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Dec
22

SC Villa, Onduparaka lock horns in Super 8 semis

first_img Tags: asaph mwebazeFUFA Super 8onduparaka fcSC Villatop The SC Villa team that started in the 1-0 win over URA FC at Namboole (File Photo)FUFA Super 8 2018Onduparaka FC vs SC VillaGreenLight Stadium, AruaTuesday, 21-08-2018Onduparaka and SC Villa will on Tuesday afternoon clash for the last spot in the inaugural FUFA Super 8 final at the GreenLight Stadium.KCCA FC who defeated Nyamityobora 4-0 last week are waiting to face the winner between the Caterpillars and Villa, in the final.Today’s hosts overcame StarTimes Premier League new comers Ndejje University on penalties and will be hoping the same luck befalls them when they take on 16 time record league champions SC Villa.In the dugout for the Caterpillars will be Asaph Mwebaze, a former Maroons tactician who was acquired last week to replace Livingstone Mbabazi.Mwebaze will have a chance to make a dream start to life in Arua, something he is optimistic will happen on Tuesday afternoon.“Team is in proper shape thanks to coach Adraa (Leo) and Masaba (Simone) who have been with the boys before i came. Said Mwebaze in a press briefing ahead of the game.“I have worked with them for a week and i can confidently say it’s a very good team and we are in position to win against Villa.About SC Villa, Mwebaze dismissed claims that the record league champions are a weak side despite the massive exodus that has gone at Villa Park in the last few months.“What has been said that Villa is a weak team, i disagree with that because Villa is Villa, continued Mwebaze.“They are a premiership team and we expect them to be ready for the game but possibly we shall be on top of the game after 90 minutes.All eyes will be on Mwebaze as he faces an uphill task of bettering Onduparaka’s last season which saw them finish 4th, their best league position since promotion to the top tier two years ago.For Villa, they overcame URA 1-0 in the quarter finals at Namboole to get here.They are a much changed side from the one that finished third last season as most of the first team left for greener pastures and so did the coaching staff.They are currently under the guidance of former Uganda Cranes head coach Moses Basena who has already started re-building the side.He has brought in the experienced trio of Habib Kavuma, Savio Kabugo and ex Villa captain Mike Sserumaga to try and help as he tries to shape-up a side able to compete next season.Match Facts:This will be the fifth competitive fixture between the two sides.There has never been a draw in any of their past four meetings (all in the premier league).The last meeting saw SC Villa defeat Onduparaka 1-0 at the GreenLight stadium on 10/03/2018, the only time an away side triumphed in this fixture.The four meetings have seen 14 goals scored including a 4-3 win for Onduparaka in October 2016.Comments last_img read more

