Wakiso Giants, Azam friendly in jeopardy as FUFA claims club does not exist

first_img Tags: Azam FcFUFAtopWakiso Giants Wakiso Giants players and some of their coaching staff training at IUIU in Kabojja recentlyInternational Friendly MatchWakiso Giants vs Azam FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednesday, 08-08-2018The eagerly awaited build up game between Wakiso Giants and Tanzanian giants Azam FC will most likely not take place this afternoon.This comes after FUFA advised that the game should not be played unless the Big League side fields players of Kamuli Park, the side that was bought off by the Kabojja based money bags, over a month ago.“Wakiso Giants is not a registered club under FUFA, said FUFA Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu in a phone interview with PML Daily.“Secondly, most of players have not yet been cleared by the federation so unless they use Kamuli Park playing staff, the match cannot go on.“The other issue is that the game is supposed to be an international game guided by the CAF regulations and with the above two in mind, it makes no sense sanctioning it.“We advised that it does not take place but if they go on and play it, Wakiso Giants will face further sanctions, Mandu concluded.When asked about whether the team is allowed to play games with other teams within the country, Mandu had this to say.“They are not registered as a club so i am not sure they can even play games with local clubs.It should be noted that Wakiso Giants played a friendly game with SC Villa last week, winning it 3-2 at their home in Kabojja.Whether FUFA sanctioned it or they don’t know about the game remains a unknown.When contacted, the team’s CEO Kamoga Sula acknowledged that the club is yet to complete its registration process with the Federation.“Yes we are yet to complete the registration process and we are still using the name Kamuli Park on our documentations.,“I am not sure if the match will go on as planned but i will soon be getting final communication from the CEO (Edgar Watson) in the next few hour.The game is slated for today (Wednesday) at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Comments last_img read more

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SA’s anti-HIV gel trial enters next phase

first_img15 June 2011 After encouraging results on a pioneering vaginal gel which reduces the risk of HIV and genital herpes infection, South Africa, in partnership with the United States, has launched a follow-up study to test the safety of the gel. The Phase III trial, to be known as FACTS 001, will be conducted by the Follow-on African Consortium for Tenofovir Studies (FACTS) led by Professor Helen Rees, director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI). It is expected to start by the end of July and run for 24 months.Previous trial The study prior to this, known as CAPRISA 004, was conducted last year by the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) on nearly 900 women in KwaZulu-Natal. It showed that the use of the gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir reduced HIV infection by 39 percent and also reduces the risk of contracting genital herpes by 51 percent. However, CAPRISA 004 was a relatively small trial (Phase IIb trial) and was not designed for licensure purposes. On Tuesday, South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, in partnership with the United States, launched FACTS 001, which will test the safety and effectiveness of 1 percent tenofovir gel. FACTS 001 will be a bigger study than CAPRISA 004, involving 2 200 women aged 18 to 30 years at seven trial sites across South Africa.Giving power to women Speaking at the launch of FACTS 001, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said the government was looking forward to this stage of the trial, and was very proud of the collaboration between the South African government and United States. He noted that while people should continue to condomise and be faithful, and while research for vaccines should continue, once the results regarding the gel were positive and confirmed, it would be possible to help protect women against HIV/Aids. “This product does something different: it gives women the power to negotiate and make decisions for themselves,” Hanekom said. “It needs to be done. We are ready, and if it confirms its effectiveness, we will soon put it on the market, combined with the roll-out of the treatment.” Professor Rees said the research so far had found that using the gel before and after sex provided moderate protection against HIV and Herpes Simplex. “The establishment of the FACTS consortium to confirm the effectiveness of the first vaginal microbicide gel for women and enable licensure is extremely exciting for South African researchers,” Rees said. “The objectives of the FACTS 001 confirm the CAPRISA 004 results in larger more diverse populations. “The South African government’s support for FACTS demonstrates a new era of collaboration between researchers and government with the common vision of preventing HIV infections in women.” The government had funded the trial with an amount of R17-million for a three-year period. United States Ambassador Donald Gips commended the South African government for its decision to fund the FACTS study and partnering with the US, which has pledged to fund the study for R129-million for a three-year period. “The study offers a new tool to prevent HIV/Aids,” Gips said. “We have to figure out how to prevent more people from being infected with the disease. It is very urgent for the researchers to complete the trial for its approval, because protecting women and girls from contracting the disease is very crucial. “We are committed to empowering women and girls to protect themselves by finding new HIV prevention options,” Gips said. “Confirming tenofovir gel’s effectiveness is a fundamental and essential step in the right direction. Together, government and civil society are making strides to slow down the infection, and the US is very proud to support you.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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We’re converting Agri Country to digital

