Vipers remain top in UPL with draw against KCCA FC

first_imgTop Marksman Dan. PHOTO VIA @VipersSCVipers SC 1 KCCA FC 1Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | ‏Vipers Sports Club maintained its grip at the top of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table after picking a point against KCCA FC in the game played at St.Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Saturday.The Venoms played out a one all draw with KCCA FC a result which meant the team moved to 14 points in six games.Dan ‘Muzeeyi’ Sserunkuma scored for Vipers SC in the first half but the visitors equalised at the start of the second stanza and the game eventually ended in a stalemate.Manager Javier Martinez Espinoza made only two changes from the team that started against Kirinya Jinja SS in midweek with Fred Okot replacing Rahmat Ssenfuka while Halid Lwaliwa started in place of injured Livingstone Mulondo.Okot was making his first start since joining the team at the start of the season and played at right back. Asiku was shifted to centre back while Geoffrey Wasswa played in defensive midfield position.Vipers SC started the better side with Sserunkuma, Duncan Sseninde and Noah Wafula wrecking havoc to the KCCA FC back line.Goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora was also in fine form to deny the visitors on several occasions including saving a penalty in the second half.Sserunkuma slotted home in the 35th minute to give Vipers SC the lead in a what was a team goal.Wafula won possession just after the half way line to release Abraham Ndugwa on the right flank. The latter’s ground cross cut a cross the goal area but found Sseninde on the other end to set up a waiting Sserunkuma for the opener. The strike meant Vipers SC went into the mandatory break leading 1-0.However, two minutes into the second stanza, KCCA FC equalized through defender Filbert Obenchan.Despite efforts from the Venoms to regain the lead, there were no more goals produced. The Manager brought on Brian Nkuubi, Joseph Jjanjali and Tom Masiko but there were no dividends.Mutombora who had a man of the match performance denied Allan Kyambadde in one on one situation and also denied Saddam Juma from the spot.Vipers SC will return to action on Tuesday next week away to Express FC.Vipers SC XIFabien Mutombora, Fred Okot, Yayo Lutimba, Bashir Asiku, Halid Lwalilwa, Geoffrey Wasswa, Moses Waiswa, Duncan Sseninde (Brian Nkuubi), Noah Wafula (Tom Masiko), Dan Sserunkuma, Abraham Ndugwa (Joseph Janjali).******SOURCE: Vipers Website (click) on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Redwoods men’s basketball looks to shake up Kris Kringle Tournament

first_imgFresh off its most memorable win of the season, the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team will head to Santa Rosa Junior College today to take part in the Kris Kringle Tournament.Redwoods (10-3), five days removed from seeing Drew Gillette nail a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 91-89 win over Southwestern Oregon at home on Saturday, will face Cañada College (1-5) at 4 p.m. this afternoon in the tournament’s opening round.“Saturday was a very emotional game for us and …last_img read more

SA astronomers discover stars on edge of Milky Way

first_img16 May 2014 A team of South African and Japanese astronomers, using the Southern African Large Telescope as well as an infra-red survey facility at Sutherland in the Northern Cape, has discovered the first known stars in the flared disk of the Milky Way galaxy, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) announced on Wednesday. The stars, known as Cepheid variables, are situated on the far side of the galaxy, approximately 80 000 light years from the Earth. “The discovery is important because stars like these will allow astronomers to test theoretical ideas about how galaxies, like the Milky Way in which we live, formed,” the SAAO said in a statement. “In particular these stars, which are close to the effective edge of the Milky Way, will help astronomers trace the distribution of the very mysterious dark matter.” Dark matter is known to be an important component of all galaxies, but its nature and distribution remain elusive. “The five stars involved in this discovery are very special ones whose brightness changes regularly on a cycle time of a few days,” the SAAO said, adding: “These Cepheid variables have characteristics that allow their distances to be measured accurately.” The team used observations made at the SAAO’s site in Sutherland to determine the distances of these stars and their locations within the galaxy. “The majority of stars in our galaxy, including our own sun, are distributed in a flat disk,” the SAAO explained. “Early in the 21st century, radio astronomers discovered that hydrogen gas, of which the galaxy contains a great deal, flared away from the disk at large distances from the galactic centre, but until now no one knew that stars did the same thing.” The team comprised University of Cape Town professor Michael Feast, John Menzies and Patricia Whitelock, both from the SAAO, and Noriyuki Matsunaga from the University of Tokyo. Their findings were published online in international scientific journal Nature on Wednesday. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