Dec
15

Sorry, Apple’s HealthKit Isn’t Going To Give You Six-Pack Abs

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology owen thomas Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#api#APIs#Apple Health#Body#digital fitness#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#health#Health Graph#HealthKit#Jason Jacobs#MyFitnessPal#quantified self#RunKeeper#Strava#workouts center_img ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.There’s a lot of enthusiasm about Apple’s newly announced HealthKit software, especially from the makers of fitness apps and connected devices.I hate to throw everyone into the locker room and turn the cold-water faucets on full blast, but someone’s got to do it.Here’s an example of the hype that’s getting thrown around:“HealthKit appears to be a great platform that Strava can use to serve our global community of athletes with more insight about their athletic performance.” —Strava strategy VP David LorshAppearances aren’t everything. The bottom line is that HealthKit is largely geared around delivering very basic vital statistics to medical personnel, and its nutrition- and activity-tracking features are rudimentary at best.That will limit the adoption of HealthKit to a fairly small set of users intensely interested in tracking vital signs. As Google and Microsoft have found through their past misadventures in online health, that market just isn’t very broad. It’s not clear to me why Apple thinks putting this data on your smartphone will change consumers’ minds.Meanwhile, apps like MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, and MapMyFitness will keep ingesting massive amounts of data from their tens of millions of users (who have both Android and iOS phones)—and sharing it broadly through their well-established application programming interfaces. The data they collect about calories in, calories out, and types of activity, may get fed into HealthKit. But because HealthKit’s data types are so limited at present, any useful analysis that helps guide people to better health decisions will have to happen outside of Apple’s health universe. Apple executive Craig Federighi shows off an app using Healthkit at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.Down In The DocumentationThere’s no need to speculate about what HealthKit can or can’t do anymore. The details are all in the documents Apple has published, as well as a presentation Apple engineers delivered at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week.It’s clear that Apple had a hard decision to make on what data types to include. Should HealthKit support a wide variety of medical, health and fitness apps, and risk making choices that conflict with developers’ preferences or medical experts’ ideas of what data is most valuable? Or should it focus on a narrower set of uses, and risk disappointment when consumers realize it can’t store the information they’re most interested in?The decisions Apple made, though, don’t really fall towards either extreme. In the end, they’re just confusing.Apple, for example, supports a host of options for taking your temperature from your eardrum to your rectum:HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocation HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationArmpitHKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationBody HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationEar HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationEarDrum HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationFinger HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationForehead HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationGastroIntestinal HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationMouth HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationOther HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationRectum HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationTemporalArtery HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationToeIt’s also got a wide variety of nutrients available for recording. It tracks steps, flights of stairs climbed, and Nike’s proprietary NikeFuel measure for activity. It can track the number of times you’ve fallen and your inhaler usage.Where Apple falls far short, at least in terms of the concepts built into HealthKit, are the useful details of what we eat and how we work out.There are some basic features for food logging, but there doesn’t appear to be a concept of timing for food consumption, for example, or support for grouping food items into meals. It’s also not clear what kind of food database Apple might tap to match food items to standardized calorie and nutrition information. MyFitnessPal users accustomed to its very rich food-tracking capabilities will be sorely disappointed by anything built purely with HealthKit.In exercise, HealthKit appears to count numbers of activities and the energy burned in performing them, but that’s it. You can’t even compare that to RunKeeper’s very well-developed Health Graph application programming interface, which has an extensive software vocabulary for cardio and strength training.Our Prescription For HealthKit: An Intensive Training ProgramI asked RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs for some perspective on what it takes to build a sophisticated interface for connecting health and fitness apps, since his company did exactly that back in 2011 with the introduction of the Health Graph.Jacobs says RunKeeper realized that it was best off building apps for consumers, rather than trying to build what Jacobs calls “middleware” for other app developers. It recently introduced a new activity-coaching app called Breeze alongside its eponymous fitness-tracking app.“It’s really hard, so I wish them luck!” Jacobs told me. “If [Apple’s] not successful, it doesn’t hurt us. If they are successful, it should help us.”That’s broadly true, I believe, for most of the apps in the fitness category. HealthKit may help them simplify some aspects of data entry, but it’s far too underpowered and unsophisticated to do much on its own.How Apple Can Slice Up Our DataThe one thing that’s intriguing about HealthKit is its ability to consolidate and reconcile overlapping data from multiple sources. In a WWDC presentation, Apple software engineer Justin Rushing showed how HealthKit could take step data from two different apps, sort it by time periods, and based on the preferences of the user, eliminate redundant data.That would be great for someone like me, who’s constantly trying new apps and devices which often track the same kinds of statistics, like hours of sleep, steps walked, and even heart rate during a workout. I use MyFitnessPal and connect it with apps like RunKeeper, Pear Sports, and Jawbone Up.Here’s an example of how Apple’s HealthKit sorts out conflicts in fitness data.That’s valuable to me because I now rarely have to log a workout in one app and then record it again in another app. The challenge comes when the Up counts the number of steps I take during a run while RunKeeper logs the same activity and estimates calories based on mileage and speed—and they both feed MyFitnessPal data that not only overlaps but often disagrees.As we add sensors and apps that can passively track our activity, the problem of data overlap will only grow. HealthKit will have to rapidly add more data types and get better at understanding the relationship between steps, calories, and activity, though—otherwise its abilities to reconcile data won’t keep up with the demands of consumers or developers.It’s important to recognize HealthKit as it exists today as a beginning, not an end, to Apple’s presence in the health and fitness world. There are some valuable things it can bring—things as simple as letting users update their weight once and have that information flow to all available apps. I typically have to enter my height, weight, sex, and age every time I sign up for a new app. A central storehouse for that information just makes sense.I’d be happier, though, if that storehouse weren’t so tightly tied to a particular device. As we enter a world of wearables, our devices will increasingly talk directly to servers over the Internet—the cloud, in other words—without the mediation of a smartphone. Smartphones and tablets will be access devices where we can review and analyze this data, but they don’t need to be the central hub.I can understand why Apple, which makes its money selling mobile devices, would favor a device-centric approach. I’m just worried that it won’t give HealthKit a very long lifespan.Photo by Shutterstock; screenshot via Apple What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

