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first_imgComments Michael Wokorach will skipper the side in Hong Kong (Agency Photos)KAMPALA – Uganda Rugby Cranes Sevens head coach, Tolbert Onyango has named a squad of 12 players for the upcoming 2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifiers.The qualifiers that are slated for 5th to 7th of April will take place in Hong Kong.Heathens winger Paul Masendi who integral for the league champions has been included in the team for the first time.The other new face on the team that featured in the Africa Sevens last year is Kobs full-back Joseph Aredo.Aredo was slated to take part in Africa’s showpiece last year but was dropped.Pius Ogena who was feared to be injured also recovered from the ankle injury just in time to make the squad.The team will be captained by Michael Wokorach.Usual suspects Philip Wokorach, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Adrian Kasito, Desire Ayera, and Timothy Kisiga, as well as Byron Oketayot, Ian Munyani and Isaac Massa, complete the team.Pillip Wokorach is also part of the team, as usualThe Rugby Cranes are pooled alongside Germany, Chile and Cook Islands.Tolbert Onyango’s men will play two games on opening day against Germany and Chile before taking on Cook Islands on April 6 at the Hong Kong Stadium.The 12 man Team–Pius Ogeno-Desire Ayera-Michael Wokorach-Isaac Massa-Ian Munyani-Byron Oketayot-Paul Masendi-Aron Ofoirwoth-Adrian Kasito-Philip Wokorach-Kisiga Timothy-Joseph Aredo Tags: HSBC World Rugby Sevens SeriesRugby Cranes SevensTolbert Onyangolast_img read more

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first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans in what should be an entertaining game at Oracle.For Warriors fans, they’d like to see something resembling Monday night’s game in Chicago when Klay Thompson set a new single-game 3-point record by hitting 14 in a 149-124 rout of the Bulls.The Warriors (7-1) are seeking their sixth straight win and are facing one of their stiffest challenges of the young season as All-Star …last_img read more

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first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#BlackBerry#BlackBerry 10#HTC#Microsoft#Nokia#Windows Phone For the time being BlackBerry is winning the Battle for Number 3. That may be a little misleading though as BlackBerry’s U.S. market share came from its long tail legacy BlackBerry products, not the new BlackBerry 10 operating system that completely splits from its older products. That also only includes the United States. The U.S. is often indicative of trends in the global smartphone industry but not the tell-all for overall market trends. For instance, Apple’s iPhone dominates in the U.S. but Android claims the No. 1 global operating system with strong growth overseas.That brings us to more substantive numbers: actual smartphones shipped. In the last quarter of 2012, Samsung shipped 63.7 million smartphones. Apple shipped 47.8 million iPhones. The next three spots on the list all come from Android manufacturers with China-based Huawei in the third spot, Sony fourth and ZTE fifth, according to a January report from research firm IDC. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts BlackBerry appears to be back on track. It has stopped losing money like a Hollywood starlet with a crack addiction, finally has new products on the market and a roadmap to grow in 2013 and beyond. Thorsten Heins and company appear poised to stake a claim for what has become the most important spot in the Smartphone Wars.The Battle for Number 3 Two different aspects define the Battle for Number 3: platform and product. For platform, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are the top two mobile operating systems on the market. When it comes to product, the Apple/Samsung duopoly dominate the shipments of smartphones. Then there are the challengers. In one corner we have BlackBerry, the erstwhile Canadian smartphone manufacturer formerly known as Research In Motion. Conveniently, its platform and product go by basically the same name. In the other corner we have Windows Phone from Microsoft with smartphones built by the likes of Nokia, HTC and Samsung. Waiting in the wings for their shot at the Battle for Number 3 are upstarts like Firefox OS from Mozilla, Tizen from the Linux Foundation and Ubuntu from Canonical. Considering that none of those would-be competitors actually have a product on the market, we can safely call this a two-horse race between BlackBerry and Windows Phone. In the United States, BlackBerry has 5.9% of the platform market share, according to a January report from analytics firm comScore. Microsoft’s Windows Phone has 3.1%.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The goal for BlackBerry and Nokia then is to climb the ladder with their own operating systems to dislodge the Android Army (which also includes the likes of LG, Motorola, Kyocera and several smaller manufacturers). If we look at all of 2012, The Battle for Number 3 comes very close with Nokia, HTC and BlackBerry all within a couple million shipments of one another (Nokia’s strength comes on the tail of its dying Symbian platform).  Basically, it is wide open. Thorsten Heins and BlackBerry may have steadied the ship, but it still has a lot of work to do to solidify No. 3 in both platform and product. Who will emerge as the winner? That is the topic of this week’s ReadWrite Mobile poll. Vote below and let us know who you think will win (and why) in the comments. last_img read more

