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Kiss to take Ulster role

first_imgLes Kiss will leave the Ireland set-up after Rugby World Cup 2015 to become Ulster’s full-time director of rugby. “If you’re applying for other posts there would be an interview process. “That may still be the case, but I suppose when you’re in the day-to-day running of things, that in a sense might be an extended interview as well. “Without officially going through an interview process, Les coming in has given (chief executive) Shane Logan and the board time to assess what the best options are moving forward.” Revealing his excitement over his Ulster future, Kiss admitted he must hone in on Ireland’s upcoming clashes against South Africa, Georgia and Australia. “I am very appreciative of the continued faith the IRFU and Ulster Rugby have demonstrated in me and, while I’m delighted to get the security in the long term, I am very much focused first and foremost on the next 12 months,” said Kiss. “It’s exciting that the Springboks arrive here in just over three weeks and that the Guinness Series is almost upon us. “The national coaching team have remained in close contact and Joe (Schmidt) has been particularly supportive of my dual roles over the last few months, which has made things a lot easier for me.” Ulster and the IRFU announced Neil Doak as the province’s new head coach, while also revealing that Kiss will depart boss Joe Schmidt’s national coaching team after the 2015 tournament. The Australian former rugby league star has held Ulster’s interim rugby director role this term following David Humphreys’ late-summer departure for Gloucester. The 49-year-old will leave Ulster to focus on Ireland duties on October 13, before returning in November 2015, while Doak will remain on hand as head coach. Former dual-sport rugby and cricket international Doak has now been confirmed as Ulster’s permanent replacement for Mark Anscombe, who was released in the summer. Ireland head coach Schmidt tipped Kiss to make a big future at Ulster, while keeping focus on next months’ three-Test Guinness Series. “Les is tremendous value and his integrity, coaching ability and positivity will add definite value to Ulster in the long term,” said Schmidt. “But, like the rest of the National coaching team, we are both very much focused on the upcoming Guinness Series. “Beyond that there are plenty of challenges leading up to Six Nations and Rugby World Cup 2015.” Doak’s confirmation as head coach had been expected, with the 42-year-old himself admitting Kiss’ interim post had helped ease the summer transition in stepping up from his assistant role under Anscombe. “It is a help, yes,” Doak said of Ulster’s board affording him effectively an extended trial. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Uganda Cranes make Nigeria’s Super Eagles sweat

first_img 1990Withdrew  2019 to 2023To be determined  1974Group Stage6th301235  1957 to 1959Did not enter  1970 to 1972Did not qualify  1968Group Stage8th300328  1980 to 1982Withdrew  1962Fourth Place4th200215  1963Withdrew  2017Group Stage13th301213 Group L  Standings P W D L F A  PTSUganda     5  4  1  0  7  0  13Tanzania    4  1  2  1  3  4   5C. Verde     5  1  1  3  4  5  4Lesotho     4   0  2  2  2  7  2Uganda’s Africa Cup of Nations record  1978Runners-Up2nd530297 *****SOURCE: FUFAMedia  & Wikipedia  1984 to 1988Did not qualify TotalRunners-Up6/311932141834  1992 to 2015Did not qualify Host nation(s) / YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA  1976Group Stage8th300326 Okwi in action against Nigeria today. PHOTO @officialfufaInternational friendlyNigeria ?? 0 Uganda ?? 0Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes and the Nigeria Super Eagles played to a draw in a closely contested international friendly match  at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State on TuesdayThe well attended clash was a perfectly contested physical duel that witnessed either sides create goal scoring opportunities but with tight defence lines. Uganda marched on without captain Denis Onyango, and striker Farouk Miya.Uganda Cranes were denied a first half penalty when Jamilu Collins brought down Allan Kyambadde, while Derrick Nsibambi volleyed wide an over head kick inside the goal area in what seemed a great opportunity for Uganda Cranes.Captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi and Moses Waiswa also attempted at the Nigerian goal in vain.Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi and towering John Ogu were kept under check by the Ugandan defence of Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Denis Awany, Denis Iguma and goalkeeper Salim Jamal.The introduction of Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Allan Kateregga and Milton Karisa for Tadeo Lwanga, Derrick Nsibambi, Allan Kyambadde and Moses Waiswa failed to break the deadlockThe high profile friendly comes just three days after the Uganda Cranes qualified for a second straight African Cup of Nations finals, by beating Cape Verde 1-0 in Kampala on Saturday.The match was also played hours after a shock result for Uganda’s Under 23 team in the Olympic qualifiers. South Sudan won 2-0 in Juba to advance to the next round 2-1 on agregate.Uganda Cranes XI vs NigeriaSalim Jamal (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Dennis Iguma, Timothy Denis Awanyi, Khalid Aucho, Tadeo Lwanga, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Moses Waiswa, Allan Kyambadde, Derrick Nsibambi.Substitutes: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Isaac Muleme, Isaac Isinde, Milton Karisa, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Allan Kateregga, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Patrick Kaddu  1965Did not qualify Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing Surprise Olympia Teens with Renovated Keystone Club

