Uganda finish second in first phase of World cup qualifiers

first_img Tags: FIBA world cupsilverbackssports top Stanley Ociti struggled in the first two games but turned up against Rwanda yesterday.The Uganda Men’s basketball team finished second in group B of the FIBA World cup 2019 qualifiers phase one played over the weekend in Bamako, Mali.The Silverbacks managed a 1-2 record after the three games that where played over a period of three days.After losing the opening two games to Nigeria and Mali, Uganda defeated Rwanda 79-63 in the last game on Sunday to ensure that they go into phase two of qualification in Group B only two points behind leaders Nigeria.“We knew it was the only chance we had to get our campaign back on track,” said Silverbacks coach Mandy Juruni, after the win over Rwanda yesterday.“We had to beat Rwanda surely after we had gotten so close to beating Mali the day before. It was good to see that the boys where very focused despite their short comings in the Mali game as they followed the game plan brilliantly and got us the desired result,” he added.“It is still tight for us as both Mali and Rwanda have got the same record like us after the first three games so the second phase of the games will be very crucial for all three teams,” Juruni said, adding:“All in all, I am happy with what I have seen as we played well in the games we lost and then came back with the big performance against Rwanda but I still know we got a lot of work to do and hopefully we improve the team and prepare better.”Jimmy Enabu was undoubtedly the star performer of the team in Mali.Uganda is second in the group by virtue of points difference as they hold a superior record over both Mali and Rwanda despite all three having the same number of points(4), having won only one game each.Nigeria still leads with six points after winning all their three games so far.The second phase of qualification takes place on the weekend of June 29  to July 1, as the four teams play against each other again.Uganda will play Nigeria on June 29, then face off with Mali the following day before finishing off against Rwanda on July 1.After the second phase of the first round, the top three teams from each of the four groups will be placed in a group with three other teams from the other groups. All results from the first qualification round, except for results against teams that don’t advance, are carried over to the second round.The second round games will be played in September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. The top two teams in each group along with the better placed third team will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.Robinson Odoch (right) led the team in terms of points scored in Mali.Comments last_img read more

Chevy Chase Maryland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgChevy Chase, Maryland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAfter much anticipation and years of preparation, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) officially opens its doors. The 341-room hotel, with 124 executive residences, is the second Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and the sixth property in the region for the luxury hotel company.Lothar Quarz, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC was joined by hotel owners and senior leaders from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. for a private official ribbon cutting ceremony. “This day marks the beginning of an exciting new journey,” states Quarz. “I am truly proud of our ladies and gentlemen who have worked hard to put the final details into place. It is their work ethic, commitment to providing the best service, and relentless determination that will elevate our guests’ experiences and set us apart from our competition.”Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. said, “The company philosophy is to design hotels that are casually elegant, with the occasional classical influence as appropriate. This hotel is a stunning example of that strategic direction.” Humler added “Being able to expand our presence in Dubai and be part of a region of substantial growth is a tremendous opportunity. Of course, we were quick to welcome the chance to provide an outstanding meeting venue for the international companies that already have a presence in this complex.”As the only hotel to be directly linked to the complex of buildings in Dubai International Financial Centre, the social hub will be at No. 5, the hotel bar located in the prime welcoming position at the end of this pathway. A dramatic 30 meter (100 feet) wine wall that is home to 3000 bottles of the finest varietals in the world is a focal point for gourmands and wine connoisseurs. Other dining selections include Blue Rain, the signature Thai fine-dining restaurant; Can Can, a French all-day dining brasserie and the Center Cut steakhouse, providing multiple settings for the enjoyment of the cuisine made famous by The Ritz-Carlton chefs. The Lobby Lounge & Terrace offers a casual elegance for the enjoyment of afternoon tea. Each restaurant boasts an expansive outdoor terrace.A unique design facet of The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC showcases a 10-storey outdoor waterfall cascading down the building directly into the courtyard facing the lobby. A total of eight striking water features are situated throughout the hotel, which are not only aesthetically and aurally pleasing, but lend themselves to the feng shui belief that the constant flow of water signifies wealth and prosperity.Recreational amenities include a fully equipped health club and luxurious Ritz-Carlton Spa, offering 13 treatment rooms.www.ritzcarlton.com/dubaiifclast_img read more

New York NY – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pri

first_imgNew York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTo celebrate the launch of the new Swing Sunglasses Collection, Prada held a lively event at Joe’s Pub, a New York City jazz club, on July 14. The sunglasses, part of the brand’s Fall/Winter 2010 advertising campaign, is an exciting new addition to a Prada collection focused on sensual aesthetics and modern femininity. Within this collection, the Swing Sunglasses are designed to mold 1950s shapes with the simplicity of 1990’s Prada fashion lines.More specifically, the line is meant to embody the definition of the jazz term “swing,” meaning the passage from one chord to another. To do so, the sunglasses all include flowing, lithe lines and are shaped to fit a sleek and classy frame.Joe’s Pub, known for its jazz-geared venues, was specifically chosen to showcase this theme. In addition, the launch party premiered the famous jazz song “Fever” by KaTeY J. Filmed by Steven Meisel, the song’s video is about the Swing Collection and was launched globally as part of the celebratory party.A main focus of this collection is to make sound visual; a concept that has led to the beginning of Prada’s collaboration with comic book illustrators from around the world. Famous for its multiple collaborations with international architects, designers, directors and photographers, this time Prada will launch a “Manga Contest”. For this, participants will be asked to design a fantasy heroine within a comic strip, featuring the women wearing Prada Swing Sunglasses. With this, Prada hopes to explore the possibilities of how different creative worlds can intermingle without any set rules. The contest will be open to submissions from the evening of July 14 to August 31. The winner’s heroines will become the protagonists of a Prada publication.Prada Swing will be available at the end of October at Prada Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide. The retail price is $245. For more information on the Swing Collection, as well as the “Manga Contest,” please visitwww.prada.comlast_img read more