Referees’ appointments for Wednesday’s games

first_img Tags: Referee appointments Ali Sabila (left) will be in charge of Onduparaka’s trip to Villa (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueMENGO – FUFA has released the referees list for Wednesday’s StarTimes Uganda Premier League matches.Senior referee has Sabilla Ali C been handed the task of officiating the game between SC villa and Arua based club Onduparaka FC. Sabira will be assisted by Okello Dick and Okello Lee.At Wankulukuku, the game between Nyamitobora and Bright Stars will see Tulu Muzamiru take center stage with Lusambya Solomon and Kalule Micheal helping him out.The match been FUFA Big league winners Ndejje University and Mbarara City will be officiated by Kaddu Ali as the center Referee,Friday Noah and Atusinguza Robson.Meanwhile at the Green light Stadium ,Bakasambe Rajab will take on the match between Police and Paidah Black Angels assited by Nkumbi Marex and Masembe Isa.Nyamityobora Vs Bright Stars FC at Mutesa II Stadium Wankulukuku 4.30pmReferee: Tulu MuzamiruAssistant Referee 1: Lusambya SolomoAssistant Referee 2: Kalule MichealFourth Official: Kunihira PatrickMatch Assessor: Basiisa HassanWednesday 3rd 0ctober 2018Ndejje University FC Vs Mbarara City at the Arena of Visions Ndejje University 4.30pmReferee: Kaddu AliAssistant Referee 1: Friday NoahAssistant Referee 2 Atusinguza Robson JFourth Official: Kirangwa RonaldMatch Assessor: Kabali GraceSC Villa Vs Onduparaka FC at Mandela National Stadium Namboole 4pm (Live on Sanyuka TV)Referee: Sabilla Ali CAssistant Referee 1: Okello DickAssistant Referee 2: Okello leeFourth Official: Mpyangu SirajiMatch Assessor: Kalule John CoxPaidha Black Angles Vs Police at Green Light Stadium, Arua 4:30pmReferee: Bakasambe RajabAssistant Referee 1: Nkumbi MarexAssistant Referee 2: Masembe IsaFourth Official: Jumapili JosephMatch Assessor: Matovu SulaimanComments last_img read more

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Google grant awarded to LYIT for STEM teacher training

first_imgLetterkenny Institute of Technology was today announced as a recipient of a Google grant scheme aimed at supporting STEM education internationally.The LYIT is one of three third-level institutions in Ireland to share in a €413,000 grant awarded to 24 universities and non-profits across Europe and Africa this year.The grant will support institutions in delivering computer science professional development programs to 22,000 primary and secondary school teachers, as well as undergraduate trainee teachers. The project at LYIT is based on digital citizenship and the computer science curriculum in Ireland. Workshops will be provided to 500 teachers on digital citizenship and online safety in the new Computer Science curriculum.Technological University Dublin and the University of Limerick will also receive funding in Ireland.On the announcement of the grants, Claire Conneely, CS Education Programme Manager at Google, commented, “The European Commission predicts that in the next 10 to 15 years, 90 percent of all jobs will require some level of digital skills. Therefore, it has become more important for teachers to incorporate coding and digital skills in the classroom, something that both the Educator Grants and EU Code Week Grants aim to address from different perspectives.“The interest and standard of applications this year was unprecedented and I am thrilled to see these schools, nonprofits and third level institutions in Ireland receive grants to support their important work. The grants are part of Grow with Google’s mission to create more economic opportunity for everyone and its commitment to helping an additional one million people in Europe find a job, grow their business or build their career by 2020.” Google grant awarded to LYIT for STEM teacher training was last modified: June 6th, 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:GoogleLYITSTEMlast_img read more