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Aaron’s, Inc.Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, surprised Washington teens on Wednesday with a freshly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County.Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Tuesday decorating and furnishing the club’s multipurpose space. Photo courtesy: Aaron’s, Inc.Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Tuesday decorating and furnishing the club’s multipurpose space. On Wednesday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials revealed the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams paint colors for the room.“The Boys & Girls Club equips Olympia teens with the confidence necessary to achieve their goals and grow into successful community leaders,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “Aaron’s is honored to continue its longtime partnership with the Boy & Girls Club of America to provide these teens with the latest furniture, technology and appliances to achieve future success and fulfill their dreams.”Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder attended the unveiling and addressed the crowd. “The Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club provides our teens with the opportunity to be part of a meaningful organization, take ownership of their futures and grow into successful leaders. It was a touching experience to part of this joyous reveal and I’m thankful to Aaron’s for their support of the Boys & Girls Clubs.”In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.“The Boys & Girls Club provides the teens of Olympia with an encouraging space that fosters positive growth and success,” said Mike Babuta, branch director of the Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County. “The new state-of-the-art technology, furniture and appliances graciously provided by Aaron’s will help us continue to instill confidence in our teens and achieve their goals.”The 28 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Pittsfield, Manchester, Las Vegas, Chicago, Hartford and Miami. The makeover at Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $26,000.Keystone teen members of the Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County said the program inspires them to take ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve.“Keystone is important because we are building relationships with the community and creating new leaders.” A’zah H. (pronounced “Asia”), 16“Keystone makes me feel like I belong to a group.” Dylan B., 16“Keystone gives us an opportunity to connect with our community, explore different career paths, and prepares us to be leaders.” Emily T., 17“Keystone helps our community and gives back to those who are in need.” Faith D., 15To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the Lacey Branch Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County, visit Aaron’s on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.last_img read more

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Lewiston Paffile Truckers take home top prize at GFI

first_imgThe hundreds of fans that packed the bleachers of James Donaldson Park and the thousands more that were tuning in were not disappointed in the nail-biting final game of the 32nd annual Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament, Monday, Sept. 3.The Lewiston Paffile Truckers took home the top trophy for the second year in a row and $20,000 during the final game against Team Canada. They won 3-1. Fans were gripping their seats at the final inning wondering if Team Canada could dig themselves out.For more indepth coverage of the event, please visit the GFI website at www.grandforksbaseball.com.last_img read more

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Pan-African passport launched at AU Summit

