CHAN 2020 qualifiers: Cranes out for positive result in Bujumbura

first_imgThe Uganda Cranes have not won in Burundi since 2007. (PHOTOS/File)CHAN 2020 Qualifiers – Second RoundUganda vs BurundiStade Intwari, BujumburaSaturday, 21-09-2019 @4pmThe Uganda Cranes will be hoping to pick a positive result when they take on Burundi in the first leg of the 2020 CHAN second round qualifiers on Saturday afternoon.Abdallah Mubiru’s side have spent two days in Bujumbura having jetted in on Thursday morning.They have spent close to two weeks in camp, drawing 0-0 with the National U20 team in their only build up game.Despite not playing several games before Saturday’s encounter, all the players on the team have been active with their respective clubs and should be able to compete ably.What they are saying ahead of the gameJohn Revita, Cranes defender“I promise all the fans that we are coming back with victory because all the players are in good physical and mental shape.“We are lucky that we have no injury issues and the fact that we have been together for a while now, we will win the game.”Abdallah Mubiru, Cranes head coach“We thank God for the life and for the fact that the players are healthy and without any complaints.“They are prepared to offer all they can so as we get the desired result.“The weather condition is a bit hot but the two days we have been here have helped us cope up and hopefully we play a good game that will uphold our respect as a country.”Uganda has in recent times been consistent during qualification for CHAN.After losing to Tanzania in the second round of qualification and in the process, failing to reach the first edition of the finals in 2009, the Cranes have not failed to seal a spot in any of the last four finals (2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018).To reach the last edition in Morocco, Uganda defeated South Sudan 5-1 on aggregate in the first round of qualifiers before hanging on to overcome Rwanda 3-2 in the second round.For Burundi, they are attempting to reach a second CHAN finals having done so in South Africa 2014 where they were eliminated in the group stages after finishing third in group D.To reach the second round, Uganda took care of Somali while Burundi eliminated South Sudan.Uganda eliminated Somalia in the previous round.Match FactsThis will be the 8th meeting between the two sides since December 2007.In the past 7 meetings, Uganda has won 5, Burundi once and the other ended in a draw.Uganda’s only victory away to Burundi in that period came in a 2-0 win back in 2007 in a friendly.Going into Saturday’s game, Burundi has lost only three of their last 13 CHAN games (W6 D4).At home, the Swallows have never lost a CHAN qualification game, winning three and drawing the other two of the five games so far.Uganda on the other hand have won only of their last 6 CHAN games ( both the finals and qualification), drawing twice and losing the other three.However, in qualification, the Cranes have lost just one of their past six games (W3 D2).Uganda’s squad in BurundiGoalkeepersAlitho James, Charles LukwagoOut-field playersHalid Lwaliwa, Mustafa Kizza, Paul Willa, John Revita, Paul Patrick Mbowa, Bright Anukani, Nicholas Kasozi, Musitafa Mujuzi, Shafiq Kagimu Kuchi, Allan Okello, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Yusuf Ssozi, Dan Muzeyi Serunkuma, Mike Mutyaba, Fahad Bayo Aziz, Viane SsekajjugoComments Tags: abdallah mubiruBurundiCHAN 2020John RevitaSomaliaSouth SudantopUganda Craneslast_img read more

Funding announced for three local summer festivals

first_imgFunding of €5,200 has been allocated to three summer events taking place in Donegal this summer, it was announced today.Cumann Staire & Seanchais na nOileáin, the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School – Migration and Plantation; and the Donegal Town Summer Festival have been granted support from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.The funding scheme supports Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools which may not be eligible for the same funding that is granted to larger scale events. The allocations are as follows:€2,200 for the Cumann Staire & Seanchais na nOileáin – a celebration of Gola Island€2,000 for the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School – Migration and Plantation€1,000 for Donegal Town Summer FestivalMinister Joe McHugh welcomed the funding as “great news for the organisers of these local events in Donegal.”“These Government investments in local events are brilliant for helping to build a sense of community and attract new visitors to the areas.”Minister McHugh added: “These festivals and events are vital in showing off what makes each place unique and special and builds a sense of community spirit. “I wish the organisers of all the events every success and hope to see many people coming to the county.”Funding announced for three local summer festivals was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:eventsFESTIVALSfundingsummer schoolslast_img read more

The updated RFS rules and the impact to Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Friday, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released 2015 EPA Renewable Fuel Standard  (RFS) rules that will determine the volume of Ohio biofuels blended into the nation’s fuel supply.The RFS supports more than 38,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ohio. The looming EPA decision could be detrimental to the state’s economy and communities and adversely affect national security and eliminate consumer choice at the pump.“Ultimately, the state’s agriculture and ethanol industries have delivered on what we have been tasked to do with the RFS,” said Mark Borer, President of The Ohio Ethanol Producers Association. “In Ohio alone there has been a billion dollars worth of capital investment to build the infrastructure to produce biofuels.”The return on that investment is a whopping $7.6 billion a year in economic output in Ohio.“That investment was with the understanding that Congress and the government were committed to growing and expanding the use of biofuels as the law was written,” Borer said. “The EPA now faces a big decision to set goals based on the law or to cut back on biofuels based on the arguments of the oil industry.”Currently, 3,400 farmers in Ohio deliver over 200 million bushels of corn every year to the state’s seven ethanol plants.“The positive impact of the RFS on my members can’t be understated,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. “In the past, those 200 million bushels of corn would have had to be shipped elsewhere outside of Ohio to have value added to it. So now with ethanol being produced right here in Ohio, the tax revenue and the value benefits stays within state and local levels. We will be watching EPA’s RFS decision very carefully and we hope they do the right thing to keep the biofuel production strong in Ohio.”Biodiesel is also a part of the RFS and many Ohio soybean farmers are keeping a close eye on EPA’s move as well.“Unlike ethanol, the biodiesel industry has already seen the impact of tinkering with the RFS,” said Bret Davis, a soybean farmer in Delaware County and a board member of The American Soybean Association. “As a result, a 2014 national survey of biodiesel producers found that half had idled their plants, 78% had reduced production compared with 2013 and 66% laid off workers or planned on laying off workers.”According to the recent Bio Report, the policy instability and delays with the EPA rulemakings are responsible for the majority of the estimated $13.7 billion in shortfalls in necessary investments for the capacity to meet current RFS goals.View the new proposed RFS rules.last_img read more

Facebook Friends: How Many Is Too Many?