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South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children

first_imgClose to 15 000 expats from all over the world took part in an online survey asking in which countries they prefer to raise their children. South Africa was in the overall top 20 family life index. Although Austria may be the best country for expats to raise their children, Finland wins the overall vote for best country when it comes to education. (Image: Media Club South Africa) • African history gets animation treatment • How Far from Home? SA couple chronicle their wander list online • Young South Africans plan to stay at home • How our African neighbours helped end apartheid • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Staff writerSouth Africa is one of the top 20 countries in which to raise children, according to a recent survey of expats around the world. The country is also eighth on the list of leisure in terms of the quality of life index.A total of 14 388 expatriates representing 170 nationalities took part in the Expat Insider 2015 survey, conducted by Internations. Of them, 53% were female and 47% were male; 38% were single and 62% were in a relationship The survey ran from 23 February to 9 March.In terms of the family status of the respondents, 21% had dependent children abroad and 79% did not have dependent children abroad.A total of 41 countries were included in this index. “In order to be included, each country needed over 30 survey respondents raising kids abroad who rated the… factors on a scale of one to seven,” the report read.The United Kingdom was not one of the 41 countries included, according to Yahoo. Mexico is the top country where locals go out of their way to make you feel at home. (Image: Media Club South Africa)In terms of availability of childcare and education, South Africa was ranked 11th by expats and 20th for the cost of childcare and education. Austria leads in the family life index, although Sweden beats it when it comes to cost of childcare and education.Finland was rated the overall best in education out of the 41 countries. A total of 92% of expat parents gave it a positive rating. Finland also made it to third place for the availability of childcare and education, as well as the related costs. In total, 66% of parents were generally satisfied with the availability of childcare, while 72% gave the availability of education a positive rating.In the ‘Ease of Settling In’ category, Mexico was named the best country in which to feel at home. In this index, South Africa ranked 20th for expats to adjust to local languages.This article was originally posted on Internations and later on Yahoo.last_img read more

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Manure and the law

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers who apply fertilizer to their fields, particularly manure, need to be aware that if the fertilizer winds up in a waterway, they could be facing fines as farmers in northwestern Ohio did last summer.Applying manure can be particularly tricky because it’s often in liquid form and typically applied to the surface of fields, unlike most commercial fertilizers. So, if manure is spread and not fully incorporated into the soil before a heavy rainfall, the manure could run off a farm field and into a nearby body of water.In August 2017, three fish kills occurred in separate incidents in Williams, Allen and Hardin counties. Farmers had treated their fields with manure, then a major rainstorm came through.Given the risks associated with spreading manure, it’s important for farmers to have written plans specifying how often, when and where they’re going to place manure or commercial fertilizer and to keep records on each spreading, said Peggy Hall, agricultural and resource law field specialist for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.Hall will address potential liability that farmers have when applying manure to their fields at the upcoming Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference March 6-7. She is among a slate of speakers for the event, which is sponsored in part by OSU Extension, and will take place at Ohio Northern University in Ada.Among the sponsors for the event are OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The annual conference offers the latest research and techniques on conservation tillage, which involves leaving the remains of a harvested crop on a field to reduce erosion, as well as topics including soil quality, managing fertilizer application and precision agriculture.Farmers planning to spread manure also need to keep watch on the weather, Hall pointed out.In northwestern Ohio, farmers are barred from applying manure within 24 hours of predicted heavy rainfall, a law that went into effect in 2015 to reduce algal blooms in Lake Erie.“It could be an unanticipated weather change that causes the problem,” Hall said.A heavy rainfall can carry manure far from the field where it was applied, and Ohio is getting more downpours. There’s been a 25% increase in intense rainfall events in Ohio since the late 1990s, according to state climate records.Crops need nitrogen and phosphorous, key ingredients in manure and commercial fertilizers. But when more nutrients are applied to soil than a crop can take up, some can flow with rainwater off the field. Phosphorous can promote the growth of algae in waterways; algae, when they die and decompose, take up oxygen in the water, reducing what’s available for fish and other aquatic life. Also manure contains a lot of ammonia, which binds with oxygen in waterways, leaving less for fish and putting them at risk of suffocating.Most of the complaints that the state’s regulatory agencies receive about fertilizer application involve residents who report on someone who applied manure, Hall said.“They see it. They smell it. They don’t trust it. And so they call in,” Hall said.Insurance providers for farms that include livestock facilities where manure is collected and spread sometimes refuse to cover any harm, such as a fish kill, that occurs after manure is spread, Hall pointed out.“They’re defining it as pollution,” she said.Then farmers have to foot the entire bill. “It can be costly. That’s a concern I have for the farmers,” she said.The price tag hinges in part on the amount and type of fish killed as well as the cost of the investigation into the incident.Hall’s advice to farmers: “Have a good nutrient management plan, follow that plan, document everything and have good insurance.”If applied correctly, manure can offer rich nutrients to the soil, said Glen Arnold, a manure management specialist with OSU Extension. Arnold will address applying manure to the side of corn plants at the upcoming tillage conference. Arnold helped design technology that enables farmers to apply manure on a growing crop without crushing the crop.Since manure is more likely to cause a fish kill than commercial fertilizers, it’s important for farmers that do apply manure to incorporate it into the ground immediately or within 24 hours, so it’s not left on the surface long, Arnold said.“Most farmers mean to do well,” he said. “We are getting better every year, but there’s still room for improvement.”last_img read more