first_imgThe promised pan-African passport was launched and the financing of the African Union (AU) was among the many issues discussed by heads of state at the 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda over the weekend.Discussions centred on the continent’s actions regarding the AU’s Agenda 2063.This strategic framework sets a path for socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It was adopted at the Organization of African Unity (OAU) / AU 50th Anniversary Celebration, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2013.Agenda 2063 lies at the heart of the future Africa envisions for itself. The leaders who signed it imagined a prosperous continent at peace with itself.One of the foundations of Agenda 2063 is the AU vision: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena”.The summit, which started on 10 July and ended yesterday, is themed 2016: African Year of Human Rights. Leaders in Kigali focused particularly on the rights of African women.ElectionsElections were held on Sunday, 17 July for a new chairperson of the AU Commission to replace South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, along with a roster of new AU commissioners. The new commissioner was to be announced as the summit closed on Monday.The three candidates for the post AU Commissioner, two of them women, were: former Uganda vice-president Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, Botswana foreign minister Pelonomi Venson Moitoi, and Equatorial Guinea foreign minister Agapito Mba Mokuy, according to the international multimedia broadcasting service, Voice of America.Leaders from across Africa gather in Kigali for the 27th AU Summit, from 10-18 July 2016. (Image: 27th AU Summit)Briefing the media on 15 July, AU chief of staff Jennifer Chiriga, said that African heads of state would meet for the first time at a closed session the following day. “They will be discussing strategic issues, particularly the financing of the union. We have a report that will be represented.“We also had a special envoy who has been going around the continent, getting views of the heads of state on how we can improve our peace fund,” she said.The out-going Commission has three months from the election date to compile a handover report before exiting. Chiriga said the highlight of the summit would be the elections. “We are anticipating the summit will be electing a chairperson and a deputy chairperson. The executive council will elect eight commissioners. They will form a new Commission.”Pan-African passportThe Pan-African passport, which will be made available to diplomats and heads of state first, will allow free movement across national borders. Louise Mushikiwabo, foreign affairs minister of Rwanda, explained that although security was a major concern, this would not stop them. “Our strategic thinking is that the fear of insecurity should not stop Africans from moving freely from one country to another.”Passports would be delivered symbolically to some heads of state, foreign ministers and a few officials of the AU, she said. Thereafter each AU member state would discuss country-specific design of the passports. “How soon the passports will be implemented will depend on each country and their preparation to distribute widely,” she said.The first two recipients were the leaders of Chad and Rwanda. Chadian President Idriss Déby, the body’s current chairperson, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame were presented with the passports by Dlamini-Zuma.The passport was launched on Sunday, 17 July at the opening ceremony of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union:Video of first @_AfricanUnion passports being issued at #27thAUSummit #KigaliConvention pic.twitter.com/rgiVrWrcYs via @abi_negn— Calestous Juma (@calestous) July 17, 2016South SudanThe most critical issue that was discussed was the resurgence of violence in South Sudan, Mushikiwabo said on 14 July. “We are expecting the secretary-general of the United Nations to meet some leaders on the continent on this matter. This is a very important topic on everybody’s mind.”Their first concern was the protection of civilians in South Sudan, and then the political process could be put back on track, she added.Agenda 2063In her statement on Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma said they were hopeful regarding the implementation of Agenda 2063. “Work started on the Agenda 2063 flagship projects and the first Ten-Year Implementation Plan, and over two-thirds of countries and (regional economic communities) began domesticating this collective vision of the Africa we want.“On the sidelines of this summit, the commission met African editors, discussing the role they should play in popularising Agenda 2063, in holding up a mirror that reflects Africanstories in their great diversity, in changing mindsets, shaping an African narrative that is pan-African and promoting our Renaissance. To do this, they told me to transmit humbly to the excellencies, they require freedom of the press and not to be persecuted for telling the truth,” she said.Dlamini-Zuma also spoke about the third High Level Panel on Gender Equality.“Over 400 mainly women and some men from across the continent and the diasporarepeated their call to strengthen financing for gender and the role of women inpeace processes.”The AU and the OAUThe OAU was founded by 32 African countries at a meeting in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia in 1963. By 2002, membership had grown to 53, when the organisation of African states was renamed the African Union. In 2011 it grew by one, when South Sudan became a member following that country’s creation.According to the AU website, the OAU’s main objectives, as set out in the OAU Charter, were:to promote the unity and solidarity of African states;to co-ordinate and intensify their co-operation and efforts to achieve a betterlife for the people of Africa;to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states;to rid the continent of colonisation and apartheid;to promote international co-operation within the United Nations framework;and,to harmonise members’ political, diplomatic, economic, educational, cultural,health, welfare, scientific, technical and defence policies.Source: Rwanda Broadcasting Agency and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh to seek ₹11,861 crore from Centre as flood aid

