graewe. “It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world.”“Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) is very proud to be part of this ground- breaking scientific achievement,” says Dr Beth Engelbrecht, head of the WCGH. “We are proud of the medical team, who also form part of our own staff compliment at Tygerberg Hospital.“It is good to know that a young man’s life has been significantly changed with this very complex surgical feat. From experience we know that penile dysfunction and disfigurement has a major adverse psychological effect on people.”Pilot projectThe procedure was part of a pilot study to develop a penile transplant procedure that could be performed in a typical South African hospital theatre setting.“There is a greater need in South Africa for this type of procedure than elsewhere in the world, as many young men lose their penises every year due to complications from traditional circumcision,” explains Van der Merwe.Three years ago the 21-year-old recipient’s penis had to be amputated in order to save his life when he developed severe complications after a traditional circumcision. Although there are no formal records on the number of penile amputations per year due to traditional circumcision, one study reported up to 55 cases in the Eastern Cape alone, and experts estimate as many as 250 amputations per year across the country.Heroes“This is a very serious situation. For a young man of 18 or 19 years the loss of his penis can be deeply traumatic. He doesn’t necessarily have the psychological capability to process this. There are even reports of suicide among these young men,” says Van der Merwe.“The heroes in all of this for me are the donor, and his family. They saved the lives of many people because they donated the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, skin, corneas, and then the penis,” says Van der Merwe. Finding a donor organ was one of the major challenges of the study.The planning and preparation for the study started in 2010. After extensive research Van der Merwe and his surgical team decided to employ some parts of the model and techniques developed for the first facial transplant.“We used the same type of microscopic surgery to connect small blood vessels and nerves, and the psychological evaluation of patients was also similar. The procedure has to be sustainable and has to work in our environment at Tygerberg,” says Van der Merwe. Source: University of Stellenboschlast_img read more

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Quality Control Tips: Checking Your Final Drafts and Finalizing Your Edit

first_imgBefore you consider your project completely done and ready for delivery, make sure you go through this final quality control checklist.Whether it’s a final cut of your festival debut feature, an hour-long wedding video, or deliverables for a client, there will always be that terrifying feeling in the hand-off . . .Are you 100 percent sure that everything’s perfect?I’m here to tell you that the terrifying unsure feeling never really goes away. There will always be little mistakes and shots you wish you had more time to correct. But at the end of the day, you do have to meet deadlines and get paid. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t double- and triple-check your projects before your final exports.To best nullify the terror, it’s helpful to have some quality control best practices in place to catch any major mistakes in your final edits. Here are five quality control tips for checking your final drafts and finalizing your edits before exporting.Image via recklessstudios.1. Have a Secure and Quiet RoomI spent years in-house with a video production company that, among other things, produced hundreds of wedding videos. Weddings are a beast — they often have long cuts and lots of deliverables. Before anything was finally sent off to a client, it was always one (unlucky, perhaps) person’s job to lock himself or herself in a “quality control” room where they would view the deliverables in their entirety.Now, we may not all have access to a “quality control room,” but the mentality can be helpful. You can lock yourself in a closet or just make a pretend-quiet room by removing all distractions. The biggest rule for the quality control room was no cell phones or laptops. If you’re going to do a true quality control review, you have to be 100 percent distraction-free.2. Work It Segment by SegmentAnother way to streamline your quality control (and save your sanity) is to work it segment by segment. You can apply any of the advice in this guide to an individual segment of your project — especially if you’re working with projects over 10, 20, or 60 minutes long.Once you’ve reviewed a segment and signed off on your own quality control, you can mark it in your notes and in your edit. Here are some tips for organizing your timeline that will help.3. Bring in a Second Set of EyesWhen you do find yourself so neck-deep in a project that you’re struggling to keep your mind straight, a great trick is to simply bring in a second set of eyes. Part of our quality control protocol in-house with the video production company was to always have a second party do the QC.It’s not just about project fatigue — a second set of eyes also means a second set of opinions and a good gauge for response and feedback. Once your project is totally done, bring in a friend and ask him or her to give it a watch for any mistakes or advice on what works and what doesn’t.4. Export and Watch on a Different Monitor or TVImage by ImageBySutipond.Since my days working on a television sitcom in college, exporting a draft to review on a different monitor (or in my case, my TV set at home) has been a great way to get a new perspective and catch any mistakes. It’s doubly helpful if you can do this with dailies on a bigger project — but even when quality controlling, reviewing your projects on a different source helps in many ways.Not only will this give you a fresh perspective, it can also give you insights into how your project will look on a non-editing monitor. How do the colors look on a regular TV? How are the sound levels now that you’re not just wearing headphones? You can get a lot of insight from exporting drafts for review on alternate sources.5. Deliver to a Pretend Client FirstI can still remember the one time I was most terrified before delivering a final project. It was a huge video: lots of VFX and a big budget in terms of dollars, time spent, and people involved. It was scary leaving so much to chance, so to qualm our fears as best as we could, we decided to do a full test run.This was a few years ago, so the final video was going to be delivered on a DVD. So, to make sure it would go as smoothly as possible, we did an entire test run, like I said. We exported the final video, burned it to the DVD, then physically took it over to another location where (as best as we could figure it) a similar DVD player and TV were waiting. We turned the TV on, dropped in the DVD, and pressed play. (Luckily everything worked, but that’s how concerned were.)While this is rare example of having the time and resources to do a test delivery, if you do want to do a perfect quality control, this might be your best bet. However, if you don’t, keep it in mind and see how closely you can recreate to the same situation.Even if you take these tips to hear, the fear of exporting will still never really go away, but it might be more manageable.Cover image by ronstik.For more post-production and filmmaking insights, check out some of these articles below.5 Ways to Sharpen Your Film and Video Editing PerspectiveShould You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage?Video Editing 101: Prepping for a Quick (and Successful) EditEditing Tips: 8 Ways You Can Save a Shot in Post-Production5 Ways to Add Value to Your Corporate Video Production Projectslast_img read more

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