Oct
28

10 months agoLiverpool fullback Robertson: I’m bored of van Dijk praise…

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson: I’m bored of van Dijk praise…by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson has joked that he’s bored of talking about Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman’s stature continues to grow with each impressive performance for the Reds.But one of his teammates is tired of hearing the noise.”I’m getting bored speaking about how good he is!” said Robertson after Friday night’s win over Wolves.”No, I’m only joking. He was fantastic.”We knew when we saw [Adama] Traore up top that he has got great pace. His pace and direction are a big threat and big Virgil did so well with him. We knew on the counter-attack they were dangerous.”I’m sure he will be disappointed he has not scored more goals but it was a clean sheet and his first Premier League goal – pretty much a perfect day for him.”He’s been brilliant [since joining Liverpool]. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside him for the majority of time on the left-hand side of the defence. He’s just a great lad to have next to you – I’m not sure he will say the same about me!”I think we have had a good relationship, we work together. The whole back four does, whoever plays, his impact on the club has been good. I look forward to it continuing.” last_img read more

Oct
28

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez under consideration at Leicester

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez under consideration at Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is under consideration at Leicester City.The Mirror says Claude Puel bought himself time at the King Power Stadium with successive surprise wins over high-flying Chelsea and champions Manchester City. But their shortcomings were exposed on Saturday by Cardiff City, who recorded their first away win all season.The club’s Thai owner, Top Srivaddhanaprabha, is known to be an admirer of Rafa Benitez — whose hopes of a takeover at ­current club Newcastle that could inject fresh January transfer funds are fading.It means Puel is back on a tightrope at Leicester, where he has never fully won over fans despite leading the club to ninth last term.Questions about his man-management, motivational skills and tactics persist — and he appears to have a fractured relationship with star striker Jamie Vardy. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oct
17

Volunteers behind National Holocaust Monument hope for snow clearing solution

first_imgOTTAWA – Options are being explored to keep the National Holocaust Monument open once the snow falls after it emerged last week that the newly opened site would be closed for winter.The subject was high on the agenda for a meeting Thursday between the monument’s development council, the designers and the National Capital Commission.The NCC has said that clearing the site of snow and ice risks damaging it, so like many national monuments, it has been slated to close later this fall and re-open in the spring.At the meeting Thursday, the NCC also expressed concern that the design of the monument creates a risk that ice will build up on top of it and then fall, making finding the right maintenance solution essential.“I honestly believe that everybody wants the right thing here and that if we can do this in a way without pointing fingers then we’ll be able to achieve the best solution in the most efficient manner,” said Rabbi Daniel Friedman, the chairman of the National Holocaust Monument development council, who attended the meeting.The monument opened to the public in September. The concrete structure is composed of a series of rooms that when taken together form a six-pointed Star of David.Given Ottawa’s notoriously harsh winters, questions have been raised about why a monument specifically designed for visitors to walk through wasn’t built or budgeted for with snow and ice in mind.When word surfaced that the monument was to close, the Opposition Conservatives accused the Liberal government of penny-pinching, but Heritage Minister Melanie Joly threw the ball back in their court.When the green light was given for the monument, the Conservatives were in power and said they’d contribute up to $4 million, provided the council could raise the same amount from the public.The entire $8 million budget was eaten up by the original design, approved by a jury after a competition. The idea for a snow melting system or a partial roof that could address the challenges posed by Ottawa’s climate didn’t get discussed until later, Friedman said in an interview ahead of the meeting.“By the time they asked us the question . . . it was already in construction mode,” he said.“The question addressed to us wasn’t ‘Would you like this design?’ The question was, ‘Can you come up with another $600,000 or not?’ And we said we’re hard pressed to be able to meet the budget the way you’ve given us at the moment.”While they couldn’t find the funds then, finding a solution going forward is beyond the scope of the council’s responsibility.The council has technically ceased to exist now that the monument is open and the federal government is responsible for the site’s maintenance.Friedman said the option of a citizens’ council that could assist was also discussed at the meeting Thursday, and while he’d thought it would require legislation, a memorandum of understanding is all that would be necessary and one is in the works.“I would love to see somebody step up to make this a reality that is 24-7-365,” he said.But he remained unclear whether keeping the monument open this winter is a possibility or if it will require a longer-term plan.last_img read more