10 Things You Should Know Before Working in IT

first_imgConsidering a job in IT? We’ve covered some of the reasons that perhaps you shouldn’t and what could be done about them. But there are plenty of good reasons to consider a career in IT. For example: good pay, better than average job prospects and the chance to work with cutting edge technology. However, there are a few things you should know before you get into the industry. ZDNet‘s Jason Hiner has compiled a list of 10 dirty little secrets you should know about working in IT.Please note that Hiner’s advice is for people like network administrators, IT managers, and desktop support professionals – not programmers and developers.The pay in IT is good compared to many other professions, but since they pay you well, they often think they own youIt will be your fault when users make silly errorsYou will go from goat to hero and back again multiple times within any given dayCertifications won’t always help you become a better technologist, but they can help you land a better job or a pay raiseYour nontechnical co-workers will use you as personal tech support for their home PCsVendors and consultants will take all the credit when things work well and will blame you when things go wrongYou’ll spend far more time babysitting old technologies than implementing new onesVeteran IT professionals are often the biggest roadblock to implementing new technologiesSome IT professionals deploy technologies that do more to consolidate their own power than to help the businessIT pros frequently use jargon to confuse nontechnical business managers and hide the fact that they screwed upThese about right, and you can read more about each “secret” in the original article. There are two things I’d add:Even though you’ll hear a lot about how there are “so many” IT jobs, you and your colleagues will often have trouble finding jobs. Why? Because most of those positions will demand very specific skill sets that are hard to acquire without direct experienceEven though the pay looks good, many IT jobs are temporary contracts with no benefits. And you may go months at a time without working (see above).Photo by The Trial Related Posts klint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Throw It Back. It’s Too Small.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. I’ve been compensated to contribute to this program, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.Some prospects are just too small. They’re too small for you to create any real value, so you can’t make an enormous difference in their results. Since you can’t really create a lot of value for them, there isn’t a lot of value available for you to capture much. Even rolling up a bunch of these small prospects won’t allow you to reach your goals; you can’t make your number.When a prospect is too small for you to create any value, capture any value, and help you reach your sales goals, you have to throw them back.It’s nice that they spend in your category. It’s nice that they’re receptive.But it takes time to work a too-small prospect through their buying cycle and your sales process. Sometimes it takes even longer than it does to win a larger prospect. The time you spend working with too-small prospects is time you could spend with larger prospects. Time is the one commodity that, once spent, can’t be recovered.It can also take just as much effort to take care of a too-small client after you win their business. Just like any other client, they have questions, concerns, service issues, and new needs. Your effort is better spent on larger prospects where you can create greater value, where you can make a difference.There are two reasons you are working on these small clients. First, they’re often more receptive than larger prospects, so they’re easier to get in front of. Second, your pipeline isn’t full of real opportunities, and these too-small prospects demonstrate that you have activity. But they aren’t going to be enough.Go and look at the top 20% of producers on your sales leader board. Is their client portfolio made up of dozens and dozens of too-small clients? Or do the top 20% have the top 20% of your company’s client portfolio?It’s too small. Throw it back.QuestionsWhat is your company’s sweet spot? For what size clients can you create the most value?What size client is too small? Why can’t you create any real value for them?Does it take too long to win small clients? Or can you help them without spending any real time or effort?What would your results look like if you moved your average deal size up by 25%?last_img read more

