KCCA in action as giants enter CAF Champions League title race

first_imgCoach Mike Mutebi talks to his players in training yesterday. PHOTO KCCA MEDIATODAYMamelodi Sundowns v Kampala Capital City Authority 8pmSaturdayVipers (UGA) v Platinum Stars (RSA)Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The four most successful clubs in African competitions enter the 2017 CAF Champions League this weekend expecting to build first-leg leads at home in last-32 ties.Record 19-time title winners Al Ahly of Egypt face South African league leaders Wits, who are playing in the elite African competition for the first time.TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, second behind Ahly with 10 successes, meet unimpressive preliminary round winners CAPS United of Zimbabwe.Zamalek of Egypt, winners of nine continental competitions and 2016 Champions League runners-up, tackle Enugu Rangers of Nigeria in an attractive match-up.Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, the only club to win all five current and past CAF competitions, also boast nine titles ahead of a clash with AS Tanda of the Ivory Coast.The last-32 line-up includes eight winners of the Champions League, including title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, who host Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda. Share on: WhatsApp Esperance of Tunisia, V Club of DR Congo and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco complete the line-up of clubs who lifted the richest and most prized African trophy.Another five challengers, Leopards of Congo Brazzaville, FUS Rabat of Morocco, Horoya of Guinea, Al Merrikh of Sudan and Enugu, have won other CAF titles.A Nigerian club is overdue a good run, but an Enugu outfit that is struggling domestically will be underdogs against five-time champions Zamalek.It is the second tough pairing for the “Flying Antelopes” this season, having scraped past JS Saoura of Algeria on the away-goal rule.Bobby Clement scored in Algeria what ultimately proved the decisive goal and he believes better travel arrangements and tactics can foil Zamalek.“We needed three flights to reach Algeria whereas the squad are travelling direct to Cairo. That will be a big help,” he told reporters.“Our coaches are busy correcting the mistakes of recent matches in the national championship and coming up with a strategy to contain Zamalek.“Among our biggest problems recently has been sluggish starts to matches — it takes us too long to stamp our authority.”Enugu will not lack knowledge of the Cairo “White Knights”, who defeated another Nigerian club, Enyimba, home and away in the group phase last season.The other Nigerian contenders, Rivers United, host Merrikh full of confidence after a four-goal thrashing of Malian visitors Real Bamako last month.Ahly last won the Champions League in 2013, and six of the Egypt squad that finished Africa Cup of Nations runners-up last month came from the Cairo “Red Devils”.Mazembe will be watched closely to see what effect the departures of Christian Luyindama, Merveille Bope and Jonathan Bolingi to Standard Liege and Roger Assale to Young Boys Berne will have.last_img read more

Lacazette defends Emery, hopes for post-break revival

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | French striker Alexandre Lacazette has leaped to the defence of under-fire Arsenal manager Unai Emery saying fans were being fickle in criticising him after not praising him when they were on a good run last season.The pressure on the 48-year-old Spaniard grew with a 2-0 defeat by Leicester on Saturday, leaving the Gunners with just one win in their last six Premier League games and eight points off fourth place and a Champions League qualification spot.Emery has also had to deal with the fallout from Granit Xhaka’s emotional outburst towards supporters when he was substituted against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago. The Spaniard eventually stripped the Swiss international of the captaincy.Lacazette, though, said while the players’ confidence had dipped the present international break gives them a chance to recharge their batteries ahead of their game at home to struggling Southampton on November 24.“Last season when we were unbeaten in 20 games in a row nobody said anything about the coach or manager,” said Lacazette. “We miss confidence and we need the international break.“I hope we are going to come back well. We want to be top four, of course.“Now we are nine points behind Chelsea and Leicester and it is going to be hard, but everything is possible in football.” FILE PHOTO: Unai Emerycenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Draymond Green responds to Steve Kerr video

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – In three seconds, Steve Kerr summed up his thoughts about Draymond Green after seeing him yell at the officials.“I’m so (bleeping) tired of Draymond,” Kerr said in an exchange with assistant coach Mike Brown during Sunday’s game against Phoenix.In three seconds, Green summed up why he remains apathetic about it.“It don’t bother me. [Stuff] happens,” …last_img read more

McKinleyville, Fort Bragg ready for rematch in NCS D-IV semifinal round

first_imgWhen the McKinleyville High baseball team last faced Fort Bragg it was in the championship round of the Fort Bragg Tournament on March 16.McKinleyville won that game 5-4, claiming its first Fort Bragg tourney title since 1995 — a year in which the Panthers went on to win a North Coast Section championship.On Friday No. 2 seeded McKinleyville (21-3) will take on No. 5 Fort Bragg (21-5) again, this time in the semifinal round of the NCS Division-IV playoffs.On March 16 little separated the two …last_img read more

Johnny Cueto’s first start a reminder of what Giants have missed, what they desperately need

first_imgPart baseball player and part performer, Cueto returned to the mound at Oracle Park on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow 13 months ago.The injury robbed the Giants of … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It’s not doing justice to Johnny Cueto to simply label him as a pitcher.“He’s an artist,” catcher Stephen Vogt said.“He likes to entertain,” manager Bruce Bochy said.last_img read more

Can We Not Perform Similar Functions?