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first_imgAhmedabad: A local court has approved a plea by Dr. Maya Kodnani, former Gujarat Minister and a key convict in the Naroda Patiya massacre case of the 2002 State riots, to call BJP chief Amit Shah as defence witness in the Naroda Gam massacre case, in which she is a key accused.A special trial court Judge P. D. Desai on Wednesday directed that Mr. Shah and others can be summoned as witnesses “at the appropriate stage of trial.”Dr. Kodnani has contended that she was in the Assembly at the time of the massacre, in which 11 persons of a minority community were killed and 80 persons are being tried for their murder.She has told the court Mr. Shah can vouch that she was at the State Assembly, and, later, at the Sola Civil Hospital, where bodies of victims of Godhra train burning incident were brought. She has also said that she subsequently went to a nursing home that she used to run.Besides Mr. Shah, Dr. Kodani has also sought the court’s permission to call former BJP legislator Amrish Patel; Dr. Anil Chadha, the then head of Ahmedabad civil hospital; and staff of her own hospital in Naroda, northern Ahmedabad.last_img read more

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first_imgOne of the shrewdest politicians Maharashtra has ever seen, Vilasrao Deshmukh enjoyed the distinction of being the Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second longest term of seven years after Vasantrao Naik’s tenure of 11 years. Born on May 26, 1945, to a rich farmer Dagdojirao at Babhalgaon in Latur district, Deshmukh’s political journey was full of ups and downs.Deshmukh graduated with a degree in Science from M.E.S Abasaheb Garware College in Pune and later studied law at the I.L.S. Law College. Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde was his colleague in the law college. Deshmukh chose to work for drought relief in his early political days. First, he became sarpanch of Babhalgaon on a Congress ticket in 1974 and then was elected as director of Osmanabad District Central Cooperative Bank and Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank in 1979. He was a member of Osmanabad Zilha Parishad and Deputy Chairman of Latur Taluka Panchayat Samiti from 1974 to 1980. In 1980, Deshmukh entered Assembly for the first time. He was inducted in the state cabinet in 1982. Since then, he handled various portfolios of Home, General Administration, Cooperation, Public Works, Transport, Legislative Affairs, Tourism, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development Fisheries, Industry, Rural Development, Education, Technical Education, Sports and Youth Welfare.A rebel by nature, Deshmukh didn’t get along very well with then Chief Minister Sharad Pawar. He, along with Sushilkumar Shinde, tried time and again to topple Pawar’s government but every time the party high command managed to pacify him. “When I was Industries minister I got the CM in trouble on a number of occasions. Now, you learn a lesson and keep a watch on your Industries Minister,” Deshmukh once famously told former CM Ashok Chavan. Narayan Rane, who defected Shiv Sena to join Congress in 2005, was the Industries Minister in Chavan’s government.advertisementThe lowest point in Deshmukh’s political career came in 1995 when he lost the Assembly election from his home town Latur to independent candidate Janardan Waghmare. Deshmukh suspected that his bte noire Sharad Pawar was instrumental in his defeat. The next year, Deshmukh rebelled and contested the legislative council election as an independent. However, luck didn’t favour him and he lost the election. Following the rebellion, he was suspended from the Congress for six years. Suspended, Deshmukh focused on his educational trust Manjra Educational Trust and Manjra Cooperative Sugar Factory. In 1999, Congress gave him a ticket and he won the Assembly election from Latur with a margin of 91,000 votes. When the Congress and NCP combine was set to form the government Deshmukh became the first choice for the post of chief minister as the Congress wanted a staunch opponent of Pawar in the chair. Interestingly, Deshmukh was technically still suspended from Congress at that time.He took oath as CM on October 18, 1999, and served till January 17, 2003, when he was forced to resign in light of a controversy over the promotion of his actor son Retiesh’s first film Tujhe Meri Kasam. Deshmukh had asked the state’s publicity department to organise