Mbarara vs Ndejje: Two sides at opposite ends of the table clash

first_img Tags: Mbarara Cityndejje universityStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop Mbarara are third on the table (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Mbarara City FC vs Ndejje University FC Kakyeka Stadium, MbararaWednesday, 13-03-2019 @4:30pmMBARARA – Mbarara City will host Ndejje University at the Kakyeka Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in one of the three day’s StarTimes Uganda Premier League games.With 7 games to play in the season, the Ankole Lions are still outsiders to win 1a first ever League crown in history.Livingstone Mbabazi’s side are currently occupying third spot on the standings with 40 points, 9 behind leaders KCCA FC and 5 adrift of second placed Vipers.The situation they are currently in was unimaginable at the start of the season after spending most of last (season) fighting to fend off the drop.The arrival of Paul Mucurezi from KCCA last summer is perhaps the biggest factor for Mbarara’s good showing but also players like Captain Hilary Mukundane and Jude Semugabi have played a huge part at opposite ends of the pitch.Having lost only one home game this season, Mbarara who are also where they are because of home formidability and will surely be fancying their chances of closing the gap between them and the top two after Wednesday’s game.However, playing a desperate side like Ndejje University always comes with several complication.The University side are currently fighting for their lives as they are one of the three teams currently occupying the relegation zone.On 19 points, Raymond Komakech’s side sit only 4 adrift of safety and if they can somehow shock Mbarara, they will have given themselves a huge chance of trying to beat the drop.Ndejje have 19 points this season (file photo)Match Facts:This will be only the second time the two sides face off in the top tier.In their first encounter, Ndejje defeated Mbarara 2-1 at the arena of Visions in Bombo.Mbarara head into Wednesday’s game having lost only two of their last 14 games in the League (W6 D6).At home, Mbabazi’s side have lost only one game all season (W9 D2). The only loss came at the hands of Onduparaka FC in a 2-1 defeat a few weeks ago.For Ndejje, despite winning their last game 2-1 against Vipers, they have lost four of their last 7 (W3 D0).Away from home, the University based side have won only one game all season (D2 L9). That victory was away to Maroons last month.The other games on Wednesday:-Police FC vs Paidha Black Angels FC @4pm-Bright Stars FC vs Nyamityobora FC @4:30pmComments last_img read more

Zuma to discuss fees impasse

first_img22 October 2015 South African President Jacob Zuma is set to meet university management and student leaders on Friday 23 October to discuss the countrywide stalemate over fee increases.The meeting will be held with university vice-chancellors, chairpersons of councils and student leaders at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, with a view to finding a solution to the impasse.This will be Zuma’s second meeting with university management this month. His consultation with vice-chancellors and council chairs on 6 October resolved to set up a task team to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges.Zuma said the government fully understands the pressure and difficulties confronting students from poor and working class households.“It is important that we work together to find solutions,” he said. “Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion.“Even in the January 8 statement of the governing party this year, we stated that the escalating cost of university education had become another source of exclusion for the poor and vulnerable South African child. All parties should allow space for this matter to be discussed in a manner that will enable us to find a solution.”In a statement released today, the South African government reiterated its commitment to funding for both basic and higher education, and to overcoming funding shortfalls.“Since 1994 government has prioritised education,” the statement reads. “This has translated into substantial funding for both basic and higher education. But given the legacy of the past there is a funding shortfall in higher education.“The current student protests over higher fees which began at Wits University and have since migrated to other campuses are of serious concern to government. The issues raised by the students are legitimate and government is sympathetic to their cause and are in line with our own priorities of ensuring quality and affordable education.“Government is committed to working with student leadership, university management and unions to find a solution to the current impasse and is working towards a long term solution to student funding in South Africa.” reporterlast_img read more

Are Smartwatches For Real Or A Head Fake?

first_imgThe road to wearable watches has been long and bumpy, leading some to wonder whether this technology will ever be deployed.The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is “aggressively” hiring team members to work on the so-called iWatch.The company has begun hiring “aggressively” for the project in recent weeks, say people familiar with Apple’s plans for the wearable device, a move that shows it has stepped up development but which raises questions over the ability of its own engineers to develop wearable technology.Meanwhile, The Verge is reporting that Microsoft’s existing smartwatch team is being re-organized into the Microsoft Surface team.Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Surface plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is now prototyping devices directly under the Surface team as the firm moves its wrist-worn device closer to reality.This move is part of Microsoft’s larger reorganization, but it underlines the seriousness with which Microsoft is giving the prospect of a smartwatch project.Clearly, the two tech companies haven’t consulted with our esteemed leader, who has his own objections to the notion of wearable computers on wrists. But beyond the market drivers for wearable computers, the constant buildup and positioning does lead us to wonder if a true smartwatch is even possible.The surge towards wearable computing devices is capturing a lot of attention among the major tech companies, as no one seems to want to be the one to get caught without a decent wearable device. To date, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung seem to be taking the path towards watches, while Google experiments with the Glass device.See also Arm Race: Samsung To Build A Smartwatch TooWhat remains to be seen is whether any of these devices will actually get built. Sometimes the whole “arm race” to launch a smart wrist device has the feel of the end of another arms race, when U.S. President Ronald Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983.SDI, derisively known as “Star Wars,” would be strongly criticized in the Western media, but taken seriously by the Soviet Union as a viable challenge to the centerpiece Mutual Assured Destruction strategy of the Cold War. The USSR would spend billions to try to counter such a project which would supposedly contribute to the military overspending that would lead to the collapse of the USSR.History is unclear whether Reagan was simply bluffing the Soviets, but there is a strong case that he was. Similarly, there is a strong sense of history repeating itself when we see leaked plans for smart watches from companies like Apple. Is the iWatch really on its way, or is this all one big plan to distract other companies from making better progress in the tablet and smartphone sectors?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#Google#Microsoft#Samsung#smartwatch Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces brian proffittcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Sri Lanka vow to win it for their fans back home

first_imgSri Lanka are looking to win the World Cup as much for the people back home as for Muttiah Muralitharan, who will be playing his last international match on Saturday.Former captain Mahela Jayawardene made it clear that winning the coveted trophy for the fans was the foremost thing on every player’s mind – including Murali.”We started off the campaign thinking that we will win the Cup for our fans back home and it will remain the same. Obviously we want to dedicate the win to Murali but even for him the country comes ahead of everyone,” he said.Talking about one of his closest accomplices in the team, Jayawardene said: ” What he has accomplished is for everyone to see. But I would like to take this opportunity to disclose that he was the first person in the Lankan team to take me out for a meal when I made my debut. Even today, he is the first person to take a new member in the team out for a meal.” Sometimes his sweetness can be irritating like when he goes to the opposition camp and exchanges pleasantries with them,” he added.The stylish right- hander feels the sub- continent teams- three of which made it to semi- finals – were expected to play well considering they were playing in home conditions. ” I don’t believe in this shift in power. If three of the four sub- continent teams manage to reach the semifinals in the next edition in Australia- New Zealand, only then can we say that the power has shifted. At home, with conditions favouring our players, we were expected to prosper,” he said.advertisementJayawardene believes that it was the title triumph in 1996 that helped Sri Lankan turn a new leaf. ” The win in 1996 helped the players believe in themselves.Even players like me who were coming through the ranks then believed that we could compete and win against the best teams in the world. As seniors we now tend to do the same with the younger players,” he said.last_img read more