United Community Services of Johnson County honors Stratton as Citizen of the Year

first_imgBrad Stratton, center, with UCS Executive Director Julie Brewer and Board Member Tom Robinett.Overland Park’s Brad Stratton on Friday was named the 2016 United Community Services of Johnson County Citizen of the Year.Stratton, the CEO and President of Overland Park Wealth Management, has been long involved in community organizations. In addition to serving as Chair of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, Stratton is a member of the Shawnee Mission School Board. He’s also an active member of Village Presbyterian Church.Other recipients of UCS’s 2016 Human Service Awards were:Judge Stephen Tatum, who received the Distinguished Public Service Award.The Strengthening Families Program partners, a group of 21 organizations that work to improve family life in Johnson County, who received the Excellence in Community Service award.Ben Craig, the former Metcalf Bank president who was a driving force behind the establishment of Johnson County Community College and the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, was recognized posthumously with the Karen Wulfkuhle Bridge Spanner Award.last_img read more

Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship

first_imgVieira, Truelove untouchableBy Stephan Sookram in Trinidad compliments of Mohamed’s Enterprise, A&R Jiwanram Printery, E-Networks and Buy Me Auto SalesIT was a dream performance for both Mark Vieira and Matt TrueLove who kicked off round two of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC) with wins at the Frankie Boodhram International Raceway (FBIR).Vieira, who upstaged the competition in the day’s qualification with a blistering 40.632 was silky smooth as he guided his Mazda Rx8 to his first podium win of the Caribbean season.THE ROTARY RULESVieira was confident after his win yesterday, and understandably so, considering that when the race was over, he had amassed more than a quarter-mile gap on the second-placed Franklyn Boodhram.Mark Vieira is all alone in his first CMRC Group 4 race.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport, Vieira said, “To be honest with you, we haven’t changed anything. The car just seems to like this track, these very fast corners and stuff like that. You don’t change something that is working.”Apart from Vieira, Andrew King finished third after losing out on the closing laps to the host’s and his Renault Megane.TRUELOVE LOVES FBIR WALLERFIELDMeanwhile, Truelove, who makes his maiden entry to the CMRC Superstock class, recovered from a bad start to claim the top spot on the podium.“Because I’m not used to the start line scenery, I was a bit unsure when to go and when it finally went, I dropped the clutch a bit too quickly and I lost a bit of time,” he said.He is confident of rivalling his performances today in the second round of races.Matthew Vieira had a last-lap clash with one of Trinidad competitors which dropped him down to eighth.Meanwhile, mechanical troubles plagued Sharima Khan in qualifying in race one during the Group 1, while the same occurred with Haniff Mohamed in Group 2.Rameez Mohamed suffered the same fate after trying qualification but failing just three laps into the 15-minute session.Racing begins at 09:00hrs today.last_img read more