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Prevented plant acres can be hayed, grazed, or chopped earlier this year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring.“We recognize farmers were greatly impacted by some of the unprecedented flooding and excessive rain this spring, and we made this one-year adjustment to help farmers with the tough decisions they are facing this year,” said Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “This change will make good stewardship of the land easier to accomplish while also providing an opportunity to ensure quality forage is available for livestock this fall.”RMA has also determined that silage, haylage and baleage should be treated in the same manner as haying and grazing for this year. Producers can hay, graze or cut cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage on prevented plant acres on or after September 1 and still maintain eligibility for their full 2019 prevented planting indemnity.“These adjustments have been made for 2019 only,” said RMA Administrator Martin Barbre. “RMA will evaluate the prudence of a permanent adjustment moving forward.”Other USDA Programs Other USDA agencies are also assisting producers with delayed or prevented planting. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the deadline to report prevented plant acres in select counties, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is holding special sign-ups for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program in certain states to help with planting cover crops on impacted lands. Contact your local FSA and NRCS offices to learn more.last_img read more

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MacBook Pro Retina Models Get A Price Cut & Faster Processors

first_imgTags:#Apple#MacBook#Macbook Pro#Retina display Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… nick statt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The steep cost of owning a MacBook Pro laptop outfitted with Apple’s Retina display just became a little more manageable. The company announced Wednesday that its 13-inch model is getting bumped down in price, while the 15-inch version is receiving a speed boost at the same price point as the prior iterations. So if that illustrious pixel count and flash storage used to be a couple hundred dollars out of your price range, now might be the time to grab that new notebook you’ve been wanting.Price Cut For 13-Inch MacBook ProThe 13-inch MacBook Pro now starts at $1,499, down from $1,699. If the the 128GB of storage of that model is not enough for you, the 2.6GHz model now costs $1,699 – and it comes with 256GB of storage.If you have the cash, and absolutely need the extra screen space to explore the Retina display’s full potential, the 15-inch model had its specs amped up a bit. The base model is now .1 GHz faster, from a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 chip to a 2.4GHz version. It starts at $2,199, the same price as before.15-Inch Models Keep The Same PriceThe higher end model – with 16GB of memory and a 512GB solid state hard drive – had its already blistering 2.6-GHz quad-core processor upped to a 2.7 GHz, still at the bank-busting price of $2,799.Apple made no secret of the targeted audience of its Retina Display MacBook Pro models when they debuted last summer; Only the truly dedicated (and well off) Apple fans were likely to spring for that much.But after a bit of bruising to its stock, and the rumor mill flying at top speed over cheap iPhones and risky smartwatches, it seems Apple thinks a little price cutting might help get its high-end laptops into more hands. Image via Apple. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Surat’s diamond industry loses glitter as slowdown deepens