a campaign for Riteish’s film. Deshmukh was re-elected in 2004 and again became CM after the Congress preferred him over his best friend Shinde. He was sworn in as chief minister a second time on November 1, 2004. His second tenure also ended before his tenure after the infamous November 26, 2008, terror attacks. This time, too, the reason was Riteish. Deshmukh had taken Riteish and film producer Ram Gopal Verma to inspect the damaged Hotel Taj Mahal after the attack. The Congress rehabilitated him by making him a Rajya Sabha member in 2010 and subsequently minister in the Union Cabinet for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises first, then for Rural Development and recently for Science and Technology.Deshmukh was also one of the most controversial personalities in the state politics. His name came up in the Adarsh Housing Society scam in which he allegedly approved many irregularities regarding reduction of road width to granting extra FSI to the society. His proximity to film producer Subhash Ghai landed him in trouble. Deshmukh had allotted land for Ghai’s film institute Whistling Woods International for Rs 30 crore whereas its actual market price was Rs 300 crore. The Supreme Court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Deshmukh for shielding a money lender Congress MLA Dilip Sananda from police action.Deshmukh enjoyed personal and political friendship with political opponents like Gopinath Munde, Manohar Joshi and the late Pramod Mahajan. However, his political ambitions took him away from close friends like Sushilkumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan. When Deshmukh was made CM in 2004, Shinde had remarked, “I failed to recognise a green snake in the grass.”advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgMinister of Science, Technology and Commerce, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says Government will be calling on local technology experts to provide content for the Schools Tablet Computer Programme.He noted that most of the material can be developed here in Jamaica and it will provide an opportunity for small software developers and applications (apps) programmers to participate “in what will be a massive project”.Minister Paulwell, who was speaking to JIS News following a post-Budget press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on May 3, said the move, which is supported by the Opposition, is in keeping with Government’s mandate to enable Jamaican businesses to migrate to the upper end of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) spectrum.“We have been pretty much performing in the mid-range with the call centre operations, but we need to get more of our programmers, software developers gainfully involved, and I think it can start with this project that we are about to roll out,” Minister Paulwell said.He also informed that the Government will be pursuing the proposal for a fund to be established to assist small and medium-sized businesses in this area as well, and is looking at the Universal Service Fund (USF) to provide support.During his 2013/14 Budget Debate Presentation in the House of Representatives on April 24, Minister Paulwell provided details of the programme, under which some 20,000 computer tablets will be provided to students and teachers at 30 schools free of cost. These comprise five early childhood institutions, 10 primary, five junior high, and 10 high schools.Minister Paulwell also informed then that the tablets would be Wi-Fi and 3G enabled, and would come pre-loaded with approved age-ap­propriate games and apps, Ministry of Education prescribed texts, and all the software required for students up to Grade 12 to complete their School Based Assessments (SBAs).The pilot for the Schools Tablet Computer Programme is set to start in September with the training of teachers and proper orientation of the students. The Minister estimates however, that it will take approximately two months to go through the orientation, before the tablets are distributed to students.“We are going to meet with the parents as part of the preparatory work to ensure that these tablets are properly cared for,” Minister Paulwell told JIS News.He noted, too, that the USF and E-learning project will be responsible for the initial maintenance of the tablets under arrangements with the providers.Minister Paulwell informed further that the Ministry will be seeking to have the tablets built to specifications so that they will be damage and theft-proof. “The tablets are going to have special features and the criminals will find out very soon that if you steal one, you are going to be caught. We are going to be able to track you down. We are going to be able to disable the machine so you won’t be able to use it but very importantly, we are going to know exactly where you are and we are going to make an example of anyone, who tries to steal the tablet,” he warned.He informed that a major public education campaign will be launched on the issue of security of the tablets.