Sep
28

Yogi Berra Was One Of A Kind

Long after he retired, Berra remained one of the most quotable and beloved figures in baseball’s considerable history. Measured by the frequency with which his name is mentioned in books, Berra is more prominent by a large margin than any of the four catchers who produced more total WAR in their careers. Instead, Berra’s name appears in books at a frequency closer to that of historic greats like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Berra’s outsize popularity is a testament to his special character and likability, which came to overshadow his no-less-impressive or -unusual accomplishments on the field.CORRECTION (Sept. 23, 5:17 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described comparisons of Berra’s strikeout rate and home runs with those of other players. In the text, we compared Berra’s strikeout rate with that of players who have hit more than 350 home runs since 1940, and, in the chart, we compared his strikeout rate and home run total with those of players who have had more than 2,000 plate appearances since 1940. None of those comparisons were with all players with more than 350 home runs or more than 2,000 plate appearances. Yogi Berra, the ever-quotable former catcher and manager, died Tuesday at the age of 90. By quality, he was one of the best catchers ever, amassing the fifth-most total wins above replacement at the position and the 11th-most WAR per game.1I applied a minimum of 1,000 games played at catcher. By quantity, he played in 13.2 percent of all of the Yankees games in history and more World Series games than any other single player. But more than the obvious accolades — the three Most Valuable Player awards, the 10 World Series wins — Berra was exceptional by virtue of his improbability.As a 19-year-old, Berra participated in the D-Day invasion as a member of the U.S. Navy, fighting from a boat at Omaha Beach, where there were some 2,000 casualties. He was later injured in Marseilles and earned a Purple Heart. After he returned to baseball, he played in just 77 minor-league games before advancing to the majors. Because of his service, Berra didn’t begin his career in earnest until he was 21 years old.Berra was unlikely even as a baseball player: All of 5 feet 7 inches tall, he launched 358 home runs during his career, 90 more than anyone his height or shorter.2Here I am using the Lahman database numbers. The runner-up is Joe Morgan (5 feet 7 inches, 268 home runs). The shortest player who hit more home runs than Berra is Mel Ott (5 feet 9 inches, 511 home runs). Berra was an unusually disciplined batter, striking out in only 4.9 percent of his plate appearances. That combination of power and plate discipline is exceptionally rare in MLB history. Sluggers tend to strike out at higher-than-average rates because they are often selective and waiting for a pitch to drive. Players with more than 350 home runs since 1940 have struck out, on average, in 15.8 percent of plate appearances, more than three times Berra’s rate. No one else with a strikeout rate below 5.5 percent hit more home runs than Berra did during that period. When you add up his position, size, power and plate discipline, Berra is unique in all of baseball’s history. read more

Sep
18

Guardiola and Ancelotti reveal their mentors

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola have opened up about the mentors who had a huge influence on their careers and man-management skills.The two tacticians sat down on stage at the Festival dello Sports event in Trento and debated the fundamentals of football. You can read part one of their conversation here.“Johan Cruijff was the most important person that I worked with, as he opened my eyes with his style of football,” Manchester City manager Guardiola told Football Italia.“He helped us all understand a different way of looking at football. It was like going to school every day. We would win and he’d tell us the reason we were winning. He made us fall in love.“It’s no coincidence that so many players who worked under Sacchi and Cruyff are now Coaches because their minds were opened. They gave us a new love for the sport.“I didn’t invent tiki-taka. We won the Champions League with Barcelona and a team full of players who had started in the academy at the age of 8-10.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“It was a unique moment of the stars aligning, with the faith of the club and a group of lads who all saw football the same way. We could’ve signed bigger stars, but wanted to cultivate that hunger.“To be honest, I don’t really like tiki-taka much as a concept, but we knew exactly where we wanted to go with the ball. There is nostalgia for it now, but it was wonderful to experience it. We’ll see if they still talk about it in 10-20 years, much like they do with great movies.”Ancelotti was one of the founding figures of Sacchi’s Grande Milan project of the late 1980s, then became his assistant manager for Italy at the 1994 World Cup.“I had some important teachers and on a human resources level, none better than Nils Liedholm. In the 1980s he was fundamental, as he didn’t put pressure on.“The role of a Coach is complex, but enjoyable, as you have to think that there are 25 players and everyone is important in the same way, from the kit staff to the biggest star. My idea of dealing with a group is to make people as comfortable as possible, give responsibility and delegate.last_img read more