first_imgAs the economic slowdown is deepening across sectors, India’s diamond hub in Surat is facing its worst crisis since 2008. The industry has seen more than 15,000 people being laid off in the past few weeks as the labour intensive sector is losing sheen owing to multiple factors, including the escalating trade war between China and the U.S., liquidity crisis at home and issues related to the Goods and Services Tax.Since December 2018, almost one lakh people, mostly workers working in the sector that includes factories engaged in cutting and polishing rough diamonds, have lost their jobs, making it the worst crisis since the global slowdown in 2008.Also Read Slowdown cripples markets, festive season fails to bring cheer  It may be noted that India is the world’s largest cutting and polishing centre of rough diamonds, processing as many as 14 out of every 15 rough diamonds in the world. And more than 95 % of diamonds are cut and polished in several thousands factories in Surat and other towns of Gujarat.In Surat alone, as many as seven lakh people are employed in more than 3,000 small and medium factories in the south Gujarat city.On Tuesday, Surat’s leading diamond group, Godhani Gems, laid off 550 workers as slowdown is becoming entrenched, making the business unviable.“Yes, workers are being laid off due to multiple factors as the economic slowdown has severely hit the business,” said Dinesh Navadia, former chief of Surat Diamond Association and currently chairman of Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (Gujarat region).“We can’t deny about the lay-off incidents. But we are trying to convince the unit owners to retain their staff and distribute work among them to at least provide some work to everyone. We can’t help if the unit owners fail to strike a balance,” said Babu Gujarati, president of Surat Diamond Association.Meeting with Nirmala SitharamanOn Wednesday, Mr. Navadia and other representatives met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to discuss their issues including accumulation of GST, lowering of taxes and lending by banks.Among the main factors hitting the sector includes unabated price rise in rough diamonds, even as polished diamond prices stopped moving up because of dip in overseas demand affected by escalating trade war between two main markets: China and the U.S.According to the market insiders, the top five global diamond mining players have been jacking up the prices without responding to the price trend of polished diamonds. On the other side, prices of polished diamonds have dropped 6-10% in the past four months due to weak demand, which is unlikely to see revival in near future.Mr. Navadia said that U.S.-China trade war, and devaluation of Yuan has further fuelled the crisis in recent weeks. Another prominent factor is the government measure such as hiking the custom duty on gold imports that has proved costly for the industry.According to the GAJEPC figures, exports of cut-and-polished diamond dropped 18.15% in July and 15.11% for the first four months of fiscal 2020, compared with a year earlier. Overall, gem and jewellery exports fell 6.67% during April-July period.last_img read more

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BJP now mulls offering two key portfolios to Sena

first_imgUnable to form a new government in Maharashtra 11 days after emerging as the single largest party in the Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may now offer two of the four important portfolios to ally Shiv Sena in a bid to at least bring the party to the discussion table.BJP sources had initially said that all talks with the Sena regarding the share in State Cabinet would exclude these portfolios, namely, home, revenue, finance and urban development. However, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who has been reminding the BJP of its pre-poll promise of sharing power equally, showed no interest in the proposal.According to sources in the BJP, the Sena’s firm stand and the resultant deadlock in government formation has prompted the BJP to take a step backwards and come up with a new offer. “We can discuss the exchange of finance and revenue portfolios,” a senior BJP minister privy to the discussions said. While Mr. Fadnavis and Mr. Thackeray are not talking directly, the BJP leader said negotiations through other channels have been under way since the day the results were announced.The BJP’s new offer, however, does not mention anything about the chief minister’s post. Sena leaders have been insisting that equal power shares also mean the CM post being shared for two-and-a-half years. Mr. Thackeray has said he has received no word from the BJP camp on government formation.The desperation of the BJP leaders, especially Mr. Fadnavis, was visible on Sunday during his tour to Akola in Vidarbha to inspect crop losses due to excessive rain. “The problems in forming the government will be resolved soon. The government should be formed soon, which will be good for the State as there are limitations to the financial aid that an interim government can announce for farmers,” he said while speaking to reporters. This is the first time any BJP leader has admitted to problems in forming the government.Mr. Fadnavis will meet BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi on Monday, sources in the party said. Contrary to Haryana, where the BJP’s central leadership swung into action to form a government, in Maharashtra, Mr. Fadnavis appears to be fighting a lone battle. The BJP has rejected this perception, and said the central leadership will be in the picture once the Sena joins the discussion table. “There needs to be some basis to start discussions. The Sena leadership is not agreeing to negotiate. How can our central leaders intervene?” one leader said.Mr. Fadnavis’s visit to the Capital will coincide with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar’s meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The two are likely to discuss the Opposition’s strategy in case the BJP and Sena fail to reach a consensus. Senior Congress leaders from the State have already met Ms. Gandhi regarding the political situation. According to State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, she has neither given her consent nor disapproved the move to extend support to the Sena if needed.last_img read more