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Forget its $104 billion IP0, Facebook’s greatest achievement is building a social network of 950 million people. But what if that tremendous size is also Facebook’s Achilles’ Heel? Forget “too big to fail.” What if Facebook is getting too big to succeed? Ever-growing friend lists threaten to make the service less personal – and less compelling. That’s certainly a counter-intuitive viewpoint. The tremendous size of Facebook’s user base is why industry and financial analysts believe the company will survive the beating it has taken in the stock market since going public in May and will remain the pre-eminent social network for the foreseeable future.But there’s another way to look at it.Jeff Stibel, chairman and chief executive of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. and author of “Wired for Thought,” raises that possibility for the Harvard Business Review (Is Facebook Too Big to Survive?). While lots of financial reasons have been given for why Facebook’s business could not sustain an initial valuation of $104 billion, no one ever questioned the size of its network, and that is a mistake, according to Stibel. Too Big To Succeed?With nearly a billion users, Facebook seemingly can’t help but support and encourage personal networks that go beyond the human brain’s capacity to make use of all the friends and friends of friends. Stibel makes this argument with basic brain science.Starting at the age of 20, the brain goes on an efficiency kick that lasts through the rest of our lives. As children and teenagers, we make far more neural connections then we actually use, so the brain sheds those that are no longer needed. As a result, the brain gets smaller, but we get smarter through higher efficiency in our thought processes.Like the brain, social networks also go through a period of high growth, eventually reaching a point where there are too many connections to people we don’t know. The brain’s mission of quality over quantity leaves us capable of handling a maximum of about 150 relationships, the so-called Dunbar’s Number, named after British anthropologist Robin Dunbar. Beyond that we lose the ability to have meaningful relationships with everyone in our network. The Brain And Social NetworksLike our brains, when we find ourselves with a network of too many connections, we look for ways to shed the useless ones. Whether in the brain or on Facebook, connections have to be used regularly to be useful.Of course, Dunbar’s work referenced real-world social networks, not online ones. Very little work has been done by neurologists on online social networks.“Whether it’s a neuronal network in the brain or a social network, it needs to be facilitated and used over and over again to maintain its viability,” Dr. Richard Restak, a clinical professor of neurology at George Washington Hospital University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said. “To have all these names on a list, some of which you don’t even remember anymore, is totally useless.”Stibel acknowledged not knowing when a social network like Facebook has reached a point where quantity begins diminishing quality. But the average Facebook user has 229 connections; so many of them may have already surpassed their ability to have meaningful relationships with all their “friends.” As a result, these people could see diminishing value in Facebook as they get increasing numbers of notifications about people they don’t really know.Quality Connections Within FacebookFacebook, which declined to comment, has shown that it understands the danger and is taking steps to encourage quality connections. The company’s algorithms automatically arrange users’ newsfeeds to highlight the people they communicate with most often. In addition, people can form small groups of friends for private discussions and can turn off notifications from people whose activities they don’t care about. The ability to trim notifications makes Facebook much better than its onetime rival MySpace, which before falling into near obscurity sent dozens of random friends requests each week, Stibel says. MySpace’s focus on having people build the largest networks possible contributed to the site’s implosion, he contends.If a social network focuses on people building large networks, then it provides features that encourage people to approve others joining their networks. Such features might include notifications that so and so knows someone in your network and you should let them in. Facebook grew because it encouraged people to build bigger networks. Now that the site has reached critical mass, it has to focus on helping people maintain manageable networks, Stibel argues.Facebook At A CrossroadsThat puts Facebook at its own crossroads. “It only takes a few unsolicited, valueless notifications and the utility of Facebook goes down,” Stibel says.When that happens, few people bother to take the logical step of “un-friending” all the people they don’t know and blocking useless notifications. Even though that would be the best way to maintain the value of the service.Instead, many Facebook users simply spend less time on the site. The next step in that process would be to eventually delete their accounts all together and perhaps join a smaller network until that one reaches critical mass and implodes, Stibel says. Networks that have joined MySpace in reaching that fate include and Friendster.For Facebook to survive and thrive, it will have to double down on efforts to get people to build deeper relationships among those who are truly within their circle of friends – not just larger networks.Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#web center_img Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos antone gonsalveslast_img read more

NCAA postpones games anew due to bad weather

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Track of Maring as of 8 p.m. of Monday, Sept. 11, 2017The NCAA has decided to postpone Tuesday’s games at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan due to the inclement weather.Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR of host San Sebastian announced the cancellation of games Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIEScenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Arellano (4-6) was set to face off against cellar-dwelling Mapua (1-10), while Perpetual (4-6) was supposed to clash with San Sebastian (5-5).The games will be re-scheduled on a later playdate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSignal No. 1 has been raised over Metro Manila as Tropical Depression “Maring” sustained its strength Monday night. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Journeyman Watson finally gets chance to play in PBA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more