A look at Kenya’s pros ahead of Magical Open

first_img0Shares0000Mumias based Dismas Indiza in action during the final round of the Karen leg of the Safari Tour. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, March 8 – Asked what makes the 12 man Magical Kenya Open home troops tick, Mumias long-hitter Dismas Indiza said: “It’s their willingness to die for the team. They are fully aware that it’s our duty as a group to make the country proud.”Also playing competitive golf in the recently concluded Road To Kenya Open Safari Tour series which offered local pros some attractive prize money and a priceless feel of various courses including the Karen Country Club Par 71 facility which will host the four-day golfing extravaganza from March 14-17. The greatest success of the Safari Tour is the attainment of the objective for which the Tour was set up for; which is to give our local pros an opportunity to practice and play a lot more golf to the standards of the European Tour. This has given them an opportunity to practice, learn and be resilient.Greg Snow had a fine Safari Tour.Greg Snow will alongside his Mumias counterpart shoulder Kenya’s hopes of keeping the event’s maroon jacket on home soil.No Kenyan has won the Kenya Open since inception in 1967 and Snow thinks the regular local tournaments they have played like the recently concluded Safari Tour series will come in handy.“It’s been a great five months and like I said I have put in a lot of hard work. I believe Kenyans are better prepared than ever before and this is a clear indication that we could spring some surprises in as far as the tournament cut is concerned. I have had a good Safari Tour and the plan will be to go into the Kenya Open in similar spirit and fashion.”The first nine Kenyan players, who qualified to play at this year’s Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship, were named following the conclusion of the 2018/2019 Safari Tour Golf series today at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club. Two players tied for eighth spot – the Safari Tour Golf Series qualifying cut-off for the Kenya Open – pushing the number of players qualifying to nine.Two more Kenyans qualified in the pre-qualifier at Karen.Kenya Proffesional golfers Charan Thethy and Jacob Okello watch Yusuf Omari-Najib Balala-Peter Kanyago and Kirimi Kaberia putt at Karen Country Club. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThey were Justus Madoya of the Great Rift Valley and Royal’s Eric Ooko who beat Jacob Okello in a three home playoff at Karen.Okello, Kenya’s most decorated golfer who lost the memorable Kenya Open playoff in 1998, was later awarded a Kenya team by KOGL invitation.Snow leads the team of 12 professional player having accrued a total of 113.5 points across the six Safari Tour golf series. Greg has been dominant, taking maximum points in four of the six Safari Tour events, to take top spot on the Road to Kenya Open ranking. He has featured at the Kenya Open 11 times with his best finish coming in 2014 when he finished 10th.-Indiza-The second qualifier is Indiza who amassed 111 points after a consistent performance across the Safari Tour to finish second. Indiza has featured at the Kenya Open 19 times; with his best finish being tenth in the 2008 edition.-Charania-Riz Charania poses with the Safari Tour Golf Series trophy after emerging winner of the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club leg of the Safari Tour seriesWindsor’s Rizwan Charania booked third spot on the Road to Kenya Open ranking having amassed a total of 79 points; with his win of the Windsor leg of the tour cementing third spot. He has played at the Kenya Open 14 times; his best finish coming in 2017.-Wakhu-Golf Park’s David Wakhu follows the flight of his tee shot on the final day of the Nyali Golf Club’s leg of the Safari Tour Golf Series.David Wakhu, who won the Nyali Golf and Country Club leg of the Sadfari Tour Golf Series, finished fourth on the Road to the Kenya Open ranking, with a total of 72 points; while the Professional Golfers of Kenya Captain, John Wangai, finished fifth with 68.5 points. He has featured at the Kenya Open on six occasions.-Ngige-Simon Ngige.Thika Golf Club’s, Simon Ngige, finished sixth with 66.5 points and shall now take part at his 13th Kenya Open tournament; while Golf Park’s Tony Omuli will be taking part at his seventh Kenya Open event having finished in seventh place on the Road to Kenya Open ranking with 53.5 points.-Simwa-Kenyan Pro Nelson SimwaVet Lab Sports Club’s Nelson Simwa and Windsor’s David Opati tied for eighth with 51 points apiece to complete the list of nine Kenyan players at this year’s tournament. The Safari Tour Golf Series, which was launched in August last year, formed the qualification tournament for Kenyan players taking part this year’s Kenya Open.The nine pros join six amateur players who have already qualified to play at this year’s Magical Kenya Open Championship; these are Daniel Nduva, Samuel Njoroge, Mike Kisia, Edwin Mudanyi, Bradley Mogire and Mutahi Kibugu.About Greg SnowSnow started playing golf at the age of 6 in Kiambu inspired by his father John Snow and his brother Paul who played his golf in the UK.He became a member at Muthaiga at the age of 10 years and played there as a junior till the age of 16. From 2008 to 2012 Snow landed a golf scholarship at the Odessa Golf College and played very competitively in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia prior to turning pro in Kenya 2013. Kenyan PROs: Greg Snow – Muthaiga Golf Club Dismas Indiza – Mumias Sugar Golf Club David Opati – Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club David Wakhu – The Golf Park Simon Ngige – Thika Golf Club C.J. Wangai – Sigona Golf Club Tony Omuli – The Golf Park Riz Charania – Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club Nelson Simwa – Vet Lab Sports Club Justus Madoya – Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort Erick Ooko – Royal Nairobi Golf Club Jacob Okello – The Golf ParkRegional PROs: Philip Kasozi – Uganda Golf ClubKenyan Elite Amateurs: Mike Kisia – Vet Lab Sports Club Edwin Mudanyi – Vet Lab Sports Club Samuel Njoroge – Kenya Railways Golf CLub Mutahi Kibugu – Muthaiga Golf Club Bradley Mogire – Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Daniel Nduva – Nyali Golf and Country Club0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