111 IMCA drivers already entered for Duel In The Desert

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 21) – One hundred and eleven IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified and IMCA SportMod drivers are nowpre-entered for the 16th annual Duel In The Desert special at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Nov. 6-9. Early entries are in hand from 91 Modified drivers from 20 states and three Canadian provinces. SportMod entries number 20 and were postmarked from 10 states and one province.Modifieds race for $7,777 to win and a minimum of $777 to start their Saturday, Nov. 9 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Preliminary features on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7 and 8 both pay $777 to win. Both Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods will compete in the same races with the existing rules for each division. Their features pay $500 to win on Friday and $777 to win on Saturday. Modified entries are six ahead of last year’s pace and are now in hand from:Richard Anderson, Shelley, Idaho; Shawn Anderson, Minot N.D.; Joe Antonetti, Santa Cruz Calif.; Paris Archie, Sparks; Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo.; Tom Berry, Medford, Ore.; Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; Steve Boles, Bakersfield, Calif.; Dustin Boney, Gower, Mo.; Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; Cody Burke, Salinas, Calif.; Bryan Burnes, Lemoore, Calif.; Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; Joe Cleveland, Delphos, Kan.; and Chris Cole, Cache, Okla.;Mason Daughters, Polo, Mo.; Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; Russ Dickerson, Boone, Iowa; Jake Donnelly, Rigby, Idaho; Scott Drake, Webb City, Mo.; Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; Rick Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Kevin Fitzgerald, Brentwood, Calif.; Brian Foote, Essex, Iowa; Cody Gearhart, Turpin, Okla.; Christy Georges, El Paso, Texas; Albert Gill, Central Point, Ore.; Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; Eric Hamilton, Hanford, Calif.; Kyle Heckman, Bakersfield, Calif.; Ryan Heger, Hugoton, Kan.; Zach Hensley, Green River, Wyo.; Troy Heupel, Williston, N.D.; Jason Hilliard, Cache, Okla.; Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; and Jake Holland of Reno; Paul Jones, Casper, Wyo.; Raymone Keldsen, Aromas, Calif.; Chester Kniss, Antioch, Calif.; Dan Lee, High River, Alb.; Derrick Lisafeld, Lampman, Sask; Kevin Lisafeld, Lampman, Sask.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; Troy McElroy, Shady Grove, Ore.; Jeremy Mills, Garner, Iowa; Matt Mitchell, Vancouver, Wash.; Craig Moore, Seabeck, Wash.; Richard Mueller, Jackson Wyo.; Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; Joel Myers, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Melissa Natenstedt, Fernley; and Shawn Natenstedt, Fernley; Vince Ogle, Lubbock, Texas; Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.; Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; Justin Radcliff, China Spring, Texas; Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; Mark Rodgers, Farmington, N.M.; Kyle Rohleder, WaKeeney, Kan.; Brad Rohloff, Suamico, Wis.; Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; Dusty Safley, Wellington, Utah; Rob Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; Jay Sears, Reno; Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; Kelly Smith, Roosevelt, Utah; and Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa; and Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; Jesse Stovall, Galena, Mo.; Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah; Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; Jeff Talley, Las Vegas; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Wade Taylor, Spring Creek; Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; Mike Van Genderen, Newton, Iowa; Mike Villanueva, Atwater, Calif.; Mike Wadel, Garden City, Kan.; Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; Nate Warren, Phoenix, Ariz.; Darin Wendt, Williston, N.D.; Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D.; and Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.SportMod drivers entered now include:Sean Callens, Brawley, Calif.; Brenden Damon, Great Bend, Kan.; Chad Dolan, Gibbon, Neb.; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Juanita Faddis, LaPlata, N.M.; Bill Ferguson, Norwood, Colo.; Merl Fitzpatrick, Brooks, Alb.; Steve Hayes, Abilene, Texas; Ryan Henley, Aztec, N.M.; Jessie Hiskins, Longdale, Okla.; Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; Matt Mueller, Abilene, Texas; Blain Petersen, Essex, Iowa; John Reid, Loving, N.M.; Daniel Roe, Turlock, Calif.; Chipita Rowley, Roosevelt, Utah; Gauge Smith, Roosevelt, Utah; and David Theiss, Hockley, Texas.Twenty SportMod drivers had also pre-entered at this time last October.Pit parking for pre-registered drivers begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 and resumes at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tech inspection will be available and practice for Modifieds and for SportMods runs from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday.Tech inspection begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Racing starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Advance entry fee by Oct. 31 is $200 for Modifieds and $100 for SportMods. Weekend pit passes are $95 and ATV/golf cart passes are $30. Pit spots in the first three rows must be reserved; all other pit area parking is free. More information is available by calling 702 632-8213, by emailing [email protected] and at the www.LVMS.com/dirt/racers website.last_img read more

