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Micho defends Majwega selection

first_imgBy Nelson SsengoobaFOOTBALL. Uganda Cranes tactician Mulitin Sredojevic aka Micho has refused to be drawn into the player-club row overshadowing winger Brian Majwega’s future at league champions KCCA FC.Majwega is a subject of disciplinary issues at his employers KCCA who accuse the player of absconding from training for close to four weeks without  coach Mike Mutebi’s consent.KCCA say Majwega returned to Lugogo from his AWOL armed with a transfer to try and force an exit from KCCA citing breach of contract.Mutebi, a renowned strict disciplinarian, expressed shock on learning that a player facing disciplinary action had been summoned for national team duty. He blasted Micho and the custodians of the game, Fufa, labeling their decision “rubbish”.“Brian has not been here (KCCA FC) for a round a month. And he is called to the national team,” an angry Mutebi told the media on Tuesday after being quizzed on the players’ situation.“This player belongs to KCCA. He hasn’t been around for a month. We are the employers of this player. How does the national team invite him without consulting us? Now that is rubbish. That’s rubbish that has been going on in Ugandan football. And that’s rubbish that has followed Brian.”While Mutebi was angry with Majwega’s conduct, Micho harboured other ideas for the player. The Serbian tactician had already summoned the fleet-footed winger for national duty as Uganda Cranes intensify preparations for their forthcoming 2018 CHAN qualifier against South Sudan away in Juba on July 14.Initially, KCCA FC players were exempted from national team call-ups because of their CAF Confederations Cup exertions.True to Micho’s bile and sarcastic manner of handling communication, the Serbian has taken Mutebi’s spiteful vile head-on.First, he summoned another KCCA outcast Tom Masiko for national duty. Masiko has been left in the cold by Mutebi as the player chases exit to join Vipers SC.“If anyone has anything to speak, let that happen when the national team and KCCA engagements are done. As far as I know, Majwega is not actively playing with KCCA, he has not been considered for recent games. I don’t think I have summoned anyone who is engaged at KCCA. We respect the fact they are representing the nation and therefore I can’t disturb them for now,” Micho said.Comments Tags: CranesMajwegaMichotoplast_img read more

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49ers make move on DeForest Buckner’s contract

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner is arguably the 49ers’ best first-round draft pick of the past decade, and while they envision a long-term contract extension with him, they took the procedural step Wednesday of locking him in through 2020.The 49ers exercised the fifth-year option on Buckner, drafted seventh overall in 2016 by then-general manager Trent Baalke.Baalke’s successor, John Lynch, echoed Buckner’s recent stance on contract talks in that both sides don’t have a …last_img

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Live playoff updates: Warriors come back to beat Blazers in Game 3

first_imgJoin us Saturday at 6 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis as the Warriors are in Portland hoping for an upset and a 3-0 series lead in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers.The Warriors, 2 1/2 point underdogs Saturday, are facing a Blazers team that’s gone 37-10 at the Moda Center this season. Portland has won 13 of its last 14 games at home.Golden State has split its two … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.last_img

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Brand SA breaks ground in Free State