South Africa’s banks ‘in strong position’

first_img15 March 2012 South Africa’s banks remain well positioned despite global economic uncertainty, are trading profitably, and boast some of the highest capital levels in the world, well in excess of the minimum Basel 3 rules, according to a survey by professional services company PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC’s latest annual survey of South Africa’s major banks was released on Wednesday. According to the survey, the financial results of South Africa’s four major banks – Absa, First Rand, Nedbank and Standard Bank – for the six months ended 31 December are a positive reflection of the financial health of the local industry, show that the banks have weathered the recent global economic uncertainty well. “Although the banks may have experienced tough operating conditions at the start of the global financial crisis, when South Africa dipped into the recession, they have since strengthened their positions through a combination of increasing capital levels, changing funding strategies, reducing risk appetite and holding significantly more liquid assets,” PwC’s Tom Winterboer said in a statement.Good returns on equity, additional capital buffers Absa, First Rand, Nedbank and Standard Bank reported aggregate return on equity of 16% for the year ended 31 December, up 10.3% on the previous year and up 13.2% for the six months ended 31 December 2010. Headline earnings grew to R39.9-billion, an increase of 17.7% from the previous financial year. “These return on equity levels remain lower than levels prior to the financial crisis for the major banks, but are commendable given that they are holding additional capital buffers as they await final implementation guidance for Basel 3 in South Africa,” said PwC’s Johannes Grosskopf.Containment of costs Grosskopf said the four banks’ main driver of earnings growth had been the containment of costs, up only 2.6% from the previous year and 1.6% up on the six months ended 31 December 2010, and more particularly the reduction in impairment charges of 14.8% for the year. It was possible that the reduction in non-performing loans – down 15.2% from the previous year – meant that impairment levels had now bottomed out and that the boost to earnings provided by the decline in impairment charges had come to an end, Grosskopf noted. “This could see an increase in pressure on earnings growth targets for the 2012 financial year and beyond.”Deposit growth According to the survey, the four banks’ deposit growth had benefited from the frugal conduct of both businesses and consumers. Deposits were up 11.2% from the previous year and 6.8% for the six months ended 31 December 2010. This had helped maintain margin levels, as these kinds of deposits continue to provide the cheapest form of funding for credit growth and negate the effect of increases in wholesale funding costs. Grosskopf said this would be pleasing to the banks as they continued to debate the structural funding challenges of the South African market, with a view to implementing the net stable funding ratio proposed in Basel 3.Widening the retail net In respect of retail customers, the South African market remained focused on widening the net and banking the unbanked, PwC found. “In doing so, the banks are finding innovative ways to reach their clients,” Grosskopf said, noting that all four banks reported customer gains, increases in access points such as ATMs, non-traditional branches and a continued focus on electronic and mobile channels. Grosskopf said that containing or reducing costs would remain a priority for South Africa’s banks. “At the same time, this will be affected by regulatory reform and continuing core banking IT enhancements. The focus therefore will be on operational effectiveness, simplifying processes and the rationalising of businesses to achieve more focused strategic objectives.” Winterboer pointed out that there was also competition in the South African market from new digital players. “The banks are embracing new electronic channels, such as mobile banking and the internet.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Build more emotionally engaging experiences with a personalized data strategy