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh government is going to seek a special assistance of ₹11,861 crore from the Centre for flood relief in the State. As many as 8,000 villages in 36 of the 52 districts of the State had been battered by excess rain. The 33% more-than-normal monsoon has so far claimed 220 lives, and prompted shifting of 50,000 people to relief camps.More than 22 lakh farmers had been affected as their crops over 24 lakh hectares was destroyed due to rain. Based on the preliminary assessment, the damage to crops had been pegged at ₹9,600 crore, said Law Minister P.C. Sharma here on Wednesday. “Already, ₹325 crore was extended as relief to farmers,” he said. “While the Prime Minister was celebrating his birthday at the Sardar Sarovar Dam, thousands were drowning here. We may even approach court if our request is denied,” he said. On September 16, Mr. Tomar had written to Chief Minister Kamal Nath directing his attention to flood in the Chambal river which had affected Morena, his constituency, and Sheopur district. Due to excess rain in a few hours, the inflow in the Gandhi Sagar Dam rose to 16 lakh cusecs from 3.5 lakh cusecs, and this caused flooding in the backwaters of the Chambal river. Record rainfallMeanwhile, at 168.89 centimetres Bhopal had received the highest rain during the southwest monsoon since 1980, said IMD scientist G.D. Mishra.last_img read more

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Olympics: Sealed with a kiss as Phelps makes it 21 golds

first_imgNew Delhi: 06/12/14– Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna of Indian Aces during the IPTL mixed double match against Manila Mavericks in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo:S_Subramanium – COMMENT × New Delhi: 06/12/14– Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna of Indian Aces during the IPTL mixed double match against Manila Mavericks in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo:S_Subramanium – Michael Phelps captured his 20th Olympic gold medal in devastating fashion, sealing victory with a kiss, before adding a staggering 21st before the night was over.The American crushed rival Chad le Clos to regain his 200 metres butterfly title, celebrating victory in a race bristling with tension by pointing to the sky and gesturing to the Rio crowd to “bring the noise” — an order they duly obeyed.Katinka Hosszu and Katie Ledecky struck further blows for girl power, but again it was all about Phelps, who later anchored the American 4×200 freestyle relay team to gold as the clock edged toward midnight local time.Milking the acclaim of the Brazilian crowd, Phelps climbed past the massed bank of poolside photographers to kiss fiancee Nicole and baby boomer after an emotional medals ceremony.Entering the arena like a gladiator, his face a granite mask of concentration, Phelps dominated a grudge final le Clos had billed as “Ali versus Frazier” to become the oldest individual swimming gold medallist in Olympic history at 31.South African Le Clos, who won by a fingertip four years ago in London to rob the American of a hat-trick of titles, faded badly down the stretch to finish out of the medals.World record holder Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, clocked 1min 53.36sec to add to his staggering title tally as Japan’s Masato Sakai came through for a surprise silver in 1:53.40. Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi took bronze in 1:53.62.Competing in his fifth and final Olympics, victory was twice as sweet for Phelps after clashing with le Clos in the media since losing to the South African in their epic tussle in London.Phelps won his 19th Olympic gold in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay at the weekend and if he feels greedy, there is more potential gold for him in the 100m fly and the 200m individual medley — events he has incredibly won at the past three Olympics.Still, Phelps was not done, putting the finishing touch to an easy win in the 4x200m free, cruising home almost two and a half seconds ahead of Britain’s James Guy in the swimming equivalent of baseball’s home-run trot around the bases.Hungary’s “Iron Lady” Hosszu completed the individual medley double by winning the 200m final in an Olympic best 2:06.58, with Britain’s Siobhan—Marie O’Connor taking silver in 2:06.88. Bronze went to American Maya Dirado in 2:08.79.Ledecky captured her second gold medal of the Games after holding off a brave charge from Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in an absorbing women’s 200m freestyle final.The American phenom, who won the 400m title with a stunning world record on day two, clocked 1:53.73 to win by 0.35 seconds from Sjostrom with Australia’s Emma Mckeon taking bronze in 1:54.92.“That was a really tough race and it hurt really badly,” said Ledecky. “I’m pretty sure that’s the closest I’ve come to throwing up in the middle of a race. I had to dig deep. I’m just so glad I got my hand on the wall first, it was all worth it.” August 10, 2016 SHAREcenter_img Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger 0 Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 launch tipped for September, to come with pop-up selfie camera like Vivo NEX