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: PxHere Commodity trading company Trafigura Group has entered into a joint venture agreement with trading and logistics company Altis Group International in an effort to create a commodity petrochemical trading business, with a focus on bulk liquid chemicals.The joint venture has been formed between Trafigura and senior executives from the petrochemical trading industry, including the current management team of Altis.It will include two new trading entities – the already existing Altis Group International for the US, based in Houston and Altis International (Singapore), which will have a branch office in Geneva.Trafigura senior managers Chris Clarkson, Head of Gasoline Trading and Tom Jay, who until recently headed the Deals Desk for refined metals, bulk and concentrates, will join the boards of the new venture.“We believe that the time is right to start exploring the potential of this market,” Tom Jay said.“The market for petrochemicals is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, with Altis well placed to capture a share of this market,” he added.The new venture will be led by a team of industry veterans with more than 100 years of combined relevant experience, according to Trafigura.“The new global venture with Trafigura will be transformative not only for Altis and its employees but for all of our commercial partners. Teaming up with Trafigura will accelerate our growth and ability to expand our trading reach globally,” Jeff McNear, President of the Altis Group International management team, explained.Formed in 2014, Altis focuses on the trade of bulk liquid chemicals. Active in the petrochemical markets on a worldwide basis, with expertise in handling shipping and logistics for a wide range of chemicals, the employees and commercial activities of Altis will transition into the US-based and international companies and serve as the trading platform for the new venture.Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials — including oil and refined products and metals and minerals.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – With Equifax among the latest in the increasing number of privacy class actions being launched in Canada, affected consumers looking to join such lawsuits may be surprised to learn that in many instances they’ve already been opted in.In most provinces in the country, anyone who has the same legal complaint as a plaintiff who launches any type of class action can automatically share in any potential settlements provided they make a rightful claim in time, say legal experts.Not surprisingly, the number of Canadian privacy class actions has rapidly increased within the last six years, according to business law firm Osler.Based on Osler’s internal tracking, the firm says a total of 62 privacy class actions across Canada have been launched since 2005. However, Osler identified only two privacy class actions commenced prior to 2010. That year there were three new privacy class actions, rising to seven in 2011, and 10 in each of 2012 and 2013. Following a slight dip in 2014 and 2015, there were 11 commenced in 2016.Hacking incidents accounted for about one-third of all privacy class actions, with misuse of information by employees and theft or loss of physical media containing personal information also accounting for a significant proportion of privacy class actions.Canadians have already seen their fair share of major privacy breaches this year.Equifax said on Sept. 7 that it fell victim to a massive cyberattack in the summer that may have compromised the personal data of 143 million Americans and 100,000 Canadians. In May, BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada issued an apology to customers after it said nearly 1.9 million customer e-mail addresses and 1,700 names and phone numbers were illegally accessed.According to Osler, nearly half of privacy class actions initiated in Canada have been commenced in Ontario — which is not surprising given that most national class actions are initiated in this province purely for logistical reasons, says lawyer Jeff Orenstein of the class action law firm Consumer Law Group.“That’s where most company’s head offices are, where all the big law firms are,” Orenstein said.But that’s not to say that a class action launched in Ontario will see all Canadians automatically opted in. Residents in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia must choose to opt in, said lawyer Tony Merchant, whose firm Merchant Law Group LLP has launched a class action on behalf of Canadians affected by the Equifax data breach on August.