Mike Brown defends Bengals’ decision to keep Pacman Jones

first_imgCINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals owner Mike Brown is defending his decision to keep cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones despite another arrest, saying he’s been “punished enough” for his latest troubles.The NFL suspended Jones for the season opener because of his altercation with a hotel security employee and his profane outburst at police following his arrest in January. Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge to settle the case.Brown intimated at the team’s annual preseason luncheon on Tuesday that there was discussion in the front office about releasing Jones, but he was against it.“I’m not going to say something wasn’t discussed, something wasn’t considered,” Brown said. “But what we did is what we did, and I’ll take responsibility for it. We’ll see how it turns out in the end. It if turns out well, I’ll be pleased. If it doesn’t, then blame me.”After his arrest, Jones told one of the officers taking him to jail that “I hope you die tomorrow.” The Bengals apologized for Jones’ conduct soon after his arrest, and then decided to keep him on the team.Brown gave Jones what amounted to a final chance in the NFL after his suspension-marred years with Tennessee and Dallas. Jones has had several off-season incidents during his seven seasons with Cincinnati. He was found not guilty of assault charges in 2013 after being accused of punching a woman at a Cincinnati nightclub. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after he was arrested in 2011 in another case.Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) runs past Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)Jones also was involved in a last-minute meltdown that helped the Steelers rally for a first-round playoff win during the 2015 season, bumping an official and drawing a penalty that set up Pittsburgh’s winning field goal.Brown said his admiration for Jones hasn’t diminished.“I like him personally,” Brown said. “I admire his energy, I admire his courage, I admire a lot of things about him. He didn’t come up the easy way, believe me. If any of us had come up that way, I wonder where we’d be. But anyway, he has misstepped from time to time.”The decision to keep Jones wasn’t the only one that put the Bengals in the spotlight in the offseason.The Bengals were criticized for taking running back Joe Mixon in the second round of the draft even though he’d punched a woman at a bar before his freshman year at Oklahoma, drawing a one-season suspension there. Brown defended the decision to draft Mixon, too.“I think it’s time to give a young guy like this a chance to do the best with his life that he can do,” Brown said. “I don’t see what’s served by denying someone his opportunity.”During an interview on CNN on Sunday, Bob Costas noted the Bengals’ penchant drafting and keeping troubled players over the years, saying they “at various times seem to have been running a halfway house for miscreants.” Brown took exception on Tuesday, pointing out that they’ve been near the bottom of the league in player suspensions the last few years.“Do I think we have a locker room with the James boys and Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger?” Brown said, referring to notorious outlaws, bank robbers and gangsters. “I don’t. I’m not Ma Barker. I really think he would have been better to have looked into this one a little bit more.”The Bengals open camp at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday. Marvin Lewis is entering his final season on his contract after failing to agree to an extension in the offseason. The Bengals are coming off a 6-9-1 season, and Lewis has yet to win a playoff game in his 14 seasons as Cincinnati’s head coach.Brown said he has a good relationship with Lewis and acknowledged that the one-year contract status will give him added pressure this season. He noted that it’s not the first time Lewis had completed a contract with the Bengals.“Sometimes it was an additional prod,” Brown said. “We all know how it went last year. We all wish it had gone better. So maybe we’ll see a better year this year and things will sort out then.”Lewis declined to say anything more than Brown did about his contract status.“I don’t think much about the future ever,” Lewis said.___For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown speaks while being interviewed during a media luncheon at Paul Brown Stadium, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)last_img read more

Sampaoli calls up Enzo Perez to replace injured Lanzini

first_img 09/06/2018 Other names linked with a call-up in the last 24 hours were Pizarro, Diego Perotti, Erik Lamela, Leandro Paredes and Pablo Pérez. [SELECCIÓN MAYOR] El volante Enzo Pérez será el futbolista que reemplazará a Manuel Lanzini en la convocatoria. pic.twitter.com/0mUb7ygs7r— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) 9 de juny de 2018 Perez will travel directly to Russia from Argentina to meet up with his international teammates, who left Barcelona on Saturday.  After waiting 24 hours to make his decision, Sampaoli finally opted for River Plate midfielder Perez to complete his 23-man squad for the finals.  IN SPORT.ES Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has chosen Enzo Perez to replace Manuel Perez, who was injured in training on Friday and will miss the World Cup in Russia this summer.  Despite not being in a great moment of form, Perez won the battle to be included ahead of the other candidate, Guido Pizarro, thanks to his experience and his previous performances for Argentina.  CEST Sampaoli also opted for Perez because he knows the group of players well given he was part of the squad which made the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.  sport.es Upd. at 15:04 Sampaoli ya ha elegido el sustituto de Lanzinilast_img read more

Update on Lack of Player Support for Cunningham

first_imghttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/SEAN+HURLING.wavprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email This morning Galway Bay FMs Sean Walsh spoke to John Mulligan giving an update on the situation that arose yesterday where members of the 2015 Galway panel voiced their lack of confidence in reappointed manager Anthony Cunningham.last_img

