Weather delaying Ireland cricket

first_imgThe Ireland men’s side are due to face Hong Kong this afternoon. The women’s match with Bangladesh has been reduced to 10-overs a side and will begin at 12.22.last_img

Uganda Cranes’ focus turns to Ghana after Togo World Cup warm-up defeat

first_imgForward Miya brought down by a Togo player. PHOTOS FUFA MEDIAJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda suffered friendly defeats on Tuesday as they warmed up for 2018 World Cup qualifiers this weekend.The Congolese lost 1-0 to Kenya at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa and the Ugandans fell 1-0 against Togo at the Stade de Kegue in Lome.Uganda, who qualified earlier for their first Nations Cup finals since 1978,  are away to Ghana on Friday in the opening World Cup group-phase fixture in Africa and DR Congo host Libya in another of the five sections the following day.Kenya continued their recent improvement with a surprise win in the Congolese capital thanks to a 62nd-minute goal from Michael Olunga.The Sweden-based striker pushed a rebound into the net from close range after Paul Were struck a post from a tight angle.Harambee Stars succeeded despite lacking star midfielder Victor Wanyama, who could not reach Kinshasa in time after helping Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 2-0 in the English Premier League at the weekend.Another Sweden-based striker, Atakora Lalawele, was the 30th-minute match-winner for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Togo.Uganda beat Togo 3-0 at home and 1-0 away last November in a qualifying tie for the World Cup group stage. Togo host Mozambique on Saturday in another friendly.Cranes line up, captains Massa and AdebayorUganda starting XI :Salim Jamal,  Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murshid Juuko, Isaac Isinde, Denis Iguma, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Kizito Luwagga, Faruku Miya, Geoffrey Massa (Captain).Subs: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Kizito Geoffrey, Kiiza Hamis, Santamun Yunus, Joseph Ochaya, Mawejje Tony, Oloya Moses. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Tax, tax, tax— now they want your grocery bag

first_img(NNPA)—Local and state governments are just like the federal government. They want to keep their largesse ways and not face the demand for austerity and good fiscal management. When times get tight they seek to get into your pockets via obscene taxation on any and everything they can find. There is no regard for the underserved or populations that can least afford damaging taxation for the sake of keeping massive governmental infrastructures. Many cities and counties are slipping taxes on cell phones like they are luxury items. The truth is cell phones are security items, family management tools and access to the Internet. Black citizens use cell phones as their number one vehicle to the Internet. So, when they start slapping taxes on your child’s phone and you are on a limited fixed income or assistance it becomes terribly damaging. They are doing this with reckless abandon and that is why we are pushing for a federal bill that will declare cell phones interstate commerce and prohibit any further local taxes for at least 10 years.Let’s say you purchase a download through the Internet. You live in Philadelphia and you buy it from a firm in Seattle, Washington. The server used in this transaction is located in St. Louis. What may happen is a triple tax on this transaction. You may pay Philadelphia, Pa. sales tax, Seattle, Wash. sales tax, and a St. Louis, Mo. sales tax all on one transaction. It is becoming crazy and somehow we must bring good management and governance in this new age of doing business.Now comes taxing grocery bags. Washington, D.C. started this under the last mayor. My wife and I no longer shop in D.C. We shop in Montgomery County, Md. However, the Montgomery County Council has just decided to implement their own five-cent grocery bag tax. Shall we now cross the Potomac River into Virginia? Better yet, let’s start getting a handle on this one.The stated goals of the tax are to raise revenue and curb the use of grocery bags. The bags, the county says, are an environmental hazard. Instead, county officials say they want to encourage Montgomery County shoppers to use reusable bags.Unfortunately, the measure misses the mark. What bag taxes like these result in isn’t very “green” at all. And, what might be affordable for one of America’s most affluent counties certainly wouldn’t be affordable for working class communities, let alone the entire state.Eliminating free grocery bags at the checkout means consumers must search for alternatives — presumably reusable plastic or cloth bags. Both options weigh more and take more energy to produce, contributing to greater emissions, not less.As alternatives, plastic reusables and cloth bags must be used repeatedly over time before their environmental impacts are less than that of plastic. If they aren’t reused to that extent, we only succeed in introducing more waste into our landfills. To illustrate, it would take 7.5 years of using the same cloth bag (393 uses, assuming one grocery trip per week) before it’s a better option than a plastic bag reused three times, like to carry lunch and then line a garbage can.And since so many people (nine out of 10 according to market surveys) reuse plastic grocery bags, without them, consumers would naturally replace plastic grocery bags with other, heavier gauge plastics, for household uses. After Ireland implemented its bag tax, consumption of purchased plastic trash bags increased by 400 percent. So, if the goal is to promote less waste in our landfills and use fewer plastics, bans and taxes don’t achieve those outcomes.Bag taxes also skirt the real issue of litter. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says plastic grocery bags make up less than 0.5 percent of the litter stream. Junk food wrappers, cigarette butts and paper, all make up bigger portions of litter, but plastic bags make for an easy target because they are visible, white, and often can get blown around. In effect, getting rid of plastic bags is negligible in cleaning up litter. Addressing litter requires more than just banning a product, it requires a change in habits, more recycling, and greater education.A tax on grocery bags is regressive. A growing number of Americans rely on government assistance for food, and taxes like this hurt these groups the most. In a time of rising gas prices, and with the rising cost of commodities driving up our grocery bills, the added financial burden at the check-out for a cause that has an arguable impact on improving the environment just doesn’t make sense.Though well-intended, a bag tax does more harm than help. Non-recyclable reusables are no better for the environment. The worst part is that the tax ends up hurting those that can least afford it. Fight this increased taxation effort whenever and wherever it comes up.(Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: Email: [email protected])last_img read more