“But everywhere else in Canada you’re a part of the class action unless you opt out,” added Merchant, noting that in most circumstances Quebec is also an opt-out province unless there are certain jurisdictional issues.Residents of B.C., New Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador will only be automatically opted into class actions launched in their own respective provinces.Merchant’s firm has initiated one of at least two Canadian class actions commenced against Equifax.Last week, an Ontario resident proposed a class action in Ontario Superior Court. The lawsuit, represented by law firm Sotos LLP, is seeking $550 million in damages on behalf of Canadian victims of the Equifax hack.Neither Merchant Law or Sotos have had their proposed class actions certified in court yet. Equifax said in a statement that it cannot comment on pending litigation.Both Orenstein and Merchant say it’s important for Canadians to stay on top of class actions if they want to benefit from any potential settlements, as cases can take years to work their ways through the courts.If there is a judgment in favour of a class action, notice is usually given to all eligible parties by publication in various newspapers or by direct mail, providing detailed instructions of what you need to submit and where you need to send your claim.But once a class action has been settled there’s a limited time period in which you can make a claim, after which your rights are wiped out.Orenstein says that even in instances where high-profile class actions are successful, “a five per cent take-up rate is considered impressive.”An easy way to stay on top of class actions is to sign up for updates through the websites of the law firms that launch them so as to not miss out on your right of recovery.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgUPDATE as of July 22 at 11:30 a.m. – The flood watch for the Pine River has ended.  The Pine River and tributaries have peaked at the 5 to 20 year return period flows. The Peace River and tributaries have peaked yesterday or are peaking today at about the 2 year return period flows. The rainfall is easing and the river levels are receding now or expected to recede later today. No major flood risks are expected in this region recently though small rises of river levels are still possible.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Heavy rainfall in the B.C. Peace has caused river levels to increase.The River Forecast Centre has upgraded the forecast for the Pine River and it’s tributaries to a flood watch.  Based on the current modelling, the Pine River and tributaries are expected to peak at the 10 to 20 year return period flows Saturday night or Sunday morning, similar to peak levels reached in June 2016.  The Peace River is also expected to see moderate increases in water levels. The public is cautioned to stay clear from rivers and the unstable riverbanks during this high water period.Real-Time Hydrometric Data that shows the increase in the river flow of the Pine River at East Pine.The River Forecast Centre is also maintaining a high streamflow advisory for the Peace Region, including the Kiskatinaw, Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek rivers and their tributaries.The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.For more on flooding in Chetwynd, click here.  Caribou Road Services is also working to contain flooding in the South Peace.  Click here for details about that.last_img read more

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first_imgMatt Macey has become the second goalkeeper to sign for Argyle this summer from Premier League clubs as he joins them on loan from Arsenal.Macey who launched his career at Bristol Rovers, as well as previous experience of Home Park, said as quoted in Plymouth Argyle club website that:“I grew up playing for Bristol Rovers and warmed up on the [Home Park] pitch with Accrington. I played against them for Luton a couple of years ago. I know the stadium I know what the fans are like as well.”He added:“That was out of nowhere because I came from the under 18s at Bristol Rovers. When you get interest from a Premier League club you sort of dismiss it and think it’s a joke but it came through!“[Playing at the Emirates is] the highlight of my career so far. Before that I had a couple of loan spells; I think it is time now to have another spell, play some games and try to kick on again in my career.”New Plymouth Argyle full-back approves deal on Wedding day Henry Ikenna Ugwu – June 29, 2018 They say one who finds a wife, finds a good thing and full-back Joe Riley can attest to that as he can now honeymoon…“I had a spell at Luton which was great; the next step is League One. The opportunities have come around quite quickly for me and there’s no denying that I wanted to come down here and test myself at this level and at such a great club.”He stressed that his impressive performance at Arsenal is enough file in for a season at Home Park“I think in the modern game, you need to be tall you need to move well. Especially at Arsenal they put a lot of emphasis on being able to move well. Those are physical traits I am lucky to have.“It would have been ideal if I had more time or games with the boys, but I’ve done it before where I have just come straight into a team. I have a whole week’s training so I’ll be working hard this week.”last_img read more

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