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I take great pride in being a farm broadcaster, an opportunity in no small part thanks to the rich history of agricultural communication in Ohio. A huge figure in this industry was the remarkable Ed Johnson, the founder to our company today. It’s hard to go around and not hear people reminiscing of his name or seeing the great pride someone has as they say, “You know I was interviewed by Ed back in the day.”We’re now getting a glimpse of just how many interviews there were as our crew at Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal has undertaken a new endeavor — converting all the Agri Country episodes from their current tape form over to digital to preserve them for current and future generations.Agri Country was a weekly television show that appeared across Ohio (and parts of surrounding states) featuring agriculture and the unique people that made it happen. Ed Johnson hosted each episode, with various contributors coming and going through the years. It began in 1982 and ran until shortly after Johnson’s passing in 2001.While we’re busy at work saving the history of Ohio agriculture for generations to come, here’s an episode of Agri Country from this exact time of year about 34 years ago. The episode appeared on November 12, 1983 and showcases the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Take note the talk of it moving somewhere else in the coming years. Also appearing in the episode is a unique glimpse into the loading and shipping of grains on the Ohio river.I’m a pretty young pup. The final years of Agri Country coincided with my first years of elementary school. Nevertheless, I know the importance of the past and there’s quite a bit of history jam-packed into those aging tapes.Yes, it’s exciting to look back on Ohio agriculture through the lens of Agri Country. The show featured the great strides farming has made in during that time with regard to technology. Not to mention many of today’s industry leaders can be found as young people in early episodes, with their progress thoroughly documented through the years. An example can be found when Ed interviewed the newly-placed executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Jack Fisher. Fast-forward to today and Fisher has recently retired after serving in that position ever since. The legends of Ohio ag in that timeframe — the likes of Governor James Rhoades, Bob Evans, Merlin Woodruff and many more — make an appearance from time to time.The show is not only educational from an agricultural perspective, but also interesting from a purely sociological standpoint. It’s quite obvious that gender norms have changed. For example, the Farm Wife of the Week highlight was pretty standard. Many interviews dealing with farm events focus a majority of the questions on the upcoming things to learn, though they always seemed to be finished with, “What do we have to offer for the ladies in attendance?” Times have changed.With that said, some things don’t change — like the aggravating nature of tape players. That’s one of the many factors ensuring this digital conversion venture does not happen overnight. The sheer number of episodes involved poses an issue. Agri Country ran every week for nearly 20 years, that means well over 1,000 episodes have to be converted, edited, catalogued, and archived. Also challenging is that a majority of the episodes were not stored on traditional media (like VHS tapes), but rather a type of 3/4-inch tape popular with professional video at that time. Not only are players for these tapes hard to find, but they’re tired old machines with a tendency for error. You could even say we run a sort of retirement home for the tape player. A number of massage techniques are employed to keep the ol’ gals happy.To add even one more issue to the archival process is the fact that these “U-Matic” tapes suffer from something called sticky shed syndrome. I didn’t even know tapes could have syndromes! Sticky shed has to do with the deterioration of the tape while in storage, causing issues when trying to play back several years later. Dealing with this has forced us to resort an interesting, widely used solution in the archival world. We bake every tape before converting it. Yes, bake. We literally have a modified toaster oven and dehydrator that we pop the tapes into. We have to be careful some days not to get our lunch confused with episodes of Agri Country.The conversion process is ongoing and will be for some time, though we’re a couple hundred episodes in and the results are astounding. For the time being, we are not releasing episodes of Agri Country to the public, other than from time to time on our website.Would you like to see more Agri Country episodes down the road? What favorite memories do you have from Agri Country? What do you think about converting these episodes to digital? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, August 14, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two days of dry weather over Ohio, starting today. In fact, we are even giving a mostly dry outlook for far eastern Ohio today. There will be some clouds moving through from time to time, and sure, we cant completely rule out a spit or a sprinkle, but the threat of moisture is not nearly what we saw 24 hours ago, and its enough for us to go dry. Tomorrow also should be dry statewide as we await the arrival of or next front. Rain and thunderstorms move through Thursday and Friday, bringing .25″-.75″ with 95% coverage. We have a brief break Friday night, but then have additional rains back in over a good chunk of Ohio for Saturday. The rains mostly stay south of US 30, and those areas we can see anywhere from .25″-1.5″, with thunderstorms being the key to 1″+ rains. The heaviest rains will be in SW Ohio as a cluster of strong thunderstorms has potential to kick off there, and we expect 60% coverage of rains south of US 30 for the event.  Dry Sunday through midday Monday. Our next potentially strong system arrives Monday late afternoon or evening, and the holds through the entire day Tuesday. This system has plenty of moisture, with half to 1.5” rains over 70% of the state. While wrap around moisture tries to hold farther west on Wednesday, there looks to be a sizable dry slot coming in the way the set up is right now, and that will allow for most of the state at midweek, except in eastern and northeastern Ohio, where we can see scattered showers and .25″-.5″ rain potential. The map at right shows one estimate on combined rain totals from Thursday through next Wednesday.  We get a nice 4-day dry stretch as we finish the 10-day period and move into the extended window. Sunshine and blue sky dominate from next Thursday through the weekend. This should be a time of excellent evaporation and good dry down in nearly all areas. Then for the balance of the 11-16 day period, we have 2 threats of rain. Scattered showers bringing a half an inch or less for Monday the 27th, and then a stronger, slow moving front sweeping from NW to SE on the 29th and 30th, triggering some .25”-1” rains. Both systems should have 70% coverage.  Temperatures through the next two weeks should be normal on average for the period. We may see some warming to slightly above normal levels later this week but will offset those with a couple of days slightly below normal. This means we still see no heat stress for crops, and when you look at the total moisture potential through the period, we have nearly perfect rains too – unless any of these storms bring higher than expected rains (which may be a slight concern at this time.last_img read more