first_imgResearchers from King’s College London claim their data evidences the “Human [thyroid] gland probably evolved from gills.”1  According to speculation, gills were internalized as the thyroid gland when marine life evolved into land animals.  The possibility for this comes from the similar functions of gills and of the gland: both act as calcium level controls.  The gills act to pump calcium into the body.  The thyroid gland secretes parathyroid hormone when calcium levels drop, causing bone stores to release calcium.  Therefore, researchers had a basis for their work, a “reasonable” pursuit in their evolutionary mindset, according to Professor Graham.  Further support included positioning of the gills vs. the thyroid gland: in the human neck, and near the head of the fish.    The researchers compared the gills of zebra fish with those found in various mammals.  They found the tissues development from pharyngeal pouch endoderm, an early embryonic tissue.  The tissues also express two similar genes related to development, Gcm-2, and to functioning as a gland, expressing a gene for parathyroid hormone.  This evidence suggests, the article ends, humans do have a sort of gill after all.  “[It’s] still sitting in our throats,” finished Dr. Graham.1“Human Thyroid Gland Probably Evolved From Gills,” Science Daily. Science Daily, posted: December 7, 2004.The information in this article is presented with an evolutionary mindset.  All creatures come from common ancestors; therefore similarities seem to indicate homology.  The thyroid gland evolved from a marine organism’s gills, as fish came first, then mammals.  Functions of the “higher organisms” somehow relate to those of “lower organisms”.  Creationists assume that organisms have similar genes due to performing certain similar functions.  Evolutionary explanations employ circular reasoning: “These animals came from common ancestry.  Why?  Because they have similar functions.”  Why do they have similar functions?  “Because they share common ancestry.”  The creationist is compelled to ask, “Should God make his creation obscure, unrelated, and unconnected, so as to be incomprehensible to the observer?”  So as to disprove evolution, should God have made every single creature with its very own oxidative pathways, tissues, and building blocks of life (i.e. nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids)?    In I Corinthians 14, Paul reprimanded the Corinthians for their disorderly worship services, stating, “God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”  What implications does this have upon his beloved creation?  How then should we interpret what is seen?—Rebekah E.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

a month agoMcAllister backs Klopp over Gerrard Liverpool plan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say McAllister backs Klopp over Gerrard Liverpool planby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has backed Jurgen Klopp’s call for Steven Gerrard to replace the German one day.Klopp was asked recently who he thought should replace him if he ever left Liverpool – and his response was Gerrard.McAllister, who played alongside Gerrard at Liverpool, has backed Klopp’s advice for the Reds boardroom.”That’s surprising in some ways. But then in other ways, when you look at it, it probably makes a wee bit of sense,” he said.”But when that’s going to happen [I don’t know]. Jurgen looks as if he’s going to be there quite a while.“But I can assure you that Steven is absolutely fully focused here and trying to win something here.” last_img read more

24 days agoWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goal

first_imgWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goalby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Collado is pushing for a fresh first team chance at Barcelona.The 20 year-old winger is starring for Barca B and scored a wonder goal on the weekend against Atlético Levante.Collado made his senior debut last season against Celta Vigo and is rated highly by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.In July of last year he signed a contract until 2021 with a buyout clause of €50m while he is a B player – which will rise to €100m when he is promoted to the first team. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New report provides insight into the status of women in the arts

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has released The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010-2018, a report commissioned by OAC from a research team led by Dr. Amanda Coles, a Canadian on faculty at Australia’s Deakin University.This report provides an important synthesis of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Ontario and Canada. The majority of existing research focuses on specific sectors, such as media arts/screen, or theatre, etc., rather than addressing the arts and cultural industries as a whole.The report covers six sectors: visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music, and media arts/screen.Key Findings from the ReportEarnings and incomeResearch shows a pervasive gender-based income gap across all six sectors under review. Overall, women’s average incomes are lower than their male peers – a defining feature of work in the Canadian arts and cultural industries.Education and trainingGender inequality in the arts and cultural industries cannot be explained by the education or skill of professional female artists and cultural workers. A cross-sectoral analysis of available data on education and training clearly shows that across all six sectors, women are as highly educated as men.LeadershipWomen are well represented in administrative leadership roles in visual arts, publishing, and theatre, and in the top tier of Canadian orchestras. Executive and organizational leadership roles in the music industry are male-dominated. There is a notable shortage of data on organizational leadership in broadcasting, film and television production, the interactive digital media sector, and dance. Advertisement Women are severely under-represented in key artistic leadership roles in media arts/screen, theatre and music. In contrast, key artistic leadership roles in visual arts and publishing, such as curators and editors, are female dominated.Career and industry recognitionAcross all sectors, women’s artistic and creative works receive significantly less public visibility (for example, productions or exhibitions) and recognition (awards) than those of men. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Rep Berman votes to lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers

first_img Categories: Berman News The Michigan House today approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Ryan Berman announced.Berman voted in favor of the plan to offer drivers personal injury coverage options, rein in medical costs and fight fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the costliest car insurance rates in the nation.“The plan passed by the Legislature today cracks down on the waste, fraud and abuse that has plagued Michigan’s auto insurance system for decades — all while retaining life-saving medical coverage in the event of an accident,” Berman, of Commerce Township, said after the vote. “If Governor Whitmer makes the right decision to sign this plan into law, Michigan drivers will finally see the rate relief they deserve.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance, without any underlying cost containment. The plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The plan:Guarantees lower rates for all Michigan driversGives drivers a choice on health coverage optionsStops price gouging on medical services for car accident victimsCombats fraudulent claims to help lower costsThe sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration. 09May Rep. Berman votes to lower car insurance rates for Michigan driverslast_img read more