Gilas team ‘not one-dimensional,’ says Reyes

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first_imgRead Next Kiefer Ravena lived up to his hype and showed everyone a glimpse why he has long been coveted as one of the brightest young players in the country. Roger Pogoy emerged as a reliable three-and-D option for Reyes and earned his place in the starting five. And finally, Matthew Wright connected from distance and drilled three triples to finally put away the visitors on Monday.“You have to make sure you have a lot of weapons, but more importantly, you have to make sure that you can go to them at the right time. That’s just the way it is,” said Reyes.“We know that we have some players that we can go to inside the paint at the post. When we play the bigger teams, we have a big advantage in quickness. Obviously, that’s not going to be the same when we play the bigger teams like Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei because they’re just as quick as us, so we have to find another advantage,” said Reyes.“That’s just basketball. The good thing is even if we’re not shooting well from three-points, we found a way to grind out a W. Hopefully, that’s a sign of the progress and evolution of this team.”With Gilas going on a three-month breather before facing Australia and Japan in February, Reyes said that the 2-0 record doesn’t really give the team much momentum.ADVERTISEMENT Photo from Fiba.comComing out of the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of wins, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is proud to see how versatile the team is with its current lineup.“We built this team so that we’re not one-dimensional,” Reyes said. “In the past, we live and die with the three, but that’s the reason why we have the players that we have.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Philippine team gutted out a 77-71 victory over Japan in Tokyo last Friday, and followed it up with a 90-83 squeaker over Chinese Taipei at home on Monday to go 2-0 in Group B.Through those victories came positive development from the players he picked as Reyes’ expectations were matched.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs always, Jayson Castro was the anchor of the team, bailing the squad out whenever the Philippines need a bucket. But also sharing the spotlight were a handful of his peers.June Mar Fajardo finally came into his own against Chinese Taipei and dominated the paint against naturalized player Quincy Davis. Calvin Abueva also proved that his gung-ho game has a place in the international stage, providing the energy Gilas badly needed. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments What it brings, though, is a chance to correct its miscues and prepare for the tall order of upsetting the reigning Fiba Asia champions on their home floor.“It arms us with a lot of knowledge about ourselves, on things to work on and to learn. We all know that Australia is a very, very tough team, so that’s gonna be a really, really tall order for us to play them, to compete with them at their home place. We’ll prepare as best we can against Australia, and we’ll go out, we’ll play our game and we’ll see what happens,” he said.But if there’s something Reyes saw from this Gilas team it’s that these players will no doubt lay it all on the line for flag and country.“The one thing I’ve learned about this team is never underestimate them and never count them out because they just keep on fighting and they just keep plugging away,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gilas backer on Blatche: ‘I don’t think he was an asset to the team’ Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

David Silva fit and will play in Manchester derby, says Pep Guardiola

first_imgManchester City’s Spanish playmaker David Silva is fit and will play in Sunday’s derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford, City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.Guardiola had suggested that Silva was doubtful for the game after he had reported feeling “uncomfortable” following his match-winning 83rd-minute goal against West Ham at the Etihad last weekend.Silva did not travel with the City squad to Ukraine for their final Champions League group match against Shakhtar Donetsk.”He’s going to play. He’s going to play – after the game he had a bit of doubt that’s why I said it but today he arrived and said he’s really good so he’s going to play,” Guardiola told reporters.However, the City manager will have to wait until training on Saturday before deciding on whether centre-half Vincent Kompany and left back Fabian Delph are ready to face Jose Mourinho’s side.”Kompany, before the game against Shakhtar, felt something, was not comfortable and couldn’t play. Delph was sick, vomited and had fever the day before. Today they are off so I don’t know but tomorrow we will check how the conditions are,” Guardiola said.last_img read more

US Davis Cuppers Lead Aussies

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia — Grass court or hard court, it didn’t seem to matter to Bob and Mike Bryan on March 5 when the brothers, after a mid-match lapse, gave the United States a 2-1 lead over Australia in their World Group Davis Cup first-round tie.The Bryans beat Australia team captain Lleyton Hewitt — who came out of a short-lived retirement to replace Sam Groth — and John Peers 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in doubles to put the Americans in front ahead of Sunday’s reverse singles. Hewitt had replaced an ill Nick Kyrgios in the Australian squad but didn’t play in either of the opening singles.On Friday, John Isner beat Groth and Australia’s Bernard Tomic defeated Jack Sock to leave the tie level at 1-1. Isner is scheduled to play Tomic on March 6, and Groth vs. Sock, but those reverse singles lineups could change and again see another appearance by Hewitt.The weekend victors will play the winner of Croatia and Belgium in the quarterfinals.Ahead of the match, the court surface became somewhat of a controversy when the International Tennis Federation admitted that the Kooyong matches should have been played on hard courts, not grass.In 1999, the last time Australia and the U.S. met in the Davis Cup, Australia should have hosted the matches. But a decision was made by the ITF to stage a 100th-anniversary celebration of the Davis Cup at Longwood Cricket Club near Boston.The ITF placated Australia by allowing the matches to be played on hard court instead of clay, which the Americans preferred.In exchange, the three groups agreed that the next time the two countries played, the matches would be played on hard courts.But that agreement was somehow overlooked when Australia announced a drop-in grass court as the surface for this weekend’s tie at Kooyong, the former Australian Open venue in suburban Melbourne.The Bryans broke first Hewitt’s serve at 3-3 in the second set, held their own and then broke Peers to finish the second set. The Australians broke the Bryans in the seventh game of the third set and went on to hold their service and stave off the Americans, then did it again in the fourth to set up a deciding fifth set.In the decider, the Bryans held serve twice and broke the Australians in between to quickly take a 3-0 lead, then 4-1 after only 14 minutes.The Australians saved three match points in the eighth game on Hewitt’s serve, but lefthander Bob Bryan held service to love in the following game to clinch the match.The American brothers have won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and have a 23-4 record in Davis Cup. Statistically, the Bryans are better on hard courts — having won the Australian Open doubles title six times, the U.S. Open five and on the grass at Wimbledon three times.In an earlier statement, the ITF said the court confusion came from a three-way “oversight” by the ITF, the United States Tennis Association and Tennis Australia over a 1999 agreement.“While the notes in the ITF database did include the reversal of choice for the next two subsequent ties, it did not specify the surface requirement for the next tie currently being played in Australia,” the ITF’s Barbara Travers said in a statement.“This was an oversight by the ITF, USTA and TA which all acknowledge and will refer to the Davis Cup Committee. While neither nation remembered the condition attached to this tie, now that it has been brought to their attention both Australia and USA, in the spirit of sportsmanship … have agreed to accept the decision of the committee regarding surface for the future tie.”Both Hewitt and Jim Courier, the current U.S. captain, played in that 1999 quarterfinal match near Boston which Australia won and went on to clinch the title that year over France in the final. It was also the 18-year-old Hewitt’s debut in Davis Cup play.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Privacy issue with online pot sales after legalization needs watching experts