first_imgFree State delegates sign the Brand SouthAfrica pledge to uphold the nation brand andposition the country as a top investment andtourism destination.Brand South Africa headed to the Free State on 17 November 2011 to urge all residents of the province to build the nation’s reputation and position it for global competitiveness.This was the message relayed at the fifth Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Bloemfontein, attended by representatives from government, business and civil society.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Speaking at the summit, Brand South Africa programme manager for civil society Leo Makgamathe said that the branding of the country is not a matter of choice, but a necessity.Free State MEC for Economic Development,Tourism and Environmental Affairs, MxolisiDukwana.(Images: Nicky Rehbock)To be successful it requires the combined effort of government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations.“With globalisation speeding up the production and movement of goods, services, investment and talent, perceptions of nations have to be actively managed,” Makgamathe added.And this is no different in South Africa.The country has recently achieved four key milestones: it managed a highly successful Fifa World Cup; came through the world-wide recession almost unscathed; joined Brazil, Russia, China and India in the BRICS economic bloc; and held its fourth free and fair local elections since 1994.“This has underlined that South Africa is an important developing nation in its own right – which has to be marketed to the world,” Makgamathe said.Strong nation brand vital for Free State“The economy of the Free State is built on agriculture and its mines, but increasingly we are looking to tourism as a growth sector and hope to expand our manufacturing base,” the province’s MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mxolisi Dukwana said at the summit.The Free State is also looking to diversify by developing its logistics capacity, ICT sector, innovation and research, agri-processing and pharmaceuticals.“So what we, and South Africa, need is more investment. How people see a country is vital in this regard. The image of a country makes an integral contribution in attracting tourists, investors and in building trade relationships,” Dukwana added.The government’s role in this is ensuring the country has enabling policies to attract trade and investment, but South Africans also have to believe in themselves to position the country as a viable destination.“We must be bold enough to face our fears and challenges, and understand what we’re about. In doing that we can become our own marketers. In our diversity we also need to have one identity and be proud of it. Often we’re too negative and hard on ourselves,” the MEC told summit delegates.“I urge all of you to do your ‘national service’ and respond when Brand South Africa calls, so that we can work together to create a truly great South Africa for all.”last_img read more

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BarkingMad rehomes lost companions

first_imgAnimal professionals help BarkingMad where needed when it comes to properly managing and caring for animals that are either about to be rehomed or are currently in the care of their owners.  (Image: BarkingMad, via Facebook)By providing the link between the public and animal shelters around the country, BarkingMad facilitates the rehoming of abandoned and abused domestic animals with caring individuals and families.BarkingMad also functions as a central point where owners can be reunited with lost and found pets. Its network includes participating veterinary clinics and animal shelters throughout South Africa.The organisation is supported by members of the public and corporations, in turn allowing it to help animal shelters with the finances needed to feed and house animals waiting to be adopted, or waiting to be collected by their owners.Another key function of the organisation is helping pet owners to find new homes for their pets when they are no longer able to care for them because of issues such as relocation or illness.Animal professionals help BarkingMad where needed when it comes to properly managing and caring for animals that are either about to be rehomed or are currently in the care of their owners. This help is available for free to those who need it.By providing the link between the public and animal shelters around the country, BarkingMad facilitates the rehoming of abandoned and abused domestic animals with caring individuals and families.HOW TO GET INVOLVEDIf you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can browse through the BarkingMad list of animals on its website or visit the animal shelter on the network nearest to you to find a pet to add to your family.Similarly, if you have a pet you are no longer able to properly care for, you can contact the organisation via email at [email protected] or telephonically on 063 040 6071.There are other options regarding how to get involved. You can sponsor a pet at one of the homes to keep them healthy and fed; you can also volunteer your time at one of the shelters to walk the dogs or help in their rehabilitation and training.BarkingMad also has a range of merchandise for sale through the Pink Pitbull Trading Company. The proceeds go to supporting the various homes and facilitating the rehoming of the animals.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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NBC Says “No” to iPad, Wants People to Pay