first_img HomeDigital MarketingBuild more emotionally engaging experiences with a personalized data strategy Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Consumers are demanding more from brands than ever before – more relevant, consistent and personalized experiences across devices and channels. And as a result, brand marketers are facing increased pressure to understand, anticipate and deliver on these shifting expectations.Just because marketers know where their audience has been online, doesn’t mean they understand what consumers want. Planning a trip to Austin? You Google it once and get retargeted with flight deals for weeks after already purchasing a ticket. Brands can inadvertently alienate customers by relying on old, one-dimensional audience segments and fatiguing them with content they’ve already seen or no longer want.A successful audience management strategy requires fresh, emotionally engaging content. Brands can do this by moving away from traditional segments and toward real-time, individualized data to elevate the digital experience. Here are three audience management strategies marketers can use to supply new and captivating content.Get the full picture of your audienceDeveloping a holistic understanding of your audience – their intent, interests and behavior – is the single most important factor in building more meaningful customer relationships. Create multi-dimensional audience segments using first, second and third-party data sources to achieve a 360-degree customer view and level of hyper-personalization that helps foster lifelong brand loyalty.Using the trip to Austin example, a marketing platform that can ingest multiple data sources would have captured that the flight ticket had already been purchased. As a result, the customer would be best served with recommendations for restaurants and tourist destinations in the Austin area rather than flight deals and rental cars. It’s important to take the personalization even further. For example, if the customer bought just one ticket to Austin, they may be planning a work trip or meet-up with friends, whereas if they had bought four, it’s likely the trip will be more family-oriented. These factors are important to track and analyze as they will inform vastly different experiences.A model is only as good as the data it’s fed and combining multiple data sources (CRM database, analytics data and partner data) will help you build a complete audience profile and surface more intelligent insights that add real value for your audiences.Harness up-to-the-minute insights using a holistic customer viewNow that you have a holistic view of a customer using multiple data sources, you must analyze and act upon real-time audience data to deliver the right content at exactly the right time. Using stale information can lead to content that is overly generalized at best and irrelevant at worst.For example, the customer that had been looking at flights to Austin may have changed their mind — recent visits from a partner’s travel site shows they are interested in Mediterranean food. Updating your audience profiles based on real-time individual behaviors will reveal preference changes as they happen. Then, it’s as simple as updating their profile – or combining (perhaps Austin AND Mediterranean?) – to ensure it is yet again complete, enabling you to send them content that adds value and promotes engagement.Activate your audiencesYour audience segments are only as valuable as the experiences you use them to deliver. Often, brands use different systems for marketing and advertising making it nearly impossible to reach the same audience across channels – and if you do, odds are they could be delivering different messages to the same audience. Plus, many of these systems may have segmentation capability, however, with the systems not connecting to each other, the segments in each system may have overlapping customer data.As a consumer, brands that reward my loyalty with personalized offers are the ones I keep going back to. If a brand gives me points for subscribing, following and downloading their app, I’ll do it…if, and only if, they work to personalize their content. That said, I don’t want to see offers for the same women’s jeans from my favorite department store across every channel. Providing personalized incentives that add value across different touch points are what keep me coming back for more.This isn’t a lesson just for B2C brands. Even B2B software companies are building loyalty by tailoring outreach with relevant content like e-books to the right audience on the right platform at the right time.The best way to reach the same audience across multiple platforms is to build an authoritative definition of your high-value audience segments, and equally important, a seamless way to engage them across channels, from email; to display ads; to social; to voice.Avoid becoming the Monday morning spam by consistently updating your audience management strategy to keep consumers engaged. Churning out fresh, emotionally engaging content personalized to the consumer is essential. To do so, marketers must keep audience profiles updated and informed by multiple data sources to have the best view of the customer. Then it’s as simple as letting the experience drive the loyalty to keep them coming back for more.The post Build more emotionally engaging experiences with a personalized data strategy appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Build more emotionally engaging experiences with a personalized data strategy Build more emotionally engaging experiences with a personalized data strategyYou are here: Posted on 29th December 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more


Illinois ~ Sales and Use Tax: Chicago to Tax Rentals of Shared Housing Units

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe city of Chicago will impose a 4% surcharge on sales of hotel accommodations at “vacation rentals” and “shared housing units” and also impose the current 4.5% gross rental or leasing charge on “shared housing units,” effective July 1, 2016. This surcharge will be imposed in addition to the current 4.5% gross rental or leasing charge. The new surcharge will not apply to:— an accommodation a lessee or tenant occupies a his or her domicile or permanent residence;— temporary accommodations in nonprofit medical institutions, hospitals, or accredited medical education institutions; or— rooms rented by a bed-and-breakfast.“Shared housing” will mean a dwelling unit containing 6 or fewer sleeping rooms any portion of which is rented, for transient occupancy by guests, but will not include:— single-room occupancy buildings;— hotels;— corporate housing;— bed-and-breakfast establishments,— guest suites; or— vacation rentals.“Vacation rental” will mean a dwelling unit that contains 6 or fewer sleeping rooms that are available for rent or for hire for transient occupancy by guests.The Chicago Department of Finance issued a news release about the new surcharge which was previously reported. (TAXDAY, 06/28/2016, S.3)Subscribers can view amendments made to the tax ordinance.Chicago_O2016-5111Chicago Ordinance O2016-5111, Chicago City Council, June 24, 2016last_img read more