County Senior And Intermediate Hurling Championships Round Up

first_imgAn Spidéal 3-15  Rahoon-Newcastle 3-14Report: Kevin DwyerAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/AN%20SPIDEAL%20V%20RAHOON%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 2Gort 0-17 Portumna 0-21Report: Tommy DevaneAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/PORTUMNA%20V%20GORT%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1Kiltormer 1-12  Kinvara 0-17Report: Niall CanavanAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/KINVARA%20V%20KILTORMER%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Tommy Larkins 2-11 St Thomas 0-17Report: Darren KellyAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/TOMMY%20LARKINS%20V%20ST%20THOMAS%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1Kilconieron 0-18 Annaghdown 0-17Report: Gordon DuaneAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/KILCONIERON%20V%20ANNAGHDOWN%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-15 Sylane 1-9print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Sunday 22nd AprilSenior A Hurling Championship – Group 1Liam Mellows 3-15 Castlegar 2-13Report: Niall CanavanAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/LIAM%20MELLOWS%20V%20CASTLEGAR%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Saturday 21st April Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1Kilnadeema-Leitrim 0-19  Craughwell 2-16Report: Gordon DuaneAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/CRAUGHWELL%20V%20KILNADEEMA%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 2Sarsfields 0-15 Mullagh 1-7Report: Gordon DuaneAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/SARSFIELDS%20V%20MULLAGH%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loughrea 1-15  Cappataggle 2-14Report: Darren KellyAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/CAPPATAGGLE%20V%20LOUGHREA%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Killimordaly 1-20  Ahascragh/Fohenagh 1-7center_img Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Ballindereen 1-8  Clarinbridge 1-17Report: Kevin DwyerAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/CLARINBRIDGE%20V%20BALLINDEREEN%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2Oranmore-Maree 0-16 Carnmore 0-12Report: Tommy DevaneAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ORANMORE%20V%20CARNMORE%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The Second Round Of Games In The County Senior And Intermediate Hurling Championships took place over the weekend. Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2Moycullen 1-15 Ardrahan 2-12Report: Sean WalshAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/MOYCULLEN%20V%20ARDRAHAN%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pádraig Pearses 0-8 Athenry 0-15Report: Tommy DevaneAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ATHENRY%20PEARSES%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 0-21  Abbeyknockmoy 3-12Report: Gordon DuaneAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ABBEYKNOCKMOY%20V%20TAD%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Here are the reports of those games Beagh 2-15 Turloughmore 2-25Report: Tommy DevaneAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/TURLOUGHMORE%20V%20BEAGH%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1Killimor 0-9 Kilbeacanty 0-13last_img read more

Men’s Golf: NCAA Regional Recap

first_imgSam Houston State finished just five strokes away from earning a trip to the NCAA Championships with an 11th place finish at the Auburn Regional at the Auburn University Club. The Bearkats were led by freshman Klein Klotz, who fired a six-under final round to end up third in the final individual standings with a 76-71-66—213 total. In other regional golf action, Central Arkansas Pep Angles shot a 1-under 71 at the Columbia Regional to finish tied for 23rd while Southeastern Louisiana Grady Brame was eight-over par 224 to finish in a tie for 43rd and Houston Baptist Preston Stanley tied for 59th at the San Antonio Regional.Sam Houston State Misses NCAA Finals by Only Five StrokesAUBURN, Ala. – Against a 14-team field that included five top 25 squads and four more in the top 50, Sam Houston finished just five strokes away from earning a trip to the NCAA National Championships next week. The Bearkats posted a 54-hole score of 300-303-286—899 to finish 11th as a team, ahead top 50 ranked Colorado. | SHSU RecapUCA Pep Angles Shoots 71 at Final Day of NCAA Columbia RegionalCOLUMBIA, Mo. – Central Arkansas junior Pep Angles shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday at the NCAA Columbia Regional and finished tied for 23rd at The Club at Old Hawthorne. Angles, playing in his second consecutive NCAA Regional, improved on his 55th-place finish from a year ago in the 75-player field. | UCA RecapSoutheastern Louisiana’s Ties for 43rd at NCAA San Antonio RegionalSAN ANTONIO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana junior Grady Brame jumped 14 spots in the final round of the NCAA San Antonio Regional, which wrapped up Saturday at the Briggs Ranch Country Club. Brame, a Hammond native, posted his second straight round of 74 on Saturday. He finished with a tournament score of eight-over par 224 to finish in a tie for 43rd in the individual standings. | SLU RecapHouston Baptist Preston Stanley Places 59th at NCAA San Antonio RegionalSAN ANTONIO – Houston Baptist junior Preston Stanley ties for 59th overall at the NCAA Regional Tournament at Brigg Ranch Golf Club. Stanley fired 73 in the first round of the tournament in order to start his score at a tie for 23rd. Stanley then shot another 73 in the second round. In the final round, the junior carded 81, which brought his total to 227 overall for his 59th place title. | HBU Recaplast_img read more