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‘I had to push you’, a determined De Grasse tells an amused Bolt

first_imgUsain Bolt is not doubt the fastest man on earth. He never frets, rarely takes strain but is always seen leading the pack at the finish line. At Rio, Bolt has been hardly challenged that he has had enough time for the photographers during the races.  ‘The Lightning Bolt’ as he is called has already won a Gold in his 100 metre sprint adding to his Olympic medal tally and is in the quest for his eighth later on tonight when he touches down the track in the 200 metre event. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)In a light hearted incident that happened last night, the whole world witnessed what was nearly an upset.  Bolt, in his typical fashion, was jogging midway through the race after taking a healthy lead over his opponents. With nobody in contention, Bolt slowed down a little and that didn’t go down well with De Grasse it seemed as he pushed himself to the limit and almost caught Usain until the latter realised him closing in when he looked sideways. Bolt managed to survive the De Grasse scare and crossed the finish line to come first with a timing of 19.78 seconds.As the event was over, the Jamaican was within his rights to ask De Grasse about his sudden acceleration and more effort towards the end as sprinters don’t put in too much effort in a semi-finals and heats. A laughing De Grasse replied that he had to push Bolt and he managed to do that. (Also read: Usain Bolt through to 200m final but Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake crash out)advertisementAs he gets ready to grab his eight straight Olympic Gold later tonight, Bolt would certainly not want to take any risks. De Grasse would have to come up with something special if he wants to beat the thundering Bolt.Usain Bolt and Andre de Grasse smiling at each other during the 200m semis pic.twitter.com/NavVA3j7jq St_Hill (@St_Hill) August 18, 2016last_img read more

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World Champion Petrounias Undergoes Surgery in France

first_imgATHENS – World champion and Olympic gold medallist Lefteris Petrounias, who competes in the still rings event in artistic gymnastics, underwent surgery to his left shoulder in Annecy, France, on Monday to correct a problem with his tendon that has troubled him for some months. The surgery was held in the morning and the Greek champion will remain in the Annecy General Clinic for 24 hours. Petrounias, who won the gold medal on Friday at the World Championship in Doha, will stay in France for a couple of days for the doctors to monitor his post-op course and return to Athens by the end of the week.According to the rehab programme, the 27-year-old athlete will start full training in three months, while he will be ready to compete again in five months.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Apollon Awarded Win by Cyprus FA Due to Ineligible Player