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BSNL unveils Bharat Phone with e-governance apps

first_imgIndian state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) recently unveiled a low-cost version of its smartphone, with e-governance applications for the common man, as per IANS reports.Branded as ‘Bharat phone’, the mobile device sports a three-inch large screen display with provision for dual SIM card and come with a price tag of Rs 1,099.”The low-cost mobile device will alter the Indian feature phone industry as it has been designed especially for e-governance applications and optimised for internet access to empower common man,” BSNL chairman R.K. Upadhyay said.Visiting Mauritius President Rajkeshwar Purryag, who is city since Wednesday, was present on the occasion with Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and state Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande.Designed and developed by Pantel Technologies Ltd, a pioneer in the low-cost tablet PC market, the voicephone’s large screen and proprietary Java operating system are suited for other user applications such as mobile banking, tele-healthcare delivery and streaming data delivery.”As the phone is pre-bundled with attractive voice plan, the mobile handset offers common man the power of internet access at an affordable price and will benefit a wide section of society,” Upadhyay said.According to Pantel managing director Vijender Singh, the phone has facility to browse, e-mail, to check Facebook and download music, video and Java games.”Besides facility for dual SIM card, the phone is equipped with 1.3 mega pixel rear camera, Bluetooth for quick sharing of files, a lithium-ion battery with eight-hour charge and 15 days standby, 64MB random access memeory (RAM) and 64MB of internal storage, SMS scheduler, multimedia gaming and mobile tracker,” Singh saidadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Supports Unilever Project Sunlight

first_imgInspired by the power of film to motivate change, Unilever Project Sunlight partnered with the Film Independent Spirit Awards this weekend to cast a spotlight on those in the industry who are helping to create a brighter future – and inspire others to do the same.Sarah Michelle Gellar calls ACTION! to create a brighter future for childrenCredit/Copyright: Mark Sullivan/WireImageWhile awards season arrival shows typically dedicate red-carpet banter to quips and couture, Unilever Project Sunlight and Film Independent rolled out the “yellow carpet” to hear stories about social good, sustainable living and those who are making a difference to create a brighter future.Launched in 2013, Unilever Project Sunlight embodies the consumer product company’s global mission – the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – that encourages people to take small steps that together make a big difference towards building a brighter future for children. Project Sunlight aims to build momentum behind a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations.“As our products – like Dove, Lipton, Hellmann’s and Suave – touch two billion people who use them every day, we have the ability to reach and galvanize them,” said Kees Kruythoff, President, Unilever, North America. “Our scale, coupled with the inspired stories and influence of those that are being honored by Film Independent, is a truly powerful combination to inspire people to want to take small steps to create a bright future for our children.”Joining Unilever Project Sunlight to share her story and help capture the stories of Film Independent Spirit Award attendees was actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gellar joined her fellow actors and filmmakers to discuss their hopes for a brighter future and what they’re doing to help create it.“Of all the roles I’ve played as a film and television actress, the most important one by far has been being a mom,” explained Gellar. “It’s changed my motivation, my inspiration and my day-to-day behavior as I think about the future for my children.”To recognize the power of film to inspire change, Unilever Project Sunlight is also sponsoring the first-ever Bright Future Award, honoring a filmmaker whose work motivates individuals to take action to create a better world. The inaugural Bright Future Award recipient is Patrick Creadon, whose film, If You Build It, exemplifies the power of hands-on education and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community. As part of the award, Unilever provided Creadon with a grant to continue making inspirational films.“Certainly, I share this award with Project H Design and the empowered and empowering young people of Bertie County, North Carolina featured in If You Build It,” said Creadon. “I’m just happy I had the opportunity to bring their inspiring story to screen and am eager to find and share other stories that challenge, uplift and motivate change.”Learn more about If You Build It and watch highlights from the Film Independent Spirit Awards “yellow carpet” on www.projectsunlight.us, including exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, and join the conversation on Twitter with #brightfuture.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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