Kenya Flower Festival 2019: A milestone in the country’s horticulture sector

first_imgKenya holds its first edition of the NBO Festival Related S. African flower festival highlights Chinese elements Photo by CGTN’s Hlonela LupuwanaThe Lord Erroll in Runda Nairobi, played host to the inaugural 2019 Kenya Flower Festival which brought together flower enthusiasts in the country on Saturday.Kenya being a flower exporter, the festival signaled a key milestone in the country’s horticulture industry.Kenya Flower Festival 2019./Photo by CGTN’s Hlonela LupuwanaFounded by Rosemary Kimunya, the event themed “Bloom in Bravery,” showcased an array of flowers grown in the country, with 20 exhibitions.Kimunya said her goal is to highlight the blooming sector, from newcomers to one of the oldest flower growers Kenya has to offer.Some of the flower farmers have been in the business for years and export to numerous countries across Africa as well as the United Kingdom, United States of America,The Netherlands, China and Japan.Exhibitions included floral designs, flower art installations as well as recycled bottles now turned to flower vases.The Kenya Flower Festival not only celebrated flower enthusiasts, it also showcased floral art in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, as well as a breast cancer screening on site to mark the cancer month.The founder of the festival admitted that even though Kenya is the world’s third largest exporter of cut flowers, not enough people immerse themselves in the flower culture.However through this event, she hopes to change that narrative, while supporting local flower farmers. The flower industry contributes around 1.06% to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product-GDP.Report by CGTN’s   Hlonela Lupuwana Kenya eyes Chinese flower market to diversify exportslast_img read more

GSC Basketball Tournament brackets confirmed

first_img Share GSC Basketball Tournament brackets confirmed BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The final brackets for the 2014 Gulf South Conference men’s and women’s basketball championship tournaments were announced on Sunday. The West Florida men’s and women’s basketball teams will both play their quarterfinal games on Thursday, March 6. The UWF women will be the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 seed Valdosta State at 2:45 p.m., and the UWF men will be the No. 8 seed and face No. 1 seed Delta State at 7:30 p.m.The tournament will be played at Samford University’s Pete Hanna Center in Homewood, Ala. for the second straight year. All tickets are general admission and cost $8 for adults and $5 for students at GSC schools, senior citizens and active military. Children under the age of five will be admitted free. Fans not able to attend the tournament in person will be able to follow with live video, live stats and a live blog on the tournament website at UWF women’s team finished the regular season with a record of 16-10 overall and 11-9 in GSC play to earn the tournament’s No. 2 seed. The second place regular season finish is the highest for the UWF women since finishing first in the GSC East Division in 2005-06. The 16 wins for UWF are also the most for the team since 2005-06 when the Argos finished the year 23-7 with an NCAA Tournament appearance.The West Florida men’s team posted a regular season record of 7-19 with a GSC mark of 6-14, but the Argos finished the season with wins in three of its last four games and four of its last six. UWF finished the regular season on a high note with a road win at first place and No. 22 ranked Delta State on Saturday. The Argos and Statesmen will face each other for the third time this season in the quarterfinals on Thursday.For information on all UWF athletics, visit Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Utah Utes basketball: Drca hopes to stay hot, lead Utes to MWC title

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — For Luka Drca, it’s his last chance as well as his first.As the only senior playing on the Utah men’s basketball team — now that Kim Tillie is sidelined for a couple of weeks with a knee injury — Drca wants to make the best of his senior season and perhaps take home another Mountain West Conference championship.Drca and his teammates get their first chance today to show off their MWC title when TCU pays a visit to the Huntsman Center for a 1:30 p.m. contest.The 7-7 Utes are coming off a pair of their best performances of the season, which also happened to be perhaps Drca’s best two games of the season.In a 69-47 win over UT-San Antonio, Drca scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. And in the come-from-behind 61-59 win at LSU, Drca led the team with 14 points, 5 assists and 2 steals and was the best player on the floor, according to coach Jim Boylen.”We’re all excited,” Drca said. “We, as older guys, know about conference play and talk to the younger ones about it. It means a lot to me because it is my last conference play.”Drca feels his team has played solid defense most of the year but has to play better on offense. Going 13-for-21 from the field in the last two games is a big improvement for Drca; he shot 37 percent before that.”I’ve picked up my game,” he said. “I was struggling with the shooting at the beginning of the season, but it’s coming around. I think I put too much pressure on myself earlier in the year.”TCU (8-7) is coming off a 59-50 victory over Air Force in its conference opener Wednesday night in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs are just 1-4 in road games this year, with their win coming at SMU, 60-53.The Horned Frogs are led by forward Zvonko Buljan, at 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Point guard Ronnie Moss is right behind him at 14.5 points per game and leads the MWC in assists at 6.5 per game. Other starters are guard Edvinas Ruzgas (13.1 ppg), forward Kevin Butler (6.7 ppg) and guard Greg Hill (6.5 ppg).”Their team’s quickness has always bothered us, and they’re fast again this year,” said Boylen. “They have team speed and multiple ball-handlers. Buljan is one of the better players in the league, and Moss is a very difficult guard to cover. They’re very disciplined on the offensive end, they’re difficult to guard and they’ll put a lot of pressure on us.”With Tillie out, the Utes are expected to start true freshman Shawn Glover at forward in a lineup that includes David Foster, Jace Tavita, Marshall Henderson and Drca. Carlon Brown and Jay Watkins will come off the bench and play major minutes, along with Jason Washburn.Utah is 11-4 all-time against TCU and has won the last three games against the Horned Frogs.Following today’s game, the Utes go on the road for a game next week against New Mexico on Wednesday night and one at UNLV next Saturday. They’ll play TCU again in Fort Worth on Feb. 10.Utes on the airTCU (8-7, 1-0 MWC) at Utah (7-7, 0-0)Today, 1:30 p.m.; Huntsman CenterTV: The mtn. Radio: 700 AMe-mail: [email protected]last_img read more