Donegal soccer club nets €45,000 to improve facilities

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has announced Ceiltigh Ghaoth Dobhair soccer club has secured almost €45,000 funding.“We want to encourage people to get involved in sports and help clubs to retain their athletes and members,” the Minister said.The funding has been approved through Roinn na Gaeltachta. The investment will go towards improvements at the pitch for football nets and fencing. The Minister for Education and Skills also praised the club for the opportunities it offers young people in sports and leisure and also to promote the Irish language.“Má tá cumainn spóirt chun lúthchleasaithe a mhealladh agus a choinneáil, caithfidh siad áiseanna caighdeánacha a chur ar fáil do gach duine,” a dúirt sé.“Tá áthas orm,” a dúirt sé, “go mbeidh Plean Teanga i bhfeidhm ag an gCumann a chuideoidh le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge sa chumann féin agus sa cheantar máguaird.”Donegal soccer club nets €45,000 to improve facilities was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Safe, secure World Cup: Jordaan

first_img“Yes, we have crime,” he said, but pointed out that there was a difference between “societal crime and the ability to host a big event”. Proven event hosting track record Briefing a parliamentary committee in Cape Town this week, OC chief executive Danny Jordaan said the international media had raised concerns about South Africa’s ability to host a secure tournament, but said that he was never worried. Pointing to this year’s Confederations Cup and British and Irish Lions rugby tour, which passed without serious incidents, Jordaan reiterated that the level of crime in South Africa would not deter visitors or mar the first soccer World Cup to be held in Africa. The government has invested about R1.3-billion in World Cup security. There will be 41 000 police officers dedicated to securing the tournament, with 700 police officers around the stadiums for each match. The South African Police Service in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, like the National Joint Operations and intelligence structures as well as the South African army will be used during the event. He said South African security forces had experience of policing major events by assisting at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and last year’s Beijing Olympics.center_img Jordaan said South Africa had regularly proved itself capable of hosting international showpieces, starting with the Rugby World Cup in 1995, just a year after the country’s first democratic elections. “The Rugby World Cup, the Cricket World Cup, the Athletics World Cup and now the football World Cup,” he mentioned. “In golf too: the Presidents Cup and other major events. You cannot mention more than 10 countries in the world with that kind of event profile.” With just over 200 days to go till the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, the first on African soil, the 2010 Organising Committee (OC) is assuring tournament supporters and the media that South Africa is ready to put on a premier tournament and protect every visitor “without a doubt”. 11 November 2009 Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Hacker Chat: Max Ogden Talks About CouchDB, Open Data and Couchappsora (Part 1)