Sep
17

FortisTCI Sends Crew to Dominica to Help Restore Electricity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales –  FortisTCI (the Company) is sending a five-member crew from the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist with the restoration of electricity in Dominica, the Company announced today. It was in mid-September that Hurricane Maria, a destructive category 5 storm, wreaked havoc on the country, destroying infrastructure, demolishing homes and killing more than 25 people.The request for assistance came to FortisTCI through the Company’s membership with Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), an association of electric services, and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South America and globally. CARILEC is known locally as having assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands back in 2008 following Hurricane Ike, sending 40 utility workers to help rebuild the Transmission & Distribution network on Grand Turk.FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We are thankful to be in this position. We recently completed the restoration of electricity across Turks and Caicos, and we can now extend a helping hand elsewhere in the region. It is important that we support where and when we can. Dominica needs our help right now, and I could not be more proud of the team from FortisTCI that has volunteered to go and help restore electricity to the citizens and residents there. FortisTCI is sending well wishes to everyone, and we know that our colleagues will do a superb job.”The five FortisTCI employees will depart the TCI for Dominica on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and the mission will be led by DOMLEC, Dominica’s electricity provider. The FortisTCI team will spend three weeks working as a part of the restoration efforts, joining several crews assisting from elsewhere around the Caribbean. The team is comprised of senior journeymen linemen Kavin Ewing and Aneil Lightbourne, a 3rd-year apprentice Jeffery Desir, and the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Marcus Francis and Gregory Thomas.Press Release: FortisTCIPhoto Caption:FortisTCI volunteer crew going to Dominica to assist with electricity restoration is pictured with FortisTCI President & CEO Eddinton Powell and Senior VPs Devon Cox and Ruth Forbes. (L to R) Senior VP of Operations Devon Cox, Senior VP of Corporate Services & CFO Ruth Forbes, Linemen Supervisor Gregory Thomas, Senior Journeymen Linemen Aneil Lightbourne and Kavin Ewing, EHS Manager Marcus Francis, President & CEO Eddinton Powell. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Sep
14

Pride Marches On The Kenai Peninsula

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Aug
31

Of mythology and art

first_imgThe Kalakshetra Repertory Company presenting six parts of the vintage Ramayana production, featuring some of its best artists from 15 – 20 November at Meghdoot I, at the capital’s Sangeet Natak Akademi. The festival was inaugurated by  Minister of Culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma on 15 November.The representatives of Kalakshetra present at the press meet were – director, Priyadarsini Govind, Senior Guru, Prof A Janardhanan, Heads of Concert Section Jyolsna Menon and Nandini Nagaraj, and senior performing artists and Faculty members Sri Haripadman and Shaly Vijayan. Kalakshetra is renowned for its dance dramas, many of which were meticulously crafted by Rukmini Devi herself. An ardent lover of music, Rukmini Devi invited several great musicians to Kalakshetra, and together, they composed and produced over thirty dance dramas based on traditional forms. It is to her credit that, sixty years later, they have retained their freshness and beauty. The Kalakshetra productions are today recognized for their in-depth research, impeccable technique and refined aesthetics. The most significant of these is the famous ‘Ramayana’ series. In 1955, Rukmini produced the first of the Ramayana dance-dramas – Sita Swayamvaram, with the music composed by the legendary Sri Vasudevacharya of Mysore. Rukmini Devi based her production largely on Valmiki’s classical version, which runs into 24,000 stanzas. She completed the Ramayana series – six in all – in 1969, 14 years after she began the venture.Besides this, the classic play ‘Waiting For Godot’ featuring Naseeruddin Shah was also performed on 15 November. When: On till 20 November Where : Sangeet Natak Akademilast_img read more