McNeese State Sweeps Southland Men’s Track and Field Weekly Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Ben Clark, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Kartavius Hamilton, McNeese StateHamilton set a personal record with a first-place leap of 24 feet, 9.75 inches in the long jump Saturday at the Cowboy Relays. The junior from Colfax, La. (Grant H.S.), now holds the third-best mark in the nation for the long jump and his leap is the top mark in the Southland this season. Hamilton helped the Cowboys to finish second in the home meet. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – 4×800-Meter Relay Team (Oliver James, Brock Moreaux, Finlay Murray and Bryson Skinner), McNeese StateMcNeese State’s 4×800-meter relay team comprising of Oliver James, Brock Moreaux, Finlay Murray and Bryson Skinner shattered the school record with a time of 7:50.70 to capture first place in the event at the Cowboy Relays in Lake Charles Saturday. James is a sophomore from Sunderland, England, while Moreaux is a senior from Delcambre, La. (Delcambre H.S.). Murray and Skinner are both freshmen as Murray hails from Tain, Scotland. Honorable Mention: Valentinas Rudys, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Deion Hardy, UIW.center_img FRISCO, Texas – McNeese State’s 4×800-meter relay team of Oliver James, Brock Moreaux, Finlay Murray and Bryson Skinner were selected Southland Conference Men’s Track Athletes of the Week while junior Kartavius Hamilton was named field athlete of the week, the league announced Wednesday. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

SA in massive Indian airport deal

first_img14 February 2006A South African consortium has struck a US$1.5-billion (R9.25-billion) deal to modernise India’s Mumbai airport.The consortium, made up of Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), Bidvest Group Limited and Indian infrastructure company GVK, beat nine other bidders to win the tender.Known as GVK-SA, the consortium will modernise, operate, develop and manage the airport for a concession period of 30 years, with the option of a further 30 years.During that time the Indian government will retain a 26% shareholding in the venture, with GVK holding 37% and Acsa 10%.South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe welcomed the deal, saying it was “just the beginning” of Acsa’s global expansion. He said upgrading airports and other transport infrastructure to be efficient and well-managed was crucial for development.“This deal is not only important because of the money involved, but also because transport is important for the realisation of the Nepad [New Partnership for Africa’s Development] goals and objectives,” Radebe said.“As government we want to encourage Acsa to embark on more projects such as this, both in Africa and abroad.”Airport know-howMonhla Hlahla, managing director of Acsa, said the company would provide the project with know-how on policies and procedures, IT solutions, quality and environmental management, maintenance and engineering, safety, service standards, capacity planning and master plans, project management, route and traffic development, ands stakeholder management.Acsa will also provide technical exchange programmes as part of its skills transfer initiatives within various functional areas.“However, I must hasten to mention that the learning experience will be a two-way process for Acsa and the Mumbai International Airport employees,” Hlahla said.“Through these initiatives the company will gain invaluable experience from exposure to the Indian environment. This transaction will enrich all employees and partners involved.”The deal will also create jobs within Acsa, as seasoned professionals are to be regularly posted to Mumbai.She added that Acsa could also earn money for the Indian government through other commercial activities, as the company was positioned to “realise an all-encompassing commercial transformation for Mumbai International Airport”.The “remarkable” growth of commercial revenue has contributed significantly to Acsa’s financial success over the years.It has grown by 364% in the last eight years at a rate nearly three times that of the company’s air-transport revenues, Hlahla said.She explained that GVK had been chosen as a partner because of the company’s commitment to the deal and experience of various infrastructure projects in India, such as in the power sector, toll-roads and urban infrastructure.GVK has also had successful partnerships with credible international partners such as the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, its ability to raise debt finance in the Indian market, its approach of an equal partnership with the South African consortium and its shared values of corporate governance.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more