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finley Tags:#hack#Interviews Related Posts center_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Max Ogden is a developer living in San Francisco. He’s a Code for America fellow and one of the founding developers of Couchappspora, an open source social network built with Apache CouchDB.I recently talked to him about his Code for America fellowship, how he got started programming, CouchDB and much more. Tune in next week for part two of the interview.Klint Finley: Can you start by telling us a little big about who you are and what you do?Max Ogden: Sure. I’m Max Ogden, originally from Oregon, most recently Portland. Now I’m talking to you over IRC from Harvard’s guest wi-fi and I technically live in San Francisco, although I’m in Boston for the month of February on assignment for Code for America where I’m a fellow this year.I’m working out of Boston City Hall on a software project intended to give more educational resources to low income populations in the city of Boston. But outside of Code for America I’ve previously worked at some startups in Portland. But my real passion lies in the communication and networking space. More recently I’ve been getting involved in different privacy-centric open source projects.How did you become a Code for America fellow?I was recruited by Tim O’Reilly. He worked his charismatic magic on me. The mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, was presenting me with an award for doing open source and open data work in Portland and Tim was at the awards ceremony. He said “We’d like to see this happen in more cities than just Portland.” That was a pretty exciting proposition.How did you get started with Web development, and programming in general?In high school I started taking classes, I actually got hooked by playing Starcraft back in 1999. The custom level editor has elements of event-driven asynchronous programming and I started geeking out on custom Starcraft maps. And then realized that programming is just Starcraft without the space aliens. My programming career was largely self-directed, but then I got a great job at a marketing research company under some really talented engineers. It was a really good mentoring environment. Agile processes, pair programming, test driven development. A lot of experimentation with newer technologies and a lot of freedom to innovate. But the nature of the work was building human interfaces to technology.The company’s purpose was to create ways for consumers to express qualitative information about consumer goods, a la focus groups, but using consumer technology as the capture mechanism. So I have a background in helping people be more human using technology. Which is an interesting field/challenge.Did you go to college for computer science or did you go straight into the job market after high school?I skipped college altogether actually and went straight into startup land.You do a lot of work with CouchDB, notably GeoCouch and Couchappsora. What attracted you to Couch?I got interested in CouchDB when Portland started releasing a lot of government generated data sets. Because Portland is so laid back, I would get off of work at 5pm and then have the rest of the evening to hop around town and code at cafes and bars with peers. Cost of rent is low so you can afford to not take your work home with you.So the Mayor’s office started releasing raw data and it was in the native GIS format that the government created it in, which requires certain proprietary software in order to work with. A lot of major cities have $50,000 + annual licenses for these software suites. The barrier of entry there is high. So I tried decoding a single data set to see what the workflow was like and nine hours later I had a list of 2,900 bicycle parking racks in JSON formatSo the problem arose as: how do I host the other approximately 100 geographic datasets in the same nice JSON format for other developers to work with, so that they don’t have to go through all of the trouble that I originally had to go through to work with the data. So I was shopping around for databases and GeoCouch was brand new at the time and was the most elegant and simple solution that I’ve found since.Basically I can dump a bunch government data into it and with little to no special configuration it automatically becomes a publicly accessible API. I guess the biggest “feature” of Couch.The relevance to my software philosophy is the idea that Couch is by default open and replicable. So any data that is in Couch becomes fully replicable by anyone.Right now we have the notion of a blog presented via HTML and then a separate syndicatable feed, usually via RSS. Couch is basically a more robust pub/sub mechanism that would replace RSS in that model. So for open government data it is really enticing because anyone can replicate the actual API itself, not just consume the API via one-off queries.Can you talk a little more about GeoCouch and what it is?GeoCouch is just a light layer on top of Couch. There are a couple notable CouchDB “plugins.” One is GeoCouch, the other is CouchDB-Lucene. GeoCouch lets you quickly look up spatial objects. So if you have, for instance, a list of all of the fire hydrants in Boston – there happens to be 13,000 – and you wanted to show a firefighter the three fire hydrants on the block that he is standing on you can filter those three out of the list of 13,000 in a very efficient manner. On the order of milliseconds.CouchDB-Lucene is similar in nature, except instead of spatial queries it lets you do full text indexing. The normal out of the box Couch has a more familiar B-Tree index, which is a pretty general purpose indexing engine for lists of data. But spatial queries and full text indexes are more specialized around big lists of geolocated objects or large bodies of freeform text. The general workflow is: You put data into a database (“folder,” “bucket”) and then you hook up a Web application to pull that data out and display it. So I usually do a lot of the logic on the client side in JavaScript.The nice side effect of that strict separation between data and presentation is that every site built that way automatically has a replicable API. So you can use the Couch “protocol” to subscribe to anyone’s API.When Diaspora got released they tightly coupled the data layer and the presentation layer so it was a big Rails app that had a lot of complex dependencies and fancy front end-user interfaces and an opaque backend that didn’t adhere to any notable syndicatable protocols. The OStatus stack was missing, for instance. OStatus is a set of six or seven different formats like RSS for creating decentralized subscription based social networks. But OStatus is front-end agnostic. OStatus doesn’t advocate for any specific user interface, it expects to you built your front end in new and interesting ways.On some level I was bored with Facebook because every user is exposed to the same interface. It was too standardized. And on another level Facebook’s centralized data ownership was morally questionable. And then Diaspora came along and didn’t seem to promote any data standards but instead tried to make its front end the selling point. Which is great, but you need to pursue both the standards in the backend and the innovation in the user experience at least that’s the way I look at it.So I started hacking with RWW resident hacker Tyler Gillies on Couchappspora, which used the Couch protocol to replicate data but used Diaspora’s front end.Read part two of this interview. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd pull trigger on Martial one-year extension