first_imgTORONTO – Buyers who have to provide personal information to purchase recreational pot online after legalization this fall should be able to rely on existing laws to protect their privacy but the issue needs to be watched closely to ensure regulations are obeyed and mistakes are avoided, experts say.The matter is important given the stigma many people still attach to marijuana use, and the potential for Canadians to be barred from the United States if their otherwise legal indulgence becomes known to American border agents.“We need to keep eyes on it, meaning we have to make sure this information is not abused or used for secondary purposes that were never intended,” Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s former privacy commissioner and now an expert at Ryerson University, said in an interview. “Theoretically, it should not be used for any other purpose.”A spokeswoman for federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said the office had not looked specifically at online marijuana sales. At the same time, the commission said it recognized privacy concerns around buying or using marijuana given its longtime status as a controlled substance.“The legal sale and use of both medicinal and recreational marijuana raises privacy issues, particularly since laws and regulations differ from country to country and even within countries,” Tobi Cohen said. “We have repeatedly raised concerns about the effectiveness of (Canada’s two privacy laws) in the digital age and have called for both laws to be strengthened.”Last week, Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government announced that consumers 19 years or older will have to go online to buy weed after legalization federally on Oct. 17 because private retail stores won’t be up and running until April. A government agency called the Ontario Cannabis Store will run the online sales, although private e-commerce provider Shopify will be involved.Online buyers will, at minimum, have to provide a name along with email and delivery address, and payment information. In Ontario, as is currently the case with online alcohol sales, buyers will be able to order as a “guest” without creating an online account.However, Scott Blodgett, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance, said buyers will have to provide proof of age via government-issued ID, which a delivery person will verify but not copy. The cannabis store website will have data security and privacy controls “aligned with global e-commerce best practice,” he said.Personal data will remain in Canada and not be shared with third parties, Blodgett said.Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish was unavailable to discuss the issue but his office said in a statement that public institutions are accountable for the information they collect.“All public institutions are responsible for having strong privacy protections in place to ensure personal information remains secure and protected at all times,” the office said. “Personal information provided to a public institution for the purposes of buying cannabis is no exception.”In addition, the office said, contracts by which a private company collects personal information for the government must spell out the terms, use and security of the data.“These legal requirements must be met by the institution regardless of where the data resides or who is accessing it,” the office said.In general, privacy laws mandate that personal information can only be collected with informed consent. Among other things, that means spelling out why the information is needed, how it will be used, who it might be shared with, and how long it will be stored.Key among the various rules is that personal information should be securely stored and only used for the stated purpose.“Government is not supposed to use the information for any other purpose,” Cavoukian said. “Theoretically, the laws are in place. We just have to make sure they are enforced and the data is properly used.”One obvious exception is where a person is suspected of a crime. In that case, police can force a government agency or private company to release otherwise private information — after obtaining a search warrant.“But without a warrant, no, they’re not supposed to make (private information) available to the police or law enforcement or border crossing,” Cavoukian said. “It’s supposed to be used only for a very limited primary purpose.”Mistakes can also happen. In 2013, for example, Health Canada inadvertently breached the rules when it sent about 40,000 letters to individuals about the medical marijuana program with envelopes labelled to indicate they were sent by the program.last_img read more