first_imgXiaomi is working on a couple of premium phones for this year. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun on Tuesday hinted that the company may be launching the Mi Max 2 successor aka Mi Max 3 in July. Alongside the Mi Max 3, Mi Mix 3 is also in works, suggest rumours. A new report reveals that Xiaomi may launch the Mi Mix 3 in September, almost at the same time when Google is expected to launch this year’s Pixel phones, which are most likely going to be the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. To recollect, Mi Mix 2 was also launched in September last year.A new image of the revealing the design of the Mi Mix 3 has been leaked. Previous rumours suggested that the Mi Mix 3 will be the first phone from Xiaomi to come with pop-up selfie camera like the Vivo NEX. The pop-up selfie technology is the new trend that the smartphones manufacturers are adapting to. It all started with the Vivo NEX. After Vivo, Oppo with its flagship Find X took the technology to a whole new level. Xiaomi with the Mi Mix 3 is also aiming to do the same.Earlier this week, some renders of the Mi Mix 3 were leaked flaunting the overall design of the device, both front and back panel. The renders also revealed that the Mi Mix 3 will come with a pop-up camera on the front, just as the Vivo NEX. Now the newly leaked image also reveals the same. The image doesn’t reveal any additional hardware or design details about the phone.advertisementThe image shows the silhouette of the Mi Mix 3, below which it notes “2018.9” hinting at the September launch. Xiaomi, however, is yet to reveal the launch details of the Mi Mix 3.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 to sport pop-up selfie camera like Vivo Nex, under-display fingerprint sensorAccording to previous leaks, overall, the design of the Mi Mix 3 will be a lot different from that of the Mi Mix 2. The Mi Mix 3 is tipped to come with under-display fingerprint sensor unlike the Mi Mix 2 that comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. On the back, the Mi Mix 3, as rumours suggest, will sport vertically placed dual rear camera set up just as the iPhone X. The two cameras will be separated with a LED flash in the middle. The Mi Mix 3 will come with ultra-slim bezels on all sides, suggest rumours.For now, not a lot is known about the Mi Mix 3. All we know is that the device will come with some flagship specifications like Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor, Android 8.1 Oreo and more.last_img read more

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21 days ago​Owen slams Man Utd: Worst team in decades

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Owen slams Man Utd: Worst team in decadesby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes the club’s current squad is the worst in decades.United are suffering a miserable run of form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed permanent boss, after being successful during his caretaker spell.The Red Devils only have five wins in 22 games in all competitions spanning the tail end of last season.Their most recent result is a 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.”Yes, I’d say [Manchester United are now a mid-table team]. I don’t think they’ll be top six this season, personally,” Owen said on BT Sport.”Top half I think is likely, but just the fact we’re having this conversation is the worry, isn’t it?”This has got to be the worst Manchester United team for decades, hasn’t it? Since before Sir Alex Ferguson took over.”It’s been happening for a few years. For maybe five, six, seven, eight years you’ve been thinking ‘it can’t get any worse’, and it has.”The point that I’d like to make is that in many ways, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has knowingly weakened his team.”Getting rid of people like Lukaku, Herrera, [Matteo] Darmian, Sanchez, [Chris] Smalling. He knows he could improve his team with those players, but I think he’s taken the view that you’ve got to take a couple of steps backwards to then move forwards.”He’s done that on purpose thinking, ‘right, we’ve just got to rid ourselves of players that, OK they’re probably better than what we’ve got, but are they going to take us to where we want to go?'”That answer is no, then you’re almost starting from scratch and I think that’s what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done.” last_img read more

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