first_imgMan Utd pull trigger on Martial one-year extensionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have triggered a one-year option in Anthony Martial’s contract. The Frenchman is now under contract until 2020, however, the club have begun negotiations to further extend that deal.Martial is United’s top goalscorer with eight this season and has established himself as a regular starter after previously falling out with manager Jose Mourinho.Juventus, Chelsea and Tottenham have all expressed an interest in the 23-year-old. However, Goal claims Martial is open to remaining at Old Trafford beyond 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoBarcelona make Tottenham striker Kane top choice to replace Suarez

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona make Tottenham striker Kane top choice to replace Suarezby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have placed Tottenham striker Harry Kane top of their shortlist of names to succeed Luis Suarez.Mundo Deportivo says Barca have launched plans to find a replacement for the Uruguay international – and among the names under consideration, Spurs ace Kane is the top choice.While accepting the chances of prising Kane away from Tottenham appear remote, Barca intend to test the resolve of their chairman Daniel Levy later this year with an offer for the England captain.At 25, Barca see Kane as a future Ballon d’Or winner and a player capable of making a global impact on and off the pitch.But Levy is unlikely to consider any type of sale unless the player, himself, kicks up a fuss. last_img read more

9 months agoCeltic midfielder James Forrest being watched by Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Celtic midfielder James Forrest being watched by Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic midfielder James Forrest is being watched by Liverpool.The Scottish Sun says Liverpool are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Forrest.It’s reported that Jurgen Klopp has been keeping tabs on the winger for a number of months.Forrest has impressed for the Bhoys this term, scoring 17 times.The 27-year-old has a deal at Parkhead until 2022, but could be available for around £8million. last_img

a month agoSNAPPED! Arsenal ace Aubameyang happy winding up Spurs fans

first_imgSNAPPED! Arsenal ace Aubameyang happy winding up Spurs fansby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enjoyed joining fans winding up Tottenham after their Carabao Cup shock at Colchester United.Following Spurs’ elimination, Arsenal fans took to social media to make fun of their rivals’ misfortune.One supporter messaged Aubameyang on Instagram and tried to see if the Gunners’ star striker would be interested in joining the bandwagon.The fan posted: “Like if you’re laughing at Spurs.”The Gabon international didn’t disappoint the Arsenal faithful as he liked the message and appeared to be enjoying Tottenham’s woeful loss.Aubameyang hates Spurs. My captain.— TheUnaiView (@TheUnaiView) September 25, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more