first_imgNICOSIA (AP) — Apollon Limassol got a three-point boost Monday when the Cyprus Football Association overturned a 1-0 loss to Anorthosis Famagusta earlier this month following a ruling that Anorthosis’ goalkeeper was ineligible to play in the match.In a 17-page ruling, the FA’s sports adjudicator ruled that Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Odinaka Uzoho played on Feb. 2 with an invalid health certificate and awarded Apollon the win while docking Anorthosis six points.Uzoho was handed a one-match suspension and a fine of 1,000 euros ($1,130). The Cyprus Sports Organization had initially declared Uzoho’s health certificate void as of Feb. 9, but in a follow-up decision Monday annulled it altogether, saying that it considered the document “as never having been issued.”The matter, which rankled Cyprus’ fervent soccer fans for nearly two weeks, was raised after Apollon alleged Uzoho’s health certificate may have been obtained using forged medical documents.Apollon said the health certificate had been issued hours before Uzoho arrived in Cyprus, meaning he hadn’t even undergone the necessary medical exams for the document to be valid. Uzoho joined Anorthosis on loan from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna on Jan. 31.The decision will not go into effect for eight days but means that Apollon could move to first place in the Cyprus First Division with a win or draw against APOEL, which leads the table, on Sunday.A police investigation is currently underway. Last week, a Cyprus court ordered a 42-year-old man to be held in police custody for three days, but he was released without investigators seeking to extend his detention.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic sets up US Open final with Juan Martin del Potro

first_imgNovak Djokovic outclassed Kei Nishikori in straight sets in the US Open semi-final on Friday. In Sunday’s final, Djokovic will take on Juan Martin del Potro, who advanced after world No.1 Rafael Nadal retired with a knee injury.The Serb beat Japan’s Nishikori 6-3 6-4 6-2 in second semi-final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.Del Potro won the first semi-final earlier in the day after defending champion Nadal retired after the second set.A weary and wounded Nadal was trailing del Potro 7-6(3) 6-2, sending the Argentine back to the Flushing Meadows final for the first time since his 2009 triumph. Rafael Nadal retired with a knee injury (Reuters Photo)Djokovic, this year’s Wimbledon champion, kept Nishikori under relentless pressure, carving out 17 break point opportunities and winning 80 percent of his own first serve points to win in two hours and 23 minutes.”We’ve played 18 times. I have tremendous respect for him as a person and a player.”@DjokerNole’s thoughts on @delpotrojuan #USOpen pic.twitter.com/ytvBJfdvVvUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2018Twice champion Djokovic, who reached his eighth final at Flushing Meadows and is seeded sixth this year, broke Nishikori in his first service game and closed out the opening set with an ace in 37 minutes without facing a break point.”It felt really good,” Djokovic said courtside. “Easier said than done – you have to execute the shots against Kei Nishikori, who is one of the quicker movers on the tour.”Nishikori improved in the second set, coming to the net more often, but Djokovic was in imperious form. He fended off the only two break points he faced and broke the Japanese again for a 3-2 lead.advertisement Juan Martin del Potro reached the US Open final for the first time since 2009 (Reuters Photo)The Serb dominated from the baseline while Nishikori’s cause was undermined by 51 unforced errors.Djokovic, who was forced to skip last year’s tournament due to an elbow injury and returned to the tour this year after surgery, said he was thrilled to be back on the big stage.”It means the world to me obviously,” he added. “Like thousands of other tennis players around the world I’m trying to be the best I can be.”9 years later:@delpotrojuan will contest his 2nd Grand Slam final here in Flushing Meadows.The 2009 champion awaits the winner of Djokovic/Nishikori…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/lPhFY8AafGUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018Reaching a second consecutive Grand Slam final suggests the 13-time major champion is nearly back to his best, though he will need to be even more clinical against Del Potro, who has only dropped one set in six matches in New York.Nishikori began the third set with a confident hold of serve but the 28-year-old made four unforced errors in his next service game to set Djokovic on the road to victory.Unfortunately, Rafa Nadal has retired after 2 sets in the semifinals, sending Juan Martin del Potro through to the final…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/uegztbgIylUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018The Japanese player’s spirit was finally broken and his serve followed, with Djokovic claiming his fourth break with a fist-pumping celebration before serving for the match.for a champion…@delpotrojuan always showing respect…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/GaukdtprbLUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018The 31-year-old, who was beaten by Nishikori at Flushing Meadows in 2014, sealed victory on his second match point to improve his head-to-head record against the Japanese to 15 wins from 17 meetings.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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