first_imgTags:#Apple#NYT#Trends#Video Services#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img NBC isn’t hopping on the iPad bandwagon, according to recent reports. The media giant known for popular shows like “The Office” and “30 Rock” reportedly told Apple it won’t be making any of its online shows iPad-compatible anytime soon. And it’s not alone. Sources cited by The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson say that Time Warner and several other “large media companies” are forgoing what they claim is an expensive reformatting of their video libraries. But is conversion expense the real reason why some media companies are eschewing the Apple iPad craze? Or is the fact that the ad dollars just aren’t there yet to make it worth their while?That some media companies aren’t “iPad-ready” isn’t new information by any means, but the fact that it’s being rehashed, re-reported and re-analyzed is notable, especially following Google’s newfound partnership with Adobe, whose Flash plugin stills powers much of the video on the Web today. With support for Flash in both the upcoming Google TV platform, as well as in Google’s Android mobile operating system (an OS that’s now outselling Apple’s iPhone), Google is making it clear that for the time being, the Web still needs Flash. And media companies like NBC and Time Warner are along for the ride. Why convert videos for the iPad when Android may dominate? Why waste time on “iDevice” support when ad dollars associated with streaming media barely impact the bottom line? These are the very questions major media companies are considering as we speak. Streaming Ads Don’t PaySome TV and video is available for free on the iPad today, but it’s still more limited that what you would find on the Web in general. ABC has an iPad app, but that’s not surprising considering that the Disney-owned property has Jobs as its largest shareholder. CBS has an iPad-friendly site, but only a few shows are available, and media-filled sites like CNN, Fox News, ESPN.com and others offer varying degrees of iPad-readiness. But NBC won’t be following these early adopters, it appears. There’s a very telling quote about this issue from NBC Universal’s president and CEO, Jeff Zucker, that he delivered in January. Speaking about tech advances and the iPad in particular, he said, “We believe in ubiquitous distribution of our content and the fact is consumers want to engage with our content wherever they are… As long as we get paid for that content, we don’t really care where it’s displayed or where it’s used.” “Get paid,” he said. Streaming video sites, even the NBC Universal creation Hulu.com, have been struggling to make that a reality. Although Hulu finally reached profitability this year, the numbers aren’t anywhere near what traditional TV advertising brings in. Hulu’s revenue topped $100 million in 2009, according to Hulu chief Jason Kilar. To put that in perspective, a 30-second national broadcast TV commercial maybe makes around $300,00-$500,000 these days. Too Expensive to Convert? But is there any truth to the claims that conversion is too expensive? Open-Web zealots will tell you that’s a bunch of “FUD” – conversion costs are minimal and there are plenty of solutions out there for ditching Flash and moving to HTML5, the upcoming Web standard that supports plugin-free video viewing. In reality, while HTML5-enabled video streams are possible today, large media publishers are still waiting for video platform providers to catch up to the capabilities Adobe’s Flash currently offers, including rich analytics, advertising and engagement tracking, and more. That’s just around the corner, though. For example, video platform provider Brightcove will be on par with Flash by year-end, according to its published roadmap. However, the expense of conversion is not necessarily as trivial as Apple CEO Steve Jobs has made it seem. The truth, said Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire, is that “it depends.” As he told us earlier, publishers that use homegrown video solutions will have more expenses associated with the creation of HTML5 websites. But for customers using platform solutions (like his, of course), the transition is much easier. But Flash and HTML5 will co-exist for years, he said. It’s not a matter of ditching one for the other. That means companies offering an iPad-compatible website must maintain it separately and there is some cost involved with that, minimal as it may be. But Conversion Cost Isn’t the Problem Here: NBC & Others Just Want to Make MoneyLast month, The New York Times reported that NBC execs were showing off a mock-up of an iPad/iPhone-compatible mobile website that offered full episodes of popular shows, ready for streaming. At the last minute, however, the company decided to block iPad viewing of these shows. At present, only clips and the short-form “webisodes” play on the iPhone or iPad. The fact that NBC had already gone so far as to build a mock-up of an iPad-friendly site makes the whole “it’s too expensive” argument questionable, at least in this case. So let’s get real about this. NBC isn’t a great network these days. In fact, it hasn’t been “must-see TV” since “Friends” or maybe even the “Seinfeld” era. Olympics coverage notwithstanding, the network trailed others during the past season, losing out to Fox and CBS, both of whom were riding high on the return of the sitcom and reality programming.  Does NBC want to give away its best content for free right now? No. If anyone is bothering to tune into NBC at all, they had better be paying for it, thinks the network, either via their eyeballs glued to the TV screen, via a paid-for iTunes download or perhaps soon, via a subscription to the long-rumored, but still unrealized Hulu iPad application. Curse, NBC, Time Warner and other iPad holdouts if you want for limiting the fun you can have with your new slate computer. But for them, the iPad isn’t pushing these companies toward the quick adoption of HTML5-powered video – it’s pushing them to figure out a business model for making video pay. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more