Canadian banks wrap up solid quarter with TD bank beating expectations

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first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s biggest banks wrapped up another solid quarter of better-than-expected results, shrugging off hefty writedowns and worries about the domestic housing market with robust growth beyond the country’s borders.TD, the last of the big banks to report its results, said Thursday it earned $2.353 billion for the period ended Jan. 31, marking a seven per cent drop from the same period in 2017.But after adjusting for one-time items, TD Bank reported adjusted diluted earnings of $2.946 billion or $1.56 per share, a 15 per cent jump from the previous year, beating expectations.Collectively, the five biggest banks including Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, earned more than $10-billion for the three-month period. That marks a 4.4 per cent drop from roughly $10.46 billion in the first quarter of 2017.Earnings for lenders with a U.S. footprint this quarter were hit by one-time charges to adjust for a major U.S. corporate tax cut, which took effect Jan. 1.Yet, Canada’s largest financial institutions still exceeded analyst estimates, fuelled by their international operations.On an adjusted basis to remove one-time items such as the tax charge, Canada’s biggest lenders earned roughly $11.3 billion, up approximately 12.59 per cent from a year ago“You’re really seeing nice contribution coming from outside of Canada,” said Shannon Stemm, an analyst with Edward Jones, based in St. Louis.Scotiabank, which has focused its international expansion efforts on Latin America, reported net income of $667 million from its international banking division, marking a 16 per cent year-on-year increase.TD, one of the 10 biggest banks in the U.S., on Thursday reported a 19 per cent increase in net income to $952 million from its retail banking arm south of the border.BMO’s U.S. personal and commercial banking division reported net income of $310 million, up 24 per cent from a year earlier. Meanwhile CIBC, which purchased Chicago-based PrivateBancorp last summer, reported $134 million in profits, up roughly 362 per cent from the first quarter in 2017.RBC posted double-digit growth in their wealth management and capital markets divisions, helped by the U.S. corporate tax cut. Los Angeles-based City National, acquired by RBC in 2015, contributed US$114 million in net income in the latest quarter, more than double compared to a year ago.Meanwhile, in Canada, amid heightened worries over new, stricter underwriting rules for mortgages, the banks’ domestic businesses remained strong.TD’s domestic earnings were $1.76 billion in the first quarter, up 12 per cent from a year earlier. The other four lenders posted year-over-year first-quarter profit growth in their Canadian businesses ranging between nine and 19 per cent.The banks’ mortgage portfolios this quarter saw little impact from the federal financial regulator’s new underwriting rules for uninsured mortgages, as of Jan. 1.Under the new rules, would-be homebuyers with a downpayment of 20 per cent or larger must prove they can make their mortgage payments if interest rates rise. In general, the banks signalled it was too early to tell what impact these rules have had thus far, expect the additional requirements to pose a headwind in the quarters to come.“The Canadian operations remain solid,” said John Aiken, an analyst with Barclays in Toronto. “We’ve got steady cash and capital generation from that. But we’re starting to see signs that the strong run may be starting to ease.”The banks reaped the benefits of a strong Canadian economy in 2017.But the projected bump from President Donald Trump’s tax reforms are expected to help compensate the banks with even bigger future profits south of the border due to tax savings and increased economic activity.Scotiabank doesn’t have a significant retail banking presence in the U.S., but its chief executive Brian Porter said this week he is optimistic that the markets of Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico will still experience positive knock-on effects.RBC said this week it is expecting a benefit of roughly $250 million annually, while TD said it is anticipating a full-year benefit of US$225 million.“The macro environment in Canada and the U.S. remains supportive and developments over the past quarter have provided us with additional upside,” TD chief executive Bharat Masrani said on a conference call discussing its results.“While there are risks on the horizon, if these positive conditions persist, adjusted earnings growth for the full year may exceed our medium-term targets.”One such risk that does cloud the outlook is the potential dismantling of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as the latest round of strained talks commenced this week.RBC chief executive David McKay said this week that concern over the trade deal is weighing on its commercial customers’ longer term investment decisions.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:BMO, TSX:BNS, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)last_img read more

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